Spring Into Spring With These Great Items!

Picked by yours truly, here are some of my favorites for this spring-

Air Walk- Woman’s Retro Oxford, classic black and white sneaker, get yours at Payless.
http://www.payless.com/store/product/detail.jsp?catId=&subCatId=&skuId=139721120&productId=74343&lotId=139721&category=&catdisplayName=Womens

Alexander McQueen- Utility Peplum Coat Dress. This coat dress is adorable, and would look great with most heeled shoes and an umbrella, while you catch a London bus or walk down into a Manhattan subway in the rain. You can get it straight from the McQueen site.
http://www.alexandermcqueen.com/us/alexandermcqueen/coat_cod41419358xb.html

Alexis Bittar Fine- Midnight Marquise Pearl Necklace in multi. This has gorgeous topaz accents and can be found at Neiman Marcus.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/en-ca/Alexis-Bittar-Fine-Midnight-Marquise-Pearl-Necklace/prod165570399/p.prod

B Brian Atwood- Ava Spechcio Pyramid-Embossed Leather Crossbody Bag in gunmetal. Really wish the name was just “ASPEL Crossbody Bag”. Regardless of name though, this bag is darling. Pre order at Saks.
http://m.saks.com/pd.jsp;jsessionid=jhGfS25XZyMch2fh5061pppTcgZygvnc7gmCTJZJ1TfL5ZLGRpY4!1703436840?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306418111&productCode=0411866630452&R=740345828258&P_name=B+Brian+Atwood&sid=127F38CAD8BC&N=306418111&bmUID=kgLQqrg

Burberry- Brit perfume. I buy mine off Amazon, gotta love Prime! You can get this at just about any store like Macys. I’m pretty sure Sephora also sells Brit.
http://m.macys.com/shop/product/burberry-brit-eau-de-parfum-spray-33-fl-oz?ID=107420&CategoryID=31616#fn=GENDER%3DFemale%26sp%3D1%26spc%3D25%26ruleId%3D57%26slotId%3D8%26kws%3Dburberry%20beauty

Coach- Madison Hobo OP Art Pearlesent Fabric in khaki. Get this bag straight from Coach’s website.
http://mobile.coach.com/mt/www.coach.com/online/handbags/Product-madison_hobo_in_op_art_pearlescent_fabric-10551-10051-27906-en

Crush by ABC Family- Chiffon Raglan Sleeve Knit Sweatshirt in poppy red. Have fun frolicking in this fashionably bright “sweatshirt”. The banded trim and chiffon sleeves really make this knit fabulous. Order yours at Wet Seal.
http://www.wetseal.com/chiffon-raglan-sleeve-knit-sweatshirt-49177350.html?dwvar_49177350_color=176#gclid=CNvN5uSG17wCFcERMwodfRoAJw&start=1

Danny & Nicole- Ruched Wasitband Dress in taupe. Super cute, feminine and on sale now. Find it at JC Penny’s. http://m.jcpenney.com/mobile/jsp/browse/product.jsp?deprtId=&ppId=pp5003570088&sub_catId=&Ntt=danny+and+nicole+waistband+dress&colorizedImg=DP1122201317013628M.tif&dimCombo=&subcat_Id=&currIndx=1&cateId=

Dickies- Multi Use Work Pants. Looks great on guys, gives them a sort of handsomely rugged, Mr. fix-it vibe. You can even pair with a simple white tee. Target and stores like Cabelas are a good place to spot these.
http://m.target.com/p/dickies-men-s-regular-fit-multi-use-pocket-work-pants/-/A-14162442

Dior- Exquise glasses in ivory and pink. They are available at Bloomingdale’s and Sak’s Fifth Avenue.
http://m.dior.com/usa/en/fashion-&-accessories/woman/accessories/the-accessories/eyewear/dior-exquise/cp-7299-7037.html

Giorgio Armani- Suede Platform Sandels in smoke. Grab yours at Saks Fifth Ave.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306418049&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446643854&R=8059619211903&P_name=Giorgio+Armani&N=4294912388+306418049&bmUID=kh7J5ak

Giuseppe Zanotti- Buckled Strap Leather Sandals available in Nero. Oh my! These Zanotti’s offer up a daring look that I adore! Check the out at Neiman Marcus
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/en-ca/Giuseppe-Zanotti-Buckled-Strap-Leather-Sandal-Nero/prod164310114/p.prod

Gucci- Flora perfume. Another one I get from Amazon, but I have seen Flora at Bloomingdale’s, Sephora, Macy’s, and Nordstrom’s. I think Boscov’s carries this perfume too.
http://m.macys.com/shop/product/flora-by-gucci-eau-de-parfum-25-oz?ID=452128

Jimmy Choo’s- Collar heels with matching Carmen clutch. These come in eye popping blue bottle water snake. A really fun look, great for a night on the town! I know they are available through the Jimmy Choo website.
Heels- http://m.us.jimmychoo.com/en/women/shoes/sandals/collar/bilberry-watersnake-platform-sandals-141mz3mwa120385.html?start=4
Clutch- http://m.us.jimmychoo.com/en/women/bags/evening-bags-and-clutches/carmen/blue-bottle-watersnake-clutch-bag-with-chain-wristlet-141cm9mwa120.html?start=5

Luis Vuitton- Cry Me A River Sunset Plastron. I love the use of the pearls. Pretty sure they have it right on the Vuitton site.
http://m.louisvuitton.com/mobile/eng_US/Collections/Women/Accessories/Fashion-jewelry/products/Cry-Me-a-River-Sunset-Plastron-WO-AESTHETIC-LINE-M67009

Nine West- Angellica lace-up high heels in black. I prefer the black, but the other 3 colors are wonderful as well. Get them at the Nine West site!
http://www.ninewest.com/ANGELLICA-LACE-UP-HIGH-HEELS/13270273,default,pd.html?variantSizeClass=&variantColor=JJE74J8_1&cgid=8346252&prefn1=catalog-id&prefv1=ninewest-catalog

Oscar De La Renta- Long Sleeved Lace Dress and Crystal Flower Earrings, bracelet and necklace. All are available to pre order on the De La Renta website.
Dress- http://www.oscardelarenta.com/ready-to-wear/pre-order/5e628/long-sleeved-lace-dress
Earrings- http://www.oscardelarenta.com/accessories/new-arrivals/5j130/crystal-flower-earring
Necklace- http://www.oscardelarenta.com/accessories/fashion-jewelry/5j004/crystal-flower-necklace
Bracelet- http://www.oscardelarenta.com/accessories/fashion-jewelry/5j214/crystal-flower-bracelet

Old Navy- Flat Front Twill Shorts in black. Great to pair with a dress blouse or even a sweat shirt. Looks fantastic with sneakers, peep-toe booties or heeled sandels. Sold at Old Navy.
http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=919650&locale=en_US&kwid=1&sem=false&sdReferer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2Fsearch%3Fclient%3Dms-rim%26hl%3Den%26q%3Dold%2520navy%2520flat%2520front%2520twill%2520shorts%26ie%3DUTF-8%26oe%3DUTF-8%26channel%3Dbrowser

Pannee- Smoky Crystal Floral Necklace. The turquoise bead flower on this baby really draws attention. The whole necklace though is beautiful. Available at JC Penny’s.
http://m.jcpenney.com/jewelry-watches/fine-jewelry/valentines-day-gifts/gifts-for-her/pannee-smoky-crystal-floral-necklace/prod.jump?ppId=pp5002200202

Vera Wang- All her black and white dresses! I just can’t narrow her designs down, I am that in love with the most recent collection. I have seen Vera dresses at Sak’s and possibly Nordstrom too.
http://www.verawang.com/EN/wedding/bridal-collection/spring-2014#

Versace- Metallic Athena Bag Of Vanitis Line in Gold. Talk about texture! This bag is brilliant with its stunning stitching. Get yours at Versace.com
http://us.versace.com/Metallic-Athena-bag-of-Vanitas-line/DBFD567-DNLT2,en_US,pd.html

Zana Di- I’m fan of this brand because they offer bigger sizes, so if your larger than a 10, I suggest checking their products out. Many plus sized woman I know hate showing leg, and if that’s you, find a pair of their jeans you like and rock them with a cute sweatshirt and heels. Wet-Seal, Belk, and Sears all carry this brand. I think some of the companies that merged with Fashion Bug may have them as well.
http://www.zanadi.com/

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Spring 2014 In A Nutshell.

Let me start off by saying, my look today is sick fabulous. This means I got out of bed. I also attempted to brush my hair, but gave up due to lack of energy. So I’m calling it a mixed texture, low messy pony. Because I’m super sick and missed work all week thus far, I really don’t care too much what I look like, no ones going to see me under my covers and hell, let’s face it, my doctors office isn’t a runway loaded with designer labels, its red rudolph noses, not louis vuittons. So, I threw on black skinny leg jeans, black sneakers, a dark brown (most think its black) tank with gold flecks and a bolero inspired black cap sleeve shrug. I also went with purple imported earrings made of crushed shells, my diamond rings, and a diamond tennis bracelet, both in gold. I swear, It looks better than it sounds. As far as my make-up goes, its non existent today. My doctor doesn’t care if I look cute, she just wants to bill me, and write me a ridiculously expensive prescription that will make my shoe money match today’s make-up… nonexistent.

Okay, so I have the A’s and B’s (I didn’t think I would ever find the time to get the B’s done!) posted under “A Defining Moment” so make sure you keep checking it if fashion lingo eludes you.
https://couturevogue.wordpress.com/a-defining-moment/

Moving on… hottest hair! So for Spring 2014 we have mixed dos, such as sleek on top and then when your hair reaches behind your ear, mix it up, ringlets, waves, or even go a little messy (do as I say, not as I do. This isn’t an excuse to not brush, sorry!) if you dare! Plus the classic pony is still on top! This seasons pony is sleek and low, just brush, grab the hair when it meets your neck, pop on a ponytail holder and spray to hold that sleek look! Braids, keep them a little messy, have no fear and don’t fret the flyaways this year! Also, mermaid waves (loose waves), and really funky bobs are hot. Love shiny? I do! This spring shine is in, I personally love Its A 10 for a nice shine and Paul Mitchell oil for even more gloss. Speaking of preferences, I’m not a bob kinda gal, so if your like me you don’t jump for joy at the word. But wait, you have shorter hair? Though I have yet to confirm this, my prediction: high shine, side parts and sleek. Or maybe curls, think glamorous actresses from a time long gone. I can’t see reds being super hot but I do foresee blonde and brunette. I also know bows will rock! Large bows! Don’t worry about feeling like a little kid, with the right pairing, you CAN rock a bow!

So you have springs hottest hair, what’s next? Wardrobe! Ankle boots paired with cute little dresses, pastel business suits or bold and textured. Crisp white shirts, full knee or above length skirts with little jackets and open toe booties. Plus, if you hate your legs, you can opt for full, feminine, tea length dresses, and even wear sneakers! Please for my sake though, avoid following in Channels sneaker covered footsteps! I’m so not a fan of the new dresses with matching shoes, its an atrocity in my opinion. Not sure what they were thinking with that line, but for real, you can pair sneakers with dresses, just not theirs! Now, remember how we talked shine? Well, its not just for your hair! Your clothes and accessories may also have a gloss and be iridescent. This might come as shock but sweatshirts and jogging outfits are also in for the more sporty. Black and white will be in this season too, and you won’t look cheap wearing mesh. I’m also gonna bet that we will see some neon again this year, though I don’t think it will take over. But keep all this in mind if your uber fun and loved themed bashes, because when you host, go with decades! Why? Because a lot of this is repeating what we, or even our grandparents have already seen!

Now that you have an idea of what you’ll be clothed in, let’s talk accessories! Remember our shine theme, yeah its back again! We also have very ornate handbags with fringe and/or studs, and handbags in pastels or white and black. We have a slightly more squared tote/clutch theme this year and I think will see more mesh shopping bags as the green movement continues to carry on! Attention grabbing shades, and large gold necklaces, go wild with your jewelry, its all about being a little off beat. Go big with flowers, pastels and bright vibrant saturated colors. Can’t pick a bracelet? Consider wearing multiples! And please, keep texture in the mix!

Last but far from least, shoes… Whether metallic, pastel, vibrant, simple black, or nuterals are your thing, your in luck! Spring shoes will be very airy, so make sure you get rid of unsightly flaws prior to sporting your new look. Lots of heel, lots of straps, and lots of toe on display, as the weather gets a little warmer. Though sneakers won’t be super huge, and the craze all around, they can work! Ankle boots may also appeal to you if you prefer shorter skirts.

I think we have covered most of this springs hottest trends from head to toe! So before I bid you adieu, let’s recap a little. Shine, pastels, black and white, airy, and extravagant! Lastly keep in mind, at the end of the day, you need to be comfortable. Some people feel themselves in 4 inch heels, others can’t walk in 2 inch heels. Wear what you like, what YOU feel best in.

Au revoir- Couture Vogue

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