Go to fab in 60 seconds!

This time of year we all encounter “situations” demanding that we look amazing 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.It is also the time of year that you have a lot of events right from work.

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 to that your look from the ordinary to the extraordinary.With a little 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 even a kitten heel.Your posture and stride instantly makes you taller and more fabulous.Keep a great nude,metallic 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 metallic eyeshadow 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

How to rock flats this holiday season!

How to rock flats for the holidays!

Comfort and Glamour need not be mutually exclusive when it comes to shoes. We have all seen iconic images of Audrey Hepburn rocking flats but Natalie Portman, Emily Watson and Anne Hathaway all rock flats on the red carpet. Anne Hathaway is the queen of wearing flats on the red carpet and does it all the time, which caused a huge controversy in Cannes when they decided it were not appropriate and banned them.Fortunately they are not banned this holiday season from all your fun, fabulous, events.

 

There were a lot of comments on my last post about heels, where women said it is hard for them to wear them,they prefer flats but it sometimes makes them feel “dumpy”.By following these five simple things, you can rock flats this holiday and never miss putting on a pair of heels.

Always remember when you are confident,comfortable and cute is when you have the most fun.

1. Find the shoe that flatters your body.

There are two kinds of flats out there for holiday right now.

Beneath the ankle flats such as loafers,ballet flats,mules and sandals.

Above the ankle flats such as low boots, cage flats and booties

Beneath the ankle flats are certainly those that work the best.By revealing the ankle, they show the full length of the leg without “cutting” it. They are the best choice to elongate your figure and are most flattering to all body types. The best way to wear them is always show your ankle which is a sexy body part on all women.So flash some ankle.

Above the ankle flats tend to reduce the length of the leg a bit. So they are great if you are taller 5 feet 5 inches or have long legs.If you have shorter or wider legs, and want to wear an above the ankle flat make sure you balance it with your outfit.

2. Choose styles carefully when shopping.

Pointy toe flats work best with wide leg pants while round toe ballet flats work best with ankle length pant styles that show a little skin. Open toe flats look good with skinny pants and short skirts. Always wear a closed toe flat with a long skirt. When wearing flats with a short dress or skirt make sure they show some toe cleavage. (Yes that is a thing) which is very sexy and elongates your leg. Only wear loafers with a pant. So think about what you are going to wear your flats with when you are buying them.

3. Make sure your flats are stylish, Bright colors, lux fabrics and textures to add some flair to your look. Embrace a fun print or embellished flats. Bedazzled flats look great with cocktail dresses. Velvet, Lace and Metallic flats are big this season. Victorian details like ruffles, buckles and bows are all the rage as well.Stay away from very basic flats if you are wearing them to an event.

4. Choose quality. Sure you can snag a pair flats at a discount store for $9.99. In the case of shoes, you get what you pay for and if you are planning to wear them to events and not just around the house invest in high quality flats. The material and construction are very important. You want these to last more than a couple of wears or seasons.This is very important.

5Make sure your outfit and your flats are in harmony.

Rocking a dress or with your flats? Choose a shorter skirt or dress that falls away from your hips and hits you right above the knee to avoid looking stumpy. You could also cheat a little and rock a kitten heel or sliver of a wedge to give you a little boost.Nude flats will really elongate your legs.

Rocking a pant with your flats? Make sure if you are wearing narrow pants they end above you ankle when wearing them with ballet flats or sandals. When wearing it with an above the ankles flat like a bootie make sure you tuck pant in.When wearing it with a wide leg pant make sure the back of your pant is ¼” above the back of your shoe. Wide leg pants look good with simple pointy toe flats.

Make sure your pants do not drag on the floor. When you buy pants decide if you are going to wear them with heels or flats and hem them accordingly.

Here are some great LBD flat combinations.

 

Here are some great pant and flats combinations.

 

You can rock heels this holiday season!

With the holiday season approaching,even the most practical fashionista seeks to abandon comfort for drama upon spying the perfect pair of sky-high stilettos.Holiday parties and heels just go hand in hand.There is something to be said about wearing heels with a great dress.You feel tall and sexy,your booty pops and the dress fits better.(FYI-most dresses are fit on the model while she is wearing a pair of heels) Aching feet inevitable?

Here are some strategies to pull this off in relative comfort.

First…The Fit

Having properly fitting shoes is critical,go shoe shopping at the end of the day,your feet swell so if you shop first thing in the morning you may not get the right fit.Have your feet measured specially the width.Your feet change just like the rest of you.TIPOpen toe shoes give you more wiggle room.

Next…Heel Height

Finding the right heel height is equally important,the pitch of your foot in heels has a lot to do with comfort.Not sure what the right heel height is for you?

Here are two things you can do in the shoe store that will help you make the right decision

1.Stand in your shoes on a hard floor with your knees straight.Raise yourself 1″on your toes;if you can do this comfortably,the shoes are the right height.Start at this height and you can slowly work your way up from there.Kitten Heels are a big trend this season.Block heels are a great starting point as well.

2.Take 10-12 steps in the shoes at your normal walking speed if you wobble the heels are two high. TIP -Opt for a shoe with a platform this will give you the height you want and minimize the pitch at the same time.

Then…Make it your own shoe

Did you know that numerous products exist to customize the fit of your shoes?You can add arch support,cushioning,support the ball of your foot and prevent rubbing at the back of your heel.Most drug stores and beauty supply stores carry these products.TIP-Focus on the areas that are painful at the end of the day.

Here are some products that can help with problem areas

Stretch

A lot of problems occur because you store your heels in a box.Leather contracts when it dries make the shoes tighter when you put them on.Use a device to stretch your shoes.For specially stubborn shoes,keep a stretcher in them so they are always ready.Moisturize your shoes and store them in breathable shoe bags.Did you know the Queen of England has a lady in waiting to break in all her shoes you do not have that privilege but you can always bribe a friend to help.TIP-Treat your most worn shoes to shoe trees,that way they will always be ready for you

Conditioning…Really!

Do Yoga before you put on your heels. Stretch your hamstrings and calves,do leg lifts and ankle turns you will be surprised on how much this helps.Barre and Pilates are best for high heel wearers.Yes, wearing high heels is a sport just like any other so train and warm up.

Strut your stuff…Properly

Be sure to walk correctly in you heels:

1.Walk heel-toe,heel-toe with you head high and shoulders back ,elongate your spine.

2.Take smaller steps if you are bending your knees your steps are too long.Practice turning in your heels using your toes it is more of a pivot.

3.Take breaks,do your best to sit down every 20 minutes or so for at least 7 to 10 minutes.A lot of shoes look great when you sit down as well.TIP-Do not take off your shoes,your feet can swell and make it difficult to put back on.Keep a pair of flats handy to slip on after the event for walking back to your car.

When you get home…Pamper your feet

Thank your feet for supporting you.Soak them in warm water,dry them with a fluffy towel and massage them with a good foot cream.

If you are shopping for heels this season here are the big trends!

Yes it is the trend right now to match your bags and shoes

How to travel in style this Winter!

Starting next week we head into the busiest travel season of the year.It was just reported that an extra 4 million people are traveling this year at Thanksgiving compared to last year.

I believe that you should always travel in style.If you look like you belong in first class you just might end up there.With all the turmoil happening with the airlines right now it is so important to look pulled together and just plain fierce(people are less likely to mess with you).It is important to look fabulous on your flight and at your destination as well.Remember you take many more pictures when you travel and all those social media posts.

They key is what you pack,how you pack and what you wear.Never check a bag unless you absolutely have to.The cost for checked bags goes up almost every month,plus there is all the time you end up waiting for them.In addition if you have a checked bag you have a lot less flexibility to change a flight.With so much luggage going missing or not arriving with you you are much better off having everything you need in the palm of your hand specially if there is a delay.Here are the a,b,c’s of a great travel wardrobe.

A.What to pack.

1-Create a color story for your trip,it should not be more than 3 main colors and a pop color or print.This will ensure that everything goes with each other.Your pop should only be in tops.Here are some color stories that are trending right now.Your color story should be in harmony with the nature of your trip.This is essentially creating a travel capsule.Do the same  with your accessories.

 

 

2-Pay attention to fabrication,try to pack as many wrinkle resistant fabrics as possible.Stay away from linens,silks and certain  wools they do not travel well.Stick to jersey,ponte and fabrics that drape well.Also put the clothes you pack on a diet,Look for the thinnest fabrics that provide the most warmth especially when it comes to fleece and outerwear.Lay out your outfit combinations and take pictures on your phone.For cold weather travel look for ultra lightweight thinsulate or down jackets and coats.Do not travel with a lined wool coat.

3-Pack your work horse pieces.Everything you choose should have at least an 80 % chance of being used.Denim jeans,black stretchy pants,jersey tops and little black dresses all fall in to this category.Also pack convertible pieces,these are pieces that can be worn more than one way.If you are not sure about what a convertible piece is watch this video.

 

4-Pack lots of accessories.Bling gives you major bang for your buck when you are traveling.It is small, but can completely transform a simple dress or top.make sure you pack at least 3 statement pieces.It is also important to make sure the pieces go with your color story.Do pack a couple of belts as well.Make sure you pack a mix of casual,sporty and dressy accessories that go together.Here is an example of a great accessory story.

5-Scarves are your secret weapon to traveling light and looking fabulous.They are incredibly light and fold into the smallest squares.they can be tucked into any spare corner you have.Make sure you have a solid one,a printed one and an embellished one.They can become belts,hats,shirts or tops in an instant.Here are a couple of cheat sheets that show you how.

6.I say this with much pain!Limit the number of shoes you pack,they weigh the most and take up the most space. Do not pack any uncomfortable shoes.Right now you should pack a heel in a  metallic shade,nude or black for evening,a comfortable all weather day shoe the and a light athletic waterproof sneaker for walking around or working out .You should wear your boots as they are the hardest to back but make sure they come on and off easily for security.So 3 pairs that is all that goes in your bag.Make sure you pack a  small clutch that goes with your heels for evening.Also pack a lightweight foldable backpack for day trips or the gym.Here is an example of a story.

B.How to pack.

1-Layout everything on your bed including the outfit you are going to travel in.Count you should have at least 3 tops for every bottom.make sure all the colors sit in harmony.The reason you put your travel outfit on the bed is to make sure it goes with the pieces you pack.

2.Pack using zip lock bags and roll your clothes,squeeze out any excess air.Delicate knits should be wrapped in tissue paper to prevent them from getting snagged.If you travel with a jacket turn it inside out and fold the shoulders in before you roll.(you cannot do this with men’s jackets).

3.Start with you shoes laying them toe to heel at the bottom of your bag.Stuff them with underwear,scarves and belts.Not only does this make efficient use of space,this helps the shoe keep its shape.

4.Resist any last minute urges to pack extras.Your clothing will expand as you wear it and the most important thing is you have to leave room to shop”.

C.What to wear.

1-Comfort and Style is your mantra.Poly/Spandex blends are the best to travel in.Make sure the fabric drapes well and does not cling.Do opt for an elastic waist and pockets are a plus.Keep your outfit monochromatic and in a dark color.

2. Always have a shawl/scarf with you airplanes are cold and this is a much more stylish way to stay warm rather than an airplane blanket.Plus you can do something fun with it when you get to your destination.

3.Sunglasses,a great handbag and a touch of fragrance is also a must.Do have lipstick and moisturizer handy to apply throughout the flight.

4.If you take off your shoes or your most outer layer make sure they are easy to put back on.

5.Put a small pillowcase in the pocket of your coat,Fold your coat and use it as a pillow during the flight.This will keep it clean and you will not have to stuff it in the overhead compartment.

 

D.When you get to your destination.

1.Unpack everything and hang what you can.If anything is wrinkled take it to the bathroom and hang it on your door while you shower.Most of the wrinkles should come out.Travel with a small bottle of Downy Wrinkle release,this helps if something gets really wrinkled.Also travel with shout pen or wipes.A portable steamer is also a must have.In a pinch your hotel hair dryer can help get wrinkles out.Spray a little water on the garment and blow on low.Have some Shout wipes or a pen to deal with stains.

2.Make sure you take out all the items from your shoes and lay out your accessories on a table(not the real stuff).

3.Plan your outfits for the next few days and hang them in order,review pictures of them on you phone so you do not forget the combinations you came up with.

 

Feeling and looking gorgeous when you travel is as easy as A,B,C and D

Love, Sunil

Dress Codes Explained!

Invitations to Holiday Events start arriving right after Halloween.Many invitations specify a dress code.Here are some of the common dress codes I am seeing this season broken down for you to easily understand.There are 3 types of events you may be invited to each one requires that you dress appropriately.

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 year’s 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 gown 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.A lace dress is perfect this season.

 

 

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 glamourous, stay away from holiday sweaters and holiday hats.

 

If you are planning to buy a dress this season make sure you read this post  http://sunilr.com/blog/find-your-perfect-dress/

 

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.

 

Social-Friends and Family

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!
Sunil