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NYFW Fall 2018 Trends

When attending a fashion show, I usually find myself backstage either styling, dressing or screaming at (sorry) a model, moving racks, steaming a garment or making a very last minute alteration.  I’m no stranger to New York Fashion Week having worked backstage dressing for several designers such as Naeem Kahn, Bibhu Mohapatra, Badgley Mischka, Marimekko and Dion Lee…just to name a few.  This year however I attended wearing a much different hat as a spectator and I have to admit that it took some getting use to.  Not unlike a musician with a trained ear, it’s hard to attend a concert without seeing what most may not. I often wondered what was going on backstage at the show, “Uh oh, that model didn’t wait completely to get out of sight before she started running back to get into her next change. ” “Was she going to make her next change?” “Ugh so many layers AND fishnets?  THAT must be a pain to deal with.” “What is going on with that lighting?”  “That model didn’t hit her mark.”  “Wow, that model has a great walk.”  “Hmmm…finale is taking too long to get out here. ”  However, once I got used to it, it was quite lovely as I got to have all of the fun and none of the pressure.

This year I partnered with Dallas Market Center to bring you the fall trends of New York Fashion Week.  If you aren’t familiar with the DMC, it’s a global business-to-business trade center and the leading wholesale marketplace in North America connecting retailers and interior designers with top manufacturers in home décor, furniture, gifts, lighting and fashion. I’ve been working as a stylist for their shows for over 15 years and it was a pleasure to get to do this.  So, without further ado here are the top fall 2018 fashion trends from New York Fashion Week as I see them.

 

FUCHSI-ON

If there is any one color that stood out across all designers, it was this shade of fuchsia or hot pink and it was more often than not paired with its Valentine counterpart: red.  Maybe since Fashion Week is held over Valentine’s Day the designers were “feeling the love.”

CHRISTIAN SIRIANO, BIBHU MOHAPATRA, PRABAL GURUNG

 

COLOR-FUR


Whispers of colorful fur started creeping into our wardrobe over this past fall but get ready for an all-out takeover.  From accents like cuffs and trims to floor length coats, colorful fur was seen in every size, shape and form!

JEREMY SCOTT, SON JUNG WAN (photo credit here), MILLY

 

BIRDS OF A FEATHER

 

Not to be outdone by its fellow animal covering, feathers also played a vital roll in all colors and trims.  It was enough to make Big Bird himself blush with pride.

CAROLINA HERRERA, SON JUNG WAN (photo credit found here), PRABAL GURUNG

 

NEON JUNGLE

Hmmm…fur, feathers and animal print…are we seeing a trend here?  Any way you look at it, it’s very chic to be an animal this fall and especially if you are bright!

R13, TOM FORD, CAROLINA HERRERA

 

NOT YOUR MOMMA’S PUFFER

 

There were puffers a plenty.  These are not your “I’m going to take my dog for a walk” puffers.  These are “look at me” puffers in all colors, mixed fabrications and designs.

CUSTO BARCELONA, KIM SHUI, TOM FORD

 

PATTERN PLAY

Anyone who knows me knows I can get behind a mixed pattern. So, I was thrilled to see so many in an elevated and modernized way.  It wasn’t just within a look like a striped jacket with a floral blouse for instance but within the actual fabrication of the garment itself.  How to mix patterns is one of the questions I get most often as a stylist and the designers have now taken the guess work out of the equation.

3.1 PHILLIP LIM, SON JUNG WAN (photo credit found here), PRABAL GURUNG

 

ALUMINUM-NUM

It was interesting to see this “aluminesque” fabrication on the runways when compared to the softer textures of fur and feathers but it was undoubtedly a statement.  Shiny, sometimes foiled fabrics in yummy colors gave a nod to a playful, futuristic vibe.

SIES MARJAN, CUSTO BARCELONA, CHRISTIAN COWAN

 

REGAL RENAISSANCE

With all of the color and texture going on, it was nice to find somewhere to “rest” your eyes.  This trend with its softer, more feminine feel toting French nods, blushes, florals and lace all complete with a bustier was enough to make even Marie Antoinette  “lose her head.”

ZIMMERMAN, BIBHU MOHAPATRA, BROCK COLLECTION

 

WORKING NINE TO FIVE

It’s the working girl’s suit re-created.  It celebrates the woman’s body while accentuating the curves and adding dimension through fabrication all while making a statement that says, “I’m a woman and I mean business!”  Which one do you think Dolly would wear?

DION LEE, JONATHAN SIMKHAI, BADGLEY MISCHKA

 

IT FEELS GOOD TO BE PLAID

Guess what?  Plaid is here to stay and if you didn’t think it could be re-imagined then think again.  It, like so many of the trends, is all about making a statement by wearing it from head to toe in a variety of colors and paired with things like fur and fishnets.  It should be wrong but something about it feels oh so right.

VIVIENNE TAM, ANNA SUI, MARC JACOBS

 

ACCESSORIES

By far there were two breakout accessory trends I saw: statement hosiery and fanny packs.  Fishnets were embellished with crystals and appliques and tights came in an assortment of every color in the rainbow.  And whether you like it or not, fanny packs are back!  There have been rumblings about it for a while but now they’re ready to make their way into your closet.  These aren’t the fanny packs of yesteryear made of nylon and a plastic zipper.  Now they go under names like “waist pack” or “belt bag.” They’re made of leather and all kinds of decadent fabrications but any way you slice it, it’s a fanny pack.

ANNA SUI, ZIMMERMAN, ADAM SELMAN, SON JUNG WAN (photo credit found here), ANNA SUI, AREA

 

CONCLUSION

The one take away I read loud and clear for this fall is FUN!  It’s not just the burgundies, emeralds and navies (though they’re there) but the hot pinks, pastel blues, purples, and yellows that will be front and center reminiscent of the late 80’s and early 90’s.  It’s all about making a statement with what you wear and owning it and if you had any doubt about whether or not those decades are coming back…I’m just going to leave this right here.

MARC JACOBS

 

So what do you think of the trends?  Will you be all in this fall or sitting this one out?  What are your favorites and what are you hoping doesn’t catch on?  Let me know in the comments below!

All PHOTO CREDITS FOUND at VOGUE RUNWAY unless otherwise noted.

 

 

 

 

The “Eyes” Have It

OK ladies.  As I’ve grown older, one of the things I had not anticipated was the fact that my eyelashes would be thinning out.   So when Sunny at Tease Beauty (check her out here) reached out, I jumped at the opportunity.  I had been thinking about it but had always been a bit scared since I have extremely sensitive eyes.  I can’t even sit under a ceiling fan without them being agitated and forget about walking outside in the wind.  But from the moment I met Sunny she was extremely comforting and patient with me.  The process started out by laying on a super comfy bed with a neck pillow.

Sunny

There was soft music playing and it was very relaxing.  She began by taping under my eyes and even though this took a few times for me (sensitive eyes) she never got impatient and was able to make it perfect for me.  Once she started, the whole process took about an hour and I could have taken a nap.  Seriously, no pain involved.  I cannot believe how amazing my eyes looked after. I didn’t have to wear mascara and I could go out without any makeup and still looked put together.  It took years off my eyes.  My six year old was looking at my before and after pictures and without any prompting from me said that my eyes looked “happier.”

 

It’s been a week and a half and while a few have fallen out (totally normal) my eyes still look great.  I work from home a lot so while it’s probably not something I’ll keep doing on a regular basis, it absolutely is something I’ll add into my routine!  I have several large events I attend throughout the year so I’ll definitely be going back for those.  If I had a regular office job though, I could definitely see the benefit in keeping them updated.  The amount of time it saves you getting ready alone would be worth it!  You really can go without makeup at all and still look  Please let me know if you have any questions about the process and if you check Sunny out let her know I sent you.  You can find her Instagram here for several before and after pics.  Thanks Sunny, for getting my eyelashes New York Fashion Week ready! (Post on that coming soon) It was a life saver!

Find my jacket on sale here

 

 

I received this service in exchange for a review but all of the opinions are completely honest and my own!

“Dressing Up” Your Home with Purpose

I’ve been on this kick lately that everything in life needs to have purpose.  I also seem to have a newfound appreciation for the most important things…which are not things.  As I grow older, I want to focus on life experiences and time spent with those I love as time seems to be flying by!  So, I’ve incorporated that line of thinking right down into how I decorate. If how we dress our body is an outward reflection of how we feel, then how we dress our home is an outward reflection of how we live our lives.

 

THE COUCH AND RUG

I’ve always wanted a velvet couch and shag rug.  Well, with little ones running around spilling, throwing up and peeing on anything at any given moment, this was never a feasible option…until now.  My youngest is now six and all three are in school.  They all tend to do a pretty good job keeping their body fluids where they belong and absolutely no eating or drinking is allowed on them.  To be honest, this room is in the front of our house and hardly anyone but me is ever in it anyways.  One of the reasons I love these pieces though isn’t just because they’re oh so pretty and soft (and they are) but because they stand for a long time waiting (over 10 years to be exact) and a reminder of where I’ve been.  They’re a reward for every little spit up, pee pee, diarrhea (oh yes) and sippy cup spill I ever cleaned up out of my old couches and rugs.  Though they’re new, they’re a sweet reminder of the past.

 

THE VINTAGE ART WALL

These are special pieces to me.  The best part about decorating with purpose is that it’s extremely economical.  I only bought 2 pieces on this wall…and for cheap.  The ones that mean the most though are the ones you can’t purchase in a store.  One of those is a painting that my extremely talented Mother-in-law did that hung in my husband’s home as he grew up, 3 pieces hung in his father’s office before he passed, and yet another in my home as a little girl.  One of them is a cross stitch I did of the skyline of a city we lived in that had an amazing impact on our lives.  Another is a framed card I received from my Mother-in-law on my 40th birthday that I loved.  This thought process bleeds into other areas of our home too.  In our kitchen, is a burlap coffee sack from a trip my husband once took to the coffee farms in Costa Rica.  My walls aren’t finished either.  I hope to grow them as we collect visual snapshots of our lives.

 

THE DRESS

Click on the pic for the link. Not sure if you can get it but it’s on sale!  I’ve also linked similar below.

So, a year and a half ago we moved our family 2,000 miles away from anyone we knew for my husband’s career.  It was the best decision we ever made.  It forced us out of our comfort zone and into new experiences and we met people that will be in our lives forever.  However, it became clear it wasn’t going to be a permanent one.  You can read a little more about that here.  Fast forward to now.  My husband selflessly gave up his 20 year career to start a new one that would move us back home.  With this new job comes travel to places like London, Dubai, Singapore, Russia and Canada.  I don’t love that he has to do it and thankful that it’s only every few months but when he does, he brings me local fashion home.  This dress was from his most recent trip to London.  These pieces are a reminder that my husband is a loving, selfless man who gives with his whole heart and with pretty good taste I might add!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So how do you dress your space? Does it accurately reflect how you live?   The next time you hang something on a wall or put something in a room, ask yourself, “Why?”  It just might help you from buying something you don’t need too!  I challenge you to look at what you already have.  Do you have postcards, scarves or even coffee mugs you can display that have meaning?  I’d love to know the creative ways you decorate!  Let me know in the comments below!

 

New Year’s Resolution: Final Part

Photo by Michelle Perez Photography

The final installment in my resolution series has to do with self goals.  As a mother, I often leave myself for last.  It’s out of nothing but self inflicted mom guilt.  But no truer words than, “If Momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy,” were spoken. When we take time to take care for ourselves, we give our body energy and our mind rest.  This makes those little demands, errands, chores and fights a little easier to deal with.  So, as hard as it’s going to be to put myself a little farther up the list this year, I plan on doing it!

 

HEALTH

I’m ashamed to admit that I’m not one that gets regular check ups and I plan to change that.  Your health is something you should never be too busy for.  My mother and aunt are breast cancer survivors and my grandmother was as well before she passed.  Please help keep me accountable to that.  Of course, I’d love to lose some weight as I managed to pack a few on over the holidays. So, I’ve been going to the gym and making better decisions about what I eat. I’ve even lost a few pounds so far.  I’m not going to kill myself though over a number on a scale.  I’ve resided to that fact that this is me and where my body is comfortable.  It might fluctuate up and down depending on how busy I happen to be, what time of the month it is and how often I’m able to get to the gym that week.  I’m not going to run myself ragged and get burned out by February nor am I going to give myself a hard time if I want to eat a brownie.  My motto in life for just about anything is,” everything in moderation.”  That means exercise as well though.  I want to be strong and healthy so I can be here for my kids for a long, long time.

 

SKIN

Since hitting a milestone birthday,  I’d like to be more aggressive with my skincare.  I’ve always done a fairly good job and have highly believed in preventative maintenance.  I rarely (like maybe 3 times a year) go to sleep with makeup on, I wear sunscreen, drink plenty of water and wear tons of moisturizer. But I’m here to tell you that aging stinks and there’s only so much you can do to fight time and gravity.  I recently had a laser procedure done that I’ll be doing a full post on so look for that in the near future.  At this point, I’m not really into anything involving a knife or needle but I plan on continuing treatments like this and I’ll let you know my favorites, what I feel are worth it and what was a waste of time and money!

 I often get questions about what I use so I’ve linked these at the bottom. I’ve been using the Pevonia brand for almost 20 years and attribute much of my skincare success to it.

 

SPIRITUAL

This is THE MOST important part of my life and yet the part I find the least amount of time for.  I’m a Christian and strive to live my life by Biblical principles.  I’ve started having regular quiet times in the morning and reading scripture again.  I don’t know why I ever quit because it honestly makes my days so much better! I would really love to become more involved in a spiritual community.  I’m not sure how that will look but I’m trusting that God will show me.

 

FASHION

I’ve never really had a fashion resolution but this year I’ve decided on a goal.  I’ve been feeling very guilty about my “fast fashion” purchases.  Yes, I know everyone doesn’t have a ton of money to spend on trendy clothing.  I work in fashion so I definitely don’t!  However, being in the industry for so long, I see how it effects the artists that have these original ideas.  They put in time, education, YEARS and true talent to come up with these designs.  Imagine if you created a beautiful piece of art, worked on it for months and spent tons of money to get into production then someone came behind you and copied it, put it into “fast production” (which often means some place overseas with small children or underpaid laborers working) and then sold it for a fraction of the price at a far lower quality.  I’m also trying to purchase quality over quantity.  I want to spend my money on pieces I will have for a long time (you know for like the next time they’re in style).  I do want to make it clear though that I’m not judging anyone who does it and I probably still will from time to time.  This is just my personal conviction.

 

So what have been your resolutions or goals for the new year?  How have you been doing on them?  I suggest that if you’ve already messed up, don’t quit.  Pick yourself up and start again with the knowledge you’ve gained so you can be better equipped to succeed next time.  We’re only human and that’s how God created us.  How boring would life be if we were all “perfect?”  The lessons and rewards are IN the journey!

 

 

New Year’s Resolutions: Part Two

A lot happened professionally for me in 2017.  I began blogging and new opportunities arrived with that.  In addition to blogging, I also work as a professional stylist for runway shows and photo shoots.  You can find some of my work here.   I also enjoy working on a team as a production crew member and I’ve been very blessed to work with some amazing brands such as Oscar de la Renta.  I’ve been a professional dresser at New York Fashion Week for designers like Naeem Kahn, Rachel Zoe, Badgley Mischka, Tibi, Opening Ceremony, Dion Lee, Marimekko, etc.  I even got to work backstage on a Chanel job when Karl Lagerfeld brought his Metiers d’Art show to Dallas one year (an experience I’ll NEVER forget). I’ll be continuing this line of work because I could never give it up.  I love the artistic expression it allows me to have and the hustle it takes to get there…so much hustle.  So, this leads me to part two of my series: Professional Resolutions.

 

BLOGGING WITH INTENTION

Many times bloggers write to meet a quota because a lot of companies require it in order to be part of a system that will pay them.  I want to be clear that I’m not downing them in any way.  I wholeheartedly support my fellow blogging community and I’ve met some amazing people who put out really great content and have helped me a great deal.  But I never started my blog for monetary gain.  Of course it will be nice if that happens, but it was more of an artistic outlet for me when we moved to Seattle.  I’m also a little “older” than the average blogger (though there’s a rise in us older gals), a wife and mom and feel it’s necessary to let women know that at any age or “face” in their life they can rock any trend.  It’s just how you style it.  Read all about that here.  I want to blog with intention because there’s something to be said and not because I’m trying to sell something.  Most of the time my posts will be about fashion because that’s my area of expertise but sometimes it might just be something I’m struggling with or celebrating.  Either way, just know that when I do a blog post, it’s because it’s something I find great value in discussing.

 

PERSONAL STYLING

I’ve been toying with the idea of personal styling.  Styling for the everyday person is very different than for a model.  You could practically stick a burlap sack on them and it look fantastic.  Personal styling has more to do with proportions, personal taste as well as lifestyle.  I’ve had the opportunity to do it a number of times but it’s an area I’ve never really dove into professionally.  So, this is where I need you guys’ help!  Do you or someone you know need personal styling help?  I’m looking for a few individuals who would allow me to help them with their wardrobe in exchange for a review and some pics.  I would prefer this not be another fashion blogger but someone who truly needs help.  I need at least one local and one that I could do virtually.  Just shoot me an e-mail or comment below if you’re interested or if you have any further questions.

 

 

What are your professional resolutions?  Here’s to success in 2018 and everyone crushing their goals!

 

New Year’s Resolutions: PART ONE

I love the New Year!  It’s a time of new beginnings and fresh perspectives.  As some of you may have noticed, I took a bit of a break in December from Social Media.  It was something my heart and my family needed.  The end of the year is a busy time for anyone and we were no exception.  In addition to making all the magic of Christmas happen as we moms do, the interior of our house was being painted and I was working on redecorating (does that ever end?).  We ecstatically hosted some of our friends from Seattle just before Christmas, celebrated Christmas with my husband’s family in our home then threw a New Year’s Eve party for our neighbors.  This isn’t including school performances, work parties, kids being home on winter break and out of town trips to visit a friend either.  All of it made my heart very, very happy and forced me to examine my life.  My last post found here expressed just this. So, for my New Year’s Resolutions this year I have 3 areas of my life I want to work on: personal, professional and self…in that order. In this post, I’ll be focusing on the personal.

 

RESOLUTION ONE

MORE TIME IN REALITY AND LESS TIME LOOKING AT A SCREEN

 

 

WITH MY FAMILY

First up, my family.  I don’t talk about it much but we have a son on the spectrum.  Where exactly we don’t know because the spectrum is so broad it’s often difficult to pinpoint exact issues and diagnosis takes time.  He’s extremely high functioning but with many issues so it can be an exhausting process.  It’s not easy for anyone to balance work, blogger and family life and adding another element like this can make it doubly challenging and honestly, often not worth it.  So, for the coming year sometimes it will mean not posting a picture on IG because I want to spend some time with my other children who often get overlooked.  It also means not constantly checking my likes so that we can have an uninterrupted family dinner.  Replying to comments might have to wait a day or two so I can go out on a date with my husband.  It means looking up at my family and not down at a screen.

 

 

IN MY COMMUNITY

  

Second, my community.  Since moving back from Seattle, we hadn’t gotten a chance to really dive into our local community.  We have some friends from when we lived here previously but we had such a connection to our neighbors in Seattle we wanted that back home too.  We decided to host a New Year’s Eve party this year.  It was so much fun and now we’re talking about a progressive dinner.  I’m so looking forward to developing relationships that will enrich each others lives many years into the future…no screen needed.

LIKE FATHER

LIKE SON

 

 

 

PHOTOBOMBERS

 

 

 

 

 

I’d love to hear about what you’re doing to develop personal relationships in your lives whether it’s in your family, job or community.  To be clear, I’m not downing social media.  I fully intend to continue blogging and giving fashion tips and support those who use it. I’m just shifting my focus a bit.  Stay tuned.  Next time I’ll be talking about my professional resolutions and I REALLY need you guys’ input on that.  Happy New Year!!!

 

 

A Time for Reflection

This month has been a time of reflection for me.  I wanted to take a step back and really examine my life.  I needed to see what’s important to me and where I need to prioritize.  It’s been a fiercely busy year.  Our family moved across the country, my husband started a new job, I began blogging in addition to styling and I turned 40.  After some prayer and reflection, this is what I’ve come up with:

I’m first and foremost a child of God.  I am a born again Christian who loves Jesus and I try to reflect that in my life in how I treat and love others whether they agree with me or not.  Second, I’m a wife to the most loving and caring individual a girl could be lucky enough to know let alone call her husband.  He is my partner, rock and support of which this crazy life I lead would NEVER happen without.  He’s the funniest person I’ve ever met (many would agree with me) and bonus: he’s also pretty cute.  Third, I’m a mother to the three most beautiful creations on this Earth.  (I may be a little biased…but I’m allowed that).  Being a mother is simultaneously in one breath both exhausting and the most rewarding thing a person could experience.  There is no fashion show I’ve ever worked on, photo shoot I’ve styled nor any outfit I’ve ever put together that could come close to comparing with the feeling of pride, heartache and love these three little miracles give me. Long after the lights from a show are dimmed or the last piece from a shoot returned they will be my footprint on this world.  They…not a pretty dress, fashion event or experience are my legacy.

 

 

Finally, in addition to blogging, I’m also a stylist.  It’s often been said, “Love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life.”  I’ve been lucky enough to experience that.  It’s a crazy life where you never know what you’ll be doing from one job to the next, who you’ll be working with or if you’ll even have a job the next day.  You may be in one city in the morning and catching a plane to your next job that night. You can be dressing a show backstage at Chanel for Karl Lagerfeld one minute or running up a fire escape with a dress the next (true stories). But I want to highlight a fashion crew that is near and dear to my heart.  They are each extremely talented and gifted and serve as members of a full working body.  We laugh (a lot), cry and fight.  We’re up until all hours of the night and morning together, dehydrated and exhausted and still manage to come out in the end still hugging.  We can go months in between jobs without seeing each other and yet pick up right where we left off….because it’s like coming home.  We’re more than just a fabulous fashion event crew.

We are a family.

 

 

I hope whatever you do this year you have time in the holiday hubbub to stop and reflect.  Ask yourself why you do what you do and what’s important to you.  I’d love to hear how you keep things in perspective.  It’s easy to get swept away in the current and noise of life.  How do you stay grounded?

 

 

 

Some exact and similar pieces featured in this post.

Support Your Local Artisan

‘Tis the season for gift giving.  It’s super easy to get caught up in all the Black Friday and Cyber sales going on….which actually is just turning into the “Everything is on sale from the week of Thanksgiving until Christmas” sale.  I know it’s easy because I do it!  I check my e-mail every morning to see what the “Sale of the Day,” is.  In the spirit of, “Support Your Local Small Business,” this past weekend, I’d also like to propose, “Support Your Local Artisan.”  You know one.  We all do.  They’re the people working frivolously into the night hours after their day jobs are over in some corner, room or garage of their home.  They’re the moms and dads just like you and I that work on their passion after they put their kids to bed.  Enter Wild Quartz. I had the chance to sit down with Tricia Tate, wife, mom, friend and artisan and discuss her passion.  By day she works at a hair salon (making people happy is her obvious passion) but by night she is a Jeweler hand making her pieces from all kinds of stones, metals, crystals, wood…you name it.  She also highly believes in the metaphysical healing powers of crystals and can custom make you a piece to help you with anything from anxiety to depression.  Plus, they’re REALLY, REALLY pretty!  Each piece is made with intention, compassion and purpose with you specifically in mind.  You can’t necessarily get that at a big box store.

Artisans have to purchase all of their equipment up front and many of these can be costly!  I had the extreme pleasure of visiting Tricia’s studio first hand.  I was surrounded by stones, fasteners, chains, welding equipment, wiring, machinery, safety equipment…etc.  It can take a long time to recoup the costs an artisan has to dish out before actually making any money.

    

 

 

 

 

 

By purchasing something you’re not only getting a one of a kind piece or gift, you’re also an encouragement beyond your knowledge.  As an artist myself, I can attest to the fact that working in your passion and gifting is a form of therapy.  When you’re able to create, whether it’s jewelry, art, a cake, clothes, candles, etc. and someone loves your creation enough to spend their cold, hard cash on it?  That’s an amazing feeling!  It gives an artist validation and purpose!

So, if you’re looking for a special gift for someone no matter their life face (find yours or their’s here), give my friend Tricia at Wild Quartz a try.  She’s working on the final stages of an amazing website (up any day) where you can buy pre-made pieces or make a custom order.  She’ll also have her artwork and her husband’s woodworking pieces available.  For now, contact her via e-mail at triciatate17@gmail.com or give her a follow on Instagram @wildquartz where you can DM her.  Her pieces are a steal ranging in price from $30-$100 and come in a plethora of choices in bracelets, rings and necklaces.  Get an amazing piece and the satisfaction of helping someone out because isn’t that what it’s all about?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you an Artisan or know someone who is that would like to be featured?  I LOVE getting to know fellow artists.  Give me a shout and let’s collaborate!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who What Wear Did it Again

So, there I was.  Minding my own business scrolling through an interior designer’s blog I enjoy and BAM!  Out of nowhere I was hit by these amazing pants she was wearing.  She, being ever so brilliant, linked them like a good little blogger should.  To my surprise, they were Who What Wear and under $40!  Target and this brand are killing it lately.  I really do try and spread the love with my wardrobe.  I like to sprinkle and mix high end and low end retailers (while trying to avoid fast fashion-a reason I’ll get into another time), but let’s face it.  I live one mile from Target and I’m a mom of three young children.  I’m there constantly and that darn brand just keeps waiving itself in my face.  So…I’m here today to show you how you can make these incredibly cute cropped, wide legged, plaid pants with gold snap details (dying) work for you no matter your life “face.”  (Don’t know yours? Find it here.). I’ve linked the pants below in both styles.

                         

The coat I’m wearing in this pic has a fun little story.  A few years ago I was traveling to New York to work on a photo shoot for Oscar de la Renta (yep, humble brag).  When I got there, the weather did a 180 and out of nowhere the temps dropped.  I had not planned for this in my packing and had to quickly run to the nearest department store.  I didn’t want to spend a lot of money but still wanted quality so Nordstrom Rack it was.  I showed up on set next day and everyone raved about the color.  Here we are a few years later and I’m breaking it back out since it’s the “it color” of fall!

I don’t know if it was because my husband was in London when I shot these but I get a very English vibe from this ensemble.  These pants are cropped but the weight makes them year round friendly.  They’re heavy enough for the cooler temps but not too heavy for spring and summer wear. The design is elevated and the gold snaps on the side make them appear more expensive than they are.

Their plaid pattern is made of neutral colors making it easy to mix and play well with others.  So, layer up!

Don’t get caught up on the length.  They can go with heels, boots, tennies, you name it!  I love their versatility!  They can take you from the office with a blazer or to the playground with a bomber!

These newsboy style hats are very in this season.  I wasn’t sure if I could rock it but I think it’s growing on me.  I love the vibe it adds to the look!

 

So, what do you think?  Do you see them in your future?  Honestly, I don’t even know how I lived until now.  😉  Let me know in the comments which look was your favorite or how you would style them!  I love getting inspiration from you guys!  Have a fab day!

 

 

 

 

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Velvet Joggers-You Need Them in Your Life

If you remember, way back in January I stated that velvet was a huge trend and not going anywhere anytime soon. Find that article here.  As we all know at this point, it’s everywhere!  You can find it from Neiman Marcus to Target and anywhere in between.  This week we’ll focus on the velvet jogger.  The cut makes it casual but the texture adds the luxe factor making it an extremely versatile piece for your wardrobe.  No matter your life “face” (Find yours here), you can make this look work for you!  Once again, there are exceptions to every rule.  You may find that you fit in several “faces.”  I do for sure!  These are just guidelines to help nudge you in the direction that feels more “you.”  I personally love the ones I’m wearing found here (blouse found here for under $20) for three reasons.  They’re under $30, uber comfortable and those most beautiful shade of deep, emerald green.  The color makes them the perfect neutral you can pair with just about anything! If you don’t love them, I’ve linked more below in a range of colors and prices along with other pieces inspired by the photos.

 

THE SEARCHER          THE GIVER           THE VETERAN

                

This look is a bit more relaxed.  It’s perfect for rolling out of bed and heading to class, taking your kids to the playground, running errands, meeting friends for lunch or getting down on the ground with your grandchildren.  Granted, the crop top is a bit more for the SEARCHER (or maybe you can still rock a crop top after having children.  I can’t and won’t.  You’re welcome.). If you want to push the envelope, pair it with heels like this lady above in denim.  If not, tennis shoes are perfectly acceptable!  Find the ones I’m wearing here.

 THE HUSTLER         THE CEO

When you hear “jogger” you don’t necessarily think business or meeting attire.  The fact that they’re velvet though tricks your eye into thinking they’re something more.  Pair a nice, crisp button down and heels with them and you’re good to go!  Even better, add a blazer or another layer to really take it up a notch.  Find mine here.

THE WILD CARD

              

You know what this is all about.  Take your look to the next level.  Add crazy prints, colors and pile on more texture.  Your daily attire is a costume…and an amazing one at that!

DATE NIGHT

 

Pair your jogger with a very of the moment lace, detailed blouse or try a metallic sweater.  Add a clutch, accessories and pop them with a colored heel.  “Why yes, I believe I will have another cocktail please.”  My joggers can be found here and my blouse (just under $20) here.

 

What are your thoughts on this post?  Do you think you could see velvet joggers in your rotation now?  Is there a piece in your wardrobe you struggle to style.  Let me know in the comments and I’ll see if I can help you out.  Have a fabulous week!

 

 

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