Style Cravings

Floral fashions are in bloom every time the weather turns warm and sunny. This year I'm skipping floral fit-and-flare dresses that looked plucked from my mom's garden and instead choosing from a range of wardrobe separates with prints inspired from the jungle to Bali to palm fronds from Cali.

It's time to mix it up and wear a cropped top with culottes, a dense printed skirt with a striped top and pair the floral heels with boyfriend jeans and a crisp white shirt. 

Pair this top with white jeans or dark denim culottes or add a camisole underneath and a tuck it into a high waisted pencil skirt.

Croppped Silk Popover in Tropical Fern, $98 J. Crew

Perfect dress for your friend's summer wedding. 

Eliza J Floral Print Pleat Maxi Dress, $158 Nordstrom

Pair this dress with stripes up top to make a style statement. Hesitating? Then keep it simple with a navy v-neck or white top. 

Collection Faux Wrap Skirt In Jungle Print, $228 J. Crew

These work with your skinny jeans. With your cuffed boyfriend jeans. With your knock-out, oh so hot red dress. With your A-line striped or solid midi skirt. With your white sheath dress. Endless options.

Manolo Blahnik 'BB' Floral Print Pump, $695 Nordstrom

This is that simple top that kicks your standard tee to the curb. The top that works both dressy and casual and you'll keep reaching for it all summer long.

Amanda Uprichard Cami Top in Bali Flower Print, $158 Bloomingdale's

 

I love dresses!! I've devoted half of my closet to dresses and many of them are wrap styles and shirtdresses. I stopped counting at 18 the number of shirtdresses hanging in my closet from sleeveless to short sleeve to long sleeve. So why does the oft-overlooked shirtdress get a big play in my wardrobe? It's stylish simplicity. The dress is effortless and gives me more options than a wrap dress when accessorizing. Recently, while styling a client for her upcoming vacation I came across a simple, intensely colored blue shirtdress from Maggy London. It didn't fit my client so before returning it I tried it on and, well readers, I fell for it. I've worn it three times so far and all three times I've gotten compliments. I even scoured the internet looking for it in other colors, but alas, no luck. So I shopped for other options that fit for work, parties and plenty of play time.

Here are two of my favorites:

     

 

     

Kate Spade 'Tobin' Shirtdress, $321 Nordstrom

Because white in the summer time is a requirement.

Banana Republic Drapey Shirtdress, $110 Banana Republic

This is the ultimate date night dress. Or for you single girls, the dress you wear when you know that attractive guy will be at your friend's birthday party.

     

IRO 'Oceane' Print Silk Shirtdress, $577 Nordstrom

I aspire to be hip enough to wear this "I'm so cool, I don't care" kind of shirtdress.

Milly Printed Silk Organza Shirtdress, $525 Net-A-Porter

Wedding attire now answered with this dress. 

     

Diane Von Furstenberg 'Scarlet' Mixed Print Cotton Shirtdress, $398 Nordstrom

This rarely goes off duty when it can be worn to work, parties and even just cocktails outside at your favorite cafe.

Band Of Outsiders Sleeveless Striped Shirtdress, $475 Nordstrom

This one is going with me on vacation. Enough said.

     

A.P.C. 'Riviera' Printed Crepe Shirtdress, $485 Net-A-Porter

This printed shirtdress was made to live in on weekends with your favorite wedge sandals or just your flip-flops. On Monday for work add a fitted blazer.

RED Valentino Taffeta Fit & Flare Shirtdress, $695 Nordstrom

Don't be buttoned up in this look. Wear this for work with sandals and when you pull it out for the party add a thin belt at the waist, strappy heels, and a chunky cocktail ring. 

 

 

 

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.

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.

Marsala styles     Marsala colored dress    

Sweater from Burlington Stores and faux leather leggins from Cache. Leather handbag from H & M.

Dress by Eva Mendes for NY and Company and Kate Spade mini bag.

marsala colored fashion

Sweater available at Burlington Stores and pencil skirt BCBG Max Azria

Eyecessorize

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.

marsala colored shoes

Plenty of steps you can take in the color of the year.

Marsala hued boots, heels and sneakers from LaTigo Footwear, Vans and Kate Spade Saturday

burgundy colored handbags     wine colored tights

Handbags from H & M and Kate Spade

Tights and boot socks from No Nonsense

intimates

Sometimes it's what's underneath that speaks the trends.

Bras and matching panties from Curvy Couture

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

Spin some tunes or listen in style.  Crosley turntables available at Kohls and Hayneedle.

Frends Headphones at ShopBop or in Beats by Dre in Ear Headphones at Target

Bold bling at a small price from bombshell Eva Mendes' collection with NY and Company

 

Burgundy -  red's darker sister, exudes power and understated stength.
This sultry and rich color will give you a sophisticated look all season long. If you're not ready for a full length look then invest in a pair of heels, booties or flats to give your look some warmth. And please, don't be dull and settle for sharing the spotlight with black or white. Instead wear burgundy with navy, olive, grey or camel.

Here's my latest article for Closer Weekly with more helpful style suggestions.

 

The Kooples Belted Silk Print Dress, $345 Nordstrom

I've always liked the look of jumpsuits. I know they're a pain when you need to use the loo, but this can be styled multiple ways. You know I love triple duty fashion so while it looks glam on it's own, get the value of this piece by additionally wearing it with a leather jacket or an oversized cashmere sweater on top or layer a print top underneath. 

Rebecca Minkoff 'Brau' Crepe Jumpsuit, $239 Nordstrom

Kut From The Kloth Baby Bootcut Jeans, $69.50 Nordstrom

Since there are plenty of you who shy away from burgundy clothing, shoes are the simplest solution for adding the color to your wardrobe.

     

Stuart Weitzman 'Pipe Nouveau', $440 Piperlime

Sam Edelman 'Delilah' Suede D'Orsay Pumps, $110 Nordstrom

     

Joie 'Lina" Suede Ankle Booties, $355 Saks Fifth Avenue

10 Crosby Derek Lam 'Avery" Flats, $295 Piperlime

 

I love a great sale and this one from Shopbop only lasts until midnight on October 16th. Here's my top picks to help with your virtual shopping during the Shopbop Friends & Family sale. Just enter the code Family25 at checkout to receive 25% off site wide. 

I use this sales event to scoop up some stylish items that most likely never go on sale. My top contenders:

Because I can never have enough Diane Von Furstenberg.

Because sometimes a girl likes it to be all about the shoes!

Because I never want to wear basic black. This skirt has the details that stand out.

Because this necklace will make anything look better. T-shirt, you'll be instantly glamorous with this piece.

 

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