Going for Old Hollywood

Old Hollywood reminds me of hair pinned up, bright lips, gold shoes and fur.  When I dress for a special occasion, just putting on a pretty dress is not enough.  I enjoy having a vision and this time my vision started with wearing a fur.  I didn’t own a fur, or any of my look but I get jazzed by the challenge of finding my outfit.  The fundraiser was held at the Ritz-Carlton in Boston for Jaden’s Ladder.  When I’m at a classy hotel, I like to dress the part.

The skinny on my look~

I found this simple brown DVF dress at a friend’s shop for $50!  The next thing I found were these gold and black sequence shoes from J. Crew.  Over time I found the fur vest on Ebay but with the shipping time, it would arrive with only 10 days to spare.  I really wasn’t sure if it would be perfect, but to my surprise it’s gorgeous.

I picked up the clutch on winter clearance at Lord & Taylor.  I chose it to tie the black and gold together with a bit of hard to play off the soft fur.  The last item I picked, which didn’t really end up showing is my gold and Swarovski crystal necklace.  But, I love it and am glad I bought it.  The symbol means, “double luck” in Chinese.’

Hair styled by Salon Sabeha, make up from Modern Priscilla, teeth whitening by Super Smile.

Dress $50, J.Crew Shoes $32 (clearance), Fur $75, Swarovski necklace $60 (outlet), clutch $28

Total cost $245

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Have a Fling with Spring

Have a Fling with Spring

Silver shirt
$23 - fashionunion.com

Borsalino brimmed hat
$250 - thecorner.com

Silk shawl
$39 - marksandspencer.com

Spring Shopping Guide for Effortless Style

Spring ‘Wardrobe Essentials’

Wardrobe Staples:

Sweater vest in oatmeal or tan, Navy or black blazer, Basic light weight sweaters in black & pop of color, Short sleeve shirts in black, white or gray & 1 pop of color, Skinny ankle cotton pants-printed & solid navy, Skinny jeans & white Jeans, Printed shorts, Skinny metallic belt, Printed colorful scarf, Ankle booties in gray or tan, Tan trench coat, Jean jacket, White button down, Denim button down, Ballerina flats in black, Loafer or Toms canvas slip-on in color or stripe, Tan wedges, Undergarments (thongs & push ups).

Trends:

Black & white large stripe flowy skirt, Florals, Pastel everything, Cream or white blazer, Cutout clothing, Crop tops, Nude colored evening dress, Open toed or cutout chunky heels, Silk sleeveless blouses, Asymmetrical wrap short skirt, Boyfriend jeans, Aquamarine anything & nail color, Metallic accessories, Chunky knit cropped sweater in a pastel color, Tall or shorter gladiator leather flats, Lady- like jewelry- flower & pearls, Bright orange or pink lips- keep other makeup soft.

How to add Trends to Basics:

Dress yourself mostly with your basics and add a trendy item or two. Layering is the key to stylish dressing. Edit, look, edit again!

Clothing Tips:
Keep your basics up to date-no fading, ironed & clean to wear all week. Avoid too short skirts, heels over 4”, too tight or baggy, overdoing anything. If the trend doesn’t flatter than don’t wear it. Wear clothing with confidence!

How to Get a Great Look every time you Get Dressed:
Depending on where you’re going decide what style of clothing you’ll need to wear, casual, business, dressier, etc.  If you already have your staples in place, then you’ll have pretty much everything you’ll need to create a perfect look.  Here’s a little cheat sheet!
Dinner with the girls

Skinny jeans, tucked in sleeveless silk blouse, chunky heels, trench coat, metallic belt and statement necklace

Date night casual

Asymmetrical wrap short skirt, tank, jean jacket, heels and scarf & statement necklace

Date night dressy

Nude colored dress, ladylike jewelry, trench, heels

Weekend

White skinny jeans, tank tucked in, metallic belt and denim shirt over with Toms

Weekend evening

White skinny jeans, silk sleeveless top tucked in, belt, ladylike jewelry, chunky sweater, ballerina flats.

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A feel of History

My house has exposed wood beams and everyone seems to enjoy how different they make the room feel.  I find that when wood beams, bricks or early wood floors are added or exposed in a home, it adds so much depth and character to a home without trying.  Here are some examples of rooms that feel like they have a touch of history to them.  What I love about all these rooms is they don’t feel entirely ‘old’, the historical elements add character to these updated rooms.  Classic mix!

7 Creative Bedside Table Ideas | StyleCaster

Old World Home Decorating Ideas |those floors!!!!!! Design Ideas and ...
neutrals

Painted brick.

Mix of traditional and contemporary - Stone wall, stainless steel, exposed beams
a cool, earthy vibe

blue & white small kitchen

mantle hood, pine floors and old world style lighting in this kitchen make it look like an olde english countryside kitchen
Brick room
A downstairs room in Charleston’s Miles Brewton House, Town & Country Magazine
Old World Home Decorating Ideas | See your home could reduce the way you see
A loft in an old warehouse - PLANET DECO homes world
Hang Beams Overhead - Rough-hewn ceiling beams (even faux ones) lend old-world charm to any room. Try them in your common areas.
photo credit Pinterest

Make your own custom art

I’m picky about what I’ll display in my home or clients homes.  I do like rooms to feel personal and decided my mantle needed our last name initial.  This DIY was pretty simple and recommend you making your own.

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Supplies you need:  Burlap, paint, pencil, font type, glue, and frame

The process:   Find the frame you’ll be using first.  Make sure it fits well on your mantel and I recommend using a glassless frame.  If you use a frame with glass then glue your fabric on the glass.

Measure the area inside of the frame.  Cut your fabric to size.  No worries if you’re off a bit, as I was then just grabbed some trim I had and glued that layer on to cover my mistakes.  You can use any kind of plain fabric.  I like added texture, so went for burlap.

Find the font you want to use.  There are so many fonts out there.  Check out tootledoo designs, as they are amazing!  You can write anything you want, a full monogram, entire last name, or just an initial.  You may want to enlarge one of the fonts and copy it, make a stencil and trace on your fabric, or freehand it using pencil.

Once you’ve drawn your letter, go ahead and use a smaller brush to apply paint (any kind works) on the outline of the letter.  Then fill in the entire letter with paint.

After the paint drys decide if your letter needs anything else.  You may want to outline the letter in another color, or glitter…think about what makes sense with your style.  Go ahead and use clear glue on the surface of your frame.  Affix your fabric and let dry.  Add any additional trim on the inside of your frame.

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Desirable Dresses

I find being a woman is ‘everything’, but what I like the most about being a woman is wearing beautiful tailored gowns with confidence.  A well fitted gown can take you a long way. . . even if it’s just for the night, live it up and like I always say, “if you’re going to do something, might as well go all the way”.  This rule applies for wearing a dress.  When attending an event, I’d much rather be a tad over dressed than under dressed any day.  If it’s too dressy, then make sure you’ve got that shall handy to cover up a bit.  I find most people admire and find well dressed people more interesting than someone who looks like their wearing that, ‘same old dress, again’.  Here are my favorite dresses that I’ve pinned over the year, that if I were able to get my hands on one of these, who knows where I’d go in one of these gorgeous gowns!

Gucci
Art deco - Michael Kors FW 2012

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Monique Lhuillier Pink Gown

Love the styling~ Harper’s Bazaar Romania | Sophie Vlaming by Sylvie Malfray

Aiguille Gown by BHLDN

Beautiful

Chanel.

Oscar Carvallo Spring Couture 2013

Monique Luhillier F/W

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2014 RTW

Julien Macdonald Fall 2014 RTW
Strapless Striped Gazar Gown by Oscar de la Renta at Bergdorf Goodman.

Emilio Pucci