chic style in a sensible manner

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Coral Lip

Summer Coral

Tory Burch flat
$63 -

Nine west handbag
$69 -

Lancôme lip gloss
$27 -

Vintage Short Cover-Up
$72 -

Maybelline SuperStay 24 2-Step Color, Continuous Coral 020
$7.99 -

                                  For the perfect coral lip for Summer try Maybelline SuperStay 24 hour Color in Continuous Coral, above.  This coral is bright and long-wearing.  The line has so many other great colors as well but a coral lip is huge for the season.  It is my top pick because it will not wash off at the beach or pool (I forgot to remove it one night and it was still there in the morning!).  

Saturday, May 19, 2012

To the Max

       Up until now I have avoided the maxi thinking that I am too short for the style (I'm 5'4 on a good day).  But the trend  translated well from season to season.  So I thought, if you can't beat them, join them!  The term "maxi" refers to the length of the dress or skirt, usually skimming the tops of your toes.  Wearing a maxi dress or skirt feels free and sexy while still covered up.

         Having embraced the style, it is versatile and complimentary of a wide variety of figures. If you have pretty shoulders and arms, but are concerned with your mid-section, the maxi is a smart choice.  Maxi dresses also look good on boyish figures.  The flowy bottom adds a feminine curve.  This style is an opportunity to play with proportion.  When you wear something long and flowing on the bottom, make sure your top is more closely fitted to create balance.  Blazers and jean jackets look great on top of maxi skirts with a tucked in tank. This season maxis can be found at every different price-point as from casual to formal.  And they are not just for tall people!

The Look for Less:

Banana Republic Maxi Skirt 
Printed silk, $98.

Old Navy Rope-Belted Maxi- Dress

J. Crew Kimono Maxi Dress

LnA Black Cotton Maxi-Dress
Bluefly, $154. $78.

Hive & Honey Chevron Stripe Maxi Skirt
Piperlime, $49.

Friday, May 18, 2012

The Webster

The Webster, Miami

 'The Webster' line out of Miami is Target's latest designer collaboration.  The store is owned by two friends with a Paris design background.  This line is the perfect budget friendly look for Spring.  

The aesthetic is Miami resort meets preppy/bohemian.  It's all very fresh, bright, and summery.  As always with these designer collaborations, the prices are a fraction of what they would cost if you were shopping the real deal.  The Webster line includes women's cloths, girls's clothes, lingerie, shoes, and accessories.  If your local store is sold out of the pieces check it out online.

Scoop-Neck Dress in green/melon/cream $39.99
I love this dress!  I wore it with a white boyfriend sweater and  nude wedge sandals.   It feels so good on.  I have dressed it down with Sperrys for daytime as well.

Dress $42.99, Cap Toe Wedge Pump $39.99

Belted Dress, $39.99

Sleeveless Maxi, $44.99

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


A big look for spring and summer is stacked bracelets.  Anything goes with this trend: add a watch, different size bracelets and bangles.  Mixed metals are in as well if you want to be bold.  Try pairing the classics already in your closet with some of the newer types of bracelets- wrapped leather with studs and beads tied with colorful string. You can achieve a lot of impact with minimal effort and expense.

The look (on a budget) for a cause:  Kate Spade is selling these bangles from the 'hand in hand' collection in a collaboration with Woman International .  The bracelets are hand-made in Afghanistan and proceeds go to aid women in war torn countries.  They retail for $28. to $58. at Kate Spade.

'hand in hand' bangle, $58.