The day is upon us to hit the sandy shores of the beaches around us (or a flight away). Actually, if you’re more of a ‘glass half empty’ person, the days are dwindling, and we are wasting time at our computers (unless you’re the smarty pants reading on a gadget while sprawled out on a beach chair).
Various publications are clamoring for us to learn about which bathing suits are new and fresh, and which patterns are the hottest. The best part to it all is the advent of mixing and matching bathing suits. Originally, the concept was set forth to accommodate the different shapes of consumers (I mean really – who has a perfect combination of identical sized tops and bottoms?!), now it is perfect for renewing your swimwear the same way you would your closet (as is recommended for thrifty guys and gals).
I’ve seen people sport a solid complimentary top to their print bottom (or vice versa), and even less often have I seen two similarly colored patterned pieces together. At the end of the day, though I’m all for it, I can’t seem to muster up the guts to mix up my swimsuit. Celebs Audrina Patridge and Megan Fox have no fear when it comes to their suits. It just feels like I have on two different patterned socks in kindergarten and someone is laughing at me. Just me?
The Versace menswear runway was ripe with green lights for trends in menswear that were once considered strictly for females.The pastel suit above isn’t really new, but the tailoring and monochromatic styling is definitely current. The neutral tone accents work perfectly with the outfit and would compliment any skin tone (the yellow is also ideal to bring out a tan!).Enter the high-waist pant. I smell trouble for this, considering that there is different packaging on the guys vs. the gals. Thoughts?Last but not least, my favorite bright color pairing! The vibrant pink and orange duo has been famous for years now, and doesn’t look too shabby on a fella (although this is way brighter than on a female, when taking into account the fact that sleeves and full length pants hold lots more fabric than a minidress).
While I was overjoyed for Gertrude who won the Barr + Barr giveaway, nothing would make me happier than to own one for myself. Perfect timing for wishes as their sample sale is coming up. What beats owning a luxury handbag? Getting it for half off or more! If you’re from New York, or the surrounding area, you better believe I’ll be seeing you there!
The new H&M polishes are bigger in size and offer more support and surface area for those with adult digits. I grabbed a couple of colors and am using this time of post-cold to catch up with images and posts. Being able to breathe through your nose is fantastic y’all.Left image is without flash and right is with flash. I have an endless appreciation for these polishes (and all other polishes who do this) because of their flawless carryover from color delivery at first look to different lighting. That and I have a thing for 90 degree angles on polishes!
Summer Fridays may be official starting today, but fashion is in overdrive as always. The Resort 2012 collections (yes 2012) are debuting some bright colors. It seems like across the board, clothing requirements are: lightweight airy fabrics and cuts, bright or pastel colors, hats and sunglasses. Makeup? Optional. A bright lip made a guest appearance here and there, but suffice it to say, a vacation requires little work.
The magazines and websites are ablaze with lip colors that are trending this season. The truth of the matter is that anything bright is on par with the trends. The standout colors shouldn’t be too surprising, as they always peek their heads out as soon as the sun comes out to play for real. Case in point: orange and pink. A newcomer to the popular table is the lilac and purple lipstick. Let’s blame it on the gals who take the stage in costumes your mother would never advise you wear. As far as the red – well that one never goes out of style. A bright red lip is a bad-mamajama all year, come rain sleet or snow (and unlike the postal service, it doesn’t take days off).
I love the orange trend the most because a lot of the times it comes off as a red depending on what shade you get it in, and how you wear it, and it makes your teeth look brighter than your toothpaste ever could. Though I have favorite lipsticks for all of the shades, the hands down winner is the selection of colors by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics with their Lip Tars. The best thing with them is that you can even mix them to customize your own color.
p.s. I had to add a celebrity example in a variety of skin tones because I don’t want to hear anyone say the color doesn’t look good on their skin. Retire that mindset!
The cork trend has been weaving in and out of spring arrivals (and has been sticking around for summer) for several years now. Every single year there is another brand jumping on the wagon and allowing for more choices.
Sure the cork trend is cute, but you can’t just glue your wine bottle corks together and walk on ’em right? This year has embraced the cork and it has come in various shapes and sizes. It even got the red sole treatment (in different variations too)!
Cork shoes and accessories are perfect for warmer weather due to their light weight and casual feel. Depending on what material and color is used along with the product, you can wear it into the night. The neutral coloring of the cork blends well with all skin tones and all outfits. Dress it up with bright color accessories, clothing, or makeup. It really serves as a blank canvas for you to work your creative side. I’d love to see y’all display some royal blue toesies peeping out of a cork sandal, or a neon green tank with a cork clutch. You can even match up the accessories in shoes, handbags, and jewelry without it going too overboard. When the trend is over and you stop feeling the style, remember you can just use pushpins in ’em and have stylish paperweights. 🙂
Spring showers and May flowers also bring with them the warm comfort of leaving your house more frequently than you did the last couple of months. So it’s no surprise that events are starting to pop up everywhere. Today and tomorrow, StyleFixx will be hosting an event in Manhattan where attendees can shop, drink, and be merry. I’m using the event as a way to meet up with a college friend I haven’t seen in years (though we live in the same city!), and wanted to give everyone a heads up so that maybe we can meet there too.
To check out a list of the vendors present or past shows click here. Not in NY? They have shows touring the states in locations like Boston, Washington DC, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Will I see you there?
Barr + Barr handbags are embarking on their second decade of producing quality handbags with handwoven details among many other standout features. Helen Barr, brand designer and owner uses her fine arts degrees to create memorable designs in both construction and aesthetics. The brand’s success and popularity earned them a spot on the Home Shopping Network’s (HSN) roster.
The brand has been kind enough to provide fans of MyOwnJudge a luxury handbag (retails for $279). Excited?!
Once you ‘Like’ both, leave a comment on the Barr + Barr page (in 20 words or less) saying why you should win. Anything from needing a new bag to match your makeover to being the perfect foray into luxury handbags!
EDIT: Because of Blogger’s refusal to post my giveaway on 3pm 5/20 as expected, the giveaway will end 5/28 – a day later. The winner will be announced after the weekend by Barr + Barr.