Brady Bunch memories

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Pictured: Sunglasses: Chanel  / Earrings: Kendra Scott / Lipstick: c/o Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Rosa 222 / Dress: Free People / Handbag: Chloe / Ring: Kendra Scott (obsessed! Wearing everyday) / Nail Polish: Chanel Mariniere / Shoes: TopShop

I don’t often wear mini dresses. In fact, I shy away from hemlines above my knee. I like to portray a certain sense of modesty when I dress; and hemlines above the knee are a bit on the racy side for me. Another reason I shy away from high hemlines, is the way my legs look! I feel like my legs are out of shape, not tan, and really should be covered up. So why did I choose this dress you ask? Let’s discuss.

Raise your hand if you remember “The Brady Bunch.” It was one of my favorite re-runs when I was a kid. I loved the early ’70’s, late 60’s styles, and the funny situations the kids always got into; sometimes the parents too! And Alice! Oh she was fabulous. That household would have fallen apart with out her!

The girls from “The Brady Bunch” always wore mini dresses, mini skirt, or flared pants. With the 1970s, and 1960s inspiration designers have favored over the past several seasons, many of the styles remind me of the funny episodes I enjoyed as a kid from the show. But that’s not all!

Last year, my Mother remarried. My Father passed away when I was a baby, so for my entire life, it was always my Mom and me! We were a team; us against the world! Then, in my adult life, when everything seemed set for life, my Mom shakes it all up and marries a man with four adult kids my age. FOUR KIDS! I grew up an only child, now there are other kids around? Um . . kay.

Not that I am complaining, I always dreamed about having a sibling. It was quite lonely being an only child. I also grew up in an neighborhood that did not have a lot of kids, so I always had to make plans to see my friends. Having siblings, would have been a ton of fun. I watch my kids play together, and it is the most beautiful thing in the world.

Now that my family has turned into a real-life Brady Bunch, wearing a style or two which remind me of the show, seems fitting. I chose to wear this dress, not as a move towards higher hemlines in my wardrobe, but as a one-off to remind me of how happy the kids on “The Brady Bunch” were, and how happy we can all be when we get used to our new-found Brady Bunch lives.

Now about those legs which need to hit the gym, and that un-tan . . . um, yeah. Got some work to do before summer!



1960’s inspired

A-line dresses are a huge trend for spring 2013. This universally flattering style is easy to wear and looks amazing on almost everyone. When I saw this dress at The Gap, I knew it would be the perfect A-line dress for the spring/summer season. LOVE!

Are you wearing the A-line trend this season? What do you think of the style?

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Outfit details:
Dress: Gap
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Handbag: Chanel (past season) similar styles here and here.
Bracelet: c/o 
Twisted Silver (use code INSIDERS for 15% off)
Earrings: c/o 
Twisted Silver (use code INSIDERS for 15% off)
Nail Polish: 
Chanel Bel-Argus
Lipstick: c/o Laura Mercier “60’s Pink
John Hardy and Tiffany
Sunglasses: Chanel prescription glasses via 
Optical Illusions at Santana Row.

What you cannot see:
Fragrance: Dolce & Gabanna “The One”

Photos: Rob/Bay Area Fashionista 2013©

Spring 2013 fashion trends: mod style

Ever since the television show “Mad Men” made its’ debut, Fashionistas everywhere have been influenced by the 1960’s styles worn on the show. For spring 2013, designers were equally influenced by this era; whether from the show or from other sources, the mod look of the 1960’s dominated the runways.

The Mod look was everywhere on the runways in the form of short, swinging hemlines to A-line skirts. The patterns were bold and geometric; taking color blocking into purposeful organization. There were cubes, wide stripes and dizzying prints which took onlookers back to the “Go-Go” days.

The bright color palate combined with the Mod prints has created a modern day 1960’s style which is hitting the streets as we speak. Consumers responded to this runway trend and Fashionistas on the street have been spotted not only wearing the clothing, structured satchels and kitten heels of the era, but wearing <gasp> beehive hairdos! Yes, that is correct! The beehive is making a bee-line for the street, and as shoes go down, hair is going up!

The Mod look is lighthearted and fun; making this a great trend for the uplifting season of spring. As blossoms bloom and flowers attract our eyes, the sun is shining; so why not shine in your wardrobe!

Look for bold stripes, bright colors blocked with white and structured small satchels. This look also does NOT work with platforms. For a true Mod look, seek out a heel height which is 3” or lower; kitten heels are perfect if you don’t mind the short heel. The Mod look can even be worn with flats! There will be some happy feet this season! Love that!

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