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Casually Polished


As I’ve mentioned in the past, sometimes it’s just a few pieces in your wardrobe that make you always look polished and complete.

Case in point: when I went to visit my good friend Rachel on her family’s panoramic wrap around deck on the Upper West Side, I had been casually dressed in jeans and a tee all day. Then I swapped my flat sandals for heeled sandals, threw on a blazer and a killer bag, and I was then ready to go from my comfortable casual look to catching up with a friend and grabbing dinner with friends in the city.

Speaking of killer bags, I’ve coveted this bag since last winter to the point where I’ve had a picture of it from Harper’s Bazaar ripped out and hung in my office. To my dismay—and every other fashionista’s dismay—it’s been sold out to the point where I’m on the wait-list…for spring 2015. I couldn’t wait until then and who knows if this style will even be around then? Like the savvy shopper I am, I stalked eBay for a while until I found the one I want and a reasonable price.

If you’re loving the bucket bag look but can’t get your hands on one, check out the alternatives below.



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Rag & Bone blazer (sample never produced from sample sale, similar here and here) // Isabel Marant x H&M tee // J.Crew jeans (similar) // Iro shoes // Goorin hat (similar here and here) // Nona E. Rose belt // Mansur Gavriel bag (sold out everywhere, similar styles below)

photos by Rachel Sax


March Comes In Like A Lion and Out Like A Lion


I thought the saying went “March goes in like a lion and out like a lamb,” but as my friend Jess wrote this week on Facebook, it’s totally going out like a lion too here in NYC.

Fortunately, my photo shoots this week are indoors, but this cold is taking a toll on not just me, but everyone around me. I may have caught yet another flu and it hurts even more to spend my days looking at and styling summery clothing that I can only dream about wearing soon.

No fair mother nature!

Well, the one good thing about the extended winter is trying out the looks for next fall that you saw on the runways. Camel coats were everywhere—including on me—and I predict they will be this fall. Time to stock up now while the season’s at the tail end (hopefully).

STYLIST TIP: The best time of year to purchase a coat is January through March, when they tend to go on sale. The longer you wait, the lower the price…and the less selection as merchandisers are moving in spring merchandise.




coat: vintage Chaiken (similar below) // tee: Free People // jeans: J.Crew // booties: DV by Dolce Vita // belt: c/o Nona E. Rose // bracelet: c/o E.Kammeyer // hat: Gap (similar online) // scarf: Saks // sunglasses: Karen Walker (via Poshmark!) // bag: c/o Alexander Wang // necklaces: vintage and Gypsies & Debutantes

photos by Emily


Life Before Selfies & Simple Times During Fashion Week


Igee Okafor and Liz Teich

top and pant: c/o Dana-Maxx // coat: Chaiken // shoes: Lela Rose for Payless // bag: c/o Cambridge Satchel // hat: Albertus Swanepoel for Target

When I attended—and actually worked on—fashion shows back in the tumbleweeds days of the tents at Bryant Park, it was show after show of nothing but designers’ collections of the season. It was a way for us to preview what was to come, make orders and plan editorial stories, etc.

There weren’t sponsors hanging around, doing shoegoer’s hair, serving them an endless supply of SmartWater and Diet Coke, and I even had to run over to ‘Wichcraft to grab a fruit salad for a designer which ended up uneaten. Models, they’re just like us, they would walk around in plain clothes and sans makeup between shows. I recall one even reading an actual book (remember those?) in the middle of Bryant Park. The closest thing to “street style” was getting a glimpse of what Anna Wintour wore while entering the front entrance. Cameras were only found inside photographing what was on the runway and maybe the four celebrities attending the show in the designers’ clothing. The biggest shocker is that I even wore red faux leather booties from Payless to one of my first shows.


On Emily Kammeyer: coat: Christian Siriano // top: Madewell // hat: Patricia Underwood // bracelets and necklace: E.Kammeyer On Liz Teich: sweater: Joseph // skirt: c/o Dana-Maxx // hat: c/o Tracy Watts // bag: Rebecca Minkoff all shoes: Sigerson Morrison


New York Fashion Week has become a completely different beast nowadays. It’s become quite a show. Whether you like it or not, it’s now about how the designers present their work (Alexander Wang created an uproar when he moved his show to Brooklyn and Alice + Olivia had this season’s show at an exclusive and creative location…stay tuned for more on that). It’s about who’s attending the shows—or even hanging around its newer venue of Lincoln Center.

At the very least, this new fashion week encourages creativity in how people dress. The wardrobe you see outside the tents is actually just as important when setting trends as what you see inside the tents. Can you believe people are already making predictions based on this past week (camel coats for fall!)?

I guess not all has changed. I even wore a pair of Payless shoes this time around. You can make my fashion week fancier, but I will always be a fan of mixing designer fashion with affordable pieces like a real person would/should.


With Blaire Brown

On Liz Teich: coat: Paul Smith // pants: Dolce & Gabbana via T.J.Maxx // sweater: c/o Dana-Maxx // belt: c/o Nona E. Rose // bag: c/o Alexander Wang


Liz Teich, Rachel Greenspan of Quarterlette and Rachel Sax, Quarterlette contributor and designer of Nona E. Rose

What do you think of what New York Fashion Week?

6 Ways How To Host A Party In Style


dress: Parker New York for Barney’s // tights: American Apparel // booties: Seychelles (similar online) // belt: c/o Nona E. Rose // necklaces: etc… and c/o Gorjana Griffin

This past weekend, a friend told me that I’m going to be “The next Martha Stewart…but with an edge.” I’ll take that, especially as I love to host a good gathering like Martha.

The hubby and I hosted a post-holiday party for a few close friends that has become a tradition, as the holiday season can be a tricky time to make plans with friends. We celebrate everything from Christmas to Chanukah and even the Chinese New Year with a menu that reflects all of that, but centered around our favorite traditional Chanukah fare, Latkes.

Just when the holidays may have gotten the best of you, there are more celebrations to be had. Whether you’re hosting a New Years Eve soiree, a birthday celebration, or even a post-holiday party, you too can be a Martha with my go-to tricks for being the “hostess with the mostest.”


1. Create a menu and post it somewhere for your guests.

It’s helpful for your guests to clearly write out all of the menu items somewhere, so they can leave room for items coming out as they are ready. Additionally, you can use it as your own checklist. You can also leave out labels for each item on the table as well, in case you have any guests with allergies or dietary restrictions.


2. Create a signature cocktail or two and make sure there are non-alcoholic refreshments available too.

Your guests will appreciate that they aren’t standing at the bar area dumbfounded on what to make.

Some sort of punch or sangria is perfect for guests because you can make quite a bit of it ahead of time. Make sure if your recipe calls for club soda, to add it right before guests arrive so it doesn’t go flat. I tend to make these cocktails slightly weaker, so party-goers don’t feel so guilty when they tend to drink it like juice.


If you decide to make a signature drink that cannot be made beforehand, then leave out instructions for your guests, so in case you’re busy greeting someone, they can handle it themselves.


3. Set up all of the dishes and plates for your hors d’oeuvres and bites prior to serving

It’s helpful to lay everything out prior, so you’re not scrambling while guests arrive. We even try to make as much as possible the night before so we can reserve last minute touches for the day of.


4. Get a head count of your guests and make enough food for a third more.

While you may have politely asked for RSVP’s on your invite, there will always be those that bring a friend without mentioning it or those that come pretty hungry. It’s always best to prepare more and have leftovers for yourself and guests to go home with. Nothing makes people want to leave a party more than one that has run out of food and drinks.


5. Create an activity for your guests.

Whether it’s a parlor game like the ever popular Cards Against Humanity, or another group activity, it’s great to have an ice breaker or something that guests can participate in. I leave out some games like Jenga or Apples To Apples for people to play with just in case the party starts to get quiet.

It’s become a tradition for this post-holiday party to do a “bad gift exchange,” where friends can bring a gift they received over the holidays that they weren’t a fan of (like the moldy farmer’s market turnip my mother-in-law gave us…just kidding) and trade it in for someone else’s wrapped gift under the tree before they leave. The subjectively “bad” gifts this year included a kitten calendar, a heart shaped candle, a tinsel scarf, texting gloves, and the one I received and am actually excited about, paper and binder clips. It made for some great laughs and actually made guests leaving early much less awkward for them.


6. Make an easy and unique appetizer that your guests will demand at every party

The most memorable parties are the ones with the food that you continue to talk about. My agent once made this cream cheese wasabi spread at a party and I begged her for the recipe because it was such a hit. Turns out it was ridiculously simple to assemble and now my friends are demanding it for all of my gatherings and even to bring to their own.

Here’s how to make the Cream Cheese Wasabi Spread Served With Rice Crackers.


1 block of regular cream cheese (low fat is difficult to work with!)
wasabi paste
soy sauce
sesame seeds
rice crackers for serving


Cut the cream cheese in half lengthwise.


Spread on a thin layer of wasabi paste.


Drizzle with soy sauce.


Place the other half on top and repeat the last two steps. Then sprinkle a layer of sesame seeds on top. Serve with a spreading knife and pair it with rice crackers.

Of course the best way to host a party in style is by making sure everyone is having a good time, introducing friends to each other and making sure that even you are enjoying yourself.

Have a happy, healthy and *stylish* New Years. See you in 2014!

Holiday Gift Guide For Guys (Look, I’m on TV!)

We’re going live in 3…2…and…

It was a near disaster when I was on camera the other morning to talk about my holiday gift guide picks for the season on FOX in Baltimore. They had my segment down as “The Holiday Gift Guide For Guys” and meanwhile, I came in to talk about makeup from Mally, Katy Perry’s new perfume and even a John Frieda hair air brush from Conair.

Luckily, just a minute before we went on air we figured this out and somehow improvised. I think it worked out anyway—probably because I had so much fun talking about (and smelling!) these products in the segment. My only regret is that we ran out of time before I got to talk about one of the most luxurious gifts for anyone, which is the Krigler Oud Sumptuous 75213 fragrance that was worn by Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, JFK and Grace Kelly just to name a few.

Check it out my appearance and find out where to buy all of the products in it below.

Liz Teich, Fashion + Beauty Expert on FOX Baltimore Morning Show from Liz Teich on Vimeo.

dress: Parker // belt: Nona E. Rose // necklace: Gorjana Griffin // bracelets: etc… and Baublebar


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