Spring Trend: The Camouflage Jacket

Spring 2013 Trend- Camo Street Style
street style photo: luckymag.com

Inspired by military fatigues, the camouflage print has been a huge trend this season.  It’s not uncommon to see a camo print jacket worn over black or white tees with jeans and flats.  I’ve also seen a lot of camo print pants paired with tees and blazers.  The 2013 spring season has offered more feminine injections to this classic trend with the addition of high heels and bold colors. I love the idea of mixing dressy and casual, so I found this combination of camo and coral to be quite refreshing!

Spring Translation: Camouflage
1.  Camouflage Jacket, $44, dorothyperkins.com
2.  Athe by Vanessa Bruno Crepe Silk Dress, $176, brownsfashion.com
3.  Aviator Sunglasses, $25, solesociety.com
4.  Jeffrey Campbell Nude Sandals, $130, nastygal.com 

Surprising Spring Trend: Velvet

It’s okay to be a burnout… if you’re velvet!
Spring Trend- Burnout Velvet

Did you know that it’s perfectly acceptable in fashion to wear velvet during the spring and summer months?  Just the word “velvet” makes me feel warm… why would I want to wear velvet when it’s hot outside?  Because burnout velvet can be paper thin and super soft… it breathes, drapes and wears well, whereas velvets of yore tended to be thick, heavy and stiff.  I just bought this lovely gold and grey striped burnout velvet dress for a steal at The Poppy Boutique.  I added a gold wide leather tie belt and bohemian statement necklace and wore this ensemble to my Junior League’s annual dinner… otherwise known as a cocktail dress competition where we all win!!!

Spring Translation- Burnout Velvet

Shopping local head-to-toe:
Earrings- Marianne Homsy Jewelry
Necklace- JC’s Boutique
Dress- The Poppy Boutique
Belt- The Poppy Boutique
Shoes- Deborah Kent’s

*View photos from The Junior League of Tampa‘s stylish dinner event on
Runway Translator’s Facebook page.

Friends With Benefits…

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The benefits of having stylish friends are endless!  First of all, they are my fashion plates, constantly serving as inspiration for my own personal style.  It’s fun to hang out with like-minded gals who truly appreciate the art of dressing.  My dear friend Denise Schultz recently posted this pic on her Facebook page and I was instantly drawn to the look… casual, yet elegant… comfortable, yet super chic!  Though she appears to be wearing separates, it’s actually a gorgeous striped and cobalt blue maxi-dress she discovered at Nordstrom Rack in Tampa (one of my favorite spots to score designer duds at discounted prices).  I found some great pieces online and put together my amped up evening version of this fabulous Spring/Summer look below…

Denise Inspired Ensemble

1. Stripes and Lace Top, $28, dorothyperkins.com
2. Mango Satin Maxi Skirt, $46, houseoffraser.co.uk
3. Fornash Rosey Earring, $19, simplysoles.com
4. French Connection Cropped Cardigan, $99, usa.frenchconnection.com
5. French Connection Wide Belt, $49.90, asos.com
6. Melissa Optical Sandal, $70, jildorshoes.com

Fifty Shades of Whimsy

Spring 2013 Trend- Statement Sunglasses
photos: fashionwirepress.com

One of the most fantastical trends to hit the streets this season has been the revival of statement sunglasses.  You can turn just about any outfit into a fashion-forward ensemble by throwing on a pair of unique, whimsical shades.  I’m loving the trendy offerings from Nasty Gal and Asos (especially the lizard cat eye pair for $41.56)… and for a mere $12 you can’t go wrong with a fun pair from Aldo.

The Empire Stripes Back!

Spring Fashion Trend: STRIPES

The origin of this trend stems way back to the 1800’s in the French Province of Brittany.  What we commonly refer to as “nautical stripes” (navy and white) are actually called Breton stripes.  The 1858 Act of France made the Breton shirt part of the official uniform for French Navy seamen.  There were 21 stripes- one for each of Napoleon’s victories.  The stripes were also thought to help locate men who fell overboard.

Sailor Stripes

In the 1930’s CoCo Chanel launched Breton stripes into the fashion mainstream after becoming inspired by a visit to the French Coast.  She designed and wore a simple striped tee with palazzo pants and, well… the rest is history!

CocoChanel Breton Stripes

I pulled a few striped pieces from my closet and decided to take some pics of my favorite ensembles.  I have several Breton pieces, but wanted to play with the other striped goodies for this shoot.  Forgive the poor quality of these shots, as I am on the hunt for a better camera.

MS-REDWhiteStripeDress
This red and white striped mini dress is by Soprano from Nordstrom.  I love the simplicity of this cut and the cotton blend is super comfy!  What drew me in (besides the $38 price tag) is the ruching detail on the sleeves.  There’s a small pocket on the top left side that I could do without, but it’s barely noticeable.  I accessorized with a long, silver necklace (which is actually a vintage purse strap), a turquoise cocktail ring, and a sexy pair of nude Gianni Bini heels.  This look is perfect for date night!

MS-Stripes and Flowers
This look combines stripes and a floral print to create an unexpected twist… which I like to do on occasion.  The floral blouse is DmBm from Nordstrom … very inexpensive!  The striped crop jacket is Ett Taia and the white jeans are Joe’s, both from local designer consigner Fresh Threads.  The jacket is a bit boxy, so it calls for a flowy and feminine blouse underneath to balance the look.  Paired with a nude peep toe pump, this look is great for lunching with friends.

MS-Stripe Vest Maxi
Here’s my bohemian side begging to be set free!  The maxi dress is Color Me Red and the striped vest is Project E Vintage, both from Keys Country.  I like this ensemble because it’s super comfy and makes me feel like Mother Earth.  I’ve paired it with a fabulous necklace made by local jewelry designer Marianne Homsy and grecian Bandolino sandals.  I could lounge around town all day in this one!

A Little Stripe On Stripe Action

I’m currently obsessed with all things striped!  While doing some research about the origins of nautical stripes in fashion (for an upcoming blog post), I discovered that I own more striped pieces than any one person should.  Some are old, some are new, and all of them are Spring’s answer to “What’s a good staple for the season?”… a question I’m sure everyone is asking, right?

Today’s look is 2 parts stripes, 1 part casual, one party querky. Comfort was the goal here… it’s a beautiful beach kinda day and I’m ready to lounge with a cocktail in hand!  Stripes on stripes can be tricky, but this look works because both pieces share the same color story of navy and white, and pairing them together creates an unexpected touch of interest that I love!

Stripe on Stripe Action

Two notable details from this ensemble:  I like the dress super long, to wear with my 4″ high platform espadrilles, but for the flat sandals I needed to shorten it… enter military belt.  The belt helps anchor the dress at my waist so I can pull the hemline up a few inches and it stays put.  Also, the necklace is actually 3 different chains I found in my jewelry drawer.  All three are silver or silver and gold with varying designs, but when linked together they form one unique piece of jewelry.  Very rock-n-roll!