Who's Crazy for Paisley?


Kirsten Dunst in a beautiful whimsical paisley dress
A print that never seems to go out of style

Fluorescent Paisley- Jill Sander



The recognizable crooked tear drop pattern is VERSATILE and will not go out of STYLE. It's used in textiles and whether it's boho-chic, a modernized dress, or an accessory, this pattern can be found in just about anything in your own personal STYLE. 

Photos Courtesty of: Nordstrom, Jill Sander, and Macys

Bohemian Paisley

 
 

PRINTS & PEPLUMS


We're seeing lots of BRIGHTS & BOLD colors. 

FASHION YOU CAN WEAR AND LOVE

Adore the looks from the runways? Look for fashion that you can wear again & again and get inspiration from celebrities, magazines and runway shows.
MIX & MATCH print combinations

"Florals for Spring? Groundbreaking."- Miranda Priestley. We think of that line from the Devil Wears Prada every time Spring rolls around. Florals are pretty but this Spring we are seeing lots of prints in different variations, mix & match combos in bold and bright cheerful colors! Summer colors are surely popping up this season. What do you have planned to wear this Spring?

Photos courtesy of: Asos, Nordstrom, TopShop, and Harper's Bazaar
 
 
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Photo courtesy of InStyle.com
With the highly anticipated return of the Mad Men series, it's a good thing Banana Republic has released another beautiful collection inspired by the hit show!  If it weren't for such stunning dresses, accessories and suits, the Mad Men show would easily fall off my radar.  (And I can't help but think that's the case for many other Mad Men fans.)  These classy, brightly colored pieces have just the right touch of 1960's charm and enough modern twist for any woman to catch (and keep) Don Draper's attention.  
Have a look at the line and let me know what you think...or what you'll buy ;)
                                          love & scotch,
                                           Sadie
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AnnaSophia Robb (Courtesy of annasophiarobb.com)
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Photo courtesy of candacebushnell.com

Meet AnnaSophia Robb:

The starlet recently cast as Carrie Bradshaw in "The Carrie Diaries", a new CW series.  While some have voiced their disapproval of this Hollywood pick, I have to say that Robb brings a fresh face to a chapter of Miss. Bradshaw's life that we have yet to discover on the small screen.  
You might recognize this young actress from her resilient and inspiring role in "Soul Surfer", the true story of a surfer who gets her arm bit off by a shark and how she handles such a life change.  If you saw Tim Burton's "Charlie and The Chocolate Factory" then you saw Robb play Violet Beauregarde (the spoiled girl who chews gum).  If you haven't seen any of her work, then you're in for a treat!  I look forward to getting to know Carrie Bradshaw in the 80's navigating life, love and friendship as a teenager.  What about you, do you think AnnaSophia has what it takes?

                                                          let me know,
                                                          Sadie
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AnnaSophia Robb (Courtesy of annasophiarobb.com)
 
 
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Photo courtesy of capitolcouture.pn
With all The Hunger Games fanfare, it is necessary to address the influences the Capitol will have on fashion.  No, darlings, we're not talking about Washington D.C., we're talking about the Capitol of Panem.  Still lost?  Please pick up Suzanne Collins' masterpiece immediately.

For my fellow Panem citizens 'in the know', I'm sure you'd agree that the notable aspects of Capitol fashion are color, extremes, and of course, a "wow" factor.  (These characteristics are extremely different from that of District 12, home of Katniss Everdeen, or any other districts for that matter.)  The fashion in the Capitol is simply incomparable to what people of the districts wear.  You see, the Capitol is where excess is encouraged, indulgences are a must, and looks are almost always deceiving.  

If the color of your hair doesn't match the color of your outfit, something is amiss.  Whiskers and other animal-like features aren't painted on, they're surgically implanted.  Capitol Citizens absolutely MUST stand out - they wouldn't have it any other way.  So what does this mean for our fashion of 2012?  More color, of course!  Not just a set few, I'm talking every shade, every combination will be mixed, matched, on hair, in makeup, even extravagant nail designs, exaggerated silhouettes, shoes that look more like art than something to take a stroll in, and absolutely anything and everything you can think of that push the rules and trends of couture fashion to the limit.  This applies to men as well.  Yes, the men of the Capitol are just as involved in their fashion as the women are.  

Now when you're trying to achieve your Capitol look, keep this thought in mind:  If it's shocking, you're headed the right direction.  Wonder which stars would easily pass as Capitol Citizens?  That's easy: Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Nicki Minaj.  For more inspiration, I've included a slide show below.  Next week, I'll share some of my favorite "Girl On Fire" looks.                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                    Until then, may the odds be ever in your favor,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Sadie 

 
 
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Photo courtesy of H&M
If you haven't noticed, prints and patterns are having a moment.  
It's a moment that, I must admit, I'm very happy about.  And in this moment, it's quite fitting that Marni is launching a line with H&M.  Yes, ladies and gentlemen, just a month after we snagged a piece of Jason Wu for our closets, it's time to make room for the next big name.

For friends who aren't familiar with this Milan-based brand, it all started in 1994 when Consuelo Castiglioni created a ready-to-wear line for customers looking for the right clothing to wear under fur bought from her husband's family fur business.  She named her fashion line after her sister, Marni, and has since been known for it's "European-inflected bohemianism", exclusive prints, and daring use of color.

Patterns, prints and the mix of both made their way down many (if not all) runways during New York Fashion Week.  If you're lucky enough to get your hands on a piece from this Marni for H&M collection, you'll be able to rock this trend with ease.  In fact, the pieces Castiglioni designed for this Spring collection incorporate other big trends along side the bold and beautiful prints Marni is famous for: color blocking, bright neon colors, statement collars, stripes and floral.  Take a look at the collection and tell me what makes your wish list!  Who knows, I might just be standing right next to you in line the morning of the launch: March 8.  Until then, dress to express yourself :)
                                                                                                         peace & fashion,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sadie


All photos courtesy of H&M
 
 
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Hi! Ohhh........I love your shoes!!!! I'm Blair by the way and I can't stop staring at your beautiful shoes! 

I probably come across as completely crazy but that's how some of my conversations start and just today my conversation with a lady named Rebecca started just like that. 

Rebecca had on a pair of pumps that were the perfect blush tone. The pump had a chunky black heel with a big flat bow on top. The bow was the icing on the cake for me! I didn't want to completely freak her out by asking where she got them or what size she is so that I could try them on so I kept the convo short and sweet. Kidding! I'd never ask to try on someone's shoe. LOL!

It's funny because most people don't expect a stranger to compliment them.  And when they do they're surprised yet pleased to know that there are some decent human beings out there. 

I'm a little all over the place but it's one thing I know- I pay a lot of attention to people and their sense of style and when I like something-I tell em!  

Hope everyone had a great weekend, tata for now! 
Blair

Shoe Obsessed Photo Courtesy of Antidote Mag.
 
 
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BCBG Runway Fall 2012 via FabSugar
Since the moment I got up this morning, I've been scouring the web for anything and everything I could get my eyes on from New York Fashion Week.  Sure, part of me looks forward to (and kind of dreads) Valentine's Day, but most of me (the better part) loves February for the 7 of New York Fashion Week.  This started today.
New possibilities.
Different perspectives.
A fresh start.
The beginning of trends, cutting-edge designs, and modern faces gracing the runways, filling up Instagram, trending on Twitter and taking over the streets of New York City.  The energy from this week pulses through all outlets of social media and news reaching around the globe, and what it's telling us is that color blocking, prints, clean lines and a fluid silhouette are in our near future.  
I really did want to bring you part 2 of "Starving for Hunger Games Style," but I just had to share this excitement with you.  I hope you don't mind too much :)
BCBG Max Azria takes the cake as my fave for the pops of color and dresses.
                                                                                                                       must get some sleep before day 2 of these fashion festivities,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
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It's been said that art influences life and vice versa.  I'm sure you'd agree that this is true, especially with how much Hollywood influences fashion.  What the stars are wearing is constantly reviewed, rated and reworked for us, non-celebs to wear.  In this particular case, I'm referring to the much anticipated movie release of "The Hunger Games" (out March 23).  If you're wondering what that is, I'm not talking about an eating contest, and I suggest you check out the book.  (Warning:  Read at your own risk.  You won't be able to put it down.)  

Main character, Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, volunteers to take her sister's place in a fight to the death.  This fight against 23 other teens is televised for all of Panem to see.  My prediction is that Katniss' style will influence fashion, at least street fashion as the movie approaches.  Thank goodness her down-to-earth, comfortable, casual style is attainable: riding boots, earthy tones, utility or military jackets, and minimal/natural makeup.  In addition, braids are having a moment, and they're featured a lot in this movie - so get your french, side, or fish tails ready!  When Katniss gets made-over in the
                                                                                         Capitol, her style gets a little more edgy and glamourous, but more on that later.  
                                                                                                                                                    Until then, may the odds be ever in your favor,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Sadie 

 
 
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One week! We're patiently waiting for the arrival of the Jason Wu collection for Target. 

The collection hits stores February 5, 2012 so mark your calendars folks! 

We love Target and we love Jason Wu! We've mentioned this before and I'm sure we'll mention it again but we love designer collaborations!!! This gives average consumers (like us) a chance to purchase a high-end label at a more favorable price point. It's not every day we get to see or feel a high- end designer label and we're grateful for stores such as H&M, Macy's, and Target for allowing us to get one step-closer to fabulosity!

We're delighted to see simple silhouettes with a 60's influence. The silhouettes are clean and simple allowing women to dress up or dress down each piece from the collection. 

Here's what we've got our eyes on!

The Jason Wu collection ranges from $20-$60 and consists of pleats, coats, clutches, touches of lace, and femininity.

Be prepared for some elbows being shoved as you make your way to the racks. Ladies, let's all try to behave like civilized people! LOL! Who am I kidding? 

What do you have your eye on?

XO Sadie & Blair
Photos Courtesy of Target Style