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Happy Fourth of July! Here are some of my Fav’s…

While it’s big time sales in summer fashion,  on this special day one question I ask is: “What do I wear?’  As this Cincinnista has a party to attend,  I want to be at least a little festive.  Even if it’s not red, white AND blue.   I plan to wear a ruffle silk top with white shorts…..sorry no blue sandals in my closet.  Wait,  I need to start the hunt for those!?

Well,  forget my hunt for blue sandals,  but here are some of my favorite red, white and blue fashions:

 

Love the color forward direction of these Christian Louboutin sandals.
This jersey dress with ruffles by Gucci is a classic black with red, white and blue ruffle detailing.
These high waisted trousers by Johanna Ortiz are so festive. Just wear with a simple white top!
Again, Gucci leads the pack with these comfy yet fun sneakers.

 

Fringe and Flared Jeans: What you need to add to your wardrobe

So after many a post about off the shoulder and cold shouldered tops,  it’s time to talk about our lower half.  While enjoying this comfortable 70+ weather, I have pulled out my cropped jeans, and realized I’m missing this great addition to my Cincinnista wardrobe: fringed and flared jeans.

To clarfify I mean fringed and flared cropped jeans,  the perfect transition from summer to fall.  Available in a mix of washes from dark to distressed,  the higher hem shows off your lower leg for gladiator style flats or heals, as well as offers comfort in this summer heat.

Check out these styles I just found!  And it’s not just jeans!

These flared ombre flared jeans by Derek Lam add comfort and style to any outfit.
Just purchased these fringe jeans by Joe’s. Anyways, a “go to” denim designer.
Demin on boots? Why not? These demin studded booties by Jimmy Choo are now 60% off at Neiman Marcus. Hurry!
These denim fringe sandals by Rebecca Minkoff are comfy and hip at the same time

 

Tickle me Pink! But What Shade?

Well,  it’s no secret, that pink is all the rage this summer season.   From fuchsia to barely nude that almost substitutes for white,  pink is a great way to express a Cincinista’s femininity….especially at our mature age:)

However,  pink can become a quick “no-no”  if you you don’t select the right shade for your coloring.  For example,  a barely there pink can simply drowned out those of us whom are fair,  yet pop on a woman of black or olive skin color.    And speaking of darker skinned women, they win big here as both light and deep pink work for them. As for us lighter Cincinnistas,  a deep fuchsia or coral can make a great contrast for an outfit.    So unless you are a 5’11”, skinny Nicole Kidman on Oscar night,  but I truly believe that one big canvas of nude, just isn’t for us all.

Here are some examples:

Like I said, think fuchsia Trina Turk number looks fabulous with darker skin…..but will still work on the fair or medium toned.
Yes, this dress by Elizabeth and James is really considered pink! Thank God I’m not wearing it….you trip over me on the street!
I love this cold shouldered number I bought by Shoshanna. The deep coral is a unique twist on pink.
Gucci’s always on the cutting edge. However, you gotta really love pink the invest in these footies!

 

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.

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.

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!

 

 

 

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!

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.