Thursday, September 29, 2016

3 Ways to Wear Faux Fur for Fall

I'm excited to share a perspectives piece from my friends at Lyst, a fashion site that allows you to access your favorite designers, all in one place. Their platform allows you to buy now or save for later. Today, they're sharing expert insights on ways to rock fur look while not being over the top. I'm personally a believer in faux fur as a key to rounding out your fall and winter wardrobe. My fur vest is a staple. When it comes to faux fur, here's what you need to know...

September is officially in full swing, which means cooler fall weather is right around the corner (that is, if it hasn’t reached you already). We all know that the transition into a new season requires a shift in your wardrobe as well. And while fall fashion encompasses a ton of seasonal staples that never seem to go out of style, there’s one trend in particular that remains a luxe classic we can’t wait to wear: faux fur. Glam to the max, the seasonal go-to may seem intimidating to rock at first, but it's surprisingly versatile and extremely wearable—we promise. To get the most out of this posh piece, check out these chic and easy tips for styling faux fur this fall.

Add an Edge with Contrasting Pieces

Thanks to its luxurious, elegant, and—who are we kidding—straight-up movie star vibes, faux fur tends to read more ladylike than tomboy. Which is great when you’re feeling super feminine, but what about those times you want to take the va-va-voom down a notch or two? For an easy solution, take Who What Wear’s advice and pair your faux fur coat with pieces that lend a not-so-girly finish. For example, try wearing your furry topper with slouchy boyfriend jeans or edgy leather pants, and finish it with a chunky ankle boot for the perfect balance between gritty and pretty.

Pair with the Basics

It’s an undeniable truth that fur, in all its various forms, falls squarely in the over-the-top glamour category, which is what makes it the best way to elevate even the most casual of outfits during the cold weather months. While the average jeans-and-a-tee combination might not be your go-to when dressing for a night out, add a faux fur to the equation and—voila!—you’ve got the perfect ensemble. To achieve the right mix of low-key and high-end, begin with a basic foundation. Looking through Lyst’s collection of on-trend tops, you'll find a number of layering staples, such as long sleeve tees and thin knit turtlenecks (on-trend for the fall). Then, add your favorite skinnies (or yoga pants), riding boots (or sneakers), and, finally, your faux fur for a comfortable yet chic outfit that doesn’t feel too dressed up or dressed down.

Opt for a Faux Fur Accent

If the grandiose nature of fur is still a bit intimidating, no worries: there are plenty of ways to dip your toe into the faux fur waters without rocking a full-on fuzzy coat. For tips on starting small, read Huffington Post’s article on how to wear fur without looking like a furry creature. It includes the suggestion to invest in faux fur accessories or a less overwhelming fur piece, like a stole or vest. Thankfully, faux fur comes in many shapes and sizes, making it easy to add as much (or as little) of the luxe material to your ensemble. For minimal impact, opt for a faux fur hat, handbag, or gloves, all pieces that can be removed from the mix at any given moment. If you’re ready to commit just a bit more, look for clothing, outerwear, or shoes that feature a pop of fur (on the collar, for example) for a subtle accent that doesn’t sacrifice any of fur’s glamour.

This guest post was sponsored by Lyst.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A Quick and Easy Fall Gift

My favorite time of the year is full of the most fun and festive goodies. Once the stores start putting out all of the fall decor and home accents, I can't help myself. I want all of it! So instead of buying it all for myself, I decided to spoil my friends. I put together two of these gift baskets for my besties who both have September birthdays.

It all started with this wooden, polka dot crate. I saw it on the shelf in Target yelling, or better yet, screaming my name. It's so Simply Sarah Style. I had to have it...uh, had to have it for my friends, that is.

From there, I started brainstorming all of the things I could put it in the box. Within a few steps, I stumbled upon Target's fall kitchen display, so I picked out a kitchen towel featuring a recipe for pumpkin pancakes and spatula. This fall goody box was starting to come together.

Then I discovered the end cap display of seasonal party supplies. Cue the "hello fall" napkins and Cheeky plates.  (Got to love those Target end caps! They get me every time, and I'm sure I'm not alone.)

I saw some pumpkin spiced caramels and thought, "What the heck...throw those in too!"

I still had room in this cute, little crate, so I included some of my favorite soap from Bath & Body Works. To top it off, I added fall foliage and curly ribbon.

It's so easy to find fabulous fall things. Curated together they make a great basket of goodies that I was proud to present at my friends' birthday dinner on the first day of fall. Here's to the start of all things pumpkin and plenty of fall favs!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

A fall festival to-do list

I love fall. Hands-down, it's my favorite season. With pleasant temperatures and some sort of festivity every weekend, it is, no doubt, the best time of year. Ever since I can remember, I've been a festival go-er. My mom and I were always out and about exploring new places and getting ideas for new projects and crafts.

Since there's so much to do in town and around the region, I thought I would share a quick list of the fall events I typically attend. Here's to celebrating pumpkin and apple everything!

September 24: Country Applefest (Lebanon, OH)

October 1 - 30: Fall Fest at Neltner's Farm (Camp Springs, KY)

October 7 and 9: The Wool Festival (Falmouth, KY)

October 7 - 29: Keeneland (Lexington, KY)

October 8 and 9: The Sauerkraut Festival (Waynesville, OH)

October 15: The City Flea (Cincinnati, OH)

October 16: Herbst Farm Tour (Camp Springs, KY)

Others I would like to try include:

Every Saturday in October: Country Harvest Trail Days at Reed Valley Orchard (Paris, KY)

All October: Various festivities at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill (Harrodsburg, KY)

All October: Fall Festival at Kinman Farms (Burlington, KY)

October 19 - 22: The Pumpkin Festival (Circleville, OH)

Any events I missed? I'd love to hear your suggestions.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Cincinnati shopping: A trip to Bargains and Buyouts

I love home design. There's just no denying it. When I walk into a room, my mind instantly sketches up what it could look like and explores at least ten hypothetical design possibilities within minutes. If I only I had an unlimited budget to make all of my design dreams come true.

Unfortunately, I don't, but I do have a solution to cure my design envy. I said it before and I'll say it again... 

Here's why:
  • You can find a wide variety of home decor items: furniture, rugs, artwork, patio furniture, pillows, lighting, mirrors, mattresses and a variety of "you never know" kind of items (e.g., kitchen sinks, electronics, even clothes).
  • You can negotiate! Each price tag features the retail price and the Bargains and Buyouts price. Then you can negotiate on top of that. (Be sure to check out the pricing on the items from my first ever B&B haul.)
  • They have a rewards program that allows you to pile on savings, even on top of your negotiated price. (Get more details here.)
  • The sales associates are so nice! Seriously, I get great service every time I go. (Josh, the GM, is my man. Ask for him. He'll take care of you!)
I've outfitted my house with numerous Bargains and Buyouts finds. Honestly, not a week goes by that someone doesn't ask me about this store. (I'm sure some of you probably discovered Simply Sarah Style through my initial Bargains and Buyouts post that went wild on social.) 

Since discovering this store almost two years ago, I've partnered with the store owners to share my favorite finds with you. This time, I thought I would share some items I discovered on my last trip.

Wall Art

Love, love, love this mirror. Definitely contemplated taking this one home with me, but I couldn't decide where I would hang. I am haunted by the fact that I didn't buy this.

Another mirror with great personality. This would look fabulous in a half bath.

The Kentucky girl in me felt this was a noteworthy piece.

I was also drawn to this three-piece canvas. How enchanting! Again, my mind was rapidly touring the rooms in my house trying to find a spot for this gem.


Oh, so many fantastic seating options! This would be the perfect piece for the foot of a bed.

I seriously wanted both of these. Two very different styles, but equally swoon-worthy.

I couldn't help but love this small, cheerful patio set. I think Lilly Pulitzer would of had something similar.

More end-of-the bed seating options.

And look at this beauty! My mom tested out this timeless set. These say Ralph Lauren Polo to a good way.


You'll find rugs for days!

I'm kicking myself for not bringing this one back for my dining room.

Over-dyed rugs are all the rage.

I also thought this was a classic pattern. 


So many stunning storage options! From bookcases to sideboards to side tables, you'll find plenty of options.

Again, kicking myself for not taking home the two pieces below.

How awesome would this look styled up in a kitchen? It reminds me of the one Kris from Driven by Decor has in her kitchen. I had to give this a good tug test to see if it would withstand the baby/crawler test.


Simple, clean lines. This would be great for an eat-in kitchen.


So many dreamy options...No pun intended.

This is the item I absolutely, without a doubt, wanted to take home, but it was already sold. It seriously miss having a footboard. This would have made all of my bedroom design dreams come true. 

You never know what deals you'll discover. Here's a snapshot of the offers available during my visit:

Find the Bargains and Buyouts location closet to you:

Western Hills
5150 Glencrossing Way
Cincinnati, OH 45238

Green Hills
50 Eswin Street
Cincinnati, OH 45218

I'm excited to share that Bargains and Buyouts is giving one Simply Sarah Style a $50 gift certificate. Enter below.

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This post was sponsored by Bargains and Buyouts, but all opinions are my own.