Sunday, March 11, 2012

Springing back to posting

I am back (and clearly in time for this great Toronto Spring weather)! I know I have been completely MIA these past few months, almost hibernating like a black bear. But reality is something has been and still currently is hibernating inside me, if you guessed it I shall be a mommy bear just in time for the summer. On that note, I was thinking about my blog and whether I could still speak to travelling, and reality is I am planning my first flight out the second baby bear is a couple of months old. My love for travel is still there, and if I am parked temporarily doesn’t mean I can’t share the awesome deals with the rest of my readers. As for the fashion side that will never go away, and below is my first post for 2012 talking about what’s a must for your spring wardrobe. For my hot mama’s, you can count on future posts on staying fit, 
hot mama wardrobes, and must have items.

I am not sure about you guys, but my FAVOURITE time of year is when you can smell summer coming. It’s like when you’re SUPER excited about an event or function coming up, the best part is getting ready for the event, because once the event happens you’re sad it’s almost over (and there goes months of anticipation). Well that’s how I feel about spring, the weather starts warming up and all you can do is think about cottage trips, weekend getaways, and of course that big summer vacation! The best part about planning those summer events is thinking about all the wonderful outfits you will get to wear, that cute dress to wear on a boat, that jumper to wear while walking the piers of a lakefront city, or the maxi you’ll rock while shopping at your favourite foreign boutiques. The best way to get excited is to start thinking about what pieces of fashionable clothing you can buy that’s on trend for this spring. So below are a few key trends you may want to sink your wardrobe into.

Pastel brights – I particularly love the evolution of pastels these past few years. We started off with the nudes/creams/whites and pastel pinks over a couple of seasons, and this season we have evolved to add mint green, yellow, and softer corals. These colours are perfect for the spring/summer; they give such a fresh crisp feel. I would suggest buying a fitted crop pant in yellow with a cream peplum top and white platform pumps, or buy a matching coral blazer and shorts with a pastel pink silk tee and caramel wedges. Three looks below from left to right - Mulberry, and the last three from Ralph Lauren's Spring 2012 collection.

Orange – Okay so I wasn’t too sure about Orange when it appeared in 2012 Winter apparel, I mean all I want to wear during the holidays is red. It drove me up the wall, but now that it’s back for spring I see it in a whole new light. Orange makes everyone look so sun kissed and ready to mingle (its super warm and inviting). Below two orange looks from Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Hermes. 

Colorblock - This is probably one of the hottest trends this spring, from colorblock sandals to apparel this look you'll find in almost every retail establishment. I would try not to overdo and avoid wearing more than one colorblock piece in your outfit, i.e. if you are rocking a sexy pair of purple, red, and yellow colorblock sandals stick to a solid colour top/pants or a dress, and keep your jewels a neutral metallic in gold or silver which ever works better. Try to avoid wearing this look from head to toe or you may look more clown than chic. Top to Bottom - Tommy Hilfiger - Dress, Christian Louboutin - Wedges, Giuseppe Zanotti - sandals, and Ferragamo- dress.


Little White Dress – BYE BYE Little Black Dress, and hello Little white dress. Nothing says spring or summer like white. The great part about this spring's interpretation of white is there is no limitations. White can be in a bold floral lace print, cotton, silk, or anything inbetween. Try pairing it with one of the new pastel bright footwear, like a mint green platform or a coral flat. Below are to uber flattering looks from Cynthia Rowley.
A model walks the runway at the Cynthia Rowley Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Stage at Lincoln Center on September 9, 2011 in New York City.

Crop tops in all forms – Okay so clearly I won’t be rocking this look, as should be the case for anyone that isn’t rocking a flat tummy. If you have the body of a 90210 star, crop tops are quite on trend. A crop top with a maxi or pencil skirt would look super cute. Maybe pop a matching light weight blazer on top and a pendant necklace and you’re ready for a night out! Below are two ready for spring outfits by Nina Ricci.

Peplum accents on tops and bottoms – I always found this look super flattering and helpful to my figure, because I am not quite hippy it gave the illusion that I was. The peplum accent adds such a feminine touch to any piece. We are seeing it on tops, shorts, skirts, and even jumpers. It almost feels like an accessory to an outfit. This was across the runways showing in many designers looks for spring, below are two looks from Jason Wu.

Drop waists – the Jazz era seems to be back in full force, with drop waist tops/dresses. This look can be dressed up for work with a drop waist top and skinny dress pants, or a drop waist light silk cotton dress you can rock with a cute ballet flat. Check out a chic dress from Alberta Ferretti's Spring 2012 line.

Pleats – Okay I know that in the past I always affiliated pleats with grandma's from the 1950's, but top designers have changed my outlook completely. Pleats are in several fabrics particularly in the form of chic skirts or dresses. Try a pastel bright with a neutral colour midi pleated skirt, with a pair of sexy colorblock pumps. Check out Prada's spring 2012 collector for some inspiration, below is one super sophisticated sheer pleat dress.