Vests make magic

Thursday, April 11th, 2013
City Chic

Marni printed blouse, $365 / Topshop / White House Black Market slim pants / White House Black Market t-bar shoes / Oasis handbag, $43 / Sandy Hyun / Carolee LUX

I’ve always loved vests. I purchased my all time favorite one back in 1992 at Nordstrom. I still wear this black suede number with black leather trim, and patch pockets. I always feel sharp and put together in it. Besides that, the vest provides extra warmth in the winter when worn over a sweater.

Last week I checked out the Derek Lam’s DesigNation Collection at Kohl’s in advance of my writing about it for the Included in the collection is a streamlined black crepe vest that drapes beautifully and looks expensive. I especially like the way it skims the torso. I’ve been on the lookout for a vest that exactly matches the design and weight of this one. Since it fit perfectly and cost $38 with a Kohl’s coupon, I bought it.

Lam’s designs speak to contemporary women who want stylish clothes that are also functional. Many of the pieces in his collection, like the black vest, could be dressed up or down. Inspired by my vest purchase and this season’s black and white trend, I created an outfit that showcases this versatile wardrobe piece.

An online reviewer gave this item 4 stars and has these words to say about it: “…..this vest is the kind of piece that I can see wearing for years to come”. Nicely said.

Sunday stroll along Park Avenue

Sunday, March 31st, 2013
Springtime stroll on Park Avenue

Alaïa knit skirt, $1,665 / Chanel , $2,270 / Kate Spade high heel platform shoes / Wallis black and white handbag / White House Black Market faux pearl jewelry / Talullah Tu pearl bangle, $24 / Chanel black face watch, $2,795 / Maison Michel hat / I Heart New York Empire State 12 x 12 Paper

Vintage Chanel and memories of New York in spring inspire this ultra feminine ensemble. Mix a little Chanel with a little White House Black Market, and you get an outfit with a whole lot of class!

2013 fashion trend “out” list

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Closets everywhere chronicle fashion trends.  Each year some styles briefly appear and then disappear, while others stay around long enough to deserve the label classic. Which trends have staying power and which don’t? Here is a list of fashions that probably won’t occupy a prominent place on the style horizon in 2013:

  1. 1980’s style dolman sleeve tops – Better left in the fashion archives;
  2. Ultra wide cropped sweaters – Knitting lesson gone horribly wrong;
  3. Capes – Pretty but impractical;
  4. Slouchy trousers with low crotch  – Cross between harem and MC Hammer pants;
  5. Peter Pan collars – Overworked and unexciting;
  6. Smoking slipper flats – Ballet flats still rule;
  7. Bold floral jeans – Visual overload;
  8. Oversized purses –  Give your hobo bag a rest;
  9. Mega platform shoes and boots – Feet and backs around the world started a revolution;
  10. Shoulder length chandelier earrings – 2013 is the year for minimalism.

Move over style outs, and make room for this year’s trends.

Capes: A Pretty but Impractical Trend














Fall 2012 purse power

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

A women’s almost constant companion is her purse.  It holds her treasured valuables and expresses her unique personal style. Most women keep their antennae up for the perfect bag that blends both form and function.  Every gal lucky enough to have found such a celestial item can attest to the fact that a good purse holds numerous rewards. First of all, carrying a five star bag boosts one’s style confidence and adds a chic factor to the plainest of outfits. Secondly, a well-designed and constructed purse enables the wearer to reach inside and retrieve items effortlessly from its contents.  Few things in life compare to this welcome feeling!  Thirdly, quality handbags withstand the test of time because they hold up and retain their luster even after years of wear.

DRES System stylist consultant Melissa Sabatine, one of the co-authors of  the newly published book “The Power of DRES”, made this comment about the importance of a handbag: “a handbag is often the first thing someone notices when a lady enters a room, which can either be a good or bad thing.”  She went on to say that size matters when it comes to handbags. In other words, small to medium size bags suit petite women, and larger, taller women can rock oversized ones. Another “Power of DRES” co-author, Colleen Bradley, details which handbag sizes and shapes suit each of the four DRES System’s body types: Diamond, Emerald, Ruby and Sapphire. Furthermore, she promotes the DRES System’s philosophy that body type, personal style and lifestyle needs should guide one’s handbag choice. Ms. Bradley also advises that every gal should have a day bag, a weekend bag and an evening bag in their closet.

Does your handbag wardrobe need a pick me up? Here is what’s new on the handbag horizon for fall and winter:

  • Oxblood and wine colored purses – the new neutral;
  • Shearling and fur trimmed bags – fun and whimsical;
  • Embroidered and needlepoint purses – old world charm;
  • Micro messenger bags – for those who pack light.