Black Swan

Posted by Francesca Alfano On Saturday, October 29, 2011 7 comments


Preview of my black swan costume... handmade by mom!

Happy Halloween !

Posted by Francesca Alfano On Friday, October 28, 2011 1 comments









Have a wonderful Halloween weekend dolls!

xoxo
Francesca 

Decorating Inspiration

Posted by Francesca Alfano On Wednesday, October 26, 2011 17 comments



I really like the idea of decorating an empty wall with multiple mirrors in various shapes and sizes.  I think I'm going to start collecting mirrors from thrift stores to create this look. What an easy way to vamp up my living room !




Images Via Apartment Therapy and Martha Stewart



Candy Corn

Posted by Francesca Alfano On Tuesday, October 25, 2011 1 comments


You either love them or hate them but candy corn has always been one of my favorite halloween treats. Instead of buying a bag leftover from last years halloween I decided I would attempt to make them myself.  Surprising, they weren't that complicated and actually quite tasty. My friends even told they were better than the real deal ! ( blushing ) I still need to make them a couple of more batches to perfect the recipe and method but if you are looking for a festive activity check out the recipe below. 

I N G R E D I E N T S

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup salted butter
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1/3 cup powdered milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • red and yellow food coloring


S T E P  O N E 

In a medium sized bowl, combine the sifted confectioners' sugar and powdered milk. Set to the side.

S T E P  T W O

In a medium saucepan, combine the granulated sugar, corn syrup and butter. Bring to a boil on high heat, stirring constantly. Once it reaches the boiling point, reduce heat to medium and continue stirring for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the vanilla extract and remove from heat.



S T E P  T H R E E 

Add the confectioners' sugar and powdered milk mixture to the wet ingredients; stir well until the mixture is thoroughly incorporated and smooth.



S T E P  F O U R 


Let the dough cool until it is firm enough to handle, about 30 minutes to an hour (I got impatient and didn't let the dough cool long enough) 


S T E P  F I V E 


Divide the dough into three equal parts and set each third into a separate bowl. Add 2 to 3 drops of yellow food coloring to one dish, one drop of red and two drops of yellow to another dish, and leave the remaining dish uncolored. Knead the dough to which you have added food coloring until the color is even. 


S T E P  S I X 


Roll each color of dough into a long, slender rope with your hands. Line the three ropes of dough together: white, orange, and yellow so they stick together. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into triangles.  Roll them and shape them so they are round if you desire. 






Photos by me ! 


Recipe adapted from Serious Eats

Versace for H&M Women’s Lookbook

Posted by Francesca Alfano On Sunday, October 23, 2011 10 comments

Get excited for yet another amazing H&M designer collaboration. This November Versace for H&M will be available at 300 stores in US and Canada from November 19th to January 19th. Abbey Lee Kershaw rocks the lookbook in Versace's iconic looks.



“The collection for H&M is the essence of Versace. For the collaboration we’ve brought back from the archives, as well as from more recent collections, some of the icons of Versace, such as the bright prints, the Greek key and daring cuts. I can’t wait to see how H&M’s wide audience will make these pieces their own.” Donatella Versace.
“Versace’s collection for H&M is a moment in fashion. It is full of strong pieces that stand out, with colours, prints and cuts that are clean and precise. The women’s collection is flattering and full of dresses, while the men’s collection is very sophisticated. When I think about Versace I think of iconic items. With this collection for H&M we’ve got the essence of Versace.” Margareta van den Bosch, creative advisor at H&M.











Via Nitrolicious 

Friday Shoe Crave

Posted by Francesca Alfano On Friday, October 21, 2011 2 comments


Velvety rich wedges by Messeca would make a nice addition to my shoe collection.

S H O P   T H E M   H E R E

Painting With Ligjht

Posted by Francesca Alfano On Tuesday, October 18, 2011 1 comments

semi-feebish orb
reflectricity

Dope photos where the photographer makes extraordinary long exposure light paintings. Check out the rest of outabounds photos here.


Via This is Colossal

Luxe Obsessions

Posted by Francesca Alfano On Sunday, October 16, 2011 1 comments



Key fall investments include bold pops of color , leopard print, lace, and feminine blouses.

S H O P   I T 

Myla Sheer Bra ; $ 44
J.Crew Ruffle Blouse ; $ 170
3.1 Phillip Lim Necklace ; $ 225
Alexa Chung for Madewell ruby cardigan ; $ 158
J.Crew Leopard Calf Hair Bag ; $ 450
Moschino C&C Bright Red Pencil Skirt ; $ 253
YSL Gold Ring ; $ 180
Dolce Vita Black Suede Pumps ; $ 173

Anja Rubik shot by Ezra Petronio for Self Service F/W 2011

Posted by A. Belle On Sunday, October 16, 2011 1 comments





Via Fashion Gone Rogue

Giveaway!!

Posted by Francesca Alfano On Wednesday, October 12, 2011 1 comments



The 300th person to "like" Lovelaceluxe on Facebook will win this fabulous Kenneth Jay Lane necklace!


Happy "Liking" !!

xoxo
Francesca

Dressing for the Office

Posted by Francesca Alfano On Wednesday, October 12, 2011 1 comments



I recently started a new day job and have found it challenging to dress for Corporate America. How's a girl supposed to add some flare to the workplace?! My solution...  express your personality by mixing patterned blouses or unique shoes with classic basics, like a black pencil skirt or structured bag.  You can also spice up your look by wearing a colored croc handbag or shoe.

The Working Girls Must Have Basics: 


  • Black Skinny Trousers
  • Pencil Skirt 
  • White or Cream colored Silk Blouse
  • Tailored Black Blazer
  • Trench Coat 
  • Cashmere Cardigan 
  • The little Black Dress 



S H O P   I T

Alexander Wang Shoulder Bag ; $795
Topshop Animal Print Blouse ; $ 76
Catherine Malandrino Pencil Skirt ; $ 198
Zara Cap Toe Ankle Booties ; $ 129

Leather Weather

Posted by Francesca Alfano On Monday, October 10, 2011 17 comments

Leather has always been a fashion fave of mine. Permanently chic and edgy, the leather skirt is a must have for every girls wardrobe this fall. Pair it with a feminine silk blouse to soften the look or with a knit sweater for urban elegance.
S H O P   I T

1. Acne Front Panel Leather Skirt, $ 270
2. Alice & Olivia Pleated Leather Skirt ; $ 396
3. ALICE by Temperly Zippered leather skirt; $ 170
4. Vince High-waisted leather skirt ; $ 545

Diane

Posted by Francesca Alfano On Friday, October 07, 2011 1 comments


I adore you Diane <3


Photo Via Terry's Diary

Alexander McQueen S/S 2012 leaves me breathless

Posted by Francesca Alfano On Friday, October 07, 2011 16 comments




To say I love this collection would be an understatement, I am head over heels, completely in awe. Sarah Burton continues to carry on the legacy of McQueen with her sheer brilliance and overwhelming creative force. Bravo Sarah !


Photos Via Vogue.com

Thursday Throwback

Posted by Francesca Alfano On Thursday, October 06, 2011 2 comments




Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Helena Christensen, Vogue US September 1991

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