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Elevating the Ordinary

9 Jan

I love when the ordinary is dressed up, or something is used for a purpose other than intended.

-Margi Smith, my mom

My mom and I like to send emails back and forth about cute fashion finds we’ve seen lately. Most recently, this has included a lot of jewelry from MARC by Marc Jacobs. And I had been pondering over why I like it so much. And then my mom said the above and a light went on. That was it exactly. He’s taken the ordinary and made it extraordinary. He’s taken objects we see every day and given them new purpose. MARC by Marc Jacobs has taken items like bolts and made them, dare I say, classic pieces.  Love it! It reminds me to look at the items around me in new and fresh ways. It reminds me to always be creative and be creating something. And it reminds me that even the smallest minutia of daily life can be beautiful…if you just look at them with new eyes. Some of my favorites from the collection are featured below (the photos are clickable to take you right to purchasing them if you wish) plus some great bangles from Fossil that follow the same principles. I haven’t actually purchased any of them yet but I bet at least one of them will make it’s way to my jewelry drawer. And honey, if you’re reading this…my birthday IS just around the corner.

Keyhole Bangle, Fossil, $68

Keyhole Bangle, Fossil, $68

Key Bangle, Fossil, $68

Key Bangle, Fossil, $68

Turnlock Station Necklace, MARC by Marc Jacobs, $108

Turnlock Station Necklace, MARC by Marc Jacobs, $108

Zipper Stud Earrings, MARC by Marc Jacobs, $58

Zipper Stud Earrings, MARC by Marc Jacobs, $58

Bolts Station Necklace, MARC by Marc Jacobs, $98

Bolts Station Necklace, MARC by Marc Jacobs, $98

"Petal to the Metal" collar necklace, MARC by Marc Jacobs, $228

“Petal to the Metal” collar necklace, MARC by Marc Jacobs, $228

MARC by Marc Jacobs Turnlock Katie Bracelet, $128, Available in Many finishes

MARC by Marc Jacobs Turnlock Katie Bracelet, $128, Available in Many finishes

MARC by Marc Jacobs Turnlock Ring, $58, comes in many finishes

MARC by Marc Jacobs Turnlock Ring, $58, comes in many finishes

So what are you loving now? What’s on your fashion radar? And what everyday items will YOU look at with new eyes? Get out there and be inspired!

Tell me below in the comments!

And never forget….

Be Fierce. Be Fashionable. Be Yourself.

XOXO

H

Trend Report: 2013

15 Dec

Since we didn’t all end with a bang like the Mayans predicted and with the new year fast approaching (where did 2012 go?), it’s time to talk trends.  These are the top trends I see happening now and in the coming year.

1. The peplum. It’s been here for a little while now and it shows now signs of going away anytime soon. I think the longevity of the trend can be attributed to how wearable, comfortable and flattering the peplum can be. Make sure any shirt or dress with a peplum is snug to your natural waist (or a little below) and flares out from there. Then how large or small of a peplum you want to wear is up to you and how daring you feel. The dress below is from Express and shows a modest peplum.

A minty peplum dress from www.express.com

A minty peplum dress from http://www.express.com

2. Oxblood. Don’t worry this isn’t an ingredient for some sort of Satanic ritual. This is a color; a dark, purplish red to be exact. I always picture an oxblood riding jacket, jodpurs and riding boots when I hear the color oxblood. One of the most wearable and surprising places this color has shown up is as lipstick. Just remember, if you go with such a dramatic deep lip color, keep the rest of your makeup either natural or very slightly gilded.

Oxblood, embellished dress from ASOS

Rooney Mara working the oxblood lip to perfection

Rooney Mara working the oxblood lip to perfection

3. Speaking of gilded…metallic is huge this coming year. Everything from space age silver to gilded gold and rose gold are making an appearance. Pair it with chunky knits to keep it from being too space age. If you are really daring, pair with a bright contrasting color like the neon craze that is still going strong. Poison green and space age silver…YES! This is one of those trends that demands you stand out, so don’t be a wallflower.

Silver jeans from Victoria's Secret online. Also available in red metallic.

Silver jeans from Victoria’s Secret online. Also available in red metallic.

Chinese Laundry heels in gilded gold from www.zappos.com

Chinese Laundry heels in gilded gold from http://www.zappos.com

Michael Kors rose gold watch from Nordstrom.com

Michael Kors rose gold watch from Nordstrom.com

4. Jade/Emerald Green. Give credit to Princess Katherine for this one. Regal, rich and gorgeous, jade green has been making an appearance everywhere. Pantone just named a version of this lovely hue as their color of the year. Whether you choose to wear it in a dress or as an accent with a terrific pair of emerald earrings, you’re sure to stand out in this vibrant color.

Bar III emerald drop earrings from Macys.com

Bar III emerald drop earrings from Macys.com

Gweneth Paltrow in regal jade sequins.

Gweneth Paltrow in regal jade sequins.

Kate Middleton working it like the royal she is.

Kate Middleton working it like the royal she is.

5. Equestrian. This often mixes with the oxblood trend as mentioned above. Think posh country clubs and polo riders and you get the vibe of this trend. The simplest way to dip your toe in is find a lush pair of riding boots to work with your favorite pair of skinny jeans. Or throw on a riding jacket this winter to keep warm.

Enzo Angiolini riding boots from Nordstrom.com, $129.90

Enzo Angiolini riding boots from Nordstrom.com, $129.90

Tommy Hilfiger's Fall 2012 Ad Campaign

Tommy Hilfiger’s Fall 2012 Ad Campaign

6. And last but not least: leather. Whether it’s faux or real, head to toe or strategically placed, leather is fierce and here to stay for the foreseeable future. My favorite pieces are laser cut and/or embellished with grommets and studs. This dress calls to me…I mean I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Heather and leather rhyme, do you? Grab some leather in oxblood to really up the cool factor or snag it in white to keep things icy. Whatever the hue, leather will be front and center this season.

Bebe grommet embellished white leather dress

Bebe grommet embellished white leather dress

Other trends that show no sign of slacking off are neons and leopard print. See some of my previous posts on ways to wear those.  Fashion is meant to be fun, so get out there and experiment with some of these new styles.

Please tell me what trends you want to try this year or if there are any I missed on the list. Hope everyone has a fashionable, fun and safe holiday.

And whatever you do dolls, Be Fierce. Be Fashionable. Be Yourself.

XOXO

H

Wear It BRIGHT Now!

2 Mar

I’m so happy bright colors are back. It’s not that I don’t love basic black, but nothing perks up the spirits or an outfit like a hot hit of screaming color. Not since the 80s have colors been this eye-searing. However, this time around the combinations have gotten a bit more refined. Popular color choices for this trend include turquoise, hot pink, neon yellow, cobalt blue, Kelly green, neon green, and tangerine.

This much color can be a bit intimidating. But never fear, Heatha Be is here to give you four ways to style the new brights that will have you feeling like a movie-star style diva in no time.

  1. Pair it with neutrals. One of the freshest and easiest ways to wear bright colors is to pair them with a neutral. Think khaki, dove gray, black, white or charcoal. Wearing it this way calls for shots of bright color instead of whole swaths of it. This is also the way to wear it if you aren’t sure about the trend and want to just try it out slowly first. See the outfit below for a better idea of what I’m talking about.

  1. Brights on brights.Eye-popping and electric. Don’t wear this look if you’re trying to blend in. This is the one to stand out in. If you wear it this way, it’s simplest to pair a solid bright with a multi-colored bright that has the solid in it somewhere. The outfit from the Victoria’s Secret catalog shows exactly what I’m talking about. The shirt picks up the the blue from the shorts and then adds in some other fun colors, and then the hat band picks up another color in the shirt. Everything is in brilliant colors, but they all complement and play off each other.

    Victoria’s Secret Midi Denim Short, $49.50

  2. Tone on tone.Just mix different tints of the same color. So if you have bright coral jeans on, you’d match it with a soft pastel peach top and maybe a coral cardigan. See the outfit I styled below for one way to mix shades.

    Shades of coral look positively radiant together. Other colors that work well for this type of look include cobalt, kelly green & red

  3. Colorblocking! I did an entire post on colorblockinga while back. Same rules apply to mixing brights. Just mix complementary colors to your heart’s content and tie it together with some killer accessories. There are a ton of cute colorblocked dresses out there that will do all the work for you if you’re not feeling quite confident enough to put it together yourself. The one below is a great example.

    Bebe Colorblocked dress, $119, Pleated, Twirly Fun!

Whatever way you wear it, you’re sure to get noticed. Everybody from Target to Kate Spade is getting in on this trend, so whether you have a small budget or a large one, you’ll be able to find something to fit your needs. Clearly the future’s so bright we’ll have to wear shades (sorry, I couldn’t resist).

If you know of more ways to wear brights, please share them with us. I’m always looking for new ways. If you’d like help styling a particular neon item you own, I’d love to help you with that too! Just comment below or email me at princessheathab@gmail.com. And please subscribe to my blog!

Future blog topics include:

  • How to Dress Appropriately for Any Occasion
  • How to Get Down in Black and Brown
  • Colored Jeans, A Rainbow of Possibilities
  • Trends To Buy Right Now

Be Fierce. Be Fashionable. Be Yourself.

XOXO

H

How To Put The Va-Va-Voom Into Your Valentine’s Day

9 Feb

“To be well dressed is a little like being in love.”

Oleg Cassini

Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to kick your normal attire up a notch. Whether you are planning a casual event or a more fancy affair, your outfit should be of the heart-stopping variety. It’s also secretly this fashionista’s favorite part of the holiday.  Therefore, I was super excited to style three outfits for you: Casual Cutie, Sizzling Sweetheart, and Va-va-voom Vixen. Below my outfit ideas you’ll find a slideshow of some other great Valentine’s clothing options. No matter if you plan to go out with the girls and celebrate the awesomeness of being single, or toasting to the warmth of your bond with your honey, there’s sure to be something for everyone to fall in love with.

The Casual Cutie

 

For an attitude that’s laid back yet flirty, go with bright colors anchored with black. Polka dots are all over for Spring. Paired with the super trendy colored skinny jeans or a swirly skirt, they are quite come hither. He won’t be able to take his eyes off you. And if you are swingin’ it single this year, polka dots and pink will leave you feeling sassy and ready to take on the world. Pink symbolizes the first blush of new love, femininity and confidence. Who can resist that combination?

Sizzling Sweetheart

The Sizzling Sweetheart knows she has it all going on, but wants to maintain a level of mystery. Demure on the outside, hot on the inside, coral and blush pink bring out the perfect flush. For legs that seem to go on forever, wear heels in a shade close to your skin color, or keep it ladylike with pale pink patent leather. If you aren’t into heels, sparkly flats will do the job as well. Pink pearls give any outfit just the right touch of womanly class. A clutch with as much sparkle as you have personality keeps things from getting too conservative.

The Va-Va-Voom Vixen

Not afraid of her considerable assets, the Va-Va-Voom Vixen always keeps things explosive. Look for bold shades of red and seductive silhouettes. Body conscious clothing that skims every curve and hugs every swerve is definitely going to turn heads. Go as blingy and sparkling as you want with the jewelry. The name of the game is glamour. If you feel like toning it down a touch, swap out the glittery wedges for black, nude or red heels or flats.

Whatever you wear, have fun this Valentine’s Day. I’ve used items from all ends of the price spectrum, but you can swap out similar things that meet your budget criteria, so don’t get hung up too much on the details. I want you to feel inspired and beautiful. After all, your honey and friends already like you, so you clearly are doing something right. For more fun ideas and where to get them, check out the slideshow below.

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Let me know what you are wearing this Valentine’s Day and how you are celebrating. Need help designing a Valentine’s outfit around something you own? Comment below or drop me an email at princessheathab@hotmail.com.

Future blog topics include:

  • How to Dress Appropriately for Any Occasion
  • The Five Shoe Staples Every Girl Should Own
  • How to Get Down in Black and Brown
  • Colored Jeans, A Rainbow of Possibilities
  • Trends To Buy Right Now
  • Seven Ways to Save While Shopping

Be Fierce. Be Fashionable. Be Yourself.

XOXO

H