I live in sundresses during the summer and I wear them to the point that I never want to see them again come the following year. For this reason, 99% of my summer day dresses cost less than $100, with many as low as $30. I find most of my favorites from Zara, H&M, and Forever 21. I get such great pleasure from taking an inexpensive dress, like this beautiful one from H&M, and accessorizing it in all sorts of ways. My good friend, Shani, and I discovered this particular dress on one of our shopping excursions and both bought it in different colors. We have been having the best time sending each other mirror selfies of the different ways we style it. Isn't it a blast to see how two people can conceptualize completely unique ways to wear the same dress? Do you and your friends do the same thing?
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Unlike most New Yorkers, I actually enjoy Manhattan in the summer. It's quieter, there's less traffic, and the warm city evenings feel romantic and sexy. I don't mind a Sunday afternoon at the beach, but I prefer to see the sunset over the city skyline. A loose white dress like this one from MLM is perfect for cocktails al fresco on a humid, sticky night. I love how off-the-shoulder designs leave room for lots of glamorous jewelry. I have rekindled my 90s obsession with chokers and I love the way this gold one looks with giant earrings. Wishing everyone a hot and sexy summer whether it's here, at the beach, or on a yacht in Capri. Xoxo
Dress: MLM, Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell, Earrings: NastyGal, Choker: NastyGal (similar), Initial Necklaces: (212) 956-2800 for inquiries), Rings: Erickson Beamon (ExcessoriesExpert@gmail.com to order), Clutch: Vintage (similar)
I never really got into the whole music festival scene and now that I have kids, that ship has really sailed. In any case, I love to dream up tribal-inspired outfits that I would wear to Coachella... and then I wear them to D'agostino to buy apple juice boxes.
I nearly passed out the first time I saw this neon, hand-embroidered shearling Pia Pauro vest. Can you say excessive? After repeatedly ogling it at my office at Showroom Seven, I finally had to make it mine. You may or may not remember my recent post on the embroidered vest as a seasonal must-have. A statement vest is a great way to amp up a casual, everyday look, like this denim-on-denim ensemble. Vests are also great to layer under or over coats for those extra cold winter days.
I accessorized with a hand-painted vintage leather purse that I found at a swap meet in Chelsea my junior year of college. The purse really brings out the tribal vibe of the vest. While I love "theme" dressing, mixing vintage pieces with modern ones is a good way to keep a look fresh. As if the vest weren't bright enough, I added a neon Erickson Beamon necklace...a dash of J. Lo in the Joni Mitchell, you know?
As I was shooting these photos, a woman asked if I chose the location because of the architecture. I told her yes and she asked if I knew the history of the building. Turns out the backdrop for this Navajo-inspired post was a building that formerly housed thousands of Native Americans in the early 1900s. Wowsers.
It's the most glamorous time of the year. New Years Eve is not the time to pull back on the razzle-dazzle. Bring it all: red lip, smoky eye, fabulous jewels, sparkling frock, fur coat, and statement clutch. This year's vibe is "disco glam" (think Halston), which I have channeled with a lamé faux-wrap dress, shoulder-dusting earrings, an oversized leopard fur coat, and a fab fringed clutch.
Lamé is a great, lightweight alternative to sequins. Because, let's face it, if you're dancing the way you should be, you're gonna be schvitzing up a storm! A pop of color like my bright red lip and clutch can really take an evening look to the next level. There is something so sexy about the way a fringed bag moves with the wind and the movement of your body. I want to dance with this Hammitt clutch under a disco ball. It comes with a cross-body strap as well, so I will be wearing it to New Years Day brunch with jeans and a flannel and some HUGE sunglasses to hide my hangover.
Cheers to an excessorized 2015!
Coat: ASOS, Dress: Nasty Gal, Clutch: Hammitt (Call Stanley Eisenman Shoes to order (817) 377-9399. Free shipping on everything when you mention Excessories Expert!), Earrings: Erickson Beamon Rocks, Bracelet: Erickson Beamon, Bootie: Paper Fox
When I think of the ultimate glam party girl, I think of Edie Sedgwick and her iconic, shoulder-dusting earrings. New Years Eve 2015 demands a retro-glam "Edie Earring" moment. Pair with a black sequined mini-dress or a sexy halter jumpsuit, a dark smoky eye, and some serious lashes. Keep the rest of the accessories to a minimum. Shop my fave earrings a la Edie below.