Style Cravings

Some of my besties are the girls I met in college and when I'm back in NYC I sack out on their couches (thank you Haley and Marne) because that's what we girls do for eachother - offer some space. College for me was freeing! I was on my own and while I had the responsibilites of classes, work and extra activities I embraced all of it. Sure there were boyfriends, my first love, access to bars with my fake ID, and plenty of Ramen noodles and the DRAMA of a dorm or apartment full of people your own age all away from home, but there were also some cool teachers, some quirky and talented roommates (Amy, you were my favorite) and the chance to, as corny as it sounds, "spread my wings" and enjoy.  If I ever time traveled, I'd surely spruce up my dorm room space with these essentials.

Sleep Well

     

By the time a college student reaches senior year they may have become smart enough to schedule no class earlier than noon. Having a comfortable bed certainly makes it worth figuring it out.

Kate Spade Bedding and Accessories from Bed, Bath and Beyond

Hit The Books

     

When it's time to actually start studying and typing your first paper then you'll need a place to get down to business. The desk is sleek and inexpensive and the chair is colorful enough to keep you awake. Black Hairpin Desk, $100 World Market and Pagoda Blue Evie Chair, $140 World Market

Carry All and Carry On

 

     

Everyone totes a water bottle these days so why not make it a stylish one that keeps drinks cold for 24 hours or hot for 12 hours. You know a college student will be drinking plenty of coffee with late night studying and probably should be drinking more water so give them a bottle that's attractive while they drink. You can buy this bottle by S'well for $35 at Joyus.com. It's my new fave. I own two from the LOVE collection (it also comes in a solid shimmering mint color) and it's probably a smart idea for a college student to have two too. One for the dorm room and one to tote in her backpack, which by the way is now considered a huge trend.  A backpack is NOW the new trend?! When did it ever go out of trend? For college students and just about any student it's always been a must have. Perhaps we "adults" going to jobs have realized yet again how handy they are to carry work out clothes, sneakers, iPads, cameras, well, just about anything. Oh yeah, and this one is the perfect combo of slouchy and stylish to practical and versatile. And it's in black so why wouldn't you get it? Sondra Roberts Nappa Backpack is $88 and is exclusively available at Joyus.com because they get some cool exclusives.

 

    

Let's just face facts, many of us drink coffee. I started years after college thanks to European travel and a farmer in Costa Rica who grew his own beans. For students or someone looking for a stylish look to their morning brew there are these colorful options. Keurig 2.0 K25 Coffee Brewer, $119 at Bed, Bath and Beyond and Geometric Holland Park Porcelain Mugs, set of 2 $14 at World Market

Snack Attack

     

It always helps to have snacks. I'm partial to KIND snacks and particularly the Almond & Coconut and the Dark Chocolate and Sea Sealt bars. Keep one in your backapck and keep a stash on your desk and don't get mad when your roommate helps herself, in fact you should offer her a bar once in a while. Think of it as early preparation to being a good host. Erin Condren creates acrylic boxes plus just about all your stylish needs for taking notes and keeping organized.

     

Add hot water. Stir. Eat. It's easier than Psych 101 and faster than walking to the commissary. I'm surprised Ramen noodles don't get their own chapter in a college handbook. Now you can elevate the look of your cheap meal with a stylish bowl and chopstick set for $12 from World Market and pick up plenty of packs of Ramen for $4-6 from World Market too. I get lost in the food aisles of World Market with their retro mix of candy and European snacks and chocolate.

Get The Tech

     

Whether you're listening to music while studying at the library or watching Netflix in your dorm room, quality headphones are a college staple. And sometimes you just don't want to hear your roommate chat with her boyfriend and say that inevitable line at one point, "No, you hang up" and then he says it and then she says it back, etc. etc. etc. Bluetooth and Wireless headphones from Urban Ears, $99

Of course, all your devices need time to juice up. So get a multifunctional piece that gives you some light. Functional Tablet Organizer Desk Lamp, $20 from Bed, Bath and Beyond

 

 

The Best Gifts to Give for Wedded Bliss

Picture it... Your friend in a beautiful white gown, her groom looking dapper in a tuxedo, people crying and balling up tissues in their hands while vows are exchanged. Champagne flutes clink, cakes is consumed and the dance floor gets busy. You hug your newly married friends as they talk excitedly about the honeymoon. When they get back they'll eventually write a thank you note for that gift you gave them. So what will they write you?  Thanks for the pots and pans or the silly pot holders and towels they registered for? Why not give them a unique gift that they won't forget. These are the gifts that symbolize their love and marriage, they'll use to entertain guests and savor their time together.

Let Love Bloom

     

Kate Spade 'Pearl Place' Vase, $75  Bed, Bath and Beyond

Waterford 'Diamond' Vases, $135-250 Bed, Bath and Beyond

Ok, so a vase doesn't sound like an unique gift, but it's the additional step you take that makes it so memorable. Most people stop at the elegant vase, but go the extra step and set up bouquets to arrive a few times over the first year of marriage. Now your vase is awesome!

     

With names like "Wild About", "That's Hot" and "Darling" and "Devotion" you can brighten up their week by setting up bouquets to arrive at their door several times over the year. What better arrangement for the vase you bought them. $40-60, The Bouqs

Always Find Time For Eachother

Jord Wood Watches, $120-295 Wood Watches

For men, a watch may be the only piece of jewelry he wears, for women – we see them as a statement piece and add other jewelry around it. And while we may check our iPhones regularly, watches have made a strong comeback for their style and aesthetic. Sure the couple exchanged wedding rings, but you can give them an accessory that symbolizes never taking their "time" together for granted. These wood watches are not only conversation pieces, but unlike metal or other surfaces that get dinged and scratched over time, these wood watches develop a rich natural patina over time.  The company's name sounds Swedish, but they're not. They just love the Swedish way of life: progressive, creative, modern, without stepping all over the environment in the process.  JORD is a Swedish word with multiple meanings, but it stands for: earth, soil, land. The brand said it was a good fit for what they wanted to evoke in their designs and company – an appreciation for nature and natural materials. So besides the ring the couple shares, they'll know they share a watch with symbolism as well. Personally, I found it hard to choose just one as a favorite. I love the minimlist styles with a circle face in both the dark wood and the light wood and switch it up depending on my outfit.

   Remember Where It Started

     

Real Foil Art Prints, $96-106 Minted

Such a simple artistic gift that can hang in plain sight for years. Commemorate where the couple came from, where they live or where they got engaged or hitched. 

Keep Celebrating And Toast To Good Times

     

Three Nights Wine Box, $130 Uncommon Goods

Anniversary Wine Box, $130-180 Uncommon Goods

The toast-worthy moments dont; stop just because they tied the knot. Customize a box for the couple and fill it with the some of their favorite wines for future celebrations whether it be the everyday or the extraordinary.

Add A Little Mystery Into The Mix

Aphrodisia Love Potion Cocktail Kit $42, Uncommon Goods

Lovers have looked to nature for help in producing a potion that could spark a spontaneous, amorous attraction. Well, your friends already nabbed the ring so say it's about keeping love strong. Follow the simple instructions to infuse your favorite neutral spirit with rose hips, elder flowers, paradise seeds, and raw honey for a potion that's potent on its own, or as a secret ingredient in cocktails. Be sure to add in some of their favorite liquors to blend with their potions.

Grow Together

     

Mickey Hargitay Plants in Hollywood, Mickeysplants.com

Planting a tree to celebrate a marriage is an ancient tradition that is shared by numerous cultures around the world. It's a novel twist to symbolize their newly intertwined lives.

These trees symbolize:

Olive tree - health and well-being and a symbol of peace

Orange - generosity and welcome invitation

Get Back to Basics

     

Vintage and Vine Slate Cheese Board, $20 Bed, Bath and Beyond

Arthur Court Designs 3-Piece Antler Marble Cheese Board, $49 Bed, Bath and Beyond

These boards are just the start of the gift. Wait until they're back from the honeymoon and settled into daily life and give them one of the cheese boards PLUS some fancy cheeses, crackers, fig jam, proscuitto and a baquette for a picnic dinner. A reminder that the simple things in life can be good.

The statement necklace is taking a backseat to the newest statement maker for summer - the KIMONO! 

Put thoughts of Coachella and music festivals aside and start making the kimono part of your everyday wardrobe. We can't all be as cool as Stevie Nicks circa 1970, but it's an easy way to express our carefree spirit. Whether you choose long or waist skimming, fringe, lace or dip dye treat it as a far more cooler cardigan. Wear it with a jumpsuit to a party - a two trends in one look or pair it with your tank top and jeans when you want to look stylish without putting in much effort for drinks with your girlfriends.  One of my faves - fringed long or short versions. Be experimental, a kimono can totally transform a look even as simple as a button down shirt and shorts.

Watch the video I made on wearing some of my favortie kimonos:

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Heartloom Kimono, $119 Joyus.com

Heartloom 'Daisy' Wrap Kimono, $128 Joyus.com

 

     

Multicolor Print Tassel Fringe Kimono by Roffe Accessories, $33 Nordstrom Rack

Black and White Fringed Swim Suit Kimono Cover-up, $28 Nordstrom

     

ASOS Dark Red Fringed Kimono, $83 ASOS

Free People 'Salt Spray' Dip Dye Kimono, $53 Free People

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

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