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Western Vibes

Modern western trend

This season let your inner chic cowgirl run wild with the Modern Western Trend.

It’s a little less Daisy Duke and a little more refined Ranch Hand.

A combination of Old West details merged with fashion forward designs. Think silver-buckled belts that cinch your waist, polished boots, sandals with western details and denim shirts buttoned to the throat.

The easiest way to incorporate this elevated western style into your wardrobe is by adding one piece at a time. Something as simple as adding a western buckle belt or western style belt to your classic jeans can help you get in the ranch-ready mindset.

To really rope-in this trend you only need to invest in a few key pieces – a great western detailed belt, a western-esc boot, bootie or western inspired sandal and a crisp over-stitched denim shirt or jacket.  Look for pearlescent snap buttons and rustle up plenty of tan and brown leather.

A bandanna tied at the neck and vintage turquoise silver chunky pieces will help bring the look together but keep it chic, remember that less is more. This isn’t about going full on Rodeo,  instead, it’s the sort of quiet nod to western glamour that packs a real style punch.

The finishing touch?  Add this season’s favorite accessory, a saddlebag or medicine-bag handbag to, well, anything and you’re done.

Modern western trend

Modern western Trend

Modern western trend

Modern western Trend

Modern western Trend

Modern western Trend

Modern Western Trend

Modern western Trend

What I’m Wearing: Nanette Lepore Paisley Print Off the Shoulder Dress | TOPMAN Bandana | Vince Camuto Cone Heel Sandal | Medicine Bag Drawstring Handbag (similar found here) | Vintage Turquoise Ring | Supplies Denim Jacket | Linea Pelle Belt |

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How to Rock the Modern Western Trend

 

How to Wear Stripes Like a Boss

Stripes Trend Spring 2018

So you may have heard, Stripes are hot for Spring 2018.

Designers painted the runways with big, bold stripes from vertical to horizontal, broad banned and pencil thin, vibrant, bold and colorful in everything from dual tones to the full rainbow stripes are EVERYWHERE this season.

The word “stripes” somehow instantly strikes fear into the hearts of every gal.  We were taught from an early age that stripes make you look bigger- and no one wants that so most people avoid them all together.

I’m here to tell you to throw out those outdated fashion rules.  It’s ok to wear stripes- they just have to be the RIGHT type of stripes.  I know it’s scary but I’m here to help.

There are a few tricks you can use to wear stripes and rock them like a boss, here is how.

The key with stripes (as with any other trend) is to choose a silhouette that flatters your frame and brings focus to your physical pluses rather than drawing attention to the parts of your body that you would rather camouflage. So you don’t have the most “runway” type frame, well neither do I but you can still wear stripes! I rock my stripes in a silhouette with a fitted waist and full skirt, a tried and true silhouette for me.

If you wear stripes vertically they can be slimming and even appear to add a few inches to your height. Horizontal stripes strategically placed at your bust and hips can create an optical illusion of a smaller waist. Wider stripes tend to add a bit of width so they are perfect for creating the illusion of a larger bust or to create the illusion of curves on boyish figures.

Stripes of varying sizes can help create curves where you may not have them while still flattering your natural figure and smaller stripes can create a narrowing illusion.

Try mixing and matching your stripes (yes, you can wear stripes of different sizes and colors in the same outfit!), go head to toe or just use them as an accent.  The fun of fashion is experimenting!

Still hearing your mother’s warnings echoing in your ears?  Stripes still too scary?  Try adding stripes in baby steps.  Start by adding them with accessories like shoes and handbags! With a little practice you’ll be painting the town striped in no time!

How to Wear Stripes

How to wear Stripes

How to wear Stripes

Lucky Brand Belt Buckle

Marc Jacobs Sunglasses

How to Wear Stripes

Free People Boots

How to Wear Stripes

What I’m Wearing: Vintage Dress from StilettosandSinCity | Free People Carrera Bootie (I found these at Marshalls but you can also find them here) | Lucky Brand Belt and Buckle | Vintage Saddle Bag (Similar found here) | Marc Jacobs Sunglasses |

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How to Wear Stripes and pull them off like a boss!

3 Reasons to Always Carry a Dryer Sheet in Your Bag

3 Reasons to Carry a Dryer Sheet in Your Handbag

When it comes to softening clothes, removing static cling and delivering a fresh scent, it’s hard to beat the good old dryer sheet.

Introduced in the mid-’70s, they’re still working hard nearly 40 years later to give your fabrics wearable softness and fabulous fragrance. But did you know that dryer sheets can continue to be utterly magical problem solvers even out of the dryer?

Last week my assistant was grabbing a clip out of my set bag and spied my secret weapon (a dryer sheet) tucked in the side.  She asked me “Why is there a dryer sheet in here”?  Of course I got super excited, as I do every-time I get to share a fashion secret with someone and explained that dryer sheets are a simple easy fix to a wide range of fashion problems.

3 Reasons to Carry a Dryer Sheet in Your Handbag

I ALWAYS carry a dryer sheet in both my handbag and set-bag for fashion emergencies.  They take up hardly any space, pull through for you every single time AND they keep everything smelling AMAZING.

Here are 3 reasons why you should carry a dryer sheet in your handbag too:

ONE: Static Cling Out of the Dryer. Sometimes as we walk our bodies build up a static charge and clothing starts to cling. Just as they remove static when they tumble in your machine dryer sheets are equally as good a neutralizing it while you are wearing your clothes. With the swipe of a dryer sheet to the underside of the garment you can do away with clingy, static-ridden clothes in seconds.

TWO: For Your Hair.  We all get those crazy staticky flyaways.  Static + hair is never a good combination. To combat those tiny runaway strands, just run a dryer sheet over your locks.  Dryer sheets are formulated to stop static building up on your clothes as they move around the machine and have what’s known as a cationic electrical charge — a positive charge that neutralises static. Handily, this means if you rub a sheet lightly over your hair, it will make any fuzzy strands lie flat. Plus, they’ll make your hair smell nice and fresh.

THREE: Instant Lint/Pet Hair  Roller.  Forget your lint roller. Dryer sheets are great for doing away with unwanted pet hair and lint on clothing. Their rough texture and positive electrical charge create the ultimate de-linting tool.

3 Reasons to Carry a Dryer Sheet in Your handbag

3 Reasons to Always Carry A Dryer Sheet in Your Bag

How to Wear a Belt Bag

How To wear a Belt Bag

Belt bags, waist packs, bum bags whatever you want to call them, they are a hotter than hot trend this season.

But what EXACTLY are belt bags?  Simply put, they are fanny packs but don’t call them that.  Belt bags are more polished, prettier, more sophisticated, more glam, more adorned and more high-fashion than their predecessor.

They are basically micro bags standing on a belt.  You can wear them around your your waist, as a fanny pack AND/OR as a belt over your coat or blazer OR slung across your shoulders cross-body style.  The trend seems to gravitate more towards leather belt bags BUT classic fanny packs still totally hit the trend.

Of course it’s total #fashiongoals to nab one of those gorgeous quilted and bejeweled Gucci belt bags but that may not be in the cards for those of us on a budget.  The good news is there are plenty of affordable options too. In fact, there’s a belt bag out there for every style, from the boho, festival-going girl to the chic street  city gal.

They are great for breaking up a dress, adding an unexpected twist to an evening look or (when belted on top at the waist) for giving more shape to a blazer.

However you choose to rock them, belt bags are a fun, quick, functional and hassle free way to elevate your look this season!

Pro-Shopping Tip:  Whenever possible I try to shop with my own re-usable bags like this fun Locher’s Paris tote. Did you know that there are a bunch of stores out there that will reward you for being sustainably chic? Target and Sprouts both offer a 5 cent discount for each re-usable bag you use. Bring your own bag to Whole Foods, and you can score up to 10 cents off per reusable bag. BYOB to Trader Joe’s and spend at least $25- you are entered into a weekly raffle where winners receive a variety of rewards, including $25 gift cards to the store.  See, it literally pays to reduce, reuse and re-purpose!

How To wear A Belt Bag Like a Boss

How to Wear A Belt Bag

Cutest Tote Bags

Belt Bag Trend

How to Wear A Belt Bag

How To wear a Belt Bag

How to wear a belt bag or fanny pack

How to wear a Belt Bag

Tory Sport Sneakers

How to Wear a Belt Bag

What I’m Wearing: Chloe Sunglasses | Happy Cow Belt Bag | Tory Sport Lace Up Sneaker | ECI Floral Maxi Dress | Locher’s Paris Maude and Tilda Tote |

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How to wear a belt bag, fanny pack, bum bag or waist bag.

How to Add Street Style Edge to Your Look

How to Add Street Style Edge to Your look

Street-style is so haute.

Spring 2018 is all about adding that street-style edginess to your look.  It’s about balancing the whimsy and femininity of the season with a gritty street-style vibe.  A Yin with a Yang.

Think denim, bold color and of course patches paired with girly dresses in lace, floral prints and tropical motifs.

Patched denim jackets, dresses, shirts, heels, booties and bags are hotter than ever this season.   From Cub Scout-esc merit badges at DSQUARED2 to disco musical note patched suits at Gucci designers sewed one (or two or three) on for the season!

You’ll find pieces patched up across the board for SS18 from designer to fast fashion and everything in between. The great thing about this trend is that its super DIY friendly!

The patch trend adds fuel to and  further emphasizes fashion’s current love affair with personalization.  Incorporating a few vintage patches onto a basic shirt or bag can not only transform it into something super chic and designer-esc, it also lets you infuse your personality into your clothing.

You can find “lots” of vintage patches on Ebay and on Amazon for pretty cheap- usually you can buy a dozen “surprise” pack for like $5.  Retailers such as TOPSHOP and Nasty Gal also sell some pretty amazing POP culture patches on their sites- they are a bit more pricey but totally worth it to get the perfect patch (around $14 for 3 or 4 patches).

Stylist’s DIY TIP: If you are going to DIY a piece with some patches, I suggest you lay out all of your patches and pin them before you start sewing.  This makes it easy to move them around until you find a combination you like.  Make sure to place a few on the back as well- it will give you that true designer touch.  Keep in mind that some patches say they are iron on but I never trust that they will hold so I always stitch them on- you can do this by hand or by machine.

How to add street style edge to your look

How to add street style edge to your look

How to add street style edge to your look

How to add street style edge to your look with patches

How to add street style edge to your look with patches

How to add street style edge to your look with patches

What I’m Wearing: H&M Creped Dress | Saks Fifth Avenue RED Denim Jacket | Moncler Sunglasses | TOPSHOP Camo Backpack (I added the patches) | INC Bootie |

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How to Add a Streetstyle edge to your look with Patches.