Foundation pieces make or break your wardrobe. I don’t care who you are, where you live, how old you are or what size you wear, a classic white button down should reside in your closet. As we have already established, I do not have your run or the mill style, yet I own about 7 different styles of white button-downs. Long ones, short ones, wrapped ones, fitted ones, these babies are like men, you can never have too many:)
I know that a common crisis for women is around the chest area and there never being enough room for “the girls”. That is what they invented small brass pins or double sided tape for. Unfortunately, many designers have yet to realize their error (I am writing letters everyday to no avail:), so we must correct it on our own. Simple place a pin from the inside and catch as little fabric as possible while still making sure there is closure around the third button down. DO NOT let the pin show through the front. Tacky much? Double-sided tape is a bit easier to maneuver, but does not have the same longevity.
This style is from Ann Taylor Loft which is my go-to spot for a classic white button-down that darts properly for a fantastic fit. It actually is tailored to most real body types which is a rarity in this department. It also is completely reasonably priced, around $40, because most of these bad boys run you upwards of $85- $125 a pop. Seriously? I ruin the armpits within six months to a year so I look at this purchase as something that does not have a lifetime guarantee. I know, I am gross. Aw, fess up, you are too!
Ann Taylor Loft Button Front Shirt
Thank God for a change of scenery. After Albany almost killed me, Columbus basically rocked. Going on-air usually only lasts about three to five minutes, so a hit is really based on how awful the travel is and how awesome the people are that you meet. I will talk to anyone and anything so sitting at bars by myself is actually quite entertaining. This is not my personality in NYC, because well, I live there. When you are traveling, what do you have to lose? I managed to become friendly with the bar tender David at my hotel. The fact that he was cute certainly did not hurt. I was not interested in drinking anymore because I do try to be professional, but human contact is of vital importance to me and if it is with a cute guy all the better. We were then joined by several other gentleman who allowed me to be my ridiculous self and do a bit of ball busting. What is life without ball busting anyway?
Catch my Milwaukee appearance tomorrow on NBC between 9 and 10….
Always wanted to be unwrapped? Well here is your big holiday chance. Step one, look incredibly hot wearing a dress that makes you the present. I am no girlie girl, but I love bows…. when done correctly. Looking like a thirty year old in a ten year old’s dress is never sexy. Of course, I can only offer my personal opinion on the subject, this is not that kind of website.
There have been several great “bow” dresses over the years to hit the red carpet and most were reamed out on the style review television shows and magazines. All this says is that taking a leap often means that not everyone will understand what you are trying to accomplish. Charlize Theron once wore a deep green one-shoulder gown with bow accent that was stunning, but could only work on her.
This red dress is a much better option for the rest of us who are not necessarily amazonian beauties. It gives definition and shape to the body so there is definitely sex appeal, yet offers a certain level of playfulness with the bow detail and puff skirt. Keeping the rest of this look fairly simple and sophisticated is the only way to not look like you are heading off to a bat-mitzvah. The over-sized bow can be a very slippery (and child-like) slope.
Red Taffeta Cocktail Dress by eDressMe New York
Now, Albany may be a lovely little city, but this trip turned out to be a very large pain in my tushy. Quick re-cap just to make sure you can all share in my pain…..
I go through rush hour traffic just to get to the airport late and find out that my flight has been canceled. There is an ice storm in Albany, oohh, fun. I then get back in a cab, through more rush hour traffic, to Penn Station. I down a beer, because after 2.5 hours of travel and still being in Manhattan, I deserve it. An hour later I get on a train. Yea, a 3 hour train ride to icy Albany. We sit on the track for an hour somewhere around the 2 hours mark. Good times. I finally get there an hour later than expected. Final time, 7 hours from door to door for a trip that should take under three hours. Seriously?
Now, don’t think that is the end. I know you didn’t. I have a delivery (wine) coming to the hotel because I am talking about it on-air. Does it show up? You can guess… no. Next up, a cabbie pulls up two minutes before I am suppose to be at the station puffin on a cigarette with windows closed. Hi, can I be late and get cancer? Thanks sir.
And the grand finale! The news anchor, Betina in the photo, informs me that the trains are not running. Super. I end up at the airport after another cab ride filled with detours because Albany looks like the set of a movie. Trees are down everywhere and it is covered in an ice blanket. I get to the airport and low and behold, I have been picked to get a full search. I am talking crotch grabs here.
The only saving grace was that the flight was on-time and I met a lovely gentleman who I believe I entertained for the very short flight. I am home for a night and then off to Columbus tomorrow. Let’s hope that it only gets better from here………………..8AM Sunday, CBS, be there or be square. Yea, I said it.
Here comes my favorite part of the job, TV appearances! This media tour isn’t exactly my favorite cup of tea because it involves a ridiculous amount of travel, but hell, they are paying me a lot. Mama needs a new bag!
First up, Albany, NY. I will be on NBC anywhere between 11:20am and 11:40am. If you live in that neck of the woods be ready to see my smiling face on your big screen television.
There will be more details about my upcoming appearances, but here are the dates and places to catch my montage of fabulously cute news outfits:
12/14 Columbus, OH
12/15 Milwaukee, WI
12/16 Atlanta, GA
12/17 Dallas, TX
12/18 St. Louis, MO
12/19 Hartford, CT
12/22 Grand Rapids, MI
12/23 New Orleans, LA