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Friday Fashion: Spring 2017 Capsule Wardrobe (12 outfit ideas!)

So here in Atlanta, we seemed to have jumped right to summer. But I will not be moved or shaken, it is still spring, and for that reason I’d like to share my ideas for a spring capsule wardrobe.

Over the past few years, capsule wardrobes have become popular. Everywhere I look there are people talking about how to create a compact wardrobe made up of staple pieces in coordinating colors. Back in my earlier blogging days, I came up with some wardrobe staples— for men, and some cute staples  from Target for working women.
There are different reasons men and women are drawn to capsule wardrobes: being on a budget, short on space, or an intentional decision to uncluttered your life and home. I believe, more isn’t always more with clothes, and staring at a closet full of clothes and “having nothing to wear” is annoying at best.
 Take a look at the 9 spring items I’ve selected and the different ways to mix an match.
Do you believe in the capsule wardrobe concept?

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Home for Thanksgiving!

In a few days, most folks are heading somewhere for Thanksgiving. I thought I’d help out by suggesting some outfits for the trip.

Happy Packing!

Pretty Blue Style: Thanksgiving Packing


Amber Genise

stay inspired and enjoy the journey



Fantasy Travel Week: Paris, France

Paris was never on my  ‘I have to go there!’  list, until recently.  I could always understand why people found Paris alluring, but it never called to me… until I saw the movie Midnight in Paris starring Owen Wilson. That movie made me fall in love with Paris, hands down. I also have a thing for time travel and I love almost everything about the 1920s.

The Washington Post Style Search: Which Movie Should Win Best Picture?
by mars featuring knee length dresses
Biba knee length dress, $245 / Evening handbag / Loren Hope vintage jewelry / Chanel lipstick / Chanel perfume / Remains to be Scene Paper Set in Paris

Paris, parisPictures of Paris courtesy of nicolasv’s photostream (clipped to



Now on to fashion. Although this is my fantasy trip, I still have a need to be semi-practical. I would rework my striped dress from the Greece trip by adding lime green accessories–for a different, Parisian chic, look. The navy Roland Mouret coat is sharp.

Kate SpadeKate Spade jewelry / Kate Spade eyewear / Chanel lipstick / Yves Saint Laurent foundation / Chloé fragrance / La Tour Eiffel Print


I am a girl who loves all things sparkly and I couldn’t pass up this outfit. I could wear it on a rainy day to brighten up my mood. (The heels are killer, but hey it’s my fantasy that I could walk the streets of Paris pain free in these heels!)

Decor by tamaraza featuring a fitted blazer
Wallis floral top / Haider Ackermann fitted blazer, $1,025 / AllSaints short skirt / Karen Millen high heel shoes / tea set / Naya Purple Vase in Vases | Crate&Barrel, $37 / Bradford Vases – Aubergine | Z Gallerie / Be Uncommon – Inspirational Modern Art Print Lavender Textured…


These navy evening dresses below are perfect for a fancy dinner.

Kiss me at midnight #5
Kiss me at midnight #5 by the-wardrobe-of-wishes Paris Hilton shoes / Satin clutch, $62 / Goti silver necklace, $1,355

The view is spectacular!



Stay inspired and enjoy the journey.



Fantasy Travel Week: Santorini, Greece

Although I am off from work this coming week, a big expensive trip isn’t in the cards. And that’s OK, no complaints here–but I am a dreamer. This week I will indulge my imagination and (mind) travel to the places I always wanted to visit–no passports or packing needed.



Ubiquitous pictures of the deep blue water next to white washed churches have made Santorini, Greece a place I’ve longed to visit.


One place I’d like to visit,  is Ancient Akrotiri–an archaeological site that was first discovered in the late 1960s, but dates back to the 16th century BC.  I’ve read that the former homes are decorated with prehistoric frescoes (related mural paintings executed on plaster on walls, ceilings, or any other type of flat surface) and pottery. Some other things to do can be found here:


While I am dreaming about this fab trip and all the places I’ll go, let’s add a killer wardrobe to complete my fantasy trip.

For lunch overlooking the ocean…

I could wear this striped silk dress. The gold gladiator sandals give it a casual yet elegant feel.


NW3 by Hobbs empire waist dress, $64 / Modern Vintage gold sandals / Earrings Greece by reneem featuring gold sandals



With all of the blue and white in Santorini, this orange Lavin jersey dress would be a nice stand out piece for a dinner overlooking the ocean with the hubby. Liz picsLiz pics by elizabethhorrell featuring stiletto heels

Lanvin dress / Jimmy Choo stiletto heels / Jada turquoise handbag / Elizabeth Showers star jewelry / Giuseppe Zanotti long ring / Wall Sayings Vinyl Lettering Attitude Is A Little Thing That Makes.



On a sunny day wandering the archeological sites, I could wear this striped coral shirt ensemble. I love stripes!

Coral Striped Top

Coral Striped Top by uniqueimage featuring tory burch sandals

Duffy oversized shirt, $125 / Hudson Jeans skinny jeans / Tory Burch sandals / Big Buddha black handbag / Full Tilt wooden jewelry / GUESS rose gold watch, $300 / Nail polish


Has anyone been to Greece? What are your must sees? What about dining?


Stay inspired and enjoy life.


All pictures of Greece are courtesy of Marcel Germain