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Spring 2019 Runway to Reality

This was an unusually busy fall that didn’t allow me to participate in the purchasing + photographing of the new Spring fashions from New York Fashion Week. However, I did make time to watch some of the shows (I mean…you can’t miss a Marc Jacobs show!) + help my sisters get inspo from the runways.

I’m loving this new trend of inclusion on the runway. Designers creating + styling for everyone in mind. Well…let’s hope it’s not a trend + that it’s here to stay! Regardless of your shape, size, body measurements…we can all rock these spring designs.

There are some really cool trends this season like a cinched waist, which looks amazing on every body type + also some that might take a little bit to get used to. Tie dye, for example…unless you’re from Oregon, in which it’s a wardrobe staple! Ha ha..I’m kidding…or am I? Biker shorts + boxy blazers are a new way to make our mom-blazers fun again.  Cargo pants, because who doesn’t love an extra pocket for a lip gloss? And color…yellow! So fresh + dreamy for spring + easy to add into our existing wardrobes.

Below are my gorgeous sisters + their finds from the New York Fashion runways. Let us know your favorite trend in the comments below!

-Jenn

Yellow. Like last year, when orange was dominating the runways I was less than thrilled Not everyone can wear it from head to toe, but pops of yellow…we all can do that! I had no trouble shopping for this trend. Yellow is everywhere right now! If you are looking to add this to your wardrobe this spring, popular choices are mustard + neon. Sunny days ahead!

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Muppet Mania. So many logistical problems with this trend! Gah! That’s when this becomes a major Runway to Reality moment. I translated the feathers + fluff to this crocheted, fringe vest. This way I stayed true to texture + movement, not to mention that crochet was spotted on the runways as well. I saw a lot of other ways to carry out this ‘muppet look’ whether it was fur vests or sherpa jackets. Soar into spring with your version!

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Fisherman’s Netting. The looks found on the runways of Cushnie, Ports 1961 + Altuzarra were elegant + mermaid-like. I found that a more viable option for this netting look is finding a tighter knit netting. Experiment with layering, in fact, I highly recommend it + catch yourself a new look.

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Victorian Inspired Puff Sleeve. I love a dramatic sleeve. Marc Jacobs, Brock Collection + Mara Hoffman were just a few that played with volume this season. Since the 80’s are making a comeback, we wouldn’t want to forget that delicious puffiness. I still remember my heart skipping a beat seeing the sleeve on my older cousin Shannon’s prom dress. Heart eyes. Besides, how great is a look that allows you to avoid arm day?

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Blazer with biker shorts. If you follow any fashion account on Instagram you most likely have seen the biker short trend. This year NYFW stepped it up by pairing the trendy biker short with a boxy shaped blazer to give it more of a chic feel rather than sporty.

I personally love sports wear. So now that it’s fashionably acceptable to wear my biker shorts in public which, by the way are SUPER slimming for legs, I’ll consider this trend a win. Sign me up!

My inspiration:

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Cargo pants. I know what you’re thinking. Cargo pants, really? Shouldn’t we just leave those for dad to wear? Before you knock em’, let me list some reasons why you should be totally on board with this trend.

  • Easier way to sneak in cheaper movie snacks.
  • No need to pay the hefty airport baggage fees when you pants can carry all your extra items.
  • You can leave the house without a bag and still have both hands free to bring in all your groceries in one trip.

If you aren’t sold on the cargo trend yet, do a Pinterest search for women’s cargo pants and you’ll be heading to the stores in no time to find the perfect cargos.

My inspiration:

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Tie dye. When I think tie-dye I think BRIGHT orange, BRIGHT red and BRIGHT blue, all colours that just yell at you and hurt the eyes. Fortunately, this year’s tie-dye trend is a bit more subtle and sophisticated. Now that, I can work with! Don’t let those 80’s flashbacks scare you away from this fun trend. Instead, feel a sense of nostalgia for younger years when you were tying and dying those plain white tee’s.

If you’re wondering where to score tie-dye this day and age without having to create your own check out, Aritzia and Shopbop.

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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.

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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!

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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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Styled by a Child

When I first saw Summer Bellessa’s blog go viral (the one where she let her toddler dress her for a week), I immediately  texted my sister and said WE HAVE TO DO THIS! I love the way kids view clothes…similar to the way fashion designers see clothes…no rules, nothing holding them back, no judgements.

My 3.75 year old son, Dre did great…I LOVED his outfit choices…but…he got bored after 3 outfit pulls. Let’s be honest, picking skirts just doesn’t compare to playing monster trucks or annoying your baby brother!

I was cruising my Facebook page to see who I could pester to help me with the rest of my pulls. A friend had posted a photo of one of her daughters walking down the street with a pair of butterfly wings on…I immediately thought, “I want HER to style ME!” Luckily her and her equally awesome twin sister were game to come over and pull some great looks for me! Thank you Ezraylah + Iliana for your help in dressing me! I love the way you made a dress into a shirt and were careful to have each outfit completed right down to sunglasses + hats!

Melissa was able to come down for the weekend so we chose some of our favorite high fashion poses and really made it into a fashion shoot! Hope you enjoy this fun blog as much as we did!!

Outfit by Dre Age 3.75

This outfit is called…PINK! Big surprise! Haha!…Oh and it’s not a scarf…it’s a tail.
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Outfit by Ezraylah. Age 5

This green dress has special memories for me. It was one of the first pieces I bought when I moved to New York City. Yes…that means it has been in my closet for over 7 years. Should I be embarrassed? Some pieces just hold such great memories they are hard to get rid of. Glad she picked this one:)Jstyled2 Outfit By Dre. Age 3.75

The outfit is influenced by Circles…if you hadn’t noticed already. Jstyled3

Outfit by Dre. Age 3.75

This has to be my favorite outfit of all. This skirt. The leggings. The mismatched shoes. Most random shirt. I am just in love with it all. Jstyled4

Outfit by Ezraylah. Age 5

I call this my Paris Chic outfit. There is just something about this dress that makes a person smile. Love the details she chose…right down to the belt and hat. I would easily wear this one! Jstyled5

Outfit by Ezraylah. Age 5

Now this outfit has all my favorite elements in it. Some black + white, lots of sparkle + shine, some pink…It’s a bit of a mishmash! I love how Ezraylah made this B+W dress into a shirt rather than keeping it as a dress. Not something that we, as typical consumers tend to think about doing when we buy something. Clever young lady!Jstyled6

Outfit by Iliana. Age 5

This outfit has A LOT going on! But hey! If you want to stand out here in Eugene…you HAVE to have A LOT going on! Love the blinged out hat, aviators, and of course…a shiny pink skirt! Jstyled7

Outfit by Iliana. Age 5

I personally love this outfit. It kind breaks all the rules…and yet kinda looks pretty cool? I would have never put a belt with this outfit…or a plaid scarf…or matched pink sunnies with a red plaid scarf…yet…somehow this little 5 year old stylist did her thang’ and made it work! Love it! Jstyled8

 

 

While Jenn had some looks that were downright adorable and even editorial, mine however were that of a colorblind man. Or were we just seeing the difference between the minds of boys and girls?

My boys Noah (10) and Simon (7) were completely on board with pulling looks for me. I was amused to watch them as they both put a lot of thought into selecting my outfits.  Originally they both chose a week of outfits but we only had time to shoot 4 each.  They thought it would be funny to put together one ‘crazy’ outfit each.  I included this ‘crazy’ outfit and I dare you to try to figure out which ones they are!

As I was watching them make their decisions, all the while hiding a smile, I couldn’t help but make some observations.  All shoes need socks regardless of style.  Highheels…socks, loafers…socks, flats…socks.  They also both seemed to prefer skirts/dresses to pants.  Noah, being an animal lover, gravitated towards animal prints.  At some point he decided that the outfits needed to be named and Simon jumped on board with this idea. To name a few looks that did not get photographed were ‘The Jungle’, ‘Big One 44’, ‘Everythings’ and ‘Red Hot’.  They were really disappointed when they found out we didn’t have time to photograph them all:(

Simon called this look Hodie (not to be mistaken for Hoodie).

He started the task by saying to himself “Start easy with socks.” I’d like to point out those precious Hello Kitty socks. The boys got these for my birthday because all girls like pink and Hello Kitty.  Mstyled3Noah called this look Snowy White.  

He started out trying to go with all white but because my summer stuff is put away in tubs it was tricky.  He then noticed the bird dress and he had to use it…with the flamingo socks.  Birds of a feather flock together?

Mstyled7Noah called this one Storm Trooper 073.  

Obvi.  I thought Noah had lost interest half way through because the next thing I know he’s downstairs doing crafts.  But nope.  He comes back up with a homemade construction paper gun to complete my Storm Trooper outfit.  Bless his heart.  Every woman needs one of those in her purse.  Mstyled1 Simon called this one Rigie Pigey.  

I have no words.  Mstyled5Noah named this look The Terrible No Good Very Bad Dressing Day.  

Well the name gives it away.  This is Noah’s wild outrageous look.  The color combination with the stripes is not a good look if you were to ask him.  The burning question in my mind was, why do I still have that hat?Mstyled2
Noah called this look Lady C.A.P. (Cool Animal Prints)

Even though he choose this dress as part of this ensemble, last Sunday when I wore it to church (styled differently however), he was mortified! “You’re going to wear that?!” He told me that he thought it was inappropriate for Sunday. Apparently he has reached the age of embarrassment.  Ohhhh…this is gonna be fun!Mstyled4Simon named this look Crazy Girl 27. 

Haha…I love that in his eyes this outfit was clearly nuts, meanwhile it’s just as random as the rest!

(Again with the hat!  I really need to re edit my closet!) Mstyled6
Simon named this look Coodies.  

So even though there are some favorite accessories of mine in this outfit, they just don’t work all together. This is me hanging my head in shame!Mstyled8

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What makes us smile – east coast winter edition

Just when you thought baby clothes couldn’t get any cuter….Harajuku mini at Target has arrived…cutest baby clothes ever! I am loving the mishmash of textures, prints and colors.

Heading to the gym has never been my favorite pastime…but now 45 minutes of uninterrupted “ME” time is high on the list of things that make me smile! Nothing like a spin class to clear your mind, get motivated and lose those last 5 pounds.

I love waking up to a foggy foggy morning in New York. Some mornings it is so thick you could eat it with a spoon. Mornings like this I love to sit by the window with my morning coffee…but that lasts about 5 minutes before ‘someone’ needs my attention.  This morning I was able to run out and snap a few pictures just before the fog began to lift. 

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