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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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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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The Great Shoe Resurrection, a DIY

As I was cleaning out my shoe collection (as part of my Purge Before the Splurge), I found a pair of simple yellow pumps that I’d purchased at the beginning of the summer. They’re cute, but they were nothing special so I put them in the “donate” pile. It wasn’t until I was packing up my donation boxes that it hit me – I could resurrect my cute yellow pumps into something totally this season. And so began the process of me trying to create a cap toe on my bright yellow pumps.

Attempt 1:

Up on the top shelf of my bathroom closet I keep things that are rarely used – ace bandages, my sewing kit (let’s just get this out of the way… I LOVE to DIY – I HATE to sew.), a humidifier, like 50 replacement light bulbs, an old shower caddy… you know, typical house hold items. Among these things is a basket with shoe polish in every single color. I had my heart set on a cream cap toe, and was so excited when I found a cream colored shoe polish hidden away in my bathroom closet! So, I taped off the area that I wanted the cap to end, and started to dab on the shoe polish. It didn’t work. Now that I think about it, it’s meant to polish shoes, not paint over the scuffs, so I’m not sure why I thought shoe polish would work in the first place. I digress. So I went on to plan #2.

Attempt 2:

I figured fabric paint was the way to go, so I went to Michael’s and spent way too long perusing the aisles before I finally came to the paint section. As I was looking for fabric paint, I found the Martha Stewart section and realized I needed to look no further. In case you were wondering, I think Martha’s pretty great. I also found a small bottle of her MULTI-SURFACE acrylic craft paint – and it was 50% off. I found a winner. After going through the steps, and giving it 2 coats, it worked. And I love them again. So please, if you have a pair of pumps that you’re considering getting rid of, consider giving them new life in your shoe closet, even if only for one season.

What you’ll need:

A pair of shoes (heels or flats)

Scotch tape

Fabric paint – I used Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Acrylic Craft Paint with a pearl finish.

Foam applicators – I used Martha Sewart Foam Pouncers

Start with your shoes, clean and dry.

Tape of the section that you’d like to add a cap toe.

Apply two coats of the fabric paint with the foam applicator, allowing to dry between coats. Once the final layer is dry, carefully remove the tape to reveal a new pair of shoes!

If you want to try something on trend for Fall, go for a metallic gold or silver! Let me know how yours turn out!

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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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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