Tag Archives: Fall/ Winter

Holiday Style

2 Dec

Glisten,  sparkle & glam basically sum-up any holiday look. Your skin should glisten, your outfit should sparkle, & your overall look should tie both together for a glamorous outcome.  Beauty routine is up first:

Clinique

Everyone knows these cold winter months can be damaging to our skin.  Thus, it’s important to give your face a little extra TLC prior to any makeup application. Exfoliating is key- Get rid of all that dry, flakiness. It’s no secret I have an obsession with Clinique. Their skincare is never-fail for me so I recommend the Clinique Exfoliating Scrub (Sephora- $18.50). Purchase It!

KNOWWEAR

Follow up with your usual moisturizer/ primer routine. If you’ve read about makeup contouring then your next step will probably involve your contouring routine (I am so addicted & apply makeup this way everyday).  Next, it’s time to add the glitz with great holiday blush, eye product & lippy:

Beauty Banter

I am HIGHLY recommending all my readers to check out Beauty Banter & her advice on how to maximize your makeup with the NARS holiday collection. It sparkles & shimmers to add a special feel for the holiday season.

Moving on to the holiday wardrobe…

First, & foremost, it’s important that any key piece you choose make you feel beautiful, especially during the holidays. I am a huge advocate for sparkle, but with any “trend”, it’s important to mix with classic pieces as well. Here are a few sparkle & shine pieces that would be perfect when paired with more classic & neutral counterparts:

DKNY

This DKNY Sleeveless Dress with Allover Sequins (DKNY- $345.00) would be perfect when paired with black opaque tights & a black blazer for simple complimentary pieces.  Purchase It!

MICHAEL Michael Kors

This MICHAEL Michael Kors Sequin Front Tank (Nordstrom- $69.50), paired with a dark skinny jean & classic black heels would look stunning. Add a black open-front cardigan if you’ll be chilly or show off the racerback detail. Purcahse It!

Alice + Olivia

If the two previous hues were too bright for your taste, then this Alice + Olivia Asymmetric Sequined Dress (NET-A-PORTER- $600.00) is a bit more toned down while still adding the sparkle. Pair with a great bootie for an edgier look either with or without tights. Purchase It!

I am a firm believer that some sparkle is warranted for the holidays, but if you’re shying away from too much shimmer, look for some sequin accessories or heels that could help with the glitz without overdoing it.

Happy Holidays!

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Man Up: Menswear Trends for Women!

1 Dec

From a casual t-shirt to a classic button-down, menswear has always looked more structured, while still looking more comfortable than traditional women’s styles. Finally, the menswear trend came crashing into female wardrobes & it’s bigger now than ever. Some of my favorite menswear inspired pieces include (all featured can be found at Nordstrom):

Betsey Johnson

Menswear-inspired footwear doesn’t get much more chic than these Betsey Johnson booties (Nordstrom- $139.95). I absolutely adore a good suede shoe & these chunky booties definitely do it for me. Purchase It!

Rachel Roy

Rachel Roy made a lovechild by combining a traditional menswear piece, the blazer, with femininity. This structured blazer is all “business in the front, party in the back” with a flirty draped back (Nordstrom- $498.00). A fitted blazer should be a staple in all closets & won’t be headed out of style any time soon. Purchase It!

Alexander Wang

Over-sized button-downs or utility shirts add the perfect touch of masculine over leggings. This Alexander Wang design combines a girly silk fabric with the menswear design of a utility shirt (Nordstrom- $475.00). Add chunky jewelry & heels or boots to make this manly design feel fun & flirty. Purchase It!

MARC by MARC JACOBS

Chunky menswear-inspired jewelry doesn’t get much better than this MARC by MARC JACOBS rose-gold watch (Nordstrom- $275.00). The crystals & rose-gold color glam up the masculine face of the watch making it the perfect jewelry piece  for the menswear trend. Purchase It!

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Versace’s Second H&M Collection

23 Nov

Donatella Versace

Between the dedicated fans who camped out all night, to the scalpers who purchased a ton of pieces just to jack-up prices on eBay, the Versace Collection for H&M just about sold out everywhere almost instantaneously. This demand sparked a ton of speculation on the upcoming second collection that Versace is projected to release for H&M this January. While there are a ton of rumors, the collection is shrouded in mystery for the time being, so everyone’s just going to have to hang on. The line might not even be available to all!

As per WWD (story since removed, adding more mystery to the mystery), the spring pre-collection is reported to hit H&M stores on January 19th, but only in countries that have an H&M e-commerce site (aka NOT the USA). If this is true, I have a funny feeling those throwing the collections up on eBay might become more popular & less annoying by giving American shoppers Versace justice!

I believe I speak for all of us U.S. fashionistas by stating I hope H&M changes their mind & does a full release. Don’t discriminate, H&M! We love fashion too!

 

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Zara

7 Nov

I feel like a little store I’ve known about for a while has all of a sudden blown-up & their pieces are being donned by the best celebrities. I am thrilled, because Zara has been a favorite of mine for quite some time now, as they had a store downtown for years. Zara is one of the largest international fashion companies &  has stores all over the U.S., Middle East, Europe, Africa & Asia. They pride themselves on high-quality, high-fashion design, without the high-end prices & being eco-friendly. Do we wonder why I’ve worshiped them for so long now? I am happy they’re finally getting the recognition they deserve, being worn by Rachel Bilson, Camilla Belle, & Olivia Palermo, just to name a few. Why not check out Zara for your fall & winter essentials (the ones you have yet to purchase, procrastinators)?

Zara

As far as I’m concerned, the military styles are stronger now than ever. I absolutely adore this wool military-styled double-breasted coat for the chilly winter months ahead ($129.00). Purchase It!

Zara

Belt this Extra-Large Sweater for a more fitted look, or leave it long & baggy over leggings. Either way, this is a perfect versatile sweater that would flatter anyone ($89.90). Purchase It!

Zara

I’ve mentioned it before, but lace detailing is BIG this season & I love it! The feminine, subtle detail that lace provides is perfect & this Lace Dress is no exception ($79.90). Purchase It!

Zara

A casual boot is a must for fall & winter. This Combined Riding Boot is perfect to throw over jeans or leggings and pair with almost any top ($169.00). Purchase It!

Zara

The Fashion City Bag with Flap is a must for all seasons. I love the handle/ strap combo & the versatility as it’s appropriate for a workday or a night out ($169.00). Purchase It!

 

Zara has a ton of locations all over the world, so check out their site for a location near  you (or an online shopping spree).

 

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Fashion Rule to Break!

1 Nov

A friend came to me with a fashion question: Can you wear black & brown together? This is one fashion rule I’m adamant about breaking. After all, two neutral colors have to go together; it’s the whole idea of neutrality. Thankfully, I have a few fashion icons helping me prove this “rule” is outdated:

Lauren Conrad

Lauren’s blouse helped her with her decision to pair black & brown together. The gorgeous flower detail, brown in color, looked amazing paired with open-toed heels & a cute suede purse (both brown, of course). The casual vibe this outfit emits shows the perfect opportunity for color-pairing exploration.

Kate Moss

Unlike Lauren’s look above, Kate Moss shows that black & brown go together for a more dressier look, as well. Paired with a great blazer & high-waisted pant, Kate used a brown t-shirt to offset the black-on-black hues.

Heidi Klum

The ultimate form of the black & brown combo: Leopard print! Heidi Klum displays this amazing design of black & brown so perfectly, & lucky for us, animal-print is definitely in style this season. Take a page from Heidi’s black & brown look-book & pick up some leopard print pieces.

More celebrities like Rachel Bilson, Anne Hathaway & Kristen Bell sport the black & brown look so take a page from their book as well. Try pairing a black dress with a brown leather jacket; black leggings with brown boots or a black sweater with a brown belt cinching the waist. Both colors are complimentary neutrals, so don’t be surprised when they shatter your beloved fashion rule.

Editor’s Note: Thank you so much, Reese, for the awesome idea for this post! I hope this inspires you for many more “mismatching” looks.

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Lulu Frost

1 Nov

Any holiday, no matter how big or small, always seems to be busy but with the Halloweekend behind us, I’m finally back to my blog obsession! My inspiration today came from the lovely snow storm that swept the East Coast by surprise over the weekend. Don’t get the wrong idea, this isn’t a post about snowsuits and earmuffs, but instead Lulu Frost. Get it, Frost? Lulu Frost was started by designer Lisa Salzer in 2004 & has since become one of my favorite jewelry collections.

With the winter weather approaching most of us are focused on comfort, but that doesn’t mean you should forego style. I absolutely love pairing a great necklace with a simple t-shirt or sweater and this is the perfect time to wear this look. Lulu Frost has a ton of amazing options for dressing up any basic t-shirt look:

Lulu Frost

This first piece is the Multi Chain Necklace. Less drastic than a bib style but more of a statement than a simple single-strand. This would be perfect to pair with a simple long-sleeved white tee, skinny jeans & riding boots (Lulu Frost– $290.00).

Lulu Frost

Ombre is such a huge trend right now & I love it for scarves, sweaters, hair & now jewelry. This Ombre Collage bib-design is a bit dressier so pairing with a comfortable & cute silk shirt for a night out would be a great look with this piece (Lulu Frost– $720.00).

Lulu Frost

I absolutely adore this triple charm necklace. Pair it with the simplest black t-shirt and create an amazing statement. All the chain detail adds a lot of character in addition to the three charms (Lulu Frost– $250.00).

 

These pieces all have counterparts as well (earrings, bracelets, etc.), so make sure to view the entire collection.

 

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Wearable Trends for Fall/ Winter 2011

27 Oct

Runway looks always amaze me, but sometimes even the “ready to wear” collections are intimidating & constantly have me wondering how anyone on the street can pull them off. However, this fall/ winter is truly about RTW pieces & I’m sincerely thankful for that!

J Brand Jeans

Leather is all the rage for this season (see my 2nd look from Versace for H&M to see how I’ll be wearing the trend) but it’s an intimidating fabric & if you’re not comfortable & confident in what you’re wearing, then what’s the point? An easy compromise is the waxed jean. Shiny like leather in comparable hues with a more relaxed fit. A great way to balance out the rocker look of a waxed jean (or leather) is to pair with a feminine top like a tie-neck blouse and heels (J Brand Jeans 12″ Pencil Wax Coated in Venom from Revolve Clothing– $198.00).

Trouve

Speaking of tie-neck blouses, I am loving this super wearable look for fall. It’s flirty, feminine, & as stated above, would look fabulous over a pair of leather pants or waxed jeans. These blouses are usually loose-fitting so pairing with a skinny bottom is definitely recommended (Trouve Tie Front Top from Nordstrom– $88.00).

Diane von Furstenberg

As you probably know by now, jewel-tones are big this season. I am a big fan of this trend as it will help counteract all of the blacks and browns we are usually religious about wearing during the chillier months. One of my favorite jewel-tones is mustard. The rich golden hue provided by this color is so complimentary to many skin tones and would look great paired with tights if you’re looking at dresses such as the DVF design above (Diane von Furstenberg Issie Sleeveless Satin Dress from Neiman Marcus– $425.00).

Rebecca Taylor

Lace and lace detailing almost overtook the runways at NYFW for Fall/ Winter 2011. This trend is incredibly easy to wear & is so feminine that even the smallest touch of lace detail can add the most romantic of feels. Just like the tie blouse, I’d recommend pairing the uber-feminine trend with something a bit edgier like a leather jacket or spiked heels (Rebecca Taylor Romantic Lace Blouse from Bloomingdale’s– $315.00).

Alice + Olivia

Polka-dots have a bad reputation for being childish but this season they’re anything but! Polka-dot minis, blouses & dresses are everywhere & are so fun to wear. I bought this Alice + Olivia dress for the summer time but am easily going to transfer it into my fall wardrobe with a cute cropped jacket, tights & booties. The best thing about re-using your summer wear is saving money while adding to your Fall/ Winter closet, or, if you’re just purchasing, it’s on SALE, which saves you money as well (Alice + Olivia Polka-Dot Silk Dress from Neiman Marcuswas $297.00; now– $178.00)!

The Wall Street Journal said Ready to Wear is the new Couture.  Whether or not you agree, it’s definitely refreshing to have so many RTW pieces in-trend for this season.

 

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Rachel Zoe Collection

26 Oct

I’ve been wanting to dissect the Rachel Zoe Collection for a few days now, but every time I went to “research” the line, I found myself just purchasing pieces and depressing my bank account. Finally, I’m ready to stop shopping & start writing. The fact I couldn’t look up the collection without buying means great things for both my wardrobe & this line (all pictures of the collection from Neiman Marcus):

Rachel Zoe

Sylvia Cowl-Neck Halter- I absolutely love a detailed fabric, cowl-neck cut & cinched waist so this was an obvious choice for me. The color is great for fall & would easily compliment most skin tones. Pair with skinny jeans (since it’s a bit baggier even with the cinch) and boots (Neiman Marcus- $225.00).

Rachel Zoe

One-Sleeve Sequin Dress– I totally adore sequin for the holidays. It’s festive, attractive & super fun to sport. (Neiman Marcus- $295.00).

Rachel Zoe

Faux-Fur Vest– Fur is big this season & faux-fur is even bigger (You’re welcome, PETA). Rachel is known for her love of furs so this piece made me feel like she was adding a part of herself to her collection & I truly adore that. It’s a bit of an over-sized vest so I’d make sure the shirt underneath & your jeans are form fitting to offset the chunky look (Neiman Marcus- $225.00).

Rachel Zoe

Tailored Tuxedo Jacket, Tie-Neck Plunge Blouse & Boot-Cut Tuxedo Pants- Obviously, you can purchase each piece separately, but why would you want to? This classic cut, color & style is perfect when paired with the trendy tie-neck blouse (Neiman Marcus- $425.00, $295.00 & $275.00, respectively).

 

I truly limited myself with this post. I could’ve easily written about every piece of this collection, as I would personally purchase about 90% of the whole line (if money were no object) so take the time to view it in its entirety, as there are shoes & handbags, too!

 

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Versace for H&M

26 Oct

I think I’m all alone when I say I don’t normally like when high-end labels collaborate with stores like H&M, Target, etc. In my opinion, it cheapens the label. On the other hand, however, it gives everyone a chance to own a work of art from some of the most sought-after designers. Well, I’m starting to bite my tongue on that theory after I saw the designs for the Versace for H&M collection. Some of these pieces, I absolutely die for:

Versace for H&M

This gorgeous silk design gives an edgier feel to the concept of the LBD. The cut & detailing are absolutely stunning and would compliment anyone (H&M- $149.00).

Versace for H&M

Yet another edgy take on the LBD, I die for this leather & studded detail dress. I love leather for fall & would pair this dress with tights & booties for a night out. The detailing screams Versace, for sure (H&M- $299.00).

Versace for H&M

Not to seem too obsessed with the concept of a little black dress, but this silk LBD with cutouts on the sleeves could easily work for the 9-5 or a night out. I love versatility (H&M- $149.00)

Versace for H&M

I love a good cocktail ring & this gorgeous flower is no exception. Unfortunately,  I couldn’t find the pricing for any of the jewelry pieces.

Versace for H&M

Moving away from the LBD & brightening your fall wardrobe is the vibrant yellow dress with detailing (H&M- $199.00).

As for the men’s portion of the collection, it’s bright, loud and pattern-filled. I don’t know if I necessarily love any of the pieces so save your Versace for H&M shopping for yourself & not your boyfriend.

The collection hits H&M stores on November 17th. Will you be shopping the collection?

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Halloween Makeup

25 Oct

I’ve clearly got Halloween on the brain (see Costume Jewelry) so I decided to check out some makeup styles for the holiday. I came across some awesome & inspirational makeup ideas from MAC that I’m fascinated by:

MAC Cosmetics

“Batgirl” is self explanatory.

MAC Cosmetics

This look is totally suitable for a doll costume with the rosy cheeks and round eyes.

MAC Cosmetics

I adore this look for a devil costume or some sort of “fire and ice” feel.

MAC Cosmetics

This look takes a little more talent & creativity but would clearly look awesome paired with a fairy costume.

MAC Cosmetics

Don’t just be Lady Gaga for Halloween, be one of her biggest hits- Poker Face. This would be super cute with a Queen of Hearts costume, as well.

MAC Cosmetics

I envision this look with an Evil Queen type costume. The detailing is incredible & would definitely compliment the dark costume.

MAC Cosmetics

This robot-inspired look would be incredibly easy to make and would add a ton of character to your costume.

MAC Cosmetics

I can picture this pattern with either a snake or leopard  costume.

MAC Cosmetics

This look would work with a spider costume, or a darker version of Little Miss Muffet. The spider is super detailed so it may take a little extra artistic talent.

MAC Cosmetics

For a zebra or cat costume, this would be incredibly detailed but easy if you had the time to create it!

While it’s easy to get inspired by these looks, they might be difficult to create. You can log-on to MAC to book an artist or call your local MAC counter to see if anyone could help you recreate any of these looks. On their website, you can also find all the makeup needed to make all these looks. Get inspired & be creative!

 

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