I have been a little put off by the whole black and white clothing trend. It feels a little bit too uniform and bland for me, but I really liked the idea of incorporating it into my accessories. I first noticed these Gianvito Rossi two tone pumps at net-a-porter (left) for $705 and can imagine pairing them with a colorful (or maybe even black) dress. I decided it was too much of a splurge for me and recently found these Steven pumps at shopbop (right) for a more reasonable $119. I really like the texture on these shoes and the double ankle straps, so much that I think I like them more than the Gianvioto’s. What do you think?
I’ve just started working on my fall wardrobe shopping list, and I’ve gone from yellow as my favorite summer color to green as my fall pick. I love dark green because it goes well with most skin tones and adds a bit of color while still remaining somewhat neutral. I found these 3 key pieces to incorporate this color into my wardrobe.
This Zara dress is a great “go-to” fall/winter dress when paired with black booties (like below), but can also be paired with some nude sandals to wear through the end of summer.
These alice + olivia haircalf pumps are cute and fun. I love that they dress up this simple look of t-shirt and jeans (oh, and I love this tokidoki Karl t-shirt!)
Animal prints are been becoming more and more popular and not only as a signature “cougar” look. Animal prints add an element of fun to an otherwise simple outfit and with my most recent purchases I realize my closet is slowly becoming a zoo. Here are my most recent finds that may inspire you to embrace the trend as well.
I bought these leopard print shorts from Forever 21, which I pair with a black crop top, denim jacket, and black heels for a modern twist.
I found these great leopard wedges at J.Crew (available in stores) last week and have already worn them several times. They are incredibly versatile – they can dress up a casual outfit or spice up a simple black dress (as I did this past weekend in Vegas). Best part is that they are comfortable!
While wandering through the Palazzo shops in Vegas, I stopped by the Coach store and replaced my scrapped up iphone case with this Madison Ocelet animal print one. It’s fun and puts a smile on my face every time I pull out my phone.
Paris Couture Fashion Week may not be all that interesting to you; a lot of extravagant clothes that you probably wouldn’t want to wear and are actually not really meant for you (or me). A lot of the shows are over the top theatrical and, maybe even a bit weird. Well, except for all the beautifully embellished Ellie Saab gowns that I would love to wear with nowhere to go…
One designer that stood out to me is a much lesser known designer, Iris Van Herpen. She’s a Dutch designer who came on the scene a few years ago and has been one of the pioneers in the use of 3D printing technology in fashion. Beginning previous seasons, Iris Van Herpen used this technology to create 3D printed dresses. Last week at her Fall 2013 couture fashion show, she took technology to a new level with a collection of 3D printed shoes – the shoes were inspired by nature to complement the “Wildnerness” collection and the materials were layered on to create a sculpture for the feet (above).
Sure, they look very futuristic and not at all wearable (at least for me). However, the progress made in 3D printing technology and fashion paves way for not only creativity in design, but also the possibility of using the technology to create custom clothing and possibly even at-home printing (for wearable clothing). Now, that’s where couture becomes a bit more relatable. It’ll be interesting to see what comes next.
Images from www.irisvanherpen.com. More from her collection:
24 hour and very long lasting make-up is a hot cosmetics trend this season. Of course you probably don’t want your makeup to last 24 hours, but the point is that it will last from day to night without any smudging or flaking even in heat and humidity.
I decided to put the trend to the test. Lancome has a great mascara range, so I chose Hypnose Star 24 hour mascara for my test. Sure enough, the mascara coated my lashes nicely and lasted through the evening – I was very pleased with how great my lashes looked at the end of the night. I removed the mascara using an oil-based eye makeup remover (as recommended) and followed my regular night time skin care regimen. The not so pretty part was the next morning when I looked in the mirror – YIKES! It looked like I had a black eye! I assumed I just didn’t remove my make-up well enough so I gave the mascara another go. Same issue the next day! Net, 24 hour makeup is just a bit too long lasting for me. I’m sticking with my regular smudge-proof mascara.
Have you tried any of these products? What do you think?
I notice people are really embracing crop tops this summer, more so than last year when they first came back on the scene. There are some aspects of the crop top I love. But, it’s not 2000, we’re not Britney Spears, and we don’t have six-packs. The modern day crop rules are very different for the sasstress and can actually be quite flattering (even if you don’t have a flat stomach) as it accentuates the waist. More importantly, you won’t look like you’re a teenager going to a festival.
Belly button and six pack exposure are the signs of bad crop top wear. As a general rule, a crop top needs to be paired with a high waisted bottom and balanced with a contrasting bottom based on the fit.
I’m absolutely loving the 3 looks above. In the Balenciaga box crop top (left) is paired with a more fitted skirt, while Blair Eadie of the blog Atlantic-Pacific (center) pairs her American Apparel fitted crop top with this full Tibi lace skirt for a more conservative look. Even when a fitted crop top is paired with pants, the bottom should have a looser fit like the above look from the alice + olivia Resort 2014 collection (right).
Belly button exposure still have a time and place – at the pool or a beach vacation.
Jumpsuits and rompers are just so cute and seem like an easy summer fashion choice. Throw on your romper, a fashionable necklace, and some cute shoes and you’re good to go.
Or are you?
I have a vast collection of rompers and jumpsuits myself, but unfortunately have put them into an early retirement. They seem so simple, yet they are so complex. It may seem silly, but the deal breaker for me on these fashionable pieces is the logistics of going to the bathroom. Many of them require a strapless bra or no bra at all, and I just have an issue feeling like I’m getting completely naked during a bathroom break. Or, many have a high zipper in the back, which requires discomfort in the zip/unzip process.
Last year I had a situation that I was looking very cute in my romper at a crowded house party with a bathroom without a lock. I decided it was best to not strip down at the party for the bathroom, but haven’t picked up any of my jumpsuits or rompers ever since.
Now that it’s summertime again and I see that rompers are still very popular, I’m ready to give them another chance but with some new principles. Here are 3 ways to wear a romper (or jumpsuit) without all the logistical trouble.
The reemergence of overalls immediately grabbed my attention because they are essentially jumpsuits that require you to wear a shirt underneath. The current overall styles are nicely fitted and even come in fabrics other than denim. I’m digging these Current/Elliot denim overalls with skinny fitted legs and these denim Free People floral short overalls for a feminine touch.
You can also follow the same principle of wearing a thin tank underneath a jumpsuit, as long as the fabric of the jumpsuit doesn’t allow the tank to create an unwanted fold. This Blank Denim romper is lightweight enough for the summer and with a loose top to allow for something underneath ($118 at Shopbop). I love all the exposed zipper detail on this one.
Wearing a bandeau underneath a romper or jumpsuit can also add a little bit more coverage and can even possibly add a little bit of detail to your ensemble, depending on the cut. This T by Alexander Wang jumpsuit ($365 at net-a-porter) has a sheer button and will look great with a black bandeau underneath.
Other rompers and jumpsuits can be used as a beach cover-up, or stay in early retirement. Time to go shopping for me!
I love the recent bright and neon yellow trend. Yellow always adds that nice pop of color to an outfit and puts me in a great mood. I’ve seen some amazing designer pieces, but have been keeping my eye out for some more affordable ones before making any big purchases. I’m especially excited for the Forever 21 bag to accent a nice black blazer and statement necklace or the Urban Outfitters necklace to add color to a pretty white dress.
|splurge (left)top: Miu Miu crystal embellished leather handbag at net-a-porter, left center: Proenza Schouler leather skirt at net-a-porter, bottom left: Rebecca Minkoff sandal at Nordstrom, right: Nanette Lepore lace dress at Shopbop||save (right)top left: Zara twill trousers $59.90, top right: Keds slip-on sneakers $49.95 at Nordstrom, center right: Zara box clutch $35.90, bottom right: Urban Outfitters acrylic necklace $9.90, bottom left: Forever 21 patent messenger bag $29.80|