MAPLE LEOPARD: 2014

Monday, December 29, 2014

5 WAYS TO SHIMMER FROM HEAD TO TOE ON NEW YEARS EVE

Published 12/30: Seattle Fashion Daily



1) I love love looove this glitzy shift dress from Nasty Gal, it is a great pick to add shimmer to your New Year's Eve Look!




2) Pair it with some fur to step up the bling!








 




3) Add a beautiful glitzy necklace, this one is very reasonable online at Kohls.







Chinese Laundry Jeopardy - Nude MeshBCBGeneration Isaac B - Black Silver Sparkle

4) Don't forget the heels!  My favorite shoe site HEELS has a BOGO half off/ New Years Eve Special. I totally adore the pink shoes to go with a silver dress, but both colors are a great pick for an outfit of this type. 

5) Last but not least, top of your outfit with a sparkly clutch.  Zappos is a great site to find chic bags and shoes.  I am crazy over this Kate Spade bag, so dainty and stylish!


Alright ladies I am sure you all will look gorgeous in your NYE outfits!  Thank you for visiting and all the support.  I wish you the very best in 2015!









Friday, December 26, 2014

HOW TO ADD PERSONALITY AND PUNCTUATION TO A LBD

Source: Blogsrelease 
Published 12/27: Seattle Fashion Daily

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and that your loot from Santa included some fabulous fashion pieces!  Just a few short days and it will be time to kick up your heels and celebrate New Years!  Just as important as finding just the right shoes and dress, is making sure you punctuate your outfit with accessories that will add the "wow" factor.

Look no further than the unique and chic accessory line offered by Diane VonFurstenburg.  She is an amazing designer, and the creator of the world famous wrap around dress.  The first season of her reality show House of DFV just finished, who else loved it? I sure did!


Glitz up your Little Black Dress with a beautiful cross body bag, a dainty clutch, or a vibrantly hued scarf.  DVF boutiques are located in major US cities and around the world.  Visit DVF online, become an insider for $50.00 off your first purchase.






Wednesday, December 17, 2014

HOW TO SWING BACK TO 60'S STYLE WITH A DIY RETRO INSPIRED COAT

 Published 12/23 & 12/24: Seattle Fashion Daily















Isn't it a given that coats play a major part in fall and winter collections? Well, this year coats have
gone far beyond the role of being a staple piece, and have moved fashion more towards being a
"statement piece".  Coats have been big news on all the catwalks, and have become a central focus of the wardrobe.  They are helping pave the way to a more laid back approach to styling.

Outerwear inspiration comes not just from fashion icons, but also from decade influence.  The 60's decade is alive and well, and is one of my favorites to reinvent style from.  For daytime outerwear, swing coats and fake furs were popular for young women.  Fashions in the early years of the decade reflected the elegance of the first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, and who doesn't adore her style?!?

This fun swing coat can be sewn from a basic flare coat pattern. I added a pleat in the back and a peter pan collar.  The quilted bubble fabric was purchased at Jo Anne's.  I'm  sad to say I don't have this exact pattern anymore: My clear out clutter mode was in over drive.  I am regretting getting rid of it!  I have been dubbed  "The Throw Away Queen."

I hope this post took you back in time with a smile, and added some inspiration to your day.  Merry Christmas , enjoy this magical season with your loved ones and I hope you get mass spoiling from Santa!  Thanks for taking time to visit. I will be back with lots more in the new year.  I plan to do some giveaways , start a you tube channel,  and make more connections with other bloggers.

Valerie





Monday, December 15, 2014

HOLIDAY OUTFIT GUIDE: PART TWO










The cooler Northwest temperatures are here, and it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas everywhere you go!  I'm thankful there isn't a huge temperature variation and a gal can still pull out the short skirts!  The waterfront here is breathtaking anytime of year!

I hope everyone is having a great time shopping, and enjoying all the festivities of the holidays!  I posted a casual outfit a few days ago.  You can step  up the glitz by adding a higher heeled boot, and a skirt made from a finer fabric such satin chintz.   Also if you are a sassy diva like me, throw in some fur with a scarf!  I made the scarf with faux fur and felt.






 




Friday, December 12, 2014

HOW H & M IS FOCUSING ON CONSCIOUS SUSTAINABLE STYLE











Source: Blogs Release

H & M is a European retailer that has gained huge popularity in the U.S. in just a short time, it is mass market gone prestige: "Mastige".  The products offered have high end characteristics, but with prices and locations that make them accessible to a wide consumer base.

Mastige brands communicate with the public by choosing top models for creating limited edition ad campaigns.

The latest campaign for H & M is focusing on sustainability with a Conscience Exclusive Collection.  Olivia Wilde, actress and humanitarian, will be the face of this collection designed to preserve the environment. The collection will feature styles made from a variety of organic fabrics inspired by cultures from Africa, Aisa, and India.  Dresses with hand drawn prints will be the staple piece.

Mark your calendars for April 16th, 2015!  The collection will be available in over 200 stores, and online.  H & M is my favorite go to place for chic style and affordability! Take the day off work and shop til you drop!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

HOW TO ADD COLOR TO A WINTER WARDROBE WITH THIS VIBRANT WEARABLE ART COLLECTION




A few months back I took an online fashion course, it was an amazing experience and I made some awesome connections. I was delighted  to connect with Chaya, the designer of the unique Chartzie collection. Her chic wearable art is inspiring, beautiful, and one of a kind.  Each design is hand painted by Chaya, and infused into the fabric by a special printing process.  When you order a top, it is crafted just for you at a small factory here in the United States.  

The selection of tops are available in gorgeous vibrant colors, as well as short sleeved or sleeveless.  I LOVE mine , they are so fashionable, soft, and comfortable.  The possibilities to dress them up or down are endless! 

I admire the heart put into Chaya's art.  She started this collection in honor of her mother's battle with Parkinson's Disease, and is donating part of the proceeds to foundations that fight this disease as well as others.

Thank you to Chaya for the collaboration opportunity. Visit Chaya's site 
Chartzie , her Facebook page, or Instagram /#Chartiziewear to find your next fashion obsession.

This beautiful orange hued top I'm wearing is called Alive.  You will make a bold statement for fall or any time of year you choose to wear it.  Thanks for visting today. Stay tuned, another great design by Chaya coming up for New Years!

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

HOLIDAY OUTFIT GUIDE: PART ONE





















Shop the Look:
|Coat: Macy's| Skirt: Forever 21| Top: Old Navy| Bag: Macy's|  Boots: Macy's| Scarf: Handmade-me


Do you have all your cute outfits ready for the festivities coming up? It's a great time to experiment with different textures: leather, faux fur, and lace are all good choices for the season. I love to wear black any time of the year..it's timeless and classy!  Of course pairing it with red makes a bold statement for the holidays.  Some events will require a more dressy look. This outfit is great for a casual dinner party or for shopping on the town.  Have fun dolling up and stay tuned , I will have more holiday outfits coming soon! 

 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

DIY VEST

 


I hope all of you had a wonderful thanksgiving, filled with fun and memories! Now it's time to get prepared for the Christmas season: shop til you drop, decorating, baking, giving of your time to others, and of course putting together some FABULOUS outfits.   I will have some more outfits coming up on the blog soon!

I love the versatility of this vest.  You can pair it with a pair of jeans, leggings, a skirt, or dress.  I stitched it up in a lightweight cotton stretch knit and added two layers of wide ruffled lace.  It's basically a rectangle with two arm holes.  The lace is added the whole length of the neck edge.

Enjoy the magic of the season!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

10 ECLECTIC COLORS FOR SPRING 2015

PANTONE SPRING COLOR REPORT
 Source: Blogsrelease
 Published: Seattle Fashion Daily 11/27/14

The spring color report is out, and a gorgeous palette of colors are on the way.  Spring hues found in new designs will  focus on the simpler times of yesteryear, getting back to nature, a disconnect from technology, and escape from the hustle of life.  Soft cool hues will blend with warm earth tones to create a feeling of breathing fresh air.

Drum roll...and the exquisite shades are:




 aquamarine: cool and calm
 scuba blue: paradise, vibrant, exotic, and playful
 lucite green: retro, minty glow, and light in weight
 classic blue: endearing, creates background for other colors
 toasted almond: toes in the sand, natural feeling
strawberry ice: warm, appealing, charming, cooling down ambience
custard: cheery, comfort food, pleasant, and delectable
tangerine: spontaneous, gregarious, sunny, and brings a good feeling
marsala: strength, stability, earthiness, and feeds the mind/body/soul
glacier gray: cooling, contrasts, enhances, and unobtrusive
Black, white, and olive green are also part of the palette.

Images: Popsugar























Tuesday, November 18, 2014

HOW TO WEAR PLAID, FALL 2014














Poncho: Forever 21
Cross body bag: Macy's (NineWest)
Leggings: Macys


Plaid is proving to be the favorite go to print for fall season 2014.  Pair it with solid colors for subtle style.  Using it as a foundation piece is also popular.

 Also think about purchasing a natural hued plaid item. This will allow for versatility in dressing up or dressing down your look.

This season it is very chic to mix prints, where what you want and get away with it!  I have not been brave enough to try it yet!  If you want to be bold and stand out, go for it!  As long as the prints fall in the same color palette, it's all good.
                                                                       Image from Google


Sunday, November 16, 2014

COMPANY FEATURE " FREE BIRD STYLE"










FREE BIRD STYLE is a trendy boutique for ladies who are searching for unique clothing and accessories to add to their stylish wardrobe.  The prices are very reasonable and the service you'll receive will be outstanding and personalized to your need. Your shopping experience promises to be a lot of fun.  Christy the owner, is my college classmate and friend of many years.  This shop is located in Muskego, near Milwaukee Wisconsin. 

At this time an online store is not available, but is coming soon.  Most styles can be viewed and phone ordered as shown on Free Bird or on Facebook.