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Ciao, Italia!

Dress/Equipment; necklace/White Moth; Shoes/Nine West; Bag/Italian Designer

Dress/Equipment; necklace/White Moth; Shoes/Nine West; Bag/Italian Designer

Hi everyone! It’s been a long time, huh? Between travel and work, my blogging has fallen to the wayside. But, I did put together some pictures of the outfits I wore while in Italy. Sorry, I didn’t take any pictures that really show off any outfit. My plan was to pack a lot of comfy dresses that could be worn day or night. Most restaurants in Italy are casual, so a cute dress can go pretty far. As for shoes, I alternated between a pair of black Nine West gladiator sandals that had a cushy bottom, a pair of brown leather thong cushy sandals and a pair of Converse sneakers. All of the shoes were tested ahead of time to ensure they wouldn’t hurt my feet. I wore the above outfit our first day in Lucca, which is in northern Tuscany.

Jacket/Nanette Lepore; Scarf/Gap; Shorts/Gap; Shirt/Gap, Sneakers/Converse

Jacket/Nanette Lepore; Scarf/Gap; Shorts/Gap; Shirt/Gap, Sneakers/Converse

I wore this outfit to Cinque Terre, a series of five villages on the northern Italian Riviera. The villages are right on the Mediterranean Sea, so these are beach towns. Beautiful views, but don’t drive there. We made that mistakes. The roads are very narrow, filled with hairpin turns and steep while you navigate through the mountain. Instead, drive to La Spezia, park and take the train.

Top/BCBG; Pants/Tibi; Necklace/White Moth; Sandals/Nine West

Top/BCBG; Pants/Tibi; Necklace/White Moth; Sandals/Nine West

Talk about comfy, this outfit was perfect for dinner. Casual, comfy and it looked great with the black jacket I took. We had perfect weather–70s during the day; 60s at night. I think this would’ve looked better with heels, but I didn’t bring any as I knew we’d be walking to dinner each night. This is at the Hotel De La Ville in Florence were we stayed one night at the beginning of our trip and one night at the end.

Jacket/Gap; Dress/Rebecca Taylor

Jacket/Gap; Dress/Rebecca Taylor

A great walking around dress that I could wear with my Converse or my tan sandals. I wore this to dinner one night in Lucca.

Dress/DVF; Sandals/Nine West

Dress/DVF; Sandals/Nine West

Another dinner dress, although this could easily go from day to night. Again, some cute black heeled booties would have worked for night.

Jacket/Nanette Lepore; Dress/Helmut Lang; Sandals/Nine West

Jacket/Nanette Lepore; Dress/Helmut Lang; Sandals/Nine West

This dress looks great for night with a black belt and black heels or boots. For day, I wore it without a belt and with flats. This picture was taken in Lucca as we were walking the wall around the city on our way to dinner.

Of course, I wore many other outfits, but these were my faves. For me, the key for packing was that everything had to fit in my carry on suitcase (toiletries went in a separate bag), shoes had to be comfy and outfits had to go from day to night easily. I also wanted a jacket that packed light. The Nanette Lepore jacket was perfect. It was lightweight, rolled up to fit in my purse and didn’t wrinkle or show dirt. Our trip took us from Florence to Lucca (which was our home base). Then, we took day trips to Pisa, Montecatini Terme, Cinque Terre, Montecarlo and then back to Florence for our final night. Great memories!

July 3, 2013   Comments Off

Travel Wear

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Have you picked up the latest issue of Playground magazine? Instead of my usual fashion spread, I wrote this article on what to wear on vacation this year. Everyone always wants to fit in as a tourist visiting a foreign place, but the truth is it’s almost impossible to truly dress like a local. We have to pack light for our trip. My biggest problem right now is figuring out how to find a comfy pair of sandals to bring. I don’t want clunky ones from Clarks or Bjorn. But, they have to be padded to wear around all day. I will wear sneakers some days but want some options.

May 19, 2013   Comments Off

Prom

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Blouse/BCBG; Shorts/BCBG and Necklaces/Iosselliani

My son went to his first prom this year. He’s wearing a classic charcoal grey tux and looks so handsome!

May 18, 2013   Comments Off

A Fresh Take on White Denim

Jacket/Tibi; Dress/Parker; Booties/Franco Sarto

Jacket/Tibi; Dress/Parker; Booties/Franco Sarto

I’ve had a white denim jacket on my wish list this year. But, I didn’t want a classic denim jacket. This one is a little edgy but really works well with the items in my closet. I wear it in place of a cardigan at chilly restaurants.

 

May 18, 2013   Comments Off

Happy Mother’s Day!

Top/Rebecca Taylor; Jeans/J. Crew Toothpick; Sandals/Ann Taylor

Top/Rebecca Taylor; Jeans/J. Crew Toothpick; Sandals/Ann Taylor

I wore this to my daughter’s Mother’s Day Tea at school. I was so proud of all the projects she worked on but the one below was the best. I have to admit, I took special pride in the fact that she called me “smart” rather than talk about my physical appearance. That’s my girl!

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May 12, 2013   Comments Off

Work Appropriate Blues

Sweater and Necklace/J. Crew; Skirt/Ann Taylor; Shoes/DVF

Sweater and Necklace/J. Crew; Skirt/Ann Taylor; Shoes/DVF

When I need to dress for a meeting or conference, I go with separates. I have two suits but I rarely wear them together. I absolutely love these J. Crew Tippi sweaters. They are lightweight enough for Florida and come in a million colors. Gap had a similar sweater recently ($19.99) but the sleeves were long, not 3/4 length. Still, a great buy. Watch J. Crew for sales on the Tippi. It appears to be a staple that they offer in different colors each season.

May 11, 2013   Comments Off

Black and Blue

Dress/Rebecca Taylor

Dress/Rebecca Taylor; Shoes/Franco Sarto; Bracelets/Iosselliani

Forget the old rules that you don’t mix blue with black. I love the bright blue mixed with black, it’s fresh and edgy.

Magpie Styling Tip: I used to wear a wider belt with these types of dresses. I have a short torso and thought it accented my waist. Then, I tried on a medium-width belt (above) and realized that I was shortening my torso even more with the wide belt. So, if you have a short torso or an athletic build with no definable waist, try a 1 1/2 to 2 inch belt for the best proportion.

Add a jacket for structure

Add a jacket for structure

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May 10, 2013   Comments Off

It’s All About Shorts

T Shirt/Vince; Necklace/Iosselliani; Shorts/BCBG; shoes/Balenciaga

T Shirt/Vince; Necklace/Iosselliani; Shorts/BCBG; shoes/Balenciaga

I am all about the shorts this summer. To me, this is a perfect summer casual outfit. For day, wear a simple chain and flats. For night, add the wedges and edgier jewelry.

 

May 8, 2013   Comments Off

Emerald Green

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Dress/DVF; Necklaces/White Moth and Jewel Kade; Shoes/Antonio Melani

Emerald green is the Pantone color of the year. What does that mean? It means that emerald green will be all over the stores come fall. I love the color!

April 30, 2013   Comments Off

3 Trends for the Trend-phobic

Unless you live in a big city, it’s hard to wear some of the edgier trends without looking like a fashion victim. That or you stick out like a sore thumb, so you have to be confident about your choices. Here are some ways to wear some of the latest trends in a tamer way.

1. Instead of leather leggings try coated or waxed jeans. Not only are they cheaper than leather but they give the same look in a way that doesn’t scream… well… leather. For summer, try them in a mint green or pale blue. They come in all kinds of finishes from lightly coated to waxy shine. Wear these with a slouchy tee shirt and ankle boots or with an untucked blouse, scarf and ballerina flats.

2. Think Pops of Neon and Brights. Vivid colors are still in. Don’t want to stand out in a sea of black but still want to be on trend? Think pastels like mint, a gorgeous tangerine, electric pink, lemony greens or cobalt blue. A statement bag in a bright color will make any outfit pop. Try a bright top tamed by neutral bottoms and accessories, or an all-black outfit with a hot pink belt and lime-green necklace. In small doses these bright colors will give your outfit some personality.

3. Patterned Jeans. From florals to leopards, patterned and colored jeans are huge this year. Since these jeans make a statement of their own, go simple on top. Or, tone them down with a structured blazer in a solid color. The other option is to go subtle with the print. Try a pastel print or a cool tone-on-tone. No matter what, rock them with confidence!

April 27, 2013   Comments Off