Archive of ‘Madewell’ category

Q&A- VIP Golf Tournament

I have to put our wedded bliss on hold for a day.  We have urgent fashion matters to address!
I received the following question-
My husband won tickets to the US Senior Open, a national golf tournament.  I’m not sure what to wear.  I’ve considered a maxi dress with a denim vest and a floppy hat.  Any ideas?  The tickets are VIP so I want to look put together.
Thank you for your question!
I had to dig deep in my resources to answer this question as I have never been to the US Open, senior or otherwise.  I called my go-to man on all things golf.  My brother.  The golf fanatic.  While maybe not a fashion pro, he could tell me what he’s seen on the greens.
And here’s my conclusion- go with something preppy.  I think your idea for the maxi dress is a good one.  But maxi dress says bohemian to me.  While it’ll be a great choice if the weather is sweltering, it might not look “high-end” enough for the VIPs.
So pretend you are in Pretty Woman at the polo match- only more laid back and sporty.  I think a short dress would be an equally good choice.  Think ivy league school.
And while a big hat may be a great idea for the sun, if you are a VIP, you may be under a tent and people could have trouble seeing around said big hat.  So perhaps just stick with the sunglasses!
Also, there could be a lot of walking involved, so wear some comfortable flats.  And if your dress has no pattern, be a little more daring with your shoes!
Have a great time!

VIP Golf Tournament
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VIP Golf Tournament by stylefromthesticks featuring white house black market jewelry

Dorothy Perkins shirt dress

Stretch dress

Flat pump shoes

White house black market jewelry

Stretch bracelet

Collar necklace

Wayfarer glasses

Gold glasses
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Summer Style- From Polyvore to Real Life #24

Now that my life has settled down a bit, I promised you I would write a few garage sale tips for those of you considering going down that road.
1)  Don’t make people dig.  Clean your items and have them set out where people can find them.  Only the true treasure hunters (people like me who are willing to get dirty looking for a “find”) will scavenge for a buy.  Most people need it right under their nose.
2)  Don’t have a few tables worth of items.  Find someone to go together on a garage sale with or sell the items at a different venue.  People don’t want to make a stop at your home for a handful of things.
3)  Selling personal hygiene items screams grandma!  Sure, there probably is someone out there that could use that half used bottle of lotion you don’t care for, but selling it on a garage sale not only is tacky but creeps most of us out.
4)  This is a DUH suggestion but seasonal items will sell better if they are closer to the season.  Selling Christmas stuff in July can be more difficult than selling it in say, September.
5)  Generally speaking, keep your prices low and reasonable.  You aren’t out to send the kids to college on your garage sale money so just get rid of it!  If you have items that you need serious dollars for, you are better off putting them on Craigslist or eBay. Not too many people go garage saling in the hopes that they buy precious gems, just simple treasures.
This outfit I wore to church and it was a hurried morning!

Summer Style- From Polyvore to Real Life #24
Here’s me, the real life version-

Summer Style- From Polyvore to Real Life #24 by stylefromthesticks featuring evening shoes

River Island evening shoes
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Swarovski earrings

Stay At Home Spring Break- Science Museum

What to do with the kids when you aren’t going anywhere fabulous for spring break?  Oh, and it is the dead of winter with a mountain of snow on the ground?
First thing, formulate a plan.  Don’t leave yourself with the same old video games and movies fall back.  Let’s think of some exciting things together.  And then I’ll show you what to wear for your staycation.
Let’s assume you have five days of “regular” school to enjoy together.
Day One-Science Museum
Day Two- Aquatics
Day Three-Matinee
Day Four- Ladies Day Away
Day Five- Overnighter

Now, let’s get out our white coats and goggles and go visit the science museum!  Don’t have a science museum, how about a children’s museum or any museum for that matter.  Even the smallest of towns sometimes have museums that your children can tour.  It’s good for them to get a little bit of education on their break.  You never know how much impact these little outings can leave.  Maybe you’ll have a budding Einstein or historian on your hands.
Wear something colorful and a bit geek chic.  With these pops of red, the kids will never lose you (and neither will the tour guides!).

Science Museum

Science Museum by stylefromthesticks featuring thin belts

Three quarter sleeve cardigan
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Long sleeve shirt

Dollhouse jeans

Bracelets jewelry

Henri bendel

Madewell thin belt

Tree Trimming Party

If you’ve been invited to a tree trimming party, don’t take your outfit too seriously.  Wear something homey and comfortable that still hits the holiday high notes.
Start with some silk pants, not just for pajamas anymore.  Add on a cardigan with a fun and festive print.  Accessorize only with a scarf and either cute socks or flats, depending on how casual the party is.
Oh, and a fun ornament!

Tree Trimming Party

Tree Trimming Party by stylefromthesticks featuring scoop neck tops

Club l
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Qube ballerina shoes
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Reluxe Fair Trade Knitted Sock Boots Pattern
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Red, White and Blue

The Fourth of July is just around the corner (seriously! where does the time go?) and that means dressing festively but not wearing fireworks on a grandma sweater.
For our one item three ways, let’s focus on the chambray shirt.  Pair them easily with colorful shorts and your outfit is complete.  Throw on as a coverup over a retro swimsuit.  And lastly, when you’re headed to view the fireworks, throw on as a jacket over some white jeans and a striped tank.
Now that’s what I call sparklin.

Red, White and Blue

Red, White and Blue by stylefromthesticks featuring 1 piece bathing suits