Party Pretty!

It’s that time of year again- holiday parties are lighting up your Google calendar like a Griswald Christmas tree. Everyone from co-workers to  social drinking friends want to party with you so be sure you dress the part. Here are some of my seasonal favorites for all the holiday cheer!

First off, the annual work party. Now since you will have to see these folks again on Monday, it’s best to keep this look classy. This doesn’t mean just throw on that go-to LBD, but by all means, all your bits and pieces should be covered. For many years now, I have sworn by Maje dresses. The styling and cuts of these dresses are impeccable for their price point. This holiday season I am coveting their mesh and gold leather Rezzano dress. It somehow manages to mash up conservative and edgy into one scrumptious frock.

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Whenever I am debuting a new fashion obsession, I test it out first on my friends (hence my knit fringe jacket I wore out with my girlfriends last night, half of which stayed on the chair as I got up). This season I am crazy for the athlesuire trend of leather joggers. I recently styled Arrow and Spartacus star Katrina Law in a killer Viktoria + Woods pair for a holiday editorial. The key here is to make sure the rest of the look is dressed up to avoid looking like you’re heading to the gym. A cool (sequin- why not?!) cropped top and layered necklaces will add insta-glam and offset the casual silhouette of the pant.

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If there is ever a time to just be comfy, I say it is when you’re around family. But read I am saying COMFY, not sloppy. My favorite cool without trying line is Free People. The loose fit of the line allows for a big serving of all your mom’s calorie laden comfort food but the cool cuts keep you on this side of chic. Their tunics are heaven with a flat over the knee boot or layered over dark very skinny denim and booties.

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Now ringing in the new year is when you can really go to town! There are not too many days in the year when getting sloshed while wearing sparkles is deemed appropriate, so take advantage of this one. I am dying over this Parker fringe mini I also put on Katrina Law. If you are an amazing dancer if your head like I am, the movement of this dress will not disappoint ( I cannot stress enough the “in your head” part of that sentence by the way).

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A few of my favorite things…

It’s my favorite time of the year! While I do love fireplaces and cheesy Christmas movies, it’s the holiday shopping I live for. I pride myself on taking the time to really personalize all the gifts I give. It obviously requires much more mall and shopping time to do but thats a sacrifice I am happy to make:) Here’s a little guide to some of my favorite gifts for this holiday season…

santal

The most incredible scene you have ever smelled. A winner for men and women alike!

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Double Happiness has long been one of my favorite jewelry lines and this season, the Warlock quartz ring is on my Xmas list. It’s the perfect statement making piece for a cocktail dress or super distressed  jeans.

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I like wine, I like wine a lot. While anyone can sip a glass, why not cook with it as well? Dean and Deluca has both red and white wine grilling planks sure to infuse incredible flavor into your favorite meat, poultry, fish and veggies.

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While I am obsessed with all things Dannijo, this year I am crushing on their Dreams Don’t Lie pendant- it’s the fanciest dream catcher you’ve ever seen!

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ABC Carpet & Home’s Wild Unknown tarot cards are not only beautifully designed, it’s a great too cold to go outside, sit by the fireplace kind of game to play with girlfriends.

 

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A favorite go to line for me has recently been For Love and Lemons. Everything form their lingerie to their ready to wear is just so, pretty! I am currently dreaming of the Penelope Mini Dress.

 

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I try to keep my desk as organized as possible which is not always easy to do with two toddlers running around but now at least I can beautify my efforts with Mapleton Drive’s Oco geo paperweight. Both pretty and functional, this is a sure way to add a little chic to your work area.

 

 

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Try as I might to look pulled together when I go to workout, my gear is always all over the place. Enter Herschel Supply Co’s Sutton duffle bag. It’s big enough to fit all your essentials and it’s cool vintage design will give you some street cred style points.

 

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The above gift selection makes it sound like I work out a lot- I don’t, well at least not as much as I’d like to. Which is why my new obsession, Orange Theory Fitness is perfect! It’s the most insane one hour workout you will ever do, I swear.

 

Lovely looks for Valentine’s Day…

Love it or hate- Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. So, what to wear on that dreamy date without looking like you tried too hard? Spring has some killer trends that scream romance… Gingham has gone from the farm to the forefront of fashion this season with designers like Diane von Furstenberg reworking this checkered classic. I am mad for her super sexy take on this country staple. Just be sure to keep the rest of your look very simple to stay more fabulous than farm girl!

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Another great look from the Spring runways was the return on the one shoulder cut. As stylist, I often ask clients which part of their bodies they love and loathe and the shoulders seem to be one body part that always make the love (or at least “like”) list. Jill Stuart showed beautiful flouncy one shoulder blouses that pair perfectly with virtually anything from a sleek pencil skirt to more casual jeans. Cushine et Ochs’ offered up a simple column dress is gorgeous on its own or accessorized with a few touches…

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And now for my all time favorite look that is trending this Spring- 70’s chic! There was such an effortlessly cool vibe to clothing in this decade of decadence that it was almost impossible to be “too much”. Pucci had an ethereal take on this era with incredible lace and crochet pieces, while indie favorite Honor and fashion God Tom Ford gave us more streamlined silhouettes of 70’s classics.

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Now go get ’em Lovebirds….

Swaggin’ Dads

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In honor of  Father’s Day, I wanted to highlight some of my favorite fashionable fathers. Top of my, and probably every woman’s list is David Beckham. Whether rocking a soccer jersey, tailored suit or tighy whities (yes please!), this man always looks impeccable. He “gets” fashion and can switch from casual dad in cords, a t-shirt and loose beanie, to super swag in a three piece suit so effortlessly. A relatively new Dad, Pharrell is one of my biggest male fashion crushes. He takes any look he wears and makes it his own. Aside from a few questionable hats as of late, Pharrell consistently nails his quirky yet clean style. One half of my most favorite fashionable couples, Gavin Rossdale has the brooding rocker dad look down perfectly. From his perfectly worn-in t’s to his beat up layered necklaces (I know, I know layered necklaces on a dude sound wretched but I swear it works on him), Gavin carries off the rocker turned dad look with ease. I am kind of cheating on this last pick, as Matthew McCounaughey rarely is fully clothed, but here’s to another dad who can make us drool just as easily in a Dolce Gabbana suit as he can shirtless playing a drum (okay, maybe not the drum part). So this Father’s Day, be sure to celebrate the fashionable fella in your life!

Best shorts for your body type….

 

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As temperatures heat up, so too do hemlines. It is key however to make sure

you‘re wearing the right pair for your body type – that creeping up the inner

thigh look flatters NO ONE!   If you have curvy hips, opt for a higher waisted

pair. When the waist hits higher up on your torso, everything looks slimmer.

If you’re built a bit more straight and narrow, you can choose styles with more

volume like pleats. Petite gals look great in short-shorts. A shorter hemline

won’t look vulgar on a teeny tiny frame. If you have a larger tummy you’d like

to hide, look for low or mid-rise cuts. You can also go for pattern

shorts to draw the eye down, just be sure to pair with a solid tee to avoid

pattern overload.

Time and a place…

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After a recent trip to Disneyland, I was both horrified and amused at the parade of “fashion” I saw marching by. Now as a stylist, I might have a more critical eye than most, but I am pretty sure the vast majority would agree that a white crop top barely covering the boob with no bra in sight is not Happiest Place in the World attire. So what are some options for comfortable yet chic looks? Cut-off denim shorts worn with a tailored shirt is always a great go-to look. Patterned pants with a flowy silhouette are also a great option when the temperature heats up. They provide great coverage- which when you have a toddler climbing up and down you all day is essential- while still allowing you to breath. The key here is to pair with a solid color top, as too much pattern can be a recipe for disaster. Another no brainer is an easy sundress. Pair with chic sandals and a long necklace or two and you’re good to go. They key here is not only comfort but remembering there is a time and a place for skin tight dresses and butt cheeks creeping out of shorts, and Disneyland  ain’t it sister!

Summer Headgear

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It’s officially summer, which means time to protect those beautiful moneymakers ladies! As a wardrobe stylist I focus mainly on clothing but as I get older, I have realized the importance of skincare which is why I LOVE hats. Not only do hats complete any look and take doing your hair out of the equation, but they offer some pretty decent sun protection as well. Above are some of my favorite picks for this summer…

Rag Bone fedora hat
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Fedora hat
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Flower garland
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Slouch beanie
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