HIGH FIVE! CELEBRATING OUR 5TH BLOGIVERSARY

“Mere longevity is a good thing for those who watch life from the side lines. For those who play the game, an hour may be a year, a single day’s work an achievement for eternity” – Helen Hayes

Today I take a short personal pause from the weekly fashion reporting to celebrate and acknowledge One Style at a Time’s fifth blogging year. Five years ago today I wrote my very first introductory blog post and had no idea what this experience would be like or what the future would hold. In the span of five years, so much has changed in the fashion and blogging world and I have certainly learned so much.

The world of fashion and technology is a fast-paced environment that is constantly evolving with its massive amounts of information and the growing number of digital outlets. Needless to say, being a blogger in 2016 has many challenges as well as rewards. It is incredibly hard work because you’re wearing several hats to accomplish a list of tasks. It consists of long hours of brainstorming, extensive research, writing and re-writing, editing and finding the best way to present the most relevant content, all with the hopes of holding the reader’s interest (not to even mention the hours of technical roadblocks that present themselves). I’ve spoken to many people that still think fashion blogging is an easy, fun hobby with cute perks. In my case, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Sure, there are some who post photos without any written material and just probably do so for entertainment and that’s great. I’m talking about those bloggers that pour their heart, sweat and tears into the art of informing the public and composing valuable material to publish. The purpose of saying all this is to show that in five years, yes blogging has changed for myself and for many others. 

Change has also hit the top of the pyramid. For as long as I can remember I have been following some of the biggest fashion houses like Dior,Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga and YSL. In just the last five years alone, some of the biggest masterminds of fashion have left their positions as head creative directors. There is a notable shift happening in the world of high fashion as well as in the consumer market of ready to wear. From small startups to larger global corporations, blogging has taken a bigger, more necessary platform. The internet is how the world communicates and connects daily. Having an online voice is something that we all need to acknowledge. We live in a time where anonymity is a thing of the past and we are after all thanks to social media, walking branded billboards. 

Now back to my personal experience in blogging. Of course, some of the most enjoyable moments until now have been interacting with the fashion community and discussing all the trending hot topics. Connecting with like-minded people was, in fact, one of main reasons why I launched this blog. I look back today and can honestly say I am proud of the work that I have provided. I’ve always said that One Style at a Time is not about my individual looks or style. In fact, it’s a place where my readers can learn a bit about fashion runway roundups, discover trend alerts, find style inspiration and spurts of additional information. Ultimately, I want to be the informative bridge between high-end and everyday fashion.

In looking ahead, the formula for this blog may change and when the time comes we will see what that looks like. For now, I want to say thank you to each and every follower, reader and friend that I have made along the way. I thank you for your support, readership and for making this five-year-old experience a special one for me. I don’t take for granted the longevity of One Style at a Time and I am honored to still be a part of this online community. 

                                                                        

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WOMENS HISTORY MONTH: DONNA, DVF, COCO, DIANA, & FRIDA

March marks the beginning of Women’s History Month and is always a time to reflect on how far women have come in our society. It’s also a stern reminder that the world still needs courageous and strong women to carry on with this torch and be a voice to serve humanity. In fashion as within the arts, there have definitely been women that have broken down walls and stereotypes. These are women that have left a mark in history and provided us with a sense of hope. They are influential women that have not taken for granted their opportunities and have chosen to give back to the world through their craft. This month of March we want to take a moment to honor five amazingly, strong, innovative and inspiring individuals. Although there is still so much that needs to be done, today we pay homage to them. Throughout this month, the One Style at a Time blog wants to highlight some of the most important female figures in fashion and beyond. Perhaps someone can find inspiration through the examples of Donna Karan, Diane von Furstenberg, Coco Chanel, Princess Diana and Frida Kahlo. Happy Women’s History Month to all the ladies that give back to their families, friends, communities and the workforce. We applaud you for all that you do!

American Fashion Designer Donna Karan that brought us the Seven Easy Pieces that could take working women from day to night in a modern and comfortable way. Today she is focused on philanthropic work through the Urban Zen company.

“No matter what, never be a victim” Those were the words that Diane’s mother told her at one time and one of her many life philosophies. Diane von Furstenberg is a fashion icon who not only created the ‘wrap dress’ but has been a source of empowerment for women for decades.

 

A fashion legend and a true visionary. She revolutionized the style of dressing back in the 1920s. A very astute entrepreneur she introduced us to the tweed suit, the little black dress (LBD), the iconic chanel logo, the fragrance Chanel No 5, the quilted bag and faux pearls.

Princess Diana was not only the Princess of Wales but one of the most photographed women in the world. She was a dedicated and loving mother to her two sons, William and Harry. Today we remember her tenacity, impeccable fashion style and world wide humanitarian spirit.

Mexican painter Frida Kahlo was not only one of the most enigmatic woman of her time but continues to enchant the world today. Her self portaits and body of work are some of the most sought after and recognized in modern art. We honor her for her artistic work as well as for her enormous bravery as she challenged health and personal issues througout her life. Her colourful style which honored her beloved Mexico is still a source of inspiration with designers such as Givenchy and Jean Paul Gaultier

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SUMMER PETITE MAXI DRESSES

Comfort is certainly a main factor when it comes to summer clothing. It’s tough to imagine not being able to wear shorts, a summer dress, t-shirts, capris and of course maxi dresses. However, unless your are blessed with great height and long Gisele Bundchen legs there might be a bit of a challenge with fit. The key is to find prints that are small and won’t swallow up your petite frame or even worse make you look short and frumpy. So stay clear from large bold florals or exuberant dots and stripes. Remember, a lot of tricks with fashion and styling has to do with tricking the naked eye. If from the beginning the maxi dress is just too long then you should try one of two things; a great pair of wedge heels or a visit to your local tailor. Yes, unfortunately you may have to pay a few extra dollars to get that fabulous maxi hemmed to fit just right. You certainly don’t want to risk taking a tumble and being called fashion roadkill (hello Carrie Bradshaw from the Sex and the City episode ‘The Real Me’, circa 2001). If the length is a slight problem maybe a great heel can help give you that slight needed boost. It’s all about elongating that body frame so opt for solid colors, a v-neck and stay clear from tent like silhouettes.

The final stage is accessorizing this great maxi with either a floppy hat, the right pair of over-sized sunglasses and some pieces of jewelry to bring up the sparkle factor. You will feel like a sleek, elegant summer goddess. Need some ideas? Scroll below and of course comments are welcome. If you know anyone that could use some of these tips, feel free to share the link fashionistas!

CHICO’S

LANDS’ END

ASOS
MACYS

Summer Maxi Dress Look

Summer Maxi Dress Look by onestyleatatime featuring a nail polish

Photo credit: Macys, Kohls, ASOS, Chico’s, Lands’ End


IN THE WORDS OF MARILYN MONROE

The allure of Marilyn Monroe is timeless and on the rise as the years go by. We kick off the month of June with this Hollywood beauty as today she would have been 89 years old. She stands as one of the most iconic women in beauty and fashion. So many books have been written about her and so many films have been produced based on her life. Although her life was surrounded by flashing lights and fame, their were so many underlinings of sadness, illness and mystery up until her very end. Yet she took the world by storm with her girlish charm and bombshell looks. Decades later women continue to look up to Marilyn for her unapologetic curves. Today we live in a time where thinner is believed to be healthier and desirable. Yet, beauties like Ms. Monroe are still admired today for that full womanly figure. Today we honor some of the many famous quotes by Marilyn Monroe. We hope you enjoy this small tribute to the enigmatic old Hollywood beauty.

Happy Birthday Norma Jean!

 

“I want to grow old without facelifts. I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I have made.”

 

“To all the girls that think you’re fat because you’re not a size zero, you’re the beautiful one, its society who’s ugly.”  

“Beneath the makeup and behind the smile I am just a girl who wishes for the world.” 

 

“If you can make a woman laugh, you can make her do anything.” 

 

“What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course” 

 

“I’m very definitely a woman and I enjoy it.”

VALENTINE’S GLAM WITH ANN TAYLOR

Love is in the air…wait or is it ‘glam’ is in the air? The correct answer is BOTH! What better time to bring a little extra sparkle to your day than on Valentine’s day. Today we bring you some exciting ideas courtesy of one of our favorite stores Ann Taylor. Whether you’re heading out to dinner with your girlfriends or going on a date with your significant other you are guaranteed to find just the right look at Ann Taylor. They have numerous options if you want a casual or dressy style that will make you feel and look like a super star. The best is when you find pieces that can be worn from day to night, then you know you have made a great fashion investment.

On the other hand you may be looking for gift ideas for Valentine’s day? Perfect! Ann Taylor has options of tops, skirts, dresses, heels and sparkly jewelry that will make this special holiday a little extra memorable. Remember that wearing a pop of red with the right accessories is key and why not, just another reason to begin jazzing up your wardrobe for Spring. 

So say hello to February and have a great Valentine’s Day blog readers. Leave your comments below and tell us how you like these gift and style ideas. We love hearing from you so wait no longer scroll on and get inspired. Make sure to come back next Monday as One Style at a Time brings you more style, trends and fashion stories that you will not want to miss.