I’m all about the jumpsuits lately! I love the seemingly effortless combination of comfort and sophistication, top and bottom, the easy-breezy two-for-one fabulousness of it all! Top it off with a structured tuxedo jacket… “aaaaand scene!”
Shop The Look:
Ted Baker London white blazer (similar) here
Thakoon Addition striped jumpsuit here
Sergio Rossi ivory pumps here
Prada Belt (similar) here
Gold choker necklace (similar) here
Yves Saint Laurent red lipstick here
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…
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…
photo 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!
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
~XOXO… Go Noles!
With my impending high school reunion on the horizon, I knew I needed to seek professional help for my fashion fix. But where could I go? Who could I trust? I mean, I was in deep! I needed everything… head to toe, the full treatment! The choice was obvious… Rehab!
I chose a Karina Grimaldi single-shoulder black silk jumpsuit. Simple and sophisticated. I kept the accessories to a minimum, adding a vintage gold chain belt, statement ring and drop earrings to keep the look polished and classic. The Guess patent leather strappy sandals with gold rings were a perfect compliment to the ensemble, and are from my closet. My favorite bag lately, the black reptile embossed leather clutch, was a gift from the FWTB Blogger Brilliance Conference last month.
Rehab Exchange is a designer resale boutique with 2 locations, South Tampa and downtown St. Pete. Go there. Get help for your fashion addiction. Tell them Runway Translator sent you!
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…
Here are some samples of her work behind the lens…
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
I saw this press photo of Amanda Seyfried attending the London screening of her new movie, and I could not get over the adorable dress. It’s from Gucci’s pre-Spring/Summer 2014 collection. I adore the vintage silhouette with its housewife charm, but wait! …it’s sheer! I love that the underpinnings are quite modest, as far as those go. I love the choice of red lipstick against her pale complexion and I love-love the navy polka-dotness of it all! … and don’t get me started on the Givenchy platform sandals! All. Day. Long.
Here are some similar dresses for your consumption…
Charles Anastase Vault Polka Dot Layered Dress, $1298, farfetch.com
Charlie Lace Dress, $262, monsoon.co.uk
Marni Suede Platform Sandal, $810, neimanmarcus.com
Erdem Floral Silk Organza Dress, $1891, brownsfashion.com
top photo credit: British Vogue
How lucky am I that this is what I do? I get lots of calls for blogging ideas… well, not lots, but a few… once or twice. Anyway, when Worth New York- Tampa Agency Owner Angier Miller called about her Fall collection hanging on freshly set-up racks in her South Tampa showroom, I got that warm and fuzzy fashion feeling. Worth New York is a couture-quality line of separates… I own one of their dresses and it’s timeless. As I learned while styling a few of my favorite looks, these pieces are not only luxurious and well-made, this year’s Fall collection is deceivingly lightweight, which rocks for this Florida girl.
The tapestry pencil skirt above is much lighter than it looks, and I love the overdose of prints in this work-perfect ensemble. Below, the clever cape blouse and animal print slim pants serve as the backdrop for a bold pop of color. And the long sleeve chiffon shirt dress with sheer panels spoke to me. It said, “I’m here. Where’s my martini?”…
The Worth New York 2013 Trunk Show is going on now through Wednesday, August 21 at the home of Angier Miller. Call 813.368.1561 , email firstname.lastname@example.org, or Facebook message Angier to schedule a time to preview the collection.
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?”
On 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…
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…
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
Vogue, point of view, July 2013 Issue:
The average American closet is a creative cauldron. Who would we like to be this morning- a preppy in shrunken blazer and driving loafers? An haute hippie, trailing handkerchief hems along with the sound of bangles? An eighties rock-‘n’-roller in black lace?
Standing out as an individual is what we all want and need. The key is to home in on your own distinct look- and then write your own rules around it. Forget what anyone else says or wears- this is the true soul of chic.
The word independent means ‘not subject to control by others: self-governing.’ Independence Day fashion is not about how many variations of red, white and blue we can combine to create a patriotic ensemble. It’s not about wearing an American flag or the strategic drape of its stars and stripes. To this fashion-obsessed lover of the U.S. of A., fashion on Independence Day represents the nature of who we are as a nation; self-governing. I am inspired by the independent thinkers of fashion, the mavericks who break the mold and push the envelope like those pictured above. I love the motorcycle jacket with flat sandals and a girly skirt… and how about the floor length skirt with a flannel shirt? Brilliant! I was so inspired by the middle look that I styled a shoppable evening version…
1. Plaid Chiffon Shirt, $15, delias.com
2. Silvia Silk Maxi Skirt, $210, reiss.com
3. Saint Laurent Leather Cuff, $595, ysl.com
4. Bottega Veneta Clutch, $1393, farfetch.com
5. Stuart Weitzman Silver Pump, $335, zappos.com