Posts Tagged ‘trends’

Trend to Try: Animal Hats

One winter trend that has been nearly impossible to ignore this holiday season are hats inspired by animals. Hats inspired by bears, (sock) monkeys, cats & even reindeer can be seen nearly everywhere on the Internet & in stores. Some hats, such as the one featured in black from AKIRA, is a combination of a hat, scarf & mittens. This animal trend is great for having fun with fashion & staying warm. Even Quarter Moon Imports in Tallahassee has embraced this recent trend by offering fair trade animal hats with matching mittens. I’ve also seen coats with a hat-inspired hood. In California, a young boy had a warm coat on with a polar bear hood. It was pretty much the cutest thing ever!

What do you think of this trend? Have you spotted anyone with animal fever this holiday season?

Must-Haves: Fall 2010

Here in Tallahassee, it is slowly starting to feel like fall. What are my must-haves this season?

1. Gold Watch - it seems like everyone is choosing a nice gold watch as their go-to accessory this fall. The leader of this gold watch trend? Michael Kors, of course!

2. Fur Vest – during these cooler months, I am loving the fur vest. Wear a fur vest over a simple long sleeve t-shirt for an ultra-chic yet simple to pull off look.

3. Riding Boots - since buying the perfect brown boots at Coach a few years ago, I have been craving a great pair of black boots. I finally stumbled upon these amazing black Cadley riding boots by Juicy Couture in New York.

4. Deep Red Nail Polish - I am a huge fan of pink nail polish for the spring & summer months but have decided to trade them in for a nice, deep red. If you have an Ulta Beauty store near you, try their brand name nail polish in 34 Plum Street for only $5.

5. Lace Up Booties – I found a pair very similar to the pair shown above at Nordstrom Rack and they are absolutely adorable. They are the perfect shoe to wear to pull off a more Western style look for fall.

6. Double Finger Rings – I have been loving the double finger rings ever since seeing Lauren Conrad’s personalized double finger ring but lately, this trend seems to be popping up everywhere. LF Stores had a great selection of double rings when I went in New York but online, I feel that Topshop has an amazing selection.

7. Long-Sleeved Lace Dress – countless numbers of FSU students showed up in a fabulous lace dress for the CLUTCH Magazine release party which has left me craving one of my own.

What are your fall 2010 must-haves?

Trend To Try: The Jean Jacket

Get ready for fall by embracing the denim trend with a jean jacket. Reese Witherspoon is a huge fan of this trend and proves just how versatile a jean jacket can be. Other celebrities that are sporting this trend include Nicole Richie, Rihanna & Kim Kardashian. Throw it over a sun dress for a fun & easy day shopping or make a statement & wear denim on denim. Throw a patterned scarf over the jacket & you are good to go! Two completely different looks – one item. My favorite jean jacket is made my Chelsea & Violet. I love the color, the fit & just how comfortable it feels. Nothing is worse than a stiff or tight denim jacket.

You can find the Chelsea & Violet jean jacket at Dillards for $98.

Top Five: Ways to Pull Off Braids

Celebrities & fashion designers alike have been going crazy for braids! Braids are no longer strictly for young kids anymore. The fashion and entertainment industry has literally redefined the braid in order to update it for an older generation. One of the major trendsetters for this braid craze was Lauren Conrad herself. Nearly every time she stepped out on the red carpet or appeared on an episode of “The Hills”, her hair had some sort of braid technique utilized. Other celebrities sporting this new hairstyle trend include Rachel Bilson, Teresa Palmer, Blake Lively, Mary-Kate Olsen & more.

1. Classic – The classic braid that most of us wore growing up is still in fashion but with slight modifications. Pictured above on the top right is Teresa Palmer showing exactly what I mean. A true classic braid would go straight down your back, nothing too fancy. Recently, a lot of girls wanted to wear their braid to the side. This can be achieved using the technique shown on Teresa Palmer as well as several others depending on the length of your hair.

2. Fishtail - The fishtail is also a fairly common one you can see walking down the red carpet and in high fashion. The beauty of the fishtail braid is that it looks a lot more complicated than it actually is. The technique is simply the classic braid with a unique twist. Instead of braiding the same amount of hair each time like with the classic, the fishtail increases the amount of hair used in the braid each cycle leaving for a very chic and polished look. Pull a few stray hairs down next to your face and you will look like your hair was done by the pros.

3. Braided Up-do – One of the most common braided up-dos celebrities have been opting for this season is the single braid going over the top of your head. There may be other ways of completing this hairstyle but how I have always done it in the past was to start with two pigtails on opposite sides of your head. Braid the first one and secure it in place. Then braid the other over top and intertwine them at the end of the braid in order to give the illusion that there is only one single braid.

4. Thin Braids - Another common theme is to use thin braids to liven up a simple hairstyle. Rachel Bilson, Blake Lively, and Lauren Conrad all utilize thin braids when leaving their hair down and wavy. It is a simple way to create an even more beachy look alongside their beachy waves.

5. Front Braid - Lauren Conrad is pictured above with this hairstyle. This same hairstyle can be seen on Amanda Seyfried in her new movie, “Letters to Juliet”. This is such a simple hairstyle that almost anyone can pull off, no matter if you have short or long hair. For longer hair, another option would be to continue the braid all the way down the length of your hair like shown on Teresa Palmer on the far left.

Trend To Try: Denim Leggings

phdenimleggingsSkinny jeans have continued to be a favorite of mine for the past few years. Think skinny jeans can’t get any tighter? Well, think again. Denim leggings are becoming increasingly popular. Paris Hilton was spotted wearing a graphic tee, denim leggings and pumps. She looks absolutely adorable in this comfy casual yet totally chic outfit.

If you are in love with these leggings, you are in luck because you don’t have to be a millionaire to own them.

Niki Biki Seamless Denim Leggings in Blue Denim $33 at Repeat Possessions

Trend To Try: Black Lace


My Top Five Must-Haves for Summer 09

Summer is just around the corner, are you ready? You will be with these five must-haves for summer!

Steve Madden - Boogle in Brown Suede

Steve Madden - Boogle in Brown Suede

1. Sandals - Throw out those old ratty flip flops for a pair of  Gladiator sandals. This style of shoe became popular last year. This summer, it is all about the embellishments. I bought a pair of Steve Maddens sandals this year and I love them. Embellished with beads, sequins and stones, you can never go wrong. Go to to purchase your pair today. But before you do, make sure you check out your local Ross, T.J. Maxx and Marshalls to see if they have a pair in stock for less.

2. Sunscreen -There is a lot of talk about the dangers of excess sun exposure. Make sure you protect yourself against the sun with the best of the best. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock in SPF 55, 70 and 85 is a great sunblock. It’s sweat-proof, waterproof and it won’t clog your pores! For more information, check it out for yourself at

Free People - Printed Dreamweaver Tank

Free People - Printed Dreamweaver Tank

3. Racerback Tanks -One of my favorite trends this season are the racerback tanks. I love that designers are being even more creative with the racerback tanks by adding lace or knitting the back adding for a truly unique top that can be dressed up with jeans and pumps for a night on the town or dressed down with shorts and sandals for a fun day at the beach. You can find this racerback tank at any Free People store or at

4. Brighten Up Your Lips - I am a big fan of hot pink nail polish in the summer. This summer, why not a bright pink lipstick? Replace your dark red lipstick and save it for the fall time. For summer, brighten up your lips with a shocking pink or a vibrant red for a fresh, summer look. For bright lip stick, I would recommend trying MAC Cosmetics for a vibrant color that compliments your skin tone.

5. Lilac Eyes - After you brighten up your lips, don’t forget about your eyes. Nothing shows the start of a new season like the changing of eye shadow colors. I use Nars Cosmetics Duo Eyeshadow in Violetta. For even more fun, play up your eyes with purple eyeliner.