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Funk Off!

29 Mar

I’ve been in a full-on fashion funk lately. I think it has something to do with the weather. It’s been a really loooooong winter and as anyone who knows me will tell you, I’m definitely more of a warm weather sort of girl. I love sundresses and swimsuits, slouchy bags and beachy hair. But it is high time I snap out of it. So here’s what I did to shake it off and come out smiling and more fashion forward then ever. Or at least I hope I am.

  1. I organized my closet. It was amazing what a breath of fresh air this was. I remembered clothes I had forgotten, reinvented ways to wear old favorites and just in general got back in touch with the clothes I already own. Plus, moving things around helped me pull some items to the forefront that I otherwise might overlook. And just the act of touching my clothes inspired a few outfit ideas that I was dying to try.
  2. I found some new places to shop and rediscovered old ones. I’ve always loved Nordstrom. With their great customer service, excellent return policy and quality clothing, they are a real go-to. However, I hadn’t been in awhile. But lo and behold I got a catalog in the mail touting a new department they just opened called Savvy. And folks, I’m here to tell you the department is fantastic! The clothes are cute, spot-on trend wise and reasonably priced. Not inexpensive, mind you, but reasonable. Prices start around $58; slightly lower for jewelry and accessories. Most dresses I saw were around $88. It was just the change of pace I needed to kick-start my fashion imagination.And then Macy’s went and made a Marilyn Monroe collection. MARILYN MONROE. She is only one of my favorite go-to style icons ever. The woman is a legend…and there’s a cherry print trench coat involved. I die. And matching cherry shorts. And a t-shirt bearing my favorite Marilyn quote. Who could ever be in funk surrounded by cherry print? I mean really!
    Cherry Print Trench, Macy's, 89.50

    Cherry Print Trench, Macy’s, 89.50

    Marilyn Monroe Quote Tee, Macy's, $29.50

    Marilyn Monroe Quote Tee, Macy’s, $29.50

    Marilyn Monroe Cherry Shorts, Macy's, $44.50

    Marilyn Monroe Cherry Shorts, Macy’s, $44.50

    Even just window shopping these places was enough to reinvigorate my passion for fashion.

  3. I purchased one key, fabulous piece. I found a dress, the most beautiful dress and it has had me dreaming for weeks. I’m going to wear it on Easter. It’s floaty, ethereal, delicate and oh, so sexy in just the right way. This one dress had me inventing an edgy way to wear it, a classic way to wear it and a simple way to wear it and I’m just getting started. Dress pictured below.

    ASTR Lace Maxi Dress, Nordstrom, $88

    ASTR Lace Maxi Dress, Nordstrom, $88

  4. My mom came for a visit bearing cuteness. She always comes with a “suitcase gift,” which is a little bag of goodness she pulls out of her suitcase and presents me with. This one features some killer pair of jeans, an AMAZING cream sleeveless t-shirt with a lace skull on the front and an awesome bronze jacket. I’m a lucky girl.
  5. Mom and I went shopping. A favorite comment from the event came from a salesperson at Nordstrom, “Oooooh, that’s so you…totally girly-girl with an edge.” It helps to know that someone else is getting the vibe you’re sending. Comments don’t always happen so fortuitously or spontaneously so if you need one, ask a friend how they’d define your style. Sometimes all it takes to snap out of a funk or a rut is someone else reminding you what you are all about in the first place.
  6. I went back to basics. Black and white are always fresh, classic and in-style. Always. I paired black and white tuxedo jeans with a white blouse with studded pockets and some killer black booties with gold studs all over them and never felt chicer. See below for items similar to what I wore.
    Express Studded Portofino Shirt, on sale for $35.94!

    Express Studded Portofino Shirt, on sale for $35.94!

    Express Tuxedo Jeans, on sale right now for $47.94

    Express Tuxedo Jeans, on sale right now for $47.94

  7. I perused magazines and blogs for outfit ideas. There is something to inspire in every outfit if you look hard enough and figure out what YOU think is working and what YOU feel is not working. Sometimes the right inspiration is all it takes to get you off and running. Some go-to blogs of mine include: Cupcakes & Cashmere, and Fash Boulevard. Glamour online and at newsstands is always worth a look as well.
  8. While the weather was cold I fell back in love with my coat collection. I reminded myself of all the fun items that you can only wear when it’s cold outside. That gorgeous black lace trench coat I have with the luscious faux fur collar? Only for winter so I better enjoy it while I can.
  9. I re-purposed some of my favorite sundresses for colder weather. It’s surprising how wearable a sundress can be with a blazer, tights and boots. Stick to earth tones or wintery colors and there is no reason for my sundresses to stay hidden until Spring. Even my Grecian-inspired knife pleat number became appropriate with a matching cardi and heels.
  10. Find something hard to style and let it inspire you in new directions. This might not work for everyone but it sure helped me. I saw this pair of Steve Madden wedge sneakers and fell in love with them…but they are not the easiest things to style. I haven’t actually purchased them yet but I did mentally create all sorts of ways I could wear them. Just the act of working them into outfits I already own freshened my outlook and had me exploring fashion tangents I might not otherwise have considered. For the record, I think a white pair of jeans, cobalt blue t-shirt, my polka-dot jean jacket and these sneakers would rock together.

    Steve Madden Wedge Sneakers, $149.94, Nordstrom

    Steve Madden Wedge Sneakers, $149.94, Nordstrom

I guess the bottom line is never let a funk steal your inspiration. It’s up to you to find it again. You can only wallow so long. So get out there and work it ladies!

And never forget….

Be Fierce. Be Fashionable. Be Yourself.

XOXO

H

P.S. All the photos are clickable and will take you to the items featured.

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Mint Green With Envy and New’s Resolution 1: Solid Gold Success

26 Dec

I’ve noticed an interesting color trend popping up and am wondering if I’m the only one seeing it. Minty green. It’s gorgeous. I’ve seen it paired most often with gold accessories. But it would also be great with it’s darker cousin, emerald green. It’s so chic and elegant and such a nice surprise pop of color. The color is soft enough to not be all up in your face and chic enough to make you feel super posh. Below are some of my favorite pieces I’ve seen the color on. What do you think? Are you going to try wearing it? I myself have a handbag and a peplum dress that I’m going to rock in this fresh shade. Some sparkly gold heels and I’m all set.

Fierce mint green spike bracelet, Nordstrom, $12

Fierce mint green spike bracelet, Nordstrom, $12

Sequin tank, Nordstrom, $30

Sequin tank, Nordstrom, $30

I own this one. So pretty. Steve Madden Fringe handbag, Nordstrom, $88

I own this one. So pretty. Steve Madden Fringe handbag, Nordstrom, $88

Minty chain link necklace, Nordstrom, $18!

Minty chain link necklace, Nordstrom, $18!

American Rag Lace Blouse, Macy's, $49

American Rag Lace Blouse, Macy’s, $49

American Rag Lace Sweatshirt, Macy's, $24.99

American Rag Lace Sweatshirt, Macy’s, $24.99

American Rag blouse, Macy's, $29.99

American Rag blouse, Macy’s, $29.99

Mint Skinny Jeans, Express, $79.90

Mint Skinny Jeans, Express, $79.90

Mint Lipstick print slub tee, Express, $39.90

Mint Lipstick print slub tee, Express, $39.90

Mint green hi-lo dress from Express $69.90

Mint green hi-lo dress from Express $69.90

Mint green slouchy handbag from Express, $49.90

Mint green slouchy handbag from Express, $49.90

In other news, I’m really feeling a black and gold ensemble for my New Years party look. And I think I’m going to go with some killer pants, rather than my traditional dress. I can’t decide between black and gold brocade pants, gold pants or black leather leggings though .Weigh in below! Below are the pieces in the running for my New Year’s look. What are you going to rock in the New Year wearing?

Gold jeans by American Rag, Macy's, $69.99

Gold jeans by American Rag, Macy’s, $69.99

Tuxedo Jacket, Macy's, Only $19.99 on sale!

Tuxedo Jacket, Macy’s, Only $19.99 on sale!

Brocade pants, ASOS, $56.29

Brocade pants, ASOS, $56.29

Gold sequin bustier, Bebe, $59.99

Gold sequin bustier, Bebe, $59.99

Laser-cut clutch, Aldo, $40

Laser-cut clutch, Aldo, $40

Hope everyone had an amazing, restful holiday! I’m looking forward to lots of creative, fun fashion in 2013!

Be safe out there on New Year’s Eve…well safe in everything but fashion. In that, it’s good to take a few risks.

And as always….

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