FFF: Flowers, figs, fashion

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Sometimes even the wildest party people will trade in their social Friday night for a peaceful stay at home night with your loved ones.

Last Friday night I chose to do exactly that and had a lovely time with my family. On some photos my cat Millie looks like she would prefer a night out over my cuddles, but she is a sweetheart and loves it deep down. She is just shy on camera ūüôā

So if you feel you are in the mood for cuddles this weekend just do it! Turn that phone off and spread the love.

For me, home isn’t really home without my cats. Their super soft fluffy warm hugs are irreplaceable! Couple it with a¬†glass of wine after a long day and your evening is a guaranteed success.

I have also added a red lip and a dress with a gorgeous edible print. I would almost always choose a print like that over a flower print or any other girly print. Choose berries or fruits, so long as it is natural and sweet. The freshness will project to your face and skin and make you look just delicious. 

Cheers to Friday night in!

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Style Icon: Rihanna

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Rihanna’s provocative style has gotten her a lot of notice. Aside from her records and tumultuous love affairs, Rihanna is slowly becoming a modern style icon in her own right. What makes her so modern? She basically doesn’t care for your standard fashion rules or your typical style do’s and don’t’s. She wears what she wants and owns it. Sometimes she makes some fashion missteps (just like the rest of us), but most of the time she steps out dressed head to toe in pure Rihanna.

Her style savvy is truly inherent and undeniably original. A style renegade and inspiration, and Rihanna constantly reminds us that fashion should be fun. Here are my top picks for Rihanna’s 10 best looks:

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Timbaland boots, a pale pink faux fur coat, and a Louis Vuitton box bag; this definitely sounds like something only Rihanna could pull off. The best accessory to this look? Her trademark confidence and sass. You can take a style cue from this look, and don’t be afraid to mix the high with the low or street style with designer labels.¬†main.original.585x0 (2)

Rihanna can do a red carpet up in the chicest way if she wants to. Though primarily known for her edgy style, she struts down in this gorgeous red gown with strategic sheer paneling and lets the world know that she can do Old Hollywood glamour. With her soft waves and matching orangey red lip, she has the wow factor in spades.¬†main.original.585x0 (3)I personally love Rihanna’s sexy take on the classic little black dress. She doesn’t reinvent the wheel radically but she adds her personal flourishes to her textured mini black dress. Lace-up stilettos and a mini bucket bag increase the playful vibe of this evening look.

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You can’t expect Rihanna to don the maxi dress in a boho print. Her take on the trendy maxi is to do it up with a graphic twist. Color blocking this shocking pink side slit dress with white heels and a black and white striped clutch amps up the visual power of this ensemble.¬†main.original.585x0

Wide leg trousers with wide vertical stripes can be a tricky piece for some, but Rihanna styles with aplomb. Echoing the two-tone theme in her cap to pumps and balancing the volume of her pants with a simple gray tank and highly structured gray croc skin tote. rihanna-pre-grammy-vogue-27jan14-rex_b_426x639

A yellow satin dress that is this revealing would usually be a fashion no-no, but Rihanna manages to not cross the boundary of taste in this cleavage and leg baring stunner. This evening gown almost looks tropical when set against her bronze skin. The key to the elegance of this look is the clever tailored details like the lapel and rolled cuffs. rihanna-vogue-5jun13-1-rex_b_426x639

Trusty nobody but Rihanna with a velvet burgundy catsuit. Matching her lip color du jour with the color of her one piece and layering oversized and long gold necklace are vital elements in updating this 70s trend into 2014. This outfit is the number one proof that trailblazing fashion and the occasional risk taking can and does pay off. Rihanna-Vogue-11Apr14-PA_b_426x639

The primary colors in this sporty Celine sweater dress is polished and preppy meets minimalist and athletic. Rihanna shows off her signature love for sneakers as she matches her Jordans with her navy sweater dress. A low zip neckline and silver metal choker makes this look bolder and more fashion forward. Rihanna-Vogue-12jun13-Rex_426x639

A sleek and flirty red patent leather pencil skirt makes a strong color and texture statement. This is how Rihanna does ladylike dressing, with slick textures placed side by side with rough hewn denim as shown in her overcoat. The black velvet pumps and gray tee ground this look, and prevent it from looking too overworked. rihanna-vogue-23apr14-rex_b_426x639

Denim cutoffs with frayed edges get a sartorial makeover with a pinstriped blazer worn as a top. The nude ankle strap sandals keep this look simple and understated enough for a daytime jaunt.

Which looks are your favorite? I simply can’t get enough of Rihanna’s edgy style!

Photos from WhoWhatWear and Vogue UK

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10 Leather Looks to Steal

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Fall means sweater weather, which also means leather weather. The gusts of wind and that definite chill in the air is a sure sign that it is prime season to break out your best, boldest, and toughest leather looks.

Nothing can compare to the rock n’ roll glamour that leather gives. The texture alone is enough for you to want more leather love in your closet. It just adds some edge to any ensemble. Leather is a very timeless material that is your surest route to “it girl” style and coolness. You can never go wrong when wearing leather or using it as a complement or finishing flourish to either your casual daytime or sexy evening outfits.

Here’s a rundown of 10 celeb-approved leather looks to inspire you

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Quintessential Cool Girl/model Agyness Deyn schools you on how to wear vintage tees to your next nightout. Ditch that slinky dress and go for this edgy street look, where the leather pencil skirt upgrades this vintage tee for the red carpet. Finishing it off with metallic heels and a red minaudiere just adds that perfect dressy flair to this vintage tee and leather skirt look.
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Want to look polished and stylish for your next long haul flight? Follow Jennifer Lawrence’s lead and put a leather jacket over your comfy airport attire. A gray burnout tee, black denim, and sneakers is instantly elevated by a leather jacket with quilted detailing. This chic leather topper is the solution to not looking sloppy while traveling.

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Jamie Chung displays her  leather savvy by using leather in an unexpected way. Black leather is the standard go-to for leather looks. However, there has been a spike in the availability and popularity of more delicate hues for leather as of late. Pastel colors, like this light pink leather jackets is the perfect harmony of the toughness of leather with the softness of pastel pink.4490a365acd168f82d086ea4cf6bc9e5

A plain LBD gets a style uplift from leather. An all leather little black dress is miles away from your plain black dress. It’s more seductive, more mystertious, and more daring. Pair it with nude pumps, like Cameron Diaz did, to lighten up the overall look a bit. Minimal accessorizing is best as it lets your leather number stand out and make a major statement.¬†94998911b5537fe7fba577b39d2e6f7b

Miranda Kerr knows that if you love to wear head to toe black, leather should be your best friend. Adding leather into the all black mix differentiates each piece in your ensemble, and adds more visual interest and depth to your look. Texture is key when wearing a one-color look like this one. A leather carryall and leather leggings are the right textural accents to the black peacoat, sweater, and pumps. c31b190485b944850e2df9e5452ba7aa

Emma Stone wows in this bright, tomato red dress and nude pumps. Her leather jacket of choice has moto zip details and lapel as well as a double breasted buttons and silhouette that proves once again that leather motorcycle jackets are worthy investments for any fashionista. As you can see, this jacket improves her look dramatically and makes sure that her dress can go from day to night.
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This super adorable everyday outfit shows that you can look put together and casual at the same time. Kate Hudson does a great job in pairing her sporty gray crop top with an A-line leather knee-grazing leather skirt. The white pumps and black top handle purse keeps this look ladylike, while the sliver of midriff and leather keep things interesting and rebel chic. e7d9c304f932d02879a84f65c2e13243

This look could’ve been too plain or too simple, but this pair of leather leggings pretty much guarantees that Hillary Duff looks amazing while running her day-to-day errands. These leather leggings play off the check print knit sweater and cap toe heels and make those two pieces look more modern.¬†e399adfad680d5e9315d16cb2e1f7493

Leather can go very dressy too, just take a look at Gwyneth Paltrow’s stunning evening ensemble. Leather and lace are two textures that pair very well together. The intricacy and daintiness of lace balance the visual strength of leather. Gwyneth knows that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Her crop top and lace midi with laced ankle strap heels are toned down with this deep plum leather jacket.¬†fcb939dd38b2c8fa61db5fb2d3a2fee2Gwen Stefani loves a good motorcycle vest. Instead of following its typical use as a layering piece, she uses it as a chic statement all on its own. Zipped all the way up and paired with cropped boyfriend jeans, this leather motorcycle vest spells bad gal on-the-go. The pointed pink pumps give this look a much needed and surprising pop of bright color.

Which celeb looks did you love? I love them all! How do you plan on wearing leather this season?

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Buy Now: Must-Have Outerwear

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Fall/Winter season is all about the coat. Whatever you decide to wear underneath, a coat gets the most attention when you’re walking out on the streets. Your outerwear choice also speaks volumes about your style, and it is a valuable element that should always complement and add more chicness your cold weather outfits. If you happen to live in warmer climates, it is stylish and appropriate to invest in a raincoat to ward off the rains, or maybe even a lightweight coat for layering during slightly chilly days. ¬†Outerwear is now an all-year round fashion enterprise and style staple, here are some of my picks for 10 must-have coats that will complete your fall/winter style:

440018_ou_xlBurberry Brit Cotton-Blend Twill Trench Coat from Net-a-Porter

Nothing is more classic and timeless like a Burberry Trench Coat. Instead of the more common and often seen khaki incarnation of this coat, select the navy colored trench coat option. Navy is a very hot color this season, and mixing your navy coat with a black ensemble displays your forward sense of style. Navy and black is no longer a fashion faux pas, but rather a style must-try.

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An olive colored twill parka with utilitarian details like drawstring and multiple pockets make this parka an easy pick for a piece that combines fashion and functions effortlessly. This parka is a street style staple that can be worn with practically every single piece in your closet. From floral dresses to denim and tees, this parka will look great when layered on top.

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A cape is an impossibly chic outerwear option that is also every trendy. This silhouette is very unique and will lend any look a sense of high fashion and couture feel. The check print detailing on the shoulder and inside lining of this cape adds to it trendy meets classic style. This can definitely jazz up your sweater and leggings uniform.

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PASKAL Atlas Coat from LuisaViaRoma

This coat from PASKAL combines three major trends of the season in one piece. It is a tailored blazer with cape like arm slits done in a pastel pink color. I can just imagine this coat providing a great color contrast to your neutrals or serving as a stylish alternative to your dark-colored coats.
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Jill Stuart Hooded Brushed Wool Coat from LuisaViaRoma

Little Red Riding Hood goes high fashion in this red Jill Stuart hooded brushed wool coat. Red is a classic color that goes perfectly with a plethora of colors and the shape of this coat has a vintage feel that will add a classy touch to any look. 
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Emporio Armani Cashmere Coat from LuisaViaRoma

Menswear inspired tailoring for women’s wear is yet another one of the hot trends that has invaded outerwear for this season. This luxurious cashmere coat has a streamlined and straightforward oversized blazer silhouette that is perfect for office dressing. It is also the ideal overcoat to wear over your LBDs and sparkly cocktail dresses for the evening.
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Erdem Bonnie Printed Neoprene Coat from The Outnet

The neoprene gives the feminine and girly digital floral print of this coat a sporty vibe. Neoprene is such a durable material that will withstand the elements while keeping you looing sleek. When you’re feeling a little bit down, the vibrant print of this coat will perk you right up. Inject a little bit of fun and playful print into your wardrobe, and let this coat transform your fall/winter style.¬†480730_fr_xl

Diane Von Furstenberg Logan Wool-Blend Coat from The Outnet

Two-toned and color blocked, this Diane Von Furstenberg coat boasts of two classic colors that when placed beside each other make for an even chicer piece. Like I said, blue and black is a color pairing that is being embraced by more and more designers and this coat is a strong argument for the blue and black trend.
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See by Chloe Wool Coat with Textured Collar from MyTheresa

The toggle detail of this See by Chloe coat doesn’t just add visual interest and appeal, it also adds rustic/country inspiration to this outerwear item. The blue contrast textural collar ups the stylishness of thie piece up a notch, and opens you up to more styling possibilities. Style this coat up with red opaque tights and biker boots for some serious street style cred.

P00103239--BUNDLE_1Dries Van Noten Wool Coat from MyTheresa

An abstract floral embellishment across this Dries Van Noten wool coat increases the glamour of your look while simultaneously keeping you cozy. There is no need for a lot of accessories when you have pieces adorned with high shine metallic appliques such as this one. Embrace the artistic print and pair with more dark wintery florals or with classic chunky stripes.

What are your top outerwear picks? Happy Shopping ladies!

Street Style to Steal: Retro Colors

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Spurred by the 60s revival on the Spring 2015 runways and the current pastel color trend takeover this fall, the street style scene is turning up in a plethora of bright colors in mod silhouettes. Retro styles and bold, brash color is in. This is not the season to be a wallflower, this is the time to show off your penchant for eye-catching color and your love for fashion.

Stomp around town in go-go boots and show off your gams in a mod style staple, the mini skirt. Don’t forget to match your look with long Twiggy-esque lashes and a chic blowout. See my rundown of the top street style looks to steal and get inspired by. Enjoy the parade of fun retro colors and playful prints!

6796b4e6ab9290989508f3e44206e277It doesn’t get any more mod and more fun than this dress that is positively made of sunshine. The simple cut of the dress and the Peter Pan collar are both girly and flirty details that make this frock look straight out of the 60s. Give it an updated styled feel by adding a pair of captoe oxfords. Bare legs make this look summery, you can easily translate this into fall with the simple addition of hosiery and outerwear.

5dab3fbd32d7d2a95b9ddeb11cc4dd52An elegant shift dress in dusty rose looks even more mod with these snakeskin print blue go-go boots. The simple cut of the dress and the contemporary metal button detail prevents this ensemble from looking too much like a costume. It is important to avoid the costume trap when doing a take on retro dressing. Remember, it still has to look chic for the present day.

9f3399d6e7bd9b788d46707f3d596ab0A belted T-shirt dress gets some ladylike vintage-inspired treatment with a small mod collar and kitten heel bow pumps. The cat-eye sunnies and top handle satchel reinforce the mod inspiration, but the jewel toned blue makes it feel so current and trendy.

022aa8953b1e6282cab286646169d601A bright-colored cropped jacket with a printed mini dress gets a tinge of downtown vibe with some on-trend accessories that complement and don’t take away from the overall mod feel of the look. Black pointed toe mules and a silver clutch accent the mod statement of the jacket and dress perfectly.

24ccc649ec5c6d0aa54e8510363472e2The Brigitte Bardot hair and makeup of this chic gal aside, this is a picture perfect feminine meets mod outfit. The delicate print is a softer spin on mod florals, but the gamine silhouette and buttoned up look of this dress stays true to the iconic dress shape of the decade.

54d211c4b270a0ee4a6fd3e909c03fc3Cropped tops and trousers were a big look in the 60s. The bright color of these orange cigarette pants are great when paired with the boxy cropped top with a fun and playful print. Tomboy chic is one of the strongest trends during the mod era, and the colors and prints in this look update that tomboy trend. Not to mention the street flair that the studded heels and mini cross body bag add.

2526f5562b78fb288ff874e68d7cd0d1Black opaque tights under a short skirt is a classic 60s look. The color blocked orange sweater adds the element of geometry that was so popular in the 60s, and very reminiscent of the YSL Mondrian print of that time. The heeled loafers with metallic detail is another nod to the tomboy look that Twiggy popularized back then.

41608c84e2dd27581589c50042b70c15Turn heads in a lime green coat that increases the wattage of your look almost instantly, and ups your visibility by a thousand percent. It will be impossible to miss you when donning this shocking color, and when sporting such a fashion forward look with confidence and aplomb. The Audrey Hepburn inspired oversized sunnies is the perfect topper to the super cute mod mini and turtleneck combo.

65568ca1a3b09bcae7a7c3cc0a0f699eA coquettish ensemble of a turtleneck mini in graphic black and red is elevated by the geometric detail on the pumps as well as the crocodile skin structure top handle satchel. The textured bob further updates this look, showing that your beauty look should always be in harmony with your style.

fc99c75f236b2a6472539dc598b721c7A checkerboard print two-piece set in lime green is cheekily punctuated with octagon-shaped sunglasses goes to show that high fashion can be fun too. This look is mod on the first look so you will do well to choose a pair of simple and sophisticated white pumps so as not to overwhelm this high glam look.

Are you going to time travel with the stylish set to the swinging 60s? What’s your favorite mod trend? I personally love mini dresses!

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Style Icon: Taylor Swift

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British Vogue’s November Issue cover star, country music icon, street style star, and pop culture phenomenon Taylor Swift is a force to be reckoned with. At such a young age she broke out onto the scene in a big way, with infectious rhythms and insightful, deeply felt lyrics. Her famous relationships (and breakups too) have been immortalized into country/pop-rock songs that has the rest of the world singing along. She has recently been making the news and making major headlines with her feminine and vintage inspired street style looks. Each look she steps out in is pure perfection, and she has us swooning over her to die for style. She always looks polished and always look paparazzi ready, which goes to show that you can stay true to yourself and not always follow the trends.

Start your own trend just like T-Swizzle has, and ¬†learn from her sartorial savvy, as you browse through¬†my top 10 picks of Taylor Swift’s best street style looks.

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A departure from her typically sweet street style, Tay Tay shows that she can turn up the glam and exude a bit of naughtiness with this sexy black jumpsuit. She still maintains her signature girly vibe by toting her top handle vintage frame bag. Opting out of accessorizing and just letting the black pieces be the focus of this look is such a classy style move.  102714-taylor-swift-1-567

In the summer, we saw Taylor Swift in one matching printed two-piece set after another. She practically lived in those crop tops and full skirts. She stays loyal to her affinity for matching sets and makes it more fitting for the fall in this knit sweatshirt and pencil skirt duo.
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Taylor Swift turns up the glamour in a sparkling and shimmering Gucci gown during this year’s Grammy Awards. With just some elegant ear danglers as her accessory, she completely owns the red carpet in this beautiful silver column gown.¬†taylor-swift-street-style-15

I wish that we could all look this good on the reg, just like Taylor Swift does. She manages to look modern while donning vintage pieces. She looks absolutely flawless in this covetable outfit composed of a yellow houndstooth cropped sweater, mint green skater skirt, coral heels, and a lovely taupe frame bag. taylor-swift-street-style-19

Want to know how to make even a pair of denim cutoffs look elegant? Do it like Taylor and add some polished extras into the mix. You can never go wrong with nude pumps, black frame top handle bag, and a white sabrina neckline top. Improve this casual look even further with a red lip and loose, tousled hair waves. taylor-swift-street-style-25

If there was ever an argument about investing in tailored shorts for the summer, this look will be one of the strongest cases for it. A pair of brightly colored tailored shorts up the ante and gives a ladylike vibe to Taylor’s fondness and preference for menswear inspired footwear like these low-heeled oxfords.¬†Taylor Swift coming out of the Smile store in NYC

Taylor Swift might not be a school girl, but she certainly nails back-to-school style in this outfit. A red and blue patterned sweater dress  with her two signature staples, heeled oxfords and structured leather totes all make for an A plus look.

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This is further evidence that you need not hold yourself strictly to the matching purse and shoes style rule. Sometimes, breaking fashion rules can be fun since the unexpected always leads to more excitingly chic looks. Simply take a gander at this printed sheath dress look and how the hot pink peep-toe pumps and hunter green bag play off each other stunningly. taylor-swift-street-style-42

An orange and pink color block sweater can make your daily spring to fall uniform so exciting. Pieces such as this sweater are great for quickly and easily perking up your basics, like camel colored skinnies and black tasseled loafers. taylor-swift-street-style-43

Taylor makes us like her even more as she embraces high street brands like Aldo. She totes a maroon structured purse from Aldo and matches that deep burgundy red shade with a deep-V sweater worn over a grey mini dress. The bowler hat and matching burgundy colored booties are just the right accessories to finish off this winsome look.

Which look is your favorite? All of Taylor Swift’s looks are so amazing, I simply can’t choose!

Images from Teen Vogue and InStyle

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Buy Now: Statement-Making Watches

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You can’t count yourself a fashionable woman if you don’t have a watch to complete your look. You may not be a watch collector like some out there, but it is still very important for your personal style, especially for your work wear style, to have a great and stylish watch at your disposal. An elegant watch can pull together a casual look and can even add gravitas to your office wardrobe. There are so many fashionable, modern, and sophisticate timepieces that you are sure to find a watch that you will fall in love with.

Watches are a great investment and over time it increases in value. This purchase will also pay you back in dividends in how chic it’ll make you look. Watches are timeless accessories that will instantly increase your fashion points and bring your closer to style icon status. Here I give you a rundown of my picks of some of the best watches available:

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Larsson  & Jennings Vasa Gold-Plated Watch from Net-a-Porter

This new watch brand is a fashion blogger favorite due to its streamlined design and modern look. This particular style with its blue and white strap is a casual option and has a preppy vibe. This Larsson & Jennings watch will look stunning especially in the summer, paired with a little white dress and espadrille wedges or with a pair of dark denim skinnies and a breezy gingham top. This is the perfect timepiece to complete your country club chic look.

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Chanel Premiere Chain Watch in Gold from Chanel

When buying a watch, you can’t go wrong with classic brands just like Chanel. Chanel’s reputation as one of the oldest and most prestigious fashion brands is unparalleled, and you can be sure that the piece you’re buying is of the best quality and the most thoughtful and intricate design. This Premiere Chain Chanel Watch with its black lacquer dial¬†and 18K yellow gold chain bracelet and clasp. This watch will go with everything in your closet and give it a touch of high glamour.

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Michael Kors Channing Silver-Tone and Croc-Effect Leather Watch from Net-a-Porter

Michael Kors watches’ signature is its line of gold pieces, but recently this brand has come out with more fashion forward watches with a bit of edge. This croc skin leather watch strap is so on point with the exotic skin trend of the moment. The beautiful deep royal blue color of this piece is perfect for the season, and is a great accent to dress up your cardigans and sweaters this fall. This color is an excellent complement to mustard yellow, oxblood, and hunter green.

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Givenchy Seventeen Stainless Steel Watch from MyTheresa

Givenchy’s foray into the watch game is a very successful one and is so reflective of the brand’s signature high fashion and high end edge. This Seventeen watch is made in Switzerland, and features a scratch resistant sapphire glass lens. The straps are removable and can be switched out to coordinate with any look. This watch’s understated design will definitely add some urban cool into any ensemble.

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Kate Spade Pave Interchangeable Strap Metro from Kate Spade New York

Consistent with Kate Spade’s signature flirty, feminine, and playful feel, this Pave Interchangeable Strap Metro has a glittered leather band that is guaranteed to perk up all your outfits and give it a fun and girly flourish. The 23k gold plated metal face inlaid with crystals and its interchangeable straps make this watch a no-brainer purchase as it effortlessly combines versatility and youthful chicness in one piece.

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If you’re looking for a luxe watch with a bit of a twist, reach for the multiple textures and bohemian fashion inspiration that you can find in this Sara Designs Leather & Chain Wrap Watch. Braided leather and rose plated gold chains adorn this watch, and will make sure that your timepiece is eye-catching every single time you slip it on your wrist. Play up the boho vibe of this piece by pairing it with printed maxi dresses and wedges.

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Movado Women’s¬†Bold¬†Watch 42mm from Bloomingdale’s

Movado’s minimalist watch design stands out above the rest, and you can certainly prove this by the double takes and inquiries you get once you wear this beautiful sleek black watch. Its minimal and stark face is Movado’s signature and gives it a definite distinctive and contemporary look. You can use this piece as a modern accent to punctuate your more colorful and printed looks.

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Nixon Small Time Teller Watch from LuisaViaRoma

A classic gold watch with a simple, straightforward, and sophisticated design, this Nixon Time Teller watch is a piece that will be the work horse of your accessories since it pretty much goes with everything and conveys a modern style. The blue face of this watch is a great way to give your outfit a color pop. Try pairing this watch with a blue blazer and jeans for a downtown street style look.

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Henry Skeleton Watch from Shopbop

The transparent detail in this Marc by Marc Jacobs stunning creation is what makes it different and its red color is also a brilliant addition to your accessory rotation. The red and gold in this watch design can also serve as a great complement to a host of colors, it is especially striking when worn with monochromatic outfits. Or you can even try it with a super trendy head to toe red look.

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Anne Klein Women’s Crystal Accent Tri-Tone Crisscross Bangle Bracelet Watch from Macy’s

The bracelet-like design of this Anne Klein watch will certainly lend itself well to dressier occasions. It can even serve as a great accessory to your work wear pant or skirt suits, as it will give it a delicate and subtle dash of feminine style. The tri-tone mixed metal look of this bangle watch also gives this design a more modern twist. This will also be just the right watch to pair with your LBD for a picture perfect date night look.

What are some of your watch picks? Have fun shopping ladies!

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Trend Report: Activewear Chic

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Partly due to the resurgence and the resounding boom of the athletic/sporty style trend, activewear is increasingly taking the spotlight in the fashion industry. Gym clothes are now more stylish than ever, and it can actually pull double duty for you now, taking you from your workout to post-workout fetes or for laid-back weekend soirees. High-fashion designers are also getting into the activewear market with their own respective line of gym wear. There is now no excuse for you to take a break from looking chic, even when you’re breaking a sweat.

A significant addition to the plethora of stylish activewear options and brands is the upcoming collaboration that has fashion fans and Beyonce fans in a tizzy. Pop culture icon, style maven, and reigning queen of music Queen B, Beyonce announced recently that she will be coming out with an activewear line with high-street UK brand Topshop. Topshop has had a storied history of excellent collaborations with designers and style icons like Kate Moss and Christopher Kane. Her exciting collab with the brand will include clothing, shoes and accessories made for dance, sports, and fitness. She promises that her activewear line will integrate functionality and her signature streetwear vibe.

 

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Image and News Source: Vogue UK

¬†Another noteworthy designer/celebrity collaboration that attests to the trending of fashionable activewear is Kate Hudson’s newest activewear line, Fabletics. A partnership with shopping site, Just Fab, Kate Hudson’s line actually has friendlier price points than other dominant brands in the activewear fashion industry. Combining fitness with fashion is Hudson’s end goal for her premiere collection. She also designed the pieces with a variety of body types in mind. Most pieces retail for under $100, and are fashion forward enough to wear outside the gym. Here are some looks from her collection:

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The prestigious French fashion house Balmain has joined in on the activewear trend as well and of course, did a more luxurious and haute couture take on it. Leather sweatpants with tough biker details, sweatshirts in rich prints, and even tailored cotton sweatpants are all pieces that have been spotted on fashion industry insiders.

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Pierre Balmain Heather Grey XX Lounge Pants from SSense

Want more chic activewear pieces to incorporate into your daily looks? Here are some of my picks for sporty threads and athletic duds that’ll up your fashion cred and get you into this hot trend.

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Nike Liberty Windrunner Jacket from LuisaViaRoma

Nike’s collaboration with design print company Liberty of London produced this upgraded take on the hoodie. The paisley print on this piece looks vintage inspired and when married with the athletic vibe of the hoodie makes for a fashion forward addition to your closet. Wear this beautiful hoodie over a white dress and with striped slip-ons for an easy look for a summer afternoon. You can even use this hoodie to layer underneath a blazer for a surprising element to your fall uniform of boyfriend blazer, dark denims and ankle boots. You can also try layering a blue printed scarf in a similar shade with this hoodie to add some downtown cool to a typically sporty item.

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Fendi Creatures Hooded Shell Ski Jacket from Net-a-Porter

A part of Fendi’s Creatures collection this ski jacket debunks the thinking that winter style is bulky, unflattering, and the total polar opposite of chic. This fun and playful color blocked ski jacket will give your winter looks a punch of color. Perk up your all black looks with this piece, or you can even accent a pair of sleek black trousers with this athletic item.

475192_in_xlMover Stretch Jersey and Mesh Sports Bra from Net-a-Porter

The addition of mesh to this sports bra makes it trendier and adds a subtle hint of sexy. The mesh detail of this number takes this beyond the gym and makes it ideal for those night outs and parties. Quick styling tip, wear this sports bra with more feminine silhouettes to contrast with its modernity. Try this with a midi skirt with lots of volume, or even with tailored cigarette pants for a different take on cocktail dressing.

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Adidas by Stella McCartney Mesh and Stretch Jersey Dress from The Outnet

This cute and flirty dress has the right amount of swing and flow to it. Adidas and Stella McCartney has had a long partnership way before the athletic trend exploded all over the scene, and you can always count on this design collab for athletic pieces that have feminine details that update the standard sporty silhouettes. Pair this dress with a statement necklace, loose hair waves, and some white wedges for a winsome look, ideal for weekend brunches and afternoon jaunts.

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Y-3 Oversized Cotton T-Shirt from MyTheresa

This cotton T-shirts have athletic varsity stripes that take it from basic to trendy. You can wear this design with everything, if you want to lend it a more casual, sporty vibe. Wear it with printed skater skirts or denim cutoffs, it’ll look chic every single time.

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Nike Roshe Run Print Sneakers from MyTheresa

Sneakers are not just for running anymore, just take a look at any street style blog and you’ll see just how white hot this sneaker trend is. Worn with everything from sequined dress to LBDs, from tailored suits to floral rompers, sneakers are newest must-have footwear that are equal parts stylish, comfy, and versatile. These pair of Roshe Run sneakers have a black and white print that have a modern pop of neon. The streamlined design makes it easy to wear and incorporate into different looks.

Do you love this trend as much as I do? Sound off below for your stylish athletic picks!

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