Obama Wins!! Meet our First Lady…

selling out J Crew

selling out J Crew

in Narciso Rodriquez

First Lady chic in Narciso Rodriquez

looking chic in Maria Pinto

keeping it real in Maria Pinto

Dressing in the public eye certainly takes courage, but again we maintain it’s all about owning your look. Our new First Lady does this to perfection. What can you say about a woman who can raise the profile of a local designer (Maria Pinto) to a level of international recognition? And at the same time, cause the J Crew website to crash due to the number of people she inspired to seek out and obtain her chic yet affordable outfit? Now, that’s some impressive style influence.

Hail to the Chieftess.

Alexander, will you be my boyfriend?

 

There are few designers that take my breath away quite like Alexander McQueen. The way that he combines avant-garde and pretty is what truly blows me away. If I was a celebrity, I would wear him to every major event (and probably to the grocery store, as well!) I am lucky enough to have acquired a few pieces of his over the years, but all this has done is make me hungry for more. I’ve attached a few of my faves from seasons past (and current). Enjoy!

 

 

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Change

Recently I’ve been feeling the pains of a serious style rut.  I’m bored with trend items, I’m bored with my own personal wardrobe, and I’ve been craving something that will jumpstart the sartorial (and perhaps, life?!) transition that I’m really wanting. 

I’ve been on shopping trip after shopping trip recently, my head filled with visions of grandeur as to the wonderful treasures that I would undoubtedly find.  The whole host of new items that I would acquire, providing me with a new wardrobe and a fabulous new sense of personal style.     NOTHING.  I have come home from all of these shopping trips with nothing!  And let me tell you, I love to shop.  I find few things more satisfying than that of a successful shopping spree.  So you can imagine my severe disappointment as I experienced this seemingly unrelenting succession of unresolved, unsuccessful shopping escapades. 

But as much as I love clothes, and find fashion to be the ultimate form of self-expression, I thought about the other things that I’d been wanting to do to kind of kick my personal style up a notch (aside from throwing out my entire closet and starting fresh).  So, I got a tattoo and chopped seven inches off my hair.  Now I’m not recommending that everyone do this.  Because certainly inking something permanently onto one’s skin and drastically changing one’s hairstyle is not for everyone.  But I happen to love dramatic changes and as a result of mine, have felt this resurgence in the ownership of my own personal style. 

My point is this: change.  We all crave it, and we all need it.  Fashion is the most rapidly changing industry in existence; as Heidi so eloquently puts it: “One day you’re in, the next you’re out.”  And obviously, if you’re craving something different, there’s a reason.  There are all sorts of ways to reenergize your style, to refresh your personal self-expression.  I like to go a little crazy, perhaps you’d be satisfied with something a bit more subtle.  Either way, change it up, sugar.  Keep yourself feeling fresh.  

Cuffing It

I have seen a lot of trends come and go. Sometimes I jump right on the bandwagon that happens to be rolling by, but more frequently I find myself wishing I could participate, but knowing in my heart that I probably shouldn’t. In recent years, 2 very big trends have come along — skinny jeans and leggings. Both of these trends absolutely terrified me at first, but I eventually learned to embrace them. Maybe not the best idea at 42, but I’ve made them work for me. Now, all of that being said, I am always pleasantly surprised when a hot, new fashion trend hits the circuit that is a trend that I can actually wear. Not only wear, but rock. Imagine my surprise when I saw pictures of Katie Holmes walking around in oversized boyfriend jeans, pegged. Now I am not, nor have I ever been, a fan of pegged jeans. However, Katie helped spawn a trend revival of cuffing your jeans. This is a trend I can embrace. I am not a thin woman and, on top of that, I was not blessed with thin ankles, BUT in a pair of straight-leg jeans with a messy cuff and a super-sexy platform, I am H-O-T hot. Seriously, the cuffed jean, if done properly (rolled to about 2-3″ above the ankle bone) is insanely flattering! Leggings and skinny jeans… Awesome? yes. Universally flattering? maybe not so much.

Cuffing It

Cuffing It