Knot tying

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Rings

We nearly eloped, but not quite eloped because my mom presided, my dad gave me away, my brother and his girlfriend witnessed and our dogs were flower girls, in that they were nearby and shed a lot.

Styling Dulce de Leche

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Dulce de Leche is a henley inspired shirt with feminine detailing. This piece could be equally comfortable grocery shopping or out on a date, but when I think about wearing this piece, I imagine cool ocean breezes on a hot day and the sun beating down on me.

Someone recently lamented the return of palazzo pants. Frankly, I refuse to acknowledge that they were ever out of style, but I also won't rule out the viability of a kaftan in the right situation, so call me Mrs Roper and get off my lawn, you whipper snappers.

[Ahem]

Paired with soft muted palazzo pants, sweet floral flats and a large brimmed sun hat, I think Dulce de Leche can be carefree and comfortable while remaining flattering and feminine. Accessories are chosen for their bright colors in different hues but a similar intensity to the pullover. The only thing missing from this resort getaway look is a comfortable chaise and that guilty pleasure book you don't want to be seen reading in public.

Styling Bijou

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Bijou, with its delicate lace, slightly ruffled sleeves and fitted body darts, is sweet by nature so when I imagine styling this, I am inclined to play with expectation.

A pleated chiffon skirt is an obvious accompaniment to this dainty design, but black leather accents and shocking yellow detailing give the look edge. The black chiffon caplet bridges the divide between the extremes.

Lose the accessories and choose a simpler shoe for the office or daytime event, or break out the black eyeliner and your favorite up-do to make this a stunning evening look. As with almost any sweater, though, this piece is easily at home paired with jeans and thrown over a comfortable tank. I think, with a little creativity, this special piece could get plenty of regular use.

Styling Dietrich

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The asymmetrical brim on Dietrich adds a little unexpected twist to a classic hat shape. The warm felted merino is soft enough to wear against the skin and great for keeping out those cold gusts of wind.

What could be a better pairing than a fitted pea-coat for this fun little hat? The double breasted styling adds a little extra warmth against those chilly winter gusts and a soft creamy scarf is a versatile accessory even as the months get a little warmer. Chocolate brown knee high boots jump puddles and slush in style and a pleated plaid skirt can be worn almost anywhere. Work your hat in a color that matches your existing winter coat or choose something complementary but contrasting for a little brightness through those grey months.

Styling Lily

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If you read the Twist Collective Blog you've seen their Style Notebook posts where they use Polyvore to suggest styling options for the many beautiful patterns they offer. I've gotten sucked into the fun and will be offering posts on ways you might work some of my designs into your own wardrobe, if you happen to have my same weird sense of style. I absolutely love the way Twist styles my pieces but I also think it's really fun to see pieces in another context.

I'll start with my prototype for Lily.

I usually wear my Lily with jeans and a low heeled boot, but styling a garment with jeans is sort of the default that most of us jump to. Instead, I've emphasized a 1950s silhouette with a full skirt to really emphasize or create the appearance of an hourglass figure. A rose fascinator in one's hair and round-toed t-strap pumps play up the vintage vibe. The blue accessories are an unexpected compliment to the grey-green shade, adding depth without the severity of black.

Play down the accessories for a quirky yet still appropriate office outfit or play them up for a cocktail party and stand out in a sea of little black dresses. It'll look great with that dirty martini, extra olives, you were craving (or is that just me?)

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