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A Night Out On The Town

With the weather getting cooler, especially with my recent visit to Virginia, I pondered what to wear on a night that was dipping in the fifties. For a southern girl, temperatures in the fifties, including a brisk wind, is a cold night! However, I knew that we would be enjoying a nice dinner, and if anything the red wine would help to keep me warm. So I decided on a long sleeve, knit dress with a low collar. I paired that with a black, stylish clutch and a pair of very sexy heels. I completed my look with a motorcycle jacket to add an edgier look to my dress. That being said, not only did I feel like I looked like a million bucks, I was able to keep warm as well.image
Though it exposed my toes, these heels were on point! I love them!
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My clutch for the evening.
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Chunky Sweater and a Chic Leopard Clutch

I am loving the chunky sweater look for the season. It is comfortable, fashionable, and oh-so-comfy! I added a leopard print clutch to add a punch to this simple outfit. Along with the leather brown boots, it makes for a relaxed evening out.

Taking a relaxed look and adding a punch of chic with leopard.

Taking a relaxed look and adding a punch of chic with leopard.


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Fall in Florida

imageFall,a time when leaves change to beautiful shades of red and orange. The breeze in the air is brisk, and women everywhere start to break out their new fashions for the new season. That is, unless you are currently living in Florida. So what is one to do?

As I pour over the current issues of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, the envy of not being able to wear the latest boots, leggings, and light sweaters sets in. So, I am left to incorporate any trend into our warm weather attire whenever I can. The first is the chambray shirt with my black and white skirt. Though it may not be much to those living in cooler climates at the moment, for those of us who break out the boots in 70 degree weather we will take what we can get.

Beauty of Gems

When I was a little girl, I had a real interest in rocks/geodes. My mom would take me to gem shows where the women would shop for different types of gems, while the little kids were able to pretend to be geologists and dig for stones. There was just something about the beautiful, shiny, polished stones that really grabbed my attention. My mother even bought a tigers eye necklace for me that day, something I still wear and cherish today. And now, years later, my interest for such beautiful stones to be worn as accessories, specifically necklaces, have taken center stage lately to the outfits I have been wearing.
In one of my earlier posts, I mentioned a company called Bourbon and Boweties. This accessories company first started with just bracelets, but since have moved on to rings and necklaces. The owner uses various stones and metals to create her jewelery. Below are just a few examples of what I have been wearing lately to accessorize my spring/summer staples.image
I really love the two above because they can be worn with even the simplest of outfits. Dressed up or down, these work with almost any outfit.
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The above blue gemstone necklace is versatile. One side has smooth, polished stones while the other side of the necklace shows the raw beauty of the stones.
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The green necklace above is one of the newest to my collection. This may be my favorite so far!

Spring Fashions

Finally, spring is here and so are the latest fashions! I know that I have taken a brief hiatus from blogging, but I am back and ready to go! Taking inspiration from the fashion pages of my favorite magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, I went on a major shopping spree to update my wardrobe. Over the next several weeks, I will be debuting some of my favorite trends from this season. Can’t wait to see what you think!
In the photos below, I am wearing one of my favorite recent fashion finds, this artsy top with colors of burnt orange, black, red, yellow, and white. I paired this with one of my favorite purchases from this past fall, a black pencil skirt from Express. One of my favorite details of this skirt? One long zipper that provides a little bit of sexiness to the basic black skirt. And this skirt is anything but simple.image
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Fashion in Art

In regards to fashion, sometimes we take for granted the beauty in the things that are unique and follow the advice of the new glossy magazines on the stands. Not too long ago, I was reminded that fashion is not only what the likes of New York, Paris, and Milan want us to see; but it is in everyday inspiration right in our own backyards.
About a month ago, a former student of mine came to see me in my classroom with her mother. This wonderful, talented, young woman left middle school and went on to a high school that focused on the specific talents of their students as well as incorporating the curriculum required. These students are able to nurture their talents and grow in their craft with the aid of their teachers. This particular student loves to make jewelery, and stopped by to show me a few of her pieces. At the very end of our meeting, she handed me a pair of earrings she made specifically for me. Before she left, she and her mother both had something personal to share with me.
My student first thanked me for always inspiring her and supporting her. She told me that she had a rough time in middle school, but loved coming to my class. She remembered a day when I addressed my 8th grade students about going on to high school, and then whatever they decided to do with their lives from there, needing to leave the city in which they resided to find themselves and their passion in life. She said it was something that stuck with her and now she hopes to cultivate her passion going to a school in a different state (California and New York are just two of the options she has before her). Her mother then thanked me because she said in their culture, it is very easy for young girls to leave high school and focus on the next stage of their lives, marriage. She said she wanted something different for her daughter and I was a part (albeit small) in this plan for her to follow her dreams and passion.
That in and of itself was reward enough for me! As a teacher, we hope to inspire and sometimes in the mess of all things political in education, we forget that we truly do touch lives on a daily basis.
The earrings below are what she gifted me with, and I cherish them. Not only are they beautiful and meaningful, but in this fashion accessory there is an art that is meant just for me.

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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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Diane Von Furstenberg Wrap Dress Turns 40 this Year

This year marks the 40th birthday of the wrap dress created by Diane Von Furstenberg. At 27, the Belgian born Von Furstenberg designed a dress that has since shown staying power in its practicality and beauty. In an interview from Take Two, 89.3 KPCC California Public Radio, she states, “It embraces the body in a very nice way. You can be proper and sexy at the same time…….” I could not agree more! Cheers to Diane Von Furstenberg and this beautiful, iconic dress!

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Photo credit as shown from interview: John Sciulli

Alexander McQueen Inspired Scarf

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I recently had my first experience with a biker bar. Not only had I never been to a legit biker bar before, but I had never even been on the back of a Harley before! Clearly this would be an interesting experience for me. Two questions popped into my mind. One, what in the world am I getting myself into? And two, what in the world am I going to wear? My motorcycle jacket, black top, and black skinny jeans were easy, logical choices. However, I wanted to represent myself in the outfit. You know, give it a classy look while maintaining the “tough” look required. I immediately remembered my pink, skull scarf and was able to incorporate a bit of myself into the outfit I was to wear for the night.

When I first saw this scarf, it was right around the time when Alexander McQueen launched his skull scarf. Not being able to afford the designer version, I was quick to grab this up. I love this scarf and have worn it on several occasions, always receiving compliments with recognition to McQueen’s piece. This was clearly the perfect choice for the evening. Not only did I fit right in, at least in my mind, but I had the best time enjoying my biker night out!

Mixing Patterns

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One of the things I love to do is mixing patterns to create the perfect ensemble. Over the weekend, I was getting ready to meet two friends for lunch. The plan was to meet at a restaurant/marina and indulge in oysters and cocktails. What can I say? The winters in Florida makes us realize just how good we have it down here! Anyways, wanting to create a fresh look, I paired my leopard heels with cropped jeans, a pinstripe blouse, a grey sweater, and a plaid and leopard scarf to top it all off. How was I able to mix pinstripes, animal print, and a chunky grey sweater and make it work? Easy! If you have a piece that can pull everything together, you can make almost any outfit work. Almost….let me explain.
The pinstripe shirt is a classic article of clothing. Deciding to pair it with cropped jeans for a day on the marina was a no brainer. Of course the two complement one another. But I like to stand out, make a statement, and have people take notice of my presence from time-to-time. What caught my eye was the leopard and plaid scarf in my closet. Eyeing my heels I knew that not only would this coordinate fantastically, but I could make it work! The key was incorporating a neutral piece, the grey sweater, hence pulling everything together. What many people fail to realize is that the color grey is a neutral, the same as brown and black. So if you ever find yourself wanting to pull pieces together without looking like a fashion “don’t” grab a neutral piece and watch how your outfit comes together!
Oh, and one more thing, the two handsome gentlemen I am with (Jerry and Howard) have an amazing website dedicated to travel. The website is http://www.backroadplanet.com. You can even follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Always up for adventure, they travel by car to different places; whether it be historical sites or out of the way/unique destinations. I highly recommend you check them out!

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