why the f^*k are cashmere sweaters so expensive?!?!?

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Cashmere is super luxurious, and just screams wear me. Because cashmere is so soft, warm, and miraculously durable, it’s the perfect piece for your fall and winter wardrobe.

However don’t be deceived, not all cashmere is created equally which is why you see cashmere sweaters run anywhere from $80 to $500-plus.

So, the question on everyone’s mind why is cashmere so expensive?

Well, there are several factors that determine the cost of cashmere including fiber quality, origin, purity, and where the product is manufactured.

Cashmere sweaters are made from the superfine hair of cashmere goats and the thinnest, longest, and whitest fibers actually, make the most expensive garments. Interesting, right?

Surprisingly, most cashmere comes from either Mongolia or China where goats have been cultivated for centuries. Now a cashmere sweater manufactured in a factory in China will cost less than one being made in a boutique factory in Europe due to quality.

One of the biggest factors that dictate’s the price of cashmere sweaters is purity. Many more affordable cashmere sweaters aren’t 100% cashmere and are often interwoven with other less expensive fabrics like lambswool. So make sure you check your labels before running to the cash register.

Verdict? I think investing in a top-notch cashmere sweater is totally worth it. If you chose the right silhouette, your sweater will never go out of style, and because of the fabrics durability, it’s going to last for years and years.

Now lets do some damage, here are some pretty fantastic and chic cashmere sweater options for every budget!

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Happy Shopping!

Are you a fan of cashmere sweaters?

xo, Lara

9 Pieces From Target Your Wardrobe Needs NOW!

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Trends come and go that’s why it’s not always a good idea to spend loads of money on trendy fashion pieces. One of the biggest downfalls of fashion is how fast the trends change – one minute it’s hot and the next minute it’s not.

When shopping for fall fashion trends, to fill your closet with, I highly suggest checking out more affordable pieces from Target and other low-cost fashion stores.

In fact, Target has truly stepped up its game for fall/winter 2016 trends. The store is packed with current trends that look good and won’t break the bank. Moreover, Target has re-vamped its fashion lines to showcase trendy items for ALL sizes from juniors to super-skinny and plus-size curves. Meaning everyone and every body shape can find something to wear from Target this fall.

On Target.com I found nine ready-to-wear pieces that hit the nail on the head for fall fashion trends. Each piece is diverse, beautiful and will great additions to any girls closet.

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What are your favorite fall trends? Where do you like to shop for trendy fashion pieces?

xo, Lara

Currently Coveting…

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Warm (and rainy) weather has finally graced us with its presence, and while I could do without all the rain, there’s nothing better than a gorgeous warm spring day. The warm weather has me yearning for light colored clothing and glowing bronzed skin.

Rumor has it white bags will be all the rage this summer, so I suggest investing in one now. This gorgeous Tory Burch bag caught my eye because of its beautiful shape and simple design.

Also, months ago I purchased these Quay sunglasses, in the silver-blue color, and I’m so obsessed with them. I’ve been dying to pick up more sunglasses from their line ever since. Quay’s sunglasses are super fashionable, well fitting, and super affordable which is a win-win! But I also can’t get my mind off the blush Ray-Ban’s pictured up above. Decisions, decisions.

Sunnies and bags are the way to this girls heart 😉

Here are a few items that are inspiring me this week and that I may have to call my own very soon!

xo, Lara

superb street style: florals? for spring? groundbreaking.

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Welcome to Superb Street Style on ChicandSequined.com. Every week we will be taking a trend and showing you how the best street style mavens are wearing that trend.

Florals for spring are nothing new. I mean Miranda Priestly said it best in the Devil Wears Prada, “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking,” yet designers, are finding new ways to play up florals in the spring. While the florals your mother knows and loves are still around and as fashionable as ever, moody florals have also emerged this spring and are all the rage.

Moody florals take bright colored flower prints and place them on a darker backgrounds like black, green, purple instead of the classic beige or white giving the print a whole new look.

This week our lovely Superb Street Style stars show us how they are wearing florals this spring.

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Dress: Erin Fetherston

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Emily from The Ivory Lane

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Dress: Rachel Parcell

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Jess from Bows and Sequins

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Romper: Yumi Kim 

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Which look is your favorite?

xo, Lara

trends to talk about: springtime boots

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Spring is the time of year when your footwear tends to get lighter to accommodate the warmer weather yet this year I’ve seen numerous fashion and style blogs promoting over-the-knee boots for springtime.

Perhaps I’m late on a trend, but I associate riding and over-the-knee boots with winter and fall, not spring. When I think spring footwear I go for ballet flats, espadrilles, peep toe shoes, ankle cut booties, and so on.

So seeing fashion bloggers prancing around in over-the-knee boots makes me go hmm….

I love individual style, so I’m not knocking wearing these type of boots in the spring I’m just opening up the floor for discussion.

If you are looking to rock boots this spring here are some of my tips to keep you looking seasonable and fashionable!

1. Gravitate towards lighter colored boots like camel, light grey, beige, white and stay away from black and dark brown boots.

2. Choose for booties over higher cut boot styles like over-the-knee, mid-calf, and riding.

3. Pick booties that have a cut-out, peep-toe, lace-up or fringe details. These features scream spring/summer style.

Here are some of my spring boot picks!

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What style of boots are your favorite for spring?

xo, Lara

How To Blow Your Tax Return

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In honor of Tax Day, I thought we’d discuss some fun ways to blow your tax return – I mean it is almost like free money after all 😉

You could be boring and save your money, but personally, I think your tax return is the perfect time to do one of three things (or all three if your finances allow it 😉

Plan a trip – Having some extra money in your bank account is one of the best reasons to travel. Pick a place on the map, buy a plane ticket and pack your bags. Traveling is a great way to spend your money because you’re not only creating a memory but you’re feeding your soul with culture.

Invest in a designer item – Lusting over that Louis Vuitton bag? Or perhaps you’re manic for a pair of Manolos? Bite the bullet and splurge or rather invest in classic pieces you can wear season to season and year after year. It’s the perfect time to invest in that high-end fashion piece you’ve been drooling over for months!

Revamp your wardrobe – if you’re looking to add some classic higher priced items to your wardrobe now’s a perfect time. You (hopefully) have a large chunk of change at your disposal which makes it easier to invest in pricier items. Throughout the year is the time to fill your closet with trendier, cheaper clothes because hey it’s more affordable and trends change quickly but when you can splurge on quality, more costly pieces I highly suggest you do it. Think items that will elevate your wardrobe – like a great blazer or leather jacket, a cashmere sweater, or a trench coat.

How are you spending your tax return this year?

xo, Lara

Valentine’s Day wishlist

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Okay, Cupid Valentine’s Day is steadily approaching, and while I don’t have a Valentine this year there’s no rule against buying myself a present, right? Didn’t think so. Valentine’s Day is all about being pampered and showered with love, affection, and presents even if you have to do it yourself!

I did a little perusing on Spring where I managed to find so many amazingly beautiful items that I wanted one of each! Check, please!

Instead of giving my credit card a heart attack, I settled on eight pieces that I’m heads over heels for. One or two of these items may or may not have my name on it when Valentine’s Day arrives!

Here’s my Valentine’s Day Wishlist that’s everything my heart desires!

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What’s on your Valentine’s Day Wishlist?

xo, Lara Sophia

pantone color of the year: rose quartz and serentiy

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Every year fashion trends come and go but one trend I love to keep a lookout for is the Pantone color of the year. For for 2016 we are lucky enough to have two colors and these colors will dictate everything from fashion and makeup to interior design trends.

While Pantone’s color of the year often translates extremely well into fashion and interior design, they often fall flat on the beauty front. This year’s colors of Rose Quartz and Serenity are readily available and will work for fashion as well as beauty, which is an added bonus for us beauty lovers 😉

The juxtaposition of Rose Quartz and Serenity is beautiful and creates a balance between cool and warm tones. This years colors give consumers many options that will play into various fashion styles and moods.

I’m obsessed with Rose Quartz or blush pink as I like to call it because it works so well for EVERYONE! No matter your skin tone or hair color this shade of pink just pops on you. Serenity on the other hand is that perfect shade of blue that is calming and beautiful. These colors make you feel good and are so inviting and happy!

Do you prefer Rose Quartz or Serenity? How will you incorporate Rose Quartz or Serenity into your wardrobe this year?

xo, Lara Sophia

How To Incorporate Major Golden Globe Trends Into Your Wardrobe

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Awards season is officially upon us. Memes are being created at lightning speed (we’re looking at you, Leo), and best-and-worst dressed lists are flooding the entertainment news streams. Pop culture and fashion lovers alike rejoice when awards season comes around, because not only are there always gossip-worthy happenings on and off the red carpet that beg for discussion, but what kind of person wouldn’t love lusting over the decadent gowns gracing celebrities’ frames?

Red carpet season is the ultimate time to draw inspiration from the fashion choices made by celebrities and their stylists. Every year, there always seems to be major trends that categorize many of the red carpet outfits. And since we didn’t get an invite to the Golden Globes this year (must’ve gotten lost in the mail, right?), we can at least take trend cues from the show.

Five of the major trends at the Globes this year were deep necklines, sequins, cut outs, capes, and all-white ensembles. And you can easily incorporate these looks into your own everyday wardrobe—no gown required! Here are my tips for adapting these trends to fit in with your everyday lifestyle.

1. Deep Neckline

A plunging V-neck will be perennially sexy. Seen on Olivia Wilde, Kirsten Dunst, Rumer Willis, and more in this slideshow, the extremely deep neckline reaching just above the belly button is a daring fashion move. To recreate it without looking too extreme, inch the plunge up a bit, and sport a hem hitting your knees. The small changes will make your dress more versatile.

2. Sequins

We all know by now that all that glitters isn’t gold, but there’s no harm in incorporating a little glitz into your wardrobe. A little less in-your-face than the sequined-all-over gowns Julianne Moore and Kate Bosworth wore (pictured here), a top or dress with neckline embellishments is one simple way to glam up a casual look without going overboard.

3. Cut Outs

Some of the most gorgeous cut out gowns from the Globes were worn by Jennifer Lawrence and Giuliana Rancic, each peeking their sides, and in G’s case some abdominal action, too! With cut outs being generally trendy in the fashion world, it’s quite simple to take this trend into your own hands. For example you can simply head to this collection, type “cut out” in the search bar, and scroll through almost a thousand designs to choose from.

4. Capes

With Cate Blanchett and Jennifer Lopez sporting the shoulder-grazing trend in white and yellow gowns (see photos 1 and 2 here), it’s hard to ignore the cape trend that’s taking the fashion scene by storm. You can easily bring a cape to your wardrobe with a cozy poncho style knit or with a structured cape coat option.

5. White All-Over

Perhaps it’s the recent resurgence of “winter white” that’s got everyone wanting to don the snow-colored hue. Take a look at Laverne Cox’s red carpet dress and JLo’s after-party gown, and you’ll see that white is most definitely having a moment.

xo,

Lara Sophia