Must-Haves Accessories for Fall – Under $100

We are now in it – that crisp air, those early morning brisk walks to the car – yes, fall has arrived in all of its glory. As those glorious months of summer are now in the past I do find myself searching for that chunky, cozy scarf, that oversized sweater, leggings and riding boots. Now THAT is fall! I think investing in a few, neutral, classic accessories is not only smart for this season but for seasons to come. The pieces that are below are not only timeless – they are within budget, all under $100! (ok, the sunnies are right at the $100 mark…) You will get so much use and wear out of these items because they can be matched with so much of your wardrobe – versus trendy pieces that really only go with certain outfits. What are your fall must-haves? What are you most looking forward to wearing as the cold weather creeps up on us? Here’s a little more info on the fabulous accessories in my fall picks:
1. Leith Mixed Media Infinity Scarf, Nordstrom, $28
2. Michael Kors Tortoise Shell Bangle, Macys, $95
3. Fendi sunglasses, Amazon, $100
4. Sweater socks, Free People, $20
5. Classic length leather gloves, Lord & Taylor, $60
6. Wool felt fedora, Sole Society, $40
7. All the above accessories will thank you for purchasing this one – keep your skin and lips looking and feeling great with this Burt’s Bees kit, Debenhams, $21
Must-Have Fall Accessories
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Are You A Diamond?

Diamond Body Type

Sally lapointe
$3,650 – farfetch.com

Michael kor
theoutnet.com

Dolce & Gabbana ballet shoes
$270 – pret-a-beaute.com

Gold jewelry
$24 – debenhams.com

Michael kor
asos.com

Tory burch
toryburch.com

Diane Von Furstenberg Green Derah Blouse

Diane von Furstenberg

Just a short post with the help of polyvore for all you Diamonds out there – if you are diamond-shaped (your waist is larger than the bust and hips) here’s a great set for you. Style tip: balance your bottom half by adding interest and volume to your top half – that could be through a ruffled top, a structured colored jacket or a killer necklace. And not for anything, but that mint DVF top is pretty amazing! 🙂

2013 Trend Alert – Which is Right for You?

Happy New Year! This is always an exciting time for stylists as it screams new and fresh on the fashion front. What is everyone wearing for spring? What are the hot colors? What textures and fabrics are top of the list? It can be a bit daunting to try and navigate your way through the newest trends and then have to figure out which you can actually pull off – so…..to help out a bit we have collected some top trends for 2013 and some pretty fun ways to incorporate them into your everyday wardrobe. Lets trend it!

1. Metallics

I think metallics are such a great way to dress up any outfit, but this spring they are stealing the scene in casual wear, check out these sneakers from Asos shoes that will add some bling to any outfit:

If this isn’t really your “speed”, try adding a metallic as another accessory to your outfit – like a cool Michael Kors clutch or some fab nail polish seen here:

                              

2. Greens

The green palette is making quite a statement this season – shades ranging from mint to emerald are being spotted everywhere. Women with darker hair look stunning in a more jeweled-toned shade, these dresses from Michael Kors, Vera Wang and Reem Acra hit the mark:

Shades of Green

For an option that is a little more affordable, here’s a sweet dress from LOFT that won’t break the bank at about $80 or accessorize with this bubble necklace from J. Crew for $70:

Sleeveless Crepe Dress    J.Crew Bubble 18-karat gold-plated resin necklace

3. Bold Stripes

Ok, these guys are EVERYWHERE and I couldn’t be happier! I absolutely adore stripes! They scream nautical, classy, timeless and effortless to me. I think this trend could be my fave for this season. If you are full-figured then stay away from horizontal stripes as they could make you appear larger – opt for diagonal or vertical stripes which are instantly slimming. If you have a boyish body type then horizontal stripes could give you the illusion on curves – so go for it! I love stripes on skirts, camis, tees, blouses and blazers. They can be equally as eye-catching on smaller accessories like scarves and bags, too, though. Here are some great options from Banana Republic to choose from:

This diagonal striped tee is only $39.50

Striped skirt $89.50

The ultimate striped trench for $198 – major!

Dont be afraid of multi-colored stripes either…this little number is from Anthropologie for $148

Lauri Dress

4. Lace

This trend can be so, so feminine and chic but can quickly cross over to racy and risqué pretty quickly. A tip for keeping it classy –  if the lace is of a sheer texture then underlay it with an appropriate cami, it will look positively Grace Kelly-ish and leave a little to the imagination!

Loving this cardigan from Banana, drooling over this lace cuff from Stella & Dot for $98 and this lace skirt from Jolie Moi for $29:

Lace front cardigan                    Beige pencil skirt

So what’s your favorite trend for the season? Which will you be sporting this spring? Remember, make the trend work for your personal style, no need to wear something  just because its “on trend” – make sure you love it and have fun with it!

Give Yourself a Pop of Color

Something happens to me at this time of the year. It happens every year, actually. As the crisp days of autumn approach us here in the northeast our days get shorter…and darker. My wardrobe seems to take a hint from the chilly weather and also goes dark. During these next few months, when I enter my closet, its like all I see are grays and blacks. I am drawn to them like peanut butter is drawn to chocolate, like mint chocolate chip ice cream is drawn to a warm waffle cone. Sorry, I digress.  I think the thick grayish clouds inspire me to want to be dressed just as they are…but I can’t wear grays and blacks EVERY day till April, can I? Well no, not without a pop of color. To avoid looking totally goth or appearing like I’m dressed for a funeral everyday I need to inject a bold burst of color into my solemn wardrobe. For this season, I think eggplant, ruby, lime, canary and cobalt blue are some of my favorite wow colors that can really spice up an otherwise boring outfit. These colors can take clothing from totally drab and dull to hip and wow! Take a look at some of these pics, hopefully they will inspire you to jazz up your own wardrobe with some hot pops of color during this season!

A fab clutch by Michael Kors…

Kathryn Kerrigan’s A-mazing ballet flats…

red-ballet-flats

Lime Turquoise necklace from Nordstrom’s – GORG!

Barse Lime Turquoise Necklace

Fantastic Louis belt…in a stunning fuschia-eggplant fusion!

LOVE this Lucas Jack gold and cobalt cuff…

Gold And Blue Cuff Bracelet