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Street Smarts

2 Mar

I can’t believe I’ve been out of the blogging world for almost two months – not good.  I’ve been so busy packing/unpacking, moving across country and familiarizing myself with my new surroundings that I’ve forgotten that blogging is a selective hobby of mine.  Well, now that I’ve settled into my new home (NJ) I can finally get back to blogging my little heart out of things I like and not-so-like.

Being on a cross country road trip makes you think about things you might have never really thought about before.  New places, new people, new beginnings, old places, old people, old resolutions.  As your new journey beings, you start to prioritize certain things that are important in your life.  A New Years resolution you might say.  Things that are most beautiful (in their on way) – take note.  I’m becoming more observant and more alert of what is around me.

As I peruse through my daily reads, I came across a section from Style.com by Tommy Ton that jogged my thought process. I must have gone through the slideshow about a dozen times, dazed and far from confused.  I’m charmed by the woman he captures through his lens.  Your every-day-woman that strides through the streets of your neighborhood, bold and luminous, makes me appreciate how women’s fashion has developed over the decades.

Simple and sweet; for your viewing pleasure, I give you Tommy Ton’s eyes through a lens…

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Lock Me Up…

4 Jan

Stripes, stripes and more stripes!  A recognizable trend happening in the new year is the ever elongating vertical stripe.  Horizontals are definitely on point for this year, however, verticals are always more flattering.  I realize that the print can register either way; inmate or absolutely great.  I like the combination of both.  But my personal favorite has to be the thought, Where Is Waldo? I love that while wearing such a simple print like stripes, you can stick out like a sore thumb – good or bad.  Vertical stripes can be forgiving when you allow it to.  With such a dominate direction of the vertical line, you need to be able to translate a well sense of guidance throughout the garment(s).  I wouldn’t recommend combining the two (horizontal and vertical) since your eye doesn’t know in which way to look.  So, whether you want the just-rolled-out-of-jail look or the look-at-me, 2013 is your year ;).

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[Marc Jacobs: SP’13 RTW Look 4]

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[Marc Jacobs: SP’13 RTW Look 6]

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[Marc Jacobs: SP’13 RTW Look 19]

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[Michael Kors: SP’13 RTW Look 21]

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[Tommy Hilfiger: SP’13 RTW Look 2]

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[Tommy Hilfiger: SP’13 RTW Look 4]

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[Tommy Hilfiger: SP’13 RTW Look 14]

Fe(MALE)

7 Dec

Let’s just say, women do it better.  As I do my weekly browse on the Spring RTW collections, a big statement is being made for us women.  The pantsuit has been around since the 1920’s and those women who so daringly replicated the suit, made way for the modern women of today.  A woman who dresses for success, is success.  A pantsuit comes across as intelligent, no nonsense, get-the-job-done and in some respect, intimidating.  The designers who so graciously portray how we women should be looked upon, is definite this season.  Though some I would probably never dare to try and wear,  I feel all of these looks are more then just fabrics, they are more then just pieced together patterns, they are a symbol of the now.  They are a representation of how far women have come.  So let’s thank those women who so bravely wore the ensemble that (back then) was only seen as masculine.

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[Theyskens’ Theory – Look 12]

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[Victoria Beckham – Look 4]

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[Neil Barrett – Look 8]

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[Neil Barrett – Look 3]

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[Mulberry – Look 31]

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[Jonathan Saunders – Look 30]

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[Christian Dior – Look 1]

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[Balmain – Look 27]

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[Balmain – Look 1]

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[Pedro Lourenco – Look 6]

If It’s Baroque, DON’T Fix It

10 Nov

Yes, I know, I know it’s an old(er) trend to be talking about but I CANNOT get enough of these exquisitely embroidered pieces.  And besides, aren’t we currently in fall 2012!  Lets slow it down and live in the now with the baroque style hood!  I could definitely keep this trend going.  I’m not so much a fan of the all-over-pattern but for some reason this unique structure of embroidery makes me a bandwagon fan to the fullest.

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Gold and black is the perfect modern color palette for the Baroque look.  I love how, Salvatore Ferragamo, creates a sexy sheer top with that adoring a-line skirt.  The shoes are questionable but that’s for another blog ;). (Look 44)

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Balmain … insane in da membrane…insane in da brain! This top speaks for itself.  Matched with the basics surrounding the top, you can either go casual or fun and fancy. (Look 1)

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Ok – before you think or say anything, I DON’T like ALL these pieces together.  Separately, impeccably designed.  I want to take note of the cropped pant.  Osman, blends fashion no-no’s of silver and gold that makes this a yeah-yeah.  Just like Balmain, you need to make this your statement piece that will be front and center.  Basics all around and a BOW of Osman in your face! (Look 15)

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No need to go out of control with the baroque fashion, but with just a hint, you’ll be looking dashing.  Couldn’t help myself there folks.  It was set up and ready for me to go (tehehe 🙂 ).  Oscar de la Renta takes the simplicity of a black little number and adds some shazaam in just the right spot.  With this dress not being over the top, it can be appropriate for all occasions. (Look 41)

Gold Rush

26 Oct

Gold, gold and more gold!  The 2013 RTW (accessories) Paris fashion shows were topped up to the brim with gold accessories.  From earrings to handbags, and handbags to shoes, gold was definitely in stock.

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Aurelie Bidermann makes me want to dress up like a royal Greek Goddess this Halloween!  Can you picture it? A head full of gold.  Yes, I can definitely picture it.  Aurelie Bidermann?  You mean, King Midas.  Because this season is all about turning things into gold.

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Eddie Borgo has the capacity and eye when it comes to making engaging and alluring pieces.  Borgo’s  pieces are bold and alive with geometry.  I can see it now.  A whole raiment built around a rubik’s cube shaped necklace.  Nothing screams BOLD like having blocks around ones neck.

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LANVIN!  Ah, my favorite.  On point I see…once again.  These handbags have to be my favorite, I must say.  OK, OK, I am a tad biased but can you blame me?  Each piece from his accessory line makes a statement in and of itself.  With these pieces, there is no need to dress up…you dress DOWN!  You make Lanvin front and center.  You are a canvas and Lanvin is your painter.  Pose.

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Oh, Mr. McQueen.  It is never a dull moment when surfing through his collections.  Pure insanity, illusion and radical thoughts within his lines.  GENIUS.  A designer that needs no intro, for his pieces speak for himself.  A magnificent knuckle clutch that puts the badass in cute is something every girl with a little hint of daring needs.

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The epitome of fine tailoring and structure, I present to you, Yves Saint Laurent.  With the simplicity of well crafted art, Laurent knows how to keep things elegant with a slight edge.  What’s so great about all four elements? You are able to group them together without going over board. Keep true to the Saint and paint yourself with the basics while piling on all the necessities!

BANANAS

24 Oct

Rachel Zoe’s, Resort 2013 collection, makes me want to dress up everyday for the rest of my life.  Practical and function?  Uh, yes!  With a light color pallete and a splash of hue, Zoe makes a statement with the women-at-work look.  I love how wearable her clothes can be.  She always knows how to make an outfit look like a day/night get up.

I adore the exposure of the printed under blouse with the mustard colored 3/4 sleeve blazer.  It makes the outfit have a slight edgy/peek-a-boo flare.  And can I just say, the wood like texture on the pant and blazer are TO DIE ;).  (Looks 1)

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These pieces are straight timeless.  You can’t go wrong with the black and white combo.  It’s the ultimate DO.  These two Looks check all the right boxes.  (Looks 8)
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Anything dealing with vertical lines … sign me up!  Being 5’5″, it definitely helps create an illusion of being taller than I actually am.  Slap on those hooker heels and I’ll be the next fifty-foot woman!  Now, I am not really a fan of the cuffed cropped leg but with that slight hammer time looseness (that’s not too badly baggy where it looks like I took a you know what in) that Zoe has presented, I am SO game to (try) and rock it!  (Looks 14)
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Compliment me please!  These two (orange and blue) complimentary colors are by all means on target.  I love the slouchiness and comfiness of this Look.  If I could rock a hoody and sweats all year round I would, but lets get real, looking good is to feeling good, no?  This outfit is definitely hitting those points.  Now I can sit at work feeling nice and bummy while looking chic and chummy!  (Look 20)