February 14, 2012 at 5:16 pm , by Gabrielle Porcaro
On this day of love, I will not give you a list of things you can buy your mate. If you haven’t gotten something at this point, you’re screwed! (I say go with a homemade card — personal and cheap!) Instead I asked our Facebook followers and polled some friends to find out what they felt was sexy. I was asking what makes ladies feel sexy (not what men find sexy), but many woman felt sexy by getting attention from men, so clearly we should pay attention to what men find sexy too.
I thought there would be a lot of ladies saying a little black dress or great fitting jeans (or my answer: heels), but there wasn’t. Of course, lingerie was mentioned more than once, and it’s certainly something that appeals to men as well. I personally think if that makes you feel sexy then you should wear prettier undergarments more often (my favorites are Aerie and Cosabella). No need to save them for special occasions or made up holidays.
One of the biggest themes was indulging oneself. Taking a leisurely bubble bath, wearing a fancy fragrance, wearing a new bronzer or lipstick. I love that treating ourselves makes us feel sexy! It proves that ladies like to feel good from the inside out. Which is not only cheesy but important. Once you feel good on the inside and feel good about yourself you will become more confident and sexy!
So Happy Valentines Day and Treat Yo Self! (Sorry! Any opportunity to quote and link to that clip I jump on!).
February 14, 2012 at 11:25 am , by Gabrielle Porcaro
I am 30 years old (almost 31) and I still LOVE Barbies. It’s true. I have three at my desk and play with them during stressful times or when I’m bored (which is rare). So when I got the chance to visit a larger-than-life-sized Barbie Dream Closet during New York fashion week last Friday, I was thrilled! The 9,000 square foot closet included 360 pairs of pink heels and 6 live Barbie fashion models wearing looks styled after iconic Barbies. There was also a Barbie beauty bar and a design workshop for girls to create their own Barbie look. Visitors also got a chance to try on some of her most favorite outfits. (I choose to be an astronaut but here I am trying on a gown… with a Barbie cosmo in hand.)
Yes, I know I was one of the lucky few who got to actually enter the real thing, but everyone can virtually visit Barbie’s dream closet at BarbieWow.com. The site lets you upload a picture yourself and try on different looks and share with friends. It also has a design studio for you to create your own collage/mood board for inspirational looks. There’s also a shop for you to pick up a new doll or some new outfits (love Barbie’s gown on her Happy Birthday Ken Doll).
This just proves (for some of us anyhow), that you’re never too old to play Barbie. Check it out!
February 8, 2012 at 8:59 am , by Gabrielle Porcaro
Gab, I am so tired of my wardrobe. Any advice on pieces I can buy to brighten up by wardrobe—and that I can wear now and throughout the spring? — Olivia
I am with you! I am sick of standing in front of my closet staring, hoping something marvelous will just appear. If you want to buy something new, here are my top 5 suggestions for things you can buy now.
1. Tops. Generally tops are always a good item to buy since you can wear them all year round, especially silk ones. This striped tank with a navy cardigan or blazer is perfect for now, and you can wear it with shorts (like the model) when the weather heats up.
3. Colored jeans. This is another trend that started last fall and will continue through to the summer. There are jeans literally in every hue and in all shapes and sizes. No matter what you are looking for — a skinny, a flare, neon or something a bit safer — you will have no trouble finding it.
4. Loose-knit sweaters. Light, spring sweaters have already replaced heavy winter ones in stores. A loose knit one, like this striped sweater from Rachel Rachel Roy, has a perfect casual vibe for all seasons.
And don’t worry too much, only 42 days left until Spring…
January 17, 2012 at 4:22 pm , by Gabrielle Porcaro
Gab, I wear a lot of button-down shirts for work and sometimes they make me feel like a man. Got any more feminine suggestions? — Sarah
I know a lot of ladies love a button down shirt but personally I have my own issues with them. I find them to be genearlly boxy, unflattering and boring. Sorry ladies who wear them everyday, it’s true! What I am a fan of is silk blouses. They fall very nicely on a woman’s body, which means they actually make her look like a woman! Another great thing is that they’ve been around for a while now (a while equals two or three seasons) and are almost at any store. Check out some of my favorites!
January 4, 2012 at 2:44 pm , by Gabrielle Porcaro
It’s resolution time! Mine are: shed some pounds before my next birthday, sleep more (this zombie look ain’t cute) and break out of my fashion rut. Yes, even a fashion “expert” needs to get motivated from time to time. Here are a list of some fashion resolutions we should all commit to!
Try something new. Get out of your comfort zone! Instead of another black dress, why not get one in a bright color or a print — both are big trends for 2012.
Clean your closet. I am constantly organizing and purging my closet — I find it very cathartic. If it’s something you haven’t worn in awhile or doesn’t fit, get rid of it! Spend time really looking at each piece and figuring out if it has a place in your closet. (Also check out our February issue for some additional closet tips!)
Mix it up. It’s so easy to fall in to a slump during the cold month (says the girl who is having another boots, jeans and over-sized sweater day). Figure out what works for you and have go-to stylish outfits ready. Maybe it’s skinny jeans with a blazer or shift dresses. It will make getting dressed in the morning so much easier.
Trust others. You are your own worst critic so ask a trusted friend — preferably one with good taste — to be honest with you. Be open to what they say and don’t get offended, they are there to help.
Quality over quantity. I know we can’t afford to splurge on everything but I do believe in spending a little more on a piece each season, especially if it’s classic or timeless. Sign up for websites like Gilt, which sells tons of designer items at a discount. Also be an avid sale shopper. J. Crew’s sales are always great and department stores like Bloomingdales and Lord & Taylor also are great places to find deals. You should also buy items on sale at end of a season: See a cashmere sweater or wool pea coat in February or March for dirt cheap? Buy it for next year!
Find your style. What kind of look do you want to present to the world? Start an inspiration board on Pinterest and print out styles you want to recreate yourself and hang it on your mirror. Its important to be creative and inspired!
December 20, 2011 at 4:15 pm , by Gabrielle Porcaro
It seems that right now everyone is focused on giving and receiving gifts rather then going out and buying stuff for themselves. Therefore I decided to take a break from sharing my fashion advice this week. But have no fear — I will have plenty of wisdom to dispense to you next year so keep the questions coming!
Instead, I thought I would share the best gift I have received so far. My friend Eric sent me the World’s Largest Gummy Bear. They are my favorite kind of candy and anything ridiculous always has my name on it (I love when people get me!). I call him George and he’s tasty yet quite heavy (4 lbs. 8 oz!) and sticky. I had planned to share him with my office but once I got my hands on him, he was all mine! (And I figured no one would want to eat him after that.) I can’t wait to take him on some adventures — like to a bar after work and then to my apartment where I shall eat some more of him. I might even take George home to meet the family… if he makes it to Friday.
Hope your holidays are sweet and filled with fun! See you in 2012!
November 22, 2011 at 10:42 am , by Gabrielle Porcaro
Who’s braving the stores on Friday? Need some advice? Here are some tips from me, someone who’s been shopping on Black Friday for as long as I can remember (it’s a tradition with the ladies in my family) and a real “expert” Michele Rothstein, Senior VP of Marketing for Premium Outlets / Simon Property Group, and the ones who pioneered the “midnight openings’ over a decade ago.
Don’t go on an empty stomach. After an incident a few years ago, my mother refuses to go shopping with me until I have had my morning coffee (I mean no one should do anything with me without coffee). Eat a good breakfast, break for lunch or bring snacks. Don’t let low blood sugar slow you down.
Timing is everything. Rothstein points out that many stores offer extra savings as an incentive for early shoppers. If you aren’t an early bird, shop later in the day to avoid some of the larger crowds. Also find out which store open before midnight and extend throughout the weekend.
Choose your shopping partners wisely. Black Friday shopping isn’t for the weak. As Rothstein states: “It is power shopping at its best. You should shop with people who also love to shop and enjoy the thrill of the hunt.”
Dress appropriately. Wear comfortable shoes and non-fussy clothes. Also carry the right purse. Cross-bodies will keep your hands free for bags.
Don’t hesitate. Another tip of Rothstein’s: If you see it and love it, buy it because it will be gone soon. Merchandise sells fast and the item may never be sold again, especially during the After-Thanksgiving Weekend Sale when the deals are unbeatable.
Stick to a budget and bring a list. When shopping for yourself, only buy what you truly need. Have a list of all the gifts you need and what you’d like to spend on each one.