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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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Spin Your Web With “Spidey” Nails

I have never been a huge comic book fan and I don’t know much about super heroes. But I do remember Spider-Man solving crimes and nabbing the bad guys on “The Electric Company” and that was pretty cool. And then, of course, there’s the movie franchise featuring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. Wasn’t a huge fan (the exception being James Franco). But I am excited for the new OPI nail polishes inspired by the upcoming feature “The Amazing Spider-Man” 3D. The movie, starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, is in theaters July 3rd, but you can get the fabulous varnishes right now.

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What I like about these shades are that they capture the atmosphere of the movie- dark and sexy. They have a little sparkle and the names are super cute. I especially like “Your Web or Mine” which is a pretty coral pink, “Into the Night” which is a sultry blue, and “Just Spotted the Lizard” which is a gothic army green. All the colors are intense and fit the theme of the movie perfectly. If your a fan of the Spider or just looking for an interesting nail color, this collection is for you.

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OPI Spider-Man Collection $8.50
available at Target, Ulta, or wherever OPI is sold.

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Fashion’s New Shining Star

I really enjoyed watching NBC’s “Fashion Star”. The concept was fabulous! It was really educational to hear the feedback from the mentors (Nicole Richie, Jessica Simpson, and John Varvatos) and the buyers for Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, and H&M. Anyone who’s thinking of becoming a designer could certainly learn a lot from this show. And how fun is it to see the designs and be able to purchase them the next day? In the end, it was former 4th grade teacher, Kara Laricks, that took home the big prize. She got off to a rocky start, but overall was consistent yet constantly evolving. Her collection stays true to her passion for menswear, but will appeal to the masses. And now you can purchase her line at Macy’s.

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Kara Laricks, 38, winner of NBC’s “Fashion Star”

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Sleeveless Lauren Solid A-Line Shift $79
This shift has a sleek, modern shape with quirky menswear-inspired details. And the printed lining is a whimsical touch.

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Amanda Blouse $69 and Michael Shorts $59
Fabulous together but versatile enough to pair with other pieces, this tie-neck blouse and flat-front crepe shorts are sophisticated yet playful.

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Sleeveless Ted Ankle Length Jumpsuit $89
I love a good jumpsuit and this one is a winner. With it’s menswear-inspired details and streamlined shape, it’s fresh and modern.

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Sleeveless Cha Cha Romper $79
Adorable romper that has more of a tailored feel. The belt adds contrast and gives the romper a feminine touch.

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Sleeveless Caprice Tuxedo Shift $79
This tuxedo-inspired shift has a chic fit with modern lines. This piece can easily transition from work to play.

All items available at Macy’s

It’s easy to see why Kara was crowned the new fashion star. I’m really excited to see where her career goes from here. I have a feeling we’ll be hearing and seeing a lot more of Kara!

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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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Nails On Pointe

I’ve shared my love of ballet with you all before. I think it’s one of the most beautiful art forms and I always dreamed of being a ballerina (don’t most girls?). One of the things I love the most are all the muted colors. The beige, pink, and white of ballet slippers, tutus, and leotards are so timeless and sophisticated. I’m very excited that now I can wear them on my nails. The New York City Ballet by OPI collection debuts this April and this makes me very happy.

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This collection was inspired by the dancers, choreography, and costumes of the NYC Ballet and features 5 sheer colors and a very sparkly silver. Barre My Soul is a subtle, sheer beige. You Callin’ Me A Lyre is based on the traditional pink of the ballet. Don’t Touch My Tutu is a wispy, milky white. Care To Danse is a beautiful pastel lilac. My Pointe Exactly is a sheer gray and Pirouette My Whistle is a brilliant sparkly silver. They are all classic and can be worn with anything. I always think these subtle shades look amazing with tan fingers and toes!

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New York City Ballet by OPI Collection $9 each
available in April at professional salons, JCPenney, and Ulta
For more information, please visit OPI and New York City Ballet

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A Tan For All Seasons

If you live in Minnesota then you are no doubt enjoying the forecast. A weekend in the high 60’s and no end in sight is fabulous, but my pale skin not so much. It is, at the very least, short sleeve weather (and I know people have pulled out their shorts) and we here in the midwest are flaunting some serious “Casper” skin. There was a time when I would have gone running to the tanning salon, but those days are long behind me. Self-tanner is really the only way to go and it can be a smelly challenge. Tanners are tricky because the smell can change with every hour and no one wants to stink. And everyone’s body chemistry is different so it’s hard to recommend a certain brand. However, I think I have found one that should be suitable for just about every girl out there.
St. Tropez Tanning Essentials Self Tan Bronzing Lotion is one of my favorites. First and foremost, it features the trademarked “Aromaguard” technology which eliminates the tell-tale self-tan aroma by a minimum of 70%. I don’t know about you, but that pretty much clinches it for me. The smell is actually pleasant (again, on me. Everyone is different). This tanner is a salon inspired formula that is infused with aloe vera and long lasting color. It goes on smooth and spreads very evenly. The color is a rich, natural bronze that lasts several days, depending on how often you apply. I was very happy with the results and it did not streak on me at all. Plus, it was chosen as an Allure Magazine Best of Beauty.

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St. Tropez Tanning Essentials Self Tan Bronzing Lotion $30-$40

And because we all, at times, make mistakes when applying self-tanner, St. Tropez has another amazing product. Their Tan Remover helps remove unwanted self-tanning product (especially fingers and palms) for up to 4 hours after application.

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St. Tropez Tanning Essentials Tan Remover $18

Both products available exclusively at Sephora

If any of you have suggestions for other great self-tanners, please share them. I know this is something everyone is always curious about. A good self-tanner is hard to find!

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