Amsterdam International Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2010: Ilja Visser

imageWhile designer Ilja Visser juggles three different labels at once, she manages to convey one overall cohesive message that spans across all three innovative lines: easy sophistication. For this year’s Amsterdam International Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2010, she focused on presenting this theme while showing off all three unique labels. The three collections — “Ilja” (couture), “Ready To Fish” (business line), and “Valizz” (affordable fashion) — each had a clear target audience, yet all managed to have that relaxed, fluid silhouette and a soft color palette. Valizz looked very wearable and appropriately commercial with soft pastels, fluid fabrics and classic basics like simple jackets, jeans and wide trousers. Ready-to-wear< consisted of dresses, jackets and skirts in softer colors and faded prints. Couture by Ilja boasted a variety of extreme volume in dresses but also through some chic pieces in a summery tweed. Love what you see? Good news: next year she will open her first boutique in Amsterdam! Check out the slideshow for some of the runway highlights!

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Salvatore Ferragamo Bags for Day and Night!

imageThe Salvatore Ferragamo brand is well known for well-made and stylish shoes, but one should take a closer look at their amazing selection of handbags. Add a dash of drama to your daytime ensembles or evening outfits with these fabulously feminine Salvatore Ferragamo shoulder bags! The Mini Vara Capra ($1550) and Mini Vara Capra Small ($1490) are shoulder bags with the added sweetness and drama of a grosgrain bow on the chain and leather straps. The bags are both made out of leather but the pleating detail gives it the look of satin-y fabric. Both bags are accented with nickel hardware and feature adjustable shoulder straps. These Salvatore Ferragamo bags are such a feast on the eyes! They’ll work with a daytime look of jeans, a cute blouse and sandals. They’ll easily transition into nighttime when paired with your little black dress and smart coat. Want to know more about these amazing Ferragamo bags? Click over to our friends at Splendicity!

Purple Handbags Are A Must Have for Fall

imageStand out from a sea of black! Rich hues are in this fall, so why not give your outfit a pop of color with a purple handbag? I love this Kooba Amber Shoulder bag ($545 at Neiman Marcus) for it’s roomy size, not so flashy gold hardware, and cool looking bow detail. The Caroline Shoulder Bag (On Sale for $169 at Neiman Marcus) with watersnake skin gives a glamorous touch to an everyday bag. Finally, the Marc By Marc Jacobs Classic Q Huge Hillier Leather Hobo ($498 at Bloomingdales) is sleek, roomy, and versatile with two strap lengths. Check out Coquette for more stylish purple bags for fall.

Fake Diamonds for the Elizabeth Taylor in You!

imageDiamonds, of course, are a girl’s best friend. But in this economy, who has the money to go out and drop some serious cash on a rock? Enter the world of lovely costume jewelry. Oversized faux diamonds are fun, cheap and look great with anything from an evening dress to jeans and a t-shirt! I love the “Big As A House” diamond ring from Fred Flare — only $9 and makes a huge impact! For something a bit more vintage, what about the tea party ring from Banana Republic? Its vintage cut and mix of materials send a perfect mix of “this is an heirloom” and “this is fabulous.” Check out my slideshow for other lovely faux diamonds!

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Rock A Casual-Chic Safari Style Like Sophia Bush

imageTo celebrate the OPen Campus Launch Party in LA, “One Tree Hill” star Sophia Bush rocked a casual-chic summer style. Sophia paired a variety of neutral-hued items together including a lightweight brown cardigan, plaid white tank, army green short, and tan criss-cross strap Miu Miu platform sandals. She gave this safari-inspired style an updated twist with a standout multi-chain necklace and sleek metallic clutch. Neutrals have been one of the strongest summer trends and will continue to dominate well into the fall. Sophia’s look was fuss-free, wearable, and casual but still incredibly chic and can easily transition from day to night. Check out my SLIDESHOW to get the look!

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Sophisticated Playwear: Short Romper Jumpsuits!

imageThe short romper jumpsuit has grown up and is no longer just for playdates at the playground! Now available in sophisticated styles and sizes for grown ups, the summer romper is one way to keep cool and maintain your style credibility. Honed in fabrics like silk, knit and linen these delicate little short jumpsuits look very pretty dressed up with a pair of ankle tie wedge espadrilles. We spotted a few short romper jumpsuits and are coveting them as our go-to summer uniform. Haven’s ‘Amy’ silk print romper embraces a subtle ethnic tonal print with a blouse effect and tie waist. Pair it with an eye-catching pair of beaded wedge espadrilles. Emblazoned with the signature zigzag pattern, the Missoni Fortaleza woven jumpsuit indulges our search for “La Dolce Vita” with a spaghetti strap tank and flowing shorts. The Missoni jumpsuit is perfect for a bikini cover up or night on the town. Twin the Missoni jumpsuit is a pair of Louboutin light blue ankle tie espadrilles. Elizabeth and James’ black silk summer romper will be the urban girl’s best friend- it’s a decidedly daring jumper for the perfect downtown look. Don a pair of black caged sandals or beach-ify the look with a pair of black ankle tie espadrilles. Alexander Wang’s edgy zipper-embellished silk short romper is made even cooler with a graphic marble print. Pair the oversized short jumpsuit with a pair of pretty lavender hued Louboutin espadrilles. For more sophisticated summer rompers, click over to our friends at The Find!

Get Ready For Fall With Rad Motorcycle Jackets

imageYou know all those pretty little floral sundresses we’ve been advocating lately? Well, we wouldn’t want to leave you high and dry with a closet full of unwearable clothing come fall, so we’ve rounded up a handful of motorcycle jackets and vests to take those prints well into the cooler season, and possibly even winter (with black leather boots and opaque tights, of course). Some of the options veer towards the splurge-y side, but nice leather is one of those things worth spending on. We like the perforated leather (look really closely and you can see the tiny holes punched into it), on this jacket from Topshop. Click on over to The Frisky to see more motorcycle jackets fit for fall!

Hot In The Hive: Light Pillow

imageFinally — the bookworm’s comfy, camouflaged alternative to the book light! This light-up pillow, designed by Linas Kutavicius, can be placed on the floor, on the bed, or even hung up as a unique wall lamp or chandelier! While I’m sure its inner metal frame keeps it from being quite as squishy and cuddly as the rest of your bed linens, its washable cover keeps the lamp soft and safe while you cozy up in your bedroom. Get your own at Generate Design. Just don’t get any crazy ideas about a glow-in-the-dark pillow fight; I’m not certain the fixture is quite that multifunctional…

Price: $189
Who Found It: xgalexy was the first to add the Light Pillow to the Hive.

Stylehive’s Stylescopes Say It’s Not Too Late For A Cute Summer Coverup!

imageI realize it’s already the end of July, but that doesn’t mean swim season is over just yet! The recent end of Miami Fashion Week has all us Bees buzzing over the newest swimsuits and accessories; plus the stars say you’re destined for at least another two months of fun in the sun! While you may be a little behind in picking up a whole slew of brand-new bathing suits, it’s never too late to splurge on a cool caftan, pareo, maxi dress, or other means of keeping your sexy suit incognito until it’s time to dive in. Not sure how you should cover-up in the latter half of summer? Let the fates be your guide! Leos will pack plenty of drama in a split-sleeve olive tunic and Gemini gals will bring out some inner Latin-flavored fire with an off-the-shoulder baby doll cover-dress. Check the slideshow to see which coverup is best suited for you and your suit!

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Keep Your Kitchen Looking Cute!

imageMama always said the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Knowing how to prepare a good meal can be pretty sexy — not to mention fun, and more importantly, tasty! When something like food is always on the brain, there’s nothing better than someone who can cure your fix with the steady use of a few tools. Cooking isn’t always simple: there’s a lot of prep and a lot of heart to it. Dressing it all up can make it a bit easier. Style you can wear can be just as important as style you can use, as both can be as expressive as Grandma’s fresh-baked apple pie. Even the best recipe for success will suffer if you don’t have the stuff to keep your kitchen stocked and happy. If you’ve got a knack for crafting with stoves, pots and knives, or like me, like to pretend you do, check out these cute picks for showing people just how cute you can be in your kitchen!

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