Berry Me!

I've spent this past week putting together some fall looks for a fun little project, and it has made me CRAVE pumpkin spice lattes, cooler weather and, of course, fall fashion. But given that the temperatures are rising to 111 degrees here in Phoenix, Arizona, I don't think any of those things are going to happen for at least a couple months. So, what can I do to start embracing fall without sweating profusely? Wear autumn colors!


Berry tones are going to be all over stores this coming season. Whether you lean toward purple or red, you will definitely be able to find clothing in a shade you enjoy.


And if you really want to be on trend, berry bags are the "must have" color for toting your personal belongings around in style.


This trend isn't just for the ladies either. Menswear has completely adopted shades of berries into their collections. I don't know about you, but men in sweaters make me weak in the knees.

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Winter Nautical Wedding

I had a wonderful opportunity to help style the wardrobe for a bridal shoot for Arizona Foothills Magazine. The project was with a VERY talented group of people, and was photographed by my dear friend Gina Meola. You may remember her work from our architectural bridal shoot that was recently published in Style Me Pretty.

This styled wedding shoot was centered around having a nautical wedding in the winter. You never hear about weddings near the water in the winter time, especially in Arizona. Well, my friends, the water isn't just reserved for the summertime.

With a winter color palette of navy, maroon, white and silver, you can definitely have a beautiful nautical wedding right now!

Check out the Pinterest board that Gina and I put together to get the project off on the right foot. (I seriously can't say enough how great style boards are for visualizing the direction of a project).

Saks Fifth Avenue was SO kind to lend all of the beautiful menswear, shoes and cocktail attire.

We had two looks for the shoot - formal bridal attire and cocktail attire.

Starting with the bridal, Mariee, my favorite bridal boutique in Phoenix, let us use THE perfect wedding dress for this shoot - a Matthew Christopher gown!! The silver bands are perfection!

And umm...Hello, Louboutins?!! I never tire of the red sole, and these shoes make a statement!

For menswear, we went with a classic navy pinstriped suit, white dress shirt and a maroon tie. Nothing fussy and everything timeless.

As for the cocktail reception, I thought a knit sweater would be perfect for nautical vibe. Paired with slacks and great shoes, it's a fresh change from the typical sport coat.


As for our bride, a one-shouldered sparkly cocktail dress was a perfect complement to the menswear - simple and timeless with a touch of glam.

To see more photos of the food, desserts and lovely boat, check out Gina's blog!

Fashion Stylist: Alex of AVE Styles Matthew Christopher Wedding Gown: Mariee Bridal Shoes and Wardrobe: Saks Fifth Avenue Catering: Creative Hands Cuisine Florals and Decor: Encore Creative Sweet Treats: Tammie Coe Cakes Venue Rental: Bella Palazzo Models: Ashley and Brad Richardson Hair and Makeup: Arthur Frederico Stationery: The Paper Place

Red Lips Question

redlipsSo, red lips always seem to become popular when fall roles around. This year dark, rich reds and maroons are very prominent. Here's the thing though, I've heard it said by a couple of guys that they don't like red lipstick on girls. Is this true? Why?I don't know if the answers will stop me from wearing red lipstick because I love it, but I'm definitely curious of the answers! lipcolorsred-lips-fashionchristina-red-lipsjessica-biel-big-red-lips