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Still Hate Everything You Own?

Are you still beating yourself up about your wardrobe? Talking crap to yourself about what a terrible shopper you are? How NOTHING fits your body so you keep buying the same boring thing is 20 different colors so you don’t screw it up? Just like any bad behavior, it takes time to re-work old habits that don’t serve any real purpose in your life. Time to stop the self-loathing…..

I always tell people I’m more shrink than stylist. Literally we are talking 70% therapist, 30% fashion guru. I’m here to talk you off the ledge, remind you that fashion is meant to be fun and that screwing up an outfit will only ruin your day (maybe), not your life. It is time to re-think the stress that this part of your existence is causing you and make it fun. I constantly remind people that there is logic behind the concept of style and being “born with it” is mostly BS. I sucked at shopping and styling until I was in my mid-20′s. I should mention that I had already decided I was going to be a stylist at that point, talk about changing your mindset into awesome…..

So just like last time we are going to start with the basics. This is the first step in getting out of the rut, you don’t hate your wardrobe, you just haven’t been taught how to build it correctly. 

 

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 Grey pencil skirt

I’m sure a lot of you are going to argue that you look fat in a pencil skirt because it hugs you everywhere you hate. I’m also pretty sure you already know that I’m going to tell you that you are wrong, dead wrong. The pencil skirt was created for a gal with curves, big curves, little curves and everything in between. Actually, the irony of this piece is that the only person it doesn’t really look that great on is someone with absolutely NO curves. You don’t have to be a business woman to covet the iconic pencil skirt. Pull it out for date night with a leather bomber to edge it out. Rock it at a school function where showing the other mother’s you’re awesome looks like it comes naturally. As I have hammered this next point home before, choose a style that suits your lifestyle and personality. My black pencil skirt has a large zipper up the back for added badass effect. And, more then anything else, make sure it fits correctly. This means it should touch just below your belly button at the top, pencil in tightly at the bottom, land just above your knee and fit snugly. You will most likely think it is slightly too tight if it actually fits properly!!!

Pencil Skirt 

 

 

Black sheath

Next up, the LBD, or little black dress for those that are still new to the lingo of awesome style. This could literally mean anything when it comes to your lifestyle. I personally own at least 5 versions of the LBD depending on what the function is that I’m attending, from work to play, she is a vital piece in any stylish girl’s wardrobe. Almost every single client of mine has an LBD and for every one of them I restyled it in a billion ways. That is the beauty of this piece, she can go from the office, to drinks after work to a wedding. The material is really what changes it up, so picking a neutral option that isn’t too shiny or too dull is the best bet for maximum styling potential. Changing up the jewelry, shoes, tights (or lack there of), bag and layering piece changes the magic of your LBD.

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Black blazer

The single breasted, simple black blazer is dope. It can be worn with anything. You name it, jeans, pants, skirts, dresses….. From casual to dressy, this item will be worked to a pulp. This tuxedo style is super sassy and definitely will not work for everyone, but I really wanted to make sure you understand the concept of “making it your own”. Most people would choose a more demure option, most people aren’t me. My basic black blazer is a tuxedo style and I wear it with everything. Mine has a slightly smaller lapel so it doesn’t make quite the statement the one above does. Even I have my boundaries! Pick a style that has just enough flare to take you to the edge, you always want to push yourself slightly while keeping in your comfort zone with your foundation items. Basics do not = boring.

 Blazer

 

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Your bag is like the trunk of your car, except this one you take inside with you so it better be good. You throw your life in it, most times it isn’t organized and you lose things you swore were in there. Your bag is essentially the most important thing you own so making it functional and obviously stylish is SUPER important. This is the biggest “cost per wear” item in your entire wardrobe. If you shop correctly, you will truly only need one neutral bag for everyday. Before I even discuss style with clients, I discuss function. What do you do everyday? Where are you going? What are you carrying? Do you need to be hands free? What annoys you about your current bag? You have to start by being honest with yourself about your life and how your bag can help to make it easier. Then start focusing on styles and colors that you like. Yes, color! Your everyday bag does not have to be black. Neutral can mean a whole bunch of different things to different people. A great bag is like the cherry on top of the sundae of your outfit, it truly can make the entire look that much better. Spend moolah on this piece, it is will make everything you have on look more expensive…..

 Tote

 

 

Black Shell

And drumroll please….. For our final piece of the TOP 10 FOUNDATION ITEMS TO OWN, I introduce to you the basic shell! Everyone should own a black and a white shell. This means simple in style, a round neck line (V neck is way to difficult to style with everything) and silhouette skimming. The world should know you have a body under there. If you are having a moment and cannot figure out how to style something, it will ALWAYS go with a basic black or white shell. Always. So this is truly the no-fail piece in your wardrobe that will make everything else work.

 Shell

Are you still standing on the ledge? Back up, your style world has just become a lot sunnier. You now know how to begin this journey and broaden the horizons of your current wardrobe without all that much effort. Focus on building your foundation pieces and put a hold on the “trendy” part of your wardrobe. You need the glue girl to hold it all together! Shopping for foundation items is going to be more fun then you think. What really brings the joy is when you get home and you realize you CAN STYLE THINGS and that you don’t suck as bad as you thought you did. You just didn’t own the right things yet…..

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The 4 Best Layering Pieces for Fall

‘Tis the time for layering. For most of the general population the temperature if finally dropping, for this fashion stylist that means fun, fabulous and cool jacket options. 

Fall is one of my favorite fashion seasons. The heat wave of summer has finally ended, time to bring back on lots and lots of clothing! Don’t fret that winter is coming, think of this time as the option for better fashion. It truly is the best time of year to show off your look. You don’t quite need a jacket yet, your layering piece IS your jacket.

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I want to be this fabulous when I grow up. I borrowed this Balmain blazer (and the Chanel bag) for a quick jaunt down Madison Avenue. Where else is it appropriate to wear a $2000 layering piece? In full disclosure, this is one expensive piece that I promote (if it is within your financial wheelhouse).  The classic Balmain jacket is timeless, elegant and makes a statement when paired as your topper to any outfit. There are plenty of look-a-likes for this double breasted, strong shoulder piece, go forth and find one that fits your budget! Be sure to spend a little more on this item because it can be paired with a ton of things if done in a neutral color. Cost-per-wear ladies.

 

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The leather bomber is my jam. I own so many that my friends have started to make fun of me. Truth be told, every one is extremely useful in their own right and I wear them constantly. This particular one is by far my favorite. It is about 7 years old (the lining is definitely ripped), but it keeps on ticking. I bought it in the summer at Loehmann’s (best discount designer store that is unfortunately out of business. RIP), taking it from $600 down to $200. Off-season shopping is great for your wallet. It’s glory is in the fact that it is light weight with a 3/4 sleeve and ruffle collar. This not only makes it interesting, but it allows it to be worn as a dressy layering piece AND as a jacket outside when the temperature is just starting to drop. Double mic drop.

 

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The latest trendy craze is the cropped sweater. I am a huge fan because not only is it cozy and functional, but it defines your waist which is fabulous for most silhouettes. Pair it with any high-waisted piece, from a skirt to a pair of jeans, and you are ready to go. It is a great alternative to a jacket. Throw on a lightweight scarf if it is a bit chillier out and you have an instant outfit that can go from outside to inside without changing a thing.

 

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If you are a regular reader of this blog then you know that I LOVE a tuxedo blazer. For any budget, body type or lifestyle, this piece will work. It is that widely useful. It can act as a great layering piece for a formal occasion over a cocktail dress or to dress up a pair of boyfriend jeans. It will literally go with just about anything and gives any outfit that extra stylish punch immediately. What’s not to love about a classic and easy to style layering option for every season???

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Choosing just one of these laying options will instantly change your fall wardrobe. Owning all four would be all the layering options you would need to get you through to spring, they are seriously that versatile. If your budget doesn’t allow for that, the leather bomber should be your pick. Almost every one of my clients has one no matter what their lifestyle or body type. It is the insta-cool option that makes every look fashionable and can be worn through three seasons. Leather can be expensive so try a designer discount store for better prices (like Nordstrom Rack, you can get it on-line if there isn’t one near you). Now you are ready for fall!!!

Black Blazer, White Blazer, Sweater, Leather Jacket

Amy Hits The Red Carpet

I LOVE dressing up. My life consists of casual this and casual that, so being handed a reason to create a red carpet look is fine by me. Add in the ability to use a microphone and talk to people all night and I’m good to go. This is truly what heaven looks like in my twisted mind.

 

Not only did I have a fabulous LBD waiting to be worn in my closet, but I got to borrow diamonds, lots and lots of diamonds. Um, yes please. I found this perfect Nicole Miller dress at Lord & Taylor (the best place for cocktail dress shopping) and I had to have it. I had no particular reason to own it at that time, but there is always a need to possess the perfect little black dress. It is the, “Oh shit, I have something to go to and I have nothing to wear!” dress, but now you do. She waited patiently for about 6 months to be worn, she wanted to make a big splash for her initial outing. She got her wish.

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Did I mention that whole borrowing diamonds thing??? Oh yea, I definitely did. What girl doesn’t dream of going to a custom jewelry designer’s home and riffling through hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of accessories? The answer is NO GIRL. Those types of moments are what drive me and allow me to continue to live in what feels like a fantasy world sometimes. I landed on these mase style earrings and not one, but two pave diamond swirl rings. I decided to wear them both on one finger to really punch it up. It made holding the microphone look SO much more fashionable. Thank you Rebecca Koven for making my jewelry dreams come true!!!

 

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Accessories expert Michael O’Connor (@stylingspy) and I tag teamed the red carpet at the Women’s Jewelry Association Awards. I always love working with someone who is quick on their feet, witty and funny. Then we can be awesome together:) The key to any good red carpet interviewer’s look is to be fashionable without overshadowing the interviewee. I’m going to toot our horns and say that Michael and I hit the nail on the head in that department.  Simple and chic.

 

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This was seriously the most comfortable dress I have ever worn. It is a thicker stretch material with ruching making it oh so comfy and sexy at the same time! The only problem was a slight wardrobe malfunction at the beginning of the night that involved a hole in the seam of my dress at the top of my bum. I don’t think butt crack is a look these days unfortunately. Luckily one of the nominees had a safety pin so I was back in full form in no time. Note to self: Remember your stylist kit  of tricks next time so this doesn’t happen again!!!

 

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There is nothing like a good ridiculous selfie. My beautiful and stylish friend Monica of Elias World Media put this whole shindig of a red carpet together. I joke that she is who I want to be when I grow up even though we are the same age:) She is possibly one of the only people that could top my energy making our times together hilarious. The fact that we work together only makes it that much better.

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Unfortunately literally everything I had on for the red carpet is not available to you anymore!!! With that said, above is the best look-a-like outfit you could get. Since my jewels are one of a kind diamond pieces, they were really an option, but these costume pieces definitely capture the essence of the look. Throw on a LBD and a pair of thin, strappy black heels and you are good to go. This simple, yet sexy ensemble is pretty much the perfect look for almost anyone going to almost any cocktail event. Consider it your sexy uniform…..

cocktail ring, earrings, snakeskin clutch, sandals, black dress

A Twist On Wedding Attire

Why does everyone think that you are suppose to wear a basic cocktail dress to a wedding? There are SO many ways to not be creative in your style choices….. I’m going to teach you that anything from a pant suit to re-styling a bridesmaid dress to wearing the dress from your brother’s bar-mitzvah (from 1994) are all options. Inexpensive and fabulous options.

I’m SO bored with basic. When it comes to wedding (guest) season, everyone buys a couple dresses and moves on. This typically equals TOO much money and you only wear each dress 1-2 times. What a complete waste! What if you could own something you love and re-style it multiple ways so no one even recognized it? What if you could work with what you own to create something amazing and memorable without spending any extra moolah? What if you could wear that bridesmaid dress your friend made you buy to another event without having it look like a bridesmaid dress? So many ifs, so much re-styling!!! I love cheap and chic. Ready for your re-style???

 

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I love this dress. I got seriously lucky that this was a bridesmaid dress because let’s be real, they can be truly ugly sometimes. A bridesmaid dress re-style is all about the accessories. Typically brides gift you the accessories they would like you to wear so you don’t have much choice. But when you wear it again, the sky is the limit! Try and play with theme whenever you are going to a formal event. This doesn’t mean you should wear a costume, it just means that you should promote what the dress is already “saying”. This dress is saying, “I’m a fabulous flapper!”. So I went with vintage-inspired jewelry and a sparkly clutch. Art deco it up baby!

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Here is a better look at the accessories and my layering piece. These earrings are from a flea market and are clip-on. Not my favorite style, but with the correct padding I can make them last for a night without too much pain. The bag is hard shelled and from Aldo. This type of bag is SO in right now. It played up the sparkle of the dress and made the entire look “on-trend” even though it was vintage inspired. As for my layering piece, this black tuxedo blazer was VERY intentional. Why does everyone go for a pashmina? It typically ruins the overall look of your dress. Find an option that goes with your dress and creates an ensemble. Every element matters! From nail color to your shoes, think about the ENTIRE outfit. 

 

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This outfit was so much fun to put together! It was actually for an engagement party with the dress code, “daytime cocktail”. What is that??? No one else knew either, but as a stylist it was important for me to pretend like I understood what they were saying:) This is what I came up with from my own closet. I bought absolutely nothing. I made up a tuxedo-like ensemble that included pieces that didn’t match and a crop top. My goal was to be slightly formal with a playful twist. When you get invites with odd dress codes, first decide what you would like to project. What theme is your look going to have? Then start with one piece and build the look out from there. For this outfit I went to may black tuxedo blazer first. The rest of the ensemble came together piece by piece…..

 

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To me it is always important to try and put personal touches on my look or at least good conversation pieces. I created this lapel piece by pairing a pearl broach with a hat pin and 3 charms together.  The charms are from my Nana and are childhood pictures of my brother and I. I LOVE this idea. Try and find cool things lurking in your jewelry box that mean something to you and actually wear them! People were talking to me about the pictures all day and it was so much fun. The bag was an interesting and personal addition too, it is from a vintage shop in Rome and is literally being held together by tape. I will wear it until it officially dies.

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This dress is the best comeback story of my fashion life. This is slightly bragadocious, but if you read this blog you know sometimes I do that. I am 35 years old in this picture attending a wedding for two of my friends from college. Several years before this my mom made me clean out my closet at my childhood home and we came across this dress. I designed it and had it made for my brother’s bar-mitzvah in 1994. I still love it. I only made one slight design alteration to get it out of the 90′s, but other then that this baby was ready for wear. So, 20 years later I re-styled it for this wedding and proceeded to tell anyone who would listen the story of the dress. Don’t rule out “old” dresses, there may still be life in them after all!!!!

 

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This is the story of the home-made hat. I know creating items from scratch is not on everyone’s list, but that isn’t the point. The true point of this hat is to show how far you can go with making your look FUN. Don’t rule out interesting and funky twists, including wearing a hat to your friend’s wedding! Truth be told, I had not one, but two European weddings this particular summer so wearing a hat is a must. I looked into buying hats, but the coolest ones were SO expensive. So I took a trip to a craft store…. This entire look started with peacock feathers. As I mentioned before, some of the best looks start with finding one item and building from there. Your dress should not always be the start of your outfit.

 

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Now how could I do a twist on wedding attire without including a twist on bridal-wear? This is my lovely friend Sarah and her husband Adam. This was a second reception in NYC for those that couldn’t make it to their original wedding in Berlin. It was a perfect excuse for a clear departure from a poofy gown. She chose a classic yet trendy silk swing dress from Ted Baker with lace on the bodice. But the real punch was the blue silk shoes with rhinestone detail from Badgley Mischka. Take a guess who suggested them to her? Duh, me. The hemline of this calf-length dress was screaming for them!!! The best part is that she can actually wear both the dress and the shoes (separately) again.

 

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Off all of these looks, I think the twist on a tuxedo is the best option for anyone, anywhere. It can go to all different types of weddings, from daytime to black tie. The most fabulous (and economical) part about it is that each of these pieces can be worn with tons of other things. These are all great staple items that can be re-styled over and over again. And if you think that pants aren’t fancy enough for a wedding, think again. I always get WAY more compliments when I pull out pants then when I wear a dress. It is something that women seem to be trained to be afraid of. There is always a touch of jealousy that I “went there” for a formal event and they didn’t. No more jealousy, do it, you are definitely that cool.

Gold Sandals, Tuxedo Jacket, Skinny Tuxedo Pants, Clutch, Cocktail Ring