A Lady should always seek out new things she enjoys, whether that be new experiences, new relationships, new projects or even new music. A Lady should never stop learning and desiring new information; it is what makes us grow and become inspiring, interesting role models for others. One new aspect that I have come across, basically in the last couple years, is indie music. I find that there is so much music out there that is just ready to be enjoyed by the wandering and discovering soul. I had the wonderful opportunity to watch Karen Elson perform her first show promoting her first album here in Nashville at The Basement. Wow. I was so impressed. To be honest I went into the experience with little expectation, I mean this is Nashville and we are hard to please, but I cannot tell you how pleasant the entire experience was. Her voice, her demeanor, and her wonderful personality all came through and I really found a new favorite. Please check out her new album, I'm sure it will be fantastic, as is Mrs. Karen Elson.
Her new album "The Ghost Who Walks;" also check out her site here.
With it being such an amazing day here in Nashville and with the first official day of Spring gracing us tomorrow, I thought I would share my favorites for spring. These photos are courtesy of Style.com, so please check their site for the full collections; they are truly amazing. Here are some of my favorites and some key thoughts. A Lady should look at these beautiful ensembles and be inspired to adapt them to her spring wardrobe. Soon, I will put together a piece on adapting these looks to a Lady's wardrobe, so be on the look out for that. I hope you have a wonderful day.
A Lady should always show support for the things she loves. One of my favorite "things" right now is The Sartorialist Blog, thesartorialist.blogspot.com. I especially love the blurb today titled Celine vs Louis Vuitton: Ladies and Gentlemen. Please check it out, I know you will love it too.
photos from Style.com, courtesy of The Sartorialist
A Lady should always travel in style, for you are traveling to greet someone special therefore you should arrive with attire that is special. Arriving to see someone you have been apart from, whether it be a husband, mother, friend or business partner, should be an occurrence withstanding a first impression, and a Lady always wishes to make a wonderful and memorable first impression.
I recently embarked on a trip to Sarasota Florida to visit my husband, for which I obviously had to fly. To the airport I wore fitted, dark wash, cuffed, straight leg Joes jeans, a white tank, a heather grey tulle detailed sweater fancied with pink pearls and my adored pink Christian Louboutin Mary-Janes. I felt it was the most appropriate ensemble considering I would be flying, but I had not seen the husband in a month. Whilst seated at my gate I watched all the people dressed in sweats, track suits, even pajamas and I thought of this little reminder- The airport is no place for sad, style excuses. A Lady should always be prepared for the day, especially (most especially) when said Lady is visiting someone. So, a Lady travels in style.
It is of utmost importance to be dressed for the day. This has always been my rule. You never know what the day has in store, so it is appropriate to always be prepared. If ever I am asked why I am dressed up so, my response tends to be, "well, I am dressed for the day." My friend Rachel always teases me for this response, for it is true that I personify the day as if it has any sort of opinion; in my eyes, it does. Who knows what each days holds for us, I hope to simply be the best dressed as I meet my destiny. Who wouldn't wish the same?
So much like many of you, I tuned into 'The Real Housewives of Orange County' on Bravo. I consider all the Real Housewives series' one of my guilty pleasures. One thing that I took immediate notice of, throughout the Orange Country wives series specifically, was their lack of knowledge in terms of quality of the expensive clothes they purchased. Much of what they wore was expensive I'm sure, but appeared to be something purchased from a cheap teenage store; example: Forever 21.
They speak of their monetary status often, so I'm sure it was anything but economical, but it all looks cheap. A lady knows how to spend her money on items that mean something, not just for the designer label. It would be my assumption that designers must make certain novelty items for the fashionably uneducated, for the designers know they can trick them into buying the items solely for the appearance of status. A real lady understands that the reason for designer labels is for the quality more-so than the status. If you are going to spend the money, be sure to fall in love with the piece you are buying. Have reason and purpose behind your decisions. Admire the construction, be inspired by the silhouette, or seek out luxurious fabrics. Spend the extra money on classic items, and seek out the cheaper options on the more trendy items that might not make it to next season. Remember style is key and educating oneself is the first step.
There are a few things that must go on the wish list of a lady. You should keep a list of the items you keep your eye on for the future. I have had my list for a long while, and anytime I am able to accent that list with a check mark, I am elated. This list keeps me on track and keeps my desires to a classic minimum. It is key to remember that Fashion is about fun and art and about making a statement, and style is about the perfect fit, and what is flattering on you specifically. There is a large place in my heart for fashion, but style becomes part of you. Fashion is fleeting, but style is embedded within. Here are some of the pieces that have made it to my Lady wish list:
1. Hermes Birkin Bag
2. Burberry Trench Coat
3. Classic Chanel Suit
4. Classic Chanel Little Black Dress
And.... A few of the marvelous items I have been blessed enough to check off my list include:
My Adored Louis Vuitton Galliera GM
My favorite and most treasured Salvatore Ferragamo Signature Ballet Flats (Audrey adored hers too)
And of course, my most recent check mark, my ever-so-loved Christian Louboutin Pink Suede
Mary-Jane's. I cannot begin to tell you just how much I love these.
This is part of my list, and I hope to continue to conquer it as I go. I have fallen in love with each piece I have received and cannot wait to experience the moments in which I find the rest.