Friday, September 28, 2012

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Help Me Expand!

As much as I love blogging everyday, I have so many other sources that I use to draw inspiration from so if you love my blog, check me out on other websites as well!

Pinterest: I absolutely love Pinterest, I’m on it all the time and I have boards related to my style, red carpet, runway, accessories and more. Follow me!

Twitter: Follow me on twitter to see whats going on with Ashtyn Tardif Designs and hear my opinion on the latest fashion news.

My Website: I try to update my website as much as possible, granted its still a work in progress, but feel free to go take a look and leave some ideas and any advice you might have for me!

Email me with questions and suggestions for blog posts! I will be putting a submission form under my blog so you can email me directly from my blog.

I will also be starting Fashion Fridays, every Friday I will go over the best and worst dressed of that week. Stay tuned for tomorrows post!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Fall/Winter 2013 Trend Update: Velvet?

As NYFW comes to a close (New York Fashion Week) the reports are in! One major trend spotted was none other than..... velvet. At first I wasn't sure how I felt about this, how versatile and workable is velvet? Turns out after looking at multiple runway pictures, I actually love it! Seen on the runways of Rachel Zoe, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Balmain and Etro, this trend is here to stay for the Winter/Fall 2013 season. 

Displaying a look of luxury, velvet has been dated back to royal times. But now this look isn't only for royals, its for everybody. I’m going to take some recent runway looks and show you how to transform them.

    The velvet dress look has to be my favorite of all. It puts a spin on the classic LBD look and reinvents it for the modern woman. Like this look? Go Here and here for some great velvet dresses to check out. 

Dolce & Gabanna
Nicole Miller

Feeling a little bit more risky? Why not try and incorporate some velvet tops into your wardrobe? This Rachel Zoe patterned draped top is my personal favorite, I would undeniably wear this to a nice event or maybe even just shopping in New York.

Not only is black velvet in this season, the whole rainbow is! Check out some of the fabulously unique velvet pieces seen at Fashion week.


Rachel Zoe

Ralph Lauren

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Boho Chic

Every one has their own distinct style and taste, and I know that for myself, I tend to lean toward the more preppy and chic polished look. While I have yet to master the art of the effortlessly "boho" look I totally love the way it looks on other people. So how exactly does one know whats boho and whats not? What does boho even mean? Think Nicole Richie and the Olsen twins. My previous post about head scarves wraps right into this blog post. The Bohemian look is very hippy-esque with a modern vintage feel. It's all about capturing the past trends in a modern way.

Example: Buying an old pair of complete mom jeans and making them into an adorable pair of high waisted shorts. Or, going to thrift stores and vintage shops and buying old shoes and pairing them with a fab new outfit.

The whole idea is to look calm and effortless but totally chic. Can you work it? Here are key closet essentials you'll definitely need for this look.

Maxi dresses are a MUST.  This gorgeous white cotton dress with some lace detailing is so easily hip and cool, all you need is some awesome accessories like the MKaltenbach sunset necklace below to complete the look! Click here for more details on the dress and here for more on the necklace!
Sunset Amber necklace
Heres another example of a totally cute maxi dress.  The empire waist, triangle bust cutout and watercolor  tone  all contribute to the boho vibe that's goin' on here. Add a sheer scarf and some awesome silver or gold bangles and you are set! Check this dress out here.

Nicole Richie looking casual and cool in her printed maxi dress.

Make your look appear more sophisticated with a really killer jacket like Nicole's leather one above.

Not all your dresses have to be maxi to be boho! Check out these adorable dresses I found on below!

Need a little more oomf in your dress look? Add a vintage vest! Or a new one like this adorable lace vest I also found on

If vests aren't your thing, throw on a fabulous chic necklace like the ones below! All designed by Megan Kaltenbach, click here for more details.

Another must have: Maxi skirts. The flowy chill vibe is what
boho is all about. From the ombre cream and blue
skirt, to the pleated light blue scalloped
skirt, you get the general idea of skirts
I'm talking about here.

So this was just a very quick rundown on the basis of the Bohemian look. If you have any questions or if you think I should have gone into more detail, email me!