Modest Mavens at the 2012 Golden Globes

When I first started Cable Car Couture, we spotlighted modest fashion. Even though that thread has taken a backseat, I loved seeing these modest mavens on the red carpet at the 2012 Golden Globes.

Tilda Swinton. Photo: Getty

Typically I don’t care for much that Tilda wears on the red carpet. But this outfit was absolutely sensational! It has the perfect blend of yin and yang with the draping skirt and structured jacket. She pulled it off marvelously.

Kelly Osbourne in Zac Posen. Photo: WireImage

The architectural lines in the sleeves are modern and edgy and this blue couldn’t be better. Somehow with the exaggerated mermaid it is rather reminiscent of The Little Mermaid.

Laura Dern

Laura Dern looks like she came straight from the Emerald City in this sparkling gown! It certainly accentuates how long and lithe she is.

Mikarose Dress Mother’s Day Giveaway!

The contest is closed and a winner will be announced shortly.  Stay tuned!


Mikarose Dresses has classy and beautiful dresses that are great for work, play, and special occasions.  Just in time for Mother’s Day, Mikarose has generously donated a $60 gift certificate to put towards a lovely Mother’s day gift!

The Jackie dress is a brand new addition to the Mikarose collection and we chose this vintage-inspired dress to showcase for the Mother’s Day Giveaway.  The Jackie dress comes in Persimmon, Moroccan Blue, and Black.


Look #1: Persimmon Jackie dress, drape cardigan, black belt, black ankle strap shoes, black freshwater pearls


Look #2: Persimmon Jackie dress, Asian parasol, gold slinbacks, pearl earrings

mikarose-dress-jackie-blueRecommendations to wear the Jackie Mikarose dress:

  1. Recommended body types: This dress is great for a triangle, inverted triange, hourglass, rectangular, rounded and tubular body types.  The belt helps to create an hourglass-like figure.
  2. Wear a cardigan over top with the belt, or a neutral belt, a la Michelle Obama.  The First Lady pulls this look off beautifully!
  3. This dress is great if you have fuller hips and thighs — the full skirt conceals a multitude of sins, my dears.
  4. If you have a short waist, or a long waist, this dress works great!
  5. If you have olive, wheat-colored, or lovely dark skin, the Persimmon color looks terrific.
  6. If you have blue eyes, embrace the Moroccan Blue!
  7. Unless you have either dark or dramatic light hair, the Black may wash you out.

So take a moment and enter to win this classy dress from Mikarose!  Here’s how:

  • 1st entry: Go to, pick your favorite and leave a comment about which Mikarose dress you would choose.
  • 2nd entry: Become a fan of Mikarose and Cable Car Couture on Facebook!
  • 3rd entry: Follow Mikarose and Cable Car Couture on Twitter!
  • 4th entry: Share the love and announce the giveaway on Facebook or Twitter! We even made it super easy for you:
    • Facebook Example: Enter to win a dress for Mother’s Day from Mikarose!
    • Twitter Example: Enter to win a dress for Mother’s Day from @Mikarose25 on @CableCarCouture! Pls RT!
  • 5th entry: Tell us what you love about your Mum!
  • Please leave one comment per entry.

Mikarose recently opened a shop at the Provo Towne Center just down the hall from the Dillards with incredible discounted pricing!  Here are some other fabulous dresses you’ll find in store!


The contest ends on Sunday, May 9th, 2010 at midnight. Let’s hear it from you!

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Blog Disclosure: Cable Car Couture received free product for writing a review for Mikarose.  We honestly love this dress!

Mikarose Warehouse Sale

mikarose-warehouse-saleWho doesn’t love a good sale?  Here are details for the Mikarose Warehouse Sale this weekend!

  • Saturday, October 17th, 2009
  • 11:00am – 2:00pm
  • 165 N. 1330 W. Suite A-2, Orem, Utah (just off the Center Street exit from the I-15).

Mikarose is having an amazing clearance sale at their warehouse. You do not want to miss out on these amazing prices on your favorite dresses! Bring your friends, bring your family, share the good news with everyone!

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Sneak Peak at New Mikarose Collection

Mikarose is an anchor in the clothing industry that specializes in modest dresses.  Here is a sneak peak at the new Mikarose collection — you saw it first at Cable Car Couture!

Sneak Peak at New Mikarose Collection. Photo c/o Julie Parker Photography
Sneak Peak at New Mikarose Collection. Photo c/o Julie Parker Photography

Loving the contrast of the brown and orange — great accessory for the season — and the cute puff sleeve.  Feminine and youthful.

We’ll keep you posted on an ETA!

Update: The new Mikarose pieces are available online at!

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Shabby Apple Yard Sale Saturday

Shabby Apple - Kenya
Shabby Apple - Kenya

Shabby Apple is having a huge Yard Sale for their damaged dresses with prices between $10-20!  Some of the dresses are only missing a button — what phenomenal prices!  Their new fall line will be on sale at a 15% discount.  They will have lemonade.  It’s not to be missed!

Here are the details for the Shabby Apple Yard Sale:

  • Date: Saturday, Aug 15, 2009
  • Time: 9am-1pm
  • Address: 2485 Haven Lane, Salt Lake City 84117

As you may know, Shabby Apple released their “Falling for Fall” Fall Collection in August.  The Kenya Camel Wrap Dress, on the right, is one of Shabby Apple’s new Fall dresses.  Fabulous!

Shabby Apple - Marseilles
Shabby Apple - Marseilles
Shabby Apple - Moss & Ivy Dress
Shabby Apple - Moss & Ivy Dress

Get a head start on the Shabby Apple dresses for the Yard Sale at  You can also follow them on Twitter @shabbyapple.

See you at the Shabby Apple Yard Sale!

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Shabby Apple Modest Dress Sale

Shabby Apple is a fabulous modest dress retailer that totally believes in the philosophy that a dress can be a one piece outfit — no cardigans, or undershirts required!  All of Shabby Apple’s dresses are marvelously modest, all on their own.

Until July 31, Shabby Apple is having their annual summer sale, Sale for a Sail.  Their prices are quite reduced and well worth taking advantage of!

Some of our favorites from the Shabby Abby Sale for a Sail:

The l’Ete faux wrap dress has a lovely collar and a full swing skirt.  This A-line skirt is fabulous for complimenting full thighs.  Can’t you just see yourself in this one jiving on the dance floor?

Shabby Apple l'Ete Dress - Sale Price $69
Shabby Apple l'Ete Dress - Sale Price $69

The Tokyo Tea dress has a glorious empire waist that hides a tummy expertly.

Shabby Apple Tokyo Tea - Sale Price $54
Shabby Apple Tokyo Tea - Sale Price $54

The Cat’s Cradle dress has criss cross details across the top — click on the link because you have GOT to see it in blue with the fabulous brown belt!

Shabby Apple Cat's Crade Dress - Sale $50!
Shabby Apple Cat's Cradle Dress - Sale $50!

The Oxford – and who said modest can’t be sexy?  Loving the sweetheart neckline with ruching at the bust, the skinny vintage-style belt and pleats at the bottom.  Great for a girl who embraces her curves.

Shabby Apple Oxford - Sale Price $100
Shabby Apple Oxford - Sale Price $100

The classic Jackie O shirt dress is a true, classic beauty!  I tried this baby on at Blend Fashion and it fit like a charm!

Shabby Apple Jackie O Dress - Sale Price $79
Shabby Apple Jackie O Dress - Sale Price $79

Keep your eyes peeled, because Shabby Apple’s Fall line of glorious modest dresses comes out in August!  We’ll be waiting and you’ll hear all about it here at Cable Car Couture.

Which dress would you like to take home with you?  I love the L’ete and Cat’s Cradle.

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What to Wear to a Wedding

I’ll bet we both know people who are getting married this summer.  If you have been wondering what to wear to a wedding this summer, look no further!  Cable Car Couture did some sleuthing and found some fabulous dresses to wear to weddings this summer.
Geena Dress by IGIGI $98
Geena Dress by IGIGI $98

IGIGI specializes in fabulous clothing for women sizes 12-32.  This classic dress in berry is fully lined and has a fun twist in the front to spice things up.  Since we’re all about supporting local business, IGIGI is designed and made in San Francisco, CA.

Mossimo® Black Shirred Dress w/Tie Back $19.99
Mossimo® Black Shirred Dress w/Tie Back $19.99

Here’s a little black dress you can wear again and again.  Wouldn’t it look great with a bright belt or scarf to add some color and pizzazz?

Shabby Apple's 90 Words/Minute Dress $64
Shabby Apple's 90 Words/Minute Dress $64

This fabulous turquoise dress from Shabby Apple is not only great for solving the “what to wear to a wedding” dilemma, but can be worn all year round!  The tie at the neck is darling.

Heart & Soul™ Ruffled Henley Dress $28.80
Heart & Soul™ Ruffled Henley Dress $28.80

This flirty ruffled Henley dress from Kohl’s made from stretch cotton is a perfect, comfortable choice to wear to a summer wedding.  The tie back allows you to adjust your size accordingly.

MikaRose Hollywood Dress $84.99
MikaRose Hollywood Dress $84.99

If the wedding calls for more of a formal flair and you’re wondering what to wear, consider the vintage-inspired Hollywood dress by Mikarose.  This gorgeous charcoal dress is will compliment your curves and can be worn again for your formal ball this Christmas.

Calvin Klein Cardigan $49
Calvin Klein Cardigan $49

Since finding modest dresses is a challenge, you may want to invest in a cute cardigan, like this Calvin Klein cardigan, to throw over a strappy or sleeveless dress you fall in love with.  You’ll get lots of mileage from a basic black cardigan like this one!

As a final tip, whatever you do, DON’T wear white to a wedding!  It’s the brides’ day and there are lots of other beautiful colors to choose from!

Have you decided what to wear to the weddings you’re attending this summer?

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In Style’s Best Summer Dresses

Recently, In Style magazine published the best summer dresses on their website, inspired by the lovely looks of these celebrities.  Here are a few of our favorites.


Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon, spokeswoman for Avon, wears a Jasmine di Milo sheath dress with lovely ruffles at the neckline.  In Style chose a Pringle 1815 dress with a similar design.


Beyonce Knowles

Beyonce wears a Elie Saab dress that hugs her curves and accentuates her lovely waistline with darling details on the sleeve.  In Style hand picked this Black Halo design as an alternative.


Emma Roberts


“Pass up the dramatic Dynasty dresses for an easy-to-wear T-shirt shape with strong shoulders. Emma Roberts (far left) did the decade proud in an Myne design; a silk tunic from Diane von Furstenberg (left) will be equally flattering.”

To see the entire In Style segment, click here.

Which look do you like best?  I have to say I’m partial to Beyonce’s look.

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Jewelry Completes the Ensemble

Have you ever noticed how jewelry can really bring an outfit together?  Take these snapshots from a recent photo shoot with The Mod Bod, Undertease and Blend Fashions.  Each outfit includes bold pieces of jewelry that completes the ensemble.

Beth Wearing The Mod Bod & Necklace from Blend
Beth Wearing Necklace from Blend

Beth’s Mod Bod outfit is beautifully complimented by this gold tassel necklace, a personal favorite of Amanda Behrbom, the owner of Blend.  Doesn’t jewelry complete the look?

Birds and the Bees Necklace by Annie M. Boutique
Birds and the Bees Necklace by Annie M. Boutique

It’s hard to imagine this darling dress and tank top ensemble from Blend and Undertease without the Annie M. necklace.  The necklace completes the ensemble!

Annie M.’s amazing jewelry will definitely give your wardrobe a face lift!  Check out Cable Car’s review of Annie M. from the UVU Women’s Expo here.

Sarah Wears Dove Necklace from Blue Bijou
Sarah Wears Dove Necklace from Blue Bijou

In addition to Sarah’s Mod Bod vest over an Undertease top, this Blue Bijou Dove necklace adds some extra spice and attracts attention to the vest.  It’s amazing what a little jewelry can do!

So what are your favorite jewelry brands?  What jewelry won’t you leave home without?  I wear a lot of Blue Bijou myself! :)

Would you agree the jewelry completes the ensemble?  Why?

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Shabby Apple Dresses

If you haven’t heard of Shabby Apple you are missing out!  No matter — read on and you’ll learn all about them!

Shabby Apple is a modest dress company that began when the owners Emily and CK realized there weren’t enough fabulous dresses on the market that made you feel comfortable and covered, so they took matters into their own hands.  Shabby Apple dresses are a return to the one piece outfit — no longer do you have to wear a cardigan or tank top to be fully covered and fabulous!

Cable Car Couture is a big fan of their flirty and sophisticated spring collections!  And in a moment, you will be, too…

Meet the Shabby Apple Marseilles dress:

Marseilles Faux Wrap Dress $86
Marseilles Faux Wrap Dress $86

Isn’t it fabulous?  Love the cinched waistline which flatters the waist and the full skirt which will cleverly conceal.

Meet the Shabby Apple Aristocrat dress:

Aristocrat Dress $78
Aristocrat Dress $78

This coy tuxedo dress has square buttons and ruffles with a belt around the waist.

Meet the Shabby Apple Koi dress:

Koi Turquoise Kimono Dress $62
Koi Turquoise Kimono Dress $62

This elegant turquoise kimono dress with pink flowers looks like silk but is made from polyester.

Meet the Shabby Apple Some Like it Hot dress:

Some Like it Hot $76
Some Like it Hot $76

This is one hot mama dress!  LOVE the red, the Joan Jetson-esque futuristic collar and the wrap.

Meet the Shabby Apple Daisy dress:

Daisy Dress $76
Daisy Dress $76

This white eyelet dress is ideal for complimenting women with beautiful olive skin — nothing compliments rich skin tone than wearing white!

So now that you and Shabby Apple are adequately acquainted, which piece has your name all over it?  (My husband LOVES the Koi — he thinks it would be hot on me :))

Visit Shabby Apple at

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