Do you have a best friend? Does he have a big coat too?

As I’m sitting shivering from taking my pup out for a walk, I’m also dreaming of a white Christmas… wait, is that flurry I see outside?  I TAKE IT BACK!

I love the white stuff during the holidays but there is NOTHING worse or more painful (if you’ve experienced a North East winter lately, you’d know the pain) than being caught outside when freezing temps hit.. hard.  That’s why this Christmas, I’m actually hoping for less wintry mix conditions and more for a big puffy coat!

What was once seen as a ski-slope essential is now a must-have for keeping on trend and cozy during the winter months.  Add some fur to the trim on the hood and I’m ready to go. Another great option is to switch up the predictable black coat for a fun color – try a winter pastel!

Below are some perfect style ideas incorporating the puffy coat.

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Now shop for your own!  Here are some of my current faves:

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MCHAEL Michael Kors Reversible Hooded Down Walking Coat // BCBG Max Azria Adela Faux-Fur Trim Puffer Coat // Burberry Fur Trim Multi-Quilt Parka // Elie Tahari Gracie Mixed Media Puffer Coat

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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Let Me Mule It Over

Mules
1. Zara Shiny Leather High Heel Mules // 2. Jenni Kayne Perforated Pointed Toe Mules // 3. Aldo Acaren Heeled Mule Shoes // 4. Alexander Wang Glossed-Leather Mules // 5. Vince Camuto Peep Toe Platform Mule Sandals // 6. Topshop Waltz Perforated Mules

 

Few things make a gal happier than slipping into a fabulous new pair of shoes (and I mean FEW).  This Spring, the hottest trend in footwear are these half-heel-half-clog, all-around perfect mules.  Grab a pair that is perforated or that has cut-outs and you’ll have a brand new go-to shoe for every possible outfit!

Is Ugly In?

When I first starting seeing Birkenstocks popping up on some of the most fashionable, I was shocked!  These simple, old-school sandals were making a comeback?  It couldn’t be.  They are ugly!  I’m used to seeing them on dads who have no sense of style whatsoever.  What was going on in the fashion world?  Who lost their mind and set off this ugly trend?  BUT then —- I started seeing how Birkenstocks were being worn and what they were being paired with. In a way, they almost brought an entire ensemble together in a comfy and minimalist way.  (And let’s be honest, the highest of fashion trends are usually a bit “ugly” so it’s obvious this footwear was bound to pop up sooner or later.)

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Will I actually end up trying this trend?  Let’s just say it’s going to take a lot to pry my gladiator sandals out of my hands and switch over to these grandpa simple shoes.  What are your thoughts on Birkenstocks making a comeback?

Suno Fall 2014

Suno is mostly known for it’s bright prints splashed onto their clothing.  However, their Fall 2014 collection proved to be a bit different than the norm.  While prints were still present, they were much more demure than the usual loud and bright patterns we’re used to seeing.  This collection actually consisted of a lot of black, white and gray with some tribal prints, polka dots and structured lines running across skirts, dresses and coats.

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Suno-ites  also added some shine with metallic details.  Oversized, lace-up hooded ponchos were a staple in this collection as well as midi skirts and dresses with booties.  This was truly business casual done right with suit sets and the oxford-underneath-shorter-tops trend.  While not the norm, Suno definitely produced a solid collection!

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Rag & Bone Fall 2014

Warm coats, Cosby sweaters, a little sheer and slouchy boots.  Each of these elements has nothing in common but when you think about it, they actually do work together.  Rag & Bone figured that out before everyone else and introduced it in their Fall 2014 show.   The collection definitely gave off a rugged, masculine vibe in dark colors that are perfect for dreary fall and winter months.

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Add in the Fall 2014 trending fur, throw in prints and don’t forget the polished separates!  While Rag & Bone is one of the less flashy shows this season, completely devoid of metallic or sparkle (a popular trend popping up in many other collections), it still captures the perfect simple and minimalist style that devout Rag & Bone fans know and love.

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Cushnie et Ochs Fall 2014

What do you get when you mix a cow-girl and a whole lot of skin?  You get the Fall collection from Cushnie et Ochs.  With low dips, high slits and exposed skin via lots of lace, let’s just say if your goal is to stay warm come next fall, you should probably stay away from this collection… or just buy a huge cozy jacket to wear over these exposed outfits.  Maybe they were going for a more Southern-weather climate (the cowboy hats?  Not sure about those..)?

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I am basically in love with the great flared out shorter dresses that sauntered down the runway.  The jumpsuits, separates and longer gowns could be worn by a huge assortment of women – from the business woman to the red-carpet celebrity.  The colors stayed mostly on the dark side of things, except for the pop of  citrusy neon lime.  This whole collection encompasses true Cushnie et Ochs esthetic with cut-outs and ultra sexy looks.

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Kate Spade Fall 2014

I am a self-proclaimed girly-girl.  I love everything pink, sparkly and ultra-feminine.  The Kate Spade fall 2014 collection is basically my dream come true in clothing form.  Deborah Lloyd’s creations included sparkle embellishments (and those glittery heels!! omg!!), leopard coats and feathers galore.  I truly cannot pick a favorite look from this collection.

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This collection was not lacking any warmth either!  Designers all seemed to jump on the fur and fuzzy bandwagon and this collection from Kate Spade is no different with furry bags, hats and scarves.   Stay warm and cozy and look like a totally chic modern-day Audrey Hepburn?  Don’t mind if I do!

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BCBG Max Azria Fall 2014

Comfort is not even the word.  I literally want to take each piece of the Fall 2014 BCBG Max Azria collection, compile it into a huge bed and snuggle up in it until the end of winter.  Max and Lubov sure has me lusting over each and every piece of one of the first collections to walk down the runway this season.

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With perfect color-blocked lines and luxurious fur in a dark yet neutral color palette, these models looked like they were ready to walk outside into the blistery cold polar-vortex weather of NYC (in every good way possible that is).  Relaxed layers are shaping up to be one of the popular trends even after just the first day of New York Fashion Week.  And although it is only the first fabulous day of this highly anticipated week, BCBG Max Azria is sure to be a favorite.  It may even have us wishing for next fall/winter – wait more cold weather?  Ugh, fine – only if I get to don one of these fab fur pouches.. or scarves.. or skirts..or coats!

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Zara Simplifies Spring

Zara presented the season’s trends perfectly (as usual) with the release of their Spring 2014 Lookbook.  In true Zara fashion, they managed to touch on each major style trend for spring (fringe, pastels, Hawaiian floral prints, crop tops/midi skirts combo) all while taking a minimalist approach to the whole campaign.  Take a look at the Lookbook images while we all lust over these pieces until they hit our closets.

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