3 Stylish Ways to Fight Breast Cancer

Fashion is not only a platform for self-expression,  it’s a way to make change in the world one outfit at a time. This month offers the perfect opportunity to bring attention to Breast Cancer through your Style. Shop my top three picks for the cause straight from my blog–doing good has never looked so good!

1. Rebecca Taylor

RebeccaTaylorBreastCancerAwarenessNothing warms up a fall outfit like hot pink. This layered tank by Rebecca Taylor is the perfect addition to your year-round wardrobe. Throw on a fitted blazer in white or navy, and pair it with jeans for a polished daytime look.

2. Tory Burch

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Tory Burch’s sophisticated silk scarf is a must for office outfits that need a little somethin’ somethin’. Tie it around your neck to add a feminine touch to your pantsuit, or attach it to your briefcase for a little splash of color.

3. Pamela Love

PamelaLoveEarringsBreastCancerAwarenessGirls are tough, and nothing says it quite as elegantly as Pamela Love’s spiked earrings.With a brilliant balance of soft and spiky, these 10k rose gold and diamond earrings are the perfect investment for a spunky gal with Style.

 

There’s a lot more Style headed your way this month. Stay tuned next week for stylish DIY costumes inspired by fearless fashionistas!

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Trends to Try: Paris Fashion Week

The top four international fashion shows for Spring wrapped up in Paris with another exciting array of runway looks. As always, there were many memorable moments left up for interpretation–including the controversial Chanel protest, featured above–while another vast selection of trends were revived in the spirit of spring. From the hundreds of chic catwalk looks that hit the parisian runways, let’s explore some of the top trends worth deciphering for your wardrobe.

1. Eyelet

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Left: Chloé; Right: Valentino

Eyelet’s lovely balance of playfulness and sophistication makes it eternally youthful and chic. Chloé subtly strayed from the original white eyelet dress for a cozier version perfect for a winter-to-spring transitional look, while Valentino polished up a casual white eyelet dress by adding structure and pockets.

2. Plaid

Left: Stella McCartney: Right: Emanuel Ungaro
Left: Stella McCartney: Right: Emanuel Ungaro

Plaid isn’t always rad, but these designers put a fresh new spin on the classic. McCartney’s flowy dress deconstructs plaid’s rigidity for a casual sporty look, while Ungaro’s bright blue pattern makes for a perfectly playful frock.

3. Stripes

Left: Jacquemus; Right: Moncler Gamme Rouge
Left: Jacquemus; Right: Moncler Gamme Rouge

Leave it to the French to modernize the pull marin. Jacquemus’ look is more straight up edgy than straight edge, while Moncler’s coat evokes a chic less-is-more Waldo look with a short hem and satiny lines–just don’t wear it with glasses and a matching hat.

 

As the hype about Spring fashion show season dies down we can all go back to our fall routine of Pumpkin Spice Lattés and cozy knits, so stay tuned next week for tips on seasonal Style!

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Featured Image Courtesy of NY Mag; Other Images Courtesy of Vogue

Trends to Try: Milan Fashion Week

Models stormed the stage at Milan Fashion Week dressed in wildly expressive clothing–these are, after all, the Italian giants we’re talking about here! But my favorite Milan moment was borrowed from their neighbors the Spaniards. Pictured above are the Matadoras strutting into the Dolce and Gabbana arena, a piercing vision in crimson lips and red hot hot pants. Other favorite shows include Ferretti and Fendi, which both offered a colorful array of trends to try. Read on for my favorite Milan musts to incorporate into your Spring wardrobe:

 

 1. Denim

Left: Roberto Cavalli; Right: Alberta Ferretti
Left: Roberto Cavalli; Right: Alberta Ferretti

Denim adds an instant casual chic flair to any outfit. Cavalli unites denim’s tough side with a playful silhouette for down-to-earth glam, while Ferretti flirts with a much softer side of denim to create an ethereal look.

2. Animal Print

Left: Stella Jean; Right: Giorgio Armani
Left: Stella Jean; Right: Giorgio Armani

Milan is where the wild things are this Spring. Stella Jean used a casual giraffe print to create a color and pattern-rich casual look, while Armani went all out with a fierce head-to-toe leopard suit.

3. Fringe 

Left: Marco de Vincenzo; Right: Fendi
Left: Marco de Vincenzo; Right: Fendi

Fringe has been a year-round favorite both on and off the runway. de Vincenzo  blended soft pink fringe with gray and black lines to create a structured yet flirty look, while Fendi’s creative take on fringe blurred colors and textures for street chic style.

 

Don’t miss my thoughts on Spring’s last big week on the Parisian runways, stay tuned to find out what that je ne sais quoi  just might be!

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Featured Image Courtesy of Dream in Lace; Other Images Courtesy of Vogue

 

Trends to Try: London Fashion Week

Fashion week continued last week in London, and Spring was a royal flush. My favorite of the British runway this season was Erdem, which was inspired by a botanical adventure–perfectly apropos for Spring. Exotic patterns ruled in London as per usual, and a slew of innovative designs upheld the creative Capital’s reputation for originality. Check out a few of my favorite trends seen on last week’s runway:

 

1. Sheer

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Left: Simone Rocha; Right: Tom Ford

Surely this is one way to show off, but that didn’t stop London’s top designers from baring their sheer genius on the catwalk. Simone Rocha’s see-through trench was delicate and sophisticated, bringing a fresh new take on the classic coat, while Tom Ford’s risqué sheer top spiced it up with sequins, not leaving much up to the imagination.

2. Metallic

Left: Antonio Berardi; Right: Richard Nicholl
Left: Antonio Berardi; Right: Richard Nicholl

Models were shining on the runway last week. Stealing the spotlight were designs by Antonio Berardi and Richard Nicholl, whose looks managed to make metallic neutral in their brilliant collections. Berardi’s gown was ultimate sophistication in powder pink and white, while Nicholl’s sporty look subtly incorporated a metallic finish to upgrade a monochrome palette.

3. Cut-Outs

Left: David Koma; Right: Mary Katrantzou
Left: David Koma; Right: Mary Katrantzou

British designers are no stranger to experimentation, so it’s no surprise they slashed through standard to create cut-outs on the runway. Koma’s geometric slits brought an edgy flair to a fitted blue dress while Katrantzou’s cut-outs shake it up, giving her dresses a textured look and whimsical flair.

 

Ta-ta for now! Stay tuned for next week’s post on Milan Fashion Week.

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All Images Courtesy of Vogue

Trends to Try: New York Fashion Week

The temperature just started dropping but that didn’t stop New York’s finest from offering us a peek at what’s to come this Spring. As always, Spring is flouncy and fresh, but Fashion wouldn’t exist without a little risk. Carolina Herrera (pictured above) and 3.1 Phillip Lim were my favorite shows this season for their creative reinvention of the Springtime spirit. Aside from those stellar shows, there were several looks worth incorporating into your Spring Style. Here are some of my favorite trends that gave floral a run(way) for its money at NYFW.

 

1. Mesh Cutouts

Left: Reed Krakoff; Right: Altuzarra
Left: Reed Krakoff; Right: Altuzarra

This sporty Style was once reserved for athletic jerseys and basketball shorts, but this is a whole new ballgame. Leave this challenge to the master eclectics. Vibrant Yves Klein-colored mesh at Reed Krakoff turned a conservative silhouette into a skin-revealing sporty look while Altuzarra‘s leather cutouts made for sultry macro-mesh sheaths.

 

2. Gingham

Left: Oscar de la Renta; Right: Diane Von Furstenburg
Left: Oscar de la Renta; Right: Diane Von Furstenburg

Pret-a-picniquer were many of this season’s models in their perky gingham frocks. Classic feminine designers Oscar de la Renta and Diane Von Furstenburg brought the 50’s back to life on the runway with a modern spin. De la Renta’s gingham crop top was elegantly paired with a layered mini, preserving the volume and length of a sophisticated skirt with gracefully sheer silk. DVF’s rendition was slightly more daring with a shorter hem and flirty see-through skirt.

3. Cargo

Left: Ralph Lauren; Right: Marc Jacobs
Left: Ralph Lauren; Right: Marc Jacobs

American darlings Ralph Lauren and Marc Jacobs revived cargo on the runway with sweeping gowns and flowing frocks. The two very distinct takes on cargo brought an effortless elegance to the utilitarian style. Lauren, with his classic Americana approach, upgraded his silhouettes and made them shine in silk and color while Jacobs, as innovative as always, used the elements of a classic cargo pocket to add texture to his collection.

 

Feeling inspired by Spring’s upcoming trends? It’s never too early to start shopping! Remember, Style is trendless and never goes out of season, invest in a look that will keep working for you year-round and years to come.

 

Stay tuned next week for more inspiration from London Fashion Week!

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All Images Courtesy of Vogue

First Impressions

First impressions may seem a little daunting, but there’s still light at the end of the tunnel. Whether you’re trying to make new friends, impress your new boss, or attract a new love, the way you present yourself is priceless. You want to represent yourself in the most natural yet best version possible, so have a little fun with it! Start with my guide to first impression dressing then make it to work for you–when you feel confident, you’ll do great!

 

1. First Day of Classes

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J Crew, $88; Gap, $70

 

If you haven’t already started school (and it’s not too late to look pretty even if you have!) reflect on an outfit that makes you feel fresh and ready to conquer classes. Cropped jeans and a light blouse are my personal favorite. Pair them with flats and accessorize with a belt for an effortless look.

 

2. First Day of Work

Zara, $129; LOFT, $69
Zara, $129; LOFT, $69

You will probably want to wear something similar to what you wore to your interview, unless you felt under or overdressed. Cotton trousers and a chic blazer will get you noticed if you add a splash of color. Make sure to wear sensible heels, or flats, although heels add stature–literally and figuratively.

 

3. First Date

Anthropologie, $178; Louise et Cie courtesy of Nordstrom, $129
Anthropologie, $178; Louise et Cie courtesy of Nordstrom, $129

Dresses are always feminine and flirty (perfect for a first date) but make it maxi for this rendezvous; short dresses are cute but they’re high maintenance, that’s the last thing you want to exude on a first date. Add wedges for more coquettishness– unlike stilettos, they’ll be ready for anything your date might surprise you with.

 

Dress to impress and you’ll do your best!

Tune in next week for my take on New York Fashion Week.

 

 

 

 

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Work It Out

A successful workout begins with a positive attitude. Showing up to the gym is half the battle, but finishing your workout strong is no easy feat. I find that showing up and dressing up makes a difference. Let’s face it, you’re not fooling anyone by “dressing up” for the gym, you’re there to sweat. But looking your best can be your greatest motivation to finish that last mile on the elliptical. A little confidence goes a long way, and so do my picks for the gym:

 

1. Prints & Graphics:

Lululemon, $42; Old Navy, $12
Lululemon, $42; Old Navy, $12

 Colors are always a great option to spice up your workout gear, but you can take it up a notch with cool prints like this camouflage–that’s right, you can be chic and still be tough!  If you need some inspirational messages to get you through your workout, try these graphic tanks. To complete the look, pair them with a solid pant in a complementary color.

 

2. Flirty Skirts

Lululemon, $58; Lucy, $55
Lululemon, $58; Lucy, $55

Skirts are not just for tennis players anymore, they’ll make any workout a little flirtier. These skirts by Lululemon and Lucy both have built-in shorts for maximum movement. The cute factor is at an all-time high in these skirts so feel free to pair them with a more basic top like a white tee or colorful tank.

 

3. Playful Shoes

 

Nike, $185; Adidas by Stella McCartney, $160
Nike, $185; Adidas by Stella McCartney, $160

There is no shortage of cool kicks these days. If you’re like me and you need something fun and unexpected to brighten your day at the gym, invest in a pair of colorful sneakers. Nike always has an abundance of options, and don’t forget Stella McCartney‘s line for Adidas–the shoes are stellar and her clothes are even better!

 

If you have to wipe your sweat (or tears) on anything, let it be something that will make you smile. The only thing better than feeling great when you leave the gym is looking great.

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