Saturday, March 28, 2009

Don't Drink and...Dress

There are some people in this world (like me) who take both people watching and fashion very seriously. There are others who think it's all a big joke and dress to impress leaving all of us in the other category to utter, "what were they thinking?"

At tonight's The Big Finish party benefiting the High Museum of Art, there were residents of both camps in attendance. Sure, there were some well-dressed Atlanta recessionistas in the house, including the requisite SEC-gameday-esque Tori Burchettes and their bow-tied companions, and what appeared to be fledgling designers slash stylists trolling the halls. But what really caught my attention were those no holds barred fashion don'ts. Here's a quick overview in our first-ever fashion faux pas extravaganza:

Too many brights don't make a right (you can't see the bright gold purse here):

Taking a cue from the brightest girl in the room isn't always smart:

Tam o'shanters aren't cute unless it's St. Patty's Day (and neither are jodhpurs with stockings and partial loafers):

If it's bigger than your head, it's probably not meant to go atop it:

Big props to Candace for helping capture these images.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Les Jambes

There's no better predicator of upcoming fashion than the streets of Paris during Fashion Week. All black, check. Drool-worthy ankle boots, check. Chanel bags, check. Opaque and patterned black tights, check. Thigh high skirts and Daisy Dukes, check. Better get your workout on.

Wait a minute! Parisians are wearing Daisy Dukes? Right on - and they're cutoff jean shorts too. OK, I'm not permissioning "jorts," but let's get ahold of this trend-mix before fall please.

Watch the NYT slide show here and get inspired.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Kermit was Wrong

It's easier being green.

My buzzometer went off this weekend (finally!) following an inspirational visit to Serenbe. I got married there almost seven years ago and always enjoy heading down to see what's new. It got me thinking a lot about being green - and not in a Kermit THE Frog kind of way.

I work with a lot of clients who have green teams, sustainability missions and more, and I myself try to be energy-mindful and don't use plastic bags. But there's much more to it and I'm excited to see a lot of really great green communities coming online in spite of the economy. Here are a few of my faves:

New World Home Atlanta - It's not even a neighborhood (yet) but these eco-friendly houses are so darn charming, I want one! And, they're modular! You have to see it in person to really get the full picture.

The Brookwood (full disclosure, this is one of my clients, but I can still like it!) - Atlanta's first LEED-designed high-rise condo, The Brookwood is gorgeous! I've seen a lot of condos, and this is the first I can truly see myself living in thanks to the clever design and development team.

Serenbe - The grandaddy of green living in Atlanta, this lush spot is away from it all, but well worth the drive. That's the only problem - the commute alone probably makes up for all the earth-saving you're doing by living there.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Spring Shopping Guide

For me, Daylight Savings Time always marks the start of spring. This year, despite the fact that everyone's on a budget, there are a few additions you can make to your wardrobe to inject a little fun and start spring off on the right foot! Here are my top picks:

- Thong sandals - J Crew has some great ones in a variety of colors
- Boyfriend jeans - the more trashed and torn, the better
- Cardigan - three-quarter sleeves are a must, dusty pink is a great color option
- Chunky necklaces - a carry-over from fall, these are still a great accent
- Hobo bag - slouchier and hippier than we've seen in a while, make sure yours is made of ultra-soft leather and preferably gray, blue, tan or ivory
- Spring scarves - in black or white, they go with everything
- Ultra-high, statement heels - they're the new "it" bag
- A flowy, pleated dress in a fun color