What’s Trending: The Cape Dress

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Burberry Spring/Summer 2016 Runway

Capes were all over the Fall/Winter 2015 runways, and the trend easily transitioned to the Spring and Summer 2016 runway, with the introduction of cape dresses, tops, ponchos, and sleeveless vests.  

There were robe-inspired capes as sleeves at Zuhair Murad; flowing, long capes as the trains of gowns at Guo Pei; sheer, floor-length capes worn separately over dresses and jumpsuits at Chanel; and capes as sleeves to the gowns at Ralph & Russo.  Capes infuse the class & glamour of the 1920’s into a modern look that feels new and reinvented.

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Chanel Spring/Summer 2016 Runway

Check out T&T’s top picks below and where to shop the looks.

 

This cape by McQueen is everything:

What do you think of this trend?  How would you style it?

xo

 

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Kat Maconie

Kat Maconie is a British fashion designer who started her eponymous in 2009.  She is known for her bold colors, strong prints, architectural shapes, metallic details, all infused with her signature tongue-in-cheek attitude.

With so many fun and lively designs to choose from, it’s difficult to choose a favorite, but these colorful India heels caught my eye (well, naturally…).  With embroidery detailing and a bright suede chunky heel, these sandals are perfect for a sunny Spring or Summer day.  Wear ’em with a white, blue, yellow, or green sundress for a perfect mix of playful and chic.

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Kat Maconie India Heels, $265, via Shoescribe

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What do you think of these colorful heels?  How would you style them?

xo

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

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Miu Miu

Miu Miu is totally killing it in the shoe department lately.  First, the glittery retro heels that dreams are made of, and now…  Pink, yellow, and grey color blocked cowgirl boots with their logo and KITTENS (they are always kittens, never cats, to me…) emblazoned on ’em.  These badass boots scream IDGAF…  in the cutest way possible.  Wear ’em with a pair of denim jeans and a white button up, or with an all black ensemble for a chic look that lets these boots stand out on their own.

Miu Miu Leather Boots, $1,600, via MyTheresa

Miu Miu Leather Boots, $1,600, via MyTheresa

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

xxo

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Gucci

Up until 2014 when Alessandro Michele took the reigns as the new creative director of Gucci, the label had lost some of its luster in recent times (aka: post the reign of Tom Ford).  Sure, they had maintained a luxury status due to their monogram and the loyal customer base, but essentially, it just hadn’t kept up with the ever changing world of fashion.

Alessandro Michele walking the runway at Gucci's Autumn/Winter 2016 show

Alessandro Michele walking the runway at Gucci’s Autumn/Winter 2016 show

Enough lingering on the past.  The point being, is that Alessandro Michele is a freaking genius, and he’s dolled up the fashion house real pretty since coming into office.  After his first Gucci presentation in February last year he said, “It’s been 20 years since Tom worked his magic at Gucci. The world is completely different. What women want is completely different. Amen.

After their fashion-forward September catwalk show last season, they became Net-a-Porter’s second best-selling brand.  Naturally, the shoes have become a game-changer once again, with sky-high platforms, and enough studs to officially dub them a lethal weapon.  See the almost-sold out (albeit still in pre-order) Malin Spiked Leather Sandals below, with the signature Gucci colors, and adorned with dangerously alluring details.  Style these sandals with a boxy skirt and geek-chic details to balance out the look.

Gucci Malin Spiked Leather Sandals, $1,500, via Saks

Gucci Malin Spiked Leather Sandals, $1,500, via Saks

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Gucci Malin Sandals

What do you think of these sandals?  How would you style them?

xo,

stay lovely

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

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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.

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via Mattel

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

xo, lovely ladies (and gents)

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Peter Pilotto

Bright colors and whimsical designs that tug on our heartstrings make those of us in the northern hemisphere yearn for the lazy summer days and carefree nights.  The design duo behind the Peter Pilotto label, made of Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos, capture this feeling beautifully in their new footwear offering, composed of vibrant hues and groovy (yep, groovy has been called) patterns.  Check out these blue and yellow leather and suede sandals below that are both playful and flirty.  Wear ’em with a loose-fitting, super short sundress to show off your stems whether on a resort getaway or in the heat of the summer.

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Peter Pilotto Cage Leather & Suede Sandals, $1,124

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What do you think of these sandals?  How would you style them?

stay gorgeous,

xo

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Pierre Hardy

French designer Pierre Hardy is known for making statement shoes with a unique and modern touch.  His shoes are anything but boring, as evident with his giant eye shoes and futuristic, sculptural shoes.   This pair of boat shoes are emblazoned with a detachable colorful shoelace motif, which naturally raises the cute factor by 110%.  Wear ’em with cropped, white skinny jeans or with a loose-fitting midi skirt for a chic and unique look.  And simply detach the motif for a more professional style.

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Pierre Hardy, $595

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What do you think of these funky shoes?  How would you choose to style them?

xo

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

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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!

xo

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Christopher Kane

Christopher Kane has always had a unique and daring approach to fashion since his eponymous label debuted in 2006.  His one of a kind style is clearly evident in these standout leather black boots with white stitching.  The liquid-like, dripping heel is the cherry on top of these show-stopping boots.

Wear ’em with an asymmetrical dress or skirt, or an oversized knee-length sleeveless vest and cropped boyfriend jeans.

Christopher Kane Irregular-stitching leather ankle boots, $895

CHRISTOPHER KANE Irregular-stitching leather ankle boots

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

xo