Now Trending: Jacquard

Look polished and expensive with a pop of jacquard. Sydne shows you how:

Here’s some pieces to incorporate into your wardrobe this summer:

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Juicy Couture Jacquard Pintuck Blouse

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Nanette Lepore Queen of Wands Dress

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Nanette Lepore Marilyn Jacquard Dress

Nanette Lepore Disco Jazz Peplum Dress

Nanette Lepore Disco Jazz Peplum Dress

Do you like this jacquard look for spring/summer? How do you sport this trend?

xoxo, Courtney

More Designer Collaborations to Add to Your Calendar

There is one thing the fashion world is not suffering from, and that is the lack of designer collaborations. This week two new collaborations were announced that may be some of the most exciting yet!

Isabel Marant for H&M:

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From the designer that introduced us the hate-it-or-love-it trendy wedge sneakers, Isabel Marant brings her French attitude and influence to the widely loved and affordable department store. Starting in November at select H&M stores and online, Marant will design a collection featuring clothing and accessories for women and teens and for the first time, men.

For every fashionista wanting to emulate Parisian chic at a not-so Parisian budget (including this fashionista) will surely flock to H&M for every piece in Marant’s collection.

Sarah Jessica Parker for Nordstrom:

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Whether we like it or not, Sarah Jessica Parker will be synonymous with shoes. Thanks to her character Carrie on Sex and the City, SJP got to wear some fabulous and fabulously expensive heels. So it only makes sense that the best dressed woman to ever appear on TV get her own clothing line, or at least her own shoe line. You may remember SJP’s short-lived collaboration with the now debunked Steve & Barry’s. I still have a pair of black studded wedges from the line (called Bitten) because they are still a classic style with an edgy twist. Even though Bitten didn’t last, her approach and keen eye never go out of style.

What’s even more exciting about the project, is her teaming up with George Malkemus, CEO of Manolo Blahnik for the line, called SJP. We can’t help but remember the infamous episode of “The Lost Manolo’s” from Sex and the City.

The collection will also feature handbags and trench coats and will be sold exclusively at Nordstrom stores beginning in early 2014. Are you as excited as we are to see the SJP line?

Will you be rushing to stores for these two designer collaborations? What are your DREAM collaborations? Let us know.

How to Dress for Wedding Season

As of the Memorial Day Holiday weekend, it is officially wedding season. With all the various formalities and times of day, you want to make sure you show up dressed appropriately. You want to get stares from other guests for looking chic, not for looking under or over dressed! Here’s a simple guide to make sure you look second best, next to the bride of course!

Informal Day:

Alice + Olivia Conry Bell Sleeve Dress

Alice + Olivia Conry Bell Sleeve Dress

This Alice + Olivia flowy and feminine dress is perfect for a wedding on a beach or a backyard bonanza. Pair it with a strappy pair of sandals, bangles and a clutch to finish the look. Wear natural looking makeup for the daytime and your hair down to complete the informal dress code.

Informal Evening:

Diane von Furstenberg Erin Dress

Diane von Furstenberg Erin Dress

I personally attended a wedding in this category the other week, and as odd as it may sound, this category probably gives you the most wiggle room for experimenting. You want to take a step up from the Informal Day category, but not go to full on Formal.  Pair your flirty dress with strappy sandals or wedges, and a statement necklace or earrings (not both ladies!). Opt for a clutch for an evening soiree opposed to a bulky purse.

Semi Formal Daytime/Evening:

Alice + Olivia Kylie Ruffled Peplum Dress

Alice + Olivia Kylie Ruffled Peplum Dress

With the semi-formal dress code, a cocktail style dress is your best bet for daytime or evening. And despite old traditions, wearing black to a wedding is completely fine. Just spice it up with fun accessories.  High heeled pumps, statement accessories and a fun clutch is best for a semi formal event. Make up should stay fairly natural looking, and hair could stay down.

Formal or Black-tie:

Rebecca Taylor Pacific Blue Ruffle Gown

Rebecca Taylor Pacific Blue Ruffle Gown

With the formal affairs, your job is to dress to the nines. A cocktail length dress with embellishments is suitable, but more widely acceptable is a floor length gown.  Pile on classy accessories in silver or gold, and wear your hair in loose curls or an up-do.

With all the above, location of the wedding is also an important factor. A church wedding versus a country club ceremony could impact the style of your outfit.  But keeping all those extra details on the back burner, hopefully these suggestions help you with your styling for the many weddings you’ll be attending this summer!

Any extra tips and tricks you have for modern wedding guests? Let us know in the comments.

xoxo, Courtney