Fedora

May 31, 2012

I never thought I liked fedoras or would ever buy one for myself.  I always worried that I wouldn’t be able to pull one off, but now that summer is here – I want one.  Badly.  There is something about a fedora, a pair of Ray Ban aviators, and a bikini that just screams summer, no?  I mean, check out those chickadees in the pictures.    With weekends spent poolside and playing with the puppies and a week long beach trip coming up in August, I can picture myself frolicking about my free time in one of these chic little hats…

I never thought I liked fedoras or would ever buy one for myself.  I always worried that I wouldn’t be able to pull one off, but now that summer is here – I want one.  Badly.  There is something about a fedora, a pair of Ray Ban aviators, and a bikini that just screams summer, no?  I mean, check out those chickadees in the pictures.   

With weekends spent poolside and playing with the puppies and a week long beach trip coming up in August, I can picture myself frolicking about my free time in one of these chic little hats like its my job.  No better way to keep the sun out or protect the tresses.  The above version by Halogen from Nordstrom comes in multiple options including two tone, solid, and a perfectly classic natural with blue stripe.  The ribbon adorning the brim in a half bow adds just the right touch of girly without being too much.  What’s totally selling me is the price – definitely won’t break the bank.  No one wants to spend a fortune on a hat, right!?  

(Image 1 via Mackenzie Christine // Image 2 via The Swim Outfit // Image 3 via Miss-Stella Tumblr // Images 4-8 via Nordstrom)

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** Reminder – Kate Spade Giveaway **

May 31, 2012

Is it already Thursday?  This is why I love short work weeks… And I especially love this week becuase tomorrow I get to choose one lucky winner of all this adorable loot above!  Don’t forget to enter to win win a travel sized four pack of funky fun nail polishes, playing cards, a drink tray, and a plastic pool ring – all part of the Florence Broadhurst for Kate Spade collection… Just leave a comment on the original post (here) with your email address and tell us how YOU like to get into the pool (get inspired by watch the “Swan Dive or Cannonball?” video!). Best of luck!…

Is it already Thursday?  This is why I love short work weeks… And I especially love this week becuase tomorrow I get to choose one lucky winner of all this adorable loot above!  Don’t forget to enter to win win a travel sized four pack of funky fun nail polishesplaying cards, a drink tray, and a plastic pool ring – all part of the Florence Broadhurst for Kate Spade collection… Just leave a comment on the original post (here) with your email address and tell us how YOU like to get into the pool (get inspired by watch the “Swan Dive or Cannonball?” video!). Best of luck!

(Image via Video by Hailey Gates // All items via Kate Spade)

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Styled by Albertina | Mimosa Lane

May 31, 2012

Albertina is solid proof that connections that start online can turn into wonderful off-line friendships…  To make a long story short, we connected through our desire to improve our photography skills and took a workshop together at The Spot Studio early this year – the rest is history!  Like me and Sally, Albertina is also a Dallas transplant, and we easily bonded over photography and her desire to start a blog of her own.  I could not have been more thrilled when she and her co-blogger Julie launched Mimosa Lane at the end of January!  Her lovely, sweet personality is…

Albertina is solid proof that connections that start online can turn into wonderful off-line friendships…  To make a long story short, we connected through our desire to improve our photography skills and took a workshop together at The Spot Studio early this year – the rest is history!  Like me and Sally, Albertina is also a Dallas transplant, and we easily bonded over photography and her desire to start a blog of her own.  I could not have been more thrilled when she and her co-blogger Julie launched Mimosa Lane at the end of January!  Her lovely, sweet personality is right at home on the web and I love drinking in her love of art, design, style, baking and much more… Mimosa Lane is definitely a gem in the blog world!  She was sweet enough to to disrupt her schedule as a mama and active philanthropist to show us what She Wishes She Was Wearing and I could not be more crazy about her classic but edgy black and tan ensemble:

 

 

QUESTIONS of STYLE:

.Describe your personal style in five words or less:  Classic, with a touch of trendy.

.Who/What inspires your personal style, influencing what you’re drawn to and what you end up wearing?  I love looking through magazines and blogs to get ideas.  I take what is in vogue and then I try and make it my own.  My mom is also a big influence.  She’s great at getting the right proportion of classic to trendy. I have been saving my nice pieces of clothing since my early twenties (well my mom has been saving my dresses from when I was baby for her future granddaughter, which she finally now has, but that’s another story) and have just been giving them new life by adding some trendy additions.  I believe in the idea of having timeless investment pieces because you will always wear them again and show them off in a new light as you adapt them to more modern times.

.What is an item you cannot live without or what are some of your wardrobe essentials?  Ballet flats.  I never met one I didn’t like.  I have some wonderful Andrea Carrano’s that I love, Ferragamo’s and Repetto’s. They are part of my daily uniform.  And jeans, of course.  I live in them.

.What is your most recent purchase? A painting from Jenny from My Favorite and My Best.  Its the one in this post… I just got it in the mail (it was my Mother’s day gift) and I’m madly in love with it.

.Where have you found some of your most treasured style items?  I love getting things when I travel because not many people will have them upon my return.  I go to Spain a lot so I take advantage of the small, one off boutiques there.  They have great fashion and good prices.  Some of the larger Spanish brands that I love over there that also have amazing pieces are Bimba and Lola, Hoss Intropia , and Coss (which is actually Swedish).

.What is your go-to jewelry routine?  Always pearls for my earrings and my gold faced watch with red alligator straps (soon to be blue!).  For evening I love wearing statement necklaces or earrings.  My custom jewelry drawer is so much fun, my daughter agrees. You could say I’m a collector of baubles.

.What are some of your make-up must haves?  For the everyday routine I’m a big fan of  under eye concealer. I think it makes everyone look fantastic.  Also, Clinique lose powder for natural coverage.  For the evening I will go all out and do my eyes, use blush, and can sometimes be more daring with the lipstick.  Lately I have been wearing NARS Dragon Girl and NARS Schiap lipsticks.  I love them both even though they are so different. I feel so feminine when I wear such bold lips.

.If you could meet any designer who would it be and why?  Oscar de la Renta.  I love his aesthetic.  Pretty much anything he does I love.  The colors, the prints, the elegance, the femininity.  His work is beautiful and his attention to detail is astounding.  I also love his trajectory as he was born in the Dominican Republic, went to Spain to study, ended up working with Balenciaga, and is now one of the leading design houses in the world.   

.What’s the best style advice you’ve ever given or received?  I live by several mantras.  The first one by Coco Chanel, “Fashion fades, only style remains the same.”  This speaks directly to my more classic side.  And from Ines de la Fressange, “If it feels good wear it!”  I love being comfortable in my clothing. And with an almost 5 year old daughter I have to be comfortable to keep up with her.  My mom always tells me  take care of myself (night eye cream, sunblock, clarisnonic brush, you know all that great advice moms love to give) because she tells me, “If you look good you can pretty much wear anything and look beautiful.”  And last but not least I’m a big believer in accessories and I love how Oscar de la Renta puts it, A woman makes an outfit her own with accessories.”  Oohhh and I was forgetting someone once told me never to pluck my eyebrows too much because they never grow back the same…and boy were they right and am glad I listened!

 

I’m just like Albertina – always trying to buy a good balance of classic and trendy pieces that I can wear for years and years… It’s amazing when you can get compliments on things you bought 4+ years ago (no joke!).  I hope you adored A as much as I do and that you skip over to Mimosa Lane – her blog is sure to become one of your favorites 🙂  Thank you, Albertina!  xx

(Photo c/o of Albertina .  Images: 01. Karen Walker Anytime Crazy Tortoise Sunnies // 02. Assad Mounser Modern Love Necklace // 03. Tocca Inverted Sleeve Top // 04. Zara Studded Shopper // 05. Carolina Loyola Heart Pave Donation Bracelet // 06. Frederic Malle En Passant Perfume // 07. Moschino Wedges // 08. Red Valentino Pleated Skirt)

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Bows & Arrows

May 30, 2012

Weddings and flowers don’t get a lot of air time on A Piece of Toast… It’s not because we don’t love both, it’s just because neither Sally or I consider ourselves experts on the subject matter.  We have opinions about what we like and don’t like when it comes to weddings, flowers, and flowers for weddings – and what I know right now is I like love all florals created by Bows and Arrows. Introduced to me by Joslyn, Bows and Arrows is the flower house created by couple Alicia and Adam Rico.  Their Dallas based studio and boutique (located…

Weddings and flowers don’t get a lot of air time on A Piece of Toast… It’s not because we don’t love both, it’s just because neither Sally or I consider ourselves experts on the subject matter.  We have opinions about what we like and don’t like when it comes to weddings, flowers, and flowers for weddings – and what I know right now is I like love all florals created by Bows and Arrows.

Introduced to me by Joslyn, Bows and Arrows is the flower house created by couple Alicia and Adam Rico.  Their Dallas based studio and boutique (located in Greenville) offers the best of the best in creative and inspiring floral arrangements – most lovely to me being their portfolio of gorgeous wedding blooms…  There’s talent for sure but what really got me about the images on their blog is that no two bouquets or table arrangements were ever the same – you can tell that the personality of each wedding is what inspired the end result.  And I think you’ll agree with me that the end results are killing it.  With their work featured in Martha Stuart Weddings, The Knot, D Weddings and many more, you know they’re worth it!

You can visit the Bows and Arrows via their namesake blog and website or on Hello Love – the Dallas based wedding blog that’s the collaboration of Alicia plus three other hugely talented ladies (Sam, Natalie and Chelsea).  

(All floral images via Bows and Arrows, Last Image of Alicia via Ben Chrys Photography < great Q&A here, too!)

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Kissing Seahorses

May 29, 2012

All Spring long I have been seeing multiple moms up at my school wearing these fabulous boyfriend cardigans with kissing seahorses on the back.  After Krystal wore one to pedicures with Jack Rogers and dinner last week and looked so comfy and cute all at the same time, I decided to do a little research on the popular cardigans. Seaton is the name behind these gorgeous yet playful cashmere cardigans, and I think I need one.  The company is run by two women living in Southern California who both share a love for the beach and exotic locations.  The brand…

All Spring long I have been seeing multiple moms up at my school wearing these fabulous boyfriend cardigans with kissing seahorses on the back.  After Krystal wore one to pedicures with Jack Rogers and dinner last week and looked so comfy and cute all at the same time, I decided to do a little research on the popular cardigans.

Seaton is the name behind these gorgeous yet playful cashmere cardigans, and I think I need one.  The company is run by two women living in Southern California who both share a love for the beach and exotic locations.  The brand has been making luxurious, yet classic and casual wardrobe staples since 2005 and has really made a name for themselves.  Whether its a throw on and go striped dress or a cozy cashmere sweater, I love each and every thing that the company has made.  But those kissing seahorses are still at the tippy top of my wish list!  

(All images via Seaton Surf)

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