Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Winter Trench Coats for Less than $100

I love the summer months with the warm weather and lazy days, but I always get anxious around the end of the season to pack up my flip flops and break out my fall wardrobe.  The coziness of corduroy, plush coats and comfy boots always makes the transition into the cold winter months a little easier.  The weather here in Tennessee has finally taken a turn to the cold side, so I was so excited to bust out some of my favorite coats that have been holed up in my closet since last winter.  One of my favorite winter coat looks is the heavy trench coat.  A tweed or a velvet trench always adds that extra layer of sophistication that can turn the most basic of outfits into something fabulous.  So today I'm featuring one of my favorite trenches that I will be sporting a lot this season...the brown tweed trench.
Coat- Banana Republic, my closet// Jeans- William Rast, my closet//Tee- Michael Stars, here

I love how easy it is to pair this coat with jeans and a tee to go from drab to fab in a flash.  Notice the sock bun I'm rockin?  I followed my post from yesterday and tried the look myself today.  I'm not kidding, this is literally the easiest and fastest hairstyle I've ever created.  Check out yesterday's post here for a super easy how to video on how to create this look yourself. Like the idea of a heavy trench? Look below for several options you can buy for yourself.

Shop This Look!
Trench coats for less than $100

Trench coats for less than $100

I'm linking up today for What I Wore Wednesday's. Hop on over to The Pleated Poppy to join in on all the fun!

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What is Your Favorite Versatile Coat?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

How To Create a Sock Bun

 I must have hair on my mind since yesterday's post was a flat iron review and today is all about the sock bun.  I know you all have seen these all over the place, and when I was out Saturday night with my friend Heather she had her hair in one of these ultra stylish up do's.  Now I'm going to call Heather out on how she is notoriously late everywhere she goes, she'll admit this as well, so when she and her husband were the first ones there, everyone was completely shocked.  I asked her what was up with her beating everyone there, and she let me in on her secret...the sock bun.  She said it literally takes 40 minutes off of her getting ready routine.  Wow!  I totally need to learn how to do this since I am always pressed for time, and I love to have fun new ways to style my hair.  So take a peak at a few of the pictures I found of this trending hair style and tell me if you don't agree, this is one fabulous look!
                                                                                             Source: via Kelli on Pinterest

                                                                                Source: via Megan on Pinterest

How do you create this look yourself?  Here's a brief, "how to" video to get you started. 

Now I know this is so weird to post a picture of a guy on my blog, but you have to go vote for him in the MACS/AMAX modeling competition. 
 His name is Lane and he's a friend of my sister.  Go here to vote for him.... He needs your vote!!!  Isn't he cute????

Ok....back on to the rockin' hair style today....
 What Do You Think of the Sock Bun Look?

Monday, October 29, 2012

Hana Elite Flat Iron Review

Lately, I have be really running crazy and unfortunately, my hair is paying the price.  I have had no time to get to the hairdresser, let alone style my hair in the mornings, so when I was approached to review a flat iron from I jumped at the chance.  I am in serious need of some new styling options and this flat iron fit my need beautifully.  So when I opened up the package, I was blow away with all the freebies, like ELF makeup as well as the fabulous packaging.  Take a look...

I'm not sure if when you buy the iron you will get all these goodies, but it was very nice of them to send these items my way! 

Some days I don't have time to blow dry so I let my hair go naturally wavy.  A little touch up by wrapping my hair around this flat iron gave just the lift to my natural waves that I was looking for.  If you don't have waves, this iron is just the tool to help you achieve the most sought after beachy wave look.

When I straightened my hair, I was really impressed with how smooth my hair was, even after just one swipe of the flat iron.  My old iron, I had to run over the same strands of hair two or three times to get this level of control.

Now I will say that buying a $240 flat iron is not exactly shopping on a beer budget, but if you use it everyday, it's well worth the splurge. Buy the Hana Elite here. I never had much luck with flat irons, I'm more of a curling iron kind of girl, but this one from Hana Salon I really liked. If you like the look but don't want to spend over $200, then check out a few of the less expensive irons like the Corioliss Flat Iron here. So if you have the money, buy this iron, if not stick to your old one.  That way, you won't know what you're missing...but you will be missing out!

What do You Think of the Hana Elite Flat Iron?

Thursday, October 25, 2012

It's Party Time!

My Friday's Fancies is celebrating it's 100th post today and I'm thrilled to be a part of the celebration!  Today, we are showcasing our favorite party attire and I've put together an inspiration board, sure to make any girl the hit of the party.

Party Time!

If you want to join in on the My Friday's Fancies fun, check out Long Distance Loving and link up.

What Do You Think of My Party Attire?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Leather Wrap Belts

Today, for What I Wore Wednesday's, I am featuring my new favorite purchase....the leather wrap belt.  I have seen these all over the place, so when I saw one today at Spruce in Brentwood, I had to have it. The great thing about these belts is they are so versatile and can be worn several different ways.  I just happen to tie mine this way, but if you check out the website from Ada Collection, you can see a video of all the different ways you can tie these little numbers. 

Buy this belt here.  Also, check out all the other fabulous ways you can wear this fashion statement.
   Even celebs like Kim Kardashian are wearing these!

Here's just one of the many magazines this hot fashion accessory has been featured in.

I'm linking up today for What I Wore Wednesday's. Hop on over to The Pleated Poppy to join in on all the fun!

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What do you think of the leather wrap belt from Ada Collection?

Monday, October 22, 2012

Gushing Over Velvet Loafers

It's not often I spot a trend and immediately think I have to have something similar in my wardrobe, but I have to say, when I first spotted the velvet loafer trend, something about it caught my eye.  I'm not sure if its the laid back, loungy vibe this trend reflects, or if it's just that they look so darn comfortable, but I like them.  This trend is especially fun because its just as spot on for men as it is for women.  Now don't get me wrong, my hubby and I won't be sporting matching shoes anytime soon, but I do find this is a great look for women as it is for men who want to channel the Scott Disick or Hugh Hefner vibe.  So check out a few of my gush worthy loafers I will be stalking this season.

Here are the ultimate velvet loafers from Stubbs and Wooten.  At $400  these are way out of my price range, however, they are a good way to get an idea of how to shop for this style on a beer budget.  

This $79 suede pair from is more like it!

How about this budget pair from Aerosole for just $68? 
They look very similar to this $400 dollar pair from Stubbs and Wooten.   

I think this BCBG pair is so fun and at just $62 they won't break the bank.  
 Another gush worthy pair from for $75.  

You will see this fabulous footwear all over the stores this season, so snatch you up a pair next time you're out shopping and you'll be comfy and on trend this season.  

What do you think of the velvet loafer trend?

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Classy yet Sassy Halloween Ensemble

Halloween is just a few days away and to get in the mood, My Friday's Fancies is all about Halloween inspirations.  I always gravitate towards purples and oranges instead of the standard black and orange when it comes to this holiday, so today I'm bringing you an inspiration board filled with the colors of the season.

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! by winetastegirl

If you want to join in on the My Friday's Fancies fun, check out Long Distance Loving and link up.

What are your favorite colors for Halloween?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Skinny Jeans...One Pair, Two Different Looks

A favorite, go to piece I have in my closet has to be the skinny jeans.  I love this staple wardrobe item since they truly can be worn year round, and are so versatile.  Dress them up or down depending on your mood and destination just by changing your top, shoes and accessories.  One thing I think is truly special about this classic wardrobe piece is that I will grab them just as fast for a day out look as well.   My look I'm featuring today is something I might wear for night out on the town. I'm going to show how you can change this look from night to day just by switching around a few pieces of the ensemble.

Top- Anthropologie (last season) // Jeans- Target (last season) // Pumps- Jessica Simpson (here)
My classic dark blue skinny jean, paired with a frilly top, and nude pumps make a fool proof ensemble for a night out on the town.

Sweater and Boots from my closet
Here you see the same jeans with a sweater and flat boots to effortlessly change for a day of shopping or a trip to the movies.

Don't be scared to try this look yourself.  Pumps elongate your legs if your short like me, and boots help even out the leg if your legs are heavier.  Jeggings, part jean part legging, are very stretchy and comfortable and can be a good option instead of form constricting jeans.  So get yourself a pair of dark skinny jeans this season and create your own looks.

Shop These Looks....
Rock Your Skinny Jeans
Sleeveless top / White winter coat / Calvin Klein Jeans skinny leg jeans / Victoria's Secret victoria secret boots / Jessica Simpson 

I'm linking up today for What I Wore Wednesday's. Hop on over to The Pleated Poppy to join in on all the fun!

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What's your Favorite Versatile Piece This Season?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Lauren Conrad's "Chic of the Week"

One of the first blogs I started reading when I first entered into this amazing world of blogging, was Lauren Conrad's.  So it was such an honor when I received word last Friday that I was chosen as her Chic of the Week!  LC has an amazing fashion sense and when they featured my Wearing White After Labor Day look, I was beyond excited.  Not only was I on vacation, but then I got an e mail from a sweet girl congratulating me on this honor.  Friday was a good day!  So today, I'm thrilled to again feature my outfit chosen by Lauren and her team for the autumn look, and share with you all the link to the article posted on Lauren Conrad's blog last Friday.  Click here to read more....

For all you Nashvillians out there, I also want to mention a wonderful opportunity to get some amazing discounts at some of my favorite stores in Nashville.  Support the Junior League by purchasing their Club 22 Shopping Card. Here's how it works: you purchase the card for $50, then use the card at participating stores during two shopping periods Nov. 1-12, 2012 and April 18-29, 2013 to get 20% off your purchases!  All proceeds from the sale go directly to the Junior League and supports their mission to improve children's health and train women to be the best volunteers in our community!

Do your holiday shopping early and put yourself on the list! With 20% off at over 140 locations, you can afford to.  For a full listing of stores, click here.

Get 20% off of items like makeup from Woo’s Skincare or Private Edition, clothing from Banana Republic, Blush, The Cotton Mill, J. Crew, Emaline, Vineyard Vines, furniture from Karmal-Skillington, a new purse from Kate Spade, and SO much more.  That is what I call shopping with Wine Taste on a Beer Budget!

You may purchase the Shopping Card online at or from the following retailers: Auld Alliance Gallery at Highway 100, Kiehl’s at Green Hills Mall, Levy’s Clothier for Men and Women, The Beveled Edge at Paddock Place, Belk-Cool Springs, Woo Skin Care and Cosmetics and The Container Store.  Hope you all get out there and purchase on of these fabulous cards.

 Thanks again to the entire Lauren Conrad Team for Chic of the Week!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Places To Go In Key West

This past weekend we took a long weekend off and headed down to Key West with some of our dearest friends for some sun and relaxation.  We took this trip earlier in the year and it was so much fun, we just had to go back.  If you've never been to Key West you must plan a trip there at some point in the near future and see what I'm about to share with you in person.  It really is an amazingly fun trip.

Here's a picture I took the morning we were leaving of the Casa Marina resort.  This place not only has a fabulous beach, something that is not so easy to find in Key West, but they also have two beautiful pools with full service bars and wait staff.  We've stayed here twice and we will definitely be back. 

A picture of one of two pools.

Dress- Deja Vu, Bag- Hobo, Wedges-similar here
 This post would not be complete without an outfit picture of a dress from my favorite Key West boutique, Deja Vu.  Now, if you've been a reader of mine for anytime at all, you have probably seen me feature several pieces from this trendy, yet affordable Duvall Street boutique.  The thing I love most is that they have a complete on line store where you can have your favorite pieces shipped right to your door.  Shop Deja Vu here.

Our absolute favorite breakfast place has to be My Blue Heaven.  This eclectic Key West staple serves up some of the best lobster omelets and bloody Mary's around.  If you go there, be warned, they have live roosters running around outside while you eat.  They definitely add to the island vibe and quirkiness!

Fabulous restaurants are everywhere on this island, but one of our must stops is Louie's Backyard.  The outside deck is prime viewing area to see the notorious Key West sunsets while dining on mouth watering island fare.  The wait staff is a little rude, but after cocktails and fabulous food, we were willing to overlook it. 

Of course I always find time to shop while on vacation and this time I found this cute little store on Duvall called Abstracta.  I added a few of these amazing lanterns to my purchase that will look fabulous while we're outdoor entertaining. 

Mallory Square is not to be missed while in Key West if you want to view the picture perfect sunsets and the true island characters.  You will see all sorts of crazy things at the sunset celebration happening every night one hour before sunset.  

Shopping in Mallory Square.

If you're not able to visit in person, then bring a little Key West to your house with this Casa Marina special, the Blueberry/ Tarragon Tonic cocktail.  We sipped several of these at the beach and pool and they are delish.  Take this recipe, make them for yourself, and sit back and imagine ocean breezes and sunshine on your face.   Hope you enjoy!

Blueberry/Tarragon/Tonic Cocktail
2 oz Hendrick's Gin 
10 Blueberries
 10 Tarragon 
¾ oz Lemon Juice
½ oz Simple Syrup
Splash Tonic Water
1. Muddle blueberries and tarragon. Add liquids.
2. Add ice, shake and double strain. Serve over ice with blueberry and tarragon sprig garnish.

Which of These Would be Your Key West Must Stop?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Falling Over Fall

 My Friday's Fancies today is all about Fall and all the amazing colors that come with one of my favorite seasons.  I adore the reds, yellows and oranges that seem to pop off the pages of the magazines and cover the fall collections.  The coats, pants and bags can give you a little bit of fall color and transition your wardrobe into the cooler months ahead.  Check out my idea of the perfect fall pieces I'm currently gushing over.

Falling Over Fall

Falling Over Fall

If you want to join in on the My Friday's Fancies fun, check out Long Distance Loving and link up.

What Pieces Are You Crushing on This Fall?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

How to Incorporate Fall Colors With Greys

Now that I'm back to work, my What I Wore Wednesday's post will most often consist of work day attire.  However, I do typically dress business casual so I can still have a little fun with my outfit choices, right?  Today's post shows two of my favorite gush worthy colors of the fall season....oranges and greys.  I love to pair those two together since grey is such a staple in my fall/winter wardrobes and it goes so well with most colors. Use grey as your basic piece in your outfit.... a skirt, top or pant that can be worn several different ways is a good choice.  I'm wearing one of my favorite grey pieces, the pencil skirt, and I've added in the trendy orange color with the statement leopard print pumps to get an on trend, yet classic look.
Cardigan- J.Crew// Top- L.K. Bennett// Skirt- Off 5th// Shoes- Target
Pair greys with burgundy, oranges, and yellows to incorporate those fall colors in your wardrobe and you will have heads turning and you'll be feeling fabulous.

I'm linking up today for What I Wore Wednesday's. Hop on over to The Pleated Poppy to join in on all the fun!

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What's Your Favorite Grey Staple Piece?

Monday, October 8, 2012

What to Wear on a Fall Beach Vacation

Mid October brings falling leaves, pumpkin spiced lattes and all things Halloween, and for many Americans it often also brings the much anticipated Fall break.  Around here, fall break usually involves a beach, as its that last chance to soak up a few rays before the hustle and bustle of the holidays and the ever so daunting cold weather that winter will bring.  Packing for such beach vacation can be a challenge, however.  Beach supplies usually need replenishing after a busy summer,  and I often struggle with beach attire in the off season.  Can I wear summery linens?  What about white jeans?  All questions I will address today in my tried and true outfit choices for a fall break beach trip.  

First Outfit...  The Romper

Second Outfit... The Basic Sundress

Third Outfit....  Colored Jeans
I love to layer so make sure to bring a few cardigans, a lightweight sweater, and a pashmina to wrap up in for cool ocean breezes and chilly plane rides you're sure to encounter. I do shy away from white jeans and linen myself,  although at the beach pretty much anything goes.  Just make sure you're able to mix and match your outfits to go from warmer days to cooler nights effortlessly and flawlessly.  So here's to warmer weather, margarita's and palm trees.....even if we're all just California dreaming!

What's Your Favorite Look for Fall Break?

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Return of The Polka Dot Top

Today's post for What I Wore Wednesday's is one I've shown before, but I happen to love this outfit so I thought I'd feature it again....and it is literally what I'm wearing today!  

My favorite color combo right now is the orange and blue color palates. I love the dark navy paired with the bright pop of orange or corals, and no, I'm Not a Florida Gator fan, these colors are just everywhere this season and I can't get enough. I also happen to have another order in for more of these necklaces, like the one I'm wearing, so just leave a comment if you're interested in purchasing and the color you'd like.  See below for the two other color options...
Olive Green
Mint Green
 They're $45 and you will wear them with everything!  
I'm linking up today for What I Wore Wednesday's. Hop on over to The Pleated Poppy to join in on all the fun!

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What's Your Favorite Color Combination This Season?


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