Accessory necessity of the week: Floral hair garlands. With the temperature getting as hot as the summer concert lineups, outdoor music festival accessories are beginning to spill over into mainstream fashion. One of my favorite new looks is the floral head garland. Inspired by hippie concertgoers of days past, this is a perfect example of how Woodstock syndrome has taken over the fashion world by storm. One of the great things about this look is you can decide how extreme you want to take it by either sporting a delicate wreath peaking through braids, or a full on wild-flower bouquet springing from your hair. Just make sure to keep it feminine and fun, without bordering into clown-like. Celebrity fans: Katy Perry, Vanessa Hudgens. Below is a link to an easy DIY page for creating your own personalized hair garland!
Fashion lust of the week: Neon. Whether it’s in jewelry, clothing, or shoes, neon is the new hue of summer. While I am still loving all of the pastels and florals we’ve been seeing in stores and on the runways, recently they have quite literally been over shone by the bright neon’s popping up everywhere. I particularly love this look when neon is confined to only one piece of an outfit to bring some edge and draw the eye in to the rest of your ensemble. Be careful not to go too overboard with this exuberant hue though, or you will undoubtedly be mistaken for a misplaced traffic cone. However, remember that neon is not meant to be serious, so have fun with this look by combining it with other trends from this season (stripes, floral patterns etc.) Celebrity fans: Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Dana Bourque. Below is a link to a beautiful neon skirt from Esther Boutique!
Accessory necessity of the week: T-shirt Necklaces. There are quite a few things that I love about these T-shirt necklaces (otherwise known as T-shirt scarves) that I have seen popping up everywhere from small boutiques to large fashion companies. First off, I love any item that can double as two accessories (a scarf and a necklace? Yes please!) Secondly, with Summer close by, it is a smart idea to start adding pieces to your wardrobe that can make the easy transition from cold to warm weather. Lastly, and probably most importantly, this is an incredibly easy DIY piece! Save some money, recycle an old T-shirt, and plan a craft day with your girlfriends to make one! I personally plan on utilizing the next rainy day to do some spring cleaning, and make one for myself. Below are two links. The first is to a great site with instructions on how to make your own (as well as ideas for different variations you can try), and the second is to a lovely version that is for sale on Etsy!
My beauty obsession of the week: Ombré Hair. Anyone who knows me knows that I have had an ongoing love affair with this look for approximately the last year. However, now that the summer months are quickly approaching, ombré hair has come back in full force! Ombré is a french word meaning “shadow”, or a gradation in color. Essentially, this is what the style entails: your hair gradating from dark at the roots, to light at the tips. After finally trying the look for myself there were a few great things that I discovered. 1) It is possibly the easiest hair color to maintain as the more your roots grow out, the better it looks 2) You can control how drastic you want it to be. Either lighten the tips slightly for a subtly summer kissed look, or go for a more extreme variation by dyeing the bottom of your hair as light as possible. I myself initially tried a more understated version of the ombré to begin with, and then discovered I loved it so much that I went back to the salon and had it lightened significantly more for the Spring! Celebrity fans: Rachel Bilson, Drew Barrymore, Alexa Chung. Below is a link to a step-by-step guide to DIY, however now that this look has become so popular, more and more hair salons are now offering this hair coloring technique at a fairly inexpensive price!
Fashion lust of the week: cropped tops paired with high waists. While this look may not be for everyone, there are so many variations on this style that are currently coming out, that I truly believe almost anyone can find a variation of this outfit to rock. The key is pairing the right combination of cropped top with high waisted skirt/short/or pant. Firstly you want to make sure you find a top that is cropped at the most flattering point on your stomach or waist, and secondly that you are only showing a small sliver of skin (this is crucial, otherwise your look can drastically turn from flirty and fun to garish and gaudy). My particular favorite variations on the newly popular crop-top craze involve girlie floral patterns (such as on the Dolce & Gabbana runways this spring), or tribal prints with defined structures. So go ahead and give it a try. You might just discover this is a new summer trend you love! Celebrity fans: Zoe Kravitz, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus. Below are three links. The first are two great options for you to try: a sweet lacy option from Free People, and another more expensive tribal pattern from Mara Hoffman (that is simply drool-worthy). The third is a link to Selena Gomez at the Teen Choice Awards wearing the Dolce & Gabbana ensemble fresh from the runway. Enjoy!