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

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

A Pop of Neon

Neon Skirt - Forever 21 / iPhone 5 Case - CaseCrown / Satchel - Nine West / Nail Polish - Drugstore Brand / Shirt - Old Navy / Flats - Zara

Neon Skirt – Forever 21 / iPhone 5 Case – CaseCrown / Satchel – Nine West / Nail Polish – Drugstore Brand / Shirt – Old Navy / Flats – Zara

Spring has officially sprung! Out here in Northern California, our temperatures have begun to rise, and with that, we are changing our wardrobes to reflect the sunny weather. This spring season, a trendy, fun way to showcase the transition from rain to sun is through brights, and I mean neon brights. I bet you never guessed one of your favorite fashion trends would come from the 1980s?

Pick one of these neon pieces to wear with a spring or summer outfit to make it POP!

Pick one of these neon pieces to wear with a spring or summer outfit to make it POP!

In order to not go totally overboard, I suggest only showcasing a “pop” of neon. Personally, I take my transition from winter to spring very gradually. I usually start off with something subtle, like my nail polish. I switch my oxblood or navy blue polish for a coral or egg shell blue. I guess I can’t let go of my comfy sweaters, riding boots, anoraks and infinity scarves.

With all the above clothing and accessories, they have the right amount of POW but not so much as to overwhelm and blind fellow citizens. But it’s not just the department stores that are picking up on the neon trend. Neon has been showcased on the runways in both the Spring 2012 and 2013 shows.

Below is a sample of our favorite designer pieces from the shop that showcase the neon trend.

Hale Bob Blooming Bouquet Silk Tunic Top

Hale Bob Blooming Bouquet Silk Tunic Top

Nanette Lepore Jacy Skirt

Nanette Lepore Jacy Skirt

Nanette Lepore Pep Rally Lace Dress

Nanette Lepore Pep Rally Lace Dress

Diane von Furstenberg Victor Print Lily Jacket

Diane von Furstenberg Victor Print Lily Jacket

Diane von Furstenberg Carpreena Sorbet Dress

Diane von Furstenberg Carpreena Sorbet Dress

What are your favorites? Will you be wearing neon this season?

xoxo, Courtney

Now Trending: Clear Accents

There was a pretty clear trend on the runways this season, reminiscent of my elementary school days, fun-filled days wearing brightly colored “jelly” shoes, or a beach tote I used to sport. The see-through accessories trend is back, in full force. Everything from hats, sunglasses, jewelry, handbags and shoes.

Valentino

Valentino

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney

These clear clutches and totes were common on the New York and Paris runway shows. Now, I love the mod look and simplicity of the Valentino clutch above, but if you all have a purse as cluttered as myself, you definitely don’t want the rest of the world to see its contents! I think my crumpled up receipts, packages of Advil, sanitizer, perfume, and gift cards only need to be seen by me. And the dark depths of the bottom of my Calvin Klein handbag.

Pucci

Pucci

Chanel

Chanel

These Pucci sunglasses remind me of high school chemistry. I hated chemistry. There were many variations of sleek and colorful lenses on the runways. These yellow hued Pucci frames, while fashion forward, just don’t look like they will actually keep you safe from the sun. In fact, it looks like it will enhance the sun’s rays. This Chanel hat probably looked amazing on the runway, unless of course you had nosebleed seats. It unfortunately looks like an invisible UFO, and is probably extremely noisy in the wind (didja think about that?) and is incredibly heavy. Ah, the sacrifices we make for fashion.

Charlotte Olympia

Charlotte Olympia

Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin

But it’s not all bad! My absolute favorite interpretation with the clear trend is in shoes! As to not going to the total “jelly sandal” route, designers are taking a simpler, and in my opinion, a more striking approach to the trend. The Charlotte Olympia heels above are a twist on a basic black pump. The clear heel makes the shoe so edgy and sophisticated at the same time. It’s something you haven’t seen before.  Although these Christian Louboutin cap toe pumps were all over celebrities last year, I am still obsessed with how fashion forward, chic, and cool they are. Just make sure you have a fresh pedicure ladies!

What was your favorite accessory trend from Fashion Week?

xoxo, Courtney