Monday, July 30, 2012

Denim Dress

Denim dresses are no new trend, they've been around a long time and have been designed & worn many different ways. Some of those ways may put many Americans to shame, like the one my mother wore when I was 6...dreadful. Lucky for us, we've seen some great denim dresses this year that were up to par. I happened to pick 2 up for myself a few months ago and I love them, one is a very fitted shift dress with 3/4 sleeves and the other is a strapless tie dye denim. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that everyone needs a denim dress, it is my new closet staple. So I've taken the hard part out and already chose 5 denim dresses that can be very versatile. Best part? All are under $60! 

Denim Dress



Each one of these dresses can be dressed up or down, for day or night. 
**Work Appropriate (depending on your job)- Add a blazer or cardigan with color, sleek jewelry...statement necklaces for the more daring, and nude heels. As you can see, #5 is already acceptable for most jobs. 
**For Play- Chucks or other type of sneaker, neon jewelry, and a fun bag. 
**Night Out- I think the denim/chiffon mixed material dresses are great for nights. Put on a pair of strappy heels or platform wedges, delicate jewelry with a fun piece or 2 thrown in, and a clutch. Not sure I went with all the black in the photo below...what do you think? 
**Daytime Errands- Oxfords/flats in a pretty color or print, fedora, and a bright handbag.
Here's what I come up with using 4 of the dresses from above...
Denim Dress 2




Here comes the broken record cause I will say it again. These dresses are so versatile that any of them can be styled for day or night. With layers they will easily take you into fall/winter as well. How do you wear your denim dress? What did you think about the 4 looks and which is your favorite?

Friday, July 27, 2012

You Down With DCP's?

   I'm home from Rome! The hubs and I had a wonderful time walking around the city and enjoying all the sites. Everywhere we went it was like we had to just stand there for a few minutes and absorb it all. To be in the Roman Coloseum where the Emperor Nero once stood and where gladiator games and more took place...it was simply amazing.

   Something that wasn't so amazing about Rome...DROP CROTCH PANTS! Since I've lived in Italy for 3 years I don't know if this trend really made it into the spotlight in the states, but this is one trend that I didn't try and I probably never will. Everywhere I looked in Rome there were drop crotch pants, we'll call them DCP's. They were on young people, old people, men, women, children....all around.


Pants



Yes, not the kind that are just a little baggy, but the whole crotch is just disconnecting itself like it's trying to run away. I'm sure there is someone out there who can pull these off but I look ridiculous in DCP's. It's obvious they weren't made to flatter any part of the body. 

American Apparel pants


   Even though I've now seen my share of baggy crotches in Rome, these women do have some great shoes. I spotted a few, completely genuine, Christian Louboutins, Pradas, Miu Miu's and more. I would sit down and "shoe watch" as everyone passed by and now want to kick myself for not taking pictures. 

   I will probably break up my Rome pics for you all into a few separate posts because there is just so much to show and tell. Hope everyone has an awesome weekend!  

***Leave a comment and let me know your take on DCP's. Would you or do you wear them? How do you style yours?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Clothing? No Thanks

   Is it just me or is it extremely hot right now? The bathtub is going to start taking the #1 spot on my daily to do list. Fill tub with cool water, put on bathing suit, grab a margarita, and relax. That's how hot I am! I don't swim in public pools...it really grosses me out thinking of how many little children have peed in it with a smile on their face. Friday I may need to hit up the beach, and definitely once or twice next week. 

   With temperatures continuing to rise, along with the humidity level, I've come to find that I want to wear as little amount of clothes as possible. Lately that means a dress, a loose maxi skirt and tank, or a skirt and tank, and I refuse any type of denim until further notice. Don't get me wrong, I love summer time, I just wish my Italian A/C would work a little better. We have 1 wall unit that's supposed to cool the entire house...never gonna happen. 

   Since I'm pretty sure most of America is also having a heat wave of some sort, I've searched for cute summery dresses that are affordable. 

Summer Time Comfort





   Bright colors, playful patterns, and most importantly a dress that doesn't cling to the body (who wants sweat stains? ugh). Today's lesson, the 3 C's...in this flammable weather stay comfy, cool, and cute.

Croatian Paradise

   My husband and I are traveling as much as his work will allow for the month of July. As soon as I returned from the states I was in complete travel mode, from packing for our weekend trip to getting planned for the remainder of the month.So first up on our agenda...Plitvice National Park in Croatia. 
One of the many waterfalls, this one I found to be pretty awesome

   Plitvice National Park is the oldest national park in Croatia and was established in 1949. In 1979 it was recognized and added to UNESCO's World Heritage List. There are 16 different lakes, hundreds of waterfalls, lush forests, and a grand amount of different species (plant & animal) that make up the park. But something interesting about these waters, is that the waterfalls change their paths, frequently from what I'm told.  

Everywhere you look, water is coming out of something



   There's really nothing to do in this area except hike through, explore, and enjoy. Once you get there that's all you'll really want to do. Plitvice has several walking/hiking paths that you can opt to take that are anywhere from 2-3 hours up to 6-8. Of course I choose the long one, I didn't want to miss a single thing. We were a little hopefully that a bear or a boar may cross paths with us, but those hopes and dreams were shot down with failure. The only animals we saw were butterflies really, lots and lots and lots of butterflies. 321 species of butterflies have been recorded in the park, along with 55 species of orchids (my fave flower). 
The waters, as you can see, are crystal clear pretty much everywhere


   The best way that I've seemed to describe Plitvice is this...think dinosaur movies, that may or may not be a cartoon. Remember how some were set in a beautiful location that seemed so exotic with crystal waters, bountiful with plants and animals, and always had a waterfall? Got it in your head? Ok good! That is basically what I walked into when I entered the park. It was almost unrealistic how gorgeous and magical it felt. Hubs kept telling me "Slow down Britney, we have all day and the water's not going anywhere." The more excited I become, the faster I started walking...lol. We spent all day Saturday walking around and hiking up the trails. We could've finished much earlier but taking it all in and even seeing some things twice was completely worth it and fulfilling. 
Don't mind me
This waterfall is literally called "Big Waterfall"



   Lookout points were all around when you're at the upper part of the lakes. We were able to see a whole other magical scene from these. Therefore I took it upon myself to stop at every on. So here's a few ariel shots for you to ooooo and aahhhh over. 



At the bottom left, where the walkway splits, it takes you to the bottomless/ceiling-less cave

   Plitvice is open year round so we are going to try and go back either in winter or early spring. Can you imagine all of this covered in snow and ice? I bet it's even more magical and romantic than it already is. Hope you enjoyed the pictures and if you're ever in Croatia go here.