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Favs for Spring

Every year without a doubt, some stylist comes out with a list of Top 10 Essentials no Closet should be without. And I read these lists with rabid curiosity and agree with some, and grew a little bored (yawn) with others. Been-there-done-that, don’t you know?

Fashion should be F-U-N and if you’re not having any with it, then keep trying!

Here are my fav picks for spring that will liven up your wardrobe:

1. Denim Jacket – this is a go-to as it works with maxi skirts and dresses and everything else in between. I know that the denim on denim trend is back, so if you’re feeling brave to attempt this, I say go for it. It’s not for the faint of heart! I like my denim jackets slim fitting, cropped, and with a little stretch.

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all that glitters is gold

Maybe it’s that post Olympic letdown, but I’ve got gold on my mind. As in gold sandals. It’s the perfect neutral, but with a little bling. It elevates an outfit from drab to fab in a nanosecond. Need more convincing? Check some options here….

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are you ready boots? start walkin’

What comes between riding boots and  flip flops? No, this is not a fashion riddle.  Check these new fun cut out booties on for size – the lower heel makes them flexible for wearing day or night, looks great with so many of your skinny jeans and bonus helps you transition into spring effortlessly. I’m loving these from Report and they come in black and almond. (I got the almond color at Kismet) Cute, comfy and puts a fun new spring in my step. 2710290-p-LARGE_SEARCH 2710289-p-MULTIVIEW Here are some other ways to put your best foot forward with the cut out bootie trend….(read more)

anchors away

Confession time: I used to have a major issue with navy. I just didn’t get the point. I mean, I’d rather wear black or grey, my go-to neutrals that go with everything. And every January, without fail, as soon as all of the yummy winter clothes and accessories get relegated to the back sale rack, in comes the navy. In droves. It’s been my practice to employ a no shopping strategy for January and February mostly because it’s all the same stuff we’ve seen for months, I’m usually saving up for spring, and I’d be lying if I didn’t also mention that it’s in part because of navy overload. I’ve recently been shown the error of my ways and it seems I may have misjudged navy. Perhaps even been a little too critical of black’s closest cousin. It took some convincing, but I’m now a navy convert. Big shocker, I know. So, if you must shop during January and February, check out some of my navy nods: cn5840699 oneby2038412511_p3_1-0_150x296 splen4122112560_p3_1-0_150x296 _8621006 CUT6ZB3_mk CUT7JHA_mx 07660_WO1061_m cn7573735 7635   1) My absolute go-to skinny jean is the Forever Skinny from The Gap  30% off with code GAPHELLO 2) ONE by And B navy blouse at shop bop 3) Splendid Deco Stripe Hooded Cardi at shopbop 4) Rachel Roy burnout top in navy at Nordstrom 5) Maison Scotch Fringe Blazer at Cusp 6) Joie Leopard Print blouse at Neiman Marcus 7) J Crew Peasant Top 8) Hive & Honey fold over maxi skirt at Piperlime 9) Robbi & Nikki Navy Smoking Jacket from Joyus

it’s so clutch!

Coming in at a close second place to my sequin obsession, I’m also having a serious metallic moment. A gold or silver bag is the adds the perfect exclamation point to any outfit. Plus it’s a great way to share some holiday sparkle. So, put away your basic black tote or large handbag, and grab ahold of one of these clutches for an evening out. Here are just a few of my faves: imageService NMV11SX_mi MCY LCV1W59_mx BGV1X3K_mx 30748016_015_b 27293471_007_b 09507_ED6142 05745_ED4212 cn7222555 1) Classic Glitter Clutch @ Ann Taylor 2) Moyna Beaded Fold-Over Clutch @ Neiman Marcus  3) Style & Co Gabriella Sequins Minaudier Clutch @ Macys 4) Lauren Merkin Caroline Metallic Snake-Print Clutch @ Last Call  5) Jimmy Choo Rhiane Glitter Clutch @ Neiman Marcus  6) Champagne bubbles pouch @ anthropologie 7) Tooled Flora Clutch @ anthropologie 8) Glitter minaudière @ J Crew  9) Claremont Clutch @ J Crew 10) Clare Vivier Foldover clutch @ Piperlime

getting glamourous

Nothing says “New Look Update” like some fresh makeup. Plus it’s a cheap and easy pick-me-up. Here are some of the items I scored at Ulta today – thanks to my personal shopper ED who told me exactly what to get and for my chauffeur BW who drove me there. 2240446 2226189 2265685 2260818 1) Urban Decay Nakeds 2 Palette  2)NYX Lip cream in Sao Paulo 3) Oscar Blandi Invisible Dry Shampoo 4)  Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Rapture All available at Ulta.com

not just for showgirls

It’s Holiday season which means say a big giant hello to sequins! Your name doesn’t have to be Lola to pull off these sparkly Holiday looks. Admittedly, we all have our fashion weaknesses –  the trends or items you can’t help yourself by buying multiples of? – I guess you could say my weakness is sequins. [My mom’s used to be ski hats.] How much do I love sequins? Let me count the ways: they add a little extra something to your outfit, they can be dressed up or down, and they’re just FUN which is what fashion is all about – having fun. Here are some bright ideas in a variety of price-points – whether you’re heading to a Holiday cocktail party, or hitting up a GNO. (Many of these online retailers are still offering 20-40% discounts, so be sure to use coupon codes to get the best price.) parkr4049134698_p3_1-0_150x296 2465077-p-LARGE_SEARCH image1xl image1xl cn7237460 CUT6R85_mi CUT6WLV_mi hmprod 00090919-02 00128828-03 1) Parker Audrey dress @ Shopbop  2) Bailey 44 Temptation Top @ Zappos  3) Oasis Bodycon dress @ Asos 3) French Connection Sequin Tuxedo Leggings @ Asos 4) L’Wren Scott Party Dress @ Banana Republic 5) Rachel Zoe Paulie Long Sequin Jacket @ CUSP  6) Alice + Olivia Kidman Sequined Box Jacket @ CUSP 7) Sequin Skirt @ H&M 8) Cropped Jacket @ Forever 21 9) Sequin Sweater @ Forever 21

Bundle up!

Brr…it’s cold out there! Who says that the weather has to put a damper into your fashion ensemble? Check it: cpl.loopfunnel.oat_150_1 39_080964 CUD0K9V_mi V345810 V370945 From top left to right: 1)Calypso St. Barth Funnel loop  2) Uniqlo Down Jacket  3) Maxed Eternity Scarf Michael Stars 4) Belted Wrap Coat  Michael by Michael Kors 5) Waxed Cotton Parka

Ho Ho Ho Hanukkah

Whether you call it Thanksgivukkah or what have you, I’m a traditionalist when it comes to the Festival of Lights. I like my Hanukkah with a side of Santa thankyouverymuch. As I’ve been trolling the online shopping sites, I’ve encountered a few mind-blowingly awesome and outrageously fab gifts. I can’t exactly justify them as “splurge-worthy” but they are certainly “lust-worthy.” Spoiler alert:  They’re also not exactly pocket-book-friendly either. But a girl can dream, right? dogPIllow_final 8030_2 NMI0A5R_mx 5679_1 prod190018_av1 cn6805643  062613_shot126_046_a  BW_11_GEN_BR400914_B1_SQ ads_middle From top to bottom, left to right: 1) Who doesn’t want a customized pillow of the family pet? $395  at Charles Fradin Home. 2) Because a midnight blue feather bolero goes with everything Holiday attire and beyond $124 by Aryn K at Joyus. 3) 30 pairs of Cosabella thong undies, so you never need to do laundry ever again. You’re welcome. $500 at Neiman Marcus. 4) They call this Botox in a jar. Must. Test. Immediately.  $173 at Joyus. 5) Cashmere Robe. Now all you need is some popcorn and a ginormous goblet of red wine and you’re kickin’ it Olivia Pope style. $299 at Restoration Hardware. 6) This Loeffler Randall Maroon Calf Hair Tote spells luxury in all different kinds of ways. $695 at Piperlime. 7) I think I should throw a party just so I can wear this fab sequin maxi dress. $850 at Calypso St. Barth. 8) How awesome is this personalized wine cellar sign? And how even more awesome if I had a wine cellar? $150 at Red Envelope. 9) And if you can’t decide, just sign up for the List – a monthly subscription service from i-ella of fashion and beauty delivered right to your door. Seriously. Starter bag is $50/month; Soho bag is $129/month; St Barth’s is $389/month.

c wonder

This new store opened up a few weeks ago at The Village – E and I went to the opening party and stocked up on a few items for our Holiday Gift Closets. I also spotted a couple of lust-worthy items to stock my own personal closet as well! I’m kinda having an animal print moment. But without making a major commitment, I favor adding a few leopard accessories in the mix.  The jewelry here is so much fun to play with – I could only show a few highlights here. Have fun! Here are a few of my faves to GIVE: 7080_3402_1_A 9161_4001_1_N 9522_4001_1 9018_3801_1 9018_427_19395_1222_1 1) Monogram Lacquered Jewelry Box: comes in navy, orange, black and white $78; 2) Lucite Monogram Letter: $68; 3) Lucite Ampersand (also available # and @) $68; 4) Leopard Calf Hair Continental Zip Wallet (Leopard shown, Camo also available) $88; 5) Oxblood Calf Hair Continental Zip Wallet: $88 6) Weekender Herringbone Easy Tote: $178 Here are a few of my faves to GET: 8863_458_1 9244_201_1 9644_201_1 9356_701_19210_201_1 1) Stretch Skinny Cord Leopard Jean: $99; 2) Lace Silk Trim Shirt: $128; 3) Pave Skull Enamel Bangle: $58 4) XO Cuff: $28; 5) Ponte Tuxedo Legging; $78 I already bought the tuxedo leggings and the lace top for myself. Happy Thankgivingakah to me!

online scores

A few on-trend items this week that don’t have to break the bank, or your pocket book! bbdak4068317712_p5_1-0_150x296JG bbdak4058112867_p3_1-0_150x296SS bbdak4047912867_p5_1-0_150x296eee BB Dakota all available at shopbop: (l to right)

  • LEATHER! Stanley Faux Leather jacket
  • ANIMAL PRINT! Zebra pattern tank
  • MOTO! Juliette moto jacket

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  • SPORTY! Waffle knit baseball T
  • CORDS! 1969 Legging cords

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  • PEPLUM! Bailey 44 Faux-leather Peplum top
  • BOOTIES! Sam Edelman Shay Mixed-leather bootie
  • RIDING BOOT! Sam Edelman Penny Basto Crust Boot
  • MIXED MEDIA! Robbi & Nikki Knit-back Moto jacket (on sale!)
  • LEATHER! Dakota Collective Knit-back Leather tank

Comfy Cozies

It started well before Olivia Pope came on the scene wearing drapey luxurious satin and cashmere loungewear at home with a glass of wine and a bowl of popcorn. op2 When the kids were little we started calling fleece pants or sweatpants or any kind of loungewear” comfy-cozies. And still to this day, we still do, even though they’re 11, 11 and 8 1/2. As I anticipate a certain amount of downtime and time on the DL, I’ve been stocking my shelves with comfy cozies. Here are a couple of my recent finds I just purchased and am rocking at home: 2-pc flannel PJ set @ Target striped long sleeve shirt (super soft) @ Target  pjstarget stripedtop When it comes to Comfy Cardis, leave Mackelmore out of it and don’t take your grandpa’s style and definitely pass on his hand-me-downs. Comfy cardigans are more flattering when they drape in the right places, making them both wearable at home,  a go-to option when traveling or out in the world.  Here are some of my faves: Chloe draped Cardigan at Last Call  Splendid striped cashmere cardi @ Piperlime Joie boucle cardigan @ Shopbop  Vince striped cardigan @ Shopbop  Drapey striped cardigan @ Gap Happy Shopping!

Stay Puff

Loving these super lightweight not too bulky puffer parkas from Uniqlo. They come in a variety of colors, and the fit is nice and slim. No fussy hoods, or fur, or bunchy pockets – this jacket is your perfect go-to whether you’re walking the dog, heading to the soccer fields, or popping out to a movie. I’d recommend sizing up one size for a perfect fit. At $69, it’s hard not to just get one. parka

Off the Chain

Well it’s one for the money and two for the show with these blue suede shoes: comfy, cute, pocketbook-friendly, and kinda fun. Enter the Yosi Samra Erica Two Tone with Chain. In yummy dark blue suede, gold chain detail for a little bling, and a little peek-a-boo animal print on the back heel. You don’t have to lay off my blue suede shoes but they do come in other color combos.  I got mine at Kismet in San Anselmo.  [October 13, 2013] Screen Shot 2013-10-13 at 11.15.07 PM

Going Grunge

I spotted these Rails shirts on Joyus.com last week. (Check out the awesome video here) and thought I could rock the renewed Grunge look without looking like a poser (20 years later, I’m not 22 anymore!). Today I wore my cozy flannel top layered over a tshirt and skinny jeans and sandals and topped it off with a cozy scarf. Presto-chango: 1993 meet 2013! [October 12, 2013]

party-on plaid

party-on plaid


17 Responses

  1. Adorbs!!! I couldn’t pull that look off 20 years ago so I will wait for a few more pic posts from you before I brazenly head off to the stores alone to try and recreate.

    I am wondering if you are ready to take your Stylist biz global?? You have a client dying to hire you in China and god KNOWS how badly we all need you on this continent…….

    xoxo Lo

  2. I’m with JG on the fabness of the YS navy flats. they are perfect – so comfy and such a nice upgrade from a boring old ballet flat!! like many ladies in the CMG, I am so lucky to have the best personal shopper and stylist!

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  6. As one fashion maven to another, keep up the good work. As an admirer, dressing up to look good and to feel better about yourself while traveling the CJ is simply brilliant and totally acceptable. I suspected you had these talents long ago at Four Daughters. I write this with the utmost admiration. xo

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