Blogger Aimee Rancer turned her dreams into a reality when she made the big move from Ohio to San Francisco. The style star has since taken on the blogosphere with The Local Transplant, sharing her inspiring outfits with the masses. With a penchant for fur vests, distressed boyfriend jeans, and slouchy sweaters, Aimee has caught our attention with her effortlessly cute ways. Shop her must-have picks for the season featuring brands like Alice + Olivia and Kate Spade.
Our vote is a resounding "yes!" Alice + Olivia's Stacey Bendet collaborated with Starbucks for a holiday treat, and the results are pretty darn adorable — even a cup of coffee deserves a good outfit. Available for purchase Nov. 1 online and Nov. 12 in stores for $20, it's a sweet little something we wouldn't mind seeing in our holiday stockings. See what it looks like sans tutu here!
Clad in this adorable Alice + Olivia heart sweater ($396), it wasn't hard to spot Olivia Munn during her daytime stroll in NYC. The actress kept her top half the focus by keeping her bottom simple and sleek in skinny denim and black lace-up peep-toe booties. She then completed her ensemble with a black structured bag and cat-eye sunglasses. Score Olivia's exact heart sweater, and pair it with your favorite denim for day, then to wear your heart(s) on your sleeve at night, just ditch the denim for a leather miniskirt, shorts, or pants. To give your sweater a professional spin, throw it on over a white button-down, black pencil skirt, and pointy pumps.
The milkmaid braid is usually synonymous with Spring and Summer, but this warm-weather trend can absolutely be pulled off once the temperature turns. Alice + Olivia featured the braided style during its Fall 2013 show at New York Fashion Week with oversize plaits and red lips. And just yesterday, Katy Perry stepped out — in an Alice + Olivia ensemble! — sporting milkmaid braids and red lips.
The trick to transitioning the style is keeping it slick and neat. While the braids of Spring and Summer tend to be a little more on the tousled and wispy side, Fall's braids require a bit more upkeep. To keep things looking slick, spritz your hands with a strong-hold hairspray, like Rusk Strong Hold Shaping and Control Hairspray ($14), and run them over the braids to tame flyaways. You'll have instant Fall milkmaid braids in a snap.
Alice + Olivia Spring '14 delivered charm but not without whimsy. Stacy Bendet struck that perfect balance between the totally wearable and the statement-making — a balance that's won celebrity fans like Jamie Chung and countless fashion bloggers, and they all showed their support at the presentation. Watch for the full scoop.
Alice + Olivia designer Stacey Bendet showed her whimsical, statement-making Spring 2014 collection on Monday, and we were there — along with stars like Jamie Chung, Nicky Hilton, and Taylor Momsen — to take in the "preppy-meets-pretty" pieces in person. During the presentation, we caught up with Stacey to talk about her inspiration for the season, which "renaissance woman" she's excited to dress, and the craziest thing that's ever happened to her during Fashion Week (hint: her answer might get under your skin). Click on to see our interview!