I hope you have had a very happy Halloween weekend and will have an even better Halloween day! My costume this year is a Flapper, handmade by yours truly! And I made sure to accessorize appropriately, hence the pin curl wig (I also have a long cigarette holder and a garter with a tiny gun...oh la la)! Sorry they are not pictured!
As fashionable ladies we all have our great cocktail dresses that we search for special occasions to wear. But why wait for a special occasion? You realize you can wear those sparkly numbers in daylight as well, right?! But fret not a night to day tutorial is on your way! Scroll down to discover the fine art of bringing that sparkle out into the sushine!
1. Start out with a show-stopping cocktail dress like this Alice + Olivia dress.
2. Layer a Flashdance sweater over it. Something very casual and soft, to balance the cocktail dress.
3. Pop bright colored accessories and some layered gold pieces.
And voila! You have your Night to Day look achieved!
Obsessions can be good and bad, like lately I have a popcorn obsession (it is pretty much my side to every meal I eat...except breakfast) but clearly that is a good thing because it is my homemade popcorn yay! So pourquoi pas have a latest obsession of your own? Here are a few of mine...
Latest Obsession #1: Bad Verizon
I have been feeling a bit out of sorts the past week and a half because thanks to Verizon I have had no texts and no voicemail...oh and it's cost me a job...I called to reconcile the situation after going in to the store twice to fix the problem and their staff clearly does nothing above the bare minimum of what they are required and has no need to appease you as a customer any further. So BRAVO VERIZON.
Latest Obsession #2: Very Good Music Holly Brook's Saturday has been nonstop on my repeat on my Playlist.
Latest Obsession #3: Amazing Gossip Girl Fashion
Spotted. One fashionista, who like the rest of them, can't get enough of Eric Damien's charm over the Gossip Girl closet. I am forever entranced by the costumes of the GG cast, but the latest episode (once I caught myself back up) was amazing. The funny thing was it was all Blair Waldorf!! I never like her style, I'm more a rocked out Serena, but watch out!
The Jenny Packham feature was phenom. Blair's backless sparkly number was showstopping and then her high waisted, wide leg camel pants was a not-so-subtle reference to the flawless Princess Grace of Monaco, whom she is now channeling for her character's latest fairytale scheme. These pants made her look uber tiny at her waist, I would don these with a big silk scarf wrapped around my head in a second!
Why not accessorize your outfit today via a fancy updo mes cheris? A creative hairstyle is a way to amp up your style and push your look into the next level. You can dress up a casual ensemble or just have an excuse to let those creative juices flow a la your hair! I quite often change my hair, it is usually different every time you see me whether that is up, down, curly, or straight, I am just not content with the same ol' same ol'.
PS: Sorry the photos are a little blurry, my phone has decided to cease to be amazing...another issue I have to deal with this week. Thanks Verizon.
I didn't really have a plan when I started doing this. I knew I wanted a French braid that wrapped around my head and ended with something looped and braided.
So once I got to the bottom of the braid, I ponytailed the rest of my hair together and started pinning loops of hair down, and alternated by braiding some pieces and stretching them across the updo. It turned out pretty fun.
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, hands down. I love going through costume ideas and then getting out my sewing machine and creating my next epic Halloween. I am a firm believer in making your own Halloween costume whether that means you actually sew the whole costume together from scratch or you go buy pieces to assemble…whatever you do STEER CLEAR OF THE COSTUME STORES!! You will overspend a significant amount on something the equivalent of a trash bag. Do not do it!
My last year's costume was Marie Antoinette. I used a mask a beautiful lace mask I had bought as a souvenir in Italy, and I styled my hair into a massive bouffant and powdered it with baby powder. It was very fun!
Here are some costume ideas I have been toying with for this Halloween...
I always go for costumes that have very involved hair and makeup, I think that's the best thing about Halloween, getting lost in the character. So whether you are Smurfette or Dios de las Muertas, go heavy on the costume makeup!
I realized the other day, that I have never been a villain which I think has a lot of potential for a very fun Halloween costume. What do you think…Elphaba (aka The Wicked Witch of the West) or Poison Ivy?
I'm off to Connecticut today, taking the train in a cocktail dress as only the great Old Hollywood Stars do, to volunteer backstage at a Charity Fashion Show for the Wellspring Trust foundation. The event is What's Your Worth as it features Worth Clothing. I am very excited and will report back.
Be sure to check it out and make a donation. The Wellspring Trust foundation raises support and awareness for African women and children through film making. There most recent trip resulted in a documentary from Nairobi, Kenya and proceeds will benefit the orphaned children of the Flying Kites Oasis program. This charity fashion show is not to be missed!
The road home is never quite as fun as the road to adventure my dears, but one thing is sure... It is wonderful to sleep in your own bed again! Charleston proved to be a great trip as always, although it was more family wedding stuff then any tourist stuff...but I had a great time tearing up the dance floor in my bridesmaid dress!
Here is the view from my rainy window seat. I barely made my early morning Jet Blue flight thanks to the NYC MTA changing train tracks and running local. Always awesome. But that is travel for you... always an adventure. I'm off to the Carolinas for a beautiful wedding weekend - xoxo, Jessica
I leave for Charlotte tomorrow mes cheris, and I am so excited to see home, and even more excited to go to Charleston for my cousin's wedding. But seriously, I leave tomorrow and I have not even begun to think of what I'm packing nor booked my shuttle ticket to the airport… what is wrong with me?
Upon my recent excursion to Boston I got to explore many amazing restaurants, coffee shops, and boutiques. One boutique stood out to me among the rest as my favorite while shopping in Boston: LIT Boutique!
Upon entering LIT Boutique you are welcomed by an adorable mannequin, layered in warm fall colors and textures that get you excited for the coming season. I was in heaven, every hanger had something on it I just had to have, it made shopping in Boston the best that day!
Check out these wedge booties! Ikat fabric back with a leather front, what a fun impression to leave as you walk away from your gang. I also couldn't control myself over these metal studded pony hair wedge boots! I was a bit obsessed! Who knew shopping in Boston you could find such amazing statement pieces?
Turbans have long been a cycled trend of fashion that makes cameo appearances in our Western civilization. This Eastern staple is an accessory that lends an exotic hand in completing a look. But the history of turban fashion goes back further than Sex and the City 2 believe it or not! And in today's Fashion 101 you can discover just how far back our history books had us adorning our heads with this Eastern influence!
Originally reigning from our more Eastern neighbors, the turban has long been worn for necessity as protection from sun and sand in the desert in addition to an important part of their religious costume. The forehead is always left exposed so that it may touch the ground during times of prayer and bowing. The colors and fabric ranges in accordance to class, education, religion, and occasion. For example, pink is associated with Spring and renewal and therefore is often used in wedding ceremonies in Northern India. And in Shi'a Islam wearing a black turban with a white cap symbolizes lineage from Muhammad and high education. Just as meanings of color vary by society so do the appropriateness of different turban styles.
The history of turban fashion began in the late 18th, early 19th century, when trade with India brought on the beginning of the turban as a Western fashion accessory. Being fore fronted by Marie Antoinette and even after her death, the turban remained an accessory staple in England and France.
We have Paul Poiret to thank for the revival of turban fashion in the early 20th century. By 1910 the turban had made a complete revival and was a staple in evening wear and the ultimately luxe society position.
As any fashion trend, the turban has cycled its way through our modern era, making brief cameo's of fabulousness. The history of turban fashion is very consistent with glamour. Whether it is a classic 1946 film noir, a 1970's British Vogue feature, a 1980's tribute to Joan Crawford played by Faye Dunaway, or Sarah Jessica Parker herself reviving the turban a la Carrie Bradshaw for the 21st century… what goes around comes around. And the truth is our Western civilization will always be swept away by the exotic elegance of the East with the turban
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