Category Archives: Fashion and Accessories

Shortcut to Fabulous Country Music Award Red Carpet Look I love

 

I don’t even listen to country music, but the CMA’s ranked high on the buzz meter today and I saw this red carpet look worn by Jana Kramer and I am in L-O-V-E. I need to find a runway to realway swap for this ASAP! Apparently this dressed made some worst dressed lists, but those writers are boring and don’t realize how universally flattering this dress would be for a variety of figures.

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Shortcut to Fabulous Runway Report NYFW

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New York Fashion Week frenzy is officially over…for now and I am happy to report I survived what has become a complete circus. Photographers parked outside Lincoln center to snap shots of “street” fashion without a care in the world for the real art that is ensuring inside, wannabes loitering in their zaniest outfits outside the tent hoping a photographer will snap away and then ask them what they are wearing and of course the part that is most important but no one seems to care too much about anymore…the shows themselves. There is something magical that happens inside those tents when the lights dim and a show is about to begin. It is theater and art rolled into one. Me, I opt for standing in the back…always giving up my seat cause the best view is in the back behind the flashbulbs snapping celebs in the front row and the bright screens of bloggers phones tweeting about how fabulous they are because they are seated at a NYFW show. Nope, standing is the only way to go for any true fashionista who is vertically challenged like myself. I attended a few shows and saw a great mix of fabrics, interesting color palettes, American designers taking a few risks and plenty to be excited about for Fall 2013.

The standout to me was Lela Rose. I loved the simple styles that looked haute enough for runway and risky enough to be called fashion but still maintaining a down to earth “I could wear that” feel. I was so in awe I didn’t really snap to many photos…I never do because for me it is about the clothes and the experience, but this dress caught my eye and I think the color combination would work well on just about anyone. To me Lela Rose is a designer that every career girl should aim to own one of her pieces. Her clothes are designed by a woman to fit a real woman.

Overall, Fashion Week was fun albeit predictable. If you have always wanted to attend a show, there are ways mere mortals can score a seat with companies like American Express. This year Amex partnered with Carolina Herrera and had a whole experience that was available for purchase to the public. I have never entered the tents this way myself, but I think it could be a worthwhile experience for anyone who loves fashion and wants to see what all the fuss is about.

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Shortcut to Fabulous New Year’s Collection

I am counting down the days to 2013 for many reasons. I have been rather quiet on my blog lately, mainly because I have been so busy growing my business. I am proud to announce I have expanded my New York operations to include Showroom space. I have big plans for 2013 and after months of working round the clock to lay the foundation, I will be more active on the blog I hope. But enough about that and let me get to the reason you should be looking forward to 2013…Jason Wu’s more affordable line sold exclusively at Nordstrom starting January 7, 2013. I love the pieces below, especially the cashmere sweater with the peekaboo inlay. It is still a bit pricey at $325, but for cashmere from an iconic designer, it is definitely worth it. All I have to say is I Wuv Wu!

Miss Wu Collection prices range from $200-$500

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Shortcut to Fabulous $32 boots

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I discovered a new vintage store in Miami today that opened three weeks ago, The Vintage Revenge¬†(more on that in a coming Miami Monday) and spent my winter boot money on the most gorgeous vintage cashmere sweater, bracelet and blouse. Okay, okay…fine…you got me….I spent my winter boot money for the next three years on the most gorgeous vintage cashmere sweater, earrings, bracelet, blouse, dress and a handbag for good measure. But I need cute booties STAT…so now what? Well, I found these really cute gray Oxford booties on Old Navy on sale for $32.50. They come in gray and black and fit my pea sized confessions of a shopaholic budget. Score! Click on the pic to check them out.

 

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Shortcut to Fabulous Gift for Girlfriends in the Office

Good Luck Series Mini Emergency Kit $15

Good Luck Series Mini Emergency Kit $15

I just think this makes the most fab gift for office colleagues, assistants or any gal that you like but don’t know well enough to know her taste. Mr. and Mrs., a company that makes emergency kits has a fab holiday collection that is oh so cute and at $15 for each kit, it makes the perfect gift or stocking stuffer!

The Good Luck Series features rich, saturated patent pouches in ten on-trend colors: Cherry Red, Eggplant, Yellow, Periwinkle, Neon Pink, Black, Taupe, Cobalt Blue, Coral, and Green. Each bag is adorned with one of five good luck charms: a Chinese symbol of good fortune, a wishbone, an evil eye (to ward off wardrobe malfunctions), a horseshoe, and a four-leaf clover.

Contains 16 must-haves: Hairspray, Clear Nail Polish, Nail Polish Remover, Emery Board, Lip Balm, Earring Backs, Clear Elastics, Sewing Kit, Double-Sided Tape, Stain Remover, Deodorant Towelette, Pain Reliever, Tampon, Breath Freshener, Dental Floss, Adhesive Bandages.Click here to purchase. Cherry Red Contents

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Shortcut to Fabulous Sparkles for your Jewelry Box

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I love small indie designers and I found the adorable gold bracelet show below from Miami design team Nugaard a few weeks ago along with the splurge cuff below it (the photo doesn’t even begin to do it justice). I was able to see their entire collection and they have really amazing, quality pieces that are sure to remain treasures in your jewelry box. Check them out here.

Tube Bangle $59

Nugaard Cuff $249

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Shortcut to Fabulous Anna Karenina Inspired Fashion

Anna Karenina Inspired Velvet Blazer

This weekend I got a sneak peek viewing of the latest adaptation of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. The movie was interesting, but I am not a fan of films without a super sappy happy ending. However, this is a must see movie…why you ask? THE CLOTHES. Kiera Knightly’s cloths and jewels were ¬†nothing short of amazing. If the costume designer from this film does not win an Oscar, she will be robbed. After the film, I felt compelled to find my own Anna Karenina inspired fashions and discovered Banana Republic has a whole collection inspired by the movie. Check it out here. Here are my fave Anna Kareninaesque looks at affordable prices:

Anna Karenina Inspired Earrings $90 at Saks.com

Anna Karenina Inspired Headband $23 on Bebe.com

Anna Karenina Inspired Faux Fur Boot Topper $20.30 on Bebe.com

Anna Karenina Inspired Burgundy Velvet Blazer $56 at Lulus.com

 

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