Fashion Fireworks: Hot is the New COOL



How can you stay cool this summer?  By wearing this seasons hottest styles, of course!  Read our Hot List, because staying cool this summer may happen in the most unexpected way!  



 Teetering around in 6 inch heels is so passe! Comfort is a girl's new best friend.  Look effortlessly chic this summer in sleek ankle skimming pants and a kicky little fiat.



 We all love our maxi dresses, but kick your wardrobe up a notch with fashions "it" girl:  The Jumpsuit!  Worn with a belt and heels, a jumpsuit has you are ready for a night out.  Worn in a bright color with a flat sandal, a jumpsuit has you ready for whatever summer fun may come your way - Jump in!

PASTELS are the new NEONS 


Tuck your glow in the dark separates away - pastels are here to play!  Soft and feminine, pastels look fabulous on a summer frock, or a bedazzling piece of jewelry. 



 The feminine cat's eye shape of last year has given way to the tomboy chic style that is so popular today.  Choose a warm colored lens to enhance you closet's warm weather palette, or choose a cool color to bring even more attitude to your summer style!



 Fashion and comfort collide when you take your look from flat to fab.  The Birkenstock sandal lis extremely on trend when worn with summer dresses or cropped jeans.  Did we mention that it has built-in arch support - Looking cool has never felt so good!


ESPADRILLES and Wedges are the new STILETTO


Take your look to new heights in style and comfort with a summery espadrille or comfort wedge!  Leg flattering - check!  Elongating - check!  Heels you can last all day in - Check!!   


ORANGE is the new BLACK 


 No, we're not talking about the hit television series, and no, the fashion police will not arrest you for sporting black!  Even though black will never be out of style, give it a vacation this summer let orange take center stage!  Orange not your best color?  Jazz up your outfit with a burnt orange shoe and a complementing bangle - The spice is right!

PYTHON is the new ZEBRA 


What's black, white, and should be pushed to the back of the closet?  Python print has slithered its way into our hearts and our wardrobes!  Allow this sexy print wrap around your body in the form of a sassy dress or let it snake around your wrist in a trendy timepiece.



 Next time you want to shield your face from the sun or cover up a bad hair day - forgo your favorite baseball cap for a must have floppy hat!  Not only will it look ultra fashionable, you will be protecting your face and your peepers from the suns harmful rays - What's cooler than that?

POUCHES are the new HOBO


Small and easily portable, a pouch is much easier on the eyes and on the shoulders!  Pinch yourself a pouch in a shimmering metallic or a pretty poppy color and carry a pocket full of sunshine!

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Looks For Everything Under The Sun


This summer, are you going lakeside? Poolside? Or maybe you are going on a weekend jaunt through the countryside?  Wherever your summer travels may take you, we have looks for everything under the sun!

Party at the Pool 




Summertime is hot, and when it comes to chilling poolside, you should be too!  Poolside fun does come with a couple of requirements though.  You must have a swimsuit that is flattering and gives you unflappable confidence.  You will also need a bright, sassy sarong to cover up any areas that you may want to hide.  You won't want to forget your maxi dress either- they double as cover ups and are completely appropriate for a nice dinner later.

As far as accessories go, you will want a trendy bright beach bag, a pair of aviators, and a nude wedge ( which will do wonders for your legs when you are in a swimsuit -think lift and lengthen!)


Adventure in the City 




A lightweight jacket is a must have for your city travels.  Pair it with a perfect fitting jean and a stacked wedge for a chic, go anywhere look.  Remember that a great fitting maxi dress is a perfect canvas for all of your jewelry and also looks great with a lightweight trench!  Lastly, a chic messenger bag and oversized glasses will have your confidence soaring as high as the skyscrapers!


Chill Time at the Lake 


If a lakeside retreat is calling your name this summer, you will want to look effortlessly beautiful! Try a cute tankini with a skirt bottom ( a cerulean blue is always great choice!). Top off your suit with a silouhette enhancing coverup and add some glamour with some rhinestone wedges!  Bring some of that glitz up top with a pair of mirrored aviators.  What will you pack all of this in, you say?  The perfect preppy and polished canvas tote that doubles as a beach bag, and matches your swimsuit, of course!


Weekend in the Country 



The point of a weekend in the country is to seek relaxation.  So your look should be relaxed chic. Sheer T's are very on trend and look fabulous with a pair of distressed jeans and a parka.  A pair of perforated moccasin and a woven handbag reminiscent of a picnic basket prove that a nature girl can be glamorous too! 


Have fun in the sun in you new styles and DONT FORGET YOUR SPF! ; )  

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Colleen's Summer Made Easy Styling Tips!


It's summertime and the living is easy!  I love the relaxed, comfortable vibe of cool summer outfits and wanted to put together 5 easy styling tips for looking chic and casual for all the warm, sunny days ahead!


Tip #1. Turn up the brights! 

When it comes to summer time fashions, brights dominate!  Add a pop of color like turquoise, fuschia, coral or daffodil to liven up your wardrobe and your sun kissed complexion.  Add beachy waves to your hair, a pair of sunglasses and you're ready for fun in the sun!



Tip #2. Long over lean.

My favorite summer time "uniform" is a long tunic or flowy top over skinny jeans or leggings - This outfit works for many occasions and It's one of the easiest ways to look instantly slimmer!  Keep your make up natural -  just add a little mascara/eye shadow, brow pencil, blush, lip gloss (and don't forget teeth whitener) for a fresh, summer face!



Tip #3. Roll with it!

We all love a sporty, laid back look for summer and jeans are an absolute must (you can never have too many pairs)!  I love the feminine "tom boy" style of a rolled cuff for a casual, ankle grazing look for showing off a pair of cute sandals and colorful pedicure!   



Tip #4. Bling it on

When it comes to summer sparkle, think easy layers, icy stones and shiny metallics.  A cool boho ring and a pile of Herkimer "Diamonds" will finish off every summer outfit.  



Tip #5. White haute details.

There's no simpler way to look calm, cool and collected in the sweltering heat than by wearing white - nothing looks more right this season!  A floppy hat, great bag and sandals are all you'll need to finish off your easy summer style!


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love all your summer tips colleen-really love the white top you are wearing!
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 7:07 PM
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Designer Accessories "IT" List


The clouds have parted and, after a chilly spring, we are finally seeing the light of day! Shed some light on your closet with our Summer Accessories "It" List because this summer is your time to shine . . .

Warmest Hues


The rich warm color of cognac may bring to mind many memories of summers past- the color of the saddle that belonged to the horse that you used to ride at Camp Whatchamacallit, the color of your skin at the end of the summer, or the drink that your shared with Bobby Jones under the old oak tree (don't worry, we're not telling!)

Flash forward to Summer 2014 and get ready to savor that Cognac ( color) all over again. It is pretty simple to find a handbag or a shoe in this warm hue, however, you will get double the fashion points for tying it into your jewelry. Try an amber or topaz piece of jewelry to really amp up your summer time wardrobe.

Golden Oldies


Lets take it back for a second- time that is. It is fun to wear what you have worn before yet watch how it has evolved to fit the lifestyle and mindset of fashion today. Try a 70's inspired snakeskin clutch, paired with a button-down shirt, a cigarette pant, a menswear inspired loafer, and a 60's nod to the past with a foot in the future!

Buckle Down


Or should we say - Buckle up! It's time for a ride on the fashion roller coaster! While fashion is always up and down with its trends, one thing is for sure, buckles are always,always, always in style, and we are not talking belts. Right now buckles are seen in backpacks, shoes, and even jewelry.

All Tied Up


Things are heating up, and we're not just talking the weather. Temperatures are sure to rise with a style that eludes to your other side - think peekaboo footwear, handcuff jewelry, bikini bracelets and sexy leather wrap belts - Tie one on!

The Golden Rule


This summer's most scandalous romance happens to be between black and gold. Black is gilded with gold everywhere from goddess worthy gladiator sandals or a stunning wristlet. Our favorite of the black and gold affair has to be a gold chain kissed with black onyx. This is a trend that you can embrace for a while since b+g 4eva is probably being carved on a tree as we speak.

Full Bloom


The seeds of your fashion have budded and are getting ready to blossom with florals, one of summer's favorite looks. Floral prints are being seen everywhere right now, so why not go out of the box a little and smell the roses? From floral cutout handbags paired with Summer's white dresses and gold footwear to the grown up version of the daisy chain, this season is smelling sweet!

Whether you are vying for the black and gold look or the Cognac craze, remember that your own personal style and beauty is what makes "It"!

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Ways To Wear Floral

Designers must have been wearing their rose colored glasses, because everything in fashion is coming up, well, roses!

 Add a moto jacket. 


Did someone say "wild" flower?  While showing your soft side, protect your cool girl status with a moto jacket.  White leather moto jackets are simply stunning with any floral number, or anything in your closet for that matter.  


Rock the floral pant. 

Snazz up a casual chambray shirt with a fun floral pant!  Floral pants are the new version of the colored pant that was so popular in past seasons.  You will look picnic perfect in no time!

 Get professional with a floral blazer! 



Monday mornings are not so mundane when you add a floral blazer to your usual workwear!  A solid color pencil skirt or pant is completely transformed with your floral number.  

 Maximize your look with a floral maxi! 

A floral maxi is not only on trend, it is a summer staple! Wear your maxi dress with a drape front cardigan for a sophisticated look on a laid back style.


 Go Floral Head-to-Toe 

Talk about Flower Power!  Switch out your tired beige trench with an exquisite floral trench.  Pair with a matching floral pump for a pretty powerful punch!


 Pair stripes with your florals! 

Add even more interest to your beautiful bouquet with stripes!  A monotone stripe adds texture and dimension to your new spring ensemble.


 Add some sparkle! 

Now it's a garden party!  What do women love more than flowers and jewelry?  Flowers in the form of jewelry!


Wrap up in florals! 

Stop and smell the roses with a floral scarf! A pretty printed scarf will pick up a plain dress and the flowers around your face will have you feeling rosy!


Carry your blooms


Look like the beauty queen that you are with some beautiful blooms flanking your wrist!  A pop of a poppy is sure to grab some attention, and some smiles!



 Head to the beach!  

 Look as luscious as a spring garden in a floral swimsuit!  Swimwear has never looked so stunning, and so will you!


 Sleep in your blooms.



 Turn your bed into a flower bed!   A floral pajama will certainly give you lovely dreams of strolling through enchanting gardens with your Prince Charming!  When the morning comes, slip on floral rhinestone slippers for a day filled with floral fancy!

 Adding a little floral print to your wardrobe will not only have you looking good, with your on-trend style, you will come out smelling like a rose!

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