Visible Monday: A Violet Valentine

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 photo 20130214_150148_zpsadc7b49b.jpg Since I already had to go into downtown Nashville for some tests at Vanderbilt University Clinic my Mr and I decided to finally go to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts to see the Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age exhibit. We had planned to go to the opening a few weeks ago but, as it often does, life happened and we had to postpone.

Most of the pieces in this outfit aren't anywhere near new. The cap-sleeved, turtleneck sweater dress by rabbit rabbit rabbit petite is four years old and was purchased at Stein Mart . It's fairly heavy and happens to be my favorite shade of dark, lavendery violet. Likewise the Peck & Peack plum and grey reversible leather jacket was purchased during a big sale at Stein Mart. It's a lightweight leather that, I must confess, I've never worn on the grey side. The leopard Sugar boots are only a few months old from Shi by Journeys at Cool Springs Galleria. They are very comfortable and timelessly stylish but at 3" heel height are as high as I can go and still stand up. The Gracie Lynn butterfly sequined watch is also new from Stein Mart and is my nod to Nashville style. You'll never see me wear sequins in the traditional, Nashvillian sense, but I love to reference the city's glitzy tendency in select pieces of my wardrobe.

After the museum my sweetheart and I went to a romantic dinner at one of my favorite restaurants in West Nashville. I'll talk more about that in my next post which continues the "Passionate About" theme for February.

Thanks again to Patti at Not Dead Yet Style for the Visible Monday linkup.

I'll leave you with a picture of my Valentine's gift courtesy of The Frist Center's gift shop.

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Fashion Friday: Christmas Day In The Morning

Early next week many of us will be celebrating Christmas in one form or another. Some of us will stay home to open presents and spend time with our immediate families. Others will invite extended family members over for the day. Some will go to religious services or less casual family functions. No matter how you celebrate I've got a great outfit for you.

Christmasday

If you're just lazing around the house, maybe cooking Christmas breakfast, you should still look cute. Start with a pair of flannel leggings - these have a Christmas deer pattern. Top them with a "Mistletoe" novelty knit, and pad around in these ivory cable knit slouch booties.

If you're hosting or visiting family try this Blue Canyon Christmas Snow Town Tee over a great pair of jeans with red Bronx brogues. The outfit is comfy enough to play with the kids and cook Christmas dinner without being dowdy.

Finally, if your plans are more upscale Santa has you in mind. How about a McQ Alexander McQueen knit and lace sweater dress and a pair of red Giuseppe Zanotti Crystal-embellished suede ballet flats?

Naturally, before you leave the house you'll need to add a coat to the second and third outfits if weather demands it . In my opinion outfit number one is strictly a stay-at-home ensemble.

However you celebrate, I hope Santa has left you wonderful fashionable goodies underneath your tree!

Spashionistas Wanted

The outfits that I put together for Fashion Friday are based on my BODS profile. Sure, some of the items I use are beyond my price range but I’m certain I can find reasonable equivalents within my budget. I would love the opportunity to put some together for you for the next installment of Fashion Friday. If you’re interested email me with your BODS profile and we’ll make it happen!

Fashion Friday: Laura Hine

Meet Laura Hine.

Laura is a fellow fashion blogger and author of wefly2. She has peripheral neuropathy which, in her case, means she has to wear custom orthotics in her shoes. Laura filled out a  BODS profile to get my input on an outfit for a group get-together to discuss fashion for disabled women. Like most of us she's on a budget so she requested I keep the outfit under $100. Classic casual is Laura's preference, "No mutton-dressed-as-lamb".

I can do that.

Laura describes her body shape as,  "Formerly hourglass, now more square–menopausal gain in waist and abdomen, broad shoulders, size 18 and busty but not huge."  I've given Laura two options here. Both share a very similar upper body shape and focus bold, solid color near her face (which, incidentally, is quite pretty).

Let's start with option one. The cardinal purple medium weight cotton blend cowl neck sweater dress is from Old Navy. It has an empire waist, hits just above the knee, and is priced at $39.

Because she has to wear orthotics in her shoes they must have a rounded toe and an athletic shoe style heel. These Lower East Side Alex side bow Mary Janes from Payless have a slight heel that mimics athletic shoes,  a rounded toe, and hidden elastic in the strap. These shoes are very comfy - I know this because I own them - and they are a steal at $17.

Laura has expressed a preference for fanny packs but I thought I'd show her a different option. The small Mossimo Supply Co. quilted chain crossbody black bag is from Target; it's also $17.

Finally, stylesforless.com has these black and silver stacked 6-piece bangles for $9.

Option two replaces the dress with a top and pants. The top is also from Old Navy, a fuchsia, medium weight jersey with a natural waist and cowl neckline that sells for $32. The pants are from Amazon.com. They are Lee's Comfort Waist straight leg pant in an indigo rinse, essentially a crisp-looking, more comfortable version of jeans. They sell for $28.

If you add up the totals you'll see that option one comes in at $82. Option two is slightly over-budget at $103, but Laura can skip the bracelets and bring the grand total down to $94.

I thoroughly enjoyed doing a real BODS oriented Fashion Friday. I hope Laura likes the outfits and has a terrific time at her meetup!

Spashionistas Wanted

The outfits that I put together for Fashion Friday are based on my BODS profile. Sure, some of the items I use are beyond my price range but I’m certain I can find reasonable equivalents within my budget. I would love the opportunity to put some together for you for the next installment of Fashion Friday. If you’re interested email me with your BODS profile and we’ll make it happen!

Fashion Friday: Falling Leaves

Here in Middle Tn the leaves have just started turning colors from bright green to waxy shades of olive, brown, and rust. It's not quite fall but the temperature is approaching chilly and we're due for our first frost next week. I'm sure most of you can't wait to break out the fall wardrobe. I know I can't - so why wait?

I love the shape of this green asymetrical sweater dress. It's perfect for most body types and looks effortlessly chic. The equestrian look is a big trend this fall and that is reflected in the accessories. The boots are ECCO Hobart Buckle leather knee-high riders. ECCO shoes are expensive, these are $230, but are well made and comfortable which are serious considerations if you're on your feet a lot. My exercise walking shoes are ECCOs and I wouldn't have anything else. A violet infinity scarf adds a necklace effect without risking snagging the dress on an actual necklace. The messenger bag is in rich saffron suede which is one of this season's trendy colors. Top it off, literally, with a felt riding cap. This one is Ralph Lauren but I found one at Target for about 75% less than this one. All I have to do now is grab my green walker and  admire the falling leaves.

Spashionistas Wanted

The outfits that I put together for Fashion Friday are based on my BODS profile. Sure, some of the items I use are beyond my price range but I’m certain I can find reasonable equivalents within my budget. I would love the opportunity to put some together for you for the next installment of Fashion Friday. If you’re interested email me with your BODS profile and we’ll make it happen!