Monday, February 29, 2016

Classy Fashion Favorites for February!

The weather these past few weeks here in central Florida has been nothing short of gorgeous! We've been going back and forth from 40-something degree temps to the mid 80's, with most afternoons hovering around 70 with warm sunshine and a slight breeze which is pure heaven in my books. It's the time of year I look forward to most here. Growing up in Toronto, we endured some pretty cold, harsh winters and while I do enjoy living in the sunshine state, I also love layering up and wearing cozy sweaters which is something that I rarely get the chance to do anymore.

I know so many of you are in a deep freeze right now and all you can probably think about is spring, so looking forward as March is just around the corner as is spring break for many, I'm including my favorite resort wear, swimsuits, heels, florals, pretty dresses as well as a few warmer pieces to make it through the next few weeks.

I recently bought this adorable eyelash & lips tee for just $11! It will be the perfect little flirty casual top paired with denim and shorts this spring and summer. I am in love with this floral maxi length skirt, it is beautiful as is this soft pink floral halter dress, both could be great options if you're attending a spring wedding. I'm a bit obsessed with lace up flats and sandals right now. There's something so playful yet elegant about the look. These are a favorite pair I've come across and how fun are these with the fringe?  If you're looking for a classic sheath dress to wear to work, this gray one has a beautiful jeweled neckline which would also be ideal for a wedding or church. You might be a bit shocked by my selections of swimwear. I tend to err on the side of being more conservative but when it comes to a one-piece which is already pretty modest, to amp it up a bit with a plunging neckline that shows a bit of sexy, is pretty refreshing, especially for those who don't have a large bust area. This year so many are lingerie-inspired and many of fun mesh panels that just show a hint of skin while remaining mostly covered up. Here is a great neutral floppy hat for just $38 to pair with your favorite swimsuit! You can never go wrong with classic black!

The romantic in me loves everything flowy, soft, blush pink, airy, lacy and delicate. Don't miss out on my favorite lace overlay top (that I can't stop talking about) that I showed above in taupe but purchased in pale pink and also black and it's on sale again for just $15! It comes in 8 colors and all sizes have been restocked-perfect for shorts, skirts, jeans or a dressier pant, so versatile and is so much more feminine than a plain tee. This bow-adorned black ball skirt is so pretty, perfect for a spring evening. As far as dresses goes, this multi-color floral print halter dress is at the top of my list! I love all of the jumping off points of color in it and would pair perfectly with heeled sandals or flats for a more casual look. Add a set of bangles or statement bracelet, a pair of delicate earrings and you're ready to head out the door!

As always, I'm linking to the the the best sales that are currently taking place, so you can take advantage of them as you add to your wardrobe this spring and stock up on classic winter items that are on clearance that you can wear now as well as the years to come. Shopbop is having their annual spring event where you'll save up to 25% OFF all of your favorite designer brands, which appllies to your whole entire order using code: BIGEVENT16 until 03/04.

  • ANN TAYLOR: 40% OFF everything w/ code: HURRY40
  • ASOS: 20% OFF new threads including  jeans, knits and kicks. Love their dresses!
  • BANANA REPUBLIC: Up to 40% OFF must-have styles
  • COACH: Up to 50% OFF (mostly winter styles). A great time to grab boots & gloves!
  • GAP: 35% OFF your entire purchase w/code: EXTRA
  • J.CREW: 25% OFF swim, shorts tees & more for women, men + kids
  • LOFT: 29% OFF everything for their leap day sale!
  • NEIMAN MARCUS: Up to 65% OFF during their read deal sale + a leap year sale too!
  • NEW YORK & CO.: 30% OFF new arrivals + tops up to 60% OFF!
  • NINE WEST: 30% OFF spring styles w/code: LEAPDAY30
  • OLD NAVY: 29% OFF your order w/code: LEAPYEAR
  • RALPH LAUREN: Up to 30% OFF during their white sale + FREE shipping over $125.
  • SHOPBOP: Up to 25% OFF during their huge spring sales event w/code: BIGEVENT16
  • TOMMY HILFIGER: 40% OFF sitewide w/code: LEAP40
  • VICTORIA'S SECRET: Free shipping & returns on all swim, cover-ups w/code: DIVEIN
  • WHITE HOUSE/BLACK MARKET: Up to 60% OFF sale items.


Let's Socialize!

What are your favorite looks above? Do you  have a favorite item you can't wait to wear again this spring such as open-toed sandals or flowing dresses?

As always, thank you so much for reading!


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Instagram Lately...

Hi Lovelies! I'm switching things up this morning by introducing something new. Although I typically share a more formal outfit post on Fridays, throughout the week I often snap my daily looks on-the-go and share them via Instagram along with all of the exact/similar item details so you know where to find it all! For those of you who use Instagram, come and follow along here @TheClassyWoman. I'll be rounding up my favorite pieces and looks here about once per month.

If you are on Instagram, love a good find and haven't yet registered your e-mail with Like To Know It it takes just a couple seconds so I highly recommend that you do! Let me explain what it is. How many times have you scrolled through your IG feed to see the cutest swimsuit, a killer pair of heels or the prettiest dinner plates and you're left wondering where you can find them? Let's face it, not everyone is great at replying to comments, and even if they do, a direct link to the item is so much more helpful! Be sure to sign up one time with which you can do right in from your browser) and when you 'like' (heart) any of my LTK-enabled posts that appear in your instagram feed (which are always indicated as such), it will trigger an e-mail to your inbox with all the specifics including the photo of the outfit and all links to where pieces can be purchased. It's such an awesome tool that also saves me from replying over and over again as to where a particular item is from (I don't mind doing so but it allows you to see it instantly vs. waiting for that reply). So, that's how that works! :)

Below I'm sharing some of my recent outfits over the past weeks from my insta feed along with all of the sources below. Since I live in Florida and our 'winter' is literally 85 degrees one day and 45 the next at times, you'll see a mix of fall, winter and spring styles. Inspiration for warm temps ahead!


You may remember this skirt which has become a favorite and was featured in this Valentine's Day post. It's was sold out but they just restocked sizes (2-14) and it's on sale under $40! I'm also sharing a few similar style ribbed and flare dresses of varying lengths and full length lining. 

My most recent outfit post which was a Valentine's Day look included this new red lipstick! I love pairing a red lip and red nail together to enhance a neutral outfit such as black & white. My exact nail polish shade is no longer available but I've linked some similar hues for you.

I recently bought this rose quartz color cable knit sweater on sale for just $12.50!! It also comes in 4 other great colors and fits TTS. It's perfect for layering over a white tee or tank then wrap it around your waist as the temperature increases during the day. It's such a classy wardrobe staple!

These patent pointy toe tassel flats are just $31! I love a ballet flat but find that a pointed toe provides a more dressy look. Perfect for denim, skirts and shorts! Size up if you're between full sizes.

One of my favorite accessories is nail polish and while I love classic red, a french manicure and a great pale pink or nude, I equally love a splash of color to complete a look. Right now I'm wearing Flowerista (the purple bottle on the far right). Fiji (the pink bottle) is a spring + summer favorite!

This outfit is cozy and perfect for cooler days. I'm not one to leave white behind after Labor Day. White (when done right) can be worn throughout the year. I've long been a fan of Tommy Hilfiger for well-made pieces with that Americana look. While my sweater is no longer available, they are having a 30% OFF sale right now! I'm linking to some of my favorite sale sweaters above.

I recently treated myself to a few pampering gifts. This Olive fruit hair mask is amazing, I use it once per week instead of my regular condition and it leaves my hair feeling soft and moisturized. You'll notice a change in the overall look + condition of your hair (especially the ends) in just a couple treatments. I couldn't resist these Kate Spade pink lips socks

These 5 scarves were my most worn during fall and winter.  I tend to gravitate towards neutrals during winter as I can wear them so many ways, in spring, however I love both soft pastels and bright punchy pops of color to evoke the cheerful feeling of the season.

These comfy suede booties from Sole Society have quickly become my go-to. They sold out months ago in coffee but I was lucky to snag a pair in my size/color of choice. I'm sharing similar booties as these can be worn pretty much year round with skirts, jeans, denim shorts and even a maxi skirt.

I purchased this lace overlay tee from NY & Co. during their big sale in two colors: pink and black. Great news!! The sale is back and they're just $15 again and all sizes were recently restocked. I just wore the black version this past weekend with white skinny jeans.

This blanket wrap scarf was a steal at $17! The multi-color plaid makes it quite versatile and the perfect jumping off point for a variety of solid colors, I especially love pairing it with black, white, red or navy. The photo on the left was taken before I added a black belt around my waist. 

Before Valentine's Day, the pink + blue Hunters were on sale 30% OFF, now this green color is
I have wanted a pair of classic Hunter boots for a while because it rains in FL a lot (especially during the summer). I love how they offer matching boots in toddler/kids sizes too! Here is their current sale.


Let's Socialize!

I'd love to know...which looks above are your favorite?

Thanks for reading!


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Ladylike in Classic Black & White

>>>   Keep scrolling for outfit details below the photo set.   <<<


Skirt: NY & CO. $28 nearly sold out! (more: here, hereherehere, here, here + $20 dress version)
Striped Top: Gap- no longer avail. ( similar: here, herehere, here, here, just bought this)  
Stilettos: NineWest- old (similar: here, here, here, here and love these and these!)
Shoulder Bag: from SC boutique, (similar style: here for $36here, here, here, here)
Earrings: old (similar: here)  |   Sunglasses: Oscar- old (similar cat eye: here, here, here)
Pearl Bracelet: Nina  |   Enamel Bangle: Kate Spade- old (similar here, here, here, here)
Lipstick: color is Julianne  |  Nail polish: SpaRitual- color no longer avail. (similar: here, here)





I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend and Valentine's Day with your loved ones! Ours was busy but fun as we treated ourselves to seasons passes at Sea World and took Lily there on Saturday and spent lots of time working on puzzles, reading her many new books and cuddling. :)

Who says you have to wear a big splash of red or pink on Valentine's Day? Although both happen to be a couple of my favorite colors of mine but I opted for a more simplistic look this year. As most of you know my wardrobe is comprised mainly of classic pieces and as such, I happen to own a lot of black and white options which are perfect for spring! Both this striped top and ribbed flare skirt are new additions and I have to say that I really like both and just love this skirt! I bought it for just under $30 during a sale a few weeks back as it received great reviews and it didn't disappoint! I love that it has pockets and that it is so versatile. I was immediately drawn to the striped effect and the hi/low layered look, it just made for a unique skirt and it's such an easy care piece that doesn't need to be ironed and would pack so well in a suitcase for a trip! The shorter lining adds an edgy/sexy vibe in a subtle way without revealing too much, perfect for a date night.

I wore this outfit for our Valentine's lunch out to one of our favorite restaurants in the city, The Boheme at the Grand Bohemian Hotel. It was an extra sweet day as we celebrated my in-laws' 40th Wedding Anniversary which also falls on Feb.14th. We've been having such beautiful sunny, spring-like weather the past few days that it has been a dream to be outdoors. I can't believe it's February already, our 'winter' is nearly over here in Florida which means hot weather won't be far behind. I don't know about you, but I live in skirts in both spring and summer!

For today's look, since I focused on black + white, I wanted to add a bit of pattern play by pairing a ribbed skirt with a striped top. At first I was worried it might be too much, but once I slipped my heels on and adding my gold & black embroidered shoulder bag as well as gold + black earrings, it all came together. The pattern on my bag as well as the red lip helped keep things interesting (this gorgeous black Chloe-inspired crossbody bag is on my list which also comes in brown and it's under $50!). The black & white striped elbow-length scoop neck (and back) tee was exactly what I was looking for, it just feels very French and I'm a huge fan of two-tone stripes. Black & white as well as navy & white striped tops are a staple in every classy woman's wardrobe for spring as they have a fresh, nautical feel but are also ideal year round whether v-neck, crew, scoop or boat neck. I pulled out one of my favorite pairs of Nine West strappy sandals which are a decade old but still pristine as well as this tassel shoulder bag that I picked up a few months ago in a boutique in SC during our summer road trip (the gold metal chain tucks also inside to turn it into a clutch). I finished off the look with my favorite bracelets, a red lip, red mani/pedi and a black ribbon tied into my hair. This is a look I know I'll come back to again and again. If you find that the shorter underneath layer would not be possible to wear to your workplace or church, I also recently came across this one which also has the ribbed flare look without any transparency as well as several others that are longer.

If you enjoyed today's outfit, please share the love or pin it for yourself for future reference. :)


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Let me know what you think in the comments below. I'd love to know...which classic, French-inspired looks are your favorite?

Thanks for stopping by!


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