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Color Blocking

Color Blocking

Bright summer hues make the perfect statement pieces, but why not take your colorful look a step further? This season we dare you to play with bright hues and try color blocking!

FABIANA FILIPPI WOOLEN SCUBA OVERCOAT, HARTFORD HYSOPE BLOUSE, VINCE STOVEPIPE TROUSER, SUZI ROHER HEIDI CHARCOL SCARF & DEREK LAM 10 CROSBY BOND WOVEN LEATHER TOTE BAG.

FABIANA FILIPPI WOOLEN SCUBA OVERCOAT, HARTFORD HYSOPE BLOUSE, VINCE STOVEPIPE TROUSER, SUZI ROHER HEIDI CHARCOL SCARF & DEREK LAM 10 CROSBY BOND WOVEN LEATHER TOTE BAG.

Color blocking can be a daunting task, but fear not! These simple steps make creating colorful looks as easy as pie:

1. Choose a dominant piece. The yellow scuba coat in this look is obviously the crowd-pleaser. None of the other colors outshine it.

2. Pick colors that contrast. If you look at a color wheel, colors that contrast are at opposite points of the wheel. For instance, the cool blue of this Harlow top perfectly contrasts against the warmth of the yellow coat.

3. Don’t mix in too many hues. By sticking to only two or three colors, each one can speak for itself without being lost.

4. Tie it all together. Pick a few pieces whose colors are exactly the same. For instance, the black of the handbag and trousers in this look create a sense of continuity in the outfit.

And there you have it! A quick and easy guide to creating a color block outfit that is both fun and sophisticated. Have fun mixing!

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Graphic in G. Kero

Graphic in G. Kero

Created as a result of artistic passion and consumer frustration, G. Kero is now a brand modeled by celebrities and fashionistas alike. The love child of artist Marguerite Bartherotte, the French bohemian began painting designs straight onto t-shirts when her brother was dissatisfied with the t-shirt selection around him.

G. KERO SUPER JUNGLE

G. KERO SUPER JUNGLE

The brand has since grown into a worldwide presence, but stays true to its origins by using bright, painted designs. The name G. Kero gains its origin from the short film, Giselle Kérozène, a name which Batherotte herself has since adopted as a pseudonym.

G. KERO SUPER SEX BOMB

G. KERO SUPER SEX BOMB

So take a note from stars like Elle Fanning and Cara Delevingne and keep it casual. Pair your graphic G. Kero top with denim shorts and a leather jacket. Or if you’re looking to make a bolder statement, follow in the footsteps of Kate Moss and keep the rest of your outfit black. Our favorite model rocked her graphic top with leather leggings, a black shag jacket and a black clutch.

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Current in Camo

Current in Camo

Camouflage is getting a major update this season and we couldn’t be more happy about it. Gone are the days when wearing camo meant blending into the background. This summer, brands are reinventing the pattern with a softer touch; incorporating it into more understated and feminine pieces.

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    ZADIG & VOLTAIRE KAVY EMBROIDERED CAMO JACKET, PAM & GELA CAMO TRENCH COAT & CURRENT/ELLIOT FATIGUE JACKET

ZADIG & VOLTAIRE KAVY EMBROIDERED CAMO JACKET, PAM & GELA CAMO TRENCH COAT & CURRENT/ELLIOT FATIGUE JACKET

A camo jacket is an easy way to introduce the pattern into your existing wardrobe. With a basic white tee underneath, pair yours with blue, black or white denim on bottom. Sandals are perfect for a day out shopping, but your camo look can easily be dressed up for night by simply changing into booties. Keep the rest of your look simple and you’ll be surprised by how versatile your camo statement piece turns out to be!

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a midsummer night out

a midsummer night out

Balmy July weather calls for late night drinks and evenings out.  Take advantage of patio culture and schedule romantic evenings with your significant other and of course some girls nights. 

There are no rules when it comes to after work dressing anymore; you can dress jeans way up with heels and a silk top or dress a cocktail or maxi dress way way down with a denim jacket and flat sandals. Don't be afraid to experiment with your styling, and definitely don't forget your accessories and a bright coral lip!

Rag & Bone Dana Tunic, L'Agence June Dress, James Perse Ribbed Tunic Dress, L'Agence Romi Maxi Dress

Rag & Bone Charmeuse Cami, Current/Elliott Cropped Straight Jean, ATM V-Neck Tee, L'Agence Karen Skirt, Rag & Bone Zip Tank and Boyfriend Jean

Clockwise from top left: Chan Luu Double Horn Necklace, Bauxo Collar and Cuff, Current/Elliott Maxi Dress, J. Crew Pumps and Gladiator Sandals, Vince Signature V Embossed Cross Body Bag

Cheers! 

XO
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Summertime Sneakers

Summertime Sneakers

So you bought a pair of sneakers for Spring, and now it's nearly Summer and you have yet to break them out of their shoebox.  Sound familiar?  You're not alone.

Treat them as you would your suede booties or a ballet flat. They basically go with anything.  To make it easier, we've put together some inspiration to get you into those sneakers.  

Joie Shai Dress, Vince Cap Sleeve Block Print Dress, Theory Privina Dress, Rag & Bone Jade Dress, Theory Seblyn D Top and Holeen G Skirt

Don't limit yourself to cotton and t-shirt dresses, tennis shoes can be paired with luxe fabrics and long hemlines.  It will instantly add some street cred to any dress, and adding a denim jacket won't hurt either. 

1. Rag & Bone Hollins Tank and Dre Jeans, J Brand Fatigue Vest.
2. Vince Tank with Inserts, Theory Stripe Skirt, Current/Elliott Oversized Jean Jacket
3. Rag & Bone Linen Tee, Vince Fold Over Waistband Pants

Sneakers aren't just for denim -pair them with slacks, chinos or knit pants and skirts - they are easy to throw on and so so comfortable.  If tennies are outside your comfort zone, stick to styles and silhouettes that are simple and sleek.

No more excuses! Time to slip on those sneaks!

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