Feminism is the Future

Hello Friends

I would like to share with you a letter from a woman with some great reasons why everyone should be a feminist along with some important facts about women’s rights and how we are still fighting for them!

I hope you all enjoy this article and support my view that feminism is the future!

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To my Facebook friend who proudly declared that she was not a feminist,

When I saw your Facebook post celebrating the fact that you are “proudly not a feminist” I was irritated. I was mad that you’re so willing to dismiss feminism. I couldn’t understand why you would so eagerly broadcast your rejection of a movement that has given you so much. Do you think your anti-feminist post makes you more appealing to the men on your Facebook feed? Do you think that not being a feminist means you don’t mind cooking and you’d happily make a guy a sandwich? Whether or not you eagerly don the title “feminist”, you reap the benefits of feminism on a daily basis. You may not be fighting in the fight for equality, but you are lucky that others are.

Remember that political opinion you shared on Facebook last week? You know, the one where you told everyone who you would be voting for? You should be thanking feminism for your voice. Women did not have the right to vote until 1920 when the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution allowed it. The right to vote didn’t come overnight, and it wasn’t some simple oversight. Women actively fought for their right for nearly 70 years. When the issue of women’s suffrage first reached the U.S. Congress, committees were formed and the issue was debated on (by men, of course) and the amendment was eventually rejected. Keep in mind, dear Facebook friend, this was in the time after slavery had been abolished. This was a time after all men had been granted protection of their constitutional right to vote. Even after the U.S. Congress passed the amendment, it still took approximately 60 years for 12 states to ratify the amendment. Let me put that in perspective for you—Mississippi, the last state to ratify the amendment, did not do so until 1984, just 10 years before you were born.

Remember when you first began exploring your sexuality? Remember how you didn’t wait until your wedding night and when you started having sex, you certainly didn’t want a baby? In 1916, Margaret Sanger spent 30 days in jail after opening the first birth control clinic in the U.S. This was only the beginning of a string of arrests and prosecutions as she fought to keep the clinic open. Maybe 1916 seems too long ago to seem relevant to you, so how about the fact that as recently as 1965 unmarried women in 26 states were still denied access to birth control, while it was considered a part of a married couple’s right to privacy. Yes, that’s right, once a man was involved in the decision it was okay, but women could not make the decision for themselves.

I could go on and on citing notable women in history, and preaching about their fight for our rights, for your rights, but I shouldn’t have to. In fact, these examples only barely scratch the surface of the work of feminists and their positive contributions to society.

Feminism doesn’t mean you hate men. Feminism doesn’t mean you think women are better than men. Feminism doesn’t mean that you can’t like the color pink. Feminism doesn’t mean that you won’t want to be someone’s wife someday. Feminism is about giving you freedom and opportunity, not restricting you. Feminism is about giving you the opportunity to have freedom through education. Feminism is about giving you career options and dreams you can aspire towards, rather than leaving you with a predetermined list of “approved for women” careers. Feminism is about allowing you to embrace your sexuality and make decisions about your body. Feminism is about acknowledging that you are a person, a person with rights. Feminism is about equality. Feminism is about more than just you.

Sure, you can decide whether or not you want to identify yourself as a feminist. Posts like the one you made and articles like the one you shared are damaging to more than just you. It’s one thing to sit back and benefit from the work of others, but it’s another to actively try to undermine the efforts of the rest of us. You’re holding us back, and we really don’t need that.

Sincerely,

Your Proudly Feminist Facebook Friend

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Thank you all for your Love and Support!

I hope you enjoyed this letter and agree with my opinion that everyone should be a feminist!

The Future Is Female!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Model Street Style

Models are some of the most innately stylish citizens among us—after all, their very career requires them to be immersed in fashion. It’s not surprising, then, that model-off-duty has become it’s own style category.  So for your inspiration here are the models who have the best street style around!

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Though she usually gravitates toward breezy, bohemian inspired looks, the model’s willingness to try out new trends always pays off!

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Ming Xi

This sweet model has perfected quirky cool girl style. What sets her apart? Her love for interesting layers and charming accessories.

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Poppy Delevingne

This fashionable star has an affinity for sophisticated, feminine separates. Her style is playful and chic.

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Alana Zimmer

The statuesque beauty’s outfits are consistently sophisticated. Look to her if your in need of office outfit inspiration.

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Jessica Hart

This adorable model’s casual style epitomizes California cool.

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Hanne Gaby Odiele

You have to applaud the cool and confident willingness to take risks. The Belgian stunner is a bona fide street style star, thanks to her avant-garde looks.

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Larissa Hofmann

This lovely has an effortless sense of style and the ability to make anything look elegant.

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Fei Fei Sun

This model loves to mix quirkier pieces with classic staples and covets a good staple bag.

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Karlie Kloss

This trend setter is always on the best dressed lists and it’s easy to see why. The supermodels clean, all American style is polished and youthful.

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Anja Rubik

The veteran model always looks perfectly pulled together, favoring a muted color palette and minimalist looks.

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Lily Aldridge

This beauty switches from simple, classic ensembles to ladylike, refined outfits with ease. She also has an eye for statement accessories that add some sass to her look.

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Miranda Kerr

Her polished, on-trend ensembles have earned her worldwide trend-setter status, and it’s fully deserving.

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Jourdan Dunn

This stunner is fond of experimenting with figure hugging silhouettes and downtown chic pieces. The result? Glamorous, sexy outfits that are also tasteful and cool.

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Liu Wen

This major supermodel favors edgy looks with menswear inspired touches.

You’ve Got Style!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Summer to Fall

As the weather slowly starts to change, it can be more and more challenging to know how to dress fashionably, but it’s actually very easy. Many of our warm-weather essentials can be reimagined for the new season. No need to say goodbye to our beloved tops or slip dresses, because here are the best ways to transition all your favorite items from Summer to Fall!

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Hippie Tops

Pair these cool-girl staples with a skinny or flared jean, a tailored jacket, and perhaps a biker jacket to toughen it up!

Get The Look: Chloe Oliver The Sonora Peasant Blouse ($99), Mother Looker Cropped Skinny Jeans ($196)

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Graphic Tee

Wear your favorite graphic tee into fall with a suit and printed scarf!

Get The Look: Moschino Polka Dot and Stripe Hearts Silk Square Scarf ($122)

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White Jeans

Pair with your favorite blouse and some killer heels for casual elegance.

Get The Look: J Brand White Skinny Jeans ($184)

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Shorts

Take your shorts to the next level with a pair of over the knee boots!

Get The Look: Proenza Schouler High Waisted Tweed Shorts ($850), Dune London Tolly Suede Flat Over The Knee Boots ($465)

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Slip Dress

Transition your slinky slip dress with a cardigan and cool-girl boots.

Get The Look: DKNY Floral Print Lace Slip Dress ($388), Zara Oversize Cable Knit Cardigan ($60)

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Floral Jacket

Another day, another stellar jacket. Pair a floral jacket with sleek leather pants and your go-to white top.

Get The Look: Mink Pink Flower Power Jacket ($75)

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Gladiator Sandals

Wear these strappy staples with a maxi dress! On Damsel in Dior: J. Crew Studded Lace-Up Gladiator Sandals ($158)

Get The Look: Dolce Vita Santa Monica Lace Up Sandal ($129), The Reformation Dragon Dress ($258)

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Denim Jacket

Conquer the double jacket trend with a fitted a denim one and a long oversized coat!

Get The Look: J.Crew Vintage Denim Jacket ($120), Band of Outsiders Oversized Wool Coat in Navy ($495)

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Midi Skirt

Wear this ladylike piece with a tucked-in, long-sleeved tee and classic pumps.

Get The Look: For Love & Lemons Holly Skirt ($193), Diane von Furstenberg Bethany Pumps ($325)

How do you Transition your Style?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Make Your Boyfriend Jeans Sexy

Just like an outfit doesn’t need to show a ton of skin to be sexy, a pair of thoughtfully styled boyfriend jeans can look just as hot as skinny jeans do. In other words: you can opt for comfort, and still look like a total babe. To illustrate the point, here are some ensembles that show just how easy it is to make your boyfriend jeans look sexy!

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Perfect Companion

Style Tip: Go for a Miranda Kerr-inspired look, and wear your boyfriend jeans with a cropped sleeveless sweater, animal-print bag, and Birkenstocks.
Wearing: Zara top; Frame Denim Le Garcon Slim Cuffed Jeans ($229); A.L.C. bag; Birkenstock Suede Sandals ($130).

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Draped Jacket

Style Tip: The love for draped jackets is going strong, and this crop top, draped jacket, and boyfriend jeans combo is a perfect example why.

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Sheer Genius

Style Tip: Model Constance Jablonski balanced her ultra-sexy sheer shirt with a pair of slouchy jeans.
Wearing: Equipment shirt; Rag & Bone jeans; Saint Laurent bag and shoes.

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Sporty Separates

Style Tip: Punch up your denim with sporty separates, like a beanie and high-top sneakers.

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High-Low

Style Tip: If your boyfriend jeans are extra slouchy, take a page from Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s playbook, and experiment with a high-low top for a fashionable, flattering look.
Wearing: Citizens of Humanity jeans; Chloe heels.

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Sky-High Stilettos

Style Tip: For an instant uplift, style your boyfriend jeans as Chrissy Teigen does with a pair of stilettos.
Wearing: One Teaspoon Awesome Baggie Jeans ($148); Valentino bag; Stuart Weitzman heels.

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Savvy Accessorizing

Style Tip: Take a tip from blogger Elin Kling, and accessorize your boyfriend jeans ensemble with a fedora, structured tote, and pointy-toe pumps.

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Biker Babe

Style Tip: Toughen up your boyfriend jeans with a leather jacket and cool cut-out boots.

Now that you know how to make them sexy, get the look with these boyfriend jeans:

Acne Studios Pop Vintage Boyfriend Jeans ($270), True Religion Audrey Mid-Rise Boyfriends ($198), Goldsign His Jeans ($258), Madewell The Boyjean ($115), Rag & Bone/Jean The Boyfriend Jeans ($242),

How do you make your Jeans Sexy?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Wear White Lace!

Like chiffon and tulle, lace is one of those ethereal fabrics that gives your look feminine flair, especially when it’s in a refreshing shade of white. Here are some of the best ways to wear white lace and get the look yourself!

Pencil Skirt + Large Florals

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On Jamie Chung of What The Chung: Storets top and Dolce Dolce Lace Skirt ($158).

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Pixie Market Josephine Lace Skirt ($76)

Sexy Silhouette

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On Nicola Peltz: Stella McCartney bodysuit.

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For Love & Lemons Lulu Mesh-Inset Lace Dress ($230)

Midi Dress + Metallic Pumps

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On Keira Knightley: Valentino Resort 2015 dress.

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Collette by Collette Dinnigan Lacey Days Dress ($606)

Romantic Tank + Circle Skirt

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On Ella Catliff of La Petite Anglaise: Club Monaco Masey Lace Tank ($99) and Lyn Faux Leather Skirt ($150).

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Loft Petite Lace Tank ($70)

Matching Set

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On Jessica Alba: Tanya Taylor Bora Floral Mesh Crop Top ($575) and skirt; Lanvin Sugar Lambskin Shoulder Bag ($2190); Sarah Flint Lisa Black Nappa Flats ($545).

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Little White Lies Daisy Lace High Neck Top ($80) and Shorts ($93)

See-Through Blouse + Ripped Jeans

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On Jessica Stein of Tuula Vintage: Lover top; Nobody Denim jeans.

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Alexis Anguilla Open Back Lace Blouse ($319)

How Do You Wear White Lace?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Happy Fourth of July!

Today is Independence Day! While you celebrate this Fourth of July with patriotic parties, BBQs, and fireworks don’t forget to show off your red, white and blues like these stylish Stars!

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Lucy Hale wraps herself in stars and stripes to celebrate with friends.

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Ashley Tisdale celebrates her independence by jumping on a bed.

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Lauren Conrad gets patriotic on the beach.

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Christina Milian snaps a selfie with her daughter, Violet.

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John Mayer tunes up for an Independence Day concert.

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Emmy Rossum poses with patriotic balloons.

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Christian Siriano shares a snap of his festive Fourth of July ensemble.

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Kendall Jenner takes a swim wearing a patriotic bikini.

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Rob Lowe was surrounded by American flags.

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Christina Milian celebrates with Paris Hilton.

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Kenny Wormald gets patriotic at a rooftop party.

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Alessandra Ambrosio parties at a Fourth of July parade.

Happy Fourth of  July!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Summer Style Tips

Summer is here, Yay! As we eagerly anticipate all the fun in the sun, it’s time to explore this seasons most exciting fashion trends. With these tips you’ll be in style for whatever adventure comes your way this summer!

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Add a pop of color

Find a brightly colored bag or shoes to pair with your wardrobe basics—it’ll infuse a little summer into an otherwise neutral outfit.
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Get a dressier pair of shorts

They don’t have to break the bank, but have a pair of shorts in a more tailored silhouette on hand. In the right cut and fabric, they can work for a casual office look or a dressy night out.
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Do try overalls

Overalls are no longer just for kids— Style them with anything from a button-down to a tank top. Most important, find a fit and length that flatters you.

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Don’t be afraid to show some skin

The crop-top trend is wonderful for summer. Pair a loose version of the trend with a high-waisted bottom to avoid showing a little too much tummy.
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Go girly with a lace top

You can dress up a lace top with a skirt and heels or dress it down with denim shorts and sandals. Even try pairing it with moto boots and a leather jacket to turn the feminine piece into something more edgy.
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Wear your boots

Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean that you can’t wear boots anymore. Sure, they’re heavier than a summer sandal, but they add a little edge to sweet summer shorts or a sundress.
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Continue to layer

Layering isn’t just for cold months. Simply adding a T-shirt under a sundress or a bustier over a button-down is ideal for summer. Try this styling trick when you’re totally bored with your favorite summer outfits.
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Don a classic white shirt

Classic shirting gets praises for all seasons, and summer is no exception. Basically, every outfit looks polished when you start with a crisp white shirt—you can even throw it over a bathing suit at the beach.
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Own a T-shirt dress

The throw-on-and-go T-shirt dress is perfect for summer. Wear yours from day to night by transitioning into slightly fancier footwear and accessories. Bonus: T-shirt dresses rarely wrinkle so they are a great piece to pack for your summer getaway!
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Don’t be afraid to wear all white

White is the ultimate summer neutral and feels so light and airy that you should totally try styling it head-to-toe.

Whats your Summer Style?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Trending Forever

As we all know, most trends come and go almost as quickly as an average runway show lasts. To ensure that your closet isn’t full of unwearable items in a few months’ time, here are some predictions about the current trends that have the most staying power and which ones equal more bang for your buck!

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Graphic Black And White

You’ve got to love a trend that works for any occasion and looks great on everyone. A graphic black and white pattern is the perfect way to make a subtle statement. Plus, you’ll be able to pair it with most of your wardrobe for seasons to come.

​On Emma Stone:

Saint Laurent Spencer Leather Lapel Jacket($2,793) in Black; Saint Laurent Signature Lavalliere Shirt ($1,290) available in Black; Rag & Bone Skinny Jeans ($176) in Coronado.

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Bomber Jackets

Want to add instant cool factor to your outfit? Go for a bomber jacket. Want a jacket that will go from day to night seamlessly? Try a bomber jacket. Shopping for a jacket with endless pattern and color options? You get the point.

On Jessica Alba: 

​Aqua Looking Glass Silk Bomber Jacket ($198) in Blue Ice/Pink/Black; NIC+ZOE Easy Street Pants ($118) in Black Onyx.

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Bucket Bags

What’s better than a deceptively roomy bag that can hold our entire life in it? Nada. That’s why you’ll have to claw this on-trend bag style out of our hands!

On Emma Roberts:

​Loeffler Randall Industry Bag ($295) in Black; Charlotte Olympia Kitty Embroidered Velver Slippers ($495) in Black.

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Sneakers

Our feet have never been so happy. Even heel-loving girls who never thought their arches would touch the ground have embraced sneakers in every shape and color. Trends of this scale (and comfort) aren’t usually quick to fade.

On Hilary Rhoda:

​Levi’s Authentic Trucker Jacket ($58) available in Rosebud Blue; Helmut Lang Stretch Leather Pants ($920) in Black; Soludos Raffia Lace Up Shoes ($65) in Natural Black.

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Pink

Pink will make your skin glow, and make you smile. Plus, it pairs well with so many hues on the color wheel, making it extra versatile.

On Emma Watson: 

Narciso Rodriguez S/S 14 shirt and skirt; Stuart Weitzman Nudist Ankle-Strap Sandals ($395) in Fawn

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Pleated Skirts

The hottest skirt trend this season is equal parts flattering and adorable. Depending on the length, pattern, and material, it can go from ultra-sweet to ultra-fun.

On Miranda Kerr:

Acne Tag Vintage Denim Jacket ($290) in Vintage Blue; Valentino Rouge Absolute Patent Scallop Pumps ($895) in Scarlet; Chanel bag;.

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Boyfriend Jeans

We’re pretty sure that when this trend first emerged, our boyfriends were hoping it would fade. But boyfriend jeans are now a denim staple, and one of our favorite styles.

On Poppy Delevingne:

​sass & bide The Rock Steady Jeans ($270) in Indigo; Jimmy Choo Candy Clutch Bag ($995) available in Black Glitter with Gold Stars; Jimmy Choo shoes.

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Embellishment

Embellishment has the ability to make an otherwise ordinary item special. Don’t be surprised if this elegant trend is around for seasons to come.

On Kate Bosworth:

Giambattista Valli S/S 14 Couture dress.

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Jumpsuits

In case you haven’t caught onto the jumpsuit obsession yet, it’s real, and Jordana Brewster nails the look in gorgeous gray. How could a trend this effortless and cool go away anytime soon?

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​vintage Halston jumpsuit.

You’ll wear these trends Forever!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Stylish Budget-Friendly Fashion

You don’t always have to spend a fortune to look stylish. Here are my favorite affordable brands and online stores that will keep your closet stocked, without breaking the bank. Check out the chic buys your wardrobe will love!

BudgetBrands-findersKeepers

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Starting around: $84

Example: findersKEEPERS The Someday Jumpsuit ($150) in Ivory

If Jessica Alba owns this jumpsuit you should too.

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d.Ra

Starting around: $60

Example: d.Ra Jory Maxi Dress ($108) in Black

The maxi made for the ultimate beach babe.

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Lush

Starting around: $30

Example: Lush Asphalt Runway Midi Skirt ($43) in Black

The skirt style of the season for a steal of a price.

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Market HQ

Make sure to check out the Market HQ next time you need a girls’ night out outfit.

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Blessing-Co

Shop my online store Blessing-Co for the trendiest clothing and accessories at great prices!

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Lovers + Friends

Starting around: $70

Example: Lovers + Friends I Heart Baby Doll Dress ($151) in Abstract Floral

Lovers + Friends is your go-to brand for on-trend items with a dash of flirtiness.

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Motel

Starting around: $30

Example: Motel Tease Slip Crop Top ($38) in Mawar Red

At this price, we want to buy this top in every print!

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Lulu*s

Starting around: $30

Example: Lulu*s Slink Again Dress ($42) in Black

The dress that will impress.

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Pixie Market

Pixie Market has everything you need to update your spring wardrobe and still stay within your budget.

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StyleStalker

Starting around: $69

Example: StyleStalker Engine Top ($139) in White

The top you can wear all day and night.

Stay Stylish!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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3 Skirt Trends and How to Wear Them

The midi, mini and the maxi! Skirt lengths vary by personal style and this spring anything goes. Each hem length holds its own, when it comes to seasonal trends. If you want new ways to style your favorite type of skirt you’ll want to check out this inspiration from the spring 2014 collections and the tips on how to wear each one.

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For the workday: Try a midi! Just because the skirt is longer doesn’t mean it has to be stuffy or ultra-conservative. The length allows you to play with color and pattern like this Burberry lace number.

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On the weekend: Grab a mini. The temps are finally on the rise, so it’s time to let loose and have fun. Pair your skirt with a boxy top and contrasting flats, like Peter Som, and you’re ready to go from sunup to sundown.

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In the evening: Work a maxi. A full or pleated skirt, like this Proenza Schouler one, keeps you from looking matronly. The skirt’s full coverage allows you a little more leeway on top—think a cropped or cutout version.

How will you wear these skirt trends? Be sure to tag #StyleSalvation and @DannaDesigns on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to show me your style.

What hemline do you Favor?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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