Meet my good friend, Nancy Flaherty!
She is my fashion inspiration and will be guest blogging, "all things fashion." I met Nancy at Starbucks one night while knitting hats for children in Africa and we've been close ever since.
Nancy has a passion for everything fashion. She helped me accessorize my first knitted dress with red cowboy boots. Nancy also convinced me to celebrate my birthday at the Voque Knitting Show in NYC with her. A wonderful memory filled with fashion and fun in the Big Apple.
Along with fashion, Nancy is an enthusiastic supporter of the Arts. Opera, symphony, ballet, museums, movies, even Broadway shows. Her latest project is creating a scholarship fund for The Greater Atlanta Girls' Choir - www.atlgirlschoir.com She is chairing a committee that will be presenting a "Royal Tea and Fashion Show" to benefit the GAGC Tour Choir Scholarship Fund. Check it out if you are local, I know it will be over the top!
So here's some "Fashion from Flaherty":
Every spring, the sun comes out the leaves start to bud on the trees, the weather gets warmer and I begin to look at my wardrobe for fresh, new combinations. I read blogs, look through catalogs, check web sites and visit the malls to see what new pieces I can add to my collection. Because that is what fashion is to me: A collection.
In March, my favorite store Neiman Marcus at Lenox Mall has a spring trend event, with their creative director Ken Downing. Ken is the fashion director for all of the Neiman's stores, and when he says "wear your coat on your shoulders" women jump to it!
Ken's list for spring 2016 is as follows:
- Lace, lace, lace
- High-impact earrings
- Confident Reds
- The Wide-Leg Pant
- Bare Shoulders
- Shoes that Wrap and Tie
- Embellished Bags
- The Blazer Redefined
- Denim Everything
- Vivid Matte Lips
Neiman Marcus might seem to be a high-end store, but there is so much more beyond their doors. It is an experience.
The windows; I could stand in front of them and eat a croissant and drink a cup of coffee, (a la Audrey Hepburn). Designer fashions on the top level include Chanel, Prada, and Gucci, gowns by Oscar de la Renta, and a new Tom Ford boutique. Also on three are dresses and gowns, more moderately priced. The mid level has a section called "Cusp" that has more trendy pieces at a lower price point, a shoe salon, and makeup counters, that are wonderful if you just want a new lipstick to brighten your day. (one of Lisa's favorite things to do) The Cafe in the lower level has the most delicious she-crab soup ever! Who could want for more?
My advice to you is to go in there and start a conversation with a sales associate. They are all personal stylists and are able to help you all over the store. Be open with them about your budget - they won't judge you! They will keep an eye out for pieces you are searching for, and let you know when the sales will begin. The personal service at Neimans can't be matched anywhere.
Meet me in the cafe for lunch soon.