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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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Fashion Follows Art

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"Skyscrapers and Tunnels" by Fortunato Depero, 1930 (detail)

“Skyscrapers and Tunnels” by Fortunato Depero, 1930 (detail)

As of February and on display till September, The Guggenheim Museum in New York City is featuring an exhibit on Italian Futurism, a movement meant to reinvigorate the country's sense of self and its economy out of its complacent state in the early 20th century. Members were “modern, young, and insurgent”, as described on the museum's website, and concerned themselves with breaking tradition and charging ever forward. Bred through literature, politics, the performing & visual arts, fashion, and even advertising – this campaign for change proliferated through various societal circles.

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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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Festooned with Flowers

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Fresh & Floral - Valentino - Ready To Wear - Spring 2014

Fresh & Floral – Valentino – Ready To Wear – Spring 2014

Flowers and fashion have had a longstanding relationship with one another and for good reason. Perhaps it's the overtly feminine skirt-like formation of their blooms, the fanciness of their petal shapes, the impact of their organic color combinations in a multitude of pigments, or the quality they possess that makes us pluck and arrange them into bouquets as though they were clothes on display ready for us to pick and combine to create a look of our own. Regardless, we know that every spring season the catwalks turn into virtual flower beds full of vividly colored ladies on delicate stems showing off their beauty for onlookers to absorb and capture in Instagram shots. (more…)

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Gowns on the Town – The Met Gala – 2014

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"The world was like a huge red carpet out ahead of me to be walked on. And it stretched on and on, no end." - Elia Kazan

“The world was like a huge red carpet out ahead of me to be walked on. And it stretched on and on, no end.” – Elia Kazan

The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts an annual fundraising event during which celebrities, models, and designers dress to the nines in a theme consistent with the newest exhibit on display. This year it is “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” – a collection of evening gowns by the British-American designer known both for his idiosyncrasies and his beautifully fashioned floor length dresses fit for movie stars and aristocrats alike. His aesthetic was steeped in structure and often infused with scientific innovations to enhance the design. (more…)

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How do I wear thee? Let me count the ways!

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The Supremely Wearable ALICIA POCKET TANK by Joie

The Supremely Wearable ALICIA POCKET TANK by Joie

Finding longevity in your wardrobe means wearing a single piece multiple ways over the course of many seasons. We strive to achieve this goal in our daily routine of getting dressed for a variety of occasions because our closets aren't like our magical Pinterest fashion boards or Tumblr pages, constantly growing in volume of covet-worthy clothing. We have a limited number of garments and accessories to choose from so it is our job to assign each item more than one purpose. Take, for example, the standard Oxford shirt which many suggest every woman should have in her wardrobe. A simple button down can be a central component of any number of looks including preppy (blazer/jeans/ballet flats), menswear-inspired (boyfriend jeans/brogues/oversized watch), minimalist (crisp white jeans/t-strap flats/small metallic studs), classic Americana (upturned collar/flared jeans/braided leather belt), modern elegant (tucked in/floor-length skirt/heels), and the list goes on. (more…)

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Music Festival Fashion 101

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Coachella's over but the season for music festivals is just starting and during these bacchanalia, in a similar way to Halloween, we suspend expectations for wearable every-day pieces in favor of embracing the sounds, smells, tastes and feel of these fleeting celebrations rife with fantastic music and sometimes more fantastic clothing.

What's especially cool about these carnivals, other than the obviously awesome tunes, is that many of them have their own individual style expressed by the crowds complimenting both the music emanating from the stages and the vibes radiating from the very grounds where the scene is set. In the same vein as pop-up stores and restaurants, an actual community pops up out of nowhere and is comprised of music lovers from all over the country relishing getting lost in the open air performances and happily packing up after four days of an auditory assault that they'll remember for years to come. (more…)

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