Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Lace Dresses!

Lace is back! Not the '80's Prince Purple Rain kind (which I was all over back then, by the way), but there are a plethora of beautiful, simple lace dresses showing up in the stores.  The pretty frilly, girly look is still there but with the clean, neat lines of a great, well made dress.

I first saw one that caught my eye while out prom dress shopping with a good friend. I have been thinking about that beautiful dress ever since and I really regret not going back to at least try it on and see how I looked in it. After that, I noticed lots of teenagers wearing them at their graduations (I went to several this year!).  At one, I kept looking at a friend of mine and we'd both say, "There's another cute one!"  It almost turned into a game of "Slug Bug"! (Google that if you don't know what it is!)

So, needless to say, I have been on the search for the perfect lace dress for me.  I think I've found a casual one which is good because I plan to live in dresses this summer. I am still looking for a dressy one.  Below is what I've seen so far.  It looks like Lily Pulitzer is the current queen of the laces because that is where all of my favorites have turned up.  Of course, my favorite girl, Diane von Furstenberg has a cute one available as well- I always go to that sight first for a great dress and the DVF crew never disapoints! Now all I have to do is get out in this heat and try on some of them!

Hailey by Adrianna Papell (new designer for me)

Zarita by Diane von Furstenberg

Foley by Lily Pulitzer

Monday, June 10, 2013

Who Wears Short Shorts?

Anybody with great legs can rock a pair of short shorts! The rules are simple. Here is a short list of do's and don'ts...

Don't:  Let's get the negative stuff out of the way first!

Don't wear heels with shots shorts - ever! It crosses a very fine line.  Wedges are OK in some situations but I don't think I have ever seen  someone in a short short and heels and made it work. I'd love to see it working well on someone one day.  I doubt I'll be the one to make it work but I am still researching and trying to figure out how to do it.  I love heels and shorts, so we'll see!

Don't wear them if you don't have pretty legs!  You know who you are - no need to ask family or friends that uncomfortable question.  Just use some common sense and be honest with yourself!

Don't worry about age limits! Again, if you have great legs, SHOW THEM OFF!  If I ever get the chance to dress Tina Turner, please believe some variation of Daisy Dukes will be involved! Maybe even some heels which totally negates my first don't! What? Rules are sometimes made to be broken! 

Now for the "Do's"
  • Rock shorts,  not panties.  There is a difference.  Keep it tasteful.  You want to still be a lady, after all.
  • OWN IT!!! Don't you dare put on a pair of booty shorts (that's what we called them in Texas in the '90s!) and not rock them! You better strut down the street like it's a Mercedes Benz Fashion Week runway!!!
  • Have fun!  There is a pair of sequins shorts (pic below) that I am seriously considering for a summer pool party.  If you have a small bottom (like me), you're able to play around with color and patterns so do it! Take some chances, have the fun and go back to rule 1 - OWN IT!
I am so ready to rock my shorts! below are some visual inspirations for you.  Happy summer, ya'll! :)

Short Shorts Wish Lyst:
Haute Hippy Ombre Sequin Shorts 

Alice + Olivia

Nanette Lepore