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Summer Formalities

Summer Formalities

Being in the full swing of summer, it seems appropriate to discuss the inevitable formal events that pop up along the way. From your cousin’s wedding to a work conference or luxurious date night — we’ve got you covered for all your posh warm-weather needs.

RED VALENTINO DRESS & LIZABETH EARRINGS

RED VALENTINO DRESS & LIZABETH EARRINGS

For the inevitable summer wedding; a starry dress means you will sparkle all night without taking attention away from the happy couple. An added bonus: its short length and sheer sleeves mean you’ll stay cool while dancing the night away. Keep your accessories minimal, but don’t forget to don earrings that compliment your starry motif.

VERONICA BEARD SCHOOLBOY DICKEY JACKET, A.L.C. TRIXIE DRESS, KURTULAN NECKLACE & SHIRALEAH ZIP WALLET

VERONICA BEARD SCHOOLBOY DICKEY JACKET, A.L.C. TRIXIE DRESS, KURTULAN NECKLACE & SHIRALEAH ZIP WALLET

For the career woman in need of stylish professional wear; opt for a patterned day dress topped with a classic blazer. The versatility of this dress means you can easily transition your look from day to night. For day wear, pair with black booties and minimal jewelry. For after work drinks, shed the blazer and add a black clutch and red lipstick.

ANNABEL INGALL CAMILLE SADDLE BAG, RENE ESCOBAR SILVER BANGLES & MCQ COTTON DRESS WITH LACE

ANNABEL INGALL CAMILLE SADDLE BAG, RENE ESCOBAR SILVER BANGLES & MCQ COTTON DRESS WITH LACE

For the modest mouse who wants to beat the heat: try a sleeveless maxi with a lacy bottom. The full-length lace ensures that you won’t reveal too much while simultaneously keeping your look cool and breezy. Add a bag for a pop of color and layer on bangles for some subtle bling. Wear to dinner at an equally chic restaurant.

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Make Memorial Day Memorable

Make Memorial Day Memorable

A Memorial Day bash is the perfect opportunity to debut your newest LWD - the summer cousin to the LBD - as it's the unofficial start of the summer BBQ season.  Don't limit yourself to plain, white cotton, go bold with print, pattern, texture and silhouette.  It's a timeless trend that appears every year and can be worked into any wardrobe.  Feeling preppy? Try a cotton shirt dress that can be belted or worn loose.  Digging the boho vibe? A printed maxi with delicate details should work perfectly for you. Want to keep it casual? A striped tank dress will do the job just fine.   

From L to R; Current/Elliott eyelet t-shirt dress, T by Alexander Wang striped linen tank dress, Current/Elliott "The Sleeveless Jane" dress & Joie "Brisbane" maxi dress

Have fun choosing your LWD, as it will likely become your new summer staple.  The best part about this piece? It pairs perfectly with your well loved denim jacket and favorite summer sandals. 

Wishing you a festive Memorial Day full of fashion, food and fun!
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Cocktail Hour

Cocktail Hour

The holiday season is in full swing - first came the coordinated chaos of Thanksgiving then the insanity of Black Friday - now it's time to get serious about your upcoming parties and figure out what you're going to wear!

A festive yet functional cocktail dress is a great solution for the endless events that come with the holidays.  Go bold with pattern and texture while keeping the silhouette easy and versatile,  you want to be able to wear this dress multiple times this month without tiring of it. Can the dress take you from day to evening? Awesome. Will it hide a spill of Champagne?  Even better. 

For less formal events, trade in your fur topper, bare leg and delicate pump for a leather jacket, opaque tights and a leather bootie.  

From L to R: Nicole Miller "Mercedes" dress, Akris Punto knit herringbone dress, Red Valentino floral chiffon dress, M Missoni jewel print dress, Red Valentino cherry print jacquard dress.

Wishing you a yours a fantastic, festive and fun holiday season!

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Wedding Guest Wardrobe

Wedding Guest Wardrobe

It's June, which means wedding season is upon us.  We know that summer weekends can be eaten up by the nuptials of friends and family, so to make the hectic party season go smoothly, we've brainstormed some outfit ideas.  It's ambitious to think you can wear the same dress to every wedding venue - we applaud you if you do - but it's nice to have a few solid options to take you from an intimate back yard venue to a grand, formal affair.  

It's important to take the location into consideration when planning your outfit, not only with your clothes but your shoes and accessories as well. 

Theory Alizay Top and Testra Pant, Nicole Miller Dakota Dress, Eileen Fisher Crinkle Chiffon Dress, Rag & Bone Dune Dress

Dresses certainly aren't the only thing to wear. Take a risk, and wear trousers to the big day.  Take a cue from a tuxedo and pair tailored black pants with a draped white silk top for a sophisticated and unexpected black tie look.

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Easter Best

Easter Best

Easter is coming up fast, and seriously, what's not to love about it?  Any excuse to have brunch, celebrate Spring with our family and friends and of course buy a dress.  You'll continue to wear a new Easter dress throughout the spring and summer to weddings, baby showers and date nights. And best of all, most of these items can be dressed up or down, so, why not?

A beautiful and whimsical jacket over a simple, textured shift dress is a modern take on your Easter Best and Red Valentino knows how to do classics with a spunky twist.  This jacket will quickly become one of your signature pieces - pair it over dark wash skinny jeans and a crisp white shirt for a lunch meeting or throw it over a black cocktail dress for an evening event - add a delicate black suede pump or a metallic sandal to complete the holiday look.  

Red Valentino Broderie Anglaise Jacket, Theory Shift Dress
and Maya J 14K Gold White Gold and Diamond Flower Pendant Necklace

We're loving the sixties vibe of this festive dress from 'S Max Mara.  Pair the dress with some statement earrings and a lace up flat à la Aquazzurra to finish it off.  You won't want to wait long before you wear it again, we suggest adding a shrunken leather jacket and bootie for a girls night out.

'S Max Mara Silk trapeze dress and Loren Stewart Sterling Silver Cuff

A new Easter dress is the perfect opportunity to add a little color to your wardrobe and invest in an item that can be worn to any and all of your Spring and Summer events.

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