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.
By Daniela Apeloig
Not only has the weather been playing with your feelings, running hot and cold by the day, but you’ve been married to your 6 pairs of boots and booties for so long now that the honeymoon is over. Teased by Black Swan, you seek out those ballet flats from last season—they whisper your name, flirt with you, and beg you to take them out for a spin. You are totally seduced and headed for divorce. If you’ve already signed the papers and are totally over it, we can help. We love matchmaking. So, here are the ballet flats on trend this spring. You’ll fall in love at first sight.
Nude Ballet Flats
Neutrals and nude colors are a big spring fashion trend. The BCBG Molly Ballet Flat, $98, is a classic and hits the spring color trend at the same time. The elastic trim makes the flat super-comfortable. The perfect pairing for a neutral outfit, or to contrast with something more dramatic.
Colorful Print Ballet Flats
Colorful florals and tribal prints are a hot spring fashion trend. You can have fun mixing and matching motifs—just make sure they have a similar color palette or pattern. Pair this Vitia Kaleidescope Print Snip-Toe Bow Flats by Mossimo, $24.99, with a print outfit, tribal accessories, or a simple T-shirt and jeans. Whatever the combination, you’ll make a statement.
Waterproof Ballet Flats
With spring ☺, come the spring showers ☹. Although you divorced your boots, we know you still see your rain boots from time to time. We’ve got the perfect rebound—Melissa Plastic Island shoes, made from Melflex, a waterproof plastic. The Melissa Royale II in black, $86, is very Chanel-like, with a white toe and a heart-shaped heel.
Lace Ballet Flats
Lace is fickle. One season it’s the hot trend, the next, it’s moved on. This spring, the lace trend loves you, so love it right back with the Sam Edelman Women’s Caper Ballet Flat, for $99. It’s covered with black Belgian lace and topped with a jeweled toe to add just the right amount of sparkle to your look. Wear these flats with anything from jeans to leggings to dresses.
Floral Ballet Flats
Flowers bloom in spring and in spring fashion trends. They should bloom in your wardrobe too. The Gap’s Appliqué Flower Ballet Flats in taupe for $49.50, put the perfect spring in your step. Pair them with that military vest you just bought—you’re so on top of the trends this season!
Striped Ballet Flats
Ahoy, there, nautical stripes! Come aboard this spring fashion trend with the American Eagle Outfitters Canvas Ballet Flat, $29.50. With white and navy blue stripes, these flats are great for jeans or a nautical outfit in blue, gold, or red.
Metallic Ballet Flats
We love everything that shines. That’s why we love this Yosi Samra Merlin Fold-Up Ballet Flat, in Bronze Crackled, for $65. These flats fold in half, so you can carry them in your purse and take them out whenever you want a rest from your killer heels. Also available in gold, silver, pewter, rose gold, and even metallic pink or blue. So choose your favorite metallic and hit the streets rocking one of spring’s hottest trends!