Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wedding Wednesday

Now that I've blogging all things wedding from I Love Love, I thought for wedding Wednesdays here on out, I will update you on the happenings over there.

All the links to the creepy Halloween mood board above here.

We introduced readers to the amazing Michigan-based wedding photographer, Kathy Davies.

A happy end-of-week round up.

Our first reader question answered, I went shopping for sparkly, textured, adorable flower girl dresses.

Do you have a wedding related question?  Hop on over to the I Love Love facebook page or tweet us @iloveloveevents and we will answer those questions on the blog.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Polished Black Backpacks

One of my very favorite accessories of the moment is the backpack.  It's practical, it's trendy and at the moment they are very polished.  I admit I have a problem carting around too much crap.  If I could find the perfect backpack, at least I could give one shoulder some relief.  Check out some favorites below. 

row 1: The Row / Rag & Bone / Kelsi Dagger
row 2: 3.1 Philip Lim / Jerome Dryefuss / Kate Sheridan
row 3: Need Supple Co. / Alexander Wang / The Sak

photos: 1 / 2 / 3

Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday Inspiration

I stole this quote from the instagram feed one of my favorite entrepreneurs, Hilary Rushford from Dean Street Society.  She is a lovely woman/blogger/stylist/business owner and encourager-of-women-to-live-up-to-their-potential, that I met last summer at Alt.  As I embark on my new venture, starting my new event planning business, I Love Love Events, I find myself looking for encouragement in other women that have followed their dreams and made them work.  I love the women who are encouraging, supportive and nurturing.  Life isn't about competition, there's room for all of us to be successful women, and we shouldn't be afraid to be.  So I hope this quote leaves you with a little inspiration on this Monday morning, as it did with me.    

Thursday, October 16, 2014

It's Friday I'm in Love (with CB2)

I would say that generally I gravitate toward the slightly more rustic West Elm, as opposed to the modern, slightly-quirky CB2, but the last two catalogs we received have got me rethinking everything I know about my favorite big-box stores, cause CB2 is killing it!

Here are a few of my favorite shots.

as for what's on my long wish-list,
The Dylan dinning table and roadhouse leather chairs (pictured in the first photo)
Leather Trimmed storage desk (pictured in the third photo)
the entire table from the forth photo

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Another Big Announcement!!

Introducing my other baby, my big, BIG project, I Love Love Events!!!  The craziest year, gets even crazier!!!  I am starting an event planning company!  We will specialize in creative, personal weddings, serving the New York City area and beyond.

This venture is something I've been thinking about it for quite some time, actually since I began planning my own wedding over three years ago.  Along my journey I discovered my passion, creating beautiful moments that will live on forever in the memory (and photos) of the bride and groom's special day.  I Love Love Events won't be strictly weddings, we will be parties of all sorts, custom decor and a (mostly) wedding blog offing inspiration, DIYs and more!

As for the future of Undeclared Panache, I plan to keep posting here, less wedding related, but still fashion, interiors and person musings.  I can't promise the frequency, but I can't just up and abandon this corner of the internet.

There's a real baby on the way, and I want to be the best example I can be for him to follow your dreams, so here is my first step.  Please visit the website and like I Love Love on Facebook.

Thank you friends, family and readers for all your support!!

photos: Kathy Davies Photography

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Grown-Up Style Icons

Yesterday, I went through a few things I eliminated from my wardrobe, now moving forward, here are three style icons that I will look to for my "grown-up style."

I put Taylor Tomasi Hill first, because not only is she amazingly beautiful with a fabulous sense of style, I feel like my look is already along the same lines.  She not afraid of color and pattern, neither am I, she'll rock anything from cut-off shorts with a sleeveless trench to a pantsuit.  I think we are both pretty fearless in fashion, she just does it in a more polished way that I aspire to.

Sorry I'm not sorry, Olivia Palermo is back on one of my lists again.  She just kills it every time.  Even her casual looks are completely polished.  If I can look half this good as a 30-something mom, I will pat myself on the back.

And my aspirational icon, the beautiful, the ever-so-French, Garance Dore.  Her look might be a little too extreme for me at the moment, but she always looks effortless and put-together at the same time.  I definitely put her on my list of women I aspire to dress like. 

photos: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9

Monday, October 13, 2014

Closet Clean

As it's a year of milestones, I have also deemed it the year of the closet clean.  I had the first big clean out back in the spring, pre-move, in the wake of my 30th birthday.  Now that I am switching my closet from summer to fall, I am saying good-bye to some pieces until spring comes, when hopefully I can fit into most of them again, but some garments, it's time to part with for good.  In an effort to bring myself up to the mom-style level I should be at, the following pieces are leaving my closet.  If any of these garments strike your fancy, send me an email by Friday, October 17, and I will mail it over.  Clothes are generally a size 2 or 4, and shoes 7 1/2 or 8. 

First to go, the hot pants.  As long as I have my good legs (hopefully they still have a few good years), I will be a wearer of shorts, but these babies are a little over the top.  The sequins are a reasonable length, but 30 is probably retirement age for sequin shorts.  And the leather shorts are actually really awesome, beautiful leather, super flattering, but also super short.  I've deemed them too short for a mom.  

We all have them, shoes we love, but we never wear because they are impractical.  These three beauties have been hard to say good-bye to.

I don't think this needs much explanation,  If I call them "Minnie Mouse dress" and "Barbie dress," which I do, they don't belong in a grown-up closet.  The white one I debated, because it's been a favorite summer dress for years, but it's just a little short.  

I have bought at least three black pumps since this pair and two black booties, yet both these pairs of shoes had been so good to me, that I couldn't part, but it's time.

Prints are one of my things, so I'm definitely not ridding my closet of prints, instead, I'm simply giving away the crazy prints that are also in weird shapes.  

I think jumpers are one of the most chic of-the-moment silhouettes, but I don't feel that the overly casual style belong in a chic mom's closet.  I'll stick to the separates for my casual wear.  

While, I don't see a a major shift in the look of my closet, I'll still embrace prints and color, I'll still chase a trend from time to time and shop at H&M, but I want to invest more in timeless classics going forward.  Tomorrow I'll share some thoughts and style icons I will declare for my adult self.