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!

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Sparkle and Shine for New Year’s Eve

If you’ve ever felt like wearing sequins and other embellishments, here’s your chance! Even the most casual outfit can have a little bit of that extra pizzazz for New Year’s Eve!

Try this if you want all out sequins….

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This Parker ‘Lucas’ sheer embellished top found at Nordstrom is the perfect thing to wear to a New Year’s Eve party! You can dress it down with your favorite jeans or leather pants, or you can dress it up with silk tuxedo pants. Add a black or nude cami for more coverage.

Never worn a jumpsuit before? There’s no better time! Jumpsuits are right on trend and perfect for a party! Bloomingdale’s is the place to find this gorgeous black silk blend Rebecca Minkoff Hayley textured jumpsuit.

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Are you going fancy and formal? Then try this dress from Von Maur for head to toe sparkle and glam! It’s Adrianna Papell and has a beaded cutout back.

Pappell beaded

If you’re spending just a casual New Year’s Eve gathering with a group of friends but would still like to wear something a little more special than your usual sweater, look for this cozy DKNY embellished sweater at Neiman’s.

DKNY Embellished sweater

 

Remember, if sequins and sparkles aren’t your thing, you can add other details like patent pumps, flats or a special clutch bag. This floral embellished Tory Burch clutch is so special you’d be able to pull it off with an outfit of jeans and a simple solid or striped shirt…the whole look would be amazing!

 

Tory embellished clutch

Have FUN and have a Safe, Happy and Healthy 2016!

 

 

What to wear to your company party?

The holiday season is here and many people will be attending the annual company holiday party. Now is a great time to put your outfit together so there’s no need to stress the day of the event.

First, think of the basis for your outfit. If you’ll be going straight from work, focus on accessories for your party inspiration. Ditch your blazer or cardigan for the special top underneath, and add a sparkly necklace, belt or earrings and great looking heels… you’re ready to go! This top from Ann Taylor is work appropriate, probably not something you’d wear on a regular day but perfect for a special event.

Ann taylor navy lace top

Switch out your every day plain pumps or flats and slip into something more festive like these platform sandals from Stuart Weitzman at Bloomingdale’s.

Stuart Weitzman

If the company party isn’t a work day then dress in something special but appropriate for socializing with your coworkers…. this is not the time to show cleveage, wear a super short skirt or something that’s a little too revealing. This gorgeous sheath dress from Chiara Boni La Petite Robe available at Nordstrom is perfect for holiday events.

La Petite Robe

Throw on a wrap for warmth and add a small clutch (not your every day handbag) like this metallic bag by Diane Von Furstenberg available at Neiman’s and you’re all ready to head off to the party looking festive, fun and appropriately dressed to celebrate with your co-workers.

Diane Von Furstenberg clutch Neiman Marcus

 

 

 

 

The 60’s are Back!!!

What’s NEW This FALL?

What could be more fun AND classic than the 60’s? Jump into the trend with fringe, suede, leather, Shearling and a mix of textures and layers. Think hippie chic or Jackie Kennedy.

Tory Burch fringe suede

This Tory Burch bag might be just what you need to give you a fun new 60’s vibe. It can be hippie casual or sporty equestrian.

michael kors pearl flat

Try these OH SO CLASSIC Michael Kors flats to channel your best Jackie O style…

zara bow tie blouse

and Fall is all about layers, so the bow tie blouse from Zara is perfect for the office or a night on the town under this textured and perforated leather jacket from NeimanMarcus. Wear it with a pencil skirt at the office and then with skinny jeans and boots later. There’s a classic combo for your Fall escapades….dinner dates, cocktails with friends, football watching, marshmallow roasting … you’ve got the idea!

neiman marcus perf. leather jacket

Be My Valentine

Valentine’s Day is around the corner…

Do you have a hot date with your honey? Follow these suggestions to make your life easier!

White House Black Market has a “very berry” sheath dress…

…and at Dillard’s you’ll find this beautiful magenta one shoulder BCBG dress on sale right now!

 

Bloomingdales’s carries a “wear anywhere” tulip colored Anne Klein swing dress with three quarter sleeves and….

Tadashi makes figure flattering dresses like the claret colored off the shoulder number from Nordstrom.

 

How about a red hot lace Valentine’s dress….by Nicole Miller from Nordstrom too.

 

Or, you could also go more comfortable and fun with the watermelon print Ali Ro dropped waist knit dress from Neiman Marcus.

 

So many choices…..have fun! Have HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY and let me know if you need help finding the perfect dress style for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Polished Peplum

PEPLUM is BACK!

The modern take on the peplum style is super flattering on most body types. This style has been around and back again, starting with the 40’s, then the 80’s and is a huge trend again for 2012. This extra flounce of fabric has been added to tops and jackets, skirts, dresses and high waisted pants…even hemlines.

Here’s Charlize Theron in a classic red Lanvin peplum dress for the MTV Movie Awards back in June,

and Emma Stone at the same event in a dramatic black peplum top. While Emma is wearing a fuller skirt, its generally best to have a fitted silhouette on the bottom by wearing slim pants or a pencil skirt.

If you’re looking for a top with that extra ruffle try this cozy cashmere sweater from Bloomingdale’s which could be casual or dressy.

Another great peplum top, this one for plus sized women made in a metallic fabric by Alfani for Macy’s.…is perfect for the holidays!

And, a fantastic skirt that’ll make you want to wear peplum is this Alice + Olivia pencil skirt from Neiman Marcus. Pair it with a fitted blouse for an office party or dinner date.

Curious to know more about Peplum? Here’s a tiny little history lesson…..http://fashionandhistory.wordpress.com/2012/01/07/the-frilly-tale-of-the-peplum/

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU!!!