Category Archives: Trend I Can’t Wait For

Fashion Challenge: $100 Outfit

The Southern Fashion Bloggers have a presented a challenge; put together an entire outfit that costs $100 or less. I am most definitely a frugal shopper and love finding a good deal so I was kind of excited when I saw their post. Now I may have technically cheated, as I didn’t go to my closet for my outfit. But I’ve just been feeling so uninspired with my own wardrobe lately and have been looking to revamp it. So I looked no further than my job, I went to Funky Monkey and threw a look together. I don’t really feel like I’m cheating, as this place has seriously become my closet. Too many times have I shown up at work and gotten dressed. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to get myself a brand new outfit.

Top: $26

Skirt: $30

Shoes: $24

Bracelets: $10 each

It worked out too perfectly, totaling at exactly $100. I went for a silky soft bird print shirt, a trendy hi-low skirt and neutral shoes to balance out the rest of the outfit. I topped it off with two vintage gold bangles, because you can’t not have jewelry.

I’m also happy to say that I will be getting rid of my Summer Ombre’d hair on Friday. Yay!

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What a Stud

I must apologize, I couldn’t help myself with that title. Oh these loafers, these Jeffrey Campbell studded loafers. They are wonderful. I love a good loafer, and I’m more willing to spend a little extra on such a classic shoe. I already splurged on these, so I’m thinking a DIY version may be in order.

Here are a ton of other loafers if studs aren’t your thing:

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Blue Platform Galaxy

I follow trends to an extent. I prefer personal style that is somewhat timeless and involves aspects that will never fade. I think comprising your wardrobe completely of trends removes a natural sense of style and evokes a more store-bought persona. But some trends are fun and fascinating, and having a few trendy pieces helps you fabulous with less work. Here are some of those fun, fascinating trends that I am into right now:

Yves Klein Blue

YAYA, Senso, ASOS, Rag & Bone

I am particularly loving this trend. Yves Klein is a favorite of mine and he alone made me want to study Art History. The French artist was on the forefront of Minimalist and Pop Art, known mostly for his perfect shade of blue. I love clothing in this color blue, it’s the perfect way to stray from navy and denim shades. Plus it’s a brilliant POP of classic color.

Cosmic Prints

Jeffrey Campbell, Christopher Kane, Black Milk, Christoper Kane

Space is beautiful, so why not put it on clothing?

Platform Oxfords

Prada, Jeffrey Campbell, Prada, ASOS

I love a good pair of oxfords, and a good pair of platforms. Someone else did too and now we have this budding Fall trend. It’s the perfect bit of casual edge added to such a classic, put-together shoe. And it all started with Prada…

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Streetstyle: Taxi Driver

I meant to do this a while back as a Summer trend thing, but I’m a terrible procrastinator. I decided I might as well do it even though it’s a bit late in the game, because it would be fun! So the lovely Erica and I did a streetstyle-esque shoot inspired by one of my favorite films, Taxi Driver.

All clothing: Funky Monkey

I know giant platforms would better replicate the original look, but I thought Erica’s white oxfords gave it a more modern, relaxed feel. (Also because…well…that’s what she wore that day.)

Since I’m so behind, I threw together a 70’s inspired look for Fall!

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Weather’s Got Me Dreaming…

It’s rained nearly every day the past two weeks, the overcast and breezy weather has me craving Fall. I’m not a fan of the heat, and Fall/Winter apparel is my absolute favorite. So I may be jumping the gun here, but these are the things I cannot wait to buy:

Oversized Sweaters and Blazers

Both:  MinkPink

Chic Long Sleeve Dresses

Alexander Wang + Calvin Klein Collection

Mid-Length and Leather Skirts

Sparkle & Fade + BB Dakota

Black Leather Ankle Boots with a Wooden Heel

This craving is incredibly specific, not just any boot will do!

Jeffrey Campbell

Are you dreaming of Fall? Or do you prefer the hot weather?

 

 

 

Also, be sure to check out my guest post for Slow Southern Style!

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Modern Shapes with Classic Patterns

I couldn’t quite think of a proper title for this. I’m speaking exclusively about modern shapes, but I’m loving those shapes with girly florals, pretty lace, bold prints, and of course; classic patterns. I know I’m being somewhat broad, but so what….I like it.

I think it all started when I saw Prada’s Spring 2011 collection and that striped skirt that has now become somewhat of a legend. And most of all, look at what it’s paired with. This is what I’m talking about, a bold top with hard lines. No draping, ruffles or frilly anything. It just has that beautiful classic baroque pattern, and paired with a bright, striking, fitted pencil skirt. It’s a new age of fashion. Miuccia herself called it “minimal baroque” which is the perfect way to describe what I’m thinking about but I couldn’t steal her description for my title now could I? Whoa run on sentence.

And then Stella McCartney had Spring 2011 RTW collection which featured bold colors and my favorite, that awesome fruit dress. Her Resort collection not long before that had similar pieces, but with huge floral patterns. I love the fruit.

But then I’m also loving these kind of pieces but with smaller florals and lace. I think it’s also more attainable. Like this:

 

Forever 21 has a great floral lace moto jacket, and I think it is the perfect piece to use to subtly mix patterns. The fitted jacket, fitted skirt, simple tights and sky high wedges are all in bright, classic colors and patterns.

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Spring Styling!

While some of you out there are freezing, New Orleans has warmed up. The weather is perfect right now and its already starting to feel like Spring. It just so happens that this time around, I got to style the displays at work and I chose some fun, bright looks to get everyone’s minds off the chilly Winter. (Pardon the cell phone photos!)

I did these three with V-Day and Spring in mind, which sometimes don’t really go hand in hand.

The first outfit features high-waisted lace shorts, a salmon pink long sleeve henley and vintage suede vest with fringe for a bright and edgy look.

The second is classically modern vintage, a long paisley dress, vintage pearls, and a mint green belt at the waist.

The third is girly and adorable; I chose a crisp white shirt with a cute Peter Pan collar, draped floral shrug, a bright pink pencil skirt and a cute bird pendant.

For this outfit I wanted simple, cute, 90’s. I used all vintage pieces circa the 1990’s. (Which probably makes it easier? Maybe the challenge would have been to use modern pieces?)

 

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Spring Brights and How to Wear Them

I did a post recently about a few of the colors that will be popular for this Spring, but the thing that will be most popular is simply color. Spring of course is a colorful season, but this Spring mixed and matched bright ensembles were all over the runways. There were bold splashes of color added to simple ensembles and outfits consisting of only bright pieces.

But if you’re not as daring as one Susie Bubble, who can immaculately piece together a look consisting of only bright hues, here are a few ways to ease yourself into the trend.

Try A Bright Pant:

Wear a bright high-waisted, cropped pant with a crisp white shirt and chic wedges. Pair with neutral accessories to really let the pants stand out.

Brighten Your Accessories:

Adding some bright accessories can easily spice up a simple outfit. They’re a great addition for those who aren’t sure how they feel about bold colors.

Bright Blouse:

Get a loose, silky blouse in a bright orange or other warm tone and tuck into a fitted beige skirt. Pair with brown shoes and belt it to break up the blouse and skirt. Simple gold jewelry with a turquoise accents adds another touch of color. (For a cool colored blouse, keep the beige but pair with black accessories and jewelry with hints of a warm tone)

Lite Brite Tights and Daring Shoes:

Jazz up any outfit with some brightly colored tights and a bold shoe. My favorite when it comes to bright tights is We Love Colors. They have so many colors to choose from, are super comfortable and great quality.

Pair both of them together, along with a bright blouse and bright pant for an ultra bright ensemble!

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The Colors of Spring 2011

Here’s another color post! Only further detailing the array of colors that will be very popular this spring…

(And I would totally love to have them nicely cropped and edited side-by-side but I’m in need of a program to do such a thing with my Mac. Suggestions welcome.)

BEIGE

3.1 Phillip Lim, Alexander McQueen, Chloe

 

ORANGE

Zac Posen, Yves Saint Laurent, Mark Fast

 

BLUE

L.A.M.B, Charlotte Ronson, Rodarte

 

GREEN

Jil Sander, Jonathan Saunders, Cynthia Steffe

 

WHITE

Chanel, Gareth Pugh, The Row




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Golden Globes Color

I’ll admit I did not watch the Golden Globes, only waited around for red carpet photos to surface. Though I am glad Colin Firth won for his role in The Kings Speech, which was excellent. But we’ll save that for another time.

There were so many rich hues and so many nudes! It was all very on trend for the upcoming season. There were also a lot of sophisticated and more modest fits (with the exclusion of January Jones’ revealing Versace number.)

I love Natalie Portman’s pale pink Viktor and Rolf dress, the gorgeous rose adds an elegant touch. It’s soft tones like this with a dash of bright, bold color that I think will be great this Spring.

I adore Anne Hathaway’s shimmering Armani Prive gown. It’s such a simple silhouette, the details and strong shoulders add a nice edge.

Amongst all the intense details and beautifully complex dresses I saw on the red carpet, I happen to absolutely love Emma Stone’s Calvin Klein Collection dress. The light salmon color goes so well with her hair and skin, it’s all so delicate and modern. I love a retro color given a somewhat modern twist. A modern 70’s throwback is a rising trend. Sorry I just totally overused the word “modern” in three short sentences.

Back to those rich colors I mentioned. Emerald green was everywhere last night and Mila Kunis looks amazing in Vera Wang. The style is nothing new really, but it’s still a classically beautiful shape and fit.

I haven’t seen many positive things being said about Michelle William’s floral Valentino dress, but I like it. It’s got a very 70’s feel, which is (for the millionth time) big for Spring and I love the nude color. It’s so youthful, and nice to see Michelle William’s in something young and happy.

Red was a popular color on the similarly colored carpet. I adore Christina Hendricks in Romona Keveza. The giant satin bow/rose is so close to bad prom dress territory, but her pale skin and awesome curves make it all okay.

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