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Kentucky Gypsy

Jessica Wagner

Jewelry For The Free Spirited

Hey guys! Just dropping in the share some snaps from our latest editorial shoot with Kentucky Gypsy

I’m super excited to tell you a little bit about her color-filled jewelry and accessories line. (Available to shop on Etsy.) 

Without further ado, here are my favorite pieces from her gorgeous collection (plus, check out this dainty Sydney Choker necklace, as seen in this post here.) 

Handcrafted for the free-spirit
— Kentucky Gypsy

I'm wearing the Monroe Bolo in sky blue and bronze Monroe Earrings

Don’t you just love it all already? From charming bolos and chokers, to whimsical earrings and necklaces, these pieces will elevate your look from bland to wildly visionary. You can follow Miss Gypsy herself on her blog here, and keep up with her latest designs over on instagram. 

I love the care and imagination put into every piece. From fine chains, to exquisite statement pieces with lost of character. I mean - these gold guns!! Talk about a conversation piece! (Not to mention all the possible “gun show” jokes to be made…. did ya get your tickets?!)

We took a late afternoon a couple weeks ago to explore up at the lake and found ourselves on a dreamy, rolling prairie. It felt like we had been transported to some open-range ranch in Montana, and the photos turned out super cool! (If you don’t mind seeing me in my "everyday" glasses!)

I recently found out my left eye has been rejecting to my contacts. (Ugh.) It’s basically attacking them and I have been deemed to wear my glasses for the next month. Exclusively. So, wanting to clear things up as fast a possible I have been rockin’ my spectacles non-stop. I don’t really mind my glasses, I just hate not being able the wear my favorite oversize shades! Maybe it’s time for this old gal to consider Lasik? Anyone else have an experience like this?

Anyways, the last couple weeks have been a whirlwind of special projects and collaborations coming together, and I can’t wait to share more with you! In the meantime, stay stylish my fellow free-spirits and gypsy babes!!

Outfit Details:
Dress: Forever 21 Embroidered Maxi Hat: Lack of Color The Valley Glasses: Gant Rugger Necklace: Kentucky Gypsy Earrings: Kentucky Gypsy

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A special thank you to Kentucky Gypsy for collaborating on this post!

My Best Shopping Secrets

Jessica Wagner

White Lace Dress

Ok guys! I’m spilling all! I have a few tricks I use when shopping to score high-end items at a budget-friendly price.

Exhibit A: The Little White Dress

White and lace will have you ready for springtime brunch, cocktails, picnics and all the on-coming parties in between.


Splurge // Save

Guess which dress is more expensive...

The one on the right is the save! Originally $195, I nabbed mine on sale at Nordstrom Rack for $18. Here’s how.

The dress on the left is by Self Portrait and costs $$$. I was charmed after seeing it on it-girl fashion bloggers, and parading across Pinterest… but it will set you back roughly $500 (aka not in my budget.) I put “white lace dress” on my LIST so I would remember to scout one out.

I found the dress on the right, by Romeo + Juliet Couture marked down to $35 and then got an additional discount because the zipper was broken. This same dress was originally almost $200. You guys – I mean there is no other way to shop! You can’t get a dress anywhere this lovely for that price. My rock-star seamstress fixed the zipper for a few dollars. You can’t beat it. 

1. Bargin Hunt

Now, I know barging hunting is not for everyone, but this a great option for anyone on a budget, or for someone who likes name brands at a lower price. It's an affordable way to keep up with fashion and trends. I am a born and bred bargain shopper... (my mom is the Queen, I am her heiress.) I will splurge for special occasions, or when I find something that is just too good to pass up. My advice is to be a bargain shopper. This means something different to everyone, but look for discounts, shop off-price realtors, compare prices, shop sale and outlets. It’s smart! And I know you are a smart clever girl. I also love second-hand and vintage stores (that's where I found these pink vintage Gucci mules for a steal. ) Places like TJ Maxx and Nordstrom Rack are full of name-brand and designer fashions at a fraction of the price. It’s a great way to be able to afford high-end items. On-line sites like Poshmark are also golden for tracking down a sold-out item or high-end designer clothes and accessories.

2. Buy Less, Choose Well

AKA make sure the juice with worth the squeeze. This is becoming one of my most important guidelines when making a purchase. You want a $500 dress but only have a $50 dress budget. You either need to save up, or be uber resourceful. Most likely you will find another dress that is just as good and save you money for something better. Learn to set aside that instant gratification impulse. It's like working a muscle – you need to use it regularly to reap the benefits. Do not - I repeat - do not put that thing on your credit card. Sticking to a budget will help you shop with conviction. Impulse buys rarely leave you feeling satisfied, in fact they leave you with a shirt that doesn't fit after one wash. Saving up to earn that special item gives you time to consider where your money is going. The bottom line – invest in classics, it will benefit your closet in the long run.

3. WAIT FOR IT.

REPEAT AFTER ME: There will always be cute stuff to buy.

This a little trick I like to play on myself when I need talked down from an impulse buy, because this happens ALL THE TIME. I fall in looovvveeee with something and have to have it. (I mean every other instagram scroll or Pinterest binge puts me in a want/need/pretty please frame of mind.) With everything available on-line it’s almost too convenient. It’s easy to click “add to cart” and never look back. Practice this mantra with me guys: There will always be cute stuff. ALWAYS. That exact seemingly perfect item might not always be there, or it might go and sale, and hey, look at you saving money and being clever. I promise eventually something better will come along. There will always be pretty dresses to buy and gorgeous heels to wear. So when you’re feeling sad about not being able to afford something (or know you will get in trouble if you come home with another pair of shoes) remember these things always come back around. 

4. The Want // Need List

Keep a running list of items you would like to add to your wardrobe. Mine is on my phone so I can glance it over any time. This can include a new pair of running shoes, a retro pair of sunglasses or a cocktail dress for a beach wedding. It will help you remember what you are looking for (so don’t even try on those cute hot pink rain boots in your size that you will only wear once because they don’t go with anything.) I like to keep this list to classic capsule wardrobe pieces, a few seasonal items and maybe a trend or two. You might see you change your mind on some of the items as you wait for a deal, or they come and go out of style. 
 

5. EDIT

Clean out your closet on the regular, not once a year. If you can’t keep up, at least try to edit down each season. I love to donate, and recycle. Let your closet breath. It will also help showcase your current style, as whatever you were wearing a couple years ago might not represent who you are now. Sites like Poshmark or Ebay are great resources for selling your gently used name brands. (Shop mine here!) I set the money I make aside to put back into my closet. Sort of like a one in – one out idea. Move on if doesn’t fit anymore, you only wore it once, or toss if it is damaged (stains, holes.)  I could write a whole post on this (maybe I will!) as it’s an area I think a lot of us struggle with. (A closet full of clothes and nothing to wear!) Also, this helps you see what you love and what gets the most airtime. Those are the pieces that cue you in to your favorite style and what you should emulate.


A couple other quick tips…

-Know the brand and their return/shipping policy. 30 days is pretty standard, but on-line can be different. If you are on the fence, bring it home and see how it looks. Put in on with the shoes and the bag. (I do this all the time – I don’t buy it and then I can’t stop thinking about it /talking about it and end up getting it anyway.) I rather have the option to return it, if it doesn’t work out.

-Try on a zillion things. (Although this can be a gamble – everything looks good or nothing works lol.) It never hurts to give something a try. I think this is how I find a lot of my favorite unique items. Snap a pic in the fitting room! It’s like having another set of eyes.

-Share. Borrow. Find a friend who wears the same size shoes and you just doubled your shoe collection. Swap clothes. I borrow from my sisters all the time and it really saves money. There are sites you can rent clothes from as well. Especially when you want something new for vacation or a special event. You know all your girlfriends have pretty wedding guest dresses hanging in their closet waiting to be worn again.

I hope some of these help, as I get asked this question fairly often - how do you afford to buy new clothes all the time?! The answer is I am a fox when it comes to clothes. (What kind of animal are you when shopping? Comment below!) I literally shop like a frantic animal on the hunt!! I have a tight budget. I don’t always stick to it – but I am honest about everything I buy to keep myself accountable. (Who doesn’t like to splurge on something nice that they just looooove?! ) I enjoy nothing more than curating the perfect outfit for any given occasion. It’s my “art.” If you are like me, this is the way to go (and if you are paying attention I am happy to share anything in my closet!) I guess what I am saying is, if you love to shop you have to practice smart shopping habits in order to maintain a fresh dream closet to actually choose from. Buy from ethical fashion brands, shop local and invest in the classics and know simple in always in style.


Outfit Details:
Dress: Romeo + Juliet Couture (sold out, but was here, love this one) Hat: Old (love this one) Shoes: Vintage Gucci Pink Logo Print Mules (similar here) Bag: Jessica Simpson Lorelei Clutch (similar here) Watch: Old (also love this one) Lips: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Baci

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What are your favorite shopping tips!?! Share in the comments below!

The 3 Second Outfit

Jessica Wagner

What To Wear: When You Don't Feel Like Getting Dressed

It’s Saturday morning. You decided to sleep in, and now you only have 15 minutes to get ready before meeting your #girlsquad for brunch (or before heading to your kid’s Saturday morning sports event.)

We’ve all faced the dilemma - you have to leave to house, but you don't feel like getting ready or you're short on time. There is a solution (besides flaking and staying home sweatpants // no bra –the usual.) Have a 3 second outfit.

When you only have minutes to get dressed (aka Monday- Sunday) it helps to have few effortless go-to items that always manage to look cute without trying too hard. I have the perfect arsenal for making that last minute lunch date or trip to the store.

On a personal note, this has been me the last few weeks. My family and I have been dealing with multiple illnesses and it’s been tough. The amount of energy it takes to look remotely put together is almost enough to kill me. (I’m being only slightly dramatic.) When no amount of concealer is going to mask those dark circles, and you are breathing through your nose like a wildebeest with a slight limp due to a broken toe, well, good luck. (Um can I just say this tiny little appendage has caused me so much pain and left me near immobile for the first week and is still healing - word to the wise watch out for the corner of the wall - it sneaks up on you.) {No stiletto heels for 4-6 weeks.} By having a go-to outfit you feel presentable in, you allow yourself to skip over the “what the &*$% do I wear” list, and make that afternoon outing a reality.

I live in these pieces when I am not curating an outfit for a specific occasion. Bonus: this is also the perfect "hide from the paparazzi" look. 


Neutral Color Duster

Neutral Color Duster: This bad boy has been a lifesaver come spring/fall. (Last seen here.) It always managers to look chic. I actually wear this almost every day. I suggest looking for one in grey, black, or camel as those shades go with everything. Choosing a durable color will allow for easy layering from casual to high-end outfits.


Baseball Cap

Baseball Cap: Everyone should have an option for those days you just don’t want to deal with your hair. I love this dark grey and black tweed style. It’s also a go-to item on my list. I’ve had this style in my arsenal for a few years and it always manages to look tomboy-cute! If you're not a hat person, try a hair wrap or turban-style headband. Both options are sure to hide unwashed hair and keep you feeling winsome. J Crew has some super fun baseball style caps in spring colors on their site in right now. Hats are great for those bad hair days (or super windy days, as seen here.)


Dark Sunglasses

Dark Sunglasses: The more oversize the better (what dark circles?) These are my favorite pair of high-end sunglasses by Karen Walker. Invest in one special pair and I promise somehow they will always manage to look a little bit glam, no matter what you style with them. (Plus, if you keep them on, you can get away with no eye-makeup.)


Leather Leggings

Leather Leggings: They have instant-cool girl vibes. A major upgrade from your yoga pants / sweats and will trick anyone from guessing you have been a sick zombie all week.


Classic White Tee

Classic White Tee: This is an item you can never have to many of. Try tying one in a side knot to add some interest and show off high waist bottoms. (Last seen here.)


Comfortable Sneakers

Comfortable Sneakers: Converse and Stan Smiths have been on current rotation since I hurt my foot, and they are still trending across the fashion realm. I have been eyeing a pale pink pair of tennies but have yet to commit, as white are just so easy. (Seen here, here, and here.)


A Bag You Don’t Have To Carry

A Bag You Don’t Have To Carry: Being a mama I was super exited when these became popular. (Seen here and here.) A backpack purse is such a great option for running around. I hate having to lug a bag on my shoulder all day, especially when I already have enough to remember/ look after. This style you can sling on you back and forget about it. (Just remember your lunch box too kids!)

***Starbucks coffee cup optional.

That’s it dolls! I might was well share, during this shoot I felt like death, and I’ve been running around unbeknownst to me, with a baddie cold and I have to say, you would never know it from the outfit. Try it, it works (but if you are sick, stay home!)

Outfit Details:
Coat: Old (similar here) Top: Forever 21 Bottoms: Old (similar here) Hat: Old (love this one from Anthropologie and these from J Crew) Shoes: Adidas Stan Smith Sunglasses: Karen Walker Bag: Forever 21