October 15, 2014

Wish List Wednesdays

What I want, need and love this week…
1. Put a Ring on It by Lemonwood Prints: Love this! For the pop culture enthusiast who just got engaged.

2. Bauble Bar Cleopatra Bib: From the Emma Roberts collaboration, this stunning bib will pop beautifully - perfect for the holidays.

3. Oh My Chic Boyfriend Sweatshirt: By ILY Couture, it's got a soft fleece interior keeping you warm and chic at the same time.

4. Ted Baker Enid Embellished Collar Tunic: For a bit of ladylike chic, this embellished collar dress needs no extra adornment.

5. Clare V Margot Flat Clutch: A quirky staple, you can't go wrong with this clutch by Clare Vivier.

6. Gold Swallows Porcelain Wall Art by PrinceDesignUK: Add a touch of glitz to your bathroom or entryway wall with these lovely gold swallows.

7. Yunus and Eliza Empire Ring: This sculptural ring extends past the knuckle for an avant grade look.

8. Ritika Mirchandani Jacket: Top off a flowing white gown or black pants with this showstopping zari embroidered and cutwork jacket.

See anything you want, need or love?

October 14, 2014

Bootie Call: Hot Ankle Booties

Outnet Ankle Booties | Bangles and Bungalows

It's that time of year again when sandals are shooed to the back of the closet in favor of the click clack of the fierce ankle bootie. I always like to refresh my go-to collection with new styles. I already have the basics, so it would be nice to add something funky to the mix. Perhaps a seriously chunky heel or a mix of textures would alleviate that late night shopping craving. You know the kind of bootie call that would only be satisfied when you get your feet into a hot pair of ankle booties? Here are a few styles that I have been eyeing. 
Hot Ankle Booties | Bangles and Bungalows

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I tend to look for a pair that has ample support with at least a bit of stretch. While I love the look of a sexy stiletto heel, I know my feet would be much happier in a thicker heel or a platform for added comfort. Which ankle booties do you have your eye on?

October 9, 2014

Outlander: Fashion in the Highlands

I too have fallen under the spell of Outlander, the time-traveling romance drama from Starz. Adapted from the novels by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander follows the adventures of nurse Claire Beauchamp (pronounced bee-cham). Claire is unwittingly swept from her charming married life in the post-World War II era back to a treacherous time of upheaval in the Highlands of 1700s Scotland. The series reveals a rich and stunning portrayal of life in 18th century Scotland. One not only grows fond of the characters and story, but of the natural beauty of Scotland and the depths to which the cast and crew go to depict the costumes, history and general day-to-day culture. It makes you nostalgic for a simpler time with simpler people and even simpler joys.

Image via Starz
Many say the costumes and Scotland itself are their own characters on the show. Die-hard fan Terry Dresbach is the costume designer for the show. Her husband Ron Moore happens to be the show's creator. Sounds like the perfect collaboration indeed! Terry documents much of her work for the show as costume designer on her blog: Terry Dresbach - An 18th Century Life.

Costumes of the time are exactly as you would imagine for daily life with tartan kilts for men and woolen corseted gowns for women. For special occasions, the men suited up with velvet coats, jeweled brooches and frilly cuffs while the women may have enjoyed silks with nature inspired embroidery and caped cloaks in rich jewel tones. Warrior clansmen in particular would wear muted tones that camouflaged well with the outdoors. Much to the delight of the local community, Terry even scouted crocheted cowl neck scarves and fingerless gloves from Scottish Etsy sellers as cold weather accessories. (Spoiler!) But the most talked about costume on the show has been the wedding gown Claire wears to marry the dashing young highlander, Jamie McTavish.

Image via Terry Dresbach
As you may have guessed, fans of the novels are obsessive about the details. So getting this dress just right to stay true to the period yet also appeal to modern day viewers was a tricky balance. At the time, brides did not wear the traditional white wedding gown. Terry found that in the 18th century, metal was actually woven into the fabric of the time. To recreate this technique, her team spent over 3,000 hours creating the gown by embroidering paper thin shavings of mica into the fabric. This allowed the fabric to glow in the candlelight of the wedding ceremony, thus establishing the dress as a cornerstone to the story's key fairytale moment. The bodice of the gown contained acorn branches and falling leaves sewn with oxidized metallic thread - seems a bit similar to zardozi work, doesn't it? Read more about the making of the dress in this Variety article here.

Image via Terry Dresbach
Image via Terry Dresbach
Interested in reading the books? Gabaldon has given a nuanced depth to the austere and dramatic times, which has also translated smartly to screen. The story is highly addictive. With 8 novels in the series, one could spend a couple weeks in bed without realizing it. Since the television show left me hanging halfway through book one, I had to reach for a copy to find out what happened next and I am already on book 2. Check out the book here.

And if you are interested in a behind the scenes look at the Costumes of Outlander, watch this video from Starz:

October 2, 2014

Chairish: Color Couples

Need a color refresh for your home? Chairish, an online vintage furniture retailer, sent me their favorite color combinations trending this season including: peacock and dove, peach and tangerine, caramel and brass, amethyst and emerald and finally persimmon and cornflower. They asked me share which color combination inspired me.

Usually I might lean toward the peacock and dove combination. To step outside my comfort zone, I thought it would be fun instead to try out caramel and brass, a more traditional pairing with masculine undertones.

Why I Love Caramel & Brass

Easily blend tastes as a couple: Incorporating these colors into your design is a great way to mesh feminine and masculine aesthetics. Caramel brings in an earthy, handsome feel. Its light tone complements the bright and flashy brass, which has a more glamorous effect that many ladies love.

Act as neutrals: Easily pair them with other colors. If you are looking to redecorate often, just maintain key caramel and brass pieces and swap out other furniture or paint in other colors for a brand new look.

Timeless feel: Caramel and brass are unlikely to ever go out of style. Depending on how you style these colors, you can go modern or traditional. A weathered leather chair with a brass etagere is always classic.

Below is a room I styled with pieces all from Chairish. With brass and caramel as a neutral base, I was able to add other colors easily. I went with teal and green. An oversized painting breaks up the color scheme nicely and hangs on the wall behind the couch. You could also add a wooden credenza below the painting for storage. A beautiful brass chandelier caps it all off. What do you think?
Chairish Caramel and Brass | Bangles and Bungalows


Find all my favorite listings on my favorites page. See all the combinations on the Chairish blog and read more about Chairish in my previous post.

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