Spring Layers

Can it be? Is spring finally here? With this climate-driven roller-coaster ride we need some serious transitional outfit inspiration. Follow these stylish layering cues and finally say goodbye to winter for spring!

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Nothing says “springtime is here!” Like dreamy watercolor florals. Helena Bordon’s jacket pulls double duty as the statement piece of the outfit and a warming layer.

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This street style star took layering and prints to a new level with a wide-striped blazer worn over a contrasting narrow-striped blouse. Then she finished off her menswear look with skinny jeans and edgy, studded brogues.

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Lauren Kennedy Malpas gives us another reason to obsess over pink coats. The great thing about a pastel winter coat is that the color is appropriate for spring, but the weight still keeps you warm. Plus, her open-toe heels with pink socks are a fashionable and functional combo.

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Chiara Ferragni kept warm in a delicate lace suiting separates by throwing on a long cardigan and edgy cutout boots.

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This fashion savvy civilian makes the most of her bright cape by wearing it as a spring jacket layered over a contrast-collar shirt and distressed skinny jeans.

Happy Spring!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Quick Style!

The smallest tweaks to your outfit can make all the difference. These are the easiest styling tricks that will make you look more polished, and all in under a minute.

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Cuff A Pair of Jeans You’ve Never Cuffed Before:

Next time you step into one of your favorite pairs of skinnies, flip the hem up for a change of pace.

Get The Look: Acne Studios Pop Light Boyfriend Jeans ($270)

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Try A Tie:

Sometimes your outfit needs that uptown accessory. Enter: the silk tie.

Get The Look: Topman Velvet 5cm Tie ($25) in Black

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Add A Bright Hat:

Adding a brightly colored hat will take your look from mundane, to head-turning.

Get The Look: Jezebel Blue Hat ($325)

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Carry Your Purse As A Clutch:

As seen here on model, Dree Hemingway, wearing your bag as a clutch looks a little more ladydlike than stringing it across your body.

Get The Look: Poverty Flats Crossbody Bag ($58) in White

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Drape Your Coat:

Wear your coat as a cape (i.e. the fashion pack’s favorite look) on your next evening out.

Get The Look: Urbancode Faux Fur Coat ($640) in Blue

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Layer A Button-Down Under A Dress:

Make a cocktail dress daytime appropriate by layering a crisp, white button-down underneath.

Get The Look: Shoshanna Strapless Full-Skirt Dress($395) in Black

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Replace your Necklace:

A silk neckerchief adds instant polish. Try one in place of your go-to statement necklace.

Get The Look: Jonathan Adler Chioiserie Owl Silk Scarf ($98) in Fuschia

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Add Socks:

Just keep them in the same color family as either your shoes or your pants as Pernille Teisbeck does here.

Get The Look: Gold Toe Plaid Fashion Socks($16) in Blue

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Get Matchy:

Inject your outfit with a trifecta of color by way of a matching bag, coat, and lip color, as this style maven did to great effect.

Get The Look: Clinique Chubby Stick Lip Colour Balm ($17) in Classic Red

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Wear Your Scarf Untied:

Add some drama by letting your long scarf hang over your coat.

Get The Look: Blessing-Co Geometric Scarf ($24)

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Opt For Knee-High Boots:

Instead of reaching for tights and heels, go with a pair of leather boots! Add an unexpected touch to a midi skirt with these babies!

Get The Look: Tory Burch Bernice Leather Logo-Heel Boot($550) in Black

Got a Minute? Quick and Style!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Trend Report: The Pink Coat

The pink coat is gaining street cred and is this season’s must-have piece. Pink coats (of both the pastel and neon varieties) are the outerwear du jour of the stylish set. And not surprisingly, the trend was also big on the S/S 14 runways too! Check out how to incorporate the piece into your everyday wardrobe.

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Helena Bordon

The Brazilian’s effortlessly layered look—including, a Ralph Lauren turtleneck, Zimmermann dress, leather leggings and Prada pink coat is a standout.

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Aimee Song of Song of Style

Song took her J.Crew Stadium Cloth Cocoon Coat ($289) for a roll with a J.Crew stripe button-down shirt, Isabel Marant for H&M pants, and Saint Laurent’s Thorn Pumps ($685).

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Anna Dello Russo

A matching bubblegum pink Carven coat and Miu Miu Leather Bag (price upon request, 310.247.2227) perfectly speak to theVogue Japan Editor’s bold sensibilities.

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Natalie Cantell

Spotted during New York Fashion Week, the Australian model and blogger grounded her bright outerwear by simply adding a baseball hat.

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Leaf Greener of Miss Fashion Leaf Greener 

Greener nodded to her playful side with an embellished Christopher Kane coat.

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Karen Walker S/S 14

Walker’s Rebirth Trench ($630) in Tangerine—an of-the-moment riff on the classic—makes for the ideal lightweight spring layer.

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Shea Marie of Peace Love Shea

Shea braved New York’s freezing temps in a pink Dolce & Gabbana coat, worn with a Zara sweater, One Teaspoon’s Awesome Baggies Jeans($140), and Valentino’s Small Cheetah Rockstud Clutch ($1775).

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Celine Aargaard of Hippie, Hippie Milkshake

The Norwegian blogger bundled up in a luxe Vivikes belted coat paired with a Proenza Schouler bag during Copenhagen Fashion Week.

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Street Style

New favorite color combo: pink and gray.

Get The Look

J Crew Tall Double-Cloth Sabrina Coat ($180), Nasty Gal Charlene Wool Coat ($92), Blessing-Co Blush Pink Coat ($75), Topshop Tailored Lightweight Coat ($150)

Tickle me Pink!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Lovable Outfit Ideas

You’re smitten with a holiday that is completely dedicated to love, and I think your Valentine’s Day outfit should be completely lovable too. Here are four romantic looks that are guaranteed to create the perfect love story.

Luxe Effect

Adding a bit of rich texture can immediately make your outfit feel luxe. A velvet pant, skirt, cape, or top pairs easily with your basics, such as jeans, tees, and trousers.

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Image courtesy of  Vanessa Jackman

Try a rich palette of dark red, navy, black, or softer hues like cream or peach.

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Rag & Bone Roseburg velvet blazer $550

A Pop Of Red

The hue is striking paired with all-black, and also totally unexpected teamed with a softer palette of creams and faded florals.

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The Blonde Salad

splash of red can be just the right amount of color for an otherwise softer palette. A punchy red lipstick, a sharp red heel, or a bold red clutch feels festive, but not overwhelming.

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Charlotte Olympia Pandora Perspex clutch $975

The LBD

A Valentine’s Day dinner date is the perfect time to bring out your sexy little black dress.

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Try to balance your look so that it’s equal parts demure (a fuller skirt or rounded collar) and daring (a short hem or nipped-in waist).

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Diane Von Furstenberg Angelica ruched mini dress $225

Whimsical

Prints are very romantic!

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Image courtesy of Collage Vintage

To add a touch of whimsy, throw on a printed heel! Try a floral, polka dot, or stripe.

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Givenchy Floral print leather pumps $620

How do you make your outfit Lovable?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Hair Tuck

Purposely tucking your hair inside a sweater, scarf, or coat is a trend that will keep your ears warm! Plus there are a few key reasons this simple styling trick is the easiest way to refresh your look. Not only does it radiate a care-free allure, but it’s also a way to test out the faux-bob trend. But don’t let me convince you, check out these stylish civilians wearing the chic winter look.

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Sara Strand 

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Majawyh

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Camille Over The Rainbow

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Columbine Smille

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Chaloth

Will you try the Hair-Tuck?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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The Evening Vest

Weather permitting, swap your winter coat out for a slimmer and sleeker outerwear piece: the evening vest. This little number has been spotted on fashion icons and street style favorites. Here is how to rock this statement piece!

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Camille Charrière

Pair it with: Skinny jeans and a button up

On Charrière: Sheriff&Cherry sunglasses; Zara coat and boots; T by Alexander Wang top; MiH The Bonn Jeans ($185); Sportmax bag

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Anouska Proetta Brandon

Pair it with: White separates and contrast accessories

On Brandon: Mokka London vest; Zara top; MiHThe Ellsworth Jeans ($187); GUESS by Marciano bag

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Sandra Hagelstam

Pair it with: Turtleneck and cropped trousers

On Hagelstam: Zara coat and pants; Balenciaga sweater; Marja Kurki bag; Tibi shoes

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Pair it with: Palazzo pants and t-shirt

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Andy Torres

Pair it with: Stylish sweatshirt and mini-skirt

On Torres: H&M Trend trench coat; Rodarte sweatshirt; & Other Stories skirt; Balenciaga boots

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Victoria Beckham

Pair it with: Jumpsuit and metal belt

On Beckham: Celine S/S 13 sleeveless coat; Cutler and Gross sunglasses; Saint Laurent Triangle Stud Belt ($673); Casadei shoes

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Natalie Suarez

Pair it with: Furry hat and bright sweater

On Suarez: W Street Casual Hat ($59); H&M vest; Paul & Joe sweater; Hudson Jeans Stark Moto Super Skinny Jeans ($245); Modern Vice Jett Studded Eyelet Boots ($550)

Say Yes to the Vest!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Blog of the Year – Best Moment Award

A huge “Thank You” goes out to the Eye Dancers for Nominating me for the

Blog of the Year!

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I would also like to thank  Each and Every one of You for your Support, Nominations, and Best Moments!

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Without further delay, these are my nominations for the “Blog of the Year 2013” award!

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Reshu Malhotra

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And thank you to the fabulous Reshu Malhotra for nominating me for the Best Moment Award!

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The winners of the “Best Moment” award are…

 Eye Dancers

 Fashion Mayann

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Congratulations!

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Much Love to all my friends, fans and fellow bloggers for this Best Moment!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Style your Scarf

Not only can a scarf transform a look from bland to bam, it is also incredibly versatile. Here are some inspiring ways to style your scarf!

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Christine R. of Fash n Chips

Alternate: Topshop Over Size Blanket Scarf($36)

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Street Style

Alternate: Dorothy Perkins Blue Knitted Snood($14)

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Chriselle Lim of The Chriselle Factor

Alternate: Alexander McQueen Tan Leopard Skull Print Cashmere Pashmina ($725)

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Lindsey Wixson

Alternate: Anthropologie Newsprint Striped Scarf ($98)

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Natalie Suarez of Natalie Off Duty

Alternate: Paul Bianco Chunky Knit Wrap Scarf($85) in Black

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Street Style

Alternate: Urban Outfitters Classic Cable-Knit Scarf ($29)

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Karla Deras of Karla’s Closet

Alternate: Bryan Boy x Adrienne Landau Pull-Through Scarf ($150)

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Lisa Dengler of Just Another Fashion Blog

Alternate: Y’s by Yohji Yamamoto Striped Checked Stole ($340) in Red

How do you style your Scarf?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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New Obsession: Envelope Skirts

As temperatures are dropping, hemlines are ironically rising, thus popularizing the trendy envelope skirt. Slung low on the waist with a zigzag hem that shows a daring flash of thigh, these skirts are surprisingly flattering. Push the envelope by styling them with your favorite sweaters, sweatshirts, and graphic tees!

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Love how the V emblem on Fashion Zen blogger Iris’s Ivyrevel Kingston Sweatshirt ($92) mirrors the hemline of her Saline Skirt ($92), also by Ivyrevel.

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Kenzo pioneered the envelope mini trend and arguably has the most iterations of the style. Here, the Eye-Print Leather Mini Skirt ($1,300) meets its match in a sweatshirt also by the label worn by a stylish civilian.

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Camille Over the Rainbow blogger Camille Charriere smacks of Parisian cool in a Voyou Safari Tee Shirt ($41), Elin King x Guess by Marciano skirt, and Zara heels.

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Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad elevated her Zara skort with a 3.1 Phillip Lim t-shirt and Hermes cuffs.

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Vogue Australia Fashion Editor Christine Centenera puts a buttoned-up spin on the look with a Proenza Schouler skirt, Alexa Wagner shoes, and a Dion Lee blouse.

Get the Look

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Zara Combination Skirt ($80) in Black

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Asos Mini Skirt Wrap Detail ($64) in Navy

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H&M Wrap-Front Skirt ($35) in Black

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Warehouse Leather Zip Biker Skirt ($121)

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Topshop Mix Jacquard Wrap Skirt ($90) in Red

Are you Pushing the Envelope?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Trend: Dress Skirts & T-Shirts

They just might be fashion’s ultimate odd couple. Yet, their high-low love affair feels so right. Chances are you already have both pieces in your wardrobe. Check out these inspirations and then put the two together!

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A plain white tee is the perfect foil to an embellished skirt like stylist Kate Foley’s.

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Channel your inner Black Swan with a tulle maxi like The Blonde Salad Chiara Ferragni’s Alberta Ferretti version.

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St. Style: Play match-maker with a coordinating top and bottom.

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Sophia Loren, is that you?! Nothing feels more feminine than a full skirt.

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A pencil silhouette, especially in a striking fabric, works equally well. Here, Atlantic-Pacific blogger Blair Eadie wears a Milly Hologram Leather Edith Skirt ($625), and Madewell Linen Paris Tee ($45).

Have a Trendy Day!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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