Monthly Archives: July 2015

Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner? How to style one dress for multiple occasions

Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner? How to style one dress for multiple occasions

Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner? How to style one dress for multiple occasions

Anyone who’s ever read my blog knows I’m a huge advocate of staple pieces. They’re the foundation that my entire wardrobe is built on.  For many people, the mere mention of a “fashion staple” brings to mind the LBD (little black dress).  And, they’re right. It’s a classic, and in my opinion, no woman should be without one (or maybe two … okay, three, max)!

When I’m considering a staple piece to add to my closet, I always ask myself a couple of questions:

  • Is it versatile? Meaning, can it be styled for numerous occasions?
  • Is it timeless? In 5-10 years from now, will I run the risk of hearing, ‘I remember when people used to wear that’.

Yes, a fashion staple should be dependable. But, one thing it should never be is unimaginative. That’s why this BCBG dress is one of my absolute favorites! It’s comfortable, flowing and most importantly, it’s not boring.

Staple pieces don’t have to be limited to blues, blacks and browns. With a little imagination, most well-crafted pieces will qualify.

What about you? What qualities do you look for in a staple piece? Please, do share in the comments below.

DRESS: BCBG | SWEATER: Target | NECKLACE: Tiffany & Co. | BOOTS: Target | WATCH: Coach | BANGLES: Alex & Ani | HEELS: Steve Madden | SHIRT: Ralph Lauren | CORAL NECKLACE: Oldie but goodie | PINK HEELS: Guess

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Shoulders above the rest: A “peasantly” chic look

Shoulders above the rest: A “peasantly” chic look

Shoulders above the rest: A “peasantly” chic look

A few weeks ago, I RSVP’d to attend a fashion meet and greet here in Tampa. As I thought about the event, there were two major issues I had to consider: 1) the 4 p.m. start time and 2) the invitation’s instructions to “dress to impress”.

Generally speaking, I have a pretty good idea about what dressing for a networking event should look like. For a morning coffee, I might opt for some neutral toned slacks paired with a button down. It’s simple, yet crisp and transitions to the office well. For lunch, I might consider adding a pop of color to that same outfit by throwing on a jacket or accessorizing it with a pair of statement pumps. During the dinner hour, you can never go wrong with the LBD (Little Black Dress). It’s a classic.

Given that none of these scenarios applied, I started to think that I might have bitten off more than I could chew. What could I wear that was simultaneously fashion forward and appropriate for the specific time of day? I didn’t want to look over or under dressed.

I knew whatever I ended up wearing didn’t currently exist in my closet and I wasn’t interested in spending a lot of money. So on a whim, I decided to stop into Target on my way to the mall. And lo and behold, I snagged this comfy, yet stylish peasant dress for less than $30!

Off the shoulder blouses and dresses are a huge trend this summer. And, to glam things up a bit, I decided to pair it with a hat I picked up for my spring break vacation and a pair of lace up heels.

I think the look turned out “peasantly” perfect.

PEASANT DRESS: Target | SHOES: Steve Madden | CLUTCH: Lodis | BANGLE: Oldie but goodie | HAT: Nordstrom Rack

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Make me a deal: What time is the right time to find bargain prices?

Make me a deal: What time is the right time to find bargain prices?

Make me a deal: What time is the right time to find bargain prices?

I’ve never gotten hung up on “in-season” and “post-season” styles. My approach has always been fairly straightforward: If it fits, is stylish and priced just right, I’m probably going to buy it.

On a recent trip to the mall, I found these babies on sale at Shu Shop for less than $30!

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I wasn’t necessarily in the market for a pair of summer sandals, but they held true to my criteria: they fit, they were stylish and they were priced just right. So, I bought ‘em!

Did you know mid-summer is an ideal time to find some great deals on apparel at a fraction of the cost you’d normally pay? That’s because during this time of the year, between late June and July, many retailers are starting to gear up for fall.

imageSo, in order to clear space on shelves and make room for seasonal items like back-to-school gear, stores will sell post-season summer items like sandals, shorts and t-shirts at deeply discounted prices.

And, people like me – you know the ones who love a good bargain – benefit.

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What about you? Any secrets you have and want to share about finding great deals at great prices? Let me know about them in the comments below.

This is not a sponsored post. The views expressed in this article are strictly my own.

 

A quick trick for combining color perfectly … every time

A quick trick for combining color perfectly … every time

A quick trick for combining color perfectly … every time

While it’s true that my favorite color combination is black and white, I will on occasion mix things up a bit by adding a little color. I purchased this skirt thinking that it would look great coupled with some vibrant tones. I was right! I absolutely LOVE the styling for this midi skirt. The red and yellow pieces complement each other without being too overwhelming, which is always a goal of mine when using color.

If I’m being honest, I’m still learning about pattern and color matching and mixing. That’s why I don’t wear a lot of it. But, one of the tricks I use to get my color combos perfect ever time is this:

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That’s right! My trusty color wheel has never let me down! One quick glance tells me what the best color combinations are, such as orange and blue or red and green.  Most of the time, though, I use it for suggestion purposes only.  In my world (almost) all rules are meant to be broken. So, I went slightly off the grid when I styled this outfit.

I picked up the yellow no-name clutch from a local boutique a few years back. Unfortunately, it’s no longer in business. But, I still love shopping boutiques and upscale consignment for accessories. You never know what kinds of treasures you’re going to find. In this case, I absolutely got the result I was looking for. What about you? Any color combos that captivate you? Tell me about it in the comments below.

MIDI SKIRT: The Loft | SHIRT: Bebe | CLUTCH: Oldie but a goodie | SHOES: Steve Madden | NECKLACE: BCBG

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White, the official color of summer

White, the official color of summer

White, the official color of summer

If it isn’t already, I think white should be the official color of summer. It’s cool, clean and crisp. And, it just makes you feel good. At least, that’s how I felt about this dress when I first saw it about five years ago in a local boutique, which sadly has since closed.

I know. It’s not what comes to mind when you think about the typical summer dress. But, that’s what’s so great about it. It was like nothing I’d ever seen before.

Right there, in the middle of the floor, stood this beauty draped proudly on the display mannequin. Of course I asked the shop owner to remove it immediately. I mean, what if someone else were to walk in at that very moment and experience the same sense of awe that I did?!? I couldn’t let that happen!

Needless to say, I walked away that day with a beautiful dress that’s given me lots of beautiful moments in return. What about you? Have you ever had a “love at first sight” moment with a particular piece? Tell me about it in the comments below.

DRESS:  Samuel Dong  | SHOES: Nine West | BELT: Oldie but goodie

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