Milly limited edition collection for Banana Republic

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013
Milly Collection at Banana Republic this summer

Banana Republic vintage style dress / Banana Republic sleeveless top / Banana Republic long sleeve sweater / Banana Republic / Banana Republic patent leather handbag / Banana Republic bib necklace / Banana Republic two tone jewelry / Banana Republic fake jewelry

Bermuda shorts, sundresses and comfortable tops are the hallmark styles of summer. Who doesn’t pack at least one of these essentials for a laid back beach trip? The Milly limited edition collection for Banana Republic answers the call for chic, vacation worthy apparel. A combination of features makes Milly designs unmistakable. Milly founder and designer, Michelle Smith, excels at infusing vintage designs with a modern vibe. She is known for her attention to “….detail, use of luxurious, cutting edge fabrics and precise tailoring”. In other words, Milly clothes don’t get lost in the crowd.

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.

And the winner is….emerald

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

The Pantone Color Institute selected emerald as the color of the year. Associated with harmony, nature, and rebirth, emerald suits warm as well as cool complexions, and illuminates eyes and hair. Both versatile and becoming, this award winning hue complements blue, yellow, black, purple and red. An emerald blouse livens up a neutral suit, and an emerald print silk scarf instantly adds sophistication to jeans and a t-shirt. I posted 32 enticing emerald items on Pinterest. Perhaps some of these pieces will inspire even the color shy to go green.