It’s Travel Time! Packing Influential Pieces

Denim du Jour – A Style Studio 

#TravelWithDenim – From coated to cropped, denim is a basic we encase ourselves with year-round, even on vacation. #AStyleStudio provides options to travel with denim. Recycled to high-in-the-rise, it’s time to talk about “what’s in” #vintagevibes #rawhems, and the – OMG – #boyfriend we’ve always wanted. Clean your closet from “what’s out,” including super skinny, super stretch, and anything that resembles a jegging. Raw hemmage is top priority while flares flatter any body style. Try ‘em all! #highrise #slimstraight #hudson #7forallmankind

Dial in on the #distressed with ripped and rockin’ trendsetting denim. Lauren, the owner of this denim du jour boutique in Pikesville, revamps your off-duty look with layers of distress made with everything from sequins to printed fabrics. Thanks to #JoesJeans our knees are covered. #Frayedhems are just as easy to love as the haute #patchwork styles.

The dawning of the #flatform has revolutionized fashionable footwear. It’s a sneaker; edgier than your running shoe with a thicker sole, and a bit more masculine. Considered another one of those fashion throwbacks, the #hightop sneaker is your new wear anywhere! In metallic hues, these shoe showstoppers will be the focus of your look when paired with simple garments and chic metallic accessories – totally pinnable in any style.

Liven up the party in the metallic bomber jacket, a true statement of confidence. Show off your lace appeal – underneath – to really go full-on fashionable. Any age can easily pull off this new dress code. It’s the absolute answer for looking stylish, while secretly staying in your comfort zone. What time is #happyhour, did you say? Celebrate your new look – selfie style – and FB share it with us at Baltimore Snap!

Skulls, Camo and Crystals: Alexander McQueen started us on this ubiquitous influence and now I am totally obsessed! It’s an attractive motif, and not just at Halloween or Grateful Dead concerts. It’s fit for a tee, or even a clutch handbag. Add the studded rhinestones to this pretty face and you really feel stylishly sinister. It’s a reminder that fashion is indeed alive! It didn’t take long before this tried-and-true trend became a part of my everyday wardrobe options. And that includes accessories. #sourceofmystery

Hello Handbags! What’s on your top ten haute list of must-have handbags? #Versatile and #vintage with a modern twist is at the top of mine when it comes to this magical metallic carryall. Well, it may only carry a cell phone and lip gloss, but what else do you need when you’re out on the town with such adorability? Sassy and sleek with edgy hardware, carry it with your jeans and T-shirt look or even that black tie gala. Luxury is not exclusive to any time of day. #beglamorous

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About Elena Russo

If anyone around Baltimore knows fashion from the inside out, it’s Elena Russo. Elena wasn’t just a “working” model. She was a HARD working model; running from castings to shows to photo shoots to the gym. Elena worked countless runways and designer showrooms, and major magazine shoots, print and TV campaigns for the likes of Carolina Herrera, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Marie Claire, Head Sportswear and White House/Black Market. Her work took her to Milan, New York and many other East Coast markets before she settled down in Baltimore. Now she’s sharing more of what she’s learned about beauty and fashion with you. Elena’s ability to find the reality - rather than the fantasy - of fashion is evident in her shopping know-how. With a bi-weekly fashion column, she shares her local “Elena’s LookBook,” identifying trends you can find at local boutiques in and around Charm City to help you refresh and modernize your closet, and yourself!

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