Summer Black + White

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Many think that summer is all about vibrant colors, popping prints and glowing ensembles in general.  However, we can’t forget about the old-faithful color combo – black and white!  Yes, this can be done in the summer months and can look put-together and cool (even in sweltering temps).  All you need is a few shorter hems and some breezy material and you’ve got yourself a classic summer look.  Take a look at the inspiration below for fabulous summertime blacks and whites!

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A Whole New World for PJ’s

I have to admit, when I first heard/saw/read about this whole “pajama” inspired style, I was totally skeptical.  There is nothing that disgraces the human race more than seeing someone walking around IN PUBLIC while still wearing their pajamas.  Honestly people, have some dignity!  Throw on some jeans!

However, I saw this trend growing quickly and realized that there was a way to make this just-rolled-out-of-bed look into a totally fashionable and acceptable ensemble.  So, I went out to H&M and purchased a pair of white and gray, vertically and slanted-striped pants with a zipper bottom.  Firstly, I was impressed by the fit – I’m 5’1″ and finding a pair of pants that don’t drag inches behind me is a rarity.  Secondly, OMG were these not the most comfortable pants in the world?  Yes, they were.  Finally, the slouchy fit wasn’t all that terrible due to the fact that the zippers at the bottom brought the pants into a skinnier fit on the bottom.  But totally not Justin Bieber and his latest obsession with M.C. Hammer harem pants.

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I chose to pair them with a longer white tee, my cute BCBG jellies and threw on a colorful necklace to add some color. It was by far the most comfortable day of work and walking around I have ever had and I will absolutely be purchasing more of this style of pants!

See some more looks below of how to pull-off this relaxed look while also staying totally trendy!

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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

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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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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The Colors of Spring RTW 2013

While details such as cut and length are big concerns when a new season is approaching, colors are also a major factor to bring into play.  The color spectrum for this upcoming season is truly all over the place and includes pastels as well as darker hues and even punchy shades.  As reported by Harper’s Bazaar, the big colors for this season are as follows.  Enjoy!

Turquoise (as seen at Rachel Zoe)

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White (as seen as Diane von Furstenberg)

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Emerald (as seen at Chanel)

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Chocolate (as seen at Elie Saab)

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Slate Blue (as seen at Giorgio Armani)

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Burgundy (as seen at Zac Posen)

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Icy Pink (as seen at Vivienne Westwood)

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Mustard Yellow (as seen at Tracy Reese)

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Coral (as seen at See by Chloe)

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Burnt Orange (as seen at Narciso Rodriguez)

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Black & White & Mod All Over

Marie Claire recently had a photo shoot showcasing the ever-popular colors : black and white.  The magazine paired some fabulous looks with a bob-sporting model.  While I’m indifferent about the hair, the clothes speak volumes all by themselves.  With graphic prints and sharp lines adorning suits, dresses and separates, black and white never looked so good.  No need to read anymore from me, see for yourself!

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Tory Burch Resort 2013

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Tory Burch’s new Resort 2013 collection makes me want to book a vacation somewhere, ANYWHERE – just as long as I can purchase all of these amazing looks to wear.  With an overall preppy, laid-back feel, this collection has you covered from brunch in the morning to poolside all day followed by a romantic dinner at night.  Lots of navy, seafoam green and purple adorn printed day dresses, printed pants and tunics.  Don’t forget a great pair of wedges and a straw bag and you are ready for a fabulous getaway.

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The Perfect It-Bag

I feel like something has been missing in my life.  Oh, I know – I need a new go-to, perfect for every event, and super cute BAG!  When I saw Michael Kors Large Fulton Pebbled Leather Satchels, I almost fell over and died because I had found it, the perfect bag.  This bag comes in fabulous colors.  It has a top handle as well as a strap – totally versatile.  And finally, it’s roomy so I can store all my totally unnecessary  items that I must carry around with me at all times.  At a perfect price of $328, what else could you want besides Michael Kors himself to walk around with you, guiding you to the vey best styles and trends (wait, can that happen please?)  Until that can actually happen, I’ll just take the bag for now…. But I’ll be waiting for you Mr. Kors.

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Get Cozy!

Although we can’t stop the blustery, cold weather from coming, we can bundle up and keep warm this winter with chunky knits.  Soft and cozy is totally in this season – just look at Pinterest during the time of year, if I see that big, white chunky knit blanket one more time I’m going to have to buy it!  Anyway, chunky knits are not just for wearing in the coldest of snowstorms, they are diverse enough that you can dress them up yet still feel that same warm comfort as you do when you’re sitting in front of the fireplace with some hot chocolate.  Choose one piece of your wardrobe and replace it with a knit – because wearing a full outfit of knit will just make you look like crocheting is your one and only hobby.

 

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Wal G striped sweater, $48 / Vanessa Bruno Athé chunky knit cardigan / Rachel Comey sleeveless sweater / French Connection / Acne knit top / Isabel Marant long sleeve knit shirt / rag & bone crewneck sweater / Alice hannah, $19 / River Island pink shawl, $32 / Mango beanie hat / Lipsy , $32 / Stella McCartney wool hat
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