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How To Wear Your Bridesmaid Dress Again
Monday March 28, 2011 No comments yet
It’s so special to be a part of a friend’s special day as a bridesmaid...what an honor! You get to stand alongside one of your best pals on one of the happiest days of her life. And you get to look beautiful in that bridesmaid dress she picked out for you. As most of us know, however, bridesmaids often pay a pretty penny for a dress that will only get worn once.  


What if we told you that there are a few secrets to wearing that bridesmaid dress again? You can look stylish and fabulous in that gown over and over again with a few minor adjustments. No one will know that the dress you are wearing to a gala, a dinner party, or even a night out on the town, was once a bridesmaid dress. And if you don’t tell, we won’t tell...it’ll be our little secret.  

Think about accessorizing that dress according to where you’re going. If you have a knee length dress, you can pair it with a bold necklace, a blingy pair of earrings, a pair of heels, and a clutch and strut out the door for a night out. Still think you look a little too girly and frilly? Tone down the sophistication and amp up the edge by throwing on a black leather jacket from Vince Camuto, or this faux leather one from Express, and a studded belt to create a hip rocker-chic look. Try a clutch like this one from our accessories.

Going out for brunch with the girls on a gorgeous early Saturday afternoon? You can pair this bridesmaid dress from our collection with a cardigan from Ann Taylor Loft and flats or with a white/cream leather jacket and sandals. 

This bridesmaid dress would transition perfectly from a wedding to a dinner party or a gala. Pair your dress with a white tuxedo jacket or a blazer and a beautiful pair of studs or pearls...stunning!

Remember you can always take that gown to the tailor. If the gown was long and you want to make it look more like a cute cocktail dress, have the tailor take off a few inches and voilà...you’ve got a dress that fits into your lifestyle.
 
You have so many options to turn that one-time dress into a staple in your wardrobe.You’ll love how many wears you can get out of a dress that you thought you could never wear again. So get that dress out of the back of your closet, ladies. You have all the tools you need. 

 

Calling All Goddesses, We Want Your Dress
Friday March 25, 2011 1 Comment
With spring flowers making their debut, it’s no wonder we’ve got a heart-y case of romance on the brain. And what perfect timing as this spring is all about the love, in a free-flowing girly-kind-of-way.  Think Venus and Aphrodite gorgeousness seamlessly wrapped into a dress. Goddess gowns continue to make celestial waves down the runway this season. J. Mendel, Catherine Malandrino and Marchesa are just a few who surrendered to the timeless sophistication of the goddess gown. And who can forget how heavenly Mila Kunis was at the Oscars in that exquisite number by Elie Saab? With its draping flow of modern elegance, the goddess gown brings out the angel in all. 

Image source: harpersbazaar.com 

If you’re going to go goddess then it has to look effortless. Our advice, don’t pile on 18lbs of chiffon a la Stevie Nicks. Keep it light and easy with simple draping and intricate embellishments. The cascading fabric speaks volumes on this Morrell Maxie, and the beaded accents on this Alyce dress add just the right glow. 

While we can’t resist the purity a white gown offers, we’re in sheer awe when there’s color involved. Selena Gomez went red in a Dolce & Gabbana Grecian-inspired gown at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party. And Ms. Kunis was breathtaking in lovely lavender, in the aforementioned dress. Why not take it to the garden this spring, and go green in this floral frock by Basix?

The real beauty of a goddess gown is it flows freely in both day and night. If it’s an afternoon affair, then opt for a shorter version such as this dress by Interlude, and style casually with minimal jewels and flat gladiator sandals. Your feet will be eternally grateful for the reprieve. If it’s evening that makes the call, then sprinkle on the shine with chandelier earrings. 

No need for a necklace as goddess gowns often have strong necklines with the asymmetrical silhouette leading the pack. A single bracelet should do the trick. Boost up the glamour in strappy heels, and if you’re feeling extra angelic add a sparkly headband for your crown. 

Be careful not to go overboard with accessories. When in doubt leave it out. To complete the look with an ethereal breeze keep your hair styled softly. Braids, loose side buns, and relaxed curls make excellent choices to evoke the goddess within.
 

The Perfect Match, Dress & Shoes
Monday March 21, 2011 2 Comments

Finding your perfect match isn’t difficult. No, we're not talking trying to find the guy you’re going to marry (that can be a little difficult). We're talking dress and shoe matching--the two important items you’re going to wear to that special event, whether it’s prom, a wedding, a spring fling, etc. It’s all about finding the perfect dress and shoe combination for you to wear that evening. The two pieces that together will make you feel flawless and magical. 

Let’s start with the little black dress. A gorgeous LBD is always acceptable to wear to a formal occasion.  The shoes the model is wearing in the picture are beautiful, but there are other amazing options, such as these pumps by Jovani or these high-heel sandals by Coloriffics.  Although, before choosing which pair you will go with, you want to make sure you take into consideration what the event is. For example, if you’re going to a formal charity event, wearing the pumps with the dress would look best. Likewise, if you’re wearing the dress to the club, then definitely pair it with the rhinestone sandals. 

Prom and Sweet 16 are all a huge part of a teen girl’s life. There are these amazing red and black shoes by Alisha Hill which will look wonderful paired with this red and black dress by Interlude, or this rred and black dress by Landa. These three red and black dresses are perfect for any one of those occasions. When you’re a teenager, it’s okay to be fun and hip, and these shoes show your fresh style. You can even pair the red and black shoes with a solid red dress or a solid black dress to make the dress stand out a little bit. 

Another cute dress and shoe option, which would be a great ensemble for a high school or college formal event, is this strapless babydoll mini dress by Sherri Hill paired with some colorful, hologram shoes. The beautiful colors are wonderful for spring and summer events. 

Maybe you’re out of college and going to a formal that your company is hosting or maybe you will be attending a wedding. Then this navy blue cocktail dress by La Femme paired with these black stilettos will make you look classy and elegant.  Or you can always go with a sparkly strappy sandal for some added glamour. 

Shoe and dress matching can be a lot of fun, since just about any dress can be paired with just about any type of shoe. Just be sure to think about what the event is all about--so you can decide whether to go stiletto or sandal with your dress-- and how you want to show off your style!  
 

Celebrity Style Spotlight: Megan Fox
Friday March 18, 2011 No comments yet
Megan Fox is one of the hottest celebrities right now.  She’s gorgeous and probably every guy on this planet wants to marry her. What girl doesn’t want to look like her? 

Image Source: Elle.com 

One word that always describes Megan Fox’s look is sexy. She is one girl who is never afraid to bring on the sex appeal—just look at her posing in this beautiful purple dress! You, too, can achieve this look. 

Check out these stunning dresses by Faviana which can help you imitate Megan’s style: 




All dresses feature a slit, so you, just like Megan Fox, can show off your legs and perfect shoes. Girls—these dresses are all excellent options for the prom! But, if you’re really feeling the purple color, check out this great dress by Tony Bowls.

If you decide to wear one of the above dresses, wear your hair in lose waves like Megan. You can either wear it all down, or try a side ponytail paired with some sparkly clips, and you will definitely capture that Megan Fox glamour.

Another thing Megan has is a ton of confidence. It’s what also makes her style filled with sex appeal work. When you see her on your TV walking down the red carpet, she gets her strut on and walks with her head held high. Just like her, when wearing a dress to a special occasion, you have to own it. Confidence is the sexiest thing you’ll be wearing that night! 

 

Spring Fashion Looks Stunningly Seventies
Wednesday March 16, 2011 No comments yet
The S/S 11 runways said it loud and clear; the 70s are back! A slew of designers including Marc Jacobs, Derek Lam and Tory Burch repurposed the “me” decade’s fashion with glammed-out stylings, bold prints, and vibrant color. Starting with easy-breezy flower power and then moving towards the power packages of Charlie’s Angels, 70s fashion went from hippie to hottie as it settled into its Studio 54 groove. We are happy to report that instead of bringing back the same old styles, the spring shows marked a fashion evolution that pleases both haute hippie chick and modern disco queen. So dig out your carefree attitude, and tie it up in a fun-loving bow--we’re going 70s this spring.

Image source: Refinery29.com

It wouldn’t be a 70s moment without the wide-leg trouser. When opting for this style of jeans choose a high waist version that accentuates your feminine curves. To maximize the look, tuck in a billowy blouse, and stretch a skinny belt through the loops. Platform shoes are essential for those without super-sized gams. For extra flare, top it off with a big brimmed hat and oversized sunglasses. 

Along with loose silhouettes, designers were thinking with slink this season. Clingy fabrics like stretch knit jersey have found their way onto jumpsuits, below-the-knee dresses, and bow blouses. These form fitting shinies give a shout-out to Halston’s hey-day when a satiny finish spelled good times for all. To conjure up your best bit of glitz, bring on the gold! Hoop earrings and a cuff bracelet are sure to spike the disco fever.

While some choose to play it slinky, others choose to go with the flow. Bohemian style dresses are in with a win this spring. Get one that’s printed in a maxi silhouette for optimal 70s styling. Flowy fabrics, like silk georgette are not only brilliantly chic, but they’re also super comfy. Donning a maxi dress is one of the few ways to embody comfort without sacrificing fashion. Pair with gladiator sandals and beaded necklaces to start feeling groovy.

Ready to bring it home a la 70s? Then you’re going to need some color. Bright hues in prints, stripes or straight up solids are big this spring. Street photog Nam caught pops of color on everything from jackets to handbags to jewelry to shoes at Paris Fashion Week.  If you’re just beginning to play with color, start with a neutral palette for your clothing, and let your accessories glow like the rainbow.
 

Taylor Swift, America’s Stylish Sweetheart
Wednesday March 09, 2011 No comments yet
Image source:  instyle.com

Taylor Swift is a young, beautiful, and talented artist. With songs like Teardrops On My Guitar and You Belong With Me, she’s the type of artist that you cannot get enough of, and her incredible fashion sense keeps us wanting more. Taylor Swift looks like a princess on the red carpet, always poised and put together, with a style that is sweet and effortless. She is one celebrity that many of us would love to emulate. If you want to dress the part, here are a few of her dazzling looks that you can achieve for a fraction of the price.

Taylor Swift made a statement at the Country Music Awards in a beautiful custom made Monique Lhuillier gown. She looked incredible. You can too, with this knockout replica by Faviana. You are sure to have those heads turning when you step into the room wearing this gown. Who needs a red carpet!?!

Here she is again at an earlier 2008 Country Music Awards, in another amazing gown that makes her look spectacular. To channel this look Faviana has another dress in their collection that is a spitting image of the Kaufmanfranco dress that Taylor wore.  

Taylor Swift can do no wrong. She has become somewhat of a style icon, where we cannot wait to see what she will be wearing next. Here she is wearing a stunning Ralph Lauren Collection gown, and you can get a very similar gown in a color that suits your personality. 

Her style is unique and multidimensional. There are so many different looks that she achieves and she always gets it right. Taylor looked fabulous at the People’s Choice Awards in this short white dress by Jenny Packham, and you can look just as fabulous in this cocktail dress by Interlude Cocktail

Taylor always looks amazing and you can too in some or all of the dresses mentioned above. Make the look your own and try them out. Don’t forget the most important ingredient that Taylor embodies in all of her looks...confidence. Go get ‘em ladies. Let’s make Taylor proud!   
 

Dress & Tell Winner February 2011
Tuesday March 08, 2011 No comments yet
Check out the lovely Vanessa, our February 2011 Dress & Tell winner. Doesn't she look like a princess in that ball gown? 


Vanessa had this to say about her dress:

I wore this to my husbands Military Ball for his unit.  I am the FRG President for his unit, so I needed to look better than everyone else there and still look refined and still match his uniform.  I got soooo many compliments on this dress and even had other wives telling me how beautiful they were telling there husband's that I was!!  I was going to sell this dress after the ball and make some money to pay for some of my Christmas but I love it soo much I just can't let it go!!!

Awww, we certainly hope she had a ball in it. Enjoy your account credit, Vanessa.

Who will be the Dress & Tell winner for March? Enter today and it might just be YOU. 

 

Red Hair, To Dye or Not to Dye?
Monday March 07, 2011 2 Comments
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Red hair is hot right now.  There is Emma Stone, Christina Hendricks, Rihanna, and Marica Cross splashed all over the TV and magazines. Ashlee Simpson, Khole Kardsashian, and Hayden Panetierre had their hair dyed red for a while, too. And if you really think about it, the red hair popularity all kinda started when Lindsay Lohan came on to the scene with her hit “Mean Girls"—she had this gorgeous, full head of red hair. Don’t we all wish Lindsay would just go back to her natural color instead of alternating between blonde and dark brown? Didn’t she look amazing in her natural auburn locks?

Should you dye your hair red?
Well, if you’re fair skinned, the red hair color will be really flattering on you, especially if you have cool, pinkish, tones underneath and light colored eyes—the red hair will definitely bring them out. Just look at Anna Farris in the picture above for her new movie, “Take Me Home Tonight.” The red hair looks amazing on her. And, once again, just like Lindsay, the red hair seems to suit her better than the blonde. 

It’s also a great hue to go for if you’re an indoors girl, and if your hair doesn’t have to be washed too often, as red hair dye fades faster than other colors. In addition, if you love trips to the salon, then you wouldn’t mind coloring your hair this color. 
There are tons of red shades out there, from Strawberry Blonde to Reddish Browns. If you decide to color your hair, it’s always best to see a professional, who will recommend the best shade for you. Plus a professional hair colorist will make sure you get the red color you want; if you do it yourself at home you risk turning your hair orange or some other funky color, not the beautiful hue you were looking for.

Frocks for red locks
Think about how shiny, voluminous, red hair would look with these dresses on your big night or that special occasion you have coming up:  
Asymmetric Dress with Train by Sherri Hill (The model has red hair!) 

Remember to also ask you colorist to lighten or darken your brows so it matches your new hair, too.

Should you not dye your hair red? 
Dyeing your hair red may not be for you if you’re not high maintenance. Having red hair means constantly maintaining it. As I mentioned before, red hair fades really fast, and you will need a good shampoo and conditioner made for colored hair to keep your hair from going fabulous to blah. You will also need to revisit the salon at least every 6 weeks for root touchups and to refresh the color. 

If you have olive skin or yellow undertones, red hair will not be the most flattering hair color on you. Of course, you should always express your style, but if you’re looking for a hair color change that’s going to be really stunning, you should look to the brown and blonde spectrums. 

Can’t Decide What to Do?
You can always go to your hairstylist and ask for a subtle change—get some red highlights added to your hair. Just a thought! 

 

Red Carpet Redux: Because We Still Want More!
Thursday March 03, 2011 No comments yet
With all the glamour that spilled out from Oscar Night it would be a shame to roll up the red carpet without one last look. Since we clocked in a full six hours glued to the tele, we have earned the privilege to dole out awards for our favorite ensembles. While we appreciate Hollywood’s A-list stepping out in bold color, we think the big prize goes to the ladies with the most shine. From Gwyneth’s shimmering sheath to Amy Adams’ blue-beaded beauty, the stars who went with a sparkling hue truly stood out. Here’s who lived up to our brightest expectations at the Oscars. Be warned-- sunnies not provided.

Image credits: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Let’s face it, Gwyneth Paltrow knows fashion. She knows what to wear, how to pair, and when to flaunt. The Oscars were just another opportunity for her to show off her know-how with a fine toothed comb. And finely combed she was with stick-sleek hair that perfectly complemented the minimal design of her Calvin Klein dress. By adding just the right touch of old world jewels, her appearance was modernly right with a hint of vintage charm. To achieve Gwyneth’s uber chic style, try this Tadashi on for size.

Michelle Williams was true to form in Chanel Haute Couture. A bit classic, a bit coy, the streamlined silhouette of the dress created an ideal platform for each delicately placed bead. Michelle has found her sweet spot with cropped locks, and a smoky yet ethereal make-up palette. We delighted in her demure grace that translated with a soft wink. For an asymmetrical take on Michelle’s dress, try this floor sweeping version by Scala.

Mandy Moore, who also got the memo to shine, donned a buff Monique Lhuillier gown. With a sequin here and a glimmer there - Mandy had it all covered, just barely. Her bits and pieces were given an iridescent glow that created sparks on the red carpet. You too can stun like Mandy in this precious gem by Mon Cheri.

New mom, Amy Adams trimmed down to perfection then flaunted her figure in a midnight blue sparkler by L’Wren Scott. She topped off the look with some serious bling- $1.35 million in Cartier emeralds and diamonds, to be exact. Another simple silhouette that both flattered and beamed brilliance. Get your  glitz on in this hard hitter by Scala.

And lastly, we must not forget Halle Berry, the eternal beauty who radiates nothing less than perfection. This woman can do no wrong - especially when there’s a bedazzled Marchesa involved. Glam it up like Halle with this head-turner by Mac Duggal.

 

Runway Trends: Spring '11 Silhouettes
Wednesday March 02, 2011 No comments yet
Spring fashion is shaping up in terms of key fashion silhouettes across a variety of women’s wear categories. For daytime dresses, shifts continue to take center stage. Cuts are boxier than in the past few seasons, with mod influences in woven fabrics, however hemlines have gotten a bit more modest this year than the minis that were dominating the runways of late.

In terms of tops, loose fitting blouses in flowing materials like silk georgette are in style on the high end, often paired with a fitted skirt. There are dresses that mirror the trend that make coordinating head-to-toe a snap.

Image credits: funzip.com

The sky’s the limit when it comes to shape in terms of eveningwear silhouettes. Whether it is structured shoulders or a striking, still trend-right one-shoulder dress, eye-catching shapes are definitely gaining notice. Long gowns with sheer panels are also a hit. Rihanna rocked the red carpet at this year’s Grammys in a Jean Paul Gaultier gown made of white frills contrasted with sheer stripes of fabric that attracted a lot of notice. For a similar but less scandalous take on this look, try this dress in white.

Long and lean gowns are still center stage with Pilates and yoga-loving celebrities that decide to flaunt their size 0 figures. While those in the single-figure sizes, especially with some height, may like this look, other stars known for their curves including Beyonce, Scarlett Johansson, Katy Perry, and Sophia Vergara are also choosing plunging necklines that flaunt their cleavage, and fit-and-flare dress silhouettes that help balance out their hourglass shapes.

When looking at the key silhouette trends for 2011, keep in mind to pick looks that work for your body type. An A-line silhouette flatters almost every figure type, especially a pear-shaped figure that is smaller on top than on the bottom. Those with a straight-up-and-down silhouette can go for sheaths that play up their slimness, or go for a ballgown or belted silhouette to help add some curves—for instance, with ruffles up top along the bustline. 

Top-heavy types may choose a top with sleeves with a straight skirt with a deep slit or a miniskirt to bring attention to those great legs. And hourglass types should steer clear of ruffles or anything that adds bulk, sticking to simple, figure-skimming cuts that flatter their curves.
 
 
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