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Festival Chic: Vintage Floral Toppers

April 18, 2014

Music festival style is a well curated melange of denim, merged with feminine items with a bohemian vibe. While this look may not work for most of us on a day to day basis, there are great items to incorporate into your wardrobe to add an element of boho chic.

The sheer floral print top was a big trend at Coachella. Whether it’s a vintage robe or dress, or a new piece inspired by them, these were the topper of choice over denim shorts and bra tops.

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This floral piece with flounced sleeves adds a girlie touch to distressed denim and an oversized tee. Accessories compete the look.

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Long and languid cabbage roses top a laced edge camisole and cutoffs.

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Lingerie inspired boy shorts and bra top are covered by a floral kimono.

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High waisted shorts and cropped top are feminized by a long sheer rose printed robe.

Want to try to inject this into your wardrobe? Try a floral top or dress over jeans, slim pants or even a pencil skirt.  Add some necklaces, and channel your inner hippie.

Photos: Pinterest

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Festival Style: LACE

April 16, 2014

It’s music festival time, kicking off with Coachella last weekend. Festival dressing has a style all it’s own, with sexy, boho looks ruling the day. While flower crowns and hippie inspired dresses may not fit into most of our day to day lives, there are some trends to be extracted. Such is the case with lace. Textural cotton laces and crochet add a feminine, yet casual twist to any look. Why not try a lace trimmed blouse with your jeans this weekend, and embrace a little festival chic!

Here a just a few of our favorites:

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Softly tiered cotton with insets of rustic lace give this dress a sweet, yet edgy vibe. Add a sheer floral top to complete the look.

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This voile blouse trimmed with cotton lace is tucked into distressed denim cutoffs.The  tapestry bag is the perfect finish to this haute hippie look.

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Vintage lace and high waisted denim looks flawlessly chic.

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These macrame sandal-boot hybrids, leather bracelets, and woven bag take this eyelet top to another level.

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A soft peasant top and lace shorts make a case for tough and tender, when paired with studded leather accessories.

Photos via: Pinterest

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Overall Impressions

April 7, 2014

Overalls, once the go-to outfit of farmers and toddlers, has made it’s way into the fashion scene. This time around, they have a sexy, almost sophisticated edge, taking the workwear staple to a whole new level. Being a woman of a certain age, I’m fighting the urge to give this trend a try. But looking at these chic ladies, I’m thinking  I can rock this look. You be the judge:

Donna Karan sent these overalls down this runway for DKNY this spring, adding a polished blazer and trench coat to complete the outfit.

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A slim fit, high heeled booties and a great flyaway sweater give these overalls a casual, yet pulled together  sensibility.

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How chic is this women, walking through the Tuileries in Paris, with gold toed pumps, a clutch bag,and her red coat tossed nonchalantly over her shoulders?

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Leave it to Alexander Wang to pair a leather bra top with his white overalls. A little skin makes the look sexy!

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Blair Eadie of the style blog Atlantic Pacific is known for her ladylike chic. Her messy undo, pointy stilettos and red lips and bag give this outfit an air of sophisticated ease.

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Want to try this look yourself? Just abide by a few simple rules.

Overalls should be on the slim side. Nothing oversized or sloppy.

Add a touch of the unexpected, through accessories, makeup or a great piece of outerwear.

Roll the legs and add a chic heel.

Accessorize to the hilt. Shoes, bags and scarves play a huge role in upping the fashion ante. Keeping it chic is key.

Take a little extra care with your hair and makeup. This isn’t the time to get sloppy.

Keep the tops fitted, or go ahead and show some skin. Let the world know there is a woman under there.

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Tropical Sports

April 2, 2014

We don’t know which trend for Spring we love more: the athletic trend, or the tropical one. Why choose?
Adidas just launched a collaboration with Brazilian brand Farm, and the mix is pure genius. This is the kind of hybridization we can get our heads around!

Logo tank and running shorts:

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Iconic stripes and logo on a pineapple print!

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The look is  even starting to appear in street style: Tennis anyone?

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Sporty backpacks are back! How about an island style version?

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Unsubscribe

March 31, 2014

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This week, outraged magazine readers fought back and opted to unsubscribe from their favorite monthlies over a disagreement with the editor in chief’s choices.

First it was Vogue. People love to hate Kim Kardashian, and when Anna Wintour put her and fiancé Kanye West on the cover of this month’s issue, the backlash was strong and swift. Many readers began campaigns to cancel their subscriptions, citing that Ms. Kardashian had no right to earn the highly coveted spot. She is not a model, reached fame through a homemade porn video,and has displayed questionable fashion sense in the past. She is not only one of the most “disliked” people in the business, she is also one of the most talked about.
It is always mind boggling to me, that every time a website posts a story about Kim Kardashian, a plethora of people take the time to log in, and post a derogatory comment. First of all, websites measure click throughs and comments to gauge the popularity of a post. Each of those people clicked through, presumably read the article, and then logged in, often to tell the site that they don’t care about her and that they should stop featuring her. Those click throughs and comments all add up, and send the editor and cyber bean counters a very different message.

While we are here, let me ask you another question? When was the last time a model graced the cover of your favorite fashion bible?
Uh-huh. Not recently. Celebrities, i.e. actresses and musicians sell more magazines at the newsstand than models. Models all want to be actresses anyways (and then they get their cover stories!) actresses all want to be fashion designers, and who knows what designers want to be anymore. Kim Kardashian and Vogue just experienced a huge PR boon, thanks to all the articles, interviews and Facebook posts that came about from people expressing dismay over her cover story.

A few days later, Self magazine came under fire. They featured a photo of 2 women running a marathon in tutus, and ridiculed the look. When readers discovered that one of those women was a cancer victim and made the tutus to raise money to fight the disease, they were outraged. Self’s editor in chief, Lucy Danziger issued a quick apology, which riled up her readership even more. She subsequently spoke to the women personally, and wrote a very positive article about her. Tutu sales jumped to the point that they cannot accept anymore orders. Readers responded with threats to cancel their subscriptions.

Had this women not been a cancer patient, and her choice of running attire not been philanthropic, would the outcry have been so strong? This is a magazine about women embracing their bodies and pursuing good health through diet and fitness. Is making fun of women running in tutus keeping true to the message the magazine hopes to convey? Anyone who trains for and completes a marathon is a role model. If doing so in a tutu provides motivation, we say “go for it!” Ms. Danziger not only apologized for the faux pas, but offered to work closely with the women to support her cause. She also brought great awareness to tutu project, which in turn brought them more orders. We all make mistakes, and this was a big one. It was also resolved to the best of the magazine’s ability. Isn’t that enough?

We are living in a world where we are so spoiled, that if a magazine features something that doesn’t suit us, we retaliate. How different is this to packing up our dolls and dishes and going home when we were 5 years old and our friend didn’t want to play the way we did?

We have a right to our opinions and a thanks to the internet, a forum to express them whether anyone wants to hear them or not.

Only time will tell if the magazines in question had any significant decline to subscriptions, or if the additional press served to sell more ad pages.

Now that that is cleared up, feel free to go back to postulateing  about Gwyneth Paltrow’s “conscious uncoupling,” until someone else does something you can complian about.

photo: Glasshouse Images

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Functional Style

March 27, 2014

Big name designers are looking at the practical side, taking utilitarian details and interpreting them into accessories of all kinds.

Alexander Wang takes the construction worker’s tool belt to a new level with his version in lemon yellow leather, replete with

storage for everything from coins to keys.

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Christopher Kane uses straps and plastic clips to secure his sleek, and modern take on the clutch.

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This “charming” brooch by Marc Jacobs holds everything from safety pins to guitar picks.

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Coach gets functional with their latest riff on the work boot. The thick rubber sole is ribbed for traction, and the fur lining and hardware add a chic touch.

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Backpacks are back with a vengeance, and House Of Holland adds heavy gauged zippers for extra functionality.

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Giuseppe Zanotti lets you protect your back and store your stuff, with his zip around corset style belt.

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Double Denim

March 24, 2014

It seems nearly every fashion faux pas has its moment in the sun. What has long been deemed a don’t, somehow becomes a do. Take for example, the idea of wearing denim on denim.
Often referred to as the “Kentucky tuxedo,” wearing denim on the top and bottom has been seen as something worn by farmhands, and those who lack sartorial savvy. Over the last few seasons, we have been seeing it sneak up on us, and this spring, its reached a fever pitch!

There are of course rules involved in breaking this strict rule of denim wearing.
Mix the shades, don’t match them. Mixing of textures and tones make the look a bit less matchy-matchy, and adds an air of “I don’t care” chic to the look.

Keep it simple, and keep it casual. This isn’t about a denim suit, ( although we saw lots of them on the runways for men!)

When in doubt, let the experts do the mixing. Denim mixology can be a fine art, and brands like Paige Denim and Citizens of Humanity took the guesswork out of it, by making items that already mix the shades of indigo to perfection.

Here are just a few of the looks we love.

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A Sprig of Spring

March 12, 2014

Oversized corsages showed up on the runway for Fall 2015, adding a retro element to coats and suits. Why wait for next year, when you can bring a bit of much needed spring into your wardrobe, while you impatiently anticipate the change of seasons?

Dries Van Noten added orchids to the shoulder of his not so basic black dress.

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Fendi pinned a corsage on his fur shrug worn over a simple zip front coat.

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Celine added a floral touch to contrast buttoned outerwear.

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Blushing On The Red Carpet

March 3, 2014

The ladies of Hollywood walked the red carpet last night, in demure tones of blush pink.

Kate Hudson wowed in Versace.

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Jenna Dewan Tatum wore a nude shade by Reem Acra.

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Jennifer Garner in shimmering tiers by the other Oscar: de la Renta.

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Jada Picket Smith had a train of pale rose on her Carolina Herrera gown.

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Penelope Cruz tied a black sash on her pink confection  by Giambattista Valli.

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Camilla Alves wore layers of blush by Gabriela Cedena.

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Cate Blanchett sparkled in nude by Armani Prive.

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Jessica Biel shimmered in a simple Chanel Couture gown.

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Making Mayhem

February 28, 2014

Remember Tavi, the once 11 year old blogger that took the fashion world by a storm a few years ago? Well look out because this young fashionista is only 4 years old!

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Mayhem and Jennifer Lawrence

Going by the moniker Mayhem, this young diva and her mom craft award show gowns and runway looks from construction paper. Mayhem isn’t just a creative whiz. She also models them with the attitude rivaling the actress who wore the original.

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Mayhem and Lupita Nyong’o. Who wore it better?

Check out their amazing Instagram account to see House of Mayhem’s latest creations.We can’t wait to see what they come up with after this Sunday’s Academy Awards red carpet display!


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