21st Century Kid

This Fashionisto is wearing a hunter green blazer layered over a black tank with shredded denim. He topped off the look with a cranberry-colored fedora, a bold, silver eagle pendent, stacks of black leather bracelets, and distressed brown oxfords. His look is casual but still fashionable and colorful by accessorizing basic wardrobe pieces with bold, unique accessories.

To pull off your own fab I-just-threw-this-on look try:

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Renee Trilivas

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Channel Audrey

May 03, 2010

I believe that Audrey Hepburn is one of the most beautiful, sophisticated, and stylish women who has  lived. This Fashionista has channeled the fashion icon’s classic style with a bit of a modern twist.

This Fashionista is wearing a sleek, cream-colored overcoat over opaque black tights with an adorable pair of schoolgirl ballet flats. Her classic overcoat has a stark, contrasting black ribbon, cinching the waist. This Fashionista’s spring trench has a surprising graphic pattern on the back. She has paired this black and white combo with a bold, mother-of-pearl pendent on a simple black cord.

To channel Audrey yourself, seek out feminine, youthful details like bows, large buttons, color-blocking, simple silhouettes, and high collars. Try:

As for makeup, keep your face simple, clean, and neutral with:

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Renee Trilivas




Modern English

My absolute favorite decade is the 1960’s. Especially, London in the 60’s. Twiggy, Carnaby Street, and of course, the fab four: The Beatles–early Beatles, a young Paul McCartney singing innocent tunes like “It Won’t Be Long” and “I Wanna Be Your Man.”

Clearly, the fashions out of the British Invasion are more geared towards the black and white, mod mini-dresses worn by waif models like Twiggy, with enhanced huge eyes before Lady Gaga channeled the look in her “Bad Romance” music video.

But the modern English men of the swinging 60’s also had some stellar style. This Fashionisto had that handsome, dapper look that made the girls swoon–even without the accent. He is wearing a very polished look of a black trench coat over a crisp white button-down, classic black slacks, and leather black loafers.

Get in the English spirit with these British basics:

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Renee Trilivas


Blue Jean Baby

April 8, 2010

The fashion and beauty industry is obsessed with youth, why else would there be so many anti-aging eye potions and doll-faced 13-year-old’s strutting their stuff down the catwalks of Milan? Another staple for the youth of America are jeans. From those OshKosh B’gosh overalls we wore as toddlers scampering around the teeter-todder, to the Britney hiphuggers in 9th grade, and now our dark denim hipster skinny jeans.

We all wear them–except for Lady Gaga, I suppose.

Denim was all over the Spring 2010 runways. It was most notably featured in the Louis Vuitton collection, in a button-down shirt, pleated shorts, skirts, and a bohemian halter dresses. Stella McCartney showed a provincial button-down skirts and overall-esque pocket dress. Hervé Léger showed shredded, cut-out denim dresses and patchwork shrunken jackets.

This Fashionista is adding some of this Spring 2010 trend to her wardrobe in the form of a faded, button-down denim vest over a semi-sheer longsleeve white shirt, and high-waisted, black skinny jeans.


Hint: Try pairing these options with these awesome macramé booties.

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Renee Trilivas

Indian Summer

March 29, 2010

The weather is finally starting to warm up in beantown! To celebrate, this Fashionista is rocking a lowcut, black tunic embroidered with magenta beads in an intricate paisley over a pair of basic black leggings and super cute gray flats.

Try emulating this look with my top picks for ethnic spring wear:

Hint: You don’t need really jewelry  with embellished pieces like these, but a few neutral bangles can never hurt.

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Renee Trilivas


Unexpected Pearls

March 15, 2010

Although classic pearls are one of the few items in a Fashionista’s closet that will never get old, us Fashionistas like to mix things up. This Fashionista is rocking knit leggings detailed with faux black pearls with patent gray lace-up booties. This look is perfect for spring!

Get your own version of the classic cool pearls:

Hint: Use these Bronzing Pearls for a springy, sun-kissed glow.

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Renee Trilivas


Chic Shades

Winter break may not have given you the rest you needed to recuperate from last semester; but to at least appear you’ve gotten a few hours of sleep, cover up those puffy eyes with a pair of fab sunglasses.

Find similar styles rocked by the Fashionistas in Ireland:

Hint: Cover up those dark circles with this Yves Saint Laurent concealer and blend in this Bobbi Brown cheek tint for a rosy glow.

A few espressos later no one will know the difference.

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Renee Trilivas

Cut It Short: Cropped Coats

January 11, 2010

The fashion term “crop top” evokes images of an early Britney Spears circa 1999 prancing around a beach. Well, Britney is having a comeback—and just as Britney has morphed into a fabulous circus ringleader, the cheesy crop top has matured into couture. But to be less bubblegum and more champagne and caviar, focus in on cropped outwear.

This Fashionista is channeling the cropped trend of designers like Louis Vuitton by cozying up to the new year in this black knit cardigan with oversized buttons and cropped sleeves.

Cropped coats, jackets, and sweaters give you Fashionistas a chance to show off your skirt or dress but still prevent that winter chill from creeping in this January. Three-quarter sleeves and shortened lengths look great in buttery-soft fabrics like this faux-fur coat, this ivory super-cropped coat, or this plush black overcoat.

Hint: To touch on the current trend of blazers, try this cropped blazer by Juicy Couture or layer with this belted cardigan.

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Renee Trilivas


Mad Men Retro

December 28, 2009

This holiday season, go mad. As in that great, retro-inspired wardrobe of the television drama Mad Men. The Fashionisto is capturing that 1960’s sophistication with a brown blazer and a dusty lavender silk tie.

To create a similar look, start out with this crisp, white button-down shirt. Then pair a lux blazer with classic black slacks when you’re out at a holiday party, or dress it down with a pair of great jeans for Christmas shopping with friends. As for neck wear, try this skinny tie or this elegant bow tie. And don’t forget these Buddy Holly glasses to really make a statement when building a gingerbread house and sipping hot chocolate with your little sister.

Hint: Keep the ensemble modern with a pop of color; try this cobalt blue rubber watch or these vivid red suspenders. Ladies, these also make great gifts for all the Fashionistos in your life.

Happy Holidays!

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Renee Trilivas

Mix It Up With A Scarf

December 21, 2009

It’s about time to be breaking out those hats and gloves for the frigid Boston weather, but don’t forget the scarf!

Be unexpected this holiday season and leave that darling scarf on indoors. Mix up your look by sporting geometric or abstract prints with that simple black scarf that’s somewhere rumpled at the bottom of your closet. This Fashionista is wearing a jersey scarf over a geometric printed dress creating an effortlessly cool look that keeps you warm and stylish.

Try throwing on a braided scarf over an unadorned tulip dress to add some unexpected texture or even a classic crocheted scarf with an abstract tea party dress.

Hint: It’s best to pair a solid-color, knitted scarf with a graphic dress or wrap on a crazy, abstract scarf over a plain-Jane dress. Also don’t put on a statement scarf with any complicated necklines, tiers of ruffles, or tight ruching—you’ll look as if you’re trying too hard.

Check out these dresses: this blurred gradient cocktail dress, this graphic red strapless dress; or for a wilder look, this sexy leopard dress.

And spice up those LBD’s you already have in your closet with pieces like this shredded scarf, this colorful, artsy scarf or this tasseled scarf.

For more basic winter scarves, check out American Apparel—they have awesome three-packs in every color of the rainbow. You can mix and match these pieces, but remember to choose only one focal point of the outfit.

Also scope out this Fashionista’s earrings, which she made herself. If you’re not that creative, check out these similar bone earrings.

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Renee Trilivas