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An Explosion Of Flowers!

flower-print-style‘If you’re going to San Francisco (read anywhere actually) be sure to wear some flowers”… on your clothes. In prints that is. YES the Floral Print Trend is back for 2013 Spring & Summer, but that is no big surprise, I really don’t think it was, or ever will be gone. As you can’t have fall without the dark hues and thick fabrics, you certainly can’t have a hot season without (1) Floral Prints, (2) Light & white colors and fabrics. What is different though in 2013 Spring is the retro feeling and Sicilian vibe I get from all those flower printed clothes & accessories. And that’s another great new thing, flowers are invading not just the same cliche items (tops and bottoms) but bags, shoes, headwraps, earrings, tiny fashion bits that you never even imagined could carry an array of nicely scented roses & buds. Ah… a very romantic, boho-chic & retro style. Think Dolce & Gabbana and that should sum it up. floral-print-dressTo avoid any fashion predicament you might think you’re in, and the frenzy that comes with figuring out what type of flowers are in, or what size should they be, I say breathe. Let’s just enjoy fashion and have loads of fun with it. Sure nobody wants to don a, what they think is a cool floral vintage bag that actually looks dull and dated… but honestly who gives a damn about the strict fashion lines. I don’t even think we’re suppose to. Not unless we wish to be labeled as fashion victims. And at the end of the day fashion is about getting creative… But just to have an idea that you can put at the back of your mind for that ”just in case” moment, according to designers the Floral Prints this season are either super big and not crowded OR tiny and understated. Pick your type and roll with it, although… let’s get real here… if you love clashing floral prints and wearing a crowded garden on your outfit (I know I do), nothing wrong with it, right? floral-topfloral-trendfloral-print-trousersOn what to wear those Florals this season? Floral Printed Trousers are huge. They’ve got that retro feeling to them of  that uber cool Americana look (think 1950’s women dancing on Lana del Rey songs). Colors: ice-cream shades, dusted little flowers or bright big roses are all in. For an understated very classy yet retro look Jennifer Lopez’s collection at Kohls has got some pretty impossible to resist pieces: tiny floral printed trousers, floral printed blouse & dress. Which brings me to the other items florals are landing on this spring, but not before I let you check out JLo’s clothes at Kohls. 🙂


Kohls_Jennifer Lopez-flower-print-blouseKohls_Jennifer Lopez-flower-print-pantsKohls_Jennifer Lopez-polly cotton-floral-print-mesh-dressOr if you’re feeling like the queen of boho-chic and channeling your inner gypsy exotic persona Show Me Your MuMu (one of my faves shops) has got tons, and I mean TONS of floral printed fantastic options for you. showmeyourmumu-floral-topFloral Printed Tops & Dresses are next and when it comes to the first, nobody does it like the Italians. the Sicilian Goddess of Dolce & Gabbana in their super hot, romantic  slightly peasant floral printed dresses, headwraps, swimsuits, bags, shoes, donning them with their amazing smiles and huge shades and earrings. dolce-gabbana-flower-printsfloral-print-swimsuitSaving the best for last from the Floral Trendthe bags, the shoes and all the accessories you can imagine are now embellished with exquisite flowers… dolce-gabbana-flower-print-bagfloral-print-trendfloral-print-wedgesAre the streets doing this trend? You bet your ass they are. Here are some street style inspiration photos to get us started on the Flowery obsessionfloral-blazerfloral-pants-lookfloral-print-look-street-styleflorals-trendfloral-print-pantafloral-print-pantsSTREETFSNfloral-prints-lookfloral-print-spring-2013-trendfloral-prints-stylefloral-print-topflower-print-skirtflower-print-street-styleflower-prints-trendjacket-floral-printstreet-style-floral-printsprints-flowers-street-stylestreet-style-floralsWanna shop & get the look? I found some amazing pieces at Kohls from Jennifer Lopez (click here) (if you’re looking for classy sophisticated floral prints)  & Show Me Your MuMu (click here) (for the more boho-chic styles). So make you you check them out on your shopping spree. 🙂

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Denim On Denim Love!

all-denim-lookBack in the day draping yourself in denim was a fashion faux-pas, but as fashion is by definition a multitude of uncertainties (in a good way) and constant changes, today, Denim On Denim has turned into a massive trend. For the past two years I think this Duo Denim Trend is trying to make a way and settle in as that uber cool look any respectable fashionista can don without looking like a fashion victim. And since practice makes perfect, its hard work paid off, and Denim On Denim or Denim Head To Toe Trend are suppose to be huge in 2013 Spring and Summer. Not a new invention in the least, still feels good though to know it’s perfectly fine to keep on rocking the denim top with any type of bottoms, given they are denim too. What’s the catch? No catch. Though it used to be ”don’t do same color denim on denim” but eff that, you know. Don’t let anyone tell you to not wear something when it looks amazing and you’re just having fun with it. So how to wear denim on denim? However you like it, but just for the sake of the fashion game let’s play along 🙂 all-denim-styleLet the games begin! Colors: all is in. From the most dark wash to the most light, denim has never looked so cool and never been quite in the fashion spotlight as this season. I suppose since the hot season is right around the corner (yeah still waiting on that one) we’ve got tons of freedom color wise and light wash ripped denim jeans look fabulous with heels (for a fancy get-together) and with loafers or gladiator sandals for a casual comfy stroll. Dark wash denim may be just the right choice for a smarter look, a bit more classy and sophisticated. Think work. Tops vs Bottoms: jeans, shorts & skirts AND shirts, jackets or T-shirt (haven’t found any, but just think how cool they’d look… denim T-shirt) are all in.

Light Wash Denim denim-on-denimdenim-trendstreet-stye-denim-on-denimDark Wash Denim dark-wash-light-wash-denimdenim-lovetrend-denimDenim on the catwalk in 2013 S/S collection (1st: Jean Paul Gaultier; 2nd: Miu Miu) jean-paul-gaultier-denim-ss-2013miu-miu-denimWhat I love most about this year in terms of fashion is that, it seems to me that so many trends and styles are in, sort of like a clashing and a meeting of old VS new. For instance when talking DENIM as a 2013 Trend one might assume a certain type of cut, design and color are in, but no… it’s a heaven I tell you. So if shopping is not on your list, you can still look uber cool with what I’m sure you can find in your closet, from those 90’s. Yeah this too is a 90’s comeback, slightly more polished and girly but we’ve all done it back in the day. What’s it like today?

  • Denim jeans: skinny, bell bottom, flared, dark to super light wash, ripped or proper, high waisted or low waisted, boot cut, boyfriend jeans.
  • Denim shorts: cutoffs, dark to light wash, uber short or right above the knee, tight or large.
  • Denim tops: slouchy or tight shirt, light wash, dark wash, vintage inspired or posh, patched, tucked in or not, rolled up sleeves.
  • Denim skirts: pencil skirts, skater skirts, long skirts, ripped, light/dark wash et all.

Denim Jeans look all-denim-street-style=lookdenim-duo-fashion-trenddenim-jeans-denim-shirtdenim-jeans-shirt-lookdenim-lookdenim-look-street-styledenim-on-denim-street-styledenim-outfit-street-styledenim-style (2)denim-styledenim-trend (2)denim-trend-2013-spring (2)denim-trend-2013-springrihanna-all-denim*Exclusive* Blonde Rihanna parties at Palms nightclub in Hollywood CAStreet-Style-denimsusie-bubble-all-denimDenim Cutoffs look all-denim-street-styledenim-cotoffs-shirt-looldenim-look-cutoffsdenim-street-stylehead-to-toe-denim-trendDenim Skirt / Dress look Celebrity Sightings In London - June 28, 2011olivia-palero-denimmiroslava_duma_denim_skirt_dressmiroslava-duma-denim-dressMy fave look at the moment is definitely a denim pencil skirt and denim shirt. Remember Rihanna’s outfit a few days ago? With nude pumps? I. Am. In. Love. With. This. Look. rihanna-denim-on-denimThere’s just something so laid back, refreshing and yet vintage classy about the denim on denim look that I find it irresistible.  It’s sophisticated and chic, easily dressed up & down, and a pair of heels and some jewellery can do wonders to an all-denim outfit! It’s got that urban-boho woman vibe  meets geek-classy-sassy girl to it, and I love it!



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Do You Fancy A T-Shirt For Work & After Drinks?

t-shirt-blazerWhat’s that item that everyone’s got in their closet (tones of them actually) but which never makes the fashion cut as often as it should? Ding Ding! Yes you guessed it. Why it’s the T-shirt of course. For the past year or so plain T-shirts, like super basic white & black have been making quite the true understated statement. Courtesy of the Olsens perhaps? They’ve sure got a knack for pairing the most plain white t-shirt with some ripped jeans or posh trousers, making it look uber trendy, effortless and chic. Throw in some hot heels and damn girl you’ll be crossing the streets on your way to work like those cool models in between fashion shows! I really do think this T-shirt mania is turning into quite the trend and I love it. As of lately though, the plain Jane of fashion clothes has umped up its game, and with a helping hand of those grunge 90s, we’re all donning in despair the IT top of the moment: the Vintage Inspired T-shirt. Should it have remained stuck in the grunge era or not? By the likes of it, I’m quite inclined to say hell no, it’s the most amazing comeback! I can’t believe it’s cool again to wear silly text t-shirts & my fave band or musician’s face all over the once plain fabric. I’d sure like to see some posh business woman heading to work in her Kings of Leon T-shirt and a black suit. 🙂 t-shirt-trendolsen-tshirtpicture-t-shirtThough it was never gone from retail, catwalks or the streets, the T-shirt does seem to get more attention these days. We’re all probably sick of silky tops and leather jackets so we’re rocking the edgy style differently: bad-ass Tee and business blazer. What I love about the T-shirt look is the chicness and the feeling I get from the one wearing them: relaxed, doesn’t take themselves too seriously yet manages to make a style statement. It looks amazing and put together paired with trousers and a blazer. It’s edgy and rock’sih with a leather jacket. Super fun and sexy with cutoffs (depends if your wearing boots or pumps) and extremely fashion forward tucked in a funky skirt. It allows us to clash styles brilliantly.

How to style the basic T-shirt? blact-t-shirt-cutoffskate-moss-t-shirtmiranda-kerr-white-t-shirtRihanna Goes Harry Potter?trend-t-shirtt-shirtt-shirt-cutoffswhite-tee-lookHow To style the Fun & Vintage Inspired T-shirts? street-style-teeprinted-t-shirttshirt-jeans-blazert-shirt-look-grungestreet-style-t-shirtt-shirt-skirttshirt-street-stylet-shirt-skirt t-shirt-street-stylewhite-t-shirt-stylet-shirt-styleSo before you take a look at that tee pile lying in your closet and pretend to not hear the GYM alarm it once bared, take a deep breath. It’s OK now to wear t-shirt elsewhere than the gym. Actually it’s a sign of sophistication (thus betraying your inner fashionista) to don plain t-shirts & vintage inspired ones any given time of day & night, from the most conservative office to the most posh working environment.  AND pull it through all the way into the cocktail drinks and dinner after work meetings / parties. Not to mention: on weekends the choices are limitless (read cutoffs and t-shirt; jeans and slouchy tee; skirt and that vintage Guns’n Roses t-shirt). Oh and one more thing (OMG almost forgot the best part)… if you’re running out of cool t-shirts, or you get those days when your packed closet actually looks empty… this T Trend flashes the free card to your naughty side. Stealing. (did you think of something else or what?) 🙂 Get your hands on your boyfriend’s T-shirts. For a cool look make sure you roll up the sleeves and slightly tuck them in. Pile on jewellery, amazing nails & red lips for an urban feminine style.

Boyfriend T-shirts looks boyfriend-tshirt-lookmiranda-kerr-boyfriend-t-shirtt-shirt-skirt (2)t-shirt=basic-lookt-shirt-trousersvintage-inspired-tshirtWhat is it for you then, with this T-shirt Trend? Bring it on or keep them for the weekend & the gym?

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Peplum – A Trend That Never Dies! Enough Already or Thank God?

chiara-ferragni-peplumLately I’ve been bombarded by people (who do not have a clue nor an interest in fashion, so I really do not see where their curiosity is coming from) with the ever-classic (read cliche) question “What should we wear this spring, what’s trendy?” So my job may be to blame for this, as everyone thinks whoever works in fashion is well dressed, just because to them that’s what fashion is all about: being super trendy, posh and put together. I see it completely different: fashion is a way of expressing yourself, beyond and regardless of any boundaries whatsoever. And at the end of the day style is what matters. And that’s what true fashion is.

But anyway, I smile back containing my urge to roll my eyes and spill all the beans on trends. YES trends are a part of fashion. And a big one mind you, but it’s how you mix them and wear them that betray your style. Not to mention I probably come across like a wacko for most of these people, fashion wise. Like ripped jeans and pumps? Talk to the hand girlfriend. Or my boyfriend’s t shirt and some super posh necklace. What the fuck? Thank God I love stirring up a bit of controversy and watching elbows bumping by and hardly ever contained smiles or raised eyebrows. We’ve all got those know-it-all Miss Goody Two Shoes aunts or whatev who think if they’re wearing a black top they look edgy and have got it all nailed down. Fair enough, I do not judge and couldn’t care less what anyone is donning as long as they’re happy with it. Ah… had to get all this off my chest 🙂

Back to today’s topic: Trends & Peplums. Yeah, peplums have been around for quite some time now and it seems to me it’s a trend that’s refusing to die. Should we all scream enough already or be ecstatic it’s still on for 2013 Spring & Summer? (and NO they had no idea what I was talking about when I told them peplum is still in. HA! Was a mean bitch at that one, but I was only trying to make a point to the lot, which again they’ve been oblivious to.) 🙂 FASHION Peplums 1peplum-diane-von-firstenbergpeplum-look-diave-von-furstenbergTo be honest with you I was a bit surprised last FW when so many designers were showing loads of peplums for their 2013 S/S collections, and not because I hate it, just because I admit I had an impulse of AGAIN?! But why fix it if it ain’t broken, right? From 1800s peplums did a great job for women of all ages and silhouettes. It had a huge comeback in the 1940’s due to Chrsitian Dior‘s fabulous peplum jackets as part of les deux pieces and since last year… we can’t seem to get enough of this fad. Now is there a rule as to which peplum fits what body type? I have no idea. Never wore one (I’ve got it down on my list though) but I assume it’s a case of everyone’s happy with it, because peplums do justice to both skinny & curvy figures, making each type look good. Take Kim Kardashian for instance. This woman loves peplums. And with a few exceptions she rocks them, just because they accentuate her waist and play up her curves. Why hide it if it’s there. Flaunt it. For the less blessed curvy ones? It adds magic where’s there’s less.

From left to right PEPLUM by: Alexander McQueen, Dries Van Noten, Balenciagapeplum-tops1Kim Kardashian Shops At Christian Louboutin In Tight Jeans And A Leather Peplum Topkim-kardashian-peplum-lookFrom the uber extravagant ones that look like huge folded circles around your waist & hips to the more simple designs – peplums are in and still causing a frenzy. Or not. I mean they look great… but it’s starting to look like those S/S trends that never die: florals, navy, prints… Just saying. Observations aside peplum has got that understated elegance and classic vibe to it, while some designs can look super avantgarde and edgy. So you see. It is a case of everyone’s happy. peplum-trendBut when it comes to actually wearing one you need to choose: Peplum TOPS vs Peplum BOTTOMS? I suppose tops are easier to pull off and mix with an infinite number of outfits, tied to so many looks: maxi skirts, mini skirts, tight, A-line, trousers, shorts, cut-offs. Peplum tops have got a bit more versatility to them and if you choose a super statement one – like a leather peplum top (this one’s on my list) you’ll be wearing the crap out of it, just cause it goes with absolutely anything for any time of the day & night.

Peplum TOPS leather-peplum-topkate-middleton-peplumpeplum-beltpeplum-lookpeplum-shirtpeplum-stylepeplum-topspeplum-top-street-styleSTREETFSNprint-peplumspring-trend-peplumstreets-tyle-peplumstreet-style-peplumPeplum BOTTOMS

Now that’s a different story. Or Not. They’ve got a bit more razzmatazz to them and even a slight edge. Picture a mini peplum skirt with a tucked in shirt, t-shirt of tank top. And hot heels. Yeah I know, pretty hard to say no to such a look.
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Peplum Dresses
2012 MTV Movie Awards - ArrivalsLady-Gaga-Peplum-dresspeplum-dresses-celebsAlice + Olivia By Stacey Bendet - Front Row And Backstage - Spring 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion WeekAnd then there are the peplum DRESSES (see pics above) which are a dime a dozen: from red carpet super glamorous ones to cocktail knee-length designs and even office/day attire styles. Peplum dresses I think are all about class and timeless sophisticated style. Celebs are loving this trend. And what’s there not to love? A proper well designed peplum will give you a free card to eat all you want at a dinner party and hide it away! GENIUS! Don’t know about you, but I’m sold. What the hell was I waiting for all this time? 🙂

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Matchy Matchy – Are You Loving The Coordinated Trend?

d52b9db0ac9382f0ec92e585a17c7bb5I swear to God sometimes fashion is like a confused bitch (pardon my French), I mean one minute it’s cool to wear say brights, and the next they’re already dated. Yesterday we were all hipsters for trying (and succeeding thank you) in mixing and matching prints, textures, colors et all, today they’re so last Tuesday. Yes you heard me. Just when I finally got the hang (and master) of piling on all the crazy things into one cool eclectic look. Ah… talk about wasting my time, Fashion! 🙂 Jesus if only we’d known it was a challenge doomed form the very start we might have taken style notes from our grannies. Well with the Matchy Matchy Trend invading the retail chains and the streets, this just seems like the next best thing to do in order nail this new trend. To put it in a nutshell: it’s granny & retro turned hipster. That’s what it’s all about when it comes to Matchy Matchy Trendflower-prints-matchy-matchymatchy-matchy-street-style (3)Matching tops to bottoms can seriously sound (and sometimes appear) so boring, safe and way too color coordinated, but it’s an art that takes time mastering. Nobody wants to look retro old or like a super young grandma caught in between centuries, right? So… how to keep it posh and trendy? The key is accessorizing and choosing modern cuts, fitted and tailored. Sexy shoes and gorgeous bags or clutches make matchy matchy outfits look modern and sophisticated. Big earring (they are quite coveted this season) give a touch of chic richness to a super coordinated look. And then I guess it’s rather easy, and that’s the best part about this trend (less of  how-to-wear-it-type of headaches), just match your skirt to a cute top, a pair of sophisticated trousers with a cropped top for instance. You know, very Dolce & Gabanna Sicilian take on fashion. Ah… Another matchy matchy fave look for me is the shorts & blazer. I found it young, fun, effortless and super chic. shorts-suit-matchy-matchy924ee0fb9293d85b8ee6dbb75d790d4aana-beatriz-barros-matchy-matchydole-and-gabanna-outfit-street-styletrend-matchy-matchyWhich brings me to the catwalks. Everyone did it. The runways were packed at Stella McCartney, Celine, Hermes, JW Anderson with matchy matchy looks. Who thought women were gonna go to their fave retail shop and literally buy the matching bottoms with tops? Hmm. Next time some credit please! 🙂 Dolce-Gabbana-Spring-2013-matchy-matchyDKNy-matchy-matchyprint-matchy-designer-lookrunway-look-matchy-matchyMatchy Matchy with prints please!

Matchy Matchy may be rather predictable and bleah… BUT I suppose we can still have fun with it, right? My favorite matchy matchy looks are any bottoms (skirts, shorts, trousers) paired with a cropped top or even better, a bustier. A look that sort of reminds me of 1950s French Riviera & Sophia Loren. For a more business/office, smart look it’s now OK to pair printed trousers with the same print shirt,  OR even worse better with a blazer. Now this, I’m not really feeling… though I know that the deux-pieces concept is supposedly gaining terrain right now… I don’t know. Yet. Here are a few street style looks that seriously make me reconsider this trend:  flower-print-matchy-matchyhead-to-toe-prints-matchy-matchymatchy-matchymatchy-matchy-look-street-stylebeyonce-matchy-matchy-lookmatchy-matchy-stylematchymatchy-suitmatchy-matchy-suitmatchy-matchy-suit-street-stylematchy-matchy-tops-bottomsmatchy-matchy-trendsolange-knowles-matchy-matchy-deux-piecesspring-trend-matchy-matchy (2)spring-trend-matchy-matchyMatchy Matchy monochrome!

This one color head-to-toe was a big thing last spring as well, and to be honest with you I don’t even know what the big difference is between the monochromatic trend & the matchy machy one in one color… Anyway the idea is to match your bottoms with any type of tops: blazers, shirts, bustires, blouses et ell. Get creative… we so need to with this super coordinated trend.  matchy-matchy-street-style-one-colormatchy-matchy-street-stylemonochromatic-matchy-matchyone-color-matchy-matchyshorts-blazer-matchy-matchyAnd now your turn lovelies… what do your think? YES or NO to the matchy matchy trend?

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Thick Soles Alert: Are You Loving Creepers Or Not?

creepersOK so when it comes to creepers I have a love & hate relationship with the thick-sole-shoes. And tons of headaches. Just because I literally do not know whether I like them or not, OR I get those days when I absolutely love them, but it all ends in a rather blunt manner when I decide to wear them. Yeah, I know, I’m such a chicken when it comes to taking some fashion risque. It’s just that to me creepers come with an age group affinity: think teens and early 20s, and if there’s one thing I get panicked about, is looking ridiculous.  But I too once was a teenager and back in the 90s, when the creepers had yet another fashion revival I wore them. Hell I loved them. My tiny reticence back then was due to my ”too-tall” self-consciousness, but my love for the creepers won and I wore them pretty much all the time. They were dark blue with thick black soles… and looked amazing with flared jeans! At least I thought so… red-creepers-street-styleteddy-boys-creepersSo all this spotlight fashion game played by the creepers had me asking questions like why? What’s is up with these shoes that we always get these rush crushes over them, I mean they’re not that great looking nor flattering. Sure they can easily add height, but so can heels. Then it hits me: COMFORT. With an edge. The Brothel Creepers first saw daylight in WWII, on soldiers’ feet and then, upon their return to England they pretty much invaded the streets and won over the hearts of those Teddy boys. In the 70s creepers had their glory days as Malcom McLaren & Vivienne Westwood were selling them on King’s Road in London. Yep it was the punk era! Ever since, they’ve pretty much remained in fashion (not in the spotlight though) as part of the punk look & culture and it was in the 90s they became mainstream again. What did you expect with the Spice Girls wearing them all over the place? And… here we are today. Have creepers changed over the years? I should hope so… Although fashion is all about going back and stealing other decades’ trends it also stands for reinterpretation, and if there’s anything the 2000s are great at, than that’s reinventing fashion/styles, making the most niche things lovable and wearable for the big masses. Teddy Boyspice-girls-creepers-2With millions of designs and styles, the creepers are not looking that bad (at least not today. God I need to make up my mind!) and they do tend to give a certain artsy & bohemian vibe to an outfit, OR a grunge & punk twist to a look. Though seemingly quite niche I tend to think they can be quite versatile too, especially today with so many designs, colors & prints right under our noses, that I think there’s a thick sole for everyone. Black, colored, glittery, studded, sky-high, lace et all – at the end of the day it’s all about what best works for you. I love how some people are wearing them in the most fabulous way, like Susie Bubble for instance – she looks perfect in creepers. Not a hint of masculinity, not a hint of ridiculousness. All is sweet, cute and very trendy! pink-creepers

Dalmatian Print Creepers - by Underground

Dalmatian Print Creepers – by Underground

Underground Double Creepers - Topshop

Underground Double Creepers – Topshop

susie-bubble-creeperssusie-lau-creepersThe Colored Creepers be it one color altogether or just crazy colored soles – look great with cut-offs, skirts & jeans giving that fun, Tom-boyish meets girly vibe to it all. I love the brogues/oxford creepers, personally I think they look amazing and would be pretty much the only ones I could don with total confidence. Though they may appear tricky to wear I do think creepers (with a modest sole) can be styled and tied to almost any look. They’ve got that androgynous smart thing about them and tend to look rather classic with a twist. Here are a few street style photos for inspo.

Colored Creepers – fun shoes for any looks azealia-banks-pink-creeperscreepers-dress-street-stylecreepers-hot-pantsstreet-style-creepers-leather-pantsThe black sky-high sole creepers (studs, spikes, patent, glitter) are more for the teens, and for grunge looks, which though I adore on a regular basis… I do not fancy that much in creepers. Might be the too boy’ish look, too dark, too teen-appropriate… but I will give you this: they look fantastic with leather trousers/leggings and black coat. And I would wear a black creepers pair with an all black trousers outfit and a cool bag. I suppose it all comes down to donning it with confidence and whatever looks good and makes you’re inner fashionista glow – it works, right? Here are a few Punk /Grunge inspired creepers looks that might make you reconsider any creepers aversion, if any.

Grunge & Punk style Creepers black-creepers-street-stylecreepers-fashion-trendcreepers-grunge-lookcreepers-streetstylecreepers-stret-style-all-blackcreepers-trendhigh-creepers-looklourdes-creepers-street-styleRihanna In New Yorkrihanna-london-creepersstreet-style-creepersAs this post ends I am confessing in all honesty I am starting to like these creepers (think thick sole oxfords) and might just consider a purchase. However they will not replace my addiction to heels. Comfort anyone? That’s what sneakers and ballet fla s are for, at least in my case, and with summer around the corner, the gladiator flat sandals are fantastic. So while I’m not jumping with joy over this trend… I will however not dismiss it that quickly!

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60s Fashion Revival. 1960s MOD & Styles for This Spring

If you’ve been channeling Twiggy or Jane Birkin for the past years well kudos to you for forecasting the fashion cycle (and for those of you  looking for originality you’d better spice it up if you wanna stand out from the crowd) as 2013 Spring makes a huge swing right into 60s fashion. If Marc Jacobs’ Louis Vuitton collection in Paris last season wasn’t a big 60s MOD revival warning I don’t know what was.

With a green pass for all the razzmatazz of the youth culture back in the day, I really don’t know what to expect street style & retail wise today. I mean fashion from A to Z has pretty much been done, it’s just us the young spirits of today that find everything before the 80s so fresh. I just wish we came up with something different ourselves instead of always going back to the comfortable roots. Are we that bored or ignorant? Or has everything been done in terms of fashion? Twiggy

Spring 60s Fashion Inspired collections

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1960s in today’s fashion…

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60s Fashion back in the day…
 60s-mod-styleA dip into the 1960’s – Youth Revolution, Sex Freedom, Street Styles. How it all started…

60s-fashion (3)60s-fashion60s-fashion-lifestyle60s-fashion-trendHonestly I wouldn’t hold my breath on that one, I’ve always said fashion-music-culture are all linked, so we not only lack a movement in the former but in all. Clearly our thirst for something new is there. Might be sound asleep but hey. Thank God we’ve got the past to keep us on our toes, right? The swinging 60s were the Golden Age of freedoms, with so much happening in music, politics, society, morals – that it was bound to transpose in fashion.

Young people refused to be/look/act/think as their parents did. The past was constricting, booed, boring, wrong, not real. So all those 60s trademarks had quite a solid reason behind: short A-line dresses, plastic jewellery, kitten heels, bold geometric & psychedelic prints, bright colors, mini skirts. This was the time when the street fashion was invading the catwalk and when Brigitte Bardot went down in history for refusing (if not laughing in the face of) Coco Chanel, who offered to dress the young generation’s idol in elegant free of charge clothes, which Bardot dismissed saying ‘‘couture is for grannies” and stuck to her unconventional fashion boutique clothes.  brigitte-bardot-60s-fashionCould today’s designers long for a stronger backbone in our generation or are they just constantly nostalgic for the Golden Ages that had life, turmoil, purpose, anarchy & revolution in them, with all of it being reflected in fashion? Until that one clears up for me we’ve got today’s Fashion Trends to plunge into and learn a few things of the past while wearing them.

According to Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton or Michael Kors2013 Spring is a return to all the 60s trademarks:

  • mini skirts, A-line dresses,
  • kitten heels,
  • pointed toes,
  • checkerboard & stripes prints,
  • pops of bright colors,
  • monochromatic outfits

What is a different take on the 60s though, is the lack in flower prints for instance. 2013 Spring is a revival of black & white, stripes, checks and geometric prints. The cuts are simple, strong structured with quite some fun and opulent details: big earrings (think Dolce & Gabanna not 60’s plastic jewellery per se), boxy tiny bags (think those your grandma used to have) funky sun-glasses ( big 70s kind or cat-eye shades).

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To be honest with you 60s Trend is so offering in terms of clothes, looks, styles that I really think it should be quite big, and though we might not see Twiggys passing by, we will notice cool fashionistas picking one look or item of the 60s shelves and making it work into their own styles. It’s a huge decade with a bit of something for us all. Personally I am loving the Tom-boy meets Twiggy styles with tiny T-shirts, mini skirts, huge evening chandelier earrings, granny posh bags and head scarves. Oh… and the the cat-eye shades are my all time fave. What do I hate? Those kitten heels. Can’t stand them. So I shall be sticking to the classic heeled pumps, ballet flats and gladiator sandals, thank you.

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  • beehives
  • bouffant hairstyles,
  • heavy eyes
  • nude lips

Best makeup & hair 60’s inspiration is at Marc Jacobs for 2013 Spring: the heavy black eyeliner is replaced by dark grey eye-shadow, a bit smudged, shadowy like, with side parted teased hair pulled back in that retro style. I love it. For different 60s looks check out Miranda Kerr’s cover (heavy low lashes – think Twiggy), Mila Kunis (soft boho 60s style), Lana del Rey (dramatic & classic) or Beyonce (slightly pin-up). Basically we’ve got a free pass to doll up and look retro chic while channeling our favorite 60s idols, and I think that’s pretty cool.

60s Fashion Inspired Beauty Looks…

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Printed bottom…Yes or no??

Printed trousers or leggings are a huge trend this year, we’ve seen them during winter, worn with oversized sweaters and ankle boots and we’ll see them also during the warm season. The problem is how to wear this clothing item without looking ridiculous. Yes, it’s not so easy to pull out a nice outfit if your starting point  is a pair of colorful printed trousers. First of all, you should forget about  mixing prints if you don’t want to look like you’re wearing your pijamas. One of the best methods to avoid the pijama look is to wear high heels, especially if you wear the loose type of trousers. You can add a simple t-shirt and a denim jacket, a look you’ll see in the pictures below and your spring outfit is ready. Another useful advice would be to wear large prints if you are tall and smaller prints if you are a petite. 😉

You can choose from a variety of prints, tribal print, flower print, animal print, tie-dye print… and the list goes on…. and find the one you like most.

Remember one of the latest articles about black & white? Here are some nice trousers having this must have colour combination. Add a bright element to an apparently boring two colors outfit and there will be no one as up-to-date as you are…black & white, neon and printed bottom, a look to go for 😉

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And of course, how could we forget about the tribal print?

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We were used to see flower prints on blouses, t-shirt…anyway, on the upper part of an outfit. Check out how good this flower print pants look mixed with other monochrome clothing items.

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I admit that printed trousers are not my thing, but if I would have to choose a pair, I would definitely go for a loose type to wear with high heels. This way you can pull together an outfit to wear during day or even night, if add some accessories and a big clutch.

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I could never leave out of an article the animal print, it’s one of my favorites and if you know how to wear it it gives you a sexy look without putting a lot of make up on, spending two hours in front of the mirror trying some sophisticated hair styles…you just have to wear some high heels and a red lipstick 😉 Try it when you have to be at your best in no time and you’ll see how well that works.

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High Gladiator Sandals – Trend Alert For Spring! Do You Love The Strappy Shoe Style?

gladiatorsandals-fashion-trendWhen last season at Fashion Week the catwalks were invaded with high-gladiator sandals I couldn’t help but wonder if  they’re all mad, and couldn’t contain my skepticism as to how successful these retro-futuristic shoes were gonna be… All this, not due to my blunt dislike (no way!) au contraire. Questioning their trend-feature simply came from my mistrust in the fashion audacity of the true fashionistas & why not call it like it is, our capability to steal funky trends from the catwalk and rock them on the dusted streets. Sandals that look like knee hing boots? Really? But we did it. Again. And I could’t be more proud. I mean, now that I think about it I don’t even know where my doubts came from, because The Gladiator Sandals have been around for quite some time. What’s a few thousand years, if not a clear recognition of their style, right? Silly me. gianvito-rossi-high-gladiator-sandalsgladiator-embelished-sandalsHigh Gladiator Sandals are basically a reinvented version of the flat strappy sandals, which (from the classic black or brown to the super glam gold, silver or stone embellished designs) have been a fashion staple in the hot season. Easy to wear, to pair, to style – the strappy Greek style sandals continue to be a shoe hit. But what has changed in regards to the 2013 Shoe Trend? While it’s still cool to rock the so called classic gladiator sandals… this hot season we’ve got this new fad to try on, that actually resembles more the Ancient fashion if you will, and it’s a bit more dramatic: the High Gladiator Sandals, high as in knee high. balenciaga-high-gladiator-sandalsrihanna-balenciaga-high-gladiator-sandalsjimmy-choo-gladiator-sandalsThese High Gladiator Sandals come in as many designs and textures as their basic versions. Yet it’s all taken to another level: high heels, knee high straps, metal, buckles, printed leather, futuristic cuts. It’s a bit of retro mixed with futuristic style, with a bit of bondage and S&M twist here and there. I am telling you, fashion has decided to not obey boundaries anymore. Thank God. It is an art after all so to hell with rules and limitations. Will we all have our feet (legs actually if you think knee & over the knee styles) strapped up in knee-high gladiator sandals? Remains to be seen, but I would place my money on it, and if you’re about to join in on this new shoe trend make sure you wear them with whatever you love or crosses your mind. Opt for simple and less strappy designs or ankle highfor a basic style, or go all the way and walk in the most extravagant gladiator sandals ever: heeled funky textures and tons of straps all the way to the knees. Or even over-the-knees:)gladiator-sandals-casual-styleMaryKateOlsenGladiator-sandals-flat-blacklagerfeld-gladiator-sandals-heels-stylesaint-laurent-strappy-heel-sandalssergio-rossi-strappy-sandalstom-ford-knee-high-sandalstom-ford-knee-gladiator-sandalsHow To Wear Gladiator Sandals?

Boho-chic Style & No-Heels: When it comes to styling them put your insecurities aside and let loose on your creativity. For a trendy but comfy style opt for the flat designs and pair them with flirty summer dresses, cut-offs, cropped tees, slouchy blouses, spring blazers or jackets and some boho-chic accessories: bag, fedora hat & some fun jewellery. Go for knee-high designs or classic gladiator versions (flat, strappy, ankle) to get this always cool summer’ish boho-chic style. 

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Sexy Stilettos & Evening Looks: For more daring looks or evening-cocktail attire – pick the heels version of the high-gladiator sandals. Because of the sexy stilettos they look amazing with anything: silky shorts, hot tops & statement clutch; short cocktail dresses; or maxi high-slit dresses for a more dramatic take on this style (make sure the dress/maxi skirt is slit so that you get that sexy peak at the sandals from beneath the fabric, when you walk). And of course the never dying look:  Jeans & heeled strappy gladiator sandals. Nothing looks bad with either jeans or heels, so it definitely is a perfect style combo.

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How To Create A Perfect Working Area? Home Office Ideas For Inspiration!

bloggersToday I feel like straying away from fashion (for just a tiny bit) and share with you some of my ideas, thoughts or latest fads in interior design. Actually home office spaces & design to be more specific. My future husband and I are considering buying a bigger house in one year time so you can imagine why this new (to me) interior design thing has turned into a genuine obsession. I am Pinning every day. Constantly. Houses. Living rooms. Any rooms. Any spaces. It’s an addiction I swear. Working as a writer, freelance fashion contributor and blogger for me the working space is crucial, it gets me in that writing & creative mood. It’s my oasis. So yes – I confess I am obsessed with working spaces & home office designs. Hence this post – to share with you some of my fave working spaces out there and get some home office inspirationfashion-blogger-officeblogger-officeblue-office-spacehome-office-working-areaLong gone are the days when we all had 9-5 jobs and that’s it. Today it’s a sea of crafts, of skills, of competition and some of us out there may be combining a 9-5 or a part time job with being a freelance, or dedicating our free time to our passion, hoping one day it’ll pick up and turn into a career. Which brings me to one of the most common and latest passions turned jobs – Blogging. A fashion-invented-job that requires a tone of creativity & organizing skills, right? So a perfect working space is crucial. Fashion Bloggers are writers, stylists, reporters, photographers, managers, online marketing gurus, PRs, assistants, designers et all. Therefore a home office needs to respond to all these: inspiring writing space, storage space, book/magazine shelves, clothing/makeup area to prepare the shooting or styling posts, meeting area for when you have clients over or other bloggers, friends…. Ah… I get creative just thinking of it 🙂 blogger-home-working-spaceblogger-home-officeblogger-working-areaboho-feminine-home-officefashion-home-officeworking-home-spacewhite-home-officeMy favorite type of home office is one in which you can play around with the lighting and make it bright or dark depending on your mood. I love a big table (not a desk) with a big chair, 2 guest chairs, a comfy sofa and coffee table, loads of books, pictures and magazines and a super cute storage area. I love the luxe glam spaces and lush fashion offices with a bit of bohemian vibe to them, and mixing up vintage old pieces with new modern ideas. A home office I’m really crushing over right now is Khloe Kardashian‘s. It’s still an OMG type of moment every time I see it. Here it is and here are some of my fave home office designs 🙂 khloe-kardashian-home-office-khloe-kardashian-home-officeblogger-writer-home-officedayhomoff1home-office-book-shelfhome-office-decorationhome-office-design (2)home-office-design-decorationSo whether you want a big home office or just a tiny working area, here are more home office ideas for inspiration 🙂 fashion-blogger-working-areadark-home-officehome-office-designhome-office-interior-designhome-office-spacenice just like fashion interiorworking-areaworking-area-homeHope you enjoyed it!