The Casual Cut Out

While People watching in Lincoln Park this weekend I noticed one trend over and over- the cut out dress worn in a blaze of mid-day casual  glory.  As first glance I saw what I felt should have been worn for a night out with the girls or at some  dimly lit lounge.  After  watching them flood by for a time… I felt the same way.  The first pic (Evil Twin) seems casual enough to go anywhere, but I’m not convinced about the cut out’s daytime  wearablility.

Dresses by Evil Twin and Miss Selfridge

Dresses from Pixie Market and Sparkle and Fade

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Runway to Red (gray) Carpet

Here is a wonderful example of taking a runway dress and using it in “real life” (quotes because, let’s face it, a star studded event only qualifies as real life  for a select few).

Elizabeth Banks looks modern yet demure in this fabulous Matthew Williams piece.  The neckline is in wonderful, unexpected contrast to the cutouts and breakaway hem.

Have We Met?

The Costume Institute Met Ball 2012. Theme this year?  Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations.   I have looked through some of the photos on Style.com and usmgazine.  So far, so beautiful.

Camilla Belle In a beautiful Ralph Lauren, But my favorite aspect of the look?  The deep purple lip with the light, shimmery dress.  Lana Del Rey in Joseph Altuzarra.  I love the sheer black cape. So stunning.

My favorite hair inspiration and the newlywed, Carey Mulligan in Prada.  Karolina Kurkova in Rachel Zoe. Loving the matching turban! These dresses are some major displays of all that sparkles.

Hey Anja, could your Anthony Vaccarello gown show a little more hip? Mary-Kate’s The Row dress is very nun meets geisha in a very modern way.

Brights!!! The ever stylish Diane Kruger is not a disappointment in this feather adorned Prada.  And January Jones wears Versace well.

Hats and Horses

The Kentucky Derby was this weekend.  Sure I watched it, for the first time ever.  First of all, I had no idea that it was maybe, say 3 minutes long.  And when I say that I watched it I might be misleading you.  It was playing in the same room that I was in.  Some people were talking about it.  I might  have been listening, I might not have been.

Regardless of my disinterest in the televised event I still like to look back of pictures of the style choices.

Ginnifer Goodwin.  Always love her look.  Great dress for the occasion, but does that hat seem a little too boring, or rather old retired lady in Palm Beach, for a cute girl?

Lindsey Vonn.  I am feeling this dress and the color of her hat!

Kellan Lutz, sure, good looking with a cute outfit, and what other hat than a pageboy cap?  His date, Sharni Vinson, has on a very modern coral dress with the uber trendy accordion pleat!

 

Photos from zimbio.com, al.com, and Dailymail.co.uk

Jingle and Clink

So do you love or hate the constant jingle and clink that follows you around when you have too many bracelets on one wrist? For me (and i’m guessing these girls) the sound has become a bit of a soundtrack to my life.

Song of Style

Late Afternoon

Wendy’s Lookbook

Rainy Days

On a rainy day like today I never really know how to dress.  Cozy sweater? Boots? Raincoat! I don’t have a raincoat!  I never feel right in one. They are too boxy and stiff or, maybe, they look like one of those ponchos you buy in a pinch at Disney (OMG I have done this).

SO! From the amazing blog of Garance Dore here is a little of the rain-ware inspiration I need.

                           

Ukrainian Fashion Week

 

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Oksana Karavanska

While Scanning the street style blog Face Hunter I saw he was at the Ukrainian Fashion Week, which immediately peaked my interests.   What started as a quick scan through their website ended with a quick scan of every designer from more than just FW09.  Definitely check it out.

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Anna Bubik, Julia Aysina, Victoria Gres

 

I Do

This weekend marked the beginning of wedding season (for me at least) with a trip a few hours into the interior of Florida for the first in a long string of weddings.  Most of the invitations I have received (so far) are from friends and family completely unconnected to one another, so I thought I could buy one perfect dress to wear to all the weddings.  As i dragged myself from one dreary dress department to another I realized that while one dress would work wonders at an art museum it would fall flat in a garden. 

What to do? Surf the closet for some repeat wears (and get one new dress just to feel better about the headache I received from the bad lighting at the local mall).

Watching loads of drunk guests bust a move on the dance floor I finally began to realize how little thought people put into their wedding day ensambles. Yeah, yeah, yeah, it’s supposed to be all about the bride but I can only assume that same bride doesn’t want to see a family friend in the dress she wore to her great aunts 80th birthday in photos for years to come. 

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Charlotte Ronson, Jill Stuart, Anna Sui

  Banquette halls are notoriously cold so you may end up looking like this model from the Jill Stuart runway in an over-sizedtux jacket (yes, chic at the moment), or you can get smart with a sweet matching cardi like the one Anna is showing off.

I love each of these girl’s hair for a wedding too.  Nothing too fussy, leave that to the bride and her attendants.

Hair There and Everywhere

 

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It reached the 80’s in Florida today. Endless Skies, Soft breeze, the weather couldn’t get any more perfect.  I’m feeling uplifted and free and ready for a new do’.  While contemplating easygoing beachy waves I ran across a backstage photo from Anna Sui SS09 and once again realized nothing is as easy as it seems.  Unless you are one of the lucky few, looking just finished surfing cool may takes hours, and that completely defeats the purpose. 

 

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At Rag and Bone not only did the hair look air dried and undone I also spied one girl with roots.  She had blonde that looked like it was sun bleached with lemons or Sun-In, similar to the way I looked in 6th grade (center part and bob included).  Sounds messy but it not only looks cute it’s wallet friendly!  The boy on the other hand looks very well maintained and highly styled. I might be partial, but I prefer a primped man to look more classic.

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Trail Blazing

First let me start with this; has life really been so busy the I have not been able to write a new post in over 2 months? Probably not.  Have I thought it has been too busy? Yes. Am I back for good? I hope so.  But on to more important things.

Recently, while sticking with a budget for the first time maybe ever, I have been on the prowl for essentials.  Trendy, but nothing that will be “not exactly perfect” in 2 months.   Next on my list is the blazer.  But what to do? Basic black? Embellished? Oversized? Shoulder pads? Cropped?!!!  Just reviewing the options tires me out.  What do the fall runways say about this dilemma? Do whatever you want, more or less.

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3.1 Phillip Lim, Anne Valerie Hash, Anna Sui

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Loewe, Vivienne Westwood, Y3

I’m not saying I love all the options above (maybe it’s the big hair that accompanies the Vivienne Westwood but I can’t handle the color, shape, or the fact that it was way too big in an unflattering way).  What I do love is the belted blazer that Sasha P is rockin’ for Loewe.

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