One Thrifty Find, Four Stylish Looks

Catherine Malandrino Citron Silk Dress
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…

CM Citron Silk Dress Day Look

PHASE TWO: Meeting with a potential retail partner…

CM Citron Silk Dress Work Look

PHASE THREE: Date Night with the Hubs (2 options)…

CM Citron Silk Dress Evening Looks
*all items pulled from my existing wardrobe

Runway Translation: The Spring Shorts Suit

Short Suits Runway Spring 2013
photo credit: style.com

I love the idea of wearing shorts to work!  The Spring runways were filled with models wearing shorts with jackets.  Some designers showed two-piece suits (Tory Burch, Michael Kors), while others paired separates to create more visual interest (Helmut Lang).  Here’s my version of the latter…

Short Suits Translation Spring 2013
1. Bird Print Blazer, $45, fashionunion.com
2. Equipment Silk Shirt, $198, net-a-porter.com
3. Sonance Peep Toe Platforms, $164, topshop.com
4. Chain Whip Stitch Skinny Belt, $28, topshop.com
5. Uniqlo fuchsia shorts, $19.90, uniqlo.com

 

Spring Translation: The Kimono

Kimono Spring Trend2
 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…

Kimono Spring Trend
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

Oh, How I Do Love a Good Find!

I was recently on the prowl for some new jackets for my back-to-work looks when I stumbled into a huge sale going on at Deborah Kent’s.  For those of you in South Tampa who are into fashion, you are probably aware that Deborah Kent’s has been around for over thirty years and is widely touted as being the pinnacle for where to find special European and American designer pieces.  I have worked with Deborah over the course of many years and am always impressed with her ability to cater to such a wide variety of customers.  Admittedly, I cannot afford a lot of what she’s selling.  Somehow I do manage to own a sizeable collection of her offerings, mostly because I spend a fair amount of time admiring pieces from a distance… and if I’m lucky, they go on sale.  But just getting to see and touch theses designer garments is half the fun for a gal like me!  It’s an education I like to pass on to my friends and clients.  I can go there and sip champagne while I sit on her vintage couch and try on a lovely pair of Pedro Garcia pumps, just to see how they look on my feet.  Who wouldn’t love to spend an afternoon hanging out like that?  But on this particular day, I was on a mission to find jackets!

I dove right into the sale racks, fingering through, piece by piece.  It didn’t take long before I had chosen and tried on three great jackets!  What amazed me most was not the fact that I found three perfectly awesome jackets on the sale rack, but rather that they were all marked down to 75% OFF!!!  I could feel my heart racing with excitement when I started adding up the total in my head!  I was thinking about how proud I’ll be to come home and tell my husband about how much I had saved at Deborah Kent’s… and I imagined he would take me out for a romantic dinner to celebrate my triumph!

Anyway, I ended up spending a grand total of… wait for it…

Siste's Jacket- Deborah Kent's   American Vintage Jacket- DK   Marcus Tuxedo Jacket-DK's

$116!!! Yes… for THREE jackets at Deborah Kent’s!!!  I was riding on that cloud for a good two days straight!  Oh, how I do love a good find!  For me, that means scoring a fabulous piece with quality craftsmanship that fits beautifully and looks great on my body… for a price I can brag about!

If you have the time, I highly recommend you swing by Deborah Kent’s for a look-see.  I guarantee, you won’t be disappointed.

Happy Shopping!