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Spring Cleaning (aka Shopping) March 17, 2010

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I am in full swing with my spring cleaning… if by cleaning you mean shopping.  I believe in spring cleaning as far as it extends to lovingly folding my sweaters away for next winter and reviving my wardrobe with some fresh spring picks.  Here’s a peek at what’s on my shopping (and beauty) list for spring.  As I check them off, I’ll fill in the “where to buy” details:

  1. The perfect shade of coral/orange nail polish.  – Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro in Orange Sunset.  Surprisingly shiny.
  2. I want to dye my hair red.  (I’m obsessed with Grace’s hair from the Mentalist.)
  3. Cropped safari jacket  Amazing Steal!  Forever 21, $15.  I get endless compliments on this jacket.  It makes absolutely everything look “this season”.  Next outfit… olive green mini dress with this jacket and black booties.
  4. Lace up booties
  5. Anything lavender
  6. White skinny jeans
  7. White boyfriend blazer – Amazing Steal! Target (Merona) for only $29, complete with pinstripe lining for rolling up your sleeves.  I have a very long torso and small bust, and I have endless trouble finding blazers.  I’m getting this one taken in a teeny bit in the body, but I’m still blown away by the cut and the price.
  8. Striped tees, aviator shades, wrap hoodies, anything that I could wear on a yacht in a JCrew ad.
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Proenza Schouler Neon Bags February 4, 2010

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Nothing says summer like neon.  My current obsession is the oval neon bags from Proenza Schouler.  They’re compact, but will still function as an everyday bag… but with a little more sass.  I love the versatility of the shoulder strap and the shorter hand strap.  Plus, they’re just fun.  This is my pick for everyone who loves bright colors and celebrating summer!

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Frey Wille

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Frey WilleVienna is for lovers.  Jewelry lovers, that is.  Frey Wille is the best thing to come out of Austria sinceFrey WilleVienna Sausages (?!  Ok, maybe he’s best thing to come out of Vienna period).  His jewelry can truly be considered an art.  On first glance, his colorful enamel creations look like Vera Bradley and Banana Republic teamed up for a new project.  The fanciful patterns and bold styles are reminiscent of the mod designs of the 60’s, but also take on a vintage feel, especially with the Venise collection.  You’ll fall in love instantly if your look is bohemian or preppy.

Frey Wille has a global and cultural focus, including collections inspired by history from all over the world, like the Poseidon and Sphinx collections.  These mythical elements only add to the fun.  Frey WilleFrey Wille

 

I Shop, Therefore I Am January 17, 2010

I just discovered Vivre.com and I’ve spent hours looking at absolutely EVERYTHING.  Its extremely unique, and sometimes random collections remind me of an upscale Anthropologie.  Looking through the website is like discovering the exquisite pieces from a lifetime of world travels in an archaeologist’s home.

Sterling Apollo Brooch Patricia von Musulin

Sterling Apollo Brooch Patricia von Musulin

Silver Log Ring Daphna Simon

Silver Log Ring Daphna Simon

Vermeil and Green Enamel Ring Asha by ADM

Vermeil and Green Enamel Ring Asha by ADM

Agate Geode and Diamond Ring Lotus Arts de Vivre

Agate Geode and Diamond Ring Lotus Arts de Vivre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The collection of jewelry completely blows my mind.  I’ve never seen so many unique pieces.  If you’re stumped for a gift for anyone, this is the place to go.  I also love the home decor section and the library category.  This website is the antidote to a cookie cutter shopping experience.  If standing out from the crowd is your fashion mantra, you’ll be right at home here.

The shop boasts some of my favorite designers, like Matthew Williamson and Aurelie Bidermann.  This is the perfect place to find fun travel items, scarves, unique home accessories, and anything else you might be searching for.

 

Fashion Predictions for Spring

GlamourIt was a rainy Saturday morning, and I had some good coffee, a White Collar marathon to watch, and a pile of the new February magazines.  I was lost to the world, and a very happy girl.

February is typically a transition from winter to spring, which means you can find anything from sweaters to bathing suits in stores and magazines.  Designers and stores are gearing up for warmer weather and brighter colors, even though the weather still calls for boots and furry accessories.

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, this is the season to show love to your entire wardrobe.  Mix up your winter and spring pieces to stay current, but warm too.  My favorite right now:  a flowery, flowy dress with a soft cardigan and boots.  Also, try your plaid button down with a sweater vest and tweed shorts.  Mixing up your lighter spring fabrics with your wool and tweeds from winter gives a nice combination of textures, the perfect cure for a boring winter uniform.

Essie Neo WhimsicalI predict that Spring 2010 will see the comeback of pastels.  They’ve been relegated to bad Easter outfits and the AARP crowd for a few years, but they’re back, and they’re fresh.  My pick:  lilac.  I celebrated spring by picking up Essie’s Neo Whimsical, which sums up this year’s take on pastels.  Fresh, flirty, and innocent, but with a new edge.  Even your favorite Uggs will be lightening up for spring with a fun, new lilac shade

On that note, let me add that purple has been in for what, 5 seasons now?  If you haven’t gotten the memo yet, go get some purple!  There are shades that flatter every skin tone, and this gem of a color will be your best friend year round.Bailey Button Ugg

Neons will come in a close second to pastels as the must have colors for spring and summer.  There is no better way to perk yourself up after a dreary winter than some bright colors.  Juicy Couture’s line of accessories feature bright yellows, greens, blues, and pinks.

Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Clutch AppleStructure will still play a big role in the coming seasons, especially in accessories.  I fell in love with the bright yellow oval clutch from Ferragamo in InStyle this month, but sadly, I can’t find a picture of it anywhere.  I’ll keep my eyes peeled.  I also love Bottega Veneta’s Intrecciato Clutch in Apple.

Balmain struck the perfect pitch least season with its structured blazers and military jackets.  Balmain Structured BlazerPhotos have shown up in magazine after magazine for month after month and they’re so gorgeous I’m still not tired of looking at them.  A structured blazer is a fantastic transition piece that will go with your sundresses as well as your wool trousers.  Have a couple structured go-to pieces and you’ll always look put together and polished, even if you grabbed your blazer on the way out the door.  I’m on the lookout for a white blazer for summer this year.

Fergie RenegadeGood news for you tough chic gals, gladiator sandals are not going away.  There are even more styles and colors to choose from, so you still can’t go wrong with some serious straps and studs.  Lighten them up for spring by choosing a lighter neutral, like gray, cream, or mushroom, like Fergie’s Renegade (left).  Can’t wait til summer?  They’ll still look great with tights right now.

Long shoulder bags are the new clutch, like the 3.1 Phillip Lim bags I’ve seen everywhere except Google images.  (What is up with that anyway?  There are a billion pictures on the internet, but somehow Google still can’t keep up with my insatiable need for new fashion…)  I love these tiny bags because they are perfect for everything, from an outdoor concert to a party dress, but they don’t take up one of your hands.Hollister Seagrove Jacket

Last but not least, punk rock lives on.  On my shopping list for spring is a studded jean jacket.  I used to be morally opposed to jean jackets (remember the square versions from the early nineties?  shudder…)  D&G and Hollister are among the many to bring the jean jacket into the new decade with slim cuts and fun embellishments.

Spring is all about fun colors and feminine details this year.  Its a time to reinvent your look and shake up your style.  Break out the florals and ruffles and enjoy the warm weather!

 

You Are My Sunshine January 10, 2010

Nothing warms you up on a cold winter day like dreaming about your next tropical vacation. Whether your plans include the Caribbean or not, designers everywhere are catching spring fever.  Their collections are full of bright colors, flowy shapes, and fun accessories.  Here’s everything you’ll want for a vacation, to a faraway beach or out to your patio.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Light Bright Shorts

Marc by Marc Jacobs Light Bright Shorts

Mar Y Sol Opal Straw Clutch

Mar Y Sol Opal Straw Clutch

Retrosun Vintage Paloma Picasso Sunglasses

Retrosun Vintage Paloma Picasso Sunglasses

Shoshanna Psychedelic Floral Coverup

Shoshanna Psychedelic Floral Coverup

Theory Jocela N Linen Pants

Theory Jocela N Linen Pants

La Mer Collections Oversized Square Watch

La Mer Collections Oversized Square Watch

Brette Sandler Swimwear Brittney Monokini

Brette Sandler Swimwear Brittney Monokini

 

Shop Til You Bop January 9, 2010

ShopBop.com is basically my designer wish list. Its easy to want everything when “everything” consists of Marc Jacobs, Theory, Juicy Couture, and Rebecca Minkoff. Here are my picks, the latest and greatest of ShopBop.com.

A girl can never have too many party dresses. I’m into short and sweet styles, with feminine ruffles and bows. Party dresses are meant to be unapologetically girly.

Chris Benz Cyrinda Tank Dress

Chris Benz Cyrinda Tank Dress

Karen Zambos Vintage Couture Katia Dress

Karen Zambos Vintage Couture Katia Dress

Thread Social Asymmetrical Dress

Thread Social Asymmetrical Dress

Ports 1961 Sheath Dress

Ports 1961 Sheath Dress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Ward off the winter chill with these adorable jackets.  Bring out your inner ski bunny or take charge with a military inspired blazer.

Juicy Couture Long Sleeve Ruffle Puffa Jacket

Juicy Couture Long Sleeve Ruffle Puffa Jacket

Juicy Couture Belted Cardigan

Juicy Couture Belted Cardigan

Thayer Double Breasted Blazer

Thayer Double Breasted Blazer

Theory Acelia Poncho

Theory Acelia Poncho

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The selection of shoes can take you right through winter, into a rainy spring, and back into summer.

Joie Coachella Suede Above the Knee Boots

Joie Coachella Suede Above the Knee Boots

Pour La Victoire Rus Croc Rain Boots

Pour La Victoire Rus Croc Rain Boots

Marc by Marc Jacobs Tab Slouch Boots

Marc by Marc Jacobs Tab Slouch Boots

Frye Emma Flats

Frye Emma Flats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Skinny jeans are still all I want to wear, since they’re perfect for tucking into boots.  And what girl doesn’t love a great bag in a bold color?

Citizens of Humanity Invader Skinny Jeans

Citizens of Humanity Invader Skinny Jeans

Marc by Marc Jacobs New Q Lil Riz Hobo

Marc by Marc Jacobs New Q Lil Riz Hobo

Matt & Nat Hendrix Mini Bag

Matt & Nat Hendrix Mini Bag

Rebecca Minkoff BF Cross Body Pouch

Rebecca Minkoff BF Cross Body Pouch