One Pant, Four Ponchos = Four Distinctive Looks. Part IV

November 28, 2011 § 1 Comment

And now for the grand finale, though we love all of the looks equally (we’re an equal opportunity blog)…

Here we’ve taken a bit of inspiration from each of the previous looks and come up with something entirely its own.

We call this look “urban poncho chic”…or “I can’t quite decide what my look is today, but I look damn fine”…or “I’m a gladiator/hipster/Navajo warrior-princess/urban mom-on-the-go.”

Whatever suits your fancy really.

The Look: pants, Helmut Lang; poncho, Cejon; belt and shoes, both Urban Outfitters; gold monogrammed cuff, family heirloom; bracelets, David Yurman; turquoise earrings, Native American specialty store.


One Pant, Four Ponchos = Four Distinctive Looks. Part III

November 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

Part Three of this four-part series takes the poncho all the way to Shanghai.  As exhibited in the collections Armani, Tom Ford, and vintage YSL, this outfit has obvious Asian influences without ever crossing over into costume or kitsch territory.

With articles of clothing, sometimes less is more in terms of lines, patterns, textures, etc…   When those occasions arise, bring out the big guns where accessories are concerned.

Please note: the belt only loops outside the front of the poncho, which leaves the lower back slightly exposed.  This kind of belting allows the wearer to give a hint of skin and creates a nice sense of fluidity when in motion.

The Look: pants, Helmut Lang; poncho, H&M; handbag, Botkier; shoes, Charles Jourdan; cuff, vintage find; bracelets, David Yurman; belt and earrings, both Forever 21.

Beauty Note: The lip is YSL Rouge Volupte Perle, # 112.  It’s a limited edition shade that is surprisingly flattering and very glamorous.  It goes on as a deep, vampy violet if applied directly from the tube or as a sheer purple berry shade if dabbed on with one finger. RUN, don’t walk, to your local department store and buy it ladies!  An absolute must this holiday season.

One Pant, Four Ponchos = Four Distinctive Looks. Part II

November 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

Today, we leave behind the mountain retreat and jump across the pond to Jolly Ol’ England.

For the second look in our four-part series on ponchos, we are repeating the Helmut Lang pants and using the same basic concept.  This time, however, we’ve reinterpreted the styling to create a more classic, streamlined, and sportier look.  (read: a Burberry- esque look without a Burberry price tag.)

The Look: pants, Helmut Lang; poncho, H&M; bag, Longchamp; boots, Report.

One Pant, Four Ponchos = Four Distinctive Looks. Part I…

November 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

First of all, we would like to extend our sincerest apologies for the long hiatus, as we’re sure you’ve been waiting with baited breath for our next post.  This week we’ve taken one pair of Helmut Lang pants, and paired them with four different ponchos, creating four surprisingly unique looks.

Here is the first look of the series…

The Look: pants, Helmut Lang; poncho, Forever 21; shoes, Nine West; kente cloth bag, thrift store find; belt, American Apparel; jewelry, vintage.


Some fun with Céline…

November 8, 2011 § 13 Comments

I did a bit of modeling today at Saks, and wanted to capture some of the amazingly chic and playful Céline ensembles I sported.

Please forgive the slightly blurry quality of some of the photos.  I had to rush, as the Buckhead Betties were waiting!

I adore the vibrant colors and whimsical prints in these pieces, don’t you??  The clothes manage to be youthful and sophisticated all at the same time.  Ms. Philo has truly done it again, for Resort 2012.

Oh, and the second look–the floral printed dress–is leather.  Good girl meets bad girl.  So sick.  Nothing’s sexier than a leather dress and platforms.  Oh, and the platforms are leather too, in case you were wondering.  AND they come in white.  So in love!

Which look do you like best?


Plaid + Plaid = A Really Handsome Look

November 4, 2011 § 2 Comments

How much plaid is too much plaid?  That depends on how you wear it.  Mixing different colors and patterns adds more variation and visual interest to any look when it’s worn right.  Pull out a similar color from both plaids and repeat that color somewhere else in the look for cohesion–e.g., blue-grey stripe in scarf + blue-grey stripe in shirt = blue-grey blazer.  See, it’s basic math.


The Look: blazer, Austin Reed; button down, Salt Valley Mfg. Co.; tank top, American Apparel; jeans, AG Adriano Goldschmied (fit: Protege Straight Leg); scarf, Billy Reid; belt, 14th Street Antiques; shoes, BeanBoots by L.L. Bean

See below for information regarding other accessories.

Watch, vintage Bulova; sharkskin watch band, Antiques & Beyond.

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