Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Il Sito Del Museo Gucci

The fabulous Gucci Museum in Florence now has a website! Go here to read my experience there in Florence and go here to experience one of my favorite places for yourself!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Are Leggings Pants?

This may seem a bit like a rant but it’s not! I have just been pondering this for a really long time! 

I have been observing the legging trend for quite some time and I have been working on an opinion about them that is fair and objective. I love wearing them because they are super comfortable. However, I am also really irritated when I see them out in public on some people. I have also gotten great laughs at the expense of my friends on Facebook when they encounter someone wearing leggings in public and looking completely inappropriate because they have complete melt downs which I totally understand! (This has happened lots of times by several different friends!) 

So the million dollar question is, are leggings pants? I say yes – and no… 

There are several conditions that must be met for a girl to wear leggings and not look trashy – and there is a razor thin line! The first condition that you have to consider is your body shape. Yes, you should be confident and proud of the body God gave you whether you choose to take care of it or not (another post, another time…) . However, if you are overweight (or frighteningly underweight), leggings are not for you! Just because they are sold in your size does not mean it’s appropriate for you to buy and wear so just get over it and buy the cheap ones to wear as you lounge around the house. 

This brings me to my next condition to wear leggings in public as pants… 

If you spent less than $50 on a pair of leggings, they are NOT pants, they are underwear or pajamas and nobody wants to see that in public! The safest bets for leggings as pants are leather or faux leather and skinny jeans (it looks like legging jeans have been dropped from the market). There are, however, some lycra/cotton blends that you can make work as well but they cost more than $50 and the material is thick – really thick! No lady should want strangers to be able to see her booty through thin fabric– not a good look! 

Finally, solid black and denim are the only colors where this works. Although, I will admit, I have seen some people out in a good, thick, well-made pair of print leggings or leggings in other colors and it worked but it is a huge risk (as I sit here writing in a pair of camo leggings, but hey! I’m in the privacy of my own home and not going anywhere!) 

So! Will I wear leggings outside of my home as pants? Absolutely! I love the leather and faux leather leggings and I also like to do the legging jeans in the winter. They are a great complement to my Uggs! Below are my two favorites I found while cyber shopping today…

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Let’s Hear it for the Boys! They've Got Spring Fever, Too!

It was great to see the men at the Oscars thinking outside of the box with their tuxedos the other day. It got me thinking that more attention should be paid to men’s fashions. Most of the time some people say men are easy or maybe even boring to dress, but there are lots of easy, cool, and creative things that guys can do to change up their look and those who do it all of the time are great at it. The most important aspect of an impeccably dressed man is a good tailor so those suits, shirts, and separates fit perfectly along with a subtle mix of suit colors – black is not the only color for a suit! Branch out with brown, navy, gray, or even try taking a risk with a deep merlot or emerald color (but maybe just for a tuxedo on a special occasion). Smart accessorizing is also important to give the look that extra touch of polish. Since we all have spring fever right now, let’s talk about travel (preferably somewhere warm and sunny)! 

So, you've got your guy a great travel outfit; complete with great shoes which are the most important part of a man’s ensemble. The next important thing for travel is a great carry on bag. Check out my Wysh Lyst for men’s travel below. You may just want to buy these great bags for yourself and let your guy borrow them… 

Alfred Dunhill Sherborne Grip Bag

Coach Bleecker Shopper in Bar Stripe Leather

Ralph Lauren Quilted Duffel Bag

Monday, March 03, 2014

Oscars 2014

I love watching the fashion at the Oscars because everyone is so elegant and glamorous. Everyone is wearing beautifully constructed formal wear and it’s just a lovely, polished evening. That being said, I had no stand out favorites. I am just really happy that all of the ladies looked really pretty on their special night. There were plenty of beautiful black and neutral gowns – always a safe way to go. You can also never go wrong with some bling and there was plenty of that on the red carpet. Also, the trend of bright colors that I believe has been started by the amazing Lupita Nyongo’o was evident and everyone who wore color wore it well. Even the men on the red carpet played with color and didn’t just stick to the traditional black. There was Dallas Buyers’ Club starts and winners Matthew McConaughey (alright, alright, alright!) and Jared Leto rocking the white dinner jackets; Michael Strahan looked great in a merlot colored tuxedo; and there was also some navy blue hued suits – way to think outside of the box, fellas!