Pattern Play

Dots and tribal and lemons, oh my!  I decided to kick off summer in a cheery, pattern-popping way by toying around with several of the patterned pieces taking up residence in my closet.  And with this pattern play, I focused on mixing neutral textural patterns with bolder statement patterns (see below for more on mixing patterns) to create a subtle patterned look.

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Shoe Solutions

Let’s set the scene:  You live in an area where you must walk at least part of the way to work.  It’s hot; it’s sticky, and you just want your feet to breathe before being cooped up in an office all day — or — you’re racing to make it into work on-time, which has incidentally transformed you into a champion power walker.  In either case, comfort during your commute is your top priority.  So what do you do?  You strap on flip flops or sneakers and set off on your merry way.

::Gasp::

I’ve seen everyone from interns to management commit this business-attire indiscretion (and may or may not have comitted it once or twice myself).  But there is hope.  Just nix the flip flops and sneakers and embrace these shoe solutions:

1.  D’Orsay.  I’m a known supporter of the d’Orsay flat (see April’s post, Feeling Flat).  D’Orsays are a solid wear-to-work option with their sleek silhouette that still allows for a fair amount of air flow.  Look for d’Orsays that provide full coverage in the toe region to limit irritation or discomfort brought on by long-distance walking.  I’m loving this cap-toe pair by Chinese Laundry and these Ivanka Trump beauts. Continue Reading

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Make a Statement

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Statement jewelry has never been more popular.  Bigger and bolder rule the day when it comes to adorning our necks, ears, fingers, etc., and no retailer will let us forget it.  While I am rather fond of statement necklaces, which allow me to mix pearls, gems, stones, and metal and still walk out the door without looking too foolish, I am even more a supporter of statement earrings.  The right pair of statement earrings has the ability to Continue Reading

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