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Travel

Ella’s Fashion Tour of London

In December, I was lucky enough to be invited to join my boyfriend and his parents on a trip to London. I had been to London once before when I was ten years old, and my memories of that trip are fuzzy; therefore, I was thrilled to have a chance to explore the city as an adult. Of course, London is at its most extravagant during the holiday season. Almost every street was decked in lights that would put D.C. holiday street decor to shame. The whole city was in the holiday spirit! London is a pretty glamorous city, so …

Seasonal Trends

Pantone Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet

Every year, Pantone announces its Color of the Year, which “provides strategic direction for the world of trend and design, reflecting the Pantone Color Institute’s year-round work doing the same for designers and brands.” Essentially, it’s the color you should expect to see everywhere this year! (Do you remember Kyle’s blog about the 2017 Colors of the Year?) The 2018 Color of the Year is Ultra Violet, a rich shade of purple that, according to Pantone, “suggests the mysteries of the cosmos” and “symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative …

Shopping Tips

Our Favorite Ways to Stay Warm

I find that having a few fun cold weather accessories always helps keep the chill out. The higher the style quotient, the less burdensome the weather! For instance, I welcomed snowmageddon a few years ago because I had a perfectly chic puffer coat from Theory to keep me warm. Speaking of chic puffer coats, one of our clients came to the office today wearing the MM.LaFleur Prospect Puffer we featured on the coat blog a few weeks ago. That coat is amazing: super flattering, wool on the outside and puffer coat on the inside. Totally worth the investment. Below are …

Fashion Accessories

Larissa Loden, Edgy but Affordable Jewelry

Raise your hand if you’d love to know about an off-the-radar, edgy but affordable jewelry designer that you won’t see on everyone else? Yeah, me too! Mr. Real Life Style loves me so much that while his friends were doing other things he might have found more interesting, he accompanied me to the American Swedish Institute (more on this next week!) in the pouring rain, when we were in Minneapolis for a wedding last weekend. Not only did he accompany me through The Weather Diaries, the West-Nordic fashion exhibit at the museum, he also discovered local designer Larissa Loden’s delicate jewelry …

Fashion Accessories

Affordable Summer Jewelry

We recently picked up a few pieces of super affordable but high style jewelry from J. Jill for a client, which got us wondering if our readers knew about this style secret. An Elsa Perreti-esque silver and black necklace for $39? Check! Matching sculptural silver studs for $24? Check again! All of these pieces would dress up your usual tee shirt and shorts look for summer without breaking the bank. What’s your affordable jewelry secret? We want to know! Happy Shopping,   J. Jill Hydrangea Necklace, $39 . . J. Jill Hand Brushed Moon Pendant Necklace, $39 . . J.Jill …