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The Latest Trend in Denim is White-Hot!

Sadly, white denim is a phrase that often evokes terror among even the most daring fashion gurus. I mean, for starters, it’s not even Memorial Day yet… and don’t even get me started on the danger of sitting anywhere that’s short of immaculately clean (that means no sunbathing on the lawn)! But don’t get me wrong – I’m not trying to persuade you to avoid white denim this season! When done right, white jeans are clean, sexy, leg-lengthening, and undeniably summer-festive. And of course, it goes with everything! From skinny and cropped to relaxed boyfriend styles, our favorite denim brands are embracing this white-hot trend to balance spring’s in-your-face colored jeans and whimsical printed patterns. If you’ve got the guts to rock white denim this spring and summer season, don’t bother waiting until the unnamed “fashion gods” say it’s appropriate – start rockin’ the look ASAP!

From left to right: Blank Denim Mid-Rise Flare Jeans, Genetic Denim ‘The James’ Crop Zip Ankle Jeans, True Religion ‘Cameron’ Boyfriend Jean, and Paige Denim Skyline Skinny Jeans in Optic White.

– Alexandra Gambardella

Prep For Unexpected Spring Weather With a Colorful Anorak

As much as the spring and summer trend reports and lookbooks will have us believe that the months ahead are full of nothing but sunny skies and perfectly warm weather, us fashionable realists know that your wardrobe needs to be prepared to face the unexpected while still suiting the season. I can’t speak for the rest of the world, but San Francisco is known for throwing its inhabitants for a loop despite its relatively mild weather, and luckily we can stay spring and summer-festive while still being equipped for a sudden downpour, ensemble-ruffling wind, or a chillier-than-usual June or July night. Colorful anoraks let you cover up, serving as a lightweight jacket that’ll guard against the elements, yet is still undeniably warm-weather appropriate! Short or cuffed sleeves keep the look fresh without making you break a sweat, while bomber styles and cinched waists provide a feminine yet sporty fit that’ll complement your outfit instead of just covering it up!

From left to right: Jones New York Hooded Anorak Blazer, Ali Ro Short Sleeve Anorak, and Piazza Sempione Cuff-Sleeve Anorak.

– Alexandra Gambardella

Spring Shopping Guide: Printed Skinny Jeans

Last summer, colored skinny jeans were the trend that took everyone by surprise—they were fun, budget-friendly, and easy to wear, not to mention the newest thing in denim in several seasons. For winter, colored jeans evolved into animal prints from snake to leopard to zebra. Now, for spring, denim designers have gone a step further with prints of all kinds. Pretty much anything is on the table—floral, ikat, lace, tie-dye—however there is definitely an art to wearing it. If you have long, thin legs, you can get away with almost anything, but for the rest of us, the key is looking for either an elongated, vertical print and/or a more subtle color scheme. Here are my top picks.

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Balmain has been doing printed skinny jeans for several seasons, which gives the label a head start. The print on this pair was achieved by hand with bleach and strategically placed to shape the body, hence their four-figure price tag. One of my favorite parts is the concentration of detail at the knee, giving it a knee-pad effect.



Balenciaga’s chevron jeans have a doubly flattering effect in that they layer on a naturally elongating chevron pattern in skinny stripes, further reinforcing the line. I am also a sucker for zip hems, which allow you to adjust the leg opening to your liking.

I can totally see Miu Miu’s star-print jeans on Sea of Shoes—the colors and shape seem right up her alley.  This is an example of a pair without a natural vertical line, but the scale of the print is balanced enough to still be flattering. You can tell the leg is cut well too, which helps.

More printed skinny jeans from Cheryl Shops after the jump…

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Fresh Neon Yellow Pieces From Theory!

In case you’ve been living under a rock, bright yellow is having a serious moment this spring season. But before you pass by this color trend with nothing more than a squinty double-take, keep in mind that this isn’t your garden variety lemon yellow pop of color. I’m talking in-your-face, highlighter yellow – a fresh, neon shade that forces you to come down with a serious case of spring fever, whether you’re ready for it or not! No matter if your style is funky, sporty, girly, or conservative, neon yellow serves to add visual interest and look-at-me appeal to almost any outfit – in the form of shorts, blouses, cardigans, you name it – and Theory’s got us covered when it comes to pulling off the trend without blinding your fellow fashionistas. I find that it looks most chic when balanced with neutral tones and more muted prints, as it’s a fun way to play with contrast and give your wardrobe an instant spring upgrade!

Pictured above: Duria Neon Silk Sleeveless Top, Eiryn Cotton Short, and Lindani Ombre Cotton Tank.

Save 25% off sitewide on spring styles and more at Theory, thru April 23rd.

Unexpected Pops of Mustard

 

Rebecca Minkoff Large Racy Clutch

Pictured above: Motel Sassy Sway Mini Skirt in Mustard ($68.40)

Mustard yellow has been on trendsetters favorite color lists for some time now. And it’s a surprisingly wearable color. Pops of mustard pair well with everything from bright fuchsias to pale pastels. The trick is to integrate a little bit into your outfit at a time.

 

Unexpected Pops of Mustard

These sunglasses by House of Harlow ($139) are a unique shade of yellow, yet act as a neutral. You can’t go wrong with a bright bag, to liven any outfit. Rebecca Minkoff’s Mini MAC Clutch ($195) is a classic shape and style. For a smaller does of the trend, try a yellow leather wrap bracelet ($10). Wear a single one or stack on a few to get your desired look. For clothing, a silky color-blocked skirt ($890) highlights the trend. I also love the pop of mustard on the crocheted collar of Nasty Gal’s pale cream Daisy Dress ($78).

What do you think of the color mustard? How do you like to wear it?

From our friends at Skinny Purse

A Sweet Sprinkle-Effect Manicure, Courtesy of Ciaté!

  • posted April 1st, 2012
  • Beauty

Ever since becoming quite the Pinterest enthusiast, I’ve developed an obsession with pinning all sorts of awesome nail designs. And while I’m mostly far too lazy (not to mention not nearly dextrous enough) to recreate all my creative findings on my own nails, I still can’t help but to click through to cool tutorials to see how the Pinterest pros pull it off. That said, I’ve still always wondered how certain nail art prodigies manage to create that awesome “sprinkle” effect on their nails. Do they actually pour sprinkles on their nails after slathering them in a healthy coat of lacquer? Dip them in the spill-over after a particularly messy baking frenzy? Well, our friends at London-based Ciaté have the answer, and it’s certainly much easier (and much more glamorous) than raiding your pantry! The just-released Caviar Manicure kits, available now at Sephora for $25 a pop, provide a 2-part process to achieve the editorial-worthy effect you see in the picture above (though I’d recommend sticking to just your nails – not your lips)! Available in rainbow, black, and white, this awesome nail art manicure lasts just 48 hours… but that’s 2 days of envious glances, rad-looking nails, and of course, your own collection of uploaded Pinterest pins that will definitely get you a few dozen more followers… am I right?

– Alexandra Gambardella

Swap Your Canvas Toms For a Sweet Pair of Espadrille Flats!

Maybe it’s my undying love of spring and summer footwear, or just my abhorrence of canvas Toms (love the giving-back-to-charity thing, not so much the style), but either way, I totally the love the idea of espadrille flats. I first became obsessed with the trend sometime last year when they emerged on the scene in time for Spring/Summer 2011, and clearly, they don’t seem to have any plans of fading as a fad any time soon! Through the warmer seasons ahead, the 2012 takes continue to be simple and comfy yet undoubtedly cute and feminine, allowing more active ladies stay on their feet while still looking stylish. Whether your vibe is nautical for spring, more understated for everyday, or full-on flashy, you’re bound to find an espadrille flat to suit your fancy! Sure, some of them are still a little too Toms-shaped for my taste, but for all you Toms lovers out there – I’m compromising!

Pictured above: Kate Spade Lido Flat Espadrille, Giorgio Armani Suede Flat Espadrille, Nomad Disco Espadrille Flat, and MICHAEL Michael Kors Meg Flats.

– Alexandra Gambardella

Lilac Denim Jackets Bags Oh My – The color of the season

When I think of Spring I think of
flowers and colors of flowers. One of my favorite artists is Monet for
that reason. He has done some gorgeous paintings that depict the
colors of the flowers from Spring and those colors almost always
involved lavenders, lilacs, pinks, greens, yellows, and reds. One of
my favorite colors is lilac and there is nothing better than when this
color is on trend in fashion and you can find the color in everything
from cashmere sweaters to shoes and bags. One of the must have items
this season is the colored denim pant. Of course if I participate in
the colored denim trend this season it is going to be with a pair of
lilac jeans and a pair of lilac pumps. Check out my collage. I picked
some amazing options that you will not be able to resist if you are a
lilac fan.

Get the Lilac
Short Jacket from Stylebop
for $1880.

Get these awesome platform lilac pumps for $130 from Topshop.com.

Get the J Brand
lilac jeans for $205 from Net-A-Porter.com
.

Get the Anya
Hindmarch lilac glitter clutch
now for $1,580.

Get the Madewell Biltmore Straw fedora
hat
now for $58.

Get the Betsey
Johnson glitter lilac bangle for $35 from Macys.com
.

Get the purple
satchel now for $214.86 from The Cambridge Satchel Company
.

From our friends at Shopping and Info

How High Can You Go? 3 Super-Cute High-Waisted Shorts

Unless you’re a gal who happens to have that rare and enviable ability to take on any trend and seamlessly make it her own, fashion crisis-free, chances are that the thought of rocking a pair of high-waisted shorts if a bit daunting. How high is too high? Will I look like Steve Urkel? Do these shorts make my butt look big? Not everyone has a knack for simply selecting a pair off the shelf and making them work, so I’ve rounded up a few pairs to get you started on the trend. While they’re certainly not for the girl who’s self-conscious of her curves, high-waisted shorts have some unique advantages: they can camouflage in a tummy (just like high-waisted shorts, low rise shorts aren’t for everybody, either!), they make cropped blouses wearable without sporting a bare midriff, and they allow for easy shirt-tucking if that’s the look you’re going for. Start out simple with a dark solid pair, like these J. Crew buckle shorts, or test the snaky waters with a modestly printed pair like these Wes Gordon High-Waisted Python Shorts. And once the weather really heats up, don’t forget to go for a effortlessly cool linen pair like these Paper Crown Corsica shorts!

– Alexandra Gambardella

Bold, Bright Baubles From Lydell NYC Jewelry!

With over 20 years of experience under their belt, leading New York-based jewelry brand Lydell NYC is certainly accustomed to the spotlight. With regular features in People Style Watch, In Style, Lucky, and other trend-setting publications, it’s an understatement to say that the company has established itself as a trusted source of all things fabulous. Statement necklaces, pendants, cuffs, beaded bracelets, cocktail rings, earrings, and more – Lydell NYC isn’t afraid to revamp, refocus, and innovate their line to fit the demand of the ever-changing fashion industry, while never failing to stay true to their chic sense of style. And just in time for Spring, their recent trinkets feature a festive collection of bold, geometric shapes, and on-trend highly-saturated hues that make it effortlessly easy to incorporate punched-up color into your wardrobe this season, even for those more color-shy gals who aren’t quite ready to rock a neon color-blocked ensemble or a florescent pink floor-length dress a la Jennifer Lopez. Check out the rest of the jewelry goodies on their official site!

– Alexandra Gambardella

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