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October 14, 2013

Full Skirt

Image courtesy of Vogue.com

Full skirts are on my radar. The genteel vibe that accompanies them brings a much needed feminine mystique to my closet full of minis and pencil skirts. Although they are known for their connection to the 50’s; they are quite versatile and are not limited to the girlish ensembles that were worn years ago. Full skirts look great with a modern edge, specifically menswear. A tailored blazer, letterman jacket, or sweatshirt adds necessary roughness without diminishing the ladylike panache of a low hemline.

This post originally appeared on lovingnoir.blogspot.com

October 9, 2013

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The Wendy Williams Show recently featured must have shoes for Fall. Caged booties, embellished heels, and strappy closed toe stilettos are all essentials for the colder months. Shop the Nardith to get the look!



NYFW Hawaii 9.18.13

Suno, Cynthia Rowley, J. Crew, Michael Kors

Phew! I can exhale now because tropical prints are still a thing. Anything related to a humid climate with the combined scent of Plumeria and salt water has me longing for aloe, some sort of blue cocktail, sandy skin and board shorts…I LOVE board shorts!

But see, next spring will be different. Instead of graphic palm trees and waves; it’s going to be all about the vintage-inspired Hawaiian print. This may be a way of designers yearning to pay tribute to the unforgettable pipes (and fun button-down shirts) of Don Ho and even Elvis Presley. And because we won’t get to cover ourselves with these blooms for several months, it might be time to watch Blue Crush over and over again until the tide comes in.

– Valerie F.



September 12, 2013

Venice MM 9.12From left: Elsa Pataky in Elie Saab; Dakota Fanning in Viktor & Rolf via Getty Images; Scarlett Johansson in Roland Mouret 

Celebs are skirting their LBDs and nixing their red carpet minidresses. Instead, they’re stepping out in ultra-sleek trousers and vampy jumpsuits. At the Venice Film Festival, Scarlett Johansson rocked high-waisted Roland Mouret pants, and Dakota Fanning looked better than ever in a Viktor & Rolf Resort jumpsuit. Meanwhile at the London premiere of her husband Chris Hemsworth’s Rush, Elsa Pataky stole the show in a flowy georgette jumpsuit by Elie Saab. Hard to believe these ladies put their pants on one leg at a time like the rest of us.

- Matt McConkey

September 10, 2013

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Even though fall is looming, it sure doesn’t feel like it. I happen to think an Indian summer is in the cards, which means the hottest days are yet to come and afternoon BBQs with friends will carry into late September.

This is all fine by me, but I’m always faced with the dilemma of what to wear. Bikinis seem passé, while sweaters are unnecessary. Therefore, why not look to ʼ90s fashion inspiration? It invokes that special I-don’t-care-what-you-think, girlish charm. Round sunglasses, classic floral prints, jelly sandals and worn-in jeans just seem like the perfect staples for “now.”

Don’t you agree? I know Winona and Liv would.

Trend Spotlight Preppy Meets Punk



Punk wear is swiftly reemerging as a trend that should be attempted at least once for the upcoming seasons. Although, it appears to be rough around the edges it can be tamed by adding preppy accessories. We suggest slipping into a pair of charming flats like the Kelsea for a soft approach. Tell us, do you intend to try the famous English style?

Electrifying Brights Post 4.18.13

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March 29, 2013

Nail ArtThe newest notch in the evolution of manicures is the nail wrap trend. If you haven’t tried them yet I hope this post will put them on your radar. A distant cousin to minx; nail wraps are an effortless way to achieve artistic nails. They can either be applied at home or at a salon, and come in a variety of different styles.

I recently got wrapped at Candy Paint LA, inside Melody Ehsani’s flagship store in Los Angeles. The process was extremely simple. You pick out a set, and after a basic manicure each wrap, which is similar to a sticker, is applied and topped with a coat of gel nail polish. The wraps can endure a lot, but are prone to peeling if you use your hands a lot. We recommend styling wraps with a multi-finger ring like Spiked Out, and Spell on You or a bracelet like Spike a Pose.

If nail art is your vice be sure to enter our giveaway with Mint Julep here.


Slip on an orange beanie for bad hair days, cold weather, or when you just want to make a bold statement with color! As seen above, the brightly hued hat can be worn with tones from the whole color spectrum. If you want a fun yet daring ensemble like our muse to the far right try the Famke in pink.


Tom Ford debuted his Fall 2013 ready-to-wear collection in London this past Tuesday. Inspired by a mixture of ethnicities burgeoning in his homeland, the collection evoked hints of  Mexican and Native American culture. From the fringe detail, ponchos, and floral embroidery the richness of each group was definitely present. We were inspired, by look one worn on model Liya Kebede, to incorporate bold statements in our wardrobe. If fashions worn around the globe get you enthused check out the Clive, Margaret, and Purple Brick Road for a fresh vibe.