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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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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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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.

Delia’s Faux Fur Coat

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.

F21 Yellow Puplum

F21 Black Peplum

H&M Black Peplum

H&M Pink Peplum

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.

Target Leather Blazer

H&M Bow Tee

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!

F21 Red Jumpsuit

Dillard’s Vince Camuto

Macy’s Black Sheer

Macy’s Printed Jumpsuit

Macy’s Navy Jumpsuit

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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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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