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!

 

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

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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

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check out all the collections HERE

XO,

Zoe

 

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My Top 5 Affordable Summer Essentials

I can’t believe that August is already here! Well, even though summer’s already more than half way over, there’s still so much time left for fun days at the beach or pool & those hot summer nights! Now is the time to get the most wear out of your summer wardrobe or to add some great new items. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to look stylish & with so many summer sales going on, it’s exciting!

But what about those long weekend days when you always on the go or vacation time where you need your outfits to carry you from morning till night? I’ve put together my top 5 summer essentials that will take you through a long day of fun…from morning brunch to an afternoon on the beach & then a night out on the town.

 Here are my 5 favorite summer essentials

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1.) THE PRETTY SUNDRESS

Pretty floral print sundresses are great for summer as they will keep you cool in the hot weather and can also be dressed up or down depending on where you are going. Pair with flat sandals or flip flops by day or dress up with heels at night. Create an edgy or ultra-feminine look with the same dress by switching out your accessories.

This dress was something I wore recently on a hot & humid day in NYC and I really loved the soft florals & stripe details. (SHOP this post:  DRESS- SIMILAR HERE & HERE )

Pink Floral Dress: This dress below is really affordable & I love the idea of dressing this up with a strappy sandal for night or dressing down with white sneaker or flat lace-up sandals by day.

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Also loving this dress too! shop this style HERE

2. THE WHITE TOP

Lacey off the shoulder tops have really become a universal favorite because they are so comfortable, flattering & on trend. A pretty white top will keep you cool & always looks great paired with denim shorts or a skirt for daytime or you can dress it up with skinny jeans and heels for night. This also can be a great layering look over your swimsuit for a more covered up look at the beach or pool.

White Eyelet Off The Shoulder Top: Nothing beats a pretty white top for a fun & feminine look. This top looks great paired with denim shorts or can be dressed up for night with gold accessories.

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here is another favorite! And it’s currently on sale HERE

3. THE DENIM CUT-OFF SHORTS

Denim Shorts: this is one of my favorite denim brands right now & this is just such a cute & classic style that you can wear on repeat all summer long

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4. THE ONE PIECE BATHING SUIT

Nude Ruffle One Piece: this is my favorite one piece bathing suit because you can just throw shorts, jeans or a skirt over it and head straight out to dinner after a day at the beach. It has such gorgeous and flattering styling with the one shoulder ruffle detail. Plus it’s Made in USA & currently on sale !

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5. THE COOL SUNNIES

Cat Eye Sunglasses: I always seem to wear the same favorite pair of go-to clasic black sunnies, but sometimes it’s fun to change it up a bit, especially in summer. Why not try some fun mirrored lenses in a fun color or a cat eye shape? These are so fun & pretty & at a great price too.

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What are your go-to items for the summer season?

Leave a comment below

XO, Zoe

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Happy New Year! The Best #Outfitposts of 2016

Happy New Year Babes! I hope you are all excited about 2017…..I know I’m excited for this new beginning and the chance to start over again….I don’t know if I really believe in New Year’s resolutions though….I feel like the beginning of the year is just a good time to asses everything you’ve accomplished and to plan ahead for the goals you want to achieve going forward.

One thing I’ve learned is that setting goals is fun, but actually working towards your goals takes determination & commitment. You really have to decide what you want to do & then just go ahead and really do it. Do the work. Take the daily steps that you need to do to move towards your goal. And believe in yourself! Because at the end of the day it really is about the daily journey and not the end result. It’s really all about the person that you become while you are on that journey….

“Life is the moment we’re living right now” The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Here are some of my favorite 2016 Outfit Post Images from the Blog & Instagram:

It’s been so fun to work on the blog & I’m excited to share more content in 2017 & to continue to evolve with more trend & style inspiration, curated looks & outfit posts for Rock Paper Sequins.

Happy New Year!

 

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Rose Bouquet Print Dress & Moto Jacket

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I’ve been loving wine, berry & pink tones this season. They are the perfect colors to wear now to brighten up your wardrobe while still feeling like you are dressing for fall. I was so excited to find this printed chiffon dress in exactly the color I was looking for and also love the pretty floral print, ruffles & overall retro vibe. It’s a great dress for layering and would also look good worn over jeans or high boots.

I wore this Band Of Gypsies long sleeve dress with my Zara moto jacket & added my new black Sam Edelman suede boots, pink suede Monserat de Luca fringe bag, Prada sunglasses & a Topshop velvet choker.

I love wearing boots with dresses and these have a great block heel that is really comfortable for stomping around the city and would also look great with either jeans or dresses. I like how the jacket and boots add a bit of toughness to an otherwise feminine look.

XO,

Zoe

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Dress/  Band of Gypsies  (also available here)

Jacket/ Zara (similar here & here)

Bag/ Monserat De Lucca

Boots/ Sam Edelman

 

Get inspired by this romantic rock n’ roll trend for Fall Winter 2016…..The Inspiration: “Studs N’ Roses”

The romantic look continues for fall 2016, this time adding an edge with washed out & ripped denim, metallic rock studs, leather & lace. The classic black Moto jacket & simple denim have been adorned with bold rose print embroidery & silver studs….

For a play on contrasts, combine a ruffled chiffon blouse with a studded jacket and ripped jeans, or a flowing rose print dress with a rock n roll jacket. Combining a lace top or dress with studs takes a sweet feminine look over the edge and into the dark side….

A little bit retro, a little bit 80’s & a little bit rock star….the latest look is “Studs N’ Roses”

Get inspired….

 

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THE INSPIRATION: “STUDS N’ ROSES”  FW 2016

DETAILS:

LEATHER. LACE. CHIFFON. BLEACHED DENIM. FLORAL PRINTS. FLORAL EMBROIDERIES. ROCK STUDS. GOLD & SILVER DETAILS.

COLORS:

RED. PINK. BLACK. WHITE. GOLD. SILVER

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Berry Chiffon Dress and Vintage Suede Boots for Fall

I was excited to find this purple wine-berry colored chiffon dress at Buffalo Exchange just as I was working on the “Bohemian Deluxe” trend for the blog. It just jumped out at me among all the dresses on the rack because of the gorgeous color, long sleeves & ruffle details that perfectly match the Bohemian Deluxe meets Jimi Hendrix inspired trend for FW16. It was even more of a score to find that it was just my size! Gotta love the thrill of the hunt that is “vintage/ consignment” shopping……I love the dress because it’s a bit feminine and girly but not too too girly when paired with my vintage Marc Jacobs boots & favorite rock n roll bohemian Marisa Mason jewelry. I always like the mix of something feminine with something a little bit edgier & cool and I love styling and reworking my favorite things already in my closet and giving them an update with something new (or vintage)…. Just because fashion trends keeps on changing doesn’t mean you have to let go of all your old favorites. Sometimes you just need a few new pieces to pair with your existing favorites to get excited about a new look….


Dress: Buffalo Exchange

Boots & Clutch: vintage Marc Jacobs

Jewelry: Marisa Mason

Accessories: Urban Outfitters

Sunglasses: Prada