Greenville’s Pearls and Pumps fashion fundraiser

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Last night the North Portico of the White House as well as the Vice President’s residence glowed pink in recognition of breast cancer awareness month. On Tuesday evening in Greenville, the TD Convention Center ballroom also lit up pink for Pearls and Pumps. Sponsored by Saint Francis Foundation, this pink carpet extravaganza honored all women diagnosed with breast cancer and raised money to support the work of Pearlie Harris Breast Health Center. In spite of unrelenting rain, a capacity crowd of 600 women showed up to partake of the evening’s stellar entertainment, which included a fashion show. Fifteen models who graced the runway symbolized the face of breast cancer. All survivors of the disease, these women represented a diversity of ages, shapes, sizes, and racial and ethnic backgrounds.

I had the privilege of being the stylist for the show, and delighted in pouring over the latest fall trends in abundant supply at Belk, the show’s retail sponsor. To present Belk’s fall fashions, I dressed the models in some of this season’s big trends, like oversized sweaters, sequined sweatshirts, 1960’s inspired shift dresses, and the colors blue and black and white.

Since I believe that clothes speak their own language, my primary goal was to select an outfit for each model that not only matched their personal style but captured their personality. Based on the time I spent with each amazing woman, I developed a strong impression of what clothes and accessories seemed right for them.

I loved the part I played in Pearls and Pumps from start to finish. Thank you to my fearless, fun, and spunky models. I also extend a heartfelt thank you to the stylists at Meghan Diez Hair Salon and Mary Kay makeup consultants who went to great lengths to make the models feel pampered and look gorgeous.

230,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Have you scheduled your mammogram this month and encouraged your mom, sister, or friend to do the same? Only fifteen days remain in October.

Plaid Power

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

I grew up wearing plaid. My sister and I posed for an early childhood family Christmas portrait dressed in red plaid pleated skirts with plaid suspenders. We also had matching watch plaid fitted coats with green velvet hats. Fast forward to high school and watch plaid resurfaced again in the form of our winter school uniform, which consisted of a sewed down box pleated skirt, white oxford shirt, and a navy or green cardigan sweater. We also wore green blazers for formal school events. The mandatory one inch below the knee length of the plaid skirt dampened the look of this otherwise fine outfit. Our principal regularly conducted random skirt length checks to ensure that no knees ever saw the light of day. Shortened hems didn’t stand a chance under the watchful eyes of Sister Angela Merici. Patrolling the halls with a yard stick in hand, she zeroed in on unsuspecting dress code violators as they made their way to and from classes. As soon as we boarded the school bus at the end of every day, however, we began the fine art of skirt rolling. This ritual magically transformed our frumpy skirts into fashionable minis, or so we thought.

After a brief romance with plaid flannel shirts in college, I stopped wearing plaid altogether. Even after a very long hiatus, my passion for plaid hasn’t returned. Don’t get me wrong. I still admire beautiful plaid jackets, skirts and pants on other people, and buy plaid pieces for my clients. I even went so far as to try on a watch plaid vest by QMack at Macy’s in Greenville, SC recently. As adorable as it was, I returned it to the rack. I’m content to look back fondly on all of the plaid pieces I loved to wear.

What is your history with plaid? Do you love or loathe it? I personally love this stunning red and grey plaid fitted jacket, guaranteed to turn heads at any holiday office get together.

Festive holiday outfit for the office

Vests make magic

Thursday, April 11th, 2013
City Chic

Marni printed blouse, $365 / Topshop / White House Black Market slim pants / White House Black Market t-bar shoes / Oasis handbag, $43 / Sandy Hyun / Carolee LUX

I’ve always loved vests. I purchased my all time favorite one back in 1992 at Nordstrom. I still wear this black suede number with black leather trim, and patch pockets. I always feel sharp and put together in it. Besides that, the vest provides extra warmth in the winter when worn over a sweater.

Last week I checked out the Derek Lam’s DesigNation Collection at Kohl’s in advance of my writing about it for the Examiner.com. Included in the collection is a streamlined black crepe vest that drapes beautifully and looks expensive. I especially like the way it skims the torso. I’ve been on the lookout for a vest that exactly matches the design and weight of this one. Since it fit perfectly and cost $38 with a Kohl’s coupon, I bought it.

Lam’s designs speak to contemporary women who want stylish clothes that are also functional. Many of the pieces in his collection, like the black vest, could be dressed up or down. Inspired by my vest purchase and this season’s black and white trend, I created an outfit that showcases this versatile wardrobe piece.

An online reviewer gave this item 4 stars and has these words to say about it: “…..this vest is the kind of piece that I can see wearing for years to come”. Nicely said.

Sunday stroll along Park Avenue

Sunday, March 31st, 2013
Springtime stroll on Park Avenue

Alaïa knit skirt, $1,665 / Chanel , $2,270 / Kate Spade high heel platform shoes / Wallis black and white handbag / White House Black Market faux pearl jewelry / Talullah Tu pearl bangle, $24 / Chanel black face watch, $2,795 / Maison Michel hat / I Heart New York Empire State 12 x 12 Paper

Vintage Chanel and memories of New York in spring inspire this ultra feminine ensemble. Mix a little Chanel with a little White House Black Market, and you get an outfit with a whole lot of class!

The charm of a basic tailored jacket

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Since January is the month for fresh starts, many individuals purge their closets of unwanted clothing and try on a new look for a new year. This month also offers the opportunity to stock up on great wardrobe basics at deep discounts.  Jackets rank high on the list of clothing must haves because of their versatility and undeniable sophistication.  A multitude of jacket styles abound for winter and spring, including boyfriend, shrunken and double breasted blazers, as well as Channel inspired toppers. The ideal jacket fits like a glove, and suits one’s body type, proportions and coloring. To qualify as a wardrobe essential, it should also work well with many other pieces.

The BB Dakota Stewart leather lapel blazer qualifies as an all-around stellar jacket. Classic dressers like this item for its clean lines, and chic style personalities gravitate to its leather detailing and menswear inspired design. Here are three ways to wear this multipurpose item, which is available online and at Fa’brik in Greenville, SC:

  1.  Working hard for the money: blazer paired with Macy’s INC International Concepts teal and black paisley blouse, Ann Taylor deco print ankle pants, and Softt grey and beige python platform heels.
  2. Thinking outside the box: Blazer and pants worn with Macy’s INC International Concepts long sleeve boat neck  tee and Banana Republic Floral statement necklace (not available online).
  3.  Fancy That: Blazer over sequined embellished velour top by Jennifer Lopez for Kohl’s, gunmetal grey brocade pencil skirt by Banana Republic (no longer available), and Nine West taupe and black lace heels.

She works hard for the money.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BB Dakota jacket with work casual separates

Thinking outside the box

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BB dakota jacket paired with dressy separates

Fancy that!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women’s winter jacket trends

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

The indispensable leather jacket is a girl’s best friend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jack Frost’s arrival brings chilling temperatures that require the right outerwear options. Everyone needs a versatile winter jacket for both weekend and workday wear. It also pays to buy quality outerwear that doesn’t look ordinary.  Jackets appear front and center in every store window display and fashion magazine this season. The epitome of classic American sportswear, jackets complete any outfit and always look sharp. Styles include woolen school blazers with contrasting piping, double breasted pea coats, and twill stadium jackets with fur trimmed hoods. Holiday shoppers looking for stylish and practical presents may want to put these three stellar outerwear pieces at the top of their gift lists:

  • Gap 1969 denim faux Sherpa lined jacket –The black color, zippered sleeves and lining add edginess to this always trending jean jacket, priced at $89.95.
  • Eddie Bauer leather field jacket – The rich caramel color and quilted sleeve detailing of this military inspired jacket makes it runway worthy.  The jacket sells for $349 and also comes in dark brown.
  • American Eagle Outfitter’s hooded toggle duffle coat – This classic style of yesteryear has emerged as one of the strongest trends for men and women. Because of its roomy cut, bulky sweaters and blazers fit easily underneath a duffle coat, and provide extra protection from the extreme cold. The coat sells for $129.95, and comes in black and red.  Who could resist red, the ultimate power color for 2013?

How many different ways can you wear a jean jacket?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012 Thanksgiving Day Parade

Toggle coats are the hottest outerwear trend for both men and women