5 Style Mistakes That Are Making You Look Way Older

Age is the one inevitable thing that we can’t seem to avoid.  Fortunately, we are able to express ourselves through our sense of style.  However, the last thing we want to do is make style choices that add years to our age.  Luckily, once we discover what clothing styles flatter us and which don’t, we can avoid those unflattering styles that are making you look much older.  Take these tips to keep your style vibrant and full of life.

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Sensible Shoes

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via Gemma Correll

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The Color Black

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While black clothing has always been hailed as the figure-flattering color, and works for almost every occasion, it unfortunately can make you look older.  While it does give the appearance of slimming your figure, it can also emphasize dark lines under the chin, shadows around the eyes and wrinkles on the face, according to The Daily Mail.  The solution?  Avoid wearing black in areas that frame the face, such as in scarves, hats, turtlenecks, and high-collared shirts and coats, and instead, opt for black in bottoms and in low-cut dresses and tops.  Adding a colorful necklace or scarf will help to brighten up your complexion,

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Shapeless Clothing

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Belt it, cinch it, do whatever it is you have to do to give your clothing a bit of shape to accentuate your figure.  No matter what size you are, whether you are a 00 or overweight, shapeless, oversized clothing is not doing you any favors, and is making you look much larger than you are.

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Trendy Clothing

trendy clothing

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Wrong Bra Size

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Are you making any of these style faux pas?  Do you have any style tips or any you avoid like the plague?  Share in the comments section below!

xo

Four Essential Items You Need to Wash Your Clothing With

Four Essential Items You Need To Add To Your Laundry

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Via Armelle Habib

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Baking Soda

Baking soda is harmless to the environment and has mild alkali qualities that help it dissolve grease and dirt. Baking soda can be especially helpful in areas served by hard water: Adding baking soda to a washing machine’s rinse cycle will result in clothes that are better rinsed, softer and more stain resistant.  Add 1/2 cup baking soda to top-loading machines or 1/4 cup for front-loading machines along with the usual amount of detergent to give the detergent a boost. Baking soda can help increase bleach’s whitening power so much that you’ll be able to use less bleach.

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via Apartment Therapy

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Vinegar

Like baking soda, vinegar can serve a lot of different purposes in the laundry room. When using vinegar in the laundry, use distilled white vinegar, which generally can be found in gallon jugs near the baking or laundry aisles in the grocery store.  A mixture of half water and half vinegar makes a good stain pretreatment.  Spray a little onto the stain a few minutes before washing and then wash as usual.

Vinegar  can also add a kick to regular laundry detergents. To soften a standard load of wash, add 1/2 cup vinegar during your machine’s last rinse cycle. In addition to softening, vinegar added at this time will help reduce lint buildup, and it tends to help pet owners with hair buildup on their fabrics.

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via HomeBunch

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Salt

Adding salt to your laundry helps to restore and maintain bright colors in fabrics.  Additionally, it can reduce yellowing in whites and is efficient in eliminating mildew in fabrics.  Simply shake a little into your wash for softer and brighter laundry (think Purex Crystals, minus the potentially harmful chemicals).  Just be sure to use regular old kosher salt (or sea salt), not Epsom salt.  The latter is a composition of magnesium sulfate, which will create hard water (hard water is caused by the combination of the two minerals calcium and magnesium, so epsom salt essentially makes your hard water even harder, thus having the opposite effect on clothing).

Also, placing some sea salt in a sachet and washing & drying your laundry with it will help to eliminate static cling.

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Via DecorPad

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Lemon Juice

Adding 1/2 cup of lemon juice to a load of laundry will make the entire load smell fresher.  Surprisingly, adding lemon juice to a load of whites will also whiten the load.  It also works as a powerful stain remover when combined with cream of tartar, and is especially efficient at removing sweat stains from clothing (see the cheat cheat below!).  Lemon juice is also a great air freshener.  To make your own, combine equal parts lemon juice and water in a spray bottle, and use on your apparel, on your furniture, and around your home for odor control.

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Via Buzzfeed

 

What are your favorite laundry hacks?  Do you use any of these?

xo

Get the Look: Suki Waterhouse

We love Suki Waterhouse, we love Coachella street style, and we love the Tommy Hilfiger 90’s inspired outfit Suki Waterhouse wore at the music festival.  See below for the details on how you can create the look for yourself.

 

Get The Look- Suki Waterhouse at Coachella
Do you love this look?  What are some of your favorite street style looks from festivals this year?
xo

Surprise! Alexa Chung Is Launching a Fashion Line — StyleCaster

After a solid decade of topping best-dressed lists, sitting front row at runway shows, and collaborating with brands from Madewell to Superga, Alexa Chung is (finally!) striking out on her own with a full-fledged fashion brand. Announced early this morning, ALEXACHUNG will include denim, daywear, evening wear, shoes, jewelry and permanents, a category that the press release describes as “daily luxuries” (our money’s on pieces like vintage-y soft tees and crewneck sweaters).

Edwin Bodson, formerly the head designer at Haider Ackermann, will act as managing director of the new line, and collaborate with Chung on “wearable, cool clothing you can live in and love in,” as she puts it in the release.

“After many seasons of inspiring and eye opening collaborations with some of my favorite brands, I have decided that now is the perfect time to go it alone and establish my very own fashion line,” says Chung.

Check out the full article on StyleCaster.  Do you love Alexa Chung’s style?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

xo

Happy 4th Anniversary, Trends & Tribulations!

Happy 4th Anniversary to Trends & Tribulations!

When I started this blog, I had no idea that 4 years from then, I would still be passionately writing away about my favorite fashion designers, trends, and everything in between.  The main reason for creating Trends & Tribulations was really just because I was living this new life in NYC as a fashion trend consultant, and basically, my life was centered around fashion, which meant that I wanted to talk about it 24/7, and it just so happened that my then boyfriend wanted to talk about other things once in a while (I know…it was totally nonsensical of him).

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via Shop Ban.do

Sometimes, I’m overwhelmed by how much things change.  I had no idea I would be where I am today, and, honestly, I didn’t plan my life like this.  But I couldn’t be happier, and this is exactly why I am certain that everything happens for a reason.

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via LeoandBella I love you all

I love you all, and want to give a big THANK YOU to you readers for your kind words and support.  I welcome any and all feedback, and am so happy to continue to evolve and grow.  I hope you all will continue to enjoy Trends & Tribulations for years to come.

xoxo,

Sophie

This Summer’s Hottest Swimwear Trends

The Hottest Swimwear Trends for Summer 2016

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via Fashionisers

Summer is lurking around the corner and it will be no time when we immerse our feet into the hot sand and take a swim in salty water (or at least pay a visit to your nearest swimming pool).  While the anticipation builds for all of the summer’s plans, the most important question remains: What do I wear?  Luckily, Miami Swim Week gave as pretty much a clear picture of what this swimwear season will look like, and we must admit that we are absolutely thrilled about the upcoming trends. Some trends from the last season, such as extreme cut-outs and sporty cut-away bikinis are still on the top, while we have spotted a number of new and exciting trends.

San Lorenzo's 1st Runway Show highlighting the Spring/Summer 2016 collection

San Lorenzo’s 1st Runway Show highlighting the Spring/Summer 2016 collection

Check out the latest trends below.

Long Sleeve Swimsuit

Lisa Marie Fernandez Farrah neoprene swimsuit, $415

Lisa Marie Fernandez Farrah neoprene swimsuit, $415

Spotted on Swim Week long sleeves are effectively taking over the scene. We have seen them on Belusso, 6 Shore Road, and Acacia, and we will continue on seeing them on the beaches this summer. No longer are the long sleeves reserved for surfers- now, ordinary beach visitors are wearing them, too.

Orlebar Brown Nyla cropped rash-guard top, $173

This look is a fresh take on swimwear fashion, and we salute the risk. Long-sleeve swimsuits can be found in different varieties, from sleek and sophisticated, to fun & playful.

Metallic

Melissa Obadash Sicily metallic bikini, $220

Melissa Obadash Sicily metallic bikini, $220

The beginning of the year was celebrated as the season of metallic, and there are ways for everyone to wear it. Furthermore, it is the choice of the year for weddings, so that naturally transitioned into swimwear fashion. Gottex, Belusso, and Hammoc showed us how to rock this trend (in accents or full metallic). Not only it is a great way to shine, but it will also make your sun kissed skin look even more amazing.

Sheer

Kore Swim Pyramid Top, $119.00

Kore Swim Pyramid Top,
$119.00

Remember last year’s and still present trend of cut-outs? Well, this one is a similar trend- only now, the cut-outs are covered with sheer material. The design is ideal if you want to combine your outgoing and bold personality with your more conservative side. The fabric designs are made in a way which is contouring the body, while enhancing your finest features.

High-Neck Halter

Marysia Mott Scalloped Swim Top, $143, & Bottoms, $136

Marysia
Mott Scalloped Swim Top,
$143, & Bottoms, $136

 

High-neck halter is the ultimate hit of 2016.  Halters can be very flattering for your back & shoulders. This year’s models come in a variety of styles – from sporty to pretty prints.

Animal Prints

Brigitte Animal Print Bikini, $187.33

Brigitte Animal Print Bikini, $187.33

Animal prints perhaps seem a bit ‘80s, if you ask us, but there is no denying they will be just as big now as three-four decades ago.  Safari-vibe is very chic right now, so earthy colors & jungle animal prints look best.  They will highlight sun kissed skin.  Amp up the fashion factor with an African head wrap or a simple floppy sun hat.

Long Top

Maaji 'Lakes and Rivers' Underwire Bandeau Bikini Top & Crop Top, $74.00

Maaji ‘Lakes and Rivers’ Underwire Bandeau Bikini Top & Crop Top, $74.00

If you are on the lookout for a flattering bikini that elongates your body and looks gorgeous – search no further. The upcoming season brings us the new trend of a long top – a 2016’s take on the last year’s trend of high waist. This twist on traditional bikini top is super stylish and easy to wear for different body types.

Maaji Swimwear 2016 Runway

Maaji Swimwear 2016 Runway

Though we have seen so many new fashion trends on the runway, these six innovative trends stood out amongst the crowd.  Will you be wearing any of these trends on the beach this summer?  If so, which ones?

xo

Check Out These Insanely Stylish 8 Kentucky Derby Outfits

The Kentucky Derby is happening this weekend, and even if you aren’t attending, it is still a great excuse to don a ridiculous(ly cute) hat and dress up.  Check out these adorable 8 outfits to use as inspiration for your outfit, or click on the images below to shop each item.

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KENTUCKY DERBY 2016!

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Kentucky Derby Style

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KENTUCKY DERBY 2016!

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Derby Attire

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2015: KENTUCKY DERBY 141

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2015: KENTUCKY DERBY 141

What are your favorite looks for Kentucky Derby parties?  Do you have a hat you are planning to wear?

xo

The Ultimate Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and it seems like no gifts can ever really tell the mother figure in your life how much you appreciate everything they’ve done for you over the years.  While Mother’s Day is so much more than just gift-giving, it’s a way to show gratitude and appreciation for someone who has taught us how to love selflessly through their own actions.  Check out the guide below for some unique and thoughtful gifts to give to the mother figure in your life.

 

Mother's day gift guide!

 

And if none of those spike your interest, check out these other top picks below:
Jo Malone 'Lime Basil & Mandarin' Diffuser, $103

Jo Malone ‘Lime Basil & Mandarin’ Diffuser, $103

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera, $55

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera, $55

Voluspa Santiago Huckleberry Large Glass Jar Candle, $39

Voluspa Santiago Huckleberry Large Glass Jar Candle, $39

 

Mom Life: An Adult Coloring Book

#Mom Life: An Adult Coloring Book, $11.69

 

Dolce by Dolce & Gabbana Eau de Parfum Spray for Women

Dolce by Dolce & Gabbana Eau de Parfum Spray for Women, $117

 

Kate Spade New York: all in good taste, $17.80

Kate Spade New York: all in good taste, $17.80

 

 

 

Bric's Luggage, $384

Bric’s Luggage, $384

 

SMEG 50's Retro Style Aesthetic 2 Slice Toaster, Pink, $149

SMEG 50’s Retro Style Aesthetic 2 Slice Toaster, Pink, $149

 

What are your favorite picks for Mother’s Day?

xxo

Try These 5 Easy Steps for Spring Closet Cleaning

Spring is here, and there’s no better time to welcome it than by eliminating all of the unnecessary clutter in your life.  Check out these easy tips for organizing your closet (which is recommended as the first place to start when cleaning out your home), divided into 5 tried-and-true steps.  I’ve recently been inspired by Marie Kondo’s “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”, and man, does it feel good to part ways with things that are not *sparking joy* (read that decluttering bible– see for yourself).  Enjoy!

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Are you planning on doing spring cleaning, or do you have any tips to add on?  Share in the comments section below!

xo

The Hottest Swimwear for Your Spring Getaway

Let’s get real: Nobody is going anywhere cold for a Spring getaway.  Which means, of course, that you’ll need an ultra-alluring swimsuit as a reminder to motivate you every time you find yourself debating between the gym and episodes of American Horror Story (spoiler alert: Hotel is no good.  Go to the gym.).

Check out the top picks below in all different price ranges, colors, and styles to fit every body.

 

Aguadecoco Runway Savage Halter Top, $660.00, via Revolve, &

Aguadecoco Runway Savage Halter Top, $660.00, via Revolve, & Runway High Waist Bottoms, $330, via Revolve

 

Moschino question-mark print swimsuit, $101

Moschino question-mark print swimsuit, $101

 

Mara Hoffman Printed reversible halterneck swimsuit, $240

Mara Hoffman Printed reversible halterneck swimsuit, $240

 

 

Herve Leger Brigitt and Milla bandage bandeau bikini, $810 now $324

 

Ehukai Rashguard Acacia Swimwear, $242

Ehukai Rashguard Acacia Swimwear, $242

 

Kiini Tuesday crochet-trim bikini, $286

Kiini Tuesday crochet-trim bikini, $286

 

Filles À Papa Malibu Tomboy swimsuit, $230 now $34.50

Filles À Papa Malibu Tomboy swimsuit, $230 now $34.50

 

kate spade new york 'bolsa chica' polka dot high waist bikini bottoms, $80, via Nordstrom

kate spade new york ‘bolsa chica’ polka dot top, $94, via Nordstrom, & high waist bikini bottoms, $80, via Nordstrom

 

Zimmermann Alchemy floral-print bikini, $295

Zimmermann Alchemy floral-print bikini, $295

 

Herve Leger Off-the-shoulder cutout bandage bikini, $1,030

Herve Leger Off-the-shoulder cutout bandage bikini, $1,030

 

What swimsuit styles are you loving this year?  Are you planning on going anywhere exotic?

xo, beautiful