March 2, 2015

Spring Break Style

March is in full swing, and I’m celebrating two of its best holidays this weekend: St. Patrick’s Day and Spring Break! Although I promise to wear a little green on the 17th, I’m focusing on Spring Break style this weekend. My take on the trends is beach bum glam: think hardworking denim set against a fanciful fringe bikini, a beach-combing fedora with sky high, jewel-encrusted wedges, or a slouchy white button down that lets a statement bib necklace shine. Layer vintage finds and old favorites with polish and pizzazz to get playful, yet glamorous Spring Break style.

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1. Eric Javits Fedora: Spring Break isn’t about fuss…it’s about fun. Throw this fedora over your rumpled locks and head to the beach with little-to-no time in front of the hotel room mirror!

2. White Free People Double Cloth Boyfriend Tunic: Not crisp, crinkled. This gauzy white button-down is the perfect throw-on-and-go. The white always looks fresh, while the gauzy material can be thrown into the bottom of your beach bag and still come out looking fabulous.

3. Gemma Redux Gold-plated resin necklace: Contrast an easy-going button-up with statement jewelry. Turquoise is a gem meant for the sun, and it looks amazing against a spring break tan.

4. Alexander McQueen Oversized Studded Sunglasses: You’ll live in them, so invest in a great pair of sunglasses. Embellished shades are all the rage, so these studded sunglasses flash trend with whatever you’re wearing.

5. LancĂ´me Vernis in Love Gloss Shine Nail Polish: Polished nails add just that…polish. Coral is another perennial summer color, as it pops a summer tan the same way that turquoise does. A great mani-pedi is a must for spring break!

6. Chan Luu  Glass Bead Cuff: A vibrant, statement piece is found in a glass bead bracelet. Delicate seed beads are handwoven for an authentic feel, giving any look a beach-combing, local vibe.

7. Clarins Self Tanning Milk: Start on your tan before hitting the beach. The sun is both our friend and our enemy; get its rich tanning power with this milk and then protect from its harmful UV rays with its SPF 6 formula.

8. L-Space Fringe Bikini: Mixed prints…we’ve seen them all over the runways and the streets, and now they are hitting the beach. I love the glam appeal of citron-colored fringe against a pop print.

9. Ivy Kirzhner Nefertiti Wedges: By the pool or out for sunset cocktails, these stunning wedges marry classic braided jute with a smooth leather sole and centerpiece jewel. Pair them with your bikini for poolside pizzazz or a maxi dress for cocktails by the water.

10. Sasha Charnin Morrison Secrets of a Stylist: I don’t leave home without it: great reading material. Sasha Charnin Morrison’s Secrets of a Stylist is on the top of my beach-going reads list.

11. Vince Denim Mason Relaxed Rolled Shorts: I’ve been seeing a lot of “midi” length cutoffs…not quite bermudas and certainly not your Daisy Dukes, these Longer Denim Cutoffs capture the easy-breezy styling of spring break more than any other piece. Throw on a pair with your bikini, a gauzy shirt, and statement wedges for a signature spring break look.

February 28, 2015

Style Inspiration: Polished & Pink Weekend Style

Spring-like shades of pastel pink and blush are reinventing themselves this season as romantic neutrals that can be worn year round!

You may think that pale pinks are only for women of a certain age, but you’d be wrong. The new neutral is so much more romantic than the old neutrals because it’s based in pink. They’re so much more ladylike than the neutrals we’ve seen before.

Colors such as peach, pink, ecru, and sugarplum are new neutrals replacing blacks, browns, navy and grays.
Colors that pair well with flush shades: emerald green, browns, gold, and silver, to name some.
With muted flush colored tones, mix all you want ( saturated tones, light tones, anything warm or cool). They all go together.
Play with the fabrics and experiment with textures.
You can never go wrong pairing blush colors with classic denim.
For the ultimate feminine/masculine look, try a crisp, starched men’s dress shirt in pale pink!

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February 25, 2015

Get Margot Robbie’s Cozy Sundance Look For Less

The gorgeous actress was spotted in this perfect cold-weather outfit while promoting her film Z for Zachariah at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. While you can’t have her glam lifestyle (or rumored boyfriend Aleksandr Skarsgard), you can channel her covetable winter look with these affordable finds.

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February 25, 2015

Trending: Seeing Stripes


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In the year of the pattern, we’ve seen florals, prints, and polka dots. It’s no wonder we’re seeing stripes, too! Nautical by nature, stripes get the job done with their classic seafaring roots that continue to evolve with each season. Spring is on the way and you can complete your wardrobe with a striking striped piece, whether it be a chunky knit sweater, a belongs-by-the-sea striped bikini, a cheery yellow tote, or a flirty little cocktail dress. Our favorite way to wear these little lines? Fresh off the street stripes. Pair a creamy white and black striped tee with distressed denim, warm brown leather, and a blithe boho braid.

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February 23, 2015

How to: Wear Dresses in the Winter

Winter’s in full force with its slush and snow, frigid temps, and icy winds. Winter also has an ice age effect on dresses, wiping those beautiful summer styles out for months at a time. However, if there is a will there is a way. The temptation is to ditch our dresses for fleece-lined pants. But I’m just not willing to regulate my dresses to deep storage. Dresses are my go-to pieces, the easiest throw-on-and-go’s I have in my repertoire. And for that reason, I’m standing firm on my opinion that dresses are a fabulous winter item. You can utilize your current dress collection by adding a few key pieces to keep you warm and cozy. Follow my guide (and Rachel McAdams’ suggestion above) to wear dresses all winter long:

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1. WEAR TIGHTS

Spanx Tight Ends: Tights add the warmth you need to wear dresses the whole winter through. Simply layer a black pair under your dress, like Rachel McAdams, and go! Cozy and comfortable, these Spanx also have the power to smooth your silhouette and shrink your shape.

Plush Fleece-Lined Tights: Not convinced that regular tights can keep you warm enough? Enter Plush tights. These tights keep your legs toasty warm with their fleece lining that are oh-so-cozy and yet so slimming. The advantages of layering without any of the bulk!

2. LAYER

Helmut Lang Shawl Cardigan: The power of layering ensures that you can continue to wear your favorite fall dresses for the winter season. Try a chunky knit shawl cardigan like Helmut Lang’s belted over your dress and tights for an extra layer of warmth.

3. CHIC LONG BLACK COAT

Veronica Beard Mod Coat With Leather Moto Dickey: Looking for more polish than a chunky knit? When the occasion calls for a fancier frock, layer a chic long black coat over your dress. This Alexander Wang features ultra cool leather lapels to add an extra edge to your dress.

4. ADD SCARF

YARNZ Lace Cashmere Scarf: A v-neck or a low scoop neckline can leave you vulnerable to winter chills. Cover up with a cashmere scarf. Black and white prints are this season’s IT print, so it’s a win-win with this Yarnz scarf.

5. DON’T GO WITH AN OPEN TOE

Rag & Bone Kinsey Boots: Combat the elements (rain, snow, icky mid-January slush) with your best foot forward. Leave your open toes on the shoe rack until spring and embrace a solid boot or bootie. Both look chic with dresses and tights, especially these sassy, solid Rag & Bone booties.

Frye Lucy Lace Up Booties: Power up against the elements. These Frye boots are so much more stylish than your usual snow boot, but have some of the same advantages, including a rubber lug sole for superior traction on slippery sidewalks. A lace-up ankle and high stacked heel keep you above the elements.

7.  WARM ACCESSORIES

Bop Basics Pop Top Fingerless Gloves: Sometimes the style is in the details. After layering up your dress with a sweater, tights and booties, add the finishing touches with warm accessories. These gloves go fingerless (for texting and using your i gadgets) or have a button-over mitten cover (for when the temps really dip).

February 20, 2015

Ready To Spice Up That Cold Weather Look with Stylish Winter Hats?

Didn’t your mom ever tell you to make sure you have your hat when it gets cold? Your head holds most of your warmth after all! More importantly, it means that you can get away with a bad hair day without anyone knowing. Stylish hats are an impeccably fashionable way to top off your outfits this winter. Whether you prefer the eternally cool fedora or a vintage inspired cloche, a stylish hat is a must-have when it comes to accessorizing your outfit. A hat is not only stylish, but it’s also perfect for concealing a bad hair day or for added warmth. Here, I’ve rounded up some of the best hats for winter.

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February 20, 2015

Repair Your Hair: Get Silky, Smooth Skin All Winter Long


Healthy hair is not only a beauty basic – it’s a must in our beauty books. From soft, unadorned ringlets to pretty ponytails, to flowing beachy waves, simple fuss-free styles and natural-looking locks are back, which means your hair needs to be in great shape. The problem: It’s cold out there (thanks a lot Mother Nature), which can lead to dry hair. If you’re starting to get frustrated by how the freezing temperature is affecting your hair, I have some expert tips for maintaining moisture and shine in spite of the elements. Over the years (and after several bad holiday pictures), I’ve picked up a few tricks and products to keep my hair looking glossy and fabulous despite the constantly running heaters heaters and outside’s ice cold temps. As you can see, you don’t need complicated treatments and expensive products to have great hair for the winter. All you need is a little know-how and a handful of the right tools, and you’ll be the belle of the winter season.

February 18, 2015

Get The Look: Olivia Palermo

Olivia Palermo proved just why she’s considered a style icon braving the cold on a snowy day to do some shopping with family in Gstaad, Switzerland while on holiday. Olivia looked chic in an fur trim parka and a pair of bright neon moon boots. Her husband, Johannes, bought her a ring as a gift at a local Cartier’s store, which put a big smile on her face as she walked with her beau in the cold snow back to their place nearby. Shop Olivia’s stylish winter look and you too will be prepared to brave the cold in style.

February 16, 2015

Lust-Worthy Long Hair From Fashion Week That’ll Make You Vow Not to Chop Yours

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While it seems like every celebrity has chopped her hair into some form of long bob recently, the scene outside fall 2015 New York Fashion Week is telling a different trend story—and making me long to take my hair in exactly the opposite direction. Here are just a few of the street-style photos that are inspiring me to keep growing my hair out super-long and strong.

Outside the Jason Wu show, fashion blogger Kristina Bazan worked the winter wind to her advantage—her mane of blond hair looked almost angelic with its soft halo of natural flyaways.

This showgoer took a different strategy, taming her long hair into curling-iron waves. The waves were left flat and intact (vs. brushed out soft), which works when you’re ready to embrace the flatness that winter’s low humidity brings.

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And here’s proof that simple can be beautiful. I love fashion journalist Sam Aldenton’s classic straight, blunt blowout and its even-toned brunette shade (a welcome change in a sea of blond ombre). It’s been a while since I got a blowout that didn’t have at least alittle bend in the ends, but now I just might!

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Inspired by any of these Fashion Week blowouts? Are you in the mood for long hair these days, or are you loving the trend toward shorter cuts?

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February 16, 2015

Shake Your Booties


I’ve got booties on the brain this week. Nubuck with crisscrossing straps or suede with fringe, be-buckled moto cruisers or studded cowboy boots: I love this season’s take on the bootie. Trends include cowboy-inspired crops, metal studding, and motorcyle-worthy ankle straps. Try a pair out at the bottom of a rolled skinny or sleek legging. Talk about bootie-licious…

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1. Joe’s Jeans The Shoe By Joe’s Dana Bootie: These cowboy booties feel like home. Living in Austin, Texas, I see my fair share of cowgirl-inspired styles. Channel your inner “yee-haw” with these from Joe’s Jeans. I love the mix of rugged styling and glam pyramid studding.

2. Rosegold Dylan Cheetah Bootie: So you’re way more urban socialite than urban cowgirl? Then let me suggest Rosegold’s Cheetah Bootie. The pointy toe and pony hair cheetah patterning is absolutely killer.

3. Jeffrey Campbell Volpe Bootie: Can’t decide if you’re uptown socialite or down home girl? You don’t have to decide with these booties. The pointy toe and stiletto heel are all city girl, but there’s something cowboy-inspired about the intricate gold studding and ankle strap. Soooo glam.

4.  Rag & Bone Harrow Booties: Rag & Bone…let me count the ways I love thee! I’m pairing these lovely nubuck booties with a chunky knit and distressed rolled denim for a look that’s as cozy as it is on trend.

5.  Sam Edelman Louie Fringe Booties: Another go-to bootie for pairing with my sweaters and jeans, the supple cocoa suede and flirty fringe make these booties fun to shake down any street. I adore the extra layer of texture that fringe gives my look!

6. Jeffrey Campbell France Suede Boots: Moto-cowboy hybrid. These boots are a throw-on-and-go. A stacked heel and rubber sole make these my go-to for running errands. I love the rugged look of them, and the straps jazz up their slouchy lines perfectly.

7.  Boutique 9 Conspire Studded Boots: Another option for channeling your Old West style, these Boutique 9 booties have the same vibe as the Joe’s Jeans Dana Bootie. Pair with a dark denim jean to showcase their buttery brown color and warm gold studding.

8. Tabitha Simmons Early Suede Booties: Calling all Beatles lovers, these shoes have serious English style with their Beatle-bootie lines. Chic silver buckles and zipper make them shine. I’d shake this menswear-inspired style with a leather jacket or leather-trimmed top.