BCBG Max Azria Spring 2015

Kicking off #NYFW in the only way they know how, the designers at BCBG Max Azria set the tone (muted-tone, that is) for this ever-so-stylish week.  Combining pastels and whites with flowing, breezy dresses and subtle pops of painterly patterns, BCBG was all about the femininity of Spring dressing.  Dresses were loose except for some belts that were tied in an almost kimono-belt way.  Skirts and culottes were also oversize, light and flowing while tops had a geometric criss-cross cut at the neck.  The gorgeous subdued neutral (white/cream and blush) moto-jackets brought out the extent of any masculinity to the collection.  Loving all of these pieces was super difficult for many BCBG fans since this collection was already available to shop via the brand’s Instagram!  So cool!  See some of my favorite looks below.

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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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Met Gala Fashion Round-Up

This year’s Met Gala was jam-packed (and I mean that!  Did you see the size of some of those gowns?!) with glitz, glam, a little skin and a whole lot of tulle!  The theme was “White Tie and Diamonds” and the event honored designer, Charles James with an exhibit “Beyond Fashion.”  Charles James is known for ballroom gowns and has come to be recognized as the first designer to dabble in couture fashion.

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Many of the women who attended this year’s Met Gala took Charles James’ inspiration quite literally and looked like they stepped right out of the 1950s with their ensembles.  Others well, they took on their own approach to the theme. Here are some of the trending styles that appeared on the red-carpet with my absolute favorites at the end.  ENJOY!

Over-The-Top Embellishment: Beyonce in Givenchy, Kristen Stewart in Chanel Lupita Nyong’o in Prada and Leighton Meester in Emilio Pucci.

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Cream of the Crop Top : Emma Stone in Thakoon, Anne Hathaway in Calvin Klein, Rihanna in Stella McCartney and Gabrielle Union in Prada

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Good Ole Black & White : Charlize Theron in Dior, Jessica Pare in Michael Kors, Hailee Steinfeld in Prabal Gurung, Zoe Saldana in Michael Kors and Anna Kendrick in J. Mendel

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Pretty in Pastels : Rachel McAdams in Ralph Lauren, Elizabeth Olsen in Miu Miu, Rashida Jones in Tory Burch, Kate Bosworth in Stella McCartney and Taylor Swift in Oscar de la Renta

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Shine On Metallic : Lea Michele in Altuzarra, Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta, Diane Kruger in Hugo Boss, Chrissy Teigen in Ralph Lauren, Lily Aldridge in Michael Kors and Karlie Kloss in Oscar de la Renta

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Fabulous Floral : Hayden Panettiere in Dennis Basso, Emmy Rossum in Carolina Herrera, Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa, Lena Dunham in Giambattista Valli and Florence Welsh in Valentino

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Pardon My Pants : Kristen Wiig in Balenciaga and Cara Delevingne in Stella McCartney

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My Picks:

3rd Place: Suki Waterhouse in Butberry

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2nd Place: Blake Lively in Gucci

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andddd 1ST PLACE : THE QUEEN OF THE MET GALA: SARAH JESSICA PARKER  in Oscar de la Renta

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Menswear-Inspired Pastels for Spring

While the 45 degree weather is a vast improvement from the polar vortex conditions we’ve been facing for the last month, I have to sadly face the facts – spring isn’t going to arrive for a while.  BUT that doesn’t mean that we can’t start preparing for the warmer weather days!

This spring, the ladies are taking a few notes from the men while still staying totally feminine in Easter-egg pastels and soft neutrals.  So, think structured, over-sized and masculine but also light and lady-like.  Wait, what?  Yes it’s happening!  Just see below for some great spring-time outfit inspirations from the boys AND gals.  Battle of the sexes no more!

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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