Trends, Tips, and Snippets

This Blog was created due to my obsession with list making and keeping all of the things I wanted to buy organized. Eventually there were just too many lists, so I decided to start this, a blog where I could keep all of my thoughts, ideas, and prospective shopping all in one place.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Style Spotter #36

We spotted Nannan Chen, a management major, in the Healy library looking fierce and fabulous on route to studying for finals. Chen’s outfit consisted of a fun and flirty faux leopard print jacket from H&M, body hugging pleather leggings by Guess, and a simple black sweater underneath it all, also purchased from H&M. Her silver accented platform sandals were bought at Nine West and her cream-colored handbag from a store in China. Chen likes to shop at places on Newbury Street and in the Prudential Mall, specifically Zara, Guess and Forever 21. “The style [at these stores] is very young and fashionable,” Chen said. She further described her own style as being “free” and said she gathers information from various Chinese magazines and blogs. Chen listed her favorite designers as Dior and Chanel and claims that her favorite item in her closet right now is and remains her Dior “Lady Dior” handbag in black patent leather.

Style Spotter #35

Anna Lisina, a freshman management major, claims to be seemingly uninterested in fashion, yet she managed to put together a stylish and polished look almost effortlessly. Lisina wore a beige fitted blazer and white tank from Club Monaco, American Eagle skinny jeans and belt, all with black suede Carlo Pazolini flats and the “Hamilton Large North South” tote in tangerine leather by MICHAEL Michael Kors. Lisina described her style as “kind of urban, kind of chic” and says she likes to shop at stores like Club Monaco, Banana Republic and Armani Exchange because of the style you come across while shopping there. She says when choosing an outfit she likes to mix and match and wear whatever fits. “I like jeans and different blazers. Blazers are my passion; I love blazers.” When asked what she is looking forward to wearing this summer Lisina said, “summer dresses, skirts, tops, bathing suits -everything!”

Style Spotter #34

Business management major and clothing designer Shatwuan Lewis looked sharp and sophisticated wearing a pair of black fitted jeans from H&M and a burnt orange blazer also from H&M over a chambray shirt by Club Room purchased at Macy’s. Underneath everything Lewis sported a subtle white button down from his own line, City Apples Clothing. He paired all of these items with a newsboy cap bought at a boutique in Miami, diamond studs from a store in Montreal, and a pair of Polo boots. Lewis likes to shop at places like H&M, The Tannery and Karmaloop and describes his style as “very diverse, unique, and urban.” “My style makes up my day. However I dress is how I feel that day,” Lewis said. Make sure to keep an eye out for his clothing line, City Apples, with friend Matt Herrara launching April 27. Concerning fashion, Lewis offered advice to fellow peers, “Be yourself, be different. Don’t think about what other people might think.”

Style Spotter #33

Nursing major Samantha Cothias was a vision in white and royal blue. Cothias paired elegant lines and colors for a look that is both simple and chic. She wore dark skinny jeans from Arden B., and a sheer quarter-sleeve top from Francesca’s over a lacey white tank from American Eagle. She paired all of this with open-toed wedge booties from Nordstrom and a terrific royal blue satchel by Emma Fox.  Cothias added a touch of sparkle to all of this by also wearing a stand out boyfriend watch in gold from Style+co, a diamond gold bangle from Nordstrom, and a tasteful necklace from Kay Jewelers. She described her style as always changing. “As long as it is cute, fits me well, and flatters my body I will wear it.” She said she likes to shop at stores like Arden B., Nordstrom, and Francesca’s Collection because it is “very flowy and feminine.” Cothias’ favorite item in her closet right now? “The shoes I’m wearing. I like booties and opened-toed shoes.”

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Spring Things: Check out the trends and styles from right off the Spring 2012 Fashion Week runways

It’s been decided, with spring fashion weeks having already taken place in the most fashionable cities in the world, it’s time to reveal which looks have created the most buzz and report on which trends will have mainstream staying power this spring.

Bold Florals

Flower prints are huge this spring as seen on the runways of Alexander Wang, Rodarte and Jason Wu. These bold and colorful patterns look great as statement pieces or head to toe. Pair with solid colors such as black to create a colorful and wearable look or stand out by wearing these plucky prints by themselves as an eye-catching floral dress that’s perfect for spring.
Jason Wu
Pale Pastels

Pastels are a no-brainer when it comes to spring. This year fresh and minty greens, subtly sunny yellows and delicately rosy pinks dominated the runways of designers such as Chanel, Prada, Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger. Wearing pastels is a subtle and adorable way to add some color to your wardrobe this season. Solid pieces like tank tops or accessories like delicately colored purses look great and add flare to any look.
Calvin Klein
Modern Flapper

“The Great Gatsby” is a great book and sure to be a great movie. With its premiere looming over 2012 we’re not surprised that the 1920s era flapper look is regaining popularity as well. Designers everywhere are modernizing the iconic and independent style. The glitz, glamour and elegance of these fringy looks hit the catwalks hard appearing in powerhouse shows like Marc Jacobs, Marchesa and Fendi.
Tory Burch

Even the usually demure Donna Karan, always-ladylike Oscar de la Renta, and understated Burberry ventured to run with these saphari and tribal inspired prints and accessories. The look is surprisingly wearable too. Add a tribal necklace or clutch to a basic outfit and watch it transform from blah to instantly chic.
Donna Karan 

Having been named the 2012 color of the year by Pantone, you’ll certainly be seeing “tangerine tango” everywhere you look this spring. Orange is truly the new black and in many ways is also clearly a neutral. The way it goes with black, grays, blues and even green is absolutely uncanny. Add a pop of fresh color with a fun and flirty orange hued purse or wear it by alone as an energetic dress as seen at the Christian Siriano, Jenny Packham or Jill Stuart shows.
Christian Siriano
Red lips

Don’t get me wrong, red lips can be a year-round staple too, but judging by this year’s spring 2012 runway shows, red is having a comeback moment and it’s huge. What other way can you easily and effortlessly dress up an outfit or look instantaneously sophisticated than with a dash of red lipstick? Red lips are classic as seen on models walking for Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Jason Wu. Just remember not to go overboard and to keep the rest of your make-up simple.
 Keep these popular trends in mind when going shopping for your spring wardrobe this season and you won’t go wrong. Use them as guidelines and make them yours with your own creativity and style.