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A fashion blog about weekend style

 

Filtering by Tag: Little White Dress

Model Mother Muse

Jessica Wagner

A fabulous muse is the best accessory
 

When it comes to fashion, we are surrounded by all types of influences. Models in the glossies, stars in moving pictures, our closest friends and ever-present social media to cite a few.

When I was younger, I lived for the day Teen Vogue magazine arrived. I wanted to be a carbon copy of the Olsen twins (and… still do, what’s up Olsen’s?) If my bestie bought a “Saved by the Bell” tee-shirt, you know who had the same one the very next day. But the role model in my life for what it means to be a woman was my mama.

Growing up, people would look at my sisters and I, and debate if we looked more like our mom or dad.  Let me just say, dad rocked a thick black mustache for most of my childhood... I can remember swelling with pride when anyone compared me to mom. To me, she was (and still is) all things beautiful, selfless, and strong.

There are many ways mum’s influence who we are and one of them is the way we dress. From sewing and making clothes, to dressing us when we are too little to chose for ourselves. A mother shapes her children’s lives, and is a girl’s first example of how to dress and act.

I can remember sitting on her bed, watching her put on make-up, getting ready every morning, looking on in awe. She was beautiful. She smelled like a garden. I was enchanted. She possessed something I wanted to have someday. Poised and graceful. It was like watching her transform into a masterpiece. A walking work of art. Daddy always showered her in compliments. Her eyes sparkled. Her skirt twirled. I wanted to be just like her. I had an endless amount of adoration for my mom, and took to imitating her every move.

Mom was always fashionable, but what made her different was how she wore an air of elegance. I recall every family outing, us kids sitting in the car in the driveway waiting for mom. A combination of our impatient dad, honking the horn, (such a guy) and my mom, who would emerged in a poof of perfume, rolling her eyes. Lipstick on point. Hair perfectly coiffed. Looking breezy and effortless. She always stunned, even in blue jeans and a tee-shirt. Pictures from her growing up reveal a long brown haired freckled beauty. A total 70s hippie knockout. She was tall, lean and always wore a sun-kissed glow. Then she pulled off looks from those crazy 80s like it was nothing. Big hair. Neon. No problem. Photographs from our childhood show her looking picture perfect. There’s a home video from when I was born of her, absolutely glowing and powdering her nose. She was so ladylike! Even after just giving birth! Even on early holiday mornings, there she was, bright faced, striking green eyes, looking demure and like us girls, all in matching pajamas (sometime dad too.) And then all of us coordinating for the day, mom taking the time to do each of our hair in braids or curls, with stick-on earrings, so we could be like her.

I would describe my mom’s overall look a mix of bohemian, feminine, with a western edge. Turquoise jewelry, is what comes to mind. Pretty printed scarves and cool belts with funky buckles. Lots of ankles boots. (My vintage bandana collection was passed down from her.) On a night out mom would turn into a Hollywood starlet. I can remember parading around and trying on her things from the jewelry box and her on her way to a party, coming into my bedroom to kiss me goodnight, a waft of her scent and a swish of the perfect matching dress.

My mom and grandmothers taught me fashion is 50/50. Part what you wear, part how you wear it. Mom always looked and acted comfortable in her own skin. More than any style or look, my take-away from studying the matriarchs of my family from a young age, was wear what makes you feel good. You can make a brown sack look good if you combine it with confidence, a smile, and a great pair of shoes.

My mom never said you have to wear this or act this way. She let my sisters and I chose for ourselves. I think that’s a big reason I enjoy fashion so much, and experimenting with style. Fashion isn’t about one identity. I believe personal style is an evolution, but it’s the primary women in my life who helped shape my perception as being worthwhile and beautiful. Confidence takes time to build. Grace is not a given.

Beauty, selflessness, and strength are characteristics you can read about in a magazine or watch in a movie, but to truly emulate grace and style it helps to be brought up among it. These are the kind of women I want to be. Hats off to you mama! Here’s to big sunhats, pretty white dresses and to our moms.

 Mama

My Paternal Grandmother

 My Maternal Grandmother

Happy Mother’s Day weekend to all you pretty mama’s out there!!

Outfit Details:
Dress: Urban Outfitters, Alice & UO Antoinette Poplin Midi (sold out, also love this one and this one) Hat: Anthropologie Midship Sun Hat Shoes: Zara Leather Mule Shoe Picnic Basket: Target Sunglasses: Ray-Ban (old, similar here) Watch: Guess (old, also love this one) Lips: MAC Ruby Woo Nails: Essie Ole Calienete

White Sand Wash

Jessica Wagner

Inner Goddess Style
 

Some like to keep it casual on beach vacations. I say be glamorous. Be fabulous. Be charming, fun and wonderful.

Going on holiday is wonderful!  So be your be your gorgeous wonderful self.

We tend put ourselves in a box. For me, that box looks a lot like home, where I spend the majority of my Monday-Friday. Your box may be a comfortable role, work-place, or school where you have to dress the part. We tend not to stray far from these daily conformities.

Breaking out of your box, and finding freedom from the day-to-day is FANTASTIC. 

Strip away your typical environment, and you are forced to act beyond your natural comfort-zone. A get-away is a chance to reconnect with yourself. I believe every woman has an inner goddess. (Inner goddess not your thing... lioness, conqueror, heroine?) That inner goddess needs to be nurtured. I’m telling you, my inner goddess is hard to find some weeks! I know she is there, and she wants to feel alluring, desired and adored.

I imagine I am not alone when I say I have select pieces in my closet reserved for those by the sea escapes. Easy to pack, lightweight, breathable and a little saucy. Something exotic you wouldn’t wear anywhere else. Coastal living is meant to be seductive. It’s meant to give you a break. I mentioned in this post, I want to feel confident, comfortable and stylish on vacation. You know what else I want to feel? Young, wild and free. 

I fell in love this white-sand-wash dress for it’s ability to feel casual yet stunningly fashionable. It’s a great option for a full-length evening dress and perfect way to show off a tan. Beautifully bohemian, refreshingly romantic, and in a sure-to-stun-in-the-sun silhouette. I chose this piece for the major honeymoon vibes it was giving off. I loved being a honeymooner and felt this look was a nod to that enchanting time. I remember feeling so in love and wearing flawless shades of white every chance I got. 

Feeling powerful and sexy is good for the soul. What’s a better time to sport a sultry look than while adventuring in a beachy tropical climate?

Next trip, anniversary or weekend away, promise to pack that silky slip dress. Buy that breezy crochet for catching a golden hour glow. Wear the drapey caftan or thigh-high slit for a dreamy dinner date. Then drift away into paradise. Immerse yourself in the culture. Explore off-the-beaten-path destinations. Be the girl who sees possibility everywhere. Find that suit of armor for free spirits, the wanderlusters and know you're rocking your secret weapon --inner goddess style.

Outfit Details:
Dress: Urban Outfitters  Love Sadie Beige Crochet Open-back Maxi (Sold out, also love this one and this one) Shoes: ZiGIgirl Arrow Sandals Sunglasses: Forever 21 Bag: H&M (also love this one) Nails: Sally Hansen Lavender Cloud Lips: Chanel Rouge Coco Arthur

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!