Musical Match-Up – “It’s the last time, running through snow…”

Winter has finally taken its toll on Nashville with these recent bursts of chilly January air, but with Nashville’s wild weather, spring will be here before we know it.

So weather you’re looking for something to keep you warm…
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…or you’re planning for the not-so-distant  future…

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…Designer Renaissance has got you covered!

Winter Outfit:

Fox Fur by Oscar De La Renta, Size XL – $1000

Spring Outfit:

Dress by Hinge, Size S – $24

Hat by Claire’s, Size N/A – $16 $12

Blouse by Billy Reid, Size XS – $36 $27

 

Love,

The Girls at Designer Renaissance

It’s the last time running through snow
Where the vaults are full and the fire is bold.”

“Don’t Lie” – Vampire Weekend

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Dress Like You Mean It!

How much do you think about what you’re wearing when you get dressed in the morning? Maybe you just have a lot of pieces in your closet that you just aren’t sure how to wear? We’ve got a few ideas below to help you “dress like you mean it!”

 

Date Night:

It’s date night and you want to look cute, but effortless! Kallie takes a simple stretch lace dress and makes it an outfit, below:

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Stretch Lace Dress- Free People sz S $32

 This Free People dress is nice on its own, but don’t you think it looks even better with a fun necklace, an animal print belt and a little cross body bag (pop of color, anyone??!)? Now you’re ready for that dinner & a movie 🙂

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Purse- Ann Taylor $20

Tie Wedges- sz 8 $24

A lot of us have plenty of plain shift dresses in our closets. Jodi shows you 2 different ways you can take it from *yawn* to *yes!* below:

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Sunday Best

DRESS LIKE YOU MEAN IT6Dress- Etcetera sz 0 $20

Hat- Betmar $10

Purse- Kate Spade $140

Earrings- SOLD!

DRESS LIKE YOU MEAN IT7Heels- Calvin Klein sz 7.5 $24

Pretty in Pink

DRESS LIKE YOU MEAN IT8DRESS LIKE YOU MEAN IT9Cream Eyelet Jacket- Tabitha sz 2 $48

 Necklace- AEO $16

Ring- Adjustable $16

Heels- Flounce sz 7 $22

We’re With the Band!

Looking for some new ways to wear your favorite concert tees? We’ve got some fun ideas for how you can channel your inner Penny Lane, below:

 

WITH THE BAND2New York Dolls Tee- Sourpuss sz S $16

Skirt- Talbots sz 4 $12

Belt- XS $8

Leopard Mules- Christian Louboutin sz 7 $400 (NEW!)

Denim Jacket- Sisley sz S/M $24

Necklace- $16

WITH THE BAND3D. Striker Tee- sz S $10

Shorts- Rodarte for Target sz 5 $24

Vest- Sisters sz S $16

Necklace- $16

Beaded Sandals- Gianni Bini sz 7 $16

WITH THE BANDJanis Joplin Tee- Gildan sz M $12

Denim Maxi Skirt- sz 4/6 $16

Belt- sz M/L $16

Magazine Paper Bead Necklace- $20

Bird Necklace- $20

Gladiator Flatforms- Vena Cava sz 6.5 $68

WITH THE BAND4The Doors Hoodie- sz XS Junk Food $4

Hi Lo Floral Skirt- Kimchi Blue sz 4/6 $16

Necklace- $24

Belt- J Crew sz XS $16

Booties- Sam Edelman sz 8.5 $120

WITH THE BAND5Meatloaf Tee- sz L $12

Polka Dot Denim Dress- Free People sz 4 $60 (New With Tags!)

Cat Ballerina Necklace- Betsey Johnson $60

Combat Boots- Steve Madden sz 7 $14

Hat- Phillip Treacy $80

What Would Kallie Wear?

Kallie would wear this outfit to the Ola Mai & Black by Maria Silver fashion show at Barista Parlor next Wednesday night!

 

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kallie's outfitDress- Armani Exchange sz XS $30

Top (Worn Under Dress)- Gap sz XS $12

Jacket- See Thru Soul sz S $16

Heels- Gianni Bini sz 6.5 $24

Bird Necklace- Free People $16

Basket Purse- $44

Forgiving Thanksgiving Attire!

Turkey day is almost upon us and, as always, there’s the question of how to stuff the most delectable food into our mouths (of course in a ladylike fashion!).  Then there is the question of what to wear-tight dresses, skinny jeans, and high-waisted skirts are a no-go when your stomach will double in size over the course of three hours.  So here are three forgiving Thanksgiving outfits that allow you to heap that second serving of pumpkin pie on your plate without having to loosen that belt buckle!

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Poncho- Free People sz XS $48

Slip- Notice sz S/M $16

Leggings- Eileen Fisher sz XS $68

Wedge Booties- Ash sz 8/8.5 $68

Necklace- $16

That green bean casserole is looking even more appetizing with this forgiving Free People poncho.  Just layer it over a slipdress and you’re good to go!

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THANKSGIVING FORGIVING 4Lace Top- Kimchi Blue sz S $20

Teal Top- Michael Stars sz S $20

Waxed Stretch Jeans- Habitual sz 28 $88

Scarf- Taleen $20

Necklace- Sigrid Olsen $20

Flats- Plenty by Tracy Reese sz 8 $48

Break out your favorite pair of stretch jeans and flowy top for this look! Pass the potatoes!

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Sweater- Inhabit sz S $48

Blouse- Gap sz M $16

Wool Skirt- H&M sz4 $16

Necklace- $16

Suede Heels- Schuler & Sons sz 7.5 $100

You can’t go wrong with a slouchy sweater layered over a blouse. Comfy low heels by Schuler & Sons make trips back into the kitchen a breeze!

Gobble Gobble!

Love,

The Girls at Designer Renaissance 🙂

Falling for Fur!

We’ve got a whole rack of fabulous fur and faux fur vests as well as coats! We can’t all be Rachel Zoe, so we came up with some fun ways to wear them, below:

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Raccoon Fur Sweater Vest- Jocelyn sz S $88

Sweater- Tulle sz XS $16

Dress- Sleeping on Snow sz S $48

Necklace- $20

Boots- Franco Sarto sz 9.5 $12

Fringe Bag- Madeline sz 7.5 $48

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Faux Fur Coat- Frances Khan sz 12 $48

Top- Carol Horn sz XS $10

Skirt- Vittadini sz M/L $16

Pumps- Boot Shop sz 9 $12

Necklace- Petra $100

fur vest blogfur vest blog 2Dress- Betsey Johnson sz 4 $48

Faux Fur Jacket- Free People sz XS $48

Bag- Francesca Biasia $17  (on sale from $68!)

Heels- Madeline sz 7.5 $5

We’ve got tons more in store, come check them out 🙂

Love,

 The Girls at Designer Renaissance

Boot, Scoot, and Boogy into the Fall!

So it is not exactly fall weather yet here in Nashville (it’s more of a mushy oven), but we are SO excited about wearing our boots that we decided to go ahead and start styling some Fall transitional outfits!Here we go!

 

Heeled knee boots are super in this fall, so try wearing them with a flowy, silk skirt.

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Eileen Fisher (top): $24, Lafayette 148 (skirt): $24, Ya Ya (jacket): $88, Ann Taylor (scarf): $16, BP (boots): $28

Edge up a sweet cashmere sweater with some big ol’ Frye boots!

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Chaus (sweater): $20, Coldwater Creek (skirt): $16, Frye (boots): $140,

Fossil (necklace): $24, Belt: $16

Try mixing textures and prints with embroidery and a striped blouse (and don’t forget those knee high boots).

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Kenneth Cole (blouse): $16, Vintage (jacket): $16, Free People (skirt): $16, Vera Wang (boots): $240, Necklace: $16

Put a patterned bottom with a sheer top, bold jewelry, and some colorful boots for a funky fall look.

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Fossil (sheer top): $4, Mason’s (vest): $68, Free People (gaucho pants): $24, Mossimo (tank): $10, Rag and Bone (boots): $200, Necklace: $24

 

If you think these boots are to die for, just wait till you see what else we have got in the store!

Love,

The Girls at Designer Renaissance

Cute Coming and Going!

We have found some charming pieces that are adorable in the front as well as the back!  And let’s face it, who doesn’t want to make an impression while walking away?

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Laundry (dress): $84.00 size 6

Tasha (necklace): $12.00

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Judith March (dress): $60.00 size 10

Necklace: $16.00

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Perfect for a summer night with a little bite!

Cynthia Rowley (sweater): $16.00 size M

Karma (shorts): $24.00 size XS

Scarf: $6.00

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Blue Pepper (top): $21.00 size M

Free People (jeans): $12.00 size 28

Necklace: $24.00

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Common Thread (blouse): $24.00 size P

BCBG (skirt): $36.00 size XS

Necklace: $16.00

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Gap (jeans): $16.00 size 24

“Nameless” (blouse): $24.00 size M

Necklace: $24.00

And don’t worry about all the back slits this season-it’s okay to let your bra peek through!

Love,

The Girls at Designer Renaissance

Valentine’s Day in Nashville!

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Still figuring out the perfect date night outfit? Or perhaps you don’t even have plans yet? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered on both fronts. We’ve put together some fabulous ensembles that will hopefully inspire you to do something fun whether it’s with your better half or your favorite group of girl friends (Gal-entines Day, anyone?)!

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Dress- Girls From Savoy sz 4 $48

Vest- no label sz XS $16

Booties- Soda sz 6.5 $24

Necklace- Worth $28

Enjoy a night of laughs with your loved one at Music City Improv’s monthly show on Friday February 15th in a boho chic ensemble!

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Cardigan- Fornarina sz S $10

Cap Toe Maryjanes- Stuart Weitzman sz 7 $48

Necklace- Lydell $36

Make your reservations now for a lovely gourmet dinner at Margot in East Nashville. We’ve paired a floral vintage dress with a retro inspired cardigan and sweet cap toe heels!

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Blazer- Rachel Rachel Roy sz 4 $32

Blouse- Ann Taylor sz 8 $24

Jeans- J Crew sz 29 $24

Spike Heels- Stuart Weitzman sz 7 $140

Earrings- Betsey Johnson $20

Grab your favorite gal pals and head to The Belcourt for a showing of Amour. Not feeling the love? Then see the next installment of the SEVEN UP! documentary series, 56 UP! Dress up your favorite skinny jeans with some blingy Stuart Weitzman spike heels, but be careful on those Hillsboro Village sidewalks 😉

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Dress- Free People sz M $68

Jacket- Camilla & Marc sz M $100 (on sale from $400!!)

Boots- Dolce Vita sz 6.5 $100

Necklace- $36

After your fabulous dinner at Margot, go and hear some great local live music at the winter East Nashville Underground shows (Friday & Saturday Feb 15th & 16th!). Don’t have a great statement jacket to pair over that cozy knit dress? We’ve got a great selection of leather, faux fur, and funky pieces like the buckle detailed one above.

Love,

The Girls at Designer Renaissance

Making the Most of your Wardrobe

Most of us don’t have the space to store the abundance of clothes, shoes, and jewelery that we would like.  So we have to make the most of what we have.  Nobody likes dressing in the same outfit everyday like a cartoon; however, there are ways to keep your wardrobe small, but packed with flavor!

I chose six pieces and made 10 different outfits, but there is a lot more I could do with just these six.

 

This is a dress with a trendy maxi skirt over it!  Super easy and cute!

This is done with the same mini dress and the adorable free people vest.

Try putting a tee shirt over the top of the dress!  Remember, shoes and jewelery can change the whole look!

When buying new clothes, keep in mind what things you already have that would match.

By rolling up the sleeves of the shirt, untying it, and adding a vest you get a whole new look!

Here’s a new piece in the mix!  A pair of dark purple skinny jeans.

Yes, this one looks familiar, but still different.  Try tucking in your shirt and adding a cute vest to your look!

Having a cute blouse can pretty much go with anything!  If it is a neutral then it is even easier to pair.

Again, putting a blouse over the mini dress and adding a vest is super easy and shows your style.

This is the same look with different vests and necklaces.  Gotcha!

Special Thanks to:

“Urban Renewal” Stripe vest: $24.00; The Doors “Junkfood” tee: $28.00; “JM Collection” skirt: $20.00; “Free People” vest: $48.00; “H&M” blouse: $16.00; “Glam” dress: $ 28.00; “Adriano Goldschmeid” jeans: $80.00

“Express” necklace: $20.00; multi-color necklace: $ 24.00; Horn/Wood necklace: $12.00; green beads/chain necklace: $ 18.00

There are a few more outfits you cam make out of these, but remember the simplest changes can make all the difference!  Keep this in mind when you are traveling, going on tour, taking a vacation, or simply cleaning out your closet!

Ciao Bellas!

Love,

The Girls at Designer Renaissance