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Best of Spring Footwear Styles
Warmer weather is finally here and it’s the perfect time to put a little spring in your step. Not that I haven't absolutely loved my skinny-jeans-and-riding-boots combo, which has taken me through fall and winter in excellent style. But I must admit that my tootsies are starting to feel a bit stuffy and are more than ready to make their spring debut (along with a fresh pedicure!)
So what are the chic and stylish fashionistas of the world stepping into this spring? Oh my darling girls, there are sooooo very many choices! Let's have a little look-see at what Spring 2013 has in store for our feet:
Colorful Shoes: Neutral shoes have taken center stage for the past few years, and it's time to add some color to our closets. The most popular non-neutral colors for women's shoes this season are definitely shades of coral and mint, but other pastel colors are also easy to find this year, with shades of baby blue, pale pink, pastel purple, light buttery yellow and aqua all making appearances at your favorite shoe boutiques.
Pastel colors not quite you?
No worries, it seems that every color of the rainbow is getting in on the shoe action this spring. Oodles of glorious styles in bright oranges, yellows, greens and turquoises. In fact, a recent issue of Lucky magazine had one of my favorite actresses, Julie Bowen, sporting a pair of acid yellow pumps that I have been coveting from the moment I laid eyes on them! Shoes are rocking color this spring girls!
Colorblock Shoes: This trend may have had a time-out recently, but it's back now and in a big way. The bright's and metallic's of spring are mixing it up for spring: Think gold heel, blue ankle strap and acid yellow upper. Or perhaps a bright coral and buff d'orsay with neon pink piping. A great way to add a pop of color to an outfit.
A good reason to embrace this trend is that color-blocked shoes make it easy to combine colors within the rest of your outfit. Word to the wise: exercise a bit of control here. If you are going to sport a color-blocked shoe, wear it with a simple ensemble so you don't end up looking like a Mondrian exhibit.
Gold Accents: For spring and summer 2013, gold is a strong feature on shoes, from heels and linings, to embellishments and entire uppers. Remember, however, that there is such a thing as too much. Look for styles that feature gold as an accent color for blacks, whites, light neutrals, and other colors and prints.
Black & White: Always classic and timeless, because no matter how popular or trendy colorful shoes become, you'll always be able to find neutrals. Black and white shoes are extremely popular this season. Black shoes — yes. And white shoes — also yes. But even better are styles that feature both black and white on the same shoe — very on trend this season!
Cap Toe Shoes: I really adore this trend. Pumps and flats with toe boxes in a contrasting color, a different material, or perhaps even embellishments like tiny studs, rhinestones or sequins. The emphasis is on the toes, but in a way that doesn't require you to have a fresh pedicure!
Shoes with a Shine: Metallic's and patent leathers are more popular some seasons than other, but footwear with a bit of shine to it is almost always available in some form. This season's styles have a lustre, a shimmer, and even a bit of pearly finish to pastel or neutral shoes. Very ladylike!
Fashion Sneakers: While I am not a big fan of this season's new wedge-heel sneaker trend, I must admit that there are some fun sneaker styles out there that I am loving. These gorgeous joggers from Ecco are bright, colorful, comfy and stylish enough to be worn without looking like I just came from the track. Also, look for floral's, paisleys, bright colors, and stripes, both in flats and really cute high tops.
What Style is Hot: So what, exactly, is the defined style of Spring 2013? It seems that there are more than a few. Wedges are still in, as are pointy-toed pumps. Also, platforms are as hot as ever, and it seems the designers have more than one option for the thickness of said platform. Personally, I am embracing the ladylike platform silhouette most often seen on Kate Middleton — classy and timeless, like the Duchess herself.
Up and Coming Trend: The chunky heel. Look for it on sandals, on pumps and boots alike! Sturdy, but without being frumpy.
Well my darling girls, that should kick-start your spring shoe shopping! And always remember, behind every successful woman is a great pair of heels!
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Jogga Tie from Ecco
Spring is finally here and it's time to put a little color in your closet! My choice for every day spring style is the Jogga Tie from Ecco Shoes. LOVE the gorgeous bright leather upper (I have them in burnt ochre ), and they are so lightweight and comfortable to wear. I took them on my spring break trip up the northern California coast — hiking in the redwoods, sightseeing, walking on the beach — the perfect pair of shoes! The removable inlay sole keeps my feet cool and comfy, and they are very durable. The best part — they come in so many gorgeous colors! Check out the Jogga Tie — you'll thank me!
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Bounce into Easter with Target
Whether loading Easter baskets with spring’s most stylish goodies or creating a festive tablescape for a bountiful Easter brunch, Target makes it easy to nab the fashion, beauty and home must-haves all in one place – and for under $25.
House of Leagues
There’s no secret that most sports figures are becoming the jack of all trades – delving into fashion, beauty and business ventures.
Gio Gonzalez, MLB pitcher for the Washington Nationals, has launched a new collection of apparel – The House of Leagues. Aside from finishing 2012 with the most wins in the season, Gio has produced a collection of everyday basics inspired by an athleticism lifestyle.
Founded in Summer 2012 by Gio Gonzalez, The House of Leagues line consists of children’s, men’s and women’s t-shirts featuring graphics representative of baseball. With a philosophy following the integration between culture and fashion, The House of Leagues visually represents Gonzalez’ heritage and background encompassing baseball and old-fashioned street ball.
The ‘Stickball” collection features graphics with a twisted element in the baseball culture. A stick-figure insignia along with imagery significant to traditional baseball concessions including hot dogs and beers appear on each design.
The decidedly retro looks -- weathered tees – are imprinted with water-based inks on dye washed and solid-shade foundations. Composed of 100% cotton, The House of Leagues will feature crewneck and V-neck styles for men; crop tops, raglans, sweatshirts and tanks for women; and raglans and tees for children. Consumers can select from an array of solid shades including black, gray, red or white. At the affordable price of $24 - $68, sizes range from small to X-large. The House of Leagues is launching a collection of high-end woven and denim garments for men and women in Summer 2013. For more information, please visit www.thehouseofleagues.com.
Scenic Fashion Inspired by Your Favorite Locale
Is your look inspired by your favorite vacation locale? The South of France, perhaps?
One of the biggest forecasted trends this season is charming scenic prints. They have the ability to transform an otherwise basic silhouette into something exotic. Whether you opt for an abstract nature scene, the mysterious canals of Venice, or an artistic cityscape, choosing the right printed garment is like choosing the right piece of art to hang on your wall.
Check out some inspiring, whimsical prints of idyllic scenes below from Muse Apparel.
Introducing Thymes Temple Tree Jasmine
Indulge in a fragrance that embodies ethereal beauty with the Temple Tree Jasmine collection from Thymes. The latest offering from their fragrance studio, Temple Tree Jasmine envelops you in floral wisps layered over invigorating Temple Tree blossoms.
The following products are available, ranging in price from $5 – $33.
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Get Your Glow On with Australian Gold!
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Frizz Fighters for Winter Weary Hair
I don't know about you, but my hair has had it with winter! Dry, frizzy and completely unmanageable - my hair is in desperate need of some magic. Well, lucky for me (and you!) and just in time for spring, I have discovered Bosley Professional Healthy Hair Rebalancing & Finishing Treatment: Using seven oils, this treatment holds the secret to thick, luscious hair!
- Marula Oil, known as Africa’s “Miracle Oil” is rich in vitamins and antioxidants to hydrate and repair damage to your hair and scalp.
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- Burdock Root Oil is rich in essential fatty acids that encourage hair growth and health.
- Sunflower Seed Oil helps your hair and scalp to retain moisture and preserves color, too.
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Bosley Professional Non-Aerosol Hairspray & FiberHold Spray. This fast-drying, humidity-resistant hairspray that creates thicker, fuller-looking hair with long-lasting body and hold for all hair types. Use alone or with Bosley Professional Strength Hair Thickening Fibers to increase the bond between natural hair and fibers for a more durable style. Non-aerosol and humidity-resistant AND volumizing – perfect for summer.
De-Stress with Lavanila's Vanilla!
Vanilla has been used as a homeopathic aid for years. However, just recently studies are proving simply the scent of vanilla can be used to de-stress, help you sleep and actually improve your mood!
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Crushed Pearls, Honey and Argan Oil:
U LUXURY Shampoo & Conditioner
Who doesn’t look great in a set of Pearls? This chic luxury can now be found in your hair care products with UNITE Hair’s U LUXURY Shampoo and Conditioner. Infused with Crushed Pearl, Hawaiian White Honey and other decadent ingredients, this duo ensures that every strand is more lustrous than before.
U LUXURY Shampoo: A luscious blend of hydrating, protective Crushed Pearl, fortifying Hawaiian White Honey, softening Pure Argan Oil and gentle, Coconut-derived cleansers, this sulfate and paraben-free shampoo provides a creamy lather that doesn’t strip hair of moisture or cause buildup. Developed with Panthenol, a botanical extract rich in Vitamin B, it adds vivid shine and weightless volume to hair, while strengthening and invigorating it.
How to use: Apply to wet hair, lather, rinse and repeat as necessary. Follow with U LUXURY Conditioner.
U LUXURY Conditioner: This rich, creamy conditioner features a potent fusion of Crushed Pearl, Hawaiian White Honey and Pure Argan Oil, in addition to deeply nourishing Shea Butter, and Apple, Orange, Lemon and Sugar Cane extracts, which seal the hair cuticle to lock in moisture. Hair is left looking fuller and shinier and feeling softer and smoother.
How to use: Apply from roots to ends. Leave in for 1-3 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.
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You have got to check out The Sassy Pepper Blog! Created by the amazing team of Pepper and Sassy, two very stylish young mommies with amazing abilities in regard to all things DIY, the Sassy Pepper Blog is filled with wonderful ideas for creating, decorating and repurposing to make your life easier, your little darlings more adorable and your home more stylish.
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