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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 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

SOOO Many Spring Jean Trends

The denim world has officially gone mad. Each season there are usually one or two new trends that make quite the splash, but this year there are so many I had to choose my favorites. I bought 4 new pairs and I still barely touched the tip of the jean iceberg….

 

Owning a great, perfectly fitting pair of jeans is a necessity. Finding the afore mentioned unicorn is often times an uphill all out battle for most people. Fret no more, I am not only here to highlight the best jean trends of the season, but to help you pick the right pair for your body type.  Stop buying pair after pair that don’t quite fit right and that you don’t LOVE. Your denim should bring joy to your life, lift your booty by design and NOT be falling off after a few wears.

 

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The biggest trend of the season is the new and updated version of mom jeans. I am not kidding, this trend is VERY real. I am completely obsessed with this version by the Gap . I am usually a jean snob and promote only buying designer options because they truly fit better, but for this super trend I wanted to try something a little less expensive (these are only 50 bucks as opposed to $200!). I typically weigh my options with big trends and ask myself how long I think the trend will last. If I think it is a passing fad, I try out a cheaper option. What really shocked me though is how much I LOVE this pair by the Gap. They fit well and are on point trend-wise. The color is good for the spring and summer seasons, the cropped/split ankle is VERY trendy and the mid-rise waist is super comfortable. If you get one pair of “fad” jeans this season, make it the upgraded mom jean.

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The cropped flare ankle is the other top trend of spring ’17. This high waisted pair by Paige is super comfortable and easy to wear with pretty much everything. It is a simple trend that anybody of any age can try out. Switch out your basic skinnies for this cropped flare style and you will instantly be a fashion maven. Style them just as you would any regular pair of jeans and voila, you will automatically be on trend just by switching out one item of your look. The chopped bottom really hits the trendiness home.

 

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The most comfortable trend this season is the simple super high-waisted skinny (add rips for more trend). I have been wearing these J Brand Maria’s everywhere for everything. They create curves where you never knew you had them. I put them on and I instantly have a poppin’ booty. I haven’t met a person yet who isn’t in love with the high waist trend. So long to the days of ass crack hanging out when you bend down to get something! These jeans are the perfect option for someone who wants to dip their toe in the jean trend pond without fully going swimming. It is just a twist on your basic skinnies that you already know and love.

 

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So I know this isn’t a super fad, but I had to touch upon white jeans. They seem to be the nemesis of most women. They love them, but just can’t seem to find the perfect pair that doesn’t show off every nook and cranny. I promote finding a pair that is a bit thicker with some texture to the material. It hides what you don’t want saying hello to the world. The other trick is to get a straight pair that are cropped at the ankle as opposed to a skinny style. They are just slightly more flattering on most body types. No matter what style you choose, finding the perfect white jeans will most likely be an uphill battle, but one that is well worth winning. They can make any outfit clean and crisp during the spring months even when it is still freakin’ cold out. Throw these bad boys on any time after March 15th in anticipation of rising temperatures. Yes, you can wear white before Memorial Day!!!

 

 

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Above is a harrowing tale about mom jeans gone wrong. No, my ass hanging out is not a trend, this is what happens when you bend over the pick something up in a store and feel a strong breeze against your buttocks. Not cute. Luckily I had a jacket with me to tie around my waist to get home. Even with all my chutzpah (and living in NYC), I couldn’t pretend that this was a purposeful choice. Even though this was clearly God telling me to burn the mom jeans I didn’t listen. I returned them and immediately bought the same pair again.

 

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I want you to jump right into any of these trendy options this season. All you need is to choose one fun pair to hop on the cool kids denim train…..  Finding the right jeans is like dating, it is a numbers game. Once you accept into your heart that you will have to try on a bunch to find the perfect pair, the better the adventure will be. When you do slip into that fabulously amazing, perfectly fitting pair of jeans, you will know it was all worth it.

 

 

White Denim, Black Denim, Light Skinnies, Mid Rise Destructed, High Rise Tapered 

 

I am a Sneakerhead

What is a sneakerhead? According to Urban Dictionary it is “a person who collects limited, rare, OG, or flat out exclusive kicks. Usually the collection consists of Jordans or Dunks”. 

Now let’s not get crazy, I am not running around in Jordans or $800 one of a kind sneakers, but I am literally wearing some type of sneaker almost everyday. I thank the fashion world everyday for making this “trend” happen because  my little tootsies couldn’t take ballet flats anymore.  This season is all about your sneaker game, we aren’t talking about gym shoes here….

 

 

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I LOVE my gold Stuart Weitzman high top sneakers.  They have gotten more attention then almost anything I own. The reason is simple, they make a splash while being a realistic style choice for any type of fashionistia. From pumping up the most basic look to adding extra funk to the funkiest outfit. I completely understand that my line of work allows me to make “alternative” fashion choices, but you too can wear sneakers most of your life (outside of a traditional office obviously). There are SO many different dressy and fabulous options these days that pairing anything from a cute dress to jeans with sneakers will work. When a functional yet stylish trend occurs, the world listens.

 

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I am all about my “Jenny from the block” inspired ensemble. Dinner in my hood on a balmy Saturday night never looked so good (or comfortable). White lace up sneakers are all the rage right now and I have been wearing this pair by Vince incessantly.  I have paired them with everything from this high-waisted jean skirt by American Apparel to black ankle pants to an a-line dress. They literally go with EVERYTHING. Keeping them white is the only problem, but a little character from the NYC streets is a must in this town.

 

 

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Slip on sneakers are a heaven sent for simple, yet chic run-out-the door footwear. Tying shoes can take up a lot of your time if you add it up over a year! Obviously white is a big trend not only in my own wardrobe, but in the general fashion world as well right now. By mixing the crisp nature of white leather with the laid back feeling of a sneaker, your outfit instantly becomes “cool” yet stylishly appropriate for most environments. Almost everyone of my clients own slip on sneakers because they can go from a playdate to the park to dinner to brunch to climbing Mount Everest. Ok, maybe not the last example.

 

 

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A running sneaker is usually made for just that, running, but this bad boy is for strutting your stuff all over town! This pair by Karl Lagerfeld combines black suede and sparkly sides for extra oomph. They are legitimately created in the likeness of my gym sneakers which makes me smile from ear to ear when I am scaling the many floors of Saks 5th avenue for upwards of 5 hours. I used to come home during my ballet flat days practically in tears and limping, the switch to stylish sneakers was a no-brainer for me. I technically had NO choice unless I wanted to shoot botox into the bottom of my feet to alleviate the pain (this is a real thing people).  Running shoes with stylish 5th avenue worthy ensembles? Yes please.

 

 

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The above sporty chic look is the most simple way of pulling off the sneaker trend no matter what your age, style or budget. It is essentially an upgraded t-shirt and jeans ensemble, who doesn’t love the basics done right??? Obviously the most important element is choosing the right kicks, if a hightop is too crazy for you go for a slip or slide on just like the ones shown paired with the jeans. A great waist length jacket and messenger bag will not only be stylish, but both will compliment the easy going feel you are most definitely going for. Top the look off with a dope pair of sunnies (aviators are my go-to for sporty chic) and you are ready to conquer the world in a seriously comfortable outfit!

black tote, boyfriend jeans, cargo jacket, aviators, high tops