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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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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Thanksgiving Day Dressing

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This week, many of you are headed to your Mother-in-law’s house for six courses of carbs-with-gravy, followed by several more hours of couch potato-ing. Are we gluttons for punishment? (or just gluttons?)
Nah. Thanksgiving is a holiday created specifically for eating, so it would be un-American not to stuff ourselves!
And while it’s tempting to don your Lululemons for the occasion, please don’t. Just because you ARE a sloth today, doesn’t mean you have to look it. Hide Your Lazy!
It’s as easy as pie to look polished and put together while still being super comfortable and ready for seconds. So leave your spanx at home, and fill up on some of my Turkey Day Dressing:

  1. Camouflage that gut with a wrap waist.  Waist not, Want not.
  2. Give up altogether and wear a tent dress.  A PAPER London tent dress, but nonetheless, a tent dress.
  3. An elastic allows for over consumption, Fringe conceals the goodies you steal.

 

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Wedding Dress Cold Feet

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You all know the saying “Physician, Heal Thyself.” In my case it’s “Stylist, Style Yourself.” Because when it comes to picking my wedding dress, I just can’t get, well, engaged. And the wedding is four months away.

When I style my bridal clients, they’ll chose THE dress after trying on as few as 2 or 3 dresses. But me? After 11 stores and countless hours online, I have yet to say “yes”—or even “eh, maybe”—to a dress.

Diagnosis? I have wedding-dress-cold-feet. These are my symptoms:

Sticker Shock
I’m too practical for this! I could get a new bathroom for the price of these gowns!
(Insert image of ridic exprensive dress)

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Pressure In My Head
Admittedly, I do have access to off-the-runway looks from top designers. . . but those are for my clients. Those of us who aren’t screen goddesses have to chose our clothes from a more mortal realm.
(Insert image of dream dress)

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Beads. . of Sweat
Pearls everywhere. So many silver sequins. Mountains and mountains of tulle. It’s exhausting, and honestly, not really my style.
(Insert image of cat toy dress)

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But before I check myself into a clinic, I’m asking you, my dear readers, to send me your cures. What would you do if you were MY stylist?

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