I feel like every season I end up buying a new purse. I haven’t done so yet for Spring 2018, but I have been looking for what I might want. I was browsing Nordstrom, and I found this beauty: the Rebecca Minkoff Large Bree Leather Satchel. It’s definitely at the top of my Spring wishlist now!
This bag retails for $345, so I’m thinking it will have to remain on the wishlist and not become a part of my reality anytime soon. I have already splurged a lot for graduation, and I just can’t justify any more! Still, I wanted to share this item because it signifies a trend in purses that I’ve seen a lot of this season: strict structure.
A lot of bags right now are very square or rectangular like this one. The structure is pretty classic. And a lot of these bags are oversized too (but remember – the bigger the bag is, the smaller your hips look!)
Another trend for Spring is solid colors. A lot of accessories have been solid this year instead of patterned. Sure, we’ve seen lots of fun patterned dresses, but largely the accessories have remained more neutral and chic.
I guess I’ll have to see if I can find a cheaper dupe for this at TJ Maxx or Gabes!
Have you purchased a new bag for Spring? Be sure to give me all the details in the comment section!
Of course I woke up early today to experience the royal wedding! Honestly, I was surprised at how emotional I got while watching the ceremony proceeding. It was beautiful, elegant, and everything I wanted to see. I love how the royal family has embraced Meghan. You could tell that she and Harry have such genuine love, and I wish them a lifetime of happiness.
They are just such a beautiful couple. Look at the love that it flowing between them in this first picture. I can’t wait to see what life has in store for them: I’m sure there will be lots of love, laughter, and
Prince Charles walking Meghan down the aisle is so sweet. Apparently, she even asked him herself and there was no hesitation at all. She’s been fully embraced as a member of the family, and I love it so much!
Also, Meghan’s train goes on for days. It’s so epic – major wedding goals right there.
Of course the Queen looked fabulous in lime and purple!
And Kate and Camilla win for best hats!
The brothers look so dapper. Diana would be so proud of the lovely men they’ve become!
Meghan’s mom is beautiful too and she was just beaming with pride at her daughter!
Also, I can’t end this blog without acknowledging the fantastic Bishop Curry! He delivered a legitimate sermon filled with so much passion. His words were powerful, but I also loved the expressions on the stoic British people who clearly have never experienced a gospel preacher with so much fire!
Since this is a fashion blog, I should probably also mention that this lovely wedding dress is Givenchy! It’s so elegant and timeless. I was expecting something more modern, but this was absolutely gorgeous.
This was a wedding to remember. It was absolutely amazing. Congrats Harry and Meghan!
I am so excited for the royal wedding this Saturday! My invitation did get lost in the mail, but I still plan on celebrating in style. I browsed Nordstrom‘s website for inspiration on what I might have worn had I actually been invited. I’m not 100% certain on royal wedding protocol, but I think these are pretty safe choices for most spring afternoon weddings!
Would you pick any of these for a royal wedding guest outfit? Are you excited for the wedding this Saturday? Be sure to let me know your thoughts in the comment section!
I love dresses for spring, especially if they’re colorful or floral. I’ve seen so many great dresses for this spring season, and I’m loving the color and pattern trends. Here are my top picks for dresses you can wear to garden parties or other fun outdoor events:
I love this first dress because of the ruffles. They’re such a fun, feminine detail that really stands out here.
Color blocking is also a great trend for spring. It’s a nice twist on traditional stripes, and I love the lavender shade of this particular dress too.
A fitted a-line frock is also very flattering for curvy forms, and I love the pop of pink color that this one provides. It’s perfect for spring!
Florals are trendy every spring, but I love this jungle-inspired take on the trend. It’s really fun and exotic.
This last dress is a more traditional floral pattern, but I love how bold and oversized the blooms are here. It’s a really eye-catching print.
All of these dresses can be purchased from New York & Company‘s website if you’re interested. They always have a great collection of trendy dresses for budget-friendly prices!
What dress trends are looking forward to this spring? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!
Last night was the legendary Met Gala! This year’s theme was Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. As expected, there was lots of glitz, glam, and religious paraphernalia. Here are my picks for best and worst dressed this year!
1 – Hands down, the winner for Best Dressed is Blake Lively! She dressed like a queen in Versace, and it was FLAWLESS! Here she is waving to her royal subjects…
Honorable Mentions for Best Dressed:
2 – Nicki Minaj’s flowing red extravaganza was a delight! I loved the ombre red and the detailing in the jewelry.
3 – Of course, Madonna was going to rock this theme. She’s already done so much with religious iconography in her aesthetic, but the crown/mesh really worked for me!
4 – Gigi Hadid is next on our list. This was the best “angel”-inspired piece of the night. Truly stunning!
5. Scarlett Johansson’s look was perfectly ethereal. This is the only dress on the list that I actually covet the chance to wear!
6. Zendaya took this theme very seriously, and I thought her ensemble inspired by Joan of Arc was a brave choice that really paid off!
7 – Last, but certainly not least, we have Chadwick Boseman who truly committed to the theme! Most of the male outfits were pretty bland, but this one was stunning. I love when male celebs aren’t afraid to stand out on red carpets.
1 – My pick for worst dressed is Liza Koshy. This look seems like something that could be found at the junior’s department of any store in the mall, and it just doesn’t work for the Met Gala red carpet.
Honorable Mentions for Worst Dressed:
2 – Next, we have Kendall Jenner who didn’t get the memo of this being a formal affair. This outfit stood out for all the wrong reasons. Way too casual!
3 – Oh, Miley, where did your fire go? This is a super safe pick from someone who used to light up the red carpet with daring choices. Overall, this was just too bland.
4 – Lauren Santo Domingo also gets featured on the worst dressed list for playing it way too safe. This look was just too dull for the Met Gala.
5 – Zoe Kravitz is apparently adorned in YSL, but it seems like she just found a scrap of lace on the floor of the couturier’s boutique and called it a day.
6 – Mindy Kaling makes the list because of a safe and ill-fitting frock choice. Also, even the crown looks like it’s awkwardly the wrong size here.
7 – And lastly, we have Emma Stone in Louis Vuitton. It looks more military-inspired than anything, and it’s just not super flattering.
What a fantastic red carpet! This was another successful Met Gala, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for next time. Who knows – maybe next year will be my year to finally score an invite!
So, one of my dreams is to someday be invited to the Met Gala! The Met Gala is a yearly fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. It’s always hosted by Vogue‘s Anna Wintour and a select co-host. The themes revolve around an actual exhibition from the Costume Institute, and celebrities tend to wear outfits that reflect the theme.
It’s always held on the first Monday in May. If you want to learn more, you should definitely check out the documentary The First Monday in May which offers an awesome behind the scenes look at how the gala is put together.
In anticipation of tonight’s festivities, I thought it would be fun to reflect on some past celebrity styles:
First up, we have Blake Lively wearing Burberry in 2016. This dress is like a fairytale. It evokes romance, and I absolutely love it! The light shimmer in the sheen of the fabric really makes it perfect.
Next we have Sarah Jessica Parker wearing Oscar de la Renta in 2014. SJP is a major fixture at the Met Gala (fun fact: she grew up in Cincinnati so I feel a close kinship with her!) I love the way the black bodice sits atop the full white skirt. It almost looks like a black lotus flower with petals spreading down.
This third look is Amal Clooney wearing Maison Margiela in 2015. I think the dress would look better against a different color background (so much red) but the structure of this piece is fascinating. The layers are fabulous and the deliberate asymmetry is stunning.
Now we have Gwyneth Paltrow wearing Stella McCartney in 2011. My reaction to this dress is so similar to the one Lea Michele is experiencing as she photobombs this snapshot. I love it! Of course, you know any dress largely made of sparkles is definitely going to appeal to me.
Next we have Miuccia Prada wearing Prada in 2005. Miuccia is the head designer of Prada and the founder of Miu Miu. Her grandfather was the founder of Prada. While I don’t love the look completely, I think the intricate pattern in this frock is fantastic. Also, this is a great example of how celebrities take more avant garde risks during the Met Gala, but more of that later…
This look is Kate Moss wearing Marc Jacobs in 2009. I’m a huge fan of metallics, so this one really stands out to me. And, as a side note, I absolutely need that carpet in my apartment. It’s gaudy but totally me. I wish my carpet was black and that I had a zebra-print area rug just like this!
And last, but not least, we have this creation: Sarah Jessica Parker again but wearing H&M in 2015. There’s so much to dissect in this picture. First, this is an extreme avant garde headpiece, which she pulls off because she pairs it with a subtler dress. Also, how amazing is it that she wore H&M to the Met Gala?! Finally, I love the floral detailing on the train of the dress. It’s surprising and pulls it all together.
Tonight, I’m going to be obsessively stalking social media outlets so I can feel like I’m a part of tonight’s Met Gala. This year’s theme is Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. So, I imagine there will be a lot of cross embellishments and metallics. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post which will feature my best and worst dressed list from the night’s event.
Yesterday was the Kentucky Derby! I’m terrified of horses, but I’d love to go someday so that I can just admire all of the fashions. Being in Cincinnati, it’s just a short drive away, so maybe next year!
Anyway, while I wasn’t there in person, I did scour the internet for a glimpse of some of the fabulous hats, and I wanted to share my top five favorites:
1. This first one is my top pick. I love the black and white. It’s classy but really dramatic. The matching feathers also work so well. This is a quintessential Kentucky Derby hat!
2. I also love a pop of color! This lavender hat was amazing for Spring. I don’t quite understand the orange plumes on the side, but overall this is a really neat hat.
3. This third hat really works for me because it’s dramatic but neutral. It would seem way too extreme if it was in a brighter color, but the demure tones help the overall look to come together. I’d love to try this one on!
4. I’m totally biased towards this hat because it looks like an exaggerated version of the fascinator I purchased to wear for the royal wedding (I have not been invited but I am throwing my own party that day to celebrate). It’s pink, so of course I love it!
5. Last, but not least, we have our most dramatic hat! It’s like the Kentucky Derby meets Coachella! This is an example of a deliberately over-the-top hat, and while it’s not one that I would feel comfortable wearing, I definitely respect it and admire the rose detailing. It also kind of looks like a dream catcher, which I find interesting.
Have you ever attended the Kentucky Derby, or do you plan to do so in the future? What kind of hat would you want to wear? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!
Spring is finally here! It’s felt so nice to finally be able to wear capris and sandals at work. As someone who is always warm, I’m tempted to wear capris in winter but I get a lot of side-eye when I do, so I try to dress appropriately. But Spring and Summer are my seasons!
Naturally, as the seasons change, I find myself needing new shoes. Well, “need” might be a strong word, but I’m sure you understand the feeling. I’ve been shopping and I’ve noticed a major trend right now: strappy sandals this spring that have thicker straps. Here are some that I found from DSW that I’m definitely considering purchasing:
These first shoes are the Sam Edelman Susie Sandal which are $69.99. I love the medium blue suede because they’re definitely not similar to anything I already own. These would be so cute paired with a white sundress.
These next shoes would have been so cute for Easter. They’re the Marc Fisher Kickoff Wedge Sandal which are also $69.99. The light pink shade is gorgeous, and the ruffle is sweet and feminine.
I love red! It’s sensual and vibrant and makes everyone take notice. That’s probably why I’ve got my eyes on the Unisa Diane Sandal which retails for only $39.99
This next one is pretty whimsical. It’s the Crown Vintage Accumoli Sandal for $39.99. I don’t know why, but I’m drawn to the contrasting straps. Since they’re all neutrals, they can be easily paired with other neutrals. It’s eclectic but fun!
This final shoe is my favorite and not just because it’s pink! This is the Diba Gizmo Flat Sandal which is only $29.99 I love the structure of this shoe and its dramatic front bow. The ribbing on the sides is also a nice textural detail.
Are you excited for Spring? What wardrobe changes will you be making? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!
While my engagement didn’t quite work out and I’m a single lady again, I was still excited to see the latest in Bridal Fashion that has come out over the last few weeks. Even though it is 2018, these were all shows for Spring 2019. Fashion shows are always so ahead of real life! Still, one trend I couldn’t help but notice is that so many designers used very full skirts in their bridal fashions this year. I thought I would put together a few of my favorites from shows that were posted on Vogue Runway, a great resources for those who want to stay on top of couture.
This first dress is from Elie Saab. Not only is this a gorgeous set for photo shoots, but I also love the floral embellishments on the bodice of this dress as well as the softer embellishments woven into the full tulle skirt.
This next dress is from Temperley London. While the skirt is still full, I love the mermaid style and the cascading lace in the front. Also, the lingerie-inspired bodice is a daring but beautiful choice.
This third one is from Marchesa. The fullness of this skirt is reminiscent of a wedding cake, and I like how the floral embellishments seem to be dripping between the layers of dress.
Next, we have another super dramatic skirt courtesy of Viktor & Rolf. The ruffled edging of each dress layer is stunning, although I imagine this works better for a runway than walking down the aisle of a real wedding.
Our penultimate dress is from Monique Lhuillier. This one looks like a complete fantasy to me. It gives me major Disney Princess vibes, and I adore the long train that accompanies this full skirt.
Finally, we have this dress from Jenny Packham, one of Duchess Kate’s favorite designers. The halter neckline and bodice are very reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe, and the full skirt is more delicate than the others and feels very romantic.
Are you in the market for a wedding dress? What trends are shaping your search? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!
So, last night, I did something that I’ve never done before: I went to a fashion show! After over a decade of watching America’s Next Top Model and Project Runway and similar shows, I finally got a glimpse of a runway in person at the Holiday Glam Fashion Show held by the online publication Cincy Chic, an amazing website about Cincinnati-specific stores, spas, events, fashion, etc.
This was such a fun event! The fashion show wasn’t very long, but it had a lot of heart. The clothes were all provided by Clothes Mentor, a store that sells second-hand designer items for amazing prices. I really enjoyed seeing the fabulous outfits come down the runway. There was one purple dress (Sorry, I couldn’t get a picture fast enough) that I really loved and want to try to find in the store!
Before the fashion show, there were about 20 vendor booths selling a huge variety of items. There were skincare booths, hair/makeup booths, an essential oil booth, designer and eclectic clothes booths, and even a personal stylist. I really enjoyed browsing the goods and learning about some neat local boutiques and businesses as well as some larger businesses. The booths also put some small items and coupons together for our complimentary swag bags that we received upon arrival.
Finally, there were little nibbles, but nothing quite topped these delicious and adorable cupcakes provided by Gigi’s Cupcakes. A friend and I used to go to their Kenwood location all the time for gourmet cupcakes but I haven’t been in so long, so these were both tasty and nostalgic for me.
Overall, it was a really fun night! There were raffles and giveaways and just a delightful holiday glam atmosphere. I enjoyed attending my first fashion show, and I really want to find similar events to attend in 2018!
Have you attended any local beauty or fashion events? How were they? Please, let me know in the comment section. I love how connected our communities can be!