Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Dear Kate Spade,

Can I just say, your apparel and jewelry designs over the past few months have done nothing but aesthetically delight me?

Imagine my joy when I opened an email from Neiman Marcus touting your latest collection. My anticipation could not be contained as I waited for my slow-as-molasses internet to load. 

Luckily, I found your beautiful pieces of fashion that speckled my screen well worth the wait. So, today I would like to take the time to make an ode to you, my dear stylish lady. 

Without your classic frocks and elegant baubles, my days--filled with unemployment--would be a little drearier. Thank you, Miss Spade, for all that you do for the Classic Closet girls of this world. You go girl!
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A Prohibitionist Halloween

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For those of you who don't know me, I am pretty obsessed with mobster movies and the prohibition era. Yesterday, I was informed that I will be attending a Halloween party on Saturday night. After clarifying that I was actually required to wear a costume my little mind starting ticking. I always like making my own costumes so I looked around and decided that a flapper costume has the most potential. The boyfriend is going to be a mobster so I think we will make a pretty cute pair. Last night, almost as if a sign from God, Gossip Girl's halloween episode had a prohibition themed party. This gave me ample design inspiration. 

In other Halloween related news, I am going to carve a pumpkin later on in the week! I love carving pumpkins. Happy Halloween planning everyone!! 

Monday, October 26, 2009

And They Lived Happily Ever After...

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This weekend was one of the best in a while. My beautiful cousin tied the knot in Ft. Lauderdale on Saturday afternoon. Everything was beautiful. The dresses were divine, the flowers were fabulous, the view from the reception was to die for, and the look on the groom’s face as he watched his bride walk down the aisle was indescribable.  It was so nice spending time with my cousins and reminiscing about our childhood shenanigans. Though it was hard to say goodbye, the great thing about a wedding (as I learned from my sister’s wedding in June) is that we will relive it through memories almost every day. 

Now, down to business--the décor of the event. Here is the low-down: 

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The location for all of the wedding weekend festivities (except for the ceremony that was held at Little Flower Catholic Church) was the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six. It was a fabulous location and very convenient for those of us who stayed at the hotel. The reception was in the Panorama Room. It spinned throughout the party and gave great views of the city and the Intracoastal. 

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This is a photo of one of the tables at the reception. The flowers were gorgeous and I loved the pink sashes on the chairs and the menu cards. 

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The bride’s dress was exquisite. It was from Alfred Angelo’s couture label. Kimmy was the epitome of a regal bride, complete with a tiara (note: this isn’t the actual dress). The bridesmaid dresses were also gorgeous. They were gold silk with a really pretty rhinestone accent on the lower back. They had a small train and were strapless. 

The lady’s room had Bath and Body Works Sweet Pea hand soap placed at each sink. Kimmy also told me that her mother, my Aunt Kathy, had designated certain hotel staff to spritz the reception room periodically with Sweet Pea spray as well. Who would have thought of that?

I loved the monogrammed cocktail and lady’s room napkins. These are a cute version that I found on but, in my opinion, a monogram like the one Kimmy used just can’t be beat.

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In lieu of a guest book they had a giant bottle of champagne that everyone signed (note: this, again, is not a picture of the exact champagne they used). I thought this was such a good idea. I wonder how Kimmy and Chris will display it in their house.  

As parting gifts, guests were given a crystal heart wine stopper in a little bag with the photographer’s card. The photos should be up by Saturday, I can’t wait!

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Here is a picture of the boyfriend and me at the cocktail hour on Saturday.  

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sale Ahead

Never mind the economy, the savvy shopper always tries to find ways to save. Yes, that designer blouse is super cute but is it really worth paying full price when you know you will find it on sale next month? I know, I know. It can be hit or miss when it comes to holding out for a sale. Will they have my size? Will it be used and abused after so many people have tried it on before me? And always the dreaded question, why is it on sale. Here are a few current sales items (all under $150) that have my mind preoccupied with what, where, and when I can wear them, leaving no room for pesky questions.

On Sale @ Neiman Marcus: 

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What: Theory Belted Vest
Price: $108
Size: 2 and 6

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What: Nanette Lepore Zeus Cardigan
Price: $125
Size: Extra Small and Small

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What: Marc by Marc Jacobs Cecilia Knit Top
Price: $69
Size: Small

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What: Nanette Lepore Cyprus Jacquard Ruffle Skirt
Price: $125
Size: 8, 10, and 12

On Sale @ J.Crew:

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What: Cashmere Cherie Crewneck
Price: $99.99
Size: Extra Small, Small, Medium, and Large

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What: Paradise Jacquard Clea Jacket
Price: $99.99
Size: 0, 2, and 4

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What: Sue Stemp Peg Top Shorts
Price: $105
Size: 4, 6, and 8

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Another Year, A New Collection

First of all, happy birthday to my lovely sister Christen! If I had the money I would buy you everything in this post. Since I don’t have the funds, you will have to settle for the thought being what counts.

Now on to business…

Big news, people! J.Crew’s newest collection arrived online yesterday afternoon! They did pretty good this go-around. Here are a few of my picks. 

This Sequin Glitterglass Tank is too much. I love it. It is the most expensive item on my list but it might just be an investment piece.  Sequins were a big hit this season on the runway and this is the perfect way to incorporate it into an everyday wardrobe without being too over the top. Okay, fine. Some may view a sequin top as a little much. We will have to agree to disagree.

Ahh. The Silk Taffeta Belted Short in wild blackberry. Heaven. I am a big fan of unique shorts. Dress them up, dress them down, they are definitely a go-to in my wardrobe.  I am obsessed with wearing them with tights just like this model.

I am pretty obsessed with this Silk Ruffle Cascade Jacket, also in wild blackberry. Note: Puh-lease do not wear it with the short above! Disaster.

The Wool Twill Addison Trouser is oh-so-chic. There is nothing more classic than a winter white trouser. To spice it up, I would wear it with the sequin tank. The only way J.Crew can improve these slacks is by carrying them in petite. That would be ideal.   

Love the Wool Felt Cloche, especially in this shore pink color. It is so lovely. It looks like it walked straight out of the 1940s, and we all know how “in” the 1940s look is right now.

Like any true Southern girl, I love pearls. Combine them with crystals and you have a winner in my book.

As I finish this post of loveliness, I am going to leave you with the image of this pretty shoe. Silk satin and a feather? What more could a girl ask for?

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A Sunny Day in Fashion

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It truly is a sunny day in fashion when one of my favorite designing duos announce a much anticipated addition to one of their labels. According to the Olsen sisters are going to be launching an eyewear collection for The Row.  I have to confess, I love the Olsen twins. When I was seven I loved them and their stretchy shorts and hair clips and I love them now with their oversized shades and Venti cups. Hopefully, their new collection will not disappoint. In light of this recent development, here are a few of my favorite “sunnies”. I'm sure by the time their collection drops next spring, I will be able to add a few of their designs to my list of favorites. 

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Chanel round sunglasses have been on my wish list for I don’t know how long. I don’t look good in white frames but black frames with white arms are the perfect compromise. Once I get a job I definitely will invest in a pair.

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My first pair of designer sunglasses were Prada. Now, they are all scratched and I can barely see out of them. But, I still wear them when I feel the need to channel my inner celebutant and hide from the world.  I love the combination of the tortoise shell and the skinny arm on this pair. It feels very 1960s. 

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The classic Ray-Ban Wayfarer. They are just really cool. I like them in black but the tortoise shell is also another one of my faves.

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The true Ray-Ban classic, the aviator.  Everyone needs aviators. There are so many brands at so many different price points--there is no excuse for not owning a pair. My boyfriend bought them for me for my birthday a few years ago and they have scarcely left the bridge of my nose since.

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I have been asked to start introducing more budget-friendly selections to my posts and here is one that I definitely think is a catch. Aldo has great sunglasses at such irresistible prices (hello, $7.98!) without sacrificing style. Their Tangri sunnies are really great. The oversized frame is one of my favorite looks and the splash of color that the arms provide is unexpected. It’s always good to keep people on their toes!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Date Night

My apologies for this delayed blog post. The past couple days have been pretty crazy by all accounts. But after a relaxing Saturday, the boyfriend is taking me out on a date night. He lives an hour-and-a-half away so we don’t see each other as often as we might like. Because of our “out of town relationship”, as I like to call it, date night does not call for any run-of-the-mill outfit. No, no indeed. I spend at least an hour picking out what I am going to wear not including the hour prep time. In my ideal world – sans recession and lack of job—this is what I would be wearing tonight. A bit of flirty, a splash of sexy, and a whole lot of classic wardrobe staples that can be mixed-matched and paired with so many other things that I have had in my closet for years.

P.s. Net-a-porter was my one stop shop as you will see. I always have and always will love Net-a-Porter.

I built this look starting with this Chloe Asymmetric Silk Blouse.  I love how flirty it is while not being blatantly sexy. I have always loved the look of an exposed shoulder especially paired with a juxtaposing covered arm.

These D&G Dolce & Gabbanna wide leg jeans are perfect with this blouse. Net-a-porter recommended wearing the blouse tucked into a high-waist jean.  I’m not completely thrilled with the way high-waist pants look or feel on me so I am going to stick to what I feel comfortable in, which is something that I think is really important when picking any outfit.

I love putting a tall pump under a wide-leg jean because it instantly lengthens the leg. These Valentino Couture Patent Leather Pumps in red are the splash of color that this look needs. Red was one of the hottest looks on the runway during the fall season so I highly recommend breaking it out in any way that feels right for you.

For the jewelry portion of this look I wanted a long chain necklace to sit over the top—just make sure it doesn’t catch on the silk, DISASTER!! I love the Missoni Multi-Chain Gold Plated Necklace. I think it gives the top an edge.

I love these Anita Ko 18-Karat Gold Diamond Pyramid Studs because I didn’t want anything that would try and compete with the necklace but they still hold their own. I’m not really into big earrings so it is always my impulse to go big with the necklace or bracelet and subtler on the ear.

This Alex Monroe Love Ring is perfect for a date. Especially when love is in the air.

This bag. I can’t express words. Die. Bananas. I don’t know, Rachel Zoe might be the only one who can articulate. It is the Lanvin Happy Sac Partage Leather Bag and it’s perfect with this look and is my finishing touch to the perfect date night ensemble. 

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Draped in Lovely

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I received an email this morning that the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book was now available. As I virtually flipped through it, I came upon this delightful image. My parents are renovating their study/library and I am hoping something like this is the result. If so, I will stand on the ladder wearing a similarly inspired creation with endless draping (I am thinking something like the Reem Acra look below), donning red lips, and hope a photographer just happens to catch me in such a candid moment.

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Monday, October 5, 2009

Adventures with Anthropologie

I spend most of my free time shopping whether online, on foot, or in catalogue. Note: shopping does not necessarily mean buying. A couple years ago I vowed to no longer buy anything that I didn’t absolutely die for. Therefore, my closet has dwindled to staples that will last me for many years to come. The unfortunate side is that the items I crave are a bit more expensive than the trendier pieces that will probably be out of style quicker than you can swipe your credit card. Alas, a good investment piece is sure to pay you back in full with the amount of wear it can receive as apposed to, what I like to call, disposable clothes. Last weekend’s shopping exploits took me to Anthropologie, one of my favorite places to pick up unique--but classic--dresses and layering pieces (jackets, cardigans, capes, etc.). Naturally, I fell in love with a dress in a classic silhouette and fabric that I couldn’t believe I didn’t already own.

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It was the Mariner Dress in all its seersucker glory. I LOVE seersucker. Not to mention the top of the dress is navy silk with a ruffle that goes all the way around the top and is complete with a bow in the back. So, basically this dress has an abundance of my favorite things: seersucker, navy, a ruffle, silk, and a bow. I mean, what else could a girl ask for? She could ask for a lower price. Unfortunately the dress was a little bit pricey for what I would be looking to spend on such an item. I have a hard time justifying that purchase when I won’t really be wearing it for more than a couple weeks before I have to retire it to the depths of my closet until spring has sprung again. I do love it though so if it goes on sale perhaps it will find its way to my shopping bag.

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My girlfriend Lauren who is also my shopping partner in crime has a recent interest in boleros thanks to her favorite stylist to the stars and mine, Rachel Zoe. I came across this Glinting Gossamer Bolero on Anthropologie’s Web site and am pretty sure that it “needs to have a moment”.  Delight.

Friday, October 2, 2009

New Nanette

What better way to start a weekend than to receive an email from Neiman Marcus touting one of my favorite designer’s fall collection? Yes, if you read the “about me” section on my first post you might realize I am talking about Nanette Lepore. I love, love, love her dresses. It all began in March when I bought one of her frocks for my sister’s rehearsal dinner. I haven’t looked back since. Here are a few of my current faves from her fall collection.

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The Café Sheath Dress caught me by surprise one day when I was browsing through my local Neiman Marcus. The pattern grabbed me right away and when I went over to feel the pure silk fabric it was like my hand had died and gone to heaven.  The structure of the dress nips and tucks in all the right places to make it work wonders on nearly every body type. Last of all, I finally found a mini dress that could actually be called such on my petite self. Of course, this is something to keep in mind if you are slightly taller than the average girl—Mary, take note!

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I love the flowy look of Nanette Lepore’s Fire Dress. I think it is perfect for work if you aren’t too tall, a dinner date, or Sunday brunch. I would definitely wear it with tights and a platform of some sort. I think it would look divine with my newest obsession: Chanel Vamp nail polish.

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The designer’s Dreamboat Pleated-Front Dress is so sweet. First of all, I can never resist a bow. Classic black and white is perfect for any season but the merino wool fabric is certainly ideal for fall. I would wear this like the model (whoever styled these models is on my wave length) with tights and ankle booties. When it starts to get a little chillier, I would throw one of those oh-so-chic motorcycle jackets across my shoulders.

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Now, I know I may be getting a little ahead of myself but I think this is the quintessential New Year’s Eve dress. It has two elements that are pretty much absolute musts for the holiday: sequins and feathers. This year, instead of doning a goofy hat and boa choose Nanette Lepore’s Disco Dress and I assure you, it will be a hit. Sequins are back en vogue and this dress makes me want to leap for joy. I would wear this with black tights and a black suede bootie. For jewelry, I would keep it minimal. Maybe just an earring and a cocktail ring. 

To see Nanette Lepore’s collection at Neiman Marcus click HERE.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Falling for Fall

Today being the first day of October is very exciting for me. It means the first full month of my favorite season. Before I know it, there will be trick-or-treaters at the door, a Thanksgiving grocery list long enough to reach Alaska, and the first “happy holidays” of the season. I can’t wait! Here are my must-haves for this fall.

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A Grande Non-Fat Pumpkin Spice Latte. It really puts me in the shopping spirit.


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I feel like this fall needs be a total fur moment.  This Dolce and Gabbana fur with the ribbon around the waist is beyond. I need it like I need air to breath. Ferosh. I am also loving the 40s trend that the fashion world is buzzing about that is all over this look but more on that in an upcoming post.

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I died the day these wonderful Elizabeth and James "Lola" ruffle booties found their way to my computer screen. I think my health would seriously be in jeopardy if I ever had the opportunity to hold them, let alone slip one on my foot (size five and half in case you are feeling charitable).

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I’m really feeling a polished handbag right now. This Kate Spade Boerum Hill Mikkel is perfect because it can hold everything I need without getting all slouchy and bent out of shape (pun intended). I think I would love this bag just a little bit more if it was in red but the Dijon color is quite lovely too.

Merry fall and happy shopping!