Since Summer is just around the corner I’ve decided to make my next blog entries about how to get those awesome 2011 Summer essentials for less! So you’ll find out where to get cute and sexy bikinis, straw handbags perfect for the beach and everywhere else, shell jewelry, flip flops, sunglasses and etc, all for amazing prices!

So for my first Summer Essential I have chosen the straw fedora. This hat looks so chic and adorable on just about everyone! You can pair it with maxi dresses (also an important summer must have) or a long broom skirt and tank top.
Plus a hat is great protection against the harsh Summer sun and great for bad hair days as well ( which will be prevalent thanks to all the sweating we will all be doing!)

I’ve chosen for you three versions.

An adorable chic fedora from Gap that features a dark tan (they call it “cinnamon”” straw fedora with a cobalt blue band. It also comes in Natural. At $29 it may be a little steep for a hat for most.

Next is an girly and dainty version from Charlotte Russe. It as a black ribbon band that in the back has a three tiered bow! And at $9.50 its a steal!

Last is one on sale ladies! American Eagle makes a sleek straw fedora in..black! It usually retails for $15.50 but is priced at just $11.95 right this minute so get on sale while you can! Black will be perfect for those warm summer nights out.

Straw Fedora Hat $29.50 www.gap.com

Straw Fedora $9.50 www.charlotterusse.com

American Eagle Black Straw Fedora $11.95 www.ae.com

I am not the only one that has realized that this summer brings a truck load of trends and shoes and bags along with it. There are so many trends you can most likely pull anything out of your closet and be in style! The results – zero effort! So let’s take a look at the possible trends you can empress based on the main style in your closet!

A. Romance

If you are an inner romantic just like me then you probably have the following basics in your closet:

1. A lace top
2. A Dress that fits on top and flows out
3. A long skirt (round)
4. Ruffles ruffles and more ruffles
5. A light airy top
6. And if you are true romantic flats – ballet, sandals, and gladiators

Okay so what trends can you pull out of your closet? These three trends are going to be up your alley with the items I just listed – 70’s chic, ballet trend and the lace trend!!

70’s

I am wearing the 70”s chic trend right now as I type this blog. Take that flowing dress you have and pair with some sandals – you most likely have it in a blush color or a crazy print. Pair it with a belt (because you have several – and I have 23). Perfect, simple and affordable …most importantly on trend. (pic)

Ballet Trend

Okay, this trend is basically a body suit and a skirt. We romantics do not own t-shirts or body suits but I am betting you have a form fitting cameo. Pair this cameo with a tulle or lace circle skirt (our long skirt). Pair it with those round flats we love so much and Walla – ballet trend. See it can be done!

Ballet trend cut out

Lace trend

I love lace tops and was thrilled to see that this trend will go all the way into fall! For spring, take out that lace top and pair a short or long round skirt. For fall, pair with one of your many velvet jackets. For causal, pair the lace top with jeans or a soft pant. No cargos but we really don’t have those any way right?

lace trend

Now, explore your closet and send us some pictures of how you embraced these trends straight from your closet. See the post next week for another trend tailored to your style.

Some say fashion is just a series of trends and fads that were well loved but what happens when we try to be original? Some times, like Alexander Mcqueen, a thing of genius is born but other times, it can produce shunning acts of fashion don’ts. The worst part its just not us who play fashion victim but also places where we thought fashion can claims as its birthplace.

The Strange

The fall Pilgrim trend in France is absolutely ghastly. Anything that makes women look like nuns is why some lines should stick to past trends that worked. The color is black and black hasn’t been in since we switched to colors in 2008.

Pilgrim Trend

The Odd

Nail trends have been coming to the foreground for the past two years. In the most part, the focus has been on fun prints, bright colors and a new twist on the french manicure. Now we are suppose to stick foil on our fingers. foil is extremely hard to work with and judging by this picture even an expert has trouble with this material.

bizarre nail trend

Stick to the metallic nail polish on the model to the left for this trend.

The Weird

I know fabric is costly but using scraps around the warehouse to make your new collection is not acceptable. Mixed print dress are a ghastly and have a sense of DIY gone wrong.

mixed prints

The Bizarre

To be continued…

I know some artists like lady Gaga have been known to steal peoples’ looks and styles but I always commended Katy Perry for having a fresh unique sound and style that was 1940’s mixed with bubblegum pop. But I was shocked when I recently viewed her new video “E.T” with to my shock featured Kanye West?!! I thought I was being punked and any minute she would pull of her “Alien” mask and Lady Gaga would show up to claim her video. I never thought Katy would need the help of Kanye West of all people for any of her fun songs. This song isn’t even fun its just weird and oddly dark and goth ! So unlike Katy perry! What happened? Why do all these artists keep copying from one another, there is plenty of room in the music industry for everyone! Katy perry has a great following for her cute and poppy songs! And with a gorgeous husband like Russel Brand does she really need to be talking about alien sex?! HUH? It just looks and feels like something Gaga would do. watch it on you tube and you be the judge. I’ve included a pic of Katy in her Alien getup.

katy perry in her “Alien” costume for music video “E.T”

Japan has always been on the brink of future fashion from Cosplay to Hurajuku. I always love Japanese punk for its many varieties and even put some headbands in our store next week featuring neon headbands. So when i saw this topic on twitter I had to blog about it.

Fashion has not always been future orientated (other than the purse that charges your phone through solar power and color changing clothes); the newest trends seem to be focuses on a host of trends that were successful decades ago. Now neurology and fashion sensors collide, in this new product from Neurowear.net.

The product is cat ears and that are on a headband that reads your brain waves and actually move to your emotions. The first of many brain waves accessories called neuromini.

The youtube video of these amazing ears has got over 400,000 hits thus proving that everyone is hungry for something new!

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I love anime and I have already contacted them to see how much for the ears and when they are on sale – I will keep you posted and of course If I do get it I will post a video of me wearing it.

Update:

I just got an email from the manufacturer and unfortunately, the ears won’t be available till the end of this year. The color and priced are undetermined as of yet. Follow neurowear on facebook for sales dates!!

This Spring flowers were on everything, from handbags to shoes to jewelry. So what better way to celebrate Spring then to wear it in your hair! Flowers will go well into Summer.

I have chosen these really sweet headbands from Sephora. They are made of chiffon and have beaded centers. They come in Black and Coral, and retail at $15 but are on sale now for $8!

I also chose this cute rosette elastic headband from Forever 21. This headband features pale pink Sateen rosettes and is only $3.80!

Chiffon Flower Headbands $8 www.sephora.com

Rosette Headwrap $3.80 www.forever21.com

So now that we are in May that means sadly that Spring will soon be coming to an end. So this is your last chance to try out all the cute Spring trends. Some of these trends will take you into Summer and Fall as well! Here’s a recap!

Colors: Spring was all about bright neon colors, turquoise, all white, and neutrals such as blush, nude, etc.

Shoes: ballet flats, strappy sandals, wood heels, wedges

Handbags: cross body bags, top handle purses, lady like bags, over sized clutches

Shirts: Sheer tops, updated peasant shirts

Skirts: maxi skirts

Pattern: Tye-dye, Nautical Stripes, paint splatter, brush strokes, animal prints, florals

Jewelry: Statement necklaces, bold cocktail rings, pearls

It was another early morning day at work so to cut the boredom i decided to wear my fabulous owl earrings (owl heads with crystal eyes and feathers and chain). There are quite long which prompted a co-worker to state how good they look and the remind him of show in which a Miami salon was showcasing feather extensions.

Feather extensions for the hair? Can it be true that the feather trend has finally reached the locks? So I googled it when I got home and walla – they are real!! I must get this trend!! It will go great with all the feather jewelry i have been making (shameless plug).

The beauty of the trend is that it features feathers that can be treated like hair! You can wash, curl or blow try them and it comes in fantastic colors. The most popular type is the pheasant print but you can get this trend in any variety.

feather hair extensions

I have seen several sites offer the feathers and the clips need to attach it to your hair. Etsy.com sellers are already getting into selling the supplies to add the feathers to your hair as well as the feathers. More specialized site like plumeyourhair.com sell the product to salons and stylists only.

Here is a how to video to show how to add these great feathers, if you happen to be to afraid to try this at home check out a salon but i warn you that they will charge an inflated price of 12 dollars a feather or more depending on your location.

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Where to buy:

http://www.donnabellahairextensions.com/

http://www.finefeatherheads.com/

http://www.conditionculture.com/

It’s a surprise to see this high markup department store offer a sale so we had to check out what they have. No surprise the sale only lasts two days – May 2nd to May 3rd.

Prepare to shop hard for the best deals and expect new items to be added quickly. Also, do not expect to find what is trending now, Neimen Marcus is to smart to put those items on sale. If you have a style or heart a designer then this sale is for you. Try sorting by percentage off since the price sort will only give you the higher price items.

If you do not heart a designer or have a style; I suggest you stick to shoes, handbags, and jewelry. Think top handled satchels, strappy shoes and over the top jewelry.

Prices start at 58.00 (some jewelry items priced lower)

Juicy Couture tote for 58.00

The sale is online only at http://www.neimanmarcus.com/

Check out the online clearance sale for feather skirts at 138.00! The clearance sale is separate from the sale and does not carry a extra 25% off but some items are marked 85% off the original price.

shop the clearance sale here. The online clearance is on-going so come back for new arrivals.

Okay, we all have our own style and want to add it to any trend so let us start with the shoes! Who doesn’t love shoes and it is the best way to add your style to any trend. So here we go by style:

Ballet flats for the Rocker:

Studs and grommets are the best extras for a rocker but can you find this on ballet flats? Adi made a lovely pair of studded toes for 26.99.

Adi Studded toe ballet flats – 26.99

Ballet flats for Harajuku:

If you are into this Japanese street style then try these shoes from marc by marc jacobs for $250 dollars. A little pricey but worth it if you are a die hard for your personal style. If your not then try Nine West Loredana ballet Flats with bow for 35.50.

Nine west pairs leopard and silver prints

Ballet flats for Punks:

Sketchers had made a variety of sneaker flats that are up the alley for a punk. It’s flexible and you can ride your skateboard and still be in trend. SKECHERS Womens Black Jubilee Be Mine Ballet Flats come in a variety of styles for 59.00 dollars.

Sketchers successfully pairs sneakers with ballet flats

Ballet flats for country:

I went to Target for this trend because they has a low price for your budget and the perfect jean flats. Price, just 14.99!!

Mossimo Onawa Frayed ballet flats – 14.99

Ballet flats for vintage:

You love retro and these printed retro shoes are right up your alley. AK Anne Klein Women’s ‘Buttons’ Ballet Flats have great print and patent leather. The price is 59.99 at overstock.com.

AK Anne Klein Women’s ‘Buttons’ Ballet Flats

The shoes listed in this guide are just to help you shop your style and if you do find a better deal in your style – let me know and I will paste it on facebook.