by caroline, fall 2014, Fall Fashion, handbags

what’s new . . .

hey!  guess what?  zara just got a new bag in that is to die for.  this navy, croc-embossed leather bucket bag has its finger on the pulse.  it has everything you need to stay at the peak of chic this winter. and at $179, it’s totally do-able.  christmas gift??

get it while it’s hot. . . i guarantee this one will be sold out soon!!


by caroline, holiday

shaken, not stirred . . . part three

i solemnly promise that i am totally done with the cocktail party dress guide.  just a soon as i am finished with this post!  but, seriously there are so many amazing looks out there that i just couldn’t stop once i got started.

if you aren’t looking super fly this holiday, you do not have me to blame!!

and i promise i will learn how to do a mood board sometime soon!!

don’t forget about our jeans giveaway.  read martha’s post from yesterday on what to wear for thanksgiving lunch, leave a comment telling us your favorite thanksgiving tradition and you could be the lucky winner of a new pair of jeans from fab’rik!!



are you dying?  i. am. dying.  i can totally see this two-tone bronze and silver sequin dress with from topshop with black opaque tights like these and some cute little booties like this. grab a fab little bronze clutch like this and a couple of rose gold bangles like these? maybe some eddie borgo pavé stud earrings like these (on super sale!!).  perfection!

zara-chain-strap-long-jumpsuit-stylebriefs-cocktail-party-dress-guidei am feeling this gorgeous navy jumpsuit from zara with a killer tuxedo jacket like this from j.crew.  with this neckline, you totally have to do a choker like this one.  and, my go-to single strap sandal like this by tory burch.  (i know.  i KNOW.  but, you could get these from saint laurent or these from givenchy, but why pay 3x for the same shoe??).  this clutch by clare v. would be out of this world.  i seriously cannot get over how chic and sophisticated this number is!




this cluster beaded top by tibi with a full skirt like this??  and our go-to tory keri sandal??  and this little beaded box clutch. so sick, i think i caught the flu.



by martha, denim ideas, fall 2014, giveaway, thanksgiving

what’s the turkey dress code

we are a week away from thanksgiving and i can’t wait. it is a time that we give thanks for all of our  blessings without it being cluttered with all Christmas mania that seems to start earlier and earlier.

my family is headed to the mountains where the air will be crisp and a fire will be blazing all day long. we are casual for our thanksgiving meal (thanks mom!) which means jeans and a warm sweater and some cozy boots. below is my “classic” thanksgiving look but you can wear this the next day when you are hitting the black friday sales.  let me mention this real quick. these aquatalia boots are the most comfortable thing i own. they are weatherproof and hold up well to the elements. they are an investment but i’m going on eight years with mine and they look like i just pulled them out of the box. (sorry for digression)

for my birmingham peeps that’s lucky for you that jeans are part of my thanksgiving outfit because we are giving away a pair of jeans to one of our lucky stylebriefers. fabrik homewood has graciously given us a gift certificate and we want to show the love (some exclusions apply).

we are so lucky that fabrik recently came to birmingham. fabrik is  reasonably priced and my experience has been that the sales associates truly want to help you find the perfect outfit but also give you space to find it on your own because nothing bugs the you know what out of me when a sales associate hovers over you. won’t get that experience at fabrik; just helpful advice and just the right amount of attentiveness.

so…what do you have to do to win? Just comment  below and let us know what is your favorite thanksgiving tradition. caroline and i’ll choose one and you’ll be off to fabrik homewood to pick out your new favorite pair of jeans. but hurry, we’ll draw friday afternoon.









by caroline

shaken, not stirred . . . part two

i still haven’t figured out what i am wearing to my neighborhood/office/friend/family/club holiday party. striving hard for that sweet spot between looking great and looking like i didn’t try too hard.

okay, so what is THAT?  put up or shut up, mrs. “stylebriefs,” right?

so, here i am, putting up:  i have hooked you up with three super sweet options to keep you looking fly regardless of where you will be rockin’ this holiday season.



so, this glamorous little glitter dress from topshop has a very rita-ora-in-lanvin-at-the-grammy’s kind of feel.  couple it with a light sandal a la rita like this from tory burch (i know.  i keep going back to this same sandal.  point:  it’s a good one at a good price.)  OR, if you are looking’ to keep it caje (as in caj-ual), i highly recommend you pair this baby up with a little black leather bootie like this by vince (no wedges with this, please).  grab a little clutch like this or this. super fly.



omg.  are you dying?  feathers are the bomb (does anybody say that anymore?) this holiday and there is no greater “get” that this cute little frock from club monaco.  wear it with a little stiletto bootie like this.  or, wait!  how about this gorgeous cage sandal and a sleek gold cuff like this.  oh dannnnng!


this jumpsuit by mango is office party perfection.  you just cannot go wrong with this baby.  i might lighten it up with a sandal like this or maybe a little dressier shoe like this.  pair it with a little croc clutch like this or this.  and a giant silver cuff like this.   ooooh, wait!  what if you threw a little cape like this over your shoulders instead of an over coat??  shut the front door.

by martha, gifts for friends, Uncategorized, xmas ideas

friends make the world go round…so let’s celebrate them

i don’t know about yall, but i couldn’t get through most of my days without my friends. i’m blessed to be surrounded by a wonderful group of friends who have laughed and cried with me, so at Christmas, i want to celebrate them. here are just a few ideas to show your friends just how much they mean.

nars illuminator is fabulous. i throw it on when i’m trying to look a little “brighter” after work but i don’t have time to get it all together. i rub a little into my cheeks and around up near my brow bone and no one is the wiser that i’ve put in a long day at the office. this truly is a gift that your friends might not buy for themselves but once they’ve tried it they will keep coming back for more.



i love the chanel rouge allure lipstick. a friend gifted me with this one year and it was so unexpected and such a treat and each time i pulled it out to wear, i thought about our friendship and it immediately brought a smile to my face.




to be honest, i’m not the biggest bath person, but caroline gave this to me for my birthday last year and it can turn any shower person into a bath person. almost every one of my friends do not take the time to relax to recharge their batteries and this gift says, “it’s ok to spend a little time by yourself”.


so raise your hands if you wear sweat pants to bed. i know, it is easy to do, especially when it is so cold outside. i’ve been fortunate that my mom loves pretty nightgowns and i inherited that love but unfortunately i get really cold in the winter so the two sometimes don’t mix. but i found these not too long ago and i can’t say enough about love and grace pjs. they combine the pretty factor and the comfort factor so everyone is happy. it is a great gift for your friend who loves to spend a rainy sunday curled up with a good book.

ok so yall know how much i love pure barre. it truly is a stress reliever and it gives me time to visit with caroline and catch up on our day. so what about a pure barre gift certificate? i’m always encouraging my friends to give it a try and promise they won’t be sorry. why not give them a nudge in the right direction and plus what a great way to start the holidays on the right foot.

pure barre gift certificate



caroline and i are just getting started on your xmas list and there will be plenty more as we get closer to the 25th so stay tuned



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by caroline, fall 2014

shaken, not stirred – the cocktail party dress guide . . .

cocktail party season is upon us.  you ready?  me either!  i know.  we really need to get busy.

what are you going to wear to that party that you know you have this year and if you wait for the invitation, you will be in all-out stress mode and buy something that looks horrible at the last minute?  i know.  i know.

luckily for you i was able to scrape up some awesome options at prices we can all afford!  yay!

i highly [read “HIGHLY”] suggest you order a couple of options and try them on. that is the only way to make internet shopping work.



this asymmetrical top and velvet skirt by mango is. killing. me.  so gorgeous and chic.  combine this with some single strap sandals like these and a great clutch like this.  throw your gramdmom’s mink stole over your shoulders.  super chic.


for a super hip but way more casual affair, this sequined tunic (or this one) over a slammin’ pair of leather(ette) pants like these????  with the single strap sandal like this one???? with a sexy little clutch like this???? are you kidding me?  you will shut. it. down.  word.


i am not sure you can handle this jumpsuit.  srsly, this is so smoking’ hot, i could die.  and, the halter neck and sleek lines of a jumpsuit are so forgiving that you are sure to look like the long and lean fashion machine that you are.  maybe a biker jacket like this thrown over your shoulders and some classic black pumps like these.  what about a mock croc clutch like this for a little edge?  sweet.