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.
November 18, 2011 at 8:54 am , by Gabrielle Porcaro
I was recently introduced to Boticca.com and it was love at first sight. The London-based jewelry and accessory shopping site has been around for a little over a year. It’s a unique collection of pieces from designers from around the world who might otherwise not have this kind of exposure. The user-friendly site not only includes profiles of the designers but also allows you to interact with the designers and ask them questions about their pieces.
I was thrilled when they asked me to guest curate on the site and pick some of my favorite pieces. The beauty of Boticca is that it’s not just expensive items. All my favorites are under $200 with the majority of them being under $100. Please check out my picks and while you’re there, browse the whole site. Why not get a jump start on some holiday shopping? It’s the perfect place to find something different! As their tag line states: “I’d rather wear a unique story.”
November 8, 2011 at 10:42 am , by Gabrielle Porcaro
In my opinion, jeans are the second hardest thing to shop for (bathing suits are the clear winner). There are tons of brands, tons of styles, tons of fits — it can be hard to figure out what works. Well now there is something that will help: Macys.com paired up with True Fit technology to create a system matches your body to the perfect pair of jeans.
This is how it works: You build your profile by identifying what brands already work with your body and answering questions about your body type. You then shop as normal and the True Fit Recommendation engine tries on the jeans using a variety of algorithms (yes… it uses math to get the perfect jeans to you — it has come to this!). So when you browse to a pair, you will see how True Fit rates it for your body. It also saves your profile so you can always go back and buy more. The variety of brands and price points is awesome too — everything from Joe’s Jeans, 7 for Mankind, Levi’s and Calvin Klein.
I’ve tested it and it’s pretty great and easy to use! Now I wonder if they can use math to find me a the perfect bathing suit?
October 25, 2011 at 10:05 am , by Gabrielle Porcaro
Quite possibly one of the easiest ways to look stylish right now is to wear a pair of colored jeans. Paired with a chunky neutral sweater (only those truly daring should mix bright colors) or a jacket or blazer, they’re the perfect go-to fall look. Red seems to be the number one color right now. The pair pictured are from American Eagle and also come in pink. Too bright? J Brand has a ruby colored flare that is more user-friendly! Another safer color is army green, like these soft skinnies from Henry & Belle – they’re just like your summer cargos. Shades in a blue family are always a great choice too. These royal blue jeans from Old Navy and this turquoise pair Madewell are perfect for all four seasons. And if you are looking for a serious variety of colors your best bet is Joe’s Jeans. They make 55 — yes 55 — colors! It might take some confidence to rock them but trust me, it will be worth it!
October 12, 2011 at 9:10 am , by Gabrielle Porcaro
Sometimes when we work on stories we fall in love with too many boots. Here are some of my favorites that didn’t make the cut for our boot story in our November issue — we love them equally as much as the ones that did!