Valentino’s Virtual Museum

The loveliest designer in women’s clothing, Valentino, is going to open a virtual collection of his works. CAN’T WAIT to see this!

I’m telling you, everything from his wedding gowns to his signature Valentino red dress is so inspired. In an interview he once said, “I know what women want, ” Reporter: “And what do women want?” Valentino: “They want to be beautiful!” SO TRUE. If you’re a woman and you say that’s not true, you’re lying. I’m sorry. Maybe you don’t want to be conventionally beautiful, but women do want to be beautiful. Or feel beautiful. And I”m pretty sure if you wore one of his gowns, it would evoke some serious beauty. But I digress…

And I’ll keep on preaching the fact that you MUST see his documentary Valentino, The Last Emperor. You’ll appreciate the true craftsmanship in his gowns after you see it. I’ve seen it at least 3 times and I may even be watching it tonight now that I’m getting excited about it again. You can find it on Netflix. WATCH IT WATCH IT WATCH IT! It’s strangely emotional, exciting, and interesting. But I’m a fashion nerd like that. It makes my heart pitter-patter.

“I love beauty – is not my fault!” – Valentino

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Guest Post: Accessorizing the Latest Trends

I’m out celebrating the biggest feasting day of the year, so today’s post comes from a guest writer, Aleya on how to accessorize the latest trends. Love her advice!

“The fashion trends that we’re seeing this fall are fun, energetic and strong.  While it’s easy to pick up on the fashion inspirations that our favorite designers are showing on the runways it may be harder to figure out how to accessorize them. Here are some tips on how to accessorize the latest trends so that you can get the most out of your great new look.

The Menswear Trend

menswear trend

Whether you choose to wear a menswear inspired suit or a shirt and tie, make this look more feminine by adding heels. Go for loafer shoes with a chunky heel and tassel to keep with the menswear trend – and no worries, these shoes are all over place. Glam up your look by incorporating a gold link necklace to your ensemble. Go for simple with one, or layer a few to look extra extravagant. Style Tip: In keeping with the menswear trend, keep things oversized. It’ll look like you borrowed it from your man 😉

The 70s Look

70s trend

The 70s are back and in full force too. From straight hairdos with a part in the middle, natural makeup, and wide legged pants are everywhere. Get the head to toe look by by wrapping a scarf around the base of your ponytail (style tip: flat iron your hair first for the right effect). Load up on stackable bangles and grab some platform shoes.  Platforms lengthen your legs and offer some cushion to dance all night. Though I’m sad to say, no disco ball included.

The Maxi Skirt

maxi skirt trend

There’s nothing like a flowing long skirt to make you feel like you’re flying instead of walking. You can accessorize your skirt by incorporating contrast into your wardrobe. For example, wearing a pair of great espadrille shoes and an oversized snakeskin clutch. The contrast of two different textures & fabrics makes for great impact. If you’re not into reptile skin, try an oversized belt with your skirt – it adds some flair and could look funky with a large chunky belt or sophisticated with a skinny belt.”

This post was written by Aleya who works with Amara Gold where you can find eco-friendly jewelry that will stand the test of time.

*Photo Creds:
stylelist, refinery 29, the social code

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Around here…

Since my photography skills are still in the works, I’ve got my trusty iPhone (with the crappy low res lens) and Instagram to share what’s been goin’ on with me lately…

healthy veggie wraphealthy apple nachos

{homemade guac, cheese, lettuce wrap}         {apple nachos from pinterest}

buffalo chicken bitesbanana nut waffles

{homemade buffalo chicken bites}                      {fresh banana nut waffles}

poy boy sandwichapple pie + crab cakes

{po boy sandwich from Papa Roux}          {pie + crab cakes from entertaining}

*Are you noticing a trend? We cook and eat a lot of food. And enjoy taking photos of  said food.

hiking with dogdog and tree

{hiking w/Luna – to burn the food off}        {getting Lu in the Christmas spirit!}

UK dog

{hubby turned Lu into a UK fan}              {glitter remnants from a DIY project}

We are having a great time around here. PS. If you aren’t on Pinterest, you need to become a part of this life changing website. Not even exaggerating. I love that it gives you inspiration to get up and DO things instead of mindlessly stare at pretty things. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how easy and delicious the recipes I find on there are. Go for it ladies (and lads)!

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Fashionable “Fat” Clothes

In honor of the biggest feasting day of the year, I’ll show you some fashionable fat hiding and expandable clothes. Let’s be frank, you know you’re going to eat more than you said you will. Yes, you’ll feel sick afterwords. But do you have to look sick? No way, girlfriend. And here’s the kicker, these suggestions are much better than Joey’s “Thanksgiving pants.” And better yet, no one will even catch on to your little trick. We’ll keep this whole expandable, comfy thing a secret. You’ll just go on looking fabulous and they’ll be none the wiser.

orange wrap dress

1. Wrap Dress

This dress has a magical growing waistline – therefore, no matter what you stuff in your belly, it’ll fit and feel great by the end of the day. Favored by women of all shapes and sizes (including pregnant women!), this dress highlights the smallest part of your waist with a tied belt that you can adjust through the day.

sweater dress and leggings

2. Sweater Dress + Leggings

Not the least bit body hugging and just as comfy as PJ’s, this one is a winner all around.

thanksgiving outfit

3. Blouse + Trouser Pants

The loose and flowy blouse is fancy, but totally nonrestricting and (most importantly) hides that food baby. Trouser pants are the perfect pair and shouldn’t be too tightly fitted. Tres Chic!

sweater and twirly skirt

4. Sweater + Skirt

The (elastic waistline!!) skirt fits to the smallest part of your waist and falls away from the expanding belly. A sweater that tucks in to the waistband highlights the small part (not affected by food) and looks fabulous.

Taa-daaa! Now you can eat to your hearts desire and look amazing while doing it. I’m currently working my way up for my two Thanksgiving feasts to be had this year. When you get married and your family grows, so does the amount of Thanksgiving meals you attend. But do you hear me complaining? HECK NO! Bring on the mashed potatoes, stuffing, and turkey coma!

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Fabulous {Faux} Furs

The cold weather in Indy has been playing hide and seek, which I can’t say I’m sad about. But when it comes, I’ll be girding my loins against the freezing weather with fur. You should follow suit…

faux fur set

  1. Faux Fur Stole
  2. H&M Fur Vest
  3. Faux Fur Snood
  4. Faux Fur Mittens
  5. Faux Fur Turban
  6. Faux Fur Ear Muffs
  7. Faux Fur Loafers
  8. Faux Fur Clutch

Don’t these make you feel all snuggly and luxurious? They should! Happy Sunday lovelies!

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Chanel Ready-to-Wear Spring 2012

A Chanel fashion show production is unlike any other runway event out there. Not only do their sets include impressive things like moving carousels, but they often depart from anything traditional when it comes to their presentation. This year’s show included a performance from Florence Welch (of Florence and the Machine) and a giant set where models walked in an interweaving pattern that was truly impressive. Karl Lagerfeld isn’t my favorite designer, but Chanel is one of the most anticipated shows each year. But what does impress me about Karl is, he’s never strayed far from the original designs that make Chanel such a notable design house – something that can’t be said of all designers that take over such a big name. The quilted tweed fabric, signature menswear influence, and beautiful pearl and gold button details are always a standout. Here are some of my favorites from the Chanel Ready-to-Wear Spring 2012 collection.

chanel spring 2012

chanel spring 2012 collection

chanel spring 2012 collection

chanel spring 2012 collection

And watch the show:

I wonder which society ladies are already sporting pieces from this beautiful collection?

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Vintage Wedding Gown Inspiration

My wedding was a dream. I mean, I’m just being honest – it really was everything I could have wished for. All the decor turned out how I imagined, the ceremony was smooth (minus one slip up with the rings), and the photos were nothing short of stunning. It was SO dreamy that I’m ready to do it again. And again, and again, and again. I could do nothing but plan weddings the rest of my life. There were some pull my hair out moments, a few tears shed for silly reasons, and stress up to my eyeballs, but now that I know how it all goes and I’ve done the background work the next time would be easy. I keep saying, “new dress, new decor theme, same man – let’s do it again!” Yeah…don’t think my parents OR husband would go for that. A girl can dream right? Little does my hubby know…he just has to wait about 9 more years before I start bugging him about a vow renewal involving a big white dress 😉

Anyway, my coworker, friend, and fellow blogger showed me this AMAZING website and I wanted to share with you guys. You know how crazy I am about weddings and I think one of these vintage wedding dresses could be the inspiration for an entire wedding theme.

Just sigh dramatically with me as we go through all of these amazing gowns…

vintage balenciaga

Balenciaga 1960

Christian Dior Vintage Wedding Gown

Christian Dior 1950

dior vintage wedding dress

Christian Dior 1955
Pierre Balmain vintage wedding dress

Pierre Balmain 1970

vintage valentino wedding dress

Valentino 1970

vintage valentino wedding gown

Valentino 1970

Are these NOT TO DIE FOR? I’m in love with them all, though I think my favorites are the last two Valentino dresses. He just knows how to dress a woman. If you haven’t seen The Last Emperor, you must. “I love beauty, it’s not my fault.” – Valentino. But I digress…

These are giving me wedding fever and I’m already married. The best thing about these gorgeous one of a kind dresses? They’re surprisingly affordable as wedding gowns go! Ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 – that’s pretty average for a gown, let alone a designer gown.

And for good measure 🙂

my wedding photos

xoxo!

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