Labor Day Weekend Sales

So, it's about that time. The un-official, official close of summer. I'm off to Iowa City to cheer on my college team, the Iowa Hawkeyes! It will be a mini family reunion and a chance to relax before the craziness of my whirlwind trip to NYFW next week! Hoping everyone enjoys themselves this weekend and soak up the summer sun {don't forget sunscreen}! However; if you would rather battle the heat from inside...I encourage you to treat yourself with a little Labor Day Sale action!
Alex and Ani- Enjoy free shipping on all orders. Ends: 9/2. Code: TREAT
BaubleBar- Buy 2 sale items, get 25% off. Ends: 9/2. Code: SUMMER25; Buy 3 sale items, get30% off. Ends: 9/2. Code: SUMMER30; Buy 4+ sale items, get 35% off. Ends 9/2. Code: SUMMER35
C. Wonder- Save 25% on full-price items. Ends: 9/2. Code: LABORDAY
GiGi NY & Graphic Image- Free monogramming and shipping. No code needed.
Gorjana & Griffin- Save 30% off curated summer styles. Code: SUMMERNIGHTS
Joe’s Jeans- Save 30% off fall fashions. Ends: 9/2. Code: LABORDAY
Joie- An additional 20% off sale merchandise. Ends: 9/2. Code: LABORDAY13 
Nordstrom- Save 40% off select shoes. Ends: 9/15. No code needed.
Rebecca Minkoff - Save an extra 20% off all sale items. Code: SUNNY20
Rent the Runway- Take $25 off your first fashion order over $125. Ends: 8/31, new customers only. Code: TAKE25AUG
Stila- Receive a free Lip Glaze set (value of $110) plus free shipping and samples with your purchase of $75. Ends: 9/2. Code: LABORDAY
Tart Collections- Save 40% off. Code: LABORDAY
Tory Burch- Take 20% off purchases of $300, 25% off  purchases of $500, and 30% offpurchases of $750. Ends: 9/2. Code: LABORDAY — also earn up to 17% commission when you use your rewardStyle links!
Trina Turk- Save an extra 20% off sale items. No code needed.
Vince Camuto- Save an extra 40% off all sale items. Ends: 9/3. Code: CLEAR40
Happy shopping!

Event: WWDMAGIC Day Three

Affirmation Bracelets from the BCBGeneration Blogger VIP Skybox

A few more of my favorite snapshots during my time at WWDMAGIC. As I perused the other shows such as FNPLATFORM, we stopped by Fergie Shoes and it was love at first sight with these perforated booties. If you need a new boot, this is the one to get! We also found time to go to the London Sole booth in FN Platform. For a girl on the go, this is one brand you must check out. From loafers to sneakers to bow detailed flats, there is something for everyone!

We were also lucky enough to hear from Joyce Azria, creative director of BCBGeneration and she the best advice about riding the waves and pushing through. Being dedicated to something you love and being passionate are just as important as having style. If you follow through, big things will happen and boundaries are bound to be broken!

Following Joyce's talk I stopped by Aryn K and was able to talk to their designer about what's coming up with their Fall 13 and SS 14 collections. Bomber jackets, mesh detailing, and trousers are trends they are loving. I ended up pulling a few of my favorite pieces to showcase at the Social House!

I am still pinching myself that I was able to attend and cover WWDMAGIC, and I can't thank you enough for following along! Stay tuned for a little behind the scenes look during my time in Vegas tomorrow!


Event: WWDMAGIC Day Two

Lucy Paris

Day two was another one for the books.  I spent the morning walking around with Krystal and Sabrina. I was introduced to a few new-to-me brands such as DarlingCutie, and Lucy Paris and then spent the rest of the afternoon thinking about the swimwear panel I had during the afternoon! Neoprene is making a comeback, very 90s inspired with this Indah Swim neon two-piece! In keeping with the 'retro' vibes, I also pulled a few looks from Anne Cole Swim Collection. I loved their versatile pieces, one design in particular that works as a one piece, high-waisted, and even rolls into a skirt bottom. Who doesn't love that?! They has had a great one piece with mesh detailing for those looking for a more modest cut while keeping an air of sexiness. Following our swim panel snapping a few outfit photos during our photo sessions. I'm loving this cozy orange Lush sweater for the fall!

Lucy Paris...I die. This jacket zips off into a cropped look. 



Speaking Swimwear Trends at the Social House

Anne Cole Swimwear

Indah Swimwear



Announcement: Wallis + The Brunette One Head to NYFW

The results are in. This girl is headed to New York City to cover NYFW with Wallis Fashion. I haven't even unpacked from Vegas and now I need to start planning for NYFW! I can't even begin to process that I'm attending my first ever NYFW, let alone to represent one of my favorite brands. 

I just want to take a moment to extend my deepest gratitude for all of your support. I could not have won this contest without the help of my readers, friends, and my family!
 So thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

Stay tuned for more details!

Event: #JCrewStyleSessions Recap

J.Crew Schoolboy Blazergifted H&M T-Shirt | J.Crew Shorts {old}| Converse

Upon my arrive back to Des Moines, I quickly had to switch gears for the #JCrewStyleSessions event last Thursday. Katelyn, Kiley, and I each styled a look from the new fall collection and mingled with shoppers. Of course, an event just isn't complete without cupcakes. My favorite part was stepping back and taking in our completed looks. 

Each of us ladies has such a unique and defined style that you can most definitely see on our mannequins! While my look was preppy and polished {all she needed was a pumpkin spice latte}, Katelyn's brought in a bit of edge with the mix of camo and distressed denim, and Kiley's girly flair was brought to life with a pencil skirt and layered baubles. Camo, leather detailing, and hats are in this fall!


Event: WWDMAGIC Behind the Scenes

While I have a few posts lined up to talk about my time at WWDMAGIC, I don't think that can even begin to describe my time in Vegas. I was able to meet up with so many amazing bloggers and was blessed with the most amazing roommate - Sabrina of Sabrina Says. She's inspired me to create my first haul video...coming to a computer screen near you...next week :)

 PS. I knew immediately that she and I were going to be friends. We bonded over Schmidt from New Girl and giggled our way through the hot-dogs legs tumblr, it was kismet!

Here's a look back at our time in Vegas!

How many bloggers can you fit into one elevator?

The swag. Recap coming soon...

This Gypsy Junkies maxi dress. Swoon. 

Prepping for the first social media panel with Kaelah & Alex.

On the panel above you have Emily from Storytelling by Emmy J (LA), Alex from Alex Loves (England), Kaelah from Honey Bee in the City (Tenessee), and Mai from Mai Sassy Girl (Tokyo). And, of course, on the left is the super fab Kelsi Smith who basically runs LA. 

Dance Party with Sabrina & Emily


This metallic dress introduced me to my new favorite brand, Lucy Paris

The amazing Digitally Lux team!

Showcasing my favorite Aryn K pieces

DIY: J.Crew Jeweled Baseball Cap

With the release of the J.Crew's fall collection, I instantly found a few new must-haves, this cap included. When a bad hair day is inevitable, a baseball cap can help tame your unruly bed head. While I styled this hat last week at the #JCrewStyleSessions event, I would say my true love lies with this jeweled number. And while some baseball fanatics will spend a fortune on a particular hat, a $125 price point is simply not in my budget. So  here is a budget friendly DIY, enjoy! 

Hat | Target
Jewels & Glue | Michael's 

Total DIY: $30 
J.Crew Version: $125

Step 1: Lay out the jewels in a pattern you love

Step 2: Glue the jewels to the hat

Step 3: Let dry overnight

Step 4: Rock that Jeweled Baseball Cap!

Shop The Look


Event: WWDMAGIC Day One

Walking through the rows and rows of brands at WWDMAGIC can be quite overwhelming. So many gorgeous distractions, it was nearly impossible to hit every single one of them. But one brand in particular that caught my eye on Day 1 of WWDMAGIC was I.Madeline. This cropped top and pencil skirt was reminiscent of a street style look that I've been coveting all summer. As I browsed the racks of clothing I was swept away in look after look of amazing patterns and details. Cut outs, sequins, and cheeky patterns galore.  I could have walked out with their entire collection!



This Thursday J.Crew rolls out their September collection—the biggest of the year! Katelyn from Katalina Girl and I are back to co-host another J.Crew Style Session! Come shop the fall collection with us on August 22nd, from 6-8 pm at Jordan Creek Mall in West Des Moines, IA. Come enjoy refreshments, styling tips, 20% off of your purchase, or just stop by to say hello! We would love to see all of you there. Bring your mom, girlfriends, sisters, daughters, or even your boyfriend or husband! 
See you Thursday!

HM 50 States of Fashion - Iowa: Ikat Printed Trousers

Have you shopped H&M online yet?! Enter to win some goodies from H&M, finalists selected will win $250 giftcard to H&M and there will be one GRAND prize style winner will receive a $1,000 giftcard and a trip for two to New York Fashion Week! The top 5 people with the most likes on the 50 States of Fashion site will be moved into the next round! Tomorrow is the last day to enter!

To Enter:
  • Post a photo on Instagram wearing H&M pieces
  • Hashtag your look with #HMShopOnlineIA (or insert your states abbreviation at the end)
  • Don't forget to cross promote across social media, tagging @HMUSA on Twitter@HM on Instagram and H&M on Facebook and using hashtag #HMShopOnlineIA
  • Tag @_thebrunetteone so I can see your look too!

Contest ends August 21, 2013, 7PM EST.  You must be a U.S. resident and 21 years of age or older to participate.  Official rules here.

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