Tuesday, January 31, 2012

just peachy

I have been seeing a lot of mint green (say it isn't so!!) and of yellow (love) peeking out of the grey cloud of winter--touted as a the "new spring neutrals" that can help transition a wardrobe from one season to the next.  However, I have to say I am all about peach.  Peach or coral are not normally my first choices when shopping for something, but the color just keeps popping up on my radar again and again and I can't seem to help myself.  Its got a femininity to it that is undeniable, definitely part of the appeal to me, but you don't have to be all girly girl to rock the color.  It is stunning when paired with a chocolate brown or grey, and looks very fresh in a jean with a color blocked outfit.  I also love it paired with black for a little unexpected edge.  And depending on your skin tone, you can find a shade from a subtle peach to a kick ass coral and go from there.
My Current/Elliott The Stiletto fuchsia jeans from last fall have been one of my most favorite pairs, so I was happy to see them in a beautiful Rosewood Color (ok, not quite peach, but close) as well as the Dusty Peach Leopard.  I don't know any girl that doesn't love J Brand denim--it is the brand that seems to fit almost every body type--so the ultimate spring denim for me has got to be the J Brand 811 Mid Rise Skinny Jean in coral.  I am apologizing in advance for how often you will see me in these.
Chloe's Marcie Horseshoe Hobo in coral just about gave me a heart attack it is so classic but cool, and it comes in a small cross body version that would be beautiful against a grey coat or a white top.  Yeah, this girl loves her handbags.
J Crew's Contrast Striped Tee is an affordable way to add some color blocking and some peaches to your shopping basket. I also love Vince, this papaya colored top with the serged side seams and swingy fit really take the tee up a notch.  And there is nothing plain jane about See by Chloe's Leather Zipper Bow Scrunch Ballet Flats.  Or add a patent leather skinny belt to give your outfit a little more of my new favorite color.  Even a little peach on your cheeks or a swipe of your favorite Chanel Glossimer (you have one, right?) either alone or over your lip color.
From peach, to papaya to coral, you can add a little cheeriness to your wardrobe even if you still are wrapped up in your favorite cold weather knits.  I love that a little color can not only change up my outfit, it can make me feel just a little bit more optimistic, even in the midst of winter.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

neon sign

I have a love hate relationship with neon.  Having experienced the popularity of neon once already in my fashion life, I am always a bit hesitant--the in your face colors can sometimes come across as harsh to me.  That being said, I am ready to bring in a little pop of color to my grey and black January wardrobe, and I knew that I had just the man to help me with this.  Marc Jacob.  Need I say more?  Ok, I will.  He is a genius in every sense of the word, his spot on creativity and genuine talents never cease to impress.  And his bags, well, they are some of my favorites in my handbag collection (yes, that is what it has turned into....).
A big fan of the cross body bag, I completely love the Marc by Marc Jacobs Party Balls Bag (ok, best name ever!) because of its triple threat--colorblocking style, deep purple cowhide body, and neon accents.  Its perfect right down to its little neon "party ball" turn lock closure.   If you are feeling like going all out, the Turnlock Python Shine Messenger Bag will definitely deliver the message in style, or Rebecca Minkoff's Neon Lizard Mini MAC Bag has three sassy brights to choose from--the "Electric Pink" looks a little valentine.
Last spring I took the fab neon "favorite tank" & t-shirts from JCrew and layered them underneath my neutrals and greys with a nice effect.  The neon pink instantly gave my winter skin a bit of a glow without actually having seen any sun.  JCrew has incorporated neon in everything from accessories, to tights (love) to classic gingham shirts to shoes, adding a fun element to their collections.  Not sure neon is your thing? How about dipping your toe into neon land with a little CC Skye Natalie Bracelet--its like giving someone a bit of a wink.
This time of year, adding a bit of the unexpected to your daily ensemble can be an instant mood lifter--I mean who can feel down when you having a blinding pop of color peeking out from underneath your coat?  Consider it spring training.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

skirting the issue

Ah, a new week, a new obsession.  While shopping for a gift last week, I became so distracted with how awesome the salesgirls skirt was I barely listened to the answer she was giving me to a question I had asked.  I abandoned my gift shopping temporarily, and went on a mission.  A skirt mission.
After years of the dress being featured, the spring runways were celebrating not only color, but skirts.  Color me happy. I have been especially enamored with the hi-low silhouette--it is such a cool way to have both a funky day look or some evening drama.  Jason Wu's High-Low Pleated Skirt features in the Spring 2012 Spring Runway is a perfect example.
The asymmetrical hemline has been shown to one side, such as in this not even close to being basic maxi from Nanette Lepore.  My favorite look is short in the front and long in the back, like this rockin little baby from Pencey.  I added this amazing grey skirt to my wardrobe because is perfect for right now with boots, and will be great with a sandal as the weather warms up.  I have a trip to Paris coming up in just a couple months (insert picture of me jumping up & down with happiness) and found a great little black number by WallpaperHer that is the perfect cheap thrill--$36.00--and it looked edgy with my grey suede boots and a cropped mohair sweater over a black tank.  D'une beaute parfaite!
Long skirts are all over the place, which makes me very happy, but if you prefer a shorter version of the uneven hemline, the Free People "Zen Garden" Vintage Print Skirt may be more your style.  I have been a fan of a longer skirt over a short one so the combo hemline is quite modern without the smallest hint of looking like Stevie Nicks.  The long and the short of it is this...a skirt is a wardrobe essential...and a great piece to transition your wardrobe from one season to the next.  Get your shop on girl.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

beautiful you

I am such a girl.  Love beauty products of all kinds and all that promises beautiful things. And much to the dismay of my (absolutely right) mother, it took me awhile to master the less is more rule when it came to things like makeup. Thankfully, I, along with the products available, have become better.
  In this high definition age, a beautiful complexion need not be a pipe dream.  Obviously, what you eat, how much sleep you get, stress levels & DNA can have a big effect on how your skin looks.  It is the largest organ on your body, so it pays to take care of it.  I had a skin cancer scare this fall on my face that in addition to scaring the hell out of me, also woke me up.  Now, even in winter, sunscreen is in my moisturizer & my foundation.  The memory of those horrid black stitches in the middle of my face & the relief I felt when the biopsies were negative is something I have not forgotten.
Putting your best face forward can be achieved by taking good care of yourself and its never too late to start.  My advice?  Ignore all the "achieve total happiness organize declutter become a new you" noise that is everywhere this January and get a five minute technique down for cleansing and moisturizing.  Achievable, beneficial, done.
Back to makeup. Not long ago, foundation was thicker and much more detectable.  Nowadays women want to achieve a "natural perfection" to their skin--in other words, not coat over every part of your skin, but give it a healthy glow without shine so that you look like you, not like you are ready for your part in an opera.
I recently received a sample from Chanel in the mail for their new foundation, Perfection Lumiere, and almost threw it out, then on a whim gave it a try.  Loved.  It is semi-sheer & semi-matte--a whipped soft texture that gave my skin a luminous glow.  More companies are creating products that not only make your skin look better but actually are good for it as well.  The combination of skin care & makeup is one of the reasons behind me trying the new product Revlon Age Defying with DNA Advantage Cream  Makeup, straight off the drugstore shelf. Being a Laura Mercier foundation user in the past, I was a bit unsure about helping myself & making a guess as to color, but ended up with a perfect match.  I have to say that I loved it as much as Chanel, and for a fraction of the cost.
You can find these new products in the department stores by other companies, such as Clinique, as well as L'Oreal & CoverGirl.  It makes putting your best face forward a little easier & gives a beautiful benefit to your skin. Happy New Year!