Thursday, April 28, 2011

Three Way Thursday: The Stripe Skirt

Everyone loves to look put together and cute but money sometimes doesn't cooperate with our style needs. That's why we've decided to start a new post series called "Three-Way Thursdays." We'll take one cute item that we think is a basic closet piece and we'll show you how our fabulous buyers put three looks together with it. 

Today our accessory buyer is using our new stripe skirt to put 3 different looks together.




The first look pairs something that you may not initially pair together but the looks works perfectly: polka dots and stripes. Its easy to mix patterns so long as the main color is the same and neither item is too fussy. The red heels add the perfect pop of color.


Top//Skirt//Shoes//Watch

The second look is a little more simple but it pairs two more things you may be wary of pairing together: brown and black.

Top//Skirt//Hat
The last look is a little more polished and can take you from the office to cocktail hour. Simple accessory changes can make all the difference.

Blazer//Top//Skirt//Shoes//Watch
What do you think of the looks? How would you wear this skirt? By the way you're actually getting a sneak peak at some of our coming soon items!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Inspiration Wednesday: Lakers are for (Style) Lovers

It used to be that if you wanted to see celebs strut their stilettos you'd have to head out to movie premieres, shopping in Beverly Hills or Santa Monica or at award shows. Times have certainly changed because now you can find the best style at a basketball game. Since Windsor was founded in California I have to admit that we have a soft spot for the Lakers. I won't get into a sporting debate about what teams are the best because in this game the skills and heart of the players determine this. Our opinion on the best team is completely unbiased when we say that your team is the best ;) What I will say is that it is hard to find a group of better dressed attendees/fans than the ones that go to a Laker game in California.
Our Inspiration Wednesday post comes from the wide range of styles that show up at these games. How awesome is it that in one row you can find a celeb in sneakers and in another row you can find another celeb in Louboutins. There is no dress code at this event and this makes for quite a turn out.

Casual:
Most attendees tend to gravitate towards a more comfy and casual look because at most basketball games you stand up and sit down too many times to count. Jeans and loose tanks are the norm.
Images Courtesy of JustJared.com

Glam:
You can thank the Kardashians for upping the glamour at a basketball game. Their style is beyond chic and no matter who the Lakers are playing they show up looking fierce. Our motto at Windsor is that "It's All About Dressing Up!" Nobody dresses up better than the Kardashians and of course who can ever miss Victoria Beckham. Only she can manage to be casual in a tank and jeans and still look runway and paparazzi ready.
Images Courtesy of JustJared.com

Laker Game Essentials:

So now that you've seen celebs' take on game style it's time for you to do your own look. Before you head to your closet there are a few basics that you must have at a laker game. Purple and Yellow are a must! Whether its a tank or loose top you have to wear your team colors with pride. This doesn't go for just the Lakers. Regardless of your team loyalty, always wear your loyalty with pride.
From Top: Purple Top//Yellow Top//Yellow Tank//Purple Top

Denim is the one thing that the glam and "casual" set have in common. Jeans have little to no embellishment and are comfy but chic.
Dark Jeggings//Cigarette Jeans//Dark Denim Jeans

Now that you've seen a few examples I leave you with this image. An image that speaks volumes and that you will see in ANY state at any basketball game. Fans staring at the clock waiting to see the outcome of a game well played. Can you feel the anxiety and excitement?!
Images Courtesy of JustJared.com

Monday, April 25, 2011

Must Read Monday: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

In my high school I remember our teachers wanting to make us not just well rounded students, but also well rounded people. While it indeed focused on being on college prep school, it also offered classes that for a 17 year girl were a little uhm weird. High school is weird, so how odd can a class be you may ask. Well, I'm not sure how normal it is for a teenager to plan her funeral. At the time all I could think of was that this was beyond morbid. After the project was over I remember thinking "Man dying is expensive!" What can I say was 17. Aside from the monetary issue, our teachers wanted us to have an actual discussion about death and dying (coincidentally that was the name of my class). I have to say it was one of the best classes I had in high school. I don't remember alot of classes but I do remember that one. As I was reading "If I Stay" by Gayle Forman, I couldn't help but ask myself the same questions that the heroine of the story posed for herself. Funny thing was these were similar to some of the questions that my teacher had asked back then. Not only that but I also found myself going through Kubler-Ross's 5 Stages of Grief thanks to a book!

What It's About:
If I Stay by Gayle Forman is a such a great book.Books are divided into genres. There are alot of people that feel that Young Adult books are just books meant to entertain, not really worthy of being considered literature. To these people I say, read If I Stay and tell me that this book is vapid and meant only to entertain. I dare you.
If I Stay is about a 17 year old girl named Mia. She has a cool family that she gets along with most of the time, good friends, a good boyfriend and she has music. She is just an average girl with an average life. Her life is not over the top. She isn't the most beautiful and popular girl in school and she isn't the ousted and bullied girl either. To me, this makes her completely relatable.
While on a drive to her relative's house with her family, they get into a massive car accident which immediately kills her parents. Her brother's condition is not known and Mia is left severely injured and in a coma. No spoilers, this is just the setup to the plot of the book. The entire story is about the decision that Mia has to make to live or to die. 

Why You Should Read It:
Have you ever read a book where you look at a line and think "man, that's a great quote!"If I Stay, in my opinion, is one big quote. As I read Mia's story I really could see how she could think the way she did. There are so many great lines in the book. So many stand out but one of my favorites is "Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you." 
Mia has a choice to make in this story. Regardless of which one she makes there will be consequences. The thing is none of her choices are easy. No matter which way she goes she, as well, as her relatives and friends will suffer. As she says, "dying is easy, living is hard."
I sincerely recommend this book, as always. It will make you laugh and mostly it will make you cry. You will feel Mia's pain and understand her thoughts. Mostly, though, this book will get you to think about your own life. We take so much for granted and alot of the time we can be our own worst enemy. We let things bring us down and make us miserable and completely take over our lives and that's so dumb. Yes, I said dumb. It is undeniable that there are awful things happening out there and I definitely think that people go through hard times every day. The thing is that instead of focusing on these things, as easy as it is, we need to try and find the good in our lives and focus on that. This book is a gem of a book. In order to find out Mia's decision you can read the book or even Google it, I'm sure there are spoilers out there. To be honest, though, I really hope you read the book because it really is that good. The story is fantastic and you will find yourself caring about the characters. It's one of those books that even after you put it down it stays with you.



Tuesday, April 19, 2011

On Trend Tuesday: Coachella aka Unofficial Start of Summer


Coachella, at least in my opinion, is the unofficial launch of Summer. Yes, I know I am totally getting ahead of myself by like a month or two but I can't help it. These last few weeks of school or work (for the lucky few that get a Summer break) seem to go on for-e-ver. Its probably because we can't wait to just hang out with friends with no pressure and enjoying the days and nights outside.
This is exactly why I consider Coachella the start of Summer. There is a feeling in the air that's caused by warm weather, cool drinks and cool people who get together to chill out and listen to some really good bands. Aside from the weather and the feelings that Coachella evokes, I also love the fact that there seems to be a very discernible shift in the fashion of the girls and guys in Cali.
Prior to this, most girls are still wearing tights, cardis, and long sleeve tops. At Coachella girls come out in their boho chic best. Comfy meets cute and simplicity and no-fuss fashion reigns supreme. I sincerely dare you to spot a 4 inch heel Louboutin at this event.
Shorts, maxi skirts and mini skirts along with knit tops, tank tops, crop tops and of course lots of headwear and comfy shoes are the uniform of choice by both the "regular" people and celebrities.
via JustJared.com

If you didn't get to go to Coachella don't get bummed. Evoke the feel by creating your own camp out and dressing up in your worn in Summer Staples. Need a new pair of go to staples you say? Well we've got you covered. First, make sure you have a dark and light pair of denim shorts.
Shorts
Second, make sure you have a good maxi skirt.
Skirts
Third, you need basic tanks
tanks
Last but not least, you need a really cute hat. Safety in the sun is no joke. So look cute while protecting your skin with these two hats.

Hats


Now that we've covered all your Summer essentials go and have some fun and let the magic of Summer begin! By the way, how will you be spending your Summer break?

Monday, April 18, 2011

Must Read Monday: Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

The arrival of Coachella last week had me itching for the arrival of Summer. For me, concerts and roadtrips are the best way to spend Summer breaks. Since technically Summer is still a little whiles away I decided to channel my restlessness by finding a book that would get my mind off the subject. I found Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson and I decided to give it a shot. On a side note, I love that cover!

What It's About:
Well, it's no surprise that the book is about a roadtrip. Amy has just gone through something horrible. She lost her dad unexpectedly in a car accident. Her twin brother is in rehab and her mom had to take a job in Connecticut thus moving them from her home in California. Her mom leaves before her to get everything settled and once she's in the East coast she realizes that it would be too expensive for her to pay for both Amy's plane ticket and a service to bring their car. Thus the plan for the roadtrip begins. The only problem, Amy refuses to drive ever since her dad died. Enter Roger, a very cute old friend of the family who has to go visit his dad. The trip is only supposed to take a few days but, of course, Roger and Amy decide to take a detour. Amy wants to visit Yosemite, like she always did with her dad, before leaving and Roger wants to see why his girlfriend broke up with him. You might think that a small detour is not a big deal but the thing is that Amy's mom planned their route to make the trip as short as possible. By taking this detour Amy and Roger are going the opposite way and taking the longest possible route to Connecticut.

Why You Should Read It:
First of all, this book is not a boy meets girl and falls in love type of book. This book is about so much more than that. It is about the journey that people take to become the people they will ultimately become. This book is a journey of growth for both Roger and Amy. This journey helps both of them realize what they want from life and who and what actually matters to them.
The thing I enjoyed the most about this book is that Morgan Matson, the author, does such a great job of helping the reader feel like they are on the roadtrip with Amy and Roger. The book includes pictures of actual places that you would see on the route and a music playlist for each state. The attention to detail is amazing. The songs on the playlist are real songs! Personally, I really could see the reasons behind what the main characters do and feel. There isn't anything crazy about this book. No magic or paranormal events. This book is just about two people trying to find their way. That's what makes this book so great. It gives us a message that I think we all can relate to. Whether you are leaving high school for college or college for the "real world,"we all come to a point in our lives where everything inevitably changes. We lose and gain people in our lives. People that have helped to make us who we are. Instead of dwelling in the past and focusing on what we've lost, we need to celebrate and thank  these people by continuing to move forward and grow. 

I sincerely hope you enjoy this book as much as I did and my only warning is that you will have a need for a roadtrip after you're done reading it. I think I may plan one very soon. If you've gone on an epic roadtrip tell me about it in the comments I'd love to hear what you have to say! If you can't go on a roadtrip then listen to Amy and Roger's playlist. I swear no better roadtrip music playlist has ever been heard.





                           

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

On Trend Tuesday

We're starting a new series on Tuesdays that we hope you'll like and if you don't then tell us what you want to see. We love your suggestions! This series is called "On Trend Tuesdays." The focus will be on things that we consider trendy and that we think you should know about. These will vary from fashion to music and much, much more.
On trend today are short strapless prom dresses. We have been coming across celebs sporting totally adorbs strapless dresses to all kinds of events. While we're all for floor length dresses, there is something to say about a dress that is minimal in embellishment and fabric(tastefully of course). These type of dresses are meant to complement the wearer without overpowering them.
Recently, we noticed the girls from a "little movie" we are dying to see called Prom along with one of our fav little liars wearing this style. How beyond gorgeous do they look?!

The "LWD" or little white dress is a must this season. The only rule when it comes to the LWD is that it has to be special. Our version has a subtle sparkle that makes it stand out much like the ones the girls are wearing above.
The LBD is a must no matter what. It's a staple of any girls' wardrobe. There are so many different styles otu there so it's crucial that your LBD has something that makes it special. Our take on the LBD has a little extra detail on the waist that will definitely make it stand out. The price doesn't hurt either.
The last dress we saw comes in one of our fav colors, purple(as if you couldn't tell from our walls right lol).
 While we can do something simple we decided to kick it up a notch and add a little bling to make the dress even more special. Gotta love a dress with no accessories required.

What do you think? Are these dresses on trend?
(Images Courtesy of JustJared.com)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Must Read Monday: The Mortal Instruments Books 2-4 by Cassandra Clare


As promised, today I am reviewing the last 3 books of the Mortal Instruments Series. Since its 3 books please know that this is going to be a long post. I reviewed the first book, City of Bones, a few posts back. Just a reminder, I loved it! In fact, I loved it so much that I ended up getting both City of Ashes and City of Glass at the same time. Yep, I knew that I would like them before I read them. I held off on posting the reviews for these two books even though I finished reading both of them rather quickly because I wanted to wait until the 4th book came out so you wouldn't have to wait to read and see what happens in the story for too long. I'll try my best to avoid any spoilers but if something accidentally slips I am really sorry!

What They're About:
We've already reviewed and summarized City of Bones so you already know that the story centers around Clary and Jace. In the first book Clary meets Jace, a shadowhunter, who pretty much fights all types of evil things along with Alec and Isabelle. Jace is cocky, vain and very full of himself; the quintessential bad boy. Part of you thinks he's a jerk until you see how much he cares for Clary. In the 2nd book alot of big secrets come out and when I say big I mean "bomb" big. I'll let you discover the secret for yourself. I loaned my little sister the 2nd book and let me just tell you that she pestered me to tell if the secret was true. I made her suffer by not telling her and I think that made the 3rd book in the series that much more enjoyable for her. I will say this, one of the main parts of the story is the type of shadowhunter that Clary is and how vast are her powers. Simon plays a big part in the rest of the series as well.
The third book in the series, City of Glass, finally solves Clary's problem with waking up her mom and alot of things are revealed. While the 2nd book in the series opened Clary's eyes to alot of the secrets of her life the 3rd book actually explains them. In the 3rd book you realize how crazy Valentine, Clary's dad, is but you also find out that at some point in his life he really did care for Clary's mom. Even later on in the book you realize that even in his Charlie Sheen type of craziness he still loves her mom. Don't be confused though, Valentine is bad to the core. City of Glass had alot more action than the previous two books and Cassandra Clare really does do a good job of writing these scenes. It also brings in a few more characters that help shed light into Clary's family and her life before she was misled to believe she was a mundane. These characters play a main role in the next and 4th book, City of Fallen Angels.

In the 3rd book Cassandra Clare kind of wrapped up some secrets and helped us understand what Valentine was doing with the Mortal Instruments and why. In the 4th book, Jace, Clary, and their friends are dealing with the aftermath of everything that happened to them. Along with also dealing with the mysterious murders of various beings that could incite a war. Alot happens in the 4th book and it definitely opens up a whole new set of problems and questions.
Simon is dealing with his change, and juggling to girls (one of which happens to be a werewolf). Clary is trying to get a grasp on her powers and Jace is being his usual annoyingly cocky yet loving self. The fourth book has alot of the characters dealing with their own personal problems as individuals. By this I mean that the issues that they are facing, while still within the supernatural, are issues that will help them grow as people. Unlike the first books where the characters dealt with a common problem, City of Fallen Angels deals with the characters as individuals and I must say that they grow alot.


Why You Should Read Them:
Ok, the main reason to read books 2 and 3 is to get the backstory of all the character's problems and to get to book 4. I have to tell you that is how I honestly feel. While books 1-3 were amazeballs, book 4 is just going to blow you away. I am having serious Twilight and Hunger Games flashbacks here. You know where you really are annoyed that all the books aren't out at once because the story is that good? I know this part of my review is not going to be eloquent but I have to be honest; this book will seriously have you go OH. MY. GOD. at the end. Part of me is actually pretty peeved at Cassandra because I can't believe she left us with such a cliffhanger! This series has 6 books total and the next book isn't scheduled to come out until 2012. The only truly awful thing in the series is that we have to wait another year before finding out what happens to Jace and Clary and their story. Seriously, pick this series up you won't regret it I promise!


p.s. It looks like the movie is officially on. So far they have only cast the role of Clary. This role went to Lily Collins.
 
There is still alot of debate going on about who is going to play Jace. It seems that the fans of the series are being very vocal about who they want playing this role. We're still pretty hopeful that it'll be Alex Pettyfer but Max Irons is growing on us.
If you've read the books who do you think would make a better Jace?

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Inspiration Wednesday: Turquoise Tea Party

Today's Inspiration Wednesday comes from one of the sweetest images we've come across. I mean, seriously, how cute are those little girls in their tutu's?!
The color palette on this image is perfect for Spring. The blues and turquoise colors compliment most, if not all, skin tones. Its probably for this reason that alot of brides choose this color for their bridesmaids. We had to use this image to create a cute and girlie prom outfit.
Our prom look was very easy to recreate using these colors. This color scheme is actually very easy to find accessories for. We created our look with a fun turquoise prom dress, a cute white clutch, a pair of heels and headband with a bow and of course a sparkly lip gloss and turquoise polish. What do you think? Can you see the image in our outfit? 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Get the Look: Julianne Hough

via JustJared.com
Ever since Julianne left Dancing with the Stars we totally miss her! That's why when we come across her pictures we always have the urge to see what she is wearing. Her casual outfits always stand out more for us because we still remember her in her full dancing outfits. I totally love this casual look because its very easy to recreate and it still looks put together. We created our look with a light pullover sweater, some light denim shorts, a cute fedora (can you tell we're in love with them at the moment) and some sparkly sandals along with a simple necklace and of course the mandatory bag and voila instant casual chic.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Must Read Monday: Matched by Ally Condie

 I was a little stumped this past week when I was trying to find a book to read. I, along with a few thousand others,  have been waiting for the next book in the Mortal Instruments series which comes out tomorrow (I plan on reviewing this along with the 2 other books in the series next week) so it was a little hard to pinpoint a book. It seems like a ton of great books came out last year but this last month the literary world seems to have paused, at least its what I thought. Since I couldn't decide I left it up to Amazon to pick for me. Seriously, the recommendations tool is ah-mazing. I browsed the recs and came across Matched by Ally Condie. According to Amazon I am supposed to like the book based on my love for the Hunger Games trilogy. I browsed the reviews from other readers and it seemed that the same amount of people loved the book and hated it. I figured I had nothing to lose and I downloaded on my Kindle and decided to choose what I thought about the book myself.

What Its About:
Matched is a dystopian book. It is set in a future where the government has control over absolutely everything people do. When teens come of age they attend a ceremony where they are matched with their ideal partner based on compatibility (think of a scary version of eharmony.com). Once they are given their partners they are to get to know each other and after some time they are to marry. This isn't a choice for anyone. People don't question their governemtn and they do as they are told.
The books' focus is on three characters: Cassia, her best friend Xander and Ky (the mystery boy).
Cassia thinks she is beyond lucky when at her matching ceremony she is paired with Xander, her best friend. She goes home thinking things couldn't get any better since she already knows him.
At the ceremony everyone is given information on their match so they can learn more about each other. When Cassia goes home she sets to view the info on Xander but instead of his image showing up, it's Ky's image that appears which totally confuses her. She's curious about this and, although she was never interested in Ky before, she starts hanging out with him and getting to know him. This is completely against the rules of her government.
After getting to know Ky she begins to question whether her government is really as all knowing and fair as everyone thinks they are. This whole "mistake" sets alot of different events in motion that will ultimately alter all of the protagonist's lives.

Why You Should Read It:
Matched, in my opinion, is a pretty good book. I have to admit that there are very obvious similarities between this series and The Hunger Games. To be perfectly honest, this is probably the reason that I ended up liking the book.
I think the premise of the book is interesting enough to not let the similarities to HG deter you from reading it (some reviewers have dubbed it a Hunger Games ripoff).It is definitely an interesting read. Unlike The Hunger Games, there isn't alot of violence in the book (although the story does have an opening for it in the future). The question it poses is definitely cause to read the story and give it a shot don't you think? This question is what would happen if we were forced to live our lives not as we want to but as the government thinks we should?
I am definitely interested in seeing how this story plays out because this first book definitely leaves you wondering if what Cassia feels is real or if she feels what she feels because that's what the government predicted and planned for her. Pick up the book and let me know what you think about it. Should I bother reading the 2nd one?

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