Much Ado About Style Inspiration

Much Ado About Style came from the Shakespeare’s play Much Ado About Nothing. The idiom technically translates to a great deal of fuss over nothing, therefore my writing is dedicated to fussing over style, and lots of it. I can’t help but wonder how modern day Shakespeare characters would stroll around their stomping grounds. Many of Shakespeare’s plays are set in small Italian cities, but in modern times, would these love stories take place in the big apple or Hollywood?

 

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BTS of my styling inspo shoot

We are almost mid-summer and it is hot, hot, hot! How would Shakespeare’s famous Juliet dress? Would she stroll down 5th Avenue in a semi-sheer House of Harlow or Mara Hoffman jumpsuit or tunic on the hunt for a masquerade gown or weekend getaway Beach Riot one-piece with Romeo. Perhaps, if it we were set in A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream, Helena would dress in more romantic brands such as For Love & Lemons and Tularosa. It is inspiring to think of styling characters from different time periods and how their characters would reflect their styles. I love that styles can be transformed throughout the ages and repeat their cycles depending on the occasion and trends.

Sometimes when I plan a weekend getaway or an outfit for a party, I think of channeling a character from a movie or book. That is the best part about reading, writing and watching shows, plays or books; you can transform into another character or live vicariously through them. It also is helpful when you can’t figure out what to wear! Why solely wear the same frock dress style, when you can add a chunky ear drops from BaubleBar? Or, do a full switch and try out a pair of flattering wide-legged pants with a romantic, off-the-shoulder top! The possibilities of styling your summer looks are endless, and I hope you channel your inner Juliet, Helena or even those Three Witches from Macbeth with leather skirts and a mesh crop top.

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Much Ado About Paris during Haute Couture Fashion Week

Paris Couture Fashion Week is one of the most glorious events that occurs each summer in the fashion capitol of the world. When I was interning abroad for a summer, I wish I had the chance to sneak into a show or two. There have already been a few highlights throughout the overflow of beautiful shows. Dior’s Autumn-Winter ’17-’18 haute couture collection show was a beautiful combination of glamour and utility for their Cruise Collection, and they did a great takeover of the Musée des Invalides with amazing shrubbery and exotic animals galore. Dior also is celebrating its 70th anniversary and included a great exhibition at Musée des Arts Décoratifs.

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@Dior’s Anniversary Exhibition at Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Rodarte was another breathtaking demonstration with an abundance of baby’s breath flower crowns and bows in the models’ hair at the brand’s Spring 2018 show. It was a lovely accompaniment to the laced-up collars, embroidered dresses, and it all perfectly contrasted the black stiletto booties. At first, there was some controversy for the show to be displayed during the Haute Couture Fashion Week, but Rodarte’s intrusion on an old hospital of Paris with both English and French garden installations was truly a display of art.

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@Rodarte backstage photo by Lillieeiger

Streaming these beautiful Haute Couture shows while sipping coffee in my pajamas feels bitter sweet. There are so many hidden gems in Paris and a plethora of fashion and food to excite any New Yorker. I often think about trading everything to take another bike-ride through Versailles gardens, sitting outside of a café for hours eating Viennoiserie, or strolling through a beautifully formulated French garden with an Amorino floral-shaped gelato in hand.

Much Ado About Polo

It’s one of the oldest equestrian sports, and one of the most trendy tailgating scenes- it’s Polo. The game doesn’t just mean striped Ralph Lauren henleys, it calls for a great time outdoors surrounded by a plethora of charcuterie and sparkling wine.
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The Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic recently took place at Liberty State Park and was a hit consisting of the best hats, photo opps and food trucks. The never-ending champagne flow was also a great perk to the event. Burrying the holes during the divot stomp could give any girl a Julia Roberts in “Pretty Woman” moment.
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Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic
Finding the best outfit for any equestrian event or tailgate is key. Some influencers and it girls such as Rocky Barnes wore stripes, others such as Priyanka Chopra wore beautiful hats. I took one of my favorites, my grandma’s old woven basket hand bag and an olive green jumpsuit.

Much Ado About Wedding Outfits

It’s wedding season, can you hear the bells? Not only does one gush over the styles a bride wears, but it gives family and friends a chance to express glamor and celebrate with festive outfits. It’s a time for love, celebration and water works- don’t forget the water proof mascara!

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Cocktail Dress: BCBG

One could argue that the main attraction at a wedding is the bridal gown. Whether the dress is an ivory, bone, cheesecake, cream or ecru a wedding dress should fit the bride’s style and give off a sense of enchantment. I really enjoy BHLDN’s selection of bridal gowns, bridesmaids’ gowns and decorations for any themed wedding. All styles on BHLDN’s site give off a warm, dreamy persona that would make any bride fall in love all head over heels.

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Shop86 Set

Accompanying the bridal gowns are the many glamorous outfits such as the D. Buchanan kimono and skirt set from Shop86.com with a blush slip underneath. It exudes an effortless, vintage look that will be the life of any wedding or rehearsal dinner. Wear it to the wedding after-party with jeans and a tank top underneath for a more casual look. Another great alternative is a little black dress such as a simple, back silk dress with a slight slit on the leg. Whether you are dressing up as a guest or bride during this year’s wedding season, the possibilities are endless for a fun, flirty and fabulous time.

Much Ado About Summer Trends

As I picked apart my closet to clear away dated or torn summer pieces from last year and kissed my thick sweaters goodbye, I thought of how ready I was for the season! After donating clothes, I usually allow myself to indulge in shopping, so I felt I needed an overflow of new pieces to make my summer ensembles seem just as warm and inviting as the summer weather.

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My first interest for the summer is the fifty shades of yellow that I’ve been noticing- from pastels to mustards. All shades have been gracing the racks, but I would stray away from loose fitting yellow tops so one doesn’t resemble a Sesame Street character. A simple yet complex addition to one’s wardrobe is jumpsuits with ventilation… I mean cut-outs, which make for a more formal look. There are so many prints and lengths to work with, making jumpsuits a staple.

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Don’t forget about layering stripes on stripes and even more statement stripes! One popular trend is mixing a striped print on the bottom with another extravagant striped top or blazer. Proenza Schouler’s Summer 2017 collection incorporated a great mix of fabrics and stripe sizes. Although florals are still very popular, the ‘groundbreaking’ pattern of the summer may just be stripes! Add a woven basket clutch or shoulder bag to complete the look.

Much Ado About Athleisure

Taking a stroll down any street, one will probably witness any of the following- a pair of leggings with a blazer on top, a duffel passing off as a tote or a pair of crisp, white Adidas sneakers and a sun dress. All of these go-to items have been paired with more business-casual pieces. I do love to incorporate Athleisure into my daily routine, but it’s difficult when working in a professional setting. With that being said, I still love witnessing people pushing the limits at work- from a pair of sneakers and skirts to a large scrunchie-made top knot.

On the weekends, I enjoy going from wearing bright leggings and a sports bra at Bikram to changing into another set of black leggings with mesh and a tight sleek pullover or tee with cut outs for brunch or errands. Most designers have been incorporating some fitness and comfort into their new seasons’ designs. Alexander Wang’s bombers and knit-wear look like a dream. Then, there are the great stores that have been incorporating fitness gurus, such as Bandier and Tone It Up girls, Karena and Katrina. Also, the Stella McCartney for Adidas line seems to just be getting better and better.

I’ve incorporated a few tips so that you don’t look like you’ve been at the gym all day as you stroll into work or brunch. I like to wear my classic Henri Bendel cross-body, even with all my athletic wear. Also, I usually make sure to have my hair down or half-up because, otherwise, I start to look like Sporty Spice.  To mix things up, I sometimes enjoy a bathing suit top as a sports bra for a yoga class or under an over-sized button down in the summer. I also make sure to include a scarf or wedges that pull your interest on those pieces instead of one’s joggers or spandex bottoms.

Much Ado About Yacht Week

As the summer approaches, I can’t help but to feel myself longing for the sea. Even the writer, Isak Dinesen said, The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.” My urge to set voyage also comes from my memories with friends on a yacht two winters ago in the Caribbean. We set sale on our own with our gumption, plenty of swimsuits and the Catamaran’s GPS! It was one of the most adventure-filled vacations with tours of ‘natural’ spas on small islands in the British Virgin Islands and sun soaking on the bow before tying off lines to docks.

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Tree Pose on Peter Island, BVI

If you’re not feeling as adventurous to charter your own boat, choose getaways with Free People Escapes or The Yacht Week to better broaden your horizons and soak up the sun on the water. The all-inclusive packages for sailing and yoga adventures seem like a seamless way to get away. After choosing which destination to the sea is right for you, then the fun part starts… choosing all of the amazing maxi dresses, swimsuits and cover ups galore. I’d also recommend a duffel bag versus a usual suitcase for easy storage in the cozy cabins! One of the best parts of the trip is experiencing the culture around you and allowing some of it rub off on you!

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The view was worth the packing struggle

Much Ado About South Beach

As the clocks spring forward, I can’t help but to think of the great weather that is approaching. Spending a short weekend in Miami reminded me about how great warm getaways and vibrant prints are. The trip definitely helped me prepare for the incoming trends.

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The Edition Miami Beach

I’m usually all for blacks and neutrals for my every day attire, but I find that during Spring and Summer my wardrobe expands a little more. Hitting spring trends this year are khaki everything, ruffles and stripes of all kinds. The cold shoulder also doesn’t seem to be quitting anytime soon, neither. I found that in Miami I wanted to rock embroidered prints and crisp white button down dresses to embrace the expectance of Spring!

Everywhere I went, people were active and enjoying the weather. I felt the sudden urge to roller blade with them and drink mojitos because everyone just seemed so relaxed and inviting. Although my perspective on this was probably an oversight, I still believe that everyone needs to pack their weekender bags with a swimsuit and head down to South Beach for a getaway. I’d recommend staying near the glitzy beach clubs, trying a few drinks poolside at Hyde Beach Club and going for walks along the beach. Wynwood Walls and the grafitti scene are also great sights to experience while in Miami.

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Nikki Beach

 

 

Much Ado About Arting

I’m not one to brag, but I’m great at coloring… in adult color books that is. But when I decide that real art is something to understand, I feel a little more enlightened I look to museums and galleries. In Philly and New York, my two favorite cities- don’t worry Paris is still numero uno- I enjoy different spots and opportunities to take a gander at some quality art. For those who would like to feel enriched via your own couch or bed, try podcasts and audio tours for galleries and museums.

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Monet at Musée D’Orsay

Philly’s first Friday is a great and affordable way to force, or a kinder word would be immersing, yourself into new art. In Old City, to stop by the upcoming Matthew Hall exhibit at 3rd Street Gallery and go to happy hour beforehand at The Olde Bar for the Fish House Punch and $1 shucked oysters. Another great Friday affair is to try the Philadelphia Art Museum’s Final Friday, including music, libations and live music. It looks like this Final Friday is titled the Lonely Hearts Club.

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The Big Apple also caters to Big Art with deals at museums on the first Sunday of each month. Some of my favorites include the wine tastings in the summer (just another thing to look forward too!) at the Cloisters. Then, call it a day after brunch and sight-seeing along The High Line before or after your tour at the Whitney Museum.