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Glam for the Guggenheim

It is rare when you live somewhere that you take time out of your busy schedule to actually SEE your city. I live in one of the most culturally diverse towns on earth and I have only been to 2 museums in 6 years. Shameful. So when my friend Linda suggested we make our way uptown to pop into the Guggenheim, I was thrilled. Culture here I come.

The museum is located on the upper east side. If you know anything about anything (or watch Gossip Girl), you know that the UES is full of high class fashion. I love to play a new fashion part everyday, so this was a great opportunity for me to go over the top. When I met Linda her first reaction was, “Why are you so fancy?” Because I can be Linda, because I can be. Do I need a better reason? Neither do you, dress up because you want to!


I had no idea what I was walking into, which is kind of the way I like it. Surprises are fun. Apparently it was the first day of artist Maurizio Cattelan’s exhibit. It was seriously mind blowing. I am not a “museum” type of girl, but this was awesome. It is hard to tell from the picture what was going on, but let me do some quick explaining. Instead of hanging everything on the walls as Guggenheim exhibits are usually displayed, Cattelan said he would only show if everything was hung from the ceiling. As you circled up the winding ramp, every step gave you a different perspective and new pieces of art popped out at you. Cattelan had a fascination with mortality, so much of the art included actual dead animals, including several dead horses. Bizarre and totally cool. Completely worth the 18 bucks it cost to get in.

Now that we have the art out of the way, let’s get back to the fashion:) It may be difficult to fully re-create my museum chic look because I always shop at sample sales, consignment stores and designer discount, but here is my best try.

My gray coat was purchased several years ago at a fabulous sample sale store called Cadillac’s Castle in New York City. I don’t think I paid more then $100 bucks for it. Unfortunately, this Walter by Walter Baker coat is no longer available…. Anywhere. So here is a much more expensive option by Valentino. Totally an investment so you have to take that into account when spending $1000 on a coat. The key is to have it cinch at the waist, slightly flaring until it ends just above your knees. It is a great shape for almost any body type.

Next up, my awesome rabbit fur scarf by Adrienne Landau. Of course I purchased mine directly from the showroom during a sample sale, but it is not SO unoriginal that you can’t find a similar one. This option by Joseph is just over $100. The key to why I love my scarf so much is the slit in one side that allows you to put the other side through. You can pull it tight and keep yourself nice and warm or leave it loose for a stylish accessory. Rabbit is one of the least expensive furs and yet it looks super luxurious. Needless to say, this is the most affordable option.
I actually did find my exact sunglasses. I love them and they were the least pricey pair I looked at! That never happens. By Vince Camuto, this is the first year that his shoe line has extended into accessories and clothing. He even has a few pop up stores here in NYC. His new line features fun, trendy pieces that are really not that expensive. Take these big frame black sunglasses for example, they are only $55! That is great for a quality pair of sunnies. They are the perfect topper to any ensemble if you are going for the “rich and fabulous” look. We all need to be super fab every now and then….

And for the final piece…. Unfortunately there is no way you can find my awesome hand knit beret because it actually is hand knit…. By my mommy! Often times we bring our creative talents together. I design something and she actually makes it. This fun beret is a great example. I love the color and it adds a touch of fun to any look. Additionally, it is a good weight so I can wear it inside and outside. Fashion for every temperature. This example is a little more blue, but provides the same amount of fun. At $15 from Sears, you really can’t beat it.

So next time you have a reason to go a bit over the top, do it. Why not be the most fabulous person there? Why not wear all of those items that you would never put together? Have your friends ask you why you are so fancy and own it. You are fancy because you are fabulous and you can’t help it.

Gray is the New Black

If Serena loves gray, then it must be the new black. With colder months coming, we need more then just the normal neutrals. Black is so yesterday. Truth be told, I am never opposed to the simplicity of black or brown as your choice for a neutral, but try something new. Try gray.

I am absolutely loving this look on Blake Lively for her character in Gossip Girl. It is gray, gray, gray and it looks good, good, good. I seriously cannot seem to stay away from it this fall. Every look I put together ends up so darn gray. So I am just going to go with it and consider it my signature of the season. And now it can be yours too…..

There are so many options when choosing how to bring the lifeless color into your look. It may seem drab, but it is just the thing that is going to set your look apart from your sea of friends. Take Blake for example, most people would have chosen a black boot, she went gray. Go for slightly different by choosing this color, but not jumping from the cliff. Push yourself stylishly…. just a little:)

Another option that I absolutely love is doing a brown boot with gray tights. Reese has it spot on. It throws off the look from “normal” just the right amount. Tights are an important accessory during the colder months and can not only add excitement to your look, but they can extend the wearability of a lot of your pieces. Like dresses and skirts!
Stop buying black everything all of the time. If you try one new thing this season, try gray tights.

Not ready for a super leap yet? Gray jeans are a safe way to enter the world of “new neutrals”. Try out this pair by Seven. They are fantastic because they can go with black or brown. This makes a pair of gray jeans the most versatile you will ever own. If that isn’t a selling point, I don’t know what is!

And finally, the perfect topper to any look? An indoor/outdoor gray jacket. This piece will be useful from fall all the way through to spring. It can be worn as your jacket when it is a bit warmer out or under your coat as a layering piece for your look. The gray color makes the jacket transferable from warmer to colder months. What a perfect investment piece this Helmut Lang jacket would make to any gal’s wardrobe.

So I think my argument has been proven. Gray IS the new black beyond a reasonable doubt. Search just slightly outside your comfort zone and you will quickly find that adding some gray is just the sunshine your wardrobe needs.

My Day at the Vintage Market

I am obsessed with a treasure hunt. There is nothing wrong with a merchandised store, but it is finding a diamond in the ruff that really gets me going. Lucky for me, New York City is FULL of vintage markets. Once a year, there is a massive affair at the Metropolitan Pavillion in Chelsea, and it is A-mazing.

I headed over with my girlfriends Allison and Jackie to find something fabulous. There was a $20 entrance fee (I got a discounted pass) which is totally nuts. I actually paid to go shop, you know the sale must be good.

Styled by yours truly, Allison looked amazing in her rabbit vest. It was the maiden voyage for this great piece. Very in this season. I threw on my new Sandro hat and leather jacket, both purchased at a consignment store. Notice the black cat suit underneath. This was quite strategic. I planned on trying on a lot of stuff with no dressing room and instead of being naked in the middle of the pavilion, I put everything on OVER this look. How genius!
How nuts is this? I look like an over-sized blue sheep. This is great for a “fat” day because no body can see a damn thing. Prada designed this for 2011 and they must have been on some sort of hallucinogen when they did it. Thank you for drugs because this is awesome. It called to me from the other side of the pavilion. There was no way you could miss this from a million miles away…..

And then there were gold chains. Lots of them. The truth is that although I loved all of them, they were WAY overpriced. Since I have been doing this for so long, I am pretty aware of what things are worth. Even though I may love something, I always question the price tag. I am not made of money here! And even if I was, I would still ask, “Is this worth the price?”. These chains are something that you can find any suburban Salvation Army for $5 to $10. They were selling them for between $80 and $125! I couldn’t do it. Talk about a mark up.

After hours of picking through tons of vintage wares, I only walked away with two pieces. Needless to say, I was not pleased. I went there to spend my hard earned cash! If I am going to pay a cover charge to shop, I am going to shop damn it. I do LOVE my gold belt with tassel. It is adjustable so I can wear it around my waist or on my hips. At $55, I will say I think it was a bit overpriced, but I loved it. I also think my mind was a bit frazzled because everything seemed to be so expensive so 55 bucks seemed cheap. Even stylists who question price tags get confused:) I also got this leopard scarf which was definitely vintage because it smelled old. I am half kidding. I think it will look fabulous with a large, crystal vintage broach. Now I just need to buy one. It is a great indoor/outdoor accessory.

It may have been a less successful shopping trip then I had hoped, but all in all, it was definitely worth the time. I love treasure hunting!!

Alice and Olivia: Voted Best Pants

Pants might just be the enemy sometimes. They never seem to fit perfectly. Well have no fear, I have a designer that seems to hit the nail on the head every time.

Enter Alice and Olivia by Stacey Bendet. Almost all of my client’s own at least one pair of these fabulous pants (including myself). She just really seems to understand a woman’s curves, most notably, a woman’s waist. Jelly roll is never pretty. You know, the part of your stomach that hangs over your pants. Not fun. That is the genius of the Alice and Olivia design. There is a thicker waist band at the top of the pants so they never cut into you. Please see the lovely example of these black wide leg pants. Divine.

Next up, skinny red pants. Do not be scared, I know these are not for everyone. You definitely have to be on the slender side, but curves are not rejected by this style. They still feature a wonderful wide waist band, but are much more modern in the silhouette. A cinched ankle is often a tough thing to pull off, but if your leg is on the straighter side, it can be your friend. Skinny pants are great because they can be worn with any size heel. Go from super flat to ridiculously high and they will always work! I love anything with millions of styling options:) Aside from the fun style, the color of these pants is a super pop to any look. Stop wearing dark colors on the bottom and switch it up. Who said you can’t wear brights on the bottom and dark colors on the top? Try it!

Ah, leather bell bottoms. Who knew I would be suggesting these? They are the style of the season though, yes, bell bottoms are back. They are not for everyone, but if you have longer, skinnier legs, these are for you! It is very difficult to have a large flare at the bottom if you are not taller because the pants will just drag you down. They accentuate the lowest part of you, often shortening and certainly widening you. Not good. So if you are tall, have fun and go bold with a leather pair. It is never out and makes a fantastic statement when worn with any look.

So stop cursing out your pants and try on a pair of Alice and Olivia. They might just make you re-think your hatred.

Missoni for Target: On the Scene

It has arrived…. Missoni for Target. The only problem is that it is already gone. I wish I was kidding. As the picture shows, by 10:30am this morning, Missoni had left the building. I thought I was so good showing up just 2.5 hours after Target in Queens opened, but apparently it wasn’t good enough. I was told that just a half hour after the doors opened, everything was basically gone.

The best part of all of this is that I convinced my friend Jackie to come out to my place and then we would drive to Queens. Well, the car didn’t start. So we hopped on the train and off we went to a store full of nothing. Thank God I am friends with people that have a sense of humor because a fashion show I promised and a fashion show you shall get.
When I say there was nothing left, I really mean it. We had to go to the kid’s section just to play. My friend Jackie is teeny tiny so this plan was not all that bad. Unfortunately, the clothing was a bit of a let down…..

There were some pieces that were classically Missoni and other’s that well, just looked cheap. Obviously the quality is going to be of lesser value since we are at Target and not Barney’s, but you never want to be the girl wearing cheap, imitation Missoni.

In her best pout face, Jackie shows us what CAN work from the line. Some cute, throw on pieces that can put some funk in any look. Exactly what Missoni is all about. When buying a less expensive version of the original, go with non-fitted items. Accessories and loose silhouettes don’t show off that the fit might not be perfect.

Try out a hat and gloves for example. It is the perfect Missoni pop to any ensemble. You know I look good in this hat made for a 2 year old. In fact, this line at Target is perfect for a youngster. You don’t need to be spending crazy prices for the “real” thing. Have the best dressed toddler in town.

I do love this adorable dress. Easy, comfortable, stylish. Obviously it is a bit short, but if Jackie shrank to the size of an 8 year old it would be perfect. If it was her size, throwing on a dark pair of tights and high brown riding boots with be the best additions. Add a structured jean jacket and you are on your way!

Being a good sport, Jackie went the full mile. Without me even asking, she decided it was good for the post to model ALL of the items, including lingerie. Right over her pants, Jackie shows off Missoni’s effort at patterned panties. Honestly, I think they are great!

In my professional opinion, it was definitely worth the trip to Target. If and when another shipment comes in, I will certainly be first (or 100th) in line. It is always good to mix and match high and low end pieces. Just use your discerning eye carefully and recognize the difference between inexpensive and cheap. It is a very fine line and never needs to be crossed!