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It’s a Wrap!

I am finding myself to be a big fan of all pieces that wrap. The Wrap look is feminine, flirty and many times ends in a brilliant Bow at some point, as today’s fabulous top does!! The Wrap look can be found in everything from dresses to rompers to tops.  It is a very forgiving yet flattering look and can be dressed up or down, so versatile and fun.  Today’s outfit is very simple, yet is elegant enough for just about anywhere your day or evening plans take you.  I paired this chambray blue wrap top with summer white shorts.  I chose a textured, white short with a side zipper to give a more sophisticated look.  When paired with a nude wedge sandal, the outfit becomes dressy and perfect for numerous adventures.  The best part of the ensemble is the terrific bow detail in the back.  You look equally good coming and going!! This outfit takes little effort, which makes it an especially good one! If it’s a cool evening, a long sweater or even a jean jacket would be perfect! And, that’s a Wrap! 🙂 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

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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Young, Wild and Free

 

Today’s post is an example in being on trend, but making it your own. Overalls, overalls, overalls are all the rage. At first, I said I’d never wear them. They were for the farm. I was so wrong, I absolutely love them! We see a lot of combining trends and wearing overalls with crop tops, a cute look. Many pair them with tank tops for the summer, also cute! I chose to try my own thing and I really like the look and hope you will too. I am all about being yourself and being comfortable with whom you are. Buzz From the B has helped me gain confidence in this area and being able to share my ideas with you is a big part of that. I hope that you will try new things too! Today I paired my Hudson denim overalls with an ecru lace blouse from Joe Fresh and I love the look. It adds a very soft and sweet side to the rugged overalls. It dresses them up a bit and it is not (until maybe now) what you will see everyone in. So, while you might not be the only one wearing overalls, you will definitely stand apart from the others with a different take on the trend. I happened to be going out that evening, so I threw on my Steve Madden nude patent cork wedges. This was a look that was easily pulled off because of the dressier top. It was a perfect look to go for ice cream in a Dream Ride. That perhaps is the best accessory of the post today!

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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

Fifa Fan Frenzy, If You Can’t Beat ’em Join ’em!

World Cup soccer is a world-class sporting event with spectators repping a very unique fashion style. It differs from the neat, traditional styles akin to those events such as The Kentucky Derby and The US Open. It is also nothing like the general style you see at a major league sporting event, be it baseball, basketball, hockey or football. At each of those events, you will see a handful of rogue spectators dressed in crazy, over the top fan gear supporting their team. Well, multiply those rogue spectators by thousands and you have the norm in “style” being seen at the World Cup Fifa 2014 matches.

In a spirit that comes only every four years, I have chosen to present to you two Fifa appropriate looks. The first one you might wear out around town the day of an important match like today. I’m wearing a no. 8 Clint Dempsey USA kit by Nike. “Captain America” as he’s known has been huge for team USA! The shorts are a simple mesh, elastic waist, all-purpose sport short by Fit 2 Win in red.  Nike blue and white mid calf socks and Nike Bat Slide II’s complete the outfit. Perfect wear for a local restaurant viewing party, friendly gathering or hosting other USA fans for watching the match. The other look for today is only appropriate for the stands… in Brazil. I’ve reused the red shorts and paired them with a sleeveless Nation LTD t-shirt emblazoned with Old Glory. The socks are Red Lion High socks in the blue dots and stripes pattern.  Again, I’ve chosen the same Nike slides. Next is where the Fan Frenzy comes in.  All additional accessories are available at Walgreens. Upon completing this special look, I feel the urge to crank Toby Keith’s “Made in America” over and over.  I suggest you try the same.  If you weren’t overly excited for the game, you will be!

I Believe That We Will Win!

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Shoes: Nike |  Shorts: Fit 2 Win  | T-Shirt: Nation LTD |Kit: Nike |

All Dressed Up with Somewhere to Go

On a random Monday night, I received an invitation to enjoy a fun night out with friends. The occasion lent itself to dressing up on a warm summer night. I chose to wear this Alice and Olivia strapless romper. There are so many details that make this piece special. To name a few:

1. The clean crisp white color

2. The surprise contrast of black mesh side and back panels

3. The visible deep zipper running down the back

4. The invisible slash pockets in the front (I LOVE the hidden pockets, such a bonus!)

5. The neat, single knife pleats in  front

And lastly…

6. The overall WOW factor of this understated yet elegant piece that is so easy to wear.

To complete the outfit, I added a bold, gold tassel statement necklace with subtle diamond accents by Paige Novick. I carried a black Soho Leather Chain Shoulder Bag by Gucci. For my footwear, I chose the Louboutin Rolando HiddenPlatform Pump in black patent leather. I kept my hair simple in a sleek, low pony tail and was ready to go!

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Romper: Alice and Olivia  |  Shoes: Christian Louboutin (Rolando Hidden-Platform Pump) | Bag: Gucci (Soho leather chain shoulder bag) | Necklace: Paige Novick