Dressup Diva of the Month – August ’13

In the fast paced fashionable life and the chaotic blur of raging fashion trends – personal style always stands out ! I applaud that , get inspiration from that and have decided to feature that as a part of a monthly series on the blog  🙂

Juliana is a colleague and a wonderful friend and I have always admired her personal style.
Everytime I look at her, I think of her having effortless style as her second skin.
I interviewed her take on style and asked her to share some of her secrets and tips to share with all of us.  
1)How would you describe your personal style?
 I can’t define my style in a single word. It’s sort of a mix of different styles and influences. I can dress in a very feminine way one day and go edgy another. One thing is sure – I love strong colors!

2)Favorite outfit in your wardrobe !
 I love dresses! Not sure if I can point to any single one, but having a nice dress on finished with sexy heels makes me feel fabulous!

3)One make-up item always in your handbag?
 Mascara!!! It’s a girl’s best friend! … after diamonds, of course 🙂 … I’m a huge fan of Dior mascara. It really makes your eyes stand out. You can also layer it without feeling overdone. I always have one on hand.

4)One justified extravagant purchase
Cole Haan tall high heel boots! They are the most comfortable despite being high heels. Also, I always try to think about CPW (Cost Per Wear) for the item I’m eyeing, and if I invest I want to make sure I really get a use out of my purchase. I have a leather jacket that I felt was pretty expensive when I bought it, but I wore it so many times that it turned out to be almost cents per wear.

5)Your Style icon ?
 I don’t have a single person I look up to. However, huge influence of how I dress comes from my Mom. She is always stylish and pays attention to how she looks. It was never a code or a set of rules my Mom told me to follow, but growing up and seeing how she dresses and pays attention to details and fit, made me to learn by example. I also learned that dressing up for yourself is as much important as dressing up for others…. And I love to dress up for important people in my life!

6)Favorite store/brand 
Not sure if I can pledge allegiance to a single brand, but I love dresses from Laundry by Shelly Segal and skirts from Ann Taylor.

7)Any shopping tips for us ? 
My motto is “You wear the clothes. Clothes do not wear you.”  You should always feel comfortable in your clothes no matter what your style is. It immediately projects into feeling confident.
I like to combine things that do not seem to be compatible from the first glance. It always turn out unexpected and different. You can also combine high-end merchandise with something pretty simple and get an interesting twist to your assemble.

8)One trend that will never go out of fashion 
 Structured blazer! Everything looks so much better with it. The cut can change with time of course, it can be very classic or very modern, but it is always in fashion.

Thank you Juliana for being such a sport about being featured – I love that you play all the roles of  being a mother,wife,daughter,sister,friend so well and yet never ignore yourself  – xxxoo 🙂

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On Trend Gladiator Sandals

Wouldn’t it be great if we could get a memo of the fashion trends that are going to make a come back after a few years ? 

Had my mom known during her college days ,that her palazzo pants trend would complete the cycle and become hot every 5-6 years, I would be proudly donning them today with my crop tops  My point being – I would love to get a trend forecasting app on my iPhone or a flyer along with my fashion magazines in the mail –  explicitly listing out when is what going to go in and out of fashion and come back exactly after how many fall-spring or resort collections later ! That would save us from the pain of having to discard our beloved pieces JUST because there’s no place and because its out of fashion !

Take the gladiator sandals for example – about 5 years back I think , I owned 3 pairs of these Roman empiresque strappy sandals. They were at that time , very slow in catching up with fashion and soon fizzled out.
But this time in the Spring runway collections, these were showcased with great pomp and brought to limelight with quite a bang.

Celebrities have taken this fashion foot trend fairly forward and they are this year becoming quite the rage.
These can be a little tricky to pull off if paired with the wrong outfit. But , the higher these are – the lesser the chances of going wrong. They actually make the legs look longer and slender. Pair with shorts, skater dresses or your minis – and they will most definitely make a statement !!

Here are few of my picks and I intend to restock a couple of these back in my shoe closet 🙂

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One Month Blog Anniversary & A Fabulous Giveaway !!

It was the perfect weekend  ! On Friday – my man planned a wonderful date night at a Mexican restaurant by the Boston harbor and took me shopping next morning ! Post that, we went for an impromptu massage – I need to get more of those in my life!

Later that evening, a couple of us close friends went dancing. Seriously , what more does a girl need ? 🙂

Its usually the outfit that comes first and then the accessories that I pick to merchandise it up !

In this case – it was al contrario ! A beautiful pair of earrings from Lotus Blossom Design  influenced the rest of my outfit.
Pairing of gold with the orange simply launches the look from fun to fab ! I picked this  single-tone dress that gave me a canvas to paint with so many gold gongs .

Hope all of you had a wonderful weekend as well.

To celebrate the blog’s one month anniversary  – I have a fabulous giveaway for you sponsored by the very generous folks at Lotus Blossom Design They have an amazing collection that is SO AFFORDABLE ! Win a $35 gift card towards your purchase by entering the raffle !

(Raffle open to US readers only – ofcourse if you are outside you can gift your giftcard to your friend living in the US 🙂 )

To enter the giveaway:

1. Enter through the Rafflecopter Application 
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3. All entries will be validated, before declaring the winner
4. Any Issues ?? Send me email an email at loveplayingdressup@gmail.com I will take care of the entry for you.

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Fall Essentials – On a Budget !!

When I woke up this morning, I felt the crispness in the air. I looked out to see if the leaves had already started falling & unconsciously reached out for my comforter –  it definitely was a sign of the fall taking over my beloved summer 🙁

However, when the seasons change, they bring the prospect of changing wardrobes and I always seem to find enough solace in that – that there’ll be more reasons to shop! 🙂

Some Fall Must-Haves that I plan to bring to my closet – best part – all under $50 🙂

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