Trending Tuesday: Clothes that Blend In

The red carpet at the Oscars doled out its fair share of trends, but none were so prevalent as the neutral/cream/beige/blush trend. Basically, every color that is said to wash you out or to match your skin too well, is now in. Personally, I love this trend. Blushes and creams are just so romantic and pretty, and absolutely perfect for spring. You can take this trend to many different levels; wear cream all over for a completely feminine look, throw on some leather (another trend) to toughen it up, or go for blush and gems for a glam look straight from Hollywood.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

There are tons of cute ways to style to this trend, so be creative and experiment with neutral tones. And remember, don’t be afraid to be fabulous!

 

A/N: Sorry this is late! My polyvore wasn’t working correctly yesterday, so I couldn’t get the pictures to put up.

 

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Oscars: The Best of the Best

Unless you’re living under a rock at the bottom of the ocean, you know the Oscars were Sunday night. This night is full of the best of the best in more ways than one – the best actors, directors, movies, celebrities, AND fashions. While I wasn’t that shocked or blown away by anyone last night (everyone’s been pretty tame these past awards season – why doesn’t someone liven it up a little?), there were still some pretty fabulous looks.

1. Halle Berry in Versace.

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This look is just so ultra glam and modern chic. The sparkly silver stripes flatter Berry’s already great body, and the structural shoulders add a futuristic edge. I love how the dress is showing some skin up top, but yet manages to stay tasteful. The accessories were perfect for this gown; simple, matching earrings and a big ring. The simple beauty look of an almost-bare face and small french nails let Berry’s natural beauty stand out and keep her look from being too costume-y.

2. Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta.

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I’m so happy that Amy Adams brought some girly glamour to the Oscars. This OdlR ball gown is something every girl dreams of, and she styled it perfectly. I would have preferred a better color so she wasn’t as washed out on top, but lighter neutrals were a huge trend on the red carpet, so she can’t lose too many points for that. Props for picking a fairytale dress when everyone else is in slinky little numbers.

3. Nicole Kidman in L’Wren Scott.

nicolekidmanNicole Kidman held true to form and dazzled with an unexpected dress. Really, no one else could pull this off. But somehow Kidman does, and it’s great. I love the way the material looks, and how the gold sparkles seem to melt into black. The fit is perfect, and the bottom portion of the dress with gold curlicues makes this dress a risk worth taking.

4. Salma Hayek in Alexander McQueen.

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Maybe I’m bit biased, but really, put someone into McQueen and they’ll be an instant hit. This dress of gorgeous luxe velvet hugs Hayek’s curves perfectly, and the gold high neck embellishment is fit for royalty. Great choice, if you ask me.

5. Catherine Zeta-Jones in Zuhair Murad.

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Everything is done right in this look. Glitzy gold in bold designs with a flowing bottom? Love. Dark, wavy, smooth hair? Gorgeous. Complementary earrings and ring? Fabulous. Cheers to you, CZJ!

6. Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture.

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Yes, this was a favorite look of many. It’s pretty and it’s gorgeous Dior couture, but I feel like  it wasn’t anything really new. The print was interesting and gave a great texture effect, and I like the overall look. But I just felt like she could have made a bigger splash. That being said, this was a fabulous look, and Lawrence is one of my favorites.

7. Charlize Theron in Dior Couture.

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Theron is a vision in white in this Dior gown. The clean shape and crisp structure, paired with her short hair, is so modern and so chic. The choice to leave the neck bare and only wear bracelets keeps the look simple and elegant.

8. Amanda Seyfried in Alexander McQueen.

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Neutrals and blush colors were the big winners Sunday night. I love the romantic feel of a good, subtle color. The print on this dress keeps it interesting and makes it even more romantic. I love the high necks on the McQueen dresses – elegant and classy, but still sexy thanks to the bared shoulders. Keeping the accessories simple and her hair up were perfect styling choices. Beautiful.

9. Stacy Keibler in Naeem Khan.

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She managed to steal the spotlight from George Clooney in this dress – that’s an impressive feat. This dress has it all – sex appeal, elegance, modernity, glitz, glam. It even has a kind of retro, 1920s vibe, in part due to the design of the sparkles and in part due to Keibler’s hairstyle. This was a huge favorite for me because it was totally glam and gave some much needed “umph” to the red carpet.

10. Jessica Chastain in Armani Privé

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Chastain looked flawless – by far the best look of the night. This dress was safe in a way, but also a risk – with someone as pale as Chastain, a creamy blush color is not usually recommended. But she rocked this dress, and all other aspects of this look were perfect. Then metallic nails, the single gold bracelet, the sparkly earrings, her wavy hair, and the fabulous red lipstick all come together with the dress to create a look that is modern yet retro, sexy yet elegant, va va voom yet classy and chic. Absolutely fabulous.

 

Get this Fabulous Look – for Less!

Valentino, Spring 2013.

Valentino, Spring 2013.

Spring this year is all about girlish glamour – pastels, lace, collars, soft materials, ladylike pumps. Valentino grasped the essence of spring with their 2013 collection. Girly pieces are put together to produce glamourous results – and glamourous it is. Channel your inner 1940s lady with this Valentino inspiration and you’ll be the queen bee of spring. Here’s one way to get this look without breaking the bank:

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Take this great midi-length skirt ($38, Modcloth.com) and pair with a simple white button down ($22, Mango.com). Layer with a peach blouse ($62, johnlewis.com). If it’s too hot for double layers, or you’re just not feeling a stiff, collared shirt, try a ladylike blouse with a sexy keyhole accent ($46, oasis-stores.com).Simple, nude, peep-toe pumps ($45, Mango.com) will do the trick to finish off this look, or add a modern twist with an open, color blocked sandal ($29, theiconic.com.au). Valentino kept its vintage looks fresh on the runway with statement clutches in contrasting colors and textures, so try something with a wild edge (Red clutch, $26, liveclothing.com.au) or with some shine (Silver clutch, $45, chictastic.com). Keep other accessories sweet and minimal, and use natural hair and makeup, like Valentino did for the runway.

Looking ladylike is always in, but it’s becoming the trend recently. On the runways and on style stars there has been more left to the imagination and less bared for all to see. So keep it classy, and remember to always keep it fabulous!

Trending Tuesday: Go for Graphic

There has been a definite revival of neutrals in recent seasons, and the Spring 2013 runway was no different. Colors are great, but sometimes a graphic black and white ensemble is just necessary. It’s majorly cutting edge to take stark designs of pure black and pure white, mix prints, and keep the accessories neutral, too. If you’re going for a pop of color, choose from one in the primary color swatch. Sometimes bringing it back to the basics can turn out oh so right.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Keep it cool and chic by mixing graphic printed pants ($46, riverisland.com) with a striped button down ($31, 2dayslook.com). Pair with black wedges with a metallic edge (wholesale-dress.net), a cool wood-inspired bag, and both classic and edgy accessories to keep the look fresh. For a sweeter look, opt for printed pants ($46, riverisland.com) and a subtle, polka dot, baby-doll top ($40, welikefashion.com). Black chunky sandals ($46, H&M) are perfect for the transition from winter to spring, and a pop of pure blue is just right to liven up the look.

Go graphic this spring and make a splash without a single color if you’d like – anything’s possible with fashion! Be playful, and don’t forget to be fabulous!

 

 

 

Color of the Year

Color of the Year

What to wear for: Sunday Brunch

Sunday brunch is a great time to dress up in your girly-est, cutest outfit and pretend you’re someone fancy for a few hours. But how do you take the idea of dressing prettily and modestly into the 21st century? By mixing prints, colors, textures, and adding some fun accessories, you can achieve an elegant look with a more modern-casual twist.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Take this vintage-inspired skirt (sammydress.com) and pair with a laid back, printed sweater ($23, republic.co.uk) and big wedges ($50, boohoo.com) to modernize the look and make it feel less stiff. Pile on fun bracelets (I like this love bracelet and flower corsage to add both edgy and girly elements) and a neat, geometric earring. Throw on a bolero ($27, dorothyperkins.co.uk) to add a touch of old school glamour, and finish with a bright red flower clutch ($25, chicastic.com) for a punch of color and some dimension. Wherever you wear this outfit, you’ll look chic and ladylike and absolutely fabulous!

Urban Bohemian with Madison Harding

Urban Bohemian with Madison Harding

Madison Harding wood heels
madisonharding.com

Barbour square silk scarve
$94 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Cateye sunglasses
80spurple.com