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The High Low Mix; Celebrity street style 2014;

Photos: Margot Robbie & Beyoncé Knowles; Courtesy of AKM-GSI, Splash News.

When a celebrity is spotted wearing a piece from a high-street brand despite all the luxurious options she has, that piece is worth to take note, especially like style savvy Beyoncé. This striped number by Topshop has been seen on several celebrities. I especially love the way Margot Robbie & Beyoncé Knowles worn (above): Instead of adding a pop of color, they chose classic black and white for chic, sophisticated ensembles. Luminous skin and the confidence are their best accessories.

In Chinese: 大明星们通常不缺各大奢侈品牌的赞助,所以每次看到她们选择平价单品,而且极有质感和风格时,我都忍不住收藏,尤其是本身很有时尚品味的明星。上面看到的这两个出街造型里的条纹裙来自高街品牌Topshop, 前后已经有三四位明星都穿过了。我尤其喜欢上面的这两个造型,不加任何的颜色,简单的黑白配上经典优雅的鞋子和包包,自信的态度和好皮肤就是最好的配饰。

The High Low Mix; Celebrity street style 2014;  Featured:  1. Chanel ‘The Secret of Vibrant Colour’  2. Topshop satin stripe A-line dress  3. Gianvito Rossi Suede & Plexy Pumps in Black (great alternative here)  4. Saint Laurent Classic Sac De Jour Leather Tote Bag, Black, (similar here & here)

1. Chanel ‘The Secret of Vibrant Colour’
2. Topshop satin stripe dress (similar here & here)
3. Gianvito Rossi pumps (great alternative here)
4. Saint Laurent classic Sac De Jour tote (similar here & here)

The High Low Mix; Celebrity street style 2014;  Featured:  1. Topshop satin stripe A-line dress  2. Dior (Beauty) 'Diorskin Nude' Natural Glow Fresh Powder Makeup SPF 10  3. Dior (Beauty) Waterproof Crayon Eyeliner  4. Gianvito Rossi black suede pump (similar here & here)

1. Topshop satin stripe dress (similar here & here)
2. Dior natural glow fresh powder
3. Dior waterproof eyeliner
4. Gianvito Rossi suede pump (similar here & here)

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Summer Shorts: Edgy Leather & Sexy Pump (Part V)

how to wear leather shorts; Floral print blazer; white blazer; colored pumps; Summer outfit ideas; Lily Collins,Beyoncé, street style, party outfits;  On Beyoncé: Helmut Lang white Tailored blazer, white top, black leather shorts,  Karen Walker sunglasses, Jimmy Choo green pumps, Alexander Wang Devere Satchel, black fedora hat;  On Lily Collins: Helmut Lang printed blazer, Thakoon black Leather Shorts, black pointy toe pump, Loeffler Randall red lock clutch, GIVENCHY Shark Tooth Necklace.Photos: Lily Collins & Beyoncé; Courtesy of vogue.com, justjared.com.

The heat wave seams tamed, weather cooled down here in New York. Usually I would immediately pull out my favorite leather shorts, but with a huge belly at 35 weeks, I still need to wait patiently. The good part is my shorts can wait too since I can wear them year round: spring/summer with lace and pastel tops, early fall with jumpers/jackets, later with thick tights and booties.

Besides distressed denim cutoffs, leather shorts are what I wear most in spring/summer. I prefer faux leather because they are more breathable considering the weather. But this season, designers reinvented this beloved piece, treated leather like any other fabric, made them paper-thin, flowy, soft and colorful. Because of my pregnancy, I haven’t try one yet, so those of you who tried, please share with me your thoughts!

For those who haven’t, before move to any printedcoloredscalloped hemcut-out leather shorts, the basic black pair is definitely a must-have. It goes with everything (from a simple white Tee to romantic lace blouse, from a floral printed blazer to tough motorcycle jacket) and instantly make the look effortlessly chic.

Here, Lily Collins & Beyoncé’s outfits are great for a date night or hanging out with friends. The structured blazer and sophisticated palette make these looks ageless too. Changing the shoes to sneakers or loafers, they are great for everyday wear.

And once again, the “Nothing has the transformational effect of a great shoe or beautiful bag” claim had proved: the red clutch and mint green pump on them instantly brighten up the outfits, making them fun & summery.

how to wear leather shorts; Floral print blazer; white blazer; colored pumps; Summer outfit ideas; Lily Collins,Beyoncé, street style, party outfits;  On Lily Collins: Helmut Lang printed blazer, Thakoon black Leather Shorts, black pointy toe pump, Loeffler Randall red lock clutch, GIVENCHY Shark Tooth Necklace.  Alternatives:  1. Helmut LangMandala print blazer,  2. Tibi Classic Racer Back Camisole,  3. Givenchy Women's Small Shark Tooth Necklace,  4. Topshop Zip Side Leather Look Shorts,  5. Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color 'True Coral',  6. Kate Spade New York Licorice black pointy toe pump,  7. Loeffler Randall Lock Clutch,

1. Helmut Lang blazer (70% off! also on sale here)
2. Tibi classic silk camisole (great alternative here)
3. Givenchy shark tooth necklace (similar here)
4. Topshop leather look shorts (on Lily Colins here)
5. Tom Ford lip color ‘True Coral’
6. Kate Spade New York pump (also here)
7. Loeffler Randall lock clutch (on sale!)

how to wear leather shorts; Floral print blazer; white blazer; colored pumps; Summer outfit ideas; Lily Collins,Beyoncé, street style, party outfits;  On Beyoncé: Helmut Lang white Tailored blazer, white top, black leather shorts,  Karen Walker sunglasses, Jimmy Choo green pumps, Alexander Wang Devere Satchel, black fedora hat;  Alternatives:  1. HELMUT LANGLINEN SLUB TWILL JACKET,   2. House of Harlow 1960 Carmen Sunglasses in Black,   3. Splendid Stretch Camisole,   4. Topshop Zip Side Leather Look Shorts,   5. Kate Spade New York 'licorice too' pump,   6. ASOS Wider Roll Brim Felt Boater,   7. Sophie Hulme Khaki Leather Mini Envelope Crossbody Bag,

1. Helmut Lang jacket (on sale; under $60 here & here)
2. House of Harlow 1960 Carmen sunglasses
3. Splendid stretch camisole (or this one)
4. Topshop leather look shorts ($18 here)
5. Kate Spade New York pump (on Beyoncé on sale here!)
6. ASOS hat (featured here)
7. Sophie Hulme envelope crossbody bag (on sale here)

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Transform Your Winter Black Into Spring Statement

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Photos (from left): Beyoncé, Olivia Palermo and Sarah Jessica Parker; Courtesy of abclocal.go.com, zimbio.comrefinery29.com.

Spring is on its way. But don’t rush to purge your winter wardrobe. The weather is till chilly, some of our favorite fall/winter pieces can keep us warm, and when teamed with a few other items, they will keep us stylish as well during this time of transition. Today, let’s learn “how” from these three ladies who are on top of their game.

As a role model that President Obama singles out for his two daughters, Beyoncé is definitely outstanding in many fields. Her impeccable fashion choices in the past year have greatly increased her impact on the fashion world too. As her nod to the black and white trend, she chose a monochrome jumpsuit by Osman as her center piece. A hint of red (her scarlet lip and nails) and glitter (her jewelry) completed her stylish modern look.

Inspired by Beyoncé, pull out the black straight-leg pants that we worn the whole fall/winter, team it with this black and white peplum top. The smart tailoring and color choice make this top so flattering, let alone the irresistible price tag. The gold cuff, along with the elegant metallic heel of this beautiful Micheal Kors pumps, adds a hint of sophisticated luxe.

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Top: Astr
Pants: Theory (great buy herehere)
Shoes: MICHAEL Michael Kors (great style here)
Jewelry: Charles Albert (similar here)

Olivia Palermo is undoubtedly a fashion icon. I especially appreciate the creative ways she restyles the same piece in her wardrobe. We saw her in this fur vest and knee-high boots several times (above middle). But by pairing them with an emerald (which is the color of year 2013) skirt and jeweled statement necklace, she made these two pieces glamorous enough for a night-out.

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Vest: Alice + Olivia (similar on sale here)
Skirt: T by Alexander Wang (or this one)
Shoes: Jimmy Choo (similar 60% off here)
Jewelry: Stella & Dot (great alternative here)

Sarah Jessica Parker is never afraid of bold fashion choices. Here her bright Misha Nonoo furry coat and romantic coral Christian Louboutin pumps really spice up her LBD. Lace is a big trend last season. If you, like me, can’t stop wearing that favorite black lace dress, use colors to make them spring-ready. A structured blazer balances the romantic soft lace. These Manolo Blahnik BB suede point-toe pumps are my absolute favorite. I wish that I could have them in every color!

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Dress: Diane von Furstenberg (great alternative here)
Blazer: Rebecca Minkoff (similar here)
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik (see it on Olivia Palermo here, similar here)
Bag: Clare Vivier