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Knit Pick

20 Mar

Knit Pick front - edited

I swear i have the best friends ever! I was recently invited by a good friend of mine to attend an event hosted by Citibank and House Beautiful where interior designers had the chance to decorate empty apartments in a newly constructed building. As guests, we were able to explore the apartments and get up close and personal with the beautiful items used, while snacking on some delish drinks and appetizers created by mixologists and chefs specifically for this event. All of the apartments looked like scenes for an upcoming issue of House Beautiful, which i think was the idea. It was truly inspiring the see all that good design in person. But the benefits of attending this event don’t end there…no siree. When we got our coats from the coat check an extremely heavy goodie bag was handed over with them that contained none else but the March issue of one of my favorite fashion magazines, Marie Claire. It was the treasure trove of inspiration i expected it to be. Today’s inspiration comes from their 101 Ideas column which was chock full of ideas for wearing Spring trends. Not surprisingly, i was drawn to all the knit items on this page…seeing as i love to crochet and all, and also not surprising is that i had the perfect knit top to rock for the shoot.

Knit PickKnit Pick side editedKnit Pick close up - edited

New Feature: The Shop Your Closet Challenge

6 Feb

I have been thinking about adding a new feature to this blog for a while, and i have finally come up with a concept! I wanted to do something that would be in line with the theme of the blog but that would also solicit the input of my readers. In came The Shop Your Closet Challenge.

The intent is that on a monthly basis i would feature someone new. Here are the requirements:
  • Select 1 to 3 inspiration outfits that you will recreate. They can be from anywhere you find them, be it magazines, blogs, pinterest, store windows, etc..
  • Recreate the looks using what you already own. Sound familiar? yes, its what i do here on the blog! The looks don’t have to be the exact same as their inspiration outfits (if you read my blog you know that my outfits are not always exactly the same as the inspirations) but you should be able to tell what inspired you about it. For example, maybe you’re recreating a trend you saw on a trend article, like 2012’s brocade trend, or a particular color combination.
  • Send me pictures of the inspiration outfits and their sources (i.e. links if from the web, magazine name and edition, etc…). Send pictures of you in your outfits. Send a paragraph or two  explaining how you felt about the challenge, what you gained from it (if anything) and what inspired you to pick those outfits.

Simple as that! I think this will be a fun feature and i’m looking forward to seeing what you put together!

…but first, to get your inspiration going, i’ve asked my dear friend (and Editor in Chief of the blog 4 All The Single Ladees) Hope Salley to be my first participant.

Coral’s Inspirations: How did you feel about the challenge, what did you gain from it (if anything) and what inspired you to pick those outfits?
Hope Salley: The Shop Your Closet Challenge allowed me to do something that I’m always scared to do when it comes to fashion – step outside of my box and try something new! I’ve always been worried about putting certain textures and colors together, like celebrities and runway models do, without looking horrible. This challenge gave me the opportunity to do that and realize that I really do have the potential to experiement with fashion that’s in my own closet and actually be successful at putting together a hot outfit!
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I loved how the dresses and coats from Rachel Zoe’s collection from New York Fashion Week last year provided movement, and the layering of clothing with multiple pieces, and pop of blue and fuchsia just did it for me. Sass & Bide’s collection from this year’s London Fashion Week is more on the sophisticated side, offering a little sleek, a little sexy and lots of sass. Similar to Rachel Zoe’s collection, I was pleased to see the flow of movement provided by feathered and sheer skirts. Black is and will forever be classy in my eyes, but the silver and white accented intricate designs gave the look lots of personality.
Rachel Zoe Collections Fall 2012

Rachel Zoe Collections Fall 2012

 

Sass and Bide London Spring/Summer 2013

Sass and Bide London Spring/Summer 2013

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I think Hope did a fantastic job of recreating her inspiration looks, what do you think? Let me know in the Comments! and if you are interested in participating please send me a note to CoralsInspirations {at} gmail {dot} com.

Animal Magnetism

16 Jan
Animal Magnetism - inspiration

Instagrammer @maddinka

Today’s inspiration outfit comes courtesy of Instagrammer @maddinka. If you’re on Instagram, be sure to check her out! I actually  saw maddinka’s outfit via the fashion magazine OOTDMagazine‘s Instagram page. They are a constant source of inspiration for me and where i find a lot of the bloggers i end up following. The outfit i put together is actually one that i’ve worn in the past. I was pleasantly surprised that an outfit similar to one i put together all on my own made it on OOTDMagazine and so without further ado…my outfit…rawwwwrrrrr

Animal Magnetism - full

Tahari coat, Renee New York via Daffy’s, H&M skirt, Rafaela blouse, August Silk cardi via Marshall’s, Steve Madden boots, Simply Vera – Vera Wang leather gloves via Kohl’sAnimal Magnetism - half front

Animal Magnetism - details

 

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