the best accessories for spring 2012: paris

22 November 2011 fashion

It may seem crazy to think about spring in November, but trust me, time flies! You’ll be thinking about sandals and spaghetti straps before you know it. These are my favorite accessories from the spring 2012 runway shows in Paris. Check out my picks from the London shows, too. I wanted to do Paris next, […]

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the best accessories for spring 2012: london

14 October 2011 fashion

Fashion “week” finally ended last week with the shows in Paris. I thought I’d share my favorite accessories from all the runway shows, starting with London. I’m starting with London, because my favorite show was Burberry Prorsum. I am officially obsessed with the idea of a trench dress! (All runway images from   trench […]

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the most practical bag in your closet

26 September 2011 fashion

I’m sure you agree that an envelope clutch is a perfect evening accessory. But have you ever thought about using one every day? I can hear your gasps of outrage from here…But Valerie! You exclaim. I could never fit all my stuff in a clutch! They’re just too impractical! Settle down, my loves, and let […]

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wear it this weekend: DIY envelope clutch

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I have long been a huge fan of the envelope clutch. Not only is my own version one of my flagship designs for Holland Cox, another version is the very first sewing pattern I’ve offered for sale! Despite what you may think, an envelope clutch can be very versatile. This little tutorial is just one […]

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on being trendy and stylish at once

20 September 2011 fashion

All she meant was that the truly stylish woman is no slave to fashion. I believe this to be true, and therefore have never spent much time being “trendy.” When I do follow trends, they are looks that already fit into my ideal personal style…garments, accessories, and embellishments that I would like anyway. There are […]

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how to get the most out of your trendy accessories

12 September 2011 fashion

So, you’ve caved to the latest trend. You fell in love and just couldn’t say no. You’ve worn it three times already and have loved every minute of it! You have no regrets! Sadly, you’ve worn it exactly the same way all three times. It’s time to branch out, love! Time for a restyling. To […]

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the labor day rule, and other lies you’ve been told

6 September 2011 fashion

You’ve heard them all before, I’m sure. Hopefully you know that some of them are complete lies. But I’m betting that there are a few you think are true. I’m talking about archaic and arbitrary fashion “rules,” like the famous one about not wearing white after Labor Day. (left: Elie Tahari; right: Catherine Malandrino, both […]

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how to wear the zaria envelope clutch

30 August 2011 fashion

Sometimes people tell me they love Holland Cox handbags, but don’t know how to wear them. Here’s two takes on styling the zaria envelope clutch: the zaria envelope clutch by hollandcox   The zaria clutch is adorned with handmade flowers on the flap, so it lends itself easily to a pretty, feminine look like the […]

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step one in building your dream wardrobe

12 July 2011 fashion

Last week was couture week in Paris. As always, I got caught up in the fantasy of couture fashion while looking through the slideshows. It got me thinking about why my wardrobe does not look the way I’ve always wanted it to look. Although I don’t have the clothing budget of a couture customer, my […]

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how to wear orange, the epilogue: with purple

27 June 2011 fashion

I truly thought I had covered all the bases with my how to wear orange series, but I now realize that I’ve left out one of my favorite combinations: orange and purple! I don’t have any color theory justification for it, I just like the way it looks! In general, don’t feel like you can’t […]

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