ToW #10: Try Tangerine

Orange is a difficult color to work with - it's bold and risky for a lot of us so we prefer to stay away from it. But this spring, it's time to take some risks.

Tangerine has been all over the spring 2012 runway, from J.Crew to Jill Stuart. The trendsetting color, if worn right, can instantly brighten up any outfit.

So here are some tips to help you get started with incorporating tangerine oranges into your wardrobe:

Morgan Geiger, a Cal Poly freshman, believe that anyone can work tangerines:

"I think everyone could pull off the color orange if it's in a small quantity like a shirt, skirt or even a bag. And a lighter orange works well too because it's easier to pull off."

If you want to slowly edge into the tangerine trend, try a simple orange bag or clutch like this Tory Burch mini bag or this satchel from Urban Outfitters, and add it to your favorite outfit for a pop of color.

Geiger chose to color block and pair tangerine with blue, effortlessly creating a cute and simple outfit. To color block with tangerine, pair with pinks and blues.

Geiger color blocks with simple tangerine top and a blue floral skirt.

Here are some other ideas:

  • Pair a tangerine/orange dress with a light cardigan so you don't feel "too" orange.
  • Try mixing tangerine with patterns like Morgan did. Adding patterns to your outfit will make the tangerine less vibrant and showy if you're still easing into the trend.
  • Avoid the Halloween look and pair tangerine with whites and creams instead of black.

Fashion is about taking risks and trying out pieces and colors you would normally shy away from, so try something new. Experiment with tangerine and tell me your favorite outfit!

xo, Leila

 

GapKids Collection with DvF

As I was perusing my new obsession, Pinterest, I came across the cutest pin:

 

Source: Uploaded by user via Gap on Pinterest

 

How can you not utter "aww" aloud after seeing this?

On March 15, Diane von Furstenberg launches her exclusive GapBaby and GapKids collection in stores and online in the U.S. and Canada.

As Furstenberg told the Los Angeles Times, "Normally, I don't like to do things for kids."

But once she met with Gap and their new president, Amy Peck, she went with it.

Furstenberg designed a line of leggings, shirts, swimwear, sandals, mini dresses and more for girls ages newborn to 14. The collection will be priced from $20 to $120.

A second collection from the designer is said to make an appearance in stores during the during holiday season.

You can check out this video for an exclusive sneak peek of the collection:

Dress Up Outfits With a Blazer

Spring is quickly around the corner and you know what that means: beautiful weather and beautiful clothing. My favorite piece for spring? A blazer.

Blazers are classy and they can be used to dress an outfit up or down so easily. Plus, they're one of spring's best pieces. Blazers are no longer just the classic black, but they're in beautiful pastel colors - perfect for spring.

Because blazers are great for the spring, I thought why not pair it with a usual spring trend: florals. This spring, take a risk and go bold with florals. If it's too much, throw on a colored blazer to tone down the look a bit.

A simple blazer can be paired with so many outfits. I love pairing my blazer with this dress from Urban Outfitters.

What do you like to pair with your blazers?

 

xo, Leila

How to Work the Maxi Skirt

Maxi skirts are my favorite type of skirts. They're extremely comfortable, they flow nicely, they make any body type look good, and they can be paired with anything, so invest in one ASAP.

As simple as maxis may seem, sometimes we all get a little lost in putting together an outfit that looks good, so here's a cheat sheet for the maxi:

  •  Balance is everything when it comes to wearing a maxi. More flowy maxis are paired great with a fitted top and vice versa! For spring, try a maxi and your favorite tank and throw on a denim jacket on top.
  • With a maxi, it's possible to go casual chic or dressy. Throw on a simple sweater with your maxi for a more laid-back look, or dress it up with sandals and a cute top, cinched at the waist with a belt.
  • Maxis also look great with cropped tops which are cropping up (get it?) everywhere for spring. Try a cute button down tank like this one from Nordstrom.

Here's an outfit idea that's effortlessly cute and can be dressed up or down:

 

Try it out and send me your favorite outfits with a maxi skirt!

xo, Leila

Pastel Nails – A Spring Must

The spring 2012 runways were filled with pastel colors - blues, green, pinks, oranges ... I think you get the idea. This is my favorite

Forever 21 Love & Beauty Nail Polish

trend because absolutely anyone can work pastels. They work with many colors and keep you looking springy, which is obviously how you want to look during the spring time. And because I love pastels and absolutely love painting my nails, here's my favorite pastel nail color this spring.

 

The color is from the Love & Beauty collection at Forever 21 - Aqua Blue. I'm not really a fan of the nail polish from Forever 21 just because they can be really thin and chunky, but this color I picked up goes on perfectly. And for $2.80, who could really resist?

So dress up your nails this spring with a pastel shade like this these many shades from Sephora by O.P.I. or this pastel essie nail polish in bangle jangle from Drugstore.com.

What's your favorite pastel shade for your nails?

 

xo, Leila

Missed the Oscar de la Renta show?

If you're trying to keep up New York Fashion Week via livestreams and tweets, just like I am, I have good news for you.
Oscar de la Renta's livestream is up on OscarPRGirl's tumblr!
Full of lovely tweed, knits, tans, flirty and romantic dresses, and so much more, the show is worth watching. Oscar de la Renta never fails to impress with elegance and surely didn't fail for Fall.

Watch Marc Jacobs Live!

Watch the Marc Jacobs Fall 2012 RTW Show via livestream here!
Watch it online, on your iPhone, iPad, Android at 7:30 p.m. EST or 4:30 p.m. pacific time.

Click on the same link to check out the Marc by Marc Jacobs collection tomorrow at 3:45 p.m. Eastern! I know how I'll be spending my Valentine's Day!

Check out ModaLove's twitter today and tomorrow to join the conversation! I promise my internet won't die at a really inconvenient time tomorrow.

xoxo,
Leila

Another tid-bit for Fashion Week

For all you Fashion Week loving people out there who aren't in NY for this, here's another way to watch from the front row!

At 10 a.m. Pacific (1 p.m. Eastern), tune in here to see the Jason Wu runway!

I personally can't wait to see Jason Wu's collection for fall, so I'll definitely be tuning in and adding to conversation on twitter with #NLive!

Be sure to check it out! More updates concerning Fashion Week soon!

And speaking of  Jason Wu...

The Jason Wu for Target collection is back in stock online! But of course it definitely will be going quickly, as it has been, so get your hands on items as soon as possible!

XOXO, Leila

Update: Due to technical difficulties and living in the dorms my freshman year of college... I wasn't able to participate in the #NLive conversation for the Jason Wu runway! Look out for more updates later for the other shows!