All You Need Is …

When I saw this Lisa Perry sweater it said everything that I want to say this holiday season – and frankly, every day. The fact that the sweater is bright red is just the icing on the cake! LOVE is the answer for us; a chance to feel love, to give love, and to wish for love throughout the world. How meaningful to spread this uplifting message in something I am wearing. And even more special that it is a Lisa Perry sweater. This year marks Ms. Perry’s 10th in business, and the last two years are exclusive to Barney’s New York. Ms. Perry, a New-York based designer and a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, has a passion for art and design, and a penchant for 60s-era fashion. Friends kept asking her where they could get a similar look, and the hobby morphed into her label in 2007: “It all started when I fell in love with vintage clothing. I actually fell in love with this vintage clothing from a very specific period in the late 60s. It felt so futuristic, so out of this world. For ten years, I really only wore vintage. During that time people would comment on what I had on and they’d say, ‘what designer is that?’  … that sparked the idea – you know what – I think I could do something here, I think I could turn this into a small collection of my own.”

“With a nod back to my love of Sixties vintage, it is about timeless, classic shapes and fabrics that really, I feel, live on … I want to bring this look that I love, that was so modern at the time, to today’s women. I think that [designers such as Cardin and Courrèges] were visionaries. I want to celebrate that in what I do.

Yes, all you need is LOVE. LOVE is all you need. Well, and a burst of Lisa Perry whimsy!

Sweater: Lisa Perry

Photos by Serena Chmelar; shot on location at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

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Victoria Beckham for Target

My Victoria Beckham for Target poplin shirtwaist dress

I showed up 15 minutes before the store opened; there was a line but not too long. As I chatted amicably with a mother and daughter, who, like me, were waiting for the doors to open to the world of Victoria Beckham I realized something: there is a warm camaraderie when shopping these Target collaborations. You are in it together, waiting in anticipation to see if the item you want is available. It’s a mad, mysterious, dash! But more often than not it is worth it. I have done it now several times (as have my new friends) but it has not lost its magic. Why do I return time after time? Because there is no other way for me to afford the fashions of these high-end designers. Because the quality is top-notch (this poplin shirtwaist dress is a first-rate sturdy cotton). And because my Target purchases have become favorites in my wardrobe!

I love owning distinct designer pieces. It makes me feel special. And isn’t feeling special in your clothes what it’s all about?

Dress, Victoria Beckham for Target; Handbag, Kate Spade, Sandals, Pedro Garcia

Photo by Alexandra Queripel; filmed on location at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

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In Search of Chenille

My new light purple Dries Van Noten chenille pants

I get fashion ideas from many places: watching people, passing a window, leafing through magazines, catching a movie. For the ideas that take hold of my imagination and won’t let go, I become a determined woman on a mission! That is what happened when I saw a recent feature on Bloomberg BusinessWeek, “What I Wear To Work.” The person was wearing purple velvet pants designed by Dries Van Noten and I fell in love – with the purple, and with the velvet. I began my search in earnest. I never did find the purple velvet but what I did find was a pair of light purple chenille trousers by the designer, on sale at a terrific price! My heart sang when the pants arrived and were the softest fabric I had ever known! Owning new clothes is much more satisfying when I have to track them down first!

Pants, Dries Van Noten, shoes, Talbots

Photo by Kendra Olson; on location at Reeves-Reed Aboretum, Summit NJ

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My Love Affair With My DVF Wrap Dress

My go-to DVF wrap dress

My go-to DVF wrap dress

One dress, one go-to, one fashion workhorse; that is my Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress. It’s been a long love affair and one that has taken me through important times and moments of my life. It has celebrated weddings and parties, negotiated serious lunch meetings, and held up my heavy heart at funerals. There is no place we haven’t been together; we have lived a lot and lived well.

It is no surprise to me that the DVF wrap dress celebrated its 40th birthday last year. Who else but Diane von Furstenberg could design a dress so perfect for every woman? At once flirty and fun yet serious and simple, the wrap dress combines all the elements to make a woman her best self. Yes, this fashion staple has been with me for at least 20 years, looking as fresh and beautiful as it did the first time I wore it. No wonder I am in love!

Photo by Lauren Hagerstrom; shot on location at Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit NJ

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Camo is the new khaki

IMGP0662 2IMGP0698IMGP0677As the weather warms and the daffodils burst onto the spring scene, I pass over my jeans for a lighter weight pant. In the past, that has meant a pair of khakis: cropped, long, bootcut or slim leg, khakis have been a spring staple. But I am bored with khakis this year, and I couldn’t find a pair that had the perfect fit. My solution: camo pants! I wear them the same way I would wear khakis, with a t-shirt and sandals, or in this case, nude pumps, and I am good to go. This outfit: camo pants by Madewell, v-neck tee by Splendid (recommended by Cupcakes and Cashmere…thank you, Emily!), and shoes by Vince Camuto, because every girl needs a pair of nude pumps.

Photos by Alexandra, shot on location at Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit, New Jersey

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Denim: Day Three

Day Three, dressing up with my Citizens of Humanity dark-washed jeans

Day Three, dressing up with my Citizens of Humanity dark-wash jeans – top styled by Kim Naci

Dark-wash jeans are a perfect staple for your wardrobe; they are dressy without trying too hard. These Citizens of Humanity jeans are favorites not only because they are dressy but the wide-leg style elongates my leg, making me feel taller than I actually am. The key is wearing them with a slight heel. They, too, have a little lycra giving them just the right stretch.

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All five days of denim photos by Alexandra – Day Three shot on location at Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit New Jersey

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