Tuesday, July 8th 2014

A Case for Spectacular Wedding Shoes

Diane von Furstenberg Ursula Sandals, Badgley Mischka Kerrington Sandals, Carvela Kurt Geiger Girl Sandals, Kate Spade New York Sala Pumps
Clockwise: Diane von Furstenberg Ursula Sandals, Badgley Mischka Kerrington Sandals, Carvela Kurt Geiger Girl Sandals, Kate Spade New York Sala Pumps.

On your big day, the wedding dress is important, of course. But the details should not be overlooked, and that includes your bridal shoes. Frankly, in this writer’s opinion, they may even be more important than the gown. (Stay with me here. I’ll make my case, I promise.)

Let’s think about the dress for a moment. It sets the tone for your individual style, yes, and it’s certainly the first thing everyone will be looking at during the main event. But the shoes? The shoes are uniquely for you. They’ll support you quite literally throughout the day. Invest in a great pair, and they’ll walk you down the aisle, stand as you greet guests, and let you tear up the dance floor well into the evening hours. And best of all, you’ll wear them again. Let me say that one more time: You’ll. Wear. Them. Again. The same cannot be said for the dress, no matter how much you treasure and adore it. It will be cleaned and preserved and tucked away in a closet. Your shoes will remind you of that happiest day every time you pull them out for a fancy affair or date night with your hubby.


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Thursday, July 3rd 2014

5 Prints Every Women Needs in her Wardrobe

A great wardrobe has a balance of solids and prints, but, one look at my own closet—So. Much. Navy.—leads me to assume that some of us aren’t venturing into the world of patterns as much as we should. Now stripes are a gimmy, so I took a look into some of the more adventurous prints you need now.

A Tibi patchwork skirt puts a modern twist on a classic American print.

Don’t worry, I’m not talking Raggedy Anne here. Modern renditions of patchwork are much more subdued, with a subtle feel of Americana. Wear an A-line style with a tied button-up for an easy summer look with a retro twist.

Rachel Zoe gives exotic snake print a bohemian feel.

Animal prints have come a long way since the skin-tight legging days of Peg Bundy (hopefully I didn’t just date myself here). The latest renditions of leopard and snake are so easy to wear, they’re almost a neutral. The next time you feel yourself reaching for black, swap it out an animal print.

Dare to wear floral bottoms, like these from Free People.

Most people have one floral print in their closet, like a dress or a blouse. But to really stretch your fashion limits, try something more unexpected like a floral pant. Going bold with bottoms takes a certain amount of confidence—just what you want to project in summer. Pair them back to a lacy top and wide-brim hat for a free-spirited look.

Power prints! A Thakoon Addition top stands out against an equally graphic skirt.

Summer plaids are more bold and electric than the tartans of fall. An asymmetrical top can be a striking statement piece with of-the-moment white pants. But, if you really want to embrace prints, try styling a plaid top with a contrasting plaid skirt.

Mara Hoffman is the queen of eye-catching prints.

Everyone needs at least one wild print—something that defies categorization—to rely on in their wardrobe. Examples are tie-dye, an exclusive artisan print (like the Born Free collection), or something futuristic. Go-to brands for this style of print are Mara Hoffman and Clover Canyon. The only guidelines here are to find a bold print you love and wear it!

--Libby S.

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Wednesday, July 2nd 2014

Summer 2014 Shoes: The Thrill of the Unexpected

There is a good reason for the universal footwear obsession among fashion lovers: The shoe is easily the most powerful statement maker, whether on its own or as an unexpected pairing with other pieces. This summer is as good a time as any to get away from the obvious choices, and here are some good places to start:

The addition of printed slip-ons to a strapless top and culottes turns a formal look into a flirty, more functional ensemble¬¬—perfect for a summer date night.

There’s no need to save your best heels for that LBD, or even nighttime. Strappy red-hot sandals inject a soft, feminine look with serious sex-appeal.

White sneakers put a playful spin on a pant suit without drawing too much attention to themselves. This casual addition still looks super sharp in a monochrome outfit.

Elevate a grunge look with a simple heeled sandal. The added element transforms a laidback daytime outfit into a chic, party-ready ensemble.

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Monday, June 30th 2014

Your July Fashion Horoscope

Delicate zodiac necklaces from Samantha Wills.

There are big fashion plans in your future! See what July has in store for you.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)
July is full of new adventures for you, and you’ll need to look the part. Versatile dressing—think layers, skirt/dress combos, and dress-up-or-down shoes—will have you ready for any opportunity that comes your way. Say yes when the chance comes and the next six months will be your best ever.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
Your closet is set, but your tech life is seriously lacking style. Update your phone with a new case—it’s with you 24/7, doesn’t it deserve a fresh look? With a jam-packed social schedule, a phone-friendly wristlet is the perfect solve. With no big bag to hold you down, you’ll be ready to jump at an exciting new proposition that pops up around the 18th.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
This may be your most innovative month of all. Get the most out of it with an inspired wardrobe. Go bold with prints and patterns, mix bright colors, layer on accessories—anything to stimulate your mind and get the creative juices flowing. Embrace your wild side and you’ll be amazed at what you can do.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)
This is your month. Take it on by trying the fashion risk you’ve been putting off—turban-style headband, boxy crop top, sexy romper— you’ll pull it off with grace and confidence. Now’s the time to change it up and play with different looks.

LEO (July 23-August 22)
The beginning of July is busy for you. Stick to your tried and true classics to get through the chaos. Once things die down a bit, it’s time to break out something new. Swap out your neutral work bag for a summer-ready tote or trade your pendant necklace for a statement choker. Even small changes will have an effect on your mood.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)
A full moon on July 12 signifies a joyous time for you. Wear what makes you happy and makes you feel beautiful. Laughter and a big smile will be your greatest accessories this month. But, if you need something a little extra, reach for anything with a bit of sparkle.

Unique zodiac necklaces from Monserat De Lucca.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)
Comfort is key for you right now. Luckily, sporty styles like sneakers and jogging pants are having a moment. Take advantage and ditch the pumps and pencil skirts. Another easy route is maxi dresses—they’re the perfect one and done piece. Plus, you can sit, stand, bend, and squat with no risk of wardrobe malfunction.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)
Your energy is surging in July! Fiery reds and oranges suit your state of mind and electric spirit. Work in neon accessories if your career requires more muted attire. Dress for movement, as you’re likely to get an active invitation around the 25th.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)
All your hard work is starting to pay off. Treat yourself with the investment piece you’ve been eying. A nice watch, new work bag, or leather jacket tells the world you’ve made it, and you’re going to continue to kill it in style.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 19)
In late July, the new moon will heighten your senses. Get the most out of this time by wearing fabrics with a luxurious feel. A silk robe, super-soft cotton cardigan, or satin pajamas will feel extra rich. You might have to shelve any rougher textured items for a bit, rely on broken-in denim and boyfriend-style cuts.

AQUARIUS (January 20-February 18)
Love is in the air this month—single or not—and your wardrobe should reflect that. Loose, cascading curls in your hair worn with off- shoulder tops feel especially romantic. Wearing your heart on your sleeve, literally, isn’t a bad idea either. Heart bracelets or earrings help spread the love to everyone in your life.

PISCES (February 19-March 20)
This is the season of enjoyment, and now is the best time to showcase your sense of humor. Cheeky graphic tees worn with cutoffs and sneakers have both style and sass. Use an eye-catching item, like an interesting necklace charm, to invite conversations. Around the 23rd, you’ll be looking for change—this could be the way to meet a new type of person.

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Monday, June 30th 2014

Studio Sounds: A Patriotic Playlist

We’re getting ready for the 4th of July with a playlist perfect for all of your patriotic plans.

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Monday, June 30th 2014

The Daily Find: Bella Dahl Dress

Welcome to The Daily Find, our favorite products plucked from What’s New.

What it is: Bella Dahl T-Shirt Dress with Pocket.
Why we love it: Allover fading gives this t-shirt dress the worn-in appeal of a favorite vintage piece.
Wear it with: Oxfords and stacked bracelets.

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Friday, June 27th 2014

Sunglasses for Every Occasion

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Happy Sunglasses Day! As if we needed a reason to celebrate our favorite summer accessory. No matter the style, a pair of sunnies will instantly amp up any look. Here are the four must-have frames for every girl’s collection.

Nothing says off-duty model like a cool pair of aviators. A little bit sporty and super laid-back, this universally flattering frame will never go out of style.

Reach for a pair of round glasses on a sundress day. This frame will put a vintage spin on any outfit, whether it be boho, mod, or rocker. Just pop on a pair and you’re in a ’70s dream.

Rectangular frames, like the Wayfarer, should be a girl’s daily go-to pair. Neither particularly feminine nor masculine, they exude a kind of cool that goes with everything, from cutoffs and sneakers to more polished looks.

Whether they’re cat-eye, oversized, or uniquely shaped, every girl needs a pair of statement shades—because every girl should get to feel like a celebrity from time to time. Look to Karen Walker for her unique, chic-meets-street frames.

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Friday, June 27th 2014

Style Steal: For Love & Lemons Skirt

Don’t be mistaken, we’re willing to pay for our fashion, but when a find comes along that’s cool, forward, and under $200, it makes our style-loving hearts skip a beat. In this weekly feature, we’ll highlight some of the best style steals on the pages of Shopbop.com.

The Steal: A For Love & Lemons miniskirt.
The Price: $84 (USD)
Why it’s worth it: Sexy meets sweet in a pastel, patterned skirt with crossover panels.

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Thursday, June 26th 2014

Wise Words: George Eliot

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Thursday, June 26th 2014

The Daily Find: Heidi Klein Bikini

Welcome to The Daily Find, our favorite products plucked from What’s New.

What it is: Heidi Klein Zambia Reversible Bikini Top.
Why we love it: Patterned on one side and solid on the other, this two-suits-in-one bikini is perfect for a weekend at the beach.
Wear it with: A beaded bracelet and flat sandals.

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