Celebrity Style Summer Favorite: Lace-Up Heels

July 7, 2014 | Heather

There’s something quintessentially different about summer romance (the heat, the late nights, the freedom, the faraway places) that makes me feel 18 again. Whether you’re enjoying a summer romance or not, I’m having a love affair with all things romantic in the world of fashion, as are a lengthy list of celebrities. Lace up heels are the perfect romantic summer staple! This trend has been seen on celebs and fashion bloggers alike and is sure to be one of the biggest of the season. A lace up heel is versatile and can be worn with anything from shorts, a seen on Fashioniata Olivia Palermo, a casual dress to rolled skinny jeans to a maxi dress.

Shop Olivia’s Outfit: Aquazzura Belgravia Lace-up Suede Pumps, Zara Checked Shorts, Tibi Striped crepe de chine camisole and Pendleton Tippi Dot Print Blouse.

Things You Must Wear This Summer—Seriously

July 4, 2014 | Heather

Current/Elliott is the king of well-fitting shorteralls.

My summer uniform is pretty standard: jean shorts, V-neck tee, cute sneakers. However, summer is the ideal time to experiment with new fashion—the warm weather gives the season an ease that fall just doesn’t have. In an effort to expand my style horizons, I’m taking the opportunity to try a few new styles. You should too.

I’m well-versed in regular overalls, but shorteralls are a whole new ballgame. In the past, I was afraid they could look childish too easily. The key here is fit and styling (kinda obvious, but some things take me awhile!). A too-loose fit is what takes shorteralls into middle school territory—slightly slouchy is what you want. Footwear is also important. My natural inclination is to go very adult with shoes, but this would be a mistake. Lace-ups or ballet flats are age-appropriate without being too “lady of the night.”

I grew up watching Kelly Kapowski rock off-shoulder tops, but being about 8 years old, it wasn’t a trend I could wear at the time. Now that I can, I’m glad to see more wearable styles in lightweight fabrics like cotton and linen—far more forgiving than the spandex styles of the ’80s. I’ll get to the point where I’ll wear my hair up to really showcase the neckline, but for my first go, I think I’ll keep my style safety blanket—er, my hair—down.

Mes Demoiselles off-shoulder tops, no mall bags required!

The turban-style headbands hitting What’s New lately keep catching my eye. They’re very different than the sparkly, messy-bun toppers that I’m used to. After stalking our hair and makeup department, I think I’ve figured it out: day-old, loose beachy waves. The salt spray/slightly frizzed combo gives your hair a bit of texture for the cloth band to hold on to. Add a playful maxi and some stacked bracelets, and you’re set.

A Eugenia Kim turban-style headband is easier to pull off than you think.

A retro Michael Kors Collection swimsuit has never been more modern.

Having a pool (humble brag) means that my closet is stocked with swimsuits. The issue is that they are all the same. Bright, solid colors and bandeau tops. Considering how much time I spend in my bikini, I really need to branch out. A high-waisted, halter-style suit is far out of my comfort zone, but they are just too cute to pass up. Same with cutout one-pieces. I’ve avoided them in the past for fear of crazy tan lines, but in addition to changing up my style, I’ve resolved to keep out of the sun as much as possible this summer. Here’s to newfound shady style!

Celebrity Weekend & Travel Style

June 27, 2014 | Heather

Tis the season to travel! Whether it’s a quick weekend away, your honeymoon in the tropics, or a classic summer roadtrip, style is a must. These easy-to-pack essentials make packing a breeze and dressing oh-so-fun. For any getaway a few things are a must: comfy jumpsuit, chic shades, a flirty fedora, and a fun straw tote go with everything in your bag while setting the stage for summer fun. A simple cotton tank dress packs easily, while providing endless options.. Sleek sandals and a fashion-forward belt finish your look. And, most importantly, a couple of colorful bikinis get the party (or the relaxation) started.

1.  Splendid Stretch-jersey drawstring jumpsuit

2. Serpui Marie Flora Embroidered Clutch

3. Yosi Samra River Metallic Sandals

4. Saint Laurent Classic Preppy Rounded Sunglasses

5.  Citizens of Humanity Borderline Jacket

6. Foley + Corinna FC Lady Tote

7.  Splendid Cotton and modal-blend jersey T-shirt

8. Splendid  Splendid Madrid Flip Flop

Shop Celebrity Style!

June 24, 2014 | Heather

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The Rise of Oversize

June 21, 2014 | Heather

After years of buying nothing but spandex tops and second-skin jeans, I’ve finally succumbed to the comfort of loose clothing. Now it’s oversized everything: boyfriend jeans, shirts to my knees, and arm-swallowing sleeves. When we think “oversized” in regards to fashion, our minds usually jump to the same fool-proof pairings—a long sweater over skinny jeans or wide pants with a fitted button-down. But I recently wondered (on a rainy morning, in which I was particularly exhausted) if I could drown in my clothes, head-to-toe, and still look put-together. So I tried it. Attempt one, sans styling, I looked nothing short of slovenly. Not exactly office appropriate.

I secured the cuffed sleeves of an oversized RAILS flannel with two Kristen Elspeth cuffs for some unexpected glam.

When looking for the perfect oversized piece, first keep in mind that whatever’s on the size tag is just a number, and it shouldn’t deter you from buying something that looks amazing. A shirt that fits normally in one size could be sized up to become a sexy, off-shoulder piece. Seriously. If a stranger peeked into my closet, they wouldn’t know if it belonged to a child, or a working woman, or a lumberjack.

This T by Alexander Wang T-shirt fits loosely enough to knot the hem and show a little shoulder. Add a Kenneth Jay Lane necklace to dress it up for a night out.

Once you’ve found your sack of a shirt (T by Alexander Wang has drool-worthy basics), here’s what to do when a simple tuck doesn’t cut it. Knot the hem of a shirt to take off some of that length—a knot on the side for a casual slouchy look, or a high center knot for those looking to bare some belly. Button-downs are even more versatile, and I say the bigger the better. Tie up the bottom for an impromptu crop. Belt it over a dress as an edgy alternative to a cardigan—or wear it, at an appropriate length, as a dress itself! And a recent discovery of mine: if it’s big enough, you can undo the top several buttons and wear the neck opening around your waist, tie the two loose arms in front, and voilà, it’s a skirt! I could go on and on.

Taper a wide-leg jean with a pin roll: Make a vertical fold along the outside seam of the pant leg so the bottom of the jean is tight against your ankle. Then, holding the fold in place, cuff the jean leg two or three times. Above: Citizens of Humanity jeans and Sam Edelman sandals.

Then there are boyfriend jeans, which, in my opinion, are the best thing to come out of this oversized era. They are comfortable, chic, and easy to style. You can never go wrong with a pin roll (instructions above) and a strappy heel. So go ahead, size up one or two sizes, or head to the men’s department on your next shopping trip. You’ll probably see me there.

Celebrity Style Father’s Day Gifts for Every Dad

June 9, 2014 | Heather

Father’s Day is fast approaching, and finding a gift that shows just how much you appreciate the dads in your life is never a simple task. I have put together a guide of “celebrity style” gifts that are sure to make any Dad feel spoiled rotten.

A NEW DAD? From the bag to (stylishly) carry all of those baby-care essentials, to an on-the-go charger to juice up the tech gear he forgot to plug in last night, to a great set of headphones and a book to help him relax after a long day of parenting — this assortment has everything a brand-new dad needs. (Well, maybe not the diapers.)

THE TRAVELING DAD? Start off with a book full of inspiration for a quick getaway. Then add a bag perfectly sized to hold everything he’ll need for those weekend excursions. Once you throw in a pair of great sunglasses to keep the glare out of his eyes and a watch to make sure he’s ready to hit the road on time, you’ve got yourself a tailor-made collection of gifts for the Dad who’s always looking for a little adventure.

THE CLASSIC DAD: The classics are classics for a good reason. So why mess with a good thing? Embrace Dad’s traditional streak with gifts that will look just as great this Father’s Day as they will years from now. Like a tie he’ll wear constantly, or a wallet he’ll use every day. Cufflinks for a special occasion and a tie clip to keep things in place round out the assortment.

THE DESIGN-OBSESSED DAD: So he’s the kind of guy who knows as much about Philippe Starck as other dads do about the Yankees? Nothing wrong with that. Give him something that’ll feed his design obsession. An understated and expertly wrought pen or a night light cast from phosphorescent plaster certainly fit the bill, and a book devoted entirely to the subject of design isn’t exactly off the mark, either.

Shop The Guide

1. FUGOO bluetooth speaker

2. Velos AuraMist Velos Misting Fan:

3. The New York Times 36 Hours

4. Garrett Leight sunglasses

5. Form Function Form watch

6. Drake’s Microdot Print Woven Tie

7. Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Martin Wallet

8. Ben Minkoff backpack

9. Triple C phone charger

10. Maison Martin Margiela night light

Top 5 Fashion Posters

June 5, 2014 | Heather

Fashion doesn’t just influence the clothes we wear- it has a huge impact on every aspect of popular culture, from music, films and television to restaurant trends and home dĂ©cor. Posters inspired by fashion make great wall art, especially if you’re going for chic, feminine theme.

You could choose your favorite fashion images and have them printed as posters using an online service like instantprint, who let you upload your own images to be printed professionally. Here’s our top 5 fashion posters to give you inspiration:

Vogue cover- March 1951 from art.co.uk.

This poster has a vintage appeal that would perfectly compliment a retro, ladylike dĂ©cor scheme. Not all magazine posters would work as posters – largely due to the fact that most of them focus around celebrities or models and not everyone wants photos of strangers on their walls – but this tasteful arrangement of accessories in pleasing duck egg and sky blue would look good in any room.

Audrey Hepburn from allposters.co.uk

Not all fashion posters have to be retro- this shot of Kate Moss, photographed by the legendary fashion photographer Mario Testino is very contemporary. Fashion fans will love to own such an iconic fashion image while people who are interested in home décor will appreciate the great use of colour and the cool, edgy vibe of the poster.

Text Dress from art.co.uk

For fashion lovers after a more abstract design, this poster is perfect with its striking silhouette of a woman in a couture dress, cleverly incorporating a quote about dressing up and adorning oneself. The peachy background would lend itself well to a girly colour scheme of palest pink and cream, but would also go well with grey, green and blue.

Cote d’Azure 2006 from popartuk.com.

For women (or men) who love shoes, this poster would be the perfect way to display their passion around the home. The detailed illustrations are interesting and pretty, plus the designs of the shoes themselves are pretty amazing! It’s brightly colored without being garish and even though the artist created this design recently, the art has a vintage, retro appeal.

Holly Golightly is the ultimate style icon and this poster portrays the character at her most iconic moment. Standing outside Tiffany’s, looking glamorous in her chic sunglasses, pearls and classic black dress. Fans of the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s will love this image, but it will also appeal to anyone who loves fashion and glamor.

Kate Moss by Mario Testino from easyart.com.

Celebrity Trend: The Summer Grunge Girl Head to Toe

June 2, 2014 | Heather

As someone who never got over ’90s trends in the first place, I couldn’t be more excited to see the decade’s standout styles make a comeback. Acid-wash jeans and combat boots have always been at home in my closet, and at last they are back at home in the fashion world. Although I’ve finally tossed my coin machine chokers and velvet scrunchies (okay, I held onto one purely for posterity), I had a feeling the more sophisticated components of grunge style would live to see another era.

An IIIBeCa by Joy Gryson backpack is practical, chic, and the perfect pop of color in a grungy summer outfit.

Heat creates an interesting dilemma for the grunge girl, who risks losing her toughness with each layer shed. What to do without the trusty leather jacket? The second-skin jeans? Rather than mourn the temporary seasonal loss of these things, I see summertime as the perfect opportunity to rediscover my inner badass. I say ditch the black beanie for a cool top knot and let’s get started!

First, plaid is a necessity. Swap out your flannels for a few lightweight plaid button-downs. RAILS is a good place to start. Pick a versatile style, and I swear you can wear it a new way every day of the week. Roll the sleeves, knot the hem, leave it open over a graphic tee, or tie it around your waist. Every bit of it is ’90s perfection.

Distressed denim is also key.  Baggy and full-of-holes not only looks cool, but also allows for a nice breeze. A good pair of cutoff shorts, a pencil skirt, and a pair of boyfriend jeans should get you through the entire season, no problem. Plus, roughed-up denim can easily be dressed up with jewelry for less casual occasions. Trade the ’90s smiley faces and peace signs for much cooler crosses and skulls (here are my picks for best necklace, ring, and bracelet), and you’re good to go.

Mix and Match Favorites for Summer

May 31, 2014 | Heather

TREND ALERT! Mix and match prints and patterns: plaids and leopard, polka dots and stripes, checks and florals, big cat and small cat… It’s a crazy fun fashion trend for those of you who want to shake up your wardrobe in style. Go wild or mild depending on your personality. Mix not match these favorite pieces to style the perfect summer wardrobe.