July 26, 2011

flawless flap-over

When I came across these photos of Jennifer Aniston and her new beau, the Tom Ford Flap Over Bag, I became instantly enamored. Perhaps it triggered the memory of my long gone daily companion, a leather Coach messenger bag (R.I.P). Perhaps the chunky gold hardware resembled the majority of what my handbags wear today.  Or just perhaps- it was that perfect combination of the two. Nonetheless, I am in love.  Take a look…what are your thoughts?

photo credit: People.com

photo credit: People.com
photo credit: People.com

July 21, 2011

scarf it up, fashionably

One of my all time favorite accessories is the scarf. While endlessly organizing and reorganizing my closet, I have finally managed to store all my scarves and shawls together, in one bin (all 37 of them!). 

In the midst of organizing my scarves/shawls...

Many of you may stash away your scarves for the fall or winter seasons, but I believe they are a year round accessory. Here’s a list of some of my favorite type of scarves/shawls and how to wear them through out the year:

Infinity- The easiest scarf to wear. You don’t have to worry about tying it the right way or it sliding off. I like to pair it with almost everything! Layering with an infinity scarf gives any outfit it’s own personal style (kind of like a statement necklace). A knit for cooler temperatures and a crinkly cotton for warmer climates.  Oh, and it also covers any inappropriate cleavage if need be.

Pashmina- Every girl needs a good solid pashmina shawl.  Great for draping over bare shoulders and arms when you need that extra cover.  Or tie it up like a scarf with a cotton maxi dress. I like using mine as a layering  tool when traveling on an airplane. Beats those recycled blankets (if you’re lucky enough to even get one nowadays).

Animal print- Update a solid top or dress with a fun animal print scarf. These safari prints are a consistent trend in fashion. The key is to wear it minimally with neutral colors.

Silk- The smooth and lightweight texture of silk scarves are perfect for that finishing touch to your professional look any time of the year. Yet, it’s also flirty enough to add onto a summer dress or just let it hang with a simple tank and distressed jeans. Use a colorful or printed one as a headband.

July 13, 2011

comfortable with color

I have recently been intrigued by colored denim. If you are like me and steer towards sporting neutrals (well, mostly black in my case), here's a way to ease your way into the world of color. Start with a bright colored jean and pair with a neutral top (gray is a great option!). Accessorize with simple yet fun pieces and end with a punch of color with your handbag. You can always add more color as you get more comfortable. Magenta nails would be my next step.
Colored Denim

Colored Denim by fashionparadegirl featuring cropped skinny jeans

July 09, 2011

lehengas and louboutins

Indian weddings 2011 by fashionparadegirl

Wedding season has turned into the Indian wedding year for me this year. And, with the rise of Indian and western fashions fusing together, it only left me with the best of both worlds... endless lavish garments, ornate jewelry, designer handbags and shoes to admire as we danced the night away!  As I drool over the trends that have caught my eye at these extravagant festivities, here comes my very first post. Check out the top ten fashion trends I spotted at Indian weddings this year: