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More Spring & Summer 2015 Trends!

23 Apr

In case you just can’t get enough of the Spring and Summer 2015 Trends, I have more!! Here are some things I have noticed being in the stores that are really trending this season and I am loving them!

First of all are the beautiful colors of spring this year.  Here are Pantone’s colors for Spring 2015. I am really loving the blue greens and mint greens as well as the strawberry ice and, of course, anything pink!

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Gingham print is very popular this season for men and women!  The most important things to remember with this trend is to not go too much (or you might end up looking like a Sunday afternoon picnic!).  Also remember to keep the checks in proportion to your frame size.  If you are 5′ 2″ or under – make sure the checks are small in size.  If you are 5′ 3″ – 5′ 7″ – the checks need to be medium to large in size.  If you are 5′ 8″ or taller, you can go big and bold with your gingham checks.

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Another trend this season is fringe and tassels!  Seen on everything from handbags, shoes, dresses to bathing suits!

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I am also seeing suede and leather (real and f aux), which is normally only seen in the fall and winter, all over the place for spring and summer.  It is a much lighter weight of course.

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I love shoes and I love “bling” so I am enjoying seeing all the cute sandals with the metal and the bling on them! A great way to dress up an outfit with a cute little sandal!

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These are just a few of the fun trends I have seen in a lot of the stores already this season.  So many choices!! I hope you are finding your favorite items to match your fashion personality.  Remember, if you need help, just contact me for your very own Personal Styling & Shopping session! I would love to help you!!

Raised Eyebrows!

20 Apr

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Did you know that your eyebrows frame your face and it is most important to keep them in perfect shape for a dramatic difference in how you look? We worry about our clothes, our hair, and our make-up but we shouldn’t forget how important it is that we take proper care of our eyebrows.  I have seen it make such a huge difference in a client after I took her to get hers shaped and waxed!  Filling in your eyebrows with a little color is a must and is one of the best anti-aging tricks you can do!

Here is a link to my pinterest board on the best eyebrow shapes for your face shape.

My eyebrows are very fine and blonde but they get what I call “scraggly” so I get them waxed to shape them up. I use “gimme BROW” by Benefit cosmetics every day as part of my make-up routine. It is a brow-volumizing fiber gel.  Using the brush the fiber gel adheres to the hair for fuller-looking brows.  I just stroke it on to define the shape I want.  It comes in 2 shades – light/medium and medium/deep.

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Recently I went to the grand opening of the newest Ulta store in Knoxville.  Ulta is like a toy store for women!  They carry all types of make-up, hair and nail products and offer various beauty services as well.  The first 100 to enter the store received a gift card so I had to be there!  They even had the Tennessee Volunteers mascot, Smokey, at the door to greet us.

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I decided to try out their Benefit Brow Bar.  They have licensed professionals on staff to help you get the shape that is perfect for your face.  They are highly trained in the art of brow-shaping! Allison took her time with me and shaped my brows to where they needed to be and then waxed them. I didn’t feel a thing and it didn’t take very long either. You can see in my pictures below of the process and how they turned out.

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I encourage you to check with your hair stylist, go to your local spa or step into an Ulta store near you and get your eyebrows taken care of right away to most flatter your eyes and face and complete your fabulous look!  It really does make a BIG difference!

Men’s Most Wanted Spring 2015 (Part 2)

17 Apr

Here are the other top 5 Most Wanted items for the man in your life for Spring and Summer 2015 according to Arlene Goldstein, Vice President of Trend Merchandising and Fashion Direction for Belk, Inc.  Who doesn’t like a well-dressed man?!

This season the Shorter Shorts are in trend.  Check these out from Ralph Lauren paired with a button down shirt and a bow-tie!  (I love a bow-tie!)

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We women aren’t the only ones who think a good-looking comfortable shoe is important.  These Sneaker Style Slip-Ons are from Sperry and are perfect for that tropical vacation he is going to take you on this year!

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Perfect for going to your friend’s wedding this year is the Spring Suit!  This Seersucker coat and pants are from Nautica.

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Color is everywhere and why not on your man?  Check out this Updated Colorblocked Polo from Calvin Klein.

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White Pants are a great staple for men this season and can be dressed up or down.  These are from MADE by Camp Newton.

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I hope this has helped you make your list for when you go shopping for the man in your life this season to keep him right on trend!

Men’s Most Wanted Spring 2015

16 Apr

Since I am sharing the Most Wanted items for Spring and Summer 2015 for the Women, I thought it is only fair I share the top 10 Most Wanted items for the Men too!  Whether you dress your man in the clothes you find for him or you know of a man who has a style all his own, these items are sure to make an impression on the most fashionable man you know! According to Arlene Goldstein, Vice President of Trend Merchandising and Fashion Direction for Belk, Inc. these are the top must-have items for the men this season.

Women aren’t the only ones who can accessorize with style.  These Fashion Add-Ons are a great way for a man to express his personal style.  The colorful socks are from Hot Sox, the belt is from Bosca and the bag is from Fossil.

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The gym-inspired trend is really hot for men this season too.  This Athletic Inspired Knit is from Buffalo David Bitton and looks great with jeans.

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As much as I am seeing Bold Prints for women this season I am also seeing them for men.  Check out this great shirt from Tommy Bahama to pair with shorts for that spring-time BBQ!

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Another inspiration from the gym this season are the Jog Shorts.  These are from CK Jeans.  These are great with his favorite pair of tennis shoes.

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Gingham and plaids are everywhere right now!  And in all kinds of colors!  This bold Plaid Sport Coat is a style statement all it’s own.

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Keep watching for the other top 5 Most Wanted items for you man for this season coming soon!

Women’s Most Wanted for Spring 2015 (Part 2)

14 Apr

As promised, here are the remaining Women’s top 5 Most Wanted items for Spring 2015 according to Arlene Goldstein, Vice President of Trend Merchandising and Fashion Direction for Belk, Inc.

The Kimono is very trendy this season and makes for a nice cover-up.  This one is from Jessica Simpson.

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The Jumpsuit is oh so trendy right now!  I am seeing them everywhere. You can certainly do a lot with them by adding belts, scarves or statement jewelry to jazz them up!  You can make them casual or formal. This one is from Karen Kane.

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For a fun and casual look, an Easy-Fit Top makes perfect sense and can be paired with your favorite pair of jeans.  This striped one is from Kensie.

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Flowers are not only popping up in your yard this season, they are popping up in clothes everywhere.  I think this is the hottest pattern of the season!  I am seeing floral prints everywhere and on everything from dresses to jewelry to shoes. This Floral Dress is from Vince Camuto.

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Ever so popular this season is the statement jewelry and I LOVE it! Not only is it the statement necklace that we have seen the previous couple of seasons but now it is the Statement Earring more than ever.  These add a great “pop” to any outfit!  These pictured are from Vince Camuto.

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I hope you have been making your list of the most wanted items you must have for your spring and summer wardrobe this year!

Women’s Most Wanted for Spring 2015

13 Apr

I am excited to share with you the “Most Wanted List” for Spring 2015 compiled by Arlene Goldstein, Vice President of Trend Merchandising and Fashion Direction for Belk, Inc. I have listed below 5 of the top 10 items on the Women’s Most Wanted List this spring.

First off are these Glitzy Sandals from Vince Camuto.  I am loving all the colorful and bedazzled looks of bling on the sandals this year.  It adds some “pop” to a very simple shoe statement and they can be worn with just about everything!

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The “Soft Pant” is in trend again this season.  However, the length for spring has gotten shorter.  Culottes are making a comeback in a powerful way.  These are from 1.State Culottes

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I am seeing a lot of “Matched Sets” this season in tops and bottoms in various prints.  This matching top and skirt is from Kiind Of. Buying in separates is always nice because you can purchase a different size in the top and bottom if your body style needs it.

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Not only should your clothes change with the seasons but also your make-up colors can change.  Check out these “Look at me Lips” from Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour.

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I love this Longer Skirt from Fever which is very trendy this season. Just remember to make sure the length is right for you and falls within the diamond openings of your legs to be the most flattering look for you.  It looks great paired with this chambray top for a refreshing springtime look.

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Stay tuned for the other top 5 must-have items for your wardrobe coming soon!

Spring 2015 Fashion Trends – Sport Chic Style Statement

10 Apr

More fun Spring/Summer styles to love this season! The fourth Style Statement I want to share with you is called “Sport Chic” 

This trend is borrowed from the gym. We saw a lot of this style in the fall and it is carrying over into spring. Performance fabrics like jersey, double knits, nylon mesh and scuba are complemented by innovative color blocking and contrast zippers. Athletic-inspired hoodies, bombers, halters and jog pants are paired with more polished items. Stylish sneakers as well as sneaker-influenced sandals and sport-style booties with new-age backpacks and totes go right along with this sporty chic style.

This fun casual dress is a striped midi from Cynthia Rowley.

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This cute crop top and skirt is from the Kiind Of brand.

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This fun casual look goes easily from the gym to running errands with the kids.  It is a Marc New York Performance pullover and leggings.

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These sneaker-influenced style sandals are by Steve Madden.

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This is another casual dress from Marc New York Performance.

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This is a cute, casual and sporty dress from Marc by Marc Jacobs.

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Check out the colorful tennis shoes from Nike!  The more colorful the better this season.

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This matching set of jacket and pants is from Jones Sport.  Great for the gym or running out to the store.

 

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The skinny jeans are still the rage this season and these are from Calvin Klein as well as the colorful tee and matching denim jacket.

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Spring 2015 Fashion Trends – Islander Style Statement

8 Apr

I hope you are enjoying seeing all the latest spring and summer trends!  I love this season of the year. This is the third Style Statement that I want to share with you.

It is called “Islander”

These are styles full of pattern mixes, wraps, ties, tassels, and fringe which is really on trend this season. I have seen fringe on everything! Exotic details include beading and embroideries with eye-catching bright colors. Add layered necks, arm candy, big gold hoops, statement earrings, head wraps and strappy sandals with bold bottoms.

This is a bandana print dress from DKNY.

 

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This is a drawstring handbag from Jessica Simpson.  It has lots of pockets and comes in 4 colors.  It is a great way to stay organized and accessorized!

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Check out this jewelry collection from Kenneth Cole!

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The blingy, strappy sandals are all the rage this season.  All types of metallic. Check these out from Vince Camuto.

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This is  a print tank and maxi skirt from Karen Kane.  Prints are everywhere!

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For a more casual look, check out this tank from Lucky Brand.  Works great with a pair of shorts or jeans.

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This is the new length in dresses.  This is a midi sheath by Maggie London.  Again, in amazing prints!

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Stay tuned because there is one more Style Statement I will tell you about tomorrow and then I will share the top 10 most wanted items for men and women this season!

Spring 2015 Fashion Trends – Spare Me Style Statement

2 Apr

Here is another Style Statement from the Spring 2015 Fashion Trend forecast from Belk this season.

It is called “Spare Me”

You will see a modern aesthetic highlighting architectural forms like A-line, columns and trumpet skirts, along with tunics, over-sized shirtings and trapeze dresses. Some of the modern fabric options you will see are advanced shine, sheers, unexpected fabric mixes and coated surfaces, along with bold stripes, artistic scribble, grids and photo realism. Bold cuffs, chokers, over-sized clutches, mini bags, and shoes with bottom interest will have you putting your best foot forward.

This strapless romper features the still popular chevron print and split front panel.  You can add sophistication to your look with this single-button blazer. It features peplum detail at the waist and easily layers over any outfit.  Both are from 1.State

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Check out this highlighting on this Paint Stroke dress from CeCe by Cynthia Steffe

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This is a sleeveless top worn with the longer skirt by Eileen Fisher

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With a color-blocked design and a chic silhouette, this gorgeous sandal is perfect for adding city-inspired style to any look. This style is “Melody” by French Connection.

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This is a striped open back dress by Laundry by Shelli Segal

 

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This is a beautiful Swing Coat worn over a scoop neck dress by Pink Tartan

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Beautiful gold jewelry, which is hot this season, by Vince Camuto

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This is a printed Scuba Dress by Vince Camuto

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This is a beautiful statement necklace by Michael Kors that could easily be worn to dress up or down any outfit.

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Most Wanted List for Men for Fall 2014

5 Sep

O.K. I know most of my readers are female but we want to be fair to the males as well and show what the new Fall 2014 Trends are for them too. I hope you are starting to find some of the items I shared in my last post to add to your fall wardrobe. Since attending the Fall 2014 Fashion preview at Belk with Arlene Goldstein, Belk’s VP of Trend Merchandising and Fashion Direction, I am excited to share what’s new for the season for the men in your lives in this blog post.

Here are the ten must-have items for the season for men:

Chambray Shirt

This is an all time favorite that is always in style! You can dress it up or dress it down. It goes great with chinos or a suit and can be found in a wide range of blues so make sure to choose the shade that best fits your dominant color characteristic!

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Athletic Top

As with the women’s trends, we are seeing so much gym-inspired clothing with new details and textiles to update and refresh knits of all kinds.  Check out this  baseball tee with elbow patches and the use of color blocking. You can certainly wear athletic inspired items with more polished items for a complete new look.

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Corduroy Pant

Cords have never been a cooler option for the office or weekend wear.  You will find them in a range of browns and saturated burgundies for the wear anywhere colors. These can be worn with a sport coat or dressed down with a sporty sweatshirt.

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Fashion Add-ons

Accessories are not just for the women.  Men have tie bars, boutonnieres, cuff links and pocket squares just to mention a few. Of course bow-ties are still a hot item too. These add on accessories are just the thing to take your look from “drab” to “fab”!

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Henley

Layering is “the look” and the henley knit is a necessity for fall.  Use it to layer over a tee or under a sport coat or with a hoodie. Find a color and texture you like to add to your fall wardrobe this season.

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Jog Pant

Going along with the sportswear theme this season is the new bottom that is now designed to complement all the  polished sportswear pieces.

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Puffer –

This has been a favorite for a while.  They are ultra-light and easy to pack and easy to wear.  The puffy vests and jackets are the perfect  fall completer piece. It weighs nothing and you can stuff it in a backpack.

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Tailored Vest

The vest can mix and match with almost everything in your closet. It can also be dressed up or dressed down.  It is another great completer piece to any man’s wardrobe.

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Boot

This isn’t your grandpa’s work boot. Try a desert boot to a work wear-inspired option.  Updated soles and vintage leathers in contrasting colors are the top trends. The browns and camels are hot colors this fall.  Notice the British tan messenger bag for carrying either college books or client files.

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Velvet Sport Coat

It’s not just for the holidays. It can be worn with jeans or a dress pant. You will find it in several jewel tone colors to add a touch of flash to your wardrobe.

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Remember, it is just as important that men find the best colors in their clothing to fit their dominant color characteristics as it is for women. If you, or the man in your life you are shopping for, is a very slim and trim guy and you have a hard time finding things to fit and won’t look baggy, try Banana Republic.  I recently had a male client that was in this category and I was able to find pants and shirts in both “Slim” and “Tailored Slim” styles that fit perfectly.  You see ladies, men have body shape issues too!

Continue watching for more Blog Posts coming very soon with even more Fall Trends to add to your wardrobe!

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