Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Legend Among the Locals

By StyleMayvin Staff Writer: Shelby Christie

Up and coming, Charlotte-based, designer Seantez is the master-mind behind a funky new clothing line! Materialistic Morphine Apparel is a brand that promotes the diversities and contrasts of life. Their newly released collection is appropriately named “Life Addiction” and does a superb job of executing a collection of clothing with street flair with a plush undertone. This is what the designer had to say about the inspiration for his brand, “The theme of Materialistic Morphine comes from my many materialistic ways and all of the things that I cannot live without.
Materialistic Morphine will be making an appearance TODAY at UNCC’s Nusic Fest November 30th to showcase their recent collection. If you are interested in checking them out more info on the event can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=349665875754#!/event.php?eid=131267106926442. But don’t worry Fashionistas! If you can’t make it out to Nusic fest you can head on over to www.materialisticmorphine.com to shop, view their blog, and more!

The line currently has their debut “Materialistic Junkie” tee available for purchase on the site. It comes with a complimentary logo pin and FREE shipping upon purchase! You should also stay on the lookout for their NEW winter collection next month. Seantez recently announced that “the winter collection will be arriving no later than December 27th”…But for those of you who are wondering about the spring/summer collection, keep up with the MAPH staff and their daily endeavors on twitter @MAPH_Apparel. This way you will stay posted on upcoming events, collections, and showcases!

Support this local designer and get your dose of Materialistic Morphine! I got mine!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Holiday Dressing!

If you're still in search of the perfect outfit that will make you the talk of the evening at your Holiday office party or just to hang out with friends this joyous season, boy have I got some of ideas for you! Check me out on FOX News Rising.

Holiday Fashion Survival Kit

Written by StyleMayvin Staff Writer: Shleby Christie

I have 3 simple ways to avoid any type of wardrobe crisis during your holiday festivities. I know planning and coordinating can sometimes leave your holiday outfit at the bottom of your to-do list…But with these easy steps you will have a no-fuss, festive look for your holiday gatherings.

Tip one is to consider a cardigan and it put it together with simple pieces. If you have a tailored pair of pants or even a sleek pair of jeans they should serve as your foundation, alongside a basic cotton tee. These items are simple, which allow you to be very bold in the cardigan you choose to accompany the look. When looking for a cardigan keep your eye open for color and slight detail. Try a simple solid color cardigan with ruffle detailing. For a more festive feel try a cranberry (great alternative to the usual red) colored cardigan. For the ultimate glam cardigan go for the sequined cardigan. It is bold and will not clash with basic pieces like jeans and a tee. There is a great one to consider by Forever21. It is a silver, sequined, number. Find it at Forever21.com.

Tip two is to add a bold accessory. I recommend you stick with a necklace. It will be less fuss than a ring or bracelet. It will not be in the way while you are preparing food, greeting guests, ECT. Choose a chunky embellished piece. The size and bulk of the necklace will make the centerpiece of a more refined look, while the embellishments add some holiday glitz. When you wear such an assertive accessory you will need to be subtle with the rest of your look. Less is more! I found the perfect holiday accessory by Ann Taylor. It is a gold chain necklace that has pearls in varied sizes and rhinestones on it. It also has gold fringe on it to give you a little bit of edge. Check it out at AnneTaylor.com.

The final tip is to ALWAYS go to a good 'ol boot cut jean! In any situation that may arise during the holidays, that may prevent you from reaching your full fashion potential, a pair of boot cut jeans will save the day. A dark wash is the best for all shapes and looks less casual than lighter washes. The cut of the jeans will give you a shape without fitting to snug. My favorite pair is by Martin. They are a dark wash, stretch denim. You can get them at MartinClothes.com. These jeans are great to pair with a dressy top or sweater for an effortless holiday look. Why not add on Tips one and two to have a fab, festive get-up!?

American Music Awards 2010

The red carpet for the AMA's didn't really inspire me too much this year BUT there were a few stand out folks...Here's my favorite looks.

Rihanna gorgeous in this red hot Elie Saab long sleeve, lace gown. This look totally worked for her...including the hair. Work RiRi!

Next...Of course, I would choose my all time favorite silhouette. Jessica Alba looks fabulous working this LBD! This dress is the perfect length, the chosen shoes and accessories...also perfect and her hair...Perfect once again! Cudos to Jessica's stylist...batting 3 for 3!

And last but certainly not least is another style icon who almost always seems to make my top red carpet looks list for every award show...the always graceful, Heidi Klum. And,..as usual, she certainly didn't disappoint me. This black floor length embroidered gown with velvet belt trimmed in red is THE BIZNESS!

I'm thinking I really should make a cameo appearance next year. Hmmm...

Thursday, November 18, 2010

I'm a sucker for an elegantly draped neckline and this top by Emilio Pucci is, as my Assistant would say, "Everything"!

Typically prints are the signature and most well known looks derived from the Pucci collection but the fashion house maintains a top spot on my list of creative, trendy yet classic designs. Showing off one of my favorite trends this season, FEATHERS, this top is not the exception, it's the RULE! Paired with almost anything at all, this Emilio Pucci, simply named "Knit Top with Feathers" will upgrade your total look becoming a key piece in your wardrobe. Available at NeimanMarcus.com for $965.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Show Me Your Fingers

Gloves are an awesome accessory to any Fall/Winter ensemble. I purchased a pair of fingerless gloves a few years ago and they are still one of my favorites however, these are simply VERA...

Does it get any better than this? The bridal and ready-to-wear designer, Vera Wang has created a little something we can all own to look fabulous when it's a little brisk out and with 5 colors to choose from at such an affordable price ($26), it's the PERFECT Holiday gift!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Lovin Levi's

Recently, I fell in love ONCE AGAIN with Levi's Jeans!

I had a pair as a teenager...actually a few pair. I know you had a pair so I'm sure you'll feel like I do about the new custom fit Levi's for women. They've got every shape covered because as they say "All A$$e$ were not created equal." Check it out...everything from jeans for the Slightly Curvy body, a Demi Curve and Bold Curves.
Some ladies have such a hard time trying to figure out what fit in denim is best for them. In the past, I did a segment on FOX News Rising to give you a few tips but if you missed it, here's a quick recap of the most important points.
-Don't be afraid to have your jeans altered. Jeans and trousers can give you your most flattering look when tailored.
-If you find a pair that fits you perfectly...buy 2 or maybe even 3 if different washes are available. Don't fight a good thing!
-Low-rise is NOT for everyone! The most flattering shape is actually a medium rise.
-When in doubt, choose a darker wash. Dark denim will always make your thighs appear smaller. I don't know a woman on Earth who wouldn't want that look!
If you're still unsure...just take the Levi's Quiz. I'm telling you, they have thought of everything so there's no excuse to subject your sexy curves, whether big or small, to anymore ill fitting jeans!
So now...in the words of my friends at Levi..."FINALLY, JEANS FOR US. GO FORTH"!

Wrapping Up For The Holidays

By StyleMayvin Staff Writer: Shelby Christie

Most of us are familiar with holiday themed scarves…We have all spotted them on those unsuspecting fashion victims. The fire-truck red scarf hangs limp around their necks, adorned with knitted snowmen and ornaments. In worst cases the scarf is trimmed in some kind of faux fur that resembles “snow”. STEER CLEAR of those sorts of holiday scarves!

I have just the thing to replace them! Printed scarves offer you color and elegance. They are also a great option to have on hand to fend off the frost…Not to mention they are great for dressing up an outfit for holiday gatherings.

A print scarf will offer you a regal look. They usually have some type of gold stitching incorporated in them and this is what gives it a nice, soft sheen. Without making it appear glossy or shiny, the metallic stitching adds some depth and contrast. I would recommend you consider a combination of neutrals when searching for a printed scarf for yourself. This will allow you versatility. You will be able to pair a neutral with almost anything in your closet…for any occasion you may need it for. Neutral tones also have the benefit of not clashing with the metallic embroideries. I discovered a great option at Forever21.com, for a steal! This teal paisley scarf is just $7.80. This is great, inexpensive, way for you to dress up your holiday gathering get-ups!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Tis the Season

It's at this time of year that we begin to think even more than we usually do about those less fortunate than us. Some people are able to volunteer their time and talents to benefit charitable organizations and others may not know exactly what they can do to help someone else so I would like to give you a great idea! If you love to shop as much as I do, why not help out another woman who's in need of a fabulous career look?

Famed Jewelry designer Kendra Scott has designed a "Hope Pendant" in 14k gold (stones available in various colors) in support of Dress For Success and for each necklace purchased ($80), one will be given to a woman in the Dress For Success program. AND...from Oct 22 to Nov 22nd enter "HOPE20" at checkout on http://www.kendrascott.com/ fora 20% discount. Ladies, this is a wonderful good deed you can do to make one of our "sisters" feel great and look even better while on the not so easy job search. A touch of class and elegance always boots your confidence level right?
Dress For Success:
The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Founded in New York City in 1997, Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization offering services designed to help our clients find jobs and remain employed. Each Dress for Success client receives one suit when she has a job interview and can return for a second suit or separates when she finds work.

Since 1997, Dress for Success has served more than 550,000 women around the world. Each year we reach more than 50,000 women in the United States, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, the Netherlands, Mexico, Poland and the West Indies. All Dress for Success organizations are not-for-profit entities, with Dress for Success Worldwide and its U.S. affiliates having 501(c)(3) charitable status and those outside the U.S. operating as registered charities. Clothing donations and financial contributions made to Dress for Success affiliates within the U.S. are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Dress for Success relies on the financial contributions, in-kind donations and volunteer efforts of individuals and companies around the world who are committed to helping women take charge of their lives. Visit the Dress for Success website to learn how you can get involved with Dress for Success.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Gossip You Can Afford

Do you love the style and fashions you see on the TV show Gossip Girl? Do you know who Eric Daman is? Well, if you answered "yes" to both of those questions, you're ahead of the game! If you answered "no"...let me get you In the KNOW...

Eric Daman, the costume designer for Gossip Girl has teamed up with Charlotte Russe to create a trendy line of party dresses for a VERY affordable price. Charlotte Russe has a ton of locations in various Shopping Malls throughout the U.S. but if there isn't one near you, simply go to the Charlotte Russe website! Don't you just LOVE the web?

Here's a couple of my favorite looks! The Sequined and Taffeta One Shoulder Dress has a sleek design and of course my favorite one-shoulder look. Add a little sparkle with sequins and off you go looking Fabulous for the great price of $49.50. Can you believe it?
Who doesn't love a little black dress with a few special details? This Fitted Black Dress is v-neck but has a very interesting style . The 3/4 sleeve and puff shoulders creates a look that is so on trend! Wanna be the IT girl and give everyone something to Gossip about? Get this dress for only $39.50 and show off a little...or a lot-a leg!

The Blues

By StyleMayvin Staff Writer: Shelby Christie

This season is filled with a sultry hue that seduces and tempts the most willful fashionistas. Blues are the best kept secret this year. Many of us might have been told a few tall tales about the color…Well it is NOT just a lighter shade of black; It has a purpose of its own! From powder to electric, you can’t go wrong when you’ve got the blues! But for now let’s focus on the softer side of blue…navy.

A favorite blue hue of mine is navy because it is a great alternative to the color black. It adds a touch of sophistication with a splash of subtle tint. If you are going to give Navy blue a try, I would recommend wearing it as key piece…like a blazer, a coat, or well tailored slack. A great jacket I would suggest to you is carried by Ann Taylor. It is a dark navy, wool, striped jacket. It’s marked down on www.anntaylor.com for $119.00. This blazer is really well constructed. You can pair it with jeans for a casual look or dress it up with a nice skirt.

The color navy is great option to consider wearing for the holidays. Red clothing tends to hibernate in our closets until the holiday season. You will get much more use out of a piece in this shade of blue, it can be worn in any season without looking out of place…like red often can. A great option I found for the holidays is a Donna Morgan dress, priced at $158.00. It is a navy, jersey-knit dress. I love the embellishments it has...It gives it a festive spunk, without over-killing the bedazzle element. You can check it out at www.Nordstrom.com .

Every now and again every lady gets the blues!