SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Vetements

Vetements, the ‘creative collective’ headed up by Demna Gvasalia, has applied its classic-meets-contemporary aesthetic to footwear. Think modern shapes and coloured details.

VETEMENTS Sock ankle boots, $1,068

VETEMENTS Sock ankle boots, $1,068

These baby blue boots are one of the standout pieces from Vetement’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection.  They are created from a stretchy textile to look like a pair of socks, highlighting the athleisure trend that is everywhere this season.  The yellow and silver metal heel provides a cheeky contrast.  Wear them with a boxy dress or cropped silk pants to show off the design. VETEMENTS Sock ankle boots

What do you think of these boots?  Would you wear them?

xo

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Givenchy

Oh, leather & lace, you never get old, do you?  Check out these perforated white leather mules by Givenchy.  With a 4 inch heel, these beauties would look amazing styled with a pair of oversized culottes or a flowing, below-the-knee A-line skirt.  Personally, I love the white, as it blends perfectly with the leather and lace combo, but the boot equivalent is available in black here, if that’s more your style.

Givenchy Leather & Lace Lace-Up Mules, $995

Givenchy
Leather & Lace Lace-Up Mules, $995

Givenchy Leather & Lace Lace-Up Mules, $995

 

What do you guys think of these?  Will you be wearing mule sandals this spring & summer?

xo

Beauty Review: derma e Firming DMAE Eye Lift Crème

“One day, mainstream skincare formulas will look like the healthy formulas we make today.”
-Linda Miles, derma e co-founder 
August, 1984

  I’ve been a huge fan of derma e beauty products for about 6 or 7 years now, ever since I discovered them at a local natural foods store (shout out to Fresh & Natural Foods!) years ago.  I was drawn to their line by their passion for using nature’s ingredients, such as vitamins, minerals, and botanicals, to improve the condition of our skin and health.  Basically, I was sick of using products with so many chemicals that I was entirely unable to pronounce and wanted to actually know what ingredients I was putting on my skin and being absorbed into my body.  I absolutely loved their products, as they were gentle yet effective.

So, when derma e approached me recently to test out some of their newer products that are now available at Target stores, needless to say, I was thrilled.  I tried out their Firming DMAE Eye Lift Crème, which I’ve been using twice a day for about a month or so now.  I have to say, those pesky little baby 25-year old crow’s feet wrinkles that were creeping up seem to have recessed back, while the skin around my eyes looks firmer and smoother than before.  I’ve received numerous compliments on my skin in the past couple weeks, which I can only think is a good thing.

*Please note, while derma e offered me free samples to try and review their product, they did not offer me any additional compensation, and this is my 100% unbiased, honest-to-goodness review on their product.*

 

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Firming DMAE Eye Lift Creme, via Target, $21.99

Let’s talk a little bit about why I like this eye cream so much.  It contains DMAE, a widely-acclaimed skin-firming nutrient, that is clinically proven to boost collagen for firmer, more resilient skin. It also contains InstaLift® Goji Berry glycopeptides, which work to add further firming, lifting and tightening antioxidant power.  Then, these little bad boys known as advanced peptides, two of which are called Argireline® and Matrixyl® synthe’6® work together to soften facial muscles and synthesize new key components such as collagen, helping smooth wrinkles and discourage new lines from forming.  And of course, powerhouse Hyaluronic Acid infuses a surge of cooling eye moisture helping leave skin soft, smooth, tone and rehydrated.

Check out this video for more info about the eye cream:

An added bonus of all the derma e products:

100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten-free, GMO-free.

#NOTICETHELOTUS at Target in 2016…derma e has arrived!

Have you ever tried derma e products before?  The next time you find yourself scouring the aisles of Target, be sure to check them out and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

xo

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Gucci

I recently stumbled across these gold Gucci “Marmont” pumps, and ever since, have been unable to stop imagining how perfectly they would look with an amazing pair of dress pants or a midi skirt…  Even peeking out of a pair of flared blue jeans for a put-together weekend look.

The chunky heel is sensible enough to walk around in all day without, well, dying, and the elegance of the gold signature Gucci logo is balanced out by the preppy fringe on the toe, making this a perfect choice for both the office, after-work cocktails, and pretty much everything in-between.

Gucci Marmont Pump, $870, in gold

Gucci Marmont Pump, $870, in gold

Gucci gold marmont pump

What do you guys think?  How would you style them?

xo

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Aquazzura X Poppy Delevingne

Anytime great fashion designers collaborate with coveted style icons, the end result is amazing across the board.  This season, Aquazzura and Poppy Delevingne brought their fashion forces together to create a beautiful collection of sandals and boots inspired by the bohemian style of her wedding in Morocco.

One of my favorites from the collection are these Midnight sandals, created with nude suede and metallic leather.  They are embedded with astrological symbols and turquoise stones, which look incredible contrasted against the shimmery gold.

Style ’em with a pair of oversized silk shorts à la Poppy (do a Pinterest search for Poppy Delevingne’s style if you’re confused), or with a flowing midi skirt to amplify the free-spirited feel of these sandals.

AQUAZZURA X Poppy Delevingne Midnight sandals

What do you think of these strappy sandals?  Would you wear them?  

xo, loves

Rest in Peace, David Bowie.

David Bowie was an incredible fashion icon and so much more.  In honor of his very sad passing this past Sunday, here is a throwback to a post made way back when Trends & Tribulations was in it’s infantry, highlighting the actor, singer, songwriter, producer, and painter as a fashion inspiration.

 

Unlikely Fashion Inspiration: David Bowie

“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.”

-David Bowie

Rest in peace, David Bowie.

 

The Best Fendi Buggy Street Style Snaps of 2015

Fendi’s buggies have been a huge hit since making their debut a couple years ago.  Since then, they’ve expanded beyond their initial start as a playful bag accessory and made their way into clothing, shoes, and pretty much everything else in between.

Spotted at Milan Fashion Week.

Spotted at Milan Fashion Week.

Check out these darling street style pics of the best Fendi looks of 2015.

Model arrives at the Fendi show during the Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 on September 24, 2015 in Milan, Italy.

Model arrives at the Fendi show during the Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 on September 24, 2015 in Milan, Italy.

Caroline Vreeland and Shea Marie.

Caroline Vreeland and Shea Marie.

Leaf Greener & her Fendi buggy keeping her Hermes bag warm.

Leaf Greener & her Fendi buggy keeping her Hermes bag warm.

Street style featuring the Karlito buggy.

Street style featuring the Karlito buggy.

Backstage at Fendi Spring 2015.

Backstage at Fendi Spring 2015.

Fendi buggy on a Miu Miu bag.

Fendi buggy on a Miu Miu bag.

Chiara Ferragni at Milan Fashion Week.

Chiara Ferragni at Milan Fashion Week.

Fendi buggy on a Prada bag at Paris Fashion Week.

Fendi buggy on a Prada bag at Paris Fashion Week.

Olivia Palermo wearing Louis Vuitton Sofia Coppola Satchel Bag, Gestuz Contrasting Sleeveless Coat, Westward Leaning Voyager 9 Sunglasses and Fendi Fur Buggie in Lucky Look.

Olivia Palermo wearing Louis Vuitton Sofia Coppola Satchel Bag, Gestuz Contrasting Sleeveless Coat, Westward Leaning Voyager 9 Sunglasses, & a Fendi Fur Buggie in Lucky Look.

The most coveted bag buggy of them all, featuring the one & only Karl Lagerfeld.  Spotted at Fendi's runway show in Milan.

The most coveted bag buggy of them all, featuring the one & only Karl Lagerfeld. Spotted at Fendi’s runway show in Milan.

Milan Fashion Week street style.

Milan Fashion Week street style.

Fendi buggy on a Fendi bag, photographed by Tommy Ton.

Fendi buggy on a Fendi bag, photographed by Tommy Ton.

Veronica Ferraro at the Fendi Bag Bugs event in Milan.

Veronica Ferraro at the Fendi Bag Bugs event in Milan.

Fendi heels & buggy on Hermes bag.

Fendi heels & buggy on Hermes bag.

Rocking the micro-Fendista shoulder bag & mini-Karlito

Rocking the micro-Fendista shoulder bag & mini-Karlito.

Spring 2015 Couture street style.

Spring 2015 Couture street style.

Chiara Ferragni (left) & Candela Novembre (right) wearing oodles and caboodles of Fendi.

Chiara Ferragni (left) & Candela Novembre (right) looking adorable in oodles and caboodles of Fendi.

Spotted outside Rochas.

Spotted outside Rochas.

What do you think of this trend?  Would you wear a buggy on your bag or sweater?  

Happy New Year!

xoxo

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Jimmy Choo x Moon Boot

Moon Boots were a little before my time.  So, maybe that’s why I don’t fully “get” these trendy boots, or perhaps they just need time to grow on me.  Then again, anything Jimmy Choo does I can pretty much get behind, and this collab with Moon Boots is no exception.  There is something slightly glamorous about them, as though reserved solely for beautiful, upscale winter resort destinations, such as Aspen, St. Moritz, or Banff.

Pair ’em with a cozy pair of equally fancy leggings and a matching silver coat, or with skinny jeans to balance out the look.

Moon Boot + Jimmy Choo MB Buzz shearling and shell snow boots, $750

Moon Boot + Jimmy Choo MB Buzz shearling and shell snow boots, $750

Moon boot jimmy choo

What do you guys think of these boots?  Would you wear them?

xo & merry christmas, loves!

8 Essential Style Tips Petite Girls Need to Know

As anyone who is deviates from the “average” range in apparel knows, it’s difficult to find things that will fit perfectly.  Being 5″2, I’ve struggled with finding things that actually fit right without having to enlist the help of a tailor for each item purchased.  Jeans, skirts, and sleeves are too long or too short…a maxi skirt will never fit you if you’re under 5″5…and seriously, what is up with “Petite” or “Short” jeans?  At 5″2, they have always looked like capris on me, making me wonder how short are the people they were created for?

Here are 8 shopping tips for my fellow shorty’s.  Or shawty’s.  Or, as my auto-correct would like to believe,  shanty’s (although I have no clue as to what shanty’s are).

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Now that you know what to look for when shopping, here are my top picks of where to shop for petite clothing that fits perfectly:

Moderately-Priced Brands:

Express, J. Crew, Anthropologie, and Ann Taylor LOFT.

Contemporary/Bridge:

Theory, BCBG, J. Brand (I actually love their petite-sized denim!).

Do you have any petite styling tips or favorite shops to add to this list?  Share in the comments below!

xo