Friday, April 23, 2010

To Chambray or Not to Chambray

That certainly is the question....
Multiple times in my life I've seen someone flaunting a Canadian Tuxedo (no offense to my Canadian audience) and I've shivered at the thought of wearing a denim shirt- it's really not for everyone, but the trend is back, so instead of avoiding it, I am going to embrace it.  I put together this spring/summer look based around the Chambray shirt.  I think I made it work, but like I said, it's not for everyone.  In order to pull off a denim shirt, you must make it look stylish, chic, classic - not frumpy or careless... and for God's sake please pair it with something other than a denim bottom.  Check out the look I put together below - see how effortless it looks, but how put together it comes off.  I would wear this outfit in a heartbeat... with my hair pulled back in a cute chignon ... sure, there's not a lot of color in this outfit, but that's what makes it work, the no fuss simplicity of it all.
Weekend Casual

Items in this set:
Chambray Boyfriend Shirt, $26,
Linen gazebo trouser, $98,
Women's Mossimo Supply Co. Wakeisha D'Orsay Braided Flat Sandals, $18,
Trokey Bag, $30,
Ray-Ban Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses, $140,
Faceted Bubble Cocktail Ring, $7.50,
La Mer Layer Wrap Watch, $98,

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Lightweight Fabrics

The weather is finally starting to warm up in Prague (which for Prague means we can shed the winter coats and put on a jacket instead... boo) but it has me thinking thoughts of lightweight fabrics and beautiful sandals.  I found the sandals featured below on Payless's website (they are beautiful, no?, especially with a $23 price tag!!!) and found myself drooling over them.  They are interesting, but still a simple neutral that can be paired with a ton of items (shorts, dresses, etc).  Just one thing to keep in mind - be careful if you have shorter legs because these shoes will hit you at the ankle and could end up making shorter legged women look stumpy. The rest of the outfit has a lot of airy pieces as well as light, relaxed colors that all come together looking effortless, soft, and pretty.  The pink sweater is a lightweight cover over the white flowy tank for cooler days.  The simple earrings and floral bangle add some shimmer to the otherwise flat outfit, and the brown Aldo bag helps blend with the dark shoe.  The greenish 9" chino from J Crew is also a neutral that can be worn again and again in the Summer months.  The length is nice for anyone who doesn't feel comfortable with a "short short" style - it will hit the leg similarly to a Bermuda short... every morning when I hop in the shower and start to see green veins forming in my legs, I thank God for whoever invented the long short ;)
Weekend Chic

Items in this set:
 Beachcomber linen long cardigan in French Blossom, $78,
 9" chino short in Nickel, $42 ON SALE!!!!! for $33.60,
Lightweight Crochet-Trim Top, $20,
Montego Bay Club - Stella Gladiator Sandal, $23, Payless Shoes
Reflecting Pool Earrings, $18,
Floral Etched Bangle Set, $6.80,
Battie Bag, $42,

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Annnnnd she's back

Hi there long lost readers!  After a month plus hiatus, I am back!  For my first post back, I wanted to share with you a simple spring wedding 2-part outfit.  My step-sister, Leslie, has a wedding to go to at the end of May, and having already picked a dress, she asked to help her accessorize.  I didn't know if it was a daytime wedding or an evening wedding, so I put together a look for each.  Leslie is a tall, dark haired beauty, so I tried to keep that in mind as I put the two choices together.
Leslie Wedding
Items in this set:
Basics for both outfits:
Silk Chiffon Juliet dress in Deep Rose, $180,
Moos shoe, $75,
La Regale Clutch Evening Bag in Champagne, $18,

Daytime look:
Cotton cascade ruffle cardigan, $78,
End Of The Rainbow Earrings, $38,
Cornelius Bangle, $15,
Night time look:
Cotton and Chiffon Tuxedo Ruffle Cardigan, $120,

Reflecting Pool Earrings, $18,
Rose Dew Hinge Bracelet, $40,