I totally miss the “My Mom the Style Icon” blog that celebrated mothers and their style. The last post was 2012; here it is five years later and I am still talking about it. My mother would have been 69 yesterday, so I wanted to dedicate today’s post to one of my favorite fashionistas and a true style icon, Mommy.
My mother was equal bits of class and femininity. Her classic style matched her southern and modest upbringing. She reminded me of Diahann Carol with her big clip- on earrings, shoulder pads and perfectly coiffed her. She wore minimal makeup to keep her look fresh, allowing her natural beauty to shine through. Her clothing was equally befitting- neat, clean and pressed with HEAVY starch. While she participated in some of the decadence of the eighties, her personal style remained timeless.
While cleaning, I found this picture of my mother, my sister and myself. My mother’s outfit was probably not one she put much effort into achieving, but it is a flawless look perfect for a Friday date night, casual Friday workday or just romping about town running Saturday errands. The white blazer and low-cut white blouse are a refreshing Spring look that can be dressed up, especially when paired with the dark denim. I have recreated the look with a pair of Hudson High-waist jeans (The new takes on high-waist denim no longer scream “Mommy”. ), $195.00 at Zappos and a BCBG Generation Blazer, $118.
Life is beautiful! Enjoy it!
Victoria Beckham just debuted her new clothing line at Target and it is simple, luxe and has something for everyone!
The line includes women’s, plus-sizes and kids’ luxe fashions. What I love most is the bold and colorful prints and of course they are super affordable! Prices range from $6-$70. Fab!
Take a look!
Be sure to visit Target.com or get to the store quick! This line will surely sell out fast!
True love always wins!
I love NARS! NARS Cosmetics carry my go to blushes and lip pencils. But they also have the most amazing eye palettes too.
Introducing the new NARSissist loaded eyeshadow palette.
This palette contains 12 high pigmented velvety shadows that will take you from day to night and in between.
This palette contains rich golds, bronzes, burnt sunsets and rich dark colors to create the perfect smokey eye. I am in love!
This palette is a limited edition and retails for $59. Be sure to grab yours now as it will sell out!
You can purchase this palette online or at any NARS retail location.
Recently, I was asking a friend what does one wear on a first date. Yep! Even your favorite fashionistas will come up with blank stares when it comes to questions about what to wear to an emotionally charged event (first date, wedding, meeting the parents, graduation, death). Totally, first-world issues, right. But, first dates are extremely emotionally charged events.
My very sage and minimalist friend gave me the best piece of fashion advice (that doubled as some good dating advice). She said, “Wear what you would wear if you and I were going out to kick it during happy hour.”
How simple for little ole complicated me. It was some of the wisest fashion advice and dating advice. Essentially, Sage Sally was saying, “be friends first.” She elaborated on her suggestion: This is someone you don’t know and don’t necessarily need to impress. Her advice hit home. Perhaps I didn’t need to be told to wear (that’s a rare occasion), but just a simple reminder to be myself.
The only way I would have been comfortable is if I had worn what made me happy, which is typically what I do on an ordinary day, so why would I change for this date? I’ll tell you why? women are women, and men are men, and people are people who have legitimate emotions and they want to attract a mate and hormones make us all crazy and drive our behavior including consumer behavior. And this consumer was contemplating a brand-new outfit for a first date… breathe.
So, the question remains, “what does one wear on a first date, especially when they live in a city where it is 78 in the morning and 38 at night and 90 the next day and one groundhog saw his shadow and the other one did not see his shadow (you get my drift). My answer: my standard not trying too hard to please but I clean up well look which is equivalent to something that is both comfortable, cute, and not overtly sexy, and semi-warm but won’t make your blood boil. I like feminine touches that don’t scream, “Touch me,” but maybe just whisper it. Lol. That is just my personal preference. But if you want to be safe, my suggestion for a date night, a nice fitted boatneck or dressy button down tunic, dark denim (or maybe white for summer) and boots for winter or strappy flats for summer). Feel free to share yours. I am always open for suggestions. Here’s a cute boatneck by Tibi that is a perfect top for a first date.
Until next week,
Viscose Gingham Boatneck Top
$345.00 by Tibi
Remember pain is temporary.
There are two things that I love: Spring and Stuart Weitzman shoes.
Stuart Weitzman has debuted their Spring line of gorgeous shoes and I have found the perfect shoe for luxe brunches, events or just because.
The Stuart Weitzman Peekabow pump is made from embossed leather, has four inch heels and the cutest little peek a boo bow. Love, love, love.
This shoe is classic but still makes a statement with the details. It comes in a beautiful gold or a pristine white. It is a must for my wardrobe as it can be worn with pretty much anything. Luxe!
The Stuart Weitzman Peekabow Pump retails for $425.00 and can be purchased online here or at any Stuart Weitzman retailer.
Live the life you want.
I am so excited to share that Wild Heaven Beer has announced plans for a second brewery and taproom location at the Lee + White development in Atlanta adjacent to the Beltline’s Westside Trail. The freestanding building, including over 21,000 square feet of space with room for expansion, includes a large area overlooking the Atlanta Beltline perfect for patrons to enjoy being outdoors while sipping beer and nibbling food made onsite. Wowza!
If you don’t know, Wild Have Beer, is Georgia brewery that is a beer lover’s favorite on the Eastside. Wild Haven Beers are designed in the great tradition of European brewing but with a distinctly American creative flair. Their all-grain, no adjunct-sugar philosophy creates bigger flavor without excess alcohol.
Wild Heaven aims to be one of America’s great breweries as well as helping raise the profile of beer in the south. Their beers are available throughout Georgia and Eastern Tennessee. Wild Heaven’s year-round portfolio includes Emergency Drinking Beer, Wise Blood IPA, White Blackbird Belgian-style Saison, Invocation Belgian-style Golden Ale and Ode To Mercy Nitro Coffee Brown Ale.
If you’ve been following LuxeTips for the long haul (that’s been 10 years and what a blessing), and if you know anything about the Chameleon, then you know I’m a sucker for a sheath dress. Despite the natural Mohawk I rock, I have a classic style and I love the myriad ways you can wear a sheath (with a coat, cardigan, belted scarf, sleeveless vest, turtleneck, with thigh boots or Louboutin’s … you name it). The sheath has a figure- flattering shape that screams power and sex all in one without being overtly feminine or crass. It should be a part of every woman’s capsule wardrobe. Period.
Now, if you’re a BMJ (Being Mary Jane) fan like me then you know that Gabrielle Union rocks a sheath dress like no other. Gaby’s sheath dresses are tailored to fit her well-maintained figure and are updated with texture, cutouts and color. She finds numerous ways to enjoy classic lines without being boring or too “corporate.” Gaby seriously has the lockdown on the sheath dress.
On my last visit to Escada, I found the perfect dress with small flutter sleeves in an eye-catching turquoise that screamed “Gaby’s power dress”, “Spring”, “Easter”,” after-five”, and “buy me” all at once. Now, before you get your panties in a bunch over the price, because the sheath is a classic shape you can find them at all price points. Here’s the beautiful Dress Deluna sheath from Escada .
Until next week,
Dress Deluna in Pool, $825.00 at Escada
You only have one life to live, so live the one you want. Not the one you think you want or the one that other people tell you is right!
I love Lincoln Motor Company because it embodies luxury, class and style. One of my favorite Lincoln products is Lincoln Black Label. Lincoln Black Label provides customers with the ultimate in tailored and custom design and luxury.
The Lincoln Motor Company offers a collection of tailored design themes to match your swag and make your Lincoln truly stand out, such as Rhapsody Blue, available on the Lincoln Continental Black Label theme.
This theme is truly stylish and super fab! Check it out!
Love, love, love!
“The materials are purposely arranged to flow like water: Glossier materials highlight the upper portion of the interior, while more lush touch points are lower, down to the softer, thicker carpet. Supple leather, rich Alcantara® sueded cloth, mesh and shearling combine to create an exceptionally diverse tactile experience.”
The Lincoln Continental Black Label-Rahpsody Blue, starts at $63,000.00.
I had the opportunity to visit the Escada store in Lenox Mall this past week and had special treatment from the store’s assistant manager who also happens to be one of my favorite fashionistas, Jocelin Drake-Houston. Jocelin has a unique flair and killer eye for styling people of varying body types and within any budget. She picked out some numbers for me based on the spring trends and we also discussed Escada’s history and fall lines.
So, what are this season’s trends? Last week, I shared you the statement sleeve trend. Jocelin told me that 80’s and 90’s retro, pants suits, and palazzo pants are where it’s at this spring. She also mentioned florals are big, particularly hand-painted florals. Hand-painted leather, generally, is a big trend.
I must say, with my body type, I am not feeling the oversize pants and pants suits, but I am always for an over-sized clutch. And of course, my radar went off upon entering the store when my eye immediately ran across this over- sized hand-painted clutch. It is equal parts modern and chic- a basic black with delicate white bamboo strategically placed on the clutch unlike other.
Know your worth and don’t accept anything less!
You Divas know how much I love Greece! I have been there twice and can’t wait to get back again! Love it!
One of the most beautiful islands in Greece is Myknonos. It is a must destination and here are 9 fabulous things to do once you get to this beautiful location.
Imagine aqua blue waters lapping gently against white sandy beaches. Imagine a tropical drink in your hand, toes in the sand and live music tempting you to dance. Welcome to Mykonos, Greece.
Named after the grandson of Apollo, Mykonos is in the middle of the Cyclades. In Greek mythology, the island was formed from the bodies of giants killed by Hercules. Mykonos is a favourite vacation spot for everyone from the rich and famous to the family-oriented since there is something to do no matter what your interests.
Whether you’ve already bought your ticket or are just beginning to plan, here are 9 fun things to do in Mykonos, Greece.
1) Familiarise yourself with the history and culture of Greece by visiting the Archaeological, Folklore or Maritime Museums. If you prefer art instead of archaeology, then try the Rarity Art Gallery. Both residents and tourists give it rave reviews for its accessible art pieces.
2) Visit the town of Alefkantra, or “Little Venice,” to see the beautiful mansions that make up the neighbourhood. Many of the historic homes have been turned into restaurants and shops so you can enjoy the buildings from the inside out. As you walk along the streets looking at the houses you can also see the windmills on the hillside above the town. If you want a closer look you can hike up to them or take a bus.
3) Stroll down the elegant Matoyanni Street in the middle of Hora, the island’s main town. You can do some window-shopping, pick out a few gifts and then stop at a café, all while people watching to see if someone famous walks past you. This is the premier spot to shop.
4) In the town of Ano Mera is Panagia Tourliani, a historic monastery from the sixteenth century. It has beautiful woodcarvings and a marble bell tower. It is only open by appointment so you must plan your visit in advance. While others may tell you about Panayia Paraportiani, visiting Panagia Tourliani makes for a unique vacation memory.
5) Prefer an activity with more excitement that will get your blood pumping? Try a water sport. With constant winds, Mykonos is great for windsurfing. If you’re new to the sport, there are lessons offered at any number of beaches. There are also a variety of surf spots and diving opportunities on the island.
6) There is no shortage of quality restaurants and enjoying regional cuisine is easy. You will probably see kopanisti, a peppery soft cheese, on the menu. Ordering the cheese is a delicious way to enjoy the culture of Mykonos, since it is one of the island’s trademark foods.
7) After a large meal, you’ll probably want to take a nap on a quiet beach somewhere. If that’s your goal, then try the northern coast of the island. With Ayia Anna, Houlakia, Kapari, Agrari, and Ayios Stefanos beach to choose from, you’ll be sure to find one you like.
8) Take a short day trip to the ancient, sacred island of Delos. A quick boat trip will take you to the deserted island. It has fantastic archaeological features and according to mythology, it is the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. And if you have the time there is a hike that will give you a breath-taking view of the island.
9) The sun may set but the day is not done because you are ready to experience the famous nightlife on the island. Dancing on the beach after having dinner and drinks is especially fun in Paraga on the southern tip of Mykonos. There are a number of restaurants with bars on the beach and live music at night.
If you’re heading to the island, make sure you tick off just a few of the above activities. You won’t regret it!