I love Tunics. They are so versatile and provide summer sophistication to any wardrobe. They can be worn year round (in seasonal appropriate fabrics) and come in all different colors, styles, and embellishments. I think they are flattering on all shapes and sizes provided you keep the pants or shorts proportional to the top. Tunics usually have a loose fitting silhouette (very forgiving) so they should be matched with a slim or skinny pant. I prefer a long sleeve tunic in a light fabric which can be worn over a swimsuit or with shorts during the day, and with skinny pants or leggings for summer nights. Depending on the length, you can also wear it as a dress with some understated flat sandals. Here are some of my faves:
Above: This tory Tunic by Tory Burch is super elegant and sophisticated. I love the silhouette, the classic color combination, and the high square neck. Tory Burch has some of my favorite tunics!
Above: I pretty much want everything featured in this NYC based designers Spring line including this Ikat Tunic. Perfect worn over a swimsuit for a lovely beach stroll or with skinny dark denim jeans for a night on the town.
CALYPSO ST. BARTH
Above: I can’t mention tunics without mentioning Calypso St. Barth. Known for their amazing resort wear (among other things!) this Lulu Toluca Print tunic in this eye catching orange color makes me want to swing in a hammock while sipping on a margarita.
Above: This silk chiffon sheer tunic by VINCE is perfect for a glamourous summer city day or night. I would wear this with some black cigarette pants, wedges, and understated silver or gold jewelry. Perfect for a date.
I’m a sucker for a good print ad. You can convince me to try something, buy something, taste something based on how good the ad looks. Case in point: the Chanel print ad for their Perfection Lumiere Makeup. This is not a new ad. In fact I think I may have ripped this ad out at least 5 times during the late summer and fall when it first appeared in all the women’s magazines all with the intention of writing a post about it. As I was cleaning my apartment today I came across 3 of these tears so I felt it necessary to post. The beautiful profile shot with the minimal copy all works perfectly to get Chanel’s point across–”Buy this product and you too will look like this!”
I’ve worked in the celebrity/fashion photography industry so as beautiful as this model is, I know she has been retouched but quite frankly I don’t care. This ad makes me want her skin. This ad makes me want to get my eyebrows done. This ad makes me want to buy this makeup. It’s beautiful. It’s a good ad. That’s all.
Happy Bastille Day mes amis! On France’s special day it seems only appropriate that I share some French things that I really j’adore!
My pair of Christian Louboutin heels which I don’t have the opportunity to wear as much as I would like to. They sure are beautiful and slipping them on makes me feel spectacular!
Beautiful drinking glasses from Paris that we received as a wedding gift. Any drink tastes delightful in these colorful glasses. À votre santé!
Scrumptious and amazingly decadent French Macarons. I’ve already raved about them here
- Image via www.davidlebovitz.com
And of course le fromage, especially Brie! Check out my Brie and Caramelized Onion panini recipe here. Perfect meal to celebrate Bastille Day!
Red is for this effortless Prairie Girl Maxi Dress from Forever 21
Prairie Girl Maxi Dress via Forever21.com
White is for this sophisticated Summer Hours linen dress from J.Crew which is currently on Sale!
- Summer Hours Linen Dress via J.Crew.com
Blue is for this ultra flattering ‘Camila’ One piece from Miraclesuit
Camila One-piece by Miraclesuit via Nordstrom.com
A great way to pay homage to the wonderful colors of our flag. Have a wonderful 4th of July Weekend!!
I love the sophistication that pleating adds to fabrics. Whether it’s accordion, knife, or box pleats, this technique of folding or gathering fabric upon itself exudes an extra level of craftsmanship to any design. Here are some of my current faves:
Eye catching Pleats for Spring/Summer
1) Zac Posen Pleated Shoulder Bag-Bloomingdales
2) Pamera Skirt-Club Monaco
3) Roma Pleated Color Blocked Dress-BCBG MaxAzria
4) Kartell Tati Table Lamp-Barneys
5) Silk Organza Starburst Dress-JCrew
6) Tabby Skirt- French Connection
No, no. It’s not what you think. I’m not going to write about a bunch of things I must do before I die. I’m writing about the OTHER bucket list currently on my mind–the one featuring the fashionable and functional bucket bag. I love a good cross body bucket bag, especially in the Spring/Summer months when I spend countless hours outside trekking around this great city. Having a stylish, hands free bag to walk around any city is a must-have for any girl on the go. Here are some of my current faves for this spring:
- Spring/Summer Must-Have Bucket Bags
1) The Wayuu Taya Hand-Woven Bucket Bag at Revolve Clothing - $120
2) Lockwood Bucket Bag- JCrew -$138
3) Oryany two-tone drawstring bag- Urban Outfitters – $448
4) Rebecca Minkoff Striped Tess Bucket Bag at Polyvore- $395
5) Mangifera Straw Tote-Anthropologie-$328
6) Convertible Linen-Blend tote-OldNavy-$22.94
The other day I was flipping through a magazine (I think it was ELLE) and came across a fashion story where the subject was wearing the most amazing trench coat. I L-O-V-E a good trench coat. It makes any outfit look so polished! The thing about this trench coat was that it had black leather quilted sleeves and provided a beautiful and edgy contrast to the classic trench. When I looked at the fashion credits I saw that it was, of course, made by Burberry, the fashion house that invented the iconic trench coat. It is no surprise that they have reinvented it in such a modern style. The only thing that hasn’t been reinvented is the price–$2795…YIKES!
- Burberry Biker Trench Coat with Contrast Sleeves
So imagine my surprise and elation when I was flipping through another magazine, I think US Weekly, (Clearly the lesson here is that I have WAY TOO MANY magazines in my apartment if I can’t remember this) and saw a similar trench with contrasting sleeves for a much lower price–$260 to be exact-at Topshop.
- Topshop Trench Coat with Contrast Sleeves
Sadly my friends, when you go to look for it at Topshop it has the words you never want to see on a coveted item “Sorry, this item is out of stock.” What does a girl have to do to get a contrast sleeved trench at a reasonable price these days?! Fear not my faithful readers–LadyLattimer has left no stone unturned and I present to you another option that will have you looking just as chic for the AFFORDABLE price of $128. Mmmmmhmmm….that’s right. This coat is available via Storets.com
Contrast Sleeved Trench coat via Storets.com
Sometimes, just having some added texture really makes a fabric, material, or design pop. I love “crushed/crinkled” textures (especially on jewelry and leather). It always gives off this really vintage feeling of high-level, quality craftsmanship. Here are some recent finds that I’m totally “crushing” on:
- “Crushing” on these textures and designs
1) Crushed Bowl from the Bentbottle shop via Etsy.com. This beautiful bowl, made by glass artist Bryan Northup, uses shards of Cointreau bottles to create an edgy, one of a kind piece. – $58
2) This amazing crinkled-glossed parka by Danish brand, Day Birger Et Mikkelsen, is available via Net-a-Porter.com. I covet everything from their collection. -$355
3) This to-die-for crushed cuff bracelet is handmade in silver and then gold plated by Chic Jewel Couture by Melanie Falvey. It’s sold exclusively on Boticca.com - $413
4) You can use this Robert Brandt ceramic tumbler to drink from or just as a really cool desk accessory. Designed to resemble a dented plastic cup, these funky tumblers are available at The Conran Shop.- $8
5) New uses for old things. This ingenious and edgy Maison Martin Margiela’s red leather clutch is embellished with crushed red reflectors. It was previously available via Net-A-Porter.combut is no longer available. Call Maison Martin Margiela for further details. -Was $1275 reduced to $637.50
6) This sheer crushed silk chiffon blouse by Donna Karan is super romantic in Spring’s go-to color. $695 via Net-a-Porter.com