Celeb Style Inspiration: Lauren Conrad post image

As much as I hate to admit it, Lauren Conrad is a consistent course of fashion inspiration for me.  She always manages to be on-trend without being hyper-trendy, bold but still polished, and sexy, but still sophisticated. And no matter what, she always looks effortlessly put together.

Lauren’s style is rooted in a feminine and flirty sensibility with a bit of an edge. She definitely loves floaty dresses and bold prints, but always maintains a balance with her ensembles, never going too far with a motif. A sharp blazer to toughen up a flirty frock, a Chanel bag to add some high-fashion to a downtown-hipster look, subtle accessories to keep from overpowering a strong outfit- when it comes to chic minimalism, this girl is the master.

One thing I especially admire about Lauren is that she knows exactly what works for her and always stays true to herself with her choices. Her clothes always fit perfectly, the shades always compliment her complexion, and she never  looks like she’s trying to be anything. Lauren has donned tons of amazing ensembles recently, but I narrowed in my four favorites for this edition of celeb style inspiration.

Get the exact looks as pictured above after the jump! [continue reading…]

A Worthy Investment: Statement Rings post image

I absolutely adore jewelry in all forms- necklaces, bracelets, earrings– my collections of all of the following are quite extensive. However, the one accessory I very rarely leave home without is a stand-out statement ring.

From beautiful stones, pretty pearls, diamonds, mixed metals, there are so many incredible styles that, while small in size, can have a big impact on your overall style by injecting a fantastic fashion-forward edge in one fell swoop.

Shop the styles pictured above after the jump! [continue reading…]

Hottest Summer Sandals post image

Hottest Summer Sandals

Chic, comfortable, easy-to-wear sandals are absolute musts for summer and can be worn from day to night and take you from the beach to the bar.

Studded, fringed, beaded, braided, laced- there are so many amazing trends this season sure to match your favorite shorts, dress up your shortest miniskirt, and compliment your best maxi dress.

While embellished styles can be hard to turn away from, it’s important to be selective with whichever sandal you purchase and to make sure the style is as functional as it is fashionable. If you’re craving something on the statement-making side but don’t want to go too extreme, try styles accented with subtle fringe, small studs, downsized buckles, or a laced-up style (my personal favorite).

Read on for the 10 hotted summer sandal trends! [continue reading…]

Get Constricted in Python post image

Get Constricted in Python

In this economic climate it’s hard to limit yourself to those special finds you know will last through fad and trend. One you can be sure not to pass up is python. The pattern or skins are statement makers all on their own. In any form- bag, shoe, jewelry, real or fake- this print is dramatic enough to give a little hiss to even your most pared down, jeans-and-tee outfits.

Python was a major trend on the spring runways- from stunning Dior halter tops and cutting edge Prada skirts to statement making python handbags at Fendi, Marc Jacobs, Matthew Willamson, and more!

Rock a pair of python pumps to give your look a sexy twist like Lindsay Lohan, pictured above wearing Louboutins; pair a python clutch with a retro style like Nicole Richie (wearing a dress by Issa London) for a modern edge , or go all out in a python frock like Sarah Jessica Parker, who rocked a style from L’Wren Scott. From the red carpet to real life, python pieces are always a definite do.

Check out my top 10 python picks after the jump! [continue reading…]

A Worthy Investment: Statement Necklaces post image

One of the quickest – and chicest – ways to update your wardrobe is by accessorizing. And the accessory du jour is the statement necklace. I, for one, can’t wait to pair them with everything and anything.

For spring 2009, designers are completely enamored with the exaggerated necklace. It made countless appearances on runways – Lanvin, Marni, and Marc, oh my! They came in all different shapes and styles (bib, collar, choker, ribbon, layered, twisted), but only one size: huge. The mantra seems to be go big or go home.

The amazing thing about the necklace is that it hits all the current trends yet is surprisingly pretty democratic. Invest in one gorgeous stunner or dabble in all the trends with wallet-happy picks from Target, Forever 21 or Banana Republic.

Luckily, there’s no wrong way to wear the piece of jewelry this season. Perk up solid tops and shift dresses with a dramatic, colorful neckpiece. For a more casual and unexpected take, try with jeans, the perfect white tee, and major heels. Voila, instant glamour. Despite the traditional school of thought that ornate jewelry should not be worn with busy prints, I say take a risk! The brave and courageous should follow the runway’s lead and layer over polka dots or boho patterns. However, please step away from the bangles, earrings, and rings. This look does not translate in real life.

Bottom line: it’s a statement any way you dress it. But for fashion’s sake, wear the necklace; don’t let it wear you!

Check out 10 amazing Statement Necklaces after the jump! [continue reading…]

A Worthy Investment: Chic Blazers post image

When it comes to fashion, there are certain items that are simply worth the investment and chic blazers absolutely fit the bill. I have racked up quite a collection of blazers within the past few months, all at varying colors and at different price ranges, and they have helped bring my personal style to new heights. First of, there is the whole androgyny-chic element that comes with topping your look off with the fabulous blazer. Blazers an add some polish and poise to your look or a bit of an edge, depending on what you’re going for. There are so many ways to wear this smart, brilliant style and with the seasons in transition, I think it’s time to stock up!

Read on for a selection of fabulous styles to choose from! [continue reading…]

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