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Holiday Party Looks

The holiday season is here, and social calendars are in full swing! It’s so much fun to get dressed up for a night out, and finding the perfect look is key to perfecting my joy.

Black-tie optional means a cocktail dress is perfectly appropriate and the same goes for a long gown, which makes the possibilities endless and the decision even harder. I really wanted to keep my entire look under $300 so I’m planning to wear jewelry I already own and hopefully shoes too. Many of the shoes below are just eye candy, as most people own go-to metallic or black pumps for special occasions such as these. And great news, dresses are on sale!

This is the cutest Ted Baker Snake Embossed Neoprene dress, perfect for a cocktail party or black-tie optional (or black-tie, according to some). You can find this dress at Harrods. The current price is $258 USD. Obviously, these Christian Louboutin Mea Culpa Flared Suede Pumps are HOT! If you can do it at $895 per pair, then do it! Husband or Santa, if you’re reading this, I wear a size 38. And my go-to, fancy-wear Stella Casablanca earrings to finish the look.

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Halston Heritage Plunging Gathered-Waist Jersey Gown. This dress didn’t drape right on me, and made me feel hippy. It’s a gorgeous choice for someone though, and it’s now on sale at Neiman Marcus for $237! I went with vintage-looking Naomi cluster earrings and Zora crystal necklace up top and Kristin Cavallari Copertina Lt Gold Glitter Pumps down low.

 

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A Diane von Furstenberg Draped Satin Jersey Gown. Is there a theme here? Yes, I’m obsessed with a beautiful, plunging neckline, long-sleeved dress. And I’ll admit, my closet is pretty dark in general, with navy and black being my favorite colors to wear. This was a contender for me, even though it’s completely see-thru (this is what slips are for, right?). It draped perfectly and would have been stunning with this Stella & Dot Casablanca necklace and Vintage Crystal Studs I already own. The DVF gown is on sale at Saks Fifth Avenue for $317.

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This Piperlime Collection Embellished Dress is great for showing off your legs! It was a little too stiff for me and not my favorite silhouette to wear, but I tried! You can find it at Piperlime for $109.

 

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This Black Halo gown is the first dress I tried on. Not only was it over budget, but it looked terrible on me! Too bad, right? Because it’s so pretty.

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If the sky was the limit, I would be wearing this look. This Kenzo Twill Mountain Dress is to-die for! But at $965, it didn’t meet my budget for this event. I added a REISS belt to it because fit and flare is better for me when the waist is belted, just a personal preference. And look at those shoes! Love, love, love these Consuelo Calfhair Ankle Wrap Pumps by Ivy Kirzhner, currently on sale for $258 at www.lastcall.com! Hurry. And Kate Spade stud earrings and a couple of bangles too finish the look.

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This is the Bloomingdales Boutique Gown (now on sale for $223) I chose. Really, from the beginning, I wanted to wear a long gown with long sleeves. I love the beading detail around the neckline and keyhole, and it fit perfectly (aside from drastic hemming). I also had the little train removed because I think it made it a little too formal and there is nothing more annoying than people stepping on your dress all night. The beading shows up a little silver and gold in this photo, but it’s actually all silver & platinum looking. I finished the look with jewelry I already own (whoop!) from Stella & Dot, Casablanca earrings with the bottom piece removed, the Casablanca bracelet and the Deco Cocktail Ring. I’m thinking of doing a faux bob for the occasion and polishing the look with bright red lips and nails. I know I’m wearing a 4-inch heel, but shoes are still TBD, although these Caparros peep-toe heels would be a great choice, and are on sale at Lord & Taylor for $60.

 

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If you have questions or need advice, feel free to comment below. Happy holidays! XO, Krissi

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Rustic-Glam Styled Wedding Shoot

Swooned Magazine picked up and published a styled wedding shoot I worked with Sheradee Hurst Photography to create. We are so proud of this project and so grateful to all the vendors who committed to it and did an amazing job! Thanks so much Trochta’s Flowers-Floral Design, JJ Kelly-Dress, The McGranahan Barn-Venue, Mitchener Farrand-Jewelry, Cake-Amy Cakes, Videography-Little Big Films, Make-Up-Toni Marlo, Hair-Sarah Woolly Hair Care, Stationery-myheartcreative, Nail Stylist-Brianna Mock and Model, Abby Davis.

Please view “Home Sweet Oklahoma: A Rustic-Glam Shoot at the McGranahan Barn.”

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Still transitioning to fall. Hang in there!

It has officially been fall for a month! For the love, can we get some consistent mid-50 degree temps? If you’re anything like me, you’re dying for fall to actually feel like fall for more than one morning a week.

You might be thinking, “You’re just now posting about this?” I’m answering, “Please. If you’ve been wearing this stuff for weeks, you either live in Alaska or you’ve been faking a chill because you’re dying to layer up.” Guilty as charged! I’ve been layering up every chance I get. This is how I’ve been doing it and doing it and doing it.

THE BLAZER. It’s definitely time to pull those blazers out of the back of the closet if you haven’t already. It’s hard to find a more perfect fall layering piece than a blazer. This adorable Zara blazer, with it’s gathered shoulders, is perfect for this time of year and into winter. If it’s warm enough (let’s be honest, it totally is), it’s perfectly okay to be showing off what’s left of your summer glow with those shorts. If you have an inkling to wear tights under your shorts, definitely do. It’s such a fun way to flavor your look. As the day wears on and warms up, toss the blazer on the back of your chair, roll up the sleeves of your button down and continue. A pretty d’Orsay flat perfectly compliments this outfit.

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DENIM JACKET. It goes with everything you can imagine. Slinky summer dress you were about to pack away? Check. Black trousers and a silky top? check. Jumpsuit? Check. No closet should be without one.  And those booties, which you can find at Madewell, are fantastic!

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COCOON CARDI. Ahhhhhhhhh, now we are talking. This piece, it’s like a security blanket. How many days in a row can you wear it? Let’s not answer that. Get one, it will comfort you in the mornings and shelter you in the afternoons as the cold air continues to blast from the vent above your head in your office, at Target, on a plane. They are easy to acquire. They are everywhere. I would top any outfit with a hat, but the fall has your head screaming to be topped, and this hat will transition perfectly into your winter wardrobe.

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OVERSIZED COAT. I am in love with this oversized coat, dress and boots. The black dress from Madewell (yes, it’s a fave) has a perfect little leather pocket, and is going to treat you right from sunup till sundown. Wear it with these L’autre Chose suede boots or d’Orsay pumps or any color of booties. It’s so versatile. The coat is adorable over the dress, but I can see it being equally adorable over jeans and a cream colored top, would be so great over anything red, a vintage t-shirt, a crop top. The sky is the limit. Be prepared to get your money’s worth.

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LEATHER DRESS. Just go ahead. You’re not jumping the gun on seasons, and it was cold when you left the house, right? A short leather dress may or may not be something you already own, but I think you should! With a plunging V neckline and peplum style pockets, this Cameo dress is unique and adorable. I’ll soften it up a bit with a white ruffle button down for fall and easily transition it to winter with a turtle neck and tall boots. I’m obsessed with these Pour La Victoire booties, which are currently on sale at Bloomingdales. Run, don’t walk.

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Keep up the good work. I’m sure we’re going to get some perfectly cold weather soon! Cheers!

See all sets with details and follow me at http://krissifarrimond.polyvore.com. Great news! Polyvore allows you to click on a “shop similar items” tab just in case something is sold out or doesn’t meet your budget. Happy shopping!

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Family Photo Shoot: What to Wear?

Shopping for the Hopping family photo shoot took me no further than their closets. It was easy to pull together an adorable look with their own clothes. They are all dressed in blue and white (perfect for spring/summer photos) with varying patterns and little pops of color. Meredith is dressed in a blue and white striped tee, a cobalt blue full-midi skirt and a coral necklace. Nate is retro chic in blue jeans, a light blue and cobalt blue-striped button down, a grey pin-striped vest and a coral bow-tie. Eleonore is wearing a white sundress adorned with blue whales and a big, bright pink bow. Francesca is wearing a blue with white polkadots romper and a white-eyelet sun hat. They look adorable, and their pictures, taken by St. Louis photographer, Kristi Foster, turned out great!

If you’re trying to decide how to dress for your next family shoot, how about adding interest and revealing individual personalities while keeping your family photos beautiful and cohesive? Try adding your color and patterns. I love white, I really do, but I’ve seen too many pictures where the girls are wearing white sundresses and the boys are wearing khaki pants and white shirts. (The exception to this thought is a beach wedding. It could be tricky  getting around wearing a white dress. Also in this case, always wear what the bride requests. Just a tip, you’re welcome.) Adding color and patterns can be so much fun and not “too busy” at all. Just make sure to wear the same color palette so you look like you all belong in the same photo.

 

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Park City in June

Planning an early summer getaway in the mountains? I’ve got you covered. Here’s what I plan to pack for Park City in early June. With highs in the upper 60s and lows in the upper 30s, long sleeves and light sweaters will be key for comfortability. It’s likely I won’t be packing all the bags below, but two or three for sure!

 

Rag & Bone skinnies - Heritage, American Vintage basic tank top, American Eagle Shawl collar cardigan, One By Ampersand As Apostrophe Short Tote, Sam Edelman Jones Loafer, Ray-Ban Arista Aviators, YSL lip color

Rag & Bone skinnies – Heritage, American Vintage basic tank top, American Eagle Shawl collar cardigan, One By Ampersand As Apostrophe Short Tote, Sam Edelman Jones Loafer, Ray-Ban Arista Aviators, YSL lip color

 

Madewell maxi dress, Old Navy t-strap sandals, Stella & Dot Scarf and Tote, Marni Bracelet (left), Marni Wood Bracelet (top right), French Connection Neon Resin & Tiled Wood Bangle

Madewell maxi dress, Old Navy t-strap sandals, Stella & Dot Scarf and Tote, Marni Bracelet (left), Marni Wood Bracelet (top right), French Connection Neon Resin & Tiled Wood Bangle

 

Madewell C'est Bon sweater, Cubavera fedora, Rebecca Minkoff shorts, Chloe bag, River Island sandals, Ray-Ban aviators

Madewell C’est Bon sweater, Cubavera fedora, Rebecca Minkoff shorts, Chloe bag, River Island sandals, Ray-Ban aviators

 

Diane Von Furstenberg blouse, Hudson white flare denim, Miss Selfridge Metral Trim Straw Fedora, Carlo Pazolini Bag, Stella & Dot Tansy Fringe Collar & Naomi Cluster Earrings

Diane Von Furstenberg blouse, Hudson white flare denim, Miss Selfridge Metral Trim Straw Fedora, Carlo Pazolini Bag, Stella & Dot Tansy Fringe Collar & Naomi Cluster Earrings

 

Clover Canyon Dress, Alexander McQueen clutch and Lauren Ralph Lauren Gold-Tone White Square Stone Stud Earrings

Clover Canyon Dress, Alexander McQueen clutch and Lauren Ralph Lauren Gold-Tone White Square Stone Stud Earrings

 

Diane Von Furstenberg blouse, Citizens of Humanity Racer skinny jeans, Modalu handbag, River Island Sandals, Stella & Dot Cleopatra Earrings and Malta Bib Necklace

Diane Von Furstenberg blouse, Citizens of Humanity Racer skinny jeans, Modalu handbag, River Island Sandals, Stella & Dot Cleopatra Earrings and Malta Bib Necklace

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Wedding What-to-Wear

No, I haven’t been on a long, warm, sunny vacation without a computer. I’ve been hard at work planning and picking for a styled wedding shoot coming up in a few days with this cat:

www.sheradeehurstphotography.com
A couple of months back, this lovely lady photog, Sheradee Hurst, came to me with a dream of conquering a styled wedding shoot together. I say conquering because this is no project for the weary. A joint venture and vision was born. We had been toying with the idea of working together for awhile, so this is the first big step in a wonderful partnership! Since then, an amazing list of vendors have generously joined the party. From location & floral design to cake and the overall bridal look (makeup, nails, hair & jewelry), everyone is in place and ready to rock this shoot!
My initial inspiration Page for the shoot: Rustic Glam
Where the rustic and the glamorous collide…styled wedding shoot 2014

But since I’m not at liberty to divulge anything specific about the shoot, let’s look at what to wear to a wedding, all female parts played out here.
The main attraction: It’s the bride everyone is waiting with excitement to see. This is why picking the dress is typically accomplished at the very beginning of planning. Other than date and venue, it’s the most important piece on the big day. (FYI, that’s how it goes for styled wedding shoots too!) I’d die twice to wear one of these gowns if I had it to do all over again (with my beloved Patrick, of course).
The first is the loveliest work of art with it’s silk white embroidered tulle. It’s the “Illusion” gown by Monique Lhuillier. I swear she’s floating in this gown. 

And the second, but clearly second to none, is a gorgeous blush gown called “Jubilee” by Austin Scarlett. The tiered organza skirt on this is insane.  It makes me want to renew my vows for our seven-year anniversary. In the words of a dear friend, this dress “brings the fance!”

Austin Scarlett Dress
The Jenny Yoo “Annabelle” dress is gorgeous and perfectly compliments a romantic-looking wedding gown. And even though every bride says it, but it’s only sometimes true, this style is a great choice for all the bridesmaids because it can be styled 15 different ways with the coordinating sash that blends into the long skirt. Each bridesmaid can add their own twist to this look by switching up the sash. It’s offered in nine different colors, and can be found at www.bhldn.com.
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What about short? Here’s one that I love. And more than the cut, I really love the berry color. I just want to eat it!

Donna Morgan dress at www.nordstrom.com
Please do have a taupe bridesmaid dress, but if you just can’t, this also comes in black. 

Adrianna Papell bridesmaid dress from www.nordstrom.com 

Mother of the Bride: This look can be so tricky. A lot of times “mother of the bride” dresses are very motherly looking, which doesn’t always fit the personality of the young or young at heart mother. Occasionally, you get a mother of the bride that looks like she’s headed to prom after, which is something I’m sure (actually, not sure) most mothers would rather not attend again. So, let’s take a look at a moderate choice:

Tadashi Shoji dress at Nordstrom
I love this asymmetrical gown from Tadashi Shoji. It’s stylish and modest, and it has a beautiful and fun neckline. A major plus, too, is that it has some great ruching for those moms desiring a midsection disguise. It’s a gorgeous and classic indigo blue and the true icing on the cake is that it can absolutely be worn again. This is great for any formal event (gala, charity dinner/auction, etc), any season. This dress can look a lot fancier with the right jewels and shoes for extra pizazz.
Perhaps the only possible trump card in the princess processional is the flower girl, capable of (and likely to) stealing the show.  Her princess dress (along with the sheer will and mind power of moms, grandmas and guests alike) plays a major part in instilling confidence and fueling excitement and hopefully focus for getting her down the aisle without any tears, pit stops or mishaps.
This might seem a little over-the-top to some, but if you’ve chosen the Austin Scarlett dress above, and it’s your dream in life for your flower girl to be somewhat of a mini-me, then this is a great fit:
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For the little darlings who you know will be unstoppable on the dance floor at the reception, perhaps something equally lovely, but a little more manageable, is in order:
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Wedding Guest: The guests have it the easiest on the big day. Dress up, show up (a little early, please) and enjoy the show that has been the heart and soul, blood, sweat and definitely tears of the lovely bride for the past year or so.
Ted Baker dress at www.nordstrom.com
This DKNY scuba fit and flare dress is so cute! Picture it with black sandals and a smile. You can find it at Saks.
DKNY dress at www.saksfifthavenue.com
Jason Wu sandals at www.saksfifthavenue.com 

Oh, it’s formal? No worries. This gorgeous red dress by Giambattista Valli is just inspiration for you, given there is only one left. You can see why. It’s amazing!

Giambattista Valli dress from www.shopbop.com
Okay, so that about wraps it up. I’m sure I’m forgetting someone, but the major girl players are covered. Until next time, have a ball getting dressed!

Esteemed vendor list for the styled wedding shoot:
Gorgeous floral design by:  Trochta’s Flowers-Floral Design
We said yes to the dress at: JJ Kelly-Dress
The amazing venue: The McGranahan Barn-Venue
The table setup: Linens, & Chairs
The glamorous jewels: Mitchener Farrand-Jewelry
YUMMY Cake: Cake-Amy Cakes
It will be forever preserved by: Videography-Little Big Films
Invitations, place cards, menus: Stationery-myheartcreative
I can’t wait to work with these amazingly talented ladies on the overall bridal look:
Model: Abby Davis
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Day 7: Spring Dream

In my spring dream, regardless of weather or budget, this is my clothing menu for the week.

Sunday: Church & Brunch

Zara Dress, Mui Mui Cracked Leather Tote, Alexander Wang Ankle-Strap Pumps

Monday: Morning Coffee
Rag & Bone Denim Capris, TIBI Crepe Top, Chloe Messenger Bag, Gucci Fringe Sandals
Tuesday: Trunk Show
Chanel Iconic Sunglasses, Gianvito Rossi Suede Sandals, Zara Dress, Makena Pendant Necklace
Wednesday: Lunch with Friends & Client Consultation
Thursday: Shopping & Lunch with Quin

Friday: Sushi at an Outside Table With My Family

TOPSHOP Skinny Tailored Blazer, EQUIPMENT Camisole Top, Kelly Wearstler Hampstead Ring,
Ray-Ban Large Aviator, Jimmy Choo Rosalie Leather Bag, Giuseppe Zanotti Caged Bootie

Saturday: Opera

Alice + Olivia Colorblock Maxi SkirtMajestic Paris for Neiman Marcus Scoop Neck Tank,  Marni Snap Lock Clutch, ,  Alexander McQueen Skull Peep-Toe Court

That’s it for “Seven Days of Spring.” Warmer weather is just around the corner, but you probably still have a day or two to get your outfits together. Have fun shopping!

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Day 6: Patterns & Prints

I have to admit, I love a good polkadot or stripe. I don’t often get more adventurous than that when it comes to patterns and prints. I would like too, though. Here are some great pieces to get you thinking in that direction.

These pants are fantastic with their big, bold plaid. The options for tops are endless, but I keep picturing them with a silky red button down like the one below. (pants are cotton, polyester, elastane in case you were wondering)
MOTHER Crop Zip Muse Plaid Skinny Pants
visit www.nordstrom.com

Trouvé silk Blouse
visit www.nordstrom.com
What a fun top! I love the splatter of blues on white. The frilly sleeve and hem add adorable detail. I think this will be so cute with blush denim and booties, like the picture below.
ZARA Top With Frilly Sleeve
visit www.zara.com
rag & bone / JEAN Jeans – The Skinny in Distressed Blush
visit www.bloomingdales.com

These shorts are cute, but not nearly as cute as when they are paired with the red blouse (am I obsessed with red blouses?) below. I can also see these with a denim button down or a silky black button down. 

Kate Spade Saturday Pocket Shorts in Strata Stripes
visit www.saturday.com

Kate Spade Saturday Cap-Sleeve Top in Pointed Square
visit www.saturday.com

This is an easy pick. It’s just so comfy, yet super pulled-together looking. The options for shoes that would go with this are endless. Throw a cardigan over this until it warms up, but go ahead and purchase.
Tart Surplice Bodice A-Line Jersey Wrap Dress
visit www.nordstrom.com

Oh yellow sweater, I have a crush on you. This floral patterned sweater is so cute! And I love it with these white shorts. It will also be great with dark denim skinnies, a full skirt or even the first pic on this post (plaid pants), if you’re feeling brave enough to mix prints! Just do it.

Barcley Sweater visit www.katespade.com

It’s a super cute, big stripe dress. What’s not to love? I like it with wedge sandals or flat sandals. You could even wear this with flip-flops if you’re going super casual.

Cecile Big Stripe Dress visit www.shopbop.com

I have too many favorites in this post because I really want to urge you to buy this dress too. It’s drinks with the girls and brunch on Sunday. In fact, just sleep in it. love, love, love! The simple necklace it’s styled with is just icing on top of this perfection cake.

Double Layer Dress visit www.BCBGeneration.com

So that’s it for patterns and prints. I hope you feel inspired to infuse some prints into your wardrobe this spring. Everything in this post can transition right into summer. Can’t believe this was day six. Fastest week ever. Until tomorrow, my friends.

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Day 5: Amazing Lace

With all the lace new spring lines have to offer, how could you choose just one? I remember when I was pregnant with my first daughter and my mother-in-law, who only had boys, innocently asked me, “How many days can she wear pink?” I said, “Everyday.” I feel similarly about lace.

I love this sky blue lace top from Zara. How gorgeous would it be under the navy blazer below? I know it’s a lace post, but I had to show this blazer because it’s so adorable with gathered shoulders and gold buttons on the sleeves (also from Zara).

This Heysham tee from Jack Wills is touted as “the cutest tee on the block.” I tend to agree. Also comes in “vintage white.”
Red for spring is just lovely. I love this Silk Peplum Veranda top with delicate lace insets from Madewell. They have it styled with denim, which is perfect, but this top will also go amazing with a pencil skirt or cigarette pants. 
Look at the sleeves on this Pretty Skater dress from ASOS. This easy, comfy look will be so cute with booties right now and adorable with sandals later. 
This Isabel Top from Tory Burch is another goody! They styled it with a button-down underneath, which looks fab. It will be great by itself too, with slacks, denim or a skirt.

Look at the adorable polkadot organza lace on this fit-and-flare dress from Red Valentino. Too cute and perfect for any special occasion. Find it at Nordstrom.

The amazing neckline on this BCBG Little Red Lace Dress is so exciting! Switch it up. Wear red instead of black to your next cocktail party! 
The gorgeous citron color of this Heavy Lace Bambolina Dress by Valentino is so yummy. It reminds of me of key lime pie. The scalloped neckline, sleeves and hem are beautiful. And I love the natural waist and tulip skirt. Perfection. Find this dress at Neiman Marcus.
I chose this Monique Lhuillier cocktail dress because of the rich color, the beautiful high, boat neckline and the sleeve length.  
It was proving harder than I thought to find a lace swing dress I loved. Then, I stumbled upon this Sleeveless Baby Doll Dress by Nina Ricci. It’s great because most of the lace dresses are fit-and-flare or sheath. The hemline is my favorite part…it totally makes the dress! Find it at Neiman Marcus.

Let’s talk about wearing patterns tomorrow. It will be so much fun!

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Day 4: Blue

I was already doing a piece on blue because blue is my favorite color, and it’s always fresh like spring. Then Lupita wore this:
What more could you want for blue inspiration? It was far and away the most gorgeous look of the night. This “Nairobi blue” Georgette Prada gown was magnificent on the red carpet and equally amazing for her humble acceptance speech. From the full skirt to the train to the plunging neckline in front and back, this is blue perfection.

Ahhhh, navy. Possibly the best shade of blue ever. Navy lace? Even better. Where are you wearing this look? Everywhere: spring (or summer) wedding, brunch with friends, work, a wine tasting, the theatre, everywhere.

Shoshanna Sierra Dress visit www.shoshanna.com

Headed for a night of fun, including drinks with your besties, belly laughs and possible dancing? Meeting your parents for lunch? Here’s your super fresh, super flattering blue look:

Fiorella Dress from Kate Spade visit www.katespade.com

You can’t get through spring without a navy blazer. This is a closet staple you can’t skip. It’s so cute over a white top and jeans with a chunky gold statement necklace or add a bit of color with a red, yellow or green clutch.

Women Stretch Tailored Jacket visit www.uniqlo.com

Wear this sweet blue floral with the blazer above and your favorite jeans. Switch it up and pair it with capris or a pencil skirt. This shirt goes with everything, even stripes and polkadots.

Cotton Lawn Print Shirt visit www.uniqlo.com

Everyone needs a chambray dress. Running late? Throw it on for any “everyday” occasion, even work.  It’s adorable, comfortable, versatile and fun. Make it yours.

visit www.gap.com

My favorite reaction to clothes is, “Are you serious?” It might mean, “I love it.” It might mean, “That’s the worst thing I’ve ever seen.” In this case it’s I LOVE IT! Don’t you? It’s so unique and wait for it…will go with everything. I’m sensing a trend with blue.

Tibi Raffia patchwork party skirt visit www.shopbop.com

My most frequent blue of all: Denim. And these are my all-time faves. I own them, my sister owns them and some of my clients own them. There aren’t many people they don’t look fantastic on.

Broome Street Denim visit www.katespade.com

Alright, that’s it for day four. Don’t forget to subscribe by email. What will day five bring? Don’t you wish I’d tell? Until tomorrow…

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