Must Have Spring Accessory – Bold Gold Earrings

March 31, 2014 by  
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I love me a big bold necklace, but for this spring the accessory to have is bold gold earrings! So throw you hair into a messy bun and rock a pair of oversized earrings and finish off your look with a bold lip color. Below are some of my favorites under $50.

Big Gold Earrings

Dagger Drop Earrings – $14.99 at Brooklynjewelgasm.com

Big Gold Earrings

Crescent Drop Earrings – $6.80 at Forever21.com

Big Gold Earrings

Make A Point Earrings – $20 at NastyGal.com

Big Gold Earrings

Climbing Fern Cuff – $$24 at UrbanOutfitters.com

Big Gold Earrings

Aztec Earrings – $42 at BaubleBar.com

Joseph James Three Weeks

March 29, 2014 by  
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My little Joseph turns three weeks old today and I figured I’d share some of my favorite shots him.  I’ve been a little obsessed with him and I’m constantly snapping pics.  He so alert and its as if he knows that I’m taking pictures – love it!!

Joseph James Three Weeks

 Oversized sunglasses are a must when you’re running on three hours of sleep.  🙂

Newborn early reading

Robert has been saving all of his baby books for Joseph and last week he read one of his faves 5 Little Monkey’s that we’ve named after all the brothers!

Newborn Three Weeks

Little Joseph is constantly being rocked by someone. 🙂  Here he is with my mom.

Newborn Three Weeks

I swear I think he knows when I’m about to take a picture because he stops and stares right at me – love it!  Maybe he’ll take after the actors who I named him after Joseph Gordon Levitt and James Franco lol ;p

Newborn Wubbanub

 LOVE the adorable monkey wubbanub that I accidentally found at Books A Million.

Ralph Lauren Baby at TJ Maxx

While shopping for myself I found some Ralph Lauren rompers for only $10!  Might go back and buy them all the colors!

How To Choose The Perfect Trench Coat For Men

March 28, 2014 by  
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The basis of the trench coat is always the same, no matter the interpretation and personal twist the different designers might give it, but finding the right one for you is not as easy as you may think.

It’s all a matter of finding the right colour, the right length and the right fit for you, but once you do find it you will have a timeless piece to use and re-use endless times over the years.

Here is my advice on what to look for in the perfect trench coat and make sure it truly is the right one for you!

Choose the fabric carefully

Gabardine: this is the original fabric used for the trench coat and it is waterproof, lightweight and durable. It has everything that you would want from this garment! I believe this is the best material, not only for practicality, but also because it looks great.

Leather: if you are a fan of the dramatic flare, then there are always leather trench coats for you. They are not my favourites as they are very heavy and I don’t think they look terribly good on men, so I would stay far away from them if I were you!

New fabrics: many designers are now trying out new fabrics for their trench coats like event fabrics and gore text which are great for staying dry. They also look quite good and definitely constitute a good alternative to the classic gabardine.

 

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It’s All About The Color

Neutral colour: the classic colours for the trench coat are khaki and beige. These neutral hues are the most versatile and, in my opinion, also the sexiest ones on a guy. The only downside is that being that light they get dirty really easily. (Image on the left via mensclothing.alphaconsumers.com)

Blue: navy blue is another classic colour for trench coats and it has the extra perk of being more practical and difficult to get dirty.

Different colours: of course you can find trench coats in any colour, from burgundy to silver, which make much more of a statement and are for sure different from the others. Anyhow, if it’s your first trench coat, I would  go more for a classic colour and then, once you have your great timeless piece, you can think about having fun and check out other possibilities.

 

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Talking about fit and length…

Classic trench: a classic, timeless trench is double-breasted, it has a belt, cuff straps and pockets. The length is just above the knees and it has that retro flare that makes it so iconic. It is certainly a style that will never fade and you will be able to wear it for years and years to come.

Cropped trench: trenches today are going shorter and shorter and the trend right now is for them to sit just below the waist. If you want to go for something that is more on trend right now, you can go for a cropped trench coat. It’s also the ideal solution if you are a bit on the shorter side! (Picture on the right via Debenhams)

New trench: if you want to break away completely from tradition, there are lots of new trench models that do just that. No belts, single-breasted, zipper closure instead of buttons. One could argue that if you take away all these things it’s not a trench coat anymore, but I think it’s still a great modern and fresh alternative to it.

At stores like Debenhams and Boden they have a great selection of trench coats for men for really reasonable prices. Plus, you can find amazing deals on websites like My Voucher Codes that make them even more convenient.

5 Must Have Spring Heels Under $100

March 26, 2014 by  
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Khloe kardaahians outfit is a great example of how the right shoe can transform an outfit. Without the heels she’s just wearing  distressed jeans and a henley but with the heels it takes the form of a sexy effortless look that can be worn out to brunch or a dinner date.  Check out some heels that will help amp up any look and can be worn year round.

Khloe Kardashian Style

 

A classic print on sexy heels is a definite must have!

Striped Heels

Striped Satin Heels – $29.80 at Forever21.com

Bright blue heels with add a punch of spunky color to your spring color palette.

Blue Dorsay Heels

Dorsay Heels – $28.50 at Charlotte Russe.com

A animal print dorsay heel is another must have and at $79 I had to include the green pair as well.

Nine West Dorsay Heels

Animal Print heels – $79 at Nine West.com

Pair these heels with jeans during the day then with a little black dress at night.

Snakeskin Heels

Snakeskin Heels – $29.80 at Kohls.com

Lots of fab details in these sexy heels for only $39.99!

Kardashian Kollection Heels

Kardashian Kollection Heels – $39.99 at Sears.com

Update: Hush Puppies Spring Style Giveaway

March 24, 2014 by  
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The five winners and comments are:

Linda F – I like the Tan Leather.

http://www.hushpuppies.com/US/en-US/Product.mvc.aspx/32451W/79587/Tan-Leather/H507395?dimensions=0

I would style with skinny jeans, a white tee and red sweater.

 

Katrena Scott – I get to wear jeans on Friday’s therefore a pair of black hush puppies with a nice blazer and jeans would still give me the savvy business chic attire. Thank you!

 

Heather H  – I like FashionGrail on FB and shared the giveaway. https://www.facebook.com/feathermaye/posts/10152689115538852?stream_ref=10

 

Barbara Mayes – I would want the yellow leather Cora and I have the perfect Spring sweater to match, I would also wear Capri pants, and some eclectic Spring jewelry. Here is the link http://www.hushpuppies.com/US/en-US/Product.mvc.aspx/32451W/79590/Womens/Cora-Light-Blue-Leather?dimensions=0

 

Melinda G – http://www.hushpuppies.com/US/en-US/Product.mvc.aspx/32451W/79587/Tan-Leather/H507395?dimensions=0 I would style the tan loafer with a white sweater, white walking shorts and a tan belt. Super pretty for spring. icon_smile.gif

Congratulations and thank you to everyone who participated!

Spring is finally here which means we can slowly but surely start putting away those bulky stay-warm boots and start pulling out lighter shoes – and Hush Puppies is here to help get you started.  Famous for comfort and style, Hush Puppies is giving 5 lucky readers a pair of its popular Cora Driving Moc in the color of your choice.  You may remember seeing them here last month styled in a sleek head to toe black outfit (click here to see how I styled it). Now it’s your chance to style the chic pair of shoes!
Hush Puppies Spring Style

 

The Hush Puppies Cora is made of luxurious suedes and leathers that give them a classic, sophisticated look for only $79. They come in blue, green, platinum suede (my favorite), black, tan, navy, yellow, orange, red, light blue and birch leather.  With that many choices it’s hard to just pick one!  They will instantly become your go-to shoes for all your denim, casual dresses and even summer shorts.

Hush Puppies Cora Moc

Here’s how to enter to win:

Visit www.hushpuppies.com and pick your favorite color Cora (make sure you leave the url of the one you selected in the comments below) and tell me how you would style it.  For extra entries you can tweet about the giveaway, pin the giveaway to pinterest or like Fashiongrail on Facebook (make sure you mention what extra entry you did and provide the url).  5 Lucky winners will be chosen on April 4 2014.  ***US residents only.  Good luck!

Celebrity Copycat: Alessandra Ambrosio’s Look for Less!

March 23, 2014 by  
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Alessandra Ambrosio mixes highs and lows flawlessly!  She paired her fab designer valentino heels with boyfriend jeans and a chic sweater from one of my favorite online shops Lulu*s for only $50.  Get her entire look for less with pieces from Lulu*s, Yesstyle and more!

Alessandra Ambrosio's Look for Less

Sweater – $50 at Lulus.com | Boyfriend Jeans – $100 at Yesstyle.com | Sam Edelman Pumps – $140 at Nordstrom.com | Chain Bag – $30 at Asos.com

Meet Joseph James

March 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Fashion Tips & Finds

 I’ve been wanting to post on baby Josephs arrival on March 7th since last week but I had to be readmitted 24 hours after the discharge due to Preeclampsia complications.  I was at labor and delivery for an additional 2 days for a total of 5 days.  It was a nightmare. I’ll be posting more about it as soon as I feel better.  I just wanted to take a sec and introduce my brand new little guy Joseph James born on March 7.

Meet Joseph James

Sponsored Post: Liquid-Plumr’s New Hair Clog Eliminator Ad

March 6, 2014 by  
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You’d think with all the products out there to help you get thicker and healthier hair, there woud be an equal selection of products to buy to unclog your drain – but the selection is weak and believe me I’ve looked. In comes everyone’s favorite product Liquid Plumr to clear out those hairs that seem to never stop clogging your drain. I love how the Liquid Plumr promo starts off like the typical hair product ad and then shifts gears to the good looking Beau and the hair clog eliminator. It’s funny because whenever I see those hair product ads the last thing I think of is unclogging my drain, but they do go hand in hand.

I have a lot of long, thick hair and while I love it and would never cut it there’s always the not so fun side of it inevitably ending up in my drains and clogging the pipes. I don’t know about you but there’s a lot of other things I rather be doing with my time than trying to unclog my drains. I’ve personally tried it and it works like a charm – within minutes it unclogged the drain and gave me some much needed extra time to style my hair instead of playing plumber and trying to unclog it myself from my drains. So the next time you go to the store to buy shampoo, conditioner and hairspray, make sure you also pick up a bottle of Liquid-Plumr’s Hair Clog Eliminator.

*This drain cleaner is safe for all septic systems and pipes, including PVC, plastic, copper, and old pipes.

 

Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Liquid-Plumr, but the opinion expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Liquid-Plumr

Celebrity Copycat: Karolina Kurkova’s Look for Less!

March 4, 2014 by  
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If it were up to me I would be wearing Karolina Kurkova’s outfit right now (or at least some cheaper version of it).  Since I can’t exaclty fit into anything even remotely close to this right now I did the next best thing – a copycat!  I love the pop of pink against the preppier pullover and button down and how she paired it with distressed jeans and chevron striped heels. It’s perfection!

Karolina Kurkova's Look for Less!

Pink Blazer – $80 | Black Pullover  – $32 | White Button Down – $30 | Distressed Boyfriend Jeans – $34 | Striped Pumps – $30

H&M Autumn/Winter 2014 Paris Fashion Show

March 2, 2014 by  
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The H&M Autumn/Winter 2014 Collection made its debut in Paris and it’s  amazing! Solange Knowles said, “the collection is very sexy but wearable which is what H&M is known for.” Check it out below!

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