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Wedding Guest Fashion: Formal & Cocktail

I think it is fair to say that the most common dress code for weddings is formal or cocktail attire therefore today’s Spring/Summer Wedding Guest Dress for Success Guide is dedicated to the broad spectrum that is formal wedding wear.  Formal is wonderful because you can go short or long (and you know how much I love long).  Formal is of course a step down from black tie and lends itself to many different styles, silhouettes, colors and fabrics.  And cocktail is a slight step below formal.  However, when experimenting with fabrics and volumes always be mindful of the location of the wedding and if it is indoor or outdoor.  Take it from someone who tends to overheat quickly, the last thing you want is to be stuck outside in an oppressively heavy dress.  With that said play around and find what works best for you, your body type, the venue, and make sure your shoes are comfortable enough to dance the night away in.

A very special thank you to my fabulous collaborators that made this post possible!  Thank you Carine’s Bridal Atelier for providing the gorgeous gowns, Charm & Fornash for the flawless baubles, and Drybar for the beautiful blow out!

Formal

Dress: Marchesa (c/o Carine’s Bridal), Jewels: Charm Georgetown & Fornash, Hair: Drybar

Marchesa Garden of Glam

One of the most amazing things about spring/summer wear is that brights are always in. Make sure that one aspect of your ensemble is a true stand out.

Marchesa

Just because the dress is bold does not mean you have to shy away from accessories and bling!

Marchesa wedding wear

The exaggerated fan sleeve is my absolute favorite! Because there are a lot of components to the dress a more conservative hemline is crucial.

Cocktail wedding wear

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Back in Black (and White)

I know I have already featured black and white for spring, but I seriously can’t get enough!  Black and white is classic while also being fashion forward, making it timeless.  I also love this trend, because anyone can rock it and the components are already in your closet.  I love me some color, but black and white is currently my uniform (this also might have something to do with the painfully frigid weather). Black and white is so fabulous because you can take it in many different directions, it can be graphic, you can mix prints, you can color block, go fancy or casual, which is exactly what I am doing in today’s post.  So embrace my uniform and get ready for spring.

Pants: J Brand (found here), T-shirt: Silence & Noise (old, similar found here), Jacket: Georgie (found here), Shoes: Zara (found here), Bag: Alexander Wang (found here), Sunglasses: RayBan (found here), Bracelets: Fornash (found here), Necklaces: Gorjana (found here) and thirfted (similar found here)

Pants: J Brand (found here), T-shirt: Silence & Noise (old, similar found here), Jacket: Georgie (found here), Shoes: Zara (found here, similar here), Bag: Alexander Wang (found here), Sunglasses: RayBan (found here), Bracelets: Fornash (found here), Necklaces: Gorjana (similar found here) and thirfted (similar found here)

This perforated leather jacket is my latest obsession for spring!

This perforated leather jacket is my latest obsession for spring!

Just lounging

Just lounging

No wind machine necessary

The trick to pulling off a white tee is that it has to be the perfect amount of oversized and just the right amount of sheer

It's in the details.  When going with a casual look dress it up with accessories.

It’s in the details. When going with a casual look dress it up with accessories

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Photo credits to Dzifa from Mr. Dzifs

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Brocade with love

This week is all about love and as I said before, I am in love with brocade! I love brocade’s incredible ornate detailing, the audacious color combinations, and unique fabrics.  Brocade is like elaborately decorated armor that helps you dazzle your way through the day and when it comes to brocade the bolder the better, which makes me love it even more! I love mixing prints and highly recommend this with brocade, but if you are feeling a little timid pair brocade with a neutral color and of course, always mix textures!

brocade and tweed and chambray, oh my

brocade and tweed and chambray, oh my

Photo courtesy of halliedaily

in love with the coat, so fierce you don't even need to wear pants

in love with the coat, so fierce you don’t even need to wear pants

Photo courtesy of Fashion Morebidity

Anna Dello Russo flawless as always in a brocade suit.  ADR, I love you!

Anna Dello Russo flawless as always in a brocade suit. ADR, I love you!

Photo courtesy of Go Lightly in Fashion

I love the festive red paired with the subdued color palette

I love the festive red paired with the subdued color palette

Photo courtesy of 9 to 5 chic

Balmain Runway.  Need I say more.

Balmain Runway. Need I say more.

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Alexander McQueen Presentation of brocade

Alexander McQueen Presentation of brocade

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Valentine’s Gift Guide

This Valentine’s let me remove all of the potential stress that can come with this holiday by doing what I do best, shop!  I have compiled the perfect his & her gifts, spanning different price ranges that are appropriate for all stages of a relationship.  So sit back and relax and enjoy this Valentine’s Day in all its glory!

FOR HER

The Splurge: Roberto Coin Gold Heart Necklace (found here)

The Splurge: Roberto Coin Gold Heart Necklace (found here)

Perfect way to show your love for that special lady in your life.  This necklace is perfect for layering or can stand alone, and is great for every day wear.

The middy: Heart Sweatshirt by Wildfox (found here)

The middy: Heart Sweater by Wildfox (found here)

This sweater just oozes love!  I am a huge fan of the graphic heart, this is not only fashion forward and on trend, but also comfortable, which is an unbeatable combination!  This is also a great gift if you don’t want to give jewelry, which tends to be the standard for Valentine’s Day.

DVF iPhone case (found here)

The steal: DVF iPhone case (found here)

Such a fun and practical gift! Love the love theme and what girl doesn’t need a new phone case.

FOR HIM

The splurge: Satchel by Billy Kirk (found here)

The splurge: Satchel by Billy Kirk (found here)

I am completely obsessed with this briefcase!  A good briefcase should be a staple in every man’s wardrobe and this is so retro and fashion forward at the same time!

The middy: Miansai leather bracelet (found here)

The middy: Miansai leather bracelet (found here)

Miansai accessories are taking over the world.  I love this silver and navy leather combo.  It is a way to add masculine flair to any look.

The steal: Colored laced by hook & albert (found here)

The steal: Colored laces by hook & albert (found here)

I am all about fun shoe laces!  This is a thoughtful and fun present without breaking the bank.

FOR YOUR BESTIE

The middy: Words necklace by In God We Trust (found here)

The middy: Words necklace by In God We Trust (found here)

Great gift for your friend that has a sense of humor.  I am loving all of In God We Trust’s tongue in cheek accessories!

The middy: Gorjana friendship bracelets (found here)

The middy: Gorjana friendship bracelets (found here)

A more sophisticated take on the classic friendship bracelet.  This is perfect for your sentimental bestie.

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Inauguration Weekend

Happy Martin Luther King Day and Inauguration Weekend!  As I put this post together, I am also getting ready for my second Inaugural Ball of the weekend, but I want to be sure to share the fun from Texas’ Blacktie & Boots Ball that I attended on Saturday.  For the Blacktie & Boots Ball I rented my very first dress from Rent the Runway and I am obsessed!  What an awesome idea, and it was absolutely perfect for this occasion and will definitely come in handy during wedding season.  Also for this Ball, my incredible hair dresser, Ryan (who contributed to my gift guide), did my hair in 1920’s Hollywood inspired waves, which went perfectly with my blindingly glitzy Badgley Mischka dress.  Stayed tuned for the hairdo “how to,” which will be up later this week.

Dress: Badgley Mischka, Earrings: Erickson Beamon, Bracelet: LouLou

Dress: Badgley Mischka, Earrings: Erickson Beamon, Bracelet: LouLou

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Grand ole' Texas Entrance

Grand ole’ Texas Entrance

Me & the Rangerettes

Me & the Rangerettes

Teddy made an appearance

Teddy made an appearance

The Rangerettes in action

The Rangerettes in action

the end

The End

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Ombre of Sequins

Happy New Year!! This post is dedicated to New Year’s Eve, 2013, the future, all things great and my blindingly blinged out outfit.  As always, glitter was the theme of the night and I always dress for the occasion.  I hope everyone had an incredible New Year’s Eve and that 2013 brings you all the best!

Pants: BCBG (similar found here), Blouse: BCBG (similar found here), Coat: Forever 21 (similar found here), Shoes: BCBG (similar found here), Bag: Vintage (similar found here), Necklace: NaHoku (similar found here)

Pants: BCBG (similar found here), Blouse: BCBG (found here & similar found here), Coat: Forever 21 (similar found here & here), Shoes: BCBG (similar found herehere), Bag: Vintage (similar found here), Necklace: NaHoku

This is definitely one of the sparkliest NYE outfits I have ever worn, which is really saying a lot.  The matte sequins almost have a liquid effect perfectly complimenting the architectural bold sequins pants.

This is definitely one of the sparkliest NYE outfits I have ever worn, which is really saying a lot. The matte sequins almost have a liquid effect, perfectly complementing the architectural-art deco sequins pants.

Details

Details

Something about these pieces says 20s to me, yet the pants are unlike anything I've ever seen.  I also had to incorporate a little ombre of sequins and different shades of gold into the look.

Something about this outfit says 20s to me, which I absolutely love. I also had to incorporate a little ombre and different shades of gold into the look in order to really pop against the sea of sequins that is NYE.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

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