The Summer to Fall Transition

We are thoroughly enjoying the weather that we’re getting this September here in the northeast…I guess this is how you Californians feel all year round! Sigh. Well, if you’re like me I just can’t stand the thought of parting with some of my key pieces that I wore all summer. To get a little more wear out of them, I’ve paired them with some great transition styles…let’s get started!

1. The Colored Capri – instead of the tank and sandals, opt for something a little warmer! Paired with chambray, a cozy sweater, colorful accessories and flats – you’ve got a great look for fall!

Summer to Fall Transition: The Colored Capri
2. The LBD – lets get some more use out of this tank dress…it goes from summer party to work appropriate with a chunky sweater, tights and ankle boots. Muted accessories finish off this polished look for fall.
Summer to Fall Transition: The Tank Dress
3. The Maxi Skirt – one of my go-to articles this summer! Again, lose the sandals and the easy, breezy top – here we paired it with a great autumn color, mustard. With a clean, white button down and gold accessories this becomes a must-have look for this season.
Happy fall shopping! Remember, it’s about your SHAPE, not your WEIGHT…dress for your body shape this season and watch and see how great you look and feel!

FNO at NYC

I had such a blast last night traveling around to different stores and hotels, it was like one big fashion party throughout the city. Here are some pics from some stores around Times Square…the sales were great, the food was fab, the gift bags were cute and the store associates were so helpful and happy. Some items that we continue to see for the fall: colored denim, classic trenches, military looks and lots of gold. The shots below are from LOFT, The Gap and Sephora. I also attended a full-figured fashion show at the Yotel which was super fun – hey, the girls from Jerseylicious were there 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, of course, one of my purchases from FNO was an absolute STEAL. These amazing laced heels were $100 and I stole bought them for $26. I admit, not my usual $4.77 deal but a nice one, none the less.

If you didn’t get a chance to get in on Fashion Night Out don’t worry – most of the clothes are still waiting for you at the store – waiting for you to pick them up for fall! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Steal a Deal this January

Ahhhh… we can finally all breathe and once again see our carpeting that was hidden underneath crumpled wrapping paper, tinsel and empty cardboard boxes. Our houses are back to normal, decorations are down, put away and yes, we have survived another lovely holiday season with family and friends.

And just when you thought you could NEVER shop again, yes, the time has come! These next two or three weeks offer us, as consumers, irresistible deals wherever you look. If you are in a mall or driving past a store you will now start seeing flashy signs such as “semi-annual clearance”, “take an extra 50% off” and my favorite, “3 days only sale starts NOW”. All of these translate to, “PLEASE come into our stores and help us clear out our winter merchandise that’s left over so that we can bust out our spring 2012 lines”. This means big savings for us!

Some things to ponder if you decide to take these stores up on their offers over the next few weeks:

 – If you are purchasing an item in a store that says, ” take an additional 40% or 50% off your total purchase”, make sure that’s exactly what the cashier does for you.  Sometimes, the register does not automatically take the reductions off of the prices and you are left wondering how much you really saved. My advice? Do some quick math before you get to the register and figure out approximately what your total will be. If your items ring up for more, challenge the cashier and more than likely he or she will adjust for you.

 – When strolling through the aisle of your favorite clothing store, look for items that are classic, not trendy. If you are buying a “faddish” item at the end of its season, chances are it will be totally out of style by next winter. Then you are not even saving money, you are wasting money! So skip that pair of skinny jeans…wide leg jeans/trousers are totally in for spring/summer 2011. My advice? Go for the more traditional pieces that can be mixed and matched for years to come.  Think cardigans, corduroys, black pants, boyfriend blazers…items that can make endless outfits if paired correctly.

Some sales that I think are worth the trip: Banana Republic, LOFT, The Gap, Talbots, J Crew…so many others, but that should keep us all busy for a while! I visited Banana, LOFT and The Gap today and got some pretty amazing items for UNDER $10. Uhm, yes – ridiculous!

Happy shopping 🙂

Pack It Up

I recently returned from a family vacation that was truly restful and relaxing. I really enjoy traveling – I mean, who doesn’t, right? But I mean, I really enjoy the whole process. I love the planning, scoping out the great deals, finding the restaurants and above all – I LOVE packing for the upcoming experience. Whether it’s a few days in a big city or a week at a beach there are a couple of packing rules that I try to live by. Trust me, I’ve come to embrace these rules the hard way – yes, I was that women that you wanted to murder in the airport line. I was hovered over my suitcase trying to catch runaway bras as I tried to lighten my load. Yes, the 50 lbs. luggage weight limit got me again. 50 lbs? Please, my shoes and handbags weighed in at just about that! Over the years my packing abilities have really blossomed and my focus has narrowed in scope. Here’s a little of my play-by-play before the big day:

  1. Where am I going? I think about my destination thoroughly (and research it if necessary). Canadian excursion? Beach trip? European tour? Cruise? Big city visit? After my decision is made I try to visualize myself there!
  2. When am I going? What season will it be at my destination? This will decide if I’m bringing a light sweater for the evenings or a head-to-toe down jacket to keep warm.
  3. What will I be doing? This probably takes up the majority of my thinking when planning for my trip. Packing for a hiking trip is obviously different from packing for a week at the beach.
  4. Who am I going with? Is this a work trip or a vacation with family? My wardrobe will vary accordingly
  5. How am I getting there? What type of transportation? Train, plane, car or boat? Comfort is key here.

Ok, let’s go with the family beach trip theme. Hmm, lets raise the stakes and stay at the Ritz Carlton in Kapalua, Hawaii for the week. Hey, this is a blog – we can stay wherever we want to! 🙂 I know that I will be at the beach (hopefully) every day of the vacation, probably with casual buffet breakfasts in the morning, poolside lunches and a few nice dinners. Ok! Ready? Now, I need to pack a fantastic wardrobe, stay under my 50 lbs. limit while still being practical with my clothing choices. Here we go:

–         Underwear, undergarments and light sleepwear

–          4 or 5 bathing suits, because I will be in them all day, every day

–          3 or 4 cover ups, same as above

–          2 casual dresses, but ones that I can dress up or down…ones that I could wear to breakfast or dinner (tons from Anthropologie that I adore)

–          1 pair of linen trousers

–          1 light sweater to pair over tops or dresses

–          1 pair of neutral shorts

–          4 or 5 tops and 1 tank, ones that will match with both my pants and shorts, my tank should work with all my tops

–          Flip flops, silver sandals, gold sandals, lightweight sneakers and 1 pair of heels

–          1 metallic handbag (I know, I know, but you can do it!)

–          A few light accessories – scarves, belts, sunnies or pins

That’s it! Now, I try to really strategize at the airport…I wear a comfortable outfit made up of some pieces that I will be wearing on vacation. I wear slip on shoes too so that the security process is quick and painless. I remember sitting down after a security check and literally spending about 10 minutes trying to get my strappy shoes back on (multiple buckles and zippers! Nightmare!) I pack on the jewelry – that is, the jewelry that I am going to wear with all my vaca-outfits. I love costume jewelry so my pieces tend to be heavy – so instead of packing them, I wear some of them. I also figure out what the heaviest things are that I’m bringing and get them into my carry-on so that my checked bags will not go over the dreaded weight limit. Jewelry case, makeup case, shoes and books usually come with me in my carry on. Well, at this point we’re practically oceanside at the Ritz! Remember, pack light, let there be a theme to your wardrobe so that your choices go with one another; then you can mix and match. Pick out some great jewelry pieces that with kick your outfits up to the next level. Above all, don’t get stressed over packing – remember, big picture, you will be relaxing with the people you love, that’s most important! See ya poolside! 🙂

Just GO with it

Ahh, one of my favorite things to do – plop down on the couch with my chocolate covered raisins from Trader Joe’s and watch the What Not To Wear marathon. Sure, I could spend this time better, but really, I look at it as an intense training session from fashion gurus, Stacy London and Clinton Kelly…so really this falls under the category of “work”. 🙂

If you’ve ever seen the show on TLC then you know that the transformation of every single individual is truly remarkable. It’s amazing how new clothes, a stylish haircut and makeup can change the person’s total attitude and outlook about themselves. They carry themselves completely different by the end of the show, such confidence, such pride – in a good way. A few small changes make the world of difference for most of the candidates. The other day I heard Stacy say something that really made sense…but is hard for me to actually do. She was telling a woman that her new outfits shouldn’t really “match”, they should look like they “go” together, though.  Now, for a person who is new to the fashion world that is quite a statement…I’m not supposed to match?? But think about it – the people who catch your eye on the street or in a store probably don’t have on a purple sweater with a purple belt along with matching purple flats. It’s too much of the same thing…and slightly obnoxious! Instead, when picking out your outfit for the day look for colors in your closet that complement one another. Here is a great color chart that can really help guide your daily picks:

The hues that are opposite each other are complimentary towards each other and look really fabulous together. Think of mixing a purple blouse with a lime piece of jewelry…or a navy blazer with a fantastic red belt. Mixing up outfits like this really shows that you are not afraid to work with color and try something new. This week try and change-up one of your “go-to” outfits with a statement piece that really makes your whole look pop.  Also, play with different textures…mix a soft blouse with a structured jacket or place an open vest over a dress and finish the look with a cute belt. Remember, your style is exactly that, YOURS! So put on what you feel looks best on you! We would love to see some pics of your best “goes-together” outfit!

Also, I think  Anthropologie, The LOFT, The Gap and Banana Republic always do a great job of showing different textures and colors in an outfit – you can get great ideas from their sites.  Have fun!

Shop Smarter and Save

Ahhhh… we can finally all breathe and once again see our carpeting that was hidden underneath crumpled wrapping paper, tinsel and empty cardboard boxes. Our houses are back to normal, decorations are down, put away and yes, we have survived another lovely holiday season with family and friends.

And just when you thought you could NEVER shop again, yes, the time has come! These next two weeks offer us, as consumers, irresistible deals wherever you look. If you are in a mall or driving past a store you will now start seeing flashy signs such as “semi-annual clearance”, “take an extra 50% off” and my favorite, “3 days only sale starts NOW”. All of these translate to, “PLEASE come into our stores and help us clear out our winter merchandise that’s left over so that we can put out our spring 2011 lines”. This means big savings for us!

Some things to ponder if you decide to take these stores up on their offers over the next few weeks:

 – If you are purchasing an item in a store that says, ” take an additional 40% or 50% off your total purchase”, make sure that’s exactly what the cashier does for you.  Sometimes, the register does not automatically take the reductions off of the prices and you are left wondering how much you really saved. My advice? Do some quick math before you get to the register and figure out approximately what your total will be. If your items ring up for more, challenge the cashier and more than likely he or she will adjust for you.

 – When strolling through the aisle of your favorite clothing store, look for items that are classic, not trendy. If you are buying a “faddish” item at the end of its season, chances are it will be totally out of style by next winter. Then you are not even saving money, you are wasting money! So skip that pair of skinny jeans…wide leg jeans/trousers are totally in for spring/summer 2011. My advice? Go for the more traditional pieces that can be mixed and matched for years to come.  Think cardigans, corduroys, black pants, boyfriend blazers…items that can make endless outfits if paired correctly.

Some sales that I think are worth the trip: Banana Republic, LOFT, The Gap, Talbots, J Crew…so many others, but that should keep us all busy for a while!

Happy shopping 🙂