Gingham & Rosé: The Perfect Summer Combo

I was not always a fan of Rosé, but it’s dramatically grown in popularity over the past few years and now it’s more of a #basic Summer beverage that anything.  Sometimes overly sweet for my taste, but then when you find that perfectly balanced, sparkling pink libation, it’s perfect for toasting to a beautiful Summer night.

Here I am doing just that, while wearing one of my absolute favorite finds this Summer… An off the shoulder floral-lace and gingham dress from Revolve.  That’s right, floral, lace and gingham… how cliche for a Southern girl, amirite?  I actually bought this little number to wear to a specific restaurant in Athens, Greece this Summer, but fate had another story in mind.  So I wore it out one Saturday evening to 8Arm, and then frolicking around the Old Fourth Ward.  No fancy occasion, but who needs an excuse to wear this dress, or any dress for that matter?   I certainly don’t.

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You can find this dress for $95 here.

photos by KVC Photography

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A Fun Summer Jacket & Quirky Boutique

I like to have a go-to Summer jacket for evenings out and this light satin bomber from Fab’rik boutique is just perfect.  The print is a pretty, Summery floral on white, with a sparkly gold striped trim.  Coupled with glittery, gold striped espadrilles, this is the kind of look that can take you from a casual day of shopping (at Paris on Ponce), to dinner without skipping a beat.

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Fab’rik Floral Bomber Jacket, Hudson Signature Bootcut Jeans,  Ray-Ban Aviators

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Paris on Ponce is a quirky antique shop located on the corner of Ponce De Leon Ave and Ponce Place.   The Atlanta Beltline Eastside Trail runs behind the store where travelers are invited to roam the 30+ unique shops/booths, or just stop by for water and to use the restrooms.  Here you can shop for an array of gifts and oddities including art, antiques, cool letterpress cards, records, clothing, and even tarot readings.  They close at 6pm, so head there early and get lost in the possibilities.

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photos by KVC Photography 

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Summer Style

Here are 10 of my favorite fashion and beauty items this Summer.  I know, we’re already half way through July, but MOST of these pieces are now on SALE, so I’m glad that I waited to post this!  Links to all sales below… And perfect if you still have a vacation coming up, or don’t want to give up on Summer so quickly, as I see Hobby Lobby has with their damn Christmas decorations.

1. The ever in style fedora.  This one is light straw, perfect for the hot weather and still stylish enough to not require a beach/poolside setting.  I found this particular one at JCrew currently on sale for $14.50!!  This is NOT to replace the big floppy sun hats we all love, but to mix it up and add a bit of edge..

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2. Which brings me to #2… sun hats are very hot this year in the fashion world – floppy, fringe, ones with pom poms, or “slogan hats”, such as this “dear summer” hat I wore recently in Santorini.  I found this at World Market for only $29.99!

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3. Ruffled off-the-shoulder dresses.  This dress from Revolve is on sale for $59!  And there are so many more like this to choose from!
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4. WHITE.  white shorts, white jeans, white tops…  These angled raw hem white jeans are part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale right now for $38.90!

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5. Statement sunglasses.  These round Gucci sunglasses are 63% off at Nordstrom Rack, making them only $119.97!  Say what?!

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6. The cult classic NARS blush “Super Orgasm” (by the way, NARS has created an entire Orgasm collection for Summer that includes a blush, satin lipstick, lip gloss and illuminator).  “Super Orgasm” is the same shade as the original “Orgasm”, but with gold glitter.  Glitter makes everything better.  This will probably never go on sale, but worthy of my list, none the less.  $30 at Sephora

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7. Mac Amplified lipstick, which produces a creamy high shine finish, in the shade “Impassioned”.  This is a prefect Summer shade, kind of like watermelon.  I am obsessed.  When Delta lost our luggage on our trip to Greece, the first thing I bought was a lipstick from the airport Mac store- which is where I discovered this glorious shade of Summer!

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8. One-piece swimsuits are back.  I’ve been on strike since the age of 10, but I bought this adorable one-piece white swimsuit this year.  I was surprised to find it at Forever 21 and it was less than $30!  Unfortunately, it is now sold out, but this one is almost identical and comes in black for $38.

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9. Florals.  This peach dress with magnolias is not on sale right now, but still only $44.99 at DressUp Boutique.  However, Marshalls and TJ Maxx have several floral dresses, rompers, and tops for super low prices right now… you just have to be willing to hunt.  The black and white sundress that I am wearing in the image up top also came from DressUp Boutique and was on sale for only $25!  Look for “final sale items” on the rack in the back of the store… this includes items with a flaw (this one was missing a button), or items that are last of it’s kind in the store.  The discounts are huge.

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10. Statement necklaces… these can be paired with a cocktail dress or a simple white tee, jeans, and strappy shoes.  I shop for these at Stella & Dot, Kate SpadeJCrew and Baublebar.  Baublebar always seems to be having a sale.  I LOVE this Nomad necklace from Stella and Dot.  It is currently on sale for $83.85.

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And this is more of a layering necklace than a statement necklace, but I just picked up this tiered Y necklace at the #Nsale (Nordstrom Anniversary Sale) for only $23.90!

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In my opinion, Summer has just begun.  Happy shopping!

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My future’s so bright, I’ve gotta wear shades.

Hello, Spring! 

In conjunction with New York Fashion Week, the PANTONE Fashion Color Report provides a comprehensive overview of fashion designers’ use of color in their Spring 2017 collections. Featuring the top 10 shades seen on the runway, the PANTONE Fashion Color Report is your essential color guide to the season.

Drumroll, please…

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PANTONE Fashion Color Report- Spring 2017, including the “2017 Color of the Year”, Greenery.

Unless you dress in all black (I’ve been guilty of that from time to time), this palette really has something for everyone.  I love the fact that it isn’t too pastel, or too neon, just a nice medium array of jewel tones that in my opinion, are reminiscent of fashion of the nineteen sixties.  I believe that we will be seeing more sixties inspired prints this season as well, thanks to styles recently re-introduced to the runway by Roberto Cavalli

As stated in studies of color psychology, color can manipulate mood.  Think about the weather and the seasons… With the exception of the oh so glorious Christmas season, is Winter not the dreariest time of year?  There’s something about that first glimpse of Spring that puts a smile on everyone’s face (similar to this lovely palette of naturalistic hues).  In Atlanta, the masses flock to patios all over the city, moving the party outside.  Piedmont Park is bustling with dog walkers, picnickers, frisbee throwers, and Mimosa drinkers.  My husband says that when he sees the first bumblebees, he knows we’re out of the dark.  So bring your shades, because we’re about to have another “Summer of Love”.

These are a few of my favorite… Fashion and beauty finds this season.

 

1. Anastasia’s Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette

This is THE palette to buy this season.  I was planning on purchasing the new Chanel red palette (don’t get me wrong – it is gorgeous!), but this has way more bang for your buck and it goes on super rich.  It’s also only $42 for 14 different shades.  Available at Sephora.

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2. OPI’s Washington D.C. collection

A collection of lovely matte shades that work so well with a Fall or Winter wardrobe, and add that little POP!

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3. Benefit’s Goof Proof eyebrow pencil

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I have used multiple eyebrow pencils, pomades, special brushes, etc. and this is my favorite product.  For many reasons – the color is a perfect shade of brown/dark blonde (in attempt to not make my brows look TOO fake), the shape of the pencil is a narrow triangle, perfect for outline and shading, and the brush on the other end is just convenient.  If you’re partial to using a pomade, try Anastasia’s Dipbrow (a previous favorite before discovering this product).  I sometimes revert to Dipbrow when I want a more dramatic look.

4. Suede!

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Aforementioned as one of the hot trends on the runway this Fall, suede has made a comeback.  I think it works great as an accessory.  Shoes, boots, belts, bags…  Or, layered with different textures and fabrics, perhaps a short flowy suede dress paired with a long drape front knit cardigan…

 

5. MAC’s Nutcracker Sweet: Red Mini Lipstick Kit

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This is awesome.  I went to Saks to buy my all-time favorite shade (Rebel) and the MAC rep sold me this instead… It includes 4 mini lipsticks of the best shades of red/berry that MAC has to offer (including Rebel).  Also available: a Nude Mini Lipstick Kit and a Pink Mini Lipstick Kit.  Currently on sale for $21 (that’s less than the cost of ONE lipstick, people!).

Threads of History

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:  If you are in Atlanta and have not yet visited SCAD FASH, do yourself a favor and GO NOW.  Drop everything and go.  If you are reading this blog, I will assume that this is a subject of interest for you.  What is SCAD FASH?  Located at the SCAD Atlanta campus (1600 Peachtree Street NW), SCAD FASH is a museum, dedicated to the celebration of fashion and film.

Last night, I had the pleasure of meeting Alexandra Sachs, Executive Director of SCAD FASH and Atlanta galleries.  She provided some very interesting insight into the museum’s operations.  Alexandra and her team are responsible for the styling of the exhibitions.  Let me back up…  these are not your typical “displays”.  The work that has been done here goes beyond any type of curating that I have seen.  The way that they present these unique pieces is nothing short of extraordinary.   In lieu of traditional dress forms, Alexandra decided to use life size marionette scultpures to display these designs.  The actual form of the “body” had to be individually sculpted out of foam in order for these tiny – waisted dresses to fit.  Current day dress forms are not made for the shape produced by the overbearing corsets of yesteryear.  An interesting fact that you would never know, and yet just one small piece of the puzzle.

It’s all in the details…

What do you do when you have an entire facility and student body of fine artists at your disposal?  You take advantage of that talent!  The projected animations were done by an animation student.  The wallpaper is actually a large scale painting by one of the painting professors.  Everything you see in this museum is an original work of art.  I am not posting photos of this here, as they would not do the exhibition justice.

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The photo above was taken from SCAD FASH website

The show is split into two parts… “Embellished: Adornment Through the Ages”, on view until January 29, 2017.  This collections features exquisitely embellished accessories dating back to the early 1700s, as well as original prints of “La Mode Illustree” – one of the first ever published French fashion magazines.  This was indeed a treat.  La Mode Illustree was a subject of my undergraduate thesis exhibition.

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And “Threads of History: Two Hundred Years of Fashion”, on view until March 19, 2017.  A fashion show that takes you on a journey through history, beginning with the 1700s, most pieces likely belonging to wealthy aristocrats, all the way up to roaring 20s.  If only these dresses could talk… what secrets would they tell of the women that wore them as they sipped champagne from teacups and danced on tables?

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Most of these pieces are on loan from world-renowned Italian fashion professor and collector Raffaello Piraino, whose legendary collection, housed in Palermo, Italy, consists of more than 5,000 garments and accessories that belonged to the Sicilian aristocracy and bourgeoisie.

Why do they not take this show on the road?  After all, SCAD is a non-profit organization (although my bank account would suggest otherwise), so they really could use the extra revenue.  This show is truly awe-inspiring and specifically because of how the team at SCAD has packaged it.  The emence talent that is on display in even the bathrooms, could host an artist’s reception for which not many others could compare.  I cannot imagine this not thriving as a traveling exhibition, especially when backed by the SCAD name.

Kudos to Alexandra Sachs, Rachel Evans, and the rest of the team at SCAD FASH.  I cannot express what a fabulous addition this is to Atlanta’s art scene.

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“Who would wear that?”

Every time I open a Vogue magazine or watch a runway show, my husband, Mikey says, “Who would wear that?”.  I’ve tried to explain it to him, and yet the question remains.  I’m gonna break it down for all of you who ask the same question when you see Gigi Hadid walking the runway with a bird’s nest on her head.

It isn’t meant to be worn.  These pieces aren’t for sale.  It’s wearable art.  Consider the runway a performance piece and Fashion Week the big opening reception.  The emphasis is on innovation and creativity, not functionality.  Do you question abstract expressionism (think Jackson Pollock)?  Some of you (like Mikey) probably do.  It’s very similar.  It simply exists to be art.  It’s about the paint itself and the action of painting.  So, color, line, texture, and mood are what you end up with.  You’re not supposed to see anything specific in the work.

Runway shows are more about publicity and selling the overall style/feel of a designer’s collection.  The theme will later translate to more wearable pieces.  What do I mean by “theme”?  The color palette, material, etc…  The runway is just a canvas for the designer to display their art and make a statement.  And you have to consider the entire package – the setting, makeup, music, etc.  Here is a good example – Rodarte.  Their collection was feminine, gothic, and a bit whimsical (yes, all of those adjectives in one).  You can view their Fall NYFW show here.

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(Marc Jacobs and Lady Gaga.  Photo credit Kevin Tachman)
Because these designers are so influential, their designs inspire every level of fashion.  What you find at Forever 21 was in fact introduced on the runway last year.  The person (fictional character, actually) who put it best was Miranda from “The Devil Wears Prada”, “Oh. Okay. I see. You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select… I don’t know… that lumpy blue sweater, for instance because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise. It’s not lapis. It’s actually cerulean. And you’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent… wasn’t it who showed cerulean military jackets?  And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it, uh, filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin.”
With that being said, there are also a lot of wearable items shown at NYFW.  For example, Tom Ford and Versace.
Finally, to the point… Fur, leather, metallics, suede, florals, lace, chokers (or anything around the neck really), puffer jackets, elaborate embroidery, fringe, and fabrics inspired by upholstery.  Those are the trends this Fall.  Of course there are more but I personally do not like them, and this is my blog so I chose to omit.  Curious?  Go watch the shows and decide for yourself.  You may now have a slightly different view.