'Fashion'

Getting The Blues: Chambray Blue

June 20, 2017

By Tab Byrum

One of my favorite shades of blue is a color I think of as Chambray, a color that I hold near and dear because of my dad. My dad retired a little over a year ago at the age of 80 and almost every day that he headed out the door to work he was wearing a Chambray Blue shirt, or workshirt as we referred to them. He has short sleeved ones for summer and long sleeved for Fall and Winter and they all have snaps, no buttons. Chambray to me is an in-between shade of blue, it’s not a Light Blue like we looked at yesterday and it’s not dark or Navy Blue, it’s just a pretty Blue that works with lots of other colors. I particularly like Chambray Blue for accessory pieces like pillows, throws, or even draperies and especially bedding. Today we are going to look at the Chambray shade of Blue and I hope this inspires and gives you some great ideas. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Tabulous Father’s Day Gift Guide ~ Unsimply Stitched

June 12, 2017

By Tab Byrum

This coming Sunday is Father’s Day, a day we set aside to honor the man who helped bring us into the world or the men who took us in and raised us as well as the men who have been important to us and our families. As with all these holidays, we give gifts and that is not always an easy gesture to accomplish. This week I’m going to share with you some of the items I’ve found that I like and enjoy and that I think would be great gifts for Dad. We are going to start with socks, and before you roll your eyes about socks you have to check out the great designs and styles from Unsimply Stitched. I know these socks won’t be for everyone, but for those Dads who enjoy a little Sartorial panache, they are great. I ordered several pairs of their No Show socks that I like to wear with pants and jeans when you’re wanting to show skin instead of fabric and I also wear them with low top sneakers, like Converse, in the Summer. Here’s a peek at some of the fun and colorful offerings from Unsimply Stitched, Enjoy!!!

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Mother’s Day: Kimono Jackets from Anthropologie

May 9, 2017

By Tab Byrum

The other day I was searching the internet looking for fun and unusual gifts I could feature for Mother’s Day, I always like checking in on what Anthropologie has as far as gifts and housewares and I was glad to see they had a section devoted to Mother’s Day. While I was looking at their Mother’s Day selections I began noticing several different bright, beautiful, and elegant Kimono jackets and that’s the direction I decided to go for today’s post. A Kimono is defined as a long, loose robe with wide sleeves and usually tied with a wide belt, originally in Japan it was meant to be a formal garment but today is worn around the world as a robe and in today’s examples as a jacket. I just think the colors and patterns of these Kimonos are beautiful, they can be paired with jeans or a dress or in some cases even a gown, these Kimonos can definitely take a simple outfit and send them over the top for a night out on the town. Check out these and other Kimonos on Anthropologie’s website and maybe give mom some pattern and color this year. Enjoy!!! (Leopard Cocoon Kimono)

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Converse For Mom

May 4, 2017

By Tab Byrum

If there’s one thing ladies love it’s shoes so what better gift for mom than a pair of fab shoes, and while you might balk at picking out mom’s high heels you are always safe with a cool and fun pair of classic Converse tennis shoes. I LOVE Converse and there are so many fun colors and patterns to choose from today, some of them scream FUN MOM!!!! There are pink fuzzy Converse, floral Converse, cartoon Converse and even Converse with a wedge heel. I’ve put together a quick peek at the Converse collection and some of their shoes that are great for the mom in your life, to see the whole collection click here and as always, Enjoy!!!

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Mom’s Day Gifts: Rizzoli Books

May 3, 2017

By Tab Byrum

One of my favorite things to both give and get as a gift is a book, books have always been a huge part of my life and always will be. I love a big thick coffee table tome full of beautiful photos and wonderful descriptions of what we’re seeing. I thought today I would share some recently published beauties from Rizzoli, the ultimate authority on all things coffee table book. There are so many more books than I’m covering here today so visit the Rizzoli website here and check out all the most recent publications. We’re going to start with the above book, Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes,  which is described as, “Through a playful series of alphabetical vignettes, Manolo Blahník reveals his ideas and inspirations in newly photographed examples of shoes and whimsical drawings.”  Join me now for a look at several other books that Mom might love that focus on fashion, flowers, interior design and home decor. Enjoy!!! 

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Balthazar & War Paint

April 25, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Hello!!!!! I hope everyone is off to a great start this week, I’m sorry I didn’t get any posts up yesterday, I was playing catch-up after getting home from my weekend in New York City. I want to do a couple of posts and share with you some of the things we did and places we visited while we were in NYC. One place we always visit while in NYC is Balthazar Restaurant, Balthazar is a French Brasserie that was opened in 1997 by restauranteur Keith McNally, it’s one of the closest places I’ve ever dined that is truly like being in Paris. (above image via)

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Sunset Boulevard On Broadway

April 20, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I wanted to give you little tease today for what we are doing in NYC tonight, we are seeing the musical Sunset Boulevard on Broadway, starring Glenn Close. SB is an Andrew Lloyd Webber production that first appeared on Broadway 23 years ago in 1994. Today the musical stars Glenn Close as Norma Desmond, silent screen star that time has forgotten, leaving her to live out her days in her Los Angeles mansion on Sunset Boulevard. The musical of course is based on the 1950 movie of the same name that starred Gloria Swanson and William Holden. I am so excited we are able to see this production, especially with a talent like Close. I’ll let you know about the show more next week after I get home. Enjoy!!! (above image via, below image via)

Women’s History Month ~ Iris Apfel

March 31, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Iris Apfel

 

Iris Apfel, like her jewelry, is bigger than life. Known for her beautiful clothes, large chunky jewelry and big glasses Iris Apfel has been making her way in the world of design for years. Iris and her husband Carl launched the successful textile firm, Old World Weavers, in 1950 and ran it until retiring in 1992. Iris has been the subject of documentaries, books and is always a fixture on the New York fashion scene. As we celebrate Women’s History Month and women who have made a mark in the world of design. For a more in-depth look at Iris Apfel click here to see a post I did on her in August 2014. 

Women’s History Month ~ Pauline Trigere

March 30, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Pauline Trigere

We continue looking at women who have made fabulous design over the years, today we are looking at French-born fashion designer, Pauline Trigere. Trigere was born in Paris in 1908 to a tailor father and dressmaker mother so she was essentially born to the trade. Trigere was known for creating wonderful fashion for high-profile clients in the 50’s and 60’s including the wardrobe worn by Patricia Neal’s character in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. For a more in-depth look at the life of Pauline Trigere click here to see a post I did on her life in 2014.

Women’s History Month 2017 ~ Queen Elizabeth II

March 28, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Queen Elizabeth II

 

We continue celebrating Women’s History Month this March with a look today at a woman who has seen it all, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Born in 1926, Queen Elizabeth is now the longest reigning monarch in the history of Great Britain having celebrated her Sapphire Anniversary on the throne earlier this year. The mother of four children is not only known as a Monarch but also a fashionista and a trendsetter, her taste in fashion has been watched closely since she was a Princess and especially after ascending the throne in 1952. For a more in-depth look at Queen Elizabeth click here to read a post I did on her in April 2016 for her 90th birthday. 


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