Wednesday, August 25, 2010

J.Crew Sequin Jersey Bloomer

Love, love, love the new J.Crew Sequin Jersey Bloomer. This is how I would wear it. I would not go crazy with additional jewelry aside from the pearls because, as far as I am concerned, the bloomers are where it is at.

J.Crew Sequin Bloomer
Brian Atwood Donna Patent-Leather Pumps
Wolford "Nostalgia" Tights
Balmain Silk Bow-Front Blouse
SR Squared by Sondra Roberts Beach Day Button Clutch
New York Estate Jewelry Double Strand Pearl Necklace

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Ham Biscuits, Hostess Gowns, and Other Southern Specialties

As a quick read and intermission from my current literary venture, I read Julia Reed's Ham Biscuits, Hostess Gowns, and Other Southern Specialties. I had been meaning to read it since I first came upon the title while editing a story by the author herself that we ran in Southern Accents. I am so glad I finally got around to it because it has inspired me to gobble up all of her work like the greedy little reader I am. 

 It wasn't until I was at Southern Accents that I really came to identify with my "Southernness". I always thought of myself as a Floridian. I was born in South Florida-the part where people actually had southern accents and had been living in the same house for the past fifty years-and lived there until I was eight. Then we moved to Tallahassee and then Pensacola. I grew up on sweet tea, fried chicken, and mysterious congealed salads. And I loved every minute of it. When I moved to Birmingham for my six month internship with Southern Progress I was surrounded by interns from all over our region. We were from all different walks of life but had one thing in common-we all called the South home. This book had me laughing about the idiosyncrasies of life in the South that I never really thought twice of and some of which I had never heard of. I guess that is what makes the South so interesting. Every state has its own identity but we all make up a region (I would say the best region but I may be a little biased) that has its very own style and grace that can't be found anywhere else. Here is to Ham Biscuits, Hostess Gowns, and Other Southern Specialties because it deserves a big "Oh my gracious, indeed"!


**I thought that was necessary.  

Friday, August 20, 2010

An Introduction

This is Orion (lovingly referred to as "Ori", pronounced: Orr-ee).
He is my family's 2 year-old German Shorthaired Pointer, or as my dad likes to say, "The Hunting Dog". Daddy was a big hunter back in the day and Ori would have been a wonderful companion. Alas, the camo has not been brought out for many years so Ori has adopted other hobbies.
He enjoys biting his nails (yes, he takes after me), playing with large sticks in the backyard, and pulling the fuzz off of tennis balls. He also likes when boyfriend comes to play because that means he can act like a crazy person dog for days after and we will blame DT for Ori's misconduct.
Ori is also training for the London 2012 Summer Olympics where he will be competing in the javelin throw. 

Thursday, August 19, 2010

A New Collection and A New Outlook

Southern Proper has updated their Web site with the fall 2010 collection! Exciting times. I think my beau might find himself with a new "beau" tie in the near future!

Also, with so many exciting things going on in my life lately, fashion has surprisingly taken the back burner. You might have noticed with the lack of posts. I am hoping that The Classic Closet will evolve with these new developments and inspire a renewed vigor for posts. Maybe less fashion but, hopefully, more of my take on a well-rounded, "classic" lifestyle. Thank you for continuing on The Classic Closet journey with me!


Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Return of Femininity: Brought to you by Louis Vuitton

The fifties era and its ladylike silhouettes are back in a major way this fall. I couldn't be more ecstatic. Models in perfectly tailored full skirts, elbow-length gloves, and pumps with beautiful bows sauntered down the runway giving a view of one of my favorite fall/winter 2011 collections, Louis Vuitton. The fifties style is everywhere right now--TV, editorial, runway, the big screen--next stop? My closet! Wishful thinking, perhaps. 

* Image via 

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

It is Love

I think I need to own this entire ensemble from my designer love, Kate Spade. The dress is TDF. Anyone who has taken a gander inside my closet knows that I own one too many purple dresses already but, why not add one more to the mix? Also, a ruffle collar is always high on my list. As for the textured tights--well,  once October first rolls around I will be in line at my local Kate Spade store with my first fall purchase.
I am thinking this look will be divine paired with my Tory Burch Leopard Revas.

What is on your list of fall must-haves?

Monday, August 2, 2010

"Bananas... I die"

Finally, the season three premiere has arrived. Tomorrow evening at ten o'clock you will find me, gchatting with my long-distance and equally obsessed bff's, sipping from an oversized Starbucks cup (in honor of the goddess of style, of course), and just relishing in all that is the Rachel Zoe Project. I mean, I die. I can't get enough of the fashion, the drama, and the Brad-ness. Once again, I die.

The "bananas" image above via