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Silhouette types for different bodies

Proportion based sizes, that’s what we do. Knowing that all bodies are built differently, we also have developed different silhouette types that focus on waist definition, or the lack of thereof. Even if you’ve got a super tiny mid-section, sometimes a looser cut just feels good.

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Our favorite emails from the weekend
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Boobs of Yesteryear

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Book(s) of the month – just a couple of suspenseful reads

Fiction doesn’t get read much around here, however the summer and holidays are a great time to diverge from the standard fact books and loose oneself in a good ole made up story.

Over Thanksgiving, I read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. The timing just happened to be as I was on the library waiting list for this book since summertime. This book is rated R for adult content and I’m honestly just not used to reading the F word so much in print. Took me a couple of days to get used to that. Great suspense, though. The momentum is so that you want to turn the next page and experience the story developing and see how the events turn.

 

Currently, I’m reading From Russia, With Love by Ian Fleming. Trivia – did you know Mr. Fleming also wrote Chitty Chitty Bang Bang? The WSJ Five Best inspired me to pick this book. Yes, there’s a naked woman in the very first chapter, also an adult book. Although my 12 year old son picked it up recently, hum … A little harder to follow as its chock full of Russian names and technology references that are 45 years old. A fine and entertaining story nonetheless.

Last year on the Carissa Rose blog:
Color Crush – Cobalt Blue
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What not to Wear – at Work
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Style on the Street
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BH Inaugural Trunk Show

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Style typs for every fall event

One year ago on the Carissa Rose blog:
What to wear with Quintana? DIY tuxedo pants.

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The White Shirt – classic for every age

Three years ago on the Carissa Rose blog:
Empreinte – the Cadillac of bras

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SUITS, Suits and more suits!

Suits are dominating the fashion landscape this season and had a strong showing for Spring as well at the recent shows.  Here, our favorite quotes from this weekend’s WSJ article about the ever chic ensemble.

Upon graduating from Wharton Business School, Tank Magazine publisher Caroline Issa splurged on a navy Jil Sander for her job as a management consultant. Ms. Issa has since switched her career path but has remained a fan of suits; . . . “When you’re wearing a well-cut suit, there is a sense of power,” she said. “You look really polished, even though it’s so simple.”

“I feel comfortable, and somehow more myself,” said jewelry designer Gaia Repossi. “I think they are the symbol of a clever woman who likes to be praised for her mind.”  Ms. Repossi prefers Céline, Maison Martin Margiela and Balenciaga for the best suits “with an edgy touch,” but points out that “a lot of Italian ladies go straight to the tailor and they are right to do so.”

Anastasia Barbieri, the fashion director of Vogue Hommes and editor at large for Vogue Paris, is rarely seen out of one. “I started wearing suits when I was about 18; the first was a vintage Pierre Cardin tuxedo,” said Ms. Barbieri.

Personally, I love the pantsuit that is cut close to the body with a narrow silhouette, thus the last two pictures we borrowed from WSJ.com.

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Scrumptious Saturday – kind of

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A Story for You

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Why do designers banish the bust?

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Antonia – versatile to the max

Two approaches to wearing Bianca are shown below, which one are your prone to wear?

The more conservative option …

 

Option 2, for the more dramatic, brave souls among us who want to be instantly seen.

 

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Our most wanted item this fall

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The Color of Valor at the Price of Value

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Your Bra Wardrobe

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My Story, My Dream

 

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Knit tops – Bianca for Fall

We have our first knit tops now available at CarissaRose.com. This is our crowd-sourced new line (through Kickstarter).

My favorite top and color is this one. I’m always partial to a deep navy and this colorway of Bianca has pique collar and cuffs – so sporty! I especially like the henley collar drawing the eye downward to create that vertical line. Such a nice detail. This is how I plan on wearing her.

Grey jeans, really grey everything right now. I’m so into this color! Boots, bag, dress. Asphalt, charcoal, graphite, concrete, grey, Grey, GREY!!

Topped off with a pair of boots from my favorite brand of shoes.

Caveat: what if you’re not built to fit well into designer denim? Try these pants – Lisette-L from a husband wife team in Canada. I was introduced to them from a big player in the Dallas garment industry trying to knock them off, which means that these Lisette pants probably have strong sales and solid fit.

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Boy breasts or Girl bustline?
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Foxworthy’s Fashions

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Scrumptious Saturday – Low Carb Parfait

Having jumped on the low carb bandwagon last spring, I found the inspiration for this treat in the New Atkins cookbook. The book has it paired with berries, toasted coconut and cinnamon roasted almonds. What you pair it with is personal preference, go wild!

I container Greek yogurt. Atkins will tell you go for full fat, I’ve made this with 2% and it was fine.

Heavy whipping cream – I use 3:1 ratio of yogurt to whipping cream.

1.5 tsp (1/2 tblsp) stevia. My favorite is pictured below with a clickable link.

 

Directions:

  • whip cream until soft peaks form (using a chilled bowl is really helpful in getting the air into the cream).
  • add stevia and whisk until blended
  • add yogurt and whisk until blended

Serve it up! This whipped yogurt concoction is not sweet enough for my children so they add honey, chocolate syrup or strawberry preserves if they so desire. I prefer the tart flavor and have even been known to mix 1/2 an avocado into my whipped yogurt. Its the closest I’ve gotten to the flavor of Avocado Tart offering at Yumilicious Frozen Yogurt. Now if I can just get some mochi to put on the top.


And I wonder what will happen to the texture if I freeze it, hum …

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Transition into Fall

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Carissa Rose TV Channel

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Elixir de lingerie by Lejaby

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Colored Pants for Fall

I am seeing brightly hued pants everywhere this fall. Yes, they were also prevalent in spring, and they have carried over.

My mentor wore a pair of purple J. Crew pants anchored by a brown/cream zebra print blouse to lunch recently. The pants hit above the ankle and were skinny. A very modern cut and a super cute look.

 

The smartest way to buy-in to this trend is a pant made out of a casual fabric, for example cotton or polyester. Stay away from investing in wool pants in the primary colors. I just don’t think that is a wise investment of your hard earned dollars.

Personally, I’m not sure if this is a trend I’ll participate in. I’m still scarred from the colorful denim trend when I was in college in the early nineties. I faithfully bought various colors from the Gap and probably wore them past their prime. I remember culling them from my closet. That was a good thing.

Notice that two of these pictures do use black/white high contrast tops to balance the pop of color on the pants. Smart move.

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Intimacy NorthPark Center Dallas

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Summer Reads 2012

Its summertime, actually late summertime, and the summer is when most busy women can catch up a bit on their pleasure reading. Most of my friends read fiction during the long summer days lounging poolside, but I’m more of a fact kind of girl.

This summer, as usual, I really enjoyed some poignant auto biographies. My interest in Barbara Walters’ biography was piqued by Katie Couric’s book. This memoir is a bear to get through at 500+ pages, but is an easy and enthralling story. Ms. Walters has privy to some very intriguing stories.

My mentor actually recommended Michael Gil Gates‘ book to me. So of course, being the ever good mentee, I ran right out and got it. This book is a pretty quick read and offers great insight into Mr. Gates’ journey, and the journey of his Starbucks employee. Worth reading if you enjoy Sbucks and for a while you will think of these characters every time you enter a Starbucks.

To be honest, I read this book in one very long night. I had gotten the flu (I found it strange to get the flu in July) and wasn’t sleeping well so I read this book into the wee hours of the night. This book was great inspiration for me as the hero is a woman with many children and definitely did not come from a family of privilege nor marry into a family of privilege. Suze Orman wrote the introduction, which is how I found this book.

If you’ve read some great books this summer, please share them with us!

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Color Pop!

While reading InStyle Magazine, an article caught our eye.  It was about bringing color accents into mostly dark colored wardrobes for a fun new way to wear some of your favorite pieces. Noticing a dominance of dark colors amongst our collection, and that our most popular color sold is black, we though it would be fun to add a couple of pops of color to some of our Carissa Rose styles.

We thought up some simple ways to add color to a dark outfit.  Jewelry is always a great and subtle statement maker; necklaces, rings and even earrings can add a dynamic look to a simple outfit. We took Xena and added contrasting necklaces both adding a pop of red to the dark top.

Taking the same idea about statement jewelry, we added pearls and a cameo brooch to contrast the dark colors of our Lola in Eclipse.

Another way to add a pop of color is to pair your top with a color accent bottom, or even adding a colored belt to your outfit. Here we took a statement making purple corduroy skirt and paired it with Sabrina, we also added a purple necklace to match and a black waist belt for a more put together look.

These are just a few ways to add pops of color to your outfits, but the possibilities are endless – scarves, shoes, bags, even camis can add a fun color accent to any outfit. So look in your closet and dig through some drawers.  Maybe some of your vintage jewelry can help inspire a new outfit.

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Lingerie – for the bedroom

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