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Style Inspiration-Linda Rodin

I have a new style inspiration and her name is Linda Rodin.

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For all you women that think you have to think, look, and act a certain way just because you’re a little older, Linda is proof-positive you can be super cool at any age. Now in her sixties, she is one of the most stylish and cool women around.

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Linda modeled briefly in her twenties, but really hit her stride as a stylist for Henri Bendel and then as a fashion editor for Harper’s Bazaar. She now works as a freelance stylist (one of the best) and is a major skincare guru. She created her world known Olio Lusso facial oil in her bathroom because she was disillusioned with the skincare products on the market. The Rodin brand is expanding and has a cult following. She only uses her products on her face (with the exception of her signature lipstick), has never colored her hair (which turned grey in her thirties), and believes simple is better.

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I can only hope to look as chic and stylish as Linda when I’m in my sixties…I really want to be her when I grow up:)

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Romp(er) Into Summer

When I was a little girl, growing up in the seventies, rompers were a really big deal. Adults and children (of the female persuasion) could be seen enjoying summer in these super adorable one-piece items. Part short, part top, the only downside to the romper was dealing with the whole bathroom situation (you pretty much get naked every time you need to use the ladies). The romper can take you from day to night and all you have to do is change your shoes. I was so excited when they came back in style a couple of years ago, and am super happy that they are still in fashion. Here’s a look at some of my favorites on the market now.

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Asos Bloomer Playsuit in “Spot Print” $73 available at Asos
I really love this one because it is so reminiscent of the ones I wore as a girl.

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Dolan hoodie romper $97 available at Shop Bop
Perfect for a day at the beach! I like that it has a hood because it can get windy on the water.

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Dallin Chase Felix romper $62 available at Shop Bop
Orange really is THE color for summer and this is scrumptous!

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Stripe terry cloth romper $29.50 available at Delia’s
The pattern, the terry cloth, the romper-hello 70’s!

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Indah halter romper $95 available at Planet Blue
I love the print and color. It’s so soft and feminine.

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Sea Bud romper $49.50 available at Roxy
So simple and sweet.

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Pucker up romper $44.50 available at Roxy
I would wear this running errands and having lunch with the girls.

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Splendid signature terry romper $89 available at Shop Bop
This one has my favorite fabric for a romper-terry cloth!

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Triblend jersey romper $29.99 available at C&C California
Super casual and fun!

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Sparkle and Fade fringe romper $39.99 available at Urban Outfitters
Fabulous for a night on the town. Add a heel and your ready to “wow” everyone.

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Material Girl romper (sleeveless with lace cutouts) $29.99 available at Macy’s
Another perfect romper for a dressy night out. This one is more fitted and has nice detailing.

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Printed romper $49.50 available at Victoria’s Secret
Meow! This is super sexy and fabulous. You will definitely turn heads in this number.

Rompers are so playful and youthful. I totally dig them and will be rockin’ them all summer long.

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Swinging in my romper, circa early 1970’s

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Style Inspiration-Carine Roitfeld

This week I have chosen Carine Roitfeld for my fashion inspiration. Carine was the editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris from 2001-2011 and is one of the most amazing stylists out there. Since leaving Vogue, she has done many freelance gigs, including Chanel’s fall 2011 and spring 2012 ad campaigns. This fall she has two new projects debuting. One is the launch of her own fashion magazine, CR Fashion Book (I cannot wait!) and the other is a line for MAC cosmetics. This collection will focus on the eyes, strong brows, and nude lips-her signature look. I love her “grunge” look and unique style. She is a true inspiration for all fashionistas out there!

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Uber-cool lady!

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So very Parisian, and I love the boots.

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She started her career as a model and quickly moved behind the scenes at French Elle.

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Huge fan of army green pants, especially when they’re dressed up with heels.

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The many faces of Carine

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Always love me some fur!

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Denim skirt dressed up with blazer and heels.

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She’s one style icon not afraid to recycle. Here the denim skirt takes on a more beachy vibe.

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Her ad campaign for MAC will be in black and white. Very unusual for a cosmetics ad, but totally Carine.

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With her book “Irreverent”, which was released last Christmas. It is the ultimate fashion book.

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A peak inside her fabulous book.

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Carine Roitfeld “Irreverent” is available at Amazon and is now $58.82 (was $100). I still need to pick up a copy!

Carine is truly a role model for anyone interested in fashion. I can’t wait to see what she does next!

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Vintage Finds at Etsy

While I own quite a lot of jewelry, I usually end up wearing the same pieces. There’s the heart locket my husband gave me for my 30th birthday, the ruby and diamond ring my dad had made for me, my engagement and wedding rings, my watch, and a pair of diamond studs. Sometimes I throw on some costume jewelry, but I really love “signature” pieces. I was on the lookout for a bold statement ring and a vintage sweetheart bracelet, but wasn’t having much luck. My sister has always talked about Esty, so I decided to check it out.
I typed in “vintage jewelry” and was overwhelmed by all the fabulous choices. Wow! Everything you could possibly want is on Etsy. I found a gorgeous vintage cameo ring and a mother of peal sweetheart bracelet from the 1940’s. I love them! It’s so easy to communicate with the seller and they answered all my questions. My bracelet came all the way from Australia and arrived a week before I expected.

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My vintage mother of pearl sweetheart bracelet. It was only $30 and that included shipping from Australia. It looks just as pictured, but was really small. Luckily I have tiny wrists.

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My vintage cameo ring. The seller also sized it for me. Total cost-$28!! This is my new statement piece. I absolutely love it!

I have become addicted to searching on Etsy. I wish I could sew because I found some awesome vintage patterns. My sister and I have found items from our childhood and she’s even sold some of her own designs. It’s very easy to create a store and sell on Etsy. There is an Etsy app available from iTunes that makes seaching, purchasing, and selling a breeze. If you’re looking for special items, look no further than Etsy!

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Babydoll Dreams

If I was a fashion designer, my signature piece would be the babydoll dress. I have always been drawn to this silhouette. I think it started because while appearing to be thin, my weight is all carried around the middle, and the babydoll allowed me to hide the tummy while turning the focus to my legs. But what it really comes down to is that the babydoll is just so darn cute. And, it can be really sexy if styled correctly. I’ve worn this silhouette for play, work, and even to events such as weddings. And while the “doll” never goes out of style, it does have certain moments and this spring is one of them. There are a ton of adorable variations out there and today I’m going to share some of my favorites with you.

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Long Sleeve Navy Babydoll Dress by Argenti $52
This truly captures the hippy element for me and I’ve actually owned similar dresses. The navy is a nice alternative to black, especially going into spring.
available at eDressMe

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Vero Moda Babydoll $63 (was originally $116)
Love the color, love the ruffled bust line. This little dress is the one you need for all your summer events.
available at Asos

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Darling Chiffon Lace Babydoll $64 (was $116)
The name says it all-this is darling! I love how it’s styled with the thigh high socks. It gives a very playful vibe. This dress would also look amazing with a great pair of heels.
available at Asos

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Solid Babydoll Ruffle Woven Dress $118
Sexy, sexy, sexy. I’m a sucker for off-the-shoulder and the color is summer personified. A wonderful dress for date night or a daytime excursion.
available at Free People

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Babydoll Bra Top Dress $40
A classic dress with a built-in bra. This will take you everywhere and work for everything.
available at Victoria’s Secret

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Pearl Embellished Swing Dress with Crochet Detailing $50 (was $134)
Pretty white dress with wonderful detailing, this dress will take you to the beach with flip flops or to music in the park with sandals.
available at Asos

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Gloria Dress $29 (was $98)
This dress will take you to every summer wedding and then some. I love that the straps are the detail and you can’t go wrong with the price.
available at Quicksilver

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Bar III Dress $64
Every girl needs a pretty floral dress in her wardrobe and this one has it all. The soft color palette and simple floral pattern makes this the quintessential summer dress.
available at Macy’s

In my opinion, if you’re looking for a versatile summer dress, look no further than the babydoll. It has everything you could want in a dress, it will hide the pooch, and you’ll look amazing.

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Marni For H&M

The “Marni for H&M” collection was unveiled over the weekend and the stars were out showing their support.

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Drew Barrymore in Marni for H&M

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Freida Pinto in Marni for H&M

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Sofia Coppola in Marni for H&M

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Winona Ryder in Marni for H&M

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Jessica Chastain in Marni for H&M

As you can see, the collection is AMAZING and is complete with all the quirky prints and colors that are signature Marni. The collection contains a wide range of dresses, coats, tops, and accessories. Prices range from $20-$129 (very affordable). Here is a sneak peek of my favorite looks and pieces.

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Skirt $60, Necklace $50, Jacket $80
This is one of my favorites.

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Silk Dress $80, Bracelet $30, Sunglasses $20
I need this dress!!

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Dress $99, Bracelet $20
Another adorable dress.

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Dress $99, Coat $129, Belt $10
Same dress as above but styled differently. Changing out layer pieces and accessories can create a whole new look.

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Top $60, Pants $80, Bag $80
So springy!!

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Blouse $80, Pants $80, Silk Scarf $20
It’s a lot of print, but somehow it’s not overwhelming.

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Blouse $80
This is such a great silhouette and print.

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Dress $99
Perfect for warmer weather, but can be layered in fall and winter.

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Blouse, price not available
I really dig the color combination.

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Leggings $40
Such a great pattern and can be layered under many of the looks.

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Straw Hat, price not available
Everyone needs a cute straw hat for summer!

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Coat $129
The pattern is fantastic and it has a real retro feel to it.

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Dress $129
You always need a good maxi dress in your wardrobe and this one is gorgeous.

The Marni for H&M collection hits stores March 8th. Be sure to find out if your local H&M will be carrying it. If not, be poised over your keyboard. This is one designer ensemble that cannot be missed.

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