Visitng Oscar

I had the privilege of attending a blogger luncheon yesterday at the Clinton Presidential Center to tour the Oscar de la Renta exhibit celebrating five decades of his work. The exhibit features over 30 gorrrrrgeous pieces he created and walks you through his inspiration from around the world.

What amazed me were the details on his clothing. Every piece was flawlessly constructed with gorgeous hand beading, lace, bows, even flowers made out of tiny pink feathers. Oscar takes his inspiration from cultures spanning the globe, and the collections reflect that.

I'm gonna go ahead and go out on a limb here and say the best part is not just seeing the dresses, but finding out who wore them. There's an entire wall of dresses seen on Hollywood starlets (clearly, the sparkles above) and a collection of pieces the First Lady wore. Hillary Clinton was the first First Lady featured on the cover of Vogue - Oscar's suggestion! He also apparently is the master mind behind her pant suits.

 Now, I didn't want to give away the whole exhibit just in case you wanted to see it for yourself! It's going to be at the Clinton Library through December 1st and is free with admission to the Library. And no, they won't let you try anything on. Bummer! After you've finished drooling, make sure you head downstairs to Forty Two and try the grilled pimento cheese...heaven!

And for my non-Arkansas readers, here's at least one full length photo for you (credit : Nelson Chenault/Clinton Foundation)

 Honestly, the exhibit was inspiring. I was blown away by the craftsmanship and the stories behind his pieces. The seamstress in me wanted to get on the inside of the gowns and check out the serging and hand-stitching. I own two ready-to-wear pieces from Oscar's lower end lines (a black and white coat and a dressing robe) but if I ever need a red carpet look, I know where to make the splurge. Also, huge thanks to Joy and Clinton Center for inviting me to come out. If Oscar's people decide they don't want to ship all of this stuff back to him, you know where to find me.

AJ Wears :: A white blazer

Okay, white blazers are weird. You have to be careful or you'll end up like you're about to do rounds as a Doctor, or makeovers at the Dillard's make up counter. Why are they so hard? I've found that white blazers look adorable with white shorts, but come up short most other places. I decided to try it with this fun floral shirt dress today, and while another color might have been a home run, I still felt cute enough.

Paging Dr Gap slash Mac. Whatever. PS - the weather here has been AMAZEBALLS lately and we're experiencing 20-30 degree lower temps than a normal August! I actually needed a blanket tonight when we went to watch a friend's softball game, so I'm SO IN. Hello Fall! Stick around!

Dress, Gap (love this camo one for fall!).
Blazer, 5.7.9, still hilarious I have to disclose that.
Shoes, JustFab.

AJ Wears :: An Animal Print

Animal prints are like, SO IN for fall (When are they not? Could someone please explain??). So when I do animal, I do it up. I want an ANIMAL PRINT *ON* my ANIMAL PRINT. Go the extra mile with fashion, you guys.  Don't be lame.

The backstory on this dress is, I actually wore this last night to the movies but my stupid camera was out of batteries so I put it back on this morning for a quick shoot. And dang, it's hot. Speaking of hot, we saw The Heat and I daresay it was the funniest movie I've seen all year. I just really love Melissa McCarthy (SOOKIE!!!) though.

The backstory on these sandals is, I freaking loved the Isabel Marant sandals the first time I saw them. I was thinking, "Oh, they're probably Jeffrey Campbell or something, $200 is a lot for sandals but when you're in love, it's meant to be!" JUST KIDDING THEY WERE OVER $1000 FREAKING DOLLARS. No ma'am, Pam. I went on a Twitter rant about anyone who would spend $1000 on sandals and then moped the rest of the summer until I managed to find these knock-offs on eBay. Do I condone the buying of knock-offs? Honestly, in this case, I do. These will fall apart by the time they are soooooo out so I'm going to enjoy them the rest of the summer. I just think they look awesome.

Belt, H&M.
Sandals, eBay (exact, only $25!).
Bag, Kate Spade (exact on sale).