Blogger’s Night Out at the St. Louis Premium Outlets

I have the best blogger friends in St. Louis, and last night, we went shopping at the  . It was fun, fabulous, and fashion-filled! I had the pleasure of hosting the evening at my favorite place for outlet shopping thanks to the generous support of the St. Louis Premium Outlets.

Ann Taylor Amalfi Halter Dress 1c

What I’m Wearing:

Dress: (on sale w/extra 60% off)

Shoes: (on sale | I sized down a 1/2 size)

Earrings:

Rings:  (on sale),  (on sale)

Watch:  (new )

The St. Louis Premium Outlets has long been my go-to spot for fashion-forward pieces and luxury items at off-prices. Remember my Kate Spade Landscape dress? I found it at the St. Louis Premium Outlets. What about my Kate Spade leopard dot dress? I found it there too. Today’s post shares a few highlights from the last night’s event.

Ann Taylor Amalfi Halter Dress 2c

I’ve been so excited about last night’s event for weeks. Here I am welcoming everybody before we get to the fun part―outlet shopping!

St. Louis Premium Outlets Blogger Event 1c

The St. Louis Premium Outlets team had so many surprises for us. There are fabulous opportunities for you too. If you’ve been planning a trip out to the outlets, (August 5th to 7th, 2016) is the perfect time to save even more on your purchases. Also, if you’re a Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas fan, you have the opportunity to actually MEET THEM .

St. Louis Premium Outlets Blogger Event 2c

The gift bags? Best swag bag I’ve ever received! They were filled with products from retailers at the mall, including Vera Bradley, Gold Toe Socks, the Luggage Store, Saks Off 5th, Crabtree & Evelyn, and Starbucks.

St. Louis Premium Outlets Blogger Event 3c

I’d like to send a special shout-out to all my blogger gals for coming out to the event. Be sure to follow them to see what they #FoundAtSimon. Their links are below.

St. Louis Premium Outlets Blogger Event 4c

Back: Carmen (), Jenna (), Cara (),

Roxy (), Me, Kim (), and Julia ()

Front: Elena (), Aramide (), and Caryl ()

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Let the shopping begin!

Outlet shopping at St. Louis Premium Outlets

Come back next week to see me style my finds. I found so many fabulous and affordable items that I might be styling a few outfits. Stay tuned and have a wonderful weekend!

Thank you to the St. Louis Premium Outlets for sponsoring the entire experience!

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My Life Got Better When I Started Living it My Way

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older. #passiondefinedremyrefined #CollectiveBias

Would you believe me if I told you that I toured the Midwest as the lead singer of a popular reggae band? Fact! The opportunity to perform reggae music while living in St. Louis made me feel so connected to my island roots. Caribbean culture shaped who I am after all! I’ve performed at the Wild Hare in Chicago and opened for international recording artists like Luciano and Steel Pulse. While music had always been a passion, it had never been one I thought I could or should explore while building my academic career. But, why can’t we have it all? I’m really excited, then, that  feels the same way and wants to help you pursue your passions, whatever they may be.

#passiondefinedremyrefined

I’m so grateful for three important role models who guided me while I navigated my varied interests. They encouraged me not to be defined by what I do and to instead do all the things that inspire me. I had no idea at the time how important that lesson was. I now know; however, that that encouragement has served as a catalyst for me to continue exploring new interests. I started a blog. I started teaching dance fitness courses. I’ve embraced opportunities to do public speaking. And, all of these things paint the picture of who I am.

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Rémy Martin Tropical Cocktail 1c

One of my mottos is to live colorfully. You’ve seen my colorful clothing and outfits. You’ve seen my colorful home. I eat and drink in color as well. Here’s one of my favorite cocktails to serve during the summertime. It’s tropical, it’s bright, and it’s super tasty. I like to call it “Paradise Blend.” The drink uses Rémy Martin VSOP (or Rémy Martin 1738 on special occasions), my favorite Fine Champagne cognac. This cognac has fruity notes that blend perfectly with tropical juices.

Rémy Martin Tropical Cocktail 2c

Paradise Blend Recipe:

1 oz Rémy Martin VSOP

2 oz Tropical juice (I used a blend of pineapple, apple, carrot, and passion fruit)

Ice for shaking

Strawberry slices for garnish

Lemon slices for garnish

Directions: Shake ice, Rémy Martin VSOP, and juice together. Strain into a glass. Add garnishes et voila!

Rémy Martin Tropical Cocktail 3c

What would you most love to do if you could be supported in that endeavor? Give yourself a chance, and enter the today.

Rémy Martin Tropical Cocktail 4c

I didn’t Want This Dress Until This Happened

I’m not quite sure why I didn’t immediately gravitate towards the . It has a festive print in colors that I love. On a recent trip to J.Crew, though, I passed by the dress (on a sale rack, no doubt) while wearing my  and noticed that they shared the same colors. I tried them on together, then, and mixed-print magic happened. That encounter inspired today’s look, an outfit I wore to a happy hour a week ago.

J.Crew SUNDRESS IN RATTI® HAPPY CAT PRINT 1c

Dress: (on sale)

Sandals: (sold out, but occasionally pops back)

Bag: Coach (old, love this )

Earrings:

Rings:  (on sale),  (on sale)

Watch:  (new )

J.Crew SUNDRESS IN RATTI® HAPPY CAT PRINT 2c

Here’s a closer look at how the prints come together.

Mixed-print magic, J.Crew SUNDRESS IN RATTI® HAPPY CAT PRINT, J.Crew Collection Mixed Gingham Print Sandals 1c

Lip: and

J.Crew SUNDRESS IN RATTI® HAPPY CAT PRINT 5c

By the way, remember when this Coach bag was the must-have bag back around 2012? Mine still comes in handy whenever I need a pop of green. It’s such a classic style too.

J.Crew SUNDRESS IN RATTI® HAPPY CAT PRINT, J.Crew Collection Mixed Gingham Print Sandals 3c

5 Reasons I Love These New J.Crew Shoes

I’m working on a fun collaboration that required an Visit-Internet closet visit. In preparation, I pulled several of my favorite pieces and laid them out. The stylist and photographer liked my shoes and asked where I purchased them. Without thinking, I told them that most were J.Crew shoes. When I looked closely, though, ALL of the shoes were actually from J.Crew. Since finding a few shoe styles at J.Crew, especially my beloved , that fit comfortably and always look amazing, I’ve been expanding my shoe collection. I’m happy to welcome J.Crew’s newest d’Orsay flat, , to the comfortable and fly shoe club.

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J.Crew Sadie Flats, J.Crew Shoes

Here are 5 reasons I’m loving this new Sadie flat:

1. They’re comfortable right out of the box.

2. They have a sexy v-shaped vamp (leopard pair has a slightly different style).

3. They’re already available in fabulous textures, prints, and colors. The is calling my name!

4. Their overall silhouette is versatile, making them easy to wear with anything.

5. They have an affordable starting price of $98.

 

Sizing? I’m a true 8 and sized down a 1/2 size to a 7 1/2 for the best fit.

See the complete outfit that went with the shoes above in .

A Fabulous Alternative for an Off-The-Shoulder Top

X marks the spot! The  is the perfect summer top. It’s shoulder-baring without the fuss of keeping it in place. It has a striking combination of print and color. It has a right-on-trend ruffle overlay. It’s even 40% off right now with the code BRFLASH!

Banana Republic Print Cross-Neck Top, J.Crew Sadie Flats in Snakeskin 1c

Top:  (on sale with code)

Jeans: c/o 

Shoes: (new style!)

Earrings: (old)

Rings: (on sale), (on sale)

Watch: (new )

Banana Republic Print Cross-Neck Top, J.Crew Sadie Flats in Snakeskin 10c1

I saw the top in-store while in New York City this past weekend, so I tried it on having had it wish-listed for a minute. I liked it so much that I purchased it and wore it the very next day. For reference, I’m wearing the top in a size small.

Banana Republic Print Cross-Neck Top, Summer Top

Mac ‘Midnight Mambo’ lipstick (try ) &

Of course, I visited a few J.Crew stores while in the big city as well. We have J.Crew stores in St. Louis, but our local stores get a fraction of the inventory. St. Louis stores don’t even receive the shoes, and you know those are my favorite things to purchase at the Crew. While there, then, I tried on every shoe style I’ve been curious about. I’m glad I did, too, because J.Crew sizes aren’t consistent across styles. I bought the  in a half size smaller (7 1/2 instead of 8) than I usually wear. These flats are also available in a and a .

J.Crew Sadie Flats in Snakeskin 6c2

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Banana Republic Print Cross-Neck Top, J.Crew Sadie Flats in Snakeskin 2c

Banana Republic Print Cross-Neck Top, J.Crew Sadie Flats in Snakeskin 6c