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May Flowers: Flower Power or Overkill?

So as an interior designer and Cincinnista,  I appreciate the power of a beautiful floral print.  From elegant drapes to and fabulous blouse,  floral prints are all the rage.

 

However, I honesty believe the flower trend has been over done and has a limited shelf life.  What happened to solids, textures and graphic prints?  While I love the “spring-like” essence of flowers…yes…way behind on planting mine!…..I think the flower rage has become an overkill and is short lived.

 

Does that mean you off the shoulder large scale floral blouse is done next year?  Not necessary.  When done tastefully and paired with more minimal items, florals are fabulous.  It’s also the type of floral prints that matter.  While I know I’m not getting any younger,  I’ve seen some florals that honestly look like antiques…you know something grandma would wear.  And hey, I’m not in the business of looking older…right?

 

Check these looks out and see my comments. Hopefully, that will shed some light to my Cincinnista “How To’s:’

 

So this DVF maxi dress is not only confusing and busy, but way too hot for the summer! Perhaps the bright pick floral fabric would have done better and more flattering with solid black accents.
This floral tip is a hit in my opinion. I actually purchased this from Saks by designer Rebecca Minkoff. Looks great with simple blue or white jeans.
This pattern is a total no-no. The small scale florals look unsophisticated and juvenile. And at this price point with the exposed midriff, not a Cincinnista buy.
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The Jumpsuit: A Cincinnista’s Go To Piece!

Since it’s introduction to the fashion world in the 1970’s the jumpsuit has come back in style, and it is here to stay!  I recall buying my first neck-plunging black halter piece in 2010 and my collection has since grown.   From strapless to off-the-shoulder,  to wide legged to tapered leg,  the silhouettes are endless.  Not to mention,  the array of colors and patterns!  The jumpsuit is a way to “hip up” your wardrobe regardless of the occasion.  And what Cincinnista doesn’t want to accomplish that?  Here are some examples of my fav’s and ones I own.  Cheers!

 

From a girl’s trip to Miami Beach in early 2014. I couldn’t resist the aqua green jumpsuit with neck cut-out by Catherine Malandrino.
An elegant version by DVF with tapered legs. Love this rich satin red color with the sash belt!
Pre Ladies Night shopping event with The Wardrobe. I opted for a comfortable version in silk snake skin print by Haute Hippe. Perfect for a woman in flip flops who has just broken her toe!
The clean lines, flared legs, and stripes makes the jumpsuit by Michael Kors a classic.
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The Countdown is On: VIP Trunk Show at Amy Youngblood Interiors!

The countdown is on Cincinnista’s!  Join us this evening from 4-8 at Amy Youngblood Interiors, as we host The Wardrobe’s beautiful and fashion forward apparel, jewelry and footwear.  I personally visited The Wardrobe last week, and was not just impressed, but excited for Lesley Herm to bring some of her fabulous wares to our offices.  Not to mention, shop with a glass of champagne or wine and enjoy 20% off your entire purchase.  Also,  register to win a $300 Design Consultation with yours truly.  I hope to see you tonight!  Cheers!

 

 

 

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Amy Youngblood Interiors and The Wardrobe invite you for a night of spring shopping!

So mark your calendars, Cincinnista’s!  On Wednesday, April 26th, from 4-8pm, Amy Youngblood Interiors will be hosting and Evening of Shopping at our hip, newly renovated studio in OTR.  We couldn’t ask for a better partner,  The Wardrobe Cincinnati.  Lesley Hern and her team will be bringing in her latest and best spring and summer fashions, shoes,and accessories.  Shop The Wardrobe’s beautiful, sophicated collections, while sipping wine and enjoying lite bites.  In addition,  The Wardrobe will be offering a 20% discount on your entire purchase that evening!  Amy Youngblood Interiors will also be be raffling off an interior design consultation with Amy worth $300.  So join us for an evening of fun and beautiful things!

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Friends and Family Sales!

While the deals aren’t wow right now with spring fashions,  the larger stores and online retailers are starting to offer up some full-price relief!

 

Take the Friends and Family Sale at Saks,  which officially kicked off today.  25% off most full-priced items….sorry not Louis Vuitton!  Neiman Marcus countered as well today with their Chic Week Sale, again another 25% off.  Not to mention,  DVF is having a Friends and Family Sale.  Perfect timing for those of us getting ready for Spring Break!  So stock up this week while the first round of deals begin.  Perhaps our local boutiques should do the same?  Just a thought….:)

A fun mini skirt by Milly. On sale at both Saks and Neiman Marcus.

 

Love the rich red color of is asymmetrical top by DVF.
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The Royal Bouquet Fashion Show A Huge Success!

So, my post is a bit belated, but last Saturday the 11th, I attended my first Junior League of Cincinnati’s Fashion Show and had a fabulous time!  Hosted at the the historic Cincinnati Club,  downtown:),  the event started with a delicious sit down lunch, followed by a silent auction,  shopping with top Cincinnati vendors, and finally, a very fun and well done fashion show.  As a pretty discerning Cincinnista,  I was impressed by the quality of the fashions in the show as well as the merchandise for sale. The fashion show was also emceed by Kara Sewell,  an accomplished Fox 19 anchor and member or the Junior League herself.  Another part that was unique to this event was that it included men as well as kids in the show. One of my favorite acts, was my good friend Dave Sanders modeling a tuxedo by Ramuldo’s with a glass of champagne in his hand!  Cheers!

Dave Sanders in action. Always a classic!
Rachel Hamilton, owner of Bling, selling her fashion forward clothing and accessories.
Love the kiddos in this show!
The always beautiful Megan Stacey!
EmCee, Kara Sewell, managed the room with class and style!
Myself with Kara Sewell
Love Erin Wachs Jewelry!

 

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Army Green: Why you should add it to your wardrobe!

This cape style trench from Veronica Beard softens the look, while still maintaining the classic button down pockets.
I’m in love with this jacket, also from Veronica Beard! The lace detailing and black piping are hip and add interest.

Looking for a great spring trench coat with the warmer weather? While classic tan is the most common trench color,  why not mix it up with an army style green trench.  In fact,  these coats don’t have to look like you just got off the combat field,  but can add some eclectic style to your wardrobe.  The utilitarian coat is here to stay: Check out these fun versions of army green!

 

 

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Clash or Creativity?

So, I’m a bit torn over this issue.  While on my latest airline flight, I perused the latest fashion magazines,  and all the haute couture looks are a crazy mix of patterns and textures.  From striped shirts, to ruffled skirts mixed with studded heels,  it feels a bit like the “Clash of the Titans” to me.  I suppose this Cincinnista was always schooled in the the theory that if your top is complex, go with a more simplified baseline, or visa versa.  So what do we choose?  It seems to me that going with one or two focal points on your  outfit should suffice and let the rest follow.  Kind of like deciding between bold earrings or a bold necklace.  Can’t do both.  Check out these looks…hmmmm….might be fun on the runway, but to work?  Really?

 

I love Gucci, but I don’t think the pirate hat would work for me:)
Too much going on here!

 

 

Again, just the busyness of this outfit is too much. They would look great separately…but together?
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