Monday, January 10, 2011


Dear Fashionistas,

Surrendering to winter doesn't mean you have to give up stylish ensemb's.  This time of the year we like to be comfortable but still have a flair for chic-ness.  While patterned tights are still hot with skirts,  I am more passionate for comfortable stylish pants.  Flair pants and wide-leg trousers are abundant this spring and I am giving it a "Siskel and Ebert" two-thumbs up.  Skinnies are still in style too, but when it comes to flattering most any size or shape, the wide leg goes without saying.  Not only is it classic, but the way the fabric flows and keeps it's shape is flattering and feminine.  (Unlike its counterpart-skinnies that show every curve, crease and bulge.)  Umm, no thanks skinny.

Darlings, we know transitioning to spring is rough.  Especially since we can expect snow flurries everyday this month.  However,  slowly moving into wearing brighter colors can make us feel refreshed. Try our subtle friend navy to get you started and you'll find  it is the key shade for a seamless transition to spring a'la style and grace.  Navy is the silent coveted color of the chicest of chic and I got you covered with two outfits to get you going.  Both comfy and stylish.

Get The Look:

1. Akira's navy one shoulder ruffle sleeve is a buzz with the hip Chicago scene for it's asymmetrical appearance and the multi-layered ruffle neckline. Feminine with a kick of coolness.  I love to pair this with dark blue wash, boot-cut jean from Denim Lounge.
2. Denim Lounge carries a number of denim brands in all shapes and sizes including Andrew Marc, Seven, J Brand, Rich and Skinny, Citizens of Humanity and Joie.  The pair featured above with Akira's ruffle sleeve blouse is AG Leo Angel Bootcut Jean. A classic wash, long and lean with an inseam of '34 inches.  If they are too long, don't be afraid to get them altered at your local dry cleaners.
3. Complete the look with Forever21 navy stripped peeped toe shoes.  Pleated front with a knot gives it an upscale look. These are super comfortable because of the platform and padded insole.

Get The Look:

4. Krista K embraces navy with this navy and white short sleeve stripe top by Velvet.  Featuring a cowl neckline with ruching detail at shoulder.   You can pair this shirt with white jeans or navy pants.  As you see above, I prefer these incredible navy pants by Rebecca Taylor.
5. NET-A-PORTER carries these awesome navy stretch wool pants.  Embossed anchor brass buttons give it a nautical flair.  Pair them with the stripe shirt above for an easy chic weekend outing.
6. Lastly, complete this look with this fabulouso leather satchel by Rebecca Minkoff at Nordstrom.  The glossy navy contrast is patent leather which makes this satchel an easy accessory to pair with just about anything.  Jeans, white pants,  navy trousers, linen or a flouncy dress, this bag is the "go with everything" bag of the season.  

If you have any questions or comments, be sure to write in the comment below.

Ta Ta,


  1. Hi Nicki: Love the title of this blog. And love the photos, especially the cute shoes and top! Keep up the good work!

  2. Nicki, I love the way you combine all different price points. Just goes to show, a girl can look great without spending a fortune. Those forever 21 shoes are on my "to buy" list. Nice job!!! Thanks!

  3. This is great! I love Navy and must consider it into my wardrobe in the winter. I wear waaaay too much black and grey.
    LOVE those Forever 21 shoes :)