How to Wear It: Mad for Magenta

Short Sleeve Cowlneck by Extra TouchDesigners are all set to battle the blues (and greys) of winter with a variety of stunning color palettes for the 2011/2012 season.  Bright yellow, blazing orange, and stunning turquoise are just a few of the colors you’ll be seeing on the streets as it starts to snow.  For a flirty, warmer shade, however, go with magenta clothing, shoes, and accessories.  It’s a little more girly and fabulously feminine.  The only thing is, you have to be careful when you wear it.  It’s an incredibly strong shade, requiring some subtle finesse so you don’t cross the line into ostentatious.  Don’t… Read More »


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3 Variations on the Little Black Dress

Black Chiffon One Shoulder Dress from JB by Julie BrownThe classic little black dress is a fashion staple.  It’s timeless, elegant, and always in style.  There will never be a time when the LBD is not in fashion.  Audrey Hepburn immortalized it, but even before her charming performance as girl-about-town Holly Golightly, women realized that one single little black dress had the power to make them feel beautiful.  It’s not just the fact that black is a slimming color.  More to the point, there is at least one LBD out there to suit every body type, every level of personal style, and every single woman in the world.  While… Read More »


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Daring Designs: Classic Damask

Wool Cashmere Floral Damask Scarf from AmicaleI love damask patterns.  My home features the pattern heavily, especially in the master bedroom and the living room.  My favorite variation is the classic white on black — but that’s just for home decor, and damask is making its way into fashion now.  There, I’m wild about any color combination.  Regardless of the pattern, I adore damask clothing.  Because this trend is up and coming, it’s hard to find a lot of pieces, but I’ve found several gorgeous options.  If you want to try the timeless, elegant appeal of damask clothing, I’ve got the 411 for you.  The thing… Read More »


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Fleur de Lys Jewelry at Max & Chloe

Fleur de Lis Black Diamond Earrings from Brian DanielleOne of my favorite fashion motifs is the fleur de lys — or the fleur de lis, whichever you prefer.  This royal symbol is not only near and dear to my heart — it’s also taking the world by storm!  You can find it on shirts, jeans, scarves, handbags, even shoes — but fleur de lys jewelry is unquestionably my favorite.  Max & Chloe is one of my favorite places to get this jewelry, as you’ll see from the three pieces I’m going to highlight for you!

Fleur de Lys Earrings

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Fabulous Floral Fashions for Winter

Anastasia Floral Dress from Charlotte RonsonI don’t know about all of you, but when I think of floral prints, I tend to think of the dresses my grandmother wears to church and during special occasions, or the dresses my mom used to make me wear during the Easter holidays.  I don’t think of anything high fashion or modern — and therein lies my mistake.  If you’re skeptical of floral prints, believe me, I’m there with you — but this winter, the floral pattern has undergone a haute couture kind of makeover.  Flowers are feminine and artistic, seen in stark shades or unique water color patterns.… Read More »


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Daring Designs: Dark Romance

Dahila Long Sleeve Dress from NatoriI am absolutely in love with the dark romance trend.  That’s possibly because, evidently, I’ve been adhering to this trend for years without evening knowing it, owing to my love of all things black, ruffled, and knee-high.  It might be a little over the top to say this makes me a trendsetter, but hey, every girl needs a dream.  Anyway, that’s not the point.  The actual point is that in addition to being a hot commodity this winter, the dark romance trend is easy to pull off no matter what your age or personal style, and it’s universally flattering.  Tall… Read More »


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3 Essential Accessories for ’40s Glamour

1940s FashionMiu Miu, Miuccia Prada, and Donna Karan all went vibrantly vintage in a haute couture way on winter’s runways.  The result?  Glamorous 1940s fashion from head to toe.  Think sirens of the silver screen like Joan Crawford (pre-wire-hangers, of course), Rita Hayworth, and dozens other delicious divas who rocked the wasp-waist, wide shouldered look.  1940s glamour was all about fitted dresses, pencil skirts, shoulder pads, blouses with bows, strappy high heels, seamed stockings, and scintillating glimpses of gorgeous gams.  The same is true now: everything with a modern twist.… Read More »


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Top 3 Plus Size Dress Styles for Winter

Plus Size Animal Foil-Print Dress from SilhouettesPlus size fashion has come a long way.  Up until rather recently, finding flattering clothing in women’s plus sizes was all but impossible.  Finding plus size clothing from popular designers was practically unheard of.  Now, however, most designers produce gorgeous fashions for curvier women, making it easy to find amazing plus size dresses for the coming winter season. With so many holiday parties coming up, dresses are necessary.  Every woman should have at least one glitzy dress, one casual dress, and one dress that falls somewhere in between.  Without question, there are 3 top choices for plus size dresses this… Read More »


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Footwear Mania: Rugged Platform Boots

Jansen Platform Boots from Dolce VitaWinter is officially on its way — all my East Coast fashionistas can attest to that: it’s still calendar fall, but with the first snow storm of the year, we all have to admit that winter really is coming again.  I don’t know about all of you, but one of my key concerns in winter involves finding shoes that look really good but help me make sure I won’t be falling on my face in the snow, slush, and ice.  For those of you who do share my worries, I have three words for you: rugged platform boots.  They’re the… Read More »


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How to Wear It: Fetish Fashion

Velvet Gothic Corset Jacket from Chic StarMarc Jacobs, Victor & Rolf, Louis Vuitton, and Gucci all brought some serious gothic sex appeal to the runways. As a result, they’ve changed ready to wear fashions as we know it. Fetish fashion may seem a little too extreme to be worn by every day women who aren’t strutting their stuff on the runway, but as a former goth girl, I assure that’s not true. Fetish fashion in all its glory may look a little too dramatic and theatrical, but there are a number of ways you… Read More »


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