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Shades of Blues - Spring 2016



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"Blue is the color of trust and responsibility"







Spring 2016 is filled with various shades of blue creating upbeat and lavish moments.   Perhaps these bluish hues signal something special, grand and hopeful lingering in the air.  After all a winter of black, grey, brown and cream apparel paired with boots, coats, gloves while slogging through snow, rain, sleet and hail needs a blustery wind of change! Bring on Spring with mighty blue glory and brilliant sunshine to penetrate the hearts and souls across the great land.   Why even Penelope Cruz got the "paint me" blue message- to step it up and liven the day with a splash of calming and trust infused scintillating blue. Cruz (Zoolander 2, 2016) recently on The Today Show  was camera stopping with an azure blue jacket, azure suede pants and black sparkling heels.  Or for Downton Abbey (Masterpiece Theatre - Season 6) fans the story lines are filled with so much change that everyone must adapt and move forward with grace and dignity or remain forever angry, alone and forgotten. The lifestyle, how the estate is run, women now working and the forward wardrobe twists provides provocative parallels on infinite change that always happens in life.    Just how does a fashion maven capture these beautiful blues and parley into the daily life of a successful woman.  And, of course, finishing off with the most iconic and memorable lipstick to marvel the eyes and lips of the beholder?





"I say, dress to please yourself. Listen to your inner muse and take a chance. Wear something that says, "Here I am!" today. - Iris Apfel



Start with Pretty Pants






I.  The Blue Lady Effect:  Adorn a pair of skinny's that are playful yet in a respectable blue hue that is flirty fun for travel or daily wear. 




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"Far out in the ocean, where the water is as blue as the prettiest cornflower, and as clear as crystal, it is very, very deep; so deep, indeed, that no cable could fathom it: many church steeples, piled one upon another, would not reach from the ground beneath to the surface of the water above. There dwell the Sea King and his subjects." - Hans Christian Anderson



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Royal in Blue









II.  Glorious Donning Blue:  A beautiful blue jacket or coat is demure, status building and dazzling against any background. Why even Lady Mary, Downton Abbey,  sported a blue coat with fur adding a posh glamorous effect to the event.





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"Anyone can get dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress in their days off that are the most intriguing." —Alexander Wang


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The Shoe










III.  Attention Dancing Blue:  How can anyone forget Carrie Bradshaw's famous blue Manolo's?  Simply jaw dropping!  



Dressing Up

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Blue Love





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"You can never take too much care over the choice of your shoes. Too many women think that they are unimportant, but the real proof of an elegant woman is what is on her feet.' - Christian Dior 



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 Snappy Sunwear







IV.  Sassy Sunnies:  Did you hear? Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2016 apparel campaign is all about travel, Italy and lively and entertaining fashion and accessories.  These sunwear does not disappoint and demands brilliant blue magnificence.



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"My look is attainable. Women can look like Audrey Hepburn by flipping out their hair, buying the large sunglasses, and the little sleeveless dresses." —Audrey Hepburn


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Mad for Red Lips









V.  The Only Red for Spring:  Christian Louboutin lips and nails for Spring 2016 are making a crowning entrance with decadent lip and nails hues.  Of course, the reds stand alone and will be cherished and relished by divas!  Not your ordinary lipstick tube but instead a work of art.



Matte Rouge









 "When I haven't any blue I use red" - Pablo Picasso


Spring 2016 is around the corner.   So take inventory and spice up a wardrobe with a jolly bit of vibrant blue and finish with scandalous red lips for a magical effect.   The world is ever-changing and having the forethought to evolve with the landscape keeps the body and mind strong when the winds are churning.  Television, movies and life's reality constantly brings blustery winds to each and everyone.  With grace, new thoughts and having an open mind will bring forth new opportunities, connections and community.  After all, the past is always the past and the future - ahh there is the rub - is always the unknown.  But, one thought in apparel is certain - elegant blue will always remain at the forefront of confidence and trust.  Yes, a glorious Spring is definitely here to come.  And, stunning blues are the talk of the times.


Kim Hardwick - Forever Chic Style





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