DRESSING FOR FALL FUN!

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The cool, crisp air of fall along with the changing shades of falling leaves all signal the beginning of the holiday season. I can’t even believe that it is only 1 week away from Halloween, crazy!. We thought this would be the perfect week to treat you to some of our ideas for maximizing fall fun, while at the same time giving you some tricks for staying stylish during every activity. Take a look at some of our favorite Autumn activities and how you can dress the part for every occasion.

VISIT A FALL FESTIVAL 

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Fall festivals are always a fun way to expose yourself to some down home, local flavor and an excellent excuse to indulge in those carbohydrate rich treats we do not allow ourselves anywhere else; can you say funnel cakes and deep fried oreo’s? When venturing into a haunted house, perusing a pumpkin patch, or opting for amusement park pandemonium one thing is for sure; comfort is key. You can’t go wrong in a chic pair of skinnies, a cozy sweater, and ankle boots to keep you warm, also this outfit makes it easy to outrun any ghosts or ghouls that may cross your path.

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Leggings will suit you just as well with your oversized sweater and cozy scarf.

Check out our favorite jeans and leggings to keep you warm AND stylish:
Pascalla Ultra Suede Black Leggings
Jepson Black Leggings Black Leggings
Nico Black Skinny Jeans

 HOST YOUR OWN HALLOWEEN PARTY

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Boo! Make your own fun by hosting your own Halloween party. Check out our favorite Halloween Snacks you can easily create at home and don your favorite black dress for a “hauntingly” good time! Entertain your guests by creating your own haunted house, or settle in for a “scary movie” night. Some of our favorites are “Scream,” “The Shining,” or the classic thriller “Psycho.”

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Click below to start shopping our favorite black dress styles you can use. Just accessorize with a “witch” hat and black tights, and you’ll be the perfect “haunted” hostess.

“Witch” Black Dress styles:
“Cinderella” A Line Black Dress
“Urban Fancy” Black Knit Dress
“Flutter” Black Silk Dress

ENJOY FALL’S COLORS ON A CRISP WALK

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Don’t let the Season pass you by. Get out in nature and enjoy the beautiful colors around you. Go for a hike, get a little exercise, and break for the perfect picnic.

No need to forgo fashion and dress up like a lumber jack! The key to keeping warm is to layer. Why not try a jogger pant, paired with a long sleeved shirt and vest, and comfy hiking sneakers to keep you fit and free. Check out our other favorite hiking options below:

Our other top hiking choices:
“Pascalla” Ultra Suede Black Leggings
“Roxanne” Brown and Black Stretch Leggings
“Rylie” Black Satin Jogger Pant

BAKE EVERYTHING PUMPKIN

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Now is the time to bake everything pumpkin. From breads, to pies, to cookies, to candy, to coffee, pumpkin is IN. We love The Bitter Side Of Sweet’s pumpkin popcorn balls. They’re perfect for children and adults this season.

INGREDIENTS

6 cups popcorn
1 (8 oz.) bag pumpkin spice marshmallows
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup chopped pecans.

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INSTRUCTIONS

In a large microwavable bowl. Melt marshmallows for 1 minute on high.
Stir. Then add in cinnamon and stir again.
Add in popcorn and stir.
Coat hands with cooking spray or butter and roll popcorn into balls.
Sprinkle with pecans and ENJOY!

 

TAILGATE YOUR FAVORITE FOOTBALL TEAM

It’s the season to vote on your favorite team. Pack up a stash of goodies and tailgate your favorite football team. What to wear? We’ve got you covered. How about a chic little dress paired with a denim vest and your favorite comfy booties.

Get the look here:
“Sandra” Long Sleeve printed Dress
GAP “Icon” Denim Jacket
Lucky Brand “Honey” Bootie

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However you dress this week, remember we here at Posh at Play always encourage you to
BE YOU, BE FABULOUS, AND ALWAYS BE FEMININE.

 

8 KEY FALL ITEMS THAT INSTANTLY WILL MAKE YOU MORE PUT TOGETHER

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While the heat of August’s Summer sun still swells, it’s time to start thinking about Fall’s fun accessory fashion. Below, we’ll show you the 7 key items you’ll need to keep you looking put together no matter what you’re wearing. Take a look and start shopping Fall’s favorite fashion trends that you can start to wear NOW!

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PATTERNED SKIRT

Pencil, maxi, or mini, a pretty patterned skirt is all you need to make a splash this Season. No matter what your other accessories are, you are sure to turn heads with this one trendy fashion item. Whether you opt for floral, paisley, or polka dot, pick a pattern that’s right for you.

Check out our favorite printed patterned skirts here:
“Sailing Away” Printed Chiffon Maxi Skirt
“Cherelle” Rayon Pencil Skirt
“Emily” Pink Pleated Maxi Skirt

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Get her similar look here:
“Zebra” Printed Patterned Skirt

SIGNATURE SUNGLASSES

Our second favorite “must have” for Fall no matter what climate you are in is a pair of signature sunglasses. Whether you choose this Season’s vintage circular glasses, retro cat eye, oversized, or classic aviators, choose a style that suits your unique look and complements your facial structure. Take our suggestion: Square and cat eye tend to look best on heart shaped and round faces, while aviator and oversized suit oval faces, and circular and shield compliment square shapes.

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Choose your favorite from among the unique “Field Series” of polarized sunglass lenses from Warby Parker, designed to keep you stylish and protect your eyes at the same time.

Choose from our favorite styles below:
“Piper” Tortoise Cat Eye Sunglasses
“Grady” Circular Glasses
“Dempsey” Aviators

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STATEMENT EARRINGS

From Alberta Ferretti to Elie Saab to Naeem Khan, designers across the runways made the statement earring a “must have” for 2016. Whether you prefer hoop or dangle or jeweled, be sure to create your own style and look this Season. A pair of dynamic earrings can take a basic outfit from OK to WOW in one simple step, so get to shopping your favorite today!

OR- DIY! Check our Facebook page to create your own unique style of personalized earrings:
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We’ve made it easy. Shop these favorites below:
Kate Spade’s Chandelier Dangle Earrings
Free People’s “Ghost Dancer” Beaded Earrings
Betsey Johnson’s Gold Tone Hoops

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A REAL LEATHER BAG

Instead of keeping your “go to” canvas or worn out Summer tote, why not up your game with a genuine leather handbag. A top handle bag is extra ladylike even worn with boyfriend jeans and a tee. Or go with our favorite “bucket bag,” trending this Season. Whichever style, your leather bag will elevate your look to “professional” status this year.

Here are our top leather bag choices:
Marc Jacobs’ Black Crossbody
Tory Burch Leather Tote
Lodis Leather Bucket Bag

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AN ADULT TEE

An adult tee can be just what you need to pull an otherwise “stuffy” outfit together. Choose one that has a little extra flare: a patterned tee, a tee with an interesting back, or a fringed front. The one rule: Your. Bra. Can’t. Show.

Check out our favorite fashionable “Adult Tee” finds:
“Della” Ivory Lace Swing Back Tee
“Sophia” Terry Knit Short Sleeve Shirt
“Esperanza” Crochet Back Shirt

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JEANS THAT FIT YOU

The key to this Season’s denim trend is finding a fit that’s just right for your body type. And don’t forget, you can also tailor your jeans as well. Find your favorite brand and size, give them one wash, and run to your favorite tailor for perfect custom style. Slender silhouettes look great in a fit and flare jean, accentuating small waist and hips.

Try these favorites:
AC Collection’s Medium Wash Flare Denim
1921’s Distressed Flare
Hudson’s Ferries Flap Pocket Jean

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Actress Minka Kelly stays stylish in smooth straight leg jeans paired with a simple button down. Straight leg jeans are perfect for petite frames or bodies with wider hips, as the clean line elongates the leg and provides an even balance.

Shop our favorite straight leg styles here:
Goldsign’s Green “Misfit” Straight Leg Jean
Citizen’s of Humanity’s “Ava” Straight Leg Jean
Chip & Pepper’s “Pamela” Medium Wash Straight Leg

Don’t forget Fall’s other favorite jean styles which look great on all body types- the skinny and the cropped. Pair the skinny jean with elevated wedges, ballerina flats, or classic pumps for a smooth, clean leg line. The cropped is perfect combined with your favorite tee or chunky sweater when the weather cools, and a chic pair of ankle boots.

Check out our favorite jean styles here:
AC Collection’s Black High Waisted Skinny Jeans
Hudson’s Distressed Cropped Skinny Jeans
Citizen’s of Humanity’s Ivory Mid Rise Skinny Jeans

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MOTO JACKET

Just like your real leather handbag, you’ll feel an aura of “city life sophistication” in your own leather moto jacket. You don’t have to look like a “groupie” when wearing this kind of jacket- it’s all in how you style it. Look for authentic leather with a fitted silhouette to achieve clean lines.

Don’t just stick to jeans when styling. Your jacket will bring instant sophistication to a basic pair of leggings and plain white Tee for days out on the town. You can also combine with your favorite pencil dress for upscale class at the office. And when the sun sets, layer over your favorite flowing maxi or sequined cocktail dress to offset the tough “rocker” look.

And don’t just limit your color to black. Carry a little Summer into the Fall Season with a pure white or pale pink leather jacket. Or, go for this Season’s bright jeweled colors in sapphire, ruby or emerald.

However you choose to style, the moto leather jacket is “must do” to stand out from among the rest this year.

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BRIGHT COLORED FLATS

And finally, what to complete your Fall accessory ensemble? Why not give your feet a break and try this Season’s popular bright colored flat. We are a big fan of Tieks by Gavrieli, the reinvented ballerina flat. Each pair of Tieks is crafted from the finest leathers (or vegan textiles if you prefer) and specially treated to be flexible yet durable. In total, it takes three days and over 150 steps to create a single pair of Tieks, and they can slip easily into your purse for a quick change from your heels.

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Fashionista Olivia Palermo was just spotted this week in NYC sporting a bright canary yellow pair of classic flats. Your shoes can complete and even elevate the most basic outfit of cropped boyfriend jeans and white tee.

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If you feel like being fancy, try this Season’s hottest lace up flat shoes. Throw on some jeans and a tee and you are ready to hit the streets in style.

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 So whether you are going to try a patterned skirt or a REAL leather bag or colorful flats, make a point to go beyond your “comfort zone ” this Fall. You can begin to implement the coming Season’s fashion trends today by incorporating them into your current style staples.

And remember we here at Posh at Play what you to always
Be You, Be Fabulous, and ALWAYS Be Feminine.

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TRENDING SPRING PRINTS AND STYLES YOU’LL WEAR ALL SEASON

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With the clocks moving forward this weekend, Spring has finally sprung. With longer days and warmer nights, it’s time to start filling our closets with the Season’s favorite patterns, silhouettes, and styles. From off the shoulder, to slouchy pants, to groovy tie dye, designers this year focused on a laid back approach to beauty. Take a look at our top favorite looks on the runways and we’ll show you how you can incorporate the trends now and later into your wardrobe.

OFF THE SHOULDER BLOUSE

From Rebecca Minkoff to Stella McCartney to Michael Kors, the “cold shoulder” is one of the top trends to revive on the runways this Season. We love the flowy “Boho” casual yet put together off the shoulder silhouette. This Season, look for blouses, dresses, crop tops, and even vests with the cut out style. Ease into Spring with Hale Bob’s long sleeve floral silk blouse combined with your favorite skinny jeans or leggings. Go classic by accessorizing with wedge sandals or ankle booties and a reversible oversized tote from Urban Outfitters. Or go “Boho” chic with a floppy straw hat from Free People, a suede trimmed lace kimono from Liberty Garden, and fringe booties from JSlides . As the weather warms, try a black Chevron knit dress with trending gladiator sandals from Sam Edelman or take your bright pink tribal print blouse to the beach paired with your favorite swimsuit. Classic or Boho. Cool or warm. Curvy or boy shaped. The off the shoulder look fits every style, every climate, and every shape this Spring.

STATEMENT SLEEVES

Seen at the Milly Spring 2016 Spring runway shows, another blouse shape we love is the statement sleeve. From bell shaped, to flare, to flounce, add a little glamour to your style this Season. Wow them at work in Hale Bob’s black embroidered lace blouse paired with printed crepe de chine wide leg pants and sturdy black pumps from Charles David for all day wear. Or, go trendy with this year’s “Boho” chic craze and combine your top with Citizen’s of Humanity’s cropped rolled skinny jeans, suede booties from Vince Camuto, and a fringe crossbody from White House Black Market . Dazzle and delight on your next evening out with Hale Bob’s beaded cuff silk blouse accessorized with Current/Elliot’s sleek black leather leggings, bright pink clutch and embellished pumps from Betsey Johnson. A few of our other favorite looks we love are Hale Bob’s cherry red silk double georgette long sleeve dress and shimmy the night away in a black jeweled silk tunic cocktail dress. Make a statement without saying a word this Season in your own flouncy sleeved outfit.

TIE DYE PRINT

Get groovy! A throwback to 70’s fashion continues for Spring 2016. With designers like AltuzarraRachel Comey, and Raquel Allegra showing tie dye prints on everything from blouses to pants to cocktail dresses, 2016 is the time to tap into your inner “hippie” and vibe with the times. Go full on “Boho” in Hale Bob’s luscious mint green tie dye maxi dress paired with all the essential accessories: floppy hat, gladiator sandals, fringe bag, and crochet shawl. Or, choose the blue jersey knit maxi skirt topped with a comfy basic white tee and Urban Outfitters’ flat sandals for warm weather and Lucky Brand’s leather ankle booties for chiller days. You can also take this look to the office with Hale Bob’s quartz rose and serenity blue tie dye shirt dress, Pantone’s colors of the year. Simply switch out your conservative work heels for Loeffler Randall’s NEW ankle strap sandals and you are ready to hit the nightlife in style. From the workplace to the playground, you are sure to keep it groovin’ in the 70’s favorite print pattern.

SUBTLE FLORALS

We know, we know….”florals for Spring, groundbreaking.” But unlike last Spring’s bold flower pattern, designers this year are bringing a softer, more muted floral touch. Look for smaller shapes, delicate designs, and “watercolor” imaging. We like Hale Bob’s faux wrap sheath dress in soft pastels paired with Michael Kors’ “flex” pumps for the office and Lauren Lorraine’s embellished T-strap sandals for after work fun. We also like Hale Bob’s blush pink shift dress with a subtle floral pattern, perfect for any Springtime occasion. Looking for something a little more casual? Go with the floral pattern black cami paired with a matching ivory lace skort from Liberty Garden, comfy sneakers from NEW designer Ellen DeGeneres, and a straw hat from Eugenia Kim. Lastly, one of our favorites to suit any style, occasion, or figure, is Hale Bob’s flowy silk chiffon long sleeve blouse. Combine your delicate top with anything from ultra suede leggings to a white embroidered mini skirt to cropped boyfriend jeans from Citizen’s of Humanity. Get in touch with your feminine side this Spring, and add a hint of floral to your closet.

RUFFLES

Another favorite “feminine” style to walk down the runways this Season are ruffles everywhere. From Alexander McQueen’s delicate lace maxi skirts, to Balmain’s chiffon tops, to Giambattista’s retro dresses designers this year are re-inventing an age old style from decades ago. Spread a little romance this Spring, and shop Hale Bob’s flouncy ruffled floral sun dress paired with T-strap flat sandals from Diane von Furstenberg for everyday and the leather cage heels from Schutz for hot summer nights. Or put a little salsa in your step in Hale Bob’s black silk ruffled sleeveless mid length dress. If the climate is still a bit chilly, you can warm up by combining your dress with a cozy ivory fur jacket from Hale Bob and closed toed pumps from Kendall+Kylie. Ruffles aren’t just reserved for dresses. Slip into Hale Bob’s cool blue frilly washed silk top or the ruffled textured lace blouse accessorized with this Season’s trendy wide leg pants from AC Collection or black cotton eyelet shorts when the weather warms.

SLOUCHY PANTS

We finish with our favorite pants silhouette for Spring- the slouchy trousers. With designers taking a more casual and “no fuss” approach to Spring 2016 fashion, the slouchy pant is a perfect choice to keep you stylin’ all Season long. For casual days around the house or the perfect “athleisure” look, pair Liberty Garden’s grey embroidered terry lounge pants with Liberty Garden’s ivory swing back tee or grey draping sweatshirt on chillier Spring days. For the office or dressier occasions, switch to Hale Bob’s taupe or black satin cropped pants topped with a black laser cut cami, ivory pleated swing tank, or add a splash of color in a pink printed halter top. Accessorize your look with a taupe “military” jacket or black Bolero coat on cooler Spring days and nights. Wherever you choose to wear your slouchy pants, you will always appear casual, cool, confident, and completely in style.

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From floral to tie dye, statement sleeves to ruffles, there’s a Spring trend waiting for you to try today. Even if the weather turns chilly, you can always layer your favorite sweater or jacket over your chosen outfit. So what are you waiting for? Start wearing your favorite look now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPRING’S FAVORITE BEAUTY TRENDS

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A few weeks ago we featured our favorite trending accessories for 2016. This week, we follow up with our top make up and hair trends seen on the runways this Season. Take a look at our choices below  and see how you can start pairing with your favorite fashion finds for Spring.

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BOLD LIPS

Gone are the days of “no makeup” makeup. This Spring, designers from Dolce & Gabbana to Jason Wu to DKNY went big and bold with all hues of red on the lips. Backstage makeup pro Yadim suggests keeping this look young and fresh by starting with “freshly scrubbed” skin, using only a light concealer to hide any blemishes, and finishing up with a sculpted “boyish” brow. We like Dolce & Gabbana’s Dolce Matte lipstick in an array of colors from dark mauve to cherry red to blood orange. If you’re not quite that daring, you can still experiment with the look by using a “barely there” lip tint like Stay All Day lip gloss from Stila. Pair your makeup look with a simple solid color outfit to enhance and draw attention to your bold lips. Throwback to the boppin’ 50’s in Hale Bob’s vintage black V neck dress accessorized with classic black satin pumps from Salvatore Ferragamo. Or go “Hollywood glam” in Hale Bob’s silk jeweled cocktail dress, gold flecked sandals by Schutz, and glitter box clutch from Kate Spade. Brighten up your Springtime look instantly this Season with a swipe of bold red lip color.

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GO BLUE

Another bold make up trend seen on the runways this Season is the return of the blue eye shadow. Reminiscent of the 70’s and 80’s, this color can be tricky to navigate without looking too tacky. The key to succeeding with this look is to start with a fresh face with minimal cheeks and lips to emphasize the eyes. Get Kendall’s above runway look by swiping Urban Decay’s radium blue eyeshadow across the lids, lining with black gel eye crayon eyeliner from Marc Jacobs, and finishing with luminous emerald shimmer powder from Make Up For Ever. If you’d rather go with just a touch of blue, try Yves Saint Laurent’s luxurious lash extending blue mascara or simply swap out your usual liner for a crystal blue waterproof crayon eyeliner from Dior. Compliment your 70’s look in a black lace baby doll dress from Liberty Garden accessorized with a wide brim hat from Eric Javits and patchwork Vintage clogs NEW from Shellys London. Get groovy this year, and go blue.

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QUARTZ ROSE MAKE UP

Pantone’s color of the year can be incorporated not only into your wardrobe collection, but also into your Spring make up regime. Update your coloring and add quartz rose pink for a girly, Seasonal glow. Start with a tinted foundation like Nars’ NEW Velvet Matte Skin Tint, formulated with SPF 30 to protect and transform your skin now and over time. Give your cheeks a light dusting of pink powder blush from MAC and sweep the same color over your eyes. Finish your look with a slight “cat eye,” brush of mascara, and swipe of Yves Saint Laurent hydrating lip tint to keep lips moisturized on colder days. Pair your fresh faced look with Liberty Garden’s NEW pale pink embroidered maxi or the blush pink suede shift dress from Hale Bob and you are sure to spread your sweet “scent” everywhere you go.

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QUARTZ ROSE HAIR COLOR

If winter winds have done a number on your tresses, head to the stylist for a deep conditioning treatment, a trim of the old dead ends, and a fresh new hair color for Spring. If you are already blonde, go with this Season’s trendiest “gold pink” tint, topped off with a bouncy “blowout.” If you are a redhead, ask for a lighter hue, and for the brunettes, go “hipster” with pink streaks. Or be “pink” for a day with Splat Hair Chalk, a fun, temporary way to color your hair for just 24 hours. For the less daring, you can still get in on the trend by adding a “touch of pink” hair accessory to your everyday style. Look for glittering pink barrettes like L. Ericson’s “Swarovski Treasure Trove,” dainty headbands, handcrafted flower clips, or this Season’s trendy floral head piece embellishments from Erickson Beamon. Pair your luscious locks with a flouncy floral satin dress from Hale Bob or go matching in a pink printed jersey tank dress. Whether you choose to go gold pink this Spring or simply add the color to your hair accessory collection, be sure to include quartz rose into your fashion style this Season.

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FLORAL HAIR EMBELLISHMENTS

As mentioned above, floral hair accessories are all the rage for Spring. From Rodarte to Alice + Olivia to Prada, the runways were filled with glittering flora and fauna this Season. Dress up Hale Bob’s short sleeved floral shift dress by accessorizing your tresses with a swarovski crystal embellished barrette by Colette Malouf and matching t-strap wedge sandals from Badgley Mischka. Try Spring’s top trend in Hale Bob’s “Boho” drop waist black and white embroidered dress paired with gladiator sandals from Rebecca Minkoff, a fringe crossbody from Free People, and a flowing floral lariat hair accessory. Or spruce up Hale Bob’s long sleeve romantic lace dress with nude floral sandals NEW from Kay Unger and a golden floral headband from designer Deepa Gurnani. Add a little embellishment to your everyday life this year.

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BASEBALL CAP FOR ALL OCCASIONS

Another favorite hair accessory trending on the runways this Spring is the utilitarian ball cap. Not just reserved for game time, the baseball hat can be paired with anything from a floral sun dress for lunch out to cropped dress pants for work to a flowing maxi for a night out on the town. Accentuate your female physic while keeping it casual by pairing Hale Bob’s printed pink tank dress with the new platform sneakers from Superga and net overlay cap from Alexander Wang. Segue into the evening hours with iridescent ankle strap sandals from Loeffler Randall , a silver studded clutch by Sarah Jessica Parker, and an embellished sequin hat from Shourouk. Carry the look to the office by combining Hale Bob’s classy metallic floral capri pants with a flouncy ivory silk tank, black Bolero blazer, classic pumps by Charles David, and a black leather cap from Kate Spade. Dressy or casual. Day out or day in. Be sure to incorporate the baseball hat into your wardrobe collection this year.

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ROPE BRAID

And finally, if all of our top hair and make up trends just really don’t appeal to you, try the simple and easy-to-do rope braid. Instead of sweeping your hair into the usual pony, try something new this Season. Achieve this hairstyle by dividing your ponytail into two or three equal sections and lacquering with Bumble and Bumble classic hairspray to prevent frizziness or flyaway. Sport this style on your way to the gym or errand day around town. You’ll feel like you just stepped off the runway by pairing your hairdo with Hale Bob’s long sleeve beaded shift dress or classic black lace tank dress on your next date night. Trying something new this year doesn’t have to be complicated. Try the rope braid this Spring.

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Whether you try bright lips and eyeshadow, or embellish with baseball caps and floral adornments, try something new this Season. Highlight your best asset and let the true you shine through. Take our trending beauty tips and make them all your own.  Don’t wait for the weather to warm to start glowing in the Season’s top looks and fashions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEHIND-THE-SCENES AT A RUNWAY FASHION SHOW

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Have you ever wondered what it takes to produce a runway fashion show? This week Posh at Play goes behind-the-scenes at two of the biggest fashion events for L.A. Fashion Week. You will see what happens behind the curtain at FIDM’s Debut Runway Show, L.A.’s Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Then we’ll meet model Ella Garcia and take a peek at the new collections from Hale Bob, Sue Wong, Nicole Miller and several other designers at the exclusive Project Ethos Fashion Event.

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THE DESIGNERS

All fashion shows begin in the designer’s creative mind. Most designers start with a theme, certain pattern or favorite color and build upon that idea. Designers spend hours sketching their clothing designs out on paper  and then begin to gather favorite fabrics and accessory materials. Together with their creative team, designers begin to bring their drawings to life. After countless hours, a designer’s “collection” is complete.

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At this year’s FIDM Debut Runway show in L.A., designer Daniel Henson was inspired from his trip to Africa and used actual photographs he took with his camera as patterns for his clothing collection.

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Designer Samantha Sneed combined two favorite looks, Equestrian and Americana, to create a unique menswear for women collection.

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THE COLLECTION

After a “collection” is complete, models are fitted with the clothing pieces that the designer chooses to highlight in the show. Adjustments are made, and the designer’s creative ideas are now ready to be displayed for the audience and fashion critics from around the world. It’s an exciting moment to see the designer’s concept brought to life on each of the models.

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REHEARSAL

A few days before the show, there is a rehearsal or “run through” with the models, designers, and entertainers. Fashion shows usually take place in a huge warehouse which is decorated with risers for the general audience, VIP seating for honored guests, a long runway, a backstage for the models and entertainers, and top of the art sound and lighting equipment. For FIDM, the set up and rehearsals required 7-8 hours spread over 4 days prior to the show. Though everyone is exhausted, there is also an exciting momentum building for the day of the show.

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MAKE UP AND HAIR

After thousands of hours of work, the show day arrives. For the FIDM Debut, the crew and makeup and hair teams arrive in the morning for last minute set up. The models and designers begin to arrive mid-afternoon to prepare for the evening show. Entertainers also arrive to get their hair and makeup done to suit the designer’s style. FIDM used hairstylists from Paul Mitchell and makeup artists from Napoleon to design the models looks.

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ENTERTAINMENT

Each Fashion Show usually starts with a celebrity entertainer or a musical presentation. At the FIDM Debut, entertainers danced to a collection of Hollywood Musicals from “Mame” to “Hello Dolly” to “Sister Act.” Throughout the Show,  upbeat pop music plays as the models walk the runway in order to enhance the designer’s clothing and create an exciting atmosphere.

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THE RUNWAY

The fashion show begins as each designer’s collection is presented by the runway models. The designer only chooses select pieces that represent the desired theme.

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A sea of photographers set up their cameras at the end of the runway to capture each of one of the designer’s styles. The photos are then sent to fashion magazines and publications around the world.

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So what is it like being a runway model? At L.A.’s Fashion Week, we caught up with rising runway model Ella Garcia. Ella is 17 years old and already in high demand with L.A. designers. She modeled for more designers than any other model in her agency, and though still young, she is poised and ready to hit the big time. She plans to move to New York City in the summer and hopefully, be picked up by a top modeling agency. Her dream is to become an international high fashion runway model for the top designers in the world today. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite styles Ella modeled for L.A. Fashion Week.

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HALE BOB

Creative director Daniel Bohbot’s latest Collection for Hale Bob mixed Boho fringe and flair with bright florals. A stand out for us was this beautiful pink and purple floral and geometric patterned maxi dress complete with fringe belt and booties. Get a similar look with Hale Bob’s pink crocheted silk maxi dress paired with black lace up booties from ZiGi or accessorize with flat leather sandals from Tory Burch for warmer Spring days.

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SUE WONG

Emerald green was a favorite on the runways at L.A. Fashion Week this year, from dresses, to pants, to tops. We loved this sweeping emerald green dress from fashion designer Sue Wong. Incorporate this bright color into your wardrobe this Season with Hale Bob’s ultra suede emerald green skinny pants. Pair with a blousy printed top and strappy leather sandals from Free People for a chic but casual street style look for Spring.

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NICOLE MILLER

Drawing on inspiration from modern architecture and contemporary artists, Nicole Miller’s Collection combines her art training, French heritage, and couture technique. We loved her easy-to-wear bright, modern patterns in her newest Collection. Get a similar look with Hale Bob’s printed scarf shorts paired with a crisp white cropped button down from J Crew. Accessorize the look with Loeffler Randall gladiator sandals, a big trend on the L.A. Runway this Season.

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LIBERTY GARDEN

Another Collection from the creative designs of Daniel Bohbot, Liberty Garden embraces the carefree “Boho” style paired with modern “edgy” glam. One of our favorite looks from Liberty Garden was this chic black leather dress paired with the suede fringe jacket, perfect for any Season. Get a similar look with Waverly Grey’s black faux leather sleeveless dress and suede fringe jacket from Missguided. Pair with black leather booties and you are ready to rock the streets in style.

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ZHANG JINGJING

With experience working for years as a fashion magazine art director, Zhang Jingjing has recently established her own Collection. We loved the designer’s feminine romantic creations with pretty pastels and sweeping gowns. Be sure to include blush pink in your wardrobe this year, trending for 2015. Try a flowy blush pink floral maxi dress from Eliza J paired with strappy blush pink Betsey Johnson heels perfect for Spring. We also love the new Nine West blush blazer for the office or accessorize with a blush pink handbag from Coach.

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Fashion Shows are an exciting world all their own. Countless hours and thousands of dollars go into producing each event to bring the world the latest in fashion design. Designers present their newest creations bringing recognition to their art, models hope to be discovered for their next modeling gig, magazine editors report on the latest trends on the runway, dancers and singers entertain, and the audience is swept away for a night of art, fashion, and culture. Be inspired by this year’s latest trends from L.A. Fashion Week and create a unique look all your own.