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Lemon Print Pieces for Spring

Lemon Print Pieces for Spring

They say “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” or perhaps make limoncello. But this summer, the mantra changes even more becoming: “when life gives you lemons, wear them!”

Not only is the bold citrus hue of Yellow hot this season, so is the actual manifestation of the color in the form of Lemon Prints!

Lemon prints have been a favorite of Italian designers for years just take a look at any collection from just about any season of Dolce & Gabbana or Versace.

Inspired by Southern Italy’s Amalfi Coast which is renowned for its sweet delicious lemons that grow in abundance from trees that cling from the cliffs, for decades Italian designers have embraced the lemon as THE quintessentially Italian Spring/Summer print.

I’ve always been a big fan of bold kitschy prints once the weather turns warm (Cactus prints, Pineapple prints, Cherry Prints, etc) and this season is no different. Lemon print pieces for Spring have been on my fashion radar lately mainly because I have been spotting them EVERYWHERE, in shops, online, on Instagram and of course on the runways.

What’s not to love about this freshly squeezed trend, it bright, full of chic Italian style inspo and perfectly suited to Spring/Summer making lemon prints a quick easy way to add some zest and freshen up your wardrobe for Spring!

Stylists Tip: The quickest way to up the chic factor of any dress is to ditch the self-belt (a belt that comes with a garment and is made of the same material as the garment).  Instead opt for a belt with texture or contrast to create visual interest.  The self-belt that came with this dress was a fabric sash that basically disappeared it didn’t really add any value to the look, by styling the dress with this Chloe Suede belt it creates more of a waistline, breaks up the pattern and makes the entire look  feel more luxe.

Lemon Print Pieces for Spring

Lemon Print Pieces for Spring

Lemon Print Pieces for Spring

Lemon Print Pieces for Spring

Lemon Print Pieces for Spring

Lemon Print Pieces for Spring

Lemon Print Pieces for Spring

Whatevs Denim Jacket

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Lemon Print Pieces for Spring

What I’m Wearing: Chetta B Lemon Print Dress (I can’t locate this online but I purchased it at Marshalls) | Chloe Belt | Chloe Wedge Sandal | J Brand Denim Jacket | Back Patch from Bohemian Blue | Silk Neck Scarf | Chloe Butterfly Sunglasses| TOPSHOP Clutch |

Take a look at these AMAZING Lemon Print Pieces for Spring that will have you wanting Lemon Prints to be your main squeeze this season!  Click to SHOP:

How to Rock the Lemon Print Trend

Smak Parlour Two Best Babes Designing Awesome Clothing

Smak Parlour Collection

That perfect fit.  That perfect dress.

It’s the unicorn we all chase.  Buying something straight off the rack and having it fit like a dream.  Well, today I met (or should I say wore) a unicorn and it was created by Smak Parlour.

You may not know the name but you have definitely seen their designs. Available at shops such as MODCLOTH, Unique Vintage and on thier own website,  Smak Parlour has been rapidly gaining a savvy fashion following.

It all began when two fashion-loving gals met, became BFF’s and decided the world was better when they liked their outfits.

Abby and Katie were uninspired by the mall selection, so they began hunting through thrift shops to find fabrics and details they liked then cut up and reassemble their thrift shop finds to create their own looks, and an extensive joint clothing collection.  After fashion school, many jobs in retail and a time in NYC’s garment district, they made the decision not to wait for opportunity, but to create it.  The duo designed a line of deconstructed and embellished tees that they sold to boutiques across the country out of the trunk of their car.

#BOSSBABES right!

Orders were fulfilled via all-nighters with the help of Katie’s mom and the use of her basement.  What followed was a loyal fan base and the confidence to open their own shop featuring their designs.

With sewing machines, tailors and bolts of fabric on site, 2005 saw the launch of their pink brick and mortar Smak Parlour, in Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood.  They put all start-up costs on credit cards, and had them paid off within four years.  The boutique achieved critical acclaim in news outlets such as BBC, the New York Times, Glamour and Vogue.  From its beginnings as their in-house label, Smak Parlour has grown into an international wholesale brand that is American made in downtown LA.

Abby & Katie design what they love, it’s as simple as that.  Their fits have been perfected through more than a decade of first-hand experience from their own shop utilizing women of diverse sizing as fit models and the proof it in the dress.  A perfect fit every-time.

Smak Parlour aims to satisfy the need for stand-out yet wearable women’s designs that compliment vintage and cross over to contemporary. The Smak Parlour Cut & Sew Collection boasts one-of-a-kind fabrics created from original artwork popping with plenty of print play…life is too short to wear boring clothes! Everything is domestically produced in the USA and directly supports small businesses and independent artists.

What I Love about this Dress: Ummmm of course the fit!  One of my favorite things to do is layer dresses with shirts and this dress has that look built right in PLUS it has pockets,  a bow and its totally twirlable!   

Smak Parlour Collection

Smak Parlour Collection

Smak Parlour Collection

Smak Parlour Collection

Smak Parlour Collection

Smak Parlour Collection Dress

Smak Parlour Dress

What I’m Wearing: Smak Parlour Collection Navy Dress with Navy and White Striped Sleeves and Bow | Vintage Gucci GG Web Tote | Ted Baker Heels |

Click to SHOP Some of my Favorite pieces from SMAK Parlour below or visit their site at SmakParlour.com

How to get the perfect fitting dress every time.

You’re da Bomb: Why Bomber Jackets make the Perfect Spring Layering Piece

Why The Bomber Jacket is the Perfect Spring Layering Piece

Bomber jackets have been having a moment or two… or three the past few seasons but they are still on trend and on the shoulders of the most fashionable for Spring 2018.

I don’t know about you but I’m not ready to give up on my perfectly posh security blanket of layering quite yet. We are in that “in-between” season where a coat is way too hot but you still need a bit of coverage.

Bomber jackets make the perfect spring layering piece. Light and airy and oh so statement making they provide just enough coverage to achieve that layered look without feeling as though you are having a hot flash!

Stylish and versatile, bombers also serve as an accent piece to add a little edge and contrast to an evening look and they help to create a “full look” when added to casual pieces.

Whether worn over-sized and boyfriend style with arms rolled up or shrunken and cropped to give a ’90s-vibe, these guys work just as well with a slinky dress as they do with a pair of distressed jeans PLUS they are super comfortable which is always a win.

Brand-new or vintage, designer or high-street there is a bomber jacket out there for you.  Look for styles that have embroidery, sequins, patches or detailing on the back. Details that make the jacket unique and special.

Shopping Tip: How amazing is this handbag?!?!  My bloggin’ pal Patty from StilettosandSinCity made it!  She re-purposed a vintage bag by adding all this fun bling.  You can shop her INSTAGRAM stories to score more of her fabulous finds!

Why The Bomber Jacket is the Perfect Spring Layering Piece

Why The Bomber Jacket is the Perfect Spring Layering Piece

Why The Bomber Jacket is the Perfect Spring Layering Piece

Why The Bomber Jacket is the Perfect Spring Layering Piece

Why The Bomber Jacket is the Perfect Spring Layering Piece

Why The Bomber Jacket is the Perfect Spring Layering Piece

Why The Bomber Jacket is the Perfect Spring Layering Piece

Why The Bomber Jacket is the Perfect Spring Layering Piece

Why The Bomber Jacket is the Perfect Spring Layering Piece

What I’m Wearing: Trina Turk Blouse | M Missoni Skirt | Vintage Silk Bomber Jacket | Aerosoles Booties | Vintage Bag from StilettosandSinCity |

Click to Shop some of my favorite finds in Bomber Jackets: 

Why the bomber jacket is the perfect Spring layering piece and how to wear it.

Why A-line Silhouettes Stand the Test of Time

A-Line Sihouette

I found my dream dress, I bought it and this blog post is about it.

The RealReal (my favorite source for designer consignment) opened their pop-up shop here in Las Vegas at The Forum Shops at Caesars this month and I scored this beauty within the first 10 minutes they opened their doors.  What did you expect, I’m a professional lol.

This music inspired masterpiece is a Saint Laurent mini A-line dress from the Pre-Fall 2016 Collection and it is EVERYTHING.

In last week’s OOTD post I shared how vintage silhouettes are timeless and designers reuse these silhouettes in current collections because they worked so well the first time around!

Well this dress is living A-line proof.

The A-line silhouette was fist introduced in the 1950s. It is fitted at the shoulders and hips and gradually widens towards the hem, giving the impression of the shape of a capital letter A.

The term “A-line” was first used to refer to a fashion silhouette created by Christian Dior, in his Spring 1955 collection titled “A-Line”.  The silhouette sky rocketed to popularity in the 1960’s and 70’s and has been making reappearances in collections ever since.

The reason the A-line silhouette has stood the test of time is because it truly is the perfect fit for just about every body type.  The flattering cut cinches at the waist (the most narrow part of the body), yet gracefully glides away from the hips and thigh area providing chic camouflage on your lower half.  They can be mini, maxi or midi, have straps or sleeves -the options are endless!

While the fabrics, embellishments, prints, and proportions change all the time, the A-Line silhouette will forever be a mainstay of many new fashion collections to come.  I mean come on, a shape that looks good on everyone?  It’s not going anywhere.

Stylist’s Tip: So here’s a question I’ve been asked over and over and I thought this was the perfect time to address it: “What is the difference between Yves Saint Laurent and Saint Laurent”? Well, back in 2013 when Hedi Slimane took over the brand the Ready to Wear was all rebranded at Saint Laurent Paris while the accessories and beauty remained YSL.  Saint Laurent Paris simply refers to the Ready to Wear.  The official brand is still Yves Saint Laurent.

Why A-Line Silhouettes have stood the test of time

How to wear an A-Line Dress

A-line silhouette

Saint Laurent Music Note Dress

Saint Laurent Music Note Dress

A-Line Silhouette

A-Line Dress

How to wear an A-line dress

What I’m Wearing: Saint Laurent A-Line Mini Dress | Chloe T-bar Heels | TOPSHOP Metallic Bag

Click to SHOP some of my top picks in A-Line dresses:

Why A-Line silhouettes have sttod the test of time and why you should be wearing one.

Vintage Silhouettes

vintage silhouettes

Vintage silhouettes rule.

Classic shapes that worked so well in the past they’re worth bringing back today.

Alessandro Michele has single-handedly revived the Gucci brand as a powerhouse with global reach based on the main premise of vintage silhouettes and other major fashion houses such as Chloe, Valentino and Miu Miu have followed suit.  It seems everyone is inspired by looking backwards.

I am so in love with this Outfit of the Day because it was a gift from my dear friend Patty at Stilettos and Sin City.

It is a vintage piece she found on one of her hunts, I feel so Westworld-chic in it and the details are incredible. The cuffs, the buttons, velvet trim and pockets!  It’s a dream, plus it’s a one of a kind find that is totally on trend.  You will see this same silhouette in current collections from Gucci, Chloe, Marc Jacobs and more!

Patty and I both share a love for vintage finds and she is the ultimate vintage huntress- in fact you can purchase some of her finds on her Insta-stories and on Snapchat.  Her personal collection of curated vintage pieces is jaw dropping.

One of my favorite things about vintage clothing is that it is unique and not everyone is going to be seen wearing the same pieces as you.  It’s a way to tap into the moment’s top trends without spending a gazillion dollars or buying the exact same thing as everyone else!

Vintage pieces can be the unexpected pieces your wardrobe is missing.

 

vintage silhouettes

vintage silhouettes

Spring 2018 Vintage Silhouettes

Spring 2018 Vintage Silhouettes

Vintage Silhouettes

Spring 2018 Trend Vintage Silhouettes

What I’m Wearing: Vintage Dress from StillettosandSinCity | Tory Burch Gemini Link Patent Chain Shoulder Bag | Nine West Velvet Bootie |

Click to SHOP some of my Favorite Vintage Silhouettes:

Spring 2018 Fashion trends. Vintage Silhouettes are a must-have.