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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Accessory Trend Alert: The Floppy Hat

As seen on amazing A-listers, the floppy brimmed hat is forever in style.
“We like how this hat wavers between casual and cool, (Audrey) Hepburn or (Kate) Hudson.” – Black Book Magazine

Floppy hats have held sway recently over runways, taking its cue from carefree 1970′s style. As seen in , , , and ’s shows a floppy brimmed hat promises to add a romantic flair to maxis, flares or shorts.

This year designers presented floppy brim hats made with denim () and felt () so keep it in mind please. Made with straw, a floppy brim hat is the ultimate beach accessory, that provides comfortable, chic protection from the sun. It’s universal: wear it to cover your face from the glare of the cameras, throw it on for the beach, to cover a bad hair day or simply to add some chic to your look!
Either with a grosgrain band to the top, a bow or just plain, floppy evokes romance and mystery. The hat has to be large, with a gently swaying soft brim that falls on cheeks.
I say “70′s style hat featuring a wide brim in an over sized floppy style”, I think: in particular. The Latina superstar is a celebrity who’s very into spring’s ’70s sensibilities. It’s no wonder why she was called “the floppy hat icon for this decade” by who designed the floppy hat J.Lo wore to the American Music Awards back in 2001.

Hottest Handbag Styles for This Spring 2011 Season

An on-trend 2011 bag means colourful and applique, either matching the outfit or contrasting it. Size is what matters: medium.
Spring 2011 Tassel Clutch

Tassel bag

A dangling tassel is a must-have bag detail of the season. This trend loaded with playful attitude adds a flair and gives the impression of not treating fashion too seriously. As seen in Gucci.
Spring 2011 Belt Purse

Belt purse

Keep your trinkets close in a trend-setting design! The adjustable buckled strap make this bag type a hands-free, travel-ready accessory designed for women on-the-go. As seen in .
Spring 2011 Envelope Clutch

Envelope clutch

Medium sized bags – this is a 2011 accessory directive. But what actually means medium? Just make sure your bag is enough for an iPad. Carry it (a bag, of course) day or night for a touch of undeniable luxury. As seen in .
Spring 2011 Fringe Hobo

Fringe bag

Carry all your essentials in a bohemian style! , and other hippie-lovers just can’t resist a casual bag adorned with super trendy fringe. As seen in .
Spring 2011 Leather Satchel

Leather satchel

A must-have bag type for real ladies. Trademark handhold straps give it a classic aesthetic that’s equally chic dressed up or down. Perfect for 50′s style ensembles. As seen in .
Spring 2011 Rhinestone Clutch

Rhinestone clutch

Classic canvas goes glam with a rhinestone trim. A clutch dripping with beads is the perfect piece to dress up your simple LBD and to put all of your going-out essentials in the palm of your hand. As seen in .
Spring 2011 Leather Rucksack


Surprised? This spring we’re all coming back to school in style! Just feel free to stuff this handy bag into as many overhead bins as necessary. As seen in Chlo├ź Sevigny for Opening Ceremony.

The Shoe Bible for Spring 2011 Trends

With this spring 2011 shoe guide you’ll always look fine, chic, and in-the-know!
Block heels

Block heels

Chunky block heels stad in contradiction to the ethereal silhouettes we watched on the runways. No more broken ankles and most of all, no more boredom! The trendiest block heels are colourful and feature a platform sole. Block heels and block colours? That makes sense.
As seen in: , Viktor & Rolf
Platform Wedges

Platform wedges

Taking their clue from the 1990′s era where the Spice Girls ruled the music world (and probably not only music!) platform wedges are the best compliment to on-trend 70′s fashion. Platforms match high waisted flare pants, a maxi skirt and a pleated dress!
As seen in: Lavin,
Combat boots

Combat boots

Walk with some confidence and power in a pair of tough boots. It’s funny designers convinced us that military meets rocker edge boots look best with flirty florals and made it a very spring 2011 look. Choose the ones that have a vintage look and a comfy feel.
As seen in: Burberry Prorsum,
Jute wedges

Jute wedges

Trendy and super cute – this is how the summer 2011 season’s must-have espadrilles can be described. A textured jute that wraps the high wedge heel and platform is just not enough. Choose the ones in a cheery style meaning with the accompaniment of bright hues.
As seen in: Diane von Furstenberg, Narciso Rodriguez


Creep on, creepin’ on. Looks like the traditional moccasin-inspired deck shoes are back with their elevated TPR soles. Love them or hate them, creepers promise to lift yourself head and shoulders above the fray in a standout style. It’s a truly distinctive look…
As seen in: ,
Oxford shoes

Oxford shoes

Classic Oxford shoes are like a soft vintage meets casual. Popularised by a crowd of A-listers who sometimes choose oxfords as a remedy to their tired feet but more frequently to stay in-the-know. Oxford shoes present a tailored style of classic menswear which looks intriguing on a woman.
As seen in: ,

Spring Summer 2011 Fashion Trends: Must-Have Ones!

Ladies, spring is here! and I know you want to know the Must-Have items for this 2011 Spring season! Enjoy!

The collections displayed a distinctly 1970′s tone. With the relaxed glamour of the 70′s I have only one word on my mind: vintage. This season the carefree spirit of 1970′s fashion can be recreated with the following garments:
Feathers and fringing
Decorative feather-trimmed dresses echo the old time Hollywood vogue (they are so lusciously classy!!!). I don’t imagine wearing feathers during the day. Glamorous feather gowns and dresses are dedicated to sophisticated parties and proms.
Neon colours
Colours pop in spring 2011 fashion. Beautifully bright rainbow hues are mixed and matched with neons. Honeysuckle pink, cheerful marigold or a pantone blue curacao? Why not, sky is the limit!
Eclectic prints
Mixed and matched eclectic prints went into arresting series and caused a fashion frenzy. Polka-dotts, plaids, paisley, florals, animal print, stripes and even…fruit! Prepare a serious dose of confidence and wear them all at once.
Get your memories back to a countryside where you used to spend holidays. Capture the nature with a delicate yet not naive cut-out detailing, floral prints, lace, crochet and macrame. Arts-and-crafts is the keyword.

These upcoming styles are all about being fabulous in your own comfort zone! So play around with different styles and throw a punch of unexpected with accessories; most importantly have fun!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Crochet and macrame fashion trend: 2011

From ship's ropes carefully knotted and tied by the hands of crafty sailors, to the crocheted blankets your grandmother gifts you at Christmas... macrame and crochet will likely be familiar to you in some sense. For spring 2011 both make a strong return; but forget the homemade craft feel - as a 2011 fashion trend it's all about intricacy, quality and a luxury edge.
Read on to find out more about crochet clothing and macrame as trends, including the differences between the two and inspiration for key pieces and accessories.

Crochet and macrame fashion trend

Written by Tania Braukamper

From ship's ropes carefully knotted and tied by the hands of crafty sailors, to the crocheted blankets your grandmother gifts you at Christmas... macrame and crochet will likely be familiar to you in some sense. For spring 2011 both make a strong return; but forget the homemade craft feel - as a 2011 fashion trend it's all about intricacy, quality and a luxury edge.
Read on to find out more about crochet clothing and macrame as trends, including the differences between the two and inspiration for key pieces and accessories.


What is macrame?

No doubt you already have a picture of crochet pieces in your head. When it comes to macrame, think of a similar visual finish, but with a big difference in the piece's construction: macrame is made by knotting the main fabric to great visual affect. It's a craft most often associated with 19th century sailors, who made all kinds of macrame objects in their spare time - with shipping rope, or from leather, yarn, twine or other sturdy materials. For those who lived through it, macrame was a trend in homewares back in the 1970s - think wall hangings and pot-plant holders (the likes of which your parents or relatives may still be hoarding from their younger days.)

What macrame is being used for in 2011

Macrame is mostly used for accessories and objects; because it's constructed of knots it can be bulky and have little stretch to it. Nevertheless, 2011 sees it used on clothing and accessories alike.
Because it can often have a very open weave, macrame is 2011's perfect accompaniment to beachwear. Just have a look at the examples from Gucci and Christian Dior below - an open-weave macrame dress is ideal for layering over a bikini, monokini or bodysuit.
Other examples of macrame in 2011 are better for daywear, or even eveningwear, as well as for accessories (more on accessories below).


What is crochet?

Crochet isn't knotted like macrame; it's made from loops of yarn, created using a single hooked needle. Hence, it's very delicate but not so delicate as to be a lace. Nonetheless, crochet is closely tied to the current lace trend with the two clothing trends overlapping overlapping. For the purpose of this article we're defining crochet as the heavier, 70s inspired examples as opposed to more delicate crocheted lacework. Thematically the look of crochet in 2011 is closer to that of macrame.

Macrame and crochet: styles in 2011

Both crochet and macrame in 2011 rode in, partially, on the wave of a 1970s revival. This was reflected in the colour palette dominating the spring / summer 2011 runways: earthy tones, browns and oranges, creams and whites. Pieces are based on hippy, festival chic inspirations, but overall the aesthetic is still luxurious with a modern sense of refinement.
Macrame in particular also heralds in a subtle nautical revival, seen as well in the naval-inspired stripes and numerous pairs of wide-leg sailor pants gracing the runways. Do think luxury nautical though; the kind you'd be seen wearing on a yacht in St Tropez. It should be elegant, sexy, and unfussy.

Crochet and macrame accessories

For spring 2011 your options for adding this trend to your wardrobe are ample; including a variety of accessories. Woven shoes (like those at Prada and Gucci) are perfectly now; and even more perfectly in line with the look are the intricate sandals seen at the likes of Jen Kao and Malandrino.

How to wear it: crochet and macrame

We've already mentioned that the main thematic inspirations behind the trend are the hippy seventies and the early sailors of the seven seas. But what to pair your pieces with specifically? Here are a few key looks you can create with macrame and crochet in 2011.
  • Look for pieces the end in exaggerated fringing, a la Roberto Cavalli (pictured above) for a high-impact boho luxe look.
  • Pair a crochet top or vest with an updated pair of bell bottoms and a floppy felt hat for a look that's straight out of the '70s yet oh-so-now.
  • Many a crochet bikini is available, though perhaps not the most practical garment for swimming they can work brilliantly poolside or under a pair of denim shorts in Summer.
  • Bring the tribal trend of previous seasons into 2011 with macrame pieces in earthy colours paired with tribal prints.
  • Go ultra modern and sexy with a stark, minimalist take like Julien MacDonald's white mini-hemmed crochet dress (below).

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Facebook Keyboard!

"2011 will be the Year of Facebook" The team at Facebook wasn't kidding when they said that. Facebook-friendly hotkeys that take you to your inbox, events, photos, and more, so it’s super easy for you to update your profile. What are your thoughts? Will you get one?

Spring Accessories Under $100: Rachel Zoe's Picks

Photography by Justin Coit
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Whenever a new season hits, there is always the temptation to go out and buy some spankin' fresh clothes to match. However, what I have learned over the years is that it is a much wiser move to invest first in a few thoughtfully chosen accessories. This way you can update your closet and apply the latest trends without having to commit and splurge on a whole new wardrobe. Game plan!

Speaking of accessories, I have my sights set on so many cool (ahem, affordable) adornments right now. There are the usual spring suspects, such as eye-catching scarves and stacked wedges, as well as some modernistic picks in the mix, like neon bright bags and transparent sunnies.

Pregnant Celebrities: How to Steal Their Maternity Style

Judging by the number of pregnant celebrities strutting their stuff on the red carpet recently, it seems fair to declare the baby bump is the new black.

Among the stylish stars now expecting: Natalie Portman, Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Selma Blair, Jewel, Marion Cotillard, Gretchen Mol, Alicia Silverstone, Drea de Matteo, StyleList contributor Rachel Zoe, Jane Krakowski, Pink, Jennifer Connelly, Victoria Beckham and Mariah Carey.

But how do these women continue to dazzle, even while donning maternity clothes -- not to mention that baby weight? It's all about finding the right silhouette, Amy Tara Koch, pregnancy style expert and author of "Bump It Up: Transform Your Pregnancy Into the Ultimate Style Statement," tells StyleList.

"My poster children for pregnancy were Gwen Stefani, Nicole Richie and Heidi Klum," she says. "I mean, the three of them are the triumvirate of maternity moxie. The key, I always tell women, is to shuffle out of bed, look in the mirror and say, 'How can I look like a long, lean baby-making machine today?' "

We asked Koch and Lisa Hendrickson, chief merchandising officer of celeb-favored maternity line A Pea in the Pod, to offer tips on dressing like a Hollywood baby-mama.

Here's how to jump on the star style bandwagon when you've got a baby on board:

Shop your closet. "Go through your closet carefully, because a lot of times you think you have to put things away until after you have the baby, but you can use them in another way," Koch says. "For example, I really like maxi-skirts that have some stretch in them. Pull them up over your boobs and you have a little trapeze dress. Recast existing garments in new ways -- when chain belts don't fit anymore, make them necklaces.

"Kate Spade was so genius when she was pregnant; she took a lot of her coats and she just ripped off all the buttons and wore them as coat dresses and belted them. I also think taking your husband's shirt when you're pretty big and belting it with leggings and a fab pair of chunky wedge heels is so chic."

Rock runway trends. "Celebrities take elements from the runway -- current trends -- and incorporate them into a maternity look," Koch says. "Right now, lace is popular, as are prints and bold color." If you don't have the budget for a designer lace dress, find other ways to rock the trend, with an incredible lace innerwear piece or a sexy bra or camisole top peeping demurely from your top. Tapping in to trends can help you feel confident and au courant.

Invest in denim. "Celebs love our designer jeans," Hendrickson says. "Truthfully, the right pair of jeans can be totally appropriate for any occasion." Try a trouser- or boot-cut style in a dark wash for work, a looser boyfriend jean for the weekend or a dark, skinny pair for evening.

Create a uniform of basics... "Your uniform should consist of your basics: your handbag, your little black dress, your tunic, your leggings, your maternity jeans and a wrap dress or a jersey dress," Koch says. "And I always recommend getting them in neutral colors. Black is your BFF because it absorbs light, so it's the most slimming color on the planet."

...then dress them up with accessories. Pair these basics with bolder accessories to mix up your look. This way, you can create endless different looks while only investing in a few basic maternity pieces or larger sizes. Example? Dress up a basic black dress by wrapping a colorful scarf around your neck and adding a stack of bangles. Or choose jewelry that will draw attention to your glowing face -- long, dangling earrings or a bold, statement necklaces are great for this and create instant chic!

"Big, bold baubles draw attention to the body parts that you want to emphasize and they mask the parts you're not so fond of," Koch says. "Long, layered necklaces are a huge trend for spring, and you will always see this on celebrities because they want to create verticality and look as tall as possible.

"And, if you carry a small bag, the scale is totally off. Big bags are genius, because number one, they kind of camouflage your stomach and, number two, they balance out your bump."

Steal a look from a celeb. "Natalie Portman has worn the empire waist so well," Koch says. "What's so great about the empire waist is you lose your waist when you're pregnant, so it gives the illusion of a waist just where your bra hits. And then the fabric flows out and it ruches slightly at the rib cage so it enhances your d├ęcolletage, your neck and your shoulders, and it camouflages thicker, bottom-heavy bodies."

Or look at Kate Hudson's boho style. "Hippie chic is such an awesome look for pregnancy," Koch says. "It's flowing tunics, fun prints, fringe, earth tones, leather. Kate also loves tunics and maxi-skirts, and she loves to wear a tight boy tank top with a flowy, printed bohemian skirt and a jangle of bracelets." If it's a style you feel comfortable with, try it -- it works great for pregnancy.

Or take a page from StyleList contributor Rachel Zoe's book, and rock the Grecian look, as she recently did on the red carpet. "She looked amazing," Koch says. "The asymmetrical style goes over one shoulder and is a really incredible silhouette for pregnancy. ... You can belt it, add necklaces, you can wear it throughout your pregnancy. That has been a big hit for pregnant women on the red carpet and it works for regular women," so you can keep the dress for the long term. Now that's a good investment.

Sleek is chic. "A big tip is to not raid your husband/boyfriend's closet," Hendrickson says. "Bigger is not necessarily better when it comes to maternity fashion."

Don't fear heels. "I say you have to wear a heel," Koch says. "You can wear flats -- a gladiator flat in spring and summer, but only if the proportion is right. (The heel) does not have to be 'Sex and the City' slutty -- it can just be a kitten heel -- but a wedge, stacked or even a platform heel will give a pregnant woman more stability. It elongates your silhouette and takes that watermelon in your belly and just makes everything look longer and leaner."

Understand proportion. "One thing all of the celebrities, or their stylists, recognize is the biggest mistake pregnant women make is bad proportion," Koch says. "They wear something big on the top and big on the bottom and it makes five pounds look like 50 pounds. If you're wearing a really blousy top, like a tunic or some sort of gypsy peasant blouse, the bottom has to be countered with a maternity jegging or a legging and bit of a heel so there's balance."

You can shop regular stores. "You definitely need the jeans and the bottoms to be maternity, but on top you could easily go to a Tory Burch or an H&M or a Zara and buy a nonmaternity piece that's flowy and belt it, accessorize it and make it work," Koch says.

Don't change your style. This is perhaps the most important rule of all. "Stay true to your prepregnancy fashion identity," Hendrickson says. You should always feel comfortable in what you're wearing and good about how you look, not ridiculous or fashion victim-y. "A Pea in the Pod and Motherhood Maternity have all of the current trends and styles, but specially fit to the pregnant silhouette. Pregnancy shouldn't have to change your sense of style, and wearing fashions that express yourself will make you feel your best."

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Inspirational Story Miss Colorado USA Is Now Homeless but Doesn't Give Up

DENVER - It's hard to take your eyes off of her. The reigning Miss Colorado USA Blair Griffith is an undeniably beautiful young woman. From appearances, it would seem as though she has everything, but there's one thing the 23-year-old doesn't have: a home.
"It was a difficult thing to go through to sit there and go, 'Where are we going to go now,'" Griffith said of the fact that she and her mother, Bonita, were evicted from their home in November of last year.
It was just one month after Blair won the title of 2011 Miss Colorado USA.
A series of life challenges led the Morrison native to her current situation. Now, for the first time, she is ready to share her story.
"I hope that people will see this and realize, 'Wow, she is a real person,' or 'Hey, I didn't think there was someone out there going through something similar as me,'" Griffith said.
Griffith's interest in pageants began with a tragedy.
"When I was in eighth grade, my father became very sick all of a sudden," she said.
Her father, Gary Griffith, was the one who had encouraged a then-tomboy Blair to enter beauty pageants. Doctors discovered that Gary Griffith had prostate cancer. He died one year later.
"I was sad. But I said, 'I can't spend my time being so sad about it because I know my dad,'" Blair Griffith said. "He wanted to see so much out of me."
That desire encouraged her to enter her first pageant, competing for the title of Miss Colorado Teen USA. She won in 2006 on her fourth try.
"I cried because I wish that he could've been there to see it," she said.
Griffith's next challenge came when her mother had a heart attack three years ago. The health scare, which led to major surgery, also took a toll on the family's finances.
"Financially, it became difficult for us. The home that we were in, we became evicted from [it] in November of last year," Griffith, a magna cum laude graduate of the Art Institute of Colorado, said.
She had just been named Miss Colorado USA weeks earlier on Oct. 31.
Griffith says her unfortunate experience has given her a new topic to discuss when she makes appearances at various schools and events.
"[People] are going to look and say. 'OK, if she can be Miss Colorado USA and have all this going on in her life and still be focused on her goals and dreams... then I can too,'" Griffith said.
Another challenge that lots of Coloradans can relate to: losing their jobs. Griffith is experiencing that too. She currently works at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center location of Saks Fifth Avenue, which is closing in March.
"I was telling my mother the other day, 'You know, what would be really shocking? To hear great news,'" she joked. "It seems to happen once a month. Something new is being thrown at me."
Griffith practically welcomes the challenges, figuring they will, eventually, make her a better person.
"I feel like these are all just moments that are teaching me how to be a stronger person," she said.
She gets some of that strength from the appearances she makes as Miss Colorado, driving her own vehicle across the state in her spare time to meet the people who live here.
"I met a little girl who had cancer. And she basically grew up in the hospital. But she was so strong and a fighter," Griffith said. "I look at her and go 'Goodness... I don't have a right to complain.'"
Of fulfilling her duties as Miss Colorado USA 2011, Griffith's difficult situation has given her a new goal.
"I hope that I am an inspiration," she said.
Griffith is preparing to compete for the crown of Miss USA 2011. But she won't have to do so on a limited budget.
"Thank goodness for [the] Miss Colorado USA [organization] and our directors because they provide us with a lot of sponsors," she said.
Those sponsors provide things like wardrobe and travel.
The people who know Griffith say she could take the crown of Miss USA.
"Blair wants to help the world," her mother said.
The two are now grateful to be staying with friends.
"Thank you doesn't seem enough... Helping Blair and I get through this," Bonita Griffith said.
Blair Griffith continues to work full-time and make appearances as Miss Colorado USA on her days off, she also maintains a blog teaching girls how to compete in pageants on a budget as small as $100. She uses any extra money she has to help with her and her mother's expenses with the hope of one day having her own home again.
"I know that's what I want for my life," she said. "So I just have to stay focused on that."
Griffith is focused on the Miss USA competition, which is scheduled for June 19 and will air on NBC.