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January 22, 2015

 

 

A comfortable dress that can easily transition from day to night is at the top of my must have list.  Nicole Miller has met all my needs with her Mercedes Dress made from stretch jersey.  I wore this dress last weekend while we were in Charleston for a day of meetings.  It was the perfect piece for the beautiful weather we had, and I didn’t even need to worry about wearing a coat since it has long sleeves.  The edgy black and white lumen print is not only flattering, but adds some spark to a classic color combination.  During the day I paired the dress with a super comfortable pair of over the knee boots.  I am loving the trend this year with these super tall boots and have been wearing them non-stop.  Fringe is everywhere this spring, from shoes to bags.  Rebecca Minkoff hit the trend perfectly with the Jemma Crossbody.  I absolutely love the fringe and grommet detailing on this bag and its a great size to carry your essentials without being weighed down.  The Miljas Hat by Malene Birger has become a go to of mine on days when I know I am going to be outside for awhile.  It instantly makes me feel more chic and polished.  For nighttime I simply switched out my boots for a pair of strappy heels and blue python printed clutch by DVF.  This dress will definitely be one you will want to wear a number of different ways because its so comfortable and chic!

 

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Sunglasses – Karen Walker; Boots – Vince Camuto

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Shoes – Aquazzura

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Effortless Equipment

December 8, 2014

We just received a new shipment in from Equipment this weekend and we just had to share some of the pieces with you.  Their silk shirts and dresses are some of our favorite go to items that are timeless.  Recently we’ve fallen in love with their super soft sweaters.  If you haven’t had a chance to check out this brand yet you need to!  You will want to live in their silk pieces all year round.  We styled three different looks with some of the new pieces below and the rest are available to buy at https://lovemosaic.com/categories/Designers/Equipment/

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Marvelous Metallic

December 6, 2014

Sachin + Babi have outdone themselves with their Margarete Metallic Ball Skirt for their Noir Holiday Collection this year.  This dramatic high low style is a signature of theirs and they continue to use it season after season.  Just wait till you see what they have in store for Spring 2015.  The bronze jacquard material is so luxurious and catches the light beautifully.  The texture also gives the skirt added dimension.  We are loving the flattering high waisted style that would look fabulous on a variety of ages and sizes.  For this post  we pair the skirt with something unexpected, a more casual Nicole Miller Feather Silk Tee.  We liked the combination of the textures and colors between the skirt and top.  Also, we love pairing something more casual with a more dressy piece for an out of the box outfit.  By Malene Birger’s gold snakeskin clutch was a perfect match for this outfit.  A lovely pair of Meghna earrings and a stack of Eddie Borgo bracelets added the right amount of glitz to this glamours look.  Our favorite Schutz heels and a great pair of Karen Walker sunglasses complete this outfit.

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Everyday Boho

December 3, 2014

One of my favorite designer’s we carry here at Mosaic is Nanette Lepore.  Her blouses are by far some of my most cherished pieces in my closet.  The Wild Coast top is no exception, the beautiful silk patterned fabric just flows so nicely.  I paired this blouse with my black luxe sateen J Brands, I have literally been wearing these non-stop this season.  They are the most comfortable pants you will ever own by far.  Plus the black looks fabulous with just about anything.  I have worn these pants and my Alex booties by Rebecca Minkoff so much already, they are a great combination.  This is such an easy outfit, especially for work I can look put together and still be comfortable.  The Miljas hat by Malene Birger and these amazing sunglasses by Karen Walker keep the sun at bay while I am out running errands.  The Finn clutch by Rebecca Minkoff can also double as a cross body bag.  I adore the fringe detailing and the size is absolutely perfect to hold the essentials.  It doesn’t weigh me down while I am out and about.  This is definitely an outfit I will be repeating quite a bit this season.


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Poised Primarys

December 2, 2014

When we saw this Issa Colorblock Turtleneck we knew it was a unique piece.  The abstract strokes of color on the sweater transform a basic black turtleneck into a one of a kind item.  You can wear this sweater a number of ways from jeans to leggings.  We decided to do something different and pair it with a pleated maxi skirt by Malene Birger for a totally unexpected look.  I love how the turtleneck balances the sheerness of the skirt.  This skirt is a great closet staple that you can wear all year round with just about anything.  You can dress it down with a t-shirt or keep it dressy with a silk blouse.   This would be a great outfit for a party or dinner this winter season.  Some sparkling jewelry always helps to finish the look.  We love to stack our Eddie Borgo bracelets as high as we can!  They make great gifts for any classy lady or just for yourself.

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Fall/Holiday ’14 Lookbook

November 18, 2014
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Hat – By Malene Birger, Blouse – 10 Crosby, Necklace – Kelly Wearstler

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Hat – By Malene Birger, Blouse – 10 Crosby, Skirt – By Malene Birger

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Fringe Top – Rachel Zoe, Leggings – BCBGMAXAZRIA, Earrings – Dannijo

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Dress – Rachel Zoe, Necklace – Dannijo

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Beaded Gown – Mara Hoffman, Short Dress – Mara Hoffman, Heels – Rebecca Minkoff, Earrings – Megan Park

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Beaded Gown – Mara Hoffman

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Dress – Hunter Bell, Heels – Rebecca Minkoff, Cuff – Kelly Wearstler

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Gown – Diane von Furstenberg, Earrings – Dannijo

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Beaded Tank and Skirt – Nicole Miller, Bracelets – Eddie Borgo

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Jacket – Waverly Grey, Tank and Leather leggings – By Malene Birger, Heels – Rebecca Minkoff

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Dress – Mara Hoffman, Necklace – Dannijo

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Sweater – Mara Hoffman, Leather Leggings – By Malene Birger

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Sweater – Diane von Furstenberg, Skirt – Hunter Bell, Bracelets – Eddie Borgo

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Sweater – BCBGMAXAZRIA, Tank – Mara Hoffman, Jeans – JBrand, Sneakers – Rebecca Minkoff

 

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Next Level Leather

October 14, 2014

Every girl needs a leather jacket in her closet. It is one item that you can own that will never go out of style.  This is a staple piece to invest in and it will stand the test of time.  Fit and quality are the two most important factors when choosing a leather jacket.  You want a jacket that fits you impeccably and a color that you can wear with almost anything.  Black or tan are safe choices because you can pair them with pretty much anything you already have in your closet.  There are so many options out there when choosing a style so take your time to find one that fits your personal taste.  It is a wardrobe essential in my opinion, from instantly adding a cool factor to a cocktail dress, edging up a feminine dress, or simply giving you the whole “I just threw this on” look with jeans and a t-shirt.  You will get a lot of wear out of a leather jacket so think about the cost per wear measurement when deciding on how much you want to spend.

Nicole Miller killed it this season with her Quilted Leather Jacket!  The subtle quilted chevron pattern adds texture and dimension to this sleek black jacket.  The structured silhouette, mandarin collar, and double slider zipper makes this a unique piece.  For the first look I paired this jacket with an amazing silk maxi skirt by Malene Birger and a Bella Dahl black t-shirt.  Black and tan suede heels by Schutz and a sparkling bib necklace by Dannijo make this outfit perfect for date night.  I love the cool, rocker vibe of this look. Ever since our trip to New York I am obsessed with everything black.  This jacket elevates a simple t-shirt and skirt combo to a whole other level of chic.


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Leather jackets and jeans are the perfect combination.  Throw on a colorful silk blouse and you have a quick and pulled together look in no time.  The quilted leather jacket adds some edge to this flowy Abstract Floral blouse by Waverly Grey and blue pair of Luxe Sateen J Brands.  If you haven’t tried a pair of J Brand’s Luxe Sateen pants you are missing out!  These are the most comfortable skinny jeans you will every try on.  They are so soft and come in so many brilliant colors.  This is an outfit you can mix and match so many different ways with what you already have in your closet and look fabulous!


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A leather jacket over a cocktail dress is the epitome of cool.  The Nicole Miller Baba Fringe Dress is instantly transformed from your typical sparkly cocktail dress into something edgier and cool.  You can zip up this jacket to make the outfit more sleek and polished or leave it open with the sleeves rolled up for a more relaxed look.  It is amazing how you can throw a leather jacket over a dress and completely change the feel of the outfit.  I love the look of very feminine dresses with lace and ruffles juxtaposed with a more masculine and edgy leather jacket.


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A leather jacket is definitely a must have this fall and winter for your closet.  Don’t be afraid to choose one with embellishments, texture, fur, or color – let your personality show through the jacket.  Make sure you find a professional leather cleaner to keep it looking nice, but a little wear will make it look even better over time.

 

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Trend Alert: Psychedelic Prints

October 9, 2014

 

One of our favorite trends this season is the trippy prints that were seen all over the runways for Fall 2014.  Bold and bright retro 60’s and 70’s psychedelic prints are everywhere and are actually very easy to wear.  Stick to choosing one piece that will be the statement so that your look doesn’t get too busy.  A statement printed blouse like the Crystal 2 Top by Trina Turk is a great way to dip your toes into this trend.  The bold orange and fuchsia in such a fun mixed geometric print make this blouse really stand out.  The blouse looks more relaxed by tying it in the front and rolling up the sleeves.  We kept with the retro vibe and paired the top with a flared jean in gray by J Brand and some suede heels.  A bright red pair of Kendra Scott studs finish this look by adding another pop of color.  You can also wear this blouse to the office with a great pencil skirt and blazer, just let the blouse be the standout piece.  A classic clutch by Rebecca Minkoff in Latte is a neutral handbag that will go with anything!

 

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Who says you can’t wear neon in the Fall? The Mara Hoffman Tee Shift Dress is electrifying in neon blue, purple and green with a camel print that looks as if its made of neon lights.  Gray boots by Malene Birger and a Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Bag in Neon Violet are the perfect accents.  M. Patmos makes a beautiful fur snood that will instantly make you feel glamorous!

 

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You will turn heads when you walk into the room wearing the Nanette Lepore Handloom Shift Dress.  The magnificent print in pink and teal match perfectly with this amazing bib necklace by Megan Park.  This look is minimal, but will certainly be one everyone will remember.  This is a dress that you can style so many different ways and wear to so many different events.  Throw on a pair of boots and a vest for a cute, day look or wear it with a blazer for the office.

 

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This Fall don’t be afraid to reach for these brightly colored pieces to spice up your wardrobe.  You can wear them just as you would wear your typical Fall colors and with them.

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Live-In Leather

October 6, 2014

This wonderful chill in the air means one thing, its leather weather.   A fabulous leather moto jacket is a closet staple for just about everyone and slowly, but surely another leather piece has been gaining popularity among wardrobes.  Leather pants, or leggings have become the new cold weather staple because they are so versatile.  They are an investment piece for sure, but you will get just as much wear out of them as you do your favorite leather jacket.  A simple, slim fitting style is the easiest to wear in either a black or brown color.  Make sure they fit properly because leather will stretch over time so you want them to be snug, but you don’t need to go down a size.  The quality of the leather will determine the durability of the piece so you want to make sure you spend your money on a high quality pair that will last a long time.  Don’t forget you need to find a professional cleaner that specializes in leather so you can extend the life of your pants.

You can style your leather leggings with just about anything like you would a pair of jeans or leggings.  I’ve got four looks to show you to give you some ideas that will show you how truly versatile these amazing By Malene Birger Leather Leggings look with just about any top.  For the first outfit we kept things simple and neutral by pairing the leggings with a casual By Malene Birger turtleneck, Rebecca Minkoff booties, and a Trina Turk crossbody.  We even added another touch of leather with these fun Megan Park earrings.  This outfit is a great go to look for busy days or traveling.  You can even add a sweater or blazer for an extra layer on colder days.

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Here’s a great look that rocks two of Fall’s biggest trends, leather and fur!  This extraordinary fur vest by Elizabeth and James was meant to be paired with the leather pants.  A simple long sleeved shirt by Elliot Lauren was the perfect backdrop for the vest and the length is perfect for leggings.  This boho-chic look is another great outfit for the day to meet friends for lunch in or go shopping.  The Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Affair bag is the perfect size to carry all your necessities in and still be lightweight.  The strap is adjustable so you can wear it like a cross body or on your shoulder.  I used the Alex booties by Rebecca Minkoff again to keep with the earthy tones of this outfit.

 

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Leather leggings can also be work appropriate with the right blouse and shoes.  I paired a Nanette Lepore textured cream blouse with a longer hemline and a fabulous pair of suede Schutz heels to dress up the pants.  This tribal printed vest by Nell is the perfect addition to this outfit to give it some structure and more texture.  The colors combine so nicely and really makes me feel like its Fall.  A slouchy leather bag like this one by Raoul is perfect for work and running to meetings.


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The last look I want to share with you is the ultimate chic and comfortable outfit.  A cashmere poncho, like this one by Allude, with the leather leggings is the absolute perfect match.  Its such a simple look but you will standout among a crowd.  I accented the sweater with a gold and leather necklace by Megan Park, Rebecca Minkoff booties, and an amazing python clutch by Malene Birger.  You could wear this anywhere and to anything.  Just swap the boots out for heels for the night and you are good to go!

 

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Don’t forget to find a professional cleaner that specializes in leather for a pair like this.  You can extend the life of them by having them cleaning properly and get your money out of this investment piece!  Can’t wait to show you more ways to style leather pants this season!