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D.I.Y. Kentucky Derby Party Ideas

If you can’t head “off to the races,” you might as well bring the races to your living room. Whether you plan to have friends over for an informal get-together or have a quiet afternoon enjoying the derby with your family, some of these festive DIY projects are fairly irresistible.

Hat

If you admired the sea of beautiful hats at Royal Wedding, you’re in luck because the Kentucky Derby continues that tradition. Big, bold sunhats are a Derby essential. Women’s hats are typically wide-brimmed and embellished with flowers, bows and ribbon. While store-bought hats are lovely, they can be pricey! Luckily, DailyCandy has an easy tutorial to create your own less expensive headpiece. I love their simple hat, but I’d opt to hot glue a few flowers on to the ribbon as well.

Hat-a-tude Kentucky Derby hat

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The Season’s Best Espadrilles Under $100

Espadrilles have come a long…and stylish way from their humble beginnings during the 1800s in the Pyrenees mountains. Can you believe these warm weather standbys used to be considered peasant shoes?

Now you can find just about any variation of espadrille–from casual to classy and low sandals to sky high wedges. And according to Yahoo, both flat and wedge espadrilles are the season’s must-have shoes!

 

Here is a roundup of the season’s best espadrilles for under $100

 

Nine West Lazar espadrille, $99

 

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Wire Frame Lampshade Trend

Have you noticed an emerging wire lampshade trend? I’ve been living in Europe for nearly two years now and definitely see it as a trend over here but what about there in the states? You’ll have to comment and let me know… but I’ve spotted lots of wire frame lampshades being used in home decorating more and more – even in the Australian magazines that I read. Here are some examples of what I’m talking about… After you’ve checked out my selections below, please let me know if you love or hate them (or somewhere in between!).

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The Best Of NY Fashion Week Day 4-8: Tracy Reese, Chris Benz, Tibi, Milly, TSE & Proenza Schouler

NY Fashion Week is coming to a close today but its leaving us with a bevy of beautiful collections, exciting trends and lust-worthy pieces (see the Proenza Schouler higlhlights below…I NEED that printed dress in the bottom lefthand corner). The second half of the week prevailed as my favorite–for reasons that you can witness in the following pictures. Don’t you just die (in the fabulous-I-need-these-in-my-closet-immediately sort of way)?

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The Best Of NY Fashion Week Day 2-4: Tory Burch, Rebecca Taylor, DKNY, Lela Rose & DvF

Fashion week rolled on through the weekend and I’m happy to report back with some strong looks and wearable trends (vibrant colors, menswear, bold prints, chic layering and the 70’s are back!)

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Kick-Start Your New Year: Make Kale Chips

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about kale and how good it is for you. It’s chock full of vitamin C, beta-carotene, calcium, and antioxidants. (It’s on our list of the 30 Healthiest Foods after all.) But it seems to be one of those foods that people either love or hate. Luckily, there are a couple of easy (and tasty) ways to add it to your diet.

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‘Tis The Season For…Sequins!

 

What’s the holiday season without a little razzle dazzle? And there is no better way to add some shine to your life than with the always shining and popular…sequin!

 

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Would You Order a Coffee Cocktail?

At this very moment as I’m typing this, the main article on the NYTimes.com homepage is about a new trend in a handful of New York City bars: coffee cocktails (why this is front-page-worthy news, I’m not sure. It even has a featured video). We’re not talking about your typical Irish coffee here—there’s nothing loaded down with sugar or covered in whipped cream and maraschino cherries. Instead, these drinks include top-shelf bourbon and brandy, house-made syrups, and sustainable, carefully sourced coffee. Some are served hot, some are cold, and for now, they’re mostly being served during the day (though the article speculates nighttime service is soon to follow).

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7 Fabulous Fall Wrap Dresses For Under $100

Not only is the wrap dress a universally flattering silhouette, but it’s also the perfect year-round ensemble! By simply adding or subtracting a cardigan, a pair of tights, sandals or a knee-high boot…you always look pulled together and chic in a wrap dress.

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Decorative Tape: Does it Qualify as a Trend?

Last week decorative tapes kept popping up on my radar. And I’m wondering if it is going to be the next DIY supply trend.

Here’s what I’ve found. Tell me what you think: does it qualify as a trend and would you use it for any upcoming projects?

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