On Cupcakes and Couture

When I heard the news that the Crumbs cupcake shops were closing its doors, I was wistful for the beginning of the cupcake mania when a sugar loaded, buttery-sweet, frosted, candy-colored confection was the ultimate divulgence.

It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment that cupcake mania erupted, maybe it was when Carrie Bradshaw sat outside Magnolia bakery devouring a cupcake and declaring her crush on Aidan circa 2000. Or, maybe not.

Crumbs cupcake

Photo: Forbes

Whenever it began, America exploded into a cupcake frenzy. Then as all trends do, the rainbow-colored cakes morphed into tiny cupcakes a la Baked By Melissa, gluten-free options, and food bloggers dived right in, creating prize-winning instagram pics worthy of a treat. We were a nation obsessed, and I won’t miss them.

This week, that era officially ended  and the great cupcake wave has crashed. but if there is one thing I have learned and that is food porn gets just as many likes as fashion porn and this week’s Paris Couture was incredibly sweet. Cotton-candy-like gowns from Giambattista Valli, Chanel and Armani Privé (below) are just enough of a reason to admire the fluff, icing only, sans the caloric intake. Violá!

Dior Couture 2014

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And just in case you are feeling the pastel love come on, here are some looks for you.

And here is me back then indulging in the sweets of yore. I switched from loving sweets to admiring kale and quinoa to keep my body and mind healthy.

Do you think that is a trend too? Write in the comments below.

Happy Friday!

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Slip It On

Hellooo Tuesday heat wave! Let’s talk about it.

Where shorts fail, scrunchies never do, and where hair scrunchies claim their stake in the bathroom and fail to impress outside the confines of your personal space, slip dresses, lightweight, breathable, and downright the perfect summer uniform for these sweltering 90-degree dog days of summer are the only thing to wear. And when ’90s-inspired trends made waves on spring runways, it was the humble slip dress that was the most ubiquitous.

Easy to wear, in lieu of going commando, slip dresses are fashion’s easy answer to NOT sticking to the back seat of the city taxi.

In shorts.

You know what I’m talking about? Yeah, I thought so.

won hundred slip dress

slip dress

Wearing: Won Hundred dress// Rachel Comey seamless slip underneath, get a similar one here // Derek Lam mustard clutch, get a similar one here or here // Steven Alan x Dr. Scholls Manhattan sandal// cos necklace, get a similar one here

slip dress

slip dress

slip dress

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Don’t forget to click the links above or the images below to shop the look !!

 

All photos: Lydia Hudgens

 

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July 4th Sales

Today is the day to celebrate the independence of the good ol’ US of A in every way possible. Congrats to the soccer players in the World Cup, (I have major Futbol fever)! Let’s make a toast to BBQ’s, apple pies, beach blankets, fireworks, and of course, can we  discuss the July Fourth sales?!?

It’s the perfect time to inject some new energy into the summer closet you’ve been pulling from so far or, if you’re really savvy, think ahead to what pieces you’ll want to add to your fall wardrobe. Be smart: Because most are already happening, make your purchases now and then start to focus on having fun.

4th of July sales

ASOS has 20% off all full-priced items with code PARTYINTHEUSA!

Barneys. Up to 60% off regular prices on select clothing, shoes and accessories for men, women and children, as well as gifts for the home. Shop now & receive complimentary shipping & returns on all U.S. orders on Barneys.com!

Bloomingdale’s is giving you 20 to 65 percent off both online and in-store.

J.Crew has an extra 40% off a ton of items that they just put on sale! Enter code SHOPMORE. Sale ends July 8

Anthropologie has an extra 20% off their sale with code BUZZ20. 

Intermix. Additional 40% off sale. Sale ends July 10

otte ny. Extra 60% off all already reduced price merchandise, sale ends July 3. Enter code: Happy4th

Old Navy’s got summer staples aplenty, including wear-anywhere cotton tanks that cost $4.

SSENSE.  Get up to 70% on over 170 mens and womenswear designer labels.

Shopbop has amazing items on sale!

Zappos arranged a Fourth of July clearance event that includes clothing, swimwear, and, of course, shoes.

If you’re looking for some last-minute outfit inspo for the weekend, look no further than my picks below. Variations of this all white look, this striped dress, or this McQueen dress reduced to $4,555 from $20K would be perfect! I’m going to be in the water all weekend in this and this.

Have a wonderful long weekend, friends and since it’s raining, click the pics below to get your weekend on.

Image: Sincerely Jules

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Sunspiration

It’s July 2nd, and you know what that means?  You are two days shy of the Best Weekend Ever. No matter where you live, hopefully you’re putting on your T-shirt and denim shorts and getting your body ready to dip into the ocean. If not physically getting in, than the state of mind that puts you into the first real unofficial weekend of the Summer of 2014.

Today is the day that you start packing your weekend outfit, if  you haven’t start planning this to date. That BBQ, those fireworks, those margaritas.

I am bringing a lot of orange with me this time around, and here’s why.

1. Orange is the New Black.

2. If you can pull it off, orange is one of the most difficult colors to wear. But when done in the right fabric, consider a hat! and when considered in a different context, away from their primary Crayola family, orange (and yellow) can actually be golden.

Here’s to a sun-kissed weekend. Don’t forget the click on the photos below to link through to the product page, and of course, apply that sunscreen.

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Star-Spangled Style

The 4th of July is just 5 days away and maybe it’s all of the World Cup fever that has me wanting to shout USA! Or maybe it is a verifiable excuse to coordinate some red, white and blue in my wardrobe or even better, hightail it out of the office for a very short week. I think I’ll go for the latter.

Just a forewarning that I received from the weather man, this is going to be a very hot and humid week. And when it gets hot, my brain feels like fried cheese. I tend to call it the summer blues, where the color du jour is blue and loads of comfy, casual, and cool clothing reigns supreme, and the spectacular outfits that I love to wear are hidden in my closet, not on my body.

Because nothing says the dog days of summer, like wispy tank tops with plunging necklines and relaxed trousers with drawstring detailing, complimented by layers of different length gold chains and pendants. Insert a pair of Birkenstocks and, of course the prerequisite hat that talks the talk and walks the walk.

Lia Kes

Wearing Kes NY blue tank top and relaxed trousers // Topshop sandals // Jennifer Zeuner wishbone necklace

relaxed chambray tank top

Tracy Watts fedora // ginette _ny necklace // Gabriela Artigas wishbone necklace

relaxed chambray tank top

blue tank top

gold jewelry

white Birkenstocks

Whatever it is you’re going to do this upcoming weekend, wear pieces that represent your independence…or at least the right to BBQ and enjoy the summer. Whether you spend the day in your house with your dog chilling next to the AC, or in a boat with 100 friends, make it a weekend to remember.

Shop the look down below for some star-spangled style, minus the stars and stripes.

Photography: Lydia Hudgens

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Trench Dressing

New York in the summertime. Ahhh.. the dog days. The weather is usually sunny with a chance of thunderstorms at any given second and that’s where we will remain until September. It’s always a conundrum.

One of my favorite pieces that sort of solve this issue not to worry about my hair, and this lightweight denim trench. It is the perfect throw on for summer showers or chilly beach nights.

One-shoulder top and graphic pants New York Fashion Hunter

One-shoulder top and graphic pants New York Fashion Hunter

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single earring New York Fashion Hunter

Shop the look here:

 

Photography: Lydia Hudgens

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Going Solo

I just unpacked from my weekend trip oversees, and I am proud to say that I brought nothing but a few slips of lingerie, shorts, a blazera pair of jeans, and my daughter. Before I departed, I vowed to take nothing but what I could fit in my carry-on bag, and when I arrived, I still found that there was no reason to pack anything other than white sneakers and a pair of heels. As far as accoutrements go, I only packed one earring and one necklace to lighten my load.

A single oversized earring? Yes, and the best part was when I had a conversation with somebody, they immediately stared at my ear and asked if I was missing something.

“Yes, I have one earring on and no, I replied, I’m just going solo tonight.”

The statement earring is back, yet again, but this time not in pairs. So if you have a tendency to lose one, you’re in luck! The Fall 2014 runways at Louis Vuitton and Céline embraced the art of only wearing one, a singular, emulating true French je ne sais quoi. These editorial darlings below seen on CR Fashion Book confirmed my desire to try the trend. I’m not convinced it is just a trend, but the good news is, you can always clip one on the other lobe, once you tire of the look. Natch.

leather jacket and earring Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane

Leather jacket and earring Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane

single earring New York Fashion Hunter

single earring New York Fashion Hunter

Shop the look here:

 

Photos: Lydia Hudgens

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Get the Look for Less

During this crazy hot weather we have been having, all I want to do is streamline my life and make getting dressed easy and breezy. No-fuss dressing is my motto for the summer months.

Style doesn’t have to be expensive. With this in mind, here is a sample of what I wore the other day including some of my favorite brands like Asos, Zara, Mango, and Topshop, now on sale!, hitting my top list. Of course, adding an accessory like these slides below and a cool earring is my way to personalize it even more.

Hit the plus signs on the photo to shop the look right to your doorstep. More on this coming soon. Happy Shopping!

 

Photography: Lydia Hudgens

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Travel Secrets

Quite the busy bee, I am jetting off to Europe for a few days this week with a fun-packed itinerary. It will be a non-stop trip with lots to see and do. I am definitely going to make time for some downtime, though, as that is the best way to see a new city. More importantly, I thought it would be a great idea to share which pieces will make it into my suitcase, and some tips for being a chic traveler.

Want to know how to be a good traveler? My advice is to pack less stuff and just enjoy the experience. Leave your crap at home, too much stuff ruins trips. I will pack a plain white t-shirt, a pair of my favorite jeans, a sweater for the plane, sneakers for comfort, statement heels, a dress, some lipstick, toiletries, and this book. And maybe an empty suitcase.

Tips on what to pack

Hope black dress get a similar one here.

Current/Elliot jeans

Paula Cademartori yellow clutch

Olympia Le-Tan blue cropped striped shirt

Saint Laurent sandal

Cashmere travel set

Red Valentino white poplin shirt

Stan Smith specialty sneakers at Colette which I will sure to buy! Get a similar pair here and here

Tumi duffel weekend bag

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Statement Sunglasses

Summer is nearly upon us, rain, rain go away!, if the upcoming Father’s Day weekend is nothing else a time to celebrate your dad, but also a marker of many mid-June festivities on the imminent horizon. Did you know on average, men buy new underwear once every seven years? I have trouble every year figuring out what to get Dad, I’m not about to go here, so this year I am getting him a pair of these sunglasses and a Nutribullet. Go Dad. Make us proud.

The sun will be shining this weekend, guaranteed by the one and only Weather Channel, wear sunscreen, and unless you are a FBI agent, there’s really no excuse to be sporting a pair of boring sunglasses. I prefer shades that make my peepers pop and give my overall ensemble an effortlessly cool-and-quirky vibe. Those basic styles devoid of novelty, color, or daring shape? No, thank you.

So, here I rounded up some statement-making sunnies that are far from blah. Go for a pop of color, all-white bling, aviators, or vivid, mirrored lenses. And the best part? They are all under $100.00!

Set your sights on these bold specs, and prepare to have all eyes on you.

sunglasses for summer

sunglasses for summer

From left to right: Asos sunnies // Kamali Kulture get a similar pair from The Row

Asos kitten sunglasses // Marc by Marc Jacobs Cat Eye

River Island white round sunglasses // Minkpink Candy Land Cat-Eye sunglasses

Mango aviators // Vince Camuto oversized oval sunnies

Check out these sunglasses from Chilli Beans . They are what dreams are made of. Boom. Happy Friday!

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