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Well my fellow fashionistas, I am bound and determined not to let the holiday frenzy get to me or my wardrobe. I want an easy look that’s put together and fab. A look that goes from running around town to lunch with the girls.

Lately we’ve been talking a lot about the way American women dress as opposed to our European counterparts. European women have always dressed in a way that’s luxe without being too precious, but effortlessly chic. It got me thinking… What is an American style that’s uniquely ours?

I always think of Ralph Lauren when I think of American style.

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If you’re like me, going to a big department store can be a bit overwhelming. For the most part, all I see are rows and rows of clothes. Nothing stands out. Just lots of dark clothes, followed by light-colored clothes and the color du jour. Usually I throw up my hands in frustration, annoyed that I’ve waited until the eleventh hour to look for that special outfit.

“IT’S NOT ABOUT THE SIZE! IT’S ABOUT THE FIT.”

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All of my holiday events this year are casual with friends and family, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to wear something everyday looking. The holidays are the perfect time to wear velvet and sequins, even with jeans. For those of you who say, “I don’t want to be that showy,” or “Aunt Agatha will make a derogatory comment… “ You’re not dressing for Aunt Agatha. You’re dressing to feel great about yourself and to feel festive. Let Aunt Agatha wear her predictable prim and matronly outfit with the ugly sweater. Smile, give her a big hug, and tell her how happy you are to see her!

And if you’re the only woman in the room with some glitz on… Congratulate yourself!

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I’ve always thought of Paris and New York as the fashion capitals of the world, but after my recent trip to Florence, I’ve added the Renaissance city to the list. Florentine women buy fewer clothes than we do, but they buy the best they can afford. They take good care of their things and buy new pieces with the old ones in mind, which is what I do. I had another topic planned for today’s Fashion Friday post, but decided the clothes I wore today would be a great way to illustrate this point.

The oldest thing in my closet–and I still wear it a lot–is the blue and white striped, French Cuff, dress shirt I bought when I was in my early 20’s for my first husband.

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This trip to Nashville was amazing in more ways than I could have imagined. A visit to the store, Two Old Hippies, was a revelation. Their elegant, super-groovy, rock ‘n’roll chic was the style I wanted to achieve for my life-on-the-road. Continue Reading

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Are you loving the ankle boot as much as I am this season? Don’t get me wrong…

I love knee-high boots, but the ankle boot is so much more versatile, and dare I say, more chic. Booties update any outfit by adding a little edge.

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1690-1700, FRENCH, SILK AND LEATHER MEN'S SHOES. ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
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“I don’t know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot.” –Marilyn Monroe

For centuries women have teetered their way to fashion’s greatest heights on a shoe that remains the ultimate sign of feminine style and sex appeal. Kind of ironic since most iconic women’s shoe designers are men: Roger Vivier, Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin, to name a few.

What’s even more interesting, the high-heeled shoe originated not within the feminine sphere but in menswear!

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Darlings! What a glorious fall we’re having! My favorite time of year! How I adore the trees changing color, that chill in the air, the crunch of leaves under your feet, apple cider donuts and a pumpkin spice something or other for sale in every shop. Hmmm, is there a pumpkin spice wine? I must look into that.

Well my fashionable friends, let’s talk about some of the best trends we’re seeing this fall.

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Before you can “change your style,” you have to know how you want to change it and what suits your lifestyle. Do you go to an office, or maybe you’re retired or work from home and don’t need a professional look? I work from home, go to the gym three days a week and walk dogs every day. Because I was used to dressing for the office and the board room, finding my look for this lifestyle has been challenging.

Something that’s helping me buy the right clothes is knowing what style I want to achieve, identifying my style icons and buying pieces with these two things in mind.

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