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    Saturday
    Aug092014

    One Blazer--->Three Ways 

    Today we have our beauty and fashion contributor Faith Pierce showing us how to wear one fabulous blazer three ways. 

    Every August as the fall lines start to roll out, I find myself searching once again for staple pieces. One of my favorite items to search for are blazers. The Theory one above is one of my favorites for this coming fall. With its slightly oversized, boyfriend feel, and quirky details (like the cut out at the neck) it is the perfect staple to add to your wardrobe. While wearing a blazer to the office is most common, I also love throwing them on for casual weekend outings, and to head out for drinks on cooler evenings. 
     
    During the weekend relaxed pieces, fun trainers, and a funky bag help offset the structure of a blazer. For a night out, the slightly oversized fit helps balance out shorter pieces. Since a blazer is no stranger in the office, I love pairing pieces like these fun metallic loafers and a creamy pant to help keep the look from being too “suit-like”.
    Friday
    Aug082014

    This Week's STYLE FINDS 

    This week’s Style Finds were all great transitional pieces and wardrobe basics. From the statement shoe to the classic clutch, each day was devoted to pieces that you will be utilizing in your wardrobe for a long time to come.

    On Monday it was all about the snakeskin pump, this Kurt Geiger heel is unforgettable. The sleek cutouts and neutral tones culminate in an eye-catching pump that will complete any LBD.

    On Tuesday I focused on a lightweight Helmut Lang wrap. The cut and trim detail on this top are impeccable and this is a piece you can pair with jeans, leather leggings or white pants for a year round look.

    Wednesday was centered on that quintessential necklace that can be worn with a white dress or a black top and leggings. This Juliet and Company piece is a bold accessory that you can sport all year round.

    Lastly, on Thursday it was all about the nude clutch. This Zac Posen style is a classic piece that is so versatile and timeless. You truly can wear it out for a night on the town or simply sport it with jeans, flats and a white oxford. Each of these pieces are great essentials for any wardrobe because they are so adaptable and unique.

    Tuesday
    Aug052014

    GET THE LOOK 

    Olivia Palermo is a style icon that can do virtually no wrong. She perpetually seems to step out in incredible, yet simple ensembles that are flattering and timeless. Palermo is one who rarely if ever is placed on the worst dressed list because she just understands what trends fit her body, aesthetic and mood. This look is no different, it is simple pieces that all posses elegant details and combine to create a seamless look.

    At first glance this look is merely two tones, black and tan. However, upon further investigation the details begin to emerge. From the patterned shorts to the textured sweater and silk top, it is the small aspects of this look that culminate in a chic ensemble. In order to recreate this look it is crucial to maintain these details or else this outfit will loose its elegance. So when shopping around, you have to be sure to look closely at each piece and invest in quality.

    When you dissect this ensemble all you need is a knit sweater, silk top, black shorts, a leather tote {or this one}and black pumps. These pieces are all great basics that can transition into fall so easily. The varied textures and cohesive colors are slightly heavier pieces that will be able to be paired with leggings or jeans for a fall time look. As summer comes to a close and fall begins, try out this look on those slightly colder days as an effortless ensemble. --Carly 

    Saturday
    Aug022014

    How To Choose The Right Investment Handbag 

    We all have a weakness or two and mine happens to be a strong cup of coffee, a glass (or two) of cabernet wine, and fabulous designer handbags. I admit I have an obsession with really high end handbags. And while most of these handbags here are on the expensive side you can certainly find other options in a variety of price points. And regardless of your budget I have style tips that will help you find your perfect investment bag. 

    1.  Choose a high quality bag 

    When looking for that perfect investment tote it is crucial to search for quality. Buy the best quality you can. This is a piece that you will be toting around to a slew of events and you don’t want to settle for anything less then amazing quality. Unlike a statement dress that may be hard to re-wear, a handbag is something that can be re-worn and so easily re-purposed in ones wardrobe.

    2. Choose leather 

    Leather is a great fabric because it ages so well. It is one of the rare things in life that looks better as it grows older. That is why it is an amazing choice for an investment bag. You can have this piece for years and it will only get better and better, need we say more?

    3. Select a neutral color you love 

    I am always inclined to opt for nude, grey, or black when I am investing in bags. It is a classic and multifaceted color that can be paired with most anything. From jeans and a tank top to a little black dress, a neutral handbag can complement so many different styles, pieces and personalities.

    4. Keep it structured 

    No matter what style you gravitate towards, geometric, linear, organic, a structural handbag is always the best idea. It will better withstand the daily wear and tear and it will easily retain its shape. The last thing you want is a saggy handbag, instead opt for a sleek and structural style that will last longer.

    5. Avoid bags with large logos 

    Like anything, trends come and go. When you are investing in a handbag you want to try and think long term. Still go for a statement piece or head for a reputable label, but try to avoid a large logo that will scream the place of purchase. Subtlety is always chicer and it will stand the test of time.

    6. Keep the hardware minimal 

    There are a number of incredible handbags that are being shown right now that have elaborate hardware and intricate details. Although these pieces may be eye-catching and astonishing, they are not really made for real life. When it comes to hardware less is more. You would never want to be out and have a stud fall off or a chain detach. Purely in terms of upkeep and durability you may want to leave the hardware bags on the runway.

    And of course remember to keep your bag clean, store it in the dust bag, and never leave it on the floor. 

    Friday
    Aug012014

    This Week's STYLE FINDS 

    This week’s STYLE FINDS were all pieces that can be found around the house or in your favorite handbag. From hand cream and primer to cookbooks and body spray, this week was all about the finishing touches to add to any look.

     

    On Monday fragrance was the focus, this light and floral scent from Kai is the perfect way to top off your ensemble. It is a durable fragrance that will keep you smelling fresh all day long.

     

    On Tuesday the focus was shifted to the hands. Everyone needs that go-to hand balm in his or her bag. This soothing and refreshing one from Library of Flowers is not only a gorgeous tube, but also an amazing scent. It will leave your hands nourished and smelling of honeysuckle and avocado oil, what could be better?

     

    On Wednesday it was time to get into the kitchen with Ottolenghi’s vegetarian cookbook called Plenty. This delicious collection of recipes is the perfect way to spend a summer evening outside with friends and family. It is a classic that you will keep coming back to for more culinary inspiration.

     

    Lastly, on Thursday it was time to take care of your hair. This Bumble and Bumble primer is crucial for anyone that blow dry’s, straightens or curls their hair. Our locks can only withstand so much and it is imperative to nourish them and keep your hair looking strong and fantastic.

     

    From your hair to your hands and everything in between, this week’s STYLE FINDS will have you looking and feeling refreshed on every level!