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Lush Clothing Spring/Summer 2012 Lookbook

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LUSH features fashion bloggers Rachel from That’s Chic and Julie from Sincerely Jules in its SS12 lookbook. Rachel is known for her bohemian style and use of color, while Julie is passionate about the latest beauty trends and anything street style related. Together both give Lush’s latest collection that extra kick.

 Established in 2003 in Los Angeles, Lush has quickly become a favorite brand for young women. Lush’s mission is to clothe women who want to look cute, yet sexy. That’s why they strive to create designs that are both pleasing to eye.
With their amazing price points and edgy, fashion forward styles they have created a brand that has taken the fashion world by storm. Bonus: All pieces are made in the US. Retailers carrying LUSH include Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters, Lulu’s, and Tobi.
Here are a couple of our favorite pieces.
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Hot Pink Skin Deep Trousers $50.
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White Lace Cut Out Dress $50.
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Navy/White Block Blazer $85.
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Purple Animal Print Throw Over $44.

Everly Clothing Presents: Spring/Summer 2012 Lookbook

Sisters Fabiana and Adriana Oh created Everly, a young contemporary clothing line that blends the simplicity of the modern girl with a hint of vintage. The collection was inspired by their love for flea markets, the idea of giving new life to something old, and most importantly their friendship.

Pieces are priced between $35-$86 and can be found at ShopSosie, Tobi, Lulus, and Kitson. All pieces are also all made in U.S.A.
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Choosing The Right Cocktail Dress

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This season cocktail dresses have once again been given a makeover and there are plenty of styles to choose from that will help you to stand out from the crowd. Here’s a quick lowdown on the biggest styles of the season.

Lace is hot this season with various different styles on offer. First of all there’s the classic, fine lace that’s timeless and on the other hand there’s rough and raw lace with larger mesh designs. Cocktail dresses this season will come with lace panels; pretty designs will cover an open back or a side opening. Some dresses will come with a complete lace overlay and the main colour choices will be soft creams and brooding black lace.

Gold is often given an unfair appraisal as being tacky, but this season it’s all about gold in a variety of styles. Antique gold will be an excellent accent to the pretty lace designs making a comeback, with golden studding making for a sexy, rock chick style. Meanwhile shimmering sequins and chainmail inspired pieces will add to a futuristic style.

Cocktail dresses on the catwalks for Spring/Summer 2012 and Fall 2012 are already looking to the future and it’s going to be an explosion of (fake) feathers and fur. Super short dresses will be fully feathered up or with feather hemlines. Accompany yours with a long fur (fake, of course) coat and wrap up against the inevitable cold that will be here before you know it.

Dresses will be arriving in a variety of styles, but they’ll also be coming in a variety of lengths. This year it’s a year of extremes, either super long or super short. But some designers are going one better with a hem that’s short at the front before falling into a floaty tail longer style at the back. The choice is yours!

You can find both simple, affordable and on-trend, high fashion dresses at They stock everything from knitted dresses, to maxis, cocktail dresses and summer dresses. All are available online with next day delivery if you order before 5pm!

Sporting Spring 2012 trends

Over the past several months I have been writing about Spring trends – trends that I can see myself or my friends actually wearing (like pastels and color blocking).  But recently I have been drawn to this Spring’s “sporty chic” trend – a trend that seems to be a little over-the-top, but yet very minimal.

Victoria Beckham Spring 2012

Every year there is some sort of “sporty” trend hitting the runways, last year we were introduced to a tomboy look – slouchy sweatshirts, buckles and toggles, but this season it’s more about poised femininity, sleek and functional designs.  Think sport elements mixed with tailoring, asymmetrical straps, and luxurious fabrics in sporty cuts (i.e. racerbacks).

Alexander Wang Spring 2012

Cythnia Rowley Spring 2012, Nicole Miller Spring 2012

Helmut Lang Spring 2012

Prabal Gurung Spring 2012

So, you may be wondering how you can actually make this trend work and not look like you just walked out of the gym.

Here are a few ways to work the “sporty” trend into your Spring wardrobe:

1. Look for tank tops with asymmetrical straps in thin, lightweight material.  These are great for layering under a tailored blazer.

2. Look for jackets made of perforated leather or mesh.  Pair with slim trousers or your favorite skinny denim.

3. Look for tops or dresses with thick elastic straps, exposed zippers and buckles.  And pair with an edgy shoe (like a metallic-toe pump).

Sandra rocking the Sporty Chic trend – 5 Inch and Up




Found: Spring 2012 Trends in a City Near You

Having spent the last few months researching and writing about Spring 2012 fashion trends, I was starting to think that I was ready for Fall fashion (darker color palettes, layers, and coats).  Until yesterday, I happened to come across a photo of the Painted Ladies (aka the Full House houses) in my beloved San Francisco and instantly was reminded of the Louis Vuitton Spring 2012 show – ladylike silhouettes and whimsical color palette.

Instead of pushing Spring 2012 trends out of my mind, I decided to embrace the season that hasn’t yet begun and look at my favorite trends from another angle – comparing them to some very inspirational places.

Pastel Colors

Louis Vuitton Spring 2012 & The Painted Ladies of San Francisco


Giles Spring 2012 & The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain

Photographic Prints and Patterns

Mary Katrantzou Spring 2012 & The Keukenhof Tulip Gardens, Amsterdam


Chloe Spring 2012 & Greek Architecture

Color Blocking

Salvatore Ferragamo Spring 2012 & The Isla Mujeres, Mexico

*Photos via NY Fashion and Google Images

Upgrade Your Denim For 2012

I spent the last week of 2011 cleaning out my closet for the new year. I sold a couple of pieces to Crossroads, then donated the rest.  I’m a sucker for denim, so I usually hold on to many pairs of jeans, even if I only wear them 4 times a year. But this year, I decided to grow up, and move on from these older jeans to make room for newer styles, and better quality basics.

For 2012, I’ve decided to keep only the basic denim silhouettes and styles already in my closet. This includes a couple solid pairs of skinnies and many flare legged pants (I love this look). I’m also going to stop buying cheap, trendy jeans that I’m not totally in love with and start saving up for more practical, well-fitting designer jeans. With all the January sales going on now, it’s actually a sensible time to buy new replacement jeans; ones I will look forward to wearing non-stop.

Below is a short “Upgrade Your Denim For 2012 Guide.”

Upgrade your denim in 2012From left to right:

  • Upgrade your everyday skinny denim to the perfect shade of dark denim for 2012.
  • Switch from colored jeans, and khaki color jeans to the hot 2012 color “smokey quartz.”
  • Find the prefect high-waisted flare leg pants. These will dress up any otherwise casual looking outfit and make it perfect for evening.
  • Swap out your black jeans for blacked waxed denim for a bit of pizzazz.
  • Many sources, including MTV Fora indicate that printed pants are here to stay. Upgrade your printed denim to a print that is timeless, like animal print.


Preen Spring 2012

I learned about fashion label Preen while scouring the pages of fashionologie.

I can’t speak for any designs London-based label Preen has produced in the past, but I’m in love with Preen’s Spring 2012 collection. Design duo Justin Thorton and Thea Bregazzi combined feminine, soft and oh, so modern silhouettes for this collection. The result? It’s very, very chic. As I’ve looked at footage from the Spring 2012 collections, I’ve wondered what I’ll actually wear next season? I’ve seen preppy, crisp white palettes, the ’60s and a ton of floral prints. Preen puts all of these looks together the right way. Pastel palette, lace fabrics, floral prints and modern silhouettes. I’m sold!

Preen can be purchased at shopbop, yoox and net-a-porter.

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Saint Augustine Academy Spring/Summer 2012

Simplicity always looks great – a fact that the designers at Saint Augustine Academy know very well. They put together some crisp looks for their Spring/Summer 2012 collection. Clean, slim-cut slacks anchor these looks, providing an easy base for classic shirts that create a lightweight look for the warmer months. The muted tones play well together, fostering looks that are easy on the eyes, but not easy enough to put you to sleep. Sandals and heeled cowboy boots don’t normally work with such polished looks, but the footwear displayed in these lookbook images look beautifully worn in and still work with the ensembles. I’m a huge fan of what they’ve done for Spring/Summer 2012.

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