Friday, September 30, 2011

I Want This For Fall - Trend #5 Warm Neutrals

Here's the last trend in this week long series about what trends I am feeling for Fall!  This trend is not super specific, it's more about an overall color palette and feeling.  I know the buzz is all about color, color, color but I say put a pin in that until next Spring.  Or at least only use one major color in your outfit and ground it with the warm neutrals.  Use nature as your guide when mixing the neutrals (in fact look to nature as a guide whenever you are at a loss how to mix any colors), here are a couple of inspirational pictures:

Now before you think this is a total gloomfest of a palette, it doesn't have to be.  Pick the warmer neutrals (camel, gold, muted yellows, charcoal grey, mustard, mahogany brown, etc) and steer clear of the cooler neutrals (think of colors that conjure images of snow and ice).  Mix and match and make it fun.  Here are some examples I put together:

You can mix and match any of the above with ease.  The best part of this trend is that you can use your black or brown accessories that you already have with any of the looks.  It doesn't get easier.  Have fun!

I hope you enjoyed this trend series and I appreciate you stopping by!  Here's to a fashionable Fall! 

Don't forget that the latest "new-to-me" recipe is up on my Facebook page!  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

I Want This For Fall - Trend #4 Plaid Pants

Today we're going to tackle trend #4 in the week long series of trends - plaid pants!  Or maybe I should say - plaid pants?!  Yeah, some plaid pants are scary - the bright, huge plaids in particular - those can veer dangerously into "Herb Tarlek" territory (see below for more info on Herb), also see Tory Burch Fall 2011. I think the key with this trend it to keep the plaid very understated and simple in neutral colors.  Go for a small to mid-scale plaid especially if you don't want to emphasize your lower half (it can get tricky if you are pear-shaped, like myself).  And please don't mix plaids here, with a jacket, etc.  A little plaid goes a long way, unless you are aiming to look like a sofa or the previously mentioned Herb Tarlek.  My suggestion is to stick with a solid color on top.  Have fun!

Source: via Jenny on Pinterest

And who is Herb Tarlek?  Well, shame on you for not knowing (just kidding).  Herb (he's the guy in the upper right hand side of the picture above) was a character on the 70's sitcom "WKRP in Cincinnati".  He sort of came to embody the slimy sales guy and wore the most garish (even for the 1970's) suits/ties/sportscoats.  Usually very loud plaids that clashed.  His clothes made the character, the costume designer was a genius.  Anyway, I have referenced him and Helen Roper from "Three's Company" a lot in my design career.  Those two characters are a great gauge for that fine line between kitschy and classy.  BTW, it's not always bad to be a Roper or Tarlek if done the right way! 

Here's the WKRP theme song - a song I can't get out of my head because I have to travel to Cincinnati quite frequently.  As soon as I step off the plane it's "Baby, if you've ever wondered..."  I'm sure my coworkers would love me for this - ha!

And a little snippet of the show (from the famous "turkey drop" episode):

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I Want This For Fall - Trend #3 Capes

Today we'll tackle trend #3 in the week long series of what trends I think are important for Fall (check out #1 here and #2 here) - capes!  I'm all in with this trend because capes are comfy, timeless and great transition pieces!  And there are so many options from cardigan-like to coat-like so you have quite a few choices depending on how you want to wear them.  The cape trend comes and goes rather frequently, so if you want to invest in a cape that you can wear for years, make sure you focus on one in a shape and color that will be timeless!  Try for a midweight higher quality woven one in solid black, camel, grey or ivory.  Knits won't hold up year after year, unless it's a high quality cashmere or wool/wool blend which can get pricey.  If you are looking to just partake in this trend for the season then you can be a bit more adventurous with the color, print and go for the lower priced items.  Have fun!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

I Want This For Fall - Trend #2 Southwest Prints

Let's tackle trend #2 that you may want to partake in for Fall - Southwest and Southwest-inspired prints.  Again, like with snakeskin print, a little goes a long way.  I like the idea of wearing this trend as an accessory (scarves and the like) and tops/cardigans.  A bag or shoe in this print just won't stand the test of time to get your money's worth per wear.   I think this trend can encompass everything from straight-up Navajo prints to Ikat and Kilim (in certain colorations).  I prefer the Kilim/Ikat approach, because they tend to be a bit more understated.  But it's all about keeping it in your comfort zone and what version would best work with your wardrobe.  Have fun!

I Want This For Fall - Trend #1 Snakeskin

Welcome to to the week long series about trends I feel are important for this fall.  I'm starting a day late, so I'll be hitting you with two trends today - stay tuned for the next post a bit later today.

The first trend I'm going to tackle is snakeskin print.  This trend was apparent in Prada's and Gucci's Fall 2011 collections.  If you didn't catch my imaginary conversation between Miucca Prada and Frida Giannini about said trend then go here.  Obviously that stuff is in stores now and since those collections showed in March of this year the trend has gained steam.  While Prada and Gucci focused on brightly colored snakeskin prints, I think the trend has evolved to a more natural palette.  Meaning, it's more how it appears in nature and therefore it makes it much easier to weave into your existing wardrobe.  I would treat it almost like a leopard print - a great accent that can go with most anything.  It's also like leopard in that it comes and goes in popularity (although with me, leopard is always on trend). 

A great way to incorporate this trend in your wardrobe is with accessories - shoes, bags, jewelry, etc.  That way it's not too overwhelming and doesn't cost an arm and leg.  I've assembled a few options in shoes, bags and jewelry all under $150.  If you keep the bag and shoe options clean and simple then they will stand the test of time and you can wear them now, then store them away when the trend feels tired, then pull them out again in a few seasons when it's hot again (and it will be).  Have fun!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Love this! - Dress from The Row Spring 2012

Just popping in with a quick post.  I had to make a last minute business trip out of town so I had to scrap any blogging plans for the week.   It happens, and as much as I love blogging, work comes first :o)  The good news is that the meetings went very well and all my flights were on time or early!!  And I was dealing with Atlanta so that was really good!  But I'm beat.  So Monday will begin my promised Fall Trends series, with a trend a day that I think will be important for Fall (and perhaps beyond).  It's hard to get into the Fall mood when it's still in the mid to upper 80's outside but hey, mentally I'm there. But not before a quick skip ahead to Spring - check out this beauty from The Row's Spring 2012 all white/ivory collection.  Gorgeous (except for the shoes - they seem wrong to me)!

Hope everyone has a great weekend and see you Monday!!!

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

My Five - Balenciaga Resort 2012

Balenciaga can be hard to wrap your head around when looking at a whole collection.  Most often, the parts are better than the whole.  There are always a few gems in every collection that can be overpowered by the "weirdness" of some of the other items in the same collection.  Do you know what I mean?  Anyway, here are three looks from Resort 2012 that are totally outstanding in my opinion.  Enjoy!

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My Five - Giles Resort 2012

Let's revisit the past Resort season for two posts.  First up, Giles Deacon.  I love his sense of fun and whimsy while keeping it very wearable, with an air of sophistication (see my picks from previous collections here, here, and here) .  I adore the prints in this collection!  Here are my picks - enjoy!

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Belle Noel Jewelry - on sale!

In my endless search for all things Kardashian - ha, just kidding, seriously, I know it's been a little heavy on the Kardashian front around here, but I swear it's a coincidence.  Okay, I am protesting a bit too much.  Anyway, I really like the shopping site and as I was poking around the site last week, seeing what was on sale, I ran across some jewelry by Belle Noel that caught my eye because - 1) it was gorgeous and 2) the sale prices are so right!  I clicked through to the whole collection and much to my surprise it was designed by Kim Kardashian in partnership with Pascal Mouwad.  How have I not heard of this (I mean seriously, we hear about everything else they do)?  Here are my picks to click!

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