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Fall Flats: Charlotte Olympia

I have been wanting a pair of Charlotte Olympia shoes for awhile now, and lucked up this weekend when I found some at a local boutique on major sale (at Coplon’s for you fellow locals). Retail price is $695 and I got them for $175. I couldn’t wait til it’s technically fall, so I’m rocking them today. I love the kitty faces on my toes!!
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Fall Couture 2014 Wrap Up

Here are my top picks for the Couture show looks that just finished up. Clearly, IMO, Zuhair Murad killed it and Ulyana Sergeenko is quickly becoming one of my favorite designers. Enjoy!

Alexandre Vauthier Alexis Mabille jumpsuit Alexis Mabille Armani Prive dress Armani Prive Atelier Versace blue Atelier Versace Bouchra Jarrar Chanel white Chanel Elie Saab dark blue Elie Saab long Elie Saab v neck Giambattista Valli floral Giambattista Valli Maison Martin Margiela Ulyana Sergeenko dress Ulyana sergeenko navy suit Ulyana Sergeenko onesie Ulyana Sergeenko white gown Ulyana Sergeenko Valentino black Valentino vauthier black dress Vauthier Vionnet Zuhair murad 2 Zuhair Murad 3 Zuhair Murad 4 Zuhair Murad 5 Zuhair Murad 6 Zuhair Murad 7 Zuhair Murad 8 Zuhair Murad 9 Zuhair Murad

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All American Lady

 

Look 1

 

Pants: J.Crew, similar style anchor print here/Sweater: Equipment, here/Top: Alice & Olivia, here/ Tote: Kate Spade, here/ Shoes: CH Carolina Herrera, similar here

Photo Credit: Atlantic-Pacific

 

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Romper: XOXO, here/ Sandals: Steve Madden, here/ Clutch: Mark and Graham, here/ Earrings: Bauble Bar/ Cuff: Guess, here

Photo Credit: Momfabulous.com

 

look 4

 

American Flag Bandana, similar here

Photo Credit: wardrobeinharmonybyjulz.com

 

look 5

Shirt: J. Crew, similar here/Skirt: similar here/Clutch: similar here/Sandals:, similar here

Photo Credit: Stylemotivation.com

 

look 6

Flag shorts: similar here/Simple white tank: similar here

Photo Credit: Google Images

 

look 7

Flag scarf: similar here

Photo Credit: RachelSayumi.com

 

As many things socially and politically I would like see change for the betterment of our countries people, I am truly a patriotic lady and proud to be an American! Enjoy your 4th of July celebrations, stylishly and safely!  xoxo

 

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The Beautiful People Party & 25 Most Stylish People in Columbia Awards

If you are a regular reader, you may have noticed that I was nominated and chosen (in a public poll) as one of Columbia’s 25 Most Stylish People. It was an honor and I am truly excited to add this to my list of growing accomplishments for fashion.

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I still love my purple Manic Panic dip dyed hair!

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Chambray shirt: J. Crew

Full Flamingo Skirt: Alice & Olivia

Bag: J. Crew (old), similar here

Shoes: Aldo (old), similar here

Belt: Steve Madden

Watch: Michael Kors

Necklace: Versona, similar here

Bangle Bracelets: Alex and Ani, multiple styles

 

First photo of The Beautiful People Party, courtesy Columbia Fashion Week Instagram/Facebook

Last two photos: American Libertine Style

Of course I forgot my super nice camera, so photo credit to my Mom (Donna) for working her IPhone camera! :)

 

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12 Ways to Wear Leopard This Summer

Leopard is very much on trend at the moment, but it has always been one of my go to prints. As my style has evolved, I am not afraid to use it as a neutral which I do often. Here are some looks to inspire the animalistic fashionista within you!

1. Amp up the classic white shirt look with skinny jeans and leopard shoes.

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via Sincerely Jules blog

2. Carry a leopard print bag with a striped top.

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Atlantic-Pacific via Pinterest

3. Use leopard as a neutral with polka dots (switch heavy coat for summer jacket).

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Jenna Lyons (J. Crew) via Marie Claire

4. Wear a leopard top with a jeweled bib necklace.

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5. Wear leopard print shoes with anything!

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via Who What Wear

6.  Try a leopard skirt with a fun tee.

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via Pinterest

7.  Or try a leopard skirt with a conservative blouse and bright heels.

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via Pinterest

8. Rock leopard shoes with crisp summer whites. Clearly the leopard shoe can’t be stressed enough!

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via Pinterest

9. Wear leopard print pants.

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via Pinterest

10.  Wear a leopard button down with white everything else.

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11. Carry a leopard print clutch with sequins.

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12.  Don’t be afraid of jewel tone leopard prints.

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I have had the honor of being nominated for the running in the 25 Most Stylish People in Columbia contest. It is humbling and a huge affirmation to my commitment in fashion. Please support me and cast your vote! Thanks!

http://www.columbiafashionweek.com/25-most-stylish-contest.html

 

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What I Wore…

My baby boy graduated pre-k this week, and Mama needed something a bit subdued that still fit my personal style. I decided to go with a peplum top, pencil skirt, and sky high heels…because that always looks feminine and is a very flattering combination. I knew I dressed the part of a proud mom when my sweet boy told me I looked beautiful.

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Sunglasses: Dior (old), similar here

Peplum Top: Topshop (old), similar here

Turquoise Stone Necklace: purchased at Monkee’s Boutique

Skirt: J. Crew, here

Heels: Loeffler Randall, on sale from $425 to $169 here

Watch: Micheal Kors, here

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Kimye, Kimnay

Anyone who is not in a severe coma no doubt saw the ridiculous coverage of the Kim Kardashian-Kanye West wedding this weekend. I have tried to resist posting on this matter, because honestly I think Kanye is a total douche bag and it is hard for me to respect a female who was catapulted into fame for a sex tape. Argue with me all you want, but my opinion is that the release of that Ray J-Kim sex tape was part of Kim and Mama Jenner’s master plan to make Kim famous. Well, it worked.

We know that Kim and Kanye were friends for years before they actually hooked up and officially became an item. They have been together for two years now, have a baby together, and are husband and wife. It doesn’t take a genius to notice that since the arrival of a romantic Kanye in Kim’s life, her fashion sense has evolved big time. No longer the girl who wears bridge market clothing and only wears super high fashion accessories like bags and shoes, Kim has much to my dismay taken over the fashion world. Rumor has it that pre-Kanye, Anna Wintour multiple times excluded Kim from the list for the Met Ball and other A List fashion events. We all know how rumors are, so whether there is any truth in that I am not sure. But it wouldn’t surprise me.

As a self proclaimed fashion addict and fashion journalist, it turns my stomach to know that the fashion world has embraced this pair of fucktards with open arms. I am pretty sure that Anna Wintour’s decision to put this egotistical pair on the cover of Vogue was not because of a personal preference, but because she knew it would sell the shit out of the magazine. Before I get angry as fuck at the fashion world, I am going to choose to believe (whether it is true or not) that the press coverage was the catalyst for highly talented individuals such as Riccardo Tisci, Valentino, and others to greet her with a big old bear hug. Sex tape or not, Kris Jenner is a PR and Marketing genius and this industry know how has catapulted the ENTIRE Kardashian-Jenner clan into super stardom- with Kim at the very top. The girl can generate some publicity, there is no denying that.

My absolute favorite fashion blogger, Leandra Medine over at The Man Repeller, wrote an interesting post about what she calls the “Westashian” wedding. Her writing style is fabulous, and I would recommend you check that post out as soon as you are done with mine. Her post inspired me to write this one, although her love for Kanye is far from my opinion of him.

In case you were in a coma or stranded somewhere without cell phone towers this weekend, let me give you a quick summary of the Kimye wedding weekend. The whole point of this post besides my ranting is about Kim’s fashion, so let’s do this shit. It all started in Paris, where the family trickled in at various times throughout last week. On Thursday Kim and her closest 15 friends plus her 4 sisters all went out for a night on the town in Paris. She wore an exquisite Balmain mini turtleneck sheath.

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The next day the family and an entourage of Mercedes sedans made their way from Paris to the outskirts to attend a luncheon in the couple’s honor at Valentino’s castle, hosted by none other than the fashion legend himself. Kim wore a plunging Valentino gown and Kanye wore a Valentino tux. Kim asked all of her guests to wear Valentino, and they all did.   The only person who was in attendance and realized that the last collection that Valentino actually designed for his name sake label was in 2007, the same year he retired. Andre Leon Talley chronicled the entire weekend on his blog for Vogue, and mentioned that he was pulling out caftans that Valentino designed himself for the event when he was packing for the trip. Of course, I would expect nothing less from this man since he is a fashion legend in his own damn right.

Wouldn’t it be fitting for the high and elite fashion world’s newest member and her klan (yes I spelled it with a K) to know this? Yeezus!

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The guests promptly left Valentino’s French castle to head back to the City of Lights so they could get ready for the night time event. This is the part that I get insanely jealous. The evening dinner was held at the Palace of Versailles, a place I visited when I was a tourist in France on a school trip in the summer between 6th and 7th grade. I have since then been somewhat of a Francophile, with a particular obsession with Marie Antoinette. I would have killed to have any of my wedding events at Versailles. Hold on a minute, my envy grows. Reports said that Kanye paid my favorite singer of the moment, Lana del Rey, a cool $2 million + to serenade the guests-but that is false info. Lana said she did it for free! Maybe shit like this is worth secretly leaking a sex tape in a successful attempt to become famous. FML.

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Kim wore another plunging dress to her Versailles dinner and private tour, this time by Maison Martin Margiela. Kanye also donned a plunging neckline, but his was in the form of a sand colored tuxedo. For someone who has exclaimed himself as “a God” and a “creative genius” who is “better than all of you other motherfuckers”, clearly his fashion genius took the honeymoon early because someone should have told him, “Put on a shirt, motherfucker. You look ridiculous as hell”. Yeezus!

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As if a luncheon at Valentino’s and a private tour and dinner at Versailles wasn’t decadent and in your face enough, the guests woke up Saturday to be transported via private Jet’s (yes, plural) to Italy for the nuptials in Florence. The wedding took place at the Forte di Belvedere in front of a custom floral wall, similar to the one Kanye suprised Kim with on Mother’s Day in their backyard. Kim wore a beautiful lace paneled Givenchy Haute Couture gown, and it didn’t disappoint.

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Well, it is clear that Kanye has had an influence on Kim’s fashion choices. She still loves form fitting clothing and lots of cleavage, but at a higher price tag creating a more upscale look. My sister told me about an episode on Keeping Up With the Kardashians where Kanye goes in and cleans out Kim’s entire closet, with the agreement to pay to fill it back up with his (meaning, his stylist’s) selections. I will say that regardless of all of the fake butt rumors and impossible baby weight loss, Kim Kardashian West is quite stunning. She was bearable before she became part of the Kimye duo, but the Kanye part of that duo makes me wanna puke. I will get over my jealousy of her being accepted into the realm of the fashion elite, and try to enjoy witnessing her evolving style.

So, congrats to Kimye! I hope this truly is love and not another PR move (ahem, Kris Humphries). We all know that everyone deserves to find love and be loved, even the most egotistical and shallow of them all.

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What are your thoughts on the Kimye wedding bizarre or as JayZ was rumored to say, the circus?

 

 

Photos courtesy of Kim Kardashian’s Instagram and E Online

 

 

 

 

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Going Brogue

Going Brogue
Brogue: Dolce & Gabbana, similar here or less expensive here
Left:
J. Crew tee, here/ Stella McCartney Boyfriend Jeans, similar here/ Topshop necklace, here/
Right:
Madewell chambray shirt, here/ Topshop maxi skirt, here/ H&M metallic braided belt, similar here/ White House Black Market earrings, here/
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