Up your style game in 60 seconds!

This time of year we all encounter “situations” demanding that we look fab at the last minute.You know the drill: a sudden phone call “can you join us in the boardroom now”.One of your BFF’s call “Can you join me at this new hot restaurant right now,one of our party did not show”…or the man of you dreams just appeared and you want to get his attention.

We are all busy and running around like crazy and sometimes not putting our best foot forward.

The clock is ticking fast.Luckily there are 5 things you can do really fast to that your look from the ordinary to the extra ordinary.If you practice it can be done in 60 seconds.

1.ADD A PIECE OF CLOTHING,have a statement jacket or cardigan in a fantastic color on the back of your chair,in your car or behind your door.Put it on,This adds instant sophistication to your outfit.make sure it is crisp and clean.

2.POP ON A STATEMENT ACCESSORY,keep a great necklace,a bright silk scarf or some wow earrings in your purse or desk drawer.Add the one that works best with your outfit and it will instantly take it up a couple of notches.Make sure you just add one.

3.SWITCH OUT YOUR SHOES,you will not believe the impact you can create by switching from flats to heels.Your posture and stride instantly makes you taller and more fabulous.Keep a great nude or red pair under your desk and go with the highest heel you are comfortable with.

4.ADD A TOUCH OF COLOR TO YOUR FACE,keep a great lipstick,a colored blush or a mettalic eye shadow handy.Use only one of them to instantly give your face a lift.This is especially important this time of year as we can appear a little tired or washed out.

5.SPLASH ON SOME FRAGRANCE,just a touch will make you feel like a new woman make sure it is light and fresh.

It is easy to add some dash to your appearance in a flash.Remember you only get one chance to make a first impression.

Here is a video to watch that gives you great Holiday Style Tips!

https://youtu.be/1T7gVOEbTv0

 

 

Tips for a Stylish Thanksgiving!

Remember Thanksgiving is all about Food,Family and Fun done with a dash of great style.Here are some simple tips to help you look stylish in a flash even when your whole focus is on the amazing meal you are preparing.

POP ON A STATEMENT ACCESSORY,

Add a great necklace,a bright silk scarf or some wow earrings close to the kitchen.Add the one that works best with your outfit and it will instantly take it up a couple of notches.You can do it just before you sit down to dinner.That way you will look great in all the pictures that end up on social media.

BE COZY.

The cozy trend is big this season,so a great cozy sweater or a statement embellished sweatshirt or a furry jacket with stretch pant is all you need to look simply amazing.If you are cooking again keep it handy and slip it on after you take off your apron.

GO MONOCHROMATIC

Not only is it Monochromatic it is also very slimming and looks fabulous in pictures.Choose lightweight stretchy fabrics like jersey or ponte remember the room can be hot from the oven being on all day.Make sure you dress in layers.

ADD A TOUCH OF MAKEUP

A quick red lip or a dab of metallic eye shadow can quickly elevate your look.

FLOWERS AND WINE

Are the best finishing touches to any great outfit if you are invited somewhere.Everyone loves them.

And finally a tip from my favourite style icon Miss Piggy!

Holiday 2017 Dress Codes, Simply explained!

Dress Codes Explained

It is the season for invites to holiday events that usually have a dress code.Here are some of the common dress codes I am seeing this season broken down for you to easily understand.Very often you get one or two words that say attire and it is really up to you to figure out what to wear,

Formal and Semi Formal

Black Tie

For Men-It is clear you have to wear a tuxedo.Make sure you rent one asap,rentals can get scarce around this season.Also pair it with the right accessories.

For Women-If it is a high-end wedding or a charity gala it requires you to wear a gown. If it is a work related function like an awards dinner you can wear a formal cocktail dress but make sure you accessorize it to the hilt. Your hair and makeup should be elegant and elevated at the same time. If you have any doubts, the best way to figure out what to wear, is to dress according to what you expect the hostess to wear. Do go online and look at the space and pictures of prior events.Social media coverage from last years event is the best place to get a lot of visual cues. This will guide you to select the best option.If you do not want to buy a dress you can easily rent one.

 

Black Tie Optional or Creative Black Tie

For Men-One of the murkier dress codes, men are given the option of either wearing a tuxedo or a dark suit and a tie or bowtie. If you chose to wear a suit make sure it is with a white shirt and step up your accessories specially your shoes.

For Women-The Dress code is a little more open here, you can wear anything from a long dress to a fun cocktail number. If you opt for pants make sure you pair them with a very extravagant top. Think of it like this: You aren’t expected to look as if you’re en route the Oscars, but you should still make an effort to dazzle. Hair, makeup and accessories should be stepped up and try and wear the highest heel you are comfortable with.

 

Cocktail

For Men-For guys, this dress code calls for a dark suit preferably with a tie,stripes and plaids are great. This is an opportunity to have some fun with your shirt adding print, color or texture. Dress it up with a fun pocket square.

For Women, short dresses that are party-ready. If you feel like wearing separates go for a pencil skirt or cigarette pant with a lace or beaded top. Stay away from a traditional suit but try a velvet jumpsuit or tuxedo with statement accessories for a more fun look with a little edge. When in doubt, wear a little black dress or a little red dress and dress it up with fantastic jewelry and over the top shoes.. Cocktail attire is meant to be fun.

 

Festive

Dress code that tends to pop up on invitations around the holidays, festive attire is similar to cocktail attire, but with a holiday bent for men that could be a holiday tie or bow tie.You could also do a fashion forward blazer in a bright color.Velvet blazers for men are very popular this season. Women this is the time to have a little fun opt for red, purple, pink or sapphire blue and add a holiday themed necklace or clutch. This is a great place to opt for the metallic trend specially the silver shine we are seeing this holiday season. Make sure you look is chic, stay away from holiday sweaters and holiday hats.

 

Work Related

Business

For Men this is a dress code suggestion at many daytime semi-formal events (particularly work lunches and conferences), this dress code calls for a suit and tie if you are in a more formal industry or a shirt and blazer for a more creative industry. Do go for a grey or suit instead of black and use this opportunity to sport some pattern.

For Women a tailored dress or a pantsuit or skirt suit. Make sure you go with a very feminine blouse, as it is the holiday season. Color is a great way to stand out here,try red,sapphire blue or wine tones. The idea is to wear something business appropriate that also feels dressed-up. Your outfit is your real star here so keep your accessories sleek and simple.

 

Business Cocktail

For Men-This is pretty much the same as cocktail it calls for  dark suit with a tie.Again step up your accessories and shirt so it does not look like a normal work outfit.

For Women-This is pretty much the same as business,it is telling you not to wear anything too revealing or sexy as cocktail dresses can sometimes be.Again step up your attire with fun feminine and glam accessories.

 

Business Casual

For Men-A great pair of pants or chinos with a collared shirt, you can add a cashmere sweater in a fun color. No jeans and sneakers and do stay away from hoodies.

For Women-This is the opportunity to wear a fun top paired with a great pair of black pants or a pencil skirt. A simple sophisticated dress works just as well, pair it with a pastel cashmere cardigan and marijanes for this seasons key statement. Do sport a monochromatic dark floral print with pop color accessories.

 

 

Smart Casual

For Men-his dress code calls for a dressier version of your casual look.Dress up your favorite jeans with a blazer and leather sneakers. Pair a casual pant with dress shirt and boots. To find the perfect balance make sure at least one item in your outfit is from the dressier section of your closet.

For Women-Dress up your go-to pair of pants with a fun pair of shoes and a wow top. If you chose to wear jeans make sure they are not too distressed and mix them up with heels and a fun jacket. Your outfit should be all about comfort and confidence.

 

 

Casual

For both men and women this can end up being a minefield. It is best to stay away from team logo attire and sweats. If you keep in mind that after all this is an event,even if it is in someone’s home so put some effort in to your appearance. Do not wear the clothes that you lounge around in and the same time try not to look like you came straight from work. Your host wants you to be comfortable and focus on all the fun that is going to take place. So make sure your outfit does just that.

 

Theme

We are seeing more of these around the holiday’s parties, people love to be creative and add a special twist to their holiday event. Do wear something that reflects the theme of the evening as your host is putting a lot of effort into the decor, music and food. If the theme reflects a particular decade like 70’s disco or 50’s glam stay away from the costume shop and go with vintage clothing or contemporary clothing that reflects that era. Go more for tasteful than kitsch unless it is an ugly Christmas sweater party then by all means throw taste right out of the window.This is a big trend this holiday season and stores are full of amazing options.

Even if you are not into dressing up sport a couple of accessories that reflect the theme they will enable you to get in the spirit of the evening and have fun. A hat,earrings or a scarf that reflects the theme is usually a good bet.

 

 When in doubt always dress better than expected!
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The Holiday Dress Report

It is that time of year again,time to start thinking about what you are going to wear this holiday season.The foolproof,classic and timelessly option is always a great dress.The good news is all the holiday dresses have arrived in stores and here are the top trends for the season.

The hands down winner this season is the LRD or Little Red Dress a more sassy sister to the LBD.Red dresses are out selling black ones right now but for you die hards there are plenty of great black options as well.Ruffles,dramatic sleeves and cut outs are the big trends this season.The great news is red is so festive and it can be paired with black,nude or gold accessories to give it instant polish.The key to finding the right LRD or LBD is that it has to flatter your body type to perfection.Here are some tips to help you find the right dress.

This chart will help you narrow down your options before you head to the fitting rooms.So save it on your phone or print it out and tuck it in your purse.

This is turning out to be a must have for the Holidays.Look more more vibrant colors but it looks stunning in black as well.The great news is a lot of stores have great options starting at $60.Lord and Taylor has a whole section of velvet pieces under $100.The fabric is so luxurious that you can pair it with really simple accessories to create a stunning party look.This is perfect to wear to a work related event.The good news is there are a lot of options that have sleeves,which are a key fashion detail this season,eliminating the need to wear something over it.

This is a new trend we are seeing this season.The dresses have a demure soft sexiness to them.In beautiful blush,nude and white tones they exude sweetness and whimsy.Lace and ruffles with touches of sheer are the key details to look for,you can pair them with dressy shoes for a polished look or boots for a more edgy one.

Straight from the red carpet to your closet.Feathers and fringe were two big trends we saw at the Oscar’s and the Emmy’s and now they have made it to the stores.If you are going to a black tie event this is the must sport trend.These dresses showcase beautifully on the dance floor and do draw the eye.The only downside is they are hard to clean so if you are looking for something practical this may not be your option.

If you have an event this New Year’s Eve,this is the dress for you.Metallic silver,Liquid Silver and Silver sequins create theses shimmering dazzlers that truly have an out of this world feel.If you want to deliver a high wattage pow this is what you wear to any event.

So have fun shopping for the perfect holiday dress and remember…..

 

Bags you must have right now!

Yes it is that time again!Time to find out which handbags  you need to be sporting this Season.All the Fall and Holiday purses have been revealed at all major NYC stores and here are the “Must Haves”.If you are a “Purse Lady”this is your season,so here are 7 reasons to shop.

This trend started out last fall and has only been getting stronger.The challenge of course is how do you fit all your stuff?The answer is easy you just have to carry 2 of them or even 3.This is perfectly acceptable and is a handbag lovers dream come true.If you do not like carrying multiple handbags you can just pay someone to carry your stuff and follow you all day.

Yes,fashion is about the Yin and the Yang,designer’s love extremes.Big bags are big style,but be cautious as you do not want to look like you are lugging all your worldly possessions around.Do not fill a major bag to capacity only put in it what you would normally carry around.

Fall is always about texture and this season the texture is crocodile.real crocodile can cost you an arm and a leg but there are excellent imitations around.Look for something with structure and the great news is that this trend goes from day to evening.So if you are the “I only need one handbag”type of girl opt for a mid size top handle or crossbody and you will look flawless day and night.

Clutches,normally reserved for evening have transitioned to day.Most of them are designed to fit a small computer or an ipad and usually come with some kind of strap in case you need it.Fall’s key silhouette is about the shoulder and the sleeve and this is the perfect trend to balance out that detail.

This season designers have transformed the functional strap into the focal point.Reinventing it in ribbon,beading and fur it becomes both practical and ornamental.Very often designers will include 2 or 3 straps with the bag so that you can change it up.Some retailers are selling handbag straps that can be added to bags you own all ready.The key trends come from extravagant guitar straps.

If you are looking for a holiday bag the key trend is velvet.They are available in every size,shape and color.If it is strictly for evening look for one that is embellished.

This is the most whimsical trend of the season.Why carry just a purse when you can carry a work of art around with you.Inspired by sculpture and the decorative arts these bags make a major statement.If you choose to sport one of these babies make sure the rest of your outfit is simple.