The Lifecycle of ‘Staple’ Fashion

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Knowing when to part with your staple items is hard. They fit well; they look good! But all fashion has an expiration date. Here’s a little guide of when to say goodbye.

Undergarments: (bras and panties) It may be hard to part with a favorite, but these should rotate every 6 to 8 months.

Staples like t-shirts/tanks/socks: It all depends on how often your wear these items. But if they’re a mess, you must confess! Toss ANY worn out items.

Jeans: We know, it took so much effort to find the ones that fit just right! But trends change often & you wear them a bunch! I generally rotate in a couple pairs in the Spring & 3 to 4 in the fall. That means rotate OUT! (You are allowed to hold on to your most favorite pair, cause “worn” is a look too.)

Where do you find all of these items in one place? A department store like Saks is quick and easy. They have multiple brands and styles to choose from & an abundance of stock! You can shop in store or online (often with free shipping!) if your style or size isn’t in stock.

Be fashionista not a hasbeenita… Know when to say Goodbye to the staples!

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Bravo TV + TDC

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Named by Bravo TV as a “Fresh Bachelorette Party Idea”, Tour de Couture is the newest fun thing to do in LA.  Style your own personal shopping experience while being chauffeured about town in a luxury SUV, with celebrity stylist Alison M. Kahn.  Thanks, Bravo!

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Ab-Fab Fourth

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The two things I’m most excited about in July are my annual 4th of July party and—cue the internal fireworks—the AbFab movie! I got to thinking last night: wouldn’t it be hilarious if Patsy and Edina, my favorite Brits, crashed my Independence Day party? (Would that make it a Codependence Day Party?)

Eddy would wear LaCroix of course, sweetie-dahling, like a cross between Jimmy Hendricks, Mick Jagger and Mrs. Roper. There’d be a head wrap, naturally, probably with stars and stripes. She might try out the romper trend and joke about wearing a Depends diaper. I can picture her in star-framed sunglasses too. And an explosion of glitter, probably in the crotch area.

Pats would be more subdued (sartorially, not behaviorally) in sheer black Chanel and maybe a McQueen Union Jack bag as an F-you to our holiday. Stuck in her signature queen beehive are red cat eye sunglasses. And in her hands, a bottle of my best vodka. Also my husband’s left butt cheek.

Now that party would be Absolutely Fabulous. Who’s in?

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Bachelorette Shopping Party

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My bachelorette party was more chips-and-dip than Chippendales.

And that’s exactly what I wanted. I’m not knocking anything that other women do; but for me, I wanted to avoid the usual shenanigans. And my girls listened.

And so we shopped. And drank champagne. And shopped. And took a detour to watch drag queens lip sync. Which inspired us to challenge each other to a late night lip sync battle. (Did they let me win? Maybe. But I rocked, regardless.)

It was low-key, girlie fun. No crown on my head. Or novelty tee-shirts. Or kisses from strangers. Or strippers in my face. Just four women, magnums of champagne, and a city filled with shops.

As someone who shops for others all the time, it was Freaky-Friday to have the group shop for me—and I loved it! We searched for lingerie, vintage earrings, and some very sexy honeymoon beachwear.

But who will do a bridal-themed shopping tour for you? I Will! I Do!  Just in time for wedding season, here’s a Bitchin’ Bachelorette Tour de Couture.

Totally customizable—do it your way!

  • I’ll help you pick wedding night lingerie, honeymoon clothes,
  • or pre-wedding outfits.
  • PLUS
  • Bottomless bubbly
  • Old-school polaroids
  • Swag bags
  • And cupcakes, because duh.

Just give me a ring (not that kind of ring!) and I’ll take care of the rest. xoxo

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Paint it Red

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I’m genuinely sorry that so many actors will be boycotting the Oscars. Because we’ll miss them on the red carpet. . . where the real competition is!

After years of styling for award shows, I know that more time goes into getting that look right than the months it took Leo to morph into a grizzly bear-man. We regularly went through 15 different dresses, only to decide to do a custom piece with a designer. Then the nails! And the hair! And the make-up! Week after week of experimentation, dieting, and obsessive pinterest-ing—only to have the hero look wrinkled and ruined by a rambunctious limo ride or an unflattering pose on camera.

Thank Gucci I’m just watching from home this year!

But it is possible to have all the fun of the red carpet without the dress stress: take a Red Carpet Tour de Couture. Join me!

* Tour some of LA’s best red carpet designers
* Learn the inside tricks and tips of a red carpet stylist
* Drive down Hollywood Blvd to see where the red carpets are set up
* Have a luxe lunch near the venue itself
* Take a makeup lesson and learn how to contour and glow like the stars
* And of course, drink champagne!

Go to www.tourdecouturela.com to reserve– and get ready to paint the town red!

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Warming Up to Ugly Sweaters

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Ever since Bridget Jones’s Darcy donned an ugly reindeer jumper, we’ve all been fascinated with tacky Christmas sweaters. But after a few ugly-sweater parties, and giving my share of ugly white-elephant gifts, a Christmas miracle has happened:

I now think ugly sweaters are kind of cute.*

But this is LA, so even when we’re being ironically ugly, we still like to look good.
And it’s possible. The patterns, the prints, the colors—they’re all fun and festive and sometimes downright flattering.
Just by following a few rules, you can still be a sexy vixen in a Christmas sweater. (But more like Vixen, Santa’s 4th reindeer.)

Try This:

Mix patterns with 2 or 3 like colors and pair a large print with a small print.

Take the sweater pattern head-to-mistletoe in a smart, slim suit.

Pair your silly sweater with something haute and sparkly.

Commit to a theme. Nothing goes better with Ugly Darth than adorable R2D2 earrings.
And have a merry, ugly Christmas!

*Ugly-Cute, like Pugs. Or Pigs. Or Sloths.

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Merry Sniffmas

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Like most people, I have vivid memories of holidays when I was a kid. And I do a lot to recreate the memories: listen to the same music, hang heirloom ornaments, make the same recipes my mom made, yell at my sister (just kidding, Santa).

But if I really want to conjure up the ghost of Christmas past, nothing works faster than the sense of smell. For me, the scent of Christmas is an orange pierced with cloves, simmering in water with cinnamon sticks. Or muddled cranberries. Or a hint of vanilla over sweet pecans.

So when I discovered there were custom perfumeries where people can recreate those same fragrances, I was like: smell ya later, cookie parties. This is delicious fun without the guilt.

There were bottles upon bottles of oils and perfumes, with a scent for every memory hiding in every crevice of my brain. And the perfumer guides you, so you can custom blend your potion until it transports you like a time machine back to Texas in 1984.

I like to think it’s the start of a new holiday tradition. And just like your decorations, you can put it away and pull it out to wear each holiday season.

You can add custom scent blending to any Tour de Couture bespoke tour.
www.tourdecouturela.com

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