That Jumper. Those Shoes.

Throughout my long and spirited love affair with fashion there have always been two criteria by which I determine whether or not my relationship with any particular item will last; comfort and ‘wow factor’.  Enter this silk jumper and these amazing blue heels…

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Shop The Look:
Mason by Michelle Mason jumper here
Yves Saint Laurent heels here
Gold fringe bib necklace from JC’s Boutique (similar) here
Versace statement ring here

Photo credit: Tasia Hron
Make-up: Amada Flores at Melt Out
Shot on location at Schiller’s Salvage in Tampa, FL

XOXO,
RT Signature

The Power of Pampering

I’m always looking for opportunities to use my skills as a fashion stylist to help those who need it most.  In the past I’ve been called upon to share my knowledge in multiple ways, from teaching a group of at-risk youth the art of fashion illustration, to working with drug rehabilitated women, helping to prepare them for reentry into the workforce by styling them for job interviews and court appearances.  Recently, through my involvement with The Junior League of Tampa, I was approached to volunteer with a very special group of young ladies living at Joshua House for a project called Girl Power.  For this event, ‘The Power of Pampering’, I would be styling a group of girls ages twelve to seventeen as they experience a very rare day of pampering which they certainly deserved.  Each girl received the royal treatment, having her hair and make-up professionally done, selecting beautiful pieces of clothing from a custom pulled rack of new frocks, and then sitting for a glamorous portrait with a photographer…

GP-Hair Makeup Cluster
Hair and make-up sessions were provided by
Kim Davis Arbonne, Emily Fitch, Tribeca Salon, and Paul Mitchell.

GP-Racks Jewelry
Fashion and accessories were provided by
Rehab Boutique and Princess Boutique.

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Photography provided by Pilar.

GP-Frame Art
During the event the girls decorated picture frames which would
be used to house their very own fashionable photographs.

As I spoke to each of these young women, imagining what they must have gone through in their short time here so far, I realized how much they truly appreciated this gift of pampering.  I am humbled to have been a part of this event, and it reminds me just how simple it is to give a little time to help make a person smile.

In the immortal words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I leave you with this…

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

XOXO,
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GET INVOLVED:
Find out more about The Junior League of Tampa here.
Find out more about Joshua House here.

We’ve Got Spirit, Yes We Do…

Are you a fashionable female with a penchant for football?  Well good luck trying not to look like one of the boys on game day!  For the gal who likes to show her team spirit without wearing a linebacker’s official jersey there aren’t a lot of stylish options on the market.  When I saw this NFL ad in last month’s Vogue, I was instantly inspired…

 All Sport Couture picphoto credit: allsportcouture.com

Why not mix it up a bit?  There’s no need to don your boyfriend’s jeans and sneakers just because you like to play armchair quarterback on the weekends.  Capitalize on your femininity and win the trophy for best looking lady at the tailgate party!  Take a couple official team pieces, like a fitted tee or hoodie and a ball cap, throw some silk drawstring pants and high heels into the formation, layer on a few pieces of bling-bling, and you’ve got a winning play!FSU Ensemble

1.  Lizzie Fortunato necklace, $470, farfetch.com
2.  Chain necklace, $11, forever21.com
3.  FSU Seminoles hoodie, $36, footballfanatics.com
4.  FSU Seminole hat, $22, footballfanatics.com
5.  Jet Set drawstring pant, $623, farfetch.com
6.  Joie gold sandals, $275, joie.com
7.  Fossil chain bracelet, $30, fossil.com
8.  Givenchy cuff bracelet, $695, barneys.com

Love the pants, but not the price point?  Check out these similar drawstring trousers by Rag & Bone at Neiman Marcus here, or these from Armani Exchange here.

~XOXO… Go Noles!

A Tribute To My Tiny Photog…

I hired a new assistant.  She’s six, so she works for snacks and candy.  It’s working out well.  She’s a wizard with the Nikon…

Caitlin Photog Dreamy Memory

Here are some samples of her work behind the lens…

Fashion Week Favs

Outfit 1:  Cacharel top & Bloch flats (Deborah Kent’s), Lil skirt (closet), Nine West handbag (DSW)
Outfit 2:  Naked Zebra jumper (JC’s Boutique), Humanoid silk jacket (Deborah Kent’s), MaxStudio.com heels, Total Betty Society necklace
Outfit 3:  Bellatrix shirt (Nordstrom Rack), Tart sequin pants (JC’s Boutique), Vince Camuto booties (Nordstrom), vintage purse strap as necklace, MaxStudio.com leather cuff

Haute Accessories Runway Event

This September my fashion festivities began with a designer accessories runway show for a good cause.  HAUTE Accessories Week is an annual series of events in Tampa produced by Lacey Smith and his team at The Fashion Movement.  It’s an exclusive platform for accessories designers that has gained a lot of traction over the last several years.  In keeping with Smith’s ‘give-back’ philosophy, proceeds from the HAUTE events benefit Joshua House, a safe haven for abused and neglected children.  With local celeb Holley Sinn as the night’s MC, the runway presentation at Hunter’s Green Country Club was the place to be last Friday night…

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Eleven designers showcased their eclectic collections for this show.  Everything from jewelry to handbags to bowties found it’s place on the catwalk.  If I had to pick a favorite, I’d say the provocative works of Maria Soranaka of Twist’D Artisan Jewelry Designs captured my attention and held it like a trance.  Her design aesthetic is intricate, detail-oriented, and totally twisted with a tribal princess meets badass warrior vibe! (see middle pic below)

Haute Designer Necklace Cluster

What I wore…

Since berry is all the rage for fall, I chose this Max & Cleo number from my cocktail dress arsenal (circa 2011, from Marshall’s).  The handmade flower feather clip is from Deborah Kent’s, as are the Marianne Homsy earrings.  The nude pumps are Gianni Bini.

What I Wore To Haute

What I scored…

After a couple of complimentary Peroni beers I dove right into the shopping portion of the evening.  Check out my fabulous new necklace from Total Betty Society and my crazy cool Vogue Magazine clutch from Aphrodite’s Jewelry Box

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Next on the docket: Fashion Week Tampa Bay… Stay tuned!

Tory Burch Fall 2013- Runway to Reality…

Tory Burch Fall 2013 Runway Cluster

Inspired by the works of artists Gustav Klimt and Rene’ Lalique, Tory Burch’s Fall collection is filled with rich textures and special details.  With a palette of Art Nouveau florals and sensual velvets, Burch paints a fairy tale suffused with gilded romanticism.  If the layering combinations are too opulent for your everyday style, try keeping it simple by pairing one powerful printed piece with complimentary solids and muted neutrals…

Tory Burch Dress

1. Tory Burch Dress, $595, toryburch.com
2. Flower Pendant Necklace, $40, loft.com
3. Planet Cardigan, $91, johnlewis.com
4. Manolo Blahnik Suede Pumps, $595, barneys.com

Ball Gown, Meet Biker Jacket…

There’s something so intriguing about the unexpected combination of lady-like refinement and rough-and-tumble naughtiness!  I love pairing a soft, feminine gown or dress with something dark and tough like a leather biker jacket.  It says, “Would you care for some tea… or perhaps a knuckle sandwich?”

Biker Chic ModelsOn a recent visit to Neiman Marcus at International Plaza, I had the pleasure of styling my own ‘Biker Chic’ vignette with the help of models Sue and Erika.  I had a blast scoping the floor and pulling looks… landing on my two favorite ‘ladies with attitude’ ensembles.  I totally want to go wherever these gals are going…

Biker Chic Models Cluster

The shoppable ‘Biker Chic’ look below is a great way to experiment with the juxtaposition of a black leather jacket and a soft, flowy chiffon gown.  Let’s say you have a bride’s maid dress and you’re not sure why you’ve kept it… NOW is why!  Add a girly statement necklace and drape the biker jacket over your shoulders for a more delicate look…

Biker Jacket Ball Gown Ensemble

1. Erickson Beamon necklace, $625, farfetch.com
2. Alexander McQueen gown, $3440, alexandermcqueen.com
3. Z Spoke Zac Posen clutch, $395, couture.zappos.com
4. Red Valentino biker jacket, $1065, farfetch.com
5. Saint Laurent sandals, $1195, luisaviaroma.com

Nauti-cool Stripes

Nautical Stripes Boyfriend Jeans Espadrille Wedges Statement NecklaceTunic (tucked in): Old Navy.  Jeans: Lucky Brand.  Shoes: MIA.  Jewelry: Gifts.

Here’s one summer trend that will never sink… nautical stripes.  Put a cool twist on your sailor style by tweaking the color combos.  Instead of the traditional Breton stripes of white & navy try red & navy or navy & orange!  Add a bold statement necklace for a pop of color…

Nauti-Cool Ensemble

1.  Closed Striped Cotton Pullover, $175, stylebop.com
2.  Warehouse Distressed Boyfriend Jeans, $55, johnlewis.com
3.  Bold Bead Necklace, $70, bananarepublic.com
4.  Michael Kors Jet Set Tote, $198, neimanmarcus.com
5.  Burberry Espadrille Wedges, $238, couture.zappos.com

The Black Maxi Dress

The Black Maxi Dress

This fashion staple will never, ever go out of style.  Seasonless, ageless, and extremely versatile, a black maxi dress should be in your closet or on your list of must-haves.   I recommend a nice modal or cotton jersey knit fabric that will stand the test of time and can play a casual or dressy role in your wardrobe’s cast of characters.  Throw on a pair of sandals and a cropped cardigan for a simple daytime look.  Add a colorful statement necklace and fun tote for that extra touch of style…

The Black Maxi Dress Ensemble1

1. Sequin Striped Tote, $49.95, gap.com
2. Strappy Cami Maxi Dress, $36, topshop.com
3. Betsey Johnson Flower Necklace, $155, zappos.com
4. Cropped Cardigan, $19.99, mango.com
5. Charles by Charles David Sandals, $54.99, heels.com 

Runway Translation: The Water Effect

Spring 2013 Runway Trend- Water Effect
runway photos: style.com

How refreshing!  With splashes of blues, greens & whites on flowy fabrics this runway trend makes me thirsty for more.  A sea of designers like Proenza Schouler, Charlotte Ronson, Michael Kors, Donna Karan, Tracy Reese, and many more seemed to draw upon the ocean for their inspiration this Spring.  Having several upcoming evening events on my horizon, I took this as my cue to dive right in and find my own mermaid-worthy ensemble.  I can’t wait to feel like a tall drink of water in this look (too much?)…

Spring 2013 Translation- Water Effect

1. Phase Eight Dip-dye Maxi Dress, $140, houseoffraser.com
2. Janna Conner Rock Crystal Fringe Necklace, $85, saksfifthavenue.com
3. Steve Madden Too Sweet Clutch, $48, zappos.com
4. Jeffrey Campbell Holiday Sandal, $128.95, lorisshoes.com