New Twisted Silver: The BB Bracelet

February 16, 2012 by  
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It’s your rocker version of pearls… and just as sophistcated and classy!  Bold enough to wear alone or even pair with one simple bangle (like I did).  The BB Bracelet is not only trend-proof, but it can be worn year round.  Get your BB Bracelet here.

Check out what I’d wear it with below and make sure you check out Twisted Silver’s  last chance sale starting February 17-20.  OVER 30 of their best-selling designs at AMAZING deals.  They only have a few left of each, so this is the LAST CALL.  After Monday, these select pieces will be gone for good, never to be available again. Look for the “Going Gone” tab on their online store Febraury 17-20.  Follow this link starting tomorrow:  Shop here now.

How To Wear Wide Leg Pants

February 15, 2012 by  
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I love Rachel Zoe’s entire line; especially her wide leg pants!!!  So seventies but with a modern cut that’s super flattering and easy to wear any season, day or night.  Tip: pair high waisted versions with cardigans, blouses and blazers, and pick a good sized heel to get a longer look. Also, make sure they fall at the hips (anything above will be unflattering)   Don’t go crazy with prints! instead, use accessories to give the outfit a little oomph.  Remember, when it comes to wide leg pants, it’s all about the cut, fit and balance.  Check out some of my fave’s under $100!

High-Rise Flare Pants – $98 at Whitehouseblackmarket.com

Trade Secret Pants – $84.99 at Modcloth.com

Stretch Twill Wide Leg Trousers– $88 at Anntaylor.com

Classic Flared Pants – $58.99 at Talbots.com

Market Flare Jeans – $99 at Madewell.com

NYC 2012 Blogger’s Night Out

February 15, 2012 by  
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Recently I was asked to style for Bloggers Night Out on behalf of Plastic Makes It Possible and I don’t know what I would have done without my smartphone.  Crunched in between flying from Tampa to NY and the cab ride to the hotel I drafted two posts for my website, answered a million emails and checked in with my kids (I also managed to catch a quick glimpse of where I grew up in NY and take a couple of pictures!).  It’s hard to imagine being a successful business woman/mother without a smartphone in today’s fast paced world.  The BNO event was SO much fun and best of all my smartphone let me capture and share some of the highlights of the night and all the great people I got to meet.

 All the outfits we styled were fabulous!

 

Here I am with the outfit I styled (I tried to stand on the stage but my 5 inch heels made it a little tough).

 

Comfy, chic and ready for spring is what I had in mind when I styled this look.  I chose this green Alice & Olivia jacket because I found the pop of color refreshing; the polka dot blouse gives the entire look a flirty touch against the more masculine blazer and bag, while the Tory Burch espadrilles finished the look.

Disclosure: Plastics Make it Possible provided all travel expenses.

 

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Celebrity Copycat: Adele’s Grammy Look for Less!

February 14, 2012 by  
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Adele glowed at the 2012 Grammy in a black Giorgio Armani gown that was both modern and retro in equal measure. Her makeup was the perfect finishing touch…LOVED the cat eye and sexy red lips!  Get Adele’s Grammy look for work or play with pieces from Fantasy Jewelry Box, Modcloth, Sears & more!

Dress – $49.99 at Modcloth.com

Earrings – $31.95 at Fantasyjewelrybox.com

Mary Jane Pumps – $50.60 at Sears.com

Cover Lipstick in ‘Hot’ – $7.99 at Walgreens.com

MAC ‘Penultimate’ Eye Liner – $18.50 at Nordstrom.com

Grammy Fashion Favorite: Esperanza Spalding

February 13, 2012 by  
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One of my favorite artist is Esperanza Spalding (check out the vid below if you’re not familar with Spalding); the girl is total package: she’s gorgeous, has amazing style, plays multiple instruments and sings in a couple different languages!  Anyway, loved her Grammy dress!  It had a laid back ease that perfect for her overall vibe.

Formal Dresses for Spring

February 13, 2012 by  
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Going to a formal lunch event, a wedding or any other special occasion? Finding the right outfits, either wedding or mother of the bride outfits, can be tricky.  Check out these three dresses by Jaques Vert for inspiration that will hopefully make it easier for you to decide on your outfit.

This Eucalyptus sleeveless dress is softly cut in a smart shift shape with a shaped scoop neck. It is the perfect dress for a horce racing day or when going to a formal lunch event. The fabulous satin banding creates a matt and shine effect resulting in a timeless look.

 

Styling

Combine the dress with natural make up and crème high heels. In terms of accessories, go for a soft pink colour as this blends in perfectly with the eucalyptus colour. If soft pink isn’t your colour then opt for black. A black blazer would certainly give the outfit a more edgy look.

This shimmering textured shift dress comes in a powder puff and spot print. With contrast waist piping to ensure a feminine line, it’s sleeveless with a scoop neck featuring a stunning neckline that adds soft shape. The polka dot is timeless and when incorporated well, creates a trendy yet chic look.

 

Styling

Combine the dress with a natural basis but don’t be afraid to try red lipstick with this outfit. With polka dots you should always be careful with accessorise otherwise it may become too much. So if you want to accessorize your outfit, opt for neutral colours and small jewellery. The dress would go great with a light purple coloured jacket or bolero because the polka dots are purple as well.

The floral prints on this dress are presented in bright colours giving the dress a very distinct look. The draping of the dress creates a sexy décolleté and it is therefore recommended to wear this dress to an event or wedding party. The dress has a back zip and is also fully lined.

 

Styling

Try finding similar pink colours to blend in with your make up and don’t be afraid to use many jewellery pieces to accessorise the dress. A silver chunky necklace would be a great fit. Also, this dress goes well with a pair of black high heels and can also be worn with a denim jacket for less formal occasions.

 

 

 

This is a guest post by Susanna Cha on behalf of Jacques Vert

Planning for Prom Night

February 13, 2012 by  
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Prom night is one of the biggest events of the year, and planning for the perfect prom can take months. All the prep work is worth it, though, when you have a magical night, one that you will look back on for years and smile. Follow these tips, and you’ll have a night to remember!

The Dress

Other than your date, your prom dress is probably going to cause you the most stress. You want to look perfect, so start looking for your dress well in advance, even if you don’t have a date yet. If you wait until the last minute, you might end up with a dress that’s not quite what you wanted.

Most stores start stocking prom dresses in January, and the best ones will be snatched up quickly. Try on several dresses in different colors and styles – something that you hate on the rack might look amazing on you, and vice versa. Flip through magazines to see what you like, or take inspiration from a favorite movie or TV show.

If you want something truly original, though, look beyond the department stores and formal shops. Scour the racks at vintage and thrift stores. You might find the perfect, unique dress and score a bargain at the same time.

Don’t forget about tailoring. Spending a few extra dollars to get a dress shortened or taken in can take a dress from “blah” to “wow!”

The Accessories

Accessories can make a so-so dress look amazing. Skip the dyed-to-match shoes and choose a blingy sandal instead. Remember that you’re going to be standing around taking pictures and having dinner, so pick something comfortable that you can walk in and dance in. Consider buying a pair of comfy ballet-type flats to stash in your purse; formalwear stores often sell flats that roll up to fit in small bags.

The prom is no place for the giant bag you carry every day. Instead, look for a clutch or evening purse that coordinates with your dress. It should be big enough to carry some cash, your phone and some emergency extras.

While you’re shopping for your dress, think about the jewelry that you want to wear. Diamonds (real or fake) will go with any dress, but try some more unusual pieces, too. Again, vintage and secondhand stores often stock antique costume jewelry that’s perfect for the prom.

The Details

Other than your wedding, the prom is one of the few times in your life when you can go all out with prom hairstyles, makeup and nails. Start your prep a few months in advance. Make appointments for hair, makeup and nails at least two months before the prom – popular salons book up fast. Ask the salon about prom packages. Some offer deals when you get multiple services.

If your dress is strapless, short or sleeveless, think about adding a little extra color to your skin for the big night. Tanning beds aren’t healthy (and you might not even be allowed to use one), so think about getting a spray tan a few days before the prom. Just go a shade or two darker – you don’t want to look like an extra from “Jersey Shore.”

Other details to handle in advance? Tickets – make sure you get them – and transportation. A limo is the most popular choice, and when you’ve got a big group, it’s cost-effective. Like everything else, book well in advance, and be sure to budget for a tip for the driver. If you plan to go out to dinner before the event, make those reservations as well.

Finally, make post-prom plans. Chances are, someone is having an after-party, or you can make plans with your friends to go eat (you’ll be hungry after all that dancing!), or just hang out and watch movies.

Whether you’re a senior enjoying the final days of high school, or a sophomore who was lucky enough to get an invitation, prom is often the highlight of the year. Spend some time planning and taking care of the details beforehand, and your prom can be everything you want it to be.

Celeste Grau is a professional cosmetologist with over 10 years of experience and is always staying on top of the latest hairstyles. Celeste specializes in six different types of hair extensions, as well as color and highlighting techniques. 

Celebrity Copycat: Jessica Alba’s Look for Less!

February 7, 2012 by  
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Loving the color green right now…especially green blazers!  It exudes an air of happiness while also injecting a healthy dose of style in equal measure.  Pair a green blazer with a little black dress…I’ver personally gone all white underneath for an ultra chic vibe and even worn a green blazer for a sexy yet smart look.  Jessica Alba nails it with an emerald green blazer, striped top and flared jeans – perfection!  Get Jessica’s look for less from Charm & Chain, H&M and more!

Green Blazer – $29.80 at Forever21.com

Flared Jeans – $29.95 at Hm.com

Striped Tank – $48 at Shopbop.com

Steve Madden Wedges – $71.99 at Heels.com

Link Bracelet – $38 at Charmandchain.com

Outfits For Less!

February 6, 2012 by  
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What’s better than finding that perfect outfit?  Buying it all for one price!  Mix and match your way to stylish outfits without breaking the bank.  Check out some of my favorite sets from Yesstyle for under $100:

 Most of our attention is focused on  Spring looks, but for $49.50 this dolman sleeve sweater dress and leggings is too good to pass up!

A sequined collar knit top and glitter pencil skirt is a no brainer.  It’s classic and sexy with just a touch of trendy glam – LOVE IT!

This knit dress, tulle skirt and brushed tights set is so sweet and easy to wear – $55

My Safety Pin Secret

February 6, 2012 by  
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I’m a curvy girl and I’ve grown to appreciate my angles over the years.  So when it comes to finding clothes that fit me I know which cuts and fabrics work for my shape. But every now and then I come across the perfect top, dress, skirt or even a blazer or dowdy cardigan that just won’t fit the way I want!   The solution to this dilemma is what I call my safety pin secret. I have them in ALL sizes imaginable and I use them to add ruching to just about anything that needs a little adjusting.  Ideally one large saftey pin does the trick, but for the most part two large safety pins on each side work best. Each pin should be pushed through 2-3 times (makes a huge difference!).

On dresses that don’t flow with my curves I gather the hem only at the sides and pin.  And since I LOVE the super flattering 3/4 sleeve, the same goes with just about any top and blazer (must be knit or thin).  It’s not always easy to get it right but when you do it’s a life saver!!

U by Kotex* products come in a variety of absorbencies and sizes, so you’re covered whether your flow is heavy or you just need backup protection.

 

 

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