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Ripped tights? Just maybe...

There is nothing more frustrating than a fingernail through your favorite pair of tights, a snag caused by a ring or a run in your tights before you leave the house.  While the grunge queens of the '90s were able to rock the ripped tights with their black lipstick and Docs, is there a way to pull this off in a chic and modern way?  After scoping out these bloggers below I think we're in... 

 

{A Style Pixie}

 

ripped black tights

{Chic Wolf Girl}

 

ripped black tights

{Style Bistro}

 

 

Add in one Olsen Twin...

 

 

And a final image from Alexander Wang's runway show?  We're sold!

 

 

Try it out and send us pics!

 

xoxo

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Style Crush - A Style Pixie

It goes without saying, that we obviously think our tights are pretty spectacular.  We talk a lot about comfort and eliminating the dreaded muffin-top -- those were, after all, the reason we created these tights and started Wade & Belle.  But as we are fashion conscious women, we also wanted to be sure that the cute factor was not left out of the design process.  Every once in awhile we are reminded just how adorable these tights can be when they are styled in an uber-chic way.  

Enter A Style Pixie -- a fashion blogger we've long crushed on.  She has perfected the "cool-girl chic" and and has a keen eye for putting a twist on traditional fashion.  Erika Fermina is the Los Angeleno face and voice behind A Style Pixie.

  

 

In Erika's own words:

"Here's a comfortable, yet sexy look. I saw this sweater and immediately had to have it! I adore the knit stag's head on the front. It's pretty sheer so I paired it with a cross-back, cropped tank from Brandy Melville. I didn't want to disrupt the silhouette of the sweater, so on top of my tights I wore a pair of form fitting shorts I usually reserve for short skirts and dresses.  Plus I have a sweet leftover French tip manicure from the wedding I was in weekend before last. I need to trim my nails soon, they're interfering with my mandolin lessons."
Hat: UNKNOWN
Rings: H&M
Sweater: OASAP
Shorts: OASAP
Shoes: BRECKELLE'S
If you want to see more of Erika's killer style, follow her instagram and on google+.
xoxo
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"Everything But the Dress" giveaway

As we coast into mid-November, the holidays are about 5 minutes away from taking over our entire lives.  The plane tickets, train rides, hostess gifts, secret Santa gifts, family grab bags, and stocking stuffers are about to reign chaos of our usual shopping schedule.  But before it becomes about everyone else, we have one last shopping spree that is all about YOU.  

We teamed up with some of our favorite brands to offer an "Everything But the Dress" giveaway!  What does this mean? You put on the dress and we'll provide the rest!  We partnered up with some of our favorite brands to put together this care package for one lucky winner.

 

 

We've long pined away over Dagne Dover's killer tote.  The women at Dagne Dover have a very simply philosophy of "You are what you carry"  -- meaning that if you lug around one of those Mary Poppins' bags with everything but the kitchen sink jammed in there, how can you be expected to stay organized and calm?  Their bags are practically designed and beautifully rendered.  I mean, just look at this image -- they know what they are doing!

 

 

We also are including a $100 gift card from ThirdLove -- our favorite place to buy lingerie.  The team behind ThirdLove understands what we want -- cute, comfortable, a little sexy and affordable.  The T-shirt bra is our current practical obsession and the Lace Balconet is our current not-as-practical obsession

                               lace balconet    t-shirt bra  

And finally, we're excited to introduce you to Scratch Nails.  I don't know about you, but we never have the patience to sit through the final 20 minute drying necessary to walk away with flawless nails.  That hatred is what got us started investigating nail wraps, but it was the bad-assery of Scratch Nails that got us hooked.  We love new beauty products and we love supporting new artists and we love having killer nails.

 

Scratch nails

 

And of course, no fall/ winter outfit is complete without a sliming, fashion-forward pair of tights.  Whether you go with classic black tights, trendy diamonds tights or retro polka-dots tights, the tights will add another dimension to your outfit. 

black tights

 

And the best part?  All of these companies were founded by female entrepreneurs!  Before you start buying presents for everyone else, take a minute to put yourself first.  ENTER HERE >>

 

 

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It's About That Time - Hottest Swimsuits for Summer 2014

Memorial Day is only a couple of weeks away, so it's time to show off all of that hard work you've done at the gym. Or strategically place your bikini to hide a few parts if you haven't had the time. Either way, one (or all) of these swimsuits will work for you to highlight or deflect whatever you need. 

We are in love with the Caged Animal Swimsuit by Nasty Gal. The collar and strappy bottom give this bathing suit a completely unique and sexy look. If you want to stand out on the beach this summer, this is the perfect swimsuit for you. And at only $58, it's a steal. 

L Space Bikini

If you like the strappy look, but not quite so strappy and would like a bit more bottom coverage, you'll love this L Space Bikini. It's still has a little something special going on with the cross front top and ruched bottom, but it's a bit more subdued (if you like that kind of thing.) Still not a bad price, $70 at Nordstrom

You can't go wrong with Missoni. This simple, strapless bikini is made in their signature pattern and knit, so it looks beautifully upscale. Not so easy on the purse strings at a whopping $456 at Scoop NYC, but it's a classic so if your amortize the cost across the times and years you'll wear it.... maybe, just maybe you can justify it.

Channel your inner hippie with this Vitamin A Fringed bikini. The fringe on the top can either highlight assets, or bulk up what may be somewhat lacking. Another plus is the ruching on the bum. Gives the illusion of lift for those of us who could use a little help. $84 at Nordstrom

Beach Riot Babe Daze Bikini

We love the bra inspired top of this Beach Riot Babe Daze bikini. The pink and black together make it both sexy and sweet, so you can appeal to BOTH guys. Time for some summer fun afterall. Not the cheapest option, $166 at Neiman Marcus, but well worth it we say. 

If you want to go the retro route, this Ruched Halter Tank from J. Crew is a great choice.  A little ruching can also do wonders around the midsection area if you want to look a bit thinner than you are feeling (not that you don't look amazing. Clearly you do. )

High waisted everything is back, and if you can pull if off, go for it. This not so itsy bitsy teeny weeny orange polka dot bikini is an adorable retro, Gidget look. Get the Coral and Cream Spot bikini from Topshop for $68. 

 

Now that you have the swimsuits you need, bring on the beach. 

 

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In Our Bag (Essentials)

wade & belle bag
Every girl has certain essentials in her bag at all times. These are the things we can't live without:
Bobby Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner is amazing because it stays put really well, and it's easier to work with than liquid liner. Great for creating a cat eye or smokey eye look. We keep it in our bag for touch ups. If you haven't tried Mac Pro Longwear Lipcreme you are missing out. The colors are vibrant and it stays on so well you will wake up in the morning after a big night out still looking good.  There is a time for red lipstick (most of the time) and a time for saving your lips (especially in this cold weather) with Rosebud Salve. There is a reason it's been a huge seller since 1892. If you haven't already, try it. 
A good book is vital for subway rides or waiting for friends. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is one of the most smartly written books we've read in a long time. A girl has got to have good breath, Altoids are a must. And smelling good, preferably with your own signature scent is key. We love these small, solid perfumes by Bond No. 9. We don't leave home without our sunglasses, no time for wrinkles here. Loving these Chloe sunglasses lately. 
What is a must for your bag?
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