Friday, July 29, 2011

Etsy Store: Violetville Vintage

I met Violetville at an IFB event awhile back, and have adored her selection of vintage pieces ever since! And while I've posted some of her items individually, I've never highlighted her store, something I've decided to remedy today! Especially since I got nothing done as I looked through page after page of fabulous items I covet but cannot let myself buy! Like that blue tiger print skirt - OMG I WANT SO BAD!Stocking pieces from as early at the 1910's (and at least one item from the 1800s!!) and going up to the 80s, you can find something for any mood you're in! Even if that mood is "I'm a vintage pin up girl in ruffled bloomers" ;)I highly recommend bookmarking this store for all your vintage needs!!

Lion Head Knocker Necklace

I randomly threw this necklace into a Polyvore set I created recently and now I can't stop thinking about it! So it's technically be on my blog, but I must feature it specifically - buy at Jigsaw for the sale price of £165 or $269 US Dollars.

Tiger Print Bikini

At the DC Fabb get together at Carbon this week I went bonkers ove a vintage tiger print maxi skirt that was alas way too big. Now I'm obsessing, there just isn't enough tiget print in my life! Here's a zexy bikini from Asos - the top is $104 and the bottoms $125.

Woven Colorblock Purse

I great way to add depth to a look is with interesting accessories, like a cool purse! This colorblock one is great for summer and manages to pull off interesting yet neutral - WIN! Buy at Ruche for just $33 - DOUBLE WIN!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

DC FABB Meet Up

Last night I finally made it out to a DC FABB (DC Fashion & Beauty Bloggers) meet-up! Of course first I had to decide what to wear...I knew I wanted to wear this dress, but I got very stuck on how to accessorize it! People say a little black dress is a fail safe, but I maintain that it's much harder to make interesting than a fringed, animal print jumpsuit monstrosity! I ended up going for a slightly feminine, Charlotte York-esque look. Not usually my style, but I think I look understated chic with a dash of ballerina which is never a bad thing!I'm wearing: Elie Tahari dress from awesome DC consignment store Second Time Around, Jennifer Behr headband from Intermix, Tom Ford sunglasses, red heels from Zara, white print sash from my Amanda Uprichard dress, Wendy Brandes Vampire Diana ring, wrap bracelet from J. Crew, vintage family pendant and Study NY tote bag from their Fall '11 presentation.The meet-up was held at Carbon in DC, an upscale boutique featuring local and eco-friendly designers! We met some of the local designers, above is a picture of Shen Dove Style on the right with one but I can't recall who - anyone know?? I think maybe one of the designers of Diamantia Leather. Sidenote: Shen is even tinier than me, I think she could fit in that clutch of hers!
This Diamantina bag was coveted by almost all the fabulous bloggers there!
Two of my faves, Janice of Capitol Fashionista and Allie of Wardrobe Oxygen! I <3 you guys!
Another unidentified person - someone help me out here! - and one of DC Fabb's founders, A Lacey Perspective! Other attendees included So Much to Smile About, Casie of whipped STYLE and District of Chic! It was a super fun event, I'm so glad I got off my butt and finally met some more local bloggettes!

Seersucker Blazer

I'm always looking for summer layering pieces (by "always" I mean since I started my style challenge!), like this great seersucker blazer! Buy at Rugby for the sale price of $100.

Kyoko vs Static Electricty

I can already tell today will not be good for posting on any sort of regular basis! So, to make it up to you, here's a picture of my most beloved puppy, Kyoko, after discovering static electricity. Science is fun for all!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Long Duster Coat

Long Duster CoatI was really struck by the long duster coat Rodarte showed for fall, here's a slightly more affordable one by Elizabeth & James! Buy at ShopBop for the sale price of $480.

Unisex Baby Tee

Hee hee hee hee! Buy this Evian Limited Edition Baby Inside tee at Fred Flare for $30. Usually I'm not big on promoting clothing that's really a part of a kinda lame marketing campaign, but this tee amuses me too much to not post!

Horse Print Shorts

Love these chiffon horse print shorts - a great way to test out that frontier fashion trend you'll be seeing in the fall now! Buy at Pixie Market for $55.

Stacked Moccasin Heels

Stacked Moccasin HeelsI love my most comfy moccasins, and here's a pair in heel form! Very cute, buy at Yoox for $185.

Gathered Print Dress

The gathering of this dress makes it insanely flattering, whittling your waist while showing off your curves! Buy at Rachel Roy for $109.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Inspiration Board: Neon Minimalism

Inspiration Board: Neon Minimalism

Minimalism was definitely a trend for spring 2011, but for summer why not update the look by adding a pop of bright neon? It's super easy to pair neutral sleek pieces with an equally sleek yet neon item. Or just a simple shift dress made statement in a bright color! Personally I'm loving the idea of a white blazer and skirt with a fuchsia shell, paired with some nude shoes and a chic envelope clutch.

Hand Lace Skirt

Hand Lace SkirtThis handmade lace skirt has such a stunning hemline! Love its vintage vibe and floral lace pattern - if I could afford it, it would definitely be a summer staple in my wardrobe. Buy at Intermix for $238.

Win Tickets to the Project Runway Finale

Heidi Klum is giving away win two tickets to the Project Runway Finale on September 9th at Lincoln Center! You and a guest will be flown into New York City for three days and two nights. Winner will receive two tickets to the exclusive Project Runway Fashion Week finale show, plus a personal meet-and-greet with Heidi Klum backstage!

I've been to some of the Project Runway Finales and they rock! To avoid spoilers you actually end up seeing a bunch of the designer's collections. So if your favorite doesn't make top three, there's still a chance you can see more of their stuff.

Enter at http://heidiklum.aol.com/project-runway-sweeps

Are you excited for the new season starting this Thursday???

Button Down Tunic

This tunic button down would make a great beach cover up or perhaps a micro shirtdress if you're daring enough! Buy at J. Crew for the sale price of $60.

Monday, July 25, 2011

fashion:district Summer Mixer

Yesterday I went out to DC to a fashion:district mixer with a Butler + Claypool trunk show! Alas, I felt particularly sleep and therefore antisocial, so I didn't really meet anyone new. I tried looking for a bridal shower outfit, but lasa left empty-handed! Not that there wasn't plenty of cute items - I seriously considered that brown, white & yellow wrap dress but decided I had to stick to my shopping list!Lot's of great jewelry too - I was also tempted by a whale shaped tie clip for the Mr!Lots of fashionable Washintonians came out, looking chic in spite of the swampy heat! Of course some of the Butler + Claypool staples were there and I said hi. Including Rachel of Project Beltway on the right - doesn't she look adorable? I'm so jealous of her fashion sense and innate ability to pull off whatever look she wants!

As for what I wore...I recently rediscovered this dress in my closet and have been wearing it almost nonstop since! It's perfect for the heat, as it's a loose shape that still flatters me and is in a summery bright print!
I'm wearing: Dress by French Connection, DV by Dolce Vita sandals from ideeli, Foley + Corinna city tote, necklace courtesy of LOFT, wrap bracelet from J. Crew, green Yosca ring courtesy of Lucky, hat from Urban Outfitters and Rayban Clubmasters courtesy of MyEyeDr.

Retro Pink Leopard Swimsuit

Retro Pink Leopard SwimsuitNot everyone has to be a skinny minnie to love their swim suit! This Diane von Furstenberg looks insanely flattering to curvier shapes, with its retro silhouette, ruching to hide flaws and amazing print! Buy for the sale price of $207 before it sells out!

UPDATE: Holy moly, there were at least 3 sizes left when I posted this and it's sold out now! :( But if you're looking for a similar suit, try the same one in a black and white print, which will probably sell out today too!

Croc Embossed Slouchy Shoulder Bag

A white shoulder bag is the perfect way to lighten up a look for summer! In fact, I will go as far as to say I think we should ban black bags during the day for summer :O Buy this Linea Pelle bag for the sale price of $255 in white or brown.

Twisted Chain Necklace

Twisted Chain NecklaceHere's a super badass statement necklace for you this Monday! You could be wearing a white tee and jeans, but add this piece and suddenly you're rocking a "look!" Buy at Alice + Olivia for $198.

Embellished Boxy Tee

Loving the beaded embellishment on the neckline of this tee! It's Aztec inspired, but is ambiguous enough to be worn year round. Buy at South Moon Under for $75.

Bead Print Poncho

It's strange how much I've been craving a poncho lately - it's such a west coast, boho item and I'm east coast edgy quirky! But I want what I want, and here's one at Akira for just $40!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Ivory Studded Vest

Layering is probably the last thing you're thinking about right now, but this vest is just so cute and versatile that I had to post! Buy at Bluefly for $65.

Slouch Chambray Trousers

I cannot recall the last time I wore pants to work, this heat wave is crazy town! These comfy looking chambray trousers may be just the thing - love the blush pink color! Buy at Madewell for $60.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Lust for Less: Overall Shorts

I recently saw a picture of Alexa Chung on some Madewell overall shorts that were super cute but sold out. So I went looking for similar pairs and found a few options in various price ranges!First up is by desiner denim brand Denim of Virtue. They cost $225 at National Jean Company - pricy but they sure are cute!
This slightly distressed grey pair at Free People was originally an even more expensive $228 but are now on sale for $140.
This classic pair I found at TopShop is also on sale, originally $85 but now a super affordable $40!
Finally, for the extra budget-conscious (like me until after this blasted wedding), this pair at Forever 21 is just $28!

Bustier Strapless Swim Suit

This strapless swimsuit has some tres sexy bustier detailing! It'd look great at a rooftop pool or perhaps paired with a skirt and cardigan for every day! Buy at I Don't Like Mondays for $55.

Summer in New York

Since I won't be attending NY Fashion Week for the first season in years this September (got a wedding to plan and whatnot!!), I went up to NYC over the weekend to visit some of my favorite fashion bloggettes! So on Friday afternoon I hopped on a bus and went over to stay with the amaze Jordana of Clutch 22!Before going out, I put on a Rock & Republic corset top I bought at Annie Cream Cheese, a premiere vintage and consignment store in the DC area. Whew, where did they come from??? I'm also wearing a Madewell skirt, Michael Kors moccassins and a vest courtesy of Banana Republic.
Jordy & I went out to Rare View, the rooftop bar and garden area of the delicious steak place Rare, and met up with Amy of Midtown Girl and Dina of Eye4Style! We had fun catching up, discussing boys and first date looks, work and blogging and puppies!
For the next day I rocked one of my new purchases - pretty lace skirt bought at Pretty People Vintage! I also wore a camel tank from Guess?, Betsey Johnson leopard print belt, and sandals from Yes Style. I forgot to take a full body pic, so this was taken at my house just a few minutes ago :O
Now I WISH this was taken at my house! After sleeping in like crazy and grabbing a super late lunch of mostly sangria, we went to hang out on a rooftop deck at a beautiful building in Tribeca. The view was amazing! From there we went out to dinner at STK's just open rooftop... if you're in NY during the summer you apparently spend all your time on the tops of buildings!
On my last day (it went so fast!) Jordy and I went out to brunch to the Ember Room with the ever lovely Jennine of The Coveted and IFB. We watched amazingly hilarious videos of cute animals in Japan, caught up and had great food!

I then went off to go back home to DC! With my crazy work and travel schedule plus wedding, I've don't know when I'll be up next, but I can hear NYC's siren song already calling out again ;)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Toms Teams Up with The Row

Well haven't the twins been busy! I just wrote about this new collection of handbags and have now discovered they've teamed up with Toms shoes to create a limited edition colleciton of cashmere and wool shoes in classic Toms style! Buy for $140 -$150 now.

Color Block Nude Sandals

I complain about "nude" shoes all the time, since nude on some is certainly not nude for others! But these seem to have covered all the bases, ahaha. Buy at Aldo for $110.

Reverse Pleated Skirt

I seriously want this wrinkled lame skirt by Rodarte for Opening Ceremony! Love the shimmery material and its movement, it's on sale for $161 at ShopBop. I very much considered buying it, but I must resist and save for the wedding, so everyone please buy this skirt so it sells out and I'm not longer tempted!

Beige Net Dress

Beige Net DressI'm not 100% sure if this dress comes with the slip underneath, though it does look like it goes together. So if you plan to buy this at Pixie Market for $91, be sure to ask about that first!

Feathers Kimono

This oversized kimono top has some beautiful feather printing on the sleeves! Just slightly sheer, it would look great with a bandeau top and skinny jeans! Buy at Need Supply for $86.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Row Handbags

The Row is introducing nine bags this season including a day tote, backpack, doctor bag and classic shoulder bag, metal-framed minaudiere twin and laptop twin. All the bags are classically chic, very minimal but super lush. Similar to The Row's clothing, the pieces are very upper west side and priced as such - I hear a crocodile backpack will run you $39,000! The new handbag collection will be available in mid-August at Barneys New York and on Barneys.com.