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Spring 2016

Pattern Play

Pattern Play

Mixing prints and texture can seem like a daunting trend to take on, better left for the fashion editors and bloggers.  How do you mix and match your patterns without looking like your kooky neighbor?  It's really fairly simple, and we're excited to teach you how to incorporate this bold and chic look into your wardrobe. 

If you stick to a few simple rules, you'll look like the street style stars of fashion week.

1. Pick a color story, and keep the prints within the same color group.
2. Play with proportion, a large pattern can compliment a more delicate print.
3. Texture is your friend here, a solid sweater or tweed jacket with a bold texture will add just as  
    much as a graphic print.
4. Try using the same pattern in different sizes and/or inverted colors (think navy sweater with       white stripes paired with white pants with navy stripes)
5. When in doubt, throw some polka dots in the mix and always treat leopard and stripes as a
    neutral.

From L to R: ALC "Sadie" hobo bag, Rag & Bone "Olympia" top, Tucker pleated midi skirt, Rene Escobar Oxidized silver pendant with diamonds and assorted 18k gold, oxidized silver bangles with diamonds

Remember, fashion should be fun. and this is a great technique to play around with your closet.

XO
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Lively in Linen

Lively in Linen

Linen is no longer limited to wrinkled suits and tropical vacations.  It's a fabrication that can be worn all year long, in the city, and in basically any silhouette you can think of.  It can be tailored and crisp when woven or soft and breezy when knit, the options are endless. 

With spring here and summer around the corner it's a good time to take inventory of your linen pieces to see what needs updating or what you're missing.

Linen dresses have come a long way in the past couple years, no longer are are they simply boxy and stiff shifts, now you can find lightweight, beachy rompers and dresses as well as sleek and slim styles that can take you from work to date night. And as always, let's not forget the classic linen popover, now embellished with a touch of sparkle or military epaulets, it's a piece you'll find yourself wearing all summer long.

Closed linen field jacket, Majestic double layer linen tee, Closed "Starlet" jeans, G. Kero "Magic Lion" cotton scarf, Rene Escobar bangles & Annabel Ingall "Isabella" tote

A lightweight tailored jacket is an easy addition to your closet, throw it on over a striped Majestic linen tee and jeans to channel your inner French girl. 

XO
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Boho Babe

Boho Babe

Spring is finally in full bloom, which means we can break out the other half of our wardrobe that we've been missing so much while bundled in sweaters, scarves and layers and layers of wool.  Ahhh, how refreshing that cotton and linen feels against our skin, not to mention the sunshine!

A spring trend we love - that seems to show up year after year - is the 70's boho babe.  We've got fringe coming out of our ears, ethnic inspired embroidery, exaggerated floral prints and crochet details for days.  You can definitely mix all these elements together with your gladiator sandals for a look that's a bit wild yet totally fun, but it's an easy style to mix subtly into your day to day look.  You can keep it casual by simply adding a peasant blouse to your Mother Denim jeans, plus a couple wrap bracelets and a fringe bag.  

Hartford "Horsica" Top, Mother Denim "Drop Out" jean, Rag & Bone wide brim fedora, Jacquie Aiche mini abalone double horn necklace, Love Heals freshwater pearl wrap bracelets
& Day Birger et Mikkelsen fringe hobo bag.

Anther reason we love this trend, is it's versatility, there is no limit to who can wear it or how much you dress it up or down.

Peace, love and Fashion,
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Spring Denim Essentials

Spring Denim Essentials

We've touched briefly on a few denim silhouettes for spring, we're talking about you crop flare, but we wanted to dive deeper into this season's trends.  We have the usual suspects for warmer weather - boyfriend jeans, shorts, major distressing and white denim everything - but there are a few more interesting and unexpected styles out there that we are super excited about.

You'll find released hems on just about every denim style you can think of, from jeans and shirts to dresses, it's a quick way to add some extra texture to your outfit and also a little edge.

The LDD (little denim dress) is another one we love.  It can be as simple as a chambray shirt dress all the way to a breezy yet tailored wrap dress or even a bold maxi dress.  These dresses will give you lot of mileage during the spring and summer months, moving easily from day to evening by simply changing your accessories.

A classic piece that's made a comeback, is the high waist mini skirt. We saw it in suede for winter and it's returned in denim with a raw hem for spring and summer.  Pair this piece with a fitted white tee and your favorite gladiator sandals for a classic summer ensemble.

From L to R: Closed "Starlet" jean, Current/Elliott trucker jacket with rolled sleeves, Closed wrap dress and released hem top & Current/Elliott "Naval" skirt.

The best part about jeans and denim, is the countless ways you can wear each piece.  Even with raw edges, distressing and holes, you can dress your pieces up for a fun night out or down for a weekend spent with your family.

XO
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Contemporary Corset

Contemporary Corset

Don't be alarmed, we're not talking about an actual corset here. We are talking about corseting details that have shown up all over the runways, especially for spring 2016.

It's been seen in the form of exaggerated princess seams on dresses and jackets, lacing up the sides of fitted leather jackets and darling dresses or even loose laces down the front of a rib knit sweater.  This trend can range from super feminine to boho and then all the way to classic tomboy (yes, we said tomboy), it just depends what pieces you choose and how you style them!

From L to R: Vince tailored leather jacket, Red Valentino dress, Sara Weinstock 18k gold and oxidized silver bangles, Ashlyn'd "Cosmo" lucite clutch, Derek Lam 10 Crosby lacing detail shirt, Rag & Bone/Jean "Paz" crop flare, Rene Escobar 14k gold and oxidized silver necklace and bangles, Rag & Bone stripe poncho, Annabel Ingall "Isabella" tote

Remember you don't need to interpret trends literally, add just a touch to any outfit to make it wearable and stylish.  We'd pair the dress with some strappy sandals for an edgy evening look and stick to classic loafer with the white shirt and crop flare jeans.

XO
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