Dior RTW Spring 2019

Guests arriving to the venue — the storybook magical grounds of the Longchamp racetrack — came upon a huge, minimalist square construction. Its facade flaunted woman-power signage of the sort that has become a Maria Grazia Chiuri signature at Dior. This time the quotes were from renegade choreographers, among them Pina Bausch (“Dance, Dance, Otherwise We Are Lost”) and Sharon Eyal (“The Story Comes From Inside the Body”).
Point made: This collection would be about dance, a natural topic for fashion and one which many designers have mined. “Dance and fashion define the body and, through discipline, teach us to own it,” read the show notes.
To manifest the connection, Chiuri commissioned a compelling new work from Eyal, whose dancers opened the show and performed throughout. Exquisite. And also problematic, at least if you’re a dress that wants to be noticed. Over the years, fashion has seen some seriously theatrical presentations. But when the Instagram-worthy theatrics, whether impending shark attack or bodies in remarkable motion, are separate and apart from the clothes, they can distract from what’s supposed to be the event’s primary purpose. That’s what happened here. (It didn’t help that the dancers were better-lit than the models.)
As for the clothes, this

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Dolce & Gabbana Dive Deep Into Their Brand DNA for Spring 2019

In recent years, Dolce & Gabbana has really doubled down on its commitment to courting the next generation of shoppers. Not only have a crew of social media-savvy youngsters (perhaps better known as the #DGMillennials) replaced traditional models both on the D&G runways and in their …

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Versace Served up Clashing Prints and Early-Aughts Clubwear for Spring 2019

Without fail, the crowd at Versace’s Friday night show in Milan each season provides one of fashion month’s best people-watching opportunities. Donatella Versace’s fans and top customers from around the world turn up in droves wearing head-to-toe ensembles by the Italian brand, looking — for back …

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Erika Cavallini RTW Spring 2019

A Mediterranean sensuality infused Erika Cavallini’s spring collection, with the designer working a warm palette of spice tones for a fuss-free wardrobe that hinted at exotic travel.
She draped and knotted fabrics, and lopped off sleeves, revealing a glimpse of shoulder here, a flash of hip bone there, but her concept of seduction was not demonstrative. There was a quiet ease to the flowing tunic tops, vestal gowns and mannish pants coupled with oversized shirts.
Slouchy cream pants were cinched with a triple-wrap brown leather belt, while a plain rope belt lent a rustic edge to a flowing caftan in a patchwork of vintage silk scarf prints.
Outfits like a burlap sundress and a pajama-striped jumpsuit came with giant matching totes. They might not meet cabin baggage restrictions, but somehow, you felt these  confident women would get where they’re going regardless.

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Prada Put a Techno Twist on Ladylike Classics for Spring 2019

Acid, slime green walls. Inflatable clear plastic chairs. Techno music blaring at an impressively high decibel level and an even higher BPM. No, I’m not talking about Milan’s Hottest Night Club: This was the scene at the Prada show on Thursday evening, where designer Miuccia Prada presented a …

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7 Breakout Trends From London Fashion Week Spring 2019

Designers at London Fashion Week flooded the British capital with fearless fashion for the Spring 2019 season. The four-and-a-half-day-long schedule of shows and presentations wrapped up on Tuesday, and provided enough highlights to keep critics entertained for months to come. Both big-name …

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Aspinal of London Releases Spring Lineup and Giles Deacon Capsule  

DOUBLE TAKE: Aspinal of London unveiled its spring collection alongside a 25-piece capsule in collaboration with Giles Deacon, consisting of the brand’s top handbag and accessories sellers.
The Regent Street flagship came alive with Deacon’s hand-drawn illustrations, depicting the women of Aspinal seen through his eyes, and these were blown up as giant cardboard cutouts and plastered across the shop floor.
The colorful print was adorned on the brand’s mini Trunk bag, the Regent tote bag and the Micro Lottie style, while the best-selling Hepburn bag featured a single girl embossed on the front.
These Aspinal ladies consisted of an international cast, “yet still very quintessentially English,” but with a more global appeal, highlighting the brand’s overseas expansion plans in the Middle East and China.
“Giles didn’t want to reinvent the wheel in terms of product, so there are no new bag styles and he chose the ones most synonymous to the brand,” a spokeswoman said.
These handbags lined the walls of the store and were perched on display tables while scarves embellished with the print hung off display bars or sat neatly folded in drawers.
Further down into the heart of the store, the new handbag collection influenced by ballerinas was on show. The Trunk,

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Brooks Brothers RTW Spring 2019

Creative Director Zac Posen delivered a garden party brimming with a youthful take on corporate attire inspired in part by images of Jacqueline de Ribes in the garden.
He introduced a cheeky cherry print, which was cut into a playful pleated skirt and embroidered onto a little T, and undercut the collection with a fresh vintage ease. Pink tweed suiting was enlivened with fluorescent orange specks, while a prim-cut blazer came in a sweet pastel orange. A floral jacquard jacket-and-skirt set harked to the fashion sensibility that could be seen in his namesake secondary line.
The storied brand has been able to draw in younger customers with updates to wardrobe staples that have a modern, easy approach to sophistication. Shirt dressing has been key, and was cut this season with a navy porcelain print and an orange style with a playful wrap belt. No item balanced modish feminine flair with a transitional day-to-evening quality more than a flirty color-blocked dress in blush, ivory and lime.
Posen made sure to offer loyal customers approachable elegance with classic seersucker in driftwood brown, suiting styled with casual striped Ts and stretchy graphic jacquards. For the new professional woman, look no further for a blend of leisure,

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Alexa Chung Makes Her Official London Fashion Week Debut for Spring 2019

Ever since her debut on the scene as a model-turned-TV-host-turned-It-Girl, Alexa Chung has built a strong base of fans who take note of her every style move. So it only made good business sense that, following hit collaborations with the likes of Madewell and AG Jeans, Chung would put together a …

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9 Breakout Trends from New York Fashion Week Spring 2019

New York Fashion Week got a bit of its groove back this season. Designers across the board appeared to be swept up in a fervent, anything-goes type of excitement and creativity for Spring 2019, and in spite of the nonstop rain, the week was fun and it felt buzzy. This was Fashion Week as a …

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Richard Malone RTW Spring 2019

Up-and-comer Richard Malone opened London Fashion Week on an upbeat note.
The Irish designer delivered a range filled with colors straight out of a Crayola box, a play on proportion and tassels galore.
His aim was to create “a nice, happy summer collection” and celebrate women and all things feminine along the way.
It worked: His pastel-hued satin cycling shorts and matching jackets, printed tube skirts and bold embellishments, ranging from nets to fringes and oversized pockets, summoned a joyful, optimistic mood.
Among the highlights was a series of flirty slipdresses featuring heavy ruching and those tube skirts with abstract, arty prints splashed all over them.
Just like many designers of his generation, Malone is also pushing the sustainability agenda. This season, he employed a luxurious double-faced satin fabric — from Italian fabric house Taroni — and juxtaposed it with Econyl, a nylon fabric that can be continually repurposed.

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Zero + Maria Cornejo RTW Spring 2019

“It’s all about strong women,” said Maria Cornejo backstage at her spring runway show. Her inspiration was epitomized in the collection by a print reproducing a work by Chilean artist Gracia Barrios, an abstract pattern consisting of sketched faces of extraordinary international female personalities. The motif was printed, for example, on a fresh cotton top worn with a draped skirt crafted from organic denim, as well as on a maxishirt paired with relaxed cropped pants.
In keeping with her quintessentially chic aesthetic, the designer delivered a beautiful collection where an unfussy urban mood was warmed up by Cornejo’s Latin sensibility, expressed particularly in the color palette of earthy, neutral tones juxtaposed with bright shades of coral red and vivid blue.
By choosing an inclusive casting of women of different ages, Cornejo wanted to highlight the timeless spirit of the collection, one designed to transcend seasonal trends and provide longevity and continuity among generations. While the oversized striped suit that opened the show and a sharp-cut denim jacket worn with matching pants looked more rigorous and infused with a certain mannish feel, the frocks and tops with plunging necks and the satin long dresses and revisited pajama sets revealed the very feminine side

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Rodarte’s Spring 2019 Runway Featured Picasso-Inspired Makeup and Spectacular, Rose-Covered Hair

On Sunday, Rodarte made its triumphant return to New York Fashion Week after spending several seasons showing in Paris, much to the delight of the New York fashion crowd — and the beauty editors who cover the shows backstage. With its own brand of elegant whimsy, the label is known for …

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Tory Burch RTW Spring 2019

Not many moms have a shoe named after them, let alone one that has skyrocketed to iconic-item status. Reva Robinson does. She provides endless inspiration for her designing daughter, Tory Burch, and has ever since Burch designed her first practical-chic caftan top. On Friday morning, in the garden of the Cooper Hewitt Museum, freshly set with lemon trees and peaceful despite the typical morning fray on Fifth Avenue, Burch again celebrated the casual style of her mother, and father Buddy, too, that so impressed her as a child growing up.
“My parents…were adventurers,” Burch wrote in her program, noting that every summer they took a streamer-ship cruise “from Italy and Greece to Morocco and Spain.” If that thought alone isn’t enough to trigger wistful thoughts of the summer just past (even if yours wasn’t so great), Burch’s clothes certainly reminded of the joys of vacation life.
Burch was taken by her parents’ “wanderlust.” Back when fashion had rules, one might have said that her lineup swung more resort than spring. But who cares? She addressed virtually every warm-weather wardrobe need with panache: tailored shirtdresses, safari shirt-and-trouser combos, trenchcoats; languid tent dresses; sporty knits. Boho dresses shed their sweetness in cotton stripes or

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Norma Kamali Embraces Men With Spring Collection

Norma Kamali remembers well the free-spirited, anything-goes Seventies. And today isn’t all that different, with its gender-fluid, whatever-works-for-you ethos. So the designer shot her spring collection on both a man and a woman and the result, she said, is “hot and fabulous.” Her striped jumpsuits, printed denim jackets and skinny knit pants, floral tracksuits — and even her trademark parachute skirts — work as well on a guy as on a girl. For Kamali, it speaks to a man’s unspoken desire to embrace his feminine side, at a time when such a statement is not only acceptable, but trend-right.
Here, Kamali discusses her first “unofficial” men’s collection.
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Norma Kamali: In the Seventies, I did lots of men’s, but I never did a men’s line, I did women’s clothes and men were wearing them. There were a million rock-star guys who were wearing the clothes, including the New York Dolls, and it was a very cool, sexy thing to see, not just gay men in women’s clothes — and I’m not talking about drag — but straight men in women’s clothes looking hot and fabulous. So the line, “My boyfriend is wearing my clothes and he looks

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Zac Posen Presents Spring — With a Little Help From Friends

Like lots of designers, Zac Posen wears many hats. In fact, he says it shakes out to 16 collections a year. He designs for Brooks Brothers; recently updated the uniforms at Delta Air Lines; released a cookbook; judges on “Project Runway,” and released a documentary. But it was his namesake label that started it all.
To present that collection for spring 2019, Posen is once again forgoing a traditional runway show — something he has done for several seasons — in favor of images and a film. The difference this season is that the film has a more narrative- and character-driven feeling. Gia Coppola shot the piece, with Maya Thurman Hawke as muse. To Posen, Hawke was more than just a subject — both she and Coppola are close personal friends, and Hawke, who was looped in and confirmed while he was still designing the collection, helped to influence his designs for the season. So spring 2019 was a family affair.
“The original Zac girl is a creative free spirit. When I think of my early muses, this collection has almost come full circle to that idea. It’s not grande dame, or overt glamour, there is a new side to it,” he

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Gustav von Aschenbach Men’s Spring 2019

In its third season, Robert Geller’s Gustav von Aschenbach seems to be finally developing its own identity.
Although a younger and more fun offshoot of the designer’s main line, the collection still has Geller’s signature, with its traditional boxy silhouettes, washed cotton fabrics and saturated tones.
But G.V.A., as the line is now being called, has more of a streetwear edge. The use of logos, slogans and appliquéd photographs spoke to Geller’s love of Swiss graphic design and typography — as evidenced by the word Basel used on garments throughout.
“The G.V.A. kid is evolving into a young artist, who expresses himself through individualistic, self-confident clothes,” Geller said.
Some of this artistic expression shone through in a creative casting mix of models and New York street dancers that added a jolt of energy and fun to the show.
Among the highlights was an array of light outerwear, from trenchcoats and cropped field jackets to utility varsities. Embellished with the graphic details, these became one-of-a-kind pieces.
Geller’s ability to create a younger alter-ego allows him to channel trendier and more of-the-now pieces. But coupled with his more romantic and mature Robert Geller collection, these two sides of his personality seem perfectly aligned.

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Nick Graham Men’s Spring 2019

Nick Graham’s space odyssey continued for spring with a collection titled “1969.” He called it “one of the most transformational years in our history, a year that had both the first landing on the moon by Apollo 11 and also Woodstock, both of which were pretty transformative events in our culture.”
A rocket-shaped 1959 Cadillac Cyclone concept car — the only one made and dispatched from the company’s archives in Detroit — was parked on the runway and served as the perfect backdrop for the zesty show.
It opened with a troupe of boys dancing in “Martian in Training” T-shirts, followed by a parade of traditional sartorial clothing that was super fitted to the body with cropped blazers and tapered pants. Metallic bomber jackets with NASA logos set the tone for an array of intergalactic references that included alien faces printed on shirts and atomic symbols on the breast pockets of suit jackets.
In addition to the suits— which were offered in colorful, shiny solids and exaggerated men’s wear classic patterns — Graham introduced a lot more casualwear, including logo hoodies and sweat pants.
Although Graham’s obsession with space travel is nothing new, it continues to provide a fun story line and an uplifting

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Nihl Men’s Spring 2019

In his New York show, Neil Grotzinger of Nihl, the LVMH Prize finalist, broke traditional rules of masculinity with a collection that centered around bending the rules of those in authority.
He took police officers, football players and Wall Street brokers and turned their wardrobes on their head by “exploring the qualities of borderline ephemerality and downright queerness,” according to the liner notes.

A clear example was a pair of football pants made from fine white silk he paired with a handmade chain mail tank top. An authentic crinkled painter’s tarp — black on one side, green on the other with drawstrings included — was reinterpreted as pants and a top.

Grotzinger’s use of elaborate embroidery techniques appeared as embellishments on several pieces, including the sleeves of sheer tops and a sliced-open basketball short.

The use of revealing cutouts and jock straps throughout the collection added a level of eroticism while enhancing the masculinity of the offering.

“The concepts of masculinity can be very restrictive and I like to break the conformity of that,” Grotzinger said.

In this debut, Grotzinger gained a lot of attention by breaking the rules — in the right way.

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Jahnkoy Men’s Spring 2019

Maria Jahnkoy, whose real name is Maria Kazakova, is Siberian and studied at Central Saint Martins and Parsons, has received a lot of support from the industry with her brand narrative, which is centered on preserving traditional craftsmanship and reworking it for a new generation.
She was shortlisted for the 2017 LVMH Prize and has found fans in consultant Julie Gilhart and Bruce Pask, the men’s fashion director at Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus. Kazakova also has the support of Puma, Swarovski and the CFDA’s Elaine Gold Launch Pad program.
Her goal has always been to connect larger companies with local artisans, but with the extra help she’s been able to expand on that and bring more makers from Brooklyn and India into the mix. The show, which was more like a theatrical art project, was a collective effort as well. Titled “Deceived: No More,” the performance explored how the fashion industry impacts cultural identity. The presentation, which was choreographed by Nathan Trice, was broken up into three parts: chaos, unification and order. Much like her previous presentations, she made the runway mimic a chaotic city street that was dotted with orange cones and caution signs — one read “Separation is No

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N. Hoolywood Men’s Spring 2019

This season, the N. Hoolywood designer Daisuke Obana delivered a lineup inspired by Native American artist T.C. Cannon, whose work he discovered during a recent trip to Arizona.
“The lines and the bold colors in the artist’s paintings were what drew me to them,” he said backstage, pointing to an array of blanket-like pieces, often paired with matching oversize shorts. This graphic inspiration was seen in everything from cropped bomber jackets and knitwear with fringe across the chest to oversize pants.
An added surprise was Obana’s collaboration with sportswear brand Umbro. It spanned logo T-shirts, long-sleeved soccer jerseys and elongated coats adorned with oversize Umbro logos done up in bright colors with vertical lines that tied back to Cannon’s paintings.
With their mix of deconstruction and surprising proportions, Obana’s Japanese silhouettes seamlessly blended the worlds of artisanal and active sport.

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Abasi Rosborough Men’s Spring 2019

In their sophomore showing during New York Fashion Week: Men’s, Abdul Abasi and Greg Rosborough explored a desert phantom theme that referenced a variety of vanishing cultures and tribes.
The design duo paraded a diverse range, from kimono-inspired jackets and coats and fitted cargo pants to Navajo-printed parkas. The color palette included deep burgundies and burnt orange that brought an Eastern sensibility to the forefront, while a flowing white section telegraphed the desert inspiration. “We even looked at ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’” Rosborough noted.
A wrinkled cotton hybrid poncho with matching head scarf and an ethereal topcoat in the same fabric also drove the desert theme home. Likewise, a Tencel linen that was frayed to look old — employed for bomber jackets and coats — reinforced that worn-in traveler vibe.
With this effort, Abasi Rosborough continues to make its mark in men’s fashion. “We’ve seen an exodus of big designers this week, but we look at it as an opportunity for new designers to step forward,” Rosborough said.

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Head of State Men’s Spring 2019

For his first runway show, Nigerian-born designer Taofeek Abijako, took inspiration from Afrofuturism and paraded a lineup with a distinct Seventies feel. 
Cue an array of high-waisted cropped and flared pants, fitted sweatshirts and message T-shirts.
The standouts were the flared pants, worn with matching boots, which gave it a New York Seventies vibe. 
Head of State is now part of Groupe, a distribution umbrella formed by James and Gwendolyn Jurney of Seize sur Vingt, which manages and nurtures independent designers and brands. Abijako was the first brand chosen, allowing him to focus strictly on creating the collection while Groupe provides the funding for samples and production.     

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Monday Meals: Fresh Spring Rolls

When the craving for a crunchy, healthy, flavorful meal hits, most of us start thinking about salad. We love a salad too, don’t get us wrong! But sometimes we need to switch it up, ditch the fork, swap vinaigrette for dipping sauce and make spring rolls. Vietnamese spring rolls are typically …

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Your Spring and Summer Neutrals

Every wardrobe needs some neutrals to calm the eye and soul, and create versatile outfit combinations. The degree to which you incorporate neutrals into your style is as personal as your favourite foods. Some people have a neutral-rich style and others don’t. Some prefer to wear dark neutrals in the colder months, light neutrals in the warmer months, and some don’t differentiate between the seasons. Some stick to one or two neutrals at a time while others wear them all together. Some only wear cool-toned dark neutrals. Some only wear warm and light neutrals. And some mix it up depending on their mood. It’s all good as long as it feels and looks right on this current leg of your style journey.

I wear the same light and dark neutrals year round, although I tend to lighten things up even more in Spring and Summer. I used to wear a lot of black and white outfits, but have slowly replaced many of my black wardrobe items with navy and ink blue versions. I still wear black and white looks, but these days throw in some tomato red, citron, denim blue or blush to break it up. I wear quite a bit of blue and white. I don’t wear grey because it makes me unhappy, and I’m completely committed to yellow gold as my metal. Cognac has disappeared from my wardrobe at the moment.

My most important Spring and Summer neutral is optical WHITE. I feel fabulous in white and wear a lot of it. It picks up the white in my hair, looks fresh, adds crispness as well as a soft and pretty integrity that I crave in an outfit. It’s also a great neutral to pair with non-neutrals like pastels and sour brights, which I wear a lot of too.

White is followed by navy and ink blue, all sorts of denim blue, a little cream, bone, tan, some black, a smattering of pearl grey and olive, and gold. Here are all my Spring and Summer neutral wardrobe items. The exact pieces are represented in the collection.

I’m adding blush pink as a pseudo Spring and Summer neutral. It’s not officially a neutral, but it functions like one for my style. Blush shoes and bags have somewhat replaced my need for metallic footwear and bags. Here are my Spring and Summer blush wardrobe items.

Warm colours and clear brights look best against my complexion, yet most of my neutrals are on the cool side of the spectrum. I do effectively warm them up with gold and sour brights, which I guess is what prevents them from bossing me around.

Over to you. What are your Spring and Summer neutrals, and how do they differ from your cold-weather neutrals? Has your neutral palette changed over time?

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3 Spring Preparations Landlords Should Make

As the weather warms, the housing market starts to pick up and people begin looking for new properties to lease. This presents a great opportunity for landlords to capitalize on the transition from winter to spring and get ahead of both administrative and seasonal maintenance of their properties.

In this post, we’ll discuss three of the most common things a landlord may experience during spring, including new tenants, lease renewals, exterior property maintenance, and how to get ahead of any issues these changes might cause.

Influx of Tenants in the Market for Rentals

Although lease term periods can differ from property to property and from tenant to tenant, spring and summer are popular times for people to move to new properties or renew their leases.

During spring, landlords will need to prepare for an increase in rental applications, property viewings, and new leases.

You should also be aware that the housing market tends to get more competitive in spring, which means many landlords raise their rental prices. Be cautious when raising your rent, however, because you don’t want to have the rent price for your properties skyrocket over competitors’ properties in your area, potentially pushing prospective tenants to either rent elsewhere or abandon renting altogether for home buying.

To get ahead despite high competition, do some research to see what the market trends are like in your area to gauge what your competitors are charging for rent and then adjust your fees accordingly. It might also help you to emphasize your amenities as a way of out-performing your competitors.

Renewing Lease Terms

If you have tenants who are set to renew their leases this season, it’s a good time to review your Residential Lease to see if everything is working for both you and your tenants.

Many landlords have meetings with their tenants prior to their renewal (usually 30 days to 60 days) to discuss the tenants’ experience living in the rental unit.

Some potential lease term topics you can discuss with your tenants before renewal include:

  • Changes to the property. Your tenants might want to paint their living space or replace or add electrical fixtures like outlets, lights, and lamps.
  • Changes to responsibilities. Many landlords will adjust their rent prices in exchange for the tenants taking on more responsibility for maintaining the property. For example, if a landlord rents the top and bottom floors of a house to separate tenants, they might make one responsible for lawn care in exchange for reducing their rent price.
  • Pet fees. You might want to revisit how much you charge for pet fees (whether it’s too much or too little), especially in cases where damage from your tenants’ pets has required you to replace things on your property or make repairs.

It’s important to listen to feedback from your tenants, especially if they have issues living in your rental property. It’s likely they want this living arrangement to work just as much as you do, so do what you can to engage in that relationship and foster goodwill with your tenants.

Prepare for Repair Notices

Warmer temperatures make it easier to inspect properties. It’s also a time when your tenants might be spending more times outdoors, which means they will be more likely to notice maintenance issues outside (like potholes in the parking lot or leaky eavestroughs).

To prevent your tenants from bombarding you with repair notices, consider conducting an exterior inspection of the property.

Some things to keep an eye out for during an exterior inspection would be:

  • Roof deterioration, including loose, missing, or broken shingles or holes that could lead to leaks and water damage when it rains
  • Punctures or debris in rain gutters that might prevent melting snow or water from running off (and make sure the downspouts are leading water away from the house or apartment building’s foundation)
  • Damage to house siding, including split or missing panels
  • Cracks in the pavement or driveway, which can lead to further erosion of the asphalt and more fractures if exposed to water

Of course, it’s unlikely you’ll catch everything pre-emptively, so getting maintenance calls from tenants is unavoidable. Just ensure that you prioritize habitability issues first, and make sure to always communicate with your tenants. At the very least, it’s good to let your tenants know their issues were heard and to provide an assurance that you’re going to handle their repairs in a timely manner.

The Importance of Planning as a Landlord

To prepare yourself for the changes that tend to come with spring (whether it’s new tenants, renewed tenants, or increased maintenance), you should always have a game plan in place, such as scheduling inspections and check-ins with your tenants.

Overall, it’s always a good idea as a landlord to foster open communication with your tenants so that landlord-tenant relationship works in both your favors.

What do you do to get ahead of spring maintenance? Let us know in the comments!

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16 Outfits That’ll Convince You to Go Matchy-Matchy for Spring

Call them co-ords or matching sets, complementary outfits are on the rise. In fact, fast-fashion giant Zara is dead set on making matching sets happen for spring. Just one look at the brand’s site and you’ll be seeing double. Sure, you can technically flaunt the pieces as separates but the brand obviously has other plans since almost all the pics feature complementary styling.

Spring 2018 was all about matching sets.

Versace Spring 2018, Zimmermann Spring 2018, Sonia Rykiel Spring 2018; Images: Imaxtree

But Zara is far from the only one taking part. In addition to sites like ASOS and & Other Stories that have dedicated sections for sets and two-piece outfits, the Spring 2018 shows were full of co-ords. Versace brought back some of its classic 90s prints and made sure to hit repeat as everything from shorts to bra tops to swimsuits synced up. Zimmermann was in full bloom mode for spring, presenting fresh florals on all manner of top and skirt or top and pant combos. And Sonia Rykiel had us dreaming of Mediterranean getaways with sets meant for catching some sun.

Coordination was key for Spring 2018.

Christian Siriano Spring 2018, Alexander McQueen Spring 2018, Temperley London Spring 2018; Images: Imaxtree

Christian Siriano’s co-ords featured tops with exaggerated sleeves and, occasionally, the bottoms boasted equally exaggerated hems. For going-out tops and skirts, no one beats Alexander McQueen where the sets were ruffle-centric. At Temperley London, the co-ords came layered with stripes covering stripes.

If you’re ready to try out the trend but worried about looking too one-note, just remember that not all co-ords complement each other to a T. Some sets have the patterns heading in different directions up top and on the bottoms or play with proportions so it doesn’t look like you’re rocking a one-piece. One of the best features of going matchy-matchy is you don’t have to spend time trying to decipher the fashion paradox of mixing prints (seriously, there’s a fine line between clashing and downright gaudy).

Make getting dressed a breeze this spring with these 16 matching sets.

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Floral Flair for Spring

A new outfit from Annette Hoeldrich of Lady of Style, whom we introduced to YLF in January 2015.

Annette dresses up smart casual trousers with a tailored white shirt. The soft fabric of the wide-legged trousers drapes beautifully, while the dark green floral print creates dramatic flair. Pairing more voluminous bottoms with a tailored top adds structure to the outfit. The knotted self-belt is a fab design detail that emphasizes our blogger’s waistline. White open-toed shoes peeking out from under the trousers bookend the button-down. An on-trend circular bag, silver arm candy and large hoop earrings complete this elegant Spring look.

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16 Embroidered Denim Skirts to Wear All Spring

If you think that the boho trend is a relic of the past, or simply reserved for festival season, think again. Not only has it been revamped for 2018, but it’s subtly been the inspiration behind a number of trends we’re seeing this season—in particular, embroidered denim skirts.

Whether you’re looking for a little personalization or want a skirt that has that je ne sais quoi, embroidery detailing will give your denim skirt a touch of the bohemian spirit. And with the spring season in full swing, as well as summer already on the way, who wouldn’t want to embrace her inner flower child?

If you want to give your outfit that extra kick, we’ve rounded up our favorite skirts featuring the stitching just for you. Be it a subtle inscription on the back pocket, or something that’s certain to grab someone’s attention, embroidery can add as much or as little intrigue you want.

This is the perfect skirt for a weekend morning. Available in sizes 18W to 28W.
Add the cherry on top of your outfit. Available in sizes 0X to 3X.
The embroidery and beaded embellishments will get you so many compliments. Available in sizes 2 to 10.
This skirt’s tonal embroidery adds so much intrigue. Available in sizes 23 to 32.
So chic. Available in sizes 14 to 24.
Trust us, this skirt is worth the investment. Available in sizes IT 34 to IT 42.
Wear this to brunch with your girls. Available in sizes FR 34 to FR 42.
Wear this with a cool graphic tee. Available in sizes 25 to 32.
You’ll want to wear this whenever you can. Available in sizes 23 to 32.
If this skirt doesn’t give you spring fever, we don’t know what will. Available in sizes 24 to 31.
A distressed skirt will give you an edge of cool. Available in sizes 23 to 29.
Embrace your inner flower child. Available in sizes 0X to 3X.
The embroidery detail on the back pocket is so subtle but so intriguing. Available in sizes 25 to 29.
We imagine you wearing this on your next vacation. Available in sizes 36 to 46.
Valentino loves a quality butterfly embellishment and so will you. Available in sizes 2 to 14.
This skirt is just too good. Available in sizes 0 to 8.

Once you’ve added one of these skirts to your cart, check out the coolest denim trends to try out now.

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11 Chic Color Combinations to Wear This Spring

When you’re stumped on what to wear, it’s always the easiest to reach for black. But with spring in full swing, wearing an entire ensemble of drab colors is out of the question. After all, there are so many fresh colors to choose from this spring, like Gen-Z yellow and lovely lavender, so there’s really no excuse not to saturate your wardrobe with bright colors.

But we’ll admit that stepping outside the neutral box can seem daunting, so we looked to some of our favorite street style stars for a little seasonal color inspiration. With these easy-to-re-create combinations, you’ll be able to nail the best spring colors without much effort. Scroll through to check out their tried-and-true pairings so you can embrace color with the utmost confidence and shop our picks to get you there.

On Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific: J.Crew jacket; Tibi Silk Faille Full Skirt ($ 525) available in Black; Via Spiga shoes; Chanel bag; Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Sunglasses ($ 280).
Available in sizes 32 to 42.
Available in sizes 0 to 12.
Available in sizes 5 to 11.
On Jessica Stein of Tuula Vintage: Spell romper; Windsor Smith Bondi Sandals ($ 83); Valentino Small Studded Shoulder Bag ($ 3095) available in Black.
Available in sizes XS to S.
Available in sizes 2 to 26W.
On Aimee Song of Song of Style: Veda Next Jacket ($ 890); J.Crew Slim Cotton-Cashmere V-Neck Sweater in Heather Aluminum ($ 65); Muubaa pants; New Balance x J.Crew 620 Sneakers in Neon Mango ($ 80); Marc Jacobs Oversized Aviator Sunglasses ($ 420); Topshop scarf.
Available in Denmark sizes 34 to 42.
Available in sizes XS to L.
Available in sizes 37 to 38.
On Kristina Bazan of Kayture: Mango top; Romwe Beaded Tasseled Belted Slim Pants in Orange ($ 33); Sofia Coppola x Louis Vuitton bag; Valentino Garavani Rockstud Pumps ($ 871); Celine Tortoiseshell Sunglasses ($ 324).
Available in sizes 0 to 3.
Available in UK sizes 4 to 14.
Available in sizes 35 to 41.
On Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper Girl: Zara skirt; Sophia Webster Yasmin Grain Geometric Heels ($ 488) available in Black and Rose Gold.
Available in sizes XS to XL.
Available in sizes 2 to 10.
Available in sizes 37 to 40.
On Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes: Burberry Prorsum Guernsey Detail Cashmere Sweater in Sky Blue ($ 795); Burberry Prorsum Floral Print Jersey Pencil Skirt ($ 795), Translucent Vinyl Sandals in Vibrant Green ($ 650), and The Petal Clutch In Deerskin and Curly Shearling in Pale Rose/Pale Heather ($ 1695).
Available in sizes 0 to 12.
Pictured: Bao Bao Issey Miyake Prism Tote ($ 656).
Available in European sizes 34 to 48.
Available in sizes XS to XL.
Available in European sizes 36.5 to 39.5.
On Zina Charkoplia of Fashion Vibe: H&M coat and sweater; 7 for All Mankind Slim Cigarette Jeans in Clean White ($ 159); Zara heels; Paula Cademartori Kate Cirque Leather Clutch ($ 1324) available in Red.
Available in sizes 0 to 8.
Available in sizes 0 to 24.
Available in European sizes 36 to 41.
On Gala Gonzalez of Amul: Topshop shirt, pants, and coat; Carolina Herrera bag; Hugo Boss shoes; Céline sunglasses.
Available in sizes XS to L.
Available in sizes 12 to 28.
On Annabelle Fleur of Viva Luxury: Equipment blouse; Cameo blazer; Genetic Denim jeans; Zara heels; Kate Spade New York bag.
Avaialble in sizes S to L.
Available in sizes XS to XL.
On Yasmin Sewell: Peridot London coat; Pringle of Scotland sweater; Prada shoes.
Available in sizes 14 to 24.
Available in sizes 37 to 41.

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3 Spring Preparations Landlords Should Make

As the weather warms, the housing market starts to pick up and people begin looking for new properties to lease. This presents a great opportunity for landlords to capitalize on the transition from winter to spring and get ahead of both administrative and seasonal maintenance of their properties.

In this post, we’ll discuss three of the most common things a landlord may experience during spring, including new tenants, lease renewals, exterior property maintenance, and how to get ahead of any issues these changes might cause.

Influx of Tenants in the Market for Rentals

Although lease term periods can differ from property to property and from tenant to tenant, spring and summer are popular times for people to move to new properties or renew their leases.

During spring, landlords will need to prepare for an increase in rental applications, property viewings, and new leases.

You should also be aware that the housing market tends to get more competitive in spring, which means many landlords raise their rental prices. Be cautious when raising your rent, however, because you don’t want to have the rent price for your properties skyrocket over competitors’ properties in your area, potentially pushing prospective tenants to either rent elsewhere or abandon renting altogether for home buying.

To get ahead despite high competition, do some research to see what the market trends are like in your area to gauge what your competitors are charging for rent and then adjust your fees accordingly. It might also help you to emphasize your amenities as a way of out-performing your competitors.

Renewing Lease Terms

If you have tenants who are set to renew their leases this season, it’s a good time to review your Residential Lease to see if everything is working for both you and your tenants.

Many landlords have meetings with their tenants prior to their renewal (usually 30 days to 60 days) to discuss the tenants’ experience living in the rental unit.

Some potential lease term topics you can discuss with your tenants before renewal include:

  • Changes to the property. Your tenants might want to paint their living space or replace or add electrical fixtures like outlets, lights, and lamps.
  • Changes to responsibilities. Many landlords will adjust their rent prices in exchange for the tenants taking on more responsibility for maintaining the property. For example, if a landlord rents the top and bottom floors of a house to separate tenants, they might make one responsible for lawn care in exchange for reducing their rent price.
  • Pet fees. You might want to revisit how much you charge for pet fees (whether it’s too much or too little), especially in cases where damage from your tenants’ pets has required you to replace things on your property or make repairs.

It’s important to listen to feedback from your tenants, especially if they have issues living in your rental property. It’s likely they want this living arrangement to work just as much as you do, so do what you can to engage in that relationship and foster goodwill with your tenants.

Prepare for Repair Notices

Warmer temperatures make it easier to inspect properties. It’s also a time when your tenants might be spending more times outdoors, which means they will be more likely to notice maintenance issues outside (like potholes in the parking lot or leaky eavestroughs).

To prevent your tenants from bombarding you with repair notices, consider conducting an exterior inspection of the property.

Some things to keep an eye out for during an exterior inspection would be:

  • Roof deterioration, including loose, missing, or broken shingles or holes that could lead to leaks and water damage when it rains
  • Punctures or debris in rain gutters that might prevent melting snow or water from running off (and make sure the downspouts are leading water away from the house or apartment building’s foundation)
  • Damage to house siding, including split or missing panels
  • Cracks in the pavement or driveway, which can lead to further erosion of the asphalt and more fractures if exposed to water

Of course, it’s unlikely you’ll catch everything pre-emptively, so getting maintenance calls from tenants is unavoidable. Just ensure that you prioritize habitability issues first, and make sure to always communicate with your tenants. At the very least, it’s good to let your tenants know their issues were heard and to provide an assurance that you’re going to handle their repairs in a timely manner.

The Importance of Planning as a Landlord

To prepare yourself for the changes that tend to come with spring (whether it’s new tenants, renewed tenants, or increased maintenance), you should always have a game plan in place, such as scheduling inspections and check-ins with your tenants.

Overall, it’s always a good idea as a landlord to foster open communication with your tenants so that landlord-tenant relationship works in both your favors.

What do you do to get ahead of spring maintenance? Let us know in the comments!

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18 Reasons Spring Is Still Sweater Weather

Spring likes to play by its own rules. It can be bordering 70 degrees one day, then plummet to the mid-50s by the end of the week. That’s why it’s vital your sweater game remains strong. Whether you’re covering up a simple tank top or a frilly spring dress, the key to layering this season is lightweight fabrics or open weaves. Wool is allowed in small doses, just make sure a decent part of your pullover’s content comes from other sources. There are also sweaters begging to be worn solo. And there’s no need to stick to spring-appropriate brights, expand your color horizons by including earth tones instead of relying on pastels.

Obviously, your stockpile of all-enveloping knits that rival the puffiest puffer won’t work. So here are 18 lightweight options to refresh your spring sweater supply.

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8 shaggy pixie cuts that’ll convince you to chop off your hair this spring

8 shaggy pixie cuts that’ll convince you to chop off your hair this spring


8 shaggy pixie cuts that’ll convince you to chop off your hair this spring

Every time I get a trim, I shudder at the thought of losing more than two inches. Whether I like it or not, long hair is my security blanket. Despite that, I still feel total envy for anyone with a pixie. There’s no denying the power of a short haircut—it brings attention to your facial features better than any variation of the lob or bob. It’s a statement in and of itself. Kate Hudson, a new adopter of the look, has said that chopping off all her hair was freeing. The added bonus is that the pixie is one of the most versatile, flattering, and classic haircuts of all time.

“A shaggy pixie cut is one of the most popular styles for spring, if you are willing to give it a go,” explains celebrity hairstylist Arsen Gurgov, founder of the Arsen Gurgov Salon in New York City. “What I like best about this haircut is how it frames the face and enhances the cheekbones.”

While it works for most (if not all) face shapes, Gurgov says it’s a particularly great fit for anyone with thin or fine hair. And aside from regular salon visits every few weeks to keep the shape of the haircut, it’s pretty low-maintenance. “A shaggy pixie is a wash-and-go style,” notes Gurgov. “For everyday styling, you can add some texture with a styling cream or pomade, but avoid using too much. It will weigh the hair down and make it look greasy. Less really is more in this case.”

Keep scrolling to see eight celebrities who have worn it best.

Jennifer Lawrence

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J.Law’s choppy haircut features more length on the top and in the front, mimicking the appearance of side-swept bangs.

Katie Holmes

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The soft, zigzag part makes this pixie all the more modern.

Kaley Cuoco

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Kaley Cuoco’s haircut features a significant amount of length on top. The tousled, wind-blown texture brings out the variations of length within the cut and even makes the hair look thicker.

Kris Jenner

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This is Kris Jenner’s signature haircut, and she stuck with it for years. The momager’s shaggy pixie cut always consists of volume on top and longer layers framing her face.

Janelle Monáe

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Uneven strands around the forehead—some longer, some shorter and choppier—give this haircut an edgier vibe.

Greta Gerwig

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If the idea of chopping all your hair off is still too jarring, try a haircut that falls between a bob and pixie, like Greta Gerwig. You can wear it wavy with a center part and forward-facing, or push it to the back to get an idea of what a true choppy pixie would look like.

Viola Davis

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While Kris Jenner prefers a tousled, spiky texture, Viola Davis is known for wearing her cut sleek, emphasizing the length on top.

Kate Hudson

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Take the full plunge like Hudson and ask for less length on top, but still enough for texturizing paste to add movement to your hair. This picture is your best example.

This article originally appeared on InStyle.com.

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Link Love: New Spring Toppers

Spring has finally arrived here, but we still get plenty of chilly days that require some kind of topper. If you are looking for a new Spring topper, then you might find some inspiration here:

Fab Links from Our Members

efbgen wanted to share this NY Times article featuring a gentleman who knits sweaters with familiar landscapes and then poses in front of them.

As several forum members are doing a closet edit, The Cat thought this blog post might be of interest.

Blogger Christina Brown participated in Dove’s self-esteem project to help her daughter develop the confidence she needs to blossom in life. Ledonna N. thought it was a great read.

She also enjoyed this interview with Jenny LeFlore of Mama Fresh, “a community of Fresh Mamas who pick up their little ones and explore the city” (Chicago).

Vildy recommends watching PAQ, a popular YouTube series about street fashion and sneaker culture: “I started exploring their series of short video challenges and was completely charmed. If they’re not having fun with fashion, I don’t know who is. I liked that within the strict rules about what is cool now — judges are often within the same esthetic and might even be wearing the same exact sneaker model — each stays true to his own style image.”

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Nordstrom Roundup: Comfy Closed-Toe Spring Shoes

Closed-toe footwear is great for mild Spring weather, and the collection below showcases some of my favourites in Nordstrom right now. I’ve included a few boots and boot hybrids too. Many of these were recently winners on clients, and the online reviews are excellent. Most of the shoes are very comfortable. Be sure to browse the abundant colour options, because you might like the shoe more in another colour.

  • Ron White Nell Slip-On Sneaker: Beautifully made sturdy slip-on wedge sneakers with fab texture. The patterned versions are great too. Best on higher volume feet, a quality item, and super comfy. More supportive than expected.
  • Ecco ‘Soft 7’ Cap Toe Sneaker: A repeat style and ongoing favourite with clients across a spectrum of colours. Works best on regular and higher volume feet, and can fit an orthotic. Loving the gentle earth tones for Spring. Extremely comfy.
  • Paul Green Roxy Espadrille: If ballet flats slip off your feet – try these. Quite supportive, well made, and works on higher volume feet. Size down half a size for lower volume feet. The white looks particularly fresh.
  • Hispanitas Yakira Mule: A dainty and pretty mule in a delicate lilac (or tan), that fits a regular volume foot. Made in Spain and a quality piece. Very comfy. Buttery leather.
  • SARTO By Franco Sarto Ayers Loafer Flat: A loafer-sneaker hybrid with extremely good reviews. Fun streamlined sporty vibe. Runs big so size down.
  • Paul Green Sheri Ballet Flat: Elegant and classic ballet flats that stay on your feet because of the subtle elasticated top. Quite supportive and very well made. Works on higher and lower volume feet. Lover volume feet size down half a size.
  • Hispanitas Mariel Slingback Pump: Dainty slingback with a hard edge, so quite unique. Elegant on the foot, made in Spain, and best on lower volume feet. A quality item and very comfy if your feet are narrow.
  • Linea Paolo Waylon Western Mule: Fun and very trendy cowboy mules that add pizzazz to outfits. Works best on higher volume feet.
  • LEWIT Cara Mule: Buttery soft mules that work on a variety of feet. Good on high insteps. Comes in neutrals too. Quite maximal on the feet, so consider yourself warned. Lower volume feet can try sizing down.
  • Leith Gillis Stretch Bootie: Fun refined floral boots for low volume feet and narrow ankles only. Higher volume feet – stay away. Quite comfy if you can manage the heel height.
  • Aquatalia Emmaline Embroidered Loafer: Beautifully made white loafers with asymmetrical embroidery detailing. A little jarring on the feet at first, but stunning after five seconds. Works on an range of feet. Comfortable.
  • Loeffler Randall Lulu Block Heel Mule: Flattering on the foot, unique metallics, and read the rave reviews.
  • Me Too Zara Block Heel Mule: A fab substantial casual mule that works well with jeans and cropped pants. Good on regular and higher volume feet.
  • Topshop Jolly Flared Heel d’Orsay Pump: A synthetic and affordable white pump for lower volume feet. Read the rave reviews.
  • Free People Sienna Ruffle Mule: You have to get used to the exaggerated length of the mule because it completely covers the vamp of the foot. A little avant-garde and best on longer feet. Comfy.
  • Munro Durell Oxford: A very comfy chunky oxford that comes in a variety of widths and colours. The white soul and heel makes the shoe pretty and modern. The perforations are ventilating.
  • Pelle Moda Dezi Pump: An elegant and dainty classic that works on low and regular volume feet. I vote navy. Slam dunk with dark ankle pants.
  • COACH Bowery Tea Rose Cutout Chelsea Bootie: A bootie that’s best on lower volume feet and narrow ankles. The shaft might cut into your shins depending on how you stride.
  • Naturalizer Blair Bootie: Clean, crisp, polished and comfortable. Comes in wide widths. Might be a little wide on the ankle in larger sizes, but not too bad.
  • SARTO By Franco Sarto ‘Jolette’ Penny Loafer: A repeat style in its third or fourth season – they are THAT timeless, fab, comfy and quite affordable. I have four pairs: tomato red, blush and two pairs of white. They are my go-to shoe in Spring and Summer because they work with every outfit. Very comfy, dressy and a modern classic. Works on a variety of feet. Size down half a size, and read the rave reviews.
  • Hispanitas Mina Loafer Pump: Extremely elegant on the foot. Beautifully made in Spain, and a quality item. Comfortable. A tad maximal despite the soothing colours. Make sure you like the two-toned effect when you style the shoes in outfits. Works for both lower and higher volume feet.
  • MARC FISHER LTD Charly Western Bootie: Super cute Western shootie to wear with bootcuts, flares or ankle pants. Works on a range of feet.
  • PIKOLINOS Royal Water Resistant Derby: Extremely comfortable and quite playful. Less chunky than it looks in the photo. Works on both higher and lower volume feet. Both the blue and gold are fab.
  • Naturalizer Simonette Mule: The style of the mule encloses more of the foot which makes them feel more secure. They don’t “cluck,” and are soft and cushioning. Elegant, refined and dressier than most mules. Available in WIDTHS, so low volume feet should order a narrow size. I have them in a narrow in white, and they are AMAZING. A quality item.
  • Naturalizer Emiline Flat Loafer: You can almost always count on Naturalizer to cover narrow, regular and wide shoe widths, and I’m thankful for that. These loafers are heavenly comfortable on the feet in the solids and metallics, and are well worth the rave reviews. The navy and blush metallic options are unique. If loafers fall off your feet – try these.
  • Madewell Brady Block Heel Bootie: Well-made cut-out booties for higher volume feet. Comfortable, crisp and polished.
  • Hispanitas Melanie Pointy Toe Pump: Very comfortable and well-made teal floral pumps. Quality item. Best on low-volume feet.
  • Hispanitas Carmela Loafer Pump: Beautifully made heeled loafer for regular and lower volume feet. Crisp and dressy. Looks cleaner than the ubiquitous Gucci to my eye.
  • MATISSE Half Moon Ankle Strap Loafer: Great backless ankle strap loafers for wider feet. Comfy and quite unique. They were too wide for me, but super cute on the foot.
  • Free People ‘Royale’ Pointy Toe Flat: A fun futuristic boho-lite style for high volume feet that comes in many colours. Read the rave reviews.

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Clean Up Your Finances This Spring!

Springtime is a great time to not only spruce up your home but also your finances.  If you are seeking to get your finances in order, use this time to give yourself a financial checkup!

Set thine house in order

Get organized!  If someone asked you, “Who holds your insurance policy?” or “Who holds your mortgage?” would you be able to provide them the information quickly?

I can recall after my father had had a stroke and was hospitalized for more than 30 days, I had to ask these tough financial questions at his bedside.

From that moment, I created a financial planner that included an area to list items to help others to get organized. If your papers are all over the place, you have to get organized. Not only that, make a listing of your mortgage holder, insurance policies, bank accounts, wills, and more. Place these items in one place so that you can have it when it is needed.

Credit Cleanup

Check your credit report and, more importantly, know your credit score. Keep in mind, you are able to obtain a free copy of your credit report at annualcreditreport.com from each of the three credit reporting agencies.

Review your report and determine whether there are any inaccuracies. If there are errors, take a moment and dispute them. This process not only ensures you have accurate information on your report, but it also can boost your credit score by removing items that are decreasing your score.

Savings Goals

It doesn’t matter whether you are saving a few dollars or a few hundred dollars, you have to commit to saving something. While most financial advice tells us to save at least three to six months for a rainy day, if you have had trouble saving, start with smaller goals in mind. For instance, it may be a good idea to consider within the last year, what was one of the largest unexpected expenses you had to take care of out of pocket and allow that to be your savings goal. Once you are able to save this amount, keep going until you have three to six months of necessities, such as a mortgage or rent, groceries, utilities, and other non-discretionary expenses. Committing to saving consistently can ensure your finances are in check.

Retirement Review

Are you saving enough for retirement? This is a great time to determine whether you will have enough money for when the big day comes! Take time to meet with a financial adviser regarding your financial goals to determine exactly how much money you should be saving. Then, adjust!

If you are ready to get started today, check out an online retirement calculator, which considers your age, retirement date, current income, and more to give you a quick access to determine if you are saving enough.  Also, take time to check your retirement estimates with Social Security. You can get an idea of the amount you can expect to receive once you retire.

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ICYMI: The Problem With CGI Models, Low Wedge Sandals for Spring & Get Into Gingham

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The Only Spring Denim Trends That Matter

We’ll get straight to the point, when it comes to denim styles this spring, there’s three trends at the top of our must-try list. As we pointed out earlier this month, dad jeans are the latest buzz in “normal” dressing (think super light-wash and loose vibes), the next spring trend on our denim list is exaggerated slits, we’re seeing this detail available among several leading denim brands right now (like this exclusive version from the Levi’s and Shopbop collaboration). Last but not least, as you’ve probably noticed, candy-colored denim is popping up all over Instagram. Brands like Cotton Citizen and Paige are leading the trend with the coolest spring-y hues. If you really want to embrace the colored-denim trend, buy a matching cropped denim jacket to complete the look.

While skinny jeans and vintage-inspired jeans are denim wardrobe musts, it never hurts to freshen your jean selection with a few new silhouettes and styles. Enjoy the top three trends we’re eyeing right now and show us how you’re styling your jeans this spring using the hashtag #WhoWhatWearing on IG.

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Available in sizes 23 to 29.  Up next, see the denim outfit for spring that flatters every body type. 

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