Statement Earrings Under $50

There are so many great statement earrings out there this season. Bonus points if they don’t weigh down my ear lobes.  And am doing the happy dance all the way to the checkout if they’re under $50. Well, better get my dancing shoes on because all of these fit the bill. Light, bright and (best of all) won’t break the bank.

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Blog Reading 101

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I’ve had a few people come up to me after reading my blog and ask the craziest questions: Where was that shirt from that you were wearing in your post yesterday? How much did those dresses cost that you had on your blog last week? I thought it was intuitive that you can shop my looks by clicking on the labels below my photos, but I guess I was wrong. So I’m telling you now …. you can! This is a one stop blog. To help you less-advanced blog readers, I’m going to try typing links in a different color to let you know what words lead to products and/or other sites. Sound good?

Also, if you are on Instagram, you can shop some of my looks (those with a @liketoknowit tag) by signing up for Like to Know It here . Just enter your e-mail address and then whenever you like a photo, you will get shoppable links sent directly to your inbox.  And it isn’t just my Instagram photos, if you like another blogger’s Instagram image, you will receive their outfit details, too.

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Anyways, there’s really no story about this outfit except that I found these shoes on super sale and thought I’d share. I love the details of the top, too … suppose you can’t go wrong with a sleeveless white blouse in your summer arsenal.

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Here we go, ready for your first test?! Click the blue underlined words below to shop the items pictured above.

Top  //  Jeans // Shoes here and here on sale! // Clutch

Obviously, if you think this outfit is the ugliest thing since Celine Dion walked the Met Red Carpet last week (yep, also a link!) just delete this post and move along with your day.

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p.s. In the interest of full disclosure, http://www.caradisefound.com is part of a few affiliate programs. What that means? If you click on a link in my blog (some, but not all links are affiliate links) and then buy a product from that website, I will receive a very, very small commission for directing you there. All clothes and ideas are still my own!

Be a Parent, Not a Friend

There are signs littering our neighborhood that read, “Be a Parent, not a Friend.” It’s all part of a campaign to make safe the High School Spring, specifically Prom and Graduation, which is usually accompanied by a party or twenty. I thought the signs were great but I’m not here to tell you how to raise your kids. They did, however, get me thinking about prom and (natch) what I wore. So yesterday, as I passed said sign, I texted my mom and asked her to send me a photo.

I still remember making the hour long trek to Cleveland to shop for this dress. To a mall that not only had a Saks, but also a Limited Too and Benetton, which in my teenage world was basically as good as Rodeo Drive. Given Benetton didn’t stock dressy dresses, Saks it was. I recall trying on a few other frocks, admittedly pulled down the lace and rhinestone path for which many of my friends had opted, before settling on this strapless floral number.

As I stepped out of the dressing room and twirled for my mom, I asked, “Are you sure its not too garden party? And it’s not long. Everyone wears a floor length dress to prom.” To which she said, “No, it’s a Spring dance, not the Oscars. You look great.” But lets face it, she probably would have bribed me with cold hard cash not to wear the long, aqua sparkly number that I was deciding between.

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(I have no idea how to rotate this picture. But maybe just as well that you can’t get a good look.)

Indeed, at prom I was the only gal in a short dress and the only one who had not gotten shoes dyed to match their gown (hopefully a practice that never made it out of Ohio?). But mushroom blow out, braces and what appears to be early onset of my Freshman fifteen aside,  I have #noregrets twenty years later.  How many people can say that? And I’m pretty sure I have only my mom to thank, who’s fashion advice definitely aligned with the “Be a Parent, not a Friend” mantra.

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Not Your Momma’s Mister Guy

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If you live in St. Louis, you’ve heard of Mister Guy and their fashionable women’s sidekick, Mister Guy Women’s. For you non- St. Louis readers, it’s an upscale boutique in an affluent suburb of St. Louis, which (confession) I had never shopped because it seemed more like a place my mom would go to buy conservative mom clothes (sorry, Mom). But after crossing the threshold last week to shop their spring and summer collections, I realized all my assumptions could not have been more off base.

They carry a ton of brands that I love. Michael Stars, Milly, and Autumn Cashmere to name only a few. There’s jewelry, shoes, bags, dressy clothes, casual outfits … truly a one stop shop! While I was there, they were also having an Elie Tahari trunk show, which, if you haven’t seen his stuff lately you are missing out. It’s got great lace detail and wonderful silhouettes, that run the gamut from crops to mini skirts to palazzo pants. There really was something for everyone!

While the Elie Tahari Trunk show ended last week, trunk shows are a staple at Mister Guy, with new brands always stopping in to show their new wares. In fact, later this week (May 4, 5, and 6th to be exact) they’re hosting a trunk show for the Italian luxury brand, Peserico. Details are here.

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Here are a few of the items I found and styled. That black and white striped Milly midi skirt I’ve been evening for ages (above). It didn’t disappoint! Perfect for a summer wedding. I also love Milly’s striped cropped sweater (below). It has a vintage-y vibe with those muted colors and is great with high rise denim and ankle boots.

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Bows on my Toes (and on sale!)

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Ask anyone who knows me: I’m not much of a bow kinda gal. To frilly, to feminine … details that seems to conflict with my sometimes cynical and usually sarcastic nature. But, there’s and exception to every rule I suppose, and these shoes are definitely it. I love them and all their girly glory.

p.s. As if you needed another reason to buy them, they’re now on sale! Shop here.

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Get the look:

Shoes   //  Shirt  //  Skirt  //  Tortoise Bracelet   //   Cuff   //   Purse

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Designer Crush: WHiT

I first stumbled upon NY – based label, WHiT on Gilt a few years ago. Maybe it’s me, but I assume if something is on Gilt, it must be past it’s prime or old news. I am sure that’s wrong, but it’s the way I think. I had forgotten about the label until I saw it popping back up in Anthropologie last season, thereby proving my Gilt theory all wrong! It’s designed in NY by Whitney Pozgay, who got her start at Kate Spade before becoming head women’s designer at Steven Allen and then striking it out on her own in 2010. I think it’s the fresh silhouettes, feminine details and easy cotton fabrics that have m’heart. Here are some of the items on my Whit Wish list:

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That grey one shoulder dress at top right especially makes me swoon!

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Shop the Mall, Rediscover your Closet

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You know that phrase, “Shop your closet?” Well, I’m horrible at it. A complete failure. Whenever I need an outfit for an event or a night out, my first inclination is to buy something new. It’s a problem. So the other day when I was shopping the mall, I kept running across wide leg striped pants in many of the stores I visited. It reminded me that a very similar pair lived in my closet. So instead of pulling out my wallet, I went home and found the pants. And this time, instead of pairing with my usual navy silk blouse, I mixed it up with another stripe on top. Admittedly, stripe on stripe might not be for everyone, but there’s no denying that a vertical stripe on your bottom half elongates even the shortest of legs. Below is Exhibit A:

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Waging War With My Closet

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Seems like I’m fighting with all of my tops lately. I tossed the bodysuit, am annoyed by my off-the-shoulders (remember this?) and now have yet another grievance for my closet. Flared sleeves. Bell sleeves, call them what you will. I call them a huge mess. Literally. Because I find that they gather little bits of everything  they come near: food at dinner, hand soap in the bathroom, even makeup as you’re getting ready. It’s like wearing a gigantic ladle on your wrists.  I think they look adorable and are a fun twist on the basic top, but when that bell gets too big? Buyer beware.

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I’ll take one shirt, hold the sleeve, please

Last weekend I was looking for a casual top to wear with jeans for an upcoming party. I realized after scrolling thru a few online pages just how hard it is to buy a whole shirt these days –  one complete with two shoulders and two sleeves. Seems like last year’s cold shoulder has morphed into this years one shoulder, hold a sleeve. Some of these tops, like that Rachel Comey black one on top, is beautiful, but I’m not sure I want to pay over $400 for a shirt that seems to be missing half it’s parts. Below, you can take your pick of this seasons hottest trend.

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In the interest of full disclosure, http://www.caradisefound.com is part of a few affiliate programs, which means, that when you click on a shoppable link and then buy an item from that website, I receive a (v. v. small) commission on any sales. All clothing and ideas are still my own!

Style Mafia Mecca

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Top here and here and similar (cheaper!) version here // Bag // Bangles here and here

Last December we were in Miami and I made my annual pilgrimage to the Wynwood Walls (remember these?!?). As if the walls weren’t enough to get Caradise all hot and bothered, I also learned that a favorite brand, Style Mafia was headquartered in this trendy Miami-area locale.  So, leaving my kids under the care of my husband, I ventured a little off the beaten path to check out their facility. The showroom was full of samples, a huge assortment of Style Mafia current and past creations. I love their funky, unique fashions and especially the totally reasonable price points.  One of my favorite buys from that day was this take on the conventional white shirt. It’s slightly cropped, has puffy sleeves and wraps at the waist. I love it with high rise denim and statement accessories. Here are a few of the ways I’ve styled it.

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