Style // Fashion Formula

Something about formulas has always appealed to me, even though math has never really been my strong suit. I used to make up “creative equations” during calculus tests, which pretty much negates the purpose of formulas in the first place, right?

But the idea of an exact way to do something is heaven to my overzealous organizational tendencies, so I when this look garnered a lot of compliments at a recent party, I tried to break it down:

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fashion stylist blog AdornUSA Amadeus necklace, Old Navy muscle tee, vintage skirt (remember when I got it here and wore it here?) from NVISION, The Limited mini purse, DKNY heels

Statement jewelry: Over-the-top earrings, necklaces, anything near the face will work, including a great hat or scarf. Your face is usually the first place people look, so hit ‘em with an immediate dose of style.

Neutral basic: Half the trick is looking like you didn’t try too hard (see: French women). I wore this gray muscle tee to bed the night before, so the um, “lived-in” vibe is authentic. T-shirts, faded jeans, and sweatshirts/pants are your best bet here.

The Special Piece: Everybody has a few really fantastic items that rarely get any love because they’re too sparkly/dressy/bright. Bring ‘em out! I really love unique vintage or handmade pieces, and anything in a standout material (leather, sequins, kooky prints) usually works.

Pop o’ color: Any bright accessory (purse, shoes, gloves, hat) that adds contrast is an attention-grabber. I’m really into this orangey-tomato color right now as it’s just left of classic red.

Classic shoe: I chose a nude pointy-toe pump here, but shoes are really a no holds barred situation in my opinion. A classic shape (bootie, pump, sandal, etc.) makes any offbeat color or material work with pretty much anything.


Style // Into the Blue

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When the temperature hits 60 degrees, I break out the leather and boots.

1 // Mango choker necklace

2 // Hanky Panky stretch lace bralette

3 // Guerlain liquid eyeliner

4 // Romwe denim shirt

5 // Mint Velvet navy pocket pencil skirt

6 // Lauren Ralph Lauren Vallerie boots

7 // J Crew Downing tote

Speaking of leather and boots, there will be plenty of both (and more) at the #SaksStyle Contemporary event, so RSVP now! I’ll also have a few issues of the elusive Cincinnati SHOPS magazine to distribute, so stop by Saks from 4-6 this Saturday to get a free copy. See you there!

As Dope as Ms. Pope

The Limited x Scandal fashion
Last week, my friend Will invited me to a sneak preview of The Limited x Scandal collection, a collaborative effort between Scandal costume designer Lyn Paolo, Kerry Washington, and the Limited’s design team.

The Limited x Scandal fashion The Limited x Scandal fashion

After checking everything out, let me just say that they got the Olivia Pope Look down pat: the tweedy blazers and wide-legged trousers, muted pastel color palette, and yes, white coats and jackets galore perfectly mimic Olivia’s powerful-yet-vulnerable swag. I put together a few of my favorite looks and may have gotten a liiiiitle carried away playing dress up…

The Limited x Scandal fashion I couldn’t resist hamming it up in this cape. The green bag WILL be mine!

The collection includes clothing, bags, and necklaces, with prices starting at a reasonable $49.95 for tops to up to $220 for coats. If you want a piece of Pope style sans all that extra “I had an affair with the President” drama, the Kenwood Towne Center store will carry every piece starting Tuesday September 23rd. When you go, ask for Will and tell him I sent you–no Secret Service necessary.

Style // Fashion Run

Every now and then, something you’ve always wanted to happen actually happens, and you get to run around Saks like a wild-eyed fashion fiend, feverishly grabbing luxurious designer clothes and shoes and bags without even bothering to look at the price tag. It was like the adult lady version of those Toys ‘R Us Nickelodeon Toy Runs, but with Imaginary Friend Manolo Blahnik egging you on instead of Geoffrey the Giraffe. And, of course, the “toys” had to go back.

SaksStyle-Yigal-Skirt It’s possible that I was wearing this fabulous Yigal Azrouel skirt the wrong way (should the zipper be on the side?), but I’m more of a front zipper type of gal.

In the meantime, though, I had a darn good time putting together these looks and running around downtown while my talented photographer friend Claudia took pictures of me trying really hard not to look like an idiot. Being on the other side of the camera was a little daunting, but fun!

SaksStyle-DVF-coat Can you tell how much I’m into this DVF coat? That sucker was HEAVY, like a sparkly, jewel-encrusted cocoon of glamour.

All this fashion fun is leading up to the #SaksStyle Contemporary Event on September 27th, so you should definitely stop by, say hi, and toast the new Fall styles with a glass or six of champagne. See you there!

Style // La Garconne

La Garconne

I found this vintage skirt years ago while browsing at some random thrift store. Because of the fit and flare shape and pastel-y palette, I usually go for a ladylike look when I wear it, but this time I was feeling less dainty housewife, more slightly androgynous la garconne. Worn with a men’s button down (I cut it into a crop top because…why not?) and shiny silver brogues, I definitely felt more rebellious, cause notwithstanding.


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