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5 Must-Have Accessories To Make You A Fashion Icon This Season

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“I just have too many purses” said no woman ever. Well, maybe when she needed to store them safely or having to pick one for a certain occasion. But facing the truth, we love our accessories just as much as we love our shoes and pretty dresses and if you ever meant to follow a strict fashion diet and refrain yourself from not buying another piece of jewelry, another bag or another hat, you will have to fight temptation this season more than ever, as there are countless trendy and chic accessories out there to make your heart jump. Not wanting to interfere in anybody’s shopaholic tendencies and rehab plans, let’s see what fashion brought us this season in terms of accessories.

5 Must-Have Accessories To Make You A Fashion Icon This Season

1. The Handmade Textile Wallet Purse

If you were thinking tote bags in snake skin or animal print were the only highlights of the season, think again. You sometimes need just a little floral wallet purse to make your casual denim wear look striking and in this department, Reef bags just got even more exciting. You can go for the long leather strap during the day or a fancy nigh-out dress-up by removing the strap and turn the wallet purse into a small size clutch. The possibilities are endless and a hint of folk and floral is just what this winter needs to lift up our spirit.

2. Golden Necklaces

Once considered pieces of jewelry restricted only to those who are in for luxury fashion or bound to special glam and glitter occasions, now golden necklaces, although not completely affordable, look less royal and more street-wearable. Some of them have a chunky aspect, others a more ghetto-chic feel to them, while others enter the statement department, showing off words like love and peace or the wearer’s name. Lanvin made a riot with their Love golden necklaces and they seem to show up more and more in fashion shows and in the streets.

3. Anything Furry

Glamour Magazine listed this trend as one of the season’s must-haves and they don’t mean just furry bags or furry shoes. You can have stylish cocktail party furry pom-poms, furry earrings, furry scarves and we don’t mean it as they would be manufactured out of actual fur, but we mean it as a fluffy fuzzy style. It is comforting, cute and funny and even if some designers went quite far with label fur luxurious purses, you can wear your patch of rainbow-like fuzziness on almost any type of accessory.

4. Nothing Says Classy More Than Tartan

Now you may have already seen the tartan chic trench coats of this season, but as fashion designers are concerned, a little bit of tartan in small doses doesn’t hurt the accessories either. You can have tartan tote bags or small, fun street backpacks, tartan bows on ballerina flats, tartan handmade broaches or tartan scarves. Apparently, Stella McCartney is the mastermind behind this trend, but you’ll see several other designers in love with the idea.

5. Beads, Stones, Crystals and Everything with a Shine

Statement jewelry with embedded stones and shiny applications are not newcomers of this season’s trends, as you may have seen already chandelier earrings, statement necklaces Sophia Vergara style and even baseball caps adorned with shiny stones, J. Crew’s token of appreciation to the ladies really wanting to make a fashion statement.

For this season, if you already have the shoes, boots and coats to wear, you can also think about Reed Krakoff’s suggestion of dressing up and matching up everything in only one color of your seasonal choice, as dark red wine or cobalt blue.

Is Urban Outfitters Really Building an Entire Community?

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Imagine a community where you could find upscale boutiques, popular eateries, and a top-notch hotel, all in one central location. You could park your car and easily spend a day, weekend, week, or however much time you have on a trendy site, one built entirely with reclaimed natural materials.

This vision from global retailer Urban Outfitters could be a reality as early as 2016. This “lifestyle experience” will be built over 6.5 acres in Chester County, Pennsylvania, and will feature everything from handcrafted boutique hotels and garden centers to spas and specialty grocery markets.

Unique Touch

This community, while not technically a planned residential community — there are no housing plans yet — will encompass a boutique hotel built by Amish stonemasons stretching five stories tall, according to Mother Nature Network. The community is slated to be referred to as “Devon Yard,” and surprisingly will not contain an Urban Outfitters store. Instead, among its many posh boutiques and high-end retail shops, will be UI’s more upscale sister Anthropologie.

Is Urban Outfitters Really Building an Entire Community?

It’s not all about trendy clothing: in addition to available retail space for the shopping enthusiast, you’ll also find a range of high-end and casual dining options, a spa and boutique exercise studio, specialty grocery market, and a five-story hotel, called the Devon Inn, which will form the centerpiece of the village. A Terrain garden center, hotel and spa, will complement a Terrain farm-to-table restaurant as well, according to Philadelphia magazine.


This proposed project is expected to cost $100 million, says Philadelphia. Designed as a throwback to the historic Devon Inn that captured the heart of the community throughout the 1920s, the hotel will accommodate approximately 90 guests, along with a restaurant on site, an event space for business functions and wedding ceremonies, and perhaps a wine boutique and spa. The plan is to largely use recycled building materials to construct the village, giving Amish craftsmen a chance to show off their simple, strong, and stylish stonemason skills.

Naturally, for all this new development, a garage and various parking lots will be built to handle the expected uptick in visitors. Urban Outfitters is also planning on partnering with the neighboring Devon Horse Show, the oldest and largest multi-breed horse show in the United States, for increased parking space, according to the Mother Nature Network. Plans for Devon Yard are still in the works, with permission needed from the township before any project officially moves forward. Upon city approval, Urban Outfitters can begin groundbreaking work and construction on its new village concept.

Bringing Devon to the Forefront

An area that was once solely known for its widely-attended annual horse show will now be acclaimed for its thriving downtown area, bringing tourists and locals alike to sample the town’s wares. Philly’s famed Main Line will be getting a new community overhaul, bringing with it a brand new mini-city to call home. This place for shopping, eating, and relaxing is slated to be completed by April 2016.

This article was provided by Charity Bailey, Environmental Studies major and fashion blogger. If you’re interested in creating your own one-of-a-kind living environment like Urban Outfitters, Charity suggests remodeling your home to allow for cooking in an outdoor kitchen.