I subscribe to the style theory of “all black everything.” I’m pretty religious about it most of the year, but come summer, my wardrobe tends to lighten up. (Maybe some dark grey?) My shoes, on the other hand, are nothin’ but black. Black boots, black sandals, black heels — why buy anything else? Black is classic, goes with everything, never gets dirty, and black leather shoes last for years. They’re practically an investment, but that doesn’t mean you should have to cash out over $200 for a solid pair of cool-ass black sandals. Check out these 10 pairs, and wonder why you ever thought it would be a good idea to buy something in beige suede.
You wouldn’t be able to tell by the weather, but it is officially spring! For me, the new season means filling my house with fresh flowers and potted plants to celebrate the end of dull, dead winter. If you’re looking for a pot or planter to house your spring blooms, look no further than Etsy, which has a ton of awesome handmade and vintage options. Click through to check out 10 of my favorites for every style and budget…
As we slog through the remainder of winter, I wanted to offer a little bit of hope, in the form of some cute vases. I mean, if you can’t get spring weather outdoors, you might as well bring it inside. And aren’t you over using that banged up, scratched old FTD vase from 15 years ago? Invest in your flowers and you’ll get many happy returns. Check out our picks after the jump. Keep reading »
Spring and summer fashion is generally pretty predictable insofar as it is, well, summery — think airy, diaphanous fabrics in light, muted colors accented by eye-catching brights, and you’ve just about hit the nail on the head every time. As the S/S 2013 shows crop up, we get a good glimpse at what to expect come next year … and is it just me, or is it all turning out to be a bit darker than usual? That’s not to say that the season’s requisite lightness, comparably more cheerful than that of Autumn/Winter styles, has been sacrificed in favor of deeper, moodier hues; it’s just that all of the whites and pastels are offset by a whole lot of black. I’m the last to complain — black is the predominate color in my wardrobe — so yes, I am unquestionably biased, but I think the contrast serves to make the clothes all the more striking. Are you, like me, thrilled that some of your favorite black pieces might just make the spring/summer cut, or are you all about the whites and brights come June, regardless of what the runway dictates? [Style.com]
Every spring, the fashion industry goes crazy for new trends that aren’t actually new (OMG you guys! Pastels!), but still, it’s fun to see what styles trickle down from the runways and pop up in stores around the country, and figure out how to work these looks into your own wardrobe. We sorted through this spring’s biggest trends and chose seven for our Spring Trend Awards. Click through to check out our picks for most (and least) wearable, cheapest, comfiest, and more!
Anything worthwhile in life needs regular, positive attention. This includes relationships. If you want your most important relationships to grow and thrive, you need to care for them.
At this time of year, when the weather is warming up and we’re living in an energy of newness, try a little “spring cleaning” with these four easy tips that will bring fresh energy into any relationship. Read more…
I guess I may have been a little too presumptuous in my assertions of spring, because things in New York City have taken a turn for the cold. My (rather wise) father is ascribing it to an “Arctic blast,” which seems reasonable, so I’m going to assume that this is indeed a mere blip on the late-March radar. Given the weather, it may not seem high time for spring clothes, but really, is there ever a bad time for pastels? This year, trend-starters and garden-variety fashionistas alike are getting bold with brights and their diluted counterparts, so I have reason to believe that come early summer, Easter-egg shades will be inescapable. They’re the perfect way to inject some à la mode color into your look without taking the neon route and ease your style into something a little more warm-weather friendly. Behold, my selection of the prettiest pastel clothing and accessories, perfect for sweetening up your wardrobe this time of year.
Is that the chirping of birds I hear? Oh, it is, and you know what that means — spring has sprung, babes. I’m going bare-legged today, and it couldn’t possibly feel any better … not like we had a long winter, or a winter at all, actually. Like many people with a neurotic personality complex, I am terrified of this global warming stuff (despite knowing next to nothing about it scientifically) and the distinct possibility of a hell-blazing summer, but it’s soooooo nice out I’m going to worry myself sick over it later. Yay!
Anyway, one of the best things about the temperature rising is not having to wear thick socks and leather boots. I love me some ankle freedom, but being the public transportation-using city slicker that I am, I tend to save my sandals for weekends in Connecticut or all of those tropical vacations I go on. I can’t stand grimy soles, my toes being stepped on, et al, so it’s all flat shoes from here on out. Whether they’re ballet flats, smoking slippers, or some hip Oxfords, check out these 10 pairs of perfect flats at a range of prices, regardless of whether you’re a pavement-pounding urbanite or a laid-back country girl.
Warm weather makes us crave bright colors, and we think a colorblock dress might just do the trick. We’ve selected ten great dresses to brighten up your wardrobe and your day. Give ‘em a try!
We have been having some beautifully, apocalyptically warm weather in New York the past few days, and I am feeling it. I’m like a completely different person from winter to summer — seriously though, aren’t we all? — and the sunshine feels so good. In fact, it makes me want to buy things.
I may be unique, though, in that the first thing that crosses my mind as something I must get in anticipation of the season is not sundresses or even sandals. It’s highlights. My extremely dark, cool-toned hair in its natural state serves me just fine in the fall and winter, but man, does spring call for some lightening up. I haven’t dyed my hair in over a year since a near-catastrophic incident involving a box of bleach and a blowdryer held too close (shout out to my dad for being there to shove my head under the faucet!), so I’m going to have to get reacquainted with hanging out in a stylist’s chair with foils on my head, but I think I’m ready.
The best kind of highlights, the kind I covet, are glossy, healthy, and expensive-looking, regardless of how much they actually cost. I like to enter the salon with photographic reference, perhaps even annotated, so who better to field hair color inspiration from than these famous brunette beauties? The real question is: will I go the traditional route or opt for ombre? Decisions, decisions…