Mr. De La Renta Did It All

Oscar De La Renta

Today, I learned from my mom that Oscar De La Renta died. I knew he was a fashion designer, but I didn’t realize how his designs have touched so many different fashion areas.  He was trained as a painter in Spain.  He eventually went into the “ready to wear” fashion industry. Early in his career he worked in Spanish and French fashion houses.

In 1965, he started his own label and has produced all kinds of things, like shoes, cologne, perfume (There’s a difference between cologne and perfume, you know?), sunglasses, bridal gowns, dresses, hand bags, tote bags, luggage, swimwear, men’s clothes, and much more! Obviously his designs are world famous and he has designed dresses for most of the First Ladies (U.S. President’s wives).  Over the years countless A-list movie stars have worn his dresses and gowns for red carpet events. He has one of the most successful bridal lines ever!

What’s so amazing is that he was over 80 years old and people still wanted him to design their clothing! I think that shows just how good he was and how much people wanted to wear his beautiful designs. They never went out of style.  Timeless, as my mom says.  More recently, he designed Amal Clooney’s wedding dress. She just got married to George Clooney, you know?

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Oscar De La Renta Label ….

You can go to oscardelarenta.com and shop for all types of “ready to wear” clothes.  He has the following lines: ready to wear, accessories, fragrance and beauty, children’s, home, and of course bridal. You can also see what’s new in fashion and look at current and previous runway fashions and shows.  He also has a feature called The House. You can see shots from previous runway shows, fashion features and look at his interviews.  You could spend hours exploring his house. This guy was truly amazing.  I hope to own one of his dresses one day.  I guess by that time, all of the dresses that he actually designed will be considered vintage.

Major Awards and Achievements….. 

  • Coty Award  and Coty Hall of Fame (the US fashion industry ‘Oscars’)
  • American Fashion Critic’s Award and AMFCA Hall of Fame
  • Council of Fashion Designers Designer of the Year Award and CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Gold Medal of Bellas Artes
  • La Gran Cruz de la Orden del Mérito Civil
  • Légion d’honneur as a Commandeur
  • Order of Merit of Duarte, Sanchez and Mella
  • Order of Christopher Columbus
  • International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame

 Check out some of his 2014 fashions…..

2014 Spring collection

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2014 Fall collection

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Easy Breezy Dresses – Great for Summer!

You know how much I like dresses – I like them a lot! I have quite a few dressy dresses, but I also have dresses that are pretty casual too. This blog post is devoted to my casual dresses. They are made of the same cotton as a tee-shirt and I can wear them in lots of different ways – with long sleeve tee-shirts underneath or without, with my Converse or with flats, but ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS with my signature pair of leggings underneath! Hey, that’s my look, okay! And yes, you’re going to notice that apparently I have a thing for stripes. These dresses are so casual that I am going to take them all to Disney World with me. It’s hot where I live, but it’s plenty hot in Florida this time of year too! I have some new leggings and they are capri leggings, so I can keep cool in my casual dresses while I’m riding the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train! They are perfect for summer weather.

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Arizona V-Neck Drawstring Waist Dress from J.C. Penney worn with Copper Key Long Sleeve T-Shirt from Dillard’s, Lace Trim Leggings from Children’s Orchard and Dana Buchman Flats from Kohl’s

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Arizona V-Neck Drawstring Waist Dress from J.C. Penney worn with 2-Hip Leggings from J.C. Penney and Converse

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Arizona V-Neck Drawstring Waist Dress from J.C. Penney worn with Leggings from Justice and CL By Laundry Flats from Shoe Gallery

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Speechless Elastic Waist Dress with Built-In Jeweled Neckline Tank from J.C. Penney worn with 2-Hip Leggings from J.C. Penney and CL By Laundry Flats from Shoe Gallery

 

Love That Hanna Andersson!

So, if you’ve been following my blog you know by now that I really like Hanna Andersson. I have several of their dresses. They are super cute and whether you are a girly-girl or a tomboy, you can dress them up or dress them down. And at least where I live, Hanna Andersson is a catalog/Internet store. They are not in the mall, so if your mom orders you clothes from there, then they will be different than some of the clothes you see other girls wearing. I am at the top size range that they sell, so it’s almost time for me to say good-bye to my beloved Hanna Andersson. Soon I’m going to have to find a new store to get my cute dresses from. I like Hanna Andersson because they have stylish clothes that aren’t too fussy. They are colorful and simple and aren’t too grown up yet. Everybody at school complements me on the clothes that I get from there. And they aren’t too expensive. I see that a lot of the fashion blogs focus on expensive designer clothes, which are really pretty, but I’m pretty sure that my mom isn’t going to buy me any clothes from Chanel, even if that’s my middle name. And I am also pretty sure that I wouldn’t want to wear those designer clothes to school because I’m eleven. And when you’re eleven, you have to go to P.E. And when you have to go to P.E., you have to play dodge ball even though you hate it. And the P.E. teacher doesn’t care if I’m wearing clothes that are designer and expensive. So, now that that’s settled, I’d recommend that you take a look at Hanna Andersson. The pictures in today’s blog show one of my favorite Hanna Andersson dresses worn in three different ways. I like it so much that I got it in three colors! You can change up the look of the dress by wearing different accessories – like barrettes, headbands, earrings, necklaces, t-shirts, leggings, and shoes.

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Hanna Andersson Ruffle Love Dress in Rainforest, paired with White Leggings and CL By Laundry Good Chance Flats in Nude and Black

 

Hanna Andersson Ruffle Love Dress in Grape Juice, paired with Copper Key Long Sleeve T-Shirt in White, White Leggings, and CL By Laundry Great Life Organza Silk Flats in Black

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Hanna Andersson Ruffle Love Dress in Artifact Grey, paired with Copper Key Long Sleeve T-Shirt in Black, Black Leggings with Silver Polka Dots, and CL By Laundry Great Life Organza Silk Flats in Silver

 

All American Wind Sock Craft

In celebration of the Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, I created an all American wind sock craft.

All American Wind Sock Craft Supplies

Supplies needed:

  • A cylindrical cardboard oatmeal box
  • Construction paper  or gift wrapping paper (red, white or blue)
  • Red, white or blue crepe paper streamers
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • String or Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch

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Cut the bottom off a cylindrical cardboard oatmeal box.

Cover the box with construction or gift wrapping paper of your choice

Decorate the box in any way you like. Remember that you must use the combination of red, white and blue.

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I for example:

Glued on white construction paper stars.

Cut some blue crepe paper streamers and taped them on both ends of the wind sock.

Once you have finished decorating the wind sock, punch four holes along the top.

Cut two pieces of string about a foot long. Tie the strings to the wind sock (tie the opposite ends of a string to holes on opposite sides of the cylinder).

Tie a longer piece of string to the smaller pieces – you’ll hang the wind sock from this piece of string.

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Hang your wind sock from your window or porch.

 

Here’s my Fourth of July Fashion Statement!

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