Thursday, April 19, 2018

Richmond Fashion Crush: Shop Tailor

Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography
Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography
Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography
Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography
Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography

Hello! A couple of months ago, I attended a shopping event for Shop Tailor, an online fashion retailer based in Richmond. I attended a similar shopping event last year and met Taylor Pitera, Shop Tailor's owner. Taylor actually lives in the same neighborhood as me- how cool, right?! I was stoked when she invited me to the event at her home and immediately RSVP'd yes. 

I grabbed my roommate, Elissa, to go to it with me and we had a blast. Taylor provided snacks, beverages and the opportunity to shop (and try on!) Shop Tailor clothing and accessories. She has the prettiest "shopping" room set up in her home with carefully curated racks of clothing, plush carpet, a gorgeous light fixture and even a spot to try pieces on. 

I browsed through the racks and selected a couple of items to try on including this pretty paisley number. Its vibrant colors, retro psychedelic print and effortless silhouette all called out to me. I slipped it on and knew that it had to be mine. And boy am I glad that I purchased it! It's such an easy dress to style and I've been wearing it practically every week. It works surprisingly well as a transitional piece from winter to spring due to its simple silhouette; I've been layering turtlenecks underneath it, sweaters over it and even dresses underneath of it. I have a feeling that it'll be a favorite in my wardrobe for months to come. 

I wanted to play up its pretty seventies appeal for this look so I paired it with a pair of platform denim heels, a vintage basket bag and boho jewelry. I tied a purple paisley scarf around the bag to play up the print of the dress. A trendy pair of sunglasses perfected the look. 

Photos by Rachel Dwyer Photography. You can browse more of her work on her website here or her Instagram here

Patterned dress: Shop Tailor
Denim heels: Jeffrey Campbell via Poshmark
Basket bag: Vintage, thrifted 
Scarf tied around bag: Vintage
"Tori" necklace: c/o Personal Necklace 

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Retro Orange Creamsicle Dreams Editorial

Fashion, Trends & More
Fashion, Trends & More
Fashion, Trends & More
Fashion, Trends & More
Fashion, Trends & More
Fashion, Trends & More

Hello! When it comes to fashion, I find color to be a major source of inspiration. Strong color aesthetics draw me in time and time again. Maybe it's something about the powerful role that color plays in fashion? Color obviously holds visual appeal but color also possesses psychological properties that affect mood and emotion. I try to harness those powerful properties while styling to create looks that aren't only pretty but that also evoke a certain mood and create some sort of feeling. I enjoy styling looks that feel like they stepped out of the seventies so I often find my fashion inspiration in color palettes from years past. 

I enjoy styling monochromatic looks in particular; there's just something so visually strong about an outfit in entirely one color. I tend to favor warmer color palettes- think shades of pink, orange, peach, etc. These dreamy hues create a feeling of warmth and happiness; they have a distinct retro appeal to them as well. 

Ethereal orange and pink hues as well as vintage influence played an important role in the styling of the look that I'm rocking in the photos above. I wanted to go for a sort of "seventies orange creamsicle dreams" editorial vibe so I got to work on playing around with color. 

I pulled a gorgeous vintage orange dress out of my wardrobe to style the look around; its eye-catching color and retro style perfectly fit my concept for the look. I styled it with a pale pink pair of heels, peachy keen sunglasses and a woven basket bag with a pink scarf tied around the handle. A couple pearl necklaces and golden jewelry added to the sparkly dreaminess to the look. I wanted to keep the look very light, airy and ethereal (almost like floating on a dream) so I avoided dark colors. 

Do you like to experiment with color in fashion? Is there a certain color that you're drawn to in particular? Let me know in the comments! 

Orange dress: Vintage
Pale pink heels: Jeffrey Campbell
Golden bracelet & pin: Vintage, inherited from my grandmother 
Pearl bead chain necklaces: Kay Adams via Anthill Antiques
"Tori" necklace: c/o Personal Necklace
Peachy sunglasses: c/o Giant Vintage
Basket bag: Vintage
Pale pink scarf: Vintage
Celestial earrings: c/o Zaful 

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