Summer Spotlight: Mara Hoffman

If you’re looking for the perfect print or unique piece to punch up your summer wardrobe, look no further!  Mara Hoffman’s colorful kaleidoscope-like prints are exactly what you need.

The New York based designer and graduate of the prestigious Parson’s School of Design mixes tribal prints and cutouts with smart color combinations.  From trendy swimsuits to maxi dresses and beach towels, her prints have stolen the spotlight this summer.

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Disclaimer: I do not own any of the images used in this post

A Toast to the “It Bag” of Paris Couture Week

Spring 2014 Paris Couture Fashion Week is in full swing!

The Parisian couture shows can only be described as an impeccable showing of wearable art; however, they aren’t always the main attraction. My favorite part of the week isn’t what is on the runway, but what street-style photographers capture through their lenses on the world’s most fashionable women.

Although the week hasn’t ended yet, a definite favorite has been declared among fashion innovators. “It Bag” of Paris Couture Week: Chanel No. 5 perfume bottle-shaped evening bag.

The bag is reminiscent of styles once featured in Sex and the City, and comes in clear or black. It is a whimsical piece that adds a little playfulness to any look, no matter how chic. The bag has been seen on other celebrities including Alexa Chung, Miroslava Duma, and Rihanna.

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Chanel bag available here!

Disclaimer: I do not own any of the images used in this post.

Street-style photographs credit: HB Nam, Buro24/7

What I Wore: Investment Pieces

I am a firm believer in investment pieces.

Classic pieces should be chosen very carefully with a meticulous eye for detail, quality, and over-all design.  Splurging on these items will be worth it over-all.  If you don’t believe me, try my fool-proof formula that always makes me feel better for spending a little extra on classic pieces for my wardrobe!

Price of Investment Piece / # of Times Worn

Start with a quick estimate of how many times you think you’ll wear the item in a year.  For example, a classic handbag can be worn hundreds of times during the year if it is made of high-quality materials.  Divide the price of the investment piece by the number of times you might wear it to get your Price Per Wear. You will find that spending a little extra on a classic investment piece is a much better deal than spending nearly the same amount on various low-quality trendy pieces.

My all-time favorite investment piece is my vintage Louis Vuitton messenger bag.  This handbag was my first large purchase when I was a teenager, and I have no regrets.  This handbag can be dressed up or down, and is appropriate for nearly every occasion. Take a look at how I wore my classic Louis Vuitton today!

Handbag: Louis Vuitton Watch: Michael Kors Jewelry: BCBG Black Bow band, Vintage rings, necklaces, bangle Nail Polish: OPI in Big Apple Red