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Best of 2013~ Best Dresses of the Year

From dresses with sexy slits to sensational gowns with dramatic flowing trains, 2013 have given us a plethora of color, embroidery and pretty prints. The red carpet was filled with celebrities like Taylor Swift, Kerry Washington and Jennifer Lawrence topping best dressed lists everywhere while sending fashion editors rushing to snatch up these gowns for future trend pieces in their fashion spreads. Here's a wrap up of the twelve show-stopping dresses that grabbed the most attention on the red carpet this year! 

Which of the twelve gowns were your favorites?

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Media PR, Livingly Media, AP Media

Collections to Covet: Baukjen SS 2013

If you are looking for easy, relaxed pieces in the freshest colors to liven up your wardrobe this spring, British brand Baukjen's latest arrivals might just be the perfect fit. The collection features an abundance of  lightweight fabrics such as jersey, chiffon and the very popular chambray. Hues of punchy peach, champagne and steel blue can standout alone or combine for statement making outfit color combinations. I love the styling possibilities for effortless looks that can easliy transition from season to season.

Here are a few of my favorites.

L to R: Elsa Shirt Dress; $179.00// Maggie Loose Tank, $65.00 and Jamie Pleat Skirt, $159.00// Sophia Sequin Jacket, $265.00//

Adding a pair of tights and a cute pair of boots to the Elsa Shirt Dress would create a chic look for fall. I adore the glittering bronzed Sophia Sequin Jacket. You can pair it with a skirt for an eye-cathing date night look or a pair of jeans for a dressed up casual look.

What do you guys think? Which pieces would you add to your Spring/Summer wardrobe?

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Baukjen PR

Collections to Covet: For Love & Lemons About a Girl Spring 2013

I am sure many of you will not know whether to be offended by For Love & Lemons About a Girl Spring 2013 collection or to applaud them for their unconventional sartorial approach to their lookbook. The collection is filled with sheer fabrics in sugary sweet hues, romantic ruffles and flirty skirts. These bold yet feminine pieces are perfect for the girl who wants to wake up her spring/summer wardrobe while breaking all the rules of fashion to set her own trends.

The theme of the lookbook is to capture the delicate innocence and awkward substance of 1970's teen angst. Goal achieved! Model Ashley Smith rocks some dreamy ensembles in fun and rebellious ways. The photographs capture and invoke that feeling of nostalgia without giving the cheap vibe or look of a modern day promotional model. You know what I am talking about, because you've all seen those pictures.

Here are a few of my favorite looks from the For Love & Lemons Spring 2013 collection: 

 

What do you think of For Love & Lemons Spring 2013 collection? Will you be picking up any of these wow-worthy pieces?

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Become G orgeous Media

Best of 2012~ Fashion Wrap Up Red Carpet Favorites

2012 was filled with stunning red carpet looks. Tons of celebrities dressed to impress at the Golden Globes, Oscars and movie premieres this year. It's amazing how the styling of one ensemble or standout gown can have such an impact and leave a lasting impression in red carpet fashion for many years. From Diane Kruger to Rihanna, I've rounded up my 12 favorite show-stopping red carpet fashions from this past year. Here we go!

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Zimbio, Media AP, Prabal Gurung Facebook, Naeem Khan, Grammy PR, AP

Best of 2012~ Best Dresses of the Year

From leg baring sheer gowns, to sensational dresses with flowing trains, 2012 have given us a plethora of color, embroidery, sequins and lace. The red carpet was filled with celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lawrence topping best dressed lists everywhere and sent fashion editors rushing to snatch up these gowns for future trend pieces in their fashion spreads. Here's a wrap up of the twelve show-stopping dresses that grabbed the most attention on the red carpet this year! 

Which of the twelve gowns were your favorites?

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Media AP, Media PR, ABC Publicity, Zimbio, Donna Karan PR, Zuhair Murad Facebook, Prabal Gurung Facebook, Pinterest

Five Blogs You Must Read Right Now~

One of the best parts of our day is reading our favorite blogs. Fashion, pop-culture, DIY, beauty and more: blogs are by the dozen these days. How do you pick the best of the best when it comes to online content?

If you're anything like us, between busy social lives, meetings and deadlines, sifting through the #FF (Follow Friday) suggestions and reading links that are posted to your blog or twitter accounts, finding those great blogs and websites can get lost in the shuffle.

Help is here! We have taken a time out to bring you a list of a few of the most buzz worthy, entertaining and stylish URL's that you will no doubt be sharing links, adding a bookmark and suggesting to friends. Check out the previous ten blogs we've recommended here.

The Art of Chic - I stumbled upon this fashionable blog via the website, Independent Fashion Bloggers and was immediately intrigued. Authored by Codie, a young, fashion obsessed student and blogger from Brisbane, Australia, The Art of Chic gives us the scoop on all things that inspire her personally, from beauty and fashion to decor. Each week, Codie lists several must have beauty products and luxe items that she is "Currently Coveting," and this is personally my favorite feature on her blog.

Girl Vs. City - This blog is authored by my good friend and fashion designer, Jessica Wright chronicling her travels all over the globe. Reading about Jessica's journey's from trying to visit the Pyramids in Egypt to her daily endeavors in Uganda, Africa are not only entertaining but insightful for those wanting to travel to these exotic locales. Along with her travel, Jessica introduces her readers to her experiences in trying new foods and her progress with her charity, The Common Thread Collective. Jessica's voice is unique and her photos are simply amazing, you'll almost feel like you're traveling with her on her adventures.

nyc pr girls - I adore this blog, written by two New York City gals, Adrianna and Megan who work in Public Relations. Adrianna and Megan offer advice and PR tips based on their personal experiences in the industry, as well as touching on topics such as fashion and entertainment. Their posts are short and sweet and to the point, perfect daily reading for any busy career gal. Articles such as "How to Beat Writer's Block", "A PR Girl's Fashion Week Needs" and "Tweet Like a PR Girl" are very helpful and can be easily translated to any professional working girl's life. Keep it up ladies!

Shamelessly Overdressed - I happened upon this fabulous blog while searching for more style blogs to add to my daily readings and became instantly hooked. Authored by S, (yes just S) a 20 something fashion lover living in San Francisco, who believes that there is "simply no such thing as being overdressed." I couldn't agree more! I adore all S's photographs of her daily ensembles and I die for her handbag collection. You've gotta drop by her blog and see her incredible personal style for yourself.

Notable Style & More - This fashion and lifestyle website gives you stylish notes on everything from celebrity fashion to DIY and styling tips. Driven by her passion for fashion, Nicole McClain breaks down and identifies clothing and accessory trends for her readers daily, offering suggestions on how to style your look with these fabulous trends. If you are a native to Indianapolis or thinking of visiting the Circle City Nicole gives you the scoop on the city's fashion scene with introductions of fabulous boutiques and shopping locales.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Permission to use photos per all bloggers listed was granted to FWU

Things I Love Thursday

I always see things I like in magazines, on TV, on my favorite shopping websites and snuggled perfectly in shop window displays. Who doesn't like to share their favorite style finds with others? I have decided to make Things I Love Thursday a weekly feature. I think this will be a neat way to share a few of my favorite finds with all of you, and I hope you will share yours with me as well. So whether it be celebrity styles, a favorite new book or beauty product, I'll be sharing something fun with you each week.

 

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Fashion Blogger Look of the Day~ Chloe Lauter

What She Wore: Chloe is a big fan of anything shiny and that means she loves metallics! We cannot argue with her because we adore the trend too. Chloe paired this shimmering, magenta and gold Lulu's midi skirt with a billowy cream colored Forever 21 top featuring butterfly sleeves.

She added vintage sling backs and jewels to complete her her striking look.

What do you think of Chloe's look?

Be sure to visit Chloe's blog and follower her on Twitter @ChloeMontana8

Stay tuned for more stylish blogger looks! If you want to be considered for our Blogger Look of the Day, submit your post here.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Style Icon~ Charlize Theron

When we think about the most glamorous actresses in Hollywood, Charlize Theron tops that list. Award-winning roles in films like Monster, North Country and Young Adult have put Charlize at the top of best dressed lists for years and noted her as a serious fashion force. The South African beauty started her career as a model and her youthful good looks and glamorous demeanor landed her the gig as the face of J'adore Dior fragrance.

On the red carpet, Theron has a tendency to experiment with lust worthy heels and sandals, not to mention showing off her physique with edgier minis and daring necklines and slits. Moreover, the Prometheus star consistently finds balance between utterly sexy and totally sophisticated silhouettes.

Wearing designers like Christian Dior, Stella McCartney, Gucci and Rag & Bone allows the 36-year-old to go from red carpet starlet to casual cool effortlessly. Her off-duty style of tailored jackets paired with skinny denim jeans and go to trendy accessories serves as a fabulous style look book for any fashion forward and classic fashion lover.

Charlize has had a plethora of stunning red carpet looks over the years. Here we take a look at her ten best looks ever.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Zimbio, People, InStyle

New Images of Lea Michele's Candie's Fall Ad Campaign

Candie's has unveiled their Fall 2012 ad campaign featuring Glee star, Lea Michele. The playful images feature the 25-year-old actress walking down the street getting distracted by Candie's shoes and a cute boy.

The print ads will debut in in fashion and lifestyle publications in August, just in time for back-to-school shopping. The commercial will debut nationwide this month and is set to a familiar tune, Mickey and Sylvia's, Love is Strange (Dirty Dancing fans rejoice).

 

 

 

 

 

Check out the images of Lea's Candie's campaign and tell us which one is your favorite.

Candie's shoes are available exclusively at Kohl's department stores and nationwide at kohls.com.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Zimbio

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