This week, we were so fortunate to have beyond amazing weather! I was able to rock flips flops, a maxi dress and a tank top! But the Spring is a mix of amazing weather, a bit of winter attempting to hang on and then that rainy period as well. You'll find yourself rotating through a number of looks that are weather specific. Today, it's a bit overcast and it's Friday! So with that in mind, this is a day of errands, wrapping up the week and more - I want to be comfy! Roll over the above images to see what I'm obsessed with at the moment. As you know, I'm a huge fan of grey and I love a great oversized top to keep me cozy and this one by Poison Ivy and available at Alloy is so great for a day like today. Keep it simple by pairing it with skinny jeans by Current/Elliott. In addition, accessorize the look with pops of coral and fab neutral hues via Coach, Dannijo, Clare Vivier, C Wonder, and Me&Ro.
As you read this, I just completed Day 5 of my 12 week Revolt Now Fitness with Nichole Huntsman. She's like having a personal trainer that you can do from your phone (I did that earlier this week as it was a crazy day), tablet (check) and your laptop! More on this in a few paragraphs. As you know, I'm always working out and I'm a huge believer in looking amazing when you're doing it. I am that girl who will still wear makeup, super cute outfits and more as I never think there is a reason to look less than your best. This week, I have been rocking some cute looks and wanted to share a few of my fave key pieces for the next time your hitting the workout routines!
I always rock a bit of pink when I work out, some workouts are intense and a bright hue can make you push through that wall! This pink sports bra by Under Armour is a great way to keep you cool and you can layer a fun tank on top of it if you feel like you don't want to show that much skin. I love pairing this within my Victoria's Secret Pink Colts shorts (although I've lived in NYC for over 10 years, I'm from Indiana originally and this is my fave football team) which is perfect for when you're hitting the gym super hard. When I'm not doing yoga and am doing super cardio, it's all about wearing the right shoes and I love these navy and pink New Balance sneakers. There are times I head to the gym and come home but I still have quite a few things that I take with me so this super cute Hello Kitty duffle is definitely about the business of working out. Since the weather is still chilly here, it's all about the hoodie and I do love a little retro love - so this is Adidas one is the perfect look wherever you're going! Complete the look with a fab accessory that won't get in the way - Catherine Michiels is definitely a great piece. I find that when you're hitting the gym or whatever your workout is (and yes these can be used on a daily basis even when not working out), ENERGYbits can be swallowed with liquid (it's not a pill though) or chewed and is made of 100% algae. It boosts your energy, balances your blood sugar and is also a meal replacement - just to name a few things that it does which can help you.
Now this time of year is crazy, it's post the holiday season, the spring/summer is coming up, I start booking a lot of work and like any woman in this time of year, you want to prep the body to look amazing. So I have been doing a number of workouts and one of them includes Nichole Huntsman's Revolt Now Fitness. I love that she has videos that range between 21 - 40 minutes which allows you to work out, learn why these exercises are beneficial to building muscle and she creates a very conversational tone. In this challenge, if you work out as well as eat the menu that she has set out, you're bound to see significant results within 6 - 12 weeks. I have to say that even after doing it for the past 4 days with her instructed day off, beyond feeling sore, I feel the results beginning which is such a win! I love that for under $10 a month, you have access to her videos and whether you're doing it at home, on the road, etc it's worth making the commitment to yourself. I can tell you that there are times that I double up her workouts or I also go into a number of other routines that I love to do!
When it comes to traveling at a moments notice, I have become the queen! I love that in my lingerie bags I travel with necessities as when I land, I hit the ground running between segments, swinging my brands and styling a client all while having my must haves tucked in my carry on! I am a believe that when packing, you need to know that you have some basics. The other evening, I went to Pamela Pekerman's Accessorize for Wellness which showed all the musts haves that we need to be fit and look great whether we're at the gym or simply running around with friends! She shared Yummie Tummie with us! As you know Yummie Tummie was founded by Heather Thompson who is currently on Bravo's Real Housewives of NY! She has such a cute personality and interestingly enough, when I was on HSN back in March I had a quick second to chat with her as Robert Verdi was on with his sunglass line, I went on next as the spokesperson for Sebago and then Heather was on chatting up Yummie Tummie. I always love seeing Robert outside of Fashion Week madness and Heather is every bit as gorge as you would suspect). I can say that I have been a fan of her shapewear for years and love the tank and pantie that was gifted! When I do segments, it's nice to know that you're always looking amazing and that whatever you've nibbled is not peaking out on camera!
When I'm not on camera or fitting into a very slim dress, I also love having my Commando underwear. These ensure that you don't have lines which is always pesky and not cute by any means! I'm also obsessed with the depth of Hollywood Fashion Secrets which has a huge line from tape to keep yourself in place, silicone cover ups and more - there are no excuses for a wardrobe malfunction! Finally, Cynthia Rowley is back again with her fabulous collaboration with Band-Aid available at Birchbox! Just in time for summer, we all find that we may have had a little too much summer fun and at least this lets us heal quick with fun colors!
Together, all of this fits in my lingerie bags which ensures that I never forget them! Lola Haze is known for their lingerie line; however, I never travel without my bag as I like to place my lingerie as well as must haves in my luggage!
Happy May - we're finally locking into the time period where we definitely don't have to worry about these dips in temperature. Many of us have actually begun to dip into our summer wardrobes and we're not even looking back towards our winter gear. My love for maxi dresses has definitely encompassed the maxi skirt! I'm loving this fabulously striped pleated skirt from Alice and Olivia. When you wear something that not only has a number of colors as well as textures and movement, I like to create a little simplicity and love that this tank top from Club Monaco is the perfect item to pair with this skirt! I definitely want to pair a fun necklace with this look and Noir Jewelry has this fab bugle knot necklace has fun hues that are woven in. On you hand, this Dara Ettinger cocktail ring has a fabulous yellow hue which brings sunshine from your hand! Yellow picks back up in this look with my fave pair of sandals by none other than (shocker) Giuseppe Zanotti which has your feet wrapped in this hue as well as adding a little extra bling. With so much color, it's an even better excuse to include this python stacked set of 3 bangles to make everything look completely relaxed by Ted Rossi!
I love maxi dresses and this summer I am not only incorporating previous season's of maxi dresses and rompers but it's all about the perfect maxi skirts! In addition, I do love a monotone look with pops of color from my accessories. I love playing with proportion as well so having a slim fit maxi skirt by Malene Birger and with this fab top by CLU. I love that there is ease in the top and together it's a very laid back look (it's a look that will take you from shopping in the city, partying at Coachella and lounging in South Beach. Take it super easy with these fabulous sandals by Giuseppe Zanotti which merges tortoiseshell and a little bling together. Rock a long beaded labrodite Chan Luu necklace which plays with the neutral tones. Stack a few fun python leather bangles together by Ted Rossi (my fave accessory designer and friends of mine) which pairs the tiffany blue color with the natural grey snakeskin. This is such an easy look and with the weather we're having in the city right now.
I'm loving the whole colored leggings and jeans which are so much fun to wear! I'm loving the turquoise jeans by Topshop which are complemented by this fabulous yellow Tibi tank top which is such the look right now. Pair this with fun bangles from Aqua which compliment this vibrant look. Loving topping this look off with a scarf such as this one by Echo Design. Finally, I've been obsessing over Chloe since I have this fabulous pair of sunglasses by this designer that look very much like this but are in gold. Of course my wedge love continues with these fabulous tan shoes which become a stable for whatever look you're rocking!
Ever since Paula Patton rocked canary yellow on the red carpet during the Golden Globes - I have been looking for ways to bring this hue into my wardrobe. Now many of you who are connected to me on Facebook or on Twitter weighed in on Paula's bold look when I shared a way that one could wear it in a super cute short style by Cynthia Rowley. Some said that the color was still bold and that accessories definitely should be used to tone the color down. Today I present a muted yellow that is also layered with a grey tank. I am known for wearing tanks year around and am able to do so in the colder season by having layers! I love the burnout jersey tanktops by T by Cut 25. I would pair this over jeggings by Black Orchid Thunder (loving the side zips which add a little sass) and of course, I can stay warm by rocking T by Alexander Wang. The best thing about this cardigan is it travels well and it has a hood which will always keep you looking chic. Mixing the yellow and grey together ensures that any bold color you were concerned about - no longer becomes a problem.
Slip on these fab boots from Report (as you know that I am a huge fan of their shoes especially their thigh high boots - love the pair I have in brown) which will complete the look. I ADORE Melanie Georgacopoulos pearl and chain necklace mixing sweet and edgy together and adding a fun layer into the overall look. Effy Collection has a fun ring which is perfect for this laid back look whether you're catching a flight, popping into meetings or running errands. Slip on these stacked pyrite bracelets by Lisa Freede and end the entire look with Fendi's gorgeous satchel bag which adds another yellow but is playful and whimsical.
So to start us off, I'm loving American Eagle's vintage collegiate tanks and hope that they will add my alma mater, Indiana University! With that said, there are times when I pull a couple of days at the Kitten Lounge Loft where it's all about work and getting things pumped out. I know that messengers will still come by, people will drop by just because and more. So when it's time to lounge, I still do it fabulously. I'm all about being cozy so I suggest rocking J Jones velour pants! This is the best way to glide around the loft and take care of items while being comfortable. Rock this fabulous Oscar de la Renta charm necklace which has amazing charms and I love the bronzed effect. Slip on this black and diamond sterling silver ring which is decadence for your finger. Finally stack it up (as I am a huge fan of this) with Chan Luu and Linea Pelle for a little rocker chic. Add a bit of relaxation to the overall loo k(it is Friday after all) with a fab pair of slip on Converse sneakers which makes things effortless when you have to pop on a pair of shoes. Together, office hours will go phenomenally fast!
It's all about keeping it simple. You know that sometimes your makeup routine is a little lighter as the days get hotter, the same can also apply to your apparel as well! When it gets toastier, my shorts get a little higher and and of course, I'm all about the perfect tank pairing! Today's look has a great ethical component to it! I'm loving Nicole Miller's collaboration with Indego Africa which has vibrant shorts. This cause allows the cute shorts to to have 15% go back to this group of people from Rwanda that represent over 250 artisans that are all about fair trade and social enterprise. In addition, I'm loving with this easy breezy sense of style that this Dream Weaver Wildfox Couture tank is so cute and perfect! I'd totally wear this to run errands, have brunch or just to get out and about. Of course, I'm loving that the accessories to cap it all off include this amazing large cuff that has crystals all over! Roberto Di Castro's piece is fabulous and of course these easy sandals which have braiding detail that caps off the entire look by Jessica Simpson. Ultimately, this is a great alternative to a romper (one of my fave summer looks) and is something you'll see me rocking when I am running around either personal shopping or securing looks for my upcoming shoots.
A blue period isn't always a bad thing! In many cases, it's fun to rock blue with a crisp white as no one can bypass a bit of nautical flavor! Im loving the simple striped tank with cute white shorts! I love this agate bracelet paired with a fab pair of Christian Louboutin! With plans being made for 4th of July you should definitely ensure that you look the perfect part when you're nibbling n treats and waiting for fireworks to come!
Earlier this week I worked with a fabulous client who was looking for the best look that screamed Hamptons but was appropriate for a housewarming here in the city which has a roofdeck! Today's look is a version of the look that was created for her! I'm all about kaftans as there are so many options and they are my "must haves" for Summer 2011. TopShop has a fab serene blue that can be worn as a cover up over your fave bikini or paired with a cute tank top so that it is worn as a dress. If you feel that it is a little short, you can pair cute shorts and on cooler nights, how about a pair of leggings? Because the kaftan is the perfect mix of casual and dressy, it begs to be paired with fun accessories. I'm loving the fun peacock elements of jewelry with House of Harlow's peacock locket pendant and Free People's ring as well. In addition, everything can be evened out by popping in fun nude/blush tones. Love, love, love the fact that Jimmy Choo's clutch is the perfect item to pair with Alejandro Ingelmo's woven platform wedge pumps (I am obsessed with this designer and have been since Sept Fashion Week last year when he was on a Harper's Bazaar panel focusing on accessories) which are phenomenal. Regardless of how leggy you are, this is a great look and as always, I'm so happy to get pictures from my fab clients when they're set to have a fab night out (hopefully she remembers the fab gift she's supposed to bring and will enjoy dancing the night away with friends).
My favorite look is when I have no where in particular to be or I know I'm just running around. When I am in this mood, I know I'm grabbing a great tank. a pair of skinny jeans, an interesting necklace and my bag of choice. Whether you opt to wear this with heels, flip flops, sandals, etc - you're always dressed for wherever you happen to head out to. There is something to be said for simple but it doesn't mean that you look as if you fell out of bed and ran to your first meeting. Thinking of what your perfect "go to" look, will save you time! You'll know what you should put on and you won't have to wonder if this is the way you want to present yourself for the day!
Yesterday I hit the gym after taking a bit of a break. I always exercise but I wanted to focus on strength training and more. With that in mind, I'm a big believer in dressing for the part! With that said, I love Victoria's Secret Pink, I work out in it, lounge and travel in it! One of the best collaborations that VS Pink could have done is create lines of clothing from universities! I love wearing my Alma Mata, Indiana University and having a little bling with yoga pants is perfect! The fact that it's grey is also a huge bonus and of course, I love pairing it with a simple tank top.
Finish this look off with Stella McCartney - I love her collaboration with Adidas the sneakers are cute and have a very fashionable flair and I love the bag which can hold everything that you feel you need!
Whether you do casual Fridays or you just like to be casual, there is no need not to have a sexy look at the same time. Yes it's Black Friday and with all the deals that are going on, this is a great excuse to start changing your look. You know I'm all about skinny jeans and a simple tank - who doesn't love the cardigan that is elbow length. A pop of yellow is a fun way to look cheery even when the days are a bit overcast. Add a cute bib necklace which has elements of vintage mixed in. Add a sexy femme edge with an over the knee boot (I love this pair) and of course a lush bag is a nice way to add a conversation piece that ensures that people will love you coming and going.
My favorite look when I’m running around is a tank/tee and jeans – now that I’m obsessed with leggings, you can add that to my core look. When it starts to get chilly, you’re bound to see me in a scarf or a cute wrap of some sort. Of course, I’m never without my accessories as I think you can never really have too many and as much as I like to embrace color – I truly love mixing black, grey and denim. So today’s look brings in the sequin top (I used to be very against sequins and look at me it’s a tank - love the racer back tank and a beret which I’m all about). The wrap is amazing I love the fact that you can have something to know the chill off, that it’s angled and it flows. The leggings have a denim look so that’s the best of both worlds and a dream to travel in.
The other day, I shot a video for Chicology and we went to Fenton & Fallon and I fell in love with their mixed media jewelry so I definitely love popping in this edgy look with this femme look. The onyx ring is large and bold – you know I love this and I have to say that the shoes are absolutely fab! The cuff works well and you can never go wrong with a bootie. Whenever you opt to take off the wrap, you have this great chunky/layered cuff which really elongates the arm. Day to night your set and looking super glam!
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