Greenery is the color for 2017; a color be moaned by every newscaster and fashionista alike. Of course, if the general public hates it, fashion will embrace it. Hence, the continued popularity of ox blood which was compared to the nenstral cycle.
So what’s behind this year’s color pick? The environment and of course, global warming which are two concerns that have been raised this past election season.

If you are wondering how to stay true to yourself and still wear this bright green, try these tips:

The color has already appeared on Spring 2017 runways. It is basically a vintage dresser’s dream but other silhouettes like Pucci used can lead it a classic vibe.

If you want a more simple adaptation try a coat over your usually outfit.

Sporty jackets like the one above are great for causal outfits.

Of course, it’s harder for rock fashionistas to add color to thier wardrobes so add simple accessories like socks, jewelry or a handbag before trying to add clothes.

Punks can find t shirts and pants in this color suitable for every day wear. Always pair greenery items with low key or neutral colors (LaCoste paired it with gray while Kors used white). 

For Romance, greenery lace is landing soon but until then try ruffle skirts in the color.

Last Monday of the year, ??

Yvette

Like me, you probably have not gotten the job on your holiday list yet. Unlike last year, stores are not making a mad dash for late shoppers but instead making us feel a sense of urgency. Yep, I am talking about daily deals. Macy’s still may have the 2 day 1 day sale but if you are looking for electronics, the deals remain on line.

So how do you find these coveted deals online, here are some great tips:

Check daily deal sites

  • http://www.pcmag.com/best-deals-today

This site shows best deals on computers and updates daily to show the best price that day . 

  • https://www.bradsdeals.com/

You probably heard of this site on Good Morning America. It lists deals in various categories and updates daily.

Buy online and pick  up in store

The daily sales online are sometimes not given in store even though the same product is available. Save time and money by buying  online. 

Check sale prices

Recently the city of LA sued several stores including Kohls, Macy’s, Sears and JCPenny’s for creating fake sales; make sure you are saving money by checking prices online. 

Happy Monday and shopping

Yvette ?

If you are the kind of person that just buys gift cards, this blog is for you. If you are looking for a guide full of things to buy, we are doing 6 guides in the next 2 weeks. 

Today, we are going to give you 3 ways to stay on top of this season all year around. Here are some tips on making next chirstmas less stressful before this we give you solutions for this one. ( I know backwards but you may already have something they want lying around):

STOCK PILE

Okay, you know the basics of what some friends want especially when everything seems a lifestyle these days, so when things go on sale snap it up and throw it into the closet. Shop fitness in May, Tech gifts in February and home goods in March. Also, major holidays are really good. Your stockpile will work for forgotten birthdays too as a bonus.

IF WISHES WERE FISHES

My bbf is always telling me what she wanted but couldn’t get and keeps a list in our head of things she wanted and could  not get. Pick your friend’s, kids, or hubby’s brain or just make a list of all the things they wanted through the year and pick it up at the store. It’s like building a chirstmas list. You can even do this tip right now last minutes shoppers.

USE A GUIDE

Every magazine comes out with a shopping guide in November specialized by lifestyle. Use it for no brainer gifts for you globtrotting, yoga loving or beauty phile friends. Note that you run the risk of giving something someone else may have already bought.

Happy shopping,

Yvette ?

There is nothing more dreadful then a holiday party because it involves spending time with people after hours you thought you would never see in the dark – coworkers.

And the uncomfortable and ackward moments when you try to make small talk with your boss…okay, I can’t fix these moments but you are planning to attend a office party, here are some tips on how to dress to impress and still look go enough to hit the town afterwards.


SEQUIN

Sequin during the day has recently become a fashion staple but it is not something considered corporate friendly. A holiday party is your chance to break out the sequin. However, add sequin bottoms only, no tops and no dresses for a corporate office party. A blazer can add a professional look while a blouse can be fun but sophisticated. 

THE SWEATER

If it happens to be cold, you may need to wear a sweater. Unless you are the quirky coworker, no ugly sweaters. to dress up a sweater, wear with a long pleated skirt or tulle skirt. A cardigan with holiday sparkle is also acceptable. 

THE DRESS

Okay, if something more simple and quick is needed, a dress is the best choice. However, beware of holiday dresses that may seem too revealing. Skip lace motifs, bright patterns and metallic. Black is safe but red can say I am ready for a promotion.

Note if you do wear red, people would expect you to be an active in mingling. If want to appear present but not active wear blue.

Acceptable prints include argyle, houndstooth, stripes, plaids, and pinstripes, which are all notably tonal with only 2 color combinations sometimes in different hues.

So to recap no sequin or bold pattern dresses, no ugly sweaters and no dignity. Yep you are here to get that promotion so shameless comment your boss on his or her outfit.

Happy Monday,

Yvette E..?

orange is the new brown

This season orange makes a splash for  men.

 

My biggest  fashion faux  pas: probably orange shoes with white pants.

—-Kevin O’Leary

O’Leary was probably just too ahead of his time. Today orange men accessories are all the rage and even in clothes. Orange has been making a splash first in clothes then in accessories  in Women’s fashion for several seasons and now, it has finally trickles  with all the intensity of a typhoon into menswear, erupting into clothing and accessories all at one.

So why orange? The color has always been associated with happiness as Frank Sinatra once said. In fact, orange has been a symbol of vibrant energy and fun for some time. The real question is how to incorporate the color into your wardrobe without looking like another word associated with this color, flamboyant.

The most easiest way is the over t shirt method. The picture above showcases the look. For a bottom, go with light color jeans. Dark denim will pull a lot of attention to the shirt, you want it to blend into your look. This look is grate for the hipster but if you find even an orange over-shirt too much, go with the slip on sneaker in orange.

Any way you slice it, orange is the color of summer and hey, what do you have lose with a sunny addition to your wardrobe. So, O’Leary may have been too ahead of his time but at least he took a risk. So you do find yourself wearing orange, let us know how you did via twitter or Instagram with #orangeuglad and you could be featured on our Instagram or the new street style tab coming soon! So let’s see your orange outfits (extra points for daring) and have fun with it!

 

Happy Monday!

 

Yvette ?

 

 

I was recently at Century 21 when I came across the most beautiful and colorful clothing I had ever seen. The entire rack was filled with heavily beaded, magical unicorn clothing that took my breath away! Other shoppers smiled as I oohed and aahed and feverishly snapped cellphone pics. I couldn’t contain my excitement as I instantly started Googling Manish Arora.

I was surprised to find out that this Indian designer started designing back in 1996 and is a member of the esteemed and super exclusive French Federation of Pret-a-Porter. He has collaborated with some of the biggest brands such as Barbie, Swarovski, Reebok and Swatch to name a few. He has worked with Alist celebrities such as Katy Perry and  Lady Gaga. I love finding out that designers I thought were Indie are actually quite successful without being household names. Someday I hope to own some of these pieces that were so painstakingly beaded and full of breath-taking  images and prints. 


Spring/Summer 2015


Katy Perry wearing Manish Arora


Spring/Summer 2015

I am so excited that Project Runway Winner and the most successful contestant to date on the show Christian Siriano has turned his fabulous attention to the plus size world! He has created a capsule collection that features skirts, dresses and tops. His collection features vibrant colors and flirty silhouettes. I wasn’t a fan of some of the pieces so I chose the ones I thought looked the most flattering on all shapes. I hope Lane Bryant will continue working with Siriano to produce more pieces like a jumpsuit or outer wear!

  
Houndstooth Jacquard Dress $128

  
Organza plaid circle skirt $108 & tee is $48

  
Shirt dress $128

  
Cut out dress $148

I adore all the floral and pastel pieces that come every year with Spring; but it’s nice to see a new trend that you can use all through Summer and Fall! I call it Global Nomad because all of the mixed prints and heavy embroidery remind me of a world travel from some exotic land. This trend looks good on all skin tones and body shapes because you can choose embroidered shift dresses, roomy caftans, breezy oversized maxi dresses or cotton wide leg pants! Make sure to choose patterns in the same color family so you don’t look like your joining some Circus in Morocco. If you don’t like mixing all that embroidery you can go for a white linen wide leg pants with a simple tee and keep the embroidery to your accessories.

I’m excited to try the full on embroidered look like I put together as reference. I am also having my fave Indie Designers (Dirty Celebrity) create for me the perfect handbag to go with all my Global Nomad outfits; I’ll post a pic of the bag when I receive it!

  

We had the pleasure of viewing the Kings of punk foot wear; Dr. Marten. We were surprised by all the luxe new materials and patterns. We have included our favs like the new marble pattern, baroque lace pattern that looks like vintage lace, the cool new snake leather called viper and the Kawaii loving pastel collection with the cute name “Hug Me”. I was disappointed we couldn’t show or photograph the other collections we were blown away on such as the new Adventure Time Collection and a top secret collection based on a famous painter.

Below is the blurb from their new press kit;followed by press kit photos of the collections we loved.

“For AW16 Dr. Martens brings you a collection focussed around print, texture and materials, that sit alongside reimagined originals. Offering seasonally relevant silhouettes that champion individuality and comfort without compromise.
Use of diverse materials has become fundamental to many Dr. Martens collection with this seasons key themes stemming from the aesthetics of marble, embossed leather, re ned styles with pebble textures.
Running concurrently is the theme of winterisation that runs across Men’s, Women’s and Kids, with soft shearling lining, and innovation such as re ective mono black materials that change to metallic silver and glow-in-the-dark materials being used across iconic styles and newly introduced models alike.
Another key in uence for AW16 is Goth – one of the most enduring and international of all the youth subcultures who adopted Dr. Martens from the early 80’s. Dr. Martens have taken this in uence and run it across a number of key designs, using black as a base with intri- cate designs and complex lace patterning, the classic Creeper and the extravagant 32-Eye Daria boot.
High quality detailing and hardware resulting in a collection that is individual in style yet united in spirit.”

   
 

In past seasons our eyes have been neglected with eyeliner casually swiping the lids while lips and even skin texture came out to play. Well, this is the season that is all changing with all the new daring colors for the eyes (some not all skin tone or style friendly) so it’s time to explore past season’s forgotten face feature.

P.S. Please only accent the eyes with these trends and keep lip color neutral or you will look like a circus de soliel reject. You have been warned.

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Courtesy Harper's Bazaar

White wing tips are hard to pull off in every day life but with a simple modification, this look can be worn everyday. Switch the white to a warm metallic like bronze or gold for dark skin and silver for light skin. This simple change will make the look easy to pull off.

Great for these Style: Punk, Rock, Glam
Daring for these styles: Casual, Classic

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Courtesy of Allure.con

LASH OUT

These doll features are great for cosplay addicts or Sweet Lolita enthusiasts but for every day try a thinner lash. Thinner lashes look more natural. This look is more versatile and with a little look for faux eyelashes, you can find the one for you.

Great for styles: Glam and Vintage
Daring for anyone else

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Courtesy of Harper's Bazaar

PINK AND PEACH

This eyeshadow is so subtle that you can add a pink lip. If you are on the darker side, use berry and orange colors to achieve a similar look. Use a lip tone with a hint of blue in the pink to not appear washed out.

If this look is still too daring, get pinky browns instead of peach.

Great for styles: Romance, Vintage, Casual, Classic