#ZARASALE: 5 Outfits from Summer to Fall

Ahh, a fashionista’s dream.

Zara’s annual summer sale is underway, and you bet that I took advantage of it. Dreaming of fall layers in this summer heat, my ideal autumn wardrobe unfolded while online shopping the fast-fashion powerhouses’ sale. I dream of pastels with leather bomber jackets, leather pants with an optic white blazer. A clothing juxtaposition, nodding both to the heated summer days and the cold ones to come.

Clearly, this made for the perfect justification to indulge in the sale, as fashion girls do, and I chose wisely the pieces that would make the perfect transition from summer to fall.

Wanting to make your life a little easier, find below my top five pieces from the Zara sale that will work perfectly now, and in the future…just with a little tweaking.

Standout Piece 1: Rhinestone Sweater

Wearing this cool knit on a breezy summer night with a peach skirt is a perfect way to pick up on the colors of the rhinestones, but paired with black tights and boots, this look segues perfectly into cooler fall afternoons.

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This light, high neck knit sweater stands alone perfectly against a white skort for the summer, and makes a great layering piece under an optic white blazer for the fall.

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Although I thought my Velcro days were long behind me, this t-shirt with Velcro detail at the center makes a perfectly polished case. Pair it with a slouchy grey skirt in the summer, and with pleated black shorts and tights for an autumn evening.

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With a cool blue color and a pseudo-suede finish, this v-neck looks great over black lace shorts for the summer, and tucked into high waist pleated shorts and tights for the fall. Blazer optional.

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Paired alone with white denim, this mint top with leather detail is a stunner for any occasion. For the fall, add leather leggings and a moto jacket for a model-off-duty look.

Screen Shot 2014-08-01 at 10.46.31 AMScreen Shot 2014-08-01 at 10.47.18 AMAnd there you have it, friends! Add accessories to optimize the outfits to your liking, and don’t hesitate to tackle this once in a season event. Sizes are running out quickly, so head over to Zara now to get shopping!

 

Trending: Ear Jackets

Ear Jacket

I was always a bracelet girl, even before the whole “Arm Party” takeover coined by blogger extraordinaire The Man Repeller. Always anchored by a few classics, I would stack my multitude of bracelets to my liking daily, depending on my mood.

Earrings, on the other hand, I never gave much thought to, though it’s important to inform you that I feel significantly less attractive without my diamond studs in. Don’t ask. However, the rise of the ear jacket has stolen the scene and furthermore, my heart.

For those that don’t know, ear jackets replace the standard back of an earring, revealing a peak-a-boo design hanging from behind the ear. Find above my favorite pieces from this new jewelry trend.

If you have a favorite ear jacket or designer who features them, let me know in the comments below!

Is “Old” the New “New”?

Okay, we all get that fashion is cyclical. Trends must reach their extremes before reverting to their original form. Ties and skirts are examples of fashions that weather the storm of the fashion tsunami; mini skirts turn to maxis once the fashion crowd has had their fix. Similarly, ties are challenged horizontally; designers’ spreading their width until regressing to a mere two inches across.

The fashion cycle does not only affect the clothes itself, but also the people that portray it, which makes me wonder:

Is it possible that models have gotten so young that the elderly are now considered “new”?

Over the past few years, several chic supermodel grannies have crept their way back onto the current fashion scene. Former 1960’s supermodel, and my personal fashion and beauty icon, Veruschka von Lehndorff led a stampede of models down the Giles S/S 2011 runway at the age of 71.

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Last year, twin powerhouse Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen showcased Linda Rodin, 65-year-old former fashion and beauty icon, as the model for their pre-fall lookbook of their namesake label, The Row.

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Additionally, Lanvin’s latest Fall/Winter campaign documents supermodel Edie Campell’s fashion forward family, showcasing the collection on her entire family. Edie’s grandma clearly got some camera time, in both the video and the editorial campaigns, due to take over September Issue’s nationwide.

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Lanvin H/W ’14 Campaign

Having always been more granny chic than sexy (just ask my husband), I am certainly not opposued reincarnation of the fashion-forward grandmother. An ode to the elders as style icons is still largely practiced, but will this influence the future of fashion, or will we continue to see high school models float along the runways?

How do you feel about this avant-garde approach to fashion?

And just remember, when we see babies crawling down the runway in the future, know that you read it here first.

Designer Spotlight: Freda Salvador

You might want to hide your wallet for this one.

Spanish footwear designer Freda Salvador is taking the fashion world by storm, and here is why you should fall for the label as well.

Made in a family-run, artisan filled, studio near the Spanish town of Valencia (also known as a good choice in Instagram filters),  Salvador crafts some of the most covet-worthy shoes to hit the pavement.

So having already established that buying from this humble company is a good idea, cemented with editorial support from Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and the Spring/Summer ’14 sale happening literally right now, it’s best for us all that you hop on over to Freda Salvador and shop away. But first, find below my top picks of the sale, and my first lust-worthy purchase I intend to make for the upcoming fall season.

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$365 $219

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$365 $219

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$365 $219

And for the best of them all…..

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$595

Hop to ladies, this spectacular designer was not made for window shopping, and make sure to share in the comments which cool style you’re after!

Fashion Jams

Fashion and traffic are paralleled.

The phenomena of traffic, though completely and utterly annoying, is fascinating in the actions that follow. There are mainly two types of traffics – the stop and go kind, upsetting even the most resilient stomachs, that somehow just end up dissipating, and the type of traffic that has a massive build up, leading to some horrible accident, causing the domino effect that is rubber-necking, and so forth. What both types of traffics have in common, their annoyance aside, is that they rarely cause a long term effect.

Now how could this parallel to fashion, and all things beautiful and glamorous in this world? Let me tell you…

The rise and fall of fashion trends, and fads even, cause major build up. Buyers scramble to wholesale previews, trying to distribute whatever Vogue deems the seasons biggest trends into their retailers; consumers wait in lines to pick up the new It item. Some people cause traffic, other keep on trucking along.

See where I’m going with this?

Birkenstock’s is a trend that resides with me, and furthermore the larger picture of the Ugly Shoes Are In Style phenomena. Though I am no adapter to the trend, as heavily buckled slides make my 5’2 frame diminish, I applaud fashion bloggers and industry executives for noting, consuming, and then disposing of previous trends that fell into this category (hello, tattoo chokers). Just like traffic, once the build up is over, the (ugly shoe) accident has been addressed, and it’s smooth sailing until the next accident/trend/traffic jam/fad disrupts the flow of things.

Though some can’t be bothered with checking out what’s new, others have a hard time letting these opportunities to  jump on board pass. As fashion goes, the one rule is that there are no rules. Individuality is what makes the industry a remarkable one, so I’m going to sit this one out.

 

Hope they’re comfy!

 

 

How To: Dress Like a French Girl

So you’ve read it one thousand times, and at this point you may think that if you don’t know how to dress like a French girl already, this phenomena may not be for you.

It’s easy to desire personifying the ideal je ne sais quoi of any given French woman, effortlessly toting Brenton stripes, MAC’s renowned Ruby Woo, and the latest Mansur Gavriel bucket bag. While this approach may seem too drastic for your own taste, it is without a doubt that Parisian-chic label Sandro will be able to transform you with just one piece, with the tuck of a sheer chiffon blouse or the over-the-shoulder drape of an optic white blazer.

It is essential that I state that I work at a Sandro boutique, their first free standing store in New Jersey, and am constantly surrounded by the whimsical yet masculine, structured yet draped, and black and white abound collection of my dreams. Nine hour shifts are cause for such daydreams, and with an assignment from corporate, I was able to indulge my inner stylist as request of Evelyn, the head designer and quintessential French heroine, herself.

I was to style the Pre-Fall collection in three looks (but naturally did five). Find below my interpretation of Sandro’s go to American-to-Parisian-chic-looks, and click to see them up closer! All looks available now at us.sandro-paris.com