Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Looking At Online Today...

Suedette Ankle Strap Platforms, Forever 21, $26.80
Who knows what the heck suedette is, but I'll tell ya what, it's way easier to make
fake suede look good than fake leather.

Beaded Boyfriend Shirt, Victoria's Secret, $79.50
So sue me.  I went online to Victoria's Secret and didn't look at bras.  But I really do like this shirt.  Would look GREAT with a sleek leather pencil skirt and those suedette pumps above OR with a pair of black wide-leg pants for a holiday party. And then pair with boyfriend jeans after the party for every day!

Antler Necklace, Alex and Chloe, $100
I love this necklace so much I don't even really know what to say about it.  It takes me back to my deer-huntin' roots, it's perfectly layerable, it's still delicate.  I mean, throw some diamonds on it,
and it'd be the perfect piece of jewelry pretty much.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Honey I Shrunk the Sweater

Here's Ruthie in that AMAZE sweater, Lelia, me and Caroline post dinner
I spent a GREAT Thanksgiving holiday in Louisiana, and part of my time was in Baton Rouge.  Yay!  Geaux Tigers!  One of the most fun nights I've had in a while was an evening with several of my good friends including two of my besties Caroline and Lelia, and another old friend that I absolutely adore, Ruthie Sayles. You may remember her. I blogged about her awesome hair pieces last year.  Please check out her website and drool over her amazing house on Design Sponge here.   

So Ruthie had on the cutest sweater that I had just seen at Anthropologie.  While I was spending some much-needed "shopping for myself" time there, I couldn't help but notice the racks were LOADED with cropped sweaters, and I thought to myself, "Gah, if I weren't a stylist, I would have NO idea what to do with these."  I mean, you'd be seriously hard-pressed to find a sweater right now that doesn't look like it went through an extra-hot dryer cycle.  Ruthie had the one below on with a striped long-sleeved shirt underneath hanging out the bottom about 6 or 8 inches with black leggings and a burnt orangey-brown boot.  It looked amazing, and that's one way to wear a cropped sweater.  Another way to avoid having your turkey belly hang out the bottom of this season's short sweaters (wait, I'm not the only one with a turkey belly this week, right?) is to wear with high-waisted flare jeans layered over a cute plaid shirt.  I came up with one more way, which I've highlighted below that you may not have thought of yet.
1.  Alabaster Tassels Sweater, $99.95, Anthropologie.  In Ruthie's words, "I've worn this thing three times a week since I bought it."  It literally is perfect, and it's actually shorter than it looks in that picture in person.  Adore the fringe.  
2.  Nine West Janajay Ankle Boot, $129,  One of the big boot trends this season is a hybrid of "I'm going hiking" but I'm still a hot chica.  If you're wanting a new boot to add to your collection from last season, think about this one.  And that fur trim never hurts for keeping your little footsies nice and toasty.
3.  Sugar and Spice Dress, $138, Free People.  Maxi dresses and skirts are still having a major moment.  I especially love the high-low hem of this one, which makes it a little more interesting.  Y'all know that I've been doing Girls of Grace fashion shows this year, and one of the tips I gave in the Fall shows was transitioning your summer maxi dress to Fall/Winter by layering with it.  That's what we're doing here.  We're adding tights and the cropped sweater to warm it up a bit and also to get more use out of a piece you may have put in the basement already.
4.  Annie Embroidered Western Shirt, $78, Levi's.  Talk about having a "moment."  The denim shirt is on fire.  For like the last two years.  Way to go, Denim Shirt!  You totally did it!  So you probably already have one.  Well, to add another texture and another layer for the chill, put it over your dress, button that baby up and then put the sweater on top--the collar should come out the top and the shirt should hang out the bottom.  You'll be like the hippest accountant on top and a Free People employee on the bottom.  Bam.  
5.  Arrow Drop Earring, $19, Urban Outfitters.  I love these earrings.  The geometry of them is great, and they're kinda brassy looking and not all shiny-cheap-I cost 3 dollars gold.  I actually bought them for GAC Top 20 host Nan Kelley, and she wore them last week on the countdown.  So they passed the look good on TV test.  I mean, FYI.  In case you have any TV appearances coming up.
6.  Nordic Fair Isle Tight, $18, Urban Outfitters.  And here we have the tights, which are probably a staple for you this time of year.  These are grey but with a cool "fair isle" pattern, which makes them blend right into our outfit but add a little hit of pattern.  

If you wanna get extra cute and cozy, add a slouchy beanie and while you'll look all OMG look at her just throwing that outfit together on the outside, on the inside you'll know it feels like you're wearing a Forever Lazy cuz you're so cozy. So, there you have it.  How to wear a cropped sweater.  You're welcome.

Lauren Alaina::In Performance at the White House

So I kinda met Obama.  Okay, I didn't.  But I was one degree away from it.  Because Lauren met him and she was wearing a dress I bought her, and so therefore, I met him.  I'm in love with that dress actually.  Like I kinda wanna have a party with those ruffles on the front.  And I wish y'all could see the shoes.  I wanna marry them.  I put a picture of them on the bottom so you can fight me for their betrothal.

Lauren is wearing a BCBG dress and Abyss by Abby earrings. Dierks is wearing his usual dashing good looks. Unfortunately, he looks great, so I can't offer him my services.


Vince Camuto Jamma Platform Pump

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

CMA Awards 2011::Who We Dressed + What They Wore

This year's CMA Red Carpet was SO fun for me.  So many artists with different tastes and ages.  It was challenging, but really, really awesome.  Do you have a favorite?  I am in love with Dean's bow tie...and the back of Jana's dress...and Lauren's shoes...and Cherrill's rings...and the color of Hannah's dress on her...and how perfectly Meghan's dress fits her style...and....well, I love it all!  Here we go!

Jana Kramer wore dress by Mandalay and jewelry by David Yurman.

Cherrill wore Mandalay dress and David Yurman jewelry; Hannah wore a dress by Tadashi Shoji, bracelet by David Yurman and earrings by Diana Warner; Dean wore shirt by Ted Baker, tie by Otis James, and three-piece suit by Hugo Boss.

Meghan Linsey wore dress by Nha Khanh.

Lauren Alaina wore dress by Mandalay, shoes by Enzo Angiolini, and jewelry by Swarovski.

And clearly we were loving the Mandalay dresses, because we put Lauren in another one when she presented her Award with Jake Owen. I loved how 
much this one sparkled on the live broadcast!

Monday, November 14, 2011

BMI Awards 2011::Who We Dressed + What They Wore

Y'all.  We have been BUSY.  So busy, but it has been SO fun.  From sewing girls into dresses, last minute Victoria's Secret runs, midnight alterations, it has been nonstop!  Nonetheless, we managed to send some looks down the red carpet.  First up, the BMI Awards!  Here are all our lovelies.
Eden's Edge:  (From Left to Right) Dean in AllSaints jacket, 7 Jeans, J. Lindeberg tie; Hannah in Stella and Jamie dress and VSA necklace; Cherrill in Theia dress 
and Diana Warner earrings 
Jana Kramer in Julian Joyce by Mandalay dress and Jimmy Choo shoes
Meghan Linsey in Rachel Gilbert dress
Lauren Alaina in Rachel Zoe dress, Diana Warner earrings, 
Abyss by Abby ring, and Dolce Vita shoes

Friday, November 11, 2011

Lip Gloss Junkie::Juicy Tubes 9-1-1

I found something so awesome, I felt the need to alert the masses.  ASAP.  Juicy Tubes by Lancome is my all-time favorite lipgloss.  (Considering I AM the "Lip Gloss Junkie", this is saying a lot.)  ESPECIALLY in the color "Spring Fling."  Well, imagine my surprise when I went to the Lancome section at Sephora and see this beauty.  Six GLORIOUS tubes for $29.50????!!! (An $81 value.)  Do my eyes deceive me?  Could this be true?  Run, don't walk, to Sephora and snatch this up while you still can. And if you're in Nashville, go see Joseph.  He's a doll.  Until our next lip gloss emergency, xoxo, Carrie.