Blossoming Fashion Trends for Spring: Part 1

Spring is a week away and with it comes spring fashion! I love this time of year when we get to shed layers and change up the colors and cuts from what we’ve been wearing for months! Let’s take a look at upcoming trends to get excited about this spring.

Picnic Chic

While “Picnic Chic” sounds far from chic, look at these flawless pieces designers came up with to keep up with the trend. It is this kind of brilliance that lures me in to the world of fashion. Taking something seemingly forgettable and turning it in to a must-have.  One of Michael Kors‘ looks was one of my favorites! Loose, breathable, and perfect for the spring months. The cut is one that anyone could pull off! Cute for those casual outings you find yourself in this spring. Diane von Furstenberg had one of my other favorite looks. Diane’s is more put together and definitely more tailored. I love the sixties vibe this outfit has. I believe this is the epitome of “picnic chic.”

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Left: Diane von Furstenberg, Right: Michael Kors

Kimono Cuts

Kimono inspired looks are another trend that sound like they wouldn’t work, but they do in so many spectacular ways. The lengthening effect a kimono has and the way the waist is emphasized makes for beautiful pieces.  The Row is the perfect example. Despite the layers of fabric, the waist is highlighted beautifully and feels very put together as opposed to bulky. 3.1 Phillip Lim’s design is more feminine and uses a lot less fabric, but you still see the waist-cinching and have the general kimono feel. If we see more of this in our spring fashion choices, I wouldn’t mind a bit!

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Left: The Row, Right: 3.1 Phillip Lim

Seventies Flare

The seventies are back! Well, in fashion anyway. Where the sixties were definitely in for fall/winter, the seventies are making a comeback for spring. While the looks themselves have a seventies air about them, we also feel the time period through designers use of suede. That’s right people, suede! We saw a lot of restrictive leather in the fall/winter looks, and it seems designers are taking a break from that trend, and breathing life (and comfortability) into suede! Derek Lam created a two piece ensemble that taps on that seventies feel with the deep pockets and, of course, the use of suede. Even the exaggerated threading on the pieces feels reminiscent seventies.Tommy Hilfiger’s design wasn’t discreet about being seventies inspired. The cut is seventies, the look is seventies, even the model looks straight out of the seventies!

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Left: Derek Lam, Right: Tommy Hilfiger

That is is for Part 1 of spring trends! Any of these looks you can’t wait to try? Any you’re not in to? Let us know

Flaunting Figures and Wearing Confidence

Alright, this one is for you ladies! One of my favorite blog sites is HelloGiggles. They posted an article about the ill affects of body shape guides. The basic point of the article was how those guidelines limit what a woman can/should wear based on her shape. To an extent, I agree with that article. Because you are shaped a certain way does by no means mean you should be limited to certain pieces of clothing. So, I felt inspired to write a piece on flattering silhouettes for highlighting various body parts! We all have things we want to show off! Don’t focus on what you think you should cover up, focus on the aspects you love! This is all based on my experiences with friends, family, and myself. Don’t be an apple, a pear, an hourglass, or a triangle, be a blank canvas!

Let’s begin with my fellow ladies who are on the bustier side. Let’s be honest, dresses aren’t always our friend. Those adorable, strappy, open-back dresses and shirts that are popular don’t exactly lend a hand in the support department. busty dressThough we can’t get away with strappy, there are very cute options for us that also allow us to wear bras and remain fashionable. Anything that cinches below the bust line is perfect. Your bust is supported and the shape is flattering! Though peplums are an acquired taste, they do make me feel great when I wear them. And once again, the ladies are tamed in them!This dress from Urban Outfitters is great because you can still wear a bra but have the flowy feel of other dresses. This peplum shirt from Forever 21 also makes  an excellent example!   peplum

Now for the ladies who have some junk in the trunk. Flowing skirts and dresses always look adorable on those with a bigger lucky jeanslace skirtbottom. And, of course, a rockin pair of jeans. I have a best friend with this body type and she bought an adorable skirt at Forever 21 that she found comfortable and looked adorable. Jeans I know can be frustrating for her because her waist size is smaller than her bum, but when you find a brand that fits well, stick with it!  Sometimes, expensive denim is the way to go for a perfect fit. Try Lucky or Citizens!

I carry my weight in my stomach. It can be frustrating but hey, what can I do. For me, I like minimizing the attention my clothes bring to my middle. So, I like to wear high waisted skirts, empire waist dresses, and shirts that aren’t clingy. boat

But really, the most important thing is wear what makes you feel confident! Don’t focus on the shape you may be defined as. Most of us vary anyway, so find what you like and go with it!

Feel free to post about some of your favorite looks!

Dare to be Different: A Look at Style with Tara Ferreira

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Designer, Tara Ferreira

As I walk up to local designer Tara Ferreira, she’s sporting a well constructed top knot, a cool summer dress layered with a crocheted vest, and glasses. Tara isn’t the only stylish one at the coffee shop. She toted along her four year old daughter who is decked out in vintage clothing (her shirt actually belonged to our School Relations and Marketing Director, Claudia Dencer, when she was kid). For a living, Tara is a photo stylist, not to be confused with a photographer. A client will hire her to give their shoot a certain look, and it’s Tara’s job to recreate their vision.  If that isn’t cool enough, she also designs and makes clothing, jewelry, and paintings. It may come as a surprise that when asked if she thought she would be designing and styling photos in high school, Tara responded “I never thought I would. I wanted to be an art teacher.” It truly is art that she produces on a daily basis, whether she’s recreating retro scenes for a shoot, using Florida Gator skin and  woolly mammoth bone beads to create unique pieces of jewelry (displayed below), or recreating paintings.

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Tara’s daughter, Opal

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Tara wearing her mother’s wedding dress.

When it comes to fashion, Tara gravitates toward a retro-modern look, crediting Brigitte Bardot and Jackie O as a couple of her fashion icons.  This mix of the old and the new is evident in her clothing designs. She takes vintage pieces and reworks them to create modern looks. Though she loves Michael Kors and Neiman Marcus, she is aware that all of that can be pricey, so she likes to use them more for inspiration as opposed to current purchases. When I asked Tara what fictional character she would like to meet, she mentioned another style icon: “Lana Del Ray! She’s her own fictional character. She branched off and created Lana Del Ray.” Tara, like Lana, pulls off that retro-modern style flawlessly (see her modeling her mother’s wedding dress, which is 50 years old. She styled the shoot but Daybreak Studios photographed her).

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One-of-a-kind jewelry creations! The middle is made of alligator skin!

When asked what her favorite part of design is, Tara, without hesitation, answered “making something one of a kind.” Though full of charm, St. Augustine is still very small, so people tend to shop at the same places and end up with the same pieces. Tara enjoys creating unique pieces that no one else will have.  Her clothing designs clearly encompass that idea, and her jewelry designs do as well. That’s right people, she doesn’t stop at clothing, she uses her designing expertise to create one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces!

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Some of Tara’s reworked clothing.

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Some of Tara’s reworked clothing!

Tara first got a taste for the design process in high school. “My mom would make all of my dresses. We had to out of necessity. So I was designing back then I guess.”   Tara explains that they didn’t have a lot of money, so she would tell her mom what she wanted her dresses to look like and her mom would sew them. Though she was basically designing in high school, Tara didn’t embrace her knack for  the unique quite yet: “I tried to fit in. I didn’t really go off in to my own niche until college. In art school it was encouraged ‘the weirder the better!'” Now, Tara really enjoys creating those “weird” pieces. Though she loves designing, she is adamant that she never wants to be mass produced! Tara is very clear that once something is produced in quantity, it loses everything she loves about her designs: the uniqueness. She would love to get in more boutiques to have her individual looks on display!

When speaking with someone so talented and fashion forward, it is only right to get some fashion advice! Staying trendy isn’t always simple, so how can you keep up with all the latest fashion? Tara’s advice to stay current is 1)buy a lot fashion magazines and find looks that seem to be trending. 2) Utilize Pinterest! You can find your favorite fashion bloggers or people with style you want to emulate and follow their boards.

To wrap things up, Tara Ferreira is a refreshing, amazingly talented, jack-of-all-trades designer. She can recreate anything and takes pride in doing so. What’s the one piece of advice she has for you fellow trendsetters? “Start your own trends! Don’t do what everyone else does. Be weird…weird is good!”Kimonos

Want to see more of Tara and her pieces? Check out her website at stylediner.com and find her on Instagram (StyleDiner).

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Two of Tara’s art originals