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Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Award shows bring out the best (and worst) in evening wear, and there are many people (like myself) who tune in just to see who is wearing what on the red carpet. This past Oscars showed some gorgeous gowns both custom-made and straight from the runways, on the red carpet and at the after-parties. Below are my top picks from the red carpet...

Gwyneth Paltrow stuns in a winter-white Tom Ford gown...simple sophistication

Jessica Chastain in a beautiful Baroque-inspired gown by Alexander McQueen

...and some of my favorites from the Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Diane Kruger in Calvin Klein

Cameron Diaz in Victoria Beckham

Rashida Jones in Elie Saab

Thursday, February 16, 2012


Since I'm not usually one to look to celebrities for style inspiration, most of my inspiration is taken from runway images, past style icons, and more recently through some of my favorite blogs. In the past year, I've become incredibly drawn to street style images taken outside MBFW in New York and Paris by both professional photogs and bloggers. There's just something about looking at the way real people put together looks (not to mention esteemed elite in fashion), especially when they take a high-low approach to style, incorporating designer duds with cheap-chic finds. I don't actually own a professional camera, but did manage to sneak a few shots of some trendsetters outside the tents this past week at NYFW.

Oops, she blinked! Adore this show-goer's combination of a classic camel coat & polka dot blouse with a textured skirt and a Russian-inspired fur hat. The orange lips are just an added bonus of chic points.

I spotted this stylish pair from behind, immediately captivated by their monochromatic noir looks. It wasn't until after I took their photo that I realized the fashionista on the left was E!'s own Catt Sadler! Love it; especially her incorporation of fur + floral (I've been seeing a lot of this combo for late-winter, thinking of spring street style).

They say opposites attract, but in this case, I was drawn to this lady in red because I, too, was rocking a bright red coat with black accessories (and had just blogged about red below!)and just had to take a snapshot. A great Valentine's Day inspired look!

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


...Violets are blue, it's Valentine's Day, and Fashion Week too! Not only is today a day filled with red roses, candy hearts and decadent chocolate, it's also a day of Fall fashion, street style and a very bustling Columbus Circle. I will be among this crowd today, donning my brightest red coat & lipstick to match, paying homage to St. Valentine and some of what designers have been sending down the runways for F/W 12/13. Check out some of my favorite red-hot looks fresh from the catwalk...

DVF F/W 12/13

PREEN F/W 12/13




"Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction." Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Monday, February 6, 2012


Maybe it's just the plethora of Valentine's decorations that are everywhere, but it seems to me that pops of hot pink are becoming ubiquitous. Last Spring I embraced the hot pink lip trend straight from the runways of Jil Sander, Fendi and DVF, and this Spring, I am taking a cue from these street style (and Celine Resort 12) shots that are super-charged with neon pink separates and accessories.

Whether it's a bubblegum beanie (adore the pink & camel combo) or a pair of fuschia wool trousers to stand up to what's left of winter temps, I am eager to incorporate this uber-feminine color into my everyday wardrobe. A pair of hot pink skinnies worn with nautical stripes (above) will be a great transitional look for Spring and the power of that neon crossbody will span the seasons. 

By the way, I still love a super-pigmented pink pout, and it looks even better paired with a pink shirt, pants or shift, as perfected in this vintage photo of Jackie O, below.

* thanks for the inspiration j.crew! {tumblr }

"I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls..." Audrey Hepburn

Advanced Style

It's all in the title. Below is the fabulous trailer for the film Advanced Style, that documents the most stylish of our elders from New York. It's absolutely adorable; reminding us not to play by the rules of fashion and dress for ourselves. Slightly reminiscent of the eccentric Edie and Little Edie Beale in Grey Gardens yet with a more polished panache...