Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sun Soaked

The Sun was out today! Slowly but surely, it's beginning to feel like the Sunshine State again.

love that zipper

UO Shirt
XXI Skirt
DKNY Tights
And of course those fabulous Aldo Boots

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Splashes of Spring

I know that to say 'I'm sick of the cold' may make some Northerners want to punch me, but I can't help it. These intermittent bursts of seventy degree weather are almost painful, because you know that mercury will drop back to a chilly forty-five in a few hours' time (those of you in the negatives, I can only imagine your pain).

Suffice to say, I've been dreaming of Sun and Sand lately! And such daydreams have washed these lovely items into my midst. Take a gander, if you will.

Louis Vuitton Spring 2011 Handbags

Prada Spring 2011 Shoes

Not so crazy about the oxfords, but aren't those heels fantastic? They certainly belong struttin' across the well-shined wooden deck of a cruise ship, I'll tell you that.

Balenciaga Moto Vest; Spring 2011

Perfection is attainable!

Bally Spring/Summer 2011

Check out those shoes.
So many more to come, I can't get enough of these colors.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Keep It Classy

Found these helpful tips while perusing StumbleUpon. Funny how some things stay so relevant. These hints?
Not so much.

"Any open show of affection... usually embarrasses or humiliates him." I wish that were still true today. Unfortunately, I for one am still accosted by sights of so-called "affection" in the school halls on a regular basis.. maybe they should read this.

Thursday, January 13, 2011


 I think I'm enjoying this unusual Floridian cold more than others. It may have something to do with coats, scarves, boots, and long-sleeved oxfords. And seeing your breath.



J. Crew scarf and hairband
American Eagle oxford
Aldo boots
Old Navy coat
XXI pants

Photocred: Carolyn

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Some Christmas Additions

Newly beloved screen printed flying typewriter shirt from Carly and Jeremy Mayer reassembled typewriter creations (which I don't own.. yet).

Brand spanking new lace-ups à la Aldo. And already worn in (in a couple of hours). Completely unintentional.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Hello Moto

Perhaps the fashion powers that be felt that women needed to toughen up for the start of a new year, or simply are acknowledging the fact that we pull off 'Tomboy Chic' extraordinarily well. Either way, I'm sensing a pattern here, what with the Female Dandy of last January and the Biker Babe of present. Hit-Girl from Kickass movie has the right idea.

The ultra-tough Military look has finally become reabsorbed into the crushing darkness of Past-fad Oblivion (which also contains, by the way, patched bell-bottom jeans and full-body bejeweled 'evening style' leotards). Therefore, the path has finally been cleared for a tough, rebellious, and well-loved classic: the motorcycle jacket.

Before the free spirited cringe at the idea of a traditional form-fitting leather jacket, and those preferring a safe cardigan shirk away, do realize that the resurgence of any past trend promises plenty of variations on the classic.

Burberry, ever the leader in trench-coat styles and looks, kept their motorcycle jackets classic in their Spring/Summer 2011 Collection. Accessorizing the neutral toned jackets with neon and pastel colored patent-leather belts that cinched at the waist, Burberry ensured that the light coats remain fresh and relevant in times of warmer weather. As followers of fashion will remember from last Spring season, neons were a hit, and subsequently were incorporated into nearly every designer's Spring/Summer 2010 collection. The fashion house also splashed metallics into the mix, upon clasps, straps, and sleeves.

If Burberry's variation on the classic moto jacket seems too tough, Marc by Marc Jacobs (left) and Ralph Lauren (right) are willing to loosen up their look for the wearers. The first offers a look that appears more distressed and disheveled than dapper, while the second creates a jacket of soft knit silk. These designers provide the wearer with a more relaxed fit.

For a motorcycle jacket that won't break the bank, try Urban Outfitters or Nordstrom's.

Monday, January 3, 2011

In with the New

As the page turns on yet another year in fashion, a fantastic new chapter waits to be devoured.
Here's the prologue.

Though most all 'modern-day' trends are recycled looks that have been reinterpreted from past seasons, 2011 will do a fantastic job of breathing new life into them.

The select few style elements from 2010 which have been granted encores in the new year include lace, tassels, and bright graphic prints, especially stripes. Re-emerging virtually unrecognizable from their predecessors, the three looks have ensured they remain far from overused.

Lace made its vintage-inspired resurgence last year upon conservatively cut frocks, ideal for festive soirees and formal events. This year, the elegant fabric becomes entwined upon shorter skirts and mini-dresses, looks undoubtedly more suitable for the casual school day.

Amanda Brooks, fashion columnist and consultant for, said, "A black lace dress is season-less, feminine, and sophisticated. It is also very versatile: edgy with white pumps, messy hair, and strong makeup; schoolgirl chic with black flats, mascara, lip gloss, and a ponytail with a black bow in it."

Tassels, an adornment worn solely on the boots and bags of Manatee High School students in 2010, will finally make the leap onto clothing garments themselves. The 2011 Motorcycle Chic trend will see a burst of embellishments on everything, but most especially on the 2011 biker jacket. Balmain biker jacket and Unique tassel platform below.

Stripes, the nautical uniform of those who work and play waterside, will resurface upon floppy beach hats and sixties-themed shifts, but, of course, are not limited to them. Jil Sander Spring Summer Collection Dress featured below. Striped hat from Jak and Jil.

Though strong statement pieces when worn individually, artfully combining two or three of these hot 2011 looks in one ensemble will ensure the wearer remain a mark above the rest.

Janie Bryant, costume designer on the award-winning show Mad Men said, "I wear my sweetheart bracelets almost everyday, but I might contrast them with a mod, fitted leather jacket dress or a faux-fur bomber jacket. Your own signature style should always pack a subtle punch."

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