Sunday, June 24, 2012

Ann Taylor Girl

I'm not really an Ann Taylor kind of girl (well LOFT maybe), but I digress...lately my interest has been pleasantly peaked.  The ads are looking pretty chic and the quality I must say is pretty divine.  Maybe my taste is changing- maybe I am getting a little more...ahem...mature...I don't know.  But I am feeling a little A.T. shopping spree coming on soon!

These are some of their looks from the Summer 2012 line:













Agree?

Till next time friends!
xoxo
Michelle





Black & White

When you are not quite sure what to wear - a safe bet is good old black and white. You can add a pop of color or keep it basic. It's a never fail. Here I paired a Limited Sweater and Jcrew lace tank with a few options. Yellow and red are perfect "go to" colors to to mix in with black and white.

And it doesn't take much to change the look of your outfit.


Striped skirt from Loft






Black sweater from The Limited
Black lace tank from JCREW





Yellow Michael Kors belt





Skirt from JCREW
This one is sweet too:




Paired with these Dior slides (old)
but these would work too:




and this Headband from Anthropologie
(as modeled by my fuzzy friend here Cinnamoroll)




How do you do Black & White?
Till next time!
xoxo
Michelle






Thursday, June 21, 2012

Heat Wave

Temps are rising and I am being drawn to bright hot colors- reds, oranges and yellows. Sun and Fire inspired to go with the heat wave that we got going on here in the NorthEast. I am not complaining- it's time for warmth after so much dreary rain.  Now it's time to pick which air conditioned venue to wear my new duds to (Thank you Forever 21)!



Rings from Forever 21 (old)
but these are cool too:
and



Tie dye shirt - Forever 21






The sweetest tees with lovely ruching detail on sleeves-
Forever 21





Bright bottoms from HUE, Earnest Sewn and AE
These are cool too:



Stay cool and fabulous!
xoxo
Michelle


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Weekend Adventure

So I did a little more than window shopping this weekend - I actually did a little retail damage. I did not buy only for myself though. I found some great deals at the Macy's One Day sale for the hubbie.

Me though- I found a great pair of sky high sandals, also got a little Jcrew therapy and good ole H&M never fails.

This post is centered on the Jessica Simpson heels. She is doing her thing with shoes. I put together a little denim/khaki number- hope you like it!




Denim Jacket, white tee, cargo shorts,
platforms and bracelet





Get cool Cargo shorts here:

And I love this Denim jacket:





My bracelet is from Anthropologie
but these are just as cool:





Jessica Simpson heels
These are cute too:  http://rstyle.me/hd93zemf3e






Michael Kors bag (old)
Perfect for hands free strolling...
But this one is super cute too:



Hope you all had a good weekend!
xoxo
Michelle


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Window Shopping

A few things I'd like to get my hands on soon... I kind of lost my shopping urge for a few weeks or so...Isn't it funny how the way you feel changes your daily/weekly habits?  With my brain swirling around I really just wanted to shop for a flight to I don't know where- little by little my mood has picked back up and I am on the shopping mend. This is how I begin my journey back... Hope you like them too.


A new Summer bag
Get your Tory on:



For a night out (Maybe Miami??)
Get this Metallic Dress here:

 


 
A color block skirt to throw on with whatever...

 

Love this whole look- bright yellow sandals
and all:




Cute-
Because I feel like even my new desk needs a pick me up
Get Squirrely here: http://rstyle.me/hckcagmf3e



Now let's see what I actually come home with...
Stay tuned...
xoxo
Michelle




Saturday, June 9, 2012

{Father}

My Dad was a cool guy. I can't believe it will be 5 years this November that he's gone. Today, June 9th he would have been 67 years old. Way too young to be gone and still had a lot of life to live. I smile when I think of the funny memories, I cry when I realize how long it's been since I heard his voice.

What I know now, and try to keep remembering is that life is precious and we need to tell the ones we love how much they mean to us- all the time.  One day we will wish we can talk to them again...



My Dad
Summer 1978




My Mom and Dad
December 1974




Always with a nice watch




And always dressed to impress...



My parents definitely passed on the "Love of clothes" gene to me....
they were and still are the coolest parents.

What I would not give
for my dad to see this post...He would be so proud!


Hug your loved ones - as much as you can...

xoxo
Michelle


Monday, June 4, 2012

Compassion Fashion

I have been little by little trying to convert my household items and cleaners, make-up and clothing to more eco- friendly and animal friendly products.  It has been a little bit of a challenge, as not every store carries these kinds of items (plus the fact that I have to consciously remember). 

But when I do- I feel good about myself.  Just knowing I am contributing a little towards less pollution, a little less damage to the earth- and maybe one less animal that needed to be used.  A somber thought- but true....and it can be done! 

These products are a few examples:


Organic Eyeshadow






Organic tea



The sweetest espadrilles: 100% Vegan







The cutest vegan dress:





A recycled fabric bag:




A tray made from recycled boat wood from Thailand:


So maybe on your next shopping trip you can try to pick up one
vegan, organic or recycled item?

Be compassionate about your fashion...
I promise- you will be glad you did!

Till next time friends...
xoxo
Michelle







Saturday, June 2, 2012

Inspiration: Shabby Chic

Comfort, the beauty of imperfections, the allure of time-worn objects, and the appeal of simple practical living: these are the cornerstones of Shabby Chic.  Like the cozy familiarity of a well-worn pair of faded jeans, the dilapidated elegance of an Italian villa, the worn grandeur of faded velvets and mismatched floral china handed down from your grandmother’s attic, the brand is a revived appreciation for what is used, well-loved, and worn, it is a respect for natural evolution and a regard for what is easy and sensible.



-Rachel Ashwell





Shabby chic your dinner party with these:



Get this fabulous bed here


Make you kitchen shabby with these:



Get the Shabby Chic sofa here:


Get a similar duvet here:
and I love this pillow:


Add this to your Shabby Chic living space:



Get this adorable cakestand:


Be inspired!
xoxo
Michelle

Friday, June 1, 2012

Vacation Nation

Planning our vacation has gotten me in the mood for tropical breezes, drinks on the lanai and bronzed skin. My mind is there already though I still have a ways to go: but in my hastiness I thought about what I would bring along with me- and share with you in case you were planning a fabulous getaway too! Here's to us- Vacation Nation...


Summer Florals that inspire:
I love these colors! 




The essential beach bag...
and scarf to tie (wherever)
I love these options too: http://rstyle.me/hr5pjxmf3e




Your favorite worn in sandals
(for lots of walking and shopping)




The long flowy dress and hat to keep you cool
in the sun
I love the print on this maxi dress:  http://rstyle.me/hnk433mf3e
This hat is lovely too: http://rstyle.me/hjkfy6mf3e




All you need:
A calming mist to hydrate skin;
 The best mascara EVER! Click here: http://rstyle.me/fmcp2kmf3e
 Face scrub for even skin;
Bronzer and lip balm



Happy Vacationing!
Take lots of pictures
xoxo
Michelle