Summer Trend: Safari-Inspired

I haven’t seen the safari trend covered much by the fashion media yet this season but it’s definitely one of my favorites. To me, this trend is the cousin of the military theme that was so hot this spring.

Right now Charlotte Russe has some really great safari pieces; khaki and olive drab garments, bold beaded jewelry and animal prints are the order of the day. I particularly love the khaki Belted Safari Dress because it’s chic and leaves endless possibilities for accessorizing. I actually think I’d wear it with the Colorblock Seed Bead necklace (below), a large black tote and some black strappy sandals.

Colorblock Seed Bead Necklace ($10.50, Charlotte Russe)Rolled Sleeve Cargo Pocket Jacket ($30, Charlotte Russe)Belted Safari Dress ($26, Charlotte Russe)Drawstring Camo Print Cargo Shorts ($19.50, Charlotte Russe)

Colorblock Seed Bead Necklace ($10.50, Charlotte Russe)

Rolled Sleeve Cargo Pocket Jacket ($30, Charlotte Russe)

Belted Safari Dress ($26, Charlotte Russe)

Drawstring Camo Print Cargo Shorts ($19.50, Charlotte Russe)

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Sarah Jessica Parker’s Style

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker

I can’t believe it’s taken us so long to discuss Sarah Jessica Parker’s style. I have to admit, I often think more of Carrie Bradshaw’s style when I think of SJP. Pink tutus, hundreds of pairs of Manolos, and anything avant garde comes to mind.

I think SJP in real life wears outfits that are slightly more toned down in terms of their ‘creativity’ but still manages to look like a million bucks. Although every once in a while she does break out something outrageous, like a neon pink handbag, as recently featured on People Style Watch.

I’m loving the color combination she chose in this photo. A brilliant blue paired with a dark jacket and perfectly balanced by a pair of gold shoes and a statement necklace. Not too much and too little, which is hard to get right.

Speaking of Sex and the City, each of the four characters has her own unique style. Whose is your favorite? I think mine is a combination of Miranda’s classy look with Samantha’s, which is always sharp and sexy.

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Ponte Capsleeve Dress ($11.50, Forever21) MM Couture Jacket, Single Breasted Tuxedo ($88, Macy's)
Filigree Locket Necklace ($7.80, Forever21) Gabriella Rocha Mylie Pump ($59, Zappos)

Ponte Capsleeve Dress ($11.50, Forever21)

MM Couture Jacket, Single Breasted Tuxedo ($88, Macy’s)

Filigree Locket Necklace ($7.80, Forever21)

Gabriella Rocha Mylie Pump ($59, Zappos)

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Ashley Tisdale’s Glam Rock Style

Ashley Tisdale

Ashley Tisdale

I’ve never watched the High School Musical series. What I can tell, though, is that Ashley Tisdale’s Disney days may be coming to a close. She’s released an album, which I have to say I like! I really like “Crank It Up,” which has a sick beat.

Ashley Tisdale’s style is pretty edgy; I often see pictures of her wearing combat boots or something with studs. I really like how, in this look, she takes a really laid-back and casual combination (leather jacket, printed tee, hoodie, and ripped jeans) and gives it a touch of sleek with black peep-toe booties. Awesome!

As we all begin putting our peacoats and bomber jackets back in the closet until next year (yes!), a hoodie under a jacket is perfect for this time of year. It may be beautiful during the day right now but at night time temperatures drop really quickly and you can freeze your bum off in a minute. Hence, layers are key.

P.S. Anybody else love Ashley Tisdale as a brunette?

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Ballerina Sequins Tee ($13.50, Wet Seal) Puffed Heart Necklace ($5.80, Forever21)
HERITAGE 1981 WOMEN Zip-up Athletic Jacket ($18.90, Forever 21) Faux Leather Hood Jacket ($42.50, Wet Seal)
Back Flap Skinny Jean ($29.50, Wet Seal) Ruffled Suede Bootie ($32, Charlotte Russe)

Ballerina Sequins Tee ($13.50, Wet Seal)

Puffed Heart Necklace ($5.80, Forever21)

HERITAGE 1981 WOMEN Zip-up Athletic Jacket ($18.90, Forever 21)

Faux Leather Hood Jacket ($42.50, Wet Seal)

Back Flap Skinny Jean ($29.50, Wet Seal)

Ruffled Suede Bootie ($32, Charlotte Russe)

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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)

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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)

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Bell Sleeve Jackets

George Simonton Studio Fluted Sleeve Walking Coat ($198, Nordstrom) Every-wear Coat ($119.99, www.modcloth.com)

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Never Too Early to Start Shopping for Warm Jackets

Is the weather starting to get gross where you guys are? It definitely is in my neck of the woods. It’s been gray, rainy and chilly here for the past couple of days. If nothing else, this turn of events has inspired me to start checking out fall and winter jackets. My first destination–Burlington Coat Factory, which I’m sure many of you have heard of. You can snag some major deals there (and not just on coats! A couple of years ago I got the cutest PJs there for about $3.)

The problem is finding a BCF store close to you; my nearest one is at least an hour away. Fortunately, their website provides a pretty awesome sampler of the outerwear they carry, such as pea coats, athletic jackets, light fall jackets, those cute puffy vests and more. I definitely recommend you check out they’ve got before committing yourself to buying a jacket elsewhere–you could save yourself a good $100 or so.  Of what I saw (some faves pictured below), I really loved the sporty-chic M60 Miss Sixty coats.

M60 Miss Sixty Lightweight Flared Peacoat ($49.99, Burlington Coat Factory) GUESS Short Woolen Peacoat with Skirt-pleats ($99.99, Burlington Coat Factory)
London Fog Cape-style Wool Blend Coat ($74.99, Burlington Coat Factory) M60 Miss Sixty Woolen Military Peacoat with Pleats ($99.99, Burlington Coat Factory)

Miss Sixty Lightweight Flared Peacoat ($49.99, Burlington Coat Factory)

GUESS Short Woolen Peacoat with Skirt-pleats ($99.99, Burlington Coat Factory)

London Fog Cape-style Wool Blend Coat ($74.99, Burlington Coat Factory)

M60 Miss Sixty Woolen Military Peacoat with Pleats ($99.99, Burlington Coat Factory)

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Military Jackets: Helping Us Get Tough On Winter

A-Ten-Hut Military Jacket ($24.80, Forever21) Military Buttoned Jacket ($37.80, Forever21)

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