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Black on Black

Hello my lovely stylistas! Today I had to decide whether or not to renew my domain, and after much thought I decided to give it another year. My new position has me very busy, especially with the holidays, but I really want to make the time to continue blogging (and hopefully with much more frequency).
Today I want to discuss the “Black on Black” trend. In my job, I have to wear black head-to-toe every day. While I was fine with this as I wear black most days, I have found it challenging to keep it fresh and new. I came across a wonderful article at PopSugar about this trend and I am feeling quite inspired.

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Anne Hathaway looks amazing in this black ensemble. The form-fitting dress is sexy and the longer hem makes it classy. Add a little fur jacket, suede bootie, neutral lip, and simple jewelry, and you have the perfect outfit for all your holiday parties.

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Gwyneth Paltrow is always chic. She makes what could be a very casual outfit into something fabulous. A tailored jacket, tank, and silky trousers are instantly raised to a new level with the addition of fringed heels.

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Kristen Stewart has really become a fashionista. Leather dress paired with quilted leather jacket (great idea to add a different texture when wearing similar fabrics) is biker chic and a strappy bootie is so, so sexy. Add smoldering makeup and you have an urban uniform that will keep you rockin.

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Karolina Kurkova also opts for leather. A pencil skirt and fitted bomber jacket make a terrific pairing and a simple pointy heel adds sophistication. Swipe on a burgundy lip and you are right on trend.

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I adore this look worn by Olivia Palermo. I would absolutely wear this to work. I’m a huge fan of layering and this is done just right. A long trouser, stellar heels, and black pearls complete the look. It’s classy, trendy, and fun.

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Victoria Beckham always gets it right. A cropped blazer with a tired miniskirt is flirty and fun and the only accessories you need are a dangerously high bootie and little box clutch.

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Taylor Swift is sporting my usual work look. Cropped black pant, peplum top, little heels (or booties now that’s it’s cold), and a red lip. Simple, elegant, and fabulous.

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Stacy Keibler has my second favorite work look-leggings, long top, and a shorter layering piece. Adding a colorful clutch adds interest to an already stunning ensemble.

You can never go wrong wearing black-on-black. It’s always perfect for every and any occasion. You will look classy, chic, and sophisticated.

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Parisian Chic At Ann Taylor

I have to tell you, I am dying over Ann Taylor’s fall 2012 collection. When I saw the photos I was absolutely gobsmacked! Where did this come from? Have I been missing out on fabulous pieces? I admit, I have not been in Ann Taylor for years. It’s always felt very business lady to me, but not anymore. Inspired by head designer Lisa Axelson’s trip to Paris, this collection screams parisian cool girl. Featuring animal prints, pencil skirts, boxy gamine peacoats,cropped fur jackets and capes, and amazing accessories, there really isn’t one piece I don’t want. And don’t even get me started on the black and white wedding collection. I just hope someone gets married so I have a reason to buy one of the glamorous party dresses. Here is a sneak peak, featuring my favorite items.

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Love this dress. The silhouette is perfection!

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Tweeds with lace is so sexy!

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The details, like the back bow, are really what makes each piece special.

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The flare on the bottom of the skirt turns it from corporate to playful.

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The cut and color of this coat is amazing.

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Swing coats are always a very good thing.

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A longer sleeved shift dress-perfect for fall and winter events.

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Hello Paris!

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With heels or boots, this dress is a must-have for me.

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Super cool girl, not working girl. Ann has got some edge!

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Where do I even start? This is a Megan outfit personified.

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Each look is styled so well. The accessories are stunning.

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The satin cuffs, the bracelets, the color…

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I love that they’ve done a thicker heel.

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One of the many shoe tables. One of everything please!

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A winter wedding, a fabulous dress.

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There are no words…

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And just the right accessories…

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A stunning little black dress that works all year long.

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For work or special occasion (I adore the bow)

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A view of the wedding collection.

All pieces will be available Fall 2012 at Ann Taylor

For more photos and information, please visit Fab Sugar

So, are you as blown away as I am? I cannot wait for fall. Ann Taylor has truly become a fashion force to be reckoned with.

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From My Style Book

It’s a gloomy day here in Minneapolis so I’ve been playing with my shopstyle and stylebook apps (again). It’s so fun to browse through hundreds of items and then put together dream outfits. I created four great looks for spring. They’re fun, a little flirty, and contain a variety of price points.

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I love this floral print top. It has so many amazing colors you can pull into other pieces. It’s a great look for hanging on the weekend or for work.
7 For Mankind Gray Classic Skinny Roxanne $295 available at Style Bop
Cinch-tie Cold Shoulder Blouse $35 available at Old Navy
Balenciaga Arena Giant Nickel Day Bag $1495 available at Barney’s
Xhileration White Wayfarer Sunglasses $12.99
Mossimo Pearlynn Espadrille Wedge $34.99
Long and Lean Tank $8.00
all available at Target

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This is my “date night” look (although you could wear it to the office). I adore the leopard print. The darkness of the denim and the black patent platform are very sexy, and really dress up the outfit.
7 For Mankind Mid-rise Bootcut Jean $169 available at Lord and Taylor
Chiffon Leopard Print Top $20 available at Old Navy
Balenciaga Giant 12 Nickel Velo Bag $1895 available at Neiman Marcus
Mossimo Paisley Platform $29.99
Xhileration Black Cat-eye Sunglasses $12.99
both available at Target

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I love this look! I would live in it, whether it was going to the zoo, the movies, or shopping. It is my perfect spring look.
7 For Mankind Cropped Skinny Jeans $178 available at Lord and Taylor
Smocked Button Front Printed Top $30 available at Old Navy
Rachel Zoe Joni Raffia/Leather Bucket Bag $495 available at Bergdorf Goodman
Buyamba Soles Beaded T-strap Sandal $14.99
Mossimo Tortoise Geometric Sunglasses $16.99
both available at Target

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This is my “long lunch with the girls” look. Can’t you picture having cocktails on a patio with your besties wearing this ensemble?
Mother Cropped Runway Skinny Flare $198 available at Shopbop
Off-the-Shoulder Chiffon Blouse $29 available at Old Navy
Rachel Zoe Leather Satchel $450 available at Bergdorf Goodman
Mossimo Pam Rope Wedge $24.99
Xhileration Olive Wayfarer Sunglasses $12.99
both available at Target

So, which look is your favorite?? To create your own amazing looks, check out shopstyle and stylebook, both available at the app store.

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Doo.Ri does Macy’s

I had to run into Macy’s last night and couldn’t help but be drawn to their latest designer partnership. Doo.Ri for Impulse is super fun and fashion forward, all while being affordable. The quality is good, which is a nice change of pace. I seem to find that a lot of the designer collections that are aimed at the more price conscious consumer are not made very well. This is not the case with Doo.Ri. Here’s a taste of my favorite pieces in the collection.

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Three Quarter Sleeve Coat $85. This has a scoop neck, a great “painted” print and cute button pockets.

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Sleeveless Sweetheart Dress $75. Again, this has the great “painted” print, is A-line, and has a tie belt. Super sweet!

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Sleeveless Scoop Neck Tank $39
Cropped Twill Trousers $65
This tank is pleated and has a cute twist. The trousers are a straight cut with a faux-leather look. Love this outfit.

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Sleeveless Scoop Neck Dress $65. This dress has a faux-leather look adorned with sequins. It’s a racerback and has an asymmetrical hem. Very fashion-forward.

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Sleeveless Wrap Dress $85. This is a v-neck and has a great draped ruffle ruche look. Wraps are great for almost every body type.

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Scoop Neck Dress $49. This has the fun asymmetrical hem, is short sleeved, and has a great drape. A fabulous dress for warm weather. You can wear it with heels or sandals.

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Jumpsuit $79. I love a good jumpsuit and this one does not disappoint. It has a scoop neck, ruche pockets, a relaxed skinny cut, and a sweet belt.

All items are available at Macy’s

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Doo-Ri Chung with her models. Doo-Ri started designing clothes in the basement of her parent’s dry cleaning shop in 2001. She has won several prestigious design awards and has dressed celebrities and the First Lady.

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