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Fashion Predictions for Spring January 17, 2010

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!

 

January Playlist January 10, 2010

  1. You Really Wake Up the Love In Me – Duke Spirit
  2. Lassoo – Duke Spirit
  3. Neptune’s Call – Duke Spirit
  4. Straight Lines – Charlotte Hatherley
  5. Hotblack – Oceanship
  6. That’s Not Really Funny – Eels
  7. Pitter-Pat (Acoustic) – Erin McCarley
  8. Etude No. 2 – Phillip Glass
  9. The Music That Haunts This Town – Ian Axel
  10. Waving at the Shore – Throw Me the Statue
  11. Blah Blah Blah – Ke$ha
  12. Audience – Cold War Kids
  13. Coffee Spoon – Cold War Kids
  14. Santa Ana Winds – Cold War Kids
  15. Sermons – Cold War Kids
  16. Everybody Wants You – Billy Squier
  17. Boots & Boys – Ke$ha
  18. Take It Off – Ke$ha
  19. Blood Oranges – Foreign Born
  20. Blown Out – Benjy Ferree
  21. Is There Nothing We Could Do? – Badly Drawn Boy
  22. Where I Want to Be – The Dangerous Summer
  23. Gravitate – Lou Barlow
  24. Will You Be By Me? – Wallpaper Airplanes
  25. Thank You – MoZella
  26. The Age of Anxiety – Virgin Islands
  27. I Start to Run – White Denim
  28. A Whisper – Coldplay
  29. Shiver – Coldplay
  30. Sparks – Coldplay
  31. Every Planet We Reach Is Dead – Gorillaz
  32. Makeup – Everybody Else
  33. Horchata – Vampire Weekend
  34. Giving Up the Gun – Vampire Weekend
  35. Its Not Right – Katharine  McPhee
  36. The Rolling People – The Verve
  37. Starlight – Kate Voegele
  38. Flying Machine – Everly
  39. I Couldn’t Save You – Kate Voegele
  40. Ant Hill Mob – The Monotones
  41. Killer in the World – Romance
  42. Just to Get to You – Isor Wallobee
  43. Tora Tora Tora – Pretty & Nice
  44. Love Etc. – System and Station
  45. Swim – Oh No Ono
  46. Wish That – B.Reith
  47. She’s Got a Hold on Me – Hacienda
  48. Four Provinces – The Walkmen
  49. Cold Shoulder – Kevin Ayers
  50. Bohemian Like You – The Dandy Warhols
  51. We Got Some – Chris Joss
  52. Love Song – Spoon
  53. True Love Will Find You – Hey Marseilles
  54. Summer Breeze – Peter Bjorn and John
  55. We Belong – Everly
  56. Bonfire (Live in NY)  – Third Eye Blind
  57. Hello – Dirty Little Rabbits
  58. Trouble – Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions
  59. Kickin’ with You – Jason Mraz
  60. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea – Black Mustang
  61. Can’t Stop These Tears – The Black Hollies
  62. An End Has a Start – Editors
  63. Out of the Blue – Julian Casablancas
  64. The Night Before – The Stereotypes
  65. Right Round – Flo Rida
  66. Eight Steps Away – The Good Listeners
  67. Insect Losing Balance – The Good Listeners
  68. Feeling Good – Muse
  69. Turn Me Loose – Madcon
  70. Magic – Ladyhawke
  71. Warm in the Shadows – Music Go Music
  72. Staying In Love – Raphael Saadiq
  73. It’s Not You – Halestorm
  74. I Get Off – Halestorm
  75. The Blackest Lily – Corinne Bailey Rae
  76. Paris Nights/New York Mornings – Corinne Bailey Rae
  77. She’s Mine – Brett Dennen
  78. Sugar Assault Me Now – Pop Levi
  79. God & Suicide – Blitzen Trapper
  80. Oh My! – The Gray Kid

Vampire Weekend - ContraCold War Kids - Behave YourselfKe$ha - AnimalThe Duke Spirit - Neptune

 

You Are My Sunshine

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

 

Tight End

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Urban Outfitters Over Plaid Diamond Tights

Urban Outfitters Over Plaid Diamond Tights

Winter fashion is so much fun.  I love wearing my coats, boots, scarves, hats, and mittens.  Another one of my favorite winter accessories is tights.  I love to wear dresses, even in the winter.  Tights are actually warmer than some of my dress pants for work.

 

Basic black can be a little boring, but printed tights can be scary.  I’ve been on the hunt for something in between, a little more interesting than just black, but still polished and appropriate.

 

My rule of thumb is to think more along the lines of pattern than print (although there are some floral prints below for the more daring).  Patterned tights usually stick to one color, which is much more elegant than bright colors.  Usually, you can only see the pattern up close, which makes them more attractive than attention-grabbing.

 

My favorite patterns are a pointelle or a chevron stripe.  They don’t look to childish or too inappropriate.  Patterned tights can run the gamut from little girl (think white or pink or brightly colored floral prints) to adult entertainment (large fishnets, mesh, etc).  Go for patterns on more opaque tights (as opposed to very sheer hosiery) to stay classy, not trashy.

 

A few of my favorites, from left:  Pointelle Tights, Forever 21; X Pattern Hosiery, StockinGirl.com; Vintage Roses, Stockingirl.com; Celeste Stein for Dillards; Cable Knit Tights, StockinGirl.com; Argyle Tights, Betsey Johnson.

Patterned Tights

 

Victoria Had a BFF Too

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When I was little, my best friend and I LOVED to make friendship bracelets.  We would braid for hours on end.  We even had books on how to create fancy designs.  We thought this was a cool, new trend, but in reality, the concept of friendship jewelry is very old.

In the Victorian days, friends (and even lovers) expressed their feelings through jewelry.  The Regard ring was very popular.  The ring contains a Ruby, Emerald, Garnet, Amethyst, Ruby, and Diamond, in that order.  The initials of the names of the stones spell out “regard”.

Regard Ring

Another popular ring featured a Diamond, Emerald, Amethyst, Ruby, Emerald, Sapphire, and Topaz to spell out “dearest”.  These rings were even used as engagement rings in Victorian England.  Many modern jewelry designers have fashioned their own take on the Regard Engagement ring.  Places like The London Victorian Ring Co will help you create your own design, spelling out a name or other message with the various stones they have available.

The London Victorian Ring Co describes them as “Original Designs from a Stylish Era”.  These would make great gifts for your friend who obsessed with Jane Austen novels.

 

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

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Rachel Bilson

Rachel Bilson

Tis the season for resolutions, recreations, and renovations.  The easiest way to a new you?  Bangs.  They are easier and less commitment than an entirely new haircut.  What if you get them and hate them?  Worst case scenario, skip the Bump-Its and bobby pin your bangs into a pouf to give your style a lift.

Plasticines

Plasticines

My favorite look?  Long, blunt bangs just like Rachel Bilson’s.  These are perfect for fine, straight, or wavy hair.  They actually make my fine hair look a lot fuller.  I got my bangs cut just like this over the summer (I get bored with my hair a lot) and I thought I’d get tired of them right away too and grow them out immediately.

To my surprise, I love them and I’ve kept them for 7 months now.  My hairdresser says she’s had people ask for my bangs when they see me in the salon and she wants to get her own cut like this.

 

 

Plasticines

Plasticines

The perfect length hits between your eyebrows and your eyelids, the elusive area known as your brow bone.  Since your bangs will only be this perfect length for about 3 days, I’ve found a lot of great shortcuts.

 

If my bangs are a little on the short side, I skip the round brush and use a straightener to avoid excessive puffiness.  Once they get too long, I sweep them off to the side to avoid the shaggy dog look.
Bangs are the best way to make your haircut more versatile.  You can pin them to the side, straight back, in a twist, or in a pouf.

 
If you still need a little inspiration, check out the Plasticines’ video for Barcelona.  In addition to discovering your new favorite song, you will want bangs and a set of Bump-Its immediately.