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How To Wear A LRD (Little Red Dress)

How To Wear A Little Red Dress

Candice Swanepoel by Mariano Vivanco, Vogue Mexico //Alexander McQueen red cut out dress

DEAR ANDI,

I’ve been looking for a great red dress for a while and it’s surprisingly hard to find. I’d prefer something v-neck and a shift style and works for a girl that has a real girl booty. Have you come across anything good like this lately?

-Annika, NY

Dear Annika,

Yes, in fact the LRD is just as popular and versatile as the classic LBD right now. The great thing about the little red dress is that it never goes out of style, you can dress it up or down and it’s flattering on everyone. The perfect LRD is out there for sure and it’s easier to find/wear than you think. See below for my top picks for you and be sure to follow my styling tips when you wear it.

If you’re going to wear a red dress, you may want to follow these STYLIST TIPS:

→Look for a dress that’s either lined or not too clingy to avoid seeing any unsightly lines or bumps. If not, wear either a half or full slip to smooth everything out.

→Pair your dress with neutral accessories like black, grey, silver, gold, nude, or even another shade of red and let the dress do the work with drawing in the eye. Accessories should compliment the dress and not distract from it, otherwise with such a bold color, it could be overwhelming.

→For a polished look, add a neutral blazer and for a more casual look or to take it into evening, add a fitted leather jacket.

→Look for a longer hem that hits either just above or below the knee for a more professional look.


My Perfect Summer Travel Outfit + My Favorite EASY Summer Recipe

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As we’re gearing up for summer, I’ve been trying to dish my packing advice for your summer activities as you saw here and here. It was time to take my own advice this past weekend when I took a trip to the Poconos at a lake house with a group of friends.

It was actually pretty chilly there in the mountains, so I had to pack wisely for the sun, heat, and cold in the evenings. I don’t want to brag, but I think I may have found the perfect summer travel outfit:

This top and short combo can look great from day to night and even double as a cover-up over my swimsuit.

This hat makes me feel like a movie-star traveling to somewhere fabulous like St. Tropez but it’s flexible so it travels well and gets right back into shape. Plus it blocks out nearly all of the sun off of my face (no wrinkles for me!).

This beach tote is perfect for carrying all of my summer essentials as you saw, but I can take it to shop for groceries for all of the cooking I did for everyone, including an EASY summer side dish that was a surprisingly major hit this weekend. Jump to the bottom for the recipe.

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ABOVE | J.Crew top // Splendid shorts (similar online) // Dolce Vita sandals // Helen Kaminski hat (c/o) // Jonathan Adler tote (c/o) // Maison Antonym ring (c/o) // Rebecca Minkoff necklace (c/o) // etc… watchband bracelet //  Stella & Dot bracelet // Hathamade wrap bracelet (c/o)

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WATERMELON SALAD

-1 watermelon

-1 block of fresh feta

-a few sprigs of mint

-balsamic vinegar (to taste)

Cut up the watermelon into small cubes and place into a large bowl. Then cut the feta into cubes and mix into the bowl. Separate the mint leaves from the stems and wash. Then chiffonade the leaves by placing a few leaves on top of each other and roll like a cigar. Cut into strips.) and add to the bowl. Last, drizzle the balsamic over the mixture. Let chill for at least an hour so the vinegar can get absorbed into the mixture. Enjoy and marvel at the compliments you will receive.


Inside Rebecca Minkoff’s Showroom #RMResort

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I love traveling with Rebecca Minkoff. No, I don’t actually hang with the designer (I wish!)  despite how I was misquoted in Racked, but she’s taken us to Mexico this spring and previously to space in the collection prior.

The designer has taken her ever-expanding collection on yet another journey for her resort collection, this time to Ibiza. It’s not exactly the Ibiza you think of when you hear the city name that’s ubiquitous with the party life, but she’s taken it beyond to the local culture with the colors, patterns and textures.

Fans of Minkoff will love how her designs evolved this season. Gone are the signature “Morning After Bags” that put her name on the map. The handbags were quite sophisticated, even taking her popular camera bag and making it more streamlined—though sadly it still doesn’t fit my Canon even with a pancake lens!

Other familiar silhouettes like the backpacks she introduced this past season, were adorned now with tassels and fringes, taking her designs into a more bohemian route than the edgier designs she’s done in the past. Not to fret for those who like a bit of edge, there was still plenty of black, mesh, crackled leather, and even high-top sneakers.

There’s definitely something for everyone’s style as Minkoff’s collections grow, which is why she’s become one of the top brands out there currently.

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LIZ’S WEARING | Rebecca Minkoff tee (c/o, similar online) // vintage skirt and bag // Rag & Bone boots // J.Crew hat // Maison Antonym ring (c/o)

EMILY‘s WEARING | Prada sunglasses // Chanel bag // E.Kammeyer jewelry


How To Pack For A Weekend Getaway With These 10 Essentials

How To Pack For A Summer Weekend Getaway

DEAR ANDI,

I’m traveling a lot this summer and need quick go-to ideas for packing minimally and efficiently. Any ideas??

-Kate, NY

Dear Kate,

I’m in the same boat (no pun intended) and always feel like I need to pack everything…just in case! That’s why I always try to travel with items that play double duty.

1. This one piece swimsuit is not only adorable and totally on trend (yes, one pieces are in!), but it can double as a top if you throw a skirt or shorts over it.

2. A bag you can take from day to night is a must like this clutch.

3. I rarely travel on vacation without a hat because you can block the sun and can give you instantly a good hair day. This classic panama hat is both stylish and affordable.

4. Obviously you will need a weekend bag to carry everything, but it’s always a bonus when it can also be used as a beach tote, carry-on or even for a major shopping trip.

5. Sunglasses are an obvious thing to pack, but a classic aviator style pair of sunglasses  goes with everything and when you have a fun twist like colored lenses, it looks updated.

6. A jumpsuit can be worn from day to night with the change of shoes and a bag, but most importantly, it’s one piece to pack and you don’t have to think about matching it.

7. You’ll probably need to pack a beach towel and this one doubles as a beach blanket and scarf.

8. This hair styling product isn’t a double duty as much as it’s an effortless way to get great summery beach hair!

9. Like it’s grown up relative the jumpsuit, the romper is a great way to pack a day-time outfit without a thought, plus it also works as a beach coverup.

10. Sandals like these can be worn from day to night so it will save quite a bit of room in your bag.


The Best Things In Life Are Free (or At Least Discounted)

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There are a few common misconceptions of being fashion stylist.

Quite often, clients think I have a closet of shoes, handbags, and other fabulous things that I bring to every shoot (false!). I do have a styling closet with basic jewelry/accessories, but most of the time I have to prep for the photoshoot, otherwise all of my shoots would look the same, not to mention, I would go broke!

Another false notion is that I get to keep all of the wardrobe and get lots of free things on shoots. Yes, this is very FALSE. If I’m lucky, I get to keep something that even the client refused to keep, and it ends up in my kit.

I once worked on a popular coffee brand’s ads and didn’t even get free coffee all day, other than the Box O’ Joe that I poured into cups as a prop!

What I do sometimes get, is an insider look at what’s coming out or marked down first…or at best, a discount. That’s huge for me, because I always need to have the latest fashion, but between being a new homeowner and taking a big vacation soon, I need to save.

I worked on a shoot for Lands’ End recently and got to go to the company’s store at their headquarters and scored this easy-breezy summer silk dress that was marked down to only $35 from it’s original price at $220 (it’s not available online, but you can score a similar dress for $20!).

The same thing happened when I scored these sandals from another client of mine, Gilt Groupe, which is another one of my favorite places to shop for major discounts.

Speaking of major discounts, like the jewelry you see here? Stay tuned for a special discount just for my readers!

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Lands End dress (similar for only $20!) // Dolce Vita sandals // Gypsy Nation vintage bag // E. Kammeyer tassel necklace and bracelet (c/o) // Nashelle necklace (c/o) // Maison Antonym silver ring (c/o)

What’s your favorite discount find this season? Share it in a comment below or tweet to me @dear_andi.


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