"Fashion fades, only style remains the same." Coco Chanel

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

Maxi Skirt - Must for Summertime




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The Marvelous Maxi

The Celebrities Rocking the Maxi Skirt







Long,  Flowing and Comfortable



The Maxi Skirt is sassy, pretty, sexy and overall super comfortable when combined with a simple top for good measure.  Add a pair of strappy sandals with tassels plus eye catching jewelry for an overall effect for a grand entrance.   This Summer move forward with a Maxi Skirt for casual affairs or grand soiree's.  A fashion doyenne is completely unstoppable and unforgettable draped in a lux fabric flowing around the legs.  Let the summer barbecues, cocktails on the deck, ocean breezes and palm trees sway as a fashion moment is born. 




The Classic Black





Taylor Swift




I.   Classic Flirty Fun:  Every fashion maven requires a basic black Maxi Skirt to slip into for cocktails, night out or daily activities. Dress up with a white silk top or dress down with favorite tee and a denim jacket.  Marvel in the simplicity and classic look that shows off the womanly silhouette. 























"A woman is never sexier than when she is comfortable in her own clothes"  Vera Wang


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Brightly Hued









II.  Color Infused Maxi Skirt: A floral Maxi is definitely feminine and lovely on a fashion maven when out on the town, shopping, beach activities or at a barbecue.  Snap up a sunshine drenched concoction to wow thy self and fellow friends and family.




















"The best color in the whole world, is the one that looks best on you" - Coco Chanel




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A Night Out








III.  Princess Silhouette: An evening out requires a taste of dynamic dazzle that is beyond the basics of day to day apparel.  Choose a piece that is flowing and flattering with a hit of elegance. 
















"Elegance is the only beauty that never fades" - Audrey Hepburn


There you have it!  Don't wait to obtain a basic black, happy colored or fancy Maxi Skirt for Summer 2016. The end result will make a fashion entrance that is completely unforgettable.  And, the comfort will be worth every penny.   Always combine with a breathtaking or classic top, jewelry, high heeled sandals (never flip-flops) and a sense of self confidence while draped in swirls of fabric showcasing the wonderful you. 


"Happy Summer!" 

Forever Chic Style - Kim Hardwick



Kate Spade - iPhone 6 & 6s Covers - Spring & Summer 2016



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"Hello it's Me" 




Downton Abbey (2010 - 2015)


Constant Quick Communication


Hear the endless roar of conversation anywhere, everywhere and all the time.  The Charlie Brown's teacher "wah, waaah, wah"  is ever known on a daily basis interrupting the world at large with texts, calls, bells, songs and whistles.  The end result is a world of constant noise.  It is no wonder many choose to live in the woods where quiet is quiet at the end of the day or play tennis and if a phone goes off during play a penalty point or frowns abound from other courts.  By the way, a player never answers during a point or between points and instead lets the call go into the ether. Perhaps a swimming pool or ocean swim is another quiet calm. One can only chuckle and imagine a hand rising up protecting the plastic cover shell as a fashionista bobs up and down in the waves keeping the signal alive.   All and all though - the iPhone is a must and without its quick verbal and written communication of who, what and where the world becomes less connected and less knowledgeable.   After all email has almost become a dinosaur. Thus, the constant quick is essential.   However at the same time being present and aware in groups with others is often tricky when the phone is placed within reach.  Since the tech phone is thoroughly modern and essential - lets examine Kate Spade's iPhone Covers for Spring and Summer 2016.  And, while perusing these beauties a few etiquette lessons must ensue. 



Yellow - Sunny Yellow

"Madam, Please Put the Phone Away"









I.  Yellow Sunshine - Jeweled Daisy:  Looking for a liquid sunshine? Search no more with this sunshine drenched cover case and a daisy bedecked in jewels with a tiny bee for inspiration and remembering to always be present.  The cover is utterly charming.




Bee Present - Sharpen Listening Skills


*Cell Etiquette Tip - Bee Present:  When meeting for coffee, sitting at a table with friends or family - keep the iPhone in handbag, pocket or sunny side up on the table.  Turn off the sound and focus on the loved ones around.  Keep present and wear a watch for time rather than looking at the iPhone which then ends up searching texts along other goodies that lead to distraction.   A fashionista never wants to miss out or say "What? What did you say?" 






"To go out with the setting sun on an empty beach is to truly embrace your solitude" - Jeanne Moreau


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Maui, Cabo, Beach and Sand

Stop Talking - Public Places - Stop Talking Please










II.  Dreaming of Vaca?:  Sun, sand, beach, turtles, shells, chaise lounge, pool, and so much more.  Vacation is a must for an on the go fashion maven juggling job, work, children, home life, family and other obligations that fill lists upon list of action items.  Every life is a sea of noise and often a respite of pure beach bliss is top of mind.  This palm leaf number will ensure a vacation is in the works for summertime.


Charlie Brown Teacher Syndrome






*Cell Etiquette Tip - Speaking on Cell Loudly in Public:  When laying out on a beach, in a grocery line, walking on the neighborhood street or sitting at a cafe - do not talk on the cell in public.  It is rude, annoying and just not that interesting or respectful to be a blow horn in front of strangers about nothing because to them a loud conversation into a cell phone is disturbing. Instead find a private spot to complete a call.  Also, start smiling, observing and talking to the the world around rather than blathering on the cell. 







"In the end we only regret the chances we did not take"




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The World Under the Sea

Just Google It - Learning at Fingertips






III.  Instant Learning About World - Google It:  Keeping abreast of the latest news or discovering answers to the environment, animals, sea creatures, history etc.,  or just watching a funny video among others guarantees an evolving mind.  The sparkling seahorse piece represents the ocean, living creatures, sand, sunshine and learning all detailed in a vivid blue ocean.


Learning Creates Knowledge and Self Confidence








*Cell Etiquette Tip:  Just Google it!  How often when sitting with friends or family does something come up where no one knows the answer?  Why often!   It is fortunate that at the fingertips the iPhone solves any challenge with instant knowledge and results.   So - if in a group and all agree to see a funny video, solve a problem with a click then by all means do it.  The group consensus of phone usage and connection is paramount adding brilliance of mind and humor along the way.





"I'm happiest when floating in the sea" 



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"I scream - YOU scream - WE all scream for Ice Cream!"

Driving - Put the Cell Phone Away - Repeat - Put the Cell Phone Away!








IV.  YUM - Ice Cream Delight:  Ice cream is always enjoyed alone and without interruption because the focus is laser sharp and never scattered.  The joy is in tasting every drop until the ice cream cone is deliciously gone.   The pretty in pink cover is a reminder to revel in the moment, experience the taste and keep the focus clear and concise.  Yes, this cell cone cover is fun and ultimately a joyous object.






*Cell Etiquette Tip - Never While Driving! While driving remove the cell phone from sight.  Place it in the bottom of a handbag and connect through Bluetooth.  There are so many accidents and deaths today because a maven decided to answer a text or call rather than watching the road and fellow drivers.  Therefore, do not even think about connecting on the phone.  Of course, use as a GPS (plan accordingly or pull over to start) and of course answer or not answer Bluetooth calls. Seriously, there is no reason to text or look at the phone when driving with hands on the wheel.   Use Bluetooth and forget the rest.  After all - must we always be that connected?  Instead live in the moment, enjoy the scenery, passengers and remain focused at the task at hand!  Carpe Diem!  








"Shoes are like ice cream. There is always room for more"




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Oh My - Phone Calls, Texts, Photos, Video's Fashion and Shopping!

Purchase Quickly & Reference Quickly










V. Pretty Purchases - Useful Tool for Shopping:  The iPhone is the superior gadget for obtaining groceries, apparel, photos, recording music, making travel plans or ordering anything needed around the home for family or just for self.  The pale twinkling pink fruit inspired iPhone cover subtly hints at action items to acquire.   Or maybe it is simply pretty piece that is must have in a summer handbag.





*Cell Etiquette Tip - Just Enjoy - Enjoy the usefulness of the iPhone for fashion comparison, documenting events, shopping, making travel connections and maybe purchasing fresh grapefruit.   Don't go broke in the process!







"She who leaves a trail of glitter is not ever forgotten" - Kate Spade


"Hello it's Me"

Forever Chic Style - Kim Hardwick


Maxi Dresses 2016 - Under $300




The Maxi - Spring & Summer







Off on a Spring or Summer sojourn to a far away tropical land or perhaps to a picnic at a local park with friends or maybe an evening cocktail party with a loved one?  If so, think no more! The crowning apparel of the moment spanning all hot weather soiree's is The Maxi Dress.  There is something special about a dress that floats as a doyenne walks, dances or commands the room such as Daenerys Targaryen, Mother of Dragons in Game of Thrones (HBO).  By the way, Game of Thrones is one of the best show stopping, hearts pounding dramas on the telly since 2011 to now.  The Grecian column frocks are top of mind and everywhere.  And, Daenerys owns every screen and every moment in a long gown that demands attention and respect on Game of Thrones.  Here are the top three Maxi choices  for upcoming travels abroad, home or attending an upper crust event. 






Emilia Clarke - Daenerys Targaryen



"I am no ordinary woman.   My dreams come true" 

- Daenerys Targaryen, Game of Thrones 



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The Ultimate Casual - Tropical Hues









I.  Casual Classic Comfort:  Step into a vibrant and sun kissed comfortable maxi dress that is bound to keep the wearer cool as the sun settles.  Or wear shopping and out to lunch with the knowledge of being Audrey stylish.  Add drop earrings or just a necklace with sandals and a beautiful lip for instant put together results.



Ralph Lauren 

















"Blue sky, sand in toes, ocean breeze, surfy waves, sun-kissed hair, salty air, beachy tunes and a sunny day - LIFE'S A BEACH!"




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Dance in Vivid Brights 













II. Summer Cocktails:  After a day in the sunshine or perhaps off to a swanky cocktail party pick a dazzling hued maxi made of colorful jersey material.  A simple concoction that flows around the body is unforgettable.  Pair with strappy sandal and drop earrings for effect.



Trina Turk












Eliza J







"Fashion is instant language" - Miuccia Prada


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Princess for Evening - Simply Breathtaking


The Met Gala (2016) - "She Blinded Me with Science" 





Clare Danes - Zac Posen





Nicole Kidman - Alexander McQueen





III.  The Royal Factor:  The annual Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit, a black tie affair is held every year the beginning of May.  The Met Gala opens the latest exhibit for the summer season at the Met.  The theme in 2016 was (Manus x Machina: Fasthion in an Age of Technology) which parlayed into high tech, silver lined and a variety of other outlandish man versus machine apparel to flower the red carpet. Some were just clownish and missed the mark of the theme.  The mavens focused on The Great Gatsby (2013) apparel were memorable and others resembled Johnny Deep in instead of Alice in Wonderland (2010).   Of course, fashionista's that stopped the presses combined classic glamour with a lively and fun twist.  The benefit supports the Met's costume institute. Clair Danes in Cinderella's Zac Posen  glow in the dark gown was simply eye fetching  by day and in the stat-lite in the dark.  More on this Oscars of the east coast in the next blog.   The next step for the Maxi is to wear a concoction that is fit for an evening wedding or black tie event.



Ted Baker















Topshop








"You either know fashion or you don't" - Anna Wintour

Anna Wintour, Vogue editor-in chief and chair of the Met Gala since 1995, oversees both the benefit committee and the guest list, with Vogue staffers. 




The Met Gala - (2016)


Get ready, purchase quality and be poised to add grace and charm to any event when dressed to impress. The Maxi Dress obsession is exceptional for Spring and Summer and here to stay.  Add a smile, pleasant demeanor and sparkling accessories to charm and delight down the street of life. Remember dress up, follow an invitation protocol and notice the doors open or perhaps a Daeneyrs throne is obtained.  As all fashionistas know pride in self appearance creates confidence, esteem and spreads a warm glow of sunshine and grace to all.  


"Apparel combined with classic style speaks a thousand words and can launch a thousands ships.  Those that play the game, don the appropriate apparel always shine and remain unforgettable" 


Forever Chic Style - Kim Hardwick