When Magic City Classic week is about to be on deck and your outfits aren’t quite cooperating…
Just me? Oh, ok.
I’ve said before that pink is my signature color. And since fall is days away, I’m trying to squeeze the last bit of enjoyment out of my summer pieces. Here’s a peek at what I wore to a reception welcoming new members of the Birmingham Public Library junior board. The bell sleeve dress, Falsetto pumps and dahlia necklace are all from J. Crew.
But no ma’am. NO MA’AM. I better not catch one misplaced prom dress at A Day this year!
To be clear, the dress and on-trend cape are beautiful (although I think the ensemble should have been lined), and Ciara is gorgeous. But: right dress+right person+wrong occasion=back to the closet.
The zipper stuck, and I was so afraid of a wardrobe malfunction that I made a quick decision to wear what you see pictured above. The off-white lace blouse and skirt, with nude lining and exposed back zippers, is by BCBG Max Azria and was purchased at Belk/The Summit. I wore it with nude strappy sandals gifted from my parents, and of course, my mother’s strand of pearls, formerly seen HERE and HERE.
Special thanks go to James Adams, Jr. of Renovare for my hair color, cut and styling, and to Kim Colvin of Kimistry Makeup Lab for makeup artistry. After three months of wearing curls and almost no makeup, seeing myself with straight hair and a show-stopping face was a shock!
Something about the lace and the silhouette were just perfect for me (lace can be tricky to pull off sometimes). It was also very cool, which was very important since we’re in the midst of a sweltering summer. I’m still loving wearing off-white — maybe I’m in a LisaRaye phase! Although I typically refrain from outfit posts, I really felt beautiful on Saturday — and this may sound strange — like every bit of happiness I felt inside showed on the outside. Maybe I’ll begin doing a few more of them?
Q: Help! Where can I find the red-haute jumpsuit Anika Calhoun wore on the Empire finale last night? – Wannabe Boo Boo Kitty
A: Dear Boo Two,
That jumpsuit was a great look for Anika (played by Grace Gealey)! The simplicity was amplified by the color, which denotes power and passion – perfect for the Empire’s scorned, scheming debutante. Find a similar one via BCBG Max Azria for yourself in store or online at Saks Fifth Avenue! The “Rosanna” Cutout Jumpsuit ($298; available in Red Berry and Black) features princess seaming and darts to give it shape, on-trend wide legs and strategic cutouts for sex appeal. For a precise fit – the bust line and back strap should fit “just so” – take it to your tailor. As the silhouette adds plenty of drama, keep your shoes simple (a la Anika’s nude pump). And to take it from day to dinner, simply add a structured blazer or moto jacket! I’ve shared my love of chic jumpsuits before; they are so easy to wear with a statement necklace or cuff!
Were you on the edge of your seat during Empire’s two-hour finale too? Wowsers! The Dynasty-esque catfight viewers have been waiting for all season went down (and while we absolutely don’t condone violence, here’s a look at the jumpsuit in question).
Happy shopping! – Alexis
Grace Gealey via Fox, jumpsuit images via BCBG.com, GIF via TrendyGif.net
If you watched the Rose Bowl yesterday, you may have seen this young gentleman’s distinctive hair on the Oregon sideline. I know I certainly wondered who he was and what was up with his hair. Sports Illustrated solved both mysteries for me: he’s the Ducks’ ball boy Kwame Mitchell.
Read more about Mitchell and his style by clicking here.
Does this spell the return of the high top fade of the 80s and early 90s? What goes around truly comes around, no?
Images via PAC 12 Network/Twitter and Google
Ugh. Where to begin? (Click on each photo for a closer look!)
Zendaya: Gold lame is chic, but this look loses something in the execution. Who wears a bikini top a with a trench coat? And that’s far too much hair on any one person’s head. This fabric is gorgeous; I would’ve loved to have seen it worked into a sheath or cropped top and skirt that fit the star’s sporty style.
Uzo Aduba: That hair and that dress (with cheap-looking fabric and styling that do her silhouette no favors) are both “NO ma’ams.” Sleeker hair and a more refined fit would’ve been better options. If you’re going to choose something that’s a bit inexpensive, steer clear of anything that makes it look gaudy, like sparkly accents.
Neyo: No comment. #opencasketsharp
Star Jones: Sigh. She is entirely too fabulous for these shorts worn with pantyhose. I think she looks amazing in artfully draped, or ruched sheaths with some structure to them. I could’ve even seen Ms. Jones in a voluminous, high-low ball skirt with a crisp white blouse or even a cropped blouse showing just a hint of skin at her waist. That shape would’ve still drawn attention to her legs, but in a more sophisticated manner.
It involves keeping your clothes on (ahem, Mrs. Kanye West) and Solange Knwoles did it in immaculate white ensembles this past weekend. The occasion? Her chic, modern wedding to love Alan Ferguson. The interweb collectively swooned.
The couple celebrated Saturday night with a showing of Mahogany (a classic film the couple watched on their first date…and we spy Solange carrying that adorable Kate Spade bag we posted!) at Indywood Cinemas, and were married at The lovely Marigny Opera house on Sunday. The pair pedaled to the ceremony on matching white vintage bikes, for which Ms. Knowles wore a Stéphane Rolland caped pantsuit. She changed into an Humberto Leon for Kenzo caped gown for the ceremony, and the theme seems to have been white haute for all, including her mother, Tina, and sister, Beyonce.
Photos were released via Vogue.com Sunday evening.
Fab. (And yes, I’m all about the drama of capes. See HERE and HERE.) This is such a refreshing personal statement that seems authentic to Solange’s overall style and aesthetic. Nothing about this wedding (from the pictures, at least) seems forced or hung up on traditional wedding style, which I think is great. I’m especially loving Mama Tina’s ensemble; I hate it when mothers of the bride and groom get stuck in frumpy, matronly outfits. And I’m predicting a lot of “white haute” nuptials and caped brides come spring.