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by caroline, runway, spring 2015, spring/summer 2015

#pfw . . . three for the road . . .

OMG – I have been patiently waiting for what seems like forever for the céline and chloé spring 2015 shows.  you have probably guessed by now that my two favorite labels are those by phoebe philo of céline and claire weight keller of chloé.  also, included on the list of my highest esteem is isabel marant who heads her own label.  maybe it’s some subconscious view that french girls are cooler.  am i wrong about that?  srlsy, a perfect world for me would include a closet filled with pieces from these three designers and a serious inability to gain weight despite my best efforts (among other things).

below, i have hooked you up with my fave’o’fave from céline, chloé, and isabel marant.  each of these designers were on a different page for spring but i am loving all three collections.  i said back in #nfw posts that buttercream would be big for spring.  and now, i think we should all know that buttercream is HUGE for spring since it played heavily in both the céline and isabel marant collections.   so, in february when you start seeing buttercream hit zara, grab it!!!   i was also glad to see phobe philo continue with her long silhouettes over pants and long skirts.  is a totally workable look for all figures, BTWs.   the safari/military look is having a moment at chloé (we saw different interpretation at marc jacobs).  i think anything with the front patch pockets and horn buttons will be a hit for spring.   navy is definitely big.  and finally, i think we all need some sort of kimono wrap think going on with an obi or sash belt.  er’body seemed to be hitting that note.

and, yo!  if you haven’t heard about our partnership with saks fifth avenue and buffy york of thestylegathering for THE handbag event, it is TONIGHT!!!!  here are the detes:  TODAY from 5-8 in handbags at saks at the summit, birmingham.  runway show @6 pm.  cocktails.  lite bites.  dior (free) nail bar.  dj.  revive gift with handbag purchase.  this event is going to shut. it. down.  word.

xo,
cg

céline . . .

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i love the silhouette of this top.  the pants are fun but definitely just for the runway.  there was a great skirt like this as well.  the word is editorial, i think . . .

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ah. . . the buttercream. again this silhouette had me at hello . . . this may be my favorite look from the collection . . .

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okay navy AND buttercream???? now, you are killing me. . .

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i am a fool for navy and it is a MUST for spring, that’s for sure. and a navy jumpsuit — crushing. it.

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there were several pieces with a delightful and light pattern that just screams spring. . . i expect to see this all over every magazine come march . . .

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have i mentioned that i love this silhouette????

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my girl, phoebs. . . didn’t i tell you adidas were hot???

chloé . . .

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there were a number of ethereal pieces held together by a literal string on the chloé spring runway and while there were def dreamy, it’s the safari/military pieces with the patch pockets or horn buttons that grabbed me. . . this may be my favorite look of the collection.

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i think you are probably getting the point on navy. . . i really can’t get enough navy.  it has been zero dark thirty for way too long.

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several long, patch pocket skirts in the show. this blouse is totally chill. love.  have we discussed the shoes?  nobody – repeat – nobody needs to be thinking they will wear these babies in real life.  even if you have pins for legs, after 2 hours your legs look like pork tenderloin.  this is a runway only deal.  period.

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classic chloé.

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could this be any cooler??? no. the answer is no.  btws, you CAN do the lace up shoe thing if the laces stop at the ankles.  when you start lacing flesh, then we have troubles.

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the grand finale. another smoking’ hot look that is destined to be in every editorial this spring. totally grooving’ on this hue. and eyelet. wow. haven’t seen that in forevs.

isabel marant . . .

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OMG . . . are you dying? smoking’ hotness! wow! is isabel marant the coolest person in the entire world? yes.  the answer is yes.

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and just when you thought clothes could not get any cooler, this look came down the runway.   shut. it down.  word.

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with a longer skirt, i could totally rock this look. love.

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accessory, by martha, fashion trends, handbags, Uncategorized

i don’t have to go back to school to carry this

 we were getting ready for this week’s fashion show  at saks and when i saw this bag, i just knew it had to be in the show. how fabulous is the cynnie bag and totally functional. this elizabeth and james bucket bag with a cinched drawstring top has been seen all over the streets of new york.  the zipper detail takes it to another level and the shoulder straps makes this bag totally functional.
we’ve paired it with a casual look but i think you could take it out on the town with a black pants and a white bouse. plus doesn’t the shearling just make you smile. it’s like a purse with curls. so birmingham peeps come check out what we’ve done this tuesday at saks from 5 to 8.
ps this fabulous bag comes in a clutch too just to make your decision a little harder. either way you can’t go wrong.
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by martha, classic looks, Fall Fashion, handbags, industry news, kerry washington, scandal, the limited, Uncategorized

where is olivia

if you watch scandal then you know exactly what i’m talking about. tonight is the night we find out where olivia is and i can’t wait. if you’ve seen the trailer, abc has done a fabulous job of getting us fans to make sure we are home at 8 cst to watch this new episode or at least have our dvr set to record so we won’t miss a beat.

i don’t watch a lot of tv but when i see smart beautiful women, like kerry washington, with such a presence i tune in. did i also mention that i love her style. her professional looks on the show are ones we can emulate. she and the limited have teamed up for a fashion line. the looks are straight from the scandal’s set and ones that we can wear in our everyday life without the hefty price.

one thing i did learn is that her line excludes any handbags as she wants her character to remain true to the prada handbags she carries in the show; and speaking of handbags, don’t forget that stylebriefs and the style gathering will be at the birmingham, al saks location for a handbag fashion show this tuesday from 5 to 8. we would love to see you and show the hot trends in handbags.

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xo
martha

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by caroline, people we love . . .

girl crush . . . ms. claiborne . . .

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young hollywood and american beauty, by claiborne swanson frank

i was thrilled last week when an un-expected package arrived at my door. at first, i couldn’t think what it could be and then i remembered. . . yay!!!! i had pre-ordered claiborne swanson frank’s newest book, young hollywood, from amazon months ago and it had finally, finally arrived!!!!! the book is amazing and gorgeous and lovely to flip through. claiborne is a photographer with a stylist’s eye and the combination produces some of the most captivating photographs of women, in this case, young starlets in hollywood. you really need this book. . .  or maybe you need to do what i plan on doing . . .  give it to everyone for christmas (can you imagine a world where your christmas shopping was half complete in september??).  click here to order from amazon.

my love of claiborne (i think we would be on a first name basis) runs long and deep.  i first noticed her when her napa valley wedding to James Frank was featured in vogue. . .

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claiborne’s family, the swansons, owned the food brand that we are all so familiar with. these days, their focus is on their napa valley vineyards. claiborne’s wedding was in the family’s vineyards and the pictures show it was beyond-words amazing. . .

then, she was featured in vogue.com’s five days, five looks, one girl.  and everything came to a screeching halt. . . mind.  blown.  now, i am a huge fan of five days, five looks, one girl (my favorite feature of vogue.com). but until claiborne, i had never really found anyone that so completely captivated me.  i would be lying to you if i suggested that i had not tried to knock off everything about every look presented.  how could she be this cool?  seriously . . .

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and as if that wasn’t enough, then, elle decor featured her along with her super chic nyc apartment . . . what i love, love, love, is the quiet self-confidence in this apartment. . . given her personal provenance, she could probably have any decorator come and do (or over-do) every tiny detail and every square inch of the apartment. and yet, she did it herself (albeit with advice from her mother-in-law, cynthia frank, who is a very esteemed decorator). and it is clear that she is convinced of her personal style and is staying true to it. in this world of more is more, i just absolutely love her less is more approach. and her willingness to let her personality show through. . .

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by this time, i was a little more than obsessed and began slightly stalking her in nyc party pics . . .

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so, when her first book came out, american beauty, not only did i have it on pre-order, i gave it to all my friends for christmas. american beauty is a collection of portraits claiborne took of her friends and friends of friends.  and, she had her subjects do their own make-up and wear their own clothes so to capture their true essence.  the cover photo kind of says it all . . . the pictures are beguiling. . . .

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claiborne included a self-portrait in each book. and each shows a different side of her true american beauty . . .

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claiborne’s self-portrait in young hollywood

just last week, one of my favorite blogs, www.jeanstories.com, featured claiborne and her current/elliott blue jean cut-offs.

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i think you can see where i cam coming from.

xo,

cg

 

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giveaway, handbags, things we love . . . to wear

it’s all in the bag . . .

we are over the moon excited to announce our partnership with saks fifth avenue and one our fave. fave. fave-orite bloggers, buffy york of www.thestylegathering.com (L.O.V.E.!!!!!), for the handbag event coming up a week from tonight, tuesday, september 30, from 5-8 pm at saks at the summitt in the handbag section, 1st floor.  srsly, you CANNOT miss this event!!  this is going to be epic!  let’s start with the fact that, not only is there going to be a fashion show (you probably guessed that), BUT there is going to be a free nail bar sponsored by Dior!!!  Yay!!!  Dior will be premiering their new nail colors for fall and you can get your nails did before or after the show for free!!!!   y’all know how much i love nail polish!!!  there will also be cocktails and super delish nibbles to eat AND – wait for it – a dj is going to be spinnin’ some tunes to keep us rockin’ non-stoppin’. AND (the deal just keeps getting sweeter, doesn’t it?) ReVive is including a free gift with a handbag purchase!!!   O. . . M. . . G!

let me just add that i am getting so excited about the handbags because saks has an amazing selection this year — both in store and available for order.  and, i am sure that you have admired the beautiful colors and textures of all the bags for fall but you may have peaced out on how to make it work with your wardrobe. . .  (what DO you pair a cobalt blue bag with, anyway?).  that is why you HAVE to come!!!  we are going to break it down for you and hook you up with some great color palette suggestions that will make these bags work on any level.  word.

below, I have hooked you up with a little teaser – my own picts taken at the saks here and in atlanta of the beautiful colors and styles that are available.

so, come out and join us for a rockin’ good time!!!

xo,
stylebriefs

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the handbag wall at saks fifth avenue, phipps plaza. are you drooling?? the collections in birmingham are equally amazing. but if the bag you are dreaming of is not in stock in birmingham, they can get you what you need from any of the other stores in the blink of an eye!!

 

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another pict from saks fifth avenue, phipps plaza. have the colors ever been better or more vibrant for fall????

 

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peacock blue may be my favorite color of all time. but what to pair it with??? i’ve got you covered! see you tuesday september 30 in the handbags at saks.

 

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do you love leopard and studs but can’t seem to make them a daily play? we’ve got your answers. see you next tuesday!

 

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i think we can all agree that my blogging skills are matched only by my photography skills, am i right??? i had to include this pict (despite it’s poor quality) because i am loving the wines and orangey-reds together this fall. let’s discuss! see you next tuesday!!

 

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beauty, by martha, clarisonic for feet, Uncategorized

exercise comes at a price

yall know that i love to excercise. i think in my former life i was jane fonda but with exercise comes a price and my feet have paid that price. honestly, i look forward to the cooler months when i can hide my feet in my booties. so why am i talking about this now. well, for one, even during the colder months you will wear open toes shoes of some sort to a party. second, i’ve learned that if i make something a routine then when the need actually arises ie wearing sandals then i’m that much ahead of the game.

let me introduce you to the clarisonic for feet. it has been around a while but i’ve been hesitant to try thinking it was just another gimmick. but i knew that i loved my facial clarisonic so i decided to bite the bullet and i purchased the clarisonic. i love this device. it is incredible. i’m actually mad at myself for not buying it sooner. no more being embarrassed about going to get a pedicure that the person will get carpal tunnel after working on my feet; no more feeling like i should be like mama june and wear socks at the beach.

clarisonic for feet is a game changer. just a few pointers. read the instructions. there is a specific method to use depending on how bad your feet are. second consistency is key. you can’t use it just once and think a miracle is going to happen. but the clarisonic takes less time than a pedicure and for a few minutes a couple nights of week your feet will look and feel fabulous. plus now i have a reason to go by that new nail polish that caroline told us about yesterday and wear it proudly on my toes.

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let me end by saying this, i can talk all day about how a pretty jacket or a cool earring will look great but if you don’t take care of yourself then what’s the reason for a new item of clothing.

xo
martha

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by caroline, Nails

the tale of the dark nail . . .

and so it was that the days began to shorten and the great mugginess began to lift and the word went forth that all those of style and fashion should change their nail color from light to dark. but the people were confused. and they cried, “but what dark nail color is best?” and the wise fashion blogger saw their confusion and heard their cries and came to them in a post and said, “indigo frock by cnd is best.”
so it was that those of style and fashion changed their nail color to indigo frock as the wise fashion blogger decreed. and the days got shorter and the great mugginess lifted and the days got cooler. and the nails of the people of style and fashion were the perfect complement to the woolen hues of their garments. and this was good.

the end.

xo,
cg

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