Archive | May, 2011

Stripe A Pose

28 May

When I think of stripes I instantly think of old prison uniforms, sailors and over the top preppy folk on the Cape. One thing is for certain – this Summer stripes are hip. If you don’t have dresses, shirts and even bags donned with stripes, you’re a step behind. One great thing about this trend is that stripes can be casual, professional and fun. Look around and you’ll find great pieces for day or night at a range of prices. What are some musts?

A maxi dress – so super comfy – try this one from Ella Moss. For something more fitting, I like this one from Reiss

A fun work blouse – something bright and color-blocked – Zara has some cute options

Take anywhere tote – practical and fashionable – this one from Anthropologie is a best bet. For something more beachy, try this design from J. Crew

A light-weight scarf – can be worn around the neck, in your hair or tied onto your bag – I like this one from Banana Republic

A striped sweater – perfect for work or play and looks great with white pants – Milly’s bateau-neck design is classic

A fancy dress skirt – something that makes you want to twirl around and drink tea – this Kate Spade design fits the bill

A stripy sandal – a great accent for a simple outfit – Kate Spade’s nautical inspired espadrille is the perfect weekend go-to

Bathing suit – don’t be afraid – stripes won’t make you look bigger than you are, at least not on a bikini. I love this one from J Crew

Short and sweet dresses – I love easy summer dresses – this mod design takes stripes to a new level. For something a little more delicate, try this one from White House Black Market. Looking for easy? This cotton number from Urban Outfitters is as easy as it gets

A throw-on and go skirt – perfect with a basic tee or tank – I’m going to buy this one from Old Navy

A beach hat – something feminine and carefree – like this one from the Gap

I am clearly inspired! Time for me to go add some stripes to my closet. If you’re shopping around Boston pop into Intermix, Saks, Zara, Wish or Gap for some great finds.

Wink,

Style Girls

The Pink List

24 May

Attention all Boston mommies and Boston mommies-to-be – there is a new list in town and you should really be on it. It’s called The Pink List. Started earlier this year by Alexandra Bier Abramowitz and Kate Caulfield, The Pink List is a members-only club for stylish Boston mammas that offers a load of member discounts on shops around the Boston area. When I first heard of this I was a bit skeptical since there are just so many discount sites now (Groupon, Social Living, Rue La La, etc.) that you can subscribe to for free but The Pink List is a bit different. They don’t focus on daily deals, they focus on providing a community of shops and services that can help moms get great deals on stuff for kiddes and themselves at an everyday discount.

For a $75 annual registration fee you can get access to discounts at a growing list of shops – and it really is growing! As of late, The Pink List is adding 2-3 partners a week. They are also hosting a range of events that offer opportunities for shopping and networking with other mommies. What stores are taking part in The Pink List? Visit their site for a full listing but here’s a sampling:

Kiwi Baby – 20% off clothing and shoes
Mulberry Road – 20% off merchandise
Flat of the Hill – 20% off merchandise
Twig – 20% of all cut flowers
Mint Julep – 10% off merchandise
Rugg Road Paper Company – 10% off merchandise
French Dressing – 20% off merchandise
Red Wagon – 10% off clothing and shoes

And the list goes on!

If you haven’t yet had a chance to check this out, you should. I just signed up!

Wink,

Style Girl

I Am A Warrior

18 May

It’s time to channel your inner warrior. Think Tina Turner in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. The tough shoe has arrived for the warm months and I am ready and willing to rock the look. Leather, buckles, straps, hardware, platforms…it’s all the trend. So how can you wear this look without looking like you need to carry a weapon? Here are some ideas:

1) Pair these shoes with flowy fabrics – pantsuits, jumpers, maxi dresses – the soft fabrics balance the look

2) Wear them with short shorts. Shorts are short this season so elongate your leg and sex it up a bit

3) Because a lot of the shoes are super high, it’s a perfect invitation to pair them with skirts – particularly casual choices like denim

Some of these shoes are a bit overkill like the shoes pictured above, this clown-like pair and maybe these (neutral colored but way too complicated). But many are just fun and edgy and when paired with the right outfit they can look great. Here are some of my favorites:

Michael Kors strikes a good balance

Tahari doesn’t disappoint – love this color

Aldo delivers cheap and chic

An edgy and pretty option with soft leather by Cecilia

Luxe and lovely by Fendi

Jessica Simpson has a few great looks this season. I like this one

Love the subtle hardware on this pair by Gucci

I wouldn’t spend a fortune on a pair of warrior sandals but I think it’s worth jumping on board with the trend seeing that you can find a pair at all price points. They also tend to flatter most since they make the legs look a bit longer (who doesn’t want that??)

Throw these on your weekend shopping list.

Wink,

Style Girl

Store of the Week – Passport

12 May

Nestled away on Brattle Street in Harvard Square is a great boutique that opened in 2008 and has remained one of my local favorites – Passport. Passport owner Jessica Good stocks the shop with accessories,  luggage and comfy, practical clothing for women on the go (literally!). From fresh cotton tees from Vince and Three Dots to fantastic carry-all bags from MZ Wallace, you can get stylish and plane ready in an instant by stepping foot indoors. The sad news? After three years Passport is closing its doors at the end of the month. Although she hopes to open a new location towards the end of 2011, there are no guarantees. For the next few weeks you can get 25% off everything in the store so definitely pop in.

Although Passport is closing, you can still shop online for some of the great brands it carries. Here are some of my favorites:

Bric’s duffle bags

Vince drawstring tie dress

White + Warren cashmere travel wraps

Canvas pouches and luggage tags by Saltbox

A reminder to all my readers to hit the streets and shop local when you can. Small business is critical to keeping the diverse fabric of our communities in tact.

Wink,

Style Girl

Love You, Lanvin

10 May

I just love Lanvin, especially their ready-to-wear. Although a bit rich for my wallet (I only have a scarf and clutch – no ready-to-wear for me), I love to watch what they send down the runway. The clothing is classic and sophisticated without being too stuffy. I will own a few outfits someday…but until then I will marvel from a distance.

The March edition of In Style had a great feature entitled Lessons from Lanvin where designer Alber Elbaz spreads some of his wisdom. It was a great article so I thought I’d share it in case you missed it…

Lesson 1: Wear the type of clothes that let you be who you really are (be able to strut in outfits for office, home or play)

Lesson 2: Choose comfortable fits (highlight your assets while being able to move freely)

Lesson 3: Take a high-fashion approach to lower-priced clothing (don’t hoard on bargains – wait for a piece that satisfies and looks high quality)

Lesson 4: Trust the mirror (stop long enough to look in it – if you don’t like what you see, change)

Lesson 5: Buy shoes to walk in (flats are in so embrace it)

“Fashion is instinctive and sensual. Learn to love what you wear. It should feel like eating chocolates…without the calories.”  – Alber Elbaz

Now isn’t that the truth.

Wink,

Style Girl

The Markets Are Here!

3 May

YAY! The markets are coming back. That makes me so happy.

The SoWa Open Market “opened” this past weekend welcoming a slew of fans and more new and different artists than last year. Located off Harrison Avenue, this market is convenient and full of goodies. In addition to arts and crafts there are a slew of organic farmers, local bakeries and (the newest addition) food trucks offering up some yummy dishes like pulled pork and cupcakes. The market is open on Sundays through October so be sure to check it out.

Another market I’m looking forward to is the Copley Square Farmers Market. This small market magically appears every Tuesday and Friday in front of Trinity Church starting in mid-May. Although there are a few artists sprinkled throughout, this is mainly a fruit/veggie/flower and baked goods market. It’s the perfect reason to venture outside the office and is also the perfect place to pick up some lunch or fresh goods for dinner.

What would I love to see? A permanent all-season public market that provides a place for Bostonians to shop local, shop organic and shop fresh. Want the same thing? Check out the Boston Public Market Association. This is a group hard at work trying to make this dream a reality. Get involved!

For other markets in your area, check out this site.

Wink,

Style Girl

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