ALL POSTS IN Fashion

  • Tell Your Friends

Clearly, great minds think alike here at Design Happens! Last week, Allie showed us five crafty and delectable ways to use watermelon, and this week, I’m in a sea of watermelon myself. Fourth of July weekend (although rainy over here) was a beautiful summer salute. For many summer is just starting, so let’s keep the seasonal fruits, hues and landscapes coming.

Mood Board Monday: Watermelon PinkAdd a Pinch | Pearl Kinda Girl | Hemlangtan | Huffpost Taste | EclecChic | Miishka | Whale You Be My Friend | Etsy | Shades of Light

Come back every Monday for an inspirational mood board. Miss a day? See all the posts here.

  • Tell Your Friends

I don’t know if you remember, but way back in January I went to the Atlanta Gift and Home Furnishings Market to spot design trends and meet with industry insiders. I mentioned the flamingo trend popping up (and not just in coastal-inspired interiors). Honestly, I forgot about this vibrant bird until just recently when warm weather and thoughts of the beach started infecting my mind. Now, I can’t help but think how cool one of these hot-pink creatures would look on a plain white canvas on my gray walls (inspiration, top-left). What do you think? Leave flamingos at the beach, or try them out indoors?

Mood Board Monday: FlamingosDining Room | Living Room | Fabric | Wall Art | Kitchen | Shirt | Dress | Sweater | Figurine | Pattern | Straws

Come back every Monday for an inspirational mood board. Miss a day? See all the posts here.

  • Tell Your Friends

I’ve found myself lost in one too many summer daydreams lately. As soon as warm weather arrives, I start yearning for the sand and water. Unfortunately, I wait and take my beach vacays once the dog days of summer have subsided a bit. When are you packing up and heading to the coast? Try not to make me too jealous.

Mood Board Monday: Vintage SummerVogue | Dream to Life | Blend Fabrics | via Miss Moss | Scott Lowe |  via T Magazine | via Flickr | Etsy

Come back every Monday for an inspirational mood board. Miss a day? See all the posts here.

  • Tell Your Friends

The ombre trend in both fashion and design has been climbing for years now, peaking last year and not slowing down anytime soon. I think we all thought it would slowly die out come fall just like any other spiking trend, but it’s only gaining more popularity, particularly this week*. People are ombre-ing everything from cake frosting to maxi dresses and we’re in full support of this. I mean, why not showcase every glorious shade of your favorite hue? I jumped on board the ombre train early last year by spicing up my long, brunette locks with dip-dyed tips. Now, I’ve taken the trend into the kitchen by painting my bamboo cooking utensils alternating shades of pink. I can’t get enough!

Looking for more ways to bring the look home? Here are eight ideas you’ll love.

Ombre Ruffed Cake at HGTV's Design Happens Blogvia Confetti Daydreams

Ruffled Ombre Cake: This two-tiered wedding cake features breathtaking ruffle details in colors alternating from pink to a pale lavender. It almost looks too good to eat.

Ombre Pendants at HGTV's Design Happens Blogvia designlovefest

Ombre Pendant Lamp: Here’s an easy paint project you can complete in just a few hours. The girls over at designlovefest add an ombre effect to a glass pendant light with opaque and translucent spray paint.

Get More Dip-Dyed Ideas

  • Tell Your Friends

As cliche as this may sound, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was the first modern American novel I became emotionally attached to. I can’t even count how many times my eyes have graced the pages of this literary masterpiece. The emotional drama of Gatsby has been filmed five times with the most recent adaptation, directed by Baz Luhrmann, being released this Friday, May 10. To say I’m excited is a serious understatement. There’s an all-star cast (Leonardo DiCaprio plays Jay Gatsby!), the cinematography is stunning and the soundtrack is incredible (and currently on repeat). Inspired by the upcoming premiere, here’s a contemporary nod to the Roaring Twenties that we just can’t help but get caught up in.

Mood Board Monday: Gatsby StyleThe Style Pocketbook | Fear No Beauty | #inspiredby | Deviant Art | One Fab Day | Mail Online | Bridal Guide | My Luscious Life | Style Me Pretty

Come back every Monday for an inspirational mood board. Miss a day? See all the posts here.

  • Tell Your Friends

Red has always been the color associated with sexy lips — but this week on Yahoo!, searches for “luscious blue lipstick” are spiking 106%! What has caused this sudden interest in navy kissers? Got me?! All I know about blue lips is that they are oftentimes a result of being too cold.

MORE: BLUE FLOWERS FOR YOUR GARDEN >>

But, what I do know about is blue rooms. And, to bring the two together, my fellow blogger (thanks, Kayla) helped me find a blue pucker that is the exact color as this stunning tonal blue (almost dip-dyed) dining room.

Navy Blue Lipstick

Lips (EyeshadowLipstick.com) — Tonal Blue Room (HousetoHome.com)

Don’t you love how we took something that’s trending and very popular right now (but not really HGTVish) and slanted it towards home design? It’s a talent, people.

**Yahoo! stats from Web Trend Expert Carolyn Clark**

  • Tell Your Friends

I’m so excited to see Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s beloved The Great Gatsby (opening in theaters May 10th).

In anticipation of the film, Vogue recently did a beautiful photo shoot of actress Carey Mulligan (or, Daisy Buchanan if you will) — and, the images will simply take your breath away. Who doesn’t love roaring twenties fashion?

Great Gatsby

From Vogue: Oscar de la Renta beaded silk organza top and matching skirt

Prepare yourself. You’ll be seeing lots of “Gatsby talk” here at D-Happ in the coming days. Several of us on staff are all about art-deco design.

  • Tell Your Friends

Years ago, pattern mixing was just downright messy. Now, it signals smart fashion and design know-how (if you do it right, of course). Sure, sometimes it looks like someone picked up every patterned pillow at West Elm, threw it on the sofa and bam — an eclectic mix of patterns that magically work. But trust me, things can go wrong very quickly. (Think 90s patchwork-style shirts on a large scale. Nobody wants that.) Check out this stunning pattern mixing done right, and follow our tips to bring the look into your own home.

Mood Board Monday: Pattern Mixing ediTORIal | Instagram | Beatnik Bazaar | Pearls of Joy! | The Design Boards | Obaz | SF Girl By Bay | Style.com | TSB

Come back every Monday for an inspirational mood board. Miss a day? See all the posts here.

  • Tell Your Friends

Festival season is upon us! My Bonnaroo countdown for this year started the day I left Bonnaroo last year. Needless to say, I’m a bit excited. It’s hot; it’s crowded; you get zero hours of sleep, but boy, is it worth it. Before, it was all about being as comfortable and cool as possible during the festival, but now it’s just as important to look stylish and fashion-forward, thanks to festivals like Coachella. Festival fashion has become its own genre, and stores like Forever 21, Urban Outfitters and American Eagle Outfitters have created pieces specifically targeted to festival-goers. So, look like a rock star in your shades and fringe while listening to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Summer Music Festival Fashion

Music Festival Fashion Essentials at HGTV's Design Happens Blog

1. Floppy Hat / Target
2. Cotton Maxi Dress / H&M
3. Backpack / Topman
4. Necklace / Urban Outfitters (similar)
5. Sunglasses / Ray-Ban
6. Infinity Scarf / Etsy, Necklush
7. Denim Vest / H&M
8. Floral Shorts / H&M
9. Stud Boots / Topshop
10. Chevron Cuff / gorjana

Music Festival Fashion Essentials at HGTV's Design Happens Blog

7 Ways to Look Stylish at Shows:

1. Load up on arm candy.
2. Add color and layers with a light summer scarf.
3. Keep your hair back and get ready to rock with a long-lasting fishtail braid.
4. Stay cool during the music with a free-flowing boho skirt and tank like fashionista Olivia Palermo.
5. Accessorize your hair with tassels and headwraps.
6. Or, add in some freshly-picked flowers to a loose braid.
7. Block those UV rays and look stylish at the same time with a banded sun hat.

  • Tell Your Friends

Leather — in spring? Yes, that’s what folks are searching for over at Yahoo!. Even as springtime weather is on deck, people still have leather on their minds when it comes to fashion. Leather handbags, leather jackets, leather pants and even leather satchels for men are all sought-after terms spiking right now on Yahoo!.

EXTRA: BRIANA MOWREY TALKS LEATHER BELT CRAFTS >>

I’m actually one of those people. The satchel I carry for work is looking rather ragged these days — I’m really stoked about these leather carriers over at J.Crew.

What’s your opinion? Should we be talking about leather in April?

(Note: Information From Yahoo! Web Trend Expert Carolyn Clark)

  • Tell Your Friends

It’s Friday! And to celebrate our making it to the weekend, today I highlight the sparkly and fun Disco Ball Helmet. Created by San Francisco-based designer Natalina Walsh, she writes of her piece, “Why make a disco ball helmet? Because it’s awesome. Nuff said.”

Think I can convince Marianne to make this her next Weekday Crafternoon project?

Disco Ball Helmet

Photo From Instructables

Have a great weekend, D-Happers!

Even More Sparkly: Lili Talks Sequin Pillows >>

  • Tell Your Friends

I don’t know about you, but I was glued to the sofa last night for The Oscars. I even took my own advice and threw (well, talked my friend into throwing) an Oscar party with champagne, truffle popcorn and creme puffs. One of my favorite parts about Oscar night is watching the stars arrive on the red carpet. That’s when you get to find out that Anne Hathaway picked out her Prada gown a mere three hours before the show; that Jennifer Lawrence hadn’t eaten all day and is STARVING (as she told Ryan Seacrest); and that Joseph Gordon-Levitt had Sally Field tie his bow tie in the car on the way there. (Stars — they’re just like us!)

Mood Board Monday: Oscar Red Carpet FavoritesLeft to right, clockwise: Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Quvenzhane Wallis, Amy Adams, Charlize Theron, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Mood Board Monday: Oscar Red Carpet FavoritesLeft to right, clockwise: Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Amanda Seyfried, Adele, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Hudson

What was your favorite part about Oscar night? Who was on your best-dressed list? Tell me in the comments below!

Come back every Monday for an inspirational mood board. Miss a day? See all the posts here.

Photos: The Oscars Red Carpet

  • Tell Your Friends

Did the crazy blizzard, known as Nemo, keep folks attending New York Fashion Week from dressing spectacularly? Of course not! BuzzFeed has documented how the foot of snow didn’t stop fashion peeps from coming out in their most stylish (and some not-so-warm) duds. Look at all the photos.

Extra: See More Fashion Finds at New York Fashion Week >>

  • Tell Your Friends

There’s nothing political about this, just pure fact: first lady, Michelle Obama, has some serious style. So, there’s no surprise that searches on Yahoo! for her Inauguration attire began spiking well before the big day.

On Inauguration Day, Michelle emerged with a navy-silk, checked-patterned coat and dress designed by Thom Browne, Reed Krakoff boots and J. Crew gloves. Oh, and a stunning new hairstyle, too. Bangs! Love it.

Michelle Obama Inauguration CoatGetty

Michelle Obama Inauguration CoatOfficial White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert

The first lady turned to Jason Wu (again!) for her custom-made Inaugural Ball gown. This flowing, “victory red” dress lit up the stage. And Mr. President looked pretty dapper too, if I do say so myself.

Michelle Obama Inauguration DressOfficial White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert

Michelle Obama Inauguration DressOfficial White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert

Do you have a political style icon? Who is it? 

  • Tell Your Friends

So, has everyone read Les Misérables by Victor Hugo, seen the on-stage adaptation or checked out the newest film that hit theaters last month? If the all-star cast and singing isn’t enough to reel you in, then the 19th-century sets and costumes surely will. I was stunned with “Les Miz” costume designer Paco Delgado’s accurate portrayal of period fashions. According to an article on EW.com, Paco says he drew his design inspiration from surviving garments and made the musical’s costumes 90 percent accurate to 19th-century Paris, although some details were added for a more theatrical look.

Mood Board Monday - Les MiserablesClockwise, left to right: Streetscape Set / Alternate Movie Poster / Marius’ Vest / Inspired Table Setting / Antique Paris Map / Paper Factory Set / Inspired Wedding Shoot

Come back every Monday for an inspirational mood board. Miss a day? See all the posts here.

  • Tell Your Friends

If you’re a devoted Design Happens reader, then you know editor-in-chief Grant Dudley loves crazy, colorful socks and bow ties. And I’m sure you’ve noticed that feminine bows, both large and small, have completely taken over the fashion world. Whether they’re clipped to your shoes, emblazoned on a sweater or dangling on a necklace, bows are eve-ry-where. So Grant, the bow ties in this picture are just for you!

Mood Board Monday: BowsHeels / Cake / Bow Tie Print / White Dress / Place Setting / Bow Scarf / Lemon Bow / Hair Bow / Dog Bow Tie

Come back every Monday for an inspirational mood board. Miss a day? See all the posts here.

  • Tell Your Friends

Recently, we’ve discovered hundreds of people have been searching HGTV.com for “LEGO cufflinks.” Why? Well, none of us in the office can figure it out! If you’re one of our visitors who has been searching, then you know you’ve been getting a disappointing: “Your original search for ‘lego cufflinks’ returned no results.

Have you seen “LEGO cufflinks” on one of our shows? Perhaps one of our sister networks (DIY, Travel Channel or Food Network) have mentioned something to do with them and viewers are getting us confused? Although, I can’t imagine why Travel Channel or Food Network would be talking about such a thing.

This ongoing mystery led me to do a little research on LEGO cufflinks — and well, let me just tell you — these things are pretty darn adorable! I now want a pair! Just look at these from Retro Classy Cufflinks at Etsy.

LEGO Cufflinks

And, please — end our misery! If you’ve been searching HGTV.com for “LEGO cufflinks,” why are you? Tell me in the Comments!

Latest Pins on Pinterest

  • As seen on HGTV's "Property Brothers At Home"