there is life after laura ashley: learning to love fashion and myself after the ’80s

so this photo came back into my life with an abrupt, jarring text from my sister.  that is me on the left, my sister, tay, on the right; we are with some of our best friends from childhood.  the photo was taken at a wedding brunch in about 1989 (smack in the middle of my freshman year). so, i’ve taken a hard look at this picture and asked myself what went wrong here and (maybe the same question asked differently) what have i learned about fashion and life since this picture was taken?  here are some things I think the last 25 years have taught me:  know your figure (don’t wear puff sleeves if you yearn for a slender silhouette);  don’t be a slave to the trends (or just because laura ashley […]

5 great . . . cover-ups

kate moss in st. tropez

my bathing suit cover-up gets more and more action as the years pass . . . .  i have become reluctant to pull this baby off unless the pool is mere steps away and there are no obstacles between me and the water.  so, i think it needs a little more attention than i have given it in years past.  here are five great options for spring . . . remember the time martha and I started blog and were giving away a free pair of ray ban aviators to get you to follow us?  No?  It’s right now.  follow stylebriefs by clicking here and entering your email address in the “follow” box in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen for a chance to win.  OR, if you are viewing this […]

5 great . . . hats for the pool or beach

i feel like nothing ages me more than wearing a hat in the sun by the pool or beach.  twenty-somethings just do NOT wear wide-brimmed hats in the sun . . . or do they?????  when researching this post, the photos below of rockstars and movie stars alike have totally inspired me to rock my panama with confidence!!!  i pulled together five great panama hat options so all pocketbooks can get a piece of the action. so grab your hat and slather on your 60 spf face sunscreen and work it, girl! #springbreak #killingit looks like eva l. knows that a pair of ray ban aviators MAKE the hat. . . .  don’t forget about stylebriefs ray ban aviator giveaway!  for a chance to win follow stylebriefs  by clicking here and then […]

fringe…and i’m not talking about your bangs

fringe is everywhere and it can make a blah outfit a wow! I wore this simple black sweater and jeans out Saturday night but paired it with this fringe vest. Lots of compliments and it was so simple but it turned a just fine outfit into a yozya (that’s a real word by the way)outfit but it is not just a vest. this purse from barneys is fabulous and these booties by koolabura which can be found at swank atlanta …who can resist. uh oh my credit card is starting to smoke. but remember a little goes a long way. there is a reason they call it a statement piece but too many “statements” will actually turn that wow! outfit into something you could wear to the circus

5 great. . . beach bags

we are getting ready for spring break here at stylebriefs.  for those of you headed some place warm, here are five great beach bags that have great price tags, too.  my beach bags can get a little nappy after a couple of years with all the sand and sunscreen and wet goggles–i think it is time to re-up.  the club monaco madagascar tote is my fave, made of woven grass and leather handles.  imagine how great this will look all summer when you throw it over your shoulder with a pair of white capri jeans, a white sleeveless t, and some cool sandals . . .  i think the nor’easter would look super chic with a circle monogram in a contrasting color.  (consider taking it to local sewing shop and selecting your […]

down-at-the-heels . . .

okay. I really cannot believe we are back to this shoe. the first thing I thought when I saw it was, “really?” and then I realized that I always think that the first time I see I trend. the last time I considered this shoe was for my senior prom at coffee high school when I bought some “dip and dye” mid-heels at the bakers on the corner across from orange julius at regency square mall. (my mother did not think it appropriate for a 17 year old to wear stilettos. my, how the times change). and, I would not have thought they could be cool or pretty until I saw the picture below at and then, I knew I needed a pair of mid-heel, pointed toe shoes. I think the […]

ray ban aviator giveaway . . .

what is mary kate wearing?  that’s right!  the most notable thing she has on in this picture is her ray ban aviators and not her new 10 carat engagement ring. don’t forget about stylebriefs ray ban aviator giveaway!  for a chance to win, you must follow our stylebriefs blog at, by entering your email address in the “follow” box in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen.  (hint, you must do this from your desktop or laptop computer; you can’t follow from your mobile devices.  suck.  i know.)  the deadline to enter is midnight on march 28.  come on!  what are you waiting for?

leather in the spring

if you’ve seen caroline or me out during the colder months, there is a good chance you’ve seen us rocking our leather pants. we love our leather pants. they can be dressed up or down and can take any outfit to the next level. but what about leather in the spring. i have to admit it took me a while to embrace this trend. i have always thought of leather as a cold weather fabric but that is simply not the case. leather is a great transition piece. throw a leather jacket over a tshirt and with the perfect pair jeans and you are ready to hit the town (or to your child’s baseball game). even this pencil skirt from jcrew-a great outfit for the office or for a night out. so […]

do your skirts hang low . . . (part two)

as promised, i have collected a few great looking midi and longish skirts that have great looking price tags as well.  i like the idea of wearing these with a mule for a really modern look. either a crop or a long tank in the summer; a cropped or belted long blazer for a more polished look. (Lupita, that’s two “no tucks”).  the topshop silk midi sundress by unique, above, would be perf for dinner out once the nights get warmer. there are already so many great options out there.  as the spring merchandise hits the stores this week, you are sure to find many more.  if you do, post them on our facebook page!!!  i am in the market, girl! mango striped midi skirt, $69 topshop forest green slip skirt, $56 […]