Eyewear Trends Jump into the 80’s

How do you feel about the new, super trendy, round frames that are popping up on fashionable faces recently?  Should they stay in ’86 or make there way into our daily lives?

The Old

Duckie from Pretty In Pink

 The New

ASOS round glasses

The Warby Parker Monroe


Pedi Time

During a trip to Florida for the weekend I was able to experience a taste of the approaching summer coming to Chicago.  Aside from the sunburn and my sudden jorts obsession, I realized that I am completely lacking in the summer shoe department.  And the nice looking toes department.

The sandal search begins.  I started with Target, Asos (the best part is you never have to leave your couch), and Steven Madden.

Flower platforms from ASOS and Aldo

More prints from Steve Madden and Target

Just a touch of color from Madden Girl and Target.

I’m not complaining here, but it’s hard to get away from platforms.  And prints. And brights.  But who cares! it’s all so summery and trendy.  I especially love the last two picks, featuring just a glance of the colors that make your outfit up-to-date.  Easier to wear than the tribal for flower patterns, but never boring.  Perf.

Hats and Horses

The Kentucky Derby was this weekend.  Sure I watched it, for the first time ever.  First of all, I had no idea that it was maybe, say 3 minutes long.  And when I say that I watched it I might be misleading you.  It was playing in the same room that I was in.  Some people were talking about it.  I might  have been listening, I might not have been.

Regardless of my disinterest in the televised event I still like to look back of pictures of the style choices.

Ginnifer Goodwin.  Always love her look.  Great dress for the occasion, but does that hat seem a little too boring, or rather old retired lady in Palm Beach, for a cute girl?

Lindsey Vonn.  I am feeling this dress and the color of her hat!

Kellan Lutz, sure, good looking with a cute outfit, and what other hat than a pageboy cap?  His date, Sharni Vinson, has on a very modern coral dress with the uber trendy accordion pleat!


Photos from zimbio.com, al.com, and Dailymail.co.uk

Doubtful DIY

I want to make this! Yeah, right.  I just want this beautiful James Nares for Coach bag.

Just something else I’m obsessing over that was intended for use by men! Sunglasses, watches, cologne, and now bags.

Jingle and Clink

So do you love or hate the constant jingle and clink that follows you around when you have too many bracelets on one wrist? For me (and i’m guessing these girls) the sound has become a bit of a soundtrack to my life.

Song of Style

Late Afternoon

Wendy’s Lookbook

Regina Spektor: Singer, Political Accessorizer

Last night on Conan O’Brien, Ben Folds performed his new single “You Don’t Know Me” with special guest Regina Spektor.  Aside from the great performance, I really loved the Obama belt Regina was wearing.  In a time when everyone and their mother is sporting some kind of politically-related clothing, I think this accessory gets the message across in a more creative way than a t-shirt with a “change” slogan.  


I have no idea where she got the belt, but if you do you should e-mail us! If you are interested in similarly snazzy Obama merchandise, though, you should check out his official site — there is a Runway to Change store with clothing and accessories from a slew of major designers, including a tote bag by Marc Jacobs and a bracelet by Proenza Schouler.

Feathers at von Furstenberg!

Thanks, Diane, for enabling us to continue our love affair with feathers.  At her Spring/Summer show yesterday, von Furstenberg sent out her beautiful signature prints, topping them off with dramatic feathered hair accessories.  The resulting look was a nice mix of bohemian and glamour.  Another highlight of this show for me is all of the sheer, lightweight fabrics — it’s September but now I’m already thinking of next spring! 

There’s No Place Like Fashion Week

Beginning September 4th — just in time for Fashion Week! —  Saks Fifth Avenue will be displaying reinvented versions of Dorothy’s ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz in celebration of the film’s 70th anniversary.  The shoes have been created by a variety of ready-to-wear and accessory designers, including Betsey Johnson, Diane von Furstenberg, and Jimmy Choo.  One of the sponsors for the event is Swarovski Crystals, which is why many of the heels are bedazzled beyond belief.  After the showing at Saks and Bryant Park, these red slippers are going on a countrywide tour (including a stop at Art Basel in Miami) before being auctioned off to support the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.  Below are just a few of the pairs I like the most — click here to view more.  I think Dorothy would definitely be jealous.


Pictured: Betsey Johnson, Botkier, Jimmy Choo, Diane von Furstenberg, Tuleh

Feather Inspired Frocks

For their bright and saturated hues peacock feathers are both beautiful and very popular, often times in the form of prints, necklaces, and hair accessories. Instead of using the actual feather, as I have been tempted to do, I’ve decided to use those same sophisticated colors as inspiration for an entire outfit instead of something like a pair of earings. Below are some of the colors, in the form of specific pieces, that could easily be formed to created this peacock ensemble.

Clockwise from top right:

Caribu green sandals, Steve Madden

Sleeveless ribbed tank, Banana Republic

Poly Flower Ring, Forever 21

Fluro green shoulder bag, Marc Jacobs

Danya Knit dress, Forever 21

Eastwood Cashmere cardigan, Luella

Style Options: Prints

Prints range from the overly bold to the small and delicate, but right now it doesn’t matter how you wear them, just that you find a place for them in your wardrobe.  Here are pictures from Face Hunter, Style.com, and the  Sartorialist that show this philosophy in action.  Many with rich color, and of course lots of floral as shown on runways everywhere.

Below are some prints you can use as more inspiration or get for yourself.

Clockwise from top:

Oscar De La Renta, floral print dress, Net-a-porter.com

Ballet flat, payless.com

Mosaic Beaded bag, Alloy.com

Zebra Stripped Scarf, Delias.com

Richard Chai for Target, Cowel neck dress, target.com

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