21 November 2014

Holiday Spirit Leather Skirt, Black Booties and Fur Boa

Black Leather Skirt, Zara // Black Booties, Altuzarra for Target *on Sale // Black Chiffon Blouse, ASOS // Fox Fur Collar Scarf, Theory, similar // Wide Buckle Belt, Vintage // Ring, Mango // Drop Earrings, Aldo & similar // Purse, Celine // Nails, "Fishnet Stockings" by Essie Polish // Lips, YSL Rouge Pur Couture Mat Lip, #203 Rouge Rock

Nothing signals the start of haute holiday fashion more than a textured black ensemble. Mixing sheen and shine with soft furs, skins, and chiffons gives excitement and intrigue to a dramatic single tone outfit. To make this monotone look less minimal and more merry, opt to accessorize with only a few bright but bold gold touches, keeping the look classic, glamorous, and girly. Add a hint of glitter in your eye shadow or in a fun cocktail ring, and go for classic red nails and lips. Try giving your midi skirt an edge of sophistication by testing out an ankle boot. I am obsessed with these Altazurra for Target booties I picked, that you can nab for 50% if you are quick- they are a true steal and super comfy, to boot... Lastly, add a soft curl or wave to your hair that compliment the various textures throughout your look by sending your eye cascading along the fabric lines. This look will absolutely alert everyone that you've got this season's style under high power control. Work it girl.

Photos by Bekka Palmer

13 November 2014

Layers the Limit: 10 Holiday Layered Looks with Modcloth

Coat // Necklace // Blouse // Belt

Cardigan // Necklace // Sweater

Dress // Earrings // Belt

Sweater Dress // Leather Tote // Necklace // Cardigan

Blazer // Stole Scarf // Lace Blouse

Cardigan // Sweater // Belt
Sweater // Earrings // Bow Bag 

Coat // Scotty Scarf // Sweater // Watch // Earrings

Blazer // Dress // Bow Bag

Dress // Necklace // Clutch // Hair Bun Set

Today I've teamed up with Modcloth to bring you my favorite holiday layering sets from their incredible selection of fun, festive, and affordable clothing and accessories! As the chilly air sets in fall into holiday dressing becomes all about layering. The art of layering can at times seem daunting, I admit, but it always helps me to look at layers as winter accessorizing. If I am keeping my outfit base monotone, say all black or neutrals, I know I need a piece that adds either a pop of color, a definitive texture, sparkle, glitter, leather, or a print pattern to make my look come alive. Waking up your look through layering is truly how you develop your own personal style and what better time to hone and show off your style than throughout the holidays? 

I hope these 10 Holiday Layered Looks inspire you to embrace this season's holiday fashion and may it get you shopping early to take advantage of all the great deals internet wide! Shop the looks above on Modcloth.com today and receive $20 off any $100 you spend. By providing your email you'll receive a personalized emailed Modcloth code AND receive free shipping exchanges and returns if you shop before December 17th! It's a fab sale on a great site: drop me a comment on what you like above or even what you find for yourself!

Happy Layering Lovelies

09 November 2014

Sweater Weather

Cream Chunky Knit Sweater, Saks Fifth Avenue // Knit Scarf, Handmade // Fox Fur Vest, Purdey // Jeans, American Eagle Outfitters // Rigby Suede Ankle Boots, Joie via Piperlime // Skull & Stone Bracelet Stack, Chavez for Charity & Whole Planet Foundation // Leaf Cuff, John Hardy // Double Pearl Ring, Zara, similar // Leather Tassel Fold Over Purse, Michael Kors // Shades, Vintage Gucci // Nails, "Malaga Wine" by OPI // Lips, Shiseido Perfect Rouge in "Showgirl"

Sweater Weather is better weather...or so they say, but it's FREEZING here in NYC, and I don't know about you, but I'm just never truly ready for a sudden immediate plunge into winter. However the cooler temps this weekend, that will *warning *only continue this week, mean that it's finally time to pull out all those chunky knits, sweater dresses, and heavy crochet scarves I've been hoarding since the summer pre-fall sales. It's officially layering season, and the so called sweater dressing obsession is by far the winning breakout trend for Fall-Winter. So just what is the au-currant take on this seemingly humdrum back of the wardrobe staple? It's all in the layering. Layering knitwear and knit scarves, and pairing chunky sweaters with unexpected trophy items: luxe fur, skinny jeans, fringed skirts, leather leggings, and glam accessories is what elevates that old sweater to that oh-so-fab sweater!

But there's a story here. The high fashioning of the old boyfriend winter weekend sweater is nothing terribly new, but what is new is how it's styled, cut, accessorized, and worn. The winter white palette craze means that your sweater weather allowance would be best spent on soft detailed and intricately woven off whites and creams. And be fearless with how you pair it! I fully plan to take my knit sweater and crochet scarf, that my incredible Grandma handmade for me last Christmas, amazing I know, from a crisp Sunday walk in jeans, to a fun dinner downtown dinner. On cold evening, I'll pair my knitwear with a flowing silk maxi skirt and an embellished belt or slimming cigarette pant and stilettos. The key is to off set and balance a chunky, thick, or oversized sweater with something slimming and sleek. Now you know what I'll be wearing to combat this coming polar vortex ridden week! Remember, no matter how chilly it gets, you can still look chic.

To find that perfect cream knit sweater to keep you warm this week and get you ready for Christmas sweater season, shop my Ultimate Sweater Weather Guide Below:

07 November 2014

"All My Single Ladies" Living Room Project with Modani Modern Furniture

A Living Room fit for any Queen B or Queen D in my case... 

Welcome, All My Single Ladies, to my living room decorating project with Modani Modern Furniture inspired by you! I have been a huge fan, and collector, of Modani's modern home furnishing and decorative pieces for years now, and when they approached me to work on this project to celebrate their massive Clearance Sale which is now currently online through November 12th, I admittedly squealed with glee at the opportunity. I visit their showrooms in Manhattan and Miami frequently, and love noting how their Master Mo-Stylists put together rooms. When not able to make it to the store however, I'll whisk myself  away at my desk by accessing their virtual rooms tour from every Modani showroom location around the US and now Canada! It's definitely a fun lunch-break project...

So today Modani and I are unveiling The Supper Model's Living Room Redo. I present to you the "lets feast on chocolate and pink champagne party" inspired living space! It's a place where after a long day, you'll trade your pumps for soft slippers, and cuddle up on the soft latte leather couch. Wrap a fuzzy fur throw around you, and rest your head on that plush pink velvet pillow. You're home. But on a Friday night, light a pink candle and crack open the rose, lady! Add a few fresh pink stems from the corner market to that stunning Lapisan statement vase, dim the lights, and throw your hands up. 

Wherever you are in life, think back or dream ahead to that perfect one bedroom; your first apartment, and your first place to call and make home... For me, I love distinct modern form when it comes to furniture, so I tend to trend towards a mid century style setting. I really love playing with textures and materials, so here you'll see the natural deep walnut woods juxtapose with the sleek shine of the metallic suitcase side table, the vase, and bull figurine, while also tying in the footings of the couch and coffee table. As a New Yorker, I have always relied on serious pops of color in every room to help me get through the dark wintery months. I love Modani pillows, vases, and home accessories because they add a bold burst happiness and light while maintaining great quality and perfectly affordable prices. Nothing matches too perfectly in this room however, and that is why your eye remains intrigued, interested, and engaged with and within the room. As in fashion, so too in home fashioning, this is the true mark of sophistication: subtle surprise.

I encourage you to check out all that Modani Modern Furniture has to offer. It's modern and contemporary, but can be made as minimal or as traditional in effect when placed and styled in a space. No matter what, Modani will bring that little piece of elegance to every room, making your living style seem effortlessly glamorous, and making you an oh-so-chic catch!

You can shop the entire room above on Modani.com !

05 November 2014

Oribe "Gold Lust"-Worthy Locks

When someone recently asked me "What is the ultimate accessory?" well I immediately answered: "Oh, my hair!" She paused for a moment, evidently surprised, and as the milliseconds ticked by in silence, I sensed her clear dissatisfaction with my answer, to which I blurted out a smile-loaded chuckle and said, "In all seriousness, earrings. Of course, earrings: they frame the face, which is of course our most defining and important feature." Whew! She was pleased...

But honestly, my hair is very much the most defining part of my look. And on a good day, a great blowout and my engagement ring are all I need in the accessories department. I am what I like to call a super blonde, and by that I mean light light bright, and brighter please! I like to have several different tones highlighted into my hair in order to create a lustrous Goldie Locks effect, which adds dimension to my long fine strands. Because I don't use extensions or hair pieces, they're fun for an editorial shoot, but they wreak havoc on and permanently stress the root of hair like mine if I was to constantly wear them. So because I don't, I spend a lot of time caring for my hair in order to keep it in excellent condition despite all the blowouts, styling, and coloring I put it through on a regular basis. I naturally have a lot of fine hair, and because it's long and double-processed my mane is ripe for split ends, prone to dry strands with an oily scalp, and ready to fall limp and lack-lustre if I don't pay attention. 

But when Oribe, one of my favorite brands in existence of which I own almost everything they produce, introduced their new uber-amazing "Gold Lust" line, I was first on my stylist's list to test it out. The result: insanely amazing! Oribe's Gold Lust shampoo and conditioner provide nutrition, moisture, along with an actual glitter-flecked formula that boosts the color and sheen in hair while strengthening it. My hair has become like spun gold in only one month of using the powerful duo. And as the humidity has left the Manhattan air, I have taken to spraying my ends after the shower or before bed with the Gold Lust Nourishing Oil. This serum is unlike anything I have ever tried, and believe me I have spent far too much money trying every product under the sun, as it goes to work to repairing and quickly sealing split ends with shocking immediacy. My hair is soft, but not heavy, shinny and bouncy and seemingly hydrated from within.

I encourage anyone and EVERYONE to try it out (brunettes not excluded)! And if you shop the Oribe line below, you'll find a terrific 3-piece Liquid Gold Holiday travel pack of this Tresses-Trifecta: the perfect gift for someone you love... and yes of course that someone can be you!

Shop Oribe's new Gold Lust line from Neiman Marcus below, and thank me later!


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