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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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Ark & Co.

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Maggy London

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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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The Purge Before The Splurge

I love summer as much as the next girl, but I must admit that I’ve been yearning to layer chunky sweaters over skinny jeans with my Steven Madden riding boots! And so, my weekend was spent with hours filtering through Pinterest and the pre-fall look books of my favorite designers, and daydreaming of how perfect the new Burberry line would look in my closet. And then I looked at my closet, and noticed the tank I have been holding onto all summer because there might be a time when it would look perfect, and the dress that I definitely remember wearing to a BBQ when I was in high school, then there are the brown wedges circa 2009 that were a questionable impulse purchase at the time and definitely have no room in my fashion future. It’s time to purge – and I know I’m not alone.

Knowing myself, and my strange attachment to clothing, I’ve decided to take charge with this new desire to minimize and have given myself a tight timeline to go through my closet (and my shoe racks!!) by the end of the week, putting everything into separate piles: Keep, Sell, Donate, Trash.

Here are my thoughts on when you know it’s time to pitch an item: If it hasn’t been worn in over a year; If it has an Abercrombie or Hollister tag and you’re over the age of 19; If it’s been through the wash so many times that you can no longer read the care instructions; If you’ve ever thought “I can sew that back on” and still haven’t. I promise that there is an upside to downsizing!

After you’ve gone through your wardrobe and have everything out of your room that you no longer want or need, decide what is OK to sell and what is OK to donate. If you’re unsure whether something holds value to resell, take it to your local consignment shop and ask! If you don’t have a preferred non-profit to donate clothing to, check out Buffalo Exchange! They have a network of amazing local non-profits, and can donate anything they are unable to purchase from you.

Here’s the fun part… give yourself a goal and a reward for all of your hard work! My goal is to sell enough to be able to reward myself with a pair of Steve Madden boots – something practical for fall, and exciting enough to actually WANT to go through my closet. It’s ground breaking.

Have fun and GET AT IT!!

XOXO,

Lauren

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Launching YF-B

Fall… could there be a more perfect time to start a blog about fashion? I didn’t think so. With the legendary September Issue of Vogue coming out in just a few short weeks, and designers debuting their masterpieces after months of slaving over design desks, I’m proud to also be presenting my brain-child: Young Fabulous and Baroque.

As every young chicette-in-training knows, staying educated in current trends is simple; creating a wardrobe out of current trends on a college or entry-level salary, however, can sometimes prove to be too challenging. Well, challenge accepted – after all, you’re talking to a seasoned professional, here!

This blog is dedicated to the fashion addicts, and the DIY enthusiasts. To all the women out there who have ever eaten top-ramen for a month straight in order to afford a Diane Von Furstenberg tote, or chosen shoes over dinner, I understand. And now is the time to rise up and say, I WILL eat my cake and have my Jimmy Choo’s too!

Here is the place where you can find news to fuel your fashion craving, DIY’s to supplement your need to re-vamp your jewelry collection, and steals on look-a-likes that could fool Anna Wintour herself… or maybe just that cute guy at the bar. Nevertheless, this will be the perfect stepping stone to get you from last year’s drab to this year’s fab – without ruining your credit score.

Stay tuned dolls!

Xoxo,

Lauren

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