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: 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?

Designer Spotlight: Coco & Breezy

Coco & Breezy (aka Corianna and Brianna Dotson) are two twin sisters from Minneapolis, Minnesota, who designed some unique sunglasses for themselves, mainly because they were super shy.

Coco & Breezy

Coco & Breezy

They went out to New York City on vacation for a few weeks, and people started stopping them on the street to buy their sunglasses right then off of the girls.  Long story short, the girls decided to make a business out of making their quirky sunglasses, and moved out to NY with a dream and a lot of determination.  Soon enough, their sunglasses were selling out faster than they could make ’em, and worn by the likes of Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Kelly Osbourne, Kim Kardashian, and Pharrell Williams, among many other celebs.

An editorial featuring their shades from the OakNYC pre-fall edition

An editorial featuring their shades from the OakNYC pre-fall edition

What I find truly amazing about Coco & Breezy’s story is that it truly shows with ambition combined with hard work, anything is possible.  When asked for their favorite quote in an interview with Jason Lee, they responded:

“I was in Bed, Bath and Beyond buying a snack and this older lady told me, “First, it’s about taking care of your health ,and second, its about being happy and true to yourself.  Then, its the money.  If you don’t have the first two things primary, then the money doesn’t matter.  Money is not what makes happiness.”
Undoubtedly, these twin sisters are trendsetters

Undoubtedly, these twin sisters are natural born trendsetters

Their sunglasses and miscellaneous other items (jackets and children’s, among others) can be found at their website, as well as everywhere from Karmaloop to Napolean Perdis.   Each collection under the Coco and Breezy eyewear range has its own story.  “20/20” collection – living in the year twenty twenty and having 20/20 vision, “Rainy Days” based on the concept of an umbrella, the literally translated collection “Wearable Art”, and “Omorose” meaning ‘beautiful’ in Egyptian.

A look at their children's collection (I'm all for raising a generation of super cool badasses)

A look at their children’s collection (I’m all for raising a generation of super cool mini-badasses)

To C&B, “Your eyewear is always your outfit and your clothing outfit is always your accessory.”  Be sure to keep an eye out for these inspiring fashionistas.

I was in bed,bath and beyond buying a snack and this older lady told me “1st its about taking care of your health, 2nd its about being happy and true to yourself and thennnnn its the money. If you don’t have the 1st two things primary, then the money doesn’t matter. Money is not what makes happiness.” – See more at: http://iamjasonlee.com/2012/07/exclusive-jason-lee-catches-up-with-coco-breezy/#sthash.X2bO1dKF.dpuf

Proof that Karl Lagerfeld Was Once A Child

Alas, here is proof that Karl Lagerfeld is not an immortal wizard who has drank the fountain of youth.  Seriously though, I am in disbelief Karl is 78 years old- he really is living proof that sunglasses make everyone look prettier and younger.  Nevertheless, in honor of his new collection KARLouflage, which can be found here on Net-a-Porter, I thought this recently released picture was fitting.  What I especially find interesting is his love for collars and the color black, even at such a young age.  I suppose that’s why they say style is eternal.

Everyone Looks 10 Years Younger in Tinted Glasses

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These fun Marni shades come in all different shapes and colors.  Sunglasses are a great way to brighten up a mundane outfit, and as Karl Lagerfeld says, “Dark glasses are like portable eyeshadow.  The world looks more beautiful through tinted glasses, and everyone looks 10 years younger.”

Weekend Wardrobe: A Day At The Beach

Life's A Beach

A perfect beach outfit consists of as little as possible, because, come on, when else do you get to rock barely-there shorts and that tattoo that never sees the sun?  A flower crown for your head looks feminine, yet unique, and is laid-back chic paired with tousled beach waves.  A crop top is easy to slip on and off, and these white studded sandals are a fashionable replacement for flip flops.