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The One-Minute Change I

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Photos: Olivia Palermo; Courtesy of fashionrollcall.com, zimbio.com

We have to admit that dressing in the morning requires more than “3C”: being comfy, chic and confident. The outfit we pick needs to be “multitasking” too. There are so many things to do everyday and we want the outfit we put on in the morning can help us accomplish all of them with minimal change: from sending kids to school to client meeting to dinner and happy hours.

That’s why I focus on featuring and sharing versatile pieces and quick outfit transforming tips in my blog (like previous posts here, herehere and more). Today’s looks from Olivia Palermo are also a great example: by changing one or two pieces, you get different but equally stylish outfits.

There are more we can learn from these two looks: the way Olivia Palermo mixed and matched winter and spring pieces for in-between season (keep the turtleneck sweater and wool coat we worn in winter, pair them with fresh printed skirt and bright clutch), and the way she nailed the black and white trend (keep the color palette simple and classic, then add one or two eye-catching hue with accessories to brighten up the monochrome look).

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Sweater: J.Crew (buy one size bigger to get a relaxed look)
Skirt: Thakoon Addition (also here)
Bag: Cole Haan
Shoes: Aquazzura (also here)

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Cardigan:Mango (great style on sale here)
Skirt: Thakoon Addition (also here)
Bag: Cole Haan
Shoes: Aquazzura (also here)
Hat: French Connection (65% off now!)

Slowly but surely, the weather in New York is getting warm now. Many mid-season sales have started. I want to take full advantage of Kate Spade’s two day F&F sale and get this beautiful cobalt blue trench coat and the bright orange cross body bag that I have been lusting. With an extra 25% (use code S13FFUS) on top of the 60% off, I think it’s time to bring it home! What’s your find for the new season? 

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Colored Leopard Scarves

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Photos (from left): Heidi Klum, Miranda Kerr and Ana Beatriz Barros; Courtesy of instyle.co.ukfashion.telegraph.co.ukdenimblog.com.

Leopard scarf never goes out of style. You can see them every fall/winter. But traditional leopard scarf is predictable and can easily put us in a dreaded situation: matching a stranger’s outfit. To avoid this and make yourself stand out from the crowd stylishly, consider adding colors to your leopard scarf. Yes, colors!

Colors can instantly give characters to the traditional leopard: olive-green is edgy and chic (like the one on Heidi Klum); red is more glamorous and sexy (like Miranda Kerr’s); purple is romantic with a little bit of mystery (like Ana Beatriz Barros’s look); high contrast black and white is modern graphic (like this stylish, affordable version). The list goes on…

From today’s three looks above, you can see how a colored leopard scarf really makes the whole outfit stand out: Heidi Klum’s military style leopard scarf adds texture and cool-girl vibe to her sleek neutral outfit while the color blends harmoniously with the rest; Miranda Kerr’s red leopard scarf brightens up the whole monochrome look while standing in vivid contrast against to her floral Prada bag; Ana Beatriz Barros’s purple leopard scarf along with her red coated jeans gives a carefree vibe to the whole look while still having an attractive girly flair.

Below are my favorite colored leopard scarves, which one do you like the most?

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Saint Laurent wool-cashmere scarf

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Alexander McQueen leopard skull scarf (similar here here)

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Alexander McQueen cashmere and silk-blend scarf (also here)

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Stella McCartney leopard print voile scarf (also here, $50 here)

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Lily and Lionel Angelina neon-leopard scarf (also adore this olive version)

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Mango leopard print foulard

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Take Summer Memories Into Fall: Comfy Eye-Catching Cobalt Sweaters

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Photos courtesy of: style.com; whowhatwear.com; jcrew.com;

If you have read my previous posts about different styles of blue dresses (here) and bags (here), you may know that cobalt is my favorite color. I especially love wearing cobalt sweater at this time of the year–late summer, early fall: the calm and cool color reminds me of my happy memories of summer vacations on the beach while the chunky texture keeps me warm and comfy.

The color is bold but so versatile: you can pair it with a hot pink mini skirt or a pair of bright red shorts, and Continue reading Take Summer Memories Into Fall: Comfy Eye-Catching Cobalt Sweaters