April Showers Bring Stylish Rain Boots

You know the old saying. “April showers bring May flowers.”

April is that last transition month we have to trudge through to finally make it to warm weather nirvana. It’s also the start of festival season. So if you’re going to have to trudge through rain and mud (or in my case, even snow), you may as well do it in style.

Here’s a dozen different rain boot options that will have you stepping confidently and stylishly into spring. Just click on any of the photos for details.

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5 Spring Trends Worth the Investment

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In case you didn’t know, I have been collaborating with Citizen Watches for the past couple of months as a Citizen Blog Ambassador. I’ve been a huge fan of the brand for a long time now, and they are a great match for Stylaphile, as their watches are super stylish and totally affordable. And the best part? A Citizen watch never needs a battery because they are all powered by light.

Head over the the Citizen Watch blog page and check out my latest post entitled, “5 Spring Fashion Trends to Invest in Now.” These are trends that you will wear over and over again…trends that will never go out of style.

Happy first official day of Spring to all of you!
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How to Beat the Winter Blues

For most of January, I have just wanted to curl up in the fetal position and hibernate until baseball season. 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 3rd Monday of January is designated “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, so it’s cold. The holidays are over and you’re faced with paying off debt from all that travel and gift-giving. And you’re three weeks into bailing on most of your New Year’s resolutions.

But one of the biggest causes for depression in January is that winter nights are longer and we are all exposed to less sunlight during the day. 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.

“Goodie bags” from the event included a Verilux HappyLight and a silver Silhouette Sport Watch.

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

People say to me all the time, “I wish I had your sense of style.” I always tell them to develop their own sense of style and wear what makes them feel the most confident.  It’s a proven fact that when you know you look good, you feel good. And you don’t need to have access to an unlimited budget in order to have great style. Here are 5 of my best tips to help you cultivate your inner fashionista.

1. Organize your closet.

Nothing makes you feel like you’ve got your life together quite 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, like this easy-to-make DIY jewelry organizer. I hang all of my clothes on velvet covered or wood 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 possibly even make some money by selling them on Tradesy.

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 run late, which is never a fun way to start out the day. By taking the the night before to check out the weather for the next day and plan your outfit accordingly, 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 that I have my purse packed and ready to go with everything I need for the day and make sure that I have my keys, subway pass, etc. in plain sight. 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 working in Manhattan, I usually choose either flats or a chunky heeled shoe, as single-soled stilettos, while sexy and beautiful, are just not practical for all the walking I do around the city. However, I do make it a point to wear my higher-heeled stilettos when going out to dinner or girl’s nights out, simply because they make me feel so fabulous. There’s just something about slipping on a gorgeous pair of high heels that infuses a woman 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 feel great about yourself.

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 of 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 for me 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 make the investment.

Check out these classic bag styles:

                    

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5. Get inspired by street style.

I’m not just talking about street style blogs or street style editorials in your favorite fashion magazine, which can both be great resources for inspiration. Although a word of caution – a lot of street style blogs and magazine articles only showcase women with the same anorexic body type – super tall and skeletal thin. The goal is to get inspired and not to look at photos that make you feel bad about yourself or your body. Try looking at plus-size blogs as well to get an idea of what women with more “average” sized bodies are wearing. Also be sure to take note of women you see in your daily lives. When you see a woman wearing an outfit that you like, ask her about it. Ask if you could snap a photo for your personal style inspiration board (oh yeah, you should have one of those in your perfectly organized closet. Here’s an example of one of mine.) Not only will you be getting fashion inspiration for yourself, but you’ll be complimenting another woman on her style. And come on ladies, we all know that women dress for themselves and for other women, and NOT, contrary to popular belief, for men. Update your “street style” inspiration board on a regular basis. Soon, YOU’LL be the one being stopped on the street and asked “who are you wearing?”

Check out some of my favorite street style blogs:

The Sartorialist

A Girl, A Style

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Once you get your fashion life organized, you’ll find the rest of 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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Stylaphile Travels to LAS VEGAS!

Las-VegasLast week, the manfriend and I headed to Vegas to celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary (and to see Jimmy Buffett at the MGM Grand.)

When planning my wardrobe for any trip, I have one basic rule: everything has to fit into my carry-on. I rarely check luggage. My go-to (and favorite) color is black, so I packed a lot of it! And since it’s Vegas, I threw in plenty of sequins, bling, and animal prints.

So while what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, my outfits don’t have to. Here’s what I wore (and a little bit of what I did!) in Sin City!

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WHAT I WORE ON THE PLANE

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It’s a long, very long flight from NYC to Las Vegas. There are two things that happen when you land that make you know for certain you’ve arrived in Sin City. One, you hear the sound of the slot machines in the airport as soon as you you walk off the plane, and two, you notice a significant temperature increase because, well, you’re in the desert.

I am one of those people that always gets cold on an airplane, so I wore this leopard print trench coat by Alfani knowing that I certainly wouldn’t need it again until the flight back. And since it’s Vegas, the wearing of sequins was required, so I managed to fit them in with a black sequin sleeveless tunic. The jeans are 7 For All Mankindnecklace by Kenneth Jay Lane, carry-on by Samsonite, and that’s the new Secret Agent bag from Diane von Furstenberg.

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LOCATION: The SLS Hotel & Casino – This place is so ridiculously hip and cool. The decor is ultra-modern and these dual mirrors in our room were made for outfit selfies.

 

VEGAS TIP: We originally had dinner reservations at Cleo. However, our flight was delayed and we got in too late, so we ended up ordering room service around midnight from The Northside Cafe which is located in the SLS hotel. The grilled cheese with roasted tomato basil soup is to die for. Order it!

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WHAT I WORE TO SEE JIMMY BUFFET AT THE MGM GRAND

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Okay, I’m a HUGE Jimmy Buffett fan, and seeing him at the MGM Grand is the main reason we came to Vegas. I chose this black jumpsuit and these flat sandals because I wanted to be comfortable and enjoy myself. I knew I would be having a few (ahem) margaritas, and I didn’t want to get a TUI (teetering under the influence) after the concert. And since my DVF Secret Agent Bag has the cutest little removable envelope clutch bag on the front, I took it a step further and turned it into a crossbody bag simply by hooking the two ends of the detachable shoulder strap together and folding the top flap over the loop, then fastening the clutch. Worked like a charm and I was hands free to hold all those boat drinks!

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VEGAS TIP: The Monorail is the easiest way to travel up and down the Las Vegas strip. There is a station right at the SLS Hotel and it goes all the way to the MGM, which came in pretty handy for the night of the Jimmy Buffett concert!

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WHAT I WORE TO THE HOUSE OF BLUES

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One night, we went to see The Wallflowers at The House of Blues. The manfriend and I unintentionally ended up matching with our jeans and black top combos. My gold grommeted asymmetrical vest is from New York & Company. Again, comfort was key when it came to the shoes, so I wore these chunky heeled ankle boots that gave me a little height.

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VEGAS TIP: The House of Blues is located in The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, which is connected to the Luxor Hotel. Prior to the show, we had the most AMAZING meal at Rice & Company. If you go (and you should!), order the vegetarian lettuce wraps. They’re not actually on the menu, but the chef will make them for you. And they are probably the best thing I ate the whole time I was in Vegas.

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WHAT I WORE SIGHTSEEING

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We spent one entire day walking from one end of the strip to the other. My FitBit was very happy. And believe it or not, so were my feet, since I wore my flat sandals again. The dress from Express is also super comfortable. My only regret with this outfit is that we ended up going to the Titanic Exhibit at the Luxor, and we had some fun photos made (see a photo gallery below of some of our adventures.) I was totally wishing I had worn a maxi-dress to make our Titanic staircase photo a little more “formal.”

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VEGAS TIP: The Titanic Exhibit at the Luxor hotel features a huge portion of the actual ship. You can also touch a replica of an iceberg that is the exact temperature of the water the night the Titanic sank. It’s an amazing exhibit and you can’t help but be overwhelmed with emotion while viewing some of the artifacts and hearing the personal stories of some of the passengers.

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What I Wore to Sleep In

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Okay, I know it’s a bit strange that the most colorful outfit I brought to Vegas was worn to sleep in. I’ve had these Victoria’s Secret satin pajamas for years and I take them with me whenever I travel. They’re just fancy enough to answer the door for room service every morning and they kind of match my view of the Las Vegas strip!

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VEGAS TIP: A lot of the hotels in Vegas offer free shuttle service to and from the airport. We hired a car service for our arrival, but used the shuttle from the SLS when we left. Had I known that earlier, it would have saved me about $70 in car far and tip!

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The one thing to know if you are planning a trip to Vegas is that anything goes when it comes to fashion. I saw women in the middle of the day wearing full sequin mini-dresses and sky-high stilettos. The key to your #UltimateVegasOutfit is wearing whatever makes you feel most confident while also being comfortable enough to enjoy everything that Sin City has to offer. Vegas is Disneyland for adults, so you want to come away with memories of how much fun you had – not how bad your feet hurt!

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Better Starts Now With Citizen Watches

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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 new model at the Times Square store that was very similar to the one Carlos had given me. 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 trip to Bermuda. 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. And now this photo of us is one of my favorites. (He even admitted that he liked the photo too.) It was spontaneous and I love that. It’s funny that years ago before we were married, 11:00 pm on a Wednesday night would probably find us out at our favorite bar on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Nowadays, 11 pm on a weeknight finds us snuggled in bed watching Seinfeld reruns with 2 cats and a large German Shepherd. Yes, our life now looks much different than the day Carlos bought me that first Citizen watch on our honeymoon. 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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