I love fashion…I know SHOCKER!!!! I arrange most things in my closet by outfit, so I am always ready for whatever comes my way…..Sadly the past 14 months have really put a damper on getting dressed up and going out. The pandemic cut short many celebrations last year, a year when me and all of my good friends were turning 50. Trips and gatherings were canceled, get-togethers canceled, outings canceled. I know you get my point because we are all in the same boat. The other day, my Vogue magazine came and on the cover, it said, “Fashion We Have Miss You”. I kept that magazine in my kitchen and stared at that cover for a week..Of course, there are so many more important things to focus on in today’s world than Fashion but you know what, we really did miss it. And we really do need it. We need to get dressed. When you look good you feel good and that is not happening in loungewear and pajamas. During this pandemic I promised myself when we did get out of this, I was always going to be overdressed from here on in. We maybe not over-dressed but definitely dressed up….speaking of dresses, it’s been so long that I featured dresses, going out dresses, seeing people dresses. So I am going to start today. A couple of years ago, I stumbled upon the brand English Factory. I loved all the styles and found them to be really well priced. Somewhere between Zara and Veronica Beard!!!!! Sweet Dabney Lee here on Purchase St carries a lot of English Factory so check her assortment first but here are some great options that I found while partnering with Shop Bop.
I know I keep talking about this great shop in Larchmont, Taaru Majeure but it because I keep going back to check out all of the new wonderful things they add each week. The store has the most beautiful dresses and now cover-ups for the summer. I am so in love with every single one. It’s so hard to leave without something and I love trying every piece on. I went back last weekend to the shop on Larchmont Ave, just to look around again….You have see some of my favorite things:
OK this clutch is literally drop dead..this photo does not do it justice. It is the most incredible piece in person!!!
I love how they layer these beaded necklaces. When I was there they were flying out of the shop.
I cannot forget all of the awesome home accessories. The rugs are soo cool and I really need that grateful sign..I just love it…
Onto the cover-ups. I wish I had one of these a few week’s ago for my trip. They are so pretty. The scalloped neck and sleeves are perfection. There is also an rainbow of colors…I cannot decide which I would love more for summer!!
Ok, now this dress is perfection. I love the blue and that bag!!!…I am all about mixing prints, especially if one is leopard!!!!
These are their picnic baskets for the summer…..The shape is so great…I cannot wait to take one with me to the beach…hmmmm also hard to choose a color..
There is a large selection of woven beach bags. These would make such great gifts for all my spring/summer bestie’s birthdays!!!
Another cover-up…and more bags….Again, it is so hard to decide which is my favorite…everything looks so tempting!!!
It has been forever since I have done a Fashionable Friend Friday post and I really think I need to bring it back as a weekly feature. Today’s FFF is not only a really good friend but also my go to when I am looking for anything, clothes, shoes, dresses, accessories, makeup!!!! EVERYTHING!! Lauren Sklover is a personal stylist/shopper at Saks in Greenwich and honestly, she is really incredible. Her Instagram page is out of control it is so good. You should follow it ASAP. She is always posting the latest and greatest. I cannot tell you how many times a week I message her that I love something that she posted or send her a photo of something that I saw. Lauren is our go-to for advice for all things fashion-forward. Even my daughter texts her!!! You can also check her web page for her top picks, to contact her or set up a virtual appointment. She also has great ideas for every price point and budget. And highlights a new look as soon as it’s available. Which I love!!!!! To learn more or contact Lauren, click HERE.
I just love this entire look…..
This is so cool…I think the added sparkle brings this already beautiful outfit to the next level!!!
These rings are so popular and I love how she features all styles and metals, with and without stones…
Another fav…I am in love with this top…..
And everyone who knows me, knows I just about died when I saw this!!!!!!!!!!
I loved the company, Frances Valentine, from the day it launched. It is the company that Kate and Andy Spade founded with their dear friend Elyce Arons. Elyce now heads up the company designing all of Frances Valentine’s pieces in Kate’s style image. As Elyce so perfect states:
We will always be inspired by Kate’s timeless style and distinct aesthetic. Frances Valentine is a design house with a unique way of viewing the world. Through this lens, we create original, vintage-modern pieces to delight and brighten your life.
I am a forever fan of Frances Valentine. I attended one of their launch events and spend time speaking with Kate and Elyce. I bought the exact shoes both style mavens were wearing and to this day they are still go to prices for me. I love Kate Spade’s style both in all her creations and in her interior design.
There is not a season that goes by that I do not miss purchasing a piece from the collection. The looks are timeless, elegant, and versatile. A beautiful tunic dress can do from a casual lunch at the beach to an elegant waterside dinner. I encourage you to view the website and check out some of this season’s newest arrivals.
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All around me the cutest babies are being born. Friends are becoming grandparents for the first time or Aunts and Uncles again!!! It’s so exciting. I love seeing all the baby photos. But I am so out of the baby loop. I needed to buy a baby gift for a sweet boy and I really did not know where to go. Luckily for me, I was introduced to the globally inspired company Zia NYC . They make the most adorable South Asian textile designs and the fabric is soooo soft…I wish they made adults. I thought the pricing was really really great for the amazing quality. Check out their WEBSITE to see the entire collection.
On Instagram stories I did a swipe up for some designer sunglasses for much less. It was so crazy popular. I received so many messages asking for all the links again. It got me thinking that I need to do more “For Less” columns. Whenever we discuss anything about sunglasses everyone always comments how expensive they have become. And it really is so true. So when you splurge on a great pair and lose them, it is devastating. Years ago a friend led me to Nordstrom Rack and Saks Off Fifth. They always have the best and newest styles of designer sunglasses for much much less than the department store prices. Whenever I visit my mom we always take a ride to her Nordstrom Rack and I stock up on a couple of pairs. A couple of years ago, I tried on the coolest Linda Farrow sunglasses (if you do not know her brand yet, it is uber uber cool). I decided on another pair instead and have regretted it ever since!!! I have pulled together some great styles from Saks Off Fifth with price tags way below what they originally retailed for…Who does not need another pair of chic sunglasses? Summer is right around the corner!!!!