These shoes are made for walking…

This Fall is all about the shoes. So ladies and gentlemen if you are shoeaholics you are in for a special treat this season!

Let the shoes make your outfit.  We all know that Carrie Bradshaw from “Sex In The City” had a total shoe obsession. If it was a new pair of jeans or a pair of Manolo Blahniks… it was definitely the Manolo’s! So if you are going to buy a few things to style up your closet for Fall b-line for the shoe section first! From oxford booties to pointed toe pumps to over-the-knee boots to your outrageously glamorous stiletto there is something for everyone to love!

So now the question you probably all are pondering is how do you allow your shoes to speak in every outfit! Usually we get dressed by first picking out either a pair of pants (skirt/shorts) or the top and then once we have decided on that pairing we then chose the shoes. However, being that outrageous, fun, textured and colored shoes are the biggest trend this Fall try picking out the shoes first and then finding the rest of the outfit to pair with it!! Trust me you might be surprised what chic outfits you come up with! It almost reinvents your closet into something totally different. This can sometimes be tricky but also really fun. So my fellow styled right fashionistas go on and try it! Can’t wait to see what you all come up with…

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HOLIDAY STYLE GUIDE…Sequins, Bows and Lace OH MY!!

With only 35 days till Christmas for most the holiday planning, shopping and decorating is in full swing! Holidays are suppose to be the most joyful time of year however sometimes it can become stressful with so many things to check off your list. And of course piling on the stress are those invitations on your counter to family and work parties along with New Years Eve events! And the inevitable question is “what am I going to where?”. Well, fret no more my holiday gift to you is this Holiday Style Guide to make your holiday outfit shopping a breeze!!

HOLIDAY STYLE GUIDE

One of the key ingredients this holiday season is making the most out of a few pieces! You do not need to go buy 4 new outfits for 4 parties!

  1. Figure out what is the common theme between all your events.
    • Dressy: A few glamorous items to your wardrobe is all you need, thus shop for a few items such as a skirt, sweater, clutch or dress.
    • Casual: Shop for a few items such as a skirt, sweater, jewelry, scarf or a handbag.
    • Family friendly: Shop for garments you can have fun in. You never know the games they might have, so you want to look fabulous yet be comfortable. Shop for a few items such as a pair of pants, sweater, festive top, or flats.
    • Work: Shop for garments that are not to revealing. I always love buying a new pair of shoes and some great jewelry for work events!
  2. Decide what trends you are loving this season.
    • Sequins: If you are loving sequins there are endless options!! My favorite garment this season is a sequin skirt (there are endless options when it comes to styling it). Also, sequin clutches and heels are a big trend as well! And of course, the newest trend is sequin nails!
    • Bows: If you haven’t already noticed BOWS have really made a statement this season. Look for a great dress, jacket or sweater with bow detail or even a bow headband. 🙂 I am also loving heels with bow detail!!
    • Lace: A classic trend that is always around year after year for the holiday is lace! You can find lace on dresses, tops, skirts and scarfs.
    • Mesh: My absolute favorite trend this season and definitely the biggest trend is MESH! You can find dresses and tops with mesh!
    • Velvet: If you need something simple and classic yet is dressy velvet would be the best choice in a garment!
    • Embellished collars: All you need is one! I love this trend because it can really grow your wardrobe by taking a top, dress or sweater and changing the look just by adding an embellished collar!
  3. Where to shop.
    • Nordstrom
    • Banana Republic
    • Express
    • ALDO
    • H&M
    • Ann Taylor Loft
    • J. CREW
    • Steve Madden
    • Saks Fifth Avenue
  4. Mix and Match.
    • Have one focal point:
      • If you purchased a sequin sweater let that be the focus of your outfit and everything else you want to compliment it. For example: take a simple black dress and throw your sequin sweater over the top! Or if you are going to a family party try pairing the sweater with a nice dark denim, a silk shell!
      • If you invested in a new skirt try pairing it with your favorite heels for a work event with a nice blazer. Also, try pairing it with a casual t-shirt and blazer for a casual event.
    • Accessories can change any outfit: If you invested in a necklace and/or clutch. You can mix these with any of your outfits! A sparkle or lace clutch is sure to make any outfit festive!

A FEW OF MY FAVORITES

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS,

XOXO FSR

Wedding attire!

It is definitely the season for weddings and in the spirit of the recent wedding of William and Kate I thought this topic would be fitting. I feel like every weekend someone is getting married and each wedding is unique from the next which means more likely then not you is appropriate attire will be different for each one. And its no wonder at least once a day if not more I have a client that is attending a wedding and most have no clue what to wear. To help them determine the direction we will go in for their outfit I always ask a few questions…

  1. When is the wedding?
  2. Where is the wedding located?
  3. What time is the wedding at?

Usually these three factors will be enough to start pulling some items to start trying on. A few things that I always keep in mind no matter the type of wedding is that the outfit should be classy, not overly sexy and of course not WHITE. I know there are some people that think it is ok to wear white to a wedding however, that color should be left to the bride. I do however think it is acceptable to wear black, this color can be very figure flattering for most. Although, I would refrain from wearing black to a daytime wedding if you can, this is more of an evening look.

Here are a few examples of what to wear to a few different weddings (most invitations do not have a dress code so here is a helpful guide depending on the three factors i discussed above):

  • Summer/Church/Daytime: I would suggest a dress or a nice skirt and top with some color. The dress or skirt should be not much shorter than right above the knee. A light cotton fabric (no silk to dressy) or tweed. Choice of shoes are endless but the best options I would say would be a wedge or open toe pump.
  • Winter/Church/Evening: Since it is in the evening. I would suggest a nice dress or a long skirt with a blouse. Still not too casual but also not too dressy. Darker colors, burgundy, black, emerald green etc.
  • Spring/VEGAS/Evening: Well time to pull out your favorite jewelry. Wear a dress with color (coral, green, red etc.) a low back with a covered front would be a great choice. I would also do a fancy shoe to dress up your dress. And even though the wedding is in vegas you still want to look classy, so not too short or too low cut. Since Vegas is hot I would refrain from wearing pants, plus to casual for a fun wedding.
  • Summer/Church/Day-evening formal: Since this wedding is during the day but continues through the night I would suggest a more formal cocktail dress. Maybe a silk sheath dress and a sling back shoe. Wearing black would be appropriate but brighten it up with some colorful jewelry.
  • Summer/Beach/Daytime:A maxi dress would be the best option and if you are of shorter stature a nice summer dress. If the wedding is in a exotic location it would be most appropriate to wear bright colors and no black.

    The dress is great but wear a wedge or sandal.

Dress codes on invitiations:

  • BLACK TIE: This is the most formal of all weddings. Usually an evening gown or formal cocktail dress with dramatic jewelry.
  • BEACH FORMAL: This suggest an elegant beach wedding, so dress to impress but beware of the exact location. A fancy/formal sundress with nice sandals (no flip flops). (Bring a sweater it may be cold because of the wind by the water.)
  • SEMI-FORMAL: This is where things can get confusing. Which is why the above info will be the best guide!
  • CASUAL: Usually this means anything goes. However, I would refrain from wearing denim. Business casual will keep you on the safe side and of course a nice cotton dress or pant and blouse is appropriate as well.
If you have any other questions feel free to message me. I would love to be of help in anyway that I can. I hope this has helped!!

Power of statement jewelry!!

I could go and on about this topic, however I will try to keep it brief. I cannot stress how important it is to have a few pieces of statement jewelry in your wardrobe. It is reassured to me everyday how much one necklace, the perfect ring or earrings complete the outfit; they give the outfit just what it was missing. This is also where you can have fun with your outfit showing off how cool, elegant, sophisticated you are. Even if you have to wear a suit to work you can still have fun with the jewelry and let your personal style show through. My rule of thumb is you must have balance with your jewelry. If you are going to wear a big necklace the earrings need to be small or vice versa. Let the statement piece shine without competing with others, the other pieces should only complement the focal piece. Depending on the occasion will often help you decide what statement you will want to make with your jewelry.

For example, lets take a basic black dress and you are going to 2 different events during the week. The first one is a luncheon with your girlfriends. To downplay the dress and make it more casual and fun I would wear a chunky necklace, a cocktail ring and bracelet. The necklace is the statement piece and the rest are just to tie it into the entire outfit. Also its always good to balance up and down. Just like balancing with big and small you must balance up and down. Ok, now you are going to your second event of the week, your girlfriends engagement party (semi-formal). So to play up this dress I would suggest large chandelier earrings (in proportion to your face and hair) with bangles or a fantastic cuff and cocktail ring if you want to be extra sassy! Wearing chandelier earrings creates a softer look more sophisticated and even glamorous if you chose ones with bling! 🙂 When shopping for statement jewelry I think it is ok to splurge. Jewelry you will wear time and time again with many different outfits unlike a unique top or fancy dress. You also want your jewelry to last and not rust or break. I always suggest splurging on the accessories and spending less on the actual clothing. But there are also rules to that which I will get to another time.

Also, when choosing my jewelry I definitely have go to designers. One of my favorite jewelry designers is Alexis Bittar who has also been named one of “Greatest Jewelry Designers of the 21st Century”. He creates pieces that are timeless,classy yet funky and always make a statement. The lucite collections are utterly fantastic they glow from a distance and can turn any dull outfit into a great one! If you watched “Sex and the City” then you have seen Alexis Bittar time and time again being worn by all the women especially Samantha.

My favorite piece right now…(this would be for a daytime look).

What is your favorite statement piece?

Favorite Dress Designer

One of my favorite designers is Elie Saab also known as ES, he became an overnight success as he was the first Lebanese designer to dress an Oscar winner, Halle Berry in 2002. Whats most amazing is that he is self-trained. However, it does not surprise me as it seems to be a theme. Most gifted people in this world were self-taught. Whether it be a fashion designer or a musical artist, those who self train love what they do and do it with such passion because they are using their god-gifted talent. It is what comes natural to them. Furthermore, his designs now can be seen on the red carpet by many celebs, my favorite recently was Mila Kunis at the 2011 Oscars. She looked breath taking in this lace lilic gown from his 2011 Haute Couture Collection. His gowns are utterly amazing (I would love to wear one of his gowns for my next competition..Miss California USA)

2011 Haute Couture Collection

He then created his first ready-to-wear 2006 Spring-Summer Collection in Paris. N0w, 5 years later he has wowed us once again with his 2011 Spring-Summer Collection. This collection really captures all of what this springs styles to watch are; fabulous maxi dresses, short mini dresses, silk wide leg trousers etc. My favorite piece would have to be the nude long sleeve tight dress with long gold cuffs. I really love that many of his pieces worn the right way can be worn on so many occasions. Also, I am so happy to see a collection that actually encompasses spring and not fall. Many collections right now look like they should be fall collections with such dark colors.

2011 Ready -to-Wear Spring-Summer Collection

Who is your favorite dress designer??