Labor Day White

Labor Day White
Happy Labor Day my fashion loves! In the fashion world, this weekend used to symbolize the abolishment of all things white until that glorious first day of spring. Fortunately, that rule is no longer valid. Using the inspiration of Earth, Wind and Wonder, here is a completely appropriate way to transfer your summer whites into fall  and beyond.
Starting with a lacy white, Dolce Vita vintage “style” dress as our base we have the perfect summer dress to take into fall. I just love how the lace detail is pretty but not too overdone. It is definitely not your little sister’s lace dress. The length is also perfect for those fall days that are still a bit warmer than usual, especially if you live in the south. Paired with this oversized TopShop denim shirt (one of my favorite “go to” items!) it gives you look of fall without taking you completely from summer. I love how the casual almost rugged look of the shirt complements and changes up the look of the white lace dress. Roll up the sleeves to elbow length and you will definitely give off casual chic. This shirt, I would wear with everything, from leggings to colored denim… Can we say ideas?
Peep toe booties are definitely on trend for fall and I could not resist these Gianvito Rossi ankle booties in Rust suede. Such a beautiful earthy color to transition into fall with and they can certainly be paired with multiple different clothing options. Hmmm… Patterned tights maybe? Just an idea. Keeping with the earthy trend, we also added these beaded wooden bracelets by Delia’s. They definitely look like they cold have been picked up on a trip to the Ivory Coast and handmade, at least, that’s what you could tell people. Since this is a summer to fall transition, it would not be complete without a nice pop of color. Tory Burch keeps it popping with this fleming medium over the shoulder bag in Bright Fuchsia. I am a Tiffany Blue kind of girl myself, but I am absolutely obsessed with the color of this bag. It is just so bright and fun that I cannot resist adding it to this look.
Honestly, my favorite thing about this look is that all of the items can be interchanged and paired with other items to create great fall looks. My personal favorite items is of course the Gianvito Rossi booties. I need those in my life. I hope you enjoy this look as much as I enjoyed creating it for you! Remember to follow me on instagram @rachelleamandastyle and on twitter @rachelleamanda1 for your weekly fashion updates! #kisses

Dolce Vita vintage style dress – $264
shopbop.com

Topshop blue top – $65
topshop.com

Gianvito Rossi brown ankle boots – $980
mytheresa.com

Tory Burch over the shoulder handbag – $465
toryburch.com

Wooden jewelry – $15
delias.com

4th of July in Style

4th of July in Style

 

Get ready for the 4th in this bright and fun patriotic ensemble perfect for wherever your day may take you. Whether you’re going to a cookout, game, or even a picnic, this is the perfect Fun 4th look for you to enjoy the day in style!

 

Starting with this bright red knotted front tank with a lace back from Forever 21 ($9.80 forever21.com), you are guaranteed to feel ready for 4th of July cookouts. Paired with these mid rise navy and white striped cotton shorts by O`2nd 34 ($175 beckleyboutique.com) they are guaranteed to keep you cool without missing out on style. They are the perfect rise to keep you feeling comfortable and classy at the same time.

 

To keep your feet from sinking into the ground whether you are attending a cookout or even a picnic, these Splendid Berlin Wedges ($128 splendid.com) are a great choice. Wearing wedges helps to give you balance and you will also know that your heel will not get stuck in the ground. These wedges feature a bright coral color block upper strap and a natural colored stacked heel and ankle strap. Feel free to keep your summer essentials in this vintage Chanel denim chocolate bar east-west bag ($1,299 bluefly.com). Denim is essentially one of THE go to colors for an Americana theme and that is what the 4th of July is all about. The chain link makes it easy to wear as a cross body or a shoulder bag.

 

The 4th of July would not be perfect without a few stars to go along with your stripes. What better way to add stars than with a little sparkle? This Metal Haven by Kendall and Kylie gold wire bracelet with stars ($24 glamboutique.com) is a beautiful and fun addition to your holiday look. Pair the bracelet with these Serafina Gold and Crystal Starlight Stud earrings, and they are a sure to be a hit. These earrings are a great idea for the 4th holiday or even everyday with their classic but exciting look. As you are sure to be out in the sun on this day, remember to protect your eyes. Ray-Ban Folding Aviators ($205 revolveclothing.com) are a staple for summer and work on just about any facial shape. Plus, they can be folded to fit in just about any bag size.

 

For even more fun, bright nail color is definitely on trend. Try this Hot Ticket nail polish made by theBalm ($10 nordstrom.com). It comes in multiple colors with fun names like Strawberry Fields Forevah and Girls Just Want to Have Plum. Grab a few to mix and match colors. Or you could try Myriam by Julep ($14 julep.com) for a pop of red that goes with just about any skin tone. This nail polish is known as breathable nail color because it features “Oxygen Technology to get nails healthy and more beautiful at the same time”. Definitely a great addition to your summer wardrobe!

 

As you get ready for wherever the 4th may take you, be sure to enjoy your time getting dressed and have fun with it. Break out your stars and stripes and sit back to enjoy the fireworks!

Forever 21 Lace Tank – $9.80
forever21.com

O’2nd 34 Navy Shorts – $175
beckleyboutique.com

Splendid Berlin Wedges – $128
splendid.com

Vintage Chanel Denim Bag – $1,299
bluefly.com

Metal Haven Star Bangled Bracelet – $24
glamboutique.com

Ray-Ban Folding Aviator Sunglasses – $205
revolveclothing.com

White Party

White Party

White Party by rachelle-wilson-1

Have a white party to attend? Here are two great looks that are guaranteed to get you there in style… Whether you want to splurge, spend a little or do a little bit of both, these styles give you a great put together look that will definitely make heads turn.

The White Party Splurge outfit features a 1920’s inspired Marchesa white silk crepe dress for ($4,735 stylebop.com). This look is great for a white party because it shows off your legs and nicely toned arms without being too revealing. The drop V in the back adds the perfect touch of sexiness to this beautiful dress. Added elements such as the silver-toned embellished neck and hem lines and tonal ostrich feather trim give it a look of elegance and luxury that is undeniable. This dress also features a hidden back zip closure. Paired with white satin Sergio Rossi high heeled sandals ($1,480 saksfifthavenue.com) accented by a cascade of Swarovski crystals and an Alexander McQueen white calf leather ‘Skull’ box clutch featuring silver metallic embellishments and a silver-tone skull top clasp fastening for a touch of sparkle and glamour. This look would not be complete without some dazzling jewelry. These Tiffany and Co. drop earrings ($6,700 tiffany.com) and Christofle sterling silver bracelet ($1,280 christofle.com) add just the right amount of sparkle.

If you are not looking to break the bank, but would still love a great White Party look for your upcoming summer event, this Steal look is the one for you. Starting with a white Charlotte Russe bodycon dress that features an embellished neckline and mesh cutouts, this dress is sure to be a show stopper. It gives a great deal of interest and style without being too over the top. Like the Splurge outfit, attention to detail is key here with the embellished neckline and strategically placed sexy (but not too sexy) cut outs that show off your great figure but is not too revealing. These white strappy Aldo sandals ($120 aldoshoes.com) and ‘Outlaw’ embellished white purse ($71 celebboutique.com) give just the right amount of attitude without being too much. To add a final touch of sparkle these gold Claw earrings ($16 urban outfitters.com) and gold chloe+isabel bracelet ($48 chloeandisabel.com) are the perfect accessories.

As you get ready for your upcoming White Party or Summer event, remember some key elements.

1: Pay attention to detail. When you are a a party where everyone is wearing the same color, it can be tough to stand out. Pay attention to the little details in your outfit to take it to the next level.

2: Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize!!! Get some bling, add a little color or even some funky details. Sometimes the smallest details can be the icing on the cake.

3: Have fun! When you are going to any type of event, the best thing to do is to have the best time of your life. Go out with some of your girlfriends and make it a night to remember!

As you prepare for your night take some tips and tricks from each of these outfits and get there and be noticed!

featuring Alexander McQueen

Summer Time Love

Summer Time Love

Here is a great summer look for the lady that wants to stay cool in the summer heat, but also not show off too much skin. And this complete look can be yours for just over $100! This pale pink cropped top paired with a patterned maxi skirt that has a deep side split to accent those gorgeous legs that you’ve been working on all winter and spring. Black beaded earrings and a black and white beaded bracelet are great items to accessorize. A neon yellow wristlet gives a nice pop of color. Black and beige espadrilles give this look a dressy flair without making it look too casual.

 

My personal style…

Looking at my personal style, one might say that it goes with the wind. I am a Rachelle and by nature, that means that I am willing to try “just about” anything once. Trying to decide on one designer that just understands my style is difficult because there are so many different looks I could try on any given day. Among my favorite designers are Dolce and Gabbana because they have a look that is usually quite feminine with a powerful structured aspect, Versace because they are always willing to push the envelope for what is sexy and what is fashion forward, and Chanel because of the clean classic looks that are often created with a hint of sexiness at times. Quite often, I like to experiment with style and fashion and push the envelope to see how far I can take certain elements of fashion and make them my own. My style comes from a combination of items I like and items that I know will look great on me. Every once in a while, I like to experiment with fad items and items that are out of the box for me, just to see how they will look and possibly discover a new favorite design. Here is a glimpse into my personal “closet” if you would…

On casual days, I really like to experiment with different colors and textures. My idea of causal is taking different elements that you would not normally put together and seeing just how they look together. This first look I have placed together is a Candela Crawley Red Lace Crop Top ($280; shoplesnouvelles.com) and these Balmain high waist skinny jean ($919; farfetch.com). Paring a crop top with a high waisted bottom gives me an element of having the cropped look but not being overly sexy and possibly only showing a small peek of skin. To accessorize this look, I have paired it with Neon Yellow Patent Leather Saint Laurent Classic Jane 110 Ankle Strap Sandals ($795; ysl.com) for an added pop of color and to give the look more of a stand out effect. With jewelry, I definitely like to have fun on casual days so I will often mix items that give an element of interest and sometimes sparkle. Partnering these Banana Republic Silver Seas Statement Earring in Clear crystal ($50; banana republic.gap.com), Adriana Orsini “Dream” Pave Sterling Silver Necklace ($125; saksfithavenue.com), Hugau Love ring ($75; youheshe.com), and Marc by Marc Jacobs Amy Watch ($200; revolve clothing.com) would definitely be something that I can do everyday. Staying on the go oftentimes causes me to carry around a cross over bag for ease of versatility and style. This Reed Krakoff Mini Colorblock Shoulder Bag ($650; marissacollections.com) is no exception. I love the multicolored design and the mix of citrus, white and tan with silver hardware to tie the whole outfit together. Rayban Dark Brown Aviator Flat Metal Sunglasses ($235; liberty.co.uk) complete the look for when I am out and about running errands.

Work to me should be fun and the next look is no exception to that rule. I love a clean classic work look, but spring brings out my love of colors and fabrics that have movement. I started with this Ted Baker Saamsa Electric Daydream Biker Jacket in an abstract print ($210; johnlewis.com) because it gives a punch of color, but is also structured enough to be appropriate for office wear. Pairing the jacket with a Nina Ricci Seam-Detail Cotton Top
($675; modaoperandi.com) and Scuba Skater Skirt with Pleast by Oh My Love
($54; topshop.com) gives the complete look structure and movement. The top can be worn with or without the jacket for when it gets a little too warm. Accessorizing this look, I started with Henri Bendel Debutante 10mm Pearl Stud Earrings ($48; henribendel.com) that are big enough to make a small statement. To complete the jewelry, I also added in the Camilla Dietz Bergeron, Ltd. Cartier 18K Rose Gold “Love” Bracelet ($6,000; modaoperandi.com) and a Michael Kors Womens Gold Round Gold Diamante Dial Watch ($350; psyche.co.uk). Both of these elements have simple styling but are bold enough to stand on their own with this look. Finishing off this look I have a MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Handbag ($520; zalando.co.uk) and ‘Las Vegas’ Blue Suede Peep-Toe High Heeled Pumps ($204; celebboutique.com). The MICHAEL Jet Set Travel Handbag is perfect for the woman on the go. It has enough room to hold a small laptop and or tablet without compromising space for the rest of life’s necessities. And these bright blue peep-toe high heels are a great way to show off a fresh pedicure and showcase style.

Finally, on evenings out I like to choose looks that are perfect for date night or a spring cocktail party. Keeping within these guidelines shows sexy classiness as I like to call it. Beginning with this Alice + Olivia Wesson one-shoulder silk-chiffon dress ($198; theoutnet.com) in mint, the color alone is perfect for spring. The dress gives off an element of style, sophistication and class that is undeniable. With a dress like this, the jewelry selection has to be very careful to complement the dress without overpowering the look. I chose the Feather & Stone Amazonite Circle Earrings ($220; question-air.com), Ileana Makri 18kt Yellow Gold Triple Disc Ring With White Diamonds ($6,486; mytheresa.com), Hermès Caleche Bracelet Narrow ($450; usa.hermes.com), and Fossil Stella Watch ($155; buckle.com) because they were all beautiful elements, but they have an air of simplicity that ties the look together. As a statement piece, I added the Kardashian Kollection KK Layered Heart Collar Necklace ($59; thehut.com) to mimic the gilded leaf design in the shoes. These Kotur Gilda Sandals ($650; marissacollections.com) are an addition that are sure to make people look twice, in a good way. I love them because the gilded leaf design mimics the draping in the dress and gives it a romanesque sort of look. And finally, I added the Classic Monogram Saint Laurent Clutch In Gold Metallic Leather ($1,090; ysl.com) for an air of sophistication and style. The color of the clutch itself is beautiful enough that it does not need any extra sparkle and the monogram adds just the right touch of shine.

All of these elements and ensembles are items that I would love to pick out for myself on any given day. I also believe that many of the elements could work well for the modern woman of today. It just takes the right amount of confidence and class to pull off your greatest you.

My personal style...

Alice Olivia mint dress
$335 – theoutnet.com

Nina Ricci white fitted shirt
$675 – modaoperandi.com

Candela crop top
$280 – shoplesnouvelles.com

Ted Baker pink jacket
$210 – johnlewis.com

Balmain high waisted skinny jeans
$919 – farfetch.com

Oh My Love yellow skirt
$54 – topshop.com

KOTUR high heel shoes
$650 – marissacollections.com

Heels & pumps
$204 – celebboutique.com

Reed Krakoff mini purse
$650 – marissacollections.com

MICHAEL Michael Kors travel purse
$520 – zalando.co.uk

Ileana Makri yellow gold stackable ring
$6,486 – mytheresa.com

18k bracelet
$6,000 – modaoperandi.com

Hermès hermes bangle
$450 – usa.hermes.com

Michael Kors gold watch
$350 – psyche.co.uk

MARC BY MARC JACOBS bracelet watch
$200 – revolveclothing.com

FOSSIL chain link bracelet
$155 – buckle.com

Feather Stone stone jewelry
$220 – question-air.com

Adriana orsini jewelry
$125 – saksfifthavenue.com

Twist jewelry
$75 – youheshe.com

Banana republic jewelry
$50 – bananarepublic.gap.com

Henri Bendel pearl stud earrings
$48 – henribendel.com

Rayban aviator glasses
$235 – liberty.co.uk