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Wardrobe Essentials & Valentines Gift Guide
Now, in the winter of my discontent (this must sound familiar), one of the few ways to keep my spirits out of the (slushy, icy) gutter is to dream of the perfect closet. Not just the structure (although I dream of a California Closets makeover of the guest room into my couture palace), but the contents. How to drown out the descant noise of frivolous, trendy pieces bought with F/W ’10 in mind (hopefully in the bargain-to-reasonable price range) and focus solely on the melody-mainstay reliable, classic must-haves that will carry me through to S/S ’11 and beyond.
It’s the perfect time to stock up on classics, too, as retailers bottom out their prices on cool-weather merch in anticipation of resort buying and the inevitable spring fever that falls on the fashionista come March. Shopping wisely, you can pick up beautiful basics for…(wait for it…) a song.
Still stumped on which basics are best? I, of course, have a list.
Sweater: A lightweight cashmere piece in a season-spanning neutral will carry you anywhere in casual elegance. A classic crewneck tops trousers for work, jeans on the weekend, or tucks into a flouncy brocade skirt for a cool/hot take on party-wear. A long, tunic-length cardigan tops a spring dress for cool weather, or, if you’re daring, goes solo over opaque tights and killer pumps for a dinner out.
Cropped wool trousers: Three-season essentials; even cold-weather girls can wear them above ankle boots or inside tall boots. Unbeatable with flats and a sweater, or with pumps and a jacket and blouse for workdays. Would Audrey steer you wrong?
Ballet flats: See above. Absolutely indispensable for 2011. Whether you wear them while walking to and from the office to save your feet for heels, or you rely on them daily, spending money for quality flats in a range of finishes will reward you for years. (Although, I have a pair of silver ballets I bought at Tarjay for less than $20 about four years ago, and I wear them four or more times a week.) Start with black, but if you’re expanding your collection, try a bright patent, a metallic, or an embellished style, with flowers or jewels.
Classic outerwear: Whether you need an overcoat or a trench, end-of-season is a terrific time to pick up a bargain. I’m a sucker for a full-length overcoat, in camel or grey wool blend, but a knee-length grey or black is an essential urban wardrobe item. For spring, consider adding a classic trench – HOT this season. Buy wisely; this will last for decades.
Well-tailored blazer: Strengthens your shoulders and whittles your waist. Dresses up for work, or over a cocktail dress, or sharpens a tee and jeans. (So cute with the crops and ballet flats!) Black is a shoo-in, but consider navy or, for spring, a lighter neutral in a lightweight wool or cotton sateen.
The day dress: Wrap jersey, cotton shirtdress, or printed shift. Depending on your body shape, one (or all) of these will be delicious. You can dress them up with heels and chains, or down with a straw tote and flats. How can you beat one-piece dressing?
Crisp white shirt: Despite your best laundering or dry-cleaning efforts, eventually these need to be replaced. I highly recommend (as does Oprah) the two-fer deal at Brooks Brothers for the fitted, stretch basic no-iron white shirt. Pop that collar to lengthen your neck and add a little personality.
Bright-colored scarf: Trust me on this one: they’re back. A bright-colored silk twill will add pop to a tee-and-jacket look or a hint of color to the strap of your handbag. For a more casual, boho look, choose a longer, gauzy scarf in a great graphic print or floral, in bright colors for transition to spring and summer. Double-loop it over a sweater or inside the neck of your coat; bring some life to the dull winter streets.
Perfect tees: The definition of “essential”. Whether your preference is sheer, slouchy scoop necks, hipster prints, or sweet, feminine embellishments, you need a range of necklines, sleeve lengths, and colors to fit every occasion. (Hot for spring is a white tee over a floor-length formal skirt in a bright color.) Don’t miss the delicate shell-pink pastel that looks good on every skin tone. And you MUST get a Breton-style striped boatneck, in navy, grey or red. So sharp.
Nude pumps: Don’t buy another pair of black – branch out to the versatile, leg-lengthening and smokin’-hot nude. Goes with everything, whether nude, beige, or blush, and is seasonless. Look at Posh’s legs if you don’t believe me. In every price range and heel height, there’s a perfect pair out there for you.
Pencil skirt: So versatile, and it flatters figures from the curvy to the boyish and everywhere in between. Goes from weekend with a denim jacket and sneakers, to work with a blouse and heels, to cocktails with a silky tank, a delicious statement necklace and sparkly sandals. Black is a sure bet, but have you considered the versatility of grey or pinstripe?
Dynamite denim: You want it. You need it. You can’t live without it. And although we all have at least five pairs (admit it), when you need perfection you always go for one particular pair. My recommendation: a uniform-wash, mid-to-dark bootcut. It flatters every figure, is easier to carry than a skinny, and with a heel or wedge under a longer hem, you’ll lose 10 visual pounds without even trying. Dressed up for evening or down with a tee and sneaks for Saturday afternoon, they’re the ones. Get the best for your booty – you don’t necessarily need to spend $100+. Try old faves like the Gap or Lucky before you head uptown.
Don't forget to update your spring makeup palette as well! Lighten and brighten!
There, that should keep you busy until things start to thaw out. It can’t be that much longer – Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring, and he’s always right, right?
The new Spring Dylan's are here!
February is the month of love! Which is all the excuse I need to treat myself to one of the new gorgeous Dylan bags from Linea Pelle (I am, after all, in love with the Dylan!) And so many choices in style and color! Check out the chic little pochette — ideal for an evening out. And then there's the sumptuous shoulder bag — soft, supple leather big enough for all your girly goodies. Then there's the adorable crossbody —the perfect bag to sling over your shoulder for an afternoon's shopping excursion.
Check out all the fabulous Dylan styles and colors available at LP Collection!
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Valentine's Day Gift Guide
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tarte for Valentine's Day beauty!
Straight from the Runway, neutralEYES natural eye palette has all of your eyessentials for spring! This versatile palette contains 10 Amazonian clay-infused shadows in neutral & universally flattering shades, emphasEYES™ aqua-gel eyeliner in brown, a double-ended shadow brush & a free sample of lifted™ natural eye primer with Firmitol™. Apply lifted™ first as a long-wear shadow base that also helps decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by 51% (in just 10 minutes). Then using the double-ended shadow brush create the look of your choice by using the softly milled shadows (tip: you can also wet them for a more dramatic effect). To complete the look, we suggest applying emphasEYES™ aqua-gel eyeliner in brown, which glides on smooth and dries down to a long-lasting finish.
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Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist restores and hydrates the skin, leaving it balanced and refreshed. With a unique blend of Marshmallow and Rose, it provides antioxidant protection and gently soothes and calms. Just a quick spray after cleansing will leave behind long lasting hydration.
Jurlique Love Balm is a natural skin-loving salve used to moisturize, soften, and protect dry or chapped skin. Containing Vitamin E, Olive, Soybean, and Safflower Oil, apply to lips or any other area of the body that needs a little extra care, such as dry elbows or hands.
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Fashion Week Has Finally Sprung!
Among Fashion Week’s elite and key trend setters, chic-ness is measured down to even the smallest of accessories. So, don’t fall victim to the fashion police and use a chewed up, gasp, BIC pen! Turn to the Parker Pen Collection for true style and class while taking notes on the catwalk.
For the discerning fashionista,the Parker Sonnet Sterling Silver Pen (Ranging from $208 to $341) has a distinctive image, enhanced by the ciselé décor. This beautiful pen has a precious 925/1000 Sterling Silver chiselled finish and is sleekly paired with the emblematic Parker arrow clip.
|If you’ve spent too much on your Fashion Week outfits, consider the Parker Urban Premium Ebony Metal Chiselled Pen (Ranging from $40 to $65. This innovative pen is dynamic, curvy and oh-so-smooth. The black iridescent and metallic colored lacquer combine for an utmost contemporary design.
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