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Brights and Cut Outs

I’m at a point in my life where a good dress can go a long way.  I have a wedding pretty much every other weekend and when I’m not at a wedding I’m at an event.  This past weekend I had the incredible honor of attending the 50th anniversary of the Institute for Policy Studies, an uber liberal, progressive think tank that was co-founded by my father 50 years ago.  IPS has served as an invaluable resource and advocate for social justice, always fighting for equality and human rights.  I grew up with IPS as a part of my extended family, a family that was made up of the brightest, most forward-thinking, determined, brilliant minds to ever exist.  I was completely overwhelmed with pride and love this weekend, and for the gala that was the culmination of the awe inspiring anniversary I turned to one of my favorite dresses of the season a bold orange, asymmetrical hemline dress with subtle cut outs.  I wanted to go with something that was appropriate for the occasion, as well as a show stopper.  This is normally my goal for all events I attend.  As always confidence is the ultimate accessory that truly makes the ensemble.  Make sure you are comfortable in whatever outfit you don for an event and as always go bold.

Most importantly, Congratulations IPS on 50 years of fighting the progressive fight!

Asymmetrical dress

Dress: Hunter Bell (found here), Necklace: Baublebar (found here), Shoes: Aqua (similar here), Bag: Coach (similar here)

leather jacket

I wear this leather jacket with everything! It’s a great way to add a little edge to any look.

cut outs

slightly wind blown

statement necklace

Smiles and a slicked back do

orange dress

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Resort Wear (part II)

Sadly, I am no longer in Hawaii, waking up to freshly cut mango and papaya, listening to the waves gently crash into the beach.  Instead, I am in the muggy East Coast and back to the daily grind.  So in my last attempt to hold onto the islands, I’m sharing a few more pictures from my vacation.  Similar to my previous resort wear post, this post features clothes that easily translate from resort wear to ready to wear, giving the clothes more currency.

Special thank you to Marissa for modeling and for being fabulous and to Kyle for lending his incredible photography skills.  To see more of Kyle’s work go to kyleboynton.com.

This outfit is perfect for chilly Hawaii nights and also early fall evenings. I love the strong shoulders in this blouse and peek-a-boo back.  I also aggressively ignore the no white after Labor Day rule.

Blouse: Gracia (found here), Pants: Seven for all Mankind (last season), Shoes: DVF (old), Clutch: Gigee Marie (similar found here), Necklace: Eastern Market, Sunglasses: Ray Ban (found here), Bracelets: Random Assortment, Rings: Annie Cream Cheese (shop here) & Charm Georgetown (shop here)

Details make an outfit

I love love love this dress! Resort wear at it’s finest, it is also perfect for a summer wedding, and would look super cute with a cropped leather jacket.

Dress: Alice + Olivia (found here), Shoes: Christian Louboutin (last season), Earrings: Kendra Scott (found here), Bracelets: J. Crew (found here) & David Yurman (found here), Watch: Rolex, Sunglasses: Tom Ford (found here), Clutch: Nanette Lepore (last season)

tropical perfection

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Party in the front, business in the back

Hi Lo dresses and skirts are you the best of both worlds!  It allows you to show a little leg in the front, but gives you more coverage in the back, giving the stunning effect of a maxi.  I absolutely love hi lo, because I always play with short hemlines, so hi lo allows me to go short while also having a conservative edge.  I also love the full length of maxis, making hi lo a combination of two of my normally conflicting styles.

love the glistening champagne fabric combined with the geometric necklace

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absolutely effortless

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seriously obsessed with this dress and belt!

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conservative and sexy

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fun and flirtatious

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you might recognize this dress from the cut out post….forgive the repeat but it just lends itself to so many different trends. keep reading for outfit details

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Cut it Out

I absolutely LOVE cut outs!  Cut outs are the perfect way to add peek-abo sexy to any outfit and it can be as subtle or extreme as you feel comfortable with.  Summer style tip: incorporating cut outs into your look is an easy & fabulous way to beat the heat.

classic summer whites

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conservative backless approach to cut outs

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neon and sheer and cut outs, oh my

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absolutely in love with this lattice cut out top!

Photo courtesy of imachicnation.blogspot

perfection

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incredible combination of subtle cut outs and a full skirt

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Dress: Lush (found here), Necklace: Kendra Scott Jewelry, Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Rings & Bracelets: Miscellaneous Mix, Shoes: Nine West, Umbrella: Brooks Brothers

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Red, White & Blue

Happy 4th of July!! The 4th of July is a wonderful day of celebration, normally spent by the pool or at the beach with a cool drink in hand and red, white & blue covering every surface possible.  The 4th can be a slightly scary day for fashion, with looks veering more towards costume than stylish.  Fear not though…there is a way embrace our patriotic colors and still look fabulous and impeccably put together.  I hope everyone has an amazing 4th of July, enjoys the fireworks, and embraces red, white & blue in the most fashionable way possible!

I am absolutely obsessed with these leggings and overall hipster grunge look!

Photo courtesy of gudbjorglilja.blogspot

Lana Del Rey rocking a bold American flag sweater…perfect for a chilly evening of viewing fireworks on the beach and of course loving the ripped jorts

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perfectly placed cut outs on a flawless red jumper

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wonderful and classic

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different shades of navy and a cropped top done right

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incredible details and beautiful lines, nothing is better than a simple white dress

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making mismatched work perfectly and so patriotic

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Red Carpet Perfection

Sandwiched between fashion weeks worldwide, awards season is the most fashionable and fabulous time of year!  Celebs pull out all the stops and bring their fashion A game to the red carpet (obviously with the help of a seasoned team of stylists).  This year was particularly glamorous with strong silhouettes, bold colors (and a lot of white), and flawless accessories!

Charlize Theron in Dior Couture at the Golden Globes--always flawless and interesting. the accents are also flawless....i love the 20's cartier inspired headband. also, she has legs for days!

Charlize Theron in Dior Couture at the Golden Globes--always interesting, the accents are also flawless....i love the cartier 20's inspired headband.

Sofia Vergara in Vera Wang at the Golden Globes--VAVAVOOM....she is killing it!

Sofia Vergara in Vera Wang at the Golden Globes--VAVAVOOM....she is killing it!

Emma Stone in Lanvin at the Golden Globes--i love love love love this look. from the color combo to the sheer fabric to the bold belt this look is perfection!

Emma Stone in Lanvin at the Golden Globes--i love LOVE love love this look! from the color combo to the fabric to the bold belt this is just absolute perfection!

Rose Byrne in Elie Saab at the SAG Awards--incredible and adventurous! i LOVE a jumpsuit...so unexpected and so fabulous!

Rose Byrne in Elie Saab at the SAG Awards--incredible and adventurous! i LOVE a jumpsuit...so unexpected and so fabulous!

Amber Heard in Zac Posen at the SAG Awards--i love the cut outs and the conservative yet sexy shape

Amber Heard in Zac Posen at the SAG Awards--i love the cut outs and the conservative yet sexy shape

Glenn Close in Zac Posen at the Oscars--perfect silhouette

Glenn Close in Zac Posen at the Oscars--perfect silhouette, she is the definition of beauty and confidence

Louise Roe in Black Halo at the Oscars--i love how architectural this dress in and so completely different from anything else on the carpet

Louise Roe in Black Halo at the Oscars--i love how architectural this dress is and so completely different from anything else on the carpet

Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen at the Oscars--so dramatic and fabulous!

Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen at the Oscars--so dramatic and glamorous!

Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli at the Oscars--red on red on red....fearless and interesting

Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli at the Oscars--red on pink on red, she is fearless

Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji--i love the lines of this dress and simplicity of this dress

Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji at the Oscars--i love the lines, the beading, and the simplicity of this dress

Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton at the Oscars--so feminine and flirtatious. she looks absolutely stunning

Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton at the Oscars--so feminine and flirtatious. she looks absolutely stunning

Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford at the Oscars--only Gwyneth could pull off a cape so flawlessly! she somehow manages to be sophisticated and casual at the same time. i also love the low pony tail. Gwyneth, you can do no wrong!

Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford at the VF Oscars party--just the dress, simply perfect

Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford at the VF Oscars party--just the dress, simply perfect

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