Collar Confidential

The statement collar craze is back and here to stay, thanks to a massive presence on the runways and the style staple’s ability to both bring an ultra-feminine outfit down a notch and dress up a pair of jeans and a plain tee. From Edie Sedgwick to Rachel Bilson, the stars who have dared to wear dramatic collars are the true style setters. It takes a bit of confidence to rock a collar with ease, but once you do, there’s no going back! Here are some of our favorite collared-up cool looks that are inspiring us to ditch the necklace and reach for something a bit more bold!

Rachel Bilson

Louis Vuitton SS12

Wit + Delight

Hilary Rhoda

 The Fancy

Gary Pepper

Pinterest

 Catherine Deneuve

Get the look and rock our lovely Northern Light Collar for a flirty take on the statement piece!

xo, Lace Affair

Tips for a Tantalizing Thanksgiving Table

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For us, Thanksgiving feels like the official start of the Holiday Season. While Halloween is fancy and fun, Thanksgiving marks the moment when we realize that we have a whole lot to be thankful for. For a holiday that’s all about family, friends, love and giving thanks, why not scale back and keep the decor simple and serene? We’re loving these easy DIY table ideas for a lovely holiday feast where the focus can stay on gratitude and blessings.

DIY Monogram Cord Place Cards make an individual statement {via Camille Styles}

Spray paint tiny pumpkins and gourds a shiny metallic hue for a luminous look {via Martha Stewart}

Neon Pine Cone Placecard Holders injected an unexpected dose of feminine color to a conventional table {via Camille Styles}

Individual Sugar Cone Cornucopias make a sweet parting treat for guests {via Simple Girl at Home}

Wheat in glass bottles spells out a meaningful message in rustic style {via Centsational Girl}

Create a Thankful Tree for an interactive way to display messages of thanks! {via Simply Vintagegirl}

xo, Lace Affair

Street Style Roundup: Resplendent in Red

 Brigitte Bardot {via Life}

Few colors have the same dynamite impact as red. The shade can go from sultry to sweet to siren and back, jumping from ravishing to romantic, then head towards darling and demure. It’s really all about how you wear this brazen hue that determines your mood and the aura you’ll give off! Here are some red-hot looks from the streets we simply can’t stop raving over – proving that individual takes on a punchy statement color can run the full gamut!

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{via sea of shoes}

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Try some of our favorite Lace Affair pieces to rev up the heat and add a dash of spice to your coming-into-winter wardrobe!

Across the Candlelight Dress, $44.99. Frankly, Scarlett Umbrella, $27.99. Cascades of Crimson Dress, $44.99. Treasure of the Night Ring, $11.99. Lacey and Lovely Dress in Red, $48.99. Crimson Curtsy Tights, $12.99. Lace Me Up Headband in Maroon, $18.99.

xo, Lace Affair

Inspired By: The Great Kates!

There are certain unforgettable looks that we can’t help but want to recreate. Looks so stunning they leave us dying to reinvent the getup with our own individual twist. This week, this trio of beautiful women – all sharing the same moniker and an innate sense of style – are charming us.

Kate Bosworth can do no wrong, but she really nails the whimsical sweater trend by pairing her adorable pullover with ladylike classics: a pencil skirt, a bow detail at the waist, and a prim clutch.

Hoot Haven Sweater, $38.99. Satin Starlet Skirt, $34.99. You’ve Got Mail Purse, $32.99. Princess Kate Ring Duo, $7.99.

No one does preppy perfection quite like Princess Kate. A structured blazer paired with the perfect skinny jeans make this a super-simple look to throw together on a rainy day. And what’s an English girl to do without a spot of tea?!

Prepped for Piping Blazer, $37.99. Grey Skies Begone Umbrella, $24.99. A Spot of Tea Ring, $18.99.

Kate Moss can make even the most seemingly random pairings seem utterly natural. Proving neutral is twice as nice with a tan dress and ivory blazer, a low-slung black belt adds a dash of rock-and-roll cool to this sophisticated street look.

Born to Blush Blazer, $46.99. Rock Your Body Dress, $42.99. Go For the Gold Belt in Black, $10.99. Magnificent as Maleficent Earrings, $10.99. 

Who’s your favorite Kate?

xo, Lace Affair

 

Recipe Roundup: Soups for the Soul

It’s late October, and we’re currently craving several things: cable knit sweaters and cashmere cardigans, a stack of novels to lose ourselves in, and warm soup to nourish our soul! Here are some healthy, hearty seasonal recipes that are perfect to make in a big batch, serve for a dinner party, or freeze in individual portions for easy weeknight meals. Let’s get cooking!

Pumpkin and Rice Soup via 101 Cookbooks

 Beef Daube Provençale via Cooking Light

Simple Tomato Soup via Edible Perspective

Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Bacon & Gorgonzola via Steamy Kitchen

French Onion & Apple Soup via Cooking Light

Spiced Lentil Soup with Coconut Milk via Sprouted Kitchen 

xo, Lace Affair

Saturday Style: A Study in Contrasts

{Chanel SS11 via Chictopia}

Black and white has always been the most natural of combinations. Here are some opposites-attract combinations we’re loving lately – plus a few Lace Affair pieces we’re craving to fulfill the need for contrasting chicness!

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Opposites Attract Dress, $56.99. Weathering the Storm Studs in Black and White, $8.99. Birds of a Feather Blouse, $49.99. Midnight Tea Party Dress, $59.99. Stones from the Sea Necklace, $21.99.

xo, Lace Affair

Words to Live By Wednesday

Time for some words of wisdom for the week. Quotes, motivation and inspiration we can’t get out of our heads lately…

{via pinterest}

xo, Lace Affair

 

Top Trends We’re Falling for this Fall!

As we tearfully packed up our summer sandals and put away our flimsier dresses, we couldn’t help but get excited for all the new pieces we’ll be pulling out and filtering in for Fall. Layers, layers and more layers, chunky knits, tights, socks and luscious coats – the encroaching weather doesn’t seem so bad, after all! Here are out top trends we’re coveting the closest as we rebuild our wardrobe to brace the elements.

1. Chevron

Chevron, the stripe’s slightly wilder sister, is our new favorite print for season. We adore this bold from Delightfully Tacky, a bright mix of a striped dress and chevron cardigan, kept cozy with minimal, rustic accessorizing. Also love how well she transitions a summer dress into fall with perfect layering precision. Get the exact look with the Candy Striper Dress, or mix and match with the Charming Chevron Ring, Chevron on the Horizon Skirt & Chevron Basket Weave Bag.

2. Heating Up 

Red is always hot, and we can’t wait to mix our crimson clothes and red-hot jewels with black, royal blue, ivory… the list goes on! We adore the wide-brimmed hat and monochromatic leggy look from Styling My Life. Channel red-hot heat with the Cascades of Crimson Dress, Embrace the Elements Sweater, Ring Around the Ruby Ring, and Lady in Lace Jacket.

3. Notice My Neck

Statement necklaces are a year-round staple, but come Fall we love to layer them over buttoned-up blouses and oversized sweaters to add some glimmer and feminine accents to a menswear-inspired look. Triple Thread does it perfectly, by layering a stunning powder blue gems to compliment her blouse – plus we’re obsessed with her luxe layering and bold ability to flawlessly pair color, print and texture! Try these luxe necklaces for a bold necky approach: Ivory Think You’re Lovely Necklace, Hearts on Fire Necklace, Living in the Stone Age Necklace, Girl With The Pearl Necklace.

4. Illuminating Ivory

Winter whites are wonderful, and  Alina Ceusan demonstrates how it’s possible to take an ultra-feminine ivory coat and bad-girl it up a bit, with the help of leather and black. We adore our Dollop of Clotted Cream Top, Walking on Cloud Nine Coat, and Party in the Back Blouse in Cream. While neutral, ivory is truly the perfect color to use when exploring different textures, making monochromatic looks and as a template for colorful accessories!

What theme is recurring in your closet this year? 

xo, Lace Affair

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