How to Mix Patterns Like a Pro

How to Mix Patterns Like a Pro

Sometimes it’s the most unexpected combinations that make lasting impressions. This is one of those lasting fashion moments… 

I’m not going to lie, this was not the easiest of sales to get Sonia into this outfit. However, we both gravitated toward this amazing (and oh so soft and cozy) 80’s inspired faux fur mauve jacket at the same time and then something amazing happened. At that very moment, I had in my hands this amazing (pictured above) graphinc short sleeve sweater and knit houndstooth pants. This strange combination had all of the right elements to turn this outfit into a classic example of how to MIX PRINTS.

When color texture and Hugh come together in an epic and comfortable outfit, this would be that outfit!

 

 

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My Picks From the Forty Five Ten Winter Sale

My Picks From the Forty Five Ten Winter Sale

While in Dallas last week, I was reacquainted with an amazing lifestyle store and women’s boutique Forty Five Ten. Conveniently located across the street from our fabulous hotel (read about the Joule Hotel here), Forty Five Ten is a 4 story boutique that offers fine dining on the terrace, men’s and women’s high fashion, a beautiful beauty counter with all the fixings, and curated pieces for your home. 

If you can’t make it to Dallas for the experience that is Forty Five Ten, then you are in luck because they are online as well and currently having a sale. Below are my picks from their end of season sale that is up to 75% off! Have fun!

Where to Sleep, Shop and Eat in Downtown Dallas

Where to Sleep, Shop and Eat in Downtown Dallas

Stay: The Joule

On a recent trip to Dallas, we stayed at The Joule Hotel in the downtown Arts District.  I can’t express our gratitude to all the people we came in contact with while we were there. From bellmen to housekeeping from restaurant staff to front desk everyone there has customer service as their priority.

The hotel in itself is a work of art. Housed in a Revitalized 1920s neo-gothic style bank building. Works of art are to be found everywhere including Andy Warhol, Richard Phillips, Tony Cragg, and many others.  A bonus in the Lobby, the installation of beautifully detailed motorcycles by Robert Haas.

Shop: Taschen Bookstore 

A Taschen library is housed in the complex. What a treat!  And you can even schedule tea time there.  Stroll around and shop the unique retail boutiques in the lobby as well.

You don’t have to go far for excellent food. It’s right inside the hotel. Try the pork chop at CBD. Awesome! And the bar scene is hopping at The Midnight Rambler downstairs.

Step outside for the best in fashion. Forty-Five Ten and the Neiman Marcus flagship store are right next door. Look around and be surprised but don’t poke the eye!  The hotel staff will tell you stories about how that came about.

 

Shop: Forty Five Ten 

We were reacquainted with an amazing lifestyle store and women’s boutique Forty Five Ten. Conveniently located across the street from our fabulous hotel. Forty Five Ten is a 4 story boutique that offers fine dining on the terrace, men’s and women’s high fashion, a beautiful beauty counter with all the fixings, and curated pieces for your home. 

Bathroom Selfies with mi familia

Lunch at Forty Five Ten was a TEN 

Eat: Circo 

If after a day at the state of the art spa you do feel like leaving the premises, the hotel car will take you anywhere within a five-mile radius. Our choice was dinner at Circo, where the most fabulous Italian food is handcrafted. We were greeted by the manager Casey Bunch and the beautiful Lauren Santagati from the White Rock Hospitality Group. Again, the service was impeccable.  My Bolognese was so fantastic I didn’t even need a sprinkle of Parmesan on it!  There is a first time for everything.

At The Joule Hotel Dallas, we were fortunate enough to stay in two different suites. 

The two-story loft suite is 789 square feet and contains a downstairs living area with a full bath and a soaking tub and a superb bedroom bathroom combination overlooking the living area.

The Deluxe Suite was incredible with great views and a large living area. The incredible deluxe bathroom and beautiful bedroom. Were beautifully appointed with every detail thought out.  They range from 750 to 1,000 square feet. Enough space for girls to have fun! 

View from the top! Of the loft suite that is! 

I  can’t adequately express how wonderful our experience was.  A Boutique Hotel (with everything that symbolizes) does not come close to describing our experience.  In the end, it’s people who make the difference, and we are thankful for the joy, service, and attention the staff show to everyone daily.

Thank Mr. Headington for your vision.  The Joule Hotel Dallas is just that.

A Jewel.

My “Aging Gracefully” Essay on The Fine Line Magazine

My “Aging Gracefully” Essay on The Fine Line Magazine

Aging Gracefully: Owning My Power

The Fine Line Magazine asked women in their 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s to write short personal essays answering the question, What does aging gracefully mean to you? Each one is a window into the mental and physical lives of women as they grow older. This essay is by 66-year-old blogger Sonia Lovett, who wants to help other women stay in touch with their power as they age. Watch for more submissions all this month and submit your own essay to allison@thefinelinemag.com.

5 Metallic Pieces to Inspire You to Shine This Holiday

5 Metallic Pieces to Inspire You to Shine This Holiday

The countdown has begun! If you’re anything like me, your schedule is jam-packed with Festive Holiday Parties. I’ve found myself at two just last Saturday night! With all of these social obligations, I’m sure that you are running out of fun party looks and costume changes. Allow me to inspire you with 5 of my favorite separates from this season’s shiny metallics, velvets, and lames. Whether you find you’re next look in your closet, your favorite vintage store or here with my hand-picked recommendations, I hope to inspire you to SHINE this holiday! 

Rachel Zoe Metallic Suit

The Power Blazer

GUCCI
Floral-brocade single-breasted jacket

$4,980

$ 1,100.00

MSGM
Metallic jacquard double-breasted tuxedo jacket

$860

$495

The Slinky Blouse

Debbie Metallic Blouse

RAG & BONE

$395.00

Metallic Tuxedo Blouse

RACHEL ROY COLLECTION

$99.00

Ruffle Front Metallic Stripe Blouse

VINCE CAMUTO

$65.40

Tie Neck Metallic Velvet Top

FRAME

$375.00

The Party Skirt

Cina Embellished Miniskirt

ALICE + OLIVIA

Price$595.00

Sequin Pencil Skirt

MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS

$175.00

Tiered Sequin Midi Skirt

ENDLESS ROSE

$95.00

Sequin Embellished A-Line Skirt

ELIZA J

$188.00

The Shiny Dress 

Ted Baker

Maggz Metallic Body-Con Dress

$349.00 

Kkaty Ice Palace Skater Dress
$439.00
Metallic Striped Pleated Dress
$499.00
Metallic Tie-Front Mini Dress
$185.00 

The Statement Earring 

Dynasty Statement Earrings

STELLA + RUBY

$58.00

Amara Stud Earrings

GORJANA

$40.00

Pavé Resin Statement Earrings

J.CREW

$65.00

Retro Gold Stone Studded Clip Earrings

ALEXIS BITTAR

$325.00
Our Favorite Fall Poncho: Lotta Stennson

Our Favorite Fall Poncho: Lotta Stennson

Ponchos and shawls make an effortless transition into colder seasons and this lightweight collection from Lotta Stennson is no exception. They make wonderful layering pieces,  or on their own as Hope Kauffman has captured here at my home in Montana. Lotta Stensson is one of our favorite collaborators. Serena and I have been champions of her work for years. When we were preparing for our multigenerational photoshoot I knew that I wanted to include pieces from Lotta’s Fall/Winter line of featherweight wool ponchos. I wanted to showcase her work in alignment with women of varying ages to show the natural beauty that we all encapsulate when we are comfortable in our skin. You may remember Lotta’s kaftans from earlier this year when we went on our Girl’s Trip to the Grand Cayman Islands. If you missed it you can check it out here.

Lady Boss: The Return of Power Dressing

Lady Boss: The Return of Power Dressing

In a sea of casual dressing be the one who came to WORK. Your look that is!

There’s a trend happening in fashion right now that is throwing it back to the good ol days of Power Dressing with a hint of Dynasty. It is put-together, polished, Ladylike and I love it! Dressing for the job you want (hello, CEO of your life) has never looked so good. Now is the perfect time to look through your closet for those “quirky” items you couldn’t part with and pair it with your favorite corporate separates.

Every outfit needs a good statement piece or in this case the more, the merrier! I paired this gorgeous silk printed blouse with my favorite things of the moment! Mom’s alligator bag, an 80’s inspired chain belt (I mean, WOW!) and my favorite leopard Kate Spade pumps.

LadyLike Rockin-n-Roll 

I bought these pants over a decade ago at Intermix in Dallas. Serena and I have always been huge proponents of anything animal print and fell in love with the color of these pants. How could I ever let go of such a statement piece? They have a great 90’s bootleg that works so well with my Forever21 boots that seem to go with everything! I have always loved the structure of a blazer paired with an unexpected rock tee.

LadyLike in White

This suit feels so 70’s disco to me! I love the dichotomy of the oversized pants with a cropped printed top.

LadyLike Every Day

Polish up your statement tunic by belting it for a strong Lady Boss Look!

Top: Zara Belt: Vintage Celine Pants: Marc Jacobs Purse: Chanel

Is Leopard Print the New Neutral? 5 Styling Tips on Our Favorite Fall Print

Is Leopard Print the New Neutral? 5 Styling Tips on Our Favorite Fall Print

Have you noticed that animal prints have a way of coming in and out of fashion throughout the seasons? One year they’re hot and the next year they’re not? Luckily for us, the fashion industry loves a good comeback! This is the year to dust off your old favorite animal print coat (in my case it is this Leopard one that I scored from TJMaxx for $30!) and try them in fresh and unexpected ways!

 

Here are 5 styling tips to try for our favorite fall coat!

Cinch it up with a statement belt and vintage collar!

Pair it with your boyfriend Jeans and a vintage scarf

Keep it in the same color family

Tall boots and short skirts rule the winter games

Wear it over your kimono print robe

You’re never fully dressed without a smile!

Don’t leave your home with out it the season!

 

 

You don’t have a leopard coat you say? Our resident stylist Serena recommends 6 coats that won’t break the bank!

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Shop your own closet: 7 Fall Trends I found while cleaning out mine!

Shop your own closet: 7 Fall Trends I found while cleaning out mine!

With the transition of Fall in the air I have switched my closet over from Spring/Summer to Fall/Winter last week with the help of our Fall Fashion Guide. I know trends can be touchy but it is my opinion that the trends that float in and out of Fashion every year are here to inspire us to look at what is already available and create new looks through fresh eyes. Here are some of the treasures that I found in my closet that I plan on carrying over to the new season. What will you be wearing?

Print blouse. High rise Marc Jacob wool slacks. Chain belt. Leopard print shoes and bag.

White House Black Market Tuxedo Jacket. Silk Palazzo Pants. Animal Print crop top. Again the white Booties.

Blue velvet yoked cowboy shirt. Fringed  scarf. White Booties.

Silk Cami with ostrich feathers. Zara plaid skirt I lengthened with ostrich feathers. Black sock Booties. Prada bag.

Animal print bell bottom pants purchased at least 18 years ago at Intermix. Black silk blouse. White boots.

Oversized white sweater. Ralph Lauren plaid silk dress. White Booties.

Equestrian print jersey dress. Green sweater. Of the moment neon bag. I have matching high heel sandals too! Now I know why I kept that set 🙀.

It was fun to get creative and it didn’t cost me a dime! What’s in your Closet?

The New Dior Saddle Bag: A Blast From the Past Has Been Updated

The New Dior Saddle Bag: A Blast From the Past Has Been Updated

You may have noticed in July when every single blogger in the blogosphere sported their brand new Dior Saddle Bag. The brand took to Instagram on July 19th, endorsed by celebrities and influencers alike, to welcome the reissue of the crown jewel of Dior’s accessory business back in 2000. 

Since this year’s fashion trend seems to be a blast from the past, the iconic Saddle Bag is a reissue that we are thrilled to see!

 

The new saddle bags are available in-store and range in price from $2,350 for the mini oblique saddle, up to $8,500 for the medium bag embroidered with beads and fringe. A sampling of the first delivery is below.

Rumor has it the second delivery of new Dior saddle bags will be dropping sometime this month. Although the exact date of the second drop hasn’t been announced yet, our sources say that the below are at least some of the styles we can expect any moment now.

 

If you’re more of a vintage lover, you can find gently used style on Tradesy, the Real Real or good ‘ol eBay.

 

In the meantime, check out this gorgeous making-of video, courtesy of Dior. It’s seriously almost as lovely as the bags themselves.

The Ultimate Saks Fifth Ave End of Summer Sale Shopping Cart

The Ultimate Saks Fifth Ave End of Summer Sale Shopping Cart

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!! 

You guys! It’s the END OF SUMMER! On one hand, I’,m like where did it go?! and the other I am so ready for the next chapter and transition. It’s a strange thing because I am ready to move on but the heat of summer is holding on tightly!

Holding on the to the theme of transition and update, I have put together the ultimate shopping cart of the best pieces from summer that you can bring into Fall or on any last min Summer vacations that you have planned! 

Happy Shopping!! 

x’s your resident stylist,

Serena

Athleisure From Street to Chic

Athleisure From Street to Chic

For the most part I live in my sweats. The weather in Montana almost begs for you to be comfy cozy. That’s why I am so happy that the “Athleisure” trend is here to give a welcomed update to my go-to weekend look.

As you know I love any excuse to dress up so we updated my new Moxy Evolution gear with a few of my favorite high and low end pieces to show you that you always have something in your closet to make an outfit go from wow to WHOA!

How do you Moxy?