Sunday, July 24, 2016

Printed Cold Shouder Top

I kept putting this photo shoot off because it is so hot and humid here in Missouri. These are truly the "dog days of summer." It's so bad that my dogs and my rabbit, Mr. BB, my old Angora bunny, spend their afternoons sleeping not far from one another on my kitchen floor. When it's not too hot, I put ice bottles in Mr. BB's rabbit run. But when it's so humid like this, it's chillin' indoor time.

OK, on to style. I finally found a cold-shoulder top that I wanted. Off the shoulders styles are just a no go for me. With all that I have in the "top-shop," I would have to wear a strapless bra. I tried those back in the day and absolutely hated the strapless. They were so uncomfortable and I felt very insecure in them. So when I saw the cold shoulder design, I knew it was a style I could wear. 




There were things that I wanted and didn't want with this top. It couldn't be a solid color and the fabric couldn't be jersey. I was looking for a print. Also, I am suspicious how long this look will be in and so didn't want to spend that much money. Those kind of parameters usually send me looking on eBay and I think I looked for a month before this one popped up. It is 100% Rayon (which means it's super soft) by Entro. This particular piece was being resold by a lady because she decided it was too small for her.

I liked everything about this top. The pale neutral pink with the dusty blue pattern and front crochet makes it so different than anything else I have. And can we say Hippy-Dippy? It hearkens back to my glory days in the 70's. I've been wearing this top for two weeks now and it has passed the test. I was worried about the Rayon being warm, but with the cutouts, I can feel the air on my arms and it's delightful. The extra contrast pattern of the bottom ruffle is just icing on the cake. This company has Boho down.


The starfish cuff was found somewhere online, but I can't remember where. I would have to ask my oldest daughter, because she found the place and I just put in a few things on her order. We do that a lot.


This leather bag is one of my favorites. I found it drastically reduced at a small Kansas City boutique a year ago last spring. There is no tag with a brand name, just "made in Italy" and it is lined with leather. The ostrich embossed leather and the braided corded edging adds those little details that I look for. My Ellen Tracy slings and the neutral pink of the bag match like they were made for each other.



A closer view of the print and my Erin Paige Kansas City crown necklace.




Stella and Dot earrings. I have had these for years and they are so perfect for this look. I have no idea what's going on with my hair in that brown streak.


The Polished Accessory

This part is probably the least interesting to my readers, but I started out as a nail blogger and still love the stuff. Just blogging  about nails ended up soooooo boring for me. I already had on Julep's Cassidy (I know, here she goes with another blue). I am a Julep Maven and don't have any trouble with the company. I say no when I don't like a box and probably only get three boxes a year. 

I thought the blue was a tad too strong for this blouse, so I went with one of my favorite glitter toppers; Love, Lace and Lilacs by Lynnderella.  It's one of her classics and I think one of the most beautiful polishes ever made. If you don't know about Lynnderella, for nail polish, she single handed started the Indie movement. She is the Queen of glitter, as far as I'm concerned. But I only have a few bottles. She's pretty expensive, so my collection is very limited. 


Back to fashion, my straight legged stretch jeans are another one of my thrifty finds. I didn't think too much about them when I picked them up from Good Will last summer. They ended up in the basket because there were no zippers or elastic, but they fit like a dream. The secret lies with the magic cross piece that overlaps in the front.  Now, I wear them more than any other jeans. If they ever wear out, I am going to have to take them apart and cut a pattern. I will always need a pair of jeans like these!





That's the end of my adventure with my new cold shoulder top.   So, it's goodbye until next Sunday. Take care and Happy Styling!



This week, I am linking up with Patti's Not Dead Yet Style's Visible Monday HERE Cherie's  Style Nudge's Shoe and Tell HERE, Catherine's Not Dressed As Lamb's I will Wear What I like HERE, Elegantly Dressed and Stylish Turning Heads Tuesday HERE, Living On Cloud Nine's Style Perspectives HERE, High Altitude Style's Link-Up HEREElegance and Mommyhood's Moda Linkup Here, Fashion Should Be Fun's Fun Friday Fashion Link Up HERE, Shelbee's Edge of the Week Link Up HERE and Nancy's Fancy Friday HERE.


The photography credit this week goes to my hubby, Michael, for the portraits of me.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Digital ASOS Long Vest

Hello, I hope everyone is having a nice summer. With all the horrible stuff going on here in the US and the world, I work harder in finding the good in life. Our garden is coming in now and so far I have made Plum Preserves, Plum Conserve (with raisins and oranges) and probably my favorite, Corn Relish. The boys have spent a lot of time with us on the farm and with our three ponds, William, the oldest, is in fishing heaven. That catches you up with a little news from MeadowTree, so on with the styling.

Remember my post on my digital ASOS summer dress? Here's the results, a new vest by Liquorish ! I featured this vest in that post and loved it so much I ordered it. If you really like it after this post, it is still available on the ASOS web site. 



I don't see the digital quality of this piece as compared to digital prints that see at Mood Fabrics (click here to see what I mean). However, I love this print and don't think I will tire of it. The vest is nice and long, has inset pockets, two back vents and has ties in the back. For now, I just leave them tied in a bow (there's a back view below).

When I'm wearing something this dramatic, I downplay the under layers, so I did a black column with long slim pants by Mango (old but here's some similar) and a very old but super soft tee shirt that I think I picked up at Walmart during the last decade. I might try something sleeveless later, but I wanted this look for now.

Black was my my choice for the shoes and bag as well. The sandals are by Clark and were purchased over ten years ago (I was going through  Clark mania about then). My bag is an Eric Javets Squishee that I bought second hand from eBay. It's in perfect shape and looks as if rarely used. I was on a hunt for this particular one for about a year and just had to wait for the right one at the right time. 

Beaded jewelry came out for this one. I love beaded collar necklaces, especially for summer (this isn't the only one I own). This necklace and earrings came from Target and the bracelets was, oh yes, another eBay find.


Had to do a still life of this one

 I really need to keep my eyes open more on a sunny day or just put the sunglasses on. Sorry for the squinty eyes but this photo really shows how the vest flows. The two vents in the back are really important to this piece. 




The Polished Accessory 

This print called for a dusty medium blue and I had it with Signet's Blue Lagoon. Signet was an Indie polish that I just adored. It's maker, Lauren, is from Mississippi and has that southern charm and hospitality the the South is famous for. She always listened to what her fans wanted and even let us name some of the polishes. Hey, I even won one of those contests. But small Indies have a tough time making it, and last summer Lauren hung up her mixing bottles and returned to her first love, which is ceramics. 




I had to show the back, that's all.  





It's a short one today; a little news, styling my new vest, a new still life, and one of my favorite Indie polishes.  So, it's goodbye until next Sunday. Take care and Happy Styling!





This week, I am linking up with Patti's Not Dead Yet Style's Visible Monday HERE, Cherie's  Style Nudge's Shoe and Tell HERE, Catherine's Not Dressed As Lamb's I will Wear What I like HERE, Living On Cloud Nine's Style Perspectives HERE, High Altitude Style's Link-Up HEREElegance and Mommyhood's Moda Linkup Here, Fashion Should Be Fun's Fun Friday Fashion Link Up HERE, Shelbee's Edge of the Week Link Up HERE and Nancy's Fancy Friday HERE.


The photography credit this week goes to my grandson, William, for the portraits of me. The still life is by me.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Going Golden To Tallulabelle's

Here I go again, wearing my white pants. I just think they go with about every look I have been wanting to style this summer. This will be the last of them (for a while). Promise, next week is totally the opposite. 




I attended a reception for two of my favorite KC designers at TallulaBelle's. TallulaBelle's was founded in 2011 by Melanie Coleman to showcase artisan crafted pieces but I have certainly missed them on my radar. TallulaBelle's is located in Park Place in Leawood, Kansas which is another place I have completely been in the dark over. It is probably because Park Place is a smaller retail center tucked in behind the larger Town Center Plaza. 

Let's start with some photos I took at TallulaBelle's and I will discuss what I wore at the end of the post. The interior of TallulaBelle's is an artistic expression within itself. It's such a perfect canvas for the gorgeous creations that reside inside its walls. 



Heidi Herrman was showing her new line of KC Icon totes and her pillows. The bags and pillows are off shoots of her Spring '16 Kansas City Icon dress collection. At this point in time, I do not have any Heidi Herrman designs in my closet. That could possible change but that is all I am going to say at this point.


 
My apologies to Erin because I didn't get a photo of her and her beautiful jewelry. I shall blame it on the frozen Margaritas. Erin has two lines; an artistic copper patina line and one that features smaller gold and silver pieces. I already have three pieces of Erin Paige Designs jewelry but my eye is on the gold crown pendant. If you know anything about Kansas City, you will know what this means. Here's a sampling of her jewelry. I am wearing one of my necklaces and snapped a picture of my earrings. 




A photo with the ladies of the hour; Erin Paige, Heidi Herrman and me.





Something extra because this bag lover was drooling over these lovely wood veneer purses by Hammill-Diebolt Studio (Treeborne Woodworking).




Now we can get to the nitty gritty of what I picked to wear for this early evening event. First, the Target pants which have already been seen two other times. I will have to say that when I finally buy something new, I make sure it gets its wear time. 

The White House Black Market shirt (97% Polyester/3% Spandex) was thrifted this past Spring. I bought it to wear it with my red Madewell jeans but its been put with everything else but them! Its satin finish can take it dressy but I can certainly downplay that if I want to.

My bag is Coach in a gold bronze (the color I call it) and I've had it for a while. It comes with a removable strap which gives me some options. As usual, I came by it through Coach's online outlet store.

Now for the problem child which is my Ralph Lauren espadrilles. They are a silk gold shantung and I fell in love with them and thought they would be easy to style. So far, in the past three years, I may have worn them three times and I really don't think they are quite in sync color wise for this look. However, I am determined to wear these shoes! I will keep trying different things with them. Maybe they will pop up here again.  



The Polished Accessory

I don't think I have ever had a-england on the blog before. It's a British polish line created by Adina Bodana. A-england is A+ when it come to formula and is highly regarded in the polish world. With collections titled The Mythicals, Gothic Beauties and Heavenly Quotes a-england the most romantic polish line I know. The golden color I am wearing for this post is and the moonbeams from the Heavenly Quotes collection.  Unless you live in Britain, the only way to get a-england is from an online company that specializes in a world selection of polishes such as Color4Nails and Beautometry. 
 




I am closing with a shoe still life. This is inspired by Cheri of The Style Nudge. She always presents her shoes in such creative ways. I am showing my silk espadrilles with a few of my books.





Just in case you missed them and want to visit, here are the links for TallulaBelle's, Erin and Heidi.

TallulaBelle's
Erin Paige Designs
Heidi Herrman Designs 

So, a little fashion styling, a couple of KC's finest designers and a unique shop for today and that is that. So, it's goodbye until next Sunday. Take care and Happy Styling!





This week, I am linking up with Patti's Not Dead Yet Style's Visible Monday HERE, Cherie's  Style Nudge's Shoe and Tell HERE, Catherine's Not Dressed As Lamb's I will Wear What I like HERE, Elegantly Dressed and Stylish Turning Heads Tuesday HERE, Living On Cloud Nine's Style Perspectives HERE, Elegance and Mommyhood's Moda Linkup Here, Fashion Should Be Fun's Fun Friday Fashion Link Up HERE, Shelbee's Edge of the Week Link Up HERE and Nancy's Fancy Friday HERE.

The photography credit this week goes to my Grandson, William for the portraits of me. Everything else is by me.