In the Red
Today I picked up a copy of InStyle magazine and what should my wandering eyes spy? A fashionably forward page "Add a pop of garnet"
I have always had a love affair for ruby red slippers and this season, so will you. Do you love the look of a red shoe that pops, but aren't brave enough to buy them? It takes a confident person to put that fashionable foot forward. Everyone knows me for my red hunter boots, my red fringe bag, my red driving mocs, my red glasses, but most of all my red lips, right? Why can't that be confident you? Why can't that be confident you? Why even question it, because it can be you? Two days ago I hit a sale at Jcrew and picked up red leather pointy toe ballet flats. I got an amazing deal on them. I showed up in an early fall catalog. Well I am glad I waited, because they were 25% off and by giving them my email address, they gave me an additional 10%!!!!! I walked out leaving Jcrew and myself (depending how you look at it), "In the red."
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY BLOG
One of the most physically and mentally challenging fashion emergencies I face every season is transition. Finding the proper ensemble that is fashionably trending now, paired with the actual temperature, is always an issue. When it's 90 degrees the last few days of summer and the first several weeks of fall is really confusing, and typically I end up sweating to death putting fashion first. I guess one of my old favorite adages, "beauty is pain" has been around a long time for a reason. Take the Emmy's in LA just days ago for example. Women and men alike were sporting fall fashions while "cooking" in over 100 degree temps. I guess that is the difference between someone who is not concerned about always putting their best foot forward (no matter what the price) and a true glaminista. This season though I was determined to find a happy medium.
"Glam it up" by adding a little bling. Bracelets by Lucky Brand Jeans
I shopped early for floaty or traditional blouses with a touch of flair that I could pair with sandals and jeans. I swore that this season and seasons going forward that I would curb my wardrobe. I decided to turn back to the classics and I did.
I just couldn't resist the strong desire to mix, match and accessorize, but I am attempting to do it more subtly than ever.
Don't throw out that denim blouse just yet, it makes the perfect fall filler as part of your ensemble. On a crisp day layers are not only warm, but are chic. Embellish with layered beaded necklesses and don't forget to go shopping for some fancy brooches. Brooches are the hottest thing since sliced bread. Balance and tie you look together with complementary accessories that drop from your textiles. For a final confidence booster raise your collar and break out the burgundy lipstick and nails.
Why? Classics never fail. You can never look at a photo and say, "why did I wear that?" And secondly, if you work with classic pieces, they are less noticeable if you "switch it up a bit," not to mention a much less crammed closet, where I can actually see what I own without feeling overwhelmed. The best part of it all, affordability.
Classics never go out of style and there is nothing more comforting than a high quality blazer that is tapered for your body. blazer by Ralph Lauren. Brazilian equestrian boots by Matisse, army green blouse by Old Navy, suede laced up Denim Jeans by Mudd and African spring bok fur bag by Diane Gail (a staple in my wardrobe for years)
Classics don't necessarily mean spending less on pieces, but you will likely need much less to achieve stylish looks. How? By rotating jewelry, switching blouses under sweaters and classic jeans or trousers are timeless.
Unconventional style is not a new style but the oldest of styles. The most fashion forward icons of the past had an artistic vision for what they wore. Above you'll find unconventional style that still has a classic feel that gives this ensemble its edgy look. Here I mixed prints from cheetah to two different plaid patterns and once again layered my look with a denim blouse and a gold beaded neckless. Yet unconventional once again, leave your shirt tails hanging out of your blouse. Shoes from DSW, vintage bag, large denim boy's blouse by Chats, jeans by
Koral, royal blue stone rings by Old Navy.
You need less shoes too (said no woman ever!) lol. When did I have this epiphany? When we put our home on the market and I was told I needed to purge my closets. My realtor said my hangers should be at least an inch apart! I nearly fell over. Once I accepted what I needed to do, I was like a whirlwind and there was no turning back. I embarrassingly bagged about 30 bags of clothes and accessories. Truthfully, I have never felt more free. To walk in my closet and actually see each item is a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. In fact, I did this with my entire house. As beautiful as it "was," I am at peace with all of it. Nevertheless, this is about fashion, so let's stick to it! This fall, my wardrobe consists of several navy blue sweaters, classic blouses such as white, pinstripes, and dark gingham. I also purchased several black items, dug up two pairs of classic jeans in my collection and tossed all of my trendy pieces including; shoes, hats, fun jewelry, varieties of scarves (from silk to wool) and purses. I must have parted with at least 7 pairs of sneakers. My absolute favorites in each category were kept and like I said, I feel so incredibly free. I did pick up some patterned pieces though shopping for my reinvented self, but kept them classic like I said. What am I getting at here? Classic meets elegant trendy touches makes for the perfect ensemble, season after season and time after time.
Turn a classic preppy t-shirt into the look of the moment. Take this simple Merona boating shirt and give it some stem by placing it on top of a denim chambray blouse. in order to transform simple into chic roll your denim top over the striped shirt and add a coordinating brooch. Expect the unexpected when you throw in a pair of denim jeans with leopard valet flats and a plaid clutch. choose chandelier earrings OR an arm full of gold bracelets. When it comes to Jewelry, less is always more. Boy's denim blouse by Chaps, pegged leg jeans by Koral, shoes by name unknown but any leopard shoe will do.
Between seasons, keep your wardrobe purged and full of staple pieces. As for the temperature trivia, don't rush the season. Plan your ensemble accordingly, as I did this season.
Botanically-inspired Easter Baskets
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STYLE LOOK of the WEEK!
Ad courtesy of VOGUE magazine
Think you can't afford the stylish looks in Vogue magazine? Is it something you have chalked up to an unrealistic dream only for models, the wealthy or fashion editors? Well guess again. High end designers such as Gucci set the trends, but don't think you can't follow suit, as the rest of the fashion free world does. In fact, some of the most notably chic fashionistas do it, and do it on a tight budget. It is where creativity comes into play. It is taking what you have, mixing and matching it to make the most of it.
Below: My closet finds (the complete look)...
When I saw this Gucci look in Vogue, I immediately honed in on my current closet classics. I knew I had a cropped green army jacket that was not the same as the Gucci, but was a similar idea, I bought it at a vintage junk shop.
Below: Magazine Shot (military jacket & plunging neckline)
I did not have a top with a plunging neckline for beneath the jacket like the ad shows (which by the way is the hottest trend going in case you haven't noticed, from the last few red carpets), so again I improvised and created my own. I went through all the blouses in my closet and came across an old Ralph Lauren paisley blouse, similar to the colors within the models blouse and neckerchief.
Below: My look (plunging blouse neckline & military jacket)
I placed it on a hanger and hung the jacket on top and opened the buttons on the blouse down to where my cleavage line begins.
Below: Magazine look (purse & boots)
I happen to have a brown suede fringe bag a pair of faded jeans and with a lot of luck, a pair of python boots I bought in a high end consignment shop in New York's East Village.
Below: My look (boots and bag)
On that note, my look was complete. So when you see a look you love, tear it out and bring it to your closet to see if you can get close to the look.
15 MINUTE "FAMILY NIGHT BISTRO!"
It took me just 15 minutes to throw this tablescape together. An evening such as this is exactly why it is imperative to have certain staples when it comes to entertaining. I keep chargers in an array of colors, at least a dozen types of linen or cotton napkins in solids or patterns, a gold and silver set of flatware and usually a set with wooden or bamboo handles, plain white dishes to mix and match with anything and dishes with a gold rim, silver rim, and several sets with color or patterns. I keep a folding table in the basement and a custom fitted mirrored table topper for reflection and a touch of glamour. Glasses in colors that reflect every season or major holiday and a variety of table cloths. Everything can be arranged and rearranged, mixed and matched over and over again for a fresh take on any spur of the moment theme. And don't forget many sets of votives to add to the ambiance. I know it all sounds expensive, but it's not! Buy as you see sales throughout the year. If I love it and dream about it, I have to have it! I'm always thinking ahead of the season and holidays to come. I'm planning my color scheme in advance, finding something in my trails to inspire my tablescape. Now that I have all the staples, I'm set. It's a matter of creating a theme with brick-a-brack from there. I began collecting when I was single and continued throughout my 15 year marriage. I have no regrets, as I did it slowly and steadily.
The Perfect Elegant Family Style Italian Bistro Table Top:
This was 1 folding table from Target. I had a custom piece of mirror made to fit. Any mirror shop in your area can do it! (Alderfer Glass in Quakertown, PA)
First I placed a plaid tablecloth on top of my folding table, then carefully placed the mirror on top of the cloth. From there I began to set the table with the following must have accessories with their resources.
~red votive candles to line the center of the table (Dollar store, Christmas Tree Shop, Marshalls/Homegoods)
~Vino Jugs (wine) (Christmas Tree Shop) I filled one with wine and one with ice tea. There is a chalk board on the from which you can label accordingly.
~White ceramic gravy boat with tiny ladle for fresh parmesan cheese (Marshalls/Homegood's)
~Green lettuce leaf bowls with salt & pepper shakers (Crate & Barrel or Marshalls/Homegoods) I have found full table settings at both
Layer Your Place Settings:
~Red plastic chargers (Michael's Craft Store or Christmas Tree Shop)
~Plain white dinner plates (Christmas Tree Shop)
~Green lettuce leaf bowls
~Wooden Handled forks (Marshall's/Homegood's)
~Red and white large gingham check napkins placed under bowls (Napkins from Stein Mart)
~Red wine goblets (glasses) (old stock of mine, but you can find red glasses just about anywhere)
Beautiful Beach Bag with Baubles
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