Tips for Wedding Season

Wedding season is upon us, and finding the perfect ensemble for those "I dos" can be challenging for any guest. But when you are in the spotlight as mother of the bride or groom, the pressure can feel even greater. 

Finding the perfect dress for a mother of the bride or groom can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack.  Not only does it need to be appropriate and respectful of the situation and all family members involved, but it needs to be right for pictures and complementary to you, your shape - and who you are.  Clients have sought my advice lately because the task is so daunting - and difficult! Here are some of the selections I found that are on trend, but appropriate for many wedding venues.

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This sandal is the perfect style and neutral metallic color to go with just about anything.  The height of the heel is comfortable for standing at receptions and dancing until midnight.  The back of of the shoe covers your ankle so your dress won't get caught under your foot.  Note:  Your bag should compliment your shoe.

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April 2017 Trend Watch

GARDEN PARTY

Continuing the theme of spring flowers, floral prints are everywhere this season....big, small and in between.  Prints are a personal thing - you either like them or you don't.  For me, they have to be colors that I enjoy and a print that appeals to me.  Bear in mind, bold prints are memorable and you can't wear them as often.  We also tire of them more quickly.  That said, here are a few ideas....

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BLUSH NUDES

Blush is the new neutral for spring - especially for weddings.  Choose a shade that flatters your skin whether it be a peachy or pinky tone.  It's an ultra feminine look, very soft and lovely....

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EARN YOUR STRIPES

Throughout time, stripes are a classic favorite...worn traditionally as seen on Princess Kate or worn with a more modern twist.  Stripes are everything from casual to boldly dramatic and glamorous. A black and white striped top goes in every suitcase I pack. I'm an addict, I confess....

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 DO: Most of us should wear a long sweater or top over a striped skirt to elongate the line. DON'T: Tucking a blouse into a striped skirt only accentuates the fullness here. And don't mix patterns - it's too tricky!

DO: Most of us should wear a long sweater or top over a striped skirt to elongate the line. DON'T: Tucking a blouse into a striped skirt only accentuates the fullness here.
And don't mix patterns - it's too tricky!


Annual BallenIsles Charity Fashion Show Luncheon

It was my honor on Saturday to be the celebrity host and stylist for the annual BallenIsles Charity Fashion Show luncheon. It was a privilege to partner with The Gardens Mall in this event. Fashions from Saks, Bloomingdales, J. McLaughlin, Ferragamo and Jimmy Choo were all featured in this fun, lively show. This sold out event was met with rave reviews and a standing ovation! What a fabulous team effort and a huge success!  


My Tips for Creating Your Best Online Dating Profile

Here is the video we just shot that will guide you through the steps and provide essential tips for creating an online dating profile. The best part...I shot this with my bestie, Jacqueline Whitmore, who is the dating etiquette expert for  elitesingles.com. What are some of your best tips and tricks when creating your profiles? What catches your eye most when you review someone's dating profile online? 


Eileen Fisher fashion show in Boca Raton

What a fun day with the Eileen Fisher team as the celeb stylist tipster at Bloomingdale's in Boca Raton!! They had invited me to offer some tips and tricks at their fashion show and champagne reception at The Town Center Mall in Boca Raton today. And the surprise was that so many of my friends and clients came....one I hadn't seen in 30 years!! All because of FB!!


Upstyle Your Look for a New Year!!

Welcome 2017!! It's time for new goals and new beginnings! 

It's ever so fun to be a holiday gift to someone who is excited about making positive changes in their look. Whenever this happens, I always wish I'd wrapped up in a big bow, but somehow I never remember the ribbon.

Brita was given the gift of my services by her husband for Christmas. What a beautiful change!!


Holiday 2016 is Here

HOLIDAY PARTY CHIC

It's often a dilemma to decide what to wear for holiday parties - especially if you have to work all day before the event. If in doubt wear a LBD (little black dress) and take along some great jewelry and sexy shoes to glam it up when you're ready to head out.  Don't forget your makeup bag and hairbrush to freshen up and look party ready! 

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 This combo is ideal from office to party.  Wear a jacket and pumps for day and replace with a pretty wrap and fab shoes. Add jewels, freshen up and...Oilaa!!

This combo is ideal from office to party.  Wear a jacket and pumps for day and replace with a pretty wrap and fab shoes. Add jewels, freshen up and...Oilaa!!

  Dressy black pants and a beautiful top always work.

Dressy black pants and a beautiful top always work.


THE VELVET TOUCH

Velvet is the luxe fabric of the season and when better to feature it than during the holidays? 


TOP OFF YOUR HOLIDAYS WITH STYLE

As I said above, a great top or blouse will get you everywhere this season!  I've always loved those with a twist of some kind - and I adore asymmetry.  Here are some of my picks.....  

 Milly: Wear with a long, simple, sparkly necklace, beautiful pants and sexy shoes

Milly: Wear with a long, simple, sparkly necklace, beautiful pants and sexy shoes

 BCBG: The bonus is you can wear a bra with this!  I'm  always looking for black tops that have an edge.

BCBG: The bonus is you can wear a bra with this!  I'm alwayslooking for black tops that have an edge.

 Vince Camuto: A beautiful work blouse for the holiday season

Vince Camuto: A beautiful work blouse for the holiday season

Bonjour Paris!

Hello Friends! 

Well, I've only been home from Paris for three weeks and already it seems like ages ago.  It doesn't take long for reality to set in!  

While traveling, I read a darling book called "The Little Paris Bookshop."  It called to me in many ways, but the most poignant was how I related to the main character in how we both work. He owned a floating bookshop on the Seinne called The Literary Apothecary.

"Perdue used his ears, his eyes and his instincts.  From a single conversation, he was able to discern what each soul lacked.  From a certain degree, he could read from a body's posture, it's movements and its gestures....he can see and hear through most people's camouflage.....A book is both a medic and medicine at once.  Putting the right novels to the appropriate ailments: that's how I sell books."  It's the same as understanding a person's persona and putting them in the right clothes. 

I have an expression that I call processing.  It's the perfect term for all the senses I use to know who my clients really are.  All antennas are up....to watch, listen and observe.  Add telepathy and an extensive knowledge of resources and I have my prescription.

Dressing people can be complicated - and is often not about fashion.  It's about giving them a style and an identity that suits them, their lifestyle and whatever occasion (or situation) arises. Owning your look sends a message to whomever may be in your comany.  It's very uncomfortable to feel and look like you tried...and missed!  And many times it really is about nailing the moment!


November 2016 Trend Watch

Stand to Attention in Military Chic

If there was ever an excuse to shop vintage, this is it - for most anything!  It seems the military influence has been in fashion since the beginning of time. I've had my St. John military jacket for 25 years and it's still timeless and perfect.  So, no matter what your style may be, here a few looks from tough girl casual to on point classic vogue......

 

pair with jeans, leggings or pants for whatever your day may hold.  These pieces are timeless in your mix. 

Giddy Up!

Stirrup pants are perfect for keeping your leggings tucked into your booties.  Make sure they're a strong enough knit and fit tightly through the leg and ankle.  If not, they may pull too much giving no shape to your legs - or bag in the knees giving you "knees" all day....sitting or standing! You DON'T want them to look like the old stretch pants from the 60's!!

FYI, I sewed a wide piece of elastic into the hem of my suede pair for a sleek look into my suede booties. Otherwise, they kept riding up and the look was off. You never want to look like you almost got it right - especially in Paris!

Note:  If you wear stirrup pants to work out, they will most likely pull down.

Wear with boots instead.


The Making of Kelly

I do love my job! I've just worked with a beautiful - and brilliant - DC bound future exec for Deloitte Consulting firm. She graduated with honors from the University of Virginia and is destined to own the company. She is 23. Kelly is walking in to a fabulous new career....owning herself. She had nothing in her closet. Here's a sneak peek at the work we did building her new look and wardrobe.