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Get the Look: Bust Out the Blazer

August 6, 2009

At Avant Gaudy we firmly believe you can reinvent your style without restocking your closet.  Here’s how you can turn that classic blazer into a fresh new look.

Inspiration: Louis Vuitton Fall 2009 Trends

Avant Gaudy Collection: Material Girl Bra & Back to Basics Blazer

How to Style It: Pair a lacy brassiere with your favorite blazer for an instant masculine/feminine mash-up.  Button up the blazer for a confident and sexy look.  Plunge it open for the after party.

Price: Material Girl Bra $48.00 & Back to Basics Blazer $45.00

I showed you mine, now you show me yours. Tell me about your favorite way to make an old piece look new again!

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Meet the “Gaudy” Girls: Mariefe

July 27, 2009

MariefeGet to know Mariefe, the head merchandise buyer at Avant Gaudy.

Where are you from?
Phoenix, AZ

Where do you live now?
Chi-Town

What school did you go to?
Creighton University ’04, Business Administration, Marketing Major.  

Personal aspirations/hopes: 
I want to travel abroad and immerse myself into as many cultures as I can afford.  Realistically, I would like to be a personal styling consultant and have my own boutique back on the West Coast and live on the beach. 

Professional goals:
To bring in those dolla dolla bills y’all.

Favorite TV shows? 
Gossip Girl, 30 Rock, Lost, Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, Jeopardy, The Office and Project Runway.

What kind of music do you like?
Everything… I look to my younger sister to keep me up with what the kids are listening to these days. 

What bands are you listening to?
Radiohead, Elliot Smith, TV on the Radio, Yaysayers, Flaming Lips, Mason Jennings, She and Him, Secondhand Serenade, Rodrigo y Gabrielle, West Coast, anything Madonna but mostly her stuff from the 80’s, Girl Talk, Dispatch, The National, Dashboard Confessional, OAR, The Shins, Danger Mouse. 

All-time Favorite Songs:
(1) “Like a Prayer” – There is a car dance that accompanies this song.
(2) Bloc Party’s “Signs” – I secretly want to be part of the cast of Gossip Girl.
(3) Kelly Clarkson’s “Since you Been Gone,” on repeat screaming on the top of my lungs, in the car stuck in traffic.  

Favorite movies? 
Sound of Music, 16 Candles, Teen Witch and Grease.  Now you know I am really a 12 year-old girl. 

I Heart Jake Ryan

Favorite/essential book?
How to Score a Mega-Hottie (it was featured in the Twix commercial). On a more serious note, The Great Gatsby, I heart Jay Gatsby. 

Hobbies?
Bikram Yoga, hanging out with my friend’s dogs

What do you like to do for fun? 
Hang out with my friends and family doing any of the following:  day drink, go shopping, taking a long lunch outside and wine tasting.

“Things you love?”
People:  Other than my family, Natalie Portman, Catherine Zeta Jones, Wentworth Miller
Things: Filipino food. People laughing, but not at me.  The sound of someone biting into an apple. 
Places: Mission Beach, San Diego.  The Philippines.  

Favorite designers?
Marc Jacobs, Thakoon Panichgul, Michael Kors, Diane Von Furstenburg, and Phillip Lim.

    Style.com - Thakoon Resort 2010    Style.com - Phillip Lim Resort 2010

Favorite fashion/beauty magazine?
Lucky, W, and Cosmo.

Favorite clothing item/accessory that you own? 
My mom’s engagement ring, I’ve worn it once as a right hand accessory. 

How would you describe your personal style? 
I love short dresses!  I am only 5’2 so they have to be above my knee.   Right now I’m into the Romantic/Goddess style dresses.  But really, it all depends on my mood and the occasion.  

One thing you’ll never wear?
Harem pants.

Style icon?
Kate Hudson, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. And my younger sister, Mariel. 

Mariel

What is your most recent purchase?
Iridescent Mother of Pearl square ring that looks like a napkin holder and lays across three whole fingers. 

Do you have any style rules? 
Keep it simple, but accessorize! 

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? 
Bohol, Philippines- a white secluded beach in paradise. 

Obsessed with/can’t live without?
My iPhone.

Your perfect day?
Laying out at the pool, shopping at Last Chance, sushi for lunch, wine with lunch, wine for lunch. 

Guilty pleasure? 
The bottomless bottle of Two buck chuck.

Favorite food/drink?
Any Malbecs, I’m not picky by the end of the night they all taste the same.  

What are you an expert of/random knowledge?
Saved by the Bell trivia, ask me, I bet I know. 

What web site do you have to check everyday? 
Weather.com, you never know in Chicago! 

Favorite animal?
Dogs, but not the little yelpers! 

Personal quote:
“Everyone needs a Sarigumba Surprise.”

Favorite famous/inspirational quote:
“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life that he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” -Henry David Thoreau

What is your favorite item from Avant Gaudy? 
A short Greek goddess style dress with a zebra print.

Get the Look: Polka Dot Style

July 21, 2009

Wear your optimism on your sleeve with this Pretty Woman-inspired polka dot dress. Polka Dots are making a major appearance in this summer’s collections and can be worn anywhere: as an accessory (headbands, jewelry, belt, purse, shoes) as tights, or the classic Pretty Woman dress .

Inspiration:  Rubin Singer Spring 2009 Collection

Dote on this AG Collection: Pretty Woman

 

How to Style It: Cinch it with a solid color belt and put on your favorite sun hat!

Price: $45 at Avant Gaudy.

Get the Look: Bring out the Goddess in you

July 15, 2009

Dress like a goddess without sacrificing your wallet with our Watercolor Dress from Avant GaudyIt can be worn casually with sandals at the beach or dressed up with heels and your biggest hoop earring for a night out!

Inspiration: Thakoon Panichgul Spring 2009 Collection

Avant Gaudy Collection: Watercolor Dress

Watercolor Dress

How to Style it: Rope Belt to accent the waist and tiered Bangles

Price: $48.00 at Avant Gaudy.

Get the Look: Power Jumpsuit

July 9, 2009

In a season dominated by long summer dresses, standout from the crowd without sacrificing the length.  Check out our jumpsuits at Avant Gaudy!

Inspiration: Ralph Lauren Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Ralph Lauren 2009 Ready-to-Wear

 

AG Collection: Beige Jumpsuit

Khaki Jumpsuit

How to style it: A statement belt, silver or gold jewelry

Price: $48.00 at Avant Gaudy