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A Day On Set:  Access Hollywood

The Access Hollywood segments that I shot for DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse aired over the last two weeks…and I just had to thank everyone for watching and for all your sweet comments!  It’s always a blast working with the adorable and fun loving Kit Hoover, and of course, sharing all the latest trends at amazing prices from my friends at DSW Shoes!

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In the first segment, we dished about the hottest spring shoe trends.  It’s all about Modern Romance, with shoes and accessories with lots of flirty and feminine details.  Floral prints of all sizes are a must have, while dainty bows and ruffles add a sweet touch to more simple styles.  Pastels are also a refreshing way to kick off the spring season!

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The second segment was my personal favorite!  With the summer travel months ahead, there’s nothing like adding a little Global Inspiration to your wardrobe!  With bold colors, graphic prints, and lots of beading and embellishments, you can feel like you’ve travelled the world just by putting on a fabulous pair of shoes!  Wedges and sandals are perfect for summertime, both being versatile and stylish!

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Click here to watch the video segments from Access Hollywood!

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Narciso Rodriguez for Kohl’s Hits Stores Today

Narciso Rodriguez has collaborated with budget friendly retailer, Kohl’s, for a limited edition line that is available in stores today!  As the first designer to participate in Kohl’s DesigNation program, Rodriguez has set the bar high with his modern yet minimalist collection.

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Rodriguez’s capsule collection was inspired by his recent trip to Istanbul, with the sights and sounds of the city reflective in each piece. With clean lines, bold colors and structured yet sexy silhouettes, the collection exudes elegant sophistication. Each garment is designed with the female body in mind, perfectly crafted to fit flawlessly and accentuate in all the right places.

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Hollywood fashionistas are already fans of Narciso Rodriguez’s designs for Kohl’s! A-listers Julianna Margulies, Katie Holmes and Emma Roberts showed their support for the Cuban-American designer at the official New York City launch party in October.

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With items ranging from $30 to $150, there is definitely something for every budget and style. Here are more highlights from this affordable collection:

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DesigNation will showcase fashion lines by renowned designers, drawing their inspiration from cities across the globe. Next up, Derek Lam shares his fashionable take on Rio for Spring 2013!

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Los Angeles Fashion Week Spring 2013 Review

The Spring 2013 collections for LA Fashion Week were the perfect representation of SoCal’s laidback and eclectic fashion scene.  LA designers did not disappoint, showcasing lines that will surely lift your spirits come springtime!  Here are some of the hottest trends that hit the LA runways:

Snow White

Soft shades of white, ivory and cream dominated the runways during LA Fashion Week.  From classic to bohemian silhouettes, key looks were updated for spring with an airy, feminine flair.

Sheer collared blouses, high waisted skirts and sheaths were romantic but refined at AGAIN and Luciana Salamone.

Whimsical maxi dresses in luxurious silk and lace were highlights at Mike Vensel and Odylyne, adding a modern and elegant touch to this key style.

Pretty Prints

From geometric to flirty designs, vibrant prints were in full swing for spring 2013.  Printed pants were both cropped and billowy, proving to be a strong statement piece for fashionistas.

Ladylike florals showed up on skirts and cropped jackets at Basil and Living Doll Los Angeles, pairing beautifully with sheer tops.

And fanciful dresses were adorned with artsy motifs at Naven, reminding us all why we all love spring!

Denim Remastered

The essential fashion item, denim, had a complete makeover for spring 2013.  While jeans are a style staple, Louis Verdad took this versatile fabric to new heights.

Denim suiting was sexy and sophisticated, with shorts, peplums and lace adding to the refreshing designs.

Caplets and bomber jackets in lightweight denim will be the perfect outerwear for the warmer season ahead.

And the LBD may have new competition with this denim number, a one shoulder belted dress with a full lace skirt!

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Fall 2012 Fashion Must Haves

Fall is officially here! No matter how unpredictable the weather has been where you live, it’s time to start transitioning your wardrobe for the season ahead. There is so much to look forward to this autumn – from refined, ladylike pieces to those with bold, menswear inspiration. Adding new items to your closet can be a daunting and expensive task, especially when there are so many beautiful options to choose from. Luckily, I’ve broken down the season’s strongest trends below, with tips on how to incorporate them with the clothes you already have!

Burgundy

Burgundy, oxblood, wine, plum, or garnet – no matter what you call it, this rich hue is a fall fashion favorite! A chic blazer or sheath is a stylish and versatile choice for sophisticates, ideal for the office or a night on the town. A pair of jewel toned skinnies is a great alternative to blue jeans, and can be paired with a simple tank or a dressy blouse.

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Wear burgundy pieces with both neutral and vivid colors, such as black, ebony, green and gold. Stunning accessories are also a simple way to make an outfit, from top handle handbags and t-strap pumps to sparkling baubles.

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Leather

Leather has always been an essential item in the world of fashion. For fall however, the supple fabric is getting a feminine makeover! No longer tough or overly sexy, this season’s leather is ladylike and very wearable. Leather accents on an everyday top are an unexpected and modern twist, an easy choice for layering under a suit for work or with pants and heels for an evening look.

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Leather skirts are also on trend, from fuller a-lines to sleek pencil skirts with geometric illusions that help to define your waist. The key to wearing leather is to mix materials – a tweed sheath with leather detailing is the epitome of understated elegance.

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Granny Chic

The Granny Chic trend is all about covering up, a welcome return to the demure days of fashion’s past. Taking cues from Nana’s closet, this look is refined and modest. Chunky, cable knit sweaters (both oversized and cropped) are perfect for those chilly autumn days. Pair them with jeans and leather riding boots and you’ll have your go to get up for the season!

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Blouses and dresses with high necklines, knee length hems and long sleeves are both prim and polished. Add a bit of drama with ornate floral designs and embellishments. Intricate textures such as tweed and brocade also pair back nicely to both casual and dressy outfits.

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Ankle Boots

This fall, the must have shoe to add to your collection is a pair of Ankle Boots! For a fashion forward vibe, opt for the Chelsea Boot. This mod style has a laidback, 60s inspiration, and is paired best with skinnies, cropped pants, or a mini with tights.

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Western Boots are also making a statement this fall, with leather and suede options in all colors. This casual shoe is best with denim, but you can also offset an ultra-girly ensemble with chunkier styles. For the most classic look, a Stiletto Bootie is sexy and versatile, perfect with everything from pants to dresses.

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GAL Find – Missoni Loves Havaianas

Don’t these fab sandals just scream summer!?  My latest GAL find are these bright, limited edition “Missoni Loves Havaianas” flip flops (Nordstrom, $70). 

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A stylish combination of two of my favorite brands, these are definitely on my summer wish list!  Not only are these flip flops comfortable, water resistant, and super chic, but they’re an affordable designer shoe that won’t break the bank.  Rock these iconic Missoni printed thongs with everything from a bikini and shorts to a maxi dress.  They’d also be the perfect shoe to pack for your summer getaway!  Look at the cute travel bag that comes with each purchase! 

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This GAL find is selling out fast, so scoop them up while you can!  Happy Shopping! 

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H&M Conscious Collection Now Available in Stores

Just in time for Earth Day 2012, affordable retailer H&M has launched their new eco-friendly Conscious Collection. The exclusive line expands on the brand’s mission to bring sustainable fashion to the forefront, while also proving that green fashion can be quite chic! The collection is available in 100 stores worldwide, with select items also available on the retailer’s website. And with prices ranging from $5.95 to $299, you can be fashionable and socially responsible without spending a fortune!

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Budget fashionistas are loving the Conscious Collection, with the line’s casual yet sophisticated pieces, feminine color palette and versatile styling. With an infusion of pretty pastels and floral prints, the collection is perfect for the warmer months of spring and summer.

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Highlights of the line include this Knee Length Dress ($14.95) and Wide Cut Shorts ($29.95), both in a whimsical powder pink floral pattern.

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This Fitted Blazer ($49.95) with flirty ruffle details would be the perfect finishing touch for either look!

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Hollywood’s most stylish stars are also big fans of the Exclusive Glamour Collection, an extension of the Conscious line that consists of red carpet ready looks made of sustainable materials like organic cotton, hemp, and recycled polyester.

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A-list celebs like Academy Award winners Viola Davis and Michelle Williams, as well as Sex and the City star, Kristin Davis, have been photographed in the eco-friendly collection on the red carpet.

The Conscious Collection is also available for men and kids. For more information on H&M’s sustainability efforts, click here.

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Spring 2012 Fashion Must Haves Under $100

Fashion must haves come and go, but one thing you can count on is my round up of affordable options so you can be stylish without breaking the bank!  Color is back this spring, in fun and whimsical ways sure to brighten your mood and lift your spirits! Whether you try one or all of the following trends, rest assured that your purchase will take you all the way through summer with these versatile fashion finds.

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Silky Wide Legs are the new “it” pants for spring! This flowy silhouette is the perfect combination of style and comfort. With the ease of a maxi skirt but the versatility of a pant, these must haves will be your go to slacks for the season. Opt for lightweight materials in wide leg, flared or trouser styles in bright solid colors or festive prints.

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Pair these blue tribal pants ($89, Nordstrom) with a fitted tank and wedges for a cool, laidback vibe.

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Or tuck a structured blouse in to these classic polka dot palazzos ($88, Nordstrom) for a chic office look. Remember, it’s all about proportion so wear fitted tops to balance the roominess of the pants. Also, choose wedges or heels to lengthen your look!

Bold Floral Prints will be everywhere this spring, from flirty dresses and tops to fashion forward pants. While small, dainty flowers are still in, it’s all about big florals to make a bold, eye catching statement this season!

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This Asian inspired, pink Kimono Blouse ($59.50, Victoria’s Secret) is sweet and sexy, and would look great with skinny jeans and heels. The billowy blouse is easy to wear and an ideal lightweight cover-up for the warmer months ahead.

Floral Sundress VS 59.50

This multi-colored, floral sundress ($59.50, Victoria’s Secret) would be perfect for a tropical getaway, or even a springtime brunch with friends. The smocked, strapless style is super comfortable while the fit and flare shape complements all figures.

Spice up your springtime wardrobe with Bright Accessories! Festive jewelry in colorful shades are a great way to mix it up and show off your personality through fashion.

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Add a dash of sass to your everyday look with these tri-colored Sea Shell Earrings ($5.80, Forever 21). These vibrant earrings will add a splash of color to everything from jeans and a tee to a pretty maxi dress.

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You can’t go wrong with bangle bracelets, and this multi-colored set is no exception! Available in 4 color ways, these affordable bangles ($6.80, Forever 21) are just the right accessory to complete any look!

There’s no better way to incorporate the Color-Block trend into your spring wardrobe than in a new handbag! Classic shapes are getting a modern update with refined color combinations and a dose of the hottest hues of the season.

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This structured ladylike purse ($32, Lulu’s) is neutral in shades of brown and tan, while the hint of orange adds just the right amount of color for spring. Made of vegan leather, this color-block bag looks and feels way more than it actually costs!

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For a versatile handbag that will go with everything, try this black and tan satchel ($42, Lulu’s) with gold hardware. This two-tone bag will take you from day to night, and is large enough to fit all your essential items!

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