Fall '17 Trend: Leather + Leather + Leather

Leather on leather on leather on leather.  Designers left and right sent their best head to toe leather ensembles down the runway for fall, showing us this luxe fabric isn't just for biker jackets, booties and driving gloves.   Think you want to try your hand at this trend this fall season?  Reach for an a-line skirt that will pair with everything all season long, or try this faux leather version if more your speed.

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This leather and floral belt is the perfect accouterments for any mid section.

I styled this leather ruffle crop top over a butterfly blouse in the upcoming November issue of SouthPark Magazine.  It would be hard for most to pull this off on its own, but layered, it is a home run for all!

These olive colored cropped pants from the Banana Republic x Olivia Palermo collection are a great accessibly priced way to add a touch of leather to your wardrobe for fall. 

This big shoulder leather dress reads hot and bothered meets 80's glam at its best!

Shop the post for all the best in leather this season.  Can't see the below images?  Click HERE.

Fall '17 Trend: Americana

Denim, small scale floral prints, quilted fabric, checks, suede, prairie dresses and Western motifs galore.  These are a few examples in design indicative of the Americana Trend for fall.  Laura Ingalls Wilder would go bananas.  I certainly do.  A long time fan of Coach, this brand gets my vote for doing the Americana trend better than all the rest.  But then again, would you consider it a trend if they're simply doing what they've always done?  Ulla Johnson nails it too. Shop my top Americana styles below or click HERE if you are unable to see the below images. 

The print on this vintage maxi dress PLUS a bow around the neck?  Ahh.  TDF.

This Coach patchwork maxi skirt looks like House of Landor vintage dreams in color.

How about the Coach Rogue 25 bag with embellished leather blooms?

 

What is Americana without the perfect pair of clogs?

I'd like to have this Free People maxi

My Carolina blue and white ruffle plaid shirt has been getting lots of hits.  I think this version is a great take on Americana.  Also this one my friend Emily snagged. 

 



 

What She Wore: Stephen Wilson Art Meets Fashion At Capitol

I first met my sweet friend Renee at the Neiman Marcus store in Charlotte.  I'll never forget our chance encounter.  She was walking out, I was on my way into the store picking up items for a photo shoot.  I feel sure it was one of those days I was running (literally), outfitted in mismatched sweaty running gear.  She recognized me from my Instagram account and approached me looking so so sheek. She always does.  My friend is a beautiful warm one, inside and out, but I must say how much I love that she always dresses so put together. She takes the time and makes an effort with her appearance.  I feel that when we do make the extra effort it is a way of saying "I respect you and I respect myself."  Wearing a simple but elegant LoveShackFancy white cotton sundress topped off with a Zara tweed jacket, paired with sandals from Ann Taylor, pearl earrings and her trusty Chanel quilted purse, Renee recently looked stunning at the Stephen Wilson talk and exhibit at Capitol.

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Don't get me wrong, I know it is not always easy to do this every time we leave the house.  Sometimes we simply to do not have enough time to go the extra mile.  We are all so busy, moving at such high speeds from this thing to the next.  But then, as another super stylish friend pointed out to me... 

Something to think about.  Just sayin'.  Shop Renee's look for yourself or click HERE if you are unable to see the below images. 

Day Of Style + Fun

It's my favorite amazing, awesome, unlike any other style event of the year!  Please join us next Wednesday, October 11th for our House of Landor Day of Style & Fun!  If you've come to this event in the past you know all about the gorgeous vintage threads.  This time we're also including the artful one of a kind HYLA DEWITT JEWELRY + Pantofola Italian Dog Accessories for all your doggie lovers out there and Charlotte's own, Windy O'Connor Contemporary Art and pillows!  Grab a girlfriend and join us!

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To wet your pallette, here's sampling of what to expect...

We hope to see you there!

What I Wore: Sunday's Best Wrap Dress

A few weeks ago I styled my new DVF leopard print wrap dress under a vintage Lillie Rubin dress, pulled together with a striped fabric belt from the gals at Found.  This past Sunday I reached for the wrap, wearing it as is, for an easy peasy one stop church outfit. Paired with tights and booties for warmth and topped off with my Great Grandmother's needlepoint purse, I was out the door in a jiffy!  I will say I get tons of compliments every time I carry the purse.  Y'all know my affinity for quality vintage.  Wearing vintage allows you to create a high end look that is all your own without spending the mint!  I found some great needlepoint purses on Etsy.  Grab yourself one; you will love carrying such a work of art!  

Shop my entire look for yourself, or click HERE if you are unable to see the below images. 

Fall '17 Trend: The Power Suit

Corporate men beware.  It's the return of the women's power suit!  Tweed waistcoats, pantsuits, menswear, all over floral, large scale checks and more, be prepared to see it all. Wear your suit all at once or mix and match your outfit pairing the blazer with another pair of trousers or skirt and, likewise, style your pants with a different top.  That's what you call a fashion three-fer.  Shop my suiting top picks below or click HERE if you are unable to see the images.

Wear this all over floral jacket and pants combo to work or, paired with black satin pumps, to your next cocktail party. 

Get lucky with this super cute and affordable green pantsuit, also in pink, or this glittery version.

This Derek Lam red floral jaquard number is red hot spot on. 

Wear this forest green tuxedo pant suit to work or as formal wear.

Chinese Lantern Festival at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens

 

A few weeks ago I took at exciting visit to see the new Chinese Lantern Festival exhibit at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens.  If you've ever visited the gardens you know what a magical, beautiful place it is.  Located just outside of Charlotte in the quaint town of Belmont, with ongoing events and changing exhibits throughout the year, Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens brings a unique element of beauty and art to our community. The Chinese Lantern exhibit is nothing short of phenomenal.  

For my visit, I did my best to dress in theme with a traditional Chinese pant suit handed down from a client.  If you saw my recent Chinoiserie Chic post, you'll know this is one current trend of which I cannot get enough. Dragons, gardens, butterflies, bamboo... magical maximalism at it's finest!

The Chinese Lantern Festival runs now through October 29.  I highly recommend you do NOT miss this one.  Families, take your children!  Adults and children alike, you will be amazed by the magic.  This is the perfect date night outing.  A few fun facts about the lanterns...

  • The lanterns were shipped from Zigong and traveled nearly 9,000 miles via trains, trucks, and ships (ultimately to the port of Charleston!) to the Garden.
  • The lanterns are built by hand with metal frames and colorful rayon material stretched around the them.  The lanterns start as a 2D rendering and ends up as a 3D work of art you will see at the exhibit.
  • The tallest lantern in the exhibit includes the jellfish standing up to Michael Jordan feet tall (23)!

My friend interior design pal Cathy's pictures turned out better than mine, so I'll share some of those with you here. Visit her wonderful design blog to see more pictures of the exhibit.  There was also a fantastic Dragon Dance performance by The Peaceful Dragon.

There are also amazing vendors selling Asian art, jewelry, bags and more, as well as a puppet show and a plethora of classes like Calligraphy, The Art of Kokedama and more to let you explore further the Asian Culture. Read about it all HERE.  If I didn't already say this, and I know I did... This exhibit is AMAZING!  Don't miss it!

Gucci Decor

All those colors, snakes, cats, recognizable stripes and more upon pleats, ruffles, bows and silk; Gucci has gone and tickled our senses once more now in the form of cushions, chairs, wallpaper, folding screens, candles and more, this time for the home. If you are mad for Gucci just as much as I am (as we ALL are!), you can shop the entire collection HERE.  A few of my favorites...

If I could have just ONE folding screen

I am especially craving one the snake pillows and cushions, in red or green! Christmas all year done right.

Blind for Love.  I'm not even exactly sure what this means, but I like it.  

If you can't see the below images, click HERE

Vintage Voila On Stands Now In Ballantyne Magazine

If I do say so myself, the Style Points in the newest issue of Ballantyne Magazine looks pretty awesome.  Given my love of quality vintage clothing, this edit was particularly fun for me.  If you love great vintage like I do, get excited as you prepare to see everything from clothing to accessories and in between inspired by vintage design.  As we all know, the good stuff always comes back, like my Grandmother's poolside caftan here... 

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Americana, patchwork, embroidery belted leather coats and rich velvet for formal occasions are a few of my favorite vintage inspired designs for Fall '17.  There are great finds from Charlotte's own Frock Shop and Neiman Marcus as well as House of Landor and the resurrected for modern day cool, Seafarer Denim. Read the entire issue HERE.  

What a treat it was, too, to be able to provide personal styling services to my editor.  Read about the AMAZING vintage needlepoint bag we uncovered tucked and hidden in her closet.  Do you have any amazing vintage finds?  I'd love to hear about them! 

Cancer Messed With. . .

It's Pediatric Cancer Awareness month and the team at The Isabella Santos Foundation could not think of a better time to launch a new project that has been months in the making. The Isabella Santos Foundation has come up with another way to help fight cancer and support research. Cancer Messed With is an apparel brand that allows you to show support for your loved one, a friend, a teammate... anyone who is fighting cancer.  Not only are you giving them the encouragement they need to fight this disease, but your purchase of one of the Cancer Messed With products is also helping find a cure for pediatric cancer.  

I wear my Cancer Messed With tee in support of the many many friends and family members I've known to fight a battle with cancer.  We all know someone. With any choice of color or logo, The Cancer Messed With Purchase Program allows your organization, company, team, school or group of friends to come together and show support for someone you love while raising funds for pediatric cancer research through The Isabella Santos Foundation. 

Pick out a t-shirt, tank or hat to help show support of anyone you know who is fighting cancer. Take a look HERE at all of the amazing community support for this great cause (which as you see includes at least one of our most favorite hunky Panther players ;).  #CancerMessedWith

Fall '17 Trend: Red

Red is the "IT" color for Fall '17.  Fire engine, cherry, tomato, blood or burgundy, take your pick! Not just limited to threads for your clothes, wear it on your feet, your ears, your nails, lay your head upon this color of love all season long.  Shop all my favorites in every shade of red, or click HERE if you are unable to see the below images.   

Red feathery fun disco ball earrings?  Yes, please!

These red leather gloves are the perfect pop of color accessory, and the price too!

This long military style coat is on my list.  Olivia Palermo x Banana Republic.  Girl can do no wrong.

This jeweled clutch is so cute.  It could seriously be Dolce & Gabbana, but it's Topshop.

THE cutest little ruffly, frilly red lace dress.  Hot date alert!

Step fancy in this red bootie, red on the top and red on the bottom, or try this accessibly priced version

What I Wore: Neiman Marcus Cusp Fashion Show

Last week I had the fun pleasure of co-moderating, along with Scoop Charlotte's very own Susu Bear, the Neiman Marcus Cusp Fall Trend Fashion Show.  Susu and I had such a great time carrying on an upbeat dialogue with Neiman Marcus' Fine Apparel and CUSP sales manager, Kristen Leone, and Public Relations Manager, Kristin Jackson.  Neiman Marcus ALWAYS puts on a good show.  I was able to grab something from the CUSP department for the evening and after close consideration to a few items, I decided on a timeless DVF cheetah print wrap dress.

While this dress is classic and timeless, of course I had to make it my own.  After several iterations, including styling it as an open kimono over pants or a skirt or another dress (jeans would have been to casual for this event) and wearing it as a blouse under a long skirt, I ultimately decided to layer it under another dress.  One to always opt for maximalism over the alternative, I find layering to be a great way to achieve a high impact look that is all your own. If you recall in another recent post, Fairy Girl Lydia does too.  Here's where my look landed...

I layered a 1960's Lillie Rubin/Don Luis de Espana dress over the DVF wrap and tied it off with a striped fabric belt from the FOUND Collection.

This summer has certainly been a big one for the season's "IT" Bag by Cult Gaia.  Shop all of the current styles and colors HERE.  

My J.Crew electric blue pumps are always a fun choice.

I love this Don Luis de Espana dress currently for sale on Etsy.  Or this one and this one. 

Shop my picks below to recreate a similar look for yourself.  Click HERE if you are unable to see the below images. 

One other thing that didn't hurt was the fact that Andre made my face into a new one.  Anyone who knows me knows that I am, at best, very uncomfortable wearing makeup.  I think Andre did an absolutely amazing job.  I felt I looked different when I saw myself in the mirror, but I did not feel overwhelmed or uncomfortable.  I highly recommend you go see Andre at the Chanel counter at Neiman Marcus in Charlotte for your next event or makeup needs. 

What She Wore: Fairy Girl

Today's What She Wore is so fun and creative, I couldn't help but share with you!  Lydia's creativity and personal style of layering clothing items is all her own.  While layering is an achievable one and a great way to display your own unique style, it is one that when mastered comes by way of both intentional thought and great creativity. This is both A brain AND B brain going on here.  I remember the first time I met Lydia's now husband, Scott.  I said to him "your sweet girlfriend reminds me of a fairy!" And with that, Scott lovingly replied, "that's what I call her."  Love, love. 

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Layering ensures no one else will have your look.  And let's not forget all those luscious details.

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I'm a sucker for a romantic lace blouse, and I do think this one is exquisite!

Truth be told, I've never owned a pair of moccasins.  This pair marries boho + glam just splendidly!  This are the pair Lydia wears. 

Shop Free People's full run of lace dresses for the fairy in you!  This black lace mini dress is so gypsy sexy.

Shop all of Lydia's look below or click HERE if you are unable to see the below images.

Fall '17 Trend: Chinoiserie Chic

It is officially the year of the dragon.  I cannot get enough of chinoiserie.  If I could, I'd lather an entire room in it or hang gorgeous mural paper like this affordable option by Anthropologie.  I am 100% a maximalist kind of a girl.  ALL of the flowers, birds, dragons garden creatures and colors pull be closer and closer!  That and all things Gucci right now.  

 

These red rhinestone dragon booties are a style explosion for the visual senses. 

I recommended these color block tailored pants to a client.  Model, fashion bloggers style maven Rocky Barnes wore them on her Instagram this week.  I love the colors and patterns. Here is the dress version as well.  Mega style at an accessible price. 

I think I definitely need this dragon mini dress STAT.

Create a little tension by dressing up your utility jacket with an embroidered dragon.

Shop all of my favorite chinoiserie fashions, or click HERE if you are unable to see the below images. 

Fall '17 Trend: At The Disco

If there is one thing I love it is a sequin.  I mean I LOVE glam.  My Grandmother had this most amazing 1980's silver puff sleeve blouse that I put on every time I went to visit her as a child, as a teenager, as a college student.  I have it now and while I don't wear it nearly often enough, it is one of my favorite tops.  

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I was thrilled to open the September fashion issue of my InStyle Magazine and see a Disco feature with more lurex, metallic and sequins that I knew how to manage.  I'm doing my best to get it out of my system, sharing with you is one form of coping with all the glitzy excitement. I'll just pretend I'm Lily Aldridge cool on the couch like this...

In the meantime, paired with a leather fringe skirt, I recently enjoyed wearing my new vintage House of Landor Butterfly Disco top to see Liz Hilliard give a fantastic talk and fashion show at Neiman Marcus.

 

If I could I would LIVE in a Halpern mini or jumpsuit.  I realize Charlotte is not Vegas or Miami but I'd be perfectly happy wearing them to the market. 

For just a hint of sequin, this Attico drawstring pouch is sleek and jazzy.  I'll take it in head to toe in the form of a dress.

This Cynthia Rowley sequin striped tee would be perfect paired with distressed denim and a sassy pair of pumps.

The perfect little red swishy disco dress.

Shop my Disco appropriate favorites, or click HERE if you are unable to see the below images.

Summer To Fall Closet Switch With Barbara McKay + Simplicity Organizers

It is almost time to put those spring and summer clothes aside and bring in those for fall and winter!  But if you're really on top of things like one of Charlotte's longest most loved personalities for all time, Barbara McKay, then you've already made the switch.  A few years ago I had the delight of assistance with getting my closet together thanks to Charlotte's own Simplicity Organizers.  If you need help getting it together (like me) these are the folks to call. Below are some before and after pictures of my then closet. 

The over extended exhausted drooping bar is my favorite.  For the sake of visual sanity, I am a firm believer in having all of the same hangers.  I use these black felt ones by slim line.  I also recommend clear plastic shoe boxes in order to keep your shoes in their best shape while being easy to find. You can do this yourself, or call Simplicity to take care of any and everything organizational thing for which you are able to find no time.  Now back to the fashion...

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Let's see what Barbara McKay has to say on the matter of swapping out your closets for a new season.  Read about her cutie patootie fashionable self HERE and check out her tips. Have a great weekend everyone!

Fall '17 Trend: Velvet

What's the saying?  Go all out or go home?  If that's the case, I am definitely gonna go for it starting out my Fall 2017 Trend roundup with Velvet.  For the last few seasons velvet has made it's mark on the runways, each year with a slightly different tone from the last, all the while getting richer and more refined with each season.  This year velvet makes it's most relevant mark for the formal occasion.  Shop my favorite velvet for Fall, or click HERE if you are unable to see the below images. 

 

Head STRAIGHT for the disco in this velvet and gold mirrored platform heel. 

Could velvet be more stylish and regal than this beaded velvet midi dress with pouf sleeves?

Want just a touch of velvet but all the fun?  Try this eyelet wrap mini dress. 

Red velvet tuxedo jacket anyone?  Yes, PLEASE. 

Okay, okay.  But THIS big dot, 80's looking one shoulder frock with assymetrical everything is the one I want. 

See some of my favorite House of Landor picks in the newest issue of Ballantyne Magazine

Labor Day Sale Favorites

I hope everyone is having a GREAT Labor Day weekend!  In anticipation of the upcoming Chicago Marathon, I kicked my weekend off with a 22 mile run.  Yes. That's right, and it was every bit as grueling as it sounds. I've trained for I think six marathons, and these long runs honestly do not get any easier with experience.. at least not for me!  It's been a tougher training season for me with my energy pulled in other directions.. mainly that of caring for the Peanuts and paying dem billz, but I am still excited to run in the Windy City with some of my running besties. Unlike the Queen City, the course is flat!  It will be my first time running this race and visiting Chicago, so I can't wait for another new experience.  In the meantime, if you want to take advantage of all the Labor Day Sales, below are a few of my favorites, including some of my top staples for any wardrobe.  Click HERE if you are unable to see the below images. 

A button down chambray is one of my favorite basic tops.  Fancy up yours with a ruffle like this one from J.Crew, and two clients nabbed this best selling utility pant last week. 30% Off with Code : YESPLEASE

Take 30% off everything for him, her and home at Urban Outfitters.  Lots of cool home goods.  I love these metallic faux leather poofs.

Shop always awesome Intermix and save up to 80% off thanks to an additional 40% all markdowns. I recently nabbed this Birds of Paradis plaid peplum top for a client. 

Shop all the comfy basics from Sundry, including this sailor stripe long sleeve tee.

Take an additional 25% off at Free People. This short sleeve duster cardigan is awesome!

Saks Fifth Avenue has up to 75% off select styles. I am all over this Disco Fever metallic tie neck blouse. 

I recommend the Gap 1969 Denim Jacket to every single female client. I have yet to find a more universally flattering denim jacket, and for the price and cut, it really can't be beat.  40% with Code: LABORDAY

Long Sleeve Mini Dress

Got the gift of gams but want some coverage up top?  Looking for your next night on the town outfit to be something out of the box?  Inspired by the runway by way of my style bible In Style Magazine, try a long sleeve mini dress paired with either a tall boot or high heel for a look that will keep heads turning.   Shop my top picks below or click HERE if you are unable to see the below images. 

 

This classic sophisticated black and white version is perfect to take from the office to drinks after work. 

I love the gold details on this one by DODO BAR OR.  It's boho with a splash of glam.

Here's a great casual version for day.. Perfect for an afternoon at the brewery, and I love the embroidery (and price!)

And this little lace number, since Self Portrait is ALL the rage right now.  Sexy town!

Designer Crush: Rachel Comey + My Vintage Diane Freis Dress

New York based designer Rachel Comey began her career as a formally trained sculptor.  After a start in menswear and next onto womenswear and accessories, the US based brand now spans the globe.  Comey's clothes and accessories are sleek and chic showing no surprise for her background in sculpting. I spotted the below softly architectural cream Renew Dress in In Style Magazine.  With it's wide gathered waistband, flouncy shoulders and soft hemline I couldn't help but think of the vintage Diane Freis dress I picked up from House of Landor.  As we all know, it all comes back around. 

I love the fuzzy embroidered detail on this wooden heeled mule.

This gold brushed bootie or this leather one with metallic heel would amp up any otherwise simple ensemble.

The ruffles down the front take this track pant to another level of stylish. Or you could opt for the jumpsuit if you are really brave!

These acrylic contemporary hoop earrings will go with anything and everything.  I love the mauve pink color. 

Shop below all of my favorite Rachel Comey current pieces. Click HERE if you are unable to see the below images.