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Get Intimate: The Latest Updates in Bras, Shapewear, Tights and Undies!

September 20, 2012 at 2:15 pm , by

As a fashion editor we often discuss topics that may seem taboo or even TMI to some. Asking someone their bra size or their favorite type of undies or shapewear is all in a day’s work. I like to be all caught up on what people are loving and what is new out there. Here is a roundup of some of some new intimate things hitting my radar.

Pretty things I am currently obsessed with: A friend recently introduced me to Fortnight and I was floored. I do sometimes get faint at a gorgeous bra (and a bit touchy-feely) but I was also shocked I hadn’t heard of it, since I am a self proclaimed bra expert. It’s not cheap (bottoms starting at $48 bras starting at $69) but I could tell that the quality is just as beautiful as the look of it. Worth a splurge!

Cheap & chic: Who doesn’t love a good deal, especially when the items are actually things you need in styles that are cool. Smart & Sexy truly lives to it’s name and you can get a bra and undies set for only $15.

Newest bra shopping Mecca: There are a ton great online retailers that sell bras but what makes True & Co. different is it starts by giving you a 2 minute “fit quiz” that will result in giving you options for the your prefect bra… no measuring tape required!

The gift that keeps on givingPantybyPost.com is like a really cool updated version of the jelly of the month. Order it for yourself or as a gift for a friend and enjoy a monthly lacy surprise in the mail.  (Gals, this is certainly something to share with your husbands and boyfriends.)

2 for 1 tights: Hanes Silk Reflections tights convert into leggings by simply folding up the foot. It’s pure genius!

Run resistant: Got L’eggs’? Well you should! L’eggs new Silken Mist hosiery will keep you run-free all season! Guaranteed to be the best $6 you spend.

The latest and greatest from everyone’s favorite, Spanx: Not only do they have a new extension brand, Assets Red Hot Label by Spanx sold at Kohl’s, they also have fabulous lace shapers that have mesh overlay. They’re not only pretty but they keep you just as sucked in as all other Spanxs. (and FYI, the high-rise thong is very popular with celebs!)

Also check out the blog I Love a Good is a round up of everything intimates!


*** Got fashion questions? please email them to me at gabrielle.porcaro@meredith.com … you might just end up in our next issue!

Geek Chic: Where to Find Cute Glasses

July 19, 2012 at 9:45 am , by

I think every lady should have a bit of a nerdy side. And these days a lot of things that were once geeky are actually cool. Comic books flicks are the most anticipated movies of the summer; computer programing is a sought-after job; zombies are having a major moment; fantasy shows like Game of Thrones are popular (the theme song happens to be my ring tone); and nerdy girls like Tina Fey and Zooey Deschanel are the queens of prime time. And the nerdiest accessory, glasses, are super-chic. Yes they’re a functional necessity to some but a lot of stylish ladies are now choosing glasses over contacts. Girls with 20/20 vision are even “faking it” with plain lenses! Of course stores like LensCrafters carry a wide assortment of frames at various prices, but there are a new a crop of websites that cater to this hot accessory. Here are my picks:

What we love about Coastal is that the first pair you order is free! (Our team here didn’t believe it when I told them.) That means you can get a practical pair, like black or tortoise, and a fun pair, like red or bright pink, for the price of one. They will also give away a pair to someone in need when you buy certain styles. The glasses we shot for our August fashion story, at left, are from the site and are perfectly geeky-chic.

Warby Parker is a very popular with the cool kids. Yes that’s very high school of me to say but it’s true. It’s hipster and trendy but Warby Parker also gives away a free pair for every purchase (which we love!). They offer free shipping and returns, and all their glasses are $95. They also have a home try on program where you can borrow 5 glasses for 5 days to try on in the comfort of your own home. My sister has this matte style and they are a perfect mix of cool and sophisticated.

The thing that makes Ditto unique is that you can virtually try on their glasses. Using special technology (all you need at home is a web cam), your license or credit card for scale and maybe a hair and makeup touch-up, you can see how all their glasses would look on you. (That’s me trying on a cute cat eye from Elizabeth and James — you like?) It was really easy to set up and if you are unsure of what shape looks good, you can send your photo to the site stylist who will suggest a pair that works for you. Free expert advice, you can’t beat that!

Have fun accessorizing your eyes and do share with me in the comments how you embrace your inner geek!

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Fashion Emergency Kit Must-Haves

June 14, 2012 at 3:47 pm , by

I’ve worked on photo shoots for 9 years, so I know how to fix almost all fashion emergencies. This talent has come in handy for the countless weddings I have been in. Bride has a stain on her dress… Gab to the rescue!  Mom’s hem is down… I’m on it! Maid of honor’s shoe too slippery… fixed! (I think I just figured out the reason why I’m invited to so many weddings.) Regardless, it’s important to be prepared. Here is my list of items that you should have at home, in your desk, or in your purse when you need some styling assistance. Because I can’t be everywhere!

  • Safety pins: At least twice a week a coworker comes over and asks me for one. They’re a go-to for a broken zipper or button — or when you realize your top or dress reveals a bit more that you intended for a Thursday morning meeting with your boss.
  • Lint brush: Some days you’re just a magnet for hair, fuzz, and debris. It seems ridiculous to carry a large lint brush around with you every day so I love these lint removing sheets — they’re thin and small.
  • Shout wipes/Tide pen: Because stains happen.
  • Double stick tape: A personal favorite of mine, it’s super handy for keeping your blouse in place or to fix a hem. My go-to brand is Fashion Fix: It once kept my strapless bridesmaid dress in place for 10 hours!
  • Baby wipes: Hands get sticky, things drip. They aren’t just for baby’s bottoms!
  • A black sharpie: It can fix nicks and random stains, like that bleach stain you discover on your black lace tank when you’re already at work… or something like that.
  • Blister pads: Especially useful in the summer. Keep a few of these strips in your wallet because you never know when a blister will form.
  • Needle and thread: A small spool of black, navy and white are all you need. Pre-threading a needle now will make future you happy.

Other items like clear nail polish, tissues, static guard, Downy wrinkle release, Band-aids, hand cream, a nip of whiskey, bobby pins, and Q-Tips can come in handy as well, trust me!

4 Easy Ways To Make Your Shoes More Comfortable

May 17, 2012 at 9:30 am , by

In our Killer Heels story, we discussed the fact that wearing super-high heels can lead to some foot issues. Now, I would never tell anyone to stop wearing heels completely (everything in moderation, right?). They can do wonders for your legs — not to mention your self-esteem — but there is nothing worse than having to hobble around with sore, achy feet. Luckily there are some genius products out there that mean you don’t have to suffer.

Pressure Pointz from Foot Petals are one of my new favorites. They’re small thick adhesives you can stick  right on the area where your shoe is hurting to relieve any pressure — these definitely will be in my purse all summer. Dr Scholl’s massage gel insoles fit into any shoes and will keep you feeling like you’re walking on pillows all day. If you do get a blister, Nexcare has great waterproof bandages that will help you survive until they heal. And what about smelly feet (which can be painful to those around you)? I’m a big fan of baby powder, but then I end up tracking white footprints around my apartment. Summer Soles scented insoles keep your shoes and feet smelling fresh.

Stock up on these products and (some new shoes) and your feet will be forever grateful!

The Coolest New Way To Sell and Buy Stuff Online

May 14, 2012 at 1:20 pm , by

How does that saying go—one person’s trash is another person’s treasure? HipSwap is a newish (started last year), marketplace that connect buyers and sellers locally and across the country. Think of it as an eBay/Craigslist/Gilt-like site for fashion and home goods. Hipswap’s goal is to de-creep the online selling and buying experience by creating communities. In some cities they even have a delivery service. It’s also a very visually pleasing and user-friendly way to sell some items that you aren’t wearing or using any more and make some cash. (It’s also a perfect site to spend that cash!)

Hipswap also features some fashionable closets you can shop from, like Kyle Richards from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and other fashion “experts.” You might just recognize a familiar face (yep, that’s me).

Happy shopping/selling!


Go Ask Gab: Clueless On What To Wear Right Now?

April 26, 2012 at 4:32 pm , by

Gab, what the heck am I supposed to wear this time of year? The weather is crazy! Please advise. — Olivia 

This question might as well be from all the ladies I know since I think we are all clueless right now. On Monday night, I was wearing 5 different layers at a baseball game and two days earlier I was in a short dress and sandals. To be honest there is no right answer but here are some tips:

  • Rock layers. Sometimes it’s very cold in the morning and then it warms up around lunch so layer up and add or remove as needed. Put a blazer or jean jacket over your new spring dress.
  • Bring your winter coats and puffers to the dry cleaners and tell them see ya in September. I don’t care how cold it is, they are wrong. Yes, I am talking to you, lady in the puffer and bare legs!
  • Keep your sweaters nearby. Chunky and t-neck ones should be put away but v-neck and crew necks are still fine, and even necessary. Cardigans are handy all year round. Sweaters can be worn with skirts or over lighter-weight maxi dresses.
  • Don’t put your boots and booties away either. They completely work this time of year. But any styles with fur or shearling should be stored. Bye-bye!
  • Remember what I said a few weeks ago about scarves! Learn it. Know it. Live it.
  • It’s still too soon for items like white linen pants, flip flops and super-summery dresses so hold your horses for another month.
  • Tights can be tricky. Personally, once I go tightness I don’t go back, but this spring has been quite chilly. There are no rules and tights can seem appropriate one week and completely wrong the next. Follow the temperature. It may feel silly but being cold is sillier.
  • If you are just constantly reaching for jeans (or black pants or the equivalent), don’t sweat it. The weather is making it hard to be stylish so just wear some fun jewelry or shoes and in a few weeks it will be easier to wear that dress or skirt.

Bottom line: Like anything else, trust your instinct. If it seems wrong it probably is—so don’t wear it. Godspeed…

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Go Ask Gab: 10 Spring Fashion Picks Under $50

April 10, 2012 at 5:33 pm , by

L.L. Shopping… Ladies Love Shopping! We also like a good bargains. I’ve been spending a lot of time scouring websites to find good deals on some spring pieces for myself, so I thought I’d put my shopping to good use and share my top 10 items to buy under $50.

1. V-Neck sweater from Gap, $44.95. I know we shouldn’t really be buying sweaters right now since it’s spring, but this sweater is awesome and it’s still chilly out so I think that justifies the purchase. It also feels like it’s a lot more expensive than $45.

2. Bamboo hoops from Julie Collection, $48. Styling the ponytail story in our May issue inspired me, and hoops are always in and are perfect for any occasion.

3. Tropical print mini from Zara, $39.90. This skirt will no doubt get you in the mood for summer.

4. Striped tank from J.Crew, $29.50. Don’t fight it. You are going to buy another striped tank this season and you will love it and live in it.

5. Red cross-body Asos, $28.65. A classic bag. It’s just big enough to fit all your essentials: keys, money, phone and lip gloss.

6. Yellow flats from Old Navy, $19.94. Hallelujah for our feet—flats are in this season! Instead of grabbing a basic black pair, choose a fun bright color.

7. Floral dress from Forever 21, $22.80. I am fully aware that I am not in college any more and someone my age probably has no business shopping here. But it’s so cheap and they have really good dresses and tanks for spring! Plus shopping at Forever 21 allows me to pretend that I am in my early 20s again.

8. Pleated skirt from H&M, $49.50. This is one item I won’t be buying myself (my body just wasn’t made for pleats) but I fully support others buying it. Pleats are a big trend and so is this mint green color.

9. Tribute bracelet from Stella & Dot, $36. I love bracelets… duh! I like how simple yet blingy this is. It’s perfect to mix and match with everything from neon friendship bracelets to solid gold or silver bangles. And yes I picked this bracelet because it reminded me of The Hunger Games.

10. Lace tank from American Eagle, $39.50. I actually had to cut myself off from buying lace tops because I think I have 5 now. They are perfect with jeans, skirts, shorts, under blazers… basically everything.

OK so maybe you don’t like any of these. Or maybe you’re just going to buy them all because you think I have amazing taste. Or maybe you will find your own fabulous finds under $50—they do exist. Happy hunting!