Above the Plum Tree

Desigual Fashion – Cool and Bold!

*this post is sponsored by Desigual – but my opinions are my own – I’m still a critic!*


Of all the shows at New York Fashion Week, one stands out for how different it was; Desigual.  I’d been interested in seeing how the Spring 2018 line would look under their newest artistic director, Jean-Paul Goude.  We all know him as the dude behind the Kim Kardashian pics that “broke the internet” from 2014.  He’s not a fashion designer; he’s a photographer, illustrator, filmmaker, advertising genius… so how well did he do with his first fashion collection?  

I think it was refreshingly surprising.  After watching clips from the runway show itself, he certainly surprised me. 

It was more an artistic performance than the standard fashion show (i.e., expressionless runway models).  This was visual art come to life, with dancers playing the parts of models, gyrating their way down the runway, with the clothes adding a touch of whimsy to the entire spectacle.  

Now, you might be thinking that’s all well and cool, but are these styles wearable?  Surprisingly, yes.   

Below I take my fave pieces from the Desigual SS 2018 line and explain how I would wear them.  Sometimes it is difficult to imagine what comes down the runway as every day street wear, but when you break the pieces down by themselves and pair them with basics, they become the centerpiece of your outfits.  I’ve always thought it was important to have a statement piece to my everyday look.  Otherwise a t-shirt and jeans can get rather boring. 


My fave pick is the floral black dress with bell sleeves.  I love how its styled on Desigual’s website, with Chelsea boots, but for those of us with a day job not in fashion, I could also see it with a cool pair of block heel pumps.  It can transition well into fall with tights and knee-high boots (like my Target ones, pictured below), or with a collared white shirt underneath. 


My other favorite piece has to be the black jacket covered in roses.  It is an odd piece for me to like because usually I do not go for girly, floral vibes, but I love the mix of tough leather with embroidered flowers, sort of echoing Gucci.  I might go so far as to pair it with the black skirt (the one with the blue jacket) and some Doc Marten’s for a tough girl look.  With the sunnies of course – Desigual, where can I buy them?  Hook me up!  Of course, for the less bold, the jacket, a white tee, and ripped jeans would be just the ticket.

What do you guys think?  Would you wear any of these items?  Are you as surprised as I am with the new clothes at Desigual?  Take a look at the runway show, it’s definitely one of the coolest I’ve seen in a while.  Would you agree?  

*this post is sponsored by Desigual – but my opinions are my own – I’m still a critic!*

Tops For Fall to Adore

Tops For Fall To Adore


One of my most favorite things about fall is the reappearance of long sleeved tops for fall.  I love finding the perfect one and being able to throw a black biker jacket over it as I head out to start my day.  This year I was influenced by the Talbots fall Parisian looks.  I’m going to be honest with you guys, I’ve always thought that Talbots was a snooze.  My mom would drag me in there to look for things and I’d roll my eyes behind her back as she pushed me into the fitting room to try things on.  Things which I hated and never wore.  Imagine my surprise when I saw the Talbots catalogue in the mail… Where did this come from?  Who cares?  I’m so on board!  Read on to find out more…


Summer to Fall to Winter Outfit


It’s fall so I’m bemoaning the loss of my favorite summer outfits… but then my sister reminded me that I can keep my outfits with just a few changes to them for fall and winter.  By few changes she meant by the addition of jackets.  Seriously, it’s that easy, check it out!

It’s not just coats that can make the transition to fall; shoes are a great way to transition as well.  Let’s give a cheer for boot season appearance!  As soon as the leaves start to turn and get crunchy under my feet, I gleefully grab my boots and rock them with everything.  In the case of the skirt below, knee high boots, or over-the-knee boots would look a little forced.

For these, I’d change out the shirt or add a blazer as well as add tights for warmth.

Medium Shot of Nordstrom Skirt

Walking in Nordstrom Skirt

Skirt | Ruffle Tank (similar here) | Vintage Heels (I like these)

Another way to take an outfit from summer to fall is to change out your accessories such as your purse and perhaps add a scarf.  I usually run on the overly warm side, but I am rather obsessed with scarves.


Eyelash Fringe | Leopard Print | Midi Barrel Bag | Tassel Crossbody

As you can see, there are a number of way to keep your summer clothes but update them for fall and winter.  I love the idea of not having to put away clothing I love in boxes under the bed just because it’s getting colder outside.  I know I’ve spoken about wanting to do a capsule wardrobe, but the more I look into it, the less I like the idea.  According to capsule wardrobe instructions, I should pack away my summer tanks and put all the long sleeved ones in the closet.  Yet, I always run hot.  I’d much rather keep my summer tanks for the fall and winter, but throw on cute sweaters and blazers in case I get too hot and need to take them off so as to not get sick.

What do you all think?  Do you change out your wardrobe from summer to fall to winter?  Or do you use tricks like these to keep your wardrobe cold weather ready?  Let me know in the comments below!

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