Monthly Archives: May 2015

Embracing the New Kimono Trend

The Kimono, a Japanese-inspired piece, is taking off with excitement and variety this spring season. It has originally, for many, many years been a silk, wide sleeved robe wrapped with a belt. Right now, the look is found in many different clothing stores made of less expensive and easy to care for fabrics such as sateen, polyester, cotton, and rayon. They consist of tassel trims, loose, large sleeves, and ethnic and bright colored patterns for casual, work, and evening.

Not only do they come in a variety of colors and patterns but also many different lengths. Wear a cardigan style kimono to compliment just your top underneath, with a summer dress, or a longer one for your entire outfit! Long kimonos are great with shorts and a short dress to turn it into a daytime friendly piece. Even pair long ones with a long maxi dress for a boho chic look.

For work wear, spice up your skinny black trouser pants and white blouse with a printed kimono blazer. On the other side of the spectrum, a night out on the town, slip into a sheer kimono top over a little black dress. Or even better, a kimono dress with a belt at the waist, paired with wedges. Comfortable and beautiful, what a great combination!

Kimonos are also great as a bathing suit cover up if you get chilly on the shore during the day or during summer night winds. Something similar to a bathing suit top, a bra-let, shows a lot of skin, but becomes nicely balanced when paired with a kimono. So does the crop top and high-waisted bottoms look that you see in the picture to the right.





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Spring into More Color Trends for 2015

toasted almondNow that we are finally out of the cold of winter, warm colors are here to give us flare as we can now contently walk along the sunshine. Finally get close to nature with the all natural color, Toasted Almond. This color brings us balance by acting as middleman to the many warm colors of Spring/Summer. That brings me to my next flattering and bubbly shade, Strawberry Ice. It brings radiance within a healthy pink glow to you and your outfits.strawberryice

Tangerine, a color that will make you happy from head to toe, offers a stimulating aura and sharp edge, yet carries a balance of being subtle enough with it’s friendliness. This easily attractive color is great for adding life to patterns and accessories.

A lovely yellow, Custard, brings to us relaxation and comfort. It is soft and mellow, and goes into the spring season naturally as sweet and delectable. Seemingly the opposite to Custard is Marsala, a red-brown shade, which goes great with Classic Blue, shows confidence and gives a bold statement that it is here and it is here to stay, at least for this season!

While Marsala is extremely bold, Sandstone has a real down to earth effect by bringing us to nature and simplicity. Their opposition to each other actually makes them a great pair, as one color compliments the other perfectly!

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