Brilliantly Blue – Style Inspiration

April 16th // 1 Comment

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue!” This season I’m seeing a sea of blue on the runways and the leader of the pack is a beautiful jewel toned brilliant blue. This means a lot of spring and summer options in this classy, easy-to-wear color. Due to its recent popularity all sorts of fashionable items have become available in it and it can be found virtually anywhere! I’ve curated some of my favorite ways to wear the gorgeous tone taking inspiration from runways to street styles.

 Monochromatic

Go for a monochromatic look with multiple shades in this “of the moment” color.  Playing with shades of a single color can have a profound impact on your look. Instead of opting for one shade head to toe, mix it up with varying depths of bright vs. deep within the color family. Also, play with the texture of textiles you pair. Mixing lighter fabrics like silk, tulle, chiffon, and jersey with fabrics of substance like leather, wool, canvas and thinker varieties of cotton will lend a hand in creating continual interest among the sea of blue you choose to create. I love how Kate from Wear In LA mixed cotton, tulle, canvas and leather in her look! An easy way to try the monochromatic trend in the blue range is to start with blue jeans and work your way from there.

Happy Blue

Choosing clothing in a brighter blue (think much closer to aqua and turquoise than a deep navy) can have such a positive effect on your mood! Seriously, when you dress in happy colors, they inspire your attitude to change with their undertones. Pair this attractive hue with a bright pink for a splash of color and balance with a neutral white skirt.

Fabulously Floral

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As seen in the Spring 2014 runway collection of London based designer Matthew Williamson, this bright hue came in a form of shiny shorts paired with a lightweight floral printed top. Spring has always been synonymous with florals but this year there’s a fresh take on this run-of-the-mill print. Colored in nothing but brilliance, this top livens up any boring day! Combine it with light shades to achieve an airy springtime ensemble or go for monochrome like Williamson’s ensemble.

Blue Soles

Statement heels have always been a key part of my wardrobe, I have an entire section on my blog just for shoes, you know! I love the idea of wearing brightly colored blue shoes to create a pop of color in an outfit. Blue pairs perfectly with black, white, red, silver, mustard yellow and all variations of nude browns. Try mixing it with a classic brown and black leopard print for a bold look.

What’s your favorite way to rock the brilliant blue color trend for spring 2014? Share your styling ideas in a comment below!

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Fun Braid Ideas

April 16th // Comment Here

While finding new and fun ideas for hairstyles is one of my favorite pastimes, who can really resist a fabulous braid? In fact, I could spend hours checking out all the great braid ideas out there! Adding some unexpected glam and a touch of whimsy, a great braid can be dressed up or remain totally casual, while also working well with many different hair lengths. Here are a few of my favorite braid ideas that I am digging right now:

Perfect for a shorter do, the addition of this simple braid give a look some interest and creativity while it is super either to do.

For a way to get the hair out of your face try braiding your bangs as seen on Heidi Klum in French Elle.

Geat for both shoulder-length and long hair, the braided dutch crown is a classic.

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A little more complex, but so cool! Check out the heart braid, great for a night out or a picnic in the park.

Loving this messy, side sweep braid and bun.

This braid-to-high-pony definitely gives an everyday look new life.

So, has this inspired you to try out a new braid?

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5 Natural Celebrity Beauty Secrets

April 15th // 2 Comments

There is no shortage of beautiful women in this world. But at a certain age our skin begins to lose elasticity and bags start to form under our eyes. Besides resorting to surgery and Botox, is there something that we can do? Celebrities have always seemed to defy the odds of aging so let’s observe their secrets and channel the ageless beauty we feel inside.

1) Replenish: Extra virgin, please – you can end up spending a fortune on moisturizers that promise to make you look younger. Little did you know, the miracle potion was right there in you kitchen pantry. Loaded with antioxidants, extra virgin olive oil is great for the skin.

2) Exfoliate: Make your own natural scrub. If you have dry skin, mix extra virgin olive oil with sea salt. The combination will leave your skin soft, supple and let’s not forget younger looking.

2) Cleanse: When life gives you lemons make your very own cleanser and toner all in one. This trick used by the Hollywood elite, keeps your skin fresh, clear and blemish-free. Just like any expensive toner, it helps shrink pores and maintains an even complexion. If you’re looking for an added bonus, citric acid also acts as an exfoliator, eliminating sunspots in the process. Just apply natural lemon juice it to a cotton ball and sweep across your entire face as part of your daily beauty regiment.
3) Highlight: It’s a scientific fact that lemon juice can your lighten hair. The acid in the lemon slowly strips the hair of its color, producing a beautiful golden tone. Now that the days are warmer brush in some streaks into your hair, sit in the sun and watch the natural lightening process work its magic.

3) Moisturize: Here’s a trick that has kept a certain 1980’s supermodel looking lovelier with every passing year…it’s milk. The same nutrients that are so good for you when you drink it, can be applied externally to your skin. Cleopatra was known to soak in milk baths and I recommend spraying your face with a mixture that is part milk, part water to lock in skin’s moisture and keep your complexion glowing.

4) Whiten:  Sure, there are white strips and bleaching trays out there but for a natural remedy for stained teeth, A-list celebs have been known to use a strawberry with baking soda puree to brush into their teeth a few times a week. Try it, you won’t recognize your pearly whites! To keep the whitening effect longer, take a tip from one famous TV host and drink everything with a straw.

5) Plump: Seriously considering lip injections? Put that idea on the back burner. It’s been reported that a few popular singers actually prefer a peppermint extract over the painful prodding of the needle. Peppermint extract is a natural plumper as it dilates the blood vessels leaving you looking natural, youthful and fabulous. Simply dab a bit on with your finger, apply and enjoy your sexy plump lips.

Now that you know some of the more natural options out there, which will you be trying first?

 

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Pink Suits: Blogger Edition

April 15th // Comment Here

Can you think of a color more feminine than pink? Every shade from florescent fuchsia to a beautiful blush carries an air of sweetness and vivacity that embodies womanhood. A combination of red and white, pink denotes the call to action emitted by the red and the potential for success and insight offered by the white.

Full of energy and passion a bold bright pink compliments all hair colors and skin tones alike. The richness of the hue plays well other bright colors like lime, aqua, royal purple as well as the basic black and white. I love how blogger, Laura Rose of Lara Rose Style styled this fuchsia pant suit with a graphic black and white tee. Keeping it casual with a casual top, yet still structured with a tailored pant and blazer.

While light pink is commonly referred to as baby pink, when a woman dons this pretty pastel hue, it is anything but childish. Try pairing it with neutrals like Tamara, fashion blogger from Tamara Chloe Style Clues, for a foolproof cotton candy chic ensemble and incorporate a print like a contrasting camouflage or chevron for some visual appeal.

If you aren’t ready to dive into a head to toe pink look, try on some suit separates in this dreamy shade. Blogger over at Miss Pouty, Sun, did a gorgeous job of wearing neutrals and complimenting pastel shades to balance her look. Pairing with similarly light colors such as white, beige and light blue, you help ease you into wearing this color in a full suit. Black and white are also a safe combination for trying out new color pairings. Keep this in mind when wearing any new shade for the first time! After a while, you can explore other color options. It’s all about having fun!

For a causal styling of suit separates, try a hot pink fitted blazer with your favorite pair of light wash denim. The denim acts as a balancing agent bringing the outfit from dressy to casual, even when paired with heels. Smart accessories like sleek sunglasses, a bold watch, and a belt at the waist are nice added touches. This is a great way to transitional from day into night, especially if you work in a semi-casual office setting. I love how blogger Mariann from Cashmere In Style, wore her go-to jeans with a brightly colored pink blazer!

I’m totally into this girly business chic look right now! How about you? Comment below and tell me your favorite way to wear this feminine color!

 

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6 Fresh Takes On The Basic White Shirt

April 14th // 1 Comment

The ever-so-popular work staple, the basic white shirt is getting a makeover. Wear it day in and day out in a new way each time! They call it a staple for a reason, you can build an entire wardrobe around it. Here to help you do just that are some easy ways to tweak outfits using minimal accessorizing and color swapping. Give these six fresh takes on the basic button up a try!

Layer With A Sleeveless Dress:

Who says that a dress has to be the base layer of every outfit? Wherever you’re feeling flirty, layer a fun sleeveless dress over a crisp white button up. Go from bold florals to a classic houndstooth, changing up the look as you go. Feeling preppy? Pair a collared blouse with a dress, giving it the prim and proper feel.

Add a Pop of Color:

Hello sunshine! Nothing dresses up a blank canvas like a splash of color! Try putting on a colored blazer with matching shoes for an instant change of pace. Stick to working with two colors at a time to avoid becoming visual distraction.

Mix Up the Texture:

Add texture in the form of leather to instantly change the look of a basic white shirt. A leather skirt will be a great contrast to a crisp white cotton. To compete the look, add colorful accessories. To bump up the texture contrast a notch, try tying a colorful silk scarf around the handle of your purse.

Make a Statement with a Jeweled Necklace:

It’s my firm belief that every outfit needs a little sparkle! Add some shine to your everyday button up blouse by accessorizing it with a bold statement necklace. All gold baubles go well with any outfit and can lend to a minimalist look while still adding visual interest to your outfit. If you’re wish to stand out, play around with brightly colored necklaces in a mix of shapes and sizes.

Pair With Printed Pants:

Printed pants by nature look best when paired with solid basics, so these two garments are the perfect sartorial pair. Go for ‘of-the-moment’ graph printed trousers, adding in just a few colorful accessories to spruce things up.

All White Everything:

Cool, calm, and collected. Monochromatic outfits are all the rage this season! Try pairing neutral and gold accessories with crisp white separates. Only thing you have to worry about with this outfit is getting dirty. My advice, carry a Tide-to-Go pen with you when you wear this out!

 

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