MAPLE LEOPARD: January 2015

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

HOW TO ROCK EVENINGWEAR ELEGANCE



I totally love the elegance and exquisite styling of this smashing couple.
I asked my friend Stephenie, if I could share this amazing photo of her and her husband Asbel at a black tie event. 

The sheer lined black dress draping slightly above the knee emulates beautiful, timeless class. Minimal gathering accents the waist and adds flow. BCBG never disappoints when it comes to gorgeous designer dresses.

 Being clad in a handsome tuxedo , is the perfect compliment to this eye catching look.  The tux is one of the best dress uniforms ever designed.  "Men's tailoring comes from uniforms", as quoted by one of my favorite designers- Tom Ford. The detailed pleating on the shirt displays a polished confidence.

Dressing for a night on the town can never go wrong with a LBD and a tux!

Monday, January 26, 2015

HOTTEST NEW FASHION TREND




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Shop: Zoopitup|Ebay|

Who would've thought an adult onesie would be making its way into the fashion scene.  This hot new trend is catching on and gaining popularity.  You may not see them on the street a lot yet, but it's just a matter of time.  Most still use them for sleepwear, but some are using them for everyday wear.  The onesie was popular in the 50's era as standard wear for factory workers.

Society's obessesion  for something comfortable is paving the way for this fun whimsical new trend.  Ease of comfort, lively boisterous prints, and no fitting required are the main selling points for onesies.

Although it is not likely that this trend will be considered haute couture, it definitely will be sticking around as a solid addition among work clothes and PJ's.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

8 SHOE TRENDS FOR SPRING

   Etro Spring 2015  Thakoon Spring 2015 Marchesa Spring 2015Proenza Schouler Spring 2015
Tods Spring 2015  Versace Spring 2015   Whether crafted with a more natural look or made of more futuristic technicolor fabric, like the shoes at Alexander Wang, woven cropped up at some of our favorite designers, giving subtle dimension to heels and Spring sandals. 3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2015 Fausto Puglisi Spring 2015
I don't know about you.., but any time I can get my hands on a pair of tall shoes, I am a happy girl!  Most gals on the tall side are worried about towering over the fellas when wearing heels.  At 5 6, it feels like I am definitely a tower with 3-4 inch heels on. No worries, if the shoe fits wear it!

This spring:picks include flat forms, block heels, and a large selection of flats.  If you aren't keen on heels you will be happy with flat styles being offered with fancy embellishments such as fringe, gems, feathers etc.
  
A new shoe collection is coming out in February designed by rapper Iggy Azalea.  You can catch a sneak peak of her shoe art in the latest issue of InStyle.  She has partnered with Steve Madden to showcase very loud and fun styles.   I can't wait to see the entire line!  Her design focus is classically retro.  The offerings will include chunky 90's style platforms and heels, as well as mesh style leather that is athletic inspired.  Neoprene, the new go to fabric for fashion will also be part of Iggy's" fancy feat" collection.

In the shoe world, it does seem as if anything goes right now,  pick your favorite style and wear it proudly!   My favorite is probably a stiletto pump. I'd love to hear what your favorite picks are in the comment section below.  Happy shoe shopping!


Monday, January 19, 2015

HOW TO STYLE A PAIR OF LEOPARD BEAUTIES


What item in your closet its worth every penny?!? I say a pair of alluring ankle strap pumps in leopard print......but of course!   I was at Nordstrom a few weeks ago eyeing these beauties. I had a moment of temporary insanity and left without them!!  They were screaming at me all week to come take them home, I succumbed to the temptation :/.  These heels will earn a second look with their seductive shape and feminine detail.  They are made from the finest genuine calf hair and suede leather.  You won't be sorry for purchasing these babies, they are surprisingly comfy for heels!

I have included a few different looks to style these lovelies.  These shoes complete a vintage look perfectly, as well as a classic one. 

As always, thanks for visiting and your kind support.

Valerie












I adore this jacket I recently found at a vintage shop.  The long silhouetted lines of the piece compliment the leopard heels so well.






My favorite pairing for the shoes...(another great vintage find: bohemian vest)


    A classic vest with ruffled trim also pairs well with these lovely shoes.  The vest I designed and sewed, but similar types can be found at most major retailers.



A Classic short wool jacket always works!

Shop the Look:|  Black Ruffled Vest| Short Wool Jacket:|Faux Leather Leggings|
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Jou Jou Faux-Leather-Panel Military Peacoat







Thursday, January 15, 2015

SENSATIONAL SPRING FASIHON BY MISSONI

Source: BlogsRelease




 









Fashion and Art are both industries that  incorporate an appreciation and study of beauty.  They both rely on markets that produce pieces that invoke a passion and craving for luxury goods.

Missoni is one such company that fulfills the dream of a exquisite wardrobe.  Each piece in the collection is transformed into a work of art.  The looks for Spring 2015 are definitely an experience of color explosion to delight the eyes.

Knits are playing a key role in spring collections for 2015.  Missoni is pulling out some heritage patterns from their archives.  I love the eye popping mixture of color in the latter piece pictured here.  Goccia knit is used in a zigzag pattern that give this dress a vivacious and snappy appeal.  The zigzag is placed in close proximity with the black trim to create a profound and powerful contrast.

 Take an early trip into Spring and view Missoni's E-boutique! (Make sure you raid your guy's wallet first...he he ;)








Saturday, January 10, 2015

12th MAN STYLING: DIY SEAHAWKS COAT










Seahawk Mania is in full swing, and as I write this the Hawks are leading the Panthers, yay! One step closer to the Super Bowl.  I am hoping they can pull it off again!

I had to show my Hawks spirit and so I stitched up this comfy fleece coat!  I used McCalls Pattern No. #6802.   This pattern is so easy and it went fast...1 hr from start to finish! The fabric was purchased at JoAnne Fabrics.

I love this bag too, I found it at Tacoma Mall at a kiosk outside of Macy's.

As a token of my appreciaton for all the support I have received with my blog--- I will be hosting a give away soon for a replica of this coat. 

GO HAWKS!



Tuesday, January 6, 2015

HOW TO LOOK TIMELESS IN A TUXEDO DRESS


eSHAKTI CUSTOM DRESS REVIEW 
















Dress: eShakti
            Shoes: Love Culture    Purse: Macy's

Eshakti, An online reatailer, invited me to do a collaboration post.  I was excited for the opportunity to choose a dress, and feature the company on my blog.  For the most part I don't buy clothes online.  I'm always afraid they won't fit right and that I will end up doing a return.  What makes this company unique, is the option to have your order completely customized.  Sleeve style and length, neckline and adjustments for height are all available.  They also carry sizes 0-36W.

I chose the Colorblock A-line poplin dress.  I was happy with the fit, the dress is so classy!. I love the tuxedo look, it is very trendy right now.   A tuxedo on a woman exudes elegance and sophistication.


Discount Code: If any of my readers would like to order from eShataki, they have created a coupon code  " Mapleleopard"  just for my followers to get 10 percent off- 1/715- 2/7/15.  I would love to hear about your online shopping experience in the comments!
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Please Note(from eShakti):
The code has to be entered in the "promotional code" box.  It is not case sensitive.   Code can be used any number of times until the promotion expires.  It can't be clubbed  with any other promotional offer, gift coupon or gift card in the same order unless explicitly specified otherwise in the offer conditions.  This discount code is not applicable on clearance/sale, gift cards & overstock categories.  Not applicable on previous purchases.






Saturday, January 3, 2015

STREET STYLING IN THE EMERALD CITY






Published 1/4/15: Seattle Fashion Daily


Vest: Target| Cross body Bag: Steve Madden|Lace Pullover: Material girl at Macy's


Happy New Year and Bon Voyage!  Ha not really, don't I wish!  A  cruise to the tropics to soothe the winter blues sounds great doesn't it?  Instead I took a short little voyage across the Puget Sound  to the streets of Seattle.  My favorite go to place for shopping, fun, and food.

The morning air was a bit chilly, but I was snuggly warm in my faux fur vest.  Layering is definitely a must in the Northwest this time of year.  I love this faux fur trend, I sure hope it comes back for next fall and winter.

ONLY IN SEATTLE!  There is never a lack of entertainment at Pike Place Market.  This dude sitting on the  ground behind me on the left was a total hoot!  He was holding up a sign that read something like " booty watcher", at least he's honest right?!?  Ha ha, I was going to ask for a picture of him and his sign, but my shy side got the best of me and I decided to pass.

Take care lovely people, I hope it is a great year of blessings, health and surprises!  Thanks for reading!
Inspirational quote for the new year:  A good heart keeps you beautiful forever!