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.
I am throwing the adage that you can’t wear white after labor day right out of the window.
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.
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If you’ve been following along, you know that I love to mix high fashion with accessible essentials. I wanted to share with you some outfit ideas that not only do that, but they also give you the most bang for your buck!
Part of the enjoyment that I get out of styling is in the creativity of using what is available within the given budget. So here are some “two for one’res” to get your thrifty fashionista some inspiration today!
I did a little tutorial on my IG videos on how I modified this t-shirt. Sometimes I prefer a little more flirty and feminine than what the out of the box crew neck t-shirt has to offer! This one now falls off of the shoulders perfectly without gapping too much.
Welcome to Summer in Whitefish, Montana! To celebrate, the Lodge at Whitefish Lake throws an annual summer kickoff benefiting the Alpine Theater Project. Every year I go to support the local community and arts. This year the theme was 80’s yacht rock, and I was so thrilled with my chic 80’s look that I had to share! Some who attended had never seen the 80’s and some had seen too much of it! But we all dressed the part and had a blast. And the music was great also! Enjoy
I love getting ready for a theme party! The first step is finding the perfect inspiration images. I was lucky to shop my closet for this one!
It doesn’t have to cost much to look great. Case in point this incredible, on-trend, paper bag waist jumpsuit by Chicos
An exceptional fit and easy to care for it’s the “go anywhere “ piece in my closet.
Black can work well for summer, and this time, I chose gold and colorful accessories to make my outfit pop. You can easily see this in black and white for summer as well, though.
You know how I feel about having a variety of accessories to change up a look, and some of them are pricey. I believe in investment pieces, but this time I kept it all within budget.
Check out these shoes from Zara. I loved the heel.
The clutch was a gift from my sister after a trip to India.
And the cuff was bought at one of those at home jewelry parties. Also a bargain!
I have had a lot of comments about these earrings.
A little backstory.
We took a girls trip to Grand Cayman I did a photo shoot for all the girls involved. The blog from January 2018 shows the wonderful caftans I took for the shoot. I also needed a large variety of accessories so my friends could pick and choose to style their chosen looks. That is when I discovered TJMaxx. I had a blast! There was such a variety of inexpensive and fun pieces. This is a pair from that haul. Under $20 I am sure.
Don’t overlook those stores. If you like it but don’t know what to do with it, don’t pass it up. Especially if it’s under 20 dollars. That might be just the ticket to turn blah into WOW!
Remember it doesn’t have to cost much to look Chic.
ALWAYS HAVE FUN WITH FASHION!
Cheers 💃 Sonia
Weddings can be an expensive proposition whether long planned or spur of the moment so we have come up with a few stylish ideas some of them inexpensive some of them a little pricier, but all of them will live in your closet for a long time.
Wear a light dress or kimono over jeans. It’s all in the shoes!
Great shoes never go out of style and elevated any outfit.
Chico’s X 2! It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to be chic. Pants and top are from Chicos and I added a vintage broach from my collection.
I love the chic simplicity of the twist front tunic. we linked the top here and it happens to be on sale just in time for the summer wedding season!
And how cool are these silver metallic trousers? They are perfect for a summer wedding and you can pull them out again for future holiday parties. PS they are on sale right now too! You can buy them here.
Again Great shoes by Francesco Russo.
Bouquet bag by Lulu Guinness.
When you see a “quirky” item and you love it but have no idea what you will do with it….. grab it and be patient. It might turn out to be the star of an outfit.
I’ve been saving this Lulu Guinness bag for just this moment!
As you know we LOVE to support women in business and when Chic AF popped up on our radar we jumped at the chance to support a fellow fashion and travel junkie. We took our haul to Beverly Hills to showcase all of these amazing and affordable styles from our new favorite line that is CHIC AF!
Designer Amanda Bates designs for the Chic Travelista! Chic AF brings you chic style from around the world everyday, without the jet-lag! Not only are the styles super easy and wearable but the prices won’t break the bank either!
My new go-to shirtdress is super lightweight and comfy! I love the contrast stripes. Tres Chic!
The easiest travel dress this summer is heather grey jersey and it is Chic AF! I love the knot front detail for the extra bit of sexy.
It’s all about the round bag this summer. This rattan straw bag was handmade in Bali. It’s cute gingham line with sun cut-out details keeps it super stylish yet one-of-a-kind.
The signature Chic AF downtown denim jacket is the one that we have all been looking for! It is relaxed, lightweight and will be in constant rotation in your closet.
I had such a great time looking over the Chicos website. My goal was to find stylish casual clothing that would take me from a shopping trip and an afternoon at the park to a dinner at a lovely restaurant. I was comfortable and looked chic and appropriate for each occasion. Even the fit was perfect. See evidence below…
PS Most of these guys are on sale now! BONUS!
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Today we pay homage to another beautiful female owned business that we love to support: Ala Von Aeursperg. When I was reading Ala’s bio it felt like she was talking about MY family. From my grandmother to my mother, sister to myself, we all wore kaftans. Simple diaphanous ones at home and bejeweled beauties to dinner. A staple through my life. Such a simple beautiful style.
Kaftans have been the unofficial uniform of my family for as long as I can remember. My mother and grandmother used to wear them at home, and my aunt wore them in Morocco over bathing suits and to dinner at her friends’ homes. They would come home, change out of their clothes and put on a pretty kaftan. It was their alternative to sweatpants, and way more glamorous. The kaftans I grew up wearing continue to inspire the styles I design today.~Ala Von Auersperg
I love this dress. Equal parts flirtatious and irreverent, AvA’s Mary Short Kaftan is an airy, festive style with oversized ruffled sleeves, flouncy hem and chic scoop-neck top. Its background of pale blue brushstrokes on white provides the perfect canvas for an arrangement of colorful Spider Lilies.
THE WATER MILL PRINTWater Mill is new for the Spring/Summer season and is a vibrant print whose background of pale blue brushstrokes on white provides the perfect canvas for an arrangement of colorful Spider Lilies. Named for the beautiful Hamptons destination where Ala keeps a home and garden, Water Mill evokes a sense of natural freedom, where pops of red, yellows and greens seem to dance around each silhouette quite effortlessly. Like all of our prints, Water Mill is taken directly from one of Ala’s own paintings.
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When women support other women we can accomplish anything! That is why we are such big proponents of shopping and supporting women all around the world in spreading their message and supporting their small businesses. We are so happy to meet and become friends with our newest penpal, Dutch founder and designer Hannelore of Proud Pearls. Hannelore has over 20 years of experience in the field of international fashion design. Like us, she finds inspiration in her daily life and travels the world in search of new ideas, influences, materials, and possibilities. Luckily for us, she is always open to meet and work with inspiring people from different cultures. We are proud to call her line a must have for your spring/summer fix for the pearl jewelry trend.
Stine Goya is line that I am seeing everywhere from Madewell to Shopbop. Serena picked up this little number from Aquelarre in Culver City before heading to Austin to shoot at Tillies Resturant at Camp Lucy. The colors of this patchwork are so sophisticated, we knew tht it would make the perfect accompanyment to the incredible tile work in this space.
A lesson in staying in the moment.
A few weeks ago, we were at dinner with friends, and the conversation turned to must-see places and experiences in Austin. My friends regaled me of an outstanding restaurant outside of town called Tillie‘s. I open the website to find the most gorgeous architecture and tile work at a restaurant of an event space called Camp Lucy in Dripping Springs, Texas. Beauty was all around so I thought that it would be a great place to shoot our spring fashion story.
I talked Scott into taking the 20-minute drive out of town for a Staycation at Camp Lucy. We headed to the little town of Dripping Springs. I was so excited, but Scott had slight trepidation as we got further away from Austin and into the “wild” of the Hill Country.
Twists and turns down narrow roads we go! It’s not far from Austin, but you feel like you’re in another country entirely. Driving past a river and crossing over narrow bridges it feels like we have gone for miles. Where are we?! We stop to speak with a gentleman by the side of the road. I immediately knew there was more to him then meets the eye. “0h just go up the road until you see the green tile roof” and on we go. We’re on the right track.
As we pull up, our eyes get bigger and bigger, we enter the most beautiful setting made entirely from repurposed buildings from Asia. The tile work is magnificent, and the people are lovely. Camp Lucy is a wedding destination that houses five different venues. There’s a swimming pool, private dining areas, and landscaping that goes on and on. Everything is beautifully planned out, from the church to the steeple. But there is so much more to this Hill country ranch than that.
Camp Lucy is the kind of place where you can escape the pace of the city and relax in a calming environment. We call this a “staycation destination” and the middle of the week is a perfect time to escape!
On the property is Tillie’s restaurant, a true fine dining experience in the heart of the Texas Hill Counrty. It is worth the 20-minute drive from Austin for dinner alone (or breakfast, lunch, AND brunch). With a seasonally (if not daily) changing menu, Chef Brandon Martin combines flavors and textures in a way that is so satisfying for your palette. Think Southern Comfort meets Asian flavor.
You’ll find this theme throughout the rest of Camp Lucy as well. All of the structures on the property have been imported from Vietnam, rebuilt and revamped on-sight. The most impressive structure on the site is the gorgeous 19th Century chapel, built from intricately carved ironwood.
Scott and I had the privilege of staying in the luxury suite which had a fireplace, a stone zero horizon bathtub and honestly the most comfortable bed we have slept in in ages. All of the rooms at Camp Lucy are individual little cabins (it feels like you’re at summer camp!) and are thoughtfully and elegantly decorated, you’ll feel right at home.
Ideally located near wineries, breweries, and a host of Hill Country activities, the beautifully crafted Camp Lucy guest rooms in Dripping Springs also offer a unique escape from the ordinary.
The whole experience was terrific for us, but as always, it is the people that make a place memorable.
Between the management and staff, nothing is left to chance right down to Smore’s in one of the outdoor fireplaces. Whether you are in the large suite or one of the cabins overlooking the ravine ( which reminded me of a trip to Africa), there is not a wrong spot in the house.