What’s Trending: 5 Must-Have Fashion Week Worthy Accessories

One of my favorite things about fashion is the quirky, eclectic pieces that you find.  It has been said that people shop for items to wear at Fashion Week all year long, but I find it’s more fun to try to combine those conversation-starting pieces with classic basics to achieve a fashionable balance any day of the year.  As a bonus, when Fashion Week does come around, you have an arsenal of tried and true pieces in your closet to throw on- saving you time to try that mohawk braid you’ve been eyeing on Pinterest for months.

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Piers Atkinson Tropical Flamingo Headband, $230

Piers Atkinson Tropical Flamingo Headband, $230

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Ashley Pittman Samaki bronze & horn earrings, $395

Ashley Pittman Samaki bronze & horn earrings, $395

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Anna-Karin Karlsson Tropical Swarovski crystal-embellished sunglasses, $1,010

Anna-Karin Karlsson Tropical Swarovski crystal-embellished sunglasses, $1,010

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Vika Gazinskaya Printed brushed-satin and silk-blend cloque dress, $3,540

Vika Gazinskaya Printed brushed-satin & silk-blend cloque dress, $3,540

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Charlotte Olympia sunny metallic patent-leather & PVC clutch, $895

Charlotte Olympia sunny metallic patent-leather & PVC clutch, $895

What do you think of these unique items?

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What’s Trending: Bright Shift Dresses (Under $100!)

Bright basics are a springtime staple, and are versatile when paired with black and neutral colored basics.  Shift dresses are easy to thrown on under a leather jacket and bright matching heels, and also look great on their own for a night out. 

Check out these top picks under $100 below!

Bright Shift Dresses Under $100
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
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What’s Trending: Springtime Colours

Spring is in the air, and what better way to express it than in your wardrobe?  Pastels and bright florals are always a great complement for pretty spring dresses and jackets.

Check out the mood board below to get inspired!

 

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Elie Saab fragrance
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Tom Ford nail polish
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What are your favorite Spring pieces?

What’s Trending: Lace-Up Sandals Under $100

Lace-up sandals are a fun, sexy way to dress your outfit up or down, and are also a comfortable option for this warmer weather.  They elongate your legs, and add a unique element to your look.  Wear them with a bodycon dress, or with a pair of cropped boyfriend jeans for a casual day out.

Here are 6 pairs of chic lace-up sandals under $100:

Lace-Up Sandals Under $100

Which are your favorite type of lace-up sandals?

Style Tips: Update Your Wardrobe with Stripes

Update your basic stripes with these styling tips to create an effortlessly unique look.

Make Your Style Easier: Stripe Hype

Or, pair stripes with florals for a feminine, clean-cut look.

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Or, try styling different striped pieces together.  As long as you keep the color palette under 4 different colors, it will work to create a fashionable ensemble.
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What’s your favorite way to wear stripes?

What’s Trending: The 6 Raddest Round Sunglasses Under $100

It’s becoming closer and closer to the sunshine season, and that means sunglasses are an absolute staple.  Personally, I’m a huge fan of round sunglasses, as well as cat-eye styles, as they look great on all face shapes, and add a fashionable look to any outfit.

Check out these top picks you can find for under $100:

The 6 Raddest Round Sunglasses Under $100

 

What are your favorite types of sunglasses?

Guest Post: Swimwear (for Moms) To Flatter Your Shape

Trendy Swimwear Designs For Moms

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Having children is one of the most joyous moments in life, but it comes with its share of drawbacks, and not just the lost sleep. Chief among those obstacles is the alteration, often permanent, to mommy’s figure. But rather than hiding away in the shadows, women are proudly rocking their newly minted mom bodies, and rightfully so. Summer’s uniform—the itsy bitsy swimsuit—shouldn’t stop them in their tracks.

If you’ve got kids, whether fresh from the oven or three years into high school, and you’re dreading the coming warm weather, never fear. Designers, once so dismissive of alternate body types, are now courting body diversity and offering every shape and size an opportunity to look fabulous and feel great. Already have invites to pool parties and beach days? Here are some of the best trends in swimwear for chic ladies who just happen to parent on the side.

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Not a mom? That’s ok; these styles look scorching on everyone.  I’m particular to the retro look, but there’s definitely something for everyone.

First off, everyone needs to invest in vintage-inspired fashion.  With the ongoing obsession with mid and high-rise waists on pants, skirts, and even underwear, it should come as no surprise the fashion is translated for swimwear too. This is a major boon for women with a paunch, aka “mommy tummy,” who want to camouflage their belly.

Mara Hoffman,

Mara Hoffman, Top $132, Bottom $132

Check out the geometric two-tone bandeau bikini above by Mara Hoffman. The strapless top shows off well-shaped shoulders while corralling the bust. The bottoms are playful and forgiving, with full coverage on the rear and that high-waist style everyone adores.

Norma Kamali, Top $215, Bottom $175

Norma Kamali, Top $215, Bottom $175

Another sophisticated yet wearable example of retro bikinis is the ruched two-piece halter combo from Norma Kamali, shown above. The pistachio-colored top inspires ice cream dreams while the flattering skirted bottom hides a whole host of issues, without ever looking like a swimsuit for trouble spots.

Keep reading after the jump for more stylish options!

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What’s Trending: Black & White

Black and white are my two favorite colors (besides pink…).  Why?  Because black encompasses all colors, and is a classic color that will never become outdated or be last season.  And white, because all colors are created from it, and, similarly, it will never go out of style.  I especially love how the combination works in clothing and interiors, and can be blended seamlessly and interchanged with any other hue to create an ultra chic look.

Black&White Inspiration

What are your favorite colors to pair with black & white?

What’s Trending: Men in the Fashion Industry

Men in the fashion industry

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Fashion blogging has exploded over the last five years, giving unprecedented access to the fashion industry for people from all walks of life. Writers and stylists can become celebrities in their industry if they work hard, with big names like Susie Lau and Tavi becoming internationally recognized for their work online.

Women are reaping the benefits of blogging, but in the UK there’s a startling difference in the numbers of male and female fashion bloggers – so we asked fashion insiders to discuss what their experience of the industry has been like and how they see the future of fashion and style for men.

How do people react to your love of fashion and style?

Colin Chapman, Menswear editor at LDNFashion.com, and author of Sharpened Lead

Colin Chapman, author of Sharpened Lead

Colin Chapman Fashion journalist

“People are very disturbed by the word ‘fashion’, when I mention it to people I don’t already know, sometimes you can see they are starting to worry I’m going to judge what they are wearing, or be able to offer them random advice.”

“There are so many rules about men’s clothing, who can wear what, what can’t be worn; it’s a very rule-based culture. It still amazes me that in 2013, men wearing anything deemed ‘androgynous’ will end up in The Daily Mail as a headline.”

Fraquoh & Franchomme Lifestyle bloggers

“Today, there is a lot of prejudice when it comes to men’s style, fashion, body image and other related issues. Even though Western society has opened up a lot and keeps on doing so, there are still many people and places where style and men simply don’t go together in the respective culture’s eyes. Men’s looks are almost a complete taboo.”

“Men are taught that they have to act and look a certain way. Men who don’t act or look mighty, uninvolved, sporty, and the overall concept of “masculine” are being excluded by other men and by women too.”

What does fashion blogging mean to you?

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Alex Atkins, of Mr. Essentialist

Alex Atkins Fashion blogger

“I love meeting all types of people via the blog. It’s pretty crazy how interconnected everyone is now. I also love comments. When I’ve written something and there’s a dialogue – it just means the whole thing’s worth it.”

“I really think men are becoming more conscious of the fashion choices they make. I definitely have my favorite blogs that I keep referring to. Some are pretty unique, others are massively successful. I just think it’s good to keep searching for new things to read and be inspired by. “

“I’ve always been interested in art and design, so I guess fashion was a pretty natural ‘next step’.  I actually used to write for my college newspaper, so that’s really when I started to be consistent about the fashion thing – in my column. I started my blog.”

Jefferson Pires

Jefferson Pires, of SCHOOL BOY COUTURE

Jefferson Pires Lifestyle blogger

“There is definitely a stereotype when it comes to bloggers, and this isn’t often a positive one, but once they see my work it definitely helps dispel any preconceived notions. There is not one specific reason that I can give you (for blogging) apart from the fact that I love what I do.”

“There are a few avenues that I would like this to lead me and I love the fact that you can run a blog from anywhere in the world. I also think it’s a great way for anyone to showcase their talents whether in the fields of photography, styling or fashion. It’s definitely helped me connect with some very talented individuals and I feel like I’ve only just begun!”

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Orion Hombrebueno, of Fashion Eclair

Orion Hombrebueno Fashion blogger

“There is quite a huge number of female bloggers compared to male bloggers. I joined a network of fashion bloggers and most members are girls. It would be great to interact with fellow male fashion bloggers if there were more of them. If you go out in East London you’d see a lot of guys looking so stylish and it makes you wonder, where are the male bloggers?”

“I blog about anything that I find interesting – music, food, my friends and of course my fashion obsessions. When I blog about what I’m wearing, I want to make it an event! Even if it was just a day at the park, I want the blog post to be like a fashion event.”

“Anything can happen, with so many talents emerging. However there are so many blogs around now. Outfit posts here and there but what’s the point right? Those who make it are those who have a strong and bold view on fashion. Those who can influence and change fashion. “

Sergio Ines, of

Sergio Ines, of What My Boyfriend Wore

Sergio Ines Fashion blogger

“My girlfriend loved my style when we met and prompted me to start a blog; she is quite a successful blogger herself and thought I had something unique to share. I resisted and so she started documenting my outfits on Instagram while sharing to a Tumblr. When I saw the response and growth I felt I had to start the blog.”

“I’m not surprised there are fewer male bloggers; I think it’s directly proportional to the amount of men who have the confidence to dress in a way that allows them to express their individual style.

“I enjoy the research that goes into blogging; I make sure that I educate myself along with my audience. I also love the direct interaction with readers.  I make a point of answering any comment or question across all my social media platforms.  I think the difference between a brand and a blogger is the human to human interaction.”

What is your experience of the fashion industry?

Colin Chapman Fashion journalist

“I’ve blogging since it emerged as a platform, I liked the idea of self-publishing, but initially I was blogging about clubs, dance music, my travels and fashion was always there but in the mix. I started Sharpened Lead about the same time that the big photo blogs like The Sartorialist were emerging, and decided to hone in on men’s fashion but I’ve always been writing-based.”

“I don’t distinguish between blogging and fashion journalism, if a designer invites me to a show because they’re interested in my opinion then there’s little difference to me in whether I’m writing for a national newspaper or publishing something myself. Having said that, my business card also says fashion journalist because I want people to know I’m serious about the writing and there are a lot of misconceptions about fashion bloggers.”

Joseph Kent, of

Joseph Kent, of Unlimited by JK

Joseph Kent Street style photographer

“Women dominate the fashion blog community. I am often the only male blogger at many events I attend. I find that most men don’t have the same inclination as women to flaunt what they are wearing, or to review other people’s outfits. I suppose it is something to do with gender psychology.”

“I would certainly agree. London is referred to as the home of menswear, because much of the British menswear industry is within the capital. Savile Row in particular is argued to be the birthplace of modern menswear. However, London is also referred to as the fashion capital of the world, and there are far more opportunities in London for fashion bloggers in general, not just menswear bloggers.”

Alexis Housden, winner of London College of Fashion's Collection of the Year 2013

Alexis Housden, winner of London College of Fashion’s Collection of the Year 2013

Alexis Housden Designer

 “Menswear, especially in London, has exploded into the new era of fashion where you can be truly creative. We are once again, as we have before, trying to push the boundaries and this time it’s in menswear.”

“It’s a hard slog, especially if you are trying to start your own label. The hours are very long while you try to get your collection developed into something you would be happy to show.”

Danny Lowe

Danny Lowe, of Danny Lowe Photography

Danny Lowe Photographer

 “There are a mix of men and women, but there are especially a lot of male street style photographers in big cities. Places not as big on fashion might see it as more of a woman’s role, but all over the world in the up-and-coming cities there is a lot of it going on.”

“I like that on a day-to-day basis you are stopping people and finding out a bit about them. It is the personal bit that puts the whole jigsaw together. Obviously the clothes are a big thing in street style photography, but I like to look at the person as well. I look for someone who is a bit different. The clothes help tell the story but the person behind them make it.”

A big thank you to Rhiannon Davies for Woodhouse Clothing for interviewing these dapper gentlemen.

What’s Trending: Red Ankle Boots

Red is a bold, yet subtle color to incorporate into your wardrobe.  One of my favorite ways to include a pop of color into your everyday outfits is through a pair of boots.  It pairs with other neutrals beautifully, and adds a sexy touch to your look.  Here are 6 red ankle boots under $100.

6 Red Ankle Boots Under $100
What do you think of these picks?