Sunday, March 29, 2015

Trends to Try

You know the platform is back this spring
( but you won't necessarily wear them only with your bell bottoms this time:)
also trending is the"flatform", lower and easier
to navigate in-
Vera Leather Platform Sandal       

DKNY "Vera" $165                Stuart Weitzman $398

Knee high Gladiators are having their moment
this spring- very chic with short skirts and dresses
and the "hi-lo " looks. If it's too much for you,
the ankle high gladiators are still in also.
MICHAEL Michael Kors 'Judie' Leather Gladiator Sandal (Women)
Michael Kors "Judie" combines the flatform and the gladiator

Spring jeans

 I love my skinnies and think they help
me look more so, but have to say those in the fashion 
know are saying it's time for flares.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Lilly for Target

Mark your calendars!
April 19 is the date Target's latest Fashion
collaboration hits the stores. Lilly Pullitzer
is the newest designer to partner with Target.
If the Lookbook is any real indication 
( the clothes almost always seem to look
 better online than in person, but...) this collection
may rival the Missoni opening at Target.
Here's a taste-
The Full Lookbook for Lilly Pulitzer Target
shift dress $38
flip flops $16
canvas tote $15

espadrilles $15
The Full Lookbook for Lilly Pulitzer Target
crochet top $32 and challis shorts $24
Kids clothes, too. Featuring Rashguard swim tops and Matching Mommy dresses,
 pants, tops jumpsuits, shoes and swimsuits
Shift dress $26
Rashguard top $14
Eyelet Tank top $14

                                                                Fun Home items,too
                                                       including serving pieces, tableware,
                                                              beach towels and more
porcelain plates with gold rim  $35
set of 4 glasses $30

Pretty cute stuff, right??!!
You can check out the whole collection at I'll be there early on the 19th

Friday, March 20, 2015

Basics and Trends

It's time to take stock of your closet and change out your fall and winter clothes for spring and summer. Fashion experts recommend 70% of our wardrobes should be classics and 30% more trendy, fun pieces. So, take some time to make sure you have the classics you need (trench coat, jean jacket, black pants,etc) or your "meat and potatoes". Then take a look in the magazines, online and in the stores to determine which pieces from the spring trends, you like for your "dessert", to update your
look this season.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Gap

To help you get stared, I'm suggesting a list of basics/classics
every well-dressed woman should have in her closet -
As they say, April showers bring May flowers—don't get caught in a rainstorm without one of these.
APC trench coat, $638,
Slip a denim jacket over your floral dress for a casual and cool edge—and to easily transition from chilly nights.
Gap jacket, $70,
Jean jacket - great versions from the Gap and Levis, as well as 
                     JBrand and high end designers
Trench coat - in classic beige or tan or black              GapGap
Long cardigan- ideal for travel and more            
Black blazer - for work or play
Leather jacket- a moto style is edgy but classic, too
White button down blouse
Silk blouse- in a flattering color
Cashmere sweater- not necessarily black :)
Striped T Shirt
Few T's and Tanks

WhiteStripe Rayon Linen Short Sleeve Tee

Great fitting jeans and white jeans
Great fitting black pants
Pencil skirt
Black ( or navy or charcoal grey) suit- pants or skirt
Little black dress- that can be dresses up or down
Little white dress ( a new classic)
Boots- short and knee high
Evening shoes- sandals or pumps
Classic handbag, evening clutch and a tote  Pointed Leather HeelsLouis Vuitton Leather Tote in Monogram

Of course, you have and need more in your wardrobe. What those garments are depend on your lifestyle- more dresses, suits trousers...for work and more jeans, sweaters, tops, skirts, workout wear for play. This is your jumping off point to work around.

Trends to Try this Spring-
Hawai JacketLeg-lengthening flares are the denim style of choice this season, bonus points if it has a high-rise for that Jane Birkin-effect. 
Stella McCartney jeans, $375,

Laced up Gladiator sandals
Casual "Flatform" shoes
Platform Heels ( they're baaack)
Flared Jeans  ( ditto!)
Cropped culottes ( we called them gauchos)
Something gingham
something suede- like a skirt or vest
Denim on Denim
A Belted jacket
Something with fringe- a top, skirt or bag
Round sunglasses
Large earrings ( also back again)
Bucket or canteen bag

DIANE von FURSTENBERG Wrap Dress - Amelianna Gingham_2No look is complete without a stylish pair of sunnies—skip the trendy styles for a round pair in tortoise. 
Karen Walker sunglasses, $280, on trend and instantly slimming, the on-trend platform is ideal for spring shorts, skirts, and flared jeans.
Michael Kors, $395, michaelkors.comMarion Mini Round Bag

More Spring Trends, tips and colors to come...

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Tips to Shaving off a Few Years

 Go Lighter

When it comes to your hair, the general rule of thumb in terms of looking younger:is go lighter instead of darker. The darker your hair, the harsher it will look against your skin. It can accentuate wrinkles and lines, especially anywhere near your face line or eye area, since this area always becomes a focal point with any hair color or cut. Going lighter can soften your face and make it appear more youthful. But - no more than two shades lighter than your natural hair color to keep things looking natural.

Go Warmer

Top  stylists recommend getting warm highlights around your face or a warmer base to promote a younger appearance. Choose honey or golden tones to complement your complexion and soften the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

Watch Your Roots

 Keep an eye on your roots. Once the grays start showing, it will definitely age you and [draw attention away] from the great color you once had. Schedule regular color appointments for touch ups. To
DIY in between Salon visits try- Rita Hazan Concealer Touch-Up Spray (Sephora $25)-it's a little pricey,but it lasts forever and I swear it works- or LOreal Paris' Root Rescue(Drug stores $8)

Root RescueRita Hazan Root Concealer For Gray Coverage Red 2 oz

Loosen Up

Hair that is tightly pulled back draws attention to all the lines on your face. Bangs can soften your look and make you look younger-keep them a bit longer and thicker. I say "bangs are cheaper than botox for hiding the lines on your forehead!"
Wavy Bob - Halle Berry

 Get Radiant
When it comes to your skin- luminosity and dewiness signify youth. Try using a creamy
 foundation,primer or highlighter with radiance.There are many options from drug store
 brands to department store options. Remember you are going for glowing not oliy :)
Revlon Age Defying Makeup with Botafirm SPF 15 Dry Skin 37ml/1.25oz -  Revlon's Age- Defying Makeup with Botafirm or Shiseido's Radiant Lifting Foundation or All Day Brightener,and
 LANCOME's Hydra Base Glow  and Clarin's Radiance Boosting
Complex are great additions to your routine
La Base Pro Hydra GlowAll Day BrightenerAnastasia Beverly Hills
 Soften your Brows
 Arches that are too high and dramatic can look too severe as we get older.
 Softening the arch and using a brow pencil that is slightly lighter than your
 hair color to fill in your brows is more subtle and natural. Treat yourself to
 an Anastasia Brow Shaping at Nordstrom or checkout their brow products at
Nordstrom or Sephora         

 Choose Brown over Black
Try switching to brown instead of black  when it comes to your eye make-up. Black can
make your eyes look smaller.Plums are another option - pretty for most eye colors and
warmer than the severe black for liners and mascara.

The more hydrated your skin is,the younger it looks. Stick with a morning and evening
routine. Do a weekly mask, exfoliate several times a week- a scrub or clarisonic work
 to ensure your moisture is being well absorbed. Creams,liquids and gels are better
choices than powder for your everyday make-up.
I know you know this,but are you doing it consistently?Always wear sunscreen
and drink lots of water to protect your skin.

Get your Beauty Rest
Getting a good nights sleep gives your skin some downtime to repair itself 
and the products time to work. To further save your face,sleep on your back or on
a satin pillowcase to avoid sleep wrinkles.Elevating  your head can help the 
appearance of puffy eyes in the am. Good reasons to sleep in!

Some things get better with age- like wine and cheese and George Clooney,
unfortunately our hair and skin don't follow that formula. So use these tips to
work their magic to make you look as young as you feel.