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Contests

Several weeks ago I was chatting with fellow blogger GaBrielle Pedriani of Look Sharp, Sconnie about contests. It seems that a number of fashion outlets from magazines to social media are constantly presenting contests to their communities to boost engagement. We both admitted to being skeptics of such competitions for a long time. Surely there are hundreds upon thousands of eager followers entering these contests depending on the particular outlet hosting the competition and the prize. Then Gabby had a life changing experience that shifted her view of contests forever: she won. No, no, she won BIG.

Image courtesy of @LooksharpWI on Twitter

Image courtesy of @LooksharpWI on Twitter

Last fall, Marie Claire magazine partnered with Twitter and Yoplait yogurt for a contest that appealed to every fashion lover’s dream. The grand prize: an exclusive behind the scenes trip to New York Fashion Week, a meet and greet with Fashion Director Nina Garcia, and a feature in a Yoplait ad in the magazine’s November issue. The contest required participants to tweet a photo of an original look inspired by one of Yoplait’s 40 flavors. Gabby’s mixed berry inspired ensemble scored her the ultimate NYFW experience.

While Gabby’s win certainly gives me faith that real girls actually have a shot in hell at winning these contests, I would still venture to say that her victory was once in a lifetime. My contest story isn’t nearly as special, glamorous, or life-changing, but my small win is just another piece of encouraging evidence that contests are actually worth your while. If two regular gals can win, so can you!

Photographed by Angie Webb of Suburbanite Photography

Photographed by Angie Webb of Suburbanite Photography

My win was also for a contest involving social media. Last fall, one of my favorite denim lines, Level 99, hosted a series of Freebie Friday contests on Facebook. Each Freebie Friday contest had a theme that related to the particular denim style being given away. To win, followers had to answer the theme-inspired question in the comments. Instead of entering each week with a generic and ultimately underwhelming response, I waited for weeks when the theme spoke to me and tried to give an honest and personal reply, and it paid off. I won a pair of jeans!

Like I said, my win is not nearly as awe inspiring as Gabby’s, but hey, who doesn’t want a free pair of denim? The takeaway here is if you’ve ever thought of entering a contest but never actually done it because you thought, I’m never going to win, maybe next time you’ll think again. I believe Gabby would agree that an important factor to winning these contests is being genuine and true to yourself. So, keep that in mind and roll the dice. The next success story could be you!

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City Hot Spot: New Orleans

If you’ve visited New Orleans during Mardi Gras, you know how crazy I was to think that I would be able to take a leisurely stroll Magazine Street and shop the local hot spots. However, there’s no denying the style and culture in NOLA. I’ll have to wait until my next visit to tell you the hot spot to shop in the Big Easy, but for now I’ll give you a crash course on how to dress like the natives next time you travel to the bayou.

First, I’ve got 3 tips to live by as you style yourself for the Big Easy:

1. Unless you’re visiting in the dead of summer, wear layers. On a sunny day, it’s warm and humid, but once the sun sets and the ocean breeze comes by, there’s a chill in the air!

2. Bring a small satchel, stylish backpack, or sizable cross body. You’ll definitely want a bag that’s roomy and easy to tote souvenirs, snacks, or drinks (remember – no open container laws here, so you can even pack a beer!).

3. Ladies, this is by far the most important style rule when visiting NOLA: WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES. New Orleans is a pedestrian town with lots of sites to see on foot. Don’t learn the hard way like I did! Wear. Comfortable. Shoes.

Now, I’ve got some style inspiration for your next New Orleans getaway. Think hipster meets 90’s grunge with a bohemian flair. The style in New Orleans incorporates a balance of vintage inspiration and modern accents, and of course, color is a huge part of the city and its culture.

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P.S. Looking to plan your trip to NOLA ASAP? Love fashion (of course you do!)? New Orleans Fashion Week is this month! For more information, check out the site

NYFW Fall 2014 Trends

F  A  S  H  I  O  N

COLORS:

All-Black + Neutrals + Sangria

Images courtesy of Style.com

Images courtesy of Style.com

Rebecca Taylor + Kate Spade + Diane Von Furstenberg

CUTS:

Boxy, Over-sized, Menswear Inspired Tops & Outerwear vs. Feminine Skirts & Dresses with Slits

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Images courtesy of Style.com

Elizabeth & James + J. Mendel

FABRICS:

Fur + Metallics + Lace + Laser Cuts

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Images courtesy of Style.com

Oscar de la Renta + Tory Burch + Milly by Michelle Smith + Tadashi Shoji

PATTERNS:

Heritage Fabrics* + Floral Prints

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Images courtesy of Style.com

Vera Wang + Erin Fetherston

B  E  A  U  T  Y

HAIR:

Braids + Buns + Side-Swept Bangs

Images courtesy of Instagram and Facebook via Nylon Magazine, Marissa Webb, and Joie

Images courtesy of Instagram and Facebook via Nylon Magazine, Marissa Webb, and Joie

Nanette Lepore + Marissa Webb + Joie

MAKEUP:

Bold Lips + Bold Black Liner

Images courtesy of the Rebecca Minkoff Instagram and Style.com

Images courtesy of the Rebecca Minkoff Instagram and Style.com

Rebecca Minkoff + Rag & Bone

NAILS:

Nude + Nude + More Nude

Images courtesy of Instagram

Images courtesy of Instagram

Monique Lhuillier + Derek Lam + Altuzzara

*What are heritage fabrics?

Heritage fabrics feature patterns such as plaid, gingham, hounds-tooth, tartan, and checker.

Highlights from Day 7 of NYFW F/W 2014

MICHAEL KORS

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Michael Kors is an American fashion designer known for designing classic American sportswear for women. Like many other American fashion designers, his career has followed the path of the American dream. Kors first began designing apparel as a teenager and sold his designs out of his parents basement in Long Island, New York. He attended the Fashion Institute of Technology for nine months before dropping out and taking a job at a boutique that gave him a small portion of the store to sell his designs. It was there that the fashion director of Bergdorf Goodman discovered his work and invited him to show his collection to the buyers at Bergdorf. As they say, the rest is history! His Fall 2014 collection stays true to the brand with a mix of feminine and menswear inspired pieces. The palette of the collection consists of neutrals, neutrals, and more neutrals with the predominant hues of muddy gray and taupe. Some of my favorite looks from the line are the chunky ombre sweaters and fur layering pieces.

NANETTE LEPORE

nanette nyfw fw 2014 runway

Nanette Lepore is an American fashion designer with a youthful and feminine style. Her designs are typically bold, colorful, and flowy and feature evocative prints and contemporary silhouettes with a touch of bohemian flair. Today, she had grown into a lifestyle brand for women that includes apparel as well as swimwear, accessories, and fragrance. Her Fall 2014 collection reflects the overarching aesthetic of the brand with styles that are both modern and girly. A few of the standout looks from the line are the all-black suit with the magenta shoes that add a pop of color and the light airy dresses with asymmetric hemlines. Within the collection there is a lot of detailed texture play and interesting accessories from cross-body bags to color-blocked, waist-cinching belts. Overall, the line seems very wearable, accessible, and fresh!

ANNA SUI

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Anna Sui is an American fashion designer whose hip, exuberant, and sometimes eccentric designs are inspired by her depth of cultural knowledge. For over three decades, Anna Sui’s attention to detail and dedication to creativity have contributed to the success of her global lifestyle brand, which consists of apparel, accessories, cosmetics, and fragrance. Her Fall 2014 collection reflects the brand by combining styles and silhouettes from different eras with modern patterns, textures, and colors. In classic Anna Sui fashion there is a great deal of mixing and matching of various prints and fabrics that all seem to have a touch of vintage inspiration.

REMEMBER! I’ll be watching many of the shows streaming LIVE on the Mercedes Benz site and LIVE Tweeting during the shows. After the show ends, I’ll post a clip of the final walk on my Instagram, so be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram @cmcross (or in the right sidebar!) for all things NYFW. 

Highlights from Day 6 of NYFW F/W 2014

TORY BURCH

tory burch nyfw fw 2014 runway

Tory Burch is an American fashion designer who infuses her own feminine and eclectic style into her collections. Her brand has been known for its color and iconic prints since the label began in 2004. Most recently, the designer expanded her lifestyle brand to include a beauty line in the Fall of 2013. Today, Women’s Wear Daily broke the news that Burch is rumored to expand the brand further by branching out into menswear, men’s accessories, and active wear later this year. The newest addition to the Tory Burch team is the former senior vice president of men’s design at Coach, Jeffrey Uhl, who is expected to oversee the upcoming men’s line. The Fall 2014 collection showcased today is filled with rich fabrics and prints. According to In Style magazine, the inspiration for the collection was a Samurai warrior, which is certainly reflected in the colors, detail work, and overall tone of the collection. Some of my favorite aspects of the collection are the perfectly placed pops of metallic, leather, and sparkle. And, of course, the accessories were simply swoon-worthy from the elegant knee-high boots to the fur handbags.

MARC BY MARC JACOBS

marc by marc nyfw fw 2014 runway

Marc Jacobs is an American fashion designer known for his wild use of colors and patterns and his unflinching efforts to push the boundaries within the industry. His Fall 2014 collection delivered just that with a mix of bold patterns and unusual silhouettes. The collection is distinctly menswear inspired with both boxy styles and prints and lots of layering. However, there are feminine touches, namely the large waist-cinching belts and over-sized bows all in the style of punk schoolgirl chic. Although Jacobs has enlisted two new designers for the secondary line, Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier, the show was classic Marc Jacobs with the layout of a winding maze for the models to traverse and dramatic music setting the tone. (Check out a birds-eye view on my Instagram.)

OSCAR DE LA RENTA

oscar de la renta nyfw fw 2014 runway

Oscar de la Renta is a Puerto Rican, Dominican American fashion designer behind the famed fashion house that has dressed countless leading figures for the past several decades. De La Renta is particularly known for his formal attire from red carpet gowns to evening wear. The Fall 2014 collection includes a number of full length dresses as well as cocktail gowns, separates, outerwear, and accessories. For me, this was the standout show of the day. I could barely choose which six looks to feature because I loved each and every ensemble. This brand and subsequently this Fall 2014 collection epitomizes class, femininity, and timelessness. Although every piece of the collection is nearly flawless, I narrowed it down to these six looks as my absolute favorites for their wearability and accessibility. Oscar de la Renta is one of those brands that the “average girl” can find unattainable. However, I believe each of these looks pictured are ensembles that any girl can draw inspiration from in her Fall 2014 wardrobe.

REMEMBER! I’ll be watching many of the shows streaming LIVE on the Mercedes Benz site and LIVE Tweeting during the shows. After the show ends, I’ll post a clip of the final walk on my Instagram, so be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram @cmcross (or in the right sidebar!) for all things NYFW.