Cool Clothes To Beat The Heat In Style - Friday Favorites

When the temperature rises, look (and feel) cool with these fashions and accessories that will help beat the heat. Here's my latest fashion editorial as Contributing Editor of Closer Weekly about clothes that keep you cool.

KEEP IT LOOSE
When you’re trying to keep cool, the less you wear, the better. But if you want more coverage, choose styles that don’t hug your body. We’re thinking maxidresses, wide-leg pants and flowy skirts. 

     

Sabine Aya Maxi Dress, $149 Piperlime

ASOS Maxi Dress, $96 ASOS

      

ASOS Full Maxi Dress with Sheer & Side Panels, $124 ASOS

The Motion Stripe Dress by Cameo, $150 Piperlime

     

Gabriella Rocha Lauren Ashley Skater Skirt, $34 Zappos

Prabal Gurung Pansy Print Satin Skirt, $450 Nordstrom

BAN THE BLACK
Not only are pastels and white tops hot this summer, they’ll also keep you totally cool! Black and other dark colors absorb heat and suddenly turn your clothes into a sweatbox. Gross! Instead, trade your black for light colors. 

     

Vintage Stripe Tunic, $98 J. Crew

Joie Alizeh top, $268 Piperlime

LET YOUR TOES WIGGLE 

Goodbye, ballet flats! It’s time to set those toes free. You want the chance to show off a great pedicure and let your feet breathe a bit. Even just a little bit of bare skin in your summer shoes can help your feet escape the heat. Try thongs, gladiator flats or strappy wedges. 

     

Leila Ankle-Wrap Sandal, $160 J. Crew

Yosi Samra Cambelle Flat Metallic Sandals, $138 ShopBop

LET YOURSELF BREATHE

To keep body temps down, always opt for natural fabrics like linen, cotton and silk. They offer breath-ability and are known to regulate temperature. To avoid the wrinkles that come with linen look for blends like cotton/poly. 

Textured Ink Stripe Pant by Splendid, $128 Splendid

CREATE SOME SHADE

Direct sun is not only a hazard for your delicate skin, it can also raise your body temperature. Try a wide-brimmed hat in straw, raffia or cotton canvas so it’s lightweight and comfortable. But don’t think that means you can skip the sunscreen! Reflected light can cause major skin damage, too. 

     

Airy Summer Straw Hat, $31 J. Crew

Tory Burch Classic Grosgrain Fedora, $61 Tory Burch

 

 

Stripes in Style - Friday Favorites

Stripes can be both playful and sophisticated depending on your color choices. Personally, there's rarely a stripe I don't like and I'll admit I have a bit of an obsession with striped tees, skirts and dresses. Here's my latest statement-making stripes advice as contributing editor to Closer Weekly. Stripe it rich in your wardrobe.

You usually see stripes in a classic navy and white, but multihue streaks scream "summer," too! If you're feeling timid then tone down your look with a cardigan or lightweight denim jacket.

Choose your mood. Bright colors put off an energetic vibe, while patterns with a neutral shade like gray look chic. 

Make stripes work overtime. A striped t-shirt may be a daytime staple, but a sleek silhouette like a striped pencil skirt makes it date night appropriate.

Since we shared plenty of colorful brights in the magazine, I kept my additional picks to more subtle combinations.

More Striped Picks

Sassy office attire.

Nicholas Exclusive Angled Zipper Detail Striped Skirt, $395 Intermix

 

So chic! This dress is perfect for a summer cocktail party.

Jonathan Simkhai Striped Textured Jacquard Dress, $626 Net-a-Porter

The classic striped t-shirt for jeans, under a blazer or paired with an A-line skirt.

Rag & bone/JEAN Striped 3/4 Sleeve Tee, $115 Intermix

Color combos and stripes that keep the eye moving.

Antonio Marras Multi Striped Midi Skirt, $745 Avenue32

These stripes will balance your curves from top to bottom.

3.1 Phillip Lim Navy Striped Sleeveless Dress, $330 Avenue 32

Vertical stripes will slim, while a horizontal striped pant will add weight.

Cool Change Stripe Pattern Pant, $89 Intermix

Style in Yellow - Friday Favorites

Add some sunshine to your wardrobe for summer. Whether it's buttercup, lemon or mellow yellow this sunny color adds a splash to your clothes and guarantees a smile. Studies show that yellow boosts your mood and makes you seem more approachable. A dose of this look will brighten up your look, not take it over.

 A few tips:

Get the perfect pairing. Silver extras will neutralize the brightness. Want to go bold? Warm gold add-ons enhance it.

Try color combos. This ssahde looks classic with navy and white, but if you're the life of the party pair with turquoise or other citrus hues. Avodi black - it screams bumblebee!

Pick the perfect beauty look. Minimal makeup won't clash with your clothes, but if you have pale skin, wear a bright lipstick or bronzer so you don't look washed out. 

My latest article as contributing editor of Closer Weekly about adding yellow in your wardrobe.

More sunshine for your wardrobe:

Day to evening versatility in a ray of sunshine.

Gatsby-esque yellow linen sweater dress, $148 Max Studio

A dress that's fit for every fete.

Stretch Silk Georgette Side Cape Dress, $348 Max Studio

Comfy Chic

Band of Outsiders Washed Silk Colorblock Shirt Dress, Oxygen Boutique

Amp your style right up to eleven in this flowing, beachy yellow maxi dress.

Anna & Boy Maxi Dress, (on sale) $224 Matches Fashion

Wear a floral pattern.

Yellow V-Neck Silk Floral Dress, $35 She Inside

Yellow Long Sleeve Dipped Hem Blouse, (on sale) $15 She Inside

Magaschoni Orange and Yellow Striped Colorblock Cashmere Cropped Cardigan, $268 Bluefly

Stepping Out

Isola Aira Blush/Mellow Yellow Pumps, $47 6PM

Father's Day Gifts 2014

Skip the tie and get dad a gift for Father's Day that keeps him in sync when traveling, makes him look cool amid a crowd, or simply cook a feast with some of his favorites foods.

Dad Grub - Frickin' Delicious

The Mantry ($75-450) is the modern man’s pantry of artisan goods like BBQ sauce from Alabama, award winning bison jerky from Montana, birch syrup hand harvested in Alaska, etc. It's a food-of-the-month club that helps you discover American artisan food and what to do with it.

Restaurant Row - Get it all in one place.

     

Flannery Beef and Anderson's Frozen Custard Cake

     

Duff's Famous Wings and Best of BBQ

Foody Direct - Get BBQ, wings, pie, ice cream, seafood and more all in one place from America's most iconic restaurants , bakeries nad artisan producers. All get rave reviews. It's like shopping "restaurant row." I love that you can order dad a feast. 

DJ Daddy - The Music Lover

For those who have an eye for vintage design, the Hinge headphones feature a simple, classic look with warm colors, stitched protein leather, subtle hardware details and comfort. These on-ear headphones are the essential travel companion for anyone who likes to listen to music on the go thanks to its foldable design. Celeb dads like David Beckham travel with their headphones. Hinge headphones, $180 Polk Audio

With an etched metal top that’s engineered to look like a record and chestnut protein leather wrapping around the speaker’s entirety, the only thing square about this speaker is its shape. In addition to its eye-pleasing aesthetics, the Camden Square is a portable Bluetooth speaker that boasts four full-range high-performance drivers and two bass radiators so the sound is balanced and full at every level. Providing users with a whopping 24 hours of music listening, unique to the speaker is that it comes with Polk’s DJ Stream IOS and Android app, which allows 4 people to build one playlist from their individual music libraries. One user is selected as the DJ Host and can select music from all four devices to create one collaborative playlist and up to 128 Guest DJ’s can view the list, vote on music and become an Active DJ when a DJ drops off or disconnects. Camden Square, $299.95 Polk Audio

The Javelin Executive Daypack will get users through the airport security lines quicker with ECBC’s FastPass® technology, which allows travelers to leave laptops and tablets within the bag by simply unzipping a front compartment and laying it completely flat on the airport security conveyer belt. Outfitted in ballistic nylon, one of the toughest and thickest materials available, it also features smaller compartments designed to hold a water bottle and neatly tuck away phones, boarding passes, hand sanitizer and other on-the-go necessities for quick and easy trips. Available in gray or black, Javelin Executive Daypack, $130 ECBC

The Sparrow Wheeled Garment Bag is a thoughtfully constructed carry-on bag made from high dernier ballistic nylon, an ultra-durable, water-resistant and protective material known for its superior resistance to tearing and ripping. Designed for the modern traveler—anyone who travels with portable electronics—it’s the first carry-on luggage to feature the pioneering FastPass® System, a TSA-compliant, front zippered flap that keeps all electronic gear secured in a high-density foam compartment for a quicker and more efficient process through airport security. The bag also boasts two dedicated garment areas designed to prevent wrinkles and tears and store all items in safely and securely, comes with a 4,500 mAh portable charger to keep devices powered while on the go and features a variety of pockets, pouches and organizers, making it an all-in-one travel solution. Available in black or grey, Sparrow Wheeled Garment Bag, $400 ECBC

Summer Entertaining and DIY

The best parties are those that have the three G’s: good food, good music and good lighting. And of course, a good guest list. I decided to turn to my favorite DIY projects into a sensational party setting that would wow my guests. 

Invite

Skip the Evite—the best impression for an elegant party is to mail invitations.  Evites give the idea that anyone and everyone is invited and rarely get a prompt response.  A sophisticated dinner party is exclusive. A DIY invite can save you money and look far more impressive to your guests. They'll be intrigued to come see what else you'll have at the party. 

For this recent dinner party, I chose A Midsummer Night's Dream as my theme, but you can go DIY for a backyard BBQ and have just as much fun with your projects. I got crafty and became a DIY Diva with Cricut.com's new electronic cutting machine and their Make It Now projects. It cuts, paper, fabric, vinyl and even leather in minutes, flawlessly.

Music

If you aren’t musically inclined or have the time to make a varied selection then search for DJ mixes online or CD’s that fit the theme of your party from lounge music or soft R&B for dinner and switch it to disco for dessert to keep the mood and energy upbeat. Or get yourself the Camden Square from PolkAudio.com and you can connect up to four iPhones so to share playlists.

Flowers

Buy fresh from your local farmer's market or supermarket the morning of the party OR go DIY and make a stunning centerpiece like we did of paper and fabric flowers. With a few adjustments, I can mix and match different flowers, even mix with fresh for future parties.

Food and Drink

As for food, keep it simple. If you want a sit down dinner minimize the guests to 8-10 and prep the ingredients or portions of the meal ahead of time. Stick to what you know in the meal department. Stay away from complicated recipes and main courses that need constant attention. Don’t hesitate to dole out side dishes to friends and order your favorite dessert from the local bakery.

For more guests set up a buffet and hire someone to pass hot hors d’ouervres, serve dessert and clean up the kitchen. You can usually hire someone through a catering company, cooking school or college program. The point is to get out of the kitchen and enjoy the party.

Stick to wine and either beer or a signature drink for alcohol. Stick to seltzer and ice tea as your non-alcoholic choices. Nothing gets more bogged down that offering too many choices of soda and drinks.  

Seating Arrangements

Mix up where friends usually sit at your table. Create place cards and help establish some new friendships. To break the monotony that can occur with the same old crowd, come up with questions for your guests. Type or write them up ahead of time and place them under the dinner plates, dessert plates or in a bowl so guests are unaware until it’s time to share. You may suddenly learn of a hidden desire, their favorite gift given or received or even a silly fear. 

For the Guests

Don’t let guests leave empty handed.  Write or print up the recipes from that evening’s dinner, roll up and secure with ribbon and tie around a mini bottle of wine or champagne. Or just send them home with something sweet like a mini cupcake.

Photos

Don’t forget to capture the memories. Create your own photo booth. You don’t need to hire anybody. Instead create a backdrop with something as simple as a large sheet. And offer your friends props like simple DIY masks, hats and sunglasses. Take photos on each other’s cellphones and share.

     

DIY

Cricut is looking to get inspired by you!  All my DIY projects were created with the new Cricut Explore.

For 50 days, Cricut is giving away a Cricut a day to creative people who have Made It. Maybe you made a scarf, a four layer cake, paper mache from 2nd grade  - all you have to do is take a photo of the project you've made and share it by hashtagging your photo with  #cricut #imadeit  - your project could win you a Cricut worth $299.  

To win a Cricut, hashtag any project  #cricut #imadeit. Go to cricut.com/imadeit for details. 

Dress 10 Years Younger

The right clothes and accessories can shave years off your look.  As one of the co-hosts of the past show, 10 Years Younger on TLC , I worked with women and men who had forgotten about taking care of themselves. They were busy, stressed, taking care of their kids and needed our help. Part styling, part good 'ole fashion listening to them discuss their lifestyles we were able to create makeovers that boosted their confidence, would translate to their everyday life and helped them look 10 years younger. My recent article as a contributing editor of Closer Weekly honed in on helping you look younger by the fashion choices you make.

WRAP DRESS

     

Banana Republic Gemma Wrap Dress, $98 Banana Republic

Maggy London Printed Faux Wrap Dress, $118 Macy's

Creating the illusion of a waist is key to looking younger. Your secret weapon? A wrap dress. It cinches at, for most women, the thinnest part to make it the focal point of your look.

TAILORED BLAZER

     

Rag & Bone Lorimer Blazer, $470 Shopbop

D & G Black Blazer, $372 Yoox

The best way to battle gravity? With structured pieces like a blazer that nips in the waist — they’ll pull trouble spots back into place. Shapeless silhouettes just look dowdy. 

DARK BOOT-CUT JEANS

The quickest way to age yourself is in roomy, light-wash jeans. Opt for slimming dark hues and a wider hem, which balances widen-ing hips. Fabric with 2 percent spandex has enough stretch to give you a perky posterior. 

LARGE SUNGLASSES

     

Protect and cover up fine line with a pair of big shades like Julia Roberts'.

Elizabeth and James "Essex" Sunglasses, $165 Zappos Couture

Sunglasses do more than just protect your peepers from the sun. Oversize shades hide pesky crow’s-feet. Plus, they make the face look slimmer by comparison! Choose angular frames that enhance bone structure. 

A BRIGHT SHIRT

     

No sallow skin here! Jane Fonda's shimmery aqua top gives her a radiant, youthful glow.

Banana Republic Silk Utility Blouse in Cancun Turquoise, $80 Banana Republic

Dark colors worn close to your face can make fine lines stand out. But a bright hue, like apple-green or turquoise, gives skin a warm, youthful glow. Just be sure to wear neutrals everywhere else. 

A BRA THAT FITS

Boosting your bust can take years off of your look. A right-fitting bra will restore your hourglass by lifting the bust up and away from your middle. Perks of a perky chest? Your torso looks longer and leaner. Get properly fitted for free at any bra store. 

SHORT STATEMENT NECKLACE

J. Crew Stacked Stones Necklace, $160 J. Crew

A chunky necklace is totally on-trend, but it can also camouflage skin problems (like sun damage or a crepey neck). Pieces should sit on your collarbone — anything longer draws eyes down. Stones that catch light warm a complexion. 

TRENDY FLATS

Aching feet beg for sensible shoes, but there’s no frumpy footwear here! This season’s crop of chic flats — in laser-cut fabrics or exotic skins — means you can be comfy and stylish. Look for a sturdy rubber sole. 

ches at your thinnest spot to make it the focal point of your look, 

 

Shorts Style

It's officially shorts weather! There are shorts styles for every occasion from work wear to date night. Time to step beyond the basic t-shirt and cut-offs and embrace the newest way to wear shorts. From shorts suits for the office that bridge the gap between power meetings and casual Fridays to embellished shorts that replace your LBD for cocktail parties to your denim done better for weekends. 

 

These are a few looks I recently styled. Get a similar look with my additional picks below.

 

Get The Look

The POWER Shorts Suit

Catherine Catherine Malandrino 'Phoenix' Jacket, $138 Nordstrom

Catherine Catherine Malandrino 'Taylor' Shorts, $88 Nordstrom

Vince Camuto Sleeveless Top, $69 Bloomingdale's

Seychelles 'Thyme' Wedge, $95 Piperlime

Splurge: Gucci Soho Leather Shoulder Bag, $1,490 Gucci

 

Embellished Shorts For Parties & Date Night

Boohoo Colette All Over Beaded Shorts, $45 Boohoo

Daniel Rainn Silk Easy Tank, $69 Piperlime

Tinely Road Pleated Cami, $54 Piperlime

Mixed Metal Gladiator High Heels, $275 J. Crew

Diane Von Fusternberg Envelope Faceted Stud clutch, $265 Bloomingdale's

 

Weekends Made Better In Denim

Paige Denim 'Jackson' Long Sleeve Denim Romper, $239 Nordstrom

Crystal Mobile Necklace, $145 J. Crew

Perforated Leather Belt, $55 J. Crew

Stuart Weitzman Platform Espadrille Wedge Sandals, $385 Bloomingdale's 

Trendy Spring Accessories 2014

Get the goods for spring! Accessories are the simplest way to update your wardrobe and usually the least expensive. A bright pop of color in your accessories can take a basic dress or even a t-shirt and kick it up a notch! So go get yourself a statement necklace, a bright blue pair of d'orsay heels, a pink clutch and some striped sunglasses. 

 

Watch my segment on Home and Family (Hallmark Channel) to see all the accessories.

So many handbags and sandals to choose from at TJ Maxx and Marshalls. Did you know that TJ Maxx is now online too? It's awesome!

A few of my picks from the site:

     

Nila Anthony bag, $30 TJ Maxx

Nila Anthony bag, $20 TJ Maxx

These sandals, wedges, heels and d'orsay styles are available at Marshalls and TJ Maxx. 

A few of my picks:

     

Charles David Wedge, $60 TJ Maxx

Sebago Thong Sandal, $15 TJ Maxx

Jewelry from brands like Jennifer Lopez, Apt.9 and Simply Vera Vera Wang all available from Kohls.com

My picks:

     

Apt. 9 Gold Tone Necklace, $14.40 Kohl's

Apt. 9 Bead & Cabachon Bibb Necklace, $14.40 Kohl's

Multiple sunglasses from Guess? and hair accessories from Bandtz.com and Shopbando.com

SHOUT! custom cell phone cases and DeBari rhinestone styles from Cellairis

Closer Weekly - Spring Dresses

As a contributing editor for Closer Weekly, I share advice, tips and the latest trends in style and home plus what's trending in entertainment news. Here's my recent piece on spring dresses that are best for your body shape.

 

Country Western Fashion

Looking for a little country western flair or bohemian style addition to your wardrobe?

From jean shorts to breezy dresses in lace or patterns, you can add some cowboy boots or layer a few necklaces and you're ready for multiple music festivals this summer... or just going out with friends. I styled these looks for the famous country music festival - Stagecoach - that happens in California the weekend after Coachella, but you can work these outfits all summer long.

 

Floral Maxi Dress by Free People

Jean Jacket by RL Denim & Supply

Boots by RL Denim & Supply

Dress by Free People

Jewelry by Macy's

Boots by RL Denim & Supply

Camouflage Jacket by RL Denim & Supply

Crochet Top by RL Denim & Supply

Jewelry from Macy's

Jean Shorts by Free People

Lace Top by Free People

Jeans by RL Denim & Supply

Sandals by RL Denim & Supply

Lace Dress by Free People

Jewelry from Macy's

Cowboy Boots by Rampage

Shirt by RL Denim & Supply

Shorts by Free People

Boots by RL Denim & Supply

 

Denim Jacket by RL Denim & Supply

Dress by Zooey Dechanel for Tommy Hilfiger

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