London Fashion Week Favorite

London Fashion Week has come and gone and while I couldn’t make the trek across the Atlantic, the merger of social media/technology in the fashion industry has made me feel as though I had a front row seat at all the shows.

For those of you who haven’t been glued to Instagram/Facebook/Twitter ect following LFW, I wanted to share my favorite emerging label, Peter Pilotto.

As if  further evidence of the proliferation of  the fashion-technology fusion was needed, the design duo behind Peter Pilotto had a computer program specifically developed to generate the kaleidoscopic prints used in the collection. The bold patterns are reminiscent of the summer’s tribal print craze combined with a traditional Nordic twist.

Suffice it to say- J’ADORE!

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Target Launching Fall Installment of Shops at Target

Yesterday marked the debut of Target’s Fall installment of Shops at Target. The retailer is collaborating with four high end shops-Patch NYC, Kirna Zabete, Odin and The Curiosity Shoppe- to provide consumers with exclusive apparel and home good options at affordable prices.

I can’t wait to shop my local Target for these exciting offerings! For a sneak peak inside, check out this Editor preview.

Emerging Designer Creates a Splash with New Take on Bead Wear

 

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Japanese designer Kunihiko Morinaga  took the term bead wear to new heights with the creation of her  A/W 2011/2012 collection, titled Melting Pot.  The pieces were created by heating Perler beads together with an iron, resulting in pixelated armor-like garments.

Kunihiko’s avant-garde approach to design has not only garnered her international acclaim, she was also awarded a first place scholarship at the International Fashion Academy.

Happy Birthday Blake Lively!

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I had been meaning to write a post about Blake Lively for some time now and lo and behold I googled her today only to find out it’s her birthday! While the blond bomb shell took Hollywood by storm in her starring role as the one and only Serena on Gossip Girl, she caught my eye while perusing through Pinterest for countless hours. Her classic good looks coupled with her unrivaled sense of style makes her one of my favorite up and coming Hollywood starlets.

Check out my favorite Lively Looks!

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gorgeous! Blake Lively

Water Color Craze

Fashion imitates art with the proliferation or water color print attire. This fashion staple can easily be dressed up or down and worn from day to night.

My favorites water color garments are made in lightweight, breezy fabrics, which are essential during the blistering heat of summer in sunny South Florida.

Check out my water color picks:

What’s Old is New

As an avid thrift store shopper, I have a number of tried and true shops I always hit up when seeking a vintage fix. However, one of my favorite spots to “shop” is right in my mother’s closet. Aside from the obvious financial benefit in shopping Mother Dearest’s closet, I find endless sentimental value in breathing new life into clothes my mother sported back in her heyday.

Tucked away in the depths of her closet are pieces she donned on some of her most joyous of days and the twinkle of nostalgia in her eyes upon my slipping into one of these impeccably-kept pieces is enough to get the waterworks going.

Earlier this year, I found this skirt in my mother’s closet that she purchased back in 1981… I was born in 1985, making it my senior!

If you have yet to shop your mother’s closet, I encourage you to take a look and see what treasures lie waiting to be rediscovered!

Fashion Fave: Chartreuse

I’ve added a new word to my vocabulary! According to Wikipedia, “chartreuse is a color halfway between yellow and green that was named because of its resemblance to the green color of one of the French liquers called green chartreuse.”

It’s the perfect pop of color to brighten up any outfit and mood.

I’ve finally figured out how to artfully collage images together. Hope you love my Chartreuse Love Board as much as I do!

Blogger Notes:

1. Jason Wu is two for two with this gown! His first hit gown, you ask? Michelle Obama’s inaugaural dress.

2. Just another reason I heart Pinterest.

3. Looking to add a splash of color to your home? How’s this Chartreuse Bead Print found on Etsy.

4. Impress guests with this snazzy  wedding invite by Kate Erands.

Congrats Solange!

Solange is the new face of Madewell, J.Crew’s younger/hipper sister store.  This is her first major contract with a fashion label and I couldn’t be happier for her!

Madewell’s Fall selection includes a variety of bold prints and textures that perfectly compliment Solange’s eclectic style. I call that a match made in style heaven!

Check out this sneak peek of their campaign video:

Fashion Inspiration: Victoria Beckham

Who would have ever thought former Spice Girl, Victoria Beckham, would go on to become the fashion maven that she is? I mean, come on, let’s take a quick stroll down memory lane.

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The group’s style went from bad…

…to worse!

Fast forward, 15 years and Victoria has completely revamped her style.

In addition to her personal style, she has become a world class fashion designer.

Here’s a sample of the Fall 2012 Victoria by Victoria Beckham collection.

Source: style.com via Joana on Pinterest
 
Source: style.com via Joana on Pinterest
Source: style.com via Joana on Pinterest
Source: style.com via Joana on Pinterest

Source: style.com via Joana on Pinterest

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Victoria knows what I want, what I really, really want. Corny, I know, but it was an obvious one, forgive me!

For Crop Top Enthusiasts

The crop top trend has quickly become a summer fashion staple. However, done wrong, this trend can be a major fashion faux pas.  Keep it classy by pairing crop tops with high waisted bottoms. The crop top/high waisted combo allows a small amount of skin to peek through rather than exposing the whole shabang.

Here are a few examples of the style worn properly:

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Remember, ladies, rather than following trends blindly, always dress for your body type. This look is definitely not intended for universal application.

Crop top enthusiast?  Shop the trend at Modcloth, Asos, and TopShop.