Best in Bags: NYFW Spring 2015

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New York Fashion Week Spring 2015 has quickly come to a close and designers, editors and models alike all impressed on and off the runways. Instead of our usual trend round-up, this season we are talking the best of bags.  We are eyeing up the handbags on the runways and on the street. Designers showed a lot of statement handbags from kitschy clutches to bold backpacks. They didn’t disappoint and neither did all the fashionistas who attended the Spring 2015 shows. Current season or classics, we saw a lot of stand out  handbags.  See our best in bags countdown:

10. Proenza Schouler Fringe Clutch

 

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Fringe is nothing to be afraid of for Spring 2015. It popped up every were during New York Fashion Week, and Proenza Schouler aced it. A fringe clutch, like this black and blue bag, is the perfect way to wear just a touch of the trend.

 

9.  Kate Spade Watering Can Evening Bag140905153956-06-nyfw-0905-horizontal-gallery cnn

While we might not work this into our own wardrobe, we have to say we loved this kitschy water can clutch from Kate Spade! Her Spring preview sent us off to a whimsical secret garden. With the array of  playful handbags, there will be plenty of ways to transform a basic outfit with Kate’s Spring 2015 bags.

8. Nonoo Champagne Holographic Oversized Clutch

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We are loving this oversize clutch from Nonoo. With just a touch of holographic trim, it remains a a neutral and is easily paired with any outfit for day or night.

7.  Libertine Glitter Skull Clutch

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A printed clutch that can still act as a neutral is the ultimate wardrobe staple!

5.  Cynthia Rowley Zipper Backpack

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Backpacks are coming back in a huge way. This style from Cynthia Rowley is city chic and uber cool.

4.  Alexander Wang Sneaker Handbag

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Alexander Wang is taking the sneaker trend to whole new level!

3.   Marc Jacobs Crocodile Handbag

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2.  Rag & Bone Crossbody

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We love a subtle leather crossbody any day, but Rag & Bone managed to put their cool girl styling on it and making it even better!

1.  Creatures of Comfort Tote Handbag

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This green suede tote from Creatures of Comfort is so simple but yet so chic. The color and the texture transform a simple shape into the ultimate in luxury. We picture this tote as a jet setters staple travel carryall.

 

 

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Look for Less: Emmy Awards 2014

After Sunday night’s disappointing outfits at the VMAs , we weren’t sure what to expect from the Emmy’s red carpet looks. But last night the stars brought their style A games and left us with some fashion moments to remember. Some of our favorite dresses came from Sarah Hyland, Julia Roberts, Lizzy Caplan, and Hayden Panettiere ( sporting the best accessory… the baby bump!).  With so much inspiration from one carpet ,  today we set out to help you find those looks for less! We have the designer pieces that will have you camera ready and looking like a starlet in no time!

 

Whether you have the baby glow to go with it or not, you can look stunning in a shining sequin gown just like Hayden Panettiere’s Lorena Sarbu number.

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clarie dicksonThis Claire Dickson gown has a similar starburst pattern like your favorite Nashville star.

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Add this Judith Leiber crystal minaudiere clutch to complete the red carpet look.

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Kristin Wiig kept it simple and cool in this white silk dress from Vera Wang.  We love how she kept the look clean with minimal accessories.

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This Monique Lhullier gown has a similar slinky feel to the one the Bridesmaid star wore last night.

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Just add a pair of uncomplicated t-strap pumps to keep the outfit crisp. These metallic Yves Saint Laurent sandals elevate the starlet style to the next level.

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There were some red hot looks at the Emmys Monday night and we loved it! Many stars steer away from the hue because they don’t want to blend in with the carpet. However, last night many celebs, like Claire Danes and Julia Louis Dreyfus weren’t afraid to come out blazing.

Sizzle in one of these crimson designer gowns:

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Kate Mara was strikes a pose in this piecey white J. Mendel gown.

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You can get the same sexy look with this embellished Valentino gown.

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Stack on some rings like this Pamela Love hinge ring and grab a Lambertson Truex minaudiere clutch to get Kate Mara’s Emmys style.

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Shop these discounted designer pieces from us for your next big event.  You will be transformed into an instant starlet on a not so starlet budget!!!

Trend Report

Trends fall

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 Although we hate to admit it, August is upon us and Summer is almost over! But with the end of our warm Summer days at the beach, comes the excitement of Fall fashion. The only thing that truly draws us out of our summertime sadness, is the thought of the new season’s styles.  We are always looking forward to boots, cozy sweaters, and chunky knit scarves in the crisp Autumn days. Along with these classic Fall staples, we also love to sprinkle in some new and daring  trends.  Discover some of our trends to try come September and October:

Game on! Sportswear

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From jersey inspired dresses to bright varsity stripes, Fall is full of sports inspired looks. You don’t have to be sporty or athletic to try on this trend, you just have to be confident.  Looks like this Tom Ford sequin dress, are influenced by a sports jersey, yet they still maintain a feminine, cool edge.  There is nothing cooler than the casual glamour of this jersey look.

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We love the way this fashionista dressed up her jersey with a leather skirt and sleeveless coat in this street style look!

Cool Kicks!

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Another athletic inspired trend hitting the streets is stylized sneakers. Designers merged comfort and style on the runways, pairing funky sneakers with high fashion.  Sneakers are no longer just for working out, they are now elevated to the level of luxe fashion.

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In fact, even Chanel sent sneakers down the runway! Who knew funky kicks could be couture!!

Magic Eye Prints

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We all remember staring at the dizzying Magic Eyes books trying to decipher the hidden image as children. Now designers are translating those prints into a more mature all but still dizzying look.  While the prints are not all the same from runway to runway, they are all founded on the idea of bright colors and geometric shapes.

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This model wears a magic eye print with a 60’s feel down the Prada runway. If head to toe print is too overwhelming for you, try a skirt or top paired with basic pieces.

Say Something: Statement Bags

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Let your bag do the talking! This season you are going to see a lot of handbags and clutches with graphics and bold prints that make a statement. These Karen Walker clutches are speaking loud and clear.

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Tony the Tiger also thinks statement bags are greattTT! Grab this kitschy tote from Anya Hindmarch and you’ll add a little fun to any outfit.

Shades of Gray

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If you haven’t heard, gray is the new black! Designers are growing tired of the classic black and white, and they are mixing it up this season with shades of gray. It was seen on the runways in a variety of shades. Some designers even showed mono-colored ensembles down the catwalk.

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If you are feeling daring (but not too daring!), try a monochromatic look. To keep the outfit interesting, try pieces in different textures like the outfit above.

Some of the looks we love are bold and some are simple. Fall has trends to fit every mood and every style, and we can’t wait to try them on.  There is no doubt that we will still hold on to every sunny minute left in summer, but with these trends in mind our transition to Fall will be little less painful.

The New “Normcore”

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The pendulum is always swinging in the fashion world and lately it’s been swinging towards something quite “normal” . Normcore is the name that  the trend forecasters at K-HOLE have penned for this emerging trend. In case you haven’t heard, this interesting fashion phenomenon has been described as the desire to be blank or plain. It’s a trend that is seemingly sensible and everyday. For instance we are seeing the once high heel slinging fashion bloggers  wearing ordinary sensible shoes like Birkenstocks and New Balance sneakers with their designer attire. We have gone from extreme and unique high heels (think Lady Gaga platforms) to the need to be comfortable and practical in flats and sneakers. Basic tees, mock turtlenecks, baseball caps, and khakis all fall under this normcore trend.

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Over the past few years the trend has been to be different and to standout.  However that has become exhausting and people are seeking style in the opposite spectrum. They are looking to fit in rather then to standout.  In fact in the fashion world it has been “in vogue” to  be extremely individual. However now that fast fashion has made it easier to be an “individual” , the only way to stand out is to make the un-cool cool. The goal is to be confident in these plain intelligent styles; no need for  in your face fashion.  But don’t get us wrong, these perfectly pedestrian styles can be tres chic. Check out  some Normcore looks here:

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Will “normcore last? And would you wear the trend? Let us know.

Dressing for the Season: Wedding Guest Fashion

Spring is finally here, and with it one of our favorite seasons – Wedding Season! After shopping for the perfect bridal shower gift and the perfect wedding present, it’s time to shop for your perfect wedding day outfit. If you’re in the bridal party, you might not have a say in what you’re wearing, but for the rest of the guests here are some outfit ideas to keep you looking hot at the reception.

  • The Classic: Little Black Dress– add a pair of fun colored pumps and other accessories to lighten it up! The plus side of this kind of dress is that you can wear this dress over and over again. By adding fun accessories you can change the way the dress works for you. With different adornments such as jewelry and pumps, you might even be able to get away with wearing this to more than one wedding!

 

  • Strapless– After a long, cold winter, it’s time to let your arms enjoy the limelight! Pick a fun statement necklace to complete your warm-weather look. Having a unique texture, like this purple Alice + Olivia tiered dress adds interest  your outfit. Strapless dresses have become a wedding staple for good reason.vintage green dress

 

 

  • Vintage with a Modern Twist– add some retro glam to your wedding style. Polka dots, full skirts, a wide halter top, worn with a wavy up do gives you the glamour of Old Hollywood without looking too costume-y. The 1950’s style with bigger skirts and smaller waists helps create and show off your beautiful hourglass figure. And who doesn’t want to swing around the dance floor with a fuller skirt!
  • Turquoise, Mint Green, Tiffany’s Blue– This color palette is all the rage right now! It’s a fun way to do pastels. It accentuates your tan and looks great with different colored accessories. Black will bring out the contrast, while pretty pinks can make you even brighter. It’s a fun color that lets you seem playful and stick out in a crowd.

 

  • Lace– A personal favorite of mine, I feel as if lace never goes out of style. Keep your lace look up to date by adding in subtly. A higher lace collar on a lower cut dress is a good way to keep it classy. Lace gives you the texture and elegance while you can make it your own in many ways. Keep it pretty and simple with your accessories and let your lace shine!$(KGrHqFHJBUFI12M,NPRBSTgUC4LC!~~60_1

 

 

Don’t forget to have fun with your wedding day style, most of the eyes will be on the bride- but more than a few will glance at you!

Spring is finally here!

“I’d have to say April 25th. Because it’s not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket.”

Miss Congeniality had it right! This office is buzzing with excitement for Spring, and the idea that we get to finally put away our heavy coats, mittens and snow boots!

In celebration of the first day of Spring and in hopes for warmer weather, we decided to put together our Top 10 List of reasons we are most excited for Spring!!

1) SANDALS. SANDALS. SANDALS – that of course, show off our fresh pedicures!

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2) Experimenting with Pastel colors – my personal favorite – Lilac!

3) Coral Lipstick

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4) Dining Al Fresco

5) BBQ’s with friends

6) Baseball games (and of course, cute baseball hats and tee’s!)

7) Spring flowers

8) Floral patterned wardrobe!

9) Running, hiking and biking outside!

10) Farmers Market and our favorite fruits being back in season!

Take a deep breath, smile that is Winter is finally over and enjoy the warmth!

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The Good, The Bad and The Colorful Pt. 2

With the 56th Annual Grammy’s approaching this Sunday, we know we can expect some crazy, over the top outfits. But what we also like to see is the dapper young men, dressed up in suits, reminding us why we first fell in love with them! Also, the lovely ladies, whose elegance and glamour, make us jealous!

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Adam Levine in 2013

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Taylor Swift in 2013 in J. Mendel

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Bruno Mars in 2012 in Thom Browne

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Beyonce in 2008 in Elie Saab

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Justin Timberlake in 2013 in Tom Ford

Usually its hard for the guys to compete with the ladies, whose effortless beauty, overtakes the scene. However, this year, I’m looking forward to see which guy steps up his game to become out latest crush!