Dannijo Now Makes Handbags

As if Dannijo needed to give me another reason to LOVE their beautifully crafted accessories, well then went ahead and gave me one!  The sister designing duo unveiled their new collection of handbags this week and well, let’s just say I need them all.  Danielle and Jodie have given us clutches, cross-body’s and totes perfect for every and any occasion.  Adorned in their signature crystals, the Lenox clutch (seen below) is my personal favorite but who can really choose an absolute favorite with bags covered in prints and made out of gorgeous leather.

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Lenox clutch ($748)

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Viper clutch ($548)

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Lypton cross-body ($698)

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Titus tote ($798)

See all of Dannijo’s handbags here.

Coral for Spring

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I can’t think of a punchier, perkier or more perfect color for spring than coral.  It’s the just-right mix of pastel and bright, depending on the hue you choose.  It compliments every skin color.  It also goes with every color of the rainbow – so color and outfit combos are truly endless!  Coral is also a perfect color to wear into the hot summer months.  But for now, we will just use it as a summer buffer to wear during the spring months.  The above look is from J. Crew and it inspired me to scour sites for everything coral to add to my closet.

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Left to right – Top row – H&M Slingbacks, Tom Ford Lip Color in True Coral, Essie Nail Polish in Tart Deco, BaubleBar Coral Bezel Bead Cuff, Zara Strappy Dress, Steve Madden wedges, Zara Button Neck Shirt. Bottom row – Stella McCartney Tailored Trousers, Zara Ankle Strap Sandal, River Island Coral jersey belted maxi skirt, Kate Spade new york Charlotte Street Small Sloan

Easter Attire

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With Easter only a little over a week away, it’s time to square away the most important aspect of the holiday – the outfit!  While it’s pretty obvious that this is the first major spring event and pastels will be involved, why not incorporate some other trends as well.  I chose florals and a neutral shoe to compliment the minty hue.  The white blazer is the perfect touch because it dresses up the outfit but still keeps things light and casual.

Do you know what you’re wearing for Easter yet?

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River Island crop top, $38 / Dorothy Perkins cream blazer / Biba skinny jeans, $84 / Bottega Veneta platform high heels / Gold bracelets and bangle / Wet Seal statement necklace

Quote Me

Just when I realized I’m in need of a great tote bag, Kate Spade has released some fantastically witty totes.  How can a tote be witty, you ask?  The bags quote wise-cracking poet and writer, Dorothy Parker.

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Throw in the fact that the bags are completely on trend with the bright color-blocking and not only are you fabulously witty and quotable, but also perfectly fashionable.  What more could one want?  Well, besides maybe a beach day that would require said bag to carry around all summer-time essentials.  But that would just be selfish.

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Accessorize in the Nude

Okay, that sounded much more scandalous than necessary, but its true!  With Spring approaching, most will flock to the vibrant hues, pastel palettes and anything that screams “Get me out of this cold, drab winter!”  However, Anthropologie has taken on neutrals and shown them some love for the warmer months.  Everything from statement necklaces all the way down to what’s on your feet, Anthro has turned the brights down and delivers us some earthy extras!  See some of my favorites below!

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Particularly Pleasant Printed Pumps

While our choice of footwear is usually an after-thought to the main event, our outfit, fashionistas everywhere are rethinking this age-old procedure of getting ready thanks to printed pumps.  These pumps are quickly becoming the spotlight of the entire ensemble due to the crazy prints and patterns they come in, as well as a plethora of colors.  So what about the rest of the outfit?  Keep it fairly simple or mix prints!  Just remember, next time you go to build your outfit for the day, start from the bottom up!

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The Essentials : Now & Forever

While styles may come and go and we all look back on certain trends that we probably never want to revisit again, there ARE, however certain things that must really always be in your closet.  At all times.  For every and any occasion or outfit.  These are the old-faithfuls that have treated us well over years of fashion.  Here they are, along with some of my favorites in each category.

Black Ankle Boots – paired with jeans, skirts, dresses – you name it! The perfect go-to shoe to dress up or down.

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Acne, Rag & Bone, Maison Martin Margiela

Statement Necklace – Need to glam-up an outfit?  Look no further than the statement necklace!  It pulls together any outfit and can turn a plain tee and jeans outfit into a great night-out look.

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Tom Binns, Emporio Armani, Marni

Clutch – The perfect “bag” for a night out or an errand to run when you just need your card, phone, and maybe some fab red lipstick.

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Lanvin, Alexander McQueen, Saint Laurent

Flats – These can be switched out with the first “must-have” and can be worn with almost everything.  Flats are great everyday shoes that you can just slip on and be off!  Plus, the colors and prints that you can choose to work them into an outfit are limitless – just look at the ones below!

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Valentino, Stella Mccartney, Tory Burch

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Holographic Extras

When I was younger, the only “holographic” that mattered to kids was if their Pokemon cards were holographic or not.  Now, holographic accessories have taken over the fashion world.  Spotted on the feet or slung over the shoulder of the best dressers, hologram-covered extras were all the rage at New York Fashion Week.  Designers apparently can’t choose just one color, so they choose hologram and get all the colors of the rainbow!  This trippy trend has totally caught my attention (though not so sure I would wear it) and it’s about to catch on even more once all the new collections arrive at stores in the upcoming seasons.  Check out these extras below!

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STELLA MCCARTNEY
Holographic faux leather pumps

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PROENZA SCHOULER
The PS11 Mini Classic holographic leather shoulder bag

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MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA
Chainmail scarf

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Urban Outfitters Spring Lookbook

Urban Outfitters Spring lookbook is a California, hipster paradise.  UO mixes lightweight daydresses, knits, button downs, tees and crop tops in pastel colors and prints from floral to polka dot.  Add in some sorbet colored skinny cropped jeans, flowy skirts and denim cut-offs paired with holographic handbags and colorful accessories and you’ve got yourself a fun spring wardrobe!  My personal favorite is the polka dot crop top and matching shorts!

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New Must Have Bag : Trapeze Tote

With Fashion Week in full swing, every fashionista needs to be prepared for the unexpected and that means carrying a lot of extra essentials in your bag while running around NYC.  Luckily for us, designers have created the perfect bag for toting around our alarming collection of necessary items – the Trapeze Tote.  What started strictly with Celine, the Trapeze Tote has been expanded and is included by many other designers and now we have the difficult decision of picking our favorite.  With a top handle, winged-out sides and coming in a larger size there is basically nothing that can compare to this do-it-all, carry-it-all, fit-it-all bag.  Best part is you won’t have to decide what you must leave behind – just throw it all in and be on your way.  See some of my favorites below!

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DIANE VON FURSTENBERG
440 leather trapeze bag

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Flipping Dots embossed leather trapeze bag

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The Pashli shark-effect leather trapeze bag

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The Rockstud leather trapeze bag

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