Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Adding layers makes sundresses autumn appropriate

You love your summer dresses and aren’t ready to put them away until next spring. Don’t worry. Here are a few easy tips from Sheffield MacIntyre, owner of, a vintage & designer clothing & accessories website that supplies unique items to celebrities, magazines, movies, and couture fashion houses, to transition those dresses into autumnal attire. The key is adding layers. You can incorporate any one of these tip, or all of them at once. Bonus: You can probably even do it with things you already have in your closet.

Wrap a scarf around your neck
Not only is it trendy, it is also functional. Covering up your neck creates the illusion of heavier clothing (even though you may not be adding that much), and reminds people of colder weather. While it is still warm add a thin silk scarf. As the weather changes, you can wear heavier ones. Wrap it around, and around, close to your neck. (Don’t wear it loosely draped tied in a knot like a flight attendant) This is also a great way to add some color to your outfit, or a create an interesting look with a contrasting pattern.

Add a blazer or jacket
A blazer in earth tones like brown, olive green, & mustard yellow, or heavier fabrics like corduroy and velvet, will easily make your dress fall appropriate, (and it will keep the chill away as the days get cooler). If your dress is loose and flowing like a tunic dress or a smock dress, add a structured jacket like a menswear-y blazer with stretch fabric so you don’t loose your shape. If you dress is more fitted, try a boxy or a trapeze jacket.

Wear a long sleeve blouse underneath

There are so many options here depending on the dress. It is a very current look since jumpers are so strong this season. If you are wearing a more structured dress, a silk blouse with long full sleeves and a tie neck, or ruffle is a way to give it the feminine touch. A button down, or oxford style shirt will make it more serious and sophisticated. Sometimes a contrasting neckline can be very interesting. If your dress has a scoop, or square neckline, add a shirt that has a ballerina neckline. Make sure the sleeves of your blouse are longer than those of your dress. If your dress is tank style, you can wear any length sleeves you want. Mutton, or big puffy sleeves are a fun way to modernize a tank style dress. A cashmere sweater also works to make it more cold weather appropriate.

Swap your sandals for boots or booties

Boots instantly make a dress more rugged and thus, autumnal. Wear them with out tights until the weather gets cold, allowing some skin to show between the top of the boot and the hem of your dress. 80s style booties are also a trendy choice, but are a bit funkier and more challenging to wear. For a more classic look go for equestrian style boots. They work with just about anything.

Just in case you do have to buy something new to winterize that sundress, has lots to offer at an affordable price.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Five Faves For Fall

1. Snake Skin

Snake skin is emerging everywhere, on all kinds of fashion pieces, and in natural and bold colors. Exotic and luxurious, it will boost your confidence as soon as you put it on.

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2. Brocade

Bright, whimsical and fun, brocade pieces are helping to lighten the mood for spring, adding sparkle and excitement to any outfit. Not so sure about brocade? Try adding a jacket over a simple shift dress. Feeling bold, go head to toe in different brocades as seen on the Dolce & Gabbana runway.

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3. Statement earrings

Whether they are the1950s style large round buttons, or bold dangling earrings, statement earrings are an easy and affordable way to update your look.
dable way to update your look.

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4. Ruffles

We all need a little whimsy in our outfits to brighten our mood. Ruffles are an easy way to add energy and movement to your look. And they are popping up everywhere, on busts, the hems, and sleeves. Strategically placed ruffles can help enhance your shape. Ruffles on the hem help balance wide hips, and ruffles on the bust help enhance a small chest.

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5. One shoulder dresses & tops

As the awards season comes to a close, the prevalent trend was one shoulder dresses. This is spilling over into tops as well. Flatting on just about everyone, and very easy to wear, it is sexy yet practical.

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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Best Bang for your Buck? A Belt

Add a brightly colored belt to any mono chromatic outfit for some whimsy and energy!

For the office wear it over your jacket, or with a tucked in oxford and a pencil skirt.

After hours, wear it with a slinky jersey dress, or jeans!

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A Scarf- The most versatile accessory!

A scarf is a very affordable way to update your look because it is so versatile and can be worn in so many different ways.
  • Wear it around your neck.
  • Wear it as a belt.
  • Tie it on your handbag.
  • Make a headband for your hair.
The possibilities are endless. Click here to shop for scarves at now!

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Summer = Festive Dresses

Summer is here! That means weddings, baby showers, engagement parties and many other festive occasions. Shop early to prevent the desperate quest for the perfect dress only to end up with a mediocre dress that is beyond your budget.

Chiffon Floral Dresses are appropriate for any spring occasion (and all the dresses pictured below are $100 or less!) Long ones are romantic and feminine, perfect for a wedding.

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These preppy print dresses are perfect for a baby shower

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A sexy little black dress is perfect for a cocktail engagement party

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Remember, the best way to get a great outfit that is with in your budget is to shop early. Racing around at the last minute will only force you to choose something that is less than perfect because you are out of time and options. It will probably end up costing you more than you wanted to spend, for those same reasons. receives Best of Coral Gables Award

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New Trends Inspired by Vintage Pieces

Ever wonder how designers come up with the next great idea, or the newest trend? Where do they get their inspiration? From the past of course.

Designers shop vintage stores like to gather ideas of elements and styles they want to use in their next collection. They then mix and match all the different elements to create their own unique look. They may take the neckline of one dress, the skirt of another, the details of yet a third, and combine them all together.

Todays trends are usually a mix of many different eras, but sometimes a vintage piece is so fabulous, the designer simply recreates it. Check out how similar these current pieces are to their vintage counterparts.

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5 great pieces you must own

It's not very often that you see something in a magazine that isn't trend driven, trying to get your to jump on the band wagon and go buy something that you will only wear for the next few months, and then curse yourself for even buying it, let along wearing it out in public! That being said, I thought this article in Lucky Magazine was actually right on, listing 5 wardrobe staples every woman must have. (The only thing I would have added to the list is a great pair of jeans.)

"If there is any doubt where your wardrobe dollars are best spent, here are some surefire investments- pieces you can count on using for the next five years. "

1. Metallic evening sandals: "There's no need to show a lot of skin to be sexy. Strappy metallic evening shoes do it for you. Wear this with everything from jeans and a sequin top to a little black dress."

2. Sexy Suit: "For a look that's pure power-chic, add a classic black or navy suit to your ensemble. You'll look confident and professional during that job interview, presentation or power lunch." Suits work great as separates too. Wear the jacket over your sequin top and jeans, or the pencil skirt with the sequin top for cocktails.

3. Fancy Earrings: "Fancy chandelier earrings add a touch of glamor to almost any outfit. We like the sophisticated sparkle that can be achieved with the long romantic cluster"

4. Black Leather Bag: "Just big enough for your wallet, keys, and lipstick, a small black leather bag is a must for your wardrobe because it goes with practically everything." Since it is not to big, it easily transitions from day to night.

5. Sequin top: Glittery sequins make every day feel like a special occasion. There's no easier way to add drama to your outfit that with a hot sequin top. Pair it with skinny pants and a sleek blazer or your favorite jeans to add a splash of all-out glitz."

So there you have it, the five great pieces you must own, and they don't even need to be expensive. The fit and the style are more important than the price tag. Be sure they flatter your body, and fit you at your current weight. We aren't going for trends here (none of us can afford that in this economy), we are going for stylish, modern, and chic.

You can buy all five of these pieces and update your entire wardrobe for under $250 from

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A budget friendly way to update your look? Statement accessories!

With budgets being tight this summer, everyone wants to know what is an easy way to update your look with out spending a lot?

The answer: Buy one thing, and make a statement. This seasons must have is a bold accessory. That means all you need is one bright bag, one pair of amazing shoes, or one fabulous necklace. Then just mix with everything you already have in your closet. The result will be current and modern.

Expert tip: Don't worry about matching. The point of a bold accessory is that it stands out.

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How to pick the most flattering 80s cocktail dresses for your body

80s cocktail dresses are sexy and sassy, and depending on which style you chose, this trend can flatter almost any body type.

Small chest: Choose a sweetheart neckline if you have a small chest. This will show some cleavage. The ruching at the bust also helps make your chest looker fuller than it really is.

Wide hips: Choose a dress with a puffy skirt, or a peplum to disguise your wide hips. A dramatic necklace with a strapless neckline with also draw the eye upwards away from your hips.

Boyish figure: a drop waist dress with instantly give you curves. Strategically places ruffles, bows and ruching also add curves. Try a dress with a large bow at the hip. or with a ruched bust.

Narrow shoulders or bottom heavy: Choose a dress with large shoulder embellishments, and a narrower skirt. This will balance out your lower half, and make your shoulders appear larger, making your waist appear smaller.

Top heavy: wear a dress with the details on the bottom half to draw the eye down. A full skirt will make you look more proportionate. Shorten the length to draw attention to your great legs.
Short torso: A drop waist dress will lengthen your body

Petite: not a problem with 80s dresses since many of them are already so short. A tulip skirt or puffy full skirt is generally very short. Wear with nude platforms for a modern look that makes your legs look longer, and you look taller.

So no matter what your shape, this is one trend you can be a part of. Easy to wear, and in fun bright colors, these 80s cocktail dresses are sure to add some sass to your night.

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Laundry Tip: Removing Perspiration Stains

In the heat of the summer, we all worry about ruining our favorite white shirt. Here is an easy tip on how to keep your light colored tops looking fresh.

Dissolve a few tablets of aspirin (white, non coated) in a cup of hot water. Pour over the stain, or if the fabric allows, add cool water and soak the garment. When it looks like the stain has been removed, rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.

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