Wednesday, March 28, 2012

One Man's Trash is another Lady's Treasure.

One gorgeous, sunny and cold afternoon-aka yesterday-I had nothing better to do but go thrift store shopping; let's be honest-nothing is better than thrift shopping. I found some great things that even I couldn't believe-all for the minuscule price of $25. Believe it-I don't lie when it comes to fashion. The key to thrift store shopping is to not be afraid to alter what you find. Example #1:
The yellow 'old lady' night gown turned into a fabulous pastel dress perfect for the summer. When I found it, the dress had white lace designs around the neck and white crocheted lace trimming. It was sad...I brought it back to life by removing all that lace and trimming and the results was a 'Louis Vuitton S/S 2012' looking pastel dress. Add a belt and WALLAH! A a masterpiece! 
Example #2: A hand embroidered XL black rayon dress shirt. I simply cut off the sleeves to create a perfect layering piece and saved the embroidered cuffs to add to my accessories collection to add as accents with other pieces of my wardrobe. 
Example #3: The pastel, 'old lady' floral blouse turned Equipment look a like (you can't tell the difference!); and yes, I enjoy wearing old lady clothing...HA! It's fabulous, what can I say. Pastels and floral prints are all the rage right now and I'm sure if you went to american apparel you would find the exact same blouse for 10x the price.
Example #4: The vintage tweed Ann Taylor skirt in a size 2 Petite turned perfect mermaid mini skirt. To what is suppose to fit below the knee on any petite young business woman, hits me- a 5'9.5" fashion junkie- at the middle of my thigh. Which is perfect! Sometimes people don't understand the fact that YOU make garments what they are, do with them as you will. They are never 'suppose' to fit any which way-size is just a number. To me, the skirt fits me like a glove-no stuffed sausage for me! 
Example #5: Ahhh, the favorite of the bunch: what I like to call the Fashion Week extraordinaire. Oh, what a treasure this was. Love at first sight. The floral print and the way it fit so perfectly was enough to send me into a fashion coma where I was one of those girls from the Herbal Essence commercials "YES!"  I'm sure if you've seen the Who What Wear's Trend Report from Tuesday: 3D folds are all the rage!! Did you notice what this vintage treasure is sporting just below the waist? Ah yes, 3D FOLDS!! It's very similar to something Mary Katrantzou sent down her F/W 2011 runway show, and I got it all for a mere $7.00-SEVEN AMERICAN DOLLARS. I think I have died and gone to runway heaven. 
Needless to say I had a successful thrifting experience. Other times I'm not so lucky. Not only did I find great apparel, I dug up some accessories from their vintage grave. The charming chocker necklace on the left and one piece I've been obsessing over since the first moment I laid eyes on it: A gold 'ROCK ON' bracelet. I've never seen something like this which is why I had to snatch it before someone, undeserving purchased it and buried it somewhere, never to be seen again. I'm not sure what it means, if there is a symbolic meaning to it or what not, I'm just going to see it as my inner rock child. My baby.

My old lady night gown makes a fabulous dress, dontcha think? Belt it for a casual lunch date or pair it with a gold necklace and some fancy shoes for a night out with the girls.
These make a great look for the office. Mixing and matching prints and textures will always give definition and character to your overall look.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Theodora & Callum Spring Break Campaign Giveaway!!

Get Spring ready with Theodora & Callum! Filled with fun in the sun and exotic destinations, you're sure to make a statement in paradise, and what better way to draw inspiration than from your travels. 

Theodora & Callum is Holding a scarf giveaway on Facebook!! They are asking all T&C fans to tell them about their favorite
Spring Break destination. One person will be selected at random to win a fashionable and absolutely lust-worthy Caftans like the one pictured below. Just imagine yourself vacationing in Hawaii, Costa Rico, The Bahamas, or even The Galapagos Islands - it's your imagination for crying out loud (go where ever your heart desires)!! Now imagine your feet in the sand, a tropical drink in your hand and the a fabulous linen caftan decorating your tan, sun-kissed body. It's a vacation fit for a goddess am I right? Now get to it and comment on the post (here) to let the T&C facebook team where you are going this Spring and what inspires you about your destination, whether you're staying local and hittin' the beaches or going somewhere far far away, for a chance to win the lovely Theodora & Callum caftan. It's sold out online so this is your last chance!!! Hurry it up, the contest ends next Friday, March 30th. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

(CC) Currently Coveting: Belted dresses with Strappy Sandals

Currently Coveting: Belted dresses with Strappy Sandals
Currently Coveting: Belted dresses with Strappy Sandals by krysta-hill

From left to Right: Peter Pilotto draped dress, Christian Louboutin strappy heels, a Matthew Williamson belt and a Valentino Red shoulder bag; SIMONE ROCHA sleeveless dressZara high heel shoes, Pieces leather belt and a Lanvin art deco handbag; Roksanda Ilincic zipper dress, Valentino crystal embellished shoes, a Versace studded belt and a beautiful quilted Chanel shoulder bag with flower detailing on the strap.

There is something about a belted dress that makes Spring so much more enjoyable. Paired with a fantastic strappy sandal? Oh Lawd, I'm obsessed!! This can be done for many different occasions: The first is for an elegant cocktail party, or for strutting your stuff down 5th Avenue-whichever you wish. The second is very trendy, perfect for Fashion Week when it's time to embrace your wild child (it's a total Carrie Bradshaw moment). Moments passed, now onto the third look: A breakfast at Tiffany's meets Upper East Side Social. Wear this to the Opera or to a Fancy dinner for two, it will definitely make an impression. 

It's Back to the Future with Shiny Metallics and Leather Getups for Fall 2012

There is so much talk about the weather that I'm turning my attention-and yours-to the beautiful blends of metallics and jewel tones that will be saturating the pages of magazines and worn throughout the city streets come Fall. 
Futuristic silhouettes, metallic fabrics, jewel-tone accents and, my favorite of them all: leather, leather and more leather!! Charcoals, shades of gray, black and dark, yet vibrant colors are the hues that will be of value, but remember...when all else fails black on black can never let you down. This is true on all accounts. Tootles!! xoxo

Monday, March 19, 2012

Stepping into Spring!

The weather has been in a very happy mood lately so I've decided to dress accordingly before it starts to act up again. Especially in a city like Chicago-it might snow in a couple of days-you never know! 
Pastels are turning into my best friend-I'm obsessed. This, coming from someone who loves an all black ensemble, is absolutely crazy talk, but I love the subtle hint of color pastels exude to the wandering eye; it's a very clean fresh look that mixes well with the blossoming of Spring. 
I've paired a pastel green button up silk blouse from Ann Taylor with a pair of a beautiful taupe trousers from BCBG and finished off the look with my brown Dolce Vita wedge strappy sandals and a gold Michael Kors watch. Because it can get very chilly in the morning, to keep myself from freezing I threw on a chunky knit wrap around scarf....okay, who am I kidding, it's practically a blanket. But I love it.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Ready for Spring with Theodora & Callum

Finally got my hands on a Theodora & Callum scarf! It's beautiful and the quality of it is absolutely amazing. My friends couldn't stop talking about it. It's definitely an eye catcher. The Pink Multi Ikat Tie all Scarf is my lover of choice :) just beautiful...I'm obsessed!