Friday, April 11, 2008
La Fiesta is Happenin' Here!
Welcome to the party! "No herbals Espinoza! Lo Siento, Amigas!"
But I do speak fashion, quite a bit on this blog, as a matter of fact. Not that I am someone who unveils new trends or shops in upscale stores. But Kohls now has Vera Wang, so I am finally somebody. (As soon as I pick up something from that Vera Wang collection at Kohls.)
The fashion advice that I occasionally throw out so effortlessly is influenced by (i.e. is completely stolen from) TLC's What Not to Wear. And this would be the point where I digress (you regulars know what's coming, don't you?) to tell all of you who are visiting here for the first time that I have not only indeed met Clinton Kelly, but better than that, have received an email from him regarding my posts about him.
I'll let you have a sec to just sit a while with that amazing fact so that you and my best moment in life can become acquainted.
Just recalling the excitement of that moment has nearly sapped all of my emotional energy to continue now, so let's all breathe deeply and pull ourselves back together for this party.
Because fashion waits for no woman. (Now that is a great advertising slogan. That tagline would make women want to get out there and shop before fashion catches a train for the next town and they're left out in the cold. Even the savviest, most capable, successful woman wants a pair of shoes that says, "I can bring home the pre-cooked bacon, fry it up in the microwave and be sassy-cute while I'm at it, too. Now where did I put my Sandra Lee cocktail?")
And now the Fiesta:
In the category for the nomination of "Newest Additions" is this top from Kohls, on sale, $14.99. It's long, covering the tummy and rear generously, and the upper arms. I like the fact that it ties in back, so I can give it some shape. My favorite necklines are V's, though. I love the feminine color on this with the taupe and black stripe at the bottom. I want to get a really long chunky necklace to wear with it. It's actually a pretty coral, and the wall in the background is sage green, but the colors are washed out in these pics.
But I also recently bought this gray and yellow blouse at B. Moss and this white gathered blouse. The blue scarf on the blouse cost more than the blouse, and so I rock, quite frankly.
In the category for the nomination of "Oldest and Probably Worst Outfit Which is Inexplicably Still in My Closet" is this lavender (my favorite color) sort of skort thingy with padded shoulders and a really shiny lapel which makes the whole thing look like a bad tux. I wore this one Easter in the mid 90s. It is a sentimental favorite, and I can't seem to throw it away.
In the category for the nomination of "Best Outerwear" is this bright green spring jacket, which garners lots of positive comments. I purchased it at Target a couple of years ago. Good judgment did not elude me for once.
I work in an office, but it is a relaxed atmosphere. As in, 3 out of 5 days I wear jeans, a blouse with a jacket, or sweater. Occasionally, though, there is a need to dress up a tad, and this suit gets the nod for "Most Professional" in my closet:
And how about this for "Most Feminine/Flirtatious"? Who doesn't love a feminine cami with just a few sparklies here and there. I love to wear this under sweaters and light weight jackets.
"Glamor" is not a huge requirement in my life. It's not even a tiny requirement. It's actually nonexistent. But this is as close as it gets. I like the pink band under the bustline that ties in the back. Again, I appreciate clothes that flow away from the bod but at some point have some tailored shape. That flatters every figure.
The piece that qualifies for the category of "Most Coveted" by others is this pair of trouser jeans (a term/article of clothing I learned about thanks to What Not to Wear.) Now, these look terribly shapeless and el-huge-o here but honestly, I'm not kidding, I get compliments every single time I wear them, and I wear them a lot. I am hoping God will bless them and they will never wear out, like the Israelites' clothing in the dessert.
Finally, my outfit of choice, my favorite, hands down, which could also be nominated for "Most Comfortable" or "Best Supporting Role" or "The Outfit I Want to Be Buried In" is a black turtleneck, comfortable but stylish jeans and black ankle-high boots with square or pointed, but never round, toe.
And here's a final peek at part of my closet. The main colors are black, white, blue, purple and red. But black rules!
At work in the black turtleneck. Have a great party! And here's a final tip to help you make great fashion choices in the future: "Remember--Clinton Kelly is Linda's close, personal friend." That may not help you all, but it does wonders for me.