Setting the Mood: Sugar and Spice

By |November 4th, 2013|Setting the Mood|

leather and laceOn more than one occasion I’ve been called a paradox; a walking contradiction.  At first glance you may think you could quickly delegate me to one box, but after a conversation and cocktail, you may be moving me to another.  And just when you think you’ve got me figured out, look out for that curve ball because it’s coming.

I don’t like predictability and following the herd makes me more than uncomfortable.  I think there’s much to be said for mixing things up and keeping people guessing, especially when getting dressed.  This is precisely why leather and lace are the perfect complement to one another.  While lace could be overly feminine or somewhat sexy, leather is tough enough to tip the scales from prissy to powerful.  A head to toe leather look would have you reminiscent of catwoman and all over lace could land you somewhere between a Victorian and 80’s Madonna.  However, when the two are combined, the look is lethal.

DKNY Leather Paneled Lace Top, Saint Laurent Leather Bra Top, Karl Lagerfeld Delphie Coated Leather Mini Skirt, Mason by Michelle Mason Leather Trimmed Lace Dress



Setting the Mood: Jonesing for January

By |January 7th, 2013|Setting the Mood|

january snowFor some of you, the party is over.  For others (ahem, yours truly) the party is just beginning… and you’re obviously invited.  But in case you can’t make it, I understand that January can be a bit bleak, what with the blizzards and below freezing temperatures.  It might be quite tempting to barricade yourself inside until the nightmare that is Valentine’s Day passes.  In the off chance that you’re looking to be a functioning part of society and perhaps secure a date for V-day, it might be necessary to self medicate in the form of shiny accessories, a heavenly scent, and the perfect shade of red lipstick.  Hey, just because I have plans to drown in a pint of Haagen Dazs with How To Lose a Guy in Ten Days’ credits rolling doesn’t mean you have to.

hot items for january 2013

1. Brian Atwood Hamper Leather and Velvet Platform Pumps, $1,795, 2. Alexander McQueen Embroidered Unicorn Skull Bag, $2,455, 3. Blue Life Twisted Sleeveless Jumpsuit, $115, 4. Byredo Gypsy Water, $220,  5. CC Skye The F-U Ring, $52, 6. B Brian Atwood Cassiane High Sandal, $425, 7. House of Exposure Helmut Red Lipstick, $25, 8. Paige Paloma Leather Leggings, $299, 9. Boulee Suri Blouse, $187, 10. Fleur du Mal Leather Silk Lined Triangle Bra, $350

Cookies and Cream or Mint Chocolate Chip?





Why Did You Wear That: Fake It Til You Make It

By |November 7th, 2012|Why Did You Wear That?|

michael kors runwayTwo of this fall’s hottest trends are fur and leather.  Just about any store you walk into or any online shop you peruse will have a plethora of fuzzy and sleek options for your winter wardrobe.  And as chic as some of these styles may be, perhaps you are completely appalled by the thought of wearing the skin of another to  advance your fashion forward image.  Have no fear, you can still be very much on trend while ensuring that all of God’s creatures keep their coats.

Fortunately, many designers and brands are well aware of the reluctance of consumers to purchase pelts and have come up with some equally stylish faux and vegan options.  (Bonus– these faux options also happen to be a whole heck of a lot cheaper).  So, in honor of Joanna Krupa (who is fast becoming a fan favorite for all the Housewives), here are ten fantastically faux fall fashions:

peta friendly clothing1.Free People Call of the Wild Reversible Faux Fur Vest, $168, 2. KARL Jane Metallic Faux Leather Jacket, $290, 3. DKNY Faux Fur Vest, $295, 4. Velvet Blush Faux Leather Jacket, $170, 5. 6 Shore Road Reversible Faux Fur Vest, $175, 6. KARL Saatchi Pleated Faux Leather Skirt, $175, 7. C&C Laser Cut Faux Leather Tee, $88, 8. ALICE by Temperley Liberty Faux Leather Skinny Pants, $330, 9. Blank Denim Faux Leather Leggings (not pants), $88, 10. Tbags Los Angeles Faux Leather Dress, $154



Why Did You Wear That: Fall in Line

By |September 1st, 2009|Why Did You Wear That?|

It seems that fall has decided to pop in a little early this year.  The temperatures have dropped and there’s that familiar chill in the air.  Luckily, I get cold when I travel so I happen to have one of my favorite Bendel’s cashmere cardis with me. Otherwise, I would be freezing and unable to leave the house.

So,this first chilly fall day has got me  compiling my fall shopping list.  I’m no Anna Wintour, but here’s my September issue.

Over the Knee Boots– whether you go for a flat or a high heeled version, they will add a sexy edge to jeans and flirty dresses.

flat otk

 Pour La Victoire Malorie boot, $375

co op boot

Barney’s Co-op Over the Knee Buckle Boot, $740

Leather Jacket– if you didn’t  grab up a leather jacket for early spring, now’s the time to do so.  For fall they are a little more rocker chic and I would stick to black or perhaps a luggage color.


Joie Ailey Leather Moto Jacket, $689

Something Plaid– whether it’s a plaid shirt  or just an accessory, plaid is making a come back. Just don’t go plaid crazy. One plaid at a time.


Forever21 Snap Button Plaid Shirt, $11.50

Leggings- Oh, leggings. You aren’t going anywhere are you?  Luckily, this season they are available in a multitude of styles.  Two stand outs are denim leggings and leather leggings.  Just PLEASE remember to cover your hoo- ha no matter what style you choose. Leggings still are NOT pants.


Diane Von Furstenberg Leggy Leather Leggings, $565


Juicy Couture Denim Legging, $88

 Boyfriend Blazer– Cute alternative to a jacket on a brisk day.  Pair it with skinny pants and a pretty blouse.


Aqua Boyfriend Blazer, $88

The New LBD– the little black dress will never go out of style, but look for new details this fall. Whether it be asymmetrical details or a mesh inset this season’s LBD’s have a little more edge. Dress it up with heels, dress it down with your leather jacket and boots.


 Bebe One Shoulder Mesh Dress, $48

Destroyed Denim– while I think the boyfriend jean will fade out as the temperatures drop, skinny destroyed denim will continue to remain strong.  They will look great with a sexy T and booties.


Siwy Hannah Slim Crop Jeans, $198

It may be getting cooler, but you’ll still look hot with a few of these items in your arsenal.