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Miss Sicily

Jessica Wagner

The Hourglass 

Ciao babes!! 

I love when an outfit comes together and channels a classic style icon. 

There are a number of women I draw inspiration from for their vintage movie star timeless appeal - Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, and for this post - Italian bombshell- Sophia Loren


Everything you see, I owe to spaghetti.
— Sophia Loren

I love my Mediterranean heritage (my dad is 100% Italian.) Who doesn't love good food, good wine, and good family?! I like to think I possess some of the traits Italian women are often associated with: Passion. Zest. Swinging hips and pouty lips. (A love affair with food.) Full of spunk, down for fun.

Being petite, I sometimes struggle when putting together a look that shows off a womanly shape. The hourglass figure is sexy and gorgeous to be sure, but to put it bluntly, after kids I shrunk a bit up top and have little in the way of hips. Pretty much I am shaped like a little boy, straight up and down. I don't mind appearing “younger” than I am, but sometimes I want to be seen as a sexy grown woman. Ya know, bring on the spice, while keeping it classy. This is why I love creating curves, and find the feminine silhouette the most romantic

Creating an hourglass shape can be achieved with the right types of clothing and strategic placement of a belt or “cinch” at the smallest point of the waist. 

Take Miss Loren for example. I think there is something so sexy about brown eyes, dark hair and a voluptuous shape. Spicy and mysterious. Confident. Beautiful inside and out. (One of my favorite movies of hers is "House Boat."  If you haven't seen it, it's a must! 


Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.
— Sophia Loren

When I saw this look styled by one of my favorite petite fashion bloggers, I ran to the store to see if I could find the same skirt. A cinched waist is a sure-fire way to create a femme shape, and the structure of this midi skirt is everything. Keeping is simple, paired with a white ribbed tank and of course, a statement hat. 

Corsets have been appearing on the fashion scene since last spring (as seen here) and I love that this one is in a classic color for fall. It will look just as chic styled with a think knit cable sweater and low, pointed boots. 


I’d rather eat pasta and drink wine than be a size zero.
— Sophia Loren

Walking around the Cleveland museum grounds, taking in the fresh air and art, I felt transported to the Italian Rivera. I’ve been calling this my “Sophia Loren skirt” and like magic, it seemed to transport me to another time and place.

Until the day I can visit the small fishing towns and stylish resort areas of Italy, I can dress to imagine walking around the with whispering rugged cliffs, turquoise coves and white washed sea side towns.

Outfit Details:
Top: H&M Ribbed Tank Skirt: H&M (Sold out, similar here) Shoes: J Crew Hat: Madewell Communitie Necklace: Kentucky Gypsy Glasses: Pac Sun Clear Aviators Bag: Reusable Shopper Lips: MAC Lady Danger 

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What style icons do you draw inspiration from? Do you have a favorite item that can transport you to another time and place? I'd love to hear in the comments below!

Rock ‘N’ Roll Day Dreams

Jessica Wagner

Concert Wear
 

When attending a concert, there are a few factors to consider when choosing an outfit: dance-ability, the possibility of having to hoof it long distances, and if outdoors, braving the elements. 

Last weekend we saw Of Monsters and Men, and Florence + The Machine at Blossom Music Center for their How Beautiful Tour. (We stopped by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland before hand.)

Let me just say, Florence is a vocal powerhouse and crooned to a packed crowd, despite nonstop rain. The weather wasn’t happy, but we were. The show was ah-mazing! Talk about the healing power of music. The flame-haired songbird brought so much energy and spirit to the stage. I spent the entire night (in my bright yellow poncho) hands in the air, screaming lyrics along with her. Despite being baptized by rain showers, we had a great time. Florence in the rain is a must see my friends.

So, I planned this outfit expecting a warm-weather summer night, but monsoon or shine, decided to rock it anyway. Rain don’t kill my vibe! 

I’ve been lusting after this B-Low the Belt “Bri Bri” double buckle belt for the last few months, but couldn’t bring myself to pay full price for the leather version. When I spotted this one, on the Forever 21 website, happiness hit me like a train on a track.* (If you caught that reference, we are now best friends.) It's made of faux leather material, hence the much more affordable price tag. The buckles are adorned with a gorgeous intricate floral design and sturdily made. The belt is available in silver or gold, and they offer a slim version here as  well. 

It’s a serious high impact accessory. I love how it sits at your waist, or lower on your hips, with adjustable lengths. I find the double-buckle look so innovative. I was a little nervous the non-leather version would feel “less” but the hardware is heavy and feels substantial. Great quality. Not overly shiny, so it looks cool, instead of costume-y.

It pairs well with endless outfit combos, not just festival/concert wear. Low-slung jeans, high waist pants, cut-off shorts, full skirts, and simple tops. It will look amazing with a maxi dress. It’s also a cult favorite of celebs like Selena Gomez and Kendal Jenner, (which is how I first spotted it.) Drawling inspiration from the '70s seems to be the on-going theme for this summer for sure. (Check this post and this post.)

Other than a cool rocker-girl belt, my best advice for when it comes to attending a rock concert... wear sturdy shoes! Even if you’re not planning on moshing or jumping around, other people will be. So protect yourself with a pair of moto boots and complete the look with edgy dark pieces. Or go for a sublte ‘90s look, which feels fresh right now. Pair a girly dress with sneakers and some head-turning accessories. 

Because of the dodgy weather and our long-distance lawn seats I have very few (quality) photos to share from the actual venue. But here's this little gem to give you an idea… 

Covering up my outfit with a plastic bag made me so sad, but at least I stayed dry for the first 5 minutes. I must admit, I was immensely grateful my good old concert-going-extraordinaire dad suggested we bring the ponchos. Sometimes you have to for-go fashion. It was worth it to dance in the rain with Florence, rock-goddess-style. Love you Florence! 

What concert are you outfit planning for? Share in the comments below!

Outfit Details:
Romper: Forever21 Crochet Panel Mustard Belt: Forever21 B-Low the Belt Two-Buckle Hat: Madewell Biltmore Double-Ribbon Felt Fedora (also seen here) Shoes: Old Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters Bag: H&M (old, similar here) Nails: Sally Hansen Blacky O Lips: MAC Lady Danger Poncho: Couture Exclusive

Little Navy Trench

Jessica Wagner

Wardrobe Essentials
 

Early days of spring call for classic, always in style, winter-to-spring transitional pieces. 

Enter: The trench coat.

No surprise, this all-weather overcoat is a wardrobe essential. Iconic in wear, it's a versatile piece that flatters every silhouette. It’s also reliable against the elements.

Perhaps its golden status has to do with its popularity among style icons. Everyone from Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, to Kate Moss has been known to slip one on. Past or present, it has a chameleon-like ability to adapt to the moment. 

For such a legendary piece, I thought it would be effective (and fun) to show it styled two ways on location. Exploring the city of Cleveland is something I haven't done much besides the random visit to enjoy the vibrant nightlife or sporting event. I grew up a mere 15 minutes from the downtown metropolis and enjoyed seeing the city thriving and alive early Saturday morning. We grabbed some much needed coffee from Colossal Cupcake and walked E. 4th Street. After that, we drained our cups sitting by the lake at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Before I get too ahead of myself, allow me to introduce the biggest sweetheart you will ever meet, my younger sister Kelly.

Kelly is an apparel manager with Anthropologie in Lexington, Kentucky. Always in the know on the latest trends, she is my first consultant when it comes to fashion. She knows how to wear a LBD like a champ, and understands the value of understated, elegant ensembles.

Kell purchased this Anthropologie fit-and-flare trench coat a few weeks ago. Before I had my arm through the sleeve I knew I would follow suit. The navy color is fresh and the fit is everything. Usually, I am the enabler when it comes to convincing an apparel purchase. That being said, I try not to be blindly enthusiastic. Deciding what pieces are worth the splurge is one of my talents, and when it comes to this timeless trench, I wholeheartedly stand behind it as a solid investment.

There is something alluring and masculine about a trench coat, which is why it’s the perfect contrast to a feminine cocktail dress. Kelly and I agreed on this point, down to the color. Although Kell and I have similar taste, as you can see, we have different ways of styling. While I tend to go glam, Kelly leans towards a more streamlined and charming way of dressing.

When selecting the right trench for you, look for classic details. Elements like the storm patch, wrist cuffs, and belt are what make this outerwear option a universal staple. Though originally created for utilitarian purposes, they now double as fashionable accents. Once you find your trench coat-soulmate enjoy pairing it with everything from jeans and an understated top, to your own “little white dress.” 

While few fashion items have stood the test of time, the trench coat has the ultimate staying power.

Outfit Details:
Coat: Anthropologie Fayette Trench Dress: Express Fit and Flare (Also in black) Shoes: Anthropologie Billy Ella Lace Up Flats in Blush Belt: Old (similar here) Scarf: Vintage Sunglasses: Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Lipstick: Anthropologie Albeit Geranium Clutch: Unknown Watch: Michael Kors Bracelet: Stella&Dot  Nails: Essie Yogaga (similar here)

Kelly's Outfit Details:
Coat: Anthropologie Fayette Trench Dress: Anthropologie Pina Lace (same print top here in black/white, similar dress here) Shoes: Sam Edelman Petty Suede Ankle Boot Earrings: Anthropologie Aufeis Drops Sunglasses: Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Lipstick: Anthropologie Albeit Geranium Hairspray: Arbonne

 Follow Kelly's Anthopologie store instagram here!