Runway Translation: The Water Effect

Spring 2013 Runway Trend- Water Effect
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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,
2. Janna Conner Rock Crystal Fringe Necklace, $85,
3. Steve Madden Too Sweet Clutch, $48,
4. Jeffrey Campbell Holiday Sandal, $128.95,

Friends With Benefits…


The benefits of having stylish friends are endless!  First of all, they are my fashion plates, constantly serving as inspiration for my own personal style.  It’s fun to hang out with like-minded gals who truly appreciate the art of dressing.  My dear friend Denise Schultz recently posted this pic on her Facebook page and I was instantly drawn to the look… casual, yet elegant… comfortable, yet super chic!  Though she appears to be wearing separates, it’s actually a gorgeous striped and cobalt blue maxi-dress she discovered at Nordstrom Rack in Tampa (one of my favorite spots to score designer duds at discounted prices).  I found some great pieces online and put together my amped up evening version of this fabulous Spring/Summer look below…

Denise Inspired Ensemble

1. Stripes and Lace Top, $28,
2. Mango Satin Maxi Skirt, $46,
3. Fornash Rosey Earring, $19,
4. French Connection Cropped Cardigan, $99,
5. French Connection Wide Belt, $49.90,
6. Melissa Optical Sandal, $70,

Designer Inspiration: Alice + Olivia

Alice and Olivia Pic

Okay, so I adore this leopard print ensemble by Alice + Olivia.  The dress, the bag, the shoes… perfection!  The price… a bit out of my league.  These three designer pieces total nearly $1,200 and I just can’t go there.  So, like any determined fashion stalker, I found a few amazing alternatives that convey this same look for a fraction of the price (13/100 actually)! I’ve posted both looks below… the real thing for those with deeper wallets, and the ‘close-enough’ version for gals like me…

Alice and Olivia Ensemble

1. Alice & Olivia Dress, $396,
2. Alice & Olivia Snake Embossed Leather Bag, $545,
3. Alice & Olivia Leopard Print Wedge Sandal, $240,

Alice and Olivia Inspired Ensemble
1. Dorothy Perkins Leopard Print Dress, $35,
2. Jessica Simpson Satchel, $69.95,
3. JustFab Leopard Wedge Sandal, $49.99,


Runway Translation: The Printed Pant Suit

Spring 2013 Runway Trend- Printed Pant Suits
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The Spring 2013 runway shows provided plenty of androgyny in the form of power suits and pant suits.  Designers like Mary Katrantzou, Yves Saint Laurent & Balmain (among others) kept it feminine with form-fitted craftsmanship and soft fabrics in matching prints.  The skinny pant was a key component for achieving a powerful, yet lady-like look.  For a casual daytime suit, I like the look of seersucker.  Here’s my take on a classic Spring ensemble…

Spring 2013 Translation- Printed Pant Suits

1. Striped Seersucker Blazer, $79.99,
2. Striped Seersucker Trousers, $54.99,
3. Midnight Floral Tee, $45,
4. Lime Curve Tote Bag, $74,
5. Charles by Charles David Espadrilles, $82.49,


Runway Translation: Sheer Fabrics

Sheer Runway Spring 2013
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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…

Sheer Translation Spring 2013

1. Helmet Lang Asymmetric Sheer Dress, $160,
2. Warehouse Biker Jacket, $88,
3. Blu Bijoux Beaded Hoop Earrings, $17,
4. Apple Crinkle Clutch, $74,
5. Asos Holland Leather Heeled Sandal, $127,

Black & White Beach Style

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…
Black and white beach look
1. L Space black fringe swim suit, $135.95,
2. Merona sheer black cover up, $19.99,
3. MinLee straw fedora, $20.99,
4. NGIL damask print beach tote, $9.50,
5. Havaianas t-strap flip flops, $32, 

What I Wore…

…for dinner with a girlfriend:
London Times Dress
London Times dress from Marshalls
Orange beaded gold necklace from Deborah Kent’s (long, but wrapped)
Black crochet & leather belt borrowed from another dress
Tried and true gold braided leather sandals from Bandolino

…for a lunch meeting with a fellow volunteer:
BR Top & Summer Skirt
Tribal silk top and cotton skirt from Banana Republic
Military belt from Salvation Army
Necklace by local jewelry designer Pour Toi
Bronze cork wedges by Mia

How To Step-Up Your Style at the Pool

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.
Gold Braided Sandals
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!
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!
Beach Bag
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!

So remember:

Poolside Chic = Cover-up + Fashion Sandal + Great Shades + Sunhat + Big Bag

Easy Breezy!

A Little Stripe On Stripe Action

I’m currently obsessed with all things striped!  While doing some research about the origins of nautical stripes in fashion (for an upcoming blog post), I discovered that I own more striped pieces than any one person should.  Some are old, some are new, and all of them are Spring’s answer to “What’s a good staple for the season?”… a question I’m sure everyone is asking, right?

Today’s look is 2 parts stripes, 1 part casual, one party querky. Comfort was the goal here… it’s a beautiful beach kinda day and I’m ready to lounge with a cocktail in hand!  Stripes on stripes can be tricky, but this look works because both pieces share the same color story of navy and white, and pairing them together creates an unexpected touch of interest that I love!

Stripe on Stripe Action

Two notable details from this ensemble:  I like the dress super long, to wear with my 4″ high platform espadrilles, but for the flat sandals I needed to shorten it… enter military belt.  The belt helps anchor the dress at my waist so I can pull the hemline up a few inches and it stays put.  Also, the necklace is actually 3 different chains I found in my jewelry drawer.  All three are silver or silver and gold with varying designs, but when linked together they form one unique piece of jewelry.  Very rock-n-roll!