Fashion: How to Add Some Flower Power to Your Wardrobe

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{Chanel Spring 2009 Collection – That background is jaw-droppingingly gorgeous and still inspires me today}

You know what they say, April showers bring May flowers. I love flowers, from simple tulips to the ubiquitous wedding flowers, peonies. When it comes to my wardrobe, I am very particular about the floral designs. I typically like florals on my clothes when there is an element of black (such as in most of the designs here) or soft, feminine pieces. I don’t feel like they have to be reserved for warmer weather, and I love that they are trending for fall and winter as we’ve seen on many runways from the most recent F/W 2015 collections. Since it’s spring (in some parts of the world) and the ’70s vibe is trending, you will find plenty of floral pieces in shops. Here are some of my current favorite floral fashion pieces.

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I love the soft feminine colors of this maxi dress, the Spell Boho Blossom. I think the dress speaks for itself, so I would style it differently and wear it with my brown Sam Edelman Gigi sandals (a warm-weather staple) and some delicate jewelry.

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I love the bold red color color of this blouse. It looks great with the denim shorts as a more casual outfit, but you could easily pair it with a black pencil skirt to dress it up for a date night or to wear to the office. Since the color and print are so bold, you don’t need to wear it with jewelry, but it would do well with some delicate gold or silver pieces.

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The floral details in this romper are reminiscent of a tropical island, but the style of the romper makes it so that you can wear it on a night out on any town. I would probably add a blazer, some jewelry and black heels if I were going that route. Otherwise, keep it casual with flat sandals.

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I love the way this jacquard floral skirt is styled here. The cut is great and I love the peek-a-boo black material to break up the bold floral design.

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This is pretty sleeveless top can be worn alone or paired with a denim jacket and white denim jeans or a black blazer for a dressier look. I love the abstract and water-color effect of the design.

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Obviously, I love florals made of chiffon material and the high neck of this dress gives it an elevated look. I would pair it with different boots (I don’t mind the high boot look, but not this style). You could also wear it with tights and black platform heels.

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This bra is so pretty, you could wear it with a sheer white v-neck t-shirt (if you so dare) or just wear it underneath a very basic uniform outfit and know you have a pretty secret hiding beneath.

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I just purchased this pajama pant at a steal ($4.48!!) and I am loving it. I thought it was on sale for $7.50 until I got to the register and it rang up for less (bonus!!!).

Do you like florals? What kind of floral items are in your wardrobe? Do you wear them year-round or reserve them for warm-weather wear or maybe just as vacation pieces?

Designer Spotlight: Loeffler Randall

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I’ve always been interested in fashion and style from a very early age. I’ve experimented a lot with my own style and I still do (and fully expect to for the rest of my life). While I love to try new things, there are certain styles and designers that I will always revert to for their sense of timelessness and ease of design. Loeffler Randall, while being a relatively newer brand (est. 2005), is one of those designers that come to mind.

I love her minimalist and straightforward designs on bags and shoes. The pieces can easily be paired with anything in your wardrobe because she sticks to neutral colors and patterns (sometimes with a hint of surprise). Here are some of my favorite pieces from the current collection.

What are some of your favorite styles? Who are some of your favorite designers? 

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* All photos from here *

One Romper to Wear to Ten Outings

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Rompers, like dresses, have a certain easiness to them in that they are a complete outfit. As much as I like to play dress up, there are days where I prefer to keep things simple. I like this particular romper because it’s chambray and I’ve had a long-standing committed relationship with chambray (one I suspect is for life), it’s casual, but can be dressed up and it has great details, like the drawstrings in the front and back. When choosing a pricier item, I always think about the uses and years I will have a particular item. Here are 10 different occasions I would wear this to.

  1. An afternoon picnic date
  2. Brunch with girlfriends
  3. Weekend errands-running
  4. A day at the farmers’ market
  5. A BBQ gathering
  6. A casual birthday party
  7. A music festival
  8. On a bike ride
  9. A movie outing
  10. Stepping out for ice cream

Do you like rompers? Do you wear them for only specific events or places?

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{Madewell romper found here}

Fashion Favorites From New York Fashion Week F/W 2015

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Despite the first day of spring that occurred last Friday, it’s snowing once again reminding me how bipolar my city is and bringing me back to days of winter and slush which I was optimistically hoping were far behind us. New York Fashion Week F/W 2015 Collections recently passed, but the designs are still fresh on my mind. Here are a few of my favorites from the runways. What do you think of the collections?

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{All photos via Style.com}

Fashion: The Best of All Things Yellow

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As much as I love the color yellow for its cheeriness and optimistic outlook, I find that it’s a color I have trouble fitting in my wardrobe. I’d like to wear more of it without looking like Big Bird. So far, I’ve found that mustard is the only shade of yellow that looks good on me. But mustard looks good on everyone. That said, I would like to try to find another yellow shade that would look good on me, but have yet to do so. Here are some of my favorite yellow things coming up for spring. Do you wear yellow? If you have an olive skin tone, have you found any yellow shades (other than mustard) that look good? Please share!

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{All items and photos from Zara.com}

Spring Style Inspiration from the Runways

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Spring has arrived! Hallelujah! It has been a bleak, freezing-cold and miserable winter. I am so excited it is finally over and spring has sprung! Admittedly, our city does not seem to have too much of a spring weather-wise, but I’ve read this year will be different. I hope those predictions ring true. I’ve had a folder sitting on my computer for some time now (since last year!) with some style inspirations from the runways of S/S 2015. There are some really easy pieces and others a bit dramatic, but overall, I’m loving the palette and designs.

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{All photos from Style.com}

15 Favorite Oscars Dresses From the Last 15 Years

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2000 – Hillary Swank in Randolph Duke – This was Hillary’s first Oscar (for Boys Don’t Cry — yes, the girl who got fired from Beverly Hills, 90210 won 2 Oscars). Loved the color and style on her and that necklace is just WOW!

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2001 – Renee Zellweger in vintage Jean Desses – This is a great color on Renee and this look was very reminiscent of Veronica Lake.

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2002 – Cameron Diaz in Emanuel Ungaro – This made every Worst-Dressed List that year, but I loved this look from the wrap dress, to the “messy” hair and the accessories, especially the Tarina Tarantino turquoise bracelet.

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2003 – Jennifer Lopez in Valentino – JLo looks as glamorous on the red carpet with this dress as she would in her Hamptons home, I’m sure. This style and color is perfect.

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2004 – Charlize Theron in Gucci – Charlize definitely didn’t look like the Monster she portrayed for which she won an Oscar.

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2005 – Gisele Bundchën in Christian Dior – Gisele looked like a Greek Goddess with this dress and hairstyle.

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2006 – Michelle Williams in Vera Wang – This was not the same girl from the creek that I knew. Michelle looked so glamorous and beautiful with this dress and makeup.

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2007 – Penelope Cruz in Versace – I love frou-frou dresses when done right. The top and bottom of this dress balance each other out.

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 2008 – Heidi Klum in Dior by John Galliano – Heidi looked really fierce in this fiery red dress.

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2009 – Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab – To be fair, is there anything Angelina does not look good in? And, to be more fair, the earrings should take center stage with the dress.

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2010 – Rachel McAdams in Elie Saab – Rachel is one of those chameleons that can wear anything and she looked especially pretty in this ethereal concoction.

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2011 – Cate Blanchette in Givenchy Haute Couture – Cate always takes risks and she always comes out a winner, like in this masterpiece dress.

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2012 – Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford – Gwyneth is channeling Jackie Kennedy here, but her take is refreshingly modern.

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2013 Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta – didn’t I say I love frou-frou dresses done well? Amy looks like a princess in this gown.

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2014 – Lupita Nyong’o in Prada – I loved this look on Lupita from the color to the cut to the accessories.

{Photos from Style.com except where indicated}

Valentine’s Day Inspired Fashion in Visions of Pinks and Reds

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Not all reds and pinks are created equal. I don’t often wear either color, but when I find a shade that works really well on me (I have an olive skin tone), it’s like the opening of the red sea. Maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but I find it really hard to find something that looks good on me in pinks and reds. Of course, that goes without saying, season plays a factor in my choices. If they are trending colors, then obvi I’ll find a better selection.

While browsing the Spring 2015 collections (meanwhile, New York Fashion Week for the Fall 2015 Collections is in full swing), I found designers using pinks and reds, so I may have a good chance when the spring collections come out for the masses. Here are some of my favorites from the runways.

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*All photos from Style.com*

Supermodel Style by Kate Moss

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I’ve always been a big fan of Kate Moss. She convinced me to buy a CK One midriff shirt and the perfume. Laugh all you want, but you know she had you running to the store, too. At a time when fashion models were statuesque (5’9″ and taller), she stood at “just” 5’7″, yet still managed to be one of the world’s top supermodels. These days, that word gets thrown around quite a bit, but Kate definitely fits the bill and she’s still going strong. She turns 41 today and back in the ’90s, that may have meant she was over the hill, but I think she’ll be around for quite a while still. Besides, age is just a number. The woman is a true chameleon. In honor of Kate’s birthday, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite Kate style moments.

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