Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Perfect Dress

Searching for the perfect dress for an occassion can be fun, especially when you are shopping for your birthday and want to stand out in the crowd. Recently, I celebrated my birthday in the most fabulous dress! Below is a picture (dress is from Bebe) and in case you were wondering, I defintely made a statement that night!

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Peter Pilotto

I normally don’t write a blog twice in one week, but I was so excited about Peter Pilotto’s line at Target I just had to share my findings!
First off, I find it amazing that there is a store where women can purchase nice, name brand clothing at an affordable price. Target has done an amazing job when it comes to having various articles of clothing and accessories by different designers. In the past year, I have aquired a scarf by Marc Jacobs, purses by Oscar de la Renta and Phillip Lim, and now a skirt and top by Peter Pilotto. For someone on a teacher’s salary, this is a dream come true! When I do invest in designer pieces, and I am talking about walking into the designer stores themselves- never knock offs, I usually purchase purses. My favorites are Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and the occasional Coach. To me, purchasing these items are an investment, not that clothes aren’t. But I need something with staying power for my day to day job. And being in front of the board with markers and designer clothes makes me nervous! So when Target started promoting all of these wonderful designers, and the above mentioned are just a few, I was overcome with pure joy!
The skirt below is my absolute favorite piece from the collection. I can dress it up with a black blouse and blazer during the last few months of our winter, or I can pair it with a white blouse, cobalt blue jacket (for contrast) and a necklace within the same color family to pull it all together. Affordable prices and designer pieces makes me one happy girl!
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Strategic Dressing: How to Dress for Bi-Polar Weather

What’s not to love about winter? Snow falling, hot cocoa, warm chunky knit sweaters, and the beach. Wait…what?! Oh yes! The great thing about living in the wonderful state of Florida is the few days of warm weather that graces our presence in the dead of our “winter,” and this year was no exception. I went from wearing a cute pencil skirt with a warm cardigan to a warm, chunky sweater a couple of days later; only to end up in a bikini on a sandy beach when we were blessed with 81 degree weather. My only complaint is that in years past, days such as these have been sporadic and have left me yearning for the random days of sunshine. Days when I get to escape the cold nonsense in the Sunshine state, and get to walk the sandy beaches while drinking a cocktail. Days when my wonderful friends up north comment on my FB in disgust and envy because I am able to achieve a tan in the months of January and February. Say what you will about living in states where the beauty of snow covers the earth and envelopes its surroundings in pure, powdery snow perfection. Actually, this winter, more like Mother Nature unleashing her wrath and dumping snow and dangerous, icy weather that has caused disastrous situations. Yeah…I think I’ll take my chances down here, though it has caused me to take a look at my work outfits for the week and laugh. I mean, seriously, 50 degrees one day and five days later a beautiful 82 degrees? So below are some pics of my outfits throughout the past two weeks to show how this crazy, bi-polar weather of Florida has caused its residents to rummage through their closets looking for sweaters and boots one day, and tanks and flip-flops another day. Enjoy!

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What is Considered Age Appropriate?

I was reading my US Weekly magazine a few weeks ago and came across a quote by Julianne Moore in regards to being stylish at 53. She was quoted saying, “After a certain age, you can’t wear anything with words on it.” This made me think, “Where do we draw the line? And at what age is this considered completely tacky and inappropriate?”
I have a beautiful blouse from Bebe. It’s red and bears the Bebe name all over it. However, to me it is completely age appropriate and one of my favorite work shirts. But I do agree that certain articles of clothing that have the company’s name on it really do need to be removed from one’s closet.
The biggest offender? Brand names and logos printed across the butt. Why. On. Earth. And again, this is just my opinion. To me, if you are young you can get away with more, and these young women should enjoy their fashion choices and flaunt it! But really, ladies, at some point I think that as we get older, we need to evolve with our choices in fashion. We can still rock alternative, classy, preppy, etc. looks and all the while not look as though we are headed back to our glory days of high school or college. Women can most certainly wear articles of clothing with logos on it. However, I think one thing needs to be kept in mind. Make sure that YOU wear the clothes, the clothes should not be wearing you. And they should never, ever make you look ridiculous given your age.

Thoughts? I’d love to hear your point of view.

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Photograph by Vittorio Sciosia/Corbis.