How To Wear It: Wide Leg Leather Crop Pants

How To Wear It: Wide Leg Leather Crop Pants

Fall is my favorite time of year. It’s time for cozy sweaters, scarves, boots and lots of leather. I’ve always been a big fan of wide leg pants and this faux leather crop pair from Pink Tartan takes them to a new level. I would pair this with a classic white button down and a cable knit sweater with a fun pair of pumps.

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Nashville Weekly Boutique Sales & Events: August 29-September 1

Nashville Weekly Boutique Sales & Events: August 29-September 1

Happy Labor Day Weekend! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to take advantage of this three day weekend! Every boutique has their spring/summer merchandise on sale now, so visit your favorites this weekend and save. Listed here are just a few of the sales that are going on. I’ll keep you updated all weekend on Facebook and Twitter.


There are a few days left to cast your vote in the this year’s Nashville Scene Best of Nashville Readers’ Poll. While you’re voting for all of your favorite locally-owned boutiques and businesses, I would love it if you’d please vote Stella Shops Best Style Blog. Voting is open through September 5. You have to vote in a minimum of 20 categories and you can only vote one time per email address. Thanks so much for your support! VOTE HERE!

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Leona – Head to Leona on Saturday for the Consider the Wildflwrs pop up party! Consider the Wildflwrs is a super cool Nashville-based jewelry line. Don’t miss this pop up. And it’s final sale time this weekend.

Leona Wildflowers

LEONA Final Sale Days

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The Cosmetic Market – Labor Day Super Sale starts Friday!

Cosmetic Market Labor Day

Levy’s – Use this coupon and receive 20% one item this weekend.

Levys Labor Day Sale

SOCA Clothing – Whoa! Take an additional 60% off this weekend in store and online.

SOCA Labor Day Sale

Happy Shopping!



Nashville Weekly Sales & Events: August 21-24

Nashville Weekly Sales & Events: August 21-24

We’re getting closer and closer to Labor Day and that means the summer sales are getting better and better. Good thing this is shaping up to be one of the hottest weeks all summer. It means you can still get plenty of wear out of those summer deals.


Before I get into this weekend’s deals, I have a huge favor to ask you. I would love to get your vote for Best Style Blog in this year’s Nashville Scene Best of Nashville Readers’ Poll. Stella Shops has been the #2 style blog for three years in a row. Let’s go for four years! Voting is open now through September 5. You can only vote one time per email address. Make sure you vote for all of your favorite locally-owned Nashville businesses. Thanks so much for your support! VOTE HERE!

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It’s block party time!

12 South Block Party

Imogene + Willie - Select summer items are up to 40% off.

Imogene and willie summer sale

Leona – Don’t miss the final week of Leona’s End of Season Sale.

Leona Final Summer Sale

Moda Boutique - Take 20% off all new fall clothes this weekend only!

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The Cosmetic Market – Therapy Systems savings this weekend.

Cosmetic Market Therapy SystemsGus Mayer – The Lafayette 148 Trunk Show starts Thursday.

Gus Mayer Lafayette 148 Trunk Show


Levy’s - It’s Measure Up Trunk Show time.

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Monkee’s – It’s final summer clearance time at Monkee’s.

monkees final summer sale

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Posh - Don’t miss the FashionABLE fall preview at Posh this weekend. I’m a big fan of their scarves and you can feel good about your purchase. FashionABLE helps create sustainable business in Africa.

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Nashville Scene Fashion for a Fraction – I did a blog post on Fashion for a Fraction yesterday. It’s one of my favorite events of the year. Don’t miss out on all of these fantastic deals Saturday afternoon from 12pm-4pm at McQuiddy Gymnasium at Lipscomb University. General admission is only $5. Pay $10 and get VIP access to the sale starting at 11am. Proceeds from the event benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Click here for tickets and more information.

FFF August 2014

Happy Shopping!



Nashville Scene Fashion for a Fraction: August 23

Nashville Scene Fashion for a Fraction: August 23

The Nashville Scene’s Fashion for a Fraction is one of my favorite events of the year. Join me this Saturday, August 23 at McQuiddy Gymnasium at Lipscomb University and let’s see what great deals we can find. Some of Nashville’s best boutiques are all under one roof selling their spring/summer sale merchandise at a minimum of 50% off. It’s not uncommon to find designer gear here for 75-80% off. Seriously, this is the best sale of the year. New this year is the VIP ticket which gets you into the sale one hour early so you get first pick on all the goods. It’s worth the $10 to get there first. Trust me. Regular admission is $5 and proceeds from the event benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. If you have a VIP ticket, you can start shopping at 11am. If you opt for the general admission ticket, shopping (and saving) starts at 12pm.

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The boutique list is looking great with regulars e. Allen, d. Marlene Jewelry, The French Shoppe, Gus Mayer, J. McLaughlin and Stella & Dot. Some new and returning boutiques include SOCA Clothing, Fleet Feet, Hemline, Boutique Bella, UAL and more. Here is the full list.

Nashville Scene Fashion for a Fraction

Let’s go shopping! See you Saturday!



How To Wear It: Crop Pants – Summer into Fall

How To Wear It: Crop Pants – Summer into Fall

Transitioning from summer into fall is my favorite time of year. I love to take a summer essential, like a crop pant or a maxi dress, and throw on a jacket and a pair of booties. Just like that, I’ve got a whole new way to wear those easy summer pieces and stay warm as Fall’s first chill hits the air.

I love a good printed pant and this geo-prism crop pant from Anthropologie is the perfect pair to transition from summer to fall. Here’s how I would style it now, with a flowy tee from Free People and a pair of sandals. By September, I’ll want to wear a blouse, leather vest (this one is faux!) or jacket and a killer pair of booties.



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Designer Spotlight: Chloe Lonsdale of MiH Jeans

Designer Spotlight: Chloe Lonsdale of MiH Jeans

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I have spent the summer in a love affair with MiH Jeans. From high-waisted skinny jeans, to linen shibori tees and simple button downs, I am smitten. Fits are perfect and everything washes and wears like a dream. The styles and cuts are classic which is why I love the brand so much. You can wear MiH pieces season after season.

The story behind the brand is what really intrigued me. MiH was re-established in 2006 by Chloe Lonsdale. Chloe’s godfather started the brand in 1969 and her parents were a huge part of the denim revolution of the 1970s. Her father Tony, nicknamed the ‘Blue Jean King,’ was one of the first people to import US denim into the UK to sell in his Jean Machine stores. Her mother Chekkie was a model who became the original face of the brand. Denim most definitely runs in Chloe’s blood. It’s no surprise that she decided to relaunch the brand. I had a lot of questions for her and she was gracious enough to answer them.

MiH Heritage CollageChloe’s Mom and Dad. Chekkie is a total babe!

What was it like to grow up around all of that denim?
It was really fun and I feel that my love for fashion started in my childhood growing up around denim.  As a teenager I found trunks of old jeans from my dad’s shop in our attic and cut them into skirts to sell at school. I think that love of fashion was always there and denim just came naturally to me since that’s the only thing my parents wore while we were growing up.

What made you decide to relaunch MiH?
After graduating with a degree in Womenswear Design from Central St Martins, I was working at another brand when I realized there was a gap in the market for beautifully cut, understated jeans with a European aesthetic. I had always wanted to start my own company and denim was the natural choice.

How does the denim market differ between the US & UK? Are there styles that are more popular in the UK versus the US and vice versa?
There are always a few styles that do really well everywhere every season. Since we relaunched in 2006, people have always come to us for our Marrakesh flare, and in summer for our cropped Paris jean – both styles which were huge for us in the 70s, and are equally popular in the UK and the US. Our new Bodycon jean is also very popular in both places. In the UK, our boyfriend styles, including the Tomboy and Phoebe Slim, have really taken off.

MiH Jeans Collage New SmallFrom left to right: Paris Ocean Slim; Tomboy Paloma Gray; Marrakesh Marle; Phoebe Slim Cosy Faded Wash; Skinny Bodycon Power Black

What is your favorite jean style?
I always have a few pairs of jeans in my wardrobe for different occasions – such as the Marrakesh high-waisted flare for evenings, the Paris for during the day and any of our boyfriend jeans for the weekend. The Marrakesh and Skinny Marrakesh jeans have always been a favorite of mine because they are the ultimate leg lengthening silhouette and represent the roots of the brand. The classic Marrakesh is a style both my Mum and Dad wore in the seventies and while the leg is flared, it is still incredibly timeless and can double as a smart trouser in the darker denim washes like Raw and Midnight Blue.

MiH Skinny Marrakesh EchoSkinny Marrakesh Echo

How would you describe your overall style?
My style revolves around denim and I always like to keep it simple. I have four kids under the age of five so finding pieces that can transition from home, to the office, to post-work events are key.

From whom or what do you typically draw design inspiration from?
Each season the starting point references can come from a period in time, a book, a film, but almost always they fall into a very similar reference point that reads back to denim. It might be anchored in the 70s or related to indigo. They always revolve around a similar theme.

What is your favorite piece from the Pre-Autumn/Winter 2014 collection?
Each season I love to top up my core everyday wardrobe. For AW14 I really love the silk Surf Dress in the ‘Off Reg Classic’ print. It is the perfect transitional piece from summer to autumn: I am wearing it to summer parties now, and will layer it over jeans when the weather gets a little cooler.  I am also coveting our Phoebe Slim jeans in Nineties Patch, the Blue Jeans merino sweater and our great new outerwear pieces.



MiH Jeans Phoebe Slim Nineties PatchPhoebe Slim Jeans in Nineties Patch

You can never have too many…

You can’t live without…
My blackberry!

If MiH was a cocktail, what would it be?
Bloody Mary

Thanks so much Chloe! There are some gorgeous pieces in the Autumn/Winter 2014 collection. I can’t wait to add more MiH to my wardrobe.

MiH Autumn Winter FavoritesI am outerwear obsessed. My favorites from MiH Autumn/Winter 2014.

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