My Top 10 Favorite Fashion Films

Whenever I need an instant mood boost, all I have to do is sit down and watch one of my favorite fashion movies. I like to get lost in the clothes, in the styling, and in the experiences the characters are having in those incredible clothes. These films never fail to make me happy. (Sometimes even giddy!)

The following is a list of 10 movies I love primarily for the fashion. You’ve probably seen most of them. If not, add them to your watch list. If you have, watch them again. You may be inspired to organize your closet and put together some outfits to wear in the future.

Level up your fashion game. Level up your attitude. Come on, get happy.

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1. The Devil Wears Prada

Duh. Everyone knows why this movie tops the list. When it comes to fashion movies, this is The Godfather. (Or perhaps The Godfather II, which I thought was better than the original.) You can stream The Devil Wears Prada here#ThatsAll

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2. Sex & the City

Because Patricia Field is God and this movie (and the whole series) is the bible. Of course, Patricia Field was also the costumer designer behind The Devil Wears Prada. Because she’s God. Watch the Sex & the City movie here.

3. 13 Going on 30

The scene where Jennifer Garner “discovers” her dream closet is all of us. Bonus points for flashback 80s fashions. Watch 13 Going on 30 now.

4. Factory Girl

Edie Sedgwick is my spirit animal and Sienna Miller is a fashion icon who was born to play this role. If you’re obsessed with the sixties and all things Warhol like me, you’ll love everything about this movie. Stream it now.

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5. American Hustle

Not gonna lie. The 70s is my jam. You can find almost every single look from this movie hanging in my closet. Watch American Hustle here.

6. Bedazzled

I never thought this adorable movie got the attention it deserved. Especially for Elizabeth Hurley’s wardrobe. In this movie, the Devil wears Versace and Fendi. And she wears them well. Watch Bedazzled now.

7. Crazy Rich Asians

There is only one word to describe the clothes in this perfect film. Beautiful. Oh, and it also stars the most beautiful woman on the planet, Gemma Chan. Watch Crazy Rich Asians here.

8. Boogie Nights

This movie might not be for everyone considering the subject matter, but it’s one of my favorites. The performances, the fashion, the music…everything about this movie is groovy. Click here to get your boogie on.

9. The Breakup

Okay, we’ve always wanted Jennifer Aniston’s body. Now we want every outfit she wore in this movie. (And if you haven’t seen her kicking-ass-and-taking-names performance in The Morning Show, stop what you’re doing right now and binge every single episode.) Watch The Breakup here.

10. Clueless

Did you think I could get to the end of this list without including Clueless? As if! The most expensive shoes I have are a pair of Azzedine Alaïa leopard print sandals. Whenever someone asks me about them, I get to say in my Cher voice, “It’s like a totally important designer.” Watch Clueless now on Amazon.

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5 Fashion Trends from Woodstock That Will Never Die

Woodstock Fashion Trends

Woodstock is the indisputable OG of music festivals. The fashion trends it spawned over fifty years ago have stood the test of time. They show up each and every year in new iterations, both on the runways and on the Instagram feeds of your favorite bloggers and influencers.

Over 400,000 people attended Woodstock in August of 1969 in Bethel, New York. It was advertised as a weekend of peace, love, and music. It quickly became one of the most influential moments in history. Hundreds of thousands of young people – dubbed “hippies” by mainstream society – proved to the world that they could gather in peace and love. And wished the world could do the same. (Yeah, that 1970s Coke commercial is playing in your head now, isn’t it?)

Woodstock influenced not only the music and the mindset of generations to come, but it also had a huge impact on the fashion industry. Many long-standing fashion trends still worn today have Woodstock to thank for their staying power.

So, in honor of peace, love, music, and fashion – here are five major trends immortalized at Woodstock that we bet you’re still wearing today.

Woodstock Fashion Trend #1: Fringe

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If you search Google for photos of Woodstock, you’ll eventually come across a photo of Grace Slick wearing the most amazing white lace-up fringe top with matching bell bottoms.

Then there’s the iconic picture of Jimmy Hendrix in that white fringed shirt. Or Roger Daltry in his unbuttoned camel-colored cardigan trimmed with fringe. If you scan through photos of the crowd, you’ll see even more.

The fringe trend never goes out of style. It shows up every season on bags, shoes, boots, wraps, vests, dresses, skirts and more. There is no better way to add “it-girl” status to an outfit than with a classic fringed bag or boot.

GET THE LOOK: Be part of the fringe festival!

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Woodstock Fashion Trend #2: Boho dresses

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Every fashion blogger sporting the bohemian trend at Coachella has Woodstock (and Janis Joplin) to thank for their look.

Long flowing maxi-dresses, peasant blouses and baby-doll minis in mixed prints and florals all originated in the sixties.

The boho trend seems made for outdoor concerts because it’s just so comfortable and chic. And it continues to be prevalent in modern day designers’ collections.

GET THE LOOK: When they go low, we go boho!

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Woodstock Fashion Trend #3: Halter Tops

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Many people who attended Woodstock chose to wear as little clothing as possible. Or none at all.

For a generation of women who were into bra-burning, the halter top was probably more than just a fashion statement.

Sexy and uninhibited, the halter style neckline has actually been around since Paul Poiret in the 1920’s, and even further back to Native American culture. But Woodstock made it mainstream.

Pair a halter top with a pair of hip-hugging bell-bottom jeans and you’ll be doing Woodstock proud.

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Woodstock Fashion Trend #4: Vests

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Fringe vests, leather vests, denim vests. They all had a showing at Woodstock. Even the guys were sporting this trend back in the day.

Like all of the trends in this post, vests can be worn year round. I’m an especially big fan of faux-fur vests for fall and winter. I have several hanging in my closet patiently waiting for the first leaf to fall in September.

Another vest trend that I’m loving right now is the super-long, lightweight duster style. They look great with jeans or leggings and can even make you look taller when worn with a pair of groovy heels.

GET THE LOOK: Invest in yourself!

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Woodstock Fashion Trend #5: Headbands

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The best way to bring your favorite Instagram or Snapchat filter to life is to adorn yourself with a beautiful headband.

While the women of the early 60’s sported the double-wide Bridget Bardot style headbands, by 1969, the look was smaller and embellished with beading, jewels, and even flowers. (They were crowned “flower children,” remember?)

Headbands had a massive fashion resurgence moment with the CW hit show Gossip Girl as every style imaginable paraded its way up and down 5th Avenue thanks to costume designer Eric Daman.

And I have to admit, I’m wearing a headband as I write this post. Not a cute one. Just a utilitarian type taming my bed-head hair. Hey, it works. And it’s just groovy, man.

GET THE LOOK: Let it go to your head.

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Want more Woodstock-inspired fashion? Check out my Pinterest board.

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*Photos from Vogue.com.

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The Ultimate Vintage Belt Shop

I am a huge fan of Patricia Field, the costume designer behind Sex & the City and The Devil Wears Prada. She’s created some of the most memorable looks in fashion film history. I’ve probably seen both of these movies over fifty times. Each. And I’ve noticed a common trend in both…the prevalence of the belt.

After looking at all the images above, can you now imagine what each outfit would look like without the belt? That’s the power of a statement accessory. Which brings me to my latest obsession. Vintage belts. Through the wonder of social media, I was able to quite randomly connect with the amazing woman behind WhatTheBelt. It’s an Etsy store full of some of the most unique vintage belts you’ll ever find.

I became acquainted with Stacey, the store owner, on Instagram after she read my article about why I quit Poshmark. She messaged me and we soon realized we had a LOT in common. She previously lived in New York, loves disco music, and is an avid vintage and thrift shopper. And whereas I lost my patience for the Poshmark platform, Stacey is killing it! Check out her closet here.

When she mentioned her Etsy store specifically devoted to vintage belts, I took a look. And according to the manfriend, there was an audible squeal. Just look at some of the amazing belts available in her shop:

    

As a matter of fact, prior to my knowledge of this particular store, I had been looking all over for a specific style of wide embellished black belt. Guess where I finally found it? 5Trust me when I tell you to bookmark her page. Chances are, anytime you’re looking for that perfect unique belt, you will find it here.

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Get it Off Your Chest With the SiO SkinPad

If there is one thing I learned from watching the Spring fashion shows, it’s that 2017 is going to be the year of the décolleté!

Super-low cut frocks and tops popped up in almost every designer’s collection, which means it’s time to forgo the bra, order some double-sided stylist tape, and summon enough confidence to go (somewhat) bare-chested.

I’ll admit that I don’t pay that much attention to my chest area when it comes to my beauty routine. And it shows. As you can see in the first photo below, I have horizontal wrinkles and crepiness at the top of my chest right underneath my clavicle.

When the lovely folks from SiO (which stands for Skin Innovation Overnight) reached out to see if I wanted to try their new “Overnight Décolleté Wrinkle Smoother” SkinPad, I was thrilled!

The SiO SkinPad is designed to be worn overnight and can be re-used up to 15 times. Each package comes with two pads so you can do an entire month’s worth of treatment, which is exactly what I did.

I have to admit it felt weird the first time I placed the silicone pad on my chest (and I got even weirder looks from the manfriend.) But it’s actually quite comfortable and once it was on, I kind of forgot about it.

 

Photo 1: Before | Photo 2: Wearing the SiO SkinPad | Photo 3: After 30-Day Treatment

The results? I actually noticed them after the first night I wore the SkinPad. My skin was definitely softer and smoother. The more I used the pad, the more I started to notice the wrinkles softening. The combination of the pre-treatment Décolleté Cleansing Discs and the post-treatment Décolleté Serum acted as a one-two punch for exfoliating and fading the sun damage and freckles. The whole treatment worked so well that now I’m thinking of using it on my neck because – as you can see – I’m starting to get those pesky little horizontal lines there too. (Aging sucks, but it sure as hell beats the alternative.)

Bottom line: If you’re planning on braving the low-cut trend, consider the SiO Skin Pad treatment as your pre-plunge-prep. Just don’t forget the double-sided tape. Unless you’re ready to free the nipple!

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Check out some of the low-cut looks from the Spring 2017 Collections on my Pinterest page!

Get Every Single Look From The Devil Wears Prada

If you’re like me, anytime The Devil Wears Prada is on TV, you stop what you’re doing, you sit down, and you watch. Most of us can quote this movie word-for-word from beginning to end.

Did someone eat an onion bagel?

I’m just one stomach flu away from my goal weight.

I’m a six. Which is the new 14.

For anyone who loves fashion, this movie is our Godfather. Aside from the perfect performances from Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, and Meryl Streep, The Devil Wears Prada gave us a “fly on the wall” peek into the inner workings of a major fashion magazine.

Of course, the REAL reason we can’t get enough of this movie is the fashion. Sex & the City costume designer Patricia Field waved her magic style wand again and gave us some of the most unforgettable outfits in movie history. Years later, we still want all these looks.

So whether you’re an Emily, a Miranda, or a post-makeover Andy, you’ll find all the outfits you love from the movie here along with affordable options to get each look.

To quote the fabulous Stanley Tucci as Nigel, “I think my work is done here.”

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How to Do a Louboutin “Red Bottom” Manicure

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Every fashionista dreams of having a shoe closet filled with Christian Louboutins. Having a pair of these iconic red bottomed shoes is right up there with buying your first Chanel bag. But let’s face it. They’re ridiculously expensive. (Both the Louboutins and the Chanel.)

So while we may not all be able to afford red-bottoms on our feet, we can certainly get the look on our nails. Here’s how.

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Step 1: Get the right nail length.

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If your nails are short, consider using pop-on nails that you can paint over or do what I did and purchase the Kiss Complete Salon Acrylic Kit. It comes with various sizes of nail tips and it’s actually pretty easy to use.

This manicure also looks best on round, somewhat pointy nails, so make sure you file your nails into the appropriate shape.

 

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Step 2: Paint the underside of your nails red.

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Any bright red nail polish color will do. I used Nails Inc Gel Effect polish in Covent Garden.

Use a very light touch when painting the underside because you don’t want it to pool up under your nail.

You may even want to use a different type of brush, such as an eyeliner or eyeshadow brush with a finer tip for better precision.

 

 

 

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Step 3: Apply two very light coats of black nail polish.

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Start with a base coat of clear nail polish before applying the black color so you don’t stain your nails. Then apply a very light coat of black polish and let it dry. Apply a second coat and give that one plenty of time to dry as well.

The key to making this manicure look perfect is patience. You have to let each coat dry completely before applying the next step. I waited an hour before moving on to the matte topcoat.

 

 

Step 4: Add a matte top coat.

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It is very important to make sure you cover the whole entire nail surface with the topcoat. Otherwise, you’ll get patches of shine that will ruin the overall effect. And you don’t want to apply more than one coat of the matte polish because it will look too thick.

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Voila! Now take the money you saved from having a manicure done at the salon and put it into your “Red Bottom Shoe Fund.” You’re one step closer to stepping out in style!

Product Review: Colleen Rothschild’s Mandelic Acid Radiance Serum

CR-_Mandelic_Bundle_New_Blue_grandeMy somewhat sensitive skin has found its savior. Her name is Colleen Rothschild. I am absolutely OBSESSED with her products. Especially her latest – the Mandelic Acid Radiance Serum, which I swear has made me look years younger in just a few weeks.

I have very fair skin and I freckle easily. Yes, freckles are cute, but when you get older and they turn into plain old dark spots…not so cute. I’ve written extensively about how I don’t go out of the house without sunscreen on, but I’ve still managed to get a few dark spots. Especially on my hands!

I’ve been using the Mandelic Acid Radiance Serum twice a day on my face and on my hands, and I have to tell you, the results are astonishing. Not only have my dark spots faded significantly, but my pores actually seem smaller and tighter. Every morning when I look in the mirror, my skin just looks healthy and vibrant. And the dark spots on my hands have practically disappeared! (Which makes me very happy, as I’m constantly posting manicure photos on Instagram and have been very self-conscious about how old my hands look!)

This serum is a wonder product that not only helps to fade dark spots, but it exfoliates your skin without any type of harsh scrubbing. It goes on like a layer of silk. And don’t even get me started on the smell! All of Colleen’s product are formulated with a scent that makes you swear you’re in a five-star resort spa.

The Mandelic Acid Radiance Serum is packed with three types of potent acids:

  1. Mandelic Acid –  to refine & resurface the top layer of skin
  2. Lactic Acid – to improve overall tone & texture of the skin
  3. Salicylic Acid – to heal acne scars, fade fine lines & dark spots, and promote overall clearer skin

Bottom line. If you’re looking for a new “wonder” serum to add to your morning and evening skincare regimen, this is the one. And I would highly recommend using it on your hands as well. Especially if you want to post pretty manicure photos on Instagram. You may even find yourself posting #nofilter selfies too!

Try Mandelic Acid Radiance Serum for yourself!

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The Best Cleanser I’ve Ever Used

Do you ever find a beauty product that you instantly love so much you can’t imagine how you ever lived without it? I recently had that beauty “OMG” moment when I tried Colleen Rothschild‘s Cleansing Balm.

Up until a couple of weeks ago, I have to admit that I wasn’t very familiar with Colleen Rothschild or her [amazing] skincare products. But then I received the loveliest package in the mail containing the Radiant Cleansing Balm and Clarifying Detox Mask.

I have somewhat sensitive combination skin. Lately, I’ve just been using moistened facial wipes to cleanse my face in the evenings because my other cleansers were leaving my skin red and irritated.

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I have never used any type of balm on my face…other than lip balm, of course. When I opened the jar, the scent of the product was so amazing that I felt like I had just walked into a swanky spa.

Once I applied the balm to my face, it felt so insanely luxurious that I didn’t even want to wash it off. So I didn’t. Well, for a while. I used warm water to wet the muslin cloth that comes with the balm and placed it over my face for about five minutes. And I still didn’t want to take it off.

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But I also wanted to try the Clarifying Detox mask.  So I rinsed off the balm, and I have to say, my skin felt amazing. No redness, no dryness, no irritation. Just super clean and that lingering spa smell.

Next, I applied the mask. I do use masks on a regular basis because I have a very oily T-Zone with large pores. I left the mask on for ten minutes while I laid under an umbrella by my pool. (It was full on spa-day now!) When I rinsed it off, my skin felt firm, but not tight. And again, no redness. Just a nice healthy glow.

Sometimes even I, a beauty blogger, am bad about remembering to wash my face and take my makeup off in the evening. I mean, I usually remember that I SHOULD, but sometimes I’m just too tired to do it. But now I am so addicted to this cleansing balm that I actually look forward to washing my face every night. Now every day is spa day.

Get the Detox Mask & Cleansing Balm today at ColleenRothschild.com!

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My Favorite Fragrances From the 80s

The Eighties. The decade of big hair, shoulder pads and neon everything. The decade all my friends and I strived to look like Madonna or Molly Ringwald.

Thankfully, most of the horrid fashion trends of the 80’s have yet to resurface. However, the eighties was also the decade that introduced us to a few of the most popular fragrances of all time. Scents that have stood the test of time and became instant classics.

Here are four of the most popular scents from the Big 80’s that I still wear today:

CalvinKleinObsessionForWomen#1. Calvin Klein Obsession

I can still remember the first time I smelled Obsession. It was in a fold-out scent card in one of the fall fashion magazines. I was instantly obsessed. (See what I did there?)

I immediately went to the mall with my sister to buy a bottle, but they didn’t even have it in stock yet. So I bought a stack of magazines and pulled out all the Obsession scent cards. I rubbed those cards on my wrists and clothes for weeks until I could get my hands on a bottle. And I’ve been wearing it ever since. [Get your own bottle of Obsession here!]

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CalvinKleinEternityForWomen#2. Calvin Klein Eternity

After the mega success of Obsession, Calvin Klein followed up with Eternity in 1988. Both are very strong scents, with Obsession being more exotic and Eternity being very floral.

To this very day, I wear Obsession when I want to fell sexy and Eternity when I want to feel beautiful and feminine. (And as a side note, Eternity is one of my favorite scents for men, along with Aqua di Gio and Ed Hardy Love & Luck.) [You can purchase Eternity for Women at Amazon.]HorizontalSpacerInsert

ChristianDiorPoison#3. Christian Dior Poison

My dad absolutely hated this fragrance. He used to refer to it as “rat poison.” Every time I wear it today, I laugh when I think about him. That’s the thing about signature scents, or scents in general. They take you back to another place and time. They help you relive good memories. Luckily for me, the manfriend does not share my father’s feelings about Poision, and he makes sure I have a bottle in my stocking every Christmas. He’s a good manfriend. And a good Santa. [Pick your Poison at Amazon.]

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GiorgioBeverlyHills#4. Giorgio of Beverly Hills

Giorgio makes me think of Suzie Blackburn. She was a majorette with me at Emma Sansom High School in Gadsden, Alabama. Giorgio was her signature scent. Suzie was a force to be reckoned with. Once during band practice, majorettes from our rival high school showed up to pick a fight. Suzie and my other friend Tiffany, two of the most beautiful girls in school, started to climb the fence to go after these girls, who immediately ran away in fear. Suzie didn’t play. Now, whenever I feel the need to unleash my inner Suzie Blackburn, I wear Giorgio. [Buy Giorgio of Beverly Hills here.]

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I do have other, more modern favorite scents in my perfume collection, including Gucci Rush, Estee Lauder’s Pleasures and Rapture by Victoria’s Secret (now discontinued.) But these four classics from the Big 80’s take me back to a much simpler time in my life. A time when Mom and Dad paid for everything, including my fragrance collection.

My dad passed away in 1998 and my mom left us in 2016. To say that I’m nostalgic for those eighties days is an understatement. That’s why I’m so thankful for the power of scent. It allows me to carry those wonderful memories with me on a daily basis.

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How to Beat the Winter Blues With Citizen Watches & Verilux

For most of January, I’ve just wanted to curl up in the fetal position and hibernate until pitchers and catchers report.

When I received an invitation to attend the Citizen “Beat Blue Monday & Get the Most Out of Light” event, I saw it as an opportunity to emerge from my funk and move towards the light. Literally.

Apparently, the third Monday of January is designated as “BLUE MONDAY” and is supposedly the most depressing day of the year. Some of the reasons behind this particular day being so bleak are that, well, for starters, it’s Monday. It’s January. It’s cold. The holidays are over and you’re faced with paying off debt from all that Christmas travel and gift-giving. Oh, and you’re three weeks into bailing on most of those New Year’s resolutions.

But one of the biggest causes for depression in January is that the nights are longer and we’re exposed to less sunlight. It’s dark when we get up and it’s dark when we leave work. Welcome to the Dark Days of Winter.

Given my blatantly blah state of being, I was quite grateful to see that the fabulous folks at Citizen had put together a presentation on how to survive – and even thrive – during this bleak time of the year. And it was all about seeing the LIGHT!

The lovely Tori Mellott of Traditional Home magazine kicked things off with tips on how to lighten up your living space. Some of her suggestions included:

  1. Incorporate more white into your decor – with pillows, throw blankets, accessories and more.
  2. Use mirrors to enhance any natural light in living spaces such as bedrooms and living rooms.
  3. Add metallic accessories, including picture frames, mirrors and candle holders.
  4. Infuse your space with pops of color. This could be done with either light pastels or bold primary colors.
  5. Create a wall gallery. Use white matting for photos to create a cohesive look.
  6. Consider bold stripes…be it wallpaper or painting, the contrasting patterns (especially if it’s black and white) can really make an area stand out.

Tori Mellott of Traditional Home discussing how to create a gallery wall.

Next up, Psychologist Dr. Susan Carroll Berck talked about things we can all do each day in order to help stave off the winter blues. Things such as:

  1. Eat smarter: pay attention to what you are eating, and especially, what you are drinking. Cutting back on caffeine and alcohol can help prevent mood swings.
  2. Exercise! Getting your body up and active releases powerful endorphins that can instantly boost your morale (and your metabolism!)
  3. Start a project. This could be a home repair or remodel or something like learning a new skill. Give yourself something to focus on and take time each day to move your project forward.
  4. Stay social. Not just online, mind you. Make plans with friends and family and actually get out of the house.
  5. Consider using light boxes (such as this HappyLight by Verilux that was given to all of us at the event.) Exposure to a light box for as little as 30 minutes a day can really make a difference in your overall demeanor and outlook.

After Dr. Berck’s presentation, Ellen Seckler of Citizen talked about the brand’s connection to light. For decades now, Citizen Watches have never needed batteries or winding because they are powered by light. As she was speaking, I thought about my “watch drawer,” which contains several watches I haven’t worn in years because they all need new batteries. Which is exactly why I’ve been wearing my Citizen Silhouette Model EW9990-54E almost exclusively now (because it’s always working.)

One of my favorite parts of the event was this video, which shows exactly how Citizen uses the power of light to keep its watches fully charged and ready to go.

And that’s exactly how I felt after attending the “Get the Most Out of Light” event. Fully charged and ready to go. I’ve emerged from my winter depression and I am prepped to tackle the rest of the year. Whatever it may continue to throw at me.
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5 Steps to Great Style

“I wish I had your sense of style.”

When people say that to me, I always advise them to develop their own sense of style by wearing what makes them feel most confident.  It’s a proven fact that when you look good, you feel good. And you don’t need an unlimited budget to have great style.

Here are 5 of my best tips to help you unleash your inner fashionista.

1. Organize your closet.

Nothing makes you feel like you’ve got your life together like having an immaculately organized closet. Spending a few hours (or even an entire day) getting your closet arranged precisely the way you want it will pay off on a daily basis. For me, having everything in my closet completely visible and easily accessible is very important. I like to display belts, scarves and jewelry on peg boards. I hang all of my clothes on velvet hangers and arrange them according to sleeve length. Cleaning out your closet is also a good time to get rid of clothes you no longer wear and donate or sell them.

Here are a few closet-organizing items to get you started:

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2. Plan and prep your outfits the night before.

It’s hard enough to get motivated every morning without the added stress of standing in front of your closet for ten minutes saying “What am I going to wear?” Not only are you apt to throw a half-assed outfit together that doesn’t make you feel fabulous, but you’re also likely to make yourself late, which is never a fun way to start out the day.

Every night before you go to bed, you should check the weather for the next day and plan your outfit accordingly. Then you can hit the ground running and start your day with a perfect outfit that makes you feel confident and happy. I also make sure to have my purse packed and ready to go with everything I need for the day (keys, Metro card, etc.)

Trust me – anything you can do the night before to make your morning run smoother will be well worth the effort.

Add these titles to your fashion closet library help you plan your outfits:

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 3. Wear high heels (at least occasionally.)

Okay, even I – the stiletto-loving shoe queen – have had to mix up my shoe wardrobe recently because my feet (and back) were hurting so bad. I work from home most of the time, but on the days I’m in Manhattan, I choose a comfortable chunky-heeled shoe, as single-soled stilettos, while sexy and beautiful, are just not practical for all the walking I do in the city.

However, I do make it a point to wear stilettos when going out to dinner or girl’s nights out, simply because they make me feel fabulous. There’s just something about slipping on a gorgeous pair of high heels that infuses me with an extra dose of confidence.

Why not make it a resolution to try it at least once a week? That’s 52 times a year you’re guaranteed to stand taller. And sometimes the extra height gives you extra might!

Why not add these gorgeous (and totally affordable) stilettos to your newly organized closet?

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4. Invest in a great handbag.

Think about it…you carry a purse every single day. You may as well make it one that you love and one that looks great with all your outfits. Whether you prefer a large roomy tote or a small cross-body, do your online shopping research and find a nice designer bag in a classic style and color.

I’m a sucker for the Michael Kors Hamilton tote and Zac Posen’s Americana duffle bags. Both styles are big enough to carry everything I need for those days I work in the city, including an extra pair of shoes, my Macbook Air, my iPad, iPhone and wallet. Find your dream bag and buy it. It’s an investment you’ll never regret.

Check out these classic bag styles:

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5. Get inspired by street style.

I’m not just talking about Instagram, blogs or editorials in your favorite fashion magazine, which are all great resources. But actually take note of people around you whose style you admire. When you see a woman wearing an outfit that you like, ask her about it. She’ll appreciate the compliment!

Create a “street style” inspiration board on Pinterest and update it on a regular basis. Soon, YOU’LL be the one being stopped on the street and asked “who are you wearing?”

Once you get your fashion life organized, the rest of your life becomes a little easier. Plus, you’ll have the added bonus of a sudden increase in confidence because you know you look your best every day. And nothing is sexier or more stylish than a confident woman!

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Product Review: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

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I don’t know about you, but I am constantly longing for a lipstick that will (REALLY) last for an entire day. Or an entire weekend. One that doesn’t dry out my lips and leave that horrible outline that makes me look I got my lipliner permanently tattooed.

My lips are absolutely huge, so finding a long-wearing lipstick that will actually stay put on the entire surface is a tall order. Stila’s All Day Liquid Lipstick comes pretty close to meeting the challenge. The formula is super-rich, super-pigmented and will last for about four hours (on my lips anyway) without having to reapply.

The only drawback to this lipstick is that although it stays put on your lips for hours, it also comes off on everything your lips touch. Coffee mugs, napkins, wine glasses and a manfriend roam my house smeared in various shades of orange and pink. And it’s not easy to get off.

Other than that, I was so smitten with Stila’s All Day Liquid Lipstick that, after receiving a sample in my Birchbox, I went out and bought two more shades. Here’s what all three look like on me.

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Bella is a bright fuchsia pink, and I would have never tried this shade on in a store. I thought it would be too bright for me. It turns out that this is actually a great shade for my complexion, as I’m sporting a fake (aka “safe”) tan and the intense color really brightens up my face.

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Stila All Day Liquid Lipcolor in Bella

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Dolce is more of a neutral every day color for me. It’s super glossy and very similar to Mac LipGlass. I do have to blot this lip color quite a bit, as I generally try to avoid looking like a porn star, at least during the day.

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Stila All Day Liquid Lipcolor in Dolce

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Carina is probably my favorite of the three, but it only looks good on me because of my fake (again “safe”) tan. There is no way I will be able to wear this color during winter without looking like Ronald McDonald.

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Better Starts Now With Citizen Watches

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I was recently invited to attend the Citizen Watch “Make Time For Love” blogger event at the company’s flagship store in Times Square.

Citizen put together a morning presentation that included relationship, finance, fashion and beauty experts, all reminding us that whatever we’re currently doing, be it planning a wedding, taking a trip, or launching  a new business, we need to remember to make time for love.

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Even before attending this event, I had a special connection to Citizen watches. Back in 2004, my husband Carlos bought me a beautiful Citizen watch on our honeymoon cruise to Bermuda. It was my favorite watch ever. Unfortunately, I lost it a few years ago. I was devastated. That particular style had been discontinued and I was unable to replace it.

Screen Shot 2015-06-18 at 8.22.12 AMI was thrilled to find a similar model at the Times Square store. I ended up purchasing this classic Silhouette model that features a bangle style bracelet and Swarovski® crystals.

As soon as I put it on, it reminded me of my honeymoon. It reminded me that I’ve been married for over 10 years. It reminded me of how far we’ve come, and how rare it is these days that a marriage even makes it to the 10 year mark.

Isn’t it funny how something like a watch or a piece of jewelry can instantly take you back to a certain time and memory and make you think about how far you’ve come? The official hashtag for Citizen’s “Make Time For Love” campaign is #BetterStartsNow. And I think that should be a general hashtag for life. Every day when you wake up in the morning, #BetterStartsNow.

FullSizeRender (1)Last night around 11 pm, I told Carlos I wanted to take a photo of us with me wearing the new watch so I could include it in the blog post. He didn’t want to take the photo, said he was too tired from work, his hair was messed up, etc. But I insisted. It was spontaneous. And now this photo of us is one of my favorites. (He even admitted that he liked it too.)

Before we were married, 11 pm on a Wednesday night would probably find us at our favorite bar on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Nowadays, a weeknight finds us snuggled in bed watching Seinfeld reruns with two cats and a large German Shepherd.

Yes, our life now looks much different now. Different, but better.

#BetterStartsNow

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10 Ways to Wear Florals

Flower power is a trend that seems to have popped up (or “bloomed”) during every fashion season for the past decade. And the look isn’t limited to just spring and summer dressing. It can be worn year-round. Therefore, it’s a good idea to have a few floral pieces as wardrobe staples in your closet.

Here are 10 ways to incorporate florals into your fashion landscape.

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Get maximum flower power in a maxi-dress.

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Jump right into the floral trend in a classic jumpsuit.

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Button up in a bouquet.

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Wrap yourself in flowers.

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Wear your floral heart on your sleeve.

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Brave the elements in a floral coat.

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Carry a bouquet with you every day.

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Tiptoe through the tulips.

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Let the showers bring you flowers.

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The Original Style Icon – Mom

Editor’s note: This was the very first blog post I ever wrote when I launched Stylaphile. My mom passed away in October of 2016. This post will always remain as a tribute to the woman who not only influenced my style, but also taught me to be an independent strong woman and to pursue my dreams with passion.

This photo of my Mom was taken in the 1950s when people actually dressed up to go to church. Wasn’t she a looker? Check out the fantastic A-line number and how it accentuates her tiny waist. I would never be tiny enough to wear that dress, but damn I wish she had kept that straw handle bag and passed it down to me!

Growing up, one of my favorite things to do was to clean out and organize my Mom’s closet. I especially loved to organize her shoes and bags. Mom was quite the collector when it came to beautiful shoes. So I guess my obsession with shoes was somehow coded into my DNA. My seemingly meaningless childhood activity of playing in my Mom’s closet led to this, my modern day “shoe closet.”
Yes, I know it’s extravagant. To take an entire guest room and convert it into a showcase for your obsession. But hey, I don’t have kids (not the human kind anyway) and could care less about expensive “toys.” (I still drive a 1993 Geo Tracker.) This is where I like to spend my disposable income. To quote Carrie Bradshaw, “I like my money where I can see it. Hanging in my closet.”
Last year when I was home visiting my Mom, I organized her closet again. She doesn’t have nearly as many shoes as she used to, and she prefers flats to heels now, but it was such a wonderful experience to be able to spend that time with her doing what we loved to do when I was a child. So, thanks Mom, for letting me play in your closet all those years ago. I’m still playing in mine.

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