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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No Sweat

No Sweat

I’m a lady who likes to dress up, but every so often a casual day is in order.  If I’m staying home all day, leggings and Uggs it is, but if I’m heading out I’ve got a few easy pieces that I’ve been reaching for lately.  My Zara sweatshirt has bead embellishments on the sleeves that give some effortless sparkle to my look.  My wine colored cords have a slight paisley pattern that’s adds an unexpected element to a cozy staple.  And my suede booties are the most comfortable, socially acceptable shoes that I’ve ever put on my feet.  I might feel like I’m wearing pajamas, but not everyone needs to know that.

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Match Point

On Vista

H + M Top, Zara Skirt, Vince Cammuto Boots, Earrings from my friend Alex

When I was much younger and first discovering my love of clothing, I was very into matchy-matchy outfits.  I only wanted to wear distinct sets (I think I learned this at Gap Kids).  One top went with one bottom and they were not to be mixed with other pieces.  Ever.  I’ve since grown out of that phase, luckily, and my wardrobe options grew exponentially!  Mixing and matching pieces is the most fun and inexpensive way to create new looks.  And playing around in my closet one day is just how I stumbled across my “old” peplum top and my “new” leather skirt.  Together they look like they were made for each other and separately they’re stand out pieces.  Tastes change, and that’s a good thing, but I would be remiss not to mention how happy Little Diana would be with how perfectly these separates match.

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Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014

When I think about Paris I think of champagne, macaroons, dreary, but beautiful weather, and the highest of high fashion.  The Fall/Winter 2014 Fashion Week in The City of Light proved to be just as enchanting as Paris itself; dreamy, moody, and at times a bit intimidating.  Here are some of my favorite looks:

1.  Cédric Charlier

Cedric Charlier

2.  Christophe Lemaire

Christophe Lemaire

3.  Damir Doma

Damir Doma

4.  Dries Van Noten

Dries Van Noten

5. Sonia by Sonia Rykiel

Sonia by Sonia Rykiel

6. Rochas

Rochas

7. Alexis Mabille

Alexis Mabille

8.  Vionnet

Vionnet

9.  Balenciaga

Balenciaga

10.  Carven

Carven

11.  Balmain

Balmain

12.  Bouchra Jarrar

Bouchra Jarrar

13.  Nina Ricci

Nina Ricci

14.  Barbara Bui

Barbara Bui

15.  Lanvin

Lanvin

16.  Christian Winjnants

Christian Wijnants

17.  Roland Mouret

Roland Mouret

18.  Chalayan

Chalayan

19.  Christian Dior

Christian Dior

20.  Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant

21.  Sonia Rykiel

Sonia Rykiel

22.  Jay Ahr

Jay Ahr

23.  Vanessa Bruno

Vanessa Bruno

24.  A.F. Vandevorst

A.F.  Vandevorst

25.  Viktor & Rolf

Viktor & Rolf

26.  Véronique Leroy

Veronique Leroy

27. Martin Grant

Martin Grant

28.  Maiyet

Maiyet

29. Céline

Celine

30.  Chloé

Chloe

31.  John Galliano

John Galliano

32.  Givenchy

Givenchy

33.  Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney

34.  Giambattista Valli

Giambattista Valli

35.  Leonard

Leonard

36.  Elie Saab

Elie Saab

37.  Chanel

Chanel

38.  Valentino

Valentino

39.  Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton*  All images via style.com

Poncho Please

Poncho Please

Vintage Poncho, Bass Belt, H&M Long Sleeve Top, LOFT Pants, Michael Kors Boots

A poncho is not an easy piece of clothing to wear without looking like you’re going to a costume party.  But I like a challenge, especially a fashion challenge.  And I believe in the transformative powers of a belt.  Pre-belt I looked like I was wearing a tent (take a look in the photo below).  After the simple addition of a plain black belt though, my waist was defined and an outfit was made!  Whether I use it for a coat, a blanket, or Halloween, this poncho is a keeper.

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Some Sparkle

Some Sparkle

Zara Sweater, J. Crew Skirt, Lord & Taylor Ankle Boots

There’s nothing wrong with a little daytime sparkle.  In fact, I’d encourage it on a gray winter day.  A little sparkle can go a long way and that’s why I tamed my iridescent pencil skirt with a slightly embellished sweater and suede ankle boots.  Just the right amount of shine requires some practice and a bit a restraint.  Good luck!

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A Statement Coat

A Statement Coat

Vintage Coat, J. Crew Sweater and Trousers, BCBG Heels, Gifted Necklace

A statement coat is a wonderful addition to any wardrobe.  It’s the chic finishing touch that adds a bit of whimsy to your ensemble.  I prefer to let the topper be the focal point of my look and pair it with basics.  It really transforms a monotone outfit and kicks it up a notch.  Your statement coat doesn’t have to be patterned, a jacket in an unexpected color is incredibly refreshing, but everyone knows I love a good leopard print!

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