Cupcakes & Cashmere x Club Monaco

One of my favorite bloggers along with one of my favorite stores have teamed up to create an exclusive collection together – coincidence?  I think not!

Emily Schuman of Cupcakes & Cashmere has created a capsule collection with Club Monaco, mixing girly with simplicity and sophistication.  These pieces can be worn any where from the office to a Saturday stroll around the city to a nice dinner-date night.  Pastels rule this collection with leather thrown in not to rough up the pieces but to make them even more clean and structured.  My favorites from the collection are the Georgia dress and the Delaine Moto Jacket (because who WOULDN’T want a pale pink leather jacket?).  See the full collection here.

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Don’t Forget the Basics for Spring ’13

While most may think of an abundance of colors for the Spring months, Alexander Wang decided to give colors the season off and stuck with basic blacks, whites, grays and creams.  However, there really is nothing basic about his collection – with leather accents, major cut-outs (including some seriously intense cutout, strappy shoes), zippers and mega-sexy high slits and low V cuts, the designer has got us begging Mother Nature to bring on the warm weather to wear these pieces!  See some of the looks below, enjoy!

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Winter Warmth with These Most Wanted Picks!

Is there a worse feeling than walking around in the blustery cold with a coat that is just not living up to your body warmth needs?  Fear not, check out the looks below to choose a new style (and cozier) winter coat!  The best trends of the season are brights, graphic prints, menswear and my personal favorite, leather accents!  Although the freezing temperatures will make you want to hide under a whole bunch of blankets, these picks will make you want to throw on your new coat and face even the chilliest of days!  Bring it on Mr. Winter!  Enjoy!

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Leather Accents

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Roughin It With Leather

No longer do we see leather only associated with bikers on Harley’s.  Anyone who knows even the slightest bit about fashion knows that you cannot have a complete wardrobe without some leather!  Those in the know are also aware that leather has transitioned from basic black (although that is most definitely still most popular) to a variety of colors!  You can wear leather for it’s warmth – such as jackets, gloves or boots, or you can wear a leather shell top or skirt and feel instantly slimmer and a bit tougher.  Maybe we haven’t left behind the whole leather-wearing-badass-on-a-bike picture, however we’re making it a much chicer trend these days.

Here are some pieces that I love!

Alice & Olivia Front Zip Leather Leggings

Free People Vegan Leather Sleeveless Dress

Zara Quilted Leather Jacket

Kookai Metallic Leather Mini at ASOS

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No Vampires for this Trueblood

Although I love me some Sookie, Bill and Eric – the new color for fall is most likely not appearing on any Bon Temps residents on TrueBlood.  Instead the deep, dark crimson red – dubbed “oxblood” in the fashion world – has taken over pages of magazines and is recurrently displayed on models walking down the fall runways.  Oxblood is a fab color for everyone and will definitely be a staple in your closet this fall and winter.  This is a great trend because you can take it to any extremity that you want – from a full on oxblood head-to-toe look or something as simple as some oxblood nail polish or lipstick.  See some of my picks below as well as some oxblood looks. Enjoy!

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Veronica Beard long sleeve top
$560 – farfetch.com

Knit sweater
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AllSaints skinny jeans
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Peplum skirt
topshop.com

RGB nail polish
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Spotty Trend

Most trends come and go with each new season.  However, the animal print trend is one that has had lasting stamina through a few seasons now.  It’s a versatile print that can be dressed up or down.  My favorite is leopard.  You can wear it with jeans or a skirt and the leopard print can be worn on top, bottom, middle or as a layer.  I rummaged through my closet to find my favorite leopard clothes that I made into a few outfit ideas for you.  See below and leave comments please! 🙂

                                                         

Both shirts – Forever 21, Jeans – Target, Ring – Asos, Boots – Pac Sun, Belt – Guess?

   

Top – Mango, Skirt, Heels – Forever 21, Ring – Asos, Necklace – here

    

(wouldn’t you know! The insides of these shoes are leopard too! Right on trend 😉 )

Scarf & Jeans – Express, T-shirt, jacket, heels – Forever 21

Enjoy!

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J. Mendel Fall ’12 – From Runway to Your Closet

Get your credit cards out and ready ladies because J. Mendel‘s Fall 2012 collection is now available at a boutique near you.  From the winter whites to the dark blacks & grays, fur to leather to sheer pieces, this collection is full of coats, high-waisted pants, and more-gorgeous-than-words gowns AND it you can own it now!  I am absolutely in love with this collection!  Each piece brings such luxury to the table and you would be crazy to think those big fur coats won’t keep you warm during the cold, blustery winter.  I’ll wrap up this post so I can step away from the computer and restrain myself from drooling all over this my keyboard.

 

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Prepare for the Weekend with Tory Burch

I realize it’s only Tuesday but I know I’m not alone when I say I am so ready for the weekend.  And what better way to get through the weekly struggles than to coordinate some Weekend Ensembles.  Lucky for us fashionistas, one of our most beloved designers, Tory Burch has pre-selected some coveted items from her collection specifically for weekend.  Whether you’re going casual or dressy, Ms. Burch has got you covered with fall pieces ranging from leather jackets to the popular spring-to-fall trend of colored skinny jeans.  Below are some of my favored picks.  Enjoy!

      

Ivy Super Skinny Jean – $225                      Ivy Super Skinny Jean (in Malachite) – $195

 

Amanda Riding Boot – $495                      Bryce Bow Blouse  (in Ivory Afton) – $295

      

Quinn Quilted Leather Ballet Flat  – $250         Emmy Leather Jacket – $895

      

797 Large Satchel (in Black) – $625                             Logo T Stacking Bangles – $195

See the rest of the options here – Tory Burch.com

 

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