Dress to Impress: Peplum Party

Peplum originates in the Greek word for ‘tunic’ and may refer to one of the following:

  • A genre of Italian films also known as ‘Sword and Sandal’
  • Peplos, a kind of women’s garment in ancient Greece
  • Veil
  • Short overskirt that is usually attached to a fitted jacket, blouse or dress

I define the peplum as the perfect piece of clothing to enhance the curves you have, create the curves you don’t have, and camouflage the infamous midsection.

Dress to Impress: Peplum Party

Fall in Love: Smokin’ Loafers

l to r: Jordana Brewster, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Palermo, Alexa Chung

The smoking loafer, aka smoking slipper, is more popular than ever. It’s a perfect alternative to a ballet flat with its masculine traits that make it instantly chic, even with jeans or a casual ensemble. In a variety of fabrics and prints, the smoking loafer is the ideal transitional shoe for fall, even if you don’t smoke.

Fall in Love: Chunky Ankle Boots

Fall in Love: Chunky Ankle Boots

[Fall] Denim Alternative: Tweed!

At last, temperatures are finally cooling down and autumn is just a couple days away. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for cuddle and bundling weather. Fall allows you to mix your cold weather pieces with transitional spring and summer items that are perfect for layering.

Tweed is a great alternative to denim because it is borderline fancy. You usually can’t get away with jeans in the office [even on Casual Friday], but tweed is always acceptable. Plus, tweed has that unique, warm, heathery look that says chic and classy. Denim is awesome and versatile, but tweed, especially in pants, skirts and shorts, definitely brings an ensemble up a few points.

Tweed is one of those fabrics that defines fall. It not only keeps you cozy with its heavy yet soft, woolen feel but also has that warm appearance. It’s perfect for coats and vests, but shorts, dresses and pants made of tweed get the green light too.  Tweed comes back every cold season, so you don’t have to worry about wasting money on a quick trend that won’t be back next season.

With  tweed’s durable and moisture-resistant characteristics, it works wonders as the outer layer for shoes, too. In a pump, flat, or high-top sneaker, tweed makes a statement that clearly says fall has arrived.

Worn correctly, tweed easily takes a casual look up a notch. It’s one of those fabrics that looks and feels expensive, but is practical for the masses. Tweed is perfect for the professional work environment, too, with its tailored look and beautiful hang. Paired with a scarf and tights, you’ll be warm and comfortable despite the weather.

As I’ve mentioned, I love to layer and combine multiple textures in one look. Suede, chiffon and leather are tweed’s best friends. They have the ability to blend without looking too stiff and heavy. Tweed balances perfectly with a soft, feminine detail like lace or a scalloped trim.

So satisfy your need for tweed this fall if you haven’t already!

need for tweed

I Keep on Fallin’

I used to have hounds tooth uniforms growing up and now that I’m an adult, I have a greater appreciation for its design. Bold, graphic prints like this make a statement and almost always bring a touch of class and refinement.

I love when it’s over-sized and bold in  black and white. It’s classic and timeless and can be rocked in a plethora of ways by any age group, male or female. If you don’t own any hounds tooth-printed pieces, they seem to pop up around this time every year. So indulge and fall for it like I did.

I Keep on Fallin

Empire State of Mind

Tracy Reese is back on the runway showcasing her spring/summer 2013 collection  in NY for Mecedes-Benz Fashion Week! I love that she makes beautiful, simple clothes for everyday women, but always keeps it youthful and fun. She’s never been afraid of color or prints. Here are a few of my favorite shots and looks from her show:

Tracy Reese kissin up

I’m diggin Tracy’s take on mixing prints. Very in this season!

all white everything

a dress.. with a cape!

spring green

details

sheer delight

color pop

golden

accessorize

walk this runway

I love Tracy and I put it on my bucket list to make it to see the live show one year. Enjoy the rest of fashion week!! I know I will 😀