New In. Embroidery at Your Fingertips

 

Zara Handbag

On trend or not, there is something seriously amazing about embroidery.

Give your party clutch a break this holiday season, and opt for an embroidered handle bag, instead.

I mean, with all this embroidery on one little confection, you are sure to be the life of any holiday party.

 

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Yellow Toes. Some Serious Slingback

 

slingback shoe trend

Zara Yellow Flats

It’s a new season, which means there is a new excuse to be completely enamored with a new trend in the footwear department.

Take one step forward and enter the slingback into the conversation.

With modern styling, and interesting colors and adornments, this shoe is not reserved solely for older style mavens anymore. Dior featured a bow version of the slingback in its spring show and Moschino made a statement with the an electric red, stiletto version they debuted in their spring offering. Each proving that a pair of slingback shoes can be a fresh statement for any outfit.

Wear your own set of slingbacks as a comfortable pair of flats, or add another staple to your collection of heels with the elevated versions. Either way, the slingback shoe is THE piece of footwear to own this season.

 

Ph: Gretchen Bell

New In. Ankle-Strapped for Spring

 

ASOS One Wish Heels 

It should come as no surprise that straps have made their way back to their rightful place: on my feet around the ankle.

The trend has come and gone for several years, but this season has offered up an assortment of silhouettes and styles. From the thin-strapped metallic sandals that were attached to the model’s feet at Reem Acra, to the wrap around, tie straps that House of Holland created in a playful gingham print, this spring trend is as versatile as it is fashionable.

The REALLY exciting thing about this trend though?

It has been prevalent for so many seasons now (ankle straps are the LBD of footwear), that it is just as easy to don a pair that you already have in your closet. However, you can modernize them by layering a sock underneath like the label Off-White did for their latest runway presentation.

Just remember that with whatever silhouette or style you chose, have a little fun with the trend.

Trend to Try. Metal Details Come Full Circle

 

Mango Metal Ring Bag (other options here and here)

When it comes to embracing trends, I find that subtle is often better. One such trend that I am excited to incorporate into my spring wardrobe is about as subtle as it gets, yet it was seen on dresses, handbags and jewelry during the spring presentations.

This spring trend, you ask?

(Well, even if you didn’t, I am still going to tell you. hehe)

Metal ring details, of course.

J.W. Anderson adorned bags with the circular detail, and Mugler added a metal circle to zippers on many of his recent creations. I am currently getting my fix by carrying a handbag that boasts a metal ring on its front flap and matching chain strap to boot.

Who else is ready for a lot little heavy metal action this season?

My New Ear Bangers. Seeing Things Clearly

 

Mango Lucite Earrings

There are many ways to make a statement this spring, but oversized earrings seem to top the list after they were incorporated into the collections of fashion heavy hitters such as Rodarte, Proenza Schouler and J.W. Anderson (Anderson’s mis-matched take on the trend was my absolute favorite of the season).

Shoulder dusting earrings have slowly made their way back onto the fashion scene for several seasons. Raf Simmons lead the charge when he resurrected the idea of the one ear banger in his fall 2013 collection for Dior. Many designers duplicated the trend for several seasons after by incorporating the solo earcuff, single chandelier and mono hoop options into their own collections.

However, this season we are seeing the mate return to the other ear, and the idea of oversized earrings taking on a whole new meaning. Rodarte created connecting chains to adorn their model’s earlobes, and Proenza Schouler added three layers of dangling metal to some of his earring designs for spring.

I am making an effort to embrace the new more is more trend when it comes to adorning my own earlobes, but I still find myself gravitating towards minimal designs that are smaller in size, yet high in impact. The lucite and silver option I have photographed above is perfect for the minimalist who is gearing up to embrace the statement earrings trend this season, but needs a little warm up before they fully enter the game.

One could pair their statement earrings with a cocktail dress for a night out on the town. However, I am most excited about pairing my newly-adorned ears with a crisp button down and jeans for a fresh, yet understated look this spring.

How will you style yours?

New In. Heels for the Holidays

 

patent lather pumps

ASOS Patent Leather Pumps

Confession time: For many years, I have romanticized the idea of wearing denim to a holiday party. And no, I don’t mean the kind of party you casually have with your family and closest friends. I am referring to the ones that are so festive that people plan their outfits weeks in advance for. The ones where tiny food is served all night on tiny treys. (You know where I am going with this.)

I know, in most social circles denim is completely unacceptable attire when it comes to this kind of festive soiree, but my rebellious streak and constant urge to play with new ideas in fashion has lead me back to this particular dilemma many times. However, I think I have finally cracked the code when it comes to navigating this uncharted territory of mixing denim with holiday dressing.

The key? The right pair of heels, of course.

I mean, didn’t Marilyn Monroe once claim that the right pair of heels can help a woman conquer the world? If that is in fact true, then why wouldn’t the right pair of heels help a style maven confidently conquer a holiday shindig in the denim of her choosing? Maybe this holiday season, add a twist to this idea though by pairing your denim with patterned tights or dress socks that really put some focus on your footwear.

Once you have that in place, expect to turn heads in all the right ways this holiday season.