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Gucci Retro-spective

Sometimes I pick things from my closet that are so ladylike and proper. I know, it’s weird. For me, at least.  (It did happen here, too…)

But gosh, this Gucci dress just spoke to me when I saw it… I snatched it off the rack and it fit like a glove, so it must have been meant to be, right? Well, it also could have been because it was 75% off, who knows. But the color was so rich and vibrant, and while it’s clearly got the secretary vibe, it also felt like it could go a little rock ‘n roll, like how Rachael Zoe might style it, with a floppy hat and OTK suede boots. (*must try this…*)

And here’s how Gucci styled it on their runway: all out GLAM!

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So let’s go for ladylike polish first. How about a glossy raspberry lipstick. A classic Yves Saint Laurent ‘Muse’ bag. And a side-swept ‘do. Finish with some obsession-worthy heels from J.Crew, no less.  Hope you like!

Remember, bright color is your friend, it’s like getting a facial without spending the money 🙂

Images by Kari Jenkins Photography.

Makeup by Julie Funkey

Dress: Gucci (similar here & here). Shoes: J.Crew (similar all on sale now). Bag: YSL (Bluefly sells pre-owned now!). Earrings: Kohls.

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Yup. Valentino.

photo-2I’ve had a pair of Valentino Rockstud kitten heels for awhile now, the black patent with nude leather trim, you know the ones?  But I was craving another pair.  Something more fun, more edgy.  I saw the leopard rockstuds on presale at Saks, and I waited patiently for them to arrive… six months later.  It was torture!

But now I’m having so much fun pairing them with just about everything… skirts, skinnies, leather, denim, etc.

This is also the first photo “shoot” with my best friend of 15 years, when I was visiting her for Thanksgiving and just knew I had to start this fashion blog.  She told me to stop dreaming, go put on one of my outfit obsessions, and to get my fanny outside so we could start documenting it and making it a reality!

And she was right.  She always is.  Cynthia is an amazing attorney, but she also makes a pretty freakin’ amazing fashion photographer, don’t you think?!?!

There is no one like your bestie to tell you to “suck it in, your stomach looks weird”.  And it’s not even offensive… it’s the person who knows you best, and wants you to look and feel your best 🙂

So, I hope you like the little journey we took in these gorgeous Valentinos… there is more to come!  Stay tuned!

Shoes: Valentino.  Skirt: ASOS.  Top: J.Crew.  Necklace: J.Crew (sold out) (similar here)  Bag: Alexander Wang

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The BEST aviators…for those afraid of aviators…

Is it just me, or do Ray-Ban aviators look good on everyone else, but I find them to look ridiculous when I try to wear them?  Surely there must be others out there who feel the same?

I don’t have that perfect, perky little nose.  Or perfectly shaped cheekbones.  So that classic, teardrop Ray-Ban shape just doesn’t look good on me.  So frustrating!

So I set out to find some aviators, and gosh darn it, I wasn’t coming home until I succeeded!

Enter CHANEL.

After trying on a gazillion pairs of glasses at my local Solstice store, the salesgal finally said, “well, I do have a new pair of Chanel frames that I haven’t tagged yet, but you could try them on…”

Ummmmm, of course they’re perfect.  They’re Chanel… obvi.

She told me they have the new “glitter lens”, which almost sent me packing.  I didn’t want some weird sparkly sunglasses that make me look like a preteen, I’m 35 years old for gosh sake!  But they simply just make the lens look more mirrored in the sunlight.  Phew!

So they’re perfect.  With everything.  Dressy, casual, edgy, glam, girlie… they work with everything!  I was so excited at my new discovery that I had to take a shameless car selfie as soon as I left the store!  🙂

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Who knew?!  J.Crew has the best bling! photo-3

Lulu Frost for J.Crew.   J.Crew jeweled triangle necklace.

For years I have found great costume jewelry from J.Crew, but lately… WOW!  They have really stepped up their game, and might be THE best place to get statement pieces these days.  And they’re always perfect for layering, too.

My favorite thing to do is throw on two sparkly beauties with a simple crewneck sweater, skinny jeans, and ankle boots (Rag & Bone Harrow?  Acne pistol?).  It instantly ups your style quotient, without much fuss.

Have a great fashion day!

12.17.13   Welcome to The Fashion Spectacle!

Blouse: Forever 21 (old).  Necklace: CC Skye.  Glasses: Warby Parker

Welcome to my fashion and style blog!

It’s been long overdue for me to share my creativity and passion with the masses. I, like many others before me, have long suffered from the compulsion to memorize every new item from my favorite stores and designers, and dream of new and interesting ways to put those items together. It often wakes me in the middle of the night…”OMG, what if I wore the Zara coat, with the Valentino shoes, the Chanel glasses, and the J Brand leather skinnies… yes, YES!”

Or when I see a cool pair of ankle booties on one of my favorite bloggers or celebs, and I subsequently spend the next two hours, manically searching online to find them, which leads me to then find five fabulous variations of said ankle bootie, all of which I purchase in a fit of online binge-shopping… (we’ve all done it, it’s okay to admit it).

People always tell me that my outfits are “cool”, so I must be doing something right.

So it’s time I embrace it all. When I find that perfect outfit, or those five (*cringe*) perfect ankle booties, I will share it with you, in the hopes that maybe, just maybe, it will inspire you, too. Because that’s what fashion is all about, right? Buying a new dress that makes you feel like a supermodel, and being soooo excited to wear it the next day that you can barely sleep. Or simply being inspired by someone else, and getting excited to look in your own closet and put together an outfit that makes you feel happy, stylish, edgy, pretty, unique — whatever you’re going for.

I hope I can help you achieve that, by sharing what’s running through my head… as neurotic as that may be  🙂

Enjoy!