Friday, July 29, 2011

Touring the Nathaniel Russell House


Forever 21 maxi dress
Sam Edelaman sandals
Forever 21 earrings
Macy's cuff
J.Crew men’s shirt
Coach purse

Touring the historical homes in Charleston is always a highlight of the trip every year. The Nathaniel Russell House is extremely impressive with its free-flying staircase. To tour the grand old southern houses, I feel like you have to do it in grand style or at least something close. A flowy dress like this one from Forever 21 is perfect because the old houses don’t always have the most modern air conditioning (if at all). Many do, however, have porches built onto the side of the house instead of the front to best take advantage of the cool air provided by the wind. Sitting on the big porch of an old southern home, sweet tea in hand is where I most want to be.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Dinner at Anson


J.Crew dress and purse
Scarf from Granada, Spain (gift from a friend)
Nine West sandals
Forever 21 earrings
Vintage bangles

I probably created this outfit more from my obsession with this scarf than from the dress itself or anything else. To venture outside of Charleston for the moment, my friend just recently traveled to Spain where she got me this gorgeous scarf. It is the only scarf I would dare wearing in the Southern heat because it is so light weight. When thinking of what to wear with it, I immediately pictured this dark navy blue dress. For beauty, I have been obsessed with Viva la Juicy. As far as nail polish goes, a coral orange is perfect for Charleston, and Essie’s Braziliant is one of my favorite variations of this summery color. I couldn’t think of anything better to compliment the shrimp and grits I will most likely be ordering.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Eating Peel your own Shrimp and Playing Pitch



Ralph Lauren stripe shirt (gift)
J.Crew Outlet shorts ($25)
Playing cards
Target loafers

A striped shirt at the beach is a must. At this point, a striped shirt is a must everywhere; however, at the beach it just looks right. I picked up these pastel shorts at the J.Crew Outlet recently knowing they would look good with summer brights and patterns but could also add that extra panache to a plain white shirt. Whether the temps are heating up or you were just dealt the Jack, Ace, Two, you will be glad you brought a pair of shorts with you when in Charleston.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Reading a good book on the Isle of Palms

For the week I will be in Charleston, SC. Here are some places to go and some outfits to wear. 


J.Crew tunic
Forever 21 hat
Old Navy espadrilles
Jack Wills Bag
Boyfriend’s Timex watch
Ray Bans Wayfarers
H&M bikini
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

As a very fair-skinned lady, it is my M.O. when in Charleston to hide from the sun. Therefore, when I am getting extremely absorbed in a good book while sitting on the beach I take care to have a hat on so as not to burn the very tops of my ears and scalp (it will happen if I’m not careful). And just in case I do burn my shoulders (it happens every year), it is essential to have some long-sleeve cover-ups. This one is perfect because it is a light-weight chambray that covers the right places.

And just because it seems to follow such a cohesive theme of French people and places, I thought I would share with you part of my beach reading list:

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
The Paris Wife by Paula McClain
A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas

Monday, July 25, 2011

Flight to Charleston




NY&Co. dress (purchased on sale)
H&M blazer (gifted from friend)
Worthington via JC Penny’s pearl earrings
Charming Charlie sandals (gifted from my aunt)
J.Crew necklace
Jack Wills bag

 
When I fly I like to dress up. Who’s surprised? I’m just not the airport sweatpants kind of gal. It’s not about the age-old argument, “People used to dress up when flying”. It’s just that it’s quite easy to look good and still be comfortable. I am much more comfortable in a dress than jeans or pants. The white blazer not only adds a nice summer touch and compliments the gold jewelry, but it will also manage any climate control issues once on board. A big bag that holds more is just logical when flying. The flip flops slip on and off easily through security. And a good book is a must. I will be finishing Freedom by Jonathan Franzen before starting my beach reading list. Once I arrive, this outfit is appropriate for any occasion whether that is walking the battery or eating lunch at Magnolias. What do you wear when you fly?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Cleveland Designer Spotlight: Michele Lee

Having tried on Michele Lee’s jewelry for the Crocs photo shoot, I can honestly say how impressed I am with her designs. She mixes new and vintage materials to create great show-stopping statement pieces as well as some more subtle, delicate pieces. Whether it is the sparkly Swarovski crystals she uses in her cool wrap bracelets or a piece of vintage crystal used as a pendant, there is always something attention-getting and interesting about her designs.

If you were interested in any of the jewelry you saw in the shoot, then today is your lucky day! Michele is offering readers of the Cosmopolitan Clevelander 10% off when they mention my blog. To contact Michele and see her complete selection of fabulous jewelry, go to her Facebook page or email her at designsmichelelee@gmail.com.

Even better, you can try her jewelry out in person at the Tremont Art Walk August 12. She will be showcasing her jewelry at Banyan Tree where you can put together a complete look using her jewelry.
Below are images and pricing of some of the pieces and more that were included in the Crocs shoot:

Necklaces: $40
Wrap Bracelets: triple $60, double $45, single $30
Swarovski Wrap Bracelets: triple $75, double $60, single $50
Elastic Bracelets: three $35, two $25, one $15
Wire Wrap Bracelets: $55
Earrings: $30
Rings: $28







Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Crocs and the Day-to-Night Outfit


Top: Banyan Tree
Crocs: Carlie Flat in Lavender/Ultraviolet
Jewelry: Michele Lee

This outfit can transition from a day date at the Art Museum to cocktails. From head to toe, I was able to compliment all of the colors of the blouse without overshadowing any particular piece. The light hue of the purple Crocs against the army green of the pants mimics the purple and green of the blouse. The purple wrap bracelets just add another interesting element and texture.


Top: Banyan Tree
Skirt: Banyan Tree
Crocs: Carlie Flat Animal Wave in Bronze/Bronze
Jewelry: Michele Lee

I immediately loved the vibrant red of this top. At first I thought of pairing it with jeans, but that seemed a little too expected. Pairing it with this maxi skirt really added the drama it begs for. The turquoise necklace was a natural choice to contrast the red. And because there were no crazy patterns elsewhere, I thought this would be a good opportunity to break out the leopard print Crocs. Although together the red and leopard print may seem cougar-esque, the black skirt safely separates them.

Model: Kristine Leonard
Hair Stylist: Sarrah Beyer – Esbi International Salon & Spa
Make-up Artist: Megan Swanson – Dior
Photographer: Chris Hooton



Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Crocs and the Night Out Dress


Dress: Figwood via Banyan Tree
Crocs: Carlie Flat in Dahlia/Fuschia
Jewelry: Michele Lee

This is exactly the kind of bright print dress that I love to wear during the summer. It has that flowy bohemian look that is perfect for drinks on an outdoor patio. The dangly antique crystal necklace looks perfect with the higher neckline and catches the different colors like a magnifying glass. To keep it dressy, I chose an open toe in a solid color. I went with purple to keep it fun and compliment the different colors of the dress.



Dress: Banyan Tree
Crocs: Adrina Flat in Aqua Celery
Jewelry: Michele Lee

This dress was a favorite of everyone working on the shoot. I don’t think Kristine wanted to take it off. It’s sexy but not overly so and creates different silhouettes as the dress moves with you. The flowy pattern and bright colors add to the movement. No matter how old you are you want something that you can twirl in. I chose the bright blue Crocs for this one to play off the hints of blue in the dress. Dangly earrings were in order for a dress like this so as not to disrupt the neckline. A light bracelet with green and blue beads compliments the colors without overwhelming the outfit.

Model: Kristine Leonard
Hair Stylist: Sarrah Beyer – Esbi International Salon & Spa
Make-up Artist: Megan Swanson – Dior
Photographer: Chris Hooton




Monday, July 11, 2011

Crocs and the Everyday Summer Dress



Dress: Banyan Tree
Crocs: Adrina Flat in Aqua/Celery
Jewelry: Michele Lee

Everyone needs a couple of dresses for summer that can be dressed down or dressed up depending on the occasion. This particular dress has such interesting layering in the front that it can totally pass for something dressier. The navy color is classic and goes with anything. However, the light fabric keeps it casual enough for a little impromptu picnic on the beach. In fact there is a little bit of sheerness to it. The bright Crocs really pop against it, as do the blue and gold of the necklace.

Dress: Figwood via Banyan Tree
Crocs: Adrina Flat in Grapefruit/Oyster
Jewelry: Banyan Tree and Michele Lee

I love this look because it is the perfect example of how the translucent material of the Crocs can achieve a more subdued hue if paired with the right thing. This dress has some hidden pink tones that go well with the tangerine Crocs and orange necklace. Having tried on this dress, part of the Figwood collection, Banyan Tree’s in house line, I can vouch for the fact that it is extremely flattering and comfortable. It would be great to wear to a summer barbecue.

Model: Kristine Leonard
Hair Stylist: Sarrah Beyer – Esbi International Salon & Spa
Make-up Artist: Megan Swanson – Dior
Photographer: Chris Hooton



Crocs Translucent Collection



When Crocs first became a wardrobe staple in most households, I was not one of the hoards to go out and buy a pair. People would brag about how comfortable they were, but I was still more concerned with style than comfort. I have always loved dressing up, and my footwear needs have followed suit. So when I found out that Crocs was making fashionable shoes with their signature comfort-inducing materials, I was excited to try them out.

I first had the opportunity to see the Crocs Translucents line strutting down the runways at Fashion Week Cleveland. The collection complimented even the more fashion-forward looks.

When I was given the chance to style these shoes myself with clothes from Cleveland boutique, Banyan Tree, I was sold. The Crocs Translucents line paired well with even some of the dressier pieces I chose, which was the true test for me.

I will be posting the different looks I styled throughout the week. I hope you can draw some inspiration for your summer wardrobe.

This project was truly a collaborative effort. I could not have done it without the help of many people. Thank you to Crocs and Justinea Vidic, Banyan Tree, and Michele Lee for providing the clothing and jewelry for the shoot. Thanks to Kristine Leonard for helping me model the clothes, Sarrah Beyer of Esbi International Salon & Spa for styling our hair, Megan Swanson of Dior for doing our makeup, and Chris Hooton for photographing the shoot.

If there is anything you see and like, all of these people are talented Clevelanders that I can put you in touch with. Don’t hesitate to email me at cosmocleve@gmail.com.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th!

Although I wore this outfit probably a month ago, it seems very appropriate for the fourth. The preppy blue and white striped shirt, nautical-vibe white pants, and 70s aviators and head scarf speak for themselves on our nation's birthday.
H&M trench coat, purse, and top; Kohl's pants; Nine West shoes; Old Navy Scarf; Ray Ban aviators 

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