15 September 2014

A New Classic: The Minimalist Sandal

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I have been noticing these ankle-strapped sandals everywhere lately. I love the way they elevate casual basics like a pair of boyfriend jeans. Simple and sophisticated in design, they are elegant without detracting from a beautiful outfit.

Recently, I've become serious about paring down my wardrobe. I have a very small closet, so rather than keeping it overflowing with clothes and shoes to the point where it looks messy, I want it to be clean and organized, filled with only my favorite pieces. I truly believe that with less clutter, it's easier to focus on the items inside and put together new outfits.

Not only does having a smaller, more focused wardrobe simplify daily life; it also encourages investing in classic, quality pieces that are made to last and will never go out of style. These shoes are exactly the type of item I want to include in my new minimalist wardrobe. I'm having visions of pairing them with everything from deconstructed denim to my favorite black pants to a leather pencil skirt. Over-researching as always, I've found not only the most popular version of this shoe by Stuart Weitzman, but also a variety of alternatives at different price points. Now all that's left to do is pick one!

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12 September 2014

Fashion Week Favorites, Spring 2015 RTW: Lela Rose

For Spring '15, Lela Rose presented a collection filled with feminine, romantic details like floral prints, flouncy A-line skirts, nipped in waistlines, and lace. I always love classic girly girl looks, but I really enjoy the way modern additions like cutouts, transparency, and crop tops melded together with the more traditional elements. Two of my favorite looks are the kimono-inspired silhouettes, both the black and white polka dots and the blue and white floral print in silk. I think they are such a fresh take on the wrap dress! I also love the ankle strap shoes by Manolo Blahnik that accompanied many of the looks. I've been craving a pair like that for my closet!

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So many inspirational looks! Each one is ladylike, yet exudes sophistication and strength. This is a collection that truly makes me happy to be a woman!

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Fashion Week Favorites, Spring 2015 RTW: Monique Lhuillier

Everyone already knows that Monique Lhuillier makes the prettiest gowns, so for her Spring 2015 RTW collection, she focused her attention on expanding daywear options for her loyal customer base. This collection is still anything but casual, but many of the looks can be broken down into separates that would make great wardrobe updates individually. Although she still included some of her quintessentially exquisite evening gowns in the lineup, many of the looks are well-suited for cocktail parties and garden weddings. The color palette, inspired by a tropical sunset, featured shades of blush and lavender, a combination that I envision increasing in popularity in the coming seasons.

This was my favorite Monique Lhuillier collection to date, and trust me-- that is saying a lot! Who can resist beautiful, intricately-made, feminine clothes?

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09 September 2014

Fashion Week Favorites, Spring 2015 RTW: Kate Spade

Every season, I find myself looking forward to Kate Spade's Fashion Week presentation. Fans can always count on Kate Spade for a fun collection that serves as a happy little respite when Fashion Week starts to feel too fashion-y.  

The theme of the Spring 2015 collection was "Escape The Ordinary." Featured were looks that celebrated those extra hours of leisure we like to squeeze in during the spring and summer months. The Kate Spade team even went so far as to bring nature indoors, welcoming attendees with the summery scent of freshly cut grass, squares of which had been installed in the gallery space. Complete with PVC visors, wicker handbags, and tropical straw hats shining in the accessories category, one views these looks and recalls simpler, care-free times. 

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Always up for a little getaway, I often mention how much I enjoy when a collection transports me to another place and time. Viewing Kate Spade's Spring '15 collection feels like a long weekend in the Hampton's, complete with a perfectly manicured tennis court and some time spent lounging by a swimming pool. Considering that I've been spending most days longing for fall as of late, I can't believe that one collection is enough to make me just a little sad to leave the summer months behind. I'm still ready for fall but Kate Spade, I'm sure glad you'll be there waiting come spring!

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