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  • Trend Report: Back-to-School Styles

    Classes are back in session soon, and what better way to combat the early mornings and long days of studying than to look good doing it? One of the best pick-me-ups during school (especially if I was running late!) was knowing I looked great. It’s true when they say that looking good can help you feel good, and that’s no exception in studying environments. So, if you also shun the morning light, try out some of these ready-to-wear tips and tricks we picked up from the runway for Fall 2016 to help put some pep in your step! Oversized Sleeves
    Marni | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Marni | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    First up on our list is oversized sleeves! This design was sprinkled throughout the designers’ collections, and they’re a great way to play with visual weight and balance. The degree of size and length vary depending on your preference, but it all comes down to adding weight to the top of your silhouette and balancing with a fitted bottom.
    Christian Dior | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Christian Dior | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    From dresses and skirts to jeans, oversized sleeves can make you look elegant and long. With so much focus visually on the upper half of your image, oversized sleeves can make your legs very slimming, too. You can walk around school knowing that you’re making a statement. Great fabric choices for this style include:   Bomber Jackets and Moto Jackets If you ask me, bomber jackets honestly never go out of style, but it seems like the designer world is in on the trend this season! Bomber jackets are a lot of fun to play with since they’re so naturally sporty, and they come in plenty of colors, designs, and patterns making for an appealing addition to any ensemble.
    Phillip Plein | Resort 2017 Phillip Plein | Resort 2017
    Ranging from iconic accents to mature colors, bomber jackets are their own essence of cool that always seem right at home in a school setting. And with the weather slowly becoming cooler, the right bomber jacket is a great way to keep you both stylish and warm.
    Etro | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Etro | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Oh man, and don’t get me started on moto jackets (too bad, I’m starting)! These jackets are slimming and sporty, and they have a bad-boy/girl reputation to go along with them. The diagonal zippers that they’re “infamous” for are extremely unique and appealing to the eye, and the nice, fitted sleeves pair up perfectly with its typically triangular bodice. The best part about these is that they’re not just cool in movies; they’re stylish off the screen any time of the year and can easily be worn for every-day lifestyle! Moto jackets usually come in mature and neutral tones, so wearing them over strong or bright splashes of color can make for an enticing clash of styles. Great fabrics for bomber jackets include: Great fabrics for moto jackets include:   Velvet I have seen the light, and it is the beautiful sheen of velvet. I have spent the last 15 years of my life shunning this fabric, because I thought the texture and look of it were unsightly, but I have never been so wrong in my life. Velvet is extremely popular for this Fall season, and so long as it’s used carefully, it can be a huge statement piece for your wardrobe.
    Bottega Vaneta | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Bottega Vaneta | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Velvet is best used in parts, lest you look like you’re wearing pajamas for a whole ensemble, so things like jackets, skirts, or—my personal favorite—a pair of boots are great options to test out. The shifting texture it has is great for adding a mix of texture to your wardrobe that can be felt and seen, which is probably what’s more appealing about it. I personally prefer more muted and mature tones on velvet, but it comes in many colors and shades to choose from.
    Koché | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Koché | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Keep in mind, though; velvet needs a little bit more work to take care of. Folding it can ruin the pile of velvet, and water and velvet are not friends! Make sure to protect your velvet fabrics and take them to a professional dry cleaner when your pieces need a little TLC, and always read the care instructions of fabrics you use to make your capes to keep from ruining them. Great fabric choices for velvet include:   Capes and Mantels If you’re not excited about capes and mantels coming into major style, give me a chance to try to change your mind! Capes are a stunning and sophisticated fashion piece that have been around forever, and they've been stepping into the spotlight more and more with each passing year.
    Salvatore Ferragamo | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Salvatore Ferragamo | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Capes and mantels are iconic--there's nothing else like them! They keep you warm, too, so they're perfect for the coming season.
    Chanel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Chanel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    If you prefer more coverage, go with a cape! And if you prefer something a little more manageable, go with a mantel! The difference is in their lengths. Capes are nice on windy days where you might want more protection from the elements, and mantels are excellent for still, chilly days. Some fabrics for making mantels and capes include:   Flared and Cigarette Pants Flared jeans can be your best friend, especially if you wear the right pair of shoes. A little lift in the heel with a boot or even a pair of flats can work well with this look, so the options are kind of limitless!
    Céline | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Céline | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Similar to oversized sleeves, flared jeans play with the balance of visual weight on your body, and if you’re tall and slim, flared jeans can make your legs look even longer and graceful. Enhance your strengths and try out a pair for yourself!
    Colovos | Resort 2017 Colovos | Resort 2017
    Cigarette pants are a hit this season! Since they're cut off around the ankle, onlookers are drawn to your feet, so take the opportunity to show off those new flats or heels you have! These have been popular in the menswear styles, too. Great fabric choices for both of these styles include:   Ruffles Ruffles are another staple of the fashion world that are getting some hyper-focus this season. Whether framing a blouse or fringing the hem of a dress, ruffles are beautiful additions that help fluff up your look and keep you feeling light and free throughout your day.
    Whit | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Whit | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    They hold well in a variety of fabrics and can look great as an accent or the main show.
    Balamain | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Balamain | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Perfect ruffling fabrics include:   Jumpers/Lots of Layers The Runway gave its patrons a bit of a throw-back with the jumper and turtleneck layered look for this Fall. This is a great option for the upcoming season, especially once winter gets closer and the temperatures get cooler, and the overall look is very charming in its own way. It was popular back in the 70s, and its endearing appearance seems to have hit again with the designers of today.
    3.1 Phillip Lim | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear 3.1 Phillip Lim | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    The nice thing about layers is that it’s kind of hard to mess up (don’t get me wrong, you can layer wrong, but it takes effort!), and jumpers make it easy. Whether it’s crop-top jumpers or one-piece ensembles, a snug turtleneck underneath can both look and feel cozy and inviting. Sometimes it’s nice to reveal, and other times covering up is the way to go!
    Delpozo | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Delpozo | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Some great fabric choices for making jumpers with include: Big Tie-Necks I’ve seen this style peppered around before this season, but it seems like Big Tie-Necks are making a stand this Fall, and we couldn’t be happier to cheer them on! Big tie-necks are delightfully dainty symbols of fashion.
    Chanel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Chanel | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    The ties range from big or thin, but I’d say that bigger ones do wonders for bringing focus to the center of your profile. If you want people looking to your face, this is a great way to achieve that. When placed outside of the expected locations like on the back of a coat or dress, this big and beautiful bow can draw attention to you so you can be in the spotlight. It works more than just a functional purpose like it does on dresses in this way.
    Ace & Jig | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Ace & Jig | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    On the other hand, though, thinner tie-necks can help make your neck look long and thin. The contrast of widths gives off this feeling, so if that’s your goal, a thinner bow may work for you! Soft, loose fabrics that work well for this style include: Purple and Orange There is nothing I am more excited for than the trend of the purple and orange color duo! The contrast of these two colors is brilliant and so attractive, and I can’t wait to see it sweep through the fashion world.
    Prada | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Prada | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    If you love sunsets, dusk, and twilight, or sherbet ice cream, this color style is definitely for you. Bringing the two together gives a sweet and mysterious quality that’s alluring no matter what part of the style you wear it on.
    Jacquemus | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Jacquemus | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    On a gown, a dress, and with color-blocking, too! If you're looking for some inspiration, check out these orange and purple fabrics:         Oversized Sweaters Finally; it is now acceptable to wear a huge, oversized sweater to a public setting without being judged. Though society may demand you still interact with people while wearing your enormous sweater, at least now you can take on your day comfortable and stylish with little effort.
    Balenciaga | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Balenciaga | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    A lot of Runway models had oversized sweaters paired with mid-length flowing skirts, which kind of gives off a 90s-feel, but you could wear fitted bottoms to play with the volume balance again. Shorter skirts are also an option, too. For this everyday look, the aim is comfort. So let yourself relax!
    Emilio Pucci | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Emilio Pucci | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Good fabric picks for sweaters include:
    Linen Knit| Linen Rose Knit Linen Knit| Linen Rose Knit
    These are just a handful of the popular trends for this coming season! Do any of these styles jump out at you? Are you as excited about making a purple and orange bomber jacket as I am? Let us know what you're planning to make to start your school session this Fall off right!
  • Mood DIY: Faux Leather Sleeved Blazer

    In my book leather just makes everything look cooler...don't you think?  But not wanting to spend a lot to get the look I took to my thrifted stash to help with the transformation. I grabbed an Philosophy di Albert Ferretti blazer I picked up for less than a $1, got some great faux leather from Mood Fabrics and set out to make an already great blazer; ultra chic! Tell me what you'd like to add faux leather to, below. Editor's note: When ordering faux leather online, read the description carefully to make sure the vinyl will work for garments. It needs to be lightweight and pliable, like real leather.

    Repurposed blazer made chic using faux leather from Mood Fabrics to make sleeves. Repurposed blazer made chic using faux leather from Mood Fabrics to make sleeves. SUPPLIES: Blazer, faux leather, seam ripper, scissors, needle and thread, straight pins and a sewing machine.

    Repurposed blazer made chic using faux leather from Mood Fabrics to make sleeves. HOW-TO: 1. Use your seam ripper to remove the existing sleeves -- I did them one at a time so I had a guide to refer back to if needed. 2. I'll admit I haven't done many sleeves so I wanted to make sure I put it back in the correct spot. So, I used a straight pin to mark the top/shoulder of the sleeve. 3. Go ahead now and fold your faux leather in half (wrong sides out), stretch your original sleeve out on top of your faux leather, and then use your straight pins to secure one layer to the other. 4. Once you have your two layers together, use your ink pen to trace out your original sleeve's form. 5. Cut these two sleeve forms out (I used a couple straight pins to keep layers lined up). 6. I had a button on my cuff, so now's a good time to remove it with a seam ripper. 7. Pin your original sleeve to one of your new faux leather ones. 8. You'll want to take your time with this next step -- refer back to that straight pin you inserted at the top/shoulder, from here go ahead and pin your two sleeve layers (remember, I used both the faux leather and pre-existing sleeve) onto the bodice of the jacket. 9. In the event you had to remove a button, now's a good time to hand stitch that back on. 10. Use your sewing machine to sew everything closed....and you're all set. Repurposed blazer made chic using faux leather from Mood Fabrics to make sleeves. Repurposed blazer made chic using faux leather from Mood Fabrics to make sleeves. Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of the award winning blog, Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for over a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow; and was a Fashion & Style Writer and Video Contributor for Newsday Westchester. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.
  • Mood DIY: Varsity Letter Sweatshirt

    We've seen celebs like Rihanna and Jessica Alba rocking the look....and if you're like me, you probably have your own somewhere in a dusty box in your parents garage? What am I talking about? The whole varsity craze.  Varsity jackets are hugely popular right now and cropping up everywhere, so I decided to make something a little more accessible—a Varsity Letter Sweatshirt.  The key to the whole look is the boxed lettering, so once I had that down pat, rather than using chenille (which requires a special machine...I thought I'd try some boucle fabric, but it wasn't quite what I was going for), I used a little faux leather and wool that I found at Mood Fabrics NYC to complete just as cool of a look.  Tell me...do you still have your varsity paraphernalia hidden away somewhere?; comment below.   Varsity letter made with wool and faux leather from Mood Fabrics. Varsity letter made with wool and faux leather from Mood Fabrics. Varsity letter made with wool and faux leather from Mood Fabrics.SUPPLIES: old sweathshirt (I got mine at a thrift store for like .75 cents, or you can make your own), Varsity Font on your computer (which you can download here), white wool, faux leather, a pen, scissors, e6000 glue, and a plastic butter knife (optional) for spreading. Varsity letter made with wool and faux leather from Mood Fabrics.

    HOW-TO: 1. Pick your desired letter using the font provided here, print it on about a quarter of a piece of page, and cut it out. 2. Once you've done this, flip your white wool and your letter over, and trace your now backwards letter to the back of the wool (that way when you cut it out in the next step, your letter is facing the correct way on the wool). 3. Go ahead and cut out the letter you traced. 4. The cool thing about the font I found, was that it comes with a few different outlines, so you'll now want to cut away the first (black) outline. 5. Repeat Step #2 with your now smaller letter -- this time you'll use your faux leather. 6. Cut out this new letter. 7. Add a little glue to the back of your letter (Note: I had a new bottle and it was a little messy, so feel free to use a butter knife, and don't forget to use the glue in a well ventilated area). 8. Place your faux leather letter on top of the wool one, then place both in your desired area on your sweatshirt, and allow it all to dry for a few hours. You're all set! Varsity letter made with wool and faux leather from Mood Fabrics.

    Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of the award winning blog, Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for over a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow; and was a Fashion & Style Writer and Video Contributor for Newsday Westchester. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.

  • Mood DIY: Reversible Denim and Faux Leather Tote

    Do you have a favorite handbag that you carry with you just about everywhere you go?  Well, mine is my canvas Marc Jacobs tote that I got for less than $1 while thrifting—it's the perfect size and completely resilient to the torture I put it through. So, in addition to being this girl's best friend, it's also now served as the inspiration for what will become my new tote. But since I'm super lazy when it comes to switching up my handbags, I thought "why not take it a step further and have two bags in one?" That's just what I did....chic on one side, cool on the other.  So I ran over to Mood Fabrics and grabbed some denim—they have a great selection of various weights and colors—plus some canvas, snaps, and faux leather; and I was well on my way.  Tell me what you think! Reversible Denim and Faux Leather Tote made with Mood Fabrics materials and supplies. Reversible Denim and Faux Leather Tote made with Mood Fabrics materials and supplies. Reversible Denim and Faux Leather Tote made with Mood Fabrics materials and supplies.

    SUPPLIES: Denim, canvas, faux leather, glue, straight pins, scissors, rotary cutter, tape measure, snaps straight edge, iron, and a sewing machine. Reversible Denim and Faux Leather Tote made with Mood Fabrics materials and supplies.HOW-TO: 1. With your rotary cutter, cut out 6 rectangles.  You'll need all 6 rectangles to be 21 inches x 11 inches each -- 3 denim, 2 canvas, 1 faux leather. Then you'll need rectangles for your handles, 2.5 inches x 21 inches -- 2 denim and 2 faux leather. 2. Pin down 1/4 seam allowance on both sides of 1 rectangle -- this one will serve as the bottom. 3. Iron these down. 4. Pin this bottom to both side panels on either side -- I pinned about 2 inches from the bottom of each one. 5. Now sew the 2 side panels to the bottom. 6. Now that you've sewn together both side panels and the bottom, take this giant rectangle you've created, in half with the right sides facing and pin up both sides. 7. Sew up the left and right sides you just pinned. 8. Now you have a pocket -- you're getting close! Turn it right side out. 9. Pinch the bottom corners together like I've shown you here, to box out the bottom of your handbag. 10. Pin the point of your corners to your bag.

    Reversible Denim and Faux Leather Tote made with Mood Fabrics materials and supplies. HOW-TO CONT'D 11. Your bag is coming together, but now would be a good time to press out those side seams with your iron to make it look really polished. 12. Now for the fun part! Put the bag on your machine and sew these 2 bottom points to the body of the bag. 13. I found these snaps in some of my stuff and didn't think to put them on before I sewed the points down....so you can either do it the right way, or glue them in place like I did, here. 14. Repeat Steps #1-13 for the canvas and faux leather version, and then place one side inside the other, wrong sides facing. 15. Fold down about a 1/2 in seam allowance on both bags, and pin them into place. 16. Now that your bags are created, it's time for the handles.  Take 1 denim and 1 faux leather, and place them together right sides facing -- pin them together. 17. Sew about an 1/8 in seam allowance on both sides of each handle. 18. It's going to take some wiggling, but stick a safety pin in the denim and use it as a guide to aid you in turning the handle to the correct side. Repeat for second handle. 19. You want to place the handles between the 2 layers; so peel open the panels, stick the handles in, and pin them in place. 20. With an 1/8 in seam allowance, make 2 stitches around the top perimeter -- and you're all done!

    Reversible Denim and Faux Leather Tote made with Mood Fabrics materials and supplies.

    Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of the award winning blog, Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for the past a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow; and was a Fashion & Style Writer and Video Contributor for Newsday Westchester. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.
  • Mood DIY: Leather Fringe Skirt

    People often ask me where I get my inspiration for my DIY projects, and the honest answer is...."everywhere."  For this one, I think I was doing a modeling job one day recently when one of the designers came in with a leather fringe skirt, and I thought....how funky, gotta have it!  So, in addition to the leather fringe heels I made here (which I won't be wearing at the same time as the skirt, just an FYI), I wanted to add another cool leather piece to my wardrobe as we head into fall, and Mood Fabrics NYC had some really supple faux leather to help me achieve the look.  (Also available online at MoodFabrics.com.) How to wear it into the new season?  Just add some tights and a chunky sweater and you're all set. Tell me what you think below. Leather fringe skirt made with faux leather from Mood Fabrics. Leather fringe skirt made with faux leather from Mood Fabrics. Leather fringe skirt made with faux leather from Mood Fabrics.SUPPLIES: Skirt (I got this one really cheap at H&M, or you can make your own), faux leather, leather studded trim, straight edge, glue, rotary cutter, scissors, and a tape measure. Leather fringe skirt made with faux leather from Mood Fabrics.

    HOW-TO: 1. Fold your faux leather in half and lay it out on a flat surface. 2. Measure the length of the front of your skirt, seam to seam (mine was 14 inches across).  Then cut 3 sections of the folded faux leather, each 7 x 14 inches. The length is determined by the length of your skirt, and you may want to be a little more generous with the width to avoid my mistake I made of it being too short once you put it on). 3. Leaving the folded edge across the top, cut each of the 3 sections into 1/8 in strips with a 1/2 in seam allowance. 4. For safety, lay out the 3 sections before you glue them down. Once you know where you want them to go, start from the bottom and put a line of glue across top seam of 1 of your sections, and press it into place. I let my fringes hang about 1.5 inches over the skirt's hem. Repeat this for the other 2 sections. 5. Lastly, measure the width of the waistband of your skirt, cut a piece of trim the desired length (again, try it on before you cut), and then glue it into place. Leather fringe skirt made with faux leather from Mood Fabrics.

    Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of the award winning blog, Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for the past a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow; and was a Fashion & Style Writer and Video Contributor for Newsday Westchester. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.

  • Mood DIY: Leather Fringe Heels

    So....as I have been spending more and more time in the stores shopping for clients as a personal stylist, I can't help but notice that leather accents are everywhere for fall -- they're on shirts, shoes, shorts.  You name it....it's there.  So, I thought it'd be fun to incorporate it into my heels after seeing this tribal chic pair made by Sergio Rossi (seen here and retailing at over $1200 -- WOW!).  They're fun, they're flowy, and they will definitely be noticed! What more can a girl ask for? Leather Fringe Heels 1

    Leather Fringe Heels 2

    Leather Fringe Heels 3SUPPLIES:  Pair of heels with gladiator straps (you can always start with one and make more), needle and thread, binder clip, pen, rotary cutter, scissors, leather (or faux leather), and a ruler. Editor's note: Brandhyze bought her leather at Mood NYC but Mood Fabrics has lots of faux leather online. Leather Fringe Heels 4HOW-TO:  1. Cut out 4 pieces of leather (My bottom two measured 10 3/4 in x 2 3/4 in, and the top two were 10 in x 2 3/4 in -- but you can totally make all four the same length if you'd like). 2. Fold your leather in half with the wrong side facing out, and then use your rotary cutter to create the fringes. Feel free to use your pen to measure each fringe if you want; I just eyeballed about 1/8 in all the way across. Do this to all four pieces of leather. (Note: Be sure to leave yourself some room and NOT cut the fringes all the way up to the top). 3. I placed the longer fringe piece over the lower ankle strap, and then placed the shorter one on top. 4. Using your needle and thread; make short stitches in the left, right, and then middle of the fringe to hold the casing in place. Leather Fringe Heels 5B

    Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for the past a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze is a Fashion & Style Writer and former Video Contributor for Newsday Westchester, and provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.

  • Faux Leather & Faux Fur Trim

    Take a look at Mood's new faux leather and fur trims, we've even got some new metallic vinyls! Great for belts, purses, and embellishing any accessory.

    Faux Leather & Faux Fur Trim

    Jeresy Print