Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Hope everyone has a spooky day (don't eat too much candy)!  I'm zipping off to my girl's preschool for their Halloween parade and party where she will be dressed as Tinkerbell's fairy friend, Vidia (below).


Should be fun - I just love kiddos in their Halloween attire!

I do love me some Halloween!  Here are some of my favorite images from Tim Burton's Magical Fashion editorial in Harpers Bazaar from a few years ago (photographed by Tim Walker).  It's one of my favorite editorials of all time.  Enjoy and have a Happy Halloween!

 
 
 
 


Images via Harpers Bazaar

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

My Five - Emilio Pucci Spring 2013

I just want to say that Peter Dundas continues to do amazing things at Pucci.  Gorgeous and glamorous just like the Pucci of yesteryear but he's spreading his wings by not doing as many of the signature prints and splashes of color.  This collection is a great example of this.  He's using sheer layers, embroidery and embellishment to create beautiful, almost delicate garments.  I'm really loving the dragon motifs, very cool.  Here are my (5+1) picks!






Trend takeaways:
1.  Gold accents
2.  Military vibe

Images via Style.com

Friday, October 26, 2012

Pantone's Spring 2013 Fashion Color Report


 
Pantone has released it's Spring 2013 Fashion color report and it features a palette of colors that is dubbed "The Balancing Act".  Anchored by Monaco Blue, the colors featured are a mix of brights and more subtle neutrals.  As I've mentioned before, I'm considered a "color expert" (though I have a hard time considering anyone an expert on something so subjective, although you can be an expert on the science behind color theory), but I do have thoughts about what this palette means.  I honestly expected a yellow to be the next "color of the year" - sort of like the "lemon zest" color above, but maybe leaning more towards egg yolk.  Though the blue has much merit, I want it to be a bit more of a cobalt and not so much a navy.  I want the purple to be a bit richer (more red) too and I would have liked to see a grey represented.  These palettes/forecasts are fun and certainly designers in every industry love to look at them, but they are by no means a "bible".  So take it in and then move on with your day. 
 
Anyway, I hope you all have a lovely weekend (we have a Fall Festival at my daughter's school to attend and of course I have all the fun household chores to catch up with).  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

My Five - Bottega Veneta Spring 2013

A collection that was a little more feminine and flowery than the usual BV fair.  Which is not to say it wasn't very cool and chic, because it was.  Tomas Maier always uses the most interesting (and sophisticated) color palettes, this collection was full of saturated colors with a vintage feel to them, nothing jarring or blinding here.  Check out my picks:





Trend takeaways:
1.  Ladylike dresses
2.  Sophisticated embellishment
3.  Mix floral prints (try and keep them in the same color palette)

Images via Style.com

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

What I Wore Wednesday!

Here are a few outfits I've worn lately:
Left - t-shirt - J.Crew outlet
Pants - Gap (thrifted)
Shoes - Nine West (old)
Necklace - Jess LC
 
Top right (chaperoning for my daughter's preschool's trip to a dairy farm) - Shirt - Old Navy
Jeans - Gap Always Skinny (thrifted)
Wellies - Hunter
 
Bottom right - Top - Old Navy
Jeans - Gap (thrifted)
Shoes - Minnetoka
 
It's still pretty warm here in the afternoons (80's) but this weekend that is supposed to change.  I'm getting excited to wear some sweaters!
 
I'm linking up again with with The Pleated Poppy for WIWW. Make sure you head over and check out what everyone else is wearing!
pleated poppy

Set Your DVR Alert!


Why on Earth am I posting a picture of The Houston family?  Well, it just happens that my brother spent his Summer working on this very show! "The Houstons: On Our Own" airs tonight at 9pm/8central on Lifetime.  Here's a preview.



It was mostly filmed in Atlanta, which was good for us because Atlanta is a whole lot closer to us than Los Angeles, which meant we got to see him more!  I'm going to be honest I'm not sure how I feel about the show, but since I know some of the behind the scenes people, I'm going to tune in.  Try it out and see for yourself.  And, sadly, no I don't have any insider information.  My brother is painfully professional and divulges nothing.  Which is great for his career but bad for my curiosity :o)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A Few Thank You's

I must take a minute to say a few thank you's for some awesome recent giveaway wins and to all my new followers!  So exciting!

First of all thanks again to Jessica over at Bedknobs & Baubles for the $100 Shopbop giveaway from a few weeks ago - so awesome!  (she's got another one going on right now so hop on over and enter)!

I won Oh To Be A Muse's first prize in the Falling for Goodies giveaway and wow, did I get a ton of amazing items.  check 'em out:
Awesome, right?

I also won the fabulous October Sponsors giveaway over at Glossy Blonde and boy I got a bunch of goodies!  And the best part was I discovered some pretty cool blogs (and super nice bloggers) along the way!  Feel free to check them out!
Jessica Who?
The Wright Stuff
Art By Jacy
LIZstyling
Love, Laughter and Lipstick
Of Thoughts and Things
Hi!  It's Jilly
Life Unsweetened
Boys will be Boys
Life as Mrs

And last, but not least, I won a $100 Mimi Boutique credit and a shawl from Shawl Dawls from ModlyChic!  I haven't gotten them yet, but you can be sure I'll share what I get when I get it!

Also thank you so much to all of my new followers, I'm so happy to have you.  I'm so dangerously close to 100 followers I don't know what to do with myself.  Thanks again!


Monday, October 22, 2012

My Five - Michael Kors Spring 2013

This collection was a little mod, a little nautical, a little preppy and chock full of super wearable pieces that would integrate into most anyone's wardrobe effortlessly.  Stripes were the story of the day as well as pops of yellow, cobalt blue, red and kelly green.  A great collection to inspire your own wardrobe.  Here are my picks and trend takeaways, enjoy!





 
Trend takeaways:
1. Stripes are still happening
2. Fun, abstract (almost painterly) prints.
3. Color, color, color!
4. Gold accents.
 
Images via Style.com

Thursday, October 18, 2012

My Five - Missoni Spring 2013

This collection was kind of a departure from the "usual" "Missoni" looks.  Not as much of the traditional knitted zigs and zags.  Still colorful (after the initial all white looks), still had lots of layers, but this time the layers were floaty and (gasp) printed.  Overall I loved the color palette and it's always nice when a designer reaches outside the box and tries some new things.  Here are my picks!




 
Images via Style.com

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

What I Wore Wednesday!

Some quick shots of what I've been wearing lately.  Nothing exciting, but hey, my wardrobe right now is a work in progress.  I'm in a transition phase with what I want to wear and how I present myself.  I'm thinning things out and trying to figure out what direction I want to go in (dressier, more tailored).  Stay tuned...
Top left - sleep pants - Vera Bradley (thrifted)
Slippers - Vera Bradley (thrifted)
 
Middle left - top - Old Navy (mega sale)
Pants - Gap (thrifted)
Shoes - Gap (thrifted)
 
Top right - Shirt - J.Crew (outlet)
Pants - J.Crew (old - so old they ripped the day I wore them and had to be trashed)
Shoes - Nine West (old)
Bottom - pants - Old Navy  (old)
Shoes - Toms
 
Oh and I finally got my haircut and *ahem* colored.  It had been a full year since my last haircut (what?) and it was time.  I feel like "me" again!
 
I'm linking up again with with The Pleated Poppy for WIWW. Make sure you head over and check out what everyone else is wearing!
pleated poppy

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

What I'm Loving!

Here are a few things that I'm loving right now:
 
First up is Glade's Cashmere Woods scent.  Oh man, this is such a perfect fragrance for this time of year (as a matter of fact, about a year ago I posted a "What I'm Loving" list that included this too).  It's not sweet or spicy, it's more of a smoky/warm scent that is positively amazing.  I mean it takes me to the perfect, crisp Fall day (even when it's 80 degrees out)!  I invested in the Sense and Spray version this year, perfect!
 
Next up are my new Minnetonka Kiltie Moccasins in wine - purchased via a Shopbop giftcard giveaway win from the lovely Jessica over at Bedknobs & Baubles - a great blog check it out!
They are so comfy and go great with everything! They do run large so if you decide to get some then order a 1/2 size down.
 
Just a couple of things I'm into right now.
 
I also noticed that I'm painfully close to 100 followers!  That's a big thing, so thanks to all the new followers!  And if you aren't already following, what are you waiting for?  Ha!  I remember when I first started blogging I sat on 14 followers for months and months.  I'm slow to grow that's for sure.  Have a great Tuesday!
 
Images via Glade and Shopbop.com
 

Monday, October 15, 2012

My Five - Louis Vuitton Spring 2013

This collection was mod, 60's awesome!  The Damier check featured heavily from small to large, mixed and matched.  Yellow, green, black, white, beige, brown and grey was the palette.  And there was not one classic monogram on anything!  I loved it and yes, now I'm craving a checked shirt (add it to the shopping list!).  Enjoy my picks!










Images via Style.com

Meanwhile this song popped up in my head while I was scrolling through the pictures of this collection - groovy!
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