Southern Chic Style

- Red Sole Nails -

Whether you love to purchase the designer’s high end shoes or just admire them from afar, you can now purchase the signature Christian Louboutin red sole color in a nail polish

Launched August 1st, this is famed designer Christian Louboutin’s first venture into the beauty world. Neiman Marcus had a beautiful setup in their shoe department to check out the new polish. I painted a nail with the tester and compared the shade to the lovely Louboutins sitting next to the display. Perfect match!

Rouge is the first released (and righfully so as Mr. Louboutin used an actual bottle of nail polish to get the signature sole color from the start) of a collection of 30 nail colours to follow. You can snag the red hue for $50 making them the most expensive nail polish out there… but definitely less than the designer’s shoes!

You may not want to dish out the dough for a Louboutin Rouge Nail Colour, but the bottle itself is somewhat of a statement piece that looks wonderful on my vanity :) Keep an eye out for the rest of the collection at the end of the month. You may just see a shade you have to have!

- Safari Chic -

Don’t get me wrong… I have no plans of heading into the jungle and definitely NOT in heels, but this Robert Rodriguez dress has us thinking of taking a walk on the wild side. Both TOOTSIES's TTO sale finds, the shoes and dress were meant to be worn together!

The safari chic Robert Rodriguez shirt dress is super flattering with perfectly placed pleats, pockets, and sheer panels on the shoulders. The key is to find dresses with waists that hit you at just the right spot - for everyone that smallest part of your waist is different. This one worked for me and my long torso. Coupled with a Sam Edelman cage sandal, that gives the appearance of a sheer, the pair works together wonderfully.

I love an easy dress for summer and this one transitions into Fall giving you the chance to throw on a cropped leather jacket and tights for an edgy look. A challenge I always take on this time of year is shopping the huge sales and finding pieces that will surpass the current season. The booties are also an ideal transition shoe as we stay warm through October in Houston and my feet will appreciate a little breath-ability possibly even into November. 

SHOP Safari Chic Dresses and Cage Booties:

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                                                 THE LOOK:

                       Dress: Robert Rodriguez Blocked Shirt Dress

                       Shoes: Sam Edelman Aubriana Cage Bootie

                                                 Bag: Chanel

                                        Sunglasses: Versace

- SJP Tour Brings Star to Houston -
It’s true! Sarah Jessica Parker is coming to Nordstrom at the Houston Galleria Aug. 21st from 4-5 pm! The Sex and the City star is touring with her shoe and handbag line and we have the pleasure of making the list. (It’s ok to squeal with joy)
Sarah Jessica Parker will be signing customer’s purchases from her Fall 2014 SJP Collection as time permits - so plan now if you want to be there!  “Available exclusively at select Nordstrom stores and Nordstrom.com/SJP, the SJP Collection is an assortment of ladylike and polished shoes crafted by artisans in Italy, reflecting Parker’s personal looks and feminine style. Shoes range in price from $350 for a pump to $695 for a knee-high boot. The line also features city-chic handbags that range in price from $220 for a crossbody style to $495 for a tote.”

- SJP Tour Brings Star to Houston -

It’s true! Sarah Jessica Parker is coming to Nordstrom at the Houston Galleria Aug. 21st from 4-5 pm! The Sex and the City star is touring with her shoe and handbag line and we have the pleasure of making the list. (It’s ok to squeal with joy)

Sarah Jessica Parker will be signing customer’s purchases from her Fall 2014 SJP Collection as time permits - so plan now if you want to be there!

“Available exclusively at select Nordstrom stores and Nordstrom.com/SJP, the SJP Collection is an assortment of ladylike and polished shoes crafted by artisans in Italy, reflecting Parker’s personal looks and feminine style. Shoes range in price from $350 for a pump to $695 for a knee-high boot. The line also features city-chic handbags that range in price from $220 for a crossbody style to $495 for a tote.”

- Jewelry That Rocks -

Ever loved that great House of Harlow necklace or Gorjana piece but couldn’t fathom shelling out the dough not knowing if you’ll like it? Or maybe you’re just an accessory junkie. Whatever your dilemma when it comes to the finishing touches, I think you’ll really enjoy this. Meet RocksBox. A subscription jewelry service that strives to make women feel beautiful through personally-selected jewelry pieces, RocksBox will give you the chance to try out designs chosen just for you from collections you love like CC Skye, Loren Hope, House of Harlow 1960 and more.

With a personal jewelry stylist who gets to know you through a survey of your style, they individually curate three pieces at a time that you can wear (for as long as you want!) or buy at a 20% members-only discount. Send back the ones you don’t want to buy and get ready for your next box of jewels! You pay the same membership fee ($19/month) regardless of how often you exchange your box. I received my first RocksBox based on the Margaret Elizabeth earrings I chose in my style survey. You can see above the form that comes with each box showing the pieces chosen, retail price vs member price, section to say what you thought of each style, and a little note from your stylist. My stylist let me know the earrings were the inspiration which definitely adds to the personalization of the service. Pretty excited to see what my next box brings!

Outfits to add my jewels to came fairly easy as each one in my curated set is versatile, but one I love showcasing all 3 together was the Gypsy 05 dress from TOOTSIES pictured and Sam Edelman cage sandals. The earrings coordinated perfectly with the seafoam hue of the dress! Seamlessly, the House of Harlow 1960 bangle and Gorjana necklace topped off a soft but edgy ensemble. I’d actually been eyeing the Gorjana necklace online, so it was exciting to see the beautiful piece in my first RocksBox!

A special treat for you: Try RocksBox with no fee through a free month trial by clicking here! I have a feeling you’ll soon feel spoiled with the constant new accessories to play with :)

Ikat Scarf Giveaway from J.Jill -

If you checked out yesterday’s post with the perfect summer linen dress from J.Jill, then you know today brings an exciting giveaway from the awesome team at J.Jill! Southern Chic Style readers get the chance to enter to win the Pure Jill Ikat Dot Infinity Scarf in grey onyx made from light cotton (a $29 value).

This beautiful scarf can be thrown over a casual tee or tank to add a little style to a casual ensemble or over a solid tank dress for a dressier look. And, the light cotton makes it summer appropriate but still wearable throughout the year. Grey is also a go-to neutral for summer! Get the details for all of the ways to enter to win:

HOW TO ENTER:

- Be sure you’ve “liked” both Southern Chic Style and J.Jill on Facebook and comment on the giveaway post with how you would wear the scarf or where you’d wear it for one entry per day.

- “Follow” me on Twitter (@BethanyMarieB) AND retweet the giveaway tweet once a day to get an additional entry per day.

- Follow on Instagram (@BethanyMarieB) and “like” the post, and then comment on the giveaway post with how you would wear the scarf or where you’d wear it for one entry per day.

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The legal stuff:

PRIZE: J.Jill Scarf - Pure Jill Ikat Dot Infinity Scarf valued at $29 USD

GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 11:59 pm CST

NUMBER OF WINNERS: One

ELIGIBILITY: This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. (18 and older) only at this time. So sorry international readers! I love you, too!

WINNER ANNOUNCED: By Monday, August 7, 2014 on the Southern Chic Style Facebook page and Instagram (@BethanyMarieB).

LEGALESE: To enter you must be 18 or older. Winner will be chosen by random drawing from the pool of those who have “liked” the Facebook pages of Southern Chic Style and J.Jill and commented on the facebook post with how would wear or what would wear with, commented on the Instagram post with how would wear or what would wear with, and following and retweeting the giveaway on Twitter (@BethanyMarieB). To be considered for the prize, you must be a resident of the U.S. and provide a valid email address. One entry per email address per day via Facebook in addition to one entry per email per day via twitter and Instagram. Once a winner is notified and verified, J.Jill will be provided with the contact information of the winner and they will be responsible for prize fulfillment. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. To enter, “like” Southern Chic Style and J.Jill on Facebook and comment on the giveaway post from the Southern Chic Style Facebook page, “follow” and retweet on twitter, and follow and comment on the giveaway post on Instagram. No purchase necessary to win. Entries will close on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 11:59 pm CST. The winner will be contacted by email on or before Monday, August 11, 2014. If the winner does not claim the prize within seven days, the original winner forfeits the prize and a second random entry will be chosen from the pool. This contest is sponsored by J.Jill and is void where prohibited by law.

- Printed Linen with a Pop of Color -

We’re definitely getting into the “dog days of summer” and schedules are packed full of summer activities. The last thing you want to do is have to think too hard about what to wear while you’re marking things off your list! The relaxed fitting linen tank dress from J.Jill in today’s look is easy to throw on and mix up for a breezy summer style.

I’m happy to partner with women’s specialty clothing retailer J.Jill  as one of their new Life Stylers! And, their printed linen tank dress is a go-to piece for the hectic, hot summer. When you’re running errands, heading to the pool or beach, or even grabbing brunch on a Saturday, the linen tank dress can be worn loose fitting by itself or with a belt to cinch the waist. It’s a great base piece to accessorize with a fun necklace like the Lily Rain piece pictured and a straw or floppy hat with wedges. The J.Jill straw tote adds a beachy vibe paired with a straw hat. With a cardigan or blazer, the dress can even pass for work appropriate for many offices.

Oh, and don’t forget, J.Jill’printed dress has pockets! I was just discussing with some girl friends the other day how much more we tend to use a dress when it has pockets. And, how disappointing it has become to put on a dress and realize there’s no pockets. Your keys end up in a pocket so you aren’t digging in your bag… or even your cell phone. Gotta love the pockets! Function along with fashion. 

Some days it’s just easier to throw on a comfy dress that looks cute and go. Whether you keep it simple or dress it up, J.Jill’s printed linen tank dress is wearable, stylish, and will go far in your wardrobe. Check back tomorrow for an exciting J.Jill giveaway and how you can enter to win!

THE LOOK:

Dress: J. Jill Printed Linen Tank Dress Was $79, On sale $49.99

Bag: J. Jill Straw Tote Was $59, On sale $39.99

Belt: B-Low The Belt Jerry Belt (sold out, similar here)

Hat: Michael Stars Sea Grass Crusher Hat $48

Necklace: Lily Rain (similar here)

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Perfume Cork Wedge Slide $425 

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- My Best Friend’s {Key West} Wedding -

While I definitely wanted to share the look from my best friend’s nuptials in Key West, this post will be less about the outfit and more about the creativity of my sweet friend for her beautiful wedding! It’s all in the details.

The dream nuptials were held on the beach with the relaxing ocean waves and aged doors as a backdrop (from the couples’ home they are renovating) followed by a stunning garden reception. The bride asked for a few girls to wear neutral hues for the wedding, so when this Theia lace dress popped up on a flash sale I had to get it. Not only are Theia dresses beautifully made, but the designer is pretty amazing himself! A wedge sandal and side braid kept me cool and comfortable from the sand to the dance floor for the outdoor affair. Accenting the blush lace ensemble were light blue larimar earrings that were a gift from the bride for my birthday and complimented the pop of blue from the wedge. Parasols were provided to shade guests from the sun during the ceremony which became the perfect photo prop as well as dance floor accessory later in the night. And, can you believe the towering Banyan tree?!? A majestic sight in Key West Garden Club.

The newlyweds couldn’t have planned the renovation of their home timing any better. All of the doors and windows used at the wedding were from their home before it came down. You can see two of the ways they were used in the photos. The doors adorned with wreaths and draped with fabric stood out against the ocean background in a beautiful way. Windows were written on to provide directions, cute tidbits, and instruction (like placement near the parasols to instruct guests to take one). Old doors and windows can cost a pretty penny when searching at an antique store, and a piece of their Key West home before the wedding was incorporated into their becoming one family. 

The bride put tireless time and effort into making the ceremony and reception look perfect, and the planner executed her ideas wonderfully! The seats for the bride and groom at the reception were accented with ribbons and “Mr” and “Mrs” placards. The tables were sprinkled with votives and mason jars wrapped in burlap and lace with white hydrangeas, daisies, and more. 

One of my favorite details from the night… the donut table! Foregoing the traditional wedding cake, “glazed and delicious for the new Mr. and Mrs.” yummy-ness tempted our taste buds. And, they were delicious! This sweets loving lady enjoyed quite a few donut holes… that number I’ll never tell! :)

The festive occasion was the perfect close to a weekend celebrating one of my best friends becoming a Mrs! Her special touches were “pinterest perfect” alongside an amazing venue with loved ones and a happy union! 

SHOP Lace Dresses:

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- Nordstrom Anniversary Sale -
Nordstrom's HUGE sale is here! With new Pre-Fall and Fall 2014 items in the sale, you can get a head start on your Fall wardrobe with discounts available through August 3rd. It's Nordstrom’s largest annual sale event of the year with savings like the Tory Burch ‘Eloise’ Riding Boot now $299 from $495 or 4 Hanky Panky Low Rise Thongs for $52!

Shop the Anniversary Sale before the best items are gone:


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- Nordstrom Anniversary Sale -

Nordstrom's HUGE sale is here! With new Pre-Fall and Fall 2014 items in the sale, you can get a head start on your Fall wardrobe with discounts available through August 3rd. It's Nordstrom’s largest annual sale event of the year with savings like the Tory Burch ‘Eloise’ Riding Boot now $299 from $495 or 4 Hanky Panky Low Rise Thongs for $52!

Shop the Anniversary Sale before the best items are gone:

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- Making Your FitBit Chic with Tory Burch -
Let’s be real, ladies: The fitness tracker HAS transformed the way many of us view aspects of our life from exercise to sleep patterns. But, the silicone “bracelets” have seriously been lacking in style. 
Well, thanks to American designer Tory Burch, you can now make the FitBit a fashionable part of your arm party! Place your FitBit Flex tracker (sold separately) into a printed silicone bracelet ($38) in navy or fuschia designed by the athletic Tory Burch or choose the metal hinged bracelet ($195) made of solid brass that’s easily mistaken for a stylish wrist adornment. Pre-order now for delivery in September allowing the Fitbit to be a part of your work day or special event without distracting from your professional look. You can keep track of your goals AND be stylish! 
Because we’ve invested too much in a fab wardrobe to outgrow it…

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Photo from FitBit.com

- Making Your FitBit Chic with Tory Burch -

Let’s be real, ladies: The fitness tracker HAS transformed the way many of us view aspects of our life from exercise to sleep patterns. But, the silicone “bracelets” have seriously been lacking in style. 

Well, thanks to American designer Tory Burch, you can now make the FitBit a fashionable part of your arm party! Place your FitBit Flex tracker (sold separately) into a printed silicone bracelet ($38) in navy or fuschia designed by the athletic Tory Burch or choose the metal hinged bracelet ($195) made of solid brass that’s easily mistaken for a stylish wrist adornment. Pre-order now for delivery in September allowing the Fitbit to be a part of your work day or special event without distracting from your professional look. You can keep track of your goals AND be stylish! 

Because we’ve invested too much in a fab wardrobe to outgrow it…

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Photo from FitBit.com

- An Evening of Southern Charm -

It’s been some time since I shared some of local Houston designer David Peck’s beautiful pieces with you. Since I wore one of his designs for my brother’s wedding in South Louisiana, the timing is perfect to talk David Peck USA from a night time perspective up against a piece of Southern Charm - a stunning lighted oak tree.

When I saw David Peck's Seychelles dress on the runway in Houston, the colors and cut immediately caught my eye. The diamond color blocking on the sides cinches the waist and adds a pop of seafoam to the grey and sky color palette. The linen dress is ideal for hot Southern summers or even an afternoon in the Hamptons. The planned photos of the look were delayed due to rain (rain on your wedding day is good luck, however) so you get to see the dress in real life, wrinkles and all. The backdrop for the wedding was just too beautiful to not capture with David Peck's charming creation. And, besides, Southern Chic Style is all about how fashion can translate into real life, anyway.

Paired with a grey bag, white cropped jacket, and a neutral lace-up cutout heel, the Seychelles dress was the focal point of the look. With the jacket, the dress made in Houston is work appropriate as well as special occasion ready. I hate to hide the pop of color with a jacket or even the great design of the back, but when we’re talking pieces you can add to your wardrobe and wear over and over again, a jacket carries David Peck's design through any event on your calendar.    

THE LOOK:

Dress: David Peck USA Seychelles Racer Stripe Dress

Jacket: Flavio Castellani Cropped Jacket (similar here)

Shoes: Miu Miu Lace-Up Cutout Grommet Sandal (similar here)

Handbag: Miu Miu Leather Tote (no longer available, other color here and similar bag here)

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SHOP SIMILAR ACCESSORIES:

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- Happy Birthday, America -

While tomorrow is America’s official birthday celebration, I couldn’t wait to share this red, white, and blue outfit with you! With 4th of July fun from the pool to BBQs tomorrow, your attire for the occasion can range from casual to swim wear to festive. From the moment I added this awesome two piece look from eShakti to my online cart, I knew it would be my 4th of July ensemble. First, we’ll discuss the pieces and outfit, but be sure to read to the bottom for savings for Southern Chic Style readers from eShakti with a promotional code! 

The website with dresses, tops, skirts, and jackets that are on trend and wearable made choosing the perfect outfit difficult. There were so many dresses I loved, but you all know how much I’m obsessed with crop tops this summer! So, naturally the crop top and skirt won :) The cotton poplin halter bralette and skirt came in red, navy, and yellow and I went back and forth finally choosing red. By the way, both the top and skirt together are only $59.95 (and you can save 10% with promo code ‘schicstyles’ through 8/1/14). Not only was this look affordable, but now I can create more outfits separating the top and skirt to pair with other pieces from my closet. I’m all about stretching a wardrobe! 

What I loved most about ordering this set is that eShakti lets you choose a few options. For example, I could choose to shorten the skirt, lengthen it, choose spaghetti straps for the top instead of halter, and even remove the pockets with eShakti’s custom options. All I did was choose my size based on the measurements and input my height to make any of these adjustments. I stuck with the pictured knee length. The custom options eShakti offers allow you to create a piece that is different and adjusted to your liking from work pieces to weekend wear to the perfect party dress. Whether you are super tall or short in stature, the lengths are easy to adjust to hit you where you’d prefer.

A white floppy hat, blue, white and aqua Miu Miu pumps, and blue accessories gave the cotton ensemble a true July 4th feel. You can even throw the bralette and skirt on over a bikini if you need an easy BBQ to pool party option. This outfit shoot was also a great opportunity to have a bomb pop (red, white, and blue, of course! Remember them from the ice cream trucks?) but it melted sooo fast in the Houston heat!

So, eShakti wants Southern Chic Style readers to get a chance to try their designs that you customize for an additional 10% off! Just enter promo code ‘schicstyles’ when you check out to save more through 8/1/14. You can use the code as many times as you want to order between now and August 1st. (A few things to note: Code has to be entered in the ‘promotional code’ box.   It is not case-sensitive.  Code can be used any number of times until the validity period. It can be clubbed with any other promotional offer, gift coupon or gift card in the same order unless explicitly specified otherwise in the offer conditions. This discount code is not applicable on clearance / sale, gift cards & overstock categories. Not applicable on previous purchases.)

I hope you all have a safe and fun 4th of July weekend!

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- Oui Oui -

When it comes to the French, “chic” is a term constantly used to describe just about everything when it comes to fashion. So, when I spotted this Joie linen tee at Cakewalk Style Shop (on Kelly Bensimon from RHONY), not only did I love the light linen material for summer, but the pretty, cursive “oui oui” stole my heart. And, apparently it spoke to a few others, too because I snagged the last of the current shipment they’d received. 

In the Southern heat, the lightest material is a necessity come summer. So, pairing the linen tee with a chambray skirt just seemed common sense. Both are light and airy for the days that are progressively getting hotter. Pictured at the lake in Louisiana for a weekend visiting family, a lace-up sandal (that was a TJ Maxx find - I found others for you to shop below), floppy white hat, and Rebecca Minkoff mini Zach bag accessorized the tee and skirt. The Rebecca Minkoff bag was a major score at Neiman Marcus’ Last Call Studio from my Studio Scene event. I have yet to find it priced as well anywhere else.

While I own quite a few hats, I never seemed to wear them as much as I find myself doing this Spring/Summer. Maybe it’s because as I get older I want to protect my face more from the sun, but it doesn’t hurt that a simple floppy hat adds a little “chic”ness to an ensemble. I count it a win/win - chic look while shielding my skin from the sun :)

If you follow on Instagram (@BethanyMarieB), then you saw this top styled with denim shorts and sneakers for Sunday errands. I’ll definitely be wearing this one many ways this summer!

Checkout Cakewalk Style Shop for the tee and shop similar items for this look online: 

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Coming soon….

Feeling so disconnected not having a post up for you all this week! You can always keep up with Southern Chic Style on Instagram (@BethanyMarieB) for everything from fashion to food and whatever else is going on in my life :) Next week you can look forward to an exciting summer giveaway and more from our trip to Key West! 

Have a chic weekend!

Xoxo,
B

Coming soon….

Feeling so disconnected not having a post up for you all this week! You can always keep up with Southern Chic Style on Instagram (@BethanyMarieB) for everything from fashion to food and whatever else is going on in my life :) Next week you can look forward to an exciting summer giveaway and more from our trip to Key West!

Have a chic weekend!

Xoxo,
B

- Cool in Crochet -

And by cool I mean temperature wise… For our second day spent in Key West, clothing that could breathe was a must! Like I said before, we do know heat very well in South Texas, but it was definitely HOT in Key West and we’d been enjoying some uncharacteristically cool weather at home.

Prior to the long weekend in Key West, I’d gotten a chance to go to the opening of Lily Rain - an online boutique that opened its first store front in Houston. While perusing their beautiful store, Key West and its heat were on my mind. My best friend who lives in Key West (and whose wedding we were in Key West to attend) kept stressing how hot it was going to be, so when I spotted the Issa Bella crochet top you see in this post I knew it would be perfect! And it was. A great pair of Paige Denim shorts, from Lily Rain as well, allowed a little peek of tummy but were a little longer than other pairs for a good balance of material.

You may recognize the turquoise pendant from my first Key West post (another Lily Rain find) which coordinates with the water hues and breaks up the neutral color of the top. Tiger Eye Kendra Scott Danielle earrings, neutral Prada sandals, Chan Luu and Ippolita on the wrist, All The Wire midi ring, aviators, a little braid in the hair, and a summer favorite - mini Chloe Marcie bag - each add their own little details to the look. The great thing about this outfit is you can wear it from vacation to casual summer days at home to utilizing the pieces to create more summer looks. A crochet top even pairs well over a simple fitted dress or with white skinnies.

The night before, my husband and I went with the bride and groom-to-be and friends to one of the couples’ favorite spots - Tequila Bar - located on Front Street. There I had the BEST margarita I’ve EVER had (and I’m fairly picky) along with amazing pulled pork tacos. In fact, both were soooo good that the hubby and I headed back to Tequila Bar for both of those things the next day for lunch! This time we didn’t split an order of the tacos… :) Following our incredibly delicious lunch, we did a little exploring around Mallory Square and the marina (as you see in the photos). 

The evening was going to be a welcome reception with the Bride and Groom-to-be, so we did our share of taking in the beautiful water and town and people watching beforehand. People watching is one of my favorite Key West activities! I invite you to give it a try, too :) All together, we had a pretty laid back day before getting ready for the festivities, but hey, isn’t vacation about relaxing and rejuvenating sometimes? It was a marvelous day in The Keys, and I stayed nice and cool in my crochet top and denim shorts!

SHOP THE LOOK:

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- Nanette Lepore: A Return to Pretty -

If you’ve shopped the contemporary department at Neiman Marcus or keep up with the mainstays in American fashion, you’ve most likely run across the beautiful boho styles of American designer Nanette Lepore. She visited Houston earlier this year at Neiman Marcus with a Dress for Dinner event, and I was able to sit down with the woman who began her business from a $5000 loan.

Nanette grew up in Ohio always wanting to sew. At 12, she convinced her Mom to let take a sewing class and made a lot of her own clothes. Nanette remembers buying Betsy Johnson patterns to make wide pants and jackets that her sister would then take once she completed it. With 2 brothers and 1 sister (now mostly dancers) growing up to a painter and Professor of Fine Arts father, the creative process came naturally in their family.

With a $5000 loan from Dad, the Fashion Institute of Technology educated designer opened a store-front between a gas station and a soup kitchen in NYC. The designer explained that she started studying Fashion Merchandising, but a professor saw her potential and told Nanette she really should be at FIT. Thanks to the support of her father and a great professor, we now have the gypsy-influenced collections at our fingertips Nanette Lepore turns out season after season.

When I asked Nanette where the boho influences come from, she told me of a short time they lived in California. Her father was in love with the west and moved their family to California for a little while when she was young. In the process, her father convinced the rest of their family to move to the west coast as well, but when he took a Professor job in Ohio, Nanette and her family moved back east. Summers were still spent on the West coast with family, so Nanette had the best of both worlds. The Painted Desert was a must-stop for she and her family on their many drives out west.

Having dressed the likes of Isabella Rosalini, Uma Thurman, and Sarah Jessica Parker (who wore a Nanette Lepore dress on Sex & the City that was featured in Elle in 2012), Nanette Lepore is a well-known constant in the world of American made designs and is a big proponent for the New York Garment District. 90% of the Nanette Lepore’s collection is made in New York City. This talented lady is also married to a Professor of Art (set-up by her Dad) with a beautiful daughter named Violet. Creativity abounds in the designers family… husband, father, and siblings! 

What was the inspiration behind Nanette Lepore Spring/Summer 2014?  Nanette described the collection as edgy romance. Like the torn floral she wore during our interview, the collection is a sort of “return to pretty” with a more structured/different edge. The designer also added shoes, handbags, and swim wear to her robust collection which you can see on the models on the runway and scattered throughout the Nanette Lepore selection at Neiman Marcus.

I truly enjoyed my time with Nanette learning of her hard work and perseverance to the incredible designer she is today! The beautiful collection speaks for itself, but the amazing lady behind Nanette Lepore brought another level of appreciation for the pretty pieces we see on the runway.