24
Feb

5 Spring Fashion Trends To Inspire You In 2016

 

Spring Fashion Trends

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I don’t know about you, but I have approached fashion trend reports with more than a little caution – and for good reason!  To be honest, I don’t like to be told what to do when it comes to fashion (okay, maybe when it comes to life in general, too).  Perhaps you’re like me and your rebel streak comes out when someone tries to dictate your wardrobe.  Excuse me, you don’t know my life!  This is especially frustrating when those orchestrating the trends are designing clothes for only one body type.  And frankly, it is unsettling when there is a mystery around what designs, silhouettes, and colors are going to trickle down from the runway or fashion blog.  No matter how high-end some try to make it look, let’s face it: some designs just don’t work for the everywoman!

However, as I began to study fashion in college and became more familiar with how to observe cohesive designs or predict coming trends, I became more comfortable with the idea of allowing these designs to inspire my own personal taste rather than brainwash me into “what’s hot” and what’s not.  Because each woman is different in her figure and in her personality, it is illogical to feel as though fashion bloggers and runway designers set unbreakable rules in place.  So instead of seeing these predictions as intimidating rules to live by, we are free to instead view them as assets in bringing refreshing new ideas to our own personal expressions of style.  Without further ado, we would like to reveal five upcoming trends from the runways and street style inspiration that you can make your own for spring 2016!

One: Flared denim

In fashion, the pendulum tends to swing from one extreme to the other within a period of time and brings refreshing differences from the way we have grown accustomed to styling our wardrobes.  For instance, skinny jeans have taken culture by storm and are here to stay as classic standards.  But this spring, it’s time to celebrate the pendulum’s swing to the other side and to break out the universally-flattering flare leg!  How this cut ever faded into the background is a mystery.  The slim design from thigh to mid-calf is accentuated with a tasteful flare that brings dimension and balance to your figure, and with high waists also enjoying some popularity, the combination gives you endless options to elongate your legs and flatter your shape.  Be sure to check out this how-to in selecting the best shoes to pair with this look!

 

Two: Ruffles

To be certain, this trend will be fun to watch as it is interpreted for a variety of styles from the dynamic and dramatic to the simple and feminine.  Although I have always been one to approach this style with hesitation, the variations in design for 2016 are eye-catching show stoppers, such as dainty ruffles on cap sleeves or flowing waves encircling maxi skirts.  In our boutique, we love this classic design from Mud Pie in lightweight chambray with fun ruffles on the neckline.  It’s perfectly suited to your work apparel or after-hours “playtime”!

 

Three: High Necklines

 The high neckline is coming back in a couple of different variations such as the Victorian-era fashions from the runways that feature delicate accents like ruffles and lace.  The ’90s are also inspiring a lot of high neck halters that we saw bring a more feminine appeal than the traditional open-neck halter.  We particularly love the high necklines in swimsuit designs for 2016!

 

Cut-out Shoulders

It’s time to break out the shoulder workouts this season because you might just be playing peekaboo with your sleeves!  The runways are featuring more fun and funky designs to reveal a little skin, but fashion bloggers and street style fashion photographers are capturing this look in a more relatable style with appealing designs.  We are seeing a lot of off-the-shoulder tops, but the most popular style is the cut-out sleeve that guarantees you’ll be comfortable in your own skin.  Enjoy showing a little shoulder as the temperature rises!

 

Wrap skirts 

The hallmark of any trend worth noticing is versatility, and the wrap skirt has such potential to transform your ability to mix and match.  Examples of this trend are all over the map from casual minis to dramatic, flowy maxis, but my personal favorite is the twist on the classy pencil skirt!  The midi length gives the wrap design a chance to spruce up office attire without risking wardrobe malfunctions, and the silhouette is stunning in solids or fun prints!

These are just a few ideas to kickstart your spring wardrobe inspiration!  Other honorable mentions for upcoming trends are:

What do you think of these looks?  Which ones would you try this season?  We would love to know your expert opinion!

 

~ A note from the author, Sydney:

Thanks for stopping by today for our spring trend forecast!  The study of fashion and culture is fascinating, and I love that we can recreate and inspire with such creativity even with our wardrobes.  I don’t know how I feel about the mule shoe trend, but I am personally very excited to pull my yellow cathead sneakers out again and flare leg jeans are my true love in denim 🙂  Be brave this year and do your thing with your favorite designs that you see!  As a wise lady, once said, “You do you, girl!”  Happy Wednesday, we will see you next week!

17
Feb

Spring 2016 Home Trends

We are a little over a month away from spring and I am getting more and more excited each day. There is something about spring that brings out pure happiness in me. Maybe its to arrival of bright colors and new trends or maybe its the newness of nature that surrounds the season. Regardless spring is a season of change and new things. 

The newness of spring brings about many changes whether in style, home decor, or whatever. Things get lighter as the weight of winter is lifted and new trends evolve. Hours are spent browsing Apartment Therapy in hopes of sparking joy with these new trends and DIY projects that have been put on the back burner are completed!

I am thoroughly excited to see what this spring holds trend-wise. From what I have seen so far there is a lot of promise in the trends for the upcoming season.


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Texture is huge this spring. Every where I look, I see beautiful handmade wall weavings adding color and texture to bedrooms, living rooms, and more. The above weaving is a simple DIY project that can be completed in just a few hours. 

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Floral is also making a huge comeback this year. From magazines to apartment tours I am seeing an influx in floral prints, elements, and natural flowers. I can’t deny that I adore this trend and am excited to see even more when spring makes its debut. The above floral wall hanging from The Kitchy Kitchen would make a great addition to any bedroom or kitchen!

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Copper – Unless you have been living under a rock, you have obviously noticed the huge leap in the direction of copper. With rows at Target being dedicated to this gorgeous metal, it is obvious that this trend is here to stay for a while. It is simple to add a few copper elements in your home. For example this project from Hello! Upholstery would take less than 30 minutes!

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Marble – Finally and much to my surprise, marbled items are making headway in the home decor realm. From dinner napkins, to coffee mugs, to planters marble is popping up everywhere! It is simple to create your own marble items such as these napkins from Apartment Therapy

 

What trends are you excited to see this spring? 

10
Feb

5 Refreshing Valentine’s Date Ideas

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I am going to let you in on a little secret… I actually despise traditional dates. There is just something about a dinner and a movie that gets under my skin and irks me. I tend find that I am happiest when I am doing something a little more exciting with my significant other. The issue with this is that often times I find myself struggling to think of fun and exciting date ideas that go beyond tradition. 

Over the past 4 years of dating, I have found that my absolute favorite dates are the ones that involve new experiences and giving back to others. I have compiled my top 5 dates to share with you today! 

Travel Somewhere New

Whether the destination be near or far the excitement of visiting somewhere new is by far one of the best feelings. You could stick close to home and visit a nearby town you have never found time to go to or even travel a few hours away and stay in a local Bed and Breakfast. With this date the possibilities are endless.

Take a Hike

As our pharmacists clearly stated on their Facebook page, nature is an essential “medication.” Taking a walk around your neighborhood, at a local trail, or at any state park can be a fun way to spend your afternoon with your significant other and get a bit of exercise in the process. 

Coffee Shop Hop

My personal favorite date involves excessive amounts of caffeine and calories. I absolutely love coffee shops (it may have something to do with working at one) and I love to frequent them as much as possible. Many times coffee shops will have local bands play which makes for a calming cheap date. Visit one shop and sip on a cappuccino while listening to the band before making your way to the next shop to hear another artist and indulge in a pastry. 

Play with the Puppies

Ever since I got my pup, Lilly, I have become an obsessive dog mom. I spend way too much time dreaming about saving all of the shelter dogs. Though I realize this is not possible, it is possible to bring a bit of joy to these puppies. Get together with your loved one and make a date our of visiting the shelter. Bring a few new toys along and stay for a while playing with the dogs currently awaiting adoption. 

Shop for Someone Else

Finally, one of the most rewarding dates I have been on involved my boyfriend and I going to Walmart and shopping for others. When we did this we were shopping for toys for Toys for Tots but there are so many other charities that could use the support. Imagine picking up dog toys and food for the shelter, canned goods for the food pantry, or essential items for the homeless shelter. Choose a charity near and dear to your heart and shop until you drop!

 

How do you plan to spend your Valentine’s Day? Tell me below in the comments!

3
Feb

Five Unusual Beauty Tips

 

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Five unusual tips for your beauty regimen

 

For some, beauty regimens mean tranquil time to themselves to think, relax, and creatively put themselves together each morning.  It’s a routine they wouldn’t miss for the world.  For others, a beauty regimen is a chore, a stressful configuration of what to use, when to use it, what to combine, and how to get it done efficiently.  There are numerous and helpful posts that will cater to either crowd to provide the best methods and the best products.  While we hope to share with you some of our favorites, today we would like to explore some more unusual and broader tips for experimentation within your lifestyle and your beauty repertoire! 

Experiment One: Give the understudy a chance

We all have that one feature that we are more confident about or at least we are more comfortable in our ability to enhance with makeup and beauty products.  This feature is the star of the show, so to speak.  Maybe it’s your luscious hair, your stunning eyes, or your enviable jawline.  But what if you devoted some time to highlighting a different feature?  (Give yourself a challenge and select the area you feel the least confident about!)  Learn about your features and what makes them distinct like the shape, color, or size.  Then, look up tutorials on different ways to give those areas some love!  If you’ve got the perfect pout, you probably rock red lipstick every day.  But what about your cheekbones?  Put the red lip pout in time-out and draw the eyes up toward your cheekbones with some bronzing powder or dewy blush mousse!  Do you have gorgeous eyes but your skin could use some TLC?  Research or ask a consultant for an accurate match to your complexion and find the best product that gives you illuminating coverage.  And do yourself the favor of drinking water and eating fruits to give your skin a rejuvenated glow!  Highlighting other features will provide you with more wonderful options for different daytime and evening looks!  If you’re looking for some insight on good products or for tutorials on new ways to enhance your features, check out one of my favorite resources at Beauty and the Boutique for wonderful step-by-step educational videos!

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Experiment Two: Be a relationship revolutionary

How much of our time on our devices is spent looking at ways we could look better, feel better, do better?  Try putting aside the time you might be spending on your phone so that you can engage with people.  Make an effort to circumvent the small chat and even avoid discussions centered around what you saw online, if possible.  Think of questions that you’ve really wondered about and instead, wonder aloud!  Finally mentioning those thoughts that you believe only you think of might generate some lively and bonding conversation.  Instead of using the same stale questions of  “where are you from?” or “what did you study in college?”, ask others questions that you truly want to know the answer to.  Think of what you might like to be asked and then offer those questions to invite personable dialogue!  Engaging the people around you in the human experience together will challenge you, validate you, and encourage you and those with whom you spend that time!  And when less trivial matters are finally not the order of discussion, personal characteristics like empathy and insight and even some shared laughter will lift your spirit above the things that make you self-aware.  If we don’t want to be judged as books by their covers, we must offer more interesting conversation than simple book title-length sentences.

 

Experiment Three – Shop deliberately for quality clothing

Too many of us have bought a garment too soon due to pressure, cultural dictations, or our own curiosity that made it seem like a good idea at the time!  But now that it’s out of the store and in the closet, that budding shopping romance has come to a cold and bitter end.  What if we experimented with shopping more thoughtfully and learned to avoid buying cheap, poorly constructed garments?  In order to shop deliberately, make a list of your closet essentials and then add the silhouettes you know that you like or that aren’t the most flattering to your build.  (For me, capris and patterned bottoms are a no-no, but cargo jeans or fit-and-flare dresses are welcomed in my closets!) Then with patience and a discerning eye, shop with deliberate knowledge of what you need from clothing lines that provide high quality fabric and construction.  Your patience will literally pay off as you invest in garments that are well-made, long-lasting, and complementing to your body.  At Walker Boutique, we enjoy providing collections with fine, tailored construction and quality fabrics such as Mud Pie and TYLER BÖE that will give you your money’s worth in quality and items with a long life of use!  One of my favorites in Mud Pie’s spring line is our  Marley shirtdress in chambray with a charming tie waist and figure-flattering button-up silhouette!

 

Experiment Four: Go to bed thirty minutes earlier

Getting more rest isn’t as unusual a tip and it seems like a no-brainer for health and beauty reasons.  And yet, we STILL don’t do it, do we?  We know it’s better for our bodies, and we know that when we are well-rested, we look and feel more relaxed, confident, and beautiful.  So quit the excuses, Sweetheart!  🙂  Reevaluate and carve out thirty minutes of your time that you may be subconsciously spending in unnecessary areas that are taking away those healthy benefits.  Just for a week, go to bed thirty minutes earlier than normal and see how you feel in the mornings!  This may be more difficult for night owls, but make the decision to power down around 8:30 or 9 in the evening and get in the bed by 10.  Those hours of sleep before midnight are as restorative to your body as all the other hours after midnight combined, so give your brain and body the chance to experience this kind of rest!  Soon you’ll begin to notice the small changes that result in a more rested you and you will have the renewed energy and interest in dressing yourself, as well as the confidence to try new things.

Experiment Five: Try ten new things in a year

Women feel most confident and beautiful not when they spend five hours getting their hair and makeup just right but when they are doing an activity that loosens the bonds on the real woman within.  Numerous red carpet celebrities have been quoted saying that they feel most beautiful when they are doing something they love; why can’t that be true for you, too?  Take the time for a mini-vacation or even a day-trip adventure, get your hands dirty in the yard or garden, volunteer for your favorite local charity, play paintball, or sign up for dancing lessons!  Dancing especially has a unique way of allowing you to express emotions that can’t be put into words.  In the privacy of home, search YouTube to try the fiery flamenco or the spirited lindy hop to loosen up and let your hair down!  Whatever activity you choose, just take the risk to enjoy anything that requires an adventurous spirit and not a stitch of makeup!  Giving yourself – and your face – a break from the routine will provide the chance to get reacquainted with the true you and the reasons you should love that person within.

Some of these ideas may seem unorthodox for incorporating into a beauty regimen, but it’s so important to remember that beauty doesn’t come from a jar or a contour kit!  Beauty comes from the person you are, and it would be a tragic shame to let the world’s expectations or dictations squelch all that you are or prevent you from taking care of yourself, body and soul.  We hope that you will try at least one experiment for just a month and see what a difference it makes both in your appearance and more importantly, your spirit.  Until next Wednesday, Beautiful! 😉

 

~ A note from Sydney:  Thank you, dear Reader, for coming to visit with us again!  We are eager to learn more about how we can serve our customers in lasting ways and to know what matters to you.  I invite you to please do us the honor of sharing with us by your comments, emails, or posts on any of our social media any questions or comments you may have for us!  Is there a line you wish we would carry?  Do you have questions about weddings, fashion, home decor, or lifestyle interests?  We are here to listen to what you have to say, and it would be the greatest pleasure to hear from you!  Please comment below and be on the lookout for upcoming newsletters and voluntary surveys if you are interested in providing customer feedback!  Until next time, Happy Wednesday!