Go glam with gold

Friday, October 31st, 2014

In the 1991 movie “What about Bob”, Bill Murray classified people into two categories, those who like Neil Diamond and those who don’t. I always laugh about this line because my husband loves Neil Diamond and I never “got” him. The fact that he wrote Red Red Wine, however, almost makes me want to revisit his music.

Based on my experience as a wardrobe stylist, I theorize that folks are more accurately grouped according to their penchant for either silver or gold instead of their affinity for a 1960’s music icon. My clients over the years have definitely expressed a preference for one precious metal over the other. On more than one occasion clients have even described themselves as gold or silver “girls”. Statements like this give even more credence to the notion that we wear clothes and accessories that express who we are on the inside.

I’ve had a lifelong affection for gold, perhaps because I am a redhead with a warm complexion. Don’t get me wrong. I own my share of silver jewelry and wear it when the mood strikes me or my outfit calls for it. Silver is my jewelry of choice for summer because it psychologically feels light and suits pastels well.

2014 is definitely a gold year. All sorts of gold jewelry, from Egyptian inspired chokers to flapper style tassel pendants abound this season. Apparel also has the Midas touch, as is evidenced by gold sequined sweatshirts, and gold detailed shoes and boots. Undoubtedly many women will wear gold dresses during the holidays. The latest special occasion dress designs, like gold chevron shifts and grecian gowns with gold embellishments, harken back to the 1960’s. Actually, I wore a gold gown to my high school prom. No ordinary dress, this was a Mary Quant (mini skirt originator) which I purchased it at a London boutique. Simple but unforgettable, it transformed me into an old time movie star.

Fashion’s latest and greatest color combination is black and gold. Guests of this year’s Red Shoe Society’s Greenville Royale benefitting Ronald McDonald House of the Carolinas are invited to wear black and gold to this gala with a James Bond theme. What could be more appropriate for an evening of espionage than a color combination that epitomizes elegance, mystery and sensuality!

The stylist in me can’t wait to see how folks wear gold and black. I just might see looks like the two below at this fabulous event.

Gold Gamour

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.

Fashionable holiday gifts for under $50

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Some folks buy all their holiday gifts and wrap them by Thanksgiving weekend. Others wait until the spirit moves them to tackle Santa’s wish lists. Since I fall into the latter category, I appreciate reading other blogs that feature holiday gift ideas. I count on bloggers to give me great ideas and inspire me to shop. So, maybe something on my list of five fabulous items under $50 will end up under your tree this year:

Studded long leather glovesBrian Atwood, famous for his shoe designs, created these studded gloves for the limited edition Target-Neiman Marcus collection for $49.99. Styling women attracted to glamour with a modern edge will love these gloves;

Women’s leather strap bracelet: The Talley bracelet, decorated with crystal accents, gold studs, and gold links comes in four fun colors, and sells for $38. The Kate Carlyle Gift Boutique in Greenville, South Carolina also carries this item at a slightly higher price;

Men’s knit horizontal striped tie: Cool and casual, this retro thin tie from the Gap sells for $29.95. Choose from either grey and white or burgundy and blue horizontal stripes;

Sugar Bath lychee scented body lotion: Available at Sephora for $22.50, this ultra-moisturizing lotion is the antidote for dry skin;

Back up battery for iPhone.  Every iPhone addict will love this stocking stuffer. J Crew dressed the tiny device in polka dots for women and stripes for men.  $39.50 buys such peace of mind.

Brian Atwood

Shoe designer Brian Atwood, a designer for the limited edition Target-Neiman Marcus collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Couple taking a little break from holiday shopping

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greenville’s Summer Style

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Between weddings and theatre performances, downtown Greenville buzzed with energy last night. With my lawn chair and bottled water in hand, I headed to the TD Bank Amphitheatre in Falls Park to watch “Much Ado About Nothing”. I arrived early to soak in the sights and engage in a little style research. As a personal wardrobe stylist, I think of the world as a runway, not a stage. Last night I had shorts on my mind, partly because I saw so many of them. There were cargos, bermudas, daisy dukes, and assorted gym shorts. To my surprise I didn’t see many rompers (exactly three), which are one piece short outfits. They come in a variety of styles and lengths. I like rompers for the same reason I like dresses and jumpsuits. They provide an instant outfit and present a pulled together image. They also remind me of something from a 1940’s pin up poster.  

Last night’s fashion award goes to one of my fellow theatre goers who wore a black zipper front, drawstring romper. She accessorized with a turquoise chunky necklace, cuff bracelet and a pair of Jackie O style sunglasses. Besides looking adorable, she smiled, ate heartily, and looked like she was having a grand time.

You can find rompers in most stores this summer. Bluefly.com also has a decent selection of very stylish ones by BCBG. I particularly like the pale peach and blue print one shoulder number with a draped bodice featured below for $105. 

Will I shop for rompers for my clients next summer? Only the style gods know if they have fashion staying power. The character of Conrade in “Much Ado…” had this to say about the frivolousness of fashion. “I see that the fashion wears out more apparel than the man”. Alas, how we quickly purge those outdated styles from our closets long before they show signs of wear!

 

woman wearing black romper style outfit

“Much Ado About Rompers”

 

  

peach and blue floral short romper by BCBG

“Floral Print BCBGeneration Romper on bluefly.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Springtime jewelry trends

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

What would women do without jewelry? It makes no difference whether it is fake or fine. We just love to decorate ourselves in beads, bangles, hoops and brooches. Jewelry also provides us with an opportunity to express our unique fashion style. Whimsical dressers might go for the bright colored enameled floral and beaded necklaces that are blooming all over stores this spring. Take the fanciful multi strand beaded necklace with fuchsia orchids by Lucky designs. This piece adds just the right dose of attitude and color to any of your neutral outfits. Since it has an adjustable (more…)

Four fabulous 2011 jewelry trends

Saturday, October 1st, 2011
All eyes are on jewelry this fall as this ultimate accessory shares center stage with the latest clothing fashions.  Jewelry animates the wearer and delights the beholder. It also possesses the power to instantaneously transform a somber outfit into a sensational one.  Holobi  DRES System has created jewelry and accessory guidelines for each of the four body types and face shapes: diamond, emerald, sapphire and ruby. The team of Holobi independent stylist consultants will train individuals how to incorporate fabulous fall jewelry trends like the following into their wardrobe:
·       Feather’s Unfurled:  Exotic plumes in the form of cascading earrings, choker necklaces and brooches are certain to add “glam” to jeans as well as a LBD.  A feathered pin strategically placed on a lapel or at the waist draws attention to those areas.  Feathers appeal to dramatic dressers who enjoy making a statement with their clothes and accessories as well as Ethnic style personalities who favor a bohemian look. 
·        Pendant Power: This 1970’s iconic necklace has morphed into a thoroughly modern style.  Pendants come in all sizes and shapes this season. Designs include delicate filigree leaves, bejeweled Byzantine crosses and glass and bead pendants. Ethnic fashion styles will take to pendants made of natural elements like stone, bone and wood. Antique brass and semi precious stone pendants, on the other hand, inspire the romantics at heart.  Sapphire body types, whose hips are larger than their bust and shoulders, look smashing in bold “statement” pendants that rest at mid chest and highlight the décolleté.  Ruby body types, the opposite of sapphires, can sport longer pendant necklaces, provided that they are small busted. Rubies have broader shoulders and/or a larger bust compared to their narrower hips and thighs.
·       Metal Magic: Brass, silver, hematite and antique gold standout as this season’s most sought after metals. A single strand silver or gold necklace projects timeless elegance for those who prefer a conservative sheath dress or tailored suiting. The multi strand mixed metal designs infuse a pair of jeans and a simple tee-shirt with an edgy vibe, especially those with twisted strands and interwoven beading.  What better way to showcase mixed metals than by wearing an eclectic assortment of bangles or a turquoise cocktail ring set in gold and silver. Assorted stacked bracelets and rings work well on ruby body types because they extend the hip line and showcase the legs. The beauty of mixed metals is that they complement both warm and cool skin tones.
·        Welcome Back Chokers:  One just might find a long forgotten choker somewhere in the recesses of a jewelry armoire. This season’s hot style runs the gamut from woven designs with feathers and beads to sleek hammered silver minimalist collars. Chokers bring attention to the face, hair and eyes. They also suit petite women better than many of the popular oversized chunky necklaces. Since chokers rest at the base of the neck, they coexist nicely with a variety of tops including those with shawl collars, turtlenecks, peplum jackets with notched collars and oxford style blouses.
Frank Sinatra once crooned about “baubles, bangles (and), bright shiny beads” and their power to delight. This season’s array of jewelry options offers women the opportunity to take their personal style to new heights and add extra brilliance to their image.  As the song goes, “sparkles, spangles, your heart will sing….wearin’ baubles, bangles and beads”.