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Five Fall Fashion Trends You Can Wear NOW (…And Some To Avoid Later.)

August 13th, 2013 by Christen It's unavoidable.  Back-to-school sales & commercials ring the alarm that Fall is fast approaching, no matter if you're just getting settled into summer.  Slowly but surely, summer styles are being pushed onto clearance racks and Fall's trendiest looks are front and center everywhere.  Department stores, magazines and more - you can't escape it, Fall is practically here!  This morning, as I perused through morning emails - I came across a gorgeous Baroque skirt and instantly thought "...but is Barouque still in style this season?"   I clearly needed a refresher on Fall trends to prepare me for what's to come & thought I'd share some of my favorite Fall trends can wear now (and a few you can try to avoid later this season) below.  


1. BEANIES - The beanie is one of those runway trends that won't ever go away (so you might as well embrace it, right?) —it’s practical and affordable, not to mention super cute. One tip: Wear it on your way to the office or a cocktail party instead of just on the weekends. The contrast is part of what makes it look so chic. 2.  LAYERS & LAYERS OF LAYERING - Take a cue from BCBG and add interest to your fall outfit choices by piling on a few extra pieces.  Mix textures with your pants, skirts, and tops. A sheer dress over leather pants allows you to layer without looking bulky.
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BCBG, Fall 2013

3.  LEOPARD PRINTS:  Play with different colors of leopard this season. Classic brown and black will always be in style, so have a little bit of fun and choose a pink or red version instead.
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DKNY, Fall 2013

  4.  WINTER WHITES - On the runway this season, head-to-toe winter white made one of the strongest impressions. Easy to assemble at any price and season-spanning, this addition for wearable trends NOW was a no-brainer.
Derek Lam, Proenza Schouler, Tommy Hilfiger, fall 2013 fall fashion trends

Derek Lam, Proenza Schouler, Tommy Hilfiger, Fall 2013

  5.  BE SEEN IN GREEN:   Green is officially a thing for fall 2013. From emerald to army, there’s a shade for every skin tone, hair color, and personal style.
Cushnie et Ochs, Marc Jacobs, Richard Chai Love, fall 2013 fall fashion trends

Cushnie et Ochs, Marc Jacobs, Richard Chai Love, Fall 2013



1.  CIRCUS & FOLK PRINTS - Fall collections had a thing for earthy fabrics, wild patterns, and thus the folk-inspired looks came forth. While these hand-worked motifs aren't terribly horrific, use extreme caution when attempting these looks on your own (or you could wind up looking like a displaced circus performer).
Prabal Gurung, Rodarte, Suno, fall 2013 fall fashion trends

Prabal Gurung, Rodarte, Suno, Fall 2013

  2.  ROUND SHOULDERS - (shoulder pads required.) Busty girls:  Stay away.  Boy-shaped girls:  Stay away.  Any girl that doesn't require the use of shoulder pads while playing stadium football.... STAY AWAY.
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Narciso Rodriguez, Rebecca Minkoff, Tibi, Fall 2013

fall fashion trends via   Now that you're equipped with a few ideas that'll help ease you into the most fashionable time of the year, which trend are you eager to try first?  Let us know below.  

NYFW: Vera Wang Fall 2013 Ready To Wear Collection Exudes Sensual Sophistication

February 12th, 2013 by Christen Fresh from the debut of her Ready-To-Wear Fall collection, Vera Wang has once again inspired beauty, sensuality and sophistication in her designs.  Very seldom can you witness a design collection that takes your breath away, but once you do experience it, it's sure to be a moment that you'll never forget.  The Vera Wang Fall 2013 Ready To Wear Collection, may not be ready to wear everyday however the beauty of being a woman is the versatility that you have to transform your look in any way, every day. Let's go back to London 2012 (not London Fashion Week per se' - moreso London shop style).  Last August, while shopping in a local London boutique I discovered a beautiful metallic, monochromatic brocade dress and instantly fell in love with it.  Little did I know, the Vera Wang collection would be such a sophisticate interpretation of the growing and ever-present brocade trend.
I found love in this brocade dress... and so did Vera Wang...

I found love in this brocade dress...                                                                                                  (and so did Vera Wang by infusing the distinct pattern in her latest line )

    Not to say that Vera Wang's collection was inspired by my London Instagram flicks (that would be cool to think though...LOL) however, the textures and beautiful colors throughout the collection are elegant as they are sensually stunning.
Vera Wang Fall Ready To Wear 2013 Collection

Vera Wang Fall Ready To Wear 2013 Collection

Vera Wang Fall Ready To Wear 2013 Collection

Vera Wang Fall Ready To Wear 2013 Collection

Bountiful Brocade Parade:  Beautiful patterns and intricate brocade details illuminate the runway in deep metallic hues and accents of deep purples, green and orange.  The Vera Wang Fall Read To Wear Collection speaks sensual sophistication infused with an artful opulence without saying a single word.

Vera Wang Fall Ready To Wear 2013 Collection

Vera Wang Fall Ready To Wear 2013 Collection

Vera Wang Fall Ready To Wear 2013 Collection

Vera Wang Fall Ready To Wear 2013 Collection

Vera Wang Fall Ready To Wear 2013 Collection

Vera Wang Fall Ready To Wear 2013 Collection

  Embellished prints and voluminous hip lines heightened by the moody jewel tones and plenty (plenty) of black was seen cascading down the runway.  Only Vera Wang could bring such art and sincere style to a collection without sacrificing her commitment to strong, poignant trends.  I am in LOVE with the classic look and feel that only richly decorative brocade fabrics can provide in design and lucky for me, there's enough love in this Vera Wang Collection to go around.  

View more from the Vera Wang Fall 2013 Ready To Wear Collection below:


Work The Trend: A Guide To Working Oxblood Into Your Daily Wardrobe

November 15th, 2012 by Fashion Staff

Undoubtedly one of the hottest trends for the fall is the color Oxblood. I personally hate the name…why can’t I just call it burgundy or plum like it’s been since the beginning of time!?!?! HA! Aside for the disdain for the name, there is no questioning its presence in this falls lineup of “must haves.”  Celebs and fashionistas have flocked to the trend rocking it in a variety of ways. This variety adds to the allure of the trend and it’s capacity to be worn with most anything and worn in almost any way.

This amazing leather skirt, priced at $925 definitely makes a fall statement in traditional McQueen fashion!

  Avant Garde fashion house Alexander McQueen took this trend and fused it together with classic fall favorite, leather! This amazing leather skirt, priced at $925 definitely makes a fall statement in traditional McQueen fashion! Wear it with cable knit tights and ankle booties to complete the look!   Unlike some trends, oxblood is not limited to a particular item like military jackets or coated denim. Oxblood can be worn as a clothing item (sweater, blouse, skirt, jeans), an accessory (shoes, purse, necklace, ring, scarf, hat), or as a beauty item (nail polish, lipstick) making it an affordable option for any budget.

There really is no wrong way to wear it as I’ve seen it rocked “all oxblood everything” or as an accent piece for an outfit. Need some style inspirations? Check out these outfits that cater to any budget.



Looking for something more formal? This tuxedo blazer from Elizabeth & James $395 is also successful fusion of two hot trends.

      Sequin Dress – Topshop - $130 Ring – Zara Simon Cross Gold Ring - $180  Shoes – Christian Louboutin Daf- $1,075 Clutch – Dareen Hakim Le Icon - $305 Cuff – Dorothy Perkins - $17         But what if you’re not into leather skirts, dresses or tuxedo jackets? You can still be on-trend in oxblood skinny jeans! Super skinny jeans were all the rage this past summer and they are back for the fall season in oxblood and plum! Retailers from Wet Seal $29 to Mother the Looker $196 feature them so price is no barrier to this must!    

You can't go wrong with oxblood skinnies...

  Peplum Top – Chicwish - $43 Two Tone Jean Pants – Aqua - $68 Hoop Earrings – Miso - $8 Studded Black Bootie – Charlotte Russe - $39 Watch – Merona - $15 Black Boston bag – Mossimo - $30     No matter you taste, style or budget there is something this season that will woo a warm a nice plumy place in your heart this fall!  So get out there, get creative and get into the trend because it isn't going away anytime soon!  

The Do’s & Don’ts To Channeling Your BOLD, BEAUTIFUL, BAROQUE

October 29th, 2012 by Fashion Staff Channel your inner Zoe Saldana and boldly sashay your way into fall with the opulent and regal looking Baroque trend. All about detail and fancy accessories this look is for fashions most rebellious daredevils. Rich with embroidery, brocade and heavy beading, snagging this new trend is an instant way to look like old money.

Emilio Pucci Glam Pearl Black Embroidered Evening Dress $3,215. Fragments Three-Stone Drop Earrings $140. Kendra Scott Ainsley Cuff, Gold $150


Go For the Gold! If the thought of “Am I doing too much?” crosses your mind while choosing out pieces from this 17thCentury inspired trend, then you are definitely on the right track. Less is less when it comes to Braque, so pile it on and flaunt you stuff!


Overthink it. Caution has officially been thrown to the wind along with almost any other fashion rules that you’ve been taught. Because this look is all about being excessive and dramatic, there is hardly any way to get it wrong. You control how much or less you want to wear. Perfecto!


Find great accessories! If you don’t want to wear the trend top to bottom using your wardrobe, start with smaller embellishments. Golden lace cuff bracelets and stone and crystal earrings are a great place to start with this trend.
Ready to ease into the regal, luxe trend?  Try out a few of these Baroque inspired styles below...

Autumn Trend Alert: Look At Me Now Leather

September 17th, 2012 by Fashion Staff

There's no better way to celebrate a change in seasons than to mix a little color with colder temp wardrobe staples.  One of the best ways to mix up your look is by adding colorful leather to your wardrobe.  Rock Star Rita Ora knows exactly how to tease the paparazzi with her amazing looks and eclectic wardrobe. Her bright blue jacket and red leather bag make her look trendy without trying too hard. Opting for less traditional colors in leather is an instant way to be among the fashion elite. Learn the DO’s and DON’T’s on how to snag this look.


Go for the Gold- or red! Brown and Black leather clothing and accessories are the norm. If you really want to turn heads, choose a bright color that will stand out. This is not the time to play coy.


Wear this trend with too many other colors or over the top prints.  Rita perfectly paired her hot ticket leather with more subdued clothing. The result is a more balanced ensemble.


Treat your leather before you first wear them. Protect your items early against water, salt, and snow. This will give you more bang for your buck and keep your items looking good year after year.

Check out a few of these colorful options to mix and match within your wardrobe starting today.  You'll love the versatility that this pop of color  will add to the bland colors of autumn.  Which piece could you see in your closet?

Strut Down The Runway For A FREE Pair Of Old Navy Rockstar Jeans

September 12th, 2012 by Christen On the heels of New York Fashion Week, fashion's most exclusive event, Old Navy is throwing the year's most inclusive fashion show. On Friday, September 14 from 4-8pm ET, Old Navy is inviting women of all shapes and sizes to model Rockstar Skinny Jeans at The Fit for Fall Fashion Show for All in New York's Bryant Park. Everyone who struts their stuff on the jean-shaped runway will walk away with a free pair of Rockstar jeans. (The colored denim line, available in 31 shades, retails for $34.50.) "Our Rockstar skinny jeans offer the perfect fit for every body, and we're inviting everybody to rock them on our runway," saidMichelle DeMartini, senior vice president, Old Navy Adult Merchandising and Brand Licensing. "We're doing a fashion show the Old Navy way, bringing the fun to all and turning our customers into models." Can't make it to NYC on Friday?  On Thursday, September 13, select stores in Atlanta,Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco andToronto will be shooting "model funfolios." Shoppers in Rockstar denim can pose in front of a green screen that will digitally transport their image onto a runway for a true model shot. Customers should connect with local stores for details.  Fans across the country can also follow the fashion show action live during a social media takeover of Old Navy's Facebook ( and Twitter channels (@OldNavy) with #fitforfall.

Wild Shoe Wednesday: New York Fashion Week Fall 12 Edition

September 5th, 2012 by Fashion Staff We are hours away from being consumed with one of the biggest fashion event of the year, New York Fashion Week, where the spring collections will take the main stage at Lincoln Center. In the spirit of fashion week we decided to take a look at some of the best shoes to hit the runway last Feburary when the fall 2012 collections were revealed.   Some of our favorite sole designs included...


Nicholas Kirkwood for Prabal Gurung: The pony hair back and geometric platform sealed the deal for this shoe being on of the best for the Fall Season.

Rodarte: Its nothing better that a visually interesting shoe. These Rodarte booties will definitley get you noticed with the unique print featured front and center on this shoe.

Proenza Schouler: Another great bootie with more of a mascline edge with a touch of houndstooth.

Altuzarra: These boots were made for strutting, so give a little kick these your fine thigh high Altuzarra Boots.

Which pair of these fashionable heels suite your fall fashion fancy?

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Shady Autumn: Finding The Perfect Fall Retro Shades For You

September 4th, 2012 by Fashion Staff

Known for her killer style, King Bey makes rocking a vintage pair of frames look like child’s play. Regardless of the season retro inspired sun or prescription eyeglasses are the perfect way to add a bit of spunk to any ensemble.  Before choosing your next pair of vintage frames, check out these few helpful hints.



Know the shape of your face; do you have a round, square, oval, or heart shaped face? Choose frames that complement your facial and bone structure.



Buy frames online until you are comfortable with what works best for you. Also if this will be your first pair of retro frames, start with a more settle pair before trying wild colors and lenses.



Look to old movies and photos for vintage frame inspirations. You can also explore your local thrift shops for one of a kind pieces.


The Row Tortoise Round Sunglasses, The Row Cat eye acetate sunglasses $445, Madewell Textbook glasses $49.50, House of Harlow Lynn animal-print acetate aviator sunglasses $74, Tom Ford Transparent Ali Round Sunglasses, Green $199


Not sure which sunglasses work best for your facial shape?  Check out a few of these tips below:

Square:  Frames to try - Oval and round frames, Glasses with temples that are center set or that connect at the top of the frame.  Frames to avoid - Geometric and square shaped frames that accentuate angles of the face.

Oval:  Frames to try - Most frame shapes work with oval faces.  Frames to avoid - Frames that are too large for your features.

Round:  Frames to try - Angular and geometric frames that sharpen facial features.  Rectangular and horizontal styles make faces appear longer and thinner.  Upswept frames that draw attention to top of face. Frames to avoid - Small frames that are out of proportion.  Short frames that accentuate face length.

Heart:  Frames to try - Bottom-heavy frames that add width to lower face.  Styles with low-set temples to draw attention downward.  Narrow, round frames that soften the forehead.  Frames to avoid - Top-heavy styles that draw attention upward.  Decorative temples that accentuate the broad upper face.

Are you looking forward to sporting your summer shades well into Fall?  Which of these Autumn shades fit your personality best?

Fly On A Dime – Affordable Fashion Ideas & Tips

September 3rd, 2012 by Christen In addition to hosting a "Ready, Set, Engage!" Social Media Basics seminar over the holiday weekend at the 10th Annual AllState Tom Joyner Family Reunion, I also had the opportunity of co-hosting the "Fly On A Dime" Affordable Fashion panel with celebrity stylist Olori Swank & celebrity beauty artist Tia Hebron. During this panel, several shopping ideas, tips & stories were shared including ways to extend your wardrobe, key pieces that every closet should have & the best time to shop/build your fashion collection. Did You Know:  One of the best times to build your fashion collection is in November?  It's true, the pre-holiday season boasts almost 6% deeper discounts than any other time of the year.  (It's even better than January which only offers average discounts about 4.5% higher.) The top three "fashion investments" that every woman should invest in includes:
  • Leather jacket
  • Oversized watch
  • Quality Bras & foundation undergarments
Staple items that every woman should have in her wardrobe includes:
  • Great pair of black stiletto heels
  • Convertible wrap dress
  • Statement scarf that you can wear all year long
  • Stylish trench coat
  • Well-tailored black blazer & slacks
  • Waist cinching belt
  Did You Know:  The worst days of the week to shop online is Saturday & Sunday!  According to Consumer Reports, Tuesday is the best day of the week to shop online.  Most consumers find discounts exceeding 5% more than the average discounts found other days online.   Tips:
  • Before you shop, make sure you know your body type and what works best for your shape.
  • has a great tool online - The Fashion Closet that'll help you out matching designers that specialize in specific body types.
  • A great foundation will ensure that you look great all over - so make sure to invest in foundation garments.
  • Overall, don't be afraid to express yourself in fashion but do it wisely.
  • Invest minimally in seasonal trends, instead opt for investing in quality staple pieces that you can wear for years to come.
The 10th Annual Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion attracts over 14,000 people over the Labor day holiday weekend in Orlando, FL.  Filled with celebrity appearances and entertainment for the entire family - you can find out more by visiting #allstateTJFR

The GO-TO Look This Season Is…GOLD!

August 27th, 2012 by Christen Fresh of the Olympic high of gold medals & dreams of golden opportunities, comes the hautest trend in heels that you haven't seen.  GOLD.  It's a trend that has gone from jeweled accessories the soles of fashionistas everywhere.  Many of fabulous designers have made this the go-to trend for fall and has designed an entirely gold shoe for their fashion lines.   Check out a few of our favorite gold soles below...   Coming in third place is Christian Louboutins latest booties in gold, the 'Rock and Gold' leather ankle boots.  Punctuate your look with standout statement footwear in these Rock and gold ankle boots by Christian Louboutin. Perfect for adding that instant wow factor to any outfit, easily team these booties with a bold printed dress for maximum impact.



Styled with a Mary Katrantzou Interior chandelier-print dress.

Coming in second place is Gianvito Rossi's Metallic leather pointy-toe pumps in gold.  Spice up your evening wardrobe this fall with Gianvito Rossi's metallic gold stilettos. Sleek pointy toes add the perfect accent of attitude to your after-hours looks.  Styled here with a Stella McCartney blazer and trousers, an Acne shirt and a clutch from Victoria Beckham.  



Stella McCartney blazer and trousers

    Coming in first place is Manolo Blahnik's Ankle Strap Pump in gold.  A classic pointy-toe pump strikes gold with a modern mirror finish and sassy stiletto heel - this is the go-to pump that will take you from day to night.

Manolo Blahnik Ankle Strap Pump ($815.00)

  Here are a few more honorable mentions found online -- check them out and let us know when golden soles you plan on checking for this Fall!  Would you invest in this new Fall trend, or not?

...and the golden sole honorable mentions goes to...



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