4 Ways to Rock 'Conservative' Metallic

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 • Permalink • 

--By Kim Moshtaghi

Metallic inspired fashion is everywhere. Designers are taking everything from denim to leather and electrifying those materials with metallic. And these designers have proven that anyone can embrace and enjoy the sometimes-flamboyant shiny look.

Metallic enhances any look and adds glitz to your personality, but remember to carefully pair because any shiny trend can look tacky and cheap. Keep things in context and always consider the occasion you are attending to ensure you dress appropriately. In this article, I intend to showcase the lighter and more conservative side of metallic.

This dress is simple and follows the conservative side of the trend without straying into its flamboyant side. I love this simple, strapless, cutesy dress. It’s well balanced for an evening out on the town, especially for a cocktail party. The full skirt and the longer back make this a perfect dancing dress as well. The colors are basic and keep this strapless elegant.

Black Halo Eve Clarkson Strapless Cocktail Dress

→ Buy the Black Halo Eve Clarkson Strapless Cocktail Dress, $460.00, at neimanmarcus.com.

Loving This Week: Etch-Print Blouse + New 'It' Mascara

Monday, September 15, 2014 • Permalink • 

Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress - Kerastase spray - Lafayette 148 blouse - Urban Decay mascara - Vince sweater

My favorite stores for designer deal shopping followed up their sad Labor Day sale selections with loads of fresh new arrivals. The result? Too many tempting deals to narrow it down to just a few top picks. But, I did… reluctantly.

On top of the excellent fashion finds, I was introduced to two new “it” beauty products recently – one I’ve already had the chance to try and one I can’t wait to purchase. Here’s a peek inside my online shopping cart this week…

1. Diane von Furstenberg New Julian Wrap Dress, $139.00 (was $285.00)
If I was to commit the immutable laws of shopping to paper, one of the first I’d write down would be: “If you find DvF on sale for 50% off, just buy it.” I’ve never found a Diane von Furstenberg piece that didn’t fit like a glove. So, when I see a classic item in a color I love marked down this far, I can’t imagine passing it up.

4 New Go-To LBDs to Spice Up Your Closet

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 • Permalink • 

--By Kim Moshtaghi

The Little Black Dress is always an appropriate choice; you simply can’t go wrong. And, for most fashionable ladies, it is the “go-to” dress for most occasions. Black often represents wealth, formality, and mystery. And those associations are perfect when you can’t figure out what to wear. It’s classy and chic and enables you to be creative when it comes to shoes and accessories. Check out a few of my finds that may encompass your personality.

My first feature is a simple-yet-elegant, basic, wrap bodycon black mini. The asymmetric style is the only thing that makes this dress different. But, this is a good start because it’s a clean canvas and allows you to play with the look. This is the dress you can wear with the funky shoes -- there is an endless ability to get creative with this number! I am envisioning this with patent leather pumps or studded Valentinos.

Topshop Jersey Wrap Bodycon Dress

→ Buy the Topshop Jersey Wrap Bodycon Dress, $45.00, at us.topshop.com.

Best Of: Reiss Fall New Arrivals

Wednesday, September 03, 2014 • Permalink • 

Are you a fan of Reiss? If so, you are in good company around here. Not sure? If the label sounds just vaguely familiar, you probably ran across it a couple times in the photo credits for Kate Middleton. She’s been snapped sporting Reiss both before and after becoming an official Royal.

Beyond the Royal connection, the London-based label is known for creating design-focused pieces that tend toward architectural simplicity. Although I’ve spotted some particularly hideous ruffly creations on the Reiss site from time to time, I generally find that they offer a range of very wearable pieces that have a timeless appeal. The new fall arrivals tend toward the latter. I made my way through all 159 new pieces and picked out my favorites. Check them out…

Reiss fall new arrivals - sweaters, trousers, blouses, coats

1. Reiss Emile Sharply Tailored Coat, $525.00
The spare details on this sleek wool-blend coat will put the emphasis on your ensemble, not your topper. It’s available in three gorgeous, far-from-ordinary colors: burgundy (shown here), lilac, and royal blue. I think the burgundy will wear just like a neutral when paired with black, grey, and white pieces.

5 Glamorous Dream Shoes for Fall

Tuesday, September 02, 2014 • Permalink • 

I have this new theory about Labor Day shopping. I think the sites that are planning sales purposefully hold back the fall goodies. I couldn’t find a thing to love all weekend. Luckily, the luxe sites and designer sections – you know, the ones that don’t have sales – don’t seem to have this problem.

So, I went fantasy shoe shopping over the long weekend. I’m hoping that the stars align and I get to snag at least one of these pairs for the upcoming season. But, if not, at least I have the dream…

It was after falling head over heels for these flats that I noticed a Rupert Sanderson quote in the editor’s note: “I design shoes for women to wear rather than design shoes that wear the women.” It’s that kind of mindset that creates wear-all-day flats that are sexy and glamorous. I’m a big fan.

Rupert Sanderson Isolde Point-Toe Flats

→ Buy the Rupert Sanderson Isolde Point-Toe Flats, $875.00, at net-a-porter.com.

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