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Animal Prints are Grrrrrrrrrrrrrreat!

Who doesn’t love a good Tony the Tiger reference? I know I do. He is one good looking tiger and knows how to wear his look quite well. So here are some tips for looking as hot as Tony does…..

Animal print can be downright scary (and cheesy) in most cases. I have had many times in my life where I wasn’t sure if I was at Palm Beach or the zoo, I was petrified at either possibility. There are so many people in this world who let the animal wear them, they literally turn into a tiger before our very eyes. Stop the madness, I am like the zoo keeper for the fashionably challenged.

So here is most most simple tip for kicking it zebra style: Limit yourself to only one piece of animal print and keep it simple. This is such a bold choice for a material that often times when we choose to drape ourselves in it, the smallest thing can push us over the “cheese” edge. I truly believe that only Kate Moss can pull off a floor length leopard coat. I met her at a photo shoot I was working on and I wanted to tame her right then and there. She is a tigress.

This cardigan is a great option to show off your inner-animal without being caged for bad style. Wearing it open with a great colored blouse underneath will help to break up the crazy pattern even more. Choosing an accessory, such as a belt, is another fabulous way to raid the zoo. It says, “Look at my sexy, crazy, I’ll bite you if you are bad side, but I am also a very stylish professional”. Where do I come up with this crap?

Delia’s Izzy Zebra Cardigan
$44.50

The Trendy Trench

The trench coat is a tried and true foundation piece of any stylish ladies wardrobe. Buy it, own it, wear it…. Now. This style has literally been around for ages and why not? It is a simple and sophisticated silhouette with a cinched waist to give shapely definition to any body type. Inspector Gadget must have known a thing or two about fashion….

With the big V-Day coming up, why not pull out the pink. I have always loved a good theme. Usually it is WAY to cold to be pulling off a trench at this time of year, but with temperatures soaring right now, take advantage of the lighter wear! This color is also fantastic moving into Spring and gives a little punch to the classic trench that is usually tan, brown or black.

No need to spend millions of dollars on this piece either. It is such of staple of American fashion culture that you can find one of pretty good quality at any of the major chains. Safari-chic is HUGE this Spring season so I suggest, no, I implore that you run right out and buy yourself a brand, new shiny trench coat.

Old Navy Women’s Belted Twill Trench Coat
$49.50

Lovely Lace Lady

Michelle Williams has got a knack for being classy and alternative at the same time. She always rocks a bit of a vintage feel in any look she puts on her back. Whether she is going to the Cannes Film Festival, as seen here, or walking the streets of Brooklyn where she lives with her daughter Matilda, she always look fashionable. She is what we define here in New York City as East Village Chic. Yes, we have styles based on neighborhoods….. It is an eclectic city folks and we have to define people:)

This lacy frock could have easily gone all wrong. Hell, lace is often thought of as an “old lady” material so she is quite possibly bordering on scary for a lot of people. But you stop right there… I said stop! This material, if worn properly, can take you in quite a different direction. Obviously this head to toe lace concoction is not that of an everyday outfit, but think of the sexy possibilities you might offer your outfit by adding in a lacy piece. It says, “You want to have me and my lacy sexiness, but I am a classy lady that will make you wait…. at least a little:)”.

Think of adding it in either on the top or the bottom of your outfit as to still feel comfortable and pretty at the same time. A beautiful lace-overlay skirt would be fabulously sexy and appropriate for most occasions. Even the office is a possible destination for this look depending on where you work. Corporate America might have a heart attack, so save it for after-work drinks! The most common way to work this material is as a tank top possible peaking through your button-down shirt! Just a hint is always a home-run. I cannot believe I just made a baseball reference. If you are a bit funky, taking a cut-up piece of lace and wrapping it around your wrist a few times to create a bracelet is a great idea. Add other pearl and chain-link bracelets on the same wrist to really push the envelope.

Love thy lace.

Photo courtesy of Zimbio.com

Best Grammy’s 2009 Dress: Katy Perry

Forgive me for being a day late, I was busy exploring Columbus, Ohio. Why ask why, liking a man makes you go to places other than your own backyard:)

But of course you did not think I would pass up the opportunity to discuss my favorite ensemble of the Grammy’s 2009? No freakin’ way. Katy Perry blew the competition away. I do always like her “throw back to another era” style, but this time she seriously nailed it. Classy sex appeal was screaming in this 1950′s get-up. For such a young girl, she pulls off the old Hollywood siren look effortlessly. The best thing about it is that she really does always put her own spin on it. Elegant was the word, but that didn’t stop here (or her stylist) from finding a dress that also represented here divine funk. Apparently I am very into strapless gowns with large mounds of puffing material this year. Eva Mendes Golden Globes much?

On the other less chic side, this awards show can border on the utterly ridiculous and there was certainly no shortage this year. What in the f was MIA wearing? My only shout out for this lovely lady was that apparently she was ready to give birth at any moment and still showed up. That’s right, her due date was actually on Sunday!!!! Now that is something that would have made headlines…..

Get a Little Sexy For V- Day!

I am not a lingerie person. Yea, it is hot, it is sexy, but in the current state of the economy (not my love life, that seems to be alright these days!), I want to splurge on my outerwear. And by this, I mean clothing! But alas, it is Valentine’s Day and we need to spice things up a bit for love. We must give in order to receive:)

Enter thy teddy. I am not into promoting all of that cheesy garbage that these lingerie companies promote. If I wanted to dress up like a hooker, I would charge like one. Mama needs to make some extra cash too! But seriously, a teddy is a sexy way to make a statement that leaves you still feeling comfortable and appropriately lady-like. It gets his heart racing and yet, you can actually wear it like a nightie to bed. How conveniently fabulous!

This particular style is realistic for real women, not just Victoria’s Secret models who have been genetically altered before birth and then airbrushed to perfection. This is of course what I tell myself to lighten the blow every time I open up that damn catalog. Bitches.

So spice it up for your man ladies while still keeping your dignity. Ah, not only am I a fashion stylist, but I have now added sex therapist to my title. I am soooo multi-talented, mom would be proud.

Victoria’s Secret Lace Trim Silk Teddy

$58.00