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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

You CAN Own Tall Boots

Having worked with every size person on this planet (or pretty close to it), I can tell you that feet are always the biggest issue. “I can’t wear heels. I will only wear heels. My feet are too wide. My feet are too narrow. My feet are too ugly, cover them up.” The most common problem I have come across though is that people have the most trouble finding boots that fit their calves! It really is a wonder that more shoe designers have not taken this into account when creating their lovely lines for women of all shapes and sizes. That is until Michael Kors got smart…..

Let me begin this mission to find the perfect boots for your possibly not so perfect calves with a basic statement, I HATE STRETCH BOOTS. I have made this feeling pretty clear to anyone that will listen. They are tacky and cheap looking no matter how much you pay for them. For those of you that have followed my blog for a while, you might remember the new one that I tore Jill Biden the day of the inauguration. What on earth did this sophisticated, mature woman think she was doing in this ensemble? Pretty from the knees up, but everything on the bottom was a big ol’ mess. She has the opposite problem from most women, her calves are too skinny. That is still no excuse to pull these Payless style shoes out for the biggest day in this countries history. Ug, oy, gross, yuck. No offense Payless:)

So now that I am done complaining, let me give you the solution: This year’s line of Michael Kors boots. For curvy calves, for skinny calves, by gone it, he has done it. Or at least his team of designers has done it. He combined stretch material and leather to create a wearable boot for most any size calf. This combination allows the boots to remain stylish and sophisticated while still being realistic for ALL calves. Thank you Michael.

From the dressy version above to these more casual versions, he really hit the nail on the head. I am obsessed with riding boots and motorcycle boots because they add a bit of fun and theme to your look without overpowering it. You should have a good time with your footwear! Black boots do not equal boring. Don’t ever give up on finding the perfect basic that will stand on it’s own and be noticed by all of those around you. Not only are these boots stylish, but they really will be the answer to all of your calf problems. I accept all thank you’s very graciously, I have saved many before and now I have done it again….:) You’re welcome.

Kinkade Small Heel Tall Leather Boots: $199.99 SALE
Bromley OTK Flat Boots: $250
Audrina Stretch Boots: $84.95

My Big Day at Bendels

I love fun and fabulous days! I had a meeting yesterday at Henri Bendel which was a great excuse to play in the store for an hour and a half. Yes, that is work to me! I was lucky enough to have a personal, guided tour from their very stylish marketing director. I was introduced to every designer, jewel, bag, scarf and anything else amazing that you can think of. A very good day if I might say so myself.

Just as Bendel’s promotes, it is like a playground for the fashionable lady. So basically it is the very upgraded version of the feeling you used to get when you saw a McDonalds with a playground attached to it. Ooooh, I love that feeling! Everything is completely accessible so that you can try it on and see how much you really love it! I loved quite a bit yesterday…. The benefit and danger of their “only accessories” store, is that you really can afford most bobbles they are dangling in front of your face. It is truly the perfect “emergency shop” store. Quite simply, if you are having one of those days where you must buy something or you will die, this is the place to do it. No guilt attached because you did not break the bank!

My newest fun, favorite item is headbands. Love them. How stinkin’ cute are they if you can really pull them off? I know I am 30, but I am a stylist and I look young so damn it, I am gonna do it! Don’t I look so completely Blair Waldorf in this picture? Obviously I came in with the necklace, because these two crazy and fabulous pieces DO NOT belong together! I am on the search for the perfect headband right now… With all of the choices, I have to be meticulous about finding the exact right one. The benefit of my job (besides the fact that it is awesome), is that I can really search for what I want because I am always out looking at beautiful things. I do not have a time crunch to find things for myself. Lucky me:)

And don’t forget about bags! They are one of the most important accessories you can own, if not THE most important. I ran into (literally) these amazing Rebecca Minkoff bags and immediately fell in love. It was actually at first sight, I saw them from across the room and that was it, it was over. They are edgy and interesting, yet they would easily compliment any outfit without competing with it. This is the sign of a really great bag that will be worth the investment. Can it stand alone as a fantastic piece and mesh with everything you own? If the answer is yes, swipe the credit card, you need to own it.

I love accessories, I am now totally obsessed with Henri Bendel and you should be too. Fun, fabulous pick-me-up pieces mixed with higher end goodies make this a one-stop-shop for everything trendy, glamorous and chic.

Visit the Henri Bendel’s site to learn about everything fabulous!

The Infinity Scarf: It just keeps going

There is always a new fashion craze and this time, the infinity scarf is it. I love when the wheel is re-invented. Just when you thought a scarf is a scarf is a scarf, they think of something brand new! Fun for me and fun for you.

I got one of these little goodies and began my afternoon of seeing what magical things I could do with it. How many ways can you wear the infinity scarf? I managed to create quite a few wearable options. I love the idea that something is not only comfy and cozy, but completely versatile and functional.

So here goes for the fashion show of me and my infinity scarf!

Basic, basic, basic. It ain’t interesting, but it works. Don’t I look like the model?:) You really need to feel this yummy piece in person, so delicious.

A great way to wear it if you are chilly once you wonder inside. Pull your infinity scarf down around your shoulders and look stylishly warm. I hate when it is too cold inside! This way you don’t have to completely cover up your fabulous outfit by keeping on your coat, your scarf becomes part of your look!

This version reminds me of my former days as a competitive ice skater. Even if I had on a little ice skating dress, my neck always seemed to be cold! Wrap this little piece around your neck twice and you have an insta-neck warmer!

I feel like a winter princess wearing the scarf this way. I usually feel like a princess in my own mind, so this way everyone else is in on my reality! I just placed it over my head and allowed it to drape down. Nothing to fancy or tricky, but it definitely warms up my noggin and ears. Sometimes you just don’t want a hat and a scarf! This is a classic and sophisticated way to wear the infinity scarf.

And for my scarf tying finale! Jackie O, here I come. I should probably get into a convertible immediately and drive through the Alps. I guess I need to take the alternate option and walk down the streets of New York City looking just as fabulous. I just wrapped it around my neck and looped it over my head. Again, nothing to complicated, just chic and fabulous!

Baijra Cashmere Jersey Loop