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Neon + Black

I’ve never considered my personal sense of style to be too “edgy”. I have always preferred classic silhouettes and subdued colors. However, there is a certain je ne sais quoi about the color combination of neon and black. It’s bright. It’s bold. It’s daring. There is just enough edge and interest to elevate the ordinary to extraordinary.  The neon trend of today is quite a bit more refined and sophisticated than it’s 1980’s “neon overload” counterpart.  Neon is particularly powerful when incorporated as the statement piece of an outfit. I particularly love pairing either a neon blazer or neon pumps with a simple outfit (think black skinny pants and a white tee).

Have you jumped on the neon bandwagon yet? Maybe you will after viewing this gallery of neon inspiration.

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There’s never been a better time to neon.



Italian Street Style: Women’s Edition Part 1

The clear sartorial elegance of fashion is evident upon every street in Italy. Thoughtful style must be ingrained into every Italian’s nature…where else could one see such innovative combinations? From the punk-infused style of the youth, to the expertly tailored classics of mature women, Italian street style is a visual feast for the eyes.

DSCN0383In Florence: Add a bold pop of color to sweeten up an edgy look.


In Rome: Step into summer with a pair of breezy cotton pants in a floral print.


In Florence: Mix your prints with a floral blazer and polka dot scarf.


In Florence: Skinny slacks paired with a blazer and oversized scarf was one of the quintessential Italian looks.


In Milan: Is there anything more perfect than this outfit? A fitted camel jacket and slim black skirt will always be chic.


In Florence: It’s Laura Ashley meets grunge in this unique yet fascinating combination.

What outfit speaks the most to your style?



Italian Street Style-Men’s Edition

The three “S’s” of Italian street styles are undeniably suits, scarves, and slim fit jeans. After two weeks of travelling all over Italy, it was evident that the typical man’s outfit was not complete without one, if not all, of these three “S’s”.


Slim fit jeans, when tucked into leather ankle boots, add a rock and roll aura to an outfit.


In Venice: A leather jacket and khaki suit pants when combined are casual, yet polished.


In Venice: Bring your suit into summer with a light linen blazer over a denim oxford shirt.


In Milan: Don’t let your style go to the dogs, even in inclement weather. Stay savvy with a neutral duster trench.


In Florence: Spice up the ordinary with a pair of mustard slim-fit chinos. Bonus points if you add a graphic tee and scarf.


In Florence: Even the Italian carabinieri (military police) are dressed to the nines.

IMG_1434In Venice: A classic black blazer and khaki chinos are a perfect representation of chiaroscuro (the contrast between light and dark).


In Venice: This David Beckham lookalike looks back to the ’90’s grunge scene with his sleeveless shirt, plaid flannel, and leather sneakers.


In Rome: Don’t let your button-up be boring. Add some visual interest by investing in a shirt with a bold alternating pattern of stripes and a small print.


In Milan: Good style knows no age. This variation on a three piece suit substitutes matching pants for charcoal chinos, and a cardigan instead of a vest.


In Milan: Add a pop of color in the form a bold tie to your every day suit.


In Milan: Another example of a duster trench and perfectly tailored suit.

What’s your favorite look?



Lilly Pulitzer-the Princess of Prints-Dies at 81


(via The Atlantic)

Blindingly bright. Playful and young. Carefree. Sunny. All of these adjectives describe the fashion designer Lilly Pulitzer’s unique aesthetic. It is unfortunate that Ms. Pulitzer passed away a few days ago, but her sassy prints will forever be imprinted on the hearts of her dedicated fans.

Lilly Pulitzer clothing is a staple of the upbeat and preppy. Her clothing screams to be worn on a yacht, or at the Kentucky Derby. Even the most shocking color combination or cartoon creature was not off limits to Pulitzer’s designs. Such unique combinations were created out of necessity. In an article by the New York Times, Lilly Pulitzer created a dress that would camouflage orange and grapefruit juice stains. Her ingenuity paid off, and soon enough Lilly Pulitzer was a household name in the yuppie crowd.


(via Lilly Pulitzer)

Today, Lilly Pulitzer’s iconic prints can not only be found on her quintessential shift dresses, but on iPhone cases, tumblers, scarves, mugs, and more.


In the word’s of Lilly P. herself, “It’s always summer somewhere”.



Spring 2013 Pantone Color Report

Yay! Spring is here! The sun is shining, birds are chirping, and the temperature is finally creeping past 50 degrees. That means it’s time to put away the riding boots and break out the flats for this seasonal transition. Whenever the temperatures change, my favorite color palettes tend to change as well. Now I am shoving my maroon and hunter green garments to the back of my closet in an effort to utilize my pastel and bright springtime colored clothes.

A few months ago, I posted about Pantone’s color of 2013, Emerald. Additionally, Pantone has posted their Spring 2013 color report. Pantone’s picks are featured below.


(via Pantone)

I am super excited for the chartreuse-y “Tender Shoots”…it is one of those “knock your socks off colors.” If “Tender Shoots” is a bit too bright for your tastes, then “Dusk Blue” and “Grayed Jade”  are sure to be flattering shades for every skin tone.

“Tender Shoots”


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“Dusk Blue”


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“Grayed Jade”


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If you prefer a more conservative color palette, then “Linen” , which is a creamy ivory/beige, and “Monaco Blue”- a cross between royal blue and navy, will be your go-to picks.



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“Monaco Blue”


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“African Violet” and “Emerald” would be delightful when featured in a sundress. These colors would also be perfectly appropriate for attending graduations and weddings.

“African Violet”


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If you are looking to make a bold and bright impression, turn to the flirty “Poppy Red” and and juicy “Nectarine.”

“Poppy Red”


(via Net-A-Porter)



(via Piperlime)

Stay colorful!



Monochrome-Color on Color

Perhaps one of the boldest statements you can make with your clothing is to go monochromatic. Color on color. More importantly, the same color. The biggest monochromatic trend this year is obviously the “Canadian Tuxedo”–or, denim on denim

The denim atrocity below is an example of what should not happen when wearing the “Canadian Tuxedo.”

(via iVillage)

You see, Britney and Justin are all clad in light blue–there is no variance of shade.

If that denim atrocity frightened you out of any hope of putting together a monochromatic outfit, don’t fear. It’s actually relatively easy to put together looks composed of one color that will not leave you looking like a ninja or a bowl of oatmeal.

The big secret when it comes to balancing the one color-coordinated outfit is to vary the saturation levels. In other words, the lightness or darkness of a color. For example, matching a bright coral top with a pale peach skirt, or a rich plum jacket with lavender pants. This mix of saturation levels varies the outfit enough so that you don’t look like a cartoon character.

Now, let’s look again at the “Canadian Tuxedo”. This time with a chambray shirt and dark navy skinny jeans. The light blue and dark navy contrast so that the wearer is not a blob of blue. Much better, eh?

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Next up, let’s play with a monochrome outfit inspired by Pantone’s Color of 2013. A green monochromatic outfit is a bit more daring, but the vivid and fresh look is well worth it. Pull out some dark emerald corduroy skinnies, add the palest mint green top, throw in a few accessories and there you have it! You can even reverse the idea by wearing mint jeans and and emerald top.

monochrome green outfit

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Back in black. If you prefer not to look like you are a ninja attending a funeral, make sure to utilize different shades of black (like any type of gray!) in an outfit.

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Now for something a bit more challenging. Neutral beiges and tans. As mentioned before, a tan monochromatic outfit should not resemble oatmeal. The variance of saturation should be subtle and noticeable at the same time. Start with ivory, progress to beige, and move on to tan. Now it looks as though you are wearing nude colors, and not in the nude.

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Until next time,



Expect the Unexpected

Lately I have been obsessed with exploring Scott Schuman’s blog, The Sartorialist. Forget what you know about perfectly matched ensembles and open up your eyes to some seriously cool street fashion. Schuman “began The Sartorialist with the idea of creating a two-way dialogue about the world of fashion and its relationship to daily life.” Schuman photographs real people on the streets, just the way they are. No fancy lighting, props, or gimmicks. Just the individual.

What I happen to love most about this refreshing take on capturing fashion is that every ensemble featured has inspired me to become more brave and curious with my outfit choices. I will be the first one to admit that I love to match and be perfectly coordinated at all times. Which has huge potential to lead to a boring and unmemorable look. Who wants to be boring and unmemorable?

I have collected a couple images of some outfits that I happen to love, that bring in a bit of the “unexpected element”. These two stylish ladies happen to be some of my close friends with amazing senses of style. So, let’s examine the unexpected and refreshing elements in their outfits.

First, let’s take a look at the fabulous Laura S.


This is an excellent example of mixing blacks and browns. The very neutral taupe color in the snakeskin printed pencil skirt lends itself well to bringing together the cognac colored leather jacket and the black pumps. With the leather and snakeskin, Laura could have tiptoed into the very edgy “biker at a bar” look, which while perfectly appropriate for the evenings and weekends does not translate into a business casual look on a Monday afternoon. The unexpected element of this outfit is the ever so classic and preppy gold-buckle pointy-toed black pumps. The addition of the shoes makes the whole outfit scream “Hey, I’m super fun and sassy…but I’m also responsible and know how to take care of some serious business.”

Clearly, Laura is a shining example of knowing when the right touch can bring an outfit to a whole different level.

Next is Claire B.

double button-upGold earrings. Chambray shirt. Cheetah print button-up. Red jeans. Riding boots. Gold bracelet. This is a lot of color and texture, but Claire pulls it off effortlessly. Claire could have easily just worn the chambray, or the cheetah print, and her look would have been stylish. The unexpected element of her outfit that really sets it off is her layering technique. A button-up shirt on top of a button-up shirt. How cool is that? I just love how the cheetah print peeks out of the chambray near the collar and down near her wrists.

Bravo to you Claire for your innovation!

Try something a little unexpected when you dress yourself next. It never hurts to be memorable, does it?



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