Category Archives: kate spade jillian dress

dots & spots

27th July 2012

Remember last diy friday where I shared my tips & tricks for creating a polka dot chambray shirt? Well for todays post I’m putting that top to the test by pairing it with my favorite dress.

I’ve layered the jillian dress with denim before, but the polka dots give it an extra dose of whimsy.
some are weary about pairing red & green together, but they are one of my favorite color combiniations. Just make sure you pick unexpected shades of the colors such as a kelly green worn with a red orange (as shown) or a ruby red with lime!
Dress: Kate Spade // Shirt: DIY (Learn How) // Shoes: Kate Spade // Bag: Vintage // Neckalce: Kenneth Jay Lane // Necklace: Vintage // Arm Party: Kate Spade // J.crew // Kate Spade
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predator & prey

19th July 2012

let take a walk on the wild side

today, we are taking pattern mixing to a whole new level by pairing prints with prints in a wild animal inspired look.
Pattern mixing is a great way to make the most of your wardrobe. By pairing patterns together you can breathe new light into your looks while getting extra use out of pieces that you wouldn’t normally wear together.When mixing patterns, remember to keep it classy! Stick to simple silhouettes and classic shapes like a-line dresses and cardigans to keep the look under control. Also look for complimentary colors, using black & white is always a great way to help you achieve print pairing perfection. 
dress: kate spade (& check out this awesome zebra peplum top) // caridgan: h&m (old) // bag: kate spade // necklaces: kenneth jay lane // shoes: kate spade // arm party: j.crew, kate spade, forever 21 // earrings: kate spade.
if you like this look, check out this other pattern mixing outfit featuring the same cardie. It happens to be one of my favorite to ever be featured on cmc.
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Wild Card

3rd July 2012

Today’s outfit is a wild take on one of my favorite dresses: the Kate Spade Jillian Dress… in Zebra!

 I wear this dress a million ways, but today it took a casual twist when I paired it with a black button up to help dress it down.
 Since casual is rarely in my vocabulary, I had to keep the look bright and fun with sparkly layering necklaces and pops of hot pink throughout!
If you are ever thinking of investing in a Kate Spade dress, the Jillian is the one to get! It is so crazy cute, classic and convertible! At kate we say, “if you love it buy three” and that couldn’t be more true about the Jillian! I own it in red/orange, zebra and now black and love them all! See all the ways I wear it!
Dress: Jillian, Kate Spade. Shirt: Basic Black Button Up. Bag: New Bond Street Florence in Shocking Pink, Kate Spade. Shoes: Shelly Pump in Lipstick Pink, Kate Spade. Earrings: Gum Drops, Kate Spade. Necklaces: Kenneth Jay Lane Sparkle Necklace. Necklace: Kenneth Jay Lane All Eyes on You Necklace. Arm Party: Kate Spade All Wrapped Up Bow Ring, Forever 21 Pink Bracelet, Kate Spade Lady Marmalade Bracelet, Juicy Couture Buckle Bangle, J.crew Pave Link Bracelet, Gold Kate Spade Idiom Bangle.
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Buttons & Bows

21st June 2012

Today’s look has a few componets: it helps us dress down a dressy dress while combining a few current trends: tomato red, denim, pops of color and arm parties.
Recognize this dress? It’s the Kate Spade Jillian dress I wore for my MBA graduation, but today it’s getting a casual make over! Here’s how I took it from dress to day…

With the Jillian dress, a little bit of layering can go a long way! I paired a button up shirt under the dress  to dress it down a bit!
Arm partys are all the rage right now! So as always I piled on the arm candy with lots of bracelets, bangles and bling!
A pop of color is always a great way to make a statement for spring! For this outfit I choose a turquoise necklace and turquoise gum drop studs for that perfect pop! 
Denim is also really big right now from colored skinnies to chambray tops. For this look, layering a denim button up under the jillian helped dress it down!
Tomato red was all over the spring runway from prints and patterns to bold solids! It is a super easy trend to try, play it safe by pairing it navy, denim or brown, or be bold by pairing it with turquoise (like me) or even yellow!
 I finished the look by neutralizing it with gold.
 
Shirt: Banana Republic Denim Button up. Dress: Kate Spade Jillian Dress (sale!). Necklace: Kenneth Jay Lane All Eyes On You Necklace. Necklace: Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane Sparkle Necklace. Earrings: Kate Spade Gum Drop Studs. Bag: Kate Spade Gold Scout. Shoes: Vince Camuto Oxford Booties. Ring: Kate Spade All Wrapped Up Bow Ring. Arm Party: Kate Spade Idiom Bangles, Juicy Couture Buckle Bangle, Kate Spade Lady Marmalade Bracelet, J.Crew Pave Link Bracelet.
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Style Spotlight: Jillian Dress

26th May 2012

One again, our favorite new girl Zooey Deschanel is stepping into the spotlight.

Zooey is wearing a kate spade classic with a twist: the bow striped jillian dress (now on sale)!
The Jillian is one of my favorites (I have it in two colors, I may have a problem…) four three reasons: 1) the adorable bow keeps it girlie yet fun, 2) it has the perfect pockets! I am such a sucker for a dress with pockets, especially secret ones like these that don’t gape, 3) the silhouette is perfect for any occasion, you can dress it up or dress it down!  
I often wear my jillians with my denim jacket and tennies or over a button up shirt with a statement necklace. Any way you wear it, this dress is a completely versatile transformational treasure!
If the stripes aren’t your thing, consider investing in a basic jillian like a black silk one. I choose to opt for the fun linen zebra jillian and the bold tomato red/orange one. Whichever one you choose, can became as versatile as the striped one with multiple ways to wear it!
Are you a Kate Spade-esuqe bride to be? Or looking to be a lady in white? If so check out the wedding bells collection white Jillian.
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Operation Graduation

23rd May 2012

It’s been a hard year, but it finally paid off! 
I am now an mba! last week I graduated from San Francisco State University with my masters in business marketing, woo!
So of course, I had to wear something special for the big day and by special I mean Kate Spade of course!

I struggled a bit with what to wear with this purple. White was always an option, but a boring one, so I settled on color, color, color!
dress: cotton stretch jillian, kate spade. shoes: medugorje pumps in blue patent, john fluevog. jewels: j.crew pave link bracelet, kenneth jay lane sparkle bracelet, kenneth jay lane sparkle necklace, kate spade this is the year to idom bangle, kenneth jay lane turquoise all eyes on you necklace (I also have it in black), kate spade gumdrop studs in turquoise. 
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