Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014

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Milan Fashion Week may be over, but we’re not done drooling over the looks we saw just yet! Italy has some of the most stunning and unapologetic style, so we knew this week was going to be pretty epic. Some of our favorites are listed below!

Moschino Fall Winter 2014

Moschino is no stranger to pushing the envelope. This season Jeremy Scott pulled in some iconic characters and brands in both media and food for his show. Spongebob, McDonald’s and Froot Loops all made an appearance at this show; and while we may not be brave enough to wear these come next winter, we appreciate the ingenuity.

Prada Fall Winter 2014

Prada was on on fire with it’s saturated color palette, smart geometric shapes, and shearling accents. The shapes were strong, masculine and boxy, with colorful shearling to help take the edge off of some of the powerful pieces.

Pucci Fall Winter 2014

Of course the styles at Pucci featured some unforgettable patterns, their signature aesthetic, but we were really drawn in by the exquisite draping. The looks were very wearable, and would look fantastic on a fiercely confident woman.

Missoni Fall Winter 2014

The styles at Missoni were, dare we say, cozy? The abstract geometric prints in subdued shades, and the basic collared henleys made for a practical and wearable collection. Plus their sweaters looked so warm and welcoming, even with their modern design. They would have made the perfect addition to this year’s winter wardrobe!

Marni Fall Winter 2014

The Marni show might not have been your cup of fashion tea with it’s obtuse silhouettes and mixed bag of prints, but if you can rock it, why not? Each piece was more a work of architectural art, than wearable fashion and that’s totally fine with us. We loved the bold use of fur, shape and feathers this time around, and we can’t wait to see how style bloggers embrace these looks next year.

Which looks did you love this year? Whose collections do you keep coming back to? Let us know!

Sochi Style

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For the last two weeks athletes from all over the world have been competing to bring their country pride and recognition. It’s been a blast to see such committed athletes using their talents, but there’s another component that we can’t leave out. The fashions! Now that the Olympics are winding down, take a look at some of our favorite fashions from the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony France

Leave it to the French to look totally chic and stylish with minimal effort. The khakis with the gray pseudo-blazer jackets are perfect! That’s some seriously timeless style.

Norway Curling Team Pants

Norway’s curling team did not stray away from daring fashion choices this week! Their pants were boldly printed, and they practically stole the show!

Meryl Davis and Charlie White Ice Dancing

Meryl Davis and Charlie White not only got the gold, but also featured some of the more ornate costumes to hit Sochi! The embroidered vest and the bedazzled dress, we couldn’t WISH for more from our Olympians.

Kaitlyn Farrington US Olympic Snowboarder

Olympic gold medalist, Kaitlyn Farrington, wore a fantastic quilt-inspired jacket that had the perfect amount of homespun Americana.

Canadian Fashion at Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony

Oh Canada, those mittens. We are so smitten with those maple leaf mittens, and the red and black jackets with toggles look pretty sleek and stylish too!

Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski

When it comes to style trailblazers, we need to look no further than the commentators. Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski have been the shining stars of the Sochi Olympics. From pink blazers to sequined tops, they’ve really turned Olympic fashion on its head. We hear they even coordinated their outfits!

New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014 Recap

New York Fall/Winter Fashion Week may be over for 2014, but we’re still raving about this season’s collections! From classic rich jewel tones, to unexpected extraterrestrials; this week has been filled with gorgeous styles that we can’t wait to see off the runways and on the New York streets next winter. Here are a few of our favorite collections from this past week.

Zac Posen Fall Winter 2014As much as we love embellishments, sometimes the best style is determined by structure. Zac Posen’s dramatic gowns came in a limited palette without much pattern play. The magic of the styles was evident in their architecture, from gorgeous pleats to structured bodices.

Nanette Lepore Fall Winter 2014

Nanette Lepore went to a favorite palette for fall: berry and black. The silhouettes were simple and chic, and the lack of flourish made the collection look fresh and clean.

Ruffian Fall Winter 2014

In a dark and drab winterscape, Ruffian offers a welcome splash of color and shape!  Many of the pieces were dripping in luxurious silk, the perfect fabric for a glamorous winter gown.

Tadashi Shoji Fall Winter 2014

The looks at the Tadashi Shoji show were romantic and mysterious. With ornate and intricate details, gorgeous lace and velvet fabrics, and billowing light skirts; these styles are sure to be red carpet favorites!

Venexiana Fall Winter 2014

Venexiana’s collection this season had looks that were dark, daring and a little bit dangerous. Working with a cool icy palette, each style embraces the frosty season.

We can’t wait until Spring/Summer, but swooning over these looks might hold us over until then. For the time being, we’ll just imagine wearing these gorgeous frocks, while making our way through slush and snow of winter.

DIY: Warm Winter Headband

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Winter is definitely one of those seasons that makes looking flawless harder than usual. Why? Those bulky hats mess up your glamorous hairstyle! Don’t let itchy hats deflate your ‘do any longer! This DIY will keep your ears from freezing and leaves your hair in great shape AND looks adorable on. Three birds, one snowball.

Warm Winter Headband DIY Materials

What You’ll Need:

1” Faux Leather Tape #48081

Pear Sew-On Stone #27474

Ear Warmer

Needle and Thread

Warm Winter Headband DIY Leather Loops

1. Cut 7 inches of your leather trim. Fold both sides into the center, so that each side has a loop.

Warm Winter Headband DIY Leather Bow

2. Flip the adjusted leather piece over, and sew onto the center of the headband.

Warm Winter Headband DIY Leather Wrap

3. Take a smaller piece of leather, and wrap it around the center of the bow.

Warm Winter Headband DIY Jewel

4. Sew your pear jewel onto the center of the leather bow.

Warm Winter Headband DIY from M&J Trimming

Now your ears are no longer a screaming shade of red, and your hair has that same volume it did when you left the house this morning. Take THAT winter!

Winter Headband DIY Roundup

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Headbands are the perfect cold weather solution for those who want to keep their hair on display, or find fumbling around with hats to be frustrating. Here are some ways to make them yourself!

Fleece Headband from Delia Creates

Delia Creates shows you how to make the headband above, and has a ton of other adorable alterations like bows and roses.

Braided Headband from Scarffaces

Remember that beautiful braided headwrap from yesterday’s post? This tutorial from Scarffaces shows you how to make your own!

Headband from Craft Snob

If you’ve never knit before, this tutorial from Craft Snob is the perfect introduction.You’ll learn a new skill AND get a cute headband out of the ordeal. Everybody wins. Or you just win twice.

Faux Fur Headband from Marly Made

This winter headband from Marly Made has everything the doctor ordered. It looks exceptionally warm, and in it you will look exceptionally cool. Just grab some faux fur trim, and you’re ready to go!

Headband Earmuffs from Studs and Pearls

This headband/earmuff combo DIY from Studs and Pearls is so cute and elegant! Get the warmth of  the earmuffs but the style of the headband. Brilliant!

So what are you waiting for? Get your DIY on today for a warmer and cuter tomorrow!

 

Warm Ears for Winter

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The chill in the New York City air is so intense that the other day Times Square was eerily quiet. (And that NEVER happens!) Now’s the time to bundle up if you want to brave the cold. But what if you don’t want to ruin a perfectly good hair day with a case of hat hair? Fret not, for the solution to your problem is a simple one: headbands. Here are a few of our favorites! (And make sure you check out their FANTASTIC hair too.)

Winter White Headband and Sweater

Loving the sweater/headband combo. The different patterns keep this look from being too match-y.

Caramel Headwrap from Morea Seal

It’s like a caramel crown of comfort! This braided headband looks so cozy, and the color really brings out the model’s beautiful red hair.

Fuzzy White Headband with Snow

This white headband looks so luxe and lovely against the dark coat, which we’re also coveting.

Black Headband and Pink Hair

We love the modern touch the leather detail gives to this otherwise average black headband.

Studded Headband

The studs and rhinestones give the piece a subtle shine, and some edge.

So whip out that warm winter headband AND the curling iron because today your perfect hair day won’t be at the mercy of this frigid weather!

DIY: Coffee Cup Cozy

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With the cold winter months looming over us like a dark stormy cloud, we find solace in our delicious hot drinks. But sometimes the cold is just too biting to even have our drinks out unattended because the icy wind will chill them in an instant! Keep your coffee, tea or hot chocolate piping hot (and stylish) with this DIY!

DIY Coffee Cup Cozy Materials | M&J Trimming

What You’ll Need:

50mm Velvet Ribbon (Light Beige) #02450

15mm Grosgrain Fantasy Ribbon (Beige Multi) #34304

23mm x 14mm Swarovski Oval Sew-On Stone (Crystal Golden Shadow) #56006

Glue

Needle

Thread

Scissors

Pencil

Paper Coffee Cup (Measuring purposes)

DIY Coffee Cup Cozy Velvet Ribbon | M&J Trimming

DIY Coffee Cup Cozy Measuring | M&J Trimming

1. Wrap your velvet ribbon around the cup. Then using your pencil, mark a line going straight down. Repeat with the other end.

DIY Coffee Cup Cozy Cutting Velvet Ribbon | M&J Trimming

2. Cut where the pencil marks are.DIY Coffee Cup Cozy Double Velvet | M&J Trimming3. Place velvet on another piece of velvet, making sure the soft sides are both facing out. Cut them to match, and glue both pieces together. DSC_0931

4. After the glue has dried, place the ribbon around the cup and mark the spot to sew.

DIY Coffee Cup Cozy Marking | M&J Trimming

5. Sew the velvet ribbon into place using the spot you made as a guide.

DIY Coffee Cup Cozy Grosgrain Measuring | M&J Trimming

6. Follow the steps above with the grosgrain ribbon.

DIY Coffee Cup Cozy Sew-on Gem | M&J Trimming

7. Sew the oval stone onto the center of the criss-crossed velvet and ribbon.

DIY Coffee Cup Cozy | M&J Trimming

Voila! You have a cup cozy fit for a queen! Which of your hot drinks deserves this royal treatment?

Warm and Toasty DIY Roundup

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These DIYs are perfect for those of us who want to make the best of this cold weather, and by the best we mean the coziest! Make these DIYs when you’re all bundled up this weekend, and then use them for further bundling! It’s like a never-ending cycle of coziness.

Crochet Socks from Kollabora user Magdalena LangaThese crochet socks from Kollabora user Magdalena Langa are so cozy looking! We love the super chunky tops and the contrast heel and toe!

Pom Pom Blanket from the Pleated Poppy

This Pom Pom Blanket from the Pleated Poppy is almost too cute to bear, and so simple to make!

DIY Sequin Sweater from Say Yes to Hoboken

Just because you’re staying in doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dress cute! Enter this sequined heart sweater from Say Yes to Hoboken. It’s perfect for going from the comfort of your couch to going out at night.

Needle Felted Blanket from a Beautiful Mess

Have you ever tried needle felting before? With results like the Swiss Cross Blanket from A Beautiful Mess, it’s hard not to want to give it a try! It’s also supposed to be pretty easy which is always a perk!

Slipper Boots from Drawings Under the Table

Slip on these DIY slippers from Drawings from Under the Table and feel your toes fall into blissful warmth and comfort.

So which DIY are you dying  to try on this blistering winter weekend?

Cold Weather Comforts

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The last few days have been painfully cold on the East, and the terrible road conditions make for a perfect weekend to be a homebody. For the next two days we’re basking in the warmth of our cozy comforts: socks, sweaters, blankets. What’s so wonderful about being stuck inside during a weekend? We’re glad you asked.

Long Socks and Celestial Pajamas

Cozy Wool Socks and Blanket

Wool Socks with Red Band

On a chilly winter day a pair of wool socks become your two best friends to keep your toes warm wherever you go.

White Bedding with Coffee

Tea and Slippers

Wool Moose Print Blanket

Nothing like a thick blanket to keep chills at bay! These lazy weekends are great for staying in bed and keeping cozy.

Cozy Warm Candles

Pile of Gray Sweaters

Lounging in chunky sweaters, flannel pajamas and warm fuzzy slippers doesn’t sound like a bad night.

Lavender Hot Chocolate

And let’s not even get started on the warm beverage front. So grab your favorite blanket, invite your cat or dog on the couch “just this once”, and stream Orange Is the New Black on Netflix because while the forecast outside is cold, you’ll be doing just fine inside.

Cool Style for Colder Weather

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New York City just got its first taste of winter with a slushy coat of snow, which means it’s time to whip out the winter wear! Here are a few of our favorite trends to wear this year so you can keep warm and stylish no matter what the forecast!

Caped Crusaders 

WWD CapesWho says you need to be a superhero to wear a cape? Capes are a timeless and elegant way to keep warm, and they’re right on trend for Fall/Winter 2013. We love the look of these rich and flowing capes, and we think they would be even more beautiful with ornate gold buttons!

Knee-d These Now

Over-the-Knee Boots from the Sartorialist

Over-the-knee boots are totally sleek. There’s definitely a right way and a wrong way to wear boots so high, but pairing them with classic cuts and lots of layers is always a good way to go.

Neck Piece

Glamour Fall Trends

Turtlenecks have totally made a comeback. Skip the statement scarf, and keep your neck toasty with one easy item!

Pink Powder

Elle Pastel Pink Outerwear

This season’s “it” color is a surprising pick for this time of year. While we usually see rich jewel tones on the runways, this season we can’t help but notice the pastel pink trend sweeping the streets!

Leather Weather

Glamour Leather Trends

Whether it’s faux or the real deal, leather is a back in style! (As if it ever left.) The best part about this trend is that you can take the more conventional route of a loafer or boot, or try a more daring approach with a leather shirt! Check out our selection of leather trim to add a little edge to any outfit!

What’s your favorite trend this season? Did any of your picks not make the list? Let us know in the comments below!