Do the pinball boogie…

Lush Novak Crepe Blazer |  White Gold Silver Hoops  |  Colleen Kammerer ‘Bonus Points’ Pinball T-shirt  |  No Boundaries ‘Camera’ Cross-body Bag  |  Miss Dior Rollerpearl  |  Hue Opaque Tights  |  NYDJ Zip-Pocket Skinny Jeans  |  Kenneth Cole Silver-tone Mesh Watch  |  Nars Dolce Vita LipGloss  |  Baked on 8th Birthday Cake  | Marc Fisher Yalen Booties

This weekend I celebrated another birthday. I’ve never been a big party kind of person and prefer a more intimate day spent with those I love, sharing some laughter and a tasty home-cooked meal followed by the sweetest store-bought birthday cake I can find.  One personal birthday tradition I have kept for many years is to wear something special to remind myself of how much I love clothes and dressing for an occasion (previous birthday outfits here and here).  

My husband, who knows I’ve developed a bit of pinball obsession, surprised me with a trip to an area arcade I had no idea existed.  Best gift ever! We were the first customers of the day and had our choice of hundreds of machines, all in great working condition.  We lost track of the time and finally called it quits when our wrists hurt so baldy we couldn’t play anymore.  In keeping with my birthday outfit philosophy, and having an inkling of where we might be going, I dressed accordingly.  

*Do the Pinball Boogie – Red Foley & The Crossroads Boys

You can’t always get what you want…

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Apres’ Lotion  |   Turkish Towels  |  Swimsuit  |  Palazzo Pants  |  Nail Polish  |  Earrings  |  Sunglasses  |  Sandal  |   Perfume  |  Beach Tote

Last week I was in a shopping mood so I headed out to Nordstrom’s.  I left the store empty handed, feeling saddened and disenfranchised and vowing to write to the CEO.  Why?… Continue reading “You can’t always get what you want…”

Wear your bright clothes…

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Lite brite

I’ve already shown you how to re-create some bold floral and bright looks from the Spring 2018 runways.  Clever me – today I’m combining those trends to show you a few more ‘bright patterned’ looks that would all be super easy to make.  In terms of sewing expertise, the off-the-shoulder top and pants require at least moderate skills, being the only garments made from more than rectangles and straight sewing lines.  Add a fun pair of kicks and you will be ready for anything from shopping with your friends to dancing under the stars with your boo!

Lisa Perry
print fabric | solid fabric | slingback flats
Alice + Olivia
floral print fabric | abstract print fabric | jungle print fabric | ankle strap heels
Temperley London
butterfly print fabric| abstract print fabric | ankle wrap wedges
No. 6
circle print fabric | abstract  print fabric | slingback kitten heels

 

*In the Summer Time – Mungo Jerry

 

One bright day…

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Fashion so bright you gotta wear shades

Last week I re-created a few Spring 2018 bold floral looks (here). Next up – the brights!  You really can’t go wrong with a bright piece of fashion regardless of season. I say this as a women who has never met a black garment she didn’t like, or buy.

Each dress would be fairly easy to make but would require minor pattern changes prior to cutting to achieve optimal effect.  The orange linen midi wrap dress needs to have the waist-to-hem length extended and extra fabric purchased to make the belt.  The blue dress requires no pattern alteration but does need extra fabric, cut on the bias, to create the neck band, tie, and horn tassels.  Like the orange warp midi, the hot pink gown also needs to have the waist-to-hem length extended and extra fabric purchased for the neck scarf.  During assembly, make sure to allow for that sexy front (or side) slit.  All you need to finish off these dresses are a pair of statement earrings, a luxe lipstick, and a pair of jeweled sandals or ankle-wrap heels to stand out in a black-clad crowd!

Badgley Mischka
hat | lipstick | fabric | earrings | sandals
Escada
lipstick | earrings | fabric | heels
Christian Siriano
lipstick | earrings | fabric | heels
*One Bright Day – Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers

 

My passion flower…

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Flower Power

Spring is almost here, which means I am ready to switch out my warmest sweaters and coats with light, fresh summertime dresses and getting the itch to re-create some of my favorite Spring 2018 runway looks.

Each spring and fall I feature ways to re-create the top runway looks (past recreations can be found here, here, here and here)  through sewing and some accessory purchases.  Some of the hottest trends this spring include boldly colored graphic prints, checks, sorbet and pastel colors (especially lavender), fringe, and florals (my favorite trend of all).

I plan on making at least one version of the Vanessa Bruno gown for the summer.  Not only is this a garment that could hide all flaws, it would also be the perfect garment for a beginner sewer to attempt.  Honestly, it would probably take someone longer to pin snd cut the pattern than to sew it.

The Cushnie et Ochs and Alice & Olivia recreations require a bit more sewing skill but would be well worth the effort to make.  How cool would that Cushnie et Ochs dress and a moto jacket look paired together? Or mixing a floral moto jacket with faded jeans, a tank top, and strappy heels for a rocking night out on the town?  The possibilities are only limited by your creativity, personal style, and flowers of choice!

Cushnie et Ochs
earrings  |  ribbon  |  fabric  |  shoes
Vanessa Bruno
tote earrings  |  fabric  |  shoes
Alice & Olivia
earrings  |  fabric  |  shoes
*Passion Flower – Ella Fitzgerald & Duke Ellington

 

 

Happy birthday to me….

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Birthday Outfit 58

Old Navy Floral Plus-Size Waisted Midi Tissue Weight Wool & Cashmere Scarf  |  Treasure & Bond Drusy Drops  Lancome Le Metallique Rouge Magma Lip Lacquer  ASOS Leather and Sueded Cross Body Bag  LovePop ‘Shopping Time’ 3D Birthday Card   |  Nine West Fallon Wide Calf Dress Boots  |  LUSH Karma Perfume

 

I just celebrated another birthday and had a really great time.  Since the date fell on a Friday – yeah Capricorns! – I turned my day into a 72-hour celebration instead.

My actual birthday was spent receiving calls from my loved ones who each sang me ‘Happy Birthday’.  On the way home from work I took a detour to see I, Tonya (which was fantastic).  I came home to some snail mail cards and a beautiful bouquet from my son and his girlfriend.  Funny story there – unbeknownst to my son, the florist was his 3rd grade teacher who was thrilled one of her students was sending flowers to his momma.  My day ended with the perfect gift from my husband –  a SpaFinder gift card (Tiba NU here I come).

Saturday saw me working on the ‘Who Am I? project with artist Ashley Mintz.  That evening, my husband and I got dressed up for a four-course dinner at The Melting Pot.  Fondue appetizers, fondue lobster, shrimp and steak, and fondue desserts, all benefitting Second Harvest Food Bank as part of Nashville Restaurant Week.  Yum!

And Sunday?  Well, Sunday was football playoff day and my team – the Philadelphia Eagles – romped their way to a Super Bowl ­­­­berth!  I’ve been waiting a long time for my Iggles to have a season like this and they have not disappointed me (or the rest of their fans) yet.  I couldn’t have asked for a better way to start the next year of my life…

*Happy Birthday To Me – Bright Eyes

 

Talking about bad girls…

Part of my deep dive into all things Andy led me to the legend of Studio 54. Opened in 1977, the club quickly became world-famous for its celebrity guests, hedonistic atmosphere, and flagrant drug use. The club served as a second home to Warhol and his stable of Polaroid ‘one-name’ celebrities like Liz, Mick, Elton, Dali, Bowie, Liza, Truman and Jackie.  Big stars to be sure, but to my way of thinking no one was more beautiful and happening than 54’s three ‘it’ girls: Bianca, Jerry and Diane.

To this day I still think these women remain as beautiful, intelligent and relevant as they appeared back in the day.  Bianca was the exotic one, married to the King of Rock and always holding court at a VIP table.  Diane was the sly bohemian, running her dress empire by day and surrounded by powerfully rich men at night.  Jerry was the wild-spirited Texan never far from a bottle of bubbly or fun.

I can’t think of a modern day equivalent to Studio 54, but if such a club existed I can easily picture Bianca regally sitting there while Diane discusses business and art with the Davos set and Jerry flirts and laughs the night away, all while wearing the following…

Bianca
The Queen – Bianca

Rachel Zoe Elinoir Pearl detail Halter Crepe Jumpsuit Halston Asymmetric Crepe jumpsuit Mignonne Gavigan Liza Beaded Statement Earrings  |  Christian Louboutin Pigalle Plato Heels  |  Rebecca Minkoff Leo Glitter Envelope Clutch Rachel Zoe Bruno Metallic Jacquard Pants and Jacket Sleeveless Faux Fur Capelet  |  Dior Rogue Dior Lipstick  |  Halston Heritage Cowlneck Slip Gown  |  Tocca Giulietta Perfume  |  BHLGN Ginger Convertible Maxi Dress Lauren Hope Abba Crystal Drop Earrings

Diane
The Businesswoman – Diane

Halston Heritage Strapless Striped Metallic Flounce Cocktail Dress Saint Laurent Ruffle Silk -the-shoulder Dress  Sadie & Sage Star Print Fit-and-Flare DressNina Cherie Evening Sandals  |  Ippolita Rock Candy Quartz and Hermalite Earrings  |  Tom Ford Jasmin Rogue Lipstick ALC Tula Split-neck Long-sleeve Silk Metallic Dress Fame and Partners Maquino Dress  |  Christian Louboutin Artydiva Heels  |  Guerlain Santal Royal Perfume Kendra Scott Glenda Earrings  Nookie Europa Sequin Gown  |  Love Box Clutch  |  Sam Edelman Haide Feather Pompom Pump

Jerry
The Party Gal – Jerry

Alice & Olivia Bridget Striped Sequin Slipdress Aidan Maddox Sequin Bateau-neck Cocktail Dress Dress the Population Jordyn Plunge Sequin Body-con Dress Jimmy Choo Romy Pointed Toe  |  Gas Bijoux Wave Small Drop Earrings  | Jean Patou Joy PerfumeLisa Perry Photo-Real-Print Cotton Minidress |  Diane von Furstenberg Cowlneck Satin Gown  |   YSL Rogue Pur Couture Dazzling Lipstick   |  Rosie Assoulin Pleated Halter Gown  |  Dries Van Norton Metallic Leather Clutch  |  Christian Louboutin Pigalle Loubitag Pointy Toe Pump
*Bad Girls –  Donna Summer

Dark and grey…

Greys
Midi 3 Way

Each season I feature ways to re-create my favorite runway looks (my 2016 recreations can be found here, here and here).  Some of the hot trends for Fall 2017 include fringe, checked fabrics, velvets, midi length skirts and dresses, broad shoulders and the color grey – all featured above.  After countless hours spent viewing the shows from New York, Milan, London and Paris I keep coming back to the fashions created by Lela Rose, Victoria Beckham, Christian Siriano, Isabel Marant and Michael Kors.

Any of the ‘3 Midi’s’ pictured above (all from Michael Kors Fall 2017 collection) would be easy to sew and flattering to almost everyone.  Of course, some basic pattern alteration would be required (either by extending hemlines and/or altering the skirt side seam angles) but anyone with moderate sewing skills could easily make the changes before cutting out the pattern.  After you’ve finished the garment accessorize as you see fit and you’ll be ready to rock fall…

LEOPARD
Perfume |  Earrings   |  Skinny Belt   |   Gloves  |   Ankle Booties
VELVET
Perfume   |   Earrings   |   Bag  |   Pumps
Houndstooth
Perfume Earrings   |  Belt  |   Bag  |   Boots

Next up – more of my ‘Recreating the Runway’ series featuring my favorite floral and velvet looks.

*Dark and Grey – Kid Rock

Dedicated follower of fashion…

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Grenadine Tawny Port Ballet Slippers

If you are a ‘dedicated follower of fashion’ you know the Spring 2018 shows are in full swing at NYFW.  In the real world it’s time to think about fall, the upcoming holidays (Halloween! Thanksgiving! Christmas!) and replacing tiny bathing suits with oversized sweaters.

The 2017 fall colors and trends include red, burgundy, navy and grey (four of my favorite colors) featured in furs, velvets, winter florals, midi skirts, and statement earrings, to name a few.  I’ve been browsing through the September issues of Bazaar, Vogue and Porter, along with surfing the web, and found a few things that check my Grenadine, Tawny Port, and Ballet Slipper boxes.

GRENADINE
9 West Scastien Slouchy Boot  |  Cozy Fleece Hi/Lo Pullover   |  YSL Rouge Pur Couture Dazzling Lights Lipstick  |  Zara Satin Floral Midi Shirt |  Sunset & Spring Framed Satchel  |  MOMA Maasai Glass Earrings
TAWNY PORT
Jocelyn Feather Bolero  |  Zara Floral Print Kimono  |  Elizabeth & James Nirvana Bourbon Parfum  |  Theory Boatneck Cashmere Sweater  |  Target Large Stone Double Drop Earrings  |  Zara Gathered Leather Over the Knee Boots  |  Convertible Bucket Bag Backpack
BALLET SLIPPER
Miss Dior Parfum  |  Karinkalt Leather Trim Print Dress  |  Quay Australia Muse Oversized Aviator Sunglasses  |  Kate Spade Blushing Blooms Drop Statement Earrings  |  Chelsea Suede Boots  | Zara Shaggy Textured Coat

Over the next few weeks I will check my favorite navy, grey and spruce ‘boxes’ and show you how to recreate some of my favorite runway looks.  Stay tuned…

*Dedicated Follower of FashionThe Kinks

Leaving, on a jet plane…

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The art of packing light

I just returned from a lovely holiday where I did nothing but hang out with my family, sharing meals, conversation, competitive Scrabble games, and binge watching TV (I’m looking at you S4 The Great British Baking Show).

When I purchased my flights I had not realized that the return portion was with a carrier that charged for the ticket AND for the seat, overhead bin, checked baggage and in flight snacks.  Hell, I was ready to bring along a roll of toilet paper in case they charged for using the loo.

Inspired by Project 333 and 33 articles of clothing = 25,176 different outfits (not to mention my ‘everything has an up-charge’ flight’) I packed a super light carry-on with my clothes and a tote bag with my books, laptop, and drawing tablet.  Surprisingly, I had plenty of outfit options – and relaxing activities – to get me through the week.

I am intrigued by Project 33 and think I am going to give it a try once fall arrives.  How about you?  Could you survive with only 33 items (including clothing, accessories, jewelry, outerwear and shoes)?  Let me know if you want to try along with me…

*Leaving on a Jet Plane – Peter, Paul and Mary