Chambray is Everywhere

What’s “Chambray” anyway? You hear it all the time but just what does the word “Chambray” mean and what’s the difference between that and denim? According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, Chambray is- “a lightweight clothing fabric with colored warp and white filling yarns.” and denim is ”  a firm durable twilled usually cotton fabric woven with colored warp and white filling threads.” Ok, that seems confusing but the real difference is the weight of the fabric. Denim is a heavier weight while chambray is much lighter and versatile. Chambray shirts, skirts, and dresses or even shoes are made by just about every brand!

This off the shoulder top from Alice + Olivia from Neiman Marcus would be delightful on a hot summer day! Pair it with your white jeans or tuck into your favorite skirt or shorts.J. Crew has a chambray version of their J. Crew Regent Blazer and it’s available in regular sizes as well as petites. This jacket can take you from the office to a date night. It can be worn over a dress, or with pants or a skirt. You can even wear it with jeans as long as the denim wash is substantially darker or lighter than the jacket.j. crew jacketCropped ankles pants are a great option to wear with heels and flats! The Banana Republic Sloan fit slim ankle pants in chambray are available in regular, petite and tall sizes.Banana Sloan PantAnd just for fun, try this Calypso St. Barth chambray top with beading, hand embroidery and tasseled neck ties. Wear it with white denim on your summer vacation.Calypso St Barth chambrayIf you’re looking for a chambray dress, this one’s super soft and relaxed. Made by KUT from the Kloth, it would be a great year round staple worn with tights, boots and under a jacket in the Fall or with flat sandals, a bright beaded necklace and a straw bag in the summer. Switch out the self belt with a leather belt of your own to give it a little more personality.

chambray dressMix chambray into your wardrobe for lots of great new outfits for work or days off! You just might be tempted to slip on these comfy Cole Haan Pinch Chambray Weekender Loafers to run your errands!

cole haan

 

 

Spring in your Step!

Are you going to an outdoor concert and looking for fun Spring shoes? Hop on the bootie trend with a lighter style like these laser cut leather open toe “Emmie” booties from Sam Edelman. Try rolling or scrunching up your jean leg to show a little ankle above the boot and pair with your favorite kimono. Or you can wear them with cropped pants, dresses, skirts and shorts… they’re super versatile. They come in white, black and nude on the Sam Edelman site.

white spring summer bootie

How about an espadrille to make you feel all Spring stylish? This Michael Kors “Darci” lace up wedge might be just what you’re looking for. And, it’s available in denim… such a huge trend for Spring! Also available in black and natural colors at Macy’s.

Michael Kors denim

Are you attending a wedding and need the perfect party shoe? The Ivanka Trump “Hera” electric blue suede lace up sandals will add the perfect pop of color to your outfit! They’d look fabulous with your skinny white jeans too! They can be found at Nordstrom and also available in taupe suede.

Ivanka trump blue sandal

Need something with just a hint of heel for shopping around town or a lunch date? Block style heels are a big hit and this shoe, also by Sam Edelman, called the “Trixie” is safari inspired with snake-embossing and metallic trim. It’s available at Bloomingdale’s.

Sam Edelman

Or, go gladiator style in these “Tany” sandals from Vince Camuto in a super neutral lace-up style. The nude color will make your legs look longer and will be perfect with all your favorite Spring outfits! They’re on the Vince Camuto site and also available in black and red. There are so many cute shoes in style, it’s hard to choose just one… ok maybe two or three!

Vince glad

 

 

 

 

 

Eyewear- What’s In – 2016?

Are you in search of new shades or prescription glasses this Spring? They can be a fun fashion accessory to add extra pizzazz to your look throughout the year. If you’ve always worn the same style, chances are good that its time to switch it up! One of the new trends for Spring are translucent acrylic frames, especially in shades of soft blues, greys, and pinks….think “Pantone colors of the year Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue.” This glamorous pink acrylic pair of designer frames is made by Dior… so stylish!

Also new for Spring are soft brushed metals like this sassy pair of matte black aviators with grey lenses from Gucci.

This year, women and men can find eyewear with natural elements of real or faux wood and bamboo accents like this pair from Gucci.

For the man in your life, the RayBan Clubmaster is available for the first time in real wood!

Ray Ban sunglasses

Aviators are always classic for both men and women, but ladies if you want to try something new, you’ll find butterfly shapes or super mod exaggerated cat eye frames like this two-toned pair from Stella McCartney.

Stella McCartney

Not sure which style’s best for you? Check out a site like glasses.com where you can “virtually” try on every pair! Also helpful for prescription glasses might be the LensCrafters site. It matches face shapes with the best frame styles.

 

Spring TIPS and TRENDS

Here’s a great question….. has it finally quit raining??? We should actually start having beautiful Spring-time weather. So…..what’s new for Spring?

One of the biggest trends for Spring is clean and crisp STRIPES! Stripes are everywhere and on everything this season! Narrow stripes are more flattering on most people than a bold stripe which can be a trickier option. Treat a two tone contrast stripe like this jacket from Dillard’s as a neutral and wear with any other solid color, or a print if you’re adventurous!

Another trend for Spring is a black and white color combo. It’s found in clothes, accessories, and shoes like these pumps by Ivanka Trump available at Nordstrom.

Floral prints are springing up on jeans, jackets and tops….even headbands like this tropical style and lots of other super cute “Turband’s” s from cultgaia.com which look great mostly on younger ladies!

Metallic studs, lace and laser cut-outs are popular trends and can make your outfit look new! Gold studs on this Michael Kors small shoulder bag from Macy’s are a perfect accent and transform even a simple outfit.

Add a new top with laser cuts from Tibi to your Spring wardrobe for a modern twist. Wear it with jeans for a night out with the girls or with a skirt for the office. Layer on a jacket for those cool Spring mornings and nights!

Have FUN this SPRING and just try something a little bit different than you always wear. You might like it!

Consider skinny jeans…

SKINNY JEANS are EVERYWHERE!

The SKINNY denim look keeps going strong! There are so many denim brands to choose from in all price ranges so it’s hard to know where to start and what to look for! Are premium denim jeans worth the price? You CAN find skinny (or straight leg) jeans to fit your shape!

People Magazine Style Watch 2012 winner’s Levi’s Modern Rise Bold Curvy Skinny jeans might be just what your curves need and the dark wash is slimming too.

Also a Style Watch award winner in the “boyish” category is the Gap 1969 Always Skinny jeans.

To improve shape retention, premium brands are made with specialized fabric blends of cotton, polyester, Lycra, spandex, etc… the list goes on. Added extra’s … hidden pockets and forward side seams are common, as well as other special features like you’ll find in the Paige skinnies (my personal favorites) available at Bloomingdale’s.

The rear pockets are very subtly asymmetrical for a flattering look and the dark wash is without whiskering or shading to help you appear longer and leaner.

If you prefer a straight leg jean, the DL 1961 “Kate” style was another Style Watch 2012 award winner, considered universally flattering and can be found at Nordstom and Von Maur.

Plus sized Lucky Brand “Ginger” skinny jeans are available in a dark wash and other colors, and are sold at Macy’s. 

Petite and Tall ladies will find many choices on the Lucky Brand website, and in Gap Stores.

You may decide skinny denim isn’t for you, but these are great options to try! Skinny or straight leg jeans are perfect with flats, heels, tucked into boots this winter or with sandals in the summer…..ahhhh, can’t wait for that!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Accessories du jour

ACCESSORIES will JAZZ up your same “old” clothes!!!

Are you on a budget and need to keep wearing the clothes you already own? We all know how that feels! You want to look fresh and on top of the current style though right? Well, the best way to give your wardrobe an immediate update is to add some cool new accessories…. just a few that can be worn with many outfits.

I loved the necklace Emily wore on the final night of “The Bachelorette!” Even Arie complimented Emily on the necklace before she told him adios! It’s made by Robyn Rhodes and can be ordered online. She makes lots of other fantastic pieces too.

Also by Robyn Rhodes is this turquoise and leaf style necklace. While I’ll admit these two necklaces aren’t super cheap, they would add tons of flair to an otherwise ordinary outfit! Also, check out accessories at TargetH & M, and Forever 21 for inexpensive options.

Here’s Blake Lively, of “Gossip Girl” fame in a gorgeous black glass collar necklace by Roman & Sunstone. It will add plenty of texture and the color will always be in style! Kind of expensive, but you might think it’s worth it!

Adding a new bag can “up” your style……….Charming Charlie carries a whole smorgasbord of color and texture, from plain to patterned. They have all other types of accessories….. shoes, scarves and jewelry….the works! Add a splash of color to your look with a satchel like this red one. It’ll be hard to walk out of Charming Charlie empty handed!

Sequins can be found on everything these days so if you want to give your “old” clothes a boost, throw on a sequined accessory like this pretty blue scarf from NordstromAdding a scarf can help you transition a Summer outfit into a Fall style and won’t kill your budget!

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The Olympics are Coming!

As the Olivia Newton-John song goes……….Let’s Get Physical!!!

World class athletes will be competing for a gold medal in the London Olympics and the Opening Ceremony will be held Friday, July 27th. Now is the perfect time to think about our own fitness and our work out clothes! Exercise is a great way to make new friends, keep up with the ones you already have, or spend time with that special person in your life. Whether you’re playing tennis, golf, or going to the gym, feeling comfortable and confident in your clothes is a great morale boost!

Stella McCartney has been designing tennis clothes for Adidas which are available at Tennis Warehouse online. Love the bold color blocked designs! The shipping is free with a $75 purchase. Stella McCartney is the designer for Britain’s Olympic Athlete’s uniforms and has dressed players at Wimbledon and the French Open.

If golf is your game, then a trip to PGA Tour Superstore will feel like you’ve arrived in golf heaven! The store carries tons of brands and styles so you’ll be sure to find the most flattering outfit for your body type! This “Blue Hills” skort is made by Calloway Golf.

 

Yoga and fitness fanatics of all types have an obsession with Athleta and Lululemon. Both have online sales and carry clothing for all types of activities. There is a Lululemon store at the Shops Around Lenox while Athleta is coming to Atlantic Station and the new Avalon in Alpharetta.

This turquoise tank from Athleta would be great for all sports or just to be comfortable around the house. For the hikers or outdoorsy types, REI near Perimeter Mall has what you need, like this very supportive sports bra. Remember, proper support can make you look 10 pounds lighter!!

And, who doesn’t want that?!!!    Do you have a favorite place to buy fitness clothes? Let me know!!!

GO TEAM USA!!!

 

 

 

 

Celebrate July 4th in Style

  •  It’s Time for Fireworks and Cookouts!

Atlanta is ready for a PARTY when July 4th comes around every summer. The Peachtree Road Race draws a massive crowd, and the BRAVES will be playing the Chicago Cubs at Turner Field. It’s another HOT summer in the ATL and time for some cool, comfortable clothes. Most stores will have great sales this month on their summer styles so now’s the time to hit the sale racks and stock up!

A colored twill skirt would be perfect for your summertime escapades like this one on sale from Nordstrom, available in eight colors; petite and plus size too!

Wear it with flip flops for a backyard BBQ and then with ballet flats and a lightweight jacket on “Casual Friday’s” at the office.

A comfy knit dress like this one from LOFT would be fun for a summer party, paired with wedges or flat sandals.

Linen is a classic fabric for summer; light and breathable.

 This white linen jacket from Talbot’s is super versatile and a great addition to any wardrobe! Wear it with shorts, jeans, skirts or dresses.

 Also from Talbot’s are these very patriotic red and white shorts which would be nice for a picnic in the park before the fireworks start! 

Need a tote to carry your stuff?! I found this navy and canvas tote at BCBG– on sale ….of course!                 HAVE A HAPPY 4th OF JULY Y’ALL!!!   HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!!!

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Lace is the It for Summer!

   You’ll find LACE On Everything!!!

Lace has been around for hundreds of years, but is more popular than ever before on clothes, shoes, bags, and accessories. There are lots of varieties of lace; eyelet, crochet, Battenburg, and many others. Designers from Zara and Anthropologie to Dior and Valentino have added it to their summer styles.

 How do you add LACE to your summer wardrobe?!! Keep the rest of your outfit simple and neutral and then add solid accessories to complete your look. Or, keep it super simple like Rachel McAdams seen here in a gorgeous black and nude lace dress.

You can be casual with LACE wearing a crocheted tunic like this one from Neiman Marcus, and it’s 30% off right now. Tory Burch.com. 

has this great top with crocheted sleeves coming soon.

Zara, in Lenox Mall has several lace pieces including a mini skirt shown here and a pencil skirt style more appropriate for the office. Want to add a little lace to your wardrobe but not a lot? A tank like this one from Macy’s might be the perfect style! Can’t get enough lace?!! This beautiful handmade eyelet leather wallet by Cleobella was featured in Instyle Magazine’s July edition. Gorgeous!!!

Summer is Here!

School’s Out and…. it’s Time for FUN in the SUN!!!

Chill out and relax a little….

it’s summer, so grab your bathing suit and head to the lake, the beach or the neighborhood pool! The May issue of LUCKY magazine features four swim suit trends for the summer…….

Tropical… like this fabric from one of my favorite bathing suit companies, Tara Grinna. Even OPRAH magazine has professed their LOVE for the company and this style specifically! Ok, they are not cheap but very well made, available in lots of styles and the fit is Fantastic! Tara Grinna has great options from bikinis to tankini’s that perfectly fit busty ladies.

Stripes… in this chic little bikini from J. Crew that’s available online only. Remember, wearing stripes in a suit (not this tiny bikini!) can magically define or camouflage, depending on the style and placement ….and who doesn’t want that?!!!

 

Digital Prints… are everywhere, like this bathing suit from Land’s End which can be found at Land’s End inside Sears stores. If you order on line or from the catalog, and it doesn’t work, you can return to the store and save the shipping fee.

There are lots of options so you can put together your best individualized style, whether it’s in regular, petite, plus size, long, mastectomy, even up to DDD cup!

 

Old Hollywood Glam… to accentuate your curves, go for a one piece swimdress with a ruched front panel that will give you a flattering fit like this La Blanca suit from Macy’s in a rich royal blue. You’ll feel self confident in the vacation photos. What a relief that is!!!

 

Now you’re in your fabulous swim suit and you’re looking for the perfect cover up, aren’t you? My last tip is another favorite, Barbara Gerwit tunics, sold online or in specialty stores. They are adorable, made in lots of fabrics and beautiful colors like this one with beading…. and worth every penny!

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