Pantone Selects Top Color of 2013: Monaco Blue

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The wait is over - PANTONE has just announced its top color for spring 2013 is indeed a shade of blue: Monaco Blue. The shade is “not a bright cobalt or sapphire blue, Monaco Blue falls somewhere in between with a shot of sparkle.”

Pantone Color Institute executive director, Leatrice Eiseman, explains that the shade "speaks to the practicality that we are seeing in society. You have to realize there is still concern out there for the economy."

The Limited Launches Designer Collaborat​ion with Vogue Fashion Fund Winner Sophie Theallet

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The collaboration between The Limited and Sophie Theallet will be available at The Limited stores nationwide and online beginning in mid-November 2012 as part of the fashion retailer’s holiday offering and extend into spring 2013.



“We are excited to bring Sophie’s talent and background to our clients. We think our clients will enjoy having a selection of Sophie Theallet designs at The Limited just in time for holiday shopping,” said Linda Heasley, CEO of The Limited.


Sophie Theallet had this to say, "I am very excited to announce my upcoming collaboration with The Limited. I design clothes to make a woman feel beautiful, and my aesthetic is luxurious and sensual with an air of nonchalance. It is a wonderful challenge to create modern clothes with these attributes at an accessible price point. Partnering with The Limited is the perfect opportunity to reach a broader market."

The collaboration will debut a dress in four color ways: Ivory, Magenta, Black, and Vermillion. Theallet also created a cardigan in four colors: midnight blue, midnight purple, brass and tangerine, as well as a belt, clutch in red, brick, eggplant and gold, and five styles of bracelets and two styles of earrings for The Limited collection. Dresses will retail for $108, cardigans for $69, bags for $59, belts for $49 and jewelry for $29. “The Look” for Holiday will be available in over 255 doors and online at TheLimited.com

Joshua McKinley Gears for Up for Project Runway All Stars

Any Project Runway fan will remember Joshua McKinley – his larger than life personality dominated Season 9. Due to his success on the Emmy-nominated season, his popularity with fans and, of course, his impeccable tailoring, technique and talent, Joshua was asked to participate in the second go round of Project Runway All Stars. Premiering next Thursday, October 25th, this season promises to be yet another shining moment for Joshua.



McKinley’s passion and personality are unmatched. On Season 9, he was certainly not afraid to vocalize his point of view and though that sometimes created controversy among his fellow designers, it won him countless fans and ultimately carried him to the finals, which gave him the opportunity to show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

McKinley, a New York based fashion designer and a graduate of The Fashion Institute of Technology, also trained at the prestigious Polimoda in Florence, Italy. Growing up, Joshua surrounded himself with the arts, mainly musical theatre productions, but was also very involved in athletics. The combination of the two directly affects McKinley’s current aesthetic, which draws heavily on aspects of both. Known for his bedazzled looks and bright point of view, McKinley has designed for private-label brands, launched his own menswear collection and designs women’s custom pieces. His dazzling energy and flare for the more ‘fun’ sides of fashion truly sets him apart.

Stay in the know by visiting Joshua McKinley on his web-site, Twitter, and Facebook.

These Crocs Equestrian Suede Tall Boots Were Made for Walking

Thursday, October 18, 2012

This fall and winter, several new styles are being introduced at Crocs. They will still maintain their budget-friendly prices, without sacrificing style and comfort. The Mammoth Flats, Berryessa Suede Flats, Equestrian Suede Tall Boots, LoPro Leather Sneakers show that Crocs has certainly come a long way since their launch in 2002.




I love just about everything about fall (the only thing I don't like is the season that comes after it) - the crisp, cool air; the changes in colors of leaves, the smell of pumpkin spice permeating in the kitchen, and the fashion! The best armor to get through the temperate season is a pair of fashionable, yet functional pair of boots.



The Espresso Women's Equestrian Suede Tall Boot Shoes ($104.99; Also Available in Black) fits that description to a tee. Not only they're fashionable and functional, but they are also comfortable enough to walk in for those long autumn walks since they're not clunky in the least - surprisingly lightweight! They're also versatile enough to dress up or down.

The strap and buckle instep accent gives these boots a nice touch of style and class!






The back zipper closure ensures on easy on/off, because just slipping boots on isn't always an easy task!



The Croslite™ is an innovative and substantial material outsole, featuring rubber outsole pods that provide traction and durability. Please note that these boots are only available in whole sizes only, please order the next size up to ensure the perfect fit if you're a half size.

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.

25% off at Lord & Taylor

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

25% off Sitewide at Lord & Taylor with coupon code: FRIENDS Exp. 10/23/12



MISS SIXTY Asymmetric Wing Collar Trench Coat, Was $175.00 Then $122.50 Now $91.88 with coupon code. | LORD & TAYLOR Short-Sleeved Cashmere Dress; Available in Heather, Bottle Green or Black, Was $240.00 Then $143.99 Now $107.99 with coupon code. | VINCE CAMUTO Farina Suede Flats; Available in Black, Pink, or Grey, Was $98.00 Then $79.99 Now $59.99 with coupon code.

The Elisha Leopard Pumps Are the Cat's Meow


Hendrick Brun is a self-taught designer, who got his start working as a computer tech at a women's footwear firm. Unique designs with an East Coast sophistication best describes Hendrick Brun shoes.




A fabricated childhood princess, such as Cinderella, proved how one pair of shoes can change a woman's life, Rachel Weisz claimed in a Lucky Magazine interview that shoes have helped her get into a better character for her movie roles, and Marilyn Monroe stated it best: "Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world." Women of all walks of life can easily agree upon this statement.

Shoes are not only viewed as something that protects the feet, but they reflect a woman's personality that most men will never try to fathom. Shoes don't just define one's personality, but they can easily change the way we walk and our posture, and our posture can improve the way we view ourselves. How we feel about ourselves usually subsequently motivates our behavior. There is a significant difference in one's attitude between walking in pumps or boots or simply flip-flops and flats.



The Elisha Leopard Pumps ($139.95; Also Available in Black or Dalmation) are not just any pair of leopard print pumps, because they are fierce in more ways than one. The designer took them a step further by adding black fabric on each side of the pumps, and then putting a leopard print stripe at the rear. The collar-esque upper back features grommet detailing on each side. These heels beautifully represents what Hendrick Brun does best.



These shoes can practically make any outfit un-boring, whether you're wanting to give that "little black dress" a whole different meaning or just add flavor to a bland outfit. I know that these heels are my go-to shoes for almost anything. I love the style, fit, and the confidence that they ensue!

Connect with Hendrick Brun via Twitter and Facebook.



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The "It" List - SODIAL Lady Corset Cinch Leather Waist Band Sash Belt

Tuesday, October 16, 2012



One of the most essential accessory that every woman should have is a belt. It's a basic, yet versatile staple for various occasions. I'm not just talking about any belt. The SODIAL Lady Corset Cinch Leather Waist Band Sash Belt can easily turn an ordinary dress or long sweater into something to fawn over. To top it off, it's only $3.28 and ships for free! Please keep in mind that the price is subject to change without prior notice.

Music is Fashion's Muse



I have an inextinguishable love for fashion and music. The two may carry a different note, but they share the same tune since both are considered as art. Music will always be fashion's muse. Countless of musicians and bands have set the trend in fashion, decade after decade. Let's discuss:



Teddy Boy: In the early 50s, a lot of young British men sporting the "Teddy Boy" look wore long jackets, thick crepe-soled shoes, winklepickers; high-waisted, slim "drain pipe" trousers, and slim ties. They danced and listened to skiffle and jazz music, but it wasn't until the mid-fifties that they associated themselves with the Rock and Roll scene after the film Blackboard Jungle was released. They started listening to musical artists, such as Bill Haley & His Comets, Eddie Cochran, and Elvis Presley.



Shortly after that, many young men started adopting Presley's look: slicked back hair style, long sideburns, and loose, unbuttoned shirts with their collars upturned. On the other hand, many women were solely inspired by ladies on the silver screen: Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Jayne Mansfield, and Sophia Loren.



British Invasion: Fashion was swinging in many directions during the early and mid-sixties. British rock bands, such as The Kinks, The Hollies, The Animals, The Zombies, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, and The Who inspired the mod look. Mary Quant, British fashion icon and Welsh designer, created the iconic mini skirt. She drew inspiration from the vibrant and youthful attitude that was permeating during this time. You can also give her extra credit for patterned and colorful tights that she created to accompany the miniskirt.


Hippie Revolution: 1967 (also known as the "Summer of Love") - 1970 was the highlight years of the hippie movement. Men and women were listening to Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Frijid Pink, The Doors, Grateful Dead, to name a few. They adopted a laidback, yet fun-loving, vibrant look that exuded love and peace - tie-dyed shirts, flowing caftans, bell-bottomed jeans, sandals (women loved going barefoot, too), headbands, and work shirts. The Beatles even took a psychedelic turn with their music and fashion sense.



Disco: Donna Summer, Bee Gees, Gloria Gaynor, Abba, KC & the Sunshine Band were the top artists of the disco era. It was all about wearing clothes that were snug, colorful, and shiny. Big hair signified flair and rebellion. Platforms were also the thing - the bigger, the better. And don't forget hot pants! Mini skirts and dresses were more popular than ever, as well as the maxi dress and the jersey wrap dress, which was created by Diane von Fürstenberg in 1972. The jersey dress was easily transitioned from office wear to nightclub wear.

Glam Rock (also known as glitter rock): During 1972–1974, fashion was inspired by wildly flamboyant make-up, clothes, shoes, and hair donned by glam rock stars: David Bowie, T.Rex, Jobriath, Roxy Music, New York Dolls, and Lou Reed. It came to an abrupt end in 1976, but still influenced music and fashion genres: glam metal, punk, gothic, and New Romantics - looks that spontaneously revive every now and then since the 90s.



Punk: By the mid-70s, glam rock and disco were quickly shooed out the door with a vengeance, replaced with The Clash, The Ramones, Sex Pistols, and many others. This was the most hostile and anarchic movement. Clothes were usually bought from thrift shops and were destroyed and refashioned in a "rough" manner that would garner the most attention; torn t-shirts, ripped jeans, and leather jackets that were worn and torn. However, punk fashion originated in London from esteemed designer Vivienne Westwood and her partner Malcolm McLaren. Her partner is credited to dressing The Sex Pistols.

The creation of MTV took fashion to a different level, yet was just as tacky as the 70s in regards of fashion, not music. Fun, yes, but still tacky. Pop, dance, New Wave music usually dominated the airwaves. Men were more flamboyant with their make-up than they were in the early 70s: Klaus Nomi, Boy George, Robert Smith of The Cure, Philip Oakey of The Human League, and Prince (he started out in the late 70s, but he truly blended in, yet stood out at the same time in the 80s). Michael Jackson set a plethora of trends. It was all about the hair, too, especially with glam metal bands (also known hair metal bands) and musicians: Quiet Riot, Mötley Crüe, Lita Ford, Cinderella, Twisted Sister, Guns N' Roses, and Bon Jovi.



When Madonna came along, music was forever changed by the way it was made and performed, on stage and in the videos. She also changed the attitude and the way society viewed women. She received worldwide recognition (good and bad) when she came out with Like a Virgin in 1984. She sparked even more controversy when she performed the song the first time at the first MTV Video Music Awards (VMA). She was standing on top of a giant wedding cake, wearing a wedding dress and white gloves. To top it off, she started blatantly rolling on the stage.

Grunge: This movement emerged in Washington (mainly Seattle) in the mid-eighties, but truly didn't reach its peak until the early 90s. It drew inspiration from indie rock, hardcore punk, and heavy metal. Lyrics are ridden with angst and apathy. Grunge musicians were known for their unkempt appearances. The best examples would be Courtney Love (Hole), Kurt Cobain (Nirvana), Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees), Alice in Chains, Mudhoney, and Pearl Jam.



The duo behind Nina Sky represent two style architypes; the "New York City Girl" and the menswear inspired "boy meets girl" look. In honor of ORGNL TV, Stoli asked them to share their music and fashion inspirations:

How do you think music/artists influence fashion trends?

Majorly, people love to listen to music and keep up with their favorite artists, from their latest videos to what they're wearing... So of course it would influence fashion trends. Also, music inspires creativity and fashion designers are artists in their own right. I think the music they listen to ultimately helps set the tone and theme of their collections. - Nina Sky

Listen & Download the exclusive Nina Sky track for ORGNL.TV by Stoli!




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Fall Fashion Trends

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Fall Fashion Styling Tips

As the weather starts to cool down, cozy textures and warm colors become wardrobe essentials for the fall. But, it’s easy to drown in a pool of earthy colors and layers of baggy comfy sweaters. Don’t let that happen to you! Fall into this seasons coolest trends with the following tips provided by Fashion Designer and Trends Expert, Claudia Patel, which will have you looking chic and sharp throughout the fall season.

Emerald Green



Fresh, bold colors have been a big hit as of late, including eye-catching jewel tones. “A big fall trend this year will be Emerald Green, a bright shade of a deep green. It’s the perfect way to transition into cooler weather and stand out in a sea of neutral tones,” says Claudia. Accessorizing with a hint of sparkle can also make it versatile for an easy day-to-night outfit!

Faux Fur Vests




Prints



Bold colors are striking and exude confidence, clearly a trend that has dominated several seasons, along with prints. This season, think contrast to set your look apart from others. Pair prints with monochromatic pieces to help accentuate and compliment those basic, earthy tones. Pair a leopard-print scarf with red skinny jeans. Experiment with colors and patterns. Make fall fun!

Fringe Booties

Fall is definitely fringe-friendly, so why not try a versatile fringe bootie and pair it with a cute dress or skinny jeans? Claudia adds, “This trend could take you right through winter this year, but I’m predicting a fall appearance. So cute and sure to catch on again – a great accent to any fall outfit!” Pair a cranberry hued fringe boot with your favorite jeans, a killer cream blazer, and voila – the perfect fall look!

Living Royal Review and Giveaway

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Prize: One winner will receive a $75 gift certificate from Living Royal.


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Living Royal started out as a gift shop that sold fun and quirky gifts, but they decided to venture into the world of fashion as well. Their site entails luscious fabrics, high-profile lookbooks, and eye-catching designs that easily caters to women of different walks of life - age, shape, and size. They guarantee that no one's look will be edgy and awesome as yours!


Queen Victoria unknowingly made fashion history in 1837 when she notified the commander of the ship HMS Blazer that she was wanting to inspect his ship. The commander wanted to impress the Queen of England, so he decided to change his crew's dress code by designing a double-breasted, short jacket that was adorned with brass buttons with the naval insignia, and thus, the blazer was born.

Originally marketed as menswear, there are many types of blazers out there that can be worn by men and women. No longer viewed as a look for professionals, you can wear a blazer to the office and beyond. Thanks to its endless versatility, you can easily pull off a casually chic or effortlessly elegant look with a multitude of outfits, whether you're pairing it with a dress, jeans, skirts, or shorts.



The We Mean Business 3/4 Blazer ($35) defies traditional blazers, because it is cute, yet sophisticated, lightweight, fun, and edgy! The 3/4 sleeves (a closer look in the picture below) makes this blazer look ultra flattering on the figure since it is slimming and more feminine.



While I often admire the look of blazers of today, I'll admit that I didn't think I'd be able the pull the look off since I had never worn a blazer before, but it quickly became my favorite after I first paired it with my Crash & Burn Cherokee Dress and Jessica Simpson Nichola peep toe pumps.

My love for Living Royal doesn't stop there, because their store is brimming with quirky, yet cute and stylish clothing, such as the Angel Sleeve Lace Dress ($35), Maya Ballet Dress ($65), Lace Me Up Bow Tights ($18), Leopard Print Bow Tie Blouse ($38), Got Your Back Green Dress ($60), and Rockstar Lace Flower Print Tights ($18).

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.

The giveaway will conclude on October 30th.

Cooper Avenue

Wednesday, October 10, 2012



I wouldn't go as far as to say that I'm a "foodie", but I do enjoy trying out new recipes (you should check out my Tater Tot Casserole), whether it's something to cook or bake, and I also love eating out every now and then. I also love to travel, so next time I am visiting Miami, Florida, I will most definitely visit Cooper Avenue; a bakery, restaurant, market, and lounge. I think I've made my love for music quite evident in the past, so it should hardly come as a surprise to you that I was enthralled to learn that they have indie performances (as well as live electronica and old school hip-hop) at their lounge!

Their menu offers a little bit of everything to tantalize the tastebuds: Veggie Sandwich with Roasted Vegetables, Sherry Vinaigrette, Foccacia; Herb Fries with Rosemary Salt, Crab Cake with Sweet Corn, Grapefruit, Avocado; Veggie Brick Oven Pizza with Eggplant, Bell Papper, Fennel, Squash, Pesto; and Sautéed Mushrooms, to name a few, since they have a lit bit of everything! Also, everything is reasonably priced.



Cooper Avenue generously sent me one of the nicest tees, which features an abstract art design and their logo. I'm not a jeans and tee wearing kind of woman, even though I like both. I just don't wear them together since I usually like to pair my tees (have a collection of them) with my skirts, then adding a snazzy pair of heels for a casual, yet chic look.





They also proceeded to send me the most scrumptious chocolate chip cookie and a red striped linen napkin, which is also featured in the above picture.

Compensation was provided by Cooper Avenue. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Cooper Avenue.
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