Monthly Archives: September 2012

What is Your Signature Piece?

In developing your own personal style you inadvertently come up with a “signature piece”. Your signature piece is something that you wear every day. It may hold some sentimental value to you, or it may just be something that you really like – whatever it is, it’s something that the people close to you can recognize & identify as “yours”. I’ve actually settled on three signature pieces that I wear within my everyday style.

My first signature piece and by far, my most important is my father’s high school class ring. I found it in my mom’s jewelry box at home one day & asked if I could have it. Since the etched gold ring with a sapphire stone was oversized in both style and circumference, I had to have it resized to fit my finger. I wore it a couple times before I made it to the jewelers but had a major scare one night – when it managed to slip off my finger somehow. Thankfully, one of my friends found it on the ground and knew it was mine by my dad’s initials, LVE, engraved on the inside. I remember how my stomach dropped at the thought of losing it forever and I’ve made sure it’s somewhere safe ever since!

Signature Jewelry - Dad's High School Class Ring

On a side note, my sister, Katie, has my mom’s high school class ring that she wears – and she also lost her ring one night.  It fell off her finger while she was trick-or-treating with her daughter and luckily, after back-tracking their steps with a metal detector, they eventually found it among the fallen leaves.

On another note, I remember when I was younger; my grandma lost my late grandfather’s wedding ring in a parking lot in the middle of winter. We went back in the springtime, after the snow melted, and searched for hours. Surprisingly, and thankfully, after several months & snowplows had passed – we eventually found it, untouched & unharmed!!! (Clearly losing jewelry is common in my family – but fortunately, we always manage to get lucky & find it again!)

I wear my dad’s ring almost every day and when I take it off, it feels like something is missing. My mother once said; whenever you’re feeling alone, just rub the stone and you’ll feel close to home….and I do.Signature Jewelry - Dad's High School Class RingMy second signature piece is a single gold forearm bangle. There’s really nothing special about it; I got it several years ago from Arden B as part of a set. I like the etching on it and have worn it so much it’s now just become my routine.

Signature Jewelry - Etched Gold Forearm Cuff

My third and most recently added signature piece is my chain necklace duo. One of the necklaces is a leafless tree pendant necklace with the words, “Remember What is Important to You” engraved on the back, that I got from my parents. It reminds me of the giant tree in my yard on the farm.

Tree on the Farm

I love the symbolism of dormant trees in winter; at a glance they look like their dead…but in the springtime, they grow little buds that flourish into an abundance branches of leaves. One does not always realize the potential beauty when looking at the bare branches, but it’s there, even if it’s not at that moment – it will thrive one day.

*Sadly, when I went to take the photos for this blog, I realized that my tree pendant must have fallen off the chain earlier this week. I still haven’t found it, but hopefully I get lucky like last time.

The other is a vintage bird necklace my sister, Amanda, gave me for my birthday. I’m not going to get into too much detail of why it’s my signature piece because I’m leaving it for another blog :) …but there is a certain symbolism I have for birds as well…

Signature Jewelry - Bronze Bird Necklace

Now that I’ve told you what my signature pieces are, can you identify your own? Better yet – ask your best friend to see if they can pick out what your signature piece is….

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I May be a Fair Weather Fan…but at Least I’m a Fashionable One!

 ‘Da Bears’ just kicked off against the St. Louis Ram’s; so once again, football fanatics flock to Soldier Field & sports bars around the city for Sunday Funday football.

Chicago Bears Logo

I’m not really into professional-team sports, well – sports in general actually; nor do I know the rules or much about the overall game at all. My main sport growing up was gymnastics; I’ll stop everything I’m doing to sit down & watch a balance beam routine, but everything else, ehh.

Since Chicago is such a sports-centric city (we’ve got the Bears, the Blackhawks, the Bulls, the Cubs & the White Sox’s), I’m surrounded by a bunch of die-hard sports fans cheering for something, all year round.So, in case I ever find myself in the vicinity of other cheering for a Bears ‘team’ victory, I’ve made sure that I’m at least prepared to look like part (even if I’m pretending to know what’s going on). But I do so in my own “fashionable fan” kind of way. :)

I bought this washed & worn looking raglan sleeve ‘Chicago Bears’ shirt from Urban Outfitters last year when the season ended (on sale for $9.99, originally something like $58.00). I paired it with my silk & tulle tiered tutu skirt from Free People.

Chicago Bears 'Fashionable Fan' Outfit

Chicago Bears 'Fashionable Fan' Outfit

Yes, sort of a ridiculous ensemble, but I figure – it’s also ridiculous to cheer on players that you don’t personally know and to scream profanities at a TV when a ref makes a bad call – so, I won’t be the only one that’s weird. Plus, if my “team” wins, I’ve got my pink party skirt on to celebrate!

Go Team Go!!!  (I guess…)

Are you a huge sports fan? If so, are you a stylish one?  Or do you prefer to wear one of those lovely polyester jerseys to feel like you’re part of the team?

Anthropologie Presents: The Best Looks for Fall

After scrolling through photos from New York Fashion Week & writing these past few Runway Reports, it had me thinking back to when I went to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in 2008 and made me really want to see a show. Luckily, last Thursday night, the Anthropologie store I work at was putting on their Fall Fashion Show; and since I didn’t have to work – I got to enjoy the show!

Everything about the event was fabulous (well, except for getting sprinkled on while waiting in line to get in. Yes – there was a line to get it!!)

The store was merchandised beautifully! Because we have such a large retail space (we’re one of the largest stores in the company), our store is broken up into different ‘concepts.’ Each concept centers around a muse of the moment and the apparel/housewares within the area reflect the inspirations that define her. The concepts have names, they are mythical people – they have likes & dislikes and a certain way they dress. Some of our ‘concepts’ in the past have been –

Irina – A glamorous girl who loves modern shapes and ethnic prints. She’s worldly when it comes to fashion and her eclectic closet is full of hand-me-downs & statement pieces she has collected through the years.

Or,

Bespoke – Someone who’s audacious & feminine and loves to wear vintage cat-eye glasses & red lipstick. They flock to 1950’s & 60’s silhouettes and lace frocks. She’s feminine not bohemian, she prefers sky-high heels over oxford brogues, she’s bold… but in a soft, girlish way.

Our visual team always does an amazing job of creating an “Anthro” ambiance. From the complex props that transform the space to the fragrant aroma that fills the air, Anthropologie is known for creating the complete shopping experience. As I mentioned earlier, every corner of the store is converted into its own notion, where detailed displays create an environment for the dress forms to don their stylish ensembles.  The colors & patterns of the clothing coincide with the home goods that surround them for a completely cohesive setting.

Anthropologie Store Display

Anthropologie Store Display

Anthropologie Store Display

Acoustic music by Garret Woods (my store manager’s husband) set the mood, while eager fashionista’s waited for the show to begin. Mini desserts & wine weren’t the only thing attendees were treated to – a couple of Anthro girls crafted up a take-away gift that topped the chairs lining the runway.

Garrett Woods Acoustic Music

Stylish women of all ages sat & listened intently as our store manager highlighted some of this season’s top trends and offered up some styling tips. Our personal shoppers put together fashion-forward outfits with some of Anthro’s must-have pieces and my co-workers, along with some of the store’s favorite customers, showed off the stylish ensembles & added their personalities to make the looks really come alive!

Enjoy the show…(P.S. Sorry for the poor quality pictures – I now have a newfound respect for fashion photographers! I don’t know how they do it :)

Anthropologie Fall Fashion Show 2012

Anthropologie Fall Fashion Show 2012

Anthropologie Fall Fashion Show 2012

Anthropologie Fall Fashion Show 2012

Anthropologie Fall Fashion Show 2012

Anthropologie Fall Fashion Show 2012

Anthropologie Fall Fashion Show 2012

Anthropologie Fall Fashion Show 2012

Anthropologie Fall Fashion Show 2012

Anthropologie Fall Fashion Show 2012

Anthropologie Fall Fashion Show 2012

Anthropologie Fall Fashion Show 2012

Anthropologie Fall Fashion Show 2012

Anthropologie Fall Fashion Show 2012

Anthropologie Fall Fashion Show 2012

I’m sure I’m not the only one to say – I walked away feeling reinvigorated and full of ideas for what I’m going to wear this fall.

Great work to all of my Anthro employees – all of your effort & hard work in putting this event together paid off. This best looks for Fall fashion show was an Anthropologie experience at its finest!

Runway Report: Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013 Collection

Oscar de la Renta has become a household name known for dressing first ladies, celebrities, society women and many in between. Synonymous to whom he dresses; the Spring 2013 collection he presented offered up a diverse range of pieces that match those many different fashion personality types. From a minimalist ivory linen pant suit to an extravagant floral-accented mini dress, this man has designed something for every woman – and they’re no-doubt irresistible!

Elements that stood out from the show:

  • Ivory linen
  • Doily lace
  • Pops of bright color
  • Tulle
  • Peplum silhouettes
  • Exaggerated pleats, folds & floral details
  • Shimmer
  • Bold linear patterns
  • Suit sets

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013 Runway Collection

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013 Runway Collection

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013 Runway Collection

Photo Source: style.com

Runway Report: Carolina Herrera Spring 2013 Collection

In describing her Spring 2013 collection, designer Carolina Herrera was quoted, “I wanted to work with a new proportion this season, something incredibly light and soft,” and that she definitely did! Her ethereal evening gowns made of chiffon, organza, tulle and georgette flowed down the runway. The airy dresses made of sheer fabrics had simplistic silhouettes and delicate embroidery detailing. Her looks were more gauzy than her usual creations, but if fluidity is what she wanted to achieve with this collection, then the angels have answered her prayers.

Elements that stood out from the show:

  • Sheer fabrics
  • Light, neutral hues
  • Belted waistlines
  • Metallic silver
  • Mini & midi lengths
  • Embroidery
  • Abstract prints
  • Bright pops of orange

Carolina Herrera Spring 2013 Runway Collection

Carolina Herrera Spring 2013 Runway Collection

Carolina Herrera Spring 2013 Runway Collection

Carolina Herrera Spring 2013 Runway CollectionPhoto Source: style.com