Thursday, June 24, 2010

Crystal Clear

Lucite jewelry is as hot as North Carolina's 100 degree summer heat. This trend is so hot that even the Sex & The City 2 stars have sported this look.  Lucite is a clear favorite because it is lightweight, easy-to-wear and goes with any outfit.  These translucent jewels are not seasonal, so you can wear them well into fall and winter.  Feel free to dress these accessories up or down depending on your look.

Sweetie Pie Jewelry "Molly" Necklace (as seen in InStyle) at Hadley Emerson - $74

Lee Angel Lucite Drop Earring - $68

Sequin Lucite Ball Cluster Necklace - $28

Sweetie Pie Jewelry "Lena" Bracelet at Hadley Emerson - $36

Kate Spade "Blowing Baubles" Cluster Ring - $95

Sweetie Pie Jewelry "Harper" Earring at Hadley Emerson - $32

Ben-Amun Lucite Cuff - $105

Kenneth Jay Lane Double Layer Lucite Bead Necklace - $79.99

Thursday, June 17, 2010

"The Beach"

Does anyone else find it baffling that in North Carolina when you ask someone about their weekend plans, almost everyone says that they are going to "The Beach."  I guess it is similar to the folks in NY/NJ who head to "The Shore" or the Midwesterners who go to "The Lake" or "Up North" for the weekend.  Nobody ever tells you the name or the town of the beach that they are running off to (e.g. Wilmington, Myrtle, Outer Banks, etc.) and I know that these places are not necessarily very close.  Having grown up in Maine, it was perfectly normal to go to the beach for the day, but most people don’t stay overnight.  I want to ask where and what exactly is “The Beach?"  Is there one beach that everyone flocks to once Friday rolls around?  Where is this beach that you speak of and how do I go about getting a season pass?  If you are someone who is planning on going to “The Beach” this weekend, you better make sure you have the right outfit because everyone worth knowing will probably be at “The Beach” as well.  Here are some beach appropriate cover-ups and purses that we have picked out so you can look fabulous all summer long.

Romper Available at Hadley Emerson- $158

Free People Tiered Jeweled Dress - $118

Available at Hadley Emerson- $148

DVF Nobi Coverup - $285

Available at Hadley Emerson- Dress for $108, Clutch for $32

PJ Salvage Bridgehampton Babe Printed Tunic - $66

Available at Hadley Emerson- Tunic for $108, Purse for $335

Victoria's Secret O-Ring Bra Top Dress- $14.99

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Something New?

Finding a dress to wear to a wedding can be a daunting task.  I try to stick to the following rules of thumb when choosing an appropriate dress for a wedding.  The first rule of thumb is to NOT wear all white to a wedding, some white is acceptable but be careful about the amount of white.  There is no sense in competing with the bride for attention.  I generally try to stay away from wearing black during a daytime wedding, but it is perfectly acceptable for an evening wedding.  If a wedding invitation says "black tie," I opt for a long evening dress and heels.  Beads and sequins on a dress can also be a great way to create a dressy look.  At a "black tie optional" wedding, it is appropriate to wear a cocktail-length dress but it should be something more formal than a cotton sundress.  Bright colors are fun for the summertime, but try not to steal the show with something too flashy.  Lastly, when in doubt, choose a fancier dress over something more casual.  Below are some of my favorite dresses that I think would be perfect for a variety of weddings.  Hopefully you can buy a few classic dresses and wear them to more than one wedding.

Available at Hadley Emerson - $110 (Great for a day/evening wedding)

Available at Hadley Emerson - $338 (Great for day or evening wedding depending on accessories)
Laundry by Shelli Segal Silk Chiffon Dress - $124.95 (Perfect for a day or night wedding depending on accessories)

Available at Hadley Emerson - $180 (Also available in pink, both are great for an outdoor or daytime wedding)

Milly Ruffle Wrap Dress - $350 (Easy to dress up or down)

Black and White Gown Available at Hadley Emerson - $208 (perfect for a black tie wedding)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Beat of a Different Drum

You don't have to play the drums to sport the tribal trend this summer. You can look just like the celebrities in these exotic fashions. Pair with simple accessories to make the designs standout.  Don't get too crazy, a single piece will be a great fashion statement by itself.  These bold patterns and crazy colors are sure to make your friends roar.      

Strapless Dress available at Hadley Emerson-$268

Charles by Charles David Motif Sandal - $80

Brown Ikat Dress available at Hadley Emerson-$118

Ann Taylor Loft Animal Print Smocked Button Down - $44.50

Tibi Spiral Zebra Dress - $190