Dressing Like The Stars: Emmy Awards 2017

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The big winner this year at the 2017 Emmys was fashion. The red carpet was filled with so many beautiful dresses, you know that every stylist was not only on their A-Game, but their clients actually listened. Everyone was so fabulous that I'm not sure I even saw one thing that could have inspired any of the following thoughts—

What were there thinking?

Were they even thinking?

Do they have a brain?

WTF is wrong with this person?

Do they not own a mirror?

Someone call an ambulance!

Nope, it was a night for spectacular fashion, funny jokes and minimal regrets. Here are some of my favorite looks and a few suggestions on how to steal the best styles without getting arrested by the fashion police. (Too much?)

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman reserved her time on the red carpet in a gown from Calvin Klein By Appointment. Book your own style in either a satin and chiffon gown by After Six or this Morgan & Co lace and jersey dress. Both are from Nordstrom.

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Samantha Bee

Style made a b-line for Samantha Bee in a Rubin Singer gown. Go for green in a chic long sleeved cutout dress from Cavalli or a slightly more casual frock from Misguided.

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Marisa Sullivan

Marisa Sullivan rocked the red carpet in a Mac Dugal dress styled by Ali Levine. While it's hard to find a dupe, this burgundy Alfred Sung Strapless High/Low Sateen Twill Gown puts a slightly more classic spin on her look, while the Fernanda dress by Amanda Uprichard captures the fun . 

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Millie Bobby Brown

Millie Bobby Brown's Calvin Klein By Appointment dress did pirouettes around everyone else on the red carpet. ASOS' Mini Tulle Dress is a different spin on the same idea. If you want to be a ballerina but maybe in sneakers or boots, this  J. Crew tulle skirt  is everything! 

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Amanda Salas

If I had to choose my favorite look of the night, it would be Amanda Salas' one-of-a-kind red lace sheath gown. Styled by Ali Levine, this also happens to be, in my opinion, one of the best looks she's ever styled. Aijek Millie's Lace Gown gets the look pretty close, while the Marie Lace Midi Dress is a little more appropriate for an extra sexy date night.

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Shailene Woodley

Shailene Woodley looked almost unrecognizable, but in a good way (obvs) at the Emmys. Her green Ralph Lauren dress had jaws dropping. Create a similar look in a green velvet mermaid gown from Jovani or basically steal it in this Aidan by Aidan Mattox Velvet V-Neck Wrap Evening Gown.

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F-It Fridays: PrettyLittleThing Edition

I know it’s been a while since I’ve done an F-It Friday. But then again, I have a podcast called Things We’re Too Lazy To Blog About, so you can clearly understand my priorities here. But hey, it’s the summer, which means most of you are vacationing or staycationing anyway. And if you’ve been trying to figure out what to wear for these events (or even non-events like date night or grabbing drinks your friends), I have an easy solution. The PrettyLittleThing Vacation Shop has lots of adorable options. Also, everything is super affordable, so you can treat yourself sans guilt!

PLT even sent me a few outfits so I could show you how cute everything is. While I did not personally wear any of these pretty little things on vacation (because I did not go on one), I drove twenty minutes to the neighborhood of Silver Lake, Los Angeles to take these pictures. So, close enough. Also, it was literally 1000 degrees out, so it was almost tropical. And by tropical I mean desert-like. You get it…. I’m trying here…

The Bardot Mini Dress is the perfect combo of sexy and casual. You can wear it shopping during the day and then go straight to date night. Your date will swoon over the Bardot. Probably more than once.

The Cecillia Ruffle Blue Embroidered Shift Dress is a trendy take on the classic look and ever so slightly modest.

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These Leaf Print Slinky Wide Leg Trousers are great with a cotton top, paired with a bikini or even over a one-piece swimsuit.

You know those days when it's so hot outside you literally want to walk around naked but you can't because you're afraid to break the law, get arrested and then get stuck in a cell without air conditioning? Those days were made for the Ammie Grey Floral Wrap Dress. It's so light, you'll stay cool and cuff-free.

The Leaf Frill Cold Shoulder Shift Dress is equally cute and comfortable. You can totally wear this to a BBQ, go home and then pass out on your couch-- no changing necessary. 

The Pink Floral Cold Shoulder Chiffon Playsuit is perfect for playing around on warm days. It also comes off really easily, so if you avoid rompers because of the whole peeing thing, know you're good to go in this one. 

Yes, the gold slide sandals are also from PrettyLittleThing.

These Jeanie White Extreme Ripped Mom Denim Shorts would probably give your mom a heart attack. But she would appreciate the fact that they're high waisted. 

 

Formal Event Style Ideas For The Formally Confused

Not a day goes by where someone does not post a picture of an outfit on Facebook (mostly in private groups consisting of 99.999% female membership) asking if it is appropriate to wear to a wedding or another large event. After all, if you've only been to two weddings ever, one of which was your second cousin twice removed's third wedding, how are you really supposed to know what to wear? There's no shame in that. But, if you are uncomfortable asking a group of 2,000-20,000 women what they think, just keep it to yourself and keep these guidelines in mind instead.  

A Little Black Dress Is Appropriate For Everything

I feel like this is a good rule for life. The classic little black dress is classic for a reason. You will never regret buying one. There is a little black dress for every size, shape, body type and budget. Even if you don't need one at the moment, you should always have one on hand because you never know when you will be invited to a last minute event.

If Black Isn't Your Bag, Try Navy

I love navy because it's a more cheerful version of black. It's equally flattering but a little less serious looking. It's also a little lighter for a daytime or outdoor soirée.

Invest In Your Wardrobe

If you find you are going to formal events every so often with different crowds of people, it's a good investment to buy one or two high-quality dresses you can wear from season to season. Then change it up with different shoes and accessories.

Or Snag A Bargain

If you don't have the budget for an investment dress, you can still look fab.  Here are a few ideas under $100.

But Always Follow This Cardinal Rule: Never Ever Wear White, Cream or Any Shade That Could Be Described As "Bridal" To A Wedding

I get it. You look stunning in ecru, but it’s not your day. It’s the bride's. Don’t risk being the guest that ruined her life. Instead, choose a light or pastel color.

Dressing Like The Stars: Met Gala 2017 Edition

The annual Met Gala in New York is a fundraiser for the museum’s Costume Institute aka the fashion exhibits. It’s one of the most important fashion events, if not the most important fashion event on the East Coast. This year, the theme for the event was Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between, which honored the designer and founder of the label.

Several of attendees this year really honored the theme, forgoing avant garde outfits and opting for more classic pieces instead. Here are some of my favorite looks from the night along with similar dresses that you don’t have to be a celeb to pull off or pay for. 

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow looked pretty in a pink Calvin Klein dress. Copy the cut, but in a more universally flattering color in Halston Heritage

Zoey Deutch

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Zoey Deutch wore an absolutely stunning Tory Burch dress. White House Black Market has an interesting version of it, that's a little more boho inspired and causal.

Kendall Jenner

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Kendall Jenner definitely outshined her sisters in a La Perla dress made entirely of crystals. Missguided’s Glitter Fishnet Overlay Slip takes two of the most important elements of Kendall’s dress, the shimmer and texture, making it perfect for less formal and more fun occasions. 

Gisele

Gisele shined in a silver beaded cutout dress by Stella McCartney. Sharing a similar va va voom vibe, this cutout sequined stretch jersey gown by Halston Heritage won’t score you Tom Brady, but make you will feel like a supermodel. 

Candice Swanepoel

Candice Swanepoel’s TopShop dress was my favorite look of the event. Obviously, I checked TopShop to see if the dress was available and it’s safe to say, the gown was custom. Seriously, TopShop, can you please release this dress to us non-model shoppers?  Luckily, Amanda Uprichard saves the day with her black sweetheart neckline dress, which shares a similar classic elegance. Who doesn't need another little black dress in their wardrobe?

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

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I will try not to comment or judge adult twins who still dress alike. I will try really hard. Okay, I just failed, but no one does boho quite like the Olsen twins do. In lace dresses that were accessorized in a way that can only be described as eclectic, they still rocked the white carpet, even if it does seem a little bit absurd (I'm being kind here). Say "I do" with TopShop’s Bride Bardot lace off the shoulder gown, which shares the Olsen's chill boho vibe with layers and bell sleeves. 

Elizabeth Banks

It was hard not to check out Elizabeth Banks in her Michael Kors checkerboard dress. While this is not a regular Elizabeth Banks look, I thought it was a fun and interesting choice.  Donna Rae New York’s halter dress has a similar print but no one will try to hail you 50 years ago. 

Kim Kardashian  

Kim Kardashian looked beautiful, but this Vivienne Westwood gown was the last thing everyone was expecting her to wear. It’s a mature new look. DKNY makes a similar white off the shoulder dress. However, just because Kim can get away without accessorizing doesn’t mean you can. This dress is just begging for a statement necklace or bold earrings. 

Dressing Like The Stars: Oscars 2017 Edition

All I can say about the Oscars last night is “wow.” It was night of mistakes (okay, just one really big one), but not when it came to fashion. I didn't see one jaw-dropping-but-in-a-bad-way dress on the red carpet at all. As I was typing this, I almost accidentally wrote "runway" instead of "red carpet." Perhaps that was a Freudian slip or fashion slip, but runway is a good way to describe the general vibe of the evening. The dresses were big, bold and much like the movies, each one told a story in its own unique way. Here are some favorites from the night along with similar dresses that will inspire you to win best dressed at your next big event.  

Naomie Harris

Naomie Harris was simply stunning in Calvin Klein. Look just as wild in white with this shorter Black Halo cocktail dress. It has the same idea sans sequins. But, if you'd rather wear the "Best Supporting Dress" of the evening, this high-low from Halston Heritage provides a little more support than something strapless. 

Kirsten Dunst

I totally fell in love with Kirsten Dunst's Dior faille dress. Halton Heritage's halter has a similar shape and captures the same classic look, while this floral dress by Ienna For Mac Duggal puts a trendy spin on it.

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron was daring in a Dior gold lame gown. Steal her look almost entirely in Nicole Miller or choose a more subtle style from A.L.C.

Ginnifer Goodwin

Ginnifer Goodwin was ravishing in a red dress by Zuhair Murad. Make your own statement in this red lace dress from Finity or try a crochet layered style from Self-Portrait.

Jillian Reeves

I'm completely obsessed with Jillian Reeves' jewel toned Matthew Christopher dress, styled by my girl, Ali Levine. Ieena For Mac Duggal's gown takes the trophy for being equally grand, but way less expensive. This Halston Heritage dress is in the same color palette, but more appropriate for a less formal event. 

My Closet Wasn't As Insta-Worthy As This Pic, So I Cleaned It Out

I have a confession to make. I’ve been in love twice in my life. The first time was with my husband (really) and the second time was with my current apartment. It’s the nicest rental I’ve ever lived in.  The living room has 25 foot high ceilings. A spiral staircase leads up to my office, which has a view of the Hollywood sign. The entire place is flooded with light. Okay, I’ll stop bragging.

But, the thing about falling in love is that it’s impossible to find someone or something that meets every single one of your wishes. I could live in a shoebox or a castle, but I’d still find something wrong with both. In the case of my current abode, it’s mostly the lack of closet space. It’s bad. Really, really, really bad. I have one closet. Technically, there are two, but the closet built into the terrace is for luggage and sports equipment, not clothing. So, I have to store the better part of my wardrobe in what I can only describe as a sort-of walk-in closet. It’s not even remotely adequate. Our dresser and built-ins help, but nothing can make up for real closet space. I have things stored under the bed, in suitcases and between the four other homes my parents and in-laws live in.  

A few weeks ago, my closet could have been declared a disaster area by some government organization that declares those things. It was embarrassingly messy. It was not blog-worthy or even remotely Pinterest perfect. Do you want to see how bad it was? TRIGGER WARNING: lack of glamour and photography skills. 

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Things were EVERYWHERE! Hangers did not match. Hangers were made of wire! 

The reason why things got this bad was because I thought I couldn’t create more closet space.  I was right. But I learned to work better with what I have. So, I’m sorry mama, I never meant to hurt you, I never meant to make you cry, but this was how I cleaned out my closet.

The Great Hanger Exchange

The unofficial rule of closet organization is that all of your hangers should match. Approximately 25% of my hangers were plastic, so I traded up for velvet. To make this project more eco-friendly, I gave my plastic hangers to a friend of mine who is a stylist and needs all the hangers she can get. I’m sure you could give yours away or donate to a thrift shop, if you don't have a chic friend who dresses celebs for a living.

However, I didn’t get rid of my padded hangers because they’re better for certain delicate items. I also kept my skirts on clip hangers. And I didn't get rid of every single wire hanger. Anything that was freshly dry cleaned on one stayed that way. 

Magic Hangers Are Actually Magic

My husband has lots of business attire, but he rarely wears any of it. And no, I don’t think the rule of “if you haven’t worn it in a year,” applies to men’s suits. The clothing he wears most frequently, like jeans and t-shirts were stored in the most inconvenient way possible, on a high shelf.  This always made it difficult for me to put away his laundry because I needed to get out a stool or just throw it up there.  And yes, I know my husband can put away his own laundry, but I can also vacuum. It doesn’t mean I do.

So, I put his suits, shirts, pants, etc on tiered hangers (sometimes called magic hangers). This created enough space to install a hanging shelf. Down went the causal clothes and away goes the laundry.

I also used magic hangers in my section of the closet. However, I ended up buying a different brand because I bought them in person, instead of ordering online. Don't make my mistake. You can never have too many magic hangers (or handbags, or diamonds!).

Just Shoe-t Me!

Shoes were all over the place. They were sort of in shoe racks on the floor, scattered underneath handbags and in a behind-the-door shoe organizer. So, I purchased a matching one and installed it on an empty wall. I used picture hooks to hang it and nailed different sections to the wall for support. In retrospect, I should have bought a rack that was designed for this purpose, but the one I choose was less than $9 and got the job done anyway.

My Clothing Got Cliquey

Lots of blogs and organizers will suggest different ways to arrange your closet, but the problem is my closet never stays that way. So this time, I decided to group intuitively. For example, I put formal dresses and coats all the way in the back (with the exception of one winter coat) because I don’t often need to get to them. But, lighter jackets, which I wear every this time of year, are in a very accessible spot. I think the key to closet organization is to arrange things in a way that probably only makes sense to you. After all, every closet and wardrobe is different, so one way cannot possibly work for everyone.

Super Bonus Shelf Space

After re-organizing everything, I created extra space on the shelf above the rod. While I keep most of my handbags in built-ins, I finally have the space to store a few on the top shelf. Larger bags and weekenders have a specific spots on the floor of the closet. 

After Thoughts

My closet still isn’t perfect. I would never put this on Pinterest and would rather die than post it on Insta. Essentially, it went from what might be mistaken for a crime scene (at least for crimes of fashion) to acceptably average. I also realize it’s an ongoing project. I should pick up another box of hangers and an additional shoe rack for the floor.  But, overall I have a better grip on my wardrobe. As a result, I'm making more stylish fashion decisions and not just grabbing whatever I can get to. While it might not look like my dream closet, I can't exactly complain about my reality. 

Dressing Like The Stars: The People's Choice Awards 2017 Edition

When it comes to the People’s Choice Awards, it doesn’t really matter who wins or loses, as long as they look good on the red carpet. Honestly, I didn’t watch the show and couldn't even be bothered to find out who the winners were. As far as I'm concerned, the red carpet is the main event.  After all, awards season isn't simply a time to watch a bunch of people you don't know give speeches you don't want to listen to. It's about finding new inspiration for those nights when you need to look extra fabulous (or at the very least, when you must get out of sweatpants). Luckily, you don't need a stylist or an unlimited bank account to dress like the stars. Here are my favorite looks from the event last night alongside some similar, more affordable styles that will make you look so good, you might just get chased by the paparazzi (your friend with one of those cameras not designed to make phone calls).

Blake Lively

Blake Lively topped all of the best dressed lists in Elie Saab. Top everyone at your next event in these fringe-tastic dresses by Aidan Mattox and French Connection.

Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra made everyone blush in Sally LaPointe, but you can make everyone swoon in Misa and Forever 21.

Ruby Rose

Blaze the red carpet (or the carpet at your office) like Ruby Rose in her Veronica Beard suit with these lookalikes from Vince Camuto and Express.

Ashley Greene

Ashley Greene went purple in Jeffrey Dodd. These dresses from Adrianna Papell and Diane Von Furstenberg share the same stylish, but reserved vibe at a fraction of the price.

Fifth Harmony

This might be the only time Fifth Harmony can be described as neutral. Look equally harmonious in these fabulous frocks by Reverse, Paper Crown and Amsale.

Keltie Knight

Own the night like Keltie in your own striking green dress from Women's Social or  Boohoo.

Lilly Singh

Look anything but lame in lamé in Topshop and Nicole Miller

Style Inspired By The Late Zsa Zsa Gabor

Last week, Hollywood icon/actress/outspoken woman Zsa Zsa Gabor passed away. Perhaps her greatest accomplishment was being the first person that was famous for being famous. Before the days of Paris Hilton (Gabor was actually her great Aunt), Lindsay Lohan and all of the Kardashians, Gabor made headlines for her antics, jaw-dropping jewelry and unforgettable style.

So, take a lesson from Zsa Zsa and let her look influence yours. Here are some modern favorites inspired by Gabor’s old-world glamour. But unlike Zsa Zsa, you don’t need to marry a millionaire (nine times) to afford these looks.

“I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house.”

-Zsa Zsa Gabor (Never Ask A Lady Her Age-2016)

Zsa Zsa always looked purr-fect in a leopard coat. Darling, you can look just as fabulous in your own from Michele ($68) or Hilfiger Denim ($179.99).

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With all the money you save on this ASOS dress ($38), Zsa Zsa would tell you that there is plenty of cash left over for diamonds. Or splurge guilt-free on this off the shoulder frock from  Nicole Miller ($440, right). Better yet, buy both!

Whether you prefer a knit dress like this one from ASOS on the left ($64) or a graphic t-shirt dress by Moschino on the right ($598), Zsa Zsa would say, they're both fabulous, darling! 

Zsa Zsa was all about putting a ring and a bow on it. Go for less of a bow with the Eliza J dress on the left ($98.90) or full-on fancy from DSquared ($2,260).

Zsa Zsa always made unforgettable statements and wore unforgettable statement necklaces. Make your own with Sterling Forever ($52).

F- It Fridays: Your Weekly Dose of Retail Therapy (Holiday Outfit Edition)

I know, it’s Friday and you can’t even. I totally get it. Me too. Welcome to F- It Fridays: Your Weekly Dose of Retail Therapy. This week, we’re looking at holiday outfits.

It’s only November 4th, but the holidays are just weeks away. This means two things are inevitable. You’re going to have to RSVP yes to lots of events and most of your shopping for the rest of the year is going to be for other people. So, start shopping for yourself now before the madness begins. You can’t wear the same thing you wore last year because Instagram and Facebook and your mom’s Flickr account. You absolutely must buy yourself something new. Here are some suggestions.

Jill Jill Stuart Velvet & Lace Shirtdress

 

This Jill Stuart dress is a smart alternative to a cocktail dress for causal events where only a very polished look will do. And by that I mean, it’s freezing and you want to wear long sleeves and boots.

Leith Bell Sleeve Sheath Dress

Simple, but so chic, the color of this Leith dress really stands out. It’s also reasonably priced. I dare you to click on the link and find out how affordable it really is. Accessorize with a new statement necklace you bought with all the money you didn’t spend on this dress.

Reformation Adeline Dress

If you want to stun everyone when you walk into a room, you might not find a more interesting choice than this dress from Reformation. Seriously, make sure there is a defibrillator at the party because someone might have a heart attack when they seen how amazing you look.

Mara Hoffman Cross Front Jumpsuit

If you can’t decide between a little black dress, a pantsuit, or going naked, this beautiful Mara Hoffman jumpsuit is your happy medium.

Trina Turk Gizela Dress

Do you hate red, green and pumpkin spice lattes? Then Trina Turk’s pink Gizela dress is a fashionable way to say “Bah humbug.” Also, if you’re anything like me and can’t get enough Trina Turk, check out my post from earlier this week, From Dresses To Décor

Hot Mess Halloween: Five Costumes You Already Have In Your Closet

Sometimes the scariest (or at the very least, anxiety provoking) part of Halloween is figuring out what you are going to wear. It’s kind of a chore. There are lots of people who take Halloween very seriously, planning out their costumes months in advance. I am not one of those people. If you’re reading this, you probably aren’t either. The only thing I’ve ever planned for in advance was my wedding and even then, I’m pretty sure I made some decisions just minutes before the event started.

This isn’t to say I hate on Halloween. It’s a fun night. I’m just generally pre-occupied with more important things around October 31st than what I’m going to wear for approximately 3.5 hours of my life.

However, just because your costume is an afterthought doesn’t mean it has to look like one. All you need to do is shop your closet. Here are a few stylish options you can put together in just minutes using things you probably already have. And when you get loads of compliments, no one will have any idea that you haven’t been planning your ensemble for the better part of October. Shh! It will be our secret. 

#GirlBoss

Think less Victoria’s Secret Angel and more Angel Investor for this costume. Put on your favorite power suit or biz causal outfit and slay. Don’t forget your cardholder, which is coincidentally a great way for single people to share their phone number the old-school way. 

Dead Bridesmaid or Prom Queen

I can’t think of anything scarier than some of the bridesmaid dresses I’ve seen. Whether it was pretty-but–not-your-style to unflattering or even downright hideous, you probably aren’t going to wear the same bridesmaid dress more than once. So, why not cover the whole thing in fake blood and go all out? Or add a tiara and be a dead prom queen. Either way, the choice is yours.

Naughty SchoolGirl

 

Naughty Schoolgirl is my hot mess Halloween go-to. Revive your old uniform or that kilt you thought you might wear and never did. Then put on a tight polo, sexy knee-high socks and Mary-Janes. Voila! You’ve got yourself a costume. Accessorize with a backpack or messenger bag. Then, put your hair in pigtails or braids. Give your eyes a rest by leaving your contact lenses out for the night and swap them for your sexy specs.

Hipster

If you’re over Halloween for reasons we wouldn’t know about, this is your costume. Pair your favorite flannel button down with skinny jeans or liquid leggings. Just don’t forget your Ray-Bans and a sense of irony. Blast some Bon Iver on your way to the event for some extra inspiration. 

Fitness Instructor

While your workout might require a lot of effort, this costume does not. Much like Halloween costumes over the years, your fitness gear has become a whole lot more revealing, so don’t think you won’t turn heads, even if you are wearing sneakers. Should someone be confused by your costume, take a bite off your favorite candy bar, look that person in the eyes and say you’re a “naughty fitness instructor.” No matter what your sweat is, you probably already have the outfit. Accessorize with a yoga mat.

Dresses to Decor: Lilly Pulitzer Edition

Welcome to From Dresses to Décor! This is a new series exploring the home lines of my favorite designers. Today, I’m going to talk about Lilly Pulitzer.

Lilly Pulitzer famously said, “Being happy never goes out of style,” and that is exactly how I feel whenever I wear anything from this brand. I’ll never forget the moment I discovered the Lilly Pulitzer for the first time. I was at Bloomingdales on 59th street in New York with my mom when I laid my eyes on a on a pink palm tree skirt. I didn’t recognize the label because I was in middle school. As a lover of prints and bright colors, I was stopped in my tracks. I asked my mother who Lilly Pulitzer was and where this line had been for my entire life. Was she hiding it from me? She laughed and bought me a skirt (which I still have and yes, it still fits) and told me not to tell my father. Years later I’m still a Lilly lover.  It’s the label closest to my heart. And no, my father never found out about the skirt. 

My first Lilly Pulitzer skirt.

My first Lilly Pulitzer skirt.

If you didn't know, the late Lilly Pulitzer was a #GirlBoss before it was a thing. A Palm Beach socialite who opened up a juice stand, Lilly kept staining her dresses with juice, so she designed a print shift dress to hide to stains. It turned out more people wanted her dress than her juice. 

Lilly’s iconic prints translate perfectly from dresses to décor. We all know that adding a print to an outfit instantly changes the look from drab to fab. The same rule applies to decorating a room.  Adding a print can change the look and feel of an entire space. A few years ago, Lilly Pulitzer had furniture and bedding lines, but unfortunately, they’ve both been discontinued.

Currently, Lilly Pulitzer has a beautiful fabric collaboration with Lee Joffa. There are so many options and the possibilities are endless. You could have slipcovers made and revitalize a couch. Or you could do it yourself if you are crafty. (I’m not. Notice how there is no DIY whatsoever on this blog. It’s for a reason.) Or you could re-upholster a chair, which is probably an easier project. 

So many beautiful fabrics. How do you choose?
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    This  Eileen & Taylor  chair is so Palm Beach! 

This Eileen & Taylor chair is so Palm Beach! 

Lee Joffa also recently introduced thirteen Lilly wallpapers. I dream of having a beautiful dressing room with Lilly papered walls. Unfortunately, I currently rent and barely have a walk-in closet. One day...

Pillows are to couches what scarves are to outfits. If you aren’t ready to go full-on Lilly, these pillows let you incorporate just a touch of print into your space.

Even the smallest touch of Lilly can reminds me of drinking cocktails in Palm Beach, which is why I just adore these coasters. 

Speaking of cocktails, you could serve them on these lacquer trays. You can also use the trays on your coffee table to house your remotes and coasters. In the bedroom, they could make the perfect spot for perfume or pretty cosmetics.

You can bring Lilly outdoors with these cute beverage totes. They could also be kept outside as a flip-flop bucket. If you don’t have a backyard or patio, you could use one to hold magazines in your living room or bathroom. They also make a great housewarming gift

Who doesn't love candles in pretty holders? I recently learned an easy way to re-use the them. When the candle is finished burning, let it cool and then leave it in the freezer for a few minutes. The wax will spoon out easily. This is so eco-friendly and a great way to hold pens at your desk or makeup brushes at your vanity. 

 

Dressing Like The Stars: Emmys 2016 Edition

Whether you are going to the Emmy Awards or your friend Emmy’s wedding, we all want to look and feel fabulous when we go to a special event. Awards shows are a great source for style inspiration. While you might not be able to score your own Christian Siriano like Nicey Nash (one of my favorite looks of the evening), you don’t need to wear couture to feel like a Hollywood star. Here are some of the most note-worthy dresses of the 2016 Emmy Awards alongside similar dresses that embrace the same trends. Any one of these choices will get you voted best-dressed, even if it’s just at your cousin’s bar mitzvah. 

One of the biggest surprises this year was how many people wore yellow. It is such a fun and refreshing, but elegant color. Both BCBG's Danielle and Ruffle Gowns are equally sunny and stylish. 

White dresses after Labor Day? Why yes! Nicey Nash's Christian Siriano dress was one of my favorite looks of the evening. This white sweetheart neckline dress by MISHA COLLECTION captures your curves like couture, while the white high neckline of KEEPSAKE'S Clockwork Dress is a more causal take on the awards show favorite.

Cutouts were everywhere on the red carpet. Copy the look with this white one-sleeve dress from MISGUIDED or jaw-dropping black stunner from MICHELLE MASON.

Floral appliques and overlays were very unique to the Emmys this year. It's a beautiful trend that will hopefully continue through awards season. This ALICE + OLIVIA Tamera Tea Length Dress is a great take on the trend you can wear year round.  LUSH'S fit and flare dress is a totally different style and combines several trends we saw at the Emmys, overlays and the colors nude and red.

Is it a coincidence that some of the most glam dresses and carpets are the same color? I don't think so. Red automatically kicks everything up a level. Check out this plunging neckline dress by ABS and the still sexy, but slightly more appropriate keyhole dress by AIDAN MATTOX. 

 

 

All red carpet pictures are courtesy of Getty.

Seasonal FOMO, Wardrobe Anxiety and Getting #OOTD Ready With My Favorite Jewelry From Sterling Forever

One thing I love about Los Angeles is that it’s warm and sunny all year round. This means I can sip coffee on my terrace almost every morning, hike on Thanksgiving, and sit out at the pool pretty much whenever I want. While I can’t say I don’t love the semi-eternal summer of this city, I have a little bit of FOMO when I see pictures of people in their Fall coats and boots. That’s just not going to happen for me, so transitioning to a seasonal wardrobe can be a bit of a challenge. While I’ll rarely look truly Fall, I do what I can by choosing darker clothes, rotating long sleeves back into my repertoire and incorporating new accessories into my ensembles.

One of my favorite accessory brands is Sterling Forever, which I recently discovered through my friend, Ali Levine, who is a celebrity stylist. She designs and curates her own collection for SF.  They have high quality, but affordable pieces (and bonus, there are always promo codes). The styles are always on trend for the season, but you’ll still want to wear them for years to come.

Great accessories do more than just complete an outfit. At least for me, they prevent me from overthinking what I’m wearing and changing approximately 400 times before I leave the house. All I need to do is coordinate an SF bracelet or necklace to the first (okay, maybe second) thing I put on and then I’m #OOTD ready.

Here are my four favorite SF pieces for fall along with how I incorporate them into my wardrobe.

I can’t get enough of this black Layered Bar Bracelet. One feature I love is the toggle clasp. Obviously, it’s beautiful, but it also makes it possible to put on the bracelet without having to ask for help. Have you ever screamed in frustration trying to put on a bracelet when there is no one around to assist? Okay, maybe that’s just me. The toggle makes the entire thing so not an ordeal and just a one-person operation. It also helps the bracelet stay secure, so you don’t have to experience that nagging anxiety about your jewelry falling off. This can be a huge problem among bracelet-wearers. I really think more bracelets in this world need toggle clasps. Designers, are you listening?

I love coordinating my bracelet with a casual dress like the one I’m wearing here or even jeans and a t-shirt. It would really compliment a pair of black leather boots or booties.

I am borderline obsessed with this gold and pink suede tassel necklace. Such a versatile piece, it’s like having at least three necklaces in one because there are so many ways to tie it. The rich-colored suede and gold are warm and sophisticated for fall. If you’re not a pink person, it’s also available in navy, aqua, cream, grey and black. I get so many compliments whenever I wear it, I might have to buy another color. Even my dog, Lulu insisted on borrowing it from me. Who wore it better?

And yes, I know I’m wearing a summer caftan in this picture, but I’m at a pool, are you expecting me to wear cashmere? Hey, at least it’s long sleeved.

Ali told me I had to get this Cobalt Mosaic Necklace. When a celeb stylist gives you advice, you listen. And I am glad I did. The epitome of a statement necklace, it really stands out. I usually wear it with a blue top, but it would also look fab with a freshly ironed white button-down shirt, making the ensemble a little more fun and slightly less conservative. 

If You're Caftaning This Summer Don't Forget To Wear Sunscreen

Here is an embarrassing confession. I have something like 67 pink mostly semi-formal dresses in my closet, but just one caftan/cover up/long shirt thingie for the pool, beach, lake or wherever swimwear is worn. I bought it at the Ralph Lauren outlet at Woodbury Commons over eight years ago.

Since I've moved approximately 400 times since them, I'm shocked it hasn't been lost. (Sadly, I can't say the same for my favorite Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses, which I'm still hoping I will find sometime in the next day or so before I go to New York for two weeks. Please keep my sunglasses in your prayers.) Sadly, last time I wore said caftanamajigie, my husband gave me the bad news that it had a hole (or six) in the back. I think it's time for Ralphie to retire. Hopefully to Palm Beach...

This is a picture from the last time I wore it. I was on my honeymoon at the Bacara in Santa Barbara. And if you are wondering why I'm standing there with an owl, it's because the resort hires owls like Peepers to prevent seagulls from stealing the guests' lunch and drinking their strawberry daiquiris. Fun Fact (but please don't quote me on this one) seagulls love drinking strawberry daiquiris. Such a hoot. I know...

So, now it's time to be the head of HR for my own closet and find a replacement. Here are some of my top contenders.