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

THE FESTIVE EASTER TABLE

Whether you are hosting a casual Easter brunch with friends, or a family gathering for Easter dinner, Crate & Barrel has tons of festive options.

Add bright tablecloths, placemats and napkins to set the scene for a fun Easter Brunch.CB_EasterBrunch_011. Loopedoo Orange Placemat
2. Helena Aqua Linen Napkin
3. Bunny Plate
4. Dotty Egg Cup
5. Swirl Egg Candles
6. Lamby PlacecardsCB_EasterBrunch_02Mix and match dinnerware, linens and glassware in pretty spring pastels for a warm family gathering. The seersucker tablecloth and napkins invoke the coming summer season while adding texture to your table.CB_EasterDinner_011. Seersucker Blue Table Cloth
2. Lanai Placemat
3. Spool Dinner Plate
4. Seersucker Melon Napkin
5. Gemma Plate
6. Seersucker Green Flatware-Goodie Pouch
5. Alegre Rose Beverage GlassCB_EasterDinner_02 CB_EasterDinner_03Stop by the Crate & Barrel store at The Grove to see all the festive Easter offerings!CB_EasterEggs CB_EasterFlowersCB_EasterChocoBunny

PROM QUEEN – LOOKS FROM TOPSHOP

Want to make a statement at Prom this year? Check out some of the hottest looks of the season put together by the personal stylists at TOPSHOP. Hot trends to look for: crisp whites, embellished details, ‘80s & ‘90s prom, metallics, and bright colors.  Mix and match your accessories, shoes and bag to make unique look.
TopShop_Prom_011. Limited edition pleated embellished maxi dress
2. Flower sequin cutout shell top and leaf embellish pelmet skirt
3. Limited edition loop bead layer dress
TopShop_Prom_024. Two tone bonded skater dress
5. Cape back maxi dress
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6. Prom Queen Necklace

HELLENIC JEWELRY

By Marina Monroe
01_GREEK_640Channel your inner Goddess with Greek inspired gold jewelry.

You really should have paid more attention to your Classics professor, because Hellenic inspired jewelry is this Season’s gift from Mount Olympus. Gold necklaces that could have been torn straight from the neck of Athena, elaborate gold cuffs and Dolce & Gabbana’s almond flower hoop earrings that feature an ancient Greek coin are the way to make a statement in this century.

Image Sources: unnouveauideal.typepad.com, DolceGabbana.com

SPORTY CHIC

By Marina Monroe
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Image Source: Marni Spring/Summer 2014 via Style.com, Marc By Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2014 via Style.com, Sacai Spring/Summer 2014 fashionising.com

THE NEW WHITE BUTTON DOWN

By Marina Monroewhite_640Classic cotton dress shirts got a kick in the Spring/Summer 2014 collections of Alexander Wang, Victoria Beckham, Dior, and Altuzarra. If you’re minimalism, channel Lauren Hutton in a crisp white button up paired with an oversize watch and pressed edges. If you dare, leave the bottom portion of your button up undone and let some skin peek through. Just don’t pair these beauties with a pair of khaki cargo shorts.

Image Source: No.21 via Style.com, Nina Ricci via Style.com