December 30, 2011

Happy New Year!

Photo Credit: via tumblr

Happy New Year! Hope 2012 is your best year yet!

December 29, 2011

Runway Inspiration: Louis Vuitton S/S '12


Photo Credits: via tumblr; via vogueandcoffee

In the last few days of 2011, I'm looking forward to 2012 and focusing on the ladylike spring 2012 collections - like the Marc Jacobs' designed Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2012 collection. The carousel provides the perfect backdrop to show off the ultra-feminine looks!!

December 28, 2011

Winter Coats for Every Budget

Winter is here, and it's time to start talking about warm winter coats.

Regardless of your budget, there's a sophisticated, striking coat just for you!

During the winter months, your coat is your style statement to the world!

Whether you want to go in a basic/works-with-everything direction or go more avant-garde with your outerwear, confidently pick the perfect winter coat for your style and budget.

Here are a few picks for you...

You can't go wrong with a classic pea coat - like GAP's Perfect Tailored Peacoat in navy. At under $150, it's affordable and will never go out of style.

Another great option: the toggle coat.

Rag & Bone toggle coat in dark gray is effortlessly cool with a hint of East coast prep.

If you're looking for a dressy coat in winter white, try this beautiful cream ruffled coat from Nanette Lepore. So elegant!!

Photo Credit: via tumblr; via netaporter

Juicy Couture Faux fur-trimmed coat is timeless and beautiful. The camel color is marvelous!

Last, but not least, the Chanel pre-fall coat (pictured above) is unbelievably glamorous - with it's textured detailing, and delicate buttons.

December 27, 2011

A Spectacular Kitchen

A spectacular kitchen... I love the design aesthetic.

With so many kitchen designs looking cookie-cutter classic, this kitchen delivers an updated take on traditional. It's unique, and still has an appealing classic with a twist style vibe.

Photo Credit: via COCOCOZY

The dark brown wood floors, the brass hood over the stove, the all-white cabinetry, and the Drucker's French Bistro barstools at Walters... it's all fabulous!

December 26, 2011

Polka Dots & Shimmering Gold


Photo Credit: via Visual Optimism

Supermodel Liya Kebede looks breathtakingly beautiful in the polka dotted Stella McCartney dress and then in the dazzling gold jacket. All that shine is the perfect way to finish out 2011!

December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas! I hope you have the most wonderful Christmas!

December 22, 2011

Runway Retrospective

Happy Holidays, Sophisticates! It's Cristina from Fuji Files here with plenty of party dress inspiration, in the form of Lanvin Fall 2011.

If you've been wearing and re-wearing your party frocks and little black dresses, then you may be running out of fresh ideas to dress up this season. I personally love to look to the runway for styling ideas, because even if we can't all afford designer catwalk creations we can definitely learn from them.

Lanvin Fall RTW 2011 Runway Holiday Party Dresses

Pair colorful party dresses with black ankle boots to keep the look modern (and to make your cocktail dresses winter-friendly). Long black gloves add a glamorous touch to any dress, and for extra drama wear a cuff or bracelet over your glove! For the most daring of dressers, skip the jewelry and top your look off with a headpiece instead (like a black silk rose pinned into your hair) a la Lanvin.

Lanvin Fall RTW 2011 Runway Holiday Christmas Party Dresses
Photo Credit: via vogue.com

I hope you found these ideas helpful in refreshing your look this party season!

Find more fashion inspiration on Cristina's international design and style blog, Fuji Files. And, remember to look for her Runway Retrospective column here on Young Sophisticates!

December 21, 2011

Spotlight on: again & again

I recently discovered the most amazing vintage furniture store, again & again. The store, with two locations in Dallas, specializes in vintage furniture from the 1950's, 1960's, and 1970's.

Again & again repairs furniture - repaint, refinish, reupholster, and slipcover - and then sells the fabulous furniture in the store.

Store owner Leslie Pritchard shares her tips with YS on how you can create a living space that suits your individual style. Leslie recommends, "mix old, new and luxurious for a home to create an atmosphere which is warm and welcoming, yet interesting and chic."

Here are some pictures of again & again's fabulous inventory, along with more of Leslie's decor tips...

Leslie says, "let your interests and personality show through, don't be stifled by following trends - buy the things you love. No matter what, everything works together!"

Don't be afraid to mix & match furniture finishes!
Leslie suggests, "do mix lacquered pieces and stained wood pieces in a room."

Add an element of luxury, a dose of old Hollywood glamour, with a chic blue sofa.

One of the best reasons to buy vintage furniture? The high quality of the pieces. Leslie says,
"the quality of older pieces is superior to furniture which can be purchased new today."

Photo Credit: Courtesy of again & again

Leslie Pritchard, owner of again & again, states, "refurbishing is a matter of personal style and taste. Some people like old and shabby, [and] some people like modern and glossy. I get enormous satisfaction from taking an older piece, which is boring and bland, and turning it into a glamorous piece by lacquering and/or adding a snappy modern fabric."

Regardless of where you live, think about incorporating vintage furniture into your living space; don't be afraid to buy what you love (regardless of trends). And, you can gather design inspiration by seeing photos of Leslie's home on The Decorista and Hilary Inspired.

December 20, 2011

Get the Look: Red Jumpsuit

Looking sleek and sophisticated, Lauren Santo Domingo wears a red Valentino jumpsuit.

In terms of accessories, minimal accessories complete the look - a small Lanvin purse and Alexander Wang shoes.

Jumpsuits can be tricky in terms of fit... and so, a lot of women haven't tried wearing a jumpsuit before.

You can wear a red jumpsuit! It's such a fun, unexpected look!

Plus, you don't have to worry about what to wear with a jumpsuit in terms of accessories - just add minimal accessories and jewelry to the look.

Choose a jumpsuit in a solid color, or go in a different direction - pick a print or pattern that suits your style.

Get the look with this ALICE + OLIVIA wide leg jumpsuit (pictured below) in red glitter.

Wear a jumpsuit in lieu of a dress to your next cocktail party (or even New Year's Eve)!

If red really isn't your color, then buy this chic one-shouldered jumpsuit in black, and the price tag is budget-friendly. This ASOS tailored jumpsuit is under $75!! The exaggerated shoulder looks so fantastic - style it with a bold metallic statement necklace and gold heels.

Photo Credits: via Vogue; via Revolve

December 19, 2011

Look for Less: Chic Bar Carts

Photo Credits: via The Girls of Lincoln Park; Society Social Bar Cart via CovetDecor

Can you believe that 2011 is almost over? This might be the fastest year of my life on record! The end of the year brings all my favorite things: cooler weather, great movies, and parties. I love throwing events as much as I love to attend them. When you entertain guests, versatile furniture is your friend. Enter the bar cart. Bar carts have made a comeback recently. These aren’t your grandmother’s bar carts. They are chic, modern, and fun! Luckily, they are offered at almost all of your favorite home accessory stores. How festive does this bar cart look?

When it comes to shopping for a bar cart, I absolutely love Society Social! They have so many options and suit any fashionista’s taste. I honestly can’t decide a favorite.
I love the “Draper” bar cart (pictured on right) in stone-colored python. It’s so sleek and it comes in trendy snakeskin. It even looks more like a normal table than a cart helping it become another piece of furniture in a space.

I also can’t get enough of the “Madison Mixer.” This option is a more traditional version. It also comes in a variety of colors. You can choose your metallic base (gold or silver) and a brightly colored cane and faux bamboo tray for the top. I am personally smitten with the gold and white. It’s so simple and chic.

If neither of these options tickle your fancy, Zgallerie and Restoration Hardware offer more rustic versions. Zgallerie’s Bordeaux Bar Cart is French-inspired and offers two removable trays.
The perfect choice for the entertainer who wants a more versatile piece and it’s under $150. Even better, the cart would easily make a gorgeous end table in your living room.

For those of you who don’t mind splurging, Restoration Hardware’s Vintage Wallpaper Factory Bar Cart is amazing. It has so much character and is a great conversation piece. What could be better when entertaining?

If you are drawn to the retro bar cart, a visit to your favorite vintage furniture boutique may have just what you’re looking for. If that isn’t an option for you, 1stdibs.com is my favorite online vintage marketplace. You will surely find a one-of-a-kind retro bar cart that any Mad Men would love.

Get more of Marche's tips on interior design, fashion and more at her fabulous blog, EyeCandy. And, remember to look for her interior design column here on Young Sophisticates!

December 16, 2011

Glamorous Gowns


Photo Credit: Elie Saab via hotel de mode

These gowns are beyond glamorous. Part of Elie Saab's Fall/Winter 2011 collection, the stunning embellished gowns are absolutely dazzling! Both gowns are breathtakingly beautiful!

Which Elie Saab gown do you like better?

December 15, 2011

Whimsical Winter

Photo Credit: Mark Segal, Vogue China via Sandi in the City

Sui He models whimsical winter looks, featured in Vogue China. Lovely!

December 14, 2011

Look for Less: Red Hot Clutch

Photo Credit: via seventeen

Emma Roberts holds on to her red Kotur bag while looking terribly glam at a recent event. She looks amazing! If you don't mind spending more and are more committed to the look, then read on for stylish designer picks! But, first, here's how you can get the look for under $25...

Get the same handbag look for less with this red satin clutch for under $25.
Embrace red sparkles and carry this red Anya Hindmarch glitter leather clutch (pictured above). It's oh-so fabulous! And, the sparkles are perfect for New Year's Eve and year-round!

It's the perfect unexpectedly chic accessory! And, for those of you willing to invest in a fabulous clutch that will never go out of style, Bottega Veneta's Knot Clutch is about as good as it gets in terms of designer clutches.

December 13, 2011

Get the Look: Zebra Pillows

Photo Credit: Monique Lhuillier's Living Room, Photographed by Roger Davies via ELLE Decor

Think about placing some sophisticated zebra throw pillows on your sofa, sectional or chairs. The bold, animal print will add a little zest to your living space!

Get the look for under $100 with Jonathan Adler's zebra pillow.

If that price point doesn't work for you, then check out these fantastic and cool West Elm zebra pillow covers (that cost around $40 each).

And remember, this makes a fabulous gift for the design addict in your life. For the person that is obsessed with creating a chic and statement-making living space!

Have a fantastic weekend! Only a few more days until Christmas, I can hardly wait!!

How do you decorate your home for the holidays?

December 12, 2011

Runway Retrospective

Dolce and Gabbana Fall 2011 runway stars
I'm so happy to introduce the latest contributor to Young Sophisticates: Cristina from Fuji Files. Cristina will be writing a new fashion column called "Runway Retrospective." Now, let's get her take on runway inspiration...

Hey there Sophisticates! This is Cristina with a brand new series called Runway Retrospective, where we'll be diving into the latest inspirations from the catwalk!

In writing this post a quote by Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada could not escape my mind:

"But what you don't know is that that sweater is not just blue, it's not
turquoise. It's not lapis. It's actually cerulean. And you're also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns... And then it, filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin."

Not to say that Young Sophisticates shop in clearance bins, but just that what happens on the highest of fashion catwalks does in fact affect us all! Now without further ado, I chose to break in the series with the utmost in glamour, Dolce & Gabbana and their Fall 2011 collection.

Dolce and Gabbana Fall 2011 runway stars

Photo Credit: via vogue.com

You may be noticing stars decking everything from shirts to dresses to tights at the moment, and we have to pay our respect to the boys at Dolce for this newest trend. What impressed me most about this collection was the way they took a relatively juvenile print (I haven't worn stars since I was about 5) and turned it into a grown-up statement that any glamorous Sophisticate could appreciate!

I'm finding this collection particularly inspiring as we make our way into the thick of the holiday season. Sequins are the uniform of choice for holiday soirees, but stars are a fresh new way to add some sparkle to your party ensemble!

Find more fashion inspiration on Cristina's international design and style blog, Fuji Files. And, remember to look for her Runway Retrospective column here on Young Sophisticates!