30 November 2010

holiday bedazzle

I’m a sucker for glitter and sequins. And one of the easiest ways to dress for the holidays is adding glitz to an outfit. Here are some bedazzled pieces that would be perfect for the holidays. 

BCBGMaxazria, $498

Velvet by Graham and Spencer, $174

Betsey Johnson, $128

23 November 2010

one blazer, three occasions

Menswear-inspired blazers are versatile and work for any body type, making them a great investment piece. These blazers are cut longer than traditional women’s suiting and can have a boxy silhouette, so make sure you pick a blazer that cuts in at the waist. Most major department stores carry a variety of blazers at various price points. Large specialty stores like J.Crew and the Gap also have some great options.

Here are some tips for making the look work for all occasions.

Instead of the usual cardigan, wear a blazer (with rolled sleeves) over your T-shirts, v-neck sweaters, or camisoles. Pair that with jeans and flats or boots, and you have instantly updated your everyday style without compromising your comfort.

Take a break from your standard work suit by wearing a menswear-inspired blazer with a pencil skirt or trousers. You can further update your work outfits by breaking up your neutrals (e.g., wear a black blazer with gray bottoms). Add interest to the outfit by pairing your blazer with a blouse that has pattern, color, or sheen and adding some jewelry.

Add edge to your look by adding your blazer to an ultra-feminine dress. If it is a more casual date night, throw on your blazer with a flowy blouse, dark jeans, and heels.

21 November 2010

black friday shopping

Whether you camp out at the stores at 4 a.m. or stay in your PJs and score online deals, Black Friday is an event you need to prepare for.

Here are some websites that have a comprehensive list of Black Friday deals:
Happy shopping, everyone!

Do you do Black Friday shopping? Where do you look to find deals?

16 November 2010

hats off to men

I have been a big fan of men’s head wear for quite some time. Whether its adding a little zing to an outfit, covering up the follically challenged, or bringing warmth to some cold ears, hats are here to serve you!

Flat caps: Beyond the sleek appearance, the versatility of these hats is what sells me. They’re easy to match with formal wear but also a casual option for jeans. Depending on the material, flat caps can also be worn year round. Heavy wools and herringbone work great for fall/winter and linen is a fabulous alternative for spring/summer.

Knitted beanies: Knitwear is the perfect option for keeping you warm and comfy throughout the cold seasons. It’s the giant for all winter hats. This is because it fits snug to your head, comes in a variety of colors, and the shape is sleek and simple. Although the beanie evokes an informal feel, there is a fine line between sloppy and casual that should be avoided.

Trilby: The Trilby, or Fedora, has been around since the 20s and is not going away anytime soon. It’s a staple. There are many versions of the trilby available, not only in the traditional straw but also in wool, denim, and flannel. With so many shops carrying trilby styles these days (H&M, Topshop, Uniqlo, Zara, etc.), it would be impossible to not find one that matches your personality and needs.

09 November 2010

a little lacy number

Lace is as hot now as it was in the Elizabethan Era. That being said, when incorporating lace into your wardrobe, I do subscribe to the principle of  “all things in moderation.” Stick to one lace piece at a time, please!

Pair a great lace camisole with a cardigan or jacket for a touch of elegance and class. (J. Crew, $98)

This Elie Tahari top looks incredible on. Yes, I tried it, I died, and I was resurrected a lace goddess! (Bergdorf Goodman, $328)

 Switch up a dress outfit with some lace legwear. (Anthropologie, $18)

From far away, this looks like a standard black skirt, but zoom in to see the beautiful lace detailing, making this See by Chloe skirt a versatile way to wear to the trend.  (Neiman Marcus, $195)

 You can add lace to your footwear, too. I love the sweetness and sophistication of these Betsey Johnson pumps. (Nordstrom, $149.95)

07 November 2010

staying warm w/ scarves

As the winter weather rolls in these next few weeks, scarves are essential for staying warm. Here are a few of our favorite scarves to warm up to:

1. This short and sophisticated scarf  from Louis Vuitton is a must for any fashion-conscious person.

2. Stay chic and cozy in this faux fur stole from Top Shop.

3. This super soft snood from J. Crew is a must-have accessory whether you’re braving the elements outside or just lounging around at home!

4. Add a pop of color to any outfit by wrapping yourself in this Masons scarf from DVF.