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The Pencil Skirt


If you venture back in fashion time (think Marty McFly, only you’re driving a prius), you will find that the pencil skirt is a tried and true staple of the woman’s wardrobe. Anything that has stuck around since the fifties must have some merit! The simple explanation for this phenomenon is that this style skirt truly does work on most body types and creates a flattering silhouette.

As I have repeatedly said, accentuating the smaller parts of your body is a great concept… Obviously! Moderately high waisted garments are very complimentary to the “real woman’s” body. This means, don’t have the waist line just below your chest, think more like your belly button. The straight skirt hugs your curves in all of the right places accentuating your femininity. Women should have a heiny so show it off:)

There are two important factors to make this style work. First is to have it hemmed to the appropriate length. As this skirt shows, the hem should be just above your knee otherwise you are actually shortening and fattening your bottom half. Uh, not the look you are going for ladies! Second, the fabric should be a denser material, it might even have some elasticity to it. This allows the skirt to hug your curves accentuating the positive rather than showing off any possible, um, let’s be real here… cellulite. Ug, the unforgivable word!

As this particular look shows, the pencil skirt is great for day into evening and can be perfect for your next big meeting or dinner party. Throw on a bold statement necklace and look like the MILF (or MILF in training) you have always wanted to be.

Banana Republic Silvered Tweed Pencil Skirt

$175.00

Your Best Accessory: Nail Polish


All great stylists will tell you that any amazing outfit is all in the details. One wrong shoe, one wrong belt, and you will have fallen from fashion royalty to fashion victim.

Obviously this picture is beautifully styled and has layers upon layers that I could talk about. Her sculptured hat, her velvet rose choker… Look closer. It’s like the “Where’s Waldo” of style….

Nail Polish! Every week when I get my nails done it is like I am choosing who to transform into. The vampy seductress with ruby red, the rocker chic with florescent pink or the classic goth girl with dark blackish red? Lately deep purple is my winter choice.

Remember that everything you choose from your clothes to your hair to your nails helps to define your look, your style. This week I am going to try out my flirty, innocent side with Essie’s ballet slipper…. I don’t think flirty and innocent will last much into the weekend, but at least my nails will look good:)

OPI: La Collection de France

Cocktail Rings

I own 20. Okay, 25. Alright, if I am being honest with myself it may be more like 30…. I just can’t help myself, who doesn’t want a piece of jewelry that says don’t mess with my bling! Gone are the days of subdued jewelry and here are the days of over-sized fantastic fabulousness.

Cocktail rings, just like these by Kenneth Jay Lane, are an easy way to put that stamp of style on any outfit. They are a stand alone piece, meaning that it only takes one to complete an entire look. Stop fidgeting with other jewelry and and take the easy way out this time. Just like the LBD, it is a sure fire item. If the size is overwhelming and you need a little hand holding to get into this trend, try the clear stone or something a little less flashy. You can do it, I promise:) Plus, if you end up in a street alley in a west side story type of scenario, it doubles as weaponry. Leave the mace at home, this stylish item serves double duty.

Kenneth Jay Lane Square Cocktail Rings
$80.00

Feather in my Hat. Fabulous.

Am I Angelina Jolie in Changeling? NO, but at least I can mimic her style. I love, love, love anything fabulous and feathers definitely fall under that category. As I have noted before (I am sure you remember because you memorize my blog), hats, gloves and scarves are the best way to spice up your winter look. A throwback to the early 1900′s with this classic winter hat keep you warm and stylish. Functionable fashion people! Add a brazen red lipstick, plumper included, and Maddox might just mistake you for mom. Brad not included.

Urban Outfitters Feather Cloche

$42.00

Pretty Political Pearls

In light of the election, I think it is time that we all step up to the plate and rock a little Jackie O style. Because ladies, classic never fades. Whether you are Republican or Democrat, this style is an instant pick me up for anyone. Like everything I discuss, it is all about making it your own!

Personally, I was never the individual pearl strand type of gal. And if you are no Charlotte from Sex and the City either, why not choose a strand that is either long or layer them up. Classicly funky never looked so good. Pin a small broach on your pearls for a personal touch or just buy a set, like these fabulous ones, that already have your flair built right in. Jackie O, 2008.

Carollee Faux Pearl Necklace with Crystal Flower Accent
$75.00 each