Basic Essentials: Spring

March 31, 2014 | Heather

The essentials: a stripe tee, a loose tank, aviators, flat sandals, white skinny jeans, a structured satchel and a printed scarf. The combinations are endless, and the simplicity is divine. Whether you’re packing for a getaway, doing a little spring cleaning or learning to buy just the necessities, this list of eight items provides the must-haves that will be the backbone of your wardrobe all spring and into the summer. Pick up the following for a look that is fresh, yet classic; trendy, yet timeless!

1. Stripe Tee:
A Splendid Stripe Tee is a timeless t-shirt. Relaxed, yet tailored, a striped tee will get you through this season and many, many more to come. Pick classic creme and black or branch out with colors, a striped tee pairs back to skinnies for date night, cut offs for lounge, or layers up with a jacket and pencil skirt for work.

2. Aviators:
Ray-Ban Oversized Original Aviator Sunglasses, THE original. Once out of necessity and now out of pleasure, the aviator has always spoken classic sportswear style. Ray Ban is the gold standard of shades; their aviators are constructed of wire metal and finished with logo lettering.

3. Loose Tank:
I love the Vince Drape Hem Tank! As the mercury rises, we shed our sleeves. Much like the striped tee, a basic tank like Vince’s wears well over everything, from your bikini to a crisp white skinny jean. By choosing a soft neutral like blush or taupe, you guarantee miles of wear, while the relaxed shape provides hours of comfort.

4. Flat Sandal:
The Splendid Cantina Flat Sandals are the perfect flat. Leaving gladiators behind, this season’s flat sandals are streamlined and sleek. Splendid styled the Cantina Sandals with a slim ankle strap for just a hint of the gladiator gone by. Style with a maxi dress or any short, as well as your colored crops.

5. White Skinny Jeans:
DL1961 Angel Ankle Jeans are crisp white and speaks of summer. Shedding the grays and blacks of winter, the white cropped jean works well with brights and lights. Pair with a blouse and blazer for work or a simple tank and flat sandal for weekend wear.

6. Structured Satchel:
Cambridge Satchel Classic 11″ Satchel, rethink structure. Not just for work and school, structure is also for weekend and play. Combining a bold gold color with a traditional satchel shape, this wear-with-all works anywhere you take it. Brighten up a monotone look or work it in with prints.

7. Navy Blazer:
This Smythe One Button Blazer is a must have piece. Princess Kate sparked a style craze with her Smythe blazer last summer, reigniting a classic. Whether you wear it back to a prim pencil skirt like royalty or over a roughed up pair of cutoffs, the navy blazer flatters all your looks.

 

City Garden

March 31, 2014 | Heather

This Spring, sweet meets City and florals get gritty with a botanical assortment of floral dresses, colorful kicks, bright whites and more…..

Shop this Look: Paige Top Hunter Bell MINKPINK The Only Way Skirt BB Dakota Cressida Vegan Leather Jacket Pour La Victoire Crossbody Bag IRO Verokee Belt Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses

 

Designer Celebs Love: Elizabeth and James

March 28, 2014 | Heather


Uptown and downtown, masculine and feminine, casual and dressy all mix in the line style icons Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen founded in 2007. Named for two of their siblings, the contemporary brand Elizabeth and James blends androgynous fitted blazers, oversized sweaters, and floaty floral dresses in an edgy and eclectic way that typifies its cool-girl founders. The label now includes sunglasses, shoes, and jewelry, as well as Textile, an offshoot focusing on effortlessly casual pieces and vintage-inspired denim. Reese Witherspoon and Minka Kelly love their bright-yellow Elizabeth & James and manage to make the carryall and crossbody work with everything from a dress and wedges to Spandex and sneakers. Other celebrity fans of this line: Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum, Dakota Fanning, Cameron Diaz, Debby Ryan, Lauren Conrad, Ashley Greene and Shailene Woodley.

Shop the Story:

1. Elizabeth and James Cynnie Mini Bucket Bag

2. Elizabeth and James Long Sleeve Kim Top

3. Elizabeth and James Betie Top

4. Elizabeth and James Theon Dress

5. Elizabeth and James Cynnie Micro Cross Body Bag

6. Elizabeth and James Talbert sunglasses

7.  Elizabeth and James Cynnie Sling in matte python

 

Pointed Toe Pumps

March 27, 2014 | Heather

Pointed-toe pumps are a wardrobe essential. Regardless of occasion, a strong pump can inject confidence and fashion-forward maturity into any look. The footwear selection for this spring offers an abundance of fun colors, prints and fabrications. Whether you’re a jeans gal or a pencil skirt devotee, there’s a pump for every style and every budget.

My pointed-toe picks:

1. Paul Andrew pumps
2. Alexander Wang  Jodie Ankle Strap Pumps
3. L.A.M.B. Sandy Mesh Pumps E Strap Pumps

Olivia Palermo’s Latest Spring Picks

March 25, 2014 | Heather



No one knows how to do a stylish Saturday like Olivia Palermo. The newly-engaged fashionista just returned home from Paris Fashion Week and is now teaming up with Piperlime to reveal the looks she’ll be wearing come spring.

Whether grabbing lunch with the girls or taking the dog for a walk, Palermo knows how to look chic no matter where the afternoon takes her. She’s perfected the art of casual-meets-glam and is now sharing how she pieces these looks together.

From lacy skirts and simple t-shirts to army vests and floral scarves, Olivia’s gearing up to make this season one of the most fashionable yet. Click through the gallery below to see how to spring clean your closet with her amazing style.

Shop Olivia’s Picks:

1. ZAC Zac Posen Loren Top Handle
2. Robert Rodriguez Carrara Skirt
3. Vince Nolan T Strap Sandal
4. Marc by Marc Jacobs Karlie Leather Jacket
5. Dolce Vita Agusta
6. Equipment Liam Long Sleeve Colorblock Silk Blouse
7. Hudson Jeans Collin Mid Rise Super Skinny
8. House of Harlow 1960 Acute Cuff
9. Stuart Weitzman 5050 Boots
10. Marc by Marc Jacobs Blade Watch

Spring Denim Trends

March 24, 2014 | Heather

Spring Fashion Denim Trends

Alessandra Ambrosio paves the way with her flares (seen above) and her shredded skinnies. Spring Denim Trends 2014 is here! I’m laying out the denim trends today, after studying the denimwear of celebrity fashionistas this month. First up are flares, a welcome departure from skinnies in the classic style of the 1970s. Still major trends from last year are cropped jeans and colored jeans, both fun options that can be styled preppy, flirty or sexy. And fresh for this year: denim in any kind of print, shredded skinnies, and the long, rolled denim short. Enjoy playing with these spring denim trends, especially for the fast-approaching weekend!

1. (Flares) Étoile Isabel Marant Abelo Low-Rise Flared Jeans: In the style of the 1970′s, Alessandra Ambrosio brings back the sexy flared jean. Pair with a cropped top (not too short) or tuck in a boho blouse, flares are best worn with the waistline in sight to create balance and showcase your curves.

2. (Shredded) CURRENT/ELLIOTT Shredded Fling Jeans: Shredded jeans are definitely meant for Saturdays. Balance the extreme shredding with a trim knit and pointy toe pump, much the same you would a slouchy boyfriend jean.

3. (Colored) J Brand 620 Super Skinny Jeans: Watermelon pink? Yes, please! Speak to the coming colors of spring and summer with a pop-of-color jean. Choose your favorite hue and go from there. My favorite denim outfit pairs a pop color with a cool, chambray button up.

4. (Printed) J BRAND JEANS Hydrangea Print Powerstretch Jeans: Showcase your personality. If there was ever a piece to do it with, it’s with the printed jean. Pick a print that speaks to you, then pair with a demure top. I love the look of a print with a black background with a simple black top.

5. (Rolled Short) J BRAND JEANS Nash Jean Shorts: Fresh off the runways and onto the streets. The longer rolled jean short is a bit throwback and quite a bit mod. Pair this trend carefully with pretty pieces and feminine flats to balance out the dark, hardworking denim.

6. (Cropped) ADRIANO GOLDSCHMIED  The Stilt Roll-Up Jeans: Show off those ankles. The first skin to peek out of the snow, the ankle is the first part of the leg to get exposed after a long winter hibernating in jeans, tights, and leggings. Roll up a pair of skinnies or try out a pair already rolled for you! Ankle skimmers are adorable with flats or heeled booties or the first sandals of the season.

6 Spring Break Essentials

March 21, 2014 | Heather



Those of us fortunate enough to escape their current surroundings—especially if those surroundings involve mid-March freezing temperatures—know that the only worrisome thing about vacation is living out of a suitcase. I, for one, find it impossible to predict what I will want to wear even 24 hours in advance, so I normally don’t skip town without a backpack and a duffel bag in each hand. This year, however, I will attempt the simplicity the beach calls for with this packing list of the absolute essentials.

In the suitcase: Paige Denim shorts, a CHRLDR T-shirt, Steven espadrilles, a Lemlem cover-up, a Kushcush swimsuit, and a Kate Spade New York pouch.

1. SWIMSUIT
A swimsuit is obvious, but the right one for the trip? Less so. Choose one that flatters your body type. Cutout styles are on-point this season, but I make sure to also pack a classic string bikini for optimal tanning. I love this reversible Kushcush swimsuit—go from neutral to neon in an instant! And don’t forget a breezy cover-up in complementary colors.

2. T-SHIRT
A good graphic tee can be worn a hundred different ways—dressed up or down, tucked, rolled, etc. That is why, after agonizing indecision, I typically pack only one. This CHRLDR T-shirt looks super-chic with cutoff shorts or knotted over a sundress.

3. DENIM SHORTS
Denim shorts, especially a minimalist pair in a versatile wash, can be worn every single day of a trip. I suggest a mid or high rise for crop top-lovin’ gals, but there’s nothing cooler than a slouchy distressed pair, like these Paige Denim shorts, worn with a little bikini top.

4. SNEAKERS
Since shoes take up precious luggage space, it’s important to choose wisely. A simple pair of sneakers or espadrilles goes a long way. While comfort isn’t usually my primary consideration in choosing footwear, it becomes a vacation requirement for an unabashed tourist like myself. I could walk miles in these Won Hundred slip-ons. They’re neutral enough for daily wear, and a subtle metallic glaze adds enough glam for the evening bonfire.

5. SUNDRESS
A sundress is a vacation must. I love this coral lace Lovers + Friends dress. During the daytime, it can be paired with sneakers and a floppy hat for a shopping trip, and in the evening, strappy sandals and minimal jewelry make it luau-ready.

6. CARRY-ON BAG
Choose a durable bag to serve several purposes. I usually opt for a medium-sized canvas bag that I can take with me on the plane, bring to the beach, and carry as a purse in a pinch. What’s inside? A classic pair of aviators, a simple wallet in a springy hue, drop earrings to instantly give a sundress an evening-ready feel, and collapsible headphones—portable and perfect for blocking out the loud snorer I’ll inevitably be seated next to on the plane.

Get The Look: Katie Cassidy

March 20, 2014 | Heather


Need inspiration? Draw some from Katie Cassidy. This model, actress and new blogger is a certified style maven. If you don’t know much about this up-and-comer, she’s the creative force behind one of my favorite new blogs: Tomboy KC. I’m a huge fan of Cassidy’s manifesto which states, “We prefer sneakers, but collect stilettos; love makeup, but hate being made up…We live in men’s shirts – sometimes purchased, more often ‘borrowed.’” It’s one of those men’s shirts that inspired this blog, a plaid one to be exact. Get Katie Cassidy’s look by layering a tough plaid shirt with distressed white skinnies. Add pointy-toed stillettos, a structured bag and a cozy beanie atop romantic waves. For her glowing skin, check out this blog for fresh, glowing skin to match Katie’s. That’s it: low fuss, huge impact.

Here’s where to shop…

1. Olive and Oak Top Plaid Button Down
2. Eugenia Kim Rain Pom-Pom Beanie
3. Diane von Furstenberg 440 Satchel
4. DL1961 Amanda Skinny Jeans
5. Alexander Wang Kiko Pumps
6. Bop Basics  Cashmere Pop Top Mittens ( More  Cold weather accessories)

GET THE LOOK: J. Lo Brings The Heat In A Hot Pink Number

March 18, 2014 | Heather


Don’t be fooled by the rocks that she’s got, when J. Lo pulls her hair into a ponytail, she is still Jenny from the block. But these days she’s doing that “girl next door” jeans and t-shirt thing quite differently. Jennifer Lopez was spotted making her way into an American Idol taping dressed to stand out in neck-to-ankle neon pink. Although some are glad to see the all-neon-everything trend of the last two summers flee, but we must admit: this is a damn good look on J. Lo. The mommy of two paired a J Brand scuba top with a pair of Wildflower Jeans for a match so good, I can’t believe they aren’t by the same designer. She then kept it smart, rounding off the look with nude Christian Louboutin pumps.

Save Yourself From Getting Pinched With These Saint Patrick’s Day Pieces

March 17, 2014 | Heather



Saint Patrick’s Day tradition says that if you don’t wear green on the day you should be pinched. Why? I don’t really know, but I do know that it’s in everyone’s best interest to avoid being pinched, right? To help you gals out, I poured over a ton of gorgeous green goodies to help celebrate the day and find some pieces that are sure to make you feel lucky all year.

Whether you’re hitting a party, celebrating at a parade or heading to the office, these styles will have everyone turning green with envy.

1. Stella & Dot Janice Studs

2. Ray-Ban Mirrorred Matte Classic Aviator Sunglasses

3. Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Mildred Wallet

4. Kate Spade New York Capri Garden Necklace

5. Alexis Bittar Multi Stone Ecrusted Vine Hinge Bracelet

6. Kate Spade New York Gramercy Bracelet Watch

7. Heather Hawkins Splendor Spike Cut Ring

8. Jamie Wolf Small 3 Leaf Necklace