Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Guest Post: The Lifestyle Guide

Today we are lucky enough to have a post from Landi of The Lifestyle Guide and she's talking about all of the things every gal should have in her closet. I know I've been struggling to focus on the basics lately and I love what she put together. I think my next essential purchases will be a great pair of flats (hopefully in leopard print). If you've never been over to her blog before- go right now. It's full of fashion, interiors, and even fitness tips! It has a little bit of everything you're looking for and her outfit posts are adorable! Thank you SO much for participating, Landi! 

Hi styleash readers! I'm Landi from The Lifestyle Guide & could not be more thrilled to be here posting for Ashley today. She's in Mexico {soaking up some rays} with the bf right now... jealous, right? I know I am! BUT am so happy Ashley asked me to post while she is away. Today I bring to you {what I consider} the TOP 13 "must haves" for your wardrobe. As you can see these pieces are all black, white, navy, and tan. The neutrals... why? Well because they're essentials! These articles of clothing can get you away with almost any other color/pattern you'd want to pair it with and in any place you may be going. That's the beauty of key pieces in your closet... Check it out.

1//James Perse Tee Shirt: These are the BEST tee's money can buy. They last ages, come in different styles {crew neck, v-neck, etc.} and colors. They're awesome for lounging or being paired with nice pants & flats for a girls lunch.

2//Rebecca Taylor Dress {no longer available}: Although this dress is currently sold out, you get the picture. A dress that is a little dressier is great in case of a last second interview or brunch with the boyfriend's parents for the first time occasion. 

3//AG Stilt Straight Leg Jeans: Every girl {woman-whatever tickles your fancy} should own an awesome pair of "nicer" jeans. I like straight legged jeans the best because skinny/cigarette pairs make me self-conscious. The darker wash makes them not only look more expensive but you can get away with wearing them to an event which light jeans would  look inappropriate but the darker jean is just fine because of the color ;)

4//TOPSHOP Pleated Skirt: So yes, pleats are in, but that's not why I choose this skirt. One, the color - you could pair this skirt with almost any pattern/color and get away with it. Two, it can be dressed up or dressed down - score!

5//AG White Matchbox Jeans: Just like #3, I feel the same way about white jeans {and black for that matter}. Great for summer, obviously, and these babies can be worn over and over again without getting sick of them.

6//TOPSHOP Silk Blouse: A blouse, such as this TOPSHOP one, is wonderful. You could pair it with shorts, a skirt, jeans, or leggings and it'd be precious. You can wear it to work with a suit or with a pair of jean shorts on a picnic. It works wonderfully everywhere.

7//AG Coated Black Cigarette Jeans: Is it obvious yet that I love AG jeans? They're my favorite brand because of their fit & how long they last. They don't stretch to make you look like you've pooped in your pants but don't look like you're going to bust at the seems either. These jeans--refer to #3 & #5 ;)

8//Vince Favorite Tank: It is an obvious must have to own great tanks. Whether you're wearing it as an actual top with some great layered necklaces or under a blazer or sweater, they're close to your body & need to be comfortable. I love Vince tanks but also Nordstrom carries a great line of them for a wonderful price!

9//J.Crew Nora Calf Hair Flat: Leopard flats are such a great pair of flats to own. They're great for long periods of standing on your feet & you can wear leopard in any season!

10//Kelsi Dagger Black Pump: I'm a big fan of a killer pair of black pumps. The material doesn't matter as much... make it suede, patent, leather - whatever you prefer... but you'll need black pumps for a great deal of events in your life so investing in some great ones couldn't hurt. Kelsi Dagger is a fave - comfortable & reasonably priced -- can find even cheaper at DSW!

11//Steve Madden Traisie Pump: Basically the same goes for a pair of nude pumps as for the black ones... great investment!

12//Sam Edelman Gigi Sandal: Sandals are great in the summer time & buying a pair that are a neutral color is even better. Then you can wear them with any outfit you've sported in the summer time & not worry about them matching! Grab & go, baby!

13//Frye Melissa Button Boot: My all time favorite thing about winter is being able to sport gorgeous boots. These Frye Melissa boots are my world but are a bit on the pricey side. You can invest in a cheaper pair of boots (Steve Madden?) for half the price that are still way amazing. Here again - brown or black boots can be rocked with tons of outfits & will last you decades!

Hope you all enjoyed reading about my "must-have" pieces... Is there something else you consider a must have? Do share!! Thank you, Ashley, for having me - hope you get totally burned tan on your amazing vaca. Come by and see me anytime at The Lifestyle Guide. Would love to have you ;)


  1. That's a great list, very good picks i think. I own most of them but number 4 and 11....how I don't own either of those?!! I don't know but I really want both of them now I've seen them.

    Amelia @ UGLY DUCKLING xxx

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  2. I agree with the need for every single one of the items on this spread. Great choices!

  3. That's a perfect list! I'm on a hunt for jeans, I've seriously believed that I can't find the right pair, but I'll try AG and see!

  4. Thanks for having me, Ashley!! Hope you're having an amazing time on your vacation! :)