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Elizabeth and James by Olsen Sisters


It truly does amaze me that these two young girls, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, have created and maintained an empire. When am I going to watch them crash and burn damn it!?! The other insane factor is that I actually like everything that they are doing from the way they dress (alright, it is not always perfect!) to their two clothing lines. Yes, I said two. Thank God they decided that acting should be the smaller sub-set of their careers because I really do think that fashion is their strong suit. Two very talented, pint-size gals.

They run both Elizabeth and James and The Row. Elizabeth and James has some very chic and classic foundation pieces while The Row is more of an upscale line of t-shirt style garments. Either way, my high-end clients love their stuff. It isn’t even a faux pas to wear this stuff, they actually sell it at the best stores in town. Full House stylin’ has come full circle!

The quality is top-notch and any piece is worth being your splurge item for the season. They are long-lasting basics that will get you through the fashion storm well into the future. I promote spending money when it is completely useful and realistic and shopping the Elizabeth and James line (named for their siblings) is totally worth it.

Elizabeth and James Comfort Technical Chiffon Dress
$495.00

Give your Suit a Punch!


I have worked with all different types of ladies in all shapes, sizes and lines of work. One of my favorite projects is when I start with a new client who is in the corporate world and the first thing out of their mouths is that they must be in suits and it is boring. No more boring suits!!!! Remember Miranda on Sex and the City? Um, yes you do. She is what I refer to as a creative conservative and is a prime example of how going to a suited-up office is not the end of your fashion world!

There is possibility in everything you wear as long as you put your own spin on it. You never want to stand out like you are about to attend fashion week (be realistic), but you do want your (very boring) co-workers to be impressed daily by your fashion talents. It is a small thrill, but worth the effort:)

A suit can be a painful purchase. You spend too much money on something that usually does not do your body justice. Stop the insanity and pick up something that IS flattering. A suit does not mean that you have to drape yourself in over-sized garments that are too long and have shoulder pads to boot. The fit is key, as always, but specifically when you are working with a suit because many designers tend to have you swimming in an unflattering silhouette.

Add your own flare, as this lovely model is showing, by pairing your interestingly tailored suit with fun and funky accessories. Play with the proportions and draping of the fabrics because again, wearing a suit does not equal boring. Getting dressed should be fun and fabulous no matter what the rules are. Recognize and respect the office ideals for dressing, but don’t be afraid to push the envelope with one or two truly original and fun pieces. From a great statement necklace to over the top shoes, your simple touch of fun will put you head and shoulders above the rest. Break through the glass ceiling of fashion!!!!

Victoria’s Secret Origami Skirt in Seasonless Stretch
$39.50
Long Jacket in Seasonless Strech
$128.00
Paco Gil Two Tone Sandals
$230.00

"Plus" Size Style


Honestly I only use the term “plus” because it is a societal way of referring to woman of a certain “curve” level, but this is ridiculous. Who is to say what “plus” is? Certainly not a size 14 when the average woman in this country fits quite comfortably into that category! None the less, as a stylist who has worked with woman ranging in size from a 2 to a 20, it is seriously annoying that most designers don’t recognize “plus” woman!!!! If anyone watched the show “Ruby”, you know that a woman of any size wants to feel feminine and sexy. From the monetary standpoint, if most woman in this country are a “plus” size, wouldn’t you want to sell, sell, sell?!?

Aside from Lane Bryant and Michael Kors plus sizes, there are few creations that don’t appear to be over-sized garbage bags. Truthfully, they are getting better, but there is still a long way to go. Shop on-line ladies, this is where companies are starting to branch out most into plus size clothing. Old Navy is a perfect example. They sell cute, easy and comfortable clothing that is on par with the “skinny” sizes and compliments your fabulous, curvy shape!

Take this little frock for example. I promote the button-down dress for all of my fabulous clients, no matter what their size! It is a great basic that is quite flattering. This silhouette is a great example of how a boat neck and empire waist can truly be your friend. An above the knee, A-line bottom half is also very complimentary because it draws the attention upward to just under your bust line. It also allows for movement and comfort on your lower half. The great rouching detail on the top half of the dress keeps it loose and simple without clinging to all of your jiggly parts! Un-button one button on the top, as this model did, to show your sexy side. DO NOT put your girls out there to try and draw attention away from the rest of your curve! It is not only not flattering, but it just looks flat out trashy. Dress appropriately, dress for your body type.

Old Navy Women’s Plus Size Smocked Shirt Dress

$29.50

Stop Sucking in and Get Some Spanx!!!

Here is one truth I am sure of right now. I ate a lot this week and I bet you did too. Who cares? It is the holidays and I love a good excuse to stuff cookies down my throat… and pie (s) and fudge and Chinese food (Jews understand this).
A calorieriffic week deserves a great “sucker-inner”, enter Spanx. Every smart woman knows what this is and every uber-intelligent gal owns a pair. They are truly God’s gift to women, more specifically, women’s mid-sections and thighs. Thank you God.
This nifty little gadget (anything that works this well must have some scientific backing) is the answer to all of your sexy and smooth silhouetted prayers. They come in all types of styles and each one serves a different purpose for a specific body type. This shorts style is my personal favorite because I think it has the most universal benefit. It can be worn under anything, including your tightest cocktail dress, and you would have no idea of its existence. Another style that goes below the knee is great for under pants and really helps with someone who isn’t the biggest fan of their knees. The third style that I find to be most popular with my clients is the type that actually clips to your bra! Thats right ladies, you are in a body suit of Spanx and nothing is getting through that sucker!
In a month when un-buttoning the top button of your pants is as much a ritual as putting the star on the tree, go and buy yourself the best present you will ever get. The only down side to this miracle of a piece is that you may find yourself a hot honey to love you longtime comforting you through the cold winter night… A quick trip to the bathroom and a large purse to store your fancy new present might be necessary (time estimates for removal depend on the elaborate nature of your Spanx).

Spanx Slim Cognito Seamless Mid-Thigh Shaper

$62.00- $66.00

The "Eat Your Heart Out" Dress


Honestly you say, what is Amy talking about? I am talking about your fashion dream! A dress that you can literally eat your heart out and look just as hot at the end of the meal as you looked at the beginning. A look for the bloated fabulous, think Thanksgiving here people! The “You want to ask me about my career, love life and general direction in life, but you are so mesmerized by my dress” dress.

The empire waist is your friend. You new best friend. It accentuates one of the smaller parts on your body, just under the bust. This also leaves room for you to enjoy all of the delicious food in life because the loose flow of the bottom half gives you a body conscious silhouette without hugging your “curves” unnecessarily.

This particular dress is fabulous because not only is it empire, but it also has a bold knot drawing the eye to the center. This style is what I like to refer to as “skinifying”. Basically, you become a skinny bitch pretty quick once you throw on this comfy jersey material dress!

The finale of this great piece is that you can dress it up or dress it down with the quick change of a shoe (boot or heel) and the addition of an opaque tight or fishnet. Turkey, sweet potatoes, green beans, apple pie and pumpkin pie never tasted (or looked) so good.

Jones New York Dress Twist Front
$134.00