Spring (Fashion) FWD

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It’s that time of the year again. Sandals are available in abundance and the color palettes are bright and vibrant. Feel free to pack away your apple bottom jeans and boots with the fur. (Yeah, I said it.)  Spring 2010 is all about candy-coated colors, neutrals and metallics. Try a bold lip like in the Prada ad above paired with a bronze/smokey eye or if you’re unsure how to use color in your new Spring wardrobe, go neutral with khaki, gray or white and add a pop of color with an accessory. Interested in snagging some of our picks? See below.

1. Yves Saint Laurent, Rouge Volupte lipstick in “Sweet Honey” (#4 ) – $34 This lipstick is a universally perfect neutral shade. It’s moisturizing but not thin or too runny. It also has a subtle shimmer to it which I love. It’s a splurge but any makeup that is long-lasting and has professional yet wear n’ go appeal is worth it.

2. Sephora by OPI in “Cover Me in Petals” – $9 This shade is not for the timid. In the recent issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, a survey answered by men said that they all preferred their girl’s mani/pedi in classic red. We say, shake things up. This color is an update of your staple red polish. It’s more of a blood orange. Try it out and let us know if you’ve turned some extra heads!

3. Fossil (watch) Women’s white resin bracelet –$95 On sale at Macy’s: $70 Even if you’re like me and you check your Blackberry for the time, after a point, it’s just the grown up thing to do. Make responsibility chic and opt for this cute and inexpensive watch from Fossil.

4. Kate Spade Tinsbury clutch – $70 – $200 This adorable clutch is a great example of “less is more”. This wicker/straw clutch comes in a few different colors; green, silver, gold, white and red. It’s not a new item but a favorite. Great for both Spring and Summer. Try eBay or a plethora of online stores.

5. Forever 21 Solid Floral Dress – $34.80 The perfect Spring dress – it’s a fresh shade of green with little peek-a-boo embroidered detail on the sleeves, pockets (all dresses should have pockets but that’s another story for another entry) and a removable sash. You could play the waiting game and try to buy it in a few weeks when it’s marked down to $10 but good luck finding it in your size or…. at all. Our advice? Go grab one now and dress it up or down. You’ll get your money’s worth.

Tip: Dress it up with a cute cardigan and heels or a jeweled flat. For a sexier night look, soft waves in the hair and a wide studded belt in place of the sash, heals and bangles will take it to another level. / Dress it down by pulling the hair back, some cute sandals, simple accessories and brown tinted aviators.

6. Vans “Era” sneaker in herringbone – $52 Seemingly a nod to old school Keds, these sneaks have a retro look and the metallic factor.

7. Blowfish (Malibu) “Life Gladiators” sandal – $39 @ DSW These sandals are identical to the ones I purchased last year (same manufacturer/company) and let me be square with you – the MOST comfortable gladiator ever. I also got a lot of compliments on them because they were unlike a lot of the mass-produced gladiators that were popping up all over the place. In this almost neutral tone, they’ll pair beautifully with most anything.

8. Betsey Johnson “Petal Pusher” demi bra swimsuit – $126 Keep the girls shelved high while working on getting your tan back in this adorable two piece.

9. & 10. Tory Burch metallic “Reva” clutch – $12 a week & Chanel patent flap handbag – $85 a week online at BagBorrowOrSteal. Not everyone can afford to mix high and low into their wardrobe, right? Wrong, my little Stylistas. You can use this site and feel like a celebrity even without celebrity money.

There you have it. Our take on Spring 2010!

XX, Danielle

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