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Why don’t we all join: The Reformation?

April 23, 2015

It’s 3am and I’m wide awake. It took me a solid 2 hours lying in bed awake to realize what the culprit of my insomnia was: the can of coke I had at 7pm. Have I ever mentioned that I’m dreadfully affected by caffeine? I mean, it’s truly a drug to me. Coke is my guilty pleasure and I drink about one can a month. Only one can and it has to be real, non-diet, come in a red and silver can kind of Coke. When you indulge this infrequently you take no substitutes.

At any rate, this seems like the perfect time to bring up a company that I love: Reformation. Reformation is a sassy women’s clothing label that makes limited collections with completely sustainable materials and processes. Several months ago I was thinking about my own label and had the idea to focus more on one (or two) of a kind designer fashions made from remnant fabrics (high quality fabric that bigger designers can’t use because there’s not enough of it for a huge collection) and sold at reasonable prices. Lo and behold, I started getting Reformation emails a month after my decision and I freaked out: “OMG- I knew someone else had to be doing this! This concept is too good to be brand new. That is so awesome!”

If you haven’t heard of Reformation, you have to check it out. Because of the limited size collections (there are often only one of each size) there is a new selection all the time. Here are some of my current favs:

So, we whipped up our dream mini skirt and we hope you like it as much as we do. The Abigail Skirt is a suede scallop hem mini skirt with seamed panels and buttons down the front. It sits right at the hip and flares out just enough. The fabric is a surplus suede that we hand-pick and show a lot of love to - because it shouldn't have to end up in the landfill.  Made from surplus suede.

Jumpsuits are great because they're a shirt and pants in one package. Just throw it on and you've got yourself an outfit. Done. The Jiro Jumpsuit is a medium weight woven jumpsuit with a snap V neckline, zip front and pockets. The sleeves and legs are a bit cropped. The fit is loose and comfortable but we included a self belt in case you'd like more of a waist. Chic and easy, and it only took one step.  Made from surplus cotton blend.

We know you're a busy lady with a lot on your plate, so we like to make getting dressed easy for you. Which is why we created the Arly Dress. Just throw it on and you're there. This is a medium weight ribbed stretch jersey mini dress with deep-cut sides and darts at the bust. The fit is loose and comfortable. Maximum hotness, minimal effort.  Made from 88% tencel 12% spandex.

We're not sure how much PTO you have, but you should probably take a vacation and take this dress with you. It's great for out of office activities but really you can wear it anywhere. The Nashville Dress is an off-the-shoulder mini dress with a ruffled stretch neckline (so you can show off your shoulders and still move around). The fit is loose and the fabric is a medium weight textured woven. Made from surplus polyester blend.

Do unto your bridesmaids as you would want done unto you. The Arianna Dress is just a beautiful gown they can feel good in and most importantly, wear again. This is a full length georgette wrap dress with a ruffled plunging neckline, tied waist and a deep V back. The skirt is full so there's a bit of leg room too. Treat your friends right.  Made from surplus rayon blend.

Yowza. Just think of the Gwen Two Piece as a sexy, sophisticated dress that's giving the waist a little time out. This is a medium weight stretch ponte set with a criss cross crop top and a high-waist midi pencil skirt. The fit is close to the body but there's an elastic band at the waist to keep you extra comfortable. Made from surplus tencel spandex blend.

 

One of the things I admire most about Reformation is their marketing. Somehow I got on an email list (?) and I wouldn’t have even noticed one more email in my inbox if it weren’t for the alarming subject line. Yeah, I think alarming is the correct word. ‘Catchy’ isn’t strong enough. While I don’t remember that first email’s subject, the newest one I received today had “GET ON THE SCALE” as the subject. Talk about get your attention. Other subjects have been “FIANCE RHYMES WITH BEYONCE” and “NICE CURTAINS, GIRL”. Maybe it’s the attention grabbing subject lines or maybe it’s the fact that every email is a beautifully shot new ‘theme’ but I can’t help but click and see what’s happening. As someone who receives a lot of emails a day (with 75% of them being ‘newsletters’ like this) that’s saying a lot.

Do have an opinion on the Reformation? From business practices to design aesthetics there sure is enough to talk about. I personally am inspired and my creative boundaries are pushed. How does Reformation affect you? I want to hear it.

xoxo,

Bucky

5 Days until Lilly Pulitzer for Target!

April 14, 2015

If you start getting heart palpitations when I say the word, ‘Sunday’ then you might just be a die hard Lilly Pulitzer fan. Or you have a really great pastor.

If you’re not a Lilly Pulitzer fan, here’s the basic information you need to know:

Who: Lilly Pulitzer for Target.

What: Now you can buy one of Lilly’s signature Palm Beach inspired printed frocks for a fraction of normal prices.

Where: Select Target stores and online at Target.com

When: This Sunday, April 19th! Most stores open at 8am. I believe the you will be able to shop online as early as 12-2am on Sunday morning.

Bonus points to Target for having the coolest ad campaign for this collection. Visit Target.com and click on the pink (duh) button that says ‘experience the party’. You’ll be instantly transported to Lilly Land and every time you circle the room something new and different will be happening (so cool).

While I would like to have everything, I don’t necessarily need to pull another Peter Pilotto for Target shopping spree (not to say, though, that I haven’t already warned my husband). Here are my top picks from this collection.

Look closely: there are huge pineapples on this YELLOW SILK KIMONO.

 

 

Nothing says Lilly like pink and green. I love they way they styled this scarf as a sarong in the lookbook.

 

Classic Lilly print + signature colors + flattering silhouette = there’s a reason why people love Lilly.

When I was in high school I had a very similar Lilly top to this. It was my first Lilly piece and I treated it like it was Chanel Couture.

 If there is one item I am leaving the store with…it’s this.

 

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Let us not forget the bathing suits!!! This screen shot shows you all you need to know: cute bathing suits in figure flattering cuts

I grew up in a resort town in the South, so I was exposed to Lilly from a decently young age. I remember scrimping and saving to buy my very first Lilly piece when I was in high school. It was a shirt on sale and it was adorable. I used it several times specifically to sneak into one of the local resorts. I remember wearing tailored white capris with my blue and white urchin top and casually walking into the resort with my nose in the air. I figured, that if I looked the part (and I did) that nobody would stop me and ask what room I was in…or realize I was just a random local kid trying to take advantage of the resort’s pool. Needless to say, it worked.

Do you have a Lilly story? I’d love to hear it. Until then, happy shopping!!

xoxo,

Bucky

Dove does it again with the new #choosebeautiful campaign

April 9, 2015

Who doesn’t love a feel good commercial? We all know of Dove’s past campaigns of women’s empowerment and they’re back at it again with a new video complete with hashtag. As part of the #choosebeautiful campaign, women have to choose whether to enter malls through the ‘Beautiful’ door or the ‘Average’ door. A considerable number of women choose the ‘average’ door- and there’s really no surprise there. I mean, I’ve seen the other Dove ads. It’s not like there’s going to be some crazy plot twist highlighted by suspenseful orchestra music.

The thing that did catch me off guard- the fact that I started crying halfway through the video. I’m not a crier. Tragic things happen and I’m like your parents when you were a child and did something naughty- very, very disappointed and saddened. But I don’t usually cry. I think the part that got me, was when I saw friends, moms, and loved ones pulling the people they are with through the beautiful door and away from the average door. Sometimes we are the only people who don’t recognize how beautiful, intelligent, creative, and wonderful we really are.

When I started my image company last year, one of my main goals was to make sure that people knew my intentions. I wasn’t out to tell people that they dressed like slobs, needed to adhere to a certain weight, and weren’t fashionable enough. My goal was, and still is, helping people to the very best versions of themselves. We all have qualities about ourselves that we love and that we hate. I help you accept the ones you think are subpar (spoiler- they’re usually not as bad as you think they are) and then help you highlight the attributes you love. It’s not about criticism, it’s about encouragement and instilling confidence.

You don’t have to be an image consultant to get on board with the #choosebeautiful campaign. You don’t have to even like fashion, beauty products, or anything else image related. What’s one of the biggest things you can do, in my opinion? Pay someone a genuine compliment. Whether it’s a coworker or complete stranger, we all loved to be told that we are smart, beautiful, and successful. So today, #choosebeautiful and not only strive to see yourself that way, but try to help someone else see themselves as beautiful too, both inside and out.

Enjoy the video!

Happy Wednesday,

Bucky

Getting Back to Our Sunday Best

April 4, 2015

It’s only fitting that we should talk about “your Sunday best” with it being the day before Easter. If you grew up in church, you probably remember the exciting (or agonizing- depending on your interest in clothing) hunt for the perfect Easter outfit. As I remember it, there were lots of pastel colors and white, not to mention a healthy amount of bows, ribbons, and general poofiness.

To this day I still like to dress up for Easter. Although I don’t overdose on bows anymore, I do still like to wear white and, of course, a hat. Hats are one of my favorite aspects of Southern dressing and I wear them whenever possible and especially to church. This year I’m going to soften the girliness of this grown up tutu skirt with a men’s chambray shirt and fitted blazer. I’ll also probably wear a pearl necklace of some sort.

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Blazer- Gap, Shirt- Men’s J.Crew, Skirt- Buchanan (see link above), Heels- TJMaxx, Hat- I’ve literally had this for so long, I don’t even remember where it came from.

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Sadly, wearing our Sunday best is becoming a thing of the past; something reserved for major holidays. Remember the time everyone dressed up for church every Sunday? I’m sure there were mixed motives for always looking your best in church (like wanting to just show off), but what it ultimately started with and comes down to is showing respect (in this case, to God). That’s how things work right? You take the extra effort and resources to look your best as a way of showing respect to someone or something else. Think about why you dress up to funerals, weddings, and when you meet important people.

The rise of the non-traditional church* and the general decline of formality in our culture have helped us forget that there is a strong psychological link between how we present ourselves and our thoughts and actions. When you dress up for a certain occasion, you spend more time and effort than usual to prepare yourselves for a certain encounter. That effects you’re your attitude as you go towards that encounter. We wouldn’t show up to a wedding in sweatpants and t-shirt, so why would you show up to see God looking less than your best?

Now, I know what you’re thinking. “God will still love me whether I dress up or not”. True. He’ll also still love you if you decide to kill someone, slander his name, and then start a church of Satan. Here’s the cool thing about God: he didn’t have to do anything that he did for us. That’s why the death of Jesus was such a big deal, because God could have easily have said, “let them deal with their own evil, I’m not helping them get out of their mess.” But, he didn’t…and that’s how we know he really loves us. We don’t have to look nice for church, but we do anyhow, because we want to show respect and love to the one that loves us.

Happy Easter Everyone!!

Bucky

*Many non-traditional church’s boast a ‘come as you are’ wardrobe expectation that I have mixed feelings about. On one hand it is truly fabulous, because it has led people to God that wouldn’t have been otherwise. Nobody should be judged for what they wear to church. This isn’t about you and everyone else in the church…it’s about you and God. While it’s nice that people can feel comfortable wearing their jeans and sweatpants to church, I can’t help but feel that they lose the psychological side effect of respect that dressing a certain way provides. The solution? Wear something a step up from your usual. If you wear sweatpants all the time, maybe upgrade to jeans. If you are a jeans and t-shirt kind of person, maybe try on a blazer or a button down shirt with your jeans. You don’t have to go all out or compromise who you are; upgrading your look even just slightly will still send the message, ‘you are the God of the universe and I respect that” and it will still cause a positive effect on your attitude and mindset.

The Most Versatile Sack Dress You’ll Ever Own

March 28, 2015

Y’all. I love a good sack dress. There’s nothing better than wearing a sack…except maybe wearing two sacks at one time. The jury is still out on that one. Either way, I’m going to take a moment to humble brag. I made pretty much the most awesome sack dress the other week. Yes, in case you are wondering, that is what I’ve been doing instead of blogging. My apologies. Kind of.

So what makes this sack dress better than all the others? Well, for one, it has ties. That’s right…so, if you don’t actually want to wear a sack, you don’t have to. I’m talking sack to sexy in 30 seconds (or…however long it takes you to tie a knot). Pictures weren’t really doing justice, so I decided to whip out the video camera once more. I didn’t receive any vicious threats the first and second time that happened when I made a Kentucky Derby hat and then promptly turned it into a wreath, so I figured I was safe to try again. I have to say, this one is pretty much up there with Spielberg and Scorsese. With that said, if you don’t see anything when you start the video, put it into full screen mode (do that by clicking on the square icon right of the youtube logo on the bottom of the video screen). Youtube is not playing well with me today.

Have fun watching yours truly model the Tricia dress in three different way. Shop this dress and others here.

Happy Saturday,

Bucky

From Old Blanket to Cape: An Upcycling Project

March 13, 2015

A little bit ago (aka: longer than I would like to admit) a good friend texted me this picture with a message along the lines of ‘bought a vintage blanket…do you think we could make this with it??’

Stella McCartney blue and red striped cape, because a girl can never have too many capes!

Sometime in February I got my hands on the blanket, but not before her dog had a chance to snack on it. Consequently, there was a nice sized hole right in the middle of the stripe pattern. Although the hole presented a design challenge, the dog had the last laugh, because it ended up with a nice matching coat to sport alongside my friend.

Unfortunately, I started taking pictures of the process AFTER I cut up the blanket, so I don’t have any pics of the original blanket as a whole (or, as whole as it could be after a dog attacked it). The blanket was vintage wool and had been repaired several times, hence the weird pink patches. I kind of liked the pink patches, so I did what I could to keep them in the design.

Here’s a little bit of the process:

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Due to the hole, the striped area couldn’t be any wider than you see it here. I had to insert side panels because without them, it was feeling a little bit lot like a straight jacket.

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The wool of this blanket was pretty heavy, so finishing the ends without making them look bulky was definitely a challenge (I had to use a heavy duty leather needle just to sew the seams together). I ended up using some scraps from the blue stripe to create an edging. It ended up looking a little crafty and moderately homeless…but in the best way possible.

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On the mannequin before I finished all the edging.

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A few messy studio selfies were totally needed. I just happened to be wearing jeans and one of my husband’s button down oxfords that day and I actually really liked the outfit as a whole. I’d roll up the jeans a touch and add my brown Simple tennis shoes and totally wear this while doing errands around town.

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I would love to be able to get all the previous owners of this blanket together to see it now. How many great stories would come from that?? (I’m mentally filing that idea under ‘future creative projects’)

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I had a super narrow strip of fabric left over…which was just enough to make a dog coat (kind of). Because it really doesn’t get better than having a matching cape for your dog too. (side note: in case you’re wondering how this thing stays on…these pics are before I added D rings to the straps.

If the weather stays warm like it has been the last few days, the cape may be set aside until the Fall (which, good news! capes are totally a hot item this coming Fall). Or…if you’re lucky, you might just get to see a fabulous Instagram of my friend and her pooch all decked out. We’ll see. :)

Happy Friday,

Bucky

 

Get a Head Start on Some of Fall’s Hottest Trends

March 9, 2015

So, in case you’re wondering…yes…I did finally give up sulking about the cold weather and force myself to look at the Fall shows. What I found were some trends that have been enjoying the spotlight for a while (can we say…fur?) and others that were just getting out of the gate. WWD listed several Fall 2015 trends including: capes, fur, anoraks, and folksy looks.

Two trends I am particularly fond of are the 70’s revival and, as this WWD article dubs it, car-wash chic. If you’re like me and are eager to get a head start on looking like a car wash (or diva queen, whichever works best for you) you’re in luck. With Fall being a lot like Spring with all the erratic weather and layering opportunities, there’s no better time than to jump on these trends than now.

Trend: 70’s Revival

The Runway Inspo: Gucci

Gucci RTW Fall 2015

Sheer blouses, bright colors, and relaxed looks hit the runway for Gucci.

Joie Laurel BlouseTheory Lightweight Tennen Trousers - Cropped - Barneys.comOld Navy

To translate this outfit into something a little more wearable, try keeping a bold color for the top or bottom rather than both. A cropped version of the trouser in a crisp linen pairs perfectly with a sheer blouse for spring weather. Shop it:  Trouser, blouse

The Runway Inspo: Chloe

Chloé RTW Fall 2015

Chloe parades neckties and makes sure everyone knows that corduroy isn’t just a bear. Absolutely loving this blush color.

Rachel Zoe 'Joya' Tie Neck Silk BlouseStylestalker Mandy Jumpsuit - Rompers + Jumpsuits

This modern take on the tie blouse is fresh and versatile. Wear it tucked into or on top of (with a belt) this jumpsuit. Shop it: tie blouse, jumpsuit

The Runway Inspo: Jonathan Saunders

Jonathan Saunders RTW Fall 2015

Pure colors and subtle prints balance hardworking black bell bottoms at Jonathan Saunders.

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Start with a colorful jacket, add a printed blouse, and finish off the look with a sleek pair of denim trousers in a bell bottom style. Budget friendly tip: splurge on nice denim- you’ll wear it from now until next winter. Save money on the brighter pieces that are more memorable. Shop it:  Jacket, Blouse, bell bottom

 

 

The Trend: “Car-wash Chic”

The Runway Inspo: Rosetta Getty

Rosetta Getty RTW Fall 2015

This simple, yet alluring piece can only leave you wondering…is it culottes? a skirt? a dress? Car wash panels? Whatever it is, I like it.

Nasty Gal Just Enough Midi Skirt - SkirtsProduct Details

A black skirt with a slit gives the same impression as multiple panels. Not only does this sweater look impossibly cozy, but you can always pull up the shoulders if it gets a bitty nippy out. Shop it:   Skirt, Top

The Runway Inspo: Guy Laroche

Guy Laroche RTW Fall 2015

If you didn’t understand the whole ‘car wash’ thing you might after seeing this number.

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A conservative black turtleneck keeps the look classy when you are sporting a thigh high slitted sequin skirt. Shop it:   Skirt, Turtleneck

The Runway Inspo: Ryan Lo

Ryan Lo RTW Fall 2015

This is a pretty funky outfit, and if you’re looking for something bold (but maybe not too eye catching) try the combo below.

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A ribbed dress gives the appearance of lots of slits without the worry of a wardrobe malfunction. Top it off with a cheeky sweater to keep the look casual and quirky. Shop it:    Dress, Sweater

Now I need to work on resisting the urge to buy everything cranberry colored and/or cutting slits in all my skirts. What can I say. It’s hard out here for a fashionista.

What’s your favorite Fall 2015 trend you saw hit the runways? I’d love to hear.

-Bucky

 

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