A Sunny Disposition

A cheery little note
to perk up your day:

When Life Gives You Lemons
Isn't it adorable? That happy little bag shown above is the Kate Spade NY Bella Pouch

Happy Friday!

It's been a hectic week!
Things sometimes get rough, don't they?
They spin out of control.
And we just can't catch all the balls we're juggling.

But you know what I say to that?
When life gives you lemons...
make limoncello!

Life's sunniest fruit reminds me,
with it's crisp scent of summer,
that sometimes literally focusing on the bright side
is just what I need!

A Sunny Disposition
1. Silk Plant. 2. Keds x Kate Spade New York Pointer, $75. 3. Botanical citrus bowls s/4, $50. 4. Dolce & Gabbana lemon blossom-print bikini top, $289. 5. Rebecca Minkoff Fun in the Sun sunglasses pouch, $75. 6. Burt's Bee's lemon butter cuticle cream, $5.99. 7. Henri Bendel lemon verbena signature candle, $30.

Now how 'bout that limoncello?


How to Remix Closet Staples

{Rethink the Standard}
Photo Credit: Taylor Tomasi Hill featured on Street Style Seconds.

I've made pretty my entire life. And I mean as early as metallic maryjanes with my private school uniform, like single digits early. I've spent the better part of my days cultivating fabulous and exploring the peaks and valleys of style, leaving zhuzhed manes and popped collars in my wake.

Here's what I've learned in my life-long devotion, the key to completely evolved style:

Do whatever the heck you want.

Yes, you read that correctly. Break the rules to your heart's content. Don't just wear as purchased. Take a cue from it-girl, Taylor Tomasi Hill, shown above with a plaid shirt atypically tied around her hips, a wonderfully unexpected complement to her floral blazer. Layer, and mix and match with abandon.

I'm sure you're thinking, "That's great and everything, but how do I pull something like that off?" It's your lucky day: Welcome to the first installation of our latest series. In the next few weeks I'll teach you easy ways to shop your closet and reinterpret what you have in fresh, fashion forward ways--to rethink the standard.

A no-brainer outfit, just one color, head to toe.
Image Credits (from left): Cara Delevingne for DKNY S/S 2013 Ad Campaign. Cintia Dicker by Andre Passos for Glamour Brazil March 2013. St. John Resort 2013, Look 10 via Style.Com.

I see it oh-so-many times, closets that are veritable seas of black and beige. I get it, they're easy to work with. But instead of reaching for that safe pairing, say blah-beige top + black trousers, put your color crutch to work in the chicest way possible: one color, head to toe. Try it: beige blouse, beige skirt, nude pumps, tortoise accents. All black is a classic non-combo, try it with red lips and a slick side part--you'll look the part of an off-duty model no time! But don't stop there, try it with any color--red dress, red pumps, you get it. Part those closet doors, ladies, and look at that sea of neutrals in a whole new way.

Take note! All white is très chic for spring. Just, please, keep the ensemble nice and tailored, lest people should assume you're into alternative religious practices or something.

Walk over to your husband's side of the closet...and steal his shirts!
Image Credits (from left): Julie Sarinana of Sincerely Jules via Who What Wear. Madison Australia August 2010 (photography: Simon Upton; styling: Rachel Wayman) via Fashioned by Love. Cara's Cliché.
If you're deep in the cozy confines of commitment with a man, congratulations. Not only do you have a hunk-o-beef to share your joy with etc., etc. You've also got yourself a whole other badass wardrobe to play with. Because being in love means never having to say I'm sorry [for borrowing your stuff and never giving it back]. Happily, the menswear trend has shown no sign of slowing down. And best of all, there's no need to slim the silhouette with constricting belts or tummy-tucking shapewear. Revel in the freedom our male counterparts enjoy...let it hang. This whole look is about being stylish and comfortable.

Take note! Keep it polished with a fitted bottom, such as your favorite skinnies or a sleek pencil skirt. And--this is the only time I'll ever say this--you must press his shirt.

Mix floral prints with everything.
Image Credits (from left): Image via Shoe Daydreams. Photography by The SartorialistHanneli Mustaparta for Vogue.com, by Marko MacPherson.

Chances are you have a few floral frocks hanging in your closet this very moment. How can I know this? Because florals are en vogue. Every. Single. Spring. Perk up those posies, dolls, by bravely paring them with anything. This season, everything goes with floral prints: plaids, stripes, other florals. I dare you to confidently go where no wallflower has gone before. Take a good look at your wardrobe. How can you mix it up?

Take note! For you office-dwellers, no doubt you have an armory of tastefully printed button-downs. Let them see the light of day (not just those harsh fluorescents) layered under or tied over your flirty floral sundresses.

Check back for next week's styling tips, and until then:

Image Credit: "Street Chic" editorial by Tommy Ton for Harpers Bazaar.

Indulge the silly, fully commit to fleeting moments of fancy, and never question your taste. If you believe it works, it will work. If you enjoy dressing, you will take that joy to wherever and whomever your day leads you. You will dazzle them all.

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Valentine's Day Outfit Inspiration

{Think Pink}

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Image courtesy of Lace & Locks.

 A little inspiration for your Valentine's Day look...

Three gorgeous color combos featuring pink!

You're welcome. ;)

* Pink & Red *
blanco christmas ads1 Diana Farkhullina Models SuiteBlancos Christmas & Gift Collection
Diana Farkhullina for SuiteBlanco via Fashion Gone Rogue
Try it with...
this elegant rosette chignon, tutorial here.

 * Pink & Leopard*
Image courtesy of Atlantic-Pacific
Try it with...
a classic half-up 'do & simple pearl stud earrings, like Ms. Palermo.

Olivia Palermo via Stolen from Grandma

* Pink & Gold*
Image courtesy of The Blonde Salad

Try it with...
a delicate vintage-inspired bracelet.
Image courtesy of Dreamy Vintage.
Coming up: Learn how to remix closet staples through clever styling...Stay tuned!


Back In Style Hosts The Junior League of Miami

     {Featuring: Yours Truly}

     Last week I had the pleasure and privilege of showing the lovely ladies of the Junior League of Miami how to remix closet staples through clever styling (more on said clever styling later). Hosted by the stylish Sheffield MacIntyre at her local Back In Style showroom--which is nothing less than a treasure trove of vintage awesomeness--I got to play with fabulous frocks and talk about what I love best, making pretty!

     And while I'll absolutely share my styling tips (again, more on that later) I just have to show you some of Ms. Sheffield's serious entertaining ingenuity! (Shameless self-plug: Check out my Pinterest board of the same name.) I just loved how she stayed true to her brand by seamlessly integrating various vintage finds in a modern way. And I was so inspired by her feminine and floral table settings full of nostalgic charm:



Currently Inspired: Dior Fall 2013
Dior Fall 2013 Ad Campaign

     I was absolutely mesmerized by this Dior Fall 2013 ad. I pretty much died for all of it--the coat, the bag...those SHOES! But the sartorial seduction was made complete by that honkin' eyeball of a pearl ring. I can imagine myself wearing it with everything, sporting its generous mass counterintuitively on my dainty pinky, looking for every opportunity to elevate it pretentiously--especially whilst drinking/eating.



{2 fool-proof formulas}

     Is your coffee table a barren gathering place for water-rings and remote controls? Don't you wish you could put together an artful vignette that showcases your personality and enhances the style of the room? Um...heck yeah you do. When was the last time anyone gave you a compliment about what a lovely remote you have? Fret not, friend: Here are two easy ways to style your coffee table, complete with pictures and fool-proof diagrams.
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