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!

Shorts are for fashion and easy living

Friday, July 8th, 2011
Shorts available at  www.facebook.com/fabrikgreenville 

Dressy shorts with draped front panel and print top available  at www.facebook.com/fabrikgreenville

Shorts, an ever present summer wardrobe staple, are now also one of the hottest fashion trends. Now is the time to find the latest shorts online at bargain prices. White House Black Market carries classic dark wash denim jean shorts, cargo shorts with front pockets, and flat front cotton cuffed shorts, all on sale for $39.99. Although most styles come in versatile neutrals, some are available in bold shades like pomegranate.  J.Jill, known for its distinctive linen apparel, sells a machine-washable linen walking short in white and black with an elastic waist. For those who prefer to show more leg, J Jill is now selling a linen twill cuffed short for $39.99. At Talbots, classic styles with contemporary sash accents are currently on sale. The “cuffed sash short” and the “parachute sash short” in summer palettes like sand and pale pink, are available at a deep discount. Styles like these can be dressed up when when worn with fitted jackets as a “short suit”, or graceful silk tanks and wedge sandals.

As the summer heats up, shorts fit the bill for comfort, coolness and incomparable style.