Spring Fever

I don’t know about the rest of you, but CLE is getting hit with some nasty winter weather today and it has me craving warmer spring days more than ever!  So to get my spirits up, of course it’s been all about online browsing for pictures of beaches, sun, and warm weather fashion to lift my mood.  Here’s sharing in the hopes of brightening your cold weather mood – or if you’re somewhere warm, here’s something to look at.  Enjoy!

MULTICOLORED LACE-UP SANDAL, ZARA.com, $129

Faith Connexion Sleeveless Ribbed Knit Flare Dress, INTERMIXONLINE.com, $570

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Waiting (not so patiently) for spring to finally make an appearance!

xoxo,

Emiko

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A Holiday Treat For Your Feet

One thing that I love about this time of year is getting dressed up.  You have holiday parties and events, catching up with old friends who are in town – whatever the case may be, though, there’s something special about getting decked out this month.  The holidays bring about extra bling, sequins, metallics, luxurious and rich fabrics – that holiday cheer goes right into your wardrobe and I LOVE it!  So while we’re talking about blinging things out, let’s get talking about the best party shoes this season (my feet are already jumping with major excitement!)  They’re always my favorite of the year because they’re extra done up – extra glitter, extra metallic, extra punch.  So here is some inspiration and my must haves to get your feet in the holiday spirit!

 

 

 

 Must Haves

ASOS PRECIOUS High Heels with Jewelled Metal Toe Caps, ASOS.com, $79.16

I love these super feminine and blinged out shoes!  The metallic cap toe is spot on and the jewels add some extra shine to the pretty blush nude shoe.  These are great for both casual and more formal parties and can even be rocked at work.  Try pairing with a pretty LWD (also known as little white dress) and layer with a pretty white or sequin blazer or your favorite soft cardigan for a more formal look, or try rocking an all white look paired with these for a little more casual.  These will also pair well with color, given that they’re neutral, so if you want to rock some festive oxblood or red, give it a shot!

Opozed Black Multi, SteveMadden.com, $139.95

Definitely for the girl who likes edge.  These sky high, spiked babies are a great way to add some punch to your holiday look.  Pair these with a great pencil skirt and a slinky blouse, or with a tailored pair of trousers or denim with a pretty slouchy sweater.  These will also work well with your more formal cocktail attire.  What’s great is that you can rock these with some funky tights or socks throughout winter and pair these towers with your favorite spring and summer looks too.

Boutique 9 Nickeya Glitter Mary Jane Pumps, Saks.com, $150

In the words of Carrie Bradshaw, “Hello, Lover”.  I just bought a pair of holiday shoes (you’ll see them below), but I may have to buy another pair because these are too good to pass up (hey, you can never have too many shoes, right?!)!  I’m all about the glitz and glitter this season so it’s no surprise that these shoes would be on the top of my list.  I’m already dreaming up the ways I would style them: with a fabulous sweater dress and a gold metal belt, with a great pair of black lace or jacquard pants and a super crisp white button down and glamorous statement necklace, with my skinny jeans, a graphic slouchy tee-shirt and my favorite blazer, a sexy, backless LBD, wide-leg white trousers with a white sheer tee – should I stop now?  Ok, so you get my drift on these.

Sergio Rossi Godiva Suede Pump, IntermixOnline.com, $575

A classic black pump in rich suede is a fantastic way to liven up your holiday looks.  This shoe is timeless and works with everything – yes, EVERYTHING.  So you’ll get plenty of mileage out of this shoe well past the holidays.  Again, pair with everything.

Zoe, Shoemint.com, $79.98

OK – so here are my new holiday shoes.  I saw these bad boys and couldn’t resist, and the best part is that they will be delivered today (I’ll be sure to post about them and show how I styled – promise!).  Anyways, I love these because they’re classic with a serious twist.  Edgy spikes and crazy metallic silver?  I’m sold.  These will pair well with trousers, skirts, dresses, jeans, prints, colors, neutrals – you get my drift.  These will definitely be making their rounds – starting this weekend!

Nina ‘Bessy’ Pump, Nordstrom.com, $78.95

 I love a great kitten heel and this sexy red one is perfect for the holidays. It’s also a comfortable option to those sky high heels, especially if you know you won’t be sitting much during the night.  Pair these with some fun tartan print pants (JCrew has a great pair here), a pretty lace skirt – skater or pencil – is a fantastic option paired with a pretty blouse or cozy sweater, or for casual pair with skinnys and a great chunky knit turtleneck sweater.

Ayarza, AldoShoes.com, $150

Yes, ladies, those holiday shoes can be found in bootie style too.  For those whole would much rather keep their feet bundled up in the warmth of a boot, here is a great holiday option.  I love the ombre effect of the studs and sequins and these, too, can be worn with anything.

 

So girls – treat your feet to some holiday cheer with a great pair of festive shoes!  They’ll brighten your mood and add the perfect amount of holiday glitz to any party outfit.

 

xoxo,

 

Emiko

 

p.s.  If you want more styling tips and need some holiday gift giving ideas, head over to A New Mode for more articles by me and my holiday gift list series!

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Put Some Peplum In Your Step

The pretty peplum trend has been around for quite some time now, but that doesn’t mean the look is losing any of its thunder.  Fall and winter serve this trend up in ample amount, making this a great look for the season.  With the holidays coming up, peplums are a fantastic way to add some flare and volume to your best party looks.  Find some inspiration and my must haves here:

 

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Julie Haus Novak Top with Long Sleeves, Shopbop.com, $315

Yes, this is a pretty basic black top, but the peplum is what sold me.  This perfectly structured detail is eye catching and lovely.  This looks is great for any event and can be worn to work with ease.  Try pairing this with a pretty pencil skirt or some satin trousers for the office or weekend holiday parties, colored denim for casual, and a standout sequin skirt or elegant maxi for evening and dressier events.  Pair with a statement necklace and some arm candy for some extra punch.

Chevron Stripe Peplum Shell Top, Express.com,  $39.90

 This navy chevron striped top is a great basic with a twist.  So easy to layer under blazers, cardigans, and jackets and the peplum gives you some extra jazz.  Wear with your office attire or pair with your favorite denim and motorcycle boots for a fab casual look.

Peplum Skirt, Zara.com, $89.90

 I love peplum skirts.  I think they’re incredibly chic and super flattering.  The additional volume helps give you a real nipped in waist look and it’s a great play on your basic pencil skirt.  Again, you can pair this with anything.  For holiday parties, try working in with a pretty loose, sheer white blouse and tuxedo jacket, or pair with a body, sexy sequin top.

Art Gala Peplum Dress In Red, ShopRuche.com, $54.99

 This is a great option for someone who doesn’t like the big, voluminous peplum.  Although still a peplum, this particular detail is much sleeker and keeps the look slim and tailored.  This dress is great for your more dressed up holiday parties.  Try pairing with a pretty metallic cardigan or sequin blazer for some added holiday sparkle.

Ted Baker Peplum Jumper, ASOS.com, $173.68

Yes peplums come in sweater form, as evidenced by this super cute, super feminine pale pink jumper from Ted Baker.  A great way to change up your sweater collection a bit, this super girly sweater can be worn anywhere with anything.  Try playing up fabric contrast by pairing with a pretty chiffon or satin bottom, or edge it up a bit by going leather/pleather.  Adding a fun metallic or printed skinny belt at the waist is a fun added element to your look, but it will also help make your waist look even tinier.

Topshop Utilitarian Coat, Nordstrom.com, $130.10 (on sale)

If you’re looking for a new winter coat, this should definitely be on your list of options.  The military detailing is on trend right now and the peplum adds the perfect blend of volume and femininity.  This is definitely a coat you can wear everyday, and switching out the belt every once in awhile will add an extra statement to your outerwear and keep the look fresh.

Leather Peplum Skirt Waist Belt, ASOS.com, $43.86

For the daring who want to create their own peplum look, why not try a peplum belt.  I think that this is a fun and flattering look and allows you to get creative with your styling by turning items you already have in your closet into your very own, unique peplum styles.  Try pairing with a sweater dress, your favorite skirts (pencil, maxi, hi-low), with your favorite trousers (denim, leather, printed, satin, etc.), your perfect fitting LBD – you can try this with anything!  Have fun and get creative with this fab accessory.

 

So there you have it – some great peplum pieces to help you jump on the trend for winter.  And for those who are a little hesitant to try this trend, give it a go and start by trying on a variety of style peplum styles.  Once you find the cut that fits your body and that you feel comfortable in, your well on your way to becoming a peplum pro!

 

xoxo,

 

Emiko

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Go For Baroque

One trend I’m absolutely loving for fall is baroque.  The rich, luxurious glamour that comes with wearing a baroque piece is incomparable and it’s such a regal touch it adds to any look is fabulous.  Whether you go all out or add just a hint of baroque, you’ll still experience and exude everything that comes with the trend.  So find some inspiration and my must haves below:

 

 

 

Must Haves:

 

Baroque and Floral Print Top, Warehouse.andotherbrands.com, $53

A baroque top is a great way to add some of the trend to your wardrobe and it’s easy to style because it’s like working with any graphic tee.  This more casual, yet equally baroque-y top, can be worked into just about any look.  Whether you tuck it or leave it untucked, you can rock this shirt with any of your bottoms.  And, layer under fur (faux or real) vests, leather jackets, blazers, denim jackets – see, you can pair it with anything!

Prada ‘Baroque’ Round Sunglasses, Nordstorm.com, $290

I’m have a little bit of an obsession with sunglasses and I would say that these top the list for me right now.  The round, oversized shade, the glamorous baroque scroll detail – what’s not to love?  These are perfect for days when you’re feeling extra diva-ish or just looking for a fashionable way to hide your next morning hangover.  You can pair these with everything, but I personally love the contrast of pairing these with some torn, slouchy jeans, your favorite broken in long-sleeve tee, and a great pair of flats.

ASOS Premium Baroque Pants, ASOS.com, $58.93 (on sale)

A less bold statement, but baroque nonetheless, these pants still give you richness without being in your face.  Definitely work appropriate and a great way to go from the office to happy hour.  Try pairing with a cream tee and navy blazer or with a pretty feminine blouse or sweater.  For something more edgy, try pairing with a graphic tee or sweater and some serious statement jewelry.

Navy Baroque Shift Dress, DorthyPerkins.com, $49 (on sale)

Shift dresses are great because they’re incredibly comfortable and easy to wear.  What’s great about this particular dress, besides the print, is that it’s tailored so it hugs the body more making for a sleeker look.  Try layering under an oversized/boyfriend fit cardigan, you could throw a sweater over to create a top/skirt look, or try layering over a sheer or textured top to create a contrast sleeve.

Ecote Iridescent Clutch – Black – One Size, UrbanOutfitters.com, $49

A simple way to add baroque to any look is with accessories.  This ornate bag is great for the holidays and for any of your nights on the town or formal events.  Works just as well with your casual wear as it does with your favorite evening look.  Try letting this beauty stand out on it’s own or go all out and mix it with some more baroque or printed looks.

Baroque Smoking Loafers, Anthropologie.com, $298

Yes, baroque is even perfect for your feet!  Shoe your soles some glamorous love in these amazing flats.  There’s nothing you can’t wear theses with, and I’m pretty sure there’s nothing you won’t want to wear these with.  So my styling tip here: wear with everything!

 

Baroque is a great way to add some bling and richness to your wardrobe, and it’s especially great for the upcoming holiday season.  To achieve the look try to stick to scrolls, swirls, rich patterns and colors, jacquard fabrics, metallics and golds, damask prints will work – basically, if it’s over the top it’s most likely baroque.  If you’re still not sold, head to style.com to check out looks from Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, and Marchesa for some of the best looks of the season.  Will you go for baroque?

 

xoxo,

 

Emiko

 

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Up To Your (Turtle)Neck

Turtlenecks are making a comeback and I have to say I’m totally on-board.  I’ve always had a little bit of a soft sport for the look – it must come from my young days of wearing them as a figure skater?  But thank the fashion gods that this look has evolved into a super chic and sophisticated look to rock for winter!  They were splashed all over the fall 2012 runways and now you can style them into your everyday wardrobe to give you a fun twist on your favorite shirts and sweaters.  So find some inspiration and my must have picks below:

 

 

Must Haves:

Splendid 1×1 Turtleneck, Shopbop.com, $52

A classic, staple turtleneck.  Easy to pair with anything you have in your closet and the jersey fabric makes this piece really easy to wear.  Try pairing with your favorite boyfriend jeans and some flats or wedge booties for a casual look.  Or why not try pairing with a pair of (faux or real) leather pants, a tuxedo blazer and some studded motorcycle boots or pointed toe heels for a great look for night.

One tip: try layering under chambray, tartan, or printed button ups, or even under boyfriend fit/slouchy cardigans, to keep the look fresh.  Layering under a slimmer fit cardi or sweater can make the overall look come off a little dated.

Oversized Turtleneck With Pockets, AlexanderWang.com, $210 (on sale)

Perfect for girls who love a turtleneck sweater, minus the big turtleneck.  This style allows you to take on the trend without the feeling of bulkiness, and it’s great for those who want a more subtle looking style.  The color is great and the fabric blend should make this sweater extra warm and cozy.  Oh, and if this sweater can’t get any better, did I mention it has pockets?!

Take cue from the styling on the site and layer over your slim fitting dresses and pencil skirts for a great work look, or pair with your jeans, leggings, and trousers for more casual and night looks.  As for accessories, why not try a long, dainty gold chain here or, since the turtleneck is subtle enough, a really fab statement necklace.

Tri-Colorblock Turtleneck, Vince.com, $325

A cozy, colorblocked turtleneck?  I’m sold!  This incredibly luxurious, wool & cashmere blend sweater is definitely going on my winter wish list and I may even have to wish for the black and gray version as well (yes, it comes in two color styles).  This is a fantastic option for an all-around sweater and can take you from a hard day at the office to weekend lounging on the couch.

Since there seems to be a little peek-a-boo at the waist, try playing with different patterned shirts so that you can catch a glimpse of it peeking out (stripes would work well here or maybe a fun tartan print button down).  Layer some gold chains around your neck for some bling, pair with any bottoms you wish, and finish off with an awesome vest of sleeveless coat.

ASOS Roll Neck Knitted Dress With Zip Details, ASOS.com, $79.16 (navy on sale for $58.93)

I love me a good sweater dress for the fall/winter, and a turtleneck option is right up my alley.  I love the pretty hunter green color and the wide neck style is super comfy turtleneck version.  Pair with a great pair of tights, throw over a pair of waxed jeans/leggings or leather pants, try belting with a super trendy wide metal belt, and definitely load on the arm candy and layered chains.

 

Try testing out the turtleneck style for winter.  There are a ton of style varieties, so there’s one out there for you to rock like a fashion rock star.

 

xoxo,

 

Emiko

 

 

 

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I’m Back (and with Leather)!

Well a long overdue hello to you all!  Sorry I’ve been kind of MIA – there’s been quite a bit going on so a small hiatus was a little necessary for me, but I’m back in full swing and the blog is up and running again!

In the midst of everything going on, I’ve been doing some writing for a super fab blog called A New Mode that all of you must immediately check out!  With everything from dating advice to fashion and beauty and everything in between, this is your one-stop-shop reading destination that will for surely become one of your insta-faves!  And since we’re talking about ANM (A New Mode), here’s a recent article from the ANM site that I wrote, for your reading enjoyment!

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One celeb trend that I’m totally digging is the leather sleeve coat.  Seen on everyone from Jessica Alba to Elizabeth Olsen, it’s such a fabulous style that anyone can pull off.  It’s the perfect combo of chic and rock star and it really adds some punch to your look.

Read on for 10 ways to rock the look.

 

Vince Shirttail Coat with Leather Sleeves, $725. Perfectly draped, yet incredibly sleek, this coat is perfect for everything and is destined to become a go-to fall jacket. This is a great option if you’re looking for a leather sleeve, but not a bold contrast.  The leather sleeves and wool body are similar in color, yet there’s enough there to create some texture and color contrast. Definitely an investment jacket that you’ll rock for years.

 

Denis Gagnon Oversize Black Leather Trim Blouse, $445. A twist on the leather sleeve trend – literally.  I love the details that make this sweater, everything from the twisted sleeve to the leather trim.  Oh, and did I mention the fabulous oversized style?  This sweater is perfect for fall or winter and will take you to from work to lounging around at home.  Try tucking into a skater skirt and tights for work (I know this is a pretty long sweater, but either the leather trim on the bottom will peep out and give a fun play on proportion, or you can pull the tuck out a bit and create some slouchiness on top), pair with skinnys and a great shoe for night, and toss on with leggings when lounging around the house.

 

Zara Coat with Quilted Faux Leather Sleeves, $159. This is a really fun option with a twist on the trend.  You don’t have the whole sleeve so it’s not as bold, but it still definitely makes a great statement.  This jacket looks so cozy and is a universal style so anyone can pull it off looking fabulous.  If you buy one jacket this season, this is it – you can get plenty of use out of this one.

 

Mason by Michelle Mason Leather Sleeve Gown, $473. Yes, leather sleeves can play dress up too, which is exactly what they’re doing on this Mason by Michelle Mason dress.  Adding the perfect touch of edge to a pretty Grecian-style dress, this look can take you anywhere.  To tone down the leather, try pairing with a statement necklace and some stacked arm candy or a skinny belt for an evening event or wedding (I personally feel that this is wedding appropriate, but if you’re concerned it’s too “white” then maybe rock this at more casual/laid-back wedding celebrations).  For a cool everyday look,  play up the leather by topping it with a cut-off-sleeve denim vest and some great motorcycle boots.

 

Topshop Contrast Sleeve Army Jacket, $130. The perfect casual option.  I love a good army style jacket and when you add leather sleeves to this timeless look I’m beyond sold.  Pair this with your favorite skinny jeans, lightweight sweater, and some motorcycle boots with a bold statement necklace and you’re set to take on your day.  You can also blend this into your work looks also with a great pencil skirt, t-shirt and cardigan with a fab pair of ankle booties or paired over a fun skater skirt dress with tights and a cute pair of flats.

 

BCBG Celene Leather-Contrast Trench Coat, $598. Doesn’t get much chicer than this.  You can never go wrong with a classic trench coat and adding a leather sleeve gives you an awesome bold statement without taking away from the overall sophistication of the coat.  What I love about this style is it looks like you’ve got some really awesome two coat layering going on, which makes this a super eye-catching piece.  You can pair this with anything – from gowns to leather leggings and everything in between – and this will definitely be a piece you’ll keep your closet forever.

 

Sam Edelman Mixed Media Trench Coat,  $210. The perfect tough-girl chic jacket.  Grommets, buttons, zippers – this jacket has it all without being over done.  It’s a great short option that can pair with anything and be as dressed up or down as you choose.  Pair this with a pretty maxi dress and some awesome stacked jewelry (as I like to call, hardware) for an awesome hard and soft contrast, or pair with leather leggings, a graphic boyfriend tee and some awesome platform booties for some rock star fab.

 

ASOS Top in Knit with Leather Look Sleeves, $43.98. Just like any of your favorite tees, this can be worn with anything.  Rock with some printed trousers for work, pair with jeans and a fur vest (faux or real) for running errands or a great night look, pair with leather leggings and some statement jewelry for a rock star vibe – the options are endless with this piece.

 

213 Industry Vegan Leather Sleeve Mini Dress, $119. Definitely a go-to dress, this has all the potential to be in heavy rotation in any girl’s closet.  Sleek and chic, you can wear this anywhere.  Layer under a long, cozy cardigan, pair with tights, throw over some funky leggings, or rock solo. What’s great about this dress is that the details are minimal, making this dress almost like a blank canvas, letting you get creative and make it your own.

KARL PVC-Sleeve Cotton-Jersey Sweatshirt, $160. Every loves legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld but it’s hard for many of us to get our hands on his amazing pieces…until now that is.  Get yourself a little bit of Karl with this super fab sweater from his contemporary line.  Try pairing it with a cape, some fingerless gloves, oversized clutch, and some serious booties for play, or why not try layering it over a printed collared shirt with some awesome pajama trousers for work.  Yet another top that can be worn in so many different ways, taking you anywhere from work to relaxation.

 

Take a tip from some of your favorite celebs and try rocking the leather sleeve trend for fall.  It’s a great way to add a bold touch to not only your look but liven up your coat collection. What do you think of the look? Tell us in comments.

 

Xoxo,

 

Emiko

 

Emiko Vaughn is a personal stylist and wardrober from Cleveland, OH.  She currently owns and operates personal styling company Lageson & Vaughn with her business partner, Kirsten Lageson.

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So all of you fab fashionistas out there, please check out A New Mode  for more great articles from me AND  the ANM team!

 

ALSO – a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who has continued to follow and visit the site during the break.  The support is amazing and this blog would be nothing without you!

 

xoxo,

 

Emiko

 

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Unisex Appeal

There always comes a time when I feel like my wardrobe is in a rut, even when I have items with the tags still on hanging in my closet.  These are the times when I used to decide I needed to go shopping for more clothes since I didn’t have anything to wear, which did nothing but leave my bank account high and dry and, in another month or so, with nothing to wear.  Well, that whole “nothing to wear” feeling still happens, and I’m kind of in that rut now, but there’s no more emptying my bank account because I now shop in my boyfriend’s closet!  Borrowing from him is like getting something new – at least it is for me – and it’s fun to come up with creative ways to pair his clothes with mine.  AND even if you don’t have a boyfriend to “steal” from, there’s nothing wrong with shopping in the guy’s section of your fave stores either (I do all the time!).  So here is some inspiration on how to take your guy’s pieces and make them your own, plus my must shares below:

 

 

 

 

Must Shares

Mens S/S Deep V, lnaclothing.com, $55

 His t-shirts.  There’s nothing better than a cozy, slouchy tees, especially when it comes from your boyfriend.  BUT that doesn’t mean it has to come from anyone either – buying men’s tees are a great idea.  I LOVE to borrow from my bf, but I’ve always bought my own guys shirts to layer under my blazers, cardigan, or to rock solo with tons of hardware. my fave skinny jeans, and a pair of sexy heels.

All-American-White, Bonobos.com, $88

A men’s white tee doesn’t only have to look sexy on him, it can look sexy on you too.  And I don’t just mean in the bedroom.  Pair his white button up with some perfectly tailored crop trousers for work, with your favorite jeans for day, and how about rock it as a dress for night paired with a great pair of tights.  My only tip here is to keep your bottoms fitted against this loose top – otherwise you can look sloppy and about 10 lbs. heavier.  There are ways around this if the look isn’t TOO slouchy or baggy, but I’d say stick to the fitted bottoms.

PRPS Barracuda Straight-Leg Jeans, Saks.com, $196

 His jeans.  Now this can be tricky, so I only suggest this if you’re close in height and not too far off in weight, otherwise you’ll look like you’re swimming in them.  Stick to a slimmer fit since that will fit your smaller frame better.  Pair with a fitted or feminine top so you don’t look like you complete raided his closet, and add some great touches with fun shoes and accessories.

g-timeless collection. slim version, gucci.com, $895

 His watch.  Large watch faces for the girls is super trendy, so why not steal from the boys?  I would suggest borrowing this look with an adjustable strap style, unless you’re buying this for yourself and can have the links removed or you and your man have similar wrist sizes.  But if you’re anything like me and have tiny wrists, borrowing from your man will be tough with a link style watch.

A*MEN by Thierry Mugler Refillable Metal Flask Eau de Toilette, Nordstrom.com, $115

His fragrance.  I’ve always loved wearing a men’s fragrance every once in awhile.  I’ve been rocking Angel for Men for years (I used to steal the samples my dad would bring home whenever he’d get his Angel refilled) and I every now and then will spritz on my man’s favorite scent (Gucci by Gucci if you must know).  Some women are worried they’ll smell too masculine by doing this, but remember this: everyone’s skin makeup and oils cause fragrances to smell different on one another so his fragrance may smell entirely different on you than it does on him.  Try scents that aren’t too musky or woodsy smelling. Instead, try something with some spice and just a hint of that manly woodsy smell.  For a list of great unisex scents, check out Who What Wear here.

 

Have fun borrowing from the guys.  There are so many fun pieces that you can add to your wardrobe like bowties, cuff links (if you have a french cuff shirt), sweaters and cardigans, jerseys (yes, you can even make this look super chic) – you’ll be amazed at what you can find in your guy’s closet or the men’s section of your favorite store that you can easily wear and create some fun looks with.  So try out that unisex appeal!

 

xoxo,

 

Emiko

 

 

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Pony Up

It’s almost the weekend(!) so it’s time to start planning those on the town outfits and beauty looks now.  Since fall is upon us, why not try one of the Fall 2012 runways biggest hair trends – the sleek pony.  The look is sexy, chic, and easy to wear making it a great option for a night out with your faves.  Plus, it’s really no fuss to pull the look together.  Here are some inspiration shots and product tips below:

 

 

Product Tips:

Your brush and flat iron are definitely a must with this look (although there’s nothing wrong with going curly/wavy/messy with this look either!), and I know you all have these so I won’t bore you with that.  But here are a few of my fave styling products to get my ponies looking perfect

Pureology Super Smooth Smoothing Cream, Ulta.com, $21

Great for keeping your hair smooth and sleek, helping you achieve that perfect, chic pony.  Helps maintain frizz and fly aways, too.

Pureology Colour Stylist Strengthening Control Zero Dulling Hairspray, Ulta.com, $26

This is such a great hairspray.  It gives you a lot of hold without making your hair crunchy or helmet looking.  You get plenty of movement without worrying about your look coming undone.  It’s great for color treated hair and oh, btw it’s smells great!

Fekkai Glossing Sheer Shine Mist, Nordstrom.com, $25

And last, but certainly not least, the shine factor.  Shine was a big deal on the fall runways, and nothing looks sexier and healthier than perfectly shiny hair.  Top your pony off with a shine mist for that extra “oomph” to your look.

 

So if you’re heading out this weekend, try rocking an amped up pony – I’m actually heading to a wedding this evening and will be rocking on myself.  Have fun and pony up this weekend!

 

xoxo,

 

Emiko

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Join The Club

I’ll never forget the first time I stepped into a Club Monaco – it was a 9th grade school trip to Canada.  We had some extra time and went roaming around the local mall when I first discovered this gem.  I bought a long sleeve tee and wore the shit out of it and was super bummed when it was time for my mom to force me to throw it out.  So imagine my delight when they launched their online store – I’m from the CLE and there aren’t CM’s by us unfortunately – and now you can find them on shopbop.com‘s website, where they just recently launched a limited edition handbag collection, which is a collaboration with the fab designer Jane Mayle, that is to die for.  So since I’m so in love with Club Monaco & Shopbop and everything they have to offer, here are my favorite must haves from the fall collection:

 

Must Haves

Club Monaco Jane Mayle Suede Tote, Shopbop.com, $595

 Pricey, but definitely worth it.  This is an investment bag and you’ll definitely be carrying this for a LONG time.  Perfectly slouchy, perfectly oversized, this bag will go everywhere with you.  The neutral colors make it easy to pair with just about any look.

Club Monaco Jane Mayle Coco Bag, Shopbop.com, $195

 Crossbody + metallic accents = the perfect take everywhere bag.  This is the perfect sized bag to take you from day to night.  If you don’t carry around much or need something no-fuss, this is it.  Definitely a style that won’t wear out anytime soon, so you’ll get plenty of use out of this guy.

Gwen Skirt, Shopbop.com, $140

 I’m a sucker for a nude, flowy skirt, so here we are.  Great for fall and winter, and all the way into spring and summer, this is one skirt you won’t be storing away anytime soon.  Pair now with boots and booties, when the weather gets cold rock with tights, pair with sweaters, chambray & denim shirts, tees – you name it, this skirt can go with it.  It’s neutral, so mixing and matching with colors and patterns will be easy.

Club Monaco Jenna Sheath Dress, Shopbop.com, $198.50

Definitely a great alternative to you LBD.  The side panels make this dress uber slimming, and the navy/camel color combo is super chic.  Perfect for work and also great for night.  Pair with cardigans, crew neck sweaters, blazers, tie a button up over, pair with a denim top – there are a lot of options here.  And, of course, you can rock this solo with some fab shoes and hardware.

Club Monaco Bria Urban Sweater, Shopbop.com, $149

 Another great “you’ll wear forever” piece.  Neutral, preppy, and comfy – what else could you ask for?  Dress up or down, play with layers, pair with a fun scarf, you’ll find so many great ways to incorporate this piece into your favorite looks.

Club Monaco Tasha Leggings, Shopbop.com, $139.50

 I. LOVE. THESE. LEGGINGS.  Looks like I’m going to be buying myself a pair immediately.  Perfectly rock star glam, plus a lot of sexy and a hint of sophistication, these will definitely be in heavy rotation as your going out pants.  You don’t have to tell me you love them too – I already know.

Club Monaco Sojourner Blazer, Shopbop.com, $249

 If you know anything about me, you know I am obsessed with blazers.  They’re always a good investment, they always look great, they pair with just about anything, and they never go out of style.  This two-tone blazer is fantastic and definitely not boring.  Another day to play transition piece that will work its way nicely into any wardrobe.

Now you know why I have this love affair with Club Monaco – their looks are classic, yet modern and are perfect for any fashionista.  There are a TON of other amazing pieces at Shopbop’s site, but you can also check out ClubMonaco.com for even more fantastic merchandise.  So are you ready to join the club?!

 

xoxo,

 

Emiko

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