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Rules for the Modern Girl

A modern girl…

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Bundles up in her chicest winter-wear!

Coat: Ralph Lauren / Boots: Sperry / Boot Cuffs: Salem Style
Hat: Nordstrom (similar) / Faux Fur Cowl: Robinwoods Design

#BBBos!

I had SUCH a wonderful time at Blog Better Boston‘s Style Summit this weekend!  Everything about the day was so fantastic, but what I loved the most was meeting other bloggers who I had been following for so long, but had not yet met in person.  The co-hosts of the event, Amy and Alana, had such a great day planned for us and I attended the most informative and inspiring sessions by:

Alison of Long Distance Loving
Julie of Orchid Grey
Rachel of The Boston Globe
Kristen of the Boston Fashonista
Christine of Hunt’s Photo & Video
Tieka of Selective Potential

I also participated in the LuLu’s giveaway and tweeted out some pictures of other attendees wearing this spring/summer’s trends:

BBBos pic frame

Shauna was wearing two of the trends –neon and peplum!  Emily was rocking chevron stripes, Heather had dressed up denim, and Deanna was wearing florals!  And co-hots  Amy and Alana were already wearing super cute items from LuLus!  My prize for completing the challenge was a super cute “Gatsby” inspired dress that I cannot wait to style up this summer.

The ladies (and gents!) who were a part of planning this wonderful event absolutely out-did themselves!  Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post— they spoiled all the attendees with the most insane swag bag, and I’ll be hosting a giveaway! to share some of the wealth!

Happy Monday!

Oscar Notes

I was so worried that a potential storm would disrupt my travels back from Virginia this weekend that I set my DVR to record the Oscars.  Thankfully, I had no trouble getting home and was able to watch all of the red carpet interviews as well as the awards show itself.  I am proud to say that my company counts all of the Oscar ballots each year and seals the results in the envelopes–if you saw Michelle Obama announcing the Best Picture award, you saw the Chairman of my firm handing her the envelope!

I spent most of the night drooling over all the gorgeous Oscar fashions.  Here are some of my favorites:

Anne Hathaway

I might be the only person on the planet who does not hate Anne Hathaway.  I was a fan of hers way back when she was Princess Mia!  I loved this look and thought that the dress and the necklace worked so well together.  I also envy her cute pixie.  It’s not something I could ever pull off, but she just looks so chic and even more gamine that she did before.

jennifer lawrence

I am not a huge fan of Jennifer Lawrence, but I just died over her dress.  It was a beautiful pale pink that to me looked like it could work as a bridal dress as well as a red carpet dress. Had I seen this before I got married, I might have wanted a dress just like this!   The voluminous bottom was my favorite part–although it proved to be a bit of a challenge to walk in as we saw when Jennifer went to collect her Best Actress award.

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain can do no wrong in my book.  I love this dress!  Not sure if its beaded or has sequins, but it fits her perfectly.  Her red lips give her look the pop of color that pulls the entire look together.  Bravo, Jessica!

Not everyone hit the fashion jackpot on Oscar night.  There were several ladies whose fashion choices just baffled me!  And I’m not talking about the usual offenders, like Helena Bonham Carter, who always looks like she got dressed out of the costume closet of a Tim Burton movie.  Here are just a few names of ladies who I thought could have made a better choice:

Helen Hunt:  Affordable, but ill fitting and SO wrinkled!
Brandi Glanville:  Your dress was ghastly! What you were even doing at the Oscars?
Kelly Rowland: Just wasn’t digging the cut of your dress, or your Angelina slit.
Melissa McCarthy: You definitely could have done better. I’ve seen you do it!
Kristen Chenowith: Your dress resembled a figure skating costume.
Olivia Munn: The top? Gorgeous. The bottom looked like it was pinned on last minute.

Who were your Oscar 2013 favorites?

On Wednesdays we talk about weddings….

As a recent bride and current attendee of many, many weddings, I feel like I am obligated to impart my wisdom, observations and knowledge on proper modern-day wedding etiquette. Every Wednesday I will divulge some important wedding rules for not only the bride, but the bridal party & guests too.

First topic: Wedding fashion (of course)

Brides:

I’m not going to tell you what to wear. It’s your day, after all. But what I will tell you is to think about the photos being taken at your wedding, and how those photos will most likely be the one (material) part of your wedding that will live on forever. Your grandchildren will probably see those photos! That pink glitter veil or pair of sparkly Converse sneakers may seem like a good idea today, but just give it a moment of thought for down the road. When you look at your photos in 5, 10, 15 years… are you going to look back and be happy with the choices you made? If you have any doubts at all, rethink it!

Edit:  I’ve been asked to include what the Groom should wear.  Boys, wear what your bride tells you to wear!  Seriously. Usually it’s a black tuxedo or suit.  Sometimes if the venue is right a tan/cream linen suit may be appropriate.  Ties/vests should be black or in a coordinating color to the bridesmaids.  Be sure to get the tux/suit fitted to you appropriately.  Sleeves and pants should be at the correct length, not too short or too long!

My husband and I right after walking down the aisle from our wedding ceremony

Bridesmaids:

Wear what the bride asks you to wear. It’s her day, not yours. Now maybe you have some wiggle room for negotiation if she’s asking you to buy a $500 dress, $200 shoes and then pick up the tab for a bachelorette trip to Vegas, but if the dress price is reasonable and doesn’t resemble something that Little Bo Peep would wear, then just go with the flow. And if she hasn’t decided on dresses yet, a little nudge in the direction of J.Crew’s bridal site won’t hurt.

Dresses your bridesmaids will actually want to wear again!

Guests:

This area tends to be most controversial….

First and foremost, don’t wear white unless the invitation explicitly asks you to wear white.  Also, creams and nudes are pretty much a no-no, however, contrary to traditional beliefs wearing black is OK! Don’t panic if your dress has a stripe of white or a cream flower, we’re talking about full-on white/cream dresses. Weddings are also a great place to embrace wearing color, but if you know the bridesmaids are all wearing teal, maybe pick a different color for that particular event. It’s not a hard rule, it’s just polite.

Dress for the venue. If the wedding is outside in a garden or vineyard, for the love of Manolo Blahnik, please leave the stilettos at home! Wedge heels are a great option for those who want to be able to walk through the terrain gracefully, but don’t want to wear flats.

If you know you will be attending a formal and religious ceremony, please practice some modesty and bring a pashmina to cover your shoulders, at least while you are in their place of worship.   You can always remove it later.

My husband and I at a wedding in June.  The pashmina came in handy for the church ceremony and looked great at the reception!

Do your research and find out how formal/casual the wedding is.  A beach wedding or Sunday afternoon ceremony usually signifies that the event is on the casual side, however an evening wedding in New York City will probably be black tie formal. They say you can never be overdressed, but believe me you don’t want to show up in an evening gown when everyone else is wearing a Lilly sundress.  Now if its a formal affair, “black tie” dressing can be a bit intimidating at first, but with sites like Rent the Runway and Lending Luxury it’s easy to look like a million bucks without paying the high price!

Finally, don’t upstage the bride! The aisle is for HER to walk down, not for you to use as your personal runway. As mentioned earlier, unless the invite specifically says to wear something white, outrageous, sparkly, etc., stay far away from any serious attention attracting items. A well tailored and polished cocktail dress will turn heads without ruffling anybody’s feathers or taking attention away from the bride.