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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

Fun with Fashion

Something you might have learned about me is that I like to have fun. A sense of humor is so important in all aspects of life. Hence, my attraction to the Designers parody of pop culture and sports wear. My first was a grey Homies sweatshirt with gold foil given to me by my mom. I have an almost unhealthy adoration for Hermes, and it could not have been  more perfect. The sweatshirt is designed by  Brian Litchtenberg an LA based designer who gets creative with the logos of many iconic fashion labels. His designs are very popular and worn by the likes of Rhianna and Cara Delevigne. Other brand’s have followed “Brianel’s” (his own personal spoof mocking Chanel) lead in playing the Name Game. This parody apparel can be found in a variety of styles and prices with Lichtenberg’s design at the top. The tops can be paired with almost any bottom. Pants, skirts, shorts, you name it. You will look great and most certainly garner a smile or two from passers-by! In life, we should NEVER take ourselves too seriously and always have fun! 
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Summer by the Sea

Because I spend much of my summer at the ocean, my summer style is often inspired by the seaside location. Summer style by the sea often incorporates headwear to shield the sun, crisp white cotton and bright-colored or flowing pieces. Today’s ensemble begins with a raffia handcrafted sun hat with a canvas ribbon that ties in a bow at the back. It isn’t too large, but just enough to shield the sun. The simple drawstring waisted dress with details such as baby pleats, a V neck and self colored embroidery down the front is light as a feather. The dress comes with a sheath style slip in the same fabric to be worn underneath. It is made by Pomegranate Resort and sells at a very reasonable price point. I accessorized with a simple leather and silver cord bracelet while carrying a pea green shoulder bag with pink accent trim. A large 3 dimensional flower adorns the flap opening which closes with a silver buckle, by Noelle. I chose to wear my nude Tory Burch thong sandals, keeping things simple.

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Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue

As people are gearing up across the nation for our country’s big day, many are focused on how many hot dogs they will need and what kind of sides to provide.  Not me! I am thinking about the many options in my closet that I might wear on Friday to show my patriotism in a festive, but not over the top way.  It would have been easy to pull out my white jeans or shorts and pair them with a traditional navy and white striped top.  This always looks fabulous and anyone of any age can pull it off.  As I was going through the racks in my closet, though, I came upon my ivory silk blouse with navy blue stars.  This  I knew was going to be the focus of my – Happy Birthday, America- outfit.  Not wanting to wear the obvious white on the bottom option, I continued looking and chose a smart pair of very dark wash moto pants in denim.  These jeans are more like dress pants, as they have a hidden closure, no belt loops and are not your typical five pocket jeans.  They have a bit of an edgy look with the reinforced knees that resemble those pants worn by motocross riders.  The pants fit like a song and are a nice alternative to traditional style denim.  Not wanting to leave out the red in red, white and blue, I added my red flats, which are a comfortable and sensible choice for a long day of being on your feet at picnics and parties.  I popped on a fun, blue, geometric lucite bracelet and the look is simple and ready. Have a happy and safe 4th of July everyone!

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Pants:  Joe Fresh | Shirt: Zoe and Sam | Shoes: Ralph Lauren | Sunglasses: Chanel

Inspiration From Across the Pond

The inspiration for today’s post is a favorite designer of mine from across the pond, Burberry.  Burberry plaid is iconic and can be seen used in many ways.  It can be seen as a simple lining of a hooded garment, a contrasting pocket on a t-shirt or it can be used as an overall pattern as in a traditional kilt or even a cape.  No matter how it is used, it is always classic and simple.  Today I chose to wear such a classic women’s white blouse adorned with the Burberry trim peeking out from the lined placket, it is also used as a detail along the seam of the placket in a small welting down the front. I wear this shirt with so many things, but today I paired it with an easy but detailed pair of khaki linen shorts.  They are cuffed shorts in a longer length with a pleated waistband. They close with four covered buttons. All of these details, make them more of a dressy short.  I’m wearing vintage purple and gold earrings and a statement ring to keep the clean look.  I chose to carry a limited edition Burberry bag and am wearing Valentino flats.  I like this look because it is tailored, dressy and clean-looking. To Burberry I say, “Well done, you!”

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Shorts: Lucy and Co. | Shirt: Burberry | Shoes: Valentino | Earrings: Vintage | Purse: Burberry 

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 

 

Lilly Lovin’ – A Summer Fashion Icon

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Newly married, 21 years old, and living in Palm Beach, Lillian Pulitzer opened a juice stand and little did she know, that would be where it all started. Working at a juice stand, she found that squeezing fruit came to be a very messy job. In order to disguise the stains on her clothes Lillian designed a simple dress made from bright and colorful printed cotton. Soon after, she found that her customers loved her dresses so she began producing more to sell alongside her juice. Eventually she was selling more dresses than juice and she decided to redirect her focus from juice to design.  The bright, colorful dresses became extremely coveted once her classmate, Jaqueline Kennedy was spotted donning one of Lilly’s infamous shift dresses on vacation.  It was then the Lilly Pulitzer brand was officially born. A mass of celebrities and preppy ladies hopped on the band wagon when Jackie was once again spotted sporting a Lilly dress, but this time on the cover of Life magazine. Nowadays, her prints are recognizable from miles away. They are unmistakable, everyone knows a Lilly when they see one.

Although,  I am well aware that these bright patterns may not be for everyone, I have been a fan since I was a toddler. I am also a huge fan of color so I paired my bright printed shorts with a pair of pink and orange Hadleigh’s shoes, a navy Lilly bow belt and a bright orange Katanya sweater. Lilly’s signature is bright patterns, but there are also ways for those who are not a fan of very colorful clothes to bring a little Lilly into their lives. There are pieces that are on the simpler side, like my white linen pants. They are a personal favorite! They are simple so you can pair them with a printed top to add a little color, or a solid color and it looks just as good either way! Most of her pieces speak for themselves and need little accessorizing, and for that reason I paired the navy sequin Lilly dress with a simple pair of white Chanel sandals.  Lilly Pulitzer has been a fashion icon for over 50 years and still continues to be today. It just goes to show that the simplest of beginnings can lead to grandest adventures. DSC_0361DSC_0369DSC_0371DSC_0377DSC_0372

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Me in my Lilly bathing suit in Bay Head, NJ 

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Shorts:  Lilly Pulitzer  | Belt:  Lilly Pulitzer | Sweater: Katanya| Shoes: Hadleigh’s (Pink and Orange) Chanel Sandals (See Shoe Page) Pants:  Lilly Pulitzer | Shirt: Aqua (Navy) | Bike: Lilly Pulitzer | Necklace: Lilly Pulitzer | Dress: Lilly Pulitzer | Swim Wear: Lilly Pulitzer |

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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

 

Shorts: A Summer Staple

 

It was in the 1930’s that women began to wear shorts for both casual and sporting events. It was even said that in 1937 two women walking down the street wearing shorts, were the cause of a car accident! This unique article of clothing has had its ups and downs through the years as to its proper place in the fashion world.  Today shorts are ever-present and can be worn for almost any occasion.

 

Today I’d like to share with you some of my favorite summer casual outfits focusing on the short.  While a pair of shorts can always be worn with a simple t-shirt for summer, I have chosen to show outfits using a variety of tops to enhance the look of a typical shorts outfit.  These are all casual, yet neat looks that would make you feel good on a summer weekend.  Each choice is a different look, but all would take you just about anywhere from a breakfast or brunch out with friends to a summer picnic, a sight seeing or shopping trip, to a late afternoon gathering at your favorite pub for cocktails (or mocktails). Each outfit takes little effort to pull together, but with the varied pieces from the vest as a shirt to the high/low hem of the LAMB shirt, these shorts stand out and make terrific outfits. You might notice that I am a stickler for detail and like things with an added or unexpected surprise in the pieces I choose.  Examples of this would be the white shorts and the pink shorts.  The white shorts are actually leather, with a lace patterned stitching on the leg and the pink shorts are unexpectedly baby whale corduroy with decorative pompom detail. Even though both of these shorts are the simple 5 pocket style, the extra details go a long way.   As for the traditional slash pocket short, I favored the not so traditional chartreuse color.  Yes, some might say shorts are shorts, but really it is not so! Choose carefully and look for that special detail that appeals to you.

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Bringing in the Heavy Hitters

Today’s elegant outfit is a perfect storm composed of several designer labels. I excitedly pulled this outfit together and loved the end result. Early into the write-up, I realized that each of these pieces could really stand on their own and add oomph to any outfit. However, combined into one look, the result hits it out of the park. This neutral ensemble will get you noticed for all the right reasons. I am very excited to present this to you today and since I’m a fan of each item equally, I will introduce them top-down. My hair was flat-ironed and held back by a two inch quilted Burberry headband in nude, patent leather. The Holy Lace Tube Top by Stone Cold Fox is truly elegant. It’s off the shoulder style and full slit back are details done to perfection. The lacy pattern lends itself perfectly to the easy flow of the top. I chose to put this top with a pair of Haute Hippie long, flowing, pleated pants. These two pieces together made a perfect outfit, but I couldn’t stop there. I accessorized with a gold Chanel chain and coin belt, a birthday gift I could not wait to Christen. On to the shoes! The Valentino patent leather Rockstud Slingback  pumps in blush (what a mouthful, but so sweet on the tongue) were an obvious choice. This power packed outfit needed very little in the way of jewelry. I added a few thin gold and crystal bangles onto my Cartier Love Bracelet and on the opposite hand, a large ivory and gold statement ring. My much-loved Prada Saffian Lux tote in Cammeo was the bag of choice and I was out! Not gonna lie, feelin’ fly!DSC_0226DSC_0230DSC_0228DSC_0232DSC_0220DSC_0245DSC_0236DSC_0246

Head band: Burberry  | Top: Stone Cold Fox  | Belt: Chanel  |  Pants: Haute Hippie | Shoes: Valentino  | Handbag: Prada

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