Monday, January 21, 2013

Tory Burch Pre-Fall 2013 - My Five

Fun mix of texture and pattern in this collection.  Lots of long layers (note the below-the-knee skirts).  Here are my picks:

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Random Thoughts Friday

I ran across this video on the Our State website (Our State is one of my favorite magazines, so well done).  If you want a little peek inside a textile mill then hit play.  They are in the Cone Mills White Oak plant in my hometown of Greensboro, NC.  The denim woven there will be used for yet another North Carolina company - Raleigh Denim - who makes the jeans in Raleigh, NC.  Which is awesome! 

A couple of things, these are older dobby, shuttle looms (if any of my textile peeps are reading this, feel free to confirm or deny - the looms seem too close together for them to be rapier and too old to be anything else) so they run slower than the looms I deal with in my job.  And second, this lady is so like so many of the weavers that I know and have known and I must say that I LOVE weavers.  A good weaver is worth their weight in gold.  Trust me.

So that was a tiny peek into the American textile industry.

On an unrelated note, I ran across this sweater in one of my searches:
Jaime sweater - Club Monaco

Which made me immediately think of this song:

I'm not sure about why you would want a sweater with "1985" on it unless you really love Paul McCartney and Wings or maybe if that was the year of your birth.  The thing is Club Monaco was established in 1985, but who the heck cares about that? 

Anyhoo, hope you all have a fab weekend!  See you on the flip side!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

What I Wore Wednesday 1-16-2013

A few thing's I've worn recently (I've been so bad about taking outfit pictures recently - I'll get better, I promise!):

Top - American Eagle (thrifted)
Pants- Old Navy (old)
Bracelet - Mimi Boutique (giveaway win)
Shoes - Minnetonka

Left - Sweater - Ann Taylor
Pants - Gap
Necklace - vintage
Shoes - Tory Burch

Right - Sweater - L.A.M.B. (old)
Pants - J.Crew outlet
Shoes - MaxStudio (giveaway win)
Necklace - Forever21

I'm linking up again with The Pleated Poppy for WIWW. Make sure you head over and check out what everyone else is wearing!
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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Chado Ralph Rucci Pre-Fall 2013 - My Five

It's pretty much established how much I adore Ralph Rucci's work, what appears to be simple is actually quite complex with immaculate construction.  The beauty of simplicity.  This collection had lots of black, some navy blue, white, grey and one pretty pink ensemble.  I'm seriously digging the over the knee black leather boots shown with many of the looks, so tough yet ladylike.  Here are my picks, enjoy!

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Best Dressed - Golden Globes 2013

First of all I'm guest posting over at Miss Information today, head over and check it out!

Like almost everyone else in the blogosphere, I'm going to put in my two cents on who I thought brought the gorgeous last night at the Golden Globe awards (I only caught the first 1/2 hour, but I could tell that Tina and Amy totally rocked as co-hosts).  Here are my picks for best dressed:

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture
And yes, the "wonky boob" that I referred to in my review of this collection made an appearance (why doesn't someone tell Raf to rip those flaps/folds off?).  Wonky boob aside, this dress was just gorgeous on her, perfect color, great belt, and she has the body to pull it off (it looks better on her than it did on the runway)! Oh and check out the guy in the sunglasses behind her - he's all like "Hello, Miss Lawrence!"
Naomi Watts in Zac Posen (about the only time you'll ever see a Zac Posen pick on this here blog - his clothes usually grate on me) the color is gorgeous on her and the back (which I saw on TV is really beautiful with the fabric mix).
Rebecca Miller in Marc Jacobs - didn't see this on the carpet, but when I saw this picture I just fell in love. The length with the tall boots, so unexpected and quirky, it works and I want it! If you have to tag along to an event like this, this is how you do it!

Kate Hudson in Alexander McQueen - she just looked so radiant (her hair was fabulous)!

Did you watch? Who were your picks?

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Random Spring 2013 picks

 Now that the Pre-Fall 2013 collections are being shown, it's time to wrap up some odds and ends from the Spring 2013 shows.  Here are some of my random picks.
Billy Reid
Sophisticated pajama dressing, I might be on board.

Holmes & Yang - admit it you are curious
Trying to figure out if the print are lobsters, shrimp, feathers or just randomness.

How easy would this be to recreate this look?  Hello red shorts, on my shopping list now.
The Row - here's what MK and Ashley have been up to:

Another take on pajama dressing.
This dress makes me think of Carrie Underwood for some reason.
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Monday, January 7, 2013

I'm Back!

Is it already 2013?  Good grief, I feel like I've been on a treadmill for the past month with the holidays and a big work project.  Maybe things will calm down so don't feel like I'm treading water all the time.  Hopefully.  First of all I want to let you know that Laugh with Ash is having a really fab giveaway with lots of great prizes (including a $10 Starbucks gift card from yours truly), make sure you head over and check it out!

So while I'm trying to get back in the swing of things, here are a few things that happened while I was on my bloggy break.  First of all I won some awesome giveaways:
Top - I won a giveaway hosted by Peacoats and Plaid for the cutest/most awesome cape from Neverland Nook for my girl.  Sabrina at Neverland Nook was so sweet and she got the cape to me super fast.  If you are in need of a super cool, totally custom gift for the kiddo in your life then run to Neverland Nook and get a cape (she has even done capes for some famous kids)!  My girl was over the moon when she tried it on!
Bottom - I won a group giveaway over at Delightful Deets with some fab prizes.  One of which was a custom burlap banner from Tausha  at Oopsie Daisy D├ęcor.  Look how cute it is.  I got my girl's name on it and she totally customized it with sparkly pink polka dots.  Love it!

We headed to Nashville for the Music City Bowl (our NCSU Wolfpack lost to Vanderbilt, but we still had fun)!
We spent New Year's Eve there and it was crazy!  On an unrelated note, does anyone watch the show "Nashville"?  I love it!
I also did some reading and have updated the "Books I've Read" tab.  Head over and check it out (the book I'm reading now is pretty intense)...
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