Moody Spring Florals

Looking for a dress to wear to a wedding, date night or cocktail party this spring?  I am loving the dark moody blooms you will find on an array of prints this year.  “Florals? For spring? Ground-breaking.”  Comment below if you know what book/movie character said that…  I do like to switch it up a little bit though, while sticking with a classic theme.  Enter: dark floral prints.

If you’re not all about pastels and the traditionally bright, happy prints this time of year, this look is for you (if you are looking for something in a sunny hue, this look may be for you).  Spring is notorious for weddings, and this particular dress would be a perfect choice that could easily go from day to night.  The black background and deep berry hues really help those lighter blooms to pop.  Tell me that you wouldn’t be drawn to this dress if you saw someone wearing it at the next spring/midsummer night’s wedding?  I certainly would.

I paired it with a classic emerald and diamond pendant, but you could go another direction and add a chunky statement necklace, perhaps in black or deep berry (suggestions linked below).  I think it depends on how formal you want to style it.  For the purse, a pastel pink clutch by Kate Spade brought the look together quite nicely.

The Spring 2018 Runways were lined with dark florals and retro inspired prints. What a nice reprieve from all the flannel this winter, am I right? Also, a perfect way for those who love to wear black to embrace a fresh spring look.  These prints will also translate well to Fall with the addition of layers, tights, and jackets.  There’s your excuse to invest in one or more… yay!  Below are some of my picks.  Cheers to love (and open bar)!

Photos by KVC Photography

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Spring Dresses for all the Champagne Parties

Yellow is certainly on trend this spring/summer season and this feminine little number by Kate Spade NY is a nice reprieve from the winter blacks that I was wearing literally yesterday.  That being said, don’t expect to stop seeing black on my feed.  Actually, dark florals are also on trend this season.  I will share more on that later…

Easter is just a few days away (do you have a dress?), and weekends are sure to begin filling up with brunches, showers, and weddings.  Below are a few of my picks for all of the above.  Some less formal – maybe a Sunday jazz brunch at Watershed in Atlanta… and a few more formal styles, perfect for a spring wedding.  What I love about this dress (other than the color) is the signature Kate Spade bow.  It’s the little details that make it so special (and also look more expensive).  A simple dress with an interesting detail, like a strappy back, a ruffled shoulder, intricate boning, buttons, or just a interesting print really sets it apart from the others.

Shoes

The nude pump, a quintessential spring shoe that is sure to style perfectly with 75% of the dresses in your closet.  The above is probably the third pair of this exact style that I have owed, and I have another open-toe version arriving today (link below).  I am super rough on my shoes.  I am constantly having the caps replaced on the stilettos, and scuff them like it’s my job.  It makes me so mad.  And so, I really never spend more than $100 on a pair of shoes, with the exception of a solid pair of boots, sure to last for years.  Until I hit the lottery (which is unlikely because I don’t play), you unfortunately won’t find any Jimmy Choo’s in my closet.  Only look-alikes that won’t make me throw up when I scratch them repeatedly on the pavement.  I’m pretty talented when it comes to finding sales on out-of-season shoes.  You have to use your imagination.  But a pink floral slingback in December.  It will cost you twice as much in March.

What are some of your favorite spring trends?  I’m scouting Revolve’s website now and have about 20 different dresses favorited for upcoming events (some linked below).

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On Wednesdays We Wear Black

What better to wear with an all black ensemble than a bright red classic peacoat?  I think that an all black look, head to toe, is uber chic and gives off that edgy, yet still feminine vibe.  This slightly off the shoulder sweater is fuzzy and warm, perfect for cold winter days, like this one at New York Fashion Week in February.  Over-the-knee boots paired with a mini-skirt, not only take this look to the next level trend wise, but keep your legs nice and toasty. This classic red peacoat is a closet staple, which I have owned for 10 years!  This style is classic and I believe that everyone should own at least one.  I have several colors which I have acquired over the years and sometimes they take an outfit from okay to over-the-top just like that. ^

Let’s talk more about NYFW… the main venue switched this year from Skylight Clarkson Square to Spring Studios in Tribeca.  Here, you will find street photographers lined up for days shooting some of the most trendy, unique, and outrageous styles.  Looking for outfit inspiration?  No need for invitations to exclusive runway shows (although I would have died to attend the Zimmerman show).  You will find real people, wearing real outfits all around Tribeca.  Everything from top designers (see global influencers like Caroline Daur and Aimee Song) to everyday fashion lovers like you and I… Their styles are real and speak to their individuality.  And do not be shocked to see a Zimmerman floral top paired with vintage distressed Levi’s found a thrift shop.  Nothing is against the rules.  Lydia Hudgens (my photographer for this particular look) is amazing at capturing streetstyle during NYFW.  You can view some of her work here.

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The Year of the Fur

Looking for the perfect coat to wear with the quintessential little black dress?  How about a fur?  The one I am wearing here is in fact a vintage mink, but faux furs popped up in showrooms everywhere this winter.

Before you get your panties in a wad over this coat, read the back story here. (Also, I don’t care.)

As we all know, fashion does not always equal function.  However, I spent a lot of time outside in NYC during February Fashion Week and not once was I cold.  Furs are not only uber fashionable, but the warmest thing you could wear.  Whether you like non-traditional colors like pink, purple, or yellow, or you prefer something that resembles the real thing – here are a few of my favorites…  These coats aren’t the same overly shiny, synthetic material that they were years ago.  The quality really blows my mind.  And best of all… they’re timeless pieces, therefore a good investment.  Shop below…

 

Details on this look here.

Photography by Lydia Hudgens 

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All about my hair – who, what, where, for this “icy blonde lob”.  People approach me in Atlanta all. the. time. and ask me where I get my hair done, what color it is, etc…  Well, here ya go.

Enter: Ivy from Lumière Salon de Beauté in Alpharetta, GA.  I love this salon and the wonderful ladies that work there.  Ivy is a “creative stylist” with 8 years industry experience specializing in blondes, extensions, and trendy textured cuts.  Yes, Alpharetta is quite the drive up 400 but once you find someone that get’s you (your hair), it’s like a committed relationship.

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Until last Summer, my hair was quite long with warm blonde highlights:

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and then, the big cut.

Ivy gives me a long angled bob and icy blonde highlights (more on how I keep this color so cool below).

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I have seven weeks between each appointment, so I have to keep up that cool blonde color, protect, and style my hair on my own (ugh.).  Here are my favorite products:

 

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For when I don’t have time (or just don’t want to) wash my hair, I’ve found these to be the best dry shampoos:  Not Your Mother’s CLEAN FREAK refreshing dry shampoo (best drug store brand) and Oscar Blandi pronto dry shampoo (best luxury brand)

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I wash my hair about 3 times per week.  Prehaps that is because I work from home so I don’t always have to look “put together”.  I will say that with shorter hair, I have to wash it so much more.  It gets more oily and it’s quick to have an uncontrollable cowlick.  Here is my favorite AFFORDABLE shampoo & conditioner.  This So Silver Shampoo is usually $25 at Ultra but on sale right now for $15!!  This is a purple shampoo.  Meaning that the shampoo itself is a very vibrant opaque purple color.  This fights the yellow tones that blondes tent to take on.  If you’re going for a warmer blonde, do not use this product.  I’m going for Daenerys Targaryen blonde, so I leave this stuff on for a minute.

As for conditioner, I have used Aussie 3 Minute Miracle for as long as I can remember, and my hair is very healthy.  If it ain’t broke…

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After washing, I use Matrix Brass Off Blonde Threesome.  It’s a leave in (purple – for icy blondes) cream that softens your hair and protects it from heat damage.  I use only a tiny dab as it will weigh down your hair.  I am OBSESSED with my Elchim hair dryer  and take it with me everywhere.

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I then spray my hair BEFORE and after curling and/or flat ironing it.  My favorite hairspray is Chi Magnified Volume Finishing Spray.  I usually wouldn’t suggest buying makeup or hair products from a Marshalls or TJ Maxx (you just don’t know how old the products are, if they were properly stored), but I do buy this at TJ Maxx when I see it and it works wonderfully.

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To achieve the tousled beachy waves (with added shine), I use Oribe Apres Beach spray.  It’s not cheap, $42 for a can but it is worth it.  Here is a small travel version (half the price) if you want to try it out first for less…

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And lastly, Sun Bum 3 in 1 Leave in Formula.  This is sunscreen for your hair.  It shields it from sun damage as well as acts as a leave in conditioner.  I use this product in the Summer when I go to the beach.  Getting in and out of the ocean and/or pool can make my hair tangled, and dry.   I spend too much to achieve this color, so it’s more than worth $15 to protect it from the sun’s rays.

That’s it.  Ha!  That was actually a lot.

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