Blooming Dahlia

Hello beautiful!!

Have you ever crafted an inspiration board? Then you know it’s all about gathering items to create a theme. Today I’d like to share some boards inspired by a lovely dusty peach called Blooming Dahlia. The color experts at Pantone named it the Spring color of 2018.

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I love this color because it reminds me of the gentleness of sunset, the beauty of a seashell….it is wistful and warming.

This color looks lovely with cream, dusty rose, mint, teal and turquoise like shown below.

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Fashion follows trend setters like Pantone. The true beauty of this color is that it works well with all skin types.

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This flowing tunic top by Suzanne Betro can be worn from spring through winter. In summer, wear with cropped pants & beaded sandals. In fall, toss it on with jeans and brown booties. For the holidays wear it with winter white slacks, rose gold heels and faux fur. Shop this look here: Zulily

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Blooming Dahlia looks amazing used in accessories too like these delicate leather  earrings by Unruly Earring Bar. Shop here Unruly Earring Bar

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Blooming Dahlia looks lovely in home decor as well. Wouldn’t it be smashing on a focal wall?!

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These frilly curtains add an air of wistfulness to a guest room.

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Dragonflies grace this beautiful area rug by Liora Mann. This would look delightful in a sunroom or on a patio. Order yours here: Rugs Direct

Blooming Dahlia is by far one of my favorite colors.

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Do you like Blooming Dahlia? How would you use this color? Please share in the comments section below.

Love,

Debra

All photos were found online via  Pinterest, Rugs Direct, Unruly Earring Bar and Zulily. The ruffled lily photo is my own.

Gingham Trend

Hello beautiful!

I hope the sun is shining where you live. It’s kissing my shoulder as I write this.

I have always loved gingham. My mom used to sew clothes for me and my sister when we were little girls and it was always a treat to go to the fabric store and look ( and touch!!) all the different materials. I remember admiring the pink and white gingham ( I have always been a girly girl) and hoping mom would make a Sunday dress for me.

So it should come as no surprise that I am excited for about this trend. But honestly, gingham a trend? I don’t think so. It’s always a sign of spring… of rebirth & fresh air, tiny little sprouts popping up out of the earth after a long winter’s nap. Don’t you think?

Gingham will forever be spring time. I get inspiration from so many places when it comes to wearing colors and trends. Here are a few of my favorites from the internet and Pinterest.

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I love the cut of this gorgeous dress above reminiscent of a bygone era. Although it is form fitting , the gingham print keeps it from being overly sexy. This would be pretty to wear to a spring wedding paired with some kitten heels.

On the runway Sonia Rykiel showed this short skater style skirt for Spring 2018. I would wear this with a red tee and matching Keds to hang out with friends.

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One of my favorite ways to wear gingham is in the form of a great pair of shorts. Look how Lana Del Ray jazzed up her gingham shorts here with an long blazer. So fun!

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I also get inspiration from bloggers like this beauty, Elsie, from Polished Whimsy. This color combination is stunning! And the mix of textures and prints is so now. Elsie is just full of wonderful style ideas that you can wear to work. Check out more of her style here: Polished Whimsy

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Still afraid to try gingham? This trend need not be out of your price range. I found this sweet gingham romper by Forever 21.

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What do you think of this trend?  Please share in the comments section below how you would wear this trend.

Photo sources: Pinterest, Forever 21 and Polished Whimsy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Velvet’s Touch

Hello lovelies,

As I perused the September issue of In Style, I realized that many of the trends we see each fall season are nothing but updated versions of themselves year after year. So are they trends or are they classics? I will let you decide for yourselves.

One of my personal favorite “trends” this fall is velvet. Seriously, can anyone resist the touch of velvet? It’s moody, bohemian vibe speaks to my soul. I love its warmth and versatility. It’s rich texture can be added in many ways from fashion to home decor.

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Add a touch of the orient with a velvet coat like this stunner from Ali Express.  They sell many affordable pieces that won’t break the bank.

 

Accessorize! Add a pop of fall color with this trend via blocked heels or a mini clutch bag.

 

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Romanticize. Elie Saab, the KING of Couture…at least as far as I am concerned… knows just how to manipulate velvet to bring out its rich luster. Oh to be his muse!!

Velvet in the home is elegant. Think of plush pillows or furniture. Randi Garrett shares how to incorporate this look on her website Randi Garrett Design. 

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Please read this article by Randi on how to incorporate velvet into your fall decor. She even adds links to featured products to make shopping for the desired look easier.

 

Velvet furniture need not be intimidating. It lends an air to taste and individuality. There are many new pieces to be found,  but I find myself drawn to vintage furniture like these gorgeous velvet chairs and stool from the 1950s.

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Whatever your taste, there is an abundance of ways to bring this trend into the season. Feel free to add a comment below and share how you will add velvet this season.