Lovely Leather

There is no denying that leather is a force to be reckoned with this season. Paring a leather item with any outfit is an easy way to give your look an edgier touch. While genuine leather is on the pricey side, there are many synthetic leather options that provide you with all the bang for fewer bucks. This trend has also been a huge hit among celebrities. A-list stars such as Beyonce´, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez and Kristen Stewart have all been seen rocking the trend. While you may be thinking that wearing tight leather pants or a tiny leather dress is a little too bold for you, there are a multitude of ways to tweak the trend to fit your personal style. Not a fan of black? No worries, there are plenty leather pieces available in this season’s hottest colors. All in all, leather is extremely versatile and should be a staple in every woman’s closet.

Leather Skirt

While leather skirts are typically seen as nighttime attire, this season feminine pleated option allows you to wear the trend day or night.  If you are looking for a sexier option, pair a leather pencil skirt with a peplum top and you’ve got the perfect mix of sexy and classy.

Leather Dress

When it comes to leather dresses there are a wide variety of options available. For the bolder fashionista, who is not afraid to show off her curves, a bodycon leather dress will be perfect. Those who are more modest may prefer a dress with leather accents.

Leather Pants

Remember liquid leggings? Well, they have been replaced with far more stylish, and breathable, leather pants. These pants will give any outfit a chic and edgy twist.

Leather Jacket

The leather jacket is a classic piece that can easily transform and pull together any look. A fun way to wear this season’s biker jacket is to pair it with ultra feminine dresses and skirts to add contrast to your outfit

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Fendi Spring 2013

Fendi’s collection for Spring 2013, led by Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi, features pieces that are luxurious, modern and impeccably crafted. With the mix of geometric shapes and delicate blouses, it is clear that the designers wanted the collection to focus on bringing different elements together. The variety of multi-level skirts also highlight how duality is easily wearable and can be achieved by the everyday woman. Spring fashion is shaping up to be all about graphic and architectural pieces.

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The geometric structures are enhanced by the use of color blocking, a trend that is obviously here to stay. However, the bold mix of white, black, teal, peach and yellow add a refreshing new angle. Leather, fur and ruffles in combination with this fresh color palette create elegant, sophisticated pieces with an athletic sensibility.

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In an interview featured on the Fendi website, Lagerfeld said his inspiration for this collection was more abstract than in pervious shows. Instead of pulling ideas from nature, this concept arose from modern art and 3-diemensional effects. This is clearly evident the accessories. From the high block heels that feature metallic-cube embellishments to the redesigned Baguette and Peekaboo totes, Lagerfeld, as always, keeps the 87-year-old brand relevant and trend setting.

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Fendi effortlessly creates futuristic pieces while still retaining the luxurious feel that we have come to expect. Any woman who prefers sportier dresses, modern silhouettes and 3-D accessories will flock to this collection.

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All photos courtesy of Style.com

Hot Hues

Reed Krakoff $590

Tory Burch $325

Spring is in the air in Chapel Hill and all I can think about is spring fashion! The doldrums of winter are finally behind us and it is time to reawaken our inner fashionistas. One of my favorite trends for this season is electric color. What better way to jump-start our spring fever than to pile on the neon yellows, pinks, oranges and greens? The designers seem to be telling us that we shouldn’t be afraid to go bold with these colors. They are meant to be mixed and matched, and nothing is “too much.” An easy way to achieve this look is to find radiant accessories that can be paired with any outfit to spice it up a bit. Neiman Marcus has a great selection of luminous accessories by top designers (you may want to look elsewhere for items that are less pricey). But these items give you a good idea of accessories to look for when out shopping for your new spring wardrobe. Good luck!

Dolce & Gabbana $2445

Kendra Scott $75

Oscar de la Renta $345

Oscar de la Renta $995

Breaking the Symmetry

I don’t know if it’s the above average temperatures in Chapel Hill or the rapidly approaching New York Fashion Week that is making me excited for spring trends, but I’ve been anticipating the upcoming season by scoping out fashion websites for must-have spring pieces.

One of my favorite trends for the upcoming spring season is asymmetrical, solid-colored skirts and dresses. I’m talking maxi skirts with an edge. This look is the perfect combination of sexy and subtle. It’s conservative, yet reveals just enough leg to keep you guessing. Whether chiffon, cotton, or some other material, let’s face it—they’re fun, flirty, and perfect for the spring. Check out Miranda Kerr in this pastel pink Eva Brazzi dress. She looks gorgeous.

You can find this modern-age Cinderella look on websites like Anthropologie.com and Shopbop.com. Here are a few:

Anthropologie Skirt $138

Preen Skirt $462 Shopbop.com

Kevork Kiledjian Skirt $750 Shopbop.com

Blue Life Skirt $108 Shopbop.com

Topshop.com dress- currently not sold in the U.S.

The beauty of these skirts and dresses is that they are statement pieces. You really don’t have to do much else to make these outfits look good. In fact, for an awesome day look I would suggest pairing your asymmetrically-cut skirt with a simple top—a basic cotton tee will do! If you’re looking to dress this look up for a night on the town, try pairing it with a chunky, bright-colored necklace and some sexy heels. I’m telling you—it’s so easy! These pieces are sure to make you stand out in the crowd.

Falling for Fur

I went down to Athens, Georgia, last weekend to visit my brother who goes to UGA, and one thing I noticed down there was a surplus of fur vests. I couldn’t help but think that they looked so chic, especially worn with a plaid top underneath and lots of accessories!

I dug a little deeper to find some of these furry items and, of course, the store with the best selection for the cheapest price was Forever 21. Here are a few of my favorites:

Forever 21, $38.90

Forever 21, $37.80

Forever 21, $27.94

This season is all about mixing and matching textures (and colors, for that matter) so I recommend pairing your fur vest with some heavy metal. Try a gold cuff or a metal studded bangle like these from Forever 21:

Forever 21, $6.80

Forever 21, $12.80

While your mixing and matching, why not try throwing a fur vest over a sequined top? Check out this pairing by Alice and Olivia:

Alice & Olivia, $597.00, courtesy of Saks.com

This season is all about the element of surprise. Shock your friends by creating combinations of the most random pieces in your closet. Innovation is the key to looking trendy without having to pay the price of a new wardrobe! Happy innovating.

Seeing Spots: The Fall Print We’re Dotty About

Confession: when I was a little girl, I was obsessed with polka dots.  I had dotty dresses, shoes, shirts, umbrellas—I was probably a little too into that trend, actually.  So you can imagine my excitement when I spotted polka dots all over the Fall 2011 runways.  Designers such as Marc Jacobs, Lanvin, Diane von Furstenberg, Stella McCartney and Marni used this adorable print in their fall collections.  Polka dots are the perfect way to add a little whimsy to a dark fall or winter wardrobe, and they make for a great standout piece—not to mention they’re just plain adorable.  Here are some of my favorite spotted pieces this season:

Dot You Worry Dress, ModCloth, $54.99

This fluttery dress comes in a perfect fall color and would look great paired with solid tights.  Leather ankle boots would add a little edge to this girly look, but it would also work well with black flats.

Flared chiffon blouse, H&M, $24.95

I just bought a similar blouse from H&M and I’m absolutely in love with it.  It’s flowy and comfortable but still chic.  You can wear it loose like in the picture above, or tuck it into pants or a pencil skirt.  Pair it with a tighter bottom piece to balance out the look and give it more shape.

‘Scattered dot’ tights, kate spade new york, $32.00

Pencil skirt a little too drab?  Dotty tights will fix that.  Perhaps one of the subtlest ways to include the polka dot trend in your ensemble is by wearing spotted tights.  It’s an easy way to add a little personality to a more serious outfit.

Autumn Leaves, and New Colors Please

There is nothing more relaxing than taking a load off your feet long enough to give yourself a mani and pedi.  But that’s just an additional bonus for the possible fashion statement you’ve got right at your fingertips (literally).

Whether you’re sporting sparkly polish for a night out or your go to color is a neutral pink, nail polish is a cheap and easy way to constantly make a fashion statement.

OPI’s new fall colors promise to keep you on your toes.

This autumn’s going to class colors are a step below last year’s black with softer mauves and chocolate browns.

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Warm & Fozzie

With the leaves all changing colors, you might be looking for something a little more colorful. Find an outlet with some warm spice hues.

The “IT” Color
 Melon of Troy

But if you’re really looking to stand out, the best touch would have to be by adding a little shimmer to your nails. OPI is even switching things up with a line from Nicki Minaj.

Rainbow Connection
Spark De Triomphe

If you aren’t savvy on sparkles you can always change your nails up a little bit by having four nails on your hand one color and then have having an accent color on the remaining finger. Our cover model even sported the switch up.

So don’t pansy out and turn to your all time favorite bubble gum pink. Experiment with different shades, after all change is only a swipe of nail polish away.