The Cape Heard Around The World

Posted on December 14, 2014

By now most of us have seen (and gasped over) the caped creations presented at the Valentino Couture show in New York.   While the message was definitively bride-worthy, the universal sartorial inspiration was palpable and left me no choice but to don my own modest rendition.  This cloaked coverup can be worn in virtually any style capacity ranging from formal, à la last week’s Valentino, to cozy like a Chloé girl off the 2014 Pre-Fall runway.  Part of the allure of a cape is that what you wear underneath is almost irrelevant; your outerwear is making the greater statement.  All the other details are your personal expression of style that make the look your own.

I find myself reaching for one of the capes in my closet most mornings, in an almost instinctual attempt at keeping warm yet retaining my wardrobe aesthetic.  This morning I chose to wear it buttoned-up, with a green (faux) leather skirt and completed the look with a vintage broach from My Mother’s Armoire.

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   Vintage Broach: My Mother’s Armoire

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1. Zara Buttoned Cape Coat

2. Ted Baker ‘Minimalist’ Wool Blend Cape

3. H&M Textured Cape

4. Zara Hooded Cape


Black and Navy

Posted on December 8, 2014

 By now the alleged fashion faux pas of simultaneously wearing black and navy together has been deemed undeniably antiquated, and completely inaccurate.  Pairing the two creates a fresh, and modern contrast of color, and brings an element of the unexpected, which can prove invaluable when picking your pieces; they don’t need to be detailed or intriguing, simply because the dark disparity of color does all the work.  Subtle, yet effective.  Part of what has been so exciting about fashion recently is the breaking of rules and the license for creativity and expression.  There are not too many sartorial laws that are still applicable at present, and the trends seem to be turning towards a cleaner, unhampered approach to getting dressed.  We are editing our wardrobes to make ourselves happy, rather than to fit a certain mold or style du jour.

I wore this outfit for a Sunday at Barnes & Noble with my kids, and it provided a perfectly comfortable and chic ensemble to chase small children in a teeming bookstore.  The whole outfit felt very 60′s, so I wore my wig with bangs and round oversize sunglasses.

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Have a fabulous week!


Fall Trends To Try (Before Winter Takes Over)

Posted on November 25, 2014

Fall is beloved.  We pine for it, plan for it, shop and blog for it.  It can also allow us a wider margin of options within our modest closets, and for that we are grateful.  Yet somehow in our haze of crunching leaves, crisp air, and our favorite knit, we tend to forget that too soon after Autumn comes Winter.  The trends remain, but the large (albeit fabulous) coat thrown over can slightly obscure our efforts at achieving sartorial freedom.  So while the chill is still tolerable, now is the time to indulge in the best of the Fall fashion we’ve been coveting.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve worn a few of my favorite trends of the season, including stark white shirtdresses, fall florals paired with paper-thin turtlenecks, monochromatic chunky sweater and leather skirt combo worn with suede boots for texture, and matching printed separates.

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ASOS WHITE Cotton Shirt Dress

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Warehouse Siren Floral Midi Skirt

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                     A.L.C. Schoolly Top / A.L.C. Bell Skirt

ASOS BLACK Sequin Top / ASOS BLACK Sequin Embellished Midi Skirt


MIMU MAXI Skirt Leggings in ‘White Sight’

Posted on August 12, 2014

Part of what makes those special pieces in my closet so significant is there ability to transition seasonally, and an element of the unexpected.  This skirt from MIMU MAXI embodies all of these things and more.  I like to dress with an ounce of drama so the color, and length of this skirt gave me exactly what I was looking for.  While it was designed with Spring in mind, bringing out the lighter colors for Fall is on my list for the cooler season ahead, and I cannot wait to pair it with boots, for a quintessential layering effect.

I wanted to do so many things with this skirt and had a plethora of outfits in my mind, but I narrowed it down.  Ranging from rocker chic, to buttoned up in a blazer, and a sweatered ensemble I cannot wait to wear come colder times, this skirt stood up to the test of style and season.

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Modest Picks From The ASOS Sale

Posted on July 11, 2014

It’s no secret to anyone who knows me (or reads this blog) that I love ASOS.  Highly coveted pieces, such as full midi skirts, are staples among the thousands of affordable fashion offerings on the site.  With a cult-like following that includes almost every blogger on the planet and celebrities as well, the only thing that can make the ASOS shopping experience even sweeter is a sale.  A big sale.  70% off to be exact.  So here are my picks, and a few pieces that I own and love (spoiler alert: there is a lot of leather).

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1. Midi Skirt in Painted Floral Print

2. Full Jersey Midi Skirt

3. Leather Column Pencil Skirt

4. Premium Pleated Color Block Midi Skirt

5. Midi Pleated Scuba Skirt

6. Warehouse Leather Full Midi Skirt in Mint

7. Pleated Coated Midi Skirt

8. Scuba Peplum Hem Pencil Skirt in Tropical Print

9. Soft Touch Midi Skirt

10. Pleated Scuba Midi Skirt

11. Leather Midi Skirt With Pockets

12. Striped Woven Midi Skirt

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1. Crepe  Midi Dress

2. River Island Color Block Pencil Dress

3. Utility Shirt Dress

4. HIDE Astrid Leather Pinafore Dress

5. Leather Wiggle Dress

6. Vintage Floral Dress

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1. Barneys Rosie Biker Jacket with Quilted Sleeve Detail

2. Neon Rose Sequin Baseball Jacket

3. Le Mont St Michel Merino Wool Mix Shawl Collar Jacket

4. Abstract Sequin Crop Top

5. Blanket Wrap Cardigan

6. Faux Leather Panel Sweatshirt

7. Heart Patch Striped Sweater

8. Knitted Cape Cardigan