How to rock leather in the summer

Every fall I get so exited to whip out all my leather pieces. This year, I figured, why wait?! Lightweight leather in soft colors can be super cool and chic in the warmer months. I am currently loving this white (okay, yes, it’s faux!) leather top by Topshop. It’s structured but lightweight and pairs with everything from denim skinnies and heels to a pleated floral skirt with sandals. 

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Good Bless America, the Designers!

As this Independence Day weekend comes to a wrap, I thought it would be fitting to pay homage to some of the country’s top designers. In no particular order…

Donna Karan- After leaving Ann Klein in the early 80’s and launching her own eponymous line, Karan became well known for her ‘Essentials’ line, initially offering seven easy pieces which could all be mixed and matched, and created a fully integrated wardrobe. One of the first females to design real clothes for real females, her knits and jersey pieces are incredibly flattering and easy to wear. Her rouching is magic and strategically hides a few lumps and bumps!

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Michael Kors- His first designs were sold out of his parents’ Long Island basement and just a few years later were on the floors of Bergdorf’s. In addition to his men’s and women’s wear lines, Kors also revamped French fashion house Celine during his 6 year reign. He has countless celebrity fans and just this year, Kors was selected for The Time 100, the magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world. His clothes make me want to jet set around the world and look fabulous while doing so.

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Marc Jacobs- Following his early “dismissal” from Perry Ellis for showing a “grunge” line in 1992, that would ultimately give birth to a whole new trend, Jacobs launched his own mens and women’s wear line. In 1997 Jacobs was tapped to be the new creative director of Louis Vuitton and designed their first ready-to-wear-line and has launched countless successful collections since. Indie “It Girls” flock to his line like very chic moths to an incredibly cool flame.

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Calvin Klein- No one can reminisce about fashion in the 90’s without mentioning Calvin Klein. His minimalist designs, along with his fragrances ( I saved up two weeks worth of allowance to buy CK One) and underwear (hello Marky Mark!) helped defined the decade. His designs have evolved over time, thanks to Francisco Costa now heading the label and can be seen on any red carpet at any given time.

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Prints Charming

While watching my daughter (attempt to) dress herself this morning, unabashedly layering pattern upon pattern; it reminded me of the number one question I get from my clients… How do I successfully mix patterns? Pattern play is one of my favorite ways to give an outfit a little edge and there are a few ways to do it. The first way would be to pick two patterns with the same color palette. Try navy and white florals with navy and white pinstripes or black and white polka dots and black and white stripes.

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Another option is to mix different versions of the same pattern- plaids, florals, polka dots and stripes are the easiest prints to pair. The key here is to play with different sizes and colors to make it look like the mixing was intentional, not a bad accident:-)

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And now, for my final and golden rule for mixing prints… when all else fails, opt for leopard. Leopard print lends itself to any pattern play. Floral and leopard to me is heavenly; just the right balance of sweet vs. minx. It also compliments plaid perfectly for Fall.

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The good news is, it’s kind of hard to make mistakes when mixing patterns right now. Just open any high-end glossy and you will see up to 5 different prints per look! If all this is too much, start slowly and add pops of print via accessories. Belts, bags and and scarves are a great baby step into this crazy mixed up trend! And now a quick shout -out to my muse for this post…

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Shades of grey…

Today at the ripe old age of 33, I found my first gray hair! Not a rogue highlight, not a streak of yogurt compliments of my toddler; but a real non-pigmented, sad, lonely gray hair. In an effort to make me feel better about my impending decline into geriatrics, I decided to highlight some silver foxes… Here we go!

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Shouldn’t work, yet some how it does. I LOVE it!

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The OG silver fox, Alec Baldwin has always been in my top 5 celebrity crushes.

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The best example of aging gracefully… flawless!

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Totally fearless

Okay, so my solitary ashy strand may be in good company, but I am still calling my colorist first thing in the morning!

Nars, Chanel and La Mer… Oh my!

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Before you put on that killer cut out dress or slip into your beloved Louboutins, you need the perfect foundation. No, not Spanx, although those are key. I am talking about the perfect face. From eye cream and serum to mascara and lipstick, the way you care for and primp your skin is paramount when it comes to looking good. Join me Saturday morning at 7:30am (the early bird always gets the worm) as I host a very exclusive event at Bloomingdale’s Fashion Valley. The Makeup Date will feature a very special runway showcase of the must-know trends in lips, eyes and skincare. RSVP to Lisa Parviz at 619-610-6455 or Lisa.Parviz@Bloomingdales.com.

See you there Gorgeous!

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Isabel Marant Heading to H&M!

H&M has done it again. Isabel Marant will soon join the ranks of Lanvin, Karl Lagerfeld and Stella McCartney when her capsule collection hits the floor on November 14, 2013. The tres chic French powerhouse is probably best know for single-handedly making over those wretched Guess booties we all went so nuts for in the 90’s and, most recently, giving us leg-lengthening platform sneakers.   While her designs are hush-hush, I am crossing all my fingers and bootie-clad toes that some renditions of my current favorites may make a cameo….

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Resorting to dreams….

Whilst running after three kids and carrying more backpacks than a Himalayan sherpa today at Sea World, I couldn’t help but dream about being somewhere else… somewhere warm and tropical with a drink in my hand, trashy novel in my lap, and wearing fabulous resort wear. So I found nap time to be the perfect time to skim through the latest in Resort 2014 collections. Some of my personal favorites included an adorably chic black Phillip Lim 3.1 romper and white blouse combo, perfect for wandering down a cobblestone street in a tiny European town…

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A white lace Giambattista Valli robe inspired dress that would look glorious atop a camel’s back or while dining al fresco in a tiny Greek Village…

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And an eco-friendly python Stella McCartney shift dress with killer zipper detail that would look perfect anywhere – except for maybe the front row of a Shamu show.

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