TUCKED HAIR

By Marina MonroetuckedhairTucked hair is Runway approved and idiot proof.

If the very sight of a curling iron sends you into paroxysms of anxiety, then girl have I got the beauty trend for you! Prabal Gurung, Calvin Klein Collection, Burberry Prorsum, Tom Ford, Fendi, Emilio Pucci, Marni, Anthony Vaccarello, and Isabel Marant sent models down the runway with hair tucked under collar. Never worry about the back of your head again! Or at least until next Season.

Image Source: Tory Burch F/W 2014, Burberry F/W 2014, both via jonathanandgeorgeblog.com/

NOT YOUR GRANDPA’S LOAFERS

By Marina MonroeGPaLoafersSwap femme flats for dapper loafers to look on trend.

When Victoria Beckham showed up to Spring 2014 fashion week wearing loafers, stylish attendees let out a collective gasp of astonishment. If Victoria Beckham, empress of excruciating stilettos, can flaunt menswear-inspired flat footwear than so can I. For classic cool, choose a deep neutral hue such as chocolate or burgundy topped by a sassy tassel. If you’re looking for  edge, try a sleek metallic like silver or bronze. Either way, you’ll make Grandpa proud.

Image Source: AllSaints.com, Barneys.com

PIN-UP SWIM

By Marina Monroe
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Take a page from the pin-up playbook.

No matter what size you are, a high waisted bikini can hide flaws, emphasize assets, and be fashion forward. I discovered this recently, during a pre-pool party shopping frenzy, when a pale green rainforest print high-waisted bikini stood out as the trendiest and most figure flattering option. Why waste precious beach time sucking in your stomach if a structured bathing suit can do it for you?  Modern print + vintage shape = the cutest girl at the pool or on the beach.

Image Source: Nordstrom.com, Forever21.com, Anthropologie.com

EMBROIDERED DENIM BUTTON UP

By Marina MonroeDenimExude effortless Americana in a soft denim button up accented with colorful embroidery.

West Coast cool is denim dominant, and California girls are always looking for a new way to wear their favorite material. The denim shirt may have evolved from Cowboy uniform to It-girl staple, but a truly stylish denim shirt remains true to it’s unfussy, All-American roots. Warm, south-western inspired embroidery adds personality and lets you feel like a modern-day Anne Oakley.

Image Sources: Coast Wide Infinite Spirit Shirt via Barneys.com, Embroidered Western Denim Shirt via Forever21.com

HEAVY-RIMMED SQUARE SHADES

By Marina Monroe
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Saunter with stylish incognito in Spring’s super solid must-have frame.

Forget every other sunnies shape: super thick shades with a square frame and heavy rim are what’s up for Spring 2014. Rarely is a designer-driven trend so wearable and (dare I say it) practical and these bold beauties. Celine, Prada, and Saint Laurent are just a few of the high labels to embrace this distinctive new trend in eyewear. This modern shape looks best in classic brown or black tortoiseshell, and pairs beautifully with any outfit.

Image Source: Nordstrom.com, Barneys.com, Topshop.com

LASERED LEATHER SHORTS

By Marina Monroe
LaserLeatherLaser cut leather shorts add edge to any day.

Heat and leather clothing is not, historically, a comfortable combination. If you’re longing to rock leather year round without that hideous sticky sensation, laser cut leather shorts are a must have for the sweltering coming months. You’ll also be on trend: designer darlings like Alexander Wang used laser cut leather pieces on the Fall 2014 runways.

Image Sources: DVF ‘Naples’ Laser Cut Leather Shorts at Nordstrom, Laser Cut Leather Shorts at Topshop.

ENTER TO WIN THE ULTIMATE EASTER BUNNY PHOTO PACKAGE

Enter to win the ultimate Easter Bunny photo package! Post your name HERE to enter to win a no-wait appointment with The Grove’s Easter Bunny, (1) 5″x7″ photo, (4) wallet size photos, (1) CD with all images and 1/2 dozen Sprinkles Cupcakes! Winner will be selected April 16, 2014. Must make appointment by April 18, 2014.

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*No purchase necessary to enter or win. Contest closes on April 16, 2014. Winner will be selected from eligible entries on April 16, 2014. Winner will be notified via Facebook post. Winner must be able to claim prize in person at The Grove (189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036) by April 20, 2014 and must book appointment by April 18, 2014. If an entrant is found to be ineligible or cannot claim prize in person by set claim date and time, an alternate winner may be selected from the pool of eligible entries. Void where prohibited by law. Other restrictions may apply. Subject to change without notice.

EASTER AT THE GROVE

This weekend we celebrated Easter at The Grove with a special event benefitting Baby Buggy. Guests enjoyed crafts, face painting and a bunny petting zoo.

Those who brought an unopened pack of diapers to donate to Baby Buggy received a free photo with The Grove’s Easter Bunny! Baby Buggy is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing families in need with essential equipment, products, clothing and services for their infants and children up to age 14. With an extensive network of community-based organizations across the country, Baby Buggy has donated more than 6.5 million items to thousands of children.

Special guests included actor James Van Der Beek and family and singer-songwriter Miranda Cosgrove.

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WIDE LEG TROUSERS

By Marina Monroe
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Wide leg trousers are an unexpected way to look long and lean.

Call it the Olivia Pope effect: Wide leg trousers are a defining aspect of this season’s silhouette. Cool girls are trading in their ankle skimming skinnies for billowing, luxurious trousers in a wide array of colors and patterns. Alexander Wang, Charlotte Ronson, BCBG, and Karen Walker all featured the wide leg pant prominently at their Spring/Summer 2014 shows. The easiest way to win at wide leg is to stick with a neutral hue such as ivory or charcoal.

Image Sources: becomegorgeous.com, fashionstyleblog.com, style.com

STRIPES

By Marina Monroe
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Stripes are the official pattern of Spring 2014.

From Silverlake to Venice, polished Californians are infusing their daywear with slim stripes straight from the French Riviera. Toss a modest navy striped cotton T shirt over black skinnies and demure kitten heels for a lady like look suitable for work or play. Or grab a striped dress and play with mixed patterns to dress your look up or down.

Image Source: tuulavintage.com, jcrew.com