FALL STREET FASHION…ON THE LOOSE IN NEW YORK CITY

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This week one of our fashion bloggers is set loose on the streets of New York City to discover and report the latest trends in Fall fashion street wear. What is the common girl on the street wearing to business, lunch, and evening? And how do New Yorkers incorporate fashion into their busy, non stop lifestyles? Let’s discover what’s trending and find out ways you can implement into your Seasonal wardrobe and your lifestyle needs this year.

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PRACTICAL COATS WITHOUT THE YAWN 

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In preparation for the trip, I ended up packing only one bomber leather jacket. However, I should have followed the chic coat option all of New York is wearing this Season. In the city that never sleeps, women know that an all purpose, durable coat is the way to go for Fall. Lighter than fur or wool, the camel trench coat is one of this Season’s favorite jacket options, suitable paired over your work suit and later with a chic midi dress and over the knee suede boots.

Be FURocious 

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Being from L.A., I had wondered if “fur” is a taboo touchy clothing piece for Fall so ended up leaving my faux fur vest and real fur jacket at home. That’s not the case here in NYC. Cozy fur vests and coats are all the rage paired over anything from business suits to a day out in Central Park, faux of course for the protection of animals.

And Don’t Forget The Brights

You hear the myth that all New Yorkers only wear black and dark colors, so as to not stand out too much as a tourist, I opted to pack and wear neutral colors only. Boy was I wrong. New York women know how to stand in color, but with a more sophisticated approach. They pair one brightly lit statement piece and accessorize with solid colors and minimal jewelry. Try your black slacks with a bright outer piece to stand out like an “Oh So Chic” New Yorker.

ALL WHITE IS STILL OK 

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Throw out the “no white” after Labor Day rule, and make your own rules like the New York women do. I tend to always push my white and ivory clothes to the back of the closet for Fall and Winter, but the New York women know that rules were made to be broken. They steer clear of silk and chiffon pieces, in favor of heavier fabrics like wool. I am actually on the look out for a white leather jacket for Fall here in the Fashion District.

Seen outside Carnegie Hall, I liked how she dressed up for the night in a tailored dress and crisp heels for a busy night out on the town.

Some Of Our Favorite White Pieces 
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Catrinah Lace Dress
Laszio Sequin Cocktail Dress
Silk Charmeuse Dress
Joe Ultra Suede Leggings
Bruna Embossed Faux Fur Jacket

SILKY SLIP DRESS

I’ve always been a bit leery of wearing a barely there silk slip dress during the Fall. But New Yorkers are pairing the slinky silhouette this Season with hardier fare, from tees underneath, to moto jackets, to long trenches. Combine with your favorite ankle boots for downtown shopping style and switch to strappy heels as you head to a Broadway show. Check out this flowy one I found at Bloomingdale’s in the heart of the city.
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Need a little romance in your afternoon? Try a glitter knit slip dress paired with a chunky oversized cardigan for a chic and comfortable New York errand running girl. No time for a trip home? Pull slinky heels from your tote and meet friends at Hudson Clearwater hidden restaurant.
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Check out the Brooklyn Museum  in a sophisticated black & white slip dress and leather jacket then dine at Saul for a NY evening to remember.

ANKLE LOVING BOOTS 

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And speaking of ankle boots, they are my “go to” shoes roaming the streets of NYC. As I expected, the streets are covered with every single boot style imaginable, from combat, to suede, to rocker style, to patent leather. My ankle boots were perfect to pair with my leggings all day and with my jumpsuit at night for the ballet. If you only get one shoe this Fall, get the versatile ankle boot.

LONG VESTS AND SKINNIES MESH

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What a great styling option, suitable for women from young to old. Skinnies are easy to pack and slim the leg on everyone. I brought a variety of these adaptable pants to switch out with different shirt options. How does New York style their skinnies? With an oversized chunky sweater and ankle boots or heels for a night on the town. I just had to head to Macy’s on 34th to grab me a pair of NYC’s favorite.
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The vest and skinny work easily for the office or a chill fall NY day. Pair your black lace skinnies with a long sleeve knit top and oversized vest for office days or shimmy into your favorite jeans and satin top and stroll Manhattan for a totally you afternoon.

LAYERED LIKE A LOCAL

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Since I only took 1 carryon, I had to think about layers while in NYC. How do they keep so warm, especially on brisk windy Fall days? I spotted jeans paired with a plaid long sleeveinfinity scarf, and a chic wool blazer; an A line skirt with long sleeve sweater tucked in; and I myself wore leggings, tight sweater, and warm vest that kept me comfy all night long.
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On the go? Shimmy into a pair of leggings, pullover an oversized sweater and slip into to some concrete loving kicks for a busy New York Minute.

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No matter how you choose to layer, the ONE item all New Yorkers never go without is a long warm scarf. From Central Park to Broadway to Greenwich, these girls know how to style a scarf. Layer a long draping sweater over a knit top and infinity scarf with your favorite jeans tucked into some serious leather combat boots for a NY City walk about.
So whether you’re in The City to see the sites, taste to food, listen to the music or everything in between. Be sure to dress like a local, but always remember to
Be YOU, Be Fashionable, and ALWAYS Be Feminine.
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MUSIC FESTIVAL STYLE ICONS YOU CAN COPY

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With Coachella kicking off this past weekend, Spring’s hottest music festivals are now upon us and what better way to be a part of the festivities than to get some fashion inspiration from music’s favorite style icons. Even if you can’t attend the festivals, you can still feel like you are there with our top looks. Peruse our favorite fashion finds spotted at music festivals across the country and start sporting your top choices today.

SELENA GOMEZ’S WHITE LACE ROMPER

One of this Season’s trendiest looks, Selena Gomez rocks a romantic white lace romper at this year’s Coachella Music Festival. We love the feminine feel of the frilly lace paired with the easy breezy shorts set to keep you cool and fresh throughout all of Spring’s activities. Grab Liberty Garden’s NEW long sleeve romper or go with this Season’s popular off shoulder silhouette in the white crochet shorts set from Liberty Garden.  Accessorize your look like Selena with Kenneth Cole’s gold metallic ankle strap sandals and classic Ray Ban aviators and you are “Hollywood” ready. When the party’s over, kick off your heels, whip up your hair into a relaxed topknot, and slip on Tory Birch’s nude slide on sandals or your favorite sneakers from New Balance. Don’t forget to add a delicate tiered  anklet from Free People for a little “festival” fun this Spring. Dressy or casual, your white lace romper is perfect for any occasion.

SHAKIRA’S WHITE MAXI DRESS

Our second favorite “Boho” chic look spotted at this year’s music festivals is Pop star Shakira’s white gauze maxi. Perfect for days at the beach over your favorite swimsuit or nights out on the town, the white maxi is your “go to” dress for Spring. Go “shabby chic” like Shakira and pair Liberty Garden’s white lace maxi with a bright resort tote from John Robshaw and your favorite flat sandals for all day comfort and style. Segue into the evening hours by tousling your hair with Kerastase Spray a Porter for beach wave style and accessorizing with Vince Camuto’s embellished ankle strap flat sandals and matching crystal clutch from Sondra Roberts. Don’t forget to keep those toes in tip top shape with Yves Saint Laurents’ “quartz rose” nail lacquer, Pantone’s color of the year. From daytime to nighttime, you’ll shine just like your favorite Pop star in your own long white maxi dress.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD’S PEASANT BLOUSE

Our third favorite “Boho” chic style for Spring is the peasant blouse. Started in the sixties with the hippy movement and popularized in the seventies by music icons like Cher and Karen Carpenter, the peasant blouse gets an update this year. Whether you decide to rock the oversized look like Carrie Underwood, a crop fit, or high low hemline, the peasant blouse is definitely a “must have” for Spring. We like Liberty Garden’s black and white long sleeve 70’s style blouse paired with your favorite skinny jeans or shorts. Accessorize your outfit with BCBGMAXAZARIA ‘s floppy hat and gladiator sandals from Aldo for quintessential “Boho” style or go with hair in a high bun and wedges from Chloe for a classic look. Go with an embroidered ivory empire waist top to soften a broad shoulder, or a white lace gauze blouse to accentuate a long neckline, all NEW from Liberty Garden. Flattering on any body type and suitable for every style, the peasant blouse is one you’ll want to include into your wardrobe staples this year.

JENNIFER LOPEZ’S SKINNIES AND KNEE HIGH BOOTS

For those who prefer to be a little less “trendy” and a bit more on the “classic” side, we love Jennifer Lopez’s simple yet high fashion style. By combining wardrobe staples in just the right way, she definitely makes a statement without trying too hard. You can do the same by pairing your favorite skinny denim with a snug lightweight turtleneck, knee high boots from winter, and a chic fringe handbag. Slick your hair into a sleek topknot, and you’ll look like you just walked off the runway. Get “Jenny from the block’s” rocking style with Hudson’s super skinny jeans or go with Citizen’s of Humanity’s straight leg denim if you prefer a little room to breathe. Top your outfit with Hale Bob’s navy blue knit turtleneck, or choose the skin tight lace bodysuit to hug your every curve. Complete your look with knee high suede boots from William Rast and fringe hobo bag from Muche et Muchette and you are ready to step out in style no matter what the occasion.  

RIHANNA’S JERSEY DRESS

For the “sport” in all of us, we love Rihanna’s chic “athleisure” Spring style. Play with the boys but retain your femininity with this fun sporty look by letting your hair down and accessorizing with your favorite jewelry. We like the trefoil tank dress from adidas or go with the comfy heather grey sport jersey from Revolve. For daytime fun, tie a bandana around your head, take a tip from Rihanna, and pair your look with texturized embellished sneakers from Puma, classic sunnies from Tom Ford, and a whimsical rainbow watch from Betsey Johnson. Simply segue into the evening hours by switching to Stuart Weitzman’s classic black ankle strap heels and grabbing Diane Von Furstenberg’s large ready-to-go bag so you’re ready for whatever the night may bring.

TAYLOR SWIFT’S PRINTED MAXI

Lastly, the reigning queen of pop and one of music’s most popular fashion icons, we love Taylor Swift’s bright new crop cut for Spring to match her edgy style overhaul. Taking a cue from the Naeem Khan Spring 2016 runway, the star looks smashing in a double slit printed maxi complete with chunky boots for a sweet but sassy fashion statement. Get her similar style with one of Hale Bob’s lovely printed maxi dresses in all colors and silhouettes. We like the classic pink and white floral maxi, or the ivory strapless dress for a more muted tone. Spring’s breezes leaving you chilled? No need to sacrifice beauty. Go with the long sleeve teal printed frock to keep you warm yet stylish all Season long. Though we all can’t be young again like the icon, we can copy her determination to not to let loose, be a bit daring, and take chances.

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From Selena Gomez to Taylor Swift to Jennifer Lopez, these style icons show us that beauty has no age and it’s never too late to try something new. Take a tip from our fashion music favorites and try one different fashion look this Season. Whether it’s wearing a unique dress style that you normally wouldn’t, or sporting a new haircut, or wearing heels instead of sneakers, promise yourself to take a chance this Spring. We guarantee you will feel and look more beautiful on the inside and out for having tried something new.

Be You. Be Fabulous. And always be feminine.

 

 

 

FESTIVE OFFICE HOLIDAY PARTY WEAR

 

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It’s that Season once again for the annual holiday office party. Whether you love it or hate it everyone is obligated to go, knowing the Boss will be there with bonus checks and greatly appreciated end-of-the-year gifts. The dilemma of what to wear to a party in front of those you closely work with in a professional setting everyday can be tough. But have no fear. We have come to the rescue with our favorite picks on how to catch your co-worker’s interest without trashing your reputation. Take a look at our selections below and start shopping your favorites. You don’t have to dread this year’s office party knowing you’ll be the one they all will remember with class yet style.

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KEEPING IT CLASSY

If you’re the kind of girl who prefers demure hemlines and classic style, you can never go wrong in a knee length A line skirt, brightened up with a holiday red silk blouse and jacket. We like Vince Camuto’s A Line pleated black skirt, and the red silk blouse with necktie from Hale Bob , accessorized with a black fur coat and matching black “flex” heels from Michael Kors to keep you comfortable all night long. Jazz things up a bit in Hale Bob’s black lace pencil skirt  paired with your red silk blouse and cropped black bolero jacket, finishing with delicate diamond drop earrings from Lafonn for a touch of holiday sparkle. Keeping it classy and simple is always in style when you can carry the look off with confidence and poise.

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PLAYING WITH THE BOYS

Channel your inner “Marlene Dietrich” with a one piece jumpsuit for sleek yet feminine style. Your outfit will show that you can keep up with the men without forgoing your womanly side as well. We like Hale Bob’s sleeveless black lace jumpsuit, or go for a bit of “Hollywood” holiday glam in a sleeveless black one piece with sequin front. Adhereing to your “menswear” style, sweep your hair into a sleek low bun and accessorize with an oversized blazer from Paige Denim, patent pointy toe Oxfords from Paul Green, and an industrialized box clutch from Whiting & Davis. If you prefer a more feminine look, go with Hale Bob’s ivory faux fur coat, matching ivory Brocade kitten heels from Simple Soles, and tiny pearl earrings from Mikimoto. Whichever way you choose to style your one piece pantsuit, be sure to include this look in your office party planning this Season.

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VINTAGE CHIC

Nothing attracts looks more than a hint of a simple more refined classic time period in fashion. As Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” plays in the background, transform your style to a differernt era with a throwback to 1950’s glamour. The easiest way to achieve this vintage look is with an “A line” fitted dress, a trending silhouette at the time. With a fitted waist and a flare skirt, this shape works best to accentuate a tiny middle and toned legs, while hiding wider hips and thighs. Get the look with Hale Bob’s black stretch Ponte and lace A line dress paired with black tights and matching black heels for a streamlined style. Or “let it go” a la Elsa from Frozen in Hale Bob’s bright icicle blue A line dress and matching embellished blue heels from Menbur Sanco. From brights to neutrals to patterns, select your favorite vintage find from Hale Bob at our wide selection online, one to suit every taste and style.

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NAUGHTY BUT NICE

There’s no shame in flaunting your fit physic at the annual holiday party. However, you do want to keep it posh yet professional in the office setting. Select your favorite holiday red mini dress and pair with black tights and matching black heels, revealing a little leg but not too much. Get a similar look as pictured above with Hale Bob’s long sleeve lace dress paired with matte opaque tights from Wolford and black suede heels from Dolce Vita.  For a different silhouette, we also like Hale Bob’s short sleeve soft jersey wrap dress paired with trendy Elie Tahari black tights with side stripe and black suede booties from Saint Laurent. A little flirt is fine as long as it’s done with good taste and style.

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SAY YES TO SEQUINS

Don’t be afraid to glitter and glisten at the holiday party in a shimmering sequined dress. The key to not appearing too “overdone” is to pair your look with neutral accessories and natural hair and makeup. Reserve your flamboyant side for the upcoming New Year’s Eve festivities.  Get the above featured style with Hale Bob’s gold sleeveless sequined dress topped with Rebecca Minkoff’s long black silk blazer or again, go with Hale Bob’s cropped bolero jacket. You could also try one of this Season’s “winter white” trends in the ivory sequined cocktail dress from Hale Bob combined with an ivory Ponte stretch jacket and delicate ivory satin heels from Kate Spade. Let your hair fall loose and wavy in a slightly “tousled” manner aided by Bumble and Bumble’s surf infusion spritz spray and you are ready to rock this year’s office party in style.

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PARTY ANIMAL

If you just can’t contain your excitement and are always the “life of the party,” there is a way to tame the animal within and still have a good time. The office party setting is not always the best place to “let loose,” however  there’s no need to feel uncomfortable with who you are. We suggest our favorite animal printed wrap dress from Hale Bob paired perfectly with Lafayette’s sleek tech jacket, black tights, and black leather Mary Jane’s from Shoes of Prey. You could even go a bit edgier with Vince’s  black paneled leather jacket and knee high boots from Steve Madden if you dare. Another chic way to reveal your inner “tiger” is to accessorize a favorite LBD with animal print items such as Michael Kors’ “cheetah” kitten heels or Cleobella’s leopard fringe clutch. Don’t be afraid to express yourself this holiday Season. Just be sure to do it with moderation and an “Oh So Chic” style.

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Classic or edgy. Vintage or trendy. There’s a holiday office party style that’s waiting for you this Season. Instead of wishing the event was already over, look forward to being able to express your individuality and personal style with the people you work with everyday. Let down your guard a little and let your true self shine through. Sincerity is always refreshing and your Boss is sure to take note. Your co-workers will see you in a whole different light and by being able to express yourself, you might actually enjoy going to work this year. Be you, be yourself, but always be feminine.

FALL’S DRESS TRENDS

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Fall festivals. Halloween parties. Thanksgiving family gatherings. Work Christmas cocktails. With the many special events and holiday celebrations near at hand, this week’s blog focuses on Fall’s favorite dress trends. This Season you’ll see a wealth of old traditional styles updated with new silhouettes and shapes for the modern woman. So set aside your comfy jeans, take a look at our top dress picks, and start adding some of this year’s favorite dresses to your wardrobe collection for Fall and Winter 2015.

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MAD FOR PLAID

One of our favorite Fall styles that we’ve already added to our wardrobe is the plaid dress. From Tommy Hilfiger to Phillip Lim to Badgley Mischka, the runways were filled with plaid on shirt dresses, A-lines, flair skirts, and sheaths. This Season, there’s a plaid dress for every figure and any type of style. On errand day, go casual in Sam Edelman’s blue plaid shirtdress paired with your favorite sneakers or cinch with Ralph Lauren’s black stretch belt combined with a chunky ankle boot and chic cross body bag from Fossil for lunch with the girls. If you prefer a more feminine style, go with Sanctuary’s red plaid fit and flare dress paired with black and gold buckle heels from Ralph Lauren for perfect holiday style. Take the trend to the office in Felicity & Coco’s plaid crepe shift dress, black bolero blazer from Hale Bob, and black heels from Softwalk for all day comfort and style.

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Your plaid dress can also go double duty as an accessory tied around another of your favorite Fall dresses. For extra chilly days, use your plaid dress as another option other than a jacket to keep you warm against the elements. Whichever style you choose, be sure to add the plaid dress to your wardrobe collection this Season.

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SPARKLE & SHINE

Now’s the time to pull out your favorite sparkle and shine in style. Not just reserved for dressier occasions, designers this Season have made your sequined dress suitable for work or play. With just the right accessories, you can shimmer morning, noon, and night. We love Hale Bob’s pewter cami sequined dress with V neck or go with the long sleeved wrap version paired with a cozy gray Ombre pullover sweater from Hale Bob and leather buckle booties from Calvin Klein for a chic everyday street style look. Carry your look into the cocktail hour by combining your sequined dress with Stuart Weitzman’s silver strappy heels and Pedro Garcia’s Swarovski Crystal studded clutch. Make your look suitable for work by topping with Hale Bob’s black Bolero jacket, warm black tights, and Nine West wedge heels.

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VINTAGE VICTORIAN

Hail to the Queen. From Marc Jacobs to Gianni Pucci to Alberta Ferretti, Fall 2015 and Spring 2016’s runways were filled with an updated take on vintage Victorian fashion. To keep your throwback look fresh and new, look for lace inserts, shorter hemlines, sheer fabrics, and tight bodices. Try Hale Bob’s black embroidered mesh long sleeve lace dress or the long sleeve stretch dress paired with  vintage black lace up booties from Schutz and a faux fur wrap from Ted Baker to stay cozy and warm on chillier nights. For a night on the town or your upcoming Fall party, go with Hale Bob’s black stretch lace maxi dress, flattering for all body types. Accessorize to play up the “Victorian vibe” with a Mother-of- Pearl cameo necklace and a limited edition vintage floral clutch from the Victorian Trading Company.

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COLD SHOULDER

Look ahead to one of Spring 2016’s hottest silhouette trends on the runway with the cold shoulder dress. While Summer was all about the strapless look, designers this Season are moving onto the one shoulder style. From J Mendel to Tome to Verses to Tanya Taylor, this Spring’s preview shows are all about letting that one shoulder shine. Start your holiday Season in style and wear the trend now with Hale Bob’s vintage bright pink Charmeuse one shoulder dress paired with your favorite heels and sparkle clutch. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, on your next evening out opt for the vintage one shoulder peplum dress from Hale Bob combined with Vince Camuto suede black booties and a black leather jacket from Trouve for a rockin good time. Mini or maxi. A line or sheath. Stay ahead of the trends and include the one shoulder dress into your holiday wardrobe collection.

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WINTER BLOOMS

Just because the weather is turning chilly and the flowers are fading doesn’t mean your fashion has to. On Fall’s gloomiest days, point to the coming Spring with a flowy floral printed dress. Look for darker colored floral patterns and accessorize with heavier fabrics like leather and suede to reflect the changing Seasons. We like Hale Bob’s pleated floral sheath dress paired with River Island’s peep toe ankle boots and a classic leather jacket from AG Jeans. On casual days, go with Hale Bob’s black and white floral shirt dress combined with wedges and Liberty Garden’s black Menswear sweatshirt tied loosely around your waist. Complete with Free People’s luxe leather cross body bag and you are ready to take on the day ahead.

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PRETTY IN PASTELS

Another favorite trend to carry into the cooler Season is light colored pastels. No need to throw your powder pink or seaside blue to the back of the closet. With just the right accessories, you can continue wearing your favorite Summer hues throughout the Fall and Winter ahead. Try pairing your pastels with cool gray and ivory white for a warmer feel. For Lauren Conrad’s look as pictured above, try Liberty Garden’s pale pink maxi dress combined with gray suede booties from Michael Kors, a soft cropped jacket from Derek Lam, and a floppy “Boho” hat from Calvin Klein. Think pink at the office with Hale Bob’s blush suede sheath dress complete with the white washed silk jacket, ivory heels and matching briefcase from L.A.P.A. Segue into the cocktail hour by slipping into VC Signature’s dainty crystal embellished strappy heels and shaping the jacket for a chic faux fur stole from Eliza J.

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LADY IN RED

Lastly, what would the holiday Season be without a classic red color dress.  From Zac Posen to Dolce & Gabbana to Valentino, Fall 2015’s fashion runway was sizzling with red from head to toe. On your most elegant evening affair, we love Hale Bob’s luscious ruby red silk gown paired with your favorite dancing heels and a glittering crystal clutch. Or, go for this Season’s favorite “Marsala” red color with Hale Bob’s short lace long sleeved dress accessorized with matching peep toed pumps from Charles by Charles David and dangle earrings. From Cherry to Marsala,  Berry to Scarlet, don’t forget to include your favorite shade of red into your closet this Fall.

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From basic plaid to sparkling sequins, from bright red to subtle pink, there is a trending dress style to fit any shape and suit every personality this Fall.  Whether you choose to go modern with the mini one shoulder dress or throwback to Vintage Victorian, choose a dress that suits your style and reflects your unique YOU. For all of your Fall and Winter needs, don’t forget to visit our convenient online shop POSH AT PLAY, constantly updated with all the latest trends and fashions.

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OUR FAVORITE STREET STYLE TRENDS AT NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

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New York City is a buzz this week as the city kicks off Spring 2016’s fashion trends and designs. As the fashion world gets a “sneak peek” at designers’ trends on the runway, we focus our attention on favorite street styles spotted across the city. What better way to spot trending Fall fashion as celebrities and fashion gurus across the world gather to celebrate Spring style. Scroll down to view our favorite styles spotted during New York Fashion Week and start shopping the Fall fashion trends today.

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BLUSH PINK

From J Crew to Oscar de la Renta to Jill Stuart, designers everywhere jumped on the “blush pink” color trend for 2015. Found on dresses, blouses, sweaters, pantsuits, and handbags, blush pink is the hottest new color trend to hit the fashion industry and it looks like the color is continuing into the Fall Season. Spruce up your winter wardrobe with this year’s color trend. We love Liberty Garden’s pink tattered long sleeve shirt paired with Hale Bob’s ivory ultra suede leggings for casual days out. On your next night on the town, forgo the predictable LBD and opt for Hale Bob’s chic powder pink suede shift dress accessorized with matching pink suede heels from Jeffrey Campbell. Be sure to add this trending color to your wardrobe collection this Fall.

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BRIGHT JEWEL TONES

Another color trend continuing into the cooler months ahead are bright jewel toned colors. Don’t let the cold dreary days of Fall and Winter dampen your style. Shine bright this Season in ruby red, cobalt blue, deep jade, or violet purple. Get a similar look as spotted street style at New York Fashion Week with Hale Bob’s bright blue A line dress. Accessorize with a chic handbag from Tory Burch and emerald green sandals from Jimmy Choo. For a different color scheme, go with Hale Bob’s long sleeve purple shirtdress paired with a warm purple Bolero jacket and Badgley Mischka’s Sherry lace booties. When the weather turns a bit chillier, grab Hale Bob’s warm black “mixed media” leggings paired with a long sleeve “Utiliarian Chic” turtleneck in deep jade. Or simply throw on Hale Bob’s ruby red fur vest over your outfit of the day for a trendy “jewel toned” touch to your Fall style.

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BOHO FRINGE

Cool festival style “Boho” fringe is still trending into the Fall season. Forgo summer’s sheer lace and gladiators and update the look for the cooler months with suede, leather, and knee high boots. Start with Hale Bob’s orange short sleeve shirt with fringe paired with Joe’s Jeans’ black jeggings and Ralph Lauren’s fringe suede knee high boots. Update your outerwear with a chic black leather fringe jacket from Rebecca Minkoff for those crisp, chilly Fall days and accessorize with your fringe handbag and “Boho” floppy hat from summer. Look for fringe on everything from handbags to boots to jackets to skirts this Season and keep the free spirit of Summer’s festival style alive throughout the Fall and Winter months ahead.

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RETRO 70’s

With Boho fringe still trending, retro 70’s style is grooving its way into the Fall and Winter Season. Look for wide leg jeans, flare overalls, peasant blouses, bold floral patterns and long sleeve maxi dresses. Get a similar “retro” look as pictured above at New York Fashion Week with Topshop’s floral print overalls paired with a sleek crop top from Blue Life and “70’s style” clogs from Steve Madden. We also like AC Collection’s wide leg jeans in a variety of washes to suit your “retro” style. Pair the dark blue color with Hale Bob’s ivory “peasant” style silk chiffon blouse for casual days out, the gray hue with Hale Bob’s red silk button down for the office and the sparkle tint with Hale Bob’s black satin blouse with lace detailing for cocktail hour. However you choose to style your “retro” look, groove into Fall with 70’s-inspired silhouettes and patterns.

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CROPPED WIDE LEG

Following the trend of retro 70’s, the wide leg pant gets an update this Season with a shorter, cropped style. Spotted all over the streets of New York for Fashion Week, the wide leg cropped pant is one of this Fall’s trendiest fashion statements. From daytime to evening, let your cropped pant style work for you this year. Start with Citizen’s of Humanity’s dark wash wide leg cropped denim jeans and pair with your favorite white Tee and sneakers for an everyday “Athleisure” look. Segue into the evening hours by accessorizing your denim with Liberty Garden’s NEW black long sleeve mesh blouse and gold sparkle heels from Betsey Johnson. You can create your own cropped style by rolling the cuffs of any of your favorite wide leg pants in your closet for a new and updated silhouette this Fall. Go ahead and give it a try.

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MAXI DRESS

A third “retro” look continuing into the cooler months of Autumn is the flowy maxi dress. With careful styling and just the right accessories, you can continue wearing your favorite Summer maxi dress style throughout Fall and Winter. Forgo the flat sandals and straw hat and layer your maxi with a heavier knit sweater, suede jacket, ankle booties, or strappy heels. Choose maxi dresses and skirts with warmer colors and darker floral prints for Fall. Check out our great selection of maxi dresses from Hale Bob and Liberty Garden in a variety of styles, colors, and prints to fit any occasion. We like Liberty Garden’s newest black and white strapless embroidered maxi dress perfect for a night on the town, or go with Hale Bob’s black lace maxi for a classic look. Carry your “Boho” style into the next Season with our favorite tribal print drop waist maxi dress paired with cozy BCBGeneration black booties and a black leather jacket. Don’t be afraid to keep your maxi dresses flowing for Fall.

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SHIRTDRESS

Our final favorite street style trend spotted at last week’s NYFW is the shirtdress. Take a tip from celebrities Vanessa Hudgens, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Olivia Palermo and give this look a try for Fall. The simplest way to work the look is to grab your husband’s large button down shirt from the closet, cinch with a skinny belt, and pair with your favorite knee high boots. Or, shop the look now with our top choices from Hale Bob. Try the black and white floral button down shirtdress accessorized with Michael Kors’ black knee high boots or suede wedges from Steve Madden. Dress up your shirtdress by adding delicate jewelry and pairing with your favorite strappy heels to dance the night away. Don’t miss out on one of this Season’s simplest yet chicest fashion statements.

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Which of our favorite New York Fashion Week street styles will you want to try this Season? From feminine blush pink to wide leg cropped to the simple shirtdress, this year’s Fall Fashion is comfortable and easy. No need for a closet overhaul. Simply swap out your sandals for boots or pair your look with a warm jacket and you can easily carry many of your favorite Summer styles into the next Season. Add a few simple accessories and you are ready for the cooler months ahead. So grab a pumpkin spice latte, pull on your ankle boots, and kick off the Fall fashion season in style.

80’S PREP FOR FALL

Though the weather is still ablaze with Summer’s heat, it is time to start thinking about Fall Fashion. As “Back to school” sales and Autumn’s holiday decor fill the stores, let’s take a look at one of our favorite Fall Fashion trends to hit this year’s Runways. You don’t have to be in school to try this Season’s “College Prep” style with a nod to bright colors from the 80’s. Scroll down to see how you can wear this look without appearing too “frumpy” or outdated. Get ahead on your Fall Fashion style by including some of our top picks below.

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One of our favorite celebrity stylists, Taylor Swift rocks an “A line” pale blue dress last week on the streets of NYC. Since she is surrounded by her runway model bffs, Taylor is always one of the first celebrities to show us what is trending in Fashion. The “A line” dress is a perfect dress choice since the cut fits and flatters all ages and body types, and segues perfectly from Summer into Fall. Get Taylor’s similar style with Hale Bob’s blue A line Ponte lace dress. Pair the look with cute kitten heels and a handbag for warmer days, and accessorize with a button down sweater and chic booties as the weather cools. Either way, this is one of our top picks for Fall Fashion 2015.

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Our second favorite look to return for Fall is the cropped jean. This Season, forgo your skinnies, and go for a more relaxed style with the boyfriend cut. The cropped boyfriend jean is perfect paired with a simple white tank and sneakers for an “Athleisure” look. Or style with a flowy silk blouse, pumps, and clutch for an evening out on the town. We love Citizens of Humanity’s relaxed Dylan cropped jeans or Joe’s Jeans’ rolled classic cropped paired with Hale Bob’s white lace trimmed tank and classic white Converse. Top with a “military” style jacket for chillier Fall days. Try Hale Bob’s Taupe stretch Ponte jacket for perfect preppy style. Don’t foget to carry your jeans into the evening hours with Hale Bob’s flowy ivory silk blouse, Sam Edelman nude pumps and classic Rebecca Minkoff ivory clutch.

 

           CABLE KNIT SWEATER

Another classic look we are loving for Fall is the ever durable cable knit sweater. A style that never seems to go out of date, the cable knit sweater is having a renewed comeback for Fall 2015. Designers this Season have updated the look by combining the traditional style with fur, bright colors, or patterned prints. Get your own “cable knit” style with Liberty Garden’s fur trimmed sweatshirt and cable knit sweater paired with 7 For All Mankind’s dark wash bootcut jeans and oversized leather handbag from Fossil. For another “preppy” style look, pair your sweater with Hale Bob’s classic black A line skirt, perfect for the office or lunch out with the girls.

WHITE SKINNIES AND GINGHAM  

Carry a bit of Summer into Fall with your favorite white skinny jeans paired with trending gingham for 2015. We love Citizen’s of Humanity’s Thompson skinny white jeans or the high water cropped from Joe’s Jeans paired with Banana Republic’s comfy Boyfriend navy gingham button down shirt and Via Spiga ankle strap sandals. Carry your skinnies into the evening hours and complete your “preppy” Fall look by topping with Hale Bob’s polka dot silk blouse and accessorizing with trendy Kate Spade black ballerina flats and Michael Kors’ black leather cross body bag. Who says no white after Labor Day! Make your own rules this Fall and hit the streets in style.

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CAMEL COAT AND PATTERNED BLOUSE

Go classic prep this Fall with a traditional camel overcoat and fitted denim jeans. Bring the look up to date with a uniquely printed patterned blouse and comfy ankle booties. When the weather warms, forgo the coat and wrap a snug sweater around your shoulders “preppy” style. We like Hudson’s Collin skinny jeans paired with Hale Bob’s patterned blouse topped with Diane Von Furstenberg’s warm camel wool blend overcoat and Ivanka Trump ankle boots. For warmer days, go with Bebe’s classic trench coat in blush champaign, a trending color for Fall. Or, wrap Liberty Garden’s cozy Ombre grey sweater around your shoulders for perfect preppy style.

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CULOTTES

Before you cringe, don’t be afraid to include this iconic 80’s staple into your wardrobe for Fall 2015. Culottes were a huge trend in the 80’s and they are back in a new and improved style this Season. For an updated Fall evening look, pair your culottes with a comfy sweater, classic tailored heels and jeweled accessories. Go “Athleisure” casual with a comfy fitted Tee or cami and accessorize with your favorite sneakers. We love White House Black Market’s white soft drape culottes paired with Hale Bob’s floral lace black sweater and Stuart Weitzman’s classic black patent pumps for dressier occasions. Stay casual in your culottes with Hale Bob’s black laser cut tank top or black studded silk tank and favorite sneakers. Throw on a black trench or tie on Liberty Garden’s soft pink long sleeve sweater around your shoulders for extra warmth on cooler Fall days. However you choose to style them, be sure to include this staple into your closet this year.

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COLORED DENIM

If “preppy” is not quite your style, you can still get in on the 80’s trend with a pair of brightly colored denim jeans. Change up your “jean routine” this Season and add a little color into your life. For an understated style, go with army green denim, trending for Fall, or go “pretty in pink” with a bright fuchsia look. We love Goldsign’s “Misfit” green straight leg jeans paired with a printed button down blouse under a cozy ivory sweater. Or glow bright in Citizen’s of Humanity’s “shocking pink” Thompson skinny jeans paired with a classic denim button down blouse and your favorite ballerina flats. Go beyond basic blue, black, and white jeans for Fall and go bold this Season.

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You don’t have to be “in session” to take part in the “back to school” fashion styles trending for Fall. Whether you choose A line dresses, boyfriend jeans, cable knit sweaters, gingham, culottes or bright denim, start incorporating some 80’s prep style into your wardrobe this year. Stay ahead of the curve, and shop the styles now at our online store Posh at Play. If you don’t have time to shop, you can find all your favorite preppy styles here from the convenience of your own home. So what are you waiting for? Start shopping your favorite “back to school” trends now!

FASHION FLASHBACK FRIDAY: THROWBACK TO THE 70’S

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It’s Flashback Friday and what better way to throw it back than to celebrate the groovy 70’s fashion style. From Gucci to Saint Laurent to Tom Ford, designers this Season have us reminiscing about flare jeans and fringe, Charlie’s Angels and The Brady Bunch, sequins and disco. Take a look at some of our top picks and get in on one of Spring’s most popular trends with your own 70’s- inspired look. Shop from the convenience of your own couch with our online store Posh at Play. From blouses to skirts to dresses to jeans, we carry a wide selection of 70’s styled clothing that you’ll want to add to your wardrobe this year. So what are you waiting for? Put on some themed music from “The Who” or “The Rolling Stones” to inspire your shopping experience.

SEQUIN DRESS

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During the later half of the 70’s, the disco movement rose to become one of the most popular forms of music and dancing entertainment, with a culture all it’s own. Sequined dresses, leisure suits, and platform shoes were quintessential fashion items found at every disco club across the country. This Season, revive the disco style in your wardrobe with a sequined camisole dress, perfect for your next night on the town. Get the above look with Hale Bob’s copper cami sequined dress or go for a different color “bling” with the pewter cami sequined dress. Pair with your favorite dancing heels or go “athleisure” in your sequined dress, camel overcoat, and red Nike sneakers for a casual daytime look. Either way, you are sure to sparkle in style this Season.

FLARE DENIM JEANS

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Nothing says “70’s” more than the flare denim jean. Seen all over the runways for 2015, the flare jean is this Season’s newest denim trend. Earlier this year, L.A.-based company Citizen’s of Humanity launched a 5-piece collection, releasing a brand new flare jean style each month, December through February. Throw your skinnies to the back, and start shopping your favorite flare look, one for every occasion. We love  AC Collection’s medium wash flare, similar to Citizen’s of Humanity’s newest “Fleetwood” silhouette, paired with a button down top and chunky wedges for midday activities. For a day at the beach or your favorite music concert, go “Boho” with Hudson’s light wash “Ferris” flare jeans paired with an ivory lace trimmed cami from Hale Bob, long fringe vest, floppy hat, and flat sandals. Dress up your flares with AC Collection’s high waisted black dress pants, perfect for the office, business lunch, or a night out.

MAXI DRESS

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While the 60’s shocked the world with the short “Mini” skirt silhouette, the 70’s went the complete opposite direction in fashion with the rise of the “Boho” maxi length. Back as one of this Season’s hottest skirt lengths, designers like Diane von Furstenberg and BCBGMAXAZRIA have updated the maxi dress with fresh patterns and textures for today’s modern style. Known for interesting patterns, “Boho” style, and popular among celebrities from Paris Hilton to Halle Berry, Hale Bob fashion is the perfect place to shop for your favorite maxi dresses and skirts.Get Nicole Richie’s similar look with Hale Bob’s coral floral maxi dress with unique racer back flare. We also love Hale Bob’s halter maxi dresses, flattering for every figure, in bright coral pink or mixed patterns. If maxi dresses aren’t quite for you, try a skirt, perfect for the beach or everyday style. Pair Hale Bob’s purple printed maxi skirt or the zebra print maxi skirt with a flowy ivory blouse and flat sandals. Have a wedding coming up this Summer? We’ve got you covered with Hale Bob’s delicate ivory lace maxi dress or vintage pink jersey maxi. Feel the 70’s vibe, and add  your own maxi dress or skirt to your wardrobe this Season.

 .                                   PEASANT BLOUSE

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From Chloe to Givenchy, peasant blouses were another favorite 70’s-inspired trend to hit the runways this year. With celebs like Carrie Underwood sporting the look, now’s the time to add the peasant blouse to your Spring and Summer wardrobe. This versatile blouse can be paired with your comfy flare jeans or swimsuit for casual days, and also goes perfectly with a sleek pencil skirt or leather leggings for upscale evenings. We love Hale Bob’s beaded black and white peasant tunic or go with some color in the deep navy beaded tunic top. Search the “Cabana” section for more great peasant blouse selections in a wide variety of colors and patterns from Hale Bob.

FLORAL SHORTS

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We can always count on musician Taylor Swift to bring the latest fashion trend to the streets in style. Being best friends with fashion runway model Karlie Kloss, Taylor definitely gets a first hand view on the latest popular styles and how to wear them. Since big floral prints are trending for Spring, we love “the-old-is-now-new” flower patterned shorts. Try Liberty Garden’s cotton trimmed floral chambray shorts paired perfectly with your peasant blouse and flat sandals. Or, go denim with pink and purple floral shorts from Joe’s Jeans. Look for floral print to continue into the Fall Season with floral jeans and pants.

FLORAL DRESS

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Not only are floral bottoms a huge trend this year, but also look for the print in Spring and Summer “Boho” dresses, a throwback to the 70’s. “Boho” styled dresses (Bohemian for short) are characterized by flowing sleeves, a loose fit, and swirling skirt. The style first became popular in the swinging 60’s with the “Hippy” movement based on freedom and letting loose. The style continued into the 70’s with a more “fitted” waistline and bolder patterns. Get your own “Boho” style look with a purple floral drop waist shirt dress from Hale Bob, or go with bolder print in the blue tank dress with twirl skirt. We also love Hale Bob’s black and white silk cotton shirt dress paired with a swimsuit and flat sandals for a walk on the beach or dressed up with strappy heels and a leather clutch for a hot summer night on the town.

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Get groovy and go with the 70’s trend this Spring and Summer. We’ve got you covered from sequined dresses to flare denim to floral dresses and skirts. Shop our wide selection of 70’s-inspired clothing and we’ll keep you fresh and trending all Season long. Remember to be you, be fabulous, and always be feminine.

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NO RULES, JUST RIGHT


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For years we’ve all known the simple fashion rules to follow: no white after Labor Day, match your purse with your shoes, don’t mix patterns, wear either gold or silver, and so on. This Season, however, rules need not apply. More than ever before, designers this Season are pushing the limits of fashion “etiquette” and throwing out the fashion rule book. This Season is all about expressing your individuality and uniqueness. If you love it, wear it. We’re following the great actress Katherine Hepburn’s advice: “if you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” So this Winter, forget the fashion rules, and turn your “Fashion Don’ts into Fashion Do’s.” To help get you started, we’ve included our favorite “Fashion Do” finds here. Take a peek at what we will be trying this Winter.

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 SOCKS WITH HEELS

Not just for little girls anymore, from Saint Laurent to Tory Burch, designers covered the runway this Season pairing socks with heels, sandals, and open-toe wedges. On warmer Winter days this Season, be bold and try this look. For a streamlined style, pair a fitted Tory Burch grey cashmere sweater with a chic Dolce & Gabbana A-line skirt, adding matching color socks with heels (as pictured above). For a bolder, high fashion look, we love actress Diane Keaton’s black pumps and white socks style spotted on the Red Carpet at the 2014 Zurich Film Festival’s Golden Icon Award Ceremony. No need to put away your summer sandals either! Pair your favorites with socks to keep your toes warm for chillier Winter days, as spotted on celebs like Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Rita Ora. 

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SHORTS FOR FALL

Don’t hang up your summer shorts just yet. Fashion rules usually state, shorts are for summer, and pants are for winter, but no more. Carry summer’s sun kissed style all Season long by pairing your favorite summer shorts with warm tights or leggings, boots, a chic sweater, scarf, and jacket and you are ready to hit the streets in style. Look for black tights in a variety of unique patterns, trending this Season, to pair with your favorite jean shorts. For dressier occasions, pair your tailored shorts with solid black tights, a sequined top or flowy blouse, and chic heels for an evening out. We love Hale Bob’s sequined embroidered black shorts paired with Nicole Miller’s gold sequined top, and sheer black tights. Finish the look by pre-ordering Steve Madden’s newest black suede pump “The Varcityy,” and you’ll by the talk of your next holiday gathering.

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 NAVY AND BLACK

Pairing navy and black used to be a fashion”no no,” but this Season designers from Rag and Bone to Joe Fresh to Elie Saab featured navy and black paired together for their Fall 2014 runway collections. For casual, try pairing Hudson’s skinny jeans with Alice + Olivia’s oversized chunky black sweater and black over-the-knee boots by Marc Jacobs. For work, go in reverse, and pair your navy sweater with a chic black-and-white striped skirt, black tights, and black booties. Pairing navy and black is a subtle way to make a big fashion statement this Season that you don’t always have to follow the traditional fashion color schemes.

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WINTER WHITE

No white after Labor Day they used to say. We say No Way! Pull out your Winter Whites and sparkles like a snowflake all winter long. Pair your summer white tank top with an Asos white off-the-shoulder sweater, skinny white jeans, and Fendi white leather booties for a cool, casual winter day. Recently spotted at the London premiere of “The Hunger Games,” actress Jennifer Lawrence sports our favorite winter white style with a cool white pantsuit. Get the actress’s chic look with Hale Bob’s white satin studded wide leg pants paired with Chelsea28 black satin tank and Hale Bob’s ivory stretch ponte studded jacket. For a glittering finish, pair with newly released Jimmy Choo white shimmer leather sandals with crystals and you’ll feel like a star.

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SEQUINS FOR DAYTIME

No need to hide your sequins in the closet for daytime, bring them out and shine all day. This Season, don’t be afraid to wear your fancy sequined dress, top, or pants for daytime activities or to the office. Those sequined pants you always see on the sales rack at stores and wonder who would wear those? Snatch them up for a dazzling daytime look for winter. For work, pair gold sequined 3.1 Phillip Lim pants with a white tank, a black blazer, and chic strappy heels. For another sequined look, invest this Season into Hale Bob’s glam gold floral sequin dress and it’ll go double duty for you this year. For daytime, pair this dress with a chic Jones black fur coat, black tights, and tailored Miu Miu black flats and for night, dance the night away paired with Christian Louboutin glitter strappy heels. So go ahead and glitter day OR night this Season.

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MIXED PRINTS

Mix things up this Fall Season. No need to wonder anymore if plaid goes with stripes or if a red handbag pairs with blue heels. Anything goes this Season. We love fashion blogger Cara Loren’s “holiday” look pairing skinny plaid pants with a chic leopard coat. Swipe on your favorite bright red lipstick, and you are set for your holiday event. Or go for a softer mix of prints like actress and fashion blogger Jamie Chung, featured in the photo above. She paired a 10 Crosby Derek Lam checkered pencil skirt with an Isabel Marant floral jacket, pieces suitable for summer or winter. Get her chic look with Hale Bob’s printed rayon ponte pencil skirt and pair with a Hale Bob mixed print blouse for a chic Winter style, great for the office and easily segues into the cocktail hour for after work events. Mix it up this Winter and don’t always play by the pattern rules.

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SNEAKERS WITH EVERYTHING

This Season, runways were filled with models pairing dresses and skirts of every length and style with casual sneakers.  Celebrities from Rihanna to Beyonce to Kristen Stewart have been spotted sporting the trendy style this season, so jump on board and pair your comfy sneakers with a dress or skirt for daytime style and fashion. Get the above chic city style by pairing a long-sleeved Marc Jacobs wool blend black shift dress with Christian Louboutin animal print wedge sneakers or go bright and bold with DKNY’s “Cindy” red hot wedge sneaker. Add 2015’s newest collection of sneakers to your wardrobe, great for Winter and Spring, with Burberry’s bright mixed color sneaker spotted at London fashion week and Bottega Veneta’s sporty-chic sneaker, perfectly paired with Winter and Spring dresses.

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MIXED METALS

Silver or Gold? No need to choose one over the other this Season. Mix your favorite gold AND silver bangles and baubles together for a trendy modern look. For style inspiration, we love Michael Kors’ fashion accessory style. Check out his jewelry and accessories for creative ways to mix and match chic jewelry style. Get started by simply pairing your favorite gold bangles interspersed with silver bracelets. Combine gold and silver rings on the same hand and finish the look with simple gold and silver chain necklaces. Spice things up with an exclusive Michael Kors Pave mixed metal ring, a John Hardy “Dragon” cuff, and Betsey Johnson’s “Hollywood Glam” crystal stone necklace. Mix and match for a fun, “uniquely YOU” Winter accessory style that will have you at the center of everyone’s conversation.

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Rules were made to be broken and this Season aim to have a little fun with your Winter Wardrobe. Instead of buying a new outfit, try mixing and matching your current collection in new and unusual ways for a completely new look. Be your own fashion designer this year and break the fashion rules whether it’s mixing gold and silver together, wearing socks with your heels to the office, or pairing your favorite summer shorts with tights. We’d love to hear your thoughts on what “fashion faux pas” you will try this Winter. Comment here and also visit us on our Facebook page Posh at Play.

THINK GREEN, LIVE GREEN, LOVE GREEN: SUSTAINABLE FASHION

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Sustainable fashion is coming more to the forefront across the fashion and design industries of late. When I think about conservation and “Going Green,” my first thoughts are to remember to put my plastic water bottles in the recycle bin, buy paper rather than plastic, turn off unused lights, and minimize water usage. However, the fashion industry today is also stepping up to the forefront by discovering new ways the consumer can stay fashionable and trendy, and still save the Earth’s resources. My search led me to discover many mainstream fashion and home decorating designers and companies doing their part for our world by using recycled materials and natural products in their fashion and designs. I am amazed at the creativity and ingenuity that designers are now creating with their products. “Going Green” doesn’t have to be difficult, expensive, time-consuming, or boring. It is time for us to start thinking globally about how we can sustain the Earth’s resources in all areas of our lives, including fashion and design. Check out some of our favorite finds here at Posh at Play that we support and will be shopping at, staying trendy and Eco Chic all season long.

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STELLA MCCARTNEY

Winner of Britian’s Designer of the Year award without using leather, vegan and cruelty-free designer Stella McCartney is one of the few high-end fashion designers making waves in the fashion industry for sustainable fashion. Celebs like newlywed Amal Alamuddin (now “Clooney”), sporting a Stella McCartney pantsuit and floppy hat, help raise awareness to Stella’s designs, reminding us that we can stay fashionable yet helpful to nature’s resources. Stella McCartney also has developed sustainable fabric designs with last season’s faux croc heels with a biodegradable heel, and this season’s new sustainable and cruelty-free wool, in partnership with the Nature Conservancy and Ovis XXI. While providing us with chic fashion, fragrances, and accessories, Stella McCartney also partners closely with eco-friendly organizations like Ethical Training Initiative, Canopy, National Resources Defense Council, and others. Her fashions can be found at her flagship stores in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami, and Dallas or at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Bergdorf Goodman. If you are going  high-end, we suggest sticking to this designer’s chic and sustainable fashion line.

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 REFORMATION

Just in time for the Fall Season, I love Reformation’s newest line of sweaters made from Alpaca wool, a renewable fiber that has a lower environmental impact than most other sweater yarns. The company strives to produce Eco-friendly fashion at an affordable price. They have flagship stores in Los Angeles and New York City, but their online store is just as good. My favorites are the black Collie Alpaca Sweater, perfect to pair with your favorite Hudson skinny jeans, or the Emu Alpaca Sweater, as soft as cashmere but much gentler to Mother Earth.

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ETHICA

We love the online shopping site Ethica, a collection of several designers committed to sustainable fashion all made in safe, healthy environments free of human rights violations such as child labor and sweatshop-like conditions. All fashion and accessories are made with eco-friendly textiles and organic fabrics, low-impact dyes, and recycled materials, often reusing surplus fabrics to reduce waste and water. The great thing about Ethica is you can shop by designer or shop by the item you are looking for, all the while knowing that your time and money help support sustainable fashion and go towards a great cause. I especially love the huge collection of handbags and totes, my favorite being the Moa Tote from Angela Roi. The designer works closely with South Korean ILO- manufactures where US trade agreement provides fair labor laws. With every purchase from this designer, $5 is donated to a corresponding medical charity.

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EDUN

Named  the best handbag seen at New York’s Fashion Week 2015, Edun is a global fashion brand founded by U2’s Bono and wife Ali Hewson in order to promote trade in Africa by sourcing production throughout the continent. Currently 85% of all Edun materials are produced and manufactured in Africa, contributing to trade, jobs, and sustainable fashion. Their unique accessories and jewelry line were a hot item on the runways for this Season. Last Season, Edun partnered with Diesel jeans to produce jean wear exclusively made and marketed in Africa for a 2 Season run. Sourced from the Conservation Cotton Initiative in Uganda, the 35-piece jeans, jackets, shorts, and sweater collection is limited release. Shop now online at Diesel for a unique and exclusive collaboration benefitting fair trade, sustainable fashion, and eco-friendly style. We love the way rock star Bono is using his time, resources, and celebrity status for a great cause, raising awareness across the globe for fair trade and world peace.

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 TEEKI

Build a better body, and also save the Earth with these colorful Teeki yoga pants I came across on Amazon. What first drew me to these pants was the colorful style and interesting patterns rather than the usual grey or black exercise wear found at every store. Then I discovered they are actually made from recycled water bottles. Teeki uses all recycled plastic for all of their sports wear, made in an entirely solar powered facility. With each pair of yoga pants, you help recycle between 18 to 30 water bottles. I love the Teeki company because their mission is to “provide the world with eco-friendly, timeless, forward fashion.” Their fashions are trendy, yet timeless, never boring, and are suitable for exercise, work, play, or beach. If you need to update your exercise wear and want to help out our Earth, let your next purchase be from Teeki.

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LIBERTY GARDEN

From Hale Bob CEO Daniel Bohbot comes Liberty Garden, a fashion line committed to providing a potentially life saving treatment for malaria  patients all over the world. The company’s motto “buy one piece, change one life” is the heart and soul of Liberty Garden. By partnering with Doctors Without Borders, each item of clothing sold goes towards helping to prevent and cure malaria in Africa and other countries around the world. Liberty Garden’s collection includes chic tops, bottoms, dresses, and sweaters, along the lines of Hale Bob fashion. We love that successful CEO Daniel Bohbot is using his success to help bring about health and healing to those suffering from this crippling disease around the world and pursuing sustainable fashion.

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TIEKS BALLERINA FLAT

Featured in our last blog “Step into Fall, Tieks’ ballerina flats are not only chic, but also sustainable fashion through their work to empower woman for positive change. These comfortable yet stylish ballerina flats pair perfectly with jeans, shorts, skirts, dresses, suitable for work, play, or an evening out, and easily fold into your purse or pocket for durability, economy, and efficiency. Through The Gavrieli Foundation the company is committed to empowering women entrepreneurs all over the globe as a means of social change. A portion of Tieks’ sales go towards selected women around the world who are making positive changes in their communities, creating jobs, and reducing poverty for families and workers in their countries. Each time you step out in a chic pair of Tieks’ ballerina flats, you know you are doing your part to help women and families around the world.

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CITIZENS OF HUMANITY

One of our designers at here at Posh at Play, Citizens of Humanity founder Jerome Dahan is committed to using his success to inspire, encourage, and support the next generation of young artists, creators, designers, and passionate “citizens of humanity.” Dahan says “As the company’s name suggests, our mission is to showcase the energy and passion of creative individuals.” Through his “Just Like You” film project, the series documents “people with incredible levels of passion, people we admire, and who share thoughtful ideas about life, the pursuit of their dreams and the challenges to become Citizens of Humanity.”  In exchange for participating in this series, artists from legendary ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov to model and global maternal health advocate Christy Turlington Burns to social activist Desmond Tutu create a limited edition T-shirt with Citizens of Humanity, and all proceeds are donated to the charity of their choice. Helping people is at the core of Citizens of Humanity’s mission. Next pair of jeans, consider buying from COH and support sustainable fashion and inspire the next generation of young artists.

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CASHMERE CREATIONS

As the holidays approach, wondering what to buy for your children, nieces, nephews, little brother or sister? We love Cashmere Creations’ unique brand of all natural sustainable 100% recycled cashmere products. Falling in love with the feel of cashmere fabric, designer and founder Lauren Farris began collecting old cashmere sweaters from thrift stores and in February 2007 established her own company as a way to reinvent old cashmere and recycle the material into a cute line of bears, bunnies, kittens, and any imaginable creature possible. Custom orders are also available through the company, as well as FREE shipping in the United States. Such a cute idea for Christmas to Valentine’s Day to birthdays to Easter for children- soft, cuddly, natural, and contributing to recycling the Earth’s materials.

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RMS BEAUTY

There are several organic and natural make-up products on the market today, but our top pick is RMS Beauty. Recently featured on model Giselle for an H & M campaign, and a favorite of celebrities such as Zoe Saldana, Miranda Kerr, and Olivia Munn, RMS founder Rose-Marie Swift, a renowned make-up artist, began developing illnesses due to the chemicals in her make-up and skin care products. This lead her to develop a completely organic line of make-up made from all raw products in their natural, untainted state. RMS goes beyond other organic lines in their production process of using limited heat which can alter raw minerals, releasing harmful chemicals that were once natural, therefore allowing RMS products to retain the living ingredients to nourish and heal. All RMS products are GMO free, Soy free, Gluten free, Nano free, and are not tested on animals. In addition, we love that all packaging is recyclable and completely biodegradable, contributing to sustainable fashion and design. We can’t wait to try RMS’s best seller and “celeb secret” Living Luminizer for healthy, luminous skin everyday.

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VIVA TERRA

About 100 years ago, all furniture was considered to be organic since craftsmen used natural wood and hardware locally crafted for home furnishings and decor. Now, however, most store bought sofas, tables, chairs, and beds contain plastics and artificially made materials. There are several great sustainable home fashion companies out there today from EKLA Home to Organic Modernism to Environment Furniture. We love Viva Terra’s mission statement “that you don’t have to compromise your sense of style to help preserve the earth’s precious resources.” While each sustainable furniture company is unique and profitable in its own way, we love the aesthetic and variety of natural products the company has to offer, from candles, to rugs, to sofas, to dining rooms, to beds, to holiday decor, Viva Terra really has everything you could want to design each room of your home. Each piece is completely handmade from artisans around the world, using all natural products or recycled materials. As you decorate for the holidays, consider buying locally and decorating naturally for a sustainable, eco-friendly holiday season.

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We hope you enjoyed our blog on “sustainable fashion.” Eco-friendly living is really quite simple; it’s just a matter of conscious decision making the next time you are at the market or shopping online. Why not stay chic and fashionable AND do your part to save and maintain the Earth’s natural resources. Mother Nature has given us all the resources we need, naturally, to live a clean, healthy, and balanced life; it’s up to each one of us to do so. Each small part adds up to bigger changes across the globe for a clean, green, healthier world for all of us and the generations to come. Give us your thoughts on how you “Live Green” and the natural products you like, and we may just feature YOU in our next Blog.

RESOLVE TO BE UNIQUELY YOU

Here at Posh At Play we have made one resolution for the new year and that is to throw out the fashion mags, forget about the style blogs, turn off E! television and just enjoy expressing our own personal style. It is our goal to look elegant and stylish in everything we do but that doesn’t mean we have to allow that to be defined by someone else. What makes a woman truly beautiful is when she emanates a light and confidence that comes from the inside, a charisma that says “I think I am beautiful and I don’t need your approval”.  As women, to often we measure and compare ourselves to one another in a way that tends to make all of us feel like we need improvement. This year lets celebrate who we are. Enjoy the little idiosyncrasies that make each of us unique. No more following trends; find clothing made from fabrics that make you feel comfortable, feminine, beautiful.  Wear styles that help to define and enhance your body shape, whatever that may be. Become a trendsetter, style-maker, fashionista of your own. Here’s to those fashion forward females we so admire who have created there own style throughout the generations!

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis did everything with style.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Did Everything With Style.

 

Gwen Stefani Always Makes Up Her Own Rules

Gwen Stefani Always Makes Up Her Own Rules

Audrey Hepburn's Individual Style Defined A Generation

Audrey Hepburn’s Individual Style Defined A Generation
Kate Middelton Brings Classic Feminine Style Back To A New Generation

Kate Middelton Brings Classic Feminine Style Back To A New Generation

Gisele Bundchen makes easy, comfortable bohemian style look elegant.

Gisele Bundchen makes easy, comfortable bohemian style look elegant.

Queen Latifah's confidence and heart radiate beauty.

Queen Latifah’s confidence and heart radiate beauty.