Friday Frocks: 2013- Fun While It Lasted

By |December 20th, 2013|Friday Frocks|

nye partyThe hardest decision you will be forced to make in 2013 is probably what to wear while bidding it adieu.  Oh?  You spent 2013 choosing a graduate school, getting engaged, and curing cancer?  Well, the last eleven months have been slightly less impressive for me.  I still have two halfway written novels collecting dust, a never ending to-do list, and a closet that’s needed to be cleaned out since 2011.  We’ll chock this one up to reacclimating to the East Coast.  Writing this post has actually just sent me into a miniature shame spiral much like when Facebook keeps asking if I’d like to see my year in review.  No.  Absolutely not.  I lived it.  No need to do it again.

But back to what really matters in the grand scheme of life and what will be posted all over your Facebook timeline come January 1st… your party dress!  While some still feel that the last night of the year is the best and most appropriate time to wear a dress strictly constructed of sequins, others feel the onslaught of nausea and would prefer the “anti-sparkle dress.”   I straddle the middle, but am more likely to wear sequins to Duane Reade on a random Tuesday to buy toilet paper than for a specific occasion that calls for them.  That said, there is a happy ending in all of this and its name is metallics.  I think a metallic frock is a much more modern take on shine than the oh so standard sequins.  So, look for something laced with lurex or punched up with patent to get the look sans gagging.

Hm… now that I’ve taken all the trouble out of finding something to wear, now you’ve got an even harder decision?  Who will you plant those luscious lips on at the stroke of midnight?

metallic gatsby dresses nye

1. Jonathan Simkhai Colorblock Boucle Dress, 2. Capitol Couture by Trish Summerville Laser Cut Patent Leather Dress, 3. Oh My Love Metallic Surplice Dress, 4. Opening Ceremony Hope Deep V Dress, 5. Roland Mouret Malha Lamé TTD, 6. KNT by Kova & T Backless Metallic Halter Dress, 7.Milly Laminated Flare Dress, 8. Sass & Bide Here & Now Beaded Silk Minidress, 9. Free People Golden Chalice Maxi Dress, 10. Motel Cherry Pie Metallic Mesh Top Dress

On to the next.



Why Did You Wear That: Short Stop

By |May 14th, 2013|Why Did You Wear That?|

women wearing shortsEven though summer has been playing hard to get this year, it’s just about time to retire the jeans and trade them in for short shorts.  Hey, you haven’t been sweating to the oldies for nothing.  Might as well cash in on that gym membership.  Those toned stems aren’t any kind of coincidence and it would be totally selfish not to share them with the world.  Enter Cult of Individuality who has made it their business to make a statement out of your bottoms…

Sometimes to bring a bit flare to your wardrobe, it’s best to start from the bottom.  Printed and destroyed denim is a great way to bring interest to your look.  You may think that shorts are simply meant for a casual daytime look, but check out how to style shorts for any kind of occasion- from day to night.

Hot Child in the City:

Kova & T Vine Leather Tank Top, Jimmy Choo Abel Patent Leather Pump, Clare Vivier Foldover Jaguar Clutch, Cult of Individuality Rockabilly Short in Acid

Easy, Breezy Brunch:

brunch casual outfitLovely Bird Biarritz Floppy Hat, Cult of Individuality Tantra Short in Aloha, Free People Poppyseed Pullover, Rag & Bone Harrow Boot

Life’s a Beach:

outfit for the beach dayMelissa Odabash Jamaica Triangle Bikini, Sherriff&Cherry D-Frame Acetate Sunglasses, Cult of Individuality Tantra Short in Diablo,Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent Fortuna Sandals

Welcome to the cult.



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Friday Frocks: Lots o’ Dots

By |March 2nd, 2012|Friday Frocks, Why Did You Wear That?|

dalmatiansPolka dots may automatically elicit thoughts of sweet baby dalmatians and Minnie Mouse, but this prissy pattern can be much more sophisticated when paired with modern accessories or worn in an unexpected shape.  Dots don’t have to be in the typical black and white variation, but if you do choose to go the traditional route, now is the perfect opportunity to incorporate a punch of neon with your accessories.  Though dots do seem straightforward, look for them in different colors, fabrics, and dimensions to make them all your own.

polka dot dresses

1. Ali Ro Polka Dot Dress, $298 , 2. Alberta Ferretti Polka Dot Silk Chiffon Dress, $1,595, 3. KNT by Kova & T Monroe Dress, $129, 4. Bar III Sleeveless Dot Printed Dress, $69, 5. Kay Unger Polka Dot Dress, $370, 6. Marc by Marc Jacobs Hot Dot Ruffled Dress, $330, 7. Halston Heritage Metallic Peasant Dress, $425, 8. Tinley Road Polka Dot Mini Dress, $59, 9. Something Else by Natalie Wood Dotty Bodice Dress, $152, 10. Joie Balinda Dress, $298

Now… connect the dots.



Friday Frocks: It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere

By |October 14th, 2011|Friday Frocks, Why Did You Wear That?|

Quite frequently (especially during this time of year) we receive invites for cocktail parties or invitations with a dress code stating “cocktail attire,” but what does that really mean?  We’ve come to know that slipping into a slinky LBD (little black dress) is the way to go, but shall we take a little trip back in time?  Well, you have no choice… cause we’re gonna.

Cocktail parties first gained popularity in the 1920’s during prohibition (aka when alcohol was illegal).  So, since the sale and consumption of alcohol in public would land you behind bars (no pun intended), cocktail parties popped up as private social gatherings.  And just like us modern girls, the ladies of the 20’s realized that they needed a little something special to wear to these functions.  Alas, cocktail attire was born!  The first cocktail dresses were waistless, knee length, and reminiscent of the flapper (cause a lot of them were flappers).  And these ladies knew how to accessorize!  Small embellished bags, gloves, and hats were all a part of the attire.  Shoes were slipper like and often dyed to match the dresses.

By the 1950’s, cocktail hour was part of the culture and while the tradition continued, groups opted to go out rather than stay in, which is more in line with what we consider our modern day cocktail hour or “happy hour.”  This week, let’s check out some frocks that would have made even the tartiest flapper smile.

1. Oscar de la Renta Feather Trimmed Silk Mesh Dress, $5,390, 2.  Red Valentino Bow Dress, $611, 3. Kova & T Windsor Cocktail Dress, $429, 4. French Connection Winter Bex Beads Dress, $328, 5. Juicy Couture Guipure Lace Dress, $328, 6. Vanessa Bruno Athe Dress, $360, 7. Top Shop Scallop Embellished Drop Waist Dress, $330, 8. Top Shop Lace Panel Pleated Tunic, $76, 9. Accidentally in Love Crinkle Popover Dress, $54, 10. Tibi Rococo Print Silk Twill Cap Sleeve Dress, $462

It’s five o’clock somewhere, right?