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Over the Knee Boots: Can They Work??

Which one of these is not like the others? Come on, you can do it! You remember this little challenge from your grammar school days…. Let me give you a hint, two of these women should realize that although they are hot, this boot style is for a “less mature” woman. Sorry gals.

Rihanna hits the nail on the head by vamping up this cute and simple sweater dress. By pairing together these two pieces, she is keeping it sexy yet appropriate. She pulls in a very big trend right now, the over the knee boot, while keeping the look grounded.

And then there are the other two. Mariah Carey always causes my fashion brain to hurt. She just can’t accept that curves can be beautiful when they are not completely being hugged by spandex material. Adding a pair of “hooker” boots only puts this already over-the-top look, more over-the-top. This outfit would be best worn by a 20 year old girl who is about to go out to the club. Not by an almost 40 year old woman in broad daylight. It is time to put away the spandex dear. You are a beautiful woman that does not need to have it all hanging out even if that is what you consider “your style”. That is not a style, it is actually known as your late teens and 20′s…. A time that is over:(

Now there is a bit more hope for J. Lo. I still think that she gets it right most of the time, but there are a few slip ups here and there. Mostly, she is now 40 and it is time for her to reflect that. Her thighs are more in shape then they have ever been, but unfortunately that does not mean that they should be wearing thigh high boots. I have been asked if there is a cut-off age for this trend and my simple answer is yes. Anyone over 35 probably should pack this possibility up along with their spandex clothing. Hot or not, age appropriate clothing is a big plus in my book. THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU SHOULD NOT STILL BE SEXY. This just means that certain trends are not appropriate for you anymore.

For those of you that reflect Rihanna more than Mariah and J. Lo, here are two options for you. First we have the very pricey Christian Louboutins, totally hot, totally expensive. If you can pay this price, well then I am totally impressed and I want to be friends with you:) If not, you have a less expensive option that you can totally rock. Either way, this look will be here for a few seasons so it is worth investing in a pair. Choose high heels for a flashier version, but you can completely wear flat ones during the day with a longer sweater and leggings. Have fun, be sexy and remember that Julia Roberts in “Pretty Women” is not the only hooker who can wear hooker boots.

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Christian Louboutin contente over the knee boots: $1995.00
Lucky Brand “Gwen” over the knee boots: $239.00

Holiday Twist: Suit Up

I know, I know, I have already chatted about Angelina Jolie’s Akris white suit. It was so good though, that it was worth another mention. Not just Angelina’s beautiful ensemble, but the white suit in general.

Holiday party season is upon us and I am looking for the anti-cocktail dress. How many party dresses can one girl own? Don’t answer that, you might scare yourself.

A great option in these chillier winter months is a tuxedo. The age-old winter problem with a dress is that your legs are freezing and you have to find a layering piece to go with your look. Now you have covered up your cute new dress! Of course I love the idea of a classic black women’s tux, but have you ever considered winter white? Well you should!

Even Bianca Jagger has done it. She went white and looked uber-chic. Ok, the Colonel Sanders style tie is a bit much, but hell, it is Bianca Jagger!

You may be asking, “All white in winter? Isn’t it past Labor Day?” The answer is yes and yes. If it is just too much for you, try a cream tuxedo instead. It softens the bright element, but still has the same dramatic effect. You will stand out… In a good way!



If you are lucky enough to be in a warmer part of the world during this holiday season, change up your idea of a tuxedo. Emma Roberts shows that pants are not always a must when choosing a sophisticated white suit. She is still portraying a classic, yet sexy ideal. Add black tights and black pumps to funk up this concept and wear it in colder weather. Slightly alternative, a little bit funky, totally awesome.





Now although I do believe that this model should have opted for a shirt, the suit does speak for itself. When has a bra and necklace counted for a layering piece? I strongly promote a white suit for a nice change from the party dress, but in addition, it is a great foundation staple! You not only get an amazing white suit, but you get separates. You can really utilize a white blazer and white pants because of the multiple options for styling. The best part, it is seasonless! Yes ladies, you can wear this anytime of the year and to multiple occasions. Dress it up, dress it down, make it what you want it to be. The white suit is a must for all wardrobes, and of course, holiday parties!!!

The Bridget Fit wide-leg pant: $49.50
Boyfriend jacket in seasonless stretch: $108.00

Think Outside of the (Gift) Box!

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Ah, it is that lovely time of year again when we get to spend our hard earned cash on lots and lots of gifts for those we love. It gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling inside. Thinking about what to get everybody (I have 8 days of Hanukkah, oy vey) can often times hurt my brain. I like to be creative and different, but sometimes a leopard snuggie just seems like such a good idea. It is simple, it is easy and the people look so cozy in the commercials.

Ok seriously, am I really going to buy a damn snuggie for anyone ever? Hell no. Go put on your bathrobe backwards and call it a day. I am not spending my hard earned cash on a re-vamped creation that has been around for years. Who the heck is buying those things anyway?????????

So here comes the plug… Wait for it….. Pause for anticipation……. That’s right folks, I am the most creative and interesting gift you could possibly give! Am I being full of myself? Kind of, but I am laughing because I am so ridiculous so it is worth it:) Seriously though, I have had many a husband and a wife thank their significant other for doing something different and thinking outside of the box. They get to live like a celebrity by having an expert save them from the overwhelming strife that getting dressed, not to mention shopping, can cause. Plus the gift giver usually thanks me because they never have to hear their partner or friend complain that they have “nothing to wear” ever again! With a look book filled with up to 40 outfits, it is hard to say you don’t own anything and you don’t have anything to put on…..

So go on, be creative! Bring my style tips home by having myself or a Sass N Style expert show you that personal style should not be that difficult! At least it isn’t when you hire one of us……:)

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Kendra Scott Jewelry: Make Your Own!


I love big, shiny things. They call to me in my sleep, “Come here and buy us Amy… You want to wear us Amy….” Just a normal night’s sleep for a fashion stylist.

Kendra Scott jewelry is an awesome line that actually lets you create your own big, shiny things. She basically gives you the map and tools to choose your own fabulous color palette. It is simple and easy, not to mention fun.


When romping around Henri Bendel’s a few weeks back, I came across this designer. I was a bit confused at first because there was a long table with tons of different stones in amazing colors. There were also a bunch of empty skeletons for earrings, necklaces and rings. It was quickly explained to me that this was a “do-it-yourself” type of jewelry project. Ooohhh goody!

There are a few, easy steps to this creative, jewelry making process:

Step One: Select your jewelry silhouette
Step Two: Choose your custom stone combination
Step Three: Watch the Kendra Scott representative create your custom style in just minutes!
Step Four: Awesome (I created that one:)

So there you have it, custom creations created by you. Not only is this project great fun for your own personal collection, but what a great gift idea? You can give the same pair of earrings out to all of your friends in different colors! Did I mention how easy this was?????

Danielle Earrings in Plum on Gold-Tone: $60
Danielle Earrings in Cobalt on Gold-Tone: $60
Ignacia Necklace in Smoky on Gold-Tone: $200
Otylia Ring in Python on Gold-Tone: $75

What Jeans to Wear When

Yes ladies, there is an answer to the age-old question, “What jeans should I wear today?”. Ok, maybe this is not an age-old question, but many of you still ponder this thought when you wake up and when you go out. I am here to explain the proper place to wear different washes for jeans. There are about 9 million different colors for jeans, so I am just going to stick to a few basic go-to washes.

First up, the all-mighty dark blue wash. It is going to be the staple of your wardrobe so you should definitely own a pair. No matter who you are, what you do, where you go or how old you are, you should own a pair of dark blue jeans. They are definitely the most flattering and the most versatile. They will be your constant best friend and take you from the day into the evening effortlessly. They are the no-brainer choice for any occasion or time of day. I am making this pretty easy, eh? They are sophisticated for the daytime and classy enough for an evening event. The blue wash makes them accessible for more casual events, yet the dark color allows them to be easily paired with a funky top.




Next up, light blue. This really is a wash that is best left for the warmer months. Think spring and summer. Anytime after that just seems like you are confused about the season. They are a casual, comfortable, easy look, which is exactly what the warmer months are about. ‘Nuf said.

And now for my favorite wash, gray. I just love these! Last season they were no where to be found and now this year, I walk into Bloomie’s and there is an entire section dedicated to them. Apparently they got the memo… Finally! Just like the dark blue jeans, these are great for both day and night. I love them because they are neutral and different. Most people own some version of blue jeans, go outside of the box! These have an edgier feel, yet they are completely appropriate and wearable.This particular wash can also really go in any direction. Add high heels, a white tank and a motorcycle jacket for a great going-out look or layer on a longer cream sweater with black riding boots for daytime casual. They really do work always.


And now for your rough and hard side, black jeans. Depending on who you are, you can wear these during the day, but for most ladies this is an “only evening” jean. You have to have a pretty casual or funky career to be able to pull these bad boys off during the daylight hours. If you are part of the more straight- forward working force, these are reserved for a hard night of fun. They instantly give your look an edge. Unlike plain black pants, these are meant for rough riding even if you are only walking down the street to get a drink. They will add a tough side to even the daintiest of ladies which is why they are so alluring. They are just jeans at the end of the day, but they can add just that little something to the calmest of outfits. Have fun and go be tough with your black jeans.

Ok, the jean companies have gone 80′s crazy. I completely understand that looks come and go, but this one should have stayed gone. It really does freak me out a little. But, for those of you that would like to wear this oh so 80′s trend, I will give you a few tidbits of advice. This is your pop piece and nothing else can compete with them. You MUST keep the rest of your ensemble plain. There is no need to add any more 80′s items to play up the theme. The theme is poured on your legs, people get it. Now, I may think I don’t need to mention this, but I am going to just to make sure… These are only for nighttime!!! Your fun dive into your yester years should only be after 8pm. That’s right, I put a time on it.

So there you have it. All of the information you need on when to wear every pair of jeans you have ever owned. Obviously there are exceptions to every rule based on who you are and where you are going, but these are the basics. Now you can rock out in every wash of jeans ever invented…..

Burburry boot-cut jeans $195
AG premiere skinny jeans in 20 year wash $255
7 for all mankind straight leg jeans in tailor grey wash $189
DL 1961 “Nicole” skinny jeans in black diamond wash $178
J Brand tie dyed skinny jeans in oz wash $198