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Chambray All The Way

This simple dress is everything! Lightweight, comfortable, feminine, flirty, fit and flare, you name it! It is such a versatile piece and can be worn with everything from sneakers to heels. It is also a perfect transition piece from summer to fall. Just add a dark denim jacket or a leather jacket, even a flannel tied at the waist when the temperatures begin to drop. You will get great mileage from a piece like this. The Peter Pan collar and self-belt are two special details that add to the charm of this dress. It is a great length and the full skirt allows for easy movement. So, no matter what your plan for the day, the dress is sure to cooperate and catch a few second glances! Fun fact: Chambray dresses come in many styles and prices. Mine was purchased online after I saw it on Access Hollywood’s Steals and Deals type segment. It was quite a bargain and I absolutely love it. It has a schoolgirl vibe and is sure to be a favorite in your closet. Enjoy! Xo B

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Hot Winter White

 

Today’s post needs little explanation.  This exceptional dress by Phoebe Couture is truly a special one.  The strapless style with a satin belted waist is so feminine and soft.  The layers of scalloped petals at the hem are a unique and eye catching detail.  This dress would be perfect for a Labor Day White Party, a summer or even early fall wedding.  It is an ivory color which will carry you safely past that Labor Day line, which has become very blurry anyways.  I paired this dress with a favorite pair of Valentino shoe with a great crystal bow accent, adding to the girly feel.  The only jewelry that was needed, if any, was a simple collection of David Yurman bracelets.  This look is classic yet not stuffy and is timeless in nature.  Dressing up is such fun!!!

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Dress: Phoebe Couture (Old) | Shoes: Valentino (Similar here)| Bracelets: David Yurman

Under the Boardwalk, Down by the Sea…….

The post for today needs as little explanation as it does preparation when getting ready! This is really just the perfect summer dress.  The black and white stripes and the easy strapless maxi dress are details that are the epitome of summer style.

 

I added some simple jewelry and was set for anything the day called for from day to night.  This look belongs in The Dummies Guide to Style, you can’t go wrong.

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A White-Out in Summer

 

White is that perfect go to color (or lack of color) that is basically a perfect choice especially during the summer season. Today’s post highlights a fun dress made by Stylestalker. The sides have dual purpose cutouts that provide oodles of style and cool comfort on a hot summer day. The dress is well constructed with nude mesh above the bust area so the dress holds a beautiful shape and there is no fear of any wardrobe malfunctioning J.   You look just as good from the back in this dress as you do from the front. The extra long zipper detail is an added plus. I can’t say enough about the versatility of this great piece. Making another command performance are my summer favorite Steve Madden Wedges in nude patent. I accessorized with a wide white and yellow gold Judith Ripka bracelet and the 13mm crown ring with clear stone by King Baby. As with so many of the outfits I choose and pull together, this is one that would suit many occasions and would be spot on.

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Cute and Cultured

 

Unlucky turned to very lucky while visiting the Longhouse Reserve in East Hampton. While it was a planned stop on my trip to The Hamptons, it was very disappointing to pull in and discover that it was closed. While regrouping and thinking about our next move in the parking lot, a man walked up to our window. Due to this trustees kindness and insistence that we stay, we got to experience this exquisite 16 acre garden full of beautiful art and landscaping. (And, we had it all to ourselves!). On this particular day, it was excruciatingly hot. So of course, I had to plan my attire for a day that would be spent walking through the gardens. I decided on this casual long black dress by Indah. The oversized arm opening and double side slits made the heat more bearable. The cool 100% rayon fabric made the dress very light and airy, perfect for the heat. Underneath the dress, I slipped on a simple black bandeau to be sure to avoid any wardrobe malfunctions. I kept my accessories simple wearing a large turquoise cross ring that was purchased at a small boutique. I also added my Dior sunglasses that I had purchased while in the Bahamas. They are a limited edition and I love the pearl frames with the easy cat-eye shape and purple reflection lenses. I have yet to see them anywhere in the states. I love these glasses because no two pair is exactly the same. I pulled my hair up in an easy high ponytail to keep myself even cooler and I was ready for a day wandering through the most amazing art sculptures and gardens! I had no idea that this reserve would be as fabulous as it really was!

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Hidden Gem

That feeling when you a find a special article of clothing that you know you will not see others wearing and you know is really beautiful and unique………

 

Such is the case with this little dress that is in such a rich color and fabric with a brilliant style and many details. The bold collar and buttons, the bubble-like hem and the baby pleating that makes up the back of the bodice all add to the overall appeal of this very feminine piece. This dress can literally take you anywhere! I paired it with black thong sandals for a walk in the garden on a hot summer day. It could easily be worn with heels and flats for an equally darling look. I have even worn this over black leggings for an evening concert. For today’s look, I added the Monogram Nano bracelet by Louis Vuitton and a thin, medium size gold hoop earring. I wore my Gold Gucci Aviator sunglasses for a perfect complement to this look. This dress is honestly so great and it is not a big name designer with a huge ticket price. That is part of the joy of wearing it. People always assume otherwise. I purchased this at a little boutique in a seaside town, Manasquan, NJ. A big part of the excitement and fun that adds to my love of fashion is finding these hidden gems in unexpected places. My challenge to you- next time you pass a shop that you think “looks like nothing from the outside”, take a minute to pop in, you just never know!!

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The CLBD– The Casual Little Black Dress

This is my casual version of The Little Black Dress.  It is super comfy, super cute and super versatile.  The raised link stitching and solid trim at the elbows, hem and neckline add extra visual interest.  This dress can stand alone or you can add a long necklace or two as I did.  Both showcase the letter ‘B’, which is my nickname.  For a show of color, I added a leather wrap bracelet in fuscia with a decorative gold disc by Tory Burch.  This dress is a great length and stretchy too so it can be worn for almost any occasion. It is made by B Skinz.  My bag of choice is a Coach limited edition anniversary bag.  It is a large straw and leather bag with gold hardware.  The bonus detail on this bag is the abundance of leather tags surrounding the top. Each and every color ever used by Coach is included in the rainbow surrounding the rim. It is a real conversation piece whenever I carry it and it is large enough inside to carry just about anything I could need for a day out.  Its only drawback, it is on the heavy side, even when empty.  Sometimes we have to sacrifice comfort for looks.  I’m wearing a pair of Tory Burch slides in gold.

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Dress:  B Skinz | Bracelet: Tory Burch | Shoes: Tory Burch | Purse: Coach

A Miami Must Have

Just out the front door OF The Ritz Carlton, South Beach there is a small boutique packed with pieces ranging in style from South Beach sexy to preppy Northeast. You just don’t know what you’ll find from rack to rack. I found and fell in love with this backless beauty by Karma.  Although I had no special occasion on the calendar, I just knew I needed to have this go to dress.  It just has so much going for it.  Of particular note is the crinkly polyester fabric.  It is a traveler’s dream.  The neutral color is rich and gives an added touch of elegance, which when coupled with the delicate lace bodice and backless features, you have a dress that is so versatile and so special.  The dress gives a slight nod to the high/low hem trend, but not so much so that it will be out of date when the trend is.  The high is ever so slight so that the shoes peek from the hem line in front and the back has the slightest puddle of fabric, just brilliant.  The shoe I favored with this dress is a simple nude patent leather wedge with peep toe by Steve Madden.  The Wicker clutch with brass seashell detail was found in a floral shop at the Jersey Shore.  I wore a pair of gold, ivory and crystal chandelier earrings and a gold upper arm bracelet tattoo.  My hair was done in a side fishtail so that the bodice and back of the dress could fully be appreciated.  To say I love this dress is an understatement.  It is so comfortable and you can’t help but feel good in it.  This will definitely be in my suitcase when I pack for Cabo later this summer!

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Dress: Karma |  Shoes: Steve Madden 

 

Flower Power

When recently poking through a favorite boutique of mine, I came across this little gem. This light, cotton gauze dress is so feminine and even a little sexy without being revealing in any way. (How rare!) The daisy flower appliques adorn the sleeves and bust area. The dress is a slip on empire waisted, loose-fitting piece with free-flowing sleeves. I paired this casual dress with coral Havaianas flip-flops that also happened to have a daisy decoration on the strap. This is a unique, yet perfect dress for a beach party, summer concert, shopping, lunch with friends, or just about any occasion.

It is a perfect choice if you’re short on time, as it is effortless to pull off. Lucy Love is the designer and she is now on my radar!

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Dress: Lucy Love | Shoes: Havaianas