Thursday, April 28, 2016

KOHLS AND LANE BRYANT: NEW MUST-SEE DESIGNER COLLABORATIONS

With Mother's Day and all the new spring collection debuts having, we decided to highlight two that we know our One Style at a Time readers will want to know more about. Beginning with Designer Christian Siriano, who is not only a visionary but when it comes to designing, it's clear he knows how to dress not just models and celebrities, but women of ALL sizes. We know him as a previous winner of the show 'Project Runway' and of course, his dramatic and luxe designs have been seen on the red carpet worn by many A-list celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez and the list goes on. He has come a long way since his debut collection in 2008 and his designs are some of the most anticipated every season at New York Fashion Week. Elle magazine has called him 'The New King of Old School Glamour' and the title is more than deserving. The Christian Siriano for Lane Bryant collection is available in stores as of April 27th. This collection includes ready to wear and evening pieces that range in price from $48.00 to $198.00.

About the collection, Siriano says...“In my opinion, fashion should never be defined by size. Regardless if it’s for red carpet or a day at the office, every woman should feel stylish and comfortable in their clothes.  I’m excited about this partnership with Lane Bryant because it allows me the opportunity to showcase my designs on the everyday woman and allow them the opportunity to feel as beautiful and fashionable as possible.” So ladies, if you're a Lane Bryant shopper you will definitely want to own as many of these spring pieces. Christian Siriano has an eye for design, tailoring and top notch glamour.


Danielle Brooks, star of Orange is the New Black & Broadway Play, Color Purple is the face of the Christian Siriano for Lane Bryant Collection
Photo credit: Lane Bryant


Next up, we head on over to Kohls...Spring and summer shopping is always fun with all the bright colors, trends and patterns we see everywhere these days. Perhaps you are pondering on ideas on what to get for Mother's day. Head on over to Kohls and you will find designer Reed Krakoff, who on April 21st launched his partnership with Kohls department store. Reed's name may sound familiar since he was formerly the creative director at Coach. This time around his eye for style, functionality and design are available at a price point that ranges from $15 - $129. The designer felt that currently many of the affordable handbag silhouettes in stores looked all too similar. So he seized the opportunity to present his eye for quality and luxury at a price conscious level. So consider visiting Kohls for a closer look at this new collection and you may just have found yourself your next spring/summer handbag or maybe that something worth considering for that special mom. 
Photo credit: Kohls

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

ANN TAYLOR FALL/WINTER '16 COLLECTION

Ann Taylor recently celebrated their press preview event showcasing their looks for fall/winter 2016. The brand's creative director Austyn Zung (who has worked with Oscar de la Renta and Balmain Paris in the past) presented an exquisite and sophisticated collection that included a continuation of romantic ruffles from this current season. Also an array of textures such as statement faux-furs and shearling. When we think of Ann Taylor and the working woman, we think of a polished, well-styled woman and this fall collection will be no exception. It was exciting to see Zung play with prints such as jacquards and houndstooth and the colors ranged from earth tones to more muted tones giving the customer options to mix and match or stay in a monochromatic palette. The accessories included animal print handbags and bold gemstoned jewelry which brought together the perfect compliment to many of these looks. There are many style options that will serve to transition seamlessly from day to night and even for more formal events. That is just what we love about Ann Taylor; the feminine, modern options for today's busy woman that wears many hats. One Style at a Time brings you a preview of this fall collection and we want to know what are some of the looks you can't wait to see in stores?


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Monday, April 25, 2016

PRINCE: THE UNEXPLAINABLE GENIUS OF MUSIC AND FASHION

"I don't really care so much what people say about me because it usually is a reflection of who they are. For example, if people wish I would sound like I used to sound, then it says more about them than it does me." - Prince

Last Thursday we lost one of the biggest musical treasures the world has ever witnessed. Prince Rogers Nelson better known to us all as just Prince, died at the age of 57. #GoneTooSoon was one of the many Twitter hashtags to describe the inconsolable pain and heavy heart so many have felt since hearing the news. The year has taken many legends of music this year from David Bowie, Natalie Cole and The Eagles, Glenn Frey to just name a few. Yet, the passing of Prince seemed to shock the masses of different age groups and listeners of so many music genres. That's just the thing, Prince was a musician that could never be labeled as just rock, R&B, soul or pop. He was a singer, songwriter, actor, producer and above all could master at least 27 instruments (all of them by the age of 20). That type of musical and artistic range is one of a kind. Now, although he was very private and protective of his personal life, what was the equivalent of his big talent, was his unique sense of fashion. He was as much a risk taker in his music as he was in his fashion choices. You never knew what you were going to get and he was the ultimate androgynous style maven. The bold eyeliner, the hair, the trademark color purple, the skintight and at times barely there clothes were all part of his fashion game and for him, there were no rules. No one can forget the mega hits from the 80s and that famous look with the coiffed hair, ruffled white shirt, and the heeled boots. Those were his early beginnings but his style definitely evolved as once again his music would throughout the decades. From metallic bright suits to flashy sunglasses to wearing embellished jewelry, his fashion was over the top and flamboyant. Yet, it worked and we never stopped looking and we never stopped listening. Prince was provocative, unapologetic, full of cool, funky and electrifying performances.  

That just scratches the surface of what was the legend of Prince. A man who lived for music and believed in artistic freedom and the evolution of music. He was a rule breaker and ahead of his time. The loss is great, but the body of work he left behind is even grander. 


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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

THE SUNGLASSES EVERY CELEBRITY IS WEARING NOW

It's that time of year when you start looking at how to update your spring and summer looks. Well, one way to do it is getting a new pair of sunglasses. Celebrities drive a lot of trends and lately their sunnies game is no exception. Head on over to my Mode Stories page and find out what are some of the top trends and brands in sunglasses that Hollywood's A-list are owning. Tell us which are some of your go-to styles that you like. Are you an aviator type? Do you prefer cat eye or square frames?



Check out The Sunglasses Every Celebrity Is Wearing
by Maria Cartagena at Mode
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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

GOOD VIBES AND THE AWAKENING OF NEW AGE JEWELRY

Namaste fashionistas! The new age revolution has been a strong influence in the world of beauty, fashion and fitness for quite some time now. Perhaps, you've taken a yoga class, engaged in some kind of meditation or gone the eastern medicine route with acupuncture therapy. So it comes to no surprise that in a time when there seems to be much angst and concern about the state of our world, we gravitate toward seeking good vibes and anything that is in a higher and positive energy. Even Pantone who is the authority on all things color soothed things down this year by announcing the two colors of the year were 'serenity' and 'rose quartz.' If that isn't inspired by a little new age...Of course, even some of the most famous names in Hollywood are known to pay a visit to their favorite psychics regularly and incorporate natural elements into their beauty regimen. 
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Friday, April 8, 2016

FLASH SALE: SEE THE TREND, SHOP THE TREND


Everybody's working for the weekend right? Well, wrap up your work week and get to treat yourself to some much-needed spring shopping. As a thank you for your loyal readership and for following One Style at a Time throughout our social network, we bring you FIVE spring sales you won't want to miss. They are here for a limited time only! 
It's fun to read about the fashion trends but don't you think it's more fun to actually shop them too? Wait, did you know Mother's Day is exactly one month away? That's right, it's on May 8th so why not get started early on your Mother's Day shopping! It will be here before you know it. Finally, don't forget to follow more of my fashion stories at Mode Media. All you have to do is visit, join and follow my profile HERE. It's easy and it's 100% free! 
Now go and shop your little fashion hearts out and let us know what you've purchased. Drop us a line and let us know if you want to see more of these flash sales here on the blog. 


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Monday, April 4, 2016

ATHLEISURE: TRENDING NOW - FROM GLAM TO ACTIVEWEAR

Remember the days when getting dressed 'to the nines' was the most the most talked about topic? Well, no one is giving up on that notion, but it's worth noting that the fashion industry has been shifting and gravitating to more of a casual style. It's very clear from the runways to street style that having the right set of workout clothes is key today. With gym and fitness lifestyles on the rise, it was just a matter of time before active wear and ready to wear crossed fashion paths. Fashion Designer Alexander Wang has been presenting edgy and casual collections for a few seasons. Other designers like Derek Lam, Tory Burch and Rebecca Minkoff have followed up with their own lines of 'Athleisure' wear (athletic-leisure) in stores and online. 
BEYONCE FOR IVY PARK
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Saturday, April 2, 2016

GET YOUR BLUES ON! WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY

April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day and we are lighting it up blue for every child worldwide affected by this disorder. The struggle continues to impact 1 in 68 children in the United States. So many families are affected on a daily basis and are pushing and working twice as hard to deal with the challenge of having their child on the autism spectrum. Nowadays, it's near impossible not to know a child that is on the spectrum of autism or even just know at least one parent who is fighting this battle with their child. 


Light It Up Blue for World Autism Awareness Day

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

BRUSH YOUR SHOULDERS OFF: MUST HAVE OFF-THE-SHOULDER STYLES

Check out Brush Your Shoulders Off: Must-Have Off-The-Shoulder Styles
by Maria Cartagena at Mode
Spring trends are by far some of the biggest topics of conversation among fashionistas right now. What's in and what's out? What is definitely a top favorite is the off-the-shoulders spring trend. For a few seasons now we have seen an explosion of crop tops everywhere. From red carpets to street style. Yet, perhaps not everyone felt comfortable embracing this particular trend. If you're looking for a subtle, yet sexy way to show off a little skin this season, then showing off your shoulders is the way to go. From boho-chic dresses and flowy tops there are many choices to ramp up your style this spring and feel like a fabulous SeƱorita!

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I have contributed my first two stories Brush Your Shoulders Off and Ruffled Looks to Inspire Your Style and would really appreciate your support by visiting and sharing the links. 
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Thursday, March 24, 2016

SPRING'S FLOWER POWER LIVES ON

"Florals for Spring? Groundbreaking." This quote has for quite some time resonated with all fashionistas as the infamous words sarcastically uttered by The Devil Wears Prada's character, Miranda Priestly. Sure, florals for spring may sound like an expected and predictable choice but nevertheless, it continues to reign as one of the favorites this time of year. With milder temperatures and the Easter holiday weekend upon us, the temptation of wearing some version of pastels and florals are not quite out of the question. 

Just keep in mind that just like when you're picking out your favorite fresh bouquet, you will want to ensure that you keep your version of florals style fresh and modern.
  • Mix patterns! Don't be afraid to mix florals and stripes for example. As long as you keep with the same color scheme it will be fabulous!
  • Sprinkle floral accents throughout your accessories. Yes, all it takes is a handbag, pair of shoes, a scarf or jewelry to make this a modern spring look.
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