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Animal Prints are Grrrrrrrrrrrrrreat!

Who doesn’t love a good Tony the Tiger reference? I know I do. He is one good looking tiger and knows how to wear his look quite well. So here are some tips for looking as hot as Tony does…..

Animal print can be downright scary (and cheesy) in most cases. I have had many times in my life where I wasn’t sure if I was at Palm Beach or the zoo, I was petrified at either possibility. There are so many people in this world who let the animal wear them, they literally turn into a tiger before our very eyes. Stop the madness, I am like the zoo keeper for the fashionably challenged.

So here is most most simple tip for kicking it zebra style: Limit yourself to only one piece of animal print and keep it simple. This is such a bold choice for a material that often times when we choose to drape ourselves in it, the smallest thing can push us over the “cheese” edge. I truly believe that only Kate Moss can pull off a floor length leopard coat. I met her at a photo shoot I was working on and I wanted to tame her right then and there. She is a tigress.

This cardigan is a great option to show off your inner-animal without being caged for bad style. Wearing it open with a great colored blouse underneath will help to break up the crazy pattern even more. Choosing an accessory, such as a belt, is another fabulous way to raid the zoo. It says, “Look at my sexy, crazy, I’ll bite you if you are bad side, but I am also a very stylish professional”. Where do I come up with this crap?

Delia’s Izzy Zebra Cardigan

The Trendy Trench

The trench coat is a tried and true foundation piece of any stylish ladies wardrobe. Buy it, own it, wear it…. Now. This style has literally been around for ages and why not? It is a simple and sophisticated silhouette with a cinched waist to give shapely definition to any body type. Inspector Gadget must have known a thing or two about fashion….

With the big V-Day coming up, why not pull out the pink. I have always loved a good theme. Usually it is WAY to cold to be pulling off a trench at this time of year, but with temperatures soaring right now, take advantage of the lighter wear! This color is also fantastic moving into Spring and gives a little punch to the classic trench that is usually tan, brown or black.

No need to spend millions of dollars on this piece either. It is such of staple of American fashion culture that you can find one of pretty good quality at any of the major chains. Safari-chic is HUGE this Spring season so I suggest, no, I implore that you run right out and buy yourself a brand, new shiny trench coat.

Old Navy Women’s Belted Twill Trench Coat

Make a Statement (With your Earrings!)

Now you know that I love the statement necklace, but seeing as I often change my outfit twice a day, I might need another statement piece of jewelry! Rounding the corner at a close second are statement earrings. They were the new big thing (like anything is ever that new!) at fashion week and I am sure they will be making their way into your hanging jewelry organizer very soon. This depends on how closely and religiously you are following my blog and all of the style knowledge I bestow upon you.

The statement earring is like bling for your face. At least it is the closest thing next to actual face jewelry. Seriously though, you want to highlight all that is fabulous about your gorgeous face and this is the best and easiest way to do that. Choosing a color, like these big guns, are a very quick way to brighten up your overall look and bring sunshine to your tired, I work way too much, face:) The key to the statement earring is to make sure they are big, very, very big. They don’t need to be stupidly heavy, there are millions of styles out there that produce the same effects as heavier, earlobe drooping ones.

Owning these fantastic baubles means that you must show them off, don’t hide them in your hair! I always suggest a ponytail with a slight poof at the front to highlight these lovely earrings. It is fun, playful and sophisticated at the same time. Using a headscarf is also another accessory that meshes well with a large earring. Just be careful that neither the scarf or the earring is too overwhelming because you will just look like someone puked fashion on your head. Never a good look. Keep your outfit fairly simple as well if you do make the bold choice of pairing a scarf and statement earrings together. Take the leap and the net will appear, you can do it!

Banana Republic Turquoise Hues Chandelier Earrings

Show Off Your Cojones… With a Watch!

Ah, the holidays are over and it is finally time to put away the credit cards…. Or is it? I am talking sales here people, BIG sales! This time of year is my favorite time of year to exercise one of my all-time best shopping strategies: Get the deal no matter what the season. Purchase the piece even if it wasn’t at the top of your list. If you found it and the price was right, God wanted you to have it. That’s right, there is divine intervention going on here.

Watches can be a sign of wealth, kind of like the bag you are carrying, but cut the crap here. It is just like a bag, buy one that is fabulous and reasonably priced. Wearing ten grand on your wrist might be a bit of overkill unless you are trying to overcompensate for something else… Let’s leave that up to the men though ladies:)

I love this particular watch because I am obsessed with the male inspired style working for women. Why can’t we wear the pants in the boardroom? Or the bedroom…. Truthfully, this is a mens watch. The funny part is that on a lady this watch looks fun and trendy adding a bit of bold to any look, while on a guy this would just look cheesy. It screams, “I really, really, really wish I lived in the era when Charlie Sheen kicked ass in “Wall Street”. This watch really lends itself to feminine power by making the bling aspect (the metal) a little too blingy for a (straight) guy. I would suggest purchasing a watch that is slightly over-sized for your own petite wrist. Go big, go bold, go gold.

Armitron Men’s Gold-Tone Sub Dial Watch

Classic White Button-Down

Foundation pieces make or break your wardrobe. I don’t care who you are, where you live, how old you are or what size you wear, a classic white button down should reside in your closet. As we have already established, I do not have your run or the mill style, yet I own about 7 different styles of white button-downs. Long ones, short ones, wrapped ones, fitted ones, these babies are like men, you can never have too many:)

I know that a common crisis for women is around the chest area and there never being enough room for “the girls”. That is what they invented small brass pins or double sided tape for. Unfortunately, many designers have yet to realize their error (I am writing letters everyday to no avail:), so we must correct it on our own. Simple place a pin from the inside and catch as little fabric as possible while still making sure there is closure around the third button down. DO NOT let the pin show through the front. Tacky much? Double-sided tape is a bit easier to maneuver, but does not have the same longevity.

This style is from Ann Taylor Loft which is my go-to spot for a classic white button-down that darts properly for a fantastic fit. It actually is tailored to most real body types which is a rarity in this department. It also is completely reasonably priced, around $40, because most of these bad boys run you upwards of $85- $125 a pop. Seriously? I ruin the armpits within six months to a year so I look at this purchase as something that does not have a lifetime guarantee. I know, I am gross. Aw, fess up, you are too!

Ann Taylor Loft Button Front Shirt