Military Chic

There really are fairly few trends out there that repeat season after season (pops of color during spring, winter whites, neutrals…) and femme spins on military are nothing new. I’ll be the first to admit I own more than my fair share of army green apparel. I love mixing them with girly touches like a splash of sequins, some glitter here or there, or glomming it up with pearls.

In fact, I love it so much, it served as inspiration for my very first design. Yes, I can now add “fashion designer” to my résumé! It’s a gorgeous blouse, made in the USA (right in NYC, actually). It is 100% silk, features pale gold sequin trim epaulets, and sequin trim on the pocket. I added feminine touches as well with tailoring and ruching.

This is a sneak peek of it! It even has my new line’s very own label sewn in. My line’s name and logo will be revealed when it goes on sale, which will be…

Monday Nov 21 9am EST thru Tuesday Nov 22nd (only 48 hours!)

I really hope you’ll like it! (And…ahem…want to buy it…) 🙂 It’s been months of painstaking work in the making, and I’m super excited to be the first blogger designer launching with this new startup company that makes this all happen–The Man Repeller is the second blogger, and her design is actually on sale right now to coincide with a charity event. How exciting! (You can check out her lovely red dress here.) I’ll be sure to provide more information and sneak peeks until the big day (Monday!). Sign up to be notified the minute it goes on sale (it is only on sale for 48 hours).

And now, Leandra and I are proud to introduce you to the behind the scenes geniuses who made it all happen: LINEBY (plus, get a little closer look at the blouse, before the big reveal!)

As for the new Bloggers Do It Better assignment, you can post your look on your blog anytime but remember that on Tuesday, November 22nd at midnight Central time, the link-up post will go live here on Pretty Shiny Sparkly, and you’ll be able to add your look to the mix using the widget within the post.

Eeeek! So great! So many happy things! I couldn’t be more excited to share this news with you all – this wouldn’t be happening without having all of you to call my friends.

Full disclosure: I’m going to be totally un-cool here and confess that I wept after seeing the above video. Is this real life?

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  1. 11.17.2011 / 8:30 pm


    • 11.18.2011 / 3:55 am

      Thank you so much Lynzy!!!!

  2. 11.17.2011 / 8:30 pm

    Congrats on the line! The sneak peek looks gorgeous. I love the little details, like having square-edged sequins to keep the boxy feel of military pieces.
    Excited to see the finished article (and get my military-stylee BDIB on)!

  3. 11.17.2011 / 8:32 pm

    This one should be fun! Only problem will be trying to narrow it down to just 1 Militar Inspired look. Hmmmm…which one shall I choose?
    7eventh Letter

  4. 11.17.2011 / 8:37 pm

    Congrats! It already looks so beautiful! Fingers crossed it isn’t too expensive :/ Is this the same project that The Man Repeller designed her red dress for?

    • 11.18.2011 / 3:51 am

      Yep! She has a sale going on right now, actually!

  5. 11.17.2011 / 8:43 pm

    WOAH!!! SOOOOOOOO excited to see the blouse!!! LOVING sequins. looking forward to BDIB too!!!
    xoxo, jenn

  6. 11.17.2011 / 8:46 pm

    Love the military look, I just posted a military inspired look today! Your top looks amazing, I can’t wait for the unveiling of the line! Congrats!

  7. Pilar
    11.17.2011 / 8:53 pm

    Wahoo!!!! Congrats!!!!

  8. 11.17.2011 / 9:03 pm

    OhmyGOODNESS! I’m so excited to see the line!!! Congrats doll! You deserve it xo

  9. 11.17.2011 / 9:04 pm

    Congratulations on the launch of your new company! This is fantastic news and I definitely love this silk blouse with the sequins epaulettes! I don’t know how you do it, juggling medical school, a successful blog, and now a fashion line!

  10. 11.17.2011 / 9:07 pm

    So excited for you – the blouse looks fabulous! Hello, sequins & silk….I will be standing in line to buy this one!! 🙂

    • 11.18.2011 / 3:52 am

      Aww, thank you so much PPF! That means a lot to me. 🙂

  11. Ashley
    11.17.2011 / 9:12 pm

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to see your designs.

  12. 11.17.2011 / 9:59 pm

    Congrats that’s so awesome! I already love it from the looks of it. Can’t wait to see more.

  13. 11.17.2011 / 10:09 pm

    Oh my gosh! This is really exciting. I can’t to see it all 🙂 Congratulations on this dream come true <3
    xoxo Azu

  14. 11.17.2011 / 11:22 pm

    That’s so exciting!!!!! Congrats, I know you’ll be a successful.

  15. 11.17.2011 / 11:55 pm

    That is so exciting! Congratulations!I love the preview of this shirt, so far, especially the sequins. It looks like something I would certainly love.

  16. 11.17.2011 / 11:57 pm

    This is so exciting / awesome. The blouse is so gorgeous!

    • 11.18.2011 / 3:54 am

      Thanks so much Alicia!! I’m dying to see it on you, actually. 🙂

  17. 11.18.2011 / 1:04 am

    That is super exciting and fun! I adore your blouse, and I am looking forward to the next BDIB.

  18. 11.18.2011 / 2:07 am

    OMG!!! this is so exciting!!!! and ps I love love love that shirt – sequins+army is so chic, cannot wait for it to go on sale 🙂 🙂

    • 11.18.2011 / 3:54 am

      Thank you so much Cheryl! I appreciate it very much! You will LOVE it!

  19. 11.18.2011 / 2:25 am

    Military Chic: There really are fairly few trends out there that repeat season after season (pops of color durin…

    11.18.2011 / 2:33 am

    Eeeeeeeeee! So excited and thrilled about your design! And of course, I NEED! Will definitely be buying your shirt in a few days. Congrats, my dear friend. Now I’m off to spread the word.

  21. 11.18.2011 / 3:18 am

    There aren’t words baby girl. I’m so proud of you. Watching your blog grow and following along your exciting ride. Get it girl, because your ride is quite the exciting one. You deserve this and everything else coming to you!

  22. 11.18.2011 / 5:28 am

    Congrats, girl. From the very small preview, I can’t wait to buy the blouse! 🙂

  23. 11.18.2011 / 6:42 am

    Confession: I may or may not have watched this video 17 times already with tears in my eyes. #sohappy @linebyteam

  24. 11.18.2011 / 6:42 am

    Confession: I may or may not have watched this video 17 times already with tears in my eyes. #sohappy @linebyteam

  25. 11.18.2011 / 7:22 am

    So exciting! The blouse you designed is beautiful. Congratulations.
    xo Ashley

  26. 11.18.2011 / 7:23 am

    Kristina -Totally not lame to cry! You’re watching your dream come true! From one Kristina with a K to another, I aspire to be at your level someday.
    – Tina

    • 11.18.2011 / 11:35 pm

      Aw, thank you so much Kristina! Best wishes and luck to you and your dreams!! MAKE IT HAPPEN! 🙂

  27. 11.18.2011 / 9:07 am

    So excited to buy @PrttyShnySprkly's blouse she designed with @linebyteam! Told y'all there's nothing she can't do!

  28. 11.18.2011 / 1:42 pm

    Congrats!i aspire to have a resume like yours! they look fabulous!

  29. That’s so friggin excting. BIG CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU! Could you be having a better year??? Love the blouse (are those shorts yours too?). I can see you in it, hope we will.
    The Chief Blonde!

    • 11.18.2011 / 11:33 pm

      Aw, thank you so much Shelley. You’re such a great supporter and I’m truly grateful to have you as a reader. I hope to see you in my design, girl!!

  30. 11.18.2011 / 8:52 pm

    the shirt looks gorgeous. what an amazing achievement. do you ever sleep??

    • 11.18.2011 / 11:32 pm

      Well to be perfectly honest the past few nights (er, months) i’ve been running on only 5 or so hours of sleep a night…but I’m working on my sleep hygiene 🙂

  31. 11.18.2011 / 9:42 pm

    Oh my goodness congratulations! This is so exciting and the blouse is just beautiful, i can’t wait to see it its full glory!

  32. 11.19.2011 / 2:40 pm

    congrats on this! i love the shirt!!! -JB.

  33. 11.19.2011 / 7:28 pm

    o wow how amazing girl!!! congrats on starting your new line!!!

  34. 11.20.2011 / 5:31 pm

    Such a cool video – congrats! I love your blouse paired with the gold pleated maxi skirt!

  35. 11.21.2011 / 4:53 am

    Love this, so glad I found it. The shirt is amazing.

  36. 11.21.2011 / 10:35 am

    Is the milatary style back for this winter season?

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  39. 12.22.2011 / 11:58 am

    i love military style. congrats for your project. the details of the shirt shows a little, but enough to find that will be amazing 🙂

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