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Spring Must-Have: Printed Pants

The Palazzo Pant: Jessica Hart perfectly pairs her floral palazzos with a crochet crop top. I'll house you! Very 90's.

The Palazzo Pant: Jessica Hart perfectly pairs her floral palazzos with a crochet crop top. I’ll house you! Very 90’s.

“Are you happy to see me, or are those printed pants?”  haha. I thought that was pretty clever.  Darlings, the fashionistah adventuress among you, let’s huddle close to stave off these mean winter blues.  Even though it’s supposedly Spring, the double digit sub zero weather would have us believe otherwise.  While I can’t wear any of my fab Spring/Summer finds just yet, I am amassing a secret arsenal of veryx3 fun outfits to sport galavanting whilst vintage shopping, having drinks al fresco or at a friends’ barbecue.

One of my favourite up and coming trends for Spring is the printed pant.  This Spring promises to be bright and colourful with a throwback to retro silhouettes.  Forget that we just had a blizzard mid-March.  Are you excited yet?  Can your wardrobe handle it?

Olivia Palermo shows us how its done matching her black fur-trimmed jacket, printed floral pants and leopard pumps.

Olivia Palermo shows us how its done matching her black fur-trimmed jacket, printed floral pants and leopard pumps.

I'm quite partial to bohemian and ethnic prints.  Try these ones from Free People

I’m quite partial to bohemian and ethnic prints. Try these ones from Free People

Print Joggers - Have that Eat.Pray.Love /just got back from India vibe. Maison Scotch Mix Print Trouser

Print Joggers – Have that Eat.Pray.Love /just got back from India vibe. Maison Scotch Mix Print Trouser

Did you just leave your house wearing pyjamas? Maybe. Etro printed silk pants

Did you just leave your house wearing pyjamas? Maybe. Etro printed silk pants

Zora Printed Trouser - Pastels will also be huge for Spring. Try blush pink and soft gelatos. Yum.

Zora Printed Trouser – Pastels will also be huge for Spring. Try blush pink and soft gelatos. Yum.

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March 16, 2014   No Comments

Best Sweaters Everrr of All Time

Kenzo Sweater

That ubiquitous Kenzo tiger sweater paired with short shorts. Do you dare?

This is the perfect weather for taking leisurely strolls, the beautiful fall leaves crunching under your shoes. *le sigh*  I am on a sweater rampage of late.  I love pairing a slouchy sweater with leggings and flat boots.  Perhaps if it’s brisk out, paired with a scarf wrapped just so.  This is my go-to brunch outfit for those sunny days where you can still sit al fresco sipping a latte.

This season brings a plethora of sweater trends for us to fancy feast on.

Year of the Tiger – There’s a debate going on and it goes: animal face – yay or nay?  I say bring it.  The tiger trend is going strong for Fall.  If you’re more a domesticated pet lover, I’ve seen some adorable feline and dog novelty prints.

Free People City Is A Jungle sweater

Business in the front, Roaarrr in the back: Free People City is a Jungle sweater

Soft as Eyelashes – This yarn is perhaps one of the most exciting for the season.  The loose fibres are cut like eyelashes, with a hand that is sooo soft and has a tactile quality very reminiscent of mohair (but not at all itchy).  I’ve had many a friend bury their face against my sweater to coo and luxuriate in the softness. After which I admonish, “five bucks please.” bahaha

Marc Jacobs sweater

I love this colour Greige. I had a bedroom painted this colour. Sexy V-neck Marc Jacobs sweater

Maje Zebra Stripe

Not into the animal heads, why not try an animal print then? Maje Zebra Stripe sweater

Florals Good Enough for Grandma – Chunky knitted, oversize florals like the kind Nana made you for Christmas are romantic and vintage-y in feel.  I like this trend when done right and I call it “ugly-cute.” But tread cautiously, because there is such a thing as just plain ugly.

Free People Magic Rose sweater

Free People Magic Rose sweater: This is an example of pretty cute

 

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September 29, 2013   No Comments

Resort Report: Fringe, Ruffle & Neon Bikinis

"Ha-ha-ha" I'd be laughing too if I was sunning on a beach instead of freezing my buns off in the frigid cold. Ruffled bikini - check. Messy side braid - check. Straw hat - check. Seafolly via Harper's Bazaar

Dearies, this is the third time I have attempted to write this post.  Perhaps this attempt will be the charm.  Every year, around the time that my boots get damaged by salty slush, I have to scrape the ice off my windshield and my hair turns to icicles if I don’t properly blowdry, I like to write a little ditty about Resort.  As a summer baby, I lament the loss of our friend sunshine and wearing too many layers causing my hair to stand up in a static-y frizz. 

Snowbirds rejoice!  This year, we have many Swim trends to pique our fancy.  With bathings suits (like shoes and handbags), you can never-ever-ever have too many.  The newest styles are ones that mimic fashion trends so be on the look out for saturated hues, mixing of pattern and textures, bold motifs and retro styles.

Trina Turk Summer of Love Bikini is an eye-catching psychedelic print in this season's sorbet hues.

L-E-M-O-N-S! Simmer on the beach with this bright Victoria Secret ruffled bandeau in a lemon and leaf motif

Got Print? Mara Hoffman is also showing some great structured bustier styles in the boldest tribal prints.

Get Into The Groove with Zinke Katie 80's inspired denim bustier bikini and muted pastel hipster bottoms

Oh no you didn't! Dance on the beach with the best-selling L*Space Fringe Bikini

Mix n' Match has been going strong for a few years. Take this Zimmerman floral bandeau and pair with a lovely lavendar solid bottom. I also love the juxtaposition of a pattern with polka dots or stripes. Tooo cute!

Life imitating art. NEON: Spring Breakers, the new Harmony Korine film features Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens & Ashley Benson in lots of bright bikinis.

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January 26, 2013   No Comments

Channel Ally McBeal After 8pm

Calista the rump-shaker as Ally McBeal. That is like the fakest CGI baby everrrr. Technology has come a long way.

You know when you leave reallyx3 late from work and it’s pitch black outside?  It reminds me of episodes of Ally McBeal where she would come home, change out of her mini-powersuit into her flannel jammies and hallucinate that dancing baby.  Nostalgia.  You want to watch it now – Ally McBeal to the tune of Barry White

Well sometimes after a long hard day, why wouldn’t you want to put on a super-cute pair of jammy-jams?

Forget counting sheep: You will look adorbs in these Layla Stars pyjamas.

F-L-O-W-E-R-S is the new bananas! You know it's Betsey Johnson's iconic floral

Tory Burch Slippers may not be conducive to dancing but great for keeping your tootsies warm whilst sipping hot cocoa.

Holy crap! 17 years since they made Clueless. Love Cher & Dionne! Pop in a classic VHS, I mean DVD and pop some popcorn.

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October 5, 2012   No Comments

It’s a Heatwave Baby!

Hottt guy alert in the kitchen: "Since when did breakfast become clothing optional?" I'm a Zade shipper. BTW, you should be watching Hart of Dixie. Trust.

Lord, help meaaah!  I’m not good with heat but I will take a scorcher to a blizzard any day.  Keeping one’s cool is definitely the goal during these warm summer nights.  I take Summer very seriously – like make the most of it, be prepared for any social situation and take advantage of the warm weather to change multiple times in a day. 

Remember, I’m the girl whose Resort attire disproportionately rivals her work/casual.  Haha.  Laughing at my own joke.  I do that. 

  • Never Leave Home Without Your Bikini – As in my mother once said…  Actually, she never said that but I always bring a bikini in my purse or wear one under my maxidress on a hot day.  You never know if someone is going to invite you to an impromptu pool party, ask to meet you by the beach or you accidentally stumble upon a hottt tub.  Think like a Girl Guide.

Flowers, Bandeau & Ruffles??!!! Three of my favourite things in one Ella Moss Bandeau Bikini

  • Return of the bustier – In an effort to maintain my youthful karma reverting to dressing like a 20 yr old, I am bringing back the bustier, and her cousin the bandeau.  My favourite are sweetheart necklines which accentuate your form.  These are great for less curvy girls as they add some extra shape.  The bandeau is lovely paired with a flowy chiffon maxi skirt — I support this look for ladies with great abs (do it for the rest of us).

The cousin of the bustier, the bandeau. If you feel more modest, you can layer with a loose fitting cotton tank top. Free People Lace Bandeau in Limoncello. Citrus-y!

  • 3pm is Smoothie time – Now that it’s Summer and we’re wearing less clothes, let’s detox and shape up.  A seasonal change is the best time to get your cute @ss back to the gym and start eating healthy.  They say that it is essential to eat at 3pm to stave off hunger and reduce that dreaded sugar high-low.  A refreshing treat is a seasonal fruit smoothie which is filling, nutricious and delicious!  Note: I did not say Frappucino with extra whip and caramel.

Say yes to DIY smoothies: You make them even healthier by incorporating bananas (high in potassium), blueberries (anti-oxidants), coconut water (hydrating) and of course your favourite fruits!

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June 21, 2012   No Comments

Fashionistah Frontlines: Clash of the Patterns

The patron saint of Fashionistah Eccentrics. Dear Iris Apfel, Bless me with "compliments" and those that mock me, may they get it in 5 years.

“Be not afraid of mixing your polka dots, florals and ginghams.” – moi.

I have always been a champion of the fashionistah adventuress; to take risks in wardrobing is always more rewarding than donning a uniform of head-to-toe black. Don’t you want to show your grandchildren pictures of you in your 20’s wearing the trendiest fashions of the times? I lament at my mom’s photos, “Damn, I wish you kept that outfit. That’s vintage!” This Spring has me sooooooo excited because of the variety of styling options and the return of saturated colour.

One trend that I believe will take a while to be embraced by the masses is the mix n’ match of patterns.  Why? Well, it will take a bit of a stylist eye and hella confidence to pull off.  But fret not my dearies.  I am here to guide you through treacherous waters. 

STEP 1)  I Am Style – Just pretend you are the Creative Director of ELLE Decor and your outfit is your living room.  Hrm, would that shade of pink look good on the curtains matched to the coral throw pillows to the stripe divan?  No, maybe, yessss?  YES!  Firstly, where did you learn to be so negative?  Strike NO from your vocab and give it a whirl.  You think Iris would condone this wishy-washy attitude?

The classic silhouette of this Equipment Blouse would do well paired with any print or pattern. Imagine it in an electric cobalt or a tiny flecked pattern. It would totally go. TRUST.

This Alice + Olivia Floral Print Dress is lovely, non? But we can crank the volume by pairing it with a bright purple blazer or jacquard jacket.

STEP 2) Colour Balance – Getting the combination right also has less to do with the motifs you match than with the brightness and contrast of hues you are wearing.  If you wear a bright, best to pair with a bright.  If you wear a pattern in a muted tone, you can probably punch up your outfit with a hot colour.

Remember how I wrote about the rage for Coral Jeans a year ago? Watch out for Floral printed like the Current/Elliott Stiletto Skinny. Tell ya little friends

STEP 3) Accessorize wisely – Since you have already taken risks with your outfit choice, you can take it down a few notches with less obvious accessories.  You can never go wrong with nude pumps or the sable-grey that has become the new neutral.

Delicious: Enjoying the hushed blush tones of this Chloe Poya Patent Bag

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March 2, 2012   No Comments