Monday, July 28, 2014

Fall and Winter 2014 Fashion


 
              It's almost that weird time of year in fashion where everyone gets confused and panicked on what to wear in-between seasons. When summer is not quite over, but some days it's cool enough for fall. Or when it's like summer temperatures well into October. The new fall trends do transition well from summer, since there are lighter colors and shorter styles. Since I am much less 'avant garde' I don't get too wild like a few looks on the runway. I most often will transition with pairing a sweater with shorts or a skirt, or wearing booties with jeans and a light top but when the nights tend to cool down I will grab a leather jacket or a blazer and just layer. Luckily, this transition into fall season may be a bit easier since the styles are a bit less dark and heavy and more reminiscent of spring.

            I noticed quite a bit of pastel and neon colors on trend for the fall season, so you don't have to bag all of your clothes from the spring and summer.



As if designers heard our cry, on trend for fall is also another spring staple: florals and floral embroidery.





  Another big one for this fall and winter that I noticed is the mod 60's look, with very short hemlines, paired with equally mod boots and coats. You can wear it now with summer appropriate shoes and minus the coat. 


So you see, there are many ways to wear your fall fashions right now in the heat of summer. If you don't care about transitioning and just want to jump right in, the next half is for you!


Sheer midi and full skirts
This is a big one, because the sheer looks are everywhere and in everything right now, from dresses to skirts to blouses. When attempting this look, keep it minimal and monotone in darker colors. Understandably, not everyone can pull this look off, but it is hot!




Fuzzy Outerwear 
Not quite categorized as fur, not quite a shearling, it's just fuzzy. 



Head to Toe Knits
This, with the sheer trend, is among my favorites. It looks so very comfy but chic. I can not help but picture reading a good book with a cup of tea snuggled up and looking good in one of these. 




      Looking forward to seeing the runway trends for next season in September!


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Friday, July 25, 2014

Our Angel, Stormy.


   Just to give an update on the last couple of weeks which have been extremely emotional and stressful, our little family got a bit smaller as a few days ago we had to say goodbye to our beloved baby Storm.
 
 
       She was so much more than our dog, she was a family member and we loved her dearly. She was not even 5 yet but a couple of weeks ago we noticed she was very lethargic and slow and could not make it up and down stairs. We did blood work and nothing looked alarmingly wrong to 3 different vets. This past Monday she could not walk and when she tried to get up, she walked in circles to her left and fell over. We were quickly sent to the emergency 24 hour vet where a neurologist looked her over and determined a MRI and spinal tap is needed. After the MRI she did not recover well from the anesthesia and was too weak for the spinal tap. They did notice that her brain was inflamed and swollen and basically causing her entire body to shut down. She had also suffered 2 seizures while at the hospital. Not knowing what was causing it, they could not treat it. They would have to do the spinal tap, which she would definitely not survive. Eventually she stopped breathing on her own and went into a coma like state. 
   
   They said it was most likely an auto immune disease which would kill her in the next few months even if she did recover this time. We had to make the most difficult decision of our life and say good night to our furry little angel forever at 2:45 am early Tuesday. 
  
    I was always hoping she would grow up with our daughter and they would be best friends. We thought she would live a long life and eventually we would have to say good-bye, but I never expected it to be this soon. I feel like it was just yesterday that we brought her home and taught her how to walk up the big stairs, potty trained her, taught her numerous tricks. She was such a good smart dog, and such a cuddle bug. Everywhere I look I remember her and see her out of the corner of my eye or hear the jingling of her collar and expect to meet her puppy eyed brown stare somewhere. But she is gone, and it is extremely hard to come to terms with. Do not take your pets for granted today, tomorrow they could be gone and you will be wishing you can hear that annoying bark, or hope to see another chewed up shoe or piece of mail. 

this was love at first sight. My husband quickly determined this was our dog when she protected him for another dog trying to bite him :)
how tiny she was on her first day at home with us!
                                                                   
Getting kisses at my bridal shower


Rest in Peace angel! I'm so sorry we could not do more for you, love.






































Friday, July 18, 2014

TGIF: Date Night Looks



      In honor of Friday and the weekend, I wanted to create some really fun date night looks. Having a child it makes it harder to get out and enjoy date nights, but when they do come along I try to go all out. I came up with two different looks, one is a glam girly look and the other is a little bit rock and roll. Both appeal to me because I am a little bit of both and regularly switch between the two, among other looks as well.  The first is the girly look with a cropped bustier top and skinny jeans with seductive red lips and patent heels to match :


Crop stripe top -Clover Canyon    /    J Brand skinnies     /    Jessica Simpson pumps      /      Bracelet - She Inside     /     Earings



The second look is a combo of leather and the effortless look of a white tee in a dress version paired with gold accents. It would also be fun to layer a long sleeve sweater on lop of the dress and under this leather vest for the colder weather coming up within a couple months :





         Dress- Goodnight Macaroon    /       Leather jacket/vest       /       Derek Lam bootie- on sale!     
                                                                   fab 90's style tacky earings :)


Hope you guys enjoy these looks, and I hope everyone has a wonderful, fun and safe weekend!

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thursday: What I Wore



Another quick Outfit of the day post.



Today, I went out for a spontaneous little lunch date and threw this together but I thought it looked very cute so I decided to share. I am wearing high waisted jeans and a very plain white top. I accessorized heavily with a chain belt and the leopard print sneakers. This little lace bra is also too beautiful to hide. 


I was going for a rock and roll casual chic look.


Pants and top are both H&M. The sneakers are Cynthia Rowley. 



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Thursday, July 3, 2014

New Brand: KMercurio Italian Leather Handbags







      So today I want to talk about some gorgeous bags. A friend of a friend of mine has started a new handbag line. I am really excited for her, but also more excited because these bags are really beautiful! They are of very good quality and made in Italy with fine leathers. Here is a bit about Kayla and the new brand:


'Kayla Mercurio is a Naturalized U.S. Citizen of Italian and Filipino ancestry. As an infant, she was adopted and raised in the United States.
Kayla
As a child, she always showed an interest in the arts and fashion design. Now she has brought these interests together to release a line of handbags that are manufactured in Italy from fine Italian leather as the KMercurio brand.
She hopes that you will find the bags she has chosen to be of high quality and as exciting as she does. She presents the following bags as her current offering and will be continually choosing new styles to add to the line at frequent intervals.'

                                          Just a few of my favorites:


I am a sucker for a nice neutral tone, but there are a few in vibrant beautiful colors. As of right now the price range is $140- $292, but for this quality it is surely worth it! They have free shipping to 48 US states as of right now. Bags do come with a 1 year warranty and cleaning/repair options afterwards. All bags come with a dust bag as well. Be sure to keep an eye out for more styles, as of right now the site is bare since they are brand spanking new as of today! 
                                       Check out the new site here, or to purchase one of these bad boys. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Impromptu Dinner Date



       This is just a very quick little outfit post. It was one of those days where you have a specific craving for something.. Yesterday my husband, daughter and I had a very spontaneous dinner date for some Mexican food. He had heard good things about Amigos Taqueria in Westerly Rhode Island so we went over to check it out. It was pretty good, my husband enjoyed the mole sauce and the drinks were fantabulous!

Excuse the hair, this is what happens when it dries naturally:





Carne Asado burrito, and yes I did eat that. 



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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Kendra Thornton's Miami Fashion Challenge


       There is absolutely no question about how much I love Miami and exploring the city and the beach side. A couple of days ago, I was contacted by Kendra Thornton to participate in a fashion challenge for her upcoming mini-vacation to Miami. Clearly, I was excited to join the challenge since I love this beautiful city, was just there a few months ago, and wanted to live vicariously through this challenge of Kendra's!
           
       " Life in the digital age is great in part because of the way we all get to interact with a variety of other individuals with skill, interests and talents that complement our own. I love to travel, and any time I go on a trip, I take the time to research my destination online. For an upcoming trip to Miami, I got some great tips from Gogobot. I found the perfect accommodations at the sophisticated and luxurious Biltmore Hotel. This is one of Miami’s premiere hotels , built in 1926,  it features sumptuous guest rooms and suites as well as modern amenities. I’m super excited for this romantic getaway that I’ll be enjoying with my husband."

      I have never personally stayed at the Biltmore, but it looks very luxurious and beautiful!

"During our stay in South Beach, we’ll be enjoying some amazing fitness amenities at our hotel. I am a yoga enthusiast, so I definitely plan on taking advantage of the yoga studio that overlooks the spectacular scenery of the resort’s golf course. The Biltmore Hotel offers over 100 exercise classes each week including spin classes, Zumba, boot camps and Pilates. When I need to cool off, I can enjoy relaxing by the hotel’s landmark pool or hop into the pool and join one of their aquatic fitness classes. Whatever a week in Miami holds, I know it’s going to be great."


My first look for kendra is a casual one, for going out to lunch or a bit of shopping at Coral Gables. In Miami, the heat and humidity can ruin even the best hair, so I opt for a nice braid or a neat ponytail and a bit of hairspray. Light and flowy fabrics are a must as well: 



Navy romper   /    Camel Peep toe wedge    
Casual look #2:



Miami also offers a ton of opportunties for water activities, including jet skiing, beach side lounging, and pool side r&r. For this reason, you most definitely need to bring more than one swimsuit/bikini. When I travel down to Miami, I bring at least 4 with me! 
Here is one look, perfect for the gorgeous pool at the Biltmore:





And another swimwear look for the beach :







         As well as beach days and pool lounging, Miami has nightlife galore! The ladies there are always dressed immaculately and you need to bring your A-game to the hot spots. I put this look together for a fancy dinner out followed by some dancing:








Kendra mentioned the Biltmore has amazing fitness programs available with over 100 classes offered on the property. These fitness looks are perfect for running outdoors, on the treadmill or a yoga session:




Thanks for the great opportuntiy, it was a  lot of fun!