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Fashion: Trending the MSK Limited Pleated Blouson Hardware Maxi Dress

August 27, 2015

We all love a good maxi dress, and with the summer season soon to be coming to a close, let’s add one more to the equation.  Today’s maxi dresses are styled for lounging and social gatherings to more upscale and elegant events.

20150825_212003Recently I received a gift card to Macy’s for my birthday, which was last week.  It wasn’t until just a few days ago I decide to track off to Macy’s in Santa Ana where I stumbled across this very attractive maxi dress by MSK.  It’s been in the last couple of years that I’ve really taken a liking to pleated styles.  They are sexy, stylish, and are made for just about any occasions.

I fell in love the minute I saw it.  Dubbed the MSK Limited Pleated Blouson Hardware Maxi Dress, it spelled elegant all over it.  Hardware because of the neckline and closure.  I couldn’t find it online to get a better picture of it, but was not able to, so this is what you get, and it was the only one left.

There were others in solid print, but there was something to say about this particular one.  Best thing about it — it was a size 12 which was just perfect.  I started to walk away from it but the better part of me would not let me do such a thing.

The length, the halter look, the back clasp closure, and open back makes it more of an event type dress, especially if you pair it with the right shoes.

And the gold elastic neck closure is really what sold me on the dress, too.  It’s absolutely the perfect length.  Here is a closer look at the top of the dress to get a good for what it looks like.

Pleated Top-2

Pleated top

Pleated Bottom

I have other maxi dresses, but adding this one to my collection just adds an array of sunshine.  The color scheme in the pleats, the halter, the overall look.  Simply breathtaking and a step up from gorgeous.  I later learned after I’d gotten home that the dress had been recently returned.  It was a good thing I decided to go to Macy’s that day, otherwise I wasn’t going.  But something kept sending me that way.

Ok, I guess you’re wondering what shoes will I wear with this gorgeous piece?  Glad you asked.  So I immediately went on the hunt for the perfect shoes, because when I decide I want to make a huge fashion statement, I make a huge one.

I like some of Paprika’s shoes, so I decided what they had in orange.  I chose to get away from wearing white shoes because I wanted to bring up the look and colors of the dress.  Honestly it took me a few hours to decide on something and I believe I mad the right choice.

z_21428_1_0Because the dress is long and I’m short, I did not want to make any alterations to the dress, thus taking away from the allure of it’s overall look.

I picked these because not only do they go with the dress perfectly, but they match the neckline of it as well.  Bringing it all together.

Platform T-Strap high heel sandal with a zipper back closure and gold tone decor adds spice and flare to this look, just the way I like it.  Equipped with a half in platform and 5 inch heel is just what this dress needs to give me height and sex appeal.

It’s been a while since I purchased T-strap heels, so this is very fitting.

There is something to be said about a sexy pair of shoes — makes the entire ensemble pop with glamour.  Accessories?  I tried the dress on and decided I am not going to bulk it up with gaudy accessories.  No need to.  A nice hair style or up do, sassy makeup — all you need to be the one everybody will be looking at.  I’m either going to wear this to an event as we close out the year, or I’m going to save it for after I get married, or wear it to my 30 year high school reunion.  Whichever comes first.

z_21428_0_0Here’s another view of the shoes…gives you a another view of the T-strap and the platform, and the gold tone straps.

I found these on Amazon a little over $30 and with free shipping, and in my size.   This is a new style for me, so I’m excited to see how they’ll look when I try them on with the dress.

When I decide to put an ensemble together.  I take my time looking for the right pieces to bring it altogether.  It what makes it stand out nicely.




Fashion Reviews: Top with Lace Neckline

August 10, 2015

I recently purchased a white top with lace neckline from Ali Express.  My very first purchase was a tank top blouse white with a lime green underlining trim and a detachable tie belt.  Cute online, but here is why sizing is so important…it was too tight in the breast area.  Rather than returning the top, I am going to add lace on the side towards the top just under the arm to open up the breast area.

UT8fIBXXsJaXXagOFbXbSo this top I recently purchased….looked really nice online and was originally thought to go perfectly with a pair of white pants.  I intended to wear this to an all white party which I ended up not going to…long story.  Anyway, I received the top days before the party and let me know, it did not look or fit like the top in the picture.  I tried on the top.  Made several attempts to get it to fit right, but it just kept looking like I was wearing a top with a lace turtle neck.  The size wasn’t bad, but it just felt awkward.  The lace was all wrong and it did not look like the style in the picture at all.

The seller tried to rectify the matter as best possible, but it just did not work for me and I opted to get my money back.  The tip of the iceberg was the seller kept wanting to see pictures of how it looked on me rather than honoring my reasons for disliking the product entirely.  I politely told her that I did not have time to go through all that.  Granted I paid way less than $10 (abourt $5 and some change with free shipping), it just did not seem worth the time and effort to keep going back and forth over something I simply wasn’t happy with.

Bottom line is when you order from AliExpress, you have to make sure of your sizing right down to the very inch.  There are not too many sellers that actually sell US sizes on items you actually like and can ensure you are getting the best fit.  This is because many of the sizes are Asian fit so you have to order up in sizes at least two sizes from what you normally wear.  Depending on what it is, three sizes up if it’s available.

This was the last item I ordered from there because I just don’t have the time or the patience to deal with something if it is not what I ordered, not the right fit, or is not good quality.

In closing, when you are ordering only, take extra to make sure that what you’re ordering is the same thing in the picture.  Gauge your size carefully and order up if you absolutely have to.  A lot of these places do not offer free returns as the money you spend is valuable.

Will I order from this seller again.  No, I will not.  I never got the money back, and the seller did not do her job in satisfying my concerns.

Style File: White High Heel Pumps Still Charting the Top in Today’s Fashion

July 19, 2015

Chris 9681333Hello to all my shoe lovers out there.  Today in this edition of Style File I wanted to talk a little about the classic white pumps.  i remember growing up as a teenager, the white pump was mostly worn to church on Sundays, and they weren’t really that popular or trendy, not being that high on the list of fashionistas; and as far as I can remember there were a lot of don’ts with wearing them such as don’t wear them with dark colored nylons, don’t wear them with black or other dark colors, patterns and print ensembles if you weren’t offsetting it with white or white patterns or prints, and the list goes on, including don’t wear white after Labor Day.  And that is a rule that seems to be fading out quickly as the rules are consistently changing as fashion continues to shift gears where the color white is greatly concerned.

Today in the world of fashion where shoes reign supreme. it seem like white high heel pumps have been given a new leash on life.  I have recently been spending some quality time with my daughter who moved back to Los Angeles after having lived in Las Vegas for the past year.  She expressed a deep interest in white high heel pumps by Steve Madden and Shiekh Shoes.  And each one with their own level of sleekness, look and style.

Chris White High Heels2She and I headed on over to DB Shoes and picked up a pair of Shoe Republic LA’s white high heel pumps.  And while the design, style and look has not changed all that much from the 80s and 90s, they still possess the classic look.

One thing I especially like about the classic pumps is that they still dress up a good pair of jeans and skinny jeans, or the classic capri ensemble.

Chris White High HeelsThe history of high heels goes as far back to the Victorian days when men wore high heels, which is why men wearing them today in the fashion in which they wear them does not bother me because it is basically history repeating itself.  The fact that they have evolved into the forms in which we see and love them today says a lot about the originality and creation of designers who have kept up the history for time to come.

The classic white high heel pump opened the door for designers to take a simple style and turn it into something new and different for women to further enjoy and add to their shoe collection.

Rene shoes-heels-sr-cuxiwhiteOne of my favorites are the white wrap around strappy high heel pump in faux leather from AMIClubwear.  What they did here was took a classic look and transformed it into a sexy, sleek style, added a buckle to boost the overall look and style.  To preserve the overall look of this shoe, and because I was not able to find it anywhere else, I would not recommend for daily (everyday) wear.

What I like about this style is you can dress it up with a number of ensembles.  Me being me, I would prefer something suited, a lacy ensemble, skirt ensemble, or a really pretty dress that would dress up these shoes.

It is easy to miscalculate what to wear them with as I have seen a number of fashion don’ts just with the wrong shoes and/or the wrong ensemble.

Rene shoes-heels-sr-cuxiwhite_2They come with both the right look and the right heel height measured at approximately 5 inches.  Comes with a scoop vamp, wrap around thick strap with a side buckle closure, smooth lining, and cushioned footbed.

The ankle strap pumps are still popular, but I am happy to see other pump-like styles climbing the ranks of high heels year after year and changing the face of how we see high heel pumps.  As far as the classic pump is concerned, trends will always have room for them because they are a huge part of the office scene where maintaining a professional appearance is key.

They can be found in an array of fabulous colors including nude, black, red and blue…the original colors of the classic pump family.  Colors gold and silver are also among the colors.

51uSdTZ-4zL._UY395_Let’s not also forget that the classic pump has opened doors the  platform pump which I can never get enough off.  The are fashioned with a sexy stiletto heal, half inch to an inch platform, cushioned footbed, and some come with a round toe and some come with a somewhat pointed toe.  Very chic.

Such is this style here with the peep toe, platform and stiletto heel.  Looking at the shoe I would have to say the platform is about an inch and heel is approximately five inches.

31fX-f8k1HLThe description says 4.3, but that that thickness of the platform, the heel has to be much higher than that.  I found these on, although currently out of stock, they are still saved on my account.

These are what I would consider strictly for dress attire because of their style.  On they are identified as wedding shoes, which they could be worn for special occasions.  I definitely don’t doubt that.  They are sexy and definitely as must have in your shoe collection.

51aL7pK8TUL._UY395_The trends of high heels are forever changing.  And although they look sexy and appealing, it is always recommended that you wear what is comfortable to you.  The 5-inch heel may look nice and appealing — if you are not comfortable wearing that height, you will run the risk of not walking in them properly, putting undue stress on your back and legs that can hurt you eventually.

These are my picks in the white high heel pumps.  What are your favorites?

Special Occasions: The Wedding Edition – Getting Married the Second Time Around

July 7, 2015

For the woman considering getting married for the second time, know that there are alternatives to the traditional wedding dresses especially if you’re wanting to keep it simple but elegant…and under a budget…and you want to wear white.  Let me tell you, when I get married again, i plan on wearing white and I plan on making it rock!

Here are some of my picks that I have been scouring the internet in search of the best dress ever.  So, everybody knows that you can find some amazing finds on Amazon, right?  And as a mother of a now 20-year old daughter, I go beyond looking for the best that fits within my budget because I want to save money for the festivities that will come after getting married, like having a party with some of my closest friends.

Modlily_119210_P_1416812167216My first pick comes from Aliexpress.  This brings a sexy allure to getting married.  Just a few weeks ago I was joking around about getting married in a white mini wedding dress.  And things just brings the A-game to the party.

What drew me to this was the beautiful bow, the beading on the sash, the peplum look, the neckline, and the short skirt.  And I love the puffed shoulders that just adds a bit of old fashion to the look.

Modlily_119210_P_1416812167719This is one of those pieces that not just any shoes will work with this if you’re planning to wear this walking down the isle.  I’m a high heel person so I would go with an open toe platform pump or a pointy toe studded high heel, or even a silver glitter sling back.  You don’t want to go over board board with this beautiful dress otherwise you throw it off.

img-thingShoes are the finishing touch of any ensemble.  And getting married is no different.  It’s like that Cinderella moment that you feel you have arrived when you walk through those doors.  And if you’re going to go with a white mini wedding dress, you better bring it because all eyes will be on you and you want to make it a moment your guests will remember.

My second choice for getting married that second time around, I looked at many white dresses that I felt fit the bill of what it was I was looking for exchanging vows the second time and my husband seeing me for the first time as beautiful as he has ever seen me.

Lace is not everyone’s favorite, but I think I was born with lace in my mouth.113322_thumb_P_1407224851127  When I first saw this particular dress because of the amount of lace that covers this dress all the way around.  It has a full zipper from top to bottom on the back.  It’s sexy, and it’s delicate.  And most of all it’s sexy.  And anyone who knows me knows that I look for the sexiness in everything I do when I am preparing for something.  This lace dress can be found on Aliexpress and Amazon, and comes in an array of different colors if white is not for you.  I have it in white.

Shoes?  I selected a pair that I thought showcased this dress perfectly.

Fashion-rhinestone-tassel-sandals-ultra-high-heels-platform-thin-heels-white-wedding-shoes-open-toe-shoe (1)I mentioned high heel pumps with an open toe, right?  What do you say about these?  I haven’t ordered these yet, but I found them in a Google search.  I like these because of the bow on the back.  Really amps up the dress, wouldn’t you say?  Hey, it’s a second wedding, you’re allowed to dare to be bold and daring, and sexy, but with an elegant approach.  This is the route I would go if I chose this ensemble.  Makeup would be light, I would go with an up do hair style, and I would have a silver clutch purse.  That’s how I would roll.

Next up, my next favorite ideas for getting married in comes with this beautiful garment that I just can’t take my eyes off.

1420823596636-P-23498171420823596303-thumb-P-2349817I like dresses with a hint of seduction in them.  Meaning you’re not only showing how beautiful you are, but you are seducing him at the same time.  Like I said, it’s the second wedding.  You’re allowed to break the rules.

This dress still wows me every time I see it because of the lace formation fitted into the design.   The length of the dress, the open back, the sleeves.  It brings old fashion to modern day beauty and lets a woman feel beautiful and sexy all at the same time.  This dress can be found on Aliexpress.

Shoes?  Well, you know I was not going to let you get away without finding out what shoes I have chosen to pair with this piece.

wedding-shoes-heels-photoBecause the dress is lace.  it would be too busy to go with a lace shoe so i chose chiffon.  I added a larger picture of this shoe because I wanted to show the detail of the chiffon and the overall design.

I love these in particularly because of the chiffon.  Has a zipper in the back, the emblem on the front, the platform and the heel works to suit the dress just right.  If you were to chose this ensemble, this would bet he style to go with, especially if you’re a lace fanatic as I am.

Keep accessories light and simple, go with an up do hair style to showcase the look and affect of the dress, and just let the day be your day of being beautiful and elegant because we don’t often get the opportunity.

These last two are my ultimate favorites!  My daughter calls them eloping dresses — as if I’m going to elope :) but one can never tell, right?

FF20088A_T03I found this masterpiece of a dress on Amazon.  I was blown away when I saw this [by accident] while looking for something else entirely differently.  It’s a full chiffon evening gown that can be worn either as a bridesmaid dress, a prom dress, and of course a wedding dress, or it can be worn to a gala.

$_35 (1)This white halter gown is elegant in its own right.  And if you order this dress the largest it comes in is large, and may not suit everyone’s physique.  It has a clasp in the back has a long ball ball gown skirt.  Although I love this gown, I have not decided if I am going to order it yet.

10889880_1I chose a silver lace high heel sandal that I found on Google and considering ordering.  I chose these because I love the overall look and style and feel they bring the right amount of elegant to this gown.  From the look of them they have a zipper in the back.  you can see the lace detail in the straps and over the foot.

The color is perfect and sets the right tone.

61GtSMVErGL._UL1500_ (1)For my final choice for getting married the second time, I chose — and have — this beautiful strapless gown.  I love the sassiness, and draping on the hips and in the front and back.  There is lace.  My dress came today, but I have not opened yet.  I love the sweetheart neckline.  And for the shoes I would either go with the silver high heel lace sandal above or I would go with the lace high heel peep toe pumps that I received last week.

I just love the beauty of lace.  And when they are designed into shoes, that makes it all the more better.

I first saw these shoes while preparing for an all white event I ended up not attending.  I did order them and when I received them I was overwhelmed and amazed at the same time at how gorgeous they were.

61up+3dApIL._UX535_I especially like these because of the design of the shoes.  I will have a full description of these as soon as I can find it.  But these are my choice for this beautiful dress and I know will make me look amazing.

This concludes my favorites for the woman who is getting married the second time and is exploring many different styles.  Today’s woman is going for the non-traditional while some are choosing to do it right the second in having the wedding they didn’t have the first time.

My wardrobe consists of attire catered for many events including getting married.  I prepare myself for every occasion possible because I never know what I may be invited to attend.

I hope you enjoy my choices.

Fashion: Summer Whites — Going Back to Basics

May 21, 2015

It’s that time again. Summer is fast approaching.  It’s a time when we start thinking about what we will be wearing this season and what summer trends are going to be topping the charts of the fashion headlines.  For me, this year I have been looking at what new trends designers have brought to the runway, what styles I can incorporate into my wardrobe, and how I can make over my overall look.

Well, this year I decided to go back to the styles and colors I love.  Bringing back my favorite colors and style choices.  And without breaking the bank.  Rainbow Shops has a line of summer whites which made me think about how it’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed an all white ensemble aside from those styles I’ve been designing in the past months.

shoes-heels-jpo-enzo-01_white_1_2_1First on my list was looking for new white high heel sandals.  Surprisingly, the particular style I like by Anne Michelle and have been looking for seems to be quite a popular style — because it’s been quite a difficult task finding them in my size.  I have found them online, but who wants to pay the outrageous cost of shipping.  Luckily I found them at a local boutique near where I live, and they only had one pair in my size.  And for $17.99, I think I got away with a good price, the style I wanted, and a perfect fit.

Next up in my search for the perfect all white ensemble, I went to Rainbow Show also near where I live and picked up these really cool and comfortable stretch white pants.  Talk about comfortable!!!  I have these particular pants in dark blue, light blue, tan, salmon, olive green, black, and now white.  Seems a little excessive, but I love the way they feel especially on warm days.

1874061651804010_001These are the best pairs of pants you can enjoy anytime of the year.  Sometimes you can find them in capri style also.  They are stylish, comfortable, can go with almost anything.  Dress them up with your favorite pair of heels, a sexy top, a blazer sweater, or you can dress them down with a pair of flats, tank top, or sneakers.

You can get away with these for $19.99 and you can find them at any Rainbow near you or online if you don’t have one in the area.  But what good are these comfortable white pants if you don’t have the perfect top?

For that I went to  Sure ordering from them can come with some headaches, a lot of waiting, and the possibility of something going wrong with the order, but sometimes, it’s worth the effort if it means getting what it is you want, with a good fit, and a remarkable price.

UT8fIBXXsJaXXagOFbXbI was actually looking for a lace cocktail dress to wear to an event in June, but when I saw this pretty little thing, I got totally distracted, never found the dress I was looking for because I was so fixated on this top that I had to look high and low on web site to see if I could find it in my size.  I got lucky and found one.  Me being me, I am a sucker for pretty soft lace.  And with the style and design of this top, it was a definite must have.  And for $5.98 with free shipping, you know I could not pass it up.  The payment was processed right away and was shipped immediately.  Faster than other sellers I have been dealing with.

Now let me tell you, if you are not familiar with ordering from AliExpress,com, there are a few things you should know.  Be sure you order at least two sizes larger than your regular size if at all possible because many of these items are coming from China and Hong Kong.  Therefore you will want to gauge your sizing just right.  The second thing to pay close attention to is the processing time.  Check the status of your order on a regular basis just to make sure it is being processed for shipping and that you are not running into any customs issues.  Make sure you order from a seller who will keep good communication with you.  I have run into those who never responded to any of my messages.

But anyway, this is just one of the summer white ensembles I will be sporting.  I will post my other favorite summer white ensembles as I acquire them.  Stay tuned.  And if you want to share with me your favorite summer white ensemble, email me at  I’d love to see what you come up with.

What’s New: Blogs To Pay Attention To

April 1, 2015

Hi Everybody,

No doubt many of year are getting ready for the Easter weekend as we celebrate the rising of our Lord.  Festivities starting on Good Friday, April 3 pouring into Sunday, April 5 with good food, good company, and our Sunday’s best dressed.

I just wanted to let everyone know who has been following my blogs since the start that I am doing some great things coming up and I want to make sure my readers out there are aware.

First up…if you haven’t been paying attention to my other blogs, here are the ones to be watching:

  • The Diamond Press:  This blog is the news and insight of what’s going on in entertainment, business and finance, real estate and so much more.  You will want to make sure you stop on by there from time to time to see what’s going on.  I am accepting contributions for this blog.  Email me if you would like to contribute articles, announcements, or photos.
  • Poetic Flow:  If you’re into poetry, this is one my very best blogs that showcases some of my writings.
  • Savvy Hair Studio:  Many of you have been sending me comments about hair, here is another one of my blogs you may find interesting.  Note:  I am also accepting contributions to this blog on suggestions, tips, and best uses for products.
  • A Mirrored Image:  Photography for me is on the horizon.  It spotlights some of my photos that I have taken. I will be photographing a wedding this month, so stay tuned for a sight specifically for wedding photographs.
  • Styled By Rene:  This blog is actually a spin-off to AtStudio5 and is dedicated to the fashion industry.  Coming soon will be a blog based on my brand as I have been asked to showcase some of my created styles in a fashion show in October 2015 for “Spring 2016.”  News about this opportunity is forthcoming.

These are  key blogs that are important as I move forward in my many ventures that are going some well-deserved attention.  If you haven’t already taken a look at them, stop on by and see what’s going on.

Fashion: Perfect Outfits When Attending a Wedding

March 28, 2015

Fashion has changed to the degree that even what we wear attending weddings has changed.  For some it has become more upscale, and for others it’s more of a laid back; and then there are those straight out the ghetto box, but you can’t judge them or criticize them.  They all are unique in their own way.

As we are continuously seeing fashion trends thinking outside the box with creativity at the help, the what do I wear to the wedding is a question that is being giving more and more consideration for the fashion conscience because the need to be different, unique, and of course not upstaging the bride and her wedding party, is essential.

So, I have a wedding coming up that I will also be photographing.  Now, I attended a wedding three years ago where the photographer was dressed like she was just lounging around the house. But that was her choice and what she was most comfortable in.  In this case, I am also a guest at the wedding so I have dual roles.  What this means is I have to dress as the guest and be prepared as the photographer.

1416786371807-P-2215365 1416786371972-P-2215365I was going to wear this fabulous blue lace dress.  See how the mesh drops it slightly off the shoulders, and how it opens in the back with a mesh covering?  Very glamorous and elegant.  But I thought better of the idea of wearing the dress since I’m going to be photographing the wedding, too.

I decided that this is more of a dress better for another special event like  the Blue & White event coming up in April, or going for cocktails, or for attending another function where dressing elegantly is called for.

Another thing we have to keep in mind is whether or not what you’re wearing is appropriate.  As guests attending the wedding, you really don’t want to be the one being talked about in a negative way because of what you wore.  Why put yourself in that type of situation anyway.

Wedding AttireI decided to switch it up altogether and go with something a little more subtle.

The blazer and pants are from H & M (off white), the blouse is an Eva Mendes collection piece from New York & Company when the line first launched in 2013, the purse is from Forever21 (getting ready to purchase), and the shoes are Qupid Pinch-01 I purchased from DB Shoes last year around September or October (can’t really remember when, but I obsessed over them until I got them).

Did I just pull a complete ensemble right out of my closet?  Well, yes I did!  I really didn’t want to spend a whole lot of money on an outfit when I’m going to be doing quite a bit of moving around.  This way, the money I am saving can go towards things like getting mine and my daughter’s hair done, getting her an outfit to wear, picking up camera equipment, and reserving a hotel room for an overnight stay.

The key to choosing the right ensemble is knowing what your style is, where the event is taking place, and how long you plan on staying.  You want to look good, but you also want to be comfortable. And of course you don’t want to look like you just climbed out of bed either.

So when you’re thinking about what to wear to a wedding, think about how far out you want to go how elegant you want to look, or how simple you want to keep it.  I like to keep it upscale.


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