The Lisbon Collection from OPI

Hello beautiful!

I am so happy to share the latest nail polish colors from OPI inspired by the beautiful city of Lisbon.

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From the amazing architecture to the bold colors of the city come an enchanted assemblage of nail lacquers that fill one with hope.

The limited edition consists of 12 colors that come in three variations : Infinite Shine , Nail Lacquer, and GelColor.

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The colors above row by row include…

Row 1: Made It to the Seventh Heaven, Lisbon Wants Moor OPI, You’ve Got Nata On Me, Tagus in That Selfie.

Row 2: No Turning Back From Pink Street, A Red-Vival City, Now Museum, Now You Don’t,  We Seafood and We Eat It.

Row 3: Sun, Sea and Sand In My Pants, Closer Than You Might Belem, Tile Art to Warm Your Heart, Suzi Chases Portugeese.

What I love about these colors is their versatility.  You can add the bold  mosaic inspired shade of Tile Art to Warm Your Heart or metalic red Now Museum, Now You Don’t to a modern bohemian look like the one I created below.

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The classic look below calls for understated nails. The soft golden rose of Made it To the Seventh Hill, neutral Suzi Chases Portugeese or the  pale peach of Lisbon Wants Moor OPI would be meet these needs.

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Overall I find this collection very wearable. In exciting colors to compliment all skin shades, there is no guessing games. You can try on here. OPI Try On Studio

My favorite color in this collection is the rose gold Made It to The Seventh Heaven which is a MUST HAVE for Spring 2018.

All photos and links owned by OPI with the exception of the style boards created by me on Polyvore.

Needle and Thread

Hello lovely,

Let me introduce you to the ultra feminine creations of Needle & Thread by British designer Hannah Coffin.

Hannah began her career at the wee age of 12 and continued to sew

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throughout her teenage years. This naturally lead her to study fashion and textiles at London’s Ravensbourne.

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After graduating she joined on as junior designer at Karen Miller for 3 years. Then she became a prints and woven designer with All Saints. And this is where she honed her skills in womens wear.

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In 2012 she left All Saints to establish her own company after she spent months researching and planning her own business.

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Needle & Thread was born in April of 2013 which specializes in special occassion dresses, such as bridal and prom, as well as seperates with attention to details.

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Why I love this brand…. I think anyone who knows me realizes that I love feminine clothing with details. And Ms. Coffin certainly exceeds my needs. Her designs are wearable yet a work of art in lace and chiffon, and layered in love by embroidery, ruffles and tiers. What’s not to love?

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I am looking forward to more beautiful designs by Needle & Thread.

All photos were found and are owned by Needle & Thread

 

 

 

Stylish Reads: Diane Vallere

Hello fashionistas!!

Recently I have had the privilege of discovering the fabulous mystery writer Diane Vallere. She is the author of several fashionable mysteries which include The Costume Shop, Material Witness, Samantha Kidd, Mad For Mod and the Sylvia Stryker series.

Each of these series feature an amazingly stylish main character. All of these talented women who have a flare for what they do. 

In the Costume Shop mysteries Margo Tamblyn, who was once a magician’s assistant, manages the Desquise The Limit Costume Shop. (Side note: I once worked at a costume/vintage shop too!)

The Material Witness series features dress designer Polyester Monroe who  suddenly inherits a fabric store once owned by her aunt and uncle.

The Samantha Kidd series was Diane’s claim to fame when she introduced readers to spunky fashion buyer Samantha Kidd.

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And in the Mad For Mod series Madison Night is the owner of an atomic age interior decorating business.

I asked Diane to share some time with us so that you can see how fabulous she is & why I adore her.  Here is my interview with her.

What is your fashion background?

DV: I spent eight years managing shoe departments of first Macy’s and then Neiman Marcus, and then moved to Texas to enter the NM buyer training program. From there I worked in the corporate offices for fine apparel, designer lingerie and hosiery, and designer shoes. After a brief stint as assistant store manager for the historic downtown Dallas location, I shifted to the Last Call division where I oversaw the outlet division planning and creative campaigns, ultimately moving to California where I worked the front lines of fashion in the Beverly Hills store. Whew! I get tired just thinking over it all.

2. If you could have any designer create a complete wardrobe for you, who would you choose? (Can be living or otherwise)

DV: Emilio Pucci. That is not to discount other designers that I’ve loved, but there is something about the prints that Pucci created that illustrate how I feel on the inside—and isn’t that what fashion is all about? Though Chanel is a close second. And do you remember Patrick Kelly? Oh! And Bob Mackie! I could have an entire wardrobe that looked like a Mitzi Gaynor special? Yes, please.

3. If you could time travel, what time period would you like to experience?

DV: The mid-to-late sixties! I’m a fan of That Girl, and I would wear just about everything Marlo Thomas/Anne Marie wears on that show without changing a thing. I also own a 1967 Sears Catalog, and whenever I take a moment to flip through, I think if I had a time machine, I’d go straight to Sears.

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4. Who is your style icon?

DV: This has always been a tough question for me, because I change my mind so much. One season I want to channel Gwen Stefani and the next year Audrey Hepburn. And sometimes emulating someone else’s style can lead to massive frustration (Audrey Hepburn did not have boobs or hips!).

One person whose style I am constantly impressed by is Anna Wintour. She sees every trend but has her own clear look. She never appears to be hiding behind her clothes or trying to use them to be loud or make a statement for her, but she doesn’t hide behind a wall of black like so many other people in the fashion industry.

These days I’m more impressed by people who have their own distinctive look and can translate that to any occasion than by people who are in the latest trends. The other day I saw a woman in a white T-shirt and jeans, and Burberry Nova Check belt, ballet flats, handbag, and scarf. Not a lot of people would wear that much of the same, recognizable print, but she looked GREAT.

5. Describe your style.

DV: Colorful, feminine, whimsical. I prefer dresses over pants and heels (though I can only go so high) over sneakers. Practicality sometimes overrides what I want to wear, which usually makes me cranky. I guess in a nutshell, I’m sort of a cross between sixties mod and eighties preppy. I think.

6. What stylish books/authors do you follow?

DV: My fiction tastes tend to run toward humorous mystery (Janet Evanovich, Gretchen Archer) and chicklit (love Sophie Kinsella and Meg Cabot), but I also enjoy non-fiction memoirs (especially Jen Lancaster), and I do love an inspirational biography or memoir by a fashion industry insider. I’ve read Jennifer Lopez TRUE LOVE, Ashley Graham A NEW MODEL, and everything written by Simon Doonan. I think there’s something fascinating in everyone’s stories and getting lost in someone else’s reality helps me invent different characters in my books.

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7. Who is your favorite character from your books? Why?

DV: This is an unfair question! In all seriousness, because I love clothes and style so much, I do think through each character’s style so they can feel separate from each other. Samantha Kidd is the trendiest and probably most closely represents the way I like to mix and match everything from vintage to utilitarian to camo to designer. Madison Night gets to wear all the vintage I can find on eBay and in old fashion magazines. Polyester Monroe wears all black (how easy is that???), and Margo Tamblyn dresses in costumes. Sylvia Stryker wears a uniform on a space ship. Regardless of whether or not a publisher asks, I usually include the character’s style in a series proposal, because that allows me to get a handle on who they are.

What made you decide to write mysteries?

DV: I grew up reading Trixie Belden books (and other series, but Trixie was always my favorite!), and loved the combination of mystery within each book but returning characters who felt like friends. Decades later, I thought I’d like to write a children’s mystery series, but I never had any ideas. It wasn’t until after I discovered the humorous mystery aisle at my local library, and authors like Janet Evanovich, Sarah Strohmeyer, Lawrence Block’s Burglar Who series, that I realized they were like a grown up version of what I’d loved reading as a kid. That’s when I first had the idea for Samantha Kidd.

This concludes my interview with Diane. If you are interested in her books, they are available on Amazon as well as Barnes and Noble where you can purchase them in book form or as ebooks.

All photos were sourced via Pinterest with the acception of the lovely portrait of Diane that I found on Jungle Red  Writers.

 

 

 

 

Wild, Wild West

Hello dolls & gents!

Today’s post is all about the exciting western style resort collection for Dior. Designer Maria Grazia Chiuri, former designer for Valentino, brought a much earthier feel to this collection.

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Ms. Chiuri was inspired by primitive wall paintings found in the Lascaux cave. She discovered that  Christian Dior had also been fascinated by the cave and had collected prints inspired by the paintings.

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The resort collection consisted of midi dresses and skirts,  dusters, corseted bodices, and  western hats.

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The collection carried a bohemian vibe with fringed skirts. Accessories were used sparingly but deliberately via chokers, dainty beaded necklaces, and colorful bracelets.

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An A line silhouette appeared on dresses with square necklines. Embroidery was used cleverly, as well as sequins, on skirts which depicted animals.

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Waists were well defined and skirts were long and flowing.  Hair was tossled giving models a natural look.

What I love about this collection is the use of color.  Earth tones were prevalent in rust, tan,  and cream. I can almost feel the dessert and mountains.

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I am most curious how this look will trickle down to the mass market.  Be on the lookout for western wear in the upcoming months.

Like this collection? Leave a comment below.

Photo sources:  US Vogue and Pinterest.

Currently linking up with Elegantly Dressed and StylishShelbee on the EdgeLizzie in Lace.

One Year Anni!

Hello everyone!!

I am so excited to share my one year anniversary of Stylewise By Debra on WordPress.

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This past year was a learning year.  I not only learned more about blogging,  but I learned how to have more faith and courage.  And I continue to do so as I embrace new experiences.

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Along the way I have met some wonderful women through social media as well as other bloggers who I now call dear friends. We chat regularly, pray and encourage one another.

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I have learned that it’s not about competing with other fashion bloggers but rather about making myself happy. I don’t necessarily have an audience in mind anymore. I just want to share what I love.

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I have decided this is going to be a good year and one that I will allow God to lead me. Am I scared? A little bit. New things are always scary at first. But I know and trust my Lord. And I am confident in  Him.

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This year Stylewise may go in new directions. I would like to incorporate more home decor,  DIYs, and faith posts. But don’t worry.  Stylewise by Debra will always be about fashion as well.

Let’s make this another beautiful year together!

Debra

Photo sources:Pinterest and Instagram

 

 

How to Wear Ultra Violet

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Wearing this bold color need not be daunting. Add the 2018 color of the year by mixing it with neutrals such as blacks and greys or with prints such as houndstooth.

The above style set shows how you can add ultra violet to your work wardrobe. Adding touches of black by way of shoes, a belt and  a necklace keeps it lowkey. The cape adds a pop of color on a grey winter day to keep you warm.

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This second set was created to share how you can use ultra violet in a print. Draw out the other colors of the print (in this case the pink and cream) by using other clothing items and accessories. This will highlight the violet in your outfit.

Playing with color should not be frightening. I hope these sets inspire you to step outside your comfort zone and try this beautiful color.

Photo source: Polyvore

*All of the above sets were created  by Stylewise by Debra. Feel free to print any of my sets for  style inspiration or ask me how to get a set made especially for you. I am always happy to help.

Ultra Violet

Pantone, the color experts,  announced the color Ultra Violet as THE color of 2018.

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As I am not a fan of purple, I was a tad put off until I found these beautiful color inspiration boards and photos all on my favorite photo source, Pinterest.

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You can not deny the pop of this royal color does make one feel optimistic.

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Delicate violets are amoung the first flowers to spring from the earth after winter’s frost. To me this represents resilience.

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With that said this striking color brings with it hope for the new year.

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How will you bring this vibrant color into your life? Comment below.