V Day

Top: Topshop (Nordstrom) // Denim: Blank NYC (Nordstrom Rack)// Earrings: Baublebar

Hay girl (or boy) hay it’s Valentines Day!

In past years I have griped of no one wearing red or pinks on this day but this year I find myself being a little hypocritical. Let me explain. We all understand the over commercialization of the holidays. We get it. But it certainly gives bloggers, social media coordinators, and communications professionals something to post.

As I was shopping for others yesterday I found myself telling those helping me find something “I don’t want anything too big, or too expensive. I honestly think this day is a little silly.” I think morally we should always strive (lord knows I am NOT perfect and that my attitude is not always 100) to think of others, offer help when needed, and give without any expectations of the other person giving you something in return. That’s the way it should be. Now, do not get me wrong because the flip slide to this story is that I strongly believe in establishing boundaries and respect among friends. And you know sometimes people tend to over care, over share, and over step. Word to the wise. #stayinyourlane

BUT…. that is not what this post is about. Last year the off the shoulder trend dominated the summer and it is fascinating how strongly it has transgressed through the winter/fall. This winter, still, it is all about the shoulders. Whether it is off the shoulder or a cold shoulder, it is undeniable that this style is a dominant one right now.

I love everything about this topshop top. The style, the powder pink color, and the trumpet sleeves. The opposite of skinny jeans are these high waisted bell bottom jeans, which if worn with a high enough heel elongates your body. And I am obsessed with the tassel trend in jewelry. I find myself in the constant hunt for tassel necklaces and earrings. These hot pink ones just give me life.

Anyways, I have said too much. On the real and for realzies my wish for you is to have a wonderful day filled with love and laughter. And hey, a gift or two here and there would not be so bad, eh?

Until the next post, CIAO CIAO loves. Happy Valentines Day!

XOXO,

DDC

P.S. How beautiful was Beyoncé’s performance at the Grammy’s!!! She was a byzantine beauty and a goddess in her own right. And Blue Ivy stole my heart!!!

LBD

Dress: Likely from Aria Boutique // Chocker: Dillard’s // Shoes: SJP from Nordstrom Rack // Clutch: The ANTHILL by Anthony Ryan

You cannot own enough classic black dresses, or little black dresses (LBD’s). Celebrities of the likes of Jennifer Aniston made black their goto red carpet color. She manages to look stylistically different while rocking black every time. Genius! #TeamJennifer all the way. Although it’s really sad what the other two are going through.. but that’s a whole different story.

Bell sleeves and trumpet sleeves are really hot RIGHT NOW, give it six more weeks (the groundhog saw it’s shadow yesterday, right?) and maybe this will not be the case. I love a good bell sleeve. Although, it is a tad bit Morticia like (ummm she also loved her extremely tight black dresses) they are just so fun.

These Sarah Jessica Parker shoes have their own story. I honestly willed these into my life. I got them for a steal, no no no no better than a steal they were almost and practically free. The minute SJP launched her shoe collection at Nordstrom I knew it was going to be something special. They really became the hottest selling shoe moderately priced at $350 and up. Hey! That’s Carrie, and she is worth it. That and her long standing career, and her name. These are called Fawn heel pumps and they are sold at Bloomie’s, Nordstrom has limited styles too.

Can I tell you that on my first trip to Chicago SJP was at the Nordstrom on Michigan Ave. doing a meet and greet and signing shoe boxes and I missed her because I was on the opposite end of Michigan Ave! Ugh! I could have just kicked myself in the … you know where. So needless to say I have a strong connection with my silver SJP shoes.

Well, February has rolled in and I have a lot more goodies up my (bell) sleeves for you all.

I love you for reading and please come back!

XOXO,

DDC.

Wonderfaux


Coat: H&M// Dress: Express// Jewelry: Baublebar//Boots: Wendy Williams for HSN

Happy 2017!
The year is in full throttle and I am quite optimistic that you and I will have a much better year. So chin chin, or clink clink, or “salud,” or “salut!”

So… it’s been a while and I’ve concluded (mostly to make myself feel a lot better about not posting more often) that I would much rather have quality posts than to frequently post. At what cost? One could make the argument for gaining more followers. Sure, I would love that! Yet I’d rather pour all my efforts and resources on a well planned look than to skim through posts unimpressed and lacking “ooooohs,” or “ahhhhhhs.”

Here in southern Louisiana we are in this in between weather (roll in your transitioning pieces… booties booties booties rocking everywhere) where we get, occasionally, some really cold weekends and several days later bask in the glory of seventy degree weather. It’s pretty great. Having said that I can go from wearing a light sweater to an amazing faux fur coat within a week. Case in point. This particular look was shot three weeks ago when we had that 28 degree weekend. New York had nothing on us. Disclaimer: NYC IS EVERYTHING!

Needless to say that over the knee boots are a staple each winter. These are from the Wendy Williams collection at HSN, “how you booting?” And lets not forget that a choker is all you need to accompany any look from t-shirts to dresses and remain on trend. Let’s face it, it’s all about the choker!

Until the next post you guys! I heart you for you reading and visiting Foster the Fashion!

XOXO,

DDC

Tulle+Tiara+Chokolat Creme

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Top: c/o Chokolat Creme // Skirt: Charlotte Russe // Shoes: Jessica Simpson // Jewelry: Baublebar

One of the most rewarding things blogging provides me is the opportunity to meet so many talented, driven, ambitious, and forward thinking people. And it doesn’t hurt that all of them are beautiful inside and out.

My involvement with Baton Rouge Fashion week for two years in a row placed new faces and labels on my radar. My favorite look of this year’s show was the t-shirt line chokolat creme. Their 2016 runway look is what I am recreating on this post. I love the message of empowerment and strength represented in this brand. And every queen needs a queen bee necklace. This set is from Olivia Palermo’s collab with Baublebar, and it is everything as is she.

Until the next post!

XOXO,

DC

Off the Shoulder off the Hook

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Dress: Express // Sandals: Head Over Heals// Bag: Rebecca Minkoff // Earrings: Baublebar

I know it’s been a while. For obvious, and not so obvious, reasons July happened to be a very rough month. But we rise stronger and better from all those rough bumps and curveballs that this thing called life (RIP Prince) throws at us.

Now, if you do not own this summer an off the shoulder top or dress, to you I say in the words of Kimmy Schmidt: “where the H-E- double hockey sticks have you been?!” At least she has a better excuse (mole woman held hostage in a bunker by an unimaginably unattractive Jon Ham). When I tell you after not finding this denim off the shoulder beaut in our Mall of Louisiana, I immediately placed a call and an interstate dash to Tanger Mall to find this amazing dress. It’s denim people!! Denim!!!

Gladiator style sandals like these (on sale at Head Over Heals) make a consistent appearance every summer.

I hope you are having an amazingly fun hot summer. I am extremely grateful for those of you who continue to come back to Foster the Fashion for more posts.

I heart y’all!!!

XOXO,

DDC

This post is dedicated to Miriam “Mimi” Woodrich. She was an amazing mother, teacher, daughter, sister, wife, and friend. I heart you Mir Mir!

M3 Experience

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What to do on a Monday night? Nothing beats the Monday blues like having plans to step out and have some fun. The Elle Marie brands hosts its annual M3 Experience, a fun filled night of make-up, martinis, massages, music and entertainment. So grab your friends and head out to the Capital Club, admission is only $5.00 and proceeds benefit the Sickle Cell foundation. It does not get better than that!

Until the next post!

XOXO,

DC

Bowling in Style for Autism

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April is Autism Awareness month and the Elle Marie Brand will host its second annual “Bowling in Style for Autism” on Saturday, April 23rd, at Circle Bowl. Proceeds from this event will benefit the McMains Children’s Developmental Center. Last year’s event was great success, and this year is shaping up to be even better.

I met Elle Marie about two years ago, and the minute you have a conversation with Elle you’re absolutely captivated not only by her inner, and outer, beauty, but by all that she does in the Baton Rouge community. She works harder than anyone I know, she is driven, and is completely committed to everything in her grasp. What a lady!

She shared with Foster the Fashion that:

“The ElleMarie Brand is committed to positive community impact. We invite Bowlers and non-bowlers to come out and support a great cause, Bowling in Style for Autism. This fundraising event will help raise awareness for Autism.”

There are over 200,000 documented cases of autism in the U.S. along, and to date there is no cure for it, only treatment. Autism affects children and adults, and impairs communication and social interaction. So what are you waiting for? If you can’t go, donate. If you are free on Saturday the 23rd then I encourage you to have fun and bowl for a good cause. Purchase your tickets, or donate here.

Until the next time!

XOXO,

DC

You had me at gumbo!

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Shirt c/o: You Had Me at Gumbo, Leggings: Aria Boutique (old), Shoes: Carrson, Steve Madden  

There is a brand new t-shirt line coming from the bayou, and nothing is more Louisiana than gumbo. And in case you were wondering (I know you are not..but it’s ok) my favorite spots for gumbo in Baton Rouge are: Chimes and Roux 61.

You Had Me at Gumbo is a product of love for all things creative and emblematic of our beautiful state. Arielle Brown, the visionary creative behind the brand, shared with Foster the Fashion that:

“I just love being creative and doing things that challenge me. This business and my music do both for me. I hope to continue designing shirts that are more modern takes on Louisiana gumbo themes as festival season comes, and summer, and all things life! I like to wear t-shirts that make a statement of some kind, or draw the eye to it, so that is my goal with You Had Me at Gumbo. ”

Arielle, a “Ragin Cajun” Lafayette native, was more than kind to let me pick my favorite design from her amazing collection of tees, and of course I could not help but to choose her “file myself” tee. Allow me to explain why in the next sentence. I personally challenge you to listen to the song “I’m feeling myself,” by Nicky and Queen B (aka Bey) and not find yourself doing one of the following: (a) feeling yourself, (b) constantly hitting repeat, (c) or breaking into your own karaoke session with no concern whatsoever of who’s watching you. I challenge you.

So please check out You Had Me At Gumbo online, and follow her on all her social media platforms. I need to add one more thing, these shirts are so soft and comfortable to wear it’s pretty amazing.

XOXO,

DC

This week: OBRFW 3

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It is surreal how much I feel time slipping through my hands (btw great start to a future Mariah Carey song, dontcha think? I heart you Mimi!). In all honesty it seems like just the other day, I alongside a group of beautiful and talented ladies served as judges for the selection of models for Oneofakind Baton Rouge Fashion week season 3.

Today, OBRFW 3 is rolling onto its second day showcasing BARE, a sexy take on fashion that introduces an array of edgy, exotic, looks for your eyes to feast on. Tickets for tonight are sold out but if you want to “dip it and do it,” like my fave talk show host Wendy Williams does in the club, you can still get tickets for “The Big Night” here. “The Big Night” is when all the fashion kids come out and play, and “Yaaasss honey Yaassss,” I will be there to say “How you doing?”

XOXO,

DC

The Key Your Heart: JoJo Rings

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Top: Express (Old)/ Skirt: The Scar Collection / Rings: c/o JoJo Rings / Earrings: Geranium Earrings from Baublebar / Clutch: The Ant Hill.

Happy Valentines Day! Or Galentines Day!

There is nothing lovelier than a nice ballroom gown skirt. It’s such a stunning fashion statement. The minute you see it on someone else you can’t help but gasp in awe and admiration. At least I did when I saw it on Bonnie Michelle, designer and creator of lovely pieces from her Scar Collection.

But what I really want to talk about today are my rings courtesy of Jordan Dudden founder and creator of JoJo Rings. JoJo Rings are made from 100% recycled keys. Founded in 2015, Dudden started her creative empire while  attending Syracuse University in my favorite state with my favorite city, New York. Behind every key there is a good deed, as some of the profits go to nonprofit organizations in the New York area. So if you love feel good jewelry that makes a fashionable statement please check them out here. I love my gold tone round key ring!!

I hope that you have a beautiful day and that not only this day but EVERY DAY is filled with love!!

XOXO!

DC