Bold & Beautiful

Necklaces do the job. Pair a bold necklace with a basic tank and your favorite jeans. Or put on that LBD and add some spice to it with a statement necklace. Check out our favorites:

Some of our very own bold necklaces:

The chunky metal necklace is a DIY – simply spray painted over with fluorescent yellow. Super easy, super cute!

xo, Moda.Mode

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50 Shades of Summer

This is the umpteenth time we have said this: color is serious this summer! Pastels, floral, prints, brights, neon, etc. The season of color has already started. What have you done for it (color wise) lately?

How awesome are the sheer multi colored bottoms?!

xo, Moda.Mode

Wedding Bells

Summer is fast approaching and we’re sure those wedding invitations and save the dates have slowly made their way onto your fridge. Soon after comes the dreaded question “What am I going to wear?” Well, that really all depends on the kind of wedding it is. Beach, formal, casual? Here are a few ideas to get you started. Have any other outfit ideas or suggestions? Please share!

P.S. nothing is over $100!

Wedding Bells

Wedding Bells by shopmodamode featuring sweetheart neckline dresses

Peplum Power

If you don’t have any peplum pieces hanging in your closet you should be ashamed. Seriously. This fancy flare is one of the easiest ways to spice up your look. Check out these fabulous and affordable peplum tops! We want them ALL! Which ones are your fav?

Peplum Party
 

Peplum Party by shopmodamode featuring sleeveless tops

Jelly Feet

Thanks to one of our followers (Hi, Katie!), we are in love with jellies! These shoes are just perfect for the beach scene, a day at the park, or just for warmer weather in general. Check out some of these adorable jelly shoes:

Can you believe some of these are jellies?!

xo, Moda.Mode

Braids

Messy, sleek, fishtail, french, twist, ladder… Braids have taken over hairstyles. Get inspired by some of these braided looks:

(Images from tumblr.com/google)

I decided to incorporate a braid with my infamous look: the bun. I got my mother to braid my hair upward. I tied the braid first, then I bunned the remainding hair and I pinned it. Peep it:

Voila!

xo, Moda.Mode

Wardrobe Inspirations

Fancy pants, long dresses, brights, leopard, floral, ombre tops and more. All fabolous picks. Try to incorporate some of these essentials to your wardrobe.

(Images from tumblr.com)

xo, Moda.Mode

Sunnies

Don’t forget to give your eyes some personality this summer! Big sunglasses are in. And so are colored frames, rainbow lenses, pointy cat eyes and Jackie-O’s. Here are some of our favorites:

Anthropologie retro sunglasses, $24

Vintage inspired pointed cat-eye, $11

Sabre Runaway cat eye in color, $100

Kate Spade Jackie-O inspired, $128

Super wayfarer rainbow lens, $163

Don’t forget – there are tons of stores like Target or H&M that have mock styles. Saves you money while stylin’!

xo, Moda.Mode

Prom-tastic!

It’s that time of year for prom shopping! Stay stylish with the newest trends like neon, pleats, pastel hues, and lots of embellishment. Here are some fabulous ideas to make your prom memorable — and fashionable.

River Island mint belted dress

ASOS embellished dress

Cameo Nomad color block pleated skirt

River Island embellished floral dress

Vero Moda collar harness dress

These looks just make us want to go back to high school! You might not be invited to any proms, but you can share these fresh and funky ideas with your siblings, younger cousins, or co-worker’s kids.

xo, Moda.Mode

Spring Fashion via Bella Magazine

Tea wrote her first column editorial for Bella Magazine – a women’s mag based out of SW & Central Va. Since the article is all about spring and awesome fashions, we wanted to share it with you guys! Enjoy!

“Spring is here — with a fun and frisky game plan on fashion.

This season is all about being risky. Mixing prints and patterns is a fashion no-no, but not this time of year. Don’t be afraid — pair polka dot tops with striped shorts, or floral dresses with striped cardigans. Mixing nature and bold prints will turn heads – but for a good reason.

Sheer and chiffon –- huge hits this past winter — will stay around for spring fling. Check out chiffon button down tops, and wear them belted, loose or tie the front ends. Throw a bandeau underneath, or for more coverage, go with a basic tank. Maxi sheer skirts and dresses are trendy and ready to complement spring looks.

Highlighter pens in your purse should not be the only neon you have on you. Accessorize a simple outfit with a bright orange messenger bag, turquoise clutch or add a skinny lime green belt over top of your blouse. These eye-popping accessories will not only light up the season, but your mood as well.

Not into the neon movement? Get down with pastels. Balance a pastel look with nothing else but more pastels. Pair a light pink pair of skinny jeans with a pastel yellow top. Don’t shy away from the dull hues – they are a DO.

This spring, the blog Man Repeller suggests that you give your wrist an arm party. Metallic cuffs, gold bangles and slave bracelets are spring-tastic. Look out for snap cuffs, wrap-around bracelets and tons of bangles in all sizes. Not only are these bracelets fashionable, but they are such easy DIYs. Google how to create accessories; it will save you some bucks, and give you an opportunity to show off your crafty side.

You do not have to be near a beach for straw hats. Pull out those suckers, and give yourself a hat attack. Keep it traditional with large fancy sun hats in neutral tones. Or have fun with a colored men’s straw hat. Not only do hats protect from the sun, but they give outfits personality.

Wearing a maxi dress? Tie a knot at the bottom – this makes the dress different and playful. You can do the same with long loose shirts or skirts. A little change goes a long way.

When it comes to your footwear, platforms are still a big hit. Do not get rid of your chunky heels and wedged boots. But pointy toe pumps, strappy sandals and nude heels are making their way back into our hearts – and closets. Play around with thick and thin soles – the more options, the better.

Before you update your entire closet, think about some items that can be worn all year round. Motorcycle boots, jean jackets, light knit sweaters and scarves are classic. Throw on a plain tee, cut-off jean shorts and military boots, or pair a light sweater with shorts and sandals. There is nothing simple about those looks, and you didn’t even break the bank for new items.

This season is all about trying something new and funky, even if it is not necessarily your comfort zone. So don’t be shy. Play around with your outfits, and make your wardrobe more fun.

So what’s your spring wardrobe about? Flower power or a box of crayolas?”

xo, Moda.Mode