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.
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
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
Time to dress to impress in the four latest styles that are a must for your spring wardrobe. I love dresses! When you're having one of those "what do I wear?" moments, choose a dress. Dresses are so simple to figure out in your wardrobe and barely require a thought, just slip one on and add heels or sandals.
Midi Dress with Nipped Waist
ASOS Midi Dress In Animal Print, $35 ASOS
ASOS Skater Dress In Check Print, $105 ASOS
Hitting just past the knee the midi dress is sweet and demure. Look for a style that defines the waist and for this season a print means the need for fewer accessories.
Gemma Chevron Print Wrap Dress, $90 Banana Republic
Diane von Furstenberg Wrap Dress - Faith Silk, $207 Bloomingdale's
Another waist defining style with a flattering v-neck is the wrap style.
Michael Stars Exclusive Stripe Halter Maxi Dress, $97 Piperlime
Diane Von Furstenberg Long Two-tone Patterned Maxi Dress, $311 Yoox
Long, flowy and comfortable, the maxi dress can be weekend wear or party wear.
ASOS Swing Dress With Floral Border Print, $42 ASOS
The swing dress can easily transition between totally casual with flip-flops to a cocktail party when you add heels. For the buff color dress from Haute Hippie add a colorful necklace or cuff bracelet.
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.
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.
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.
Prom season is upon us! Dresses, hair and makeup, heels and the limo are on the agenda.
I attended two proms and didn't learn my lesson from one year to the next that I should have foregone the strapless. I didn't have the boobs or the right bra to hold up the dresses. Thankfully, no camera phones to capture my nip slip on the dance floor. Back then you wore Jessica McClintock, but now while wearing a poufy dress may be the dream for some girls a little black dress, faux Herve Leger sheath or even a sequin top and pencil skirt work just as well.
For my first prom, I lay on my bedroom floor under a sun lamp trying to get a tan and for the second I visited a tanning bed. I know, I know, tanning beds and sun lamps are evil, but I was a teen desperate for a sunny glow. Neither worked. I used too much Sun-In on my hair and was left with an orangey tint rather than the bottle's promise of golden blonde tresses and I used hair spray like an addict. And as I look back I must admit, my parents had to have been cool or foolish since I took the SAT's the morning after attending my first prom as a junior. Perhaps they felt safe knowing I could always re-take them. After nodding off during the first test, that's exactly what I did a few months later for a higher score.
If I were to time travel back to my high school prom, I would make different dress and hairstyle choices, but most importantly, I'd have the confidence I possess now which ultimately makes all the difference.
Dresses featured: Speechless, City Triangles, and B. Smart from JC Penney and Kohl's, and LittleBorrowedDress.com. The hair and makeup were provided by the amazing talent at The Private Room in Beverly Hills.
As a Luminary Circle member of Step Up, each year I help some of the teens we mentor get ready for their prom. This year, I helped Maria and Lesley from Gertz-Ressler High School and gave them a chance to show off their looks on Fox's Good Day LA. Step Up is a nonprofit organization that mentors high school girls from under-resourced communities to empower them to become confident, college-bound and career-focused. For four straight years, 100% of Step Up seniors have graduated high school & been accepted to college. Yeah, it's awesome! Visit SUWN.org and meet other cool women in the organization and join our awesomeness.
Here are choices I'd make today for prom:
It's sweet and I could guarantee it would stay in place. A-Line Princess Sweetheart Floor-Length Floral Gown, $245 Lightinthebox
Jacqueline Dress by Coren Moore, $80 BHLDN
Unique Vintage Garden State Dress, $102 Zappos
Aidan Mattox Dress - Double V Neck Sequin, $365 Bloomingdale's
Adrianna Papell Beaded Chiffon Blouson Dress, $355 Nordstrom
Dalia MacPhee yellow lace dress, Neiman Marcus
Get Savvy About Style
Let’s face it...sometimes you could use a little "oomph" in your style. A new way of looking at your wardrobe, a simple set of what works and what doesn't when wearing your clothes that aren’t about trends and a short checklist to help you when you go shopping. I understand! As a stylist, I share tips and tricks about style on a regular basis with clients and friends. Whether it’s getting a celebrity ready for the red carpet, helping a woman add some new pieces for Spring, getting a gal ready for her wedding or just helping a friend or client choose the perfect bra to wear with a party dress - yes, that happens! Because I know when I'm rocking the right outfit head-to-toe, I can't stop smiling. I believe every woman deserves to look and feel good in her clothes, so read on for my favorite tips and tricks to help you feel confident.
I'd love to hear from you, so please tell me #SimplyTheOne tip or trick that has worked for you.
First things first. Before I have a client try on new clothes, I start by ensuring that she has the right foundation in place that will make her look and feel better in her clothes. The perfect foundation begins with finding a bra that fits. So, I always check out her intimates first. I’m not being naughty; I just know that the right-fitting bra can help a women appear taller and slimmer and her clothes will look better on her. I’ve seen first-hand the remarkable effect the right bra can have on a woman. Every gal needs a bra wardrobe that includes the t-shirt bra, the bra that works under sheer clothing, the bra that can help lift, support and smooth your body and, most importantly, they should all be comfortable & stylish. I recently found THE bra that covers that entire checklist from Barely There; it's their new Simply The One bra. Simply The One is the bra you'll turn to almost every day of the week because of its support, comfort and great variety of neutral colors that you can stock up on.
My top tips for your bras and intimates:
Never underestimate the powerful confidence of a super set of skivvies.
Your underthings shouldn’t be a distraction. You want a bra that stays in place, gives you support, doesn’t ride up or poke you. Barely There's Simply The One bras will get you dressed for every day of the week and every event. The Simply The One bra has the perfect combination of neutral colors to keep you feeling pretty and enhance how your clothes look and fit your body. It has Comfortwire technology, which means the wire is on the OUTSIDE so you don't feel it on the inside. It's made from one piece of soft fabric so you'll get a seamless comfort. Plus, Barely There has included one of my favorite features, convertible straps, which makes Simply The One the most versatile bra in my drawer. The convertible straps make it easy to wear with almost every outfit, whether it's a racer-back tank, halter dress or one shoulder style top. Simply The One is available instore at your local Kohl's or online at Kohls.com for $38.
Bra shopping is like shopping for swimwear or jeans—you have to try them on to the find the right flattering fit. You know this, but I'm telling you again, your breast size changes due to weight fluctuation, babies, workout routine and more. Go get ’em sized!
Bulges on your sides and back never look good. You may be wearing the right size bra, but the wrong style. This can happen even when you’re not overweight. So look for bras with a wider flat band, which will offer a smoothing effect. If I didn't have on the right bra, like Barely There's Simply The One, you'd see every line or small bulge through this dress, but thanks to its one-piece technology for truly seamless wearing and light foam cups which help shape and support this dress looks smooth.
Cold weather, air-conditioned theaters, restaurants and offices can lead to an uncomfortable situation I call “your headlights are on.” No woman likes the unwanted attention of eyes on those. So instead of lots of padding, donning an extra sweater or sticking on nipple covers, avoid a thin or sheer bra. It may pretty, but you'll be distracted when you notice you're poking through and I've found those bras have a short "life," meaning they develop small tears or pulls in the fabric quicker.
I like the Carrie Bradshaw character from Sex and the City just as much as my girlfriends. I easily fall prey to watching the reruns for the fashion. Who doesn't!? But I'm not a fan of showing off the bra just as much as the clothes. When it comes to sheer types of clothing, you want to match your bra closest to your skin color so the bra seems to disappear on your body. And what doesn’t work is a white bra under a white t-shirt. Flesh toned and black bras will be your go-to bras.
And lastly, just like you go through your closet and clean out the clutter, do the same for your intimate drawers. Once or twice a year, empty your underwear and bra drawers and get rid of the ratty, pilled and grungy intimates. And toss the ones you haven’t worn in ages. Go buy a new bra that fits your body.
My Style Tips:
The most important tip I tell everyone:
Every trend is not for every body! All trends do not work for all people. Wear only the trends that suit you. So try it on before you buy it.
You’ll never be asked to leave a party because you’re overdressed. Everyone appreciates a chic gal. Compliments will occur guaranteed! It's when you underdress that people whisper.
Too tight is never right. If you can’t breathe or there’s a bump or bulge - leave it behind.
Don't fall prey to what I call "sale psychosis." I've walked into many of my client and celebrity closets and see tags hanging on clothes long after they buy the item. When I ask them the story behind the purchase they always tell me it was on sale. Only buy an item that you adore whether it's on sale or full-price. And ladies, if you regret the purchase then return it, don't waste your money on clothes that go unworn.
Get out of your jeans once in a while. Dress like you’re trying to impress someone you’re attracted to or take on the role of a stylish celeb. Just walk with confidence and skip the sneakers. There are too many options from lace-up brogues to slip-on flats that are comfortable enough to run errands or dash after the kids.
Choose heels more often, even if they’re only one inch—they change the shape of your body and your attitude.
The right alterations can make an outfit go from ho-hum to wow. You don't have to spend a fortune to get a dress hemmed or a shirt nipped in on the sides. Sometimes taking items you already own and tweaking them suddenly gives them a "new" life in your wardrobe. For example, remove the sleeves of a dress or hem a long skirt to knee length. Find a good tailor or seamstress in your town or city. Your local dry cleaner probably has one.
When dressing up, wear bottoms that rise over your belly for the smoothest lines under tops. For jeans, skip the low rise and choose a mid-rise style.
Always try clothes on. All designers cut differently and even the same designer may have different fits from skirts to pants. You want clothes that fit and flatter not just scream color or the designer name. Remember, there is no fashion police on the street pulling you over and checking your labels or size. I wear brands from all price points and mix them up along with vintage finds and items I've swapped with girlfriends. And I have clothes in four sizes in my closet due to the way different brands cut their clothes. I don't care and neither should you.
A-line skirts are THE answer to just about every body type. Whether you’re curvy, slender, have hips, want a waist or are trying to hide your thighs. An A-line skirt will create a waist, fall nicely to your knees and hide practically anything you need it to. The A-line dominates my skirt rack!
Excessive details can add weight. Patch pockets, ruffles, big buttons, epaulettes, wide collars—they all add extra “weight” and accentuate what you have underneath.
Play up your good parts. Great gams, buff biceps, a long neck, a pretty face or beautiful hair need to be highlighted by your outfit.
Remember that style is very different from fashion. Find what works for you - whether it is classic, eclectic, edgy or romantic - and go full throttle!
Girlfriends, this is truly the MOST IMPORTANT:
Smile and make eye contact - it's harder for someone to be critical of your clothes when you are lovely and interesting!
When a blazer just won't do, you look for other options. You know what I'm talking about. Don't get me wrong, I love a good structured blazer. Not one that looks ready for Wall Street, but a contemporary style that fits well and works with jeans or slim pants and heels. Sometimes, though, you need a boost to your look with a jacket that when worn with just about anything in your wardrobe makes the overall outfit stand out.
Welcome to the jackets that will become your new style staples for the season. They're the cool finishing pieces that will take the place of your traditional blazer and make your t-shirt and jeans, oh so much hipper.
Get a mix of prints in a thin scarf style bomber jacket.
Clover Canyon Twist Scarf Jacket, $385 Piperlime
A chic embossed jacket that is perfect for layering over a t-shirt or a dress.
Rhyme Los Angeles Nila Embossed Jacket, $55 Piperlime
I love stripes and I love this sale price too!
Diane von Furstenberg Jacket - Esther Stripe, on sale $251.16 Bloomingdale's
This pairs the cape with the blazer.
Champagne Taste Cape Blazer, $58 Nasty Gal
It's ready to be worn for the presentation or to the movies.
Diane von Furstenberg Jacket - Laya Ladder Tweed, on sale $330 Bloomingdale's
I dressed Whoopi Goldberg's daughter, Alex Martin for the 2014 Oscars.
NO, I did NOT dress Whoopi, but I would have loved the chance since I've been on The View with her several times. Last week was hectic as I was suddenly being included in a pilot shoot for a reality show about Whoopi Goldberg's family and while laughing it up with Alex and her bestie, Lisa on the shoot I was given the task of dressing her for The Oscars. With two days to prep for a Friday night fitting, I called 12 designers and was able to pull in 25 dresses for Alex's curvy shape and dash over to her place on a rainy night with a seamstress at my side. From Dalia MacPhee to Theia to Tadashi Shoji to David's Bridal, I filled a room with beading, tulle, taffeta and chiffon. Oh, and that camera crew with us as well to capture all the glamour and giggles of three girls chatting about gowns.
Here's the glamorous result! I dressed Alex in an Adrianna Papell beaded gown.
You can get it too!
Adrianna Papell Embellished Mesh Mermaid Gown, $388 Nordstrom
Silvertone beads and sequins chart directional stripes on the cap-sleeve bodice and a gleaming check pattern down the sweeping skirt of a gauzy evening gown flared by wispy godets. A triangle back cutout provides a skin-baring finish.
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