A Chic Jacket that Never Goes Out Of Style

One very useful jacket is a Chanel tweed style that works with everything in your closet; sharp over a dress, classic paired with a skirt or pants, or a chic addition layered with a blouse over jeans.  Unless I find a vintage one, my next option is to look for a similar version by another designer. Luck would have it, there are lots to choose from right now.  I love anything Veronica Beard and this jacket does not disappoint, but the J. Crew is pretty great with the Liberty fabric used as the trim.. a very hard choice!  Other options include this woven style with a zipper, a tweed version, an dressier style with a shimmer fabric, a fringe lighter colored alternative, this one is super cute and who wouldn’t love this quilted khaki one.  So many options at different price points!

A classic Chanel style jacket never goes out of style and Ridgely Brode found two look-alike versions and many more on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

lust: Veronica Beard Jacket vs. must: J. Crew Ladylike Jacket

Backless Loafers are Trending

What do you think?  Are you liking the fur lined backless loafer that is HUGE right now? I can’t seem to wrap my head around spending $995 for something I would wear as a slipper, but if you check out these street style photographs you will see they are being worn just about everywhere. Maybe it is the fur plus that they are backless that is throwing me off? Turns out it is a big trend without the fur and I wanted to see if any caught my fancy.  I found 14 pairs of backless loafers that are not as expensive (some are very easy on the wallet) and got me to thinking I might be able to embrace this trend.  What about you?  Will you be wearing backless loafers?

 

Backless Loafers are all the trend! Ridgely Brode find 14 pairs of backless loafers and shares them on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

 

to buy: 1. Manolo Blahnik Elle Mule  /  2. AGL Penny Loafer Slide  /  3. Stuart Weitzman Slidealong Mule  /  4. Dolce Vita Cybil Mule  /   5. Kristin Cavallari Capri Mule  /  6. kate spade new york Cece Mule  /  7. Kenneth Cole New York Roxanne Mule  /  8. Caslon Logan Espadrille Mule  /  9. Prada Pointy Toe Mule  /  10. Charlotte Olympia Kitty Mule  /  11. Louise et Cie Dugan Mule  /  12. Sam Edelman Paris Mule  (similar one Here)  /  13. Sam Edelman Paris Mule  /  14. Gucci Princetown Mule (in red)

 

Book Review: The Nest

I have been meaning to post this review and somehow it got stuck in drafts until just now. To be perfectly honest this review was from last Summer!  YIKES!  To make matters worse, I didn’t read the book or attend the book club so after the gathering, I  asked Kari, a member of our group and a good friend, to give me her synopsis and thoughts for us both. As the saying goes.. Better late than never..

The Nest is a light, warm and fun read…perfect for the summer (or in this case, spring break!)  The Story involves a very dysfunctional family, whose inheritance, which they refer to as “the Nest, is ruined by one single tragic event.  While most of the characters are completely self-absorbed and shallow, the author weaves the story back to where most of the siblings heal their wounded relationships with each other and move on to find that money can’t buy you happiness. In turn, the reader comes to appreciate (and like) most of theses characters and appreciate the lessons they have learned. It’s a page turner with a relate-able story line of how financial struggles can absorb and complicate our lives.

Have you read it?  What do you think?  Do you agree with Kari’s review?

A book review of The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney on Ridgely's Radar

 

Click below to preview The Nest and Buy a copy:

 

20 Gifts that Are Perfect for Every Occasion

Are you always looking for the perfect present?  I am and my friends are always asking me for suggestions.  Here are 20 gift ideas for every occasion; things that would work for a Birthday, Anniversary, Engagement, Wedding, Baby, and the Hostess.  I was thinking of all the things I have given and received over the years as inspiration, things I have loved and cherished.  It is amazing how a gorgeous basket or monogramed tote bag filled with bath or beach towels can be special and thoughtful.  It is fun to find just the right gift that speaks to the recipients taste and personality. When you do that, you win the game!  There are more fun ideas here and you can always go to my gift page for inspiration.  And if all else fails, shoot me a comment or email and I will try to help you come up with just the right present!  Happy Giving!

Are you looking for the perfect present? If so, Ridgely Brode has 20 great gift ideas for every occasion on her blog Ridgely's Radar

1. Willow Platter

2. Foldable Star Sculptures

3. Picture Frame – add a special image

4. Rosanna trinket bowl or tray

5. Monogrammed Turkish Robe – such a treat and most people wouldn’t buy for themselves

6. Limited Edition Wall Art

7. Customize a  Photo Book – The best kind of memories and shows so much thought. Capture the event or trip and then give the book as your present.

8. Braided leather loop key chain – New home or car?  Perfect time to for a new accessory!

9. Caravan 3 piece Knife Set

10. Personalized Serveware – I love all the wood, Lucite and Melamine trays.

11. Rifle Paper Co. Recipe Card Holder – Personalize it with a few of your own favorite recipes

12. Olli Ella Silver Basket – Add a few towels for a housewarming or a hostess gift for a beach weekend

13. Simon Pearce Hurricane’s

14. Riviera Dog Bed

15. Haven Baby Alpaca Throw

16. Personalized Pet Collars and Leashes

17. Menagerie Bookends

18. Mini Heart Quilts

19. Yard Dominoes – Fun for all ages

20. Angel Dear Elephant Blankie

 

Taking a Coffee Break in My Favorite Pieces

I had a round of my yearly doctor appointments last Friday and the weather was gorgeous!  I was able to meet my husband afterwards for a coffee and we went to the local butcher shop to see what we could make for dinner.  It was nice to spend a little time enjoying the weather and each other instead of racing around like we normally do.  I wore a few of my favorite things, that made it through the rigors of my closet clean out, and my new cat eye sunglasses.  I love buying new sunglasses, they never disappoint and can change up your look! I am looking forward to more Spring like temperatures and playing hooky with my husband!

Ridgely Brode enjoys the warm weather while wearing some of her favorite pieces and an ice coffee on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode enjoys the warm weather while wearing some of her favorite pieces and an ice coffee on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode enjoys the warm weather while wearing some of her favorite pieces and an ice coffee on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

to buy: Veronica Beard Classic Navy Jacket and Striped Dickey  / Grey T-shirt / Paige Skinny Jeans / Lace Up Flats Old (smilar here and here) /  Mulberry Tote/ Prada Sunglasses

 

Here is What Happened When I Worked with a Clothing Stylist!

Many of you may read my post the 25 Things that Make Up My Clothing Personality that ran a few weeks ago, if not check it out.  It is really helpful to take a quick assessment of what you like to wear, what you gravitate to when shopping and what you actually wear over and over again.  When your really think about it, we all have a pretty specific style that you might know you have and some of us want to have a style but have no idea how to make it happen.  Having been in fashion my entire life (see my bio), I think I know what looks well on me and I like to wear classic, chic styles to accent my hourglass figure (!).  Fast forward to when I had Alison Bruhn, Style Consultant, in my closet from 10am to 5pm!

Ridgely Brode tells what happened when she worked with a clothing stylist editing her fall/ winter closet on her blog, Ridgely's Radar

ALERT!  This will be a long post. Grab a bottle of water , a coffee, maybe a glass of wine (or two!) and settle in.

When I found out Alison was coming to overhaul – and it was an overhaul – my closet, I enlisted Suzanne, my best friend from College and fellow fashionista, to come to. Best decision ever, Suzanne has followed my style, figure and taste journey from the beginning and she has a similar aesthetic to mine.  Besides she knows how to merchandise a selling floor and that turned out to be one of the best additions to the day! To be fair, we decided in advance that we were both going to have Alison to our closets and I will be Suzanne’s helper next time!

When Alison and Suzanne arrived, we went over our homework. We were supposed to come up with 3 images, tear sheets from magazines, Instagram or a Pinterest board, of things you like to wear, things you would never get caught in and a style you would love to wear, but haven’t the guts to try. I did this post as my homework and shared this board.  I didn’t really do the homework properly, but I think Alison got the memo on my style (wink.. wink).

We went over face shape, coloring, hair texture, body shape, took measurements (yikes!) and discussed colors. In case you are wondering, I am a Summer and I need more pink in my closet, time to revisit this post and start shopping!

Ridgely Brode tells what happened when she worked with a clothing stylist editing her fall/ winter closet on her blog, Ridgely's Radar

Then we got to my closet and I put on every single item in my entire Fall/ Winter wardrobe.  This is not a time to be bashful, but to strip down and get to business. It sounds fun and it was, but it takes a long time to put on and take off everything.  This is where Suzanne came in handy. She zipped, unzipped, folded, hung up, discarded, and organized the keep, sell, toss and thrift piles, all while objectively giving her opinion.  I highly recommend having a close friend come be your assistant.  I think it would have taken double the time without her!   Besides, it was so much fun to do it with her!  Alison took notes, reviewed every single item and was asking me questions along the way.  We started with one category at a time and plowed through to the next; starting with pants, then to skirts (I only had one and it was a leather skirt that I have never worn but I finally fit into since I just lost 10lbs!), dresses, shirts, sweaters and jeans.  Oh MY!  I never thought I was a hoarder or that I had too many things, but I have a pretty big walk-in closet and it holds a lot of clothes!  And I want to remind you I did a HUGE purge last year.  UGH.

Turns out I was holding on to way too many things that I needed Alison and Suzanne to give me permission to get rid of.  Talk about cathartic and liberating.  I now have space between my hangars and everything has a place to return to after it has been worn.  I am so happy!

What I knew, but needed reiterated is that every gal needs a few key wardrobe staples that FIT and work for your figure.  Spend a little more money to have better quality pieces that will last the seasons and make sure to alter if needed.  Then layer in the fun, trendy pieces as you wish.  Here are 9 wardrobe staples worth investing in:

Ridgely Brode tells what happened when she worked with a clothing stylist editing her fall/ winter closet on her blog, Ridgely's Radar

 

  1. A Tan and/or Black Trench Coat – I have the Icon Trench and wear it all the time
  2. A Classic and Comfortable Pump in black and nude – these are a good looking less expensive alternative
  3. White Silk Blouse can be a button down, sleeveless or maybe a bell sleeve depending on your figure and personality.
  4. Well fitting Black Pants
  5. A run around Black Flat  – these are a reasonable priced ballet.
  6. An everyday Shoulder Bag – I always check here for their latest styles
  7. A Scarf that doubles as a Wrap – I like this tissue weight one that comes in a ton of colors
  8. A Pouch to keep you organized and doubles as an evening bag at night – I love these small wristlets and this fold over leopard one..
  9. A Little Black Dress – this is a classic style that wont break the bank

I have started wearing what I found in my closet and forgot I had.  Moving forward, I will be making an effort to show you what I have in my closet and how I am wearing them.  I can’t wait for Alison and Suzanne to come back to help me with my Spring/Summer clothes!

credit: Closet Images