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{ Lipsy Anglaise Shorts, $59.40 & Broderie Anglais Jacket, $59.40 }

Shorts suits were all the rage this spring, but I’m still feeling them for summer. I love their versatility; you can easily bounce from a business meeting to happy hour in one of these. This suit from ASOS is especially lovely with its nice shell pink color and tailoring, making it an appropriate choice no matter the occasion, even during a heat wave.

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TrendSpotting: Fall 2011 Edition

Here are the trends from some of my favorite designers that I’m excited to sport this fall, and the more affordable versions I found to translate then into the real world, where I (unfortunately) live.

Lace | Stella McCartney, Lanvin, Jason Wu

{ ASOS, Topshop, Tulle, Whitney Eve}

Graphic | Libertine, Proenza Schouler, Marni

{ Forever 21, Josh Goot for ASOS, Bar IIIVera Moda Very }

Colored Pants | DKNY, Paul & Joe, 3.1 Phillip Lim

{ Rag & Bone, Diesel, Topshop, Diesel }   

Sequins | Chanel, Elie Saab, Giambattista Valli

{ Aidan by Aidan Maddox, Warehouse, Adrianna Papell, Victoria Secret }   

Polka Dots | Marc Jacobs, DvF, Lanvin

{ Free People, Tulle, StyleMint, ASOS }

Menswear Blazers | Ruffian, Stella McCartney, Nina Ricci 

{ Anthropologie, Topshop, Jou Jou, Paper Crown }

Get The Look: Colorblocking

For whatever reason, most people seem hesitant to try out the colorblocking trend.  Well, I’m here to tell you that you shouldn’t be one of them!  Colorblocking is actually kind of easy and oh-so-pretty when executed correctly.  Just remember to stick with solid tones in the same color spectrum, so that your choices complement – rather than compete – with each other.

Really, it’s that  simple!

Featuring | Topshop Cerise Ankle Grazer Trousers, $76

Look 1 | J.Crew Cashmere Sweater, $180.  Steve Madden ‘Koool’ Flat, $69.95.  Marc Jacobs Day To Night Single Bag, $530.73.

Look 2 | Topshop Light Pink Sleeveless Twist Front Blouse, $60.  Camilla Skovgaard Metallic Blush Plateau Sandals, $262.  Dorothy Perkins Blush Croc Bowler Bag, $28.87.

Glow Baby, Glow

I know that dewy makeup is “in” right now, but I happen to always prefer it over a more matte face.  It’s more natural and healthy looking, plus it radiates light for a younger, fresher appearance.  Think Jennifer Lopez, who always has a glow about her, no matter what time of year.

I found a great tutorial on how to recreate Leighton Meester’s glowing look from above here; but you really don’t need to spend that much or use that many products to achieve glowing skin.  In my experience, really only four products are essential.

1.  Tinted Moisturizer  Tinted moisturizer, like Aveeno’s Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, provides just the right amount of coverage while hydrating the skin, which is key for this look.  You want something correcting, that’s sheer and not heavy, otherwise you’ll lose that dewy finish.

2. Bronzer  If you learn how to properly apply it, bronzer can be your best friend.  Use one like Hard Candy’s So Baked Bronzer and swipe it everywhere on your face the sun naturally hits (across your cheeks, forehead, chin, and the bridge of your nose).

3. Blush Blush is a no-brainer here and I prefer to use a cream or stain.  I like Tarte’s cheek stains or Maybelline’s Dream Mousse Blush.

4. Highlighter Highlighter really completes this look.  I use Benefit’s High Beam on my cheekbones, brow bones, and down the bridge of my nose.

That’s really it.  Feel free to finish it off with curl of your lashes, a swipe of mascara and some lip balm or whatever else your heat desires.

Get the Look: Stripes

After seeing the above article in the New York Times on Sunday, I figured now was as good a time as any to share some of the striped gems currently bookmarked on my computer.

Black and white stripes are such a classic combination when done right.  To avoid looking more jailhouse rock than trés chic, always keep the fit in mind.

  1. J. Crew Cutter-stripe Underwire Tank, $98
  2. Ella Moss Exclusively for Piperlime Stripe Maxi Dress, $177
  3. ModCloth Shuffleboard Sweetheart Dress, $54.99
  4. Hive & Honey Striped Pleated Tank, $24
  5. Kate Spade Foley Square Sophie, $275
  6. J. Crew Maritime Striped Blazer, $118