NY Fashion Week is Underway!

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New York fashion week is in full swing! There will be lots to see on the catwalk this week and since we are not all going to be sitting front row smelling the sweat, here is a link where you can watch the runway live and keep up with whats happening:

http://newyorkfashionweeklive.com/

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The NY shows will continue until September 12. Enjoy and tell us some of your favorite collections and designers!

Have a Magical Day!

-Megg

“Come and Get it…..” Selena’s Style

Selena Gomez has made her way from a Disney it girl, to a Hollywood heart breaker. Despite the wrath she got from the Biebster’s fans during their on again off again relationship, Selena seems to be loved by all. From TV series like Barney and Friends and Wizards of Waverly Place, to music like Disney channel cover tracks and records of her very own, Selena has made it happen and become a star.

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At the 2013 VMA’s Selena received The Best Pop Video award for her newest single “When your Ready Come and Get it.” The award just confirmed the huge success of the song, but music isn’t all Selena has going for her. Her personal style is something to pay attention to. Selena’s fashion is right on. She dresses trend right, appropriate, and looks comfortable in her own skin. Her confidence radiates though her wardrobe whether she is walking down the red carpet, or out the door of Starbucks. Selena’s style is simple, elegant, and comfortable.

Selena’s red carpet looks can be summed up with the word “Elegant.” The pieces she chooses to wear have enough detail and WOW factor to hold their own. She doesn’t often need many accessories, keeping her outfits simple and uncomplicated. Selena’s best accessory is her own true beauty, and that’s what we love about her!

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Selena Gomez’s Elegant Style

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Selena Gomez’s Elegant Style

Even on the streets Selena stays true to herself. Her comfortable, casual look makes her seem “for real” and down to earth. Combat style boots, denim, scarves, and slouchy tops seem to be her thing. Shes got edge that’s for sure; and might I add she is great at pulling off the Grunge Chic look 🙂

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Selena Gomez’s Casual Style

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Selena Gomez’s Casual Style

There you have it, Selena is a Style star. She seems to be conscious of looking appropriate for her age, the occasion, and her own personal style. Those qualities alone make her an amazing style role model. Whats your favorite look of Selena’s? Post here or on our Facebook page 🙂

Have a Magical Day!

-Megg

Get Started with Fall: Pantone’s Fall 2013 Color Report

Speaking of Fall Fashion….. Take a look at Pantone’s 2013 Fall Fashion Color Report.

Its already August and September will be here in the blink of an eye. We need to start our prep work so we’re ready to take on this new season.

Pantone’s color report is a survey of famous designers who give their expertise every year on what colors will be the highlight of each season. Click here to download the report, read it through, and see what these fabulous designers have to say about this years color trends.

What colors are you looking forward to this fall?

What are your favorite fall pieces to wear?

Personally, may favorite fall pieces are boots and patterned scarves. I can’t wait to add more drama and depth to my style with these deep tones and expressive colors. 🙂

We look forward to hearing from you! Post your answers below and enter your email to start following us today!

Have a Magical Day!

-Megg

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Just Say “YES”

A recent conversation with a very wise friend reminded me the power and impact of the word “NO”. Two letters, one syllable, yet so powerful. The word is so definite, so abrupt, and extremely deflating. “NO” is simply overused.

When it comes to fashion, the only way to keep up is to say “YES.” How many times have you seen a new trend and thought, or said out loud, “I would NEVER wear that. What are these people thinking?” only to be buying into that same trend two months later because, oh ya it actually is cool. Been there. Sometimes we put our foot in our mouth when it comes to new styles because well, they are new and unfamiliar. As creatures of habit its what we do. New trends are always around the corner. Unless you want to turn in your “chic card,” you will need not judge and just try. What can it hurt? You may as well be ahead of the game so that when the others do catch up, they will see what you knew all along 😉 Invigorating right?

Here is a list of upcoming 2013 Fall trends to look out for and start thinking about saying “YES” to.

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Image from “Glamour

Blue Shades: Mixing different shades of blue is a huge upcoming trend; so many shades, so little time!

Shiny Fabric: Metallic fabrics, glossy leather, and smooth silhouettes is a must for a fall look that shines.

Super-sized Coats: You will sure be warm this winter. Over-sized outerwear is where its at.

Grunge: patterns like plaid, rock inspired pieces, and irreverent prints help build this layered style.

Impactful Details: Jewels, feathers, appliques and embellishments that steal the show and make the look.

Structural Bags: Boxy shapes, clean lines and sharp edges is what makes these accessories sleek.

Stabilized Shoes: thicker heels, rounded toes, heavier soles, these will make for a more comfortable day. YAY 🙂

Opportunities are everywhere and “NO” stops them in their tracks. Opportunities to learn, try a new food, test a new idea, accomplish something in a different way, meet new people, wear something unique, try a new trend, or push yourself out of your comfort zone, can all be missed by this simple word. I don’t mean to sound like an exerpt from the movie “Yes Man” but we could really learn something from good old Jim Carey. If you say “YES” to an idea you may learn something new, or maybe a better way to accomplish something. if you say “YES” to meeting new people, you could be creating a connection that will lead to great friendships, business ventures, or…. more opportunities! if you say “YES” to something that will push yourself out of your comfort zone, you may realize you are capable of that much more. If you say “YES” to new fashions, your style will always be top notch and fearless. What do you have to loose? NOTHING! What do you have to gain? If nothings else, knowledge. You now know what you like and don’t like, what works and doesn’t. Great! Move on to the next “YES” and learn something else. 🙂

I hope this gets you thinking and excited for what’s to come. This article from FABSUGAR, Fall Fashion Trends 2013” will give you a closer look at each trend. Tell us what trends your unsure about and which ones you are excited to say “YES” to! We can’t wait to hear so post below!!!

Have a Magical Day!

-Megg

11 Things to do This Summer

With the 4th of July behind us, it seems the summer is flying by fast. Don’t let these precious days slip away. Take advantage of the time that’s left. Here are 11 things to do to make the most of your summer:

1. Start a reading list….. or a book. The idea of a whole list may be overwhelming, but just start with one and you may find yourself on a book binge. 🙂

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2. Clean out your closet and have a garage sale. Take the stylist in you to the streets and merchandise your gently used attire on your driveway. Pay your fashion forward and earn some dough for your new looks 🙂

3. Write your name in the sand. This would require a trip to the beach! Don’t forget your favorite fashion magazines, iPod, and of course…. SUNSCREEN!

4. Do a DIY project for your home. Pinterest has loads of ideas and tutorials on do it yourself projects from furniture to home decor updates. What a great time to put on your tool belt and try them out.

5. Take pictures. With the convenience of camera phones and sharing though instagram, document your summer and share with your friends. You will be happy to look back in the winter when you are cold and sitting in the dark at 5:00 pm.

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6. Catch a late night movie with your favorite someone. Summer movies are known for being the best of the year. After a long day in the sun, a good movie in a cool theater is just the ticket.

7. Try going blonde. If you have always wondered…. now is the time. Try lightening your locks with these natural techniques. If you decide that blondes don’t have more fun, your dark strands will be back by winter.

8. Save some gas and ride your bike. Invest in a cute basket for the front and you’ll be good to go. Think of all the extra exercise you will get and the $ you will save on gas. You can put that toward your closet 🙂

9. Sing around a bonfire. Despite the awkward start, EVERYONE will love it in the end. Just like nobody has met a Christmas carol they didn’t find catchy, nobody has met a bonfire that didn’t make them want to sing. Its just the way it is… KUMBAYA!

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Here is a pic of Morgan and I in Chicago a couple summers ago… Memories!

10. Take a vacation. It doesn’t matter if it is just a weekend getaway, or not a getaway at all but a few days off in a row. It is so important for your sanity to take a break and relax. Go up north for a weekend, or on a glam-ping trip. Or if you can’t get away, just take a few consecutive days off and treat yourself to morning coffee on the porch, a day at the beach, and reading in the park.

11. Sign up for a fun run. There are tons of organized runs in the summer. Whether a 5k or whole marathon; it is always fun and a great activity to do friends and family. The challenge is fulfilling and the endorphins from exercise makes you happier 🙂

Let us know what you do this summer! Enjoy these last summer months 🙂

Have a Magical Day!

-Megg

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The Fashion of the Flag

Happy 4th of July! As we all gather together with family and friends to celebrate the birthday of our country, the American Flag is a prominent focus. July 4th is a great day to learn a little about our flag, and  the history of its design and construction. As fashionistas, we all know a thing or too about presentation, and a flag to present our country… well that needs to be perfect. The fashion of the American Flag evolved as all fashions do.  From thirteen stripes and thirteen stars in 1777, to fifteen stripes and fifteen stars in 1794, back to thirteen stripes and 15 stars in 1818, and finally to thirteen stripes and 50 shining stars since 1960, the flag we know today has been the official design for 53 years.

Betsy Ross was the first designer of the American Flag. She designed and constructed the thirteen stars and thirteen striped flag during the American Revolution. She arranged the thirteen stars in a circle to represent the thirteen colonies, and has shown to distinguish her design from the flag designs to come.

The current design for the American Flag was created by Robert G. Heft in 1958 as a high school project. When his design was accepted by the United States Congress, his teacher decided it was only fair to raise his grade of a B- to an A… (I’d say so.)

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The official specifications for the size and color shades of the Flag was given in Executive Order 10834, by Dwight D. Eisenhower, on August 21, 1959. According to the article,  “Flag of the United States,” from Wikipedia, these are the official meanings of each color:

Red: Hardiness and Valor

White: Purity and Innocence

Blue: Vigilance, Perseverance, and Justice.

Fashion evolution is everywhere. Especially in something so historical, official and respected; design and make become important and necessary to ensure the proper representation. Just as we dress to impress, and are conscious of how our choices represent who we are, the American Flag represents who we are as a country. From thirteen stars to fifty, our flag has stood and still stands for growth, freedom, strength, and unity.

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I will leave you with an outfit I put together to wear today 🙂 The flag can be worn; and to embrace my “sporty chic” side, I just HAD to have this American Flag baseball cap!

Enjoy the day with your friends and family watching fireworks, barbequing, and celebrating the free country we are blessed to live in! Maybe teach them a thing or to about the fashion of the flag 😉

Have a Magical Day!

-Megg

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The Touchdown of Sporty Chic

Women everywhere are trading in their drawstring sweatpants and bagging t-shirts for bold stripes, sporty jackets, and high top high heels. From white piping, leather baseball caps, athletic inspired shoes, and graphic tees, the sporty chic trend is gaining traction and going for the gold. Designers all over are “mashing” together your athletic wear with your Sunday best, giving it sophistication, structure, and a shot at the coolest new trend of the season.

So how can you rock the sporty look? Keep the “mash up” in mind. A striped dress with your low vans sneakers, cut off jean shorts with a graphic tee and stylish varsity jacket, or a pair of high heel high tops with your favorite silk parachute crops or shorts.  These are all ideas you can use to incorporate sporty chic into your look. Just add a few pieces to your wardrobe and start to mix and match what you already have.

Here are a few basics you can add to your wardrobe:

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The Varsity Style Jacket: A great way to bring structure to a casual look or, bring casual chic to your otherwise dressy attire, like a dress or skirt.

Bold Stripes: Bold strips and colors are in athletic wear everywhere. From pinstriped team jerseys to neon running gear, the use of either will bring some sport into your style. Look for pieces with pin striping, piping, or color blocking.

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Athletic Inspired Heels: These are very unique and are becoming evermore popular. Try them out. They could be totally you, or a total strike out; but they are sure to take your sporty look to new heights.

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Chic Baseball Cap: Floral patterns, stripes, leather, and unique prints. You can find a chic baseball cap anywhere this season. Build your look around your hat and choose simple pieces on the bottom like a plain tee and denim cut-off shorts. Or double up on sport, and pair it with a varsity jacket and cotton dress.  Have fun and trust me…. YOU DON’T LOOK BAD IN A BASEBALL CAP… embrace it. 🙂

There are loads of ways to bring out the Sporty Spice in you. Play around and have fun with new ideas and bold looks. Try stepping outside the box a little; we know you’ll hit a home run!

Have a Magical Day!

-Megg

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“Pretty Fly for a White Guy”

Fathers Day; A day to celebrate being “Daddy’s little Princess.” Cause really it all circles back to you….. they are so blessed that they are able to be a father to you…. right? Ok so maybe that’s a bit much 🙂 While I’m sure your father feels blessed to have you as a child, today is all about you being blessed to have them as your #1 DAD. For me, I am lucky to have a Dad who still treats me like a Princess. From teaching me how to ride a bike, to a car, to walking me down the aisle, I am grateful to say he has always been my #1 fan. While I could go on and on bragging about all wonderful things my dad is, (and let me tell you he is great!) this is a place for fashion and I would like to take the opportunity to share the gift of  style and  touch on some 2013 Men summer trends.

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While you may not want your dad testing the waters on all of theses fashion statements, (they may be a tad “bold”) steering him in the direction of what’s hot now can help update his look and keep him “fly.” 😉 Here is a list of some of the top trends on the runways this season:

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1. Stripes

2. Camouflage

3. Neon and vibrant colors

4. Colored Suits

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5. Tailored Shorts

6. Patterns

7. Baseball jackets

Many on the list are similar trends in women fashion as well, (see Happy Memorial Day on Camouflage.) but mens style seems to be bright and polished with vibrant colors and tailored cuts. Now I personally don’t know about my dad stepping out in a neon pink suit or head to toe camo; but perhaps he could sport some tailored shorts with a bright colored polo or a cool baseball jacket. Adding some stripes and OR pattern here and there will give a little update without the embarrassment of your dad trying to be a hipster …. we’ve all been there. 😉 Being fashionable is important at any age and Fathers should be allowed to step outside the box and keep up with the times. Variety is the spice of life and sticking to one look is boring. Just ensure they remain supervised while “stepping.”

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My Dad’s “Super Flyness”

Help your Dad update his look a little and share some of these tips. We all know men out there that can use a fashion pick me up and as a style savvy daughter, son, or friend, you must bare the burden of steering them in the right direction.

To my Daddy and all the other Dads out there.. Happy Fathers Day! You’re super fly!  😉

Have a Magical Day!

-Megg

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How to Dress in a Way that Says …“Go You!”

According to the United States Census Bureau there are over 7 BILLION people in this world growing at a rate of one birth every 8 seconds and shrinking at rate of one death every 12 seconds. Out of all 7 billion and counting people, you are the only one with your unique qualities. God made us all to have different personalities, tastes, body types, interests, thoughts, dreams, goals etc. That’s what makes you so wonderful!

Fashion is a great tool to embrace your individuality. The way you dress is a direct reflection of who you are. Simply stepping out the door, walking into a room, or posting a picture on Facebook can say a lot about you, without saying anything at all. No pressure or anything…. 😉 I have put together three simple steps that you can implement in your closet everyday, keeping the stress away and staying true to yourself:

Step 1. Dress

Step 2. Style

Step 3. Separate

Below we take a look at these steps in term of  layers you can add to your basic top and bottom and put your best self-forward everyday with confidence:

Base: You are the base. (Hopefully you are at least wearing a top and a bottom piece 😉 )

Layer 1, “Dress”: Think of your outfit in terms of three. It is more than just a top and bottom, there is also a third piece involved.  A cardigan, a jacket, a belt etc. these pieces create dimension and a sense of thoughtfulness to your look. The simple addition of a third piece can takes you from being “Clothed,” to being “Dressed.”

Layer 2, “Style”: Add another layer. Bring in a WOW piece. A scarf, a necklace, a hat. The addition that can take your look from ordinary to extraordinary. This is what sets you apart from being “Dressed” to being “Styled.” If you get to this point everyday, your in it. This is what gives you an opportunity to create your personal style. Have fun experimenting with ways to wear scarves, and different types of jewelry. You have lots of room to play with various looks and styles. Some will be winners and others not so much. Every chance is worth taking because now you know something about your style that you didn’t before. Have fun and don’t be afraid to try new things.

Layer 3, “Separate”: In addition to the WOW pieces, layer three is all about details. The ring, the dangle earrings, the stack of bangles or a flower pin that you could add to your jacket or hair. These are the icing on the cake. There are many sylish details you can add to your outfit. You might add a necklace that matches the color of your shoes, and a ring that compliments your bracelet. Maybe the necklace comes with matching earrings and a bow for your hair and….. whoa there! Rein it in! Details are just that; details. They are not to be used to overtake the star of the show; you! Too much of a good thing can be bad, but just enough can make the perfect statement. Watch out for over accessorizing, but don’t be afraid to add details, just not ALL of them. Details allow you to separate your look from the crowd, show a unique personal style, and take your look from being “Styled” to being “Fashion Forward.”

Here’s another way to think about it. Take this couch as an example:

Base: Plain Jane, lets call this the blank canvas… the possibilities are endless!

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This base couch is certainly a functional piece of furniture. It will do the job,  but feels a little cold and uninviting.

Layer 1: Lets throw a couple  pillows on that couch!

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The pillows pull the couch together making the thought of a comfortable couch more complete. This is not a bad looking couch by any means…. I’d sit on it 🙂

Layer 2: Lets throw on a couple more!

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Now we are starting to see some personality! The extra pillows add texture creating a theme and visual interest. Look how just the two extra pillows and the use of pattern make the couch feel  more warm and cozy.

Layer 4: One last touch.

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There’s that icing! The one piece that stylizes this couch giving it a voice. It now says something. It welcomes you to come join the party, snuggle up, bring the latest edition of Instyle,  some hot tea, and turn on your favorite tunes!

Whether its styling yourself or your living room, just adding a few simple pieces can make a big impact. It is important to embrace your individuality and show who you are. Putting the time and extra care into your style can give you a huge confidence boost preparing you to take on each day with a positive attitude and an extra skip in your step. When you look good…. you feel good. Being who you are on the inside and out is the best feeling 🙂 So go to your closets and start playing dress up! Dress, Style, Separate and start finding your personal style one outfit at at time.

Tell us what you think below or post to our Facebook page. Share your new ideas for looks, and tell us how you make your fashion choices each day; we can’t wait to hear from you!

Have a Magical Day!

-Megg

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Happy Memorial Day!

Ahhh memorial day; a day to kick off the summer bbq’s, backyard games, and fun in the sun. A luxury we have thanks to so many men and women who are fighting or have fought for the freedom of our country. They deserve honor and appreciation for all that they do. Not only do the men and women of our military encourage us to believe in the USA and unite together, their attire has inspired the runways of the 2013 fall and winter fashion shows.

The catwalk was filled with soldierly inspired coats, boots, and prints. Military chic is in, bringing strength and power to your wardrobe. Combat boots, camouflage prints and cargo jackets are trending for fall  and will be must have pieces in your closet.

Its never to early to start planning for the season to come. Look out for colors like army green, black, navy, mustard  and camouflage. All done in more feminine silhouettes, the details of large buttons, breast pockets and epaulettes, bring the force and power of a military look.

Cargo jackets, skinny pants and skirts in khaki, army green, camo. and black leather all have a place in  your closet. They are a chic and casual way to beef up your style. The tough “battleground” heritage of this look may be intimidating at first, but these trends will help you to embrace your inner strength, and bring authority to your look. SHOPSTYLE by POPSUGAR organized a great collection of pieces you can shop to get you started. Check it out here.

On Memorial Day we reflect on our military soldiers and what they have done to preserve our safety. We are privileged and free as a country, and in the midst of our hectic lives,we forget to be thankful and honor those that fight to keep it that way. This fall and winter we have an opportunity to keep our soldiers in mind everyday as we look into our closets and sport our military looks. Lets make it more than an outfit! Take the time to thank God and pray for our military, their families and our country. Thank you to all who have served and fought for us. Your willingness to lay your lives on the line is heroic and honorable….not to mention your ever so chic attire 🙂

We are excited to embrace this trend and see what looks you can come up with. Let us know what you think, and how you plan on becoming military chic this fall. Comment below or post your input to our Facebook page!

Have a Magical Day!

-Megg