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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JT Style File: How to Style Printed Pants

Hi Beautiful People,

Color, color, and more color for summer. Bold bright colors bring a smile to my face.

How are you feeling about color and prints? Do you enjoy wearing a bold color? I believe the bolder the better. If you feel you carry your weight in the hips or you think prints on bottom make you look larger, I do not agree. Why you say?  If you balance your printed piece with a solid, you can actually make your torso and legs look longer. It is the art of illusion.

For example, look at this picture below. I am haven’t for a long time been a cheerleader for my hips; but this body shaming has to stop and that starts with me. I recently purchased these Isaac Mizrahi pants from QVC. They are comfortable and the price was right. The bold print is retro and on trend; but is a classic at the same time. During the birthday month of May, my hubby and I saw this Ralph Lauren poet sleeve blouse on sale and had an extra coupon so it was way below the regular price. The sleeves are full; but the top gives me a shape and the look is slimming. I finished off the look with a Turquoise Dooney and Bourke satchel and my navy Skechers wedges. The ideal look for going out with the hubby to a movie or a concert.

Isaac Mizrahi Paisley Pants

This look is so effortless, but it is packed with comfort. Both the blouse and the pants are cotton. Wearing fabric that breathes is a must for summer, especially if you live in a climate known for high humidity.

Paisley Printed pants

Don’t be afraid of a printed pair of pants or a blouse. Get out of your comfort zone and give it a try today.

Tips on wearing prints:

1.You can put your foot in the water and try printed shoes, or a printed pants like what I work above. Enjoy the boldness of the prints.
2. I wear a solid with a print, to break up the pattern.
3. Look for quality fabric that is breathable. During the summer natural fibers is the direction I lean towards.

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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Designer Spotlight: Bob Mackie

Hello Beautiful People,

Bob Mackie w back pack

It’s holiday weekend and I am feeling a cool and relaxing vibe. What better way to chill than wearing a cotton polyester blend set with my new backpack. Bob Mackie who has designed for Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, Carol Burnett, Tina Turner, Cher, Barbara Streisand, Barbie, and PINK! to name a few. And he is also designing for me and you. For the past twenty seven years, he has had his own line of everyday wear on QVC.

Bob Mackie is an icon of the fashion world.
Here Mackie is at the CFDA with Diana Ross.

In contrast to everyday life here I am wearing Mackie’s Floral Embroidered Knit top and crop pant set. I usually don’t like crop pants because I am like straight length pants to elongate me to make me look taller. On my right shoulder is the embroidered geraniums. The flowers look like they were plucked out of a garden and entwined in this top.

  • Pant inseam: missy/plus inseam 19″
  • Pant content: 95% cotton/5% spandex
  • Pant care: machine wash, line dry

Bob Mackie set

I don’t always like wearing sets together all the time, so i switch them up with other pieces from my closet. In these pictures below, I paired the top with a linen and rayon drawstring wide-leg pants. Both outfits are perfect for the summer heat. They offer an effortless but sophisticated style.

Bob Mackie

Close up of Top

Bob Mackiee close up of top

Easy and so fine kind of dressing with a designer touch. The colors are bold and bright but not over the top. Say it loud and proud with lots of color.

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This is not a sponsored post. I purchased all clothing with my own money.

Ditch The Designers And Expand Your Wardrobe

Drawstring Bags

In the past, designer clothes were all the rage. Having items of clothing with the name of your favourite designer on the label was something to aspire to. These items are usually incredibly expensive, though. And, don’t offer much more than added luxury to the table. In a lot of cases, these clothes aren’t even higher quality than their cheaper alternatives. So, arguably, there was never any point in buying them. Today, this is truer than ever. And, to help you out, this post will be going through exactly how and why this change has begun.

The world of manufacturing has changed. With countries offering incredibly cheap manufacturing costs, companies are able to make their clothing for nearly nothing. In the past, companies would sell their clothing to other business, who would sell it for them. But, now, it’s becoming a lot more common for companies to sell their clothing themselves. Without the additional business, less money has to be made on the product for everyone to make a profit. So, the clothing can be cheaper. Companies like H&M and Topman have pioneered this sort of business. And, it’s resulted in some great benefits.

When you go into a store like this, you are guaranteed the same level, of quality across the board. Along with this, their sizing will be very in line. So, if you buy one thing and it fits; something else in the same size should fit, too. Of course, you don’t get a big brand name on the goods. But, at the moment, it’s becoming more popular for brand names to be hidden, anyway. A lot of people prefer to have their clothing do the talking, instead of a label. And, this can now be achieved without having to get the second best option. You can find these sorts of stores in most cities and towns. There are loads of examples. And, some even sell other brands items, too. This gives you a great chance to compare the quality between the two.

Of course, these stores are already cheaper than most. But, this doesn’t mean that you have to pay full price for any of their goods. Instead, you can still make some great savings with them. To start, it helps to be aware of the sales that the store will be running in the near future. This will give you a chance to see exactly which items will be cheapest at any given time. If you’re looking for something; go when it’s on sale. Along with this, you can also look for other discounts. There are loads of sites online with ways to get your own New Look or H&M promo code. These codes are usually designed to save you a good amount of money. And, not a lot of people know how common they are.

Saving money on your clothing and still being able to enjoy it is a great gift. Loads of cheap clothing stores are based on the idea of selling low-quality items, which don’t cost much to make. Unfortunately, with these, you will usually end up having to spend the same amount as you would at a normal store. This is because they will degrade very quickly, forcing you to buy more.

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