What I love about fall…

12 Oct

Just a few things I love about fall…
1. Nina Ricci fall 2012 zipper boots

Nina Ricci Fall 2012 boots

2. The peplum trend


3. Girly peacoats!


4. Brown riding boots and hunter green pants


5. Leather jackets and layers

6. An animal print infinity scarf



Get some booties…

10 Oct

Fall = boots. This fall = booties, the little sisters your boot collection always deserved. Choose daring shades or reliable neutrals. Embellishment options are endless: studs, spikes, buckles, laces or a spot fur.

Booties hug your ankles and accentuate your legs. Show them off with short skirts, ankle pants or flashy leggings.

I just purchased this amazing pair by Christian Siriano for Payless. (They’re even lined with leopard print!)


There’s also affordable finds at DSW and JCPenney. See below for more options and get shopping!

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Lessons in leggings

24 Sep


As some of you know, leggings are a favorite fall staple for me – especially on weekends. You can dress them up, dress them down and who doesn’t love a comfy outfit choice?

Although a simple piece, leggings can borderline tacky if worn the wrong way. Here are some of my basic rules…

1. Length is key – The length of your leggings is key, but so is the length of your shirt. Let’s start with the bottoms.

  • Ankle: This is a classy and safe choice for most! Great for dressing up and wearing with heels, especially if you’re shorter. Heels will make your legs appear longer. Ankle length is the best choice for tall women because they accentuate long legs perfectly.
  • Calf: Also a good choice, but probably best for casual outings. Try the calf look with an oversized t-shirt and cute Keds. Avoid wearing dresses. If the hem of your dress almost meets the length of your leggings, what’s the point? They’re just an unnecessary add-on.
  • Knee: This is the tricky one for me. Knee length feels a bit junior, and maybe that’s where it should stay. Perfect for pre-teen and teen closets. This also works for dancers and athletes. Tread carefully.
  • Tops: Longer is better, always. Make sure your top covers your butt (and please no camel toe!) Petite women can get away with short tops, but if you’re in doubt, long is strong.



2. Footwear faves – Shoes are dependent on the rest of your outfit. Sleek black leather leggings and a mustard blazer call for heels. While a bright pink pair and a black tee scream leopard-print flats. You can even get away with sandals and sneakers. Pick strappy flats, Keds or Converse vs. flip flops, athletic sneakers or Crocs.



3. Patterns and prints – Bold and flashy prints are all the rage this fall. Floral, eclectic, polka dots and stripes. Go for them all! Be sure to buy dependable brands. Again, I’d recommend ankle length for flashy prints and keep the top half of your outfit simple! Solid colors, subtle details and quiet accessories.



4. Please avoid – Cheap brands (anything that comes in plastic packaging), plus any pair that look like fake jeans (including fake pockets and all). Don’t do it. Period.

Happy fall, fashionistas!

Five minutes with Tim Gunn

11 Sep

Yesterday was the highlight in my fashion-lovin’ life…I. met. Tim. Gunn.

Need I say more? Well, yes…where to begin? As my friend Amanda and I made the journey to Ridgewood, NJ for the book signing, all day I agonized over what I should say. What can I ask? I did not want to waste the 5 or less minutes I may get with Mr. Gunn! Of course, after a little retail therapy I was able to clear my head. Looking back on the day now, I had nothing to worry about.

Tim on TV is Tim in real life, if not more. He could not be more kind, attentive and fabulous. You can hear the passion in his voice when speaking about his new book, Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible. His inspiration? Boredom. Frustrated with the lack of historical fashion books that weren’t a snooze-fest, Tim set out to write Fashion Bible. Stressing that this book does not follow the evolution of fashion chronologically, instead Tim explained, each chapter tackles a different piece of clothing– how it began, evolved and what it means to us fashionistas now.

Afterward, Tim took questions from the audience, ranging from what was his favorite season of Project Runway (season 1) to how is fashion playing a role in the presidential election, to which Tim credited Michele Obama as a fashion icon for not being a political “dress up doll”. Instead she dresses like a “real” woman that so many of us can relate to.

As we patiently waited for our turn to meet Tim, I noticed how thoughtful and warm he was to each and every person. Taking the time to really listen to their questions, take pictures and give advice. Which is exactly how he treated me and Amanda. After asking for advice on getting into fashion marketing and chatting up my blog (thanks Amanda!), Tim made sure to compliment our color choices and outfits (yay!). Finally, Amanda asked if he went to any NYFW shows that day. His reply, “Oh God no!”. As we laughed, he explained how much better it is to watch the shows online. And for someone who doesn’t have the means to get to Fashion Week (right now), I really appreciated that. I didn’t feel so left out. He spoke to us like we had known him for years, and I wish we could have talked for hours.

So if I had to describe my day in one word, FABULOUS! Tim gave me more confidence and “chutz·pa” to pursure my fashion dreams, so if you’re reading this Tim…thank you!

Fashion blogs workin’ together

12 Jul

I’m so excited to be bloggin’ for the fabulous DAMES Mag. Debut issue doesn’t drop until this Fall, but we’re already generating buzz in the fashion and reality TV world! Check us out damesmagazine.com and follow us on Twitter, D.A.M.E.S. Magazine.

PS– Check out my first blog post on graphic tees. Yes, my love of graphic tees is evident!!

GO GO Graphic Tees!


Photo compliments of whowhatwear.com



Florals and skirts

8 May
Florals and skirts

Floral print skirt
$40 – delias.com

Stiletto heel shoes
€5,95 – tally-weijl.com

String jewelry
$68 – anthropologie.com

$15 – patinastores.com

green with envy.

20 Mar

I’ve always had an appreciation for the color green…and I guess today, I can say it’s my favorite color. My career outfits haven’t been anything special these days. Budget crunching (and lent) have kept me from adding to my spring wardrobe. So, I’ve had to reinvent the wheel and go shopping in my own closet every day! But that’s OK. Keeps my mind fresh and agile…full of unique fashion ideas. Because let’s be honest, how many 20-something girls have the money to splurge on Michael Kors and Loubous? If you can, I’m green with envy 😉

OK, back on track. Today, I threw on a green circle-patterned blouse, black capris and some old faithfuls, my kelly green pumps. Nothing I was very proud of, but hey, I was comfy and felt stylish enough. Well, little did I know how much attention my green beauties would bring! Compliments, compliments galore! Even from a few men. I should have known green shoes would make my day. Isn’t that what fashion is all about? Feeling good in what you have on, no matter where it came from?

Spring fever is in full swing, and I’m loving me some kelly green. So if there is nothing else you add to your wardrobe this season, make sure you’ve got color. If green is your thing, then yay! If not, try coral, yellow or royal blue! Be bright, be happy. Try to mix and match shades for unique color-blocking effects. Compliments will surely come your way.

Go Green, ladies.

Some inspiration for thought…

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It all started with a pair of pants…

29 Feb

Spring is so close; I can feel it! (and that’s not because I’m flying to FL next week)! I’m so excited to start wearing bright colors, my fave skirts and this spring’s hottest trend…floral. I can never have enough flowers in my wardrobe (graphic tees, headbands, rings and brooches). And floral prints will fit just perfectly.

As I browsed through this month’s fashion magazines, one pair of pants kept popping up on me. An awesome pair of trousers from H&M. And the best part, they are less than $15! Perfect for any fashionista on a budget, like me! And although I’m challenging myself to give up shopping for Lent, these pants will definitely be on the list after April 8. You can buy them here: http://www.hm.com/us/product/97495?article=97495-H

But in the meantime, I took to Polyvore to keep my trendsetting juices flowing…outfit ideas for work, play and date night!

floral for date night

floral for play

floral for work

Fall 2012 trend watch…

23 Feb

Five more trends I spotted from NYFW, keep these in your back pocket for Fall 2012 ladies!

1. Leather















2. Maroon

Christian Siriano













3. Mustard pants

Diane von Furstenberg
















4. Maxi

Jenny Packham
















5. Layering

Rebecca Taylor

First five in a flash: NYFW

13 Feb

hi fashion lovers!

Are you staying up to date on NYFW? If not, Compliment Closet has a 5-minute trend report of the first 5 days…more to come later this week!

1. Jewel tones

Rebecca Minkoff














2. Color blocking

BCBG Max Azria













3. Ladylike silhouettes

Lela Rose













4. Sheer

Monique Lhuillier













5. Florals

Nicole Miller