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bring on the sun.

4 Apr

All this warm weather, now in the Queen City, and cherry blossoms have me dreaming of lighter fabrics and brighter colors. There is something about change and new places and people that translates to wardrobes. I would like to switch out the contents of my closet for a get-up more like this. And remember the days when the weeks leading up to Easter were marked with the hunt for a perfect dress? I’m pretty sure this would do just fine.

lulu frost earrings | emilio pucci resort 2012| trouve clutch | sam edelman sophie wedge

Warmer Weather on My Mind.

16 Feb

All this back-and-forth, confused weather has me dreaming of warmer places and brighter colors. I personally could go without cold weather months all together. Shorter hemlines, ice cream, and sunscreen are just a few of my summer loves. And the Maldives only make the sun and sand more appealing. Any takers?

gold fairy dust | tory burch cactus wreath necklace | fibi & clo smoke cascade sandals | laura pearce ltd. bands | k.slademade color block clutch | butter london slapper | issa printed silk-satin kimono maxi dress | maldives

Bridesmaid Dresses | The Meghan.

10 Feb

I’ve been hiding behind yards and yards of chocolate brown dupioni silk for the past two weeks sewing and fitting bridesmaids dresses for a dear friend’s wedding in April. The only request was that we wear brown dresses, so beyond that the choice was wide opened on our end. The Meghan dress is the first one on the scene, fully lined and sleeveless with a ruffle neckline. Here are some of the details:

Shop | J.Crew.

20 Jan

I walked into J.Crew yesterday (shouldn’t have done it, actually yes I definitely should have) and wanted to walk out with every single one of these items to wear this weekend. Billy, who I like to consider my very own personal shopper, just kept throwing pieces over the dressing room door and my heart kept melting. How is it that I can like very single item I try on in one store? I mean, surely something has to be flawed… or not. Ok, there was one thing. I have the hardest time finding pants that actually fit, especially the length. I loved loved loved the Minnie but met the phrase, “you don’t have the calves for those pants” when I walked out of the fitting room. Interesting. I was ok with this only because they were way too big and not too small. It’s not often you hear a phrase like that.

| printed iphone case |

| contrast stripe tee |

| tillary purse || toothpick jean || pixie pant |

| turtle earrings |

Color | Shades of Green.

18 Jan

Green has always been a staple in my closet and for my home. I love the varying shades of this arguably neutral color. Try pairing it with khaki, taupe, chocolate, navy, or bold colors for the spring. Any of these softer pieces will suffice quite nicely for dress up or the interiors:

quote via {all the pretty things}. drapes {traditional home}. princess studs {juicy couture}. lemon quartz earrings {tacori}. dappled sea blouse {anthropologie}. top {jcrew}. dress {never fully dressed}.

Color Blocking | Red + Pink.

10 Jan

Ok. If you know me at all you know 2 things: 1. Red does not exist in my closet. I don’t gravitate towards it in stores and I never wear it, even at Christmas. 2. Pink sort of makes me think of pop princesses. Maybe it’s a little too girly, maybe I am just being obstinate towards it for no reason. It’s undecided.

However, something happened to me when I realized what a combo pink + red are together. Like, I want to go buy lots of pink and red this very moment. And wear them together. And I won’t even feel like I’m repping Valentine’s Day.

via {sterling style} daddy blouse with poppy collar {equipment} white + pink dress and bag {bottega veneta} multistone cuff {jcrew} large striped bangle {juicy couture}

2012 | anne marie cale.

3 Jan

Hope everyone had a Happy New Year! With the start of 2012, my mind is constantly buzzing with new ideas, exciting ventures, and lots and lots of planning. A lot of thought and preparation has gone/is going into launching anne marie cale, a brand that represents my love and passion for custom dresses. Here are a few of the ones I made last year:

| Ally Dress |

| Brittany Dress |

{green in the middle}

| Ally Dress |

{one shoulder in green and blue}

| Brittany Dress |

{on the right, the bride wore this for her Bridesmaid’s Luncheon}

| Anne Marie Dress |

{this gold + black brocade dress was my favorite of the year}

All of these dress are available in custom sizes and fabrics by contacting me at annecale@gmail.com. They will also be available online in the coming months. I’m excited for new styles, silhouettes, and colors – so check back for the 2012 Spring|Summer Collection!

Inspire | Heidi Merrick.

29 Dec

Yes, it’s only almost January. I realize that the cold is only starting here on the east coast, but I can not help dreaming of warmer days and sunny rays. Heidi Merrick’s Spring 2012 collection help put me in the summery mood last night and is inspiring my own Spring/Summer 2012 line.

Dress | One-Shoulder.

15 Dec

Here’s a little something else I’ve been working on. The thing I love most about this fabric is that it has a faint silver shimmer in the light. Originally, I bought this gold trim to enhance the look a little but haven’t finalized my thoughts on the addition.

A festive one-shoulder bow and shimmer make this dress essential for holiday parties or bridesmaids.

Holiday Party | Black + Gold.

14 Dec

And rocked around the Christmas tree I did, at the Charlotte City Club in this ensemble.

dress {anne marie cale}. earrings {jose and maria barrera}. ring {joyus}. shoes {christian louboutin}. clutch {lilly pulitzer}.

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