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Boston Fashion Week Kicks Off Tonight

27 Sep

Boston may be small but we have our very own fashion week – did you know that? Well, now you do. The official Boston Fashion Week kicks off tonight with multiple events around town. The opening gala being held at the Mandarin hotel is sure to be the swankiest spot. Want tickets? You can still get them. Want to participate in Fashion Week but hoping to not spend $250 a ticket? There are still plenty of other events taking place over the next week, many of which have a low-cost of entry. Highlights include: The Lights, Camera, Fashion event at the Revere on Friday night, the tent events on Saturday afternoon, the  Copley Catwalk fashion shows highlighting emerging talent and the Fashion Forward event next Friday evening at the ICA. Visit the official website for a full listing of events and ticketing information.

Wink,

Style Girl

Keep Your Hoodies at Home

17 Sep

Happy Monday, readers.

I’d like to take this forum to vent my deep confusion and concern over a growing trend. Over the last several weeks I have seen many girls/young women (figure, mid 40s and under) walking around town with perfectly nice outfits on. What’s the problem with that? Well, they seem to want to cover their nice outfits in hoodies. Now, I know yoga gear is the new standard for weekend wear but if you bother to invest money into seemingly nice clothes and then strut into an office please, please, please leave the hoodie/yoga jacket at home.

Think about it – if the short walk to work is your runway for the day, then why would you mask your coordinated self in something so dumpy and unpolished? Are you going to the grocery store or are you going to work? If you are a professional, working woman I ask that you leave the hoodie at home and wear it to  Whole Foods as appropriate (or gasp – maybe even the gym). Confused over what you could potentially wear instead of your hoodie? Here are a few ideas – many of which are casual and useful outside of the office:

Capes/Ponchos – I wear my Minnie Rose Ruana often (I have three…). Capes are stylish and soft and asymmetrical and NOT a hoodie

Trenches – Lightweight and perfect, trench coats are perfect for fall – go for color if you find the beige too boring

Cardis – For the warmer fall days, cardigans and wraps work well. Remember that layering can look professional (layer with tailored pieces – that’s the key!)

Blazers and Jackets – I love, love, love blazers and similarly structured jackets. What’s not to love? Regardless of what you spend, it’s easy to look chic. Some of my go-tos are Tory Burch, J. CrewBCBG,  Loft and even Forever 21

Add some of these items to your fall shopping list if you don’t see any in your closet. And please, give that hoodie a rest.

Wink,

Style Girl

FNO 2012 Boston

6 Sep

I have a hair appointment tonight. It’s a very, very necessary hair appointment. How necessary? Well it’s taking me away from the Fashion’s Night Out activities in Boston so that should tell you something.

If you follow fashion then you know that tonight is the 4th Annual Fashion’s Night Out (FNO). Oh what I would give to be in NYC tonight! It’s a crying shame. That said, Boston did a great job presenting its own FNO  last year and this year it’s bound to be an even bigger crowd pleaser. This after-hours shopping event will feature live music, munchies, cocktails, treats, discounts and so much more! Newbury Street will be closed to traffic, Copley will host a live fashion show, and stores around the city will be celebrating. Unless you have an important hair appointment, I expect you to partake. There is really no other excuse that would take me away from great sales, goodie bags, champagne and the opportunity to dance in the street.

For a full listing of events, participating stores and other FNO Boston activity, check out the event website or their Facebook page which has been streaming updates all day. Kick off fall the right way and enjoy Fashion’s Night Out!

Wink,

Style Girl

An Evening at Ann Taylor

8 Aug

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of serving as the emcee for a corporate fashion show at Ann Taylor’s flagship store on Newbury Street. My company has a great professional women’s group and this event was one in a long series of programs that focuses on professional and personal development. You can guess the theme – dressing for work. We had a lot of fun putting looks together and I was reminded of some great lessons:

Classics

You have to have a classic, neutral suit in your closet. A basic black can’t be beat or one in another neutral color

A soft colored tweed suit jacket work great with pants, jeans, skirts or over a dress!

A simple sheath dress compliments most figures – aim for a simple color so you can change up the look with accessories and sweaters/blazers – this is also a great day/night transition piece!

In the same category as sheath is the shirt-style dress – they tend to work on most body types and the asymmetrical hem and bright color make it trendy.

Be sure your closet has a few blouses (button-down and shell) and cardigans so you can mix and match easily!

Trends worth trying!

Don’t be afraid of color – vibrant is in and IS office appropriate!

Go with the feminine – pleats are so pretty

Prints are fun – be sure to have a few in your closet

Need something casual, say for “Jeans Friday” but don’t really want to wear jeans? Try a denim trouser

Accessorize!

Larger, vibrant pieces look great over solids or with a classic white button down

Don’t forget a scarf or sash to add color. They look especially great with a cardigan

Want to make a neutral outfit a little more exciting? Add a fun shoe to the mix

If you haven’t stopped by Ann Taylor lately to take advantage of their summer sale, at least pop by in the next few weeks to check out their fall line. Great pieces at great prices!

Wink,

Style Girl

Oscar Hits and Misses

29 Feb

Like 41+ million other people, I too watched the Academy Awards on Sunday night. It is by far one of my favorite television nights of the year.  The event took on an old theatre theme this year that I just loved. Between Billy Crystal’s somewhat fun attempt at musical numbers, the Muppets, Cirque du Soleil and the gorgeous dresses I was kept well entertained.

Like any good viewer, I settled in around 5:30 with Ryan Seacrest and the E! team to watch the red carpet. It’s probably the best part of the night. I was a little distracted by Kelly Osbourne’s hair (I can’t believe she kept it like this for the whole awards season – tragic), Giuliana’s large smiley face and the swarm of cleaners that attacked Ryan after The Dictator spilled “ashes” on him  but all in all it was a good pre-show. So what were some of the hits and misses this year? Well, if you want an official review you can check out E! but I think my review is just as good.

HITS

Let’s give some props to Giuliana Rancic who was sporting a gorgeous Tony Ward number. Those sleeves!

Oh Gwyneth. I have such a girl crush on you. Your white Tom Ford dress was amazing and although the cape interfered with your posture a bit, you looked regal

Viola Davis is not only talented but she is a stunner. This green Very Wang dress was exceptional – love the top

One of my favorite dresses of the night was worn by Jessica Chastain. A relative newcomer, she rocked the red carpet in this classy Alexander McQueen gown

Leslie Mann may not be a true A list celebrity but she certainly acted the part on Sunday. This Roberto Cavalli dress was amazing and I love the navy

I really loved the bronze sequins dress worn by Ellie Kemper. This Armani Prive number was hot!

Tina Fey looked the prettiest I have ever seen her look. Her black, classic Carolina Herrara gown was perfect for her and I just loved her hair

Octavia Spencer  was one of the prettiest women on the carpet. Her Tadashi Shoji gown shined like a star and was flattering for her figure

MIXED EMOTION

Let’s talk about the red on the carpet (no pun intended). I loved the color on each of these three ladies but the looks were a bit off. Emma Stone has impressed me over the past two years with her red carpet style but something about her red Giambattista Valli dress threw me off. That bow was bigger than her head! Natalie Portman looked sweet in her big red Dior gown but polka dots for the Oscars?? Not so sure. I also didn’t like her necklace with the dress…it didn’t match.  Those of you who read often know that I love Louis Vuitton and Michelle Williams’ dress was very pretty but I didn’t love the odd sparkle adornment at the waistline and the most off-putting part about her look on the red carpet was her hair – where is it?? Time to grow it back sweetie

I am torn on Stacy Keibler’s dress. Everyone is talking about how amazing she looked  in her Marchesa’s single-strap gold lamé column gown but the color is too chinzy for my taste and the big flower is distracting and somewhat unflattering on her (maybe this is jealousy talking)

Angelina Jolie needs to gain some weight. Her super sexy Atelier Versace gown shouted movie star but her skinny arms took away from her look (and her weird leg poses on stage didn’t help)

MISSES

Can Jennifer Lopez wear something that covers her? Her Zuhair Murad dress didn’t work. I’m over the plunging neckline and the stripes were distracting

Dear Meryl – I understand that you are an older woman but that doesn’t mean that you need to wear a gold drape around your body. Horrid

Not to be mean, but the Valentino Couture on young actress Amara Miller was so drab. Where was the color for this young starlet?

I usually am a huge fan of Elie Saab but this dress that Berenice Bejo wore was unfortunate. The color was ok but the beading was confusing

Sandra Bullock’s Marchesa dress didn’t fit. It simply didn’t fit…who styled her? They’re fired

Rooney Mara is dark and interesting…yeah, yeah…we know…it’s a shock that she didn’t wear black. That being said, where is her jewelry? She is so bland in her Givenchy gown. She looks like a glass of milk

Anyway, I could go on and on. Love, love the Oscars. Maybe someday I’ll go like my friend Reshma did this year. She looked very pretty herself – even without the stylist.

Wink,

Style Girl

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