"Feeling unique is a habit you shouldn't give up."

- Alberto Fermani

"Anyone can get all dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress in their off days that is the most intriguing."

-Alexander Wang


Wedding Dress Dreaming

I love the wedding dress I was married in. And it was perfect for me at that time of my life and for the style of my wedding. I still look at it today, hanging in an upstairs closet, and think it is beautiful. BUT, if I were getting married today, now, much (much) older than I was, things would of course be different. My wedding would be smaller and more intimate. I would probably bankrupt my parents on flowers alone. And I just might do something like this dress. Hair pulled back in a messy bun with a small flower, a couple of tennis bracelets, a pair of earrings and I'm good to go. I wish I could have another wedding (to the same husband, of course!) just so I could wear it!



Available on etsy and just like the one's I had as a kid!

Schutz available on shopbop.com
Michael Kors Yolanda boot

Dolce Vita available on cusp.com

Clogs conjure all kinds of style visions, many of which are not that attractive. They are often heavy and clunky. They certainly call to mind the 1970's (which is a good thing to me but maybe not so good for a lot of people). They also remind me of 3rd grade when I had a pair of Dr. Scholl's slip-on wooden heeled sandals in navy blue that you couldn't walk quietly in if you tried. I'm sure my teacher hated them. More recently, they may call to mind the croc invasion of which I avidly disapprove unless you truly are just gardening in them. But if the trend wasn't big enough for you last season, you might as well get on the bandwagon now. Clogs are everywhere and there is a lot to choose from. You can go with a subtle clog detail like on this Dolce Vita pump. If you're really in to it, maybe something more hard core like this Michael Kors over-the-knee boot. Or there is always the updated yet classic version like this one by Schutz. I am a fan. I will be wearing them. Just maybe not at the playground.


A New Bag for Fall

I only buy a new bag every couple of years because I usually spend a pretty penny on them and I always buy one that I really love. I wear them to death. But I think it's time to get a new one for this fall. I have the slouchy bucket bag that will still work with the trends but I'm really wanting an across-the-body bag. I wouldn't mind a more structured, lady-like bag, too but I know I'll wear the other more so it's my top priority. I'm on the hunt but here's what I like so far.


How Do You Define Your Style?

Watching Rachel Zoe this week, I was intrigued by a comment she made regarding her style. She was talking about packing for a trip to fashion week and asking how she should dress, rocker Rachel, Chanel Rachel with a little rocker thrown in, boho Rachel (no, it was too cold for boho Rachel) and the list went on. I guess it had never occured to me that she defined her own personal style in different ways. I mean, it's one thing to have a different look at work versus home/play. But her job allows her look to be for both. However, it made me feel better because I have different styles I like, too, some of which I've had a hard time reconciling in the past. Most specifically, I'm really drawn to vintage 1950's silouhettes which does not in any way jive with my usual rocker/bohemian thing. But worry no more. Some days I will be this and some days I will be that. Who knew Rachel Zoe was such a genius?


Transitional Dressing

This is the time when everyone starts talking about transitional dressing. Hard to imagine when it is still 100 degrees outside. Despite the high heat, I'm still seeing women with big scarves around their necks or boots with skirts. Personally, I would be dying of heat stroke but, hey, maybe they're just really excited for fall. That said, when it DOES actually cool off, it is good to have a game plan for late September/early October. Here are a couple of ways I like to transition.

1. Add layers. Not a lot but maybe a vest or sweater (lightweight, of course). Maybe even a jacket for the evening.

2. Change up sandals for boots with bare legs.

3. Break out your jeans! Keep it more bare on top so it doesn't look too heavy yet.

4. Wear a little more makeup. In the summer, I frequently go without a lot of makeup, save mascara, a little bronzer, and lip balm. But eyeshadow and lipstick don't seem as heavy and sticky once the humidity calms down.

5. Add more jewelry. Really, you should always be doing this but, at the hottest of the hot, it can be hard to layer on bracelets and necklaces if they are making you sweat. Once it cools, they won't, so no more excuses.

Here's a cute transitional outfit:

and another: