Tag: Must-Haves

Loving Lately: 10.18.16 ♡


Get excited! Loving Lately is back for October! It’s been awhile since I’ve hit you with a  personal post, so this edition of LL is going to hit two birds with one stone. I’ve been absent on the blog this week because I recently started some new consulting work, so I’ve been busy with training and getting started on the project. It’s been an adjustment! I’m right in the initial not-quite-sure-how-I’m-going-to-do-everything-I-want-to-do phase that comes with a new commitment, and it’s a little daunting. Not only have I been struggling to figure out a new schedule with writing, updating, and working out because of the new job, but the last week has also involved weddings, birthdays, and family get togethers, so life has been especially hectic. Good hectic, though! Anyway, I wanted to make sure that I got at least ONE real post in this week before sharing my Wednesday links, so Loving Lately fit the bill nicely. This particular feature is a little shorter than past LL posts, but I hope you’ll enjoy it all the same. Here are three things that I’m loving rn. (more…)

The 5 Bras Every Girl Should Own


Lingerie was pretty much my first love. I’ll explain. I go through phases of obsession with clothing–bikinis, yoga pants, dresses. The article that started it all, though, was the bra. I used to have a color-coordinated drawer filled to the brim with VS’ finest in pastel shades and animal prints. Now, while this was approximately 10 years ago, I still have a bit of a soft spot for all things lacy and frilly. Oh, and also, a killer, well-fitting bra? Totally changes your entire vine, posture, and look. In that spirit, I’ve put together a list of must-have pieces that each and every babe should aspire to own. Consider it the beginning of a well-stocked bra library. (more…)

Gym Bag Beauty Essentials

Gym Bag Beauty and Makeup Essentials

Some girls love wearing makeup to the gym and others hate it. Personally, while I wont go full-glam before a workout, I DO like to look cute and presentable. You know–look good, feel good, feel good play good, play good pay good?…Something like that. Take a peek inside my makeup bag with this post and peep my beauty essentials! Because what’s in my gym bag > what’s in my purse. (more…)

The One Piece of Clothing You NEED for Fall


Here in IL, it doesn’t exactly feel like fall yet. I’m still soaking up mostly 80-degree days. If it weren’t for the early sunsets and cool, breezy nights, it could totally still pass for summer. While I love it, I also feel like I’m developing a case of sartorial FOMO. I mean, I’m not going to be one of those girls in riding boots and a blanket scarf sipping a PSL in 85° weather, but I’m also sick of bikinis, cut-offs, and flip flops. That’s why I’m so into the ONE item you need for fall. It’s a transitional staple. You can wear it now {no matter what climate you’re dealing with,} and if you’re not totally sick of it, you’ll be able to wear it this spring. If you’re feeling particularly badass and don’t care about frostbite, you can probably even wear it this winter. So…what is it?

The A-line, button front mini skirt.

If you buy ONE thing to wear this fall, that should be it. It’s a universally flattering shape, insanely versatile, and a celebrity style staple. It’s basically autumn personified. NEED. Here are three versions of said skirt to consider copping.



Arguably the most trendy version of this piece, the suede a-line, button front mini is already available in almost every store in your local mall. Forever 21, Topshop, American Eagle, Express, and Anthropologie are each selling their takes on the style, typically in a shade of tan, burnt orange, or black. Speaking of mall stores…I’m absolutely obsessed with THIS version of the skirt from Abercrombie and Fitch, which comes in eight colors. {I might buy two of them.} Team it with a neutral-hued ribbed turtleneck and a pair of ankle boots for a look that’s the perfect combination of sexy and tough.


Via Saks Fifth Ave.
Via Saks Fifth Ave.

Corduroy is one of those fabrics that you either love or hate. Seriously–have you ever met someone who’s just neutral about that particular material? I have not. If you’re a corduroy girl, don’t hesitate buy this skirt in your preferred fabric {that’s corduroy, obvs} as it’s probably the least ubiquitous iteration of the a-line skirt trend. The cord skirts I’ve seen thus far seem to have also been cut a little narrower, so if you’re into the straight, tiny, classic mini look, this could be the option for you, too. Shop Lulu’s and Urban Outfitters to get your corduroy fix.


Via Topshop.
Via Topshop.

When I first heard that jean skirts were coming back into style, I was mildly horrified. Visions of 2005 danced in my head–super short, distressed minis + popped-collar Polo shirts + tall UGG boots came to mind. Since that’s an era I’m still actively trying to black out, I was less than thrilled about a resurgence of that trend. That is, until, I realized that the denim skirt of 2015 is an a-line, button-front denim skirt, and therefore actually cute. Phew. Crisis averted. Anyway, when the denim skirt revival was first appearing on bloggers, models, and in street style photos this spring, it was in full 70s glory–maxi and midi length, slightly flared, and varied washes. If your style leans boho, denim is definitely the way to go. For fall, though, I like the look to be a bit more refined with a true mini length and a deep, dark wash. Topshop and Forever 21 both make great, budget-friendly options.

Would you ditch your yoga pants for this skirt? What’s your go-to item when it comes to fall fashion?



TSB Style Staples: 10 Must-Own Clothing Items for Your Fashion and Fitness Wardrobes


Story time! Before I started TSB, I was all fashion, all of the time. My entire online journalism experience was in fashion and style, from unpaid internships to freelancing to full-time, paid, directorial work. In college, my minor was Fashion Studies, and I was co-EIC of my university’s first fashion magazine. I also happen to be an agency-signed model. So, you see, Clothes. Were. My. Life. While I love styling and trend forecasting and fashion shows and all of the things that come with a style-soaked life, I definitely reached my saturation point. I wanted to explore other interests. I wanted to talk {and write} about other things. Anyway, I think that sometimes, even though I really actually want to write a fashion piece, I tend not to since I got SO burnt out on writing personal style articles. It’s like a kid eating too much candy.

I didn’t want to start a FASHION blog. Of course, just because TSB isn’t a fashion blog doesn’t mean we can’t talk clothes every now and then, right? Today, we’re going there. I’m counting down my top ten closet essentials…But with a thoroughly TSB twist. Here’s what you should fill your wardrobeS with 😉

Part 1: TSB Style Staples – The Essentials


1. A pair of high-quality heels.

Even if you’re a flats girl, you totally need at least ONE pair of sassy, sexy, sensible heels in your closet. You just do! Job interviews, big dates, cocktail parties, random Wednesday confidence boosts…They’re just a good item to have on hand. Opt for black or nude to get the most bang for your buck.

2. Signature jewelry.

I love a good signature bauble. Something that is entirely yours and yours alone, as much identifying as it is defining. Often, these gems are heirloom pieces or engagement rings, but your signature jewelry can be pretty much any piece as long as it’s something you love and wear frequently. A locket, a strand of pearls, a vintage cocktail ring…If you have one already, you’re probably thinking of it as you read this. If you don’t have one? Stay on the lookout–a good piece of jewelry will find you. {Hit up Etsy!}

3. Classic denim jeans.

Because, obviously. The modern girl needs a figure-flattering pair of jeans to wear everywhere. Yay, 2015! My favorite pairs are by J Brand and Mother.

4. The perfect white tee.

White tees are the best. They’re ultra casual, but can be made really chic with the right accessories and accompanying bottoms. They’re also great for shopping trips since they never clash or conflict with any pieces you may be trying on. Splendid and Vince make high-end white tees with varying necklines {that celebrities are obsessed with!} but American Apparel makes the quintessential plain white tee for under $30.

5. A go-to hat.

You read that right–I’m ditching thee LBD, basic black slacks, white collared blouse, and investment handbag in favor of headgear. A HAT. Seriously, get a hat. While I wouldn’t exactly encourage spending $$$ on a knit beanie or a cowboy hat, find a silhouette that speaks to you and rock it. A hat elevates just about any ensemble and hides a myriad of hair sins. Baseball, Panama, floppy, whatever. If you don’t have one yet, dive in!

Part 2: TSB Style Staples – Athleisure Musts!


1. Nike running shorts. 

Classic. Staple. Everyone has them. When I lived in North Carolina, this is pretty much all any of the girls ever wore. Nike Tempo shorts! So while I prefer to see these in a gym/workout environment, you won’t really look like a freak if you wear them in the actual world. They’re comfortable, inexpensive, and come in a ton of prints and colors.

2. Investment yoga pants.

I won’t call out any particular brands as must-owns–since finding a pair of yoga pants that fit and flatter is a particularly personal pursuit–but there is something to be said for spending a little extra on at least one pair of yoga crops/tights/flares. You’ll look hot, feel hot, and will wear your new pants all of the time, street to studio. Go for quality and style and try not to freak out about the price tag!

3. A sports bra that meets your needs.

Again, this item is totally personal. You know what kind of bra you need! Since I personally have a smaller bust, a $12 sports bra{lette} from Forever 21 meets my current fitness/fashion needs! For bustier girls, I’ve heard great things about Lululemon and Victoria’s Secret’s VSX line. Middle-of-the-road? You’re in luck! You can probably find a killer sports bra at just about any Target, Marshalls, or TJ Maxx.

4. An activity tracker/HRM/running watch. 

I’ve never been able to go back to tech-free workouts after using various activity monitors. I just can’t. I crave the info. I seriously feel like I’m not exercising “hard” if I can’t actually quantify and analyze my workout data! Consider that your warning, people. Whether you’re a casual exerciser, marathon runner, or CrossFit addict, there’s a piece of motivational, wearable tech  out there for you. Polar makes a great heart rate monitor. TomTom has a killer GPS watch. Jawbone and Fitbit make activity trackers that fit chicks everywhere swear by. Do your research and find a tracker that works for you!

5. A tank top with a cool back.

Another fashion wildcard! I mean, obviously you need a pair of running/gym shoes, some great socks, and you could probably use a sporty jacket or vest, but a tank top with a cool, strappy back is just going to bring you so much more joy! I’m a fan of this built-in-bra, multi-strap number from Sierra Trading Post, for starters.

What are your wardrobe staples?!