How to wear spring’s pastels, without looking like an Easter egg…

Spring has officially sprung, and with it, a delicious array of sorbet inspired pastels! Pastels can be tricky on some skin tones, so here are a few simple tricks to avoid looking like an easter egg…

1) Avoid wearing one color head to toe. Color-blocking is still ruling the runways, so mix it up a bit. Anything goes when it comes to color blocking… pink with purple; yellow with green, pink with green. If this is a bit too outside your comfort zone, start with different hues in the same family; a soft pink mixed with a neon or salmon.

2) Pair one pastel piece with a darker, bolder piece to anchor the look. Charcoal gray, tan and navy pair beautifully with springtime’s soft palette. You can also mix in white. Just steer clear of black; it’s too heavy a color and will throw the whole look off.

3) Not every pastel is for every skin tone (unlike the richer jewel tones which look great on almost everyone). Try a few on and see which one suits you best.

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David Bowie Is a Style Setter

London’s Victoria and Albert Museum opens its “David Bowie Is” on March 23 and has already sold over 50,000 tickets. David Bowie is many things to many people, a pop icon, a musical genius, a superstar. I think of him as a trendsetter, long before the rest of the world was ready for it. In honor of this new exhibit, I thought it would be fun to see just how far ahead of the masses Bowie was in many of his wardrobe selections….

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Prada’s Top 5

Last night I had the pleasure of attending Prada’s grand opening in Fashion Valley (to benefit Voices for Children, a fabulous non-profit in San Diego). While admiring their Spring 2013 collection, I couldn’t help but think of my first trip to Italy, more specifically the Prada outlet, and how that helped spur my love of fashion. Here’s a look back on some of my favorite Prada hits… 


The Nylon Packback- 1985

The nylon bag that took backpacks off of the playground and onto the backsides of fashion’s most elite. I went to the Prada outlet in 1999 and purchased three of these bad boys in clack, grey and hot pink- yikes! My set bag today is a nylon Prada messenger bag that is a million years old and I won’t do any job without.



Miu Miu- 1993

Prada’s sister line debuted- targeting the edgy/downtown fashionista and offered at a slightly lower price point. While living in Italy during college I saved for two months and bought the most perfect Miu Miu party dress- and it is still in heavy rotation today!



The Platform Sandal- 1996

A precursor to today’s it shoe,  the “flatform”,  these sandals changed the look of casual shoes. Suddenly sandals weren’t just for your nonna. They were chic, feminine and actually comfortable!  I went to a Catholic high school with a strict dress code, save for the shoes. I managed to talk my dad, an equally enthusiastic Prada aficionado, into buying me a black patent leather pair I literally wore into the ground.



Embellished Heels- 2007

Heels are heels, right? Enter Spring 2007 when Prada’s heels could have been easily mistaken for a lush garden. It was the first time we saw pumps with moxie. I remember putting clients in those botanical beauties for red carpets that year and for the first time, the shoes became just as important as the dress.   



The Crystal Dress- 2010

This work of art was donned by more celebrities and graced more pages of fashion mags than any frock in recent history. Turning the idea of a traditional dress on its head, this beauty graced the cover of Vogue a record three times! You couldn’t look at an editorial or red carpet without seeing a starlet shining in this crystal overlay, yet somehow I always still wanted more!

Brava Prada- can’t wait to see what other warm fashion memories will be made donning your fabulous line!