Peter Pilotto Prints

Peter Pilotto Prints

Peter Pilotto for Target Dress, Prabal Gurung for Target Heels

I’ve been a longtime admirer of Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, the design duo behind the Peter Pilotto brand, so I was thrilled to learn about their recent collaboration with Target stores.  The designers are known for their thoughtfully printed women’s wear pieces, which always make a statement at London Fashion Week.  Their beautiful clothing also comes along with a hefty price tag, so I never thought I’d get the chance to call a piece my own, until recently that is.  I love the feminine shape of this dress, with a belt to accentuate the waist, and the sporty racer back top with cut-outs at the shoulder.  The printed lace sleeves are an unexpected touch and make it the perfect spring time dress.   I’m not usually a Target shopper, but they’re doing some pretty great stuff with their designer collaborations lately.

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Black Magic

Black Magic

French Connection Sweater, Zara Skirt, Prabal Gurung for Target Heels, Vintage Bag

I love a head to toe black look.  It makes me feel strong, confident, and pulled together.  And my favorite thing to do is to combine a bunch of different textures to make the monochrome look feel fresh.  For instance, a cashmere sweater with embellishments on the shoulder, worn with a tweed skirt with lace panels, and patent leather lace up heels is chic, not dull.  I topped it all off with a vintage beaded bag.  My intention was to exude a less witchy and more of a bewitching vibe instead.

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Butterfly Kisses

Butterfly Kisses

Free People Dress, Old Navy Sandals

I’ve gotten plenty of wear out of this Free People dress this summer.  It quickly became my favorite thing to throw on after a day spent at the beach, to a barbeque with friends, or just running errands.  It’s lightweight and comfortable, but I still look pulled together.  Over the past couple months, I’ve gotten a number of compliments on it, but the most memorable was from a longtime family friend who said I looked like a butterfly!  Now I can’t help but think of it whenever I wear this dress!  Thanks Brian!

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Subtle Florals

Subtle Florals

H&M Blazer and Jeans, J. Crew T-Shirt, Nine West Heels, Vintage Diamond Earrings, Elm City Jewelers Necklace

Max suggested that I title this blog entry ‘late bloomer’ because “it would be funny.”  I appreciate his interest in the blog, but declined for a number of reasons including the fact that I’ve had these floral pieces in my closet for close to two years now.  I think that would make me an early bloomer.  I jumped on the first flower pants bandwagon I saw, and haven’t looked back.  At the very least I could be considered a perennial because I take them out every spring and summer, and retire them in the fall through winter.  And that’s pretty much all I know about gardening.

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Peekaboo Lace

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LOFT T-Shirt, Zara Skirt, Vince Camuto Heels, Vintage Fur Stole, Earrings, and Turquoise and Diamond Rings, Gifted Pinky Ring

I have a tendency to steer away from lace.  It always seems too delicate and feminine for my taste.  However, I couldn’t help myself from being draw to this skirt.  The peekaboo lace is subtle as it peeks through the well placed slits in this sequined tweed piece.  You can only see the lace panels when I move, so I felt like I had a little bit of a secret.  I certainly felt feminine wearing this outfit, but it was anything but too delicate.

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Lavendar Lace

Lace Top from small boutique in NYC, Forever 21 Pleated Skirt, Naturalizer Heels, Gifted Watch, Cynthia Rowley via Marshalls Purse

I find it very difficult sometimes to be creative and stylish at work, while still looking professional.  It is much harder for me to pick out an outfit that defines my style personality for my 9 to 5 than it is for anything else.  I’ve logged many hours staring at all of the clothes hanging in my closet feeling stumped about what I’m going to wear to the office, and what I have learned is: 1. I need to clean out my closet, and 2. try pairing unexpected separates together.  I usually reserve this over sized lace top for my weekend attire, but wearing it with a tank and tucked into a high-waisted tweed skirt, suddenly made it work appropriate.  And my faux snake skin heels that were purchased to wear to a wedding, added just the right amount of sass to this look.

French Twist

H+M Top, Pants, and Earrings, Vintage Clutch and Bangle, BCBG Wedges, Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market Cross Bracelet

When it’s hot, hot, hot out I don’t feel like spending time blow drying and/or straightening my hair.  Lately, my solution to avoiding these aforementioned rituals is letting my hair air dry, sprizting it with some dry shampoo, teasing it just a little for some volume, and then pinning it up into a messy french twist.  This way my hair is up and out of my face and still looks like I put some effort into it.  The dry shampoo helps to keep my hair in place too, which came in handy last Saturday night when I took this look from cocktails for a friend’s birthday at Eastern Standard near Fenway, to another birthday soiree on a roof deck near the South End.  My hair was even looking pretty good the next morning, but, alas, there aren’t any pictures to prove it.