Seven Months Gone By

Posted 31 March 2012 at 8:37 PM | Comments (0)

Seven months. That’s how many months I’ve survived not shopping. But this month was easy, because of, once again, the generosity of friends: a good friend cleaned out her closet and let me take first dibs. I scored eleven new-to-me items of clothing!

Never intending to become a charity case, I admit that this simple refreshing of my closet has also refreshed my spirit.

And today my spirit is wearing a cobalt-blue sweater that looks great with skinny jeans.

Dream Living Room Windows

Posted 30 March 2012 at 8:35 PM | Comments (0)

I’ve been carrying around sketches of my dream house for, oh, I don’t know, eight years or so. Every now and then I pull them out to make improvements—at one point it went from two bedrooms to three (once we had children); at another point it went from one bathroom to two (at the sensible advice of my father), and, more recently, I realized I’ll never find such a long lot and will probably have to make it more square.

One feature that hasn’t changed in eight years is the arched windows. Ideally they’d go down the entire length of one side of the house, like in Alfredo Paredes and Brad Goldfarb’s New York apartment below. But what’s even better about theirs is the depth of the arches, which reflect light brilliantly. Thanks for the inspiration, guys! Time to pull out my sketches again.

Arched Windows in Alfredo Paredes and Brad Goldfarb's New York Apartment Living Room

Arched Windows in Alfredo Paredes and Brad Goldfarb's New York Apartment Dining Room

Arched Windows in Alfredo Paredes and Brad Goldfarb's New York Apartment Kitchen

*Images from Architectural Digest.

Spring 2012 Runway Trend: Light Blue

Posted 29 March 2012 at 6:21 PM | Comments (1)

I’m embarrassed that this is my first blog entry this month. Yikes! To make up for my entire month away, I had to make this one really good. I mean really good. No big deal, it only took hours to put together. So I hope you like it and can forgive my little hiatus.

So let’s talk about spring trend colors. Yellow and orange were still big on the runway—perhaps even the biggest color contenders—but they weren’t the only designer favorites. I’d say the other most-popular, most-widespread color was light blue. It seemed like every collection had some iteration of light blue. Read on to see what I mean, and to find ways to incorporate this color into your wardrobe this season!

Light Blue Pants
From Roksanda Ilincic, Anna Sui, Iceberg, and Issey Miyake.

Put light blue pants at the top of your shopping list! And then wear them with crisp whites and hot-red or -orange accents… and a hat, apparently.

Spring 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Light Blue Pants

Light Blue Suits
From Cacharel, Ralph Lauren, Peter Som, and Jaeger London.

Need a new suit? Get over your nightmare of pale blue, retro pantsuits and buy a clean, modern suit in this crisp hue. They look so good when worn with white.

Spring 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Light Blue Suits

Light Blue Full-Length Dresses
From Juan Carlos Obando, Jenny Packham, Naeem Khan, and Valentin Yudashkin.

If you’re buying a gown for a very fancy occasion this spring, look for one of these with a deep-V neckline. That hint of sexiness will offset the color’s saccharine sweetness.

Spring 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Light Blue Floor-Length Gowns

Light Blue Midi-Length Dresses
From Giorgio Armani, Tibi, Douglas Hannant, and Ermanno Scervino.

Or, for something slightly less formal, opt for a midi-length dress with an interesting embellishment, like fringe, pleats, or lace.

Spring 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Light Blue Midi-Length Dresses

Light Blue Short Cocktail Dresses
From Valentino, Lela Rose, Oscar de la Renta, and Hervé Léger.

I love that these super-cute frocks have either fringe or drop-waists! They’re current but with throwback flair.

Spring 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Light Blue Short Cocktail Dresses

Light Blue Lingerie- and Pajama-Inspired Ensembles
From John Galliano, Luisa Beccaria, Tommy Hilfiger, and Rue de Mail.

Sheer and floaty makes you look like you just rolled out of bed looking fabulous. Pull your hair back to avoid looking too disheveled.

Spring 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Light Blue Pajama and Lingerie Inspired Looks

Light Blue Minimalism
From Steven Alan, Akris, Marni, and Preen.

On the flipside, these pale-blue looks are simple and structured. Nothing here is overly feminine, so coolness prevails.

Spring 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Light Blue Minimalism

Light Blue Florals
From Louis Vuitton, Erdem, Luisa Beccaria, and Angelo Marani.

If structured minimalism isn’t for you, the runways were filled with amazing, monochromatic florals in sophisticated shapes.

Spring 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Light Blue Florals

Light Blue Lace
From Dolce & Gabbana, Diane von Furstenberg, Valentino, and Raffaela D’Angelo.

Lace continues to be trendy, but in this cute color, it’s fresh and girly too! Note all the t-strap sandals accompanying this look.

Spring 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Light Blue Lace

Light Blue with Black Banding
From Carolina Herrera, Costume National, Bibhu Mohapatra, and Boy and Girl.

Not everything in this color trend has to be girly, of course! These designers added tough black bands to the waist, the neckline, the shoulders, and across the chest, giving sharpness to otherwise pretty looks.

Spring 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Light Blue with Black Banding

Black isn’t the only color that designers are pairing with light blue. Read on for the best color combinations this spring.

Light Blue with Bright Yellow
From Rodarte, Luca Luca, Blumarine, and L’Wren Scott.

Whether patterned or solid, this cheerful color palette reminds me of summer vacation. (Yes, please!) But remember, if you’re wearing solid separates, the cool color (in this case, light blue) always looks better on top.

Spring 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Light Blue with Bright Yellow

Light Blue with Orange
From Agnès B., Jaeger London, Nanette Lepore, and Mila Schön.

This combination is so versatile that each of these looks is completely different, whether prim, sporty, feminine. Whatever the style, this continues to be at the top of my list for up-to-date color palettes worthy of your (my) attention!

Spring 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Light Blue and Orange

Light Blue with Dark Blue
From Charlotte Ronson, Acne, Fendi, and Giorgio Armani.

We saw blue and yellow and blue and orange on the runway last spring, but this color combination is a new one (which is why it’s my favorite). Dark blue really grounds the pastel hue…

Spring 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Light Blue with Dark Blue

Light Blue with Gold
From Balmain, Jenny Packham, Aquilano e Rimondi, and Elie Tahari.

…while gold elevates it to goddess status.

Spring 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Light Blue with Gold

And last but not least,

Light Blue Accessories
From Blumarine, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Costume National, and Marc Jacobs.

For those of you not ready to put on a pair of light blue pants or lace dress, hey, you can always buy a handbag.

Spring 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Light Blue Accessories

Well, there you have it. The hottest color of the season and tons of ideas about how to wear it. Now, go shopping! Or, if you’re on a shopping diet like I am, go clean out your closet until you find something light blue from the ‘90s!