Summer Midi

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Yesterday I attended one of my best friend’s baby showers and wore this BCBG skirt that I am basically OBSESSED with.  Although the way it is shown on the model (perfect midi length on her) was different on me since I am much shorter, I still loved it.  The pleats, the gorgeous colors and color-blocking, the sheer bottom – everything!  It moved so beautifully and it was so light, perfect for a summer event.  I paired it with a simple black cami top and nude peep-toe, sling-back heels.

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

MK Goes Nautical

If there is one thing I love (not to mention one thing that never goes out of style), it’s stripes.  Thank goodness one of my favorite designers has basically centered his whole spring collection around the nautical-inspired lines.  In an abundance of bold colors like navy, green and red, Michael Kors stretches stripes over blazers, bags and dresses.  To put it very bluntly, I decided I wanted to live in the MK Spring Catalog when I got it in the mail.  See some of my favorite striped looks and items below!

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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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Tis the Season to Shine

When you look around during this time of year, nothing about the holidays are understated.  Everything is lit up, glittering, sparkling and catching your eyes and attention wherever you set your gaze.  Your fashion choices should be no different!  What better excuse than a holiday party, Christmas Eve and New Years Eve, or just because you want to shine along with everything around you, to wear some shimmery, glitzy GOLD!  Adorn yourself with anything gold and you are insta-glam.  The gold trend is the most appropriate look for this time of year (because when else will you look festive and not freakish walking around in your sparkly gold lame dress, black tights and killer heels?  Oh right, never.)  The best part about gold is that you can never over-do it.  Wear that gold mini, stilettos, bangles, oversize necklace- you name it, you can wear it!  Happy Sparkling!

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Not Your Typical Tweed

I tend to shy away from many menswear-inspired trends because I am such a girly-girl ( I know, I hate me too).  But one piece of fabric that has been taken from our lovely male friends’ closets that can totally be worn by us gals is tweed!  I love this trend because tweed is such a polished, chic look and yet it adds a little masculinity and structured to an otherwise average feminine outfit.  Not to mention you totally Chanel-ify your outfit with a little tweed (hello, signature Chanel tweed jacket).  Not to mention, the textured material will keep you warm during the cold months to come!  Below are some greatly styled outfits featuring tweed. Enjoy!

Here are some outfit ideas by me!

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White shirt – Topshop / Blazer – All Saints / Tweed skirt – Topshop / Tights – Barney’s / Boots – Emilio Pucci / Bag – Balenciaga / Necklace – Kate Spade
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Blouse – Chloe / Jacket – Rebecca Taylor / Pants – Topshop / Flats – ALDO /  Bag – Foley + Corinna / Earrings – Michael Kors / Bracelets – Alexis Bittar 

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Pretty in Peplum!

A major flare has hit the fashion world and it’s a wonder why it’s taken so long for PEPLUM to make it big!  Peplum looks impressively chic and professional for the office or fun and flirty for a night out. The little bit of extra ruffle around the waist is so flattering, even though hearing those five words “extra ruffle around the waist” would make most women cringe.   Figure-flattering and a great sophisticated update to the normal pencil skirt or plain shell top, peplum has made a strong statement to women’s clothing and will probably be yelling that statement loud and clear for a few more seasons (at least!) to come.

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From top left-right : Alexander McQueen (pink top) / River Island (azure top) / Topshop (white dress) / Miu Miu (light rose top) / From bottom left – right : Mango (black skirt) / River Island (leopard top) / Jil Sander (black dress) / Alice + Olivia (pink skirt)
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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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