runway photos: style.com
Sheer, lightweight fabrics graced the runways of Roberto Cavalli, Akris, Donna Karan, Tom Ford, Rick Owens, and many other talented designers. And what better way to represent the Spring season than to show some skin? But if being scantily clad is not your style, try pairing a semi-sheer dress with a jacket and you’ll still turn heads…
1. Helmet Lang Asymmetric Sheer Dress, $160, theoutnet.com
2. Warehouse Biker Jacket, $88, houseoffraser.co.uk
3. Blu Bijoux Beaded Hoop Earrings, $17, maxandchleo.com
4. Apple Crinkle Clutch, $74, Debenhams.com
5. Asos Holland Leather Heeled Sandal, $127, us.asos.com
I recently scored four designer dresses at a local thrift store for $4.95 each!!! This Catherine Malandrino citron silk dress ($200-$400 retail value) is one of them. I was so excited to photograph it that I haven’t yet dry cleaned the dress… which is my #1 THRIFTING RULE: ALWAYS CLEAN YOUR FINDS! Anyway, I love the look of a girly dress layered with a blazer or jacket and paired with great shoes and accessories. Here are four ways to wear this very versatile dress, one for each possible phase of my day…
PHASE ONE: Kid drop, coffee shop and dry cleaner…
PHASE TWO: Meeting with a potential retail partner…
PHASE THREE: Date Night with the Hubs (2 options)…
*all items pulled from my existing wardrobe
runway photos- style.com
The runways were alive with bold color contrasts for Spring and none were more prevalent than the classic black and white combo. Marc Jacobs, Jil Sander, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Narciso Rodriguez, Chanel, Valentino and countless other designers showed us just how these opposites can attract. I love to mix prints like the Marc Jacobs look pictured above, but if you want to keep it simple and still take part in this Spring trend try an ensemble like this one…
1. Torn by Ronny Kobo Peplum Top, $238, intermix.com
2. Juno Black & White Shoulder Bag, $122, wallisfashion.com
3. Michael Antonio Black Stilettos, $60, heels.com
4. Jane Norman Striped Pencil Skirt, $42, janenorman.com
photo credit: style.com
Interpreting the runway styles and applying them to one’s real life is what I like to call my ‘style translation’. This Spring we saw quite a few Japanese-inspired kimono looks on the runways of several fashion designers (Emilio Pucci, Hermes, Etro). Here’s a great way to translate this Asian Spring trend and avoid looking like a geisha…
1. H&M black kimono jacket, $29.99, ebay.com
2. TopShop patchwork cami, $52, topshop.com
3. Jane Norman yellow wave skirt, $26, janenorman.co.uk
4. Paulownias peacock clutch, $75, etsy.com
5. L.A.M.B. black platform wedge, $196.62, 6pm.com
To me, there’s nothing more relaxing than sitting on the beach, under a huge umbrella, reading the latest fashion magazines while sipping on a frosty beverage. Keep your look simple this swim suit season and rock a classic black and white combination…
1. L Space black fringe swim suit, $135.95, dogfunk.com
2. Merona sheer black cover up, $19.99, target.com
3. MinLee straw fedora, $20.99, e4hats.com
4. NGIL damask print beach tote, $9.50, ebay.com
5. Havaianas t-strap flip flops, $32, havaianas.com
With St. Patrick’s day just at the end of my rainbow this week, I am dreaming
of the perfect evening look for a swanky weekend wedding. Gold accessories are my lucky charm…
1. Issa backless gown, $412, shoplesnouvelles.com
2. Clagett Designs gold clover earrings, $18, etsy.com
3. Nina Majesta Art Deco Frame Clutch, $85, dillards.com
4. Chinese Laundry gold high heels, $26.99, ebay.com
Lounging poolside with a cocktail, thoroughly reading my favorite fashion rags… this is my vision of heaven. There’s something so luxurious and relaxing about the act of just absorbing the environment on a beautiful summer day. Sometimes I like to blend into the scene and go unnoticed. Other times I picture myself as the mysterious lady of leisure (yes, despite the husband and two kids in tow!) who does this sort of thing on a daily basis. I like to be the gal at the hotel pool who looks like she actually put a little thought into her effortlessly chic poolside ensemble… or did she?
Let’s start with the swimsuit. Right now I am rockin’ a pre-kid string bikini that somehow still fits nicely (Amen), but I am on the hunt for the perfect black single-shoulder one-piece. Um, okay, so let’s move on to the cover-up, a crucial piece in my summer repertoire. I prefer a classic black, but it almost doesn’t matter what the cover-up looks like. Just the act of wearing one trumps the shorts and tank top norm!
During the writing of this post I am wearing my black and white floral 3/4-sleeve tunic. It has a hint of gold thread woven throughout. It’s perfect!
Now on to the shoes. You could go the functional route and opt for a pair of flip-flops. I’d recommend a gold or silver pair… they go with everything! But if you really want to step it up, slip into a nicely detailed pair of flat sandals with just the right amount of bling… not too adorned.
I love my gold braided leather Bandolino T-straps. I ordered them online last year during the gladiator sandal craze, but I’d definitely put them in the “classic” category.
Now let’s up the glamor factor with a great pair of shades. I know the Aviator style is what it’s all about right now, but I am totally faithful to my Bolle sunglasses!
These simple wrap arounds are not only tight looking, they actually do a great job of protecting my eyes! That’s a two-fer!
Hat or no hat? If I’m fully committed to the poolside Diva look, I’ll go for a big, round, black sunhat. Otherwise, I’ll go without, which is daring considering my hair, when pool-wet and air-dried looks like a poofy auburn Q-tip!!
Finish the look off with a great beach bag. Two words: Go Big!
Even if you only have a magazine and sunscreen to transport, carry a nice big bag in the crook of your arm and your Fashionista ensemble will be complete!
Poolside Chic = Cover-up + Fashion Sandal + Great Shades + Sunhat + Big Bag
I have a very dear Aunt, who shall remain nameless… we’ll call her Aunt Diane for this post. Anyway, my Aunt Diane has always had a very casual and well put-together personal fashion style. She is the last person to recognize or acknowledge her own ability to create a polished look for herself, but I’ll be the first to say that this woman has “Style” with a capital “S”. Most of her style comes from within, an essence, if you will… but I digress. Over the years she has given me several birthday gifts in the form of fashion accessories; purses, necklaces, a watch. She seems to know exactly what I like… which is a challenge for most considering my personal style fluctuates depending upon which day of the week it is. For my recent birthday she gave me a dress… very bold move. She hit the ball out of the park AGAIN! It was then that I realized that ALL of the gifts she has ever given me have become timeless staples within my wardrobe. That is huge… quite a testament to her gift-giving skills. So this post is simply an homage to my dear Aunt Diane. She’s a fashion poet who doesn’t even know it!
Here are some pics of my favorite gifts from Aunt Diane:
The dress and belt are Bisou Bisou from JC Penny. I’ve paired it with a Michael Stars bolero, Express necklace, and Henry Beguelin sandals.
Always remember: When giving a gift of fashion it truly is the thought that counts, especially if you take the time to consider the recipient’s personal style!