Have you ever noticed how some designers become overnight success stories then seem to fade out of the spotlight? Kinda like those one hit wonders from the 80s.
One name in fashion has stood the test of time. No matter the original creative genious of Christian Dior or the latest couturiers. The designs of the house of Dior remain rooted in the Dior tradition.
During the war years resources were scarce. There were limitations on food items and gas, as well as fabrics and trims for clothing. Even silk stickings were rationed. Women “made due” by refashioning their clothing and drawing lines up the back of their calves in place of stockings.
All this changed one Victory was declared. Dior saw this as a way to reward women who had been working men’s jobs in factories while their sweethearts and husbands fought the war. Excessive yards of fabric were used and The New Look was born. Gone were the days of rationing. This new look would highlight a woman’s assets. Busts and waistlines were accentuated.
The original Dior was something of a mystery. A brilliant designer who was surprisingly shy. Perhaps so, but he sure knew how to dress a lady.
How could one feel anything but feminine in one of his beautiful confections?
Women were well dressed and elegance reigned in each of Dior’s classic beauties.
So much love went into each of this pieces like this sleek dress (above) from the 40’s with an unexpected, draped waistline. This silhouette just proves that a “lady” can still be sexy.
A Look Into the Future
No one can deny the wow factor that John Galliano brought to Dior. It’s as if he channeled the great designer himself to bring Dior’s glamorous style to the modern woman.
When John Galliano resided as head designer in the House of Dior, he brought many unexpected surprises.
But one thing remained, a desire to create beautiful clothes women would adore.
This gown is superb! I can almost imagine how dreamy it would feel on. It is one of my favorites. I love the cowl neckline on a dress.
The First Queen
The first female designer, Maria Grazia Chiuri, now reigns in the House. Stepping right up to the challenge, she has proved that a woman can do Dior.
A design from a collection made especially for the Japanese.
Dior will ways be embellished in embroidery, petals, and all things delicate. It is just the way of couture.
Elegance will never go out of style and neither will Dior.
So tell me, do you love Dior? Or perhaps you favor another designer… Let’s hear your voice by leaving me a comment below.
This weekend I went school clothes shopping with my niece and sister. Wow! I forgot how hard that was. But we had fun. Which brings me to my next point. Back to school means Fall. Do you remember the smell of the first day of school? That crisp earthy smell? Close your eyes & take it in.
I love fall. It takes second place in my favorite seasons. The colors, sights and smells. Not to mention wearing snuggly clothes. Scarves are my favorite fall/winter accessory.
Since we’ve been featuring all things fall as of late, I wanted to share some dazzling nail polishes with you to help inspire your fall wardrobe.
So excited with the fall collection from Essie. This collection is dedicated to New York City. I think you will find these colors quite exciting as well as wearable.
Say It Ain’t Soho. It’s a rich shimmery orange. Just like the lovely leaves of fall. I love this one. To me a good orange polish makes a fall wardrobe pop.
It Takes a West Village. A dusty rose that blends well with Pantones colors. Imagine this color with Red Pear or Crocus Petal.
Stop, Drop, & Shop. If I could choose only one color to add to my nail polishes, it would be this beautiful mulberry red.
Fall For NYC. A bright yellow which is reminiscent of the speedy taxis in the city. Beep beep!
Empire State of Mind. A shimmery metallic grey that mimics the magnificent buildings of New York City.
Booties on Broadway. A super shade of deep blue. It reminds me of the night sky.
As the temps heat up, up, up along with the humidity, my thoughts are drifting towards cooler days. Which brings my attention to what I will be wearing and what colors will be showing for fall and winter of 2018. We definately need to know how to work them into our trusty favorites to keep our look fresh.
I always look to Pantone to guide me in my research and as usual I was not disappointed.
The fall/winter picks are an array of visually appealing colors. They blend well in patterns and prints but can also stand alone.
HOW TO wearing and or blend new colors into your wardrobe . Choose a solid as your base…such as the bright poppy for fall. Consider pairing it in small doses (say jewelry) or go bold as in a sweater. Now, add another of the fall colors…say an almond buff colored pant. You may add more color or stop here. I would add a scarf in these two colors to wear at my neck. You’ve instantly created a fresh look for fall.
If you are not quite that daring in your wardrobe, I recommend choosing just one of these colors to add a statement such as ceylon yellow or meerkat colored bag.
Why not try wearing martini olive as a neutral like this great top from Liligal.com? Wear it with dark washed denim and your favorite brown boots. Add pops of color via accessories in russet orange and limelight. Very earthy.
Trendy girls will go wild and add pops of color to their wardrobes like a pair of russet orange slacks. The key here is to pair it with something to tone it down like a graphic tee for hanging out with friends.
If you like to play around with colors but don’t want to commit to them, a scarf in fall’s colors are always a safe bet. Patterns in paisley, floral, and strips are always spot on.
How will you incorporate these colors in your wardrobe. Drop a comment below lovelies.
Over the last year my style has shifted from primarily romantic, girlie clothing to a more bohemian vibe. And I find myself questioning what has brought about this recent change.
As some of you know, this year I dedicated myself to being more courageous. This includes both spiritually and physically.
I believe I am going through a growth spurt. By that I mean I am realizing who I am and what I am capable of and learning to accept what I can not change. This process has given me a newfound freedom and allowed me to embrace a side of myself I kept hidden.
So how do I see myself now? I will forever be a romantic and a dreamer. And I believe my free spirit complements those sides of me quite nicely.
How about you? Have you also gone through something in your life that changed you to step outside of your comfort zone and embrace a new style?
Have courage to try something new just for you and see how grow.
Do you shop small? What I mean is do you shop in small businesses. I support many small businesses.
Here are some reasons I support small businesses.
*Small businesses are often locally owned (giving back to my community makes me feel good) or an online shop. These folks are entrepreneurs living their dream.
*Small businesses are all about growing their customer base so I know I will get great customer service. They appreciate their customers and will typically offer special discounts.
*I like finding items that can’t be found in the mall or other stores. Finding something truly unique or made to order sets me apart from following the crowd.
*Cosmetic and beauty products made in smaller batches means my product won’t spoil before I can finish using it.
*Some small businesses such as vintage clothing and thrift boutiques are popping up all over the internet. I love them because I believe in reusing what we can and shopping these types of stores helps keep at least a wee bit of fabrics from being tossed into landfills.
So that being said where DO I shop? I frequent a few of these and a couple are on my radar.
Regina from Margarita Bloom is just the sweetest girl you will ever meet. She represents the brand that manufactures natural beauty products such as soaps, lotions, bath salts, lipsticks, etc. She will work with you and personalize your scent. Go treat yourself and tell her I sent you.
My girl friend Janice is the owner/ curator of this vintage wonderland. I seriously can’t look at her shop without swooning. She’s been in the business for years and is a true professional. If you dream of cupcake dresses from the 50s , look no further than Racked Vintage.
I recently discovered this shop when I was looking for an organic goat milk lotion for my face. Oh my goodness! The cream I bought is amazing! I highly recommend giving this family owned business a try. They produce all their body products from nature. Jessica is very prompt and cordial and best of all this small business is centered on Christ.
Robyn is the creative genius behind this gorgeous shop. Each hand crafted piece is truly a work of art. If you want one of a kind jewelry, you will certainly not be disappointed. Wait until you see the selection!!
This is a local Pittsburgh beauty boutique. The owner is a dream. I actually came across her via instagram and quickly started following her. I love that she provides many services such as private parties, a huge assortment of natural beauty products and perfumes, and personal customer care.
So there are my top picks of small businesses that I choose to support. Each one is exceeds my expectations and the entrepreneurs are all delightful women. Please do visit them. And if you have a favorite small business you support , please share in the comments section below.