Category: Wardrobe

NewShopHoly guacamole, guys.

I have three very exciting new things to tell you about!



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Today I have a fun girl chat with Liz of Sequins and Stripes on The Lively Show.

Liz is a (successful) blogger, stylist, soon-to-be bride, and overall adorable person!

I’ve personally been friends with her (as well as a follower of her blog) for several years now. In fact, her taste has been a huge inspiration for my own style.

In the show, we talk about defining your style, the progression of Liz’s life and career from corporate to blogging and styling full-time, and there is a hefty dose of strategy advice when it comes to making an income through blogging.

So anyone looking to learn more about making money via blogging sponsorships and brand collaborations will love this episode!


In this episode you’ll find out about


  • The two “unsuccessful” blogs Liz started before Sequins and Stripes.
  • How she landed her first styling clients before S&S.
  • How to comb through your closet and determine which things to exfoliate.
  • A few little details about Liz’s upcoming wedding(!).
  • Liz’s approach to life through “little victories.”
  • How successful fashion bloggers foster connections and land dream projects with their favorite brands. (20:00)
  • How List transitioned financially from her full-time job to her styling business.
  • Liz’s biggest struggle in her business right now.
  • What Liz would say to someone just starting out.


Show Notes

They’re Real Mascara by Benefit

Bare Escentuals Powder/Blush (in Rose Radiance)

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer/Sheer Foundation

Essie Nail Polish – Bikini So Teeny 

Essie Nail Polish – Geranium

Essie Nail Polish – Lilacism

Life with Intention Online


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PSI’m being interviewed on a Podcast, too! I’m over at the With Purpose Podcast talking about living intentionally, my take on purpose, how my parents influenced my career, and more.


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gold shoe giveaway

December 20th, 2013   |   LifeWardrobeWineday Friday


To show my gratitude for your support throughout 2013, I have five gifts planned for you over the next five days!  There are no outside sponsors or companies associated with these gifts. They are simply from me, to you.


Guys, this week has been so much fun! I’ve kinda felt like an intentional Santa Claus giving out gifts everyday. It’s also a bit staggering to see all the mentorship applications, and workbook/PV Starter Kit downloads.

In honor of Wineday Friday, I am wrapping up the Week of Giving with a pair of gold flats! I cannot thank you guys enough for all of the comments and emails filled with gold shoe suggestions over the past few months.

After looking at what seemed like hundreds of gold flat options, I finally settled on the original pair from J.Crew factory that I thought would be a half size too small.

I took the plunge and purchased them despite the size and they ended up fitting perfectly!

While I was doing this shoe size dance, Carrie of Dream Green DIY, snagged some 8.5 gold ballet flats at her super special local J.Crew outlet for me, too.


I paid her back for the extra pair of gold shoes, but the 8.5′s are too loose for me.

Which means I now have a pair of gold J.Crew ballet flats for you!

(You’ll notice there is a black line through the J.Crew logo because these puppies are actually regular J.Crew flats sold at the outlet for much less than normal.)

If you want to snag these flats, check out the details below.



A Week of Giving Wrap Up


And a huge thanks to you all for being a part of the 2013 Week of Giving! I have been so blessed by your support over the past year and I hope that the things I shared this week can help you take 2014 to the next level.

And as always, thank you for reading and have a great holiday week/weekend!



How to Win the Gold Shoes


Please leave a comment on this post to win the gold shoes!

Entries will close December 27th, and the winner will be selected on December 30th.

(US shipping addresses only, please.)

Remember, these are a size 8.5.




Monday: One-on-One Mentorship for a Year

Tuesday: Free Private Victory Starter Kit 

Wednesday: Free Business with Intention Workbook

ThursdayTwo Free “That One Thing” Intention Sessions Scholarships


Guys, today’s Wineday Friday is pretty serious.

(At least it’s serious as far as Wineday Friday’s are concerned.)

Last week while Mr. Lively and I were visiting Boston we walked around in the rain for several hours and my lovely and comfortable Target sequin flats shown above were ruined. They were in such bad shape that they didn’t ever dry out properly and they got trashed before we flew home.

I am super sad about this because these puppies are were my go-to shoe 80% of the time and I’m having a hard time finding another pair to replace them.

I spotted a more expensive glitter pair at J.Crew, but I’m not thrilled at prospect of paying 400% more than I paid for the Target shoes when they have glitter and may not even turn out to be as comfy as the cheap pair. I also noticed a leather ballet flat option on the J.Crew Factory site which I liked – but my size is sold out (8.5).

I’ve done searches on Target (I’m not a fan of their updated gem-y version of these shoes), Piperlime, and Pinterest to no avail. I can’t seem to find the perfect flat gold show for fall and winter.

Does anyone out there have any suggestions for me? I’m all ears!

Thank you so much for reading. I hope you have a great weekend! 


PS – I’d like to thank Blair for helping me re-design the new sidebar. Site update #47,324 is now complete!

six fall wardrobe updates

October 3rd, 2013   |   StyleWardrobe

SixFallWardrobeUpdatesThis fall I’ve been pretty careful with my clothing purchases in order to stay on track with our savings goals.

Thanks to awesome sales, store gift cards, and a handful of J.Crew Factory coupons, I’ve been able to get six new pieces that are fun to mix into my regular wardrobe while staying on budget.

The first update is a fall classic: the cozy cream sweater. I got this waffle version at J.Crew Factory and will wear it into the winter as well.


These next two items are my new fall favorites. I’ve seen the sparkle necklace (similar) and button-down shirt look for a while and wanted to try it out. I love how the crystals make the masculine plaid a little more girly.


To be honest, I wasn’t crazy about the embellished sweatshirt trend at first. But when I spotted this simple and less expensive version at Loft on sale, I decided to give it a try.


Though I styled the sweatshirt here with the black skinnies, I think it will be even cuter paired with a skirt, black tights, and booties.

As for the black skinnies, they are my new go-to pant. They instantly make any outfit look just a bit more polished.

And then of course, there are the super comfortable black booties. Clean, simple, low heel, and great leather.

As I mentioned on Monday, I am currently traveling around Boston and New Hampshire for a little belated birthday trip for Mr. Lively. If you’re wondering what I packed for the long weekend, just take a look above!

creating an essentials bag

September 26th, 2013   |   StyleWardrobe

CreatingAnEssentailsBagThough I don’t have many purses, I do like to match my purse to my outfit. Due to this daily bag rotation, I have tried over the years to create an essentials bag that could corral the smaller items I use in one place.

In theory, my essentials bags were always helpful. But I either stopped swapping them from bag to bag after about a week, or I would never even open the essentials bag to begin with, which rendered the whole concept useless.

However, this past month I’ve finally successfully created an essentials bag that I actually use and continue to grab before I head out the door.

For me, I found the following guidelines helpful:

EssentialBagGuidelinesBack in the day, I used to include everything under the sun – Tide sticks, sewing kits, bug spray, the kitchen sink, you name it. But really, I don’t ever use those things, and they just made the bag bulkier and less likely to fit in all of my purses.

So if you consider making an essentials bag and use a Tide stick religiously, be sure to include one! But I don’t suggest adding a mini flashlight unless you find yourself stuck in the dark on a regular basis.

By literally paring back to these five essentials, I have exactly what I need and use daily.

TheEssentialsAs far as the essentials bag itself, I am now using this little J.Crew pouch. In its past life it was a super-duper sized business card holder for Alt Summit. But really, I don’t need a huge business card caddy day-to-day. Instead, a smaller one from college works better and fits within the pouch.

Now, when I need to head out the door, I just toss my sunglasses, keys, wallet, and essentials pouch into a purse and leave.



ClutchEssentialsBagDoes anyone else have an essentials pouch? If so, did you have trouble finding the right mix of products and bag selection, too?


giving an old coat new life

September 24th, 2013   |   StyleWardrobe

GivingAnOldCoatNewLifeFour years ago, I invested in a great fall coat. It was a wool-cashmere splurge that I got on sale at J.Crew.

Over the years I faithfully wore it into the ground. So much so, that by this fall the lining looked like spaghetti squash.


Rather than purchase a new coat of a similar quality that could have run close to $300+, I decided to buy some new lining and bring this guy back to life for $120.

I picked a bright fuchsia lining at the fabric store and brought it to my trusty dry cleaner/tailor extraordinaire for re-lining, dry cleaning, and pocket repair.

NewlyLinedCoatGoodbye boring, whisper-thin beige lining. Hello, sturdier (and warmer) bright pink.

It’s kinda like a mullet coat – in a good way. Business on the outside, margarita night on the inside.


After completing this project, I highly recommend re-lining an old, high-quality coat. But be sure to give the project to someone you trust to do a good job with the repairs.

And remember, you can always have a little fun with the color!

the fall clothing transition

September 17th, 2013   |   StyleWardrobe

TheFallClothingTransitionWhen I think of the summer to fall transition, my mind naturally goes to the most important decision of all: when to switch from drinking iced tea to coffee?

This is an important decision because once I switch, I don’t go back. And if the temps hop around too much, I might end up wishing I’d stuck with my iced tea habit just a little bit longer.

Oh, and then there is the clothing transition. Thankfully, that transition is much easier than the caffeine swap.

When it comes to clothing, I get most excited to wear my jeans and boots once the weather drops. This year, I decided to try the little brown bootie trend.


This is a style that I know is here to stay — at least this season and probably next fall. So I figured I’d test the waters with these reasonably priced guys.

I like that they are the perfect shade of cognac brown and are basically the bootie version of the riding boot. Since I’m new to this trend, I want to keep things as simple as possible to start.

Oh, and you might notice that I cut my hair, too.

HairCutMy hair stylist suggested that I go for the Alexa Chung look. Though I do like the shorter length, I’m still getting used to styling it properly.

Yesterday I tried the Curly Girl method, straightened it immediately after, and then used a curling iron to get more movement… it is definitely still a work in progress.

On the clothing front, as the temperatures keep jumping up and down, I have been pulling clothing from my summer wardrobe into the fall.


During the transition into the fall, I love how the booties pair with white jeans. I think the combo would also look awesome with an oversized gray or navy sweater, too.

And hey, when things start to get chilly, scarves add color and pattern to even the simplest of outfits.


Here’s to the fall! What is your most important “fall transition decision?”


This post is sponsored by Pickwick & Weller (c/o the cozy peach shirt and white slouchy tee) – and they are giving 25% off to JessLively readers! Click here to get the discount on their (really well made) tees. 

when to spend more money on clothes

August 21st, 2013   |   StyleWardrobe

Today, I want to share a branding concept that I have applied to clothing purchases, in order to know when to spend more money.

Also, please don’t be frightened by the really intense straight hair. I got a keratin treatment for my frizzy hair and I have to wear it stick-straight for three days. (During these three days every season Mr. Lively likes to joke that he gets to see his ‘other’ wife, Jessica.)

Thanks, Rachel, for the inspiration!

my valentine picks

January 23rd, 2013   |   LifeStyleWardrobe


Today I’m off to Alt Summit! Though things have been a bit of a whirlwind leading up to this trip, a few amazing opportunities presented themselves this week which leave me pumped for my return home (more on that later!).

Though I have no real idea of what to expect from this trip, I have my bags packed, I’m ready to co-teach my authenticity workshop with Ez on Saturday, and I’ve got some pretty new business cards to boot.

While I’m soaking in the design blogging world in Salt Lake City I thought I’d share a little pretty with you!

I was delighted when Meg and Katie asked me to share 16 things that I’d love to receive for Valentine’s Day for their To and From magazine.

Since I have been on a personal shopping hiatus for January this was both awesome and tempting. Check out my picks on page 61 along with the other amazing blogger Valentine’s Day suggestions. As you might expect, there is plenty of white and gold in my wish list.




[sponsor] baubles at your feet

September 13th, 2012   |   LifeWardrobe

 This sponsor post is by Baubles at Your Feet.

Men may wonder, what is it about women and their accessories? Oh there are so many reasons for our ongoing infatuation. Just like a very bad hair day can make a beautiful woman look a beautiful wreck.

The perfect accessory is capable of doing many things.

They can make a boring outfit come to life, give a hint about where we’ve been in life or where we are going, remind us of a cherished Aunt or lost Grandmother. We use them as good luck charms, self-esteem boosters, status symbols and anchors to our past.

And in the case of perfectly crafted brightly colored ballerina flats that fit like a glove; they enable us city dwellers to run like hell for the bus we are about to miss while still looking chic.

Accessories always fit. Those same ten pounds come and go but shoes, earrings, purses and bracelets will never not zip up, regardless of the scale reading.

Yes, I am enamored of jewelry real and costume, scarves, handbags, shoes, and belts and how they make a wardrobe of same look…different. It’s funny because Chicago fashion is largely dictated by the weather, which means most of us are wearing the same types of things at the same time. My super cute maxi dress looked perfectly in place amongst the rest at this summer’s last rooftop party. And when it gets chilly, riding boots and peacoats are de riguer.

If it’s “in” then everyone and her sister is in it. Or so it feels.

There comes a point where jazzing up the old button down isn’t a style choice, it’s practically a necessity, if you want to stand out in a sea of same.

So what’s a girl to do around here to assert her stylish individualism?

Accessories! Yes that girl next to you on the bus may be wearing the same classic sheath dress as you but guaranteed she doesn’t have that silk scarf you found at the thrift store, or your favorite Aunt’s charm bracelet, full of charm and charms she has collected over a lifetime.

You and your two girlfriends may have accidently shown up for a night of imbibing all wearing a black maxi dress but it is unlikely that they also have on a vintage cuff that you lifted from your mom’s jewelry box. You and every other gal may be commuting in sensible black round toe pumps but you are the only one with adorable shoe clips that add a bit of sparkle.

So here’s to accessories and the smile they bring to our face and the individualism they help us assert.


A few people have mentioned over email or Twitter that they spotted my recent feature in the May issue of Woman’s Day Magazine.

And thanks to Michelle, I now have a copy  of it myself!

On page 66 you’ll see this mug staring back at you. Don’t worry, I had hair and makeup for this shoot. So that ain’t the way my hair looks when I wake up.

What can I say? Just keepin’ it real.

Anyways, I’m honored to be asked by WD to share how I organize and decorate with my accessories. It was quite a fun day of shooting and it was fun to share my easy (and cheap) decorating tricks.

Luckily, the feature is also on Woman’s Day online as well. So feel free to hop over and see my tips for storing and showing off accessories.

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