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My Top 20 H&M Picks

I  really love H&M. They carry amazing clothes that are, for the most part, very affordable.  What I love the most is that they have a lot of simple pieces that can be worn on numerous occasions as well as clothes that highlight the seasons’ biggest trends. I was admiring what they’re selling right now and picked some of my favorites to share with you.

For a night out when you want to show off your inner badass…

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1. Leather Biker Jacket

Because mocassins are amazing, comfy, and these boots have fringe…

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2. Suede Boots

When you still want to wear a heel, but keep it  neutral and casual…

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3.  Boots

An eye catching knit pattern to wear to class or grab coffee…

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4. Pattern-knit sweater

Something to wear with solid colors for an athletic look…

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4. Pilot Jacket

Something warm and comfy because it’s Sunny one day in Florida and in the 40’s the next…

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5. Faux Fur Jacket

Bright colors and floral prints for spring…

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6. Romper

A cute shoe for work…or play…

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7. Pumps

Just enough with the slit at the neckline to be sexy, but not sleazy…

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8. Maxi Dress – black

Something to wear over an outfit  for an ethereal feel or just around your home…

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9.Kimono- Black/floral

White and lace is perfect for spring, and not everything in my closet can be black…

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10. Lace dress- white

Something with a flowy feel and lovely detailing…

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11. Chiffon dress- turquoise

Sleek and simple for any occasion…

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12. Crepe top

Another athletic jacket, because they’re a must for spring…

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13. Baseball Jacket

Marble is going to be everywhere, get a head start…

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14. Patterned dress

how fun are these?!…

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15. Earrings with Cuffs

A fun patterned print on white is perfect, pair with heels and you’re ready for drinks…

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16. Slim-fit twill pants

The color makes it simple, the pattern makes it fun. Perfect for work…

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17. Pencil skirt

This fun fringe jacket is perfect to wear to the bar…

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18. Biker Jacket

That geometric patterned strap makes these heels irresistible to me…

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19. Sandalettes

A Chic and simple way to say “I don’t care.”

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20. Jersey Top

So those are the looks I love from H&M. I hope you found something you love too!

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Spring 2014 Trend: If You Liked It, Then You Shoulda Put a Print On It

Prints electrify your outfit. They give an exciting, eye-catching touch, which is probably why so many designers wanted it on their runways.

There were so many beautiful patterns and prints gracing the runway, that I just have to pay homage. Some of my favorite patterns are floral and the ever-so-popular marble print (at least popular this season). Geometrics, stripes, landscapes, randomness, I don’t care what print it is. Just wear it, because this season, you can.

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Julien David

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Christopher Raeburn

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Christopher Kane

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Celine

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Alberta Ferreti

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Prada

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Parabal Gurung

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Phillip Lim

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Roberto Rodriquez

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Phillip Lim

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Peter Som

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Paolo Frani

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Nicole Miller 

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Marc by Marc Jacobs

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Manish Arora

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Erto

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Erdem

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Emilio Pucci

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Donna Karan

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Diane von Furstenberg

Wild prints can be seen and worn everywhere. There’s endless ways to incorporate them into your outfit. Don’t be afraid to try something out of your comfort zone, because that’s where the magic happens.

Spring 2014 Trend: Fringe Frenzy

Fringe is one of my absolute favorites. Maybe it’s my inner flower child, but it’s just so free and flowing. I love everything about it. It just makes me want to move.

Luckily, I’m not the only one who loves it. Many variations of fringe were seen on the runways. Its flowing glory was showcased in all different fabrics, colors, and patterns.

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Botega Veneta

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Valentin Yudashkin

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Calvin Klein

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Emilio Pucci

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Erdem

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Manish Arora

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Marc Jacobs RTW

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Missoni

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Phillip Lim

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Rodarte

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The Row

You can never forget the accessories. Purses with fringe and/or tassels are one of my favorite ways to rock this look.

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Gucci

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Proenza Schouler

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Valentino

I apply this trend to my style a little differently, because I don’t live on a runway or on the pages of Vogue. I love the bohemian feel of fringe. I love it flowing long from my jackets and kimonos. I love a good a long fringe skirt that follows me as I walk, and I just love the movement of the tassels as the wind blows past me.

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Whether you dress it up or dress it down, fringe can add so much personality to any outfit. If a lot of fringe is too much for you remember, accessories can always add a perfect little touch.

Get some fringe and “get on the bus.”

Spring 2014 Trend: Let Lace Rule

Lace is that sweet, feminine, and elegant touch that lined your fold-over ankle socks as a little girl. It was on your moms wedding gown. It was that sweet touch your grandma added to the lining of the blankets she used to make you. There’s so much nostalgia, and emotion tied to lace.

Luckily enough we don’t have to long for lace anymore, because it’s here. Its being seen all over the spring/summer shows, inspiring us all to channel our soft, sweet and delicate side.

There are so many ways to wear lace. Cutouts are huge this season, so designers are using lace to fill in the gaps. It’s also being draped over gowns entirely and used as a sheer replacement for sleeves. Even Balmain has some really hot lace heels.

Let’s just take a minute to appreciate all the lace that graced the runways…

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Alberta Ferretti

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Balmain

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Chloé

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Dennis Basso

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Dolce & Gabbana

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Ellie Saab

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Isabel Marant

Meadham Kirchhoff

Meadham Kirfchhoff

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Michael Kors

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Monique  Lhuillier

Ninaricci

Nina Ricci

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Roland Mouret

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Stella McCartney

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Valentino

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Vivienne Westwood

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Wes Gordon

Now that the moment is over, it’s time to start brainstorming how you can work lace into your spring wardrobe. I know I am. Once you figure that out, let me know, what’s your favorite way to wear lace?

Spring Make Up

Now that winter is winding down and spring is in sight, we need to say goodbye to our to-die-for plum lipsticks and hello to some new beauty trends.

White was not only huge in apparel this spring, but we saw it on the eyes of the models as well. White eye shadow can be a bit daunting, but a nice white eyeliner on the lower lid or along side a sleek liquid line on the upper lid can be just the right touch. Let’s see what designers showcased white-eyed beauties on their runways.

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Calvin Klein

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Kenzo

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Kate Spade

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Altuzarra RTW

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Badgley Mischka

If white eyes are too much for you, try going au natural. It’s a look that’s been around forever, literally. Try enhancing your natural features by contouring and filling in your brows. This look isn’t about hiding flaws or looking different. It’s all about highlighting  your favorite facial features (that’s some fun alliteration!).

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Jil Sander

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Michael Kors

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Nina Ricci

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Dolce & Gabbana

The red lip made its way to the runways, as it tends to do, because it’s so timeless. This isn’t the dark burgundy we were all wearing during the winter though. It’s bold, bright, and matte.

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Jean-Charles de Castelbajac

Alexis Mabille

Alexis Mabille

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Altuzarra

If you’re even bolder than the oh-so-bold red lip, try out orange. Neon orange was a huge hit on the runway. Something so bright and eye catching can be intimidating to put on, but there’s something sweet and flirty about it.  Can you pull it off? Now’s the time to try!

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Rag & Bone

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John Galliano

With bold colors being huge in fashion, of course eyes need to be just as bold. From standout colors to barely there pastels, not many colors are out of question.  Spring is your  perfect chance to wear that purple eye shadow you “had to have” and only wore a couple of times. What better way to liven up a neutral outfit?!

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Marc by Marc Jacobs

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Dior

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Armani

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Holly Fulton

Last but not least, LINE THOSE LIDS! Raccoon eyes are actually in. Why couldn’t they have been when I first discovered eyeliner in middle school and rocked this look, unintentionally, all the time? Not just a fully rimmed eye, but a thick cat eye or a strong statement making geometric shape, can make you feel like one bad ass chick. Go ahead and smear and smudge that thick black line around your eyes, but with purpose of course.

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Ellie Saab

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Haider Ackermann

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Mark and Estel

As my boyfriend always tells me every time I’m getting ready and get too into picking out my outfit, “It’s not what you wear. It’s how you wear it.”

Take a leap of faith and try something bolder than what you normally would, or if you always have a dominating look try going natural. Now is the perfect time.

“Your hair is your crowning glory”

There’s rarely a day that goes by that I don’t wake up, look in the mirror, and wonder, “Wtf am I supposed to do with my hair today?” As far as I’m concerned, most females are in the same boat.

In order to relieve myself from of  the uncertainty, I looked towards the runways to find some inspiration, and what I found didn’t disappoint.

Braids are all over the runways.  Effortless-looking, loose, messy braids can be worn with pretty much any look to give it a more bohemian feel. I’ve been obsessing over the crown braid for awhile, and I WILL master it before the seasons over.  It’s a must for spring. Half-up braided crowns are a great alternative if you like to keep your locks flowing long, but still want the elegance.

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If braids were’n’t enough for you, go ahead and throw a flower in your hair. Everyone’s doing it.

There’s so whimsical and airy about wearing flowers in your hair. Pin them to a  ponytail or turn them into a crown. Floral prints are huge this season, so why should you save the flowers just for your clothes? They’re an easy way to make your look a little softer and a little more feminine.

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If flowers and braids are too much for you, extreme side parts are an easy way to make a drastic change. Although I feel like I just mastered the middle part, serious side parts just ooze high-end, and I love changing it up a bit. Parting to the side can take a simple pony tail and make it ultra chic.

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Another effortless look for the spring is the low ponytail. Have some fun with your low ponytail though and mix and match other trends. Part you hair to the side. Decorate with flowers. Add a braid to it.  Wear that crazy metallic accessory you forgot you had. Do what you can with the current trends to keep it modern looking.

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There are infinite ways to wear all of these looks, so how do you make them your own?

*** None of these pictures are my own.***

Spring 2014 Trend: Shine On

Metallics, sparkling embellishments, and high shine

It’s another trend seen in almost every major designers’ Spring collections.

We’re seeing a lot of high shine and embellished skirts and dresses this season, but these  are a lot longer than what you’re probably thinking. Hemlines are reaching new lengths. Many being below the knee or full length.

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Burberry Porsum

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Lanvin

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Christian Siriano

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Marc Jacobs

Although there were some who weren’t afraid to keep it short…

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Tom Ford

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Marissa Webb

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Ellie Saub

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Saint Laurent

There’s many other ways to wear this classic look though. Designers are making everything and anything eye catching with these reflective fabrics.

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Rag & Bone

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Diane Von Furstenberg

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Isabel Marant

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Givenchy

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Reem Acra

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Roberto Cavalli

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Jil Sander

And let’s not forget the little things. Metallic accessories are a perfect, yet slightly more subtle way to incorporate a little sparkle into your outfit. All it takes is a little something to have an eye catching look.

Whether you want to shimmer from head to toe or just have that slight touch of sparkle, putting a little shine into your outfit will allow you to glow on the outside like you do on the inside.