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Trend Watch: Winter Pastels

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We love discovering new trends and rely on our favorite blogs and magazines to keep us in the know. When we find a look we love, we tend to embrace it in lots of different ways – through clothing, accessories, home décor, and beyond. In today’s “Trend Watch” feature, see how Casey plans to incorporate pastels into her life this winter.

Sure, I love a little neon from time to time and regularly rock head to toe neutrals, but nothing makes my heart skip a beat like the perfect pastel shade. I’m thrilled that these soft and feminine shades are sticking around this winter. Here are a few items I’m loving (and lusting after from afar) lately.

Scotch Naturals Nail Lacquer in “Roasted Mellow”
Described eloquently as “lambswool crème,” this shade is a unique mix of a very light gray and lilac. The perfect departure from my standard shades (“Snap Happy” by Essie; “Lincoln Park After Dark” by OPI) and non-toxic and eco-friendly to boot.

Fleur B. Pink Bow Coat
Completely out of my price range and as any Chicago girl can attest, far from practical, I spotted this sweet coat on Tumblr a few weeks ago and haven’t stopped thinking about it since. Until I can find a worthy dupe, this pastel piece is strictly lust list material.

ZAC Zac Posen “Eartha” Barrel Satchel
A lifelong bag lady, I haven’t been impressed with the it-bag offerings over the last few seasons. I’m drawn to simple silhouettes with smart embellishments; this beauty from Zac Posen’s collection is the it-bag I’ve been waiting for.

Rebecca Taylor Textured Pullover
The top three reasons I love this sweater: 1. Wool + cashmere. Sold! 2. Mixing textures is my favorite. 3. The shade is called confetti. Confetti!

J.Crew Italian Brushed Scarf in Misty Green
If there is one indulgence I fully support (and will endorse), it’s scarves. I get this philosophy from my grandmother, who believes that when traveling all you need is one outfit, your favorite coat, 10-15 scarves and you’re set. I think she’ll approve of the latest addition to my collection.

Accessory Concierge “Alice In Chains” Necklace
Pastels with an edge – #killinit, Accessory Concierge! This will make a fabulous addition to any holiday outfit, including the aforementioned Rebecca Taylor sweater. It’s like your very own tinsel!

What winter trend are you indulging in this year?

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Trend Watch: Tortoiseshell Accessories

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We love discovering new trends and rely on our favorite blogs and magazines to keep us in the know. When we find a look we love, we tend to embrace it in lots of different ways – through clothing, accessories, home décor, and beyond. In today’s “Trend Watch” feature, see how Casey incorporates tortoiseshell into her life.

My affinity for tortoiseshell accents began when I was a pre-teen and my cousin Kenny started her own belt business. After perusing her impressive inventory of preppy ribbons, I selected a pink and green whale print, accented with a tortoiseshell buckle. While the print was a bit much for everyday wear, the buckle was the perfect neutral; and thus began my love affair with all things tortoiseshell.

In addition to the Insta-famous spoons from NYC’s Happy Bones, here are a few two-tone items I’m coveting these days.

  1. Oscar De La Renta Acorn Ice Bucket
    I’m not currently in the market for an ice bucket, but if I were…
  2. Tory Burch Chase Ballet Flats / Pumps
    If there is one true constant in life, it is Tory Burch’s endless selection of two-toned treasures. I love the large cuffs and sweet studs, but my favorite of Tory’s tortoiseshell range are the “Chase” flats and pumps.
  3. L. Erickson Hair Accessories
    For someone who complains about how Jennifer Aniston always wears her hair the same way, I could really stand to mix up my ‘do every once in a while. These adorable accessories may be just what I need to get creative in the morning. (I love the lighter tortoiseshell option!)
  4. FRENDS Headphones
    My pink earbuds have seen better days and it’s definitely time for a replacement pair. With these, my morning commute just got a lot more stylish…
  5. Accessory Concierge Half Moon Pendant
    This simple necklace will pair perfectly with all my favorite sweaters. Just a touch of sparkle makes the tortoiseshell shine!
  6. Tortoiseshell Mirror
    I have been on the hunt to find the perfect tortoiseshell mirror and have yet to find any I love as much as this (sold-out!) piece from One Kings Lane. They say you find love when you stop looking…time will tell!
  7. Neiman Marcus Glassware
    These wine glasses + my favorite Gewürztraminer + Scandal = ideal Thursday night.
  8. Bobbi Brown “Cool” Eye shadow PaletteSix of my go-to shades in a sleek tortoiseshell compact? Bobbi Brown continues to prove that she is truly a girl after my own heart.

What trend have you always loved?

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Trend Watch: French Bulldogs

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French Bulldogs have been one of my longtime loves, and all of the sudden I am seeing them everywhere! Despite the fact that I follow about fifteen French bulldog accounts on Instagram, I still can’t get enough of them. I first noticed French Bulldogs making an appearance in fashion in J.Crew’s 2012 winter collection. Now these darling little dogs are printed on everything from sweaters and shoes to iPhone cases and pillows. I will definitely be taking advantage of this Frenchie frenzy as I move into my new place and freshen up my wardrobe for fall.

  1. French Bulldog Sweater: Leave it to Anthropologie to make French Bulldog fashion look this cute and classy. I am always a fan of stripes and that little Frenchie tongue sticking out is so adorable.
  2. Frenchie Silhouette: I love the Victorian flair that a black and white silhouette can give to a room – especially if it is of a French Bulldog. I hope to fill a blank wall in my new apartment with one of these.
  3. Memo Pad: Paper Source is my-go to for fun inspirational desk supplies. This memo pad will surely motivate me to make progress on my to-do list.
  4. French Bulldog Statue: Since my new apartment doesn’t allow dogs, I guess these will have to do for now. They are also a perfect way to hang necklaces and bracelets!
  5. Frenchie Flats: Of course Marc Jacobs featured French Bulldogs on a pair of flats. Two of my favorite things – these are a must for me!

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Trend Watch: Things That Make A Statement

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We love discovering new trends and rely on our favorite blogs and magazines to keep us in the know. When we find a look we love, we tend to embrace it in lots of different ways – through clothing, accessories, home décor, and beyond. In today’s “Trend Watch” feature, see how Katelyn incorporates fun phrases into her home, office and wardrobe.

As a previous journalism major, writer, and self-proclaimed wordsmith, it’s safe to say I love words. There’s something about the perfect phrase that can really capture a feeling, moment, or a memory. Which explains why I’m ga-ga over the trend of truly statement-making pieces – and I’m not just talking about a bold color or a wacky texture. I’m embracing designers’ way with words on clothing, clutches, coasters – you name it. Now is the time to find something that simply says it all.

  1. Casual Friday shirt: Casual Friday has the most adorable, witty super-soft basics. When I grow up, I want to be Beyonce. Who doesn’t? Enough said.
  2. Sugar Paper “Best Thing” Print: I consider Sugar Paper one of my favorite indulgences. This sweet sentiment is the perfect statement to add to a gallery wall!
  3. 3.1 Phillip Lim “Totes Amaze” Cut Out Handle Tote: The fact that Phillip Lim has welcomed the phrase “Totes Amaze” – with such an obvious pun, how could he not? – even deepens my love for the line.
  4. Kate Spade “Hello Sunshine” iPhone 5C Case: Kate Spade is the queen of clever quips, and this phone case invites you to stop and smile with its simple statement.
  5. Levtex “Burpees Don’t Really Like You Either” Pillow: As a recent addict to The Barre Code and its incredible total-body workouts, ain’t that the truth.
  6. Pretty Bitter “I will do one thing today” notepad: This just might be the solution to my incessant to-do list making and overall type-A crazy persona. Such a funny gift for coworkers, too!

Would love to hear your favorite graphic products!

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Trend Watch: All White Everything

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We love discovering new trends and rely on our favorite blogs and magazines to keep us in the know. When we find a look we love, we tend to embrace it in lots of different ways – through clothing, accessories, home décor, and beyond. In today’s “Trend Watch” feature, see how Lauren plans to incorporate crisp whites into her life.

Now, I know saying white is a trend for summer is like saying knits are in for fall…but hear me out. After the fashionable set spent seasons embracing J. Crew and Kate Spade’s kaleidoscope of bright, bold colors, I’m really sensing a return to a more stark, clean and simplistic palette. And what’s sharper than an all-white look? As I plan to move into a new space and de-clutter my wardrobe and life, I’ll be reaching for the ultimate in refreshing neutrals – white.

  1. Anthropologie Enna Duvet: There’s something so chic but still incredibly cozy about an airy white bedroom. I’d like to anchor mine with this beautiful bedding from Anthropologie. The lace edges keep the all-white white look from being too modern and add that vintage touch I’m always looking to incorporate into my home.
  2. Clare Vivier Foldover Clutch in White Rattan: Add texture to a white piece, and you’ll really be on-trend this season. The rattan fabric on this Clare V. clutch is subtle and delicate, giving the neutral piece an added point of interest.
  3. West Elm Mid-Century Mini Desk: Now, I know everyone and their mother is obsessed with West Elm’s Parsons Desk, but I actually prefer the slightly more structured look of their Mid-Century Mini Desk. I love the functionality of the drawer and the elegant shape of the legs. In white, it adds a sophisticated touch to a small space.
  4. Marysia Swim Scallop Bikini: My hard work at Barre Bee Fit and my trusty Jergens Natural Glow moisturizer have me feeling confident enough to take the plunge on this gorgeous white Marysia Swim Scallop Bikini. I’ve been obsessed with this swim suit since I first spotted it a few years back, and this new top with underwire gives off a slightly retro vibe that I’m really digging.
  5. All white peony flower arrangement: Forget Christmas; in this lady’s humble opinion, peony season is the most wonderful time of the year. In the past, I’ve scooped up the brightest pink peonies I could find, but this year, I’ve found myself gravitating towards all white arrangements. A hint of dusty miller keeps the look romantic and soft.
  6. Alice & Olivia Vinny Embroidered Dress: Last summer, I fully embraced the LWD (little white dress) as I hit up showers and parties celebrating my impending nuptials. Along the way, I fell in love with the ethereal and soft look of an all-white frock. This stunner from Alice and Olivia plays up that other major trend (texture) in the loveliest way. And that back? To-die-for.
  7. Sugar Paper Classic Print: There’s nothing more classic than white with a touch of black. This Sugar Paper print perfectly captures the elegance of simplicity.

What trend are you toying with these days?

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