Category Archives: Fashion Inspiration

Michelle Obama Style… On Sale

On Monday, First Lady Michelle Obama recognized First Lady (of American fashion) Anna Wintour at the ribbon cutting ceremony of the newly renovated and renamed Anna Wintour Costume Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Mrs. Obama wore a designer favorite (of her’s and mine) Naeem Khan for the fashion royalty event.

You can take a similar verdant, lace approach to your day wear in these smart, cropped trousers from J. Crew (on sale!):

Red Carpet: Oscars Edition

The Academy Awards, last night’s grand finale of the awards season, was it exactly what I wanted it to be.  Like dessert, it was fun, sweet and everyone looked great!

Here are some of my favorite looks and details of the night:

Best texture in an updated classic: Calista Flockhart in Andrew Gnandrew gn


Best Use of Sparkle and Shine: Jennifer Garner in Oscar de la Rentaoslr

Best Supporting Wife: Portia de Rossi in Naeem Khannaeem khan

Best Classic Beauty: Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueenmcqueen


Best in Show:  Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab (Brad Pitt in Tom Ford)elie saab

Who were some of your favorites?

Runway Watch: NYFW Fall 2014

I’ve  been following along with the runway shows of NYFW Fall 2014.  The colors are gorgeous, the textures are sublime and while I don’t want to skip past spring and summer (at all!) it does promise something fashionable to look forward to in the months to come.

Here are just a few of my favorites so far, but check out all of them in my Pinterest board in real time!


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Red Carpet to Real Life: Golden Globes Edition

This weekend’s Golden Globes provided lot (LOTS!) of style inspiration that could go from red carpet to real life.

Here are some favorites and inspiration for your own major event:

Many of the actresses wore beautiful metallic gowns – Naomi Watts and Robin Wright. The style was simple, clean and classic.Halter

In jewel tones, a popular trend was two tone dresses. The look worked for Taylor Swift, Sandra Bullock and others. The balance of black and bold keeps it fresh and unexpected.two tone

A big night requires big sparkle. Kate Beckinsale was a favorite of mine, but similar styles were worn by Mila Kunis and Michelle Dockery.sparkle

Who were some of your favorites?

Shop: Two Tone/Sparkle/

Lust List: Slip-on Sneakers

Perennial cool girls, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen inked a sneaker (I know – sneakers?!) partnership between their brand, The Row and Superga.  And since then, the formidable fashion duo has been sporting (pun semi intended) sneakers about town.

Collection by TDB; MK+A by Garance Dore

Collection by TDB; MK+A by Garance Dore

Mary Kate, and fashionable street stylers, have taken the favorite sneaker of the skater boys I went to middle school with and made them cool again.  

I think they are perfect for a run around town.  With a skinny ankle jean, a slim, deep v tee; when your style that day is more baller than ballerina.  Of course, the trend is easy to pick up and the styles are available in just about every price point.  For my money, I’m going classic with a pair of updated and metallic leather Vans.  I know, I never thought I’d see the days when a pair of Vans would be on my lust list.

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Weddings: The Beautiful Bohemian

mara hoffman weddingHow stunning is this photo?  Mara Hoffman, a runway favorite for her exotic prints and wanderlusty designs, is offering a bridal collection that take the road less traveled for windswept wedding moment.

Not getting married anytime soon – or again? – many of the pieces from her “Devotion” (which I love) collection are totally appropriate for a beach vacation or sunnier days!

Here are a few favorites:

Mara Hoffman


Ladylike Brights

Cannes is over and the Queen of Ice, Nicole Kidman, became the Queen of the Red Carpet!  (I wish that Cannes took place in Nice for that rhyme to have worked, but c’est la vie!)

Anyway, back to Kidman at Cannes – she pulled out the expected Ivory gowns, touch of sparkle, bit of black, but it was this dress that was a show-stopper!

neon laceNicole Kidman in Christian Dior

A strapless confection, with swirled lace, splashes of bright, a faux-hawk ponytail and neon pumps.  Go on with your bad self, Nic.


Purple Reign – Inaugural Style

Today, President Obama was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.  It is an exciting day to be in Washington and as always, a fashionable day for the Obama family.

As the Obama family begins another four years at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, one of the things I look forward to is their style.  The first day begins in a nonpartisan color, a purple majesty.


Mrs. O in Thom Browne, Malia in Kate Spade and Sasha in J. Crew.  See more violet styles here.

Hello, October

The back to school season has been a whirlwind of fun, activity and adventure.  Today is the first day of October and while I am not pumpkin latte crazy, I am enjoying the brisk breeze, the slowly turning leaves that come with this cozier season.

Looks from the Emerson Fry Fall 2012 collection

How to Wear the Trend: Must Have Colors for Fall 2012

For Fall 2012 three colors really stood out and were played with in casual and formal styles.  What was especially exciting is that these colors are a bit outside of the traditional fall shades of cranberry, navy and hunter green.

On with the trend show!

Orange Crush: This color, softer than rust and richer than citrus, floated down the runway.  Many times it was used with beautiful silks, flecks of metallics, and in luxurious silhouettes.

Orange Crush: NYFW Fall 2012

Orange Crush, Real Way:



Teal My Heart: It’s a layered color between blue and green that would make even the most glamorous peacock jealous.  It plays beautiful with other jewel tones and near monochromatic shades of blue and green.

Teal My Heart: NYFW Fall 2012

Teal My Heart, Real Way:

Shop: Dress/Belt/Boot/Dress/Cuff/Pump/Blouse/Pant/Pump/Scarf


Berry Be Mine: The shade of berry, or oxblood as it is being called, that was used on the runway and it was pure sophistication whether in street ready leather, or gala ready silk.

Berry Be Mine: NYFW Fall 2012

Berry Be Mine, Real Way:

Shop: Shrug/Dress/Pump/Coat/Boots/Blouse/Cords/Flats

What do you think?  Are you wearing these colors this fall?  I am especially loving the teal and berry!