Archive for May, 2012
This weekend I’m heading out on a Las Vegas adventure to watch my best friend and STA supporter compete for the crown at the Miss USA pageant. As I get ready for days by the pool, evenings wining and dining, and nights sure to be filled with plenty of dancing, I make sure I have all the fashioniSTA essentials for a Vegas vacation. Here is the fashioniSTA checklist for a weekend getaway with the girls in Las Vegas.
Sock bun or top knot up-do
The latest issues of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Glamour magazines
Photo: Tory Burch “Quinn” flats
Basic flip flops
Dressier pair of t-strap sandals
Sky-high wedges for dance parties by the pool
Cut-off denim shorts
Photo: Jessica Simpson wedges, Chanel sunglasses, azure bikini
Dinner Date Must Haves:
Skirts - a bandage mini and a form fitting pencil skirt are sexy staples for every fashioniSTA wardrobe
A few silk blouses
Photo: Alice + Olivia python-print skirt (purchased from STA), Chanel heels (purchased from STA), leather turn-lock clutch
Night Out Necessities and Pageant-Attendee Attire:
A variety of cocktail dresses - cut-out details, bandage dresses, and backless LBDs are some favorite fashioniSTA trends
Strappy stilettos and platform pumps
Plenty of glam jewelry – you can never have too much in Vegas
Photo: Report Signature pumps (purchased from STA), Express clutch, black and white colorblock dress (boutique purchase), chandelier earrings
With this packing list, this fashioniSTA is sure to have an entire weekend full of fun in the most stylish way.
~Lisa, fashioniSTA traveler
Now that April showers are long gone (we hope!) and May is in full bloom, we are looking to some of our favorite fashion bloggers to see how they are wearing florals this spring. Check out our picks for our favorite springtime inspiration, there’s something for every style!
As the warm weather kicks in each year, floral prints are always on trend. This year, the pretty print popped up all over the place, including a huge trend this spring, the floral pant. Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific shows us how she styled her Topshop pants by boldly mixing them with an animal print blouse, a neutral Céline bag (which of course goes with anything!), and simple black pumps. If you’re feeling daring, try mixing prints like Blair. Opt for a muted, neutral hue since your pants will be making the statement.
Jessica Quirk of What I Wore shows us an effortless look of a floral dress paired simply with a skinny belt and wedges. This is a perfect option for the workplace (just add a cardigan or blazer) or for a daytime weekend event with girlfriends or family. Add a leather jacket or blazer and this look can easily take you from day to night! Julie Sarinana of Sincerely, Jules also shows us a floral dress, but this time, she’s taking it to the max in a long sexy maxi dress with an oh-so-high slit up the side. She pairs the dress with a pair of rugged boots and slouchy bag for a bohemian-chic look. Swap out the boots and bag for a pair of pumps and structured clutch and you’ve got a perfect look for a fancy night out.
Lastly, Aimee Song of Song of Style wears a floral blazer, which in my opinion, goes with almost anything. She styles the blooming blazer with a neutral strapless dress, but pair this pretty topper with anything from shorts and a sequin tank, to jeans and a white tee, to a sexy bodycon dress and you’ll find it to be one of the most versatile pieces in your wardrobe this spring!
All of these fabulous floral looks will take you from spring all the way through summer, and will have you looking pretty, feminine and chic all season long! Let us know your favorite ways to wear florals on Facebook or Twitter!
Take a tropical holiday at our Wellesley store!
Join us on Thursday, May 24th from 3pm – 7pm for a tropical-themed shopping event with food, drinks and 20% off your entire purchase.
You can also enter our raffle to win a $50 gift card!
Missed our Girls’ Night Out? Don’t worry!
STA Philly is making it up to you with a Ladies’ Lunch this Wednesday, May 23rd from 1pm – 3pm.
Stop by for mimosas and light fare, along with 20% off your entire purchase!
Second Time Around
1728 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Join us Thursday, May 17th from 7pm – 9pm for Candy-Colored Couture Girls’ Night Out at all STA locations!
Bright bold candy colors are in for Spring and Summer, and we have racks of the hottest looks ready to be shopped!
There is more: Everything will be on sale! You will enjoy up to 30% off of your purchase based on the color candy you draw from our bowl! One candy wrapper will have a golden ticket with a special $50 STA gift card inside.
Sip champagne, and indulge with us during this one-night only event!
The Met Gala is arguably the most high-fashion red carpet event of the year, where the style risks are lauded and the boring are never invited again (if only). This is a great night for the avant garde to sneak in with the red carpet glamour, giving us great pieces that are sure to inspire (or give us a sneak peek at) upcoming runway collections. Here are the top four trends of the night, and who wore them best!
1. Dripping in Metal
Gold has continued to earn its weight worth, at least in the style arena, and it was definitely a key power player last night. Between Anna Wintour’s gold detailed Prada, Karolina Kurkova in a full-on Arabian-inspired Rachel Zoe ensemble, and Jessica Pare’s square neckline/cap sleeve dark golden L’Wren Scott gown, there was enough sparkle to go around. Not only was all of this glitz great to watch on the red carpet, but it inspires the rest of us to break out the bold metallics when we have our less-formal (but still fabulous) events to attend.
Who wore it best? We’re torn between Lana del Rey’s flawless sweetheart Altuzarra and Camilla Belle’s plunging Ralph Lauren. Both style stars donned the dark gothic makeup to accentuate their dresses’ lighter metallic shades, but Camilla Belle’s flawless accents with her hair/makeup/earrings put her in the lead.
2. Embellished Mermaids
Instead of body-hugging silhouettes or outrageous ball gowns, the biggest shape contender last night was hands-down the mermaid silhouette. And since we’re pretty sure that these ladies weren’t trying to hide oversized calves, we can only speculate that the mermaid trend is stationed to take to new heights in the near future. From the tame – like Julianne Hough, to the outrageous – Beyonce in a lace and feather concoction – these ladies added appliques, feathers, tulle and pretty much every other material on the planet to create dramatic volume below the knees.
Who wore it best? While it seems a demure choice, Reneé Zellweger gave us all a shock when she decided against wearing her signature Carolina Herrera. However, dressed in Pucci (left), she rocked the long sleeves, sheer details, and an embellished mermaid train without looking like a trend wreck.
3. Feather Intensity
A flock of feathers covered the red carpet last night. This trend popped up everywhere from Donna Karan’s clutch to Kate Bosworth’s backless full-on feather Prada dress. Amy Poehler looked shockingly chic in a Fontini black peplum gown with a mermaid train of black feathers, and Diane Kruger’s purple Prada gown swept the carpet with the trim and train drenched in feathers. The red carpet had it’s grand finale when Beyonce arrived in a jaw-dropping Givenchy Haute Couture embroidered gown with a purple ombré train of feathers, proving to us that she properly holds the title of World’s Most Beautiful Woman. I guess stylish birds of a feather really do flock together.
Who wore it best? We have to go with Cate Blanchett in Alexander McQueen. Don’t let the black dissuade you from far away, the actress brought the glamour by marrying intricate feather detailing from the bodice to the train with impeccable fit.
One of the biggest trends on the Fall 2012 runways was the architectural shapes and details, and it carried over onto the red carpet last night. While January Jones stepped out in a Versace hip-action number that we feel like we’ve seen her in a million times, stars like Elizabeth Banks (in a somewhat bizarre Mary Katrantzou dress) and Jessica Stam (in a pale blue, ornate Christian Dior Couture design) brought over-exaggerated sculpted details to the event.
Who wore it best? Ok, don’t judge us, but for some reason Thakoon-dressed Christina Ricci’s oversized bow and architectural neckline really spoke to us (right). Maybe it was the risk or maybe we’re having a Casper flashback. Don’t ask, we really can’t explain it.
~Ashley and Lisa, FashioniSTAs