A New Look for Pastel Colors

Remember how pastel colors were all the rave in 2014, especially mint green and lavender? Well, you don’t have to say goodbye to them just yet. In the fashion world, home trends always piggy back off of clothing trends. Whichever color ways or prints and patterns from the runways that can be easily translated into home furnishings are most definitely seen in home decor in the next one to two years. As a home buyer myself, working for one of the top furniture industry retailers in the US, it always amazes me to see how fashion extends beyond just clothing (contrary to what many may have been conditioned to think).

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On March 1, 2014, I posted the Knick Knacker Spring 2014 Fashion Trend Report that showcases pastel colors on the runway in a trend I call “Cotton Candy.” I never would have thought that trend would be popping up in homes. It surely is a new look for pastel colors. I mean, it would take a pretty bold, expressive person to actually turn his or her living room into a cotton candy land, but hey! The photos that I’ve seen so far while roaming around Google look awesome. Take a look.

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Photo Source: Home Interior Zone

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Photo Source: Get Relish

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Photo Source: House Beautiful

Pastel colors truly bring a beautiful softness to any design. They can take a design from harsh and masculine to feminine yet bold. I also love how great pastel colors look together. I have yet to see a combination that does not work well. What do you think of this new look for pastel colors?

 

Pantone Color of the Year 2015

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Can we take a minute to talk about how perfect the Pantone Color of the Year 2015 is? I’ve been crushing over red and berry tones lately, so this new color of the year is right up my alley. By the way, it’s called Marsala. It kind of makes you want to say it with a sexy accent as it rolls off your tongue… Marrrsalaaa…  No, but seriously, I’m in love with this color.

The best thing about it is that it’s so subtle and seductive that it looks great in clothing, accessories, AND home furnishings. It’s quite versatile. Here are a few reasons why:

The Versatility of Marsala

  • Equally appealing to men and women, Marsala is a stirring and flavorful shade for apparel and accessories, one that encourages color creativity and experimentation
  • Flattering against many skin tones, sultry and subtle Marsala is a great go-to color for beauty, providing enormous highlight for the cheek, and a captivating pop of color for nails, shadows lips and hair.
  • Dramatic and at the same time grounding, the rich and full-bodied red-brown Marsala brings color warmth into home interiors
  • An earthy shade with a bit of sophistication, texture is the story in print and packaging. A matte finish highlights Marsala’s organic nature while adding a sheen conveys a completely different message of glamour and luxury.

Pantone really outdid itself this year. I can’t wait to see what pieces I come across to update my wardrobe with Marsala.

My first step is shopping Chloe + Isabel (C+I) jewelry. Jewelry is probably one of the quickest ways to update your wardrobe. I’m approaching my mid-20s, so I aim to fill my wardrobe with more staple pieces than anything these days. Staple pieces survive season after season, but at the same time, I like being fashionable and trendy. C+I has soooo many pieces that can easily help anyone stay trendy. The collage below features some of my C+I favorites.

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How in love are you with the new Pantone Color of the Year 2015? Blow up our comments below!

(Check out Pantone Color of the Year 2014 here.)

John Galliano Returns to Fashion

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[Eminem voice] “Guess who’s back… GALLIANO’s back.” That’s right, folks! John Galliano returns to fashion after a long three years after being fired from Dior. The designer is back to make his imprint. I must say, I’m a bit excited. Despite his personal short comings, I’ve always seen Galliano as an edgy fellow, and I can always appreciate the performance art, avant-garde nature, and over-the-top flair he brings to any collection he designs. Galliano has managed to capture the essence of Givenchy, his own namesake label John Galliano, Dior, and now Maison Martin Margiela, while still making his aesthetic touch identifiable.

The fashion world held its breath as Galliano made his debut with the Maison Martin Margiela Spring 2015 Couture show in London yesterday. After three years “off,” we didn’t know whether to expect a toned down, out of touch Galliano, or the same over-exxagerated Galliano we’re used to seeing. I’d say it was a bit of both. Some of the looks in the collection were more ready-to-wear than couture, making the collection a little less cohesive. However, they all had the individuality and artistic touch that Galliano is known for bringing to the runway.

I utterly enjoyed looking at the over-the-top looks. My eyes lit up at the sight of the beautiful, rich red pieces as I scrolled through style.com. The second photo below makes me think of Dali and Schiaparelli’s lobster dress for some reason. The hair, makeup, and head/face pieces put the icing on the cake for the show. The transparent pockets are a nice touch, too. I also find myself appreciating the distressed elements within the garments. The entire collection takes me to a dark place in art history full of fantasy with queens, witches, and outcasts.

Take a look at my top 10 favorites from Maison Martin Margiela Spring 2015 Couture.

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Photo Credit: Marcus Tondo/indigitalimages.com

View the full slideshow here: style.com

How excited are you about Galliano’s return?

Best Trends of 2014

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Alright y’all, here’s my first post of the new year! I’ve been doing some reflecting on the past year. It seems like it came and went in the blink of an eye, but there were some incredible moments in my personal life (i.e. purchasing my first house with my husband!) as well as in the world of fashion. The year 2014 was filled with great fashion trends. I’m such a nerd when it comes to trend watching, and I’m going to dare to say that 2014 was one of the best years for trends hands down. However, only a few made my list of favorites. Here are my top 6 best trends of 2014:

Matching Sets

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Whether it was a crop top and skirt or full on pant suit, I had to have it! This trend made it perfectly okay to match everything and feel confident doing it.

Sport

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I think it’s safe to say we can always count on Chanel to make sneakers high-fashion. The “Sporty Luxe” trend is one of my best trends of 2014 because it transformed comfortability into a fashion statement. I always enjoy throwing on a pair of joggers with a solid shirt and wedge sneakers and hitting the road.

Very Berry

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I’m in love with berry everything in all shades from clothing to beauty. My personal favorite is the bold lip/bold eyebrow beauty trend. On the rare occasions that I do decide to wear makeup, my lips are always covered in Kat Von D “Vampira” matte lipstick.

Graphic Prints

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So, raise your hand if you’re totally obsessed with awesome graphic prints! There is something about amazing graphic prints that just draws me into a garment. It’s almost hypnotizing. Prints give clothing such a unique flair and rhythm. We can always count on Custo Barcelona for some great prints.

Midi Rings

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This is one of those trends that crept up in 2013 but really latched onto 2014. Everywhere I looked, someone was wearing midi rings last year. I even tried some out myself! They looked much better on other people, though. The tribal gold ones are my favorite.

90s Baby

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Overalls, plaid, shirts wrapped around the waist, crop tops, high waisted denim, slip dresses, fanny packs, the whole grunge look- I loved it all! I’d say this was probably my #1 best trend of 2014 since I wore it like all the time… even though it’s listed last lol. But hey, you have to save the best for last right?

What are some of your best trends of 2014? Share with me on Instagram @theknickknacker, using hashtag #besttrendsof2014.

 

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KLS Kimora Lee Simmons Pre-Fall 2015

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The glory days of Baby Phat are long gone, but Kimora Lee Simmons is here to stay. The former model is back with a vengeance with her new designer price-point brand. KLS Kimora Lee Simmons is “a bold blend of luxury and versatility.” The brand comes by way of Simmons needing to fill a void in her personal wardrobe. In the KLS Kimora Lee Simmons Pre-Fall 2015 collection, the key look is panel-constructed, body-hugging pencil dresses. Each piece from the entire collection displays clean lines and beautiful cuts. By use of paneling, strategically placed lines, and contrasting colors, the garments slim the body. I find the collection very simple with a minimal color palette yet highly wearable. It is a very successful collection, aesthetically speaking. Simmons will be opening a KLS flagship store in Beverly Hills in the Spring. Here are my top 10 favorites from KLS Kimora Lee Simmons:

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To read more, and to view the whole collection, visit style.com.

Photos: Christian MacDonald/Courtesy of KLS Kimora Lee Simmons

What do you think of Kimora’s new venture?

Putting on the Glitz- Tampa Style

Forget the Ritz, we’re putting on the glitz- Tampa style! The holidays are upon us, and they’re nothing without sparkle. This is the one season where you can throw on all of the sequins you want without worrying about overdoing it. With this in mind, a few of us Tampa fashion bloggers got together to put our spin on the sparkle. For me, the best part about this whole collaboration is showing that sequins can look beautiful on any woman. It’s just a matter of deciding how you want to pull them off. We Tampa fashion bloggers all have different body types and went in different directions with putting on the glitz. Check us out!

Farrah Estrella- Estrella Fashion Report

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Lane Bryant dress | Vince Camuto shoes | Aldo clutch

Natasha Bernard- Fashionably Fabulous

Natasha from Fashionably Fabulous

French Connection Jumpsuit thrifted from Fresh Threads

Genelle Frazier- What’s More Important Than Fashion

Genelle from Whats More Important Than Fashion

H&M Sequined Blazer | Express Shirt | Urban Outfitters Skirt | H&M Clutch | Dolce Vita Pumps | Ann Taylor Bracelet | Earrings via Burlington Coat Factory | Vintage Clip on Earring worn as brooch

Me- Knick Knacker

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Peplum top from JCPenney | Cropped cardigan from old store in Atlanta called Urban Behavior | thrifted Vertigo Paris high waist pants | Shoes from Charlotte Russe

How do you put on the glitz? Share your photo with me on Instagram @theknickknacker, using hashtag #puttingontheglitz.

xoAndra

Mark Your Calendar!

Sky Unikue's & C+IMark your calendar! I’m coming to a venue near you! On December 13th, join me from 1pm to 8pm at Luxe Studio Space in Tampa as I partner with Sky Unikue’s Elegant Clothing Boutique for our Joyeaux Noël Winter Soirée. As many of you know, I am a Chloe + Isabel jewelry merchandiser. I’d love for everyone to come enjoy a day of shopping and mingling with us while finding the perfect items to complete your holiday look. There will be drinks, treats, and a raffle. Take a look at the video below, and I hope to see you there!

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A Message from the Founder

Hi everyone! I wanted to give a “message from the founder” to thank you all for your support this entire year while I got Knick Knacker up and running! I have enjoyed meeting everyone and attending all of the fabulous events around town.

Last month became extremely busy for me, and O and I are playing catch up with editing the photos and video footage we’ve captured. I hope to come back in 2015 stronger than ever. Thank you all for riding along this journey with me. I look forward to what the future will bring. :)

xoAndra

Stylista Files: Victoria Yore

Meet today’s featured stylista, Victoria! I met her while out and about at fashion events in Tampa. (Check her out on our past posts for the Discreet Elegance Fashion Show here and here.) She’s an awesome model who has some great personal style going on! I love how several pieces in her photos below are thrifted. As I always say, you don’t need to spend a million bucks to look like it. Plus, thrifting is so much fun and you can find the most unique items. Aside from that, I love how Victoria’s personality shows through all of her looks. I appreciate you for being a well put-together, elegant young lady, Victoria! Style on, girl :)

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Photography: Minh Insixiangmy
Dress: Thrifted
Belt: Guess
Shoes: Payless

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Top: Sourpuss Clothing
Capris: Thrifted
Heels: Payless
Jewelry: Thrifted
Hair Bow: The Girl that Ate Suburbia

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Photography: Daniel Garber
Top: Sourpuss Clothing
Skirt: Forever 21
Necklace: Littman Jewelers

If you’d like to be a featured stylista, please email us- knickknackerblog[at]gmail.com

Say Hello to Caite

Caite x Kyla Seo_6Every so often, we stumble upon little treasures that we never knew were in our own backyard. These treasures are so great that you almost feel bad that you didn’t know they had been there all along. That’s how I felt when I first learned about Caite, Inc. This awesome company is practically right in my backyard in Tampa.

Caite, Inc. is a women’s apparel line headquartered in Tampa. The company has found tremendous success within the last 5 years with their signature product lines. Their products can be seen in catalogs and online sites, such as Soft Surroundings and ModCloth, and over 1500 specialty stores nationwide. Caite, Inc. has gained notoriety, especially on their original embroidered collection both in knits and wovens.

The company’s “Caite” line features their signature knit fabric, rayon lycra, which is the most flattering and buttery soft fabric! When it is embroidered with their beautiful artwork, each piece becomes a piece of art itself! The “Kyla Seo” collection boasts colorfully embroidered and silky wovens, along with many unique and affordable prints. Each piece is cleverly designed for a comfortable, yet fabulously feminine look!

I had the hardest time choosing an item to review because all of the pieces are so beautiful, but I finally settled upon the “Abby” tunic in ivory from the Kyla Seo collection. When I first opened the package out of the mail, I fell in love with the way the tunic felt. The silky fabric is incredibly soft. I almost wanted to just wrap myself up in it! I LOVE the print, the fit is great (I’m 5’10” and 130 lbs., wearing a size small), and the black tassels add such a fashionable flair to the garment. Since it has been a little chilly in Tampa, I threw on a cami underneath the tunic and wore a cape over it. I love how the wide yellow borders showed past the cape sleeves. Take a look at my photos below. If you love this top as much as I do, be sure to check it out along with many other beautiful, comfy pieces on the Caite website. (Keep scrolling to the bottom, there’s a surprise. :) )

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Now, are you ready for the best part of this post? Caite will be holding a warehouse/sample sale from November 17th to the 21st, at their warehouse located on North Dale Mabry Highway in the middle of Bearrs and Fletcher. Caite products retail from $64 to $168, but at the warehouse/sample sale, everything is on sale for just $15 each! You can’t beat that! I hope you stop by and share your finds with us on Instagram @theknickknacker and @caiteinc. Be sure to ‘like’ Caite on Facebook.

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(Knick Knacker disclosure: Financial compensation was not received for this post. The Abby tunic was gifted from Caite, Inc. Opinions expressed here are my own.)

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