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14 Fantastic Spring Florals & Where To Find Them

Floral patterns have long been a spring style staple – ushered in with the warm weather and extended sun filled days. Take the blooming look to new heights this season with patterns, fabrics and silhouettes that are fresh, fun and too fantastic not to try.

Here are 14 floral looks perfect from spring and where to find them.      

Refreshingly Romantic: 

Mint Market – Floral Tie Neck Dress – $32

Pair this feminine tie-neck navy dress with pumps, booties or flats.    

Heavenly High-Low: 

White House Black Market – Floral Printed Hi-Lo Fit and Flare Dress – $160

 Cascading flowers with pops of peach and a high-low hem make this dress a winner for spring.  

Clean Cut-outs:

H&M – Open Shoulder Blouse – $29

Look vibrant and fresh with a seasonal update to the cold shoulder trend.  

Joyful Jumpsuit: 

Bebe – Petite Print Crop Jumpsuit – $119

Standout in all the best ways in this printed jumpsuit. 

Petal Power: 

MICHAEL Michael Kors – Sloan Editor Medium Floral Shoulder Bag – $283

Switch your everyday bag for something a little sunnier this season. 

Happy Heels:  

Alice + Olivia – Dina – $350

Step up your weekend brunch style in these power pumps. 

Dressy Jogger: 

Express – Floral Print Soft Twill Jogger Pant – $69

Be anything but basic in these day-to-night black and white joggers. 

Sweet Chiffon:

Forever21 – Contemporary Floral Kimono – $27 

Swap out your workday blazer for this patterned velvet floral and chiffon trim kimono.

Soft Skirting:   

Rebecca Taylor – Phlox Floral Skirt – $395

 

Let this strategically patterned fabric be the star of the show by pairing with a crisp white button-down and strappy nude slingbacks.   

Cheerful Carryall:

Dasein – Women’s Fashion Designer Satchel – $37

Give your laptop bag an upgrade with this eye-catching purse.  

Breezy Bomber: 

Target – Bagatelle Collection Floral Bomber Jacket – $54

 

Add a little airy edge to your outfits this spring by pairing this number with your favorite looks. 

Bold Blooms:

Zara – Printed Technical Fabric Backpack – $69

Liven up even the most structured styles with this buzzing backpack this season.   

Tender Two-Piece:

MARSEN – Two-Piece Sleeveless Halter Midriff Dress – $29

Be picture perfect in this energizing pairing.  

 Crisp Coverup:

Bebe – Floral Flared Trench Coat– $189

Turn heads -rain or shine – in this darling trench.  

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How To Rock Bold Colors at Work or Play

 

I’ve never been one to shy away from color and have been known to rock the brightest of shades at work and at play ;). Bold colors are a fashion do and any woman can totally pull off the look flawlessly.

Here’s a few of my favorite tips and tricks, so you can slay in bold hues everywhere you go.

Layer with Neutrals – Keep yourself from being washed out by a colorful skirt or dress by layering it over neutral tights. These very black opaque tights are a perfect base for my bold color look. I like a really opaque (none see-through) look and achieved this by laying two pairs of semi-opaque tights on top of each other. This is a trick I’ve been using to survive cold winter months for years since I hardly ever wear pants. Your legs will be so warm;).

I also paired with my heeled black booties to extend my leg length and continue the neutral color.

Tights (similar style) – $12.50 – Amazon; Faux suade Booties (similar style) – $35.99

Stay Proportional – If you’re short – like me – then break up bold colors by adding a neutral waist length coat. This will help your outfit look balanced since there are clear color start-and-stop points. This faux-leather moto jacket helps accomplish that in this look. I got this one on clearance at Aeropostale over the holiday and is sold out now. But, I found a similar one on Amazon for $39.

Accessorize – Well selected accessories can play up or tone down the colors of your outfit. I added a neutral gold belt, black choker, colorful mirrored sunglasses and a patterned gray clutch to this bright look. None of them match each other, yet they all work together to highlight the colors in my top and skirt.

Metal Belt – Mint Market;  Mirrored Sunglasses – $32 – Mint Market; Beaded Clutch – $65 – Mint Market; Kitty Choker – $20 – Mint Market

Colorblock – Instead of wearing one bold color, mix it up, by wearing two complementary colors. Yellow and purple sit opposite each other on the color wheel and therefore balance each other out. This popping yellow peplum skirt looks blends nicely with this printed purple top.

Yellow Peplum skirt -$68 – Mint Market; Purple Round Neck Top – $38 – Mint Market

Most of All, Do You – Select colors and pieces that you love and make you smile. You’d be surprised how a little confidence can up the wattage of any outfit. If you feel good in a bold colors, rock it out.

Photo captions: Crystal LaShea Photography

**I love supporting independent shops and designers, like Mint Market Boutique in Hoboken, NJ. Check out this gem of a store if you’re in the area or online. They have tons of vintage, trendy and stylish outfits and accessories. No ad, just sharing a great find.

Be Inspired, Fashion,

Anna Wintour – 5 Tips from the Godmother of Style

There are a number of powerful women in the fashion industry and will probably never be a shortage of ladies to look up to. However, among all the inspiring females in the business, there’s one who reigns supreme: Vogue’s Anna Wintour… and with good reason.

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The British-born editor and artistic director tends to be elusively tight-lipped, rarely speaking publicly or making controversial statements of any kind—save for her surprising comments about the conversation-starting Kim Kardashian and Kayne West Vogue cover. Yet, over the course of her nearly 40-year career, Wintour has let a few of closely guarded jeweled thoughts slip —and the fashion world has been all the better for them.

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Given that Anna Wintour has guided the likes of Alexander Wang, Rodarte and Proenza Schouler and a long list of others to success over her 25-year tenure at Vogue, following her advice might give you a good chance of following in her lavish footsteps too.

Here are our five favorite tips from Anna Wintour the godmother of style:

Anna Wintour On The Importance of a Good Team

“I’m much more of a believer in finding a great team of people and trusting them to follow their instincts. They work better when they feel they have freedom and they are trusted.”

Anna Wintour On Staying Confident

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“Even if I’m completely unsure, I’ll pretend I know exactly what I’m talking about and make a decision.”

 Anna Wintour On Taking Risks

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“It’s very important to take risks. I think that research is very important, but in the end you have to work from your instinct and feeling and take those risks and be fearless.”

Anna Wintour On Interaction

“In today’s world, you have to interact. You can’t be some difficult, shy person who is not able to look somebody in the face; you have to present yourself. You have to know how to talk about your vision, your focus, and what you believe in.”

Anna Wintour Being Careful

Photo By: Captain Catan from Frankfurt am Main, Germany

“The only thing I worry a little bit about going straight from school to starting your own business is that many do not succeed. I personally would advise you to think carefully before you start your own business, and consider possibly working for a designer or a company whose work you admire.”

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The Style Corner: Vintage Fashion Is Always A Must For Fall

Things I love. Fall in New York, a tutu skirt and vintage fashion shopping! These things are even more awesome when I get to pair them all together.

I’ve had this Mint Market black tutu skirt for a while now and was looking for a new way to rock it when I came across this vintage heart crop top at my local Goodwill.

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Stunning in my vintage fashion finds!

A little love is always a good look:). The top is actually originally from H&M from a few years ago.

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Love this pic although it is a little blurry.

I also pulled out my statement pair of red Prada cat eye sunglass that I got from Designers on A Dime.  If you haven’t check out this online vintage seller, you totally should. The women-owned retailer has exciting finds from some really cool brands. And, these shades are everything!

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Can’t help but smile in with these shades and bag!

My sunglasses weren’t the only statement piece I was rocking in this look. I finally donned my perfume bottle handbag and it was perfect.  I actually picked this find up the one of my favorite accessory shops in NYC, Earrings Plaza.

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This bag is a total steal from Earrings Plaza!

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This vintage fashion look is so fun.

There’s no website, so you have to make the trek to the shop, but it is always worth it. They carry the cutest handbags, hair-pieces and costume jewelry at amazing prices. I don’t remember the exact price of my bag, but know it was less than $30. And, it is so fun.

If you’re looking to update your wardrobe for Fall, don’t overlook the vintage and discount shops in your area. You can totally remix some of your favorite pieces and spice up your style.

Be Aware, Fashion,

NYFW, TeacherBae and The Audacity of Being A Real Woman In America

“Do you ever worry that you’re perpetuating stereotypes by covering fashion and beauty events?”

This was the question my husband posed to me as I recounted to him my highs and lows from attending this season’s New York Fashion Week (NYFW). It was a good question and one that I’ve asked myself several times before. My blog is called, Not Just A Girl In A Dress but I have wondered if some readers miss the nuance that my site is about more than just pretty clothes and famous people.

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Me and Fitness Expert and Blogger Wasidah Francois at the NYFW Tech Style Event.

I write about all the things I am passionate about which often includes the latest lipstick and leg-lengthening heel as well as cutting-edge tech and up-and-coming entrepreneurs. Basically, if I think the person, brand or product, will motivate my readers to find their own version of success – I write about it.

Trying on a 3D Printed Raincoat the the Caravan Studios HEISEL in 3D installation

Trying on a 3D Printed Raincoat the the Caravan Studios HEISEL in 3D installation

So most weeks, I would have been quick to respond to the question with a resounding “no.” I normally would state that by covering events like Fashion Week, I’m able to spotlight diverse women and men breaking down stereotypes in the industry. Most weeks, I would highlight that fashion is more than custom colors and sleek silhouettes, it’s about creativity and empowerment.

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Anniesa Hasibuan – Runway – September 2016 – New York Fashion Week: The Shows

But this Fashion Week was different. On the plus side, it proved to be one of the most diverse Fashion Weeks in recent history. Everywhere you turned multicultural models were proudly slaying the runways.

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Leanne Marshall – Runway – September 2016 – New York Fashion Week: The Shows

Designer Christian Siriano even raised the bar of fashion inclusively when he had five stunning plus-size models strut their stuff in his show.

Models from Christian Siriano Show

Models from Christian Siriano Show

But it all felt like false wins and reverse progress the more I heard about Patrice Brown – AKA #TeacherBae.

teacher-bae-3Brown – a teacher’s aide in Atlanta – was dragged, dogged and disparaged all over social media (and in the news) because some felt that the pics she posted to Instagram of her work outfits were unprofessional. The main complaint was that she simply dressed “too sexy” for her bombshell body, which when you flip it on its head, essentially means no one would care if someone less curvy wore it.

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Through good genes and what I understand is a regular regime of exercise, Brown has been blessed with a body that some women pray (and pay hard earn money) for, so she wears clothes that make her feel comfortable and confident. That people would criticize and try to belittle her for it is absolutely shameful.

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True every outfit is not appropriate for every situation, but this outrage is rooted in the fact that she – with her curvy body and Black skin – had the audacity not to camouflage her shape and to smile proudly in her pics.

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I Bet No One Dares To Complain about Media Boss Oprah in Her Form-fitting Holiday Dress

How can we expect the fashion and beauty industry to be more inclusive of real and diverse women when we digitally attack women in the real world for daring to love how they are naturally built?

Tim Gunn Called DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson Glam in this Dress

Tim Gunn Called DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson Glam in this Dress and She Is:).

Design educator and Project Runway co-host, Tim Gunn recently tore into the fashion industry a Washington Post op-ed story. In it, he writes that designers refuse to make clothes for average-sized American women because “she won’t look the way that I want her to look.”

Huh. Why does that sound so familiar?

Oh yeah, because that is the same not so subtle message that was flung at real woman Patrice Brown when all she did was try to shine.

So, yes. This week I am more aware of my duty to not perpetuate stereotypes and my responsibility to empower those who are just trying to live in their joy.

Apparently, from the catwalk to the sidewalk, there is a lot more work to be done .

Celebrity News, Fashion,

Jennifer Lopez Teams Up with Giuseppe Zanotti on new Shoe Collection Launching in 2017

Singer, actress and executive producer Jennifer Lopez is taking her shoe game to the next level. The ‘First Love’ songstress has partnered with coveted shoe designer Giuseppe Zanotti on a new capsule collaboration set to launch in January 2017.

 

The new line, called Giuseppe for Jennifer Lopez will feature footwear and accessories. Giuseppe told Vogue online, the line will include “everything you would expect from the both of us – bad-a*s high heels with shapes that are fierce and, of course, have some sparkle!”

Lopez is no stranger to the world of fashion. Besides landing spots on Best Dressed lists for decades, the entrepreneur and designer has been running her own popular clothing label JLO by Jennifer Lopez since 2001.

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Prices for the new collaboration haven’t been announced, but it safe to assume they will be within the current sales prices of Giuseppe shoes ($700 – $2,000). Although, a much higher price point than Lopez’s signature line, she shared:

“I think it goes without saying that like every other girl, I love a killer pair of shoes. Whether I’m walking the red carpet or dressed casually, the right shoes complete my outfit to make me feel beautiful, sexy, and fearless.”

JLO has had a great business sense for years and this collaboration seems like a smart move for both designers. They’ve already teased an image of blinged out stiletto on Giuseppe’s Instagram page, which has me wanting to see more.

We should have known that the On the 6 singer would stop at 5th Avenue eventually.

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Tres Magnifique: Check Out the H&M 2016 Conscious Exclusive Collection Inspired by The Louvre

H&M has just announced the release of its 2016 Conscious Exclusive Collection, which launches on April 7. The collection features dresses, skirts, tops and accessories made from organic silk, hemp, recycled linen and Tencel® blends as well as beads and rhinestones made from recycled glass and Denimite − a material made out of recycled worn-out denim.

This is the third year that H&M has created a sustainable fashion line and this year’s capsule collection takes its romantic-styled inspiration from the Louvre in Paris.

Check out the complete 2016 Conscious Exclusive Collection below:

-XOXO Charell Star | Not Just A Girl In A Dress

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Join Me For Macy’s Present Get Glam and Get Going! Fashion Event on Sat. March 12 @ 2PM

It’s time to ignore the calendar and pay attention to what the temperature is showing you. Spring is definitely in the air, so let’s prep for all the warmer days ahead.

I’ll totally be flinging into spring fashion on Saturday, March 12 and so should you. Come party with me and the crew as Macy’s showcases the hottest looks of the T.G.I warm season at Macy’s Herald Square on the third floor, starting at 2PM.

Macys Get Glam and Get GoingMacy’s always throws an amazing party, so you know you’ll have to stop by. This Macy’s Presents: Get Glam and Get Going! event will have free manis, a fun selfie photo station, a DJ spinning tunes and a lipstick reader to forecast your fashionista-future (think tarot card reader, but with lipstick :)).

And, of course Macy’s MyStylist will be on hand to help you find the perfect look for any occasion.

You’ll be able to find me in the manicure chair testing out this spring’s hottest colors;), so stop by and say hi.

No worries, if you’re not in the NYC area. Macy’s has Get Glam and Get Going! events happening all over the country on Saturday, March 12 (see full list here).

See you there!

– XOXO Charell Star | Not Just A Girl In A Dress

Disclosure: “This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.“

Celebrity News, Fashion,

Celeb Entrepreneur P Diddy Launches Girls’ Fashion Line Inspired by His Daughters

Singer, songwriter and entrepreneur Sean “Diddy” Combs just launched his first girls’ fashion line under his label, Sean John. The pastel and geometric rich line will be carried by Macy’s starting in February and was inspired by his daughters Jessie, D’Lila, and Chance Combs.

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“My girls have been a continued inspiration in all that I do so it only made sense to create a collection with them in mind” said proud papa Combs.  SS16SJ Girls_cfox_1157

 

The Sean John Girls’ collection features shirts, shorts, A-line printed dresses, and rocker moto jackets for Girls sizes 7-16 and range in price from $35.00-$100.00.

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Combs first entered the children’s fashion market in 2000, with the Sean John Boy’s collection and has featured the sons of celebrities in his marketing campaigns including the sons’ of NBA stars Lebron James and Carmello Anthony.

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It makes sense that Combs is expanding his foothold in the kids clothing space considering the global market for children’s wear is expected to hit $173 billion in 2017.

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With that kind of money on the table Diddy may want to update his favorite saying to, “bad kids for life.”

-XOXO Charell Star | Not Just A Girl In A Dress