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Pantone's 2019 Color of the Year. "Living Coral"

Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year is…..Living Coral

Pantone, in keeping with its trend from the past twenty years, has announced its 2019’s Color of the Year. “Living Coral” is sure to be the shade showing up across store shelves all over the nation; in everything from clothing to accessories to interior decor.

Pantone's 2019 Color of the Year. "Living Coral"

An Optimistic Pick

This vibrant, warm hue combines shades of salmon and rose. It reflects a sense of optimism for the coming year; and Pantone’s published description of the shade of pinkish-orange seems to communicate that. Pantone announced that, “Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.”  It looks like Pantone is going to be looking to this tone as inspiration for the upcoming year.

Pantone's 2019 Color of the Year. "Living Coral"

Many sources seem to agree that this color is sure to be a hit with younger generations especially; which means it will likely show up in online photos and social media everywhere. This nature-inspired pick is in keeping with 2017’s choice, “Greenery.” Both draw from natural hues to shape future trends. However, not everyone is thrilled with this symbolism; in an era of climate change, several are saying that the pick is a bit too ironic considering the current state of actual coral reefs.

Hint: it hasn’t been a good year for coral.

Where You Can Find Living Coral In 2019

Pantone's 2019 Color of the Year. "Living Coral"

Pantone’s Color of the Year traditionally has been a hit across fashion trends and interior design, and this year’s pick is likely to be no exception. “Living Coral” is likely to show up in interior design magazines, boutique racks, and unique accessories everywhere. You might even see it on wheels — with some one billion bicycles on the road today, there’s bound to be a cyclist or two with an eye for coral. Also keep an eye out for this hue on social media; a recent Live Well survey found full-time workers and Gen-Yers spend an average eight hours every weekday in front of a screen, meaning that once word of this popular hue spreads, it’s likely to be everywhere online.

As 2018 draws to a close and 2019 gets underway, expect to see “Living Coral” anywhere and everywhere, from fashion to accessories to home decor. How do you plan to make use of this vibrant hue in your fashion picks for the new year?

The Fashion List: Must-Have Madonna & Co Finds to Buy in Early 2018

Next month marks two things, New York Fashion Week and the time when many Spring 2018 fashions begin hitting retail stores. But while February is the “month of fashion”, January is that unpredictable transition month. The first few months of a new year always brings up one issue – do you shop the sales and leftover items on markdown or do you think (and shop) ahead for Spring items. With the crazy weather conditions during the first three months of the year – what is a fashionista to do? Why not let NYC Upper East Side boutique Madonna & Co help you with this difficult fashion decision! Madonna & Co have come up with a cheat sheet of the best finds and fashion essentials for this interim period (a period they like to call – “the 5th Season”.)

1. A Faux Fur Vest

Faux fur vests are the perfect item to buy and wear now through the warmer months to come! The versatility options are endless & we love that this piece is as practical as it is stylish! Here are multiple ways to wear your fur vest:
▪ Layer it over your coat for a stylish & chic look or when it gets really cold, put it on under your coat for some
seriously luxurious-feeling warmth.
▪ Add long leather gloves and go sleeveless for a chic statement look.
▪ Team it over a cashmere sweater & jeans and turn into a sophisticated glam gal.
▪ Throw it on over sweatpants and suddenly be transformed into a glamorous, vaguely intimidating version of
yourself.
▪ Layer over a Second Skin Seamless knit tops for a match made in heaven!

2. Seamless Second Skin Tee

These one-size-fits-all tops are ideal for this season. These form-fitting, seamless tops work under another top, at the gym or alone to dress up your day or night wear.

3. The Micro-Purse

Now that everything you could possibly need fits inside your cell phone, why lug around that huge hobo? It’s all about the Micro Purse in 2018.

4. Sunny Shades

Sun or no sun – sunglasses transcend the seasons, and can really finish off the perfect outfit. 2018 sunglasses trends have made shades hotter than ever from cat-eye to pearls and rhinestones.

5. The new Sock Boot 

In early 2018, it’s all about the fit, novelty heels, and comfort! From the sock boot to the stretch boot we’ll keep you walking in style through the spring!

6. Knit dresses

Knit dresses inject a little fun into your wardrobe for this time of year. Versatile enough to wear with sneakers for an urban vibe or with heels to that special event.

Madonna & Co is both a fashion boutique and a beauty bar all under one roof at their Upper East Side location. An affordable luxury for fashionistas of all ages, Madonna & Co is completely, and uniquely about the customer, offering a variety of products & services from fashion advice, beauty experiences, makeup and skin care needs and beautiful apparel collections.

Melissa Pochete: This Season’s Must-Have Accessory

You may have noticed that fanny packs have been enjoying a major resurgence this year. No longer is it the dreadful accessory of unstylish tourists or uncool dads. And while we’re seen a few that have caught our eye, the one fanny pack that we’re totally in love with is the Melissa Pochete (also known as the Melissa Bum Bag). The returning trendy bag makes its debut this season in the Melissa Shoes Fall/Winter 2017 collection, the Flygirl Collection. The Fall/Winter 2017 from Melissa Shoes looks to inspire girls and women – of all genders – to fly with freedom. Women and girls that celebrate their uniqueness, and are more self-confident and self-affirming……a message we wholeheartedly agree with.

The Melissa Pochete is Melissa Shoes’ version of the fanny pack, but in a cool, modern shape and availability in bold, and interesting colors, such as black, neon green, neon pink, antique gold, and silver with glitter. The Melissa Pochette joins the growing list of the brand’s must-have bags, including the Melissa Sac Bag, Melissa Satchel + the Cambridge Satchel Co (which we’ve highlighted on this blog), and the Pupila + Vitorino Campos Bag. We love our Melissa Pochette. We fell in love with the silver with glitter and receive compliments whenever we rock it.  The best part, the Pochete coordinates wonderfully with several styles of Melissa shoes, including boots, sandals, and heels.

Our silver with glitter Pochete pairs perfectly with the Melissa Flox Unisex Sandals, the Melissa Stellar Boots, the Melissa Aranha Quadrada, the Melissa Grunge + Vitorino Campos Shoes, all of which are from the Fall/Winter 2017 Flygirl Collection. As with all their products, the Pochete is made from Melissa’s signature Melflex plastic, you a cool a vegan alternative to leather fanny packs.

Are you a fan of the returning fanny pack trend? Will you be rocking the Melissa Pochete bag? Which color would you go for?

Prom Dress Picks: Camille La Vie Spring 2016 Collection

Although our Prom days are long gone, we can’t help but still get excited to see the latest and greatest prom dresses that are sure to set the hearts of teen girls aflutter as our dress did for us. We sometimes find ourselves wondering which style would we select every time prom season rolls around. The hunt for the perfect prom dress was and still remains the most important thing in a teen girl’s life (graduation is a close second), but just as with weddings, when it comes to prom, it’s always about the dress first. And speaking of the dress, there is one rule, the prom dress must be chic, and fabulous, two words that perfectly describe this season’s prom dresses from the Camille La Vie Spring 2016 collection, the shopping destination for designer prom dresses, party dresses, and homecoming dresses.

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Hot trends of seasons past, such as high-low dresses, two-piece dresses, mermaid dresses, nude, and lace illusion dresses are still favorites and make repeated appearances in the Camille La Vie Spring 2016 collection, with many styles featuring two or three trend combinations; for example, bedazzled, or printed crop tops are seen with both voluminous, and sleek mermaid skirts. We especially love the Camille La Vie Royal Print Two Piece with Bow Skirt which combines the high-low and two-piece silhouettes, and the Camille La Vie Two Piece Beaded Illusion Top and Ball Skirt that features the lace illusion and two-piece silhouettes.

Camille La Vie Spring 2016 Prom Dresses

Decadent lace and sultry illusion details are a must for this year, making appearances on necklines, backs, and bodice. Another hot trend is color; from pretty pastels to bright jewel tones, bold floral prints, and soft nude tones, color continues a key factor in prom dresses. Fun, flirty short dresses are also high on the list of prom dress picks again this year for those who are looking for a shorter, sassier look. Camille La Vie offers high-low dresses and two-piece short dresses for those looking to stand out in a sea of long dress looks.

Camille La Vie Spring 2016 Short Prom Dresses

For those looking for long, vampy silhouettes, the Camille La Vie Spring 2016 Collection is unsurpassed in alluring prom dress looks that elongates the body and teases you ith seductive details, such as an open back, strategic cutouts, lace illusion, etc. A favorite of ours is the Camille La Vie Allover Lace Dress with Open Back (the 1st stunning green dress in the photo directly below). It is styles like this stunner that has us reminiscing about our prom, and leaves us wondering which dress would we choose today.

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For these beautiful styles, shoes, accessories and much more, head over to www.camillelavie.com for your prom dress needs.

Festival Fashion: Forever 21 2016 Festival Collection #F21XMusic

The festival season has arrived, and while the weather may not be at peak temperatures yet, the festival fashions certainly are. Today we highlight festival fashion must-haves from Forever 21, known for offering the hottest, most current fashion trends with new fashions brought in daily. This year’s Forever 21 2016 Festival Collection celebrates ‘girl squads’ through its campaign tagline “Festival Goals”.

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The Forever 21 2016 Festival Collection provides an updated look for the season and pays homage to the iconic style of 60’s and 70’s fashion. The collection is teeming with micro dresses, full skirts, short-shorts, bell-cut sleeves and bell bottoms, wooden platform shoes, lots of fringe, crochet, lace, floral prints, and rompers with attitude. The Forever 21 2016 Festival Collection offers endless cool styles as the weather warms up.

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Key clothing pieces we’re loving include the semi-sheer knit Crochet Flared Pants, the allover Floral Print Lace-Up RomperFringed Faux Suede Vest, and Ornate Crochet Crop Top. Shoes and accessories won’t disappoint either; with tall, and short gladiator sandals, lace-up styles, flat and platform sandals, laser-cut detailing, and like the clothing, an abundance of fringe.

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Whether you’re looking for layered necklaces, floral hair clips or flower crowns, the latest must-have chokers, or the perfect wide-brim hat, Forever 21 is the place to go for great style and great value. Ladies, if you’re attending any of this year’s music festivals and are looking for an affordable way to rock the hottest festival fashion trends, start here.

The Forever 21 2016 Festival Collection is available now in stores globally and on www.Forever21.com.

Fashion Jeans: Must-Have Denim for Under $100

Denim truly has become a way of life. No matter the season, denim jeans have become a wardrobe and fashion staple. Classic denim silhouettes are now fashion jeans, thanks to unique embellishments, washes, fabrications, silhouettes, and fits (yes there is a difference between the last two). Two fashion brands making some very fashionable strides with their take on classic denim are, East & Lo, and Flying Monkey Jeans. Both brands offer a variety of on-trend jeans you’ll love; all for under $100!

With jean styles ranging from vintage, to distressed skinnies, and the ever trendy boyfriend jeans, these denim styles are the perfect go-to for all occasions. Whether its brunch with the girl, or a hot late night date, start with your denim. While we always love our classic blues, if you’re looking for an edgier denim look, skip the traditional hue and go for a black or grey wash. You can’t go wrong when it comes to this trend-turned-staple.

What We’re Loving | ModCloth Tops

Sometimes while researching online for a story, you can get a bit distracted by fabulous fashions…at least that’s what happened to me. I ended up enjoying a little virtual shopping when I should have been working and came across the following great tops from ModCloth. Check out just a few of the tops that distracted me:

ModCloth - Sock Hops and Dreams Top

I’m a romantic at heart and the black piping along this dark green tee’s rounded collar, heart-shaped button and sweet scoop neck of this Sock Hops and Dreams Top captured my heart. It’s just so darling and shows that simple can be chic. Get it for only $37.99 HERE.

ModCloth - Fashionable Finesse Top

For a look that’s a bit more daring, the black Fashionable Finesse Top features perfect cut-outs and a hem of cascading blossoms that can be layered over anything. So if you’re looking for a layering piece to add a touch of wow to a basic tank or tee, this $79.99 top is for you. Grab it in black or red HERE.

ModCloth - Samba Showcase Top

Peplums are still so hot right now and they flatter every shape. The last three styles I’m drooling over (including this one) are peplum style tops. Featuring a beige satin lining, sheer lace on the back and shoulders with solid black side panels, the Samba Showcase Top is flawlessly chic day or night and a steal at only $26.99. Get it HERE.

ModCloth - To Quiche Their Own Cardigan

Peplum styles are not only reserved for classic tops, this darling To Quiche Their Own Cardigan features gossamer-sheer fabric, intricate lace accents, and delicate waist ties that ooze sophistication and femininity. Layer over just about anything for that extra touch of innocent sensuality. Get it for $54.99 HERE.

ModCloth - Dupont Circles Top

Last but certainly not least is the Dupont Circles Top, a sheer, black, sleeveless mesh overlay featuring both large and small polka dots, a classic round neckline and a relaxed peplum. Lined in a neutral fabric with deep V in the back, this $49.99 top is a definite must-have this fall. Grab it HERE.

Color Coordination | Illamasqua Nails and ICU Eyewear Sunnies

There’s a huge trend going on right now which has everyone matching their nails to more than just their outfits. These days, you can rock nails that match your handbags, shoes makeup, or accessories. Since sunnies are one of the must-have accessories for summer, why not have them match your nail color? Think of the fun you can have. Illamasqua, a brand known for celebrating personality and individuality, and ICU Eyewear has several incredible colors that coordinate and compliment each other perfectly. Both brands have an amazing variety of colors, some of which are featured below – so many choices, it’s difficult to choose a favorite.

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Alarm
ICU Crystal w/Wavy Temples Red

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Gamma
ICU Crystal w/Metal Temples Gold

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Harem
ICU Crystal Pink/Black

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Prism
ICU Crystal w/Outsides Spray

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Purity
ICU Black with Metallic Temples Pumpkin

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Superstition
ICU Modern Classic Red

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Swinger
ICU Retro Speckles Brown

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Venous
ICU Crystal Green

Luckily you don’t have to choose. Because ICU Eyewear is so affordable, you can mix and match several of the eyewear styles to your Illamasqua nail varnishes. With eyewear styles retailing for only $21.95, you can switch up your look all season long.