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It’s FINALLY starting to feel like Spring here. The weather is getting warmer and the snow piles are only a few feet tall at this point. It’s basically beach weather. And with the nice weather and snow-free sidewalks comes the opportunity to wear something other than jeans and snow boots.

The other week I decided to get really crazy and wear something I haven’t worn in a while – a work dress and heels. It felt amazing to have my bare legs see the sun, and Lord knows they need it. I mean, look at my legs basically blending in with the snow. Plus, it put a little extra pep in my step to be dressed up at work again. Be gone, jeans! Just kidding, I still wear jeans 95% of the time, it’s just nice to not HAVE to wear them.

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Top it Off OOTD 7Coat J.Crew past season (similar) | Dress Polo via TJMaxx (similar) | Shoes BCBG 

Hat via TJMaxx (similar) | Earrings c/o Cecilia Gonzalez

What are some of your favorite dressy pieces for the workplace?

Photos: beautyXposé/Spoons and Stilettos; Disclosure

Crochet? It’s Not Just For Your Grandma

Crochet is not a word I typically associate with fashion. However, it seems that crochet has transformed from something your grandma does to something cute to wear in the warm weather. Recently I’ve seen everything from crochet dresses to crochet tops and shorts. Check out some of my favorite crochet picks this season.

Urban Outfitters Staring at Stars Tiered Crochet Tank Dress $79.00

Urban Outfitters has a wide variety of crochet pieces out, but I really love this tank dress. It comes in a variety of colors and is easy to dress up or down. Pair it with a cute necklace and sandals for the day or hanging earrings and wedges for a night out. If you don’t like the tank style, check out this mini dressfor another crochet option.

Urban Outfitters Staring at Stars Crochet Mini Dress $79.00
ASOS Crochet Detail Midi Skirt $54.79

If you’re not all about the crochet trend yet, check out this midi skirt with a little bit of crochet detail from ASOS. It’s got just enough crochet to ease you into the style and the skirt is ultra feminine. If you don’t want to be dressed in a full crochet dress, you can find crochet shorts at Zara in tie-dye or in cream. The tie-dye style is fun, while the cream style is pretty and sophisticated.

Zara Tie-Dye Crochet Shorts $49.90
Zara Crochet Shorts $39.90

For crochet tops like this one from Zara, pair them with jean or navy shorts. If you want to try a different style tank, try the crochet lace-up tankfrom Urban Outfitters.

Zara Crochet Top $49.90

Will you be trying out the crochet trend?

Photos: Zara; ASOS; Urban Outfitters

The hottest fashion trends from the USA hitting the UK high street

From Brocade to Bangles, African prints to Paisley and, ahem, Pajamas, the latest fashion trends to be winging their way to British high streets from the USA have been eye-catching to say the least.

We’re hoping that the so-far lacklustre spring -we’re talking weather here- will blossom into a beautiful Spring/Summer 2012, so it’s just as well that we’re checking out the latest trends winging their way over from the US that we can expect to grace our wardrobes this year.

One of the latest trends to show that flowers can travel well is the yards of floral prints being put out onto the shelves in the UK right now.  From dainty and ditzy prints to vivid tropical colors of yellow and aquamarines (à la Proenza Schouler) flower power is one of the Spring/Summer season trends promising to put a bit of colour on our high streets whatever the skies above are doing.

One of the hottest trends in the trans-Atlantic cargo being off-loaded onto the UK high street at the moment are the gorgeous Aztec, Ethnic and Tribal prints coming out of the US’s Etro and Whitney Eve fashion houses and lending the a bit of sub-equatorial chic to the UK high street.

For classy ladies that want something to give them that roar (and phwoar) factor, a Google for ‘party dresses UK’will bring up a gaggle of ‘urban junglist’ numbers with funky patterns and rioting colours that are both chic and cool – and most importantly, affordable, with retailers like New Look leading the trend.

Urban Bliss 2in1 Animal Print Chiffon Skirt Dress from New Look, £29.99

Equally as requiring of sunglasses are the bright and brash monochrome colors of handbags, belts and shoes available in the latest colors – yellow, scarlet red, pink and electric blue.  Surely Marc Jacobs deserves the accolade for bringing color into our accessories’ lives this year?

And if that’s not a statement enough for you, try teaming that bejeweled handbag (yep, the embossed look is back) with those chunky-heeled wedges (again, thank you Marc) to give any outfit-even a demure floral print- a bit of pizzazz.

For the girl with a more casual palette and look, muted and bold colored jeans à la Giles Deacon (not the man to let his designs retreat shyly) are bang on trend and what about that pajama look again?  Well, if Rihanna wearing pajamas isn’t enough to convince you of one of the more unusual trends to come out of the US in 2012, then nothing will!

Try teaming the look with a belt, though the jury is out whether to go chunky or wide but it depends on whether you want to work that Fifties look with a cinched waist (as Prada and Proenza Schouler rocked in New York) or go for an accessory piece.

Whatever you do, the mantra for 2012 is ‘Matchy Matchy’ according to Fashionistas at the aptly named  ‘Matches’ fashion branch.  Print is fine, plain is fine, but whatever you do, don’t do eclectic ‘got-dressed-in-the-dark-mish-mash’ of the two!

Outfit Post: Dress or Skirt?

By the time you read this (Thursday, April 19th), this outfit will be old news, as I wore it yesterday (Wednesday, April 18th). I felt the need to clear that up because I didn’t want anyone to think I’m an overachiever who got up at the crack of dawn to prep for, shoot and edit an outfit post. Let’s be real, when this goes live, I’ll have only been awake for maybe half an hour.

Throughout the day, people questioned whether I was wearing a skirt or a dress. I’ll give you a second to cast your vote before I reveal the truth … it’s a dress! Hooray for everyone who guessed correctly. I’ve been tired of parts of my wardrobe recently, and instead of buying a whole new one (although I would love to, I can’t afford that — sad face), I’m trying to get creative with how I style pieces. My old dress is now a new questionable skirt. Success! It’s like a got a whole new skirt without having to buy anything … except for the fact that this is a recently-purchased shirt. Buuutttt, I could have done this same style with an older shirt, removing the need to shop. Following me?

Dress via TJMaxx (similar) | Shirt via TJMaxx (similar) | Shoes via TJMaxx (similar)

Necklace Forever21 (similar) | Belt J.Crew (similar)

How do you make old clothing items new again?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

Outfit Post: Colored Denim

Since it’s finally Spring, all I want to do is wear all the bright colors I own at once. I often curb the urge and try to stick to one or two bold colors per outfit, but one day I might just go hog-wild and wear them all!

Anywho … I decided to wear bright pinkish-purple and blue to brighten my Monday. Since it was my first day back from vacation, I felt the need to sport a particularly colorful outfit. Plus, I bought these bright blue skinny jeans from Banana Republic while on vacation in Florida, so I just couldn’t resist.

Caridgan H&M (similar) | Top via TJMaxx  (similar)

Jeans Banana Republic (similar)| Shoes MaxStudio via TJMaxx (similar)

I’m sorry, I couldn’t find any of the items online 🙁 I just bought the pants, but it was at an outlet store, so possibly they aren’t available online anymore? That seems odd since colored denim is so popular now,  but oh well.

What are you favorite bold color combos?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

Halloween Costume Countdown: Carmen Sandiego

October has finally arrived, our dear BeautyXpose readers, and that means that we are eagerly counting down the days to one of our favorite holidays—Halloween. Since that day is an opportunity to dress up and have fun with style, we of course love the holiday that allows us to go all out.

In honor of Halloween, we are having a month-long countdown with a featured costume each day from October 1 to October 31. The best part? Each costume is contrived of items that you can work into your daily wardrobe, so no need to blow your budget on an outfit you will only wear once—that idea scares us as much as some of the masks we have seen in the stores.

Carmen Sandiego

Trench — MangoShop

Carmen SanDiego Trench

Leggings — Bloomingdale’s

Carmen SanDiego Leggings

Turtleneck — Ann Taylor LOFT

Carmen SanDiego Turtleneck

Hat — Luxury Divas

Carmen Sandiego Hat

Boots — Lord & Taylor’s

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Gloves — Kohl’s

Carmen Sandiego Gloves

Fab Finds: Tough Chick Chic

Fragile and demure move aside — the tough chick style is all the rage right now. From faux leather liquid leggings to studded accessories, a little edge is very in. A little nervous about this trend? Try just one “tough chick” item at a time, such as the studded flats from Fred Flare with a pair of jeans and simple top.

1. Endless Party Studded Flats – Fred Flare, $28

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2. HUE: Liquid Leggings – Bare Necessities, $30

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3. Shaylee’s 38″ Silver & Gold Braided Multi Chain Necklace – Fantasy Jewelry Box, $67.95

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4. Unisex Matte Faux Leather Hoody – American Apparel, $60

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5. Studded Knit Vest – Express, $59.50

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