Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas at the Opry

A country Christmas isn't complete without a trip to the Grande Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. I love going to see the lights in the hotel atrium each year. I just went last night and wanted to share some of my favorite pictures.

The Opryland hotel is festively decorated in the indoor garden that includes high glass ceilings, waterfalls, a miniature river, bridges and plants of all kinds.

A focal point is the oversized Christmas tree decorated with large bows, balls and presents.

The architecture and lamplit paths make you almost forget that you're inside a hotel atrium.

Shops and restaurants like this beautiful building are located within the atrium.

A romantic gazebo twinkled with white lights and snowflakes.

A tree of white poinsettias...

with shiny presents underneath. So cute.

Red and white flowers decorate every inch of the atrium.

A winter wonderland of streaming lights, hot air balloons, flying teddy bears and more.

A giraffe plays a cello outside the hotel balconies.

A cafe is located on the ground floor of the atrium. I just love the strings of oversized Christmas lights that hang above the tables. Makes me think of a European sidewalk cafe.

Santa's elf overlooks a garden pond and the fish.

I love books, so I couldn't resist this ribbon wrapped bookstore with cafe tables. So cozy.

If you ever visit Nashville at Christmas, the Opry should definitely be on your list of things to do. It's a simple and sweet Christmas tradition.

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Blue Christmas

"I'll have a blue Christmas, without you..."
Surely Elvis was not referring to fashion when singing the blues. But it's the perfect way to bring cool shades of style into the Christmas season. From a Target tree to a Tiffany's porcelain gift box, it all sings to the tune of a Blue Christmas.

All looks are from Fall 2009 collections.
Winter wonderful in a blue Dior coat with fur trim.

Sleek in Chanel's blue dress and Victorian inspired booties.

Power dressing of the 80s returns on the runway of Donna Karan.

Marc Jacobs also channelled the 80s with this strong-shouldered pleated design.

Blue also has a sweeter side to balance out the 80s powerhouses from Donna Karan and Marc Jacobs. Here, Erdem showcases romantic babydoll dresses.

Boho blue from Anna Sui.

A splash of color with blue-aquamarine tights from DVF.

Versace sparkles with blue sophistication.

Lovely in blue Balenciaga.

And finally, my feathered favorite. A whimiscally wonderful coat from Valentino. You can see Britney Spears wearing this amazing coat in the January issue of Elle.

Who wouldn't want to have a blue Christmas with these amazing styles to choose from?

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Smitten with a Scarf

One of my favorite parts of this season is wearing fabulous scarves. Cool weather is warmed with a charming pashmina wrapped chicly around the neck. With every color from the rainbow available, it doesn't matter what you're wearing, there's always a perfect scarf to add as a complimentary color or one that stands on its own as a statement piece.

The beautiful Soft Orange Charlotte scarf in the picture is my newest acquisition thanks to the stylish blogger Cafe Fashionista and her partnered giveaway with The Shawl Shop. If you're like me, you enter contests without expecting to win...but when you do it's wonderful! I was pleasantly surprised to learn I won this beautiful scarf. It's soft and lovely and I can't wait to wear it.

Are you looking to add a splash of color to your winter wardrobe and weather the chill? Don't let winter give you the cold shoulder. Wrap yourself in a stylish scarf instead. In the words of Cafe Fashionista, "Are you smitten?"

Sunday, December 13, 2009

A Love Story

It's always the season for love. So this is a perfect time to enter the world of Shakespeare's classic, Romeo & Juliet, as it was brought to life with model Coca Rocha as Juliet and American Ballet Theatre's Roberto Bolle as a very handsome Romeo. These epic photos were done by Annie Leibovitz for the December 2008 issue of Vogue.

Wedded bliss in Vera Wang.

The love story ends in tragedy, but with an everpresent beauty when wearing this Alexander McQueen gown.


Saturday, December 12, 2009

Baby it's Cold Outside

It's time to take a cue from Greta Garbo and wrap yourself in luxurious furs and cozy sweaters. But rather than walk around in a snuggy-like fur, try the sophisticated style of Clara Bow:

Modern day interpretations of the classic furs include this yummy cotton candy design from Oscar de la Renta's Pre-Fall 2010 collection.

A minty fresh style from Zac Posen Pre-Fall 2010.
Classic and lovely looks from Carolina Herrera Pre-Fall 2010 use fur as an accent on the coat and layers with soft sweaters.

Classic femininity is in the details of this Jason Wu Pre-Fall 2010 look. A belted waist to emphasize the figure, shimmering skirt, textured tights that elongate the legs with the black heels and a delicate bun. So lovely...

Another belted look, but this time with a bigger punch in firey red. Michael Kors Pre-Fall 2010.

Sweater dressing is perfected with these various designs from Chanel Pre-Fall 2010.
Boho, retro, disco...

Warm layers that are feminine without being so bulky that they overpower the figure. Diane von Furstenberg Pre-Fall 2010.

The classic style of Greta Garbo.

Sweaters definitely don't have to be boring. Pringle of Scotland showcases sweaters that are easily compared to art. Their 3D quality makes them sculptural in design, with the middle sweater mirroring an abstract painting.

Burberry reinterprets their classic trench in a red fur.

It may be cold outside, but that doesn't mean you have to discard great design when you can choose from these warm and fuzzy beauties.
As you get cozy in sweaters and furs, you can warm up to Jack Frost and happily sing "Let it Snow."

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