Flat Out Awesome

As a tall person with a fear of heel-induced heights, I admit I’m a total sucker for flats. Fashionable wedge-less sneakers? Check. Ballet flats? Got ‘em. Brogues? Ditto. Round toe or pointed, leather or canvas, dainty or mannish – if they’re shy a heel, then they’re most likely on my shoe rack.

It’s been a long time since women have been able to wear flats without being considered tomboys so this isn’t a post on the revolutionary idea of a walkable yet feminine shoe. Rather, I’m taking this opportunity to focus particularly on some new or refurbished shoe shapes that you might not have considered adding to your closet yet. For example Vince recently branched out from just clothing into footwear and their efforts have yielded some pretty nifty results. Observe:

The Iona 2 is a sort of slip-on desert shoe. Its perforated leather base is both contemporary and sporty which nicely makes way for the elastic inserts. It looks and feels like a real traveler’s shoe being that it has an androgynous shape and seems to retain the quality of looking better with wear. The closed season-less shape even allows you to wear it well past the summer months.

Vince. IONA 2 Shoe

Vince. IONA 2 Shoe

The silhouette of the Nina shoe might look familiar. Jenni Kayne can be credited with the proliferation of her D’Orsay Flat back in 2011 (especially with the help of Jessica Alba who was seen wearing it in a range of colors) but the design doesn’t seem to have lost traction as it’s still attracting buyers and even getting a few updates like ankle straps and fun prints or textures. Vince’s version comes in a classic black leather and acts as both a low key sort of shoe and one suitable for a work setting; a trait achieved by the perfect ratio of covered to exposed skin.

Vince. NINA Shoe

Vince. NINA Shoe

Joie added footwear to its long list of laid back, yet fashionable products back in 2007. This season their designers brought us plenty of sandals and wearable heels to go with just about anything we’re planning on wearing once the sun comes out. Of note is their Hemlock shoe which is a delightful little espadrille married with a lace-up. The peachy nude python embossed leather makes it an easy pairing for sundresses and beach get-ups alike.

JOIE Hemlock shoe

JOIE Hemlock shoe

Anyway – heeled story flat, try the shorter side of footwear and browse the pieces mentioned above on SINGER22.com!

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Pastel Treats

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I may not have a particularly developed sweet tooth but I have to say that one of the most beautiful treats I’ve seen are Jordan almonds – sugar coated nuts that come in an Easter approved assortment of soft pastels.

Pastels are a common trend in Spring collections and this season will be no different. Modern shapes and structured fabrics work surprisingly well in these unripened hues but, even when the fit is more relaxed, the pieces don’t have to be saccharine. The Spring 2014 runways were full of robin’s egg blues, bleached yellows, delicate pinks, and minty fresh greens that surprisingly never ended up looking like grown up baby clothing.

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Athletic and menswear themes permeated the endless selections of warm weather garments helping to balance out the typically feminine palette. Additionally, the impact of pastel fashion can be controlled by the wearer so that if one wakes up feeling the need to project a girlish flirty vibe then Chiara Ferragni‘s approach might be preferable. Pink, white, and blue sing harmoniously with generous embellishments, feminine shapes, and modern textiles.

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If you tend towards a more pared down look, though, then let Angelica Ardasheva (another excellent foreign fashion blogger) influence your style. Light blue jeans and a mint green sweater are anchored by navy and tan neutrals for an excellent transitional ensemble.

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And obviously your options don’t end there. Visit SINGER22.com for some of our own pastel treats to update your spring wardrobe! Whether it’s a leather jacket in the softest rose, bi-color light blue skinny jeans with a tuxedo twist, or a three tier necklace with faded jade charms, you’ll find something to satisfy your craving!

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Awesome Aussie Style

We know American style is eclectically modern, French style is effortlessly chic, British style is exquisitely undone, and Australian style is… Anybody? ANYbody?

That’s right. If you haven’t taken notice yet of our fellow English speakers on the other side of the world and how they put together a look, you should hop to it! Sydney has earned the right to be lumped in with the likes of New York, Paris, and London when discussing style because it’s developed a strong sense of it that is uniquely Australian. Their country produces clothing that is easy, joyful, and completely of the moment. Get a load of these street style looks from Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia and try not to smile!

Downtown Denim Cool

Downtown Denim Cool

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Juicy

Candid in Leather n' Lace

Candid in Leather n’ Lace

So, the correct ending to the above sentence, “and Australian style is…”, is exuberantly charming! Trade in poses and coy smirks for big, toothy smiles and candid humor, because that’s how the Aussies do it.

SINGER22 is the place to explore Australian brands and infuse your look with their bright attitude. Check out Finders Keepers for strong colors and clean lines, Keepsake for contemporary yet feminine pieces, Nookie for sexy dresses, RES Denim for great jeans, and this amazingly versatile vest from Cameo!

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DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT – ELEVEN PARIS

She's peachy keen in the Eleven Paris Laun top

She’s peachy keen in the Eleven Paris Laun top

Admittedly, Eleven Paris wasn’t a label I was familiar with until recently and that’s a blooming shame. This brand shares the same birth year as SINGER22 (2003) and, while one is a label and the other a retailer, both curate contemporary taste and unfussy style.

Silk screen printed T-shirts are a cornerstone of their look which is further accented by athletic touches and an underlying rocker tone. The designers glean inspiration from their travels abroad and from their ravenous scouring of the internet, particularly tumblrs. By mixing humor with a strong sense of style, simple tees with unique jackets, and detached coolness with deliberate expression, Eleven Paris has garnered our attention and a DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT.

I’m impressed with not only Eleven Paris’s styling direction but with the fortification of their brand by renowned artists from various arenas. Musicians, photographers, and other pop culture icons find themselves or their work immortalized in cheeky images on wearable pieces, further distinguishing this brand from its peers. What’s more, with the 90′s experiencing a renaissance in the fashion world it is only appropriate to feature a brand whose current collection reflects that era with true panache.

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SINGER22 NEWS – STYLE Update – Alexander Wang x H&M

Hello all!

My name is Jackie and I’m the new staff writer at SINGER22. I’m stoked to start sharing my thoughts and interacting with you guys as I myself am an active and avid reader with a high regard for pop culture and its intrinsic link to fashion. I’m not one for lengthy introductions so let’s get cracking, shall we?

Exciting news for H&M shoppers, myself included:

Alexander Wang is joining the long list of established designers including Karl Lagerfeld, Versace, and Maison Martin Margiela who’ve collaborated with the Swedish merchandiser on collections. Wang’s collection will target both men & women and will be available starting November 6th, 2014; a rather convenient release date as it stands 2 weeks before my birthday. I guess I know what I’m wearing before I know where I’ll be celebrating. Sweet.

!!EXCITING COLLABORATION!!

!!EXCITING COLLABORATION!!

For those of you less familiar with Alexander Wang’s aesthetic, the American designer is known for his urban edge on a minimalistic foundation. He tends to work within a predominantly black, grey, and white color palette but sometimes surprises with shots of primary, pastel, or darker tinted hues. This collection certainly has everyone, celebrities and non-celebrities alike, salivating for a chance to refresh our fall wardrobes, and yet I was just getting excited for the long overdue warm weather here in NY…

In the meantime stock up on comparably modern looks from SINGER22 like this carved shoulder racerback tank and this sleek leather skort.

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We’re Stripping Down to Nude This Season

Fashion This season we’re all about nudes, neutrals and blush tones. One of the best things about nude tones is that you can wear them with virtually anything. Whether you wear neutral/blush tones alone, or together as a complete outfit you’ll be looking chic and timeless. You can certainly never go wrong when it comes to this color palette.

Dusty rose, powder pink and barely-there nudes are the way to go for the upcoming spring season. These colors are sure to bring out the girly, romantic side of you. Soft and warm, you will always feel at ease when wearing these versatile colors of the season. Continue reading

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Complete Your Valentine’s Day Look With This Hair & Makeup Tutorial

Yesterday, we shared our stylist’s picks for the perfect Valentine’s Day outfit. Today we are here to complete your look with this flirty, simple and beautiful hair and makeup tutorial by Teni of MissMaven.com. Teni uses the Urban Decay Naked3 palette (our fave!) and a curling wand to create the perfect date night look.

Still in need of Valentine’s Day outfit inspiration? Click here for some of our go-to pieces.

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

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Red Hot or Pretty in Pink. Which Will You Be?

Pretty in Pink Let’s face it: Valentine’s Day can be a very stressful holiday. For instance, if you’re single commuting to work on Valentine’s Day you’ll notice every couple holding hands, stealing a kiss or posing for a picture-perfect moment in front of Times Square. On an ordinary morning, you wouldn’t even recognize these moments because you’re too busy dodging these said couples on your way to work after the trainee barista at Starbucks just messed up your coffee order.

On the other hand, if you’re taken your desk will be flooded with roses and your office-mates will be throwing all the “Ooh’s” and “Ahh’s” at you…and eying that luxurious chocolate that has yet to be opened. You know your significant other has planned a romantic, candlelit dinner for the two of you at a restaurant you don’t often venture to.

There is, however, one thing in common on Valentine’s Day whether you are single or taken, and that’s looking like you just walked out of a photo shoot. We’re talking hair done, sultry makeup and an outfit that’s going to make you the center of attention. That’s where we come in! Continue reading

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And This Is Why We Love Lena Dunham…

VogueRemember when Jezebel called out Lena Dunham’s Vogue photos for not being real and offered up $10,000 for anyone who could produce the original photos? Yeah, we got annoyed too. At first Lena responded in typical Lena fashion with a subtle tweet, but now Vogue is backing her up with this amazing and adorable short video.

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Studio Sounds: Young the Giant – Crystallized

Band: Young the Giant

Genre: Alternative/indie rock

Origin: Irvine, California

You can preorder their newest album Mind Over Matter on iTunes, which comes out on January 21st. Click here for their upcoming tour dates.

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The 2014 Oscar Nominations Are Here!

“Rush” star Chris Hemsworth and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced the 2014 Oscar nominations this morning. The 86th Academy Awards will be held on March 2 at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, and will be hosted by the fabulous Ellen DeGeneres.

“American Hustle” and “Gravity” have both earned a total of ten nominations including the coveted award for Best Picture. “12 Years a Slave” follows with nine nominations. Continue reading

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Because it’s Wednesday & We All Need Hump Day Inspiration

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This morning as I was driving into work this song by Baz Luhrmann came on the radio. I haven’t heard it since high school and it instantly brought a smile to my tired face.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen, here’s a little background: In 1997, columnist Mary Schmich wrote an essay for the Chicago Tribune giving much-needed life advice to youths. The advice from this famous essay serve as the lyrics to Luhrmann’s song.

Take an extra five minutes out of your day to listen to this song. It’s some of the best life advice I’ve ever heard. Of course, never take anything for granted. I hope this gets you through the rest of your workweek.

Happy Hump Day, everyone!

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The Peter Pilotto for Target Collection is Here!

Start saving those paychecks, ladies! The Peter Pilotto for Target Collection lookbook has been unveiled exclusively on Fashionista.com. Back in September it was revealed that the brand’s designers, Christopher De Vos and Peter Pillotto, would be collaborating with Target but up until now no one has seen the collection. Continue reading

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Recap of Last Night’s Golden Globe Awards

Tina Fey & Amy PoehlerLast night marked the unofficial kickoff of the award season. Enter the 71st Annual Golden Globes. There were some shocking winners (ahem, Andy Samberg), bizarre and/or awkward speeches, interesting fashion choices and, of course, Leonardo DiCaprio. Continue reading

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Coachella 2014 Lineup Announced – OutKast, Muse & Arcade Fire Headlining!

Hey, music and festival lovers! The Coachella 2014 lineup has been announced! Headlining the first night of both weekends is OutKast who will be reuniting for the festival. Rounding out the headlining acts are Muse and Arcade Fire.

Coachella is holding their three-day music festival over the two weekends of April 11-13 and April 18-20. Tickets go on sale tomorrow January 10th at 10AM PST (buy them here). General admission tickets for the entire weekend starts at $375. As a head’s up, register for Weekend 2 as tickets for Weekend 1 are in limited supply. Continue reading

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