Friday, April 30, 2010

Graduate Chic.

Tomorrow, one of my dearest friends will be graduating. For her big day, I've put together a look that suits her personal style while allowing her to stand out among the other thousands of University of Florida graduates.

We found a great coral dress that fits wonderfully today, the day before graduation. Are we lucky or what? She has some great Sequin bangles that go with absolutely everything, gold studs, and a pearl necklace (staying true to her style) to accessorize the look. Because trekking across our miles-wide campus is not preferential, I thought some dressy flats would be best. I was so excited to get Lacie her first pair of Jack Rogers! Loving the new platinum color because it can go with both gold and silver. To finish the look, I added a giant bow clutch. Happy Graduation and all the best!


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Designer Spotlight: Eryn Brinié.

I love finding newer designers that can stand out among the "big boys", so to speak. Eryn Brinié is slowly becoming a household name with fans like none other than Olivia Palermo. The brand is all about easy, wearable clothing with a minimalist aesthetic...very New York meets Europe. Here are a few of my favorite looks from the SS '10 Collection:

As you can see, there is a flowy effortless feel to the clothing. The collections are flooded with great layering pieces and comfortable fabrics. And I'm glad to say, everything is much more affordable than big name designers. Click here to check out the rest.


Monday, April 26, 2010

Eternal Fashion Faux Pas.

Here are a few no-no's to avoid always and forever...

There is such a thing as being "too matched". Since when is it okay to wear a leopard dress with leopard heels? (I've seen this look with my own two eyes) And who says if you're wearing black shoes that you have to wear all black accessories? Every single modern-day style icon has a special way of putting together different colors and making it work. So next time you grab your black shoes reach for a plum or hunter green bag. Switch things up a bit, you know; keep it interesting.

A few days ago I spotted a girl with tank top on and bra straps in full force. Now, there's nothing worse than seeing someone's unmentionables in an unfashionable way. However, this girl put a twist on the faux pas: they were clear straps (think 1998). While I appreciate the effort of trying to camouflage her straps, I wanted to let her know that it was just making them more apparent. Two words: strapless bra.

Because I live in Gainesville, I see these babies on a regular basis (I even spotted Tim Tebow sporting some orange and blue ones a few months ago...true story). Just because Tebow does it does not make it okay. The only appropriate places to wear these "Crocs" would be inside your home away from the world or while working in your garden. That's it. No exceptions.

Did I save the best for last or what? This is my top fashion pet peeve of all time. Bottom banded dresses. Whoever designed these obviously was not keeping a woman's figure in mind. These accentuate the upper thigh (I have yet to meet a woman who is in love with her thighs) and squeeze the portion of our legs that often has the most bulge to begin with. Why would anyone wish this upon themselves? The one word that comes to mind? Trashy. However it has been a huge trend in the clubbing community and it needs to stop.

We all are guilty of making some mistakes when it comes to fashion...but life (and fashion) is one huge learning experience. Best thing about it? There's always tomorrow.


Friday, April 23, 2010

SATC2: 80's Homage.

We're only a month away from the premiere of Sex and the City 2! The movie flashbacks to when our favorite foursome originally meets. Not only were their lives completely different but so were their fashions. Here's a few authentic 80's looks created by costume designer Pat Field. I'm loving Carrie's off the shoulder sweater, Chuck Taylors, and tutu-lace-pearl combination. Nothing screams 80's quite like Samantha's studded denim vest and faux python leggings. And of course, Charlotte keeps true to her style with Lily Pulitzer, pearls, and those 80s bangs.

It is safe to say that there is a huge 80's revival in fashion right now, and designers have decided to have some fun with it (as they should). Marc Jacobs played with teased hair and big hair accessories in his Spring RTW. As for Balmain, leather and ripped acid wash skinnies were all over the place. And neons were blinding on the Louis Vuitton runway (Marc Jacobs is creative director for the famous fashion house). Get some inspiration from these looks and make it work for YOU! Even if it's adding a neon bangle or harem pant to your wardrobe, there is no need for anyone to skip out on this 80s trend...just please no scrunchies :)


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Monday, April 19, 2010

Look for Less: Olivia Palermo.

My style icon, Olivia Palermo, always looks chic no matter what she wears, even if it's roaming around the city in shorts. Despite the fact that her Birkin costs more than a car, I was able to create a complete look for under $100. Remember, great style doesn't have to cost a fortune. I highly recommend Old Navy, TopShop, Forever 21, and Target to find some stylish bargains.


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Summer Wish List.

Here are a few things I've been crushing on for summer....


Monday, April 12, 2010

Get the Look: Modern Prairie Girl.

So with denim being a huge hit for this summer...I decided to reach back into my closet and grab a denim vest that I've had for years. I played around with some looks and came up with this look that's a cross between prairie girl and city girl (two polar opposites that are able to compliment each other). The floral top really has no shape so the vest was essential to prevent me from looking like an expecting mother. I love this look because it also brings the trend of mixing "hard and soft" elements. The skinny leggings and denim vest balance the girly floral top quite well. Trade the skinnies for a peasant skirt and add a belt for a more feminine look. Grab yourself a denim vest...they're not going anywhere soon.


Friday, April 9, 2010

Gisele: Earth Mother.

Aren't these photographs stunning? Vogue's April issue highlights Gisele not only as model but environmental activist. The theme was Earth Mother...seeing how she just gave birth to a beautiful baby boy a few months ago (pictured above), it seems pretty fitting. The photos are soothing, natural, and organic to the core. Be sure to pick up the issue to see the rest.


photos: Vogue Online

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Vaguely Familiar.

Two ads. Two decades. Two designers. Funny how trends and aesthetics recycle back into the world of fashion.


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Jumpsuits Done Right.

I am loving jumpsuits right now (helloooo 70s) and currently on the hunt for a budget-friendly version. Here are two ways to wear them: dressy or casual. A nighttime jumpsuit can be really elegant if it's done right. This sweetheart neckline needs to be the center of attention so no necklace, ladies. These peacock earrings are a funky addition to this otherwise classic look. I love these nude peep-toe pumps. These are a staple item in any fashionista's closet. As for the day look...I went with a fun zipper-embellished jumpsuit in a light fabric. Look closely and you'll see the "x-back" which has always been one of my favorite trends. These zipper earrings don't compete with the zippers on the jumpsuit but rather add some personality to this look. Stack on the string bracelets during the day. They're a casual yet fashionable way to adore your wrists. Add gladiators and your daytime look is complete. If you find any steals on well-cut jumpsuits share them with us!


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Gossip Girl Goodness.

While watching Gossip Girl last night...I found myself asking the question, "Where have I seen that dress before?" Blair was caught in a scandal involving a Matthew Williamson dress from his Spring 2010 Collection. At least she looked fantastic right? No one does embellishment quite like Mr. Williamson (as you can see from this gorg halter gown).


Monday, April 5, 2010

Out With the Old...In With the Old?

Yes...these trends are really coming back. But don't worry, they are without a doubt new and improved. I am so loving the demure tie-dye trend. If you're willing to relive this trend, make sure it is (for the most part) only one color. No one wants to get dizzy looking at the dress you're wearing. These cargo pants are so not your 8th grade Abercrombie & Fitch obsession. They have fewer pockets and are cut much slimmer (and definitely more flattering) than old school cargos. Which brings me to these denim blouses....who says denim only belongs on your bottom half? Switch it up by wearing a denim blouse with white pants, high-waisted trousers, or go for the gusto with a head-to-toe denim look. Don't let the reputation of these old trends scare you from trying something new!