Monthly Archives: March 2013

Layers on Layers on Layers

This has been a pretty unpredictable spring and by spring I mean extended winter with a few warm days mixed in that act as a cruel tease!  I have desperately been pushing spring wear and every week I try to retire my tights, boots, and everything winter related, but sadly I have not been able to.  So it is time that I embrace this crazy weather and forgive Phil the Groundhog for lying to us all when he predicted an early spring.  I have not completely given up on spring, but must face the cold hard facts.  So my secret to surviving this crazy weather: layering!  Layering is the only way to survive an unpredictable spring and it allows you to integrate spring into your ensembles without freezing your butt off and most importantly layering can be incredibly chic.

Thigh high boots, a full skirt, leather jacket, and leopard coat, I mean it doesn't get any better than this!

Thigh high boots, a full skirt, leather jacket, and leopard coat, I mean it doesn’t get any better than this!

Photo courtesy of Atlantic Pacific

I love this preppy and casual  ensemble.  Neon is one of my favorites and adds much needed light to this dreary weather.

I love this preppy and casual ensemble. Neon is one of my favorites and adds much needed light to this dreary weather.

Photo courtesy of Pink Peonies

The iconic item jacket is fabulous but rarely warm enough, unless layered with a cozy sweater and fabulous scarf.

The iconic item jacket is fabulous but rarely warm enough, unless layered with a cozy sweater and fabulous scarf.

Photo courtesy of Because I’m Addicted

Denim on denim, you know how much I love this classic trend and a jean jacket is a must for spring.

Denim on denim, you know how much I love this classic trend and a jean jacket is a must for spring.

Photo courtesy of Refined Style

Mary Kate Olsen the Queen of layering pairs an oversized duster sweater with a short leather jacket for a perfectly proportioned outfit.

Mary Kate Olsen the Queen of layering pairs an oversized duster sweater with a short leather jacket for a perfectly proportioned outfit.

Photo courtesy of InStyle

Hello black and white for spring.  The trend that I simply can't get enough of!

Hello black and white for spring. The trend that I simply can’t get enough of!

Photo courtesy of Song of Style

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The Varsity Jacket

After a brief hiatus I am bringing back street style InstaGlam.  Today’s InstaGlam pic is courtesy of the fabulous Audrey Cotton, who I cornered and photographed at the Fundrise Investor party event.  Audrey is flawlessly rocking the varsity jacket.  The look is such a great success because she pairs the bulky classic piece with a sleek black maxi and cropped top (another one of my obsessions for spring).  This look is daring and fabulous!

*Semi-disclaimer: the reason I took a mini InstaGlam break is because the quality of the pictures can sometimes be questionable because they are taken with my phone and normally in a setting with less than ideal lighting.  So please forgive the shotty camera work, because this outfit was just too amazing to not share*

Jacket: Asos (found here), Top: Asos (found here), Skirt: T by Alexander Wang (found here), Shoes: ____ (found here)

Jacket: Asos (found here), Top: Asos (similar found here), Skirt: T by Alexander Wang (similar found here)

The key to pulling off a successful cropped top is moderation and only showing a little peek-abo of skin

The key to pulling off a successful cropped top is moderation and only showing a little peek-abo of skin

loving the gold tipped heels!

loving the gold tipped heels!

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The Varsity Jacket

The Varsity Jacket is a wonderful throwback that is perfect for this unpredictable “spring.”  It adds a casual edge to any look and is the perfect finishing piece.  The traditional varsity jacket is now great for any occasion and is available in updated versions with new fabrics, color combinations, and relaxed silhouettes.  So cozy up with a varsity jacket and layer yourself into spring bliss.

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Unexpected and perfect pairing of sporty and feminine!

Varsity Jacket

Obsessed with this quilted varsity jacket! And I’m pretty sure I need a cropped top in my wardrobe!

Photo courtesy of lookbook.nu

Varsity Jacket

Layers are crucial for surviving this chilly spring!

Photo courtesy of Harpers Bazaar

Varsity Jacket

Casual and fabulous varsity look! And how cute are those loafers!

Photo courtesy of Eat, Sleep, Denim

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A fabulous non traditional and subdued take of the varsity jacket.

Photo courtesy of Refinery 29

Varsity Jacket

Loving this look and the flowy printed skirt paired with the varsity jacket!

Photo courtesy of Harpers Bazaar

Varsity Jacket Karolina Kurkova

Karolina Kurkova, my hero, looking stunning in a black & white varsity ensemble

Photo courtesy of Who What Wear

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Peplum forever

Peplum, my latest obsession is so wonderful, because it creates the most flattering silhouette and literally works with all body types!  Another reason I love peplum is because it is so versatile.  Not only can it be dressed up or down, but you can have a peplum top, dress, skirt or pants!  There are so many ways for you to integrate this trend into your wardrobe the list is endless and fabulous!

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In love with this ultra cool leather peplum look for spring.  And obsessing over the blue accents.

Photo courtesy of Strict Beauties

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Peplum and prints, another unbeatable combo for spring

Photo courtesy of Wendy’s Look Book

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Such an angelic look for spring!

Photo courtesy of Sincerely Sweet Boutique

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Casual and fabulous peplum look

Photo courtesy of chicisimo

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Love this peplum skirt, this skirt and look are perfect for work/all occasions!

Photo courtesy of The Pink Peonies

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Stripes and peplum for spring, it doesn’t get much better than this.

Photo courtesy of obaz

Karlie Kloss peplum

Karlie Kloss looking gorgeous in a structural peplum dress

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley looking stunning in sequins and peplum

Kim Kardashian rocking monochromatic peplum

Kim Kardashian rocking monochromatic peplum

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Peppy in Peplum

Peplum is one of the major trends this spring that I am most excited about! One of the things that makes peplum so fantastic is that it looks amazing on everyone!  Peplum is flattering for all body types and gives the illusion of the perfect hour glass figure.  The strong silhouette gives you a teeny waist and 1920s pin up girl hips, an unbeatable combination.  Peplum has been on the rise for a while, but this spring it will hit its peak.  If you don’t already own something peplum do yourself a favor and invest in this covetable trend, trust me you will thank me!

Shirt: Express (similar here), Skirt: H&M (similar here), Shoes: Zara (found here, similar here), Jacket: Georgie (found here), Bag: Alexander Wang (found here), Sunglasses: RayBan (found here)

Shirt: Express (similar here), Skirt: H&M (similar here), Shoes: Zara (found here, similar here), Jacket: Georgie (found here), Bag: Alexander Wang (found here), Sunglasses: RayBan (found here)

I went for a fuller look with this ensemble, but peplum is also incredible with skinnies or a pencil skirt.

I went for a fuller look with this ensemble, but peplum is also incredible with skinnies or a pencil skirt.

Details from behind.

A view from behind, it’s all about the unexpected accents.

It's all in the details

It’s all in the details

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Black and White

Black and White was all over the Spring 2013 runways and I am beyond obsessed!  I already shared my spring uniform with you, and I have a sneaking suspicion that a lot of my spring looks will consist of this unbeatable duo.  I think one of the reasons I am so in love with black and white is because it is unexpected for spring.  It is a welcome departure from pastels and bright colors and instead introduces a visually mesmerizing contrast of opposites.  This trend is also wonderful because all the ingredients for a successful ensemble are in your closet already!

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Obsessed with this elegant mixture of prints!

Photo courtesy of stylabl

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Leather is another huge (and slightly unexpected) trend for spring and I could not be more obsessed.

Photo courtesy of musings in femininity 

Victoria Beckham black and white

Victoria Beckham in a beautifully classic black and white ensemble

Photo courtesy of fash for fashion

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Another fun way to spice up this trend is to introduce a bold print

Photo courtesy of Who What Wear

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Love every component of this outfit and absolutely need that jacket!

Photo courtesy of no fashion victims

black and white stripes

I am also all about stripes this spring and have a serious weakness for anything backless.

Photo courtesy of mov moda

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ICB by Prabal Gurung Spring 2013

Photo courtesy of fashionologie

Louis Vuitton Spring 2013

Louis Vuitton Spring 2013

Photo courtesy of fashionologie

black and white Christy Turlington Linda Evangelista

Vintage Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista for Vogue

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