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Monday, April 11, 2011

{Guest Blogger} Spring Trends You HAVE to Try!

My super brilliant and fabulous friend, Nicole is back for another trend update for SPRING! Take her advice, Fashionista! She knows what she's talking about! ;) Take it away, N!

HOLA FASHIONISTAS! I am back for Spring! Didja miss me? Anyway, here are some spring trends you HAVE to try. Seriously, these fashion do’s will be your favorites of the year!


Maxi Dresses & Skirts

I know this trend has been on the “do” list for years, but let’s get bohemian! I blame Nicole Richie and Vanessa Hudgens for making this look so fab! How do you make the maxi dress and/or skirt work? For shoes, wear flat sandals or wedges. Do not even attempt to pair it with chunky heels, boots, or shoes. Then it will look 90s. For a top, if you are wearing a maxi skirt, go for a basic tee or tank top. That way you have a blank canvas you can work on!

All dresses and skirts are from Forever21.com

Bell Bottoms/Flare Jeans

The 70s are back! But not as intense as it was back then. Spice up your jean collection with bell bottoms and/or flare jeans! Change it up - instead of wearing skinny jeans to work or to class, wear your bell bottoms and flares! This style works with EVERY body type and personal style. So, for all my curvy gals who felt a bit self-conscious wearing skinny jeans or denim leggings or for those who dislike bootcut jeans, try these babies on!

All jeans are from AmericanEagle.com

Delicate Jewelry

One of the dont’s for 2011 is overaccesorizing. I am all for wearing rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. But do not go overboard with it! As much as I love the jewelry trend nowadays, but I cannot get enough of necklaces with simple charms, a simple gold or pearl earring, a gold bangle, or a modern diamondless ring.

All jewelry is from ModCloth.com

What do you think, fashionistas? What are some spring trends you are loving so far? Share your thoughts below!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Preppy Nautical Stripes are "IN!"

Yes!!! Preppy nautical stripes are in {HALLEJUAH!}
I'm so siked about this trend because it is so...Fun, fresh, and classic!
Perfect time to participate in this trend.
I want to share with you a little tutorial on the things you must know about this trend to make it work for you!!


Let's start in my closet...

(This is the neat version)

(And the messy version...lol!)


What's in the pile?
Two scarves
One tube top
One pair of shoes
One long cardi
One knit hoodie
Two sweaters
One Dress
One T-Shirt
One Blazer

ALL STRIPES!
I know, I'm a little obsessed....ha!

WHERE TO BUY?
My favorite places that have the most fabulous (and pretty reasonably priced) stripes are....
LOFT (formerly known as "Ann Taylor Loft")
Delia*s
Victoria's Secret
Old Navy
Abercrombie & Fitch

Make This Look Work for YOU!
Now with that being said, I know we are all pretty aware of what stripes can do to a girl...
Stripes can add pounds if worn the wrong way, or make an outfit completely overwhelming.  Blah, blah, blah...it's like an old record playing whenever we see a striped top.  We think, "nope this is too hard to wear. I'm not going to bother!"
It is true that stripes can add pounds to our beautiful bodies if worn incorrectly.
Let's nip that nasty rule in the bud (or is it butt?)!  
Here's what we can do to make you look slim....

Courtesy of Wellsphere.com


UNO #1: Wear a SOLID cardigan/jacket blazer to clearly define your waistline
DOS #2: Choose a V-Neck to de-emphasize the bust (if you're fuller in this area)


STRIPE YOUR WORKWEAR
Let's say you're looking to incorporate this hot little trend in your office-wear. 
This is what you can do....
Find a more sophisticated nautical stripe top that has...

Courtesy of Economyofstyle.blogspot.com

1. Sleeves
2. Preferably a Scoop or a Square Neck. 
Not V-neck tops.  They are a little too casual. 

3. Add a structured jacket in a solid color
 to ensure you look sleek and slim 
*Remember...The jacket is doing two important things here.
It's highlighting your waist even though your top is a busy pattern

*OR*

Wear a Stripe Blazer!

Courtesy of ClothingBoden.co.uk

Ta-da!  Now you know preppy nautical stripes are in! Also, you know where to buy them, how to wear them correctly and even add them to your workwear!  I'd love to hear your comments on stripes, do you like them? Already own a pile like mine?  Let me know!  Until next time...

Love,
Your Fashion Coach
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