October 23, 2014

easy does it

The Steele Maiden: Relaxed weekend styleAnd now, for the complete opposite of yesterday's post.   That's the thing about my approach to fashion - one day all I want to wear is a fitted pencil skirt and a chic, roomy tote.  And then the next day I want an oversized cardigan and mini cross body bag.  These pictures were taken last weekend and since it's Thursday of a pretty packed schedule week for me (and I may or may not be counting the hours until Friday at 6 PM) I thought showing some relaxed off duty style would hurry things along.  This is probably as casual as I'll ever feel comfortable going - so while there's ripped, boyfriend jeans and an oversized cardigan (a favorite from last Fall), there's also these luxe calf hair leopard booties and a hat (my obsession with hats has reached a fever pitch - look out for quite a few new ones coming up soon).  I can almost see you, Saturday. Hat - similar via Nordstrom // F21 Cardigan - similar // 9th and Elm Necklace c /o // Fossil Bag via TJMaxx // Gap Jeans // Sole Society Boots c/o // Smashbox Lip Lacquer in Flushed c/o
The Steele Maiden: Relaxed weekend style

The Steele Maiden: Relaxed weekend style

The Steele Maiden: Relaxed weekend style

The Steele Maiden: Relaxed weekend style

The Steele Maiden: Relaxed weekend style


October 22, 2014

business blues

The Steele Maiden: How to dress creative casual at the office
Most days, (aside from simply trying to get out the door in time) I try to bridge the gap between business appropriate and creatively casual when getting dressed for work.  That means balancing more structured pieces like this pencil skirt with a softer, graphic t-shirt and countering a weekend-worthy moto jacket with power-stepping heels. And I mentioned it last week when I gave you a look inside - but truly this structured mini tote bag from Dagne Dover is totally changing my morning commute   Yesterday I hauled an umbrella, my lunch, a book and an extra pair of shoes in this thing! It means business.

Sunglass Warehouse Aviators c/o - use code STEELE for $5 off your purchase of $25 of more through 11/30 // Moto Jacket - similar via Ruche // Old Navy T-Shirt // Lulu Frost Earrings - now on sale! // Dex Skirt c/o // Dagne Dover Mini Tote c/o // ASOS Heels

The Steele Maiden: How to dress creative casual at the office

The Steele Maiden: How to dress creative casual at the office

The Steele Maiden: How to dress creative casual at the office

The Steele Maiden: How to dress creative casual at the office

The Steele Maiden: How to dress creative casual at the office



October 21, 2014

spotted: patterned coats

The Steele Maiden: Patterned French Connection Coat and Seychelles Boots
Maybe it's because of my more mysterious new hair color, or the fact that we're closing in on Halloween - but I saw this French Connection stunner of a coat at their Holiday Preview during Fashion Week and lately I can't get it's witchy woman vibes out of my head.  I wasn't sure I could pull it off until I stumbled upon the above image via Pinterest and realized.. you can't fight the vibes of a coat like this.  Give in to the Stevie Nicks meets Salem style of it and pair with a wide brimmed black wool hat, the skinnier the better black jeans and downtown cool black ankle boots.  I like to think she had on dark, blood red lipstick when she turned around.