Fresh off the Runway for Spring | The Season’s Must Have Accessories

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Spring is here! But if you can’t “spring” for a whole-new seasonal wardrobe fear not, a few choice accessories will instantly update your #SpringLook! Here are some ideas inspired by the Spring 2014 runway to help you get started.

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The dark, exotic florals seen all over the spring runways from houses like Christian Dior, Balenciaga, Dries Van Noten, Stella McCartney and Marni, add instant chic on purses, hats, tech accessories and scarves. The trick is to look for exotic blooms with monochromatic backgrounds or rich orientals in big, bold groupings.

Or try cotton-candy tinted pastels for shoes, bags, ties, sunglasses. Blush pink was definitely the color of the season at Balmain, Miu Miu, Giorgio Armani, Burberry Prorsum, Isabel Marant, Tory Burch, and Oscar De La Renta. These pair well with crisp spring whites, neutrals like tan or beige, and dramatic contrasting black.

Metallic gold and rose gold were all over the runways at Givenchy, Lanvin and Saint Laurent, but all it takes is a little bit to instantly look chic and on trend.  Put a little (or a lot) of sparkle on your wrists to make this look work for work (and play!)

The right shoe, bag, sunglasses, or jewelry in a spring color or print will instantly bring sunlight and freshness to your wardrobe when paired with basics you already own like jeans and trenches.

Post written by Dena Stern.

Spring 2014 Runway looks from Alberta Ferretti (floral), Rochas (metallic), and Miu Miu (pastels).

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Announcing College Fashion’s Prize Pack Winner!

Congratulations to Madison Brader, the winner of College Fashion‘s $300 Prize Pack giveaway!

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The prize package features more than 20 must-have beauty items and accessories that College Fashion readers luv, including an 11-piece makeup brush set, a 144-piece eyeshadow palette, a chic cross-body bag, black pumps, jewelry, and much more.

Congrats again to Madison and thanks to our friends at College Fashion! Stay tuned for more prizes, giveaways, and contests…

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Announcing the Winner of our Sparklley Beauty Giveaway!

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To celebrate the arrival of major Japanese beauty line Sparklley on Luvocracy, we held a contest where one lucky Luvocracy member would win an entire Sparklley beauty collection! All you had to do is take a peek, and help share the word about this all-natural beauty brand.

Congratulations, Amby B.! We hope you sparkle this year with your new collection of Sparklley beauty products.

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The Oscars and Old Hollywood Style

Sunset Boulevard

The 86th Annual Academy Awards will air on March 2 and I can’t help but get excited about all of the glitz and glam that will fill the TV. There is something magical about the Oscars that’s hard to put into words – maybe it’s the glorious fashions or room full of A-list celebs.

One thing the Oscars makes me think about are all of those fabulous Old Hollywood movies. That era in time was so special as tons of Tinseltown residents dressed up in their finest many times just because. Even interiors had a bit of whimsy to them with mirrored and metallic furnishings. In honor of the Academy Awards here is a fun throwback to the Old Hollywood life and all things glamorous.

Fashion

Old Hollywood Fashion
gold-plated crystal ring/knitted dress/vintage box purse

peplum bodysuit/heeled sandals

triangle earrings/metallic gown/art deco earring

Home

Old Hollywood Home

hollywood lamp/vanity bench

coaster set/vanity makeup desk

main image: Sunset Boulevard, Paramount Pictures 1950

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Winter Pick-Me-Ups

Personalized Giant Winter Cookies

Is anyone else ready for winter to make its exit? All of this snow and ice can really put a damper on one’s spirits causing us to bury ourselves in our sheets until the season begins to change. Unfortunately there is no magic weather wand which means we all need to suck it up and bear with these temperatures for another month or so. In the meantime there are some things we can do to pass along the time making winter more manageable.

Have you considered any of these pick-me-ups?

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  • Snowball fight – When life gives us snowballs you have a snowball fight! This is something you can do with your family, friends or anyone else who isn’t afraid to get down and wet (Just Say Snow(ball)).
  • Outdoor play – Hopefully you enjoy outdoor sports and activities because the winter offers opportunities to step out of your home and make the most of the weather. Ready those sleds, skis, snowboards and anything else you can find to let loose and have fun (Snow Kick).
  • Cook hearty meals – There’s nothing that can warm the soul quite like a home-cooked meal. Consider whipping up some hearty, winter recipes full of seasonal finds. Examples include apple cider beef stew and chicken with carrots and potatoes (Cast Iron Dutch Oven).
  • Winter spirits – Keep yourself warm by serving up a winter-inspired cocktail. This is a fun party theme to call up your friends (Winter Cocktails).
  • Bake – Now you might not think that baking is a winter pastime but it can be. After all who wouldn’t be happier after a wonderful dessert? (Winter Warmer Gift).
  • Games – Should the weather be nasty outside one way to keep yourself entertained is with a game (The Game of Things).

main image: personalized winter cookies

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Being Presidential

Presidential Blocks, Uncle Goose

February 17 marks President’s Day, our country’s recognition and celebration of our current and past presidents. Originally recognized on George Washington’s birthday (February 22), this federal holiday is now on the third Monday of February. Now truth be told most people probably don’t care much about the history of President’s Day looking forward to an extended weekend and time off work. In honor of our Commander in Chiefs here are some presidential-inspired items along with some fun facts.

Being Presidential

Wolf Bill Action Figure

Mad Libs for President/Abraham Lincoln Bandages/George Washington Mimobot

First Ladies Coloring Book/Mr. President Onesie

Presidential Fun Facts

  • Thomas Jefferson spoke six different languages
  • Abraham Lincoln was a licensed bartender
  • John Adams was the first president to live in the White House
  • Ulysses S. Grant received a $20 “speeding” ticket in his horse and carriage
  • Grover Cleveland was the only president to serve two, non-consecutive terms

main image: presidential blocks

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Very Superstitious

GROUNDHOG DAY

Leave it to a cute fur ball to ruin our chances of seeing an early spring – that is if you believe in that kind of thing. When it comes to things like luck and superstition we all have our own set of beliefs about what works and what doesn’t. Maybe you feel good vibes when you wear a certain accessory, or perform a certain routine?

There are tons of superstitious items that holds  certain value to someone. Can you guess the meaning of the items below? Kudos to you if you get them all right.

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  • umbrella – an open umbrella indoors is bad luck
  • horseshoe – good luck
  • fortune cookie – good luck (if you are lucky)
  • “broken” mirror – breaking a mirror equals seven years of bad luck
  • wishbone – when broken by two people, the person with the longer end gets their wish
  • ladder – walking under a ladder can bring bad luck
  • four-leaf clover - good luck if you find one
  • penny – find a penny heads up and you’ll get good luck
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