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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!

 

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

 

Best of Piperlime

Piperlime is a wonderland of shoes, bags, jewelry, and now clothes that I could get lost in for days. Its like my Narnia. Coming up with my absolute favorites was difficult, but obviously necessary. My favorite labels this season turned out to be Trina Turk and Marc by Marc Jacobs.  I found great sequin tops that will keep sparkling long after New Years Eve, coats in interesting cuts to keep away the winter blues, ruffled dresses, enough booties and platforms to keep you kicking, and some great accessories.  My favorites are the electric blue platforms by Rock and Republic, and House of Harlow’s Gladiator Cuff.  This is how a lady shows off her punk rock side without looking gothic.

Best of Piperlime

 

Finding the Perfect Leather Jacket December 26, 2009

Chanel Leather Jacket Anne Hathaway Get SmartFinding the perfect leather jacket is a fashion quest that can take years.  This is one classic staple that is versatile, sophisticated, and will never go out of style.  There are so many cuts, colors, styles, and lengths to choose from.  I am completely obsessed with the white Chanel leather jacket Anne Hathaway wore in Get Smart.  (Seriously, ask my friends.  I bring up this jacket ALL THE TIME.  They tease me  about it now.)  White can be worn with fur in the winter or over a sundress in the summer.  I love the asymmetrical zipper and the blazer collar underneath.  It’s absolutely perfect.

My favorite styles have a slim silhouette and a blazer-like cut, or fall into the moto jacket style.  The Balmain leather jackets are definitely at the top of my list.  I’m also intrigued by the leather hoodie.  I love hoodies, so the thought of combining a leather jacket with a hoodie seems like a logical choice for me.  Kristen Stewart has been spotted sporting a Juicy Couture leather hoodie, and I also love the one by Mike and Chris Maxwell.

Kristen Stewart Juicy Couture Leather Hoodie

Juicy Couture

Juicy Couture Leather Hoodie

Juicy Couture

Mike and Chris Maxwell Leather Hoodie

Mike and Chris

Balmain Leather Jacket

Balmain