Posts tagged Urban Outfitters

heat it up: best summer accessory trends


What’s hot this summer?  Accessory trend forecasters have predicted that, from the beach to the street, outfits will be boasting a colorful variety of accouterments in unusual shapes, shades, and sizes! The only common denominator: chic, statement pieces that will take you well past your comfort zone.

So gear up tartelettes,  there can be no such thing as a dull summer with accessories like these; from GaGa glasses to scandalous lacy bralettes how can a girl lose?

Get on trend, clockwise fromt he top left; Sweetheart Glasses $14, UO Ecote Studded Fanny Pack $29, butter London nail color in Wallis $14, Free People Pieced Lace Cropped Bralette $38, Jeffrey Campbell Bette Fab Platform Wedge $139.

What’s one stand out accessory trend that you plan on adding to your wardrobe this season?

 


 

SXSW style

Sigh. Awards season is over. No more red carpets, ball gowns, hilarious speeches, or video montages. But wait, what’s that? Oh yes, it’s festival season! With SXSW, Coachella, and Bonnaroo on the horizon, tartelettes, we’re trading in our heels for Chucks, designer gowns for hippie dresses, and big names for soon-to-be-discovered indie darlings.

First up: South by Southwest, Austin’s funky intersection of music, film, and tech. Of course, the confluence of new bands, independent film, Austin cool, and tech entrepreneurs makes for a signature SXSW look. And, as more and more fashion companies become tech-savvy, style is becoming formally entrenched in the mix as well. This year, there are even a few talks specifically on fashion on the docket.

So, what does one wear to this uniquely awesome festival? We’ve rounded up some SXSW basics that every girl should have in her suitcase.

Sunglasses.

A pair of hipster shades are a must for blocking out that searing Texas sun (and staving off headaches after long nights.) We love the the always-cool Ray-Ban aviator.

Bright skinny jeans.

You’ll want outfits that can easily transition from day to night. A pair of candy-colored jeans is an essential item for spring that can go as perfectly with a worn-in band tee as with a sparkly tank and heels. Urban Outfitters has an affordable selection in a rainbow’s-worth of colors.

 

Comfortable flats.

Flats are the name of the game during SXSW.  Gladiator sandals and Toms are very cool options; our favorite is a classic Chuck Taylor from Converse.

 

Wedge heels.

When you do want to dress up a little, toss on a pair of comfy, wedge-heeled booties, like this faux-suede pair from Target.

 

A statement canvas tote.


This isn’t the place for a glamorous clutch. As you’re running between talks, screenings, and parties, a cool canvas tote is much better for stashing your iPad, your makeup bag, and other festival essentials. The FEED bag is a cute option that also contributes to a great cause!

 

birds of a feather: ‘fly’ accessories for spring

Yes, it’s January, but with the temps in New York City swinging from icy to balmy without warning, we’re gearing up for spring — whether it be in three months, or three days. To channel the sleek and airy styles we plan on sporting once the first blooms appear, we’ve rounded up our favorite chic — and edgy — bird accessories for our wardrobes, homes and guys.

Clockwise from left: Betsey Johnson glitter owl stretch ring; Wendy Mink gold plated hammered bird cuff; mother nesting birds necklace at Uncommongoods; St. Joshua Gold Swallow bird cuff links; Aslan’s Garden Bird On A Wire hook; birds jewelry stand at Urban Outfitters; and in the middle, my favorite of these soaring accessories, Absolute™ Brown and Champagne feather pendant by Laura M.

So spread those wings tartelettes, and rock these little birdies regardless of the season!

must-have holiday hair pieces

 

 

The weather may disqualify that sequin mini as your go-to holiday party frock, but fear not, you can still add a little sparkle to your seasonal party look with these adorable and affordable hair accessories. When you can’t flash skin, flash hair bling!

From the top left: Free People Lost Garden headpiece, $38; Forever 21 rhinestone headband, $8.80; Urban Outfitters branch bobby pins, $12.00; Anthropology Sparkle -Light Bobby pins, $28;  Tasha “See My Sequin Birdy” Headband, $38; Nina Crystal Ribbon Head Wrap, $150; Tasha meltamazing hair pin, $20; and the Tasha Crystal Garland Headband, $98.

 

 

 

 

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holiday trend alert: sequins

 

This holiday season is all about glitz and glam, and sequins are back — in a big way.  We’re not talking ‘80’s- style prom dress sequins, but a subtle and elegant dash of glitter that gives just the right amount of edge to any outfit. In fact, adding some sparkle to your look is not only one of 2011′s hottest trends — it’s also one of the easiest.  If you don’t already have your go -to sequin accessory, you need to get one before the holiday party circuit starts. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the glittery, most versatile pieces on the market. Get your shine on!

Clockwise from the top left: beret, $25 at Topshop; grey skinny scarf, $19 at myscarfshop.com, blazer, $158 at Victoria’s Secret, Kate Spade New York  Agatha bag, $295 at Neiman Marcus; three tiered sequin mini skirt, $79 at Express; Stripes glitter pump, $49 at Urban Outfitters.

Have you been rocking the sequin this year? Share a pic with us on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

Summer Stone

 

So the clock is ticking and you’re rushing off to yet another summer cocktail party! You throw on your basic white summer dress (old faithful).  Stand in the mirror and though you look bronzed and beautiful against this white number the outfit still falls short. What to do to brighten your summer wardrobe without cutting into your funds for the weekend? The answer: a classic piece of turquoise. Whether it’s a bold necklace, dangly earrings or a basic cuff, it’ll never disappoint.  This vintage, earth tone works with every summer style; it can give off a bohemian flare paired with casual attire or it can add a hint of earthy elegance to formal wear. I love how Cameron Diaz (shown above) knows how to rock the turquoise. Despite being dressed for the Red Carpet, she still maintains her surfer-chic vibe with these simple statement pieces.

What’s your go-to-flare when you need to spice up your style?

xo

Jen

Sock it to Me!

Something happened to me during a mid-winter jaunt to the West Coast earlier this year…something strange and unexpected that I couldn’t have seen coming for a million style miles. Don’t worry, tartelettes, I’m just talking about socks. “Socks?” you ask. Yep, I fell head over heels-literally-for these foot fashions. I was at the Juicy Couture store on the crazy-chic Colorado Blvd, and on a whim, picked up a pair of knee-high JC socks. They were inexpensive, full of cute Juicy scribbles and just plain fun! I rocked them over black leggings with Cali-girl chicness on the plane back home.

Well, that one moment turned me- the girl who has stolen socks from every roommate she’s ever had- to a certified sock seeker. My Juicy collection is nearing double digits, and this season’s mags and catalogs are forcing my eyes…and toes towards other brands and style. I can’t wait to try J.Crew’s bobby variety or Urban Outfitter’s over the knee stripes. And Free People’s lace thigh-highs? Well, we all know how Mimi feels about the lacy stuff.

If you’re worried about looking like a “Three’s Company” reject, just follow Mimi’s tips for a successfully stylish sock-hop.
•Tube Toss—Unless they have “Juicylicious,” “From Juicy with Love” or any other cheeky Pam&Gela saying , leave the high-white tube variety in the gym.
•Grown-Girl-Chic— Though the whole knee-socks trend is a riff on the classic catholic schoolgirl look, no need to look like a GossipGeek. Strut your sock-style with the panache and confidence of someone with a past tense relationship with high school.
•Dare to Bear— Don’t go to all the trouble of buying adorable socks just to hide them under boots or pants. Show off those quirky Juicy-isms; sweet, but sassy bow details; and sparkling sequin embellishments! Unsure how to stage a sock show? The J.Crew catalog offers some awesome inspiration!

All right, tartelettes, cover those tootsies in something chic and get a-hoppin’!

XO,
Amelia

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

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

Casual Musts!

The tissue tank, buttery leather bag & shooties…As Rachel Zoe likes to say, “I DIE”. Everything about this laid-back look says, ‘I didn’t even try’. Well, I know you did and still think you look pretty cool. This ‘indie-loving scenester’ attire is made up of casual basics that are just so perfect together. However, they can also be paired with other goodies in your closet—taking on a whole new chic get-up. Even better, you can get most of the pieces on the cheap and invest in the shoes & bag (and they aren’t even outrageously priced)! And, hey, those camel shoes perfectly transition into fall with black tights. We just love multi-use!

Spillane Straw Fedora— Urban Outfitters
Soaring Shooties— Anthropologie
Gray Pocket Tank— KAIN
Leather Lexi Tote — J. Crew
Shorts—DL1961 4-way stretch Ryan’s
Essie polish in baby cakes

xo,
Kristin