Fashion Trends from Spring Couture 2013

1. 3D flowers- They add a sweet, romantic feel to dresses. Beautiful for an outdoor tea party or gala.

(Valli, Dior, Saab)

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Sheer Necklines- With sheer netting instead of bare skin showing on the top of a dress the outfit is demure and comfortably glamourous. The detail stands out on its own, so add earrings rather than a necklace.

(Saab, Valli, Valentino)

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White (almost white) mod dress- Although the Valentino has a fuller 50’s style skirt, the zero embellishment and boxy top fit make it a feasible stretch to include in this category. Wear it with a birdcage headband (like the Chanel model below) to add a contrasting complex conversation piece.

(Jarrar, Valentino, Chanel)

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Best New Stock Of January

Every month I will feature five stores or websites and their best “Just In Stock” products. I’ll showcase about five pieces from each company covering with something for everyone as far as price and age group.  It will be a great chance to drool over lustworthy garments, get to the good stuff before it’s sold out, and hopefully discover and rediscover new shops. Let the fun begin!

Topshop:

Applique Lace Midi Dress- $190,  Contrast Skater Skirt- $76, City Lights Bracelet- $40, Snaffle Detail Sunglasses- $32

Topshop New Stock

The Limited:

Stripe Sweater- $42, Polka Dot Skinny Jeans- $80, Stretch Handkerchief Pocket Skinny Pants- $40, Swag Chain Belt- $30

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ShopSosie.com

Hi Low Dress- $48, Chiffon Blouse- $36, Tie Top- $36, Teal Necklace- $30

Shop SosieLove Culture:

Sleeveless Top- $18, Baroque Legging- $19, Skinny Flower Garden Jeans- $25, Faux Suede Pumps- $24

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White House Black Market:White House Black MarketOff The Shoulder Sweater- $88, Black Sheath- $160, Denim Camp Shirt- $88, Berry Ombre Tube Scarf- $38

Golden Globes 2013: Trends And Best Dressed

The Angie Leg Slit worn by at least seven stars including Halle Berry in Versace, Eva Longoria in Pucci, Lea Michele in Elie Saab

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The High Neck worn by Thandie Newton in Giles, Giuliana Rancic in Celia Kritharioti, and Michelle Dockery, in Alexandre Vauthier

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The Color Red worn by at least eight stars including Zooey Deschanel in Oscar de la Renta, Jennifer Garner in Vivienne Westwood, Jennifer Lawrence in Dior

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Best Dressed Top Ten:

10. Taylor Swift in Donna Karan Atelier

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9. Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Vera Wang

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8. Salma Hayek in Gucci

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7. Julianne Hough in Monique Lhuillier

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6. Francesca Eastwood in Giorgio Armani

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5. Kate Hudson in Alexander McQueen

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4. Kerry Washington in Miu Miu

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3. Jessica Alba in Oscar de la Renta

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2. Amy Adams in Marchesa

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1. Lucy Liu in Carolina Herrera

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…Honorary mention goes to Tina Fey and Sally Field, both looked amazing at the Globes.

*Pictures from Style.com and StarCrush.com

Sporty Dresses

Over the years uniforms and work-out apparel have become more functional and fashionable. Sports bras keep everything locked in without feeling like a harness, short shorts with the elastic waist have morphed into sexy yoga pants, and running shoes have been spruced up with pops of neon. But even with these additions, wearing sweaty gym clothes all day can make you look sloppy. So what can you wear that will keep you looking motivated but also pulled together? The answer is a dress with athletic touches such as, stripes, mesh, neoprene, and racer-back front and backs. These are my sporty dress picks:

BCBG- $198

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Forever 21- $18

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Calvin Klein- $140

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ShopBop.com, T by Alexander Wang- $350

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Style Queen Review

Snooki might be known for her wild partying but this year she got a fresh start as a mother. Since settling down, parenting has not been her only project; she collaborated with Style Queen to create four accessory lines for their website.

Style Queen is a website primarily targeting young adults or brides-to-be with swanky looking jewelry at affordable prices. They sent me the Shooting Star Ring which has an adjustable band so it fits the way I want it. I also like how the design decorates a large part of my upper hand but only circumscribes one finger so I get full flexibility. While some celebrities design clothing that doesn’t reflect their personal style, Snooki incorporated her obvious trademarks such as spikes, cat ear headbands, and blinged out faux-gold and silver.  My one critique is that based on my experience, the products aren’t created to last forever. The finish will fade and the metal may break if you start to pull or play with it. Be kind to your jewelry by stashing it on a hang-up rack so it doesn’t get tangled or lost. This way, you’ll have a better chance of keeping around your pretty Style Queen bargains forever.

These are my picks:

Firework Earrings- $60

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June Necklace- $40

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Snake Coil Bracelet- $30

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Bam Bam Barrette- $10

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*Pictures from Style Queen

A-Z of The Best Dressed Celebrities of 2012

Below I’ve complied a sample of some of the great looks from the best dressed celebs of 2012. I didn’t include all the fantastic looks (Emma Stone had about 1,000) or even just my favorites, but after seeing these three selections from each lady I think you’ll see why they topped my A-Z list. I also excluded a few (P, Q, U, W, X, and Y). Do you think Penelope Cruz or anyone else should fill in one of the empty spots? Tell me what you think!

(*Pictures all from Instyle.com)

Allison Williams (left to right) in Ralph Lauren, Valentino, Naeem Khan

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Blake Lively in Lavin, Gucci, Zuhair Murad

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Carrie Underwood in Reem Acra, Oscar de la Renta, Randi Rahm

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Diane Kruger in Philip Lim, Azzedine Alaia, Diane von Furstenberg

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Emma Stone in Burberry, Valentino, Miu Miu

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Freida Pinto in Valentino, Raoul, Ralph Lauren

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Gwyneth Paltrow in Hugo Boss, Unknown, Boy by Band of Outsiders

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Halle Berry in Dolce and Gabbana, Roland Mouret, Dolce and Gabbana

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Isla Fisher in Stella McCartney, Dolce and Gabbana, Reem Acra

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Jessica Alba in Unknown, Versace, Valentino

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Kerry Washington in Temperly, Monique Lhuillier, A.L.C.

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Lea Michele in Lavin, Versace, Pucci

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Miranda Kerr in Acne, Unknown, Equipment

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Nina Dobrev in J. Mendel, Jenny Packham, Unknown

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Olivia Munn in Temperley, Valentino, Michael Kors

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Rosie Huntington Whiteley in Burberry, Stella McCartney, MiH Jeans

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Selena Gomez Dolce and Gabbana, Emilio Pucci, Dolce and Gabbana

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Taylor Swift in Maria Lucia Hohan (twice) and J. Mendel

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Viola Davis in Juan Carlos Obando, Vera Wang, Michael Kors

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Zoe Saldana in Armani Exchange, Prabal Gurung, Armani Prive

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2012 Trend: The Mustache

Although 2012 didn’t seem to show an increase the number of men sporting facial hair, it did bring out a loud and proud type of woman who professes the appeal of bushy upper lip hair through clothing and accessories. The quirky isolated mustache symbol became a woman’s way to participate in Movember. My favorite spotting was of shirts that read “I mustache you a question…” These are my other picks:

Bangle, Asos.com- $14

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Tights, Romwe.com- $15

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Top, PacSun, Kirra- $25

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Nimli Pashmina Scarf/Shawl Giveaway (5 Winners)

scarfI love finding out about new brands, so I was ecstatic when I came across the sophisticated clothing and accessories site, Nimli.com. The dresses on the site are packed with personality and are designed in flattering hues. You’ll love their platforms which give you plenty of height, and their flats are perfect for people who demand style without suffering from achy feet. Best of all, they sell pashmina scarves with twenty-five colors to choose from. If you don’t own a pashmina you might not know how amazing they are, but I’ll fill you in. They are the perfect accessory: to keep you warm, to wear indoors and outside, to spice up a basic look, etc. Plus, you can wear them so many different ways! I made up a brief list of some options below.

1. Wrap it up like a snood

2. Let it hang down and belt it with your top

3. Casually toss it over one shoulder

4. Wear it over your head and toss it over you shoulder. Make sure you’re wearing sunglasses so people confuse you with a movie star :)

5. Knot it in the front

6. Where it as a shawl with a matching sleeveless dress to keep warm and look cute

Time for the great news! Nimli.com is giving a Classic Pashmina Shawl ($85 value) to FIVE lucky winners! pearlRules:The contest is open to US residents only. It will be open from December 13th- December 26th at 12am. You must “like” Nimli.com on Facebook and “like” Fashionscoopblog.com on Facebook to enter. If you are declared a winner and your entries are invalid, a new winner will be drawn.

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Trend 2012: The Skater Dress

Although London hosted the 2012 Summer Olympic Games (still a couple of years before we watch ice arabesques and flawless triple axles in awe), the ice skating uniform became a popular shape for dresses. It’s also known as the “fit and flare” style because the top is tight until the waist, then the attached skirt swings out in a wide A shape. In velvet (see the pink one below) the look is great for New Year’s. These are my picks:

Lulus.com- $38

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Threadsence.com, MINKPINK- $76

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Asos.com- $31

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Arden B.- $59

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2012 Trend: Wet Look Leggings

The leggings this year were not your standard cotton/spandex blend that can be worn to the gym or under a dress. The shiny, bright colors look like body-paint on your legs are best worn with a long t-shirt, but they certainly are a fun way to stay covered. These are my picks:

Asos.com- $27

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Romwe.com- $28

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Urban Outfitters, BAMBAM- $49

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American Apparel- $42

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2012 Trend: Bubble Necklace

In the final month before we enter 2013, I wanted to dedicate all posts to fashionable moments from 2012.

The bubble necklace is one trend I never reported on, but it was (and still is) having a major moment since summer. It is a necklace that is made of round colored beads that fall like a symmetrical chandelier with the middle section hanging past the other two sides. What’s great about wearing one in the winter is you get to add a little warmth to your wardrobe with fond memories of hammock days without the chilly regret of wearing sandals in the snow. Perfect for brightening up a black ensemble.These are my picks:

J.Crew- $150

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nimli.com- $30

 

 

Animal Novelty Sweaters

You swore you would never dress like Aunt May, even when you turn 75, but suddenly your friends are doing it… and they are a decades below senior citizen age. Blame it on the annual tradition of ugly sweater parties which are have become the must-have event of the year for twenty to thirty-year-olds. As a result you can now find sweaters with bells and whistles (literally) in fashion-forward shops. The alternative to Santa, light-up evergreen trees, and singing dreidels are quirky animal heads or a large print of a wildlife creature on an oversized or brightly colored knit. If you wear them with confidence the look is ironically stylish and “where did you get that?” cool. Here are my picks:

Bunny Pullover, PacSun, Kirra- $33

Tiger Crew Sweater, Piperlime.com, Hive and Honey- $59

Polar Bear Pullover, Urban Outfitters, Pins and Needles- $59

Penguin Sweater, Net-a-Porter, Tibi- $375

*Picture from Style.com

 

 

Not Your Middle School Backpack

I used to despise backpacks. I would leave school hunched over from the weight of three dense paperbacks, two textbooks, and an assortment of pens, markers, and highlighters and then clutch my six notebooks in a firm grip wishing I could just plop everything into a beautiful Birkin bag. I never stopped at my locker, so my backpack was by my side all day long. As a result of its permanent presence I wanted something stylish. If clothing was a representation of who I was, then surely my scuffed and worn accessory was too. While some had initials or pink straps I never saw one that had the room for my stuff and a cute design. The best I found was a bag marked with pink initials and thickly padded shoulder straps. But the children of today have fantastic options. If you’re not in school you can use a backpack to tote your computer to the library, stow it in the locker room at the gym, or use it as a piece of luggage. Only backpacks like these can make you think about middle school wistfully. These are my picks:

Asos.com- $50

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aeropostale- $20

 

 

 

 

 

Topshop- $56

 

 

 

 

 

 

Victoria’s Secret Pink- $45

 

 

 

 

 

 

Urban Outfitters, Kimchi Blue- $59

Mía Mariú Makeup Review and Giveaway

I’m excited to share with you a makeup brand I recently discovered called Mía Mariú. Like Avon or Mary Kay, you can order the makeup through a local sales representative, but you can also purchase the products on their website.

 While it’s difficult to buy foundation or concealer online, they have a shade finder page to help you determine which colors will be the perfect match for your skin tone. The makeup is mineral based, which means it’s healthy for your skin. They also sell other healthy care products such as nutritional supplements and skin treatment. In my package they sent me three samples of their microdermabrasion cream.

I ordered a blush in María Bonita. It’s a rosy shade that instantly brightened my face. The color is strong so only need to wear a little, but it spreads well and feels silky.  It comes in a black compact which is the perfect size to throw in your purse, plus it has a mirror on top!

 

I also received a brush recommended for applying powder called “The Perfect Blending Brush.” The bristles are fluffy and feel gentle on my face but the bristles fan out so it makes blending easy.

Now you can win these products! One winner gets a mineral blush in any of the four shades they offer and a perfect blending brush for a value of $39.
Liking me on Facebook (the side of my profile) is a mandatory entry and after doing that you can unlock more entries. This contest is only open to US readers, sorry. It ends on December 1, 2012. Thanks for entering and good luck!