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Happy Memorial Day from Shireen Sandoval!

Happy Memorial Day from Shireen Sandoval!

Happy Memorial Day from Shireen Sandoval!

Happy Memorial Day & God Bless America from all of us at Shireen’s Favorite Things fashion blog
xo

Monday, May 26, 2014

The Must Have Maxi (just because…)

The Must Have Maxi (just because...)

The Must Have Maxi (just because...)

The Must Have Maxi (just because...)

The Must Have Maxi (just because...)

My love for the high-low hemline started way back in high school because of a beautiful dress that I wore to my eleventh grade prom. While that hemline brought me a lot of happiness back then, the style quickly came and went. Now, a few decades later, “The Must Have Maxi (just because…),” is the must have dress of the Summer.

The style originated in the 19th century, to complement women’s evening wear. It was created to mix elegance and drama. It was also popular in the 30’s and 40’s and eventually, in the Summer of 2012, it seamlessly fit into fashion again. It’s been gaining steam ever since. The fun and flirty hemline is extremely versatile and best of all, it can show off a killer pair of legs or your favorite pair of shoes.

Even though the high-low skirt is uber-popular, I tend to lean toward the dress trend. For me, it’s more of a streamlined look. Sometimes a shirt/skirt pairing can be bulky, because you’re dealing with extra material. Especially if you’re petite and especially if you’re donning a dramatic hemline. The dress, on the other hand, elongates the body and if you pair it with nude shoes or an opened-toed, beige bootie (preferably the color of your skin,) you’ll immediately add extra length to your legs.

Find out more about the asymmetrical dress that launched my love affair with “The Must Have Maxi (just because…),” by clicking: www.wsvn.com or to buy the Cynthia Vincent dress pictured in the blog click: www.kokopalenki.com

Happy summer dress shopping! xo

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 ,

A State of Grace

A State of Grace

A State of Grace

A State of Grace

A State of Grace

Once upon a time, when glamour still reigned supreme and reality television and Kim Kardashian’s large derriere weren’t the center of pop culture, a glamorous Academy-Award winning actress fell in love with a prince. Their courtship captivated the world and their wedding, a royal affair, became the stuff dreams and romantic movies are made of.

Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco met on a photo shoot at the Cannes Film Festival in the 50’s. At the time, Grace was just 25 years old, but already a bonafide movie star in Hollywood. Legend has it, Grace actually wanted to cancel the shoot because she had to get her hair done (something I totally understand,) but instead, upon a fellow actor’s urging, she decided to show up. The pair hit it off immediately.

There are a lot of different rumors about the way the rest of Grace’s life played out. The more salacious ones are said to be highlighted in the new movie, “Grace of Monaco,” starring Oscar-winning actress, Nicole Kidman. It’s debuting this year at Cannes, which I happen to be attending.

For more on the life and style of Grace Kelly click here: www.wsvn.com or channel her most famous fashion statement (a beautiful scarf and dramatic sunglasses) at www.hermes.com

The Graduated Gladiator

The Graduated Gladiator

The Graduated Gladiator

The Graduated Gladiator

The Graduated Gladiator

I fell head over heels in love with all things Roman esque back in 2000, when Russell Crowe breathed life into the rugged, rough-around-the edges and somewhat romantic character, General Maximus Decimus Meridius in Ridley Scott’s epic drama,”Gladiator.

Matter of fact, everyone in the movie looked nothing short of spectacular, thanks to British Costume designer Janty Yates. Her designs were such a dazzling display of decadence, they spilled off the big screen and splashed onto fashion runways everywhere. Eventually, the Greek chic look became mainstream and Janty would go onto win her first Academy Award.

Over the next fourteen years, Gladiator styles (everything from ribbon braids, one shoulder maxi dresses, bold arm cuffs and gold wired earrings,) would fade in-and-out of fashion, but the shoe, or some version of it, would make a lasting impression. Especially this Spring and Summer. The leather-bound, head-turning, leg-climbing, sexy sandal has become a strapping wardrobe staple for fashionistas everywhere.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, but a romantic Roman look can be, just click: www.kokoandpalenki.com to get started or to find out more about the history of this bold, buckled up, beautiful shoe click here: www.wsvn.com

Flower Power (a true awakening)

Flower Power (a true awakening)

Flower Power (a true awakening)

Flower Power (a true awakening)

I smile wholeheartedly when I see flowers speckling the landscape of what is called a “fashionable life” (like the dress pictured in the blog by Clover Canyon.) And while a gorgeous, garden extravaganza on any garment is a clothing trend now, for me “Flower Power (a true awakening)” is a way of life. Find out why at www.wsvn.com or to buy the dress featured in the blog, click here: www.kokopalenki.com
Happy Spring!