Passion for Fashion Challenge

July 22, 2010 at 4:39 pm (Uncategorized)

Passionate Elegance

Sponsored by Neiman Marcus this is a great opportunity for me to show my styling skills by picking fall 2010 looks that inspire me. I am currently in the top 30% of contestants and my goal is to become part of the top 5. Click. Vote. Support. Thanks!


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Banana Republic Fall 2010 Collection Recos

April 30, 2010 at 7:59 pm (Uncategorized)

To Summarize…
*The Fall 2010 collection focuses on layering chunky knits and the muted color palate adds to the collections Nordic feel.
*The utilitarian outerwear trend is still around. Check out their camel colored four pocket coat.
*Their gorgeous velvet two piece pant suit is a perfect addition to your wardrobe.
*Bubble mini skirts & fur vests appear to be a trend for this season.
*Add their leopard print belt to your collection & wear it on a day when you want to increase the “Wow” factor.
*Sequin mini skirts can be dressed down for everyday wear.

Love. Them. I have always loved the style & fit of Banana Republic. And how apropo that this collection popped up for a much needed Stylish Impression review just after I reviewed their sister company, Old Navy, last week.

Camel Color 4 Pocket Coat

It’s all about the Nords & utilitarian pieces this season. I love the neutral color of this coat and the button detail on the pockets. But, this style of pockets is best suited for accentuating the bust line. So just keep that in mind when you try on this piece.

2 Pc Velvet Pant Suit

I really think this two piece velvet pant suit is adorable. It’s perfect for the holidays because of its simplicity which increases its versatility. You can dress it up or down for any occasion. I also love two piece pant suits because you get, well, TWO pieces that can be worn separately. Yay for double versatility!!!

Please note I want my curvy readers to be aware that this will look great on you too! When you button the jacket it will define your waist and enhance your curvaliciousness! And the pants will do the same for your hips. But, regardless of the size you wear I encourage ALL to invest in Spanx to ensure smooth lines in your curves.

Grey Bubble Skirt

Bubble mini skirt alert! How many of these am I going to come across in my reviews? This is #2 so far. I like the fabric. I love most things with pockets. And that’s that for this.

Leopard Print Belt

Leopard print belt! Yes. Run out immediately and grab it. Belts are a great addition to your wardrobe. And this animal print is just enough for the animal-print-aphobe or the aficionado. Either way I think this will be worth the purchase.

Please, please, keep the use of animal print minimal. As I have recently been exposed to shows such as “Tacky House” and “Jerseylicious” I just want to say its ok to have a little. Keep it simple. Animal print adds texture to your look so try to keep all other elements smooth.

Bronze Sequin Miniskirt

This is how you dress down sequins. I bet you almost didn’t notice that amazing bronze sequin mini. It is a perfect splash of sparkle in this cozy ensem. You can dial the knit value back a couple of layers and just wear a belted cashmere pull over, opaque tights, & ballet flats.

Black Shift with Side Seam Pockets

I love the comfy feel of a shift. It can be very casual and it’s so easy to wear. If you wanted to dress this up a bit I would suggest adding a sparkly ballet flat.

Fur Vest

Here’s another fur vest for you to check out. This looks like it could be rabbit or a fox.

Source: Banana Republic Fall and Holiday 2010: Town And Country courtesy of <>

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Chicago Antiques Market Highlight: 29 Palms – The Collectors Oasis

April 25, 2010 at 1:43 pm (Affordable, Cocktail, Formal, Luxury, Uncategorized)

The Chicago Antiques Market is a year round market. The admission price at the door is $10 but you can save a couple of bucks if you prepurchase your ticket online. If you plan to attend frequently, then get the season pass for $100.   

My favorite vendors are Robby Davison & Frank Barcellos of 29 Palms: The Collectors Oasis located in Rockford, IL. Their collection focuses on a variety of vintage goods mixed with some new items from North American designers. And, with a tag line that reads “Specializing in 20th Century Décor”, you will definitely walk away with something worthwhile from these gentlemen.   

The items shown below are a very small part of their collection. If you want to see more or can’t make it to the market then you can schedule a private viewing in their Rockford, IL showroom by contacting them directly at  

New Custom Ivory Cuff w/Gold & Diamond Inlay

New Black Lacquer Cuff w/Amber Stone and Gold & Diamond Leaf Detail

These two cuffs are items made by a designer in Florida. The ivory cuff with gold & diamond inlay resembles a vintage Chanel cuff and that may be her inspiration. The second cuff with the large amber stone and gold & diamond leaf detail is equally desireable and well crafted. Each item was approximately $450.  But, it’s well worth the OTTL (over the top luxe) feel of each piece.


Vintage Judith Leiber Belt


 This vintage belt was at the same table as the cuff above. It’s Judith Leiber and I think that’s all I really need to say. $400.   

Gold Necklace & Bracelet


This is also from the same vendor. I was unable to get more info because I was power browsing that day. But the Cartier Panthere necklace keeps coming to mind.   

This is just an extremely quick summary & 1% of what this market has to offer. It’s worth a visit. It’s worth $10 (or even $100). The vendors are willing to negotiate. So, carve out 2 or 3 hours in your day on Saturday or Sunday for this market. It’s a treasure trove.

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Old Navy Fall 2010 Collection Recos

April 22, 2010 at 8:49 pm (Affordable, Business, Casual, RTW, Uncategorized, Under $40) (, )

To summarize…
*Fun tights that are worth the trip to add to your wardrobe for the season;
*The mustard bubble cord skirt is a fun casual option for either business or weekend;
*Colorful trench coats;
*Poncho style neutral knit top is a great versatile option;
*Faux fur vests!

I have an interesting relationship with this brand. For one, I love the pricing and their relationship to Gap. On the other hand I have a hard time with the fit of their shirts and pants and, well, a lot of the garments I find there. But, that is unique to my specific body shape and I won’t let it cloud my judgment about their Fall 2010 collection. This actually has a lot of potential.

What I love about this 3 piece look are the colors. I love color and I really love the contrast between the 3 pieces. I think this is a great option for business casual. Although the bubble skirt is short I would still see this as a potential look for non-client facing positions where attire is casual. But, I do feel that slim thighs & hips are best suited for this look. If you fall in a different category I want to encourage you to look for a different shape but the same color. No matter what shape or body type you have I definitely recommend those tights which are killer!

This is another great piece. Although I would prefer to see this in person so I could better gauge the weight & feel of the fabric. But, true to my roots, I love this again because this is a gorgeous bright red. A perfect piece for those with a bold personality.

This cowl neck wide sleeve knit poncho style top is a great companion for a pair of straight leg trousers. You can add a bold necklace & bangles to offset the neutral colors but stick with a skinny belt. A wide or thick belt can add too much bulk to your look. And don’t forget an amazing pair of heels or wedges. I love the neutrality of this piece. It can be dressed up for the office or dressed down for the weekend. To dress it down just add a narrow leg pant or jean and ballet flats.

Fur. I like the look & feel of real fur and my jury is still out on the faux fur options. But I can only form my best opinion about the quality of a fur by touching it since looking at a picture can be deceiving.

With that being said, I wanted to point out these 2 faux fur vests in their collection for those who are comfortable with the faux. Honestly, once I get a feel for the black option I may purchase this one for my wardrobe.

Finally, this is another one that I actually picked because of the tights. But, overall this is workable look with the exception of the argyle sweater. I would probably add a different cardigan. But don’t get me wrong. I like the cardigan but I think it should be worn with a different look.

Source: Trending Topics: Old Navy Fall 2010 courtesy of <>

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