To Match or Not To Match? That Is The Question…

black and blue side

Elle magazine recently published a article saying, “Color Coordinating is Not Chic, Says Science”. Apparently people don’t like things to matchy-matchy. While I appreciate the research, they are a little late to the game. What science has “proven”, is what fashion blogs and street style have been rebelling against for the past few years. Mixing their stripes and florals, textures and tones to mismatch is a match these days! On the contrary researchers found that people didn’t really like clashing combos either! So what’s a fashionista to do?

Mismatch while matching of course! My look today combines the mismatch with a black skirt and brown heels….gasp!! I then matched my tawny leather watch with my heels to pull the look together.

black and blue front

blacka nd blue watch

black and blue shoes

black and blue sunnies

High Waist Full Midi Skirt, Express- Click Here ; Calvin Klein Denim Button Down, Macy’s- Click Here ; Persol Sunglasses, Macy’s- Click Here

FashionBillie Bit: When mixing and matching it’s always a good idea to build around a neutral. Like my chambray (blue jean) top today!

The Perfect Grab and Go Dress

Sofia Collection Dress 2

Sofia Collection Dress

Grecian High Heel

The instant this Sofia Collection dress fell over my shoulders I felt like I was in a dream!  It reminded me of one of those 80s hair band videos, the mysterious girl, the flowing dress, delicate cream silk creating a innocent perfection.  All I needed was the hood of a car and huge fan to complete my video.  Hehe!  Who doesn’t want a dress like that?

This is truly a grab and go dress, it’s lightweight so perfect for summer and travel.  Sofia Collection is made in Italy with the softest silk and it’s hand washable!

FashionBillie Bit: I would rock this frock into fall by adding a pair of riding boots and blazer.

Sofia Collection Made In Italy at Carrie Ann Boutique – In Store Now (Available Online Friday) Click Here

One Stiletto, Two Stiletto, Three Stiletto, Floor!

High Heel Hangover

I always use the expression, “Beauty is pain”!  Never has this rang more true than waking up after a night in my amazing new stilettos.  Stepping out of bed I could barely walk on the balls of my feet, which were on fire.  On the way to the kitchen, I found myself waddling on my heels like a creepy penguin in one of those Batman movies.  That’s when I realized a High Heel Hangover had set in!!  So what’s a girl to do?

Bend and Snap

Stretching your tootsies will get your blood flow circulating and will release the tension cause by hours in your show stoppers.

Replenish and Restore

Step into a warm mineral bath with Epson salt.  Just like a athlete restores sore muscles, Epsom salt will build and replenish the tissues in your tootsies getting   you  back in the game in no time!  Complete your soak with a extra moisturizing foot cream.

Rest and Relax

If your dogs are barking give them a break!  Do a sneaker weekend instead.

The Perfect White Summer Bikini

White Bikini

The Fourth of July is right around the corner.  When I think of the Fourth of July a few things come to mind like…. family, BBQ, parades, magical displays of fireworks that light up the nights sky and the perfect white swimmie!

The perfect white swimsuit can be hard to find.  You don’t want something too see through, you don’t want it too skimpy and adjustable straps are always a bonus.  After weeks of looking, I found this Tori Praver bikini Réard himself would be proud of and it’s jussst right!

White Tori Praver Bikini


FashionBillie Bit: Louis Réard was a car engineer, turned father of the modern day bikini while running his mothers lingerie boutique in Paris:)

White Cabazon Bikini Top, Tori Praver at Shop Bop- Click Here

White Cabazon Bikini Bottom, Tori Praver at Shop Bop- Click Here

Baliloca: Must Have Summer Purse

Baliloca Cross Body Purse

Baliloca is my go to travel purse for summer!

I absolutely love the sleek leather design.  I like that it is truly a hands free purse and the shoulder straps are a real gem for overseas travel.  You can wear it over or under your outfit and all of your items are safe next to your side.  Plus, don’t you think it looks a little tomb raider?  Check out Baliloca and kick some travel a!$

Original Leather Cross, Baliloca- Click Here

Free Press Summer Fest Festival Fashion

Ready or not, here it comes, you can’t hide…Free Press Summer Fest is gonna find you, and make you rock out!  Most people I’ve talked to myself included are buzzing about Miss Lauryn Hill.  As a homage to the turban wearing song bird I made a colorful scarf head wrap to give a little color to today’s black and white look.

Black and white is one of the hot trends of summer 2014 but it never hurts to add a little P.O.C.  I know not everyone has a turban laying around so I found a really easy tutorial for you.  It’s how I made mine today:) To give my feminine white cotton dress a bit of a rock n roll edge I added a black fringe boot . I think the boots give the outfit a bit of a Kate Moss boho/rocker vibe. To complete my festival look I layered on the metal accessories!

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Festival 2

Festival 1

FashionBillie Bit: Fashion is about getting creative.  This is not the time of year to find suede fringe boots so I made my own!  These are actually a old pair of over the knee boots that I cuffed at the knee and cut fringe onto.  Voilà!

White Cotton Dress, Mink Pink- Carrie Ann Boutique (In Store Only) Click Here

Orange Silk Scarf, Sarah Stewart- Carrie Ann Boutique (In Store Only) Click Here

How to Tie a Turban or Headscarf, Click Here

Festival Fashion

Festival Style 3

Free Press Summer Fest is upon us!  While I am a music baby it’s the fashion that really excites me.  This week I’ll have some fierce festival fashion for you.  

Festival Style 5

Festival Style 2

Festival Style 4

I would never wear a high heel to the actual festival however, half of the festival fun are the great parties!!  These knee high gladiators are all the rage this summer and nothing is more festival chic.  I paired my Penny Loves Kenny gladiators with this Gypsy 05 high low tie-dye dress from Carrie Ann Boutique.  The dress is the perfect length for lounging on the lawn or dancing the night away. It is also a very thin stretch cotton to keep you cool on those warm summer nights.  The festival vibe is all about accessories, accessories, accessories!  To complete the look I added this great headpiece and ring-bracelet by Gypsy Britt.

Style Steal: Gladiator Sandals, Penny Loves Kenny- Click Here

Tie-dye Dress, Gypsy 05- Carrie Ann Boutique Click Here (In Store)

Head Piece and Jewelry, Gypsy Britt- Click Here

How To: Printed Pants Trend

Printed Pants Mad Men

Call Don Draper because this year’s printed pant trend is taking us back to the summer of ’69!  Today I paired my groovy printed pants with a crisp whit button down, taking a trendy look and giving it a twist of professional sophistication.

Prints can be intimidating but these multi print pants have great lines, drawing the eye up to the oh so flattering high waist.  I am a huge advocate of picking pieces that are versatile.  This outfit could easily go from work to play by switching out the white button down with a white t-shirt or colorful crop!


CP-Green Glasses

Printed Pants, Langford Market- Click Here

Earrings, J.Bird Jewelry- OUT OF STOCK but check out her other great shiny things!! Click Here

Going GAGA for ENID


“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure!”

For local artist/designer Enid Almanza this statement couldn’t hold more true.    Enid used his creative vision taking…“stuff laying around that nobody wanted” and turning it into fierce fashion, trend setting Lady Gaga was dying to wear!

Sunday night a select few had the opportunity to preview his newest exhibit at Gallery M Squared.

His amazing designs open to the public May 17th at the Redbud Gallery!!  Don’t miss your chance to see this local legend in the making.




The House of Enid – “Illumination”, Redbud Gallery- Click Here