Category Archives: Runway the YF-B Way

Vertical Stripes

So a few weeks ago I found an amazing pair of vertical striped Hudson jeans. They’re on-trend, and actually wearable! Which surprised me because, well, they’re vertical striped jeans! The problem? They’re $150. I can admit to spending that kind of cash on nice jeans, but its hard for me to justify dropping $150 on a pair of pants that I’ll probably only wear for a couple seasons! And thus began the search for a cheaper alternative. Which I found and F21 for only $25! BOOM!
Check it out…

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F21 version

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Hudson version

Happy trending!!

XOXO,

Lauren

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Emerald Ideas

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These shoes are on sale at Target for only $10! The sale rack is a great place to find trendy items to add to your wardrobe.

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Keep Calm and Color Block

Color Blocking was a major Spring 2012 trend, and it’s back for Fall 2012, with a few updates. Typically, this trend would take on rectangle and horizontal shapes, often making for an unflattering figure. This season, however, we see designers taking this trend and morphing into something wearable by every woman. Keep in mind that while I’m typically all about online shopping, this trend is not for the short of stature and can make for some interesting silhouettes… to avoid the purchase and return cycle, head to a department store and try on a few color block options before making a final purchase.

Hands down, my favorite color block inspiration is designer Max Azria, who uses bright berry colors, alternating horizontal stripes, and interesting shapes, making this trend wearable by many different body shapes. If you’re looking for a head turning take on this trend, this Aubree Relaxed jacket on top of the Aliza Color Block Dress will definitely give you the reaction you’re looking for. Pair the jacket with these Slim Flared trousers for a wear-to-work ensemble.

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For those who maybe aren’t 5’8” and still want to integrate this trend in a show-stopping way, all is not lost! Look for pieces with vertical stripes, as this allows the eye to have fluid movement from head to toe, giving the impression of a longer silhouette. This Ark & Co. maxi skirt, paired with heeled booties for fall, will transition perfectly into spring paired with Grecian sandals. For a work-wear option, this Maggy London dress is totally chic! Add a chunky necklace and fun heels to a desk to dinner look. Another great “everyday” option is this Ella Moss dress – add a sweater, light grey tights, and booties, and you’ve created a wonderful color block fall outfit.

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Ella Moss

Is a new BCBG ensemble not quite in your budget? Please continue to buy groceries. You have options. Forever 21, H&M, even the sale section at Dillard’s and Nordstrom offer great pieces at completely affordable prices. This ensemble, for example, from Forever 21 is a wearable take on the color block trend – while this whole outfit costs $75, I’ll bet you already have a blouse that would look perfect paired with the bright jacket. Another budget-perfecting tip: buy in separates! This way when you spend $75 on an outfit, you can mix and match all of the pieces to create more on trend combinations.

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For an outfit more suitable for work, that also suits your credit card limit, check out this outfit from H&M. I love how the jacket and matching shoes can be broken up by the contrasting trousers. I also LOVE their “dressing room” feature, so you can see your outfit before making a purchase… genius!

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So… you’re on a “ramen noodles, beans and rice” budget? Totally get it – I think we’ve all been there. Try out color block nails! Grab three of your favorite nail polish colors in contrasting shades. Paint your entire nail with the lightest color, applying two coats, allowing the paint to completely dry in between coats. With tape, create a diagonal line across your nail. Paint the uncovered area with two coats of the next shade, allowing time to dry in between. Create another diagonal line with tape, and paint the uncovered area with the two coats of the final color. Allowing enough time to completely dry, seal the design with a clear topcoat, and voila! A color block trend without spending a dime!

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The best part of this trend is that you can mix and match with bright colors to create something completely unique and show off your personality. So have fun, be bold, and live fabulously.

XOXO,

Lauren

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Heels Over Head… for fall footwear

It’s time for some true confessions. If you haven’t noticed, I love shoes.  So much so that I am arguably a shoe addict. Don’t get me wrong, I love jackets and dresses and accessories, and go gaga over an amazing find no matter the item, but there is something about shoes that really pulls on my heartstrings.  I think it’s a combination of how amazing they look on my shoe rack, and how fantastic I feel when I pair an ensemble with a killer new pair of kicks.

Whatever the reason, this fondness for footwear will be a lifelong love affair, and my wallet often disagrees with my intentions. So while my heart tells me that my closet absolutely needs every pair of Manolos’, Jimmy’s and Louboutin’s, my bank account leans more towards an occasional Steve Madden with a sprinkling of fantastic look-a-likes. So my general rule of thumb is to splurge on the basics, like some knee high signature Steve Maddens that will last through seasons of sauntering through snow that are definitely worth the couple hundo’s you’re going to drop. Unlike this season’s fringe booties that will be out by the time New Years Eve rolls around, which can be found at much more reasonable prices.

Spiked Lita’s

Let’s start with this killer pair of spiked Lita’s by Jeffrey Campbell priced at $195 – super edgy, definitely attention grabbing, but let’s be real… you’ll probably only have 2 outfits to wear them with. Not really worth the price. But, I have some good news for you! The other day I was walking past Charlotte Russe and decided to venture inside – which is an action I do not take lightly. After maneuvering through racks of crunchy faux fur and shiny pleather, I FINALLY made it to the shoe wall, and much to my surprise, I found an incredible pair of spiked Lita’s that look an awful lot like Jeffrey’s! Now, these heels are currently priced at $50 (pretty steep for Charlotte Russe), but if you were looking for an addition to your nightlife wardrobe, I’d definitely give these a try!

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Jeffrey Campbell
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Charlotte Russe
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Animal Print

I’ve always been a sucker for animal print, and I’m loving how designers are choosing to use them this season – like Michael Kors mixing leopard prints! For an inexpensive way to add a leopard print shoe to your wardrobe, check out these booties from Forever 21. Or, if you’re ready to take the plunge on a printed investment, these printed booties from Michael Kors are both sexy and classy. A good rule of thumb when investing in a pair of printed booties: animal print is already considered a risk, so tone down the “risqué” by opting for a shorter heel.

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F21 Leopard

Over The Knee Boot

I love the basic knee-high boot that we all wear season after season, but I must say, I love this over-the-knee trend that has mixing up the runways. From Altuzarra to UGG, this style is taking off as one of the fall/winter 2012 must wear trends! Vince Camuto has a chic and durable version that is sure to last years, but if you’re not ready to invest $250, this version from Urbanog.com is chic and trendy and is only $36.20!

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Stay tuned for some street chic editions for inspiration on how to rock these great styles. In the meantime, play around with how to integrate these fabulous trends into your everyday runway.

XOXO

 

Lauren 

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Falling in Love with Fall/Winter 2012

Warm sweaters, boots and tailored outerwear, layering scarves on top of leather jackets… In my world, all seasons are not created equal, with a clear preference towards Fall/Winter, and this year my favorite designers definitely did not disappoint. From the chic and forward thinking looks at Chanel to the unconventional genius at Alexander McQueen, the trends of the upcoming season are raising the bar for influential trend setters and admiring followers everywhere. After sufficiently stalking the F/W look books, I’ve come up with a personal list of “must have” trends, a designer wardrobe that my millionaire self would own, and look-a-likes that I can reasonably afford, to make sure that my transition to winter is as fabulous as possible.

Layering, a favorite aspect of the fall season, takes on a whole new meaning when the designers start playing with different textures. From Alexander McQueen creating a floor length feathery gown, to Jason Wu presenting a leather military jacket with fur sleeves, or the Chanel Ready-To-Wear line pairing a fur jacket with metallic lace-like trousers, this season is definitely the time to take chances with layering textures. For a wearable take on this trends, try this jacquard skirt from Target paired with this faux fur jacket from Delia’s (now on sale!!), with these sheer houndstooth tights from Express (currently buy one get one free!).  Complete the look with some black booties and funky accessories and you’re ready to rock your runway.

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Target Jacquard Skirt

Express Houndstooth Tights

Another must wear for every woman is the peplum trend that’s been seen on the runways of Zac Posen, Lanvin, Carolina Herrera, and The Row – just to name a few. Pair a peplum top with skinny jeans or a pencil skirt to accentuate your waist, finish the look with pointed toed stilettos to elongate your legs and finish this classy and fashion forward look. Aren’t ready to drop the funds on a designer peplum look? Check out these affordable and adorable options, all for less than $35.

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You can now officially wear white after Labor Day, according to designers Elie Saab, Versace, Valentino and Alexander McQueen who all sent numerous all white ensembles down their runways. The “No White” rule still applies to white linen pants and white shoes, which should remain off limits until spring, so if you’re going to rock this winter white look, stick with wool, cotton, satin and silk. To add a little definition to your ensemble, try mixing a little metallic silver, like Elie Saab and Alexander McQueen. Try a silver leather jacket like this one from Target! I can also personally attest to seeing a silver Calvin Klein leather jacket at TJ Maxx last week. It was gorg.

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F21 White Skirt

Instead of going with a traditional LBD at your next outing, take a cue from designers YSL, Jil Sander, Dior and Valentino and dress in a head-to-toe jumpsuit. Keep it classic with a silhouette that gives you an hourglass figure by cinching in at the waist, and length that grazes the floor. For a more daring look, find an interesting neckline like the keyhole theme from Jil Sander, or opt for a bold color like the vibrant red from Valentino. Or make a chic statement with a muted pastel and a high neckline similar to the jumpsuit that graced Dior’s runway. Check out these affordable styles to add this trend to your wardrobe!

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This season, burgundy is definitely the new black; so don’t be afraid to switch it up with this head to toe hue. Also, leather is no longer reserved for jackets! Try a leather skirt or top to switch it up. And most importantly, pick trends that make you feel beautiful and fit your personal style, because “fashions fade; style is eternal” – Yves Saint Laurent.

XOXO 

Lauren


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Nailed It!

Lately, I’ve found myself getting bored with my go-to hot pink nail polish, and decided it’s time to spice up my nail routine! Try some of these fun nail trends to add a bit of sparkle and spunk to your look.

Pearls

Start by applying two coats of nail color – I like to keep it classy with light pink. While your nails are still wet, dip a toothpick in nail glue and use this to pick up a tiny pearl. Place the pearl on your nail into the wet nail polish. Wait for the polish to dry, and then cover your nails in a clear topcoat. And Le Voila! A chic and creative DIY nail design!

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Grab a newspaper and cut out 10 small pieces, large enough to cover your nails. Apply two coats of polish – lighter colors tend to work better. Once your nails have had time to dry, dip the first nail in rubbing alcohol and place a piece of the newspaper on your nail, holding it in place for about 30 seconds. Carefully remove the newspaper, and paint a clear coat to seal the look together!

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Diamonds

Start by applying two coats of nail color – again, I’d stick with something neutral like a light pink. Use a toothpick or wooden nail stick dipped in clear nail polish to pick up the tiny rhinestones. Place the rhinestones first on the outer edges of the nail, and work your way in until the entire nail is filled in. Go for a daring look by covering all 10 nails in rhinestones, or pick one finger on each hand to bedazzle. Either way, you’re sure to get a raving review!

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Lacey

Pick out a piece of colored lace at your local fabric or arts and crafts store – Michael’s and Hobby Lobby always have fun colors to choose from. Cut the lace into 10 small squares just larger than the size of your nail. Starting with one finger at a time, apply one coat of brush-on nail glue – I like 5 Second Brush On Nail Glue, which is available at most drugstores. Lay a piece of lace over this glue, and let dry. Once the glue has dried, take a small scissors and trim the excess fabric so the lace fits your nail. Apply a second coat of the nail glue, and allow the nail to dry until the lace feels hard. File around your nail to smooth out any rough edges of lace, and finish with a glossy clear topcoat, and you’re ready to go!

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Fishnets

Get a pair of fish nets and cut out 10 pieces, small enough to just lay over each nail. Brush on one layer of a light colored polish, and let it dry – for a fun twist, try a metallic silver. After the first coat has had time to dry, brush on a second coat of a darker color, and immediately press a piece of the fish net onto the wet paint. Be careful to not press down on to the nail, but instead fold the fish net down over the side of each finger. Next, carefully peel back the stocking to reveal the pattern. Repeat over the rest of your nails without using a top coat – the two colors tend to smear together!

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Sally Hansen, Salon Effects!

Want to try a fun nail design but don’t really have the time to DIY? Check out these Sally Hansen Salon Effects press on nail designs! Available at any drug store, these are so simple to use, you can literally apply them during rush hour traffic while chugging down your soy latte.

These are all so fun a simple that there’s really no reason to not have fabulous nails all summer long! Try these out and post photos of your finished product!

XOXO,

Lauren

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Push It to the Maxi

From Betsy Johnson to Roberto Cavalli, one of the hottest trends for summer is the Grecian inspired maxi skirt! My go-to maxi style is a high-waisted extra long silhouette, as this synchs the waste, and one of the best aspects of this floor length skirt is that it lengthens the body to give you that “legs for days” look. Legs for days and a tiny waste? Sign     me     up!! Unfortunately, if you’re at all like me, Betsy and Roberto are a bit out of the budget, but check out these fabulous options that will keep you rocking your street runway, and still eating three meals a day!

For some fashion eye candy, check out this high waisted maxi skirt by Hinge, that also happens to come in a shade of this season’s hottest color: Paprika! Pair it with sky-high wedges and jaws will drop. What’s even more exciting is that this little number is currently ON SALE at Shop.Nordstrom.com. As always, click the photo to head there.

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Hinge at Nordstrom

For a less expensive option, try this maxi from Forever 21 in light blue. Pair it with some strappy sandals for a cute hippy-chic look.

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Forever 21

Nervous about going floor length? Go for a hi-low style to ease your way in.  One of my fav’s for the season is this Sanctuary number in “Minty”, which is ALSO on sale at Shop.Nordstrom.com! Pair with funky heels for a night on the town, or keep is casual with Grecian sandals – either way, be ready for some envious stares.

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Sanctuary at Nordstrom

For a less expensive, but completely fabulous option, check out this abstract hi-low option from Forever 21. Make a bold statement by adding a bright shoe, or for a less-is-more look, stick to a black heal or flat.

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Abstract at Forever21

With these looks, you’ll be set for a chic summer filled with BBQs, rooftop patios, date nights, and girls nights, all while looking young and fabulous.

XOXO,

Lauren  

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Transitions to FALL For

As the leaves begin to change, and the air gets crisp, I can’t help but feel a sense of longing to be able to wear some of my favorite looks from summer – the frilly dress, high wasted shorts, tight skirts, maxi dresses, and strappy wedges. Fortunately, this woe-begotten feeling is completely unnecessary. With a few simple alterations, with pieces you probably already have in your fall repertoire, these summer staples can be worn well into the chilling fall months.

For that frilly, feminine dress that you wore all summer long, and are desperately trying to sport to class or on a dinner date, simply add a belt and a blazer and you’re golden for the next few months! Add dark tights and heeled booties to dress it up, or keep it casual with boots and cable-knit socks. **Insider tip: for a great pair of legwarmers to wear with boots, check out a dance wear store and pick up a pair of long ballet legwarmers!

Shorts, an obvious go-to for summer, can still be your obvious go-to for fall with a few quick and fun variations. For a funky vibe, layer the shorts on top of patterned or colored tights with socks and boots! Or keep it classic with black opaque tights and a pair of lace-up oxfords. Either way, you’ll be sure to start some trends with this chic shorts saver. Target always has fun options for colored and patterned tights, and check out these oxfords from Forever 21 for only $25!

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This past summer, almost every ensemble revolved around the tight high-wasted skirt that practically every fashionista invested in – in every color. I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready to pack those pieces into my clothing storage. Ready for the quick fix? Grab a chunky sweater and a skinny belt and start layering! Mix and match bright colors with fun patterns to keep with the F/W trends. See how H&M pulls of this look here:

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Maxi dresses and floor length skirts stole the summer scene, and with a simple addition to your shoe rack, you can keep on rockin’ this look as long as the sidewalks are cleared of snow! Instead of pairing this piece with the strappy sandal like you have been all summer, go for a chunky ankle boot instead. It’s bold, it’s bohemian – it’s completely fabulous! I love this look with the Lita from Jeffrey Campbell, but if you’re not willing to drop $160 on a pair of booties, try this other style on for size for $50!

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Typically, I don’t condone favoritism, but when it comes to my shoe rack, I feel as if I’m unable to control the fact that I have a clear favorite. A pair of strappy wedges was my summer shoe staple – I seriously wore them at least once per week. To integrate them into my fall wardrobe, I love pairing them with socks folded down to the ankle. It’s a super chic and feminine way to warm up a pair of summery heels! Check out the Marc Jacobs FW11 RTW collection for some inspiration…

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So walk on, be chic, and continue to make the world your runway.

XOXO,

Lauren

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Fashion Find Request!

A reader recently requested a fashion find for the leather jacket worn by Gemma in Season 4 Episode 3 of Sons of Anarchy – the jacket is pretty fab, if I do say so myself!

As promised, I tracked it down and found it online at Neiman Marcus – and guess what? It’s on sale. Click the image to be directed to the online store.

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Of course, if you’re not willing to drop the sale price of $236.00, there are other just as adorable options at stores like Forever 21, UrbanOG.com, and the like. Another great outlet to get designer goods at affordable prices is to check out your local consignment shops! Check back with them frequently, because you never know when a little treasure will pop up.

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XOXO,

Lauren

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Talkin Bout Boots and Boys

Right around this time, every year, I get extremely antsy for the fall fashion trends… big sweaters, casual blazers, and my personal favorite, BOOTS! Fortunately for me, and pretty much every other girl I know, boots are a huge trend this fall, with some funky variations. Obviously, most of these trends are going to be available at Steve Madden (boot heaven, in case you didn’t know), but if you’re not willing to spend around $200 for a single pair, there are some chic look-a-likes at bargain prices.

Probably the most versatile boot to ever grace the market is this season’s “multi-way” – basically any boot or shoe that can be worn, you guessed it, multiple ways! An easy and super chic version of this trend is the knee-high boot that can be folded down to a half-calf boot, like the Berllinn by Steve Madden, which can be yours for the low-low price of $339.95. But why not go for this Mossimo for Target shoe for $34.99? And to answer your question, yes, these are in fact two different pairs of shoes, and yes, they are in fact practically identical. Click the photos to be redirected to the item on the store’s website.

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For all you eighties babies out there, the combat boot is officially back, and this masculine-chic trend is definitely one you don’t want to pass up. Feminize it by pairing the boot with a more frilly dress, or channel your inner biker chick with skinny jeans and a leather jacket. Either way, you’re sure to be a showstopper. Aldo has a pair for $100, but I personally prefer one of the many versions at Forever 21 – they have a little extra flair, and are about a third of the price. Check out this studded version for $32.80, or this classic version for $35.80.

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The lace-up bootie is fabulous, period. It’s an updated take on the town-shoe, and a chic way to integrate sky high wedges into any outfit. Steve Madden recently introduced a version of this trend with the Thronne, for $159.95, and the online store UrbanOG one-upped them with this incredible look-alike for $27.80. Get on it fast though, fashionistas, they tend to sell out in a flash!

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With these fabulous finds, you’ll be turning the sidewalk into a catwalk, and turning heads as soon as you leave your doorstep.

XOXO,

Lauren

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