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The Kate Effect

There has been a lot of talk in the fashion world recently about the “Kate Effect” on fashion, is Kate Middleton a style icon and just how much will she influence the fashion world. Some say yes and others say no, it’s just a matter of opinion. Although the more demure styles that took over the runway this spring lead one to suspect designers were listening when women were swooning over Kate’s more conservative way of dress.

As far as I am concerned, I find it refreshing to see a style icon like Kate Middleton. So often, fashion worships strung-out, drug-addicted models (who I think often look like they need a shower, gross and sleazy looking) or over-tanned, over-done fake looking celebrities and reality show stars or overtly trendy bloggers who take fashion risks but just end up looking stupid (ie The Man Repeller). Kate represents class, style and elegance, something often in short supply in Hollywood and in the pages of fashion magazines. Fashion should be about making one look and feel beautiful while also being functional.

Anyway, time to hop off the soap box! As you can see I am huge fan of Kate Middleton’s style and will continue to happily allow her outfit choices to inspire mine! My recent purchases were inspired by two of her outfits.

I loved the Sebago Bala boat shoes she wore in Canada and promptly ordered a pair. The tan and white color Kate wore is currently sold out but will be available in January, so I ordered the gray and black suede pair. They are super comfortable and look preppy worn with skinny cropped jeans. Available online at

Wear your Sebago boat shoes with another favorite of Kate’s, Paige’s Skyline Ankle Peg jeans. Paige is my favorite jean maker and these are sure to be my go-to jeans until the weather gets chilly. Available at

If you are a fan of Kate Middleton’s style you can keep up with all her outfit choices at and


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Show Your Stripes

Nothing says summer quite like stripes. They pop up on everything from shade umbrellas at swanky pools to sturdy beach bags to oversized beach towels. The bigger, the bolder the stripe the better. Anne Cramer’s collection of preppy striped skirts are right on trend this summer. Their bold, wide stripes are as refreshing as an ice cold lemonade on a hot day. Pair them with a simple white tee and wedges for an easy yet stylish summer outfit. Available from

Sneak Peek at Fall: For fall she is doing a full-length version that is beyond gorgeous.

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Spring In Your Step

I always ease my way into a new season by starting with the shoes. It just seems more practical than buying tank tops while it is still cold or sweaters when it is still hot. You can usually start wearing them right away, getting instant gratification.

Here are a few pairs that are on my spring wish list:

Talbots Peep Toe Platforms: Sweet and Ladylike

Sam Edelman Lorissa: A little bit rock n roll and a whole lot of chic.

Nine West Stylin: 70’s inspired platforms that will look great with everything from flared jeans to casual dresses.

Naughty Monkey Beam Me Up: Playful gladiators that pair perfectly with neutrals and denim.

Best of The Nudes: These Frye and Kate Spade neutral heels stand out from the flesh colored crowd with their interesting details and leg lengthening abilities.

Superga 2750 Classic: Italian sneakers for running around on the weekends, pair with rolled boyfriend jeans or denim skirts.

J Crew Bowdelaire Ballet Flats: Put a little sparkle in your step.

Jimmy Choo Nova Glitter Finish Slingbacks: I am sucker for glittery shoes and these bronze platforms will be my go to cocktail shoes.


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Spring 2011 Trend Report: Prints Charming

Brightly colored patterns and prints graced the Spring Runways and will make a cheerful addition to your closet. Designers showed everything from bold graphic prints to sweet florals to striking stripes, often mixing and matching different prints. Definitely add some pattern to your spring shopping list by investing in a patterned dress and blouse that will add zing to your everyday basics.

On The Runway:

Real Life Style: All items are from

Tibi Dress Front:



Alice + Olivia:

Diane von Furstenberg:

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Spring 2011 Trend Report: All About The Billow

Spring runways were full of flowing, billowing clothes from longer hemlines to soft chiffon pleats to pajama inspired outfits. Spring is longer, looser and softer. Off the runway, this translates into lightweight, flowy fabrics used in ankle grazing dresses, knee-length fuller skirts and loose pajama inspired pants and dresses. Has fashion finally embraced comfort?

Longer Hemlines:

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Pleats Aplenty:

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Pajama Party:

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Spring 2011 Trend Report: Bold Color

I decided to kick off my Spring 2011 Trend Report to beat the winter blues. It is currently snowing outside and I am dreaming of warmer, sunnier days. Take a break from winter and look forward to spring as I bring you the hot, new trends.

Let’s kick it off with color! It’s mixed bag as far as color is concerned; bright citrus hues like juicy orange, happy lemon and coral pink will share space with cool shades of turquoise and blue as well as soothing neutrals like cream, peach, tan and white. Invest in neutral shoes, bags and pants and add a pop of color with juicy hued dresses and tops. Don’t be afraid to mix and match colors that complement each other.

Color, Color Everywhere:



My favorite color combo:

Shift Into Neutral:

Mix bright colors with crisp white:

Neutrals can look rich and decadent:

Runway pictures courtesy of Refinery 29 (one of my favorite websites) and single shots courtesy of New York Magazine.


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Shop The Transition

I have never been a huge fan of resort/transition collections that bridge the gap between winter and spring. They tend to look the same every year, heavy on nautical themes (white, navy and stripes) often looking out of place on a cold winter day. But there are usually a few key pieces out there that you can add to wardrobe to prepare for spring but also add freshness to your winter staples.

Stick to neutrals: Neutral shades of cream and tan are major players for spring but are making their debut now, add a few to your closet to get a jump on the trend.

White House Black Market Mini-Dot Trench Coat: Love, Love, Love this trench coat, super elegant in an on-trend shade of neutral, creamy tan with black mini-dots. Wear over your dark winter shades to add lightness now and then layer over all your spring basics on cooler days for a very Parisian look. Plus, who doesn’t look sexy and mysterious in a trench coat.

J Crew Laramie Tote: Start carrying this pretty yet tough tote in a warm peachy tan now and into warmer days.

Miu Miu Crystal Heel Satin Sandals: Nude shoes continue to be popular thanks in part to their leg lengthening abilities and this pair stands out from the crowd. An investment piece that will never go out of style.

Denim As A Safe Bet: You can never go wrong with denim and these pieces will become daily favorites.

Madewell Trooper Jacket: A lightweight cotton, throw it over anything jacket that will look great worn to work over a thin cashmere sweater and dress pants or on the weekends worn with a t-shirt and yoga pants. Plus it will be a great cover for floaty spring dresses.

Madewell Shrunken Chambray Boy Shirt: If you didn’t invest in a denim shirt this fall, definitely buy one now. This laid-back style has staying power and can be paired with everything from slouchy pants to long cocktail skirts. A must-have piece you will fall in love with.

Textile by Elizabeth and James Mid-Rise Flared Jeans: This 70’s inspired silhouette is huge for spring, a counterpoint to skinny jeans and will add newness to your skinny dominated denim.

Pretty Extras

Anthropologie Blurred Petals Pullover: Prints abound for spring but this fuzzy pullover can be worn now with jeans or later with shorts as pictured below. Go ahead, wear bright colors now.

Born Ballet Flats: It looks like cropped flare pants and jeans will be a fresh style for spring and usually look best when paired with dainty ballet flats. Start searching for a few pairs like these floral embellished flats in a neutral gold shade.

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New Year, New You

Happy New Year! I have never been big on making New Year’s resolutions but this year I am offering a few fashion related resolutions to help make you look and feel beautiful all year long. These are simple, easy things you can do that can make a big difference.

1. Mix Up Your Routine: We all get stuck in a beauty rut, wearing the same colors over and over again. Get out of the rut by buying a new lipstick in a shade lighter or darker than what you normally wear and by adding black eyeliner to your eye makeup routine (if you already wear eyeliner daily try using different colors like, charcoal, brown, purple or navy). These two simple things will perk up your look and polish your face.

2. Take Care Of Your Skin: Get serious about taking care of your skin, wear sunscreen on your face everyday and invest in a good quality anti-aging regimen. Try a wide variety of products until you find the perfect combo. Wash off your makeup every evening before bed.

3. Buy A Great Fitting Pair Of Jeans: If you still haven’t found the perfect pair of jeans, don’t give up! Take your most honest friend to a large department store that carries a wide variety of brands and styles and spend as long as it takes trying on everything. You will find the perfect pair, it just takes kissing a lot of frogs! You can never go wrong with a dark denim, mid-rise bootcut style, universally flattering.

4. Spend The Money On Alterations: It amazes me how many women think that everything they buy should fit them perfectly off the rack. Not True! That is usually not the case, if you love something but it needs a bit of tweeking take it to a good tailor and pay to have it altered so it fits you perfectly. Eventually, your wardrobe will look like it was custom-made for you.

5. Follow Trends To A Degree: Read up on the trends each season but choose wisely which you will invest in, stick to what makes you happy and flatters your figure. Invest in classic, well-fitting pieces and add in less expensive trendy items to look current. Don’t forget, skip a trend altogether if it looks stupid on you, (ie This Spring nudes and neutral colors are everywhere but look very bad on my pale skin, so as much as I love them, they will have no place in my closet).

Happy Fashionable New Year!


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Looking Ahead

I know winter is just settling in and Christmas is around the corner but there are hints of spring poking through the tinsel and ice. Pantone (the color forecasting company) released this week that Honeysuckle (Pantone 18-2120) will be THE color for 2011. Honeysuckle is a vibrant yet soft reddish pink shade that will liven things up. Pantone Color Institute Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman, “In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going – perfect to ward off the blues.”

What do you think? Do you like Honeysuckle?

White House Black Market Resort Collection featuring Honeysuckle.

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Fur Real

Fur was all over the runways for fall, making it a major trend. I love the look of fur but am too much of an animal lover to actually buy and wear real fur; so I went in search of a great faux fur item to add to my fall wardrobe.

I think I have found the perfect blend of style, trend and price in this Tipped Foxy Crop Jacket. It’s multicolor faux fox fur looks rich and luxurious while it’s cropped silhouette keeps it streamlined and modern. It is also priced well at $129, it looks more expensive than it’s price and protects your pocketbook by keeping you from investing in something more expensive that you may not wear enough to justify the higher price. You can easily wear it over a cashmere turtleneck paired with skinny jeans or try experimenting with it by wearing it over a denim button down paired with wide leg pinstripe trousers or with at tissue long sleeve tee and sequin pencil skirt. Dress it up or down! Available online at

Pair it with J Crew Cashmere TurtleneckMadewell Skinny Jeans,  J Crew Oxford Heels and Ann Taylor Leather Bag.

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