Sunday, March 30, 2014

Amanda's Fashion Spot Favourite Spring Handbag Trends!

There may still be a slight chill in the air but officially spring has sprung! You know what that means? Out with the thick sweaters, old winter coats and, heavy hats! In with the spring coats, light weight dresses and, stylish sunglasses! With a new season comes the need for new accessories and if you are looking for a quick update for your spring wardrobe, a new handbag is the way to do it! In your busy life where you are dashing between lunch, work and, personal obligations, a fresh handbag is a fashion necessity. After all, where else will you keep your smartphone, lipstick, keys and cash?

Scroll down to see some of the hottest handbag trends for spring 2014!

1. Bucket Bags
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The shape of the bucket bag is part structured and part relaxed. The bucket bag works well for the times when you are off duty enjoying the ease of the new warm weather and meeting with friends for brunch at the hottest, new breakfast restaurant. Bucket bags are perfect for carrying all the little things that you have to carry when your plans call relaxing and chilling. Add your bucket bag to an outfit consisting of a structured jacket, full scarf and trendy booties or wear it with a moto jacket, pleated skirt and chic sunglasses.

2. Floral Clutch Bag
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One of the first signs of spring are the beautiful flowers that bloom in gardens all over the city. The bright colours of the blossoming plants add colour and dimension to the great outdoors and with floral handbags being a hot trend for spring, you will now be able to 'carry' flowers with you wherever you go! Floral clutch bags work best when worn to semi-formal or formal occasions such as weddings, engagement celebrations or dinner parties. The floral clutch also looks super chic with a collarless coat and A-line dress or you change up your outfit by going for masculine meets feminine look and wear it with a studded moto jacket and sheath dress.

3. Structured, Ladylike Bag
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Structured, ladylike bags have the ability to add a prim and proper element to just about any outfit whether it be a loose button down blouse with skinny jeans or flowing dress with a cropped jacket - the structured, ladylike bag has a very strong effect on any outfit that your pair it with. This spring structured bags were shown in a multitude of colours from metallic shades, reds, fuchsias and beiges which means that no matter what you plan on wearing in the fresh, bright outdoors, there is a structured bag just for you.

4. Pastel Bags
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Pretty pastels are the colours that come to mind when we think of spring, a time where a soft palette of delicate shades paint flower petals, Easter eggs and French macarons. This spring, pastels will be found in more than nature and food as pastel handbags are a top trend for spring. Pastel shades just can't help but boost the fresh, daintiness in an outfit and they look best when paired with neutrals such as, grey, beige or tan or mixed together in one outfit. If you plan on giving a pastel bag a whirl this spring, try wearing a lavender one with a soft grey sweater and yellow pleated skirt or wear a mint coloured one with a cream coloured blazer and an animal print pencil skirt.

5. Carryall Bags
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If a dog is man's best friend, then the carryall bag is every fashionably-inclined woman's best friend. A carryall bag is large in size and has the ability to carry everything from an iPad, books, magazines, a smartphone, water bottle and wallet all at the same time which makes it that go-to bag that feels like relying on your best gal pal whenever you wear it. Lucky for us all, carryall bags are a hot handbag trend for spring and versatile to boot - ready to be accessorized with all of your spring outfits this season.


What do you think of these spring handbag trends? Which ones will you give a try? Let me know in the comments below, Facebook and Twitter! Also, don't forget to check out Amanda's Fashion Spot on Pinterest and Instagram!

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Style Crush, Style Staples: Miranda Kerr

As you all know, I am always looking for new style inspiration and lately I have been inspired by Miranda Kerr's style. What I love about the supermodel's fashion sense is that it is timeless yet current and fashionable yet never trendy. Throughout the years Miss Kerr's style has not veered far away from its classic, chic and, modern characteristics thanks to a few style staples that she has continuously worn throughout the years. You know what they say, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" and that could not be more true when it comes to the multitalented model's outfits. When developing your own personal style it is first and foremost important to wear things that make you feel confident - it also helps to have a few items that shape said style. For Miranda Kerr the pieces that shape her style include, the skinny pant, prints, the classic neutral bag, the classic jacket and the denim shirt.

Scroll down to learn a little more about the style staples that make Miranda Kerr my style crush!

1. The Skinny Pant
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The skinny pant is something that became trendy a little less than ten years ago and now it is safe to say that it has evolved from being a trend into a classic wardrobe staple, in part because of its versatility and figure-flattery. The super slim skinnies work seamlessly with just about every blouse, shirt and jacket while the slim shape helps to elongate the appearance of your legs and draws attention to the shape of them as well. Miranda Kerr has clearly caught on to the benefits of the skinny pant because it is one of her signature fashion pieces, whether it be a skinny light wash jean or a skinny leather pant, the skinny pant are an integral part of Miranda Kerr's style arsenal. The former Victoria's Secret model wears skinny pants stylishly with anything from a loose-fitting blouse to a boyfriend blazer. 

2. Prints
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If you are ever looking for a quick, easy way to inject some whimsy to your outfit wearing a printed piece is an easy way to do it. A colourful animal print scarf for example, can take an outfit consisting of a striped top with jeans, from simple to fashion-forward. Miranda Kerr's fashionable and timeless outfits, normally consist of solid basics, except for when she occasionally juxtaposes the modest pieces with prints. If the lover of organic beauty products is wearing a graphic printed, flirty A-line dress with elbow length sleeves or a seventies print pleated above the knee skirt, there is no denying that prints add a fun and playful vibe to Miranda's classic style.

3. The Classic Neutral Bag
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An outfit is not quite complete without a handbag and although floral printed handbags and metallic clutches are a hot trend for spring, Miranda tends to carry bags of the more neutral variety. The model is often seen toting medium-sized, neutral coloured multifaceted handbags that add a touch of practicability to her fashion looks and help shape her overall style.

4. The Classic Jacket
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A classic jacket comes in many forms even if one of those jackets come in the form of a cropped denim jacket or navy blue coat. What makes a jacket classic, is its sense of timelessness and ability to look fashionable and appropriate with a variety of styles. The new face of Escada's fragrance, Joyful certainly knows how to wear a classic jacket. Case in point, the classic jean jacket in the above photograph looks very stylish and appropriate when combined with the above the knee flared skirt, white collared shirt and wide-brimmed hat. Her navy coat spells confident chic when combined with this purple and white graphic printed dress and softly coloured Prada bag.

5. The Denim Shirt
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It seems that these days more and more clothing pieces and accessories are transitioning from trendy, of-the-moment styles to go-to style staples with the denim shirt being no exception. Once upon a time denim shirts were reserved for the wardrobes of country music lovers and one half of the Canadian tuxedo but those days are no longer. Denim shirts are now a part of most wardrobes and what fashionistas reach for when we want to look casual and stylish. Miranda Kerr wears the denim shirt well and often whether it is coupled with a skinny jean or cropped blazer.  The exposed zipper detail of the pocket on Miranda's denim shirt supplements its ability to look edgy and its loose fit is what keeps it comfortable.



What do you think of Miranda Kerr's style? Who is your style crush? Let me know in the comments below, Facebook and Twitter! Also, don't forget to check out Amanda's Fashion Spot on Pinterest and Instagram.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Amanda's Fashion Spot's Favourite Celebrity Looks!


In this round up of Amanda's Fashion Spot's Favourite Celebrity Looks, we have spring ready ensembles in a palette of black, white and pink. Although I did not have a particular inspiration in mind when I was gathering these stylish looks, each piece that I gravitated toward seemed to have a similar palette which makes me think of spring dressing in a whole new way. Season less dressing is slowly catching on with more and more designers collections showing unconventional seasonal colour palettes. Although I love to wear bright colours and soft shades during the warmer months, why not add a black piece to that outfit of yours? You know what they say, black is the new black. 

Scroll down below to check out the looks!


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This outfit worn by Reese Witherspoon is cute, fresh and ready for spring! The hot pink blouse adds a pop of fun colour and works so well with the black blazer and white tennis-inspired skirt. The chic black handbag and Ray Ban-looking sunglasses add a classic element to the flirty, spring look. A blazer is a great option for a spring transitional outfit because it is figure-flattering and will provide protection from the at times, chilly breeze.

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Always the eclectic dresser, fashionista Olivia Palermo does it again in this stylish ensemble. The pink, collarless lightweight coat and white collared shirt have a timeless look. The distressed skinny jeans, colourful shoes and long diamond necklace have a trendy feel. All of these fashionable pieces culminate in an outfit that is inspiring and sure to gain lots of admirers.

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This outfit worn by Emma Watson takes the white and black look to a whole new level of style. The white v-neck blouse exudes a subtle sexiness with its draped detail at the side. Black skinny pants are always an excellent choice for an evening look and the pointy toe heels are the cherry on the sundae of this outfit.
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Lace is romantic, feminine and a huge trend for spring (take a look at the spring 2014 Burberry Prorsum runway show to see what I am talking about!) and when combined with this black leather jacket it creates a masculine/feminine look. The two tone palette of the outfit is emphasized with the polka dot clutch which adds a touch of whimsy to the yin yang look.

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At times when wearing a simple outfit such as this one worn by Khloe Kardashian, a standout accessory is all that you need to top off the look. This black fedora completes the outfit adding an element of cool. The simple strappy heels are another cool touch that makes this ensemble envy-inducing.



What do you think of these celebrity looks? Do you find that you gravitate towards certain colour palettes? What do you think of wearing black in the spring? Let me know in the comments below, Facebook and Twitter! Also, don't forget to check out Amanda's Fashion Spot on Pinterest and Instagram.

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Amanda's Fashion Spot Top Ten Favourite Toronto Fashion Week Collections!

Toronto's World MasterCard Fashion Week has wrapped and may I just say, it was one of the best ones yet! Fur accents and thick fabrics expectantly dominated the runway as well as a soft palette of whites, creams and grey shades! Scroll down below to see what I am referring to!

1. Joe Fresh
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2. Pink Tartan
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3. Mackage
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4. Line Knitwear
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5. Beaufille 
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6. Laura Siegel 
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7. Mikhael Kale
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8. Malorie Urbanovitch
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9. VAWK
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10. Antonio Azzuolo
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Which Toronto Fashion Week Collection is your favourite? Let me know in the comments, Facebook and Twitter! Also, don't forget to check out Amanda's Fashion Spot on Pinterest and Instagram!
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