Monday, September 23, 2013

Emmy Awards Red Carpet Round-Up

It's baaaaaack. Red Carpet season is upon us! Time to tune in to all the glamour a Californian Sunday afternoon has to offer and see stars dressed to the nines in the most coveted designer looks. Bring on the Emmys! Am I disappointed someone didn't wear my favorite Proenza Schouler dress? Yes. However, it wouldn't have fit in with the big trend of the night- shades of pale.

One of last night's Emmy Award winners also wins Savoir-Flair's best dressed. Get it, Julia Louis-Dreyfus! Bonus points that she thanked one of my former producers by name in her speech. (You rock, HBO!) 

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Monique Lhuillier

Nominee Kerry Washington rocked two big trends in one- the pale hues were my favorite reoccurring theme but lace also appeared on the majority of the dresses. Admittedly, I'm not a huge fan of lace but Kerry's Marchesa dress nailed it. 

Kerry Washington in Marchesa

Gorgeous and simple, this Calvin Klein dress on Rose Byrne was perfection. 

Rose Byrne in Calvin Klein

I'm pretty sure Claire Danes wore a similar look to Rose's a few years ago ("Bitch stole my look," Jone Rangers) but her Armani Prive paillettes shined bright like diamonds. I can also support the lace on this dress.

Claire Danes in Armani Prive

Taylor Schilling proved white is the new black...not orange. Love her hair and make-up too!

Taylor Schilling in Thakoon

And how precious is this little Made Men star? Her Delpozo dress is so age appropriate and still chic. Train 'em young!

Kiernan Shipka in Delpozo

 We also have to give it up for some bodacious bods. Tina Fey and Christina Hendricks rocked those curves unapologetically!!

 Tina Fey in Narciso Rodriguez

Christina Hendricks in Christian Soriano

I'm so glad all of these ladies brought the fashion to the Carpet. Otherwise, it would have been an underwhelming night. Been there...seen that. However, the hot pale hues are a definitive tribute to spring 2014- be prepared to tuck away your neons and crazy mixed patterns for soft and simple glam pieces come April...

images via Just Jared, Huffington Post and Harper's Bazaar

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Crazy Pants

I'm not usually one for patterned pants, being larger in the hip/thigh area and all. But these new crazy pants by Nanette Lepore are killing me softly. I love their high-ish rise (nine inches) and straight- not skinny- cut. The colors and pattern have a classic camo feel with just enough of a glamorous twist to keep it from being in-the-army-now. They remind me so much of a pant Lela Rose would cut but at a lower price. How fun and unexpected would these be in the winter with a classic coat and booties? Amp up the style factor with a hologram bag. (There they go again!

If crazy pants aren't your thing either but you adore this pattern, check out the other pieces Nanette Lepore cut in this fabric. The vest is definitely on my wish list! On the runway, she paired it with the skirt. Perfection! 

If you shop any of the products above from J.Crew, items are 25% off with the code FALLSTYLE until September 25! 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Look For Less: Moto Jackets

With all of fall's fun fashions settling into stores, it's tempting to buy the first swoon-worthy pieces you see. Patience, grasshopper. Fall's got more in store than just overpriced duds. Exhibit A:

Jackets, jackets, jackets. You certainly need them for chillier temps and they're great layering pieces for these cool mornings and warm afternoons. But whether you want to invest or save a few, these two great options will have you covered. Can you tell which costs more? 

The jacket on the left from Madewell certainly isn't cheap but it is cheap-ER. It rings up at $298. Leather sleeves don't come free. Just ask the designers who made the jacket on the right- Helmut Lang's version is a whopping $1195. Ouch. But in its defense, fall clothes tend to be more classic and a great jacket is sure to remain a closet staple for years to come. To each her own. Riiiiight? 

No matter what you choose, it's almost faaaaaaaall!! Woo hoo! 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Fashion Week Round-Up

You may have noticed it's been a little quiet around Savoir-Flair. This silence was all in reverence to a captivating Fashion Week in New York. Live streams, Instagram feeds and famous designers' tweets kept me busy dashing around the 'net for the latest Spring '14 runways looks. All of that hard work and down time from the blog leads to one heck of a Fashion Week round-up today. Hint: It's gonna be a good year.

Metallics & Embellishments: 
They're baaaaack. And in the best way possible. For the freshest feel, pair your precious metals with pale pastels. Bonus points for beading. 

Tory Burch/Proenza Schouler/ Wes Gordon

Organic Patterns: 
Gone are the days of tribal inspired prints. Welcome back, Mother Nature. Everything from marble to geodes to tree branches was represented in the new organic patterns.

Proenza Schouler/ Marissa Webb/ 3.1 Phillip Lim

Feeling Fresh:
These aren't basic pieces- their dressed up details make each piece special but you can certainly wear them everyday. They aren't everyday pieces though. Does that make sense? In other words, fresh...not boring.

Kate Spade/ Tory Burch/ J.Crew

Along the lines of organic patterns, even Spring's textures have an organic appeal. Until now, textural differentiation came in the forms of leather, tweed, silk and suede. Now it's all about sweet hand embroidery, fringe and sheer insets. 

Lela Rose/ 3.1 Phillip Lim/ 3.1 Phillip Lim

Sporty Menswear Inspired:
Whether it's an anorak, an oversized sweater or boyfriend shorts, women have it made in menswear for Spring. Keep in mind that we see menswear coming back year after year. If there's one trend to invest in, this one is it. 

Rachel Zoe/ Rag & Bone/ Tory Burch

Of course, we must pay homage to some serious shoes...can't wait to get my hands on these!

3.1 Phillip Lim/ Sophia Webster for J.Crew (image via InStyle)/ Tory Burch (image via

Finally, if some starlet does not wear this Proenza Schouler look on a Red Carpet soon, my head will explode.

all images via

Do you have any favorites from Fashion Week? 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Old Navy Adorbs

These sweatshirts are adorable AND they are cheap! Have you seen the similar styles at J.Crew and Madewell? They remind me a lot of these but for less. Thanks, Old Navy!

These sweatshirts would be so cute jazzed up with an a-line mini and tights this fall. Of course, they'll become a staple item when paired with your favorite jeans this winter. 

Wanna know the best part? Everything at Old Navy is an extra 15% off today until midnight with the code ONEXTRA15. Run! 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Wednesday's Look For Less: Tweed & Leather Coat

Is it too early to talk winter coats? Probably. But this year one of my coveted closet pieces is a fabulous winter coat. I'm looking for something classic with a twist, neutral without being boring and oversized but tailored. Thankfully, there seem to be lots of great options this year and at varying price points. Check out the two options below.

Would you have any idea which coat costs more? Both of these are great options. The option on the left is by 10 Crosby Derek Lam and costs almost $700. Ouch. The coat on the right by Dolan rings up at about half as much- $359. I love that both of these pieces are menswear inspired with the tweed textile and have a bit of edge with the black leather trim. The length of both of them seems perfect too- covers the bum and hips without overpowering your frame.

Is a coat an investment you'll make this year? The last coat I bought was at H&M nine years ago for $50. Wow. Maybe it's time for a new one.

Bedside Beauties

Is your bedroom a soothing, spa-like space? Or a dark, cavernous sleep shack? Personally, I hoped to create a soothing and comfortable room with a dose of glamour and dash of tradition. Finally, five years and four months after moving into this house, I feel like I have achieved that. What's the saying? The best spaces come together over time? I hope so!

 Back in July, you may have caught the bedding makeover post where I mentioned some new bedside tables would be arriving soon.They have been lacquered, gold leafed, picked up and installed. And they are JUST what I was hoping they would be! 

When I decided on the vintage fretwork headboard from Circa Who, I knew I wanted to play up the geometric details with the nightstands. My mom has a beautiful chinoiserie buffet that she saved up for back in the 70s and has had in my parents' living room since I was a baby. It's one of my favorite pieces in their house and I wanted something similar to that. Stuff: Vintage in Greensboro posted these two Century nightstands on my new favorite shopping site, Facebook. (I can't tell you how many Facebook pictures have prompted me to buy things lately...) Stuff's owner had a similar sentimental value to two pieces her mother bought back in the 70s and understood why I loved these so much. Although they had been listed weeks earlier, the stars aligned and the nightstands became mine. We lacquered them in Benjamin Moore's White Down and added gold leaf on the beveled accents. The brass chinoiserie hardware on the cabinets really sold me and I wanted to play that up as much as possible.

Here is a before shot to give show you their transformation. I loved their original dark wood but all of the other furniture in my bedroom is my grandmother's dark oak. The room would have felt too stale if I had left them in their original condition.

Do you have much experience lacquering old furniture? I was so excited about breathing new life into used pieces but also really nervous. Lacquering is not cheap but it does need to be done by a professional. I also think you have to beware of having too much of it in your house. These pieces usually end up being show stoppers so tread lightly! 

As for decorating my house, I feel like I need a break for a while. It's been nonstop transformations around here for the last few months and while I love the changes, I need a break. No more projects for this girl for a while. Does anyone know how I feel? At least, how I feel for now... ;)

Tuesday, September 3, 2013


The hologram trend is certainly not one I ever saw coming but, as fashion tends to surprise us, it has Arrived with a capital "A." We should have looked into our crystal hologrammed ball last year when Proenza Schouler's runway full of iridescent sheen (see runway photo below) earned rave reviews. Now, the brand has officially influenced the lower end lines. Everyone from Tory Burch to Rebecca Minkoff is bringing the holo-glam.

You can add a little with a mercurial bangle or pop of iridescence at your feet or a lot with a bright leather skirt or look-at-me bag. Whatever you do, keep the rest of your outfit SIMPLE. Black lets the bright shiny things grab all the attention but dark greens, teals and even burgundies can work with the right finesse. 

Will you glam it up with hologram this year?