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Build A Great Spring Trip Ensemble

Spring is the perfect time for weekend getaways at the beach, pool or nature. Whether you’re going with your girlfriends, mom or significant other, here’re a few recommendations to pack into your suitcase for a stylish escape.

denim jacket

The Denim Jacket
Rugged enough to withstand a little rough and tumble, jean jackets are a spring trip staple, and also a key part of any summer wardrobe. Check out the new light wash from Levi’s denim jacket with an embroidered slogan on the back for a little extra dash of cool.

The Bomber Jacket
The bomber jacket is getting some well-earned attention. This year, we’re loving the bagginess and the shine. Pair it with a shirt dress, bandana, and Nike trainers to bring out your inner tomboy.

Overall Dungarees
Overall dungarees are the perfect field day look. Wear them Taylor-Swift tight or Jared-Leto baggy. Pick up a pair from Top Shop and layer them over a peasant blouse to go feminine, or put them over an edgy mesh top for some bad girl fashion.

leather backpack

Leather Backpack
You never know what you’ll need for a field trip, and a backpack will give you a little more mobility than a standard purse. A sleek leather mini one from Whistles stores your necessities perfectly without looking clunky.

Star Cuffs
Whatever you’re wearing, you can’t of wrong with these gold star hair accessories and ear cuffs from Tada and Toy. It will bring a little of the night sky into your everyday and is a great signature alternative to the temporary tattoo.

Baseball Jersey
If you like donning your man’s clothing, the baseball jersey is for you. Make it your own by wearing it open over shorts or close it up and wear it as a dress. Look for the one from Majestic Athletic with the Brooklyn logo.

Plaid Shirt
We all know the importance of layers when our field days become field nights. Bring along a super comfy plaid shirt and tie it around your waist grunge style for a practical fashion statement.

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Stretch Playsuit
Nothing could be better for running around on a field trip than grayey marl stretch playsuit from Silence and Noise. You’ll love this comfy one piece with hints of lace and tapered legs. Dress up with some flowery sunglasses for outdoor excursions.

Shirt Dress
Shirt dresses are a great mixture of cute and sporty and an ideal choice for your field trip. Go mod in a Fred Perry T-shirt dress paired with some cool Doc Martens or reflective trainers.

Logo Shirt
Dare to go bold with some fresh patterned logo shirts or jumpsuits. Pair with some cool sunnies and you’re ready to roll.

What are you wearing for your spring field trip? Let us know if these looks are working for you or if you’ve got a few of your own to share.

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Spring and Summer Colors For Lips, Hair, and Nails

When makeup first became widely available in the twenties, the color palette was limited. Powders were cream and ivory, lips were almost invariably some shade of red, and smoky eyes were de rigeur. Woe to those who couldn’t carry it off. True summers had to choose from the same palettes as dark autumns, bright winters were confined to the same choices as light springs, and soft autumns were offered the same options as soft summers. Oh, how times have changed. Nowadays, it seems as if we can’t walk into Sephora without emerging an hour later finally having determined that the Plum Attraction was more flattering than the #61 Wine.

Woman with red lipstick

If you’re having trouble navigating through the color options, here are a few pointers to set you in the right direction. Check out the colors trending for spring and summer 2017 for lips, hair, and nails.

Lipstick
Vivid lips were on display on the 2017 spring runways. Textures ranged from the glittery, (Fendi) to the matte, (Giambattista Valli, and Jason Wu), and of course Carolina Herrera and Chanel brought the high gloss. Jason Wu make up artists created a sporty fluorescent look by layering a cherry with a matte orange. Valentino and Cushnie et Ochs chose semi matte shades ranging from electric pink to ruby. And, if your partial to the ultra shine, take a cue form the Kenzo and Simone Rocha runway with some eye catching shine. If your looking for some hot colors for your lips this season, look for:

  • Poppy Pink or Fuschia – Nothing says spring like a fushia lip.
  • Deep Berry – If you’re aiming to bring some drama into the spring, you can’t go wrong with a deep berry.
  • Bright Purple – Try some violet and twilight hues to recall the warm summer sunset.
  • Hot Red – There is always a call for a good strong red. Use it to spice up your 2017 spring summer pout.

Hair Color

Bronze ombre

Bronze Ombre
If you have dark hair and not much time to spend on upkeep, celebrity colorist David Adams advises going two or three complementary shades lighter. He describes this look as an ombre 2.0 “blended through the middle and slightly lighter ones on the ends and around the face, which keeps color away from new growth to minimize maintenance.”

Warm Honey
Faithful brunettes who want to lighten up a touch might consider adding some natural amber to honey highlights to soften their natural color.

Baby Blonde
Already convinced that blondes have more fun? Think about going blonder. Stylist Sharon Dorram recommends lightening up with “strategically placed baby blond highlights around the face and crown.”

Creamy Blonde
If you don’t mind frequent trips to the colorist, a creamy platinum may be for you. Check out the look on Jennifer Lawrence for celebrity inspo.

Nail Polish

yellow nail polish

Sunflower Yellow
You’ll be seeing a lot of sunflower hello on nails this season. Check out versions form Essie, OPI and Christian Louboutin.

Valentine Pink
Taking break from red? Bright pink is a great alternative. Nails Inc. and Dior are both offering up takes on vibrant pink. FYI: Valentine pink was also spotted popping up the runways of Moshino, Fendi, and Valentino.

Tropical Green
Nothing says spring quite like green. Straight from the D and G runways, the earth friendly shade is currently available from both Essie and OPI.

Salmon Pink
For a more neutral approach to pink, try a salmon for the office and the beach.

Hope this clears things up! What colors are you sporting for spring and summer 2017? Let us know! We want your fabulous input!

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Clothing That Shows Off Your Personality

You’ve just been given a gift card to select your dream outfit. You grab armfuls of clothing and sweep shoe racks of shoes, empty display tables, and head for the dressing rooms. How do you emerge? In an ultra-feminine ruffled frock with antique drop earrings and dainty heels? Or did you chose a moto jacket with a leather micro mini and studded boots? Are you in a gown that has you questioning what kind of underwear is meant to be worn under it, if any? Whatever clothing you chose to wear, it needs to be an expression of yourself. And whether you’re romantic, dramatic, adventurous, or creative, your clothing has to show off your personality. Are you:

Bombshell

The Bombshell?
If you want to scream bombshell, look for clothes that hug the curves. Think plunging necklines and high slits. Remember, bombshells, form is the norm. Show off the hourglass figure with tight fitting pieces and clingy fabrics.

The Classicist?
Classicist, you probably prefer the basics, and the same goes for their clothing. T-shirts, blazers, suits, white shirts, and trousers all round out your wardrobe. The classicist manages to look chic while embracing simplicity. The key to perfection when it comes to this look is embracing tradition. You skip the trends and look for things that have stood the test of time.

Bohemian girl

The Bohemian?
If you’ve got a bit of the flower child spirit, you probably dream in maxi gowns and bell bottoms. You keep it shabby chic in earthy ethic prints. and accessorize with chunky turquoise and feather earrings. You make sure to keep the balance and choose pieces that complement your figure and flattering prints.

The Lady?
The ultra feminine type, you can’t resist adding a little pearls and lace. While you probably want to leave the white gloves home, you can channel your inner Grace Kelly by silhouetting your waist with a look of classic elegance, but remember to avoid looking too flirty. Ladies know how to keep the emphasis on class.

Woman in leather

The Maverick?
If you’ve got the heart of a rebel, you probably want to challenge a few fashion rules. You’re looking at the latest thing to hit the runways and you’re not afraid to wear it first. Go for the avant-garde and don’t be afraid to be fashion forward. Lead and they will follow!

The Eclectic?
Fun is motivation for this look. Go for bold prints and patterns and improbable pairings. Chunky shoes and dangling earrings. When it comes to life, you follow your heart and its no different with clothing, You wear what you love and you do what you love and live life to the fullest.

Which one do you think you are? None of the above? All of the above? Let us know.

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The Best Spring Colors For Your Skin Tone

Colors can be very attractive, but as much as you like them in the makeup palette, they may not be the most flattering colors for you. So, in the spirit of saving you some heartache, and sparing you from unnecessary purchases, here’s the skinny on finding the right spring color for your skin tone.

Here’s The Deal
Your skin has undertones. They may not be very apparent, but they come out when you hold another color up to it. That’s why certain colors can make you look gorgeous and others can make you look like you’ve just eaten something disagreeable. To tell which colors best complement your skin tone, you need to first establish what your skin tone is. Take off your makeup and try a drape test to figure it out.

Cool skin tone

Cool
Are you on of the cool kids? If your hair is blonde, ash brown, dark brown, or black, and your skin has pink undertones, you are! Still not sure? Hold up some springy royal blues and bright pinks and basic blacks and whites to your face. Look good? You’re cool!

Light cool
If your hair has a light ashy tone, and your skin is pale with pink undertones, you may be cool light, or light cool. To make sure, hold up some light blues, pinks, and lavenders. If they flatter, you’re light cool.

Warm
If you’ve gone for strawberry blond tints and your skin tans well, it’s all about orange. If orange makes you look radiant, you’re getting warm.

Warm skin

Light Warm
If you’ve got a reddish tint but your skin is fair, or you have darker skin with a peachy glow, then oranges, greens and browns may be overwhelming. Try beachy spring corals, beiges and peaches instead. If they make your eyes pop, you’re a light warm.

Your Best Spring Colors
So now that you know what skin tone you have, here are a few colors you may want to include in your springtime wardrobe.

Orchid
Cool tones, rejoice. Your color for the spring is a radiant orchid. Whether it be maxi dress, flirty sandals or blouses, be sure to include this standout jewel tone in your spring collection.

Lavender

Soft Lavender
Light cool tones will want to find themselves draped in soft lavender this spring. Don a lavender sun dress for some fairy tale spring inspiration and make this pastel your signature color this season.

Cayenne Pink
Warm tones will find the yellow and orange undertones in coral pink great complements to your golden skin tones. A standout color on the spring fashion runways, cayenne pink is going to be huge this year, and it’s going to look terrific on you.

Woman in yellow dress

Lemon Yellow
When life hands you “lemon,” wear it! Nothing says spring quite like a warm, buttery yellow and it’s just the thing for light and warm tones this year. Light warms will do best with lighter desaturated yellow, while true warms can go for the bold canary colors. Get your yellow on in sunnies, skirts/ and platform heels for some fun in the sun this spring.

So which skin tone are you? Whether you’re cooling off or warming up for the spring, we want to hear all about you’re fashion adventures. Please keep us posted.

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Flower Power and Spring Fashion

Flowers… they are so beautiful and so classic… it’s no wonder they’ve stuck around the fashion scene for so long. But not all flowers are created equal. So how should you be sporting your flowers this spring? We consulted fashion experts to find out.

The symbol of the flowers became prevalent in fashion in the 1960’s. Style experts explain that the structure of a flower is emblematic of peace and love, the message conveyed during the hippie movement. Floral patterns were seen on tops, worn on patches, and even worn in the hair.

woman with floral crown

Andy Warhol capitalized on this, taking flower power to a whole new level. Fashion writer Anne Slowey points out his ability to add pop art and psychedelia to the botanical look. She recommends that women who fear looking too childish or suburban while sporting flowers channel their inner Warhol by adding playful bracelets and chunky sandals to the look.

Other designers that added tongue and cheek (or should we say, tongue and chic?) to the flowery look, include Derek Lam who channeled 40’s glamour girls with a dash of disco resulting in big bold prints and Carmen Miranda-esque kitsch. Marc Jacobs opts for tropical prints recalling the dancehall dresses of the swing era. Karl Lagerfield combines poppies with flounce sleeves on baby doll dresses.

A super feminine dress is also great for showing off your florals. This spring, lengths are getting longer and the floral prints are getting darker. Funky Forty Fashions recommends pairing long dresses with a high heel to maintain the look of height.

Shorter lengths and lighter colors are a fun way to go floral too! Team up looks like these with a fun hat. Go barefoot or sport pretty sandals or a chunky heel.

This spring florals can be found anywhere. Skirts, pants, sunglasses, handbags, shoes, scarves, dresses and tees. They are even popping up on makeup packaging and clothes pins. Fendi uses them, not only in his fashions, but even in his spring campaign where giant flowers are the photo backdrop. He uses his florals with leathers and textures.

 

Flower power fashions really took hold in 2015 and stayed strong in 2016. Fashion trends for 2017 show flowers still holding strong. New York Fashion Week featured spring designs with oversized flower crowns like those in American Fashion Designer Michael Costello’s collection. Costello’s theme was ‘midnight botanical bash’ and he featured models strutting on the runway rocking glittering head pieces “featuring blooming roses dipped in glitter, seas of violets and shimmering orchids,” reports Fox News Magazine.

So it seems like florals might live on in the form of crowns for 2017. Fashion expert Samantha Brown offers, “To take this trend from the runway consider the scale of the flowers and the context of the events. Crowns are relevant when they work the right way, oversized for evening events and music festivals.”

So what about you? Are you a fan of florals? How will you be sporting yours? Are you ready for the floral crown? Let us know about your floral faves in the comments section below.

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Wine Inspired Spring Hues

Pantone’s Color of the Year has been such a runaway success that they now pick multiple colors for different seasons. Spring 2016 features colors that range from brights like snorkel blue and green flash to more mild hues like iced coffee and lilac gray. Looking at this spring’s colors, there are some that seem to be a bit inspired by the various hues and varieties of wine. Below, discover our three favorite wine-inspired spring hues.

Buttercup yellow colored dress

Buttercup Yellow
Just the name of this wine brings to mind a rich, buttery Chardonnay. Chardonnay is the world’s most planted and diverse white wine grape. The Chardonnay grape is used to produce wines that are intensely rich and buttery, but also wines that are light and zesty in flavor. Buttery Chardonnay wines that inspired the Buttercup Yellow color are rich, full-bodied oaked Chardonnays. These wines may also feature flavor profiles including butter (of course), vanilla and even caramel. Chardonnay grapes grown in a cool climate will produce buttery Chardonnays that have a more citrus taste than Chardonnay grapes grown in warmer climates, which feature tropical fruit flavors.

Peach dress

Peach Echo
Peach Echo is a color that feels very friendly, accessible and warm; it’s like your zen best friend. Rose wine bridges the gap between red and white, and is a wine that is really a state of mind. Rose wine is made when the skin of red grapes touch wine for a short period of time, and the exact color of the wine is dependent on how long red grape skins are in the wine. The winemaker has complete control over Rose wines. The Bandol region in Southern France is well known for the Mourvedre Rose wines, which are a peachy color that are rounder and fuller than other Rose wines. Nose notes of roses and violets are customary of Mourvedre Rose wines, and they feature a flavor profile that consists of red plums, cherries and dried herbs. This playful, yet refined wine, is the perfect inspiration for Peach Echo.

Red dress

Fiesta Red
Far from a run-of-the-mill red, fiesta red is a fiery, vibrant and free-spirited color for spring 2016. This color takes inspiration from an uncommon wine that is both complex and spicy. The Counoise grape is thought to have its origins in the Rhone valley, and it still is grown there. California and Washington are both states that have wineries that feature the Counoise grape. While this grape is most commonly used for blending there are wines that are 100 percent Counoise. Wines produced from Counoise grapes are bright with flavors of strawberry, light plum, anise and pepper. A lively Counoise wine serves as an incredible inspiration for spring’s Fiesta Red.

Spring is finally here and this year’s color palette has something to suit every taste. Wear Fiesta Red and enjoy a Counoise on a lively girls’ night, sip a buttery Chardonnay in your yellow sundress or kick back and relax with a Mourvedre Rose and a breezy Echo Peach top to surround yourself in the colors, and tastes, of spring.

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Showing Off Your Cleavage

Some women have no qualms about wearing impossibly low-cut tops and baring it all for everyone to see, but many are more reserved when it comes to cleavage. Showing off cleavage can make you feel incredibly feminine and sexy, but if you expose too much, you may also feel a bit uncomfortable. Below, find out some tricks to tastefully showing off your cleavage.

Lace dress

Try Lace
For those who want to be very modest, a lace top can be the perfect fit. Looking for a lace-yoked shirt or a top with a sheer panel is one of the most conservative ways you can show off your cleavage. Wearing clothing such as this is less about blatantly baring your breasts and more about hinting at the cleavage underneath these thin fabrics.

Use Some Accessories
Adding a few accessories to your upper half can be a great way to call attention to your cleavage without having to show too much off. You can wear any type of jewelry that you like from dainty and delicate to chunky statement pieces. Experts recommend that if you want to show off your cleavage, try a necklace that reaches the very top of your cleavage (or as close as you can get) and to find a necklace that sparkles. Anytime your necklace catches the light, your cleavage will get the attention you want.

Button up blouse

Wear a Button Up Blouse
Button ups are an easy and customizable way for your to show off your cleavage. These tops can take you easily from the office to the evening by adjusting a few buttons here and there. Pair your button up with a lacy silk camisole for added femininity or just choose a bra with great support to help you display your cleavage in a tasteful manner.

Balance Your Skin With Fabric
If you are wearing a shirt that is low-cut, it’s important to balance out the amount of skin you show with fabric. For instance, if you are wearing a top that has a very low scoop or square neckline, be sure to pair with more fabric elsewhere. You want to draw attention to your cleavage, while keeping the rest of your look subtle and covered. Low-cut tops with sleeves are perfect for achieving this look, but you can also pair a short-sleeved top with more conservative bottoms like a midi or maxi skirt.

Plunging neckline

Try a Plunging Neckline
This is for the most daring and adventurous ladies that want to show off their cleavage. Plunging necklines are a staple on the red carpet, but you can definitely work the look yourself by following a few rules. First, this look is very dramatic, so pick the right occasion to rock a plunging neckline. New Year’s Eve parties or a glam girls’ night out are perfect occasions for this dress. Work? Not so much. Also, be sure to remember the earlier rule about balancing out your neckline with fabric. Some celebrities wear dresses with plunging necklines that are floor-length and have long sleeves.

No matter what size you are working with, there are ways for your to tastefully show off your cleavage. Remember that when showing off your cleavage, you want to focus on that area of your body only, so keep the rest of your clothing simple and modest for the most modern look.

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