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Elegant Dressing - The Embellished Heel

Elegant Dressing - The Embellished Heel

The Embellished Heel

When exploring the fashion looks of each season I always find it helpful knowing what's new or trending.  No need for an entirely new wardrobe of course, but perking up what you already own with an on-trend piece or two keeps your look current with minimum effort.

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Elegant Dressing - Fall Trends 2015

Elegant Dressing - Fall Trends 2015

Fall Trends

Browsing through the fashion websites, magazines and stores, the Fall Trends to me seem to comprise of the following:  Rich textured fabrics of paisley, brocade, jacquard and tweed; scarf-tie at the neck blouses (haven't worn one of those in forever!) and lots of black, especially sheer lace - Valentino Couture in particular feels Noir Victorian/Game of Thrones inspired.  

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Elegant Dressing - Kaftan or Tunic?

Elegant Dressing - Kaftan or Tunic?

KAFTAN OR TUNIC?

As the temperature climbs during the summer months, thoughts turn to looks that are breezy, loose and relaxed.  Kaftans, thanks to the current '70s bohemia trend are back.  Whenever I think of a kaftan I see Elizabeth Taylor, Queen of the Kaftan, who seemed to me at least, to be wearing them constantly for all occasions, formal and otherwise.  Because they're full length and often billowy, there's scale and proportion to consider, as none of us want to look overwhelmed by yards of fabric and beading.

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Glamorous Living - Hotel Il Pellicano, Tuscany

Glamorous Living - Hotel Il Pellicano, Tuscany

One of my very favorite vacations was at Hotel Il Pellicano,Tuscany, Italy.  Just outside of Porto Ercole, overlooking the Tyrrhernian Sea, at cliff's edge sits Il Pellicano.  It's been the resort of choice for various celebrities and European royalty for over 50 years.  During its 1960's heyday, the society photographer, Slim Aarons  chronicled the guests as they played and relaxed in this tucked away oasis.  Updated in 2006 the hotel maintains its laid-back charm, feeling more like a very well run private home rather than a luxury hotel.  Philippe and I arrived very late one evening at the end of summer and there were no street or house lights for miles around. 

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Elegant Dressing - Blooming Spring

Elegant Dressing - Blooming Spring

Blooming Spring

Spring has finally sprung and blooming spring florals are everywhere!  Minimalism for now is seen in the distance of our rearview mirror.  Typically I'm not one to wear big floral prints however, I've seen such delightful styles this season that I'm willing to at least try some things on.  Dolce & Gabbana caught my eye because they have such a romantic point of view and their clothes are exquisitely made.  The combination of red and black along with richly intricate embroideries and hair ornamentations, enhance their definition of Italy's la dolce vita.  

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