Belle ‘n’ Beau of the Week: Theo & Peggy

January 31, 2012 § 2 Comments

After a much needed weekend retreat to the farm in Alabama, we decided to feature two of the most stylish Southerners we know.  Here they are folks, the eternally chic Theo and Peggy Lee.  Maybe style is genetic.

Nannan & Grandaddy

Monochromatic Menswear

January 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

Where womenswear is concerned, a black-on-black ensemble has been (and will remain in perpetuity) one of the chicest go-to options.  However, this particular monochromatic look rarely (if ever) translates to menswear and leaves a beau looking contrived, macabre, and/or just plain ridiculous.

So, we posed the question: What is the beau’s answer to the belle’s black go-to?  Turns out, the beaux have multiple monochromatic options where outfitting is concerned.  (Also see previous Beau of the Week Justin.)

The Look: dinner jacket, Austin Reed; shawled cotton peacoat (interior), H&M; driving loafers, Cole Haan; button down, pants, belt, all American Apparel.

The Look: trench coat, Burberry; penny loafers, Cole Haan; cardigan, button down, slacks, belt, all American Apparel.

The Look:  blazer, vintage; driving loafers, Cole Haan; overnight bag, vintage Samsonite; sweater, pants, belt, all American Apparel.

Belle ‘n’ Beau of the Week: Mary and Mitchell

January 22, 2012 § 1 Comment

We spotted Mary in Buckhead wearing a sporty but sophisticated look.  She was also carrying the coolest vintage Louis Vuitton bag.

We ran into Mitchell at the Atlanta Contmporary Arts Center, dressed dapper as usual.  Between Mary and Mitchell’s different takes on a simple white button down, you can really see how important this piece is to any wardrobe.

Thanks again, Mary and Mitchell.

 

 

Pastels, Continued…

January 20, 2012 § 1 Comment

In case you were wondering…

All of the pieces from our last post are from American Apparel, with the exception of the shoes, accessories, jackets, and the beaded top in the fourth look.

Here are several more gorgeous pastel pieces that you can incorporate into your Spring wardrobe as well.  Happy Shopping!

Retro Bathing Suit from Anthropologie

Underwire Two-Piece from Anthropologie

Pastel Denim from J. Crew

Pastel Sperry Topsiders

Striped Short by O’2nd

Tiered Dress by ASOS

Lace Dress by ASOS

Beaded Dress by ASOS

Lace Blouse by ASOS

Zipper Tee by ASOS

Ankle Jeans by Current/Elliott

Leather Short by Alice By Temperley

Denim Flares by Christopher Kane x J Brand

Color Block Top by Madison Marcus

Dress by The Row

Pleated Maxi Skirt by Nasty Gal

Blouse by Nasty Gal

Button-Down by Nasty Gal

Two Tone Maxi Dress by Nasty Gal

Shoulder-less Button-Down by Nasty Gal

Sleeveless Button-Down by Nasty Gal

Step Into the Light this Spring with these Lovely Pale Hues

January 18, 2012 § 4 Comments

Tis the season for PASTELS!  Well, almost anyway…

Not only do these lovely pale shades remind us of our beautiful, and may we say very chic, grandmothers, Yaya and Nannan, but pastels also have relevance today, as they appeared time and time again in so many of the Spring 2012 RTW collections.

Pastels are a welcome departure from months of bright neon and blaring prints and are actually quite flattering on all skin tones.  Here we’ll show you how to make them modern by pairing these pale tones with neutrals.  It’s easy and fun!  You’ll discover a whole new way of looking at the blacks, grays, tans, and cremes in your wardrobe.  Pastels are also really easy to pair with other pastels, making color-blocked looks an absolute breeze!

Enjoy!

Spring 2012 RTW Runway Inspirations…

CHANEL:

LOUIS VUITTON:

RODARTE:

DIANE VON FURSTENBERG:

3.1 PHILLIP LIM:

PRADA:

CAROLINA HERRERA:

CALVIN KLEIN COLLECTION:

GIAMBATTISTA VALLI

VALENTINO:

RICHARD NICOLL:

All photographs courtesy of Style.com

From San Francisco to Paris

January 17, 2012 § 2 Comments

Today, we met the kind and charming Cameron Adams of AtlantaStreetFashion for a morning brew at San Francisco Coffee Roasting Co. to discuss our mutual interests in style, culture, and Atlanta itself.  We also discussed future collaborations that will be coming in the not-too-distant future.  (Try to control your excitement–we’ve tried, to no avail!)

Thus began our adventure, which took us all the way from San Francisco to Paris.  After the coffee kicked in, the three of us decided to scope out one of our favorite Atlanta antique stores, Paris on Ponce, and we were pleasantly surprised to find that the store has recently been re-merchandised.  Now, it’s much more shoppable and aesthetically cohesive.

While there, we made a couple new friends–John Gibson, a talented interiors genius with a tart sense of humor who sells a unique assortment of one-of-a-kind wares within the store, and Nicolette, a sweet and sassy sales associate with a penchant for burlesque (and great jewelry).

We had to share…

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Ali and Cameron, outside Paris on Ponce.

Ali after having taken a photo of Cameron, outside Paris on Ponce.

Nicolette’s bracelet, Paris on Ponce.

John’s shop, Paris on Ponce.

John’s shop, Paris on Ponce.

John’s shop, Paris on Ponce.

Detail shot of side table in John’s shop, Paris on Ponce.

Terrarium shop, Paris on Ponce.

Terrarium shop, Paris on Ponce.

Terrarium shop, Paris on Ponce.

Sexy rattan and metallic clutch, Paris on Ponce.

Look Who We Found in the Pages of Veranda Magazine!

January 16, 2012 § 4 Comments

Ms. Birney Robert!

Remember Birney in her gorgeous velvet gown??

Well her lovely face has popped up again–this time in the form of a portrait that graces the pages of this month’s Veranda, as part two of a four-part series of full page ads for renowned artist James Wall.

Mr. Wall studied art at the Atlanta College of Art (ACA), which has since merged with the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), in the early 1970s, and has recently returned to Atlanta for permanent residence.  And we are so glad he has.

Mr. Wall is not only incredibly talented, but he is also a lovely soul who we’ve had the pleasure of getting to know over the past few years.  James was kind enough to let us photograph him in his beautifully decorated home, which is truly a work of art in its own right.  His abode is rich in texture, color, and whimsy and is as warm and inviting as the artist himself.

We hope you enjoy the photographs.

A statement from the artist:

I have returned to Atlanta after 35 years, having first lived here in the early 70’s.  The landscape has changed but the people are still warm and the style is still gracious.  I’m presently living very near where I attended ACA all those years ago and I have a sense of belonging here.  I feel at home.

 James Wall

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