Style Cravings

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

  

 

 

               

 

 

Black heels are the must-have classic staple in a gal's wardrobe. That's probably not news to you. You probably own a few pairs already, just like so many of us own several pairs of black pants. And while I always tell the clients I style that you need to mix in a neutral color heel, a metallic and a bright pop of color in your shoe wardrobe, the classic black heel lifts you up and always succeeds in looking chic, powerful and a little sexy. Here are my Friday Favorites for the must-have black heel so get yourself a new pair to strut your stuff.

 

A platform to help balance the height you'll be scaling in these Jimmy Choos.

Cosmic Black Suede Platform Pumps Jimmy Choo, $695 Jimmy Choo

 

Classic and the suede works all year in a black heel.

Kate Spade New York - Licorice (Black Suede), $298 Zappos

A little shine from Mr. Blahnik.

Manolo Blahnik 'BB' Pointy Toe Pump Black Patent Heels, $595 Nordstrom

 

A sweet bow to add a flirty appeal.

Elisa suede bow pump, $60 Sole Society

 

A higher back.

Jessica Simpson Cambredge - Black Suede, $90 Heels

 

Strapped in with a little gold ankle bracelet.

Ivanka Trump Fresh Black Suede Heels, $140 Heels

 

The heel-mule debate from Alexander Wang.

Alexander Wang Dina Nubuck Slip-On, $385 Neiman Marcus

 
Fun Fashion Makeover and Reinvention
Your closet's calling me and it has A LOT to say. Those black pants and skinny jeans are crying for a much needed break and that dress you bought on sale says it's lonely and unworn. Time to reinvent your wardrobe, experiment with what you own and find multiple ways to wear one piece. I help women "shop" the rack in their own closet to cook up some new looks with just one new addition in the "Style Dish" fashion makeover series.
 
And Now In:
Style Dish - Episode 3 - Alison & Kimberly:
Meet Kimberly, simply said she's beautiful inside and out. She was in the Peace Corps and now works for Step Up Women's Network where I'm a Luminary Circle member. Kimberly needed my help mixing conservative pieces with her trendy purchases. She admitted she was choosing the same items over and over again in her closet. Since I am your Style Chef, check out how I took one key "ingredient"- a sleeveless printed a-line dress by Bar III available at Macy's and styled it three ways in Kimberly's wardrobe. And on a charitable note, we love to encourage other cool women to join us, so please take a moment and click on SUWN.org to learn how to help teen girls become confident, college-bound and career ready and network with genuinely lovely professional women in LA, NYC and Chicago.
 

Bar III sleeveless printed a-line dress, Macy's

Theory belt and H & M blue blouse

J. Crew vest, Tory Burch belt, Vince cable knit cashmere sweater

H & M navy and black blazer

My fashion philosophy is that every item you own should be working triple-duty in your wardrobe. Every piece has a purpose and at least three ways to wear it.  In each episode, I visit a new woman struggling with her style. I'll walk through her wardrobe, find out what she's got going on and what simply has to GO, and then bring her guest back to the Style Studio.  With just one new ingredient -- a dress, a top or the perfect skirt -- I "cook" up three different outfits, mixing the new item with pieces pulled from our guest's very own closet!

I show how to inventively mix-and-match pieces, how to wear it for work AND the weekend, and how to mix up black-tie or first date, cocktail party or concert. I'm serving up style here, boosting women's confidence and teaching them to be more inventive, creative and experimental with their wardrobe.

Fashion is Fun!
 
Time to reinvent your wardrobe, experiment with what you own and find multiple ways to wear one piece. You try on clothes in a department store, so think of your closet like one. Start "shopping" the rack, shelves and drawers in your own closet to cook up some new looks.
 
And Now In:
Style Dish - Episode 2 - Alison & Alissa:
Meet Alissa, she's a cool girl who works for Step Up Women's Network where I'm a Luminary Circle member. At SUWN, we help and mentor teenage girls to become confident, college-bound and career-ready. Alissa was already quite stylish, but she wanted some help with being more experimental with her fashion picks rather than make "safe" choices. Since I am your Style Chef, check out how I take one key "ingredient"- a chartreuse zipper moto jacket from RACHEL Rachel Roy available at Macy's and style it three ways in Alissa's wardrobe. (And we love to encourage other cool women to join us, so please take a moment and click on SUWN.org to learn how to help teen girls and network with genuinely lovely professional women in LA, NYC and Chicago.)
 

RACHEL Rachel Roy zipper moto jacket, $70 Macy's

Lace shorts give a break between stripes on top and bottom.

I added an animal print skinny belt for a subtle edge to the look. White jeans are the perfect neutral to help other colors pop!

My fashion philosophy is that every item you own should be working triple-duty - every piece has a purpose and at least three ways to wear it.  In each episode, I visit a new woman struggling with her style. I'll walk through her wardrobe, find out what she's got going on and what simply has to GO, and then bring her guest back to the Style Studio.  With just one new ingredient -- a dress, a top or the right pair of jeans -- I "cook" up three different outfits, mixing the new item with pieces pulled from our guest's very own closet!

I show how to inventively mix-and-match pieces, how to wear it for work AND the weekend, and how to mix up black-tie or first date, cocktail party or concert. I'm serving up style here, boosting women's confidence and teaching them to be more inventive, creative and experimental with their wardrobe.
 
 
 
 
My fashion philosophy is that every item you own should be working triple-duty - every piece has a purpose and at least three ways to wear it.  In each episode, I visit a new woman struggling with her style. I'll walk through her wardrobe, find out what she's got going on and what simply has to GO, and then bring her guest back to the Style Studio.  With just one new ingredient -- a dress, a top or the right pair of jeans -- I "cook" up three different outfits, mixing the new item with pieces pulled from our guest's very own closet!

I show how to inventively mix-and-match pieces, how to wear it for work AND the weekend, and how to mix up black-tie or first date, cocktail party or concert. I'm serving up style here, boosting women's confidence and teaching them to be more inventive, creative and experimental with their wardrobe. - See more at: http://www.alisondeyette.com/#sthash.PGWHwsMF.dpuf

Style Dish - Episode 1 - Alison & Val

Admit it, you stand in front of the clothes in your closet and claim you have nothing to wear; but in reality your wardrobe is packed full of impulsive choices, frustrating outfits and dresses that still have the tags on them.  What's that? You try to branch out? But then you gravitate back to the same items and styles you've been wearing day in and day out, and the rest of your wardrobe hangs unworn and unwanted. Check out how I style a fringe cardigan for Val's wardrobe in three different ways... from chic to a little more edgy!

Just like the Top Chefs that can make something delicious with a few items you have in the pantry, I am your Style Chef Du Jour. With Val, an amazing makeup artist in our first episode, I dish up the fashion, cook up some great new looks with what she's got in her closet and add that one key ingredient that will make her wardrobe sizzle!!

INC International Concepts Long Sleeve Fringe Cardigan, $32 Macy's

Carmen Steffens heels


Boohoo.com pants
 
My fashion philosophy is that every item you own should be working triple-duty - every piece has a purpose and at least three ways to wear it.  In each episode, I visit a new woman struggling with her style. I'll walk through her wardrobe, find out what she's got going on and what simply has to GO, and then bring her guest back to the Style Studio.  With just one new ingredient -- a dress, a top or the right pair of jeans -- I "cook" up three different outfits, mixing the new item with pieces pulled from our guest's very own closet!

I show how to inventively mix-and-match pieces, how to wear it for work AND the weekend, and how to mix up black-tie or first date, cocktail party or concert. I'm serving up style here, boosting women's confidence and teaching them to be more inventive, creative and experimental with their wardrobe.

 

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