HALLOWEEN DREAMS

Halloween is just a few days away and the energy in all the costume stores, and in all the supermarket candy aisles is as awesome as ever!  There is something so amazing about how this holiday turns us all into little kids.  Candy, costumes, parties and more!  What could be better? Whether you are a girl who always dreamed of being a Knick City Dancer, a lady who rides the trapeze or a Hollywood star this is the day to play dress up and make your fantasies come true even if just for a few hours.
     But here is a thought…what if the Halloween spirit lasted all year long?  What if you got to “dress up” everyday as the person/thing you always wanted to be?  Ok, we are not suggesting you show up at work next week as Hello Kitty but think about the qualities you’d like to possess everyday in your fantasy world.  For example if you always dreamed of being a professional ice-skater, why not dress in bolder colors?  Add shorter skirts with tights to your wardrobe and sign up for a skating lesson or two!  It’s never to late to learn.
     Or maybe your favorite costume growing up always involved a Disney princess.  You can feel like Cinderella everyday by wearing clothes that make you feel beautiful and investing in shoes that make you want to dance the night away.  Think about the little things that make you smile like big bows, red lipstick, sequins, polka dots or feathers and incorporate them into your wardrobes so they don’t feel costumey but instead chic and glamorous.
     Don’t save fakes lashes and fur boas for just one day a year.  Live glamorously all year long!
Check out some of Hollywood’s finest in full on Halloween 2014 looks!

MAD FOR PLAID!

Throwback Plaid Pic! Mad For Plaid during our Tufts University days!

 

PLAID is back in style this Fall season and while we have always been big fans of this often returning trend, we are loving it even more than ever! Plaid’s strong presence in fashion this year is different than seasons past. Not only are plaid prints being shown on shirts, scarves, coats and pajamas, but they are turning up on dresses, shoes and fabulous handbags! While Burberry has kept this trend alive for years and years, many designers have followed suit and embraced this fun style. Whether you’re dressing casual for a fun day with friends, or planning a night out on the town, plaid can be the go to item in your wardrobe. This popular print comes in many shapes, sizes and colors, so it’s time to have fun with this versatile look and get MAD FOR PLAID!!!!

Hugo Boss

MARC by Marc Jacobs

Altuzarra

Manolo Blahnik

Lela Rose

SAILS & SALES!

One of the first things we learned in grade school was that Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492.  We learned about The Nina, The Pinta, and The Santa Maria!  We learned many wonderful historical tidbits back then but what they forgot to tell us about were the FABULOUS sales that happen on Columbus Day year after year in modern times!! Now no one loves a good sale more than The Style Duo! But be warned. It’s easy to fall in to the trap of buying tons of stuff you don’t need or really want just because the price is good. So take this tip from us. When you see something that is a great steal but you are a little unsure about whether to buy it, ask the salesgirl to hold it for you for about an hour. Leave the store and if you are still thinking about that item after some time passes and feel like you have to have it then by all means go back and buy it. If you have totally forgotten all about it and have moved on to something else, well then you have your answer. And for those of you who can’t get to the stores tomorrow, have no fear. Online shopping sales are just as exciting and second to only Cyber Monday sales. So go ahead, explore and discover some treasures tomorrow just like Christopher Columbus did many years ago!

PRETTY IN PARIS!

So what’s a New York fashionista to do when all of the hoopla surrounding fashion week winds down here in the Big Apple? Get excited for fashion week in Paris, of course! Now if buying a ticket and flying overseas to fashion heaven is out of the question, have no fear. Splashed all across social media and fashion magazines are pics of the most stylish looks straight from the runways. This year, the trends were so hot, hot, hot for Spring 2015, just getting inspired by them will help brace us for the winter chill that is right around the corner. Here are some of our faves from last week’s shows!

Yellow is a hot color for Spring 2015 and this canary Emanuel Ungaro jumpsuit can brighten any day.

Lace and transparent dresses with a play on textures were stunners on the Valentino runway.

Givenchy and Balmain were not the only designers holding on to a trend from season’s past. Cut-outs are back and sexier than ever for Spring 2015.

Watch for WHITES! Love this minimalistic cropped pant and tank from one of our fave designers PORTS 1961.

From floppy hats to groovy prints, 1970s inspired looks graced the Spring 2015 catwalks.

CELEBRATE IN STYLE!

 

Take a group of notable and gorgeous people and put them together in one of the most magical cities in the world and there you have George Clooney’s wedding! As we all await to see the beautiful pics of Amal in her wedding gown as she married the ultimate (and most handsome) bachelor ever, we have gotten glimpses of some of their stylish guests. They were dressed to the nines and proved that wearing stunning colors and fabulous accessories never goes out of style. This is something we all can remember when we go to special events…that they are called “SPECIAL” events for a reason. This means indulging on a great blowout or wearing the metallic heels you have been hiding away in your closet. It means splurging on a fabulous new dress and rocking it with confidence! Laugh, live, rejoice and do it all in style!!

Emilio Pucci Spring 2015 Collection

Sometimes in fashion, you see something so beautiful and so inspiring that it literally takes your breath away!  That is how we felt when we saw these looks from the runway of the Emilio Pucci Spring 2015 collection!  With a nod to the 70’s, these pieces evoke a bohemian laid back feel with a luxurious twist. Tie dye, maxis, pastels all play their part in creating a collection so gorgeous you almost can’t believe your eyes!  So take a peak for yourself at some of our faves below.  

 

 

GET COZY THIS FALL!

Temps are slowly going down. So it’s time to get COZY! And this Fall there are great chunky knits, gorgeous capes and snuggly wraps to keep us warm and toasty.

Capes, wraps, faux fur vests and ponchos are all great investments for Fall.  You can wear them over something simple like a long sleeve tee and jeans and feel fabulous!  And chunky knits are great over a lightweight shirt because it’s all about layering this time of year.

So here are a few of our faves to keep you cozy this Fall!

Kate Spade Cape

Burberry Wrap

Haute Hippie Plaid Chunky Sweater

Belle Fare Fox Fur-Trimmed Cashmere Capelet in Wine

Missoni poncho

6 Shore Road faux fur vest

 

HOT IN NYC!

 

NYFW is in full force! Lincoln Center was the HOTTEST spot this week as fashionistas everywhere came to check out the Spring 2015 collections of the HOTTEST designers! After what we’ve seen come down the runways, we simply couldn’t be more excited! With feminine fluidity being a popular trend we predict a beautiful Spring 2015!

On the August Getty runway!

BCBGMAXAZRIA

A fluid, feminine and floral Carmen Marc Valvo stunner!

Love everything about this David Tlale creation!

WOW! Mara Hoffman!

Elegant Monique Lluillier.

 

NYFW!

Wow! What a fantastic last week of August we have all had! The weather here on the East Coast has been spectacular! Sunshine, warmth and barely a sprinkle of rain. We have enjoyed seeing our friends happy faces on facebook with their kids in tow at various beaches from Southampton to LBI! So of course we are all sad to see it end. But there really won’t be much time to wallow in Back to School blues because yes, summer is coming to an end but next week starts, NY Fashion Week. And nothing is more fun that that! New York City, as amazing as it always is, becomes even more amazing as fashionistas, models, designers, magazine editors and celebrities come from far and wide to see new fashions make it’s way down the runways at Lincoln Center. And we enjoy every chic minute of it. Parities, shows, and fun events…it’s a stylist’s dream week! We are most excited to see the Carmen Marc Valvo show, party with the great team at Bella NYC Magazine and host our own fashion show at Neiman Marcus! AND on another bright note, all the shows will be featuring Spring 2015 fashions. So no time to fret over the end of summer, Spring is right around the corner!!

Confidence Never Goes Out Of Style!

We here at The Style Duo have often said how confidence is key when talking about beauty and style. And this week one of our fave stylish celebs, Jessica Alba, proved that to be true while suffering a Marilyn Monroe-like wardrobe malfunction outside a Whole Foods store in NYC.

Jessica. dressed in a gorgeous high waisted plum colored skirt, black bustier, and tailored blazer stepped onto a subway grate and suddenly her flouncy skirt flew up from the air blowing from down below. Jessica acted calmly while trying to hold down her skirt and flashed a big confident smile at the papparrazzi eagerly trying to catch this moment on camera.

Now we have all been in uncomfortable situations like this before, although not necessarily having our blowing skirt expose our undies or (gasp) no undies at all! Maybe we spilled red white on our white dress or had a pimple pop up right on our nose before a big hot date. And we could have crawled under a rock in embarrassment or smiled like Jessica did showing the world how confident we were no matter what. And though not always easy to do, the latter is definitely the more appealing and beautiful choice. So whenever you find yourself in an awkward situation, remember to do like Marilyn or Jessica and own the moment with grace and confidence. Because after all …Beauty is being comfortable in your own skin. That or a kick-ass red lipstick!