Monday, February 27, 2017

Influence of the 70's in my new tunic top from Xhilaration

It's a blustery day on the runway

And I'm thinking Spring, again!

I just picked up this Bell Sleeve shift dress or tunic by Xhilaration.

The little ruffle collar comes together when tied to make a keyhole neckline.  The fabric is 100% rayon and is easy care. 


Little brass buttons down the front lend a romantic edge.  

The bell sleeves with a bias cut ruffle at the bottom are reminiscent of the 70's.

The mustard, lavender and white flowered print softly flows from the 70's to the present.

You can find the tunic/dress here:    click
It is just $27.99

I am wearing my black BRIGITTE ANKLE PANTS from Chico's.

They incorporate a hidden fit technology that slims and smooths the silhouette.  They sit just below the natural waistline and the rayon, nylon and spandex blend provide a comfortable stretch.

They come in a variety of prints and colors.

Fashion is cyclical.  The 70's inspired fashion designs started popping up on the runways in Spring/Summer of 2015 and have proven to have staying power.  I found some photos of designs from the 70's ...............
 you can judge the similarities yourself.

Stevie Nicks

Germaine Greer

Twiggy  Getty

1970 models   French Elle


For those of us who remember the 70's......
remember the fashions as being soft and free.

It's good to bring that feeling back!

Like a true Nature’s child, we were born, born to be wild.
~ Steppenwolf
Like a true Nature’s child, we were born, born to be wild.
~ Stepp
~ Steppenwolfenwolf

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

5 Fashion Trends your Grandmother would not understand

Throughout history there has always been a generational fashion gap.
What may be trending for one generation will not be understood by their Grandmothers or even Mothers.
I remember my Mom's concern  (disappointment) when she found that I had a skimpy bikini bathing suit, hot pants and mini skirts. (1970)

I remember my Mom telling me that when she was a teenager, she had her hair "bobbed" (short haircut 1920's) and her Grandmother thought she had become a reckless woman!

Today is no exception.  

I present to you FIVE  fashion trends of today that would NOT be understood or accepted by our grandmothers!

(and I don't mean it in a religious way)
"Why on earth,"  Grandma would say, "would you want to wear worn out jeans?"

"Oh my,"  Grandma would ask, "didn't they have your size?"

Just the Design

"Don't we wear boots to keep our feet dry?"  Grandma would ask.  "Why would you want holes in them?"

By Graywold Live

"You're going to freeze your behind off, wearing that sweater,"  Grandma exclaimed!

Daily Chic


Fashion Struck Storenvy

"What if you need to put something in your pocket?"  asked Grandma.
American Eagle Outfitters

"What will the boys think?"  she said shaking her head

"Are those painted on?" she inquired.

So when your Grandma rolls her eyes as you pass by in the latest trending style, give her a big hug and 
REMEMBER.....  her Grandmother did the same to her.

I call it the "generational fashion gap"

Monday, February 20, 2017

Mirror Print tunic

I'm thinking ahead to Spring......  can't wait to get this white skin into the tanning sun.

I recently found this floral mirror print tunic top at Steinmart.  This beautiful design carries the V Cristina label.
The polyester woven fabric has a silky airy feel as it flows in the wind on this blustery day.

Luxe beading and studs circle the neckline and travel down the sleeves.

Notice how well the mirrored fabric is matched at the armseye so that the floral design continues unbroken into the sleeve.

The dropped back provides interest to the hemline and a definite slimming effect.

To see more of this tunic top:

Trending Mirrored Prints can be found everywhere you turn.  I found some others for you to view.

I have styled my new Spring find with BRIGITTE ANKLE PANTS from Chico's.

They incorporate a hidden fit technology that slims and smooths the silhouette.  They sit just below the natural waistline and the rayon, nylon and spandex blend provide a comfortable stretch.

They come in a variety of prints and colors.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

So many shoes and only two feet

So many shoes and only two feet............

Warmer weather is on the way.........I can feel it in the air.  With the onset of spring, our toes can be set free from  socks and boots.  In celebration of the upcoming event, I went shoe shopping to show you what seems to be trending.

This fun block heel seems to be everywhere.  We older ladies can be stylish in this great lower heel look.  This pair is from Steve Madden

This Suede leather Franco Sarto block heel sandal comes in several colors.... one for every look.

This chic Franco Sarto suede leather sandal adds sophistication to any ensemble

I found the wedge sandal to be popular again this year.

This leather wedge sandal from BCBG can be dressed up or down.

Valentino grained leather d'Orsay espadrille sandal.

("d'Orsay" refers to the absence of sides and "espadrille" refers to the rope like wedge)

This HALOGEN sandal with the slender strap across the toe and an open back shield cuff make this suede or leather stacked heel sandal a standout for sure.   

Trending today are the wraparound ankle straps.

Castaner's has created this canvas beige plaited espadrille wedge heel with wraparound ankle straps.
I remember having a pair of Keds as a kid with long wrap straps that I would lace up my leg.  Boy was I "hot"!

Steve Madden created this half-moon heel suede sandal with crisscrossing toe straps and wraparound ankle ties.  

RIZZAA created this soft suede casual sandal with its block heel and ankle ties.

This smooth leather Rebecca Minkoff sandal is nearly flat with slim lace-up ties and fun colorful tassels.  These would add pizazz to any outfit.

This JEFFREY CAMPBELL round block heel sandal is a definite standout with its strappy suede ankle detail and tassel embellishment.

Hopefully this puts some enthusiasm into your shoe shopping.  
WE all NEED and DESERVE a new pair of sandals.  Think of it as a reward for enduring the cold months!

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Monday, February 13, 2017

What can you do with $15

While shopping at NordstromRack, I found this fun pleated peplum sweater.  Have you ever purchased a piece with the intent of discovering various ways of styling it?  What can I pull from my closet to give it just enough edge to be interesting?

I am wearing an old pair of Ralph Lauren deep wine colored,  cotton skinny jeans.
I pulled this cotton scarf from my scarf drawer which combined the same blue and wine colors.  I am covering up the sweater's scoop neck.

And, of course, my fold over cowboy boots (a name I made up) complete the look.

The pleats hit below my waist in front and then scoop down in back.

AND.......there you have it.  My new look taking old "stuff" from my closet and adding the new.
Oh, forgot to tell you...........the sweater is on sale (reg.$98.00) for $14.70

Next, I began thinking of other ways to style this great find:

I could put it with a denim skirt, boots and a red/white and blue small square scarf tied around my neck like a choker.

Since it is very light weight (cotton/rayon blend) I paired it with white capri pants, strappy sandals and yellow accessories.

Living a little more on the edge, I could wear my short camel cotton skirt, blue leggings, boots and a fun cooridinating colored scarf

Taking a $15 sweater and pulling from my closet ..............
I get four great looks!

It doesn't take a bunch of money to look "put together"

Have you got some ideas for this awesome sweater find?

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