Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Be Back Soon!

I'm taking my usual couple of weeks off from the blog (and technology in general) to spend some time with the family, relax, recharge and just declutter my mind.  I'll be back in mid-July.  I'll see you then!

Monday, June 25, 2012

My Five - Alexander McQueen Resort 2013

Super wearable McQueen collection from Sarah Burton!  A good mix of sharply tailored pantsuits and dresses for both day and night (leaning more towards night).  I loved all the metallics, textures and embellishments (dragon flies anyone?).  Here are my picks:








Images via Style.com

Friday, June 22, 2012

Friend Friday - After The Wearing

I'm joining up with Katy over at Modly Chic for another FBFF linkup!  Today's questions are all about cleaning/purging your closet and what happens to the clothes, etc. after you do so.  I must say that this topic is so up my alley, I have a crazy obsession with keeping my closet tidy and under control.  Let's get started:


*Not my closet, I can only wish I had that space right now ;o)


1. How often do you go through your closet to purge the things you no longer wear?

Well, I try and do this every season.  When I shift the current season's clothes back into rotation I try and take stock of what I have, what I need and what just doesn't work anymore.  It's so important to make sure your closet's precious space isn't being occupied by things that you don't use anymore.

2.  What do you do with the things that you are through with?

If they are in like new/gently worn condition and are not luxury or upper end brands I usually take those to resale shops (like Plato's Closet or Uptown Cheapskate).  You don't get a bunch of cash for them but I usually use any money I get as store credit to buy other things when I need them.  If they are more luxury/upscale brands I try to sell them on ebay or do a consignment shop.  For all the rest that aren't as pristine (but still wearable - no stains/holes/etc) I take them to Goodwill.  For the ripped/unrepairable items I toss those (or make them into pillows - ha!).

3.  Have you ever sold on consignment or through online boutiques?  What has your experience been like?

Sure!  I have a consignment store near my Mom that I use a lot and I have always had good experiences.  I haven't done any of the online consigning, but I have thought about it.  I have a Prada skirt and LAMB cashmere sweater that I need to unload.  I'm sort of over selling on ebay, there are too many trolls on their now and I'm nervous using Paypal after my account was hacked about 2 years ago.  That was super scary.

4.  More and more people are concerned about the fast rotation of fashion and how that is filling our landfills.  What are you doing to decrease your clothing trash pile?

A subject near and dear to my heart.  I love finding new homes for my unused clothing, I love the idea that someone else can get some use out of it.  That being said, I generally wear my clothes until they fall apart.  My rule of thumb is that most of your clothing (not the trendy pieces, but the basics) should be the best quality that you can buy.  Especially your bags and shoes.  With a little TLC, good quality bags and shoes will last years.

5.  What's been your favorite/best score from a thrift store or consignment shop? 

Ha!  I've found so many gems!  I got some great Prada items on a resale site years ago.  Most recently I scored a fabulous short sleeved Lily Pulitzer sweater with a lion's face on the front for $10 (picture on my Instagram - @spryonthewall).  The best thing I scored though would have to be these Prada heels that I consider art:
I blogged about them here.

To check out what everyone else had to say go here!

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, June 21, 2012

My Five - Carolina Herrera Resort 2013

A very pretty collection full of really lovely prints and feminine dresses.  I love the color palette, there is plenty of color but none of the colors are jarring or overbearing.  And I pretty much want every single piece she showed.  Enjoy my top five!





Images via Style.com

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Dior Resort 2013 Inspired by Prada Spring 2001? (update)

*just received an Anonymous comment below that the Dior print is from Dior 50's Couture dress (I wish I could find a picture for confirmation). So maybe Prada was influenced by Dior or maybe it was just a coincidence?  The saga continues...

Just a follow up to my picks from Christian Dior's Resort 2013 collection from earlier today, I noticed that the one print in the collection reminded me A LOT of the print from Prada's Spring 2001 collection.  And while yes, I do have an almost encyclopedic knowledge of Prada collections (and SpongeBob cartoons) this print was pretty much in every ad for the brand and editorial - so it's not obscure.  Dior's isn't an exact copy by any means (there's more white space) but jeez it's awfully close.  This isn't lawsuit material or anything and Lord knows as a fabric designer I see designs that are "cousins of" like this constantly, designs that have different artwork, yet give off the same feel/effect.  What do you think?  Is it too close?  Does it even matter since it's been over a decade since Prada's print debuted?
 

Christian Dior Resort 2013

Prada Spring 2001

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My Five - Christian Dior Resort 2013

Another really strong, ladylike collection from the Dior team.  This comes hot on the heels of the outstanding Fall 2012 collection that I wish would magically appear in my closet come September.  This collection carries over some of the color palette from Fall with that dusty purple that really is beautiful, while also inviting orange back to the party.  Please enjoy my picks!


How amazing is this leather jacket?  Wow!




White gold is going to be huge in the next few months.

More on this dress later today - stay tuned!

Oh these wedges are fabulous, the curve of the heel is so elegant!

Images via Style.com

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

My Five - Donna Karan Resort 2013

Hi!  I'm back, we had a crazy, whirlwind travel weekend and I had to play catch up yesterday.  My little girl turned 4 this past week and it's so hard to believe.  She's not a toddler anymore, she's a little girl (with very strong opinions too - eek!).  Anyway let's get back to the 2013 Resort collections.  What I love about looking at the Resort lines is that it's sort of a crystal ball into what's going to be bridging Winter into Spring.  So take note of colors and lines and see what you can pick up this year (on sale maybe?) that will still be super-relevant and on trend next year! 

Let's talk about Donna Karan shall we?  This collection was chock full of dressy getups with her signature tailored draping.  She can make a structured blazer look like a cozy wrap.  That's what I love about her, her clothes are grown up, pulled together yet totally not stiff or stuffy.  She gets it!  Here are my many picks, enjoy!








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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

My Five - Burberry Prorsum Resort 2013

At first glance there doesn't appear to be a ton of color in this collection.  Trust me it's there but it's muted and comes off as more neutral and subtle, which is so refreshing.  I think we may need to wave bye-bye to neons for a while (which I'm not sad about at all, I liked the trend for a short time, but my eyes are very tired of seeing them).  The shoes are swoon worthy and I'm feeling a great affection for the khaki/grey pairing.  Note to self, we all will want a great brown leather bag by Christmas, or at least I will!  Here are my picks, enjoy!
I am in love with this outfit.  Man I need a gold trench for the fall...


 


 Images via Style.com

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

My Five - Michael Kors Resort 2013

Oh wow, this was a tight, glamorous collection.  Love the color story of gold, black, white, cobalt blue with a bit of green and red as well.  Just perfect in every way.   I love how he can get the vibe across without being so insanely repetitive.  So chic.  Here are my (more than 5 picks).
How much do you love the gold and cobalt blue together?  I adore it.






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Monday, June 11, 2012

This or That - Embellished Duffle

I have always loved/coveted Alexander Wang's studded bottom Rocco Tote, but at $875 it's totally out of my reach right now.  So I was trying to find something that had the same feel but cost a whole lot less.  I think this duffel from Deux Lux just might do the trick.  What do you think?

That - Deux Lux Felix Duffel - $51.90


On a side note I finished a book over the weekend that I enjoyed - I updated the "Books I've Read" tab with the details.  Check it out.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Friend Friday - Blogging Community

I'm joining up with Katy over at Modly Chic for another FBFF linkup.  Today's questions are all about Blogging Communities, so let's get going!


1.  What blogging communities do you belong to?

Let's see I'm a member of Bloglovin', IFB, the FBFF group (duh) and I'm a Rosebud.  I think those are considered "blogging communities".  I'm interested to see what everyone else says.  I'm sure I'm missing some.

2.  What do you think the roll of community is in blogging?

I think it's there for information, support, sharing and interaction.  This blogging thing can make you feel like a lone wolf in the woods sometimes (or is that just me?).  It's not like everyone you meet knows and can chat about blogging.  It's nice to have places you can go and get advice and ask questions.

3.  Blog comments, twitter interactions and meaningful Facebook threads have decreased in the last several months.  What are your thoughts on why that is?

I'm not sure what the cause of this is.  Maybe it's Pinterest?  Maybe it's just too much information/too many blogs?  I know I've been struggling with information overload and just wanting to unplug more.  I also get tired of the endless stream of seemingly perfect images and lives that bloggers put out there (myself included).  I really loved the "Things I'm Afraid To Tell You" movement that popped up a few weeks ago from Jess  then Ez really got the ball rolling.  That was refreshing (but I didn't do my own, maybe I should?)

4.  How do you cultivate community around your blog?

I'm not sure I do.  Maybe I need to work on that.  I always wanted to do a series with guest bloggers, maybe that should be on my "to do" list.  I do know that I'm endlessly grateful for all my regular readers/commenters.  They really make my day.  I'm a small blog, but I have a great bunch of followers!  You know who you are xoxo

5.  If you could make one resolution to be a better community member what would it be?

To interact more.  To ask questions, visit more blogs, comment more. 


Make sure you pop over to Modly Chic and see what everyone else has to say!

Have a great weekend!
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