fashion

Holy Chic

The latest styles to hit the streets are “HOLY”, you know the kind with holes that show just enough skin that makes you yell #Hallelujah. From prints to lace to sheer…the newest trend that’s changing the game in fashion is holes, grommet and dots creating an incredible illusion. Tattered boyfriends jeans lined with holes are becoming the most needed piece of clothing to perfect that effortless street style. Diane Von Furstenberg is creating adorable dresses with grommeted detail and the polka dot illusions with a stain finishes. Other designers such as Mulger, Alexander Wang, and Proenza Schouler are also digging the new trend, and it’s only a matter of time until the “Holy” effect takes the fashion scene by storm. My favorite right now is Self-Portrait. Goggle them and you will find out why!
Thanks for dropping in…until next blog…ARZ

 

Not Your Mother’s Pearls

“We believe Valentino would agree, a vintage-less closet is a boring closet”

You are wandering through the aisles of Cartier, caressing the soft leather of a carefully crafted handbag, tousling diamond-studded jewelry and catching the light in their clear and brilliant faces, feeling the weight of an 18k gold necklace around your neck, and marveling at their beauty and masterpiece: It’s enough to make any woman feel like a movie star circa 1930. But you sense that something is missing.

Amy’s vintage accessories of choice, a classic red Hermes Birkin, a gucci belt. Totally chic & current topped off with a panama straw hat from JCrew.

This memory is tangible, and yet now as you hold a new pair of Tiffany’s in your hands, the quality does not seem to match that of your grandmother’s vintage set. This is a case that many women are finding to be true nowadays, and it begs the question, has jewelry lost some of its grandeur?

Evidence exists everywhere that new fashion accessories does not hold up to its early-era predecessors. Nightmares of tarnishing metals, loose stones and stiff leathers dominate fashion blogs. But even so, there is a desire and a necessity for the new, and a quality that can still be found from today’s leading jewelers.

The decision to go vintage or buy new is not one to be taken lightly. It takes a special person to wear a vintage piece; someone with confidence, style, and that timeless grace that vintage accessories just seem to emanate. You can’t be the person that let’s the jewelry wear you.

You must also consider your investment. Is this a piece, new or old, that will only grow more valuable and significant with time? Or are you in the market for something a little less time sensitive? When considering these things, it is important to remember that no matter what, you should always pick what makes you feel most beautiful. Diamonds are, after all, a girls best friend.

Mixing modern pieces with antiques creates interest and layers of warmth to interior design.

 

 

The vintage vs. new debate doesn’t just apply to accessories and jewelry. Your home too, is a great space to experiment with vintage styles, because even though buying new pieces off of the showroom floor can be exhilarating, a simple addition of vintage furniture pieces can really add character to a space and make for a great conversation starter.

Kiss of Couture,
Amy xoxo

Daily Dress Up! Why do you do it? by guest blogger Brigitte Stroud

I live in a somewhat small town (at least it FEELS small to me), and people will ask “why are YOU so dressed up?” As if wearing something cute that makes you feel good is a “strange” thing to do! It made me think about the things we wear every day and why we wear them.
The repetiveness got me thinking about dressing up and what that means.  Since when did it become an unusual thing to put effort into what you wear and have fun with fashion? Since when is anyone not wearing sweatpants and a hoodie breaking unwritten social rules? Why should “dressing up” be reserved for special occasions only?
I was inspired to create this list. I firmly believe in “dressing up” every day of your life, and I think you should too!

So why dress up? Here are 25 good reasons.

-Because life’s too short to blend in. Don’t settle for average.
-Because you’re only young once. You’re way more gorgeous than you know & have a fabulous body you’ll one day look back on and wish you had! Take advantage now and show off how fabulous you can be.
– Because fashion is a method of self expression. What are you trying to say?
– Because you never know who you’ll run into. Brad Pitt at the grocery store? Hey, stranger things have happened.
– Because it obviously annoys some people (like the guy who asks why YOU are so dressed up). The fact that it annoys them so much is all the more reason to keep doing it.
– Because you never know, there’s always a chance you could get snapped by some photographer or in the background of a reality show.  (This really happens!)
– Because you deserve to look your best at all times.
– Because you’ll never improve your sense of style if your default look is “I give up”. Yes, that was a Seinfeld reference. But it’s true!
– Because dressing up helps you weed out friends who don’t love you for you. If they have a problem with the way you dress, they’re not the kind of friends you want around.
– Because cute clothes and accessories are a great conversation starter. Wear something fabulous and people will ask you where you got it.
– Because parties aren’t the only time to celebrate.
– Because that fabulous party dress in your closet cost too much to only be worn once.
– Because it’s fun!
– Because even if you live in an “unstylish” city & are scared to dress up, cities don’t become stylish without someone going first. I know it sounds cheesy, but be the change you want to see in the world. Everyone else can follow your fabulous lead.
– Because dressing up helps you make fashion mistakes and get past them. Mistakes happen to everyone and that’s how you learn what not to do – get them out of the way now!
– Because it’s a test of your confidence. Dressing unconventionally forces you to develop the self-assurance necessary to stand out from everyone else.
– Because fashion is one of the rare instances where art comes alive. What artistic statement do you want to make?
– Because if you’ve got it (great style, killer confidence, amazing legs), it’s just wrong not to flaunt it.
– Because someday when you have a 9-5 corporate job and are required to wear business suits, you’re going to miss the freedom of dress you had in college. Experiment now! There’s no better time.
– Because glamour isn’t only reserved for the rich and famous, even though maybe they’d like you to believe it is.
– Because if conspiracy theorists are to be believed, the world might end on 12/31/2012 – that’s only 100 days from now! Even though we all worried about Y2K too, why not be on the safe side? Don’t spend the theoretical 100 days you have left in sweats.
– Because Carrie Bradshaw would not approve of your sweatpants and UGG boots. You can do better than that. And deep down, you know I’m right.
– Because dressing well means you don’t have to do your hair at all – you’ll have that ultra fabulous, slightly disheveled Kate Moss look.
– Because nothing beats the rush you feel when you look in the mirror and LOVE what you see.
– Because you want to. That’s the only reason that matters!

Need help “getting styled”?  Here are some snapshots and some of my very best friends in our “daily dress”!  Come see us at Couture Closets in Spartanburg if you need help getting styled.