MAPLE LEOPARD: November 2014

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!

Published Seattle Fashion Daily: 12/2/14 http://paper.li/richphoto/1328730424?edition_id=118f0a30-7a65-11e4-82f6-0cc47a0d164b#!leisure





























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.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

3 WAYS TO WEAR HOUNDSTOOTH






Collaboration shoot with John @40overfashion
 Leggings: Old Navy
Black Pumps: Ralph Lauren @ Macys

Houndstooth orginated in Scottland in the 1800's and is still popular today.  It is usually seen in tweed and wool type fabrics.  I love it! It is a fabric that has a very classy edge to it and is easy to dress up or down.  I was thrilled to find these leggings in a stretch knit fabric, which makes them ultra comfortable!
Anthropologie is amazing and carries very unique pieces.  Pick up this infinity scarf to keep warm, or make a bold statement with this classy zip up pencil skirt.





Monday, November 10, 2014

VETERANS DAY 2014: HOW CAN I HONOR THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED?

I grew up in Canada and never really knew the significance of Novemeber 11th as a young person.  In my country this day is also celebrated to honor those who have served.  However, it is called Remembrance Day instead of Veteran's Day.

The importance of this day didn't become evident until I moved to the United States and started living in a military community.  I have watched the daily sacrifices of service members and their families.

The great benefits and freedoms we enjoy in this country are because many men and women valued their country's welfare more than their own.  I am truly grateful to be living in the land of the free and home of the brave.  I honor the valor and courage it takes for one to serve their country.  Let us never forget the price that has been paid for each one of us.

There are many ways we can show thankfulness and support on this day:

1) Give back to the community by volunteering for a local non profit agency
2) Send a note of thanks, email, or care package
3) Observe a minute of silence at 11 am
4) Place flowers on the final resting place of a soldier

and lastly wear your fashion in red, white , and blue!

Scarf: Wetseal
Jacket: Rue 21
Tank: Old Navy
Boots: Macy's





Friday, November 7, 2014

QUICK GUIDE: ROCK A PAIR OF JEANS WITH THE PERFECT FIT!

Do you go shopping for jeans and sometimes want to pull your hair out from frustration? I'm sure you've heard the saying "If momma's not happy, nobody is happy!"  I feel that way about jeans.  If my derriere is not feeling comfy in them, the rest of my body is not happy . It just takes some time and effort to find the right pair and you will look fabulous!

Just as important as fit, is the style you choose.  My favorite styles to wear are boot cut/curvy and skinny. There are boyfriend jeans, jeggings, slim, cigarette, wide leg, and  the list goes on. When chosen right, jeans can make you look slimmer and sexier. However, an incorrect choice can give you a tasteless, and sloppy look.  The unending selection  allows every lady to sport an amazing pair of jeans and let her personality shine!  I've included a quick measuring guide from Nordstrom.com, to help get the perfect fit.

  I am wearing the brand I feel my absolute best in ... MISS ME, they fit like a glove  They are  more expensive then the average brand, but the comfort and quality is totally worth the price! You may have to eat macaroni and cheese for a week and go without some new outfits, but the splurge is worth it I promise!  MISS ME are available at Missme.com, Macy's, Nordstrom, Buckle, and other retailers as well.  Macys has a friends and family sale a few times a year, and you can pick them up at a great sale price.   True Religion and Lucky Brand also make a great pair of jeans, but both of these labels are very expensive.

There are also many store brands that look and feel great.  Zco is a lower priced brand offered at Macy's as well as Style and Co. 



 


                                         
  
Boots: Amazon
Vest: Maralyn & Me at Fred Meyer
Lace long sleeved top: Aeropostale
Photography: Collaborative shoot with John @ 40overfashion
                                        


How to Measure
Waist
Rise
Hip
Inseam
How to Measure
Wearing only your underwear and standing with your feet together, use a tape measure to determine your measurements. It's important to check the size chart on the product page of each brand you are considering, as sizes and measurements can vary greatly.

Measure your jeans from the top of the waistband to the bottom of the crotch seam to find the rise. Consult the size chart on any brand product page to see where the rise will sit on your torso.
How to Measure
Low Rise
Waistband sits 2" or more below navel.
Mid Rise
Waistband sits just below navel.
High Rise
Waistband sits at or above navel.

Monday, November 3, 2014

LEOPARD AND LAYERS!

I did a collaboration photo shoot with another fashion blogger/professional photographer, John at www.40overfashion.blogspot.com.  It was a great learning experience, and I'm thankful for some new pictures for blog content.
Leopard Obsession....I can never get enough! The ankle booties paired with  pleather leggings makes for a great fall look.  Layering is still very popular, and with the colder temps arriving here in the NW... layers are welcomed!   Add an infinity scarf to accessorize and you have a complete look to dazzle the crowd with! 
 
Leggings: Material Girl @ Macy's

Bohemian black top: (The fringe is hidden on inside of arms) Haute Society @ Nordstrom

(click on the links below to see product)

Scarf: Old Navy

Boots: Marshalls

Tank top: Forever 21

Photography: Collaborative shoot with John Galfano @ 40overfashion