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Royals

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To quote Lorde, “we'll never be royals” but that doesn't mean we can't be inspired by their smart styling and timeless looks. The women of royal families are incessantly photographed and held to standards that eclipse those assigned to run-of-the-mill celebrities. Appearing presentable doesn't suffice for a princess, queen, duchess, etc… With such titles one must forever strive to be the ultimate example of propriety, composure, and grace with the objective being to encourage national pride, participate in charitable efforts, and maintain international support; political tasks that the likes of Jessica Alba, Selena Gomez, and the Kardashian Kollective are exempt from.

Fashion Forward Royals

Fashion Forward Royals

Leading by example is no revolutionary concept, however women of royal standing own a power to do so that has nothing to do with social niceties or perfect posture. The very choices they make as to which top to pair with which skirt, which designer(s) they favor, how to style their hair, and how to apply their makeup all convene to project an image painstakingly cropped and manicured for the purpose of presentation and hopeful influence. This opportunity presented itself on June 19th, 2014 to the newly crowned Letizia, Princess of Asturias – the Queen Consort of Spain. Now that she will be under more scrutiny than ever she has a chance to invigorate her country's drowsy economy through her fashion choices. Many British royals don homegrown labels like Alexander McQueen, Jenny Packham, and L.K. Bennett – an example the stylish Spanish queen may very well follow. (more…)

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THE Denim Shirt

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If you could own a garment that had an ease about it, that owned an attractive androgynous quality, disregarded trends, transcended time in its ever-classic yet ever-modern aesthetic, and could be worn in a variety of settings, would you buy it?

Let me answer that for you; first with a series of pictures and then we'll really dig in.

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Plait of Braids

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RACHEL ZOE - SPRING 2014 - Ballin' Braids

RACHEL ZOE – SPRING 2014 – Ballin' Braids

When the temperature and humidity increase so do many of our hair woes. Uncontrollable frizzies in the front and matted nests in the back both contribute to a generally unkempt or deflated look that us girls try desperately to avoid. It's safe to say that most of you know how to weave a standard braid but why not mix it up and add another facet to your look with new versions of this classic 'do which will also tame your excitable hair? Draw some inspiration from the models' style below and weave in a few colorful ribbons or pieces of yarn into your hair for an unexpected pop of color – plus it'll add volume to your braid!

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Worldly Fashion in time for The World Cup

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American Soccer Fans Fashionably Showing Their Support

American Soccer Fans Fashionably Showing Their Support

The FIFA World Cup begins tomorrow in the wildly vivid country of Brazil so it's time to figure out which teams you'll be rooting for. No matter which sports you follow, if you're a real fanatic, getting dressed up is part of the fun, which guys aren't excluded from might I add. Between the face & body paint, jerseys, tees, hats and other paraphernalia, a thick atmosphere of enthusiasm grows from the love people show for their favorite player, their heritage, or the team alongside which (through a television anyway) they've suffered through heart wrenching losses and celebrated sweet victories with.

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Woot, Woot for the Jumpsuit

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We have dresses for every occasion; sundresses for graduation celebrations, maxi dresses for weekend getaways, cocktail dresses for semi-formal weddings, and mini dresses for bachelorette parties. The fashionable ones know, however, that jumpsuits and rompers are the new go-to pieces, now available in a variety of colors, prints, and materials suitable for any number of the aforementioned events.

Especially for you girls seeking out statement making clothing in a more modern silhouette, the jumpsuit, and shorter romper, can fill a niche space in your closet. The expanding assortment of these garments allows you to move with ease (except when you go to the bathroom…) and actually individualize your style as much as you would with more standard shaped pieces. Owning a sleek and modern style, Julianne Hough wears a cobalt blue version with sheer paneling and minimal accessories. Jessica Alba's relaxed interpretation, which we carry here, creates a distinctly laid back, yet put-together air. Miley Cyrus bridges classic and contemporary by opting for a black & white palette enlivened by a red lip, boyish 'do, and trendy jewels!

Jovially Jumpsuited:  Julianne Hough, Jessica Alba, & Miley Cyrus

Jovial in Jumpsuits : Julianne, Jessica, & Miley

At SINGER22 we keep growing our own selection of this fantastic garment and here are some recent additions, complete with complimentary styling tips! (more…)

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Dark and Majestic Jewelry

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Just like last year when “The Great Gatsby” remake from Baz Luhrmann came out and there was a deluge of pearly and Art Deco inspired jewelry coming from every which way, including TIFFANY & CO, this year, the hype surrounding the potential Disney hit, “Maleficent”, spawned a collaboration between the entertainment behemoth and Crow's Nest Fine Jewellery. The collection resulting from this meeting of the minds only reinforces the modern lean towards dark accessories with a sometimes sinister streak.

The Great Gatsby Collection - TIFFANY & CO.

The Great Gatsby Collection – TIFFANY & CO.

Awards season always brings out the red-carpet-worthy looks which we see are almost never without beautifully classic jeweled additions from masters of their craft; Fred Leighton, Harry Winston, and H. Stern, to name a few. Lately however, a movement towards the worn, tough, twisted, and mysterious look of dark stones, oxidized metals, and unconventional shapes has gained a comparable audience to the one appreciative of dainty layering chains, stud earrings, and other timeless adornments.

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Topped Off

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Being stylish means retaining a certain air about yourself that, in lieu of words, clearly expresses things about your nature through carefully selected visual cues. Trends come and go but, regardless of their tendency to evaporate, they serve to enhance the self portrait we've been painting for years; the one we've lovingly labored over with every shopping spree, salon appointment, and make-up application.

One of these recent complimentary trends has helped balance the focus normally centered on our clothing by shifting attention to the face as well; the addition of hair accessories and hats. Pieces that frame your face and flatter your coloring are now fairly common components of styling routines which is fantastic for a number of reasons.

1. Sensitive scalps everywhere, rejoice! If for no other reason, wearing a head scarf or a panama hat will help prevent overexposure to harmful UV rays minimizing your chance of burning your scalp, damaging your hair, and getting skin cancer. (more…)

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DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT – RORY BECA

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The Rory Beca aesthetic is synonymous with California style in that the silhouettes look best in sun-soaked and breezy beachside settings where the body skimming fabrics and engaging colors thrive.

Based out of Santa Monica Canyon, CA, the designer behind her eponymous brand decided that in 2006 she would attempt to compose a line of clothing that combined femininity, allure, and comfort thereby enhancing a woman's sensuality without sacrificing the desire for facility; an idea which, when embodied in a silk camisole or flirtatious flowing skirt, can be more inviting than not being able to breathe in an uber-tight top or futzing with a complicated dress. You can imagine the response. (more…)

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Sweat It Out

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One of the biggest fashion shifts in recent years which transformed how we dress today is the incorporation of sweatpants and their counterparts into our every day wardrobe, and not just on those days when we're feeling under the weather. What once served the purposes of working out and chilling out has now evolved into clothing for simply going out. No longer does the following apply:

“Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.” – Karl Lagerfeld

Even Uncle Karl apparently swallowed his words this past year as was evident at his Paris Fashion Week runway show (for Fall 2014) during which his models strutted down the catwalk in clothing consistent with the kind he so readily lampooned.

Yup, the CHANEL girl wears sweats now.

Yup, the CHANEL girl wears sweats now.

Perhaps wearing sweats in any environment other than a gym was beaten out of me because my high school forced us to adhere to a strict dress code consisting of button down shirts, chinos, loafers, knee length skirts, etc… in an effort to produce a presentable rising class for the collegiate, and eventually young professional, world. In turn, for the next four years in college and proceeding ones in graduate school & thereafter, I didn't dare to wear this allegedly sloppy clothing that I thought would do nothing but add bulk to my frame and give people the impression that I was a slob. (more…)

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White Out

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No, this is not an advertisement for that nifty solution we use to cover our mistakes and no, this is thankfully not an upsetting weather update.

It is time for you to confront your fears about ruining your white clothing during your lunch break and dismiss the notion that only waifs can wear white denim, because this season you must try the WHITE OUT trend!

When fully realized, wearing a dominantly white ensemble wakes your face up and creates a light air around you – unlike sometimes-dreary, yet always chic, black which, while slimming, has the tendency to be more harsh. And speaking of “harsh”, I'm sure there are some of you that have similar words to describe the resulting look of someone above a certain size in white pants. Prepare to eat your words.

She's renowned for her curves and her thighs most definitely touch. Tell me these two looks don't look clean and nearly effortless:

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