Do you have a best friend? Does he have a big coat too?

As I’m sitting shivering from taking my pup out for a walk, I’m also dreaming of a white Christmas… wait, is that flurry I see outside?  I TAKE IT BACK!

I love the white stuff during the holidays but there is NOTHING worse or more painful (if you’ve experienced a North East winter lately, you’d know the pain) than being caught outside when freezing temps hit.. hard.  That’s why this Christmas, I’m actually hoping for less wintry mix conditions and more for a big puffy coat!

What was once seen as a ski-slope essential is now a must-have for keeping on trend and cozy during the winter months.  Add some fur to the trim on the hood and I’m ready to go. Another great option is to switch up the predictable black coat for a fun color – try a winter pastel!

Below are some perfect style ideas incorporating the puffy coat.

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Now shop for your own!  Here are some of my current faves:

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MCHAEL Michael Kors Reversible Hooded Down Walking Coat // BCBG Max Azria Adela Faux-Fur Trim Puffer Coat // Burberry Fur Trim Multi-Quilt Parka // Elie Tahari Gracie Mixed Media Puffer Coat

Stock Your Closet With These for Spring 2015

Since New York Fashion Week has come to an end it’s time to reflect on all of the new trends that will fill our closets come next season.  While various current trends are carrying over to Spring 2015 such as crop tops and all-white ensembles, there are plenty of new trends to look forward to as well.

1. Culottes – This wide-leg cropped style was all over the runways this season.  The casual style was seen with crop tops or shirts tucked in.  The best part about these versatile bottoms is that you can basically wear them with any type of footwear!  Seen at: Nanette Lepore, Rebecca Taylor and Mara Hoffman.

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2. Shirting – This menswear-inspired trend took off last season and is staying strong with crisp shirting appearing in many shows underneath dresses or classicly paired with trousers or skirts. Seen at: Thakoon, Michael Kors and The Row.

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3. Cold Shoulder – Many designers are letting skin show this season, giving attention to bare shoulders.  Off-the-shoulder tops were HUGE on the runway and it gives us a break from the constant display of midriff skin! Seen at: Christian Siriano, Tibi and Jenny Packham

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More Spring 2015 trends to come!  What are some of your favorites?

 

Met Gala Fashion Round-Up

This year’s Met Gala was jam-packed (and I mean that!  Did you see the size of some of those gowns?!) with glitz, glam, a little skin and a whole lot of tulle!  The theme was “White Tie and Diamonds” and the event honored designer, Charles James with an exhibit “Beyond Fashion.”  Charles James is known for ballroom gowns and has come to be recognized as the first designer to dabble in couture fashion.

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Many of the women who attended this year’s Met Gala took Charles James’ inspiration quite literally and looked like they stepped right out of the 1950s with their ensembles.  Others well, they took on their own approach to the theme. Here are some of the trending styles that appeared on the red-carpet with my absolute favorites at the end.  ENJOY!

Over-The-Top Embellishment: Beyonce in Givenchy, Kristen Stewart in Chanel Lupita Nyong’o in Prada and Leighton Meester in Emilio Pucci.

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Cream of the Crop Top : Emma Stone in Thakoon, Anne Hathaway in Calvin Klein, Rihanna in Stella McCartney and Gabrielle Union in Prada

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Good Ole Black & White : Charlize Theron in Dior, Jessica Pare in Michael Kors, Hailee Steinfeld in Prabal Gurung, Zoe Saldana in Michael Kors and Anna Kendrick in J. Mendel

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Pretty in Pastels : Rachel McAdams in Ralph Lauren, Elizabeth Olsen in Miu Miu, Rashida Jones in Tory Burch, Kate Bosworth in Stella McCartney and Taylor Swift in Oscar de la Renta

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Shine On Metallic : Lea Michele in Altuzarra, Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta, Diane Kruger in Hugo Boss, Chrissy Teigen in Ralph Lauren, Lily Aldridge in Michael Kors and Karlie Kloss in Oscar de la Renta

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Fabulous Floral : Hayden Panettiere in Dennis Basso, Emmy Rossum in Carolina Herrera, Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa, Lena Dunham in Giambattista Valli and Florence Welsh in Valentino

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Pardon My Pants : Kristen Wiig in Balenciaga and Cara Delevingne in Stella McCartney

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My Picks:

3rd Place: Suki Waterhouse in Butberry

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2nd Place: Blake Lively in Gucci

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andddd 1ST PLACE : THE QUEEN OF THE MET GALA: SARAH JESSICA PARKER  in Oscar de la Renta

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Friday Serenity

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OPI – Big Apple Red // Tom Ford Black Orchid // Ray Ban Aviators // Michael Kors Watch

As the weekend approaches, everyone breathes a sigh of relief.  The weekend means time to unwind, relax and bask in the feeling of peace.

Above are some of my daily must-haves.  Loving this book about Diana Vreeland.

With that I’ll leave you with a quote by Ms. Empress of Fashion herself : “There’s only one very good life and that’s the life you know you want and you make it yourself.”

Happy Weekend everyone!

MK Goes Nautical

If there is one thing I love (not to mention one thing that never goes out of style), it’s stripes.  Thank goodness one of my favorite designers has basically centered his whole spring collection around the nautical-inspired lines.  In an abundance of bold colors like navy, green and red, Michael Kors stretches stripes over blazers, bags and dresses.  To put it very bluntly, I decided I wanted to live in the MK Spring Catalog when I got it in the mail.  See some of my favorite striped looks and items below!

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The Perfect It-Bag

I feel like something has been missing in my life.  Oh, I know – I need a new go-to, perfect for every event, and super cute BAG!  When I saw Michael Kors Large Fulton Pebbled Leather Satchels, I almost fell over and died because I had found it, the perfect bag.  This bag comes in fabulous colors.  It has a top handle as well as a strap – totally versatile.  And finally, it’s roomy so I can store all my totally unnecessary  items that I must carry around with me at all times.  At a perfect price of $328, what else could you want besides Michael Kors himself to walk around with you, guiding you to the vey best styles and trends (wait, can that happen please?)  Until that can actually happen, I’ll just take the bag for now…. But I’ll be waiting for you Mr. Kors.

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Not Your Typical Tweed

I tend to shy away from many menswear-inspired trends because I am such a girly-girl ( I know, I hate me too).  But one piece of fabric that has been taken from our lovely male friends’ closets that can totally be worn by us gals is tweed!  I love this trend because tweed is such a polished, chic look and yet it adds a little masculinity and structured to an otherwise average feminine outfit.  Not to mention you totally Chanel-ify your outfit with a little tweed (hello, signature Chanel tweed jacket).  Not to mention, the textured material will keep you warm during the cold months to come!  Below are some greatly styled outfits featuring tweed. Enjoy!

Here are some outfit ideas by me!

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White shirt – Topshop / Blazer – All Saints / Tweed skirt – Topshop / Tights – Barney’s / Boots – Emilio Pucci / Bag – Balenciaga / Necklace – Kate Spade
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Blouse – Chloe / Jacket – Rebecca Taylor / Pants – Topshop / Flats – ALDO /  Bag – Foley + Corinna / Earrings – Michael Kors / Bracelets – Alexis Bittar 

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Everyone’s a Fashion Star

As I’ve previously stated, Michael Kors truly knows what looks fab on every woman, and his Fall ’12 looks do not disappoint!  Kors knows that every woman secretly dreams of a fantasy world where she stars in her own major Hollywood movie or sings her heart out in a big time music industry music video.  So, he created looks just for all of us who totally wouldn’t mind being caught photographed out in a pair of sexy, sleek leather pants or over-sized sunnies.  If you were a rock star or movie star, MK has got you covered with every piece of wardrobe you may need.  So rock that metallic mini or escape paparazzi in a warm, comfy coat.  Oh, and Michael Kors’ Fall ’12 catalog-come-to-life-video (below) will totally get you in the mood for chilly weather and all the bountiful fall fashions it has to offer!

See my favorite selections from these looks below!

Movie Star:

left to right – Michael Kors Hamilton Large Studded ToteMichael Kors Faux-Fur Chubby & Skinny Zipper-Cuff JeansMichael Kors Link Bracelet, Golden

Rock Star:

left to right – Michael Kors York Suede Knee BootMichael Kors Exclusive Mock-Neck Toggle Cardigan, Faux-Fur Neck Warmer & Faux-Leather LeggingsMichael Kors Jemma Plastic Studded Aviator

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Never An Excuse to be Late

An item that is essential to accessorize all outfits is the wrist watch.  Watches have made a big comeback in the past few seasons and  they have shown serious staying power.   The reason behind the popularity of this old-fashioned, oversized, menswear-inspired piece is because a watch instantly spruces up an outfit.  Wrist watches provide mature arm candy in any hardware you want – silver, gold, ceramic or leather strap.  Slip on a watch and you instantly professionalize your work attire, glam up a night look or add the only necessary piece of jewelry you need for a casual day.  Not to mention wearing a watch will help you brush up on your time-telling skills instead of peeking at your iPhone every 5 minutes!  Below are some of my favorite watches, enjoy!

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from left to right – Marc by Marc Jacobs Baby Dave Watch ($250), Kate Spade New York Metro ($195), Michael Kors Runway Chronograph Watch ($250), La Mer Brown Snake Wrap Watch ($92), AX Armani Exchange White & Rose Gold Multi-Function Watch ($220)
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Black & Bright!

It’s no mystery that black is a favored color when it comes to clothing.  Black goes with everything.  Black is flattering and slimming.  Black is simple and conventional, yet elegant and timeless.  But who’s to say our beloved go-to color doesn’t need a little brightening up sometimes.  One of my favorite trends to appear in the fashion world is the bright-with-black trend.  It gives an updated look to the usual black ensemble.  Below are my own outfits that showcase a little bright with black.

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Top – Charlotte Russe, Jeans – Express, Flats – Target, Necklace – Francesca’s Collections

 

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Dress – Victoria’s Secret PINK, Belt – American Eagle, Bracelet & Sandals- Forever 21, Watch – Michael Kors, Ring – vintage

 

Enjoy!

 

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