Spring is just around the corner, and that makes us happy for a number of reasons: tanned skin, more daylight, and wrap dresses. I love when the warmer weather approaches because it’s time to break out my wrap dresses. I’ve chronicled my obsession with Diane Von Furstenburg dresses, of which I have a collection. But you don’t have to break the bank to get this look. Here are some options for every budget. One tip: don’t be afraid to go with a colorful look or bold print.
We are loving this sleek Karen Kane number from Bloomingdale’s. This is the perfect example of a day to night dress. It’s $139
This look incorporates the traditional DVF wrap dress look, with a maxi. We love the bold, blue print and the versatility of this dress. Great for vacation, an outdoor party, dinner, the beach. It’s $595 here
Swooning over this New Julian silk-jersey wrap dress from DVF. It’s $365 on Net-A-Porter
A cute leather (or faux) skirt. Love this one from Asos.
Need a quick (and cheap) pick me up to get you through this never-ending winter? We have just the solution. Aveeno’s tinted moisturizer has been my go-to while the sun plays a cruel game of hide and seek. I use it in the morning after the shower to give my skin a bit of a tan and glow. It’s also a great base coat before you apply your foundation.
Ever since Valentine’s Day weekend I’ve been addicted to Kiss My Face’s Valentine Edition “Peaceful Patcholuli” and “Anti-Stress” shower gels. Each gel has calming ingredients that are perfect to use to unwind after a long day at the office.
One of the pieces I’ve become infatuated with since moving into the new place is a bar cart. There are so many ways to make this piece functional and beautiful at the same time. We opted for a rolling cart, so that it is mobile when we have company over for dinner or drinks. We opted for this Threshold Wood and Brass Bar Cart from Target. It’s on sale for $116 and fit a lot of our criteria without breaking the bank (Seriously, I looked at some bar carts that were over $2,000)
The Threshold one has wheels, has a gold finish, has two tiers that have higher sides to keep your items from knocking over.
Once we bought the bar cart, the fun part began. I bought a number of cute, vintage-inspired decanters to pour wine, vodka, gin and other liquors in.
Next, I picked up these cute decanter tags to use as markers on the decanters. Looks a lot cuter than using the actual alcohol bottles.
Add some cute Agate Coasters from West Elm ($59)
You may notice that footwear this season has become a bit more edgy. Think chunky heels, hardware and an industrial, menswear look. We’re loving the boots being worn by our favorite fashionistas and on the runway. Here are some edgy boots to incorporate into your wardrobe. Pair them up with tights or skinny jeans, and you’re good to go.
These Dr. Martens 7B10 SSD safety boots are fierce. We love the sihouette of them and can totally see this look going hipster, paired with some black skinny jeans, a chunky sweater and knit hat. And, the shoes are functional, to boot!
These New Look padded collar Biker Boots sport the chunky heel and have great detailing with the straps. They are $64.80 on Asos.
Want to go ultra high end with this look? Check out these studded Valentino Biker Boots. They are $1,495 on Net-A-Porter
As we finally get out of this long, winter thaw and head into the Spring, I know a lot of us are thinking about reinventing the home and even considering moves. One of my New Years Resolutions was to entertain in our new apartment more. This meant a serious upgrade to our furniture, China etc. we’ve decided to focus on sleek, clean cuts offset by some standout pieces. One of our go-tos was Michael Wainwright.
For those unfamiliar with the designer, Michael Wainwright is a master at combining porcelain with precious metals. Many of his signature pieces feature gold and platinum. The designs are eye-catching to say the least and are total statement pieces. Here are some of our favorites that can help update your entertaining style at home.
The piece we adore the most is this LaRochelle Gold Platter. I can’t begin to tell you how beautiful this plate is in person. It’s 14 inches, and great as a serving plate. The bone china is finished with 24-carat gold. It sells for $235, link above.
This Tempio Luna cheese plate has a gorgeous design throughout made from platinum. I think we could all agree that this trumps a standard wooden cheese board.
We also adore this Truro gold cheese platter.
This gold bowl is on my wish list. There is also a platinum version. Each sells for $265.
As Valentine’s Day rapidly approaches (Friday, ladies!) I think it’s good to revert to a popular and true proverb – the quickest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.
Why not cook your Valentine up a batch of cute cookies or a heart-shaped treats to get into the mood. Here are a few of our favorite recipes from around the web.
I am attempting to recreate one of my favorite Valentine’s Day treats dating back to my elementary school days – the Conversation heart. But, in cookie form. The recipe is simple – sugar cookies, heart-shaped cookie cutter and LOTS of frosting and food coloring.
How cute are these black and white cupcakes with handwritten messages on them. Make yours naughty or nice. Recipe here from Martha Stewart.
Red Velvet whoopie pies. What’s not to love about this recipe. The colors just pop and they are the perfect two-bite size. Recipe here
These fondant cupcakes are literally almost too beautiful to eat. We said, almost. Here is the recipe.
The company that we credit for pairing high and low and creating the cheap chic movement is launching its next designer collection this Sunday, February 9th. Target will launch its Peter Pilotto for Target collection and showcase the Austrian designer’s bold prints.
While the collection is beautiful and a total steal compared to the usual price tag of over $1,000, we’re a bit concerned that the average mass consumer won’t be familiar with the brand. That’s OK though – more clothes for us fashionistas!
We’re betting on this look to be the star of the collection. Purple floral dress is $69.99 and is paired with a green floral shirt for $19.99.
I love how this look is pulled together. Print shirt is $34.99. Skirt is also $34.99
This floral print dress is just $39.99
You’ll have to be comfortable with color and bold prints to embrace this collection. This belted dress is $49.99
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so we decided to compile a list of the items you’ll need for a perfect day, plus a few items you may want to ask the husband or boyfriend to buy you. After all, it is a girl’s holiday.
We love this entire Lolitta look from Agent Provacateur. Pieces start at $46.
Who needs roses when you could have this Diptyque Tubereuse candle. It’s $90.
We are swooning over this La Tulipe scent by Byredo Parfums. It’s sweet and sultry.
Deborah Lippmann's Break for love pink shade is the perfect festive hue for your fingers and toes.
Now is the perfect time to pick up a leather jacket for your wardrobe. Retailers are starting to mark inventory down, meaning you could snag a great deal. And unlike winter jackets, buying a leather jacket now will last you right into the spring. Here are some of our favorite deals. You can thank us later.
We love this Vince Leather & Ribbed Knit Scuba Jacket on sale for $696 down from $995.
This T Tahari Kishha jacket is marked down to $184 from $650.
Confession: I own this Tahari jacket, and I paid a lot more than $209, which it is marked down to now. Full price, it sells for $690
This Nars Lip Pencil In shade Dragon Girl has become my go-to shade. Lasts for hours and applies so easily.
These agate coasters from West Elm.
Liftlab Lift & Fix high potency solution. This serum instantly erases redness or blotchy ness from your face. It was first designed to treat skin after cosmetic procedures, but it’s uses have proven plentiful. I use it every morning after washing my face.
This delicious Victoria sponge cake from Tea & Sympathy in New York City. Went yesterday with my boyfriend and it was to die for. Here’s their recipe.
I recently spent a few weeks in England to visit the boyfriend’s family, and I’m always intrigued by the street fashion when I travel. Sometimes, it’s a good way to gauge trends that we’ll be seeing later on in the U.S., other times it provides some much needed inspiration. Here’s what we noticed around the UK
The women there go mad for a riding boot paired with knee-high socks. They wear this over jeans, riding pants, tights etc.
We love these Frye Paige boots that can get you the look.
Messy hair is also very popular in London. Living and growing up in New York, hair is something I pay very close attention to (and a lot of time on). While in New York, sleek hair, big curls and beach waves are popular, the women in London had very unkempt and almost messy styled hair. At Hershsons (their equivalent of a Dry Bar) they didn’t offer any of the standard New York styles, but below is one of their top looks.
Menswear like Oxford shoes and even sneakers were very popular in London, often paired with very feminine outfits.
Here’s one trend that I just couldnt learn to love. The women in England have the clumsiest eyelashes and it’s a look they try to achieve. They apply ton of coats of mascara to both the top and bottom lids and the result is less than ideal.
As the a golden globes kicks off, we’ll be giving commentary on the best, the worst and the ‘meh’
First, our best dressed list.
We think Emilia clarke, the Game of thrown star looks gorgeous in this dress.
Michelle Dockery can literally do no wrong.
This dress of Tatiana Maslany is perfection. Total old school Hollywood.
I love everything about this dress on Maria Menounos
Onto the Worst Dressed
Yikes, Hayden Panettiere looks like she is going to her 8th grade prom in a dress from Forever 21
Julie Bowen is a walking example of color blocking gone wrong.
Lena Dunham, I beg you, please find a stylist
It pains me to do this because Zooey Deschenal is my ultimate girl crush, but she looks like a grandmother at a wedding here. Not age appropriate at all
Am totally nonplussed about this number on Sarah Hyland
Emma Watson in… Pants?!?! No.
Here’s Amy Adams looking like she’s at a barbecue
New York and much of the country have been in the single digits for the better part of the week, with all signs pointing to a coooold winter. Which presents us fashionistas with a predicament – how to stay warm while still looking good.
My boyfriend makes fun of me constantly for putting fashion before practicality, but I’ve managed to reconcile the two in the post. Here are the most fashion-forward solutions to beating the cold while still looking tres chic.
We heart this collaboration between Hunter boots and Rag & Bone. I’ve made wellies a staple in my wardrobe for snowy and cold days, and the cute wellie socks that you can buy to wear inside of them really do keep you toasty. This two-tone pair goes for $285
I have serious issues with Parkas. I think even some Moncler ones can turn an unassuming girl into a female marshmallow man. But, Canada Goose has some great varieties that are super warm and insulated but also feminine. The Victoria parka, shown, hugs the curves.
How amazing is this Alexander Wang Beanie Snood??
It’s January first, and I’m guessing many of you (including myself) have made resolutions to be healthier, drop a few pounds, hit the gym more often and the like. I always find a good way to kick start my drive is to add some fun products that I’m excited to use. Here are some that get me in the mood.
I absolutely swear by these Lulu Lemon Wunder Under yoga pants. I’m actually wearing a pair right now to write this post. Ladies, if you don’t own Lulu, believe the hype and at least get yourself a pair of these pants. They hug you in all the right places and make your butt look great. They are also super comfy and versatile.
I just picked up one of these Slvrbk yoga mats to use around the apartment for stretching, squats and burpees. It’s super sleek and minimalist of, but also is a really comfy may to exercise on. I find that having this mat around allows me to sneak more exercise in during the day, even when watching tv after the gym.
This Nike Sportwatch will keep you accountable to your exercise routine and track your progress, workouts, goals and other metrics. We love that it can track your run, walk or bike ride using gps, keep track of your pace, calories burned, etc.
Now is the perfect time to shop for items for your home or apartment and give your living space the perfect jump start. Here are a few on our to-buy list (confession: some I have already bought since they were too cute to resist!)
I have recently fallen in love with these Moscow Mule mugs. The mugs first appeared in the 1950′s to serve the classic vodka and ginger beer cocktail known as the Moscow Mule. This year, the drink came back in a big way and the mugs have been adopted for everything from morning coffee to a cold cocktail or iced tea. I bought a few of the copper mugs for my apartment against my boyfriend’s best wishes. We’ll, this morning, guess who was sipping his coffee from it? You guessed it. These mugs are $24 at West Elm.
When it comes to chevron, a few accents go a long way. We love these chevron coasters, just $12.50 from J. Crew.
This Chevron pillow cover from West Elm has also caught our eye. It comes in a variety of colors.
A good chaise is on my apartment wish list this year. I’ve been lusting after this Crosby chaise lounge in cream. Will make me extra careful with the red wine.
As 2013 comes to a close, I think there is one resolution that we all deserve to take up. No, it isn’t putting yourself through harsh diets or anything of the self flagellation sort. Why not make a resolution to be better to your skin, body and mind by making regular time to pamper yourself?
This doesn’t mean that you have to regularly book yourself I to expensive spas. There is a suite of products that makes keeping this resolution easy to do from home. Here are some of our favorites.
We have recently become obsessed with skincare line Amala. This hydrating cream cleanser has become a staple in the bathroom’s of BellaVitaStyle staff. We love that it washes away remnants of makeup and dry skin cells without leaving your skin dried out in this brutal cold.
I cannot stress enough how important eye are is, and Frankly this is a revelation I wish I would have made earlier in life. The eyes are so telling in terms of showing tiredness and weariness. That’s why it is essential to have a great daily eye cream. We use Amala’s Rejuvinating Eye Cream The cream contains cocoa bean, which helps reverse the signs of aging and Acai.
What’s the easiest way to pamper yourself but many women skimp on? Removing that makes up! We have an easy and affordable way to do so that will keep you from making excuses about climbing into bed on a long day with your foundation still on. Yes to Cucumber towelettes are a refreshing and easy way to rid your skins of toxins, dirt and makeup that you accumulate during the day a that later on causes blemishes. A pack of these babies is just $5.99!
My favorite thing about winter clothing is creating layered looks. I’ve been stocking up on sweaters and blouses with fun collars to mix and match for work and play. Here are some of our favorite pieces to mix and match.
This Concord sweater from Aritzia is $95.
This Merino Scarf sweater from J Crew is just perfect for layering. We love how the model is styled. It is $98.
I just picked up this Houndstooth Blouse from Zara. I love the sheer material and print. It looks great on it’s own or paired underneath a fitted sweater.
This tiny sequined sweater from J. Crew is super cute in person.
I love a good Peter Pan collar. This shirt is just $17.80 from Forever21.
As the wedding invites roll in, we know you’re probably just as stressed about finding the right dress as we are. We’ve scoured the Web and have come up with some of our top picks for black tie weddings, more casual weddings and the best dresses given your relationship with the couple to be wed.
If history is any indication, You can’t go wrong with little black dresses. I love this keyhole a-line taffeta dress above. It is great for a wedding, or even a cocktail or holiday party and is just $89.99.
If you’re going for something a little more sexy and mature, we love the plunging neckline and fit of the dress above, which is $105.
If it’s your daughter who is about to walk down the aisle, you’ll want to look at Elegant Mother of the Bride Dresses. We love the mixed textures if the dress above, and the fit. It’s a bit formal, but just right for the big day.
We love the lace and broach on this mother of the bride dress above.
If you’re the one planning the wedding, you’ll want to put some thought into wedding gifts for your guests. This stainless steel dove letter opener caught our eye!
Our next holiday gift guide is for that person in your life who is always texting, tweeting, instagramming & blogging. The techie. Below are out top picks:
I love (and am a devout user) of this Bluetooth enabled keyboard attachment for the iPad. It’s multipurpose, serving as an IPad case and also a keyboard. I use it while blogging (I find it much easier to type on than the iPad’s keyboard) and also use it while I’m on the road and for work. It’s super slim, and stylish and functional. It’s just $44.99 here, and is available for all models of the iPad.
My next pick is great for the music buff. We love these Sol Republic Tracks HD Headphones. I’ve used this model and can say the sound quality is great and very clear. They are also very comfortable to wear. They’re compatible with any type of mobile phone you use. They retail for around $99 a pair.
I am a bit obsessed with Instagram, and I found a service that makes the app even better. Prinstagram allows you to print out your Instagram photos into great products, such as calendars, photos, stickers, wall art, etc. I’ve printed out tons of photos using the service, but am currently eyeing their framed prints for my new apartment. They cost $60.
We’re getting to that time of year again when Christmas shopping becomes all consuming. Over the next month, we’ll be rolling out gift guides for every type of person in your life. We start with my favorite– the fashionista. Let us know what guides you’d like to see or gift guide suggestions at email@example.com
Equipment makes my favorite cut of blouse. They are sexy, fit the figure and have fun detailing like sheer fabrics or great prints. Above are two fun options. The lace one is here and the heart print one is here.
BaubleBar is a great destination to get glam gifts on a budget. They are known for their statement necklaces, like this one above which is just $46 here.
We all know a fashionista’s best friend is her phone. These leather iPhone cases are available at Neiman Marcus here
This Alexander McQueen skull print scarf is a best seller at Net A Porter. It’s $295 here.
This Vita Fede bracelet is on my Christmas list!
Jewel-tones smoking slippers and ballet flats have totally made their way onto our want lists. It’s a great way to pep up an outfit like a pair of skinny jeans or cords. Here are some we’ve been eying.
Love these Darby Tassel Loafers from J. Crew. They’re $188
These Creature Charm flats from Anthropologie need to make their way onto my feet immediately. They’re just $75 and come in the great green shown, an orange and a gold.
These may be a bit much, but could be cute for a night out. These Bobbies La Magicienne Navy Bow Slipper Shoes are $204 at Asos.
Heart these Alexander McQueen skull embroidered smoking slippers from Neiman. They retail for $580 and come in a whole range of colors
The most classic and timeless red you can buy– Incandescente from Chanel
The colder weather and great fall favors has gotten me into a cooking frenzy. Last week, we made apple crumble, today a filet of sole in lemon. I’ve been pouring over Martha’s American Food Cookbook. I recently made the three cheese Mac and cheese recipe in here for a party and it was beyond amazing. I think there’s a thing or two that we can all learn from the homemaking maven.
While the cold weather approaches, part of my go-to daily uniform is Hue tights. They are perfect for work and they rarely rip.
We’re going to switch things up a bit here for once. Rather than sharing items I think you all would love, I need your help for an upcoming birthday for one of my best friends. I’ve chosen three very different looks. Let us know which one you think should be the winner for the big day in the comments or on twitter.
I saw this dress during my visit to the mall and I totally feel in love with it the moment I saw it. We love the color and the bead work.
This dress has a bit of an added bonus for me — I already have it in my closet, which means I can spend more money on shoes and accessories. I love the detail around the waist and top. What do you think?
I got this dress from a recent online shopping binge.
I loved the color and cut, and think it could double as a dress to wear to a friend’s wedding.
So, now the decision is yours. Which one?
Winter weather not your cup of tea? Why not be spontaneous, book a last minute break and getaway somewhere beautiful and less bleak? How about the dazzling lights of Paris, the warm climes of Greece, or the romantic air of Italy? Wherever you go, you’ll need a wardrobe suited to you destination that looks as fabulous as you feel.
Of course, it’s all about the statement dress. This season legendary printwear designer is channelling pretty floral prints that are reminiscent of spring and summer weather – if you can’t escape the cold weather, you may as well wear a beautiful summery print! You’ll certainly brighten up other peoples’ days.
Next you’ll need to invest in a good pair of walking boots – that doesn’t mean you have to wear hiking trainers, but wearing something practical will certainly help you see all the beautiful city sights. Why not try buying a pair of riding boots? These are comfortable, and the smart leather pairs look beautiful when paired with a dress and tights.
Of course, if you’re jetting away you’ll need some fashionable luggage too. We love the Lulu Guinness range at Case Luggage, and this petite, lip-print case is perfect for taking on as hand luggage. You’ll be able to fit everything you need in it, and you’ll know that anything fragile such as your laptop or camera will be safe in here, as this case features a hard shell.
If you need to pack light, just pack one or two dresses, but include plenty of accessories – that way you can mix and match to create multiple outfits. For example, a simple black dress can be paired with a printed kimono jacket and satchel one day, and the next day you could pair it with stilettos and a statement necklace for something entirely different.
Finally, make sure you pack a few beauty essentials – if you’re heading out to a destination that’s warmer than home, make sure you top up on fake tan so you have a holiday glow, even if you’re only getting away for a few days. To keep your beauty bag light, try just packing a sheer but shimmering lipgloss and light skin make-up – try to achieve a natural glow rather than the celebrity look – you’ll have more time to enjoy your break if you’re not worried about your make-up!
Lily Allen has always been the queen of quirky cool, and since growing up and becoming a mother she has combined her sense of fun with more sophisticated styles. Her dedication to fashion even saw her and sister Sarah start their own vintage clothes shop, Lucy in Disguise. Now a hotshot record label boss who has discovered promising acts like Tom Odell, Lily has been spotted in a series of outfits that suggest businesswoman with a bucket load of personality. This recent red and black ensemble is one of her best, so take note and find out how to steal her look.
Lady in red
The focal point of Lily’s outfit is clearly her fabulous red coat, which she picks out with her scarlet lipstick to create a cosy but glamorous look. For a winter warmer with stand-out colour and style, check out this asymmetric coat, one of a great range of women’s jackets at Littlewoods right now. The edgy cut is bang on trend and leaves room for all your favourite jumpers, so not only will you look fantastic but you’ll never be cold again! Every woman should own a red lipstick and if you don’t have one already it’s time to invest – apply plenty of this bold shade to brighten up a winter day.
Stay sleek by contrasting an oversized coat with a pair of skinny jeans. A simple black pair like Lily’s is best for a smart look. This high-rise version will gently hold in your tummy and the super soft fabric will keep you ultra comfortable as well as looking fantastic. If you’re not planning to take your coat off, you can even get away with jeggings for the ultimate in stylish comfort.
Lily added an edgy touch to her black and red outfit with a pair of eye-catching leopard print peep-toe heels. Copy her trendy look with some big-cat print of your own: these leopard print South wedges are pretty and playful, offering a cheeky flash of toe. If you’re concerned about slipping on icy ground, stay stable and dignified with these cute leopard print flats.
Handbags and gladrags
For a practical finish to your outfit, make sure you can take everything you might need along with you by treating yourself to one of this season’s oversized handbags. Essential for busy mums and businesswomen alike, this is a style that continues to be fashionable as well as functional. This durable leather satchel from Fossil has a stylish vintage feel and the shoulder strap makes it easy to carry when your hands are full. Load it up with your purse, phone, lipstick and diary and you’re ready to go out and stun the world, just like the fabulous Lily.
The save the dates are rolling in for weddings, cocktail parties and even holiday soirees, meaning it’s not too early to start picking up the right accessories to play dress up.
A great evening purse is an easy way to jazz up a gown or give new life to a dress that’s been sitting in your closet. Here are some clutches and purses we’re eyeing. Remember: who needs a date when you have a great purse on your arm?
I cannot get enough of is Moc-Croc envelope clutch by Vivienne Westwood. The clutch has a metallic finish, with hints of gold and brown and black and even greens, meaning it could literally go with any color dress you choose, making it a truly versatile find. The purse has a chain link strap that you can choose to use or tuck in.
If you’re looking for something more traditional, check out this black patent Vivienne Westwood Saffiano clutch. It’s sleek and also has a detachable strap and can be worn with anything from skinny jeans and heels to an evening gown.
I am a complete sucker for envelope purses and I immediately fell in love with the detail on the Depeche Metal Trim Clutch. The contrast of the smooth, rich colored leather against the sharp angles of the metal are too much to resist. Confession: I’ve just added this baby to my shopping cart.
I may hate when the temperatures drop, but the is one thing I love about cooler weather: jackets. From trenches to military looks and puffa jackets to motorcycle jackets, they are a great way to pull an outfit together. We love fitted quilted jackets that will keep you warm through the winter without making you look like you’re wearing a sleeping bag.
This Voi Quilted Jacket is in a great jewel-tone ruby shade and has a wonderful shape to it, cinching in at the waist. We love how structured the shape of the jacket is.
The Le Breve prince jacket above has a removable belt that and diamond quilted pattern.
How chic is this Firetrap Explorer Puffa jacket? It has a sleek fit that allows you to still have a figure under all of the warmness!
One of this season’s trends that I’m obsessed with are black dresses with white collars. Yes, they look like a cross between Catholic school girl and priest, but the look is classic and was popular on Milan’s runways.
This Alice & Olivia Courtnee Collar dress is $297 at Neiman Marcus.
This Valentino dress was all over Milan. $5,700 at Shopbop
Florals literally took over the runway at London Fashion week and it’s a great trend to incorporate into your own wardrobe. Here are some easy ways to add some floral – whether it’s a loud pattern or dainty touch – to your closet.
We absolutely adore these Ted Baker Blossom Print skinny jeans. The fit is great and while the pattern is bold, the colors are subdued. Pair this with a solid color top and you’re good to go.
A printed dress is the perfect way to rock the trend. This Ted Baker Izzie Oil Painting dress would love great paired with black tights and chunky heels.