Stylish Gifts

You know that girl that always gives the best presents? Well, this year that’s you! With this go-to gift guide, you’ll find the perfect picks for all your most stylish friends! Whatever the intricacies of her personality—from a trendsetting go-getter to a vintage-loving darling—you’re sure to get her something she loves!

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Untitled&Co Flawless Printed Cotton-Blend Sweatshirt ($85)

This sweatshirt needs no introduction.

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U Snap Bluetooth Tripod ($24)

A girl from the selfie generation will certainly adore this Bluetooth tripod that allows her to take iPhone pictures with the push of a wireless button.

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ASOS Faux Fur Scarf With White Stripe ($57)

Pink. Striped. Fur. She’s going to love it.

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Every girl loves a pretty pouch. Stock hers with her favorite treats.

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Melissa Joy Manning 14-Karat Gold Opal Earrings ($210)

These reclaimed gold earrings are a far cry from typical earth-friendly jewelry.

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Smythson Busy Bee Panama Notebook ($80) in Fuschia

Extra points for getting the notebook monogrammed.

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Urban Outfitters Boucle Baseball Hat ($24)

For the days she can’t be bothered to brush her hair.

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Mouth Cravings Monthly Subscription  ($180/three months)

This artisanal food subscription service has a package designed specifically to address pregnancy cravings. Bingo.

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Pixie Market Ace Spade Leather Clutch, $42, available at Pixie Market.

You can’t read her poker face!

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J. Crew End-On-End Pajama Set in Swiss Dot ($98) in Hydrangea Navy

Fact: Swiss dots are the most charming dots.

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Emerson Fry Luxe Emerson T ($78)

There are so many tees and so little time and this essential eco-friendly version makes the top of our list.

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Kate Spade Bella Bookshelf Agenda, $36, at Shopbop.

She’ll keep all her New Year resolutions when they are in this chic agenda.

You Give the Best Gifts!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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3 Work Wardrobe Wonders

Everyone’s had those mornings, the ones where you’ve tried absolutely everything on in your closet, you’re running ridiculously late, and you still have absolutely nothing to wear. It’s times like those that demand super-easy pieces that go with everything. Essentials that you can throw on without thinking and know you’ll look great. I call them wardrobe wonders—and every fashionista needs at least a few of them in her closet. Here are my three favorites that will have you going to work in style!

A Black Jumpsuit

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A black jumpsuit doesn’t have be reserved for evenings only, especially if you choose a tailored style. Wear it to the office with pared-down classics like a trench coat and ladylike pumps, or get creative and layer it over a button-down. Either way, it’ll cut your dressing time down. One and done!

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SPLENDID $198.00

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REVOLVE clothing $154.00

A Flippy Skirt

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Fit-and-flare skirts are universally flattering; the flounce balances hips and thighs perfectly. Plus, they’re insanely versatile—for a downtown look, try one under a slouchy sweater with ankle boots; for a more polished vibe, wear with a slim turtleneck and heels.

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Ann Taylor $98.00

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BCBGMAXAZRIA $154.17

A Cool Suit

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Think of your suit as a really amazing multitasker—you can wear the pants and blazer together and look instantly put-together, or you can wear the jacket and pants separately with literally anything. The outfit options are countless. Just be sure to buy a suit with a really modern fit—either slim-fitting or purposely slouchy.

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NORDSTROM $130.00

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French Connection $268.00

You look Wonderful!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Fall Essentials

It’s time to turn to the more playful, fun aspect of dressing! Trends and Accessorizing! So without further ado here are my favorite essentials for fall that will guarantee you style star status!

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JOA Two Toned Sweater, $88, available at Shopbop; Proenza Schouler Long Sleeve Cropped Crewneck, $595, available at Proenza Schouler.

A new version of the traditional nubby sweater makes its way back into our closets each season. For fall, we’ve been feeling the speckled, marled pullover that has a made-by-hand vibe!

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River Island Grey Fedora Hat ($50)
You’ll wear this hat well into winter, promise.

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ASOS Oversized Scarf ($34)
An animal-print wrap feels luxe.

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ili Leather Crossbody Bag ($69)
An oxblood bag is timeless!

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Forever 21 Life In Progress Jacket, $34.79, available at Forever 21; Burberry Oversize Parka With Check Wool Warmer, $1395, available at Burberry.

The great thing about a fall parka is that it can easily become your winter parka with the addition of a lining. Wear it with the sleeves rolled up and easy dresses for the beginning of fall, and with thick trousers and knits when the temps really start to drop.

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Fred Perry Knitted Jersey Bucket Hat ($76)
Ever since you saw Rihanna wearing a bucket hat, you knew you needed one.

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Chic Nova Pure Color Sleeveless Business Suit Vest, $31, available at Chic Nova; Public School For J.Crew Earliblaze Vest, $178, available at J. Crew.

Everyone needs that one layering piece that instantly makes anything they’re wearing appear more legit. For fall, it’s the formal waistcoat, which can dress up a simple tee or dress, or dressdown a more formal frock.

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Ted Baker Ayef Opulent Bloom Printed Scarf ($65)
Give your look a fresh finishing touch with this printed scarf.

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Front Row Shop Linen Trousers, $62, available at Front Row Shop; Avelon Progressing Pants, $400, available at The Dreslyn.

If you don’t already own one of these roomy, baggy trousers, now’s the time to get some! Roll up the cuffs yourself or get them tailored to hit right above your ankles. Then, pair them with anything. Seriously — party tops, sneakers, booties, blazers, crop tops — it all works!

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Ted Baker Karah Faux Fur Hat ($90)
Never say no to a (faux) fur hat!

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ASOS Wide Waist Cincher Buckle Belt ($29)
This belt is chic and sexy!

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ASOS Faux Fur Multi Stripe Scarf, $67.70, available at ASOS; Shrimps Pink Faux Fur Pablo Clutch, $295, available at Avenue 32.

British brand Shrimps started a phenomenon with its Seussian “fur” pieces straight out of a storybook. This season, don’t even pretend that your fuzzy isn’t faux, and go for pieces in unnatural colors, like pastel pink, lime green, and electric blue.

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Cheap Monday Clip Hair Clip ($29)
Too lazy to do your hair? Got you covered!

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Express Mid Rise Slim Flare Jeans, $39.90, available at Express; Acne Studios Pop Trash Jean, $350, available at Steven Alan.

Opt for denim that looks worn-in, not worn-out. A rip or two is totally believable — anything in double digits just seems like a frivolity!

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United by Blue Braddock Backpack ($88)
There are so many ways to wear a backpack this fall.

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Silence + Noise Button-Down Shirt, $69, available at Urban Outfitters; Secai Pleated-Back Poplin Shirt, $520, available at NET-A-PORTER.

It’s time to bring the “business in the front, party in the back” philosophy to our blouses. We’re seeing loads of button-ups deliver a surprise hit of skin in the back, whether through sheer panels, a deep slit, or clever cut-outs. Wear them with high-waisted trousers and skirts, and never tuck ’em in.

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River Island Red Plaid Hair Bow ($10)
Voila! An unexpected way to wear plaid this season.

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ASOS Felt Fedora Hat ($38)
If you still haven’t invested in a fedora for fall, try this one.

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Erin Templeton Double Wrap Obi Belt ($30)
Kimono belts are the next big thing, you heard it here first.

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ASOS Denim Jacket in Vintage Wash, $63.85, available at ASOS; Golden Goose Black Shearling Jacket, $1995, available at SSENSE.

This ’70s staple is making a comeback as this season’s version of the wear-with-everything layer. Paired with denim, a leather moto, or just by itself in a fleecy zip-up, shearling injects a bit of insouciant cool!

What are your essentials for Fall?

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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Accessory Report: Spring Bags

These are the best Handbag Trends you’ll Definitely want to try this Spring!

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A Color-Block Bag

If you already have a neutral bag in your spring arsenal, you’ll need a fun color-block one to counter it. No “matchy-matchy” rules apply with color-blocking, so you can coordinate it to your outfit like Miroslava Duma and her chic Pierre Hardy—or not. It’s up to you.

Get The Look

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Pierre Hardy Bag 61 color-block suede clutch, $895, luisaviaroma.com

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A Structured, Ladylike Purse

A retro-chic, feminine handbag adds an element of elegance to any outfit—from jeans and a tee to a suit or dress—and is ultra versatile to take you from work to after-work cocktails.

Get The Look

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Divine wave bag, $30, Blessing-Co

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 The top-handle bag will easily transition right into spring. You can’t go wrong with this style, whether it’s a structured satchel or a soft duffel with cool zip features like Anne Katherine Frey’s Alexander Wang.

Get The Look

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Alexander Wang Rockie small cross-body satchel bag, $795, neimanmarcus.com

SpringBags-BackpackA Stylish Backpack

The backpack gets updated this year. Along with being incredibly functional, these designer backpacks look effortlessly cool. Even Karl Lagerfeld put graffiti-covered backpacks on his spring runway for Chanel.

Get The Look

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Herschel Supply Little America backpack, $90, karmaloop.com

SpringBags-MetallicA Metallic Clutch

A metallic dress is a must-have going-out look for spring, and the same goes for your clutch. Match it with a metallic, or mix it in with other looks, because heavy metal works with everything (Hanne Gaby Odiele agrees).

Get The Look

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Expressions NYC crackle envelope clutch, $38, nordstrom.com

SpringBags-CarryAllA Sophisticated Carryall Work Tote

Refresh your hold-everything work bag for the warmer season with a lighter hue and updated elements like an East-West silhouette. Classic camel is always a sure hit but a pastel bag like Milana Kruz’s Givenchy one is definitely droolworthy.

Get The Look

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Alberta di Canio handbag, $195, yoox.com

SpringBags-FloralA Floral-Print Clutch

A floral clutch adds extra springtime cheer to any outfit—whether you’re mixing prints like blogger Chriselle Lim (featuring this Givenchy clutch) or adding one single eye-catching accessory to a streamlined monochromatic look.

Get The Look

SpringBags-Floral-2Printed stripe zip-top clutch, $48, c. wonder.com

SpringBags-PastelA Pastel Purse

Easter-egg hues are the new neutral when it comes to accessories this season. Work a pink, baby blue, or minty green one into your outfit, whether it’s a roomy satchel, an envelope clutch, or a structured bag like blogger-model Zanita Morgan’s.

Get The Look

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Mint Tassle Bag, $46, Blessing-Co

SpringBags-satchelA Printed Satchel

Burberry showed painted-over bags for fall, so get a jump on the trend now with a printed satchel. It’s a perfect way to sneak in some flair on an otherwise neutral, go-with-everything accessory, like Natalie Joo’s and her checked Brahmin tote.

Get The Look

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Marni graphic-print cross-body bag, $1,476, nordstrom.com

SpringBags-BucketA Bucket Bag

A bucket bag should be at the top of your shopping list this season. Whether it’s a minimalist drawstring creation or Alexander Wang’s lipstick-red studded number carried by model Pauline Vander Cruysse, the style will fit all your essentials and update any look.

Get The Look

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Faux-leather tasseled bucket bag, $30, oldnavy.com

What Spring Bags Are Your Faves?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Gifts for the Guys

Here is the scoop on the coolest apparel, gadgets, accessories, and more that guys will be excited to get this Holiday!

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Never afraid to experiment with his personal style, this fashion plate knows all the hidden gems worth a stop. Alexander Wang Lizard iPad Case, $239, available at Barneys New York; hello mr. Magazine, $20; A. OK Beanie, $36, available at Oak; ASSK Bisoux Sweatshirt, $125, available at V Files; Alexander McQueen Brogue Boots, $850, available at Mr. Porter.

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Back To Basics

No guy likes to shop for the basics. Give his necessities a major refresh this season with sleek new accessories, funky undergarments, and maybe a cool techie find: Shinola Runwell Chrono, $750; Ernest Alexander Bedford Overnight Bag, $465; Shipley & Halmos Highland Sock, $30; Jawbone Mini Jambox, $179.99; Mack Weldon Boxer Brief, $24; Remee Sleep Mask, $95.

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The Coin Toss
A care-free skater who also possesses intellectual, theater-critic-esque sensibilities? Opt for gifts that hone in on one of his intricacies for something he’ll actually love: Kenzo Kenyon Trainers, $366, available at Matches FashionTodd Snyder Blue Selvedge Denim, $250; Boosted Board, $1,299, available for pre-order; Belovedshirts Cat Sweatshirt, $59.99; Grand Theft Auto V, $39.99, available at AmazonTwelfth Night and Richard III, tickets available at Telecharge.

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The Pragmatist

“Practical” doesn’t have to be “boring.” In fact, sometimes those gifts that are both useful and fun are more appreciated than ones we don’t really need: Izola Launder With Care Laundry Bag, $39; Ernest Alexander Cooper British Shave Kit Bag, $110; Coin, $55, available for pre-order; Bespoken Crewneck Sweatshirt, $360 ; Le Specs Revolution Rouge, $59.95.

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The Stumper
Whether he’s tough to buy for or you’re simply puzzled when it comes to gifting the guys, cool trinkets and one-of-a-kind accessories are great conversation starters and outlets for new discoveries: Oliver Brown Cup Sets, $41.07; Kapital Skull Patch, $76.48, available at Pancho and Lefty; Miansai Brummel Hook Bracelet, $95; Iacoli & McAllister Hex Opener, $48; Occulter Black Pyramid Salt, $10; Bee Raw 9 Varietal Honey Flight, $78.
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Winter’s Warden
Sometimes it’s just too cold to do anything but binge-watch your favorite shows. And, he’ll be needing plenty of “surviving winter” essentials to help him brave the brr: Diptyque Genevrier Candle, $60; Topman Black Leather Biker Jacket, $300; Reigning Champ Fleece Hoodie, $112, available at Steven Alan; Roku Roku 3, $99.99 ; Beats By Dr. Dre Solo HD Headphones, $199.95.

Give the guys a gift they will love!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Staples that Flatter Every Woman

Check out these ten staples deemed universally flattering!

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1. Pointed Pumps

Nothing lengthens the leg like a classic heel, especially when they are a similar shade to your skin. Kate Bosworth demonstrated this technique with a pair of Jimmy Choo Agnes Suede Pumps.

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2. Paneled Dress

Rita Ora pulled out everyone’s favorite slimming secret weapon for date night: the paneled dress. Her Vionnet Pre Fall 13 black & white dress is a fab rendition of this staple.

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3. Menswear Coat

Whether or not you’re bold enough to go for the electric blue Tibi Bonded Techy Twill Coat that Lucky Editor-in-Chief, Eva Chen, wore you can’t deny the appeal of a menswear-inspired coat. The sharply tailored piece looks good on just about everyone.

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4. Collared Button-Down

You can’t go wrong with a classic button-down shirt. Wear it tucked in if you want to highlight your waist, or leave it loose like Jessica Alba did with her Bella Dahl Patch Pocket Button Down Shirt In White.

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5. Trench Coat

There’s a reason the trench coat never goes out of style: the built-in belt is ideal for enhancing an hourglass shape. Laura Whitmore accentuated her curves in a Warehouse trench, despite layering up for the weather.

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6. A-Line Skirt

Why does an A-line skirt look good on everyone? It’s all about the cut: it nips in at the smallest part of your waist and then conveniently flares out over the hips like Hannah Holman’s printed skirt.

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7. Silk Blouse

Veteran Victoria’s Secret model, Alessandra Ambrosio knows fashion that flatters. The flowy fabric of a silk blouse camouflages any flaws or unfavorable angles.

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8. Structured Blazer

A properly tailored blazer, like the one Karlie Kloss wore, is always a smart decision for defining your shoulders and waistline.

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9. Slim-Cut Trouser

Mirror, mirror on the wall, which is the most flattering pant cut of all? The slim (not too tight, not too loose) trouser with a slightly cropped hem, of course. Take note of the fit of Ashley Madekwe’s Topshop Unique trousers.

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10. Motorcycle Jacket

The magic of a moto jacket is twofold: it fits close to the body, and the thick leather material has an overall smoothing effect. Example: the ultra-flattering Balmain Quilted Jacket that Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wore.

Have a Flattering Weekend!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Shop Till you Drop: Labor Day Sales!

The Labor Day holiday offers plenty to be excited about: a long weekend, relaxing under the sun, and of course, some of the best online and in-store sales! Here is the scoop on the biggest and best deals around.

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Whether you’re looking to score some last-minute summer essentials or stock up on fall must-haves, shop now for all the hottest steals!

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ASOS Enjoy 20% of full price items. Code: SUMMER4EVER Valid: until 9/3

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Alice + Olivia Take up to 75% off all items. Code: N/A Valid until 9/2

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Singer 22  Take up to 20% off all items Code: Labor Valid until 9/3

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Calvin Klein Get 40% off the entire site. Code: N/A Valid: until 9/2

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Rebecca Taylor Enjoy 40% off sale items. Code: RTLABORDAY13 Valid until 9/3

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Topshop Get an extra 20% off all sales items. Code: N/A Valid: until 9/4

What sales are you Shopping?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Girls Night Out Musthaves

GNO When prepping an outfit for a hot summer evening, look no further than these GNO essentials.  Here are party-ready pieces that are tastefully alluring, but also incredibly fashion-forward.

GNO-jumpsuitAsos: Chic Jumpsuit with Open Back ($76) If you’re less of a dress or skirts girl, you’ll appreciate this sleek jumpsuit. Just add a jeweled necklace for a visually intriguing result!

GNO-skortZara: Mini Skort ($50) in Geranium. Skorts are perfect GNO material. Why? They’re dressier than a pair of shorts, but offer more coverage than a tiny mini skirt.

Summer Party ClutchBlessing-Co: Summer Party Clutch ($28) This graphic party scene clutch is just the right size for holding your keys, lipstick, and cell phone for all those numbers you’ll collect.

GNO-jacketSass and Bide: Not the Enemy Embellished Jacket ($590) Add a jacket, like this one to your outfit for extra polish (silver chain embellishments give off a rock ‘n’ roll vibe).

GNO-coatedskinniesPaige: Hoxton Coated High-Res Skinnies ($199) in Black Coated. Skinny jeans are great, but try a coated pair for girls’ night out. They’re flashier, which is just what you need for an after-hours event.

GNO-blouseNasty Gal: Sweet Dot Crop Blouse ($32) Bring out your feminine side with this sheer polka-dot top, downplay its cutesy feel by layering it over a lacy bra.

GNO-strappydressTopshop: Strappy Hem Dress ($84) Your summer tan will pop in this halter body-con dress! Plus, wearing white is your chance to stand out in a sea of black.

Green-Crossbody-bagBlessing-Co: Mini Crossbody Bag ($20) in Mint. If you want to go hands-free (best for holding more than one cocktail 😉 ) this cute cross-body is a sure bet.

Have a fab Girls Night Out!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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