Like White on White

This season, I’m all over ivory pairings like white on rice.

Nothing says winter like the cool, cozy hues of white. Simultaneously evoking an image of luxury and the holiday season, cozy knits and layered pieces cloaked in ivory have never achieved more.

Similar to its monochromatic counterpart, white and black are the simplest colors to incorporate. By layering shades of white, an outfit can transform from a ordinary safe bet into a powerful statement.

While a white pea coat may have always been a staple in your closet, this winter, designers like Valentino, Isabel Marant and Maiyet are mixing textures and fabrics like never before, heightening the level of edginess not often found in the classic shade.

Cloaking your outfits in black during the winter months while covering every inch of skin with leggings and hose can become monotonous and can make you appear unnecessarily pale. Brighten up your dreary November and play up the flush in your cheeks with a complete color inversion.

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Style 180: The Boyfriend Trend

Your boyfriend’s closet has had its 15 minutes… now it’s time to get some of your own stuff.

For a few seasons now, trend reports have encouraged “boyfriend” pieces in the form of jeans, shirts, watches and other incredibly comfortable items. At first it was an adorable ode to the boys we adore. But at some point we lost sight of this goal and became addicted to the allure of loose fitting clothing and it’s uncanny ability to hide our Sunday brunch.

Let this serve as our long-awaited wakeup call. Return the ginormous watch your boyfriend gave you when you started going steady and embrace the femininity that made him fall for you in the first place with mini watches and dainty jewelry.

Dainty Gold Jewelry

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Apart from Kanye’s leather jogging pants, designers aren’t making unflattering, baggy leather pieces for a reason. This fall, tap into your inner vixen and jump on the leather bandwagon. There’s no reason to spend your annual paycheck on a pair of pants, so get the same eye-catching effect with these leather-coated jeans:

Leather Coated Jeans

If you can’t possibly part with the comfort of loose fitting clothing, take advantage of this season’s comfy crush: the cowl neck sweater. Chunky knits should be a staple in your fall wardrobe, but avoid looking like a member of a Scandinavian fishing village by pairing your cozy sweater with striking skinny jeans and statement boots.

Cowl Neck Sweater

July Obsessions.

 

July Obsessions

Overwhelming patriotism, fireworks and countless BBQs are just a few reasons why I love July summer nights.

Obviously when I think of July, I think of independence and fireworks (cue Katy Perry) – so here’s a few ways to show your love for the invention that got you in trouble with the homeowners’ association year after year!

1. Firecracker flower arrangements

2. Patriotic Blue accessories with gold accents

3. Firework inspired ombre and patterned dresses

What’s on your summer hot list for July?!

You Fancy, eh?

Ever feel like you’re neglecting your bottom half and rubbing it in it’s (um) face by wearing fun, eye-catching prints on top? Ok, maybe not. But whether or not you’ve realized it, you probably haven’t been giving your bottoms the same, spring print love you’ve showed your tops.

Let’s fix that with some Fancy Pants!

Fancy Pants

Balmain highwaisted pants, $2,135 / Mason by Michelle Mason high rise pants, $335 / Zara floral print pants / Zara printed pants
Click here to get some ideas on how to spread the print love.

Summer Entertaining

It’s summer! And if it ever stops raining in New York… we will be wanting to spend as much time outside as possible.

summer in new york

Inevitably that includes summer meals and al fresco dinners with our friends! Unfortunately for city dwellers, finding an outdoor space large enough to host a dinner or BBQ is nearly impossible, but if you have the ability to bring your group outdoors, here are some tips for summer entertaining.

Style Me Pretty's beautifully photographed brunch.

Style Me Pretty’s beautifully photographed brunch.

Lifetime Moms: Behind the Scenes Video Shoot

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Earlier this week I had the opportunity to visit the set of a new Lifetime Moms video shoot where Today Show stylist, Jene Luciani, showed three mom bloggers how to dress for summer!

Jene talks to mom, Keyla, about what she looks for when she shops for dresses.

Jene talks to mom, Keyla, about what she looks for when she shops for dresses.

It was incredibly humbling to hear these moms share what discourages them most when they go shopping. Whether they feel like they are too short to wear maxi dresses or only wear printed tops to draw attention away from their bottoms, Jene helped each woman find a piece that worked for their bodies and made them feel incredible.

The moms having a blast in their figure-flattering swimsuits.

The moms having a blast in their figure-flattering swimsuits and coverips.

Here are some tips she shared that I thought could be applicable for any woman who likes to shop and look their best in what they wear!

Maxi Dresses

Jene dressed Long Island mom, Melissa, in a flattering all-over print maxi dress from Old Navy that featured a draw string to help cinch her waist and break up the often boxy appearance the look can produce.

Get the same effect with this Lush Knit Maxi Dress from Nordstrom:

blue maxi

I personally love this coral maxi from Splendid for it’s snug fit in the torso and surprising slip:

coral maxi

Non-Skanky Shorts

Surprisingly [well, I guess it’s not that surprising], one of the moms’ biggest concerns was not appearing to be a “skanky mom” when they venture out of the house in shorts this summer. Jene offered options with longer hemlines, like these True Religion jean shorts and these Sunkissed Shorts from Gap.

I’m no where close to being a mom yet… so when I look for longer, more conservative shorts I want to incorporate an element of fun and edge just like these leather shorts from Rachel Zoe:

Rachel zoe shorts

Or I’ll keep it loose and classy with my recent obsession of silk shorts. My mom just recently sent me this Sandro Passepasse Silk Combo Short and I can’t wait to wear them:

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What’s your favorite summer go to?