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Pretty Pastel: Go-Everywhere Holiday Outfit Ideas

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Soft pastels are as festival as traditional jewelry tones but more fresh, chic and mod. Today’s featured looks of super models Karlie Kloss & Natalia Vodianova incorporated beautiful turquoise and powder pink, which in my opinion, are “superwoman” outfits that are great for many occasions, whether running errands, last minutes shopping, going to the office, after dark drink, picking up kids from school, or hosting a dinner party.

The key to make pastels cold-weather approved is to add warm textures, like the fur tunic and tweed top showed on the models, respectively. The leather pants, right-on-trend midi skirt and block heel pumps balance out the sweetness of the pastels, making them great for any age!

In Chinese: 相比以往秋冬流行的浓郁宝石色,今年大行其道的马卡龙色系既有同样欢愉的假日感,又多了份别致的清新气息。今天所选的这两个来自超模Karlie Kloss 和 Natalia Vodianova的造型把甜美的马卡龙色上装搭配上了舒适又有复古气息的粗跟鞋、百搭的皮裤以及优雅的铅笔裙,很适合这个时节的各种活动和场合: 既适合通勤、约会,又适合举办派对、采购节日礼品或接送孩子上下学。

秋冬穿这种粉嫩色系的关键在于材质,比如在两位超模身上看到的皮草粗呢等增加了温暖感。深色皮裤和今年流行的有复古风的中长裙优雅的低跟包鞋等平衡了过于甜美的色彩,让40+的妈妈们也可以大胆挑战这些可爱的颜色了。

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Top: Coach (also love this faux fur jacket)
Trouser: Coach (vegan leather version here & here)
Shoe: Coach (love the retro style! higher heel here)
Bag: Coach (great alternative here!)
Bracelet: Kate Spade New York
Eye Palette: Shiseido in color’GR305′

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Jacket: Ted Baker
Skirt: Michael Kors (similar here)
Shoes: Valentino (on sale! similar here & here)
Bag: Fendi (great alternative here)
Powder: Guerlain (also available here)

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Go Green: Shades and Tips For Every Age

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Photos (from left): Emmy Rossum,Nicole Warne and Olivia Palermo; Courtesy of justjared.comfellt.comau.lifestyle.yahoo.com.

Spring is a great time to “go green”. To incorporate this great color in our outfit, I featured these three looks above. Let’s learn some tips on how to rock different shades of green at every age stage!

The understated dark green on Emmy Rossum (above left) is a great start, especially for those of you who are wary of any brights. You can pair this color with neutrals (like the brown and grey on her) for a sophisticated look, or with prints (like the nautical striped sweater I paired below) for a modern, fresh look.

For women over 40, you can choose a knee-length version. Beware of proportion though: A-line skirt with fitted or cropped top (like Emmy Rossum did above) whereas pencil or mini skirt with oversized top (like I did below).

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Sweater: Tory Burch (great style here)
Skirt: DKNY (great buy here)
Bag: Coach (also here)
Shoes: Nicholas Jocelyn

If you are ready to try bright colors, accessories are always a great place to start. Nicole Warne’s look (above middle) nailed the black and white trend and brightened up the outfit with a pop of beautiful eye-catching kelly green bag.

Not all of us are lucky enough to have her vintage dress and designer coat, but a printed sundress that can be worn year round and right-on-trend colorblock coat with leather sleeves are pieces easy to find and take no effort to style. PS: you have to own at least one pair of white shoes this season! This classic singe sole pointy toe version is definitely worth the investment.

This look is great for women at any age. You can change the green bag into any bright colored ones you already have in your closet.

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Coat: Mango (lust worthy version here)
Dress: Parker
Bag: J.Crew
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik (great buy here)

Olivia Palermo is never afraid of colors and prints. And I especially appreciate the modern, fashion-forward way she mixes and matches them.

This look (above right) from her is easy for us to recreate: play with colors by pairing this sharply tailored green blazer with bright yellow skinny jeans, and ground the outfit with neutral bags and pumps, extra bonus for two tone versions.

Tailored blazer, skinny jeans and classic pumps are great go-to choices for women at any age. When it comes to colors, get experimental with any bright combination (blue and orange/pink, purple/red with yellow…) when you are under 30. Pick one bright piece for a more sophisticated look when over 40.

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Blazer: Reiss (similar here)
Jeans: 7 For All Mankind (similar on sale here)
Bag: Loeffler Randall (lust worthy one Olivia Palermo carrying here)

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Have You Found Your Perfect Black Bag?

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Both Photos (from left): Miranda Kerr, Karmen Pedaru and Nicole Richie; Courtesy of vogue.fr, tumblr.com, thegirlguide.com, celebritystreetstyle.com.

Sorry about my one-week absence. I moved into a new apartment. The whole packing-unpacking process left me no time for blogging. But I do have several home decorating tips when rearranging my new place. Will definitely share with you soon.

Back to our topic today. You might remember the off-duty look from Karmen Pedaru (in the middle of the first image above) I featured here. Continue reading Have You Found Your Perfect Black Bag?