Few hues have the power and impact of the color red. Red is also one of few colors with a shade to universally flatter just about anyone and works perfectly in any season. A dress in this lovely color was just the thing for an evening out on a recent trip to the Opatija Riviera. This summer’s travels had me revisiting the picturesque destination, which happens to be the starting point of tourism in Croatia. Many of the elegant villas and parks date all the way back to the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Dress: The Limited, Wrap: Express, Sunglasses: Prada, Shoes and Bag: Aldo
On an early summer day while getting ready for brunch, I opted for a neutral color palette. The look started with a light little black dress, which I paired with chestnut brown heels. The morning was unseasonably cool so I added a printed blazer. To finish off the ensemble I accessorized with a metallic embellished clutch and dark sunglasses.
Blazer: BCBG Max Azria, Dress: Express, Clutch: Aldo, Shoes: Aldo, Sunglasses: Ray Ban
As the temperatures begin to climb, and the seasons transition, I started to think about which pieces were the most valuable during this spring season. The conclusion I came to was simple and timeless. They were items that could easily be mixed and matched, and effortlessly took me through just about any occasion. Not to mention, also very easy to pack wherever your travels may take you. So just which pieces where they? Easy, a classic trench with a ruffle detail, cropped jeans, a bright printed scarf, and pair of pumps. The main items featured in the photos below happen to be from Express. Whenever I visit that store I always seem to find something to buy.
Trench Coat, Jeans, and Scarf: Express, Bag: Michael Kors, Shoes: Aldo
Spring is a time for looking forward and into the future. The warmer months often bring about a sense of optimism and the feeling of endless possibilities. Sheading those winter layers has a way of making us feel lighter and rejuvenated. While we may still be in the midst of winter, there is no denying that the changing of the seasons is right around the corner. So with that, I’ve already started thinking about what I will be keeping next season and what I may change. One look I plan to continue wearing is the maxi skirt. The maxi skirt offers the body an effortlessly fluid silhouette with just a bit of drama and a hint of mystery. Which looks will you be staying with next season, and which will need a change?
Last Fall, checking out the sites along the Adriatic Coast.
Jacket: Banana Republic, Peplum Top: Express, Maxi Skirt: J. Crew, Shoes: Aldo
2013 has come and gone, leaving behind some very memorable moments. Among those memorable moments, one of the most notable was visiting friends and family in Croatia this past Fall. Although it was a short and sweet trip, I took in every moment spent with loved ones and all those majestic views! No matter how many times I visit, I always find the Adriatic Coast and the Austro-Hungarian architecture absolutely stunning! Sometimes rediscovering old favorite places can bring new insight and perspective.
Dress: Bar III, Bolero: The Limited, Sunglasses: Prada
Leather Jacket: Banana Republic, Dress: Bar III, Shoes: Aldo, Sunglasses: Prada
Adding a bright pop of color to an always chic black outfit instantly brings new life and dimension to the ensemble. A simple way to create this effect is by finishing your look with a blazer or accessorizing with a colored scarf. Jewelry also helps add that extra bit of sparkle.
Blazer: The Limited, Tee: Calvin Klein, Skirt: Tommy Hilfiger, Scarf: Express, Bag: Aldo, Shoes: Jessica Simpson