Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Anne Hathaway Has A Way with Style

This is a video clip from 2008 Best Dressed women in Vogue Magazine. I really like what Anne Hathaway says about her style M.O. She says that she stopped trying to just "dress pretty" but instead go for something "interesting" which I love. And look, it landed her on a Best Dressed list!


Monday, March 30, 2009

Bust out the Thigh Master...it's Short's Season!

So, I've had some requests for a blog on shorts, so in honor of the boot camp I just started this morning (at the crack of dawn), I will post several shorts for different body types. All of these shorts can be found at shopbop.com so here they are in no particular order. The best shorts and why:

I love these filmy shorts from Vena Cava for the fact that they can easily be worn dressy or casual, however, I wouldn't wear them to the beach! They are flattering because they don't hug your thigh and it almost feels like a mini-skirt. They are just gorgeous!

Here are an interesting pair of shorts by Black Halo and I gave you the front and back image so that you can be discerning when purchasing these genie pants. They are really hot, but you'll want to have a toned toushie and I would venture to say that if you are over a size 6, these pants are not for you...

Now, here is a flattering "skort" for every bod. I love this crepe number by Thakoon. It has beautiful draping and a nice length to show off your gams. You can't go wrong with this "skort"!
And the last trend that I wanted to highlight is the "printed" shorts this season. There is a time and an occasion for the preppy short, but it's not really my style, however, printed shorts are IN and here are some non-preppy, ultra cool versions:

This is a playful, globetrotting, African print short from Whitley Kros (love her stuff).

Here is a track inspired short short by Ever. Super cute, but wear at your own risk and discretion!
Oh, and I almost forgot...for a nice denim short, try this retro, slightly high-waisted style from Goldsign!

Til next time...

Friday, March 27, 2009

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Whitley Kros-Easy, Breezy Summer Combos

I want this entire collection from Whitley Kros, LA-based designer. I attach the emotion of easy, relaxing summer days at the park, the beach or sitting at an outdoor cafe for a glass of sauvignon blanc. Her clothes are easy to wear and you can mix and match PLUS, I really love the little silky shorts that have a little sportswear inspiration but also trick the eye into thinking they are an extention of the billowy, tunic tops. So, they are shorts, but look like a dress.....and of course, I LOVE that, because I live in dresses.
This first piece, a silky white jumpsuit, I see paired with some drapy, delicate jewelry from RB Designs for an evening out or a tropical vacation.

Prints on prints in barely there fabrics.

Love the combo of a flowy top and silky shorts with a pastel, structured blazer.

Pack light for a tropical vacation or feel like you are on vacation without leaving home just by owning this collection!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Braid It Up

These three looks are great for summer. They are classy, cute and feminine.

The Everyday Braid

The look below is great for daytime, with two tiny little braids in the front of the hair, pinned with bobbies on each side.

The Milk Maid Braid

Two braids in the middle of the head, wrapped around and tossed into a messy bun.

Glam It Up

This look is great for nighttime, accenting your beautiful bone structure.

Friday, March 20, 2009

A Clutch Situation

Celine ...for Sunday brunch

Marc Jacobs ...for a foxy date

Dolce and Gabanna ...for the wild child at the ultra lounge

Lanvin ...rock and roll glam-a-zon.

I can see the Marc Jacobs clutch paired with my Givenchy black, stacked heels and a pale colored, chiffon, flowy slip dress with a small print. Sexy, unexpected pairing, perfect for a night out!

And the rock and roll Lanvin bling with a white button down and skinny jeans, menswear inspired vest and hmmmm...maybe those same Givenchy heels. They are so versatile!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

PUMPS. Upon Request

Upon request, I scouted out some camel-colored/nude pumps that I think have sleek style and versatility...which is of course, why we love the "pump"! All of these styles are simple but will take you from day to evening, fashionably.

Gianni Bini at Dillards

Nine West

Nine West

No one is supposed to know this...but this shoe from Banana Republic is soooo choice because it has the same "Nike air" technology that Cole Haan shoes are made with, but it's half the price! They are so HOT and comfortable!

Banana Republic 'Jacky' pump

Jessica Simpson at piperlime.com

These are sexy, affordable options where the designers have paid special attention to the detail that makes the basic pump really stand out. Another plus, these styles all have different "flesh" tones that will go well with different skin types. You may have to try a few to find the one that highlights your gams, but it will be worth the search to find just the right pair. Hopefully, I have narrowed your quest for the perfect pump!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Meet Virginia

Wouldn't it be nice to have another pair of eyes looking in on your closet and making outfits out of your rarely touched items? Those clothes and accessories that you HAD to have but have since been lost in the jungle of your closet or you've lost your passion for. Well, I recently dove into my friend's (and new client's) closet and gave it the fine-toothed, comb-over!

Virginia's wonderful boyfriend gifted her with a shopping spree by a stylist (myself) and I went to town. (Men, take note...this is GRRRREAT gift!) Literally, I went to town...I headed to Atlanta to hit some shops that we don't have in Nashville...yet.

I gotta tell you a little bit about Virginia before I tell you about my mission. This girl already has style and great body to wear her clothes, but just like most people, she had clothes that she bought because they were 1.) on sale 2.) really unique or 3.) a trend of the season. What had happened is that she had a lot of clothes that she didn't neccessarily know how to put together with other things in her closet. She fell into the rut of pairing a nice top with jeans. Every cool shirt she pulled from her closet, I would ask, "What do you wear that with?" and with out fail, she quipped, "Jeans." So, my mission was to buy some new pieces but also create combos and give her new ideas around which she wear the rest of her OVER FLOWING closet!

We ransacked her closet and I made a list and checked it twice and here is what I came up with:

Chunky strappy black platforms
Nude strappy platforms
blazer that goes with everything
burnout tanks
basic A-line mini skirts in several colors
flea market jewelry gems and one-of-a-kind pieces

With my list in hand I hit the streets. Once, I drove into Atlanta I GPS'd my destinations and went full throttle. I hit up H&M first and found and structual white, summery blouse (that I later paired with a beautiful pencil skirt with a watercolor print from Zara) and a fun fringy scarf. I headed from there to a flea market and found an armful of bangles. I wanted every single one for myself...which is always a good sign that I'm on the right track!

Dillards was a one stop shop for shoes and they had a great selection. Usually, I'm a boutique shopper, but this department store is not bad for finding great styles for reasonable prices. I flipped out over this Gianni Bini shoe, and even though it wasn't on the list, I snapped it up for Virginia.

Urban Outfitters and Zara rounded out the rest of my shopping spree where I loaded up on skirts, belts and THE blazer. I love this blazer...and as you can tell, so does Virginia. Here she is trying her hand at a little golf, sporting a skinny pair of black pants and riding boots she already owned, with this gorgeous, drapy blazer from Zara. Since she's had this in her wardrobe, she's worn it consistently over dresses and jeans...I would wear it to bed, too, I love it so much!

So, here's a little insight into the shopping experience we deliver for our customers...who quickly become friends. We bring our haul of clothes to your home and play dress up and mix and match. And we're glad to come every season and sniff out the good for you, so that you can shop your own closet with confidence, knowing that you DO have something to wear and it WILL look fabulous!
P.S. The sexy new haircut was done by my friend and hair stylist extraordinaire, Brian Hickman, who works out of Fruition Salon, right here in Nashville! Check him out on the Fruition Fan page on Facebook!

For more information on how you can get "Styled" go to Panache!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Local Honey

Local Honey Boutique

Although our great little city has a plethora of amazing places to shop (and still growing), I seem to always end up in one spot when I am looking for the perfect thing to wear. 

Local Honey Boutique sells vintage and locally hand made clothing. No matter what, I always know I am going to find something intriguingly original. 

Three of my favorite designers in the store include: White Rabbit, Valentine Valentine and Shannon Lea Clothing. Not only are these women talented, they work hard to bring you something stylistically innovative and fresh. 

It is the number one place in Nashville to shop... hands down.
Check it out!   
White Rabbit
Shannon Lea
Valentine Valentine

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Springtime Totes

I WANT THEM ALL...                                     
Tori Burch
Marc Jacobs

Tori Burch
Tori Burch

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

John Varvatos

I love the Fall collection for John Varvatos...in fact, I love mostly everything that John Varvatos designs. He captures just the right essence of manliness, style and cut with his clothing and accessories for men. Just look at him, he exudes confidence and style:

I want to enlighten men about this line if they have not yet heard of it, because you can't go wrong picking out clothes from this designer. And women, if you want to dress your significant other to the nines, this can be a one stop shop!

His fall line incorporates a black and graphite color palate and has the feeling of deconstructed English gentleman:

The loose scarf and tie shown here with beautifully tailored suit is perfect for work or take off the jacket and hit happy hour.

Many of his looks included adding a chunkier, more sculptural tie clip. It's a small detail that shows you put some thought into your look and the chunky, graphic look is very masculine. This piece is a great gift for your man's birthday!

This look is similar with the oversized saftey pins that are linking the vest together. Adding an urban twist to a very sleek suit.

Their campaign for fall reminds me of a "mad men" era with modern shades. All around, a big hit in my book and men looking to make an good impression should take note of this designer!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Flatter Your Assets

When you are dressing your unique body, take into consideration the aspects of your body that you want to flaunt. Here are a few tips on choosing a dress that will do just that!

Don a halter or a one-shoulder dress to show off your sculpted shoulders and arms:

Milla Jovovich

If you have gorgeous gams than play them up with a mini skirt:

Christian Dior Spring '09 RTW

Ann Demeulemeester Spring '09 RTW

A low back dress will show off the time you've spent on p90x:

Hilary Swank doing the backless red-carpet gown just right....Oscars 2005

For a tiny waist, snap up a high-waisted a-line skirt:

Christian Dior Spring '09 RTW

Happy hunting for these flattering shapes...