Thursday, April 30, 2015

Fashion Revolution Day: Do You Know Where Your Clothes Were Made?


April 24th was Fashion Revolution Day, a day when the fashion community gathers to remember the 1,133 garment manufacturers who were killed, and the 2,500 who were injured, in Dhaka, Bangladesh when Rana Plaza, the building they were working in, collapsed. Cracks had appeared in the building the day before, but the workers were told that if they did not come to work on that day, they would not receive their attendance bonus for the month. The workers were paid barely enough to live on, and could not risk losing their attendance bonus, so instead many of them lost their lives. The clothing that was being made in that factory was for stores such as Benetton, Mango and Zara.



To celebrate Fashion Revolution Day, I attended a networking cocktail event hosted by London Ethnic, which is a British company who provides a platform for British designers who manufacture their clothing in Great Britain under sustainable and positive labor conditions. The event raised money for the families of the victims of the disaster. The event was a great chance to get out into the city, and I had a lot of fun taking pictures of the models while raising money for an important cause!




Fashion Revolution Day seeks to gather together people who love fashion and encourages them to ask "Who Made My Clothes?"The hope is that by asking that question, it will bring awareness to the difficult lives many garment workers lead and encourage companies to do everything they can to improve these workers' lives.


To find out more about Fashion Revolution Day, visit their website here.

To find out more about London Ethnic, or to shop their online boutique, visit here.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Fashion Round-Up: Comfortable Low Shoes

As much we all love heels, there are days when our feet desperately need a break. Here is a look at some of this season's best, comfortable shoes. Invest in a pair of comfortable low shoes to alternate with your pumps. Your feet will thank you!

1. Leather Loafer 

Naturalizer 'Saban' Leather Loafer 

With clean and classic lines, this loafer combines comfort and elegance. The shoe offers cushioning and support, along with a smooth, leather upper lining and sole.


2. Loafer with a Heel 

Munro 'Mallory' Leather Loafer

This loafer has a classic silhouette and small block heel that is comfortable and stylish. Available in a variety of colors, this loafer will be your go-to comfortable shoe for the office.

3. The Metallic Flat 

Born 'Tiffney' Flat

I love a sophisticated ballerina flat, especially in a metallic. These comfortable flats from Born provide support, flexibility and look perfect with a pencil skirt or black trousers.

4. Western Inspired Ballet Flat with a Heel 

Ariat 'Dreamer' Leather Ballet Flat

For a more casual shoe, opt for a leather, western inspired flat with a distressed vintage feel. Love these flats in red that are great to slip on after a long day at the office.

5. Wedges with a Twist 

Tali Wedge Peep Toe
Cole Haan Wedge Pump 

Try a comfortable wedge in either a peep-toe or closed-toe style. I love a patent leather shoe with a little extra shine. These wedges are cushioned with Nike Air for all day comfort at the office.

6. The Wedge Pump 

Cole Haan 'Bethany' Wedge Pump 

The comfort of a wedge, with the classic style of a pump. This Cole Hann almond-toe pump is designed to be an office staple, with endless comfort.

7. Two-Tone Patent Leather 

Geox 'Floralie 13' Wedge Pump

These italian leather, glossy cap-toe wedge pumps are comfortable and waterproof. Perfect for the working girl who needs something to take her from the boardroom, to brunch with friends.

8. Snakeskin Embossed Pumps 

Geox 'Elina 1' Snake Embossed Pump

If you want a short heel that is still comfortable, invest in a kitten heel pump to give you a little height without killing your feet. Love these embossed, snakeskin pumps that are endlessly chic.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Chicken and Strawberry Salad

The perfect light and healthy spring recipe, this chicken and strawberry salad is full of flavor and freshness. Salads are a great no-bake idea for dinner or lunch at the office, and adding some chicken and fresh strawberries sends this recipe over the top.

The recipe is from MyRecipes.com and makes 4 servings.

Chicken and Strawberry Salad

Chicken and Strawberry Salad - MyRecipes.com

Dressing Ingredients: 

1 Tablespoon Sugar
2 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Water
1/8 Tablespoon Salt
1/8 Tablespoon Ground Pepper
2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Salad Ingredients: 

4 Cups Romaine Lettuce
4 Cups Arugula
2 Cups Quartered Strawberries
1/4 Cup Small Green Onions
12 Ounces, Boneless Chicken Shredded
2 Tablespoons Unsalted Cashews Halved
1/2 Cup Crumbled Blue Cheese

Directions: 

To make the dressing, pour all ingredients into a small bowl and whisk together until smooth. For the salad, combine all ingredients in a large salad bowl and toss together. Drizzle the dressing on top of the salad and toss again, or leave the dressing on the side for individuals to add on their own.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Fashion Obsession: The Wrap Dress

The wrap dress has been a classic and iconic style for decades. Diane Von Furstenburg has been credited with 'inventing' it in 1972, although earlier versions of the wrap dress can be seen in 1930's and 40's collections as well. The style grew in popularity throughout the 70's as a symbol of women's liberation, and continues to be popular today. The flattering cut of the wrap dress highlights a woman's curves and hugs the body in all the right places. This dress can also be a great style for the office, and an easy one piece look you can throw on in the morning. Below are some of my favorite wrap dresses this season, in a variety of fabrics and styles.

1. The Polka Dot Wrap Dress 

Eliza J Polka Dot Jersey Faux Wrap Dress

This charming jersey dress has personality, and a vintage feel. The flattering faux wrap style and mock collar keeps this dress professional and perfect for the office.

3. The Little Black Wrap Dress 

Diane von Furstenberg 'New Jeanne Two' Wrap Dress

A classic black wrap dress is a must-have for every professional woman. This will be your go-to look when you do not have time to think through your morning outfit. Perfect to pair with elegant jewelry and a colorful tote.

4. The Colorful Wrap Dress 


Although the wrap dress is a classic style, this does not mean it has to be boring. A colorful print is a great way to liven up the wrap dress and transition from winter to spring. I love this Lilly Pulitzer wrap dress with a bright pattern and true wrap style.

2. The Printed Wrap Dress 

FELICITY & COCO Print Jersey Dress

I love a print for the office that has neutral tones to keep it professional. This grey wrap dress with a hint of blue has flattering three quarter length sleeves and a soft, comfortable fabric.


5. The Full Skirt Wrap Dress 

Piece & Co and Diane von Furstenberg 'Jadrian' Cotton Wrap Dress

Take your wrap dress style up a notch with an full skirt. This dress is slightly more formal and fun with a pleated skirt that really makes a statement. The fabric is also 100% cotton, making it cool and comfortable for spring.

If you do not have a wrap dress in your closet, definitely add it to your wish list. This style flatters almost everyone, and there are so many fabrics and styles to choose from. Leave your comments for Polished Pinstripes below!


Monday, April 20, 2015

Fashion Round-Up: Favorite Spring Sandals

Spring time means sandal weather - so it is finally time to break out all your favorite strappy shoes. Here is a round-up of some of this season's sandal trends that are must-haves for your spring wardrobe. Most of them are work appropriate, if you can wear open toe shoes to the office, and the others you can save for a spring night out or fun weekend activity.

1. The Ankle Strap Sandal


Steve Madden 'Stecy' Sandal
The slim ankle strap sandal is perfect for the office or a spring date night out. A fun pop of color in a strappy sandal does not seem too over powering, and adds a fun spring hue to your look.

2. The Block Heel Sandal


Vince 'Addie' Sandal 
The blocked heel is back in style this spring, and gives a sophisticated look to any outfit. I love a classic leather sandal, and this steel color is a great neutral tone.

3. The Updated Birkenstock 

Birkenstock 'Bellary' Metallic Slide Sandal

Yes ladies, the Birkenstocks are back! Whether you thought this day would come or not, it has....and these comfortable shoes are back on trend this spring, and available in all new styles and colors. While these are not office appropriate, you might invest in a pair to give your feet a break from heels on the weekend.

4. The Lace-Up Sandal 

SJP 'Florencia' Lace-Up Cutout Sandal

The lace-up sandal is a stunning style for spring and seamlessly pairs menswear with the timeless stiletto sandal. Love the classic black with cutouts from Sarah Jessica Parker's line.

5. The Casual Wedge 

Seychelles 'Constellation' Wedge Sandal

Wedges are amazing because they are so comfortable, but still look chic and trendy. I love this t-strap in a rustic brown that looks vintage and and still feels elegant.

Add these sandals styles to your spring wardrobe, and your feet will be on trendy all season long. Leave your comments and questions for Polished Pinstripes below!

Friday, April 17, 2015

What to Wear: Spring Date Night Outfit




 







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Warm weather is here, flowers are blooming, and London is full of bright colors and of course, hats! This spring, invest in some fashionable statement pieces that can transition your office look to a spring date night outfit in no time. Wear a blazer with a pencil skirt and tote bag to work. After your day at the office, trade the pencil skirt for a fun tulle skirt, add a hat and gold clutch, and your date night look is ready to go. The statement piece, along with some well chosen accessories, can transition any office outfit in minutes. For the busy woman running from the office to her night out, mixing and matching professional pieces with fashionable trends is a great way to save time and money.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Spring Recipes: Chicken and Arugula Pita Pockets

Looking for a fresh and healthy spring lunch idea?! These light and fresh pita pocket sandwiches are the perfect option. The pesto sauce is amazing, and you can make a batch on the weekend and pack these for lunch all week at the office.

This recipe is from The Food Network's Giada De Laurentiis and makes 4 servings.

Chicken and Arugula Pita Pockets 

Chicken and Arugula Pita Pockets - Giada De Laurentiis 

Ingredients: 

2 Whole White Pitas, Cut in Half
1/4 Cup Mayonnaise (substitute plain greek yogurt for a healthier option)
1 Teaspoon Lemon Zest
2 Rotisserie Chicken Breasts Cubed, or Canned Chicken
8 Cherry Tomatoes, Sliced
1 Cup Arugula - for inside pitas
2 Cups Packed Arugula - for Pesto
1/2 Cup Olive Oil
1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese
1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Pepper

Directions: 

Step 1: First make the arugula pesto by blending arugula and olive oil in a food processor. Then stir in the parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.

Step 2: Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Bake pita halves in oven for around 5 minutes until warm.

Step 3: In a large bowl mix together the mayonnaise (or greek yogurt), lemon zest and the arugula pesto you made earlier. Then stir in the cubed chicken.

Step 4: To assemble the pitas, fill with the chicken mixture, then top with fresh arugula and cherry tomatoes. Enjoy!


Monday, April 13, 2015

Fashion Round-Up: Festival Style for the Office

If all the pictures from Coachella this week are making you long for fringe and flowered headbands...add some festival-inspired pieces to your work wardrobe. Enjoy the bohemian style, blended seamlessly with your professional attire. Here are 5 of my favorite hipster-chic pieces that work in a corporate environment.

1. Slouchy Tank 

Fee People 'Long Beach' Tank

Wear a fun, slouchy tank under a professional blazer to combine casual and office appropriate. Add some long necklaces with a pop of color, along with neutral trousers and office pumps.

2. Beaded Necklace

Nordstrom Beaded Necklace

This festival inspired necklace looks perfect over a simple sheath dress or with a classic suit. Add a pop of color with turquoise or coral beads to bring some bright hues to your spring look.

3. Fringe Bootie 

Steve Madden 'Ponncho' Suede Bootie 

Wear a small amount of fringe to the office with a fashionable, suede bootie. Choose a neutral color that you can pair with a professional suit and jacket.

4. Woven Head Wrap 

Tasha 'Show Me' Woven Mesh Head Wrap

Embrace the bohemian look with a stylish head wrap. Make your hair into a professional french twist, then add the head wrap for a chic touch.

5. Fringe Tote Bag 

Vince Camuto Leather Fringe Tote

Have fun with fringe this spring with a fringe tote bag. This Vince Camuto tote has soft pebbled leather, and just enough fringe to make it festival-inspired, but still professional.

Add these festival favorites to your work wardrobe this week. Leave your comments and questions for Polished Pinstripes below.



Friday, April 10, 2015

Spring Recipes: Orange-Berry Swirl Smoothie

Nothing says springtime more than fresh ingredients, and this orange-berry swirl smoothie is simple and so delicious. The perfect healthy breakfast, make this smoothie in the morning or afternoon for a snack.

This recipe is from MyRecipes.com and makes 5 servings.
Orange-Berry Swirl Recipe: MyRecipes.com

Ingredients: 

2 (10 oz) Packages of Frozen Strawberries
1 (6 oz) Container of Non-Fat Greek Yogurt
1 Cup Fresh Orange Juice
1 Cup Fat Free Milk or Almond Milk

Directions: 

Mix frozen strawberries and orange juice in blender. Add greek yogurt and almond milk and blend until smooth. Pour into individual chilled glasses, serve and enjoy!

Try this recipe and let me know what you think! Leave your comments and questions for Polished Pinstripes below.


Monday, April 6, 2015

Fashion Round-up: Spring Florals

April has arrived and spring is officially in bloom! The past week in London has been cold and rainy, but the sun is starting to peak out from behind the clouds, and warm days are on the horizon. Make your wardrobe flourish with fun florals that will brighten up any day. This season, floral patterns were everywhere on the Spring 2015 runways. Make this trend office appropriate by pairing a floral piece with neutrals for a professional look. Below are some of my favorite floral pieces you can add to your wardrobe this spring.


1. The Floral Sheath Dress 

Adrianna Papell Caged Yoke Sheath Dress


Choose a dress with a fun pattern and simple, more reserved style, to keep the look office professional. The sheath dress is a classic silhouette that looks great paired with a blazer and simple pumps.

2. Floral Pumps 

Manolo Blahnik 'BB' Pump

What better way to add hint of floral than with a floral pump?! I am sure Carrie Bradshaw would agree, these Manolo Blahnik heels are to die for! The bright floral print looks perfect with a blush, pencil skirt.

3. Floral Print Blouse 

Vince Camuto 'Broken Photo' Floral Blouse

Invest in a few patterned blouses to pair with black, navy or nude trousers for the office. An easy outfit to put together in the morning, this look will be right on trend this spring.

4. Floral Midi Skirt 

Milly 'Luna' Floral Print Midi Skirt 
The 50's inspired midi skirt is back on trend this season, and this classic silhouette always looks chic and professional. The skirt above has pleats and a fun, pop-art floral pattern that looks modern and timeless.

5. The Floral Tote Bag 

Ted Baker London 'Mirrored Tropics Icon' Tote

If you are wary of floral patterns, ease into the trend with a floral tote bag. This accessory adds a pop of color and pattern to any office look, without being overpowering. Definitely a must-have this spring.

6. Printed Floral Sunglasses 

Gucci 55mm Retro Sunglasses 

Ready to fully embrace the floral trend?! Try some floral sunglasses. Gucci makes an incredible retro pair pictured above, but Nordstrom's PB line also has some that are super affordable.


7. Floral Jacket 

Trina Turk 'Lee' Floral Print Coat

A floral coat can be a complete showstopper piece for your professional wardrobe. A statement jacket looks great with neutral suits, and adds serious style to a basic office outfit.

Happy Spring! Leave your comments and questions for Polished Pinstripes below. What is YOUR favorite way to wear floral?!




Friday, April 3, 2015

Spring Recipes: Good Friday Mustard-Roasted Fish

It is customary on Good Friday not to eat meat, so instead take the opportunity to try a new fish recipe for dinner tonight. This mustard-roasted fish by the Barefoot Contessa uses two types of mustard to create an incredible sauce that gives flavor to even the simplest fish. I love making this recipe with red snapper but you could use any white fish you have.

This recipe is from Food Network Star: The Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten and serves 4.

Mustard-Roasted Fish Recipe 

Barefoot Contessa - Mustard Roasted Fish

Ingredients: 


4 (8 ounce) Fish Fillets
Salt and Pepper
8 Ounces Creme Fraiche or Heavy Cream
3 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard
1 Tablespoon Whole Grain Mustard
2 Tablespoons Minced Shallots
2 Tablespoons Drained Capers

Directions: 


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place fish fillets in baking dish and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Next, combine the creme fraiche, both types of mustard, shallots, capers, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Spoon the mixture onto the fish fillets and spread evenly over all 4. Bake fish for 10-15 minutes until it's barely done. Serve hot and enjoy!

Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think! Leave comments and questions for Polished Pinstripes below.


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Fashion Round-Up: Easter Office Pastels

With Easter right around the corner, we are all getting the spring time jitters. While planning your Easter Sunday outfit, you may want to include spring's fabulous color palette in your work wardrobe as well. Banish the black and embrace your feminine side with lightweight fabrics and fun pastels. Here is a round-up of springtime pieces that are Easter inspired and perfectly professional.

1. Pastel Sheath Dress 

Tahari Embellished Sheath Dress 

I love this chic office dress with a fun new color for spring. Add this dress to your work wardrobe for some variety this season. Pair it with a blazer, nude heels and a tote bag for a fashionable spring look.

2. Neutral Flats 

Salvatore Ferragamo Mary Jane Flat

Sometimes your feet need a break from heels, and these adorable flats are the perfect go-to style. Love the light neutral color that will take you from spring into summer this year.

3. Pastel Office Tote 

Rebecca Minkoff 'MAB' Tote

Who says your office tote has to be black?! This aloe green color is to die for, and definitely the perfect color for April. The Rebecca Minkoff 'MAB' Tote is one of my favorites for the office, and comes in a variety of sizes.

4. Peach Statement Necklace 

Cabochon Statement Necklace 

A great statement necklace is one of my favorite ways to dress up a simple black office dress. Love this light color that is simple and understated. The price of this necklace is also amazing!

5. Slingback Pumps 

J. Renee 'Alsen' Slingback Pump

Have fun with a pop of pastel this spring. A classic style, the slingback pump, is sleek, simple, and perfect for the office. Ad some spring flavor with a lilac hue.

6. Pleated A-Line Skirt 

Chelsea28 Pleated A-Line Skirt

A bright colored skirt is always great for the office, paired with neutrals. Love this a-line style with pleats that gives a crisp, professional sillouette.


Leave your comments and questions for Polished Pinstripes below - let me know YOUR favorite spring time color!


 
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