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Red Carpet Stylist Picks: Emmy’s 2014

While I usually style for retail and advertising clients, this week I’m styling a celeb in evening gowns, which proved to be quite a challenge with nearly every designer gown sample being over in LA for the Emmy’s. I managed to score some gorgeous gowns from both perennial red-carpet designers featured here and talented up-and-comers, but this best dressed list makes me pretty envious of all of the fabulous ones that these TV stars were able to wear—especially this red number by one of my favorite designers, Christian Siriano that Orange Is The New Black star, Uzo Abuda shined in.

I hereby declare that red is the new black, not orange. Perhaps white too. You decide and share your favorite in the comments below.

ABOVE | Uzo Abuda // Christian Siriano


Julia Louis-Dreyfus // Carolina Herrera


Julie Bowen // Peter Som


Amy Poehler // Theia

Christina Hendricks // Marchesa


Heidi Klum // Zac Posen

Laverne Cox // Marc Bouwer

Clare Danes // Givenchy

Kristen Wiig // Vera Wang

Michelle Monaghan // Giambattista Valli Couture


Anna Chlumsky // Zac Posen

Debra Messing // Angel Sanchez


Lizzy Caplan // Donna Karan


Teyonah Parris // Christian Siriano


Louise Roe // Monique Lhullier

Samira Wiley // Christian Siriano


Sarah Hyland // Christian Siriano


Camila Alves // Zuhair Murad


Gwen Stefani // Versace

All photos via Getty Images

Your Shopping Strategy Shopping The Altuzarra x Target Collab (12 Stylist Picks!)


Tired of sifting through big store designer collaborations and finding nothing you want left by the time you actually make it into the store?

I have your strategy for shopping the upcoming Altuzarra x Target collection who’s preview was just released and will be out in stores on September 14th. This one won’t last long in stores thanks to fashionistas in the know and the strong looks created by the CFDA darling designer.

When Joseph Altuzarra teamed up with Target, he set out to keep the feel of his pricey line but still staying true to his brand without literally recycling his designs. Unlike past Target lines, he focused on the cut of the garments, which always helps make clothing look more expensive, but staying with Target prices—nothing over $89.99—something he’s able to accomplish when working with the large quantities that Target produces.

Check out my stylist picks of the nearly 50 piece collection and why you may want to add these 12 items to your shopping list:


1. This sheer bow blouse is a good bet to snatch up before everyone else catches on. I guarantee the dress versions of this will go first, but the blouse version is more versatile because you can wear it with jeans, layered with a sweater over it or even tucked into a skirt. This classic top will have way more legs than a dress (no pun intended).


2. This corset belt is also a good bet because it’s flattering on anyone and can make a cheap dress with no shape look much more upscale. It’s hard to tell how good the leather is from the picture, so that’s why my pick is the black over the black, which is lighter so you can see how the quality of leather is more easily. STYLIST TIP: If you do get the brown version, you may want to make the leather more buttery and weathered by rubbing Vaseline on it and you can add wear with rubbing it with sandpaper.


3. This pick could go either way, depending on how it feels in person, but right now the furry coat was EVERYWHERE on the fall runways and it’s totally on trend—therefore if you want to jump on board, this is an affordable way to make that happen.


4. I predict that these over-the-knee boots may be the first things to go in the collection, so while everyone’s fighting over the dresses in the front of the store, run straight to the shoes in the back and grab these. They’re a beautiful design and will no doubt be mistaken for a way more expensive shoe. The tricky part is whether the quality is there, so you may have to stop in the Dr. Scholl’s shoe pads department while in Target!


5. This sheer peasant dress is one of the most gorgeous of the collection with intricate embroidery making it look way more expensive than it likely is.


6. The peasant blouse version is equally as good and can be worn nearly all year-round, layered or on its own.


7. Everyone needs a well tailored blazer and this one with its well-placed darts, high cut arm holes and slim sleeves, this one is sure to flatter and be a classic staple for years to come.


8. This two-tone trench may be the priciest piece in the collection, but it’s well worth the investment. A good designer trench tailored with details like this would normally cost hundreds and not end in a price with $.99


9. Read #7 and add a showstopping WOW between the rich color and luscious fabric of this velvet blazer.


10. Add the velvet pants for a Gwyneth in a Tom Ford for Gucci 90′s moment—not to mention the beautiful satin striping details.


11. The cut of this 70′s influenced dress is extremely flattering on most figures and is sexy yet classic. It’s also one of the few dresses in the collection that you probably won’t get stopped by someone who recognizes the collection and asks, “oh is that Target?”


12. If you can’t score #4, grab these lace-up booties. They’re just as fabulous and you’ll live in them all season.

Happy shopping and good luck fighting over these items!

images via Refinery29

6 Must-Haves For A Stylish & Patriotic 4th of July

4th of July Must Haves

The 4th of July is just one week away and maybe it’s all of the World Cup fever that has me wanting to shout ‘Merica, or maybe, just maybe, it’s an excuse to coordinate some red, white and blue in my wardrobe. Whatever it is, you’re going to want these fun pieces to represent our independence…or at least our right to BBQ and enjoy the summer.

1 – Baublebar bracelet

2 – Nation LTD sleeveless muscle t shirt

3 – TOMS shoes

4 – T By Alexander Wang one piece swimwear

5 – J.Crew beach towel

6 – Mink Pink shorts


The #SummerSentials


Jonathan Adler sent me this sunny and fun beach tote and asked me what my summer essentials are that I’ll be filling it with.

Here they are:

1 – Obviously a stylish beach towel is necessary. Of course it’s got to look good, but it also has to be big enough to lay out on, as well as soft! I found this one at TJMaxx for way less than most beach towels I’ve seen and it checks off all of my beach towel criteria.

2 – An over-sized floppy hat like this one that Helen Kaminski gave me to rock all summer. I love the dramatic size of it and bold colors that will be sure to get noticed. Bonus: it adds extra sun protection that I need for both my fair hair and skin!

3 – A great mix-and-match two piece courtesy of the vintage Brazilian inspired swimsuit line, K.Belo, will be heavy on rotation this summer. The vibrant colors will match my tote perfectly and the optional straps can be taken off to make it a bandeau, so I don’t get awkward tan lines (not that I get much darker than my usual pale color!).

4 – Every girl needs a pair of inexpensive but stylish sunnies for the beach. I’m not risking my expensive ones to the elements of the sun, sand and travel, so these sunglasses from Vans will protect my eyes and still look cool.

5 – I don’t wear flip-flops anywhere other than the beach or pool, so these are actually my only pair currently and I do live in them in the summer. Havaianas are like the standard of flip-flops and they make ones that don’t make you feel like you’re on spring break.

6 – I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel like I don’t smell totally fresh after a few hours at the beach, so I discreetly carry around deodorant in my bag just in case. This deodorant by LaVanila was given to me to try out and I’ve been using this brand ever since. It gives you a pretty vanilla fresh scent and it’s all natural, so you won’t feel bad about reapplying every time you run to the bathroom (as long as your bathroom isn’t the ocean!).

7 – Sugar by Fresh is one of my go-to lip colors for summer because it’s a light lip color, one step beyond chapstick, it’s natural so you won’t be eating chemicals all summer, and it also has SPF15 in it so you won’t come back from the beach with burnt lips…trust me…it’s the WORST!

8 – I avoid using sunblock on my face, as my skin’s extremely sensitive, but I burn quite easily. I love this tinted moisturizer from Jane Iridale for summer because it’s SPF15 and water resistant for 40 minutes! Not to mention, it makes me look flawless at the beach.

9 – For the rest of my body I use Neutroegena Ultra Sheer sunblock. Sunscreen is something I don’t mess around with because of my fair skin and family history of skin cancer. I may not be out tanning all summer, but I’ll have amazing skin (no wrinkles!) thanks to this strong stuff. It also doesn’t make me feel greasy or like Casper, the way some sunscreens do.

10 – Lastly, I never forget to pack a quick snack in case my friends and I are too hungry to wait, like Justin’s Almond Butter packets to nosh on.

Want to come to the beach now? What’s in your #SummerSentials? Leave a comment below or show me and Jonathan Adler on Instagram!


What To Wear As A Wedding Guest For ALL Weddings This Season



I have a few weddings to go to this summer and need dresses that I can not only wear to the wedding but possibly recycle and wear to another. One is a beachy wedding, so I’m thinking a maxi but I don’t know where to look. Please help!

-Diane, Queens, NY


Dear Diane,

Ah, wedding season. It’s the time where we all scramble to find the perfect dress that you may only wear once…5 times if you’re lucky that people haven’t caught on thanks to social media these days. I’m not sure why we torture ourselves and spend hundreds of dollars on a dress that’s hardly worn but shelling out $200 on jeans that you’ll wear every week seems crazy.

You’re actually not the only one that’s been asking me where to get a dress that’s unique and you’ll want to wear again and again. Of course you all know I love my sample sales and discount stores, but I’m not opposed to shopping online in the comfort of my own home where I can try on the dress in MY lighting with my own shoes and accessories.

I put together some of my favorite dresses this season at all price ranges, but mostly ones that won’t break the bank. You’ll be ready for every kind of wedding with these dresses below and some can cross-over to other categories, so when you dress it up for black tie and dress it down for a beach wedding with your shoes and accessories, it will look less like you’re wearing the same ol’ dress.

You can also shop through my stylist picks on the toolbar above. Consider this your private boutique!



Casual Daytime Wedding Attire

1 - Ann Taylor dress // 2 – Alice and Olivia dress // 3 – Milly dress // 4 – Peter Jensen dress


Wedding On The Beach

1 - Diane Von Furstenburg maxi  // 2 – Cameo dress // 3 – Clover Canyon dress // 4 – Blaque Label dress


What To Wear To A Cocktail Attire Wedding

1 - Lela Rose dress // 2 – Bec and Bridge dress // 3 – Kate Moss x Topshop dress // 4 -  Clover Canyon dress


What To Wear To A Black Tie Wedding

1 – Jenny Yoo gown // 2 – Alice and Olivia gown // 3 - Parker gown  // 4 – BCBG gown

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