SPRING TREND ALERTS

Can you believe spring is quickly approaching! If you live in Southern California you are definitely getting a feel for the heat today… so with it being 83 degrees out I though no better day then to share some of the SPRING TRENDS for 2014.

NUDE: If you were one of the millions watching the Oscars this trend should be no surprise to you! Nude dresses where a main attraction on the red carpet! Before you go out buying your new nude ensemble make sure you don’t fall into the dont’s of nude!

  • Dont’s: Don’t go for something so revealing that it exposes your butt, boobs and belly button…its ok to leave some to the imagination. 🙂
  • Do’s: Do find a nude that compliments your skin tone and that shows off those lovely curves.

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OXFORD: Hopefully you kept your oxford from last season because it is back again! Try mixing it up with a pencil skirt for the office, or tucked into a strapless dress to give it some flare! There really is no wrong way to wear this button down because it goes with everything.

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MODERN FLORALS: Feeling flirty? Wear this trend to work, out on a date or even to the beach! Try pairing with a sassy pair of shoes and cool accessories!

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BOHO: Loving everything crafty? Are you one to put on all your accessories and add on one more? If so this is totally the trend for you! Pile on all the embellished stuff and rock it! My favorite place to shop for this trend is Free People they are boho year around!

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SHEER: Try a sheer hem line or a sheer back! And yes silver accessories are perfectly acceptable with this look!

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PASTELS: Consider these colors your new neutrals for spring! Pair back to back or wear them monotone! The soft pinks and blues are my favorite!

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Until next time, stay styled right my lovely fashionistas!! xoxo FSR

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STYLISH BABY BUMP

Being a new expectant mother brought on new challenges in my wardrobe as I am sure it has yours as well if you have expected or are currently. As a stylist I took this on as a styling challenge since there was no way I was going to head to the maternity department. Staying stylish while my baby bump continues to grow (not to mention my chest as well) is a must. 🙂 Not until about week 13 did I actually notice that my pants were getting tight, from there it spiraled to my dresses not zipping and my favorite pieces going on the shelf until next year. This is when I decided my new wardrobe had to began! And I do not mean buying a whole new wardrobe, I just mean adjusting the way I wear my wardrobe. So you ask what are my secrets? How am I accommodating my growing belly? Well here are my 5 tips and tricks and as I grow even bigger I am sure I will have even more to share!

Tips & Tricks:

1. Get BRA fitting: Ladies if you think you are going to stay the same size while your baby bump is growing you are crazy. Trust me are boobs is one of the first things to start growing and trust me there is nothing worse than in ill fitting bra. Plus, if you want to keep your boobs perky wearing the right size bra is truly important. 🙂 I would recommend just buying one nude and one black. If your boobs grow out of that size then do the same thing and get the next size up that you need. DO NOT buy a bra to large thinking you will grow into it. Be the size you are TODAY! (Also, put all the bras the currently do not fit in your wardrobe into a bag and store in your closet, you do not need to be bothered with those at the moment.) Embrace your new found curves!

Example: When you get the appropriate bra size you boobs look even better! 🙂 I was 4 months pregnant here!

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2. Buy for TODAY: I think many make this mistake. Buying to large to either try and hide the baby bump or thinking buy larger so you will grow into it later is exactly what you do not want to do. Instead you should be embracing your beautiful miracle at the stage you are currently at and buying for your current size. Trying to hide it only makes you look larger and over weight instead of pregnant! 🙂

This is what happens when you buy clothes trying to cover your bump! (Not styled right)

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This is how stylish you can look when you buy the right size! (Styled right)

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3. STRETCHY fabric is your new best friend: When things started to fit tight I went through my wardrobe put all my stretchy items towards the front of my closet. Leggings, skirts and dresses that are stretchy are now my current favorite pieces in my wardrobe. I also then put all my tops that were looser to the front as well. That way I wouldn’t waste time trying things on I knew were to small for the current moment.

5 months pregnant here! Amazing what stretchy skirts can do! Both these items were already currently in my closet.

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4. Belly Band: These belly bands were one of my first purchases I made. I knew that I loved all my jeans and buying a bunch of maternity jeans just did not seem appealing. What is great about these belly bands is that they allow for your growing belly all through the pregnancy. They help hold your jeans up and save you a ton of money on buying new jeans. You can find these at target only $16, I bought them in every color!

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5. Buy a few pieces through each stage: Of course the inevitable will happen and you will need to buy a few things for your growing belly so make sure as you go shopping that these items are comfortable, not too tight and again are stretchy fabric. That way even if you grow a little you will not have grown out of it so fast. 🙂 Try to intermix these items with things you are still fitting in your current wardrobe.

Only dress I have bought since becoming pregnant! And I love it, not only does it fit my style it shows off my cute baby bump and still room to grow in it!

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Until next time stay styled right! xoxo FSR

TREND OF THE DAY: LACE it up!!

Fall never fails me with all the great trends! I love how everything molds together and you can really mix and match the trends to make it your own! Always remember ladies that not every trend will be for you! That is the key to being styled right! 😉

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This lace trend is a great way to make your outfit more feminine and dress it up just with a few touches of lace! Lace up a pair of jeans and knee high leather boots with a great lace top or lace handbag! Alexander McQueen always makes a great lace clutch!

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You can also take that evening lace dress and wear it to work by throwing a great fitted blazer over the top! If your daring make it a colored blazer!

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Also, adding just a touch of lace may be all your outfit needs to take it up a notch!

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TREND OF THE DAY: Chain Strapped Purses!

My new favorite love…is the chain strapped purses. Not only is this style bag chic it is convenient, comfortable and compact! It makes it easy to get around town without the weighing down of a handbag. This style was first introduced by Chanel in 1955! This is a trend that you can buy into and not worry that it wont be in style a year from now! Whether you are wearing a summer dress, suit, cocktail dress or even a pair of shorts and sandals this is the IT bag to carry! Find the one that fits your life style the best! Personally, I love either a bold color or a metallic!

TREND OF THE DAY: FLATS

Whether you are going to the office, a shopping day out with your girlfriends or even on a casual date! Flats are the way to go to be chic and comfortable. Our favorite is Vera Wang Flats they have a elevated sole giving you a comfortable feel all day and they look fabulous as well!!

Here are a few of our favorites:

Traveling in STYLE

“On a long journey, even a straw weighs heavy”…

Okay, I admit I was totally that woman at the airport with way too many pieces of luggage and on top of that my luggage always weighed over the 50 lb limit. And then I would try the batting of my eyes to say “please its only a few pounds over”, well it usually worked but not always! 🙂 I would be going on vacation for a week but it looked more like I was going for a month. This was my thoughts as I was packing…”well I made need this top and I need these shoes for this dress, and these earrings for this outfit”. My packing would continue like that until my suitcase was so stuffed I would have to get another one out. Eventually, I learned that half of what I packed I never wore and on top of that who wants to look a mess in the airport, I could barely even carry everything! It is never a good look to be struggling to carry your bags, although it may snag you a cute guy to help you but most likely you will just look really unorganized and not put together. And if I am not mistaken as a woman, we should always look put together, organized and of course stylish with little to no effort.

It is not uncommon for women to struggle when packing between wanting to be prepared for every eventuality or fashion whim and needing to actually be able to carry their luggage. Packing is truly a serious game of give or take, while common sense tells you just to pack less, your fashion sense tells you pack everything you may need. I am sure you have thought “come Saturday night I may be yearning for those blue pumps or that black top”. You are now in a fashion and packing dilemma but fear not I am here to rescue you from packing hell!!!! Below will be your packing bible, be ready to take notes because I am going to teach you how to pack smart and chic for any vacation trip! With a little planning a lot of organization you will have created a vacation wardrobe of mix- and-match basics that cover all your needs while even leaving room for those great accessories you cannot leave behind and maybe even one or two special pieces. Packing smart will in-turn allow you to travel in style and that is the whole idea! So here you are ladies: this is how to pack and travel in style…

3 STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL PACKING:

  1. Planning
    1. Do your research: Meaning read the guidebooks and travel sites for your vacation spot, check the weather for your entire stay and call your hotel to see what amenities they have (this may allow you to leave some amenities behind such as a blow-dryer, iron etc.). Doing these three things will help you decide what to bring making packing already that much easier. You should be able to weed out certain items you may have considered taking before.
    2. Make a list: I know this may sound really tedious and time consuming but trust me when I say, this will help immensely. Make a list, day by day of all your planned activities and even possible activities; such as shopping, horseback riding, sunbathing, dinner, dancing, etc. Then pick out an outfit for each event. This is also great because you will have a record of what you packed, just in-case anything should happen to your luggage.
    3. Edit your choices: Okay brace yourself this is the hardest part! Once you have decided what you would LIKE to bring, lay everything out and create ensembles; this includes lingerie for each outfit and accessories. Now look at all your outfits and see where you can overlap or where you may have duplicates of something similar. This is where you cut back and limit yourself to one base color, this will force you to mix and match creating outfits maybe you wouldn’t have thought of in-turn you will get more than one wearing out of almost everything you bring (and look your becoming more fashion savvy while packing who would have thought). I consider the chicest woman to be the one who can work a sweater in three or more ways.
    4. Take precaution with shoes: Chose very wisely, this is where a lot of weight can come in. DO NOT I repeat DO NOT bring a pair of shoes that can only go with one outfit! The only exception is if you are going to a special event such as a wedding other than that, these shoes must stay at home. I know it will be hard but I know you can do it! What you need to bring are a pair of comfortable walking shoes (flats, etc) and something for evening. Try your best to only bring two pairs, definitely no more than three.
    5. Add color: Since your base is neutral add color through scarves, thin knits, colored belts, statement jewelry and t-shirts. These items will enhance your wardrobe and will take up little space in your suitcase.
    6. Fashion show TIME: Now that your wardrobe is complete its time for a mini fashion show in your room, check for missing buttons, stains and falling hems.
    7. Mini toiletries: Prepare a small bag with all miniature bottles of shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, moisturizer, etc. This should always be ready for travel, this will save you a lot of time later (fill everything back up when you get home from your trip so you are ready for next time).
  2. Packing
    1. Close all closures: Zip, button, snap all closures on every item to insure each piece lays flat.
    2. Layer: Pack all your heaviest items first and anything you will need immediately when you get there pack last.
    3. Wrinkle safe: To insure the least amount of wrinkle, turn your dresses, jackets, and shirts inside out. If you have room stuff your jacket and blouse sleeves with tissue paper and most importantly line everything in plastic before folding. (Also, if you need a quick steaming of your clothes hang them in the bathroom turn on the shower and shut the door!)
    4. Roll-and-stuff: This is the best way to get the most use out of the space in your suitcase. Small items such as underwear, socks, sleepwear, scarves, t-shirts and anything wrinkle resistant should be rolled and stuffed into the dead spaces in your suitcase (example, inside shoes).
    5. Pack to the max: Try your best to not leave excess room in your suitcase so chose the appropriate size suitcase for your travel needs. This will keep things from wrinkling and moving around to much while your suitcase gets abused at the airport. 🙂 If you plan to shop stuff an empty duffel bag in your suitcase.
    6. Weigh it: No more than 50 lbs is your goal! Weighing your bag ahead of time will save you money and time at the airport. A great device is the Digital Luggage Scale, I swear this has become by packing buddy, it has yet to fail me! If your luggage is over weight reevaluate what you packed if there is something you can leave behind do it if not try to reorganize your carry on and swap things around.
    7. Lock and buckle: Its always a good idea to put a lock on your suitcase just to be safe. Also, to make it easier when you are at baggage claim and ensure no one accidentally takes your bag put a suitcase bright colored strap around it (mine is lime green).
  3. Preparing for air travel
    1. Be comfy: DO NOT I repeat DO NOT wear a sweatsuit to the airport I do not care if its Juicy Couture. Lets not fall in the “fashion police” category! I will consider you a “hot mess” for that! Yes, I know I said be comfy however, you still want to look stylish so be comfy but in style! 🙂 Wear something that can be mixed and matched with what you brought, preferably fabrics that are wrinkle resistant and I encourage you to also wear pants not a skirt or dress.
    2. Wear bulky: If you are traveling somewhere cold wear your jacket, boots, etc these items will be a deal breaker when it comes to weighing your suitcase.
    3. Flats not heels: Maybe you are a heel girl all the way but please lets make an exception here and wear FLATS! Not only do you look more at ease you actually look more chic, you are wearing the appropriate foot attire for traveling. Nothing is worse than a woman running in heels trying to catch her flight (now you should be early anyways because as a chic woman you are well prepare for your travels but just in-case lets not look a mess in the airport!)
    4. Carry a shawl: Well thanks to new airline changes, blankets and pillows are no longer provided. So, not only will this keep you warm on the plane it can serve as a mini pillow too!
    5. Bring little treasures: Airplane cabins are notorious for being dry so to keep yourself looking great pack lip balm, eye drops, bottled water and lotion!

Dressing bulky, great outfit for the airport!

See the shawl! This is a perfect example!

Travel style: DO (Cameron Diaz) & DONT (Cheryl Cole)

BEST LUGGAGE: Now that you know how to pack in a chic and successful manner it is only right that your luggage is of best quality! I highly recommend Tumi luggage as its considered to be the most durable and functional luggage brands around. They have great packing accessories if you like to be extra organized as well as the option to personalize your luggage too!  They have a lifetime guarantee and specialized carry-on bags when traveling out of the country. Check it out here: TUMI LUGGAGE

If my fashionaholic boyfriend can do it so can you, that man can fit a whole months wardrobe in a carry on! Now start packing…

Let me introduce you to Michael Kors!

Ok so I usually do not give a whole post to just talking about a designer, however I found it necessary to do so in the fact that not only is Michael Kors one of my all time favorite designers but I recently had the pleasure to meet his mother, Joan Kors. His achievements alone make him one of the greatest designers in my eyes but truth be told I consider him to be one of the greatest because of his impeccable eye for detail and design. Starting at the rip age of 4 helping reconstruct his mother’s wedding dress it was destined that he would one day have his own collection. This Long Island native began his namesake label in 1981 and within thirty years has turned his name into a power house brand in the American fashion landscape. After serving as the designer and then creative director from 1997 to 2003 for the house Celine and winning the CFDA Award for Womenswear Designer of the Year in 1999 for his Michael Kors Collection he was ready to venture completely on his own. All of this had upped his standing in the fashion world—and being a smart business man he capitalized on this by launching a full-fledged accessories line in 2001, a men’s collection in 2002, and sportswear line Michael Michael Kors in 2004. With flagship stores in most major cities, popular fragrance and home lines. He has clearly made his mark by becoming a globally recognized brand, targeting many different target markets. He has something for everyone from his Michael Kors runway collections, ranging from $700 to $3,000 to MICHAEL Michael Kors, which includes handbags, shoes, and women’s ready to wear and KORS Michael Kors, which includes footwear and denim.

His runway collections never fall short to “wow” the fashion industry year after year. Most recently he received the lifetime achievement award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2010 along side hitting $100 Billion in sales this year.

Now, you could imagine when I had heard Joan Kors would be coming to the store the first thing that came to mind was what am I going to wear. So of course I immediatley ran to my closet and pulled out my favorite piece in my wardrobe. None other than my Michael Kors deep raspberry printed sheath dress worn with nothing less than my classic black leather Christian Louboutin pumps accompanied by my diamond earrings and fabulous diamond cocktail ring to top it off. This sheath dress is from his Fall 2009 Collection and its still just as fabulous as it was back than as it is today. That is one of the many reasons why I love Michael Kors’s collections, every piece is timeless. He really understands a woman’s body and how to really accentuate their best assets. Each piece is designed impeccably and what is even better is that his designs are not limited to a woman with a small frame his sizes range from 0 to 14. Thus, if you are the working woman having a Michael Kors sheath dress is a must have in your wardrobe. It can be compared to wearing a power suit, I promise as soon as you slip on one of his sheath dresses you will understand what I am talking about! Michelle Obama is a big supporter of the Michael Kors sheath dress you can catch her in his designs often when she goes on speaking engagements, hence the fact that it is the ultimate power dress! Not only did she chose to wear a Michael Kors dress for her Official White House picture she additionally wore it for the front cover of the “O, The Oprah Magazine”.

Michelle Obama posing for Official White House Picture, wearing Michael Kors.

Michelle Obama wearing Michael Kors.

Check out his Fall 2011 Collection, can’t wait for this collection to arrive!

My favorite piece from this years Pre-Fall 2011 Collection is the ultimate sexy sheath dress, professional in the front and party in the back, if you are interested in this piece please contact me! 🙂 (It looks a lot better in all black, which is what I have in-store)

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