Posts tagged Spring 2011

3 Swimwear Trends for Summer 2011

With the weather finally warming up we’re all eager to hit the beach. Whether you’re soaking up the sun in Manhattan Beach or Greece, the most important decision of the swimming season is which swimwear pieces you’ll be wearing.

This year is taking a look at our favorite 3 ‘in’ styles in swimwear, helping you choose the piece of swimwear that is perfectly inline with 2011’s fashion trends.

Option 1: Vintage Style Swimwear
Vintage inspired swimwear has a huge presence in 2011. The look doesn’t have to consist of the strawberry cheesecake, or mod striped clichés. Nor does a vintage bikini or swimsuit have to be like a pin-up girl costume (thank god). This year many swimwear designers are infusing vintage details into modern pieces. They are incorporating some high-waist bikini bottoms, as well as vintage prints on one piece suits and more modern bikini silhouettes.

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image of Anthropologie Vintage Swimwear 2011

Vintage Style Swimwear from Anthropologie.

Option 2: The Metal Details
There have been metals accents and embellishments on swimwear for many seasons. The look has gone to the extreme this time around. We think this look is sexy and eye-catching. It’s just as appropriate for the school teacher as it is the Harley-Davidson rider. We just caution that people who buy heavily accessorized swimwear don’t overdo it with the jewelry. Since this trend is not entirely new, the metal detail swimsuit will be a safe bet for 2012 and beyond.

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April In Paris Suit by Ladies Beach Bunny Swimwear.

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Embellished Suit by Victoria’s Secret.

Option 3: Crochet Swimwear
Influenced by the return of the Spring 2011 crochet trend, crochet swimsuits and crochet bikinis are not just on-trend this season, they’re the must-have swimwear style for 2011. Our favorite feature of crochet swimwear is that it borders neatly on day wear. Pair a crochet one piece with denim cut-offs for a perfect festival fashion look; or with wide-leg pants or a midi-skirt for those resort afternoons.

image of Lisa Maree Swimwear 2011
image of Lisa Maree Crochet Swimwear 2011

Crochet Swimwear by Lisa Maree.

Men in Gingham for Spring 2011

Dolce & Gabbana are at the forefront of mens fashion. Sometimes we love the mens collections they design, other times its repulsive. This season I was happy to fall in love with their 1950’s Americana suburbia look. They did a fantastic job of tying the collection together with gingham. There were gingham pants, shorts, shirts and jackets in hunter green, black and shades of red. The look was preppy, but not Glee club or ivy league preppy.

Here are a couple of my favorite mens looks coming down the D&G runway.

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The mens looks above generally work for any guy with an average build (or smaller). If you’re a bigger guy, the extra clothing dimensions plaid and gingham’s add will not work in your favor. If you can’t afford the designer brand labels, or just prefer something a little more mainstream, Voi Jeans Clothing sells great plaid and gingham mens shirts at affordable prices.
How to pull the look off based on climates:
For a colder climate try a loose-fitting plaid shirt paired with a vertical stripe blazer in contrasting colors along with a pair of well made khaki slacks (cuffed at the bottom if you prefer), and flats.
For a warmer climate go for a fitted plaid shirt with a presentable undershirt, for when you get too warm. This shirt should go with khakis pants or flat front shorts and braided leather sandals. The belt will complete this casual look.

NARS Spring 2011 Collection

Even though I love the spring/summer weather and fashion, my favorite colors come with the autumn/winter collections. But looking at some of the upcoming Spring Collections, I’m starting to reconsider.  NARS Cosmetics Spring collection is full of awesome colors, in his own words:

Spring 2011 is the epitome of minimalism, reaching a sensual peak with fresh, forward color. Jeweled earth tones are infused with a metallic finish that lends a subtly sleek finish. Cool compliments of sheer and sparkling lips pair with unexpected accents of parrot green and vivid blue.

And here is what part of the collection looks like, not sure if I can pull off Parrot Green on my eyelids, but I’m definitely going for the Golden Desperado Nail Polish and the Deep Purple Nana Lip Gloss.





Proenza Schouler Spring 2011 Jewelry

Proenza Schouler has made the ugly beautiful and trendy (once a again). For Spring 2011 bracelets are made with bungee cords and carabiners.

Purchase them online at Proenza Schouler. DIY jewelry instructions for the similar look can be found on

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Spring 2011: OPI and Orly Collections

Soon it will be time to put away those glorious dark nail polish colors we used during autumn and winter and give way for the new spring / summer collection from my favorite brands OPI and Orly. I collected the following information from the blogosphere and not in stores yet, this is a sneak preview of what will come in March / April time-frame.

Orly Precious Collection


  • Pure Porcelain
  • Gilded Coral
  • Fancy Fuchsia
  • Ancient Jade
  • Sapphire Silk
  • Royal Velvet


OPI Texas Collection


  • Austin-tatious Turquoise
  • Big Hair…Big Nails
  • Do You Think I’m Tex-y
  • Don’t Mess with OPI
  • Guy Meets Gal-veston
  • Houston We Have a Purple
  • I Vant to be a A-Lone Star
  • It’s Totally Fort Worth It
  • San Tan-tonio
  • Suzi Loves Cowboys
  • Too Hot Pink to Hold’Em
  • Y’all Come Back Ya Hear


The following are some of OPI’s separate collections and must admit I wasn’t too thrilled that GLEE and Justin Bieber are the faces behind the collections, but the colors actually look pretty cool and some will benefit a good cause.

Nicole By OPI

The One Less Lonely Girl Collection

This one has Justin Bieber behind it and supports the Pencils of Promise charity, which is dedicated to build schools and increase educational opportunities in the developing world.


Sephora by OPI

GLEE Collection

Each shade representing a character of the TV Show. Featuring:

  • Diva-in-Training (Santana Lopez
  • Slushied (Finn Hudson)
  • Hell to the No (Mercedes Jones)
  • Mash Up (Will Schuester)
  • Who Let the Dorks Out (Sue Sylvester)
  • Miss Bossy Pants (Rachel Berry)
  • Gleek Out (Kurt Hummel)


I already saw several colors I just need! But in the meantime I’ll be stocking up on the awesome winter collection colors while they last.

Spring 2011: Rust Bucket

Rust for Spring 2011

One of the top colors hitting the shelves this Spring is rust. I’m ecstatic about the color. Not only do I own a handful of tops in this color, I also believe it looks good on nearly every skin tone. I darn you to disagree with me on this one! Beside the color being flattering for all, it also pairs well as separates. Rust goes with all other earth tones, denim, black, shades of grey – the opportunity for mixing and matching rust are endless.

I’ve found that rust also looks fantastic in the home. Wall color, leathers, bedding, sofas, dinnerware, flowers, table textiles, throws, etc. all come in a variety of great rust earth tones.

You can really do no wrong by getting into rust!

Gold Rust Colors Spring 2011

Alexandre Herchcovitch’s Spring 2011 shown at NYFW

Brazilian designer Alexandre Herchcovitch presented his colorful Spring 2011 collection last Monday at Lincoln Center for New York Fashion Week. There was no samba, but pieces were shown in a whole spectrum of colors.The accessories and hair color was also a great look for the collection.

Silk dresses in peach, fuschia, green and aqua blue set the tone. The dress shapes were fresh and flattering. The puffy sleeves and short but boxy shapes gave the pieces a voluminous feeling.

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Moving into separates, abstract prints and multi-colored patchwork patterns were apparent in every piece.

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Even the black section of dresses couldn’t dampen the mood. Of course these pieces are my favorite since I like such simple, basic colorways in my life!image of Alexandre Herchcovitch black outfits

Images via: Dazed Digital.

Recycling Inspires Jeremy Scott’s Spring 2011 Collection

I think designer Jeremy Scott must have come across photos of my Halloween costume from 2009 while he was dreaming up his Spring 2011 collection. As you can see by the images below, I dressed as a hobo of sorts last year (you can tell right?). My outfit was constructed of plastic bags and paper (plus sandals and tights), and I drank my vodka straight-up in a pickle jar.

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If this clever costume was not Scott’s inspiration behind his ‘basura’ themed Spring 2011 collection, I don’t know what was, because clearly my costume provoked serious inspiration. Haha.

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I do think that the collection is very relevant to the global issues we face today, however, I don’t know that creating this ‘statement’ collection will help him further his credibility in the cut-throat, serious industry of fashion. The pieces themselves varied greatly on a scale of difficulty. He includes everything from your standard black trash bag to a mini dress made entirely of soda pop cans (this dress is hot). I have to say the styling was spot on and really made the presentation worth while for me.

How do you feel about the presentation?

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