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Denim Jacket 2012

Just when I think denim jackets are over, someone styles it in such a fabulous way that I need to pull mine out again. Jenna Lyons, the powerhouse behind J. Crew ( and one of my idols) sported a denim jacket and skirt to the Met Gala recently and I’m in love. She is so fantastic and one of the best stylists out there. Take a look-

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Jenna didn’t want to wear duchesse silk satin or anything with sparkles or pearls. She wanted her style to shine through. She had the denim jacket fit and re-tailored to raise the waist-band. She isn’t wearing a shirt underneath. Instead, she had custom cuffs and collar made and stitched into the jacket. So simple, yet so incredibly stylish and fabulous. And I love her pink heels!

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Inspired by Italian designer, Elsa Schiaparelli, Jenna sketched the skirt during a meeting (2 weeks before the ball). Honda, J. Crew’s pattern-maker, then draped and stitched the skirt right in her office.
Schiaparelli’s autobiography, “A Shocking Life”, is available on Amazon

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Jenna choose pink to go with Schiaparelli’s book. She also had a peplum sewn underneath the skirt because she wanted to articulate a silhouette she had seen on the pages of the autobiography.
For more on the story, please check out J. Crew’s blog.

Lyons isn’t the only celebrity that does the denim jacket right. Here’s a look at some other style mavens rocking their denim.

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I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with the denim jacket. Maybe it’s because I’ve just seen it worn incorrectly too many times or maybe it’s because I wore them in the eighties. But I have to admit it is the perfect layering piece for summer. It’s super cute dressed up or casual. 2012 has brought us some modern and edgy variations. Here are some of my favorites-

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Vintage Sea Blue Wash $100 available at J. Crew
The original version of Jenna’s

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J. Brand Denim Jacket $229 available at Neiman Marcus
I love the wash and the fit of this style.

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AG Adriano Goldschmied “Robyn” $198 available at Neiman Marcus
A classic looking denim jacket.

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Moto Aztec Burnout $90 available at Topshop
This has slight distressing and looks a little vintage.

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MNG by Mango $28 available at JCPenney
I do not condone wearing denim-on-denim by any means, but I do like the silhouette and price of this style.

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BDG Denim Trucker $69 available at Urban Outfitters
This style is a little over-sized and a little edgy.

There are oodles of choices out there. Just remember a few things-wash, cut, and wear. A fitted jacket is more chic, choose a wash that can be worn in many different situations (no tears or rips or bleach spots), and buy a silhouette you can wear often and comfortably. And please-no denim-on-denim. I know some celebs and designers show this look, but it’s just too much.

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Caftan Crazy

Through the magic of Pinterest, I discovered this fabulous brand that makes amazing dresses, tunics, and caftans. Two New York is a small collection of chic and effortless pieces. They are made from hand-loomed cotton saris and textiles, and are hand-made in their Brooklyn studio. And the designer, Monica Patel-Cohn has a very impressive resume. She has worked with Simon Doonan (the wizard behind all beauty at Barney’s New York) and in Milan at Prada. She so understands that women want to be chic and comfy whether they are at the beach or trying to beat the heat.

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Seema Sari Tunic $270
I love the color and the length.

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Camilla Tunic $260
This is perfect for the beach or a night on the town.

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Saira Caftan $310
Gauzy and gorgeous-love it!

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Isha Dress $286
Oh my goodness, I would live in this dress all summer long.

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Kerala Dress $260
This would be my go-to event dress during the summer months. Simple but oh-so-chic.

For more offerings and information, please visit Two New York

I am going crazy for caftans right now, but it’s really hard to find ones that don’t look like pajamas and aren’t super expensive. I’ve also found some vintage offerings on Etsy and Ebay, and even some original patterns from the 70’s (too bad I can’t sew).

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Rachel Pally “Gwyneth” Caftan Maxi $295
Still expensive but a true caftan.
Available at Neiman Marcus

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Michael Stars “Eve” Caftan $117.30
This is a modern caftan and would rock at the clubs.
Available at Bloomingdale’s

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Victoria’s Secret Caftan Dress $59.50
Same dress, different colors. This is my favorite and it’s affordable. Great for lounging, errands, or lunch with the girls.
Available at Victoria’s Secret

And here are some inspiring pictures that I “pinned” and have me dreaming of lazing my summer in a caftan.

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FABULOUS!!

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Summer Dreaming

The grass is green, the trees have leaves, and flowers are blooming. I am dreaming of summer and it is just around the corner. I cannot wait for beach time, going to the Farmer’s Market, and spending time on the water. I want sand between my toes and the sun on my face. Here are two outfits I’ve put together that scream summertime. I hope they inspire you to start planning your summer wardorbe.

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“TRIP TO THE FARMER’S MARKET”
~7 For Mankind Crop Josefina $225 available at Zappos
~Charles By Charles David Trove wedge sandal $59.95 available at DSW
~Farmer’s Market tote $45 available at J. Crew
~Michael by Michael Kors Oversized sunglasses $99 available at Nordstrom
~Sephora Collection Be You lip balm $12
~Sephora Collection Lacquer polish $7
Both available at Sephora
~Smocked Mexicalli top $24.94 available at Old Navy

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“EVENING STROLL ON THE BEACH”
~Destroyed Boyfit Denim Shortie $36.50
~Dolman Sweater $34.99
~Zig-Zag fedora $15.50
~Sam Edelman for AEO Braided Gladiator sandal $39.50
All available at American Eagle
~Panacea Candy Color Long Stone necklace $50
~Acqua di Parma Arancia di Capri perfume $92
both available at Neiman Marcus
~Essie Go Overboard nail polish $8 available at Ulta

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From My Style Book

It’s a gloomy day here in Minneapolis so I’ve been playing with my shopstyle and stylebook apps (again). It’s so fun to browse through hundreds of items and then put together dream outfits. I created four great looks for spring. They’re fun, a little flirty, and contain a variety of price points.

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I love this floral print top. It has so many amazing colors you can pull into other pieces. It’s a great look for hanging on the weekend or for work.
7 For Mankind Gray Classic Skinny Roxanne $295 available at Style Bop
Cinch-tie Cold Shoulder Blouse $35 available at Old Navy
Balenciaga Arena Giant Nickel Day Bag $1495 available at Barney’s
Xhileration White Wayfarer Sunglasses $12.99
Mossimo Pearlynn Espadrille Wedge $34.99
Long and Lean Tank $8.00
all available at Target

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This is my “date night” look (although you could wear it to the office). I adore the leopard print. The darkness of the denim and the black patent platform are very sexy, and really dress up the outfit.
7 For Mankind Mid-rise Bootcut Jean $169 available at Lord and Taylor
Chiffon Leopard Print Top $20 available at Old Navy
Balenciaga Giant 12 Nickel Velo Bag $1895 available at Neiman Marcus
Mossimo Paisley Platform $29.99
Xhileration Black Cat-eye Sunglasses $12.99
both available at Target

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I love this look! I would live in it, whether it was going to the zoo, the movies, or shopping. It is my perfect spring look.
7 For Mankind Cropped Skinny Jeans $178 available at Lord and Taylor
Smocked Button Front Printed Top $30 available at Old Navy
Rachel Zoe Joni Raffia/Leather Bucket Bag $495 available at Bergdorf Goodman
Buyamba Soles Beaded T-strap Sandal $14.99
Mossimo Tortoise Geometric Sunglasses $16.99
both available at Target

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This is my “long lunch with the girls” look. Can’t you picture having cocktails on a patio with your besties wearing this ensemble?
Mother Cropped Runway Skinny Flare $198 available at Shopbop
Off-the-Shoulder Chiffon Blouse $29 available at Old Navy
Rachel Zoe Leather Satchel $450 available at Bergdorf Goodman
Mossimo Pam Rope Wedge $24.99
Xhileration Olive Wayfarer Sunglasses $12.99
both available at Target

So, which look is your favorite?? To create your own amazing looks, check out shopstyle and stylebook, both available at the app store.

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Christmas Windows

With a background in visual merchandising and display, nothing was more thrilling than installing the Christmas windows. It was, by far, my favorite task of the year. There is something very magical about these windows. It adds so much to the feel of the season and can make even the most of the “bah humbugs” smile with delight. It is a tradition which has yet to disappear, even in this age of political correctness. Here are my favorite windows this season. The detail is astounding. Those who create and install these masterpieces are true artists.

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Lord and Taylor’s “What Is Christmas Made Of”

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Macy’s “Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus”

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Bergdorf Goodman’s “Carnival Of Animals”

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Barney’s “Ga Ga’s Workshop”

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Neiman Marcus’ Paper Dress (made out of Christmas cards)

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Holt Renfrew

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Printemps

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Printemps Chanel Window

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Harrods Crystal Window

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Selfridges

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Brown Thomas “Swan Lake”

I suggest to everyone to take a walk and tour all the windows in your city. It will fill you with holiday spirit!

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Fresh Lips

I’m one of those people who absolutely has to have something on my lips. I cannot tolerate dry feeling lips. Ick!! Trouble is, most lip products seem to need to be reapplied every half hour or so. That’s annoying and costly. Not so with Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment.
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment moisturizes, repairs and protects lips while imparting sheer, yet noticeable color. It also has SPH 15, which makes it perfect for the beach (too bad those days are behind us). It comes in 5 luscious colors which are very noticeable, but not intense. I love the color Passion, which is a sheer red. I only need to apply it a few times a day and that’s cost effective (I’ve been known to go through a tube of lip balm in a couple weeks).

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Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment $22.50
www.fresh.com
www.sephora.com
www.neimanmarcus.com

Burt’s Bees makes a very comparable lip balm. Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm offers the same moisturizing benefits, but the color is much sheerer. Still, at a third of the price, it’s a very good bet.

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Burt’s Bees Lip Tint $7.00
www.burtsbees.com
Also available at major drugstores

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