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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

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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.


Five MUST HAVE Fashionable Tech Trends Under $100

August 8th, 2013 by Christen

What is fashionable tech?  Fashion meets technology is the name of the game & now there’s no reason why your personal tech should lack style and individuality that reflects you!  We’ve got a taste of our favorite must-have trends for the season (MOST of them under $100) including iPhone 4, Samsung Galaxy S4 cases and much, much more below!

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fashionable tech


Leather arrived as a strong trend on the 2013 Spring runways this past season, with more lightweight options than have been previously characterized by the classic material to accompany the traditional cropped leather jacket and skinny leather pants. Elle pointed out this particular shift in their 2013 Spring Trend Guide, and we are seeing the same trend in tech accessories, with leather options ranging from leather tech gloves to quilted leather headphones. Discover some of our favorites from designers like Kate Spade below.

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1. Kate Spade New York Quilted Logo Leather Tech Gloves ($148, Bloomingdales) | 2. A.L.C. X Frends 20th Anniversary Capsule Collection Exclusive Taylor Headphones ($275, Intermix Online) | 3. Trendy Techy Black Quilted iPad Bag ($20, Miamica) | 4. iPhone 5 Madison Case ($80, Case-Mate)


Everyone from Elle and Cosmo, to even Oprah noted the 2013 Spring print trend that was seen abundantly on the runway in every form from floral to graphic, strips to tribal, and all prints in between. With so many print possibilities, they began to pop up fairly quickly in the tech accessories space from designers such as Jonathan Adler and Lilly Pulitzer.

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1.  Lily Pulitzer Floral Print Mobile Charger ($28, Nordstrom) | 2. Kate Spade Harrison Stripe USB ($50, Kate Spade New York) | 3. Urban Outfitters Printed Earbuds ($4.99, Wanelo) | 4. iPhone Jessica Swift Giselle Print Case ($40, Case-Mate) | 5. Jonathan Adler On-The-Go iPhone 5 Charger ($38, Horchow)


Shine and sparkle seem to always be on trend in fashion, but for spring 2013 it was all about everyday bling. Daytime shine became the new daring fashion statement, according to Instyle, and with sequins and rhinestones no longer only for a night out, we began to see this trend infiltrating the world of everyday tech and mobile accessories as well.

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1. iPhone 5 Champagne Glam Case ($50, Case-Mate) | 2. Audio Technica Headphones w/Swarovski Elements ($564, | 3. Everwanted Glitter Mini Speaker ($21.95, Zazzle)  | 4. Swarovski Crystalline Memory Stick ($60, Macys) | 5. Iridescent Beauty Glitter Laptop Skin ($40, Etsy)




The natural retro vibe has begun to grow back in to fashion in the form of wooden accessories, as noted by Vogue who points to the bags and wooden platforms seen in the Resort 2014 collections of everyone from Michael Kors to Chloe. The same is true in the world of mobile and technology accessories. See some of our favorites in the market below.

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1. Triple C ‘iSolar Backup’ Portable Solar Battery ($45, Nordstrom) | 2. Driftwood iPad Dock ($108, Anthropologie) | 3. Triple C ‘BluBoom’ Portable Speaker ($74, Nordstrom) | 4. iPhone 5 Zebrawood Case($50, Case-Mate) | 5. Hasselblad Stellar Zebra Wood Camera ($1,950, HasselBlad Stellar via

Metal Accents

The runways of Spring 2013 also saw metallic accents in everything from shoes and handbags to jewelry as documented by Though, metallics accents may not seem like a novel concept for tech accessories, we have seen a shift  from solely the traditional silvers to the inclusion of fashionable metallic colors such as rosegold and the pairings of different textures, such as polished and brushed.

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1. Stelle Audio Pillar ($349, Stelle Audio Couture) | 2. ‘Taylor’ Headphones ($199.99, Nordstrom) | 3.Damier Graphite USB Key ($540, Louis Vitton) | 4. iPhone 5 Brushed Aluminum Case ($50, Case-Mate) | 5. ‘Ella B’ Earbuds ($99, Nordstrom) 

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Via Case-Mate blog

How To Successfully Quit Your Social Media Addiction

May 31st, 2013 by Christen

Are you addicted to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter?  Do you have a social media addiction that has completely taken over your life?  Earlier this week, I shared how to identify your Tweetaholism (Noun.  An addiction to the consumption of social media via Twitter or the mental illness and compulsive behavior resulting from Twitter dependency.) via Top Ten Reasons You May Be A Tweetaholic…  If you find yourself having one or more of the common warning signs of being addicted to Twitter, it’s okay.  There’s hope for a speedy recovering – but only if you follow these tips on battling your social media addiction below.


SOCIAL MEDIA ADDICTION5. Own up to your Twitter addiction. Yes, it’s a cliche that half the battle is admitting the problem but not acknowledging it means you won’t change the addictive behavior. And before you rush to tweet that you have a Twitter addiction, by all means admit it to yourself but remember that there’s no need to tell the world.


4. Introduce your road to recovery.  If you must say something about toning down your Twitter use, lay it on in much more general terms, such as:
“Got a novel to finish. You won’t see much of me here for a bit.”
“Giving birth tomorrow. Since I’m no supermom, you won’t see me around till I know how to parent.”
“Tweeting less ‘coz I’ve discovered marathon running. Off to train!”


3. Plan your Twitter time. If you’re inwardly groaning about how any person could ever “plan” the use of what is essentially a spontaneous medium, you’re right. Twitter works because of its spontaneity. Allow yourself a set amount of time every day, reserved for Twitter.

Suggested: 15 minutes every 3 hours, or one single block of an hour a day when everything else is taken care of.  Set precise tweeting times. This is different from the previous suggestion in that you can set a time every day, say 12:30PM to send one tweet message. Stick the to exact allotted times.  Check when your tweets have the most impact. Using only high-impact times can lessen your daily usage. Choose your time to coincide only with the time of most impact; this will vary depending on where you live and your interests.
2.   Set aside “pure Twitter time”. This means avoiding use of Twitter as something you can do while multitasking, such as watching TV, reading your exam notes, or writing articles about quitting Twitter.




1.  Spend time away from TMI (too-much-information). The constant bombardment of messages can induce a sense of constant hyper-awareness that keeps you on edge, in need of reacting and worrying over things you can’t, on the whole, change. Give yourself information free time, chilling under some trees, or down at the gym, or wherever your favorite quiet spot is. Without your phone.  Maybe even take a social media hiatus by completing a summer bucket list like Ty of – there’s no time like the present to get started.


Now that you have a step-by-step guide to successfully quit your social media addiction, what are you waiting for?  Unplug from the grid and enjoy living addiction free this summer!  But first, make sure to share this post with your family and friends via Facebook or Twitter…(Hey, I’m not an enabler – I’m just trying to help you help others too!)


It’s Not Too Early To Try These Haute Spring Trends NOW…

February 18th, 2013 by Fashion Staff


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New York Fashion Week has just ended and we’re already looking forward to seeing Spring trends arrive on store shelves.  Are you looking for ways to usher a little Spring into your step?  As we all know, fashion can be difficult to follow. In an industry where one color, fabric or pattern can be insanely hot one minute and totally out the next, there’s no doubt that keeping up is no easy task.  There’s no reason why we can’t cheat Mother Nature and beat seasonal style to the punch…take a leap of stylish faith by trying out these haute Spring trends today…



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Done-Up Denim

Everybody loves Denim!  It’s a go-to look for relaxed chic style!  From white-on-chambray and midnight rinses to every patchwork combo in between, since denim is a year round trend that’ll never be out of style – there’s a happy place for jeans for the entire family this season into the next.


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Rise and Shine in Iridescent Glory

We’re just basking in the dreamy haze of iridescent bags, shades, and fabrics as far as we can see.  One thing was sure on the catwalks of London Fashion Week — shine is going to big come Spring.  Mulberry’s shiny separates in English garden-inspired floral prints were balanced out with soft leather trousers, Antipodium layered tailored waistcoats over gold dresses, and Topshop Unique also showed how to keep iridescents low-key by teaming silver trousers and skirts with simple white tees and pastel knits.


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Spice it up with sporty dress wear 

Kick things up a notch in tailored baseball and tennis tops, painterly snap-back caps, and body-conscious street wear that show off your best moves (and curves). Spring’s sporty dresses—with their flirty A-line skirts and shoulder-showcasing bodices paired with tights and booties are the way to go until Mother Nature says so.



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Answer The Call Of The Jungle

In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the diva struts tonight….Heed calls of the wild wherever they lead. Pop graphics, tropical fruit motifs, and patterns made for preening add up to a killer look.






What Social Media Trends Are Taking Off in 2013?

December 20th, 2012 by Tech Staff


(Source: TwinEngineSocial media image via Shutterstock.)

Here is what some experts predict:


Social Search – “Search based on social signals.  Facebook will change the search game –

They know what people want because they have been collecting data around comments, likes and engagement.” (Stephen Murphy of Get Busy Media)

Contextualizing of Experiences – “Facebook´s latest updates to the open graph will create a ripple effect, allowing companies to create social apps that tap into users’ social real-time actions and engage them in new behaviors.  Expect to see real-time contextualizing of experiences, offers and content that go beyond the simple ‘like’ button. For B2B brands, LinkedIn will enable new and more meaningful ways of social engagement.”  (Jonas Klit Nielsen)

“The rise of the Online Recommendation Culture – Moms’ rapid embrace of social media translates into blogs, Facebook, and Twitter becoming the new ‘picket fence,’ where Moms connect with one another to make friends, hear trusted recommendations, and gain first-person perspective.”  (Stacy DeBroff of Mom Central Consulting)

Mobile is the way of the future to how we communicate across multiple channels to multiple people.  To keep us interested there must be cutting edge, sophisticated social/mobile experiences and engagement that will keep us stimulated as well as incentives to keep increasing our usage of social media.

Create Trendy Monochromatic Looks From What’s In Your Closet Today!

December 10th, 2012 by Christen

It’s always refreshing to discover a style trend that let’s you utilize what you already have in your closet in a unique way. What’s better is discovering that EVEN your grandmother and Lucky Magazine is already up on the trend (making it more exciting to try it out on your own!) In the January issue of Lucky Magazine, the trend of  monochrome styling is defined and outlined with three top tips to help you make the monochromatic trend all your own!

The Monochrome Trend = wearing multiple shades of the same base color within an ensemble.

Tip #1:

Use one rich hue to ground the mix of shades. The darkest shade of the primary color should be the anchor of the outfit and typically should be the jacket, top or sweater.

Tip #2:

Wear wild prints as neutral-worthy accessories. Leopard print shoes & accessories make great neutral options for tone – on – tone looks.



Tip #3:

Texture adds dimension to a monochromatic look. Choose textured sweaters, cardigans and scarves are great options to add versatility to an already established look.


Rocking monochromatic options in hues of cobalt blue, red and pale pinks!

Tip #4:

Add a pop of contrast color with a bag. Think color blocking with your bag! Adding a pop of color via a clutch or large bag provides the versatility of solid colors without the boring black or brown bag!


Now that you have a couple of ideas on how to take a few items from your closet that you already own to recreate all new monochromatic looks – what are you waiting for? Get in your closet and get ready to experiment with new exciting looks that are on trend this season!




Try This Trend: Warm Up Your Winter Wardrobe With Florals!

November 28th, 2012 by Fashion Staff


Looking for a way to freshen up your deep hued winter wardrobe?  Not quite sure how to incorporate or layer the spring and summer trend into the colder months?  Floral’s are normally associated with Spring not Winter or Fall, well no more. Now you can do Winter Florals with a few quick tips and get the most out of your entire wardrobe from Spring to Winter.


TIP #1

Buy or Pair With Deep Colors: Black tights, marron, oxblood, navy and emerald are great hues to pair with florals.

TIP #2

Add Leather: Motorcyle jackets scream Fall and toughen any look even florals.


TIP #3

Pair with boots: Doc Martins, Riding boots or Thigh-Highs, Fall is the season for boots. Pair them with feminine pieces like florals.



TIP #4

Try printed Deimn: printed jeans are very on trend, so try wearing floral printed jeans. It’s the easiest way to trend two trends in one look.



With most trends, it’s all about freedom of expression and having fun trying out something new!  Not too sure that winter floral trends are right for you, try it out first with simple accessories like adding a leather jacket or boots first and let us know how it works out!


Have you ever tried dipping into the winter floral trend? What’s your favorite accessory to pull off a full winter floral look?

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…

LIAR, LIAR HOT PANTS ON FIRE: Transitional Colored Skinnies

August 21st, 2012 by Fashion Staff

I know you’ve all seen the really cool and crazy runway looks that don’t necessarily translate well into everyday life. No one wants to be a lack-luster attempt at fashion or better yet, a walking fashion faux pas. Not to worry, even the most eccentric trends can inspire a great looking outfit with a few minor alterations.


Monica looks gorgeous in skinnies paired with a basic blouse for relaxed style…

Monica stuns in a great pair of teal skinnies with an easy breezy blouse. The brilliant pop of color on bottom makes the songstress look fresh and chic. Using a pop of color to contrast with neutrals will give you a fresh look without “over-styling”.  If you aren’t quite comfortable wearing this brightly-paired look head to toe follow these three easy tips.



Pair your colored jeans with great accessories; think a killer watch or a fab pair of heels. Chic accessories will compliment color contrasts while accentuating other neutral areas such as the feet, wrists, ears or neck.  Statement accessories work well, but be careful not to overpower your look with super busy pieces.  The fashion possibilities are endless!



Avoid wearing this trend with overly complicated prints or textures. Too many patterns, colors and prints will have you looking less chic-ish & more clownish.  If you are trying this look for the first time, keep it simple until you are comfortable.




Have fun pairing uncommon colors! Trends will come and go and shouldn’t be over thought. The moment you feel over styled, start from scratch until you feel confortable in your look.  Try something once, if you like it great, if not move on!


J.Crew Toothpick mid-rise skinny jeans $125, Current/Elliott The Skinny low-rise stretch-corduroy jeans

$220, Joe’s Jeans THE SKINNY COLORED JEAN $165


What Fall fashion trends are you excited to try this season?


Divas Do Fashion Daily: NBC 2012 Summer Press Tour

July 26th, 2012 by Fashion Staff

Yesterday celebrities hit the red carpet for the Television Critics Association’s NBC Universal 2012 Summer Press Tour in Los Angeles. There were a few summer beauties, which we all know who spent some time posing in their beautiful range of color shades while attending. Eva Marcille was gorgeous in her white tank, drop crotch pant, and Dolce Vita sandals. Nene Leaks went for yellow, which popped with her complexion. Tempest Bledsoe was red hot in her one shouldered cocktail dress. Laila Ali was girly and flirty in her bright green blazer.

Eva’s drop crotch pants are an amazing summer look!

Laila Ali was girly and flirty in her bright green blazer.

Nene Leaks goes for mellow yellow…

Tempest Bledsoe was red hot in her one shouldered cocktail dress.



The shades of clothing they wore are perfect compliments to the summer, as it draws to an end. A flowy chiffon blouse such as Nene’s can carry a look from day to night, while still keeping you comfortable in the breathable fabric. Eva’s drop crotch pants are also an amazing summer look, when in attempts to be casual with a dressy flair. The dress Tempest wore, was a great example of looking stylish when attending a business or work dinner, while still keeping an appropriate length. You can add a pop of color to your work wardrobe when wearing colorful blazers like Laila’s, which you can later match up with your favorite jeans and pumps.


 What’s your favorite fashion staple this summer?



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