I am always on the search for a great dress! One that is not too fitted or flowy, not too casual or too dressy and one that is current and trendy but also refined at the same time! This is no easy task and is actually quite hard to find. Well….leave it to BCBG to continue meeting my dress needs. The Maris dress arrived yesterday and passed my entire dress checklist with flying colors. The bold ombre feather print is fun and funky but is balanced perfectly with the pops of poplin on the collar and cuffs. It looks cute and appropriate for day with a pair of simple flats but also looks amazing styled with a pair of over the knee Vince boots for a dressed up feel. BCBG continues to master the art of practical but relevant dressing and I am oh so thankful. Shop our entire new shipment of BCBG here!
This outfit just exudes cool girl to me. This Joel blouse by BCBG has a very feminine silhouette with the ruffle detailing on the front, but the jeans and sneakers give it some edge. We are big fans of J Brand jeans and we can’t get enough of the Luxe Sateen skinnies. Like literally…we wear them everyday. They come in a variety of colors seasonally, and look great with just about anything. Another great thing about this blouse is that it can be easily dressed up with a Dannijo Imogen necklace. The leather Seta sneaker by Rebecca Minkoff has cool girl written all over them. The studs and zipper details take them to next level. We finished off the look with a bright red lip and a great Rebecca Minkoff Love Crossbody bag. Gray is definitely the it color this season and we are certainly loving it!
The color gray is everywhere this Fall and I am loving it, especially paired with this light, pastel pink. Pastels are huge for the Fall, which means you can get more wear out of your blouses from the Spring. Don’t you just love when you can transition pieces from one season to the next? I sure do! Rebecca Minkoff certainly nailed this color combination this season with her amazing jackets! First let me talk about her fabulous Ryan bomber jacket that is sporty and feminine at the same time. The tweed jacket has herringbone printed sleeves and pink accents on the collar, cuffs, and hem. You can throw this on with pretty much anything. I love pairing it with a sleek BCBGMaxazria pencil skirt and Zoa blouse to edge up your typical office wear. Sticking with the this vibe I added some edgy accessories like these Megan Park Floret earrings and BCBGMaxazria Minna metal clutch.
The Wes Moto Jacket is a flirty new take on your basic leather jacket with perforated blush colored leather. This soft color makes this piece more wearable by toning down the biker vibe. If you’re looking to invest in a leather jacket, this would be the piece for you. It is one that you could wear all year round, even in the summer since the color is so light. For Fall I decided to style this jacket with a simple french terry knit dress by Trina Turk. The form fitting dress is the perfect backdrop for this amazing jacket, Schutz heels, and Nanette Lepore bag.
Rebecca Minkoff nailed the definition of ladylike with the Finley coat. The light gray fabric mixed with accents of soft pink on the back, under the collar, and the lining make this coat look sophisticated and polished. A simple front zipper closure and two pockets blend nicely into the structured silhouette. I continued the gray theme by adding knee-high gray heeled boots by Malene Birger. This minimalist look is equal parts subtle and striking.
BCBGMaxazria is a contemporary women’s clothing brand founded by the infamous Max Azria. In 1989 he launched his dream of a design house that spoke to the modern woman. It is named for the French phrase “bon chic, bon genre” meaning “good style, good attitude”. He began with the simple idea to create a beautiful dress and now they are one of America’s leading design houses. Azria’s wife, Lubov, joined BCBG Max Azria as a pattern maker and today serves as the brand’s Chief Creative Officer. She leads the company’s design team and oversees the marketing and merchandising for the brand. Lubov and Max make a great team, she says he’s more of the visionary while she is more detail oriented. Their collections span evening, cocktail dresses, sportswear separates, handbags, small leather goods and licensed outerwear, footwear, hats and swimwear. Designs are focused on fit, construction, and fabrication and each piece represents the luxury, visionary viewpoint and integrity of the brand itself. The brand embodies a true combination of European sophistication and American spirit. BCBG offers incredible designer fashion at affordable price points for everyone. This is something that earned Azria a spot in the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). Some of my favorite pieces in my closet are BCBGMaxazria and I love how timeless they are.
The Fall 2014 Collection was heavily inspired by the landscapes and scenery of Lousiana and the bayou. Lubov Azria says, “the juxtaposition of reflections, water and sky inspired the blues and natural tones in the Fall 2014 collection. Collection colors include warm neutrals and greys offset with rich terracotta and cool blue”. The sihoulettes in this collection are strongly influenced by those of the 1940s and 1950s.
Tunisian Dreams would be the two words to describe the Resort 2015 Collection. Azria was greatly influenced by his native land, Tunisia, when designing these pieces. The collection consisted of embroidered floral motif tunics, graphic caftans and outfits inspired by the Hammamet towel material.
The Spring 2015 Collection had a very laid back, bohemian vibe with pastel hues and prints. The muted patterns and sun bleached pastels hues were inspired by a recent trip Lubov Azria had to ABC Carpet & Home while she was looking through a stack artisanal rugs.
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Its finally the first day of Fall!!! I have been counting down the days until it officially arrived and I can begin wearing all of my boots, scarves, and jackets. Here in South Carolina, we still have very warm weather right now so I will be adding Fall pieces where I can each day. Most of you would think its time to start packing up your summer clothes and maxis along with them, but don’t just yet! I am putting a Fall twist on some maxi dresses today that will be great for this unpredictable weather.
This colorful geometric print maxi by Nell is a knock out on its own and easy to take from day to night. I decided to pair it with a white oversized blazer by BCBGMaxazria that makes this dress work appropriate as well as keeping you warm. This edgy blazer has a zipper detail on the front that you can unzip to change up the look. This is a very sleek and clean look that you could wear at the office and then with an awesome pair of heels for a night out with friends.
This Alice and Olivia Marianna Maxi is simply marvelous! The Crown Jewel print in beautiful blues, red, and mustard is just perfect for Fall. I love the sleeveless style and front slit that make this maxi very easy to wear. You could wear this dress alone on a warmer day with a cute pair of booties for a fabulous casual look. For a more glam look I paired this maxi with an amazing fur vest by Elizabeth and James that just screams luxurious. This cropped rabbit and coyote fur vest features angled stripes and a shaggy trim. It is a piece that you will treasure for years to come.
Mara Hoffman knows how to make an amazing maxi and this racer-back Snake print one is no exception. Loose and flowy, you could wear this dress all day long and throughout the year. It is a great dress for the office when paired with a sleek black BCBGMaxazria blazer. This blazer is a wardrobe staple with sass! It has faux leather sleeves and a draped open front that is so chic. Both of these pieces are very versatile and can be mixed into your wardrobe to create some magnificent outfits.
I don’t know about you, but I am loving the fact that I can carry my maxi dresses from Summer into Fall. Theses dresses are so comfortable and look so polished at the same time. I can’t wait to show you more ways to style your maxi dresses! Stay tuned!
I am writing this post from 30,000 feet in the air on the way home from an amazing trip! It is hard to believe how fast fashion week goes by! Today we finished off the trip with some amazing showroom appointments! We knew we would be pushed for time at the end of the day and would have to head straight to the airport so we opted for comfortable outfits with layers. I am wearing a BCBGMAXAZRIA midi length dress with my trusty Valentino sandals and a By Malene Birger scarf. I accessorized with Giles & Brother hoops and a Kendra Scott fringe bracelet.
My amazing mother has been so great to capture all of my outfits all week! I loved her outfit so much this morning I made her pose for a couple shots! Her leopard trench is by La Prestic Ouiston, an amazing line made completely from vintage scarves. She loves to wear her BCBGMAXAZRIA leggings while traveling because they are so comfortable and are a little thicker than normal leggings. She finished off the look with the Rebecca Minkoff Jules satchel.
How cute is she? She is a natural!!
Our first appointment was with BCBGMAXAZRIA! I love this line because it is effortless, easy and almost any age can wear it! Their Spring 2015 prints were great!
They also have great handbags and clutches. They are a great price and are great quality!
Next up was our favorite, Mara Hoffman! Her showroom is the coolest! It is covered in Turkish rugs and cacti and feels like a bit of an oasis from the bustling city. The line looked amazing! (No surprises there!)
We headed down to the Meatpacking district after Mara for our Dannijo appointment. This appointment is always ones of my favorites and I have a very hard time narrowing down what I am going to order for the store. Check out these amazing color combinations!
They have also started designing handbags. They are Italian leather and are embellished with beautiful jewels and hardware.
Our final stop of the trip was Rebecca Minkoff! The color palette for her Spring 2014 collections included some beautiful icey hues and some bold pops of color as well!
We couldn’t leave the city without a quick stop at the Laduree store. We had a hard time deciding what flavors and walked away with 18 macaroons in hand. My plan is to give some to my husband when I get home but I am hoping they last that long!
If you haven’t noticed already, one this years hottest trends is athleticism. It is all about being sleek, minimal, and luxurious. My must have piece this summer is the Jogger pant. I love how designers are using luxe fabrics, embellishments, and bold colors or prints to balance out the relaxed silhouette of the pant. It completely changes the look of the pant to something you could wear out on Friday night for drinks with friends. The way you style the pant is important, I know that can seem intimidating but I have picked three looks that are perfect for someone wanting to dip their toes in the athletic trend.
These Elliot Lauren Joggers in Black will become a staple in your closet. You can wear them with pretty much anything. I wanted to keep this look classic so I paired them with a simple long sleeved top by 3 Twenty – the mesh inserts on the sleeves give it an edge and add to the sporty vibe. Black heels and a black pair of Kendra Scott earrings finish the look – this is an easy look you will wear over and over again.
I am a huge fan of Hot Pink so when I saw these Magaschoni Joggers I knew I had to include them in this post. They were the perfect choice to pair with this Sachin + Babi bomber Jacket. This jacket is to die for! It is made from velvet laced sequins. This outfit is so bold you just need a simple top, jewelry and black heels to finish the look.
A skirt is a beautiful thing. Summer is practically synonymous with them and this summer you have multiple lengths to choose from – not just mini-skirts. So how do you beat the heat without showing off too much skin? Maxi and midi skirts are your answer. Choose one with a slit and lightweight fabric to help keep you cool.
Maxis strike the perfect balance between casual and glamorous and are so versatile. They are naturally chic when worn with a t-shirt or tank and your favorite sandals. Rachel Pally knows her way around a fabulous maxi and her skirts are no exception. They pair perfectly with a simple t-shirt or tank for the day and can be dressed up for a night out.
In March we shot our Spring 2014 lookbook at the beautiful Moore Botanical Gardens right here in Lake City, SC. That’s right…the gorgeous backdrop you see in the video above is in Lake City, SC and boy are we so thankful!! It provides some of the most breathtaking and unique backdrops and I love how the garden compliments the clothing oh so well! Below is the complete shopping guide to everything that was featured!