The Hat Trick

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Hats are an often overlooked accessory. Up your head wear game and let this stylish topper take center stage in your ensemble. More than just a great way to ward off the sun and stay protected from its harsh rays, hats are fashionable accessories that can instantly transform your look.

Here is a look I chose for champagne and strawberry afternoon with my girls!

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Once I have put on the tunic and pants it was obvious that something was missing and thats when I reached for the hat…

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Nothing like a chic woven hat with a not-too-wide brim to increase the chicness of your outfit. The history of hats within fashion lends it an innate vintage and sophisticated feeling, something that this outfit could certainly benefit from. Topping off this look with a hat made it more polished, pulled together, dainty, and coquettish.

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I love how this little hat by Furla enhances the feminine vibe of my look. It makes my breezy purple tunic top, white skinny jeans, and nude bow embellished heels look all the more summery and elegant. This is my take on a casual yet prim and proper look.

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And of course no look can be complete without your favourite bag. This classic Kelly is a lovely addition not only to this outfit but to my “Mine Forever” bag collection. Never letting this baby go…

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One of my personal styling tricks is to wrap the handles of my purse in a beautiful silk scarf. Obviously I didn’t come up with the idea itself, but I really wish it was more popular! It is a subtle and unexpected yet effective way to incorporate prints into your look while personalizing your ensemble at the same time.

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Devil is in the detail, right?  

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Got your hat ready? Now you’re all set to have some fun under the sun. No need to sacrifice fashion when you want to frolic outside on a beautiful day like this one. Seize the moment and enjoy these wonderful days, there is nothing like it. Wear something comfortable and stylish and let your hat make a major statement.

How about you? Will you keep your hat on? 😉

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Style Icon: Gwyneth Paltrow

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Leggy, gorgeous, and eternally chic, Gwyneth Paltrow sure sets the bar high for Hollywood stars everywhere. Always perfectly coiffed and always dressed to kill, Gwyneth makes one wonder how she manages to look this good while being a mom, actress, and lifestyle guru. Owner and tastemaker at Goop, her personal passion project and online magazine that serves as a source for all things organic, natural, healthy, and on trend. She manages to keep fit through her lifestyle and her covetable radar for everything fashion forward. Steal some Gwynnie’s style and get inspired with this rundown of her 10 best looks:54bcdddc9491d_-_hbz-gwyneth-paltrow-best-looks-iron-man-2-la-0112-xln

Showing off her legendary toned legs, Gwyneth nails that elusive combo of casual and elegant. This pearly white short suit is fashion gamble that definitely paid off for her, making her look a cut above your standard red carpet looks. The edgy black booties are a nice finishing touch.

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Gwyneth isn’t particularly known for her penchant for color. She is often seen in chic and classic neutrals, which is why this orange number is extra special since it shows that she can pull off a bold look along with the best of them. This beautifully draped orange frock shows off her amazing bod in high style. The color clashing red booties completes this look with an unexpected hit of saturated color.

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This is Gwyneth at her best. The red carpet is where her best and most wow-inducing fashion moments happen and this gilded gown is one of them. Donning head-to-toe gold might prove to be a sartorial challenge for some, but Gwyneth has always proved herself to be the exception to the rule. This full-on glitz and glamour is dripping in sophistication, from the jeweled brooch on her waist down to her ankle-strap stilettos.

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This look is further proof of what we knew all along, a sleek black tuxedo jacket is a must-have for every fashionista. Here, Gwyneth wears it over a lacy one-piece and the jacket instantly adds a tailored touch and a fashion forward bravado to this look.

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Simplicity always equal elegance and if you pull it off like Gwyneth does, it is sure to land you on the best-dressed list. This sparkly green gown is made even more radiant when you let it be the center of attention. I love how she simply styled it with a diamond statement necklace and poker straight center parted hair.

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One of the most memorable Oscar dresses to date, this Tom Ford piece is one for the fashion books. This white gown-cape hybrid showcases Gwyneth’s love for both glamorous and simultaneously cutting-edge fashion. Again, her simple beauty look and minimal accessorizing makes this look extra winsome. Less is indeed more.

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Gwyneth knows that a strategic cut-out and bold color blocking are more than enough to make you stand out. Paired with textured waves and sexy high heels, she proves once again that a great dress is more than enough to prove your fashion mettle.

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Seriously, Gwyneth could be a poster girl/champion for the power and impact of simplicity, when done right of course. She does casual so perfectly polished. A cuffed blazer, classic white tee, boyfriend jeans, and strappy sandals is the formula for quick and easy chic.

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Gwyneth knows that a little of smoky eye and statement cut-out heels are all you need to elevate a white dress. Loose waves and dewy skin finish off this look, and reminds us that your hair, makeup, and skin are a big part of looking put together.

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I can’t round out this list without showing you Old Hollywood vintage glam Gwyneth. A blush toned gown with intricate detailing and a subtle mermaid cut makes for a showstopping red carpet statement. Red lips and diamonds complete this look with a classic glam flourish.

Don’t you just love how Gwyneth can make simple look extraordinary!

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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.

463261_ou_xlMarc by Marc Jacobs Hooded Cotton Twill Parka from Net-a-Porter

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!

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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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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Style Report: Under the Radar Street Style Stars

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The streets are the new place to see and be seen in your sartorial best. The recent surge of popularity and fashion authority of street style blogs and street style photography has produced a new crop of style stars that are a category all their own.

Bloggers, fashion editors, fashion buyers, and other personalities that work behind the scenes in the fashion industry have now come to the forefront in the fashion media solely because of their stellar personal style. Names like Miroslava Duma, Leandra Medine, Yasmin Sewell, Giovanna Battaglia, Ann dello Russo, Harley Viera Newton, Susie Lau are some fashionistas that have been a fixture in street style blogs. They have risen to the top and went on to lucrative products and collaboration, and are now fashion icons in their own right. Now let me bring you another set of street style stars you should be watching out for.

Eva Chen

Her now infamous #EvaChenPose on Instagram (see photo below) has gained her hundreds of thousands of followers on social media. Lucky Magazine’s EIC Eva Chen does a daily style snap at the back of her cab/town car to show off her eclectic taste in accessories as she displays her shoe and bag of the day. A mix of high and low, her style is that ever elusive marriage of girly and playful fashion meets haute and happening trends.

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Kristina Bazan

One of the breakout street style stars for this year’s fashion month, Kristina Bazan of the style blog Kayture is a Swiss-born and raised style maven who has been dominating more than street style blogs. Her amazing ensembles and great taste in fashion has been featured in sites like Teen Vogue and WhoWhatWear. I predict that this 19-year old stylista will be making waves in the industry soon.

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Linda Tol

Amsterdam based blogger and trendsetter Linda Tol has been wearing one edgy look after another. Her ultra modern and chic blunt white bob aside, her style aesthetic is carefully cultivated and she thoughtfully puts together each look into one gorgeous photoready outfit. But picking apart her look, you’ll find that each piece can stand stylishly on its own. Her taste is something that you will do well to learn from.

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Caroline Brasch Nielsen

Danish model Caroline Brasch Nielsen is a permanent face on Caroline’s Mode a model off duty street style blog. She certainly possesses the hallmarks of great model off duty style, she has that same effortless ease in assembling looks that convey casual sophistication and approachable daytime glamour.

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Julia Restoin-Roitfeld

If you’re the offspring of, arguably, one of the most influential voices and most important stylesettes in the industry, how can you not turn out to be a top tier fashionista too? Simple answer, you can’t. Growing up surrounded by great style and with a glamorous mom like Carine Roitfeld, former editor of Parisian Vogue, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld has pretty much her name written in the fashion history books. She certainly nails the essence of Parisian Girl style, she seamlessly blends textures together for visually interesting looks.

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Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor

Model and DJ Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor is part of an emerging young fashion mafia. With her incredible street style cred, she constantly mixes the best of high street brands like Topshop and Zara with more high-end and feminine pieces. Each of her looks have a definite rock n’ roll vibe, probably an influence of her rockstar dad John Taylor of Duran Duran, she loves wearing vintage band shirts with fun and girly pieces like full skirts and heart-shaped leather crossbody bags.

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Pernille Teisbaek

Look de Pernille is a wildly successful street style blog from Pernille Teisbaek, who is a huge influencer in the Danish fashion industry. This former fashion editor and current freelance stylist and TV personality has been dropping jaws left and right with her refreshing take on feminine dressing, either going all out in a pastel pink cape dress or putting her on spin on menswear with sporty stripes and cropped bra tops.

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Candela Novembre

Argentine born and Milan based model Candela Novembre has that enviable ability to inject bright colors to every single one of her looks without looking too over-the-top and still looking seasonally appropriate and fashion forward. She also has an extraordinary penchant for mixing patterns and textures together. So take some notes every time you see her in one of her signature standout ensembles.

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Ella Catliff

La Petite Anglaise is Ella Catliff’s fashion blog where she expresses her sense of style, and that is feminine meets vintage. In an age where trends and faces blend together in a blur, Ella Catliff distinguishes herself by always sticking to her signature style. This London based model and blogger embraces girly and ladylike silhouettes and shows off her love for color.

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Whose style speaks to you? I love the inspiration I get from these fashionistas!

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Runway Review: Dries Van Noten Spring 2015

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As we see the first model step out onto the runway, we realize that the runway is not the ordinary kind. A moss covered ground akin to an enchanted forest covers the entire length of the runway, this was a carpet art installation commissioned by Dries Van Noten and created by Argentinean artist Alexandra Kehayoglou. The soft, yellow lighting and the entire set should serve as an indication for things to come for Dries Van Noten this Spring 2015, a delicate and provocative update on hippie/bohemian fashion, with his signature tailoring and menswear inspiration still present, of course. A beautiful array of prints sashayed down the catwalk, layered and styled to perfection. Silks, brocades, and graphic chiffon were all noteworthy prints in this collection. Color, pattern as well plays on heavy and light elements make this collection one of the best during Paris Fashion Week. See my top picks for the best looks from the show below:

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Echoing a prominent trend, the long vest, this look captures the essence of the exotic nature and adventure of travel.

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Note the twig branch used as a necklace and small frames as outfit extras that drive home the modern hippie aesthetic of the show.

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Hey, even bohemians can appreciate some good-old glitter. Expertly paired with a print on print patchwork skirt, the muted tones of the skirt play off the vibrant purple of the sequined top nicely.

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You can say that this is one of the signature looks in the show. A vintage necktie print on top paired with an easy laidback pajama pant silhouette with an updated twist.

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One of my favorite looks for sure. The flowing chiffon in this gorgeous print balances off the color and cut of the pants.

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Pinstripes aren’t just for the office, these voluminous trousers can attest to that. The fringe top pairing with it is an absolute wardrobe inspo.

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Pinstripe blazers get a chic update with different line configurations, a small detail that makes a world of a difference.

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The thin straps of this layered chiffon striped maxi is an awesome detail that harks back to the 90s slipdress trend.

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 I can certainly see this covetable jewel-toned striped dress in every woman’s must-have list come Spring 2015.

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Fur for spring? Yes, please. The furry clutches that Van Noten showed off brings new meaning to seasonal accessorizing.

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As the models slowly lay down on the moss-covered floor for the show’s finale. We get the distinct impression that Dries Van Noten has started a legitimate 70s fashion revival.

Did you like the Dries Van Noten show? What other Paris Fashion Week shows did you love?

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Runway Review: Miu Miu Spring 2015

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Miuccia Prada wows fashion lovers once again with her recent Miu Miu Spring 2015 show. The Prada brand’s little sister has always been more rebellious, more coquettish, more youthful, and more subversive. More so now with this Spring 2015 offering from Miu Miu annexing bad girl/naughty schoolgirl stereotypes for a truly unforgettable show. Large bows on leather slip-on mules and sky-high chunky platforms will be next season’s most coveted shoes, that I am sure. But what is truly significant in this collection is how Miuccia Prada elevated standard feminine wear like the pencil skirt, pantsuit, and even the housecoat to something more unprecedented, she made these style staples that are considered normal go beyond their functional call of duty and transform into fashion forward, some even avant-garde, pieces for your closet.

Here are my 10 favorite looks from the Miu Miu Spring 2015 Runway:

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I can already imagine the hordes of fashionistas that will be clamoring for this amazing shoe. After all, who can resist that large bow detail? So fun and so chic.

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A ruffled detail placed right where a pencil skirt darting usually is shows Miu Miu’s penchant for the unexpected and the truly clever.

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The suede brown panel on this checkered jacquard updated housecoat is a 70s inspired detail that will surely resonate within industry trendwatchers.

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I just adore how the paneled pencil skirt is so rich in texture and how it pairs perfectly with the brown and red top handle purse.

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Plaid certainly isn’t just for fall anymore. This boxy top with a ruffle detail straight down the middle is prim-and-proper and ladylike yet there’s still an edge to it.

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A cropped ruffle top with a textured pencil skirt is a youthful and refreshing take on the skirt and bare midriff trend.

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This look is like a modern housewife gone wild. The matching printed sleeveless top and pant is made even more exciting with some ultra bright aquamarine .

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The mishmash of influences in this look is simply fantastic. From the red-rimmed statement sunglasses, vintage fitted sweater, bold print pencil skirt down to the chunky black heels, this look has a mod/70s/sexy secretary vibe that spells so much chicness.

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Coordinating your belt with your crop top will be the next big thing this spring.

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Fur, satin, plaid, and loud colors shouldn’t work together, but in this memorable runway look they certainly do.

So much inspiration this past Fashion Week! I can’t wait for next year!

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Style Icon: Beyoncé

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Beyoncé a.k.a Mrs Carter, a.k.a Queen Bey is currently the reigning queen of music and pop culture. One half of the hottest and most powerful couple on earth, she and her hubby Jay-Z pretty much have the whole music industry on lock. Between that, and her wildly successful album which she launched without any fanfare at all, Beyoncé’s pop culture icon status cannot be disputed.

Beyoncé is on top of her fashion game too. All glam and all curves, Beyoncé never steps out in anything less than stellar, and anything unworthy of a paparazzi shot. Let’s forget those unfortunate Destiny’s Child costumes of the early ’00s, and let me call your attention to her current spate of jaw-dropping red carpet worthy looks and sophisticated urban street style. She is definitely a style icon in her own right, just get a load of these 10 looks for royal style inspiration from Queen Bey herself.

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A striped two-piece matching skirt and crop top set (spot those amazing abs!) is elevated with a bowler hat and coral pumps. Beyoncé isn’t a stranger to graphic lines with color pops.

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A radiant and gorgeous Beyoncé wows in this orange one-shouldered gown from Lanvin. Here she’s sporting two of the best accessories, a baby bump and beautiful glow. This is look is a reminder to everyone, color is your friend. An intense color can give your look a quick fashion forward upgrade.

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What does Beyoncé wear on a casual day out? Leather shorts and a crisp white blazer, of course. She also shows us her strong love of color with  a pair of mint green heels. Take a cue from Beyoncé ladies, a hit of color is always a welcome addition to a monochromatic outfit.

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Beyoncé can do tailored and prim on the red carpet better than anyone. This black and white jumpsuit from Osman shows off this signature curves to perfection, and her classic and clean beauty look completes this look nicely.

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Elegant and ornate, this intricate Michael Costello gown stole the show during the Grammy’s. Beyoncé’s dark lips and smoldering makeup add to the romantic feeling of this memorable red carpet look.

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Only Beyoncé can pull of this over-the-top yet chic Versace look for the Met Gala. Bold, daring, and dazzling all at the same time, the coordinating thigh-high boots and dress combo slayed on the red carpet. Bravo.

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This is definitely a classic Beyoncé look, legs for days in a sparkly and colorful mini. Unapologetic glamour and effortless sexiness at its best.

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This earthy and tribal Thakoon outfit was such a perfect choice for a tropical vacay with her hubby, Jay-Z. The mustard yellow and the zebra print is unexpectedly chic with a hint of vintage feeling, reminiscent of a modern safari look.

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Rocking this trendy Tom Ford boots and dress killer combo. Thigh-high boots are most certainly a staple in Beyoncé’s closet, it just adds seductive vibe to any look.

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Feminine and polished in these polka dot separates from Marc Jacobs, Beyoncé shows that she can mix it up and pull of a vintage ladylike ensemble.

Which one is your favorite Queen Bey look? If you can’t get enough of her style, she does #OOTD posts on her Instagram too.

Have a great week, ladies!

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