Style Files: Mixing Prints

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Personally, I’m a bit risk averse when it comes to fashion. I tend to stick with tried-and-true styles in neutral color palettes. The furthest I’ll dip my toe in the “pattern pool” is going with a simple stripe (hardly ground breaking). Ironically, one of my favorite trends that I’ve seen as of late involves mixing bold, typically unpaired, prints together. If, like me, you are not one to dabble in such trends, perhaps you’ll reconsider through a series of baby steps:
1. Patterned Top + Patterned Accessory
Here, the two prints in question are obviously stripes and leopard. In general, this would be a big fashion commitment if the leopard print were, say, on your pants. Adding it in the form of an accessory (shoes, scarf, handbag) is a way to grow comfortable with mixing prints.
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2. Mix in Monochrome
This is stepping your mixing-game up a notch. It’s two full-on prints on two separate items, but it seems more tame when they stay in the same color family. Here, the black and white polka dots blend effortlessly with the black and white stripes.
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3. Go Wild
Different colors, different patterns–whatever goes! I’m not at this stage yet, but I highly respect those who are able to mix stripes, animal prints, plaids, bold graphics, and anything else available. It’s a bold look, no doubt, but it can also be gratifying to mix up your normal fashion routine!
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Your turn–go out and mix it up! If you give it a try, tag us on Instagram (@Boottique), because we’d love to see!

Trend Watch: Blush Pink

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Blush has been popping up everywhere this season and is an extremely versatile color to add to your wardrobe. Whether you use it as a neutral to layer on brighter colors or make it the focal point of your look, blush pink is wearable for nearly any occasion. We’re especially excited to try the blush pants with a crisp white top and bold accent pieces once the weather warms up. Check out our other blush finds that we’re dying to try!

Topshop PJ Wrap Playsuit

Topshop PJ Wrap Playsuit

Tibi City Stretch Colorblock Pant

Tibi City Stretch Colorblock Pant

INC International Concepts "Lucey" Pump

INC International Concepts “Lucey” Pump

Worth a Look: Diamond Candles

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If, like us, you’ve never heard of Diamond Candles before—prepare yourself, because it’s like a lottery just for ladies! Diamond Candles produces 100% soy candles that are eco-friendly, natural, and have a ring hiding inside. Yes, you read that correctly, real rings worth $10, $100, $1,000, or $5,000 are hidden inside, all for the price of $24.95. Their current offerings include fifteen highly fragrant candles, so even though the chances of getting a $5,000 ring are fairly slim, at least your home will smell amazing!

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Style Files: Spring Break Swimwear

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Spring break is in full force and warmer summer weather is not too far behind (hopefully), meaning swimsuit season is definitely upon us! Whether you enjoy it or not, swimsuit shopping is undoubtedly overwhelming. To help cut through the chaos a bit, we’ve provided a roundup of our favorite trends to try this season:

  • Stripes + Retro

What better nod to all things nautical than crisp stripes? To make the look feel fresh, try pairing with a retro, high-waist bottom. Extra coverage, subtle sexiness…what could be better?

Vitamin A "Sirena Wrap" Bikini Top via Nordstrom.com

Vitamin A “Sirena Wrap” Bikini Top via Nordstrom.com

  • Slimming One-Piece

It’s not all about the bikini this year, particularly with the stunning array of interesting shapes and cut-outs popping up in a one-piece style. We love this one for the classic shape with updated (and ultra slimming) color blocking. The simulated belt is a fun waist-accentuating touch, too.

Tory Burch "Lipsi" One-Piece via Toryburch.com

Tory Burch “Lipsi” One-Piece via Toryburch.com

  • Printed Bandeau

It wouldn’t be a proper swimsuit list without a nod to Victoria’s Secret, the reigning queen of swimwear. Leopard is always a classic look and the orange accent color provides a fun twist. Plus, the push-up bandeau shape is ultra wearable!

Victoria's Secret 'Contrast Push-up Bandeau' via VictoriasSecret.com

Victoria’s Secret ‘Contrast Push-up Bandeau’ via VictoriasSecret.com

  • Tribal-Inspired Prints

Tribal-inspired everything is huge again this spring and swimwear is no exception! This suit from Maaji features both the bold tribal print, plus the new and very popular long-line shape top. This look provides slightly more coverage than your typical string triangle top, but the appeal is certainly there, especially with the fun back ties.

Maaji Swimwear via SouthernSwim.com

Maaji Swimwear via SouthernSwim.com

Trend Watch: Sophia Webster for J.Crew

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Jenna Lyons, creative director of J. Crew, is the ultimate cool kid on the block. As the force behind one of America’s most influential brands, she knows her trends. We often find ourselves gazing at the effortlessly chic looks styled in their catalogs and can’t help but adore how perfect the footwear looks. You might wonder, ‘can I really pull off heels with nautical shorts?’ It’s definitely something we ponder whenever we see one of their flawlessly put-together models, though we rarely ever try it out for ourselves. This may change, however, with J. Crew’s collaboration with Sophia Webster.

Webster, a protégée of London footwear genius, Nicholas Kirkwood, knows a thing or two about cheer! This lovely Brit is known for her playful patterns, including stripes, polka dots, and vibrant colors. Her designs prove personality can be fully expressed through a statement shoe complementing a simple, low-key ensemble. Webster’s collaboration with J. Crew is in no short supply of spunk and style! The collection, due out in April, features styles with hearts, florals, rainbow plaid, stripes, polka dots, tassels, and much more! We can’t wait for this whimsical collection to debut. A pair of Webster’s darling shoes is sure to add a spring to our step for the coming season!

Image via Fashionista

Image via Fashionista

Related Reading:

“J. Crew’s Collaborations Just Keep Getting Better” (Lucky Magazine)

“Tuesday Shoesday: Sophia Webster x J.Crew S/S ’14″ (The Now Stylebook)

Worth a Look: Miss Piggy

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It has been 6 years since Vivienne Westwood designed the notorious wedding gown for Carrie Bradshaw in the Sex and the City movie, but the English fashion designer is back at it again for another famous actress—Miss Piggy. Out March 21st, the Muppets Most Wanted movie will debut the couture long ivory wedding gown as well as a few other fashionable garments made for Miss Piggy.

I never thought the day would come that I’d be jealous of a pig!

Miss Piggy

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Related Links:

Vivienne Westwood Designs Gown for Miss Piggy (WWD)

Muppets Most Wanted Wedding Gown (Glamour)

Vivienne Westwood Designs

Holiday Happenings: St. Patrick’s Day Nails

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We searched high and low for festive green and gold shoes in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day. The pickings were slim—what we did find required either a bold personality or a devotion to the Green Bay Packers to pull off successfully. Thus, our search turned to one of the most underrated accessories: nail polish! It’s quick, easy, available in a multitude of colors, and requires little commitment to the bold hue. Whether you’re a nail purist, always sticking to one color, or are willing to add a little accent of the shimmering St. Patrick’s Day gold, here are some of our favorite hues for the occasion! Hint—if you’re looking to doodle, try a gold metallic sharpie on top of your favorite green or white polish!

"Pretty Edgy" Essie

“Pretty Edgy” Essie

"Ivanka" Zoya

“Ivanka” Zoya

"Sparklebomb" Forumla X for Sephora

“Sparklebomb” Forumla X for Sephora

"Trustafarian" Butter

“Trustafarian” Butter

 

 

 

Holiday Happenings: St. Patrick’s Day Outfit

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We all love to sport some green on March 17th, but who said that has to involve tacky socks and t-shirts? This St. Patrick’s Day, let’s vow to trade up for a glamorous outfit to celebrate in style instead. Also, if you’ve been looking for an opportunity to try out 2014’s new spring trends, like mixing prints and stripes, this is your chance to do so. The luck of the Irish is with you!

Here is an amazing ensemble from The Life of the Party blog that we’re obsessing over!

Oasis striped top, $27 / American Eagle Outfitters dark wash jeans / BCBGMAXAZRIA leopard print shoes / MICHAEL Michael Kors green leather handbag / Stella Dot bib statement necklace / Butter London nail polish

Oasis striped top, $27 / American Eagle Outfitters dark wash jeans / BCBGMAXAZRIA leopard print shoes / MICHAEL Michael Kors green leather handbag / Stella Dot bib statement necklace / Butter London nail polish

Have a St. Patrick’s Day outfit of your own? We’d love to see it! Leave a comment on this post or tweet us a picture @Boottique.

Worth a Look: Three Sisters Jewelry Design

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We’ve all heard it before, as Marilyn Monroe so enchantingly sang, diamonds are a girl’s best friend! To be realistic, not every girl has a jewelry box like Marilyn’s or the wallet to fashion one. To add a touch of sparkle to your wardrobe without breaking the bank, check out Three Sisters Jewelry Design. Diamond shavings are used to piece together pendants, rings, and earrings for a unique and shimmering look. Additionally, Three Sisters has a lovely collection of stacking rings and layering necklaces. Here are a few of our favorites from the beautiful diamond collection. Treat yourself for spring!

diamond cross

Dainty Diamond Cross Necklace

black diamond stacking ring

Mesopotamian Beauty-Black Diamond Ring

Tiny Diamond Flower Layering Necklace

Tiny Diamond Flower Layering Necklace

Style Files: Boot 101

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It wasn’t long ago when boots were strictly winter pieces. For the remainder of the year, they remained stuffed in the backs of our closets, itching for that first cool wind to signal their return. It’s no secret that a great boot has become an all-season staple. We believe there is no such thing as too many. This is great, considering we could never choose between our ankle, riding, spiked heel, stacked heel, all-weather, embellished, or cowboy boots. They say you don’t play favorites with your children, this is no exception! All jokes aside, pick the right style and you are good to go for every occasion! Here is our analysis (take it or leave it as you will):

The Ankle Boot:

Nothing says “I’m cool, casual, and know what I’m doing” quite like a well-sported ankle boot. This style is inherently fashionable without screaming high-maintenance. Low and high heeled styles are common, ranging from casual to ready to meet the president.  Normally hitting just above or below the ankle bone, they look awesome with just about any ensemble. One of our favorite tricks is to show just a hint of skin between the hem of a slim fitting pant and the top of the boot. Here’s our ankle boot pick

Sam Edelman "Petty" via Piperlime

Sam Edelman “Petty” via Piperlime

The Mid-Calf Boot:

This style is a toughie, it just is. While adorable, it is all about the proportions. Generally, this style hits mid-calf or just below, which is where the challenge presents itself. The point at which the boot stops often emphasizes the largest area of the leg. They are best styled when the top of the boot is wide and loose with a flat heel.

Frye “Veronica Shortie” via Zappos

The Knee High Boot:

This might as well be considered the go-to classic boot. This style hits from mid-knee to just below the knee cap. It is highly versatile, pairing well with skirts, dresses, and skinnies or leggings. Low heeled, equestrian inspired styles are popular, as well as styles which add a little height. With casual and formal options available, this is always a promising option. Investing in a good quality, neutral hued pair will pay off in the future—you’ll always look polished and put together!

Lucky Brand “Andria” via Zappos

The Over-the-Knee Boot:

The over-the-knee boot has recently become a mainstream style choice. Previously, it seemed as though only models and rulers of the fashion world dared to don such a statement piece. Granted, this look is not for the fashion timid, but it certainly looks smashing when pulled off well. This style goes over the knee and may reach as high as mid-thigh. It pairs well with skirts, dresses, skinny jeans, and leggings. Since they are typically form-fitting, consider adding a bit of volume to your wardrobe on top to avoid a slick look reminiscent of Cat Woman. If you break out boots like these, they truly command a presence and need no competition for anything else you may be wearing; let them take over and shine. Over-the-knee boots are available in a range of heel heights, but there is something we love about the contrast of a low, demure heel with the sky high shaft of the boot.

Coach “Palmera 2″ via Zappos

The All-Weather Boot:

Just because you traipse around in the snow in them or accidentally took them for a swim at the lake doesn’t mean they can’t be cute. This style is really dependent on you needs. There are many great options ranging from ankle to over-the-knee. We suggest looking for good insulation and a thick sole with good grips. Make sure to give them the attention they deserve and treat them to a cleaning after every hard, slushy, salty, winter season.

L.L. Beam "8" Special Edition Red" via L.L. Bean

L.L. Beam “8″ Special Edition Red” via L.L. Bean

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