Kick Up Your Style in 2013

ADD a JACKET to MAKE your OUTFIT!

Are you invited to a Super Bowl Party and don’t know what to wear? Or maybe you’re headed to New Orleans to see who grabs the trophy! Can the Atlanta Falcons do it??? You can toss a jacket over almost any outfit and you’ve just doubled your style all year long!  A jacket adds effortless chic to an ordinary outfit. Think black leather motorcycle jacket over a t-shirt and jeans, or a denim jacket over a sweater dress and boots.

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Jennifer Anniston’s wearing a classic fitted navy blazer in this photo from 2010… it’s just as stylish now as it was then, and will be for years to come. So, what type of jacket do you need?

This denim jacket from Old Navy is on sale now and comes in six colors! The current fashion trend of wearing a denim jacket with denim jeans is great, but make sure the two colors are contrasting so you don’t look like you’re wearing a denim suit!

Jackets with contrast piping are popular like GAP’s version in a comfortable knit fabric. This blazer will go from the office to date night. Wear it with a solid colored top, stripe or print underneath since it’s a neutral… you can find it in petite and tall sizes too.

A fitted blazer like this from Ann Taylor will hide your figure flaws and give you a streamlined look making you appear pounds thinner, and

White House Black Market’s mini trench coat has great waist detail for a slimming look too!

Wear a jacket and feel stylish and confident for the game, a date night or the office!

 

 

Emerald Green: THE color of 2013!

Find YOUR best Emerald Green for the Holidays!

The Pantone Color Institute makes a prediction each December of the most popular color for the following year. Last Thursday, December 6th, lush and lively emerald green was selected for 2013 which means you’ll be seeing it everywhere including clothing and accessories, home furnishing, paint…. even cars. So, is there a better time than now to show off some of those gorgeous greens during the holidays?

Many celebrities have been sighted wearing emerald green gowns including Pippa Middleton looking fabulous in her dress by Temperley London. If you’re not headed to a formal event like Pippa and green is not one of your colors, consider the hue in shoes or accessories.

If you’d like to wear a casual green, Anthropologie has a darling “winter waves” cardigan sweater that could be fun and

Dillard’s carries Steve Madden studded ballet flats which would be perfect for the annual neighborhood “hot chocolate and cookie” gathering.

Coach makes a new emerald Penny Leather Shoulder Purse with a tassel detail that would make a great gift for the holidays and would be enjoyed throughout the New Year. No need to stress about what size to buy…it fits everyone!

Another perfect gift idea in green is these stud earrings from Kate Spade…. classic, classy and less than $50.

Will you be fresh and lovely wearing green in 2013?!!    One thing’s for sure… you’ll be ready for St. Paddy’s Day!

Want to learn more about the Pantone Color Institute? Click here!

 

Polished Peplum

PEPLUM is BACK!

The modern take on the peplum style is super flattering on most body types. This style has been around and back again, starting with the 40’s, then the 80’s and is a huge trend again for 2012. This extra flounce of fabric has been added to tops and jackets, skirts, dresses and high waisted pants…even hemlines.

Here’s Charlize Theron in a classic red Lanvin peplum dress for the MTV Movie Awards back in June,

and Emma Stone at the same event in a dramatic black peplum top. While Emma is wearing a fuller skirt, its generally best to have a fitted silhouette on the bottom by wearing slim pants or a pencil skirt.

If you’re looking for a top with that extra ruffle try this cozy cashmere sweater from Bloomingdale’s which could be casual or dressy.

Another great peplum top, this one for plus sized women made in a metallic fabric by Alfani for Macy’s.…is perfect for the holidays!

And, a fantastic skirt that’ll make you want to wear peplum is this Alice + Olivia pencil skirt from Neiman Marcus. Pair it with a fitted blouse for an office party or dinner date.

Curious to know more about Peplum? Here’s a tiny little history lesson…..http://fashionandhistory.wordpress.com/2012/01/07/the-frilly-tale-of-the-peplum/

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU!!!

Walk on the Bright Side

ADD COLOR TO YOUR LIFE!

One of the latest trends for Fall is a colored bag like Cameron Diaz is carrying as she’s out and about in LA. Her Reed Krakoff “gym bag” is sold at Nordstrom for $990 (here’s the green version)! If that’s a little out of your price range there are lots of lower cost options to keep you updated.

This pretty suede and leather bag from Talbot’s is a stylish choice! It’s an equestrian design and classic look in a gorgeous evergreen shade.

If you’re really loving the bright yellow carried by Cameron Diaz, then you might like the bag designed by Jennifer Lopez for Kohl’s. Its faux or “vegan” leather which makes it less expensive, lighter weight and saves the animal population.

For a crossbody style made of nylon, check out this bag from Marc Jacobs, available at Von Maur in a beautiful dark mauve color! If you don’t own a crossbody bag you’d be surprised how convenient it is to carry your essentials for a night out, or even just running errands.

A great bag for special occassions during the day or night is an envelope clutch. Shown in magenta, this clutch from Tory Burch (which also comes in two other colors) might be just what you need to complete your outfit! You can find it on the Tory Burch website and at Nordstrom.

What’s your favorite colored bag??? There might be a shade that doesn’t look good ON you but would be perfect to carry! Have FUN with it!

 

 

 

Color and Texture – Your Look for FALL

This Fall you’ll LOVE Emerald, Burgundy, Lace and Leather

If you shop for new Fall clothes, you’ll find lots of jewel tone hues in emerald and burgundy and richly finished blacks and golds. In addition to bags and boots, leather can be found in shirts, skirts, and pants.

Leather jackets are more popular than ever as you can see Pippa Middleton wearing hers over a simple dress, with neutral shoes and clutch.

Whether you’re 16 or 65, male or female, the leather jacket is a “must have” addition to your wardrobe. It’s super versatile for years to come and can be worn with jeans or pants, a t-shirt or a pencil skirt, to work on casual Friday’s, or dressed for a night out.

In addition to leather jackets are: jean jackets, military jackets, velvet, varsity, lace, suede, studded, and brocade. This great men’s jean jacket by John Varvatos can be found at Bloomingdale’s.

Also at Bloomingdales for women is a cabernet colored jean jacket by Earnest Sewn which just happens to be in one of the beautiful new Fall colors!

Have you noticed all the denim shirts worn by celebrities, or in ads, catalogs…. everywhere?! If you don’t own one, now is the time! This men’s denim basic is at Gap, along with a ruffled chambray version for women. Perfect for a Fall weekend!

 

 

 

 

Accessories du jour

ACCESSORIES will JAZZ up your same “old” clothes!!!

Are you on a budget and need to keep wearing the clothes you already own? We all know how that feels! You want to look fresh and on top of the current style though right? Well, the best way to give your wardrobe an immediate update is to add some cool new accessories…. just a few that can be worn with many outfits.

I loved the necklace Emily wore on the final night of “The Bachelorette!” Even Arie complimented Emily on the necklace before she told him adios! It’s made by Robyn Rhodes and can be ordered online. She makes lots of other fantastic pieces too.

Also by Robyn Rhodes is this turquoise and leaf style necklace. While I’ll admit these two necklaces aren’t super cheap, they would add tons of flair to an otherwise ordinary outfit! Also, check out accessories at TargetH & M, and Forever 21 for inexpensive options.

Here’s Blake Lively, of “Gossip Girl” fame in a gorgeous black glass collar necklace by Roman & Sunstone. It will add plenty of texture and the color will always be in style! Kind of expensive, but you might think it’s worth it!

Adding a new bag can “up” your style……….Charming Charlie carries a whole smorgasbord of color and texture, from plain to patterned. They have all other types of accessories….. shoes, scarves and jewelry….the works! Add a splash of color to your look with a satchel like this red one. It’ll be hard to walk out of Charming Charlie empty handed!

Sequins can be found on everything these days so if you want to give your “old” clothes a boost, throw on a sequined accessory like this pretty blue scarf from NordstromAdding a scarf can help you transition a Summer outfit into a Fall style and won’t kill your budget!

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Lace is the It for Summer!

   You’ll find LACE On Everything!!!

Lace has been around for hundreds of years, but is more popular than ever before on clothes, shoes, bags, and accessories. There are lots of varieties of lace; eyelet, crochet, Battenburg, and many others. Designers from Zara and Anthropologie to Dior and Valentino have added it to their summer styles.

 How do you add LACE to your summer wardrobe?!! Keep the rest of your outfit simple and neutral and then add solid accessories to complete your look. Or, keep it super simple like Rachel McAdams seen here in a gorgeous black and nude lace dress.

You can be casual with LACE wearing a crocheted tunic like this one from Neiman Marcus, and it’s 30% off right now. Tory Burch.com. 

has this great top with crocheted sleeves coming soon.

Zara, in Lenox Mall has several lace pieces including a mini skirt shown here and a pencil skirt style more appropriate for the office. Want to add a little lace to your wardrobe but not a lot? A tank like this one from Macy’s might be the perfect style! Can’t get enough lace?!! This beautiful handmade eyelet leather wallet by Cleobella was featured in Instyle Magazine’s July edition. Gorgeous!!!

Popping Color With Bright Skinny Jeans

Popping Color With Bright Skinny Jeans

Bright colored jeans are all the rage these days and are a Great way
to bring color into your Spring wardrobe!

Did you recently see popular fashion trend setter Kate Middleton sporting some coral colored J Brand 811 jeans? So cute and she continues to prove she’s a style icon! What I love about Kate Middleton is that the majority of her clothes are affordable within reason for many of us. The sales for these jeans soared at department stores such as Bloomingdales and Nordstrom after Kate debuted them earlier this Spring.

Popping Color With Bright Skinny JeansAnother bright and vibrant color that screams Spring is a pair of green skinnies as you can see here on Cheryl Cole, who looks adorable for a night out on the town. These jeans pair really well with your looser tops or fun jackets and can be really flattering.

This weekend I stopped into one of my favorite stores, J Crew, and saw that they had a great selection of cropped skinnies with ankle zippers and I love that extra little detail!

 

It’s amazing how just one pair of skinny jeans can really transform and update your entire spring wardrobe. If you’re not comfortable with the skinny jeans look, why not consider a more versatile fit such as Gap’s colored khakis.

I went to the exciting new Nordstrom Rack near North Point Mall tonight for their Private Party! They had a great supply of bright skinny jeans in lots of colors!

 

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