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?

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!


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

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.



This Summer’s Hottest Swimwear Trends

The Hottest Swimwear Trends for Summer 2016

via Fashionisers

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.


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.


Kore Swim Pyramid Top, $119.00

Kore Swim Pyramid Top,

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

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?


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.




Kentucky Derby Style




Derby Attire


Derby Day - contest entry



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


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?


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!


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


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

Barbie’s Got a New Look… And It’s Totally Unexpected


With the warm weather approaching, stores are showcasing their hottest swimwear designs, and Target is no exception.  Recently, they teamed up with the iconic Barbie® doll to create a body-positive campaign.  Target asked Barbie® to model new looks inspired by Target swimsuits. Barbie® not only obliged, but added three new body types: Curvy, Petite, and Tall, and expanded the variety of skin tones and hairstyles.

The two brands collaborated to motivate women to feel great about their bodies in their swimsuits, and eliminate body insecurities.  You can shop these new dolls and swimsuits in your size here.

barbie new line

via Mattel

What do you think of these new barbies?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

xo, lovely ladies (and gents)

Your Go-To Guide for Spring & Summer 2016 Beauty Trends

Hottest Make-Up Trends for Spring/Summer 2016

We love runways! The glitz, the glam, the excitement, the everything. I’ve been working as a stylist for many years now and I still get chills whenever I go backstage with my models or when I style any of my celebrity clients (you’ve got to look good when you are in sitting in the first row). And, runways are the start of all new trends we later adore, which is an additional reason absolutely love ‘em.

Another interesting aspect of runway shows is that, while clothes are the focus of every catwalk, we can also spot the ever-evolving makeup changes presented on the runway as part of the collection. Most designers say they rarely think about makeup as a separate things to the clothes, but rather tend to make it an accessory to it in order to make the whole look be cohesive, aesthetically appealing, and to the point. Still, us who are on the other side, tend to single out things about the whole presentation and then play it up in ways they are most fitting for us.

It’s wonderful that the makeup palette is seemingly broader than ever, so there is so much for everyone! I am singling out some of my favorite makeup trends for the upcoming spring and summer and I hope you’ll love them as much as I am loving them. Enjoy!

Color me blue

Blue is currently trending and it’s not going anywhere in 2016 either. Although, this time around things are getting a bit bandit-like; Chanel introduced the look.  It’s perfect for both a daytime look, with a hint of blue eyeshadow, and a nighttime look, with a blue smoky eye.

Doll-like vibes


from left, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Moschino

For all the girls who are channeling their inner Lolita, this makeup trend is everything! No, we are not talking red, heart-shaped lips… things are more subtle this time around. This Lolita is a free-spirited doll who decided to go bohemian on her style. The exaggerated lash look was first introduced by Louis Vuitton and it was well received.  If you are daring, this is the look for your spring.

Contour me, please

With contouring being the absolute hit in 2015 (thank you Kim K!), and multiple sister-techniques emerging I am absolutely positive 2016 is going to be major when it comes to this makeup trend. Contouring, strobing, tontouring… you name it – they are all going to make your face look slimmer and your nose more defined.  Although the techniques do take a lot of time, the results are simply amazing.

Femininity re-born


Plenty designers have turned to more feminine vibes by channeling the simplicity of hairstyles, colors and makeup techniques.  Marchesa, DKNY, Oscar de la Renta, Zac Posen, Carolina Herera… they are all relying on the rich texture of reds, pinks and purples on the lips while staying faithful to the simplicity of eye makeup for contrast.  A little bit of liquid liner on the eyes or a hint of glitter are what’s going to be our major love in the summer of 2016.

Take me back to the ‘70’s

It’s getting hot! DVF made it all about curls and tropical makeup, paying tribute to the first time Diane went out and let her hair curly. Clean, healthy skin and pops of metallic blue and shimmery green on the eyes channel the easygoing and fun vibes of a summer holiday vacation.  Simply adorable!

So, which of these do you think will be your favorite vibe the upcoming summer?  Share in the comments section below!