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Let’s Get Away: Memorial Day Weekend 2012

This weekend is the celebration of Memorial Day, which hopefully means you’re going to the beach, the lake, a friend’s pool or at least a barbeque!  It certainly does to me!  I’ll be at the lake with some friends, riding on the boat and catching rays.  More importantly, Memorial Day is when we remember those who have died in active military service so that we can enjoy freedom.  The celebration of their lives and our freedom also marks the unofficial start of summer livin’.  Oh how I love three day weekends of sun and fun!

It also means I have to pack…  Do you know how much I hate packing?  It’s in the top 5 of things I least enjoy doing.  But I’m here to make it easy on you.  You’re welcome.  So keeping the patriotic and summer fun theme in mind, below are some ideas of what to wear Memorial Day weekend 2012.

Orange maxi dress:  Orange is The Color of the season and lucky for us it looks great on every skin color!  It warms the skin and provides an instant glow.  Maxi dresses are also very popular as they are easy to style and make your body appear longer and leaner.  When I first ordered this Alloy dress a few years ago people would joke with me by asking if I was headed to the prom.  Oh the riducle fashion-forward people face in the Midwest!  But thankfully, long dresses have caught on and are now easy to find (and wear) everywhere!

Turquoise Beaded Boho Hoops from Windsor, Bangle set from Loft, Raffia satchel with Tassel trim from New York & Co., Orange maxi dress from Alloy, Cotton Herringbone Four Pocket Jacket from Loft, Natasha Accessories Beaded Bangle Set from Dillard’s, Sofft “Ravenna” Sandals from Dillard’s

V-Neck Maxi Dress from New York and Co., Heritage tie-waist chiffon patio dress from Banana Republic, Blue Juice Desert Romance Maxi Dress from Dillard’s

  

Something mint, aqua or sea foam:  I adore the color of these Candie’s Color Denim Shortie Shorts that I just found at Kohl’s!  Pair it with white and statement-making accessories or a complementing pastel like lilac or pale yellow.

Lace Up Crop Cami from American Eagle Outfitters, Candie’s Color Denim Shortie Shorts from Kohl’s, Turquoise Beaded Boho Hoops from Windsor, Beaded Wrap Bracelet from American Eagle Outfitters, Knotted Wedge Sandal from Charlotte Russe, Steve Madden Fringy Fringe Hobo from Dillard’s

  

White sundress: The white sundress is a summer classic.  Make it sweet and sexy by combining lace with a corset, like this one from Topshop.  I chose to keep it simple with neutral accessories.  Floppy hats and tortoise sunglasses are so chic and offer necessary protection from the sun.  (Did anyone see Schmidt’s shout out to tortoise in Gwyneth Paltrow’s goop newsletter?  Max Greenfield of New Girl said of his tortoise iPhone case, “Every so often someone will confuse it for leopard print. How embarrassing. For them.”  Bahaha!  Love him!)  But seriously kids, protect yourself from the sun this weekend!  I love hats but I don’t usually wear them.  Protection from the sun is the perfect excuse to feel glam in a floppy one!

Striped Floppy Hat from Forever 21, Lace Corset Flippy Dress from Topshop, Tortoise sunglasses from Tommy Hilfiger, Knotted Wedge Sandal from Charlotte Russe, Pave and Natural Stone Round Drop Earrings from Loft, Raffia satchel with Tassel trim from New York & Co., Beaded Wrap Bracelet from American Eagle Outfitters

 

Retro-inspired swimsuit:  To stand out in a sea of neons, jungle prints and tribal patterns, try a retro swimsuit.  I found this adorable cherry-print bikini from Old Navy on clearance for $10!  Look for halters with molded cups and sweetheart necklines and fuller briefs in classic colors or nostalgic prints.  Again take advantage of wearing a cute hat this weekend!

Straw Fedora from Forever 21, Cherry-Print Bikini from Old Navy, Whitney Earrings from Tessyla on Etsy, Candie’s Color Denim Shortie Shorts from Kohl’s, Leather Flip Flops from Gap

 

Tropical print or crop top:  To add spark to your Memorial Day wardrobe throw in something with a bright tropical print or a sexy crop top – perfect for visiting the nearest town pub.  Both of these trends have been heating up the runways and seen on many celebrities this spring.  Pair the jungle-inspired piece with a separate in a solid color to balance the wild pattern.  I added natural-colored accessories with bold neon details to emphasize the eyecatching bright colors without going overboard.  While crop tops may invoke memories of the girls of Clueless and other 90s pop stars, there’s no need to worry about feeling like a heifer to rock one.  Today they’re easier to wear thanks to high-waisted skirts or capris that cover the navel.

Jaime King, Kristen Stewart, Selena Gomez

Crate Clutch from Alloy, Hawaiian Print Bralet from Topshop, Neon Chain Earrings from Windsor, Neon Faux Cork Wedges from Charlotte Russe, Perfect Circle Skirt from Nasty Gal, Pressed Bangle Set from Forever 21

Now get to packing and have a fashionable, fun and safe weekend!

Thank you to all who have served in the United States military and for the freedom you have allowed me.  Yes, you too brother and cousin.    

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The It List: 2012 SAG Awards

Love Lace

Lace, as a trend, has evolved over the past few years but has stayed mainstream among all types of well-dressed ladies, including actresses walking the red carpet.  So it’s refreshing to see Michelle Williams wear the dainty fabric as a unique detail on a dress with a modern cut.  Expect the novel trend factor to wear off, but such an elegant look will always be “in.”

Michelle Williams in Valentino and Roger Vivier shoes - Photo courtesy of Jeff Vespa/WireImage

Stacy Keibler in Marchesa - Photo courtesy of Steve Granitz/WireImage

Off the Rack Option

The oversized lace pattern, irregular V-neck hem and full skirt on the first option and the lace back and high collar on the second choice, set these lace numbers apart from the rest.

JS Collections at Dillard's

Body Central

Bold and Blue

Shades of cobalt graced the SAG Awards and is quickly becoming my favorite color of the moment.

Jessica Chastain in Calvin Klein Collection - Photo courtesy of Jason Merritt-Getty Images

Diane Lane in David Meister - Photo courtesy of Jason Merritt-Getty Images

Jane Lynch in David Meister Signature - Photo courtesy of Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Off the Rack Option

When selecting a cobalt dress, look for a vibrant blue that really pops, like this one:

Caché

All That Jazz

I am so excited that fashion powerhouses like Badgley Mischka, Gucci, Christian Dior, Chloé…  are reveling in the roaring 1920s!  Now we can all pretend we’re living The Great Gatsby.

Ashlee Simpson in Jenny Packham - Photo courtesy of Getty

Zoe Saldana in Givenchy Couture - Photo courtesy of Jason Merritt-/Getty Images

Shailene Woodley in L’Wren Scott - Photo courtesy of Alberto E Rodriguez/Getty Images

Bérénice Bejo in Ralph Lauren Collection - Photo courtesy of Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Off the Rack Option

While fashion from the twenties is the next big revival, there aren’t many options available off the rack just yet.  I did find this blush pink gown from Caché.  Search for loose-fitting pieces with beaded embellishments and drop-waists.  Until then, try a flapper headband, like this one from BaroqueAndRoll on Etsy.

Caché

BaroqueAndRoll

Berry Sweet

Shades of berry were oh, so pretty on the red carpet.

Natalie Portman in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture - Photo courtesy of Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Sofia Vergara in Marchesa with Lorraine Schwartz jewels and a Thale Blanc clutch - Photo courtesy of Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Julie Bowen in Temperley London - Photo courtesy of Steve Granitz/WireImage

Dianna Agron in Carolina Herrera - Photo courtesy of Alberto E Rodriguez/Getty Images

Off the Rack Option

Express Ombre Stripe Bandage Dress

Pretty in Pale

Gowns (and a jumpsuit) in pale colors of white, silver and other pastels did NOT pale in comparison, but rather stood out as an elegant sigh of relief.

Kelly Osbourne in Badgley Mischka - Photo courtesy of Frazer Harrison-Getty Images

Rose Byrne in Elie Saab Haute Couture - Photo courtesy of Kyle Rover/Startraksphotocom

Lea Michele in Atelier Versace with Casadei shoes - Photo courtesy of Steve Granitz/WireImage

Judy Greer in Collette Dinnigan - Photo courtesy of Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji with Irene Neuwirth jewels - Photo courtesy of Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Off the Rack Option

Jason Wu for Target

Windsor

Greek Goddess

We’ve been seeing more Grecian gowns lately, from the ladies below and also on Vanessa Hudgens at a recent movie premiere.  Who doesn’t enjoy feeling like a goddess?

Viola Davis in Marchesa by Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Tilda Swinton in Lanvin - Photo courtesty of Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Off the Rack Option

Grecian style, which gained popularity in 2009, is characterized by one shoulder strap, flowing fabric and draping.

Jennifer Lopez at Kohl's

Caché

Cut It Out

What’s sexier than upexpected peeks of skin on unusual places?  Mrs. Bacon used her cut-out dress to flaunt a family tattoo.

Kyra Sedgwick in Emilio Pucci - Photo courtesy of Steve Granitz/WireImage

Amber Heard in Zac Posen - Photo courtesy of Steve Granitz/WireImage

Off the Rack Option

BCBGeneration at Macy's

White On Black

The classic white and black combo was represented with a white top and black bottom on the ladies below, as well as Kate Winslet at the Golden Globes.

Emilia Clarke in Chanel - Photo courtesy of Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Maya Rudolph in Naeem Khan - Photo courtesy of Jeff Vespa/WireImage

Paz Vega in Carolina Herrera with Bulgari clutch and jewels - Photo courtesy of Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Off the Rack Option

White House/Black Market

I also must mention…

Emma Stone – She does no wrong.  I adore her Victorian-inspired Alexander McQueen dress with a matching custom-made clutch.  It’s covered with the same black lace as her dress and the knuckle handle is embellished with the iconic McQueen skull and two unicorns.  I covet a McQueen clutch, but as a fan of unicorns, I especially want this masterpiece.

Lucky me found a similar clutch with an emellished knuckle handle at T.J. Maxx.  I wore it with the navy lace dress to the auto show preview.

Emma Stone in Alexander McQueen - Photo courtesy of Jason Merritt-Getty Images

Glenn Close – While I’m not sure how I feel about this sexy corset dress on Glenn Close, I would love to wear it myself.

Glenn Close in Zac Posen - Photo courtesy of Steve Granitz/WireImage

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Brooch Bouquets: Trading flowers for jewels

I’m in love with vintage brooch bouquets right now.  They are growing in popularity for weddings but I think one would be adorable sitting in a white porcelain vase on top of my vanity.  Miranda Lambert carried one on her wedding day, which was made by Jennifer Rose Diehl from The Ritzy Rose of Columbus, Ohio.  The idea is to collect vintage or vintage-inspired (or whatever style you fancy) brooches, earrings and other bejeweled accessories; attach each piece to a floral wire; arrange the bouquet and wrap the wires with fabric or ribbon.  I found further instructions online here, thanks to Charming Charlie: http://www.charmingcharlie.com/blog/diy-wedding-bouquet.

You can also buy them online at several Etsy shops.  My favorites are:
www.etsy.com/shop/1amanda
www.etsy.com/shop/BluePetyl
www.etsy.com/shop/LionsgateDesigns
www.etsy.com/shop/Noaki
www.etsy.com/shop/TheRitzyRose

I think for brides the best way to make a bouquet is to collect pieces from loved ones.  For a few days I thought I was a genius for thinking of this all by myself, but apparently Mrs. Shelton had the same idea.  Ask each guest of your bridal shower to bring a piece of jewelry to the party.  You can include an explanation in the invitation and specify color or theme.  Your bouquet will be priceless!  It will cost you little but represent all of the special women in your life.

For me, perhaps this will be a hint at what to get me for future holidays…


1. Blue and purple bouquet from TheRitzyRose
2. Amethyst bouquet from Noaki
3. Wedding bouquet from 1amanda
4. Black and white bouquet from LionsgateDesigns

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My Etsy Hearts: Feather earrings from Baronyka

Feather earrings by Baronyka

My new earrings

Victorian lace earrings, Moonlight Lady lace necklace and Marilyn Monroe necklace

I just received my latest Etsy purchase – feather earrings from the shop of Baronyka – and I love them!  They are black acrylic, very light but substantial and less than $20.  The owner of Baronyka is Rony of Israel and according to her profile she’s inspired by “art deco, tattoos, Victorian era, and Art Nouveau and Combining vintage chic with modern techniques and materials.”

What I adore about these earrings is that you can easily dress them down (in skinny jeans, T-shirt and flats) or up (with a fitted mini, a slinky tank and bold heels).  There have been so many times when I think to myself, “I need a pair of black earrings that are more fun than hoops but not too dressy.”  These are perfect.

I also adore the Victorian lace earrings, Moonlight Lady lace necklace and Marilyn Monroe necklace.

Dress it down

1. Zelda Jean Legging from Express ($69.90)
2. Crochet-trim Tee from The Limited ($39.90)
3. Gianni Bini “Vanity” Flats from Dillard’s ($59.99)

Dress it up

1. Miraculous Push-up Bra Top from Victoria’s Secret ($79.50)
2. Zig Zag Banded Mini from Express ($54.90)
3. Betsey Johnson Diskko Printed Velvet from Dillard’s ($129.99)
4. Tylie Malibu Runaway Neon Clutch from Amazon.com ($118)

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