Spring 2010 Trend: Nautical and Sailor-Inspired

Stripes, anchors, seersucker print, macrame details–these are the themes for this spring. Whichever you choose, be sure to pair navy with white. Think summer spent yachting around or hanging out on white sand beaches as you channel your inner sailor.

Maritime Rope Headband ($3.80, Forever21)

Deadweight Anchor Necklace ($4.80, Forever 21)

Clear The Sea Top ($12.80, Forever21) Clear The Sea Top ($12.80, Forever21)

FOREVER 21 BOUTIQUE Nautical JacketFront Patch Pocket Short ($19.50, Wet Seal)

Maritime Rope Headband ($3.80, Forever21)

Deadweight Anchor Necklace ($4.80, Forever 21)

Clear The Sea Top ($12.80, Forever21)

FOREVER 21 BOUTIQUE Nautical Jacket ($19.80, Forever21)

Front Patch Pocket Short ($19.50, Wet Seal)

AnnaLynne McCord: The Epitome of Flirty, Fun, Youthful Style

Anna Lynne McCord

Anna Lynne McCord

I really don’t know much about AnnaLynne McCord except: 1) she stars in the CW’s remake of 90210 and 2) she’s been linked to Kellan Lutz, who everyone seems to be obsessed with these days. Other than that, the one thing I keep coming back to each time I see her photo is that maybe blondes really do have more fun. Her style is super easy-going yet sexy and just screams ‘fun.’

Plaid Tube Dress ($22.80, Forever21)

Nylon Lycra MicroFiber Solid Color Tights ($12.50, www.welovecolors.com) Babinksi Boot ($99.98, Aldo)

Plaid Tube Dress ($22.80, Forever21)

Babinksi Boot ($99.98, Aldo)

Nylon Lycra MicroFiber Solid Color Tights ($12.50, www.welovecolors.com)

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Inspired by…Victoria Beckham

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Victoria Beckham–the woman who, in my mind, invented style.

Pebbled Leather Belted Platforms Classic Nautical Dress ($22.80, Forever21) Ultra City Girl Tote
Boucle Knit Jacket ($26.50, Wet Seal) F3020 Sunglasses ($5.80, Forever 21)

Pebbled Leather Belted Platforms ($26.99, Charlotte Russe)

Classic Nautical Dress ($22.80, Forever21)

Ultra City Girl Tote ($39.95, Baghaus)

Boucle Knit Jacket ($26.50, Wet Seal)

F3020 Sunglasses ($5.80, Forever 21)

Stealing Brooklyn Decker’s Style

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Brooklyn Decker

Brooklyn Decker

Ah, the Sports Illustrated swimsuit model. If this title doesn’t make you a goddess, nothing will. Brooklyn Decker is exactly that. Tall, never-ending legs, flowing blond hair–the girl’s got it all. And she doesn’t seem to lack style savvy either.

I really loved one of her recent outfits. A simple black mini-dress, grey peep-toe booties and an unembellished gray handbag make for a put-together look that does not scream “this outfit required hours of maintenance.” What’s even better news for us is that you can easily find all of these staples for a fraction of the cost.

If you are shy about showing off your legs, you can still totally pull off this Brooklyn Decker-inspired look by opting for a dress that ends more towards the knees. Just be sure to choose one that is fitted. An a-line dress that flares out at the bottom is not the best garment to pair with an ankle boot. If you do go with a looser cut, wear it with boots that reach the calf or higher.

Keep in mind that this little number may just get you on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Tops Handbag Studded Hobo-style Bag ($38.99, www.overstock.com) Knit Bubble Hem Dress ($13.50, Forever21) Glaze by Adi Slouchy Vamp Peep-toe Booties ($29.99, www.overstock.com)

Tops Handbag Studded Hobo-style Bag ($38.99, www.overstock.com)

Knit Bubble Hem Dress ($13.50, Forever21)

Glaze by Adi Slouchy Vamp Peep-toe Booties ($29.99, www.overstock.com)

Donna Karan Spring 2010 Ready-to-Wear

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Donna Karan Spring 2010 Ready-to-Wear Collection

Donna Karan Spring 2010 Ready-to-Wear Collection, Photo: Marcio Madeira

It’s been a while since I’ve felt as inspired as I did when I was looking at pictures of Donna Karan’s Sporing 2010 ready-to-wear collection. These garments may not be there as “out there” and unconventional as some couture pieces, but to me they are art.

Granted, this collection will not appeal to everyone’s style. Its overall look  is very feminine and romantic. The color palette consists of a lot of pastels and neutrals, while the fabrics feature tons of draping and ruching.

I love the idea of pairing a peach-colored top with a simple grey skirt. It’s a reserved color combination but it definitely makes an impact. For shoes, choose a grey or silver peep toe pump–one with an ankle strap if you really want to mirror the Donna Karan look. (I would KILL to have the shoes the model is wearing on the runaway, they are amazing.)

Can’t wait to see what Donna Karan will do next!

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Girly Girl Top ($14.80, Forever21)
Robert Rodriguez Twist Knot Pencil Skirt ($159, Nordstrom)

Plump Pumps ($24.80, Forever21)
Girly Girl Top ($14.80, Forever21)

Robert Rodriguez Twist Knot Pencil Skirt ($159, Nordstrom)

Plump Pumps ($24.80, Forever21)

Apple Jewelry: So Cute You Want to Take a Bite!

Apple Pendant Necklace ($4.80, Forever21) Delicious Apple Earrings ($4.80, Forever21)

Celine Pre Fall 2010: Not for the Color Shy

Celine, Pre Fall 2010; Photo: Courtesy of Celine

Celine, Pre Fall 2010; Photo: Courtesy of Celine

Looking at this stunning outfit from Celine’s Pre Fall 2010 showing, I would never guess that this fashion house started in 1945 as a made-to-measure shoe business for children. I absolutely adore Celine and am issuing a disclaimer that our next Off the Runway segment may also focus on Celine because I saw about a dozen other looks in this collection that I would love to feature.

Replicating this solid-colored ensemble is a piece of cake; just throw on a long-sleeved black mini-dress, red footed tights and red Mary Jane’s.  But don’t be fooled by this seemingly simple combination; red and black make a bold duo that immediately pops. Picking out the right combination of shades is key. Opt for dark crimson red tights; when choosing shoes, stick with a lighter shade of red that has more orange undertones to it.

(Tangent: Doesn’t this look totally remind you of Kate Spade? I’m not sure if it was a seasonal thing or more of a branding effort, but this fall one of the Kate Spade ads featured red tights AND all of the staff members were wearing them when I went to the Kate Spade store during the holidays.)

Given the intensity of the colors, stick with a simple hairstyle. Try a ponytail with a side part, flat ironed tresses parted straight down the middle or some soft waves. When it comes to makeup, once again–less is more. Emphasize just one feature by pairing a strong red lip with just a bit of liner and mascara. Or you can do a smoky eye with a nude or sheer lip.

Black Knit Dress Refined ($24.80, Forever21)

Red Tights .

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Black Knit Dress Refined ($24.80, Forever21)

Red Nylon/Lycra MicroFiber Solid Color Tights ($12.50, www.welovecolors.com)

rsvp ‘Lauren’ Ruffled Mary Janes ($56.05, Zappos)

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StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 5

Ruffled Tops: Don’t Underestimate Them!

I’m really happy that ruffles have made a come-back. Just a few years ago they were considered a granny-like faux pas. Wear them with cardigans. You be thinking “But isn’t that even more granny?”; the answer is no. Top off the look with a belt that has some tough metallic accents and you have perfect balance. For a bolder look, I love pairing ruffled tops with a fitted leather jacket and statement jewelery. Ruffles–can’t get enough of ’em.

Belted Ruffle Blouse ($19.99, Charlotte Russe) Racerback Ruffle Trim Top ($7.80, Forever21) Silk Ribbon Pleated Shell ($69.50, Banana Republic)

Belted Ruffle Blouse ($19.99, Charlotte Russe)

Racerback Ruffle Trim Top ($7.80, Forever21)

Silk Ribbon Pleated Shell ($69.50, Banana Republic)

Kristin Cavallari Look For Less

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Kristin Cavallari

Kristin Cavallari

Kristin, everyone’s favorite ‘villain’ from Laguna Beach and now star of The Hills, definitely embodies that “California blond” beauty. There is no better way to complement the tan skin characteristic of this look than with a cute little yellow dress. This photo is not very recent, but hey, the look still works!

Skinny Faux Leather Belt

Charmeuse Cocktail Dress ($28.50, A'Gaci) Steve Madden 'Vivaci' Wedge($69.90, Zappos)

Skinny Faux Leather Belt ($4.80, Forever21)

Charmeuse Cocktail Dress ($28.50, A’Gaci)

Steve Madden ‘Vivaci’ Wedge($69.90, Zappos)

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

Calvin Klein Fall 2009 Ready-to-wear: Black is the New Black

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Calvin Klein Fall 2009 Ready-to-wear Collection, Photo: Marcio Madeira

Calvin Klein Fall 2009 Ready-to-wear Collection, Photo: Marcio Madeira

I’ve reached the conclusion that black will forever be the most versatile color there is. There is simply not other color that can be easily dressed up or down depending on the occasion you are dressing for. When shopping in this economy, black pieces seem to be an increasingly smart choice. And many designers appear to be of the same opinion. Calvin Klein is no exception.

I pulled  this look from the Calvin Klein Fall 2009 ready-to-wear line.I love the idea of throwing a feminine blazer that has ruffled details over a simple, one-shoulder LBD and then completing the look with boots, as opposed to pumps, for that urban warrior vibe.

If your office environment is not all about conservative suits, I think this outfit  would be great for work; it’s sexy and sharp without being overly revealing. This type of simple black outfit outfit is also perfect if you are always dashing straight from work to a party, dinner or other event; you can just take off the blazer, throw on some funky jewelry and maybe a scarf, and you’re ready.

Limited Edition Wandrous Velvet Dress ($31.99, Target) Gathered Suede High Heel Boot ($31.99, www.gojane.com) Ruffle Collar Blazer ($29, Forever21)

Limited Edition Wandrous Velvet Dress ($31.99, Target)

Gathered Suede High Heel Boot ($31.99, www.gojane.com)

Ruffle Collar Blazer ($29, Forever21)

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 5

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 5

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