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.

Happy Holiday Wishes

Happy Holiday Wishes

As Christmas arrives, I want to wish you, your friends and loved ones a very happy holiday season.

 

It´s such a fabulous time of year; the party cupboard treasures are out to be enjoyed and when it comes to festive fashion, your creativity is the only limit.

 

I also use this opportunity as a time for reflection. A chance to consider the successes and failures of the past year, admire the spiritual growth you have experienced and excitedly envisage what is to come.

 

I´m wishing you growth, love and happiness for the year ahead.

 

LOVE, LIVE, LAUGH.

Cheers!

Sonia x

My Closet Treasures and How I Style Them

My Closet Treasures and How I Style Them

From the day I found my mountain home in Montana, I knew I wanted to create a closet that was deserving of my treasures.

I did just that and tucked away inside are these three trunks, which are filled to the brim with treasure; literally.

 

What´s Inside? 

 It´s a collection I´ve amassed over the decades and as you can tell from Maddie´s face, we´re going to be here for a while.

Let´s explore.

Accessorising with Costume Jewelry 

I´m a lifelong fan of costume jewelry. The creativity, the color, the vibrancy and the variety all totally hypnotize me. It´s taken me years to collect what´s inside these trunks and I also have a few of my favorites out on display.

 

How to Style 

I´m wearing a beautiful autumnal color palette today and I´m hunting for the perfect accessories to lift my look.  Costume jewelry is most definitely for the over fifty. Experiment play around and don´t be scared to layer, as long as the tones are in keeping with you color story.

This time I´ve opted for a subtle earring, gilded belt to synch me in, doubled-up long chain necklaces and some chunky gold bangles. Do you like how it´s pulled everything together?

 

For more styling tips or to see more of my closet follow me on Instagram

Create 4 Unique Looks with this Single Silk Scarf

Create 4 Unique Looks with this Single Silk Scarf

When I find a piece as versatile and beautiful as this, I just have to share it with you. This Ala Von Auersperg Travel Wrap in Horn is truly divine and definitely earns its place in my closet.

The silk is decorated with a delicate deer pattern, inspired by the designer’s childhood adventures in Austria and Africa. It´s floaty, feminine, flattering and fabulously versatile. Here are just a few of my favourite ways to wear it.

 

 

Wrap it!

First it was a shawl, now it´s a dress. I´ve picked up the golden tones in the pattern with my accessories to create this elevated evening look.

Skirt it!

Wrapped and secured at the waist with a belt, I´ve stuck with earthy colour story and selected a shirt and jacket for a great daytime look.

Drape it!

Still the same scarf, but this time a different dress. Draped at the neck and synched at the waist, I´ve teamed it with a trench and leopard heels for a modern twist on a classic combination.

Scarf It!

Of course, it works great as a stylish neck scarf too and really lifts this casual coffee ensemble.

This isn´t a sponsored post, it´s just a truly great piece.

For even more styling ideas, visit my Instagram 

Love, Sonia 

 

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Thanksgiving Table Treasures & Inspiration

Thanksgiving Table Treasures & Inspiration

The Hunt Begins!

I thoroughly enjoy this time of year. I have what I refer to as a party cupboard. It’s a treasure trove of table settings, gilded glasses and serving platters that I’ve collected over the years and it’s the perfect season to select my favourites and bring them out to play.

There is not much that beats a winters evening spent around an elegantly laid table with family, friends and lots of laughter. The perfect table décor boosts the mood, warms the atmosphere and welcomes guests.

 

Preparations!

As I begin my Thanksgiving preparations, my thoughts turn to said party cupboard and I wonder what festive table decorations I will opt for this year. 

There is no set formula, but I want to create something interesting, welcoming and extraordinary. I utilise table runners for impact, decorative glasses to inject glamour, and autumnal produce to bring it all together.

Table Styling! 

If you´ve been following me on Instagram, the process is similar to how I style myself. I create layers, add texture and work with my key colour tones.

 

 

Festive Spirit! 

I particularly love the juxtaposition of the glistening glasses, polished platters, warm candles and natural shrubbery; it’s enough to put anyone in festive mood.

3 Ways to Style An Embellished Statement Coat

3 Ways to Style An Embellished Statement Coat

I hate to be the one to mention it, but the holidays are just around the corner. As we start to plan our fall menus and family activities, we also begin to plan the fun stuff: our holiday outfits! A statement piece that will take me well into the New Year is an overcoat that I found on the Chicos website. This faux-pearl embellished jacket adds just enough flair to any outfit. Whether you’re dressing it up or down, this overcoat will be my go-to this holiday season (and beyond!)

I put together some staple outfits for you to be inspired by. I hope you enjoy it.

The casual side of things. Take your dressy coat out for a daytime spin. Jeans or slacks booties or sneakers it’s all good. 

Don’t let the fancy look of this jacket fool you. There are several ways you can wear it on a daily. Stay tuned for the casual side of this great coat ….. 

Here I have my Chicos Faux-Pearl Embellished Jacket paired with a wrap dress that I found on Choosey, layered with my favorite white skinnies and pastel Valentino Rock Studs

Night out. What do you throw over your LBD? This fabulous pearl embellished coat works like a dream!

4 Ways To Soften Your Menswear Inspired Looks this Fall

4 Ways To Soften Your Menswear Inspired Looks this Fall

Cape it!

I love the simplicity of throwing a mens blazer over my shoulders. It automatically makes the shape softer and more feminine.  

 

Leopard it!

Adding a leopard element to any Fall look is an instant update! These open top booties create a strong long line, don’t you think?

 

Embellish it!

Adding a little pearl detail never hurt anyone! It adds a feminine and soft touch to this grey oversized overcoat. It is so City Chic paired with my all white ensemble. 

 

Cinch it!

I’ve always been a fan of belting a coat in an unexpected way. Here I am using my favorite leather Obi Belt to tie it all together! 

 

How I’m Wearing My Favorite Fall Staple | Camel Leggings

How I’m Wearing My Favorite Fall Staple | Camel Leggings

Every season I get excited to dust off some old favorites and this Fall is no exception. One of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe for fall/winter is these Ralph Lauren camel suede leggings that I got a few seasons past (on a discount of course!). I love to come up with fresh ways to keep them relevant and this season I will be bringing the ladylike back with a classic pussy-bow blouse! I’m keeping the look less stuffy by finishing it off with a cheeky printed bootie in contrasting print. It all works because we stay in the same color family, In this case, the camel and green tones feel very earthly. But you could certainly spice up the look with a hot pink pop like those amazing Paris Texas booties linked below! Let me know what you think!

 

Tahari

Belted Long Wool-Blend Wrap Coat

$125.99

MSRP:

$440.00

Cascade Collar Double Face Wool & Cashmere Coat

NORDSTROM SIGNATURE

$599.00

BRITTA mid-length double-face wool coat

$425.00

ROCHAS
Pussy-bow floral-print silk blouse

$910 Now $364 Save 60%

DSQUARED2

pussy bow blouse

$870

ALBERTA FERRETTI

Pussy-bow printed silk-chiffon blouse

$ 346

 $ 990

OOBERSWANK

Faux Suede Motorcycle Leggings

$34.97

Lyssé

Faux-Suede Laser-Cut Leggings

$98.00

RRL

Stretch Suede Skinny Pant

$1,600.00

$599.00

Paris Texas

Metallic Snakeskin-Print Leather Stiletto Booties

$565.00

Maisie Bootie

BP.

$79.95

ANTONIO BARBATO

leopard print booties

$365

A look at the Balenciaga Retrospective at the Thyssen Museum in Marid

A look at the Balenciaga Retrospective at the Thyssen Museum in Marid

The Thyssen Museum in Madrid is presenting a private collection of one of Spains (and the worlds) most admired and influential fashion designers, Cristóbal Balenciaga. Each dress is paired along with the tradition of 16th- to 20th-century Spanish painting. My sister and her husband are currently traveling in Spain and had a unique opportunity to visit the exhibition alongside Sonsoles Diez de Rivera, a family friend and muse of Balenciaga himself. 

Sonsoles is a woman who started wearing Haute Couture at the age of seven and whose communion costume was personally made for her by Balenciaga This is a woman who knows what elegance is. Here she is on the left with her mother and sister. 

Sonsoles’ Wedding Dress by Balenciaga

Sonsoles and Balenciaga with her dress.

Can’t make it to Madrid? No problem! The Thyssen Museum offers a virtual tour on their website.  

How To Wear White After Labor Day

How To Wear White After Labor Day

I am throwing the adage that you can’t wear white after labor day right out of the window.
After all, what is more refreshing than a white pallet? It pops in nature and on you. For me, the chicest dressing is in neutrals; a great example is Aurela-Fashionista.
As I have gotten older, I have started to play and be more confident with color, but In the end, I always go back to my roots. Neutrals are the backbone of every well-edited wardrobe, and white is the key to adding crispness and light into any ensamble. Of course, keeping it pristine is challenging while I am in Montana for the summers. But if my sister can take them on Safari, we can manage in our daily lives.

Effortless Dresses From Kaftans to Cocktails!

Effortless Dresses From Kaftans to Cocktails!

When I think of timeless silhouettes that are effortless, relaxed and always just right I think of Ala Von Auersperg. You may remember AvA from our post in April featuring an incredible ruffle sleeve kaftan perfect for a Spring/Summer wedding. If you missed it, you can check it out here. Dressing up a kaftan has been a trick up my sleeve since my hippie days and the Francoise Kaftan in this beautiful rose print is no exception. 

The prints are an organic extension of my life and my work as an artist… When she moves, so does the print and she becomes the work of art. That’s why we say: Wear AvA and become your own masterpiece.

~ Ala Von Auersperg 

While I was Vegas last week I went full Grecian Goddess and piled on decedent gold jewelry and my vintage Dior monogram mule sandals. I couldn’t make it through the lobby without ecstatic raves about this look! 

This boldly feminine rose print is inspired by Ala’s Hamptons home.

AvA’s collection also encompasses casual day wear that can be worn for any occasion. I love that she uses the same soft airy knit mesh fabric throughout the collection. This fabric is great for layering or on their own as a coverup like I have styled here. 

Side Note: I transformed a lariat necklace from Proud Pearls as a belt here! I love to create something out of something else! 

Shop the Look:

Francoise Kaftan in Moraine

Louise Dress in Sea Rope

Layered Necklace in Gold 

Necklace with Tassel of Suede