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Glitter, Sparkle & Shine.

14 Dec

‘Tis the season to break out your sequins and sparkles.

I love Christmastime for a lot of reasons but one is most definitely the ability to wear whatever you feel in the name of the season. Holiday parties are in full swing and rules that normally apply to the rest of the year; come December, don’t.

The Holidays bring about a chance for everyone to express themselves and I say the bolder, sparklier and brighter the better!

There are some basic rules to follow though when going for as I like to call it, “Sparkle Chic.”

1. Go for rich earth tones. (Navy, Emerald, Gold, Brown, Black, Gray & Cream)

2. Choose to wear it as an accent piece and make sure to pair it with something matte.

3. Don’t wear more than one item per outfit. (SEQUIN & SPARKLE OVERLOAD) Keep it subtle.

4. There is a huge disparity between hand sewn and machine sewn sequins. The latter is much more affordable but if you can, go for the hand sewn, the quality is better and the look is much richer.

5. Make sure to launder it appropriately and wear it with care. Sequins are expensive and difficult to repair.

So now that you know the rules(-ish), I ask you to go to the back of your closet and pull out the items you think are over the top. Try them on, take a strut around your bedroom and rethink your notion that you wouldn’t dare.

Fashion risks are always explainable and who doesn’t want to glisten anyway?

Luella says…Go Glitter.

What do you love to pull out of your closet and wear during the Holiday party season?

Take a photo as you are on your way out the door and let me see your style!!


Fall into Flats.

8 Oct


“They are amazing, but can you walk in them?”

Fashion + Function = Flats. It really is that simple. I am happy to report a lot of the major designers went with flats on the runway for Spring 2011. The two worlds of chic and comfortability are finally getting closer. (yay!!!)


As with everything; if you do it right, it doesn’t matter anyway. I won’t quote Christina Aguilera here, but I am going to tweak her message a bit. Ladies, you are beautiful no matter what size heel you wear. Change it up a bit. Give your aching feet a rest. Throw in a day or two of wearing the perfect pair of flats and if you get a fashion conscience, tell yourself you’re channelling Audrey Hepburn. 🙂

Luella says… Put your Feet on the Ground

Jeffrey Campbell Feather Flats – (STEAL)

DSW Cobalt Bow Flats - (STEAL)

Butter Burgundy Flat - (REALITY)

Urban Outfitters Cooperative Heather Grey T-Strap - (STEAL)

Mulberry Sweet T-Strap Maryjane - (DREAMING)

Pour La Victoire Denim Bow - (REALITY)

House of Harlow 1960 - (STEAL)

Delman Art Deco Flats - (REALITY)

Melissa Campana - (STEAL)

Anthropologie Pixie Hollow Flats – (REALITY)
Charlotte Russe Copper Bow Flats – (STEAL)
Madras by APC – (REALITY)
Chinese Laundry Yellow Flat – (STEAL)
Marni Copper Bow Flats – (REALITY)
All Black Feather flats – (STEAL)
Steve Madden Kinnetic Flats – (STEAL)
Vivienne Westwood – (REALITY)
ME TOO Lilyana Flats – (STEAL)
Apepazza Boucle Flat – (STEAL)
Gucci for DSW – (REALITY)
Corso Como Flats – (STEAL)
Miu Miu Bone/Nude Flats – (DREAMING)
Asos Triple Bows – (STEAL)
Asos Black Point Tip Flats – (STEAL)
Kelsi Dagger Cognac Lace-up Flat (STEAL)
Y-3 Side Strap Flat – (STEAL)
Top Shop Studded Bow Flats – (STEAL)
Asos Oxford Flats – (REALITY)
Anthropologie Coachwhip Skimmers – (REALITY)
Fausta Moretti Two-Toned Flats – (STEAL)


28 Sep


I’m in the mood for Autumn. Growing up in the Midwest, Fall was represented by the changing of the trees and a brisk cool turn in the weather. It marked a time when we had to officially transition our wardrobes into “Winter wear”. Now I live in Southern California and the transition is a bit more subtle. Either way, I love this time of year. It makes me want to cook hearty food, light musky, earthy candles and have a fire in the fireplace. It makes me want to snuggle.        

 Dresses truly are year round MUST staples. (At least in my closet.)  They are easy and comfortable and depending upon where you are reading from, can be underneath the layers you may have to add-on. While there are a couple Dreaming price point dresses below, the majority are Steals. Don’t believe me, click and find out.    

 A rule of thumb, is to try to create a nice balance in your closet of all price/designer ranges. Remember Sharon Stone wore a Gap turtleneck with a Valentino trumpet skirt to the Oscars back in 1996. Don’t be afraid to pair one of the choices below with an unexpected riding boot, close-toed wedge or flats. (They were the craze this season on the runway!) Fashion is your chance to make a statement. Be bold.        

Let’s get Dressed.       



Top Shop Every Day Dress


Ruche Fairytale Dress


Velvet Cotton Drama Dress


Diane Von Furstenberg Celia Dress


ModCloth Go Dress




TOPSHOP Tea Trim Dress


See by Chloe Lace Dress


Ruche Thinking of Home Dress


Dolce Vita Dress


Daughters of the Revolution Kitty Dress




Elizabeth and James Doris Belted Dress


Free People Crochet Sweater Dress


TOPSHOP Black Bubble Dress




Ted Baker Silk Kimono


Top Shop Black Flower Embellished Dress


Kain Label Puff Sleeve Dress


Asos Frill Back Dress




Asos Numph Hexagonal Dress


Planet Blue's Otis and Maclain Striped Dress


Marni Striped 30's Dress


Loeffler Randal Overlay Dress


A/Wear Garden Dress


 Try and find a moment every day that is a cause for celebration. I give you permission to have a From Me, To Me day today. Go get yourself a little something special.    

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