Monthly Archives: January 2013

Angels & Demons

Black Feather DressWhite Pouf DressBlack MasqueLeather Half JacketsWhite Feather Dress

The Angels and Demons collection by E. Mackey blew me away. It defies commentary.

Enjoy. And don’t be surprised if I hunt down that amazing white zippered poufy dress for my next lark.

The Ultimate – TallyRenee

B&W Polka DressBlack and yellow short suitBlue and Polka DressPurple polk jumpsuit-yellow skirtPolka bodysuitPurple maxiAsymmetrical Wrap

As I mentioned earlier this week, Walk This Way Productions was kind enough to invite me to their 13th Annual MLK Jr. Ultimate Fashion Experience.  I had such a lovely time and am so excited to share my favorite looks from Sunday’s show with you.

TallyRenee was one of the first designers shown, and the Spring/Summer collection just made me dotty (pun intended)!

There were so many modern, completely wearable looks featuring polka dots that I could hardly choose which ones to share.

A number of lavender-infused diaphanous looks also made an appearance (word to the wise: if you enjoy lavender, this spring is the time to pick up some key pieces in that shade), my absolute favorite piece of the entire collection being the asymmetrical topper in the last picture. It went on my wish list the moment it appeared on the runway–I would rock it out with anything from black leather pants to denim cutoffs to the office-bound pencil skirt.

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Brights and animal print?!

Brights & Animal Prints

So, as you can tell by all the visual noise in my last few pictures, the last few days have been a crazy whirlwind (of fun)!  I’m taking pictures on the fly!

Today’s outfit was inspired by Sandra Gray’s pairing of leopard print with a bright accent. While I love brights and prints together, I decided to create a lower-key look along the same lines for those of you who may like the concept of pairing an animal print and a bright, but aren’t comfortable with wearing animal print head-to-toe.

In this outfit, the shorts do all the heavy lifting. Bright orange with little palm trees (I do live in Florida, after all) and trimmed in ocelot print, I could pair these shorts with another bright (fuschia wedges, anyone?).

However, today I’m taking more of a “lady who lunches” approach with this ivory sweater, black ballet flats, and layers of pearls. I’m willing to bet that almost every one of you has these basic pieces in your wardrobe, and a great way to infuse them with life this spring is to take a cue from Sandra Gray and get wild and bright!

I hope to see you at The Ultimate Fashion Experience tonight!

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Sheer into winter

Sheer blouse detailBlouse Close up

Don't stash your sheer blouses in the winter; just top them with a warm biker jacket to cut their sweetness.

Don’t stash your sheer blouses in the winter; just top them with a warm biker jacket to cut their sweetness.

 

The Ultimate Fashion Experience to benefit at-risk youth is tomorrow, and today I drew inspiration from a gorgeous sheer dress from the 2012 Army Collection of one of the designers featured in the show, Antonella Bella.

Since we are having an (albeit rare) cold spell right now, I decided to forgo the dress and instead chose this soft-colored, billowy sheer floral blouse. Because I generally find florals to be a bit too “sweet” for me, I went in the opposite direction with the rest of my outfit–cargo skinnies, riding boots, and a leather moto jacket.

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Tally Forth!

Red Pants, blue shoes, ultimate fashion experience

Instead of going neutral, push the boldness of a bright outfit even further by adding a colorful shoe.

I’m gearing up for Sunday’s Ultimate Fashion Experience (if you haven’t purchased your ticket yet, you can do so here)! One of my favorite designers to be featured in the show is TallyReNee (learn about their design philosophy here).

TallyReNee’s pinup collection draws on an all-American color palette and features wedge heels, polka-dot neckerchiefs, bustier-inspired tops, flirty skirts, collar necklaces, and of course, red lips.

To translate that look for a work environment, I donned slim red pants (for a dose of sexy), ultra-feminine, bow-topped platforms in navy (to keep the all-American vibe going), and a strong collar necklace for a bit of an edge.

If red pants are “too much” for your taste (c’mon—live a little!), I’d recommend swapping them out for a fitted pencil skirt in a deep, bold color (dark turquoise, anyone?) and a polished red lip.

While wedges and platforms inspire a pin-up feel, t-strap shoes also work to the same purpose, and add a bit of femininity.

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Show me the experience!

ultimate fashion angela bailey KeAndrea Pettermon and LaWanda Bailey

L – R: Angela Bailey, KeAndrea Pettermon, LaWanda Bailey of Urban Reflections
photo courtesy theledger.com, 12.17.2012

If you live in the Central Florida area and have been around me for more than 5 consecutive seconds this week, you may have heard of Walk This Way productions. They produce fashion shows. Kick-butt fashion shows. But what you may not realize is that this Sunday evening, they are producing a mind-blowing, over-the-top, Ultimate Fashion Experience benefitting Urban Reflections, the charitable arm of their organization that shows at-risk youth in Lakeland that the sky’s the limit in life regardless of one’s shape, size, or ethnicity.

I really like that.

So of course, I’ll be there. Soaking up the style inspiration. Blogging. And let’s be honest, probably shakin’ my butt a bit. So that you can be inspired. To express your style. To expose yourself to new perspectives. To shake your butt. You know, the important stuff in life.

If you’re in Central Florida, you’re going to want to come by. You can buy tickets here through eventbrite, but you’d better do it soon, because the word on the Lakeland-area street is that they’re almost sold out.

And just for k’s and g’s (as the Hattie’s Branches proprietors would say), I’m going to draw inspiration from designers featured in the show for my outfits this weekend, beginning tomorrow. Let me know what you think!

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Onward and Upward

01-11-2013

Hospital-issued non-skid socks: my fall fashion statement

So. When I told a friend in December 2011 that I wanted to start a blog and was considering the name “Adventures in Style,” I had no idea that it would portend a year full of adventure in almost every area of my life.
A graduate degree, a job change, a couple of surgeries (and the resulting longer-than-desired break from blogging) later, I sometimes think I’ve had enough adventures for a while. But agreeing with Amelia Earhart that “adventure is worthwhile in itself,” I attempt to collect the silver linings from every experience in 2012 and shine them on the year ahead.
Already there are some enchanting possibilities on the horizon. I’m excited to see what adventures 2013 will bring, not only in the fashion world, but in life as well. My goal is to apply lessons learned in 2012 to enable me to blog through the adventures instead of around them (as I am learning that one cannot wait for life to be perfect to begin living). I hope you share my excitement about this year’s potential; I wish marvelous things for each and every one of you. Thank you for joining me on this adventure.