May 10, 2019

The Terrific Trench

Posted By: Terri
Category: Wardrobe basics
Audrey Hepburn in Sunset Blvd /Courtesy Getty Images

A stylish trench is a Classic wardrobe staple. It’s the layering piece every woman needs. The trench coat can elevate your look and can be worn…rain or shine.

Style Tips:

First and foremost invest in a trench that fits you to a T. The trench shape should fit your fame and flatter your figure. Pay special attention to the length. Think: not to long,not to short…. Just right!

A trench coat is best when lined. It allows the fabric to drape better over your body.

Details of your trench matter. Check button quality and buttonholes to insure stitching is secure. Also take note of even top stitching and secure belt loops. Lastly, the belt- does it slide through the belt loops with ease and is it long enough?

Buy well…. Buy Once! . The trench is a style staple that can be in your wardrobe rotation for years to come. Purchase the best quality trench that you can afford. If it’s going to hang in your closet for years to come it best be something that you love wearing with confidence and a “bit of happy.”

Christie Brinkley in a Stylish Trench Image Courtesy of DailyMail.com
Image Courtesy of Juliana Parisiblog
Trench Coats aren’t just for rainy day..stylish for Summer when the temps dip a bit.
Topshop Trench $170.00

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May 8, 2019

Sale Site(s) Spotlight

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion tips
Sites to source when shopping online..here’s the SHORT list…..Enjoy

If your Inbox is deluged with offers from online sale sites and you just don’t have enough hours in the day to suss out the good from the bad..I’m here to help. Below you will find a list of some of my absolute favorite online sale sites. I hope you will quell your sale craving and help you find that perfect product for whatever you ‘re sourcing.

For quick access to site-Click on site name before the tag (click on this link)

Gilt

Specializing in luxury apparel and accessories. Gilt wants to do it all in the luxury segment. The site boasts everything from fashion and home goods to fine food and travel.

More about Gilt (click on this link) Owned by the parent company of Saks Fifth Avenue, Gilt is considered the grande dame of flash sales. These days Gilt has pivoted from just flash sales, offering full-price merchandise and (nonflash) discounted items, in addition to daily deals.

HauteLook

Specializing in fashion for the whole family. Women, men and kids’ apparel — HauteLook has it all, as well as beauty, shoes and home decor.

More about HauteLook(click on this link) : This site is Nordstrom’s foray into the world of flash sale sites. The CEO has called HauteLook a “West Coast­­–casual” company, so expect the products, like sophisticated floral dresses and organic skincare products, to reflect that aesthetic. With new events launching every day at 8 a.m. PST, something new is sure to catch your eye.

Rue La La

Specializing in home decor, apparel and accessories for men, women and children. This invitation-only online boutique marketplace is curated daily with the best of the best in women’s, men’s, and kids’ fashion, home decor, travel experiences and more.

More about Rue La La(click on this link): Shopping on Rue La La is an adrenaline rush: There’s a countdown clock that shows how long a boutique is open, and then another countdown clock once you put something in your cart (so there’s no squatting on that TUMI carry-on). If you love the thrill of a good deal, bookmark Rue La La.

Joss & Main

Specializing in home design. Find the highest-quality houseware, furniture, decorative accents, lifestyle accessories and gifts.

More about Joss & Main(click on this link): If home design is your jam, you’re likely familiar with Joss & Main. Featuring vintage wall art, mid-century modern furniture and traditional accents, the site’s inventory is carefully curated. Your living room won’t look like your neighbor’s—it’ll look better!

11. One Kings Lane

Specializing in discounted home goods, decor, furniture, rugs and lighting. Offering eclectic goods from top-notch brands, One Kings Lane also has vintage pieces for a truly one-of-a-kind buy.

More about One Kings Lane(click on this link): This is definitely the site our designer friends mention when we tell them we’re looking to spruce up our house without going broke. One Kings Lane groups items by style (Modern Ease, Coastal Charm, Parisian Chic, etc.) so it’s easy to find goods that match the vibe of your home. If you still need a little help, you can consult with a designer for free!

Shop It to Me

Specializing in sale fashion and accessories for men and women. A daily shopping email—it’s called Salemail—with items handpicked just for you.

More about Shop It to Me(click on this link): Too busy to spend hours online seeking out the biggest bargains? Well, let this site do the work for you. Tell Shop It to Me your favorite designers and your clothing size, and you’ll be alerted when those items go on sale and more. Easy-peasy.

Sassy Steals

Specializing in fashion and accessories for men, women and children. Sassy Steals allows dealers and artisans to offer their unique items.

More about Sassy Steals(click on this link): From tutu dresses to makeup-brush cleaners to wireless earbuds, you’ll find an exciting variety of products on Sassy Steals. A quick scan of the homepage shows great price points, with many items under $20.

Lot18

Specializing in wine. Count on Lot18 to find the wines that offer more bang for your buck. Experts, mainly former sommeliers, curate high-quality wines for you to buy at the best-possible prices.

More about Lot18(click on this link): Each wine is offered for a limited time, or until all available quantity has been purchased by customers. Lot18 also has a monthly wine club (wine to your doorstep? Sign me up!) and fun collections you can buy—like the perfect pairings for your “Bachelor” viewing parties.

8. Jetsetter

Specializing in travel deals. Warning: Wanderlust is inevitable.

More about Jetsetter(click on this link): Owned by TripAdvisor, this travel search engine was founded to give you insider access, expert knowledge and exclusive experiences. Score hotel rooms or travel deals at a discount, and get those cherished nuggets of practical advice from travel writers who’ve been all over the world.

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May 7, 2019

Tuesday’s Tip

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion

A sweet (and humorous reminder)…Happy Tuesday!

*Just in case you’re looking for whimsical make up and pencil pouches, totes, and laundry bags check out this sweet site on etsy.

All images courtesy of: Pamelabarskyshop on Etsy….Click on images and go directly to all her offerings.

Etsy Shop Pamelabarskyshop..Click on image and go directly to shop.
Lipstick Pouch $16.50
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May 6, 2019

The Met Gala & Blake Lively

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion

MET GALA * The quick 411…..

The first Monday of May is aka “Met Gala Monday.”The Met Gala, formally called the Costume Institute Gala and also known as the Met Ball, is an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s Costume Institute in New York City. It marks the opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit. Each year’s event celebrates the theme of that year’s Costume Institute exhibition, and the exhibition sets the tone for the formal dress of the night, since guests are expected to choose their fashion to match the theme of the exhibit. The theme for this year’s event is Camp Notes in Fashion.

Image Courtesy of Designer
Giambattista Valli

Actress Blake Lively (yes, the Blake Lively married to Ryan Reynolds and pregnant with their third child-why do I know this?) has always been on of my absolute favorite Style Stars to watch at the Met Gala for two reasons: 1. Blake brings it! (Big time) Blake continues to wear the most beautiful gowns that are tasteful and elegant. 2. Blake styles herself! Yes!!! You heard me she picks her own apparel and styles herself. I’m sure she does have help when it comes to hair and make up but she chooses all her gowns with out some fancy schmancy A- list stylist. How can we not love a girl that has great taste and trusts herself with her style selections! Here’s a brief review of Blake’s Met Gala moments (and gowns) throughout the years. Enjoy!

2018
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 07: Blake Lively attends Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jackson Lee/Getty Images)
2017
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 01: Blake Lively attends the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

2016
Actress Blake Lively attends ‘Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology’ Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, USA, on 02 May 2016. Photo: Hubert Boesl – NO WIRE SERVICE – | usage worldwide (Photo by Hubert Boesl/picture alliance via Getty Images)
2014 ( My absolute favorite!)
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 05: Blake Lively attends the “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” Costume Institute Gala held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Karwai Tang/FilmMagic)
2013
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 06: Blake Lively attends the Costume Institute Gala for the “PUNK: Chaos to Couture” exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/WireImage)
2008 Blake Lively’s FIRST Met Gala
NEW YORK CITY, NY – MAY 5: Blake Lively attends THE COSTUME INSTITUTE GALA: “SUPERHEROES” with honorary chair GIORGIO ARMANI at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by CHANCE YEH/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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May 4, 2019

Derby Day aka Hat’s UP

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion

The first Kentucky Derby was originally held on May 17, 1875 in Louisville,Kentucky. Originally organized to cap off the Kentucky Derby Festival, (which back in the day lasted two weeks)-today, the Derby takes place the first weekend in May and the celebration lasts about 4 days give or take a mint julep.

TheDerby has become one of the premiere sporting events and somehow morphed into one pretty spectacular fashion show.

The race itself lasts slightly around the two minute mark, which leaves a good amount of time to focus on other things-fashion and food, (and just between you and I ,how much food are we seeing televised and how much fashion aka hats! I rest my case. The Kentucky Derby in “fashion speak” is the single most watched “Showcase of Hats” in the country each year.

So if you’re in need of some fashion inspo complete with beautiful hats, fabulous fascinators and springtime dresses-have a seat around 2 today and take in some pretty gorgeous and unique Derby fashion.

Image Courtesy Vogue.com
Image and Design by Philip Treacy
Image Courtesy Vogue.com
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May 2, 2019

Aaamazing Dresses from Amazon

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion

May is the perfect time to embrace the dress. With cold weather behind us and warmer days ahead you can finally shed all those layers of clothing and don a pretty springtime flounce. Should you find yourself short on time to shop in-store but want to quell that dress craving, might I suggest perusing (wait for it) Amazon. Yep, you heard me. There are oodles of options to source via the mega site and if you’re Amazon Prime you can be sporting these Springtime styles in no time flat. ..

Petersyn Estelle Dress $375.00
Faithful The Brand Ari Midi Dress $189.00
Mara Hoffman Angelica Dress $525.00
Nightwalker Valentina Dress $95.00
Sundress Pippa Long Dress $163.00
Zesica Woman’s Summer Wrap ($Under $25.00)

All images courtesy of Pop Sugar.com & Aamzon.com

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May 1, 2019

Scarf Style

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion

Style alert! Repeat after me…”Scarves are here to STAY. Glad we’ve solidified that “fashion fact” once and for all. Every summer, someone (not naming any names) makes a grand trend forecast and deems that the scarf is BACK in style. Hello…it never left.

As long as we have a bevy of beautiful scarves in our wardrobe we will continue to tie them in a plethora of stylish options by simply switching up on how we decide to wrap and knot it.

Warmer days are ahead and the scarf will surely add some serious style to your outfit not to mention a well worn scarf can also- hide a bad hair day, offer additional sunscreen to your hair and add a pop of color.

Amazing… what a simple scarf can do!

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Apr 25, 2019

Beautiful Bodice(s)

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion

It’s almost the weekend and right about now I could go for a beautiful bodice break. Yes, you heard me. It’s a thing. Taking a moment out of your day and admiring something that is beautifully made & feminine. Bodices aka corsets are something frivolous. I mean you really don’t NEED to have a sparkly corseted bodice on BUT wouldn’t it be nice just to have one at the ready just in case you wanted one. Here are two images I came across on my favorite online inspo site-Pinterest. Beautiful.

Image Courtesy of Sasha Styles Fashion
Image Courtesy of Moda & Lifestyle

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Apr 24, 2019

Loving…. some Lela Rose

Posted By: Terri
Category: Designer Spotlight

In case you need a breath of Spring, might I suggest a sneak peak at the Lela Rose Spring 2019 Collection. You’ll find soft colors in feminine silhouettes,detailed to perfection. Can we just say Lovvving!

All images courtesy of Vogue.com
https://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/spring-2019-ready-to-wear/lela-rose

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Apr 18, 2019

“Checking in”-Black & White

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion
Gingham Trench Coat $199.99 available at Talbots

I don’t know if you’ve noticed BUT there seems to be allot of black and white check, floating around in fashion this Spring. More times than not it’s simply styled but still makes a statement because let’s face it …when it comes to simple style… black and white always delivers. “Check out” these pretty pieces by clicking on the image(s) for the full 411.

Jonathan Simkhai Top $345 available at Shopbop
Jonathan Simkhai Dress $695.00 available at Shopbop
Gingham Blazer available at Zara
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