It’s Spring. Make a Statement!

Octavia Boutique – The Village of Cross Keys

Consider adding a splash of color to your spring pallette. Leading the pack this season is primose yellow. @OctaviaBoutique displays the lemon-like hue in a laid-back blouse with layers of delicate gold chains and a#statementnecklace. I just can’t get enough of this color and it’s absolutely dynamite with denim!

A festival of florals canvased every runway for Spring. Forecast for the season shows #oversizedfloral placement and #watercolorprints. Trimmed in shimmer and shape, this #FrankLyman open shoulder dress spells e-l-e-g-a-n-c-e from head to toe.

Black and white resurfaces with #artisticvalue this season. It’s the #modernchoice and always chic. From polka dots, to grids and figure-flattering graphics, the contrast never goes out of style and easily pairs with a leopard print bag and red lip. #Graphicstyle dressing with this #statementpiece by #Heydari.

You’re gonna need a bigger jewelry box. As you decorate your décolleté this season, look for larger-than-life pieces as #statementjewelry takes a front seat to fashion @OctaviaBoutique in the @VIllageofCrossKeys. This optical illusion with a minimal twist stands out on a canvas of white stretch jersey by Simpli.

Show the world that it’s business as usual with this #closetstaple. Every woman, at every age, should own at least one #whiteshirt and make it a button down. #CleanandCrisp Prep out and layer it with a v-neck collegiate style cardigan and go ahead, pop that collar!

Kick start your spring wardrobe with a potent print. From flirty fabrics designed to fall off the shoulder to tailored and textured soft shoulder sportswear, these splashes of grandeur serve as a happy reminder that warm weather is here. Too bright for you? Tame the loudness with an underpinning of black lace and a strand of white pearls.

Talk about #statementjewelry. These clip-on earrings may only be worn once a year, but – rest assured -no one will forget to wish you the happiest of birthdays. #Cheers!

The season’s must-have jewelry trends include shimmer and shine in a series of metals. Complete your arsenal for 2017 with a cuff. Seen here in rose gold or gold plated with rhinestone stars by @BoyerNY. For a more sophisticated occasion, go Katherine Hepburn-style with freshwater pearls. Recent runway trends #makeitmodern to wear cuffs on the outside of your sleeves.

Call it cutting-edge fashion when the paint splatters on your @Cartis jeans this season. This deliberately #distresseddenim stands out in this crowd. Create your look by pulling solid colors from the paint palette. Wear an ivory knit top #aldomartins and mauve and fuschia print scarf, and top it all off with a casual go-anywhere raffia straw hat.

The power of accessories includes jewel-like clutches and strappy, sexy shoes in satin and suede. Choose the #hautecombo for you with a bag and a shoe. Or two. A little shimmer here and a tied tassel there; the finishes can make a huge difference. Be sure to try it all on before walking out the door.

#DIY Dressing with a #statementsleeve. Yes, @OctaviaBoutique carries the Elana Collection, a line of clothing where you are the designer. For the sophisticated woman, I love this navy ladylike classic knit dress. Choose your own exquisite embroidered #bellcutsleeve, then finish off the look with a classic pump.

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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