Mixed Separates

Lea Michele in Helmut Lang at the Target and FEED Collaboration

Lea Michele attended the Target and FEED Collaboration event in Brooklyn wearing this chic and sophisticated mixed separates ensemble. Her look consisted of a single-button Helmut Lang wool blazer paired with a coral Brochu Walker blouse and a Kimberly Ovitz tulip skirt.

She styled her look with Christian Louboutin sandals and a dazzling Switch necklace.

A flirty side braid and a nude lip added the final touches to her ensemble.

What do you think of Lea's look?









You can find Lea's Helmut Lang jacket at Shopbop.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

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One Dress, Two Holiday Party Styles

So you've found your perfect party dress for the holiday season, but you're not sure which direction to take your styling concept. Do you add splashes of color for a standout look or do you go for all out glamor? I adore this dress from Topshop with its bejeweled shoulder details. I have selected accessories for two knockout holiday looks. You will see how to tastefully use color and also how to avoid your accessories from taking over your entire look. I hope this gives you an idea on how to style your own fabulous holiday party ensemble. Don't forget to finish your look with a fab manicure, maybe use one of these glittering hues by China Glaze.

One Dress, Two Holiday Party Styles

Caparros Dior, Embellished pumps in ruby red; $89.00/ Bottica, Cloud clutch; $105.00/ Red Jewel Clip earrings, White House|Black Market; $28.00/ Topshop, Embellished Shoulder Skater dress; $200.00/ Oasis, Chunky Glitter Box clutch; £21.00/ Kenneth Jay Lane, Crystal Flare Star ring; $104.49/ Pour La Victore, Blissa Satin Rhinestone sandals in black; $69.00/

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Thanksgiving Outfit Inspiration

Thanksgiving is almost here. Aside from the delicious food we will be enjoying and the beautifully decorated centerpieces, is your outfit ready? If not, don't worry I have two ideas for ensembles that will be both stylish and practical. You don't want to wear something that looks like you just stepped off a runway and you'll want to avoid wearing white or any other light colors as a focal piece. The last thing you need is to become victimized by Aunt Grace's gravy and have a stain that will be forever recalled year after year in the holiday family "remember when" highlight reel. So let's get the ball rolling on inspiration for your fabulous Thanksgiving ensemble.

Textures are trending, so you'll be fashionable and comfortable by opting for similar items like this bouclé dress from Topshop or the Michael Kors tweed jacket. Bold colored jewels always make a festive statement.

Thanksgiving Outfit Inspiration

Topshop, Bouclé Pencil Dress; $130.00/ Nine West, Regola Pump; $79.00/ Graziela Gems, The Clear Factor Ring; $480.00/ MICHAEL Michael Kors, Tweed Jacket; $195.00/ Dana Rebecca Designs, Lauren Joy Earrings; $300.00/ Anthropologie, Pilcro Serif Velvet Leggings; $98.00/

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Mixed Separates Monday: Cut It Out

From shoes to dresses, celebrities have been sporting the cut-out trend in various sexy and subtle ways. Nikki Reed recently attended a photo call in London wearing edgy Ferragamo cut-out heels. Kate Hudson attended the the 3rd Annual amFAR Inspiration Gala last month wearing a stunning, red Prabal Gurung gown featuring cut-out details. Cut-outs are a way to add rock star edge to an ensemble, peek-a-boo pretty or look-at-me-now provocativeness.

What do you think of the cut-out trend? Have you added any items featuring the cut-out trend to your wardrobe?

Mixed Separates Monday: Cut It Out

BCBGeneration, Cut Out Back Dress; $158.00/ Free People, Cut Out Neck Long Sleeve Top, $48.00/ Ted Baker, Laurelia Cut Out Leather Shoes; $172.38/ Melinda Maria, Nicole Cuff; $180.00/ Weekend MaxMara, Cut-Out Skirt; $345.00/ chicnova, Black Metal Cut Out Fold-over Long Clutch; $64.50/

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Mixed Separates Monday: Plum Perfection

Various shades of purple are always a popular pick for fall fashion and designer's collections are always packed full of the romantic and bold shade. One of my favorite hues of purple is plum, because of its ability to serve as both a warm and cool color. This ultimately depends on how much of the red and blue tones are mixed into the color palette to create the shade. The See by Chloe sweater, featured below is a cooler shade of plum, while the White House|Black Market Plum Corduroy Jacket is a warmer shade of the rich color.

What do you think of the color plum? Have you added any plum pieces to your fall wardrobe?  Do you prefer to wear plum with more blue tones or red?

Mixed Separates Monday: Plum Perfection


Trina Turk, Lace Dress; $328.00/J. Crew, Edie Purse; $238.00/ See By Chloe, Plum Mélange Crew Neck Pullover; $250.00/ Naya, Mindy Boot; $169.95/ J. Crew, Rummy Metallic Brocade Cropped Pants; $350.00/ White House|Black Market, Plum Corduroy Jacket; $60.00

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Mixed Separates Monday: Brocade Beauties

In the mood for adding some luxe items into your fall wardrobe? Baroque-inspired pieces are just the way to accomplish that goal. Brocade prints are richly decorative woven fabrics, often made in various silks coupled with the use of gold and silver threads.

Designers like Jason Wu, Dolce & Gabbana and Balmain all captivated the runways with their Baroque-inspired collections for Fall 2012. These collections mixed shimmering, satin jackets with opulent, printed pants and eye-catching velvet pieces. I personally loved the way that Dolce & Gabbana combined brocade prints with lace details on cocktail dresses and corsets creating the most elegant ensembles.

Here are a few of my favorite Baroque inspired picks for the season. What do you think of these picks? Have you added any Baroque pieces to your fall wardrobes?

Mixed Separates Monday: Brocade Beauties


Tracy Reese, Brocade Sheath Dress; $345.00 / Elizabeth and James, Avery Brocade Effect Blazer; $559.63 / 7 For All Mankind Jeans, Brocade Foil Print Velvet Skinny; $198.00 / Alice + Olivia, Helena Floral Velvet Brocade Pumps; $345.00 / Kotur, Mango Satin and Velvet Brocade Box Clutch; $450.00 / Rachel Comey, Meade Shell Brocade Top; $494.28 /

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Fashion Blogger Look of the Day~ Sarah H. in Zara

Fashion Blogger: Sarah H.

Blog Name: Sarah's Real Life

What She Wore: Sarah attended a friend's bachelorette party wearing this charming mixed separates ensemble. Her look consisted of a short-sleeved, polka dot Madewell top paired with a billowy, sea foam Zara skirt featuring a sexy slit.

Sarah styled her girls night out look with black pumps, a magenta shoulder blag and standout jewels.

Sleek tresses and a berry lip provided the finishing touches.

What do you think of Sarah's look?

Be sure to visit Sarah's blog and follow her on twitter @sarahsreallife

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

London Fashion Week Spring 2013 RTW: Burberry Prorsum

This was not a typical Burberry Prorsum show.

 With Burberry, the fashion world has come to expect some signature looks, including the khaki and olive-colored trench coats and the signature plaid that has defined the label for decades.

At London Fashion Week Monday, the world got an entirely new view of Burberry: bright metallics, bold colors, and nary a speck of plaid in site (excluding the walls of the venue).







While the tone of the show was largely what people have come to expect from Creative Director, Christopher Bailey (mournful music as models strutted the catwalk in trenches, trying to stave off the presumably upcoming rain showers), there were many noticeable differences.

Metallic fabrics marked many of the pieces, including the Burberry signature trench coat.  The trench itself was turned into a cropped version as well.




Models also wore cropped and full capes. They wore one and two-piece bathing suits and even a refined version of the so-called “bootie short.”

The menswear also got a make-over with models wearing bright blues and pinks with trousers.

The show ended with models coming out, a handful of each wearing the classic trench updated in the bright color palette of the show.

Bailey also kept the styling simple, opting to have many of the models keep their hair under the coats. 

Overall, it was a large departure and a welcome surprise at the same time.

~Devon Scott @DevonScottIndy

Photos courtesy: style.com

New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 RTW: Reem Acra

The lights open in a brilliant blue with a runway reminiscent of a reflection pool. As the first models take to the runway, it is apparent that this show is something to talk about. Reem Acra reels us in from start to finish, starting with a sportswear collection featuring a slashing technique that made me think of a tire born, mudslinging pattern. Mainly shown in crisp whites, black and an uncharacteristic spring hue of navy blue, Acra pops color into foot wear selections through use of vivid shades, accenting the importance of selecting classic and transitional pieces while adapting accessories for the budget-conscience.







Acra also stuck to a trend seen across many runways: avoiding skinny pants. This silhouette is on its way out and being replaced by wide legs and trousers. Skinny is not fully gone though, it is moving to skirts and dresses, as the business wear collections feature pencil skirts and structured jackets, with a focus on collars and necklines. While we saw a few high, statement collars at Acra, the feature was a texture change in the lapels, catching light and focusing the eye towards this trend area for Spring. 


The lone patterned trench stuck out in a “Why was that there?” moment, but overall Acra scores high marks. We were also a little taken aback by a few highly sequined ombre pieces in soft pink at a time when ombre has been trending out everywhere except on Pinterest.

Moving into evening wear, an area Acra is renowned for, her strong emphasis on modernizing an art deco embellished mermaid silhouette tripped up two of his models. We were left with mouths open, lusting after the slim fit dresses with rhinestone accented sheer side panels -- a little naughty, a little nice, but all high fashion in our eyes.





The overall fashion favorite was a stunning red evening dress that floated down the runway as the model teased your attention to another masterpiece of surprise. The inner silhouette was a sheer netted, slim fit garment with red crystal embellishments and a snake away collar piece running from the bust to the collar bone. An underlying theme of Acra’s collection was also those hidden and beautiful surprise touches that take her one step above her fellow designers.

We at the Fashion Wrap Up offices give the Reem Acra S/S 2013 collection two high heels!

~Jessica Wright @GirlvsCity

Image Source: Style.com

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