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Saturday, February 25, 2012

My Favorite Fall 2012 Collection of NYFW: Jenni Kayne

Jenni Kayne has created a truly fabulous collection for fall 2012. All pieces are chic and are perfect for a young woman who is professional with a fun aesthetic when it comes to dressing herself. Sticking to classic pieces and mixing neutrals with bright pops of color makes the collection appealing to a wide range of customers.

Jenni Kayne Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Jenni Kayne Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Jenni Kayne Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Jenni Kayne Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Jenni Kayne Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

All photos from Style.com

Thursday, February 23, 2012

My Favorite Trends for Spring/Summer 2012

I think it is safe to say that spring is right around the corner for most of us. That being said it is time to transition into your spring wardrobe. What are some of the hottest trends for the spring? Well, there are a lot of them. I will be choosing my top five and giving you ideas on how to incorporate them into your wardrobe.

1. Pastels

Now I can honestly say that pastels have never been a favorite of mine. I like loud colors like jewel tones and neon. This spring, however, I am going to give them a shot. If you aren't big on these Easter-egg like colors try them in small doses at first, like a robin's egg blue bag with a neutral outfit. If you are a little more daring try some pastel colorblocking but keep to two colors maximum to avoid looking like the Easter bunny.

pale colorblock eyelet pastel

3.1 Phillip Lim and Louis Vuitton

2. 20's Art Deco

If I could have lived in any other time period it would be the 1920's. Perhaps it is because my favorite book of all time is The Great Gatsby. This spring many designers have added their own spin on the ornamental decade that was marked by flappers, feathers, and fashion. I believe there are two ways to approach this trend. You are either cautious or full-on. The cautious crowd could try to integrate sequins or fringe into their wardrobe in small ways such as a top or skirt. The full-on flapper girls could do a dress with fringe and sequins with metallic shoes and bag. This trend is playful so have fun with it.

etro gold  flapper 2

Etro and Gucci

3. Crop Top

Now is a good time to get those abs in shape. One of the most popular looks for spring is the crop top. Not a look for everyone, but if you are lucky enough to pull it off, go for it! One of the safest ways to try the trend is with a high-waisted shorts and blazer. The high waist and blazer really minimize the amount of skin you are exposing.  

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Prada and Bill Blass

4. Knife pleats

Knife pleats are a really feminine way to update your skirt collection. They are truly feminine and can be worn on any length of skirt. Try this trend with a light sweater or tee for a laid back look or with a blazer for a more professional twist.

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Prada

5. Color of the Year: Tangerine Tango

The Pantone color of the year is Tangerine Tango. I am so happy that orange is in for once as I feel it is a color that a lot of people look over. The more vivid this season, the better. Start off with a bag and build to a dress. Orange generally looks best with blue as they are complementary colors (red/green, yellow/purple) so it wouldn't hurt to add some orange to an outfit that involves blue or navy blue. 

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Jenni Kayne and Vivienne Tam

So those are my favorite trends for the spring. What are yours?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Review: Dr. Scholl’s Fast Flats

I’ve got sole, but I’m not a sole-dier. A little play on words from The Killers. My overall review of the Dr. Scholl’s Fast Flats is a positive one. I have tried them in two different scenarios. One was post-NYC pavement pounding and the other was while driving (never drive in super high heels).

Pros

  • Cozy and cushy footing
  • Neutral coloring
  • Great carrying case to store them in
  • Fit is true to size
  • Great for driving

Cons

  • Not a large color variety, only black for now
  • Not good for walking on rocks or gravel
  • Bow detail on front, not everyone likes bows

Overall I feel this is a great product that will provide many women with comfort for their feet when heels are just too much.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Style Inspiration: The MetroCard

When looking for inspiration for an outfit, one doesn't always have to go looking very far. Sometimes we can be inspired by even the tiniest detail or small object. While looking around my room today I noticed a few MetroCards from the MTA lying around. After analyzing the cards I realized how much I love the way the colors of the card complement each other, thus inspiring me to create a look based on the card that transports many a New Yorker daily. Dig through you wallet and see what you can be inspired by!

Monday, February 13, 2012

“I’ve Got Nothing To Wear”

How many times have you, a friend, or a family member said this? It’s okay, I’m just as guilty as you. Many of us have items in our wardrobe that may have been impulse buys that we now feel do not match with much of anything in our closets. Should you automatically throw it away or donate it? It depends. If it has holes, discoloring, or signs of wear then yes. It is doesn’t fit you anymore then yes. If you just don’t know how to style it, KEEP IT!

Take inspiration from Christina Anderson, a blogger for Stylelist, who took a Jason Wu for Target skirt and remixed it into five very cool, very chic outfits.

Jason Wu for Target® Pleated Canvas Skirt in Belize Blue.Opens in a new window

Photo credit: Target.com

Looking at this skirt, I think that it would instill anxiety in a great deal of people. Why you may ask? Well first off it is not your typical neutral black or brown skirt. It’s baby blue! Wearing colorful items of clothing can scare someone, believe me I have seen it. A little color in your wardrobe is not going to kill you. What else makes this skirt oh so scary? STRIPES! Stripes can be tricky and many people wear stripes in ways that they shouldn’t. The golden rule? If you want to appear tall and lean avoid horizontal stripes which make you look wide. The exception here is that the stripes are found at the bottom of the skirt which is a much safer spot than the waist or hips. The bottom line is don’t be afraid of adding a piece like this to your wardrobe!

My personal favorite of the five outfits she created:

Photo credit: Stylelist.com

Christina has created a really great look here! The cardigan layered with a chambray button done keeps things relaxed and her belt really defines her waist. Black tights and booties are always a great idea for those of us who want to lengthen our legs to appear taller and leaner.

To check out Christina’s other looks check out the article here!

Keep checking back as I am going to complete a similar challenge as well!

Stay stylish!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Valentine Coupon Code for My Shop!

If you are looking for something unique for that special someone or spoiling yourself because you are fabulous, take a peek at my store! Use coupon code CUPID from now until January 15th for 14% off! Remember these items are vintage and one of a kind so don't hesitate! Check out some of my favorites below.

black and gold sweater black and gold back shot

Love this sweater!

wrap skirt 2

Great skirt, one size fits most!

galaxy pin

Galaxy pin, so pretty.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

NYC Recap

Despite the fact that the International Fashion Stylists Association Convention was postponed, I had a great time in NYC this past weeekend. My boyfriend and I spent two days in the city and got to meet up with a number of people we hadn’t seen since July.

On Sunday we watched the Super Bowl at the Bleeker Street Bar with my friend Bonnie Silva, a fashion stylist from Boston. We had a really great time watching the game and Madonna’s “crotch cartwheels”. If you are ever in the city check out the Bleeker Street Bar for good drinks, darts, pool, and even a photo booth!

On Monday we had lunch with my writing mentor (and cousin of my boyfriend), Steve McKee. He is extremely talented and a supporter of my blog. We had a really great time catching up and discussing the blogging world. Check out his site! I really recommend this article about his experience during the attacks on 9/11.

To end our time in New York we met up with Luke Storey and Lauren Messiah (my School of Style teachers) at The Jane (see picture below). It is a historic hotel which at one time housed sailors and even Titanic survivors. It is now notorious for hosting a slew of celebrities and models for parties where it is almost impossible to gain admittance. Unless it is a Monday, wink wink.

But who needs celebs when you are surrounded by future students and alumni of the School of Style?

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All in all it was a great weekend filled with friends, fashion, and fun.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Feet in Pain?

If you are like me you may more than often find yourself wearing shoes like these…

IMG_2139 or these…

IMG_2141 maybe these…

IMG_2140 or, God help you, these.

IMG_2142 Yes, these are all mine. I wear them and I love them. Are they good for my feet? Absolutely not. That is why this weekend when I am roaming around NYC I have decided to try out these when I get tired of my heels. They are supposed to be the perfect in between shoes to save your feet from pain.IMG_2144Dr. Scholl’s Fast Flats, $9.99

Expect a post sometime next week with my comments about these but until then stay stylish!

Have style questions? Email me at bm628825@gmail.com and I would be happy to answer them for you!