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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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.
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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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