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Saturday, November 28, 2009

The Goal: Look Hotter than the Girl Next to You.



You have a lot of Christmas parties coming up, and tis the season to dress up more than usual. Don't go buy new clothes, we're in a recession after all. I usually tell my clients that each season, stick with the accessories that are in each season. Its much more affordable, and makes sense for those who just wanna be in style the easy way.
Here's a quick go to for a holiday party. Try a black turtleneck under a crisp white blouse. You can roll the sleeves up or just keep them down, either way is stylish. Then throw on any black or colored skirt you have. Could be pencil, bell, short, knee-length...the sky is the limit because its the accessories that are going to put the spin on this look. This is what you go buy: dot net pantyhose (just a black pantyhose with dots on them: think old school), and a feather brooch (J. Crew and Nordstroms have a million styles). Instant adorable-ness!
More accessories to purchase for holiday jazz: layers of gold chain necklaces, metallic nail polish, bangle bracelets galore, feathers for hair, lots of rhinestones and colored pantyhose.
The goal is to look hotter than the girl standing next to you. Wear red lipstick whenever possible, and always always wear high heels.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

How To Get A Husband




Just kidding!! I don't have the first clue how to get a husband, but I do know fashion. In honor of all of the old black and white movies I have watched lately, I have been dressing like I am off to coffee with Marilyn, and then to dinner with Carey Grant. And why not? It makes me feel sexy and confident. I rarely throw on a pair of flip flops or tennis shoes, hair tossled in a rubber band struggling to hang on by the clump we know as a bun. Never have. It takes just the same amount of time to throw on a cotton dress, tall riding boots and a scarf, cute beret and a pair of hoop earrings than it does ratty old sweats, t shirts, hoodie and beanie. Now, I am not saying there isn't something casually sexy about jeans and a t-shirt. Don't turn this topic around on me. In the days of Marilyn Monroe and Jane Mansfield, a dress and heels were in order everyday. No wonder men were chasing after them as fast as they could make a wardrobe change to jet off to cocktails.

I often have clients who say, "But where will I ever wear this?", or "I don't have ANYWHERE to wear this." I say, why not throw this on to have a sweet meal with your man, or why not go grocery shopping in it (always cute guys in the produce department), or meet a girlfriend for a quick lunch (you might sit next to Gerard Butler)? One thing my mother always taught me was to get dressed up to go shopping. Doing your hair and makeup will always make you feel better when trying on new clothes. Not to mention all those times you've run into someone important, or an ex-boyfriend looking like you just rolled out of bed still wearing your makeup from last night. You never know who you are going to run into at any given point, so dress up!
Invest in a jacket that can also be worn as a dress, and some lace or leather gloves. If you can't wear tall heels, try. Okay, I know if your chasing a 3 year around, its just not practical ( I don't know, but I hear). Try a tall flat boot or a ballet flat. The point is to dress up your everyday look a little bit. If you are going to wear that t-shirt and jeans, throw on some boots, and necklaces paired with a long scarf and sunglasses. On a side note: I always have a pair of neutral heels, and an emergency kit (makeup, deodorant, brush, samples of perfume, etc....) in my car just in case I get an opportunity to go somewhere and need to get jazzed up quickly. And that, my friends, is a true story. Get inspired by pulling out all those pieces in the back of your closet that you say you never have anywhere to wear. Play dress up while your man is watching football.

xoxo
Ali