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

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).

petite shopping tips

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

What’s What: The Top Trending 5 This Week

What’s Trending this Week:

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This week marks the second week of December, which means the Christmas Hustle is on.  Check out this ultimate holiday gift guide here for last-minute gifts for everyone on your list.

2.

A random stranger caught the perfect engagement moment on camera…and by the grace of social media, the couple was able to track down the photographer and the darling photo.  Read more about this wonderful coincidence here.  Then, check out Harper’s Bazaar’s top 100 engagement rings inspiration here.

3.

pantone color of the year 2016

Pantone officially declared two colors of the year for 2016: Rose Quartz & Serenity.  Rose Quartz is a dusty rose hue, while Serenity is a soft, purplish blue, which represent the blending and blurring of gender lines.  Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, explains, “In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design.  This, [with] societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information.

4.

Scientists have finally discovered the secret to Rapunzel-esque locks: Mushrooms.  Read more about the how and why here.

5.

Pirelli's 2016 calendar includes (from left) Amy Schumer, Yao Chen, and Serena Williams

Pirelli’s 2016 calendar includes (from left) Amy Schumer, Yao Chen, and Serena Williams

Pirelli is changing things up for their annual calendar.  For their 2016 edition, they traded out their pages of sexy, provocative stars with influential and powerful women that includes businesswomen, athletes, and other world thinkers alike.  The cast includes Fran Lebowitz, Yoko Ono, and Tavi Gevinson, to name a few.  Check out the other photos and inspiration behind it here.

I hope you all have an amazing week!

xo

The Go-To Guide for What’s In & What’s Out This Season

Holiday dressing can be confusing, stressful, and not to mention simply tedious (hello, freezing cold!).  Thankfully, the folks at WhoWhatWear fixed up this easy, to-the-point guide of this season’s do’s and don’ts for your viewing pleasure.

What are your go-to rules for holiday dressing?

xo

7 Super Cool Yoga Brands You’ve Never Heard Of

7 Awesome Yoga Brands That Aren’t LuluLemon

Trends & Tribulations

While we are forever grateful to Lululemon for being the pioneers of fashionable yoga gear (because, obviously, it needed to happen…), there are so many new and exciting yoga apparel brands popping up every day.  Considering the last year’s market where sales of athletic pants equaled the sales of denim, it is really not a surprise that more and more companies are banking on the athleisure trend.  In honor of the recent article I wrote for MNYoga, here’s the skinny on the coolest yoga gear that’s (ahem) not LuluLemon.  Enjoy, loves!

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The Upside

The Upside

The Upside

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Sweaty Betty

sweaty betty

This British retailer was founded in 1998 to “inspire women to find empowerment through fitness“.  They combine innovative, feminine designs with technical fabrics.  Plus, they give super cute reusable bags adorned with their geometric logo and motivational quotes with purchase.

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Lucas Hugh

Lucas Hugh

Lucas Hugh has an emphasis on futuristic prints and high-quality, technical fabrics that feature reinforced stitching and streamlined fused seams for unrestricted movement.  The designer, Anjhe Mules, uses her fashion and swimwear expertise to cut and craft yoga wear that flatters a women’s physique, while feeling comfortable and able to stretch freely.

lucas hugh

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Alo Yoga

alo yoga

This retailer is inspired by life in the fashion and healthy-lifestyle mecca Los Angeles.  They test out all their gear on real yogi’s before putting it to market to ensure a slim and functional fit.  Plus, their color blocking is so perfect to mix and match tops and pants together.  Who knew you could feel so put together in yoga clothing?

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WearGrace

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WearGrace is yoga clothing designed for both on and off the mat.  Its creator is former art director, graphic designer, and then Director of Image for the Gucci group (creative agency for all the brands: Gucci, YSL, Mcqueen, Balenciaga, and Sergio Rossi, among others) who found yoga after a few incidences happened simultaneously, and she found herself unable to walk and lost her father and husband.  The founder, Karen Joyce, explains that her yoga practice became an analogy for her life.

weargrace is a message, a belief and an emotion.

weargrace is a message, a belief and an emotion.

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Onzie

Onzie

Onzie

Onzie was created by a 20-year Bikram yoga practician to create affordably-priced clothing that is functional, flexible, and flattering.  Their lightweight, fast-drying fabric allows you to move freely whether you are doing yoga, pilates, spinning, swimming, surfing, or running.

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Teeki

Teeki

Teeki

Clothing made from recycled plastic bottles?  This LA-based retailer creates yoga pants and tops using fabric that is spun from fibers made out of recycled plastic water bottles, then cut, printed, and hand sewn using environmentally friendly practices.  Plus, everything is manufactured in the U.S., which provides jobs to Americans and reduces their carbon footprint.  Considering it takes over 400 years for plastic bottles to biodegrade, this is such an amazing way to help out the environment and offsets the need to produce new raw materials.  All that aside, I can personally attest to how unbelievably soft and lightweight their material is, as I own at least a few pairs of their pants (just doing my part for the environment….), and oh, my, are they just daaaarling.

Teeki

Teeki

What are your favorite athletic brands?  Do you shop at any of labels featured above?

xo

The It List: The Fall’s 10 Most Coveted Bags

Bag, Borrow, or Steal:

This Fall’s most coveted handbags range from furry to fringed to equestrian-inspired styles from Chloe & Gucci.  It seems as though almost every designer came out with a cross-body bag this season of many different shapes and sizes, as well as drool-worthy clutches, totes, and bucket bags.

Read on for 10 of the most hottest bags of the season.

1.

Shrimps Damsel faux fur clutch, $315

Shrimps Damsel faux fur clutch, $315

2.

Loewe 'Barcelona' Shoulder Handbag, $2,350.00

Loewe ‘Barcelona’ Shoulder Handbag, $2,350.00

3.

Givenchy Antigona Medium Satchel Bag, $2,435

4.

Saint Laurent Monogram Small Lipstick-Print Crossbody Bag, $1,990

5.

Anya Hindmarch Valorie embellished clutch, $650

Anya Hindmarch Valorie embellished clutch, $650

6.

Burberry Prorsum Printed calf hair bucket bag, $2,150

Burberry Prorsum Printed calf hair bucket bag, $2,150

7.

Olympia Le-Tan The Ballet Lovers box clutch, $1,882

Olympia Le-Tan The Ballet Lovers box clutch, $1,882

8.

Miu Miu Madras printed textured-leather shoulder bag, $1,910

Miu Miu Madras printed textured-leather shoulder bag, $1,910

9.

Charlotte Olympia Modern Maggie embroidered crepe de chine clutch, $1,295

10.

Chloé Georgia mini leather shoulder bag, $1,090

Chloé Georgia mini leather shoulder bag, $1,090

What do you think of these bags?  Which are your favorite?

xo, loves

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: J. W. Anderson

J. W. Anderson was nominated for the Womenswear & Menswear Designer of the Year by British Fashion Awards earlier this week, penning him against the likes of Victoria Beckham and Christopher Kane.  He couldn’t be more deserving of this award, with his innovative and unique designs in both the men’s and women’s sector of fashion.  Check out these loafers created with suede, leather, and a varnished, marbled effect on the heel.

J. W. Anderson Loafers, $1,310

J. W. Anderson Loafers, $1,310

Style ’em with cropped, frayed denim & a lacey blouse, and fringed cape for a full on 70’s boho chic look.

J. W. Anderson Loafers, $1,310

Would you wear these loafers?  If so, what would you pair them with?

xo, lovelies

This Week’s Most Coveted

Pantone has officially dubbed the sultry Marsala as the color of the year.  The red wine, burgundy-esque color evokes images of its earthy roots, while exuding a refined class and sophistication.  It blends well with muted tones, as well as bold and light neutrals, as it is a universally flattering color for fashion, beauty, and interiors.  The color is also appealing to men and women alike.  The color is both dramatic and grounding at the same time.  Check out the inspiration board for Pantone’s favorite color of 2015.
Major Marsala Dresses
What do you think of the color of the year?  How will you style it into your wardrobe?
xo, loves