Friday, March 30, 2012

Outfitting Mom For A Glamorous Gestation

In the active and turbulent world of modern mothers to be, she who is with child craves advice, sustenance, and most importantly, clothing options that don’t make a friend think “Is she wearing her curtains?” Enter Maternity Concierge Rosie Pope (seated above), who with her Manhattan and Santa Monica brick and mortar stores and a complete collection online, fulfills all fashion requirements. Denim, dresses, pants, outerwear, tops, even diaper bags, Rosie’s line will have the future mama in your life feeling Upper East Side Chic whether she is pregnant in heels, flats, sneakers, or boots.

This super flirty and feminine Floral Maxi Mini is absolutely adorable and only $150. Perfect for pairing with wedges and a simple cocktail ring. 

The flowy Butterfly Top is $88 and will blend effortlessly with a pair of white jeans or capris. Increase the ensemble's vibe with some funky jewelry or mellow the volume with stud earrings and a neutral bracelet.

Who says you can't be a simultaneously economical and sophisticated mama? This smashing Button-Front Skirt is on sale for $54. Amplify it with an exotic pair of leopard heels or flats (shown above) and a solid black top.

This modest Long Sleeve Draped Neck Cardigan is $168 and melds easily with denim, khaki or white jeans. Add some whimsical jewelry for a fun afternoon with friends or a cluster of diamonds for an intimate dinner with your true love.

This casual, yet spunky form fitting Long Sleeve Stripe Sylvie t-shirt is $68. A superlative choice for a day out shopping for your little peanut.

These Paige Laurel Canyon Bootcut Jeans are $180. Not only are these jeans super comfortable and stylish, they will last from your first ultrasound through the night before the delivery room.

Get this chic and modern London Shopper Classic for $365. Super adorbs and resembling a four figure purchase rather than a diaper bag, the durable tote includes stroller straps, changing pads, a removable washable lining inside the bag, and much more!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Fab Floral

As Miranda Priestly herself would contemptuously observe, "Florals for Spring... groundbreaking." One can rue the April showers bring May flowers concept until bees produce Pepsi, yet floral infused accessories, ensembles, and pieces are as perpetual as sandals, sunshine, and swimsuits. Warm your wardrobe with this bouquet of botanic celebs and items.

Lauren Conrad, effortlessly gorgeous as always, shines in this sweet floral dress, which The Paper Crown designer accents with feathery soft hair and a black shoulder bag and heels to pop her frock's colors.

Nicole Kidman stencils how one can and should complete a relaxed look with a fresh floral scarf.

Glee and Smurfs star Jayma Mays marries an effervescent floral top with attached tie and sherbet orange shorts with a reserved pair of nude heels.

Fun yet modest girl, Lily Collins compliments her personality with a simple yet bold floral dress, casual beach waved hair, and spirited shiny strappy sandals.

Salma Hayek, strolling with daughter Valentina, rocks a cute and charming floral top and jeans. The Savages star adds a bold pop of mustard yellow with her handbag and exquisitely concludes her outfit with red and tan colored flats. Well done!

Peruse these posy inspired pieces.

This sweet spring floral dress, easily paired with a solid colored pair of wedges of sandals, is available at H&M for only $20.

This bright and bold Nic + Zoe Floral Splash Print Top is $79 at Nordstrom. Compliment this sassy selection with a pair of white or orange colored jeans and neutral wedges, sandals or flats.
These super adorbs Franco Sarto 'Olympia' Espadrille Sandals can be found at Nordstrom for $80. Wear these with a solid pink top and your choice of white or denim shorts or jeans.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Biker Babes

Toughen up and loosen up! Quilted biker jackets, the perfect intersection of fierce and freedom, are an electric statement piece easily assimilated into anyone's rotation. Pair one with a spring dress and harmonize your aggressive and angelic streaks or score a more relaxed look with jeans or leggings. Below are four chicks who show us leather's place is so beyond just the back of a Harley!

Kimmie looks smokin hot as she pairs a white top and black leggings with her biker jacket. She polishes the provocative ensemble with a black scarf, black knee high boots, an exquisite quilted shoulder bag, and super fab aviator sunnies.

Rachel Bilson sets the example for marrying a biker jacket with a sweet, spring dress. Buttoned up on a chilly evening, the Hart of Dixie star completes her outfit with a black evening clutch.

Kate Bosworth vibes biker boho chic with a gray sweater, black skirt and small shoulder bag. Her splendid sunnies and tribal inspired earrings make this ensemble all and more.

 Miranda Kerr shows us accenting a biker jacket can be as effortless as admiring her husband Orlando Bloom, as she compliments her coat with a striped top, light olive pants, black booties, and a tote bag.

Become a motorcycle monarch with these magnificent jackets.

For the sassiest biker affect of all, grab this colorful Burberry Brit Hooded Quilt Jacket at Nordstrom for $595, available in Dark Peacock (above) or Sapphire Blue.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Sell Me More, Sell Me More

Fashion Star’s summer themed third week saw half of the aspiring designers sprouting $50,000-plus offers while the other half withered upon the runway. Ultimately, six pieces were purchased and Lizzie Parker learned one week your clothes are upon the store’s hangers, the next week you’re hanging out with your clothes at home.

Sarah Parrott was chosen by H&M ($30) for the third consecutive week. This adorable print maxi dress, an exquisite choice for both spring and summer, is perfect for pairing with a smashing pair of wedges and oversized sunnies. Sold out online in an astonishing ten minutes, a limited quantity will be available inside your local H&M tomorrow morning.

H&M astutely chose Nzimiro Oputa for the second consecutive week ($25), as these super awesome striped shorts are great for afternoons spent on and off the beach. Also sold out online, snatch them at your local H&M Wednesday and pair them with a neutral shirt and sandals.

Nikki Poulos scored her initial order with Macy's selection of this jumper ($79). While I am not a jumper's biggest fan, I absolutely love this fabulous lavender color for warm weather. Gorgeous on virtually any skin tone, merge this jumper with a great pair of wedges for the core of a successful ensemble.  

Macy's also chose these fresh and fierce floral shorts which were the design of Texas native and Jessica Simpson fav, Ross Bennett ($59) Available in the above floral, green, and pink; these shorts will splendidly compliment any top or blazer. Add a chunky heel or flat and run the town in this sweet and sassy look.

Orly Shani's bright and brilliant ensemble ignited this season's second bidding war, which Saks Fifth Avenue eventually won ($295). This dress should be accesorized with a cute cuff and a dainty necklace and coupled with a pair of heels or wedges for summer. Toss your hair up in a bun and add some stud earrings for a cooler looking effect.

Kara Laricks, the choice of Saks for a second straight episode ($225), showed these plaid pants, perfect for any sophisticated event, as well as meetings, the office, and lunch with friends. Complete the ensemble with a neutral blouse and add cute flats or heels.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Get Into Their Clothes

Previously concerning Mad Men, I discussed the show’s magnificent style. Tonight, courtesy Banana Republic, I share how you can channel the Golden Globe Award winner’s most iconic characters.

This fun and sassy top pairs great with a bold pair of pants. Cinch your hair into a bun for perfected sixties' style.

These bubblegum colored pants should be married with a neutral colored top and fun sandals or heels.

This Betty Francis inspired dress is splendid for Easter Sunday, an evening cocktail, or that special event. Complete the ensemble with a statement pair of heels or wedges!

Each of the previous trio can be seperately accesorized with this bracelet, necklace, or pair of earrings.

This comfortable cardigan can be worn with virtually anything, but most perfectly with a crisp button down or casual tee and jeans.

This casual polo can be worn with the above cardigan or alone with fab denim or slacks.

Check out this awesome button down. Great with a pair of dark washed jeans, khaki, black, or brown pants. This shirt is a very versatile piece.

This stunning suit coat can be worn with the slacks listed below for a special occasion or everyday with a dark washed pair of jeans and brown belt and the fabulous checker shirt above.

These khaki pants, depending on your choice of button down, casual tee, or polo are great for an afternoon with colleagues, an evening with friends, or a weekend at the golf course.

This belt is a superb selection for the loops of the selected pants above or your preferred pair of jeans.

This super stylish black fedora can be worn amidst the artificial light of a business meeting inside the local pub or amidst the natural light of a sunny summer Saturday at the beach.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Loving The Sixties Tonight

After a sixteen month absence, Mad Men, one of television’s most seductive and spectacular dramas, returns tonight. In celebration of our rendezvous with this winner of fifteen Emmy Awards, here are four sizzling ensembles from Don Draper, Betty Francis, Roger Sterling, and Joan Holloway.

Jon Hamm (Draper), whom my boyfriend once labeled "television's most complex character," exudes a mysterious vibe in this brown suit, navy and white tie, and sophisticated fedora.

January Jones (Francis) glows in this gorgeous, rich pink Jackie Kennedy inspired dress. I love the detail of this dress, so elegant and classy. January perfects her future first lady ensemble with diamond drop earrings and curled, sleek hair.

John Slattery (Sterling), whose expression screams "I'm going to seriously enjoy firing you," is aesthetically just as fierce in this sharp suit and tie, crisp white pocket square, and black oxfords.

Christina Hendricks (Holloway) glams up in this bold and smart dark blue dress, which she accessorizes with an eye catching gold brooch, necklace, earrings, and every female's favorite, a new engagement ring.

Home Sweet Hollywood Must Be Rockin

Is Dean McDermott spiking Tori Spelling’s spiced pomegranate sipper with estrogen? Only five months after the birth of their third child, the forty-five year old actor and thirty-eight year old actress announced they have conceived a new bundle of joy, due date this winter. Congratulations Tori and Dean, enjoy this picTORIal of your experience amid and between bumps.

Tori accesorizes an adorable off the shoulder tribal dress with simple gold necklace and Dean of course, who sports a dark gray sweater, light gray t-shirt, jeans and an awesome watch.

Tori is the definition of with child chic popping a basic black ensemble with a detailed green sweater and sunnies.

Striking in silver, Tori flaunts this fab reflective mini and black Christian Louboutins.

Tori out and about with her mini me, Stella, enjoys a day of look-a-like shopping. Tori, pregnant with second daughter Hattie Margaret, glistens in this loose maxi dress and super cute sunnis, which her first daughter emulates right down to the shades.