Thursday, September 9, 2010

The 4 Cs. Chic, Cute, Comfy and Casual

This summer in Los Angeles has been unusually cool. We've had a very mellow summer. My typical summer wardrobe needed some versatility.

One piece that I recently added to my wardrobe is from Anthropologie. The "Craft and Creation" blouse is great for layering with a cute cardi. I initially bought the blouse to wear with jeans out on a weekend get-a-way to Disneyland. We were staying at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel to finish off our summer and I wanted to be the 4 Cs. What are the 4 Cs? Chic, cute, comfy and casual.

The weather had dramatically cooled down and it was a mere 72 degrees. This blouse/tee turned out to be perfect. I paired it with a soft printed cardi that contrasted the colors in the blouse along with my jeans and sandals. It was a comfortable piece to wear at a theme park all day, yet still added a bit of style in contrast with a plain t-shirt. When the event calls for wearing jeans, you need not return to your Junior High School days when girls wore T-shirts with phrases on them. We're all big girls now, and this is how a woman wears a t-shirt.

Upon returning home I needed another outfit for an evening out to dinner with friends on the following weekend. I then paired the "Craft and Creation" blouse with a grey and white striped skirt that was already in my wardrobe. I found the 4 Cs skirt in the South of France last spring. I adore this skirt. It's easy to wear and lined in cotton. What a gem!

It happened to be that by the following weekend the summer temperatures had returned and it was 98 degrees. The blouse held true to the reason for purchase, the 4 Cs. I ended up loving this outfit. I received many compliments by strangers on the street. What a great purchase!

Adding pieces to my wardrobe that are versatile enough to wear with jeans and skirts is just another day in my European Style Life.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Shabby Chic Clothes Pins by Parlene

It is a well known fact that most European homes and apartments do not have a clothes dryer. After staying in France for five weeks we found creative methods and places to hang our clothes. Literally, all over the apartment. On the stairs, over chairs, over doors, the bed railings, well you get the idea.

The upside to this experience was that the explosion of clothing in the house challenged my creativity. I began to think that if my unmentionables must be displayed all over the house, why not add some flair?

Decorative clothes pins are the answer! Now, when clothes have to be hung inside the house or apartment, I can enjoy shabby chic decorated clothes pins. Hmmm. Maybe I will look forward to the laundry circus each week after all. But alas, I live in California and I DO have a dryer! C'est magnifique! Even so, I have items that I never put into the dryer.

These cute and practical clothes pins actually have multiple uses.

Just to name a few...
Closing treat bags (ie. cookies, coffee, bon bon et cafe etc.)
Hanging lingerie
Seating Card Holders
Party Favors
Save the Date cards
Bridal gifts
File organization
Office Decoration

Hanging my lingerie with shabby chic clothes pins is just another day in my European Style Life.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Aloha Hawaii

I thought that I was doomed to spend the entire summer in Los Angeles after being laid-off from my job. I was certain that the only vacation we would be taking this summer would be a day at the beach. As things have turned out, we are going to Hawaii in June. I am absolutely thrilled to be going anywhere this year. With a little tax refund, one free ticket using our airline miles and a great Hawaii offer that popped up we couldn't resist.

While I normally write about how I am completely enamored with Europe, I am really getting into the Hawaiian mood. This will be our first trip to Hawaii. I have been reading books about Hawaii and listening to Hawaiian music to put me in the right frame of mind. I am ready to sit on the beach and drink a Mai Tai with a flower in my hair. Ah, I can hear the music and feel the ocean breeze.

We will be visiting Honolulu and Kauai. From all the research that I've done Hawaii looks gorgeous! I can't wait to experience the Hawaiian culture and cuisine. Hawaii is calling me...

Monday, April 5, 2010

Navy Blue Zooey Deschanel Inspired Cotton Dress (Size 10, 12, 14 Euro size 38, 40, 42) FREE SHIPPING

We all know that there are two things that Zooey Deschanel loves. The color blue and cotton. (Besides "her long dark hair and how easily she could cut it off and feel nothing.") You've seen her commercials for cotton, they are adorable.

This lovely little cotton a-line frock is navy blue with plenty of details. The first are the lovely buttons in the front with faux pockets. The buttons make a second appearance at the back of the dress for added detail and dimension to the dress that accent the waist line. Wear this frock to work with a little cardigan, go strapless on a night out, or wear the straps up. This dress is made of a thick sturdy cotton. There are many choices for you to dress up or dress down this perfect little navy dress. Not to mention you can wear it with tights and boots in the winter. Please email with any questions.

* New
* A-line
* invisible side zipper
* structured dress
* detailed buttons in the front and the back
* front and back pleats
* US size 10, 12,14
* Euro size 38, 40, 42
* wear it as a strapless dress or with straps
* 99% cotton* 1% spandex

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Anthropologie Allihop Ruffle Cotton Women's Jacket Size Large Free US Shipping by Parlene on Etsy

I love this jacket because it is a neutral color with so many possibilities. With femininity in each thoughtful detail this jacket has a little ruffled puff sleeve and a ruffle at the waist. Detail buttons at the back waist flatter the narrowest part of your body. So feminine and sweet with a delicate collar. Imagine this sweet jacket with jeans, dresses and skirts. You can wear the most casual top and then add comfortable sophistication with this jacket. It is cotton so it moves with you. Say goodbye to restrictive jackets. Cotton and light just in time for spring and cool summer nights.

* Like New
* Store: Anthropologie
* Label: Allihop* Retail $118
* Size Large
* Ruffles
* Button front
* Underarm to underarm 21.5 inches
* Shoulder to hem 22 inches
* 3/4 inch sleeves
* 100% cotton
Jacket only. Other pictured items are for visual purposes only.

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Ralph Lauren Blue Cannes Dress US Size 12 Euro Size 40 Free US Shipping

This lovely frock by Ralph Lauren is definitely an eye catcher. To start, the shade of blue is magnificent. The v-neck in the front and the dramatic " v " in the back give this dress a little more than everyday sophistication. You could also wear it with a cami underneath if you choose. A lovely tie cinches the waist and adds a bit of flare to the dress. The necklace is also available for sale at the time of the listing for $30. Please email me if you are interested in the necklace.

* New
* Brand: Ralph Lauren * Retail $134 (tags attached)
* Pull over styling
* US size 12; Euro size 40
* bust 20 inches
* waist to waist 17 inches
* waist to hem 31 inches long
* hips free
* 95% polyester
* 5% spandex
Dress only. Other pictured items are for visionary purposes only. Merci.

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Stepping Out Grey Wool Dress Size 8 Euro Size 36 Free US Shipping

This lovely frock is the creme de la creme of dresses. First, it is completely lined in soft pink. "You had me at hello". I love cute lining. Next, the dress has side pockets, also lined in pink. It just gets better with beautiful detail buttons in the front (extra buttons attached). A soft little sash adds some sass to the grey dress. Not to be forgotten are the adorable pleats in the front. Pair this frock with any cardigan sweater or cute little blouse underneath. It's perfect for work and for play

* New
* Brand: Rosasen
* Retail $128
* side pockets
* fully lined in soft pink
* Detail buttons (extra buttons attached)
* US size 8; Euro size 36
* bust 18.5 inches
* waist to waist 16 inches
* shoulder to hem 37 inches long
* hips 22 inches
* measured flat
* 65% wool
* 35% viscose
Dress only. Other pictured items are for visual purposes only.

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