Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The print that won't go away!

Classic and timeless are two words that are synonymous with leopard print. It just won't go away and to us that's a good thing. No matter what, it's one print that can take you through all seasons. You can wear leopard print with florals for spring for a little fun mix printing, leopard sandals in the summer to add a little pep in your step, leopard scarves for the fall for an effortless glam look, or leopard booties in the winter for an edgier look.

For the fall, wearing a leopard print scarf is an easy and subtle way to change up your look without having to spend a lot of money. You can find them at local boutiques or fashion companies and on online boutiques like ZaraASOS or ModCloth.

This print acts as a neutral so basically anything goes. Here are a few ways you can wear a leopard scarf for an effortlessly chic look. 

Wear it with a bold colored blazer, cardigan, or jacket for an eye-catching look.

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♥Wear with neutrals like brown, black, tan, or navy so that the scarf is the statement, besides you of course :)

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♥ Try a non-traditional leopard print for a fun, modern update.

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♥Mix it with stripes for a nautical look with an edge.

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How would you wear a leopard print scarf? Let us know in the comments and have a fashionable Halloween! 
XO Wil Harris

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

When life hands you gems...

We recently did a post on gold cuffs and we kept running into the same name, Coco Chanel, the Queen of style and grace. If you look at pictures of the style icon, you'll probably notice the two cuffs on her left and right wrist. This my friend is where it all started.

Coco Chanel wearing her iconic cuffs

We all know Chanel is the queen of pearls but her cuffs have a history of their own. Cuffs have been around for a few seasons now and are the ghost of fashion's past. It is said that Chanel had a few gems, given to her by ex-lovers, and wanted to update the settings. She approached her friend, Duke Fulco di Verdura, about designing her something beautiful with these gems. Chanel and Verdura set out on a European tour for inspiration and were inspired by the Byzantine artwork. What Verdura created was the iconic Maltese cross cuffs.


Chanel and Verdura

The Maltese cross is associated with the sign for Christian crusaders known as Knights of Malta. It's an eight-pointed cross; the four arms are of equal length, widening slowly to end in doubled points. 



These bracelets propelled Verdura and his workshop into the spotlight. He is probably one of the most influential jewelry designers of the 20th century. 




What's one thing we learned from this? When life hands you "unwanted" gems, make something grand!  


A modern update of the Verdura cuffs

We hope everyone is having a great and safe Tuesday. Our thoughts and prays are with those affected by Hurricane Sandy!
XO Wil Harris

Friday, October 26, 2012

Color me Happy!

It's so much fun experimenting with different color combinations and fall's color palette is the perfect inspiration to start with. We've found 7 fashionable outfits and pulled the colors out into a color splash. These combinations all feature the most basic color, black. Which goes to show that nothing is the new black but black itself. Start with this color and work your way around it. The possibilities are endless! 

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Which color combo do you like the best? Let us know in the comments. Happy Friday and have a fashionblae weekend!
XO Wil Harris

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Fashion inspired by: Tink and Peri!

Okay, it's that time again, our fashion cartoon series, "Fashion inspired by!" We're bringing out our inner kid with the newest Disney fairy movie,Tinker Bell and The Secret of the Wings. 

In Secret of the Wings, Tinker Bell ventures into the mysterious Winter Woods and meets a frost fairy named Periwinkle,Tinkerbell's long lost twin sister. They were born from the same laughter and have the same wing pattern, which is very uncommon in the fairy world. But, they can't live together in Pixie Hollow because Periwinkle is a winter fairy who lives in the Winter Woods. 

While these two fairies face this emotional obstacle, they face it with style (is there any other way) and that is why they are our latest "Fashion Inspired By." 



Tinkerbell is a Tinker fairy who is loving, feisty, and loves finding and inventing things. Her fashion style is her trendsetting strapless fairy dress in a beautiful shade of fairy green. 
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Periwinkle is a winter fairy who is curious, fun, and loves to make frost swirls. She wears a dress that sparkles like ice with a chic up-do that pulls her look together. 
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Which fairy is more of your style? Which look is your favorite? Let us know in the comment!
XO Wil Harris

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Jagged edge, no jagged fashion!

Houndstooth is a very distinctive fabric that draws the eye in many different directions. With its jagged edges and broken abstract checks, this bold print is perfect for fall.The print first originated in the lowlands of Scotland in the 1800s and got its name because the quirky pattern resembles the edges of a hound dog's back teeth.

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This print was popular in the 1930s and 1940s and is used today with many other materials, in and out of the fashion world. Today, you can find this print in tweed, wool, and cotton fabrics and also on dresses, jackets, skirts, handbags and shoes.The colors were traditionally black and white but have gotten  modern updates throughout the years with bold color choices.
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1. Forever 21, Houndstooth fit & flare coat, $37.80
2. ModCloth, Houndstooth of the matter, $44.99
3. Amazon, Sally Hansen Salon Effects, $8.51
4. ModCloth, Houndstooth or dare bag, $59.99
5. Forever 21, Houndstooth print shift dress w/ belt, $22.80
6. ASOS, Peplum frill mini skirt in houndstooth, $26.39

Do you like houndstooth print for fall? How would you wear it? Let us know in the comments!
XO Wil Harris

Friday, October 19, 2012

"I'm so mean I make medicine sick"

We've featured style icons like Dorothy DandridgeAndre 3000, and Rita Hayworth on our blog, what an eclectic group of people right? Well, it's about to get even more so!

You may know him as a cultural icon, a three-time heavyweight champion, the greatest, and the man who said, "I'm so mean I make medicine sick," but he is also a man of style.

When  Muhammad Ali wasn't wearing his boxing gloves, he was wearing tailored suits, vest, jackets, and sweaters. He had an unorthodox style in the boxing ring with his fast jabs and quick feet that danced around his opponent but his style outside the boxing ring was simple, clean, crisp, and  tailored. And even though his style in and out of the ring were different, one thing was clear, he always suited up!


Muhammad Ali as the new face of Louis Vuitton's latest core values campaign with his grandson at his Arizona home. 
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Happy Friday and have a great and fashionable weekend!
XO Wil Harris

Thursday, October 18, 2012

If sheer and polka dots had a baby!

We ♥ colored tights and we also  polka dot tights. They are cute and make us smile at who ever is wearing them. Now sheer polka dot tights? They definitely add a little bit more sexiness and takes a simple outfit to the next level. 

You can wear them with just about anything you can pair black tights with: dresses, skirts, jeans, or shorts. It's a great way to bring in the mix printing trend that was popular during the summer. You can also keep it simple by wearing a monochromatic look to let the tights be the focal point.
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A few finds:
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Anthropologie
Image 1 of ASOS Spot and Sheer Tights
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ASOS
Ask Around Tights
$24.99
ModCloth
Would you wear sheer polka dot tights? Let us know how you would wear them!
XO Wil Harris

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A whole lot of tulle!

One of the most memorable Carrie Bradshaw looks, and probably one of our favorite is her tutu like mint green tulle dress! It's flirty, fun, and shows that tutus are not just for little girls and ballerinas but for fashionistas who are willing to take fashion risk.


Tulle skirts are unexpected but quirky, and push the fashion boundary. This look can be hard to pull off. Here our a few Wil Harris tips to help you do so:

  Foot wear is important with this look. Try booties, simple pumps, or even combat boots for a nice contrast. 

 Wear statement jewelry. An arm party or a chunky necklace can add edge.

 ♥As a rule of thumb, if you are wearing a full or loose fitting bottom, keep the top fitted. Try a fitted tee or jacket.

 Tulle works well with other fabrics and textures. Try a leather jacket or a graphic 
sweater to balance out the look.

♥Try different lengths like calf or knee length to find the right one for you.

♥Like Carrie, you can find a dress that already has a built-in tulle skirt.

♥Remember, fashion is all about experimenting and having fun, don't take it too seriously :)

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Would you wear a tulle skirt? How would you wear it? Let us know in the comments!
XO Wil Harris

Monday, October 15, 2012

Cuff up!

Wearing gold cuffs are a super chic way to make any outfit bold and fun. They add instant simple sophistication without trying too hard. These gold cuffs are not embellished with jewels and intricate designs, but have a clean sleek look that can give your outfit an extra oomph with with taking away from your overall look. 
Here are 3 ways you can wear gold cuffs.


Channel your inner Wonder Women and Coco Chanel by wearing double gold wrist cuffs. 
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For an even bolder look? Try wearing gold cuffs on both ankles!
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and for a more simpler and subtle look, try a gold cuff hair tie.
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What do you think of gold cuffs? Which way would you wear it? Let us know in the comments!
XO Wil Harris