I can’t get enough of Spring and Summer fashion, especially the bright and the colorful. That’s why I simply die for these Bougainvillea Tassel sandals in tie-dyed tropical flower hues! They are made of soft and supple leather and the slight wedge gives them an extra oomph. I can picture myself wearing them with a flowy maxi dress or a bohemian top and cut-off shorts. You can find them here at anthropologie.com if you love them too. I think they are certainly to tie-dye for!
It’s my favorite time of year. Spring? No, Sak’s Fifth Avenue semi-annual Friends and Family Sale. You simply cannot beat 20% of the entire store! I have been searching for a small bag or clutch for evenings out without any luck. So to my delight, as I was perusing the amazing handbag section at Sak’s, this hot little number caught my eye. It was a delightfully bright bag in the midst of tons of beige and black. I simply had to have it. It was perfect for me, like my name was written right on it! The hottest pink I’ve ever seen on the Marc Jacobs quilted Single leather bag. It’s demure in size but extremely elegant and it’s perfect for a stylish single lady. Marc Jacobs has long been one of my fashion lovers and I know I can always find something I love in his designs. I am ecstatic to wear it, and it even goes with my favorite MAC lipstick, Candy Yum Yum. So fabulous!
Today’s Daily Obsession is absolutely de-lish. I’m talking about Candy Yum Yum matte lipstick from MAC’s Quite Cute collection. It’s the brightest most saturated color in a matte that MAC has released to date. The Quite Cute collection is full of adorable summer-ready shades of soft pink, purple, and nude. I adore the entire collection, but the Candy Yum Yum lipstick is definitely my absolute favorite! Now that I know and love this bold color, I’ve seen it everywhere on tons of famous pouts. I know that some of you might be wary to wear such a bright color of pink, but I urge you to go to your local MAC counter and test it out. You will love it, pretty promise!
God Save McQueen! Catherine Middleton in the Royal Wedding, one of the most watched and most talked about events of my lifetime, wore British label Alexander McQueen! After months of speculation, rumors, and countless attempts to solve the mystery of who the royal bride would wear, the dress has finally been revealed. Kate looked absolutely stunning in her long-sleeved, ivory lace and satin gown, designed by Sarah Burton, creative director of Alexander McQueen. “Alexander McQueen’s designs are all about bringing contrasts together to create startling and beautiful clothes,” Burton said in an interview with the Press Association. “I hope that by marrying traditional fabrics and lacework, with a modern structure and design, we have created a beautiful dress for Catherine on her wedding day.” Indeed, they certainly did. She could have worn any dress by any designer in the world, but I think she made the right decision, don’t you? It is estimated that Kate’s McQueen design is worth more than $83,000! I’m sure well worth the price.
Now here are the fabulous details I’m sure you are dying to know:
The fabrics: “French Chantilly lace was combined with English Cluny lace to be hand-worked in the Irish Carrickmacross needlework tradition.” The most delicate and luxurious fabrics with a British touch.
The design: “Individual flowers have been hand-cut from lace and hand-engineered onto ivory silk tulle to create a unique and organic design, which incorporates the rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock.” A design full of tradition combined with modernity.
The jewels: “[The earrings] are diamond-set stylised oak leaves with a pear shaped diamond set drop and a pavé set diamond acorn suspended in the centre. Inspiration for the design comes from the Middleton family’s new coat of arms, which includes acorns and oak leaves.” Only the best for the future Queen.
The shoes: “The wedding shoes have made hand-made by the team at Alexander McQueen and are made of ivory duchesse satin with lace hand-embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework.” Extravagance down to every small detail.
The veil: “The veil is made of layers of soft, ivory silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers… and held in place by a Cartier ‘halo’ tiara, lent to Miss Middleton by The Queen.” Who doesn’t love Cartier or a tiara?
The hair: The royal bride opted for a natural “demi-chignon,” styled by James Pryce from Kate’s favorite salon, Richard Ward of Chelsea, London. A flawless style no doubt.
Comparisons have been made between Kate and Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco. I can see the similarities, both classic beauties, both with excellent fashion sense. Here is a picture of Grace of her wedding day wearing a similar design. I think it’s safe to say we do indeed have a new Grace Kelly among us. Catherine Middleton did not disappoint, she looked absolutely stunning. Congratulations to happy couple William and Kate!
Today’s Daily Obsession is Alejandro Ingelmo for Chris Benz’s floral wedge pumps. Chris Benz is a hot up-and-coming designer who presented his first ready-to-wear designs to the fashion world in the 2007 New York Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. His designs are colorful with a chic edge, that I simply die for! You can find select items from his collection at websites like shopbop.com. Watch out for Chris Benz, his collections are definitely hot hot hot!
For more information about this designer see http://www.chris-benz.com/.
Happy Earth Day everyone! Today is a great day to remind ourselves how important it is to do our part in helping protect and preserve our planet’s precious resources. In honor of Earth Day, I would like to spotlight one of my favorite environmentally friendly designers, TOMS Shoes. If you haven’t heard of TOMS Shoes, you are in for a treat! TOMS not only makes comfy and stylish shoes, they are a company with a mission. I took this excerpt from their website which best describes their movement:
“In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS Shoes, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One. Blake returned to Argentina with a group of family, friends and staff later that year with 10,000 pairs of shoes made possible by TOMS customers.”
Not only do they match a pair bought for a pair donated, TOMS also makes a selection of “vegan” shoes, which are completely environmentally friendly and organic. I personally own 4 pairs of TOMS because I love how cute and comfortable they are, and I also love knowing that because I bought them, 4 kids somewhere in the world that were without will get a pair of new shoes just like me. I mean, talk about a win-win situation! The One-for-One movement is about making everyday choices to improve the lives of children throughout the world. We should all take today to consider how we can each do our part to help and implement those thoughts everyday of the year.
Visit tomsshoes.com for more information.