Fall 2012 Fashion Trends

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Fall is closely approaching and soon summer will be over. Fall is my FAVORITE season!! I love fall because it is the best season for fashion in my opinion. The weather begins to cool down, so you are able to start layering. Summer is so hot that often times you just want to throw on a dress. Then in the winter it's so cold you cover up all your goodies with a thick coat. Whereas during fall you are able to lightly layer and let your fashion sense truly shine!!

I have been sneaking a peak at the Fall runways, and I have to admit, I'm a bit underwhelmed. I feel like we've seen everything already, Metallic (which they're just calling "glittered"), Winter Whites, Jewel tones, mixed prints, fur and military inspired. There's nothing wrong with any of these things, I am just a little bored and was hoping for something new. The good news? I can still wear most of my winter clothes from last year!!

I have put together some of the Fall 2012 trends I have found, let me know if I missed anything!!

1. Exaggerated shapes

The Olsen twin's style is finally mainstream! There have been quite a few designers sending models down the runway in coats 8 sizes too big, giant hats and slouchy trousers.

Something to Keep in Mind:
Most designers do not design with a curvy girl or short girl in mind, so be cautious when trying to wear "trendy" items. If you are curvy (like me) I would stay away from the exaggerated silhouettes. The larger your clothing the bigger your body looks. If you've got curves, don't hide them.

2. Suits & Jumpsuits

Did you know that there are more women in high power exec positions than men? It's the era of strong women, and our fashion is screaming it! Every designer seems to have some menswear inspired look in their collections. There is a retro 70's feel to a lot of the suits, especially with all the patterned jumpsuits making a comeback. Whether it be a pant or a jump suit, suits are in!

Something to Keep in Mind:
Structured suits are great for the curvy girl. A fitted jacket will accentuate your waist and a tailored pant will create long lean legs! Jumpsuits are tricky for us shorties, so remember your proportions when wearing them. A belt and a pair of heels will go a long way!

3. Winter Whites

Who says no white pants after Labor Day? We're doing away with that statement, in a big way!! White will be acceptable from head to toe year round until further notice!

Something to Keep in Mind:
Unlike black, white is not the most flattering color on a lot of women. White has the potential to show off all those little blemishes you'd rather not show the world. Be mindful when trying to dress your lower half in white, it's a tricky color to pull off!

4. Rustic American Heritage

This trend confuses me a bit. Harper's Bazaar called it "Women's Hunting & Fishing," and other sources categorize it as menswear. It's not your average menswear inspired look, but I wouldn't categorize it as "hunting" gear either! This look feels very rustic cabin to me. What do you think?

5. Ornate Opulence

It's all about embellishments and old world elegance. It's kinda French Baroque meets Russian Queen meets couture. This trend is all about textures, woven fabrics and really anything that exudes luxury!

Something to Keep in Mind:
This trend can go overboard real quick! I would suggest keeping it simple and only adding one embellished garment at a time. If you have a damask print skirt, wear a plain blouse, and vice versa.

6. Active Duty

Another trend I am not surprised to see is the Military inspired structured jackets and tops. Perhaps it's because the world has been in constant turmoil over terrorist attacks, but it feels like this trend has been lingering around for at least a few years. The cape jacket by Gurung is my favorite!!

7. Liquid Gold

Metallics are usually big in the fall and winter, but Gold is taking center stage. Maybe it has something to do with the Olympics, but designer after designer showed their own golden trophies on the runway for fall.

Something to Keep in Mind:
If you are going to wear gold from head to toe, keep the utmost taste level. This trend can go tacky in .2 seconds! Make sure you don't wear cheap material and that you accessorize minimally. This is a bold trend, don't over do it!

8. Leather & Treated Leather

Leather is a cold weather staple, it rarely ever goes out of style. This season not only are matte leathers in, but waxy, shiny leathers too. You will be seeing patent leather on much more than shoes this season! In addition, leather will not be limited to below the waist, we will see leather tops, dresses & jackets too! It's all about the head-to-toe look this season!

Something to Keep in Mind:
I love leather, but I hate sweating in it! Even the most expensive leather is hot, and the cheaper look-a-likes are worse! When wearing leather, remember the climate, you don't want to be sweating bullets at your cousin's August wedding!

9. Prints upon Patterns

I was not surprised to see prints this fall, after all everything has been covered in floral for months! There is a twist to prints this fall though, cold-blooded reptile prints are in, along with putting every kind of print you can find together. It will take an incredibly strong taste level to be able to pull off more than two prints at a time... who's up for the challenge?

Something to Keep in Mind:
Tread lightly with this trend. If you don't usually wear a lot of print, don't push it now. This trend is for an eccentric individual and if that's not you, just stick to one print at a time.

10. Black & Blue

Navy and Black is definitely the color combo of the season! We've seen brighter blues with black this spring & summer, kinda mixed with the color block trend. However, Navy and Black will be the celebrity couple in seasons to come.

11. Burgundy

Jewel tones are expected in Fall, but this season one very specific hue of red stands out. Burgundy has been seen on a variety of runways and I've even seen some blood stained lip sticks around lately too! Burgundy is not my favorite color but we'll see if I end up in it. Do you think they timed this trend with the Anchorman 2 release?

13. Appliques

These appliques aren't like those iron patches you used to put on your backpack as a kid, these designs are seriously couture. We've seen a variety of cut out and sheer fabrics in the past year, but this Fall we are stepping it up a notch. Check out these gorgeous gowns with lace, beading and sequin appliques. Just a guess... but I'm pretty sure they're out of my price range ;)

Something to Keep in Mind:
This trend really should be reserved for special events. I can't image wearing a floor length lace applique dress to work. I assume retailers will create some ready-to-wear version of this trend, but be mindful of your audience :) Actually who care,s you can never be over dressed, right?

I'm sure these are not the last trends we will see before the New Year. I know there will be other popular trends that will pop up in the next few months. What do you think about these trends? Will you be wearing any of them?

A blogger is only as good as her sources, so here are mine ;)

Harper's Bazaar

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Rule Breaker

Sunday, July 29, 2012

When I was younger, I was terrified of getting in trouble. I was a smarty pants at home, but when I went to school I was always on the straight and narrow. I got sent to the principal's office in second grade for playing "mercy" with a little boy in my class; I immediately started crying. I have never been in any sort of trouble, be it in school or with the law... I guess I'm kind of boring. As for fashion however, I do like to push the envelope sometimes. I'm not as eccentric Alexander McQueen or Christian Dior (I'd love to be, but I'm not sure it's in me). Instead of being blatantly naughty, I like to keep subtle secrets, Like that time I wore a Victoria's Secret nighty as a dress, or like today, where I've used a tankini as a top... ;)

I saw this super cute swimsuit top, and thought what a bummer it had to be limited to the water. I then thought I could do so much more with it! I decided to treat this tankini as a bustier, and I love the outcome! What do you think? Did I pull one over on you?

My look cost $36.00

brand: Zara
purchase price: $5.50
purchased from: The Goodwill
suggested retail: $59.90

brand: Forever 21
purchase price: $4.80
purchased from: Forever 21
suggested retail: $4.80

{tankini top}
brand: Mossimo
purchase price: $3.00
purchased from: The Goodwill (brand new)
suggested retail: $13.98

brand: unknown
purchase price: $4.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
suggested retail: unknown

brand: Brash
purchase price: $16.99
purchased from: Payless Shoes
suggested retail: $29.99

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How to find the best glasses for your face

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

I am a sunglasses junkie! I have been obsessed with sunnies since as far back as I can remember! In high school I was nicknamed "Hollywood" by my soccer coach because I wore a pair of white Roxy glasses everyday to practice.

Check out this cool kid in 1988! My sunglasses fetish started early!
Not to mention my style... I'm mean seriously, how cute was I?!?

I'm not sure if it started out of necessity or vanity to be honest with you, but at 27 I can't go outside without a pair of glasses on. My eyes are so sensitive to light, I even wear tinted shades on overcast days (those sometimes suck the most).

I have over 10 pairs of sunglasses in every shape and size! Most of them cost under $6, simply because I loose or break them so frequently. I can't stomach the thought of buying $180 designer glasses!

I have been seeing some very unique shapes in sunglasses lately and it got me thinking, what's the best shape for my face? and What's the best for you? I have put together just that! A road map of how to pick out the perfect pair of sunnies for every face shape!

If you don't know what your face shape is, Check out The Chic Fashionista's guide. Once you've pin pointed what type of shape your face is, you can begin searching out which glasses that will suit you best! It's also good to know your face shape because it will help in choosing the most flattering hairstyles as well ;)


If you're a Square:

Square shaped faces are proportional in length and width, have a strong prominent jaw line, square chin, wide cheekbones, and a broad, deep forehead. For Square faces, you will want frames that are more circular/oval in shape to soften the face.

Tips for choosing glasses:
- Round frames are perfect for creating curves and softening square or angular faces
-Cat-eye frames provide interesting curve and contour to square faces
-Gently curved oval frames help minimize angles and lengthen a square face
-Frames should be more horizontal than vertical
-Subtle rimless frames with soft edges add contrast and visual interest to a strong, square face

If you're an Oval:
Oval faces are characterized by balanced proportions, a narrow forehead and jaw line, a chin slightly narrower than the forehead, and typically high cheekbones. The fortunate thing about oval faces is that they can really wear any style of frame. I happen to be an Oval, but trust me, not everything works well.

Tips for choosing glasses:
- Oval faces are encouraged to encouraged to experiment with shapes
- You may want to start with rectangular or butterfly shapes first
- Keep proportions in mind and don't wear anything that is out of proportion with your face. (I've been known to break this rule)

If you're a Heart:
A heart shaped face is characterized by a wide forehead, narrower jaw line, high cheekbones, and a narrow chin. Heart shaped faces are a bit harder to fit glasses to, so it is important to experiment more. Make sure you always stay true to your own aesthetic!

Tips for choosing glasses:
-Butterfly & Cat eye are great for balancing heart shaped faces.
- Round frames in lighter colors also balance and soften a wider forehead.

- Be careful of frames that exaggerate the widest point of your face. Stay away from glasses that are a lot wider at the top than the bottom.

If you're a Circle:
A rounder face is equal in length and width. It is characterized by soft curves and very few angles.

Tips for choosing glasses:
- Choose angular frames to create balance
- Rectangular & Geometric shapes work best
-Frames that are more horizontal than vertical make the face appear longer and thinner

All of these tips are just loose guidelines. As you know there are no rules in fashion! I am all about having fun and experimenting, so if you have a round face and want to wear round glasses, I say do it! But if you have been struggling to find a pair of glasses that suit your bone structure, hopefully this will help you :)

Are you a sunglasses junkie like me? What are your favorite shapes to wear?

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The Liebster Awards

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Jill from Favor the Brave, was kind enough to give me a Liebster Award. If you don’t know (I didn’t) the Liebster Award is given to bloggers with under 200 Google Friend Connect (GFC) followers to help them promote and share their blog in the blogging community. This a such an honor, since I am always looking for ways to promote my blog. Thank you so much Jill!!

The rules are: you tell your nominees you nominated them, you answer the questions, and you link back to the lovely blog that nominated you.

There is also a list of questions we have to answer to go along with it... 

1. Which blogger inspires you or you simply just love and cannot get enough of?
I am fan of so many blogs! Seriously if you talk about fashion, you are my best friend! One blog that I frequent for style and writing is Hems for Her.  Katie is a real woman, who shares her trials and tribulations. She is honest, funny and stylish! I love reading all her stories!!

2. What is your horoscope sign?
Gemini… but it has never governed my life. I do not follow astrology, but those who do can usually pin point my sign immediately… take that as you will :D

3. What are two quotes you love?
" I am going to make everything around me beautiful. That will be my life." -Elsie de Wolfe

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

4. What is one thing this summer you must do, no ifs or buts about it?
Spend more quality time with friends and family. It is so easy for me to get caught up in my day to day life, I really need to nurture those special relationships I have.

5. What are 3 words your friends would use to describe you?

#1 Outspoken (and any variation of that) 
#2 Strong Willed 
#3 Stylish (At least I hope)

6. What is one dream you hope to achieve in your life journey?

Oh, what a loaded question! How boring would I be if I only had ONE dream! I have many, many dreams I hope to achieve. I want to travel the world for one. I want to take in the rich cultures of other societies. I want to be a fashion icon. I want to start my own charity. But if I never get to do any of these things, I want to know that I tried my best to be the best wife, daughter, sister & mother I could be.

7. What is your favorite dish to eat?

I love food, but I hate calories…. That’s a losing battle :D If I could only eat one last meal it would be my grandmother’s fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy. It fills me physically and emotionally ;)

8. Who is one person that inspires you in your life?

The person who has changed my life and my entire way of thinking has to be my husband. He is a dreamer and his brain works in ways I have never seen before. He lives his life like he is the exception and never the rule. He has taught me how to dream, In a really big way! He has convinced me to move to Hollywood so he can become a famous Movie/TV producer… that’s nuts right? But I believe in him, because he’s just that type of person. He really does make me want to be the best person I can be!

9. What is one thing you are looking forward to this fall?

Fall is my favorite season for most things! I love the crisp air, the rich foods and the fashions it brings! Fall is the perfect time to layer clothing and showing off a multitude of garments. It’s not so hot that you only want to wear one thing, and not too cold that you have to cover it all up with a giant coat! I love the deep jewel tones we see in the fall and all those luxurious textures too!

10. Favorite television shows that start up in the fall or now summer?

I openly hate reality TV, but I secretly still watch it :/ I love Project Runway and it just premiered last week! I also love this new show called Craft Wars… but mostly because I want to go on it and I think I would whoop up on the competition :D

11. What are the top 5 places you want to travel?
#1 Italy
#2 Indonesia
#3 The UK
#4 Thailand
#5 France

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Concert Bound

Monday, July 23, 2012

This past Friday, my husband and I decided to go see one of our favorite local band, The Peach Kings! They really are an awesome group and I believe they are on the edge of making it big! Hopefully I can get an exclusive interview with Paige Wood, the lead singer, who has great retro style!

One of the things I love about concerts, is that you really can get more creative with your attire. Music is such a soulful art form and I love the fashion it brings out in people. Concerts are one of my favorite places to draw inspiration!

My concert outfit was inspired by a look I found on Pinterest, and I just so happened to have all the components in my closet :) My look cost under $30.00.

brand: Joann
purchase price: $3.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
suggested retail: unknown (it's pretty vintage)
Check out my embellished collar tutorial here:

brand: City Streets
purchase price: $7.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
suggested retail: $39.99

brand: unknown
purchase price: $5.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
suggested retail: unknown
I DIY'd the fringe, check out my tutorial:

{arm party}
brand: Thrifted & F21
purchase price: various

brand: Steve Madden
purchase price: $9.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
suggested retail: $130.00
Also worn here: http://www.mythriftychic.com/2012/04/if-i-went-to-coachella.html

My look was inspired by this image I found on Pinterest.
How do you think my version compares?

These "shorts" have made a few other appearances on {mtc} as well!
On the left they are in their original state, and on the right, I did a little editing ;)

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DIY Embellished Collar

Sunday, July 22, 2012

I have been a little obsessed with these embellished collars lately. They are everywhere, and now there are necklaces made to look like collars! I decided that I needed to make my own, and I just happened to have the materials lying around ;) Check out some of my inspiration below...

I am drawn to the really flashy collars, but I don't know if they fit my personal style? I went for a more tamed down version, but I might make a more ballsy one soon :) I started off with a vintage button down tank I found at the thrift store.

I had these cute little gold pyramid studs sitting in my craft box, and I thought they would work perfectly

I then plotted out how I wanted to place the studs. I went with a minimalistic approach....

Then, I just started poking them through the material. The blouse is a really light weight fabric, so it was easy to push the studs right through.

Once I had all the little prongs through the fabric, I took my needle nose pliers and bent them inward. I could have used a butter knife too, they're very flexible

Voilá, first one done! Then I just repeated the steps until I had all the studs I wanted in place.

I ultimately chose to place 6 studs on each side. I felt like it was just enough extra flare without being over the top.

What do you think? Are you a fan of the embellished collar trend? Next time I want to go crazy, maybe add rhinestones and sequins!

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My favorite things I've learned from {Pinterest}

Thursday, July 19, 2012

 I assume everyone has hitched a ride on the Pinterest train right? Well, If you haven't opened up pandora's box, you really are missing out! Pinterest is in my opinion, one of the coolest websites founded to date! I am constantly learning new things, being inspired and keeping up with current trends, all via Pinterest. I have pinned over 400 DIY's, recipes and clever tricks, and I am constantly sharing the cool stuff I am learning. I have put together a list of brilliant ideas I have learned most recently.

Tip #1 - Pot holder turned curling iron holder
I travel quite a bit, and there is nothing worse than being in a hurry and trying to pack your scorching hot straightener. I have wrapped mine in towels, socks and various other materials to keep it from melting everything in my suitcase. When I came across this nifty idea, I immediately kicked myself for not thinking of it first! This is so easy, all you need is a pot holder with a pocket, you slip your hot hair tool inside and roll it up! If you want to be fancy about it, you can fold the pot holder and sew along the bottom and side to make a sleeve :)

Tip #2 - The perfect peeled egg
In our family we boil a lot of eggs! We use boiled eggs in garden, pasta & potato salads. We also make deviled eggs for every holiday too. My mother-in-law and I always compete to see who can get the prettiest eggs after peeling them (I always win). We usually end up with about half of the eggs are smooth and half look like meteors. I saw this tip on Pinterest and I tried it immediately! All you have to do is sprinkle some Baking soda into the water while boiling your eggs and the shell comes off without tearing up the egg. I have tried this technique repeatedly and it always works!

Tip #3 - Painting The Base of your Walls 
I don't know about you, but I loathe painting my house. It always seems like a good idea until you start doing it. Painting around the base of the walls is the worst! It takes forever to tape it off, and then the paint still bleeds through... ugh! I recently saw this image (no link attached) and I thought it looked like a great idea! I am yet to try it, but logistically it seems like it would work really well :)

Doesn't it suck when your favorite sweater starts to get knotted up under your arms and sides? I have spent hours trying to de-pill my clothes. I have bought some of those junk "as seen on tv" tools to help too... they never work. This idea though, I think is a keeper! To de-pill your clothes, simply take a disposable razor and gently "shave" the fabric. (Click the link to get more helpful tips)

Tip #5 - How to rescue broken make-up
We've all been there, that moment when you drop your brand new compact or eyeshadow... major bummer! Fear no more, some ingenious person figured out how to rescue broken make up. It's really simple, and I've tried it a few times myself. Just take your broken make-up and add rubbing alcohol. Not a ton, but enough to soak the compact. Then using your finger, smoosh the make up back together. When it dries and the alcohol evaporates, your make up will be new again!

Tip #6 - Home made mini funnel cakes
I LOVE funnel cakes, they are in the top 5 on my list of favorite desserts! Besides being extremely fattening, they cost darn near and arm and a leg these days! My husband and I were at an event recently and they were selling funnel cakes for $8... umm no thank you. I did however find this great recipe to make them at home! It seems really easy and you don't need a deep fryer! Click the link for the whole recipe. I love that she used a circular cookie cutter to get such a uniform shape :)

Tip #7 - Lady Gaga inspired hair bow
How freaking cute is this? I'm not sure if it's age appropriate for myself, but I'm going to try it anyways! I love this idea for little girls, or even big girls who are young at heart! Would you ever wear this hair do?
I am one of those people who rarely runs out of make up. Usually, I end up just throwing make up away because it gets old and cakey. I have this problem especially with mascara. That's why I love this tip about adding saline solution to clumpy mascara to thin it out and extend it's life just a little longer. :)

Tip #9 - How to get the perfect temp on a steak
This tip is near and dear to my heart! I am a griller, and I love to cook steak! I actually cook it better than my hubby :D My dad taught me how to grill when I was younger and I have worked in a few steak houses, so I am pretty good at getting the right temp. I personally like my steak medium rare, and I hate well done. It's a really big bummer when you over cook the steak, it totally ruins it. I love this tip below though, it gives you a good idea of how to tell when the steak is the temperature you desire! When you cook a steak you always press your finger or tongs in the center to see how squishy it is, the harder the steak, the more well done. Check out this tip to get a perfect steak every time :)

What do you think of my tips? What is the most interesting thing you have learned from Pinterest?

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