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Spring 2017 Runway to Reality

The past few weeks we have been all over Google looking at New York Fashion Week trends for Spring 2017. We admit…this years trends were a challenge for us. The trends were not looks we would normally choose for ourselves…Neon, bathrobes, ruffles? So out shopping we went…and in the end we decided that it was just the push a person needs to expand their wardrobe.

Here are our picks to add to our wardrobes this spring!

Neon

Ok…I thought that I had left neon firmly at my elementary school..but here it is creeping into my adult life, thanks to DKNY, Jason Wu and Phillip Lim. Stand out with a bright neon dress or just add a bright pop of color using layers or accessories. If neon just doesn’t work with your skin tone, a neon purse or clutch is the perfect solution!

 

My inspiration:

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The bathrobe

This was a trend last year that we ‘oh so nicely’ thought if we ignored it, it would go away. It returned on the runway this year at Band of Outsiders, Lacoste and Alexander Wang.  The robes were paired with everything on the runways including dresses, shorts and jeans. Off I went to see what I could find that would work. This time rather than thinking silky bathrobe…I thought of it as a light jacket and  found several options. I loved this one with the pockets and of course…I love adding some more black to my wardrobe!

My inspiration:

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Ruffles

A huge assortment in size and textures of ruffles were all over the runway and street style this year at New York Fashion Week. Melissa and I had a few conversations about how to add ruffles into our wardrobes. Neither of us are very ‘frilly’ but after extensive shopping (oh shucks!) we both found a found a ruffle that fits our style. Just remember that ruffles are their own accessory…so keep the rest of your look sleek and classic!

My inspiration:

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Fortunately ruffles are an easy trend to track down. I scored with this top covering 3 trends in one. Vertical stripes, reconstructed oxford + ruffles. I was drawn to this one because it was a more structured way to wear ruffles.
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Deconstructed oxfords

I mentioned this in the above image. The classic button down got updated! Keeping the stripes but having a little fun with the otherwise stiff and mature classic.

My inspiration:
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Beige
We see a lot of beige coming from Yeezy + the Kardashian clan but it’s a color that not many can pull off…especially when it’s beige on beige on beige! I chose to have a ‘pop’ of beige. At least we have the option this season to go with a neutral hue or chase a neon!
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Cut outs

For those that love the present cut out trend, have no fear, it’s sticking around another season. Jason Wu, Proenza Schouler + Marissa Webb were just a few to continue the Fall 2016 trend. There are a lot of cut outs out there but I struggle finding ones that I can confidently pull off. The cut out I chose was a more subtle alternative to baring skin that isn’t ready for the world to see!

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Flashdance shoulder

Last season the cold shoulder trend caught on like hot cakes. The version brought to you by Tibi, and Monse this season were limited to one shoulder and Rodarte, Prabal Gurung and Tome brought us a flashback to Flashdance. Finding something with only the one shoulder cut out was proving to be a challenge, so I just opted for a dress that I could choose to either expose both shoulders or just pull down the one shoulder and be on trend, holla!

My inspiration:

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Vertical Stripes


We all know vertical stripes are a flattering option so I’m down with this trend never going out of season! Thanks to Altuzarra and Banana Republic, stripes were boldly represented on the runway. The stores were packed with this trend! I had a hard time picking just one, so of course I didn’t! I ended up leaving the store with a couple of varieties of this trend much to the dismay of my savings account. Better luck next time future savings!

My inspiration:

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Garden Party

Nothing says spring better than floral and Tanya Taylor, Tibi and Lela Rose splashed down the runways with it! Although it’s nothing new, no ground breaking trends here, I’m totally cool with adding this colourful and cheerful trend into my otherwise black, grey and white wardrobe! I picked up this dress at Winner’s for 5$! Totes was stoked on this purchase and I can see myself reaching for it often.

My inspiration:

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Special mention- The color yellow is having its season this spring. Shades from a light baby yellow to a bright daffodil yellow. Unfortunately all the stores have right now is a fall friendly mustard yellow. If you have a fabulous yellow option for us..post it in the comments! We would love to see what you have!

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Karissa + Haley

Flashback to spring!

Karissa + I had talked about doing another shoot after we had so much fun with our fall shoot at the Arboretum in Seattle. The cherry blossoms at UW were Karissa’s next location choice. I had never really been on campus before and was blown away by its beauty. It’s a busy spot for many reasons but the blossoms were worth dodging the students + spectators for!

Just before heading out for our shoot Karissa’s mom whipped up these two lovely flower crowns for us to use. Talented, no?!  Thanks girls for putting your beautiful selves in front of my lens!

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not all who wander are lost. 

It’s that time again when the moving trucks arrive, all our belongings are packed and we move onto another new exciting place. New adventures. New friends. New places to explore. Lots of stress. Lots of excitement. All mixed into a few months.
This summer my family is packing up and moving to the Portland, OR. Wayne got a great faculty position at a small university…so if anyone is looking to geek out and take a biology course…I know a great (and super cute) prof. We will do our best to ‘Keep Portland Weird’!
Melissa and her squad are headed off to sunny Palm Springs, CA. David got a great hospital management job down there, so if anyone needs…oh wait…his job is similar to Chandler Bing…no one knows what he ACTUALLY does…but it’s very important, I’m sure. I am anxiously awaiting the gorgeous photos Melissa will take and hopefully post here of the beautiful and unique scenery down there.
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Vanessa is slaying it in Regina (although we keep pestering her and Erica about moving down here!). She has full-time work at the hospital as a Cytotechnologist, great friends and an amazing closet of clothes! I’m pretty sure her part-time job is trying out coffee shops and brunching….who’s jealous!? I AM!!!!

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We have an amazing group of readers and we love sharing our lives and photos with you all. We appreciate you checking out our site, all your comments and private messages. That being said…with all the craziness of moving we need to take a break from posting for the next month or so. Just until we get our feet on the ground…and unpack the camera gear!
…so…if you have any great spots in Regina, Palm Springs or Portland that you recommend we check out…Post in the comments! and remember to follow us on Instagram: @melissapetaysphotography and @vanpetays
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Karissa + Victoria

I was excited when Karissa + Victoria contacted me about doing a fall shoot at the Washington Park Arboretum. It was a beautiful autumn day and every nook and cranny of the place was buzzing with photographers. Armed with a few outfits each, we braved its highly travelled trails.

I’m already looking forward to doing another shoot together with these beautiful ladies. Not only do I get to check out another fabulous location but get to see what creative outfits they’ve pulled together!

 

**Clutches provided by Weathered Threads

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Melissa’s Runway to Reality {Second Edition}

We were thrilled to hear the response on our last Runway to Reality post + decided to go for it again after this recent runway season. Never ones to turn down an opportunity to shop, we’ve spent the last few weeks watching the racks for some of this years runway trends. Inspired both by Fall/Winter 2015 + Spring/Summer 2016, here are a few I thought I’d visit this season.

The Crop Top with a little Print Blocking thrown in: The crop top had its moment in the sun…or so you thought. With this genius trend you can transition it to fall/winter. Keep it in your closet for some extra shelf life by pulling it over tunics, button ups + dresses. To be honest I wasn’t much of a crop top girl this summer but now I wish I had a few more to play with!

I also experimented with Print Blocking. Thanks to inspiration from We, the Timeless, I have had a little foray into print on print with my husbands dress shirts + ties. Now I’m ready to accept the challenge and pull more looks together with already-there pieces in my closet!

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Victorian Blousing: Crisp lace, high collars + bows as seen from Monique Lhuillier, Alberta Ferretti + Philosophy di Lorenzo. Not much of a frilly or romantic girl, my first thought is ‘Pass!’. So because I favor more of an edgy look, I paired the blousing with suiting. To further this trend imma gonna hit the racks again in search of a blouse with a big floppy bow. 

My Inspiration:
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Poncho/Cape: So. Many. Ponchos. The selection out there is endless right now. Fur, fringe, belted, printed, take your pick! The tricky part is proportion. Being the height of an ant, I tend to drown in them so when I found this one at Anthro it had to come home with me. Oh, + how cute would it be with a big bowed Victorian blouse as seen below?!

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