March 30, 2012 at 11:02 am , by Gabrielle Porcaro
This time of year is confusing. Last week people were rocking strapless maxi dresses and flip flops (a little early in my opinion, I don’t care if the temperature is in the 70s) and earlier this week I saw someone with a hat and floor-length puffy coat (lady, it’s not the dead of winter — put it away!). Mother Nature, or shall I say Global Warming, is all over the place and it’s reeking havoc with our wardrobes — among other things. I find my go-to accessory these days is a fun scarf. I leave my collection on the back of my door (that’s it, at right) and grab one to finish off my outfit. I spend a lot of time out and about and a boring military jacket or a black blazer sometimes needs a pop or color or print. It’s also a perfect accessory on one of those T-shirt/jeans/flats days when I want to look a bit more put-together and not sloppy. Scarves also hide wrinkles, which is perfect for me since I have a no-iron policy. I’ve collected a lot of scarves throughout the years but here are a few of my favorite brands.
Echo is pretty much the godfather of all scarf companies. They have been around for 89 years and have a wide selection of scarves for all seasons (not to mention some great beach coverups).
Theodora & Callum has gorgeous printed scarves. Their site also has videos of all the ways you can tie the scarf, which is genius because wrapping scarves may seem easy but they are often a little tricky.
Lemlem is another favorite. Made in Ethiopia, they have the most amazing white gauzey scarves with neon stripes. They are truly unique!
So when the weather is fickle, make your life easier and tie one on. It’s the simplest and easiest way to add some style.
March 15, 2012 at 1:01 pm , by Gabrielle Porcaro
I bought two pairs of cartoon-colored skinny jeans and don’t know what to wear with them. Do I go with a neutral, something matchy-matchy or something crazy and contrasting like I’m seeing in the fashion mags? My cream-colored sweater looked dull and all wrong. Help! — Julie
Julie, you aren’t the only one suffering from this dilemma. As I’m pretty sure everyone knows, colored denim is one of the biggest trends right now (be sure to check out my top picks) but they can be somewhat intimating to actually wear. The thing to keep in mind is that wearing bold jeans is making a fashion statement in itself so it’s ok to go plain on top.
To make your life easier, here are three shirts that will go with every shade: A simple gray tee, a navy and white striped top and a chambray button-down. From there you can dress them up with a blazer or long pendant necklace or colorful heels.
If you do want to take it to another level and wear a colorful top, go with a solid contrasting color. Think of it like color blocking (another trend that’s big right now) and pair colors that work together. For example, turquoise skinnies with a royal blue silk blouse. Printed tops are great too—as long as you match the colors right.
Be brave and when in doubt, a loose white tee always works! For more of my favorite colored denim looks, follow my colored denim Pinterest board.
February 27, 2012 at 11:45 am , by Gabrielle Porcaro
The morning after Oscar night is always hard for me. I am exhausted from throwing a party and sad that my favorite night of the year is over. Honestly, I didn’t think the show was that entertaining (The Bridesmaids, Emma Stone and Chris Rock saved it) but, I was pleased with the winners (Octavia, Woody, Muppets… Yay!) Overall it was a great night for fashion. Here are my thoughts:
Color winner of the night: White. Gwyneth, Rooney, Milla, Octavia, Shailene all rocked it.
Best over-all look: Michelle Williams. She had some hits and misses this awards season but in this coral Louis Vuitton gown she oozes chicness. And I LOVE how she always brings the best fashion accessory: her best friend Busy Phillips.
Best dress for your body moment: Octavia Spencer. One word: flawless. That Tadashi Shoji dress was ridiculously flattering. She looked gorgeous!
Most appropriate color choice of the night: Gold. Big winner Meryl Streep picked a perfectly draped Lanvin gown. Also wearing that color, Stacey Keibler, who by dating George makes her a winner for the time being.
Star of the night: Angelina’s right leg. Loved the dress but there was no need to stick the leg out and pose all night. There is already a twitter account for it and BuzzFeed has it’s top 10 moments of the night.
Please-put-it-away award: Jennifer Lopez. Come on! She would look sexy in a brown sack so why does she have us focused on her ladies the whole night. Poor Cameron Diaz was overshadowed by them. And what was with those arm slits? Second runner up: Viola Davis. LOVE you and the fact that you choose green but you are revealing a bit too much.
Sleeves that worked: Shailene Woodley. She looked amazing in her cream crochet detail Valentino Haute Couture gown. Usually girls her age look like they are going to the prom or 30 years older than they actually are.
Sleeves that didn’t work: Berenice Bejo. The mint green Ellie Saab gown was just wrong. The color and the cut wasn’t working for her. For her first time at the Oscars, I wish she wore something a bit more sexy. Honestly she would’ve looked amazing in J. Lo’s dress.
Most in need of a large meal: Gwyneth Paltrow. Although, I love a cape moment and loved her Tom Ford dress, I just want her to eat more. Have a burger and live a little!
Most likely to serve her the burger: Melissa Leo. What was up with that collar?
Do you agree or disagree.. let’s discuss!
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!