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December 2015 – Christmas Wish List

Christmas is less then two weeks away, and if you are like most of us, you are still scrabbling trying to get the best gifts, while keeping your budget. As I do each and every year, I compile a list of the top gifts and stocking stuffers… that will make your family and friends smile, and not break your bank.

Got Beats?

The must have accessory for music lovers alike, are the Beats by Dre. Priced at $222.99, these headphones give the most clear, crisp and precise sound.

The Perfect Case

Wood has risen in popularity as a material used in various personal accessories (bracelets, rings, necklaces, etc.) and now we are seeing phone cases incorporating wood. Wood gives a strong quality and appeal to items.This case is priced at $39.99 and can be purchased on Amazon. Click here to order.

Scoot, Scoot!

The wildly popular “hover boards” as they are often called, the self-balancing scooters are on everyone’s wish list, children and adults alike. They are fun, trendy and glide you from here to there. Priced at $365.00, you can also order this item from Amazon.

Ask Alexa

For the techie in your life, which may even be yourself, the Alexa is the perfect gift. The hands free Alexa gives answers to all your intriguing questions. At a cool $180.00, this makes an ideal gift for gadget lovers, also on Amazon. Read More

November 2015 – Give em the boot!

With all the hot boot trends we are seeing; fashionistas are gladly welcoming the brisk weather. I have to admit, Fall/Winter is favorite season. I love the layers, the textures and of course a reason to rock some fabulous boots.

So, if you have an appreciation for a good boot game… break out the check book and let’s get shopping!

Over the Knee

The over the knee style boot cycles in and out of popularity, and this season they are at their peak! The over the knee boot is sexy and sultry. Retailers such as Bakers and DSW have a wide variety of over the knee boots and other styles to choose from.

Laced Up!

Another hi-boot style, very sexy is the lace up boot. We have seen many designers incorporate this style in their line. A definite to add to your wardrobe.

On the Fringe

Fringes are big this season… from fringe vests and purses to fringe pants and other accessories. Naturally, you have to add fringe foot wear to the mix!

The Wrap Up

Add a little twist to your favorite pair of booties… throw a wrap around them. We are seeing booties with buckles, studs and other accessories… giving the appearance of a more slender ankle.

Color of the season

Last, but not least, burgundy is a hot, hot color right now; so of course add some burgundy boots to your closet.

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August/Sept 2015 – Sexy Hair!

What better way to compliment a hot look; a hot hair style of course! This summer, ladies are playing with hues, cuts, styles, and curls.

From the runways to sidewalks, from celebrities to regular folks, these hair trend are everywhere.

The Bob

The bob is a classic cut, that is always in style, but as of recent, we see ladies have added some variations: color, asymmetrical and layered cuts, waves and more. As featured above, we see this cut is very sleek and in a very trendy grey hue.

Here, another example of the classic bob with a side bang.

This is a fun, sassy variation to the bob. With a side part, she is wearing soft, tousled beach waves. A very summery look.

Crown Me

The “Hippie” inspired head bands are a must have accessory for fun, free spring/summer looks. From basic fabric an beads, to jeweled and crystallized head bands, these head bands work for a variety styles.

Braided Beauty

Always popular, always in style, always convenient and great low maintenance hairstyle. This style, re-emerged in popularity in 2010, inspired by Janet Jackson’s character in Poetic Justice.

The loosely braided crown is fun, flirty and easy breezy… definitely a style to be added to the summer routine.

Again, loose, kinda messy but cute… the messy braid look has been seen on runways, spreads and sidewalk chic.

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July 2015 – Splish, Splash – Beach Wear 2015

Temperatures are rising, which can only mean one thing… ladies are dressing less…. especially for the beach!

Many of the hot trends we saw last year, have followed us into 2015 and I definitely see a few walking right into 2016. We see designers are using a lot of mesh and sheer fabrics, a lot of high-waisted two pieces and fringes and embellishments.

It Meshes Well!

Featured above is a great example of mesh used throughout swimwear. I love how sexy and sheer this fabric is and it is perfect for swimwear.

Curves Ahead!

For all my ladies blessed with extra curves, opt for swim wear that creates an illusion of a cinced or slender waist. This is achieved by embellishment or an asymetrical design on the top or bottom portion of the swim suit and the center being a solid, dark color. As featured above, the model is wearing a one-piece, with an embellished design – with mesh in the center.

The Monokini

We see a lot of monokini’s this summer….. very revealing and very sexy, lots of “peek-a-boos”… hints of hips, thighs and breast.

High Times

Notice, designers are consistent with minimalism, when it comes to color choices. We see alot of blacks, whites and nudes…. not too many colors and patterns. Here we have the halter style, high-waisted swimsuit. A classic style, that always works and typical compliments most shapes….thin to curvy.

The Triangl Craze

So, you have probably noticed the Triangle sensation blowing up the social media scene. If you don’t know, Triangl swimsuits are made of form fitting neoprene – the same fabric that wetsuits are made of. This material is not very stretchy, so this type of swimsuit works well for athletic body types.

The Classic

Last but not least, the bandeau two-piece is a classic look that will always be a hot trend for the beach or pool! Bandeau style is cute, flirty and fun!

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June 2015 – Hot Summer Trends for Men

With Father’s Day quickly approaching, most folks are scrambling trying to figure out what to purchase for the Father’s in their lives. Typical around this time, I post a blog on the hottest Father’s Day gifts, however, I decided to do something a little different and focus on trends for men, which could also be used for gifts for men.

Here are some trends we will see this summer for the fellas.

Florals

Florals were super hot in 2013/2014 and once again, we will see this trend coming back around.

The Apple Watch

Keeping in trend with the “SmartWatch” wave, Apple was recently released the “The Apple Watch”. This watch is, in a way, a new type of wrist-worn super-iPod. It’s also a symbiotic iPhone companion. Definitely an item young and mature men alike can appreciate.

In the Safari

The Safari jacket, these jackets have had a luke-warm relationship with fashion. Not necessarily the most liked trend, but it has stuck around. modern-day safari jacket no longer has flapping collars and a clunky waist; nor does it come in unattractive shades of sand. The new versions are slim-cut, in more technical-look fabrics and colours, and look good with dark jeans over a T-shirt.

The Loafer

Comfortable, cool, work well in the winter and warm weather, loafers are a classic and a must have in your wardrobe. You can wear with shorts, jeans, khakis and more.

Performance Wear

Performance wear has slowly but surely taken over sportswear. Performance wear is sport inspired that feels good, gloves the body and looks good.

Baggy Trousers

Last year baggy trousers/harem inspired pants were hot and this year the trend is still going strong.

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May 2015 – Making a Statement – Spring/Summer Professional Attire

Spring is in the air, and temperatures are raising. With that, our attire is changing and getting less. However, keeping cool while trying to maintain a professional yet stylish look can be a task.

For the lady who loves style, but must maintain a professional look for work or an interview, here are a few options.

Have Fun

This is a great office look, not too much fuss but makes a statement. I love the red cropped pants paired with the white top and black cardigan. The bronze/nude shoe really sets this look off.

All the Frills

This is a great look for the corporate office and an interview. The jacket is a statement piece in itself.

Nailed it

This yet another great office option, the polka dots are tricky but I suggest a smaller print paired with solids is a winning combination.

Work It!

These looks are winners for an interview or the office. Contemporary, yet has a very classic feel. It is important to invest in quality pieces; which would include: a white button up blouse with a convertible collar, a pair of black, charcoal and grey slacks, a black jacket and black and nude pumps.

Feminine & Powerful

Sticking with the minimalism trend, this beige get up is ultra feminine and makes the statement “I am fierce, I am serious”.To add hints of style, pair with a stylish pump, and a fabulous neck piece.

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March/April 2015 – Let My Shoes Do The Talking

This Spring/Summer designers are all about luxe; from bedazzled pumps to spiked flats – your shoe game must be impeccable.

Mary Jane

The Mary Jane shoe is a classic style that never gets old, featured above is the braided stylized Bottega Veneta Mary Jane shoe. This shoe works for work, play and everything else in between.

Studded

The studded flat has been a hot trend for the past two years, and is still running strong. This flat is everything… style and comfort… need I say more?!

Studded

YASSSS!! I love a hot gladiator sandal, and this pair from Hugo Boss is everything.

The Pump

For a totally glam look, a bedazzled shoe is the perfect accessory.

White Heat

The featured Zac Posen shoe is another example of a shoe that works for a variety of occasions, as well as pants and shoes.

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Feb/March 2015 – Prom Queen – Get the Look

With Prom season just around the corner, I wanted to put together a few of the trends we will be seeing this year. No longer are the days of the big, puffy prom dresses, girls are having fun…. with sequins, colors and ultra sleek styles.

The Mermaid

Mermaid inspired gowns and dresses are even more popular than ever. For a sleek, sexy-glamour look, that showcases your curves; the mermaid style is for you. Add some spice with crystals, sequins, and more.

Classic with a Twist

Two piece prom gowns is another hot look, I love this A-line gown with the cropped top. It gives a classic appeal with a contemporary twist. Another bonus to the A-line look is that it works for a variety of body types.

Pretty Girl

For a cute and sassy look, short, semi-frilly cocktail dresses with bold colors are a good choice. The short, cocktail style dresses have been a hot look for the past 2 to 3 years and I doubt they will fade out anytime soon.

The Two-Piece

As I mentioned earlier, the two-piece is total in style and very much anti-big puffy prom dress. The two piece, cocktail style dress is for the girl who wants to make a statement, and is not afraid of pop!

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February 2015 – Tokens of Love – V-day Gift Tips

Valentine’s day is only two weeks away, and getting the perfect gift for your sweetie is on most folks radar. With that said, here are a few simple but fabulous gifts for the loves in your life.

Get your groom game up!

For the man in your life that is concerned with the perfect shave, the Art of Shaving Gillette Fusion Ivory Shaving Set is an excellent choice. With
a classic lather brush for application and precision cut razor, your guy will definitely appreciate this kit. Priced at $205.00, you can pick this up at “The Art of Shaving” store.

Dolce & Gabbana

For the guy who appreciates a good cologne, Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme is a mixture of sweet and rugged. D&G’s sweet concoction has a hit of iris, a rare ingredient that old school players swore by. Perfect for refined dudes with cool swagger.

Pump up the Volume!

For a small speaker that packs a punch, check out these packable Altec Lansing Orbit speakers priced at $40.00, these make a great gift for the guy or girl who enjoys movies, videos and more from their laptop. http://www.alteclansing.com/.

Time Piece

A quality watch is always a good standby if you are at a lost on what type of gift to purchase, a watch is always ideal. Having a variety of watches in one’s collection is always a good look.

Let my feet make a statement

For the lady in your life with a keen style for shoes, these Grace Slippers from Chiarra Ferragni, $275.00 are a fun flat shoe for the girl who enjoys comfort and style.

Clutched…

Yet another option for the fashionista in your life, I am loving this “Jude” clutch from the House of Harlow, priced at $275.00.

Key to my Heart

Simple but sweet, your Valentine would definitely appreciate this Minor Obsessions Gold Heart & Key Charm Bracelet from Barneys, $230.

Light a Candle

Last, but not least…. candles are definitely a good option for your sweetie. Ladies love candles, but especially quality candles that offer delicious scents. A candle shouldn’t be overbearing, but the scent should make it’s presence known.

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January 2015 – Make It Werk in 2015

As we bid farewell to 2014, fashionistas are excited and getting prepped for the chic fashions, trends and accessories that will be popular during the spring of 2015.

For those of you who invested in some quality pieces from 2014′s fashion trends, don’t fret plenty of 2014′s trends will still be wearable come spring 2015. Crop tops, logo sweaters, sheer and ’70s influences will still be prevalent in 2015.

Here, I lay down the essential fashion trends and styles for Spring 2015.

It’s Black, It’s White!

Black and White is a classic standby, which you can never go wrong with. However, this spring black and white is everywhere. What makes this season’s take on the classic color combination interesting, though, are the various textures, patterns, and silhouettes.

Hello Yellow!

Yellow is on of my favorite colors, so to see that it is a hot trend this spring is awesome. There are some you stay away from yellow, not understanding what shade works best for them, however, from amber and canary to saffron and marigold, trust that there is a shade of yellow for everyone. The trick is figuring out your skin’s undertone, then finding the hue that best compliments it.

All She Wore Is a Shirt!

Designers have revamped and reworked the shirt-dress trend, adding drop waists, double high slits, and more. Definitely a cool, comfortable spring/summer trend.

A Checkered Future!

The Fall and Winter may have been dominated by plaids, but for Spring it’s all about the tiny check pattern. The best part about this look? It has a sexy, swingy vibe, perfect for warm weather.

Sheer It On

Sheer designs are an essential to your spring/summer wardrobe, they jazz up tops and dresses but they make us feel like we’re wearing nothing, which is an awesome feeling. You will see designers such as Ports 1961 and Roberto Cavalli lead the way in their ultra feminine sheer looks for 2015.

Fresh in Florals

Florals are typically a solid wardrobe staple during the warmer months, however, designers such as Chanel, Marni and Miu Miu offered thoroughly modern floral look for the modern woman. Think big, bold and unabashedly feminine. Florals are not going anywhere anytime soon.

Cropped to Perfection

Popularized by the likes of Queen Bey, Rihanna and Miley Cyrus, crop tops were the official uniform for 2013 and 2014, and best believe this trend is marching right into 2015 big and bold.

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