Sweet Pea Designs by Staci Frati

Sweet Pea Sleeveless Front Tie Tank

Sweet Pea's Sleeveless Front Tie Tank

Life is sweet for Sweet Pea’s designer and brainchild Stacy Frati.  This Miami based designer launched her first mesh top over 10 years ago because she felt “there was a void in the market for something very beautiful that could just be a day-into-night style blouse.” Few knew then that Staci’s nylon mesh line she titled “Sweet Pea” would become a landmark of feminine vintage-inspired clothing that could “fly by night”.

It is easy to go from day to night in this short sleeve v-neck by Wweet Pea

It's easy to go from day to night in this short sleeve v-neck by Sweet Pea

At Vintage Fringe we love how Sweet Pea designs can be worn not only in the boardroom with a suit but also on the beach with sandals.  Sweet Pea has also crafted its own niche with very feminine and flirty prints and designs that also have that Miami-inspired bohemian vibe as well.  The center of Sweet Pea’s trademark look is the nylon mesh fabric that transcends seasons as well as easily slipping from day to night.  At Vintage Fringe we love Sweet Pea for it’s bold colors and vibrant prints.  Pick your Sweet Pea designs at Vintage Fringe and get in gear for spring.

Sweet Pea's Dolman Sleeve Hoop Top

Sweet Pea's Dolman Sleeve Hoop Top

Sweet Pea's Orange and Black Dress

Sweet Pea's Orange and Black Dress

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Spring things to try and love!{part 2}

The number three spring thing to try and love is a caged shoe. We are still seeing straps, straps and more straps on anything from a flat, to wedge, to a heel, to a bootie. Caged shoes instantly add some fringe to your look, and are a quick way to update any outfit. I am a sucker for a metallic shoe, metallic is neutral and goes with everything but has more pizazz then black or brown, love that. Check out these KORS Michael Kors ‘Paris’ Sandal, gorgeous right?? Picture them with a maxi dress, a short dress, boyfriend jeans, skinny jeans, they would look great with everything. If you haven’t tried a caged shoe, spring is the time to do it!

KORS Michael Kors 'Paris' Sandal

KORS Michael Kors 'Paris' Sandal

And lastly, the number four spring thing to try and love is….{drum roll please!}… color! Say goodbye to all the black and brown “staples” in your wardrobe and pick up some colorful staples that are sure to make you look younger and more vibrant! The right colors can do wonders for your skin tone and usually make you feel happier, everyone looks good in some shade of pink and blue. So, if you are new to color try one of those. And remember, it doesn’t have to head to toe red, it could just be a scarf, or shoes, or a tank under your jacket or sweater. Speaking of tanks, look are this beautiful, colorful Criss Cross Tank from Sweet Pea.

Criss Cross Tank from Sweet Pea

Criss Cross Tank from Sweet Pea

The empire waist is ultra flattering and the colors are beautiful, but not to too over the top. Pair this with carpi’s, walking shorts, over jeans, or even use it as a swim cover-up this summer. Be bold, be brave, and work these spring things to try and love. You won’t regret it!

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Trends

Fashion Trends were not hard to spot last week in New York at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.  New York’s Bryant Park hosted the Mercedes-Benz Fashion week for the last time.  The every popular semi-annual fashion event will now move to Lincoln Center starting with September 2010.  As usual Hollywood’s royalty found front row tickets to admire the couture fashions and be seen and heard.  From my observance there were three major trends to this past week’s events: texture, color, and celebrity.

Texture

A model walks the runway of Carolina Herera's fashion show in New York phot credit: Frazer Harrison/ Getty Images

A model walks the runway of Carolina Herera's fashion show in New York photo credit: Frazer Harrison/ Getty Images

From fur to textured material to knitwear texture was all over the place last week.

Fur was all the rage at Zac Posen's runway show in New York last week Photograph: Stefan Gosatti/ Getty Images

Fur was all the rage at Zac Posen's runway show in New York last week Photograph: Stefan Gosatti/ Getty Images

Color

While black and grey are always the most popular colors some other colors made their mark: orange, red and purple notably

Nicole Miller's Fashion Show Highlighted a Pop of Red photography by: Fernanda Calfat/ Getty Images

Nicole Miller's Fashion Show Highlighted a Pop of Red photography by: Fernanda Calfat/ Getty Images

Model Walks the Runway in Purple at Donna Karen's Fashion Show

Model Walks the Runway in Purple at Donna Karen's Fashion Show photography by Slavin Vlasic/ Getty Images

Celebrities:

As always Celebs and other Hollywood types flock to New York to take in the couture and get photographed while doing it.  At many shows it was young hollywood versus old hollywood.  Which celebrity do you think looked the most fashionable at fashion week?

Michelle Trachtenberg (Gossip Girl), Kristen Bell (When in Rome), Mena Suvari at the Rebecca Taylor show photo by: Bryan Beddar/ Getty Images

Michelle Trachtenberg (Gossip Girl), Kristen Bell (When in Rome), Mena Suvari at the Rebecca Taylor show photo by: Bryan Beddar/ Getty Images

Susan Sarandon, Demi Moore, and Brooke Shields at Donna Karens show

Susan Sarandon, Demi Moore, and Brooke Shields at Donna Karen's show

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Spring things to try and love!{part one}

Fashion and beauty trends cycle with the seasons, and with spring, like the earth, we get fresh, new, and cheery things. If you, like most women, are looking to stay so to speak, current, with the trends in fashion and beauty, then please consider trying {and I promise you will love!} these four things which can bring to you a fresh, clean start for spring and a newness to your look. The first spring thing to try and love is a wide belt. This trend has been going strong and with spring we find belts with awesome color and detail that are sure to jazz up any outfit. Wide belts do wonders for your figure and are a great way to update a look without having to buy a whole new wardrobe, the best part being that they are available at every price point. One of my favorite wide belts for spring is this Blooming in Burgundy Belt from Anthropologie. Beautiful color, gorgeous detail, what more do you want??

Blooming in Burgundy Belt

Blooming in Burgundy Belt

Number two spring thing to try and love: vibrating mascara. Several different make up lines carry these now and they are fantastic! Mimicking the motion that make up artists have been doing for years to get better coverage and more mascara on the eyelashes, vibrating mascara really adds some drama to your eyes. If you have a brand you love, try theirs, if you don’t want to spend a bunch of cash, try Maybelline’s Pulse Perfect Mascara. From what I can tell, works just as good {if not better} then the department store brands and is a steal at under $10.
Maybelline's Pulse Perfection Vibrating Mascara

Maybelline's Pulse Perfection Vibrating Mascara

Stay tuned for the last two spring things to try and love, coming later this week! Do you have a fashion or beauty thing that you have recently tried and loved?? Tell me about it!

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Spring Color Trend: Jade

Spring colors are always a welcomed thing to me, the darkness of winter is exchanged for bright, sunny, and what I call “happy” colors. Last fall, Chanel used a jade color nail polish on their models on the runway and launched an obsession with the color at the same time. Jade, or green is a great color for most people, you just have be be careful with the shade and tone of it, making sure it works for your skin tone. For spring i am loving this Tie Waist Hoodie from Spendid, perfect for a swimsuit{don’t worry we aren’t quite there yet} cover-up, a dress with leggings and boots, or as shown over jeans. It is very versatile and the perfect spring color!

Baby Fleece Tie Waist Hoodie by Spendid
Baby Fleece Tie Waist Hoodie by Spendid

Another great top in a slightly different shade of green is the Hamptom Hoodie by Ella Moss. I love the all the details and of course the green shade, which could easily go with so many other colors and patterns. It has a very relaxed look that is perfect for spring, especially with the longer sleeves for a bit more warmth, but in a lighter cotton that could transition to summer nights effortlessly.

Hampton Hoodie by Ella Moss
Hampton Hoodie by Ella Moss

Vintage Fringe has so many other really pretty and interesting tops in a shade of green, don’t forget that you can shop their site by color, love that! Now go have some fun and put on something other then black!

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All about Shoulders and Sleeves!

Bold shoulders and sleeves have been all over the runways, magazines, and celebrities this year. And for good reason, the updated version of the 1980’s shoulder pad trend is classy and accentuates{or tricks the eye to see} a small waist, it creates beautiful curves.  I love fashion, however it is just not practical for me to wear some of the more extreme sleeve and shoulder styles that celebrities have been spotted wearing{did you see Rihanna’s or Fergie’s spiked shoulders?}. So, for those of us with less red carpet events and more grocery carts in our lives, here are some cute ways to incorporate the bold shoulder and sleeve trend into your closet.
I love the vibrant color of this Scoop Neck top by Splendid, and the puffy, puckered sleeve really draws attention to the shoulder/sleeve area. There are so many great details in this top, and if you wanted create more curves, I think it would look fabulous belted.
Modal Jersey with Silk Cotton Voile SS Scoop Neck with Buttons by Splendid

Modal Jersey with Silk Cotton Voile SS Scoop Neck with Buttons by Splendid

The beautiful black and white damask print pattern on this short sleeve Deconstructed V Neck by Sweet Pea really draws the eye up and the double layer sleeve creates a more dramatic and bold shoulder.

Short Sleeve Deconstructed V Neck by Sweet Pea.

Short Sleeve Deconstructed V Neck by Sweet Pea.

 Make sure to look for details in your tops, they will always draw the eye to it and if those details happen to fall on the sleeve or shoulder, they will accentuate that area. So what do you think, to spike or not to spike?? {Are Rihanna and Fergie completely mad or completely awesome??} Tell me what you think!

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Beat the winter blues with glowy skin

Even if you aren’t vacationing in Barbados this winter, get radiant skin with these few tricks to look like you are. Cold weather not only changes what we wear, but it should change how we treat our skin. First off make sure you are taking care of you skin with a basic regimen, a good cleanser, daily SPF moisturizer{you want that face in 10 years don’t you??}, serum, night cream, and eye cream. There are too many options for too many different types of skin for me to go into that more, just do the best you can with the best products you can afford. Check out these gorgeous gals with glowy skin found here.
girls with "i just slept 8 hours and have a stress-free life" skin {don't worry you can fake it!}

girls with "i just slept 8 hours and have a stress-free life" skin {don't worry you can fake it!}

Next step to faking a “sun-kissed” glow is applying an all over luminizer, like this one from NARS. Sephora says this about The Orgasm illuminator “a complexion enhancer that makes skin look instantly refreshed, radiant, and glowing.” What I especially love about this product is the word “instantly” and it is true, just sweep this over your skin and poof, instantly better! Almost every make up line will carry some form of bronzer, illuminator, tinted moisturizer, or blush that can help you achieve glowy skin. Experiment with brands you like and look for nude colors with shimmer or peachy tones which are the most universally flattering.
NARS Orgasm Illunimator

NARS Orgasm Illunimator

Lastly, remember that the best things for your skincare are free like sleeping a decent amount each night, drinking lots of water, avoiding stress, and exercising! Now go out there are show the world your winter glow! What are your favorite products/rituals for winter skin care?
Here is some glow inspiration, Katie Cassidy looking healthy and dewy. Also, don’t forget to pick up some cute clothes to go with that glowy skin of yours at Vintage Fringe!
Katie Cassidy

Katie Cassidy

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All About Laurie B.

Laurie B.'s Moonlight Cap Sweater

Laurie B.'s Moonlight Cap Sweater

Gable Stripe Cardigan by Laurie B.

Gable Stripe Cardigan by Laurie B.

Laurie B.’s designer knitwear is perhaps one of the most distinctive of all of the designers available at Vintage Fringe.  The American knitwear line: Laurie B. is the creation of Laurie Brazeau.  Laurie was born in Mexico, raised in the United States and traveled the world searching for work and inspiration.  After working for years in Paris as a private label designer she returned home and launched her own knit line Laurie B. working from her own home in Oakland, California.  While Laurie Brazeau has no formal design school training she has managed to build her brand and her style into a recognizable icon for knitwear internationally.  Laurie B. credits her international travels, vintage shopping skills, and her color outside the lines mentality as her inspiration behind her one of a kind designer styles.  I am continually amazed at how Laurie B. continues to design knitwear far out of the traditional sweater box you usually see knitwear in.  Above are some of my favorite Laurie B. designer but there are much more at Vintage Fringe, and don’t forget you can always shop by designer at VintageFringe.com.

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Vintage Fringe in the News

Vintage Fringe’s motto has always been to provide it’s shoppers with quality vintage inspired fashion with a modern flair.  We search through many designer lines to find the most comfortable quality fabrics that are sewn to the highest specifications.  And now our own pain staking attention to details and originality in the clothes we choose is getting a little attention of it’s own.

Zooey 3/4 Sleeve V Neck with Splendid French Terry with Lycra Pants

Zooey 3/4 Sleeve V Neck with Splendid French Terry with Lycra Pants

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