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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

What I'm Wearing: Yellow + Turquoise!

I use to be so afraid of color.  My entire wardrobe consisted of black, grey and white/ivory.  I even wore French tip nails for YEARS because I wouldn't dare wear "color" on my hands.  It feels good to step outside of my comfort zone.

Today was a very full day.  I had so much today.  This picture was taken around 7 pm.  I love the fact that these pants held up all day without showing a lot of wrinkles from sitting and driving.  
I'm loving bright color blocking. I'm so glad that this trend is carrying over into spring.  Had it not, I'd be doing it anyway.  It just makes sense!  These colors of bright yellow and turquoise/peacock blue make me feel as though I'm willing spring to arrive as soon as possible.  
I added other bright colors too with an orange studded bracelet and Peony pink polish.
Since I represented so much color with my clothing and accessories, I decided to go with a "nude" shoe.
Wearing:  sweater: J. Crew; belt:  Anne Klein; pants:  Vogue 8774; shoes: Steve Madden

Saturday, January 28, 2012

What I'm Wearing | Cardi wrap + Maxi

 Today was a beautiful sunny, crisp day!  This is what I wore to hang out and run errands with the family.

This cardi wrap is Simplicity 2603.  It's been a favorite of mine since I made it in Fall 2010.  The fabric is a Sonia Rykiel sweater knit that came with a hefty price tag.  Considering it doesn't have a single pill on it and I wash and dry it on the regular, it was a worthy investment.  

The bracelet is from Aldo Shoes; "I'm Fly" ring from Melody Ehsani Jewelry: belt from The Limited; nail color is Parisian Beauty Brights in "Poppy" from Belk.

Dress, Arden B.; boots, BCBG; hat, Lands' End.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Vogue Patterns - Spring 2012 Collection

I love the shape of this dress and the straps are just visually interesting.
These separate hold many possibilities for me.  This will probably be the first pattern I'll buy and make from this collection.
I love Tracy Reese!  And this is a great dress that can go from regular everyday to the office.
I love this dress.  I would probably make this in a sturdy ponte knit.  And mine would be knee-length.  If I'm showing that amount of skin on top, it needs to be in a "modest" length.
This is a really cute dress that can be made in silk crepe or lightweight jersey.  If I made it in the silk, I'd make the slip.  If I used jersey, I doubt I'd need it.
I love this!  Depending on the fabric, this dress can go from cocktails to the beach!
If I need a cocktail dress for spring/summer, this one will be it!  Just gorgeous!
Just a cute and flowy top to have.
There is just something so dramatic about this jacket that I love.  I'd want to make it in white as well.
 8791 - I love the uneven hem.  I think I'd like the sleeveless version.
8797 - This really has the potential to be a great shirt dress.  I would make it in a trendy spring bright color and exaggerate the "high-low" hemline by making the back a little longer.

Do you guys like any of the new collection?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

What I'm Wearing | White after Labor Day!

"No white jeans after Labor Day?  Who are you, my grandmother?  I'll wear white jeans whenever I want!"  (That Tide commercial cracks me up!)
ESPECIALLY when it's 75 degrees in the middle of January!  
I always talk about the crazy weather we have here often.  Because from day-to-day, you never know what you're going to get.  Just like it was in the mid-70s today, it can rain tomorrow and the temp can drop to 30 degrees.  Then we could have snow the next day.  
I was raised to abide by the fashion rule of "No white after Labor Day" and not until Memorial Day.  In my opinion, it's no longer a faux pas, especially when you live in a warmer climate.  It just makes sense to dress for the weather and not the season.
I'm actually looking forward to a few more weeks of real winter weather.  I still have a coat I want to make!

Wearing:  shirt: Butterick 5526; jeans: NYDJ in 'Optic'; shoes: blue suede ankle strap wedges from Lotus Boutique; bag: old and silver accessories.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Inspired by Pinterest: Primary colors!

When I saw this look on Tumblr, I knew I had all of the components (except the cute striped clutch) in my closet.  So I pinned it as a reminder.

It was chilly this morning and 70 degrees by this afternoon.  Perfect outfit for layering.
Jacket:  Vogue 8480 (I changed the covered buttons to gold buttons).

Saturday, January 21, 2012

What I'm Wearing | Tweed + Crocheted Lace

This is another Date Night look!  We went to see Red Tails and it was EXCELLENT!  I highly recommend it!
It was rainy today, so it created a warm and humid night.  I wanted to look winter-appropriate but cool at the same time.  So I pulled out one of my all time favorite projects:  my crocheted lace dress**.  This dress is 6 1/2 years old and I protect it like an heirloom!  It's great and it will flow right into this Spring's "romantic" trend.
**I'm not sure if this pattern can be found since it's so old. Here is the  link to the pattern:  Lily M. Chin Lace Dress. And no, I didn't line it, I'm wearing a slip underneath.

I topped it off with my tweed back bustle riding jacket that was inspired by Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall 2009 collection.
The back of this jacket has always been my favorite aspect.  It's a great "walk away" look.  
Wearing:  jacket: Vogue 8679; Dress: hand crocheted lace dress; boots: Sam Edelman; bag: Urban Outfitters; belt: no name (old).

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

What I'm Wearing | Denim on denim + tweed

Today, it was pretty chilly.  It was in the mid to high 40s, but that's chilly for the Deep South.  But I'm afflicted by a condition that leaves me with the inability to drive in a coat.  So if I'm just going somewhere that I can park and dash in, a blazer it is!  One of the benefits of living in a driving city.
Have I told you guys how much I love me some Isabella!  She is such a joy.  I get to keep her most of the day on Mondays and Wednesdays.  And I plan on spoiling her rotten.  She's "Mimi's pretty girl"!  As soon as she gets a little bigger, I'm going to make her a pretty little dress.  Probably around Easter.
I've been loving the denim on denim trend since the beginning of Fall.  I feel as long as the pieces are different shades, it's trendy and not a fashion faux pas.  
And since I needed a jacket, I decided to top the look off with my tweed jacket.
The back of this jacket has always been my favorite detail.
Bracelets:  ASOS.com and Target.  Rings: Forever 21 and Silver Lining Boutique

 Wearing the "Viola" nail polish from the Parisian Polish collection.  Such a great shade of blue.

Wearing:  Jacket:  Vogue 8601; shirt: DKNY; jeans: Jalie 2908; boots: Lauren Ralph Lauren; bag: Urban Outfitters; belt: Michael Kors.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Review: McCall's 6436 | Button front shirt

Date Night Look!

This is McCall's 6436, view D.  The description says: Loose fitting, front and back darts and front band. View D: Collar, collar band and pleated two piece sleeve.    
The most awesome thing about this pattern is that it's sized based on bra cup size.  I used the size 14 and the D cup.  Ladies, you know what that means, don't you?  No FBAs!  And it has horizontal bust darts that I prefer.
I didn't have to lengthen because I made this shirt with the intention of wearing it tucked with this high-waist skirt.  And when I wear it with pants, it'll be untucked.  I found this fabric at Hancock.  It's a pink and black gingham shantung.  It's a poly, but I think it's great.  I'm not even a pink kinda girl, but this fabric called out to me.
And I also found the sleeves to be the right length even though I'm wearing them rolled up.  Notice that I used a black silk dupioni for the cuffs.  This was unintentional.  I didn't buy enough fabric to allow for matching the pattern and ran out.  When I returned to the store, of course it was no where to be found.  There was no way I was scrapping this project, so I just went with black.  It was a "Tim Gunn/Make it work!" moment.  I didn't use the instructions at all, so I can't tell you anything about them.  I've made quite a few button front shirts, so I just went for it.
Wearing:  skirt: ASOS; shoes: Steve Madden; bag: Urban Expressions; Belt: Calvin Klein (old); Cape: Vogue 2924

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Spring 2012 Beauty Products | Gorgeous!

And that's how Belk describes beauty for spring.

Here are some of the great products that the cosmetics experts at Belk have selected (and were gifted to those of us attending their Spring presentation):

StriVectin-EV™ Get Even Brightening Serum- StriVectin-EV™ bring a highly potent, quick
absorbing all-over face serum for mild to moderate age spots, sun spots and dark spots, it
brightens dull skin tones and visibly diminishes spots for clearer, brighter, younger-looking skin.
Non-comedogenic and paraben-free. 1.7 oz., $89.00

Clarins NEW Extra-Firming Day Cream- Clarins revolutionizes the face of firming with
lifted, toned skin in just 4 weeks. This revolutionary anti-aging treatment, with powerful plant
extracts, rebuilds the bonds between collagen, elastin and cells- strengthening skin's architecture
to firm and tone on every level. 1.7 oz., $80.00. Available in March.

Estée Lauder ANR 30 Year Anniversary Bottle- The revolutionary repair serum inspired by
groundbreaking DNA research in a limited-edition 30th Anniversary bottle. Use this age-defying
serum every day and help continuously repair the appearance of past damage caused by every
major environmental assault. Exclusive Chronolux™ Technology synchronizes to skin's needs
to help support the optimal performance of its natural repair and protective processes. Now see
younger, healthier looking skin today and tomorrow. 1.0 oz., $52.00; 1.7 oz., $80.00

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Premiere Intense Moisture and Renewal Activation Cream
SPF 30- This rich, replenishing day cream provides intense moisture as it renews and helps
protect from future aging signs. It immediately comforts, deeply nourishes, activates cell
metabolism and protein generation while protecting from sun damage. It is clinically proven to
provide intense hydration and optimize surface cell turnover to improve the appearance of age
spots, discolorations and overall radiance using our patented retinyl complex. It also strengthens,
firms and retexturizes skin and provides key nutrients to fortify thin, fragile skin. 1.7 oz., $92.00

Biltmore Bath and Body 20 percent Shea Hand Cream - A super-emollient hand cream
consisting of 20 percent Shea Butter, sunflower seed oil, and sweet almond oil is blended with a
faint but alluring hint of vanilla. Dense and pleasing, this cream absorbs easily, is non-greasy, and
helps to heal and protect dry or dehydrated skin. This formula rejuvenates even the roughest
hands to a soft and smooth finish and is paraben and fragrance free. 1.0 oz., $8.00

Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator - This rich cream-gel moisturizer
quickly delivers maximum hydration to dry, delicate skin and is oil free and non-acnegenic,
which makes it suitable for all skin types. Barrier repair technology leaves skin comfortable and
plumped 8, 12 and even 24 hours after application. Used over time skin will feel suppler, be less
reactive and it will look younger. The product has amazing texture and delivers instant hydration
when applied. 1.0 oz., $36.00

Lancôme Absolue Precious Cells Eye Creme-This cream brings the ultimate in skincare that
addresses UV and lifestyle damage. It helps restore density, reduce wrinkles and regenerates
radiance in the eye area. 0.5 oz., $108.00

“Big Pony” by Ralph Lauren- “Big Pony” rides onto the scene in four amazing scents. All
four colorful fragrances are bright, playful and energizing, and set upon a floral backdrop, yet
each expresses a clear point of view. Based on a duo of ingredients, each fragrance pops with a
unique accent of Citrus, Fruit, Green or Oriental to establish a clear identity with a distinctive
 #1 The Sporty Fragrance. Catch her if you can. This Floral Citrus scent features
Grapefruit & Blue Lotus for a vibrant, energetic fragrance that evokes confidence and energy while awakening the senses. Confident and fearless, the sporty woman is a natural
born leader and ready to take on the world.

#2 The Sensual Fragrance. A Floriental Fruity with the key ingredients of Cranberry &
Tonka Mousse, this fragrance is for an alluring flirt with a romantic spirit. Playful and
irresistible, this modern woman follows her heart…and she just might break yours.

#3 The Free-Spirited Fragrance. Eccentric, rebellious and independent, this Floral Green
fragrance highlights Pear & Mimosa. The crisp, bright scent represents ultimate optimism
and natural feminine radiance for a woman who dances to the beat of her own drum.

#4 The Stylish Fragrance. Edgy and refined, with a flair for the exotic, this Oriental Floral
contains key ingredients of Wild Cherry & Purple Amber. Designed for the stylish woman,
that catches the eye and imagination of anyone who crosses her path.
1.0 oz., $40.00; 1.7 oz., $55.00; 3.4 oz., $70.00; 4.2 oz., $23.00

Parisian Beauty Brights 5 Piece Nail Polish Set- Vibrant, trendy, and fun! This collection of
must-have brights features a salon quality formula that is always in style. This polish provides
flawless coverage, shine and durability. For best results, apply a base coat before applying color
and a quality top coat for a nice finish. Comes in the colors: Zinnia, Daffodil, Poppy, Viola,
Peony. Set, $20.00

Benefit Hervana Powder- Seeking a flush of enlightenment? Swirl on hervana… our “good
karma” face powder! Four complementary shades—lucky shell, divine peach, heavenly rose & berry
delight—blend together perfectly for an orchid blossom blush. What goes around comes around!
0.28 oz., $28.00

I'm going to try all of these products out and I'll be letting you know what works for me and which ones didn't.

Friday, January 13, 2012

What I'm Wearing: Red, yellow and a touch of leopard print!

I'm still in love with color blocking and I can't see that love affair waning anytime soon.  I plan to carry it right over into spring!
My red pants have become one of my most favorite clothing items this season.  I make it a priority to wear them at least once a week.  
Sam Edelman pumps last seen here.

And you know I'm completely obsessed with all things leopard.  It's an illness that I'm not seeking recovery.
Do you all remember this jacket?  It's McCall's 6207.  I usually wear it with jeans, but this time I decided to pair it with these pants.  I hate driving in a coat and this blazer was perfect to layer over a sweater without being cumbersome.