Thursday, March 22, 2012

Spring Style Highlights: Neons + Neutrals

One of my FAVORITE things ever is color.  Don't hire me as a stylist if you want your artist to wear all black.  I can only do the "rock and roll, I'm a bad-A" look for so long before I hafta break out the big guns.  And the big guns this spring come in the form of colors we were scared to wear in the 80's.  These neons are not messing around.  A way to temper their effect is to pair them back with neutrals like the gal from a new fave blog, Atlantic-Pacific, is doing below with that awesome jacket and khaki dress combo.  Khaki is just one of the neutrals I highlight below with a few combos of my own.  Don't hesitate to just pile neon on top of neon though.  You can certainly do more than one shade at once.  But maybe to keep from looking like an actor on the Disney Channel keep it to, say two or three at a time with the majority of your outfit being the "neutral."
Photo courtesy Atlantic-Pacific (a great style blog)
Stripe Burnout Midi Dress, $56, Topshop; Plantlife Scarf, $52, Madewell; Leather and Bead Wrap Bracelet, $28, Free People; Joia Envelope Clutch, $46,
1969 Chambray Shirt Dress, $69.95, Gap; Sport Chain Bangles, $28, Topshop; Neon Marquis Stretch Bracelet, $68, Ann Taylor; Dolce Vita Garren Wedge, $178,
Garment-Died Midi Shorts, $59, Madewell; Perfect Ex-Boyfriend Shirt, $59.50, Madewell; Neon Layered Necklace, $4.80, Forever 21; Cheap Monday Faye Suede Belt, $30,

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Lauren Alaina Returns to American Idol

It was a huge day for Lauren last Thursday.  She returned to American Idol to perform her single "Georgia Peaches."  I liken it to my returning to my high school reunion. There's so much pressure to look good!  It's practically the same thing, except there aren't 20 million people looking at my outfit at the class reunion of course.  Check her out!  She looked like a total star wearing a Parker top, Sinclair jeggings, Michael Kors heels, Diana Warner cuff, Made Her Think rings, and Iosseliani earrings!


Monday, March 5, 2012

Spring Style Highlights: Printed Pants + Pointy Pumps

Liya Kebede in Balenciaga jacket, Lemlem top and bag, and Proenza pants. 
(Photo courtesy Refinery 29 Instagram)

Model Liya Kebede is stunning in this photo.  She is sporting a lot of spring's trends at once in a super classy, put-together way.  We are gonna hit two of them in one by highlighting her pants and her shoes.  

I'm so excited pointy-toe pumps are coming back.  The platform phase has been awesome, but they are often so hard to walk in when the platform is too high, and their chunkiness doesn't flatter all legs.  This spring's favorite pump elongates every leg, and with heights hovering around 3 1/2" or 4", they'll be much more wearable.  

Liya combines a basic black pump with a beautiful shape with capri length floral pants.  Floral trousers are having a big time moment, and I think this length is perfect (and my personal fave!)  I show a wide leg version below that is fab also...buuuuuutttt the wide leg is gonna be hard unless you're stick thin and pretty tall, FYI.

I matched a pump with the pant below, spotlighting trousers, jeans, and the wide leg.  Choose your favorite floral!
1.  Printed Trousers, $79.90, Zara.  Florals are obviously so huge for spring, and this one is especially great because you won't feel like you're wearing an entire Hawaiian luau on your legs with this more toned-down flower power.
2.  Legend Ikat Charlie Capri, $99, Lucky Brand.  A huge trend for spring is printed denim.  The ikat on the popular Charlie from Lucky could almost be treated like a neutral because it still has that denim-y color to it.  Lots of companies like Citizens and 7 for all Mankind are doing their own iterations, but for me personally, who knows how long this trend will last, so maybe don't spend too much ;-).  This Lucky one is a good price and the capri is the cutest length for showing off those yellow pumps.
3.  Tree Print Wide Leg Trousers, $90, Topshop.  This print is freaking gorgeous.  A beautiful off-white silky blouse tucked in or even a white tank lets the artwork speak for itself.
4.  Selby by Elizabeth and James, $325, Piperlime.  Elizabeth and James does no wrong in my eyes, and this purple pump is no exception.  Equal parts lady and edgy, it is perfect for the office or a dinner date.
5.  Mona Leather Pump, $198, J. Crew.  This yellow pump epitomizes spring.  Bright colors like this when paired with more muted tones, are so much more wearable.  But I wouldn't shy away from wearing a hot pink blouse with this little guy either.
6.  Intrude by Steve Madden, $89.95.  What a perfectly shaped shoe!  This will make every leg look longer and practically matches everything.  If I were gonna buy one pump here, I'd buy this one.