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ImageThe newest issue of Elle magazine, featuring Katy Perry against an eye-catching pink background on the cover, is necessary for anyone interested in fashion on all levels. There are 600 pages of fashion-filled goodness, with no exclusions. Everything you need to know about ready-to-wear fall trends and what’s hitting the runways for this season is included in this mega issue. The designer and brand advertisements alone tell a story about emerging trends and what we can expect in months to come. By flipping through the magazine’s pages I have a clear idea of what silhouettes, cuts, styles, prints, colors, and fabrics I should be on the lookout for. Sacrifice the $4.99 you would normally be spending on a latte or macchiato tomorrow and instead invest it in this issue of Elle.

You won’t regret it.

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I’ll be the first to proudly admit that I have a slight infatuation with Lauren Conrad and all the great contributions she has made within her career to the world of ready-to-wear fashion. More than anything, I’m in love with her new fall collection for Kohl’s. I love that she always maintains her signature style both in how she dresses and the designs that she creates for her collections. Many of the pieces are feminine, delicate, and casually elegant in their own way. You can shop most of the styles now both online and in-store.

Enjoy some of my favorite looks:

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Okay, so let me start off by saying this – I apologize to my readers and followers about my absenteeism for the entire month of July. I realize that I did not update or post anything new for at least a few weeks now, as I have been busy with work and other things. Of course this is no excuse to keep you guys out of the loop and I have never let such a substantial amount of time ever go by in the past between my posts. Where I have always been a fairly frequent blogger, I plan on continuing with that from here on out. I hope to update you all 2-3 times per week with the latest trend and fashion news, per usual. It’s a great turning point in the season and I’ll be sure to have an abundance of things to blog about for fall! Thank you to all of those who follow my blog and browse back on previous posts; I appreciate your interest and support.

Now let’s kick this off…

As you all know, color has made a major comeback in recent times and each season always has its standout hues that we just cannot get enough of. Mid-summer seemed to have brought about lots of teal tones and lively reds and fiery mandarin shades. Normally toward the close of summer I would expect to see the transition of very subtle colors, many resembling that of mainly neutral tones. However, I’ve been noticing that fall is already becoming partial to red; nothing fancy or straying from the ordinary. I’m talking about your familiar, typical strawberry red. In addition to that, I’m pleased and pretty excited that wine (or better known as “burgundy” to many of you) is making an appearance in a lot of the early fall collections that I’ve already seen so far. It’s a fantastically rich and powerful color that could never cease to catch your attention but it still finds a way to work well with the toned down, deep, and earthy/metallic shades that we best associate with autumn. Red (and wine, for that matter) have never been my colors of choice but I’m eager to actually give them a shot and I can personally bet you that I grow to love them a lot more quickly than I could have thought possible.

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Bebe Peplum Pencil Skirt in red; $69

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Bebe Quilted Bow Clutch in red; $69

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Rag & Bone Audry Top in red; $255

 

So the question is, are you loving this color trend?

 

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Guess Moto Zip Skinny Pants in wine; $108

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ImageBold black & white stripes; yellow python print; and leopard trim.. these mesh!? Well, whether they do or not, this Giuseppe Zanotti pump looks super fierce and undoubtedly grabbed my attention. I’ve always said not to mix TOO MANY patterns, as in more than two at a time, but there are always exceptions in fashion, right? The pop of yellow in the heel is what makes this shoe unique and being courageous enough to throw in an entirely different print as the trim makes this one fashion forward piece of footwear.

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Hope you all had a great weekend! Whether you were rocking a sombrero in spirit of Cinco de Mayo or you were sporting an oversized hat of crazy proportions in representation of the Kentucky Derby yesterday, I hope you had fun and I hope you did it in style. I apologize to my bloggers for my absenteeism with my posts; I never used to post this scarcely before but I will be sure to have a slew of posts for you in this upcoming week! Happy Sunday 🙂

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In 1981, the inception of one of the most well-known and respected brands of fashion came to be: Guess. Today they are celebrating 30 years of stylish and sexy success and in honor of that, select stores across the country are engaging in 30th anniversary parties complete with catering, live DJs, giveaways, and rewards to customers. However, the best part about this anniversary celebration lies within the exclusive, limited edition 30th Anniversary Collection that was brought back specifically for this special time. Original patterns, designs, and fits of some of Guess’ famed original clothing is being sold once again in their original fabrics and the three decade old styles couldn’t be more amazing.

Hence the checkered, cropped pants that I cannot stop obsessing about even if I tried! The same adorable pattern trickles over into a cropped, button-down top. And yes, who can forget those ultra retro daisy pants? Throw in some original tees, a leopard top, and a bustiere that looks like it was made for Claudia Schiffer and Claudia Schiffer only, and you have some of the incredible collection to commemorate “30 sexy years” for Guess.

"Beverly Sophie Gingham Pant"

30th Anniversary Guess Collection

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Who loves the neon trend?! I sure do! Years ago, neon was so taboo and a throwback to the 80s, which some may love and others may not. Neon can sometimes be thought of as tacky, loud, obnoxious, unprofessional, and risky. Well, it’s funny how things change so swiftly with time, eh? Take a second to realize that neon is not so bad and the world therefore needs to quit bludgeoning its reputation. Just with any color, pattern, or fabric trend, wear it sparingly and with good taste. An overload of anything is probably going to make anyone cringe with horror and dismay, so as the old adage goes, less is more. In other words, if you want to rock the neon trend, then do it! Just start out with a neon accessory, like a watch or bracelet or scarf. Once you’ve become comfortable, spring for the bright top you’ve been eying at Neiman Marcus or totally buy yourself a loudly hued handbag. Personally, I think neon shoes make any outfit a little wild and a little fun. When I said that less is more, I meant it, so please, please, please be conscientious when wearing neon. Mixing colors is one thing but mixing neon colors derives from a completely different set of fashion rules.

Here’s a whole lot of neon rolled into one shoe by Brian Atwood:

Brian Atwood Alima Neon Patent Leather Pumps; $795

Need more neon footwear? This link to polyvore.com has an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G selection.

http://www.polyvore.com/neon_heels/shop?p=2&query=neon+heels

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