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.



Funky suede boots are seriously trending right now in the fashion world, and these blue suede boots by Emilio Pucci are no exception.  With a gold colored heel, embellished with beads and luxe embroidery, and with a zodiac motif ford decoration, these bad boys are a serious statement boot.  I’d balance out these bold boots with a feminine, short, and flowy navy blue printed dress, or take the look up a few notches with a gold cocktail dress, like this one from Herve Leger.

Emilio Pucci, $5,575

Emilio Pucci, $5,575,  via Luisaviaroma

They do come with a hefty price tag, but…look at the detailing (cue dramatic ooh’s and ahh’s here)!


See?  Totally worth a few months rent.


What do you think of these Emilio Pucci blue suede boots?  What would you wear them with?

xo, loves

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Paula Cademartori

Paula Cademartori made headlines when she debuted her first collection of handbags in 2011.  Since, the Brazil-born, Milan-based designer has flourished, while staying true to her roots.  With colorful prints and designs, the Brazilian influence is strong, while the fine Italian craftsmanship of her handbags is clearly evident.

Recently, the designer made her forte into shoes.  These Lotus Lace-Up Sandals are inspired from Paula Cademartori’s Nouveau Risque bag series, as they celebrate the beautiful shape of a lotus flower.  I love the seductive lace up front, and bright colors that blend seamlessly with the neutral tan colors.  These would look ultra-chic paired with a pair of cuffed boyfriend jeans, tan button-up, and a bright purple bag.

Paula Cademartori Lotus Lace-Up Sandals, $1,053

Paula Cademartori Lotus Lace-Up Sandals, $1,053


What do you think of these sandals?  Do you prefer Cademartori’s handbags or shoes?


Hair How-To: The Low Messy Bun

Messy buns, the simple go-to hairstyle of celebrities, businesswomen, and the rest of the female population alike, look effortlessly chic and carefree.  Meet the low messy bun, a quick variation of the classic mess, yet with a new element of the same bohemian vibe.

Camilla Pihl

Use a texturizing spray (I highly recommend the cult classic from Oribe) to create beautiful beach waves.  Then, gather all your hair from behind, fold in half, and use a hair band to secure the bun.  Voila!

Camilla Pihl

Photos via Camilla Pihl

What are your favorite go-to hairstyles?

Style Muse: Happy Birthday to Mary Kate & Ashley!

Today celebrates the 28th Birthday of the It-Twins who so many of us have admired since they were in diapers in Full House.  Growing up, I idolized Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen‘s sense of style, and spent my allowance money on anything they were wearing that week (while singing to “Gimme Pizza”, of course).  It’s amazing that we are still idolizing their unique styles over 20 years later.

In honor of their fabulous style, they are today’s style muse.  Get some outfit inspiration below!


The Stylish All-Black Outfit

Mary Kate Olsen


The Dressed Up Outfit

Mary-Kate e Ashley ...
The Laid Back Outfit
Mary kate and Ashley Olsen
The Sweet, Feminine Outfit
Olsen's style (Ashley&Mary-Kate)
The Chic, Bohemian Outfit
mary kate-ashley olsen
Whose style do you prefer- Mary Kate’s or Ashley’s?

Style Muse: Kate Moss

In honor of the Topshop x Kate Moss collaboration which debuts tomorrow, I wanted to highlight some of Kate Moss’s most amazing looks.  Her signature grungy, yet structured style serves as amazing fashion inspiration.


Get the Look: Celebrity Street Style
And of course, how could we have Kate Moss as a fashion inspiration without one of her signature fur coats?
Get the Look : Kate Moss wears animal print coat
Kate Moss
Which of Kate Moss’s outfits are your favorite?

Style Muse: Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton has one of the most coordinated and well put together wardrobes around.  Her style is the epitome of “classic”, along the likes of Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, and Jackie O.  She masters the balance of chic with conservatism to create an effortless style.  And, let’s face it, anyone who can play hockey in heels is good in my book.


Royal Style
What do you think of Kate Middleton’s style?

Grunge Style Muse: Courtney Love

Girl with the Most Cake: for heidijoe

Courtney Love has a signature style that embodies 90’s grunge in the perfect and most fashionable way possible.  Yes, there may be many people who hate her, but you have to give the girl some credit- she can rock flannel like none other.  Here is an outfit inspired by the rock’n’roll princess herself.

Speaking of, have you guys checked out her clothing line Never The Bride?  It’s made of vintage she’s kept around for over 30 years- crazy, right?