spring 2012

Santana Row Poolside Soiree 2012

Santana Row held their annual Poolside Soiree last weekend and Silicon Valley shoppers were able to see this seasons’ hottest trends in person. The fabulous event featured a picturesque runway show, an hour of runway, a pop-up boutique and appetizers and drinks from Santana Row’s finest restaurants.

To see a slideshow with over 100+ photos, please click here.

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photos credit: Cathy/Bay Area Fashionista

Floral shoes for the summer 2012 season

One of the biggest spring/summer 2012 trends in shoes is floral prints. Florals are being found in every color imaginable and on every style of footwear including pumps, platforms, sandals, flats and wedges. Floral printed shoes are also being found in every price point including Christian Louboutin, Stuart Weitzman and Forever 21.

Since florals were a huge trend in apparel on the runways in Paris, Milan, London and New York, it is only natural that the trend appears on shoes for the warm weather season. While floral shoes were not spotted on very many runways, designers and brands designed floral print shoes for spring and summer which have been appearing on store shelves, and consequently on the street.

Fashionistas in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as around the country have been spotted strutting down the street in floral print shoes. Floral pumps have been spotted in the office and are being worn as a way to spice up one’s everyday office attire. For more casual looks, floral wedges and flats are being paired with jeans and casual dresses as a subtle way of wearing the floral trend. In fact, it seems as if fashion-savvy women are opting more for the floral shoe rather than floral apparel. Perhaps shoes feel more understated? Or maybe Fashionistas just prefer buying shoes over apparel! 

When wearing a pair of floral shoes, it is important to keep your ensemble understated. Floral shoes look best when paired with solid colored attire and neutral ensembles. This draws the eye to the shoe and makes it the focal point of the look. Floral flats and flat sandals are also an easy way to add a trendy look to a casual outfit when running errands or relaxing in the park.

We found several floral print shoes around the web, in various price points and assembled them into the Polyvore set below. Hope you love it! 

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Maxi dresses for the 2012 spring and summer seasons

Maxi dresses have been popular on the street for the past few spring and summer seasons, and 2012 is no different. Fashionistas have been flocking to maxi dresses for the warm weather season this year, and it is no wonder. After all, maxi dresses are an easy way to feel comfortable and casual while still looking polished. Love that!

Maxi dresses are being found this season in natural fabrics such as cotton and silk; making them perfect for warm and hot weather. With bright colors and stripes being hot trends for the spring and summer 2012 seasons, maxi dresses are appearing on store shelves in bright, vivid hues as well as nautical stripes.

There are three dominant necklines for maxi dresses this season; strapless, halter and tank. When shopping for a maxi dress, look for strapless styles, effortless tank dresses which can easily be belted and sassy halter top maxi dresses which also look fabulous as swim suit cover-ups at the beach. Love it!

The maxi dress is perfect for casual days and can easily be paired with embellished flat sandals or wedges. To dress up a maxi dress, a Fashionista can easily add a stack of bracelets and large earrings; playing into the current bold jewelry trend. To finish off the look, pair a daytime clutch or unstructured satchel, such as a Balenciaga City Tote, with a maxi dress for the ultimate in casual cool. Fabulous!

We found a few maxi dresses around the web and assembled them into the Polyvore set below; enjoy!

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