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Best (Swim) Suits of Summer!

That’s right folks, it’s time for everyone’s favorite subject, swimsuits. If the sarcasm isn’t apparent in that last statement, then you are a rare creature because NO ONE likes swimsuit shopping. Alas, pools and oceans await and since head to toe spandex onesies are not yet in style, let me guide you through choosing the right bathing suit for your lifestyle and shape.

 

Now before we begin, I want to address the fact that this post appears to be a bevy of gratuitous shots showing off my near-naked swimsuit clad body. In response to this I say, you damn right peeps. I work hard to keep my bits and pieces in place and although I mostly look like the shots below, I want to offer some “full-disclosure” information: Yes, I filter.  And yes, I have no shame in admitting this. I believe in health, fitness and honesty. We all come in different shapes and sizes and if I have learned anything working in this business for over 15 years, it is that no matter what size a person is, they still have some issue with something. I want for all women to understand that clothing and/or lack there of (swimsuits) can help to create a more confident and sexy you. No body is perfect, not even Christie Brinkley (who looks hella good at 63!!!!).

 

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I am very down with the one-piece bathing suit right now. Anything that can serve two purposes (act as a body suit AND a swimsuit) is dope. If you read this blog regularly, you now I am the queen of function and fashion. On this fabulous day I was in Capri with no idea how my time was going to play out. I wanted to wear something that I could shop, eat, sunbathe and swim in. Voila, one piece swimsuit with shorts and a fabulous hat, yes please. I was covered enough to walk into Cartier (because I shop there SO much:) and naked enough to take a dip in the Mediterranean. I found this cute bathing suit at Zara for only $30. I am truly an advocate of buying more expensive swimsuits typically, but this one was a good fun and done, one season piece. More on why spending money on bathing suits is so important later…..

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Oh the infamous white bikini.  It is what I would consider the end all, be all of perfect swimwear. So sexy and chic. It is almost like a unicorn, beautiful and fabulous yet essentially impossible to find. That is why when you do find one that lifts, tucks and covers correctly, throw down your credit card. I came across this beauty at Beach Bunny in Miami. I really love their designs, but they definitely are not known for coverage. Somehow they can take the smallest amount of material and have it lift everything just right. At $200, it’s a little pricey, but as I mentioned above, spending money on swimsuits is vital. Cheap bathing suits lose their shape quickly and truly do not offer the proper support for your boobies or bum. I know it is a tough pill to swallow considering how small bathing suits are and how crazy the mark-up must be, but you just have to go with it on this one. Spending more to look better in less material is a no brainer folks.

 

 

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I know the concept of a smaller bottomed bathing suit is absurd to most Americans (except for people that live in Miami), but do you want your arse to look better or not??? Go ahead, argue with me that this concept is ridiculous. That having a smaller bottom will only enhance the “problem area” you call your ass, but I will continue to disagree. We are not talking g-string here folks, I am just saying that it should slightly give you a comfortable wedgie. I am half kidding. No matter weather your bum is smaller, bigger, flat or round, wearing a smaller bathing suit bottom will create a much more sexy and flattering backside. 

 

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The sporty swimsuit is in and it is here to stay. Florissant colors,  fun piping and actual support are cool and you should go out and pick this style up. The great thing about this bathing suit is that you can actually have fun doing summer sports while wearing it. Look hot while playing volleyball. This particular suit has a string style top, but go for the sports bra-esque look and really rock out while playing paddle ball.

 

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I love a good theme, even in a swimsuit. I am kind of obsessed with this cha cha bikini. I need to book a trip to Mexico just so I can prance through the ocean in it. Yes, I buy clothing to match non-existent trips. The story behind this bikini is a tale of, “Oh my God, I just found the greatest secret trove of bathing suits and cover ups in all of New York City”. I went into a sporting goods store (Paragon Sports, check it out, it’s dope), and low and behold, they had a massive selection of mostly on-sale bathing suit related items. I went nuts. This particular suit had mix and match tops and bottoms so I literally “designed” this look. This is a very hot trend right now and makes you the creator of your own bathing suit destiny. Try it within your own bathing suit collection, mixing and matching what you have will “double” the amount of swimsuits you already have! Obsessed.

 

 

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Finally, what are the trends of the season and which ones are best for your body type? Here are my top 5 picks in no particular order:

1. The High Waisted Bikini: I don’t actually love this style. Ok, so that’s probably not my best sales pitch, but as I mentioned at the beginning of this post, honesty is the best policy. People have been tricked into thinking that the higher waist is covering your stomach and therefore making it more flattering. Wrong. It is actually accentuating the negative and making you look 3 months pregnant. Even if you are a skinny minny, this swimsuit style will just make you look like you borrowed your grandmother’s sexy bikini. I.E. NOT SEXY.

2. The Ruched One Piece Swimsuit: This is truly one of the best styles on the market. As opposed to the high waisted bikini, this bathing suit actually does cover an imperfect stomach. The front knot on this black option does double duty by drawing the eye to the center giving the illusion of being even skinnier. Who doesn’t want that? There is extra coverage down below, but by keeping the top open, the suit is still sexy yet functional. I have bought this for several clients with both big and small chests, don’t worry, they aren’t going to fall out.

3. Off the Shoulder Bikini:  This bathing suit is super cute and super trendy, but be warned, funky tan lines are in your future. Yes, you can take your arms out while you sunbathe, but then don’t you lose the whole point of this style? Essentially, if you want to look cool while sipping cocktails in a shady area and don’t mind that you have alligator arms (you seriously can’t move your arms), then this cool and uber fun bikini is for you.

4. Cut Out  One-Piece Bathing Suit: Again, there is a strong recommendation to avoid sun tanning in this (unless having a tan triangle in the middle of your boobs is your thing). This swimsuit is made for yachting and fabulous cocktails at the pool club where you never actually set foot in the pool. The criss-cross panels give you amazing coverage and the cut-out pattern says, “I’m sexy in a “rich bitch sort of way”. I’ve never been on a yacht, but at least I know what I’m gonna wear when I am.

5. String BikiniOh the good ol’ string bikini. It inflicts sheer terror in so many people and I completely understand. It is literally the smallest thing you can wear in public and still be respectable. With that said, if you got it, flaunt it. The string bikini is here to stay, it is not a fad, it is a staple. To wear this bathing suit there are a few simple rules: Have high, perky boobs and a tight butt. No miracles here, your everything is showing when you wear this so your everything better be pretty good.

High Waisted, Ruched One Piece, Off the Shoulder, String Bikini, Cut Out 

 

 

 

 

 

Amy’s New Reel

 

 

 

Here it is folks, what you have been waiting for your entire lives….. My new, fabulous reel. So maybe the build up was a bit much, but seriously, it was time for a new reel. I don’t even think I had found clip-in hair extensions or botox in my last reel, meaning, I possibly look better and younger this time. POSSIBLY. Either way, here she is, shiny and new, enjoy!

Sunglasses Change Everything

 I LOVE sunglasses. Think about it, they are the first thing people see and therefore, the kick off point to your entire ensemble. My collection is vast and choosing the right pair to complement each of my looks is a thought out process (I am sure you are very surprised).

I completely understand that most people own one to five pairs of sunglasses, so why not make them the RIGHT pairs? If you choose wisely, they will each serve a very important role in your overall look. Just as the title of this post says, sunglasses change everything! They can change your entire look instantly, either upping the ante or promoting it’s downfall, you decide. It is a massive pet peeve of mine when people have on something fabulous and then pay no attention to the accouterments such as a coat or in this case, your sunnies. Have pride in all the details, why tear down all of that hard work you put into your outfit???

 

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There is nothing like a good session of trying on tons O sunglasses. It is an important right of passage when choosing the perfect pair of shades. Face shape can be a tough thing if you aren’t practiced in the art of choosing sunglasses. The rule of thumb is pretty logical actually, be aware of the size of your face. For example, if you have a larger face, choose a larger pair, if you have a smaller face, choose a smaller pair. Yes, it is really that simple. This formula should be used in relation to the actual shape of your face. Is your face long and skinny? Is it small and round? Essentially, the sunglasses you choose should be proportional to your specific face. What is a huge pair of sunnies to one person might be just the right size for another person. Don’t get frustrated, know that this process takes time to perfect and you might be in the store for more then a second. Think of it as a fun journey where the end is better then a pot of gold, it is AWESOME sunglasses.

 

 

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One of the best companies on the market is Rayban and one of their best pairs in the wayfarer. This style has been around forever and has proven to be above the trends lasting the test of time. The truly genius thing about these sunglasses is that not only are they unisex, but they pretty much look good on EVERYBODY. They come in a few different sizes so they will literally fit any person, any time, any place. These are the fastest way to looking like a rebel instantly. When I want to put a little punch in my look, I grab for these. They have a bad ass vibe that doesn’t go overboard so even the cutest, preppiest person on the planet could rock them and feel like they work. They are my go-to pair for traveling when I don’t want to bring the kitchen sink because they work in every situation with every type of audience.

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One of my favorite things about sunglasses is that they truly can make you look fabulous in an instant. Take this Celine pair for instance, hello celebrity awesomeness?!?! Who do I think I am in these things? Amy Salinger, that’s who. I completely stole the idea of loving these from the Kardashians, but I am cool with that. Every time I saw one of them in these I was instantly jealous. What I wasn’t jealous of was the price tag. They are around $300 and that seemed crazy because it is. Alas, I searched and I searched and I did find them for $200 (still crazy I might add). But, my rule is that if you truly LOVE something you will wear it and the price is worth it. I love to chat about cost per wear and with sunglasses, you really can rationalize the price because you wear them all the time. Plastic is still plastic and the cost of sunnies is totally and utterly ridiculous, but I wear these constantly and have long ago decided they were well worth it. I tried to find a pair that I loved just as much for less that would fill the big, black sunglasses void to no avail. Celine is my girl.

 

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And again we revisit my love affair with Rayban. It is the poor man’s rich and the rich man’s poor making it the perfect price point for everybody. At around $130 per pair, they are completely worth it because the quality is there without the insane price. Next to the wayfarer, the aviator is my jam. Yes, just like the wayfarer they are unisex. Yes, just like the wayfarer they fit most face types. And yes, just like the wayfarer they are HOT!!! Seriously though, I have always said that a man in an aviator is sexy no matter his face looks like underneath them. There is just something about them. If you own one pair of sunglasses, make it the aviator. They can be sporty, fabulous and sexy all at the same time.

 

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I love the brand of these lucite and gold sunglasses. They are a bit underground, but of course “fashion people” have become obsessed. They are called Retro Superfuture and they are all the rage. They are made in Italy and each pair is individually made meaning they all fit slightly differently. The quality is there for what seems like a reasonable price point in expensive, hand-made sunglasses land at $200 a pop. I randomly found them in a Hampton’s store and fell in love immediately. These sunnies remind you that the sides of your sunglasses are just as important as the front of your sunglasses!!

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So the take away from this blog post is that you should put as much energy into your sunglasses as you do into your outfit. Finding the perfect pair is a quest that is well worth the time. Your collection should include a fabulous style, a rebel look and a sporty pair, beyond that the world is your oyster. 

Aviators, Cat Eye Sunglasses, Flat Top Sunglasses, Celine Bridge Sunglasses, Square Sunglasses

More 90′s Style Please

Well now this is scary. For the first time, I am old enough that I remember the trends of the 90′s because I was already choosing my own outfits back then. Now here I am wearing the same looks in 2017. Shoot me.

 

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For years I was against tying anything around one’s waist, I felt it made you look dumpy. Now, go figure, I am SO into it. What a convenient way to keep my layering piece close by and ready for use?? I do love a good plaid and utilizing it in your look through “waist wrappage” is a fun way to offer an homage to the 90′s without having it puke all over you. What a lovely visual. Essentially this look is just a tank top with jeans, but by adding the plaid shirt and thin black choker I am SO on-trend. See kids, I can still be cool at 38. You don’t even remember the grunge era!!!!!!

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I threw this little number on to go to work because a top knot with dark lips is always appreciated by my clients (at least I hope).  I always say that the size of your hoops represents your “fun” level and based on these, I am super fun. I use them for hula hooping in the evenings. The key to this outfit is again, the no fail ode to the 90′s choker. You never need to buy an entirely new wardrobe to be on trend, it is typically about one or two pieces and in this case, it is the choker and touch of plaid.

 

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I upped the ante of this look by adding a pair of army boots. I will always love Doc Martens, but as an adult (or at least the appearance of one) I went with a more feminine style. These are French Connection and are patent leather. I also went with a personal plaid touch through my coat so once I take it off this trendy look is not SO obvious. It is more a tip of the hat to the 90′s rather then full on Kurt Cobain.

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My other obsession right now is the body suit with high waisted jeans. If you set foot in downtown NYC it is pretty much all you will see on every gal roaming around. There is something so simple and sexy about it. I will completely own up  to the fact that the Kardashians 100% inspired this look and I am happy to copy them. The only sad thing is that the BEST body suits are from American Apparel and they literally go out of business forever this week. I went into 5 different locations buying every body suit in site.

 

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And again, we focus on my extra large hoops. These are my best ghetto fab style and instantly kick this outfit up a notch. Hoops are an integral part of the 90′s style. If you purchase only one thing this season to rock a little 90′s in your life, make it a pair of fabulous, super big hoops.  

 

 

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Silk Camisole, Dr. Martens, Lace Bomber, Distressed Jeans, Choker

I am SO obsessed with this collage. It is a more mature version of 90′s style that can be worn by ladies in their 30′s and up. The major element that needs to be altered for the more “age established” ladies are the shoes. Stick with a basic sexy pump over a chunky boot to create a more sophisticated nod to the 90′s.

 

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 choker, slip dress, bomber jacket, t-shirt , loafers

 

Now I want to pretend I am cool enough to wear this, but I just simply am not. This is the type of outfit that I think is dope (yup, I am still cool enough to use that word), but admit looks best on others. The younger ladies can definitely get this funky and really go for it. A fitted t-shirt under a slip dress is so very Clueless (if you don’t know this reference, please dear God look it up), i.e. good for teenagers and 20 somethings. Pulling off a loafer with a long dress also means that you are below a size 4 because you have to be super skinny to have this work. So for all of you that don’t remember this trend the first time around, this look is for you. Go big or go home.

Good Jewelry = Awesome Outfits

Good jewelry is like the best friend who is always there for you, always pumps you up, always has you on your A game… Oh yea, it’s that fabulous. 

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I have been building my collection since I was pretty much 10 years old. I would go to the mall and stalk the sterling silver kiosk. I would search through my mother’s drawers in hopes of finding some bauble that she wasn’t interested in and steal it for my own collection. Unfortunately my mother wasn’t really into fashion so this adventure proved to be less then fruitful. Ironically, I think that experience has led me to become the treasure hunter I am today. I literally think about what pieces I can pass down to my future off-spring. Will they think grandma is cool based on her jewelry collection??? These types of questions haunt me and drive me to search for awesomeness. I wish I was kidding.

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It isn’t just “real” pieces that are included in my hunt. This huge crystal piece by Barbara Pellegrino actually hurts slightly because of the sheer weight of the stone. Who cares, it is amazing. It was a gift from a lovely gentleman I dated who truly took notice of my fun jewelry collection and gave me something that I couldn’t have even dreamed up on my own. Kudos to a dude who is that aware! It is doubly as cool because both sides of the chain are different. My grandkids are either going to think I’m nuts or amazing, but I don’t think that is specifically related to this piece of jewelry.

 

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I am also drawn to sentimental pieces. This broach is my own creation and I LOVE it. If you look closely you can see that it is family pictures of my brother and I. They were charms that my Nana had made for a necklace of hers. I took a hat pin and strategically placed them on to show off my own baby pictures. Weird, but awesome. I added another broach right above it to create a real “moment”.

 

 

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I am also obsessed with great costume jewelry. This ring is three stones, but really one piece. I can’t move my fingers all that well when I have it on, but who cares because people think it is so cool (which it is). It is by Kendra Scott and it is one of the only things I have ever paid full price for. It was too amazing to pass up.  Adding a layered up bracelet look (otherwise known as “arm candy”) only added to my funk factor. It is a great way to re-use pieces you may have had for forever in new and interesting ways.

 

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Buying jewelry when I travel has become part of my reason for traveling. These earrings are from a tiny shop in no-where Colorado on a mountain top. They are made by a Native American women and are created from porcupine quills. How freakin’ cool.  The top silver bracelet is from a small surfing town in Costa Rica and the larger cuff with a medallion is from Big Sur. The watch in the middle is from Guess and I pulled it out of retirement from 10 years ago! Not exactly sentimental, but mixing pieces together is the key to showcasing your jewelry talent.

 

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My final and most important way of creating the grand collection of jewelry I have today is from flea markets, thrift stores and consignment shops. You literally have no idea what you are going to find, it is the best treasure hunt. You may not be fruitful every time, but continuing the search for  your next great piece is half the fun. I am obsessed with my silver Wonder Woman cuff. It certainly makes a statement. The middle silver ring is also from a flea market, but was from a sterling silver vendor showcasing brand new goods. The thin sapphire ring is real (I had it checked out) and it is from a consignment shop in upstate New York that I bought for 10 bucks. See, you never know what you are going to find…..

 

 

 

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With any client, I always begin with foundation pieces, even in their jewelry collection. It doesn’t matter if it is silver or gold, just pick the metal you love. For most people, I suggest getting these staple items in BOTH metals. They include a medium pair of thin hoops, a short delicate necklace, a long medallion type necklace, a thin layering bracelet and an elegant yet bold neutral ring. You can layer all of these pieces in your ever growing jewelry collection or you can wear them on their own. It is the perfect place for someone new to the jewelry game to begin. This is one of the only areas of your wardrobe where I say more is better. Jewelry can completely change your look and that is something worth collecting over….

 

 

 

silver hoops, gold pendant, simple chain, rose gold bangle, cocktail ring