Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Nominee’s for THE Style-Ista of 2008…

Who gets your vote? TAKE THE POLL!

The woman with perfect style and my absolute favorite as many of you know…Nicole Kidman shares the spotlight with husband Keith Urban, keeping it simple in a little black dress at the Country Music Awards.

Next up…Angelina Jolie, showing her baby bump (well maybe a bit more than a “bump”) during the Cannes Film Festival in an olive green Max Azria Atelier gown. Who looks this freaking good pregnant? It’s almost sinful!

Rose McGowan certainly doesn’t mind wearing a conversation piece and in my opinion, her bravery paid off. Some loved to hate it but she positively rocks this artful D&G design proudly at Cannes.

The Barbadian beauty, Rihanna (and her style team) have mastered a complete makeover which definitely shines through each time she hits the stage or the red carpet. At the American Music Awards she’s looks spectacular from head to toe.

And last but not certainly NOT LEAST…who puts the “P” in Posh on a regular? None other than Mrs. Victoria Beckham. Choosing the best shot in 2008 proved quite difficult because the woman looks good in pretty much anything. But like a true Style-Ista, she sparkled at the CFDA Fashion Awards.


Looking back…

As the year closes, I'm looking forward to a new season of tv shows! One in particular gets my fashion juices flowing the minute I see "the body", Heidi Klum's legs cross the screen.

I’m a SUPER fan of Bravo's Project Runway so let's reminisce about Season 5. These three looks were my favorite final collection showings at Fashion Week . Leanne’s take on the pleated skirt with bustier top (above left), Korto’s emerald evening gown (above right) and Kenly’s retro dressy number (below).

To bring it back to your closet…if you didn’t have at least 5 of these in "style rotation" this year, WHO ARE YOU? Seriously, scarves have made the biggest come back over the past year since the 90’s. Even some of the Rap Industry's finest are wearing them. Remember wearing the short Jackie O style as a headband or around your neck in a single knot with a crisp, white collar shirt? No longer simply a way to keep warm on a brisk day...Now check us out! Who wears it best? Lindsay Lohan, Hillary Duff or Jennifer Aniston? Jenny gets my vote!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Never out of style

This season, I’m living by Kenneth Jay Lane’s philosophy “Elegance, good taste and luxury never go out of style” and he should know. Kenneth, once a shoe designer for Christian Dior created flashy baubles in his free time that were such an instant success, retail giant Saks Fifth Avenue sold out of its entire 1st shipment in just one day! Now that’s what I call being in “high demand”. This Faux Amethyst Cocktail Ring ($165 @ http://www.neimanmarcus.com/) is at the top of my Holiday wish list...hint hint!

Kenneth's designs are so unique that they’ve gained admiration from many of fashion’s greatest icons. Namely, Jackie O, Audrey Hepburn and even the Duchess of Windsor who some say is buried in the jewelled belt he created for her. Is that not the ultimate honor?

Now, following in those footsteps and dripping in Kenneth Jay Lane’s sparkling designs are Mary Kate Olsen, Brittany Spears, Alicia Keys, Rihana and tons of additional A-list celebs. Join the in-club! Own a Kenneth Jay Lane piece today! Shop http://www.vivre.com/ , http://www.neimanmarcus.com/ and http://www.bluefly.com/ .

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Sales! Sales! Sales!

Here’s my 3-step, “how to” guide on keeping the designer exuberance for much less than the usual high ticket while you’re out shopping this holiday season.

1. Seek out the sales! Including sample sales for those with the ability to spend a little more.
2. Don’t impulse buy…do your research on line and in stores before you make your purchase, especially if you already know the exact item you want for that special someone.
3. Have a positive attitude and remember that Christmas is more about the act of giving than the price tag your gift holds. Think unique, not costly and adding a little extra love will make your gift priceless.

Two of my many favorite gift ideas that will keep you warm this winter are by Juicy Couture. Knit gloves (above) with a medallion chain accent OR for the kid in you…pom pom mittens! (right) Both priced for under $40
ON SALE at Saksfifthavenue.com.

Happy Holidays!