Yearly Archives: 2013

Isabel Marant Pour H&M Debuts this Month!


Posted on Friday, November 8th, 2013 at 3:40 am

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Womens Look 2

Women’s Look 2

This is the next designer following in the footsteps of Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Versace, Marni and Maison Martin Margiela, French designer Isabel Marant, a French Designer who was made infamous by her wedge sneakers that became one of the hottest sneaker trends of this era (I have a few pairs; I just loved them!). Marant is next in line to grace us her loyal customers and H&M’s customers with her signature Parisian chic designs.

“The Isabel Marant pour H&M collection is an eclectic mix of boho elegance and rock ‘n’ roll insouciance. The spirit is quintessentially Marant: masculine tailoring is featured together with skinny pants, sweatshirts, loose blouses, airy dresses and textured knits” says H&M about the collaboration due to hit stores November 14, 2013.  Not many have the full collection of the H&M/Marant collection, but I DO! View the full lookbook, which includes pieces for men (a first for Marant) as well as teens and make your wish list now because when those doors open on November 14th, I predict there won’t be much left on November 15th  to buy.  This limited edition collection launches in select H&M stores across Canada and the US.

Unfortunately pricing for the collection will be slightly higher than regular H&M threads and accessories; tops start at $50 and outerwear range from $200 to $500. Truth be told… us Isabel Marant loyalists are THRILLED to get an Isabel Marant piece at “close” to an H&M price! We will suffer through the fact that its a little higher than other H&M items, really its ok!

I find her collection a great mix of what that contemporary woman would need. The Isabel Marant pour H&M has everything from basics like easy tees and tanks, teenager swag accessories, outerwear, shoes, cool sneakers and of course, the classic LBD, this collection is saturated with versatility for the whole family. Rather than designing a different style for ‘Women’, ‘Men’, and ‘Kids’, Isabel Marant stuck to the same look/story in knits and tie-dye for the entire collection comprising of sequins, knits, silk, and quality fabric.  Although the collection boasts wearable statement-making streetwear, the outerwear and knitted coats in this collection are nothing short of exquisite.

Another detail of this collection worth mentioning and that sets her apart from collections prior is that Ms. Marant used iconic models to showcase her premiere collection with H&M by the likes of supermodels, Alek Wek, Lou Doillon, Milla Jovovich and Constance Jablonski…Way to make your mark Isabel. Now let’s get shopping!

 

 

 

Ready to get ready for fall…?


Posted on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 at 8:27 pm

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Midi

Midi

We all know it although we don’t want to say it so I will…Summer is almost over! I know it makes me sad too but although I’m no fan of being cold, I am fond of chunky sweaters and tall boots and fur (faux or real you decide!).  The best pieces of the season start to trickle into the stores this month and the style savvy run to snatch up the limited editions now while the rest of us are still sunbathing. No fret though; I always believe the savvy-ish shopper is the best informed shopper so with that in mind I wanted to man you with the info on what the HOT items are to keep your eyes out for and when you see it, try it on, if it works with your style, shape and color story for the season snatch it!

The Midi-
We know fashion is cyclical. This year’s new skirt length is a trend from the 1940’s finding its resurgence into our lives and the fashion runways in 2013/2014. Its ladylike silhouette is a little longer than the pencil skirt; hitting either just below the knee anywhere to as low as to the mid-calf. The MIDI’s appeal is across generations. It’s the perfect cover-up that is elegant in length and works day to night.

The Big Cat/Animal Effect-
I always endear a good graphic pattern but this year it seems like the bigger the better is the case! Many designers have animal prints from scarves to outerwear in giraffe prints, leopard, tiger, you name it! I have found that one good piece that stands out can make an outfit soar in this case it can make it roar! When wearing it one should tame the rest of the look with solids or simple cut easy pieces like that LBD or turtleneck and skirt or pant all one tone and easy to let the graphic item take stage…as it should.

Ice Ice Baby-
Vanilla Ice may have made this a famous phrase but this season Ice Blue and Black have teamed up to make this phrase a cold-blooded winner for winter! In addition to white (icy snow white; not winter white) ice blue is a soft yet electric color for this Fall/Winter season. Paired with the dark hues of black or navy are key color trends that give deep and cool touches to your style. Invest in a few pieces this fall in textures that are thick and nubby or perhaps suede and smooth like silk…looking cool as ice in the cold never looked so good!

Fur Accents-
Whether you are a faux fur wearer or one that wears the real thing, there are equally fabulous options out there for both preferences. The point regardless of the argument on which you wear, is that ALL should partake in a fur accent this season. It was a huge part of runway accessories and a part of many ready to wear and outerwear ensembles. It’s the perfect way to “rejush” an old coat and make a simple outfit pop as a fresh new look- with just that one fur scarf! Just like good fences make for good neighbors…a great scarf makes for great refresher to any outfit. Here is a tip for you, if you have an old fur coat/sweater or blanket take it to your local alterations shop/dry cleaner and have them make scarves out of them. Take one for yourself and gift the rest for the holidays…you’ll look like a superstar sharing your gift of style!

The Mini’s have it…Finally!


Posted on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 at 7:44 pm

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2013 Mom & Me Blazers H&M
2013 Mom & Me Blazers H&M

It’s always the cutest thing to see a mini version of you in your children. It wasn’t always the case until recent years that you could find little replicas of the trends hot off the runway; especially in menswear/boyswear hence that’s why I birthed BRYCEWEAR many years ago (https://www.facebook.com/bryce.wear). It was only Ralph Lauren who dared to launch a high end kids line for his lifestyle brand. Christain Dior only had baby Dior limited in sizes primarily layettes. Since then I have watched childrenswear style grow to mimic fashionably savvy moms and dads styles. From sneakers/footwear to graphic bold pattern jackets at H&M and chanel-like suits at Oscar De La Renta Kids, Marni and Stella McCartney, Lanvin, the list goes on and on now.  The point is there are stylish trend driven kids clothes for at varying price points almost everywhere and I couldn’t be happier to know that I was one of the first to bring trend driven style of boys clothing options to reality with BryceWear.  I might bring it back within the next year or two if I find the right backer… who knows but for now I am satisfied that kids today have many options of top quality style for every occasion! Here are some of my favorite spots: All Saints, Burberry Kids, Crewcuts (J. Crew Kids), Zara Kids, Next Kids (Europe), Polo Ralph Lauren, Gucci Kids, Gilt.com, H&M Kids

 

How I Sneak In the Veggies


Posted on Friday, November 1st, 2013 at 7:45 pm

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When I was a kid it was “you eat your vegetables, young lady!” and I dare not complain. I had to make them disappear from my plate if I didn’t want to get in trouble (how they always went away I will never tell)! Now as I try to be of a more modern day parent I try to talk my kids into doing what I want them to do instead of using the element of fear to disobey (which isn’t necessarily completely out the window in my house from time to time, LOL). I LOVE to cook and learn new recipes. It is a stress reliever for me however the struggle to get my kids to try new foods or eat a variety of vegetables is an ongoing battle for me.

Sometimes I use a small bribe if talking doesn’t work and sometimes it is a nose to nose standoff; depends on my mood that day (don’t judge me! I do the best I can J). Because I don’t have a lot of time or patience for much of either I find the “what they don’t know won’t hurt them” method to be the best option. I used to just sneak all kinds of veggies, flax seeds or extra fiber into their food unbeknownst to them….no tears, no yelling, no raised blood pressure for either of us. I thought I was doing the darn thing being the mommy and winning the fight for them to have all their nutritional needs met.

I used to do the whole blending of veggies into pulp and adding into the sauce for pasta night but what was I to do when they don’t want sauce; just butter or olive oil? Today they now have dry pastas that fortify the vegetables right into it. No more are the days of pureeing and masking the flavors of vegetable into a sauce. Now they just think its colored pasta and no one fusses. Thank you pasta gods…thank you for shaving off a task from my to-do list and a notch off my stress belt.

Restaurant Rant or Rave: Don Coqui, New Rochelle and White Plains, NY


Posted on Friday, November 1st, 2013 at 1:26 am

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My Restaurant Rants or Raves

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I’m from Brooklyn (born and raised).  I went away to college and traveled adequately before settling down and having a family. Well I really NEVER settled down because I needed to travel a lot for work but let’s say I meant that in a “I got married/settled down” kind of way. Anyway, we moved to Southern Westchester to have a more suburban lifestyle for our growing family. I never liked the idea of leaving BK (abbreviation for Brooklyn) but I soon grew warm to it once I found a circle of other implants from BK, BX and NYC that were professional woman doing their SEX IN THE CITY thing doing the week and family quality time up in the burbs like myself everywhere in between. Well first thing on the agenda was finding good eating spots. Where are the restaurants up here???

One of my first scouts and still a favorite is Don Coqui in New Rochelle. It is Puerto Rican fare with some Caribbean notes and lots of great drinks. The atmospheres somewhat sexy but take heed and stick to the weekdays or early evenings on the weekend; it gets pretty crowded in the late evening Friday and Saturday and they like to pack the tables in too tightly to accommodate every walk-in.  It’s a great date night or girl’s night out spot (in their sexy lounge area).  It isn’t exactly a family dining place on weekends but maybe on a weekday it would be nice for a mommy & me or daddy & me date.

My favorites on the menu are the chicharrones de pollo, yucca fries, beef or shrimp empanadas and the paella! I’m getting hungry all over again talking about this!  My favorite drink is their signature monster drink named after the restaurant. It is meant to be shared or expect to call a taxi! Other notable mentions in beverages are their sangria which comes stylish served in a mason jar.  Its good eats. A Puerto Rican…. RAVE!

Simple Solutions to Promote Independent Dressing


Posted on Friday, November 1st, 2013 at 12:50 am

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DRAWER STICKERS

The time with my kids are precious and sometimes I feel like I never have enough time to devote to them but when I do, I really really don’t want to be spending it yelling about details on the small stuff. Yes I sometimes wonder why I of all people a Fashion Stylist and Trend Expert have only boys who couldn’t care less about fashion or coordinating the right socks with their look or caring that their nails need clipping, etc… (That list could go on and on).  Because of this, I look for any ideas big or small to assist them in becoming more independent in their grooming and care and overall becoming a better more independent dresser.  Because I travel alot, when I’m home I cater to my kids and I sometimes feel like I am not helping them but more helping to feed my occasional guilt of being away from them.  I believe it is ok to coddle them a little but not too much.   When children learn how to do things for themselves/move more independently they feel empowered. Independent dressing is a skill that needs to be taught and practiced a little every day.  I look for all kinds of ways to mix up learning methods even if it’s just playtime to them but secretly I know they are learning something beneficial for later.

I came across some stickers that I thought would be a great way to familiarize my guys with where to find (and put back) his clothes in drawers. I also use a label maker (for the ones of reading age) to help. Not for nothing; it helps the cleaning person, babysitter and husband (don’t forget that’s another child to monitor) know where things go when you aren’t around to do all the directing or micro-managing yourself.  I love anything that takes a second or two or three or thirty off my to-do list!

 I also like to give them a choice in what they wear for the day…much like I do with my clients. I sometimes lay out 2 or 3 looks for them and ask them to choose.  From time to time I let them chose their full look on their own (and cringe at the final choice) and let them have full authority on it.

Here are 3 free computer games that help teach appropriate choices of clothing based on the weather or the activity:

1.  Caillou Dress Up Game:  Caillou will let you know what the weather is and the child needs to select the proper clothing based on the temperature outside.
2.  Sid the Science Kid Weather Wheel:  Click on the weather wheel to determine the conditions and then dress the character to match up with the weather.
3.  Muffy’s Wardrobe:  Instead of the weather, you can choose an activity for Muffy to participate in and then you must choose the right outfit for that activity.

For the stickers go to www.crafterhours.bigcartel.com/category/stickers  for yours today and if you find any other great tips share them.

Apple Picking Pleasures


Posted on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 at 7:00 pm

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Apple Picking 2013 NYC (6)

Living in NYC is an amazing experience. I was born and raised a Brooklyn kid so living in the city is 2nd nature.  Even though I have traveled well I always found NYC as my true place of comfort. My life is very parallel to NY in that there is much more to it than just being a concrete jungle of hustling and high life living. There are beautiful and quiet elements that NY offers that make it one of the best places on earth to me at least…now only if we had tropical white sand beaches and blue oceans! I look forward to fall for many reasons but one of them is to take my kids apple picking! I love the chance to be in the midst of nature and rustle up some fruits and pumpkins and apple cider to take home and enjoy for a few weeks. We make homemade applesauce and apple pies, drink cider with cinnamon sticks on chilly nights and it feels just like we are roughing it in the woods but just an 1 hour or so from the NYC (the Big Apple).

My favorite place to go is Maskers Orchard in Warwick, NY www.maskers.com but resource and scout for yourself because they all offer different activities. Maskers tops my list with animal petting zoos and pony rides, haunted houses, hay rides and much more.   We like to pack a picnic basket with wine, cheese and crackers to go with our freshly picked apples and dine in between the trees. I just love this time of year.

Macy’s Working Women Fashion Event 2013


Posted on Monday, September 16th, 2013 at 1:58 am

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Macys Working Women Fashion Event 2013 (5)This is one of the many fashion shows I style and commentate for my client Macy’s. This one was at its historical flagship store in New York City, Herald Square.  The show was focused on “How To Be Stylish in the Workplace”.  My guest co-host for the show was the remarkable Helene Lerner, author of In Your Power, which is about women finding their voice in the workplace. She is also an independent public television host, Emmy Award-winning executive producer and Fortune 500 workplace consultant.  She covers a wide array of women’s issues—from breaking barriers and work-life balance, to health and wellness, to relationships and building self-esteem which we discussed as key points to climbing the ladder of success in addition to just LOOKING the part.

I styled Helene for the event that day and we got along so well she has asked me to
do a monthly fashion post on her womenworking.com blog and newsletter. I have been her fashion writer for several months now and the response has been fantastic! I discuss how to look your best, how to keep your chic without losing your respect in the office and tips on trends and what’s coming up next in hot collections to look out for all workplace approved. Helene and I was definitely an odd couple but awesome knows awesome and so the partnership began. She is an
awesome woman and with a huge following and I am happy to be a part of a movement promoting women being  their best and looking their best while doing it!  We all need support emotionally, mentally and physically to be that intelligent, strong and focused individual in a male dominated world.  Check it out my posts and all the other wonderful experts on the blog at www.womenworking.com.

 

Behind The Scenes: My Website Photoshoot


Posted on Monday, September 16th, 2013 at 1:38 am

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My first photo session Keith Major (76)I’m still so used to being behind the camera it still feels weird being in front of it. Here are some clips of the making of my www.pamelawatsonstyle.com  shoot. Lucky me, I had the best celebrity glam squad on the planet: Celebrity Photographer Keith Major www.keithmajor.com , Celebrity Makeup Artist Monifa Mortis-Simons www.monifamortis.com , Celebrity Hairstylist Dana Gibbs of dansalofthair www.styleseat.com/danaslofthair and my wardrobe support team (Nchimunya Wolf/Via Black/Traceye Smith). You know how they say a doctor is one of the worst patients? I can know understand why, I might have micromanaged…. a little <clearing my throat>. LOL!

The Christmas List!?


Posted on Monday, September 16th, 2013 at 1:34 am

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2013-03-05 21.52.51Really? It’s not even Fall yet and I found this. My 10yr olds rolling Christmas wish list…what the heck?? I love his focus but could he possibly focus on something like schoolwork maybe?? I don’t know maybe I’m crazy…