la marquise week, day 2

This La Marquise look was the most fun to shoot by far. I believe that oversized sunglasses and a statement coat can be attitude-shifters for any woman. Upon putting on the breathtaking Rachel Zoe coat and Elizabeth and James sunglasses, I was teleported into this very fierce and glamorous version of myself, where insecurity be damned. That bit of magic so often associated with high fashion left me spellbound.

While I understand the inherent value in cultivating confidence and can-do attitude from within–sans chic adornments–is it so bad to call on fashion’s powers from time to time? I think not. Granted, outward materials such as these should not comprise my internal makeup, but they can be lots of fun to play with.

What’s your favorite part of this outfit? The Bordeaux shift dress? The eel-skin purse? The two-toned booties? I’d love to know!

 

Elizabeth and James Bridgitte Dress // Rachel Zoe Marianna Jacket // Joie Bright Fire Boots // Hoss Orange Clutch // Elizabeth and James Crescent Sunglasses (all available at La Marquise)

*Photos taken by Ruthie Voinche’ Robideaux

Quote of the day: 

“When a woman gets dressed up to go out at night, she wants to give 50% away, and hold the rest back. If you’re an open book, there’s no allure.” –Alexander McQueen

La Marquise Week

M Missoni yellow blouse; M Missoni knit green skirt; Bettye Muller Roxy bootie with tassles (all available at La Marquise); Kate Spade jade purse (my own, similar here).

Upon entering La Marquise’s impressive building, I realized there’s nothing square about it. The store itself is elliptical in shape, allowing shoppers to make a graceful turn about the room while sparing them the anxiety of potentially missing key items nestled in sharp corners. Likewise, the garments are assembled not on square racks, but in linear progressions.

And there’s nothing square about the styles offered there either. The team at La Marquise understands that, just like fashion itself, your wardrobe is cyclical. Women shopping there may enhance a collection of classic staples and playfully embellish it with more adventurous and trendy pieces.

Brought in from Saks Fifth Avenue in Houston, general manager Dawn Faulkner created nothing less than a Lafayette shopping marvel. A masterpiece that she was undoubtedly prepared to create after forty-plus years of experience in the retail business. Her team there–stylist Mollye Ashmore especially–was so helpful in putting together the looks featured in this week’s posts.

As you can see, I’m the one modeling the clothing this time around, which is a first for Bitsy & Boo. Please keep in mind that I have never done anything like this. Hanging up my inhibitions and embracing my vulnerabilities (like my stocky legs) in order to rock these beautiful garments was not easy. There was a lot of self-loathing going on prior to the shoot. I kept repeatedly asking myself (in a very harsh tone, might I add), “Rebecca, why didn’t you get a spray tan?!” Or, “Why didn’t you try to lose more weight beforehand?!” Or, “Why didn’t you call someone to help you with your hair and makeup?!”

Being forced to repeat, “Rebecca, get over yourself!” several times and strike a pose, even when I wasn’t feeling all that beautiful, is a pretty healthy exercise. Ultimately, I believe that less inhibitions and less focus on what’s “wrong” with me will ultimately open me up to more opportunities for happiness and unique life experiences.

*Photos by Ruthie Voinche’ Robideaux

Quote of the day:

“I’m so tired of saying, ‘No,’ and then waking up in the morning and recalling every single thing I ate the day before. Counting every calorie consumed so I can calculate exactly how much self-loathing to take into the shower. I’m going for it. I have no interest in being obese. I’m just through with the guilt.” –Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray Love

banana republic anna karenina

*Photo courtesy of film.com.

Highly regarded as one of the greatest novels ever written, Anna Karenina’s current popularity soars even higher with the impending premiere of the new film adaptation starring Keira Knightly and Jude Law.

But those who enjoy period films for their lavish costumes and set designs needn’t wait until Nov. 16 to experience the 19th-century glam. Banana Republic launched its Anna Karenina capsule collection last week, and the seriously high-end style mirrors that of the novel’s high-society heroine.

Check out some of my favorite pieces from Banana Republic’s Anna Karenina collection below. And shop the looks by visiting bananarepublic.gap.com.

Quote of the day:

“All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.” –Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

nola fashion week recap, part 3

Three pairs of shoes to always have in your closet: nude pumps, playful flats and black pumps (pointy toe is back!)

Have a brooch that you don’t wear often? Attach it to a chain necklace for bold statement making (see example on left). And the necklace on the right is actually two necklaces that Aimée combined. Lesson: you don’t have to settle for jewelry as is!

 

Aimée Gowland & Kay Morrison

Personal shopper and retail consultant Aimée Gowland of ALG Style and organizational expert Kay Morrison of The Occasional Wife facilitated the Sensible Style Solutions workshop last Saturday during NOLAFW.  They offered a great deal of practical advice for maintaining an effortlessly organized closet as well as a fashion forward wardrobe on a “real girl” budget. Here are some of my favorite takeaways:

  • Always ask the retailer if there is a promotion or a possibility for a discount. Local boutiques obviously want your business, so they’ll try to barter with you in hopes that you’ll buy that nice coat in store, as opposed to finding it on eBay or Zappos. I’ve never done this before, but it’s time I conquer my fear of “troubling people” and try. Most of the time, you’re not troubling them at all. Your contribution to local commerce, large or small, matters. As evidenced by this statistic: For every $100 spent at a national chain store, $43 goes back into the local economy. For every $100 spent at a local store, $73 goes back into the local economy. Sorry, I’ll get off my soapbox now. Just food for thought. 
  • Splurge on a classic LBD if you wish, but change its look with inexpensive accessories from places like XXI, TJ Maxx and Target.
  • Save wine bottles and place them inside your boots to maintain their shape. I love this tip because I never want to spend money on fancy boot-stuffers, but I do want to preserve my boots between wears.
  • Hang a corkboard near your closet and pin inspirational images to it. It can be anything from magazine clippings to photos of yourself in outfits you love along with outfits you get a lot of compliments on. I like the idea of a tactile board that’ll prompt my memory on stylish looks that may have been spontaneously put together, and therefore, harder to remember. Of course, Pinterest is wonderful for saving looks and styles you love, but how often do you reference it when getting dressed to go out? If you’re like me, the answer is never. If you do this often, mad kudos!
  • This last tip is more of a reminder, but be sure to “Like” the stores and boutiques you love, so you’re updated on sales and new items.

Quote of the day:

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” –Marilyn Monroe

nola fashion week, part 2

Andrea Loest’s 2013 Fair Fit collection was designed in collaboration with Paul Eastin and displayed in a runway show last Friday night. Fully apparent were the women’s wear designs that the line has become known for, such as minimalist silhouettes and inventive, customizable tailoring. But Loest and Eastin’s collaboration translated Fair Fit’s bread-and-butter to a new medium—menswear. Check out some of my favorite looks below.

Runway shots from Andrea Loest’s solo collection will appear soon!

Quote of the day: 

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” –Abraham Lincoln

 

nola fashion week, part 1

1. Sam Levin, Maddie Ross, AJ Brooks with Olivia Rothchild // 2. Lauren Lagarde (public relations advisor, NOLA Fashion Council) & Nick Landry (Nicholas Landry Events) // 3. Matthew Arthur, Amanda deLeon (fashion designer) & Anthony Ryan Auld (fashion designer) // 4. Hyma Moore (retail attraction associate, New Orleans Business Alliance) & Justin Shiels (invadenola.com) // 5. Madelaine Haydel & Victoria Young // 6. Charle Washington, Genevieve Douglass & Dorothy Young (no(la) more chains blog) // 7. Elizabeth Lagarde, Jeanne Lyons & Lorraine Lorio // 8. Jasmine Holzenthal (Sequin Crush blog), Katie Dumestre (The Elizabeth Chronicles blog) & Rachel Adams (The Elizabeth Chronicles blog)

It was palpable—that giddy energy that bubbles up inside of you when you know you’re about to run into your crush or receive exciting news or meet someone famous. It’s fleeting, but for a moment, possibilities seem endless and hesitations and anxieties fall to the wayside. NOLA Fashion Week-goers all felt that energy Friday night as designer Andrea Loest presented not one but two stunning ready-to-wear collections. As the first look hit the runway, we onlookers collectively realized that we were witnessing a rare mix of raw talent and boundless potential.

More on Loest’s designs, including runway shots, will appear in Wednesday’s post; but I wanted to kick off NOLAFW recap week by focusing on the people that make it, from the event coordinators to designers, bloggers and fashion lovers. These people are as vital to fashion week as the jewelry and clothing designs being presented. It’s where community meets style, and to me, that’s the most beautiful part of the whole affair.

I hope you enjoy the party pics above. Come back Wednesday for runway shots from Andrea Loest’s eponymous collection as well as Fair Fit.

Quote of the day:

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” –Oscar Wilde 

best dressed: woman’s hospital & epilepsy foundation

From left: Teri Fontenot, Ann Michael Lagarde & Dana Michell

Let’s start the new week with a little best dressed shall we? Last night, I covered the Epilepsy Foundation of Louisiana’s gala and Woman’s Hospital’s Pink on the Plaza party (pretty hoppin’ Sunday night eh?).

Some of Woman’s Hospital’s leading ladies really delivered on choice of ensemble. Teri Fontenot (far left), president and CEO of Woman’s Hospital, put a modern twist on classic staples with raspberry, raw silk cigarette pants, jeweled kitten heels and a romantic ruffled blouse. And Dana Michell (far right), public relations/social media coordinator for Woman’s, turned heads in a magenta, bodycon color block dress topped with a chain necklace.

In the middle, we have Epilepsy Foundation gala committee member Ann Michael Lagarde. She looked stunning in a pale gold, accordion-pleated maxi dress. I love its subtle shimmer! She also paired it perfectly with a pearl bib necklace.

I hope you enjoy these best dressed picks! See you back here Wednesday with a hump day treat.

Quote of the day: 

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” –Muhammad Ali

best dressed: avenue rouge runway

Hey lovelies! I’m sorry today’s post is going out so late. Wedding weekend for my older sister has officially begun, so I’ve been spending a lot of time catching up with friends and family, which, to me, is what’s so wonderful about weddings in the first place! Before getting ready for the rehearsal dinner though, I wanted to show you a few photos from last week’s Avenue Rouge Runway show. This stellar event is put on by the magazine I work for (so obviously I’m a bit biased) and it showcases some of the latest styles available at various boutiques around town. Ryan Philippe was actually there and I talked to him. Crazy! Anyway, here are some of my best dressed picks from the evening. Enjoy!

Kalyn Lindslys

Kelsey Kaplan

Rebecca Ellis

Bethany Romero

Claire Dillard

Amanda Vincent

Veronica Fierke

Michele Percy

Audrey Wascome

Have a fantastic weekend!

Quote of the day: 

“I’ll take character over reputation. Character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” –AJ Perez

fall fashion wish list

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Hello hello! As you can see from my little fall fashion wish list above, I’m smitten with a few trends that have really gained momentum over the past two to three seasons, such as Aztec prints, leather, colored pants, link jewelry, capes, etc. Some are stand-alone statement pieces and some would pair nicely with items already found in my wardrobe. What trends have you all a fuss this fall? I’d love to know!

Quote of the day: 

“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control, and, at times, hard to handle, but if you can’t handle me at my worst, you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” –Marilyn Monroe

best dressed: heritage ranch gala

Heritage Ranch is a Christian children’s home that serves boys and girls ages 13-17 in the midst of personal or family crisis. The nonprofit organization’s fourth annual fundraising gala was held last night at the Renaissance Hotel, which I covered for work. It was fabulous! The Renaissance Ballroom is one of my favorite venues in town and the steering committee did a great job on the event layout. The guests that were trying to enjoy food and drink didn’t feel like they were bumping into the guests that were trying to check out the silent auction items and vice versa. Anyway, jewel-toned dresses were everywhere! It was great to see these Capitol City chicas embrace on-trend colors like fuschia, turquoise, green and amethyst. Check out their photos below…

Left to right: Maryanna Broussard, Heather Knost, Terri Rochester & Cara Hotstream

And while Lauren Wheeler may not be wearing jewel tones, I still loved her outfit. The black, wide-legged jumpsuit is super trendy and I love that she paired it with understated jewelry, red lipstick and turquoise pumps. The pumps are from Elektra Shoes in Mandeville (Lauren wanted me to specify).

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Quote of the day:

“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” –Mark Twain