Closet Essentials: LBD

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The Little Black Dress is a closet staple that we… as ladies… must own. It is essential to complete any wardrobe. And if I have my way with you…. you will own 4…. one for each season. Here is one of our one of our favorite versions of the “summer” LBD. This Jill Stuart is the perfect summer fling of a little black dress due to the light weight of this beautiful airy fabric. The fitted bodice gives it a little bit of a sex factor while the hoopish skirt gives it that “lady like” feel. Paired with our Givenchy cage sandals for a elongated leg that shows off our LBD to perfection! 
The Little Black Dress originates back to the 1920s… when CoCo Chanel created a long lasting and very versatile neutral colored dress to be… as we like to say…. “Dressed up or Dressed down.” 
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LBD- Jill Stuart 
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The Fabulous CAPE

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Our very own Beau Dunn… has done some shopping for us! Miss Dunn came up with a couple of seriously fabulous looks… for so seriously little money. First up was Sunday’s “Mustard Seed” pink cropped top and skirt….. and today’s FABULOUS Wanderlust Cape… both from Gypsum Style. The design of this cape…. could be just about one of the most fabulous we have seen in a long time!

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 The long bodice gives us a long, lean, thin silhouette… while the structured shoulder pads give us the perfect broad shoulder. The slit sleeves are a perfect for cool nights. This super chic cape totals in at 52.00… giving us so much look for so little cash.  A perfect throw over for a stylish summer evening! 

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Great to pair our inexpensive pieces… with our fabulously luxurious pieces! Our Gucci summer gloves (a gift from NJ Goldston @ www.theblondeandthebrunette.com… one of our go to fashion blogs) look like a million dollars when up against the Wanderlust cape. Add in a pair of Mui Mui studded pumps and a pair of stretch bell bottoms for a sophisticated, chic evening look! 

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Shop The Look:
Cape- GypsumStyle

Adore this shorter cape version- NastyGal

Similar pants by BlankNYC

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Think PINK

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Here’s the pink of it…. Pink… the official color for Summer 2014! It will keep us looking fresh and happy all day long! Add in a knit crop top and matching skirt to raise the “trend” factor to “It” factor! We simply adore this Mustard Seed outfit paired with our vintage (but oh so.. just this minute) white Gucci pumps… add in a 3 year old Fendi belt from shopping Laura’s Closet… and we think this is a mighty fabulous outfit. This could possibly be the best Barbie has ever looked!

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Background Barbies are by artist Beau Dunn. To see more of her fabulous Barbie’s go to BeauDunnArt.com!

Shop The Proper Pink Look:

GypsumStyle.com

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The Pussy Bow

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Get your head out of the gutter…. The Pussy Bow goes around our neck! The name and bow have been around since 1930s and the proof is in…www.wikipedia.org/wiki/pussy_bow. The Pussy Bow is a style of bow tie associated with women’s blouses and dresses that looks similar to the bows that would be tied around a cat or kitten’s neck.
Saint Laurent made a huge splash last year when they debuted the Pussy Bow Tuxedo dress. The trend continues into summer and fall of 2014, with the Pussy Bow blouse, dress or the hook on bow tie.
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Our Pussy Bow is from asos (only $15) and is an easy hook on that can be worn with any blouse, dress or t-shirt for a rockin fashion forward trend.
Shop The Bow:
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Snake BITE! The Python Dress

The Python Dress by Laura Dunn

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Python… still going strong for Summer 2014! This old python dress has been in my closet for over 10 years! Every year I go to give it away and just can’t…. and now I know why! Anything with a hint…. or full body of python will keep us in the hip all summer and into fall! Roberto Cavalli has a python coat almost identical to my old dress for Fall/2014. Python… it’s what’s for fabulous!!

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Python Dress (adore this one)- Diane Von Ferstenberg

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The Boyfriend

How to Wear the Boyfriend Jeans

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The Boyfriend…I am not taking about the one that sleeps over… I am talking about the one that resides on our butt! The BoyFriend Jean! The hottest trend for this summer season!! You simply MUST own at least one pair! Dress them up with pumps and a silk shirt… or wear it down like I did with my Theroy sheer sweatshirt and my spiked Christian Louboutins flats. These are my baggy Rag and Bone’s… But I also own several stretch tight ones that hug in all the right places. The best part? The holes create air conditioning for those hot summer daze!

Get one here – Boyfriend Jeans

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A Flying Monkey JEAN

The Flying Monkey Jeans by Laura Dunn

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Just about the best value for a jean out there! There is not a jean priced over $79.00… and most are in the $39.00 range. So…. not only are the Flying Monkey jeans one of the best values out there… they are up to the minute on trends! With the best stretch in any jean I own…. and the fit is insanely fabulous!! Whenever I walk out the door in my stretch Monkey’s…. I know I will be stopped all day long!

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In Beverly Hills:

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Some Tennis and Some Sparkle…

The Sparkle Tennis Skirt by Laura Dunn

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The pleated skirt… AKA: The Tennis Skirt…. it’s what’s on trend this summer season! My ages old Burberry skirt has been in my closet for over 10 years… and it keeps coming back in style. So versatile.. and so easy to wear is the pleated “tennis skirt” that is is an absolute must for Summer/2014. Pair with just about anything… from a beautiful silk blouse and crystal Louis Vuitton boots … to a shredded tank and sneaks. Go longer.. go shorter… this is one skirt we all need in our closets this summer!

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Showgirl Ankle Boot: Louis Vuitton

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The Onesie Frenzy

New Found: The Onesie by Kigurumi

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Okay…. could my Kigurumi by Sazac onesie be….. any cuter? I think not My Beautiful Peeps!! I found my first one at a little shop on Melrose Avenue, in Los Angeles… they had a slew of different characters… I bought them all! Let’s figure out what exactly a Kigurumi is….

Kigurumi comes from a combination of two Japanese words: kiru (“to wear”) and nuigurumi (“stuffed toy”). Traditionally, it referred specifically to the performers wearing the costume, but the word has since grown to include the costumes themselves. In Japan, kigurumi costumes are worn as a way to break the conventions of traditional dress… or just as comfy pajamas!

In Beverly Hills? I usually pull one out at the end of a party or dinner at my home. And yes… I have many to share with my guests… and yes… they always beg to wear one! What a great way to start or end the evening!

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Onesie | Sixty Dollars – Kigurumi Shop

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