Monday, April 13, 2015

Happy...







Moto Jacket: old, similar here and under $30 version here | Top: J.Crew, similar | Skirt: J.Crew (under $40!) | Pumps: J.Crew Factory, love these | Clutch: old, similar | Sunnies: Ray-Ban | Watch: MK | Bracelet: kate spade | Earrings: Charming Charlie 

photography c/o f8 creative



What can I say, blush is my new favorite color! This skirt from J.Crew not only comes in the most perfect hue, but it's also under $40 now and they still have almost every size so grab 'em while you can! In all honesty, this skirt is super flattering and it's easy to wear with tanks and button downs for work. For a working girl like me on a limited shopping budget, $40 for a high quality, versatile skirt is a no-brainer!!! Also I'm newly obsessed with my lace moto. I bought this one almost two years ago and just recently starting wearing it all the time. It looks great dressed up or dressed down with a basic t-shirt and jeans. I'm now looking out for a neutral one for summer so if you find one email me!

Total side note: when I was going through these photos, I couldn't help but notice how HAPPY I look in almost every single one. Serious props to Chris my photographer for making me laugh the entire time we're shooting - he has a gift for capturing great moments!


Friday, April 10, 2015

Monochromatic...







Jacket: Forever 21 | Tank: J.Crew Factory | Denim: 7FAM | Pumps: BCBGeneration | Bag: vintage, loving this clutch | Sunnies: Ray-Ban | Watch: MK (on sale!) | Bracelet: kate spade

photography c/o f8 creative


Black and white... two of my favorite colors! There's a reason black and white is such a winning combo - there's a simplicity in the pair that makes almost any outfit look sooooo chic. 

I can't get enough of these 7FAM jeans! When I first put them on they fit like a glove, so I was worried they would lose their shape after washing them, but nope - washed and dried (I normally don't dry my denim but I was in a hurry!) and they fit the same as they did before washing. Quick funny story: I was talking to a friend about my jeans and he asked: they look great, but like, can you sit down in them? I died because I knew EXACTLY what he was talking about - some jeans can just be THAT tight (and usually in that case they're probably not that flattering either...) but these jeans are not like that at all! They may be form fitting but they are 100% sit down approved :) My jacket is also becoming a new staple. I can definitely see it being paired with a fitted pencil skirt and top for work or even an LBD for a night out! So versatile and under $35! 

What are everyone's weekend plans? This is the first weekend in over a month that I won't be traveling so I'm taking full advantage of sleeping in and getting things done at home!

PS: the ShopBop $100 gift card giveaway rafflecopter closes Monday - enter here!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Pastel Pink...







Dress: J.Crew | Pumps: BCBG | Clutch: vintage, loving this black clutch | Necklace: J.Crew Factory | Bangle: kate spade (on sale for $25!) | Sunnies: Ray-Ban

photography c/o f8 creative


Happy Easter Monday! There's something about this holiday that always makes me want to pull everything pastel to the front of my closet. Maybe it's the pastel-painted Easter eggs and the bright colored Easter candy that inspires my wardrobe during this time of year! I wore this dress for church on Easter Sunday and felt not only chic but comfortable. The tiered-chiffon overlay is of great quality, but I wouldn't expect anything less given that it's from J.Crew. Plus the hemline is the perfect length for church, seeing grandparents, etc! Definitely worth the money, and it's on sale for under $100! 

GIVEAWAY TIME!!!
I'm soooo excited to be doing another giveaway with 3 other fabulous midwest bloggers! We're giving away a $100 gift card to one of my FAVORITE online stores, ShopBop! I always head to ShopBop for  high quality staple items, like my Ray-Ban sunnies, 7FAM jeans and pieces from other designers that you can't always find in midwest department stores. They have a wide variety of styles, and their AMAZING spring sale is coming up! As always, I've made it super easy to enter: simply follow me on Instagram or Bloglovin'. Have a great day! Thanks so much for reading. 
*must be a U.S. resident to enter

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

10 things...







Dress: H&M | Vest: similar and similar | Pumps: J.Crew Factory | Earrings: similar | Sunnies: Targetrecently purchased these | Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelet: kate spade | Lipstick: Covergirl Lipshine - 235

photography c/o f8 creative


So one of my blogger friends did a post where she shared 20 interesting facts you probably didn't know about her, and I'm realizing that many of you, whether a new or longtime blog reader, probably don't know a lot about me! I love reading emails/comments from readers and getting to know about all of you, so I've decided to list 10 random things about myself and hopefully by the end of this article you'll know a little more about who I am and won't be totally bored or annoyed!! :/

1. My name is actually Elizabeth - Libby is not a middle name or a family name, just the name I go by!

2. I have one sister, Emily, and although we look alike, we literally have opposite features! She's blonde, I'm brunette; she's tall, I'm on the shorter side; she has green eyes, mine are blue. However if you put the two of us in the same room, you'll know instantly that we're sisters - our mannerisms and the way we talk are almost identical! 

3. When it comes to black coffee, I prefer Dunkin Donuts. If I want a latte, Starbucks is my jam. When hot chocolate or tea is a necessity, dear God please let there be a Caribou Coffee nearby!

4. I played soccer competitively from ages nine - 17 and have won the state championship four different times. I played in regional competitions in front of college scouts almost every weekend growing up, but I was never going to be fast or tall enough to play Division 1, and frankly my love of playing soccer faded in high school, but I'm a HUGE U.S. Soccer fan. I would probably cry if someone brought me to a U.S. Soccer match (men or women's team!). 

5. Yellow, orange and lime green nail polish really weird me out... on others it looks really cool, but for some reason it's just a "no" for me!

6. I've never traveled out of the country before! I actually never had the desire until recently, so I'm gathering a list of places I want to see. I have cousins who live in Japan, so right now that is on the top of my list!

7. I will be cheering for all three Iowa college teams (Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa) in the NCAA tournament. I just love the craziness of March Madness and want all of them to win!

8. I hate black licorice. I know, random, but really, who does?? I don't understand how anyone thinks that stuff is appetizing... OK sorry, I just had to get that off my chest! Ha!

9. The town I live in has a population of 3,000 people, and there is very limited shopping here. You can only imagine the amount of restraint needed when online shopping...

10.  I have never been in love, although I definitely thought I was not too long ago! It's funny how you can be so sure of yourself but then God waves His hand and says, "I've got something else in mind." Although difficult at times, I'm looking forward to that "something else". 

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Thank you to all of you for your continued support of me and my passion for blogging! I'd love to hear a little about all of you as well - feel free to introduce yourself in the comments or email me! styliniowan (@) gmail (.) com. 
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