Style Cravings

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 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

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

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

I've always been a big fan of denim shirts. If you walked into my closet you'd see a grouping of at least eight denim shirts from light to dark wash, button-front to henley and even an ASOS shirt with a long tie front for a denim take on being super feminine.  I was already wearing the mix of denims before it came back as a trend two years ago. I don't look like I should be working part-time on a cattle ranch, instead I mix my denim shirts with color blocked A-line skirts, black skinny jeans and patterned pencil skirts. I'm such a fan that I try to make converts of every client and have them add just one good fitted denim shirt to their wardrobe. I believe there are multiple ways to wear them when you strike that perfect combination of feminine and strong. Just look for fabrics that aren't thick so they're easy to tuck into whatever you choose to pair it with.

A few of my favorite denim shirts range from medium wash to dark rinse and fit the body well.

ASOS Denim Shirt in Dark Wash, $47 ASOS

Banana Republic Dark Denim Shirt, $80 Banana Republic

Gap 1969 Floral Denim Shirt, $60 Gap

DONDUP Denim shirts, $136 YOOX

 

Banana Republic Denim Shirt, Medium Wash, $80 Banana Republic

 

I thought it time to share a few of the companies I've come in contact with that are doing good in the world. I wish more time were spent sharing their stories. So here are four of the many I admire.

Boll and Branch

     Missy and Scott Tannen were perplexed when shopping for sheets last year. They couldn't figure out between thread count and price which was the best brand or product to buy. Been there, done that.  But they decided to start their own sheet company and not just any sheet company; one with a mission. The Tannens describe their new line as "linens with a mission": 300-thread-count sheets and cable-knit throws made exclusively from Global Organic Textile Standard-certified organic cotton from fair-trade farms and factories in India. Boll & Branch uses only low-impact, fiber-reactive dyes rather than pigment dyes because they do not contain any known toxins or heavy metals and are considered eco-friendly pigments.

Their sheets are crafted by adults who are paid a fair wage in above-standard work conditions that keep everyone's health and safety in mind. Their products are made ethically by workers who are treated well and are working by choice. Their cotton is 100% GOTS-certified organic which means less impact on the environment, less water used in production, and guaranteed to be safe. Plus, Boll & Branch donates a portion of every sale they make to Not For Sale, which fights modern-day slavery around the world. So these are the sheets I've chosen recently for a good night's sleep.

Karama Gifts

Ali Ly used to watch me on Movie & a Makeover and became a fan so when she moved to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, a growing city in East Africa three years ago and started working with the founder of a nonprofit business called Karama how could I not become of fan of hers. Karama means an "intrinsic gift, needed to be given" in Swahili, and "dignity" in Arabic. Karama was born originally to provide women with skills, jobs with which to use those skills, and a marketplace that would keep African artisans' businesses going, while sharing their stories of social, spiritual, and financial freedom with American customers. Since those humble beginnings, they have grown to sharing the stories of over 500 artisans and their families. I've picked a few of my favorites from the Karama Gifts collection as much for the product as the story behind it. 
 
Teardrop necklace

This teardrop necklace is made by a partner group in the Entoto Mountainside, just outside of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Started by a local church group, this project employs men and women who are HIV-positive. It all began when HIV-infected men and women heard of "healing waters" emerging from the mountains, and so they followed paths up the mountains to wait for this water. These men and women left jobs and homes, and thus started begging and even selling their bodies in order to make a living while waiting for healing to come. As the local church watched, they devised a plan to create a jewelry training program for these men and women to give them employment, and bring them away from the lure of these healing waters, which left them still sick with HIV. Now, Entoto Beth, Karama's partner, employs hundreds of men and women who create jewelry out of coffee beans and recycled artillery and other recycled metals.
 
Journal (kitenge)
 
Neema Crafts, found in the town of Iringa, Tanzania, employs hundreds of men and women, most of them having physical disabilities, and many whom are deaf.  In a society where physical disabilities and deafness are still considered "unacceptable" and render a person "useless," men and women with these difficulties are often abused, abandoned, and neglected. Ali tells me that as you walk through the doors into the Neema center, an incredible spirit of love and acceptance is experienced. The Kitenge journals are measured and cut from Tanzanian fabric (kitenge) by men and women going through training at Neema crafts.
 
Novica
Novica.com (part owned by National Geographic) is an online, fair-trade market place based in Los Angeles. At any given time, NOVICA features more than 30,000 limited edition and one-of-a-kind handmade works of art, ranging from artisan-crafted jewelry to home decor. Launched in 1999, to date NOVICA has helped change the lives of 75,000 people in developing nations, including artisans and their dependents, uniquely helping each artisan earn personal recognition and real-world prices for their work. 
Couldn't resist this incredible photograph of the Melasti Ceremony in Bali. According to Hindu traditions in Indonesia, the Melasti ceremony serves to purify Bhuana Alit (small world) and Bhuana Agung (universe) during the Balinese New Year. 
 
One Hope Wine
 
Their motto - Indulge. Do Good. #WineNot
I've written about them before and even shared their story on TV, but in case you haven't heard, One Hope Wine funds multiple causes with half of their profits. Yup, 50% of sales from their wines go to fund organizations working to find forever homes for pets, fight breast cancer, end childhood hunger, support our troops, help children with autism and more. So whether you like a pinot or a merlot, they have good taste in helping others.
 
     
Do you LOVE your pets like I do? So do they. That’s why ONEHOPE’s Pinot Noir helps animals across the country to find their forever home. Inside this box you’ll find a treat for you (the wine!) and some treats that your furry friend will love. Pinot for Paws, $49 includes a bottle of pinot noir, dog treats, rawhide, rope toy and a $10 gift card.
What’s better than a glass of wine? A glass of wine and a cookie! Enjoy Cookies & Corks’ gourmet cookies - specifically paired to complement our ONEHOPE Cabernet Sauvignon that helps provide ABA behavioral therapy for a child with Autism. Cookies & Cab, $49 includes cabernet sauvignon, a jar of cookies and a $10 gift card.
 
 
 
 

Ok, so I know I usually share my favorites based around a theme each Friday, but today I'm feeling a little "all over the place." I fell for multiple items that didn't necessarily have anything to do with one another other than they're fabulous. I'm just going with this mix because I'm trying to get this day started and take charge. Perhaps I'm still reeling from getting hit hard three times with balls while playing tennis last night. Or the fact that after playing tennis, while backing up my car to say goodbye to girlfriends, I hit a small sign with the side of my car. Thankfully the paint can be buffed out. Obviously, that put a little "dent" in my mood since my husband asked me three times if I was ok while we were watching TV and then I nodded off watching @Midnight. If you haven't tuned into @Midnight yet, please do, it's hilarious! Don't let my note about falling asleep deter you. I just can't seem to stay awake past 10:30 anymore. I will be soooo glad when daylight savings happens.

Babbling complete, now onto my picks.

 Here's my Friday Favorites this week. Enjoy and let me know if you like them too!

This lightweight striped coat was made for weekends. My weekends, at least.

ASOS Coat in Light Weight Stripe, $130 ASOS

I get the stylish skirt for meetings, but the comfort that will last me well into a late Friday date night or even a movie night on the couch.

ASOS Midi Skirt in Soft Touch, $65 ASOS

This gets me daydreaming about water, boats, and island hopping. I need to plan my next vacation.

ASOS Stripe Belted Swimsuit, $56 ASOS

This little box bag is so minty fresh, I want to brush my teeth.

ASOS Satchel Bag With Scallop Bar Detail, $56 ASOS

This bracelet is my homage to a warrior princess.

Stella & Dot Renegade Cluster Bracelet, $59 Stella & Dot

Can we all agree this beret is SUPER cute! I wish I could find a way to wear this.

Lovely Cat Ear Beret, $30 Oasap

I FINALLY accomplished putting fake lashes on all by myself and now I want to have a drawer full of them. The #301's are perfect for a look that's not over-the-top. My tip: Get the grey or black adhesive rather than the white glue.

I recently saw the trailers for the movies 300 and Pompeii. Uh, seriously, I'd like the budget to have a trainer get me that buff. But instead, I'll take flight in these gladiator sandals.

      

Ardell Accent Lashes, Black #301, $3.50 Drugstore

Zigi Soho Toybox Gladiator Sandal, $100 DSW

 

These oxfords make me think of tap dancing, Vegas and the famous "Rat Pack." Brogues and oxfords are my go-to shoes for running errands and meeting my styling clients so a little sparkle wouldn't hurt. Turn up the music and I'd probably do a little dance as well.

And it seems Tom Ford can do no wrong. This color is perfect for a subtle touch of glamour.

       

Goldust Kiltie Oxfords by Croon, $228 Anthropologie

Nail Lacquer, Sugar Dune - Tom Ford Beauty, $32 Neiman Marcus

 Red is bold. Red is sexy. Red is powerful. Red clothing gets attention. So it's time you make friends with red in your wardrobe and stop leaving all the fun to Valentine's Day or the lingerie you wear for 30 seconds in the bedroom.

A red lace dress can help flirt for you when you can't find the right words. A red skirt can inspire you to spin on the dance floor. A red pair of heels can motivate you to tell your boss your vision for the department. Seeing your ex at the same party? A red dress or pumps will help boost your confidence and give you strength to just walk past him with barely a glance in his direction.

Go Red!

These would be the last item I'd put on when headed out the door and likely the last item left on at the end of the night. You get it, these shoes are hot!

Red Suede Rosario Pumps by Bionda Castana, $560 Avenue32

I'd dominate the dance floor in this skirt and expect my husband to spin and dip me endlessly.

ASOS Full Midi Skirt In Scuba With Pockets, $65 ASOS

This top is just the right mix of daring and flirtatious.

Nina Ricci Lace Shell Red Tango, $290 Nordstrom

Red dresses for multiple occasions.

    

RED Valentino Ruffle Hem Knit Dress, $695 Nordstrom

Adrianna Papell Lace Sheath Dress, $158 Nordstrom

Wear to a wedding? Sure.

    

Rubied Dusk Dress by Rina DakaSide, $298 Anthropologie

For the boardroom and the party invite.

    

Manolo Blahnik 'BB' Pointy Toe Pump Cherry Red, $595 Nordstrom

Jeffrey Campbell 'Barnes' Bootie Womens Red Suede, $200 Nordstrom

I'll wear my heart on my sleeve if it looks this cute. And guaranteed, I'd wear this more often than just Valentine's Day. Love needs more attention in our clothes all year long.

Red White Striped Heart Elbow Patch Sweater, $29 SheInside

For a bit of whimsy, I'd put on my Tom Ford red lipstick and carry this around all evening at a party. I'd leave smooch marks on all my friend's cheek.

Charlotte Olympia Kiss Me Lips Zip Pouch, $495 Bergdorf Goodman

 

 

 

The Peter Pilotto collection for Target is all about bright colors, patterns and ultra-chic mixing-and-matching. The collection is incredibly fresh, featuring two color stories, including cool blues/greens and warm reds/oranges, with versatile pieces. Go bold and your guaranteed to smile when you wear one of these outfits.

Let your clothes and accessories roar! Leopard print never goes out of style. Just wear one piece for impact in your wardrobe whether it's a silk dress, a coat, the perfect heels or that slim clutch to carry your kissable red lipstick. You'll walk strong, confident and everybody will know not to mess with you!

 

    

Leopard-print silk-chiffon dress by Giambattista Valli, $833 The Outnet

Leopard-print faille coat by RED Valentino, $425 The Outnet

   

Wild Thing Bomber Jacket by Forever 21, $14 Forever 21

A.L.C. EXCLUSIVE Leopard Longsleeve Knit Dress, $578 Intermix

    

BCBG Paris Jaze Leopard d'Orsay Pump, $70 BCBG

Club Monaco Jane Mayle Coco Bag, $199 Club Monaco

    

Leopard-print calf hair ankle boots by Miu Miu, $495 Net-a-Porter

Leopard chenille-jacquard slippers by Stella McCartney, $216 Net-a-Porter

Clare Vivier Flat Clutch Supreme,$195 Piperlime

Amore leopard print leather bootie by Jimmy Choo, $875 Shop Savannahs

  

 

 

               

 

 

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