Something Different: What to Know About Dressing for Special Occasions

We all have to attend special events and occasions in life, but it can be hard to know what to wear at these events. You need to get your wardrobe in order if you’re going to be prepared for whichever occasion might arise in the future. There are some staple items and tips that will help to make sure that you always have something unique and out of the ordinary to wear. Read on to find out more about this.

JT at a special event with her hubby.

Look Out for Dresses That Are Playful and Stylish
It’s always worth keeping an eye out for dresses that offer something that is both playful and stylish. Fashion items that are classical or simple are great because they can be used for special occasions for a long time to come. They won’t be reliant on fashion or trends, so they won’t be useless of unappealing to you in the near future. That has to be a good thing.

Have a Floor Length Dress to Rely On
It’s a very good idea to find a good floor length dress that you can rely on in all kinds of circumstances. These items are ideal for people that are needing to find outfits that are suitable for black tie events that require something more formal. You should have at least one dress of this kind, and you won’t need to use it very often, so you probably won’t need more than one. Take your time to seek out the right one for you.

Keep Adding to Your Jewellery Collection
Jewellery is one of the most important things of all when you’re putting together an outfit for a special occasion. The right choices have the ability to bring an entire outfit together and make it complete. They can even spice up a relatively drab outfit and make it more fitting for the occasion you’ll be attending. Find the best outlets, and add to your collection. This Kay Jewelers Review might help you to decide where to buy from. You can never have too much interesting jewellery.

The Differences Between Corporate and Casual Occasions
Apart from family ceremonies, there are a couple of main categories that special occasions can fall into: corporate and casual. Corporate occasions require something more formal, but you don’t want to look the same as you do when you turn up to the office for work each day. So, how do you go about looking formal while also looking different? You need to find fashion items that allow you to keep things conservative while throwing in some flair and extra colour at the same time. As for casual occasions, it’s often best to use your own instincts and aim for comfort and visual appeal.

It’s always worth putting some extra thought into how you are going to dress for those special occasions that pop up from time to time in life. It helps avoid the panic that comes with these occasions when you don’t know what to wear, so make the most of the help offered above.

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Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style

Hello Beautiful People,

Picture perfect weather this weekend. All I wanted to do was to be outside in the garden and play with the family all day.
I wanted to share with you a new exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) called, Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Stylein the Altria Group Gallery, and New Market Gallery.
The exhibition is only open from May 6, 2017 to August 27, 2017.
Do not wait to see it if you are in the Richmond, Virginia area. You don’t want to miss this rare opportunity to learn about one of the most iconic designers of the mid-to-late twentieth century.

Yves Saint Laurent with Victoire – Preparation of the first collection – december 1961
© Pierre Boulat courtesy Association Pierre & Alexandra Boulat

 Born in Algeria in 1936, Yves Mathieu Saint Laurent came to Paris as a teenager and began his career designing fashion pieces. Saint Laurent at age 18 won the International Wool Secretariat fashion design competition in 1954. He was a genius and as a very young man, he became the lead designer for Christian Dior in the late 1950s. He was very shy, but was very aware of his talent. Saint Laurent is credited as the innovator of the pantsuit for women, the transformation of the trapeze dress; among countless other designs.

The exhibition “includes accessories, photographs, drawings, films, and video from the Fondation’s vast archive. (It) traces the trajectory of Saint Laurent’s style as it developed over the course of his career. Beginning in 1953 with the “Paper Doll Couture House” that he created as a teenager, which is being shown for the first time in the United States in this exhibition. Ensembles early in the exhibition focus on his formative years at the House of Dior, including an example of a short evening dress from his successful “Trapeze” collection, which marked his debut as a fashion designer when it was shown in Paris in 1958.”

Take a look at the Paper doll images in the gallery below.

Various examples of paper dolls, assembled by Yves Saint Laurent, circa 1950. Dolls cut from magazines and glued onto cardboard; garments made of paper cutouts, ink, watercolor, and gouache. Foundation Pierre Bergé -Yves Saint Laurent, Paris.

1971/PE 0247 Yves St. Laurent Collection Board

“Drawn from the archives of the Fondation Pierre Bergé—Yves Saint Laurent and other private collections, this breathtaking exhibition offers an intimate and comprehensive look at the lifetime achievement of Yves Saint Laurent, one of history’s most radical and influential fashion designers. Featuring 100 examples of haute couture and ready-to-wear garments-some never shown publicly before—this exhibition reveals Saint Laurent’s artistic genius, as well as his working process, and the sources of his design inspiration.

The VMFA is the only East Coast venue for the exhibition, which has been organized by the Seattle Art Museum in partnership with the © Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent in Paris.”

In the Exhibit Photo: David Stover © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
May 2, 2017
Gallery views of Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style
May 6, 2017 – August 27, 2017
Altria Group Gallery, NewMarket Gallery

The exhibit is an open window into the world of Yves Saint Laurent, showing design sketches and fabric swatches with the finished product.

My favorites from the exhibition:
Mondrain designs are timeless classics. The dress below can be worn in any decade.

Hommage to Piet Mondrian, Yves Saint Laurent (French, 1936-2008), Cocktail dress. Wool jersey with ivory, black, blue, red, and yellow incrustations. © Fondation Pierre Bergé -Yves Saint Laurent, Paris. Photo Alexandre Guirkinger.

View of the Mondrian cocktail dress in the exhibit.

There is nothing more flattering then ruffled detail in the back of this Yves Saint Laurent gown.  The sky blue brightens everyones complexion.

Yves Saint Laurent (French, 1936-2008). Spring-Summer 1981 haute couture collection. Blue silk taffeta gown with train and white silk taffeta flounces; trimmed with black braiding. © Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, Paris. Photo: Sophie Carre.

The iconic trapeze dress from the Trapeze collection when Saint Laurent was designing for the house of Christian Dior.
The Trapeze design has been an inspiration to many designers through the years because it flatters a woman’s body, and gives a relaxed fit. Saint Laurent took Dior’s design and radically updated it with a fresh look.

Elephant Blanc, Yves Saint Laurent, short evening dress. Spring-Summer 1958 Yves Saint Laurent for Christian Dior haute couture collection, known as the Trapeze Collection. Trapeze dress of white tulle embroidered with silver metallic thread and rhinestones. © Foundation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, Paris. Photo: Alexandre Guirkinger.

Another favorite is the dress below, which shows women speaking out how they feel and being liberated and making sure that that the ring stays on that finger forever.

Yves Saint Laurent (French, 1936-2008). Fall-Winter 1970 haute couture collection. Multicolored silk velvet coat with appliqué letters forming the words, “Love me forever” on front and “or never on back; various shapes in multicolored silk. Fondation Pierre Berge -Yves Saint Laurent, Paris.

The First Pantsuit

The First Pantsuit, Yves Saint Laurent (French 1936- 2008), worn by Ulla. Fall-Winter 1966 haute couture collection. Foundation Pierre Berge -Yves Saint Laurent, Paris, Photo: Gerard Pataa.

I had to show the menswear inspired suit I mention earlier, which can be worn everyday for work or play. The bow in Ulla’s (the model) hair, and the bow in the white collared shirt gives a feminine touch.

Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style exhibition allows the visitor to get into the world of one of fashion’s most iconic designers for the first time.
Remember the exhibit closes August 27, 2017, enjoy and be inspired.

Here is a quick look at some of the garments from the exhibition.

* I would like to say “Thank You” to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts for providing me with the images and background information on the Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style exhibition.


List of Blouses That Go Well with Traditional and Western Looks

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Just like sarees, blouses also come in several different designs, colors and styles. It makes an important part of the entire outfit. Earlier women had to select different styles of blouses to match with the style of their saree (traditional or western).
With the introduction of versatile blouses, one need not worry about the design of the saree as these blouses look best on whichever saree design you choose to wear. From traditional, western, to Indo-western and lace designs, the market is full of plenty of eye-catching collection to suit your needs. Get to know about these amazing varieties to enhance your beauty manifold.

Traditional blouses

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Traditional blouses generally come with different shape of neck styles. It can be in typical U-shape or V-shape design or in other fashionable designs. There are several saree stores that provide you an extensive range of blouses in stunning styles, fabrics and designs to choose from.
Similarly, you will get an exemplary selection of blouse sleeve designs. From full sleeve to half sleeve or sleeveless with or without work, their extensive collection will provide you one that you have been looking for!!

Western Touch
You will find a western form of blouses that are designed for women to wear western dresses such as trousers, skirts etc. to complement its look. Such types of blouses are greatly seen in trend among college girls.
These beautiful blouses are just appropriate for a get together with friends or a girls’ night out party. Western blouses are designed to give utmost comfort and suit the lifestyle of the wearer. They accentuate the style of the wearer and complement their lifestyle.

Indo western blouses

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If you are looking for a blouse that gives you a combined touch of Indian and western design then shirt style blouses would be the ideal one for you. As the trend in blouses keeps on changing from time to time, shirt style blouse is a recent introduction that has become very popular among women. This type of blouse gives your saree a completely modern look.

It can be seen as a fusion between Indian and western style blouse. This style adds an interesting element to the overall look of your outfit and imparts a chic appearance to the wearer. The best part of this design is that you need not worry to get your right shade or the shape that matches the color of your saree or lehenga. It looks best on all shades and designs of the outfit that you plan to wear.

Lace Blouses

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Lace blouses are again an interesting way to give a feminine and charming touch to your blouse. Depending on the choice of the wearer, lace can be introduced at the back or on the sleeves or both the areas.
A dull looking blouse or a poorly stitched blouse would diminish the entire look of a saree. So, you need to choose the right blouse for a saree that you are planning to wear.

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Affordable Promise Rings From MARKCHIC

Hi Beautiful People,

Would you believe it is already almost May and the school year is almost over? My husband was telling me prom was this past weekend for many schools in the area. My cousin recently had her baby son, who is doing well. I started thinking about friendship and the special bonds we have in relationships. Being a mentor, a light to those younger or older than you and lifting them up in encouragement.

What is a Promise ring?

I first heard of the Promise Ring when I was growing up. Parents would give them to their daughters and even their sons in a commitment to God in body by remaining abstinent until marriage.

Promise Rings can have many different meanings, depending on the type of relationship that the two people have. For couples it could mean a symbol of love for each other or that they are committed to each other. However, a Promise Ring is not an engagement ring. For example, how a person wears the Claddagh heart ring determines the status of their relationship status. If the heart in the ring is facing inward, it means that the person is a committed  relationship. While if the heart is facing outward, it means the person is not in a committed relationship. I can see a man and woman exchanging Claddagh Rings to show the world that they are in a relationship; but not to the point of getting married.

Promise Rings are usually in a more affordable metal of silver, but could be in gold. The Promise Ring is worn to symbolize friendship to show that special bond. Sometimes Promise Rings are bought for a personal celebration of achievement, the reasons are endless. It depends on you.If you are looking for a Promise Ring, MarkChic is an affordable and high quality company that has a variety of price ranges and the rings are really pretty. I wanted to share a few of my favorites of the cheap Promise Rings at MarkChic that I saw on their website.

1. The Stunning 1.5 CT Ruby Rose Gold Plated Promise ring is USD $64.00. There is a such a fire in that Ruby ring. The color is truly stunning and an attention-getter.

Stunning 1.5 CT Ruby Rose Gold Plated Promise Ring


2. Unique Split Shank 1CT Cushion Cut Yellow Gemstone Promise Ring is USD $114.00. This amazing ring ranges in sizes from  4 1/2 to 7 1/2.

Unique Split Shank 1CT Cushion Cut Yellow Gemstone Promise Ring

3. Fabulous Square Cut Emerald Decor Ring
I had to add this ring in because Emerald is my birthstone. It’s not a Promise Ring but it’s beautiful and its a whopping   USD $37.59 and is in sizes 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

Fabulous Square Cut Emerald Decor Ring

What are your thoughts about Promise Rings? Do you know anybody who gave or has been given a Promise Ring? If you are looking to purchase one for a family member or that special someone, consider looking at  MarkChic, where buying great-looking rings is an affordable experience.

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Why Pink Diamond Rings Have Become Popular

You’ve probably already realized that colourful engagement rings are all the trend, but did you know that one of the most popular among those are pink diamonds? Not only is pink quintessentially feminine, it is also regarded as the universal shade of romance – pretty fitting for a bride-to-be, don’t you think? Fortunately, there are tons of ways to incorporate pink diamonds into your most special piece of jewellery – the engagement ring. From light pink morganite to champagne undertones, and even the blush-hued diamond, the choices are pretty endless.

More About Pink Diamonds

Pink diamonds have been regarded as one of the most sought after gemstones for a long time now. These beautiful stones are also one of the rarest of all the gemstones, not to mention one of the most expensive, too.

Pink diamonds are very rare which makes them more costly that other coloured diamonds. They are far rarer than white diamonds and only a small number of pink diamonds are mined every year. That’s why natural pink diamonds are a little more expensive than their white diamond counterparts.

The scarcity and rarity of pink diamonds as well as their higher price renders them out of reach to some jewellery lovers. However, there are jewellers that offer them at a reasonable price. Be sure to check out the amazing range of pink diamond engagement rings by Diamond Jewellery Studio. You may just find the perfect engagement ring for your beloved.

Pink Diamond Engagement Rings

Since pink diamonds are such a rare beauty, they make for a somewhat extravagant choice for some of the world’ most famous celebrities for their engagement rings. Pink diamond engagement rings often carry a higher price tag that appeals more to the rich and famous.

It can be hard to find a pink diamond engagement ring for under $10,000, and are often not available at run-of-the-mill jewellery stores.

However, there is now the option of pink diamonds which are far more affordable for ladies who have their hearts set on a pink diamond engagement ring. You may consult jewellers about this. As previously mentioned, one of the trustworthy jewellers that offers pink diamond engagement ring is Diamond Jewellery Studio. Contact them if you’re interested to view their collection.

What About Pink Diamond Wedding Rings?

While pink diamonds in smaller sizes are still rare, they tend to be more readily available than larger diamonds in pink shades. If you really have your heart set on a pink diamond ring, a wonderful option is a pink diamond wedding ring instead of a lavish and out-of-reach engagement ring. In fact, pink diamond wedding rings with a combination of white and pink diamonds or just all pink diamonds is another amazing way to enjoy the beauty of these rare stones.

If you have the budget, it is well-worth splashing out on a sensational pink diamond engagement ring for the lady in your life. There are some affordable options in store that you can also check out. Make your beloved feel special with a pink engagement ring. It will surely be worth it!

JT Style File: Cashmere Poncho

Hello Beautiful People,

A new year means a fresh start and the time to flourish.

I am always looking for quality at an awesome price.

My hubby and I just so happen to be watching a DIY show and a Macy’s commercial came on saying they were having some good deals on cashmere. I would always get a cashmere cardigan or sweater every Christmas, so this sale peaked our interest. Instead of heading to our local Macy’s, we checked out their website instead. I am so thankful we did that. We found the online selection to be so much greater than what we had ever found in person at the store. There were more items to choose from and so many colors choices.

We saw this beautiful black stripe with black and gray background cashmere poncho retailed for $149.00, on sale for $39.00 an with coupon marked down again to $29.00. Talking about a sale of the century. This is 2-pluy 100% cashmere and it is dry clean only.

Cashmere poncho

This poncho can go over a top, a blouse, a turtleneck, or even a dress. It is so lightweight, but oh so cozy.

It was cold when I first wore the poncho so I teamed it with a Alfani blue turtleneck, gray Isaac Mizrahi pants and my Clark ankle boots. I accessorized it with this cool Parisan-themed handbag.

Cashmere poncho

The poncho simply pulls over my head and I can drape how every I want to style it that day. The sleeves are not sewn so the silhouette is very relaxed.

This sale price was such a blessing, especially to find before Christmas. Usually these incredible markdowns are only seen after the New Year’s clearance events started.

A new year reminds me of one of my favorite scriptures.

For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)

Here’s to a prosperous, overabundant New Year!

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