Friday, August 28, 2015

A History Lesson with Halston Heritage

As I get older and have quiet a bit of shopping experience under my belt, I have come to appreciate the experience of shopping just as much as the outcome of the shopping trip.  This was especially true on my most recent trip to a store that I didn't even know existed right here in Troy, Michigan.  Halston.  Does the name sound familiar?  It may because its namesake comes from the "creator of luxury American fashion", Roy Halston Frowick, who's friends and clients included Andy Warhol, Bianca Jagger, Elizabeth Taylor, and Anjelica Houston. 
"Founded in the 1960s, the HALSTON label took the fashion industry by storm. Known for his innovation in millinery, Halston used his signature materials of jersey, cashmere, and suede to reinvent the jumpsuit, the shirtdress, and the classic caftan, permanently leaving his mark on fashion." -

Upon entering the store, it is clear that there is more to the design than just the beautiful clothes.  The iconic 'H' can be found in the tables and displays throughout the store.  The bars that the clothes hang on are representative of the barre that ballerinas use for dance exercises.  The shelving is reminiscent of the stairs in Halston's New York apartment.  And the orchid flower is present throughout the store, adorning the clothing and the physical space.  Before I had even taken notice of the clothing, I was already in awe of the sheer history present within the walls of this store!

But, of course, the clothes are what have kept this iconic label alive all of these years, so it was time to learn about the Fall 2015 Ready-to-Wear line.  Halston is known for their evening wear, and many shoppers only enter the store when they have a special event to dress for.  (And for good reason,  the dresses are GORGEOUS.  Stay tuned for my next post on why I am obsessed with the Halston evening wear line.)  Not to be missed, however, is the gorgeous line of luxury items for everyday wear.

The way these luxurious fabrics flow over a woman's shape is something to be experienced.  I'm serious.  Once you try on the different pieces, it is instant love.  I felt amazing!

Tones of thistle, magenta, and port make up the fall line in luxurious fabrics of ultra suede, silk, jersey, and crepe.

Black, ivory, and dark fatigue are the neutral colors that go with any closet.  I am loving this black feather print found throughout the collection.

Enough of what I like, go view the entire collection for yourself here:

I will admit, Halston is an investment piece kind of store for my budget.  However, the fabrics, fit, and timeless pieces would be an amazing addition to any wardrobe.  Especially if you are looking to create the perfect capsule wardrobe with iconic items.  

If you are in the neighborhood, stop in and say "Hi" to Larita for me.  Her vast knowledge of the brand and style is amazing and her customer service is top-notch!

**Stay tuned for my next post where I try on almost every evening wear dress in the store!**

In the a slideshow for the Fall 2013 collection that is still relevant in 2015.  
I love a brand that features such timeless trends!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Every Dress Deserves a Second Chance

Tory Burch Drawstring Waist Dress
Admit it.  You bought something on sale, and at the time, it was totally cute.  But when you got it home to your closet, you started to realize that it was only that cute in the store because it was on sale.

And then the guilt sets in.

Every time you pass over that item in your closet it calls to you, "But I was SUCH a good deal!"  And you try it on, determined to wear it.  And it just doesn't look right.  Something is off.

What's a girl to do??  Here's a little story about how I gave a dress a second chance.  And loved it.

See this dress?  Notice anything missing from the model pic above??

There's no drawstring.  You got it.  I cut it out.  The low slung look that a model can totally pull off in this dress did not have the same effect on my figure.  It hurt a little at first, cutting the nicely topped ribbon and pulling it out, like I was doing something wrong.  But the after effect?!  Priceless.  

With the drawstring gone, I could now highlight my natural waist in a WAY more flattering way with a bright colored belt.  And no one can tell the difference!

This is the most comfortable and fun patterned dress I own now.  Who would've guessed?!

(And I'll reveal another little secret.  The hat?  It's from Disney World.  You just can't see the hole where the Mickey Mouse emblem used to be on the ribbon.  I pulled that out too. ;) )

Hat- Disney
Bracelet- J.Crew
Belt- J.Crew
Dress- Tory Burch
Earrings- Henri Bendel
Sunglasses- SEE
Sandals- J.Crew

Monday, August 17, 2015

Summer Blues: 5 Ways to Renew Your Denim This Summer

I'm sure the topic of this post is one that everyone can relate to.  We have all had a love for that special piece of denim at some point in our lives.  This summer there are tons of ways to break out those old favorites from your closet or invest in some new.  Here are 5 ways to renew your blues!

Denim Shirt
This is my favorite style to mix and match throughout a wardrobe. The chambray work shirt is an essential piece to any closet.  Layer over a casual tee and jeans or over a floral dress.  Tuck one in to a pencil skirt to make a work outfit laid back.  Show off a great pair of colored bottoms.  Denim can be worn for work or the weekend- that's the best part!

Denim Jacket
The denim jacket can come in different shapes and styles.  From blazer to biker, the possibilities are endless.  Pair your chambray blazer with bright separates to fight the office chill or put on a classic denim jacket with a girly dress to ground your look.

A classic jean jacket looks great over stripes or with bright denim bottoms.  It is also easy to throw on over a floaty dress.  Preppy chic with a button down is always a classic, too.

A denim blazer is another way to work in some casual flair to a dressed up look.

Lastly, colored and white jean toppers are a fresh take on an old standby.

Denim Vest
I never would have believed you if you told me denim vests would come back in style 10 years ago.  But sure enough, here they are!  I love the look of a sleeveless denim jacket over a simple tee or dress.  It's an easy way to add a topper without adding warmth on these balmy days.  (Plus, this is a great DIY project for a well loved denim jacket.  Just cut off the arms and you have a new style!)

Denim Shorts 
Don't worry, these shorts are all grown up.  No frayed hems or pocket linings peeking out on these shorts.  The denim short can be worn with sandals or heels depending on how you style them.  With a silk top and strappy heels.  With a slouchy sweater and sandals.  Pairing denim on denim (I promise, it's okay!) is fun with a pair of white shorts and a denim shirt.

Denim Skirt or Dress
No mini skirts here.  The new face of denim is polished and definitely appropriate for all ages.  A denim shirt dress looks great with platform sandals and minimal jewelry.  A denim pencil skirt works overtime with your casual weekend tees or during the week dressed up with pumps and a button down.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Bright As Bright Can Be

Do you shy away from bright colors?  Here is my slightly strong case for why you shouldn't.  Or shy away from wearing anything that you love, for that matter.

See exhibit A above: the dress.  This dress had been hanging in my closet for over 4 months.  I bought it initially because I was obsessed with the print and colors.  I also bought it because I thought I might wear it to an outdoor wedding we were going to.  Every purchase needs an excuse, right?!  

Sadly, I chickened out at the last minute and wore this dress instead.  And every time after that when I thought I might wear the dress, I would go through the same inner struggle.  I convinced myself it was too bright.  Too bold for the occasion.  I just couldn't bring myself to wear it.

So there this lovely dress hung. Bright. Beautiful. Bold. Tags still attached.

Until one day, I decided to just do it. I mean, I love neon, so what was I waiting for?!  Neon dress? Done.  Neon purse? Yup.  Neon earrings?  Of course!  I knew I was making quite the statement and I was perfectly okay with that.  It felt great.

The moral of the story?  Wear what you love.  Embrace your inner neon and just go for it.  When you know you have a piece hanging in your closet that is just SO COOL... Don't wait for that "event" to come along.  Just do it!

Outfit Details
Dress- Mara Hoffman
Earrings- J.Crew (old)
Purse- Similar
Shoes- Steve Madden (similar)

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Try a Polo Shirt

Skirt- J.Crew (similar)
Shirt- Lacoste
Shoes- Superga
Bracelets- Alex & Ani

I have so many polos still hanging in my closet from my preppy days.  It's hard to look at them every day and not wear them.  Enter today's outfit.  An easy palette of black and white is always in style.  I added the printed sneakers as my fun accessory.  I also found some other ways that trendsetters are bringing their polos back to life in two different articles here and here about their comeback!  Do you still have some in your closet?

images via Pinterest