Fall Inspiration

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Happy Wednesday! Does anyone else have a hard time getting into the fall spirit when it’s 90 degrees outside? In the morning we have to turn the heat on, but in the afternoon we switch the AC back on. When can I just leave the windows open and enjoy the fall breeze?

My favorite way to get in the fall spirit is by buying pumpkin coffee, fall candles (hello, Bath and Body Works!), and shopping for fall outfits. To help you get in the spirit with me, I decided to do a roundup of some of my favorite items for fall! Of course, boots will always be in style during the fall and winter months. My favorite boots to wear are the ankle booties. The open toe ones are perfect for transitioning into fall, while the over the knee boots are perfect for chilly days that you can always wear during the winter months. I pair the OTK boots with a bell sleeve dress. Bell sleeve dresses and tops are huge this fall.

One trend that won’t be going away anytime soon (and I’m so happy about!) is off the shoulder tops. This off the shoulder sweater is perfect for fall and winter. Just pair it with leather leggings or white skinnies. Blanket scarves are also back again this year! They are so warm and cozy, and are perfect to wear with any fall outfit.

A few colors that will be on trend this fall are olive and burgundy. I’ve also noticed a lot of dark nail polishes, like this dark purple “Kimono-onover” polish from Essie, and dark lip colors like this YSL lipstick in “Dark Pink”.

What are some of your favorite fall trends? Let me know in the comments! As always, thanks for reading!

Valerie

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Summer Whites

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Top: Similar, Similar // Pants // Heels (similar) // Bag: Similar, Similar // Necklace (use code valeriehelton20 for 20% off!)

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a good weekend. Mine was super busy! I went to two Cardinals games, and I’m going to another one tonight. Once baseball season starts, I’m either at the games or watching them on TV at my house, a friends house, or a sports bar. I absolutely love baseball, and have been a fan since I was a little kid. I can thank my dad for that for taking me to my first game when I was little :).

During the summer, my favorite clothing item to wear are my white pants. To me they just scream summer, and are perfect for dressing up or down. I love wearing white on white with pops of color! This top (originally LC Lauren Conrad at Kohl’s, but sold out) has the perfect amount of white and color. You can also wear white pants with a white tank and a bright neon clutch and heels. To dress them down you can pair them with a graphic tee and white converse or sandals.

What is your favorite clothing item to wear in the summer? Let me know in the comments!

Valerie

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Floral Blouse

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Blouse: (Similar, Similar, Similar) // Jeans // Bag: Similar (splurge), Similar (Save) // Necklace // Heels // Sunglasses

Happy Monday! To me, the weekend usually flies by. I tried to spend this one relaxing as much as I could. On Friday I went to bed at like 7:30, no joke. Training for my new position at work wore me out! It will all be worth it in the end though (hopefully).

First of all, excuse my wind blown hair! It was SUPER windy while we were shooting this. I originally bought this blouse at Kohl’s when I had a few coupons to use (you can save so much money there!). It’s by LC Lauren Conrad. I can’t find it online, so I tagged three similar ones above that are perfect for spring. I love pairing blouses like this with jeans or white pants, heels and a neutral bag. I bought this bag from She Inside for under $25! It’s a dupe to the Chloe bag that’s normally $1,800! I have to say, I’m pretty excited about this find. They also have a few other colors as well! I really want the red one, It’s on my wish list!

I found these sunglasses on the same website as the bag, and knew I had to have them! They are the perfect boho glasses that I can wear in the spring and summer.

How did you spend your weekend? Let me know in the comments! And let me know what other features you would like to see on Styled Muse!

Valerie

P.S.: This past weekend was my 1 year blogiversary! I will be having a post next week celebrating Styled Muse’s birthday, so keep an eye out!

Friday Favorites

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TGIF! I thought today would never get here. I know some of you already know this, but on Monday I started a new position at my full time job (I finally got a promotion, yayyy!). It’s more pay and a lot more work! I’ve been training all week, and there is so much to learn! But so far I’m really enjoying it.

There are so many items this week that I’m loving, so it was hard to narrow it down to only 5 items! I have to say though, that Jergens lotion is a pale girls dream come true. After the first application, I can totally notice a difference on my legs! It also doesn’t have a strong self tanner smell like other lotions.

I know when you see the price on that Chloe bag you are going to be like “Whoa, girl, I can’t afford that!” Trust me, I can’t either. But I did find a dupe that looks EXACTLY like this for under $25! You can find it here. I fell in love with this H&M lips tee MONTHS ago, but it sold out super fast. Now it is back in stock, and I was finally able to order one! If you sign up for their newsletter, you can get a coupon code that will make it under $15!

These Baublebar earrings remind me of a mermaid! So you know I had to pick them up last week when they were having a sale, and I’m really excited to wear them over the summer with adorable wedges like the ones above. Wedges are back ladies, so enjoy wearing them over the summer (they are seriously the comfiest heels you will ever wear).

Which ones of these are your fav? Let me know in the comments!

Valerie

P.S.: In the next couple weeks, Styled Muse will be getting a HUGE makeover. I will be switching hosts and redoing the theme on the site. What are some things you would like to see on the site? Favorite places to shop? Outfit guides? Let me know! I want this to be a website for you to come and get outfit or beauty inspiration from! 🙂 ❤

Layered Sweater

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Sweater // Jeans // Heels // Bag (similar: save) (similar: splurge) // Lips (color: Koko K) // Necklace

Happy Monday! I know I haven’t posted in a week or so, but I decided to take a week off. I worked overtime a couple days at my full time job, then went out of town over the weekend to go camping in the Illinois country side with my family. We had a blast, even though it was super chilly (like got down to 28 degrees Saturday night, chilly)! Luckily my parents had a camper that we stayed in that had a furnace (and air conditioner, fridge, stove, shower, tv, EVERYTHING). To me, it’s not camping, but it’s their home away from home. Haha! But I have to say, there’s nothing like a little getaway, relaxing by a fire and drinking wine.

With it just being the beginning of Spring, the nights tend to be really cold. This sweater has that perfect spring look, while also keeping you warm! I really love the lace layered look. It also comes in a cream color! You can pair it with a pair of jeans and heels (like I did here) or booties, or white pants and heels!

What is your favorite thing to wear during the chilly spring nights? Let me know in the comments!

Valerie

Spring Earrings

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Spring Earrings

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When I mentioned in this post that my favorite thing about Easter was picking out my church service dress, I forgot to say that I also loved picking out the accessories to go with it. My mom would always include cute jewelry or a cute purse in our Easter basket that we could wear with our dress to church service on Easter morning. This was something that I looked forward to every year. Hey, mom, can I get another Easter basket? Haha!

Each of these earrings are the reason I love spring and Easter: they are full of color! After the winter blues, this is the perfect way to add color to any outfit.You can also wear these during the summer! All of these are under $35. The exact ones I’m wearing in the first photo are old, but you can find similar ones here.

What is your favorite way to add color to your outfit? Let me know in the comments!

Valerie

Friday Favorites

Friday favorites

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Happy Friday! I’m starting a new theme today. Every other Friday I will be posting 5 items that I am loving right now. The other Friday’s will be saved for Insta roundups. Enjoy!

  1. Fringe Bags: Right now fringe is everything. At first I wasn’t really a fan, but it really grew on me, and now I want all the fringe bags!
  2. Kendra Scott Spring 2016 collection: If you haven’t seen this collection yet, you really need to. It’s gorgeous!
  3. Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor: Matte lips are huge right now. I found this Revlon one at Target one day (does anyone else treat themselves to a new lip color when they go to the store, or is it just me?) and fell in love! I just bought a new color today called HD Devotion and I think it’s my new fav!
  4. Essie Gel Setter Top Coat: I put this on my nails after I’m done painting them, and it makes my polish last twice as long. It really makes it seem like you have gel polish on!
  5. Stud Flats: I’m in search for the perfect flats for spring, and found these for only $15!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

Valerie