"Those were the days," some say. I attended two proms, one as a junior and one as a senior. First with a friend and the second time with a boyfriend; a college boyfriend--oooh wasn't I cool? Both times I foolishly wore strapless when I barely had anything to hold the dress up. This was before I found good strapless bras and before I actually grew a pair--me the late starter. Both years I chose two tone dresses from a pink and white "candy striper" like confection to a black and white gown (remember Jessica McClintock?) and both years my hair had too much hairspray and a little too much Sun-In creating a strawberry blonde effect. Not the choices I'd make today. Setting aside other choices like white knee socks with brown sandals in 5th grade or my Thomas Sweets t-shirt with red suspenders I look back on my style as a kid and teenager and find that I may have made some quirky choices, but I was sassy and didn't care. Plus, my style choices lead to a career as a stylist directing fashion shoots all over the world. Pretty good, right? So whether you want a flowing "princessy" ball gown or something vintage dress or a cute cocktail dress - just enjoy the party! And if you choose strapless be sure it will stay up when you "swing your hands in the air like you just don't care" because now there are phones that catch nip slips.
This is happy!
Lots to choose from for prom attire these days.
On Connor: Black Slim Fit Notch Lapel Tuxedo by Combatant Gentleman, $200 CombatGent.com
On Katie: 50's Style Black And Teal Tulle Tea Length Party Dress, $130 Blue Velvet Vintage
Black Heels and Clutch, Nina Shoes
On Landen: BLACK by Vera Wang Slim Fit Grey Tuxedo, $799.99 Men's Wearhouse
On Shelby: WHITE by Vera Wang Polka Dot Strapless Ruffle Dress, $198 David's Bridal
Men's shoes by Massimo Matteo, Zappos.com
On Wyatt: Navy Slim Fit Shawl Collar Tuxedo by Combatant Gentleman, $200 CombatGent.com
Step Up Teens : Melissa & Christina
On Melissa: Coronado Princess Dress in Papaya Color by Byer California, $68 Byerca.com
On Christina: 20's Reproduction Silver Beaded Black Fringed "Jazz Baby" Flapper Dress, $210 Blue Velvet Vintage
On Austin: Charcoal Slim Fit Notch Lapel Tuxedo by Combatant Gentleman, $200 CombatGent.com
Men's tuxes from Combatant Gentlemen and shoes by Massimo Matteo from Zappos.com
Clutches, jewelry and heels for the ladies from Ninashoes.com
Hair accessories from Soho Style
These are mine. Get yours below.
I'm not sure when avoiding laces became a "thing," but the slip-on sneaker trend has invaded my closet and I'm not turning back. I've got styles in all price points like the Salvatore Ferragamo pair bought in Venice as in Venice, Italy while on vacation with my husband. We were looking at ties for him and while I found the prints on the ties amusing I thoguht they were too small to make an impact so I gravitated to the shoe section and BAM! the slip-on sneaker with the signature Ferragamo bow caught my eye. Then I was pulling clothes at Kohl's for a TV segment and a simple black leather pair from Vera Wang caught me eye. This is the pair that just about everyone owns when they venture towards this trend; the pair that I bought for about $40, but some pay $400 plus for the same style. Then came the pair while in NYC for Thanksgiving. I moved to LA from NYC about six years and while I head back often for work, this holiday is the yearly trek my husband and I make for family, friends, food and the theater. And for some reason we seem to stop into the same Cole Haan store in Rockefeller Plaza every year and buy something. No joke! I think it's because I always need a second look at the Bergdorf windows nearby. By day we see it with my family and at night it's just the two of us and as we walk down Fifth Avenue afterwards and look at the twinkling lights beckoning us in store windows we always walk into Cole Haan. This past holiday it was for the very last pair of leather gloves they had in the store. Daysun, the hubby, always forgoes gloves, but with my prodding and temps below 30 he succumbed and I bought him a pair. Then I walked into the shoe department and found yet another pair of slip-on sneakers that would continue to forge my fondness for the trend. A coppery, brassy colored faux snakeskin style that in my mind would be an alternative to flats when worn with skinny jeans. Next up, a pale marsala colored canvas pair from Vans. I haven't worn these yet, but they're ready and waiting for a turn in my wardrobe. So with four pairs I'm going to try and stop since it's halfway towards my obsession with brogues (I own eight pairs of them and a half of them have come from that same NYC Cole Haan store). I find it fascinating that this simple slip-on can range so drastically in price. My savvy-minded approach says there'll probably all made in about three factories, but priced vastly different depending on the brand. My style side says just go with it; they're comfortable and you like them no matter the price.
Stylish Slip On Sneakers For Spring
Vince 'Blair' Slip On Sneakers, $195 Bloomingdale's
Van's Leopard Slip On Sneakers, $55 Bloomingdale's
Jimmy Choo Demi Snake-Effect Slip On Sneakers, $525 Net-A-Porter
MSGM Leather-Trimmed Floral Print Slip On Sneakers, $365 Net-A-Porter
Karl Lagerfeld Coated Printed Canvas Slip On Sneakers, $130 The Outnet
Tod's Two Tone Leather Slip On Sneakers, $495 Net-A-Porter
Superga Pony Hair Slip On Sneakers, $93 The Outnet
3.1 Phillip Lim 'Morgan' Nubuck Leather Slip On Sneaker, $375 Net-A-Porter
Sperry Seaside Luxe Slip On Sneakers, $75 Dillards
I admit it, I've been wary of the jumpsuit ever since it made it's comeback several seasons ago. I was sure it wasn't for me. Something about so many styles looking tight or uncomfortable or the extra ten minutes of trying to get out of it when you're in the bathroom stall at a restaurant. BUT, I've made a 180 and I'm fully embracing the ease of the look when it's done right.
Suddenly my go-to look of a dress being the "easy-peasy" piece in my wardrobe may take a back seat once in a while. The idea of "one and done" can now be applied to a jumpsuit as well.
So here's a few tips for the ideal look:
-Tight is not right. You are not at a Catwoman casting. Jumpsuits should fit a little looser with dressy versions nipping in at the waist giving the illusion of two pieces. With denim jumpsuits, think of the fit of your boyfriend jeans. You want someone to walk by and think "wow, why haven't I done that?" not "what was she thinking?"
-Look for styles that extend to just above your ankles or hang longer. Leave the rolling of a cuff to your own discretion, don't buy it that way.
-You can spend a little more on a jumspuit since you're getting a complete look rather than just a top or bottom. Think of what you'd spend on a dress and apply the same logic. Of course, if you're hesistant about this trend at all, then try out an inexpensive version to determine if you love or loathe the trend.
-To put your stamp of style on this one piece wonder add your own belt to a dressier style or roll up the cuffs of a coverall style and wear a pair of high heels.
Here's seven jumpsuits that I'm ready to slip on:
Jumpsuit With Contrast Wrap Front, $74 ASOS
Love the contrast of this one looking like two pieces. And pockets, just like I love them on a dress, I love pockets on a jumpsuit.
Diane Von Furstenberg 'Caroline' Embellished Stretch Silk Jumpsuit, $240 Nordstrom
Just the right amount of sparkle on this party piece. RSVP yes to the cocktail party and wear this jumpsuit.
ASOS Wine Colored Tie Waist Jumpsuit With Long Sleeves, $92 ASOS
This bold jumpsuit still looks comfortable and effortless. A gold cuff bracelet would give it a little extra oomph.
Halston Heritage Satin Trimmed Jumpsuit, $495 Net-A-Porter
A jumpsuit worthy of a black tie wedding. Add a white or pale pink chic blazer for contrast.
Bardot Colorblock Strapless Jumpsuit, $142 Nordstrom
Simple and stylish just as it is, but you could add a thin patent belt in a bright hue for evening with your strappy stilettos. For day pull on a fitted denim jacket rolled at the sleeves and sandals.
Diane Von Furstenberg 'Purdy' Belted Crepe Jumpsuit, $470 Net-A-Porter
This jumpsuit makes me think of Halston, Diane and Bianca Jagger at Studio 54.
6397 Denim Jumpsuit, $595 Nordstrom
This denim jumpsuit looks like the perfect mix of casual and cool. The look does border on appearing like you've started as an apprentice mechanic so keep the look simple- just a watch and a few thin bracelets and some slip-on sneakers or a wedge sandal and you're done. Not a fan of the white slip-ons in this photo. Be sure to keep the fit a little slouchy since tight would look oh so wrong.
As a fashion director, I've styled my fair share of wedding dress shoots. As a TV host I've covered everything from the best bets of where to shop for your gown to bridesmaids do's and dont's to what to buy the bride and groom. As a stylist, I've helped clients find the right gown at the right price, helped dress the groom when he doesn't want a tux and always suggest the bride-to-be have a reception dress because if you can avoid the weight of a gown when it's time to get your groove on the dance floor, then you should.
The scoop with these dress picks? Well, after a friendly game of tennis, my friend Amy mentioned her friend had asked her to go from being a guest at her wedding to taking the wedding photographs as well. Amy's a professional photographer so that's easy. But the kicker in this story is the wedding is in two weeks and while they've had all the other tasks and choices completed for months they were missing a few important ones. I immediately asked about the dress because in my world it's all about the dress and the photography. (If I'm attending a wedding then it's about the food, drink and dancing.) Amy says,"She hasn't gotten her dress yet." Crazy, right?! She said it had to do with part budget and part at a loss of what to wear. I get it, weddings are stressful and the dress is a big part of it. You want to look GORGEOUS, but wearing a dress for just one day with a hefty price tag is daunting. Well, challenge accepted. I offered some advice on the spot and then decided to find 10 wedding dresses that could be found online or in store last minute and under $1,000 bucks.
Couldn't help but show off my big day as well:
Here they are:
Arianna Papell High Neck Beaded Gown, $350 Bloomingdale's
Erin Fetherston Tiered Lace Gown, $695 Cusp
Sadie Gown In Swiss Dot Chiffon, $695 J. Crew
BCBG Max Azria 'Elisia' V-Neck Lace Gown, $498 Bloomingdale's
Tadashi Shoji Sleeveless Illusion Lace Pin Tuck Gown, $428 Bloomingdale's
BCBG Max Azria 'Elyse' Strapless Gown, $338 Neiman Marcus
Floral Beaded Slip Dress, $495 J.Crew
Zimmerman Silk Plunge Long Dress, $390 Zimmerman
Adrianna Papell Lace Peplum Dress, $150 Ideel
A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz Sleeveless Peplum Back Drape Gown, $99.99 Ideel
One more before you go:
Dress by Lloyd Klein
Make A Statement In Stripes
Parisian? Nautical? A classic navy and white stripe t-shirt with your white jeans in the summer? Is that what comes to mind when you think stripes? Well, girlfriend stripes are wardrobe worthy all year long. No matter the temperature I have a constant adoration for stripes and even avoid J. Crew at times because I know it may lead to buying yet another stripe top.
Here's more of my adoration for stripes as contributing editor to Closer Weekly.
When wearing winter stripes, mix them with leather, velvet, corduroy and even tweed.
Stripes can be bold for a newbie who usually wears solids, so just choose one statement piece of jewelry like a chain necklace or bangle.
Take stripes from day to night by wearing a tweed cropped jacket for work then switching to a velvet or leather jacket to make it evening-ready.
Mix prints. Try a plaid scarf with a striped top for an unexpected look.
This dress would look ready to work with a moto style knit sweater than swap it at night for a cropped, fitted leather jacket.
Jonathan Simkhai Knit Dress, $595 Shopbop
This is that go-to cashmere sweater that satifies the need for comfort and style.
Sundry Striped Cashmere Sweater, $178 Revolve Clothing
Wrap your lower half in this skirt that has stretch and will play well on weekends with an oversized, chunky sweater or a white v-neck t-shirt and jean jacket with rolled up sleeves.
A.L.C. Clifts Stripe Knit Asymmetrical Wrap-Effect Skirt, $395 Saks Fifth Avenue
A classic tote to get your though the rest of the season.
Clare V. Supreme Simply Tote Handbag, $450 Piperlime
The slip-on sneaker for kicking around town and the sandal I'm coveting for spring.
Derek Lam 'Laurel' Sneaker, $195 Derek Lam
Aquazzura C'est Chic Elaphe Stripe Sandals, $945 Net-A-Porter
Let your NFL fan style freak flag fly proudly all season long with your fashion and entertaining wares from your favorite team. Super Bowl XLIX is nearly here and I shared looks for super fans on KTLA Morning News. Whether you're rooting for the Seahawks or Patriots you can look the part head-to-toe and dining table to couch in NFL Homegating gear.
Opposing teams? No problem. Get your NFL fan style at the NFL Shop.
Deck out the party with NFL Homegating gear of your favorite teams at NFL Shop.
They got the look head-to-toe in t-shirts to jerseys to jeans and maxi dresses.
Chips and dip, crackes and cheese and a shoes for wine.
Even salt and pepper shakers get in on the NFL action.
Have you met Marsala? This rich, reddish color known more as a Sicilian cooking vino is the Pantone color of the year for 2015. Here's a sampling of the color or "close enough" with styling tips on how to add some of this must-have to your closet.
Here's my segment on KTLA Los Angeles as their style contributor.
Pair marsala with neutrals like navy, black, warm taupes and grays. If you're willing to experiment try it with amber or golden yellows to turquoise and teal to vibrant blues and even pink.
Your eyewear is like any other accessory. Add colored frames from brands like Salvatore Ferragamo to BCBG Max Azria.
Find out about these eyewear styles and where to buy them at Eyecessorize.com where you can also discover seasonal trends and other eyewear tips.
Plenty of steps you can take in the color of the year.
Tights and boot socks from No Nonsense
Sometimes it's what's underneath that speaks the trends.
Bras and matching panties from Curvy Couture
Consider the rich hue of forest green the perfect stand-in for your all-black winter wardrobe.
Here's my latest article as Contributing Editor for Closer Weekly all about adding forest green to your wardrobe and how to wear it. Plus, additional stylish green wardrobe pieces to add to your closet.
Forest green makes feminine outfits appear more glamourous than girlie.
If this color were a person we'd say it isn't showy or desperate for attention; it's confident.
How to wear it:
Think outside of black and white. Pair this inky hue with navy, cranberry, plum or gray. Your look won't be boring.
Think pink. A berry lip is the way to go. Unless it's Christmas day, red will look too kitschy.
Get saturated. Because it's so close to the depth of black, forest green looks great head to toe. Match your dress and shoes for a streamlined, sophisticated look.
Haute Hippie Side Tuck Asymmetrical Silk Georgette Dress, $290 Nordstrom
It's your new LGD ready for a party that replaces your LBD.
Opening Ceremony Felted Zipper Dress, $267 Shopbop
The "live in this" all winter long sweater dress.
3.1 Phillip Lim Cable Oversized Turtleneck, $510 Shopbop
Cool and comfy.
Tibi Leather Full Skirt, $998 Les Nouvelles
A classic midi-length leather skirt that will never go out of style.
Theory Dot Print 'Zeyn' Skirt, $495 Nordstrom
This skirts ready for a twirl.
Tildon Scoop Back High/Low Dress, $59 Nordstrom
Personally, I'd wear this mini dress with black opaque tights or skinny black velvet jeans.
Giuseppe Zanotti Shimmer Patent Leather Point-Toe Pumps, $273 Saks
Get a shine on in this pair of pumps.
It's my annual gift guide and this time it all about us girls. What to give us, what to get for her. Whether it's a print coat by IGGI from Zady.com, a faux fur throw from the new home collection at H & M, a monogram tote from Lands' End or a customized weekend bag from Kate Spade Saturday or jewels from Marisa Haskell to Eva Mendes. Here's what I shared on KTLA this week during my style segment. So get shopping!
This site has a myriad of choice from clothes to clutches to candles. Love the IGGI print coat and Clare V. clutches! Zady.com
H & M now has home decor. Woohoo! So shop the site for stylish home goods gifts. I'm a big fan of the faux fur throws. H & M
Fill the classic Lands' End tote with all she needs for a ski trip, spa visit, beach vacation, daughter's sleepover or even just a tote for everyday filled with their caramel candies or peppermint crunch cookies. And, of course, monogram that bag for her. Lands' End
Saturday is the best day of the week! Kate Spade knows how to share a great day in style. Kate Spade Saturday
Bold bling at a small price from bombshell Eva Mendes' collection with NY and Company.
So you want to have an awesome holiday party sometime between now and New Years Eve, but you're feeling a little stuck, right? Well, sit back, get comfortable and read through my fool proof ideas for fun. Then start inviting people you know you want to eat, drink and be merry with while it's cold outside.
1. Holiday Libations & Nibbles
Have a signature drink that pairs with your party theme to keep the festivities fun & delicious. When you throw a party during the holiday season it’s likely you may still be finishing up in the kitchen when guests arrive so get the socializing started right away by serving your guests a seasonal cocktail. Every holiday party does not have to be a sit down occasion. My favorite is to have friends come over a little later than dinnertime by making it a “Drinks & Desserts” fête. It’s less fuss and muss in the kitchen. Besides the finger foods and, of course, the treats, I offer small ramekins filled with seasoned nuts whether sweet or savory. This kind of party is a chance to indulge in delicious confections and serve up two-three signature cocktails so your guests have choices. Check a few of my favorite seasonal cocktails below:
1 part Pinnacle® Pumpkin Pie Vodka
1 part DeKuyper® Crème De Cocoa Dark Liqueur
1 part Half and Half
1 part Pinnacle® Original Vodka
2 parts Champagne
2. Deck the Halls
a. Choose a color theme for your décor. Don’t feel required to go with stereotypical green and red. You can stretch through holidays if you choose two to three colors and make it look festive like white, silver and gold.
b. You can also create conversation at the table multiple ways with décor by doing a DIY message on plates or creating a placemat with silly questions for your guests to answer.
3. Holiday Party Trends
a. Ugly Christmas Sweater Party: Holiday parties usually mean you have to come up with several dressy outfits. Instead, get your guests to get crafty and design their own ugly holiday sweater. The party will lead to lots of laughs and DIY inquiries. Have guests vote on their favorite ugly sweater and the winner goes home with a basket of all the ingredients to make your seasonal cocktail. If this just isn’t your thing, then go with the holiday sock party and have everyone wear silly holiday socks that guests can buy or create.
Reindeer and Santa Socks, $14 Joy the Store
Multi-Pack of Christmas Socks, $4 Macy's
Hot SoX Dog and Cat Christmas Socks, $6 Bare Necessities
Elf Striped Socks, $5.70 ASOS
b. Holiday Cookie Swap: Ask friends to bake two-dozen of their favorite cookies to bring to the party. Create decorative boxes or get some holiday tins to offer your friends to store their new goodies to bring home.
c. Have a Tree-Trimming! Set up your evergreen (real or fake!) with lights and garland, and let each guest know that they can bring an ornament to hang on your tree. And don’t be greedy, send your guests home with an ornament as a gift as well.
Make these DIY ornaments (project #7243) and other projects with the Cricut Explore, Cricut.com
d. Christmas Caroling: This is awesome! Everyone knows the songs and music, now just get your friends together for the fun. Have friends come earlier for this party since you shouldn’t be knocking on neighborhood doors past 8:30 out of respect. Print out the lyrics for several classic holiday songs. And while you get ready to bundle up against the cold offer your friends some hot chocolate or carry a thermos of hot chocolate or cider while you walk the neighborhood. Now head out, ring a doorbell and step back from your neighbor’s front door and start singing. Plan on visiting several homes around your neighborhood. Or just walk as a group along the sidewalk in your neighborhood and sing. After an hour or more of singing head back to your place for food, drinks and games with the group.
4. Party Planning Tips for Seamless Entertaining
a. Theme It: Come up with theme so your party stands out among the rest and becomes the coveted invite.
b. Avoid Hours in the Kitchen: Don’t feel the pressure to make all your food from scratch. Make it a mix of homemade, semi-homemade and store bought. Better yet, make it potluck whether it’s a dessert and drink only party or a sit down meal where you make the main dish and friends bring side dishes. Pre-batch and pre-cook everything the day before so you’re spending less time in the kitchen, and more time with your loved ones.
c. Make a Holiday Playlist: Music can keep the party grooving and upbeat so curate a holiday playlist ahead of time. Mix holiday classics sung by a variety of artists such as Michael Buble, Idina Menzel, Frank Sinatra and more!
Christmas Music, Amazon.com
d. Be prepared: Some guests may over do it on the holiday “cheer” or you may just have one too many cookies. Have on hand plenty of water for guests plus some simple remedies like F.A.S.T. First Aid Shot Therapy (firstaidshottherapy.com). These small bottles the size of a shot are a liquid remedy for pain (say goodbye to your headache) and stomach aches. And offer carpooling, a taxi or Uber if guests need a safe lift home.
Available at Amazon.com, 12 bottles for $29
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