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Rainbow Brights

Diane von Furstenberg, Stella McCartney, Nanette Lepore, Spring 2010 - photos courtesy 

Ever noticed when packing for a sunny séjour, your suitcase is filled with cheerful scarves, vibrant tunics and playful pareos while your everyday closet is awash in a sea of blacks, greys and tans?  Like many of you, I'm often guilty of choosing practical over pretty.  I constantly have that in-store debate over whether to invest in the classic, black option or say, a punchy yellow or persimmon piece of gorgeousness.  Black almost always wins.  My Spring 2010 resolution?  Follow the lead of the DVF, Stella McCartney and Nanette Lepore runways and herald in spring with colour.  Black is slimming but who wants a skinny piece of depression when you can feel like you're going on vacation every day?  One more reason to inject a little more colour into your wardrobe?  If you can believe it, only one in five of us actually has the proper skin-tone to get away with wearing black.  Check this out:

So come on, get happy and try out some of these rainbow-hued goodies:


 What is it about the perenially chic trench that keeps us coming back for more?   This spring, the trench took sexy to an entirely new level when paired with the more overtly vavavoom staple of the boudoir:  lace.   I'm not one to endorse sluttery (I am a mom after all), but that cute little ruffled tank from Old Navy?  Totally optional.  The best part about this trench from Joe Fresh?  You will never run out of ways to wear it.  Equally chic when paired with skinnies, a pretty floral dress or even the hot bottom of Spring 2010 (I don't mean the one that belongs to you, darling), a pair of pretty shorts, the endlessly versatile trench will take you from work to play without missing a beat.  (PS - They also have a longer, belted version at Joe for $49)  Real Life Runway Tip:  The classic red pout is an absolute must with this look.  My fave right now is MAC Lipstick in simmeringly sexy Ruby Woo.  If it's good enough for Dita Von Teese... 


Soldier of Love

Stella McCartney, MaxMara, Chloé, Spring 2010 - photos courtesy 

In honour of St. Patty's Day, I thought it best to leave the green beer to the frat boys and instead, focus my consumptive energies on the green hue du moment:  army.  Since fashion always reflects our current culture, you are going to see camouflage and army references everywhere this spring.  Avoid uber-trend burn-out by embracing the softer side of military chic as seen at Stella McCartney, MaxMara and Chloé.  Subtly salute the trend by sticking with neutral shades of khaki, army green and hints of gold but keep fabrics soft, relaxed and sweet.   Not exactly your stereotypical drill sargeant but hey, we're all about love, not war. 

See my favourite military-inspired picks below:



Being a camp girl, I experienced my fair share of tie-dye experiments gone horribly wrong.  Spring 2010 saw designers trying out tie-dye in surprisingly sophisticated ways, with only a slight nod to the '70s.  I love the way Tory Burch mixed tie-dye shorts with a sophisticated blazer and tee.  Any off-shoot of tie-dye will do, including this fun ikat-print skirt from cheap and cheerful Forever 21.  Flats, of course, are making a big statement this season and are the perfect way of giving off that fancy-free vibe.  Real Life Runway Tip:  Tie-dye is best worn in small doses so stick with one statement-making piece and keep the rest of your look classic and neutral.  Go overboard and you might as well douse yourself in patchouli and tiger balm.  Ech.



A Little Spring in your Step

Stella McCartney Spring 2010 - photo courtesy

Spring 2010 is just around the bend.  Flirty florals, gauzy whites, brilliant pops of colour all just waiting to make their appearance the moment the snow thaws.   We absolutely cannot wait for spring!  Though wait we must so in the meantime, we can always dream a little technicolour dream....

Real Life Runway launches mid-March so stay tuned for fabulous fashion.

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