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