Eyewear- What’s In – 2016?

Are you in search of new shades or prescription glasses this Spring? They can be a fun fashion accessory to add extra pizzazz to your look throughout the year. If you’ve always worn the same style, chances are good that its time to switch it up! One of the new trends for Spring are translucent acrylic frames, especially in shades of soft blues, greys, and pinks….think “Pantone colors of the year Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue.” This glamorous pink acrylic pair of designer frames is made by Dior… so stylish!

Also new for Spring are soft brushed metals like this sassy pair of matte black aviators with grey lenses from Gucci.

This year, women and men can find eyewear with natural elements of real or faux wood and bamboo accents like this pair from Gucci.

For the man in your life, the RayBan Clubmaster is available for the first time in real wood!

Ray Ban sunglasses

Aviators are always classic for both men and women, but ladies if you want to try something new, you’ll find butterfly shapes or super mod exaggerated cat eye frames like this two-toned pair from Stella McCartney.

Stella McCartney

Not sure which style’s best for you? Check out a site like glasses.com where you can “virtually” try on every pair! Also helpful for prescription glasses might be the LensCrafters site. It matches face shapes with the best frame styles.

 

Trend Alert – Capes and Ponchos!

Do you remember wearing a cape or poncho back in the day? Well if this is your first time around with the trend, you’ll enjoy it because capes and ponchos are a huge hit this Fall and Winter and can be found nearly everywhere you look!

C Wonder has a black and white herringbone belted cape which was featured in September’s Oprah Magazine.

C Wonder black and white capeFor a more laid back vibe, this casual poncho from Calypso St. Barth would be great for a drive to the mountains, spending the day exploring the West End, or strolling a Fall festival.

Calypso St Barth navy ponchoAnthropologie has a cozy unbelted cape that can be dressed up or down for a sophisticated business casual look or for fun on the weekends and is appropriate for women of any age. It pairs well with a skirt as in the photo below, pants, or your favorite jeans. The cape is available in petites too!

Anthropologie neutral capeFrench Connection has an adorable wool blend plaid version!

So, how do you wear this trend? If you’re wearing a poncho or cape, make sure the rest of your outfit is more fitted with a slim, straight, cropped or skinny leg pant or a skirt that stays close to your frame so you don’t look overwhelmed by your clothes, and no long skirts or baggy pants allowed! Keep your shirt plain, simple and smooth underneath so your cape or poncho is your style statement without extra bulk. A structured fabric works best for the office, while a knit is more appropriate for casual days. Capes and ponchos feel current, in style, and super chic so try them to break out of your “same old sweater” rut!

french connection plaid cape

The 60’s are Back!!!

What’s NEW This FALL?

What could be more fun AND classic than the 60’s? Jump into the trend with fringe, suede, leather, Shearling and a mix of textures and layers. Think hippie chic or Jackie Kennedy.

Tory Burch fringe suede

This Tory Burch bag might be just what you need to give you a fun new 60’s vibe. It can be hippie casual or sporty equestrian.

michael kors pearl flat

Try these OH SO CLASSIC Michael Kors flats to channel your best Jackie O style…

zara bow tie blouse

and Fall is all about layers, so the bow tie blouse from Zara is perfect for the office or a night on the town under this textured and perforated leather jacket from NeimanMarcus. Wear it with a pencil skirt at the office and then with skinny jeans and boots later. There’s a classic combo for your Fall escapades….dinner dates, cocktails with friends, football watching, marshmallow roasting … you’ve got the idea!

neiman marcus perf. leather jacket

AVALON is Coming…

Exciting New Retail and Restaurant Experience
AVALON …

The new $600 million mixed use development will sit on 86 acres bordered by Ga. 400, Old Milton Parkway and Westside Parkway in Alpharetta. In addition to great shopping and restaurants, the beautiful luxury community will have two hotels, offices, apartments, townhomes and single family homes. Watch a simulated “fly over” here.
The Alpharetta City Council unanimously approved the plan on April 23, 2012, just one day after the dedication of the newly completed Westside Parkway.
Currently signed retail tenants are Regal Cinema and  Whole Foods.

The projected Grand Opening is October 2013. They better hurry because I can’t wait!
Check back for more details and I’ll let you know which stores and restaurants are coming.
What favorite stores do you want to see at Avalon???
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