Fashionable Fall Footwear

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Beat the heat this summer by turning your attention to your fall wardrobe. Fresh off the runways of top designers, autumn trends are leaning towards making a statement, with your feet. From boots to wedges to flats this year is about interesting additions, texture and plenty of color. While top-designers tend to set the trends, these are top fall shoe styles:

Reptile Skins

Dress up a pair of classic pumps with some texture this fall. Reptile skin pumps and boots were spotted on runways from Valentino to Anne Klein to Donna Karan. Keep your look classic and simple with a pair of reptile shoes in a neutral color. For an edgier, statement-making look, choose reptile shoes in a color like plum.

Chunky Heels

This fall is all about the heel. Ladies are turning heads with attention-grabbing, chunky heeled shoes. Stacked heels were spotted on the fall runways everywhere including Michael Kors, Fendi and Diane von Furstenburg. From platfoem sandals to knee-high boots are getting a chunky heel makeover this year.

Suede and Satin

Suede and satin finishes dress up any look. Satin and suede shoes are not ideal for daily wear; after all they have a tendency to stain in water. These luxurious fabrics dress up basic pumps. They are perfect for a night out on the town, or that fancy work event.

Michelle Obama's Olympics Dress

Monday, July 30, 2012

Donning the Tracy Reese Gingham Midi Dress ($385 at Nordstrom), Michelle Obama looked flawlessly chic. Country gingham checks pattern the full skirt of a breezy frock topped with a dotted, pintucked, sleeveless bodice. A grosgrain-ribbon waistband pulls the style together.

Vans Women's Classics Stylist Dinner

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Television personality Whitney Port wore a Whitney Eve dress, Bits and Bobs by Whitney Eve necklace, Iro jacket, Topshop clutch and Pour La Victoire shoes.

Akeelah and the Bee star Keke Palmer wore a Krisa Double Layer Tube Dress ($180 at Revolve Clothing), ShoeMint Diane Wedges in Cognac, and Chibi Jewels Long Golden Gringe Earrings with Gemstone Accent.

Project X actress Alexis Knapp wore the Blaque Label High Neck Open Back Dress in Black and the Kate Frances Evelyn Blazer in Swan ($308 at Boutique to You).

Wearing White in the Summer

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

One of the biggest fashion conundrums for women everywhere is how to wear white properly. Wear it the wrong way, and it can be unflattering; wear it the right way, and you’ll have yourself wondering why white isn’t your go-to color! Below, Haesu Kwon, designer of Tamasha Knit, shares her favorite white options for summer and how to wear them well.

Oversized Chic

While some oversized white sweaters can appear boxy and hide the figure of the woman underneath, this piece from Tamasha’s spring and summer 2012 collection features delicate black piping that acts as a streamlining agent, slimming the overall look significantly. During summer, pair these with white or black shorts and a wedge heel for a put-together yet sporty feel.

Bottoms Up

How does someone who isn’t model-thin pull off white jeans? It can be difficult, but any fashionista knows that as long as you have the fit nailed, you can wear any style you desire. For curvier girls, choose a shaped waistband that is longer in the front than in the back, keep the front of the pant uncomplicated, and go for boot cut as the most flattering choice. Keep your top basic, and add a colorful pump to make your casual outfit worthy of a night out. And what about the infamous undergarment issue? Stick with nude shades when wearing any white bottoms.

Pop of Color

Can you wear all white? Of course you can – as long as you throw in a pop of color! Wearing white pants and a white top may seem boring; but there is nothing more chic than a natural-hued outfit topped off with one bright item. Pairing an all-white look with a vibrant blazer or cardigan will make your look stand out. If you’re going for a head-to-toe white style, throw in some show-stopping accessories, like colored shoes or a bright bag to increase your fabulous factor.

Dress It Up

While some people don’t realize, there are certainly different shades of white, and it’s important to choose one that complements your skin tone; especially when it comes to a dress. Women with cool skin tones look great in bright white, while those with warmer tones should opt for just off-white. Another important dress tip: examine your dress in a well-lit area to ensure that it is not see-through, and wear undergarments that match your skin’s color.

Alex Frnka in Blaque Label

Monday, July 23, 2012

Alex Frnka was wearing the Blaque Label Tulip Dress in Blue/Green ($136 at Boutique to You) while attending the 2012 Staples for Students Teen Choice Awards After Party at The Globe Theatre at Universal Studios in Universal City on Sunday, June 22nd. Alex currently stars in the new MTV series The Inbetweeners.

Colorblock chic, this wrap front tank dress is figure flattering with strategic pleats and a cinched waist. A gorgeous silk drapes on the body for a perfect summer time number. For some extra color, just add a belt!

Crash and Burn Review

Friday, July 20, 2012

Crash and Burn is a line based in Los Angeles. Inspired by American rock-and-roll and the lifestyle that comes with it, the foundation of Crash & Burn Apparel was built on devotion for music. Music and art is the essence of the brand. Interpreting the rock-and-roll lifestyle into creative designs, Crash & Burn has distinguished themselves with their novelty washes, intricate artwork, high quality fabrics, and made in the USA apparel.

Crash & Burn’s Fall 2012 Collection, labeled “Dark Romance” is old-world European meets rock-and-roll. Drawing inspiration from Lisbeth Salander, the Catacombs of France and a touch of black magic; Dark Romance conjures up imageries of candle lit stone archways and fortune telling lore’s once lost. Crafted with vegan leather and the utmost blends of supima cotton, the collection inherits the edgy graphics, novelty washes, and hardware that can be found in every Crash & Burn Collection.

Christina Milian was spotted wearing the Cherokee Dress ($88) on The Hollywood Reporter. Available in Pistachio and Black.

I received the Parkman Pants ($62) made of 100% rayon with elastic waist. I admit the material is very soft, and the pants are so comfortable with a flawless fit. You can evoke a world beat vibe by wearing these Parkman Pants, available in Steel Teal Tiger or Smokey Ombre.

Disclosure: The item(s) in this review was provided to the reviewer for keeps and the purpose of writing a review. This in no way effects the quality of the review provided. No monetary exchange occurred in exchange for the writing of the review. The views expressed in this review are strictly that of the reviewer. All reviews provided here are the work of the reviewer and remain completely unbiased.

Having Fun Under the Sun with Essential Swimwear

Thursday, July 19, 2012

After becoming thoroughly discouraged every season as the founder searched for the perfect swimsuit, she decided that it didn't exist. She was frustrated with expensive prices, wrong fits and the hassle of searching online for hours. Having some sewing experience, the thought came to mind, "Why don't I make my own swimsuit?"

After a lot of trial and error, she was finally able to sew swimsuits that were comfortable, stylish, and flattering. She began making swimsuits for friends and family and soon the word started spreading.

She sold hand-made women's swimsuits for two years and received an overwhelmingly positive response. She gained priceless knowledge as she personally fit hundreds of women. She was able to discover their needs, wants and insecurities. With this knowledge she started designing swimsuits and now have them manufactured to keep up with demand and increase quality.

The summer season is coming to a slow, but abrupt end. This weather is indicating otherwise, because it is still hot and sweltering, almost to a point of being an unbearable temperature. When I am out and about, the only thing I feel like doing is jumping into the nearest pool to cool off. I'll admit that I'm not much of a swimmer, but I still like to hang out at the poolside and relax.

Finding the perfect swimsuit to do so is usually a different story. Hardly any woman that I know loves to go swimsuit shopping, whether they are a size 0 or 16. I know that it has always been bit of a trial and error experience for me. Thankfully, I discovered Essential Swimwear, a brand that caters to women of different shapes and sizes. They have a varied selection of vintage-esque and sexy, yet conservative swimsuits that puts you in the mind of classic stars of the heyday, such as Rita Hayworth, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, and Betty Grable.

I received the Indigo Ruched Halter Top ($36.99) and Indigo High Waist Bottoms ($18.99) during my 8th month of pregnancy. It was bit of a trying experience for me to find a beautiful and comfortable swimsuit at that stage, but I was pleasantly surprised how well these pieces fit. Not only they were flattering on my baby bump, but they also exude sex appeal without pushing the envelope. I have given my birth to my daughter since then, but this swimsuit set still looks flattering! If the summer wasn't halfway over, I'd rack up on other pieces from their collection.

Disclosure: The item(s) in this review was provided to the reviewer for keeps and the purpose of writing a review. This in no way effects the quality of the review provided. No monetary exchange occurred in exchange for the writing of the review. The views expressed in this review are strictly that of the reviewer. All reviews provided here are the work of the reviewer and remain completely unbiased.

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Meet Little Miss Fashion Fling

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

4 Must-Have Items to be Crowned Office Fashionist​a

4 Must-Have Items to be Crowned Office Fashionista

Tossing your old wardrobe isn’t the answer to starting fresh, whether looking for a new job or updating your current daily work attire for a confident new you this year. Early morning styling sessions would not be complete without must-have fashion staples, and I am not talking office supplies, that take your look to a whole new level. Here, Fashion Designer and Expert Claudia Patel provides four must-have items to compliment your personality and exude confidence at work; giving you just the right amount of sass to stand out from the crowd, yet professional enough to make it known that you are here to leave a mark.

Power Pumps

Lead your team with your best shoe forward— the perfect power pump. To draw the right amount of attention to your shoes, be sure to consider contrast when selecting your daily work attire. Go bold— but steer clear of loud patterns. Black is a sleek look for the office, but also experiment with hues. Bold colors are a great way to stand out, in a good way. Remember to always keep it professional.

Blazing Blazer

Corporate casual has a whole new meaning in the workplace, but dressing down does not mean walking away from your chic appeal. A statement jacket is that perfect piece to dress up your casual Friday look. Pair a slim fitting blazer with skinny jeans for a chic ensemble. Pair a solid colored dress with a bold jacket and make your outfit pop. Celebrate your femininity with flared skirts and dresses, in appropriate lengths complimented with a fitted jacket for a polished look at work. Take your look from day to night by removing your blazer for dinner and drinks after hours.

Pencil Skirt

A fitted pencil skirt brings confidence and femininity to your work wardrobe. Tuck in a simple conservative blouse to show off your curves elegantly. Make sure you wear heels to lengthen your legs for that perfect symmetry. Experiment with different hues, textures and complimentary colors to reflect your personal style. Pair a black pencil skirt with a bright top or vice versa.

Statement Bag

Structured statement bags are any career girl’s trump card. Big statement bags really pull your overall look together, whether you are going for chic and sophisticated to creative and fun. Pair a basic black power suit with a bright bold or patterned bag. Everything right down to the bag you carry to work needs to have some form of structure to look sleek and polished. Leave your cute hobo bag for the weekends. Invest in a large structured neutral bag that will compliment any outfit. Steer clear of glitter bags for the office. For a hint of sparkle, turn to jewelry instead.

Johnny Cupcakes and Junk Food Clothing Present the Tastemakers Truck Tour

Johnny Cupcakes and Junk Food Clothing announce the Tastemakers Truck Tour, a collaborative series of ice cream themed events and t-shirts. Debuting in New York City July 27th-28th, The Tastemakers Truck Tour will continue its journey through San Francisco and Los Angeles during the weekends of August 4-5, and August 11-12, respectively. The collaborative line of apparel will be exclusively presented and sold via ice cream truck in these popular city neighborhoods, with exact locations announced the day of the event through twitter (@johnnycupcakes). Moreover, each city stop will offer its own unique "flavor" of limited edition product, only available for sale that specific date. These limited-edition products will arrive in collectable ice cream inspired packaging, and free ice cream will be given out with every purchase.

Johnny Cupcakes is known for their engaging and thematically driven bakeries, where they "serve up" pop-culture inspired t-shirts with a culinary twist and is delighted to partner with Junk Food, the "Original" vintage t-shirt company, reinterpreting classic American icons, characters and brands with their signature approach. Johnny Earle, A.K.A. Johnny Cupcakes, stated "It has been an honor to have Junk Food reinterpret some of our classic designs with their 'vintage' touch, as well as push the design vision of the collaboration items. The Tastemaker Tour will be sure to bring the kid out in everyone!"

Junk Food came onto the scene in 1998 as the original vintage t-shirt company, creating and forever changing the premium t-shirt market. Known for its soft, comfy fabrics and witty art, Junk Food is a celebrity favorite carried throughout the top stores throughout the world. Also a licensing powerhouse, Junk Food has distribution rights to over 800 pop-culture properties across multiple categories including rock & roll, characters, movies, sports, and foods.

Buy Kate Bosworth's Vintage-Esque Dress at ASOS for Just $41!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Kate Bosworth was recently spotted in the ASOS Skater Dress In Spot Print with Belt ($41.43). Featuring an all-over spot print, a round neckline, a form-fitting top with cropped sleeves, a skinny leather-effect belt to the waist, a short flippy skater skirt and a button closure to the reverse with a keyhole opening. Designed with a fit and flare cut.

Michelle Marie in 6 Shore Road

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

E! News host Michelle Marie was wearing the 6 Shore Road Mansion Dress in Fuchsia (Regularly $168; Also Available in Royal Blue; ON SALE for $101 at Revolve Clothing) during a taping of an episode of E! News that aired on Thursday, July 5th.

"Inspired by lazy beach days, 6 Shore Road offers a collection of cover ups and after-swim separates that carry a girl from morning till after dusk. The look is sexy and forward minded, with pieces that go beyond the wrap. Instead, think jumpsuits, rompers, robes, and tunics with loads of detail in punchy colors.85% poly 12% tencel 3% spandex. Shoulder seam to hem measures approx 31"" in length. Invisible side zip closure. Removable braided leather belt. Fully lined. Dry clean only."
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