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Trending Tuesday: January

January Trends

January Trends

The decorations are down, the weather is still frightful and there are no more holiday parties to prepare for, hello January.  The good thing about January is it’s a fresh start.  Time to introduce some new trends, freshen up your look and make smart purchases.  I already shared my top picks for January here now lets style them with the top trends for January.

Colors:  Icy Shades 

Icy Shades

Icy Shades

Think shades of white, robin’s egg blue, mint, cobalt, greys, blush, blues, etc…  These colors are still very wintery and will still mix in with your black and brown basics.

Icy Nails

Icy Nails

Pattern:  Polka Dots

Polka Dots For January

Ann Taylor Polka Dots For January

Graphic yet whimsical, polka dots are a perfect print for January.  You can wear them to the office or out to brunch or even in your decor.  Stick to small dots for more conservative environments larger dots for fun.

Kate Spade Polka Dot Planner

Kate Spade Polka Dot Planner

 

Materials:  Leather and Thick Knits

Leather and Knit

Leather and Knit

Thick chunky knits are always a must for warmth in January but layer them with the unexpected like leather or even with some polka dots!  Not really into leather pants, try a legging alternative like the mark Chic It Out pant (last seen here and now on clearance).  Also stick to leather (or faux leather) bag and boots, they will give a layer of depth and dependability!

mark. cuff chic booties

mark. cuff chic booties

Accessory:  A Good Mug

My New Mug For The New Year

My New Mug For The New Year

Nothing warms you up better than a hot drink be it tea, coffee, hot chocolate or even some soup!  A pretty mug helps brighten your day and makes each sip a little more fun.

Inspiration:

Sealaura's Icy Mani

Sealaura’s Icy Mani

 

A Good Mug

A Good Mug

Leather and Knits

Leather and Knits

Leopard Flats and Polka Dots

Leopard Flats and Polka Dots

Avon Gel Finish in Iceberg White, Alaska and Inked Up (L to R)

Avon Gel Finish in Iceberg White, Alaska and Inked Up (L to R)

This month I’ll be styling these trends and using my must haves for January to do it!  I guess saying hello to January isn’t so bad.  What trends are you loving for January?

 

Wear and Share Wednesday – mark. Case Of Glam Clutch

One Clutch Inspiring 2 Looks

One Clutch Inspiring 2 Looks

Let’s get this party started!!!  August is not only my birthday month but mark. is turning 10!  10 years of on trend beauty and fashion is nothing to blink at and just in true Alicia style we’re celebrating ALL MONTH!  To kick things off mark. released this anniversary collection featuring plenty of party ready pieces!  One of our top picks from the collection is the Case Of Glam Clutch ($28)!  Jackie from Living After Midnight and I both styled our outfits around this knuckle-duster minaudière!

mark. Case Of Glam Clutch

mark. Case Of Glam Clutch

You can see this style of clutch on celebs galore and designed by many high end designers… can we say Alexander McQueen!?!   But this gem gives you the same look for only $28!  It has the option of being worn with the chain shoulder strap or held comfortably with the knuckle rings.  The case itself is a good size, plenty of room for all your essentials and the faux black leather is much more luxe than expecting!  You can see I have my huge Galaxy S3 in here just to show proportion.

Inside Case Of Glam Clutch

Inside Case Of Glam Clutch

With such a cute little party clutch I needed a cute little party outfit for birthday month!  I’m wearing the mark. Hot Mix Blouse ($30)over a simple black tank dress from Express.  Not that I need much more to accessorize with this clutch, but its birthday month so load up those sparkles!!!  mark. Dropping By Necklace ($22), mark. Rock The Place Ring ($20), mark. Cuff Bracelet (contact for details) watch by Burberry, nails by Julep (see the details here!) and some serious heels, the mark. Statuesque Style Heels $40)

Heels and Sequins with mark. Anniversary Collection!

Heels and Sequins with mark. Anniversary Collection!

The Case of The Glam clutch is definitely one cool girl piece.  I mean, just look at Jackie from Living After Midnight in her cool girl black and color of the season leather jacket!  You can make this clutch work for more than just your party outfits.  Keep with the rock and roll style by making sure your nails are killer, like in bold and bright shades like Jackie and I did!  You can pick up the Case of The Glam clutch for only $28 at my eBoutique (and the other mark. anniversary collection pieces!)

Bright and Bold with Case Of Glam Clutch

Bright and Bold with Case Of Glam Clutch