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Fashion Fun! October 20 2015, 0 Comments

I love fashion, and I also love to have fun. Here are a few tips for having fun with your look this season:

High-Waisted Pants. Halloween is just around the corner, and what better time to dress up as Annie Hall than now, when the high-waisted pant has come back into style. I bought a pair of high-waisted khakis at Banana Republic years ago, complete with suspenders, and you better believe they’ll be coming back into my rotation of what I wear this season. Show off your pants (and your figure) by tucking in a billowy blouse or pairing them with a cropped jacket.

Fire Engine Red. I love bright colors, and what is more fun than a bright red? Whether it’s lipstick, nail polish or a bright red coat, this color will definitely make people stand up and take notice.

One Statement Earring. That’s right, one – not two.  This new trend in the fashion world, whether you feel it’s brave or silly, is definitely a fun one. The idea is to wear one big earring as a statement piece. This look works best with chandelier style costume jewelry or vintage pieces.

You can find out more about these fun fashion ideas as well as others in my article that was published in the current issue of BellaMia Magazine. Visit today and check out this article on page 24 of the magazine.  While you’re there, be sure to read the rest of the magazine filled with great articles about looking good and feeling good, both inside and out.


Glamming it Up for the Oscars February 18 2015, 0 Comments

I love watching the Oscars. But more than finding out whether Boyhood or Birdman snags the best picture award, I’m glued to the television to see what everyone is wearing. I start early, watching the red carpet pre-shows. After all, that’s where you really get a good glimpse of the magnificent gowns and wacky outfits, especially for stars who are attending but not presenting or nominated for an award.

It’s so much fun to see the glamor and what fashion statements these starlets will make. After all, some of what we see does filter down into the everyday world, from color choices to hem lengths.

If the Golden Globes are any indication, I expect we’ll see quite a bit of color at this year’s Oscars. Red and yellow were the big players at the Golden Globes, a trend that’s sure to be continued this weekend. And my prediction - some royal blue. The color seems to be popping up everywhere, and will be a great, eye-catching color to contrast with the red carpet. Of course, the majority of stars opt for neutral colors, but they never quite look neutral on the red carpet, with jeweled accents and daring cuts livening up dresses of off-white, silver, and the evening-gown staple, black.

While it’s not likely we get a chance to dress like a movie star going to the Oscars in our own everyday life, why not use the Oscars as your chance to live it up a little? Rather than just watching the red carpet specials at home and sending out tweets into cyberspace, gather up your friends for a Red Carpet Party. I held one last year and it was loads of fun! Encourage everyone you invite to come in their movie-star best. I will be wearing my luxurious Margaret Velveteen pant with a black and copper sequined top I adore and look forward to wearing at least once a year. Whether you’re wearing an elegant gown you had to buy for one special event and have never had the chance to wear again, a bridesmaid’s dress from years ago just for laughs, or a lucky vintage find at a thrift store, dress it up even more with some fabulous costume jewelry and you will feel like you are a part of the event instead of an onlooker. Finally, go all out with the makeup and hair! This is your chance to try that French twist and flaunt your red lipstick.

Create a glamorous atmosphere for your party with champagne and hors d’oeuvres, and enlist the help of your special man or man friend to take everyone’s picture as they arrive, just like the stars arriving at the Oscars.

Most importantly, make sure everyone has a clear view of the television. Once you’ve had a chance to ooh and ah over each other’s outfits, the fun part comes in critiquing what the stars are wearing. Who will make your Hit or Miss list this Oscar night?

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Pre-Oscar Week

Oscar night is exciting, but there's a lot of celebrating and partying that goes on before the big event. Back in 2011, I was invited to participate in the Pre-Oscar Week events, and it was loads of fun! Check out some of the pictures from my time in Beverly Hills here.


Inspired by Fashion Weeks! September 23 2014, 0 Comments

September is the month for Fashion Weeks. New York starts it off, then London and Milan, and today is actually the kick off day in Paris. While we are still waiting to see what the gorgeous models will be wearing on the runways this week in Paris, we’ve already gotten a pretty good look at what to expect for Spring 2015.

Take a Break! It’s Only Fashionable August 19 2014, 0 Comments

Did you know that in France, most people are given a 30-day vacation? Imagine the chaos if everyone was taking their 30-day vacation privilege at different times during the year! To help maintain some order and keep the economy going, most companies in France just shut down for the month of August.

In the fashion world, this timing seems a little strange. After all, September is the month of Fashion Weeks in New York, London, Milan, and the fashion capital itself, Paris. Wouldn’t you think they would need to be hard at work during August to be ready? But for a country like France that places a high priority on balancing work and leisure, the time off is highly important. And the top designers will all be ready at the end of September, showing off fabulous new designs for Spring and Summer 2015 on their striking runway models.

As the hot, humid days of August bear down on us, I’m starting to think there’s something we can all learn from the French. I’d love to have the month of August off, as it can be a challenging time to look sexy and put together while worrying about your makeup running and sweat stains seeping through your nice clothes. Add to that it’s rather hard to concentrate on writing memos and attending meetings when sandy beaches and cool mountain retreats beckon.

The fact is we all need a vacation. It might not be a forced vacation in August here in the United States, but taking time off from work is crucial to maintaining a healthy disposition, and could even increase your productivity when you are at work. If you’ve already taken your summer vacation this year, good for you! If not, take a tip from the fashion experts in Paris and jet off somewhere for a few days in August. If you can’t afford to make a getaway, enjoy a staycation! A few hours at the pool, a nice round of golf or even just sitting on your own patio, all with your phones and emails turned off and work out of mind, can do wonders for your mental outlook.

We all know that feeling good is the most important step to a sexy you! So take a few days off, relax, eat well, get plenty of sleep, do some shopping and rejuvenate. And in the meantime, we’ll all be anxiously awaiting what the fashion world will bring in September.

 


One of Summer’s Great Dilemmas: Finding the Right Bra for Sexy Outfits June 24 2014, 1 Comment

Summer is now officially here, and that means it’s time to bring out those flirty sundresses and back-bearing tops. But let’s face it, even though we might show a little skin, don’t we want to make sure we’re fully supported? And even though I see plenty of girls walking around flaunting bra straps galore, I have enough of my mother’s voice in my head telling me none of that should be showing. Plus, when you’re wearing a really nice dress or top, you want the outfit to shine, not your bra!

Death, Taxes and Fashion -- Huh? April 09 2014, 0 Comments

You have probably also heard the saying, “The only things certain in life are death and taxes.” Well, we all know April 15 is tax deadline day. The next day, April 16, has been deemed National Healthcare Decisions Day. Sad as it is, death is a part of our human experience, just a certain as taxes, and we need to plan ahead for how we want the last chapters in our lives to play out. April 16 is a day set aside to help raise awareness of the importance of talking about your end of life wishes and making sure your intentions are written down and on record.

Following the Pro Bloggers! March 11 2014, 0 Comments

Will sunglasses with large lenses still be what people are wearing this year? How long (or short) should shorts be this summer? Heels: spiked or blocked? Fashion is an ever-changing entity, and the only good way to keep up with the trends is to keep your eyes open and look at what people are wearing around you, at the office, on TV and in the magazines.