JT Style File: Military Inspired Jacket

Hi Beautiful People,

This winter season has been all over the place and mostly mild. I am still believing we will get snow even though it’s going to be in the 60s and 70s the rest of the week until last Thursday.

I decided to wear my military style jacket because it is unique and has personality all its own.  The military style jacket is not a trend but a classic.  I finally was able to find a white ruffled blouse to give my style a feminine feel. I wore my Anne Klein black and white striped pants; but any color of pants would be fabulous. This look is totally kicking back at a London concert listen to my Wham records or getting in front of a microphone singing Little Red Corvette. My hat came from a Chinese Beauty supply store and cost almost nothing; but I get so many compliments on it.

Military style jacket — not a trend a complete classic

I purchased this military jacket about five years ago and it still looks as good the day it came in the mail. The pink Dooney and Bourke bag added color and the was a great deal.

Jewelry
My cross and necklace were gifts.

Fashion is about being unique and having your own style. Your beauty and confidence cannot be put in a box of trends and items that you have to purchase because a celebrity wore it first. Dare to not compare yourself with anyone.  You are in your own league, so run your race.

To see what other women are wearing and how they are accessorizing, check out Visible Monday on Not Dead Yet Style.

First Lady Melania Trump’s Fashion Moments – Inauguration Day

Hello Beautiful People,

Friday was Inauguration Day, and Melania Trump is now the First Lady of the United States. Michelle Obama brought her own signature elegant style of fashion to the White House and now Melania will continue in that tradition of the First Lady being a fashion trend setter.

PUBLIC DOMAIN Former President Barak Obama hands over presidency to Trump at 58th Presidential Inauguration Photo by SSgt Marianique Santos, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Inauguration Ceremony and Parade
The new First Lady wore a stunning sky blue suit designed by iconic American designer Ralph Lauren. I agree, this dress suit does remind me of a modern-day version of the dress Jacqueline Kennedy wore in 1960.

  • Sky Blue looks great on everyone because it makes you look more youthful and energized.
  • The high collar V-shaped jacket elongates the body. The First Lady is 5’11 and she carries it off very well.
  • The gloves are very retro — Jacqueline Kennedy. I like the monochromatic look, a very classic style. The pumps match perfectly.
  •  First Lady Melania Trump has her own style, so the hair up looks great because it puts the focus on the dress suit and makes it shine. Jacqueline Kennedy would have worn a pill box, however, the side swept updo looks very retro with this ensemble. The pressure of trying to be your own person as the First Lady has to be overwhelming. But,to have Ralph Lauren design a dress for you, I know must be so reassuring.

PUBLIC DOMAIN
Inauguration 2017 by SSG Kelvin Ringold, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

You may not be waving to fans on Inauguration Day just yet; but you can incorporate sky blue into your wardrobe whether in a top (blouse), scarf, cardigan, jacket, or dress.

Inaugural Ball Gown

It is sky blue by day and ivory by night. For the Inaugural Ball, the First Lady changed into a stunning gown designed by Hervé Pierre, the former creative director for Carolina Herrera.

  • The ivory dress is simple, but has classic lines and is very elegant.
  •  White or ivory is not an easy color to pull off; but the First Lady looks comfortable in her own skin.
  • The asymmetrical ruffle cascading from the shoulder to the hip and running down the slit really elongates the body. And adding a touch of red with the slim tie gives definition and emphasis.
  • The dress is demure and sexy at the same time with the high slit in front. Need that slit for dancing.
  • Her hair is cascading over her shoulders and that’s fine for her because her dress is off the shoulder so it works.

PUBLIC DOMAIN Hail to the Chief at Liberty Ball by SGT Ashley Marble,identified by DVIDS,  this photo is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

A lot of people are afraid of wearing white, and ivory is a good way to ease in to this color scheme.  Why not try an off white jacket or a pair of white dress pants or jeans with a color and see how it sets you in a class all your own.  Wearing white is daring because few choose to go there.  Step out and wear more white in your wardrobe.

Do you notice that in both looks monochromatic was the winning vote. From head to toe, it elongates the body and does not break up the look.

Disclaimer: This is a fashion post and if I see a beautiful dress, gown, or whatever I will write about it no matter whose wearing it. Fashion is Fashion sense.

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!

Dresswe 2016 Holiday Sales

Hello Beautiful People,

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends.

There are actually people out right now in lines at their favorite store to get that great deal on their favorite item they have been wanting to get their mom, dad, sibling or best friend. JTwisdom, the hubby and pups are staying in and enjoying the evening putting up the tree while listening to some Christmas holiday jazz.

Well, you don’t have to run that race if you are shopping online for yourself or someone you care about. I have dresses galore for summer so I was eyeing some deals for the fall and winter season. Black Friday Sales 2016 at Dresswe have their whole site up to 90 percent off.  And free shipping on orders over $100.
This dress speaks fall to me. I can see this dress with tights and my Clavin Klein block heel platform heels.

Vogue Color Block Lace Patchwork dress

Vogue Color Block Lace Patchwork dress Image Dresswe

This maxi dress below would transition from work to a night out on the town with the hubby.

Chic Short Sleeve Print Floor-Length Maxi Dress

Chic Short Sleeve Print Floor-Length Maxi Dress Image Dresswe

This is an up close picture of the lace and the red geometric pattern.

Up and close of the pattern

Up and close of the pattern Image:Dresswe

The Dresswe Cyber Monday Dresses Sale 2016 is going to be special and great if you are looking for a dress for that special Christmas party or New years celebration.

This Vintage A Line 3/4 sleeve lace tea length evening party dress is so classy. I could dance all night in it. Put on some Billy Idol and I am there.

Vintage A Line 3/4 Sleeve Lace Tea Length Evening Party Dress

Vintage A Line 3/4 Sleeve Lace Tea Length Evening Party Dress Image: Dresswe

I have to sit down, there are too many beautiful dresses on the screen. This is great for a party; but I could also see myself wearing this to work.

Vintage Bohemian Long Sleeve Expansion Maxi Dress

Vintage Bohemian Long Sleeve Expansion Maxi Dress

This jumpsuit is simply fantastic — modest but sexy at the same time.

Handsome Beading High Neck Sleeveless Floor Length Evening Pants Dress

Handsome Beading High Neck Sleeveless Floor Length Evening Pants Dress

Divalicious!

Vogue Floral Printing Trumpet/Mermaid Court Train Evening Dress

Vogue Floral Printing Trumpet/Mermaid Court Train Evening Dress

Dresswe has so many beautiful dresses and are offering great deals to enjoy the entire weekend, all the way through to CyberMonday.

JTwisdom

Revive Your Cowboy Boots With King Ranch Leather Conditioner

Hello Beautiful People,

On a lovely fall day, there is nothing better than putting on a nice polished leather pair of boots.

I know this because my husband must of started wearing boots when he was a itty bitty baby. He looks great in them and wears boots everywhere.

JT hubby

JT’s hubby

However, if they are not cleaned and polished on a regular basis, the boots will show the dust and dirt. Leather polishes and cleansers can sometimes be messy or not clean as well, so finding a quality product can be difficult to find. My hubby has been looking for a polish for this vast collection of boots. We had the opportunity to try a leather conditioner by King Ranch. 

My hubby wanted to try the conditioner on one of his favorite pair of boots because as you can see in the picture below the boots have been worn quite a bit and need some sprucing up. Well, let’s see what happens?
Before Using the King Ranch Leather Conditioner

Black leather cowboy boots

Black leather cowboy boots

He followed the directions exactly as stated on the back of the bottle.

1.Clean off surface dirt and dust with a damp cloth (an old T-shirt works well) or brush. Surface may darken due to dampness.
2.Allow to dry completely and return to its original color.
3. Shake bottle of conditioner thoroughly before using. (I always clean and polish my shoes in a ventilated area. The fumes are not strong, but I like to have an open area.)
4. Test conditioner on a non-visible part of upholstery, leather of boot or handbag, etc.
5. Squirt on a dry cloth and rub in until conditioner disappears into the leather.
6. Let conditioner dry and wipe off film with a dry, clean cloth.

After King Ranch reveal

Leather Cowboy boots after using King Ranch Leather conditioner

Leather Cowboy boots after using King Ranch Leather conditioner

Look at the boots now! He is ready to go to work or two-stepping the night away. The boots look brand new. The leather has been conditioned and even have a matte shine to them.

My Earth Origin Leather Boots
In the picture below is one boot with the conditioner and one boot without.

Earth Origin Leather boots

Leather boot on the left without conditioner — boot on the right after using the King Ranch Leather Conditioner

The difference is quite amazing. The boot on the right looks as if I had just purchased from the store. It makes the untreated boot on the left look worn and dull.
The boots dry and feel smooth and the transformation makes me and my hubby believers in the King Ranch Leather Conditioner.

Do you have cowboy boots in your closet that you have not worn in years because the leather has lost its shine? It is time to purchase a bottle (or two) of the King Ranch Leather Conditioner. One bottle costs only $9 and there is enough conditioner to polish several pairs of boots or other leather shoes. But another awesome thing about this leather conditioner; you can use it on other leather products, like your favorite handbag or the headboard of your bed frame.

Taking good care of your boots should not be rocket science. I have included some helpful tips to keep your boots look brand new, courtesy of King Ranch:

kingranch_bootcare_new

JTwisdom

FTC Disclaimer:
Bubbling With Elegance and Grace received one bottle of the King Ranch Leather Conditioner to write this review. We received no monetary compensation and all opinions are our own and sincerely honest.

Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion Exhibition

Hello Beautiful People,

Fall is in the air and as the leaves are changing colors, I am thinking about fashion.  Not only what I would like to wear, but also a new exhibition opening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York entitled, “Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion.”

“The Costume Institute’s Fall exhibition, Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion Exhibition Dates: on view in the Anna Winter Costume Center from
November 18, 2016 to February 5, 2017, will feature significant acquisitions of the past 10 years. The show, curated by Assistant Curator, Jessica Regan with support from Curator in Charge Andrew Bolton, will explore how the mass department has honed its collecting strategy to amass masterworks of the highest aesthetic and technical quality, including of iconic works by designers who have changed the course of fashion historians advanced fashion as an art form.”

“Our mission is to present fashion as a living art that interprets history, becomes part of the historical process, and inspires subsequent art,” said Mr. Bolton. “Over the seven decades since The Costume Institute because part of The Met in 1946, our collecting strategy has shifted from creating  a collection of Western high fashion that is encyclopedic in breadth to one focused on acquiring a body of masterworks.”   

This is definitely a different direction in fashion exhibitions and quite refreshing to show masterworks from key designers of each period that represent various changes.

“The exhibit will showcases sixty different masterworks from the 18th century to the present which The Costume Institute has acquired since its last acquisitions show in 2007.”

  I wanted to share some exquisite highlights of objects that will be included in the exhibit.

This gown by Viktor rolf is part tutu, part ballroom gown. When you first look at the gown, I know you are saying, How did they do that? The gown looks like a sculpture but gives off a romantic appeal at the same time. A must see?

BallGownViktorRolf Spring2010

BallGownViktorRolf
Spring2010

The Robe Volant French 1700s brocade gown looks so regal. However, the gown looks very comfortable because it is unstructured in detail. The pleats on the back of the dress commands a standing ovation.

Robe Volante French

Robe Volant French

The Jean Philippe-Worh ball gown is structured and accentuates the neckline, shoulders, arms and waist. The dress is beautiful and looks like a fairy tale with the butterflies embroidered on the fabric as if they are flying effortlessly around the dress.

BallGown,Jean-PhilippeWorth,1898

BallGown,Jean-PhilippeWorth,1898

The Raf Simons for the House of Dior ensemble commands and second head turn for attention. The embroidery along the cuffs and front of the jacket is jaw-dropping gorgeous. How many hours did it take to do the embroidery? This ensemble fit is tailored to perfection and very slimming.

Ensemble,RafSimonsforHouseofDior,Autumn2014

Ensemble,RafSimonsforHouseofDior,Autumn2014 

My last highlight is from John Giliano, the detail of the lapel and the pleating of the lower part of the jacket is always in style.

Ensemble John Galliano

Ensemble John Galliano

 

I can’t wait to see this exhibit because the pieces are timeless and go beyond all boundaries.

I want you to be completely fresh when you go so I will only list some of the designers that will be featured in the exhibit.  Some of the designers include Gilbert Adrian, Geoffrey Beene, Christian Dior, Tom Ford, and you will have to go to the exhibit to see the surprise designer objects.

JTwisdom

*Exhibition information from Metropolitan Museum of Art Masterworks Unpacking Fashion press release.

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