Shade to Crave: Electric Purple post image

I used to be little Ms. Neutral with my clothes. Black, white, and beige were the only shades I would touch, a common problem amongst women especially here in NYC where black will always be the new black. In time, I branched out and dipped my toes into some other colorful pools (as evidenced by my affinity for shade to crave posts) which has added a much needed burst of fun into my wardrobe.

Electric purple is one of the first bold colors I dared to try- it was an electric purple dress that I wore to a cocktail party for a new handbag line. I went up to the unbelieveably hot bartender to order a drink and he smiled and told me he noticed me the second I walked in the room. I asked why and he said: “I love it when girls wear that kind of purple. It’s just really bold and sexy.” No arguments here.

Purple was also a major trend on the Fall runways. We saw a whole range of purples from pastel to neon on everything in between, but my focus is definitely on the striking, electric shade. Like bold blue, electric purple is ultra flattering on all complexions and is just so inherently sexy. There is also no wrong way to wear this color. You can go the extra mile and team it with some other stand-out pieces, make your purple piece really pop by pairing it with black (just look at how a purple cardi took Mary-Kate’s LBD to a whole new level!), or temper it by wearing it with soft and subtle neutrals, which may be your best best for daytime.

Read on for my top electric purple pics! [continue reading…]

Shade To Crave: Citrus Orange post image

Shade To Crave: Citrus Orange

From summer through fall, bold, vibrant, optimistic shades are all the rage. The one that is really starting to grow on me is orange- which can serve as an fun, and slightly edgy, alternative to powerhouse pink.

I used to hesitate when it came to orange for fear that I would look like a pumpkin. However, with more experimentation, and the right pieces, I totally warmed up to all forms of this citrus shade and learned that when done right, it can be a serious statement maker.

Blaze a trail in an electrifying neon shade- which conveys an unmatched sort of confidence. Rock a bold orange dress at a black tie affair to really stand out from the crowd- like Ashley Olsen who wore a striking vintage gown to this year’s CFDA Fashion Awards. Try a softer shade, like Vanessa Hudens who wore a Max Azria gown to the Kid’s Choice Awards, which allows for piled on accessories. I especially love the rich orange shade of the Bottega Veneta dress worn by Ginnifer Goodwin, which is fashion-forward but still classic and sophisticated.

You can keep it color-specific with a single orange piece, or merge in some other neon colors for a free-spirited sixties-feel. The most important thing to remember is to select a shade that makes you feel as good as you look!

Check out some of my favorite orange pieces after the jump! [continue reading…]

Trend to Try: Shoulder Exposure post image

I have always considered the shoulder one of the sexiest, and most underrated, regions of a woman’s body which is why I’m all about the shoulder exposure trend that’s currently sweeping in.

An exposed shoulder creates that accidental sexy-effect which is super hot but not in an intimidating kind of way. I love the bohemian sensibility of this look, it just has that effortlessness to it that always looks amazing. I am also an avid fan of sweetly slouchy styles and this definitely fits the bill.

You can rock an off the shoulder slouchy dress like Lindsay Lohan wearing Rachel Pally or with a mini-skirt for a night out like Jessica Szohr. Pair a muted top with skinny pants like Lauren Conrad wearing a Vince long sleeve top; rock a Flashdance style tee like Vanessa Hudgens wearing a printed top by Free People, $29.95; or rock an oversized fashion-forward style like Ashley Greene, wearing a button-sleeve top by Prodigal Daughter.

Either way, this look always translates to hot and is a great way to rock the 80’s trend that’s trickling in while still keeping it modern.

Check out some of my favorite shoulder exposure styles after the jump! [continue reading…]

Summer Must-Have: Denim Cut-Offs post image

We’ve already discussed the return of the denim jacket, but there’s another retro denim trend that’s making the rounds and is an absolute must for summer: Denim cut-offs.

This season, cut-off shorts are shorter than ever, lending a bit of sex-appeal to this fantastically cool item. From dark to distressed from tattered and torn to structured and sleek, there are so may ways to rock this trend and incorporate it into your style.

Pair your cut-offs with a thin flannel top for a grungy 90’s-inspired style, with a boyfriend shirt like Agyness Deyn, a slim grandpa cardigan like Ashley Olsen, with a sharp blazer for a more polished look like Victoria Beckham and Kate Moss, with billowy tops like Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Richie, an embellished vest like Nicky Hilton, a lightweight scarf like Hilary Duff, and so on. Cut-offs are perfect for a day at the beach or can be dressed up for a night out with some funky shoes and statement accessories like Vanessa Hudgens who rocked her cut-offs at this year’s Kid’s Choice Awards.

However you choose to wear them, the fact that they’re an absolute must for your summer wardrobe remains the same!

Check out some of my favorite cut-off styles after the jump! [continue reading…]

A Worthy Investment: Edgy Jewelry post image

I am a huge accessories fiend, an obsession that has piqued recently on account of a resolution to stop making unnecessary purchases and work with what I already have. Accessories are a fantastic way to spice up even the most basic pieces and can help you create the exact vibe you’re going for- edgy, boho, preppy, no matter what look you crave, there’s an accessory to help you get there.

The edgy/femme contrast was a huge trend for spring as seen on the runways of Louis Vuitton, Thakoon, Matthew Williamson, Julie Haus, and more. I love mixing edgy pieces into my daily looks, even the most seemingly quiet and subdued, to achieve this look- it really is amazing to consider the significant impact something as simple as a leather cuff or a rock-inspired cocktail ring can yield on an outfit. With a major glamour goth trend on the horizon for Fall 2009, I think it’s definitely time to start investing in some edgy pieces.

Check out 10 must-have edgy pieces after the jump! [continue reading…]

Look Thinner By Getting Dressed! post image

While your body may stay the same, the clothes you put on it can instantly add or subtract 5-10 pounds, which is why it’s important to be aware of dressing for your body and to be fully in-tune with styles that have an instant slim-down effect. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather look thinner by getting dressed over working out and dieting any day of the week!

Read on for 5 amazing instant slim down tips and for fabulous product picks to help you slim down just by getting dressed! [continue reading…]

Designer Finds at Discount Prices! post image

Fashion lovers everywhere have been quick to rejoice over what is arguably the best part of this recession- deals, discounts, and sales galore! I spend pretty much all of my time on online shopping sites scouring for the hottest new fashion finds and during these hard days at work, I am privy to stumbling upon amazing sales and fantastic designer pieces at unprecedented prices! As a gift to you, I will be featuring my top 10 amazing mark-down finds every Friday.

Check out the 10 designer items at massively discounted prices that I’m currently craving after the jump! [continue reading…]

Trend to Try: Thigh-Highs post image

Trend to Try: Thigh-Highs

This weekend I took a bit of a fashion risk and sported a trend that isn’t really much of a trend right now but definitely should be: Thigh-highs! My love of thigh-highs was re-ignited during Fall Fashion Week at shows like Rag & Bone and Sass & Bide. I was kind of disappointed when this trend didn’t explode, but does something have to be insanely popular before we can try it? I think not.

Thigh-highs are the perfect alternative to tights right now, as winter slowly gives way to spring, and will add some understated sex-appeal to your look while still keeping your gams nice and warm.

The length of your dress of skirt is key when it comes to rocking this style and should hit about 1-2 inches away from where the thigh-highs end. You can use your knee-highs to make a basic look a more fashion-forward like Vanessa Hudgens, or to be a bonafide statement-maker like everyone’s favorite fictional fashion risk-taker Carrie Bradshaw!

It is also worth noting- since this is also a relationship and lifestyle site- that while most guys don’t really care for tights, they LOVE the thigh-highs. Trust me.

Read on to check out some FAB thigh-high styles.

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