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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

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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…..

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Amy’s New Reel

 

 

 

Here it is folks, what you have been waiting for your entire lives….. My new, fabulous reel. So maybe the build up was a bit much, but seriously, it was time for a new reel. I don’t even think I had found clip-in hair extensions or botox in my last reel, meaning, I possibly look better and younger this time. POSSIBLY. Either way, here she is, shiny and new, enjoy!

Sunglasses Change Everything

 I LOVE sunglasses. Think about it, they are the first thing people see and therefore, the kick off point to your entire ensemble. My collection is vast and choosing the right pair to complement each of my looks is a thought out process (I am sure you are very surprised).

I completely understand that most people own one to five pairs of sunglasses, so why not make them the RIGHT pairs? If you choose wisely, they will each serve a very important role in your overall look. Just as the title of this post says, sunglasses change everything! They can change your entire look instantly, either upping the ante or promoting it’s downfall, you decide. It is a massive pet peeve of mine when people have on something fabulous and then pay no attention to the accouterments such as a coat or in this case, your sunnies. Have pride in all the details, why tear down all of that hard work you put into your outfit???

 

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There is nothing like a good session of trying on tons O sunglasses. It is an important right of passage when choosing the perfect pair of shades. Face shape can be a tough thing if you aren’t practiced in the art of choosing sunglasses. The rule of thumb is pretty logical actually, be aware of the size of your face. For example, if you have a larger face, choose a larger pair, if you have a smaller face, choose a smaller pair. Yes, it is really that simple. This formula should be used in relation to the actual shape of your face. Is your face long and skinny? Is it small and round? Essentially, the sunglasses you choose should be proportional to your specific face. What is a huge pair of sunnies to one person might be just the right size for another person. Don’t get frustrated, know that this process takes time to perfect and you might be in the store for more then a second. Think of it as a fun journey where the end is better then a pot of gold, it is AWESOME sunglasses.

 

 

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One of the best companies on the market is Rayban and one of their best pairs in the wayfarer. This style has been around forever and has proven to be above the trends lasting the test of time. The truly genius thing about these sunglasses is that not only are they unisex, but they pretty much look good on EVERYBODY. They come in a few different sizes so they will literally fit any person, any time, any place. These are the fastest way to looking like a rebel instantly. When I want to put a little punch in my look, I grab for these. They have a bad ass vibe that doesn’t go overboard so even the cutest, preppiest person on the planet could rock them and feel like they work. They are my go-to pair for traveling when I don’t want to bring the kitchen sink because they work in every situation with every type of audience.

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One of my favorite things about sunglasses is that they truly can make you look fabulous in an instant. Take this Celine pair for instance, hello celebrity awesomeness?!?! Who do I think I am in these things? Amy Salinger, that’s who. I completely stole the idea of loving these from the Kardashians, but I am cool with that. Every time I saw one of them in these I was instantly jealous. What I wasn’t jealous of was the price tag. They are around $300 and that seemed crazy because it is. Alas, I searched and I searched and I did find them for $200 (still crazy I might add). But, my rule is that if you truly LOVE something you will wear it and the price is worth it. I love to chat about cost per wear and with sunglasses, you really can rationalize the price because you wear them all the time. Plastic is still plastic and the cost of sunnies is totally and utterly ridiculous, but I wear these constantly and have long ago decided they were well worth it. I tried to find a pair that I loved just as much for less that would fill the big, black sunglasses void to no avail. Celine is my girl.

 

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And again we revisit my love affair with Rayban. It is the poor man’s rich and the rich man’s poor making it the perfect price point for everybody. At around $130 per pair, they are completely worth it because the quality is there without the insane price. Next to the wayfarer, the aviator is my jam. Yes, just like the wayfarer they are unisex. Yes, just like the wayfarer they fit most face types. And yes, just like the wayfarer they are HOT!!! Seriously though, I have always said that a man in an aviator is sexy no matter his face looks like underneath them. There is just something about them. If you own one pair of sunglasses, make it the aviator. They can be sporty, fabulous and sexy all at the same time.

 

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I love the brand of these lucite and gold sunglasses. They are a bit underground, but of course “fashion people” have become obsessed. They are called Retro Superfuture and they are all the rage. They are made in Italy and each pair is individually made meaning they all fit slightly differently. The quality is there for what seems like a reasonable price point in expensive, hand-made sunglasses land at $200 a pop. I randomly found them in a Hampton’s store and fell in love immediately. These sunnies remind you that the sides of your sunglasses are just as important as the front of your sunglasses!!

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So the take away from this blog post is that you should put as much energy into your sunglasses as you do into your outfit. Finding the perfect pair is a quest that is well worth the time. Your collection should include a fabulous style, a rebel look and a sporty pair, beyond that the world is your oyster. 

Aviators, Cat Eye Sunglasses, Flat Top Sunglasses, Celine Bridge Sunglasses, Square Sunglasses