The sun is out and so is our skin! It’s time to say goodbye to your closed-toe booties and say hello to chic summer sandals. Get out your favorite bottle of nail polish, free your toes, and get in the colorful mood because this summer’s sandal trend is all about being flirty and free. These sandals will be sure to complete all of your new summer outfits while showing off your toes. So bare some skin, switch up your style, and check off these summer must-haves from your shopping list!
Miss Selfridge Embroidered Heeled Sandal
Start your summer off with a bang in one of our favorite heeled sandals! Miss Selfridge is the ultimate definition of flirty and cute while adding that bit of sexy to complete any outfit. From its bold heel and flirty peep-toe to the floral, embroidered body design, this bright pump screams summer fun. It’s perfect for both day and night outings, and can be paired with anything—from jeans and miniskirts to bold patterned dresses and shorts. Miss Selfridge can either add to your outfit or completely dress it up, which makes it the perfect, essential sandal for this season.
Out of all the different types of accessories, handbags are my absolute favorite. I’m very picky when it comes to purses and only purchase one if I’m totally head over heels about it. Once I start second guessing the bag, I don’t buy it. When buying a bag, I make sure it has a complete zipper closure, or at least has a section with a zipper. I’ve had my share of bad luck with purses without zippers that resulted in lost phones and makeup.
NYC brand Henri Bendel carries fabulous backpacks that can be monogrammed. I’ve always been a fan of backpacks and first noticed the chic Bendel while walking behind a woman in Port Authority. Reading the etched “Henri Bendel,” I quickly researched their website and found my next purchase. The backpack comes with adjustable straps and can even be worn as a tote or crossbody.
I usually go for black colored bags since they look more classic and expensive, but the tote by ASOS is chic in gray. At first glance, the bag looks simple, but the croc print adds a little spice and attitude. Urban Outfitters also always has practical and affordable trendy handbags in stock. I really like the vegan brown tote by Silence + Noise. It has a clean vintage appearance and features a removable shoulder strap, making it a convenient everyday bag.
Last but not least, I’m obsessed with my Saint Laurent chain wallet bag; it’s definitely a piece I will always treasure. I love the sturdy construction of the flap and how elegant the gold chain looks. The bag’s main closure is a button, but I store my phone in the inside zipper to avoid any mishaps. Every gal needs a perfect gold chained bag, and mine is Yves!
We love surfing fashion bloggers’ feeds on Instagram and getting all those inspirational feels, but it can be a fashion overload. Not to mention, do you feel the pain of your empty wallets like we do? That’s okay, though, because we’ve taken the guessing game and work out of finding the right places to shop, but more importantly, we’ve gathered a list of the 7 winter pieces every girl should own. Trench Coat:
ASOS Trench with Funnel Neck $67
Trench coats have been blowing up Instagram feeds like no tomorrow, but we’d be lying if we said we weren’t on board. It’s a look that doesn’t have to hurt your wallet, and it instantly powers up any outfit. Scarf:
ASOS Plain Oversized Square Scarf With Blanket Stitch $28
This one is a plain and simple necessity, though be sure to get one that’s worth the investment. Scarves don’t have to be expensive to look expensive. Find one that has good quality material – one that will look sharp regardless of how much wear and love you give it. Also, stick with the neutrals – they’re forever in style and add that elevated sophistication. Satchel Handbag:
MATT + NAT Carrie Macaroon $120
For the Girl Boss in all of us, a good classic handbag is must-have, specifically a satchel handbag like in this beautiful blush pink similar to Pantone’s Color of the Year: Rose Quartz. Booties:
ModCloth Bare Your Seoul Booties in Pebble $89.99
Every woman needs a good pair of booties to look chic while conquering the day – and, maybe the world. Black Skinny Jeans:
Nasty Gal Aline High-Waisted Cropped Skinny Jeans $68
It seems as though skinny jeans are finally making their way out the door or are they? Black skinny jeans, particularly, seem to have become more of a staple piece in a closet rather than a fashion fad. Check out Instagram feeds if you don’t believe us. Rain Boots:
Jeffery Campbell Stormy Chelsea Rain Boots $55
No matter where you live – rain or shine, good weather or bad – rain boots certainly come in handy, and nowadays, there’s an endless sort of cute picks. Leather Jacket:
Hello, my blushing beauty babes! Our favorite time of year has made its appearance once again as we’ve snuggled into cozy sweaters with steaming mugs of hot cocoa. Amongst the endless array of holiday decorations, the smell of pine, and peppermint-flavored goods, the beauty world has gone into a frenzy with deals and bargains galore. We at Cliché know how exciting and terrifying shopping can be during the holidays, so just like Santa has a list to keep everything in check, we’re more than glad to help with a shopping guide of our very own. For all of you beauty lovers out there, move the old school idea of stocking stuffers to the side and make room for bags of beauty topped off with a bow. From glittery nail polishes to rich colored lippies, I’ve looked high and low for the best and most adorable makeup bag “stuffers” available. This year, give beauty aficionados (or yourself!) a lovely makeup bag filled with goodies that can be used year-round. Don’t forget to check your list twice! Happy holiday shopping, beauts!
A.) It’s in the shape of a cuddly panda. B.) It’s a Korean beauty product, which means you know anyone’s hands will be totally covered throughout the winter season with this product. They’ll feel just as soft as panda fur!
The holiday season is in full effect, and with that comes the endless crowds of shoppers hustling through department stores, shopping centers, and local malls. When it comes to checking off gifts on your lists, we know how much of a hunting experience it can turn into. Not only are you searching for presents amongst endless arrays of shiny items, but you’re also trying to make your way through the crowds—without stepping on anyone’s toes. We understand how trying holiday shopping can be, especially when it’s fashion focused. With the growing amount of fashion products out there, it can become quite overwhelming in the decision-making process. Luckily, here at Cliché we’re always ready to lend a hand in being your holiday elves—stylish ones, of course. We’ve gathered 5 fashion gift ideas for all of the fashionistas in your life. Check them out below and put your present worries to rest. Happy shopping, readers! Fashion Reads: What better way to enhance your fashionista’s knowledge than with a hip fashion book all about what they love?
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, By Andrew Bolton (www.amazon.com, $25.27)
Fifty Dresses That Changed The World, By Design Museum (www.amazon.com, $15.41)
Bling Bling: Anything covered in gold will light their eyes right up.
Can you believe it’s already fall? 2015 is seriously flying by so fast that soon enough, we’ll all be worrying about what to wear when the ball drops on New Year’s Eve. Before we plan ahead, how about we discuss something that needs to be addressed: How in the world do we continue to wear our favorite summer trends in the fall? We’ve seen LOTS of trends popping up all over the place this summer, from bold white, off-the-shoulder tops to chunky heels, and much more. Now let us help you to continue rocking those items you dished your money on so you can keep the spirit alive! See below for our tips on how to wear your favorite summer trends into the fall.
Off-The-Shoulder Tops The summer heat may have given us weird tan lines if you were a fan of those off-the-shoulder tops, but once the fall comes, you won’t have to worry about that anymore. So how do you wear an off-the-shoulder top without looking like you just came back from the beach? Simple. Pair your tops with some long-length pants. In my personal opinion, I would opt out of the boho, wide-legged pants unless you’re going for the Coachella/bohemian vibe. Then by all means, go for it!
NIRVANA Chunky Sandals, $95, topshop.com
Chunky Platform Shoes Your feet need loving, too. Platforms made its way back into our closets just when we thought we were done with them after their appearance back in the late ‘90s! So, you can’t pair them with your favorite daisy dukes or dress… but you know what goes best with them? Frilly socks. We’re talking about the ones that your mom used to make you wear when you were younger. Fan of the platform cut-out heels, perhaps? Bust out those stockings. They’ll cover your toes, plus make your shoes really pop.
ASOS Denim A-Line Mini Skirt With High Low Hem In Bitter Chocolate, $50.16, ASOS.com
Denim Button Up Skirts Denim skirts made a huge comeback this summer, but it’s not the mini-skirts circa early 2000s. No—we’re talking about the ones that look really similar to the ones from the 1970s, and that’s why we’re obsessed. (I mean, come on. Fashion has a way of bringing back past looks!) Still attached to your skirt, but it’s a tad bit too cold for bare legs? This is a perfect example of where your tights come in. Better yet, you can rock tights in literally any color, and it’ll go with this skirt.
Suit Up Tuxedo Romper in White, $78, nastygal.com
White Out Forget what you hear about how you can’t wear white after Labor Day. Do whatever you want! You don’t need to listen to some fashion myth. White was seen everywhere, and you can easily slip this into your fall wardrobe this year. Without going into white overload every single time, pair your favorite white piece with a contrasting color to make it really pop.
Kimchi Blue Serena Applique Bra, $39, urbanoutfitters.com
Delicate Lingerie Rather than wearing their night slips for, well, the night, fashionistas have brought these looks outside the house. With the fact that colder temperatures are sure to make their way in, the only way to rock this thin material is by layering. Layers on layers on layers. That’s the only way to go, isn’t it?
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The Best Summer Handbags of 2015 I know, we have almost one month left of summer and it’s breaks my heart just thinking about it. Seriously, where did the time go? Anyways, I don’t know about you but for me, summer is the perfect time to go out with your friends on fun trips or have a typical GNO. Sure, you got your outfit all decked out but did you forget about your handbag that carries all your necessities? Each year, I toss and purchase new bags to my collection and this year was no different. Here are some of the best summer handbags I’ve seen this year. Cooperative Structured Bucket Bag Just like bucket hats are a thing for the guys, bucket bags are a thing for the ladies. How can you deny bucket bags? I’d opt for the backpack-like ones but the choice is ultimately up to you!
Kate Spade’s Wing It Pineapple Cross-body Channel your inner Katy Perry with this unconventional purse. Perfect if you love fruits especially pineapples. If you love it so much, why don’t you wear it?
Leather Baggu Sure, it looks like a grocery bag at first glance but this is perfect for when you need to grab things on the go and you’re aiming for that casual look! You can’t go wrong with baggu! Abercrombie and Fitch Reversible Faux Leather Tote
Speaking from experience, I fully support this purse. I know over the years, Abercrombie hasn’t had that much of a great reputation but let me tell you, they’re coming up again! You don’t know how many compliments I get regarding this purse and hearing this exact question, “Wait, that’s really Abercrombie?” Eddie Borgo for Target Mini Backpack – Silver Mirror I just saw this last week and I fell in love with it the second it caught my eye. With all these summer concerts and festivals, this is the PERFECT bag to hold all your things and to help make sure your friends can catch you a mile away when you’re off dancing to your favorite artist. Plus, is anyone else getting total 90s flashbacks or is that just me?
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Summer sunglasses have arrived and our favorite high street stores have not disappointed! Whether you go for the wayfarer, the cat eye, or the John Lennon look, we’ve picked out some of the best sunglasses for all your accessory needs!
A classic pair of sunglasses you can never go wrong with: heart shaped. They are the perfect sunglasses for any quirky outfit. Accessorize your look with these cute sunglasses by teaming them with a pair of overalls or floral summer dress! Snap them up on the Topshop website for just $36 here.
Classic Cat Eye Sunglasses
More fitted to those with heart-shaped faces, the Cat Eye look is bound to make any outfit look classy. For a true vintage look, pair these sunglasses with a swing dress or a crop top with high waist shorts to achieve an effortless retro vibe! These sunglasses are available over on the Forever 21 website for an unbelievable $5.90!
These staple sunglasses by Ray-Ban are a timeless classic and can turn any outfit into the ultimate casual summer look. These sunglasses would look great with denim shorts, a bralette, and a lace kimono! Get them over on the Urban Outfitters website for $125.
Round Frame Sunglasses
Round sunglasses are great for festival attire and lazy summer days. To achieve the best festival look with these sunglasses, team them with a tasselled crop top and crotchet shorts. As for hair, tie it up in a bun! Not only does it look cute but it also keeps the hair off your face in the hot summer sun. These sunglasses are available over on the Boohoo website for $18.
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Bonjour, darling readers! I hope you are all enjoying yourselves and taking advantage of the nice weather. I wanted to give you all a little tip when updating your closets with a key staple item: blazers. If you don’t already own a blazer, you should definitely invest in one. You can wear a blazer all year round; yes, you can wear a blazer during the summer, but under the right circumstances, of course! I wouldn’t advise wearing a plaid printed wool blazer in the spring or summer. Instead, I’d save that cozy piece for the fall, but you definitely can wear one made out of lightweight rayon or polyester. A blazer adds an elegant yet sexy touch when worn with a pair of shorts and heels for an intimate dinner during the summer. You can even hang it over your shoulders for a chic look because we know that the summer breeze can be quite chilly sometimes, especially when wearing shorts or a mini dress! Nonetheless, blazers can be worn with jeans, slacks, leggings, dresses, skirts, and shorts.
Recently, I found a few of my mother’s vintage blazers that she sewed when she worked as a seamstress. The single-buttoned navy plaid blazer is made out of 100% pure wool and has a classic look. The pink plaid blazer is also single-buttoned and made out of 100% pure wool. I love the color and how it’s finished with matching pink buttons; it reminds me of something Cher Horowitz would wear. The triple-buttoned cream blazer is made out of 100% wool with 100% acetate lining. It looks like something Sue Ellen “Swell” Crandell designed with the beaded, embroidered, and pleather detailing. You can’t forget the shoulder pads on it either!
Valentine’s Day isn’t just a holiday for couples to celebrate; it’s a day for us to show the special people in our lives how much we appreciate and love them for everything they do. We can all agree that one/some of those top people on our “I Love You” lists are our BFFs, the gals and guys that never let us down, especially on this occasion. They’re the ones we can call at any time of the day just to talk when we need someone. The heroes in our lives when we’re having major meltdowns over relationships or life worries. Our personal pick-me-up’s whenever a day has gone sour. The best adventure buddies to go on a trip with just because. They’re the pieces that make us whole, and we totally love them more than we can say! Make sure to show your love for you BFFs with our list of Valentine’s Day Gifts for Best Friends—pizza and cheesy romance flicks included, of course!
(Partners In Crime Charm Bangle $58, www.katespade.com)
Because they’re the ones we call about whatever crazy, tactical plan we’ve come up with!
(You Are My Person Card $4.50, www.forever21.com)
This was made famous from Meredith and Cristina’s awesome BFF relationship on Grey’s Anatomy, so making a card from this perfect saying is a must! They totally are our person.
(The Break-Up Activity Book: Crafting Your Way Through a Broken Heart by Lynn Change $14.90, www.forever21.com)
What better way is there to help your BFF get over a fresh break-up around V-Day than by handing them this book and helping them complete it? BFF’s unite!
(Hearts Woven Boxer $12/3 for $24, www.urbanoutfitters.com) Boxers or trunks? This print is made in whichever one your guy BFF prefers! Laughs and giggles will totally be shared. If you have three guy BFFs, this is perfect too—talk about a bargain!
(Get Around Keychain $12, www.shopbando.com) To remind your best gal friend every day that she truly is a mega babe.
(Billy Jealousy ‘Beard Envy’ Kit $25, http://shop.nordstrom.com) Once that beard is grown, your best guy friend can enter into tons of contests. If he wins, call dibs on half of the prize. You obviously helped in that victory!
Every year, we excitedly anticipate summer for its promises of beautiful weather, sun-kissed skin, and, for some of us, the end to yet another stressful school year. We often come to find ourselves locked-up in our bedrooms, watching movies during the endless plethora of rainy days. Having younger siblings or a kid of your own can have it’s advantages, such as having an excuse to watch cartoons or spend that free time to bond over a coloring book and a fresh pack of Crayola crayons. But what if there’s a way to get that same enjoyment without using a child as an excuse? Well, my fellow kids-at-heart, thanks to Mel Simone Elliott, it’s possible.
What started out as a creative outlet for dealing with heartache, eventually became a brand now known as I LOVE MEL. Mel’s talented hand and love of pop culture has led her innovative ideas of turning childish past-times into an adult’s guilty pleasure. Thus far, she has made paper dolls, temporary tattoos, activity books, and of course, coloring books, and they’re all targeted towards young adults (or older, not judging!) who are not yet ready to let go of the simple pleasures of childhood. If you shop at Urban Outfitters, you have probably already come across these delightful things, but for the rest of you, allow me to introduce you to the Colour Me Good series. There are books dedicated to fashion, the 90’s, the 80’s, famous record album covers, classic horror films, hip hop artists, and even Hollywood’s most famous gingers. Not sold yet? Well, every now and then Mel does an entire coloring book for a single celebrity. So far she has covered Kate Moss, Ryan Gosling, and most recently, Cara Delevingne. So the next time you’re stuck inside on a rainy day, or even trying to kill time while traveling to your next vacation spot, make sure to have one of these nifty coloring books handy.