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Must-Have Fall Fashion

I don’t want summer to end either. But if you’ve stepped into any store recently, you’ve had fall all but shoved down your throat. I’ve been reluctant to jump on the train, but all this fall fashion has me creating a little must-have list in my brain.

And if it’s in there, why not share it? Without further ado, here is a round up of my top five fall essentials… Continue reading

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I Like Big Buns and I Cannot Lie.

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The bun. Nothing is easier for a frantic mom trying to get out of the house while kids are clawing at her thighs asking for snacks and projects and trips to Disneyland. The fact that they are all the rage at the moment makes them so much sweeter. You mean my messy top knot is actually something people try for at the moment? Score!

For me, messy is key. I look like an alien invading from a foreign galaxy when my hair is all perfect and pulled tightly to my head. Luckily, messy is also in!

Check out these takes on my beloved bun for a little summertime hair inspiration… Continue reading

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Red Carpet to Closet: Amanda Seyfried

If you read my blog with any regularity, you know I’m a huge red carpet geek. Any excuse to drool over pretty gowns and fab styling is OK by me.

What I (almost) like more is figuring out how I can translate my favorite looks into pieces that wouldn’t look terribly out of place in my own closet.  Last night’s Tony Awards gave me just that opportunity.

Amanda Seyfried / J. Crew dress / J. Crew belt / Marc Jacobs clutch / ASOS sandal

Amanda Seyfried strutted her stuff in a beaded Givenchy dress last night. I won’t lie, this look isn’t my favorite. The beading and change in color of the dress plus the bright belt is a bit much. What I absolutely love, however, is the combination of bluish-purple with bright pops of neon orange. So fresh and modern, don’t you think?

I decided to create a look that is inspired by Amanda Seyfried’s, but which is stripped of unnecessary extras. I focused on the color and I think the result is much cleaner and kind of perfect for summer. What do you think?

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Summer Uniform

I know I’m a little slow here, but I am officially on the maxi train. I’ve been obsessing over them for more than a year now and I’ve finally found a recipe that works for my body.

tee: Old Navy / maxi: Old Navy / necklace: Hive & Honey / bangles left: Tinley Road / bangles right: Hive & Honey / sandals: Forever21

First, it’s all about the gauze. Breezy and loose fitting, the pretty gauze skirts and dresses out there won’t cling to you (ie won’t show any lumps and bumps that you’d rather keep under cover). I had been drawn to cottony pieces but have found that they just don’t work for me. I bought the maxi skirt above at Old Navy last week and I am madly in love. I’m seriously considering heading back in and buying a few more.

The other thing I’ve learned is that I need something that can be nipped at the waist. I love the really loose and flowy looks, but I need something that has at least a little bit of structure. Whether it’s darting in the dress itself, the addition of a belt, or using separates to create a shape, I need something or I run the risk of looking larger than necessary.

I’ve also learned that lots of the dresses that are out there have tiers that create a sort of drop waist effect. This is a huge no for my body, as it does nothing but cling to my gut–something I’d rather not make the center of attention.

Now that I’ve perfected my maxi recipe, I’m pretty sure it will become my new summer uniform.

Is there a trend that you’ve had to fiddle with until you find the best way to make it work for your body? I want to hear about it!

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Pretty Palette: Tangerine Tango and Teal

I love grabbing fashion inspiration from pretty photos. This particular photo is so dreamy and summery. It incorporates this year’s hot color (Tangerine Tango), pretty peach tones and gorgeous watery teals. I’m a sucker for the water hues…

photo / blouse / nail polish / necklace / skirt

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I Don’t Get It: Floral Pants

I know I’ll get some flack for this one, but I’m not really on board with this whole floral pants trend. I don’t want to plaster something that looks like the pattern of my grandmother’s couch across my butt.

Also, there’s nothing about this trend that screams destined to be a classic to me. I understand that that’s not something that’s important to everyone. But if I’m going to invest in something, I want to be able to wear it for more than a season or two. I don’t see floral legs as having much staying power.

Granted, I may very well eat my words. I’ve been known to loathe a trend hardcore and then suddenly, magically fall in love with it (hello, oxfords!).

Are you on board with floral pants?

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Must-Have Fashion for 2012

pleated skirts: Halston Heritage, White House | Black Market, Baby Phat
lace: ModCloth, Alice & OliviaQupid
military/safari: Old Navy, Marc by Marc Jacobs, OTBT
’20s inspired: Donna Morgan, Stephan & Co., Seychelles

 

PS check back tomorrow for Golden Globes fashion!

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Tangerine Tango

tangerine tango

J. Crew pencil skirt, Oasis top, Essie nail polish, Brazil dress, Romwe bracelet,
Lucky Brand earrings, ASOS leggings, Blowfish flats, Zara mittens, H&M pillow cover,
J. Crew cardigan

Last week Pantone (the self-described “world-renowned authority on color”) announced their pick for 2012 Color of the Year: tangerine tango. They describe it as “a spirited reddish orange, [that] continues to provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward. ”

What do you think? I’m not a huge orange/red girl, but I kind of like the idea of injecting some bright, sunny colors into my winter wardrobe. I think it will sound especially fantastic come late-January/early-February when we’re all so sick of the winter.

Maybe I’ll branch out and invest in some coral-y accessories to dip my toes in the water. Are you going to go for it?

I’m linking up with some fabulous, fashionable ladies at Monday Mingle again this week. Check them out for more inspiration!

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Trend to Try: Menswear for Ladies

Unless you’ve been living under a mossy little rock, you’re probably aware of the fact that menswear for women is a pretty big deal right now.

It’s all over the runways.

Carolina Herrera :: 3.1 Philip Lim :: Jason Wu

Fashion forward celebrities are stepping out in it left and right.

Diane Kruger :: Rihanna :: Olivia Palermo

And real girls are donning the trend as well.

I have to admit, I was a little reluctant with some aspects of this trend (I’m talking to you, oxfords). But I’m kind of in love with it right now.

My concern at first was looking more masculine than I wanted to. But, as all the looks above show, color and accessories can help. Heels, details like bows and feminine prints, and showing a little skin all instantly pump a nice dose of femininity into the trend.

I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite pieces below…

Blazers

Zara :: Free People :: Zara

Fedoras

Scala :: Tarnish :: Hailey Jeans Co.

Booties

Zara (check these out on a real girl!) :: Anthropologie :: Steve Madden

What do you think of this trend? Are you going to incorporate some menswear pieces into your closet or are you not feeling it?

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Mixing Trends: Nautical + Color Blocking

via HGTV

While I was writing yesterday’s post on color blocking, I couldn’t help thinking about an outfit I saw on Design Star on HGTV the other night (in case you’re not aware, I’m a huge HGTV nerd).

The show’s host, Tanika Ray (at left), was wearing a super cute navy and white striped t-shirt dress that she accessorized with a bold, chunky orange necklace. She was was also wearing a fab pair of tan and orange wedges (which I couldn’t find a good photo of).

What an awesomely simple way to combine trends! You know I love my stripes and the addition of brightly colored accessories is the perfect way to give this trend an ultra-modern kick–and send it forcefully into color blocking territory.

There are so many fun ways to play with this, but for now I’ll show you how you can create something similar to Tanika’s fresh look:

J. Crew dress :: Kathy’s Jewelry and More jewelry :: Eric Michael espadrille

Stripes are a no brainer to color block with since you’re already working with contrast. The additional pop of a bright, vibrant color makes the look so fun!

What do you think? How do you plan on color blocking your stripes?

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