Welcome to Style Sessions! In this edition, I’d love to share with you a couple of my wardrobe favorites – if it has polka dots or metallic gold, I’m sold! Also, speaking of faves – you know that Marc by Marc Jacobs handbag I am always (always!) wearing? (eg. here, here, here, here and here). It’s currently on sale at Shopbop now through Thursday only! I bought mine as part of this sale a year ago (and I’ve worn it every.single.day since). I think it’s totally worth the investment, if you want a super stylish bag that literally goes with everything – this is it! For 25% discount off your entire order at Shopbop, use code INTHEFAMILY25 at checkout.

We’re also joined today by Jess, a gorgeous blogger who I think as seriously fabulous style. She gives us the inside scoop on her fashion sense – and as a special treat for one lucky Style Elixir reader (anywhere in the world), Jess is giving the chance to win a $50 Piperlime Gift Card!

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In case you’re new here, Style Sessions is live every Tuesday from 12am PST. It’s all about sharing what we’ve been wearing, or if you’re on a budget, a virtual outfit you’d love to wear! Every week I also select someone to showcase as ‘Head Stylist’ in the next edition – it’s a perfect way to meet new bloggers, showcase your personal style and your blog.

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Favorite Wardrobe Statements:  Polka Dot and Gold Metallics

I’m sure you can relate when I say, there are some wardrobe pieces I have on serious repeat. But in this case, it’s not the ones you’d expect… like a basic white, grey or black tee, cute jeans, patent black heels or a tailored blazer. I recently realized some of my favorite high-rotation pieces, are in fact statement items that stand out – such as a polka dot top or amazing gold metallic handbag. These are brilliant because they’re so easy to incorporate, but within a second give you a stylish, on-trend and put-together look.

In my wardrobe, I have quite a few bold pieces that make the perfect addition to a simple pair of jeans – for example, a floral, sequin or metallic blazer is excellent, or a pair of leopard jeans give edge to a plain white tee and black jacket. It proves to get a lot of wear out of something, you don’t always need to play it safe and go low-key…

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Outfit Details:  Polka Dot Top  (similar:  this top and this top)   |   Black Tailored Shorts   |   Prada Sunglasses   |   Mi Piaci 24kt Gold Handbag  c/o  |   Patent Black Heels   |   Victoria’s Secret Lipstick in Showstopper   |   Mejuri Cuff   |   White & Gold Bracelets   |   Crystal Pave Earrings

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Meet Our Head Stylist and Fab Fashionista…

I truly am so excited to introduce you to this week’s Head Stylist, the lovely Jess from Jess Style Rules! I recently discovered Jess’s blog and instantly thought, “oh my gosh, you have the most gorgeous style!”. I adore the way Jess creates unique and often unexpected combinations, it’s endlessly inspiring…

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I think Jess has a style that is both classic and unique, she looks so polished and timeless, but also super on-trend. When someone can master this, you just know they have fashion in their blood! A few of my favorite outfits from Jess are this embellished sweatshirt (a huge trend for fall / winter 2013!), this perfectly put together mix of plaid and floral, as well as an oh so chic cable knit sweater and shorts.

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Jess’s style always seems to be evolving and I love that, she doesn’t do the same old thing, which can be an easy trap to fall into. With a keen eye for bargains and belief that you can look like a a million bucks on a minimal budget, Jess hopes to inspire others to find the endless possibilities in their own wardrobe!

To get you started on this, she is very generously offering one Style Elixir reader the chance to Win a $50 Piperlime Gift Card! Have you ever shopped at Piperlime before? It’s one of my favorite places to find fabulous fashion at discounted prices. They also have Rachel Zoe, Olivia Palermo and Jessica Alba as style editors – I adore looking at their fashion picks! For your chance to win, simply enter using the Rafflecopter below (it’s open worldwide). Good luck!

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STYLE Q&A WITH JESS

What is your go-to look?  Skinny jeans, an ankle boot with a heel or pumps and a silk blouse with a blazer or jacket. It’s almost sick how many pairs of skinny jeans I have. I wear the same jewelry every day (two antique rings from my great Aunt and great grandmother and a necklace with an anchor pendant from a race my grandfather sailed in in the 1960s).

Which fashion trend are you currently loving?  Leather and plaid are my two favorite trends right now, because in a way they’re timeless. I’ve always loved plaid because it’s great with pretty much anything and I think plaid looks good on everyone.  My favorite recent purchases are a leather bomber jacket and a plaid mini skirt, they are actually really cute together.

What inspired you to start your blog? I’ve always been obsessed with fashion and very particular about my own personal style, but after graduating from college with a degree in Journalism, I went straight into a consulting career and and after a few years felt like it was too late to try and break into the fashion industry the traditional way. Last Christmas my great Aunt (who has always been my style icon) and I were having cocktails and she said to me “you need to find what you love and do that”. The next day I started my blog and never looked back. She passed away unexpectedly only a few weeks later and as sad as it has been without her, she inspired me to follow my dreams and never give up. It’s been an incredible journey and I am constantly humbled and amazed at the love and support, not just from friends and family, but complete strangers and fellow bloggers. In my experience, the fashion blogging community has been incredibly warm, welcoming and amazing.

Name three beauty products you couldn’t live without:  I’m gonna cheat because I have four (but really I have more like 15): Pureology Shampoo (it’s sulfate free and vegan), Stila Tinted Moisturizer, Benefit Badgal Lash Mascara and Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm.

How would you describe your style?  My style is constantly changing. My favorite part about personal style is that it’s an opportunity to be whoever you want, even if it’s only for a few hours. For me, that could mean preppy, classic glamour, bohemian, edgy, the list goes on. I definitely tend to focus more on timeless pieces and my wardrobe has a lot of black, white and navy. I don’t really follow trends religiously but of course I find inspiration in them. There are few things in my life I don’t get tired of – family, friends, my pets, mexican food and fashion.

To discover more visit Jess Style Rules, or keep up with all things Jess via Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!

 

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Use code INTHEFAMILY25 from today through Thursday. It means you can get my most adored Marc Jacobs handbag on sale, plus celebrity favorite jeans, super cute coats, tops and dresses, don’t even get me started on the boots and shoes!

 

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