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Style Inspiration-Snow White and the Huntsman

One cannot watch “Snow White and the Huntsman” without being completely gobsmacked by the costumes. They are truly incredible! Academy Award winning costume designer Colleen Atwood just may win herself another Oscar. Atwood, a favorite of Tim Burton, is the genius behind such movies as “Edward Scissorhands” and “Alice in Wonderland”, but with this new contribution she has cemented her position in costume designing history. Traveling Europe and beyond, she discovered new materials and techniques to create true masterpieces.

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It all starts with an idea…

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This gown got it’s iridescence from thousands of dung beetle shells which Atwood sourced in Thailand

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Hundreds of rooster feathers were hand-cut for this elaborate piece

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Charlize as Queen Ravena

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Atwood with one of her designs

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The attention to detail is amazing

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A lot of hand-made chainmail was used

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Every piece, from the crown to the necklace to the gown, is carefully thought out

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The Huntsman costume. It was very important that the actor and the stunt person could move in each outfit.

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The costumes were actually fitted on the stunt person to ensure proper movement

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Snow White. There was quite a bit of embroidery done on the costumes

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In action

Atwood has also done a capsule collection for HSN which features a modern take on medieval silhouettes.

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The Atwood by Colleen Atwood “Snow White and the Huntsman” Collection is available at HSN. Prices range from $39.90-$149.90

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Snow White and the Huntsman is in theaters now

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The Little White Dress

We all know how important the “little black dress” is. It’s the one article of clothing that will get you through any social event on your calendar. But now that it’s summer, maybe we should switch things up and try a “little WHITE dress”. Yes, the old rules dictate you should only wear white Memorial Day through Labor Day (and we are now in that time frame), however, I do believe the white dress can be worn all year long with the right accessories and other pieces in your closet. White is classic, crisp, and chic, and looks fabulous with a tan. Here are some celebrities rocking the LWD.

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Jessica Stam is stunning in Marchesa

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Tali Lennox in this season’s hot trend-the shirtdress

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Gabrielle Union is perfection in this three-quarter number

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Caroline Sieber shines in an almost kimono-looking ensemble

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Cameron Diaz is chic in this white jumpsuit

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Vanessa Hudgens personifies glamour in this gown from Philosophy di Alberta Ferritti

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Ashley Madekwe in adorable in this shift from Zara

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Rachel Bilson opts for couture Chanel (love this one)

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Natalie Portman in a darling LWD

Every designer and retailer offers a LWD this time of year. Here are some of my favorites in stores now.

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From left to right:
Lucca Couture Chiffon Tie Top Baby Doll Dress $69 from Urban Outfitters
Warehouse Metallic Lace Shift $83.50 from ASOS
Johann Earl for Urban Renewal Surplice Dress $59 from Urban Outfitters

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Knit Lace Dress $98 from Banana Republic
Scallop Lace Tube Dress $98 from Arden B.
Amie Maxidress in whisper gauze $69.99 from J. Crew

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Sunny Repose Dress $98 from Anthropologie
Calvin Klein Sleeveless V-Neck $99.50 from Macy’s
Pleated Bodice Dress $79.90 from Express
JNBY Asymmetrical Hem Tshirt Dress $80.90 from Nordstrom

There are so many great options for the LWD. It is the perfect summer staple and will quickly become your go-to item for all occasions. Paired with flip flops or heels, this dress is sure to be a hit.

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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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Lilac Time Of Year

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Growing up, we had a row of lilac bushes in our yard. I always looked forward to spring because the air would be full of the heavenly aroma of lilac. It is my favorite scent. Not to mention, they are very pretty and make lovely floral arrangements. Unfortunately, they don’t last long. And the bush we planted a few years ago has yet to produce blooms. What’s a girl to do? Well, the right home fragrance can make all the difference and give you the scent without the flowers. I have tried many different lilac scented products, but the one that mimics the real deal the best are the products from Yankee Candle. My house is filled with the aroma of real lilacs and is so delicious. But just like the blooms, the products are a very limited edition. If you love lilacs as much as I do, run to Yankee Candle and try some (or all) of these fabulous items.

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Lilac Blossom Candle Collection $9.99-$27.99
These candles are fantastic and very long lasting. I usually get the big one and use it seasonally. They generally last a couple of years.

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Lilac Blossom Room Spray $7.99
This is perfect for filling your entire house with the scent of spring blooms. Not too perfumery, just amazingly lilac.

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Car Gel $4.99

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Car Jar $5.99
These are the ultimate car refreshers. Long-lasting and delicious, your car with smell like heaven.

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Reed Diffuser $9.99-$27.99
A decorative way to infuse your home with the scent of lilac. Not as strong as candles or room sprays, but emit enough scent to bring the outdoors inside.

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Scent Plug-In Refills $6.99+
We always have plug-ins throughout our house. It’s an easy and safe way to fill your home with the aroma of fresh lilac.

There are many other Lilac Blossom products available at Yankee Candle. If you’re a fan of spring’s favorite flower, you will enjoy these home scent products. They are yummy!

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Alberta Ferritti For Macy’s

Well, Macy’s has done it again. Another amazing designer is debuting a collection for Macy’s Impulse line and it is fabulous. Alberta Ferritti for Macy’s Impulse line is an assortment of printed dresses, maxi gowns, and navy and white knit tops and sweaters. All the pieces are perfect for spring and very affordable. The line ranges from $49-$119. Here’s a peak at some of my favorite items.

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Sage Double-Knit Sweater $79
A beautiful layering piece

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Navy Lace Tunic $49
Tunics are really great as a seasonal transition piece. This one will be great with leggings or a pair of skinny denim.

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Floral Strapless Dress $79
The ultimate garden party dress.

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Beige Maxi Dress $109
This comes in three colors. The maxi dress is not going anywhere!

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Printed Peasant Dress $79
I love a good peasant dress and the pattern of this one is lovely.

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Floral Print Skirt $69
Long skirts are very on-trend this season.

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Orange One-Shoulder Gown $99
Orange is the hot shade for spring. This would be stunning bridesmaid gown.

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Floral Print Halter $59
This silhouette is wonderful for spring and summer. Super cute with cut-offs, but can easily be dressed up with a skirt or trouser.

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Fushia Wrap Dress $69
This color is fantastic with a tan. And every gal needs a wrap dress. They are flattering on every body type.

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Alberta Ferritti for Macy’s Impulse launches in stores and on-line April 17th. Don’t miss out on these spring goodies!

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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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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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