ANM Style Guide: What to Wear to Summer’s Music Festivals post image

As if there wasn’t already enough to love about summer, the season brings us a TON of awesome music festivals.  Whatever your genre of interest is, there’s something for everyone and with so many options it isn’t a surprise that most of us go to at least one during the summer months.  For those of us going, figuring out what to wear can be an issue – you want to look fab and be comfortable so outfit ideas can be a struggle.  Here are my tips and styles to get you through your summer festival looking and feeling amazing!

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Top 5 Spring/Summer Must-Haves

Summer is just around the bend which can only mean one thing in ANM land…. it’s time for my seasonal Top 5 Must-Have list!

Every season I identify five pieces worth investing in to upgrade your current wardrobe and bring it into the new season with a fresh spin. Spring and summer are great times to experiment with color, but it’s almost important to factor in comfort, since we’re more likely to walk as opposed to driving or public transportation to soak up the lovely weather (especially in areas with particularly brutal winters).

A new season doesn’t require a new wardrobe. With a few key pieces, you can instantly upgrade what you’ve got. See what made my list for this season.

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Shade to Crave: Mint post image

Shade to Crave: Mint

I have to say, I was embarrassingly excited by the mint-invasion on the Spring 2012 runways. Mint has been my favorite color for as long as I can remember. My carpet growing up was mint, my comforters (from college onward) were always mint, my vanity is mint– suffice to say I’m a fan! Unfortunately, mint has always remained home decor- only for me since it was so seldom found on the clothing racks.

Well not anymore! Mint made a major splash on this season’s runways, making its way onto everything–dresses, gowns, pants, blazers, bikinis. even shoes and accessories.

Read on for my favorite minty finds!

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Bright Ideas for Bright Clothing post image

Although the vast majority of items in my closet trend toward neutrals and blacks, I can’t help but be drawn to all the amazing bright pieces in stores for the summer. Perhaps it is the beautiful weather… when it isn’t raining, hailing, flooding or overcome by tornadoes, that is. While it may be a bit of wishful thinking on my part, my sincere view is that if I wear bright clothes the weather will follow suit.

Whatever the reason is, the bright pieces I keep seeing are exactly what I need to fill the void of bold summer items in my wardrobe. While I’m well aware of the deficiencies in my closet, a part of me knows that when push comes to shove I will more times than not end up just wearing black. Walking down the streets of NYC I find that even in summer I’m not the only one who is color shy… the streets and sidewalks of New York are filled with fashionistas wearing neutral and black items, which is totally out of sync with the bright colors seen in stores and on runways.

The neutral/dark palette phenomenon is one I attribute to the fact that bright and bold colors can seem rather daunting to wear. But fear not clothing compadres, while it may seem that bold and bright colors are difficult to incorporate into your outfits, or are too showy for your personality, there are a ton of runway inspired ways to add some bright boldness into your wardrobe no matter the color of your personality or the state of your bank account.

Check below for some bright ideas on how to add those trendy bright colors to your wardrobe this summer, while remaining true to your color personality and style.  [continue reading…]

Link Roundup post image

Link Roundup

Worst Celebrity Hair Extensions and Wig Moments – The Frisky

Lettuce Couture: PETA’s Latest Passion – StyleList

30 Summer Wardrobe Essentials – Refinery29

Best Fashion Brands to Follow on Tumblr – Fashionista

Two New Ways to Validate Your Shopaholism – The High Glow

How to Shop Your Mom’s Closet post image

Many of today’s trends are throwbacks to the times when our mothers were growing up so why not go shopping in the most unlikely of places … your mother’s closet!

Fortunately for me, and perhaps my wallet as well, my mother used to be a fashion designer.  She is also, pardon the pun, a “closet” hoarder… while she hasn’t been buried alive yet, if she keeps up it, ohhh boy, we are going to have problems in my house.  Over the years, my mother has stowed away an insane amount of her favorite pieces/random things from her wardrobe (a trait she picked up from my grandmother who is also a secret hoarder and the next stop on my closet shopping tour). I, being the nosy, loving, daughter, have a favorite past time of looking through her clothes from yesteryear (items which are distributed throughout not only my house, but my grandmother’s as well) and appropriating to myself her old things which, now are amazing vintage pieces.

When I was younger, my mom used to show me all of her favorite possessions, which included items with crazy prints, weird shapes, matching sets, and, yikes, SHOULDER PADS (one trend I will never understand or like). Not the savvy vintage shopper when I was young, I shunned these pieces, questioning my mother’s fashion sense for having ever worn these items in the first place. Now. however,  I see her closet as fertile buying opportunity, a place where I can add to my collection items that offer a unique take on today’s trends. The best part is that they are available to me alone (and perhaps the few people who kept them from years ago). What I realized was that today, in order to create looks which are wearable and trendy, you need to look past what is on the hanger and update your looks through tailoring, customizing, and styling.

I know not everyone has a mother who likes to hoard her most favorite designs and clothing purchases, even those that she wore years ago. Still, why not take a shot at shopping in your mother’s closet?  While you may come up zeroes, there is a chance you will be able to match today’s trends without putting a serious crimp on your bank account!!

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Featured Articles from the Fashion Blogosphere post image

Shopping Guide: What to Wear When You’re Meeting the Ex– The Frisky

Summer Trends — What Turns Guys On, and What Flummoxes Us– Lemondrop

Look Forward to Fall Fashion Trends– Who What Wear

How to Wear White Denim– FabSugar

Study Says People Who Wear Knockoff Sunglasses Are More Likley To Lie– Slaves to Fashion

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