Fashion News: The Top Three Trends for Men in Spring/ Summer 2014

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When it comes to men and fashion, there are two categories they usually seem to fall in: those who love it and those who couldn’t care less. For those who like the simplicity (what man doesn’t love anything simple), here are three basic trends to sport this season.

The Dynamic Duo: Black and White 
Just like any power couple, this pair is right on trend for SS 2014. Two bold but minimally cool hues put together creates a killer, fresh, and crisp combination. Mix it up while you’re at it. Unite prints and patterns such as a gingham shirt and a dotted tie under a solid black suit. Going casual? White shorts or pants with a black tee has never looked so stylish. With just two basic colors, this trend is an easy one to always get right.

See more SS14 trends at: http://carolinastylemag.com/2014/05/07/fashion-news-the-top-three-trends-for-men-in-springsummer-2014/#sthash.9nzMrjfs.dpuf

Spring Pastels… {A post, by me, from Today’s Woman Now! “Pastel Pretty: A sophisticated Easter look”}

Today’s Woman Now: Pastel Pretty: A sophisticated Easter look.

 

Easter Pastels by Alissa Hicks


Although pastels are a major trend this spring, Easter is the one holiday where you can always take advantage of wearing them. However, there are rules to wearing pastels and making them look pretty. Here’s how Easter pastels can be worn (properly) this year.

First rule of thumb: Your goal is not to look like an Easter egg. Don’t overdo it. This is a fine line, though; you can wear one solid pastel color from head to toe and you can even mix and match, but know where the line is drawn from fashionable to tacky.

Just like other colors, some pastels match or compliment each other, and some just don’t. Just because a blouse is pink doesn’t mean it’s truly pastel. Know what pastels are and how to match them. They should compliment each other. Pinks and yellows of the same pastel family pair well together, for example.

Although you like the look, maybe too much pastel is too much for your personality. We totally understand. Try mixing a pop of pastel with your neutrals. If you love black, a fitted black pencil skirt or cigarette ankle-length pant paired with a soft, flowy pastel (think baby blues, mint or lavender) top always works. Even better, add a fun pastel shoe to tie the look together.

Pastels also look very pretty with white. White denim or even a white dress with pastel accents is a way to play the look safe yet stay pretty and on trend this Easter and all season long.

How to wear a blazer and skinnies this Spring {A post, by me, from Today’s Woman Now!}

Today’s Woman Now.

Sugar Savvy Girl

Miranda Kerr may get to wear all of the latest fashion on the runway, but it’s what she wears when she isn’t on the runway that gets people talking. The ever-gorgeous supermodel (and super-mom) knows how to rock a few styles better than anyone — especially the skinny jeans and blazer look. Here’s how to master the model’s look for this season.

Black is classic. A fitted, classic black blazer should be a staple in every woman’s wardrobe. Dress it up, wear it to the office and then throw it on for a more sophisticated weekend look. Black goes with everything; it’s easy to layer and add pops of color to as well. A great pair of skinny jeans, a black blazer and a pair of heels is the perfect, sophisticated, yet laid-back look.

Brighten it up. If black is too stuffy for you, try a colored blazer. Here, Miranda pairs a coral blazer, flowy white tank and a lighter wash pair of skinnies. This look is perfect for spring and adds an element of fun. The lighter the denim, the more casual. Nude pumps or flats pair great with this look.

Try a pattern. Some of us are a bit more adventurous with our fashion, but even if you aren’t, a black-and-white pattern that isn’t too flashy can look just right. Don’t overdo it, though. Make it the statement piece and then keep the other pieces solid. If you do happen to be adventurous, a bold color shoe makes the look come together with a bang.

Go for white. White is crisp and clean, yet bold. A white blazer with a dark wash jean and a pair of black pumps is a sexy, dressy but still somewhat casual look. If you’re trying to impress without looking too overdone, this is a go-to outfit. Keep it simple, though — these three classic pieces will make the statement for you. Keep the accessorizing to minimal jewelry and neutral makeup.

Trend Alert! {A post, by me, from Today’s Woman Now} What I’m loving for Spring 2014

Today’s Woman Now.

Calling all those who are more than ready for spring. This year, the trends are many and the possibilities endless. See what’s in and what’s hot this season!

First, let’s talk colors. There are a lot of go-to colors for this season. With pastels, you can’t go wrong. It’s a huge trend this spring and it’s easy to mix and match colors as well. Think mints with pinks and yellows with corals. Bold colors such as cobalt blue, orange and majestic purples are also really big this spring.

The next best thing to look forward to: bold artistic prints. Florals in either pastels or bright colors are right on trend. Pick one piece and work from there. Make a statement by trying a bold print on an A-line skirt or a fitted dress paired with summer booties.

More on the casual side of the trend forecast, oxford shirts and white trousers are making a statement. White trousers are more of a tricky trend, however. Be careful with what you pair them with. If they are relaxed or loose, a more fitted top is best. White with a bold orange top is a definite DO! On the other hand, re-think your usual oxford shirt. Pair with shorts, white trousers or an artistic print skirt. Go for blues, light greens and white, sleeveless and long sleeved. It’s a simple look that makes a big statement.

 

  • Forever New Bella Prom Skirt $72
  • Our Prince of Peace Havana Sunday Bodycon Dress $25.13
  • alice + olivia Eric Pants $275
  • 3.1 PHILLIP LIM Tuxedo Trousers $475
  • Les Trois Garcons Ballet Flats $155
  • JustFab Copacabana Mint $44
  • Rebecca Taylor Long Sleeve Blouse $225
  • Joie Cartel Top $158

Thank you GRACESHIP for featuring me as a woman you love!

http://thegraceship.com/blogs/emilys-blog/11977965-alissa-hicks-from-intern-to-associate

Recently, I was flattered to have been chosen to be featured by the GRACESHIP team as a woman they love. I got the chance to sit down and talk a little bit about my path and how I went from your average college student to working at a women’s magazine. Click the link above to read more!

Thanks again, GRACESHIP, for the opportunity.

[Photos by Melissa Donald]

Alissa Hicks

XXX SSG

Pop. Fizz. Clink! Fun Champagne Recipes {A post by me from Today’s Woman Now}

Today’s Woman Now.

So it may be past new year’s eve but really- do you need an excuse or holiday to drink champagne? I didn’t think so.

Citrus Champagne Cocktail
Ingredients:
1/2 cup fresh pink grapefruit juice, strained
1/2 cup fresh orange juice, strained
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, strained
1/4 cup sugar
1 750ml bottle champagne or sparkling wine, chilled

Preparation:
1. Mix all juices and sugar in a pitcher and stir until sugar dissolves. Cover and chill at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
2. Divide juice among flutes and top with champagne. Serve immediately.
{From http://www.myrecipes.com}
Chambord Sparkling Champagne Cocktail
Ingredients:
1.5 oz Death’s Door Gin
3-4 oz Mumm Sparkling Wine Cuvee
1/2 oz Chambord liquor
Fresh raspberries for garnishing

Preparation:
Pour all ingredients into a champagne flute, garnish with raspberries and serve.
{From ideas.evite.com}

Semifreddo Bellini {Because a Bellini will fix any girl’s problems…}
Ingredients:
1 cup peeled, chopped peaches, frozen until hardened
1/4 cup peach schnapps
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons chilled Champagne or sparkling white wine
2 tablespoons superfine sugar
1 cup small ice cubes
Peach slices, for garnish

Preparation:
1. Blend peaches, peach schnapps, 2 tablespoons Champagne, the sugar, and ice in a blender until smooth.
2. Divide mixture between 2 glasses; top off each glass with 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Champagne, and serve.
{From: http://www.marthastewart.com}