October 2014

The Ten Best Shoes For Fall

We scoured the online shopping universe to bring you fall’s hottest shoes. From studded platforms to must-have booties, and color blocked heels to skull-studded smoking slippers, we have you covered for your fall shoe wardrobe.

 

 

This sexy peekaboo shape will last you from fall straight into next spring.

Aquazarra, $465

NYFW Spring 2013 Fashion Trends

 

New York Fashion Week is now behind us and the verdict is in: whether you’re into the 60′s, 90′s, or any era in between, there is an inspiration point for you in many of Spring 2013′s collections. From sporty shows like rag & bone and Milly to cheeky collections nodding to Helmut Newton, Spring 2013 is filled with some fun trends.

NYFW Spring 2013 Makeup Trends

Fashion week’s bevy of beautiful models had their natural beauty highlighted for Spring 2013. Eyes, lids, brows, and lips were the focus: soft, feature-enhancing makeup and bold, modern looks both reigned on the runways. From iconic images of the past to scenes in nature, makeup artists drew inspiration from a variety of muses and really mixed the old with the new. We can’t wait to try out these fresh trends next spring!

Accessorizing For Spring with Style Expert Stefani Greenfield

Stefani Greenfield is a true style expert with several successful businesses under her belt. She is the co-founder of Scoop stores and was recently made Chief Creative Officer of the Jones Group. Stefani certainly knows a thing or two about effortlessly combining uptown chic with just the right amount of downtown cool. Check out some of her fabulous picks and tips on how to seamlessly “successorize” your spring time style.

Look 1: Vibrant Patterned Scarf – A bold, bright colored scarf is the perfect complement to any neutral dress this spring. My personal favorite is the Splendid maxi dress. The Theodora & Callum Jaipur Fringe Wearable Art Scarf will take your basics from ordinary to extraordinary! Finish off the look with some fabulous jewelry like the Theodora & Callum Silver/Brass/Gold Salon Bangles. For me gold bangles are a staple in my wardrobe, they can be thrown on with any look, in any climate and any time of year. Have fun mixing patterns and pair the outfit with these Theodora & Callum Orange Bali Espadrilles!

Theodoraandcallum.com has some incredible tutorials on interesting ways to wear your scarf. Check out our Ways to Wear videos to take your scarf from street to beach and beyond.

9 Trends to Watch from Fashion Week: Fall 2012

During Fashion Week it’s easy to get side-tracked with celeb sightings, crazy street style and after parties! The shows and presentations are a big production and what they are really all about is forecasting next season’s trends! We saw a ton of chic looks and put together our list of the biggest trends for Fall Winter 2012. From feminine menswear and fabulous furs, to sophisticated cut outs and sensual pleats, we can’t wait for another fall to arrive!

Jill Martin: Her Style Tips and Fave Product Picks

TV personality and fashion expert Jill Martin is the go-to girl for all things style. She is a regular contributor for NBC’s Today Show and is known for her popular “Ambush Makeovers” and “Steals and Deals” segments, and sports interviews for the NY Knicks. She is also the NY correspondent for Access Hollywood landing all big celeb interviews. I love that Jill always shares her insights on the latest trends and how best to shop on a budget. She also offers great advice through her fashion self-help books, “Fashion for Dummies” and New York Times best seller “I Have Nothing to Wear.”  I caught up with the style maven to get some fashion and beauty tips, tricks and product picks!

MM: How do you best describe your look or style?
JM: Classic. I am most comfortable in jeans, a white t-shirt and ballet flats. The second I am done covering a red carpet, the heels come off and the Uggs go on!

MM: What are some recent purchases you are loving right now?
JM: My ALC Leather Dress (from 25Park.com), Alexander Wang long sleeve white t-shirt, fab turquoise earrings from Jennifer Miller Jewelry and hot pink Jimmy Choo sandals that I got at Bergdorf’s for 70% off!

MM: What is one timeless piece all women need in their wardrobe?
JM: A great pair of jeans!

MM: Who are some of your favorite designers in different price points and why?
JM: I love designers at all different price points: Dior, Michael Kors, Diane Von Furstenberg, Robert Rodriguez…and if you want a real deal, Zara has great pieces!

MM: What should every women splurge on?
JM: A great “schlep” bag!

MM: What are some things we can all do to de-clutter our closet?
JM: Go into your closet and take out your favorite things: blouse, jeans, sweater, slacks etc., and lay them on the bed. Then take out every other piece from your closet and if they don’t match up to the way you feel in your favorite items, then it’s time for them to go! I would rather you have 30 amazing pieces than 300 that are just “eh.”

MM: What are some tips for shopping smart?
JM: One-in, One-out (or for my mother, one-in, five-out). You shop smarter when you know you have to let something go.

10 Perfect Bags

Finding the perfect bag to tote all of your “stuff,” or just important essentials can require some research. I am very particular when purchasing a new a bag because they can sometimes be quite an investment and I want to make sure I will love it for several seasons. Here are ten of my favorite picks in all price ranges–there is something for everyone from boho chic to classic elegance!

1. Lanvin Amalia Shopping Tote, BUY NOW, $1,900
I bought the Lavin Amalia shopping tote a few years ago in a metallic taupe and it is still one of my year round go-to bags. You will have and love this one forever. The price is high but definitely worth the investment.

2. Proenza Schouler PS1 Medium Leather satchel, BUY NOW, $1,595
The wildly popular Proenza Schouler PS1 bag is a modern classic. It’s a perfect every day bag and never goes out of style.

3. Alexander Wang Donna Hobo, BUY NOW, $815
I’m  obsessed with the Donna leather bags from Alexander Wang. Check out the unique downtown style with all of the zipper detail, love the leopard print too!

4. Marc New York Backstage Satchel, BUY NOW, $295
This is a casual and sophisticated every day bag made with the softest of leather!

5. MICHAEL Michael Kors Handbag, BUY NOW, $268
The MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set Chain, large tote is a great option for a bag that holds everything and is also well-priced. Python is on trend for this season but if it’s not your style,
the bag comes in other colors and plain leather too!

6. Tylie Malibu Women’s Jet Set Kramer Fringe Cross Body Bag, BUY NOW, $225
This LA-style cross body bag has a back slip pocket and is available in four great colors–black, emerald, navy and tobacco.

7. Lauren Merkin Bag, BUY NOW, $195
Lauren Merkin makes beautiful clutches that are priced well for their quality. This one covers two hot trends: it’s metallic AND cobra embossed. All of her clutches come with a shoulder chain inside, which makes it easy to wear when you are at a cocktail party and need your hands.

8. Rebecca Minkoff Skull Crossbody, BUY NOW, $150
Rebecca Minkoff makes amazing bags and this adorably rebellious cross body one is ideal for holding just the essentials. It is perfect for casual days and lovers of skull accessories like me.

9. Ivanka Trump Victoria top handle satchel, BUY NOW, $150
You can really see Ivanka Trump’s taste and style here.  A quintessential bag for the classic and elegant woman.

10. Aldo handbag, BUY NOW, $35
This little Aldo bag is so chic and great for when you just want to take the essentials: phone, lip gloss, cash and keys. A great transition bag, to take you from day to night.

 

Edit New York: Melissa’s Fave Upper East Side Shopping Spot (and one of Leighton and Blake’s, too!)

One of my fave places to shop on the Upper East Side is Edit New York – I live in all the clothes I buy there!  They carefully “edit” the best styles from designer brands like Alexander Wang, Rag and Bone and Phillip Lim and offer great personalized service.  One of my favorite go-to dresses is a T by Alexander Wang black dress that I bought there last season.  I paired it with a the cutest fur vest by Rebecca Taylor, also from Edit.  For fall, I love this gorgeous Proenza Schouler dress and the sand-washed ruffle side dress from Thakoon, two of my favorite designers.  Shopping in Edit’s gorgeous and townhouse is just divine. I am not alone here–Gossip Girls Blake Lively and Leighton Meester were just spotted shopping there recently!

Fashion Week Favorite Beauty Round-up

Hair:

We loved the effortless look with a new “twist” Ted Gibson created for Lela Rose: “The new braid for Spring!” We can actually do this one ourselves.

We think textured, beachy So-Cal hair like the looks created by curl expert Ouidad backstage at Timo Weiland will be an easy trend to create at home this Spring and Summer. Try a loose updo topped with a sporty backwards baseball cap.

We saw a chic, sleek pony styled by Renato Campora for Frederic Fekkai at Marchesa. Dress it up by wrapping a section of hair around ponytail to conceal the band.

Make-up:

The look at Rachel Zoe was a heavy eye with natural lips. The lipstick from her new Exude line was used on the models in Nude.

We are so obsessed with the retro matte eyeshadow topped with black liquid liner we saw backstage at Alice+Olivia, created by Sarah Lucero for Stila on Beauty.com. Perfect!

Buy Now, Stila Matte Eyeshadow, $18
Buy Now, Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, $20

Brows are going to be huge for Spring! The models at Altuzarra sported minimal makeup but with serious brows created by MAC make-up artists. They were also responsible for the major brows backstage at Proenza Schouler and paired them with pretty flushed cheeks.

Statement-making brows were the theme backstage at Cynthia Rowley too, where Make-up Forever artists used shadow to fill them in.

Brows were a big part of the look created by Francois Nars, founder of NARS cosmetics, for the Marc Jacobs show. A strong brow was paired with major lashes and nude lips inspired by Amy Winehouse.

Buy Now, NARs Eyebrow Pencil, $21

Nails:

We spotted pretty and preppy pink striped nails at Rebecca Minkoff. To get this look, paint vertical stripes using essie’s bright Pink Parka over essie’s Below the Belt white.

Buy Now, Essie Below the Belt White, $3.44

Sally Hansen’s natural looking Parchment Complete Salon Manicure polish was used to create the natural-looking nails backstage at one of our favorite young designers, Alexander Wang.

Buy Now, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Polish, $6.99

Sally Hansen

Poppy red nails looked fresh on the models at Jason Wu. Their nails were polished with OPI’s Monsooner or Later.

Buy Now, OPI Monsooner or Later, $7.50

Check out our backstage photo albums from fashion week on facebook:

Fashion Week Spring 2012
Pamella Roland Presentation
Rachel Roy Presentation
Rachel Zoe Show Backstage

Check out our Fashion Week Flashback: Best Beauty Tips for Fall/Winter 2011:


Fall’s Best Footwear Under $200

If you’ve done any shopping lately, you’ll see that Summer’s gone and we’re onto Fall.  As such, I’ve been receiving a lot of emails from people asking what’s going to be hot for the upcoming season.  Therefore, I’ve decided that over the next few weeks I’ll be writing several Fall fashion posts.  Let’s start at the bottom: footwear.  All of my selections are modeled after the runways of Marc by Marc Jacobs, Valentino, Alexander Wang and Doo Ri.  But I’ve scoured stores and sites to bring you more affordable versions  on a budget.

1.) Heeled Loafers:

Update the classic loafer by adding height.  The higher the chicer.  This pair from Charles Albert ($49) is made from synthetic materials (Vegans out there might opt for this) and comes in a nude color.  Check off two trends with this heel.

*I suggest removing the ankle strap for a cleaner look.

If you’re looking for a different option, check out these Ann Taylor loafers ($198).  They’re sold out online, so pop into a store near you. I’m a big fan of the tassle and neutral colorblocking.

Buy Now, Charles Albert Loafers, $49
Buy Now, Ann Taylor Myra Platform Tassel Pump, $198

2.) Skins:

This season, the more exotic the skin, the better.  This pair from Asos ($129.29) is a perfect option.  The taupe suede platform bootie has just the right amount of python to peek out from beneath your bells.

*If you’ve never checked out Asos.com, a British e-commerce site, you simply MUST.  Items are reasonably priced and there are constant deals running that entail no tax and free shipping.

Buy Now, ASOS ACT Suede and Snake Effect Platform Boot, $129.29

3.) Combat Boots:

These boots from Aldo ($160) are a double whammy. They satisfy the want of a combat boot, while having the need of comfiness.  The tractor soul adds a durable factor.

Buy Now, Aldo Belfiglio Boots, $160

4.) Shearling/Fur Lining:

Synonymous with comfort, Aerosoles has done it again with its take on fur.  This must have for fall ($140) is not only practical in all weather, but you’ll look stylish while staying dry.

5.) Animal Prints:

These flats from Kelsi Dagger ($89) are not only my pick for Fall, but they have the Rachel Zoe stamp of approval as well.  As the temperature begins to drop, pair these with knee highs or tights.  The patent leather toe adds a touch of elegance and breaks up the all over print.

*Don’t hesitate to mix your patterns this Fall.  You’ll be right on trend wearing your nautical stripes paired with animal prints.  Throw on a chunky necklace and you’re good to go!

Buy Now, Kelsi Dagger Jordi Ballet Flats, $99

Lindsay Brooke Weiss (Cohen) is a fashion and accessories editor and on-air style expert. She was previously Haute Living’s editorial director, Niche Media’s fashion and accessories editor and fashion editor for L-Atitude.com. Lindsay has been a frequent contributor at styledon.com and is a regular guest stylist on NBC’s “Gossip Gram.” For more articles from Lindsay, check out her site!
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