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Boys Will Be Boys!


Posted on Monday, April 10th, 2017 at 4:21 pm

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Boys will be boys, no matter their age. I swear I see it every day at work and at home. My husband acts like my teenager at times and my teenager acts like my preschooler at times and the preschooler acts like the adult of the house most of the time except when he needs to have that occasional tantrum/meltdown…it’s like I’m watching Lion King with the Circle of Life right before my very eyes.

Funny enough I love working with men! They are more easily satisfied than women when it comes to putting together their look/image. Even if they are super picky, finding the right looks for them are simple (quality of) Fabrication, Fit and Feel (how comfortable it is on them). Once that’s achieved the rest is a piece of cake! Women clients? Well that’s a whole other article, lol!

Nonetheless, the point is that men don’t change much from who they were to who they are all grown up…they will ALWAYS be versions of their younger selves.

Even when they turn 50 and above men will still be young at heart and hopefully their desire to stay en vogue and desirable to who “floats their boat” (women, other men or both; no judgement here!) will still be intact. Men above 50 should be able to dress stylishly and stay in trend…with a little more sophistication of course. Everyone loves a little edge, a little more swag mixed with that seasoning (aka salt & pepper hair), lol!

Here are a few looks I think a swaggadocious and still age appropriate with and a little edge and sophisticated style. NOTE: to properly pull this off one would need to stay physically fit and not let your midsection grow too wide/large…that’s not sexy no matter what you wear.

AARP here they come… Sexy & Runway Ready!

Play On Plaids


Posted on Thursday, December 1st, 2016 at 11:00 am

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It’s almost the end of a year and winter hasn’t officially arrived…thank goodness! Nonetheless, we should get everything ready before the temperature drops and catches us off guard.Put those summery pieces that “pass” in this balmy fall weather away and start asking yourself…What are the fashionable looks for winter 2016 I need to have? The answer is a layered one but allow me to help start you off…GET SOME PLAID! All kinds of patterns in plaid. All kinds of colors in plaid. Trust me!

What is Plaid you ask? simply put; the definition is: a checkered or tartan twilled cloth, typically made of wool. Simple right? Traditionally, the cold season makes us bring out a lot of dark and neutral shades. Thanks to Britain influence, plaid is not only a “blah” beige, but a vibrant catchy red tartan that catches your eye and now even more evolved updated and edgy with brighter bolder colors, bolder patterns in small plaids to large graphic prints.

In my opinion, the good ole’ British vibes are very in demand this year. They are warm to wear and they bring women an effortlessly adorable look. But there is nothing wrong with uniquely edgy and sexy so try the more modern styles but try mixing the two.

Making room for plaids in your fall/winter wardrobe is easier than one might think. Great plaid prints come in capes, coats, jackets, pants, shirts and accessories like scarves, weekend bags, gloves, hats, shoes and more for both men and women. No excuse to embrace the trend. I like mixing the plaid patterns and bold colors from brands like Barbour and one of my favorite designers Barbara Bui.

Hey Fellas! Here’s 10 Essentials for a Winter Sexy Wardrobe


Posted on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 at 3:37 pm

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Hey Fellas! 10 Essentials for that Winter Sexy Wardrobe: Part 1

There are many ways to skin a cat (figuratively speaking, of course!). We all know there is no bible on style but masterfully being stylish and warm can be a feat for most. Fashion vs Function can live harmoniously in one look.

I love a man with a good sense of style. It creates a sense of confidence and allure to him that automatically draws attention and adoration. Nothing is sexier than a confident man. In lieu of the falling temperatures, I thought I’d share some guidelines to some great style trends for men this season.

Guys take note…print this and leave laying around the house. Maybe “Santa” will help with the list!

Materials to Seek: Tweeds, Wool Cashmere, Denim (always), High Quality Cotton, Suede

From Outerwear to Footwear here is Part 1 of Fall/Winter Must Haves for the Savvy & Chic Guy:

  1. Suede Footwear – supple luxury for the feet
  2. Weekender and Work Bags – stylish bags are a great finish to a look
  3. Great Quality Henleys – upgrade your t-shirt game with these staples in all colors (see color chart for inspiration)
  4. Sweatshirts – great with joggers, jeans also try layered with collared shirt add a blazer
  5. Parka – go for it with colors this season (see color trends chart); classics always are good although safe
  6. Trench Coat – wear with suits or casually with jeans
  7. TurtleNecks – wear with suiting instead of button-downs
  8. Navy Suiting – this classic color makes him look tall (er), dark and handsome…winning!
  9. Chunky Knits – it does so much! gives great texture to a look. comes in a wide array of colors for your individual taste. can be worn with everything from suiting to sweats and upgrade your style statement
  10. Light Jewelry – meaning just wear a little at one time to accentuate the sex appeal. a good bracelet, necklace that falls just below the clavicle and a ring for shits & giggles when feeling a little flirty; it really does lighten a look.

Stores to check out: Bloomingdales, Zara, Macy’s, H&M, Saks, Kenneth Cole,

Men’s Style Advice: White Hot Summer


Posted on Monday, June 20th, 2016 at 9:00 am

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It’s safe to say there wasn’t much of a spring, as summer just ushered its way in like nobody’s business. One sure fire way to keep cool, classic and fashionable is by rocking white. Whether you’re headed to a party, to work or just out on the town, there is a white ensemble that fits every facet of your personal style.

1.      A White Sneaker

A clean white sneaker is very necessary this summer, largely because of its versatility. You can wear them with shorts, sweats, jeans, and suits. With a wide variety of selections, you’re sure to find a pair that easily fits your budget. 

NFL Baller Tyrod Taylor sports a pair of low top common projects sneaker. Note how his trouser stops at an appropriate length just at the ankle.

 2.      White Jeans

Though they may be hard to keep clean, white jeans are definitely in this summer. The trick to these is finding the right fit for the occasion. Wear a skinny fit jean and dress it up with a loafer or sandal or a looser-fitting straight leg (please no boot cut fellas) and dress it down with your favorite sneaker.

  1. Fitted Tee

I’m not talking about Fruit of the Loom undershirts either. Invest in a few solid colored crew neck or V-neck that can take you from a movie date to running errands. Wearing a V-neck shows you put just a little bit extra effort into your look.  You can still be dapper and relaxed in your suit while wearing a T-shirt. Go straight from the office to happy hour to dinner.

 Here’s a few “Honorable Mentions”  for your Style Reference:

Spring Trends for Men’s Suiting


Posted on Monday, April 25th, 2016 at 9:00 am

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Normally, I would turn this post into a women’s story about how masculine suiting works so nicely for womenswear and how to wear it for the ladies but I am listening to my male followers and tending to their needs…. Hi Fellas!

I get asked time and time again from guys about what’s the new trends in shoes (casual and dressy), clothing from everything in special occasion, work appropriate, casual Friday and cool accessories. I promise to add a lot more posts for men and answer all the questions I think you have questions about.

Here’s my first install…. enjoy and please leave comments to ask questions and request more topics if you find there is something more you want to know.

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I love love love a well-tailored man in a suit. That is from his shoes to his topper (hat) if he wears one. But let’s talk suits right now. The slim fit is my favorite and it isn’t just for the lean and tall man. Actually, I find that it works on most men of varied heights. There shouldn’t be a lot of fabric hanging around and making your silhouette larger than it is. The proper tailoring of a suit is KEY to a slimmer appearance even if your midsection is a little obtuse.

I am not a fan of pleats on men’s pants but some body types need it…at least one I can stomach ONE pleat on each hip but that’s about it!

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Photo by Ralph Lauren

Staple colors in suiting you should have in your closet: NAVY, BLACK and GREY! Add a Khaki, Chambray suit as alternatives; which works well for business, dressy or casual Fridays. Notch or Peak lapels are most common and easiest to find.

Double Breasted jackets are only to be worn by those with no midsections (no potbelly, sorry!)

Tie Basics to have: a skinny black, knit ties in a variety of colors (adds texture) and some navy patterns (polka dots or stripes are easy) add the other colors like pink, browns, greys, in solids and patterns after you have those basics in your arsenal

Shirts: Always have at least 3 white dress shirts, one denim blue, navy stripe and a few polos (to wear when going a little casual but still want the sharp look of wearing a full suit.

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Photo by Ralph Lauren

Do It In Denim!


Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2016 at 3:10 pm

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Give your jeans a break and try some other denim pieces that will wow!

Three Piece Suit perfect for the workplace and gives off a rock & roll statement is one of my absolute favorite ensembles. Its sexy and rich yet serious enough to wear to work and fashionable enough to wear anywhere else.

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Photo: Ralph Lauren

If you know me, you know I LOVE JUMPERS; anything one piece is a friend of mine. It’s another diverse items that can be worn dressy or casual and works for almost all body types.Adding a bright accessory will add some personality to your look and make a statement more customized to your style aesthetic.

brightssA Fit Flare, oversized shirt dress and simple sheath are just a few chic upgrades that give new proportions/ shape to denim lovers.   The deeper the blue, the sweeter the style although rules are always breakable and I’m easily swayed by a destroyed destressed denim paired with a refined shoe and structured blazer

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Denim Story Spring 2016

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Denim Dresses Spring 2016

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Chloe Spring 2016 Denim

 

 

 

 

 

Gaga for Gingham!


Posted on Monday, April 11th, 2016 at 2:28 pm

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Photo: J.Crew- Find the Campbell Blazer here $178.

Not just for a cute cover for your picnic table anymore.  The pattern on pattern of gingham is a fun way to play with summer colors and magnetize onlookers.  There are plenty available in a full suit, break it up to pair with just about anything for a clean but modern pop of style or if just a blouse is enough try it that way but however you like it like Nike JUST DO IT!  

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Ralph Lauren gingham blouse 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I would pair the suiting with a crisp white tee or button up and sneakers (or tennis shoes, depending on where you come from) or an easy footwear fix is to wear with one strap across the toe stilettos in a neutral or go crazy (like I would!) and do it with a different bright color for drama!

Chanel does gingham

Chanel does gingham

A touch of gingham on shoes too!

A touch of gingham on shoes too!

 

Gingham was all over runways for this season

Gingham was all over runways for this season

 

Old Navy gingham set

Old Navy gingham set for only $20!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anthrologie gingham one piece swimsuit $158

Anthrologie gingham one piece swimsuit $158

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Dolce & Gabbana for Spring 2016 featuring gingham

 

My Review of the GOLDEN GLOBES 2015


Posted on Monday, January 12th, 2015 at 9:00 pm

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I watch all red carpets like a kid with popcorn right before the circus begins; giddy, full of anticipation and excitement swirling in my belly for the magic I am about to witness. Its simply eager anticipation to see which celebrity will arise out of the abyss of that regular hum drum traditional red carpet look into a sort of beaming light lifting them to an “OH! She did that!” level of greatness.   Regrettably, I was not really moved to such excitement this time. Now, there were a few good ones but overall I wasn’t “taken to new heights” impressed with anyone.

The Golden Globes is the prerequisite to the Oscars. It’s an opportunity to dress funkier and dial back the starch in your collar so to speak and have a good time. The point is to party and wear stunning stylish black tie-esque clothes that are comfortable to your style aesthetic. You know have a good time being FABULOUS with fewer rules is how I look at it. It also gives us style experts a heads up on who to look out for when the Oscars comes because they nailed it at the Globes.

There were a few winners that were really beautiful and complimented their star style; wearing it right both with personality (the look didn’t wear them; they wore it) and physically (totally complimented their body type). First, Jenny from the block- Jennifer Lopez wore Zahair Murad with ease and elegance, Viola Davis who has struggled in years past with getting it right, did it this time in Donna Karan (who by the way looked great with her new hairdo), Allison Tolman looked beautiful and rocked it right especially for the plus size girls who struggle to find the right balance for their silhouette as well as be fashionable, Allison Williams in ravishing red layers of Armani Prive, Kate Hudson in a hot cutout number by Versace and Lena Dunham in Zac Posen (FINALLLLLYYY! She got it right and wore something complimentary to her shape and not looking like upholstery fabric) BRAVO Lena!!! I knew you could do it.

There was a wide variety of styles shown on the carpet; no landslides of color of styles however red, white and black seemed to be the colors that were spotted often amongst a full dichotomy of styles. Also noted were the plunging and open necklines trend; clavicles were the necklace of choice for many which I loved. Jennifer Lopez, Sienna Miller in Miu Miu, Jessica Chastain in Versace Atelier, Kate Hudson also in Versace and Katherine Heigl in Zac Posen was among the leaders of this style trend last tonight.

Some celebrities whom I didn’t love were a surprise to me but you can’t get it right EVERYTIME I guess. Even though I liked Kerry Washington’s neckline in that Mary Katrantzou dress overall her look was a thumbs down for me. The color block silhouette was nice however the metallic fabrication paired with the two tones made it more sci-fi than high society; pretty but more like a princess in Avatar or Star Trek than anything else. Another surprise flop for me was Lupita Nyong’o in Giambattista Valli; I found it to be a beautiful dress just not a great red carpet dress for her. I equally disliked Keira Knightly in Chanel; she looked matronly and more like she was going to play a role on an episode of “The Little House on the Prairie” than an Hollywood awards show in the year 2015…No ma’am, I reckon that was a bust! There were others but these were my Top 3.

Yellows and blush tones were also seen quite a bit last night. Let’s hope the Oscars will fair stronger on the red carpet reactions this year. The Golden Globes gets a C+ for COME ON! Push the envelope a little harder ladies…we all will be watching in anticipation for more come February 22.

 

 

 

HOT ITEMS FALL 2014


Posted on Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 9:09 pm

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Labor Day is over but for most of us the laboring now begins! That time to change over your wardrobe is quickly approaching and the dread of having to look in your arsenal is usually extremely daunting and overwhelming. I know the questions that loom over you constantly… What should I keep? What should I donate? What do I need new for the cold weather ahead and still look amazing? What can I afford?

Honestly, if you followed my Fall Must Haves from last September, you will need very little new pieces to be right on track and if you didn’t besides me shaking my finger saying ‘shame on you” I am certain if you take a thorough inventory of your entire closet (go to the back of your rack where you never pull from) you will find some items from this list that can be brought to the front of the rack again.

Fret not my pets… Again the trends are available in every price point you can imagine and many of the high end designers have done capsule collections with discount retailers like Target, Kohl’s and H&M just to name a few where you can get a version of their higher priced collections for pennies on the dollar to what it would cost in say Barneys or Neiman Marcus. So now I need you to take a deep breath, get a pen/paper or just print this article out and use it as your Holy Grail for Fall!

Grey is the new Black!

Not just for you but for the whole family.  For the first time in a long time, many of the trends this season are fundamentally the same for men women and children. Grey is a neutral for fall and can be paired with just about EVERYTHING!  You can wear it to balance patterns, wear it monochromatically (all the same color head to toe preferably in a mix of subtle hues differences or all the same hue if that’s better for you; but I prefer the mix of tones for dimension and character). It’s ok to give your traditional black suit a break this season. As a matter of fact, put them in the back of your closet and only pull them out for funerals this season. Let’s see how well grey works for you standing alone without it; you’ll be pleasantly surprised, I promise.

Rich Colors!

I always love how strong bold colors and patterns are balanced so beautifully with the simple addition of black and white; it is truly the great equalizer. This year will be no different; with the added help of the signature color grey when donning the HOT TREND and rich essences of BURGUNDY, REDS, CHOCOLATE and BLUES. These colors are reminiscent to of school uniforms; as I wore for many many years as a kid and loathed it. Now it’s refreshing to see these colors brought to life in fantastic fabrics (not polyester like those school uniforms) like chunky knits, rich suedes, cashmeres, fine wools, cool cottons and leather just to name a few.

The Bootie and Over The Knee Boot!

I couldn’t mention one without the other as they are both equally HOT Must Haves for Fall.
The Bootie is actually a year round essential but traditionally better accepted by the masses during cool/cold weather until recent. The over the knee boot is just as it states an “over” exaggeration of the standard knee hi boot but it has become a style essential for Fall. They both translate well from work to play and works beautifully with the pencil and flounce skirts (also a very popular staple for Fall).

Fit & Flare

Also known as the Skater Dress is a popular ultra-forgiving figure flattering dress for all body types. It cinches in the top waist (your smallest area; right above the belly just below the ribcage) and a-lines (/ \) from there. The skirt works well as a separate also paired with a fitted top of your choice (see Beckham in a great quality long sleeve tee with flare skirt). Whichever you go with, the one piece or worn as separates the idea and silhouette remains the same. The skirt will skim the hips for a flawless finish and deliver a shapely silhouette no matter whether you are a size 2 or 22 and the top will keep it tight and upright. The lengths come in ranges from mini to floor length so find the length that works best for your height. If you’re petite you are strongly advised to stay in the mini length. You need to show as much leg as possible and stay clear of the over the knee boot; its bootie or stilettos for you.  StyleTip#1: You can add a wide belt to compliment the bootie or over the knee boot you pair with it or it works well with a simple stiletto. It comes is a wide variety of patterns colors and textures just make sure the  silhouette is fitted at the top and wide and the bottom and you can customize the rest that feels good to you! StyleTip#2: If you have a Fit & Flare Dress that is in an evening dress fabrication or length (midi) you can still wear it to work! Pair it with a cropped denim or cropped varsity jacket for balance and wear a pointy flat (for added casual balance above and below) or a simple stiletto for the edgier fashionista; both very fashionable savvy and highly appropriate for daytime.

Fair Isle Prints
There’s nothing better than a soft knit sweater on a brisk Fall day. Now the sweaters you would just pull out to go skiing or for Christmas is now a go to all season long. The oh so comfy, home-y fair isle print (elegantly done by Pucci and Burberry this season) is coming out of the back of the closet, tossing the moth balls and wants center stage this fall. Its like look has us borrowing our fathers look. I personally would wear it more for a casual cute look paired with some fur lined boots and fitted cords but try them for yourself and see how you would rock them best for you. Regardless, how you wear them you wont be able to resist finding a crackling fire somewhere and roasting some marshmallow for old times sake.

Head-To-Toe Knits
I am so in love with drop crotch pants or rompers/jumpers because they are comfortable and they can be super stylish…its such a win win;  I Iove wearing them!  This season the next big thing  that is dually comfortable and chic is the head to toe knit.  Its like your favorite ice cream topped with candied bacon on top…something good made GREAT!  Knits aren’t just for sweaters anymore!  Marc Jacobs and Stella McCartney showed us on the runways their version and Zara and H&M will be doing it too. Comfort, Stylish and Warm together in one complete look from head to toe for fall. Thank you guys; you’re the best!

Colored Leather Skirts
We saw colored leather in pastel this spring. I wore one from H&M for my rooftop birthday soiree atop the Manhattan skyline this past June. Leather for fall isn’t exactly a new trend, but for fall its being shown in almost every color of the rainbow.  (buttery orange,  electric royal blue, ravishing reds and so on proving that leather is so much more exciting than black and beige.

Sparkle
What girl doesn’t love a little sparkle in her life. We absolutely adore a great sparkle on our fingers and I’m not talking about our nails! Besides a great diamond the other perfect accents in your wardrobe. This season, from jackets, to boots and everything in between you will find shine.  I’ll play along but the shine from a quality diamond on my digits still reign supreme with me.

Fun Fur
With Fall/Winter there are certain trends you expect to see year after year with just fresh twists to keep it modern. Leathers and furs (faux and real) is a staple. This year they reached far into the 80’s for some designers and pulled out the old school shearling jacket that I remember as pairing perfect with EVERYTHING from Clark Wallabee Shoes to satiny silk wrap dresses my mom would wear for special occasions and put on her shearling coat like it was chinchilla. I was young and didn’t have one but i remember it being warm as hell when I wrapped myself in it wishing I was lucky enough to own one. Well that style has returned all over the 2014 runways and now the streets, but in fun colors and prints. What was once an old trend is new again and if you happen to still have your mom’s, dad’s or grandma’s old shearling in the attic…pull her out, take to a reputable furrier or your local major retailer like a Bloomingdales or Macy’s Fur Vault and have them work on it and give it life and luster again. That furry friend is sure to be a hit with the fashionable set whether you dye the fur a funky outrageous color or not.

The Trench

This classic outerwear never gets the chance to hide in the attic because it really can be used year round. Even in the summer on rainy days a trench can be worn and be perfectly envogue. This season is no different. The variety of trench coats availabel this season is as long as it is wide in lengths, fabrics, weights, colors and styles. Pick one any one! There are losers as long as you own one. And what’s nice is the is one for every member of the family. It comes in sizes for toddlers and kids too!

The Extreme Turtleneck

I love anything that gives me warmth during these cold months. The extra high extra wide turtleneck collars are a MUST for those like myself.  Be aware that some of the fabrications like some wools, angora or acrylic blends might not always be smooth against your skin. try wearing a thin moisture wicking turtleneck underneath to save you from the itch-ezzz.

 Always Remember “Powerful & Pretty Should Be One Word”