MAPLE LEOPARD: March 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015

HOW TO STYLE A BOHEMIAN PANTSUIT







Photograhy: Ashlin Hansen

This past weekend was so beautiful here in the Northwest! Are you wondering what to do with your spring days?  Experience Poulsbo, a lovely little Scandinavian town located on the Olympic Peninsula.  The water and mountain views are spectacular on a clear day.   It was a perfect day to wear a light and breezy 2 piece pantsuit.  This outfit will keep you comfy for hours whatever your plans are!  I love it for many reasons, and anything boho I do whatever I can to acquire it!  What is your favorite bohemian trend?   Have a great week.  I plan to do another post later about the fun shops and dining to enjoy in Poulsbo!

SHOP THE LOOK:| WIDE LEG PANTS| PRINTED TANK TOP|CAGED PEEP TOE HEELS|STRAW HAT|(similar)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

3 SPRING OUTFIT IDEAS FOR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS














Photography:  Iris- Kristen Beck

Wow, where did the time go?! It's hard to believe my youngest child Ashlin is graduating from high school this June, and my oldest is graduating from college.  Although my blog is not geared toward teen/young adult fashion, I could not pass up the chance to feature the fabulous style of my daughter. She will be leaving this fall to study fashion merchandising at Washington State University, of course I am totally thrilled!  She was just voted "Best Dressed" of her Senior Class.

I know none of you mommas have argued about clothing with your dear daughters..ha ha!  I remember the early teens and the oh so fun bickering over differences in taste etc.  I wouldn't  trade it for anything!  

What is your favorite outfit combination for spring?  I'd love to hear your comments! Thanks again for stopping by!

VALERIE
XOXO

SHOP THE LOOKS: KIMONO(SIMILIAR)|MINT GREEN LACE DRESS|COMBAT BOOTS(SIMILIAR)JEAN JACKET   |
BLACK SKIRT|   WHITE DRESS

Sunday, March 22, 2015

5 BEST COLOR BLOCK DRESSES FOR SPRING


 Raoul: Ruthie Pannelled Dress








Color Blocking is the most retro trend to hit the catwalks since high waisted shorts.  In retrospect,(ha ha, no pun intended!)  it has really never left but has continued to show up in contemporary collections.  Although it may not be original, it is a trend that will always make you look fabulous, fresh, and fashion forward.  What is your favorite spring trend this year?

These 5 beautiful dresses are available at my online Zindigo shop.  I hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend and enjoying the first days of spring.  I love this time of year when everything is blooming, and beautiful signs of new life are everywhere.  Thanks for taking time to stop by, I hope this spring is a time of refreshing for each one of you!

VALERIE

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

THE STYLISH TEACHER-HOW TO BE A CLASS ACT









I don't think I have mentioned on my blog that I teach reading in an elementary school, so If I say crazy things here...ha ha...blame it on the kids...they are rubbing off on me!!

Being comfortable at school is crucial, as you never know where you might end up...sitting on the floor, standing on a chair...or swinging from the Tarzan ropes in the gym!  Being comfortable and stylish at the same time is not always easy.  With some perseverance and willingness to spend a few hours shopping at the right places, you can pull of style and comfort at the same time.

I hope this has inspired you to step up your casual style, whether it be in the classroom or elsewhere, happy shopping! Until next time...

Valerie
xo

WHAT I AM WEARING: SUEDE BOOTIES|CROPPED JEANS(similar item)| BOHEMIANCROP TOP PULLOVER( No similar item found online, I purchased it at Macy's -Ralph Lauren "Denim&Supply")| STATEMENT NECKLACE



Saturday, March 7, 2015

HOW TO PUT SOME SKIN IN YOUR SPRING LOOK



At Magic in Vegas, I learned a lot about trend forecasting and the different themes associated with upcoming collections.  "Seamless Innovation" was one of my favorites for spring/summer 2015.  It has an urban minimalism aesthetic, a sporty edge, and still exudes softness.

Staying cool this spring and summer will be a breeze with designs with geometric cutouts, and lattice like textiles.  Netted, laser cut, and perforated pieces were popping up on the catwalks like crazy at recent fashion weeks in Paris, NYC, and  London.  Mesh type fabrics offer a hint of sexy mixed with sporty.  Incorporating tank tops, camisoles and other under garments will keep this trend from appearing too sleazy.  Holey Camole..just have some fun !

The following pieces are from AlexanderWang's Sporty Collection.  I absolutely love his designs, always something unique and eye catching!

Thanks for visiting~!




ALEXANDER WANG SHORT SLEEVE  PATCHWORK SHIRT


ALEXANDER WANG BI COLOR MESH TEE DRESS


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

HOW TO STYLE A BOHEMIAN KIMONO











Totally groovy... many of the styles of the 1970's are being reinvented and making a huge entrance this spring!  At first when the Bohemian theme came back on the scene, I said ...not fore me! Ha Ha here I am wearing it!  MAGIC in Las Vegas ignited my passion for wearing this style, there were so many unique designs calling my name! 

I am in love with this kimono I found at Macy's in the juniors. The print/ color combination is fabulous and goes great with boyfriend jeans! Add a pair of chunk heels, a beaded statement necklace, and you are now a" free spirited "girl!

What I am wearing: American Rag Kimono| Boyfriend Jeans by Rue 21| Chunk Heels by Forever 21|