Fashion-able: Fall trending topics

Remember back in August when NYFW Fall 11 took off? We do too…vaguely.
For those that need a calendar reminder, and with fall now actually around the corner (truth can be harsh, we know), we wanted to refresh fashion tastebuds with trends to look forward to and attempt, come the turning of the leaves.Sigh. At least there’s some silver lining to the end of summer.
Glitter gone wild
Sparkles twinked under the flashbulbs on the runway. Be it accessories, a dress, or even a jacket, this fall is your time to shine bright.
Small sprinkles of glitter on pretty Miu Miu shoes… 
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…and large, stylish sequins by Prada
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Polka-dilly
Polka dots lighten any mood and have the ability to air their youthful playfulness to an elegant and classy outfit. Wear ’em well, so as not to look like a junior miss.
Stella McCartney meshes sheer fabric and polka dots to create a stunning, curvy silhouette. 
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Marc Jacobs takes dotting his “I’s” one step further with extreme patent leather dottage. 
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Colour me mine
Forget black for your holiday parties. Colour is where it’s at this season. Take this quiz to find out what colours suit you best. (Yes, this links to a Seventeen quiz. You know you want to do one again, for old time’s sake).
Jil Sander matches lips to coat in a hot poppy hue. 
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Givenchy raunchy in yellow. 
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So there you have it – lovely colours, prints and textures to look forward to in the coming months. How can you not be excited for a fall that involves sequins?

*Thanks to FASHION Magazine for the photos and trendy reminders!

Fashion-able: To ruffles or not to ruffles

Carly tackles the challenge of recreating a high-fashion runway look on a more realistic budget (i.e. $100). Can she do it?
If you are like some of us on the fourth floor (ahem…), you would skip lunch for a month to buy Elizabeth and James’ Laurette Blouse in Night Sky print. You wouldn’t hesitate to give up your latte habit for J Brand’s Mid-Rise Skinny Leg jeans in red. You’d do it again when you notice the blue ones are just as cute. 
If you are like us, your piggy bank is always empty by the end of the season. So when presented with a challenge to recreate a look from the runway that had all the fashion editors talking, you take it. 
With a budget of only $100, I’m aiming to make all my Jil Sander colour-blocking dreams come true. We begin with a look at my inspiration board (that’s right, Oprah is not the only girl with one of these).

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Take notes: we’re going simple and white on top, bold colour on the bottom. The runway look featured a ruffle, while Kate Bosworth worked it without one.  Decisions, decisions…

Without the luxury of time to Shopbop my heart out, I head to one of my favourite places in the city, the mall.

After waiting only 30 minutes for a parking spot (score!), I set off in search of a maxi skirt in a bright shade, with a little volume. I find my JS-inspired skirt at Zara. Long, flowing, hot pink, and retailing for just $59, it’s a keeper. I hand over my card, and debate getting an Air Miles reward card. Wouldn’t this skirt look even better in Miami?

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With no ruffles to be found on my skirt, I take a trip to the store for wardrobe basics, Gap. There, I face a tough choice. Do I dare to replace the skirt ruffle with a top ruffle?


While usually I’m not one for truth or dare, this time I do dare. I choose Gap’s white tee with ruffle sleeves. Ticket price is $29.99.  At checkout, my bill comes to only half my expected total.  Lucky me, I’ve hit a half price sale. My horoscope predicted a three-star day, and I’m one happy Aries. 

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Back home, I toss on the basic top, add one colourful skirt, and end up with a look that totally says Spring 2011 Fashion Week. Not too bad for $85. Eat your heart out, Kate Bosworth. Fashion success.    

Carly’s version of the Jil Sander maxi skirt.
Pretty fashion-able, non?

Rave: Favourite spring beauty

We love natural beauty, but we do enhance ours with a little mascara, a touch of blush and some lip gloss. Time to time, we want something extra. Here are some of our newest fave beauty picks. 

Nails
Crack up with OPI’s Black Shatter polish. For DIY nail art, simply begin with a base coat and any polish colour of your choice (may we suggest DS Radiance?). 

Start with sleek silver…

Once dry, apply the crackle polish and watch it shatter before your eyes. Seal it with a top coat, and finally, chipped nails you can actually embrace. 
 …and finish with Shatter.

Hair
Seen at Alexander Wang, Roberto Cavalli and Lacoste, braids are back in a big way. 

Miu Miu does side braids right.

Start with a deep side part, and wear them long and tousled, thin and sleek or braided at your hairline and pulled into a pony. No need to let your hair down, stay casual chic tied up with plaits.

Tight side braid at Lacoste.

Lips
Whether you went through an awkward four year period of braces for straight teeth or are proudly sporting a cool Georgia Mae Jagger gap, we think bold lips are bad-ass. 

Georgia May Jagger rocks red lips.

For a radiant smile, paint lips in bright colours. Wear Warhol-inspired matte fuchsia or pretty, tangy tangerine. Wear your loud pout, and get ready for your 15 minutes of fame. 

Bright lips at Jil Sander

Eyes
While we like seeing our eyes in hues of orange and purples, we sometimes like a heavy hand and black liner. Attach false lashes and apply a thick black layer to your lower lash line (think a reverse Amy Winehouse effect). 

 Giambattista Valli rocks the thick black liner.

Keep the rest of your makeup minimal, and let your eyes shine like a Bruno Mars song.