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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Look Sleek in a Cardi

Spring is almost here and what better way to look stylish and cool than with cardigans. Some people think cardigans are not flattering but if you just know how to wear them right, these pull together knit shirts are a great way to dress up everything from khakis to jeans. Here are three great ways to look fab in a cardi.

Go Monochrome
The contrast of a cardi over blue jeans draws the eye horizontally across the top of thighs, emphasizing a trouble spot. But pairing the sweater with similarly hued pants elongates the legs and makes thighs appear proportionate.

Better without a belt
Cinching a bulky above the knee cardigan causes it to balloon outward below the belt. The result: Hips look hefty. But letting the cardi fall open takes the focus off hips for a narrower silhouette.

Opt for vertical lines
An unstructured sweater with horizontal stripes draws the eye from side to side, so the whole body reads as wide. But a pull together with vertical geometric lines draws the eye up and down for a tall, lean look.

New Church Chairs

Finally after so many years, our church replaced the church chairs. I'm not really complaining but I have noticed that most of the old wooden chairs have cracks. The new chairs are similar to the church chairs by chairs4worship that I saw online. They are wider and they have cushions. I feel more comfortable sitting on them unlike before where I'd rather stand up especially if there are too many people inside the church. The seats have plastic rocker glides so they are easy to maneuver, leaving the floor scratch-free. Plus, they don't make too much noise when you try to move it. I hate it when all the people will turn their heads and look at you as if you've done something bad when one of the kids tries to move the chair.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Week That Was at New York’s Fashion Week

Despite the blizzard that wreaked havoc to several states over the weekend, New York’s semi-annual Fashion Week continued. No doubt it all boiled down to economics as analysts say these events generate $865 million in economic impact annually for the city. The shows started on Thursday, a day before the blizzard hit the Big Apple and continued despite it. So here are my picks from the various shows that managed to weather out the storm.

On the first day, the bold patterns, the contrasting fabrics and the dramatic draping on the outfits on the runway made their big impression on the viewers. From mixed prints and leather to luxurious lace, Thursday’s shows managed to wow audiences despite the impending snow storm. Here are some of my favorites on Thursday shows runways.

Easy-fitting chic clothing is what Costello Tagliapietra is known for and these aesthetics were present in his recent runway show in muted tones of blush, coral gray and blue and the fabrics were gathered in all the right places to accent a woman’s body.
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The sporty chic trend is epitomized in Richard Chai’s Spring 2013 collection which he presented in last week’s New York Fashion Week
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High slits, sheer materials, embroidery juxtaposed against leather and harness are the elements that made BCBG Max Azria’s collection so cosmopolitan and the sandals were just to die for
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Fashion forward, she is not but Lyn Devon’s fashion presented a collection with a story – that of a polished, well-dressed lady who pulls things together to create a winning outfit
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I would have to say that my most favorite collection among those that were presented during New York Spring 2013 Fashion Week is Jason Wu’s collection. The celebration of contrasts is, to my mind, what makes his collection so special. I love that he is able to show feminine strength and aggressiveness in a sensual manner all in one outfit by using a play colors and textures that are so cleverly put together. The contradictory and often complex feminine personality is evident in each piece. The urban strength of the modern woman is side-y-side with her romanticism. His talent is pure genius and his ability to us contrasting materials to emphasize the female body and her complex psyche is what makes his collection stand out from among the rest. His is a collection that celebrates modern women.

Jason Wu’s collection presents the complexity of the modern woman using an interesting play of materials which are wearable and simply breathtaking
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Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Seaside-Inspired Accessories of Kendall Conrad

The Spring 2013 collection of Santa Barbara resident Kendall Conrad clearly draws inspiration from seaside living and as she puts it, her collection is "the beach is a part of my DNA." The inspiration comes across quite strongly in her collection of handbags, small leather goods, brass jewelry, and flat sandals. The color palettes she chose for her collection included sea grass, sand, mussel shell, driftwood, bone, cypress bark, and aloe, all colors that evoke images of sea and sand and the spirit of the beach. She chose style names such as Narcisa, Azucena, and Cincha for the lines in her collection.

The simplicity of her collection is its own appeal. There is no indication of the wildness that can sometimes be attributable to seaside living. She offers a refined sort of elegance which obviously took a lot of painstaking work on the part of the designer. Conrad explains that she would never make anything that she would not wear herself and designs pieces that she would want to wear in her own life. She also states that the accessories that she finds most appealing are those that have clean lines and come in the most natural color palettes. Her bags are without any fuss and have to be functional because while she loves beautiful things, she is also pragmatic.  Here are some of her pieces for your viewing pleasure.

Pacha Snakeskin bag

Azucena Nubuck

Filomena Hemp

Shell pendant necklace

Thin ball bangle

Charm bangle

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