Tantalizing Tassels

Hey loves!!

Hope you are all well and enjoying the sunshine wherever you live. We’ve had sun as well as showers lately. But that’s ok. Rainy days are fun for crafting and DIYs.

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I adore tassels! They can be used in so many ways like these simple ribbons tied to a dreamcatcher. This is a fun project & can be made in a day.

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Tassels can be added to crocheted grannie squares and used as tree ornaments  for Christmas or as a suncatcher in a window.

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Added to clothing, tassels add so much pizzazz! Just look at this beautiful dress by Balmain!!

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Wrapped around the ankle, as these shoes show, tassels add a bit of subtle sex appeal.

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Homes get a makeover when added to blankets and toss pillows. Instant bohemian glamour

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Who can resist a fun accessory? Try a bold earring like the ones above with a basic tee shirt and jeans and let them be your showstopper.

Like these ideas? Stay tuned for a quick and easy tutorial on how you can create your own affordable tassels.

All photos found on Pinterest.d777415a6087f305ea89a1d91ff606c3

Lovely Temperly

Happy Spring dolls!!

I am so happy it is finally here even though my area is expecting snow again. Lol! What can you do? In the meantime we can always cozy up in these last few weeks of unpredictable weather and dream of these lovely resort wear frocks by Temperly London.

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Interesting prints were seen on both dresses and seperates. The openwork on this dress is so pretty and strappy sandals mimic the bodice.

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A sweetheart neckline and three quarter length sleeves add drama to this form fitting column dress.

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Intricate embroidery  on these pale satin and sheer dresses look like garden flowers emerging from their slumber.

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These gorgeous pieces remind me of the sunset going down over the ocean. Stunning!

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An iridescent shimmering gown with slit skirt and billowy cuffed sleeves fit for a modern mermaid.

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The use of texture and details on the skirt and dress keep these simple silhouettes interesting. Love the sweet lace collar on the dress which resembles a Chinese cheongsam.

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Should one need a formal gown for dinner and dancing, these silky gowns add just the right touch of glamour.

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And for an edgy vibe, because Alice Temperly never strays from her bohemian roots, an embroidered leather jacket over a maxi dress.

Ms. Temperley’s design ethetics for her resort wear collection were inspired by alchemy, mineralogy, botony, astronomy and divinity.

With such a beautiful collection, it’s hard to choose a favorite. To see more of the beautiful collection, please visit Temperley London.

Photo source: Pinterest.

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.

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Statement Coats

I believe a coat should be functional as well as a fashion statement. More than that, it should say something about the individual wearing it.  Here’s a fun way to choose your new outer wear.

Personality types & coats….

The Realist….something structured and classic keep in her stylish and warm. Military style suits her well.

 

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The Dreamer… she’s mooning for her Prince Charming as she steps out in a pretty  princess cut coat.

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The Rocker…moto jackets and animal prints are a MUST HAVE.

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The Bohemian…. this girl’s a free spirit.  She’s not afraid of the cold. Fun faux fur caresses her.

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Preppy… think collegiate. Plaids rule!

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Artsy….she’s creative so what better way to express herself than a cape. Better yet when she adds a brooch for flair!

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Sporty….Winter sports are calling her.  Grabbing a puffer jacket & matching gloves and hat & she’s off to the slopes!

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These are just a few of my favorites this winter.  Don’t see your favorite? Comment below!

Photo source: Pinterest

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Jewelry Trend & DIY

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Hello dolls!!

Do you ever think about jewelry as an extension of yourself? When you envision the queen of England at a formal affair, can you picture her without her crown? Well that’s exactly why I want to share with you today. Your jewelry should not be some after thought. It should speak about who you are.  An extension of yourself.

Fall jewelry trends feature layered necklaces, lariets or the Y necklace. Statement pieces in mixed metals. Bibs and chockers caressed necks on the runways.

Tassles, beading, and feathers graced earlobes. Nature inspired jewelry that lent a festive vibe.

 

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Today I want to share with you how to create some of these trendy pieces to add to your fall wardrobe. All you need is a little time and patience. And of course a trip to your local craft store or your own jewelry box. If you are like me , you save those bits that look interesting. You know, the broken pieces from your favorite necklace that you no longer wear and have discarded.

 

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  • Firstly, you must decide on a design. I am choosing the earrings I shared above. To recreate these little beauties from Anthroplogie, you will need hoops that open and close. You should choose a size that doesn’t overwhelm your face. Remember that jewelry,  like make up,  is meant to enhance your features. Here is a link to purchase inexpensive hoops claire’s I have purchased these in the past and they work well for creating your own Anthro inspired earrings.

 

  • Secondly,  you will need chains in mixed metals to embellish your hoops. Either recycled necklaces or chain from the craft store will do. Remember to pick chains with links that will slip over the hoops easily.  You can cut your chain  in any length, but for this look I will keep mine one half inch.

 

  • You will also need a tool to cut the chain with which you can purchase at a craft or hobby store. They are usually located in the jewelry and bead section. They look like this :

 

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Here’s a link to purchase these if you don’t happen to have any…wire cutters at JoAnn’s

Take your time cutting your chain. Place the cutters on one side of a link and firmly press handle to cut.  Sometimes you need to wiggle your cutters a bit to completely open the link.

Once cut thread chains over hoops and try them on. If the chain length is too long for your taste, you can easily adjust  by cutting them shorter.

Wear your new fall jewels with your favorite jeans & tee or a dress and boots. They are versatile enough to wear from day to evening.

 

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All of the jewelry pictures belong to Anthropologie with the exception of the Weekender Polyvore style board.