"Fashion at the speed of life"

Rocker, Classic, Casual and glam looks for sport wear.

I have always tried to educate people about the difference between sportswear and active wear. After of years of telling people the differences, they have somehow become the same. This year sportswear gets active wear features like side stripes, netting, cropping and roomy pants (well, it is a nice break from skinny jeans).

So how do we observe this trend in every style, with going norm core in frustration (read Monday’s post for details)? Here are our tips to wearing that tricky active sportswear fashion:

 

  1. Classic: Try those sweet side stripes pants with an airy blouse. Dress them up with heels.
  2. Rock: Those letterman jackets in black are great but also try clothes with netting details.
  3. Casual: Cropped hoodies with sporty features in grays, whites and blues.
  4. Romance: Can you say pleated tennis skirts? So cute.
  5. Vintage: Long pleated skirts have a 1950’s feel.
  6. Punk: Bright tank tops paired with side stripe shorts or pants.
  7. Glam: Metallic sport looks? You bet!

 

So try these styles this summer and trust me. You would love the easy breezy new style of sportswear.

 

 

It is no surprise that the constant trend atmosphere of fashion would make people yearn for a less aspirating fashion mood. With the rise of fast fashion, trends in one month and out another leading to constant sales and trip to the mall (I went twice in a week!!), we are more aware the importance of personal style as ever. It seemed the only way to escape the madness.

Well another group of fashion renegades has arisen creating the norm core movement; a style void of personal style and gasp, accessories. The base of this movement is to remove any aspect of originality and seems to remind me of the singularity movement that has gained speed in the past year. Like singularity (the idea of human souls in robot bodies in order to cheat death), this trend wants us all to look the same, saying that the new norm is looking like everyone else.

With the age of social media, this time is most likely the wrong time to come up with a trend that doesn’t set you apart from others. However, if you want to try norm core, here are some tips to pull off this trend originating in California (odd place since it is celebrity Mecca).

  1. Neutrals are important: Browns are the best color set for this group. They also like white, black and dark blue.
  2. No prints: Bright prints are a no-no but plaids seem to be acceptable.
  3. No jewelry: Ditch all your baubles.
  4. Wear your hair natural: Do not wear any hair accessories and no up-dos. Wash and go or brush and go. For ethic girls, no wigs but if you do perm, brush and go, if not do nothing.
  5. No makeup: What!? Yep, you heard me.
  6. Flats only: No heels, or flashy foot wear. Sneakers are for men only in this trend.
  7. Bag optional: Small bags or cross bodies. Try to just carry your cell phone and wallet only.

 

Bucket Bag Spring 2014 For Less

Nanette Lepore Boho Chic

Spring shoe guide 2014

This week is accessories week and we got the best shoes in every style for spring. Next week we will take an item from each trend and create a unique outfit for every style. This week we have these shoes to try for Spring….

Franc Sarto

Platform Sandals

Style: Vintage

To dress it up in your style:

Classic: Pair with trousers that stop at the ankle.

Casual: Pair with jeans.

Glamor: Pair with a pencil skirt.

Punk/Rock: Try a basic black color for rock and a neon or bold red for punk.

Nine West

The color block sandal

Style: Classic

To dress it in every style:

Romance: These bulky shoes are not for short skirts but can be paired with long pleated skirts or printed pants.

Casual: Dress these with jeggings or a socks.

Glamor: Find a pair with glitter blocked right in or add crystals yourself.

Punk/Rock: Stick to black and white color blocking detail.

J. crew

Heeled Oxfords

Style: Punk/Rock

To dress it in every style:

Classic: Try these heels in camel or dark brown and then pair them with a buttoned down shirt.

Romance: Try these heels in pastels and then wear them with bright colors.

Casual: These shoes are great with straight leg pants or jeans.

Glamor: These shoes can be found with glitter and crystal accents but if not, pair it with crystal accent clothes to dress it up.

ASOS

The bow heel

Style: Romance

To dress it in every style:

Classic: Try these heel in neutral print and then pair with a pencil skirt and pastel top.

Casual: These shoes are hard to dress down but pair them with skinny jeans or sporty shorts.

Glamor:  I have seen these shoes with glitter bows, pair with a knee length skirt.

Punk/Rock: Try these heels in black and pair them with leather accents or jean jackets.

Anne Taylor

The jeweled sandal

Style: Glamor

To dress it in every style:

Classic: Use beads accents instead of crystal and pair with anything.

Casual: Ditch the printed cloth and keep the crystal of these shoes and pair with anything.

Romance/vintage: These shoes should be purchased in a light color and keep crystal accents to colors in pink or purple.

Punk/rock: Try these shoes in gray or black crystal accents and black patterns.

 

This Spring, flowers are in bloom everywhere from clothes to the ground at our feet and now it’s in our hair!! This Spring 2014 we are looking for floral accents in our hair from clips to wreaths. Floral accents are not for everyone but we have searched for the right style for everyone.

Classic

This flower child like hair design is great with a pair of trousers. Although it has a vintage appeal, to bring it into this century pair it with pencil skirt and stay away from long skirts that bellow out.

Glamor

These crystal hair accessories with dress up any outfit and since you like dressing up any way, these hair pieces are right in step.

Romance

These hair pieces are tiny little petals and play on the delicate dressing of  romance and vintage dressers.

Classic

These are actually clips so you can control how many blooms you put in your hair.

Punk and rock

Dark blooms are very punk. For rock styles, try black flowers with dry details.

We love Amy Lee and the last five years have been filled by controversy which made here even more interesting. Her feud with Ben Moody resulted in the breakup of her band which lead him to form a new band called the fallen which tried to mimic Amy Lee’s unique voice with an American Idol reject. They even tried to sue her for the name Evanescence and lost.

Now, Amy Lee has cut ties with her long term record company, Up-wind records, citing at $1.5 million over unpaid royalties and other alleged misdeeds by the record company.  Even though the lawsuit was filed last year, Amy Lee recently twitted “Today, for the first time in 13 years, I am a free and independent artist. I have wanted this for so long and I am so happy. CHEERS!” on March 18 2014.

Amongst the lawsuit, she recorded with friend and composer Dave Eggar for the indie film “War Story,” which  premiered in January at Sundance. And what she has to say might not be music to the ears of Evanescence fans awaiting the follow-up to her 2011 album but she does say the song in the movie “Push the Button” is different with a more electronic sound. Hopefully, nothing like the Kerli, “Zero gravity” misstep.

Her pregnancy may be a reason for the long wait for a new album. In a Twitter posting to fans, the 32-year-old Lee explained that she couldn’t keep the secret under wraps anymore and that here biggest “project” of the year was her child. It was not revealed whether she and her husband Josh Hartzler are have a boy or a girl. (loudwire.com)

So with all the news, 2014 will be the year for Amy Lee to return to the studio as a free agent, a baby in the belly and maybe electronic tunes in her music? Only time will tell. Amy lee told Ultimate music that

“I definitely have a lot of songs and ideas and things we haven’t shared yet and I still believe in them, so… you may still get your chance to hear all that stuff… I really only get into that mode when I’m home and finally separated from the chaos of a public life.”

And even gave a late 2014 release date for her new album (even though she told MTV she was not actively recording anything) but can she still sing with a baby against her diaphragm? Meanwhile, Wind-up records have sold all back catalogs of the band and no longer lists them as active artists. Ouch!

Amy lee will be performing at Kent State University on March 31, 2014 and may preform her new song, find a way, as seen here on youtube.

 

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