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Lonnys Project: L’Atiste By Amy Jacket

Lonnys Project: L'Atiste By Amy Jacket

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Charles David Tansy Colorblock Open Toe Pump

Perfection.  I have been looking for a colorblock shoe to go with my black & whites this Spring. LOVE

Charles David Tansy Colorblock Open Toe Pump

Charles David
Tansy Colorblock Open Toe Pump

 

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Bundled but not frumpy

I know it’s hard to get motivated to come up with a new outfit idea when its under 20 degrees outside, so I decided to share this one for some inspiration.  My first reaction when I see temperatures below freezing is to say “forget it” and throw on my coziest cable knit sweater over jeans and call it a day.  However, I was feeling particularly motivated this morning to come up with something that would keep me warm, but without the “frump”.

Here is all you need:

Denim shirt – I recommend these:HERE, HERE and HERE.

Grey Cashmere V Neck Sweater – I recommend these: HERE, HERE and HERE.

Black Skinny Ponte Pants – I recommend these: HERE, HERE & HERE.

Brown Knee High Boots – I recommend these: HERE, HERE & HERE.

Now, here is the secret to staying super warm in this outfit.  Underneath everything, add in:

Black or Neutral Opaque Tights (sheer ones don’t give you much warmth and knit ones might not fit under your pants)

Black Long Sleeved V Neck Tight Shirt

These two items will not cause a lot of bulk, but will add the extra layer you need to keep warm, while still looking cute!

Bundled not Frumpy

Bundled not Frumpy

 

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A Pop of Red in a Sea of Neutrals

A Pop of Red in a Sea of Neutrals

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Express Mint Ballet Flats Review

I recently acquired a Rebecca Minkoff wristlet in “baby blue” (it’s really more of a mint color as you can see in the picture) and decided that I needed some matching ballet flats for Spring.  After scouring the net, I found this pair at Express that seemed to match and were also super affordable – only $34.90 here.  The color is really close to that of the wristlet, and they are very comfortable.  The pointy toe is a bit witch like, but it also makes them more interesting than most round-toed flats I own.  Pics below.

Express Pointed Toe Ballet Flats

Express Pointed Toe Ballet Flats

Express Pointed Toe Ballet Flats

Express Pointed Toe Ballet Flats

 

Rebecca Minkoff Wristlett and Express Mint Ballet Flats

Rebecca Minkoff Wristlett and Express Mint Ballet Flats

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Black & White Color Blocking Trend

There is no way around it, black and white color blocking is a major trend for Spring 2013.  Almost every major designer has their version of the B&W dress, and why not?  It’s super chic and flattering on almost everyone!  Here is my favorite Runway version from the Carolina Herrera Spring 2013 RTW collection:  I just love the asymmetric panels and the little burst of color right in the center.

Carolina Herrera Black & White Color Block Gown

Carolina Herrera Black & White Color Block Gown

Now on to the more affordable (and wearable) versions.

If you want to go for designer quality, I would recommend:

Rag & Bone Dupont Colorblock Dress – $450 

You can get this dress HERE, HERE and HERE

Rag & Bone Dupont Colorblock Dress - $450

Rag & Bone Dupont Colorblock Dress – $450

Diane von Furstenberg Carmelle Sheath Dress – $425

You can get this dress HERE, HERE and HERE

Diane von Furstenberg Carmelle Sheath Dress - $425

Diane von Furstenberg Carmelle Sheath Dress – $425

Alice + Olivia Alberta Colorblock Dress – $297

You can get this HERE, HEREHERE, and HERE

Alice + Olivia Alberta Colorblock Dress - $297

Alice + Olivia Alberta Colorblock Dress – $297

Looking for more affordable versions of this trend? Here are some options:

White House Black Market Coloblock Sheath Dress – $79.99

You can get this HERE

White House Black Market Colorblock Dress - $79.99

White House Black Market Colorblock Dress – $79.99

Loft Colorblock Seamed Sheath Dress – $89.50

You can get this HERE

Loft Colorblock Seamed Sheath Dress - $89.50

Loft Colorblock Seamed Sheath Dress – $89.50

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French Connection Snake Print Pants Review

French Connection Snake Print Pants

French Connection Snake Print Pants

I have been hesitant to purchase any printed denim since the trend started for fear that I would instantly hate the print.  However, for some reason I have an affinity for snake prints (especially for handbags and shoes).  So, when I saw these French Connection pants on sale at Bloomies I decided to try them out.

Note: They are not denim, they are a stretchy legging – like fabric with a snake texture.  They also have an elastic waistband, which I thought was strange at first, but I don’t really mind it that much.  They only downside of the elastic waistband is that you can’t wear these pants with shorter shirts that end at the hip.

Fit wise, they are super comfortable and feel like you are wearing your PJs out in public.  The high contrast print makes them super flattering, especially at the thighs.  They are very versatile and can be paired with colorful pieces as well as neutrals.  Since they end right at the ankle, they can also be worn with flats, which is awesome for running around in the city.

You can still get them on sale at Bloomingdales for $83.16 

 

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J Brand 811 Mid-Rise Skinny Leg In Hysteria Wash Review

We just got these new J Brands in at work and all of the girls have been lusting after them.  Acid washing and heavy distressing are going to be huge trends for Spring, and these fall into both categories.  I think they are technically considered an “acid washed black”, but they are really just white jeans with a distressed wash.  They have holes at the knees and a raw, frayed edge at the ankles as well as textured wrinkles at the hips.  I have to say, the distressing looks like something that would work on a looser jean, so I was curious to see how these actually looked on.  Here is a picture of them on the J Brand model:

J Brand 811 Mid-Rise Skinny Leg In Hysteria

J Brand 811 Mid-Rise Skinny Leg In Hysteria

I snuck into the dressing room during lunch and popped them on to see how they would look on a “normal person” since clearly no one else has legs this skinny 🙂

J Brand 811 Mid-Rise Skinny Leg In Hysteria

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J Brand 811 Mid-Rise Skinny Leg In Hysteria

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J Brand 811 Mid-Rise Skinny Leg In Hysteria

Back

I am not 100% sure how I feel about these.  They definitely fit true to size which is nice, and they are actually a reasonable length (considering most J Brands are 3-5 inches too long on me).  BTW – I am 5’5″

One thing I do not like about them is the fact that my knee was poking out of the hole.  I feel like jeans with holes should be a bit looser so that they don’t look like you created the hole by squeezing your thighs into a pair of pants that didn’t fit.  Also, the distressing at the hips looked a bit weird because of how tight they are.  Again, I associate that type of distressing with looser jeans, and don’t think it works with this slimmer fit.

I could see them looking really cool with an edgy outfit – like with a leather jacket and some chunky jewelry and studded boots, but only for the skinny legged women of this world.  I will probably pass on these.

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Steve Madden Women’s Abonita Ankle Boot Review

Just got home from work to a wonderful surprise: My Steve Madden Abonita boots just arrived 🙂  They really do look a lot like the Rag & Bone Newbury boots.  The heel is a great height for walking around in, while still giving you a bit of height.  They also have a nice, small ankle opening, which I find hard to find in ankle boots.  Most of the ones I try on have a huge opening that moves around when you walk and looks weird with skinny jeans or shorts.  They are on sale on Amazon for $99 right now.  I highly recommend as a wardrobe staple this year!

Steve Madden Women's Abonita Ankle Boot

Steve Madden Women’s Abonita Ankle Boot

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Dress Option for Spring

So, every once in a while, I get asked to do a bit of fit modeling at work.  I happen to be the sample size and 5’5″ so it’s convenient for me to jump out from behind my computer and try on some of the new things our buyer is thinking about getting for Spring.

Fit Modeling

Fit Modeling

This lovely dress is inspired by one we had in the store last year, but with some improvements.  We made it a bit longer as well as more fitted in the bust area.  Now the only question is:  What colors do we want to get this dress in?  I personally think it would be fabulous in black with the bottom panel in a stark white. (Can you tell I have a think for the B&W trend this Spring?).  We also discussed nude with a cream trim and coral with a cream trim.

Please feel free to leave comments and let me know which color combo you would buy!

 

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