Inspiration + Shopping: College Game Day Style

This week has been nuts which accounts for the haphazard posting schedule. Drew (the one that can drive) has been out of town all week which has left me running around like a crazy person. Confession: yesterday I totally forgot where I was supposed to pick up my kid. Obviously I was late getting there. Truly it’s the story of my life.

Anyways, I know you all don’t care that much about that especially when a long weekend is on tap! Not only is it a {beyond wonderful} three-day weekend but it’s the kick-off of college football season. I’m pretty excited for Monday night when my Miami Hurricanes take on UofL here. I’m fully prepared for getting heckled but no matter what the outcome is, I’m just pumped to get to cheer them on in person. And by cheer them on, I mean get to do the “We got some Canes over here” cheer with people who understand it.

Moving on again, I know that no matter who you’re rooting for that you’re probably trying to hunt down some game day ‘fits in the right color which don’t necessarily involve sporting lots of logo apparel. So I’ve rounded up some inspiration in a variety of team colors to help you get your team spirit on in style.

I’ve also got a list of some of the big Labor Day sales in case you get the shopping itch while enjoying some time off. Either way, I hope you all have a bad ass, amazing, relaxing, fun long weekend.

And if you’re tailgaiting on Monday night, I’ll be the crazy girl running around in a Miami jersey (yes, that’s happening – clearly not taking my own advice. There’s no shame in my game).

p.s.  - send me your game day pics and I’ll post them!

 On to the sales… I’ll keep updating these throughout the weekend. 

Anthropologie: Enjoy an EXTRA 20% OFF sale items. over 600 styles added! Limited time only. Ends 9/1

C. Wonder: Get Prepped For Fall with 30% Off Full Price Items at C. Wonder

* Gilt: Labor Day Event Up to 80% off

J.Crew: 40% off Final Sale with Free shipping on orders over $100. Free Shipping on all orders on labor day (8/29-8/31).

* LOFT: 50% off Select Full Price Styles and 50% off Sale Styles. Shop from 8/28 12a EST – 9/1 11:59p EST

* Nordstrom: Up to 40% off

* Sephora: Summer Sendoff Sale! Get up to 75% off hot summer favorites.

Sole Society: Select styles up to 70% off: Footwear (including select Best(ie) Brands), Bags & Accessories. Final Sale.

Waiting on Martha: Friday-Monday 20% off EVERYTHING code, SOLONGSUMMER


Outfit Post: Seeing Stars

She doesn’t get nearly enough love over here but Whitney Neal aka the gal behind the camera is the best. We met randomly but over the last two (or is it three) years, she’s become such a wonderful, amazing, genuine friend. The only bummer is that we don’t get to spend much time together outside of our marathon shoots.

A week or so back we decided to change things up and just get together to chat and catch up (since most of the time our conversations get super segmented and cut-off in between outfit changes). We decided to try out The Weekly Juicery for a smoothie. If you haven’t stopped by yet, it’s tucked in on Bauer in St. Matthews. The store is so airy and bright, the staff is friendly (!!) and helpful, and the juice/smoothies are delicious. I’m planning to try a couple day cleanse soon (probably after this weekend) so I’ll let you know how that goes!

But on to the outfit. Before we left, Whitney snapped a few quick pics since I actually made it out the door in one, mildly put together piece. This necklace was a bit of an impulse buy at the J.Crew sale. Clearly my love of stars overrode my desire to save. I’m also sporting the zippered jeans I was gushing about last week (spoiler: they are Old Navy). Seriously loving the fit on these.

p.s. – The Madewell Grand Opening is tonight at Oxmoor Mall. I don’t think I’m going to make it but looking forward to checking it out this weekend!

White Vest: Target (seen before here); Star Necklace: J.Crew (Love this clustered version too); T-Shirt: Urban Outfitters; Zippered Denim: Old Navy; Heels: c/o Sole Society; Baby Bag/Carry All/Best Throw it in the Bag Ever: Rebecca Minkoff; Bracelet: Gorjana Mesa Cuff from RocksBox and Loren Hope

Photos by Whitney Neal.

Favorite Things: How to Host a Murder Mystery Party

I thought about skipping over this post on the blog but I feel like having one of these parties is too fun not to share and seriously, I can’t recommend throwing one enough. If you’re more into the outfit game, I’ll be back to that tomorrow – promise.

I love a good costume party. Nothing like dressing up in something fun on a random Saturday. Also everything is funnier in a costume.

My friends and I had been wanting to throw a Murder Mystery Party for FOREVER so this past weekend we finally bit the bullet and put one together. Granted it was a little last minute but it was crazy fun and a good learning experience for when we, inevitably, want to have one again.

I had never thrown, or gone to for that matter, a Murder Mystery Party but as a long time lover of both the game and movie Clue – I figured it would be a lot of fun. Luckily my pals were on board and after a little internet searching (what did we do before the Googler), I found a kit that we all agreed to. The crazy fun/good thing about these is you can find a “murder” for almost any party theme. There’s 80′s, Old West, Luau, Toga, Prom, I could go on.

Initially we thought we might have more people, so I bought a party kit for a larger group that was Dallas (the tv show, not the city) themed. We all loved the theme but when we didn’t have the right amount of people, I bought this one instead. The Murder of Millionaire theme still fit with our over-the top 80′s Oil Baron/Cattle Rancher theme so it worked out perfectly. I think we also clearly have a bit of a Dynasty vibe going too.

If you’re thinking about throwing one (I HIGHLY recommend it), I’ve included some tips after the pics (sorry for the pic quality – it was hard to focus on taking pictures with all the ridiculousness).

Oh and if you’re in Louisville, there’s only one place to get a seriously bad-ass costume – The Nitty Gritty.

Here’s my quick tips/instructions after planning:

* Require Costumes. Seriously, it’s no fun if you’re the random person dressed in regular jeans and a t-shirt when everyone else is decked out.

* Pick a Host who can Keep a Secret. In some kits, the host knows the entire story so you’ll want someone who’s hair is big enough to hold all the secrets. In others (like the one we did), the host can assume a role and play along.

* Get everyone their roles in advance. I wish I had delivered the identities a little sooner to all the players but getting the characters out early helped everyone pick out a great costume and prepare for their role.

* Make sure everyone can come on time. You can’t roll in thirty or 45 minutes late or you’ll miss a huge chunk of the party and make it a pain for everyone else playing.

* Have Name Tags at the Party. Even if you only are playing with eight people, you’ll forget people’s character names. Name Tags are key.

* Encourage everyone to stay in character until the end. This is big time. It’s way more entertaining and hilarious is everyone stays in their character the whole night. Give awards at the end of the night to whoever played their part the best.

* Serve Drinks. Often and Early. No but really, after a drink or two everyone got WAY more into their parts.

Throw your own: Murder of a Millionaire Party Kit

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