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Springing Up Spring

Springing Up Spring

 

I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m sure ready for Spring to get here. Inevitably, the weather warm-up means challenging wardrobe decisions. It sometimes takes a lot of effort to resist the urge to dress in anything that says “It’s warm outside!” I am a natural freeze baby, so I am one of those people that carries a sweater in my purse at all times…even when it’s an 85 degree July day (air conditioning, people!) My cool blood temp is probably also what reminds me to still wear long sleeves, closed toed shoes, or layers when the weather starts to break in the Spring because I know that if I get too warm-weather excited, I’ll regret it within the next couple days when I wake up with an “I told you so” cold.
 Above, I put together what I would consider to be a pre-Spring appropriate outfit. It brings out those expected petal shades, but the long sleeves, jeans, and booties still keep in the heat for when the sun goes down and the air turns cool again.
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A Crocus flower that is about to bloom means Spring is on its way! :)

Summer to Fall Transition

Summer to Fall Transition

I must admit, it’s hard not to think about Fall clothes when the weather this summer has been soo cool. When the temperature barely reaches 70 on a late July day, it’s difficult not to crave cozy sweaters, boots and scarves, bonfires, and pumpkin spice lattes. But we must resist! It’s not fall yet!! And after this past winter, I am not eagerly waiting for this cooler weather to stay a while. Needless to say, I hope we have a more normal August, but unfortunately it’s not looking very promising. So, I put together this Polyvore set of what I’ll probably be wearing in the next month to transition from summer to fall weather (and probably with a little bit of resistance).

June Wedding Wear

June Wedding Wear

‘Tis the Wedding Season!! So, what to wear!? Er on the side of classic and you can’t go wrong. I found this Dolce and Gabbana dress that’s full of color and perfect to wear to a lovely June wedding. Make it pop even more with some bright colored accessories…bright colored accessories are always a good way to brighten up any classic silhouette-especially the sleeveless sheath dress.

Don’t forget to tuck away your favorite lip wear in your clutch either. ;) I’ve found that Sugar Lips works really well at hydrating for a long period of time…and it smells nice and fresh too.

Blue Velvet Shoes

Blue Velvet Shoes

 

Aren’t these blue velvet booties amazing!?  I came across them while browsing Polyvore and couldn’t not use them in a set.  Too bad they’re a fine chunk of change. :[ But alas, I will just swoon over them.

The other things I included are stuff I’m into right now.  A pair of destroyed black denim-adds a little toughness to an outfit… a classic black leather band watch-never goes out of style… a cool white quartz ring-catches your eye! Rounded sunglasses and red lips-no fails… ombre hair (which I just had done! Finally, after wanting to for more than a year!)  and a navy striped tee-so versatile!

Oh, and of course a classic quilted Chanel bag.  No explanation necessary for that. ;)

Inspired: What to Wear for NYE

Inspired: What to Wear for NYE
I have always found TV and movies to be GREAT resources for fashion inspiration.  Think about it, your style evolves through your entire life because you evolve.  Your evolution includes the things that influence you-like TV and movies.  So, ultimately your style ends up being a tad bit of each of your favorite movie or TV characters, as well as anyone else in your life that you admire.
Anyway,  with New Year’s Eve literally around the corner, I thought I’d put together a NYE collage of party outfits inspired by some of my favorite TV and movie icons.
1.  Of course, Carrie Bradshaw.  My ultimate style icon.  Carrie’s style is so eclectic and fun, that even though some of her ensembles don’t necessarily go together, it still works because she’s Carrie.
2.  Serena Van der Woodsen.  Another of my style icons.  A little boho, a little eclectic-but always a show stopper.
3.  This one is primarily for the 40’s fashion.  I chose Joan Crawford because the fur coat is something she was in quite often in her movies-especially Mildred Pierce.  The 1940’s are probably my favorite fashion era.  Gorgeous fabrics, elegant, and classic shapes and styles.
4.  Daisy Buchanan.  The Great Gatsby.  Everything about the costume in the Great Gatsby was perfect.  Over the top glamor and sparkle that represented the era expertly.  My other favorite fashion era, for sure…give me some sequins and beads, feather details, and a pair of t-straps and I’m good to go.
5.  This gorgeous satin gown in the cobalt blue made me think of Rosemary Clooney.  There’s a gorgeous black gown that she wears in White Christmas and fits her like a glove…this blue beauty just looks like it’d be the perfect figure flattering gown.  And to kick it up a notch for the New Year, I thought it needed a sparkly jacket. ;)
6.  Last, but not least-Holly Golightly.  A fashion icon for many, I’m sure.  After all, she is who introduced us to the LBD, right?  Classic and modest, but also a little bit sexy.
Who are your TV/movie fashion icons?

Vintage Vibe

Vintage Vibe
I love to play around on Polyvore and make these sets.  I saw this awesome vintage 60’s coat with fur detail and wanted to build something around it.  The entire ensemble turned out to have a pretty vintage vibe, circa the 60’s/70’s.
Honestly while studying those two decades in school, I was never a big fan.  But I’m starting to come around to certain looks and pieces-like high waisted jeans and fur detail… and the colors-like the warm reds, oranges, and browns.
Of course I had to throw in a fun floppy hat and long waves, along with the stellar blue velvet booties from Anthropologie.  The vintage Chanel cuff and stackable rings are pretty groovy too. ;)

Fall Fashion Color: Oxblood

Fall Fashion Color: Oxblood

Printed top
marissacollections.com

Real leather handbag
$1,390 – mytheresa.com

Chanel jewelry
vintageheirloom.com

Miu Miu real leather belt
net-a-porter.com

 

I know, I know…in my last post I said I wasn’t ready for fall yet even with this consistent cool weather happening.  That is still true! I’m not 100% ready for Fall yet because it really doesn’t feel like we’ve had much of a summer weather-wise.  I’m kind of hoping for a couple more weeks of true August warmth before it’s permanently cool until next April.

But I guess this cooler weather is creeping into my thinking because I’m finding myself searching Fall fashion, colors, and boots.  So I might as well embrace the ‘fall thinking’ effect of this cool weather and start some early preperation for Fall fashion.  After all, Fall is my favorite season for fashion…it just seems like all the good stuff is autumn oriented. 

One thing I look up every season are the seasonal colors predicted by Pantone.  It’s a good tool as a way to spot color trends but also good to use as a guideline for wardrobe building.  You can see which colors you like and would like to incorporate into your closet for the season, and also which colors coordinate well.  It’s really no surprise that ‘oxblood’ is a color trend for this Fall season, it seems to be a tried and true Autumn color.  On the Pantone Color Report, they’re calling this color ‘Samba’.

I thought these oxblood colored flats and booties by Miu Miu were a perfect way to incorporate this color into a fun Fall ensemble.

Let’s Do the Charleston!

Meet my latest sewing project.  This 20’s inspired hat.  This was actually the first time I tried my sewing hand at any kind of millinery, and I quite enjoyed it. :)  The 20’s is probably one of my favorite decades of fashion.  It was really a turning point for women in fashion history.  Hemlines shortened (fun fact: hemlines trends vary depending on economic health), as did hair, waistlines dropped, and women threw away their corsets and went shopping in their husband’s closets  (Thanks to Mademoiselle Coco Chanel).  Women were discovering themselves.  They were discovering their personal styles.

 

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As a tribute to 20’s fashion, I sort of revolved my outfit around my 20’s inspired hat.  Worn with vintage mink coat, embroidered/sequined tank (Express), pink pleated tulle skirt (used to be a dress), silver mesh clutch, and necklace (Anthropologie).

 

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What’s your favorite fashion decade? :)

Silk and Sparkle

Silk and Sparkle

VILA fringe jacket
$92 – vila.com

Julianne
$72 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Carolina herrera
fashion.1stdibs.com

Stella McCartney gold pumps
stellamccartney.com

Chanel bag
luxuryexchange.com

Fine jewelry
$795 – astleyclarke.com

Chanel
fashion.1stdibs.com

Those Classic C’s

Classic. Those two interlocking C’s.  You can never go wrong with Chanel, am I right?  There isn’t a piece of clothing in the world that  couldn’t be enhanced for the better with a little Chanel.  I got this Chanel bag maybe 5 years ago, and haven’t debuted it yet.  Yeah, I know…that sounds like a crime, I can hear you all yelping out ‘WHY’?!  But I’m that kind of person who -in reality- would like to have these beautiful fashion things stored away in a glass case instead of risking the chance of staining, ruining, or losing said fashion thing.  Yes, I know I need to get over this little phobia.  For what is the point, if not to wear it until threads start ripping at the seams??  Maybe I should make this a New Year’s Stylution.

 

Worn with H&M sweater and leggings with faux leather knee detail; wedge booties from DSW a couple years ago.

Faux pearl earrings from Dillard’s; BCBG stud belt.

Apologies for the fuzzy pictures…I’ve been having some camera issues lately, so I’m now in the market for one.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated :)

Look out for more of this bag in the future. ;)