Posts tagged trends

Spring 2010 Trend Alert!

We haven’t even made it to Ground Hog Day, but I certainly see spring on the horizon. Trends are emerging and some key themes are giving me a heavy dose of optimism! Although I was all for heavy studs last fall; this spring I’ll channel my inner flower child in a whole new way. I do love the laid back boho look, but lately I’m more intrigued by ultra-girly flowers in an array of different looks! Bursts, liberty prints, artsy watercolors—you name it and I’ll try it. Above are totally different designs that are blooming for spring & each is just as feminine as the next (from left-to-right: tarte collaborated with Celebrity Makeup Artist Tina Turnbow for our newest natural cheek stain—flower child, Rebecca Taylor skirt, Nanette Lepore honeysuckle dress & Lauren Moffat top and shorts). As you can imagine, we tarte girls love anything nature inspired, but what we really adore about this look is that there’s really something for everyone!

Xo,
Kristin

Daytime Dare— Feelin’ a Little Lacy

When most people hear the word lace, images of cheesy va-va-voom lingerie ala Fredericks of Hollywood or Great-granny’s turn of the century wedding gown come to mind. Well, tartelettes, Mimi is here to show you that the days of bad lace are over! For the past two or three years, the print has been making a quiet comeback, but for Fall 2009 its back in black, baby. And ready to play both nigh and day!Yep, you heard me- during the a.m. too!

I have compiled a collection of luscious lacy looks that’ll have you moving from coffee at your desk to cocktails at the bar like a seasoned stylista. So “lace” yourself for some majorly ToDieFor pieces!

Bring sexy back to your workouts with these Lace Fold Over Pants by So Low *shopbop.com*

These Lace Top Aviators are the perfect touch of femme for the kick-booty Rocker Chick *urbanoutfitters.com*

Pair Victoria’s Secret Sheer Lace Top with a pencil skirt for some sexy chic in the office

Free People’s Ruffle Fingerless Gloves are a funky modern take on Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” look.

I love these Pink Studio Katana flats for a more low-key lace look. And the navy hue provides unexpected chic.

For the Blair Waldorf in all of us, this Skinny Lace headband is simply adorable.

Anthropologie’s Skirted Lace-Print Cardigan is a versatile piece that would be just as stylish with tweed trousers on Mon as it would be with Converse on Sat.

Price ain’t nothin’ but a number when it comes to this showstopping &uber-expensive M Missoni dress. Lace has never looked more HighEnd*shopbop.com*

Ok, tartelettes, this is a Daytime Dare, not Scare so get ready to “lace” on some serious chic. And for those true daredevils of style, head on over H.E.R.E. to see how to really up the ante with lace’s naughtiest companion- leather!

Until next time, chicsters!

XO,
Amelia

Fall Trend Alert–GREEN!

I couldn’t be more excited because my favorite color is making its way into the limelight for fall: GREEN! I used to prefer more olive hues, but this season I’ll be walking the line of rich, earthy and forest versions. Everything from leather boots and fur-trimmed bombers to matte lacquered nails will be seeing green. During fall Fashion Week green was all over the runway and I particularly loved this fun punky 80’s-ish look from Louis Vuitton. Although, it’s a bit emerald I think it’s fabulous! If dressing green is a bit much for you all I can say is…incorporate with accessories! Try Rebecca Minkoff ‘clutch’, polish from OPI’S España collection or tarte’s infamous emphasEYES eyeliner. Go one step further and decorate the room with a Cire Trudon candle in odeur de lune (the scent of the moon). So as September rolls in and our tans fade, green proves a perfect match to our fair complexions—very enchanted forest.

xo,
Kristin

My Vest Friend

It took three different styles of black vests to make me realize that I may(definitely) have an affinity(addiction) for this type of outerwear. Oversized knit? Yep, got it! Casual cotton? Why, of course. Boyfriend blazer-style? You know it! Well, lucky for me, I couldn’t be more in the know. From Beyonce to Fergie, Cameron D. and the reigning VestQueen Kim K., vests are getting more celebrity love than in the days of Mister T. With the vast number of vests, it’s hard for a gal to choose between cable-knit and leather, zippered and pocketed. But thankfully for you, there is Mimi!

Hello Mo-to: For that Harley Hautie look, choose a style with zesty zippers and lots’o’leather. The $58 mini moto style by Dark Hearts at Urban Outfitters is short on price, but long on fab. I also adore the dusty grey vest by Charlotte Ronson with its weathered-chic look. But the style that has me humming Sinead’s “Nothing Compares to You” is Aqua’s Leather Racerback vest. Tough leather is tempered by feminine ruffles, while the cropped back is totally on trend. Talk about a vroom-vroom vest!

SweaterVest Style: The knit vest is one of my absolute favorite styles. Forget Carlton Banks-chic, this look is sophisticated and versatile. It’s long and cozy like a cardi, but sexy and sleeveless like a vest. I pair mine with a blouse and pencil skirt for work and throw it on with jeans and a tee for weekends. The Side by Side vest from Rojas supplies Fall ‘09’s bold shoulder for a racier sweater style. I would up the ante with funky leggings and a statement shoe. I love Tory Burch’s Ramalagh sweater because it’s preppy with its big knit, but totally posh with its big gold buttons. This is an office-wear wonder paired with a shift dress and pumps.

What a Stud: If you don’t know that heavy-metal hardware is the hottest thing for Fall-WAKE UP, tartelettes! Why not kill two trends with one stone? In the words of Rachel Zoe, “I diiiieeee for LaRok.” Therefore it’s no surprise that I am smitten with their Gold Leaf vest. The studs are a little military for a cute cadet look, but the slim shape is all-woman. Talk about Sexy Soldier when paired with a black mini. Studs add a little more pizzazz to casual denim in this Current/Elliot style. Or try Quiksilver’s Beatnik vest for a more affordable jean option. Though I usually forbid the “denim sandwich” look, either vest channels Lady Moss when put with your favorite skinny jeans. Just stick to a different denim wash to create that Rock’n’Roll rather than Rockin’ in the 80s look.

Workin’ Girl: The office-friendly variety of vest is no longer part of the dreaded suit triplet. Ya know, the pants and the jacket and the itty-bitty vest all stuffed on one hanger. The modern work waistcoat is a different type of Bold&Beautiful, falling past the hip and with an exaggerated shoulder. Go all out Kim Kardashian by pairing a blazer-style vest with second-skin leggings and your sexiest shoe. For a more work-appropriate look, grab a silky blouse and a classic black pencil skirt. The Cleon vest by Rodebjer is at first glance basic black, but with another look is fabulously funky. Double-breasted has never looked so good. Equally eye-catching is Charlotte Russe’s Tuxedo vest. This charcoal grey is an adorable alternative to black and its chic details make this an unbelievable steal at $27. Hurry and get one of these blazin’ styles so you can strut your stuff by the office watercooler.

XO,
Amelia

Fall 09 Trend Alert: Heavy Metal

Nodding our heads to Kiss, Van Halen & Metallica might not exactly be our thing, but channeling their heavy metal wardrobe this fall does seem about right! With fall 09 fashion beginning to hit the stores, keep your eyes peeled for some chic and fierce trends that mimic the style of these hard rock legends. Look out for deep rich hues, lots of leather & STUDDED EMBELLISHMENTS! This peak-shoulder Balmain number is amaaaazing— I only wish I could rock such a hot get-up! But translating haute runway to reality is definitely doable. I love these geometrical prints from Louis Vuitton, tarte and Cesare Paciotti. So this fall, are YOU ready to rock?

xo,

Kristin

Daytime Dare: Rise and Shine

Step aside, Rob Pattinson! Move back, Stephen Moyer! There is a new Vampy Vixen in town and she goes by the name of Sequins! Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Where exactly is Miss Mimi_Style going with this?” But just let me introduce a little evidence.

1. Like the uber-undead, sequins appeal to the bold and daring. Sookie Stackhouse? Bella Swan? All shrinking violets should stick with the lowly mortals.

2. Sequins and vamps alike show sartorial sophistication in the inkiest of black. Talk about a fashion-forward fanger.

3. Most importantly, society has designated both the glitzy fabric and the aforementioned blood-suckers as creatures of the night.

Numbers 1 and 2, I can live with.

But numero tres? Beyond out-dated. Why must we continue to sequester our sequins during daylight hours? Like “True Blood’s” Bill Compton, sequins long for the warmth of human companionship.

That glittery tank that only gets seen “In Da Club” is begging to slip under a blazer and hit up the office. Tame down a sequined skirt with a classic cardi. I L-O-V-E J.Crew’s wide variety of oversized boyfriend styles. And those shine-sexy short-shorts I mentioned in “Get Shorty” just need a basic tee to take them from naughty nighttime to daring for day.

So Tartelettes, take a chance and break out those sequins before dusk.

XO,
Amelia

Bright Nails!

Candace and I are loving the bright nail polish trend this season. I just picked up 4 new colors from the OPI Brights Collection. Right now I’m wearing “atomic orange” and Candace is wearing “need sunglasses?”, the shades are so fun and the perfect punch of color to get the summer season going! -Erica