September 2014 archive

Memo 024: Is She Wearing Skorts???

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To: The Posh and Popular Dolls

From: Me

Date:  September 25, 2014

Subject: Skorts are making a comeback!

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When I was a little girl, my mother used to make sure she got the most bang for her buck! So when skorts were all the rage, she was all over them, and I was the main subject of her many fashion experiments. She loved the fact that you got a skirt in the front and shorts in the back, so as you can imagine, I was the princess of skorts back in the day! So imagine my surprise when I walked into one of my favorite stores (Club Monaco) this summer, and saw that skorts had received a stylish makeover!! As you can see, I was all over it… And they had the nerve to make them pink. They were as good as sold!

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Putting together a look with a pair of skorts can be very easy and carefree, but if you’re looking to create a memorable look, you cannot be afraid to take some subtle risks.

Prints paired with textures can bring about a very chic and rich look. You want your looks to stand out and make a statement, and a little bit of texture can certainly go a long way. Just remember not to go to crazy! You still want your looks to make sense…

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The perfect vintage bag can off set any fun look!  You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg on your entire look. Just remember to look for quality while browsing the shelves of your favorite vintage stores. I’ve had this clutch for over 7 years and it’s still one of my favorites, and still looks as good as it did when I bought it at a vintage shop in L.A.  Quality goes a long way… Even vintage!

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One of my favorite things about making the transition from the summer to fall are hats…. I love my hats! And this fall my new signature piece is this black beauty from BCBG. This lovely statement piece is going to carry me well into the winter season and I can’t wait to pair it with some of my favorite coats, but for now, it gives my skort look a great edge. I still have a little taste of summer, but little nuances of fall with this look. It’s definitely a great transitional look I can take from coast to coast.

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Stripes can make any simple look pop! So if you’re afraid to play around with stripes and prints with your clothing, try them with your footwear! It will still give you a little something extra, without feeling like you’re out of your comfort zone!

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Fashion is about doing what makes you happy! There are no rules, and there are no limits! If wearing a furry vest with skorts makes me smile, I’m going to do it, and you should too!

Remember to have fun with your favorite looks, whether you’re wearing skorts, a skirt, jeans, or sweat pants… Just have a blast being fashionably YOU!

kim

Get the Look:
  • BEBE Furry Vest
  • Club Monaco Blouse
  • Club Monaco Skorts
  • Karen Millen Sandals
  • Vintage Clutch
  • BCBG Hat
  • Tiffany & Co. Infinity Neckalce

 

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Make-Up: Cassandra Ward, Owner of Pink and White Salon

Photography: Breann White

 


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Memo 023: “The Dress” from The Altuzarra for Target Collection

 

To: The Posh and Popular Dolls

From: Me

Date:  September 23, 2014

Subject: The Dress!

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Sunday September 14, 2014, The Altuzzara for Target Collection was released, and I made sure I was there bright and early to take a good look at the overly anticipated collaboration.  Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised with some of the collection’s pieces. Of course, no one should walk into Target thinking they’re going to get the same quality they’d get at Neiman Marcus or Saks Fifth Avenue, that’s just absurd.  For the most part, I thought the quality was pretty good for the designer’s collaboration with affordable retail giant. Now, I will be completely honest, there were certain pieces I simply wouldn’t spend that kind of money on even in Target. The quality and fit of some of the pieces simply weren’t worth the hefty Altuzzara for Target price tag.  But overall, I’d say they had some really great pieces for ladies to be able to wear to the office, or a lovely night out on the town!

To be very up front and honest, I only had my mind on one thing and one thing alone, and that was “The Dress”.  And low and behold there was only left in my size!! I love this dress! The fabric, the fit, the detail, and that get’em girl split! This dress just says, “I woke up like this”, *in my Beyoncé voice*. It’s one of those pieces that can transition from day to night effortlessly, and depending on your accessories, you could literally accomplish any look! I also purchased the blouse with the same fabric and floral detail as the dress, and the cami-set with the lace mask. I love the pieces I chose and cannot wait to show you dolls multiple ways I plan to wear each of them throughout the fall!

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I hope you ladies that had a chance to get to Target and grab your favorite looks from the designer collaboration are enjoying them! Let us see your looks over here at Posh and Popular! Use the Hashtag #PoshFits on Twitter and Instagram!! I would love to see and share them with all the Posh and Popular dolls! Who knows, you may become are next ‘Miss Popularity’! Details on ‘Miss Popularity’ coming soon!!

kim

 

 

 

 

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It Would Be A SCANDAL To Miss This Collection…..

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The Limited Brand and ABC have come together to make every fashion lovers dream come true…

“Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress Kerry Washington and costume designer Lyn Paolo, in partnership with Elliot Staples, head of design from The Limited, have developed a new fashion line exclusively for The Limited inspired by Shonda Rhimes’ top-rated ABC drama, Scandal, which airs Thursdays at 9pm EST and premieres its fourth season this fall.”

It is official… Every Scandal lover will have the ability to get a little piece of the Olivia Pope pie with this dream come true of a collection. As many of you know, I am a HUGE fan of the show Scandal, and I typically am watching to see what ‘Olivia’ will be wearing. Her wardrobe never ceases to amaze me. From the infamous white Burberry Pea-coat we saw last season, to her ability to make wearing light colored neutrals effortlessly chic and powerful. I am all over this new collection this upcoming Tuesday! It is set to be released in The Limited Stores across the country and online September 23, 2014. This is your chance to get the high end looks you fawn over on a weekly bases at a fraction of the cost!

I cannot wait to see the craftsmanship of the collection! The Limited, being a specialty retailer, is known for great quality and I have no doubt they have pulled all the stops for this exciting collaboration! Washington, Paolo and Staples collaboratively developed each piece in the collection, which is characterized by its authenticity, originality and unique details and trim. Tops, dresses, pants, jackets and outerwear are included in the fall collection, with prices beginning at $49. Yes, great quality at great prices!

I cannot wait to see this fabulous fall collection in person! I will definitely be getting my looks together this Tuesday, will you??  ! I’ll see you at The Limited!

 

kim

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Memo 022: Bicycles, Pleated Skirts, and Sunnies… The Perfect End to a Perfect Summer

 

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To: The Posh and Popular Dolls

From: Me

Date:  September 17, 2014

Subject: Pleated Skirts and Prints, and this thing called LIFE

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It’s been exactly one year since I started the Posh and Popular blog, but it feels like it was just yesterday.  Since that time, I’ve been able to grow in freely expressing myself through my personal style. So for the blog’s one year anniversary, I wanted to say goodbye to summer in the most fashionable way I could think of… A bicycle and a pleated skirt! Sure it looks cute, but riding a bike in a long flowing skirt is hard work! Which brings me to my point, just because something looks good, doesn’t mean it’s going to be an easy task to complete.

I wanted to share with you what I’ve learned about my personal style, different aspects of life, and what I’ve learned about myself over the last year, that  literally all tie together . I used to be afraid of disappointing people, whether it was my family or my friends. I always wanted people to see me for who I really was… Like really see me. And I wanted what I contributed to society to mean something. I’ve often struggled with doing things to please others rather than doing what made me happy. And more often than not, I put other individual’s wants and needs ahead of my own. I was a fan of, YES, instead of no. But what I’ve come to learn over this past year, is that, it’s okay… I mean REALLY OKAY, to let certain things and people go. Whether it’s that old skirt I haven’t thought about wearing in years, or even relationships with people that no longer have the same fit. It’s okay to say no to others and YES to yourself. If you don’t take care of, and appreciate you first, others will see that, and take advantage of that which you considered to be kindness, for weakness.  Just like fashion evolves so should your life.  Every piece of clothing cannot go with you in every stage of your life, but there are always those classic pieces you have a love for that will endure from season to season. The same is true for our lives… Sometimes it’s important to clean out the closet and start fresh, but remember to keep what’s most important to you close.

Anytime your starting something new and different and completely out of your comfort zone it can sometimes feel like the worst time in your life… You often question yourself about whether or not you actually made the right decision.  Kind of like wearing leather overalls because they are “in style” but you know better than anybody that they do nothing for your shape.  It’s like your getting complimented for the work you’re putting in, but you’re often wondering, “is it worth it?” Are the sleepless nights writing all this stuff really worth it? Are people actually interest in what I’m doing or what I’m saying or are they just being nice? It’s kind of like when someone tells you those overalls are cute, but you’re not really sure if they meant you actually looked cute in them, or if they just like the overalls! Just because you’re doing something and it looks nice doesn’t mean there isn’t a process behind what you’re putting out there. I was doing something that would leave me vulnerable and open to the world for judgement and critiques. But when you realize you’re actually doing something that’s bigger than you, you understand it’s definitely worth it.

Starting this blog meant more to me than just posting pretty pictures of well put together looks and stylish accessories.  It was about proving to myself that I am capable of doing everything I was placed on this earth to do, even starting a little ol’ fashion blog to give some people I know a little inspiration.  It was about not being afraid to take a risk and do something a little different then how other people have done it in the past. The same is true even with fashion. Just because someone wore the same skirt I did, doesn’t mean it’s going to have the same fit, and it doesn’t mean they are going to style it the way I would. We are all different, and it’s okay to be unapologetic about who you are and how you “style” things. Launching Posh and Popular last year confirmed for me, that as long as I continue to do me, everything will happen exactly the way it should for me. The same is true for all of us! Never be afraid to be who you are. In fashion or in life. Live proudly, and walk boldly in those five inch stilettos doll.  If you want to dress up to go to the grocery store, don’t let ANYBODY stop you! DO YOU BOO!   I refuse to not be myself so that someone else is comfortable! I have to be comfortable. That’s what fashion and life are all about… Being uniquely you… And completely comfortable in the process… Even if that means riding a bicycle with a long pleated skirt on!

Now that I’m off my soap box… Let’s get back to the fashion…. Boop!

 

This is one of my favorite looks because I love having fun with colors, prints, and accessories, so being able to mix three of my favorite things in one look to end the summer was so much fun! Prints and patterns are definitely on trend for the upcoming fall season, so I wanted to get an early start on some of the action.

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I am still as madly in love with my blue C-through clutch this year as I was last year! It’s the perfect purse to wear when I’m planning a day of fun! Besides, who needs a big purse when you’re enjoying such a beautiful day? Plus I like to see my lipstick and make-up compact when I look at the bag! #ThingsGirlsSay

I don’t get to wear these sandals very often, but when I do, they make a statement all their own.  When you buy great quality shoes and accessories they endure until the end of time. I’ve owned these sandals since 2008 and they are still as classic and beautiful as they were the day I bought them 6 years ago.  A perfect match to my free and flowing pleated skirt.. Nothing is more freeing then having your heels and your toes out… I’m just saying. #ThingsGirlsSay

Casadei Sandals

Casadei Sandals

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A great pair of sunnies can make any look, super cool. The right pair can take your entire look from girly and soft to trendy and chic. Make sure when you’re trying out new frames that you try different shapes and sizes, you’ll never know what you can wear until you actually try several pair out. And remember to take an honest friend with you, a real friend will tell you when a frame looks great and when it doesn’t!

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And what look is complete without a little vintage jewelry?  This bracelet makes a statement all by itself, and the mix of greens and blues throughout the look really tied everything together.  Accessories should make a statement… If your accessories don’t bring your look to life, than it’s time to try some that will! Check out the vintage shops in your area, you’d be surprised what you’d come across.

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I cannot believe the summer is ending, but I am even more excited about the fashion this fall has in store.

Good Bye Summer… Hello Autumn! Another season to take a few more fashion risks!

 

Get the Look:
  • BCBG Jacket
  • Banana Republic Skirt
  • Casadei Sandals
  • Miu Miu Sunglasses
  • Fly Behavior Boutique Clear Blue Clutch
  • 616 Couture Earrings
  • Vintage Jade and Gold Cuffs
  •  Vintage Leaf Broach

 

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Make-Up: Cassandra Ward, Owner of Pink and White Salon

Photography: Breann White

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