Off Shoulder Trend

Spring is in full swing and summer is on the way!  With the warmer weather quickly approaching, now is the time to install your arsenal of lightweight, seasonal pieces.   Off  Shoulder looks are a superb and flattering choice that  many designers are showing.  They are easy to wear and look good on most people.  Off  Shoulder dresses, worn with different footwear and accessories, go dressy or casual and the tops are great with jeans, skirts, shorts, trousers – everything!!

One of my favorite designers for feminine but chic clothing is Rebecca Taylor and all of the selections below are hers – some are already marked down.  Click on a link and check them out.

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Ella Fil Coupe One Shoulder Dress

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Gauze Top

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Amanda Dress

 

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Consider updating your Spring and Summer wardrobe by adding a versatile,  comfortable, feminine and chic Off Shoulder piece.  It may become your new favorite.

Thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

Dressing up Distressed Jeans

It is nearly February but Happy New Year!!

After a long hiatus due to troublesome computer/blog glitches, I am back!!  To those that follow my blog and have asked about when my next post will be, my sincerest apologies.  Since early December,  I have had technical problems with my blog.  I have spoken to numerous experts who have offered numerous differing opinions.  But, I finally found the right, trustworthy help and it seems the blog is sorted and working properly!!  Thank you for your patience!

My last post was showing distressed jeans in a casual but put together outfit.  This post is using the same jeans (and top) but dressing them up. By adding a long vest with a removeable fur collar (fur attached), animal print stacked heels and a clutch, the outfit is suddenly dressed up.  This is an outfit that could be worn out to dinner, to a casual dinner party, a ladies night or perhaps a trip into the city.

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Zara Black waistcoast with removeable faux fur collar

Gap Easy Straight Ripped Jeans

Wolford Fitted Mock Turtleneck (similar)

J. Crew Leopard calf hair stacked heel pump (similar style) (similar pattern)

L.K. Bennett Laura Saffiano Clutch Bag

Gucci Sunglasses

All photos by Carola Muis

Thanks again for your patience and for stopping by…Cynthia

How to Wear Ripped Jeans

A great outfit, in my opinion, provides contrast and opposites.  So, for instance, an outfit that incorporates masculine and feminine elements hits the right notes.  That is probably the main reason I love ripped jeans and distressed jeans.  They make it very easy to bring the masculine (or tougher) element into an outfit.

The outfit in this post is casual mixing ripped jeans, with a fitted mock turtleneck, slip-on sneakers and black beads but I hope it shows a simple way to wear ripped jeans to knock around but still look pulled together.

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Jacket is lululemon (n/a)

Jeans are Gap Distressed Easy Straight

Slip-on sneakers are Roxy

Fitted mock turtleneck is from Wolford (similar)

All photos by Carola Muis.

Think about adding ripped or distressed jeans into your wardrobe.  Thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

How to Wear a Skinny Scarf

A skinny scarf is my favorite accessory right now.  I love the way they add polish without effort and go casual or dressy.  Try wearing a skinny scarf with a round or v-neck t-shirt and jeans – so chic!!

In this outfit I am wearing it with a black v-neck tunic, skinny, high-rise, destructed jeans and ankle booties.  I threw on a suede trench with it.  Have fun trying different looks!

Links at bottom of post.

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Skinny scarf and a Floral Style here

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Tunic (similar) or (similar)

Suede Trench (similar)

Booties

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Marc Jacobs handbag (N/A)

All photos by Carola Muis

Try a skinny scarf and thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

 

 

What to Wear for Thanksgiving

Considering the horrifying terrorist attacks in Paris and the uncertainty these acts bring, it is important while we pray for others, we reflect on the good in life and all we are thankful for.  With Thanksgiving a week away, I am thinking of and thankful for my family, my husband and four children and my friends old and new, near and far.  Among other things, I am thankful for my children’s teachers and coaches – particularly those that have influenced them in a positive way or have made a difference in their life.

With the abundant Thanksgiving meal ahead and gatherings being organized, the personal stylist in me is naturally thinking – What to Wear for Thanksgiving?  What comes to mind is casual, cozy and comfy (big meal means expanding waist) but also, stylish and current.

Our Thanksgiving gathering is casual so a comfy cashmere tunic and leather leggings will likely be my choice.

All links for more information on pieces (or similar) at bottom.

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Click on highlighted items in blue (or red) for more information:

Tipped Handkerchief Hem Cashmere Tunic

1969 leather pull-on legging jean

Lucky brand black wedge ankle booties (similar)

Rebecca Minkoff ‘Moto’ Hobo bag

beaded and tassle necklace (similar)

Burberry sunglasses (n/a)

Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain

 

All photos by Carola Muis.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy a relaxing, safe and Happy Thanksgiving…Cynthia

How to Wear Plaid

Are you caught in the rutt of wearing the same thing the same way all of the time?  I challenge you to pick one piece – make it a plaid piece if you have one (for the sake of this post)- and try mixing it with something different and/or try wearing it in a different way.  Change up how you wear your plaid button down, skirt or dress and how you tie your scarves, etc.  Here are some outfits that may inspire you!!!

Wrapping a plaid scarf around a blazer adds interest and style to this skinny jeans, blazer and pumps outfit…
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Wear your flannel button down with a hip-length cardigan and gold jewelry.

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Wrap a plaid flannel button down around a casual sweater dress slightly off center.

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Unbutton your plaid dress and wear it as a jacket over a t-shirt, rolled up jeans and open-toe wedge booties.

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Wear a classic plaid skirt with a solid turtleneck and super-chic over-knee boots.

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Plaid button down over leather leggings, strappy heels with a classic bag.

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Wear head to toe black and belt a plaid shawl around your waist.

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Can’t do wrong following Olivia Palermo’s lead…plaid shift with thigh high suede boots and classic clutch. Perfect mix of classic with trendy!

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Have some fun mixing up your plaid pieces.  You will be amazed how many new outfits you can put together!!

Thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

Images:  All various Pinterest

 

 

Fringe Trend

If you like being current,  jumping on the Fringe Trend is an easy wardrobe update for Fall.  Fringe has been incorporated into clothing pieces, shoes, handbags and accessories so there is a plethora of options to choose from. Especially easy to incorporate with a handbag or shoe.  But, if you are bit more fashion forward perhaps choose a clothing item like a fringe skirt, vest or jacket. However, don’t overdo it — one fringe item per outfit or you risk resembling a yarn mop!

For more information on the pieces I have selected, click on the highlighted description above the photo.

Free People Blanket Sweater Coat

Free People Blanket Sweater Coat

Wanderlust Plaid Poncho

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Zara Long Waist Fringe Coat with Fringe

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Zara Suede Jacket

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Zara Fringed Skirt
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Fringed Bucket Bag with Long Strap

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Leather Messenger Bag with Fringes

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Rebecca Minkoff Moto Fringe Saddle Bag

 

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Fringe Sueded Bucket Bag

Stuart Weitzman The Fringelica Pump

 

Steven by Steve Madden Dalton Tall Fringe Boot

Sam Edelman Josephina Tall Boot

Anthropologie Elyse Kiltie Heels

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VC Signature Yvonne Plunge Peep Toe Fringe

 

Will you add fringe to update your wardrobe?

Thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

Back to School 2015

Summer 2015 was fantastic but today the gang heads Back to School!!  Each year gets tougher for me.  This year my son (who will not let me post pics of him) graduates from High School, Liz heads into her sophomore year, Cate enters 8th grade and graduates Middle School and Ali, our youngest, goes into 5th grade – our last year as parents of an elementary schooler…seems surreal!  However, with Back to School comes Back to School fashion!

Here are a few photos of my girls and their choices for that all important first day back to school outfit.

Liz and Cate off to Middle School and High School

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Liz wearing a Zara skirt and top outfit and Chinese Laundry stacked heel booties.

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Cate is wearing a Top Shop tee, Ivviva leggings, Uniqlo flannel and Haviana flip-flops.

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Ali is wearing an Abercrombie top, Abercrombie shorts and Madden Girl boots.

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Dad and Ali walking to school.

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Wishing my kids and yours a happy and successful school year!!

Thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

Striped tee with white jeans 3 ways

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Shopping my closet,  playing around with pieces in my wardrobe and putting different outfits together is happy time for me.  For Women over 40 the loss of a defined waist starts to become a reality. So using techniques that do not draw attention to the middle, like leaving tops out and choosing jeans that have a high waist, are helpful in camouflaging that area.

Two very basic pieces – a Gap striped relaxed black and white t-shirt and Gap 1969 destructed resolution true-skinny high-rise jeans are combined to create three classic yet different black and white looks.

First is the casual outfit.  I turned up the jeans a bit to create a cuff and mixed the pieces with a black denim jacket, super comfortable Roxy Ventura Crochet slip-on sneakers, my silver Nantucket basket necklace, diamond studs and Chanel sunglasses.

 

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Pulled hair back in an unfussy, low, casual pony tail that I don’t pull through all the way.

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A black bird paid a visit and landed on the white fence – perfectly black and white!

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The second is a comfortable day out shopping outfit.  Worn with BP booties from Nordstrom, carrying a red tote from Zara with an Hermes red enamel H bracelet.  Bringing in the pops of red makes the outfit more fun.

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Lastly, the dressiest outfit of the three.  Wearing platform heeled sandals by Vince Camuto…

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…with a fringed black clutch and a statement ring by Tous and…

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Front and Back Chain Stud Drop earrings by TopShop.

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One rainy day or any day, spend a little time picking out a few pieces and mix them with different shoes and accessories and see if you can create one outfit, 3 ways!

Photos by the talented Carola Muis www.carolamuis.com

Effortless Chic in a Jumpsuit

Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up in the morning, slip into one thing, look totally chic and be comfortable?

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It’s possible with a jumpsuit!  They are great pieces for looking chic and pulled together effortlessly.  Available in a variety of styles and fabrics – the only effort needed is in finding the right one to best flatter your figure.

Paige denim makes the featured jumpsuit. It could be worn with a dressier wedge or heel but the fabric and the design are suited to casual dressing.  Wear a slip-on sneaker and it is a super casual but still chic look.  The cotton fabric is so soft and comfortable it feels like loungewear!

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Worn with open-toe stacked booties by Steve Madden and a fringe clutch by Santana found at DSW.

(Tip:  Update your wardrobe with inexpensive, trendy accessories that look high quality.)

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Wearing an Hermes enamel printed bracelet with a Stella & Dot leather wrap bracelet.  The ring is by Marco Bicego.  The hoop earrings are by Roberto Coin.

 

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Have you jumped into purchasing a jumpsuit??  I would love to know!!

All photos are by the talented Carola Muis – www.carolamuis.com.