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All the Sparkle, Without the Fade!

September 14, 2007


The sequin trend is back! And, oh, who could have seen it coming? Nevertheless, the demand for sparkle is high, and the voltage is even higher… But, if you’re like me, you may be just a smidgen uncomfortable hopping off the bus in head-to-toe sequins, surely blinding all around you. Don’t fret! I’ve found a few ways to eeeease your way into the glitz-fest without hurting anyone, including yourself.

Look for graduated sequins. This is a way to add the sequin-esque shine and sparkle without looking like a disco ball. It also draws the eye to wherever the sequins happen to be gathered most. Try this top from Forever21 ($22.80):

Only do one element of the piece in sequins. This is like the “tease” approach. Just having a hem, or a collar, or just the decolletage shows the eye a sweet peek of sparkle without giving it all away. Try this really beautiful satin halter tunic from Forever 21 (24.80):

BUT… If you are one of those dreamy girls who’s got the confidence of a bombshell and want to open up the world to your beautiful sequined bod, there’s hope for you, too. These dresses and tops below are eye-catching and saucy to the MAX. Pick one and hit the town.

This is a gorgeous sequined brown dress, and it has an oh-so-mod keyhole in the back, in case the sexy leg just wasn’t quite hot enough. Available at Mandee ($35.99). Pair with some nude heels to make those legs go on forever.

This peach-colored striped sequin tunic is screaming for a belt and tights with black T-Straps. Simple design, except because of the sequins – the COMPLETE opposite when executed. Available at Forever 21 ($29.80).

Alright, my sparkling babies, go out and shine!

xoxo.

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N is for NEUTRALS!

August 31, 2007

Fall is coming! Fall is coming! That means there’s a slight, but noticeable shift in fashions. Babydoll dresses will start falling over thick tights, breezy jackets will start morphing into muted wool trenches, and airy sandals will turn to platform pumps.

Among all these changes, autumn brings us the beautiful neutral tones to base our gorgeous outfits upon. But wait! A new kid has arrived… um, … on the block. Next to cream, olive, black, white and sand is a long-underappreciated newcomer: GREY!

Grey is no longer the drab, boring color of my hometown skies – it’s the newest, hot shade for the land of neutrals! Check out these picks:

This grey top is the perfect mix of pattern and color. Because of its quick pattern and bold cut, you’ll want to keep the other components of the outfit pretty basic so the top remains the focal point. Paired with a muted red colored bag and jeans, you’ll look polished and modern. A deep grey necklace (simple circular pendant) and metallic black flats punctuate this set perfectly.

Metro Chiffon Top; Forever 21 – $17.80 Red Skinny Jeans; Urban outfitters – $68
Metallic Black Flats; Forever 21 – $12.80
Pendant Necklace; Target.com – $10.99
Heather Hobo Bag; Forever 21 – $18.80

OUTFIT TOTAL: $128.39

Here we have some really basic grey trousers with a flat front (the ONLY WAY trousers should be, unless you’re svelte as a broomstick). They’re a little on the dark side, so pairing them with bright colors always makes for an eye-popping treat. The classic combination of blues and cremes gives a classy, yet sexy and youthful appearance. And the little creme clutch and pumps? That was just a compulsion. 🙂

Truck Jeans Grey Tab Trousers; Alloy.com – $32.50
Satin Tunic; Forever 21 – $14.80
Scoop-Neck Babydoll Cardigan; Old Navy – $29.50
Franco Sarto Cascade; Onlineshoes.com – $59.99

OUTFIT TOTAL: $136.79

Now get out there, try adding some good ol’ Seattle grey into your wardrobe!

xoxo.

What do I wear with…

August 10, 2007

So my dear friend, Jen, was talking with me today and mentioned that she had a dilemma. She bought these fabulous shoes at the Nordstrom Half Yearly sale and (while they’re sexy as all get-out) she has NO CLUE what to wear with them, except black & jeans. The source of the dilemma? They’re orange. Hot, orange, cap-toe pumps. So we got to talking…

A really, really hot fall trend is brightly colored shoes – but what the heck are you supposed to wear them with? I’ve debunked this mystery and have a few examples of how to highlight and flaunt your hottest hued shoes.

Enzo Angiolini “Katlyn”; Nordstrom.com – $98.95

Contrary to the “tan”-ness of the photo, these puppies are bright praline-orange. These are, in fact, the shoes my comrade was referring to. But oh, there is so much more than jeans and a black top in these shoes’ future… Let’s start with the basics.


Because these shoes are cap-toed beauties – you’re kind of roped into being classy. This sweater dress [Splendor Cable Sweater Dress; UrbanOutfitters.com – $78.00] upholds the “classy” requirement while still being a bit edge and sassy at the same time. Pair this with opaque tights and those candy-colored shoes for instant head-turns. As far as accessories, stick to the theme and go with a long necklace that ends just below the bust. If it’s metal, go for gold, or stick with a neutral color like black or creme if it’s got enamel/charms on it.

Not into dresses? That’s fine. Herringbone wide-leg pants [Wide-Leg Herringbone Trousers; Old Navy – $25.00] are just as flattering (if not more, for your body type) and will work just as well with the brightly-colored shoe of your choice. Pair it with a neutral sweater in creme, or black to make the shoes really pop.

If you’re feeling saucy and plan to take your loud shoes out for a night on the town, don’t worry; there’s more out there than work-appropriate attire to compliment your shoes. The trick is to stay neutral; allow your shoes to be the focal point of your outfit. Too much color, or too MANY DIFFERENT colors will send you from smoldering to clowny in record time.

However… Pay attention to the hue and value of your bold statement shoes. Are they a muted color? Saturated? Neon or electric? Pastel? Also, pay attention to the palattes: nature-colors, water-colors, flower-colors, or cold/warm colors. You can play around with the colors that fit bot the value and palatte of your shoes. For instance, a night on the town dress would work as…

…This green dress [Patrick Robinson Drop-Waist Dress; Target – $12.49] in a sage green color. Why? Because the color is muted (looks like it’s been mixed with a grey or a brown) and is a solid color, as to not take the focus off your hot, hot shoes. It was tempting to go for a brown dress with that rusty orange – but remember that the shoe has a BLACK cap-toe. Bye, bye, brown. You will be missed.

Add to this dress a long gold necklace – plain and simple. You’ll add the rest of the glitz just by wearing it.

xoxo.