The dust has settled since the 2012 Fall runway shows so it’s time for the fashionable consumer to show what they have learned.  One of themes that seemed to be on repeat throughout the catwalks was the combination of blue on black…what was once frowned upon is now encouraged! 

Below we pulled four runway looks with the blue/black trend and provided examples of how to make it work and functional off the runway. 

The Erdem and Missoni looks are more figure friendly than the Bill Blass and Gucci, which really lend themselves to a more slender frame.  Please note that ANY look can be tweaked to highlight your positives some just take longer to achieve the tweak!         

1. Milly  Long Sleeve Dress, RTW Fall 12 runway collection; style.com 2. Milly Three Quarter Length Sleeve Dress, $375; millyny.com  3. Ann Taylor Bistro Enamel Stretch Bracelet, $28; anntaylor.com 4Kate Spade Thin Bow Belt, $79; katespade.com 5Ron White 'Harlowe' Bootie, $445; nordstrom.com  6. Giuseppe Zanotti Ocean Blue Kitten Heel, $346; guiseppezanotti.com  7Ann Taylor Aubrie T-Strap Suede Kitten Heel, $178; anntaylor.com  
1. Barneys CO-OP Colorblock Blazer, $395; barneys.com 2. Barneys CO-OP Tuxedo Pant, $275; barneys.com  3. DVF 'Alice' Kitten Heel, $278; dvf.com 4. Cole Haan 'Sabrina' Loafer, $198;  colehaan.com
1. Elie Tahari Shift Dress, $428; elietahari.com 2. Cole Haan 'Cora' Wedge Boot, $398; colehaan.com 3. Rachel Zoe 'Laura' Leather Flat, $235; rachelzoe.com 4. Portolano Leather Opera-Length Gloves, $395; neimanmarcus.com  5. AK Anne Klein 'Rincon' Long Station Necklace, $42; anneklein.com 6. House of Harlow Engraved Medallion Necklace, $125; houseofharlow.com 
1. Rachel Zoe 'Ian' Cigarette Leg Jacquard Pants, $275; rachelzoe.com 2. Vince Shrunken Turtleneck, $295; vince.com             3. Salvatore Ferragamo Black Calfskin Boot, $1,050; ferragamo.com 4. Steffen Schraut 'Houston' Short Jacket, $405; steffenschraut.com 5. Tory Burch 'Dakota' Hobo, $495; toryburch.com 6. Stuart Weitzman 'Arlington' Boot, $595; stuartweitzman.com
 
 
Vibrant colors, a mash-up of prints with a lot of details are all in the forecast for Fall 2012. With August just around the corner, fall will be here before you know it! The transition period from wearing sandals and sundresses to boots and sweater dresses is always a bitter sweet occasion. 

Let the summer trends fall into autumn with shoes that will effortlessly transition into your fall wardrobe. With these
25 must-have shoes, you'll be able to strut around town from now until the cool weather rushes in!
 
 
Nail Art is the latest fad taking on the fashion world by storm! Everyone from A-list celebs, to models on the catwalks, to the ordinary (but fabulous) individuals like you and I are beginning to experiment with this new nail trend. 
   
If you have yet to experiment with nail art, then now is the time to indulge yourself!  In  order to take part in the new beauty craze, there is absolutely one item you must have to get started: nail polish (Keep in mind: the more colors you have, the crazier you can get with this trend!)

Buying nail polish has always been a hit or miss for me... More often than not, I end up purchasing one of two kinds of nail polish: (1) the way too runny-kind (2) the way too clumpy-kind. 

Fortunately, after many years of trial and error, I have finally found the TOP 5 NAIL POLISH BRANDS to purchase in order to achieve a fabulous & professional looking mani or pedi!
 
 

Tribal In The City

The neo-native trend is back in full force-- Tribal-inspired earth tones and bold colors, ikat and zigzag prints along with traditional beaded accessories is a must-have in your wardrobe this summer! Check out some of the summers hottest tribal-inspired apparel & accessories-- Happy shopping ladies!     
 
 
Can you believe theres only 8 more weeks left of summer vacay?! With summer nearing an end, the fall season will bring a new beginning in the fashion world-- New trends, innovative street style and clothes we just can't wait to get our hands on! 

Before you start wandering off into la-la-land, day dreaming of all the amazing fall trends to come-- Lets take a look at one of the summers hottest trends in accessories-- Exotic snakeskin prints-- Check out how to rock this trend with a different accessory every day!
 
 

Euro Trip: Fashion on the streets of Paris during the Fall 2012 Couture Shows

Paris is home to some of the elite names in the fashion industry. European style is always one step a head of the game when it comes to trends. Check out some of the images Tommy Ton captured during the Paris Fall 2012 Couture shows last week. 
 
 

Top 5 Trends from Resort 2013

Finally, designers have upped the ante when it comes to the "fifth season" of clothing and accessories shown on the runways—For those of you who have no idea what the "fifth season" of fashion is... Don’t panic! We’re referring to the Resort 2013 collections. 

Instead of the recurring fusion of neutral hues and basic floral prints that we usually see strutting down the catwalk, this year designers opted for flashy bold hues in unlikely color combinations, a mash up of colorful prints and patterns and a new way to rock denim... and we absolutely love what we see!!

Take a look at the top trends for Resort 2013! Which trend will you most likely be spotted wearing?!
If you're a  fan of the color block trend, then you're in luck! This trend will be returning next year with an even bigger impact-- Designers are experimenting with thicker swatches, as well as, mixing different patterns  into the colorful mash-up... I have a feeling you won't be disappointed with this one. How can you go wrong with this trend? 

Solid Color + Solid Color =  Voilà! Your look is complete 
Denim will take on a whole new meaning in the coming year! Designers are bringing denim to a whole new level using an unprecedented approach to this all-american classic staple piece--Working the fabric into new shapes and forms, combining different textiles while using innovative denim treatments.  
Baseball bomber jackets, varsity sweaters and racing stripes... Oh my!  Classic all-american high school sportswear is back by popular demand--However, this look is sporting a brand new attitude-- Designers have put their own spin on this classic staple, offering a much more cooler way to rock the sportswear trend!
Comfy and casual, yet ultra-chic?   I don't think it can get much better than that!
Designers love for mashing-up different colors, prints and patterns will continue to prevail in 2013. The recent resort collections are proof that this trend is moving in an upward direction by taking colors and prints to a whole new extreme.
Neutral colors have always been a popular color for the resort collections, along with the safari themed pieces. However, designers have taken the safari trend and striped it down to the bare essentials-- reinventing this look to project a chic debonair appeal.
 
 

How will you rock your USA pride on the 4th of July?

As the month of June comes to a close, we look forward to kicking off July with a BANG... literally! There’s no better way to start the month off right than rockin’ your U.S.A. pride on the Fourth of July. 

With July 4th one week away, its time to start planning what outfit you’ll be wearing to showcase your patriotism. Rockin’ the red, white and blue or the stars and stripes, sounds easy enough... Right?  For some, this is where it can get tricky.

The #1 clue you’ve fallen into the ‘worst dressed’ category for the night is if you’ve become the main tourist attraction—Leave the “ohhh’s” and “ahhh’s” for the fireworks grand finale... and not for your outfit.

If you still haven’t decided on an outfit for the Fourth consider today your lucky day! Here’s a list of 5 options to help you celebrate the Fourth of July in style. Let freedom (and fashion) reign for one and all!

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Available at Farfetch- Velour 'Rosslyn' Dress $115; Available at Nastygal.com- Candy Stripe Shorts $38, Little White Lie Tank $58, Chantal Shades $125; Available at South Moon Under- Kathy Jeanne, Striped Floppy Hat $38, Street Level, Striped Canvas Tote $64, Seychelles, T-Strap Knot Wedge Sandal $69.99.
Whether you decide to hit the beach or sit pretty by the poolside this Fourth of July, you'll be well prepared with this ensemble. In order to catch as much sun raise as possible... a transitional outfit is a must! Within no time flat, you can take your outfit from day to night. 
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Available at Nastygal.com- Carmen Lace Dress $68, Leonard Paris Stud Sunglasses $110; Available at South Moon Under- Urban Expressions Chelsea Turnlock Clutch $39.75.
Simplicity is the key to an effortless summer chic look. Pairing an ivory lace cutout dress with a few statement pieces will definitely turn some heads on the Fourth!
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Available at Urban Outfitters- Silence and Noise Cropped Denim Moto Jacket $79; Available at Nastygal.com- Stars and Stripes Denim Jacket $168, Empire Spike Clutch $105, Lanvin Blanche Sunglasses $140; Available at EnviShoes.com- Jeffrey Campbell ‘Lita Spike’ (Nude Rose Gold) $224.95.
Forget the stars and stripes... Its all about the blush and spikes this year for the Fourth! Neutral tones have been seen all over the catwalks and now this trend is making its way to a store near you! 

Channel your inner rock star by wearing an Americana inspired light-wash denim jacket with a pair of blush tone, spiked platform booties-- To make you feel all that more rockin', throw on a pair of oversized Lanvin shades and you'll be ready to make your stage debut-- or a fabulous appearance at your friends barbecue. Whichever you choose to do, you'll definitely be the center of attention!
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Available at Nastygal.com- Liz Tap Shorts $38, Full Circle Shades $40; Available at Urban Outfitters- Pins and Needles Polka Dot Button-Down Blouse in Ivory $69; Available at South Moon Under- Pietro Alessandro Animal Print Purse $124; Available at EnviShoes.com- Jeffrey Campbell ‘Foxy Wood’ Platform Shoe $129.95.
Take a walk on the wild side this Fourth of July!  Pairing the traditional red, white and blue ensemble with an animal print accessory will give your outfit the perfect edge! 
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Available at Nastygal.com- Sylvie Stripe Knit Top $75, Spokes Cutoff Shorts $65, Jeffrey Campbell Anti Platform $161, Berkeley Backpack $65, Available at South Moon Under- Ray Ban Rounded Wayfarer Sunglasses $129.
Mixing bright colors with the primary red, white and blue is a huge trend we're seeing this year for the Fourth. It can be a little tricky when it comes to mixing bright colors or prints with basic primary colors.

You want to make sure that you have neutral tone accessory pieces (shoes, purses, jewelry, etc.) These pieces will act as a happy median to the rest of your ensemble-- Otherwise, you might end up looking like a walking advertisement for Skittles-- which is definitely something we don't want to see happen!
 
 
Calling All Beach Beauties!
With summer well under way and the heat advisory in full effect, make sure to stay cool in some of this summer’s hottest trends in swimwear.

For some, bathing suit shopping can be a dreadful experience... However, it doesn’t have to be! One of the biggest pros to fashion is that it caters to everyone: No matter your size or height.

We all have our insecurities and different areas of our body we wish we could change. No matter how many swimsuits you try on, it just seems as though NOTHING looks good.

Fear no more! With these ultra-chic swimwear options, you’ll leave the dressing room ready to hit the beach!  

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Norma Kamali, Jonny D ruched bandeau bikini top $175, Bill ruched bikini briefs $175; Missoni, Pianosa ruffle-trimmed crochet-knit skirt $354
Bright neon colors are one of the hottest trends this summer. Norma Kamali’s old Hollywood silhouettes are highly flattering on a variety of body types.

The ruching and tie-twist bandeau top will give the illusion of a fuller and perkier bust line, while the chartreuse ruched full-coverage bikini briefs will help cover up those problematic hip and upper thigh areas. 

A beach cover up is a fabulous way to gain extra coverage while wearing a bathing suit--Stay stylish and slip into a crochet-knit wrap skirt. 

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Available online at Saks Fifth Avenue- Emilio Pucci, One-Piece Zebra-Print Swimsuit $357
A wild zebra print paired with a classic bathing suit design is a must-own look for this summer! The gathered front and plunged halter neckline will give the illusion of a slimmer body type. 

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Available online at Shopbop.com- Zinke, Starboard Bustier Bikini Top $99
The bustier top is definitely a summer must-have in 2012! This bathing suit top serves as a multi-purpose item in your closet—Not only can you pair it with any type of bikini bottom, but you can also pair it with a high-waisted skirt or pant and instantly you’ve transformed beachwear into street wear!

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Available online at Shopbop.com- Marc by Marc Jacobs, Merida Striped Bandeau Maillot $142
This multi-colored striped cutout one piece suit is perfect for the type of gal who wants more frontal coverage. The side cut outs project the illusion that it’s a two-piece bathing suit from the back.... Whoever said, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too” has obviously not seen this bathing suit yet!


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Melissa Odabash, Milano Ruched Swimsuit $220; Athena Procopiou. Frida Printed Silk Kimono $455
The bold red hue and delicate ruching detail of this swimsuit defines classic glamour. The ruching detail covers up problematic frontal areas as well as providing a sleek hourglass figure. For a fabulous finish, throw on a colorful kimono for effortless summer glamour.