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Where the Boots Meet the Fur

October 27, 2014

I am a self-proclaimed hater of the cold. And by cold- I mean anything south of 60 degrees. I have one of those pathetic bodies that just can’t handle it. Ironically, I’ve lived (and still do live) in some cold, cold places. I’ve managed to survive with the help of long underwear, boots, and fur.

Thankfully, boots are always chic additions in the fall/winter. I’m also very happy to see tons of fur walking down the runway lately…especially fur vests!

This is a great outfit for those days that are just chilly, but not cold enough to wear a huge coat. The fur vest is super warm (and it has pockets!!!) while these vintage suede boots can actually come all the way up and over my knees if I wanted them to.

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Textures can speak louder than colors. There are only four colors in this outfit (black, white, grey, and blue) but the textures and patterns create an instant statement.

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  There’s nothing more fun than an unexpected lining. Snatch this one of a kind fur vest up here for $150.

More fur vests I’m flipping out about right now:

Joie Andrina Vest

Love the simplicity and the stripes. Vest here for $328.

French Connection Winter Rhonda Faux Leather Vest

It doesn’t get more BAMF than leather and fur. Vest here for $198

GUESS Women's Lena Vest, WHITE BLUE BROWN COMBO (LARGE)

This looks like a Marni piece to me…except for much less money! Tri color vest here for $158

Can’t get enough fur? Read all about fur and the other top trends of winter 2014 from Elle here.

May you stay warm and prosper!

xoxo, Bucky

5 Things You Could Put Above Your Fireplace Other Than Pictures, TV’s, or Mirrors.

September 30, 2014

Fireplaces are wonderful things. They provide heat. They provide a nifty alternative to shredding all those files you shouldn’t just throw away. The produce ambience. And maybe most importantly, they make it much easier to identify the focal point in the room (thus leading to a better furniture layout and generally more aesthetically pleasing interior design).

Rarely do you walk in a house and see a bare mantel. It’s as if, we as people, are drawn to put something above the fireplace. The most common things to earn the coveted space above the mantel? Paintings, TV’s, and mirrors as shown below in exhibit A.

Exhibit A:

Traditional Living Room by Los Altos Interior Designers & Decorators Brownhouse Design, Los Altos, CA

 

Traditional Living Room by Atlanta Interior Designers & Decorators Brian Watford ID

Now, while these are all lovely homes and all…it doesn’t hurt to talk alternatives. Here are five other things that can look just as awesome perched on your mantel:

1) The Clock

2) The Art Statement

3) Animals (once living or not)

4) Words (new and old)

5) And, of course, the somewhat random but well placed artifact

Fall Mantle

Did they mean to write hearth? This, folks, is why you spell check before you offer things up to the Pinterest gods. http://www.hometalk.com/2348039/fall-mantel-2

12 {more!} Fabulous Fall Mantles - love the draping of the banners

Autumn Bunting

http://www.babble.com/crafts-activities/12-more-fabulous-fall-mantels/

Side Note: If you don’t naturally have that creative je ne sais quoi (or the pocketbook to afford someone who does) I would steer clear of the random artifact approach. If you’re not sure what you’re doing, your mantel may turn into a misplaced garage sale. This approach is also more conducive to those people who feel the need to change the decor in their house more often than not (cue: the bank manager who breaks down once a  month…”Must. Do. Something. Creative. or will die.”) If you are one of those people…spoiler alert: THE season has already started. It’s time to get to work and pick your priorities (Thanksgiving theme or just a fall theme? Halloween theme? SO MANY CHOICES and only one mantel).

Happy Decorating!

Bucky

 

ps. All pictures except the last three are from Houzz.com. Last three are from Pinterest (connecting links are under pics).

We’re Going White…Post-Labor Day

September 23, 2014

As someone from the South, the whole ‘no white after Labor Day’ rule was always kind of pointless. It’s 80 degrees and sunny and you tell me my white skinny jeans have to be stored in the back of my closet?? I don’t think so. In fact, I’m taking my protests against post-Labor Day white dressing discrimination a step further. I’m devoting a whole area of my website to white clothes. It’s called The White Room and it’s perfectly out of season with mainstream rules, but perfectly in season with Sorority Initiations, Graduation Dress Shopping, and Early Bridal Shower Shopping for the Spring.

I’m starting off with four simple pieces (two dresses and two skirts) and will be adding more every week. Each item will be stylish, comfortable, modest, and affordable…four things you don’t often hear combined. I focused on elegant and tastefully simple designs that would have a life longer than just one event (because, let’s be real…the term ‘one and done’ should only apply to things like paper towels). Over the course of the next few months, The White Room will slowly fill up with more dresses and skirts along with blouses and jackets, so if you’re on the hunt for something white, check back often. Or follow my Facebook page to see when new White pieces debut: https://www.facebook.com/buchananclothing.

Here’s one of my favorites: The Grecian Knit Gown

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Grecian Knit Gown $99

Here are some great rule breaking whites that I’m loving this Fall (sources listed under pictures):

Just Smile With Style Blog

The Entertaining House Blog

The Entertaining House Blog

Qwear Blog

Happy (White) Shopping!!

xoxox,

Bucky

And We’re Back…

September 18, 2014

..Or more correctly put, I’m back. And now I remember why exactly I took a month off in the first place. Fall is going to be crazy. Crazy in a good way, of course, but also in a ‘I may need a month off before in order to deal with this’ sort of way. Since I’ve returned to the States I have successfully done the following: commit to orchestrating a local fashion show (a week after my personal Fall collection show), make an entire Fall collection, design a dog shirt (harder than it sounds), design a whole line of dresses for a trunk show (which will take place between aforementioned fashion shows), seek out and accept a leadership position at my church, bought a new computer, design a print for a charity silk scarf, catch up on all the fashion shows going on now, and FREAK OUT. I think it’s time for a hot bubble bath and maybe another week or two in Italy.

Although having a lot on my plate freaks me out at times, it is all 100% what I want to be doing. There’s nothing worse than having to a do a lot of stuff you don’t actually want to do at all. I’m always up for something new and different and this Fall, I’m excited to announce two new components of the Buchanan label in the next month (so stay tuned in). There’s lot of fun stuff heading your way including more blog posts (specifically fashion related ones), so cheers to that! Until then, have an excellent Thursday and enjoy these awesome pictures of the Umbrian countryside.

Olive Groves

Franco’s Farm

Our house

Narni…aka: Narnia (yes, it really does exist)

vineyards outside of Amelia

Your legs will love (and by love I mean hate) you for this.

Champagne in Rome overlooking the Vatican City.

**All pictures are property of my little sista, so respect a sister (literally) and ask before you use***

Ciao!!

Bucky

Let’s Make Like Congress (or the Europeans) and Take a Break

July 31, 2014

Happy August 1st! Instead of working this month, my company and I are following Congress and taking the month off. (Although unlike Congress, we’ve actually been doing something the other 7 months of this year except argue professionally). I’ll be bopping around from Coastal Georgia, to the Outer Banks, and then Italy over the course of the next 31 days.

Travel Lesson - sounds so easy but difficult for so many. Get out there. Even if it's just a little at a time #travel #quote

I’ll try my best to keep posting (you know, in between margaritas) here. I’ll probably be doing a lot of Pinterest (one and two) and Instagram action too. So…won’t you follow along?

For real! It just doesn't work like that! For those battling with this conundrum.... Be brave, Be bold, Take steps everyday - even if they seem tiny! & you will set yourself Free! I promise!!!!

Wait, so what will happen if someone orders something off the Buchanan website? So glad you asked. Nothing will happen until about August 16th or 17th and that person’s order will ship then. Please note that: Phones will not be answered. Emails have a 50/50 chance of response. Order away…just realize that you will have a delay in shipping time. I will, of course, answer all customer service issues to the best of my ability when I return.

Now….

Welcome to our new travel board! We'll be featuring travelers here who will be updating their travels in real time. So if you have a question or comment be sure to let them know. :)

Ciao!

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The White Girl Tries to Shake It

July 22, 2014

Remember way back to the beginning of the summer, back before May was even over yet, when I listed off some goals for the summer? Yeah well, I finally completed the first goal on my list: go to a zumba class. I know what you’re thinking. Yes, this was the ‘cool’ thing to do, like a million years ago, before things like pitch back cycling classes and barre workouts took front stage. Somehow, I never seemed to get around to zumba when it was popular and yet there I was about two hours ago…at my local Y with the strangest mix of people: middle aged moms, beefy soccer player-esque girls, workout fanatic grandmothers, and even a decently obese lady (you go girl).

I lifted weights before, but this was my cardio of the day, so I was determined to make it worth it. When leader lady did a deep squat, I did a deeper squat. When leader lady bounced, I bounced higher. Granted, I was always a sure 3 seconds behind her as I struggled to find my footing and coordinate my feet (when you’re hopping around a lot, it’s actually really easy to forget that you need to have at least one foot holding your body up). I was not gifted with this wonderful thing called coordination that allows your arms, feet, and head to move in different directions at once. As far as I could tell though, the point was to keep moving and get your heart rate up while doing jumping squats, etc. If you had a rough day today, you should have showed up with a cocktail and just watched me…I’m sure it was hilarious.

I’m not going to lie…I was kind of expecting it to be hokey and a so-so workout. Maybe it was just because I pushed myself rather hard, but after the 45 minutes of non stop movement were over, I was sweating more than I do on most runs. The class ended with a round of applause (something I’ve learned that is common after dance classes) and I jogged home, tired but feeling more energetic than when I arrived. 

I’m not sure I can fit it into my schedule twice a week (when it’s offered) but I’m definitely going to randomly go to the classes to switch up my cardio routine a bit.

Happy Dancing,

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ps. Next up…my new sweet tooth addiction: healthy chocolate pudding

Couture…what it’s really all about

July 8, 2014

Everyone has buzzwords in their field that make them want to gag and die. I’m pretty sure that registered dietetics are about to kill the next person that says ‘clean eating’ and that investors hate hearing about ‘the next big thing’ pitch after pitch.

Schiaparelli Fall 2014 Couture

Schiaparelli Couture Fall 2014

Couture is one of those words for me. And…in honor of the (actual, real, only) couture shows going on right now in Paris…we’re going to have a little informational chat about what exactly couture means.

Cue: our friends Merriam and Webster

(Side note- Couture is short for haute couture. Here are definitions for both words –>)

haute cou·ture

noun \ˌōt-ku̇-ˈtu̇r\

: the people and companies that create clothes that are very expensive and fashionable; also : the clothes they create

:the houses or designers that create exclusive and often trend-setting fashions for women; also :  the fashions created

cou·ture

noun \kü-ˈtu̇r, -ˈtuer\

:the business of designing, making, or selling women’s clothes; also : women’s clothes in general

:the business of designing, making, and selling fashionable custom-made women’s clothing

:the designers and establishments engaged in couture

:the clothes created by couture

Technically, haute couture clothing is custom made for a client and is only made by specific houses (see below). We aren’t big on exclusivity here in America, so we decided (culturally, over a long period of time) to drop the ‘haute’ part (it is harder to say if you are actually trying to pronounce the H- a very American mistake) and start calling anything couture. Enter one of my biggest pet peeves.

There is actually a society that all real couture designers are a part of. It’s called the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture and there only a couple dozen members including: Adeline Andre, Gustavo Lins, Chanel, Christian Dior, Christophe Josse, Franck Sorbier, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Maurizio Galante, Stephane Rolland, Eli Saab, Giorgio Armani, Giambattista Valli, Valentino, and Versace, etc. Please note how Juicy did not make the cut.

So, how do you know if an item is really couture or not? Great question! Just look at this nifty diagram I made:

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Now that you’re all informed…you can start talking like an intelligent human being. Try it out! Substitute this sentence: ‘My tailor brought this jacket in and now it’s my couture go to’ for this sentence: ‘I had so and so tailor this jacket. They always give a good fit’.

Starting a business in the fashion industry? I recommend avoiding the words haute and couture entirely. Naming your Etsy shop ‘Bucky’s Haute Couture Designs’ will only leave you sounding haughty (yes, full pun intended there) at worst and misinformed at best.

Now go check out the couture shows at Style.com!!

Ciao!

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