Tuesday, April 22, 2014

My New Craze

 It's official, I've gone blazer crazy!  And look! It's not just me!

When my friend saw me in this outfit, she told me that Princess Katherine has been reported wearing her navy blazer a number of times (check out the full article here).  Well, if Kate's doing it, I'm doing it, too -ha!  I love how she is wearing her blazer with a casual shirt. Yup... I'll copy that! Her blazer and wedges make her "everyday outfit" a little dressier. 

Kate's Outfit:
Jeans- J Brand for similar, Tee- Here for similar, Blazer- Smythe, Wedges-Stuart Weitzman or Russell and Bromley

 I changed into flats to make my outfit a little less dressy. Next time I'll try a tee!

I love the tailored look and structure of this blazer.  I love that it has clasps at the waistline, which creates a great silhouette regardless of whether it's open or closed. 

Outfit Links:
Blazer- Nordstrom, Shirt- J.Crew, Jeans- AG for similar, Flats- Here for similar, Wedges- Calvin Klein

Accessories Link:
Bag- Louis Vuitton, Watch- Cartier, Earrings- Nordstrom, Bangles- Alex and Ani

Monday, April 21, 2014

Rain Boots, Anyone?

Have you all heard of Roma Boots?  You probably have since they've been featured on Today, InStyle, Harper's Bazaar, Huffington Post, and Forbes, just to name a few.

 Meet Samuel, the founder of Roma (Amor spelled backwards). He created 'a buy one give one' fashionable rain boot company. For every pair sold, Roma donates a pair of boots to a child in need. Not to mention, 10% of their profits go to the Roma For All Foundation, which aspires to help children break the cycle of poverty. Talk about "giving poverty the boot"!

Check them out!  I've mentioned them on the blog before, when Roma boots participated in a shopping night I co-hosted.The biggest question of the night (and on the blog) was, "what color should I get?!?!".  And with all the fun colors they offer, it's a hard decision!  But this time I went with black because they match everything! I love that these are a high gloss black. So chic, no?

 For the boys I went with their favorite colors, green and blue!  And since I bought their favorite colors, their raincoats matched.  Not that I really cared, but it sure did make for cute pictures -ha! Oh, and I particularly love the black soles and stripe at the top.  It's different and really makes the colors pop.

Roma has a goal to give away over 10,000 boots this year. I want to help them reach that goal! So guess what my god-son, god-daughter, nieces and nephews will be receiving this year on their birthday/Christmas?!?!?  Yup, that's right, a brightly colored pair of fashionable rain boots!  It's a no brainer. It gives another child a pair of boots while helping all the kiddos in my life (and yours) understand what it means to give back. Conscientious consumerism at it's finest!  It's a win, win! 

I'd love it if you'd join me in making over 10,000 kids happy this year with a new pair of Roma boots!  We can help Samuel reach his goal!  In fact, if everyone that looks at this post buys a pair, he'll reach his goal.  AHHHHHH!  That's really exciting!  We can do it!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Lots of Help

Does this dress look familiar?

Now does it look familiar?  It's the same David Peck dress I wore in a post late last year, turned backwards!  But I take no credit of my own.  A friend, Julie Rhodes, told me she wore this very same dress backwards. Genius! Yes ma'am, I'll be copying that!  I love the practicality of being able to wear a black tie dress more than once!  (Side note: Just this past week, a client and I were getting her ready for a black tie event, and she accidentally put the dress on backwards! Well, it was a happy happenstance because that's how we liked it best.) Maybe you can do this with one of the black tie dresses hanging in your closet!

 Up until the day of the event I didn't know what I was going to wear!  I know that sounds ridiculous, but the dress I ordered didn't compare to this one, and then with the busyness of life in general, I wasn't able to look for an alternative.  So after chatting with some friends about my "situation", I decided to take this dress to a one hour alterations place, chop the hem and wear it backwards. 

 But then my friend had an even better idea. She said, "Carly, how about you call the creator of the dress himself and see what he thinks?".   Well, I was very trepidatious to call the dress designer the day of because, well, it's embarrassing that I didn't have my stuff together. I don't really want to be admitting this fact, but I'm keeping it real. But all of my worry was in vain, because David Peck (the dress designer) was not only super accommodating, but he had an even better idea! He said that we should detach the skirt and turn it around, so that the train was still in the back and there wasn't a seam down the front.  Wow, I'm so glad I called him. I so didn't think about these details (clearly not a dress designer), and I'm so thankful he's such a wonderful person and helped me!   

So here is my happy ending, but getting here took lots of help: dress fixed the day of (thank you David Peck), highlights and nails done the night before...in one hour (thank you Robert Moore and Millie), hair put up by my sister-in-law (thank you Mallory), earrings purchased 2 hours before the event at Kate Spade.  Oh, and not to mention the Spanx for under my dress, the Blingdots to support my earlobes, and the fashion tape to make sure I didn't flash anyone! But, I also want to thank all of you for helping me get over my own issue of "What I see in the Mirror".  There would be no way I would have worn this dress a couple of years ago, so thank you!