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NYFW: Tadashi Shoji and Desigual

“Every year the women of New York leave the past behind and look forward to the future… this is known as Fashion Week.” –Carrie Bradshaw

Finally, after all of the years of watching/keeping up with NYFW online I have finally made my way to Lincoln Center. Every woman dreams of this moment and it’s a beautiful feeling to experience the madness and excitement of NYFW. The fashion editors at Women’s Health were kind enough to allow myself and another assistant go to the Tadashi Shoji and Desigual shows to represent the magazine.

IMG_1985The first show I attended was Tadashi Shoji. While entering the venue I was beyond excited to finally be in Lincoln Center during the most wonderful time of the year. I was even more excited when I found out I was sitting in the second row. While I was waiting for the show to start, I noticed June Ambrose and Jay Manuel sitting across from me. Anyway, the spring 15 collected started in Ca’ d’Oro, Venice, and this gorgeous place inspired Shoji for the collection. In the collection there was close attention to intricate detailing, which was paired with transparencies. There was mesh, tulle, multi-colored jewels, structured dresses that were airy and effortless. Beautiful pastels of jade, pink, and blue were incorporated in layers, along with ivory and navy. This collection was truly beautiful and breathtaking. I can already tell many celebs will be wearing these amazing pieces on the red carpet.

Here are some photos from the show:

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IMG_2141The next show I attended was Desigual. This show was completely different from the first and I loved it! It was upbeat with beautiful colors and patterns. The designs were out of my comfort zone, but it was awesome to be there.  Adriana Lima opened and closed the show, so we already knew it was going to be phenomenal. The collection was inspired by natures florals and fauna. There were tons of Mediterranean and South American patterns that were being used throughout the collection. I cannot wait to see this collection being incorporated into everyday looks.

 

Here are some photos from the show:

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IMG_2180 IMG_2172 IMG_2156 I had a wonderful time at NYFW, and I would love to be apart of the festivities in Feb. Hopefully, you enjoyed this post. What were your favorite shows from NYFW, MFW, LFW and PFW? Leave a comment below!

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Three Timeless Fall Trends

As summer comes to an end, I’m excited to indulge in some fall shopping and cooler, less humid, weather. I’m not one to follow trends religiously every season, however here are three trends that are timeless. These trends can be worn throughout every season with minor changes. This fall I am excited to swap out some black items for hues of grey, navy, and bordeaux (I know shocker!).

Normcore

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Jason Wu

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Jil Sanders

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I absolutely love the normcore look for every season. Some of my favorite normcore looks this past fashion week was from Jason Wu, Jil Sanders, and Theory. Each designer delivered a sleek and ultra-feminine look, which is exactly why I love this trend. Even though it’s a little masculine, I find this style so classy and sexy at the same time. Normcore is a sleek and monochrome style that is flattering for many body types. The great thing about this trend is that it’s compatible with every season. In the fall you can stick with different gradients of black, grey, navy and bordeaux. During the spring and summer months you can opt for whites, nudes, and pastel colors. This winter I’m excited to introduce more grey into my wardrobe. In this look I love how the grey Valentino cape adds an unexpected element to the normcore look. I kept the rest of the look with a black Alexander Wang pinstripe tee, black Chloe trousers, and black ankle boots. To accessorize, you can always amp up this look with a bold red lip or a dark and vampy color. I suggest keeping the rest of the makeup and hair effortless and natural.

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Alexander Wang Boxy Pinstriped Tee, $495 / Valentino Wool Blend Cape, $2,620 / Chloe Light Cady Trousers, $960 / Lipsy Rhiannon Boots, $140

Sweater Dressing

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Stella McCartney

Every wardrobe needs a great sweater dress. When it comes to this essential piece, I would suggest splurging because no one wants to have to replace this piece every single year. A sweater dress will never go out of style and is definitely a wardrobe must have. This piece is so easy to pair with anything and you can easily dress it up or down, while staying cozy and warm. There are so many affordable dupes that are also great quality at Zara. During fashion week there were many designers that showcased this staple piece. My favorites were from Michael Kors and Stella McCartney. I loved how both looks were completely different. It just shows how versatile a sweater dress could be. When creating this look I was torn between the classic knit sweater dress or a really cool modern sweatshirt dress. The two main pieces were the Kenzo sweater dress and the sweater mini dress by Cedric Charlier. Since it will be a little chilly I paired both dresses with an oversized wool Burberry Brit coat (another fall staple). To clean up and finish the look I completed the look with a black Givenchy Antigona tote, a black wool fedora from Rag & Bone, and a pair of really cool yellow python brogues by Simone Rocha.

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Cedric Charlier Chunky Mini Dress, $955 / Kenzo Sweater Dress, $415 / Burberry Brit Oversize Coat, $1,295 / Simone Rocha Python Brogues, $1,120 / Givenchy Small Antigona Tote, $1,731 / Rag & Bone Felted Wool Fedora, $261

Brights

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Prabal Gurung

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Bottega Veneta

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Agnona

I’m not one for indulging in purchasing bright pieces for my wardrobe. However, I do think it’s essential to have a few pieces or looks that are out of your comfort zone. Pieces like these are perfect for a “girls night out” or even for fashion week. I wanted to keep this look bold and colorful, while staying practical to my style. I didn’t want to be too matchy matchy so I went with a really cool bold purple jumper from Alberta Ferretti. To break up the massive colored coat I paired it with a pair of fuchsia silk trousers from Ostwald Helgason. To keep the look practical, I finished the look with a black West Coast jumper and black Phillip Lim Alexa ankle boots.

Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 9.31.57 PMWest Coast Jumper, $355 / Alberta Ferretti Full-Length Jacket, $1,100 / Ostwald Helgason Cropped Trousers, $460 / 3.1 Phillip Lim Alexa Ankle Boot, $675

Hopefully these looks have inspired you to expand your wardrobe and to get out of your comfort zone. What are you fall must haves? Comment below!

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White To A Wedding?

Wedding season is here and the ultimate question is, what to wear? While digging through your closet or looking through every department store, the question is it appropriate to wear white to a wedding continues to run through your mind. Trust me we have all been there. Recently I was approached by Carolyn, from Loverly, with the question and while thinking of my answer I found myself in limbo between yes and no.

I believe it if bride and the bridal party or if the bride requests guests not to wear white then I wouldn’t. Otherwise I think wearing “white” is completely acceptable. I do think to respect the bride I wouldn’t go overboard and wear an elaborate gown, a floor length dress, or anything else that would draw unnecessary attention away from the bride and to you. For an example, I wouldn’t wear white at all to a white tie wedding… That’s a big no no since it’s so formal. For any other reason you don’t feel comfortable wearing pure white, you can opt for cream, opal, nude, blush or any other variation to the color.

Since this topic is so controversial, I came up with three looks that would be an appropriate way to wear white to a wedding.

Michael Kors woolen dress, $2,375 / Giuseppe Zanotti sandals, $750 / Les Petits Joueurs chain strap handbag, $968 / Kendra Scott colorful earrings, $375 / Lips makeup, $9.13

I really love this black tie option. I thought it was appropriate because of the color scheme and the length and material of the dress. The Michael Kors wool dress is perfect for a black tie wedding. The fabric is more casual and since the design is basic it won’t take away from the brides attention. To add some color and excitement to this white mini I paired it with vibrant blue accessories. The piece that caught my eye was the iridescent blue Giuseppe Zanotii shoes. They are HOT! They definitely make the look and add a personality to the look. Another accessory that was a must have was this super cute Les Petits Joueurs clutch. It accentuated the shoes nicely and added more character to this look. To finish off the complete look, I finished off with red lipstick and blue Kendra Scott oval drop earrings.

Screen Shot 2014-07-19 at 10.45.28 AMAlexander Wang top, $495 / CÉLINE white pants, $484 / Giuseppe Zanotti leather shoes, $750 / Alexander Wang clutch, $545 / Oscar de la Renta statement necklace, $495 / Tom ford lipstick, $50

This look is absolutely gorgeous. I would wear this look anywhere, wedding or not. These vintage buckle and tweed Celine trouser were the base of the look. I loved the shape and structure of these trousers. The vintage pink belt adds personality to the trousers without taking away from their look. To keep the look from looking boring I loved the texture of the Alexander Wang ribbed crew neck tank. Since this look is minimal it adds texture and movement, which does wonders for this look. To keep the glamorous aspect of the look I accessorized with gold and black pieces. I was never a true fan of mules until I saw these gold Giuseppe Zanotii mules. Talk about sexy! These mules can amp up any look! T complete this look I finished up with a gold Oscar de la Renta chain statement necklace, a black Alexander Wang clutch, and a nude Tom Ford lipstick.

Screen Shot 2014-07-19 at 10.51.16 AMBurberry cashmere top, $957 / Veronica Beard white fitted skirt, $330 / Marni slip on shoes, $770 / Sergio Rossi print purse, $498

This look is obviously inspired by my BFF Nicole Richie. Whenever I look at this outfit I think of her. Anyway I thought this was appropriate for a casual wedding because of the flat shoes and fabric options. I fell in love with this white asymmetrical Veronica Beard pencil skirt. I thought it was a beautiful play on a traditional pencil skirt but with more personality. I paired this skirt with an embellished cashmere Burberry Prorsum sweater (which is on sale). Even though this might be a little warm for your typical summer wedding, it would be comfortable for a cloudy day or an indoor wedding. The embellished collar adds enough glitz and glam but keeps the integrity of the look. To finish off I paired this look with black and gold accessories. I loved these gold and black calfskin Marni moccasin’s. They add so much character and are comfortable to dance all night long. I also paired this look with a black and gold two-tone pattern Sergio Rossi clutch.

I truly hope these looks have inspired you to wear white to a wedding. Trust me it’s not as scary as you think. What’s your opinion is it appropriate to wear white to a wedding? Leave your answers and reasons below!

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Haul: Zara and Forever 21

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Zara had one of their annual sales and I really wanted to purchase this leaf blazer I’ve been eyeing out. After walking around the store digging for gems I picked up a hefty stack of clothes. Luckily I managed to only pick two great items that were out of my comfort zone: the leaf blazer and a beautiful orange dress. I thought these two pieces were perfect to bring some color into my wardrobe.

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I also picked up a pair of leopard slip on sneakers from Forever 21. These leopard slip on sneakers are really trendy right now and look amazing with boyfriend jeans and all black looks, so it definitely was an item I wanted to purchase. I was eyeing the ones at Steve Madden, but I didn’t want to pay the price when there are tons of cheap dupes. I’m pretty satisfied with them, since they’re temporary I don’t really mind some of the “cheap” qualities that came with the price.

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Three Irresistible Summer Trends

Summer is the perfect time to try your favorite looks from Fashion Week. Some of the biggest trends for summer range from all white and crop tops to pinstripes and shiny fabrics. There are some repeat offenders, but then there are also some trends that will take your style to the next level. Instead of splurging on summer trends that tend to repeat, take a chance with some trends that are out of your comfort zone and trends that will elevate your personal style.

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When I first saw the Slip Dress trend on the runway I fell in love. I love that there are so many different styles and lengths to this look. It can truly vamp up the sex appeal and femininity of a look. This slinky dress can also give a beautiful silhouette that can be complimented with bold earrings or a statement necklace. In this look I loved the structure of this blush T by Alexander Wang silk slip dress. I loved the neckline, which added some additional coverage for the shorter hemline.   To keep the dress the main focal point, I kept the rest of the look very simple. I loved the rose gold detail and deep sapphire gems in these Anton Heunis spike ear cuffs. To add a little more color I paired the look with a navy Foley + Corinna framed flap cross body bag; it looked beautiful and complimented the deep navy in the earrings. To finish off the look I paired a basic nude/vanilla patent flat sandal.

Shop the look:

  1. T by Alexander Wang Silk Square Nude Rose Silk Slip Dress, $480, jades24.com
  2. Anton Heunis Spike Ear Cuff Earrings, $245, girissima.com
  3. Foley + Corinna Framed Flap Cross Body Bag, $195, shopbop.com
  4. VANILLA Patent Flat Sandal, $205, likamimika.com

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I’ve always been a fan of bold prints, especially because bold prints have the potential to elevate your whole look and wardrobe. As a person who wears black frequently, including a bold print in a look can add some color and personality. A bold print is a trend that can be easily incorporated into a look or wardrobe. This trend gives to the flexibility to wear a bright and bold dress or sport a bright clutch as your focal point. As said before I love black, so I decided to take baby steps with this look. The focal point of this look is a TOPSHOP leaf print crop top. I liked this piece because the palm tree styled leaves were a perfect fit especially for the summer. I also loved the brightness of the leaves that contrasted against the black base of the top. To play along with the green in the top I paired this look with green leather Clare V. Maison clutch. I thought it went well with the top since the rest of the look is black. To complete the look I paired the top and clutch with a black L.K. Bennett Jodie pencil skirt, black Schutz Fiorenza heels, black Miu Miu round-frame sunnies, and a pair of  EF Collection diamond earrings.

Shop the look:

  1. TOPSHOP Leaf print Cutaway Crop Top, $48, topshop.com
  2. L.K. Bennett Jodie Tailored Pencil Skirt, $145, lkbennett.com
  3. Clare V. Maison Flat Clutch, $165, shopbop.com
  4. Diamond Pyramid Studs EF Collection, $875, efcollection.com
  5. Miu Miu Round-Frame Acetate Sunglasses, $345, net-a-porter.com
  6. Schutz Fiorenza, $260, piperlime.gap.com

Shiny Fabrics-GoldOne of my favorite trends for this season is shiny fabric. Wearing garments that sparkle and shine are great for a night out on the town with your girls, a fabulous date, or even a casual everyday look. It’s easy to incorporate a shiny garment into your look when you’re dressing up, yet it can be a little more difficult picking something for an everyday look. Toning down that statement garment can be done with a sweatshirt or t-shirt paired along with sneakers, flats or sandals. When I saw this Givenchy gold silk skirt I fell in love. I loved the structure and volume it created while flattering your shape with the clinched waist and belt. I thought it would be the perfect foundation for a casual look. To give this glam skirt the perfect casual vibe, I paired it with a white Kenzo Paris cropped t-shirt. The hint of yellow in the t-shirt went well it with the bold skirt. To finish off the look I paired this outfit with a pair of black Acne pascal sunnies, a black 3.1 Phillip Lim lambskin clutch, and black Common Project t-strap sandals.

Shop the look:

  1. Kenzo Cropped Cotton T-Shirt, $150, net-a-porter.com
  2. Givenchy Gold Jacquard Silk Skirt
  3. Acne Pascal, $370, acnestudios.com
  4. 3.1 Phillip Lim Black & Iridescent 31 Minute Lambskin Clutch, $425, ssense.com
  5. Common Project T-Strap Sandals, $430, gravitypope.com

Guest Editor: Top 3 Spring Beauty Trends

Hi all—It’s Ashley from Curls Fo’ The Girls! I’m back with my 3 favorite spring beauty trends. Aside from being in tune with our fashion trends, it is definitely important that our beauty routine follows suit so let’s get started!

solangeorange Orange Lips

Orange lips were definitely making waves on runway as the go-to for spring 2014. It’s a great spring/summer color because it’s bright and fun, and an all-around attention grabber. There are so many different shades of orange out there including neon and red orange, so there is definitely be a shade for everyone! I highly suggest that all other makeup be kept to a minimum to make your pout the star of the show. Luckily, I picked up an orange lipstick 2 years ago from the MAC Cosmetics “Hey Sailor” collection in ‘Sail La Vie’, which is a red orange shade with a satin finish. However, if you’re looking to go brighter, I highly suggest checking out ‘Electric Orange’ in the Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids collection. This color is not for the timid!

flawlessskin Natural Makeup, Flawless Skin

Concealers and foundations were being used on runway to hide flaws rather than to completely transform. This was definitely a great move especially because the weather is warming up. I would suggest mixing a very light concealer or foundation with sheer coverage in your moisturizer to get this look, but a BB cream is also a great option. It is light and it has an SPF, which is essential for healthy skin! This look is very simple. Although eyebrows appeared to be groomed—lightly filled in or held in place with clear gel—models skipped mascara and lippies as well. I think this look is great with a little lipgloss or that orange pout we talked about! 😉

blueshadowtrendBlue Eye Shadow/Liner

Models made bold statements by rocking blue eye shadows and liners on runway as well. Blue is a great color because anyone can wear it, and it makes the whites of one’s eyes appear brighter! ‘Cobalt blue’ was definitely the leader of the pack as it is also a fun color for the spring. If you aren’t feeling bold enough to rock bold blue shadow, a blue liner is definitely a great option. My favorite ‘Cobalt Blue’ liner comes from the L’Oreal Colour Riche collection. It glides on easily and is great for smudging! I would definitely use this shade as an accent color and line my bottom lash line for an instant pop. However, if you are feeling bold, a swipe of blue shadow on your lids is definitely on trend.

I hope that you all will try at least one of these trends. I feel that they are all simple and with proper research, you should be able to pull them off effortlessly.

Xo,

Ashley

Trendy Tuesday: Flatforms and Birkenstocks

Summer is right around the corner and I can’t help but search for the perfect flatform and Birkenstock sandal. As we all know, flatforms and Birkenstock styled sandals will be the biggest trend of this summer.

As of now, many stores are carrying different versions of each of these styles. I know that Birkenstock is actually sold out of their infamously ugly sandals. However, it won’t be hard to find a knock off pair that’s just as stylishly ugly/chic. One site that is catering to everyone’s summer trend needs is Steve Madden. They have tons of affordable and chic options if you’re looking for flatforms or Birkenstock styled sandals. Here are four sandals that are definitely on my summer trend list.

Steve Madden: Flatform/Birkenstock Obsession

1. The Scotttie, $99.95,  flatform is definitely one of my favorites. I’m obsessed that this shoe is all black and platform. I’m also obsessed with the leather straps on the shoe. The leather gives the shoe a premium feel for an affordable price. It will be easy to dress up or down these edgy flatforms. These beauts aren’t out yet, so you will have to visit the site to pre-order them.
2. The Boundreee, $89.95, are a chic twist on your classic Birkenstock. I loved these sandals because they were that trendy Birkenstock look with a twist. I loved the pony leopard print. It really gives these sandals a cool factor that can really amp up a look. I know Birkenstock actually teamed up with a brand to create a pair of Birkenstocks that look like these, except they’re so expensive. These sandals are perfect for this trend. Especially if you fall out of love with this trend in two years, you won’t regret spending a ton of money on these. (They also have these in black pony as well!)
3. The Marked, $89.95, are flatforms as well but not as extreme as the Scotttie’s. These come in black and tan, and are both absolutely purchase worthy. I love these because these would be perfect for everyday wear. They’re not to high or over the top. They’re the perfect style if you want to embrace this style but are still a little skeptical.
4. The Surfside, $99.95, are also one of my favorites. This look is a little more basic for everyday wear. However, like the Soctttie’s they have that super high platform. I love these because of the simple minimal look they have. They’re very simple however they have that cool trendy factor to them. They also come in white as well (but of course I like the black ones better).
I hope these four sandals have inspired you to embrace the flatform and Birkenstock trend this summer. These looks are perfect because they’re affordable! These looks are amazing because they look great and they won’t put a dent in your summer wardrobe fund.