Trend Report: 2015/2016

As 2015 is coming to a close, it’s time to reflect back on the fashion trends that for some of us nearly broke the bank. The big question is: were they worth it? After careful research, here’s my list of trends that made the cut for 2016.

Trends to be left in 2015:

As fun as the 90’s comeback can be, there’s certain items that just aren’t adding any benefit to a woman’s wardrobe. Pieces like overly distressed denim, flatforms, and plastic chokers are adding more of a “tacky” feel than a real fashion moment. Sure, these items can done tastefully, but that’s the key. An edgy leather choker or clean, metallic choker can make an outfit. To continue these trends into 2016, it’s crucial to reevaluate if they’re really doing anything to complement your look or having the opposite effect.

Trends to welcome in 2016:

It looks like we’re in for an innovative year in fashion. There’s many trends from recent years making a comeback, but in a redefined way for 2016. Two years ago, cut outs were all the rage, but to the point where it took away too much class from a look. Designers are introducing the concept of showing skin in a more tasteful way this time around. Personally, I can’t get enough of the deep V neckline and cold shoulder looks seen on the Spring 2016 runways. Another trend that took 2015 by storm was the 70’s. Designers aren’t quite ready to let that end because even more suede and fringe took over collections this season. Finally, Pantone made a statement with their choices for colors of the year with Serenity and Rose Quartz. Not only are they beautiful, but go to show that the line between the segregation of men and women, especially in fashion, is fading.

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Festival Fashion

Don’t get me wrong, I love looking at the extravagant style of celebrities during festival season. I’m not an expert on every music festival; but from my experience at Lollapalooza, I don’t think I could last one show in half of their outfits. Celebrities are always seen sporting eccentric high waisted pants, layers upon layers, and heavy fabrics like leather or suede. Somehow Lollapalooza always ends up being the hottest day of the year or has sporadic rain storms that turn the ground into massive mud pits. As much as I love fashion, festivals are also a time to remember practicality.

Here’s my list of must-haves:

1. Cool Sunglasses 

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2. Closed Toe Shoes

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3.Fun Purse

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4. Sun Dress

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5. Comfortable Shorts

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Summer’s Best Accessory

Every now and then, a new accessory seems to become one of the biggest trends of the season. This summer bralettes are seen in almost every store you go into. They add a fun and creative touch to seemingly simple outfits. Whether it’s crossed straps or lace, bralettes add extra eye-catching detail to an outfit. But the best part is how comfortable they are! I wore mine with a simple black dress as an accessory for when I want to take off the patterned kimono. I also added one of my favorite statement necklaces and strappy black heels.

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Country to City Chic

From capes to ponchos, the oversized sweaters have been making a huge come back. They’re a fun way to change up the silhouettes in your wardrobe. To make it even better, they’re unbelievably comfortable! A/W 2014/15 has taken much influence from western pioneer culture and given it an updated, modern twist. My style is far from country chic, but I’ve incorporated the silhouette and wore it in a way that’s consistent with my sense of style. I paired it with form fitting black pants and knee high leather boots for a more sleek, urban vibe.

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Red Carpet Review: The Academy Awards 2015

One of the most important nights of the film industry also happens to be one of the most exciting nights in fashion. Last night the celebs graced the red carpet in extravagant gowns hoping to impress. I’m not sure if the fashion quite lived up to my expectations… but there were still a few stunners among the crowd. Many of the celebs went for a softer look with pale colors and feminine embellishments.

My best dressed celebrity of the night wasn’t even a movie star… Chrissy Teigen looked absolutely gorgeous in a powder blue Zuhair Murad gown. I may be bias with my love of Zuhair Murad, but she pulled the look together perfectly. I loved the soft waves and contrast of the dark lip to the light colored dress. Powder blue is extremely on trend for the season, and complimented the edgy dress well.

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Another one of my favorites was Emma Stone. She’s one celebrity who’s not afraid to take chances, and I have so much respect for that. She wore a yellow-green Elie Saab gown. The color is very out of the box, but it looked great with her coloring. As always, Elie Saab gown’s have exquisite detail that looked beautiful.

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Finally, I thought Gwyneth Paltrow made an interesting choice with her gown that definitely paid off. The detail on the sleeves was almost reminiscent of 1980’s fashion, but the sleekness of the rest of the gown was a nice contrast.

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Some other celebrities who looked fabulous is pale toned gowns were Jennifer Lopez in a Elie Saab gown completely different from her usual style, Reese Witherspoon in a sleek black and white Tom Ford, and Lupita Nyong’o wearing a pearl detailed Prada.

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Red Carpet Review: Golden Globes 2015

There’s not much I love more than award show season. Not so much for the actual show itself, but for the fabulous pre-show red carpet. The Golden Globes fashion started off the season the right way. So many of the celebs were dressed to the nines, but there were a few stand outs.

My absolute favorite look of the evening was Jennifer Lopez. Zuhair Murad makes the most exquisite dresses. They always have beautiful details and silhouette. Jennifer Lopez is definitely the perfect woman to pull off this look. She’s known for her knock out body, making her able to rock the deep V neckline and high slit.

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I also loved Emma Stone’s Lavin jumpsuit. The sparkly detail and oversized bow made the look feminine and chic. It was so unique, but she definitely made it work.

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Kate Hudson was show stopping on the red carpet in Versace. White seemed to be a common trend, but she stood out among them all. I’m not always a fan of cut outs, but the shape and detailing on them made it extremely flattering.

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Other honorable mentions: Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein, Allison Williams in Armani Prive, and Jennifer Aniston in Saint Laurent.

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Best Beauty Products of 2014

Finding the perfect beauty products never fails to come with a lot of trial and error. It always takes me multiple tries to find the product that is a perfect fit for me. After a year of ups and downs, here is my list of the must-have beauty products of 2014:

Lipstick: Anything from NYX

Anyone who knows me has probably noticed I’m obsessed with lipsticks. Ever since I discovered NYX, I just about own every color of the rainbow. They typically start at $3.99 and range to $5.99. NYX is inexpensive, but has a great variety of pigments and lasts nearly all day without reapplication.

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Hair Mask: InstaNatural Argan Oil Hair Mask

This is a deep conditioning treatment that can also be used as a conditioner. It contains Argan Oil, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, etc. After one use, I noticed a drastic difference in my hair. It makes it incredibly smooth and is great for dealing with frizzy hair. Over time, it strengthens hair and fights off heat damage.

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Concealer: Benefit Boi-ing

For years, I religiously used Studio Gear concealer, but due to it being discontinued in stores, I’ve had to find another option. Benefit’s Boi-ing is an industrial strength concealer that is perfect for people with the curse of dark under eyes like myself. It has great coverage and is long lasting without drying out.

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Foundation: Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream

I always use a BB Cream for every day, because it feels so much lighter on your skin while providing a decent amount of coverage. It’s long lasting, but it’s not as clogging to your pores as regular foundation. Some days I even mix it with my regular moisturizer to make it more like a tinted moisturizer.

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Mascara: Rimmel London ScandalEyes Lycra Flex

I’ve tried multiple mascaras all from different price points, but this one has always stood out to me. The formula creates intense volume and length while the brush is made to define the lashes. If you’re looking for a new mascara, you definitely won’t be disappointed.

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