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Dressing Sweeter

Written by Danielle Covington, FIT Hot Topics Intern.

Spring 2013′s ready to wear collections can been summed up as one thing, an utterly fabulous sugar shock! Labels such as Betsey Johnson, Alice & Olivia, Philosophy and more have blazed the runways with sweet looks sure to hit the spot. I’ve taken the liberty of matching up these sweet looks with their sugar filled soul mates to bring you a refreshing look at what will be coming up next season. Let’s see how some designers approached “Dressing Sweeter”.

Alice & Olivia

Alice & Olivia demonstrated a sassy sweet tooth for the spring season. This line is full of vibrant playful colors that bring 60’s glamor back with a vengeance.

One of A&O’s new looks capitalizes on the lush vibrant blue we’ve all come to know and love.

M&M’s come in an array of colors, but if willing to be bold you can make mouths water too.

blue M&M's

blue M&M’s

alice and olivia blue dress

Alice and Olivia blue dress

 

Pop quiz! What’s the most precious jewel in the world…rock candy! Lemon to be exact. This vibrant canary yellow dress has a seductively sweet sass sure to make your lips pucker.

rock candy

rock candy

Alice and Olivia yellow dress

Alice and Olivia yellow dress

Red has always been a tempting color, but when paired up with cake and cream cheese frosting, you’ve got a timeless classic! Just to stay contemporary we’ve lessened the serving size to a mini skirt and perched it on top of a lollypop. Who needs your grandmother’s cake dome, you’re a sexy display all by yo bad self.

Red velvet cake pops

Alice and Olivia dress

Alice and Olivia dress

Alexander McQueen

Black liquorish isn’t for the faint of heart!

black liquorish

black liquorish

Alexander McQueen black dress

Philosophy

Philosophy took a more angular modern approach to their line, lots of patterns and prints. The juxtaposition of color in this line is fairly reminiscent to the hard candy.

This lovely blue and tan combination hugs the body gently enough to show off a feminine figure but not restrict or over exaggerate it. The beautiful curve this outfit creates is reminiscent to that of ribbon candy. Neither are over powering nor understated.

ribbon candy
philosophy

 

Peppermint is as versatile as it is tasty. We use it all year round, then in December we change its shape to a cane with pinstripes and all of a sudden its everywhere you go! When I think of peppermint candy I think of freshness and holiday joy. ‘Tis the season, to be a hottie. But, then again every season is.

peppermint

Philosophy

Philosophy

Zadig & Voltaire

This outfit by Zadig & Voltaire is no juicy contradiction

star bursts

star bursts

zadig-voltaire

zadig-voltaire

Betsy Johnson

Betsy Johnson is known for producing fun and flirty lines, so it’s no surprise that she is featured as one of our sassy sweet designers.

This perfectly pink pastel looks light as air and fluffy just like one of my favorite sweets, cotton candy. Honestly it’s a wonderfully playful look that sends a delicate yet spunky message.

cotton candy

cotton candy

Pink dress

Pink dress

 

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pink and blue taffy

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dress

If you’re like me then you’ve got a sweet tooth that can’t be satisfied with just one confection. Well you and I don’t have to worry; Betsy Johnson has taken care of everything. Just go for the whole candy shop!

After you’ve gone through your fashion sugar shock, unwind with some Pepto-Bismol to ease the tummy ache.

pepto

pepto

pink

pink etro

Re-Gift Proof: Office Gifts Done Right

Written by Dani Covington, FIT Hot Topics Intern.

Hello masses of the inter-webs!

‘Tis the season to start scouring department stores!

We’re all looking for cost effective, original gifts we know will make an impact, but more importantly won’t get re-gifted to your co-workers distant cousin. Try to be enthusiastic! I know it sounds like a lot, but please don’t fret.  I’m here to help.

Think small.

The office is our home away from home, correct? So for shoppers looking to make a gesture of good will, I suggest shopping small. Small office supplies with tons of personality can really brighten someone’s day or at the very least fill-up the best holiday gift bag in existence. If you’re looking to make a kind gesture in the workplace, might I suggest one or two of these? They don’t cost very much.

Paper clip chicks!

Colorful decorative bird shaped paper clip holder

Colorful chick shaped paper child holder Paper clip holders shaped like chicks

  Fruit Sticky’s!  Sweet as can be and practical!

Green apple and Pear slice shaped stick notes

Apple and Pear shaped stick notes

This little guy’s a touch edgier, but his gold finish is pretty chic. Yet another small gesture that your office fashionista will love you for. Ditch that drab staple remover, it’s been done before.

Crocodile Staple Remover

Edgy golden crocodile staple remover

 Sweet as daisies.

Tulip USB hub

HUGE POST-ITS! I know in my office they made a big splash. I can’t quite say why but they seem to get the message across a little better than a regular sticky. (I was told that I’d appreciate them when I’m older.)

XL Stick Note Pad

Hot Pink XL Stick Note Pad

This little guy is not only extremely classy, but he has tons of personality and is a riot! I would say he’s probably the perfect co-worker.

Gag tape dispenser, post-it and paper clip holder

Gag tape dispenser, post-it, pen and paper clip holder

 Funny paperweight magnet combo.

" WHY ME!" gag paper wight and clip holder

” WHY ME!” gag paperweight and paperclip holder.

A filing tote! This little lady keeps all your documents not only organized, but safe and sound while you’re on the go. Amazingly practical and super cute

(Color options available) ;)

Sassy Organizer Tote Bag

Sassy Organizer Tote Bag. Keeps files in order while your on the go.

 Music cube. When the boss is away the tunes will play.

Rubix music cube. Portable speaker

Rubix music cube, portable speaker

 A fancy pen. For important people with important signatures.

Professional pen

Professional pen, with a classic steam punk twist

Think lunch.

If you prefer to think a little bigger, try offering a universally yummy snack! We all need nourishment, so try taking into account any favorite office lunch or breakfast spots.

Try catering, sharing is caring.

why cook

Why cook when you can cater?

Big or small you can’t go wrong with an edible arrangement. They brighten up a table instantly and are the perfect share-able snack.

supper yummy edible arrangement

Gift cards anyone? It’s the practical gift that keeps on giving.

Gift Cards from Starbucks Coffee.

Think after hours.

We love our co-workers but eventually they have to go home. Wish them well with a good time after hours.

Movie theater tickets are universal and sure to show someone a good time. Take this after hour’s gift as an idea. Try your best to be creative when thinking of fun after hour’s hangouts.

Movie night anyone?

 

Go forth and prosper.

Covington