Great Lengths


I’m not going to lie, one of the Spring 2011 trends I’m overly excited about is the longer lengths seen all over the runway. It just seems so refreshing and needed right now. Given my shorter height, I’ll have to avoid the Maxi dress look unfortunately, but I’ll have fun with barely above and just below the knee skirts and dresses. It feels like fashion grew up a little this spring. (PS: The above picture is one of my screen savers – I love the cover of this Life issue, if I ever found it on ebay I would probably pay a pretty penny for it!)

Silver Lace Skirt, J.Crew

Americana classics at Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2011 RTW

Proenza Schouler’s Neo-Lady Luxe look Spring 2011 RTW

Vera Wang Spring 2011 RTW – I love the combination of muted and dark colors here.

Pictures from jcrew.com and

The Sweet South: Jack Rogers

With a big girl paycheck in hand (finally!), I’m about to make my first adulthood, post-graduate purchase… and since I was able to score a glass top dinning room table fo’ free, I want to buy a non-apartment item. Jack Rogers sandals a la Jackie Kennedy it is! A little background: Jack Rogers= the epitome of South Florida beach chic fashion (as in Palm Beach, not so much Miami) that was made uber-famous and cemented it’s place in the halls of fashion when Jackie Kennedy wore them in the summer of ’61. While still staying true to their classic style, they have evolved with time – wedges included! My mother (and boyfriend) being the Practical Paulas that they are might tell me that it’s a tad frivolous to buy sandals as my first ticket item as a working girl. But I was convinced this was the right choice after a) I’ve wanted my own J Rogers for a while now, and patience is a virtue so I should reward myself, right? b) they’ve been chic forever and always will be and, finally, c) I’ve heard they last forever, for years – so clearly they are a sound investment item to purchase! Plus, this is such a summer type purchase and I didn’t buy a new bikini this season, so add that to the validations of this purchase!

Now I need some help…. I am very indecisive when it comes to picking one color, and I have no idea which ones would be better to own!? A black pair seems the most logical, but I looove their metallic platinum color (and in either flats or wedges, how can one decide?!) and at the same time, their bright pink ones just seem so… appropriate. Almost an homage to Palm Beach, summer in Florida, and all things Lily Pulitzer.





After thoroughly exhausting their website, I discovered their clothing line also…. so very beach-y and Palm Beach Garden-esque. I really like how Jack Rogers offers both bright, floral/bold designs and lighter, more neutral designs too. Am in love with this white top and bright tunic- and their dresses are perfect for a summer garden party/beach wedding reception. Happy shopping!

Pictures from here and here.

Around the Globe: First Lady Style

I know I’ve said (on facebook, so it’s official right?) that my dream job would be the social secretary for a White House administration, but honestly I don’t think anything would be better than being a First Lady. Well, the 2000s kinds of First Lady that is – not so much the 1980s/1990s Tipper Gore outfits, but that’s a whole other post entirely! I’ll never forget that 2008 Vanity Fair issue with France’s fabulously stylish (and slightly past-life scandalous) first lady, Carla Bruni, on the cover. This was before I had a subscription and I bought this issue in particular simply because of her cover. From Carla to Michelle Obama to Jordan’s Queen Rania, to England’s new PM leading lady Samantha Cameron to Spain’s Princess Letizia, they all embody different kinds of style and I love seeing what they wear next (sidenote: Huffington Post’s Style section does an excellent job of posting on various royal fashions/outings.) Not to get all historically cliché, but the deep jewel purple keeps coming up in First Lady/royal outfits (see at least 3 below), reminiscent of the purple royalty wore a really, really long time ago in ancient Greece/Rome/Egypt. Guess some things in history don’t change!

Michelle gave J.Crew some presidential press (she even has a style blog dedicated to her – you can’t get more legit than that! As an former model Carla Bruni always looks incredible, whether its classic style or laid back chic. Queen Rania especially has some gorgeous dresses and Princess Letizia’s nickname is “Princess Fashion Plate.” Samantha Cameron is newest to the bunch, and while I like what I’ve seen so far, time will only tell – she does have some fashionably stiff competition. Forgot a fabulous First Lady or royal? Let me know!


Carla Bruni (France)





Michelle Obama





Queen Rania (Jordan)





Princess Letizia (Spain)





Samantha Cameron (UK)





….. Lastly, I really didn’t feel the post would be appropriate without ending it with the First Lady that began everything, Jackie O. I don’t think there will be a time when people stop emulating her classic style (at least I hope not!)

picture from elle.com