There are so many styles of bags and each one represents a different type of woman. Let’s examine a few of my favorite styles.
Tote bags are versatile. They are usually quite large and can hold a myriad of items. They are perfect for the girl on the go. This lady is always prepared. Need a bandaid? Got it! Hair brush? Got it! Flash light? Come on, she’s not Nancy Drew. Or is she?!
Clutches vary greatly in size, but they are usually smaller than a regular purse and carried in your hand. They can be classic and sophisticated to bohemian and wild. Party girls adore these types of bags! Think Holly Golightly from Breakfast At Tiffany’s. This fun spirited lady is a minimalist.
Made of many types of cloth as well as leathers, these bags are another great pick for the girl on the go. She’s a dreamer who loves to travel. She’s adventurous and courageous. She’s flexible and can be ready for the next big thing in an instant.
The Bucket Bag
This is my “go to” bag. It holds a good deal, but doesn’t overwhelm a petite figure. A chic yet practical bag. Confident and fashion forward women carry bucket bags.
Cross body bags can be worn across your body or hung off a shoulder. It’s a versatile bag for the minimalist. Optimistic and practical, this lady likes to keep her treasures close to her.
Have a favorite style bag? Leave me a comment so I can learn your “pursonality”.
The days are getting shorter and the nights a little colder. That means Fall has arrived in the northeast.
I was perusing Pinterest for some inspiration for fall outfits when I discovered a plethora of designer ready-to-wear collections in the most magnificent colors!
I can’t wait to hear what you have to say about these!
First is this flowing dress by Chloe. The falling leaves print on a creamy background make this an ideal dress. Dress it up with heels. Or wear it with a turtleneck underneath mimicking the color of the leaves and matching tights for a more casual look.
This next outfit is from Fendi. Neutrals go a long way. Add a pop of color with a russet colored bag and matching calf length boots.
Dressing doesn’t get much easier than this look by Hermes! Match a comfy turtleneck sweater to a plaid skirt. So chic! Add a long pendent necklace and maybe a beret to up the ante.
Animal prints, leopard and snakeskin, were all over the runways. Here is a terrific way to add them to your wardrobe as seen at the Jacquemus show. Love how the colors compliment one another!!!
Celine dresses it down in a streamlined outfit of skinny jeans with longer knee length boots and a girlie blouse. A long duster elevates the look.
Oscar de la Renta paired a bold colored wrapped blouse to a loose fitted plaid trouser. I like this vintage vibe.
I’m a believer in a statement coat. The bolder, the better. Oscar de la Renta featured this beauty on the runway. When choosing a statement coat, look for one with minimal details. Your coat is the focal point so wear it with complimentary colors .
I have to admit that at first I was not on board with this trend. I just couldn’t picture myself wearing snakeskin printed clothing. Not that there is anything wrong with it. I am just not that bold.
Instead I started to find more subtle ways to wear this trend. One of my favorite ways to try something I’m not sure I’m going to “love” is via accessories.
There are so many fun ways to incorporate this print into your wardrobe. Think belts, shoes, jewelry, or a scarf.
I found some great pieces in my hunt that I’m excited to share with you like these booties. These are the Howwi bootie I spotted on DSW.com. A great walking shoe at an affordable price point of $49.99.
Previously in the winter of 2018, the color authorities at Pantone announced Living Coral as the color of 2019.
So what’s so special about this vibrant shade of orange? One only needs to look at this bold color to feel energized. It brings a certain lightness with it.
Those at the Color Institute said of Living Coral that it symbolizes
our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression.
Those who know me know what an optimist I am and so I am embracing this beautiful color.
This color may seem intimidating to some, but I believe this warm color will look lovely on all skin types.
Below are some style boards I created to give you some inspiration when choosing Living Coral.
For the Trend Setter . If you are long legged and short waisted, this is a look for you. Think Victoria Beckham. A column of color keeps the eye moving & creates a long silhouette. I chose to pair it with golden yellow accessories.
For the Romantic… I repeated the above color combination. A petite would look stunning in this feminine peplum blouse with bowed & sleeves. Add a swinging pair of shorts & chunky heeled sandals to the mix. Because the top is the showpiece, keep your accessories to a minimum.
If coral is too shocking for you, I would suggest trying it in small doses to see if it’s right for you. The make up industry has really embraced this color featuring new eyeshadow pallets, lipsticks and nail lacquers.
You may also wish to try it in your accessories…a pretty printed scarf, a fun bag, or beaded jewelry. The choice is yours.
What do you think about Living Coral? Would you try it and if so how? Please leave a comment below to share your thoughts.
Sorry I was away for such a very long time. You know how sometimes you have a mental block and before you know it time has completely gotten away from you? Well…That’s me. Lol!
Because I was having a mental block, I headed over to my favorite place to find inspiration, Pinterest. There I found some truly amazing outfits to help you look chic while staying cozy this fall. Without further ado…
The Bardot sweater may never go out of style. Wear it with jeans and boots for a casual afternoon jaunt to the library. What’s better than a cozy evening in with a good book or movie?
Neutrals can go miles in your wardrobe! Although this nicely layered outfit is made up of neutrals, there is a good mix of textures and whisper pink which helps keep it interesting. Quick tip: Always wear your sunnies in the fall and winter when the sun is closest to the earth.
A bright fall colored sweater adds pizzazz to basic denim. I like the long tunic style sweaters worn over skinny jeans. Slip on a pair of flat heeled boots and a fun scarf and it’s casual weekend wear.
Teal is so perfect for any time of the year. This rich tone that marries well with the many shades brown. I like the whimsy of the peacock feather earrings and plaid scarf in this set.
Remember that chambray shirt you couldn’t get enough of? It gets new life when worn under a sweater. An unexpected statement necklace in place of a scarf keeps this outfit fresh. *Note the animal print flats*
Loving this nature inspired look. I love long hikes through the woods, especially this time of the year when the leaves are turning their gorgeous colors and softly crunching underfoot. You can take that feeling along with you by pairing a colorful sweater, jeans and a pair of hiking style boots.
Flannels are still hot. Layer them over tees and tanks to keep you cozy. Add skinny jeans with boot socks and leave your shirt untucked or wear high waisted jeans and tie up your flannel.
Lastly, a light sweater in a rich tone worn with jeans, an animal print coat and simple jewelry. So chic!!
There are so many great sets on Pinterest to give you inspiration on how to style your own wardrobe. All of these came from Pinterest and I claim no ownership to them. I will share some of my own style boards in a future post.
Which look is your favorite? Leave me a comment below.
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.
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.