By Marina MonroeCARGONormcore further evolves.

Your mom is about to be so happy. The cargo short is back and poised to be bigger than ever, embraced by both designers and tastemakers as a certifiable trend. Luxe version of the classic american cargo short have been spotted on several runways. Dsquared2′s resort 2015 collection included silky, figure skimming versions. Models walking in Rosie Assoulin’s resort 2015 collection wore oversized cargo shorts in oversized sillouettes. Cargo shorts could fall under the umbrella of androgyny, casual cool, and of course #normcore as a surprise take on current trends. For a youthful but not elementary school cargo short ensemble, choose accompaniments carefully. I suggest topping a pair off with almost-open sky blue button ups or a semi-sheer crop top. Under no circumstances combine cargo shorts with heels. Instead, strike a considerable contrast with strappy sandals and a feminine evening clutch.

Source: Cropped Chambray Cargos, $29.95, at Anthropologie. Rag & Bone Brushed Twill Cargo Shorts, $198, at Barneys. Mens A&F Lightweight Cargo Shorts, $60, at Abercrombie.


By Marina MonroeRAVERave culture crashed Fashion Week.

We knew something was up with major blogger Bryan Boy attended Alexander Wang’s ultra hyped Spring 2015 show in EDM inspired attire: a neon-printed tee, stacked kandi bracelets, and a teddy bear pacifier. But that was just the start of this rolicking rave party! Cool kid label MBMJ sent out a collection inspired by ‘80’s ravers, with models strutting to flashing club lights and classic house tracks. Jeremy Scott teamed up with Miley Cyrus to create an over-the top spectacle, replete with mixed media decor and artwork made up of what might be found on the floor of any Skrillex show. The Cyrus-designed accessories that Jeremy Scott’s models walked in were strikingly similar to ‘Kandi’, the colorful beaded bracelets that ravers trade with each other at shows as a gesture of friendship. So leave your minimalism in Summer and go forth, go neon, and go hard!

Source: Nike Zoom Structure 17 Mesh Sneakers, $115, at Nike. FOREVER21 Barbie Muscle Tee, $14.80, at Forever21. MARC BY MARC JACOBS ‘Luna Tarp Fergus’ Tablet Case, $158, at Nordstrom. Background image from 4Eleven Flickr.


By Marina MonroeDIPDYELuxurious boho chic is all about the color blend.

Indie brands like Tia Cibani plucked my heart and, ultimately, purse strings with softly dip dyed garments that strike me as the height of eco friendly chic. Even the gas guzzling carnivores among us must acknowledge the subtle, let haunting beauty of luxurious fabrics dipped in heady hues and blended together in that oh so recognize dip dye manner. Don’t worry, I’m not advocating you to break out your bored college shirt creations! Tia Cibani mixed natural with structured elements by applying the dip dye to crisp, tailored pieces such as vests and shifts. The contrast between edge and blue is absolutely divine!

Source: Shirred Dip Dye Organic Cotton Cover-Up available at Nordstrom; Surf Gypsy Dip Dye Crochet Trim Cover-Up available at Nordstrom. Dip Dye Fringe Vest available at Topshop.


By Marina MonroeFIREORANGEOrange really is the new black.

Ah, orange. The color of fire, warning signs, and convicted felons. Last week’s fashion shows were littered with darts of ember, from head to toe orange streaks to the occasional glimmer of flame-colored detail. Orange was all over the Spring/Summer 2014 Runways, and is clearly continuing its quest for world color domination well into Spring/Summer 2015. While some may be weary of suiting up in the vibrant color, there’s no reason to hesitate! From bold, saturated versions to a more washed-out, faded style, you can find the right hue for you. So light up!

Source: GUESS by Marciano Leslie Bandage Dress available at Marciano. Topshop Petite Exclusive Bandeau and Petite Spliced Midi Skirt available at Topshop. Madewell Silk Daybreak Sundress available at Madewell.


By Marina MonroeBELTCinch everything.

The one accessory you must acquire (although I hope you acquire more than one) for Fall/Winter 2014 is an elegant belt. Last week’s shows were dominated by looks cinched neatly at the waist, even though what lay beneath the belt varied wildly from show to show. If there’s one thing all designers can agree on, it’s that belts are back and borderline mandatory. The belt to have is a leather waist-whittling piece, with a twist. Cinching, the new trend about to go blockbuster, demands a belt that’s anything but matchy matchy. For a street style friendly look, choose a belt that doesn’t match OR violently mismatch, but simply strikes and onlooker as slightly out of place. Like you just tossed it on as an afterthought before making your way out into the world, effortlessly stylish. If they only knew! Put a glamorous twist on the skinny belt trend by adding jewel details.

Source: Kate Spade New York Skinny Bow Metallic Calfskin Leather Belt available at Nordstrom. Sundisk Belt available at Madewell. Banana Republic Stingray Skinny Belt available at Banana Republic.


By Marina MonroeLEATHER When black is too basic.

Last week’s NYFW was revelatory in many ways. As a card carrying leather lover, I was delighted to see so many ensembles of my favorite material in every shade imaginable. In particular, Proenza Schouler’s bright to the point of borderline neon leather pieces made my heart skip a beat. A fabulously flexible material, leather can be constructed into clothes for any occasion or environment. I’ll never surrender or stop loving a classic black leather jacket- it’s called a classic for a reason- but if you want to really blow the world away, go bold and get noticed in colorful leather! Just make sure to keep the rest of your ensemble neutral- runway models might be able to pull off head to toe fire engine red leather, but normal people might end up looking like lost costume party guests.

Source: Veda Mercer Jacket in Cement at Stylehaus. Vince Suede Legging With Ankle Zip available at Vince. Helmut Lang Stretch-Leather Pencil Skirt at Barneys.


Simply Stylist is excited to welcome Jhoanna Marissa from Willa Creative Agency, an expert in graphic design, to host this month’s Photoshop & Graphic Design session at The Grove. We live in a digital world where first impressions and reputation are not solely built on personal interactions but are also influenced by digital presentation. Learning the basics of Photoshop and graphic design will help bloggers and entrepreneurs alike take their post and website designs to the next level.

If you want to create crisp graphics, learn about layering, perfect your cropping skills, gain knowledge about gradients, fonts and more – join Simply Stylist this Saturday, September 13 from 11am-2pm. Covered topics will include Photoshop basics, logo design and website layout and much more! Our goal by the end of this three hour class, is to equip you with a better understanding of necessary skills that will help advance your career.


By Marina MonroeSCARFWrap a little Jackie O over those wrists.

When is a scarf not a scarf? Many, many times because scarves are a vastly underutilized aspects of the average American woman’s wardrobe. Summer scarves are gauzy bits of useless joy and perfectly suited to double as jewelry. To channel your inner manic pixie dream girl while tossing in a dollop of French taste, wrap a colorful patterned short scarf around your wrist, add a leather bracelet or too, and you’re ready to climb that mountain with panache! Or even just Runyon Canyon.

Photo: Ottotredici Rose Bouquet-print Scarf via Barneys; Diane von Furstenberg ‘Eaden’ Scarf via Nordstrom; Tory Burch Skinny Silk Scarf via Nordstrom.


By Marina MonroeBOOKSCoffee table books can be a chic and whimsical treat!

Living room decor is an often neglected aspect of hostessing that should be immediately remedied. Cluttered coffee tables are a personal pet peeve, an unwanted glimpse into the less than instagram-impeccable veneer that masks such imperfections. Plus, coffee table books are fun! Genuinely enjoyable bits of reading for your guest to sneak with increasing interest while you’re bustling about making sure everything is presentable. Invest in a little glamor and wit for your most used space, and you will be a hostess with the mostest in no time.

Photo: Maps via Anthropologie; Oscar de la Renta:The Style, Inspiration, and Life of Oscar de la Renta via Barnes and Nobles; The French Cat via Anthropologie; books background via


By Marina MonroeCAMISilk camisoles lend sultry style to every Season.

Silk camisoles are a luxurious wardrobe staple for every elegant femme. Immensely flexible, always accessible, and infinitely customizable, a classic silk cami will prove it’s worth countless times. There’s something delicious- and dare I say, a little sexy- about gliding into a light, smooth, skin skimming top. Plus, silk camis translate well into any Season, so if you’re looking to invest in a piece that wears just as well during Fall, you’ve found the holy grail in a silk camisole. Gossamer sheer fabrics are incredibly on trend right now, so you’ll mix classic good taste with fashion forward aesthetics. Contrast silk’s soft femininity with a tough top off, such as a dark leather moto jacket or heavy mesh metal chains.

Source: Eileen Fisher Vintage Racerback Silk Camisole $198 via; Silk Floral Cami by Boutique via; J.Crew Silk cami via