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Day 3: Black & White

Black and white is always in season, and it’s especially fresh this spring! There is so much greatness going on with black & white that I could have done a whole post on black & white stripes alone. It really is the most classic color combo.

The cut of this shirt is so flattering, and it will go with everything. Pair with jeans (skinny or boyfriend), a full midi, cigarette pants, pencil skirt, wide-leg trousers…anything! And the exposed zipper in back makes walking away so stylish!

Top in Woven Fabric visit www.hm.com
These pants are comfy, adorable and chic. Wear them with pumps, sandals or flats and the options for tops are endless. I think they would be especially cute with the top just above or the bike tee further down in this post. 
Halston Heritage Straight Slim Leg Pant visit www.bloomingdales.com

Cardigans are the perfect piece for transitioning into spring when it’s not quite warm enough to bare arms. I love how they styled this with white jeggings and a black tee. It will also go great over a graphic tee and your favorite cut of jeans. This is a great staple for any closet.
BCBG Acotas striped Jacquard Cardi Wrap visit www.bcbg.com

This graphic fit-and-flare mini dress is just gorgeous! In my mind, it’s black and white perfection. It will go great with black pumps or sandals and you can switch up the look with a pop of color too.

Robert Rodriguez Graphic Spear Sleeveless Dress visit www.saksfifthavenue.com

This dress is only $78. It’s worth mentioning because it looks expensive. It’s another great fit-and-flare at a great price point. This is one you can definitely dress up or down. It looks great with the black pumps they styled it with, but if you want to dress it down, pair it with sandals, a denim jacket and a cross-body bag.

Alythea Striped Tube Dress visit www.bloomingdales.com
This French Connection bike tee is just begging to be styled with pearls. I love the contrast of sweet and edgy. This will look great paired with the pants earlier in this post or the pants below, jeans, a full skirt…anything really. 
French Connection Sonny Slub Bike Print visit www.bloomingdales.com

These contrast skinny pants will go with everything you already own. Pair them with an edgy tee, a silk button down, a denim shirt or any color under the sun. 

Karen Kane Contrast Panel Pants visit www.karenkane.com

This Parker dress is a great weekend look. It is perfectly styled with skinny ankle-strap pumps in this picture, but it will look great with gladiators too. This is a look for walking around the mall and dinner with friends.

Parker NY Mallory Dress visit www.parkerny.com

It’s a little black dress with a sweet white beaded bow. This dress looks super comfy and is perfect for work or play or both.

Ted Baker London Beaded Bow Tunic Dress visit www.tedbaker-london.com

This blazer adorned with polkadots will be perfect over a silk floral shirt and black skinny pants or leggings. It will also look fantastic with pushed or rolled up sleeves, a black tee and jeans. Pair it with flats, pumps or sandals and a statement necklace.

visit www.hm.com

That’s it for tonight! What’s in store for tomorrow? I’m not sure yet. Stay tuned.

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Day 2: Floral Me Pretty

Florals are always a spring theme, but I think this year, especially, there are some amazing floral designs out there that are both romantic and bold…all ripe for the plucking! I’ll take you through some great choices for all occasions.

This is perfect inspiration for a floral-inspired post. Covered in petals from top to bottom, this gorgeous raspberry gown by Christian Siriano is a show-stopper!

Christian Siriano Raspberry Petal-Applique Gown visit www.neimanmarcus.com

This is sexy. I love bursting bright floral on black, and I love a short romper! This is especially fantastic because it has long sleeves…my preferred combo – short length, long sleeves. This is paired with 10 Crosby Derek Lam mules, but I think this would be even better with pumps or sandals. Another obsession, the skinny ankle-strap with one skinny-strap-over-the-toes sandals. Choose black or any color in this pattern, and I dare people to stop staring!

Yumi Kim Liz Romper visit www.shopbop.com

Yumi Kim Liz Romper visit www.shopbop.com

Not into showing off your legs just yet? No worries, Yumi Kim has provided an opposite alternative with a halter up top and pants on the bottom. Another great way to wear this fantastic floral romper.

Yumi Kim Dina Silk Romper visit www.bloomingdales.com
I hear a string quartet playing, and it’s a lovely tune! Oscar de la Renta floral dresses are always favorites. I love that this one is black and white and has pockets. You can finish this look with any color pointy-toe pump (including nude) or skinny ankle-strap with one-strap-over-the-toes sandal. Can’t you just see the accessories switched out for red or yellow? Perfection!
Oscar de la Renta Cap Sleeve Dress visit www.oscardelarenta.com 

The long sleeves on this beautiful blue dress with an even brighter blue and red floral pattern makes this dress perfect for early spring. It would be great to pull the red out of this pattern by finishing the look with a pointy-toe red pump and a pair of big red button earrings.

Warehouse Stripe Floral Shift Dess visit www.asos.com

This is a very versatile floral black top to wear with anything and everything. Dress it up with a black pencil skirt or dress it down with boyfriend jeans and everything in between. Finish it off with a mixed metal arm party.

Giambattista Valli Short Sleeve Top visit www.shopbop.com

Alice + Olivia, you did it again! I love this gown. The pattern is so romantic, and the plunging neckline in front and back are beautifully complimented by the sweeping full skirt. Bravo! Only wear this if you want to get voted best dressed!

Alice + Olivia Chantal Floral Print Gown

Next, there are two casual floral pieces from H&M to mix and match in your wardrobe. The first is a short kimono that would be great over a fitted black tank top and black leggings with a long simple necklace and wedge booties or sandals. Or over a loose-fitting short tee with rolled-up boyfriend jeans and sandals.

visit www.hm.com

This beautifully draped floral blouse will go great with a skirt, jeans, pants or shorts.  It would be so much fun with a light pink full midi skirt and sandals. And don’t forget your big sunglasses!

visit www.hm.com

 What’s in store for tomorrow? A hot-for-all-seasons fave: Black & White! Stay tuned…

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Day 1: Go Nude!

I am so tired of winter, and with impending snow in the forecast, I’m choosing to think, dream and will spring into being. Starting with my new series, Seven Days of Spring!

Day 1: Go Nude! I’ve talked about the color nude before. Specifically about how nudes can be too taupe, too yellow or too pink when it comes to nude pumps. I’ve been a huge advocate for the pure nude, but I’m switching gears now. The pink nude, blush is what I’m calling it, is my new obsession! It is everywhere, and it is delicate and lovely.

Look at the back of this gorgeous laser cut dress. I love the plunging V. Laser-cut anything and everything is all the rage right now, so you’ll be perfectly on trend with this sweet blush dress.

LABEL by five twelve visit www.nordstrom.com
LABEL by five twelve visit www.nordstrom.com

This shift (they are calling it nude pink) by Ted Baker is adorable. It is reversible, and I can’t decide which way I love it more! What’s so great about the two looks is you can wear totally different jewelry each way. And I love how they styled it with a black clutch and black sandals. It would be perfect with a pair of blush patent leather pumps too, but being confident wearing this dress with black makes it so versatile!

Ted Baker London Visit www.tedbaker-london.com
Ted Baker London Visit www.tedbaker-london.com

This one. The fit and flare cut of this gorgeous chiffon dress is great for almost any body type. The flowing back of this dress is so regal. And it’s perfect for every special occasion you’ve booked: engagement photos, a shower, a wedding, Easter, brunch with your besties. You won’t have to think of places to wear this, you’ll have to make yourself take it off.

Dress by Zac Posen visit www.neimanmarcus.com

Zac Posen visit www.neimanmarcus.com

The flowing design of this dress is just dreamy. Not only is it gorgeous, but it looks so comfortable too. This is one you’ll want to wear when it’s going to be a long night, and I can think of at least seven people it’s perfect for. There’s nowhere to hide in this one!

Alon Livne Butterfly Draped Jersey Gown Visit www.saks.com

Alon Livne Butterfly Draped Jersey Gown visit www.saks.com

I can’t do a post without a dress from ASOS. This Lavish Alice midi is so cute! And very affordable. I love the white cuffs and collar that give it a wee bit of contrast. This is another dress with a million places to go. Close your eyes and lay your pointer down on your calendar, you’ll be good to go in this one!

Lavish Alice Midi Dress Visit www.asos.com

Not into wearing a dress? No problem. Pair this pretty blouse with your favorite jeans and pointed-toe pumps or suede wedge booties. Add a long, simple necklace and some chandelier earrings to finish the look.

ZARA Combined Blouse www.zara.com

Until tomorrow, my friends. Who knows what Day 2 will bring! Oh and don’t forget to subscribe by email.

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From Berkshire to Buckingham: Kate and Her Fashion Queens

I am so excited and extremely honored to have Jane Barr, the talented writer of From Berkshire to Buckingham take over the blog today! I am a huge fan of Kate Middleton, her amazing style and the way Ms. Barr blogs about her. From Berkshire to Buckingham is one of the most popular Kate Middleton blogs in the world, recently picked up by fashion network StyleList. Please enjoy!



I have already written this post once…and then I clicked delete instead of save. It was one of those restrain-yourself-from-smashing-your-computer-screen-in moments. Thankfully, I overcame the urge and here we are with Round 2. I will try and keep it shorter this time. I am Jane Barr, and I write the blog From Berkshire to Buckingham. Krissi asked me to write a guest post on Kate (Middleton) Cambridge, which I am very happy and excited to do! 



I thought I would talk about Kate’s style evolution, particularly related to tours. There has been a lot of talk in the media as we approach the April tour of Australia and New Zealand, that the Queen has mandated a change in Kate’s style. Is this true? Are we about to experience a seismic shift in Kate’s clothes? I want to look at the few major times we have seen Kate change up her look, not the usual progression from early 2000 bootleg jeans to skinnies sort of thing, but big shifts, radical changes. Kate is pretty even keel, but she has had a few. Let’s take a look.


Kate Middleton circa 2006. RL Look
Kate has always been simple and classic. From the time she came to public attention when her name was first whispered in conjunction with the world’s most eligible bachelor, her style stayed pretty steady. She was classic, British country, preppy, a little Sloane Ranger…conservative, with a modern twist. We saw the first big shift in 2007. 


Kate in Cheltenham Just Before Splitting With William
William broke Kate’s heart when he called off their relationship in April. Rather than hide from the world, Kate threw herself into high gear.  Her heels got a little taller, hemlines skyrocketed north, she added more glitz, a little glam, and a mega-watt-my-heart-isn’t-broken smile as she aggressively hit the London party scene. She was splashed across every front page looking fabulous. 


Kate in July 2007 Clubbing in London



Kate joined a rowing team of women who planned to race a dragon boat across the English Channel. The early morning workouts and intense fitness regime really saw a change in her body, which I believe also contributed to the change in clothes. 



Summer 2007: Kate Training to Cross the Channel
It worked. William realized he had made the mistake of his life and the two were back together by late summer, but Kate had found her sartorial feet as a 21st century princess-in-waiting. She was sleeker and sexier, while remaining sophisticated.


Kate in Issa for the Boodles Boxing Ball


If you followed Kate back in the day, you know the reigning queen of Kate’s “couture” was Issa. From evening gowns to day dresses, Issa was the go-to label. Kate’s style was very much full, swinging skirts, and simple, simple evening gowns. Kate loves the plunging neckline, she likes to show off a little skin, but usually not too much at one time. Issa fit Kate’s style profile to perfection. 


Kate in a Sparkling Issa
The gunmetal Issa Kate wore to her charity event for Starlight in 2008 was a perfect example of the use of layering and geometrical designs to create detail and dimension. We still see that today.


Kate Wears an Issa Evening Gown For Her Starlight Event


Kate turned to Issa for one of the biggest moments of her life, when she stepped in front of the world in a royal blue jersey-knit that impeccably accented her priceless sapphire engagement ring. The swing of the skirt, the plunge of the v-neck, the relaxed fabric all epitomized Kate Middleton. It was perfect. 


Issa Engagement Dress
But, Issa’s star was setting. Boosted by the world attention, Issa’s founding designer Daniella Helayel decided to expand worldwide, and she partnered with Camilla al Fayed for financial backing. Camilla bought a 51% stake. Camilla is the daughter of Mohammed al Fayed, and the sister of Dodi, who met an untimely death in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris with Diana, Princess of Wales. Mohammed al Fayed has waged a ceaseless and vitriolic campaign against the Windsors ever since, insisting that Diana and Dodi were murdered by the Royal Family. In fact, right around the time that Kate and William announced their engagement, al Fayed took the Royal Coat of Arms and burned it on his estate. Kate wore Issa twice on her North American tour and she has never been seen in the label since. (Although, I am sure she  still wears Issa plenty in private. That girl could go months in all the Issa she owns.) Sadly, in May 2013, Helayel left Issa altogether, so it isn’t entirely clear that the partnership was a good one.

Kate Wore a Purple Issa in Canada in 2011

Who would fill Issa’s place for Kate? Who would fill the gap for all of her most important moments? Naturally, all eyes were on her wedding day. Whichever designer snagged that commission had the coveted job of the century. When Kate stepped out of the Bentley at Westminster Abbey, the world heaved a collective sigh of delight, and McQueen took center stage. Indeed, McQueen has reigned fairly supreme ever since. Kate turns to the label again and again for modified or bespoke pieces, but to my mind, McQueen did not actually replace Issa. That fell to another designer we had yet to meet.


Kate Wears Black McQueen to the Millies



It was her first public appearance since her wedding. Back from their honeymoon in the Seychelles, William and Kate attended a star studded gala for the charity ARK. Kate wore a figure hugging, delicately shimmering, pink Jenny Packham. A star was born. 



At ARK Gala in Jenny P
It took a while for the dust to settle and to determine that Jenny P was the new it-girl. Prehaps when you are a princess you have room for two top labels. McQueen still fills many of Kate’s very regal moments. The BAFTA Goddess Gown, as I like to term it, the black velvet Millies dress, and the cream ruffled suit she christened her son in, are all McQueen, to name just a few. But, Kate has turned to Jenny P for many prominent moments, as well. In perhaps the most historic moment since she stepped into Westminster, Kate chose to wear Jenny Packham on the steps of the Lindo Wing as she presented her first-born, and the future king, to the world. 


Kate in Jenny P


McQueen dresses the new princess that Kate has become, Jenny Packham taps into the Kate Middleton from the home counties, just with the right added glamour needed for the wife of the heir to the throne. My personal favorite evening gown since her marriage is the turquoise Jenny Packham that Kate wore to Our Greatest Team Rises. If this doesn’t make you gasp, you need fashion therapy. 


Kate in Jenny P at Olympic Greatest Team Rises


The second major style shift happened on her first tour. In 2011, not many months after her marriage, William and Kate traveled to Canada (and SoCal) for a North American Tour. This called for a massive wardrobe and so it was ripe for a fashion earthquake. Kate debuted a host of designers who have since become staples of her wardrobe, and she debuted a new look: the structured sheath dress. 


William and Kate Step Out of the Plane in Canada After Crossing the Atlantic


Certainly a tad more professional, sophisticated, and regal, she injected this new silhouette into her style repertoire over those two weeks, and it has never left. Obviously, she maintains the same roots. She likes clean lines, she likes simple, but now with more structure. It took a little getting used to, but I love them all. 


Kate Wearing Catherine Walker in Canada
Kate in Malene Birger
Did her style change when she went on her second tour to South East Asia? Not really. Not anywhere as much as the NA tour. Every tour has a certain theme. Interestingly, on the South East Asia tour, almost every skirt was full, with only a few sheath dresses in the mix.

Kate in McQueen


Kate is a brand ambassador. As a UK royal, she predominantly wears British labels, although she heavily peppers her choices with Ralph Lauren, whose preppy style is perfect for Kate’s British country, upperclass vibe, and random other designers–French designer Roland Mouret being a great example. As a nod to host countries, she might wear labels associated with the nation she is visiting or choose styles that fit in with the local heritage, traditions or climates. The Asian tour saw a lot of the old-faithfuls: Jenny P, Temperley, McQueen, etc, sometimes stylized for the climate and the culture. 


Kate Wearing Jenny P in Singapore
So, what can we expect from this next tour? I suspect more of the same. Fashion is the language that women (and men) express themselves and tell their story with. We all organically evolve with the prevalent trends of the day, but a major style shift is usually brought about by something major in one’s personal life. Certainly, this has been the case with Kate. The 2007 change was crisis for her. William was walking away. Kate didn’t change her style for him, she released more of her true personality to the public. She dropped some of the princess-in-waiting care she had cloaked herself with, and let the sassier Kate come through. It worked, and I think she learned an invaluable lesson, which she expressed in her engagement interview: Be yourself. Express the real you. 


Kate in Tuvalu


In 2011, she had undergone another huge change. She had married William, been instantly transformed into the Duchess of Cambridge, the Countess of Strathearn, the Baroness Carrickfergus and a Princess of the United Kingdom. She had a new, shockingly public role to fill. So we saw a big shift.

Irish Guards in McQueen


If we see another shift this April, more formal attire, more jewelry, more “royal trappings,” if you will, it will be to my mind because of a major shift, not because some palace aide suggested something. William has quit his job in the RAF, and the move toward full-time working royal is fast galloping up. Furthermore, they have a son now, an heir to the throne. Life is different, Kate is different. We may well see more gravitas, but I don’t expect anything too radical. It is, however, important to remember that Australia and New Zealand are huge chunks of the Commonwealth, so it won’t be surprising if the tone of the clothes for this tour have added weight. 


Duchess of Cambridge Already Displaying Diamonds from the Queen’s Vault


That wraps it up for the moment! The tour will be amazing! I cannot wait to see her many choices. Thankfully for fashion bloggers everywhere, I do not expect Kate to wear four outfits a day. She hasn’t done that in her past two tours, and I don’t think we will see that on this one. We will still have plenty of variety, and plenty of changes–it should be a wild ride. And of course, little (big) baby George will be along, as well. Hope you join me for it! You can find me on Twitter @HRHKateBlog and on Facebook.

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Sunday Afternoon Perfection

On a perfect Sunday afternoon in spring, I’m brunching outside with my family and friends in this outfit. This beautiful green dress has a perfectly retro feel with sweet crocheted detailing. Add nude pumps, a perforated bag, an arm party and floral sparkly earrings to finish the look.

Sunday Afternoon Perfection

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Making decisions about purchasing discount remedies online: Viagra.

Sure, making decisions is one of the most difficult challenges. Whether you already have a prescription from your pharmacist, or need to get medication prescribed privately, online pharmacies offer you more choice with receiving medication. From other side, illegitimate websites can manipulate their websites to appear legitimate, so checking the drugstore’s license through your state board of drugstore is an important step to know whether you are using a legal internet drugstore. Learn about how to stay safe while ordering your medication. Very likely every adult knows about . There are numerous of reputable internet drugstores that will offer legitimate discounts. For instance Diprolene cream is a topical corticosteroid. This remedy works by depressing the release of sundry cells that cause itching. Sure, there isn’t anything you can’t buy on the Internet anymore. There are many others. A generic drug is a drug that is not branded but is similar to a branded listed remedy in terms of dosage, administration and performance. Illegal online pharmacies may attempt to offer illegal “generic” versions of these brand name medications. Don’t ever be afraid to ask questions about the matter. Viagra is available on prescription and should be used under the supervision of a doctor. This article contains general information to keep in mind, as well as how you can find treatment option to get healthy.

Nowadays several web-sites offer to their consumers Viagra. Perhaps you already read about it. Medications, like this, absolutely, is going to improve your life. Take Viagra just as prescribed by your health care professional.

Several well-known medications can mean screwing with your orgasm. Is it actual for you? Have a question about sildenafil and ? The ideal time to start treatment is before any visible sign appears. Typically, both men and women are afflicted by sexual problems. This article focuses on the symptoms of impotence. Also, think about . Many men will experience impotence at some point in their life. Additionally, the choice of available pills means that if one particular medicine doesn’t suit you, it’s well worth trying one of the others. ED is a treatable condition. The type of treatment generally depends on the underlying cause of erectile dysfunction. What are the risk factors for sexual problems? Sure thing, sexual diseases can help depression and can affect the quality of life. Hardening of the arteries can lead to erectile dysfunction. Once causes include drugs, poor blood flow to the penis or being too tired. But there are other remedies that can help us without harming your erection. One option to treat some health problems is to make few elementary lifestyle changes, another is medicine. Lack of sleep may be the culprit that decreases sex drive.

Probably every man has heard at least something about prescription drugs for ED. Many experts agreed that prescription medicaments misuse can have undesirable side effects. A scientific review found that taking medicaments correctly and understanding the right way to administer them can reduce serious aftereffects. Luckily, allergic reactions to Viagra are uncommon but they can potentially be dangerous. In a way similar to other remedies, Viagra use is associated with unwanted effects. Some pills are not suitable for patients with certain conditions, and sometimes a remedy may only be used if extra care is taken. The most common side-effects are visual disturbances, flushed face and dizziness after getting out of bed too quickly. We’ll look at each of these side effects in detail in future articles. Always speak to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your drug. If medication isn’t doing enough to stop symptoms, your doctor might want to recommend you wide variety of medication. However, only your physician can make decision if Viagra or other medicament is right for you. Here we described at some basic information to bear in mind, as well as how you can find options to get medications. Online is a ideal way to find a program. These are sure enough just the basic rules. Keeping this information in mind, do some research to see if a company offering discount medicines could be the right fit for you to help your family save money on valuable drug. Get in touch with your body and stay healthy for life.

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A full midi: Now & Later

With this post, you can see I’m obsessed with a couple of things:

1. A full skirt. It’s true, I’m obsessed! Full midi skirts are darling. You can dress them up or down, man them up a little with a denim jacket, moto jacket or blazer, and they are 100% multi-seasonal. Go ahead and buy your full midi. Wear it now with sweaters and jackets, tights, booties, flats or pumps. Then let this sweet piece take you right into spring and summer when you’ll pair it with sandals, big floppy hats and flip flops or a gorgeous head scarf with sunglasses.

If you’re thinking, “This pleated ditty will look terrible on me.” Consider wearing it with a wide belt that covers the waist and the top of the pleats.

2. ASOS. I know, I can’t help myself. They have the greatest selection of midi skirts with tons of colors, patterns and textures. Plus, they offer regular, petite and curve sizes! And they have free & easy returns.

A full midi: Now & Later

J Crew jacket
jcrew.com

Oasis navy blue jacket
$66 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Rag Bone moto jacket
lagarconne.com

Tory burch bootie
neimanmarcus.com

Jimmy choo handbag
shopsavannahs.com

Kate Spade red handbag
saksfifthavenue.com

Sun hat
amazon.com

Hat Attack beach hat
calypsostbarth.com

Tom ford glasses
nordstrom.com

Hermès red hat
usa.hermes.com

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A Guide to Closet Staples

Now is the time to purge your closet of things you never wear because they are faded, out-dated or don’t fit properly and buy some quality closet staples that always look great, go with everything and will show off accessories you’ve carefully chosen, invested in and accumulated over the years (wait, have you been doing this?).  If your white tee has a camo pocket and a gold chain, chances are, you’re not going to wear it very often (never is my hope…it’s an item I actually just saw on sale, please don’t buy it).

While there are exceptions to every rule, here are some general guidelines to shopping for staples:

  • Having black in your closet is very helpful, but your closet staples don’t have to be black. Denim, cream, white, grey, navy and black are perfect for staples. 
  • If the garment has cutouts or embellishments, typically, it’s not a staple.
  • Bright prints and bold patterns aren’t staples.
  • Look for things that are multi-seasonal: denim, shirts with sleeves that roll, garments that can be worn alone or as a layer.

Honestly, if it’s super memorable, other than how great it fit you, it’s not a staple. A staple is something you can wear over and over, while completely changing up how you wear it or what you wear it with.

Keep your eyes peeled for classic pieces like this:

A Guide to Closet Staples

A Guide to Closet Staples by krissifarrimond

Tips:
  1. If you can find your size, this is a great time to buy a coat.
  2. If you see something online at Nordstrom, but they don’t have your size, call a store and ask them to do a last-in-the-company check. I assume this works for lots of stores, but I’ve only done it one million times at Nordstrom.
  3. Preserve your closet staples by dry-cleaning as few times as possible, re-shaping, smoothing and laying flat to dry. If you have a “hand wash” setting on your washer, use it.

Diane Von Furstenberg white blouse
$245 – brownsfashion.com

Silk top
yoox.com

Comptoir Des Cotonniers black top
$110 – comptoirdescotonniers.co.uk

Paige Denim blue jeans
my-wardrobe.com

Ted Baker denim jeans
tedbaker-london.com

L K Bennett pencil skirt
$99 – johnlewis.com

Rag & Bone black leather boots
$640 – question-air.com

Cole haan boots
colehaan.com

Ralph Lauren belt
ralphlauren.com

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A Guide to Closet Staples

Now is the time to purge your closet of things you never wear because they are faded, out-dated or don’t fit properly and buy some quality closet staples that always look great, go with everything and will show off accessories you’ve carefully chosen, invested in and accumulated over the years (wait, have you been doing this?).  If your white tee has a camo pocket and a gold chain, chances are, you’re not going to wear it very often (never is my hope…it’s an item I actually just saw on sale, please don’t buy it).

While there are exceptions to every rule, here are some general guidelines to shopping for staples:

  • Having black in your closet is very helpful, but your closet staples don’t have to be black. Denim, cream, white, grey, navy and black are perfect for staples. 
  • If the garment has cutouts or embellishments, typically, it’s not a staple.
  • Bright prints and bold patterns aren’t staples.
  • Look for things that are multi-seasonal: denim, shirts with sleeves that roll, garments that can be worn alone or as a layer.

Honestly, if it’s super memorable, other than how great it fit you, it’s not a staple. A staple is something you can wear over and over, while completely changing up how you wear it or what you wear it with.

Keep your eyes peeled for classic pieces like this:

A Guide to Closet Staples

A Guide to Closet Staples by krissifarrimond

Tips:
  1. If you can find your size, this is a great time to buy a coat.
  2. If you see something online at Nordstrom, but they don’t have your size, call a store and ask them to do a last-in-the-company check. I assume this works for lots of stores, but I’ve only done it one million times at Nordstrom.
  3. Preserve your closet staples by dry-cleaning as few times as possible, re-shaping, smoothing and laying flat to dry. If you have a “hand wash” setting on your washer, use it.

Diane Von Furstenberg white blouse
$245 – brownsfashion.com

Silk top
yoox.com

Comptoir Des Cotonniers black top
$110 – comptoirdescotonniers.co.uk

Paige Denim blue jeans
my-wardrobe.com

Ted Baker denim jeans
tedbaker-london.com

L K Bennett pencil skirt
$99 – johnlewis.com

Rag & Bone black leather boots
$640 – question-air.com

Cole haan boots
colehaan.com

Ralph Lauren belt
ralphlauren.com

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Fancy A Plum? Skirt. And Other Pretty Things…

Sometimes we use this word (see below) for things that actually aren’t extremely impressive or attractive, but this is arguably one of the most stunning ensembles I’ve ever laid eyes on. It’s not for everyone (I know we’re not all into ball skirts, but perhaps we should be), in fact it’s currently only available in a size 4, but it’s for somebody, and I hope I know them. Please buy it, pair it with the blouses shown or something equally gorgeous, get dressed up like a million bucks (or $900 at least – it’s on sale!) and take a selfie because I want to see! 
stun·ning
ˈstəniNG/
adjective
  1. 1.
    extremely impressive or attractive.
    “she looked stunning”
solid, full-length skirt
www.honornyc.com
You could even wear this with a cropped sweater if you wanted to “dress it down” a bit. No, I couldn’t possibly. YES, you can. Look:
A pinterest inspiration pic for one
of my clients. I’m not sure where this
look came from. When I saw it, I fell hard.
Where will I wear this look? Everywhere. Okay, not everywhere, but to your holiday parties, galas, charity auctions and weddings. And maybe just around your house a little? For fun? Send me a pic.
Wondering where to get a well-made, sophisticated cropped sweater/top that shows just a bit of skin? So is everyone else. Good luck to you. If you see one you like offered in your size, snatch it up immediately. I received an email from shopbop the other day, and within 30 mins the cropped top on the email was sold out. People are quick-draw, gunslinger-like serious with their mouses, trackpads, fingers, whatever. Don’t hesitate, it will be gone. This will be a great investment piece when you find it. There are so many great high-waisted options right now that pair perfectly with cropped tops. Below is a great example of how putting a cropped top over a dress completely changes the look.
sold-out winter white cropped top from the Shopbop email (left)

If you’re looking for a cocktail dress that won’t break the bank, try this fun and flirty frock from Jack Wills, Lanting Dress $238:



This is a fantastic choice for this holiday season and beyond. And it has pockets! It goes perfect with the black pumps you probably already own. Done. Erin by Erin Fetherston Lace-Bodice Combo Party Dress, $330:

www.neimanmarcus.com

One more, just for fun! This dress is for work and play. It’s perfect for a party with colleagues or NYE. Throw a blazer over it, add some black tights and booties, and it’s office-ready. Asos Metallic Panel Shift Dress, $99.82:
www.asos.com

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