Master Class: Fall Layering Techniques

 

Tips on Master Layering

1.  Limit your Layers, 3 is best

J Crew Sleeveless Ruffle Top, J Crew Leopard Cardigan, Antonio Melani Gray Cashmere Cardigan Sweater, Zara Cigarette Jeans, Stuart Weitzman Black Pumps

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2.  Know your Body Type:  Are you an Apple, Pear, Ruler, Inverted Triangle or Hourglass.  Understanding your body type helps with the most flattering layering possibilities.  I suggest layer with caution when it comes to bulky items,  Below I would of removed the denim shirt.

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Long and Lengthy?  A Ruler body type is great for the look below.  Thin with no curves

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3.  Pair Light weight pieces under bulk

Ted Baker Fleur Jacket, Vince Camuto Aqua Sleeveless Blouse, Thalian Burgundy Leggings, Nine West Brown Mid Boots, Vintage Silk Chiffon Purple Scarf

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4. Balance Layered tops under slim bottoms

Levi Strauss Blue Jacket, Pink Chiffon Buffalo Blouse, Zara Skirt, Vince Camuto Booties

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5. Layer the Same Colorwhite

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6. Layer Texture

Zara Grey Metallic Knit Jacket, Elizabeth and James Feathered Vest, J Jill White Cami

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Step One:   Max Jeans Grey Vest, Mossimo White Tee, Prabal Gurang Prism Necklace, Zara Jeans, Stuart Weitzman Black Pumps

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Step 2.  Add another layer with texture, and repeat the color.  Not overwhelming!  La Fiorentina Fur Vest

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7. Summer Dresses can be layered into Fall Style

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J Crew Sparkle Sheath Dress, Nine West Booties

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Added: Zara Black Knit Pullover, J Crew Black Grosgrain Belt,  5 Layer Strand of big Faux  Pearls

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Tool Box:  Items needed for  Layering

1. Vests

Lucky Army Vest, Lucy Black Hoody, Banana Republic Graphic Tee, Zara Jeans, Stuart Weitzman Black Pumps

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J Crew Print Shell, Antonio Melani Man’s Vest, Premise Black Jacket, Vintage Scarf

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Talbot’s Zebra Long Jacket, Mossimo Grey Sweater, Vince Camuto White Sleeveless Blouse, Zara Black Leggings, Stuart Weitzman Black Boots

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Margaret O’Leary Black Knit Sweater, H&M Black Sheer Long Duster, J Jill White Cami, Ann Taylor White Jeans, Vince Camuto Brown Bootie, Italian Black Bag

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3. Cascading Hemlines

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Mossimo Knit Oatmeal Sweater, Trina Turk Taupe Silk Sleeveless Top, Zara Ivory Midi Skirt, Vince Camuto Booties

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4. Sleeveless Blouses , Tees and Turtlenecks

Vince Camuto White Sleeveless Top, H&M Black Man’s Vest, Barneys New York Black Fingerless Leather Gloves, Elevenesse Black Matador Pants, Stuart Weitzman Leopard Pumps

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5. Pullovers

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7. Trimmings: Buy quality, don’t settle for a bad fake fur!  There are good fake furs out there and I personally like Vintage Fur.

Brooks Brothers Ivory Coat, Vintage Fur Trim

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8. Layer Jewelry. I enjoy adding layers of jewelry in similar colors and textures with one “off” piece. Vintage Jet Beads, Misc Strands

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9. Scarves  So versatile and add a splash of your favorite colors, patterns ect.

Trina Turk Black Leather Jacket, TeenFlo Vest, J Crew Taupe Chiffon Sleeveless Blouse, Vintage Limited Silk Scarf ( Circa 80″s), Zara Jeans, Stuart Weitzman Black Pumps

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Infinity Scarves- Current Trend-  I like it!!

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Banana Republic Navy Cardigan, Mossimo Denim Shirt, Vintage Tartan Tie, Zara Black Leggings, Zara Motorcycle Boots

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Layering Clothing is fun, looks very chic and stylish and fundamentally can keep you warm this Fall.  Good Luck and remember the tips and work with your tool box!!

The pictures you won’t see in the June Issue of Tucson Life Style Magazine Buzzing Around Bisbee!

This photo story  was about two girls on a road trip to Bisbee.

Bisbee is a great little getaway only 1.5 hours from Tucson with fun shops, interesting architecture and sites, music, and a cool laid back vibe for enjoying yourself without a lot of expectations.  

We started at 6am and didn’t stop till 6pm!  The entire day was great because of the team I was working with!

Scott Barker, Editor of Tucson Lifestyle Magazine102Tom Spitz, Photographer047 Matthew Kauffman , Art Director Tucson Lifestyle Magazine048 Joseph Boldt, Photo Assistant104  The models:  Vanessa Baird, and Paige McGiffen. 079 OUCH!!!054 Bisbee is always a fun visit and the opportunity to do a photo shoot made the day quite an adventure!

The last shoot of the day was at the  Shady Dell Airstream Park.   I couldn’t help but reminisce  when I stayed there 18 years ago when it was $45.00 a night! I was booked in the  Spartan  Airstream004

To prepare for the success of the photo shoot I need to always visualize the outfits that will compliment the different “scenes”.  My job was also to create multiple looks using one base such as the dresses I chose and switch out accessories, add a jacket etc.  They worked out beautifully.IMG_1108 (1) Vintage Luggage that I had as props in my Store in California a zillion years ago!!!074

Flippin excited that Paige wore my Elvis dress!!!

IMG_1107 My instinct as a Stylist is to try on all the outfits the models will be wearing.  If I know it looks good on me I know it will look good on them.  IMG_1102The wardrobe and most props for the shoot were exclusively from my private collection. Having owned a Vintage Consignment Store Timeless in Palo Alto California  I have managed to hold on to quite a collection!FullSizeRender

008It was a great day as I expected.   The shoot ran smoothly and on time which doesn’t always happen.  We started out by the Fairgrounds to do the “car shoot”.  Notice the bangles Paige is wearing !!!099

You gotta love a guy who smiles while shlepping!

083Vanessa striking a pose! Vanessa wearing Vintage  Circa 80’s Ralph Lauren Jacket103Getting psyched for Bisbee!!107Wayne’s Toys AKA  Tucson Auto Museum  provided the choice automobile. I enjoyed meeting the owners, they were a lovely couple.

090Once the car shoot was completed we all jumped in our cars and caravanned to Bisbee to finish the story.

Here is a look at my  behind the scenes shots :

First Bisbee stop:  Bisbee Breakfast Club where we all enjoyed lunch together too!112

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113The Beginning of the 1000 Step Stair Climb!  In front of the Copper Queen Hotel

134I  achieved completing these steps a few years ago.  Here with my friend Susan Firth.037_edited-1When walking the stairs you get to see so many  intricate, funky exteriors of little houses, bizarro stuff,  arts and crafts,   etc while you climb.014 080054_edited-1

Shopping Antiques at Acacia Art and Antiques

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124I love this store and of course I found something perfect to add to my white pottery collection.  I have a beautiful friend  in Boston who collects white pottery and I started a little collection of my own so everytime I look at it I think of her!006

Stock Exchange Saloon and Grill

Hustling is the name of the Game

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137Walking down  Main Street

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I trekked on the opposite side of the street for this shot!  I love it!!!

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Shady Dell RV Park!!! Vanessa wearing Betsy Johnson, J Crew Shoes.  Paige wearing Anthropologie, Lucky Sandals

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Vanessa, pull yourself together!

image Paige looks like a 1940’s glamour movie star!!  PJ’s:  Natori and Anthropologie

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The only phone booth left in America!!!

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Matthew said I was saluting at the end of the day with a smile!!   I enjoyed the day in Bisbee indeed!bisbee

I love the fantasy of a photo shoot.  They are a lot of work but also a lot of fun and the pics in the end are amazing that are selected for the magazine spread.  Thanks Tom Spitz for your amazing photos!

June Issue of Tucson LifeStyle — Check it out and  go cool off in Bisbee during the summer!!!

 

White Out

Wearing white is so sexy, fresh, and fashionable.  It is timeless.

Helmut Lang  Knit Sleeveless Tank, Daniel Cremieux  Shorts, Vince Camuto Gunmetal Caged Booties

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 I remember watching Love Story at least 30 years ago and seeing Ali Macgraw wearing a white tee and white shorts.

love story That visual never left me.  And to this day everytime I see all white in a fashion spread, store or someone on the street I always stop and take notice and admire.

While on my last trip to Boston this display at Nordstroms caught my eye and inspired me

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J Crew Spring 2015  Campaign- Fabulous

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So can we all wear white ? No matter what shape or size we are?? No!!!

I say no immediately thinking about all my beautiful Autumn Palette clients.  A redhead does not wear white!  It bleaches her out, thus cream is her “white”

Melissa looking so beautiful in a Vintage Cream Cashmere Coat, J Crew Necklace

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  What I am talking about is warm vs cool in reference to colors that flatter you!

 I also say  if you are a body type that is an apple, hourglass, or pear the rule of thumb would be to wear darker colors on the bottom.

Ann Taylor Black Fishnet Skirt, Handcrafted Rubber Tire Necklace, Rebecca Minkoff Snakeskin Heeled Sandals

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A few additional tips to remember:

1.  Soccer Thighs or  Voluptuous Derriere- yes you can still wear white but…

Make sure the fabric is heavy and drapes beautifully.   Watch for  pockets that show the seams.That is a no no.   Also a cascading top floating past your vulnerable areas will be flattering and wear some heels!

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2.  If you are top heavy rather than bottom heavy wear white on the bottom, darker colors on the top.  This will even you out.

My client getting it right!!!

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Enough of the rules, below are some fab pics that are white summer hot!

Vince  Tee, Banana Republic  Jeans, J Crew Earrings, Via Spiga Bronze Wedges

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J Crew —   The added white, neutral accessories make the “look” a homerun!

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I pinned this outfit on Pinterest at least a year ago and I continue to see it coming thru the stream.   I am not the only one noticing this amazing outfit!

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I presented a “Shorts” workshop last year and this was one of the visuals.  If you don’t like your thigh area then wearing Bermudas will cover up and solve that problem.  By wearing a gorgeous ornate top not only does it distract from the bottom but brings attention up to your face.  This strategy would be a win win.  Dont forget to wear some heels.  If you are screaming at me now for that advice, perhaps a wedge?

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A lovely client working it!  We shopped in her closet and we came up with many outfits  This was one of them!

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Two thumbs up for rock star attitude and fringe!

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Zara 2014.  Love a white suit!!!

Classic, Daring and Edgy– You have to have confidence to pull this off.  Notice the beautiful drape of the pants.
 Drape in white pants is so elegant.  Ladies if you are tall  do your self a fashion favor and go get some drapey white pants!

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Ladies if you are not tall, go get some ankle pants, heels and you can still rock the white pant suit look!

Ann Taylor Jacket, Brooks Brothers Sleeveless Blouse, Lafayette 148 Pants, Stuart Weitzman Slingbacks
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In conclusion wearing white psychologically makes us feel good. White represents cleansing and new beginnings White is innocent and pure . White adds and creates space. Putting on a white blouse feels like being given an opportunity to start the day with a clean slate

I think we can all relate to that vibe from time to time versus are dark friend  “black”.  In months to come  I will address the color black but for now white is right.

Chic Style with Slides

Slides can look Chic and Stylish!!  I just proved it to myself with my wardrobe and I had my doubts.  It is all about balance and proportion.   After selecting the clothes for these slides my conclusion was slides dictate a Sporty, Classical and Simple look.

Below are a few examples from the slides I blogged about previously and now have the outfits to go with them.

002Sam Edelman Leapord Birkies with J Crew Black Shorts and Zara Black Sweater.  3 Black Resin Bangles, Chanel Black Shades

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Cole Haan Brown Cork Heeled Slides with Cynthia Rowley Pink Cotton  Skirt, (Marshalls) So White Sleeveless Blouse

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Born “Bottega Veneta” Wedge Slides with Ann Taylor Brown Jacket  and Blue Label Saks Fifth Avenue Black Pants

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Adidas Poolside Slides with BCBG Blue Cotton Dress and Airport Shades (12.99!) Delayed flights can get you in trouble at the gift shop!

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Stuart Weitzman Tortoise Wedge Slide with J Crew Graphic Tee and Just Living Khaki Pants (Marshalls)

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Clarks Black Patent Slides with Trouve White Sheer Duster and J Jill Black Tank, Black leggings

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Stay tuned for next blog as a Shoe with a Historic Past is finally due for retirement!

How to wear a Checkered Blouse and not look like an Idiot

When a checkered blouse comes to mind you don’t think cool – as in outfit cool. You probably say no way ,  I am going to look like a picnic  tablecloth!  Second thought is the sightings of a checkered blouse either with denim or daisy dukes which we have all seen many times.  This results in a costume look and not stylish.daisy dukes

Currently checkered blouses are a Spring trend .   I personally love button down blouses and I think if paired correctly you too can pull off the checkered blouse.

A few rules to keep in mind.

1. Checkers are the focal point so tone everything else down. Don’t be matchy matchy.

2.All the shoes I selected are neutral.  All the shoes I selected were also edgy and stylish.  NO comfort Merrills in this scenario!!!    Or cowboy boots. NO NO NO!!

3. Don’t go for a relaxed look because you will look like you work on a farm.  Go for tight fitting pants or Straight Skirt or A line Skirt with Heels!

4. Selecting Denim is treading on the dangerous side, because of the stereotypes we all have seen for years.  Pass on it—

Go for a fresh Spring look and below are some examples I hope help!

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J Crew Red Checkered Blouse, Ann Taylor Beige Skinny Jeans, Ralph Lauren Cognac Pumps027

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Master Class: Fall Layering Techniques

Tips on Master Layering

1.  Limit your Layers, 3 is best

J Crew Sleeveless Ruffle Top, J Crew Leopard Cardigan, Antonio Melani Gray Cashmere Cardigan Sweater, Zara Cigarette Jeans, Stuart Weitzman Black Pumps

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2.  Know your Body Type:  Are you an Apple, Pear, Ruler, Inverted Triangle or Hourglass.  Understanding your body type helps with the most flattering layering possibilities.  I suggest layer with caution when it comes to bulky items,  Below I would of removed the denim shirt.

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Long and Lengthy?  A Ruler body type is great for the look below.  Thin with no curves

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3.  Pair Light weight pieces under bulk

Ted Baker Fleur Jacket, Vince Camuto Aqua Sleeveless Blouse, Thalian Burgundy Leggings, Nine West Brown Mid Boots, Vintage Silk Chiffon Purple Scarf

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4. Balance Layered tops under slim bottoms

Levi Strauss Blue Jacket, Pink Chiffon Buffalo Blouse, Zara Skirt, Vince Camuto Booties

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5. Layer the Same Colorwhite

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6. Layer Texture

Zara Grey Metallic Knit Jacket, Elizabeth and James Feathered Vest, J Jill White Cami

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Step One:   Max Jeans Grey Vest, Mossimo White Tee, Prabal Gurang Prism Necklace, Zara Jeans, Stuart Weitzman Black Pumps

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Step 2.  Add another layer with texture, and repeat the color.  Not overwhelming!  La Fiorentina Fur Vest

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7. Summer Dresses can be layered into Fall Style

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J Crew Sparkle Sheath Dress, Nine West Booties

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Added: Zara Black Knit Pullover, J Crew Black Grosgrain Belt,  5 Layer Strand of big Faux  Pearls

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Tool Box:  Items needed for  Layering

1. Vests

Lucky Army Vest, Lucy Black Hoody, Banana Republic Graphic Tee, Zara Jeans, Stuart Weitzman Black Pumps

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J Crew Print Shell, Antonio Melani Man’s Vest, Premise Black Jacket, Vintage Scarf

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Talbot’s Zebra Long Jacket, Mossimo Grey Sweater, Vince Camuto White Sleeveless Blouse, Zara Black Leggings, Stuart Weitzman Black Boots

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Margaret O’Leary Black Knit Sweater, H&M Black Sheer Long Duster, J Jill White Cami, Ann Taylor White Jeans, Vince Camuto Brown Bootie, Italian Black Bag

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3. Cascading Hemlines

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Mossimo Knit Oatmeal Sweater, Trina Turk Taupe Silk Sleeveless Top, Zara Ivory Midi Skirt, Vince Camuto Booties

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4. Sleeveless Blouses , Tees and Turtlenecks

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7. Trimmings: Buy quality, don’t settle for a bad fake fur!  There are good fake furs out there and I personally like Vintage Fur.

Brooks Brothers Ivory Coat, Vintage Fur Trim

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8. Layer Jewelry. I enjoy adding layers of jewelry in similar colors and textures with one “off” piece. Vintage Jet Beads, Misc Strands

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9. Scarves  So versatile and add a splash of your favorite colors, patterns ect.

Trina Turk Black Leather Jacket, TeenFlo Vest, J Crew Taupe Chiffon Sleeveless Blouse, Vintage Limited Silk Scarf ( Circa 80″s), Zara Jeans, Stuart Weitzman Black Pumps

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Infinity Scarves- Current Trend-  I like it!!

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Banana Republic Navy Cardigan, Mossimo Denim Shirt, Vintage Tartan Tie, Zara Black Leggings, Zara Motorcycle Boots

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Layering Clothing is fun, looks very chic and stylish and fundamentally can keep you warm this Fall.  Good Luck and remember the tips and work with your tool box!!

The Phoenician, Three Dinner Dresses, and another Birthday

October in my opinion has the most beautiful weather of the year!  For those who live in Tucson, the 1.5 hour drive to Scottsdale/Phoenix is effortless and a wonderful getaway with a different vibe, great restaurants, shopping, sites. and incredible resorts during this season.  My favorite resort is the Phoenician Hotel.FullSizeRender (5)  It is so gorgeous with multiple pools, cabanas,021 walking trails, golfing, tennis, complimentary classes, world class spa, and  the grounds are breathtaking.014

FullSizeRender (6)015IMG_1205This particular weekend was a Birthday Celebration and upon check in, a bottle of Veuve Cliquot was sent to the room.  Thank you!!!FullSizeRender (3)

Along with relaxing by the pool and people watching I enjoyed the Spa with a massage including Steam and Jacuzzi. IMG_1206 I also took advantage of some complimentary classes which consisted of Meditation, Aqua Aerobics, and the best was a Smart Phone Photography class.  Wow!  I learned so much from that class, the teacher was fantastic.FullSizeRender (7)

In the evening we ventured out to some local restaurants and they all received the two thumbs up by me.  I am a tough critic!   Half of the fun of going out to nice restaurants is dressing up!  I did not hold back, and enjoyed wearing sexy, fun dresses and eye catching accessories.  Red Lipstick accompanied them all.

Below is a Michael Kors Slip Dress,Eileen Fisher Bolero Sweater, Vintage Jet Beads, Via Spiga Heeled Sandals011

Crudo was our first dinner spot.  A cool vibe, it felt very local and relaxed. crudo-pics-loomis-030 They specialize in Mixology cocktails which is always fun and to have your cocktail served in a champagne coupe is always beautiful and sophisticated.FullSizeRender (4)  Presentation counts.   On the flip side to that my entree was Steamed Salmon with Celery Root Puree which arrived in a plastic bag on my plate and I asked myself ” what is this?”  Well once they cut the bag open and I took the  first bite I  completely forgot about the “un-Presentation”  It was delicious, buttery and tender.  My husband ordered the Brisket and we both agreed it was the best Brisket we have ever tasted.  Dessert consisted of wrapped chocolates on our pillows.

Below is French Connection Fleur Silk  Dress, J Crew Earrings, Stuart Weitzman Pink Sandals

032The second evening started at  The Henry, a Fox Concept restaurant. The Henry had a cool vibe, interesting decor and was packed.  I like being in a restaurant with energy and people having fun.  We enjoyed Grey Goose Martini’s and shared the Avocado Radish Toast on  grilled bread.  Yum yum, I am going to make my own version at home.  We then headed to Virtu a small restaurant in Old Town and it was amazing. FullSizeRendervirtu We sat at the bar and enjoyed talking with the staff.  My cocktail was delicious and so memorable with Champagne Foam on top!  It really tasted like champagne!  We shared Charred Octopus with Fennel, Arugula, Lemon Chick Peas and Calabrese Chile Butter.   Next was Frisee and Brussel Sprout Salad with Roasted Cinnamon Carrots and  Bacon Candy.  The entree was Gnudi, a pasta-like dumpling with a unique ricotta filling. Gnudi, also known as the naked gnocchi, can be best described as little puffs of clouds on your tongue.Gnudi  I have never had gnudi and now I am ruined for life because nothing compares to this delicacy.  Virtu was so delicious I could see myself driving from Tucson  to Scottsdale just for dinner!

It was such a lovely weekend in Scottsdale doing all the things I love to do.  As a Libra I need to be surrounded by beauty and that is exactly what the weekend was all about.  The Birthday celebration didn’t end in Scottsdale.  I enjoyed one more wonderful evening out at Reilly’s Craft Pizza in Tucson with friends. The  Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Cavatelli and Boudini are repeats all the time.  Delicious!  Ahh another opportunity to dress up and dine out. I love the good life!!!!  A prelude to the big 50 next year—–

Below is J Crew Sparkle Dress, J Crew Earrings, J Crew Belt, Sam Edelman Stripe Shoes

 

 

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