Mules 2.0

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It’s always interesting to see trends develop, or in some cases, to make a comeback. One hot item in for spring is mules.  Never fear, these are not the clunky, chunky mules of the 1990’s:

They are back in full force taking the spotlight of almost every shoe retailer. Mules make for a great transition piece as the weather warms up.

These are about as close to the 1990’s as you should get!

It can take place of any bootie wedge or heel that was the go-to during the winter months.

Runway-Inspired Accessories: Mules

via Instyle

 

3-D Fashion

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The future is most definitely here, as we are starting to see our first-ever three dimensional printed fashion pieces, including dresses, shoes, accessories, and more.

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via 3d Print Design Show

 

Today in New York City, Meckler Media will host one of the world’s first 3-D printed fashion shows, displaying this amazingly unique fashion from designers around the world.

Vicktor & Rolf via Dezeen

 

One of the show’s main attractions will be when designer Melinda Looi reveals what is the world’s first full-length 3-D printed evening gown, printed in one single part and designed to move with a woman’s body.

3-D printed fashion is the new future of clothing, not limiting designers to fabric and sewing machines. While not always practical, these clothing pieces have a definite “wow-factor,” and are the right addition to any fashion collector/enthusiast’s wardrobe.

Style Watch: Lilly + Target

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Screen Shot 2015-04-01 at 8.54.26 PMWho doesn’t love Target? Not only is it great source for your everyday household needs and groceries, but Target does amazing collaborations with iconic fashion designers. Next up, Lilly Pulitzer. The look book for the collection recently launched on Target’s webpage, and the goodies are absolutely fabulous.

New York socialite and heiress Lilly Pulitzer launched her namesake line in 1959 in Palm Beach, Florida.  Pulitzer operated a juice stand in Palm Beach, and as the story goes, she created her bright, iconic prints to camouflage juice stains!

Lilly Pulitzer from nwitimes.com

The launch will feature items in women’s and children’s apparel, shoes and accessories, beauty and home goods, with all items showcasing the famous bright, colorful prints of Lilly at an incredibly reasonable price point.

Challis Romper $34

 

View the interactive look book, complete with pricing for every item, here.

Satin jumpsuit $44

Drinking glasses $25

Nosey, Posie, and Boardwalk Cafe Pillow $25

The collection is available in stores and also online on April 19. Are you as excited as we are? A few of the items are available online only…and all merchandise is sure to sell out FAST.  Mark your calendars for a Target run!

Shinola…Made in Detroit

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While Detroit may not be the epicenter of all things fashionable, it is undoubtedly a proud, strong American city on the rebound.  When we think of Detroit, we may think of the Big Three Automakers.  We may think of music: Eminem, Kid Rock, Motown.  We may think of crime, extreme poverty and unemployment.   But, we may not think of watches.  Watches are made in Switzerland, not in Michigan, right?  Not so: since 2013, Detroit-based Shinola has been producing classic, “timeless” watches for men and women.

Once a prosperous manufacturing world class city, Detroit fell into financial ruins and general urban decay following the decline of the automotive industry.  Entire neighborhoods were abandoned, and crime skyrocketed.  But a strong sense of civic pride has always been bubbling just beneath the surface.  Detroit has been working hard in recent years to make a comeback, and with the help of local businesses providing jobs and stability, this comeback is becoming a reality.

THE RUNWELL SPORT CHRONO 42mm Men's Gray Chronograph Watch

from Shinola.com

THE RUNWELL 41mm Black  Watch

from Shinola.com

 

 

from Details.com

Shinola’s oversized face works for both men and women.

Singular Sensation  - A.P.C. jumpsuit; True Religion T-shirt; Shinola watch; MCM clutch.

from W Magazine

The Runwell, available in different face and leather styles.

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from GQ.com

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from Pinterest

The Birdy double wrap strap, also available in different face and leather colors.

Shinola gifted the City of Detroit these three outdoor clocks.

All Four Shinola Clocks Across Detroit

from Pinterest

 

The classic Shinola brand represents what Detroit is all about:  rebirth, optimism, equality, and general American pride.  It’s an investment to feel good about.

 

 

Swimmingly Sexy

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There are some fun new swimwear trends in 2015.  Fun and swimwear in the same sentence?  Yes!  Regardless of your body type, there is something fresh and fun out there for you.  Says who?  Sports Illustrated, natch!  Year after year, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue provides, ahem, inspiration for women and men alike.

This longline bikini has a fun, bustier-style top.

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from Sports Illustrated

A bit of a Farrah Fawcett flashback, this fringed suit is reminiscent of the 1970’s.

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from Sports Illustrated

Blend in with the flora and fauna with this more conservative one piece.  Bold natural prints are a strong look.

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from Sports Illustrated

Long sleeves are an interesting new trend, especially if you’re not in it for the suntan.  Chrissy Teigen shows us how it’s done.

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from Sports Illustrated

Hitting the high dive and concerned about losing your top on your descent?  Tired of your bikini bottoms riding up?  Consider body paint – the ultimate in comfort!

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From Sports Illustrated

Boottique staffers were naturally tickled to see the gorgeous Kate Upton rocking this awesome bikini…and her Hunter boots!

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from Sports Illustrated

 

 

 

Vans…Not just for Skaters Anymore

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Vans came onto the scene in the 1970’s, courtesy of skateboarders and BMX bike riders. They favored the slip-on shoe for their non-slip, grippy sole.  Today, Vans have crossed over to the non-skater community to become a stylish, easy street look…with a little edge.

They are the perfect travel shoe: comfortable, and easy to slip on and off in the security line.

Jessica Alba At Los Angeles International Airport

from Pinterest

The slip on is perfect for running errands about town.

 

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The classic checkerboard slip-on gives this look an old school edge.

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from Harper’s Bazaar

 

 

I Can See Clearly Now….

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Eyeglasses can serve as a fun fashion accessory.  They are easy to rotate according to season, mood, or outfit.  Couture designers have long been in the game of designing cutting edge frames.

Chanel from dresstokillmagazine.com

 

With that being said, fun frames don’t have to cost an arm an a leg.

 

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Gant frames from Coastal.com

Socially conscious eyeglass designer Warby Parker believes in giving back with their fashion-forward, affordable spectacles (complete frames start at $95).

“Almost one billion people worldwide lack access to glasses, which means that 15% of the world’s population cannot effectively learn or work. To help address this problem, Warby Parker partners with non-profits like VisionSpring to ensure that for every pair of glasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need.”

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from warbyparker.com

You can feel good about springing for that extra pair.

 

 

1970’s Redux

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The spring of 2015 is proving to be a flashback to the 1970’s.  Designers are borrowing details from this iconic era to build a modern take on spring fashion.

Gone is the term “Boho Chic,” now to be replaced by “Luxury Bohemian.”  But the concept is the same: loose, flowing, easy, breezy.

from Vogue.com

Floppy hats and oversized sunglasses fit the bill.

Indecent Proposal - Boo George, 1970s Sexy, Soo Joo Park

Chloe from Luxurydaily.com

Subtle changes modernize the look without taking away from the vibe.  This is a take on a 1970’s poncho without being a full-on poncho.  A hip-hugging, long denim skirt is brought up to date with a side slit.

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from Popsugar.com

A Pucci-esque print on an modern silhouette by the Spanish powerhouse designer, Zara.  Psychedelic, but not overwhelmingly so.

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from Zara.com

Denim, the cut of which seems to change with each season, features a slim leg with a flared bottom.

http://www.jbrandjeans.com/ready-to-wear/index.html?collectionid=133#page=4&sindex=28&ending=36

Sabine flare denim from J Brand

 

But, let’s not forget.  The 1970’s was not ALL about peace, love, and happiness.  This decade was also about DISCO and the excess which accompanied it.  Watch the 1970’s fashion mash-up unfold!  It will be a little bit disco and a little bit rock and roll.  Amy Adam’s American Hustle look is spot-on.

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Halston’s fresh take on their signature halter dress, a la Studio 54.

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from Halston.com

Look for fun, interesting ways to add a 1970’s vibe to your look without going overboard.  Peace Out!

Wellies

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Springtime brings rainy, wet conditions…no matter what part of the world you live in. The appropriate footwear is necessary to muddle through the puddles.

Wellington boots, commonly called “Wellies,” originated in 18th century England.  The Duke of Wellington requested that his shoemaker create a boot for him that could go from the battlefield to the dinner table.  Originally made of leather, they morphed into a waterproof version following the invention of rubber in the 1850’s.  And the rest is history!

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by James Lonsdale

Kate Middleton, one of our favorite British style icon, looks right at home in her LeChameau Wellies. LeChameau allows you to really personalize your boot, with customizable soles and liners.

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from Pinterest

Joules USA offers this feminine take on the Welly.

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French Navy Evedon Welly from joulesusa.com

And, of course, the ubiquitous Hunter Wellies.

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Hunter Women’s Original Short Fringe Wellington Boots

If the Duke of Wellington could see us all now!

 

 

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