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So, it’s no secret that shopping is a big hobby of mine (more like a way of life, really). The one thing though I’ve always struggled to find when shopping is the perfect dress for a Fall wedding. Summer is so easy. Take your pick from the hundreds of sundresses or strapless cocktail dresses. Fall has been trickier for me though, until I recently found this dress.
I’m crazy about this dress really because of the sleeve detail. It definitely reps that cape trend we talked about in the previous post, and feels so feminine! When I wore this dress recently to a wedding, I wore it with these heels, but for this shoot I was just walking around Dallas so I dressed it down with my go-to booties. (This dress also comes in a stunning wine color, it was a tough decision for me!)
Photos by Lindsey Shea Photography
When the seasons are changing, I always get this urge to shop. I literally tell myself that I should avoid the Nordstrom makeup counters, anything Zara, ShopBop…and the list continues. But, I always fail. Those new spring colors, those fun lip tints, that dress…(uh oh). This morning, I am stuck on phone cases. Which one is your favorite??
All current favorites below.
I was laughing this week when I heard a New Yorker comment on the slight warm front that was breezing through the city. What?? To me, The Big Apple accompanied North Pole temps. When my face was almost too frozen to speak after walking three short blocks, I recognized bundling up was a necessity…like layers upon layers + new rules: no holes in jeans, no public exposure without a massive scarf, no texting without gloves. Oh and I needed to live in a bini (and I did).
Perusing Alexandra Beth jewelry is like digging through a chest of treasure. Each piece seems to outshine the last, but at the same time, they are all equally glamorous. And what’s even more glamorous is the fact that Alexandra started her craft as a mere 15-year-old. Prodigy in the making? We think so. Despite her young age, a boutique in Maryland bought 90 pieces from her designs to be divided between 13 of their stores. Local selling eventually led to a commercial creation made in the Big Apple, and here we are today.
The result: a collection that perfectly melds various metals, soft leathers and skins, studs, delicate chains and a bevy of vivid gemstones. The Alexandra Beth collection blends everyday simplicity with bold glamour at an incredible price point, ranging from $38 to $220. Gift idea? We vote yes! In the meantime, check out our slideshow of favorites.
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Tuesday morning something magical happened. I was transplanted out of my everyday routine and found myself heading down Broadway to view the Spring-Summer 2012 Rachel Roy and Rachel Rachel Roy collections…and can I just say she did a FABULOUS job!
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Rachel Rachel Roy Spring 2012 Collection — PRINTS PLEASE!
This collection is full of cheerful prints! Not only was the collection teeming with organic colors like citrus and lemon, but the overall essence emanating from the clothes is warm, exciting, and feminine — each piece expressing a different vibe, because no one day is the same. You’ll see pieces that embody a rocker chic nonchalance to polished interview ready confidence. I’ll let the the pieces do the talking themselves…they’re not shy…
The Rachel Rachel Roy Summer collection is nautically inspired. Like the Spring collection, there is something for everyone. I spotted everything from a sailboat dress(pictured below) reminiscent of something you would see in a J-Crew catalogue to a cop top/shorts combo perfect for the boho chic babe (and perfect for “crop-top Tuesday” if that’s your kind of thing). What’s fabulous about both the spring and summer pieces is that you can mix and match them within the collection to create so many different looks. When I was in the showroom I was channeling my inner Rachel Zoe and started styling a myriad of outfits by pairing different pieces together to create a look that was “me” and I know you can do the same! This collection makes it easy. Again in her summer line as with the spring, I’m impressed by the colors — lots of navy for the nautical aesthetic, of course, but there are some unexpected teals, mustard, and fucia accents throughout.
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Another thing I noticed about both Rachel Rachel Roy Spring and Summer collections was all of the little details. I often saw a piece and had to do a double take! Some jackets had a cut-out lace back, or a flap for a pocket, or a print change from the front to the back of a dress, etc. Each piece was so unique. I cannot wait for the lines to hit stores so I can go scoop up some of my favorites! You can shop the Rachel Rachel Roy Collection at Macy’s!
Next I went to view the jewelry! The jewelry and I got along swimmingly … pun intended. To go along with the nautical vibe in the clothes the jewelry featured items such as an octopus, snail and lobster rings — how seriously fun!
After viewing the Rachel Rachel Roy collections…
I went upstairs to view THE Rachel Roy Spring 2012 Collection — ROMANTIC MINIMALISM. This collection was SO maj (MAJOR)!! Rachel’s inspiration for this collection is the colonial vietnam period in the 20’s and 30’s embodying “a modern simplicity through the balance of masculine and feminine shapes to create romantic yet refined moments.” It’s all about taking the masculine and re-crafting it to look alluring on a woman. This means a lot of soft suiting, color blocking, graphic prints, and black and white pairings that are to die for. It is a collection about inspiring women and taking an aspect of fashion that was off limits and making it our own, chic, and delicate.
I was seriously crushing on the nude leather accessories which included belts, shoes, bracelet cuffs, and a fab clutch (that will go with just about anything…#win!) For jewelry, Rachel did two necklaces that were made from resin and they were beyond gorgeous, and not heavy at all, surprisingly –very wearable — and talk about astatement necklace!
Micah Yancey is one of those super-hip ladies that has an obvious knack for designing, and her talent reveals itself in her totally awesome jewelry creations. LOLO Magazine sat down with the woman behind BonBon Jewelry last week to dish out the story behind her fabulous earrings and necklaces, her favorite Dallas coffee shop, and her style muse that you wouldn’t quite expect (but it rocks!). Read on!
What led you to start designing jewelry? I’ve loved creating and designing jewelry in a wide array of materials since I was in elementary school. I was the go-to girl for friendship bracelets as a kiddo and in college, I made beaded necklaces for friends’ outfits when we were getting ready to go out. I always had a love for jewelry and jewelry making, and my passion became a full-time career in 2010.
How do you choose your materials? It’s important to me to design pieces with high quality and eye-catching materials that have a look of sophisticated trendiness while still remaining affordable. I seek out beautiful gemstones, paying close attention to cut, color, and clarity, that provide the color pop that I want. I know I’ve found the right gems when I literally gasp at the sight of them! I work with 14 karat gold fill and 24 karat gold overlay pieces, because these metals are a higher quality and do not change colors over time (or against the skin). I love the richness of gold pieces with fine lines and negative space to draw the eye to the amazing stones.
How do you decide on a color palette? I always watch the New York and Paris runway shows to take note of styles, necklines, and the color palettes that my favorite apparel designers are using in their collections. Because jewelry is an accessory to your clothes (most of the time), I like to take note of the trending apparel colors and then decide which of those colors I want to use, in addition to the hues I feel would best compliment the trending colors. I also consider which gemstones are the most popular in specific seasons year after year, making sure to incorporate the classic favorites into a new and fresh palette season after season. The color choices can also come from anything that has inspired me, and I really think that so much of the decision-making process comes down to a feeling I have about certain gemstones. I see a stone and whether it’s in the palette or not, if it makes me gasp and I think I can use it, I’ll incorporate it into my work, so that others may enjoy it, too!
What is your most popular design? My most popular design is the earring that definitely lives up to its name, “Number One Stunner”. It’s a 14 karat gold filled textured marquis shape with a heart cut gemstone dangling from it, and the gems are all completely luscious in color and cut. It’s the perfect throw-on-and-go earring and it transitions extremely well from day to night.
A Personal Perspective
What is your favorite restaurant in Dallas? While I haven’t been back in Dallas long, a favorite of mine has always been Hibiscus. I can’t get enough of their mac and cheese! Coffee shop? Again, I haven’t been in Dallas long, but a place that’s really close to my studio that I’ve recently developed a love affair with is Coffee House Cafe. Their french pressed coffee is heavenly. Place to shop? My favorite place to shop in Dallas…I can’t decide! I’d have to say it’s a 3-way tie between Krimson & Klover on Cole, L. Bartlett in West Village, and Northpark Mall. I love the indie brands and pieces at the boutiques paired with pieces from H&M, for example.
Who is your style icon? My style icon is Leandra Medine, founder and editor of The Man Repeller. In addition to being intelligent, witty, and chock full of hilarity, she exudes style in so many new and fresh ways. What I love most about her style is that she dresses herself and others for style’s sake without man pleasing, yet she’s sexy (and she knows it).
To see the full BonBon Jewelry Collection, check out her website and visit her super fun blog to keep up with the scoop, such as photos of the Today Show’s Ann Curry wearing her stunning jewels. And if you love what you see, join in on the Facebook hype and like her page!
Support Pink Month!
For every purchase of the Pink Sugar Blossoms style (shown above) or the Strawberries and Cream style, we will donate $25 to the Komen Foudation for a Cure! These styles can be purchased on the website. THANK YOU for helping us support breast cancer research!