How to Wear the Colorful Faux Leather Trend

How to Wear the Colorful Faux Leather Trend

When it comes to rocking a leather, or faux leather look, black and brown are the traditional colors that spring to mind; but not for this season! Tuck the tired black jacket away, as we´re being treated to an explosion of deep colors, earthy richness and buttery soft tones. It´s not limited to outerwear either; this trend has faux leather dresses, shorts, shirts, skirts and jumpsuits all making an appearance.

You might consider a leather look tricky to pull off for us over 50´s, but I´m here to show you how we can rock this trend in the real world.

To be honest, I simply can´t get enough, so let´s jump straight in and look through how to wear faux leather this season.

 

The Leather Look for Spring

 

The leather look featured heavily on the catwalks for spring summer 2020 and it shows no signs of slowing. Designers are bringing us faux leather dresses, jumpsuits, shorts, shirts and pants in a delicious array of seasonal colors.  Luxe nudes, deep greens, rich blues and plush purples are brightening up stores for the season.  And the best news – with more and more designers opting for animal-free versions, the faux leather trend is kinder, more affordable and pretty much a no brainer.

So, how do I wear it?

A Dress of Dreams

 

This leather dress, from Dillards, looks (almost) good enough to eat, and I hope you´ll agree, it´s a far cry from the spray-on black pants and biker jackets of the past. I´ll take soft, sumptuous and sophisticated any day. Accessorize with earrings, heels and toss a coat over your shoulder. It´s a winner for brunch, lunch or date night.

Bermuda’s are Back

 

Bermuda´s are back and this tan faux leather pair from Zara are one of my top picks. They look great dressed up or down. Here I´ve styled it with boots and a graphic tee for a daytime look. Then amped it up with a bustier and corset belt for some extra va-va-voom. Which is your favorite?

Faux Leather Pants

 

A great pair of pants makes you feel good and this black, faux leather pair from Zara totally hold their own. The soft fabric and relaxed fit mean they’re cool and comfortable. My preferred way to style them? Keep it casual. Team them with sneakers and soft knits for a cool and comfy combo.  I love them with a turn-up too.

Glamorous in Green

 

This faux leather top from Zara instantly won me over. I loved it so much, I wore it for our recent Valentine’s Day celebrations. The feel, the flattering neckline, the rich green and the voluminous shoulder had me handing over my credit card quicker than you can say, well, faux leather. It´s a top that speaks for itself, so I teamed it with a waist belt and simple skirt to complete the look.

My Favorite Skirt

 

You´ll be happy to know, I´ve saved the best until last. I love all the pieces I´ve listed here, but if you made me pick just one, this Get Choosy Aurora skirt would be it. It´s incredibly flattering, comfortable and so versatile. Here I´ve styled it with a black knit and tan cape, whilst @kerifay wears it with a crisp white shirt. Both look fabulous if you ask me!

So, will you be embracing the faux leather trend, and which look was your favorite?

 

I hope I´ve offered some ideas and inspiration. If you want to grab one for yourself, you can Shop my Style here. 

Otherwise, until the next time… Stay stylish.

Upgrading Your Spring Trench Coat

Upgrading Your Spring Trench Coat

If you´re anything like me, a trench coat is a must-have item for the spring season. I love how light, versatile and timeless they are, but I also love adding a twist to a classic look.

 

That´s why I´ve been busy hunting down five of my favorite trench coat upgrades for the 2020 Spring season. They each offer a unique twist on this classic springtime piece and would be a great addition to any closet. Let me know which one’s your favorite!

ASOS Hybrid Check Trench Coat

 

This trench boasts the classic tie waist, notch collar, and double-breasted design, but with an added twist. It features a splash of interest and fun with a checked lining and a relaxed fit.

The result? A stylish and casual look.

They call it the Hybrid Check Trench Coat and you can pick this up from ASOS for $151.

Pixie Marker Neck Scarf Trench Coat

 

This chic and versatile tan trench coat is a classic I can´t wait to get my hands on. You might expect the belted waist, side pockets, and double-breasted design, but there is more. This trench comes with a detachable neck scarf, which transforms and softens the look.

The result? A classic and quirky combination.

They call if the Neck Scarf Trench Coat and you can grab yours from Pixie Marker for $245

Eloquii Puff Sleeve Trench

 

This is a classic trench with some extra puff; in the sleeves I mean. This puff sleeve trench amps up the style factor, whilst still retaining the versatility of the trench that we love so much.

The result? A modernized classic with high impact.

It´s called the Puff Sleeve Trench and you can pick one up from Eloquii for $170.

Sandro Pleated Trench Coat

 

This stunning trench is all business in the front and party in the back. It boats the typical features you would expect from a classic trench, with a surprise pleated section in the back.

The result? A modern twist on a classic.

It’s called the Pleated Trench Coat and you can pick up yours from Sandro for $745

Get Choosy Blackjack Vest

 

I didn´t think a trench coat could get more versatile, but I think it just has! This can be worn tied as a dress, or open as a vest. The combination of camel and black provides a striking contrast, and the red accents around the pockets had me squealing with delight.

The result? Bold and beautiful versatility.

It´s called the Blackjack Vest and it´s currently reduced. You can pick yours up from Get Choosy for just $45.

Treat yourself before they´re gone!

Which one will you be snapping up this season?

Let me know in the comments.

Take Control This Valentine’s Day

Take Control This Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, we´re doing things a little differently. It’s less about me, more about him. There is so much emphasis on men handling the Valentine’s Day arrangements, so I´ve decided I´m taking charge this year; it´s my chance to treat him.

The Action Plan

The stage is set and the treats are all lined up.

I´ve arranged hubby a massage at The Crescent Court Wellness Spa, a stunning hotel in uptown Dallas. It´s the perfect place to relax and recharge before a night of fun. As well as the treatment rooms, there’s  a hot and cold whirlpool, cryotherapy chamber, wellness center and nail bar. I may even grab myself a quick Mani Pedi while I wait.

Wine and Dine

To follow, we´ll be enjoying a lobster dinner at The Crescent Club, Dallas, whilst soaking up the stunning views from the 17th floor. My mouth is watering already!

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I’m still wondering where it all went! 

For Afters 

 

Once we´ve wined and dined ourselves to satisfaction, we´ll probably head out for a walk around the vibrant Dallas arts district. It´s only a few blocks away, so it would be rude not too explore a little.

 

And there we have it. My Valentine’s Day treat to my husband. Thanks to The Crescent Court Hotel for helping me to make it one to remember. I´m sure I´ll be sharing lots of snippets on my Instagram Stories so stay tuned.

How will you be spending this Valentine’s Day? Let me know in the comments…

Flying First Class to a Safari Shack

Flying First Class to a Safari Shack

This one was a trip filled with indulgence, adventure and inspiration. It began in the lap of luxury and ended in an African safari hut. Both equally delightful in their own unique way, but a trip full of juxtaposition.

Intrigued? Let´s join our resident traveler for the journey…

Flying First Class to Dubai

 

A real bathroom, a real bar, a huge TV, a cute desk, comfy pajamas, private space and food that is delicious beyond words. No, this isn´t a 5* hotel, it´s an airplane, honest!

This sneak peek is thanks to Emirates and our resident traveler, my sister. I’m told it´s the best 16 hours she´s ever spent in the air, however, this was one adventure that was not going to continue the way it started!

Boarding a Bush Plane

 

After disembarking in Dubai and enjoying the land of luxury, the next stage of the journey began. It was time to board a bush plane destined for Zambia. The environment couldn´t have been more of a contrast; leaving the land of luxury behind and becoming immersed in the understated magic of a Zambian reserve.

It was a change of circumstances for sure, but both were equally beautiful. The luxury bathroom 35,000 feet in the sky was replaced with an open-roof shack, and visits from the first-class cabin crew replaced with wild animals wandering free outside the door. Wow! The opulence was gone, and it was replaced with something very different, but equally unique and amazing.

The lesson of the trip? There is beauty in every situation, we just need to open our eyes and appreciate it.

This was one trip that was full of contrasts, but what an adventure! I hope you enjoyed joining our resident traveler for this beautiful journey.

Until the next time…

My Chinese New Year Celebrations

My Chinese New Year Celebrations

Do you stay up for New Year’s? I can’t do that anymore, so I started celebrating the Chinese New Year. This year it is January 25 and I make an occasion of it.

 

You can celebrate New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day; make it an event, learn a little bit about the history and the expectations for the new year.

 

In Chinese culture, superstitions are intertwined with food and traditional dishes are said to welcome in good luck and prosperity for the year ahead. I thought it could be fun to find out a bit more, so here we go… 

A whole fish is a staple for most Chinese New Year celebrations.

 

Why? It’s intended to welcome prosperity for the year ahead.

Dumplings are a popular choice.

 

Why? Their appearance is similar to a traditional currency used in imperial China. They are said to attract wealth for the year ahead.

A whole chicken is often served.

 

Why? It represents family togetherness and rebirth.

Spring rolls are a traditional favorite.

 

Why? Their name literally welcomes in the new spring season.

Extra-long noodles are served during the celebrations.

 

Why? They are said to represent a long life. It is customary to slurp down the noodles, so the strands stay intact. If you give this a try, please don´t choke!

The star of the dessert table is a glutinous rice cake, which translates to the New Year cake.

 

Why? It is said to symbolize growth, as the word for cake sounds like the word for tall or growth.

Fascinating and delicious, but If you don’t feel like cooking there is always your favorite Chinese takeout right around the corner.

Remember to decorate a bit, Pier 1 and World Market are great for that.

There was a fantastic window display at Neiman Marcus and I just had to capture it for you.

Don’t forget the tea or the sake if you were so inclined!

Wishing you a very happy and prosperous Chinese New Year.