Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Saturday, October 15, 2011

a few of my favorite classics......

every girl loves pearls right?
but how do we make our pearls look unique and modern?
i think the key to making your pearls pop is to pair them with another classic piece....
for example....
from left....
pair this beautiful emerald and diamond necklace with your favorite strand of pearls and let the pendant drop just below the pearls...
this bow-tied heart pin would look amazing pinning a few strands of pearls together to the side.....
this cameo can be worn as a necklace or as a pin and i think either would add a great deal to a strand of pearls!!...
these cameo earrings are a perfect pair for a simple strand of pearls....i don't like for my earrings, necklace, and bracelet to match so this is a perfect alternative to the pearl earrings that you have to go with your necklace....
lastly...this tiny flower pin, and tie pin would look lovely on a single strand or double strand of pearls and add just a simple little touch that makes them stand out....
so pull out those special pieces from your grandmother and pair them together!!!
all pieces-to include the pearls-available at cheeky vintage

70's saddlebags......classic feminity

all bags available at cheeky vintage


Monday, October 3, 2011

today's obsession.......


Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images
i came across this photo of jennifer nettles of sugarland
and it is the picture of a truly beautiful woman......
beautiful dress, beautiful hair, beautiful face....minimal accessories...
and that smile!!!
ladies.....beauty is ENHANCED by clothes, and makeup, and hair....but the true beauty is in the spirit and attitude....and jn certainly has that handled!!
go be beautiful!!!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

for the love of leopard

looking for a little animal print to spice up your fall wardrobe.....
here are 4 of my favorite leopard pieces ever!!!!
from top left
bucket hat with black flat bow
clutch
leo blazer
and a multi print wrap belt
**all items are available at cheeky vintage
these items can be the piece that pulls your wardrobe together!!!!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

to stretch or not to stretch.......

http://livewellnetwork.com/mirror-mirror/episodes/to-stretch-or-not-to-stretch/8335317

today's obsession.........

i am still loving these bell skirts....with a white ribbed tank, a white men's button down, a cropped sweater, and even a blazer.......grab them while you can at cheeky vintage!!! here is a short version.....with a simple white v-neck tee......



Tuesday, August 30, 2011

today's obsession

i am obsessed with a collection of bell skirts i found at cheeky vintage.....available in this aldolfo classic, and various solid colors!! they are a must have!!!
wear with a white ribbed tank....
wear with a white men's button down tied at the waist.....
wear with a cropped sweater for cooler weather....
wear with a v-neck tee and a blazer!!!
the options are endless!!!
this is one purchase you will always find new ways to wear!!!

Monday, August 29, 2011

wardrobe staples for men



after a few days of compiling all the staples for men this was my favorite look of all!!!!
i think most women would agree that a man in a pair of cool, easy jeans (that fit well) paired with a classic small print plaid button down(we chose to show a navy and white check), and a well fitted blazer is hard to resist!!!!
guys.....this look will get you a long way with the ladies!!!
now for the staples......


as a rule women begin building their wardrobes much earlier than men.....for most women it began when we were mere girls.....we played dress up in our mom's closet and began our collection as soon as possible........for men the story seems to be a different one....the fashion forecast wants to ensure that men are not abandoned and have the guidance needed to build and sustain their wardrobe as well....so in order to secure the best info for men  the fashion forecast consulted hector villarreal, designer/owner of LUCHO Boutique in Uptown Park.
"LUCHO BOUTIQUE, one of the premier retailers in America, has become a sought after authority in men's wear. This award-winning boutique bears its own brand and adheres to the philosophy: 'Knowing how to dress is more than a simple pleasure; it is a vital commitment'".
....so what do men need?.....
i narrowed it down to 11 for you...a good place to start don't you think?
1. every man needs a good suit, or 3........
but men you might be surprised......villarreal says that his first 3 choices for colors of men's suits do NOT include black!! dark navy would be his first suggestion, followed by dark charcoal grey, and finally a light grey or dark brown. versatility is the key with a good suit, but quality and fabric should NEVER be compromised. a good quality wool is the only choice! villarreal says that caring for a suit is of the utmost importance...only have your suit cleaned when absolutely necessary, treat stains and hang on a valet after wearing before storing in the closet. seek the advice of an expert when purchasing a suit and ask specific questions such as.....
a.is this the best fit for my body type?
b. should i wear a peak lapel-villarreal says only if you have broad shoulders-
c. what type of break should i have in my trouser? although it is personal preference, villarreal cautions against too much of a break because it will not have as clean of a look.
d. 2 or 3 buttons-again personal preference but go with what you are more comfortable in.

a classic example of the "classic man's suit" at LUCHO

2.dress shoes- as with women, shoes can be a way to show your personality, and we recommend that you take full advantage of the opportunity!!!
with LUCHO's release of an amazing new shoe line designed by hector himself, you will never  fear having to don those boring old oxfords again!! below we have  a sneak peak of some of the amazing styles but please note that these photos do not do the shoes justice...the small details are incredible!!! you will be amazed!!!!


because shoes can show your personality style, have fun with your choices!
choose something you feel is classic with a little extra touch of something special...these are only a  few options from LUCHO
3.classic white button down shirts-this is a transitional piece in your wardrobe which means it can be worn with various other pieces to create a variety of looks....you want to look for good quality, crisp white, and classic fit and style-avoid embellishment and extras like pockets or bold stitching. this is the one item that will rotate in you closet more than anything else....
***always make sure your white shirts look chrisp and clean, once they get dingy get rid of them!!!***
classic collection of white button downs..

our favorite white shirts come from LUCHO, j crew (billy reid for j crew), and steven alan (stevenalan.com)

4.jeans-just like with women, jeans can be the trickiest wardrobe staple.....jeans need to fit well, and if they do they can be your favorite go to wardrobe staple!! we believe you should have atleast 2 jeans styles, one for day, and a dressier pair for evening....here is what to look for......
for day-
straight leg
dark  vintage wash
 buttonfly
 folded pleat back pocket
gold thread

5.for evening-
straight leg(not skinny!!!)
 raw unwashed denim
 gun metal, navy, or black thread
standard back pocket without embellishments
**an exception to the rule-when supporting a cause (pierce jeans-thread color on back right pocket or custom emblem in corner pocket) slight color embellishment is fine.**
below are 2 ensembles i think you could have as your go-to for just about any occasion...

6. cuff links-quite possibly the most important accessory for a man
like shoes, cuff links can be a way to show your personality....
i picked a few of my favs to show you.....


7. linen pants
for warmer days linen pants are a wonderful, and super cool option that can be dressed down or dressed up!!!
there are many linen pants out there available in various price ranges and many different blends....when looking for the perfect linen pant, look for a blend!!! you don't want 100% linen.....a linen/cotton blend is the best option, and the color is up to you!!!!
i think it is important to have a neutral color, black, white, navy, brown, or grey....but there are also many colorful options as well....below is a collection of various linen pants i think all make a great choice....
linen pants can be so versatile....here are a few options of my favorite looks with linen pants.....
a light blue linen pant with a classic dark navy button down and a loafer.....
perfect classic look!!!

here we have the same light blue linen pant with a light blue and white stripe button down, a light-weight beige blazer, and the same loafer....
a dressier, but also super classic look!!!!!

8. button down shirt options.......
don't be afraid to bring color into your closet through your button down shirts......
if you go with classic solids you really can not go wrong, unless the color is just all wrong....ask for an opinion when choosing a color....


9.v necks tees-white is a must and each man should have several.....but color is fun too!!!
these are great under a blazer with a pair of jeans or chinos!!
here are a few options....

michael kors men's v-neck tee

10.men's chinos......ok guys....there is not a chino for all men.....this is somewhat like what we said about jeans previously....fit is importnat and you want to be comfortable in your chinos....they SHOULD be super comfy!!!
here are a few of my favorite chino looks.....

classic navy chino, rolled up for an easy summer look

classic olive green chino-easy fit but not sloppy
(with a loafer they look a little more dressy!!)
you may not be comfortable tucking your chinos in your boots but this straight leg chino can be worn a variety of ways....

11. classic converse tennis shoes....
men and women alike should all own a pair of converse!! with the vast variety of colors and styles you are sure to find the perfect pair of "happy feet" for you!!! here is an example of a neutral pair i love!!!(and i own the women's version!!)

Thank you Hector Villarreal for your insight into what makes a man look his very best!!!!!

hector modeling a classic fav from LUCHO at the bloom into action fashion show benefiting the leukemia lymphoma society.....so handsome!




updates......

happy monday fashion forecast followers and friends......
we have some exciting things in the works for you....
the men's staples are soon to be released!!!......
it probably will not be 30!! whew!! but a good guide for you guys!!!
we also have the "if opposites attract, what attracts the opposite sex"
the men's responses are coming in and will be released soon.....ladies you will be surprised!!!
and don't worry guys....we WILL have the women's point of view as well!!!
stay tuned!! exciting things to come!!!!!
thank you so much for following and please always feel free to share your input!!!!
xo~the fashion forecast

Sunday, August 28, 2011

happy feet.....

every girl, boy, woman, and man should own a pair of these!!! and the best part is the variety of styles to choose from.....
go grab a pair of happy feet for yourself!!!!


for the love of the cardigan.......

cotton-blend jersey cardigan by splendid $72
we all love a great cardi!! i know i do!! i always have one close by when that little chill passes over my shoulders....i carry one in my bag with my scarf ~i ALWAYS have a scarf (chan luu is my go to) but the cardi is such a classic....i love a traditional menswear style such as the one above but i am always on the look out for a new unique cardi!! here is what i am loving today........
Rick Owens
Chunky-knit alpaca and silk-blend cardigan
$1,345
Tory Burch
Edie Cardigan Dress
 $325
Queen of Cashmere
Personalized Cashmere Cardigan
available at Saks.com
$750

Reed Krakoff
Boy Fit Cardigan
$1190
(this cardi needs different styling desperately!!! but it is a great piece)

Ann Demeulemeester
Ribbed Long Cardigan Sweater
$1150.00

these are only a few of my favs these days......great cardi's are everywhere~from target (look for the upcoming missoni for target collection!!!) to neiman's... find your fav and send me a photo!!!