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The Hottest Trends from #NYFW

09.18.2016

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Fashion week just wrapped up, and I have to say I am absolutely heartbroken that I have to wait six more months til the next one. This was one of the best, most innovative and most exciting fashion weeks that I can remember. 

I had so many thoughts about what I saw on the hottest trends I saw on the runways over this last Fashion Week. I would love to hear just what you think, and what are the hottest trends that you are most excited for!

Khaki is back.

So many designers took advantage of this fabric, and I can’t get enough of it. From Yeezy to J. Crew and dozens of others in between, khaki emerged as a dominant material. It was elevated from utilitarian to chic by being made into flawless midi dresses and trenches.

When in doubt… shoulders (!) out!

Everyone from Rodarte to Tome encouraged ladies to show off their shoulders. While this trend has definitely been emerging in the last few years in evening wear, this season’s showcase solidified that a bare shoulder is what is most chic in silhouettes at the moment. 

Looking on the sunny side

This season, it seems that yellow is the new black. And I can’t get enough. I have long been a fan of yellow because of the way it brings an aura of joy perfect for bridesmaid’s dresses and baby showers, but designers are embracing it now, too! Jason Wu, Coach, Sherri Hill and just about every other designer showed us that this color works on every skin tone. 

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Want to get ahead on this trend? We love this Grisal Le Tee cotton scarf as a transitional piece for the cooler weather. Plus, this shade is so on-trend right now that it is easy to look fabulous!

What do you think are the hottest trends from the runways? Let us know in the comments! 

 

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Put Together a Killer Look for #NYFW

09.13.2016

killer-lookAh, September. It bring back a coolness and crispness in the air, takes away humidity and brings a new sense of life in the city. We have to say F. Scott Fitzgerald said it best, “Life begins again when the air gets crisp in the fall.” And while we love all those things so much– there is one thing we love the most: the most fabulous week of the year– New York Fashion Week.

Oh yes, the subways are crowded with models and photographers, and the streets are packed with designers and fashionistas. 

We want you to be one of those fabulous fashionistas (hello, New York Times style watch!). Here’s our guide to putting together a killer look to make sure you look fantastic as you watch the runway.

Stand out while fitting in. 

You want to look like you belong in the crowd. Here’s how to do that:  don’t look like you are trying too hard. Don’t mix and match 30 of this season’s hottest styles and materials. Instead, choose thoughtful pieces that show off that you know how to dress like you belong. 

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Jeans are too casual, a dress sometimes feels like too much, so this can be a hard balance to strike. This year, I am wearing these vegan leather leggings from Lysse. They are a great way to dress up without going overboard, and the classic black is always a win.

Most important: find your fit!

Something that is so important in the looks for fashion week is that it has to look like it fits you. I know that seems like a minor thing– who is going to notice? But trust me, ten minutes and a hem at the tailor can help you go from a normal look, to truly looking like a fashionista.

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I love this textured tank dress from Tees by Tina. It fits you and stretches with you from a size 2 to a 14, so you don’t have to worry about losing or gaining weight. That makes this a go-to piece for me as I try to work off those end of summer ice creams!

Don’t dress for the weather.

This sounds counterintuitive, I know. At my first show I was shocked at how people were dressing in spring clothes during winter fashion week and the reverse for the summer. But it’s true. You should be dressing a season ahead– so in September, dress like you are going out in November, and in February, here’s an excuse to break out florals and pastels that have been hiding in the closet all winter to create a killer look that blends right in. 

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Must-Have: White + Warren Travel Wrap

09.04.2016

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As summer comes to an unofficial close this weekend because of Labor Day, we are already planning a winter getaway (p.s.– where should we go? Costa Rica? Puerto Rico? Tahiti? Would love all of your thoughts!) to beat the inevitable end of summer blues.

In addition, with fall comes an influx of business trips, leaving you stranded on the tarmac coming home just a few more times.

Our new absolute y must-have for those trips, whether it’s for business or pleasure is the White + Warren luxurious cashmere travel wrap.

This travel wrap is a piece that every girl should have in her closet.

My favorite thing about it is that it is just SO versatile– seriously, you have to check out this video of the ten ways you can wear it. I didn’t believe a piece could be worn in so many different ways until I saw this!

Check out the video featuring ten ways to wear this wrap here.

Here are three of our favorite ways to wear this fabulous travel wrap.

  1. The Snood
    We love this wrap style especially for cramped business travel. In coach, you are seated closely together with your travel mates, and the aggressive airplane fan blowing incessantly on your neck. This style keeps you cozy warm and compact. Travel wrap
  2. The Pretzel
    ww2This is a favorite shape of mine for getting off your transport. Throw on the travel wrapin a pretzel shape and it’s one of our favorite elevated essentials– it makes every outfit look cute and chic, no matter if you just have been on a red eye or not. 

3. The Flingww3

The fling is the perfect solution for fall or spring travel. When you don’t want to wear a full jacket, throwing it on as a shawl and wrap keeps you cozy without having the bulk of a full coat. It’s a versatile and sensible fashion solution so that you are always looking your best.

 

There’s seven more of those styles that you can choose from– which White + Warren travel wrap style is your favorite?

Top Photo – White + Warren Travel Wrap paired with the White + Warren patch pocket cardigan (boyfriend sweater) & Lyssé blue jean leggings.

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White + Warren Cashmere Fall 2016 Collection

08.29.2016

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We love White + Warren Cashmere. It’s the go-to cashmere for beautiful everyday pieces that you love to live in. We’ve brought in a fabulous collection for you. Take for instance the Patch Pocket Cardigan, or as I call it – the Boyfriend Sweater. This is a great casual sweater. Made from 100% cashmere with pockets, rib sleeves and button details. Wear it with slacks, leggings, jeans, pop it over a skirt or dress. It’s so versatile. This is a must-have this season. 

Now here’s an everyday essential – the Essential Stripe Sweatshirt. Made from 100% cashmere, this is one top you won’t want to take off. Super chic and so comfy. 

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The Ragland Standneck sweater is a nice departure from the classic turtlenck. The details on this piece makes it stand out. It’s done in dark emerald green. A rich gorgeous color that’s surprisingly neutral. 

raglan standneck sweater in dark emerald by white and warrenDon’t forget about White + Warren’s must-have travel wrap. I seriously am obsessed with this. Tie it 10 ways ( see the video on our site) or use it like a blankie when you travel. We have a rainbow of colors to choose it from. Shop our White + Warren Collection.white and warren travel wrap

Designer Feature – 360 Cashmere

09.12.2016

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We started carrying 360 Cashmere accessories last year. We loved the line so much, this season we expanded our collection and brought in amazing sweaters, a fabulous cashmere jumper as well as a collection of their gloves, scarves, travel wraps and beanies. This line always outdoes themselves with superior quality and designs. 360 is know for their effortless beach chic and sexy sophisticated designs.

Take a look at their fall 2016 video to see some of the new styles.

The top photo is the Hadleigh Fringe Cardigan. This piece is gorgeous! Done in a dip-dye that goes from rich navy blue to black. It has a long fringe detail along the sleeves and inner front face of the cardigan. It’s so dramatic! This piece quietly screams fashionista.

 

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The Sydney sweater is a favorite. Done in a light rose pink, it’s a great way to pop a soft wash of color into your wardrobe. The design is simple yet very detailed with a long v-neck, ribbed hem and sleeves and a beautiful back detail that totally makes the piece.

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I’m obsessed with this the Dakota Sweater in Festival. It is so simple yet so luxe. It’s the epitome of an elevated essential. It’s like a sweatshirt, but done in 100% cashmere. Done in a medium grey with tiny specks of neon orange, pink and green. A great piece to wear with jeans, leggings or slacks. Wear this piece to work or play. It’s really versatile. It also comes in black donegal, which is black with tiny white flecks. 

Now this cardigan is super luxe! It’s the Aphrodite Open Front Cardigan. Done in a soft marble oatmeal beige, really versatile and so gorgeous!! Long and dramatic yet simple and chic. This is the piece you’ll want to live in!360 cashmere aphrodite long cardigan in marble

Shop the 360 Cashmere collection at Paula & Chlo

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360 Cashmere – Poe Cashmere Jumper

09.19.2016

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This is my favorite piece of the season! It’s the Poe Cashmere jumper by 360 Cashmere. It is so cool, so stylish and just so fabulous! I love it! It is made from 100% Cashmere. It’s so soft and cuddly, it’s like I want to live in this piece. Now you may have noticed how low it falls between the legs and that may be a deal breaker for you. I suggest you give it a try. Yes it’s different, but I guess that’s the whole point. 

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You can wear this piece alone as shown or pop a tee underneath or a little jacket on top. Style it with a cool pair of booties, a fresh bag, a stack of bracelets and a simple necklace and you are ready to rock this look. Just don’t forget to bring the attitude needed to carry this off! I know you’ve got it in you!! You can do it! :

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Designer Showcase – Skull Cashmere

09.06.2016

This ain’t your grandma’s cashmere! 

This is our second year carrying Skull Cashmere, To say our customers love  it is an understatement! This brand is part of the 360 Cashmere / 360 Sweater Company. All of their products are amazing, but the Skull Cashmere line has a particular vibe and edge to it. It speaks to a certain kind of girl. It’s certainly not for everyone, but if you like something a bit different check this video out.

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Thought I would give you a little taste of some of the fabulous pieces we have in our collection. This is Giant Jack. An oversized sweater made from lightweight 100% cashmere. The front is black with tiny white specks and the back has a large Jack a skull print. Very cool and a lot of fun. skull cashmere skull gloves and skull beanie hat

Now if you want just a touch of fun, then check out the Skull Cashmere Beanie and fingerless gloves. Our customers love these. It’s just enough to make a statement without out being over done. They come in a variety of color combinations as well.

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This is a fabulous infinity scarf. Done in Black Frost ombre with small Jack skulls all over. 

So if you’re looking for an on-trend cashmere line, you’ve found it! We carry a beautiful collection of pieces that we think you’re going to love. Just incorporating a piece will liven up your wardrobe. Check out the collection of Skull Cashmere at Paula & Chlo. New pieces arriving soon!

 

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How is Cashmere made?

08.28.2016

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I love cashmere, in-fact I think you could say I’m a bit obsessed! My infatuation with cashmere began many years ago with Martha Stewart. As a Martha Stewart fan, I always admired the cashmere sweaters she wore in her garden. I thought she was so fortunate to have such luxurious pieces for everyday wear. So I purchased a few pieces of cashmere and realized it was just the most wonderful thing! It kept me warm, it was super soft and didn’t bother my skin the way wool did. I was thrilled! 

I actually wear cashmere year round.  In the summer and spring I have light soft pieces that I can use on a cool night. In the winter I wear everything from cashmere sweat pants, scarves, sweaters... and the list goes on.  I always have a cashmere wrap with me when I travel. It’s like having a blankie. Love love love!!!  Yes,  I really am obsessed! I wasn’t kidding! That’s why when I started Paula & Chlo, I began looking for cashmere that every woman could enjoy. I wanted to offer pieces that were beautiful and affordable.  

I’m often asked – what do you look for when shopping for cashmere? Well first of all remember there are a lot of “cashmere” products out there, so you need to know what you’re buying. Buy cashmere from a reputable store that carries well-known brands.  You’d be shocked to know – some inexpensive brands with labels that say 100% cashmere, when tested, ended up being a combination of fibers, not 100% cashmere. I know this for a fact! If it says cashmere blend or anything less than 100% cashmere, the cashmere can be combined with a whole slew of animal fibers. Yak being one of the more popular choices. Not that Yak is bad, it’s just not what you’ve been promised if it says 100% cashmere. I’ve actually heard some really crazy stories of companies including animal fibers that you really don’t want to be wearing, like RAT! Yikes! Seriously – Rat? Will people stop at nothing? I guess so!  According to Ryan Grenoble from the Huffington Post, some companies produced counterfeit cashmere made with synthetic fibers mixed with animal hair and rat fur. So be ware of what you’re buying. If it’s a really cheep product, there’s a reason why. 100% Cashmere is not cheep and when I show you how it’s made, you’ll know why.

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Cashmere is made from goat hairs from a cashmere goat. There really isn’t a “cashmere goat” per se, but varieties of “breeds of goats that lend themselves to a production of commercial quality and quantity of downy undercoat.”*  “70% of the worlds Cashmere comes from China. The combination of dietary and geographic conditions of the Central and East Asian steppe, mountain plateaus and deserts have evolved the goats that dwell there into the most productive cashmere fiber growers in the world”,  according to Alashan Cashmere.  The goats are not harmed in the process of acquiring the fur. During their molting season they are combed and in some cases sheered. However sheered cashmere lends itself to shorter hairs and a cheeper product which then means pilling. You know how we all hate pilling! So longer hairs means less pilling. It also means it will be a more expensive product. You get what you pay for. That’s just the way it is!

On a side note- all the fantastic photos used for this post were complements of 360 Cashmere Company. One of my absolute favorite brands! 

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 The cashmere is sorted into grades and quality – fineness and length. Then it is sorted for color. Finally it is cleaned to remove impurities like vegetation, dirt, natural animal oils etc… 

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Cashmere then goes through the machines to remove the long coarse hairs.

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Eventually the material is fine and beautiful! The de-haired fiber is then converted to yarn. That yarn is then used to make cashmere sweaters and various items. 

You may see cashmere labeled as 2 ply or 4 ply and wondered what does that mean? According to Alashan Cashmere Company – 2 ply has two strands of yarn and 4 ply 4 strands of yarn to make up the material to produce that particular item.  So a 4 ply will be thicker than a 2 ply. Then there is gage and that means the number of stitches per inch and the number of rows per inch. So the higher the gage, the thicker or heaver the cashmere product will be.

Cashmere is an amazing product!  It is light and soft and 8 times warmer than wool. How lucky we are to have such an accessible natural fiber. If you’ve never had a cashmere product before, I hope you’ll give it a try. Once you do, I know it will be a welcome addition to your wardrobe.

 

Sources

Alashan Cashmere – Cashmere 101

Brittanica

Cashmere Goat Association

Huffington Post – Counterfeit Cashmere Clothes Contain Rat Fur Exposed 2/5/2014 by Ryan Grenoble

Wikipedia*

All photos are complements and property of 360 Cashmere 

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Elevated Essentials

08.28.2016

elevated essentialsAt Paula & Chlo, we are always looking for pieces that make your style better. We love scouring shows for just the right pieces that we think you will love. 

A staple of our boutique is our commitment to elevated essentials. These are high-quality pieces that make it easy to look fabulous. These are pieces that you know you can pull out time and time again to always look your best. 

Here’s our list of our top elevated essentials to bring your wardrobe to a higher level.

  1. Leather leggings. 

Don’t tell anyone– wearing tight pants is one of our least favorite things. They’re so uncomfortable– we often just pick outfits that you don’t have to wear them with!

That’s where leather leggings have truly saved the day. Leather leggings are truly the best solution for high-quality fashion that you can be comfortable in. These pieces from Lyssé are perfect– vegan, durable, comfortable and flattering (thank you, Shapewear!). Dress them up with a crop top and heels, or down with flats and a big sweater.

2. A flattering sweater

Sweaters are one of my favorite pieces for the cooler months because of the way they can be truly worn for every occasion. Be it a bridal shower, work lunch, first date, or cozy night in, you need a flattering go-to piece that you can always wear with confidence. Pick a sweater in your favorite neutral and never have nothing to wear again. We love this 360 Cashmere Sinn Sweater— the tunic shape makes it perfect for wearing time and time again with out having to worry about stretching.

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3. A go-to dress

Sometimes when we are shopping, there is just an overwhelming amount of stuff. How do you choose anything when you have 5000 options? 

Luckily, we did the work for you.  This Tee’s by Tina crinkle tank dress is our go-to for every occasion– a chic party? Pair it with gold chandelier earrings. A work meeting? Throw on a blue or red blazer to look polished and put together. A date? Check out you in those cute nude heels and understated jewelry! 

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These pieces bring sophistication and chicness to your closet, and can always be relied upon to make you look confident and stylish.

What pieces are in your elevated essentials? Tag us in your #OOTD instagram posts to let us know!

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Back to Campus Essentials

08.19.2016

This time of year is so exciting– there is the renewed energy in work after a well-earned vacation, the last of the summer picnics, and students and teachers getting ready to fill their classrooms for another year of school. 

Some students might have dreaded that first day all summer long… but you know who doesn’t? College students!

Most college students can’t wait to be back on campus. The end of summer brings friends from across the country and time zones back into the same dorm for another year of adventure and community.

We are shopping for all of our back to campus essentials just in time for them to arrive before we pack the car for our trip back. Check out what’s on our campus essentials list, and let us know what’s on yours!

  1. A great bag.

No matter if you are going Greek, running for campus leadership positions or just trying to look your best in Junior Comp class, it’s imperative you have a stylish bag to go from class to class. This is personal preference, but I love Annabel Ingall, Rebecca Minkoff and Elizabeth and James. They are durable, classic and chic enough to last you all four years.annabel-ingall-black-isabella-large-tote-__59312.1469028784.600.800

2. A warm cardigan

Sure, it might be August now… but soon the chill of fall will be in the air. You need a reliable, comfy cardigan to keep you warm throughout the cooling nights. We love the LAMade piece because of it’s open front design and elongated angles, perfect for bundling up in cooler evenings.campus essentials

3. A chic LBD

One of our most-worn pieces in college was our litle black dress. Perfect for a night out, or interview-ready with a chic blazer, this piece always is stunning. We love the instantly slimming look of this Tee’s by Tina piece–it’s always flattering and streamlines your figure for a gorgeous silhouette. Plus, it’s durable, so you won’t have to replace it every semester with a disposable piece, saving you a ton of money down the line.
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We can’t wait to be back on campus. What are you stuffing your suitcase with?