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Shades of Blues - Spring 2016



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"Blue is the color of trust and responsibility"


Ivanka Trump


Ralph & Russo Spring 2016



Spring 2016 is filled with various shades of blue creating upbeat and lavish moments.   Perhaps these bluish hues signal something special, grand and hopeful lingering in the air.  After all a winter of black, grey, brown and cream apparel paired with boots, coats, gloves while slogging through snow, rain, sleet and hail needs a blustery wind of change! Bring on Spring with mighty blue glory and brilliant sunshine to penetrate the hearts and souls across the great land.   Why even Penelope Cruz got the "paint me" blue message- to step it up and liven the day with a splash of calming and trust infused scintillating blue. Cruz (Zoolander 2, 2016) recently on The Today Show  was camera stopping with an azure blue jacket, azure suede pants and black sparkling heels.  Or for Downton Abbey (Masterpiece Theatre - Season 6) fans the story lines are filled with so much change that everyone must adapt and move forward with grace and dignity or remain forever angry, alone and forgotten. The lifestyle, how the estate is run, women now working and the forward wardrobe twists provides provocative parallels on infinite change that always happens in life.    Just how does a fashion maven capture these beautiful blues and parley into the daily life of a successful woman.  And, of course, finishing off with the most iconic and memorable lipstick to marvel the eyes and lips of the beholder?


Penelope Cruz



"I say, dress to please yourself. Listen to your inner muse and take a chance. Wear something that says, "Here I am!" today. - Iris Apfel


Christian Louboutin Spring 2016

Start with Pretty Pants



Olivia Palermo



I.  The Blue Lady Effect:  Adorn a pair of skinny's that are playful yet in a respectable blue hue that is flirty fun for travel or daily wear. 




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"Far out in the ocean, where the water is as blue as the prettiest cornflower, and as clear as crystal, it is very, very deep; so deep, indeed, that no cable could fathom it: many church steeples, piled one upon another, would not reach from the ground beneath to the surface of the water above. There dwell the Sea King and his subjects." - Hans Christian Anderson



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Christian Louboutin Spring 2016


Royal in Blue




Duchess of Cambridge


Lady Mary - Downton Abbey - Season 6



II.  Glorious Donning Blue:  A beautiful blue jacket or coat is demure, status building and dazzling against any background. Why even Lady Mary, Downton Abbey,  sported a blue coat with fur adding a posh glamorous effect to the event.





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"Anyone can get dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress in their days off that are the most intriguing." —Alexander Wang


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Christian Louboutin Spring 2016

The Shoe









III.  Attention Dancing Blue:  How can anyone forget Carrie Bradshaw's famous blue Manolo's?  Simply jaw dropping!  



Dressing Up

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Blue Love





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"You can never take too much care over the choice of your shoes. Too many women think that they are unimportant, but the real proof of an elegant woman is what is on her feet.' - Christian Dior 



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Christian Louboutin Spring 2016


 Snappy Sunwear





Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2016


IV.  Sassy Sunnies:  Did you hear? Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2016 apparel campaign is all about travel, Italy and lively and entertaining fashion and accessories.  These sunwear does not disappoint and demands brilliant blue magnificence.



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"My look is attainable. Women can look like Audrey Hepburn by flipping out their hair, buying the large sunglasses, and the little sleeveless dresses." —Audrey Hepburn


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Christian Louboutin Spring 2016


Mad for Red Lips








V.  The Only Red for Spring:  Christian Louboutin lips and nails for Spring 2016 are making a crowning entrance with decadent lip and nails hues.  Of course, the reds stand alone and will be cherished and relished by divas!  Not your ordinary lipstick tube but instead a work of art.



Matte Rouge









 "When I haven't any blue I use red" - Pablo Picasso


Spring 2016 is around the corner.   So take inventory and spice up a wardrobe with a jolly bit of vibrant blue and finish with scandalous red lips for a magical effect.   The world is ever-changing and having the forethought to evolve with the landscape keeps the body and mind strong when the winds are churning.  Television, movies and life's reality constantly brings blustery winds to each and everyone.  With grace, new thoughts and having an open mind will bring forth new opportunities, connections and community.  After all, the past is always the past and the future - ahh there is the rub - is always the unknown.  But, one thought in apparel is certain - elegant blue will always remain at the forefront of confidence and trust.  Yes, a glorious Spring is definitely here to come.  And, stunning blues are the talk of the times.


Kim Hardwick - Forever Chic Style





Office Space - Kate Spade

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Spice it up for Spring






Do you ever wonder why some people exude self-confidence?  Or why they walk into a room and sparkle?  Perhaps the self assured set the stage at the beginning and end of each day? Do you remember that life is an adventure, a new challenge and  opportunity to spread wings and soar?  Have you seen Caddyshack (1980) and do you recall the line "Be the ball"?   In 2016 be the ball and begin with the right footprint at home, at work or even in your car.   The office or work environment with a savvy work space will definitely add focus and positive energy.   Which designer has cornered the market on fun, zip and zing desk accessories? Drum roll please:  Kate Spade of course.  And, what other office tips and tricks make the art of creation more enjoyable and promote daily self-confidence?  Let's begin with these five Forever Chic Style tips that are bound to impress and set the theater stage in this crazy journey called life. After all each and everyone of you are the directors of your life.


Set the Stage



The Devil Wears Prada (2006)


The Intern (2015)

“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” 

- Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland




I.  The Work Stage:  The work environment has changed drastically in the last ten years.   In homes an office with privacy is a plus for accomplishing tasks, writing, talking on the cell phone, paying bills and running a business.   Conversely, many companies have open formats with everyone on a main floor sharing space which though unique might just be a room filled with chaos.   It remains to be seen if this work setting truly generates collaboration or is it a room humming with noise and inhibiting critical thinking? Images of sewing factories with loud sounds, rolls of fabric and lots to people moving fill the mind.  This is besides the point and detracts from our mission of getting organized.  It is important to personalize the work space with pieces that inspire and do not clutter.   (No, the cell phone does not create active thinking, problem solving etc.  A new study states that the brain cannot multitask and that the cell phone hinders focus and genius. Best to put away out of sight unless making a call.)   Let's begin by setting up the day organized and ending the day organized no matter where an office is located.  Less clutter calms the mind and offers a fresh start for the next day.   As a result, the juices will flow and energy will spring forth solving problems until gorgeous dusk begins to close the day.  Embrace the darkness on the land and wrap it up in a pretty bow with papers with files organized, pencils placed and lists written etc. After all who wants a cup of coffee from the day before or papers strewn all over the desk at the start of a new day?  Start fresh with everything in its place signaling self confidence for self, respect for fellow peers or family. 




The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

“Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely, "and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” - Lewis Carrol, Alice in Wonderland
 

 

I. Delightful Basics:  This does not include the laptop, desktop or cell phone which are essential.  Instead liven up a work area with a bit of luxury gold. 

 

Fun Files

 

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  Sassy Stripes

 

 

  Spotlight Stapler

 

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 Golden Tape Dispenser

 

 Terrific Tackle Box

 

 


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Diane Von Furstenberg - The Wrap Dress


 “Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”  - Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland



 The Organizer


II.  The Hand Written: Writing down lists, recording upcoming events by hand actually increases memory of a task or event to be completed or enjoyed.  The connection between the brain and hand is powerful in promoting memory.   Everything is at your fingertips and easy to see at a glance.  Yes, a cell phone, a computer in many different formats, can also organize the day but there is something satisfying about writing out plans for daily, monthly and yearly life.   With a flip of the page everything is in its place for the eye to see, to adjust and to refine.


12 Month Agenda


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17 Month - 2016 Calendar


 

"You don't write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say."  - F. Scott Fitzgerald




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Something's Gota Give (2003)




Downton Abbey (2010 - 2015)


A Cup of Jo or a Spot of Tea



III. Coffee, Tea or Water Please:  Imagine getting up everyday in the Hamptons, arriving at an office, getting ready to work or anywhere with a view or purpose and sipping on a strong cup of coffee, tea or ice water in the morning.  You are dressed in your finery and ready to partake in daily activities.  Start the day with a bit of Kate adding to the whimsical beauty of the day.





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“Take some more tea," the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.
"I've had nothing yet," Alice replied in an offended tone, "so I can't take more."
"You mean you can't take less," said the Hatter: "it's very easy to take more than nothing."
"Nobody asked your opinion," said Alice.”  - Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland


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 Doodles, Art, The Creative Mind




IV.  A Creative Break:   Sometimes brightly hued pencils, pens and so much more offer a chance to doodle during a call, use color or just relax a moment or two during a busy day.  Why, even adult coloring books are all the rage right now and are very fun.  In other words, add some flirty flare to your work desk or office space.   The result is a rainbow of inspiration and a calming moment or perhaps a smile.

Pretty in Pens


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Rainbow



Coloring Books Adult




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“Mad Hatter: “Why is a raven like a writing-desk?”
“Have you guessed the riddle yet?” the Hatter said, turning to Alice again.
“No, I give it up,” Alice replied: “What’s the answer?”
“I haven’t the slightest idea,” said the Hatter”  - Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland



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Finishing Touches



V. Finer Things in Life:  Fill a space with photos, books, flowers, candles and anything that adds charm or interest to a working space.  The result derives pleasure during the tasks at hand. 




Fresh Flowers


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 Business Card Holder

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Candles for Home Office


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Enjoy each day, decorate with style, personality and remember to live each day to the fullest!   Be organized, write down your appointments or notes, set goals and follow the path carved out with  a twist of dazzle, and inspiration.  Great things happen in the quietest of times.  Remember, you can do anything you set your mind out to do.  Never let anyone sway you otherwise.   And, while you are at it - add a Kate Spade to your life.   You will not regret it!



Alice in Wonderland (2010)


“Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.” 

-Lewis Carroll - Alice in Wonderland

 

Kim Hardwick - Forever Chic Style