SPRING 2018: HOW TO ADD NEW COLOR TO YOUR WARDROBE THIS SPRING

Wow! I can’t believe it’s already May! I’ve been a bit missing in action on the site lately with so many changes & so much going in my life lately….but…….I’m very excited to get back into the spring season & to be writing again here on Rock Paper Sequins. It’s been a looooong & cold winter here on the East coast & it’s finally starting toward up & feels like spring is finally in the air.

It’s so fun to be in the city this time of year, everyone is so excited to be outdoors and there’s such an amazing collective energy and optimism on the streets and in the parks and the cafes too, it’s contagious!

Anyway, I’ve been anticipating this season for a while and excited to start wearing all the new spring threads. One thing I’m really excited about is adding more color into my wardrobe after many months of wearing darker colors.

What are your favorite colors to wear this spring?

I’m currently so excited about: PINK, YELLOW & LILAC

 

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Pink is the color of optimism & love. It can be delicate & sweet and feminine & romantic, but it also represents universal love and the most powerful form of love which is self love….

SHOP THE LOOK- clockwise from top: 

floral print dress/ dRA                  eyelet lace dress/   Rebecca Taylor                     gingham top/ Lovers & Friends          off the shoulder midi dress/ Astr the Label             wrap around bracelet/  Rebecca Minkoff            skirt/  Paskal                    cat eye sunglasses/ Fendi

 

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Yellow is a happy color. It represents positive energy & enlightenment, but it can also be cheerful & fun….& perfect for Spring 2018!

SHOP THE LOOK- clockwise from top: 

EYELET TOP/  Endless Rose         maxi dress/ Privacey  Please      slip dress/   Glamourous  

ruffled wrap dress/  C/ Meo Collective

pineapple bag/ similar here        handbag/ similar here           sandals/ Topshop

 

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Ultra Violet is the ultimate color & Pantone’s color of the year!

The color violet can be associated with royal, luxury, power & ambition….it also represents creativity, devotion, peace & magic….

SHOP THE LOOK- clockwise from top: 

ruffled crop top/ Rebecca Taylor       floral print dress/  Ulla Johnson

off the shoulder dress/   Endless Rose        long sleeve ruffle dress/ For Love and Lemons

booties/ Tibi        backpack/ Deux Lux

HAPPY SPRING!

 

The Icon- RIHANNA STYLE….All the Looks You’ll Want to Wear Right Now for #SS18

One of my favorite style icons from the past few years has been the effortlessly cool & uber-stylish RIHANNA. In this day and age it’s hard to find people with a strong personal style who like to break the rules & take fashion risks, but that’s exactly Rihanna. She’s unapologetic & true to herself in both her music, lyrics and her street style too.

Always cutting edge & slightly ahead of the curve, Rihanna sets trends and defines the styles that we all seeM to crave by the following year. A true rebel, independent woman & free spirit, she wears whatever she wants with pure confidence from the red carpet to the stage to the street. Always cool, always effortless & forever beautiful, she is a talented signer, performer & designer.

Here are some of my favorite looks worn by Rihanna in 2017 & the current similar styles you’ll want to wear right now…..

Get Inspired:

ULTRA VIOLET – Pantone’s color of the year is set to be the most coveted color for this Spring season….It looks fresh, cutting edge & optimistic in tops, dresses & accessories…..

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GET THE LOOK:

 

clockwise from top:  1. BLOUSE / TIBI  2. COLD SHOULDER TOP / ALICE & OLIVIA

3. LACE DRESS/ FOR LOVE & LEMONS     4. BOOTS/ TOPSHOP

5. DRESS/ RAMY BROOK    6. CIRCLE PURSE/ BAGGU

 

 

DISTRESSED DENIM : get ready for wide legs & lighter washed denim for Spring…..

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GET THE LOOK:

 

clockwise from top: (from the steal to the splurge…)

1. ASOS   2. TOPSHOP  3. MOUSSEY    4. AGOLDE

 

 

EYELET LACE: one of my all-time favorites, this is a timeless look that can be both edgy and romantic….

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GET THE LOOK:

 

clockwise from top: (from the steal to the splurge…)

 1. TOPSHOP   2. ASOS  3. ENDLESS ROSE    4. TULAROSA

5. BB DAKOTA

 

 

FIT TO BE TIED: wear it cropped, wear it tied & pair with high waisted denim or skirts

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GET THE LOOK:

 

clockwise from top: 

 1. NORDSTROM  2. REVOLVE 3. REVOLVE   4. TULAROSA

 

BRIGHT FLORAL PRINTS:  channel the 60’s with Flower Power prints in tops, dresses, skirts & pants….

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GET THE LOOK:

1. dress/ TOPSHOP    2. skirt/ DVF   3. skirt/ TOPSHOP

 

Which Rihanna inspired look is your favorite & what are you excited to wear this spring? Leave a comment below.

XO, 

Zoe

 

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NYFW 2018 STYLE TRENDS: RAINBOW BRIGHTS & ROMANTICALLY RUFFLED

As a designer & trend hunter, part of my job it to keep up on all of the latest & emerging fashion trends and to be able to translate the styling, colors, fabrics & details (a year ahead of time) into different categories to create new & exciting styles that people will love to wear & want to buy. Sounds simple, but it’s not always that easy…. and like much in life, timing is everything….
All in all, it’s so exciting & inspiring when the new collections come out and all of the top designers show there visions, hard work & creative craftsmanship to the world.
This season I’m loving……
FAUX FUR & RAINBOW BRIGHTS

Explore all the colors of the rainbow for the Fall 18 season with bright & bold COLOR in coats, tops & dresses…..you’ll want to GO BOLD or go home in these fantastic new styles that make a strong & confident statement. The overall feeling was very optimistic, happy & inclusive! I love color, especially during the fall/ winter season.

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THE LOOK: clockwise from top: 1. Milly  2. Tibi  3. Alice & Olivia  4. Milly  5. Alice & Olivia  6. Rochas  7. Tibi   8. Diane von Furstenberg  9. Michael Kors

Get inspired….

STYLING:

FAUX FUR. BRIGHTS. MONOCHROMATIC

NYFW 2017

 

 

HERE is another FAVORITE LOOK from New York Fashion Week for Fall Winter 2018:

ROMANTIC & RUFFLED

Some of my favorite designers creating stunning presentations that were feminine & romantic with a vintage inspired twist. I loved the delicate ruffles, lace layers & soft floral printed dresses in a subdued color palette….

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THE LOOK: clockwise from top: 1. Zimmermann  2. Zimmermann  3. Rebecca Taylor  4. See by Chloe  5. Zimmermann  6. Ulla Johnson  7. Zimmermann   8. See by Chloe  9. Rebecca Taylor

 

Get inspired….

DETAILS:

RUFFLES. LACE. FLORAL PRINTS

NYFW 2017

check out all the collections HERE

XO,

Zoe

 

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“Work It Girl!” Your Work Out Style Guide….From the Splurge to the Steal…all the #Outfitinspo you need for your #Workout – The Look #35

One of my big goals that I set two years ago was to make exercising a regular (as in a 3-4 times weekly) practice….. and right now I’ve officially completed 2 years of following through on that commitment!

I can honestly say I have hit the gym at least 3 Times each week ( with the exception of sick & travel days), and it feels sooooo good to say that! I feel so much better mentally & physically now & regular exercise helps me feel more productive & motivated.

I have to say though that at first it was hard and sort of unfamiliar to keep this kind of routine, but it truly is a great feeling to follow through on your goals and to really show up for yourself no matter what! Once you have truly made that commitment to yourself, nothing can stop you!

I think that one of the reasons it was so good to accomplish this is because I really got so tired of letting myself down with all the various projects that I would start and then stop over the years… After a while it just gets really old to live like this and…. just as you wouldn’t want to disappoint your loved ones, then why would you want to disappoint yourself ? If there is something you really want to do, the first step is the commitment in your mind (make that promise to yourself), and the second step is to just do it by finding a workout you love & taking the small steps towards what you want to do and sticking with it, either daily or weekly,…. but really just being determined to show up for yourself without worrying about the end results….trust me, you’re worth it!

Wether you are hitting the gym all the time or just getting started, there are so many cute clothing & accessories options out there in all different price points. I find that wearing neutrals mixed with fun brights or pastels are what gets me in a good mood and prepared for that workout or yoga session! Staying motivated can be a challenge but having the right outfit  will keep you on point & focused…..

Lets do this….

 

Here are some of my favorite work out looks from the splurge to the steal:

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What’s your favorite way to work out & stay motivated? Leave a comment below.

XO, 

Zoe

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How to Look Fab When It’s Freezing Cold-#WinterChic #Outfitinspo…. The Look #34

Ever since the New Year, it’s been absolutely freezing in NYC!!! With temperatures as low as 10 degrees and major snow on the ground , it doesn’t leave much inspiration for even leaving the house unless absolutely necessary, but still….the show (& life & work) must go on!

Currently as we are heading into the second week of the year, it’s “warming up” to the 30’s and 40’s which is much more manageable….but still….for someone who spent so many years in sunny California, it takes a bit of adjusting to get used to getting dressed on these super cold days.

Here is my un-official guide to looking stylish in the lower digits, all in styles from the splurge-worthy to the steal 🙂

THE COAT

I’ve never been a big fan of puffy coats and have always steered towards faux furs in fun, bright colors…..but when the temps really drop you’ll want to wrap yourself up in anything that resembles your warmest duvet comforter….here’s some chic alternatives in different price points:

 

1.Bordeaux down puffer/ SAM $575   2.Gold puffer/ Add Down   3. Pink cold night puffer/ Lovers & Friends $178    4.Red  X Revolve Belted Puffer Lovers & Friends $101  5.Lilac puffer bomber/ Lioness $100     6.Leopard Print Puffer/ ASOS $34 on sale!

 

THE SWEATER

You can never go wrong with a great sweater and this season there are so many cute ones to choose from….and many of them are also on sale….a win/ win!

 

1.Fuchsia boss woman top/ Lovers & Friends $168   2. Grey ruffle sweater/ English Factory $63 on sale!     3.Pink cold shoulder sweater/ Glamorous $60   4.Blue Tie Sleeve sweater / JOA $52    5.Lilac sweater/ ASOS $45 on sale!

 

THE BOOTS

I must admit that I have never purchased snow boots before, unless you count the ones I had when I was about 9 years old…..Anyway, it didn’t snow much last year and that was our first winter since moving to the east coast. But this year I do see the importance of having a great pair of boots to beat the elements plus you can still look chic doing it….there’s nothing like ruining your fave pair of boots and getting your feet wet in the slushy street corners of NYC! Not fun!

 

1.shearling trimmed booties/ Alexander McQueen $710 on sale!     2. tan wedge holiday booties/ Sorel $295    3. park city short wedge booties/ Sorel $300   4. tall snow boots/ Blondo $162 on sale!   5. ruffled boots/ J/Slides $67 on sale!     6. faux fur trim boots/ Madden Girl $52 on sale!  

 

 

Happy Winter!

XO, 

Zoe

 

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Hello 2018! New Year, New You

Hello 2018!

It’s a new year and a new chance to begin again! I’ve never really been one to make too many resolutions but I do believe in big dreams & setting your goals & intentions on the regular….so what better time to do it than the beginning of a new year?

For me, 2017 was a year of transition, getting adjusted to city life after a big move from California, sparking excitement in my career again as a designer, blogging more consistently and finding balance between marriage, mom life, friends, family, creative pursuits, time for fun & self-care.

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When I first became a mom, I put that front and center and everything seem to fall to the way side including my career & my health. Eventually I just felt depleted & spent, like I had nothing more to give. It took me a long time to realize that this was not helping anyone, was too much of an unbalanced way of living, and took me even longer to get  my life back on track & it’s still a work in progress. While it does seem daunting at times to “try to have it all” & many women feel overwhelmed & pulled in a million directions most of the time, I do feel it’s important to focus your free time and energy on the things that make you feel most happy, alive & inspired, whatever that may be. Take time for yourself to dream, to plan, to love & to get inspired!

 

 

My goals for 2018:

Consistency-

Consistency & perseverance in all of my creative & professional endeavors….you cannot accomplish anything without putting in the work on a regular basis & believing in yourself! Sometimes there are so many things I want & need to do that I get so scattered but this year I vow to be more focused, more consistent & just go for it wholeheartedly…Feel the fear but do it anyway…go after your dreams & never give up! Keep going.

Health & Wellness-

While I have always been really into yoga, I never had a consistent practice…But, the past two years ago I joined a gym and started going on a regular basis 3-4 times a week, every week until it just became second nature. They say it takes 30 days to form a habit & I would say that seems about right. I had a hard time committing to the routine at first, as I tend to get bored of routines quickly, but now I’m so grateful that I did! Exercising has done so much for my mood, energy level and sense of well being & I plan to continue this into the new year and even take it up a notch!

 

 

Love & Happiness-

Because at the end of the day when all is said & done, this is all that matters…..the love that you have for your friends, family, partners, children & pets….this is what you will hold dear in your heart. With the frenzied pace of life it’s so easy to get caught up and lose sight of what matters most. But now more that ever we all need to show more love & unity & cherish each moment. We need to find as much happiness as we can get…

 

Happy New Year! Thank you for being on this journey with me…

 

Xo,

Zoe

 

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Resort 2017: My Favorite New Eyewear Looks

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I’ve always been a fan of Warby Parker’s cool eyewear & sunglasses & their modern aesthetic. For this Resort ’17 season, they have produced a brand new streamlined collection in rich acetates & metals that are perfect for tropical getaways or simply hitting the city streets in style.

Weather you are heading out of town to somewhere warm for a fab holiday vacation or you are city bound, it’s always fun to get a head start on the spring season by grabbing a few good resort items. And what better place to start that with something you can wear every day…..your eyewear & sunglasses!

I was especially drawn to this sunglass style: Cleo because of the striped oyster shell frames with the brown gradient lenses. This style is very cool with a vintage-modern flair. The Cleo is great for brightening up your look while blocking out those rays on a cold winter day. They also would go equally well when lounging on the beach or by the pool on a holiday getaway. I love the versatile look & feminine flair. (Cleo also comes in black)

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My other favorite sunglass style from the Resort ’17 collection is Wyatt in Marbled Walnut with the Brown Gradient lenses…..These sunnies have a modern, yet classic look that is perfect for everyday wear. Take a simple jeans and t-shirt look to another level with these retro modern specs.

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For eyeglasses I really like bold styles that stand out & add a little mystery to your look. Cat eye frames have always been a personal favorite and the Warby Parker’s Wren frames do not disappoint! I’m loving these frames in the Opal Tortoise color as they would go well with just about any outfit & add a super chic yet classic twist to any look.

 

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Overall, I’m loving the new Warby Parker Resort 2017 collection as it’s both a little bit vintage and a little bit modern….but what’s also so great is that for every pair purchased, a pair is distributed to someone in need! (Find out more here)

Head over to Warbyparker.com for more information

 

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Also, don’t forget about the guys on your holiday shopping list, they’ve got a full men’s collection too!

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Which style is your favorite? Leave a comment below.

xo,

Zoe

 

 

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