Friday, April 30, 2010

When My Parents Win the Powerball...

Marc Jacobs Suede and Patent Wing Heel, La Garconne, $695

As a side note, one of my FAVE websites to gaze at and wish my parents were bequeathing me loads of cash...or that anyone for that matter would bequeath me loads of cash! (Guy with the big check and balloons at my front door?) Anyway--I go to lagarconne.com. It is a lovely website, if websites can be lovely. They have exquisite taste and even put together outfits for you!

Friday, April 23, 2010

My "Hell or High Water" Clothing Item

Confession: Cargo pants are my favorite wardrobe item, and I already own a bunch. BUT...I just bought two more pairs today!!! It's yet another reason why Jennifer, errr, JEN Aniston and I are destined to be BFF. Do a google search of "Jennifer Aniston" and "cargo pants" and you'll see her in about 49 different pairs.

Cargo pants really are one of the items of clothing in my closet that come hell or high water, I refuse to give up. I don't care what size teeny-tiny leg opening or what denim "jegging" threatens to take their place, I'll never, repeat NEVER remove them from high atop my list of faves. If I'm not in my pajama pants at my house, there's a 90% chance I have on cargoes, and I wear them every single weekend. Always having bordered on claustrophobia, I have approximately a 10-hr per week quota on skinny jeans. Once those 10 hours are up, pass me the brown paper bag and the cargo pants, I'm hyperventilating.

It's a fact: You can still wear cargo pants and look good. There's just some tricks you gotta know. 1) Wear a cute shoe (i.e. not flip-flops), 2) Go a little dressier on top than you might normally be comfortable with cargo pants, and 3) Splash it with some glam jewelry. Or if you're Jen, just get yourself some awesome highlights and substitute for any of the above.

Taking a nod from the J. Crew display at the Green Hills mall today, here's a cute, but casual cargo pants weekend look. Or for Amber Lehman, it's the "I'm out shopping and hauling stuff around but still need to appear professional and not shabby" everyday look.

Here's the pair I just bought in white and "chocolate bunny brown." They're $13.99 in stores right now! We're building our outfit with the brown. And we're also cuffing the bottom like this. FYI.
The new cargo, Gap for $34.99.

A sweet little blouse for the top half. Love myself a blouse.
French Connection
Mini Edelwess Top, $88

Lord knows I hate washing my hair, so hats are generally a factor for me...I like how this fedora pulls in the black flats to the rest of the outfit.
Forever 21 Colorblock
Straw Fedora, $12.80. If you're not a hat girl, how bout a headband?

No heels for this gal. Rachel Zoe I am not. Not only does my scale top out at over 100 lbs, but I do my own shopping, and I'm guessing you do too, so we aren't sporting platforms around
town too much now, are we?

Kelsi Dagger (a new brand at The Perfect Pair and one of my new faves)
ballet flat, Piperlime for $69.99. OR for dinner out, take it up a notch with this GUH-reat wedge.

Here's your glam piece. Everything was getting a little sweet for me, so we had to toughen this outfit up with this beauty. And don't get onto me. I know it's expensive, but you're gonna wear it with all your other outfits, so just suck it up. It can be your signature piece.
Fenton/Fallon for J.Crew punky necklace, J.Crew for $125.

At the end of the day, don't we all just want to be comfortable, not look like we're trying too hard and just do our thing? The older I get, the more I simply want to do just that, and it's OH-kay. Outside of wearing, like, "Hello, Kitty" t-shirts at age 30, you should be able to hang onto clothes that make you happy and work them into the current trends. My thing is cargo pants. I will not give them up. What's yours? What's your "come hell or high water you're not prying these from my cold, dead fingers" clothing item?

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

ACM Awards Orange Carpet :: Steel Magnolia


This year it was such an honor to get to dress Top Vocal Duo nominee, Steel Magnolia, for the ACM Awards. I could not have been more excited about how the finished product turned out.

Here's what they were wearing:
Josh: Moschino suit, Diesel shirt, and Virgins, Saints, and Angels belt buckle
Meghan: Tadashi Shoji gown, Suzanna Dai hair piece, and Winifred Grace jewelry

They got a couple cool mentions too. My favorite red carpet blog is Red Carpet Fashion Awards, and she loved it. They also got picked as AOL's The Boot's Best Dressed Couple and radaronline.com called Meghan's gown "peachy, perfect strapless." Hey, well that's just PEACHY with me.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Don't Leave Home Without It: Spring Brights

I've always been a little scared of bright lipstick. Maybe it's a feeling of "I tried too hard" or "I'll look ridiculous." I think mostly it was the "trying too hard to stand out" thing. I like wearing cool stuff, ya know, but I don't love drawing attention to myself--makes me feel weird and is probably why I dress other people.

What I've found about the amazing spring shades of lipstick is that you're actually trying LESS when you wear them. Because the rest of your makeup should be subdued, you actually spend fewer minutes applying "your face." And because the lipstick is like an accessory in itself, the rest of your outfit can stay completely simple. Carmine colors like the one to the left, "Drumbeat Red" by Loreal Color Riche, are classic. Some of the trendier ones, like the one I am wearing below are the super-bright pinks--think Maggie G. and Sandi (#22 PARIS Chanel Rouge Coco) at the Oscars.

I'm nostalgic. Y'all know that. So of course these rich, beautiful colors remind me of when ladies DID look like ladies....like the grandma you see at Kroger who's wearing a dress, has her hair done, and FOR SURE is wearing her red lipstick. It's old school. And it's probably why the au naturel-sheer-gloss-look that I've been working for a few years now, always elicits the "You kind of look dead" comments from my mom. There's just something about a lady in bright lipstick, I guess.

Me + Matty. I'm wearing Nars lipstick in Schiap.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Clogs are in for Spring. Discuss.

Clogs. I don't know that I've ever worn a pair in my life. I mean, yikes.

I was discussing them and their on-the-cusp-of-being-the-next-big-thing status the other day with my friend Casey, co-owner of The Perfect Pair in Nashville, which happens to have a clog or two in stock. We said something to the effect of, "No offense to nurses, but clogs just remind me of those nursing shoes Danskos." Casey even relayed that her nurse friend told her that on nights where she did NOT need to be going out after work, she makes sure she is wearing her Danskos to the hospital that day. That's how horrible clogs are! My hair girl Valerie even apologized to me the other day for wearing Danskos at Fruition while cutting my hair!

Obviously I am harboring an anti-clog bias and some others of y'all are too, but gosh if Alexa Chung, current super it-girl, doesn't look adorable in this pair by Chanel over there on the left. Get ready, I've seen clogs referred to as 2010's version of the Ugg--you know they're ugly as pure sin, but dang if you don't want to sell a kidney for some. It's weird, I tell you, but I swear I'm getting clog fever. I'll keep you posted. Until then, here are some that I'm considering.

Charlie Platform Clog, Freepeople.com for $148


Seanna Closed Toe Clogs, Topshop.com for $135


Maybe a tad Dr. Scholls-esque, but a little easier to stomach?
BCBGMax Azria at Piperlime.com for $185