My favorite thing about winter clothing is creating layered looks. I’ve been stocking up on sweaters and blouses with fun collars to mix and match for work and play. Here are some of our favorite pieces to mix and match.
This Concord sweater from Aritzia is $95.
This Merino Scarf sweater from J Crew is just perfect for layering. We love how the model is styled. It is $98.
I just picked up this Houndstooth Blouse from Zara. I love the sheer material and print. It looks great on it’s own or paired underneath a fitted sweater.
This tiny sequined sweater from J. Crew is super cute in person.
I love a good Peter Pan collar. This shirt is just $17.80 from Forever21.
As the wedding invites roll in, we know you’re probably just as stressed about finding the right dress as we are. We’ve scoured the Web and have come up with some of our top picks for black tie weddings, more casual weddings and the best dresses given your relationship with the couple to be wed.
If history is any indication, You can’t go wrong with little black dresses. I love this keyhole a-line taffeta dress above. It is great for a wedding, or even a cocktail or holiday party and is just $89.99.
If you’re going for something a little more sexy and mature, we love the plunging neckline and fit of the dress above, which is $105.
If it’s your daughter who is about to walk down the aisle, you’ll want to look at Elegant Mother of the Bride Dresses. We love the mixed textures if the dress above, and the fit. It’s a bit formal, but just right for the big day.
We love the lace and broach on this mother of the bride dress above.
If you’re the one planning the wedding, you’ll want to put some thought into wedding gifts for your guests. This stainless steel dove letter opener caught our eye!
Our next holiday gift guide is for that person in your life who is always texting, tweeting, instagramming & blogging. The techie. Below are out top picks:
I love (and am a devout user) of this Bluetooth enabled keyboard attachment for the iPad. It’s multipurpose, serving as an IPad case and also a keyboard. I use it while blogging (I find it much easier to type on than the iPad’s keyboard) and also use it while I’m on the road and for work. It’s super slim, and stylish and functional. It’s just $44.99 here, and is available for all models of the iPad.
My next pick is great for the music buff. We love these Sol Republic Tracks HD Headphones. I’ve used this model and can say the sound quality is great and very clear. They are also very comfortable to wear. They’re compatible with any type of mobile phone you use. They retail for around $99 a pair.
I am a bit obsessed with Instagram, and I found a service that makes the app even better. Prinstagram allows you to print out your Instagram photos into great products, such as calendars, photos, stickers, wall art, etc. I’ve printed out tons of photos using the service, but am currently eyeing their framed prints for my new apartment. They cost $60.
We’re getting to that time of year again when Christmas shopping becomes all consuming. Over the next month, we’ll be rolling out gift guides for every type of person in your life. We start with my favorite– the fashionista. Let us know what guides you’d like to see or gift guide suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Equipment makes my favorite cut of blouse. They are sexy, fit the figure and have fun detailing like sheer fabrics or great prints. Above are two fun options. The lace one is here and the heart print one is here.
BaubleBar is a great destination to get glam gifts on a budget. They are known for their statement necklaces, like this one above which is just $46 here.
We all know a fashionista’s best friend is her phone. These leather iPhone cases are available at Neiman Marcus here
This Alexander McQueen skull print scarf is a best seller at Net A Porter. It’s $295 here.
This Vita Fede bracelet is on my Christmas list!
Jewel-tones smoking slippers and ballet flats have totally made their way onto our want lists. It’s a great way to pep up an outfit like a pair of skinny jeans or cords. Here are some we’ve been eying.
Love these Darby Tassel Loafers from J. Crew. They’re $188
These Creature Charm flats from Anthropologie need to make their way onto my feet immediately. They’re just $75 and come in the great green shown, an orange and a gold.
These may be a bit much, but could be cute for a night out. These Bobbies La Magicienne Navy Bow Slipper Shoes are $204 at Asos.
Heart these Alexander McQueen skull embroidered smoking slippers from Neiman. They retail for $580 and come in a whole range of colors
The most classic and timeless red you can buy– Incandescente from Chanel
The colder weather and great fall favors has gotten me into a cooking frenzy. Last week, we made apple crumble, today a filet of sole in lemon. I’ve been pouring over Martha’s American Food Cookbook. I recently made the three cheese Mac and cheese recipe in here for a party and it was beyond amazing. I think there’s a thing or two that we can all learn from the homemaking maven.
While the cold weather approaches, part of my go-to daily uniform is Hue tights. They are perfect for work and they rarely rip.
We’re going to switch things up a bit here for once. Rather than sharing items I think you all would love, I need your help for an upcoming birthday for one of my best friends. I’ve chosen three very different looks. Let us know which one you think should be the winner for the big day in the comments or on twitter.
I saw this dress during my visit to the mall and I totally feel in love with it the moment I saw it. We love the color and the bead work.
This dress has a bit of an added bonus for me — I already have it in my closet, which means I can spend more money on shoes and accessories. I love the detail around the waist and top. What do you think?
I got this dress from a recent online shopping binge.
I loved the color and cut, and think it could double as a dress to wear to a friend’s wedding.
So, now the decision is yours. Which one?
Winter weather not your cup of tea? Why not be spontaneous, book a last minute break and getaway somewhere beautiful and less bleak? How about the dazzling lights of Paris, the warm climes of Greece, or the romantic air of Italy? Wherever you go, you’ll need a wardrobe suited to you destination that looks as fabulous as you feel.
Of course, it’s all about the statement dress. This season legendary printwear designer is channelling pretty floral prints that are reminiscent of spring and summer weather – if you can’t escape the cold weather, you may as well wear a beautiful summery print! You’ll certainly brighten up other peoples’ days.
Next you’ll need to invest in a good pair of walking boots – that doesn’t mean you have to wear hiking trainers, but wearing something practical will certainly help you see all the beautiful city sights. Why not try buying a pair of riding boots? These are comfortable, and the smart leather pairs look beautiful when paired with a dress and tights.
Of course, if you’re jetting away you’ll need some fashionable luggage too. We love the Lulu Guinness range at Case Luggage, and this petite, lip-print case is perfect for taking on as hand luggage. You’ll be able to fit everything you need in it, and you’ll know that anything fragile such as your laptop or camera will be safe in here, as this case features a hard shell.
If you need to pack light, just pack one or two dresses, but include plenty of accessories – that way you can mix and match to create multiple outfits. For example, a simple black dress can be paired with a printed kimono jacket and satchel one day, and the next day you could pair it with stilettos and a statement necklace for something entirely different.
Finally, make sure you pack a few beauty essentials – if you’re heading out to a destination that’s warmer than home, make sure you top up on fake tan so you have a holiday glow, even if you’re only getting away for a few days. To keep your beauty bag light, try just packing a sheer but shimmering lipgloss and light skin make-up – try to achieve a natural glow rather than the celebrity look – you’ll have more time to enjoy your break if you’re not worried about your make-up!
Lily Allen has always been the queen of quirky cool, and since growing up and becoming a mother she has combined her sense of fun with more sophisticated styles. Her dedication to fashion even saw her and sister Sarah start their own vintage clothes shop, Lucy in Disguise. Now a hotshot record label boss who has discovered promising acts like Tom Odell, Lily has been spotted in a series of outfits that suggest businesswoman with a bucket load of personality. This recent red and black ensemble is one of her best, so take note and find out how to steal her look.
Lady in red
The focal point of Lily’s outfit is clearly her fabulous red coat, which she picks out with her scarlet lipstick to create a cosy but glamorous look. For a winter warmer with stand-out colour and style, check out this asymmetric coat, one of a great range of women’s jackets at Littlewoods right now. The edgy cut is bang on trend and leaves room for all your favourite jumpers, so not only will you look fantastic but you’ll never be cold again! Every woman should own a red lipstick and if you don’t have one already it’s time to invest – apply plenty of this bold shade to brighten up a winter day.
Stay sleek by contrasting an oversized coat with a pair of skinny jeans. A simple black pair like Lily’s is best for a smart look. This high-rise version will gently hold in your tummy and the super soft fabric will keep you ultra comfortable as well as looking fantastic. If you’re not planning to take your coat off, you can even get away with jeggings for the ultimate in stylish comfort.
Lily added an edgy touch to her black and red outfit with a pair of eye-catching leopard print peep-toe heels. Copy her trendy look with some big-cat print of your own: these leopard print South wedges are pretty and playful, offering a cheeky flash of toe. If you’re concerned about slipping on icy ground, stay stable and dignified with these cute leopard print flats.
Handbags and gladrags
For a practical finish to your outfit, make sure you can take everything you might need along with you by treating yourself to one of this season’s oversized handbags. Essential for busy mums and businesswomen alike, this is a style that continues to be fashionable as well as functional. This durable leather satchel from Fossil has a stylish vintage feel and the shoulder strap makes it easy to carry when your hands are full. Load it up with your purse, phone, lipstick and diary and you’re ready to go out and stun the world, just like the fabulous Lily.
The save the dates are rolling in for weddings, cocktail parties and even holiday soirees, meaning it’s not too early to start picking up the right accessories to play dress up.
A great evening purse is an easy way to jazz up a gown or give new life to a dress that’s been sitting in your closet. Here are some clutches and purses we’re eyeing. Remember: who needs a date when you have a great purse on your arm?
I cannot get enough of is Moc-Croc envelope clutch by Vivienne Westwood. The clutch has a metallic finish, with hints of gold and brown and black and even greens, meaning it could literally go with any color dress you choose, making it a truly versatile find. The purse has a chain link strap that you can choose to use or tuck in.
If you’re looking for something more traditional, check out this black patent Vivienne Westwood Saffiano clutch. It’s sleek and also has a detachable strap and can be worn with anything from skinny jeans and heels to an evening gown.
I am a complete sucker for envelope purses and I immediately fell in love with the detail on the Depeche Metal Trim Clutch. The contrast of the smooth, rich colored leather against the sharp angles of the metal are too much to resist. Confession: I’ve just added this baby to my shopping cart.
I may hate when the temperatures drop, but the is one thing I love about cooler weather: jackets. From trenches to military looks and puffa jackets to motorcycle jackets, they are a great way to pull an outfit together. We love fitted quilted jackets that will keep you warm through the winter without making you look like you’re wearing a sleeping bag.
This Voi Quilted Jacket is in a great jewel-tone ruby shade and has a wonderful shape to it, cinching in at the waist. We love how structured the shape of the jacket is.
The Le Breve prince jacket above has a removable belt that and diamond quilted pattern.
How chic is this Firetrap Explorer Puffa jacket? It has a sleek fit that allows you to still have a figure under all of the warmness!
One of this season’s trends that I’m obsessed with are black dresses with white collars. Yes, they look like a cross between Catholic school girl and priest, but the look is classic and was popular on Milan’s runways.
This Alice & Olivia Courtnee Collar dress is $297 at Neiman Marcus.
This Valentino dress was all over Milan. $5,700 at Shopbop
Florals literally took over the runway at London Fashion week and it’s a great trend to incorporate into your own wardrobe. Here are some easy ways to add some floral – whether it’s a loud pattern or dainty touch – to your closet.
We absolutely adore these Ted Baker Blossom Print skinny jeans. The fit is great and while the pattern is bold, the colors are subdued. Pair this with a solid color top and you’re good to go.
A printed dress is the perfect way to rock the trend. This Ted Baker Izzie Oil Painting dress would love great paired with black tights and chunky heels.
While I’m not usually a Taylor Swift fan, we can’t argue that she doesn’t look great in this riding pant ensemble. The girl looks like she’s ready for a day in the English countryside. We love that the look has become more mainstream — and affordable. This season, you can pick up a pair from Zara for under $40, or you can choose to invest in a more expensive pair.
This pair of riding pant leggings from Zara is just $35.90. Looks great paired with a chunky sweater and ankle boots.
We love the two-tone color on these Dublin Houndstooth Full Seat Jodhpurs from Derby House. They have such a flattering fit and would look great styled with a pair of tall boots.
American Apparel has a whole range of great riding pants in 11 different colors for $74.
If you’re looking to incorporate a pattern into the look, these Rio Jodphurs are a great way to achieve the look. The pant is two-toned, with a checker pattern on the outside and a block tan color on the inside, and has an elastic boot strap at the ankles.
And of course, no look would be complete without a great riding boot. These Dublin On Air boots are versatile enough to pair with riding pants or even jeans or leggings.
One of my favorite things to shop for when the seasons change are jackets. This is a great way to pull together an outfit and add some edge to a typical feminine style. You’ll want to get your hands on a military style jacket this season, whether it’s a bomber or trench. Here are some ways to get the look.
How gorgeous is this Barbour Lonestar Biker Jacket? I love the gold hardware details and the structured shape of the jacket. Also, it’s a wonderful way to incorporate the classic British brand into your wardrobe. It’s on sale at Repertoire Fashion
I also love this Marc by Marc Jacobs Nicoletta jacket. The spread collar and gold buttons really make the coat and the fit clinches in at the waist.
This Armani Jeans puffs coat is sure to keep you warm through the winter. The leather trim and piping make the coat.
We love this advice Camuto jacket for its piping, fit and hardware. Available here at Nordstrom for $248
I’m starting a new feature where I share my recent purchases, lusts and favorite collected items.
Tom Ford’s Nude vanille lipstick. Just bought this and it is the most perfect nude shade.
My Hunter Wellies paired with their fun boot socks keep me warm as the temperatures drop and get me ready for the inevitable snow.
Chanel Bonfire which I’m reading now. The heartbreaking memoir of a Park Avenue princess
After a years-long period of rounded stillettos and platforms, the pointy-toed heel is back in a major way. We saw it all over the runway during fashion week and have welcomed the trend.
This year’s rendition is much more dainty than in years past. Some of our favorites:
I love these J. Crew Isabelle Patent heels.
If you’re going to splurge, we love these navy suede Sergio Rossi pumps at Intermix. They’re $575
How gorgeous are these nude patent pumps from Top Shop? They’re just $95 here.
Fall clothes shopping has always been one of my favorite activities, and this season is so exception. One of the items that you’ll want in your closet (and you’ll thank me for once the temperature starts dropping) is a chunky open- knit sweater. These look great with skinny jeans and boots or heels. Here are some of our favorite picks:
This Sparkle and Fade Open-Stitch Sweater form Urban Outfitters is completely on trend. We love the relaxed fit and loose shoulders. It’s $59
This Autumn Cashmere sweater is really sexy, or you can layer with a camisole. It’s $165 at Revolve Clothing
Gap has a super affordable way to get in on this trend. The sweater above is just $34.95 here
I’ll be the first to admit that I wasn’t crazy about this trend when I first started seeing it pop up in New York and on the runway. And, this is a look that you have to be careful to pair up with heels and a tight fitting top so that it doesn’t look messy. These last few months I’ve become sold on this look. Here are some of our favorites.
These floral peg pants from Asos are just $37
Love these slouchy silhouette pants from Phillip Lim
I love the fit of these peg pants in a soft peach color that you can pair with earth tones. Just $37 at Asos
I like purses maybe a little more than I should. Seriously, this was a big issue of contention when I moved in with my boyfriend. He gave me more hell on the number of purses I was moving into his apartment than the copious boxes of clothes.
Now that the weather is changing, I have the itch to search for rich-colored larger purses for work, fall activities, etc. There are some great ones out there this season across price points. Here are some of our favorites:
We’ve chronicled the upcoming Phillip Lim for Target collection (Available Sept. 14th, ladies!!) But, we were saving the best for last.
The collection has a number of amazing purses that fashionistas are dying to get their hands on. See those beautiful purses above? Well guess what? They start around $20! No, that’s not a typo.
I’m also loving this Carlyle Barrel Bag in burgundy. It’s $450 at Henri Bendel
Loving this Oxblood Doctor’s bag with leather trim from Asos. It’s roomy enough for all of your daily essentials and super affordable at $109
I’m quickly approaching 30 and have become obsessed with wrinkles these last few years. Let’s face it, years of sun worshipping are going to finally catch up with me. I recently visited my dermatologist for my yearly check up, and had a talk with him about anti-aging and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Well, I was shocked when he told me to throw out 75% of the moisturizers, eye creams and other products aimed at us ladies as the latest miracle cream and told me to only buy creams with Retinol, retin-A and other products in them. Basically, it’s the only ingredient scientifically proven to reverse signs of aging.
So, promptly after my appointment I followed his advice. Here are some products that contain Retinol compounds that you may want to add to your daily regime.
Eau Thermale Avene Retrinal Eyes Eye Countour Care is a great daily cream used to combat fine lines and wrinkles, loss of firmness and dark circles. The product contains a healthy dose of Retinaldehyde. It’s $44 at DermStore
Roc Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream is a really affordable way to give your skin the Retinol it needs to correct. Just apply it after washing your face before bed. You can find it for around $20 at most drug stores, or $18 here
I’m a huge fan of the entire StriVectin skincare line. I especially love their Retinol Eye Treatment. It’s a bit steep at $75, but it aims to correct crows feet, creases and puffiness.
I get it – we live in a world fueled by text messages, emails and other horribly impersonal forms of communication. But to me, that means there is all the more reason to be well equipped with fun cards and stationery at all times. My obsession with note cards began as a child, and now as an adult, I keep my bottom draw of my desk fully stocked with pretty Thank You cards, birthday cards and blank cards for spur of the moment uses.
Here’s some of our boxed go-to’s that will help you get back into the spirit of written notes, or could save you in a pinch next time you forget that co-worker’s birthday!
Etsy is usually my favorite spot to card shop. Lots of the products are handmade or quirky. This set of 20 “Just a Note” cards is just $5
These Merci Thank You cards are $15 for a set of 10. Perfect to keep at work for any occasion
Can you tell I have a thing for Paris? This set is $13
I have a slight obsession with all things typewriter. These cards are good for any occasion. $2.99 for 4 mini cards.
Need something a little more irreverent? Happy F’n Birthday
If I’m totally honest, I’ve found most of Target’s guest collections to be decidedly underwhelming. Striped Missoni print bike? Eh. Diane Von Furstenburg yoga mat? I’ll pass. But, September 15th, the cheap chic retailer is doing something truly great in its partnership with Phillip Lim.
The collection has caught the eyes of many a fashionista, so I suggest if you like the looks below, you plan to be online or at a store early. Here are some of our favorite looks, all available here.
Almost forgot the best part.. Pieces start at under $25!
We’re unfortunately nearing the last weeks of summer, and near the top of the list of my concerns is holding onto my tan for as long as I can.
Sure, I could choose to resort to self tanners and spray tans, but there’s just something about that summer glow.
This last week, I’ve been testing out Benefit’s High Beam Highlighter. I have to admit, at first I was a bit taken aback by the presentation – High Beam is liquid form and comes in a nail polish type of bottle and you apply it with a wand similar to a what you would apply nail polish with.
But, concerns aside, I have to say that High Beam does the trick. I apply a small streak to the top of each cheek bone over my foundation and bronzer and then gently rub it in in a circular fashion with my fingertips. I’ve also used a tiny bit on my brown bone at night, which gives a nice glow. The trick is to use just a smidge so that it looks like a glow, not makeup.
High Beam is $26 at Sephora.
We are obsessing over large statement necklaces. I think it’s the perfect way to add some splash to an outfit or a pop of color to something that may be drab otherwise. Yes, sometimes these necklaces could feel like you have the weight of a gold brick hanging around your neck, but remember ladies: pain is beauty.
This technicolor floral necklace from J. Crew is simply divine.
Bauble Bar may be my favorite place on the web to shop for jewelry, especially statement necklaces. How cute is this peach fiesta fringed necklace above? Just $34
Loving this Camilla Bib from anthropologie. Just $68.
In need of something more friendly to your wallet? This white stone necklace is just $10.80 at Forever21.
As the summer winds to an end, and students start going back to high school and college campuses, it’s never too soon to start planning the perfect homecoming dress. We all start thinking of football games, tailgaiting and most inportantly, looking good for the big dance.
The great thing about modern homecoming dresses, Compared to those in the 80s, is that they are so versatile. You can opt for cocktail length or a full gown, one-shoulder or sleeveless. Then, after the big dance, you can rewear it to a wedding, engagement party, Or other events, depending on how wisely you shop.
We’ve scoured the web for some of our favorites:
We love this silver chiffon mini dress, above. Silver is a great color to wear to homecoming, and is also perfect for a formal occassion, such as a wedding. We love the one shoulder, Grecian look, as well as the rouching around the waist. Pair this with a killer pair of high heels and an embellished purse, and youre good to go.
Want something a bit more dramatic? This sweetheart neckline tulle-bottomed dress has tons of detail up top. We adore the sequined and gem styled top of this one. Also, the belt detail cinches you in at just the right point to create a tiny waist. The tulle bottom of this dress is very forgiving,
As it flairs out. We think this could also be a great look for a prom or Sweet 16. The strapless top would look great with a big statement necklace.
This a-line sweetheart top royal blue dress has a classic look that you could literally wear to any type of formal event. The heart-shaped top is perfectly on trend, and could help create more of a robust bustline. We love how this dress also cinches in at the waist, creating an hour glass silhouette. The embellished belt undernest the waistline is an attention grabber, and takes the dress to a more formal level. But fear not, to make the dress more casual,pair it with lower heels and wear beach waves jn your hair and lkmit jewelry. If you want to make it dressier, pair it with sky high heels, lots of jewels and opt for an updo.
It’s wedding season, and if you’re like me, that means you’ve been scouring stores and the web for perfect dresses to wear. And, with re-wearing a dress harder than it used to be because of Facebook and Instagram, chances are, you’re looking for several dresses. Not to be worried, we have you covered. Here are some of our favorite looks for evening dresses. I love that the mermaid dress has made a huge comeback. I find this look to be very flattering but also sexy.
We also love this orange mermaid showstopper.
Weddings could be a good time to play with interesting neck and shoulder lines. We love this one shoulder, beaded gown. It’s $156 at JJ’S.
Almost everybody (especially moms) love bingo because it is fun to play and there are cash prizes involved. Who doesn’t want to win money the easy way, right? Even famous celebrities have been getting into this game including Catherine Zeta-Jones, Russel Crowe, and Robbie Williams. Riding the game’s popularity, top bingo website FoxyBingo.com decided to give an award to celebrity moms who love to play bingo. Getting the highest number of votes is Emma Bunton, who we all know as Baby Spice from the girl group Spice Girls. She said during The Mirror’s recent interview, “This award is extra special because this is the most important thing – being a Mummy.”
To be chosen as “Celebrity Mom of the Year” by the British people only proves that Emma Bunton is still loved by many. She is known not only for her beautiful voice, but also her iconic style. Emma is commonly seen wearing platform pumps in various events from movie premieres to award nights. Wearing platform pumps are more comfortable than wearing stilettos because of the thick soles.
Moms can bring out their sexy side by wearing Emma Bunton’s choice in platform pumps. Check out the different styles below:
Hot Pink Platform Pumps
Show some sweetness with a pair of bright pink platform pumps, which Emma wore during the Pride of Britain Awards last year. Macy’s has a wide selection of platform pumps including the Truth or Dare by Madonna Fuschia suede closed-toe pumps.
Animal Print Platform Pumps
Wearing an animal print platform pumps may bring out your wild side so look for a style that will best match your outfit. Emma’s sultry black dress was accentuated by her leopard print platform pumps. You can easily shop for animal print shoes online via Neiman Marcus, which sells designer shoes including Christian Louboutin’s leopard print platform.
Tribtoo Platform Pumps
This classic style of platform pumps by Yves Saint Laurent was one of Emma’s favorite shoes. She was seen wearing skinny jeans paired with this black shoes. You can purchase the YSL Tribtoo platform pumps at Saks Fifth Avenue.
So long, shine. I’ve recently become e armored with matte nails after years of getting full shine manicures. The Matte look is more muted and has become popular with the Kardashian clan. And yes, in spite of that, I still love this look.
I’ve noticed that polish makers have been putting out matte versions of our favorite colors. But, I recently stumbled upon an easier way to get the look. Sephora has partnered up with OPI to make a top coat that will turn any color into its matte version. It’s like magic! The polish only costs $9.50 and can be found here.