Sunday, July 29, 2007

Orange crush

Behold the year of the orange! Not just appropriate for Halloween anymore, orange has joined yellow as the bold color of summer. Silver accessories add instant glam to the orange frocks shown and how about yellow or white touches to play up the belt or handbag?

Love this silk ruched trapeze dress from Banana Republic ($168)

Ostrich clutch $36 by Chinese Laundry @ Style Violet

Max and Cleo satin strapless dress $148 @ Dillard's

Matte stretch belt $10 @ Amici Accessories

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Simpson Suits Up

In addition to her shoe, clothing and hair extensions line, Jessica Simpson has added yet another money maker to her brand: swimwear designer. She unveiled her new swimwear line at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Miami Beach that showcased patterned and colorful bikinis and one piece suits. Reviews have been mixed, some citing the line as "nothing special" and making others want to get bikini body ready to wear the Simpson label. I for one would check the quality, her shoes are cute but cheaply made and killed my feet. See pics from Simpson's line below:

Work Ready

Just entering the workforce or want to pull your look together for the office? Here are some basics that will have you looking ready for the workplace.

Invest in a pair of black slacks, a white button down shirt, a dress (hint: wrap dresses flatter most figures), black heeled shoes, and an everyday bag

Tracy Reese Eva satchel $645; Igigi wrap dress $96

Medium price: colorful shoes (that are work appropriate), silver and gold hoop earrings, jeans

Windsor diamond print trench $42.75;Gap stretch fitted shirt $39.50

Skimp: accessories (colorful necklaces and earrings), trendy tops

Alloy cuffed three button pants $29.50 (Available up to a 37" inseam) The Bead Lady Designs earrings $28

If you are lucky enough to have casual Fridays, make sure that you look as though you are going to WORK, no flip flops, and please no sweatsuits. (I've seen it, it happens.)

Carlos Santana Exude pump $99; Banana Republic hoops (available in sterling silver and 14k gold) $18

My office is not as conservative as most corporate environments so we can stray away from the basics a bit and show a little more creativity. These are just an outline of basic items that you can find in many different price points. I say be bold, don't be afraid to mix textures or pair a trendy item with a classic for a twist.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Men of Style

Man style at the ESPY awards

GO to Target...

Design Duo Libertine view the latest designers in their GO. International line. Cindy Greene and Johnson Hartig, the design team behind fashion house Libertine are the next to have us hurrying to Target to check out their wares. Known for their ability to recycle vintage clothing with a modern twist, Libertine brings their style of color, embellishment in classic silhouettes to the masses on July 15.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Valentino's 45th Anniversary

Celebrated fashion house Valentino held a 45th anniversary bash in Rome to commemorate it's years in the business of making women look beautiful. The designer held a three day celebration including a runway show, a star studded gala, and the unveiling of a new fragrance, Rock n' Rose Couture. Ara Pacis Museum also unveiled its newest exhibit titled Valentino a Roma: 45 Years of Style which will include over 300 garments by the designer. Now that's what I call a party!

Valentino Couture collection

Uma Thurman; Sarah Jessica Parker

Claudia Schiffer; Anna Wintour

The designer flanked by his signature red dresses

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Do's and Don'ts

Okay, time to revisit some do's and don'ts kids.

Don't dress alike with your best friend when you go out. Do you really think people believe that you BOTH left the house wearing jeans, red wide belts, tanks and yellow clutch purses without knowing what the other is wearing? Ever see the movie Single White Female?

Do cultivate your own style. Even if you and a friend have the same taste in clothing, put your own spin on it and make it yours. Don't imitate, innovate!

Love it or hate it, Kelis and Sienna Miller definitely display their own style

Don't buy cheap shoes that you will wear often. There is a difference in shoes that are inexpensive and shoes that look like you bought them from hustleman on the corner. Odds are they won't last long.

Even nice looking feet can't make these furry heels look good!

Do invest in a couple pair of shoes that will last for at least three seasons. Not too trendy and appropriate for work. (No stripper shoes, unless in fact, you are a stripper.)

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Rock it or Knock it?

Celebs Mischa Barton and Kelly Rowland were seen looking long and leggy in short short Louis Vuitton shorts. What do you say, would you rock this look?



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