by She She Me
January 4, 2008
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Kick Start the New Year in Style
Where did 2007 go? It seemed I had just barely stocked my stereo with holiday CD's, defrosted the eggnog and slipped into an appropriately festive frock this year, and the next thing I knew the glittery ball had dropped, a Brit in a fur coat had ushered in 2008 and the confetti had been sucked up by a giant street sweeper! And I very nearly missed the whole thing!
I guess that's what happens when you lose an entire weekend of your life being stranded in the snow! It all started out quite festively when Girly asked me to ride with her up to her parent's beach house in Cape Mendocino to ready the place for their annual New Year's Eve party. We headed out bright and early, the sun was shining, the morning air was crisp as we crossed the bridge and headed north, and the drive through the wine country was absolutely spectacular. We arrived around noon and I was completely blown away! The beach house was perched on a bluff overlooking the sea with the most breathtaking views imaginable—redwood forest stretching to the bluffs, waves crashing on the rocks below, even a herd of deer meandering through the meadow. After tearing ourselves away from the visual magnificence we got to work airing out the house, plumping pillows, shaking rugs, putting out fresh linens and towels and stocking the kitchen with the supplies we had brought along. We were so incredibly efficient that we finished in no time at all and decided to relax on the terrace with mugs of hot cocoa while we watched the sunset. Apparently we got a little too relaxed and next thing we knew a brisk wind had blown in, the temperature had dropped about thirty degrees and we were being pelted with rain!
We quickly packed the car, locked up the house and headed for the hills. Ten minutes later the rain turned to fat wet snowflakes, which soon covered the twisting, winding road and we knew there was no way we were going to make it up to the highway. We had two choices: keep going and end up stranded in a snowbank, or turn around and spend the night stranded in a gorgeous beach house. Hmmm, tough decision.
Anyhoo, we ended up spending the entire weekend! And even though the roads were closed, at least we had electricity, a fully stocked larder and plenty of fashion magazines to peruse! Ergo, the fruit of our labors!
Great Trends For 2008
Denim: Say bye bye to those ultra-low-rise super skinnies and hello to wide-leg, flare, trouser, straight, bootcut and slightly tapered higher-rise jeans. High rise jeans can hit anywhere from an inch or so below the navel, to just at the waist. There are even a few styles with a wider waistband that actually cinches the ribcage. These look fabulous with an ultra feminine blouse and a pair of kickin' wedges. One of the best things about high waist styles is that they are perfect for the office! Make sure the wash is dark, either indigo or black, and a trouser cut style is the most appropriate. Pair with a gorgeous blouse and a feminine jacket, sweater or blazer. Finish off with suede pumps, and a sleek handbag and you are one hot professional.
Metallic's: (Not just for parties darlings!) There is nothing like a touch of glitter to make a girl feel girlie! I have always adored a great pair of designer jeans and a cashmere sweater, but this season I am going to bump it up a notch with a chic pair of metallic wedges and a fabulous wrist piece for a little extra edge. Perhaps even toss a sassy metallic satchel into the mix. Beware, however—too much of a good thing is, well, too much! Keep the metallic touches to a minimum. If you have a fabulous metallic trench, pair it with sleek black trousers, a white turtleneck and fabulous footwear with just a touch of glimmer. Finish with a leather bag and keep the jewelry simple, perhaps just simple pearls.
For all-out glam, this tie-back dress has all it takes. No need to add any additional glitz. I would go with a pair of sheer nude hose and suede platform skyscrapers for textural contrast, then finish with a pop of color in the clutch. Remember, less is more.
Funky Heels: Footwear has taken a whimsical turn this season. Look for wedges with cut-out designs, pumps with stylish tapered heels and architectural inspirations, and sandals with intricately designed heels. Additions of chain, embellishments and studding, plexiglass and acrylic. Whirls of color and texture. Anything goes!
Khaki: From safari jackets, tops and trench coats to cargo pants, dresses and skirts, khaki is the neutral of choice. I adore the sleek look of a crisp white blouse tucked into a gorgeous skirt and topped with an edgy trench coat. Add a pair of chic skyscrapers and a textured tote to complete the ensemble. For a casual weekend look, go with a pair of wide leg khaki trousers, a loose sweater or tank and a twill peacoat. Finish with a pair of flat boots and a great cargo bag. A simple pendant on a chain or a wood bracelet adds a touch of girly to the mix.
Skirts: Flared or A-line. Slightly fitted on top, flared, flirty and swingy at the bottom. These flirty skirts look great paired with tie-neck blouses or sweaters with girly details. Finish with opaque tights and chunky heels or wedges for a very chic look.
Knee Length Dresses: I know, everyone is touting the new ankle-length or "maxi" (don't you just hate that word?) dress, and there are an absolute plethora of adorable ankle-length styles out there, but I just love a classic knee length dress. So feminine. So flirty. So positively gorgeous! AND everyone can see your shoes! Why else does a girl wear a flirty dress if not to be able to show off her equally flirty shoes? 2008 brings several gorgeous styles:
The über-chic sheath dress
, a fabulous alternative to the requisite business suit. I love the simple and elegant lines
of the sheath, but it also looks great with a cinched with a belt
to emphasize a tiny waist or womanly curves.
The full skirted floral
. A classic in femininity and style. Looks fabulous with skyscrapers, and if you are feeling very Mrs. Cleaver add a string of pearls.
Dresses with pockets
! Very architectural in a form meets function kind of way. Just be careful what you carry in said pockets—anything too heavy will ruin the line of the dress.
Arm Candy: Cuff bracelets are still hot, with the addition of statement-making embellishments. Look for bangles of wood and raffia, stone encrusted bracelets, and gem enhanced cuffs
Happy trend shopping girly girls!
She She Me
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