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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

School Girl Chic

Why is the Catholic school girl look always appealing to both men and women when I am sure it evokes a fountain of emotion? Don’t ask me, I am a Jewish girl. Seriously though, women see a possibility to look sophisticated and chic while men’s brains are automatically drifting south….

As a stylist (and part-time shrink) I will venture to put forth the concept that you can have it all with this classic look. Sex appeal and respect in the boardroom. Obviously a few changes must be made to the typical school girl look in order to accomplish this.

This particular outfit is perfectly pairing together all of the ideals we hope for out of school girl chic. The plaid skirt is bold and an appropriate length. Adding the tights not only creates warmth, but adds an office ready aspect by covering bare legs. The yellow sweater is the pop of color necessary to make you stand out. Pairing it with an un-tucked white button down creates depth and loosens up the rigid feeling this look could have. The beret, layered pearls and loafer style heels are the stylish additions that compliment the overall feel of the always appealing school girl look. Never go to the principal’s office again (at least not for bad style).

Outfit available at Ann Taylor Loft

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

The Longer Blazer


Waist length or cropped has been the only style to surface in recent years, but the longer blazer is making a comeback! Kind of like John Travolta, only way cooler. The big difference this time around is that designers have finally realized that if you make a garment this long, it must fit you properly. Remove shoulder pads, add darts. For this great piece to not overwhelm you, no matter what you size, it must skim the body. If you have a larger heiny, do not wear this. It will actually, just like tying a cardigan around your waist, accentuate the not so positive. It skims your body just until the point where it hits your bum where it then juts out. Not a good look.

Gwyneth Paltrow, a true fashion icon, is showing how a simple blazer can tone down the look of any outfit. Even her friend Madonna’s old “Like a Virgin” dress:) I actually own a dress that is quite similar, but it is not for the fashion faint of heart. Own it, your look that is.

Photo courtesy of Style.com