Setting the Mood: Opposite Day

By |February 20th, 2013|Setting the Mood|

black and white spring trendsThe best way to get through the next two months of below freezing temperatures is to plan ahead.  Plan vacations, plan summer shares, plan spring wardrobes… One of Spring 2013’s trends was the minimalistic and graphic use of black and white shown by everyone from Marc Jacobs to Balmain to Michael Kors.  A long time fan of bold black and white, I am happy to report that this really is one of those trends that would be hard to get wrong… (though I’m sure someone is capable of screwing it up).  You can opt for an actual black and white print or simply pair black and white separates to achieve the look that is clean, crisp, and classic.  Throw em for a loop by accessorizing the look with a red lip or bright bag.

Sophia Webster Yayoi Patent and Leather Sandals, $635, Sass & Bide The Big Go Sequin Tank, $180, 7 for All Mankind Cropped Slim Cigarette in Black & White Gloss Stripe, $198, Cambridge Satchel Two Tone Satchel, $172



Why Did You Wear That: Right on Top of That, Rose.

By |November 21st, 2012|Why Did You Wear That?|

peach roseMuch like fabrics go in and out of vogue (corduroy, velvet, flannel), so do precious metals.  There was a time when one might shudder to see someone wearing yellow gold and then roles reversed and sterling silver was anything but chic.  However, there is another shade of shimmer that is most flattering on all skin tones.  Yellow gold can be too warm while silver and platinum can be too cool, yet rose gold is the perfect in between shade for skin tones of plaster porcelain to dark chocolate.  I’m not sure jewelry could be more feminine than when crafted from rose gold.  I’ve even said that I’d like my next (yes, next) engagement ring to be rose gold.  Hey, nothing wrong with planning ahead (sometimes referred to as “wishful thinking”).  But until my perfect prince charming shows up on his perfect pony with a perfect piece of jewelry for my perfectly manicured ring finger, these rose gold accessories will just have to hold me over (and you too!).

rose gold accessories1. CC SKYE Mirror Clutch, $275, 2. Oscar de la Renta Rose Gold Plated Tiered Clip-On Earrings, $180, 3. Shashi Lura Bracelet, $66, 4. Jules Smith Edie Knuckle Ring, $65, 5. Victoria Beckham Square Frame 18k Rose Gold Plated Sunglasses, $745, 6. Michael Kors Stainless Steel Chronograph Watch, $250, 7. Balenciaga Arena Giant Rose Gold Money, $555, 8. Pamela Love Rose Gold Dagger Necklace, $180, 9. Alexis Bittar Bel Air Druzy Ribbon Cuff, $245, 10. Alexander Wang Black Rocco with Rose Gold, $895

Some day my prince will come… til’ then, everything’s coming up roses.



Why Did You Wear That: Water Under the Bridge

By |May 30th, 2012|Personal Style, Why Did You Wear That?|

suspension bridgeEven the smallest cities have a great deal of history.  My hometown, Wheeling, West Virginia, is no exception.  As a matter of fact, every time I turn my head, I spot another area deemed a “Historic District.”  One such spectacular piece of history is the Wheeling Suspension Bridge, which spans 1,010 feet across the Ohio River.  Built in 1849, it has quite literally stood the test of time.

So, rather than poo poo your place of birth, do a little research on your city’s history.  You never know what interesting artifacts you may uncover.

watch and belt

girl on a bridge

wheeling suspension bridge

girl with straw hatdress: Band of Gypsies, hat: Big Buddha, belt: vintage, clutch: vintage, sandals: Dolce Vita, watch: Michael Kors

Get that Wheeling feeling.



Beauty Buzz: Blushing Beauty

By |March 29th, 2012|Beauty Buzz|

peach cheeks spring 2012The runways were taken over with peachy perfect complexions for Spring 2012.  Everyone from Michael Kors to Preen sent their lovely ladies down the catwalk with cheeks juicier than Georgia peaches.  That means that peachy cheeks are certain to be on trend this spring.  Does that mean I have to ditch my beloved Benetint?  (Um, never).  But in the off chance that I wanted to trade in my typical flushed cheeks for something a bit softer, I went out and purchased Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Blissful.

Peach Blush

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Blissful, $25

The color is true to the packaging and is also totally buildable,  So, does it last twelve hours?  Meh… not so much.  You  may need a 3 o’clock touch up (kinda like that 3 o’clock coffee break) to revive the color, but I would absolutely recommend this nutrient rich, perfect shade of peach to capitalize on one of this spring’s prettiest makeup trends.

tarte 12 hour blush



Why Did You Wear That: To the Max

By |March 26th, 2012|Look for Less, Why Did You Wear That?|

spring 2012 maxi dressesThe maxi dress is nothing new, but that’s okay.  It’s still a closet and transitional season must have.  A maxi is great for running errands in a simple pair of flat sandals and tote or can be dressed up with heels and sparkly jewels.  Maxi dresses are a win for all parties involved.  It’s like getting to wear your pajamas all day long and no one can really say anything cause you look so stunning and you never run the risk of exposing your “Britney.”  Striped, solid, floral, tribal… you really can’t go wrong.  Check out how these chic starlets styled their maxis and re-create the look yourself for that oh-so-effortless maxed out look.

ashley macklowe1. Ella Moss Printed Maxi Dress, $188, 2. Ettika Clustered Gold Black Leather Bracelet, $75, 3. bebe Noah Platform Sandals, $84.99

nicole richie maxi dress miami1. Cosabella Anouck Maxi Dress, $200, 2. House of Harlow 1960 Jordana Sunglasses, $125, 3. DKNY Textured Leather Shoulder Bag, $375, 4. Aldo Brendle Simple Flat Sandals, $56.40

alessandra ambrosio maxi dress1. Ella Moss Stained Glass Maxi Dress, $248, 2. Ray-Ban Large New Wayfarer, $125, 3. Blank NYC Vegan Leather Jacket, $74.99, 4. Mossimo Supply Co. Ona Ballet Flats, $14.99