Thursday, March 19, 2015

To Poncho or Not to Poncho

Every fall for the past.....however many years, has always left me with this query.  I always find a color or print on a poncho that I can't live without.  Post-It memo pink!  Taupe and black!  Lace!  Cotton-poly blend!  Who can decide?

Here's the thing; what body shape does a poncho actually flatter?  None.  Not a single one.  Whether you are a bean pole or voluptuous and curvy, it matters not.  There is never a shortage of choices when the Pre-fall selections pop up in and on your favorite stores and websites.

Now, i'm sure that if you decide to forgo my advice and wear a poncho you will look fabulous in it.  Just keep in mind that most of the people you pass on the street will contemplate if you were actually wearing a Snuggie or not.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Faking Longer Legs

Here it is.....some tricks to help elongate your stature!

If you're like me, I love a good heel.  It's just not always fitting to wear them, especially with many of your jobs requiring you to be on your feet most of the day.  Like most women, you crave a longer, leaner leg line.  A lot of how you dress requires the outfit you've made up to accentuate your favorite features.  It's an illusion made up of certain pieces you put together to make you look taller, thinner, curvier, etc...

Just look for certain details with flats or kitten heels that will deceive your peers in to thinking you've lost some weight!  
  • Elect for a pointed toe.  Round and square toes appear to shorten the calf and thigh.
  • Search for a lower vamp, the upper section of the shoe that covers the top front of your foot.  This will provide less coverage of the top your foot, therefore elongating the leg.  (This is also a plus during the summer months when less coverage keeps you cooler.)
  • Avoid flats that have chunky or dark colored straps.  They break up the appearance of your foot and gives you a shorter appearance.
  • Steer clear of a cap-toe.  I advise this with a grain of salt because I love a good oxford.  However, depending on the rest of your ensemble it can present a stubbier leg.
Now, if you feel clear on the guidelines above, there a few more tricks that apply to both flats and heels.

  • Opt for a skin-toned shoe

  • Wear a higher waistline in pants or skirts

  • Try solids.  Putting together monotone pieces creates an uninterrupted visual line

  • Try a wider hemline with stilettos.  

  • Choose vertical lines

  • If you happen to love your legs, elect for a shorter hemline

Now, sit back, relax and do some serious online shopping!  Enjoy!

    Thursday, May 16, 2013

    Andrew Bolton

    "Fashion, like the superhero, celebrates metamorphosis, providing unlimited opportunities to remake and reshape the flesh and the self.  It offers entrance into another world….the freedom to fantasize to escape the banal." ~Andrew Bolton

    Where do I begin….Andrew Bolton is a genius.  Now a celebrated and renowned curator for the Metropolitan Museum of Art - The Costume Institute, his most recent triumph being 'PUNK: Chaos to Couture,' which open from now until August.  The exhibit displays how the era of punk has left it's mark on the world, and on fashion.  Obviously, this is not Bolton's first brush with fame.

    Alexander Mcqueen: Savage Beauty came out in 2011.  It was Mr. Bolton's first curation at the Met.  Having seen it first hand, you get a sense that Andrew wants you to physically feel what the designer felt when thinking up and designing those pieces.  Every room has a theme; every theme a feeling.  Each of these feelings stay with you when walking through each room.  Whether it's wind blowing through your hair or growls coming through the wall, you will absolutely feel. "Every time I went past that long queue, it broke my heart because I knew McQueen would be so happy to see it."

    Andrew Bolton grew up in Great Britain, he became the curator of Contemporary Chinese Art for the Victoria & Albert museum in London.  From there he went on to create a Fashion in Motion event featuring Jimmy Choo and Vivienne Tam.  He would eventually transform many other exhibits in to works of art.  Those of which would have books written about them, about him. 
    (Books: The Supermodern Wardrobe, Sole Satisfaction and Men in Skirts.)

    Until he started his employment, The Costume Institute was held in the bottom floor of the Met for over thirty years.  It was kept and used mostly to reference from and for "society matrons" mainly to raise money to keep the museum open.  Andrew chooses to find as much as he can, personal and otherwise about the designer whose work he's showing to be sure that the patrons can fully grasp what they're seeing, touching at least four out of the five senses.  

    When it came to curating 'PUNK' he really had to do his homework.  When that generation came around, he was too young to foresee the affect it would have on fashion and music for decades to come.    "In small towns punk was very much about customization, going to thrift stores and army-surplus stores and mixing things together."  He turns every exhibit in to a full days experience; you wait in line with anxious anticipation, dying to see what all the fuss is about, only to leave you talking about it for the rest of the afternoon, if not longer.  

    As a guest, you take on so many emotions one would never expect to feel from any inanimate object.  It will leave you breathless and wanting more, which I could never have thought would happen just by walking through the halls of any museum. It feels as though these pieces are walking in front of you, like an actual show, as opposed to you ogling at every single detail wondering what the designer was thinking at that precise moment when they decided to create such a masterpiece.  Do yourself a favor and check out his latest piece, 'Punk: Chaos to Couture' right now, at least once.  It will be one of the best things you ever did.

    "If you're going to treat fashion as art, treat it as art……." ~ Andrew Bolton

    Thursday, December 27, 2012

    Style Nemesis

    Do you ever watch E! Fashion Police thinking the same thing I am… is Kelly Osbourne and Joan Rivers judging anyone about their appearance?!  So, I'm asking you for your opinion….we all have our best and worst dressed lists, of course.  Even when our favorite celebrities get it wrong from time to time, we still think they can pull off whatever crazy ensemble they've pulled together because they've done so well at every other event in the past.  I think the majority of the time, when a fad pops up, people try so hard to be the trend setter that everyone else follows that the whole thing is a bust.

    When I refer to a "style nemesis" I'm talking about someone that constantly and consistently gets it wrong, when in their mind, they just know they're going to be the "belle of the ball."  They're all habitual offenders, absolutely confident that they look absolutely fabulous.  They genuinely believe that they have physical attributes strong enough to pull off anything.

    I'm not talking about Lady Gaga or Nicki Minaj.  Yes, they always look completely outlandish, but they are known for just that, it's part of their celebrity.  For example…..Rihanna, Fergie and Mischa Barton are three of mine.  All of these ladies are so sure that they can get away with anything, like white pumps or acid wash denim.  It's impossible, stop trying!  So I ask you, who is your style nemesis?




    1. Something a person cannot conquer or achieve.

    Friday, December 7, 2012


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    Monday, October 15, 2012

    Iris Apfel

    Iris Apfel
    August 29, 1921-Present

    Iris Apfel, a native new yorker, born to an entrepreneurial father and fashion-forward mother.  After studying art history at NYU and marrying her husband Carl, the pair began Old World Weavers, creating textiles for furniture.  In the past few decades she has worked under nine presidents and been the subject of many museum exhibits.  At some point caught the eye of the press with her outlandish style.

    You ask her a question and she'll freely give you her response and along with her signature owl-shaped glasses and endless amount of beads and bangles that's most likely why people can't forget her.  Case in point, I'm sure a good bit of people see Iris and think she's too eccentric, but she definitely catches your eye.  So, why not be different, why not try something new, instead of jumping the gun being completely positive that you won't look good in something you usually wouldn't even try on.  Do it anyway!

    In my experience, all it takes is one person, a stranger of course, to give you a compliment on your appearance and it's a done deal.  I'm sure there's some very reasonable explanation of why it has to be a random persons admiration, maybe it's because your friends and family are partial and an unknown has no reason to lie.  So I encourage you to try it.  Find something of your own to make your signature piece.  Mrs. Apfel has her larger than life accessories, Anna Wintour has her stylish never changing bob…..  I guarantee that it will give you a boldness you never knew you had.  

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012


    "Bohemainism:  The practice of an unconventional lifestyle….involving music, artistic or literary pursuits."

    A lesser known fact, some of these groups that were usually associated with being wanderers actually chose poverty for unknown reasons.  They were and still are very colorful people, blending bold ethnic prints with an attentiveness towards the ever popular "free love."  While they are still referred to as offbeat and bizarre, I believe this is what draws people to their culture.  And although bohemians didn't frequent hair salons years ago, these past few years have been a different story.

    More and more often, women are coming in to salons asking for a "natural" look, the same look that bohemians used to be able to pull off free of charge.  Long gone are the days of lying around in fields of green braiding each others hair and weaving together necklaces made of daisies.  We no longer have the luxury of achieving the sun-kissed look simply by letting the sun "kiss" your hair and skin for hours on end.