Farmer’s Daughter’s Gingham

Clichè but true, gingham has long been the farmer’s daughter’s choice.  On an aside, I do not recommend google searching the term “farmer’s daughter” – the results are less than wholesome!

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It is also an instant sunshine piece, and who doesn’t want some of that?

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DVF has an entire Spring 2015 collection dedicated to gingham.  Pants, blouses, tops, dresses and bags!

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Michael Kor’s gingham cotton midi skirt is such a romantic interpretation of girlie sweet!

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J Crew’s pink gingham bikini will make any admirer want to chomp on a piece of straw!

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Chloe’s cotton jacket will add instant sunshine to a rainy day, and the frayed edges add  a cool edgy vibe.

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In The Navy

Spring is weird.

One minute it is sunny and warmish, the next minute the sky is bleakly grey and the wind is  cruel.  How exactly does one dress successfully for that insanity?!

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Answer: the navy blue blazer.  Classic and ridiculously versatile!

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T-shirt, jeans and slip on jeans, culottes and stillettos, cigarette pants and kitten heels + navy blazer = perfect Spring outfit options!

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Price points are just as varied, from $3190 for Saint Laurent’s wool gaberdine gorgeousness to a sweet $138 deal at J Crew.

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reversecommuter invested in a Ralph Lauren Collection blazer a few years ago and it was worth every single penny!  A classic fine tailored piece will last for almost ever, and every single time it is worn it makes me smile.

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Smythe (a Canandian jacket designer) offers up a multitude of styles and interpretations of the navy blazer every single season.  LOVE!

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 Theory has a clever take on the classic this Spring.  Rag & Bone’s genius blazer design stuns and introduces fun elements such as piping and gorgeous big buttons.

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The navy blazer is the ultimate unknown element piece that makes for the perfect airplane item, warm enough for the inevitable airplane air conditioning arctic blast (WHY do they do that?!?!?) and yet is warm enough to not melt you en route to your oceanfront hotel!

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Obviously Veronica Beard’s dickey blazer would be THE ultimate piece for this journey – just zip off the dickey before the plane lands!

Sunshine & Scales

Animal prints, a basic addition to any wardrobe.  Why not bring out the animal instinct with the Sunshine?

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Snake print in a blue hue from Equipment.

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Paired up with a pair of Gap shorts (not every piece needs to break the bank!) and a pair of patent Lanvin ballet flats.

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Now go cheer on that baseball /  soccer / lacrosse game Super Mom…but don’t forget the SPF – only the clothes are snake like, not your skin!

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Sneakers!

Opening day for the Red Socks and not sure that to wear on your feet?

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Givenchy Skater Shoe $650

Recovering tootsies from week one of Coachella?  Maybe Madonna could give her tootsies a break?

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Jimmy Choo snakeskin slip on sneaker $525

Totally done with anything that resembles a boot?

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Stella McCartney Star Sneaker $565

Not quite ready for the open toe sandal look?

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Vans $65

Slip on sneakers.  Easy addition and a multitude of styles, colors and prices.  Click on the shoe to get your “sneak” on – sorry Missy Elliot, it had to be done!

Coachella Mama

Coachella Mama How To

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The flight to Palm Springs was easy, the sun is gorgeous and we are totally walking in the Coachella Valley grasses, passing through the vendors, nodding absent mindedly to the bands currently on stage, and ROCKING the crop top under overalls with a fierce felt hat and ankle boots.

Allow me to point out the uncomfortable truth.  No one who is called Mommy, Mom, Mama or Mother should be found at Coachella in that outfit.  Unless you are a super model who’s body bounced back to the pre-pregnancy super freak form that caused your super modeldom.

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That doesn’t mean the Boho vibe is lost on us.  Heck no, paying for our children’s outfits is not our only role at the mall.  Coachella Mama can be achieved with just 5 items.  Prepare to hear the dreaded phrase “Can I borrow that?”.

  1. Overalls

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Get them and put a white t-shirt underneath, with slip on sneakers and a paisley scarf tied around your head.

MOTHERDenim “The Overall Dropout” $275

2. Flared Jeans

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All summer long with a pair of Haivianas and a gauzy tunic.  purrrrrrrr
MOTHERDenim “The Cruiser” $ 228

3.  Romper

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Not just for toddlers anymore, but same philosophy – what in the world is easier than a one piecer?  Slap on a jean jacket for cooler temps.

JOSA Tulum Daisy Romper $165

4.  Gladiator Sandals

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Not just for Spartacus anymore, this is THE shoe for Coachella and Coachella Mama.  Give yourself 5 extra minutes in the morning to get them done up, then stomp like a Roman all day long!

Zara Leather Gladiators (with a back zip!!) $ 159

5. Maxi Dress

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Big meal forgiving dresses all day long.  Sexy drawn in waist and decolletage detail makes this tunic style a crowd pleaser, you might even someone wanting your autograph!

JOSA Tulum Carmen Maxi $250

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To further your street cred, click here for the Coachella lineup.  Be sure to casually drop into your conversation while weekend carpooling to the soccer field, “Woah, can you believe Alison Wonderland is going on at the same time as your game?”
BoOm – Coachella Mama strikes again, in overalls no less!

C Day!

C as in Chanel.  The day is question is today, April 8th.  Today is the day that Chanel increases prices on it’s classic bags by 25% worldwide, decreases prices in China by 20%, initiates a leveling of merchandise to it’s customers and delivers a nod of “merci beaucoup” to Chanel’s established French clientele.

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Chanel’s boutiques in Paris enjoyed a two week business boom which created such a throng as 30 people deep line-ups across the city of light.  Indeed, what would Coco say to such behavior?

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One saleslady at the rue de Montagne store said she had never seen such crowds but then again “had never experienced such a sale at Chanel.”  The ‘sale’ was announced by a March 17 Chanel press release and the luxury fashion shopping throngs embarked on planes from Saudi Arabia, Dubai, China, and the US.

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Why not enjoy the suddenly strong US dollar, the VAT return and the increased inventory and selection along with a stunning burgundy, a bowl of mussels and a crepe?  Currently the cost of a pair of Chanel patent leather ballet flats in the US is $780, Paris offers them for 400 euro, and the tax back as you leave Europe.  Who wouldn’t want to enjoy a little Spring time in Paris shopping?

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The items affected April 8th will be Chanel’s Boy bag, the the 11.12 and the 2.55.

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The buttery leather, rare skins and multitude of ribbon wrapped chain straps are just the beginning.  Shoes, ready to wear and haute couture will all eventually be adjusted to offer a more level playing field for all the fans of the double C.

Sexy Lingerie Partout en Paris!

reversecommuter spent Easter in Paris and as a result I have come to conclusion that French women love their lingerie.  Like really love their lingerie.  As I am quite sure the French men do as well ;)  Maybe even like lingerie more than les patisseries (bakery).

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It is truly everywhere in Paris.   Walking about the Parisian streets one is suddenly in possession of a burning desire to buy MANY lacy, frilly pieces of lingerie in a great variety of colors and styles.  A neutral t-shirt bra did not make the shopping list AT ALL!

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Printemps is a gorgeous, huge, designer stocked department store that has dedicated an entire floor just to frilly bits.  Beautiful, florals, bright hot pinks, seductive blacks, lacy, racy, frilly, sexy, sumptuous lingerie.

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Aubade is one of reversecommuter’s favorite lingerie lines, and whenever I am in Europe I try to stock up due to better selection and price.  Their trademark lace up design is trés coquette (very flirty).

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La Perla is another crowd pleaser that held major real estate in the Printemps store.  DROOLWORTHY lingerie.

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La Perla’s Everyday Essentials is a new line, softer pricing and ridiculously soft cotton.  reversecommuter has numerous pairs of the drawstring pants and tanks – makes for great post bubble bath hangout wear, comfy with a subtle side of sexy (and less than a pair of yoga pants).

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There is also Princess Tam Tam, which has stand alone stores plus is in Printemps.  Great selection and even better prices.

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Sort of a sexier version of Victoria’s Secret, imagine that!

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So here is a golden nugget of knowledge.  Lingerie makes the outfit.  It reminds you that  you are STILL the sexy little vixen you were before becoming a mother, a chauffeur, a cook, a laundress and a nose wiper extraordinaire.  So take a moment to tour the links littered throughout this post, and treat yourself (and the one you love) to a quick Parisian update to your wardrobe.