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Spring 2012 Hottest Purses

A purse not only holds some of our most important items, but a purse showcases our personalities. There are so many different styles, shapes, sizes, colors, and brands to choose from. A purse can make a look formal, ladylike, trendy, or casual.

Although most of us have our staple purse or purses that we use constantly, it’s always fun to get a new bag for a new season. Plus, the variety of styles and looks that are out right now and perfect for all different types of personalities and styles.

Here are the hottest purses to choose from this season-
Color block tote. Colorblock is huge this season. It is being shown on clothing, shoes, jewelry, and best of all purses. Colorblock purses are perfect for this time of year. Being two or more colors, they are very versatile and can go with most anything in your closet. If you tend to be a little gun shy when it comes to the hottest trends, this is a great one to get you started with.

 A lady like handbag. There is something to be said for the prim, proper, clean lines of a handbag.This season, a ladylike handbag means structure, color, and an overall look of sophistication. Think Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, or Elizabeth Taylor. The overall look is feminine and well put together.

Clutches with personality. What I love about the clutches this season is that they are FULL of personality. This season you can find clutches that are colorblocked, have studs, linked chains, intricate buckles and more. Spring 2012 definitely got it right when it came to clutches this season.

Fringe Cross Body Bag.  This style is bohemian, trendy, and lady like all in one. The look is relaxed, but strung over the body; the look is ladylike and chic. What I love most about the fringe cross body bag, is that you can pair it with a maxi dress and cropped jacket for a casual look, or you can pair it with some skinny jeans, and a pair of great heels for a sexier look.

The Power of a Woman's Dress

Forever and now a woman’s dress has been a staple in our wardrobes; the go to item that can never steer us wrong. A dress can be casual; it can be modest, sexy, professional, and fun. A dress can take you to your first interview, escort you to a date, accompany you to dinner with friends, and support you at a gala event. A dress will never lead us wrong, and will always be there for us to turn to.
A dress is perfect any time of year, but this time of year a dress is ideal.  For those of you who own plenty of dresses here are some ideas on how to wear them, and for those of you who only have that little black dress hanging in their closet for well, every occasion, then here are a list of the must-have dresses that every woman should own.

A flirty, flowy dress is one that can take you to a date with your sweetie or to a barbecue with friends. It is feminine, light-weight, flirty, and looks great paired with heels or flats. To get the flirty, flowy look try the H&M calf length light blue dress for only $59.95. Pair your dress with a fun, strappy, flirty sandal, whether that is flat or heel. Try a pair like the Audrey Brooke Capri Sandal in tan from DSW for $69.95. Pair with a simple clutch, like this tan bow clutch from mod cloth for $45.00. Keep your jewelry simple and lady like so that the focus is your dress.  Find this fun, feminine, blue and white polka bracelet at Forever 21 for $3.80 and finish off your look with these simple pearlescent flower studs for $2.80 at Forever 21.

A shift dress is the ultimate dress because it is perfect for work, for a nice dinner, for a wedding, or even a casual event. A shift dress is extremely transitional and looks great on all figures. For some of the most adorable shift dresses, try dorothyperkins.com. One of my personal favorites is this lemon contrast dress found at dorothyperkins.com for $75.00. This dress is perfect for any occasion, the color screams Spring, and the style looks great on all shapes. Pair your lemon shift dress with a basic black patent leather peep toe pump like this pair from Aldo for $80.00. The shoe is classic and is perfect for any event. Pair with a matching patent leather clutch also found at Aldo for $29.98. Accessorize your look with a statement earring like these cut out teardrop earrings from Forever 21 for $3.80, and rich gold link bracelet from Forever 21 for $8.80.

A floor length dress is a must this season. Perfect for a day of errands paired with a scarf or jacket or dressed up with a pair of wedge heels and a statement necklace. Try this teal cotton bandeau dress from misselfridge.com for $65.00. Add some fun and style to the dress and pair with a metallic belt. Since the dress is a bandeau top, pair with a layered gold necklace like this coin swag necklace from  Forever 21 for $5.80. Add sass to the look with a pair of fun hoops like the dimpled hoop earrings from Forever 21 for $3.80. Tie  your look together with a funky tote like this the orange Lowd tote from Aldo for $50.00. The colors look rich and complement one another. Finish your look with wedge heel sandals like the tan wedges from H&M for $39.95.

Women and Shoes.. are Macaroni to Cheese

Shoes and Women are like peanut butter to jelly, yin to yang, salt to pepper, sand to beach, or cheese to macaroni. The two just fit together which explains why as women, we need and have so many varieties and options; at least that’s what we tell ourselves! That being said, tis the season to treat yourself to a pedicure because now is the time to take advantage of showing your toes off and rocking some of the most adorable shoes that Spring has to offer.

Spring's hottest shoe trends for 2012 include Ankle strap shoes. Found on stilettos, platform heels, and wedges, ankle straps are an absolute must this season. Neon gets you noticed. Whether you are wearing a pair of ballet flats, heels, or sandals, bright neon yellow, orange, pink, or green in any shoe is a definite this season. Wedges are a girl’s best friend. Wedge sandals are not only adorable, but are extremely comfortable. Wedges are the perfect all around shoe. Whether paired with a maxi dress, ankle pants for the office, or skinny jeans for going out, wedges always look cute. Strappy flat sandals. After a long day at work or for doing errands around town on the weekends, we still want to look cute, but do not always want the pain of heels on our feet. Best of all, they come in fun colors with intricate detail like fringe, feathers,  gold buckles, or multi-colored straps. Colorblock. With so many colors to choose from this season, why not combine two, three, or four into one pair of shoes? Colorblock shoes are fantastic because they allow you to have so many different outfit options and looks in one. Take a look at some of these cute pairs below:

Feeling Blue? Fabulous!

Color truly is food for our spirit; it adds life to our bland everyday wardrobe and brightens our faces.  There are an amazing amount of colors to choose from right now that are being shown on the runways and in stores, however not every color looks  good on everyone – except for one. Cobalt blue, one of the hottest colors this season, is the one color that looks fabulous on every skin tone, goes with every hair color, and is flattering for any occasion. Cobalt blue is an amazing statement color that wows in a dress, jacket, top, or shoes. Best of all this color goes with absolutely everything so you can really have fun mixing and matching your blue pieces with other colors that you have.Take a look at these cobalt blue outfit options below...

Swap out your typical black dress and try a little cobalt blue dress like this belted pleat neck dress from oasis-stores.com for $50.00. It’s the perfect dress that you can wear to work, out to dinner, or even to a wedding. Pair with fun, bright accessories like these yellow Michael Antonio Love Me Pumps for $39.95 at DSW, snake skin print BCBGeneration clutch found at DSW for $59.95, and pair with stud earrings like these yellow flower studs at Forever 21 for $2.80 and these simple gold bangles from Forever 21 for $8.80. The overall look is timeless.

For a day at the office or meeting girlfriends for lunch try a jacket in cobalt blue. Try something like this circle cobalt blue blazer from H&M for $48.00. Pair with fitted white pants from H&M for $24.95. Instead of going nude, try a bright colored pump like these peach HAYTH peep-toes from Aldo for $80. Pair with silver hoops from Forever 21 for $3.80, twisted silver bangles from Forever 21 for $6.80, and tan and white Flynn Satchel from Payless for $19.99. This look is sophisticated, unique, and stylish all in one.
For your playful, casual side accessorize with cobalt blue instead of having it be the focus of your outfit. Pair your favorite jeans like these adorable quicksilver Brewster jeans for $34.75, with a flowy bright tank, like this tangerine cashmere tank from topshop.com for $40.00. Pair with this vibrant feather scarf at Forever 21 for $8.80. Accessorize with the dimpled drop earring from Forever 21 for $2.80, Forever 21 spike stretch bracelet for $7.80, and to complete the entire look accessorize with cobalt blue pumps, like this fabulous and inexpensive pair from Payless for $34.99.

Spring "extras" to toss up the old and make look brand new!

What  are this spring’s “extras” that will help refurbish you older items and where can you find them inexpensively?

A bright colored statement jacket is one of the easiest ways to look stylish and put-together.  Pair your bright colored statement jacket with pin skirts, black pants, or jeans. Try something like this pink ruffle trench coat from Target for $39.99. 

Flowy maxi dresses are the perfect purchase to help you transition into warmer weather. Pair your maxi dress with a cropped jean jacket, cardigan, or fun scarf. Find a variety of inexpensive maxi dresses at Old Navy, like this Kelly green racer back maxi dress with rope belt for $29.94.

Bright colored clutches are a definite “it” item this spring.  Try something like this bright orange clutch from H&M with gold accent for $17.95.

If I emphasize anything that you invest in this season, nude pumps are my number one must-haves. Nude pumps are not only stylish, but they look rich and will go with literally anything in your wardrobe. . Try the Doyscher pump at Aldo for $80.

Bright colored layered bracelets are just plain fun and standout. Try Forever 21 for fun and colorful options ranging from $6.80 to $10.80.

Ballet flats are the perfect shoe this season when we are done with boots, but not quite ready for sandals.
Find a variety of fun flats at Charlotte Russe ranging from $19.50 to $24.50.