You know you’re getting old when you start to see trends you wore the first time around making a return. Remember the ugly Teva and Birkenstock sandals of the 90’s? Well……they’re baaaack! Yes, seriously. I have even seen them being styled with socks! Ugly sandals are back in effect and have inspired even luxury designers like Jill Sander and Prada. Once reserved for hiking and hacky sack, these babies are now being paired with chic capri pants and denim cut-off shorts. The upside is that you can give your feet a rest with this comfortable trend and they can be pretty affordable at $60 for a pair of Teva sandals. I would go cheap with this trend if you’re going to try it because I have a feeling it will be fleeting…..hopefully
I have very fond childhood memories of Easter Sunday. The excitement of Easter egg hunts, candy, delicious dinners, and dressing up in my Easter Sunday Best! My Mom used to go all out for my Easter dresses buying may Gunny Sack, Priscilla, and Laura Ashley dresses. This is probably why I still love dressing up each Easter to give tribute to my younger days. I’m still pretty traditional, although, one year I fought tooth and nails to wear white palazzo pants and yellow suede platforms to church (I think I was 14). Florals and pastels are the hallmark of Easter which is the holiday that really kicks off the spring season. I love to feel very ladylike in an A-line dress (floral or pastel), fun statement jewelry, and pretty pumps. Lastly, this is usually the time I debut a new spring bag. I hope one day to have a little girl to play dress up with but until then, I’ll have to be my own dress up doll.
What’s better than and ‘it’ girl or a jumpsuit? An ‘it’ girl in a jumpsuit! Lupita Nyong’o has been burning up the red carpet since she hit the scene and each look gets better and better. My ultimate favorite alternative for a dress for an elegant occasion is a jumpsuit. This sleek black, strapless Veronica Beard jumpsuit Lupita is sporting here is super flirty yet sophisticated. Of course, this girl knows how to accessorize and she added some fun touches with printed pumps and a pop of color clutch. I found a similar sweetheart neckline, strapless jumpsuit for only $80 and have provided a way to style it like Lupita.
It looks like the skinny boyfriend jean is getting a slimming makeover this season and I’m all for it. Don’t get me wrong. I love my comfy boyfriend jeans but they don’t have the most flattering effect on my derriere. The skinnier version of the boyfriend jean is more feminine but still maintains the ‘borrowed from the boys’ vibe. This week’s splurge or steal features a pricey pair by True Religion that retail for $268. That’s not too bad but the Levi’s pair are only $98 and are just as cute. What would you do? Splurge or steal?
It’s that time of the year when families and friends head out of town on fun excursions for spring break. I was not so lucky to be going anywhere fun this time so instead I live vicariously through Instagram posts of happy people enjoying the beach. I decided that if I can’t go anywhere, I can at least help someone plan a fabulous outfit for their fun trip. This is something I would wear if I was headed to the beaches of say…St Barts. I love eye-catching, bright swimwear. Bright colors look so good in the sun and no one makes a more colorful bikini than Mara Hoffman. I especially love the bustier top which is great for us ladies who aren’t as blessed in the cleavage area. A soft, white tunic cover-up is a nice complement to offset bright swimwear and I love the bohemian feel of this one. You can easily throw on some cut-off shorts and head to lunch. Oversized sunglasses will be huge this season and they always add a touch of glam to a look. A lot of people forget about wearing jewelry at the beach or pool but I love to accessorize at all times. A simple pendant necklace is easy and chic. All you need is a great straw bag and some fun sandals. These Kate Spade sandals are too adorable.
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I hope you enjoy your vacation wherever you may be headed and have some fun for me too!
The arrival of a new season means new trends and one of the hottest trends this spring are crop tops. Most crop tops have a boxy silhouette which isn’t always flattering which is why I love the bustier crop top. It’s sexy and feminine but can be intimidating for many women to wear. If styled the wrong way, one could be confused for a streetwalker so here is some advice on how to style this trend. I chose this black and white lace bustier crop top by Topshop. The color was easy to style and the lace made it a little more interesting. Sporty chic is going to be big this spring as well and adding a ladylike touch to a men’s fashion inspired look is always cool. A silky bomber jacket, leather jogger pants, and wedge sneakers will help create a feminine yet sporty feel. You can add this bustier underneath a sophisticated white suit to add a little sexy for a nice dinner date. Lastly, you can take your crop top to all the many festivals that come with warm weather. Just add some high-waisted shorts, booties, and a moto jacket and you’re good to go!
Do you dare try this trend? If so, how will you style it. I’d love to feature your looks on the blog!
Ok. This is a trend I wasn’t too sure about at first, but know I’m turning the corner. I think it was the stiletto version of gladiators that threw me off. They seemed a little too brazen or even cartoonish, but the flat versions have a nice bohemian feel. Gladiator sandals are not necessarily a new trend but will definitely be revisited strongly this spring. I think that they would look absolutely adorable with a soft, flowing mini dress like I saw in a Macy’s fashion show last week. So, I was on the fence, but now I think they’re a go. What do you think? Will the inner gladiator in you rise up this spring?
Exotic shoes and accessories will be all the rage for the warmer months but wearing this trend can get pretty expensive. Case in point, these beautiful Salvatore Ferragamo Polaris sandals (available here) are super hot! The sexy high heel and gladiator style will pair nicely with a mini dress or leather shorts but at $1690 they will put a pretty big dent in your pocket. The BCBGeneration Manci sandal (available here) clocks in at just $110 and is just as sexy, if not more so. What do you think? Splurge or steal??
Which ever you choose, enjoy adding a little exotic spice to your
Introducing the shoe of the season……slip-on sneakers! This retro comfort shoe is making a comeback in a fierce way. This once kind of dorky shoe has received a fabulous update from designers like Saint Laurent, Sam Edelman and Vans. I love all of the varying textures and prints there are to choose from. I’ve already snagged the floral print slip-ons from the Peter Pilotto for Target collection and can’t wait to sport them this spring. You can pair these with flirty dresses, cute capris, or casual cut-offs. Which ever style you pick, these babies will leave your feet feeling fancy through the spring and summer seasons.
Beyond Yoga is hands down my new favorite luxury activewear brand. I’m so thankful for my local Bar Method in Atlanta for carrying such great brands and introducing me to this one. I have pretty much abandoned my old faithful, Lululemon, and haven’t looked back. There are seven fashion forward ladies behind this U.S.A.-based label that boosts quality athletic clothing for all sizes and silhouettes. Besides the fact that their clothes have extraordinary style, the fabrics are sooooo amazing! I have one pullover that is absolutely so soft I wear it weekly. I have several pairs of their leggings that have such a flattering fit and are comfortable and stylish enough to wear from day to night. I have to admit I have gone out to dinner many times after my Bar workout (I promise I don’t smell). I picked out a few of my faves from their website. I love my silver open back sweater you see pictured below but I have my eye on that cobalt blue open back top
You can find Beyond Yoga at specialty retailers or go to the website. Hint: they also appear often on Gilt.com with super flash sales!