Tag Archives: summer trends 2012

Cut It Out!


We’ve seen the LBD, the LWD, the maxi, bodycon, but this Summer it’s all about the cut out dress. Celebs like Kate Hudson, Emma Watson, and the Kardashians have been stepping out in droves sporting this hot trend which boasts that less really is more. The styles range from modest slices showing flashes of skin, to plunging v’s with mesh overlays, to major cuts leaving little to the imagination. With the right cut, this trend is super hot and very edgy.

If you want to step out in this sexy style for your next event, Top Shop has you covered. I found these 8 dresses for you to choose from… and the BEST part? They’re all under $50!

 $46                             $46                          $45                      $45

$45                   $36                        $45                  $45

At these prices, with this  much variety, and with free shipping on all orders over $100, why not get two!

Good luck choosing…

xo Cree


Vest Intentions


For my loyal followers and those of you who know me, you know I have a ‘minor’ obsession with blazers. Now since the weather has warmed up, I have found a new love…the vest. {Seriously, I wore a vest 4 out of 7 days last week. It’s a problem}

 What started off as a undergarment for men’s formal wear has evolved into a fashion craze, especially for women. With the endless options today, a vest can compliment any look and fit into anyone’s personal style. Whether your punk, prep, or glam, I assure you – there is a vest for you! Intrigued yet? Well I shopped around to find you the best vest’s to suit your styling needs. Check ’em out!

First up we have the classic waistcoat. Certainly your most handsome choice, the waistcoat is your best bet for formal attire, whether it be for a special occasion or an important work function. The waistcoat is sleek, modern, and super sophisticated.

contrast lapel waist coat $89.99 at Mango

If you want something fun and flirty, an embellished vest will do the trick. A little shimmer and shine is a perfect addition for a night out or to pretty up a day look.

beaded vest $59.90 at Zara

If you’re into the menswear trend, then you should try a pinstripe vest. Great for business casual or day wear, this is one you’ll wear over and over.

pinstripe vest $54.99 at the Gap

Another classic, the denim vest is a summer favorite. The perfect contrast to a girlie dress, you can count on this one to always stay in style.

denim vest $28.00 at Old Navy

Channel your inner hippie and get boho chic with a crochet vest. Crochet is soft and natural, and because it has little to no structure, it’s also ultra feminine.

crochet & fringe vest $27.80 at Forever 21

If you’re a biker babe (or want to be) you’ll look bad ass in a leather moto vest. This one will add some edge to you’re every day casual look, or toughen up your LBD.

studded leatherette vest $19.99 Forever 21

Probably my fav of the bunch is the cargo vest. Inspired by safari and military trends, this vest offers a trendy cool and casual look.

4 in one convertible jacket $98 Victoria’s Secret

Want some glam? Try a {faux} fur vest. Yes, you’ll look like a high maintenance bitch, but if you’re wearing a fur vest, you probably are a high maintenance bitch. Own it.

fur & cable vest $22.99 Forever 21

And so goes my wish list of must have vests. Do you have a fav? Or {if you’re vest obsessed like me} do you need them all?

xo Cree

Summer Solids


Today was the first “hot” day of the season. I spent the day outside with these 2….

then had a BBQ followed by a few cold ones.

It was a pretty awesome day. This got me REALLY effing pumped for long, hot summer days and also got me thinking about all the things I can’t wait to wear. It’s been six loooong months of restricting jeans, stifling boots, and hat hair. Finally we can move on to tank tops and flips flops, which brings me to my first of four things I’m excited about for summer :

1.Sandals & Flips Flops

Yes, it’s time to take off those sweaty, suffocating boots and free your feet! It’s about time someone actually got to see that $60 pedicure {or your $6 self-pedi}. Here are a few on my wishlist.


elastic strap gladiator $34.58, cut out lace up $34.58, dolce vita dora $59.14, havaianas $18.04 @ American Eagle

2. Denim Shorts & Western Boots

This combo is a summer classic and a fav amongst the likes of Miley Cyrus and Jessica Simpson. I’ve worn the same boots for about 7 years and they’re still in amazing shape, so I highly suggest skipping the cheapie fashion styles and getting a real pair. They’re pricey, but they’ll last a lifetime. If you’re a local, I suggest hitting up First Western Boutique in downtown St. John’s. Otherwise Shepler’s has a great variety and ships internationally.

tan marsh goat cowgirl boot $384.74-$394.87 @ Shepler’s & destroyed denim short $30.06 @ AE

3. Funny Sunnies

Yes you can wear shades during winter, but only in summer can you get away with sunnies as a headband and all those bright & over sized frames. I’ve got a small army of colored Wayfarers lying in wait.

two toned neon wayfarer $8.90, purple glam sunglasses $5.00, pink framed aviators $5.00 @ Garage

4. Braids

Jenn braids back her bang, Sienna does a braided updo, its a side style for Kim, & Nicole braids her pony

Undoubtedly the hairstyle of summer is braids. Traditional, french, fishtail…there are so many different ways to braid your hair and it’s ever evolving. It’s casual and summery, but still maintains an ultra feminine look.

And that ends my short-list of summer cravings! What summer look are you dying to break out?

xo Cree

Best Dressed For Less


Do you often daydream about being a celebrity? Do you find yourself  flipping through fashion mags in the grocery store line up lusting over celebrity outfits you could only dream of having? No? Just me?? Well IF you do, today’s your lucky day! Ok, I digress…. I  can’t give you the fame and fortune, but I CAN show you how and where to get your fav celeb looks for less!

Sarah Jessica Parker

Check out SJP sporting the color block trend. She makes a casual jeans&tee look amaze! You can look just as great and at a price you can afford! Get the whole outfit at gapcanada.com.

 raglan pocket tee $14.99 in frosted berry, skimmer jeggings $69.95 in red, and paisley printed tote $54.95.

Kim Kardashian

Stand out in a bold colored blazer like Kim K. Your can punch up a black outfit too, and again I’m making it super easy…this whole look is available at Dynamite stores!

soft boyfriend blazer $44.90 in pink, ruffle tunic cami $29.90 in black, shorts $24.90 in black, black purse $39.90

Jessica Alba

Wanna look just as cute as Jessica does while grabbing your morning coffee or heading to brunch with the ladies? Garage has this look at a steal…shop garage.ca to get the complete look!

aztec dress $28.00, denim jacket $39.90, crossbody bag $19.90 in black, friendship bracelet $6.90

Kate Bosworth

This monochromatic look from Kate is casual yet sexy. Need this nude number? forever 21 has all these goods to get you ready for your next date night!

3/4 sleeve blazer $33.80 in khaki, racer back tank $6.80 in ivory, linen blend shorts $12.80 also in khaki, embellished clutch $33.80, patten slingback heels $33.80 in nude

And voila! As promised, celeb styles at your fingertips AND within your budget! Style doesn’t need to come from designer labels or high price tags. Always keep in mind that retailers pay close attention to runway trends and celebrity style, so finding “looks for less” is usually a piece of cake.  On that note, I leave you with a word from Karl…

“Today everybody can look chic in inexpensive clothes (the rich buy them too). There is good clothing design on every level today. You can be the chicest thing in the world in a T-shirt and jeans — it’s up to you.”  – Karl Lagerfeld

xo Cree

Get It While It’s Hot!


Spring has arrived, and summer is just around the corner. For retailers, however, Spring arrived in January and Summer campaigns are in full effect. Though there is still snow on the ground and the temperatures haven’t even reached the double digits yet in most places, now is the time to buy if you want the best and hottest Summer pieces.

As someone who’s worked in retail for about 8 years, I can’t tell you how many horrified faces and snide remarks I witness every single year because we launch our Spring collection in January. They wrinkle their nose and snatch up some clearance winter jacket or cardigan instead of picking up the pretty strapless dress they love, and pass up the pastel pink shorts that they NEED to get when the weather “warms up”.

By the time the weather does in fact “warm up” (which for NL is late July/Early August) all those summer duds you were drooling over a few months prior are sold out or are now in the clearance section with only extra small sizes left. Fall collections will be in full swing and stores will be gearing up for Back to School.  It can make shopping confusing, but I say – you see it? you like it? Buy it! Regardless of what the weather is like today. Take advantage of the fact that we happen to live in an era of fashion where just about anything goes and almost any piece from ANY season can be a transitional piece.

Now, keeping in mind that you CAN very well buy items early for an upcoming season, here are my top 5 picks of summer must haves UNDER $50!

#1  The Jumpsuit

Last year was all about rompers, but this year go all out with a full length jumpsuit. If you’re a fan of the maxi, this is a good choice for you, especially if you have a petite frame like Rose Byrne. Wear it alone in the summer, or add a jacket in the spring or fall.

floral jumpsuit  $34.50  gojane.com

#2 The High-Low Skirt

Olivia Palermo in a high-low skirt, also know as the tail skirt or mullet skirt. This is a great alternative to a mini skirt for us tall gals. Your can show off your gams without looking too hoochie. Again, wear alone in the summer, and in fall or spring you can add tights and a blazer or cardigan.

floral high-low skirt  $23.80  forever21.com

#3 Denim Vest

Add a little edge to a feminine dress by adding a denim vest like Sienna Miller. Rock it like this in the summer, and in cooler temps wear a long sleeve underneath.

denim vest  $34.90  garage.ca

#4 Colored Denim Shorts

Colored denim is a huge trend this spring, so it’s only fitting that colored denim shorts are going to be a hit this summer. Miley chose a high waisted red pair. Carry them over to fall/winter with tights and boots.

colored denim midi short  $39.39  ae.com

#5 Athletic Swimwear

The athletic trend is making a come back this year. It started with nylon jackets and is moving on to swimwear. Looks best if you have the athletic body to go along with it, like Cameron Diaz. You don’t need to wait to hit the beach! Go to your local indoor public pool, or take a tropical vacay. (preferably the latter, right?)

piped-trim bikini  $45.88  oldnavy.gapcanada.com

So going forward ladies, if you see a super cute bikini you HAVE to have, but wait…”I can’t wear it for another 3 months”….don’t have me say “I told you so”.

xo Cree