Thursday, March 20, 2014

Pretty in (any shade of) PINK


There is a shade of pink out there for everyone. Blush, carnation, coral, shocking, fuchsia..
And who doesn't feel pretty in pink? Pick yourself up out of the winter doldrums and go buy something fresh and pink.  From shoes and bags and jewelry to jeans and T's and cocktail and leather- you can find it in pink this Spring.  Neiman Marcus lists "Pink" as one of in-house trends for Spring, so that is a great place to start looking , whether online or in the store. But PINK is out there everywhere from JCrew to online sites like MY HABIT and more.
Equipment classic sleeveless top $248
Neiman Marcus silk skirt and top $400





the solo sandal
Stuart Weitzman $345


Jade Leather Crossbody Bag
French Connection $248
Rivka Friedman Bold Double Crystal Dangle Earrings
Rivka Friedman earrings $150

the slim illusion ankle skinny in blush pink 28 inseam
7 For All Mankind Jeans $178

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CatherineMalandrino $295
      Bagatelle Leather Vest My Habitat $189
Pink floral embroidered top
JCrew $89.50


             More trends coming soon......                                                                                                                                               

Friday, March 14, 2014

Time for Spring


Hope the weather cooperates

March is usually the time to switch your closet over from Fall/Winter to Spring/Summer for those of us in  the South and normally a transition time for those up North. Unfortunately our friends and family everywhere north of Atlanta are still suffering through the longest, coldest winter in years, but the Spring clothes are waiting in the stores, so I'm moving on....

Spring Trends 


There is a huge throwback to fashion trends from the past this Spring, especially the '90's. Many will feel like "been there- done that", but, of course there is a 21st century take on these trends. Creating your own sense of style means picking the trends that flatter your figure and lifestyle. Not everything is for everyone.  


Backpacks


Sleek and sophisticated and better for our backs and shoulders than the heavy shoulder strap bags we often carry.

                             
                    Elizabeth and James  $545                 Tory Burch $285
                                         
                                                          Frye $428

Bomber jackets

The "IT" jacket this season has traditionally been a solid outerwear piece (think Members Only, if you are old enough), but it is now embellished, printed, in silks and tweeds for an unexpected new look. Wear it with skinny jeans and a button down or T or over your shoulders with a dress or slinky top for evening.


         Wendy Lace Jacket
                  
                 Trina Turk on sale $148                                             Zara $79                                                                   

Floral Prints

If ever Spring brought flowers, this is it. Animal prints still persist, but florals in bold prints and soft artistic pastels abound.



                          Free People $128                                    Seven for All Mankind $198
   
                     Nanette Lepore  $398                                        Manilo Blanik  $685


Shirt Styling

The classic tailored shirt is back big in a variety of fabrics and lengths from cropped to tunic to dresses. White button downs worn white on white, with floral skirts, with black and white graphics and casual with jeans or dressed up for evening.




               Catherine Malandrino  $237                                      Robert Rodriguez $245


                                Vince$295                                                    Halston Heritage $375

Stay tuned for more trend updates and more old styles reinvented or just making a return for 2014- think white Keds and wide heeled mules- yes, really!!                                        

More coming soon...................

Monday, March 3, 2014

Something About Last Night

MY FAVORITES and NOT SO MUCH......


A very long Oscar show last night had so many stars looking beautiful and Ellen was very entertaining. My favorites looks and not so much follow:

Image  Loved Jennifer Lawrence-elegant and her hair and make-up killed it! You gotta' love her little trips on the carpet. Just shows someone so beautiful and talented can be just like us when she's nervous in a long gown and super high heels.
SANDRA BULLOCK photo | Sandra BullockSandra Bullock has never looked better for the awards shows this season. Understated and elegant. Everyone makes her sound so nice, too. Beautiful, talented, easy to work with-why can't she get a nice guy?
KATE HUDSON photo | Kate HudsonKate Hudson really rocked a plunging neckline and lovely gown. The long loose side parted curls was the hairstyle of the evening. Hate to say it, but her mom seems to have had too much work and almost doesn't look like herself anymore.
NAOMI WATTS photo | Naomi WattsNaomi Watts is a perfect example of you don't always have to show a lot of skin to look sexy and sophisticated. Check out her accessories- black sandals and black and white bag-a little unpredictable
CATE BLANCHETT photo | Cate BlanchettKate Blanchett, best actress winner all season, is lovely in the Armani with unusual illusion details, making a statement in neutral flattering her coloring and figure.
AMY ADAMS photo | Amy AdamsYou didn't think I'd forget Amy Adams, so stunning in the perfect shade of blue for her (check out her eyes)? Less is more in this beautiful silhouette. Her stylist has been right on in the choices for Amy this awards season.
LUPITA NYONG'O photo | Lupita Nyong'oBeautiful actress, beautiful dress but not the best combination. I was uncomfortable seeing Lupita's bony chest. Happy for her win - great speech.
ANGELINA JOLIE photo | Angelina JolieAngelina is a beautiful (and lucky) woman who uses her success and her means for many good causes. She looks elegant, but not her best last night. The dress is lovely but not the most flattering. She looks best showing a little more skin and showing off her figure more 
CAMILA MCCONAUGHEY photo | Camila Alves
Camilla Alves pulled off the pink almost architectural dress and would probably be stunning in a paper bag, but again, she's one who does look better showing a bit more skin. At least around her neckline. Also wearing pink, but too much dress for her petite but amazing figure, was Penelope Cruz. I wanted to unwrap it! Definitely pretty dresses on these women but not their best choices.
PEN√ČLOPE CRUZ photo | Penelope Cruz
JARED LETO photo | Jared LetoI'd like Jared Leto to wear  a pony tail if he's going to wear his hair long. He is pretty, and surely had the long loose hair thing  going but it doesn't really work for me on a guy. I do like that his mom has been his date to the awards shows and also his heartfelt acceptance speech.

PHARRELL WILLIAMS photo | Pharrell WilliamsI love Pharrel Williams and especially his hit "Happy." (It always makes me want to dance when I hear it. If you haven't watched his "24 hours of Happy" video
http://24hoursofhappy.com/- you gotta' see it.) BUT-the shorts with the tuxedo and his wife's ensemble-not so much.

TOO HAUTE TO HANDLE photo | Heidi KlumThis photo captures celebrity excess-Heidi is spilling out of her dress (lovely as it is) to an unflattering degree and Donatella is an example of overdoing the injectables!

THE SPACE BETWEEN photo | Jason Sudeikis, Olivia Wilde

I love Kerry Washington-so pretty-and am a Scandal fan, but my vote for best dressed pregnant actress goes to Olivia Wilde in this elegant number (cool back on it). Such a cute shot of her fiance, Jason Sudakis taking a photo.

Charlize Theron looked stunning as always in a somewhat unusual dress. Fabulous on her, not so sure anyone else could pull it off. Jennifer Garner looked so glam at the Globes and SAG awards. Didn't love her dress last night, maybe a tad frumpy? Julia Roberts seemed to step out of her box. The black lace peplum number was flattering to her figure but not quite her best look. Meryl Streep was better than usual -never a fashion-plate (but always a best actress).


I could go on and on. I do love the fashion at the awards shows, as much or more than the movies themselves. Lucky for we normal people, adaptations of these elegant gowns will be at Neiman, Saks and maybe even Nordstrom soon enough for our own black tie events and there won't be critics to judge us so closely.