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High-low hems, one-shoulder style elements – asymmetry in fashion

  • by Marissa

Sometimes you are just in the mood to add a curve-ball to your outfit and give it a certain flair. As trends come and go, asymmetrical hemlines and necklines have been there, more or less depending on the trends of the moment, as a styling option to add a bit of dare. Asymmetrical hemlines (also called high-low, mullet, waterfall or dip hemlines) came to the fore in recent fashion history in 2011. Before that asymmetrical hemlines appeared in the 1870’s and 1880’s and again in  the 1920’s and early 1930’s.  A bare shoulder or a bit of leg can say ‘demur but daring’, ‘classy but sassy’. See how these stars model the allure of this style element.

More Looks…..
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Jord Wood Watch

[CLOSED] Jord Wood Watch as Fashion Statement: Giveaway and Review

  • by Marissa

 

I have received emails before asking that I review their products but I have never accepted  until now.  In fact, I was inspired to move ahead on my plans to restart the development of this website after a long delay.  I was that impressed with the watches just from viewing them on their website and I could not pass up a chance to not only write about it but to offer the Ely Series Maple watch to a reader as a giveaway (Jord ships worldwide so the giveaway is open to all locations, read on for entry instructions).  When the watch I was to review arrived, the Ely Series Maple,  it did not disappoint. Jord watches not only have great aesthetic appeal but are well-made. The flattened discs of the wrist band and the delicate watch face make a bold but nuanced fashion statement.

Jord Ely Series Watch in Maple

Jord Ely Series Watch in Maple

According to their website, WoodWatches.com, Jord is Swedish for earth, soil, land.  So this is a great article to be posted on Earth Day!   The watches are made from “natural materials to offer a unique fashion flare ... are one of a kind, premium quality time pieces, hand-crafted with sustainable materials from all over the world.” …combine various grains and their natural colors to create a line of watches that ensures every watch is truly unique

First the rundown on the beautiful watch featured in this giveaway:  (From the Jord website)

The Ely series is our elegant, small-face design. This is that kind of watch that makes you grin for no apparent reason. Light, sexy, and compact design makes this a popular, everyday watch. There are no numbers on this watch other than the date (but we’ll assume you already know how to tell time).

  • Hardened, Scratch-proof glass face: 26mm diameter
  • Frame / bezel: 34mm diameter
  • Band width: 21.5mm
  • Lug ends: 40mm
  • Single action locking clasp (stainless steel)
  • Premium Citizen Miyota movement with date window

Each JORD watch is designed to be splash proof but is not intended for complete submergence in water. Also note that due to the nature of the wood chosen for each unique timepiece, colors and grain pattern may vary from photos.

 

Jord Watch, wooden watch

The Look

 

The watches are as much jewelry as time pieces. The picture to the left  shows a model wearing the watch as jewelry.  Paired with wooden and/or metallic bangles and thinner bracelets these watches are perfect for a layered jewelry look. The Ely Series maple watch was the one I chose because it seemed perfect for the Spring/Summer season. Light and airy yet bold, this watch can be paired with anything from denim to a maxi dress – A “focal point for everyday fashion“.

Though the focus of this website is women’s fashion the watches are unisex and come in an array of styles and sizes. The selection of styles can be see on Jord’s site and in the picture below.  The watches are splash proof, though not to be taken with you for a swim, are perfect for walks/wading on the beach. They not only look great but feel good on the wrist. The watch is light in weight and has a smoother feel than other watchband materials such as metal or leather. An easy-on, easy-off clasp make it a “snap” to put on.

The different colors and styles of  both the watch face and band mean any fashionista or (fashanisto) can add to their Jord wood watch collection to coordinate with different outfits in any season.  The watch bands vary from green-hued, tan, brown, reddish-colored and multi-toned  woods  and the watch faces  vary in detail and color for an appealing choice of styles.  Do browse the site, you will be sure to find more than one style you want to add to your accessory wardrobe!

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Lupita-Nyongo in Elie Saab Resort 2014

Resort Wear Inspired Spring/Summer Fashion

  • by Marissa

When the weather starts warming as it is now, we may dream of some tropical get-a-way. For those of us fortunate enough to get a one or two week vacation it means supplementing our Spring and Summer wardrobe. Or even as was the case  for me this Spring break, where circumstances meant a stay-cation, at least that means more in the budget for Spring/Summer essentials. Yes, even if the only palm you will be lounging near is the potted palm tree palm_tree_islandon the patio, a quick fashion pick-me-up can be well within the budget.

…As long as I am reveling in Mittyesque day dreams of some tropical locale, why not take a fashion inspiration from those who could own  a private tropical island.  Designers of resort wear, (or cruise wear), once upon a time solely catered to the wealthy. This elite group would “winter” in warmer locations or perhaps take a winter cruise on the Mediterranean or Caribbean seas.   This inter-season clothing was designed to be easily portable and lightweight and included warm weather casual looks as well as evening wear.

Resort collections availability in stores  fall sometime around November, between the Autumn/Winter and the Spring/Summer lines availability. Today’s resort clothing lines are marketed at a range of price points.  Resort wear can be found in affordable brands like the Gap as well as pricier options like Dior. The collections usually incorporate at least some  nautical inspirations or warm weather themes such as prints and motifs featuring the flora and fauna of tropical climes.

If you are actually not going on holiday but just dreaming about it, you can still ‘shop ahead’  while waiting out the cool weather.  Looks include more than Hawaiian prints, swimsuits and open-toed shoes but clothing for all occasions and incorporate trends that are forerunners of the Spring/Summer collections. Below are photos of celebrities  and other jet-setters sporting higher-end resort wear pieces.

Aside from the nautical themes and tropical prints, key looks included in the resort 2104 collections include lace, crochet and needle work, cropped tops, denim and wide-legged trousers. Michelle Dockery in Erdem Resort 2014, Lupita Nyong’o in Peter Pilotto Resort 2014, Keira Knightley in Mary Katrantzou Resort 2014, Rihanna in Stella McCartney Resort 2014 modified, wear floral and print looks. Gwyneth Paltrow in Saint Laurent Resort 2014,  Bar Refaeli in Michael Kors Resort 2014, are pretty in lace. Victoria Beckham in Chloe Resort 2014, Selena Gomez in BCBG Max Azria Resort look chic in wide-legged trousers.  A gallery featuring more resort wear celebrity fashion follows.

 

 

Michelle Dockery in Erdem Resort 2014

Michelle Dockery in Erdem Resort 2014

Lupita Nyong'o in Peter Pilotto Resort 2014

Lupita Nyong’o in Peter Pilotto Resort 2014

Keira Knightley in Mary Katrantzou Resort 2014

Rihanna in Stella McCartney Resort 2014 modified

Rihanna in Stella McCartney Resort 2014 modified

Bar Refaeli in Michael Kors Resort 2014

Bar Refaeli in Michael Kors Resort 2014

Victoria Beckham in Chloe Resort 2014

Victoria Beckham in Chloe Resort 2014

Selena Gomez in BCBG Max Azria Resort

Selena Gomez in BCBG Max Azria Resort

 

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