Scalloped Edges

For some reason, I have long been attracted to anything with a scalloped edge. Perhaps my affinity is reminiscent of my younger years when I’d manufacture various greeting cards from scratch and in doing so, cut out a nice scalloped edge around three sides of the card.  The scalloped edge is soft and girly and can add a lovely touch to an otherwise simple piece of clothing. These are the pieces I am currently lusting after. And when it comes to the Chloe bikini, “currently lusting after” actually means lusting after for the last few years. Soon!

1. Warehouse Scalloped Dress at Asos

2. Chloe Scalloped Textured Halterneck Bikini

3. Topshop Lookbook

4. H&M Conscious Collection Dress

5. The Kooples Suit Short

6. See by Chloe Scallop Detail Top

7. Twenty8Twelve Driben Bow Shorts

8. Scalloped Eyelet Short

9. Orange Broderie Hem Swing Vest

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Perfection Realized

Manolo Blahnik for Liberty Scarf, Super Sunglasses, Marciano Tank, Topshop Shorts, Traffic People Clutch, Jeffrey Campbell Shoes

Every now and then I experience a fashion moment where I feel like everything is put together just the way it should be. Believe me, these moments are few and far between, as with most young women, putting together the perfectly coordinated head-to-toe ensemble can be timely and expensive. Thus, usually I settle for getting some of it right, which for me, usually means I’ve done a good job with the clothes, but the shoes and the accessories could use a little work. Forgive me for basking in a moment of self-glory, but this outfit, worn for sunset cocktails at the rooftop pool of the Gansevoort in South Beach was one of my better fashion moments. Consequently, there are a few things going on here that are worthy of further discussion:

1) Turbans might fall into that category of looks that are frequently being referred to as “man-repelling” but aren’t they wonderful? Absolutely, I think. This scarf is a collaboration between Liberty (last mentioned here) and Manolo Blahnik, but I call it my fav London purchase. The scarf is big enough to be worn several ways, and it is so incredibly colorful that depending on how you fold it, you can get several different looks out of it.

2) While I’m not too girly, for some reason I die for anything with lace, ruffles, and bows. I fell in love with these shorts, which I also picked up in London from Topshop at Oxford Circus. They came in black too, and I’m not exaggerating when I say that I spent a good 45 minutes at Topshop engaged in the single-issue debate over which color to purchase. I eventually chose these because black seemed like the safe choice for me.

3) Ummm, do you notice the little skulls on this clutch? Ok, I love skulls. No you don’t understand, I love skulls. I automatically buy anything with a skull on it and I usually don’t regret any of my purchases.

Honestly, this look incorporates almost everything I love. What do you think? Perfection maybe???

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This you will hear me say again and again: I’m not the girliest of girls. At least this is the conclusion I have drawn after having spent significant time with some very girly girls. Recently, however, I started doing something rather girly. I started painting my nails regularly.  And what I have found is that if you are short on cash and can’t afford a trip to the mall, a trip to your nearest beauty supply store for a new fabulous nail polish will usually do the trick. Admittedly, nail polish is not the same as a new pair of shoes, but it is a great way to add something fresh to your look, and (possibly true fact) you may actually end up wearing it more than a new pair of shoes. Here are some of the colors I am loving for spring.

1. Essie “Knockout Pout”

2. OPI “Planks A Lot”

3. Chanel “Beige Petale”

4. MAC “Quite Cute”

5. Chanel “Mimosa”

6. Essie “Coat Azure”

7. Deborah Lippmann “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”

8. Essie “Topless & Barefoot”


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Miami Brights

12th Street by Cynthia Vincent Dress, Karen Walker Sunglasses, Dolce Vita Sandals, Yves Saint Laurent Ring
I spent this weekend in the ultra-glam South Beach which was the extreme opposite from my last vacation destination (London). I first visited Miami two years ago and have been involved in a once-yearly love affair with the city ever since, but hoping (fingers crossed) to make it more frequent. It is wonderfully diverse in a way that makes you feel like you aren’t quite in America anymore, which is really what a vacation should feel like if you ask me. I found this 12th Street by Cynthia Vincent dress a few weeks before I left for Miami, but exercised praise worthy restraint in saving the dress for a first time wear in South Beach. Of course, unbeknownst to me, the chosen day for its debut ended up being a stroll down Ocean Drive during the Gay Pride Festival, which made be feel considerably overdressed. Maxi dresses are all the rage this spring, however, so naturally I received many compliments from the fashion savvy festival-goers and it was a fabulous time had by all.
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Blue Jean Baby, L.A. Lady

Seven for all Mankind jeans, Equipment Shirt, Super Sunglasses

Years ago, I wrote something that sounded a little like a tirade on how much I loathed skinny jeans. And then over time, my disdain wore off a bit, and I went out and bought a pair. And I’ve been wearing them ever since. But they still aren’t my favorite. Consequently, I was thrilled by the return of the wide leg/bell bottom jean. Definitely a more flattering fit for almost all body types, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this style will be around for awhile. Not because they need to be trendy to wear, but because when they are trendy, there are more options available for purchase.

This pair is the Seven for all Mankind “Bellbottom.” It is high-waisted so it works wonderfully for those of us who have a little something to hide in the waist area. Plus, these jeans are long (the way all jeans should be made if you ask me). 

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