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That One Perfect Piece of Clothing October 21 2015

You know what's great about certain articles of clothing? You can wear them at any time, for any occasion, any season, and you know they're going to look good on you and you are going to feel good in them. That's what the Reversible Ruched Maternity Dress is, that perfect dress that you can pull out of your closet whenever and have an instant outfit. For one, each side is a different color that is bound to match whatever mood or season you're in. Secondly, it's a great canvas and starting point for you to style it any way you want.

Here are two ways to wear it:

With the black side out, I've paired the Reversible Ruched Maternity Dress with a crisp white button down tied around my waist and slipped on simple black pumps. To turn this classic black and white look up a notch, I have on a statement chain necklace in gold and silver, brownish red lips to celebrate the fall season, and bangin' hair. With fall weather being all kinds of crazy, for extra warmth you can throw on a trench and black sheer tights and still look like a boss!

With the gray side out, I have put together one of the most perfect, comfortable and cool fall outfits. Black is an obvious color pairing with gray, but really you could pull this outfit off with any colors. I'm wearing a long black cardigan, left open, and cinched with a simple black leather belt. And then new to my wardrobe this fall are black Chelsea boots that I have to force myself not to wear every day, that's how awesome they are. This outfit is a little bit of grunge-inspired attitude meets "I'm a pretty lady, I swear!" Can't get enough of this!!!

This dress also comes in a green/gray combo and even more ways to wear it.

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It's Her Business September 17 2015

 

Remember that time I told you about how great it felt to be surrounded by fellow women entrepreneurs for a photo series called "The Working Woman," by Brynn Hudson Jewelry spotlighting women in the many different jobs that women do? Well, the campaign has been running for several weeks now and my part of the photo series went live today. So exciting!

Please take a minute to check out the fabulous women taking part in the campaign and peruse/shop the gorgeous jewelry. And, in case you were wondering what that dress is I'm wearing, it's the Convertible T-Shirt/Dress.


Style Tips: How to Wear White after Labor Day September 15 2015

Who says you can't wear white after Labor Day? Well, okay, I guess a lot of people do. There are some traditional fashion rules that die hard and that seems to be one of them. In the areas of the country where there is no perceptible change in the season, when there is barely a shift in temperature from August to October, then this rule wouldn't make sense anyway. But for those of us whose everyday outfit is determined by how big the chill in the air is, then it's very easy to pack up all those bright and light colors and bring out the fall wardrobe once the unofficial end of summer comes.

But guess what? You totally can wear white after Labor Day and here's how:

1. Material and fabric matter just as much as color does. Linen and seersucker scream summer, but most other fabrics do not. Cotton, jersey, silk, wool, twill, etc., these are fabrics that either can be worn year-round or are only worn during the colder months. For example, my beloved white wool winter coat that I plan to wear until it's just a series of holes? No one would accuse me of not being seasonally appropriate because the coat is white. Check the fabric and if it screams summer to you, then it's probably not a transitional piece of clothing. These Reversible Striped Jersey Pants in this photo are the perfect transitional pair since they're made with 100% jersey, a fabric that works all year long.

2. Keep it classic. This black and white look works in any season and never goes out of style. I paired these white and black pants with a black, draped top and funky, black Mary Jane heels. To complete the classic look, I added red lipstick and mascara.

3. Pair white with another neutral. I happened to choose the classic black and white look for the outfit of the day, but white transitions well from season to season with other neutrals, such as a gray or camel-colored piece of clothing. These Reversible Striped Jersey Pants with a lightweight gray sweater and flats or sneakers would have looked appropriate for September as well.

4. Bring in a trend. Make any piece of your wardrobe very "now" by bringing in an element that works for fall. Yes, I did keep this look classic, but I also added the Pantone 2015 Color of the Year to the look. Can you spot it? My nails are painted in marsala, a beautiful color that is perfect for fall.

Et voila, that's today's #OOTD!

For other style tips and outfits of the day, check out the blog.

To see more about these Reversible Striped Jersey Pants (hint, the other side is black), click here.

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#OOTD: The Tattoo Tank All Dressed Up September 02 2015

Today's outfit of the day is brought to you by the letter "M" for mom, makeup and moxie. Here's how to dress up a cool tank top, our Tattoo Tank, so named for its play on the traditional "Mom" tattoo that serves as a pocket.

Tattoo Tank: Yes, it's a tank top, but that doesn't mean it can only be worn casually. You can dress up just about any article of clothing with a nice pair of pants (as seen here), a nice skirt (maxi, midi or mini) and heels. To shop this shirt, click here. Want to wear this tank top in a casually cool way? Check out this look.

Pants: Let's talk about these pants for a minute. Aren't they to die for?! Thanks 3.1 Phillip Lim for designing such a beauty! The pale yellow color works all year long (trust me, I've paired these pants with a black sweater, black tights and black booties in the dead of winter and looked amazing, if I do say so myself) and happens to match the yellow ribbon on the pocket of this shirt. These pants help dress up the tank top and make this tank appropriate for a more casual office setting.

Those shoes!: These strawberry red suede beauties are from Nine West, and I bought them to wear as a bridesmaid for a best friend's wedding. The heel height helps lengthen the pants, the color ties into the outfit by matching the heart on the tank and, in general, heels serve to dress up an outfit.

Hair: It's the last week of August/first week of September in New York City, which means days in a row of 90+ degrees and oh-so-high humidity. What's a girl with frizzy hair to do? Easy: Pull it all back in a sleek, tight, low bun or ponytail for a look that's both polished and chic.

Makeup: The fastest way to look like you tried, in my opinion, is a bold lip. I happen to love lipstick, so I'm wearing a red gloss from Sephora and a little black eyeliner to complete the overall look. I know lipstick isn't for everyone though, so my suggestion is to find that one piece of makeup that you love wearing and is quick and easy to put on so you can easily turn to it when you're rushing but still want to look like you tried.

Jewelry: Last and never least is jewelry. Sometimes, a single statement piece creates an entire look. Or sometimes, something simple is all you need to complete the look. In my case today, I went for a simple statement that has great meaning to me: A porcupine quill necklace that my husband gave to me on our wedding night three years ago today.

Et voila, that's today's #OOTD!

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Style Tip: It's a Cinch! August 18 2015

Let's just say you have a loose-fitting top or dress that you want to wear but you also want it to be a little bit more form-fitting. That's the style conundrum I came across one recent morning.

As you can see in the photo above, this Swing Dress has an A-line silhouette and so, by design, it has a very flowy fit. It's comfortable and cute, but I wanted to bring it in in the waist. The solution: put a belt on it. Pretty obvious idea, right?

But what I like to do is to create outfits in interesting ways. So instead of just putting a belt on it, I consulted with my stylist - HA! I'm just kidding. It was my husband - and came up with this solution instead.

 

As seen in yesterday's #OOTD on Instagram, I looped a vintage silver belt through the large front pocket of the dress, buckled the belt and kept that hidden in the pocket, creating a cinched look without taking away from the design of the dress.

There are many ways to get creative with belts, as you can see in this Lucky article and below images of Anne Hathaway and Olivia Palermo. Check them out for your own #OOTD style inspiration.

     

 


Surrounded by Women Entrepreneurs and It Feels So Good! June 15 2015

 

You know what's fabulous? Being surrounded by fellow women entrepreneurs on a wonderfully hot and sunny summer day, eating pizza, and talking to and supporting each other in a relaxed environment. I want to thank Alyson Levy for including me in a new project her company that she shares with her sister Brynn Hudson Jewelry is undertaking: a photo series called "The Working Woman" spotlighting women in the many different jobs that women do. This includes Alyson and her sister, Brynn Hudson. Brynn started the jewelry line about 8 years ago, put the whole business on hold to raise two children, and Alyson joined her to help relaunch the company a few months ago. The photo series kicked off Saturday with more than a dozen women entrepreneurs for the "It's Her Business: The Woman & Her Business" photo shoot.

It was such a great experience! Alyson welcomed me into her home and created a loving and fun environment. She is incredibly welcoming and friendly, even as she physically juggled two young kids on her hips and whizzed from room to room arranging the makeup artist, models (us!) and photographer in her home. I got to wear the Mitton & La Boss shirt/dress with silver detailing that paired really well with a chunky silver necklace and bracelet by Brynn Hudson Jewelry.

Among the women I met include makeup artist Maureen Haggerty, who made us all feel beautiful and created looks that turned us into better versions of ourselves. The photographer Ananda Lima was a joy to work with. As none of us is a professional model, she made us feel at home even as we contorted ourselves into unnatural positions. And I'm rooting for the success of my model colleagues' businesses, such as Wellspring Health Collective, a center of massage therapy, psychotherapy and more, and Fresh Monster, a new line of nontoxic haircare for kids. With a name like that, how could you not want them to succeed?!

Ananda, the photographer, also blogged about the photo shoot and included a sketch of one of my images at the top of her post: http://www.anandalima.com/artisticcommercial-collaboration-with-brynn-hudson-jewelery/.

The photo series starts rolling out later this year and I can't wait to see all the images and what my fellow women entrepreneurs are up to!