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Boots + Scarf Bundle Sale TODAY ONLY!

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It’s the 2nd birthday of Fashion Friday with Cents of Style and we’re all celebrating in a big way! It’s the perfect fall Fashion Friday – boots AND a scarf for just $32.95 shipped!

IMAGE: Fashion Friday- 9/12/14- Boots & Scarf- $32.95 & FREE SHIPPING with Code CELEBRATE

Ok, scarves are a no-brainer. They are the most wonderful fall accessory – warm, stylish, an outfit-maker! This infinity scarf is a silk/poly blend and comes in eight different colors!

IMAGE: Fashion Friday- 9/12/14- Boots & Scarf- $32.95 & FREE SHIPPING with Code CELEBRATE

And the boots…ahhh, boots. Buckles are everywhere on boots right now. These boots have a small heel and are perfect for any calf size – and all the women said AMEN!

IMAGE: Fashion Friday- 9/12/14- Boots & Scarf- $32.95 & FREE SHIPPING with Code CELEBRATE

IMAGE: Fashion Friday- 9/12/14- Boots & Scarf- $32.95 & FREE SHIPPING with Code CELEBRATE

Isn’t this the cutest fall outfit?! To get this deal, put the shoes of your size and the scarf in your color choice in your cart, then use the code CELEBRATE at checkout to get both for $32.95 total with free shipping!

This sale went fast last year, so celebrate with Cents of Style now and get your own scarf and boot set to get cozy and stylish in this fall!

Which color scarf is your favorite? I’m loving the orange!

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My Favorite Noonday Necklace + Giveaway!

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I shared my fall ethical fashion favorites earlier this week, but I intentionally left a few off so I could feature them on their own. And today’s feature includes a giveaway, too!

Do you know about Noonday Collection yet? Noonday uses fashion and design to create economic opportunity for the vulnerable. Jobs are created, scholarships and no-interest loans are provided, adoptions are funded…there is SO much good coming from this super-fashionable organization. And if you watched My Big Family Renovation on HGTV with the Hatmaker family, your saw a LOT of Noonday jewelry on mama Jen.

So here’s my current Noonday favorite – the new Tierdrop necklace

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Outfit details: t-shirt + leopard flats - Target, skirt – GAP, Star Cluster necklace – DaySpring

Beautifully handmade in India with glass beads, rhinestones, metal beads, and twisted rope, the Tierdrop necklace is gorgeous and way more versatile than I originally imagined! This first outfit was a late summer church outfit, but I could easily add some leggings or tights, ankle boots and a denim jacket to transition to fall!

And here is a full-on fall outfit featuring the Tierdrop…

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Outfit details: military jacket {similar} - thrifted/GAP, white v-neck tee – GAP, jeggings – WalMart, grey ankle boots – Steve Madden, Crescent Moon earrings – Noonday

I love that the Tierdrop necklace can be worn with a fancy outfit or add a little spunk to a t-shirt! I know it will get LOTS of wear with my fall capsule wardrobe and beyond!

Would YOU like your own Tierdrop necklace? You can win one here now! Just enter below!

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Fall Ethical Fashion Must-Haves

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Before we dive in to my fall capsule wardrobe next week, I wanted to take a moment to share a few of my favorite pieces for the fall that are ethically made. I’m not in a place where I can buy everything fair-trade, but I sure am a lot more aware of my purchases and always have my eyes open for new places to buy clothing and accessories that are ethically sourced.

I could do a post every day about ethically-made pieces I love, so it was a challenge to narrow down this list, but here are a few of my favorites for fall right now…

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Game Day Selam scarf by fashionABLE – Fashion + football = two of my favorite things in the world. They have all sorts of team colors available now, with more coming soon!

Teshome leather wrap bracelets by fashionABLE – I wear one or two or three of these every single day. They are perfect for stacking!

The Geno women’s houndstooth socks by Mitscoots – Fun socks on a mission to give socks AND employ people. Plus they are super comfy.

Brynnda custom bag by Better Life Bags – Favorite purse I’ve ever owned and you can customize it with whatever fabrics your heart desires. See my Brynnda here.

Grey diamond ballet flats by The Root Collective – Grey is THE hot color for the fall and goes with everything. I love knowing that Otto made my shoes and is getting paid a fair wage for making them!

White tagua seed earrings by The Root Collective – Yep. I wear these several times a week. They are neutral and so light!

Faith, Hope, and Love Block Print Wallet by JOYN for DaySpring – This print is just fabulous and screams fall! Use the code SAVE20GIFTS to get 20% off!

French Terry shirt in Midnight by Everlane – I love my Everlane shirts and I’ve heard this is the softest sweatshirt around. You can check out all the factories Everlane products are made in right on their website. Love that transparency.

Teal Sankofa necklace by Johari Creations - How gorgeous is this necklace?! I can picture it sprucing up a plain tee/maxi skirt outfit or with a chambray shirt and black skinnies!

 

The color grey, lots of leather, tribal prints – what fall trends are you loving?

What ethical fashion companies do you love?

 

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Must-Have Tools for Creating Your Capsule Wardrobe

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I told you this week about WHY I need a capsule wardrobe, but I needed some tools {and time} to make it finally happen! Once I finally set aside some time and utilized these tools, it was actually pretty easy to piece together my capsule wardrobe for this fall. I recommend using the tools in this order…

Tools for Creating Capsule Wardrobe

The No-Brainer Wardrobe by Hayley Morgan

Read this first. Everything you need to get started is in here: the why, how, and what of making your own capsule wardrobe. This book is not about rules, but about inspiration and guidance for simplifying and refining your style and closet!

Pinterest

If you don’t have a board on Pinterest where you pin styles you love, start one now. If you do have a style board {or several style boards, like me}, take a good look at what you’ve been pinning. Make notes of what you pin. Jot down favorite pieces you own and make note of ones that you want to acquire. Think of this as “required research.” I think of it as lots of fun! I also use Pinterest after I’ve picked all my pieces to figure out new ways to style them.

The Capsule Wardrobe Planner from UnFancy

I love a little pen + paper work when I’m brainstorming, so I printed out Caroline’s free planner and started scribbling away. I like the way she makes you think about your lifestyle and how that affects your wardrobe needs. I also appreciated the section on color planning. It’s really important to be able to mix and match most pieces in your capsule and the color section helped me weed through my choices!

Stylebook App

I adore this app. Stylebook is the app you need once you have your capsule mostly selected and you want to start putting together outfit ideas. You are basically taking pictures of each piece of clothing and adding them to your digital closet within the app. Getting each picture taken, edited, and added can take a little while, but Stylebook has some good tips on making this easier. Also, when I buy a new piece of clothing, I grab the image off the store website OR from the “Shop” section of the app if possible because it already has a plain white background, which means less editing!

After your clothes {and shoes and accessories if you want} are entered, you can put together looks for day, evening, work, or whatever categories you want to form. You can also “log” what you wear each day with the calendar section and keep track of how often you wear each item! Another fun feature tells you “cost per wear” for any item you enter the value for! Check out all of the features here. Stylebook is such a useful capsule wardrobe tool, but it is also tons of fun!

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Ok, we’ve covered my capsule wardrobe why and how this week! Next week I’ll share a little more about inspiration and what I’m NOT including in my capsule wardrobe. The week of September 15th, I’ll share all my pieces!

Are you doing this capsule wardrobe thing with me? Do you already have a fall capsule wardrobe planned? If you’re still thinking about it, what questions do you have?

 

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Why I Need a Capsule Wardrobe

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This post could also be titled, “Confessions of a Clothes Hoarder.”

I like clothes and fashion a lot. I see nothing wrong with that. Except that my closet is packed and it takes me forever to figure out what to wear.

Yes, I have been a clothes hoarder and I know I can’t be the only one.

I was first introduced to the idea of a capsule wardrobe with Hayley Morgan’s ebook, The No-Brainer Wardrobe, a few years back. I’ve always loved Hayley’s style, so I was very curious about the mindset and process behind her own wardrobe. This is what I learned about the value of a capsule wardrobe from Hayley:

“Every woman should be able to choose an outfit in much less than ten minutes regardless of her plans for the day, the state of the weather…or her laundry. Meaning, when your feet hit the floor in the morning–you should be thinking more about the delicious cup of coffee that awaits than whether you will look cute in your clothes.”

Yeah, my closet excess often hinders the getting-dressed process, but it had been over two years since I first read the book, and I hadn’t done anything about my hoarding. Then I got a little reminder jump-start form Caroline over at UnFancy, who says this about a capsule wardrobe:

“Simple definition? It’s a mini wardrobe made up of really versatile pieces that you totally LOVE to wear.”

I loved this idea  - fewer, high quality pieces that can be mixed and matched –  but I was still hesitant to actually implement it because, well, I like clothes and I like lots of options.

My mentality has shifted in the last few months, however. I knew that I should be buying better quality basics and less of the cheap, trendy stuff. I knew I didn’t need the same shirt in five different colors. I knew I had a basic style I loved, but I couldn’t bring myself to get rid of the things I wasn’t wearing…you know, just in case.

As I’ve added more fair trade accessories to my wardrobe, I’ve found myself grabbing the basics in my closet more and more often, gravitating to the same tops and bottoms in different combos, and then dressing them up with a fashionABLE scarf or a Root Collective necklace and flats. I realized I was basically dressing from a capsule wardrobe within my overstuffed closet, and it was time to just get rid of the excess.

Why I Need a Capsule Wardrobe

I need a capsule wardrobe because I need simple. I need less clutter. I need fewer decisions in my day. And I also need better. This clothes hoarder still loves clothes, and I tend to be an impulse buyer in the clothing department. Now I know I want well made, classic pieces that fit me and my lifestyle – and I don’t need to add lots of extras!

Here I am, diving in to the capsule wardrobe world. I’m still hesitant to throw out or donate all the clothes that didn’t make my fall capsule wardrobe cut, so I’ve taken some advice from Caroline over at UnFancy, my other online capsule wardrobe mentor. When I cleaned out my closet, I made a donate pile and a “maybe” pile. The clothes I still like and that still fit that aren’t in my fall capsule – the maybe pile – are now in a storage tub in the basement. If I find that I “need” something from there, I can always go grab it. If, at the end of this fall, I find that I didn’t even miss those pieces, I can donate them!

In the next few weeks, I’m going to share with you some tools that helped me create my capsule wardrobe, as well as the pieces I finally settled on! Everybody arrives at different pieces, a different number of pieces, and a different style, but I think these tools and this series will be of great value – accountability for me and hopefully some inspiration for you!

I’ll be explaining a lot more as we go, but if you have questions or ideas you’d like me to address in reference to a fall capsule wardrobe, let me know in the comments or at homewiththeboys at gmail dot com!

 

Have you attempted a capsule wardrobe? Do you need to try it?

 

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What I’m Loving {August 2014}

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These “What I’m Loving” or “What I’m Into” posts just make me smile – I love sharing what I love and I love reading what others love! I have a whole lot of new loves this month, especially as I’ve been planning my fall capsule wardrobe which will debut mid-September! Eek! I’ll try to keep this short…

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Evy’s Tree – Luxury hoodies from the lovely Amy, mom and designer extraordinaire. I will be living in these this fall. Seriously cute and insanely comfortable. So amazing that I have THREE of them in my fall capsule wardrobe.

Fix My Eyes

“Fix My Eyes” by For King and Country – I want to hang the chorus of this song in our living room as our family’s motto. And the actual song is super fun, too. The boys all have it memorized and we sing it at the top of our lungs together in the car. They also put on the best live show.

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Ballet flats – Like my friend Crystal, I am NOT a heels girl. Ballet flats + boots are my thing. The two kinds of ballet flats I can’t live without are from The Root Collective and Tieks. I’ve shared about The Root Collective before and I’ll be telling you more about Tieks soon. The Root Collective just released their new fall line of flats this week – GORGEOUS. Use the code FALL14 to get 20% off right now through September 7th!

Revelation Wellness

Revelation Wellness VIPtv – I’ve told you about Insanity, T25, and the 21 Day Fix, but THIS is what I’ve been looking for all along. Alisa Keeton has created a fitness program centered around the most important thing to me – Jesus. Revelation Wellness has workouts of EVERY level and each one is focused on worship and the Word. I can’t get enough of it. I’ll probably do whole post on it next month. VIPtv is just $10/month, can be played on any device with internet access, and you will LOVE it. If you sign up, just enter my name – Erin from Home with the Boys  - where it says, “How did you hear about us?” We’ll both be entered to win a free year of VIPtv when you do!

What I'm Loving August 2014

Caribou Coffee – This isn’t the nearest coffee shop to me and mine doesn’t have a drive-thru, but it’s still my favorite. Yes, it is worth the drive AND getting my kids out of the car to go grab a Turtle Mocha or Iced Pumpkin White Chocolate Mocha. My coffee heart belongs to Caribou.

TV: So You Think You Can Dance, My Big Family Renovation {full series marathon on HGTV next Thursday!!!}

Books: Finishing up the River of Time series by Lisa T. Bergren

Movies: Guardians of the Galaxy {loved it}, Lego Movie {hilarious}

Last, but not least… 

Labor Day Sales – A long weekend and fun sales – enough said! Here are a few of my favorites:

 What are you loving this Labor Day weekend? Make it a great one!

 Linking up to Leigh’s What I’m Into post! Lots of fun posts to read over there!

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Ballet Flats + Bracelet + Scarf = Under $25 from Cents of Style

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This is one whale of a sale from Cents of Style for Fashion Friday - I think you’re going to love it! Today only, you can get not one, not two, but THREE items for less than $25 shipped and let me tell you how!

IMAGE: Fashion Friday- 8/29/14- Ballet Flats & Bracelet- $20.95 & FREE SHIPPING with Code LOVELY101

The deal starts with a pair of ballet flats and a bracelet.

IMAGE: Fashion Friday- 8/29/14- Ballet Flats & Bracelet- $20.95 & FREE SHIPPING with Code LOVELY101

The flats are super cute, open-toed, and come in gray or sand colors – great neutrals to go with everything!

IMAGE: Fashion Friday- 8/29/14- Ballet Flats & Bracelet- $20.95 & FREE SHIPPING with Code LOVELY101

For bracelets, you can choose between two different cuff styles in a total of ten different colors!

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Put a pair of shoes and a bracelet in your cart and you COULD stop there. Just use the code LOVELY101 to get the ballet flats and bracelet for just $20.95 and free shipping!

OR… You could also add on this lovely scarf to your order for just $3.99!

IMAGE: Fashion Friday- 8/29/14- Ballet Flats & Bracelet- $20.95 & FREE SHIPPING with Code LOVELY101

This will pop up as an add-on item when you are ready to checkout! The scarf comes in four different colors! Just remember to use the code LOVELY101 at checkout and all three items – ballet flats + bracelet + scarf – will be yours for less than $25 shipped! And this sale is for TODAY ONLY!

Happy shopping and happy weekend!

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Let Me Introduce You to My Hair’s Best Friend

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I have had more compliments on my hair in the last few weeks than I can remember in a long time. Not bragging, just stating the facts.

Curly Hair

While I’m flattered, I thought it time to reveal the real star behind these great locks. Let me introduce you to my hair’s best friend…

Hair's Best Friend

A curling wand. The Hot Tools HTBW1852 Curly-Q Tapered Nanoceramic Curling Iron, to be exact.

One of my best friends is a hair stylist and she knows the goods for getting great hair, so this was an amazing gift she gave me last year. My hair is stick straight and does not normally hold curl well, but with this curling wand, the style will last for a couple days, only needing a few touch-ups!

Curling Wand

The secret is the high heat, which also makes it slightly dangerous for a klutz like me. And that’s why you MUST wear the glove that comes with it. Just think of it as a nod to the late great Michael Jackson. You can even listen to a little “Thriller” while you curl if that floats your boat.

I would do a video, but I think I might kill myself trying to demonstrate this all. Or at least subject myself to serious burns. Pinterest has all sorts of more professional curling wand tutorials and I pinned some on my Style: Hair board. I leave the step-by-step videos to them. But rest assured that if I can do it, you can do it!

I can give you these few tips from my stylist best friend…

  • Spray your hair with a light hair spray before your curl, then section off the top and work on the bottom first.
  • Second or third day hair works GREAT for this.
  • Small sections of hair will give you tighter curls. Larger sections will give you loose waves. I go somewhere in-between usually.
  • Wrap the section of hair around the wand away from your face in the front. Further back in your hair, you can mix up the direction of wrapping.
  • Spray after your curl to set everything.
  • I shake my hair a little after I’m all done curling to give it a little more body.

My hubby loves the “beachy wave” look and I love how long it lasts – win-win! And it’s less than $35 for my hair’s best friend – worth every penny and more!

Have you tried a curling wand?

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Vote for the New fashionABLE + ALT Scarf AND a Sale!

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Let’s start with the sale because I don’t want you to miss it…

fashionABLE is having a sweet end-of-summer sale! Some of my favorite scarves are up to 45% off right now! The Alem in gorgeous strawberry red is just $18! That is CRAZY! This sale will run as long as supplies last, so get yours now!

And now for the contest…

Would you like to help to pick fashionABLE’s next scarf design? Here’s your chance!

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Over 100 designs were submitted in the fashionABLE + Alt design contest and it’s been narrowed down to these three GORGEOUS choices. Check them out close up for yourselves, along with the name of each designer…

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I really do love them all, but I’m partial to the grey one {in the middle} because I think it would look rocking with a plain black or pain white tee and skinny jeans! Get your vote in by Wednesday, August 20th at midnight CST!

Tell me: which scarf are you voting for?!

{I’ll still love you if you don’t pick the grey}

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fashionABLE Flash Scarf Sale!

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Mark your calendars! Set an alarm! Some of my favorite fashionABLE scarves will be 40% off today from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. only!

 

 

This flash scarf sale will include the FrehiwotEtanesh StripesAlem, & Anchinalu scarves, each at 40% off while supplies last! Just use the code SEEYASUMMER2014 in your shopping bag to get this amazing deal!

 

I own all four of these scarf styles and they are each amazing! Here is the Anchinalu in action:

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Each scarf is skillfully and lovingly made by a woman in Africa who has sustainable employment through fashionABLE. With your scarf, you will receive a tag telling how your purchase has helped one woman change her life. You will treasure each note and every piece – they are amazing works of art.

Remember, the sale is for FOUR HOURS only TODAY – 2-6 p.m. CST – and you need the code SEEYASUMMER2014 at checkout to get the 40% off! Grab a few of these beauties before they sell out!

Come back and tell me which scarves you bought during the sale!

 

 

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