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Get The Look: Happy Easter Home Decor

  • posted April 6th, 2014
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Credit: KnockOffDecor

It’s time to decorate for spring and what better way than to celebrate Easter.  Pottery Barn has a great selection of versatile pieces to create a gorgeous centerpiece, mantle decoration or side table display.  Start off with a white Langdon Vase made of earthenware with a distressed glazed finish.  They are available in 4 different sizes so you can find one just right for your space.  Add a faux cherry blossom branch. With it’s wire stem, it can be bent for shaping the arrangement. Then, use a set of faux eggs hanging from twine to spell out “Happy Easter” from the branches.  The set is hand painted in ivory with hand-applied black letter decals.  Finally, surround your arrangement with candles, Sisal Bunnies or any other items that make you think spring.

Five Pairs of Sexy Cage Booties That’ll Give You Spring Fever

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There’s something undeniably appealing about cage booties – several things, really! For one, they’re totally sexy without being overly glammed-up, like the happy medium between a strappy heel and your favorite trusty pair of goes-with-everything boots. Plus, unlike more fall-friendly takes on the classic bootie, cage booties are perfect for warmer weather, giving your feet some natural breathing room in the best way possible. But with so many on-trend options, how does one even know where to start? Well, for your perusing pleasure, I’ve rounded up five pairs of cage booties (including both dressy and casual versions) that’ll suit any budget, and most importantly, get you geared up for the spring season ahead! Browse away, courtesy of the links below!

Pictured above: MICHAEL Michael Kors Yvonne Bootie, Franco Sarto ‘Salito’ Bootie, Sam Edelman ‘Ellie’ Cage Peep Toe Bootie, Jeffrey Campbell Brianza Shoe in White Patent, and MIA ‘Sherri’ Bootie.

Spring Forward with Smashbox MEGA TINT

  • posted April 27th, 2013
  • Beauty

Spring is the perfect time to test out a new lip tint. The low maintenance, sheer colors are easy to tote in that new spring purse and look great with all your new ensembles.  Smashbox just launched there first ever lip tint and it is just in time for the new season!  MEGA TINT by Smashbox is a lusciously long-wearing lip tint full of color that really pops.

The innovative new formula saturates lips with perfect color every time.  Intense and hydrating lips they are all gorgeous shades ranging from a peachy rose (Whirl) to the high-impact bright pink Punch color.  MEGA TINT comes in shades like Mulberry, a soft plum hue or cherry red Cerise.    On trend for this season is soft coral color Mimosa and a pretty in pink Nude.  All colors are moisturizing, work on everyone and provide long-lasting color that is just the thing to ring in spring.

MEGA TINT is available at Smashbox.com.

White Snake Pieces Ready to Slither into Your Spring Wardrobe

Okay, so it might not yet be the “appropriate” time to break out your white apparel…. but fashion rules were meant to be broken, right? And spring’s latest spin on the risky shade is hard to pass up! White snake (no, we’re not talking about the rock band) is proving to be white hot for the season ahead, cropping up in the form of bags, shoes, sunglasses and even coated denim! The snake-y texture gives your traditional white pieces a more luxe, elevated feel, and the solid white makes these stylish accessories a lot easier to coordinate with the rest of your spring wardrobe than more contrast-y python prints. Browse some of my favorites in the links below!

Pictured above: Linda Farrow Snake-coated Cat Eye Sunglasses, BCBGeneration Nadia Snake Embossed Clutch, 7 For All Mankind The Skinny Metallic Snake-Print Jeans, Topshop Zippy Backpack, and L.A.M.B. Camryn Pumps.

- Alexandra Gambardella

Spring Trend Alert: Distressed Boyfriend Jeans

Girly-girls may try to avoid it, but there’s no use denying it – the tomboy chic trend is very much alive for Spring 2013! From colorful oxfords to oversized blazers and plenty of button-down shirts to half-tuck to your heart’s content, menswear-inspired and boyfriend-style apparel is squeezing its way into our warm-weather wardrobes this season. After all, in a season traditionally dominated by delicate florals and feminine trends like flouncy skirts and floor-length maxi dresses, it’s refreshing to break things up with a little boyish attitude. Not convinced? The newest influx of distressed boyfriend denim is bound to make a boyfriend-wear convert out of anyone! The perfect mix of on-trend and effortlessly cool, this laidback denim trend is not only stylish, but it’s ridiculously comfortable to boot. The key is to pair them with more polished pieces – think a pretty blouse or silky tee and strappy sandals or pointy pumps – to keep the look fashionable instead of frumpy of sloppy. In fact, the finished effect is almost kind of glamorous in a casual-cool sort of way… and that’s a concept any feminine fashionista can get behind!

From left to right: AG Adriano Goldschmied Piper Crop Jean, Current/Elliott The Boyfriend Cropped Jean, and Rich & Skinny Relaxed Ankle Crop Jeans.

- Alexandra Gambardella

Summer Sophistication Done Right, Thanks To Max Studio!

While we ladies in San Francisco can hardly complain about extreme weather, my summer vacations visiting family in Connecticut have taught me enough to know that when the weather gets really hot, you rarely want to get out of the pool, let alone get dressed up and wear real clothes. But the truth is, you don’t have to suffer to look sharp when it’s sweltering outside (contrary to popular belief, pain isn’t always beauty), and the newest Spring/Summer lookbook from Max Studio is chock-ful of comfy-chic pieces that manage to ooze sophistication without making you feel miserable! The key is to find stylish summer staples in lightweight, breathable, weather-friendly fabrics like linen and cotton, and of course, exposing skin to stay cool while still keeping it classy! Opt for a pair of goes-with-everything linen shorts, and a drape-y top that looks luxe but feels as comfy as your favorite tee. And of course, don’t underestimate the need for a lightweight summer jacket – this linen blazer-style jacket goes a long way in boosting the sophistication scale without making you break a sweat!

Pictured above: Herringbone Linen Jacket, Pique Shirred Sleeveless Blouse, and Max Studio Shorts in Cream

- Alexandra Gambardella

Fresh-Picked Floral Bags For Summer!

In the midst of all the fashion world’s excitement over color-blocked bags and blindingly bright neon satchels, it can be easy to forget about the original festive print! Nothing rings truer to summer than floral does, so if you’re having a hard time embracing the same unbridled enthusiasm towards the season that your fellow fashionistas seem to have, infusing a healthy dose of floral into your handbag arsenal is bound to do the trick! From totes and satchels to hobos and beach-ready bags, a floral handbag is an easy way to add an extra dose of femininity to even the most casual outfits, and can almost instantly transition your all-weather basics like jeans, tanks, and cardigans from tired and dull to festive and spring-ready!

Pictured above: Brahmin Elisa Hobo Bag, Tory Burch Channing Floral-Print Canvas & Leather Tote, Milly ‘Birch’ Market Tote, Dooney & Bourke Floral Satchel, and Kate Spade New York High Falls Melinda Satchel.

- Alexandra Gambardella

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

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.