August 12, 2014 Seeking Shade

by style contributor, Julie

Everybody has a favorite color, one that they seem to gravitate to no matter what other options are offered.  At Peruvian Connection, our colors come together to tell a well-woven story of culture, artisan crafts and global travels. Whether muted and washed, or regal and rich, color is one of our favorite ways of telling our story. This Fall, selecting the perfect shades to color our collection got quite deep.

We wondered what would happen if we went royal with the rainbow and took our favorite tones down a notch. Here’s how we’re telling our color story this Fall.

Ultramarine: An alluring take on your tried-and-true blue, Ultramarine marries the perfect balance between Royal Blue and Navy with a stunning simple complexity that steals the eye but manages an almost neutral-like versatility.

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Isumi Cardigan $179; Brimfield Henley $159

Merlot: An exquisite take on red that floods the garment with sophistication. Merlot evokes thoughts of walks on Italian cobblestone streets, or memories of espresso-sipping at a corner café in Provence.

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Sybil Dress $520

Tarragon, Clover and Petrol Green: The grown-up versions of the classic Kelly green, these are rich colors that are perfectly fitting for Fall.  Living up to its reputation as the color that’s most associated with youth, hope and envy, these updated and elevated shades of green will leave onlookers lusting for more.

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Garland Tee $59; Studio Pullover $129

Pewter: What would a season of jewel tones be without a little precious metal? Pewter is a lustily stainless-steel finish that, like Ultramarine, is strong enough to stand alone but can unexpectedly complement any color, finish, weave, or texture to create a polished look.

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Heraldic Thermal Top $69, East End Jeans $179; Sutton Canvas Tote $159

These key colors along with a palette full of robust jeweltones are what’s painting Peruvian’s Fall and Holiday collections. No matter if they are stoically standing alone, or mingled majestically in a whimsical print or pattern, we’re sure this season you’ll undoubtedly find the hue that’s oh so you!

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July 29, 2014 Got IT?

by style contributor, Julie

We generally stay away from the dirty little word “trend” here at PC. These five letters imply quick fading, flash in the proverbial pan styles that are literally in vogue one minute and very back of the closet the next. Shopping trends and stacking your racks with fast fashion is a method that we couldn’t find more tragic. Key pieces that are exquisitely tailored, expertly styled, and come with an ample life expectancy are items that send our hearts pitter-pattering.  Every season we call our most lavish of these pieces our “IT” pieces.  Although these styles are on point with what’s trending, they are far from trendy and will revamp your wardrobe, taking it from so-right-this-second to always classic, with one whip of a stitch.

So here’s our “IT” Piece answer to what’s Trending:

The Not-So Conspicuous Cut Out…
Creatively placed cut outs can be an alluring way to show a little skin – BUT, there’s a fine line between keeping it chic and giving the world more than just a peek!cut outsWhat’s Trending: Cut Outs (PHOTO: Style Du Monde, as seen on Whowhatwear.com) | Our “IT” Piece: Donatella Dress $218

In The Trenches…
There’s nothing trendy about it: the classic coat in a rich camel color. If your closet is without one, you’re missing a piece that would have inevitably changed your life forever.camel coatWhat’s Trending: Camel Coats (PHOTO: Getty / Pascal Le Segretain as seen on FabSugar.com) | Our “IT” Piece: Marlborough Coat $498

Lighter Than Leather…
It’s been up and coming, and for great reason. It’s the look of leather, the breathability of cotton, and the green-ness of granola.  Coated denim has finally staked its claim as a fashion staple.

coated denimWhat’s Trending: Coated Denim (PHOTO: Marc Piasecki/GC Images as seen on Whowhatwear.com) | Our “IT” Piece: East End Jeans $179

On Guard…Crochet…
Handcrochet and look-a-like lace have morphed from a tiny hem detail to an all over impressive affect. Not for the faint of fashion heart, these it pieces take a little flare to wear.

all over lace What’s Trending: All-Over Lace (Lily Aldridge as seen on WhoWhatWear.com) | Our “IT” Piece: Nico Tunic $398

So remember leave trendy to the fashion-not-knowers, the teens and in-betweens, and the tries-too-hards, because there’s nothing more très jolie than a woman who’s got “IT”.

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July 22, 2014 Such a Beautiful Sole

by style contributor, Julie

It’s time for us to address an issue that we run into every time we début a new season’s collection.  Before the skinny spin gets cracked and the hot-off-the-press catalog ink has dried, the phones in our customer care center begin to ring off the hook…what’s the voice on the other end uttering most? “Where can we get those SHOES?!?!”

We’re ready to spill our stylist’s secret and let you in to the wonderful world of what we put on our models’ feet.  The outfit may be the main course, but every ensemble needs a little BAM of seasoning à la Emeril Lagasse to “kick it up a notch” and feed the fashion sole…

This season we had the pleasure of pulling from brands like Marc Jacobs, Freebird, and L’Autre Chose just to name-drop a few. Here are 3 of our favorites – AND for the cherry on top, we’ve even provided you the perfect alternative shoe just in case you are curious about some not-so-funky footwear styling.

The Jeffrey Campbell:

This season we’ve channeled our inner super chic rock star. What better way to set off a pair of leather-like black jeans than with a pair of chunky heeled rocker boots with metal buckles! (Shopbop.com) http://goo.gl/oRcXzGpage1SoleBut if these bad girl boots are a little to 1980’s Hair Band for you, then don’t be afraid to trade in the chuck heel for a stiletto and knock off a buckle or two.  Jeffrey Campbell Belair Boot (Neiman Marcus) http://goo.gl/rPokwaScreen Shot 2014-07-21 at 10.15.09 AM

The L’Autre Chose

We’ll never leave our rustic roots, which is why we picked this buttery brown ankle- hitting bootie. They’re the perfect wear-with-all pair, but the low riding ankle cut keeps them up-to-date. (yoox.com) http://goo.gl/IiVdMapage2Sole

If you’re digging something that’s more of a tall drink of water, there’s no way you can go wrong with a just-to-the-knee almost edible chocolate classic boot. Not only will they be the only pair of boots you need for the season, they’ll make your legs look a country mile long! L’Autre Chose Tall Boot (stylebop.com) http://goo.gl/pDs1i8Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 10.16.50 AM

The Freebird

Borrowing from the boys is never a bad idea.  And the juxtaposition of a big bulky boot and a lovely lady says “Yeah, I raided your closet, and guess what, sir…I wear it better than you.” (Nordstrom) http://goo.gl/bHOQZYFotor0721105454Or if you’re more of a buttoned-up beauty that prefers just a hint of him in your wardrobe, you might want to sub the super boot for something a little less biker boy. Freebird Saddle Boot (Steve Madden) http://goo.gl/fFP1HEshotlastsole

Now go forth my lovers of shoes and don’t forget to ALWAYS let your soles shine!

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July 11, 2014 Popular Peruvians: Benjamin Bratt

There are few steamier co-stars than Mr. Benjamin Bratt. Very well known for his role in the crime solving Law & Order show and for dating the most darling of Hollywood darlings, Bratt has more than a little culture in his DNA. His mother, a Peruvian from Lima, moved to the United States at the age of 14 and has had close ties to her country ever since. Benjamin was raised with his 4 siblings in San Francisco, and attended the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he earned a B.F.A. in Theater and was an active member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.

Despite being busy with his career and charity work, B.B. remains a family man, spending time with his wife, Talisa Soto, raising their two children Sophia Rosalinda Bratt and Mateo Bravery Bratt.

Benjamin Bratt, as Grand Master in the San Francisco Mission district parade. Photo by Frank Kovalchek

Benjamin Bratt, as Grand Master in the San Francisco Mission district parade. Photo by Frank Kovalchek

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June 27, 2014 Smooth Transition: Curating your Closet for the Cold

by fashion contributor, Julie

Some fear change, others embrace it, but we can all agree that the shifts in the seasons can leave our closets a little more than confused. There’s nothing more heart sinking than staring hopelessly at hangers draped with all “wrong” garments.

This irrational fear of what the temperamental transitional weather will bring is real and affects even the strongest and most stylish of us. There is a cure, ladies: there is a way to perfectly curate your closet and make the not so stellar “in between” time much more bearably beautiful!

DO Play HIDE and seek
Investing in a creamy smooth, supple, light leather jacket is not only a timelessly chic way to update your wardrobe, it’s the perfect all year piece that can never be over worn.

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Mirador Suede Jacket on sale at $349, Toscana Peplum Jacket on sale at $299

DO Get deep
There’s no need to completely press the mute button on all your colors when the weather starts to wither. Pick rich plums and navies, or any jeweltone that pleases your eye.

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Due East Cardigan $229, Wenona Tunic on sale at $72

DO Mix your maxies
Toss the sandals and flip-flops sister! Bougie-up your summer maxi dresses with a pair of boots. AND if you want to make those maxies last all year long, learn to layer them!

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Fade Away Maxidress on sale at $199, Puno Tank Dress on sale at $149

DO the 50/50
Don’t be afraid to split the difference and wear a summer weather piece with a fall favorite. Think layering a simple tank dress with a bold and cozy cardi.

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Kiri Cardigan $159, Tribal Vest $169

DO DO DO Scarf-up all the accessories you can
And by accessories we mean scarves! Swaddle your neck in silks, luxe pimas, and any other fabric you deem necessary of a face nuzzle. Not only will you be perfectly hip and flawlessly finished, you’ll also feel cool, calm, and collected wrapped in non-stop comfy.

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Illyria Scarf $99,  Blue Horizon Scarf $99

Fearing the time where summer meets fall is no longer needed. Sure, all transitions can be awkward, but wearing what tickles your fancy is the best ‘Do’ of all, and it will ensure that you’ll look fabulous through the change!

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