5.12.2014

Kaftan'd (plus added bonus)

After the fashion post, stay to the end for my book review on 
Living In Style by Rachel Zoe.

Fashion insider, Lucinda Chambers, recently stated during a panel discussion, "Style is the opposite of fashion. Fashion represents OUT with the old and IN with the new. If you have your style, when you look at the fashion shows and magazines, you'll look at them saying, How do I fit the fashion into my wardrobe? And it won't be, I want to completely reinvent my wardrobe for the fashion."

Such is the case for the Kaftan in today's look. When seeing the piece in the store, I decided to purchase it, not because they are currently ├╝ber popular, but because I saw a special way that it could fit into my wardrobe and my life. With the laid-back, almost vacation-esque vibe of my weekends in California, combined with my families cultural activities, I found that this piece would work beautifully with my lifestyle. I plan on styling the kaftan as an addition to an ensemble (like I've done for this post), or as a dress, and even as a swimsuit cover-up. Enjoy!

Today's Look: Kaftan: H&M (similar on Amazon) White Denim Jean: Loft, White Tank Top: Loft, Sandals: Zara (old but other styles from Zappos), Aviators: Loft, Scarf purchased from a flea market, Peace charm necklace purchased from an artisan (here is an option Tiffany & Co)



The fabric is lightweight, sheer and breezy. I love how it catches the air and seemingly floats around my body. Perfect for warm days! Together with the head scarf and animal print, my outfit gives an ethnic vibe with a hint of the sixties and the San Francisco scene of Haight-Ashbury.





I felt free in my new kaftan. I'm excited to see where the two of us will go this summer!

And now my book review on Living in Style by Rachel Zoe. If you're wondering why I decided to combine my kaftan post with the Zoe book review, it is because Rachel Zoe is a huge lover of the garment. Enjoy!

Like 1000's of other fans of the work of Rachel Zoe, I too was excited to have the opportunity to meet RZ and receive an autographed copy of her latest book - Living In Style.

Myself and Rachel Zoe

The beginning chapters were about fashion, and of course, I found these to be the most interesting. However, Rachel does delve into the areas of home decor, entertaining and hair & makeup as the book progresses.

"When I sit down to conceptualize a collection, my mind always time travels to fashion moments that inspire me."

For myself, a life-long lover of the fashion industry, I found Rachel's discussion on the topic - Fashion Is My Everything, a true gem and, in my opinion, the highlight of the book and the most intriguing. I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting the works of iconic designers such as Missoni (Kaftan and knits), Elsa Schiaparelli (famous lobster dress), Mary Quant (inventor of the mini dress) and Christian Dior (the peplum and midi skirt). This section took me back to my days as a student at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. At FIDM, these designer names became etched into our memories as they were mentioned on a daily basis. I recall my very first report being on the work and construction of the designs of Cristobal Balenciaga, who made the cocoon, baby doll and bracelet sleeve famous. This reading was truly a breath of fresh air and a true testament to the love that Zoe has for the industry. When one can fully grasp the beginnings, and not just the now, says a great deal to me about ones passion. It is, after all, easy to simply appreciate what is currently placed before you. But to have a full understanding of the history is much to be admired.

"Your style is a lot like any long-term relationship. If you don't shake things up once in a while and experiment, boredom sneaks in."

As the book moves forward, I also enjoyed the section called Define Your Style. This is always an interesting topic of discussion. Rachel's love for fashion, as you'll discover, began at a very early age. Like myself, she found great joy, as a child, in playing dress-up in her mother's closet. In this section, you'll also learn of Zoe's style icons. Many of her fans already know that Jane Birkin is one that she gleans from. Nonetheless, it is fun to learn of the others.

"I see bold accessories as a woman's armor."

Finally, as the book progresses, I found myself captivated by the section called, Detail Oriented, which was based on the importance of accessories. Though my philosophy is quite different on accessories verses Zoe, hers being More is More and mine being the opposite, I still find her use of them quite fascinating. In this section Zoe shares with us her essentials in accessories and her love for collecting rare vintage finds. As an added bonus, I enjoyed the images from a display she produced for Tiffany & Co which gives us a time travel over the decades in jewelry.

My opinion on Living In Style - I enjoyed it very much and can see re-reading it time and time again. I recommend it for students, seasoned fashion veterans, those who are finding their way in style, and persons interested in knowing more about Rachel Zoe. Whether you are a fan of RZ or not, you cannot deny that her love for fashion is bananas{wink}

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41 comments:

  1. You look marvellous Glenda. My girlfriend and I call these types of dresses our Goddess Gowns! I love lounging around in one.Cheers! Deborah - Fabulous After 40

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    1. Aw yes Deborah, I can see why you call them that. I too feel like a goddess in mine.

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  2. What a gorgeous fun addition to your wardrobe Glenda. The print is gorgeous! You look quite stylish. Love it. Well it's still raining, we also had a bit of hail :-/
    hugs
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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    1. And it's near 90 here. I hope you'll get warmth and sunshine soon. Yes, this is a nice addition to my closet!

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  3. Oh gosh, I'm blown away by the two: your kaftan is divine on you and I am a huge RZ fan! You look as free and lovely as you feel. I enjoyed reading your review, great post, Glenda!
    xo,
    Monica
    glamvolution.blogspot.com

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    1. You will enjoy the book Monica, and I feel fabulously free in the kaftan. I love it!

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  4. You sure know how to pick a piece of clothing and WERK IT!. I love this look and can't wait to see where else you take this caftan. . .

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    1. Thank you Neti, I am extremely flattered by your words!

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  5. Love the kaftan! Now I wanna purchase one! The book sounds really good I like the quote about "your style"

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    1. There are many to choose from Cookie!

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  6. How very neo-hippie. I love how you've styled this. RZ really is something, isn't she? Thanks for the review.

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  7. Glenda,
    First, I must say that I love the kaftan on you. it is one of those pieces that I think finds you. I am quoting you when I say that, I think maybe? I do love the way it floats about you, it has an ethereal
    Feel to it! I also love the ikat pattern. Stunningly worn and photographed !
    I love your review . I do agree with those good basic points, so much is in the details and I do find it is good to shake things up a bit, and step outside your comfort zone. I know I am often pushing an envelope or two!
    Great post, thoughtful and eloquent .
    XX, Elle


    http://mydailycostume.com

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    1. Thank you so much Elle for the kind words. I'm in love with the kaftan now! My husband has become quite the photographer over the months. I love the way he is able to capture the entire scene. I love your style Elle, and I love how you "push the envelope!"

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  8. OOOOO this is my favorite! You look gorgeous in your kaftan, Glenda, and such a perfect styling. I did not know that they are popular now, but I just looove them. I guess I'll wait till Chico's comes up with their versions :) - it's very much up to their valley I would think. I can't wait to see other ways to wear a kaftan on your blog! :)

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    1. I could see you in a brightly hued kaftan Natalia. One that would bring out your lovely colouring!

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  9. Your kaftan is awesome! This soft colors and the wonderful pattern, fits perfect to white jeans.
    Must be heavenly comfortable! I love your silver sandals :)
    What a nice pic with Rachel Zoe..

    have a nice week
    Dana
    http://danalovesfashionandmusic.blogspot.de/

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  10. Hi Glenda!

    I always enjoy seeing your posts come up in my bloglovin' feed. Don't you just love it when the elements you put together create a look that feels so right for you? You look fabulous!

    Hugs!
    Susan

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    1. Oh wow, thank you Susan! You made my day with this. I'm glad you look forward to the posts. I try really hard to have relevant posts. And yes, I felt great in this kaftan!

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  11. The book is on my list thanks to your post.
    And you look fabulous!
    fashionfascinate.blogspot.com

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  12. I definitely need to check out that book. Glenda your Caftan is so beautiful. I have a lovely one that my mother brought me from Senegal when she visited West Africa. I usually wear mine to lounge around the house, but I think they have so many styling possibilities. They are so comfortable and pretty to look at. I enjoyed your excerpts from the book and how awesome that you got to meet Rachel Zoe:-)

    http://foodfashionandflow.blogspot.com

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    1. LV, the Senegal Kaftan must be absolutely beautiful. The fabrication alone would take it to another level!

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  13. u look awesome
    www.Islandchic77.com

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  14. Such a great style! Looks super comfy outfit and love every of your looks on Instagram and oh you meet Rachel Zoe. What a lucky woman you are.

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  15. I have this exact kaftan - I bought it just a couple of weeks ago as a poolside cover up and loved it too!

    Emma | Fluff and Fripperies

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    1. Yes, an excellent cover-up it will make. I plan on using it as such :)

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  16. I feel like I've been gone forever, but it's not to see that some things didn't change while I was away - namely your amazing style! Love the kaftan! There's something quite glamorous about it, especially the way you've styled it.

    Thank you, too, for the review of Rachel's book. I will definitely pick up a copy.

    Have a great day!

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    1. You're so sweet Mary. Welcome back! Your trip looked amazing.

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  17. That kaftan is gorgeous. This entire look is right up my alley. You look GREAT - so chic, stylish and relaxed. And I'm sure meeting Rachel Zoe was a dream!

    ~Whitney
    www.whitneynicjames.com

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  18. Thank you Whitney! It is always surreal when you see someone who is a celebrity.

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  19. Your kaftan looks like a really easy and comfy outfit to just chill in. I also love your head wrap. I keep a few head wraps around for my lazy hair days.

    Sonya
    Saving Everyday With Sonya K

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    1. I thought the scarf gave me a more hippie vibe :)

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  20. Glenda a great blog post, loved the outfit and the added scarf a nice touch !, also i enjoyed the book review , best wishes ,

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  21. Great post. You are so lucky to have met Rachel in person AND to get a picture with her! I really admire her style, not to mention her Hermes handbag collection and jewelry. XO, Jill

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    1. To spend a day in her closet would be like a slice of heaven. Maybe? :)

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  22. You have me sold on a kaftan now. You look very good in this one. Good idea to wear trousers underneath it (although not always necessary of course.) The great thing is, I can wear flat sandals with a kaftan and still look (casual) dressy.
    Greetje

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