Saturday Faves: The Perfect Spring Dress

If you're a college student like me, you know how amazing you feel when you slip on a dress in the morning. It's comfortable and you instantly look cute while wearing one article of clothing. What more could you want for a sunny, busy day?

My favorite spring dress is one that incorporates color - because spring is about being colorful - and fits perfectly because if it doesn't fit well, you don't feel good in it.

So my favorite dress of the moment is this cutout dress from Urban Outfitters.

The cutouts aren't drastic enough so that you can wear this dress to class or on a night out. The blue and red colors are also perfect for brightening anyone's day.

Pair the dress with a cardigan, like this one from H&M, for those mornings when it's a little chilly out. Slip on your favorite pair of flats, wedges, or sandals, and you're good to go for the rest of the day.

What would you pair with this dress?

 

xoxo, Leila

Current Obsession: Color Blocking

Spring is full of color and this season's trends are amazing. One that I love a little bit more than the others currently? Color blocking. Specifically bold pinks and oranges together. Nothing else makes for a better combination and it's completely perfect for spring in that it adds that pop of color everyone enjoys.

So when I came across this amazing Marc by Marc Jacobs Satchel on Pinterest, I lovingly sighed at the sight of it.

 

Just thought I would share with my lovely readers who love a great color combination. Find the bag online here and check out the Marc Jacobs Pinterest to find more to swoon about.

xo, Leila

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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

 

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

ToW #6: Half-Moon Spring Nail Trend

All over the Spring 2011 Runway, the inverse french nail manicure has proved to be a lasting spring trend as it's everyone on the runway.

So here's a step-by-step tutorial for the half-moon manicure as it's definitely a hot trend to try this spring.

Falling in love with the manicure itself, I decided to try it out with a silver moon at the base of the nail and a navy color for the rest. I'm happy to say that I'm completely satisfied with my nails and I do think they look really classy.

It's actually an extremely easy manicure to do yourself. If you have hole reinforcements, they'll help immensely with making the half-moon at the base of the nail.


So as a DIY:

1. After painting a base coat, choose a color that you would like to be your half-moon. Whites, silvers, grays, or any neutral will work perfectly. Paint your entire nail with this color.
2. Let the color completely dry then take your hole reinforcements and stick them to the bottom of the nail, creating an arch that will be your half-moon.
3. Take your second color, a complement to the one you chose as your half-moon, and paint the rest of the nail.
4. After it has dried, peel the reinforcements off slowly and polish a top coat over.

Photo: Joey D'Arco for StyleCaster