Cardigan comeback

beyond vintage at saks

Beyond Vintage at Saks

I have always loved the look of a simple cardigan.  My all time favorite is a cashmere with matching buttons, usually black of course.

Now that I am in Florida, a cardigan is key…..to take everywhere. On, off, on again the temperature inside and out is always changing.  Black……..not so much!

So in search of a few for my closet, and one for the car, I decided I needed more than one or two.

The one thing I like about a cardigan, at least for me is that I carry my extra weight right smack dab in the middle. So wearing a short cardigan is my preference. Getting older is a challenge as pants are cut for the perfect silhouette, so making sure I don’t have a baggy butt is now key.  Gravity…….definitely overrated!

Yoga a few times a week and of course my favorite invention, 5% lycra in every pant should help, at least for the next decade!

In the meantime….here are some of my favorites and where you may be able to snag one for yourself.

bright cardi

Bright color block

This one seems like a good choice to add color to my very black (no more) wardrobe.  I think it would be best paired with my JBrand cropped skinny dark rinse jeans but also like the idea of wearing with DL1961 Opal Angel skinnies for a chic dressier look.  A nice sleek nude sandal will finish it off.

 

 

halogen cardigan

Halogen

I love this look for the working girl.  Very easy with a vintage appeal to it.  A recent Elle issue is touting mint green as a comeback……….I see a lot of markdowns on the sale racks come March.  You may want to wait for a deep discount on this one. But……..over a white tank top and dark jeans with a cute sandal?  Priceless!

 

 

Foil dot = walmart

Walmart

I may have to get to Walmart and see what this is all about.  If done in the right synthetic (is there such a thing?) it could be cute.  Again, don’t try to be too serious so just a white tank and ripped up jeans. If you want to do with a pencil skirt, keep it charcoal and wear one size smaller than normal for a sexy take.

 

 

free people

Free People

Love Free People and the way it is layered over an animal print silk is gorgeous.  The deep wine color is also a hit in my book.  I would put this over a light brown thin wale corduroy crop with a distressed Frye boot. Easy and effortless, but a great look.

 

 

 

Intarsia cardigan

Intarsia

 

I love Intarsia.  This you can get at JCrew, LLBean or Brooks Brothers.  I like it best with a pencil skirt but could also see it paired with a black crop pant, sling back Manolos and over a simple white blouse (don’t tuck).

 

 

 

 

Madmen

Vintage Madmen

 

This is so vintage and soooo Madmen!    Unfortunately very few gals can wear this short style from the 50’s and even fewer can pull off the mustard color.   The good news is you can find them in just about every thrift store in a variety of colors.  Good luck on your search!

 

 

 

moon collection

Moon collection

This is a no brainer…….add a Kelly Bag in this amazing shade of green and pair it with a pair of dark ripped up jeans and you and Kate Moss can meet for lunch!Love this style as it is like the perfect jean jacket.  Don’t get hung up on matching these sweaters.  Add a pair of charcoal grey pants for a classic look…..over a striped shirt!   Why not?

 

 

 

so cute with frames

J Crew

 

OK…..I just want to look like this girl.  Nice easy hairstyle, awesome frames for her gorgeous face and an easy charcoal wool slim cardigan.  Wear it anywhere with or without a belt and over black jeans, a pencil skirt or even a leather mini……..perfect for every occasion!

 

 

trend united

Trend United

Sweet as could be!  Would be even sexier with curves but either way a great little vintage look.  Here over a short organza skirt but I would love to see it with a white chanel tweed skirt.  Dress it up or wear with jeans, a really great look!

 

 

 

white and warren

White and Warren

Classic, sexy, wear alone over a sexy cami or as shown with a hot white tank and a pair of those colored jeans that still have the tags on.  Go on, wear them with your easy cardigan and a pair of sexy kitten heels and see what happens!

 

 

This week I will leave you with a new favorite quote:

Regret

 

 

 

SO FAR……….so good!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shabby or Chic?

This week I want to share one of my Home Decor projects.  Though I have done just a few, each time I finish gives me a feeling of accomplishment.  Believe me……going from 85 mph an hour at bloomingdale’s to 15mph (number may be slightly high) here in Florida  retirement-ville…….well, let’s just say if it wasn’t 80 degrees and sunny most every day, I may be feeling a little less euphoric.  But alas………there is much to do indeed both inside and out!

This week in preparation for a new patio, I have decided to buy used furniture and recycle it.   In fact, I am getting used to recycling most everything here. Getting used patio furniture on craigslist, at thrift stores or garage sales,  is really easy and  inexpensive.  I snagged the two chairs in this feature from a garage sale this past weekend for $5 each.  My husband Mark had visions of some REALLY BIG CUSHIONY patio furniture, but that was not my vision at all.  Everything I envision has to have a beachy kind of feel to it. Charming, sweet and vintage.

I thought the chili pepper motif on the chair pads was kind of cute, but it was plastic (not your friend when wearing shorts in Florida) and there was a nail poking through the pad.

Some of you may know that my 90 year old mother Gloria is here for a visit.   Gloria decided after 5 years of not sewing that she might like to go back to embroidering.  So off we went to “Hobby Lobby”……..yes, that is really the name.  While we were looking for panels, thread and some souvenirs for her senior friends at weekly bingo,  I decided I might take a look at some fabric to cover the chili peppers.  I found a nice “H” design that reminded me of Hermes……and I thought, this looks beachy (nautical in a way..) so I bought a yard of it for $6.99.  Then I got a package of foam for the chair cushions for $5.49 and I thought…….so far I am in to these chairs $17.48.  Not bad.   I like to paint things in a high gloss white.  Rustoleum High Gloss White paint would be about $4.  I needed two cans.  So about $26 for the two chairs.  I had hoped  to spend no more than $40 on the chairs.  Mission accomplished!

I went out to the back of the house and sprayed the two chairs about 3 coats within about 3 hours.  They came out shiny and sparkling.   Later I went to my studio space (the garage is now my do anything area) and I decided to take all the staples and the old stuff off the chair cushions before putting on my new foam and fabric.  That was a mistake.  There were at least 50 staples in each chair and the old foam was glued on.    Anyhooooooooo, I finally got the new foam and fabric lined up and began covering my seats for my little white antique, iron chairs.   It was just like stretching a canvas.  Easy as pie!

Finally came the time to screw the chair pads back on to the chairs, flip them over and admire my finished product!  What do you think?

SHABBY?                           Or CHIC?

 

 

 

 

Stay tuned for the rest of the patio and the furniture to go with it!   I will be back at the garage sales and thrifting all next week!

 

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Go easy!

Whether traveling across the US or abroad………why not make it simple and streamlined?  We often spend far too much time packing and re-packing, making sure we have everything we will need in case of a snowstorm, hurricane or heat wave.  I have chatted with many clients through the years about how stressful it is for them to pack when traveling.

Here are some simple tips from a new favorite …..   www.travelista.com

 

I don’t know about you but I want these items in my suitcase the next time I go to Paris or New York (if even in my dreams).    Wow!  Everything to mix and match while looking stylish and put together.

Who knew it could be so easy? I don’t see any undies, bras or socks so I will just leave that to your discretion.

Why not splurge and get a few new pieces of sexy lingerie to tour around the city?

You decide but be prepared!

 

 

 

Here is the list in a nutshell:

Clothing

Little Black dress – keep it simple so you can wear multiple ways                                 Black blazer – slightly structured to dress up or down                                             Trenchcoat – classic short or 3/4 will go with everything shown                                     Animal print blouse (or geometric, floral….etc.)                                                      Darkrinse jeans – skinny or bootcut……whatever style you love!                                Black silk tunic                                                                                                                     Striped long sleeve or 3/4 layering t-shirt or silk top                                                    Black leggings                                                                                                                   Black silk or cotton t shirt                                                                                               Black silk or cotton tank top (looser and longer the better for layering)                       Nude silk or cotton t shirt                                                                                              Little black skirt either short or pencil

Shoes and Accessories   

Boots – I like that she shows Cognac boots which can go with everything and anything!Sneakers – make them funky like keds high tops, LL Bean deck shoes or animal print Sandals – again just neutral such as nude or even metallic such as bronze               Ballet flats – make it simple and go with black or nude                                              Satchel to hold everything – Black or Cognac                                                              Little black clutch bag (hopefully with a hidden strap inside)                                      Belts – one woven neutral and one simple skinny black                                          Fabulous scarf (prefer wool if not allergic for added warmth) in a deep color or pattern    Fashion Jewelry to give it some sass.  One long pendant and one short chunky!           Hat – Even if only for added protection…….can’t do floppies?  Add a Baseball cap       Bracelet in a fabulous metal, leather or beaded ……make it eye catching!                   Sunglasses of course!  Protect those peepers ladies

Now to make it even easier to pack, and even lighter………you can travel in……

Jeans, Tank, Tunic, Belt, Pendant, Hat, Scarf, Trench and Boots while carrying the Satchel filled with your makeup bag (keep it light and 3 oz.) and other hidden gems. 

DON’T FORGET THE SUNSCREEN!  and by all means… Have a great time!                                                

 

Rainy days and Mondays…………

As a stylist and a lover of toddlers and kids in general,  I live vicariously through my clients to feature some of the cutest little stylish rainwear out there for kids!

As a kid, my most favorite memories are of running outside to splash in the huge puddles after a rainstorm and if we were lucky, we got to put some hail in the freezer.  I remember my very first raincoat which was a basic yellow slicker, but I thought I was the cat’s meow when I wore it to school in the second grade. I wore it if even the slightest chance of rain.

Kids remember so many things but their memories of clothing……..or maybe just Halloween costumes will last a lifetime.   These are some of my favorite rainwear looks for the little ones.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

adorable!……..can you tell I have mostly neices?  But my Alex has my heart and I can totally see him in the Batman boots or the Fireman slicker.

I know you girls absolutely know where to get these items for the precious ones………but a few sites I saw and loved were…splish splash and Zulily….Target, Walmart and of course my beloved Bloomingdale’s have plenty of cute kids clothes.

 

 

So when you are shopping for the kids clothes……make it memorable for them.  If they are having fun in it……they will remember the moment…….and so will you!

Don’t forget Spot the dog!