Monthly Archives: October 2012

Unleash the Beast!

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And, who said animal print was only for the wilderness? Another fashion trend for Fall 2012 is going wild – with print that is.  Fall is much more than wearing white, it’s about a natural pattern. It’s about dressing with an edge.

Animal print has long been associated with a red lip, pleather pants and faux furs. It’s time to bring its chic-ness back! Several designers are filtering animal print into their collections. Anything from accessories, clothing to handbags are adorned with these unrestrained patterns.


One of the most enjoyable aspects of animal print – no two patterns are the same. Every stripe, swirl or dot is naturally designed uniquely. There is even variation in color, as some prints are slightly darker or lighter than others.

Aside from variation, animal print is timeless. It has been a trend that has survived the test of time. Perhaps, because it is a pattern that can be matched with many variations of clothing. Many fashion mishaps occur when there is too much print.  Animal print is meant to enhance or to add distinction to an outfit.

Too much animal print can be a distraction and give off a bewildered appeal. Don’t fall victim! Instead, stand out in a distinguished way and make your fashion sense known! Grrrrr

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Give Em’ The Boot!

As the summer days transform into lower temperatures, fashion trends begin to pop!

In particular, boot trends are in full effect. From studs, textiles, straps, buckles and even sparkle, this season’s trend is all about taking it to another level!

Give em’ high fashion with a boot!

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style + functional = the best of both worlds!

So, I’m watching TV and hear the line: There is stylish. There is functional. And then, there are both.

Naturally, I start thinking about fashion.  What exactly does it mean to wear the outfit, and not let it wear you?

When questioning myself, the person/character that came to mind was none other than the infamous Carrie Bradshaw Preston.  I heart everything about her – her whimsical nature, delicious taste for style and of course her delectable shoe game. Undoubtedly, we owe all thanks and gratitude to the wonderful Patricia Field. However, anyone can by styled, but only a handful can own it!

SJP killed every outfit that graced her small frame. The Paris ensemble and the dapper day-to-day ensembles have stolen not only my heart, but also the hearts of fashion-forwards.

There are many people who are stylish. Yet, they are classified stylish because of their ability to put together pieces of clothing.

Take it from Carrie – Whether in a snug mini, 5” stacked platforms or wearing an outfit only you understand, don’t give in to the temptation of feeling less than yourself.  Carrie has worn some of the oddest pieces. Nonetheless, she was always comfortable and transformed from odd to chic, gracefully, while in front of the cameras.

Not only are we buying into her fashionable taste, but we are captivated by her infectious laugh, biting of her lower-lip and her girlish skip as she crosses streets. Carrie is ultimately being Carrie – no bars holding back.

Always remember: Style transcends to functional when you don’t lose touch of your personality and who you truly are.

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Denim Squared

Denim seems to be making its way back into the hearts of fashion lovers. I’m not just talking about on the lower half of the body, but on the upper. Fashion-forwards, feast your hearts on doubling the denim. That’s right – denim tops and denim bottoms.

It can be challenging to decide just how to wear your denim. I know we all have our favorite denims, but imagine them paired with a posh denim top. With a clear palette, get even trendier by adding a brimmed hat and knee-high boots over your jeans.

Sewn to perfection seams, flawless button detail, fitted or flared, Denim is the American trademark (well, especially in Texas). Despite the slight color variation between denim, dare to wear! Focus on bringing the two pieces together with accessories, such as: a long three-strand necklace, a thin belt, dark cat-eyed makeup and a red lip! As a clean palette, denim directs attention to your accent pieces (Note: speaking of an accent piece, mix up the look by adding different materials –such as suede or patent leather).

After seeing Givenchy’s 2013 resort collection, I went crazy over the denim dressed model – which wore a wide-armed denim button down, tucked in wide-legged denim shorts, topped off with rustic camel-colored boots, which tied from the ankle up, covering all possibility of leg (pure fabulousness!). This designer breathes life to the idea that accessories are an importance! They can truly emphasis or enhance an ensemble.

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Denim is a material of pure versatility – it can be worn in any season and with any color. The most fun element of Denim is it allows for Fashion lovers to take the reins. It opens the door, allowing for imagination to make its way into your sense of fashion.

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Dare to Wear – The Art of White

Form-fitting and sleek is what this fall season is about. Color has always been a fame to claim – thought to elicit individuality and uniqueness. However, what about the clean palette of the color white and its infinite styling potential?

Fall has transpired as the season for bright solids paired with distinctive patterns. Yet, white has always been identified as a pure, and in some instances, a self-conscious color. Aside from the inconspicuous feelings of the color white, there is simplicity to its nature.

White is a color that is very forgiving, no matter the body type. It gives affirmation to the rule that “less is better.” It is a color that gives way to true fashion, allowing room for bold accessory pairing or accent colors. I have always been a fan of the sleek look married with bold accessories and eye-catching shoes. However, I have always been mindful of the time and place, in which white is worn.

The function or environment, in which you chose to wear white, is important to consider. This allows you to better understand how to wear white. Perhaps, this is why white has gained its reputation of being unsuitable. Do you pair your white skinny jeans with a white tunic and an accent waist belt, or with a grey blazer and a white blouse? Maybe, you ditch the skinnies, altogether and wear a white sweater dress and sheer tights with knee boots.

If incorporating white into your wardrobe is too distressing, try adding lighter shades of color. Lighter shades of color can substitute for white anytime you are considering physique-slimming ensembles. Pale colors, shades of nude and tans can do wonders at smoothing edges.

White is not only chic, but when paired with the right elements it can be seen as very polished or fashion-forward. Many worry about the stark shade “drowning them out.” If this is so, consider altering your hairstyle. Not necessarily the color, but the contour. Opt for a smoother, more chic hairstyle -one with a straight-edge cut, a bone-straight flat ironed look or more defined waves or curls. Whatever the selection, ensure it fits your face and personality.

Fashion is a little strenuous for some, because they try too hard to fit in with the latest trends. Take your time to enjoy. Fashion is in a revolving door – trends will circle back around. When trends resurface, be two steps ahead by adding your own flare. Fashion is truly yours – own it!

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