Friday, December 14, 2012

Hipster Holiday

Style addicts: "Sup! Check out these trends and get your yuletide look on:

Festive Frocks: be the old-school-Madonna-Who’s –That-Girl-girl.  Look for brightly colored lace sheaths, color-blocking body-con silhouettes, long-sleeve dark floral minis, or sequin swing coats over an LBD. Sure bets are BCBG, Topshop and Bloomies. So money.
Bauble(y) Head:   Jewelry transforms any outfit and you don’t have spend a fortune. Hit Forever21, H&M and Akira for a quick fix.  Spiked cuffs, Colored-jeweled chunky necklaces, rhinestone pyramid studs, enamel cocktail rings and bangles in mixed metals are all dope. Party on!

Jingle Bell Rock: Shoes steal the show.  Satin, bows, metal tips, colored suede and lace all rock.  Newer looks are t-straps, spiked heels, and the ever-beloved pointy toe.  Head to DSW, Zara and an unexpected stop like Bootie or pump, it’s all good, baby.

Santa’s Bag: the dual personality of crossbody-meets-clutch is the way to go. Quilted, python, colored leather, what-ev—just look for anything small with a chain link strap.  Straps out--you’re the lady. Tucked in--you’re the cool kid. Try Piperlime, Zara and Nordstrom Rack. Totally rad.
Merry Maniac: a self-proclaimed one, don’t skip the mani! Go dark for drama, deep sparkle for jazz, or classic red for luxe.  Essie, OPI are cult faves, yet drugstore hits like Sally Hansen offer many coolio shades.  Hit Ulta, Target, Sephora and Walgreens.  Remember, “no-chips” are no-no’s. Word.

Yo, yo.  Be a hipster this holiday. Style on.

Bennett Pump BCBGeneration, Nordstrom:
BCBGeneration Bennett
Skater Sequin V-front dress, Topshop:


Laquered Link Necklace, Forever21:

"Too Too Hot" by Essie, Ulta:


Nicolette Clutch, Tinley Road,

Tinley Road Nicolette

Deco Enamel Black Coctail Ring, Banana Republic:

Deco black enamel cocktail ring

Lace Sheath Dress, BCBG:

 BCBGMAXAZRIA Lace Sheath Dress

Art Deco Rhinestone Studs, Forever21:

Mirrored Court Pump, ZARA:


Gold Bullet Bracelet,

Studded Small Box Bag, ZARA:

Fitted Short Sleeve Maxi,

"Pat on the Black" by Sally Hansen, Target:

Sunday, November 4, 2012

STUD Muffin

Guys aren't the only ones to claim stud status today. The new wave of tiny, chic earrings (street name: "studs") have made their mark. Everything from sunglasses to neon pave balls to arrows and birds, there's a stud for everyone.

Who's your muffin? Style on.


Multi-stone studs, Topshop:

Topshop Multi Stone Stud Earrings

Emily Elizabeth, Hugs & Kisses studs, Max &
Emily Elizabeth Jewelry Hugs and Kisses Stud Earrings

Dark Glamour Flower studs, Nordstrom:

Nordstrom 'Dark Glamour' Flower Stud Earrings

Reptile Bird studs, Marc by Marc Jacobs,

Marc by Marc Jacobs Reptile Bird Stud Earring

Painted Jewel studs, Kate Spade,

Kate Spade New York Painted Jewels Stud Earring

Patterned Heart clip-on studs, Forever 21:

Foxy Originals, Red-White-Green Wig Wam, Max &
Foxy Originals Red White and Green Wig Wam Earrings

Rectangle Pyrimid studs,

Hive & Honey Rectangular and Pyramid Stud Earring

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

More IS More

The holiday creep is upon us and shopping is inevitable.  Why not support a company whose mission statement is to help others? Not just any other, but the very least among us.   Here’s a list of companies whose primary goal is to help those in the most desperate of situations acquire a better, more humane life on earth.
More for you = much more for them.  Shop on.


FEED:  Tote Bags/T-shirts/Accessories.  Lauren Bush’s charity helps fight childhood hunger.

(RED): Multi-item (iPad cases, strollers, watches, etc).  Charity with goal for an AIDS-free generation by 2015.               
          ADO(RED) Onesie by (RED)  
Apple (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 4 Bumper Case

AMAZIMA: Jewelry. Missionary Katie Davis’ ministry helps Ugandan women gain economic prosperity.
"Heavenly" Blue Necklace
MALIA Designs: Handbags. Owner Lia Valerio uses fair trade and supports the ban of human trafficking in Cambodia.
Recycled Hip Sack (Red/Lite Blue)

TOMS: Shoes and Shades.  Buy shoes, and TOMS will donate a pair of shoes to a child in need.  Buy shades, and proper medical eye care will be given to a woman in need.
TOMS Loves Moms White Vegan Classics

Marco image

Friday, October 12, 2012

Pants Party

Sometimes I get hung up on one trend, especially when it’s SO much fun.  The latest hoot: printed pants.  Yes, prints of all sorts today are worn on your lower, (usually) more discerning half.  But, the trend won’t last long.  Why not join the fun?

The Rocker:
- Print/type: paint splats or snakeskin on black or grey skinny jeans
- Style it: pair with loose tank, long skinny blazer and motorcycle boots

The Hostess:
- Print/type: mini florals on deep-colored, loose, cropped trouser
- Style it: neck-tie silk blouse, pointy pumps and a chain-link mini shoulder bag

The Introvert:
- Print/type: brocade print or mini polka-dot on velvet trousers
- Style it: white button down, cashmere scarf and jewel-toned ballet flats

The Momma:
- Print/type: neutral vertical stripes on faded, dark-blue skinny jeans
- Style it: cozy t-shirt, wrap sweater, scarf and gold-tipped loafers

The Socialite:
- Print/type: oversized graphics on white, slim, cuffed up jeans
- Style it: bright-colored sweater, shrunken leather jacket and black suede booties

It’s a Pants Party…and everyone is invited.


Guipure Lace Trousers, Zara:

Collection Graphic-print Pant, J.Crew:

Collection graphic-print pant

Free People Ikat Print Crop Skinny Jeans, Nordstrom:

Printed Trousers with Contrasting Waist, Zara:

Stripe Print Jeans by J.W. Anderson, Topshop:

Free People Polka Dot Velvet Pants, Nordstrom:

Friday, September 28, 2012

My Favorite Things

“Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes; snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes.  Silver-white winters that melt into spring..." Oops—wrong faves. But seriously, these are a few of my favorite things:

Topshop: current, cool-girl clothes (think Isabel Marant), a variety of jean styles and textures, lots of runway-inspired looks and a personal stylist service to boot.
The link:

My favorite thing:
MOTO Scandi Floral Leigh Jeans


Zara: modern, edgy, Balmain-inspired clothier. Lots of great basics, gorgeous outerwear and prices to rejoice over! 
The link:

My favorite thing:
Coat with Leather Sleeves

 now merging with Amazon fashion, this is seriously the one-stop shop for shoes.  Search by price, color, style and brand!
My favorite thing:
Lorissa Pump in white snake, Sam Edelman an online fashion superstore that recently opened their first brick and mortar in NYC. Very trendy, lots of hip guest editors (Rachel Zoe, Olivia Palermo and Rachel Bilson). Good variety of dresses, tops, jeans, shoes and jewelry. And free shipping!
The link:

My favorite thing:
Polka Dot Blouse, Tinley Road

Tinley Road Polka Dot Blouse

Nordstrom: the premiere department store. Amazing brands, top-notch customer service, fair return policy, personal stylists (at no charge) and a killer website.  Enjoy a solid rewards program and half-yearly sales too.
The link:

My favorite thing:
Mini M.A.C. Shoulder Bag, Rebecca Minkoff

Other faves: H&M, Forever21,, Joe Fresh and  Great for cheap statement jewelry, unique outfits, trendy accessories and fresh style inspiration. 


All of the above. Happy styling.

Saturday, August 25, 2012


Happy, happy, joy, joy! The 2012 September fall fashion issues have arrived.  As expected, they’re super heavy, loaded with ideas and oh so pretty. Fall is the most exciting time to dress, and these trends are sure to keep your wardrobe full of wonder:

Peplum: the shape of the season, no doubt.  Flares at the waistline and looks great with a pencil skirt, cigarette pant or even a cool pair of jeans. Solids knits are a safe bet, but lace and boucle also work. 
Color: Primary colors are top dogs and red and cobolt blue take center stage.  Volume coats, envelope handbags, and slim trousers, are just some of the big players.  Black is also making headlines, this time paired with gold, and color-blocking is back.
Leather: the “it” item for fall, look for pants, skirts, t-shirts trimmed in it, and of course every bootie from here to the moon.  Try leather leggings with a long, tuxedo blazer and a loose blouse for the freshest take of all.
Metallic: it's time to shine! Look for glazed jeans, sequin blazers, ornate necklaces, shiny crossover bags, and gold tips or studs on shoes. It’s all good, including nail color.

Printed pants: a trend from summer, seek jewel tones and opt for prints like geometric, floral, or tuxedo stripes on the side.  Cropped trouser shapes are best.  Balance this focal piece with a subtle top.
Embellishment: the "bedazzle" is here.  Lace, crystals, brocade, beads, studs, you name it.  Mind you, it’s a fad, so it won’t last long. Stick to accessories, necklines and gorgeous frocks—no jeans!

Pointy shoes: long live the point! Pumps in silver (yes) or t-strap details are very current, or consider a flat in animal print or blue suede.  A note of encouragement: begin every outfit with your kicks!

Simply wonderFALL.  Style on.

Boucle Peplem Top,
Whistles Camille Textured Dress,
Image 1 of Whistles Camille Textured Dress

Leather Leggings, MICHAEL Michael Kors:
Enzo Angiolini Ciminio Pumps,
Enzo Angiolini Cimino 

Milly Clutch Amelia Calf Hair, Bloomingdales:

Trousers with Tie Print, ZARA:

Quilted Leather Biker Jacket, Mango:

DV by Dolce Vita Lunna Flat,
DV by Dolce Vita Lunna

Colorblock Ponte Knit Skirt, White House Black Market:


Juicy Couture Spiked Collar Necklace, Nordstrom:

Rhinestone Spike Collar

Geo Print and Contrast Tie Blouse,

ASOS Blouse With Geo Print And Contrast Tie

7 for All Mankind Pewter Metallic Jeans,

7 For All Mankind The Skinny Jeans