Yves St. Laurent: Perfection of Style at VMFA

VMFAbysl-700x450There are few names in the fashion world that are simply iconic: Dior. Chanel. Armani. Gucci. Versace. And then, there are some icons that require three names, like Yves St. Laurent.

I absolutely loved learning about the history of these fashion houses in a college elective course (I think it was called “The Art of Fashion”), which gave some historical context to these decades-old couture legends. I’ve also always admired YSL’s ability to capture the feminine essence in an exact moment of time, while also possessing the ability to remain timeless and classic throughout different eras. So when I received a media preview invitation in the mail with a big, pink, statement bow on it, I excitedly (and immediately) marked my calendar to check out the Yves St. Laurent: The Perfection of Style exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

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I took this one of Gigi in the lobby at Quirk. Isn’t she gorge?

I was so fortunate to be able to attend the opening gala at the VMFA the night before the media preview, as well. We invited New York-based fashion blogger Gergana (or Gigi) of Fashion is My Forte to join us for the gala. We were able to show Gigi some of our favorite Richmond spots before and after the gala, including:

 

 

The gala was black-tie, which meant it was time to Rent the Runway! I ended up going with a beautiful Badgley Mischka stunner, the Fluorescent Chiffon Gown in pink (and I mean PINK!) Badgley Mischka sure knows how to make a girl feel special, I’ll tell you that!

I paired my dress with a pair of turquoise beaded tassel earrings (you can buy similar ones HERE ) and a white, sparkly vintage envelope clutch from Halycon Vintage in Richmond (you can find a similar one HERE on Etsy, or just stop in Halycon sometime! They always have a great collection of fun, festive and sparkly clutches!)

The exhibition itself was absolutely exquisite– and extensive. It’s the largest collection of his pieces, inspiration boards, self-portraits, letters, jewelry, accessories, videos, photos, and more. I can’t wait to go back and spend some more time in the gallery and soaking it all in! Check out this fun teaser video from the VMFA:

“I am no longer concerned with sensation and innovation, but with the perfection of my style” / Yves Saint Laurent

I took a few photos while I was there, but can’t wait to snap some more. Stay tuned for an updated post!

The YSL exhibition will run through August 27, 2017 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (200 N. Boulevard). You can buy tickets here!

I hope you love it as much as I did!

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Tuesday Ten | Fab Fall Finds for under $50

There is finally a lovely crisp in the air – fall is here! While it’s always fun to splurge on a few autumn essentials (Frye boots, anyone?), discovering fabulous fall steals & deals is even sweeter than a Pumpkin Spice Latte.

So jump right in to our Tuesday Ten: Fab Fall Finds for Under $50!

For Brunch with Friends

Colorblock Sweatshirt

Bobeau Colorblock Sweatshirt (Nordstrom, $48)

For the Farmer’s Market

Maddison Oversized Cape (Boohoo, $30)

For Horror Movie Marathon Night

Brayden Studio Charisma Throw Blanket (Wayfair, $46.99)

For Wine Tasting Saturdays

Arizona Dylan Two-Tone Riding Boots (JCPenney, $49.99)

For Girls’ Night Out

MAC Lipstick in ‘Diva Antics’ (Nordstrom, $17)

For the Front Door

Dot & Bo Harvest Moon Wreath (Dot & Bo, $45.99)

For Chilly Walks in the Park

V. Fraas Fashion Plaid Blanket Scarf (Dillard’s, $38)

For your Bubble Bath/Me Time

Nest Fragrances Pumpkin Chai Candle (shoptiques.com, $38.50)

For an At-Home Mani

TOM FORD Nail Lacquer in ‘Bitter Bitch’ (Violet Gray, $35)

For Bedtime

Pima Flannel Pajama Set (L.L. Bean, $49.99)

What are some of your favorite fall finds so far? Post them in the comments section below!

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My Favorite Cozy Fall Essentials

Tomorrow is October 1, and it’s 80 degrees in Richmond today. Eighty. I am so looking forward to the cooler temperatures, adding layers, cozy bedding, and bringing out my favorite fall staples. Autumn, just get here already!

Even though it’s hot and humid outside, that doesn’t mean I can’t daydream about chunky sweaters, riding boots, blankets, and PSL!

Here are a few of my favorite things…this fall!

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clockwise from center:

wool cape // j.crew

cashmere throw // parachute

eyeshadow palette // stila

sunglasses // karen walker

white ayurvedic chai tea // teavana

nail polish // butter london

bootie // tory burch

earrings // alexis bittar

cleopatra’s body scrub // the organic pharmacy

handbag // kate spade new york

candle // aquiesse

What are your favorite fall essentials?

Wedding Wednesdays | Whimsy + Wildfox

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Celebrities are often stalked by paparazzi, and few engage in conversation with photogs. So, many of them make a statement without words– through their clothes. Some statements are political (like Drew Barrymore in this anti-Bush tee), while others are self-promoting (such as NeNe Leakes in this Girl, Bye shirt). Finally, some sport emblematic symbols of their personalities. Enter  Wildfox. To me, Wildfox has always been a brand synonymous with celebrity self-expression. Take Taylor Swift: sweet, hyper-feminine, romantic, and an unapologetic cat lover. Here are a few of her favorite Wildfox looks:

Now, Wildfox is offering a whimsical and romantic collection for the bride-to-be, and I can’t get enough.

For the Bride

The collection is hyper-feminine with an apparent aesthetic homage to early Sofia Coppola (think Chanel Mademoiselle, Virgin Suicides, Marie Antoinette).

Here are a few of my favorites from this collection (click each image for more info or to purchase)

Let Them Eat Cake Couch Princess Sweater

Let Them Eat Cake & Let Them Eat Cake Sweatshirts | Wildfox

Kiss the Bride Perfect Tee

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Pink Just Maui-d Tee Shirt & Bride Shirts | Wildfox

Play Dress Up Princess Tee

Pink sweatshirts & Princess sweatshirts | Wildfox

For Breakfast Perfect Tee

Pop the champagne shirt & champagne tee shirts | Wildfox

What are some of your favorite bridal statement pieces? Post in the comments below!

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RVA Shopping Guide| Ledbury Warehouse Sale | August 19-22

Attention RVA Gentlemen (and the ladies who dress them):

It’s that time of year again: out with the old, and in with the new! It’s time to toss your ratty old dress shirts (you know the ones) and replace them with brand new, gorgeously tailored shirts from Richmond’s sartorial darling, Ledbury. (PS: Did you see their fabulous feature in the Wall Street Journal? Check it out!)

ledburyLedbury is hosting their storied Summer Warehouse Sale August 19-22, 2015 at the 14th street shop in Shockoe Bottom, and it’s set to present some epic bargains (up to 75% off discontinued items!)

The Ledbury team is kicking it all off this Wednesday, August 19th, from 4pm-7pm at their wonderfully chic shop (117 S. 14th Street, Richmond). They’ll have tiki drinks, snacks, and great tunes — and a chance to shop the sale early.

Here are all the important sale details:

  • Expect savings of up to 75% discontinued items – and significant discounts on some current items, exclusive to local customers only!
  • Shop “Ledbury vintage” styles and new shirts from the past year or so, all in range of bold prints and classic go-tos.
  • In addition to shirting, they’ll have limited blazers, pants(!) and accessories.
  • Sips and snacks will be served throughout the sale.
  • Best strategy for shopping:
    • Come early Wednesday for your best shot to snag shirting in your size (especially slim fit) as well as a limited selection of blazers.
    • Stock will be replenished everyday, so it’s worth checking back in.

Location:

    • 117 S 14th St, next to LaDiff.
    • Free parking at 14th St and Dock St.

Hours:

    • Wed, Aug 19, 10AM-7PM
    • Thurs, Aug 20 – Sat, Aug 22, 10AM-6PM

With Ledbury, surprises are always possible. Insider tip: keep an eye on all of Ledbury’s social media channels for a golden pineapple… that’s all we can say- but they did post this little teaser on Instagram. Stay tuned!

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Happy Shopping! Hope to see you on 14th Street this week….

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Top 10 Picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

It’s here! It’s here! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is July 17-August 2, and there are thousands of amazing, designer items on sale.

Here are the top ten items on my NAS Wish List. As always, lots of these items will sell out fast, so get clicking!

1. kate spade new york glitter stud earrings

Sale: $24.90 // Click here to shop!

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RVA Social Calendar | A Stylish Evening at Tiffany & Co.

tiffanyHello, lovelies!

I have the most exciting news to share with you!

You are invited to the Tiffany & Co. Style & Social Media event in Richmond VA, on Friday July 31st 2015! There will be red carpet, light refreshments, drinks — and stunning Tiffany & Co. jewelry, of course!

Just click here to RSVP!

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Summer Pool Party Essentials

The past two weekends have been so rainy in Richmond, and it’s put a major damper on my pool time. I’m so looking forward to the next sunny day to spend poolside with friends and my favorite pool accessories!

While I daydream about lounging by the pool, I thought I would share some of my summer must-haves:

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Sunglasses: Taylor Morris LDN // Water Bottle: Define // Sunscreen: COOLA // Beach Bag: Sole Society // Swim Suit: kate spade new york // Beach Read: Beautiful Ruins // Beach Towel: Target // Gem Speaker: ban.do // Sandals: Jack Rogers

What are your summer essentials?

If you love COOLA as much as I do, swing by Elements Beauty Shop in Carytown (or visit them online) to grab a bottle (or two!) of COOLA’s Face SPF 30 Makeup Setting Spray. It’s my must-have of the summer! Don’t forget to use my code “sweetcaroline” at checkout to get 10% off!

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Ledbury: Outfit Your Office

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I’ll get right to the point: Ledbury is creating some of the most beautiful shirts in the world right now.

They’re perfectly tailored, beautifully made, and crafted carefully in handsome, classic palettes and patterns. And, the flagship store is right here in Richmond, Virginia. Savile Row has NOTHING on this sartorial Shockoe Bottom Shangri-la.

Fun stuff first: Ledbury wants to outfit your entire office (up to 100 shirts). There will be shirts. There will be private fittings. And, there will be bourbon. Enter your or your hubby’s office now by clicking this link: http://ledbury.com/giveaway

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Brand I Love: Melvin

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Last night, I attended an amazing spring pop-up event at CCH Collection‘s flagship store on Grove Avenue in Richmond. The always-fabulous ladies from The SoGood and Richmond-based luxury men’s shirt mavens Ledbury hosted the event, with 20 incredible local brands. The CCH Collection’s already-amazing store was transformed into a verified wonderland of necklaces, baubles, baskets, prints, home accessories, bitters — even biscuits. [Read more…]

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