Sunny delights

sunglasses

You make statements with everything you wear, why not stand out with a extravagant pair of sunglasses? I must say, I’ve seen some really funky sunny trends for the spring/summer. Here are a few that I enjoy.

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Style Spotlight: Iris Apfel

I am in awe of people who break all social norms in order to be their authentic selves. You can’t help but to notice these people, either. One of those unforgettable people is Iris Apfel. You may not know of her but you’ve definitely seen her and her unmistakable over-sized owl-like glasses. “All the better to see you with,” she says.

I would say that fate lead Apfel to becoming the style icon she is now. Born in Queens, NY to a decorator and a fashionista, Apfel had all the humble makings of an artistic life. She studied art history and design in school. She later married and started a textile and design firm with her husband. When the Metropolitan Museum of Art displays a collection of your clothes as a tribute to your style; and when you’re given the opportunity to redesign the interior of the White House for NINE Presidential administrations, mama, you’ve made it. Rest easy.

Iris Apfel, 90-year-old New York fashion icon

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[Inspired] New wardrobe

I have too many clothes that I do not wear. I find that gravitate to the same pieces everyday. It’s time to change.

Right now, I am adding pieces to my Poshmark shop. Please share it with your friends!!

The new look I’m going for is equal parts color, equal parts black and white.

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Trend Alert: Denim Jumpsuits

When I think about Spring and Summer, I think about being naked. Those excruciatingly brutal winters takes a toll on this here Floridian gal. After a season of depressing weather, I’m almost bursting for the opportunity to wear absolutely nothing at all. Which is why this denim jumpsuit trend baffles me. (Source 1, 2, 3)

gwen stefani, kourtney kardashian, rihanna in denim jumpsuit

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Trend Alert: Watercolor

When I think of watercolor, I’m reminded of my painting class freshman year in college. I sucked at painting but I was great at making a mess. You mix and mix and mix, attempting to create the perfect blend of calming colors but really, it’s just a blurry blotch of ink. This is what I associate watercolor with: an abstract, beautiful mess.

I can’t say this is a trend I’m excited about. It’s a bit bland and…watered down. Perfect for this time of year, tho. Rainy, gloomy with a splash of peace and serenity.

Lela Rose Floral Print Silk Organza Dress, Forever 21 Water Color Sky Fit & Flare Dress, Alice + Olivia Dina Watercolor Pumps, Alexander Wang Walker Printed Canvas Backpack

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Met gala ’13: chaos to couture

Keeping in mind that the annual Met Gala’s [costume] theme for 2013 was Punk, I gave every look a second and third glance. I will say, I cannot hide my disappointment with what I saw at this event.

Worst Dressed:

Beyonce disappointed me YET AGAIN (but I’m not surprised because she actually can’t dress) with her Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon ensemble. Excuse me, Givenchy .

Kim Kardashian in a dreadful vintage 70’s floral custom made couch cover. Excuse me, Riccardo Tisci.

Regularly Dressed:

There were others that must not have read the invitation stating the theme because they were dressed way too cliché for my liking. Often the Queen of this is Kerry Washington. Her style is always hit or miss. And those Olivia Pope gloves did nothing for me.

Notice that I refuse to defile my blog by posting those bland creations? Ok.

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Trend Alert: Cargo Jacket

Often a must-have piece for fall, the military (or cargo) jacket can literally be worn with anything, in any season. I’ve been searching for the perfect jacket for years but they were always too expensive. I know why now. Sometimes, you have to spend a little extra money on quality items that will have lasting wearability.

Since I bought this cargo jacket, I’ve worn it with EVERYTHING. This is not uncharacteristic of me. I love to shop my closet to see how many outfits I can create surrounding a single item. It’s a challenge but also very fun.

cargo jacket trend

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Style Spotlight: Emma Watson

We recognize her mainly for her role as Hermoine Granger in the Harry Potter film series. Unfortunately, I’ve never been a fan of the films but I have always been enamored by Emma Watson. From the moment I set eyes on her short pixie cut, I was in love.

Although she has darling young face, she manages to wow us in the most modest of clothing. She’s the girl that I imagine guys doing a “double take” for. She’s a bit of a surprise and an understated elegant young lady. She is not attempting to be categorized. It just is. And I don’t know WTF it is but it’s just different.

What I love about Emma Watson’s style:

1. It is very carefree and easy-breezy.

Emma Watson Street Fashion 2012

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Trend Alert: Black and White

While I am in love with bright and bold colors, I am equally as obsessed with the cut and dryness of black and white. For me, it’s much more than just wearing the colors. It’s about mixing and matching patterns and creating and/or designing a visually interesting piece.

Black and white are classic and effortlessly beautiful colors.

I love love love how Solange Knowles paired a horizontal striped shirt with a vertical striped pant. Solo does no wrong in my eyes.

solange knowles in black and white stripes

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Lauren Conrad’s Spring 2013 Lookbooks

If you didn’t know, Lauren Conrad is not just a hit reality TV sensation. She has made quite a name for herself as a fashion designer (LC Lauren Conrad and Paper Crown), author and beauty blogger. I have the biggest crush on this girl and her work ethic!

The LC Lauren Conrad line is sold in Kohl’s stores throughout the U.S. I’m loving the delicate look of this line. The subtle colors, shear and girly material all scream Spring time.

I definitely love the Paper Crown line more than the Kohl’s one. It’s more mature and my style. There’s lots and lots of blush, navy and prints.

Although I think each fashion line is geared to different women, I love that I can still see Lauren’s personal style within both of them. LC definitely knows how to stay in her lane. She continuously produces simple, yet great items.

Here are a few of my favorites:

LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s

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