Château de Yvonne

"...whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." Philippians 4:8

My Most Inspirational ______ of 2011…

My most inspirational person with style of 2011 is non other than my very good friend Joy Pigg! I admire her style so much because its a lot like my own. I would describe it as traditional, contemporary-chic with a little bit of POP! We always seem to be on the same level of greatness when it comes to picking out clothes and what the next hot fashion trend will be. She is the only friend I have who I can seriously talk to about something like the color mustard! However, things aren’t always tangerine tango with Ms. Pigg and I. For instance, I loathe getting dressed with her because it takes HOURS (no exaggeration) for her to get ready. On top of that I know if I ever go shopping with her I better be prepared to take multiple shopping trips and to be out the entire day because that’s how long it takes to find the perfect birthday outfit (and with days of searching we never found one until mere hours before her b-day outing…typical joy)! Moreover, she’s also a procrastinator, but that’s totally irrelevant to this post and is neither here nor there. Anyways…When I think about how she dresses herself I realized that it takes her so long to get ready because she is committed to making a good impression wherever she goes, and her clothes are always on trend because she rarely ever settles for mediocre fashions provided to us by Stonecrest Mall. I rarely ever see her in the same outfit twice, and every time I go in her closet I find something I NEEEED to borrow. We are long-time friends. We get each other. We are closet soul-mates; and that is  why Stephanie Joy Pigg has earned the Martacious INSPIRATIONAL PERSON WITH STYLE OF 2011 AWARD (NON CELEBRITY). Congratulations Piggles!

You can follow Joy and be inspired too @theactorJOY on Twitter!

vogueandcoffee:

I need a few LV balloons in my life

vogueandcoffee:

I need a few LV balloons in my life

(Source: swipes)

Be Holiday Chic by martacious 
Spice up your holiday party wardrobe with sky-high heels, fur vests, and  colorful skinny jeans. Just because Christmas is a traditional holiday,  doesn’t mean you have to be as well!

Be Holiday Chic by martacious

Spice up your holiday party wardrobe with sky-high heels, fur vests, and colorful skinny jeans. Just because Christmas is a traditional holiday, doesn’t mean you have to be as well!

Un Peu D’inspiration (A Little Inspiration)…

Optimism is the key to life. Its an underlying factor that gives you wisdom beyond what you can see. Having the knowledge that there’s more to life than the present will give you the confidence to overcome the many adversities life may throw your way. I believe strongly that whatever path you’re on in life right now is exactly where you need to be. You have to take those bad situations in stride and know that they’re happening for a reason, and ultimately you will become a better person. Just knowing that gives me reason to move on and push forward. So keep on pushing on, stay positive, and make lemonade out of lemons. Success is only at the top of the hill.

Inspirations Pour L’automne (Inspirtaions for Fall)

Combat Boots


"Orlena" and "Lones" from Aldoshoes.com

Combat boots are the new fall shoe! They have a rustic, classic feel to them, which make them a must-have in anyone’s wardrobe (especially mine). Pair them with leggings and an off-the-shoulder cardigan for an effortless, sexy look!

Fur jackets

Now I’m fully aware that for some people fur is a necessity for the Fall and Winter seasons. However, its been given a bad rep over the years for being too gaudy. Personally I don’t think there is such a thing as too gaudy because sometimes more is more! Apparently designers agree with me since we have been seeing this on the runway for the past few Fall/Winter seasons. Now that the 70’s are in full affect for this Fall you better have something fur hanging in your closet!

Color Blocking


When I try to explain color blocking, I usually get a vibe of confusion and fear at first. Trust me, it’s easier done than said. The first thing you need to do is grab a color wheel. You should choose colors that are either complimentary (directly across from each other on the color wheel) or analogous (directly beside each other on the color wheel). That’s the basic way of doing it until you get more comfortable with using more daring color combinations. The second secret to a successful color block is to use colors that are in the same shade family (i.e. neons with neons and pastels with pastels). Mixing them together, in my opinion, just looks wrong. Last but not least, tie the colors together by adding a neutral item like a jacket, belt, purse or shoes, and there you go. You just color blocked!

Fedora Hats


A big part of the 70’s were the accessories, and who could forget those funky fedoras? If you’re a hat person, pick something funky and daring. Bring the classic fedora into the modern age. If you’re new to hats and want to be more demure, then choose a vintage style fedora in a warm fall color such as cranberry or mustard. Tis the season!


Red Lipstick

"Russian Red" and "Ruby Woo" by M.A.C.

I’m not gonna do a whole lot of explaining as to why red lipstick is one of my fall inspirations. Red lipstick is a must for any season, and contrary to popular belief, it can be worn by women of any shade. You just have to find the shade that fits you. Just go to a M.A.C. counter (if you haven’t noticed by now I only wear M.A.C.) and try on as many reds as you need to in order to find the one right for you. Simple.

Now go ahead and be fabulous for fall!

Une épiphanie (an epiphany)

"You have to believe you’re worth everything you want"

I heard that saying on tv and it literally made me cry. Who says you don’t have the right to be happy or achieve the success that you want? No one can stop you, not even yourself. That’s just something to think about when life gets you down. Peace, Love, and Haute Couture.

Cant make it to Fashion Week in New York? ↘

Who says that you have to be a rich and famous socialite to enjoy New York Fashion Week? Thanks to modern technology fashionistas all over the world can view as many fashion shows as their patent leather heart’s desire! Here’s a list below (compliments of VogueandCoffee.tumblr.com) of this week’s fashion line-up and where you can catch it online.

  Your Live-Stream Guide to Spring 2012 Fashion Week via New York Magazine

vogueandcoffee:

Nicholas K: 9 a.m. on Thursday, September 8, at youtube.com/liverunway

BCBG Max Azria: 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 8, at bcbgmaxazriagroup.com

Richard Chai: 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 8 at youtube.com/liverunway

Cushnie et Ochs: 12 p.m. on Thursday, September 8, at livestream.com/cushnieetochs

Supima: 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 8, at youtube.com/liverunway

Tadashi Shoji: 2 p.m. on on Thursday, September, at youtube.com/liverunway

Kevork Kiledjian: 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 8, at livestream.com/kevorkkiledjian

Peter Som: 10 a.m. on Friday, September 9, at livestream.com/petersom

Luca Luca: 11 a.m. on Friday, September 9, at youtube.com/liverunway

Jason Wu: 1 p.m. on Friday, September 9, at style.com/live

Rebecca Taylor: 2 p.m. on Friday, September 9, at rebeccataylor.com/stream

Costello Tagliapietra: 3 p.m. on Friday, September 9, at livestream.com/costellotagliapietra

Tommy Hilfiger (men’s): 5:15 p.m. on Friday, September 9, at facebook.com/tommyhilfiger

Nicole Miller: 6 p.m. on Friday, September 9, at youtube.liverunway

Cynthia Rowley: 7 p.m. on Friday, September 9, at youtube.liverunway

• ELLE Fashion NEXT: 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 9, at elle.com/fashionnextlive

Lacoste: 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 10, at youtube.liverunway

Jill Stuart: 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 10, at style.com/live

Vivienne Tam: 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, at youtube.liverunway

Alexander Wang: 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, at livestream.com/alexanderwang

Charlotte Ronson: 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, at youtube.liverunway

Suno: 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 8, at livestream.com/suno_fashionweek

Jeremy Laing: 11 a.m. on Sunday, September 11, at livestream.com/jeremylaing

Derek Lam: 12 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, at youtube.com/liverunway

DKNY: 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, at facebook.com/DKNY

Tracy Reese: 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, at youtube.com/liverunway and tracyreese.com

Edun: 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, at milkmade.com

Diane von Furstenberg: 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, at youtube.com/liverunway and tracyreese.com

Simon Spurr: 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, at livestream.com/simonspurr

Thakoon: 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, at style.com/live

Custo Barcelona: 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, at youtube.com/liverunway and tracyreese.com

Tommy Hilfiger (women’s): 9 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, at facebook.com/tommyhilfiger

Carolina Herrera: 10 a.m. on Monday, September 12, at youtube.com/liverunway

Carlos Miele: 11 a.m. on Monday, September 12, at youtube.com/liverunway

Rebecca Minkoff: 1 p.m. on Monday, September 12, at style.com/live

Ohne Titel: 1 p.m. on Monday, September 12, at livestream.com/ohnetitel

Donna Karan: 2 p.m. on Monday, September 12, at facebook.com/DonnaKaranNewYork

Zero + Maria Cornejo: 6 p.m. on Monday, September 12, at livestream.com/mariacornejo

Betsey Johnson: 6 p.m. on Monday, September 12, at betseyjohnson.com and facebook.com/xobetseyjohnson

Perry Ellis: 7 p.m. on Monday, September 12 at perryellis.com

Marc by Marc Jacobs: 8 p.m. on Monday, September 12, at live.marcjacobs.com

Badgley Mischka: 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 13, at youtube.com/liverunway

Frank Tell: 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 13, at livestream.com/franktell

Vera Wang: 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 13, at youtube.com/liverunway

Herve Leger by Max Azria: 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13, at youtube.com/liverunway

Sophie Theallet: 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13, at livestream.com/sophietheallet

Oscar de la Renta: 6 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13, at style.com/live

Tibi: 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13, at youtube.com/liverunway

Narciso Rodriguez: 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13, at youtube.com/liverunway

J.Mendel: 1 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, at youtube.com/liverunway

Jeremy Scott: 1 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, at livestream.com/jeremyscott

Milly: 3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, at millyny.com

Anna Sui: 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, at youtube.com/liverunway

Wayne: 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, at livestream.com/waynefashionweek

Elie Tahari: 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, at youtube.com/liverunway

Proenza Schouler: 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, at style.com/live

Calvin Klein Collection (women’s): 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 15, at style.com/live

Marc Jacobs: 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 15, at live.marcjacobs.com

fashionassist:

a matter of ELEGANCE…by Scott Schuman…for Vogue Italia, August 2011
be inspired by the spirit of 70’s femininty~
(Source: Vogue Italia)

fashionassist:

a matter of ELEGANCE…
by Scott Schuman…
for Vogue Italia, August 2011

be inspired by the spirit of 70’s femininty~

(Source: Vogue Italia)

I Should’ve had a V8!

So the Summer season is winding down and Fall is approaching, hence I am slipping into a minor depression until I get into my Halloween-Thanksgiving-Christmas mode. However, all hope is not lost because New York Fashion Week is right around the corner!! Its like Christmas came three months earlier. I will be covering all the standout shows from fashion week, so expect more “Who am I?” posts, designer history, and trend forecasting. Don’t worry, you can thank me later :)

I cannot believe I almost forgot about this—I guess I should’ve had a V8!

Qui suis-je? (Who am I?)

My favorite handbag designer: 

  A brand that has a uniquely made pattern that you can identify from a mile away. Who am I?

Bottega Veneta of course!!

The signature cross-weaving technique that BV has incorporated into most of their handbag designs is not one to forget. From entire hobos to subtle outlines of top-handles, each collection uses this classy technique in a way that still wows it’s fans after almost 50 years of designing. I like it because you can pick and choose when to be simplistic and when to be more edgy without drastically changing your signature style. Another highlighting feature is many designers have not gone crazy using this technique, which keeps interests high and knockoffs low. Consequently, when you’re walking down the street with a well-crafted woven bag, people KNOW its a Bottega Veneta original, and that’s simply très chic!