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Inspired Style: What to Wear in Greece

Going on vacation and you have NO idea what to bring? I always encourage my clients to think like a local. Do your research and check out Pinterest or Instagram to get some visual recon on what is destination fabulous. But beware, you are not wearing a costume, you should merely be inspired by the locale to which you are traveling to….. 

Most recently I was lucky enough to go Greek island hopping to Mykonos, Paros and Santorini.  Packing for a long trip can be daunting so I always try to daydream about my looks beforehand. This is meant to be fun, not stressful!!! So what did I dream about? Lightweight, packable materials, white linens, colors reminiscent of the ocean and lots of shimmery metallics! Don’t overwhelm yourself with trying to put together outfits in your head, think about the overall feel you are going for by focusing on materials and colors to start. 

 

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When you are island hopping, most of your time will be spent on, by or in the ocean so beach looks are a necessity. A bathing suit can be a “look” if you add the correct accouterments. This typically includes a fabulous hat, cute sunnies and simple jewelry that is ocean-friendly. I’m always sure to pack multiple hats, tons of sunglasses and as much jewelry as I can. These are all small items making it easy to re-style your clothing over and over with different accessories. Most people get stumped on hats because they are concerned about ruining them in transport. The key is to ONLY buy hats that are made of packable, malleable material and put your underwear in it to keep its shape. Lie it flat in your suitcase and pack underneath and above the brim. Problem solved.

 

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Another important realization for travel is that comfort and style should go hand in hand, enter the caftan. No matter what your body type, lifestyle or age, this is a piece that will work for you. It is glamorous while being without any body constraints. You can eat as much as you want on vacay and no one will be any the wiser. Sounds like a perfect combo to me.

 

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Shopping on vacation is also a typical activity for most ladies so be sure to leave some room in your bag. I picked up this fabulous off-the-shoulder top in Paros by a Greek designer. I’m always big on supporting local designers whether state-side or traveling internationally. Not only does it boost the local economy and support entrepreneurs, but I come home with a piece that no one else has!!! Unique is my style game.

 

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I believe in “style moments”. I knew this long white eyelet dress was the perfect piece for Greece and wanted to wait for the perfect moment to wear it. I rarely buy items JUST for a trip, but this dress was too good to pass up. I dreamed of walking cliffside in an all-white backdrop of Santorini with one of the world’s most beautiful sunsets behind me….  So that’s exactly what I did. Sometimes the reality of a dream surpasses anything you could have imagined. Shout out to Lord & Taylor and Michael by Michael Kors for making my style fantasy come true.

 

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Pushing yourself to be the most fabulous you on vacation is truly fun so why not do it? A lot of times we throw caution to the wind when on vacation, why not go that route with fashion too? I’m certainly not wearing an all-gold mesh two-piece bathing suit cover up anywhere else but Mykonos! I saw the moment and I went for it. No rules, no judgement, be your badass self and try things that you would never do at home. “Vacation you” is awesome.

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Jumpers, Holy Bananas!

I love a jumper, a onesie, a romper…. Whatever you want to call it, I’m obsessed with the adorable ease of this one piece wonder that looks cute on almost all figures and ages. Yes, you have to choose your style wisely as to not look like an adult channeling a teenager (or a two year old for that matter), but there is an appropriate option for everyone. EVERYONE.

I recently made the mistake of counting how many jumpers I had in my wardrobe and once I got up to 18 I stopped. My obsession has clearly gotten out of control. Or has it? Every single jumper I own truly has it’s own personality and purpose. Below are a few of my favorite options. I leave it up to you to scold me for my addiction…. Or go out and build your own collection once you fall deeply in love with this style……

 

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Everyone knows that jumpers are great for casual activities, but what about dressy events? I fell in love with this floral jumper the moment I saw it. I had no idea what fabulous event it was going to, but it was 30 bucks and fit like a glove. Shortly after I bought it I was invited to a horse race, event found. A jumper is a great option instead of a dress, choose something different. You stand out in a good way!!! Trust me, every lady tugging at her dress will wish she was you looking trendy, cool and comfortable in an awesome jumper.

 

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Another fabulous way to rock a jumper is by wearing it as a bathing suit cover up. How freakin’ chic are you? It may take a little more to get down to your sexy swimsuit, but it it totally worth it. Choose a cotton style to keep it cool and simple.

 

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Lately I have an obsession with American Eagle. It is true, I’m almost 40 and this store appears to be for teenagers, but I swear it is for everyone!!! I got this awesome comfy and casual jumper at the beginning of the summer and I have worn it to death. It is light-weight and easy to get on and off  (think bathroom breaks) making it a no-brainer for a super hot day. Plus anything with ruffles is making it into my wardrobe right now, they make everything sassy and fun.

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This is my travel jumper. Yes, I wear the same thing when I travel during the summer months because well, it is perfect. I have no shame admitting that I bought this baby at Forever 21 about 7 years ago and she is still rocking it. It only comes out when I’m getting on an airplane so I get a little giddy when I put it on because it means I’m going somewhere fabulous! It has gotten to the point where my friends also call it the “travel jumper” because they expect to see me in it if we are traveling together.  The joy of this jumper is that even styled with a jean jacket (airplanes are cold!) I can pull it down and up easily in the ridiculously small airplane bathroom. Super functional, super comfortable, super stylish.

 

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This is one of my favorite jumpers. I look like a big, sexy banana. I bought it at a vintage store and in a very rare occurrence, I had buyers remorse.  I just wasn’t sure that this oversized jumper was my style. When I finally pulled it out on my trip to Tuscany last summer I fell in serious love. It is stupidly comfortable and chic as shit. People also seem to lose their minds over it. Every time I have worn it since people have gone crazy over it!

 

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In one of the biggest moments of my career I definitely thought a jumper was the best choice. Who doesn’t want to rock a red carpet in an insanely fabulous and cool onesie!!! I was lucky enough to borrow this from Rent the Runway and feel ever so confident walking the carpet following Alissa Milano (crazy). It is by Erin Fetherston and it is awesome. The only snafu with this jumper was that I was literally taped into it. I barely drank anything all day knowing that I could not pee 50 times the way I usually do. My solution? Wait until I got to the event to begin my drinking extravaganza and bring a ton of double stick tape to put myself back into this thing when I finally did inevitably go to the bathroom. Problem solved!!!

 

4th of July Style

July 4th is my ultimate favorite holiday! Why you ask? Well for starters it is at the very beginning of the summer meaning there is tons of warm weather to come. Secondly there is no real activity expected other than eating, drinking and lighting off fireworks. And finally, for the past 20 years I have been chilling in upstate New York at my best friend’s house which is conveniently located on one of the finger lakes. It is a little slice of heaven with people I adore and are like my second family.

Now even though this chilling is insanely relaxed, I still have a stylish reputation to uphold. With any holiday comes the “costuming” part of the equation. What am I going to wear to fully represent honoring our forefathers? Below are some cute ideas for doing just that, George Washington would be proud.

 

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Last year I was lucky enough to bring along my entire family. Yes that means 6 other people besides myself, my second family and the one I was born with luckily really like each other! As you can tell from the picture above, I’m not the only stylish one in my clan. My nephew Nathan believes in dressing up appropriately for July 4th as well (or at least his “stylist” mother does). The key to any good themed look is to make sure it is just that, a theme. You should not end up looking like you are wearing a costume. To execute this properly you have to be playful with the concept. A little red here, a little blue there, throw in a splash of white and you are good to go.

 

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I’m all about a comfy and cute romper. Yes it is age specific, but I’m almost 40 and still rocking it so don’t be afraid of an awesome onesie. I LOVE the one above because it is actually easy to go to the bathroom. It is obviously cute which is super important, but every lady who has worn a jumper knows that the second most important element of this piece is simplicity with the on/off function. The other great element of this romper is that although it is July 4th friendly, it can also be worn any other day of the summer without hesitation. Remember my words of wisdom, think theme NOT costume!

 

 

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Headband

 

Adding a themed headband is the most inexpensive and easy way to show off your patriotic side on July 4th. You can pick something like this up for around $10 and slap on a red lip, boom, July 4th ready. This particular option is also utilizing a big trend for summer ’18, gingham. So don’t worry about this cheap and chic purchase, you can definitely wear it over and over throughout this summer season!

 

Red swimsuit

Red Swimsuit

 

What July 4th holiday is complete without a dip in the water? Why not choose a fabulous swimsuit to compliment your love of all things America? This awesome red one-piece is not only super patriotic, but it screams 007 babe. Why not conquer 2 amazing themes in one? You are a sexy James Bond girl that loves her country.

 

 

 

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Sunglasses

The final touch of any great July 4th look is always going to be your sunnies. One thing you can almost always count on for this summer holiday is some rays, so why not protect your eyes in style? I love RayBans in general, but their aviator style is always on point, or as the kids say, “on fleek”. The blue tinted lenses let people know that you think our forefathers rock and that you are stylishly proud of the place you call home.

Now July 4th will not only be about beer, fireworks, burgers, barbecues, boats, the beach or whatever you do to celebrate this rad summer holiday! It will mostly be about the most important thing that binds us together as Americans, your super cute and stylish July 4th outfit!!!

My Top 5 Summer Trends ’18

Summer appears to finally be upon us so I want to make sure everyone is ready with my favorite style trends! Every season there are TONS of options to be “on fleek” (yes, I just said that), but let me assist you in narrowing your choices down. Below are some of my top trendy picks for summer 2018 that are (mostly) easy to mix into any woman’s wardrobe no matter your age, budget or lifestyle. Easy peezy. 

 

So of course I started with the most daring and controversial “trend” of them all. Why the quotations around the word trend? Because I totally and unequivocally understand that this has been culturally tied to many beautiful ethnicities for years and to call it a trend is often times mis-understood. My reason for covering the turban tie craze at the moment is simple. I was lucky enough to go to the YSL museum in Marrakech and in almost every show he did there were absolutely stunning turbans incorporated into his runway shows. I was inspired. There will always be fashion inspiration pulled from culturally specific styles, my love of the turban is done with the utmost respect and sheer admiration for Yves Saint Laurent himself. If you have the cajones I strongly suggest trying one of the turban ties in the video above.  It instantly ups the ante of any ensemble and makes a bad hair day disappear into fabulousness…..

 

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Sneaker Sandals

 

Honesty is always the best policy so let me be clear, the slide is the number one trend this season for shoes. So why am I featuring the sneaker sandal? The reason is simple, slides are cute but they literally do not stay on your foot when you walk. How can I feature something that requires flexing your toes at all times to strut your stuff? I just can’t. The functional side of me that believes in comfort and reality MIXED with together style will not allow it. So I’m suggesting purchasing a pair of the second biggest trend for 2018 in shoes, the sneaker sandal. Yes they have an “old lady” flare, but that is kind of the whole point. Let your granny flag fly and finally wear sandals that love you back as much as you love them. Think of them as sporty, they are great for promoting your love of all things athleisure!

 

Eyelet top

Eyelet

 

I love eyelet. It’s fun, flirty and super summer”y”. It is one of those materials that really only works during the warmer months so you should take advantage of it! I have owned everything from an eyelet dress to a top to shorts…. Even shoes!  The list is endless, pick your poison and mix it into what you already own easily. The key is to keep the texture and pattern of everything else you are wearing solid. Your eyelet item should be your stand out piece.

 

 

Fringe bag

Fringe

 

There is a double trend happening here! Straw bags are all the rage right now, they bring the beach with you everywhere. Adding in a touch of trendy fringe brings this bag to the next level. The idea that straw bags are only meant for the sandy shores is done. Throw on a t-shirt and jeans shorts (every smart gals summer uniform) and pair it with a straw and fringe carry-all to hit your summer look home. Yes there is a danger of smaller items falling through the literal crack of this bag so be smart. Either use a smaller cloth bag inside of your straw bag  (a make-up bag will do) OR only carry bigger items. It is an easy fix that allows you to love this summer 2018 trend!

 

Off the Shoulder

Off the Shoulder

I both love and hate the off-the-shoulder trend. Why you ask? Because it looks hot as hell (a clavicle bone is sexy), but you can’t move your arms. It is truly a love/hate relationship. I strongly suggest to my clients that this is a summer 2018 trend best left for an evening extravaganza. If you are running around at the park or doing errands  having immobile arms is not your best option. But, if you are drinking your share of Aperol spritz’s at the cliffside beach club then this stylish and fabulous summer trend is perfect!

So with the warmth of the summer finally upon us you can shop my 2018 trend suggestions immediately! Do not stop, do not pass go, just do it.

4 EASY Ways to Tie a Turban

Oh yea, turbans are in. I don’t know about you, but I’m psyched. A trend that makes you look fabulous in an instant and allows you to skip doing your hair all in one? Hell yes. OBSESSED. Obviously this trend has been around in different cultures for years, but for many the idea of adding a turban to to your look is a new (and amazing) concept. I always just assumed it was difficult and therefore annoying to even try. I was wrong. See, I can admit when I’m not right (that was directed at all my ex-boyfriends). So check you this easy tutorial I made with my favorite 4 ways to tie a turban and you too can be a turban tying expert. Say goodbye to bad hair days and start using all those scarves you own but NEVER use.