Must Have Spring Jackets

April 15, 2014 by  
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You’ve spent all winter under your warm winter jacket, but now the spring has begun if you still wear the same jacket you’ll spend most of the time feeling too hot whenever you have it on, but too cold if you take it off.

It’s time to get it dry cleaned, pack it away and replace it with a spring jacket – one of the most useful items of clothing around for these months when it can be sunny and warm one moment, but change in an instant to a chill breeze that you can’t seem to get escape from.

A spring coat can also be a great way to state your own particular style. There are many different designs and materials available, meaning that you can dress any outfit up or down with a spring jacket.

Raincoat

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Available in a rainbow of colours, ranging from neutrals through to neons, the raincoat is a really versatile jacket for springtime. You can be as conservative or as loud as you like through the raincoat you choose to wear; and, of course, it’s an eminently practical way to stay dry when you’re out and about. Lightweight and easy to fold away, a raincoat can see you through most of the year, not just the spring.

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Utility Jacket

spring utility jackets

Utility coats, such as military-style jackets or motorbike jackets continue to be as popular as ever this spring. They come in a huge variety of styles and can be great for finishing off a wide range of outfits. You can pair them with jeans or a little dress, or even shorts – they go with almost anything. Check out the Superdry Aztec Jacket - an army jacket with additional features like Aztec stitching on the front and back, as well as inside the cuffs.

Most utility jackets come in neutral shades, or greens and greys; add something feminine to your outfit so that you still look girly. Don’t think utility means scruffy – you can find a whole range of styles, from tailored to distressed.

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Blazer

Spring Outfits

A blazer is an essential item in a girl’s wardrobe. It’s something that can be worn to work but then still look great for a night on the town. If you want to make a blazer feel less formal, you can always opt to layer it with a hoodie to give a casual overall look. Moto jackets are a twist on the classic blazer, and can work as well with a dress as with a pair of jeans.

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Classic trench

classic spring trench

You can’t go wrong with a trench coat. For a start, they come in a huge range of colours, but for all-round versatility it’s probably best to stick to a neutral tone. The length of a trench coat gives you a streamlined look regardless of what you choose to wear underneath it. It’s perfect for going to work, but can also look great with your weekend jeans and t-shirt.

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It won’t be long before the summer heat means we won’t even consider taking a jacket out with us, but until then, it’s best to be prepared with a stylish spring jacket or two in your wardrobe.

Celebrity Copycat: Emma Watson’s Look for Less!

April 11, 2014 by  
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Emma Watson’s outfit is the epitome of a chic spring outfit!  It’s a must have outfit that’s easy to break down and wear with other pieces for day or night.

emma watsons look for less

Trench – $80 at Macys.com | Black Mini Skirt – $4.80 at Forever21.com | White Muscle Tee – $34 at Piperlime.com | Loafers – $49 at Debenhams.com | Tote – $38 at ASOS.com | Sunglasses – $18 at Threadscence.com

A Touch of Summer in The Spring

April 10, 2014 by  
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The weather is starting to  feel what most people would consider a normal summer day but for Floridians its still spring becuase it’s still not inhumanely hot.  Most days it’s in the low 80s and a cold front pops up maybe twice a month bringing the weather down to normal spring temps but it doesn’t really matter down here.  Once March rolls aorund the daisy dukes come out in full force and the wife beaters are sold by the dozen (I’m not kidding about the wife beaters – I tried to buy my teenager a pack for his MMA class and there was only 2 packs left in white at Target lol). Anyway it doesn’t leave much room for layering but it does give for some fun styling. You can pair a trench with denim shorts, pack a cardigan to the beach or wear your bikini under a linen blazer for a night on the beach.  Its a laid back style that you can’t really wear all year round anywhere else.

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Spring Style

yellow bikini top | high waisted bikini bottom | cardigan | tote | high waisted denim shorts | dark denim shorts | striped crop top | sleeveless crop top | short trench | sandals 

Spring Hair Pinspiration: Messy Braids

April 9, 2014 by  
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So the little guy has figured out how to pull my hair.  Every time I’m feeding him he grabs a fist full and pulls!  I’ve tried a hair clip but they annoy me after 5 minutes and every time I put it in a bun I think of The King of Queens episode with Carrie wearing a bun (see the clip below).  So I’m left with a pony tail or a braid.  I prefer the latter because my hair is long enough for him to pull on the pony tail if he is in the right position.  I’m not the savviest when it comes to braiding my hair so I’ve been searching for the perfect messy braid

Hair Pinspirations: Messy Braids

 

 

Hair Pinspiration: Messy Braids

 

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Celebrity Copycat: Naya Rivera’s Look for Less!

April 8, 2014 by  
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I love an outfit that manages to incorporate sweat pants and still be chic like Naya Rivera’s, especially now while I try to lose some weight.  Nothing too complicated here just some good ol’ sweats, sleek sneaks and fab accessories.  SO easy to duplicate on the cheap and so easy to even give it a sexy makeover by adding some pumps a tanks and a casual blazer  Check it out below

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 Sweatshirt – $18 at Tillys.com | Sweatpants – $12 at Forever21.com | Sneakers - $120 at Nordstrom.com | Tote - $55 at Dorothyperkins.com | Sunglasses – $10 at Sears.com

The Backpack is Back!

April 6, 2014 by  
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 As a 90′s teen it was all about the backpack and now it’s making a comeback. In fact I still own a fleece plaid backpack from the Gap, a brown leather backpack from Benetton and my favorite from Frye – it’s perfectly worn in and cost me two paychecks from working at Macy’s back in the day.  It’s a trend that could not have come at a better time now that I’m a new mom (click here to read about my new addition) again a backpack is a great alternative to a baby bag.  Check out some inspirational pics featuring a backpack and some affordable ones to shop as well.

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Celebrity Copycat: Victoria Beckham’s Look for less!

April 6, 2014 by  
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I’ve always loved wearing heels but after going 9 months without wearing them they’ve become more of a obsession.  This season I’m all about statement heels that can take a casual outfit and give it a little oomph.  Last time I featured Khloe Kardashian wearing a henley and jeans with sexy animal print heels and this time its Victoria Beckhman.  Love how simple her outfit is and the wow factor of the red heels…perfection!!!  Great way for a busy mom to incorporate something sexy without too much thought.

victoria beckhams look for less

Coat – $80 at BooHoo.com | Muscle tee - $34 at Piperlime.Gap.com | Jeans – $89 at Shopbop.com | Red Pumps – $95 at Topshop.com | Sunglasses - $9.99 at Sears.com

Celebrity Copycat: Reese Witherspoon’s Look for Less!

April 3, 2014 by  
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Reese Witherspoon’s outfit has a certain easy breezy feel that’s perfect for spring!  I love the freshness the white blazer and white heels give the jeans. Great outfit to wear right from day to night and easy to find affordable pieces to replicate the look.  Get Reese’s Look for less with pieces from H&M, Target & more!

Reese Witherspoon's Look for Less

White Blazer – $49.95 at HM.com | Tank – $34 at PiperLime.Gap.com | Cropped Skinny Jeans - $40 AmericanEagle.com | Strappy Heels - $28 at 6PM.com | Merona Satchel - $34.99 at Target.com

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

How To Choose The Perfect Trench Coat For Men

March 28, 2014 by  
Filed under Boys on the Side

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.

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