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3/29/2013

Frenzy Friday- I Can See Right Through You

GUYS GUYS GUYS!!!!!

I just saw the weather forecast and Boston will be over 60°F on Monday! If there was anything that can give you hope it's a prediction of warmer weather. Spring will......well, SPRING!

*insert further excited remarks about warmer weather which I'm sure you're all sick of by now*

So, all I can think of now is what needs to be introduced into my wardrobe within the next month. I've already got my cut-out flat boots [I wish I got Balenciagas but gurl I do NOT make that much], a pleather A-Line skirt, and a few florals. What else is there?

Well, according to multiple fashion publications SHEER is IN. I dig it, because it is a light fabric that can increase the elegance of a look due to its delicacy. However a lot of designers sent looks down the runway I'm not sure would work in a public environment:

Carolina Herrera Giambattista Valli Marchesa
(L to R) Carolina 'Your boobs are hanging out' Herrera, Giambattista 'WHERE ARE YOUR PANTS?' Valli, and 'O lawd you is naked' Marchesa

That is just a BIT too much for me to handle. I'm ok with being a little sexy but naked is not a look I'm comfortable in outdoors!

I want to make this work, so I found this excellent blouse from Modcloth.com that is a perfect dark shade of purple. With my starting point in hand, I've slapped together 3 outfits that can take you from a walk in the park, to a sexy date, and to the office.

SbDW- Frenzy Fridays
Clockwise from top left: Modcloth blouse, IRO tank, Pamela Love necklace, DKNY crossbody bag, Mango maxi skirt, ASOS sandals

I still went along with my favorite colors of black and white, but punched it up with some bright yellows! I LOVE the sandals from Asos and they match with the DKNY purse. This is a chic yet relaxing outfit that you can wear out of the day time. Wear it to brunch! To the park! To an outdoor concert! Comfort can be key with hot days but you still need to keep it fashionable.



SbDW- Frenzy Fridays
clockwise from top left: Modcloth blouse, Sienna Black bandeau top, Guess necklace, Tom Ford Beauty lip color 'Pink Blush', Mugler pants, Chloé heels

This outfit is a tad more risqué than what I'm comfortable with, but this look is so kicky and cute. The bandeau top is covering just enough skin to make it non-slutty, and the blush pinks from the necklace and the Tom Ford lipstick makes it girlier. This is an outfit for a night out, or even for a casual date if your confidence level is there!


SbDW- Frenzy Fridays
clockwise from top left: Modcloth blouse, AllSaints tank top, Alexander McQueen bracelet, Vince Camuto clutch [on sale!], Chiara Fashion belted skirt, Bottega Veneta heels

The workplace can be a persnickety place for sheer pieces, as sheer can equal too risky for a job environment [it has HR issue written all over it. BUT if you cover up enough, sheer can work! I did a tasteful tank that will be off-set under the blouse. For a more professional look, tuck both the tank and the blouse into the skirt! Your waist is then accentuated and the heels give you legs for days.



So, what do you think? Would you wear any of these outfits like I would? Do you have any other ideas where this blouse would look killer?

Sound off in the comments and tell me what you think!

IT'S GETTING WARMER...
Runway images courtesy of Style.com
Outfit images courtesy of Polyvore.com

3/27/2013

Drenched! Soaked! Saturated!

"I think it pisses Him off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it."

- Alice Walker


Although I have a well known adversity to color in my day-to-day wardrobe, I do really LOVE the look of colorful outfits. I see someone in a bold ensemble and my first impression is like when I'm looking at a priceless piece of art for the first time. I can't take my eyes away!

Spring and summer are the seasons that call for such dynamics, but to me pastels are not the right direction. Oh no, I want to see vibrancy. Colors that have depth to them but also are bright! Deep blues, royal purples, striking reds and the like.

Basically I'm saying I wanted to be slapped across the face with color, and not in a masochistic way.

So when I saw Jalouse's April editorial entitled Acqua World, I was excited. Slightly disappointed that Kevin Costner was no where to be found, but regardless this is the type of color styling that I could get into. You've still got those knock-out punch colors, but mixed with patterns so you don't look like a circus clown:





Ok, MAYBE the macaw shoes are a bit much?









So....I guess this means I need to break out of my comfort zone, right? I mean, spring is all about renewal???

hat: Carhartt [stolen from hubby], shirt: Ben Sherman, jacket: Express [try this one for an understated color punch], rings: Catbird, vintage


.....HEY. I'm TRYING.



images courtesy of
 Visual Optimism      
Jalouse.fr 

3/26/2013

Leather Me Up

I'm such a hypocrite.


Here I am, frustrated and confused as to why it isn't warmer weather yet. I've worn flats and lighter jackets in order to WILL the higher temperatures to come. But today I woke up, went to work, looked at the calendar and my immediate thought was HOLY CRAP IT'S ALMOST APRIL? I just simply could not believe that the time has flown by.

What's wrong with me? I don't know...

Conflicting emotions aside, my mind is still set on new Spring trends and one of what I consider to be the most unexpected trend of 2013 YET the most appealing to me is leather.

Yeah I thought the same thing too...WHAT? Doesn't anyone remember the Friends episode where Ross had a major leather pants issue? Heat and leather don't mix! How can we make this work?

Here's three ways you can and WILL make leather work in your favor!

First, try a loose leather shirt!

[L] J. Mendel, [R] Salvatore Ferragamo
You still get the effect of a leather look, however it is loose enough to let the air in! You can go for walks in the humid sunny daylight without feeling like you're suffocating. Combo it up with a loose pair of light denim or an A-line/pencil skirt with a flat sandal. You're good to go!

Alternatively, this can be paired with a fitted printed maxi skirt. A casual and comfortable statement.

Options can be found here [LOVE the laser cut], here, and a non-leather option here.

Next up, experiment with a vest!

[L] Proenza Schouler, [R] Alexander Wang
This is the one alternative where you can play around with the look and texture of the leather WITH the option of opening or removing it if you become too hot. This can work over a dress [take note from Alexander Wang], a skirt and tee combo, a pant and tank.....the combinations are endless. This is also an option to play around with color. Where you find leather jackets and coats in a lot of blacks browns and whites, you can find vests in playful reds, blush pinks, and nudes.

Try to see if you can fit in leather here, here, here [YUM], and a fun affordable option here.

Finally, my favorite, work it out in a skirt!

[L] Marissa Webb, [R] Charlotte Ronson
Want to take the leather look from work appropriate to a nice dinner out? The skirt is a fun and a flirty way to go. You can wear it so many ways [A-line, flared, long, mini] and it pairs well with a variety of tops and fabrics. This is ideal for keeping your body cool yet still looking like a bad ass.

Skirt it up in options found here, here [vegan-friendly!], here, and here.




Personally I cannot wait to be able to have bare, sun-kissed skin and freckles. It'll be so fun to see what I can work into my wardrobe! But then again, who doesn't think that's fun all year round?

What other trends besides leather are you looking forward to? Let me know in the comments!

PAY ATTENTION TO THE 'LEATHER' FORECAST!*

*Yep, another bad joke. It's a sickness.

images courtesy of Elle.com

3/22/2013

Frenzy Friday [Girl Crush Ed.]- Garance Doré

I just checked my archives, and I haven't done a FF post in ONE MONTH. WHAT? CRAZY.

That's when you can tell that I was lost in a sea of Fashion Month when I don't even make time for one of my favorite posts of the week! But I'm back in the saddle again, ready to show you what I've been constantly mulling over for the past week.

This Friday my obsession it isn't a trend, an item, a thing....it's a person! To preface, I have in my time developed several girl crushes [i.e.- feelings of admiration and adoration for another girl, without wanting to shag said girl] and it always leads to me religiously reading up on her. Then I want to scream from the rooftops about her because I am in adoration of who she is and what she does.

What can I say? I'm a little nuts.

With my current girl crush Garance Doré, it was this video that sent me over the deep end:


To me it's one thing to be fashionable and chic, but to also have a fun and smart personality in what can be known as a sea of vapid personalities is SO refreshing. She has a laid-back style with signature designer pieces [but nothing that looks uncomfortable] and her ability to hold an interesting conversation makes her approachable.

I was hooked. I HAD to know more about her.

So Garance is a French illustrator who started her self-named blog in 2006, and slowly over the past seven years have gone from a blogger to a well-respected photographer, journalist, and fashion personality. Her blog garners over 70,000 views a day, and she also has her own Youtube channel Pardon My French where you can see the video above plus her other adventures with her friends such as Elisa Nalin, Caroline Issa, and Viviana Volpicella.

How could you NOT love her? Even her accent is endearing and propels you to desire being BFFs with her. It also is a bonus that she is drop-dead gorgeous:






Also, she is dating Scott Schuman who you might know well as The Sartorialist and they are utterly adorable together.





Basically....when I see Garance, I see a woman that has chased after her dreams of full time liberation from constraints and, after years of hard work, she is officially in a place where she is happy and doing what she loves. You can see it not only in her photos but also in her videos, her writing.....everything! She glows. My girl crush is intense as I aspire to reach her level of happiness.

Anywho, I've posted a few other photos of Garance behind the jump for sheer appreciation. I hope you enjoy them and certainly, check out her blog and her Youtube. Fall in love just like I did!



HITS REPLAY.


3/20/2013

First Day of Spring!


HALLELUJAH PRAISE THE LORD! SPRING IS UPON US!






....well, sort of. This was my walk to work this morning:


I don't know what you guys are experiencing right now, but this does NOT feel like spring's a comin'. What you can't see in the photo is the 1 1/2 inches of ice that was covering all of it! Foiled my shoe plans for the day.

But this will not turn into another I HATE WINTER post. Now that we've passed the Vernal Equinox I promise that my demeanor will get better with the hope that higher temperatures are on the horizon.

I want: FLOWY DRESSES, LIGHT LAYERS, SANDALS, STACKS OF BANGLES, SPLASHES OF COLOR, KNITS, LEATHER MESSENGERS.

What would you want when it's warm & sunny?
















I'm at the point now where I crave the sweat on my brow and the sand between my toes. Keep thinking spring guys, we'll get there!


50°F PLUS OR BUST!



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3/18/2013

Fujiyama Mama

Back in the day I used to work retail for a company that I'd say had a killer in-store music playlist. Unlike some other stores I worked for that would play whatever top 40 hit that came along [thank goodness I did this pre-Justin Bieber] this store varied its sound from 70s/80s rock, to disco, alternative, folk, even to country legends such as Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn. It gave me a wider knowledge of music and in a sense influenced my taste today.

SO, when I saw this Rodrigo Marques spread for Glamour Brasil, my mind immediately went to this rockabilly hit. Click then start scrolling, you won't regret it!


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This shoot incorporates trends that I am hesitant to try: creepers, bolo ties, and pompadours. Not that I don't think they look great,as they look FANTASTIC here on Cintia Dicker [I cannot get over the red hair and freckles...so beautiful], but I don't know if I've got the cahones to make these work. Hmmm......







OH MAN but that quilted leather, dark baggy denim, and smart glasses are WERKING. I think I just may need to break out my red bandana again and see if I can incorporate it into an outfit soon.

And lets practice that cat eye, m'kay? Shaky hands make not a neat eye.

Well, maybe after we're done with the next blizzard. SIX INCHES of snow coming tomorrow! I am so NOT excited!

BECAUSE I'M A FUJIYAMA MAMA AND I'M JUST ABOUT TO BLOW MY TOP!


images courtesy of visual optimism



3/16/2013

FINAL HOMESTRETCH PFW Backlog- Alexander McQueen, a sweet end note

Where were you on February 10, 2010? I was at work.

I sat down at my desk with my large cup of coffee, turned on my computer, checked my email, and then started my morning routine of catching up on the news. Then I saw it:

British fashion icon Alexander McQueen commits suicide days after death of his beloved mother

....and my heart sank.

McQueen was the designer that snagged my interest in the world of fashion. His way of looking at clothes was so unique and there wasn't a single look he showed that didn't inspire shock and awe. I remember in seeing photos of his VOSS collection in Spring 2001 and clicking the zoom on this dress:


Those INDIVIDUALLY hand painted red lab slides for the bodice followed by intricate bushels of ostrich feathers..........all morphed into a beautiful dress fit for ANY red carpet. I saw this, read his process, and I was hooked.
 
Season after season he impressed me [even during his years of non-theatrical showing], and his passing had a huge impact on me followed by a huge wave of worry- what's going to happen to this house? Is someone else going to take over? What if the magic is just, well, GONE?
 
It was with a huge sigh of relief to see McQueen's long time assistant Sarah Burton established as the new creative head. I think Style.com said it perfectly in their review of her first collection: "...Sarah Burton is precisely the kind of quiet powerhouse who has what it takes to grab hold of his legacy and drag it where it needs to go to survive and prosper."
 
She did, and she will continue to be a strong designer for this house. If there's one thing you can always say about a McQueen collection, it stands out from all other collections prior in the season and despite not being wearable separates, you WANT to wear it. I'm not even going to show you the collection yet. These are just DETAIL shots:
 









You would have never been able to tell this was NOT a haute couture collection. The beading along was breath-taking in itself, not to mention the delicate weaving, high taught collars, and underlying sexuality that surrounded each of the ten looks.

Communions, nuns, cardinals, popes, angels....all solemnly walked down the runway with intricate cages built around their heads and minimal make-up. Simply astounding.

I'm happy to end my Fashion Week posts with this. It may not be a trend-setter, nor would it be Fall fashion appropriate, but it is a note that fashion is what appeals to the masses, but also is what takes our breath away and pushes the boundaries of imagination.

Enjoy the collection as much as I did, and I'll see you next week!












LONG LIVE MCQUEEN.
 
 
 
 
images courtesy of Style.com
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