Expensive vs. Economical: Striped Skirts

It’s always interesting to see how your fashion changes over time.  Throughout my life, I’ve gone through various skirt phases.  In college, I was all about mini skirts.  I wore them so often that a random guy in my humanities class asked if I even owned a pair of shorts.  Fresh out of college and starting my career, I moved to midi skirts.  I felt professional, yet still stylish.  Throughout pregnancy, I had several maxi skirts on rotation.  They were so dang comfortable and a way to avoid buying maternity clothes.  Nowadays, I flip-flop between midi and maxi skirts with the occasional mini making an appearance. 

I’ve seen a few designer striped skirts recently that are absolutely beautiful.  Stripes are my favorite pattern, and skirts are my favorite piece of clothing, so today I’ve rounded up a slew of designer and everyday wear striped skirts for comparison.  They range in price from $1,300+ (yes, really) to $16.  Sure, the quality will likely be lower with the less expensive options, but for $1,200 less, I’m willing to go with the more economical option.  That goes for pretty much every expenditure in my life, not just skirts.

As I’ve mentioned before, I do believe in paying for quality items that are staples.  However, I’m not sure how many times I would wear a striped skirt (probably not more than once or twice a month), so the price per wear of the skirts in the expensive column aren’t justifiable for me, personally.  But they sure are pretty!

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  1. Carolina Herrera  vs.  BooHoo
  2. Akris Punto  vs.  ModCloth
  3. Alice + Olivia  vs. Marks and Spencer
  4. Eliza J  vs.  TOV
  5. Valentino  vs.  LOFT
  6. Expensive vs. Economical: Striped Skirts » StyleEmulator.comGül Hürgel  vs.  Joe Fresh
  7. Rossella Jardini  vs.  Unique Vintage
  8. Lela Rose  vs.  New York & Co.
  9. Gucci  vs.  Marc Jacobs
  10. Muveil  vs.  NINEMINUTES
  11. Expensive vs. Economical: Striped Skirts » StyleEmulator.com Suno  vs.  Maison Jules
  12. Mira Mikati  vs.  LOFT
  13. Milly  vs.  BooHoo
  14. Kate Spade  vs.  Target
  15. Lisa Marie Fernandez  vs.  Unique Vintage

Which one is your favorite?

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Inspired by: Blue and Green Florals

Happy almost summer! Does it bother you when people start saying things like “happy summer” before the official start date? I’m fine with it as long as it’s within a reasonable time frame. Saying happy summer right now? I get it. Saying happy summer back in May? Negative. Living in Florida, as soon as the weather warms up (so, February), people tend to break out the “it’s summertime!” Facebook statuses. No, people. Don’t care if it’s 94 degrees, April is springtime, dang it.

With summer quickly upon us, I’ve been drawn to light, bright airy decor and fashion. That’s looking like lots of florals, sun dresses, and greens and blues. I’ve never been one to rotate my decor seasonally (excluding holiday decorations), but it’s something I’ve thought about incorporating into my home. If that’s not a sign that I’m a real, bonafide adult, I don’t know what it is. I doubt I’ll do it this year since we’re still renovating our second story, but perhaps I will in the coming year when we’re done shuffling rooms (and contractors are forever barred from entering my home).

Since I won’t be purchasing seasonal decor this year, I thought it would be fun to do it virtually. Below are two different summery vignettes I’ve been drawn to as of late. I curated looks, both home decor and fashion, inspired by them. Happy {almost} summer!

Sarah Bartholomew Green Hills Georgian

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  1. Mirror – Love the shape of this.
  2. Fern print – This print accents the fern-iture quite well. (ha! Sorry, couldn’t help it.)
  3. Lamp
  4. Loveseat – This is beautiful little loveseat reminds me of Lily Pulitzer.
  5. Velvet Pillow
  6. Meadow Pillow – This pillow is a small, inexpensive way to bring a little summer into your decor.
  7. Dress – I’m digging the print on this summery dress. And it’s only $30.
  8. Garden stool – Cute and fun prints and patterns are the theme of this look. The pattern on this garden stool is no exception.
  9. Necklace
  10. Earrings
  11. Planter – A classic. See more blue and white below.
  12. Shoes – I never thought I’d see a pair of pea green shoes and think they were cute. Well, these look cute and comfortable.

Blue and White Floral

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  1. Botanical Prints – I typically stick to green botanicals, but these blues are gorgeous.
  2. Pillow
  3. Plates – I’m a firm believer in using beautiful plates for everyday meals. Feels fancier, ya know? These are beautiful and not ridiculously expensive.
  4. Chair – Blue and white stripes combined with comfort–does it get any better?
  5. Mirror – I’ve always oogled over bone inlay frames and mirrors. This isn’t cheap, but it’s a stunner.
  6. Purse
  7. Dress – I’m in love with this feminine dress.
  8. Necklace
  9. Planter – My grandmother passed away years ago and she had one of these planters. My dad asked me if I wanted it and I said no at the time. WHY, SHANNON OF 2013, WHY??
  10. Scarf – The tassels make the scarf.
  11. Curtain Panels – Do people change their drapery by the season? I don’t think so, but maybe we should start the movement.
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Contemporary Country Farmhouse

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A contemporary country farmhouse in the heart of Los Angeles.  When I read that title over on Elle Decor, my interest was instantly piqued.  My first thought was, “what does LA know about farmhouses?”  My second was, “Apparently a lot.”

Contemporary Country Farmhouse Bedroom

Contemporary Country Farmhouse Garden

It turns out LA does know a little about farmhouses.  As with all things California, they just do it a little different.  A little more cool.  A little more eclectic.  And a little more butch, apparently.  The owner’s instructions to the designer, Jeffrey Alan Marks, was to create a “rock-and-roll farmhouse”.  That meant no buffalo check, shabby chic, or other homely touches.  Instead, in the words of Elle Decor, those instructions translated into a home that is “bold, beautiful, and a tiny bit butch.”

Contemporary Country Farmhouse Bathroom

Contemporary Country Farmhouse

If you, too, want a home–be it farmhouse or not–that can be described as such (I mean, who doesn’t want their house described as slightly butch?), here’s how to get the look.

  1. Chandelier – I scaled the size of this chandelier down compared to the one used in the farmhouse.  I figure most of us don’t have soaring living room ceilings.
  2. Couch – A classic Chesterfield sofa brings in a traditional touch.
  3. Side table – The pedestal shape of this side table adds a bit of country flair.
  4. Coffee table – Definitely the magnum opus of this living room is the zebra daybed coffee table.  I found a smaller version here.  If you’d like a more muted version, check out this one.
  5. Chair – I’m totally digging the silhouette of this chair.  It adds a little mid-century modern to the space and fits right in.  See more options below.
  6. Kangaroo Print – This fun little print is a downloadable file.  Pick the size you want, print it at Walgreens or Office Depot, and pop it in a frame.  Viola.
  7. Throw – This brings the only pop of color to the otherwise muted space.
  8. Shelving unit – One of my favorite features of this room is how the art is mostly encased in the sprawling shelving units.  It gives the space dimension.
  9. Pillow – Proof that blue and white (and tassels) work everywhere.
  10. Elephant – To place on top of the zebra.
  11. Dice – This fun decor adds to the rock-and-roll vibe of the space.

There are myriad options for blue side chairs.  The style and type you chose has the potential to alter the entire feel of the space.  Here are a few other options that would look killer in this living room.

Blue Chair Round up » StyleEmulator.com

Bed Bath & Beyond  //  Macy’s  //  Macy’s

Target  //  Kohl’s  //  Bed Bath & Beyond

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Cannes Film Festival Fashion

The Cannes Film Festival has always seemed like one of the most glamorous Hollywood events to me.  I think that’s mainly due to its location in the French Riviera (I blame Samantha Brown for my obsession with the Côte d’Azur), but I’ll give some credit to the celebrities and their films.  Actually, scratch that.  I don’t know anything about the films shown at Cannes, so I guess it’s just the Mediterranean seaside location and the outfits.  The somewhat funny thing about celebrity fashion at the Cannes Film Festival is that I don’t actually know who any of the celebrities are.  This year’s festival marked the 70th anniversary and ran from May 17-28.  I’ve browsed various galleries on Elle, Vogue, etc., and I may recognize two or three actors, but for the most part I have no idea who these people are or what they’re known for.  No matter!  I can still admire their garb.  And that’s what I’ve done today!

Let me state for the record that I like to take *inspiration* from red carpet fashion.  I have no red carpet events on my calendar (though I am available should someone invite me) and thus have no need for a ballgown.  However, I do like to morph these outfits into real life.  These days real life for me means working an 8-5 office job, occasional date nights/dinner with friends, and cookouts.   With that in mind, I’ve put together the below looks inspired by Cannes Film Festival fashion.  I hope you enjoy!

Victoria Bonya (Russian model/TV host)

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 1.  Top  //  2.  Skirt  //  3.  Pumps  //  4.  Clutch  //  5.  Earrings

Priscilla Betti (French singer)

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 1.  Top  //  2.  Skirt  //  3.  Purse  //  4.  Cuff  //  5.  Sandal

Barbara Meier (German model)

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 1.  Top  //  2.  Earrings  //  3.  Pants  //  4.  Heels

Naomie Harris (British actress)

Get the Look Naomie Harris Cannes » StyleEmulator.com1.  Top  //  2.  Earrings  //  3.  Skirt  //  4.  Pumps

Aymeline Valade (French actress)Get the Look Aymeline Valade Cannes » StyleEmulator.com

 1.  Blazer  //  2.  Earrings  //  3.  Clutch  //  4.  Pants  //  5.  Heels

Did you have a favorite look from Cannes?  I also liked Clotilde Clourau, Fan Bingbing, Lily-Rose Depp, and Irina Shayk.

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Ballard Buffalo Check Bedroom

Ballard’s bucolic black buffalo check bedroom beautifully bedazzles.  Ok, I’ll stop.  But Ballard did it again with today’s room.  I’m hard pressed to think of a more classic pattern than buffalo check.  You can use it on your floor, your living room, or your entire family can coordinate in it (been there, done that, cutest thing ever).  You can also use it in your bedroom for a timeless and classic look.  Buffalo check and gingham (there IS a difference!) can venture into granny chic–or not so chic–but Ballard keeps it modern and feminine by pairing it with pom pom bedding, florals, and natural fibers.  Here’s how you can get a similar look:

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  1. Buffalo Check Bedding – The buffalo check bedding from Ballard is on sale right now.  And the sale prices are actually decent and competitive.
  2. Pom Pom Bedding – The pom pom bedding from Ballard is also on sale, but this set from Nordstrom is $50 cheaper.
  3. Bed – This piece is so classic.
  4. Chandelier – This statement piece softens the room and adds a little feminine flair.
  5. Medallion – I like the round shape of this medallion better than the one in the picture.  But if I’m honest, I’d probably put a piece of artwork over the bed instead.
  6. Lamp – This lamp is a bit more expensive than I’d prefer to pay, but it’s available at JCPenney where everything is perpetually on sale.  JCPenney also consistently offers a considerate amount of cash back on purchases if you use Ebates (referral link), too.
  7. Nightstand
  8. Mirror – It’s a little funny how Ballard positioned this mirror right at eye level if you’re laying in bed.  I don’t know that I want my own disheveled reflection to be the first thing I see in the morning.
  9. Basket – For the end of the bed.  I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a Ballard bedroom without something at the end of the bed.
  10. Curtains – The curtains are just barely visible in this photo.  It’s a shame because they’re one of the best features in the room.  Buffalo check and floral print are two bold prints, but by keeping them monochromatic they compliment rather than compete.
  11. Jute rug – Bringing a little texture into the mix.

Buffalo check will always be a perennial favorite of mine.  Here’s a round up of a few other items featuring this textile.  The upholstered bed is just insane.

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Bed (!!!!)  //  Top  //  Pillow

Bag  //  Skirt  //  Curtains

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