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MCLV Style: Faux Leather Mini

This – My friends – Is my fourth personal style post featuring an oxblood piece. {Ladylike Tweed + Oxblood // Styling 101: Oxblood // Oxblood Brocade}

So the question is, do I need an oxblood 12 step program, or is oxblood just that fabulous? I’ll leave that up to you…


{Shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Top – Ann TaylorFaux Leather Mini – Lily White, Clutch – Gigi New York & Heels – MICHAEL Michael Kors


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{Photos by Jennymay Villarete of J. Villarete Photography}

And speaking of Oxblood – I’d like to talk to you about this skirt. It’s got everything I’m loving about skirts this season. Great color, eye-catching fabric, and a fun silhouette.

So where did I get it? The Junior’s department of Nordstrom. My secret happy place of late – Between the cute BP clothes and the killer TopShop section, I can’t seem to stay away. Despite feeling like everyone is staring at me and thinking: “Why is that 30-something hanging around the Junior’s department?”

Have YOU tried shopping at a Juniors department?

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MCLV Style: Ladylike Tweed + Oxblood

Two brands that I can always count on to produce dress after dress after dress that I love are Banana Republic and BCBG. In either store I’m more likely than not to: (1) Love every single thing that I try on, and (2) Leave the premises with more than I anticipated, and very likely, more than I need.


{Shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Tweed Dress – Banana Republic, Blazer – Zara & Bag – Angela & Roi}


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{Photos by Jennymay Villarete of J. Villarete Photography}

As was the case with this grey ladylike tweed dress that I swooped up on super sale during the holidays at Banana Republic. It’s a simple dress in a classic silhouette, like so many in my closet, but what I really liked about it was the versatility. It goes from a fun little weekend dress like this to a chic work dress with the right changes.

Another thing I’d like to mention is this bag – Angela & Roi is much, much more than just an online handbag shop. Not only are all of their divine styles made from vegan leather, each color supports a different cause. So when you’re choosing your color – A portion of the proceeds go to a specific charity. This beautiful, rich purple-oxblood hue supports Alzheimer’s Disease, which I chose because my grandfather was a sufferer. I highly, highly recommend taking a look at these great bags and do some good for the world while you shop!

Do YOU have a store that you always do too much damage in?

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Daytime Outerwear: A by Anubha

As I’m sure you’ve picked up, I’m a big fan of great outwear {Statement Coats}. I love that even without taking into account what you’re wearing underneath, your daytime outerwear can make a big impact. Bold colors, unique prints, retro inspired silhouettes, one-of-a-kind vintage finds, fun geometric designs – They’re all eye-catching and dramatic in a way that’s different from separates or accessories.


{Shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Tuxedo Pants – Vince Camuto, Clutch – MICHAEL Michael Kors & Velvet Ballet Flats – Nine West}

The new line A by Anubha recently caught my attention at San Francisco Fashion Week’s Emerging Designers Runway Show. The line is Khadi oriented – Khadi being an organic hand-spun, hand-woven fabric and while it originated in New Delhi, the designer is now a San Francisco local. What struck me most about these pieces was the combination of classic, clean silhouettes and striking, bold colors. The end result are some of the most wearable jackets and coats I’ve seen in some time.


I had the good fortune to meet designer Anubha Srivastava and after the show we decided to play dress up in front of a camera so that I could try out some of her fabulous outerwear. As you can see from the pictures below, not only are these pieces beautifully made, they’re also very wearable. Often times you’ll see something on the runway or in a store window only to realize it wasn’t created with the real female figure in mind. These pieces, however, were.


{Photos by Jennymay Villarete of J. Villarete Photography}

What’s YOUR favorite style of daytime outerwear?

Did you love this piece as much as I did? You can find out more about the line and contact the designer here. And be sure to stay tuned for the nighttime looks from A by Anubha!

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Styling 101: Oxblood

When you live in the Bay Area you quickly develop an appreciation for layering and even for this veteran I have to say that it’s a good day when you can mix stripes, faux leather, black & white, studs, vintage jewelry, and oxblood into a single look.


{Jewelry can be shopped online at Sasha Maks Vintage or you can contact info@sashamaksvintage.com for additional details & private appointments}


{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Dress – Forever 21, Blazer – Aqua, Oxblood Shirt – Express, Bag – TopShop & Heels – Lela Rose}


Photography, Jewelry & Jewelry Styling by Sasha Maks Vintage

The perfect finishing touch for this look was the layered necklaces – These vintage collars are both stunning and the black & gold pieces looked great together with the pop of oxblood.

What’s your favorite way to layer for Fall? Outerwear? Jewelry?

And if you’re a fan of vintage jewelry join me for The Bling Ring Vintage Jewelry Trunk Show on Wednesday, October 2nd!

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Welcome To The Red Carpet…

Each Spring we get to witness the fabulous journey from red carpet to red carpet that the celebrities embark on that leads to the Oscars. Have I seen all the movies being nominated for & winning awards? Nope. Not even close. Do you know which gowns & frocks I love and which designers are killing it? Oh. Yes.

Here are some of the highlights of late!


{I like this because it’s a one-of-a-kind take on a standard Little Black Dress and the answer to what to wear to a cocktail party.}


{Cute. Eye-catching. Age appropriate. What more could you ask for from a young starlet?}

People's Choice Awards 2013 - Arrivals

{I adore a man in a suit, but with an endless parade of red carpets during awards season black and grey suit after black and grey suit gets a bit… Dreary. Three cheers for a man who mixing things up and likes to try great colors & textures. Precisely as the face of Burberry should!}

People's Choice Awards 2013 - Arrivals

{Flowy and white can frequently bomb on the red carpet. Too loose, too casual, too flower child… But this one is perfection. It’s all about the belt!}

People's Choice Awards 2013 - Arrivals

{Another black & gold number that killed it on the red carpet. Dramatic. Unique. Flattering. Perfect!}

People's Choice Awards 2013 - Arrivals

{Finding the perfect jewel toned gown isn’t easy and I can’t imagine a more beautifully colored dress than this one. And that silver collar? Swoon!}

People's Choice Awards 2013 - Arrivals

{Prints & patterns are such a breath of fresh air on the red carpet in a sea of princess-y frocks and this metallic black & silver number was especially stunning. And she wisely left the statement jewelry at home.}


{Another fabulous white gown curtsey of Ralph Lauren. Lovely silhouette and a flattering hue, but those earrings were what really sold me. Just stunning!}


{I LOVE Kerry Washington and she’s had some killer looks during her Django Unchained press tour – But this Giles gown is one of my favorites. It’s totally unique while still looking like it was made for her. Brava!}

And finally… Some Golden Globe goodness:


{I love this dress! There was lots of back-and-forth on this one from the commentators, but I thought it was fun and a breath of fresh air!}


{Striking. Just striking.}


{I love the drama here – The deep oxblood color, the neckline, the train… There’s a lot going on, but it works for her.}


{I LOVE pants on the red carpet. And I love women in tuxedos. This is simple but totally chic and timeless. Well done Amy, well done.}


{Wow. It’s eye-catching and dramatic, but still age appropriate and utterly flattering. Gorgeous dress!, I love the gold embellishments.}


{This peach hue suits Miss Jessica to a T. It’s classic but the styling, jewelry & bag take it up a notch.}


{I love black & white on the red carpet. It’s sharp and eye-catching. And Julianne Moore knows JUST how to pull off this killer Tom Ford gown.}


{Flawless. The gown is a stunning color, suits her figure perfectly, and I adore the double straps, low back, and sheer stripe. Perfection!}


{Drama Drama Drama. When you want sophisticated, high fashion drama and glamour you know where to go – Alexander McQueen!}


{I’m not usually a fan of sheer hemlines but I just love this sparkly Miu Miu number. It really stood out last night – Both on the red carpet and on stage – And it looks great on her.}


{And she’s back! I used to love everything that Miss Kidman wore on the red carpet but all the white lately hasn’t been my favorite – This however is killer. It’s busy, but she’s just the woman to pull it off!}


{Such a standout dress last night – This is the definitely of an eye-catching look!}

In my humble opinion there was a winning tie here… Jessica Alba in Oscar de la Renta {styled by the fabulous Brad Goreski} and Taylor Swift in Donna Karan Atelier. Both looked utterly striking and were styled to perfection. Well done to everyone though, there were virtually no disasters at this stylish event.

My only complaint? Where was Keira Knightley??? Her Chanel gowns for the Anna Karenina red carpets have been divine – I was dying to see what she was going to wear to the Golden Globes. Sob!

{Images from TLo}

Curious about last year’s stand outs? Check out Golden Girls. And Boys. for the 2012 red carpet looks from the likes of Angelina Jolie, Evan Rachel Wood, Emma Stone, and Rooney Mara.

Which fabulous frock was your favorite?

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