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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.

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Easy for Easter

Easy for Easter

Similar to wedding season, Easter is a great excuse to buy a new dress (or separates),  especially if you can find a piece or two that will take you through summer and all the events that come with it.

We like to keep our Easter outfits light, bright and floral, with a little lace thrown in - which keeps things festive and fun - and of course, on trend for the season. 

Graphic prints, floral or otherwise, are all over dresses right now, making it easy to find an Easter appropriate outfit.  It also wouldn't be a spring 2016 dress if there wasn't a white option, be it crochet, eyelet or linen, you'll find the perfect white dress for you.

From L to R: Red Valentino cotton eyelet lace dress, Paul Smith cotton dress, Derek Lam 10 Crosby cotton top with lace trim, Theory "Raoka" floral print pants, M Missoni dress, L'Agence "T Lee" silk blouse and "Mackenzie" skirt.

Whether you're doing a low key brunch with friends, attending mass, a party at the club or sticking around the house for a drizzly egg hunt with the kids, we've got a look for you.

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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.

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Designer to Know: Day Birger et Mikkelsen

Designer to Know: Day Birger et Mikkelsen

You may have noticed a new collection popping up on our social media, we're pleased to introduce to you Day Birger et Mikkelsen!

Founded 1997 by Keld Mikkelsen, Day Birger et Mikkelsen is a contemporary collection heavily influenced by men's tailoring, Asian textiles and of course, Scandinavian simplicity.  It is a study in contrasts - east meets west, sharp vs. soft, sleek yet embellished - the pieces are instant classics with a touch of something special that will blend seamlessly into your wardrobe.  His keen eye produces sleek, seemingly simple, exquisitely tailored silhouettes made in luxe fabrics, with exotic yet subtle pattern and embroidery.

From L to R: leather blazer, print silk shell, eyelet popover, eyelet t-shirt with pocket and silk shirt dress.

Eyelet tops, graphic layering sweaters, a totally timeless leather blazer and silk shirt dresses are some of our favorite pieces form this season.  You can see they will pair so easily with your leather leggings from Vince, your denim skinnies from Frame and even your Via Masini trousers for a more polished look. 

We are confident that Day Birger et Mikkelsen will quickly become a new favorite for you, it definitely is for us!

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2016 Wardrobe Detox

2016 Wardrobe Detox

A new year often means a fresh start - and maybe even a fresh wardrobe - so we wanted to help you clean out your closet a bit and update some essentials. 

Unless you are a stickler to the One In, One Out rule, your closet may feel cluttered and overwhelming come January.  Although we suggest sorting through your clothes seasonally, January is a great time to do an overhaul, especially since consignment stores and clothing resale shops are still buying for winter through mid-February.

There are a couple of guidelines to remember when doing a closet clean out.  If you haven't worn a piece in over a year, it's too big or too small, has irreparable damage, or it holds no emotional value (which would warrant storage) then it should be thrown into one of three piles: Sell, Donate, Alter. 

ATM voile boyfriend shirt, Rag & Bone jeans, Vince cashmere poncho, Current/Elliott "The Cropped Straight" jean and "The Patch Pocket Workman" shirt.

We picked a few of our favorite new arrivals for Spring, to fill in a bit of what will get taken out. You can never go wrong with a pair of skinny jeans, a light-weight white shirt, a cashmere poncho and a chambray shirt. All essential, season-less and timeless pieces. 

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