Something Blue

“Andi” and my father on their wedding day

I’ve been in wedding mode for the past couple of weeks—not for my own, but planning for an editorial that will be out this June. It’s every girl’s dream to plan a wedding, but it can be quite overwhelming when you see how many choices there are!

I’m amazed how many options are out there right now for the bride who doesn’t want the traditional white ball gown. My mother had an offbeat gown herself, opting for a blue dress with hand-painted flowers, following her hippie roots. My father’s non-traditional 3-piece suit was even stylin’ for the era.

In the Middle Ages, women wore bold colors and it wasn’t until Queen Victoria’s wedding that the white “pure” dress became popular. During the Depression, women just wore their best frock. Who says your wedding has to look like every other one right now??

For the non-conventional bride, artsy Monique Lhuillier gown would be a show stopper, but still has a bit of white to nod to the usual white gown.

How fun would this little blue number by Issa (the designer of Kate Middleton’s famous blue engagement dress) be for a destination wedding?

Too much blue for you? Maybe a subtle blue like this sweet Pour La Victoire shoe or a bracelet like this one by Dogeared Jewels with tiny sapphires (similar to what I wore on my own big day) will do.

However you keep this Victorian tradition of the “something blue” alive, may it bring luck to you and yours.

xo Liz

My Insta-Week

Okay, so it’s only  Wednesday, but I’ve been working non-stop for the past week, so I’m ready to recap my week for you. It’s been a busy one with a lot of fun things to look at.

iPad leopard print case in J.Crew stores (similar online)

This was a gorgeous location to shoot a catalog in NYC. Too bad it was so windy on the roof that the poor model almost toppled over in her heels.

Rag & Bone jacket /J.Crew top (similar) / Zara jeans / vintage belt and ring / Nine West shoes (similar) / Chloe bag / etc… necklaces

I took fashion to the playground with my nephews and friends while prepping for a photoshoot in Boston.

I spotted Manolo Blahnik shoes that are to die for while prepping at Neiman Marcus in Copley Center. Not sure where I’d wear these to though…

More realistically, I would love to own this House of Harlow 1960 clutch from Neiman Marcus (similar online).

Styling in action.

More of me in action. Glamorous, I know.

 This dress had the most amazing texture, from my favorite shot from one of the shoots that I worked on that will be published in June. Be sure to check back from the actual scenes to the behind the scenes.

xo Liz

The Country Mouse and The City Mouse

Jason Wu for Target dress / See by Chloe bag / Kelly and Katie shoes / etc… watchband bracelets and necklace / H&M bracelet

Whenever I’m working on photoshoots in Boston, I’m fortunate to stay at my sister’s house outside of the city. I like to call it my bed-and-breakfast while I’m in town for work, because it really is a nice getaway from my fast-paced city life in NYC.

When I leave the country and work in the city of Boston, it’s still a nice break from my chaotic metropolitan NY life. I love that Boston style can be a bit more laid back than what I’m used to. I’m trying to blend in a bit more when I’m here, because I get stopped to find out where I’m from just about every time I’m roaming Newbury Street or Copley Center in search of pieces for a shoot here. One guy asked if I was European. I replied, New Yorker, but I guess it’s not far off.

STYLIST TIP: A T-shirt dress like this one from Target or this fun (and affordable) one from ASOS is a nice solution when you want to be casual, but still look polished this coming season.

No excuses. Put away those sweatpants unless you’re going to the gym.

I mean you Boston. I mean that with love.

xo Liz

Music Festival Chic

Knitted & Knotted top (Anthropologie, similar) / Greylin pants (at TJMaxx, similar / Gypsy Nation vintage bag / Kathryn Amberleigh shoes / Lucite bangles ($2 jewelry store on 14th Street in Manhattan, similar) / etc… ring and necklace / vintage sunnies and ring / E.Kammeyer turban headband

After seeing all of my friends on the West Coast enjoying Coachella last week, I’m having a bit of music fest envy at the moment. I haven’t had much time this year to go to concerts sadly, but that doesn’t mean I can’t dress less I’m going to one! 

I was working with designs from E.Kammeyer for a shoot last week and just happened to fall in love with this turban headband from her spring collection. It’s been seen on celebs and now maybe at future music festivals (wishful thinking!).

Of course if I had the chance to attend a music festival this spring/summer, I’d swap these pants for my worn in Levi’s denim shorts and my grey Hunter Wellies to combat the mud. Who’s in??

xo Liz

Following Suit

“Andi” circa early 1960′s.

Go figure that the birth of the bikini and my mother happened at the same time. Of course the bikini’s popularity rose in the 60′s with its appearances in James Bond and surfer flicks. So my mother, who followed a pack of surfers in a van across country to California during this time, followed suit (too punny?).

I recently styled the lookbook for K.Belo‘s summer 2012 collection and thought of this amazing image of my mother when she briefly modeled during that era in a classic polka dot bikini.

K. Belo’s designs are based on vintage swimwear with fabrics aptly from Brazil, including an adorable polka dot bikini that you can mix-and-match to make it your own. I can’t wait until the new collection of swimwear is out in stores…and beach weather, for that matter!

xo Liz

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