Friday, 26 October 2012

Fall Maxi

| Wearing Pink Martini tank | Jay Manuel maxi skirt | Jessica Simpson shoes | HRH Collection chain | Stella & Dot pendant neckalce | Nasty Gal, Jewelmint, and Lia Sophia rings |

Though miniskirts and short shorts revealing long legs are considered sexy, this year I have experimented with just about every length.  Maxi skirts and dresses seemed to be a number of our top designer’s favorite go-to clothing as of late.  The best part… it’s feels like you are wearing sweatpants, yet it looks so glamorous and bohemian.

The great thing about the maxi trend is that you can match it with almost anything. Wear a sexy corset, a buttoned shirt or a loose-fitting top. Or maybe you decide to choose a simple tee accompanied with an over-sized necklace, which I have done here. Whichever you choose, you’ll look super trendy and fashionable. Add some flats and you’ve got yourself a comfortable yet sexy outfit for a day at the office, or throw on an outrageous wedge for a night out with friends or a romantic date.  I love this skirt by Jay Manuel because it is extremely versatile and the slight slit adds a little sex appeal and actually makes it much easier for me to power walk my way through he streets of downtown.

How to style this look

All four of these ladies have given the trend their own personal, unique spin—whether that means adding a heavy dose of Californian cool, a la Gwen, or dressing it up with smart accessories the way Sophia Bush has done. The key is to make the look work for you. If you have a casual day planned, take tips from Candice and Jennifer by pairing your maxi skirt with a simple top, a chic handbag, and a pair of flats or platform sandals. This creates an outfit that isn’t over-the-top, but doesn’t feel lazy either. If you need something casual-yet-chic, take notes from Gwen and add a few jewelry pieces and a bright lip. Last, but certainly not least, if you need something dressy, Sophia is definitely a great source of inspiration. Add a smart blazer and statement accessories like a bright heel, a printed clutch, or both! A maxi skirt with a slit also adds a subtly sexy twist.

xo, Court

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Leather Craze

Leather Craze

LEATHER – so haute…. This fall and winter you can expect to see ultra short leather shorts, leather leggings and of course the ever stylish leather bomber jacket that seems to keep coming back from previous seasons.  Leather is the perfect material for those grey months, and as well as being luxurious and stylish, it’s also practical too, helping to keep you warm and dry.

This year’s leather jackets are light and as cool as ever.  I already own several great bombers but I’m loving the new colours available, especially grey and dark turquoise - the new blacks. The biker style is hot, with side zippers and in trendy colours, and seem to keep re-emerging, each better than the previous.  

You can go cropped and a bit boxy bomber style, or choose one that has a shaped waist.  Of course you can pair with jeans but be creative, pair it with a jersey dress or a maxi too.  Leather tights and a newly purchased pair of shorts are my absolute favorite.  You can pretty much wear ANYTHING with them, dress them up or down, and always look your most fashion-forward and fierce when wearing them.

So go on, explore your wild side and leather up.

xo, Court

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Less is More

| Wearing Nasty Gal dress | Aldo pumps | Top Shop belt | Stella & Dot pendant | Stella & Dot and H&M bracelets |

If you are like me and you are not a fan of showing too much cleavage, you'll be happy to know that that back cleavage is ultra-trendy and in style. Backless dresses and shirts are becoming more and more popular as a trend, so it obvious that women will be showing off their beautiful backs.  Why the back, you might ask?  It's suggestive and sexy, yet mysterious and subtle. You can strike a unique balance between showing off a lot of skin, while keeping things classy. Also, for those girls who aren't satisfied with their cleavage size (whether too big or too miniscule) this trend can be a great way to show off their best parts, and hide the imperfections.

Pulling off this trend:

First of all, you should balance the naked back with simplified, covered-up front. Forget about necklaces and big earrings; you want the main attraction to be your gorgeous exposed backside. However, I am a wrist gypsy, so I loaded up on bracelets and a statement ring. For a day in the city wear your backless dress with simple shoes and a small purse, it would be advisable to pick a purse with some embellishment; it will compensate for the lack of jewelry. The best colors for a day look are black, nude and white, but you can also pick a floral print for a romantic look. Stilettos are the preferred choice when it comes to footwear, but you can also pull it off with single-colored wedges. 

For more casual but equally sexy and seductive look, backless tops are an easy way to show an unexpected bit of skin but also stay in the casual zone. You can wear your backless top with denim, a maxi skirt or colorful trousers. That way you are allowed to add some accessories for an effortlessly stylish look.  Experiment with what works for you and add some sex appeal to your style.

Xo, Court

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Peter Pan

| Wearing Nasty Gal blouse | Aritzia shorts | ASOS wedges | Aldo spike bracelets | Stella & Dot gold bracelets | Michael Kors watch | Lia Sophia earrings | Stylemint ring |

I always love discovering new ways to incorporate a dash of femininity into my fall ensembles. This fall it's easier than ever with the growing popularity of Peter Pan or embellished collars. This feminine accent has been popping up each decade in the rotation of trends but right now rounded collars are back and more fab than ever. Being the accessory addict that I am, I’m instantly intrigued by any piece that can blur the lines between jewelry and design detail.  This blouse that I am wearing has a sewn in embellished collar, but I recently purchased an add-on pearl-cladded cream collar from Jewelmint and love to style it with an otherwise plain blouse.

This is also a fabulous item for those of you who hate feeling weighed down by layers of clothing. You can instantly achieve the layered look by throwing on an embellished collar with a sweater. Since the flat rounded collar has a tendency to give you an innocent appearance it’s best to pair it with a dress or skirt to follow through with its feminine charm. If you’re looking for an edgier take on the sweet trend, try rocking a leather collar with pants and ankle boots

Expect to see Peter Pan collars made from various fabrics, faux furs, chains, studs, and even leather. What was once just a favorite childhood character is now a coveted inspiration to fashion lovers everywhere. I urge you all to try incorporating this sweet vintage trend into your wardrobe this fall.

xo, Court

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Flower Power

| Wearing Zara trousers | Aritzia top | American Apparel scarf | Aldo shoes | Nixon watch | Aldo bracelts | Stella & Dot and Jewelmint rings | 

One of the hottest and biggest fashion trends for 2012 has been floral print.  Along with stripes, this is undeniably one of my favorite styles. Colorful floral print dresses, gowns, handbags, shoes; there are lots of options to add some flower power to your current look. But the fresh and interesting floral piece that caught everyone’s eyes this season are floral jeans and trousers.

I love these trousers I picked up from Zara.  The light pastels are so feminine, yet the pattern is edgy and trendy.  I kept it neutral by pairing them with black accents – shirt, scarf shoes.

Trend: Floral pants

Floral is big this season, and it is popping up the most on pants! This trend isn’t as scary as it may sound (flowery pants - eww was my initial thought); there are so many different color ways and types of pants that it can truly work for everyone.

How to Style:

To style floral pants, go with a solid top (make sure to match the solid color to one that shows up in the floral print) or mix it up with a blouse or lightly pattered top or blazer.