London, Milan and Paris; A Recap

I haven’t kept up with the London, Milan and Paris shows as much as I did last year, but I couldn’t resist doing a quick look-through of the shows and the collections. I loved a lot of the collections though some seemed to be a little over the top. Isabel Marants’ was the most runway to street wearable but Valentino and Chanel, who traditionally aren’t my favorite, really took the cake this year. Their looks were true to their house DNA and actually quite beautiful.

Check out some of my favorites down below!

Photos courtesy of style.com

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So You Wanna Be A Hot Mama

Whenever I see a pregnant mama or a maternity section at the store I feel inspired to write a style article. I’ve never been pregnant but this is my assumption of what I’d like to wear, and hopefully it reflects the actual pregnancy. I’ve heard the stories of always being hot, hungry, uncomfortable and tired, and the ideal being that you’re the opposite of all those things. You don’t want to be frumpy and you do want to be sexy. Blake Lively is my go to modern mama style inspiration and one day when it’s my turn I will hopefully follow in her footsteps. In the meantime, here are my style outfit ideas and inspirations.

A pair of flats, cute jeans and a comfy zip up sweater is always a go to look. Instead of throwing on a hoodie and leggings, opt for this instead! Since a maternity outfit might not be very splashy, jazz it up with fun accessories like these stacked bangles and feathery earrings.

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This is one of my favorite looks because I love pencil skirts. *I think that when you can’t find something cute in the maternity section, that it’d work to grab a cotton stretchy pencil skirt from the ladies side, and pair it with a longer sweater like this one. Since it’s a spring sweater it’ll be nice and cool. Throw some slip-on flats and simple accessories and your look is a winner.

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When all else fails, wear black and accessorize like crazy. This necklace is definitely a great statement piece. Pair shorts with a sleevless flowy top like this silk one for a hot summer day and throw some low wedges on to dress it up a bit. So fun!

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Last but not least, it’s Date Night! If you’re married and pregnant then date night is still a big deal, and you know that having that LBD is as well. Every women, whether pregnant or not, should own at least one black midi body-con dress. It’s a great way to throw something easy on, accessorize and make it look amazing. I’ve paired this one with strappy kitten heels, as you want to stay away from the high ones, and this cozy cape to drape around your shoulders if it’s a chilly night. Add a red lip for a little splash of color.

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Inuit Tribes and Tattooed Ladies: Dsquared2’s Breathtaking Collection

I’ve been harping on and on about texture, color, style, layering, etc. and happened upon Dsquared2s’ collection for fall/winter 2015. Needles to say I was drooling. Their collection is absolutely amazing, and not just one or two looks either. Every article of clothing is unique and perfect.

From first glance it seemed that they drew their inspiration everywhere from native american culture to matadors to inked ladies from the 1800’s. When I finally read where they had in fact drew their inspiration from, I wasn’t surprised. I had hit the nail on the head. They designed their collection around their Canadian roots, and imagined something like a plane that fell from the sky with suitcases with clothes from old Europe, and imagined an Inuit tribe incorporating what they found into their own dress-ware.

I’m completely obsessed. They utilized layering in a major way, using different textures and styles to compliment each other and created this visually stimulating collection that takes your breath away. You can easily incorporate a piece, or several pieces into your day to day wardrobe with some fun styling, to make a look thats fun and appropriate for todays street style.

Check out the looks below and tell me what you think!

Images from style.com

The Style Bloggers Conundrum.

When I started blogging about style and outfits it was because style was a major passion of mine. As a child I’d play in my moms closet and I remember wearing her clothes to church even though they were miles to big for my 9 year old frame. I loved stomping around in her high heels. Style is the art of putting something together well. It comes from years of playing with clothes, or having a special affinity for design and construction. From the basics all the way to a statement outfit; styling is when you use the design, color, pattern, cut, etc. to produce something great. I love that some designers this year were inspired by vintage pieces, or by a certain culture or people group. It’s thinking outside the “what will sell” box.

It’s easy, as a style blogger, to get caught up in the high-end fashion, the expensive and name brand things. Style, however, doesn’t have rules. It doesn’t require you to have pricey tags or renowned names in your closet. As a style blogger I’ve fallen into the fast-fashion, easy to buy, “styled for me”, name brand pieces trap that actually takes the art and effort out of street style. I remember the thrill of finding an amazing vintage piece at the local thrift store and making it work till it looked like a thousand bucks. I love the branded pieces as well, but more so I’ve rediscovered the opportunity to create a unique impression by blending clothes from any and every type of retail establishment. Whether it’s the flea market, Banana Republic, that weird thrift store, Zara, wherever. I half lost that love in my desire to appear as on trend and culturally relevant as possible. Street style won’t be street style if what we’re wearing was just on the runway or in H&M’s display window. We have to do better than that.

Perhaps this is my call to return to our roots as artists and lovers of all things material. Let’s wear what we want, when we want, and lose our fear of being outside the box. It’s not about the tags, or even the box, it’s about the expression and the lifestyle. Be you.

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Spring/Summer Trend: Overalls

Such a fun look! There are a lot of overalls or dungarees out there so be sure you try on a bunch till you find one that works for you. I love this high-wasited one, specifically because I have long legs and because I can get away with crop tops. A low-waisted dungaree that sits very loose can soon make you look like a farm kid (no disrespect, I used to be one) instead of a mature adult. Same goes for the shorts version. Unless of course you’ve styled it and you look adorable.

With these, I added that textured blouse, which immediately matures it. A tee-shirt is great if you’re just relaxing and a flannel, gingham or really any kind of checkered shirt is a big no-go unless you’re headed to your local hoedown. Pairing it with a blouse gives it an adult, but playful look. It says, “I’m willing to have fun, but not at the expense of my dignity”. I love the wedges because all together, they add to this vintage 70’s vibe that I’m loving. It’s perfect for spring and summer, it’s relaxed and playful, not to mention that wedges will make your legs look great!

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Top 10 NYFW 2015 Happenings

If you’re heavily invested into fashion and the industry, then you know that fashion week is at the top of the proverbial mountain in terms of fashion prediction and trends. The designers pull out all the stops and their shows are becoming more and more fabulous as the years roll by (Tommy Hilfiger’s foot ball field runway..). The cities buzz with models, stylists, buyers, bloggers and designers and the air is thick with creativity and preening peacocks, and we love it.

If, however, you are not into fashion week, and you don’t even know what fashion week is, then this is for you. The collective mass that actually don’t really mind or care and find that their silent addiction to H&M satiates all their fashion needs. If you are curious, however, then this will help you understand.

Here are my top ten collections, street style looks, moments, etc. to make you feel like you were/are at least a little in the know.

Top 10 Award Show Dresses

Now that I’m in the mood for staring at gorgeous gowns, I’ve compiled a list of my top 10 pre-fall 2015 award show dresses. (A girl can dream, right?)

 

 

Shop the Look!!

I’m loving kitten heeled boots lately. A kitten heel says “I know I’m classy and I wish I could wear my 4 inch heels, but I’m too busy today to bother”. It’s understated, convenient, dressier than a flat boot, and totally adorable. Love it! Embrace your inner 90’s super model with some gold hoops to add a flair of femininity to the look and a messenger bag to downplay the clean lines of the outfit. Moto jeans scream rock-star, so wear those babies with attitude. Think Emmanuelle Alt, editor in chief of “I could take over the world if I wanted.”

 Shop the look here:

Kate Spade New York Cobble Hill Little Minka Hobo Handbag $222.90

Nine West Mayretta Leather Riding Boot $188.99

NYC The High Top Camisole $138.00

French Connection Honeycomb Stitch Sweater $158.00

Levi’s 524 Skinny Moto Jean $34.99