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BOW-tastic Holiday Dresses

Always wanted to be unwrapped? Well here is your big holiday chance. Step one, look incredibly hot wearing a dress that makes you the present. I am no girlie girl, but I love bows…. when done correctly. Looking like a thirty year old in a ten year old’s dress is never sexy. Of course, I can only offer my personal opinion on the subject, this is not that kind of website.

There have been several great “bow” dresses over the years to hit the red carpet and most were reamed out on the style review television shows and magazines. All this says is that taking a leap often means that not everyone will understand what you are trying to accomplish. Charlize Theron once wore a deep green one-shoulder gown with bow accent that was stunning, but could only work on her.

This red dress is a much better option for the rest of us who are not necessarily amazonian beauties. It gives definition and shape to the body so there is definitely sex appeal, yet offers a certain level of playfulness with the bow detail and puff skirt. Keeping the rest of this look fairly simple and sophisticated is the only way to not look like you are heading off to a bat-mitzvah. The over-sized bow can be a very slippery (and child-like) slope.

Red Taffeta Cocktail Dress by eDressMe New York
$275.00

Bold Bangles

There are several staples that I believe all fashionable women must own. Longer tank tops, a crisp white button down, wide leg black pants…. I could seriously keep going if someone didn’t stop me so I will stop myself. Let me re-direct my focus to a specific area of fashion, say jewelry? Sure, why not.

Gold bangles are a dream accessory because they literally go with everything. They add style to any basic ensemble, they add a pop to your simple summer dress and they even work with your over the top, overly embellished “everybody look at me” dress. Basically, they work with simple, they work with crazy, they work with classic, they work with funk, they work with, well, YOU!

The other fantastic thing about these little gems is that you can find them anywhere. I don’t care where you live in the world, these things are just around the corner. From Forever 21, to that expensive boutique to hand crafted markets… I bet you can even find these things in some off the beaten path African extravaganza. The point is that you can get them for 3 bucks or 300 bucks depending on what quality you are looking for.

I love these bangles shown here from Flutter by Jill Golden. They are simple with a touch of individuality which still allows them to be worn with anything, as previously mentioned. I love basic things to still be stand alone pieces. That, of course, does not mean that they need to stand alone! Mix these bad boys up with other random bracelets for a great eclectic look.

So ladies, if you have been reading my brilliant styling blog religiously you just might be the hottest chick on the block… And definitely the most stylish!

Flutter by Jill Golden$145- $185

Awesome Architechtural Heels

A few things really upset me; ice cream cones that melt too fast, men with skinny legs and people that complain about their fabulous curly hair to name a few… But nothing upsets me more than people that only have black and brown shoes because they don’t know what to do with “crazy” shoes. Well I am here to help you break that pattern! Love thy “crazy” shoes!

These pink booty high heels are bananas, as in, fabulously phenomenal. They are seriously ridiculous and might be a tad scary to most people. My roommate, who is sitting right next to me, told me she thought they were ugly, but then again she said, “You’re the expert”.

So here is my “expert” advice for how to truly rock this outstanding piece of architectural fashion. Don’t try and make them blend, they won’t. This is the stand-out piece of your look. There are several ways to make these look fantastic so that people will stop you on the street as opposed to whispering, “Who is the crazy person with the crazy fashion sense” to their friends.

Some possible options for stand-out shoes is to tone down the rest of your outfit. These shoes would be fabulous with all black, including black tights. What a sexy look for a holiday party! Because these are satin, they work for a dressy, funky evening outfit. Another option is to wear them with a simple solid pencil skirt and a printed silk blouse. Keep the craziness separate with the solid skirt in the middle and mix the hard edge of the architectural heel with the softness of silk. The third option is for a night of dinner and dancing. Throw on a skinny jeans, a slinky blouse and a single button blazer. Again, keep it solid aside from the blouse. The bottom half of your outfit should always be simple so the focus is on your “crazy” shoes.

So stop loving shoes and not buying them because you aren’t sure what to do with them. Everything has its fashion place and having an amazing online stylist to help you through your fashion journey certainly doesn’t hurt!

Alexia High Sandal Boot
$105.00

Cardigans Aren’t Just for Grandma

I am one of the funkier people I know and I own eight of them… And that is just the shorter ones! I never said I didn’t have a problem:) Thank God my job supports my habit and my habit supports my job.

The lovely cardigan has so many more purposes than the boardroom, although they look good there too! This is a recession proof piece because it is always a layering option no matter what the day, time or function. Forget about your moms pearls, this look deserves a bold statement necklace of layered chains. A button-down will certainly look appropriate and stylish, but why not think outside of the box. A t-shirt, like the one shown here, is a great alternative. It adds a casually chic element that people don’t often associate with the cardigan. A blouse with a tuxedo ruffle down the front is also a great option to spice up your cardigan look.

The key to making your cardigan rock is, like all of your clothing, have it fit properly!!! I can not promote this concept enough. As with this piece, it is a fitted silhouette that gives great definition to her waist because you can actually see it! I love all different length cardigans, I just want them to skim the body so that we can see you have one. That is the key to a “sexy” cardigan. The other important element when choosing this item is to pick one out that can stand alone. Border piping (just like this one), great buttons, cool sleeves… The options are endless so find one that suits you and your style!

So ladies, the complaint department on conservative clothing being a necessity for your job is closed. Creative conservative, think Miranda from Sex and the City, is the new black. I just mean out with the old and in with the cardigan (done fabulously:).

NY and Company City Style Trimmed Cardigan
$19.97

UGG-ly Boots (I Actually LOVE These:)


So obviously we (meaning me) know that these are not the most fashionable shoes on the planet. Now readers, I may be fashionable to a fault at times, but as my clients will tell you, I am not the girl walking 5 miles in a pair of stilettos because I look hot. It hurts just to think about it. I am all about functional fashion, realistic fashion! If you believe that all women in NYC look like the ladies of Sex and the City, I am sorry to burst your bubble, but it is a far cry from the truth. Carrie can keep her five inch heels while I walk comfortably. I reserve this type of ridiculousness for long evenings of drinking, eating and SITTING.

These Ugg boots are a much more realistic option for strolling through Central Park… or any park for that matter. This knitted style will not only keep your toesies toasty, but you will actually feel like you have on slippers all day long. Um, is there anything better? I think not, divine. This cute color will add a pop of stylish fun to your leggings and long sweater combo.

Remember folks, I said park strolling, not dinner date. I condone these wonderfully comfy shoes for appropriately casual activities. Don’t push the envelope. I will find you and you don’t want to get in trouble from your personal on-line stylist now do you?

UGG Australia “Cardy” Classic Boot
$139.95