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Memorial Day Weekend Style: Must Haves

Cookouts, parties, festivals and lakeside getaways can only mean one thing: Memorial Day Weekend has arrived. Most likely you have a few events in your social calendar this weekend. That means a few wardrobe changes are necessary. Weather will factor in to your wardrobe choices, but hopefully you will have a sunny spectacular weekend. For outdoor events, breathable, breezy fabrics and light colors mix for the perfect outfit.

Here are a few items to consider for your perfect Memorial Day Weekend outfit.

Shop the Look: Splendid Sleeveless Blouse/ / Joie Stroud Shorts / / Nasty Gal Chambray Skater Dress / / Colorblock Swimsuit / / Dolce Vita Alta Sandal / / Kenneth Jay Lane Crystal Earrings / / Philosophy Self-Tanner / /

I personally love the chambray dress, you could easily slip it on over the funky colorblock swimsuit and go from poolside to lunch effortlessly.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Carly Rae Jepsen Candie's Ad Campaign 2013

Candie's has unveiled a few images from their Spring 2013 ad campaign featuring singer, Carly Rae Jepsen. The playful images of Jepsen donning pretty pink and on-trend black and white pieces from the brand's spring 2013 collection, were shot by the "Call Me Maybe" singer herself, in a photo booth!

Carly Rae follows in the footsteps of Glee star, Lea Michele who was the face of the brand's Fall 2012 ad campaign.

“I feel very honored to be the next Candie’s girl. It’s a dream come true to be in the company of such amazing women!” Jepsen said in a statement.

The print ads will debut in fashion and lifestyle publications in March, no word yet on whether or not there will be TV spots.

I love the pink blazer paired with the cuffed jeans and ankle-strapped heels.

What do you think of Carly Rae's Candie's ad? Is she a good fit for the brand?

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Candies

In The Mood For: A Red Coat, Inspired by Jessica Chastain

Proving that redheads can indeed wear red, Jessica Chastain was spotted headed for an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman in New York City wearing this charming double-breasted Michael Kors vibrant crimson colored coat. The design featured circle pockets, a large Peter Pan collar and gold-encircled buttons--very mod inspired feel. Tumbling wavy tresses and black Rupert Sanderson heels topped off her look.











So inspired by Jessica's warm and cheery ensemble, I have selected THREE fab red coats sure to make your winter wardrobe pop.

In the Mood For: A Red Coat Inspired by Jessica Chastain


Shop this set:

1. ModCloth, Never Been Redder Coat; $61.99// 2. ASOS, Fit and Flare Belted Coat; $123.13// 3. J. Crew, Double-Cloth Metro Coat with Thinsulate; $ 275.00//

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Zimbio

Heelys Stylishly Roll Over Your Normal Tennis Shoe Attitude

Tennis shoes are something I could never get too excited about. My attitude changed when I received a pair of Heelys, the Override style #7868, which are only $69.99. These particular shoes have a low profile heel and are deceptively chic with their classic styling and splash of color. I like the versatile nature of the shoe that allows you to either dress it up or keep it casual. They can be great everyday tennis shoes for those who don’t like to skate everywhere.








Personally, I have terrible balance and coordination, so I was a little scared at first to try and skate. After I got the hang of it, I thoroughly enjoyed skating around the neighborhood.

These shoes are a fun and safe way to get out and enjoy the lovely outdoors. I would recommend these shoes to anyone who wants to feel like they can just zip around doing their daily activities.

In case you are looking for a gift for the adventurous someone on your holiday shopping list, consider Heelys. Heelys.com will be offering two "Black Friday" discount deals for U.S. residents, including FREE ground shipping on all orders from November 22nd - November 26th. The first discount: buy any pair of traditional or HX2 Heelys, and get a second pair for $25.00. In addition, buy a NANO and get any pair of Heelys for $25.00.

Happy Shopping!

~Hannah File @hannah_file

Photo Credit: Claire File

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: Amazing Autumn

My favorite time of the year to shop for clothing is autumn. To me, there really is nothing quite like the sound of crisp leaves crunching underneath a pair of chunky heeled boots. I love the cozy textures and warm colors that come with the fall season. I crave cooler weather styling, such as layering a loose knit sweater over a silk blouse, topped by a fabulous wool coat.

Here is an inspirational, mixed separates ensemble to try for fall. Playing off the color palette of the blouse, by sticking to mostly burnt oranges, tanned browns and olive greens hues, this ensemble will get you in the mood for autumn dressing.

What do you think of this look? Do you have any favorite pieces? Is there anything you would add or change?

Mixed Separates Monday: Amazing Autumn



1. Topshop, Structured Blazer, $130.00

2. Current Elliott, Ankle-Cropped Skinny Jeans, $185.00

3. Luisa Spagnoli, Printed Silk Blouse, $149.00

4. Amrita Singh, Andra Autumn Earrings, $100.00

5. Rebecca Minkoff, Mini MAC bag, $195.00

6. Valentino, Nougat and Aragon Patent Pumps, $362.00

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

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

Style Find~ Topshop KUTIE Pointed Tassel Slippers

Style Find: Topshop, KUTIE Pointed Tassel Slippers, $110.00

Where to Buy: Topshop

Why You Should Buy: What better accessory to make your outfit stand out then a pair of metallic flats? Team these super cute flats with your favorite colored denim leggings or a flirty pleated skirt. A must have for fall!

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

White House Black Market Battles It Out with Ego's for Fall 2012

Supermodel Coco Rocha takes center stage for White House Black Market's Fall 2012 campaign in both print and television formats. The ad set is entitled 'AlterEgo,' and features multi-talented Rocha performing a carefully choreographed dance routine. As this ad sets to demonstrate, being a world class model means you must be able to do more than strike a pose for a camera.

Rocha perfected her set with the help of legendary Broadway choreographer, Laurin Latarro. Within a 30 second television set, around 12 different full body ensembles are featured. Rocha quickly steps into the role of a quick change artist. Will we see her on any upcoming Dancing With The Stars seasons?

While this may seem mundane and played out lately, thanks to Lady Gaga, Nikki Minaj and anyone else in the celebrity stratosphere claiming alter egos, the surprise reveal takes this show to the next level.

Photographer Glen Luchford is responsible for the print and marketing images. These are shot on set with the TV spot, incorporating fluidity and cohesiveness to television sets with a dance theme.

I know we can't wait to see your responses to the big reveal. While we would love for you to do the twist, our alter ego's won't let us!

~Jessica Wright @GirlvsCity

Image Source: Chico's, White House|Black Market, Soma Intimates

One Direction Inspired Looks for Girls

We know that you cannot get that adorable song "That's What Makes You Beautiful" out of your head. The FWU staffers send out daily tweets to each other when the song pops up on Pandora and sing along -- loudly. We have found that One Direction fans don't just go crazy for their music, they also love their style. The guys know how to style their own unique look with splashes of preppy touches from suspenders to bow-ties.

We thought it would be fun to style looks inspired by each member of the group for girls. From Zayn's sporty style, to Harry's classic style we've got a selection of fashions and accessories that will impress your boy band crush.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Hair and Makeup: Allure Salon

Creative Direction and Model: Hannah File

Fashion Styling: Brittany Bray

Photography: Mandykae Blair

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