Friday, December 30, 2011

Tattler Russia's Ice Princess

Winter in Ohio kicks off after Christmas, our Indian summer frosts into full-blown winter with blizzards and ice storms. I love the changing of the seasons and winter holds a special place in my heart as the season of cozy cashmere, fur (faux please!), dazzling sequins, bright tights and cool winter coats. This editorial celebrates my favorite parts of winter with a strong 1920s vibe. I can't get over the liberal use of fur and gypsy accents that makes me anxious to get into the snowy part of winter. I can just see myself scraping the frost off of my car in one of these glamorous looks from Russia's Tattler magazine.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays!

This vintage cheesecake ad wants you to have a Merry Christmas! Put on your best hosiery and make the season sparkle with glamor and opulence.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Weekly Expense Report: Holiday Glitter & Glam

While I scramble to finish all my last-minute Christmas shopping I have scooped up a couple things for myself along the way. I'm focusing on injecting more glamour and opulence into my wardrobe with sequins, fur, and retro-inspired lingerie.

This Donna Karan New York sequin party dress ($128) is my back-up anniversary dress in case the teal one doesn't work. Otherwise I'll be rocking it for New Year's Eve. I love the champagne and smoke sparkle--very film-noir in a classic silhouette. A dress this dramatic begs for a fascinator! You can find XS-XL here at Macy's and 14-28 here at Lane Bryant!

My favorite intimate store Cacique has a fabulous new December collection for the curvy and fabulous crowd that features pin-up girl styling. The ribbon slotted bandeau bra ($42) stole my heart with her polka dots and teal ribbon and comes in 36C-36DDD and 38-44B-H. The matching ribbon slotted hipster panty ($18) comes in pant sizes 12-28.

Because artfully lounging is a priority and I am a sucker for polka dots this cami doll set ($40) came home with me. It even comes with matching tap pants.

Another bra and panty set in heart-throbbing pink and black French-inspired lace. The passion lace balconette ($38) and the luxury lace trim hipster ($18) are perfect for everyday wear and come in a wide range of sizes!

There is no way I could leave this striped set behind featuring little cherry charms! The striped plunge bra ($42) and striped tanga panty ($18) will nestle their way into my lingerie drawer.

I never knew how much I would appreciate the starry night 2 piece pajama set ($55) until I put it on. I love Cacique sleepwear because the smallest size is perfectly oversized on me--like I borrowed my husband's sleep pants but they are more comfortable and come in the cutest prints. I was attracted to this set because of the D&G inspired print and little ruffle details. I never anticipated just how glamorous I would feel lounging around in these vintage-y menswear-inspired pajamas. I'll go back for more after Christmas when they are on sale so I can pick up a few more prints!

If I'm not buying tights from then Spanx are definitely my legwear of choice. I love the patterned tights and hosiery with the high-waisted control top--they fit perfectly and flatter my curves better than any hosiery I've ever tried! I purchased the Diamond and Swiss Dot sheer fashion hose ($28) to round out my Holiday wardrobe.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Style Diary: A Christmas Carol!

The Ohio Historical Society opened their Ohio Village for a storybook evening straight out of Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol. Mr. Anachronistic Style and I bundled up to enjoy our first Christmas-themed moments of the season. It officially feels like the Holidays!

There were real carolers! You'd have random encounters while wandering the village and they'd even take requests!

The post office was offering reproductions of the first Christmas Cards. Apparently the first cards focused on themes of charity and giving and were very secular.

Quick shot while in line for cookies in the candy store. We never got cookies since we carry plastic like non-Victorians.

Real chestnuts roasting over a real open fire!

Inside the dress shop you could try on Victorian fashions of the period, I was too bundled up to try them on though. You can see a little girl getting dressed in the mirror behind me.

Pretty dress illustrations and dress making supplies on the counter.

Outfit Breakdown:

Hat - kate spade
Scarf - Gift from Italy
Coat - Banana Republic
Purse - Cynthia Rowley
Muff - Banana Republic
Skirt - Limited
Socks - Target
Mary Janes - Clark's (similar here)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Weekly Expense Report: Black Friday/ Cyber Monday

Last Black Friday and Cyber Monday I was left trolling the sample sales and door-busters online without a penny to my name, pining over sales unpurchased because it's Christmas and I should buy for others. This year I planned better.

The sequin circles cardigan in navy ($98) from Banana Republic is even more gorgeous in person with iridescent beads and holographic sequins. This is going to be my go-to Holiday topper.

I also have an eight-year anniversary this December. The dark peacock silk ruffle front dress ($140) is the dress. This fits and flatters my curves (unlike the model above.) It feels so luxuriously 1930s glamour!

A silver glitter belt ($40) highlights my waist and makes dresses that come with those cheap black vinyl belts look a little more luxe.

I finally bought the BR Mad Men Collection Stefani glasses ($98) that I've been pining for since fall. So 1960s chic!

I needed a black ballet flat with silver instead of gold hardware. The BR Brynn bow ballet flat ($110) came to my rescue!

Sugarpill always has a great Black Friday sale so I scored all these Chromalust loose eyeshadows ($12) for 30% off! I purchased from left to right, top to bottom--- Tiara, Asylum, Junebug, Darling, Starling, Royal Sugar, Magpie, Weekender, & Stella.

Shoedazzle was having a double style points sale so I scored Zahara and Rhoda ($40). I love how Zahara is a bootie that is very of-the-moment, I can mix it with my retro style to modernize the look. Rhoda is green. Seriously, that is all the reason I needed!

kate spade had a sample sale so I took advantage of a few good deals. The hot pink carnation garden scarf ($79) is so festive and girly, the perfect topper for the collarless coat I see in my future! It also looks great over a crewneck or something strapless as a necklace. I also purchased the walker park colorblock hat ($59) because I fell in love when I saw it in Lucky magazine a few months ago. I chose the teal version because I asked for this teal coat for Christmas!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Dowager Chic for the Young

Color-blocking like a dowager was the theme of Miu Miu's Resort 2012 collection. I'm in love with the clutch bags, the rhinestone and pearl jewelry, and the strategic use of cardigan sweaters. In neutral tones this look would be aging but the bright color-blocking and mix of patterns give the collection a youth and vibrancy that the brand is known for. Who's ready to invest in some gloves with me?