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Checks Checked, From Runway to Street-24/7 Dressing.

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A Fashion Page is a laboratory site where I can test my more radical fashion ideas. I post my most original looks or outfits that hopefully will make my readers and followers reexamine how they look at clothes. Today my “checks on denim” look is a reinterpretation of classic military theme, completely nontraditional and right for the street style.

And a special thanks to John Rounds who shot my "checks checked" story and produced most stunning images ever. He is a modern renaissance man and you can take a look at his breathtaking portfolio here. His photos capture the fun, dynamism and beauty of fashion. Can't wait to our next photoshoot! We are also planning on featuring a model next time but can't say more at this time. Also anyone interested in wearing beautiful outfits (put together by me) and having awesome images taken by John for our AFP blog please contact me here.

Sunglasses: Prada, Jacket: What Goes Around Come Around, Denim Top: Charlotte Russe, Skirt: Levi's, Necklace:(Gift)  Clutch: ASOS, Socks: Hue, Shoes: Aldo, Brooch: Otrebor (European Jewelry Maker).

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Photography by John Rounds

 

From Runway to Street -24/7 Dressing.

Today we'll going to cover the veracity of 24/7 dressing as we tackle the issue of looking contemporary at work and stylish on the weekend.

AT WORK

It all comes down to knowing how to interpret the yin and yang of your daily demands into clothes that surely work for you. You really can't go wrong with white cotton-cashmere blend jumper. (below from Proenza Schouler featuring a crew neck, long sleeves, a ribbed knit and an asymmetric hem)

WEEKEND

I'm continuously fascinated by the trendy ways New York uptown women deal with changing their weekend wear.

Layla Leather Waterfall Drape is a wonderful piece to throw over just about anything a dress, sweater or blouse a perfect blazer to wear on your weekends.

AT WORK

My belief is that most of us fall into two types: Those who have a diverse closet for each situation (refined BCBG or Paul Smith suits for Monday through Friday, and casual Majestic long sleeve turtleneck and Cheap and Chic Moschino skinny trousers for Saturday and Sunday), and those who mandate more out of their separates and pair the same Paul Smith blazer with Cheap and Chic Moschino trousers on the weekend and a skirt from Chicwish during the week. I do a little of both.  I love to dress up though and the butterfly pattern that prettifies this cotton parka below is a keynote that Valentino is advocating for the season forward, and I love it juxtaposed against the iconic, down-to-earth silhouette. Or this amazing laser-cut shearling that was applied to a BCBG Max Azaria camel coat in a lattice pattern, so imaginative and fantastic but yet still very classic.

WEEKEND

So sometimes on the weekend I love to dress up in dresses and floppy hats; other times, for a walk in a park with my two adorable munchkins, I wear moto boots, leather jacket and cozy shearling coat over it to stay extra warm in this crazy whether. This Forever New slim leg pant is a clothing essential this season and is a seamless addition to your work wear style as well, and can be easily worn from the office to an evening out.

AT WORK

The chicest women also know that getting a look right doesn't stop with their clothes and basics. How you wear your accessories can be equally important. While I love the new fringe bag trends, you need to decide what works with your style and your lifestyle. This Prada Saffiano Two Zip Lux Tote is a staple to those who want both functionality and chic style.

 

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Slouchy Pants, This Month's Fashion Essentials & Weekly Outfit Planner

Today's look is all about slouchy pants or joggers. Make this look sporty or sexy, take it from season to season- it all depends whether you pair it with cozy knits or ruffly crop tops, rugged boots or beautiful jewelery.

Vest: Zara (similar here), Cardigan: Anthropologie, Top: H&M, Scarf: Alexander McQueen, Pants: H&M, Boots: Aldo, Necklace: Kenneth Jay Lane, Earrings: One Kings Lane

THIS MONTH'S FASHION ESSENTIALS

Slouchy pants and joggers come in crazy array of styles these days. Here, the right pieces to pair with each to achieve the fabulous look you're going for.

Guys just can't resist cute girls in stripe pencil skirts.

Which of these hot cropped top looks screams you?

Five gorgeous ides for one of 2015's big fashion trends: CHECKS!

Want to look flawless in your distressed jeans?

WEEKLY OUTFIT PLANNER

This week glamour is back- and you should be chic when going out at night. Show off your womanly shape in something sexier like snake skin print jeans.

MONDAY: Denim Jacket: Maurices.com, Jeans: New Look, Sneakers: Converse.com, Crossobody bag: Gigi New York, Tank Top: nordstromrack.com, Watch: Marc Jacobs, Ring: Ruby Heart Promise, Bracelet: overstock.com, Necklace: Adriana Orsini, Scarf: Brunello Cucinelli

TUESDAY: Necklace: Astley Clarke, Hat: Eugenia Kim, Jacket: jcrew, Backpack: JulesB, Jeans: Roberto Cavalli, Boot: Jill Sander

WEDNESDAY: Shoes: Burberry London, Tote: Céline, Bracelet: Spring Street, Earrings: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Coat: Warehouse, Dress: makemechic.com, Hat: Global Babe

THURSDAY: Sweater: ANN DEMEULEMEESTER, Bracelet: Astley Clarke, Sneakers: BRUNELLO CUCINELLI, Jacket: JCrew, Tights: JCrew, Skirt: Kenzo, Clutch: Zadig&Voltaire

FRIDAY: Dress: Zeagoo, Tights: Sofie D'hoore, Clutch: Rebecca Minkoff,  Necklace: Amazon.com, Earrings: Kate Spade New York, Coat: glamzelle.com, Sunglasses: River Island, Shoes: Giusppe Zanotti

SATURDAY: Monki, Coat: J.Crew, Shoes: Sergio Rossi, Clutch: Vintage 1950s on Etsy, Earrings: Kenneth Jay Lane, Necklace: beladora.com

SUNDAY: Bag: Burberry, Rings: Carolina Bucci, Kismet, Earrings: Stephen Dweck, Dress: Temperley London, Pumps: BRIAN ATWOOD, Jacket: Temperley London,

The Scoop on Black, Weekly Outfit Planner and Brand Love: Banana Republic

Finally, all-black outfit. A low-maintenance looking in stress-free style. Of course it would not be me if I did not bring one item that's foxy- even if it's not very practical; DSW necklace that I got a year ago for thirty two bucks. The truth is a standout accessory- like a big statement necklace or a great belt, scarf- can make a simple outfit sublime. I guess the only downfall of the all-black, wool and knit attire is the dust that keeps settling on you....

Sunglasses: PRADA  (more choices here ), Bomber Jacket: Acne Studios (old) also  love this one  , Necklace: DSW, Turtleneck:  AKIRA , Skirt: (old) Derek Lam ( love this one too ), Bag: (old)  Bottega Venta , Shoes: Liz Clairbone no longer available but  love these ones too

Sunglasses: PRADA (more choices here), Bomber Jacket: Acne Studios (old) also love this one , Necklace: DSW, Turtleneck: AKIRA, Skirt: (old) Derek Lam (love this one too), Bag: (old) Bottega Venta, Shoes: Liz Clairbone no longer available but love these ones too

WEEKLY PLANNER

Don’t have these exact garments? That’s OK; just use the outfit ideas as a formula for combining similar styles, pieces or colors in your closet.

MONDAY: BAG: Balenciaga, BLAZER:Chanel, PUMPS: Finsk, SUNGLASSES: Linda Farrow, HAT: Stella McCartney, EARRINGS: Stephen Dweck, LEATHER SHORTS: French Connection, SWEATER: Zadig&Voltaire

TUESDAY: T-SHIRT: Alexander Wang, COAT: thatspoint.com, SKINNY JEANS: J Brand, OXFORDS: Toast, TOTE: Tory Burch, BANGLE: Chanel, EARRINGS: Chanel, BELT: Alexander McQueen, SUNGLASSES: Ray Ban

WEDNESDAY: TANK TOP: BRUNELLO CUCINELLI, CLUTCH: Buba, BRACELET: Carolina Bucci, COAT: Chanel, BOOTIES: GIANVITO ROSSI, SUNGLASSES: Linda Farrow, NECKLACE: Suzanne Kalan, SKIRT: Marc Jacobs

THURSDAY: TEE: EXPRESS, CARDIGAN: beautifulhalo.com, COAT: N 21, THIGHTS: HUE, SHORTS: J BRAND, BOOTS: newlook.com, SATCHEL: MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS, EARRINGS: amazon.co.uk, BRACELET: VALENTINO, RING: MACABRE GADGETS, SUNGLASSES: mymummadeit.net

FRIDAY: CLUTCH BAG: BVLGARI, BRACELET: Carolina Bucci, BOOTS: CHLOÉ, BANGLE: IPPOLITA, DRESS: JAY AHR, SUNGLASSES: Linda Farrow, COAT: LANVIN

SATURDAY: BLOUSE: UNIQLO, JACKET: ISABEL MARANT, WAISTCOAT: FOREVER NEW, JEGGINGS: VERO MODA, BALLERINAS: zalora.com.my, CLUTCH: EDIE PARKER, EARRINGS: DAVID YURMAN, SUNGLASSES: shopflyjane.com, NECKLACE: GRAFF DIAMONDS

SUNDAY: SCARF: Acne Studios, SWEATER: ALEXANDER MCQUEEN, BRACELET: Carolina Bucci, BAG: CHLOÉ, EARRINGS: IPPOLITA, NECKLACE: IPPOLITA, PUMPS: Oscar de la Renta, COAT: Stella McCartney, JEANS: Stella McCartney

BRAND LOVE: BANANA REPUBLIC

I am always super happy with the clothes and products in general from Banana Republic. Below you'll find few pieces that I either already own or desire to purchase in the near future.  I also prepared few outfits ideas featuring items from BR.

All Items by Banana Republic: 100% Silk Top, Grey Wool Coat, Slim Fit Pants, Sandals, Leopard Print Leather Handbag, Knot Bracelet, Cotton/Modal Scarf.

One Red: My Favorite Christmas Looks

This festive season is still not over and wearing red is definitely a way to go if you still have some partying to do.

Scarf: Target, Blazer: H&M, Necklace: H&M, Brooch: Fossil, Shirt: Choies, Sweatshirt: Anthropologie, Skirt: Tommy Hilfiger, Belt: ASOS, Thights: HUE, Shoes: H&M, Bag: DVF

I hate the idea of Christmas being over. The saddest part is when I see all of the Christmas trees being thrown out onto the curbs and holiday decorations being taken down.  So to keep this wonderful time of the year alive I decided to post some of my favorite holiday outfits. There are several colors which are traditionally associated with Christmas.  Red of course is my favorite and it is the theme of today's post. 

Here are just few options I put together. Please leave a comment to let me know what are your favorite holiday outfits.

Necklace: Bex Rox, Shoes: CHELSEA PARIS, Scarf: JCrew, Blouse: Lela Rose, Sweater: Marni, Skirt: Roland Mouret, Bag: Valentino Garavani, Jacket: DSQUARED2

Shirt: Mickey's Girl, Coat: Derek Lam, Skirt: Topshop, Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti, Clutch: Burberry, Necklace: Kenneth Jay, Scarf: Burberry, Lipstick: Tom Fortd, Bracelet: Akoya

Bracelet: Annoushka, Ring: Carolina Bucci, Necklace: Herve Van Der Straeten, Skirt: ISABEL MARANT, Watch: J.Crew, Bag: Kenzo, Shirt: PROENZA SCHOULER, Coat: Smythe, Cardigan: ZANONE, Shoes: Dune

Sweater:ROMWE, Shirt: Maurices, Blazer: Catching Turndown, Skirt: BCBG, Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Clutch: Edie Parker Flavia, Necklace: Finn Pave, Iphone6 Case: Zazzle

Sweater: Tory Burch, Coat: BLACKFIVE, Skirt: Chicwish, Shoes: CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN, Satchel: STYLEMOI, Necklace: Coast

Nude Awakenings

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Scarf: H&M, Blazer: H&M, Necklace: ASOS, Dress: Jada, Boots :Aldo, Clutch: ASOS, Bracelet: Roost at Anthropologie

Scarf: H&M, Blazer: H&M, Necklace: ASOS, Dress: Jada, Boots :Aldo, Clutch: ASOS, Bracelet: Roost at Anthropologie

Nude, beige or creme never goes out. Those colors are perennial, everlasting, infinite and make me feel natural and special. I love to wear nude all over and I indulge in everything womanly. My favorite is the dress of course but I also adore this "shrunken" style blazer (although it is a bit wrinkled from sitting in the car for too long). Flash of gold adds a rich element to this look. 

I want to hear from you! Send me pictures of your favorite nude, beige or creme outfit. I would love to include these in my "nude awakenings" hall of fame and feature them in my blog.


MORE NUDES

The strongest coats this season are punched-up classics: a peacoat in brilliant blush (almost nude) at Temperley London from the Winter 2014 collection, is a contemporary take on the classic riding coat.

Nail Polish: Dior, Dress: Temperley London, Headband: Benoit Missolin, Coat: Temperely London, Scarf: Temperley London, Necklace: Dannijo, Clutch: Givenchy, Shoes: Valentino Garavani

The newly minted perennial got a fresh spin in the form of garment dyed jeans at Brunello Cucinelli and urban patchwork at JUNYA WATANABE COMME DES GARÇONS.

From the top clockwise: First Look: Shirt: CHLOÉ, Hat: Albertus Swanepoel, Cardigan: MARY KATRANTZOU, Poncho: J.Crew, Necklace: Annina Vogel, Belt: Hermès, Bag: CHLOÉ, Pants: BRUNELLO CUCINELLI, Shoes: Valentino Garavani. Second Look: Sunglasses: Linda Farrow, Earrings: Dinny Hall, Sweatshirt: Moschino, Jacket: MCQ BY ALEXANDER MCQUEEN, Shoes: JIMMY CHOO, Jeans: JUNYA WATANABE COMME DES GARÇONS, Bag: Aspinal of London, Ring:Dinny Hall

I love when designers play with patterns, textures and colors. Inspired by an 18th century Spanish chasuble, this close-fitting dress from the Temperley London Winter 2014 collection is folkloric in both tint and texture.

Coat: Reiss, Earrings: Oscar de la Renta, Sunglasses: Linda Farrow, Dress: Temperley London, Bracelet: Annoushka, Bag: Stella McCartney, Shoes: Alejandro Ingelmo

Even when dressing down a bit let color be your guide. Here are few playful pieces. Nude fedora hat, blush knit sweater and beige cashmere sweatpants jump-start a super comfy and bold look.

Hat: Mühlbauer, Sweater: Michael Kors, Necklace: Astley Clarke, Sunglasses: Linda Farrow, Eyeshadow Pallette: YSL, Pants: J.crew, Popover: J.Crew, Shoes: Valentino Garavani, Bag: ALEXANDER WANG

If you like this post, or not, please drop me a comment below.  Love to hear some feedback.

What's Really Cool?

Shirt: Faherty, Sweater: Marc Jacobs, Necklace: Zara, Jacket: Paige Denim, Clutch: Diane Von Furstenberg, Boots: Aquazzura, Jeans: Lovers + Friends

Being cool to me means being completely at ease with yourself and wearing clothes that are simple, sexy and bring out your natural beauty.   Color relaxes me, the bolder it is the more comfortable I feel.  Marc Jacob’s Sweater in super bright orange is simply spectacular and if you’d like to play it safe, you can wear Faherty season’s workshirt underneath it. Lovers+Friends Jeremy high-waisted boyfriend jeans are exactly the kind of jeans that women want; super trendy, extremely comfortable and practical. Clutches like this Diane Von Furstenberg Lace clutch are all over the place now, and they are such a return to womanly dressing: they instantly make you feel sexy and will work with any outfit. Aquazurra Jagger Fringe Boots are sexy power boots that will work really well with any jeans or leggings.  And this brilliant Paige Denim Vermont jacket is a superb take on a sexy casual wear.  It is also very refreshing to see women wearing feel good jewelry like this magical Zara Simon Chalcedony Pendant Necklace.  Definitely great weekend getaway outfit, or something you can wear during one-day break between your hectic schedules.


 

My Love of Fashion is Matched by My Love of Color

This month I am invigorated and ready for more fashion... Are you?

My brand new hair style by super talented Jennie Ciraulo-Oettinger at www.acutabovetr.net, Jacket: H&M, Sweater: Vintage, (360 Sweater), Top: Katiek, Jeans: Abercrombie & Fitch, Boots: H&M, Necklace: Anthropologie