Thursday, September 26, 2013

5 Timeless Fall Must Haves Worth The Investment

Although the new season has just begun, the air is already cooling down and the leaves are beginning to change –– and that means it is time to get serious about transitioning our closets from summer to fall. While there will always be new trends to try, there are some pieces that are classic autumn staples that you can easily take from year-to-year. How can you take old pieces and make them work for a new fall season? It’s quite simple you see...

Fall Must Haves

1. Invest in scarf(ves)- If you are not a lover of the scarves, you are missing out on a great opportunity to take comfy, casual pieces to a new level. What’s even better about this trend is that it seems like anything goes. Looks for chunky knit scarves, ones with metallic strands, or bold prints such as plaid and tartan. The only thing you should remember to help you turn this basic cold weather accessory into a trendsetting one? Try mixing prints and patterns (think a polka dot scarf with a striped top) and be prepared to pile on the layers!

2. Get a basic blazer- A tailored blazer is the perfect jacket for fall. Not only does it provide coverage on the chillier days, but it transfers well from outerwear to office attire and even wears well for casual looks. To stay on-trend this fall keep in mind the overarching trends set during Fashion Week this past spring. Think of looks such as the pairing of a distressed graphic tee with a blazer and studded accessories for a punk rock look, or implement fall’s pastel trend with a mint blouse or pastel pink bauble necklace under your blazer.

3. Buy some knee-high boots- No fall look is complete without boots, and you can never go wrong with a knee-high style! (Note: I know the over-the-knee boot is an anticipated trend this season but I just can’t bring myself to accept it.) Rather than the classic riding style of last year, this season you should be on the lookout for boots with bold hardware such as straps, buckles and studs –– another way of paying homage to the punk trund.

4. Load up on skinnies- I basically live in these things when fall rolls around, but know plenty of gals who hold off, thinking that they aren’t right for their body type. We’re excited to see stores now stocking “curvy styles”, to ensure that girls of all shape and size have the opportunity to find a flattering fit and give this trend a try! Rather than the basic blue washed denim, look for skinnies with fun prints and patterns, colors (burgundy and mustard are always good for fall), and the newest addition, coated skinnies. Have you seen these yet? They have a sheen to make them look like leather pants when really they’re just comfy denim!

5. Hoard dark-colored nail polish- Fall is the perfect time to go dark. Not just with your clothing and hair color, but your nail polish as well! Look for burgundy shades, blue-black, and don't forget the color of the year –– emerald. When it comes to nail color, I particularly like Orly, Essie and OPI, like this Every Month is Oktoberfest by OPI that has a subtle hint of golden shimmer. Don't underestimate your nails as an accessory!

Regardless of how you wear them, you can rest assured that these five basic pieces will make you one trendy lady. What other items do you consider to be fall staples?

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

First Look of Fall

We’ve officially entered fall...and we couldn’t be more excited! This weekend, we wasted no time putting together our first fall-inspired looks of the season. With some careful thought, we rummaged through our closet to mix some old pieces with new, creating a great ensemble worthy of more chilly weather. What are your favorite pieces from our looks?

Jaime's Look features: Hudson Signature Bootcut Jeans | Ganni Webbed Lace Peplum Top | Free People Metallic Faux Leather Jacket | Gold Coral-Inspired Statement Necklace (Similar seen here) | Tiffany & Co. Silver Locks Ring | Bandolino Snakeskin Heels (Similar seen here

 Kacie's Look features: Hollister Super Skinny Jeans | Alissa Michelle "Life is..." Bracelet in Gold | Sperry Top-Sider Angelfish Boat Shoes | Mossimo Supply Overcoat | Matte Gold Chain Necklace (Similar seen here) | Mossimo Supply V Neck Tee | Steve Madden Satchel (Similar seen here)

Friday, September 20, 2013

Regal Runway Favorites - NYFW S/S 2014

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week brought renown designers to the city of New York to debut their spring and summer collections for 2014. As with any event, designers brought out their best and brightest pieces with the anticipation of setting the next season’s biggest trend. While we appreciated all of the designers for their artistry, we each had different designers and trends that stood out amongst the rest as our favorites of the week. We look forward to incorporating each of the showcased spring/summer trends (seen here and here) into our clothing arsenal––but, first let’s get through fall and winter.

Check out some of our favorite looks that debuted at NYFW!

Jaime’s Favorite NYFW Spring/Summer 2014 Looks

Jaime's Faves from #NYFW for S/S '14
Designer Details
From Top Left - Marissa Webb, Zimmerman, Jill Stuart, J. Mendel
From Bottom Left - Diane von Furstenberg, J. Mendel, BCBG Max Azria, Badgley Mischka

From the plunging necklines to the flowy skirts and feminine patterns and fabrics, my style is very girl. Its no wonder I was drawn to designer Marissa Webb and her beautiful juxtaposition of structured lines and soft whimsical flow. Her designs have such an effortless femininity about them, without being too over the top. I loved it all–from her jackets and shorts to the clean, crisp dresses–she definitely knows how to show off the artistry of design. Not only did she incorporate florals and contrasting black and white pieces, she debuted some of the most beautiful metallic blush toned skirts and dresses. Magnifique!

Another favorite was J. Mendel who provided some standout pieces that not were not only elegant, but also appeared to be uber-luxe in shape and material. The ensemble I most loved was his coral lace gown that featured a beautiful neckline as well as elongating lines, sure to make any lady feel that much more elegant when wearing it. Designer Zimmerman took the stage and created an amazing combination of ladylike meets edgy seductress. While all of Zimmerman’s looks were amazing, my favorite design was a cutout black wrap top with a flowing floral skirt.

Diane von Furstenberg created show-stopping pieces as always in a variety of prints, crop tops and of course her iconic wrap dresses. She stayed true to her traditionally feminine pieces, while incorporating metallic fabric and accented prints. The designer who always has my heart, BCBG, incorporated my go-to look of black and white in chic dresses and structured skirts. Another standout to me was the Badgely Mischka show, who knocked it out of the part with their their intricately designed dresses and effortlessly chic floral prints.

Kacie’s Favorite NYFW Spring/Summer 2014 Looks

SS '14 Faves
Designer Details
From Top Left - Nicole Miller, Marissa Webb, Noon by Noor, Christian Siriano
From Bottom Left - Alice + Olivia, Michael Kors, Zimmermann, Nicole Miller

As you can tell from my selections, I love a mix of both edgy and feminine looks –– depending on my mood. While there were pieces that I loved from each designer, the collections by Nicole Miller and Alice + Olivia were my sure favorites. Nicole Miller had a new take on the floral trend with hints of metallics and pops of color on a mostly black & white palette, ultimately giving me my fix of ladylike and attitude. Not to mention that the shoes from her collection were to-die-for (take a look at these and these!) with a fun mix of vibrant color, prints and patterns.

Alice + Olivia was uber-feminine (as usual) with adorable mini dresses, classic skirts, and light sweaters, while Michael Kors and Zimmermann went vintage with 1940s-esque swing skirts, pencil skirts, and wrap dresses. This is one trend I’m truly excited about trying out come spring! Always with an attention to detail, Christian Siriano and Noon by Noor took florals three dimensional with floral appliques for their absolutely stunning creations. Along with a long line of other designers, Marissa Webb also did a fabulous job of implementing the metallic trend. This rose gold mini skirt and blouse with a monochromatic necktie was one of my very favorite looks from the week!

While we didn’t attend Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, we watched like hawks from the sidelines as designers sent beautiful garments down the runway––which truly inspired us for the upcoming spring season! After looking at some of our favorites, as well as the chatter you’ve seen on social media sites, what are your favorite looks that debuted from the spring collections?

Thursday, September 19, 2013

A Runway Recap: Mercedes Benz Fashion Week (Part 2)

While part one of our Runway Recap series focused on the more ladylike looks from “The Week”, part two crosses over to an edgier style that’s sure to please. Designers who typically debut classic, feminine lines turned about-face with menswear-inspired tailoring and more structured lines. These edgy looks truly brought the runway to life with hopes of inspiring fashionistas everywhere to break out of their shells and incorporate some of these modern silhouettes into their spring collections. Some of the jaw-dropping trends that you can expect to see in stores this spring are:

Tangerine Lips

Move over punchy pout! Meet the next beauty trend: tangerine lips. While reds and punchy pinks have been the go-to shades of lipstick for the last few seasons, orange and tangerine will make a statement in spring of 2014. Designers like DKNY, Oscar de la Renta, and Rag & Bone equipped their models with a vibrant tangerine lip to accent ensembles of all print, pattern and color.
SS '14 Tangerine Lips

Black and White

It was no surprise that this timeless trend found it’s way to the runways at New York Fashion Week. From minimalist to mod, designers like Valentino and Kate Spade all brought their “A” game as they paired this chic trend together for both casual and dressy looks. While this palette first debuted this past spring and carried over into fall, fashionistas can rest assured knowing that this color combo is around for at least another season.
SS '14 Black & White


New York Fashion Week runways were also aglow with metallics––but not in the traditional ways you might expect. Designers like Nicole Miller, Zimmermann, and Diane Von Furstenberg have taken ahold of the metallic trend and created a more liquid or fluid look to their designs. From shimmering threads to radiant accessories, models glistened under the lights in stunning metallic skirts, bold pants and flowing dresses.
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Trend | Metallics

Boyish Tailoring & Menswear

While feminine florals were the staple of some designer’s showcases, boyish tailoring and menswear-inspired looks were the show-stoppers of others. Tailored suits gave way to new angles for a truly “borrowed from the boys” look, while still incorporating traditional spring trends such as crisp white fabrics and lace. Victoria Beckham and Phillip Lim rocked the runways with these looks, bringing home another fabulous trend for spring 2014.
SS '14 Menswear

Although Mercedes Benz Fashion Week has come to an end, we look forward to next spring and hope that our favorite stores deliver the pieces we need to recreate these fabulous looks. Want more NYFW looks? Follow our Fashion Week S/S 2014 Pinterest board––looks from Paris and London Fashion Weeks coming soon!
Jaime Costilow

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A Runway Recap: Mercedes Benz Fashion Week (Part 1)

If we haven’t said it a billion times already, we’ll say it again–we love fall. The cozy sweaters, boots and jackets...and we can’t forget Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week that forecasts the trends and looks that will be gracing stores during the spring/summer months of the following year. This year’s Fashion Week was a force to be reckoned with and featured the industry’s top looks and beauty trends to watch-for. While almost all the looks were completely swoon-worthy, we compiled the trends that we feel will have the biggest presence next year.


It’s not just the clothes we’re looking at! Beauty trends also start on the runway and it’s no surprise that braided do’s were seen everywhere. From Rebecca Minkoff’s braided updo to Alice + Olivia’s stylish fishtail braids, this subtle, yet sassy style will be influencing spring beauty.
SS '14 Braids

Floral Prints

New York Fashion Week debuted fun, flirty floral prints in pants, jackets, dresses and skirts. While floral prints may seem blasé and a spring norm, these prints were runway show-stoppers as designers paired floral prints with other bold patterns, like the Nicole Miller dress above. One thing’s for sure, this fun print is going to be a spring must-have and definitely isn’t your grammy’s florals anymore!
SS '14 Florals

Cropped Tops

Designs across the board, from Tommy Hilfiger to BCBG, interwove crop tops into their spring collections, creating not only interesting lines but unique takes on the traditional cropped top. It’s time to get your crunch on ladies and work on those abs because cropped tops are here to stay! For a ladylike-look pair a cropped top with skirts to show off those abs (and dedicated gym regimen, of course!).
2013 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week | Cropped Tops

Head-to-Toe White

Monochromatic looks were a HUGE part of New York Fashion Week and nothing shone brighter than head-to-toe white looks. We’re not sure about you, but these all white ensembles reminded us of a very Hamptons-chic look! Designers like Rebecca Minkoff, Zac Posen and Tibi burned white-hot as they sent their models strutting down the runway. While an all white ensemble seems impractical for everyday, these looks can also incorporate some of spring's other huge trends, including white cropped tops, lace shorts and skirts. Add a crisp blazer to your look and you’ll be turning heads in no-time flat!
2013 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week | Head-to-Toe White
Every season we’re even more amazed by the creativity and talent each designer brings to the runway. While clothing designs may seem simplistic to some, we see it as an art that should be appreciated for the skill and the technique needed to create each “masterpiece”. There were far too many trends to recount in one post––and we haven’t even begun to show you our favorites! Stay tuned for part two of our Runway Recap series...

Of all of the trends featured above, which is most likely to make it into your spring arsenal?
Jaime Costilow

Monday, September 16, 2013

Weekend Recap: Dinner and A Movie

This weekend went way too quickly! It always seems like the fun, busy weekends always do, doesn’t it? Saturday Jaime and I kicked the weekend off with a shopping trip to Broad Ripple, an artsy area just north of downtown Indianapolis. I won’t get into the specifics as we’ll have a lovely little recap for you soon. Saturday evening, Jarrod and I made plans to go downtown for dinner at California Pizza Kitchen and a trip to the local drive-in for a couple of late night movies.

After a severe heat wave, the temperatures dropped to the high sixties-low seventies making for a gorgeous day, and while I’m ready to pack up the flip flops and bring out the boots, I have to keep in mind that it is still summer. After running around in jeans and a casual top during the day, I tried to mix some fall pieces with summer ones to make for a the perfect in-between-seasons look.

I paired a basic black, cap sleeve dress with a tied chambray top and buckled ankle booties and was perfectly comfortable all evening. And I am completely in love with this necklace! I picked up this handmade gem from Utterly Pink boutique on that very day, on our shopping trip to B-Ripp. Now it’s back to work...until next weekend!

How are you transitioning your style from summer to fall?

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Fall ‘13 Trend Report

While models are gracing runways around the world sporting anticipated trends for Spring/Summer 2014, I’m sitting here in the Midwest thinking back to last spring when Fashion Month was all about fall. With the start of autumn just days away, I thought now would be the perfect time to do a little recap of a few of the upcoming season’s trends that I’m most looking forward to.

Fall '13 Punk

I’m really excited for this trend! A throwback to 90s grunge, this look can easily be incorporated into your style this fall -- without looking like a rebellious teenager. Last spring, the runways were overrun (in a good way) with models wearing plaid, leather, destroyed graphic tees, buckled boots, and studded accessories. If you’re into this trend, make plans to invest in some fun graphic tees; they’re a must-have!

While you may be thinking that this look is obviously a weekend look, that’s not necessarily the case. It’s versatile enough to be office appropriate too! How? Basically, it’s all in the subtle details. Shop around for a studded clutch, a bold plaid scarf, a leather and leopard blouse, or coated denim - Jaime and I have both made recent investments in these, keep a lookout for a style post in the near future.

Fall '13 Ladylike

On the opposite end of the style spectrum, the ladylike trend is ideal for more conservative stylistas. I personally love vintagey trends (in a modern way -- I’m no thrift shopper!) so I’m looking forward to this one as well. Oversized coats were all the rage at Fashion Week, as were fur embellishments, structured bags and belted ensembles. Menswear fabrics such as herringbone, houndstooth, and tartan also made regular appearances, not only on outerwear, but on dresses, skirts, and blouses too.

While pastels are typically reserved for spring, it was interesting to see them being incorporated into fall and winter looks on the runway. Classic shapes like midi-length swing skirts, pencil dresses, and form fitting cardigans should be on your wish list for this achieving this lovely look.

As you think about how you can incorporate these looks into your wardrobe, Jaime and I will be heading to a local Indianapolis boutique–Utterly Pink–to acquire some fall-esque pieces for our closets, and we’ll surely be keeping these trends in mind! We’ll have a recap next week so stay tuned, ladies.

Now, what trends are you looking most forward to this season? Will you be rocking the ladylike and punk trends this fall?

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Weekend Recap | Helping ‘Color the Cure’ at the 2013 Cancer Care Gala

Each fall, I look forward to getting dolled up with my Mom, sister and extended family Members to attend a benefit dinner and auction for the Kosciusko County Cancer Care Fund at the Tippecanoe Lake Country Club. Not only do we get to play dress up–complete with hair, makeup and evening gowns–but also, all the money raised at the event goes to families within Kosciusko County who need financial assistance during their cancer treatment protocols. Having experienced how debilitating this disease can be, it makes this event all the more worthwhile.

After weeks of searching for the perfect dress, I finally found a dress to wear. While I normally would opt for something fabulous on, this year I chose to purchase a BCBG black evening gown. Just like my wedding dress (okay maybe not just like my wedding dress), I knew I had to add this lovely little number to my collection of clothing. The combination of the lace, chiffon and beautiful details made it trendy, yet timeless at the same time. After all, who doesn’t need a LBD in their wardrobe for those special occasions. I guess I should also say that I’m somewhat of an eBay expert and I was able to find this dress for half the price, new with tags on the popular shopping site. BONUS!

BCBG Avi Evening Gown

Saturday begin with a whirlwind of packing and strategizing what jewelry, shoes and makeup I needed to take from Indy to my mom’s house at the lake. After rushing, my husband and trusty pooch, Lola, were packed and headed up to the lake for the weekend. Once we arrived, my best friend Lauren and I had our game faces on and wear ready to start the process of hair and makeup. Since my sister is nothing short of amazing when it comes to makeup and hair, she was our one-woman beauty crew. While I applied Lauren’s eye makeup, my sister curled and styled Lauren’s hair. She chose to recreate a Blake Lively-inspired look with almost retro curls, pulled back to one side. Needless to say, I think she totally nailed the look!

After finishing Lauren’s look off, I was next up. My sister started with my makeup, as you can see from my lion’s mane that I call hair.

After applying my makeup, she proceeded to curl my hair with a Conair You Curl XL curling wand. If you aren’t familiar with this curling wand, you are majorly missing out. Once you get the hang of it, it’s super easy to use and gives your hair ahh-mazing curls. Anyways, after curling my hair, my sister fishtail braided my hair and then put it into a loose side bun. She started pinning away and pulling down curls to frame my face until she liked the final look and ta-da...

We finally got ready and put on our dresses just in time for our group’s champagne toast to kick off the festivities. After a quick photo sesh and some laughter, we headed off to the Tippecanoe Country Club for dinner, live and silent auctions and dancing.

After a night of fun, we all headed out and get in comfty clothes and recap fun stories and conversations from the evening. Overall the event is a great fundraiser for the Kosciusko County Cancer Fund and a truly memorable evening for our “family” each year. What about you, are there events that you look forward to each year? I know personally I wouldn’t trade the fun we have dressing up for anything!
Jaime Costilow

Friday, September 6, 2013

Regal Faves | Jaime's Top Hair Picks

Like any savvy beauty connoisseur, I’m always on the hunt for new “life altering” hair products to add to or include in my routine. However, while I switch a hair oil here or leave-in conditioner there, some products never seem to leave my routine. I’m sure my mom, sister and even best friend can attest to my irritable mood and incessant complaining when I’ve forgotten even the simplest of things when traveling. Come on, we’re all girls here…you know the feeling. My biggest concerns are that my hair looks like a lion’s mane or my makeup’s just slightly off. However, when I’m armed with my styling faves, I’ve never felt better. Check out some of my must-have’s below:

Hair Faves

Davines Shampoos & Conditioners (1, 2 & 3)

I’ve always admired and envied celebrities who have long, shiny AND healthy looking locks. However, since I don’t have a team of people helping to get me ready in the morning (unless you count Lola), I’ll have to settle for my own skills and product knowledge. The salon I go to exclusively uses Davines hair color and products. Since I color my hair regularly and use heated styling tools, I found myself always searching for something to give me the healthy and shiny hair I had always admired. I started using the Davines line and was blown away with the results. I started with the NouNou line and have since moved to the Melu line, formulated for long hair. Not only has it cut down on breakage, but it has helped strengthen my long hair and give it a brilliant luster! To keep my hair strong and healthy, I also use the Davines Nourishing Hair Building Pak. Depending on the condition of my hair, I leave it on for anywhere from 10 minutes to as long as an hour.

The Wet Brush (4)

For as long as I can remember, I have used the static free Cricket brush. While I’ve never tried a boar bristle brush, the Cricket had always been my go-to. However, at one of my hair appointments my stylist pulled out this new brush that she swore I was going to love. At first I completely discounted the effectiveness of this brush thinking, “Nothing can get through these tangles all at once.” However, I was completely wrong – The Wet Brush cut through my tangles in no time flat and even better, it didn’t tug, tear or pull any of my hair out. It even helped make my hair smoother during dry time. If you haven’t heard of this brush yet, I highly suggest you pick on up and add it to your beauty routine. After the first use, you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about.

Beauty Protector Leave-In Conditioner (6)

I love, love, love my monthly Birchbox subscriptions. Those of you that haven’t heard of it, need to get one ASAP. It allows you to sample different beauty products each month for a mere $10 per month. This is shear genius in my book! I got the Beauty Protector Leave-in Conditioner one month and was immediately hooked the second I tried it. Not only does it have an amazing smell but it’s super versatile–it conditions, shields from heat and sun damage, and detangles. I have made it a regular part of my routine to not only protect my color but to condition my hair.

Serums and Hair Oils (5, 7 & 8)

I know what you are probably thinking, “Why does my hair need oil?! That’s what I’m trying to stay away from!” However, you will be pleasantly surprised to learn that hair oil can be VERY beneficial for all hair types, helping to provide moisture to dry hair and add brilliant shine to your locks. While I do prefer the Davines hair care line to other lines, I have found that the Macadamia Healing Hair Treatment and the Orofluido Beauty Elixir (another Birchbox fave) have worked the best on my hair, without weighing it down at all. If you haven’t tried those, give ‘em a shot. As for serums, the Davines Melu serum is by far one of my most favorite products. I think it smells like almond-cherry goodness, and when applied to your ends, can help reduce split ends. This product is very versatile as well and can be used on wet and dry hair.

While trying new products can be fun for some, other are probably terrified to switch from their norm. It never hurts to try new products. After all, you’ll never know you like something different if you don’t give it a whirl. What are some of your styling must-haves?
Jaime Costilow

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Weekend Recap: From Baseball & Burgers to Candles & Cookouts

While I tend to be the grandmotherly type with nothing to do, I was pretty excited for a long weekend jam-packed with plans! Friday afternoon, our wonderful employer let us out of work a little early, which was good news since Jarrod and I had tickets to an Indianapolis Indians game. I still needed to determine what to wear and that is never a simple (or quick) process!

After much deliberation I opted for white corduroy shorts, a black ruched-sleeve tee, and Michael Kors flip flops. The look still needed something so I added this fun, neon chandelier necklace, cat eye sunnies, and a bun!

All in all, my first baseball game was a blast, despite the humidity and nearly being hit by a foul ball within the first five minutes. We had great seats, we won, and the post-game fireworks were quite impressive!

On Saturday morning, my mom and I headed to Centerville, Indiana to the Warm Glow Candle Company. Have you guys ever been here? I highly recommend it! The facility is enormous, filled with hand-dipped candles in delicious scents for every season -- not to mention amazingly affordable prices!

For this, I chose denim capris, a flutter sleeve cowl neck tank from Anthropologie (I’m obsessed with this army green color right now, expect to see more of it as we head into fall!), and these absolutely amazing Zigi Soho flat sandals. They’re studded and beaded! Oversized sunglasses, an Alisa Michelle inspiration cuff and beachy waves were my only accessories.

Sunday evening Jarrod and I went to dinner downtown Indy at The Weber Grill for our “kind of” anniversary. While our wedding anniversary is in June, we first started dating 11 years ago, on August 27th. Yikes, I feel old!

For this outing I went a little dressier, and extra girly! I bought this adorable dress at Charlotte Russe over a year ago but had yet to wear it. Needless to say, it was calling my name! It paired perfectly with these blush colored Moda Spana bow wedges, a jeweled heart necklace, and polka dot bow clutch.

We finished the weekend with a cookout at my parent’s house and lounging around. Now that we’ve returned to ‘regularly scheduled programming’ after a long, holiday weekend, it’s time to get back to work! The good thing? Only four days until another weekend!

So, how was your weekend, did you do anything fun?

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