You know how sometimes when you’re around something so much, that something becomes a bit forgettable over time? This is precisely how I felt about the classic blue and white china I’ve seen for years on my mother’s shelves. It just seemed a little… old (sorry, Mom!). Until, that is, I began to see it appearing on fabric in the form of chic dresses and tops. On a fresh form, it’s suddenly more appealing than ever, don’t you think? I’m certainly one to appreciate a good pattern and the combination of bright blue and clean white seems crisp and relaxed at the same time. Here are a few high and low items for fun china-inspired summer style.
1. Anthropologie Akela Swing Dress 2. F21 Essential Floral Brocade Dress 3. LA Made Heart Print Maxi Dress from Piperlime 4. Alesha Dixon of Britain’s Got Talent wearing the trend 5. Zara Layered Printed Dress 6. Milly Cobalt Blue and White top 7. F21 Essential Brocade Peplum Top 8. DVF Oversized Cateye Sunglasses 9. Zara Silk Satin Ankle Strap Sandals 10. Just Cavalli Printed Tshirt 11. SiraMara Bracelet 152 Blue (only $8.99!!)
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I love love LOVE the beauty of the blogosphere. Keeping up with friends old, new and even those never met helps me feel a little more connected and in touch. In the midst of a crazy week at work and piles of laundry at home that seem to reproduce spontaneously, I can check in with a few favorite blogs, scroll through inspirational words, photos of shopping inspiration, easy meal ideas and more. Though it seems like I never have enough time to fully digest ALL of my reading lists, I love discovering new tumblrs, blogs or profiles to follow and I’m sure you do, too.
Even though mine are a wee bit late this week, nevertheless, here are a few that have been especially lovely.
- Anything cobalt. Anything mint.
- Cassie over at Womanista celebrated her big 3-0 back in February and I finally got around to reading about a few of the things she’s learned in three decades. If you, like me, have been made acutely aware that the same milestone birthday is fast approaching this year, now’s the time to hop over and read all about it.
- My FSU girl Cory of Eat & Relish is typically overflowing with delicious and healthy recipes and gorgeous tidbits of her adorable new San Fran life, complete with the cutest pug. Today, she pleasantly surprised us with a treat of her first Friday faves that includes food AND fashion (squeal!). I automatically want all of her “Get in my closet” links. Thanks, Cory!
- Keeping with the food topic, I have been slightly obsessed with eating these in the morning, either made by me (yes, me!) or purchased directly from this Grayton Beach coffee house.
- Next on my shopping list are pants like these seen on Cathy (another FSU girl) over at Poor Little It Girl. I love the spring styling head to toe!
- Last but not least is darling Ainsley who always has the most lovely words. This week she delves into self-scrutiny and acceptance. It’s a beautiful thing!
Hope all of you enjoy a pretty sweet weekend!
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Dress: Judith March (similar here)
| shoes: Qupid | necklaces: J. Crew ($25)
and vintage | bracelets: J. Crew and vintage | watch: Michael Kors
|photo credits: style.com
I’ve been green with envy while fabulous fashionistas have been “taking in” the shows at New York Fashion Week over the past several days. Living vicariously through Instagram, Twitter and street-style blogs has helped calm the fashion craving and given a little insight into what we can expect for spring and summer.
One trend that couldn’t be missed: the perfectly imperfect fishtail braid that made its way down the runway on every single Tory Burch model. The braids were tightly woven then fussed up a bit for a look that is part fresh from the farm and part fresh out of bed. In fact, with a little bedtime braiding you could probably wake up with this exact hair style.
Lucky magazine served up some great backstage shots via Instagram of the models getting braided and ready. I love the combination of intricate weaving and messy flyways shown here.
|credit: @luckymagazine Instagram
|credit: @luckymagazine Instagram
If you need a little brushing up for your next fishtail, check out this video tutorial from Lauren Conrad and the fabulous ones at The Beauty Department here. It takes a little practice keeping the sections in place as you go, but before you know it, you’ll have runway ready hair a la Tory Burch SS 2013!
If you’ve ever visited our beaches here in South Walton and wandered around Seaside, you’ve probably seen the bold striped curtains and sweet blue sign welcoming you to the beach store Deja Vu. It’s a quaint and cute clothing and accessory shop with a style that seems one party beachy, one party preppy, one part hippie, one part Southern belle and one part cool girl. It’s hard not to find something to like. Trust me. What’s even cooler? Stephanie Nichols, the owner and super cool local, designs the Judith March clothing line carried in the store! The line, named after two grandmothers, is gaining national popularity and is popping up in stores all around the South and beyond. It’s been so exciting to watch it grow!
Stephanie and her team do an amazing job representing our little beach town to the fashion set and always have captivating campaigns that show just how versatile the lovely little dresses, tops and shorts are. I’m a dress girl all the way, so I love seeing so many options for wearing an all-in-one outfit. For their 2012 lookbook, the Judith March girls took to the super chic Moroccan style Caliza Pool at Alys Beach
and used its gorgeous water and white walls for their fashion backdrop. The final look? Fab.u.lous!!!
Take a look:
Just lovely! Very cute and dresses that can really be worn anywhere. If any of you are really into gift giving, feel free to bestow one or all of these snazzy frocks upon your favorite blogger. Wink, wink.
To keep up with Judith March on their blog, go here. To keep up with owner/designer Stephanie Nichols on her blog, go here. To shop Deja Vu and Judith March, go here.
know first who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly -epictetus
I love discovering inspiring and appropriate quotes. It seems there are words to fit any occasion. It’s always important to remember the value of being a lady and keeping it classy. While the fashion scene changes on a daily basis, sophistication and looking smart NEVER go out of style. Once you have a sense of who you are, you can better define your fashion sense and stay true to yourself.
If you’re creative and edgy, show it. If you’re a laid-back free spirit, go with the flow. If you’re classic and conservative, that’s cool, too. I think I’m some combination of these, perhaps a laid-back conservative? This book has been out for awhile, but I’m only now discovering it. (Sorry I’m late to the party, friends). The description says “How to be a Hepburn in a Hilton World” will show you how to impress people with your articulate manner, dress tastefully without sacrificing your personal style, polish your professional image to move up the workplace ladder and, of course, have a fun night out without the risk of embarrassing photos on Facebook. Think I’ll have to stop by the bookstore and pick it up soon!
She’s baaack! India Hicks is back at the beach armed with a fabulous trunk show my eyes can’t wait to devour. India is launching a fine jewelry line and is showing it off to all of us lucky beach girls (and guys) before it even hits Bloomingdales. Location: the equally-fabulous studio b. in Alys Beach
, which I adore. As a style icon, designer and possessor of impeccable taste, India brings an impressive background to the jewelry scene. Not to mention, she’s practically a royal and was even one of Princess Diana’s flower girls. Wow!
Not only is she all of these things…
… but she’s a stylish mom, too! How cute is this picture?
She is the epitome of casual luxury. A relaxed style that loses not one ounce of chicness.
India has quite the family history of elegance and style and lives up to every bit of it.
As someone who has a mild obsession with monograms, initials and all things type-related, I was immediately drawn to the simple but creative lettered patterns.
Several pieces even pay homage to the geometric hexagon design her father was famous for.
The collections are simple, elegant and interesting without trying too hard. I’m so excited about seeing them all at studio b. and can’t wait to see India in person.
Here are all the details. I’m definitely going to be scoping her style and hoping I can pick up a tip or two about being comfortable and looking fabulous. She just makes it look so easy! Pictures to come!
Photos: IndiaHicks.com & studio b.
Inspired by Jessica Simpson’s extravagant birthday gift, a new orange Birkin bag (can you imagine?!), here’s a complete outfit with more budget friendly pieces to balance the high and low. Crisp white pants in the summer never get old and the math nerd in me is drawn to this red geometric top. A few gold accessories in the form of espadrilles, arrowhead earrings and a square-face double wrap watch complete the look. Chic and easy for a laid-back work day!
Top & Earrings: F21; Pants: J. Crew; Shoes & Watch: Michael Kors; Bag: Hermes
I don’t think I can ever get enough black & white. It’s the definition of classic and can be done in endless combinations, prints and styles. Gossip Girl’s Blair Waldorf always dresses so ladylike and this outfit is no exception. This top could be recycled for years and still be fresh each time. Blouses have been at the top of my list lately and this black and white Alexander McQueen houndstooth version is right up there. I love it with the Brooks Brothers skirt and I could definitely see myself sporting this look to work. So cute and you know the top just wouldn’t have the same effect if were any other color combination.
Photo: Giovanni Rufino/The CW (2) via InStyle
What I mean is Soho window shopping, as in the store Soho at Gulf Place, not the area South of Houston in New York. (Though I’ll be there soon enough!) It’s always fun to see window displays and browse the latest styles and additions. Here’s the current view of Soho’s window, with the beginning of fall clothes and no shortage of ruffles: