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Style Obsession: Bicycle Shorts

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Hi lovelies!

Today I want to talk about a fashion trend that is sweeping 2019 an truly fascinating me: bicycle shorts.

Bicycle shorts are a fashion anomaly to me. Cut halfway between mini shorts an bermudas, fashion used to find this length awkward and mom-ish. Now, however, with the advent of cycling as exercise, bicycle shorts have gone from functional to pure fashion.

And honestly, I’m living for it.

Here are some of my favorite samples of high-waisted bicycle shorts, that elongate the hips and thighs and nip in the waist. From faux leather to leopard print to my personal favorite- snakeskin- these are the hottest bicycle short trends of the year. Click on any of the images below to be taken to the site to shop!

Happy shopping,

Olyasha

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Best Dressed: Wedding Guest Dress Inspo

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Hi lovelies!

One of the most difficult fashion decisions we face is what exactly to wear to a wedding, am I right?

This is because half of the fashion “rules” have to do with wedding etiquette. For example, you shouldn’t outshine the bride, you can’t wear white, you shouldn’t wear black since it’s too morbid, your dress shouldn’t be too short or bare too much skin… etc. etc. The list goes on.

The other half is trying to decipher exactly what casual, semi-formal or formal means! However, you can get some valuable clues from the couples website for wedding style and theme, as well as discovering exactly what type of wedding venue they are getting married at. For example, a long evening gown is more at home in a ballroom than a barn!

If you’re stumped on what to wear for Spring wedding season, take a look at my favorite picks for the season. These dresses span from casual, mid-length and even floor-skimming evening gowns. Take a look below, and click on the picture to be taken to the website!

Happy dress hunting!

XOXO,

Olyasha

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#ThrowbackThursday: 80’s and 90’s Fashion is This Years Inspo

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Hey lovelies!

If you caught my blog post earlier this week, you know that I’m seriously crushing on a ton of fashion trends that have come out for this year. Particularly, the Milan Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week styles!

Now NYFW really stayed in the subtle 80’s lane, but Milan Fashion Week decided to go bigger and better with loud splashes of 90’s color- we’re talking highlighter yellow, flourescent shades, the works. All of these were placed on designs, silhouettes and cuts that were decidedly 80’s, which created the perfect blend of decades-old fashion revived with a contemporary twist.

Now NYFW really stayed in the subtle 80’s lane, but Milan Fashion Week decided to go bigger and better with loud splashes of 90’s color- we’re talking highlighter yellow, fluorescent shades, the works. All of these were placed on designs, silhouettes, and cuts that were decidedly 80’s, which created the perfect blend of decades-old fashion revived with a contemporary twist.

I’m not one to say I’m eager to revisit 80’s or 90’s fashion, but the artistic mashups that have come down the runway for Spring and Summer are making me second-guess that stance!

Colors

When you’re planning your on-trend wardrobe for this year, you’ve got choices between bright on bright, like Armani’s stunning lime green pantsuit with bright electric blue boots. Or, soft feminine pastels in baby blues and pinks melded together are on-trend!

Fabrics

Leather and faux-leather are everywhere -even in unexpected places! For example, high-waisted leather biker shorts showed practically everywhere.

For more evening-friendly fashion, silk and satin are big on the runway this year too! As always, dress it up with faux fur and feathers!

Prints

Polka-dot and abstract prints are the designers dream this year. Another must-have print? Zebra.

Let me know what Spring/Summer 2019 fashion trend you’re most excited about this year on social or in the comments!

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5 Jaw-Dropping Fashion Trends in 2019

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Hello, lovelies!

Fashion trend forecasting is practically an art form, and I’m obsessed. I dedicate a lot of my free time to poring over fashion edits, Instagram roundups, features and glimpses of fashion week shows to see what the greats are doing in fashion for the year ahead.

Because I’ve researched, and researched, and researched… (as I flip through another magazine while getting a pedi!) I can tell you that 2019 has some wild trends and I am in love.

In fact, we may as well just call 2019 the year of the Not Basic Blonde because some of these must-copy trends are some of the patterns, cuts and styles I love to wear.

Ready to see what 2019 has in store?

Neon Everything

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I used to cringe when I heard the word neon. It evoked memories of highlighters and bad 80’s fashion! However, I’ve since come around. Vivid colors in yellow, neon greens, blues, pinks and oranges make for fun fashion – especially in the sun!

If you’re a fan of a good sun-kissed tan, try mixing a few neon shades into your wardrobe along with your favorite winter bronzer or spray tan (I don’t judge)! The resulting glow will have you feeling fun, festive and ready for bold colors and neon everything.

Polka Dots, Big and Small!

Fashion truly comes back around. When you think of polka dots, big swing skirts and retro fashion comes to mind. What also comes to mind is fashionistas warning women not to wear too many polka dot prints, as they might make you look wide.

I’m happy to see polka dots coming back in a fresh, re-imagined way – especially this daring, print-mixing polka dot belted jumpsuit. The patterns mix artfully in color scheme, and the only difference is the scale of polka dots. The jumpsuit legs make the look long and lean, with a belted waist for curve-defining emphasis. So chic!

Wild Zebra Print

Mock Neck Zebra Print Dress from SHEIN

Last year, I was all about leopard print. While leopard spots will never go out of style, I’ve moved on to bold, contrasting zebra prints. It’s hard not to catch eyes walking around with rich swirls of black and white detail. If you’re an animal print lover, zebra is a fun way to lighten up your wardrobe from traditional prints, while still keeping a chic, modern edge.

Snakeskin

SSSSS! Snakeskin is a luxe print, and I wear it liberally on boots, clutches, purses and more. However, snakeskin has been making its way into athleisure wear, and really it makes sense! Tight-fitting spandex shorts and tops fit like a second skin…get it?

Biker Shorts

Faux Leather Biker Shorts

Speaking of athleisure wear, biker shorts have become a huge trend. I’ve seen biker shorts styled every which way. From crop tops and short blouses, high heeled boots and even paired with long cardigans, these shorts are everywhere. I love adding even more fashionable flair with faux leather and wet-look biker shorts. Slimming and chic!

What’s your must-try trend this year? Let me know on social @notbasicblonde_ or comment below!

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Valentines Day Gifts for Him

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Hello, lovelies!

Valentines Day is right around the corner and we’ve already outlined some must-have essentials. Now it’s time to consider what gifts you want to get your guy for this love-filled holiday.

Here’s my roundup of gift ideas for your guy in time for V day. There’s something for every kind of guy- cufflinks for the sharp dresser, fuzzy slippers, and robes for the guy who is all about comfort. Take a look and let me know what gifts you’re planning on getting for him in the comments!

  1. Poplin Pajama Pants 2. Nike Tech Fleece Jogger Pants 3. Shadow Plaid Fleece Robe 4. Cotton & Cashmere V-Neck Sweater 5. Tom Ford Private Blend Tobacco Eau de Parfum 6. Jack Black Skin Saviors Set 7. Salvatore Ferragamo Stamped Calf Card Wallet 8. The Art of Shaving Morris Park Razor & Travel Kit 9. Yves Saint Laurent Y Eau de Toilette Gift Set 10. David Donahue Knot Cuff Links 11. Salvatore Ferragamo Reversible Leather Belt 12. UGG Scuff Slipper

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Another SHEIN Closet Raid!

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SHEIN Closet Raid: Workwear Edition!

Hello, lovelies!

It’s a brand new year, but one thing still hasn’t changed I am still absolutely obsessed with prints, texture and even mixing fabrics and patterns in a daring way.

I recently sat down and went on a mini shopping spree on SHEIN, which is my go-to place for affordable and fun fashion. In particular, I was looking for dresses and outfits that could straddle the line between high-fashion and workwear.

I’ve pulled five of my finds for you (links below!) to inspire your new year office style! Check out the looks below!

Leg-of-Mutton Mock Neck Glitter Dress

I’m absolutely in love with this stunner. This mock-neck black glitter dress features a flirty keyhole at the back of the neck, spaciously draped leg-of-mutton sleeves with chic buttons. It’s only $16, which is a double score!

Contrast Polka Dot Belted Jumpsuit

I am also obsessed with this polka dot jumpsuit with a twist. The two different sizes of polka dot fabric create incredible visual interest and you don’t have to worry about the polka dots making you look “wider.” The long-line of the jumpsuit with a cinched waist makes for a long, lean silhouette that looks amazing in this outfit.

Mock Neck Zebra Printed Pencil Dress

The mock-neck dress is so in this season, emphasizing the jawline and length of the neck. You won’t have to worry about meeting the dress code for work with this professional cut, while still rocking a chic zebra print.

Snakeskin Pocket Front Jacket and Leggings Short Set

Okay, you may not be able to pull this gorgeous snakeskin set off at work, but I had to include it because I’m obsessed. These snakeskin shorts fit like a second skin (no pun intended) and make an amazing statement in more casual settings.

Buttoned Shoulder Gigot Sleeve Top & Double Breasted Skirt Set

I’m head over heels for this professional top and skirt set. It has a large, retro-style button on the shoulders and skirt, and feminine bloused sleeves that remind me of vintage fashion.

What’s your favorite workplace fashion trend so far this year? Let me know in the comments!

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