Photo Friday: Neon

Because the warmer weather makes us drowsy, especially on Fridays, we wanted to give a new post type a whirl. Introducing Photo Friday, where we’ll post a Tumblr-esque series of photos that we love. Easy reading for you and fun for us. 


First up? Neon. 

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Fashion-able: Spring trending topics

Even though it doesn’t really feel like winter has even truly arrived, believe it or not, spring styles are just around the corner. We’re likely facing a few more weeks of cold fronts, but we’re starting to plan our escapes from this chilly climate in favour of warmer weather. Here’s a roundup of our fave spring 2012 trends (beyond the cats on cats on cats trend), seen on the runways in Toronto and around the world.

Pastel

We still love a good pop of neon (we were raised in the 80s, after all) but this season we’re making some room in our closets for pastels. Taking a cue from the Easter bunny, lighter shades were prevalent on the runways in various shows including 3.1 Phillip Lim, Acne and Louis Vuitton.


Louis Vuitton


Digital prints

This season we love a good, bold, digital print seen head to toe (think more-is-more). Although we were initially overwhelmed by the idea of so much pattern, we have to admit we’re now in love with the look. If you’re wary, stick to patterns with muted colors and more subtle designs, such as this look from Erdem from London Fashion Week. 
Erdem



Sporty/Athletic Chic

Break out the neoprene, spandex and racer-backs. Designers showed their athletic sides on their spring/summer 2012 runways. In time for the London 2012 Olympic Games, tracksuits are reinvented at shows like Alexander Wang, and can once again be worn out of the house (let’s all forget that this was OK for a hot second back in the early 2000s when Paris Hilton convinced us Juicy Couture track suits could be worn out of the house. This is not the same thing).

Alexander Wang


Peplum

Seen on the runways of Jason Wu and YSL, minis, blouses and second-skin dresses were seen sporting a bit of a protrusion, known as the peplum. Originating in ancient Greece and prevalent in the 80s the peplum is great to add a bit of drama to any outfit.

Jason Wu

The midsection

You have three months to do your crunches, so get cracking. This spring/summer get ready so show off your midsection. Whether your stomach is completely exposed, or through panelling, bellybuttons are taking center stage next season.  

Acne
We’ve got our wish list ready. Do you?

City Living: Outdoor Decor

With this summer heat wave upon us, there is nothing we like better than to chill en plein air with a refreshing glass of lemonade (preferably our Lazy Days kind) and a fashion magazine in hand. But it’s hard to imagine your backyard as a summery oasis when you are perched on a rickety plastic patio set. 

In June, King Street East became even more stylish with the opening of the chic casual furniture store, Fiber Living. With the help of owners Ion Nicolae and Michael Guerra, who both hand-pick all pieces in the beautiful shop, you’ll be sitting pretty without breaking the bank. 
One-stop shopping spot for your backyard beautifiers.
Here are the top items we want in our outdoor space:

Outdoor Fireplaces
Summer conjures up memories of crackling fires, camp sing-alongs and gooey s’mores. The fireplaces ($5900) from Magnificô Innovation are a perfect investment piece for your outdoor space in the city. These warming wonders are made in Canada, with sliding doors that open should the need to roast marshmallows arise. Cozy up to your cutie and relive the days of camp flings without battling hours of traffic on Highway 400 (it’s still cheaper than a Muskoka cottage!).
Singing “Kumbaya” never looked so good.

Posh Patio Sets
Canadian summers can be crazy, rainy and windy one moment, sweltering hot the next. Make sure your patio furniture can withstand the elements without cracking or fading. For the style-conscious, function shouldn’t trump fashion. Create a comfy, colourful environment with these simple pieces from Fiber Living’s Viva Designs collection. These patio essentials are made from natural materials and are 100 percent recyclable. When the weather turns chilly, you can also bring these pieces indoors. 
 One-seat lounger ($1950), side table ($450) and two-seat lounger ($2450) are all lounge lizard-approved.

Trendy Lighting 
Large, luxurious backyards are a rarity in the city. If you are lacking the space to add a fireplace or full-fledged patio set, jazz up your (literal) pied-à-terre with these funky light features. Designed by Italy-based Slide Design, these one-of-a-kind globes (from $325 to $1025) create a unique vibe for your balcony.
Lighting features that mimic crystal balls – looks like a fabulous backyard is in your future!

What are your top outdoor decorating tips? Comment below or tweet us @rockitpromo

Fashion-able: Can You Pull Off the Turban Trend?

Based on the Spring 2011 runways, turbans will be a hit come April showers and May flowers. Check out some hot turban looks below. What do you think?


Giorgio Armani, SS11
Issa, SS11
Jason Wu, SS11
John Galliano, SS11
Milly, SS11
Vena Cava, SS11

Turbans: rock ’em or toss ’em?

Fashion-able: Spring Trend Watch

Each season, the fashion-forward watch the runways. Whether sitting in the front row or behind their computer screens, they observe the latest designs from talented designers, mentally noting which pieces they can personally rock. Ultimately, from The Row’s precise androgynous tailoring to Proenza Schouler’s pajama-inspired gear, we can choose only a few pieces to add to our ever-growing collections.



We’ve outlined the top three trends that we’re digging (and digging into our wallets for) for the spring 2011 season. Use this guide to help you make your own decisions – it won’t be easy to choose! 


1. Maxis

If hemlines rise during times of depression, then 2011 should be a very happy year. That’s right, it’s time to move your micro-minis aside to make room for longer styles.

Luxe Label: Reach great lengths with A.L.C.’s Pleated Long Skirt ($693). The accordion-style maxi comes complete with an unfinished edged hem and elastic waistband. Made of lightweight woven polyester, this pleated skirt with ruffle trim is a perfect style basic that’s anything but. 


Cheap & Chic: Nasty Gal’s Pleated Maxi Dress ($78) offers a retro feel on a modern silhouette. Partially lined, this flowy dress has a full rayon pleated skirt, and cinches at the waist with a sash belt. From day to night, in this frock you’ll be a real maxi knockout. 


2. Floppy Hat

The floppy hat is not only this year’s “it” accessory, but it also the best shot you’ve got at getting street-styled. So wear this ’70s comeback head topper and smile for the camera. Bianca Jagger would be proud.

Luxe Label: For a look that’s all casual chic, try Rag & Bone’s Estelle Hat ($150) on for size. This retro-inspired accessory comes in a gorgeous tawny beige wool, with a wide brim and deep crown. The cotton lining will keep you feeling cool and fresh, while the style screams boho-chic. 

Cheap & Chic: Beat the heat in style with ASOS’s Catarzi Felt Floppy Hat ($47). Made of 100 per cent wool with a contrast band, choose this accessory in this knockout shade of cherry red. Trust us. This is one hat you’ll wear even on good hair days. 


3. Tribal Print

In past seasons you’ve gone black, but now it’s time to go back with bold colours done up in equally daring Aztec-inspired prints.

Luxe Label: Return to your tribal roots in Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent’s Long Ruffle Slip Dress ($429). For a colourful take on the tribal trend, wear this silk maxi dress in Zulu print with adjustable spaghetti straps and a ruffled hem. Done up in shades of blue and red, the punch of colour will work on so many skin tones. Try it.


Cheap & Chic: Embrace the call of the wild in Pepe Jeans’ Tribal Printed Sheered Bandeau Maxi Dress ($73). This vibrantly patterned maxi dress with multicolour stripes and shapes has a belted waist with a tassle, and as cool a ruffled hem as the dress above (but for a fraction of the price). With a bandeau-style top, this look is all fashion Aztec warrior. 



Luckily, with spring comes some killer style that will break you out of your winter blues. Two more months to go!

Fashion-able: Blast from the past: the ’90’s just exploded in our blog.

Everyone can think of a beauty trend that you ABSOLUTELY used to love, and cannot imagine wearing now. 

Here are a few that we busted a gut over the other day, on the fourth floor (hey, it was Friday before the long weekend!).
Brown lipstick. Remember the shade of lipstick that was somewhere in between a brown and a terracotta? We do – we used to LOVE Cover Girl’s French Toast lipstick. Michelle was inspired day-in and out by Clueless, and got the idea to wear brown lipstick from Cher.
“I don’t know why I thought brown lipstick looked good on me, with fair skin and blonde hair. I can still tell when I see people wearing it now. Ew.”

White eyeliner
. Why did people wear white eyeliner?! If you have dark eyes and hair, it looks like Halloween. It’s one thing to dot it on the inside corners of your eyes to brighten them up, but quite another to thickly line your entire eye with it.
Christina used to love to wear white eyeliner and she says “I thought I was so stylin’ in grade eight with my oversized plaid shirts, Doc Martens and acid-washed jeans.”
Dark lipliner. Again, why? Not even Sandy can pull it off. 
Lisa used to rock dark lip liner. She refuses to talk about why she did that. 
Hair mascara. Abby: “I used to LOVE glittery blue and green hair mascara. I worked at a drug store in high school, so was always layering the testers on my pixie cut. With blonde hair, a little hair mascara goes a long way… wish I’d realized that at the time.”
Coloured mascara. Several of us admit to having worn multiple colours of mascara, at the same time. Most popular colours? Blue, green and purple. Alana used to love purple Kaboodles mascara. “My friend, no joke, just bought purple mascara. I was like, ‘Why…do you think you need to buy that now?'”
 Blue mascara – yikes!
Glitter. We all used to layer masses of glitter on our eyelids, cheekbones, use glittery body lotion… it’s like we thought we were Tinkerbell. 
What “pretty” make-up did you wear that you shudder to think about now? Tweet it at us: @rockitpromo. Better yet, share a photo!

Fashion-able: leggings, socks and tights for autumn

It’s official: summer is over. No more smooth bare legs, with pedicured toes peeking out of pretty sandals. But cooler weather (especially this week!) does mean that we get to wear tall boots, leather jackets and tights again. 

On the fourth floor, we’re pumped that this season’s fashion has brought lots of rich colours and sassy prints to standard leggings, tights and socks. Just because it’s grey outside doesn’t mean you have to stick to drab grey, black and brown for fall. We love the idea of jazzing up a simple black dress with leopard tights, or wearing a plaid mini with knee-high socks for grown-up school girl look.

Here are some looks from around the web that we’ll be whipping out in the coming months.

We love the look of bright & bright from blogger Karla’s Closet. Fall demands colour! Opaque tights like these are so versatile and give you an instantly polished outfit. Also, a great way to spice up your fall wardrobe with little investment.

Blogger Fashion Toast rocks the knee-high socks with wedges, saving the look from being too sweet. This would also work with a classic pair of two-toned brogues in brown leather. They’re ideal for those in-between autumn days, where it’s a bit too hot for full tights, but too cold for bare legs.

As always, American Apparel keeps it racy with a sheer version of the knee-high. These would look cute with a mini dress or skirt (rather than… a leotard). If you are into it, the bright tights beneath are also a cool idea.

American Apparel also has some great, rich jewel-hued tights. Love them.

We’re also loving this way of incorporating the leopard print trend: with a pair of luxurious Wolford tights.

Wolford also has a bright kelly green pair that would look lovely with the current military-green/olive pieces. 
They’re a bit more of an investment than a pair from say, H&M, but will wear extremely well and last much longer. Wolford has a boutique in Yorkville at 126A Cumberland Street.

Basically, almost anything goes for hosiery this season. Pair with booties, brogues or tall boots, and people won’t stop staring at you below the waist. In a good way.