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Holiday Dressing, Courtesy of the ASOS Sale

11 Nov

Ah the holiday party dress. You wear it for one season and then it goes to the back of your closet, resurfacing only when it’s time to make a trip to Goodwill.

Which is why I was super psyched to brows ASOS’ holiday dress sale today. They’ve discounted a ton of their already reasonable holiday sparkles, as well as some more high-end options that are far too beautiful to wear only once.

Here are my top 5 picks:

5. The Corporate Party, $56.95

Your boss has booked a super-sexy space, but you don’t want to end up being That Girl Who Wore The Really Short Dress To Last Year’s Holiday Party. The solution: a simple, strapless silhouette with an asymmetrical hem. Because being completely covered up is never any fun.


4. The Boho Sparkler, $200.23

The sleeves keep it appropriate for a workplace gathering, but the length says Happy New Year.


3. The Man Eater, $277.65

Beautiful beading will make your friends ooh and ah, while the body con fit and micro mini length ensure that you’ll definitely have a kissing partner this NYE.


2. Like It’s 1999, $50.72

Relive your favorite scene from Clueless in this slinky, sparkly slip dress. No one will dare accuse you of looking Monet. Promise.


1. The Ultra-Feminine Stunner, $355.96

It takes a lot of confidence to stay this covered when everyone else is showing skin. But the extra fabric makes the dress much more versatile, so you can totally wear it to your work party, then pull it out for friend’s fall wedding next year.


Coveting Coach

7 Nov

Like many women, I fell out of love with Coach during the 70-year-old brand’s logo-maniacal days in the early aughts. But the American accessories powerhouse has recently returned to its classically fabulous roots thanks to new Creative Director (and Bottega Veneta and Mulberry alum) Stuart Ververs.

Here are five of my faves.

5. The Large Clutchable in Pebbled Leather, $458

Small enough to pair smartly with an LBD, yet large enough to protect your iPad, this burgundy clutch is minimalism at its best.


4. Small Turnlock Plaque Bracelet, $128

This simple stunner takes a nod from the ubiquitous Hermes wrap bracelet, then kicks it up about ten gilded notches.


3. Mini Tanner In Saffiano Leather, $258

This affordable crossbody is the perfect solution for those of us with I-spent $500-on-a-mini-Pashli-and-then-they-ended-up-at-Target angst. (And, yes, I am speaking from personal experience. *grumble*)


2. Box Chain Cuff, $228

The box chain weave of this substantial cuff adds interest while keeping it light and airy. Slip it on over a sweater sleeve, or bejewel a bare arm before a night out.


1. The Large Borough Bag In Polished Calfskin, $898

The luxe leather. The gloriously minimal hardware. And who knew a seam could be so sexy? When it comes to a beautiful carry-all, it doesn’t get much better than this.


Heidi Klum wins Halloween….again

1 Nov

In an era when most women’s Halloween costumes are titled “Sexy _____,” Heidi Klum consistantly bucks the norm, reminding us of what Halloween is all about: the opportunity to live your fantasy.

I’d venture to guess that most women’s fantasies don’t involve swinging on a pole. Yet year after year, we don the shortest skirts and deepest V’s we can find. Not that there’s anything wrong with flaunting what you’ve got, or expressing your sexuality. But it’s gotten to the point where women are looked at sideways if we’re not wearing something revealing. It’s not about us anymore.


Enter Heidi Klum, who has long celebrated her love of Halloween with a lavish annual costume party. And while her costumes are always interesting, this year’s choice bucked the norm in a way I found especially amusing. Behold:


Extra points for veiny legs and droopy decolletage. Truly, it’s the total opposite of what so many of us aspire to be for Halloween, which is what makes it so awesome. I also love that she draped her jacket over her shoulders and mixed her prints, embodying an old lady character who is proudly fashion forward.

Well played, Heidi. Well played.

Crazy Pants

8 Mar

Jeans are great, but after years of wearing them everywhere from five star restaurants to the dog park, I’m more than ready for the pants trend. And this spring, it’s all about the prints.

Whether worn with a half-tucked tuxedo shirt or a sweatshirt and hi tops, these printed stunners have me swooning.


From upper left: Clover Canyon Paisley Road Pant, Tibi Starfish Pleated Pants, Asos Africa Pants In Printed Floral. From lower left: Whistles Orchid Print Pants, Clover Canyon Flower Tracers Pant, Asos Pants In Digital Animal Print

Go Tuck Yourself

5 Mar

Our recent move has my purse strings tied in knots. Which is fine because, really, I have enough clothes.

But what to do when last season’s floral blouse feels wilted?

Trade it for someone else’s still-fabulous former favorite on Bib + Tuck.

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The idea behind new website is RealReal-Meets-Pintrest-Meets-your roomate’s closet. List (aka “Bib”) your unwanted fabulousness on your own page and earn bucks to put towards items from other girls’ closets. Each buck equals one dollar, and you set your own price when you list your own item, ensuring you’re compensated based on what you feel it’s worth.

Enticed by the concept, I joined and am totally hooked. So far, I’ve bibbed one item: a beautiful boho dress sitting sadly in my closet, worn only once. But I’m biding my bucks until I find the right item to cash in on. Right now, there’s a pair of off-white Jeffrey Campbell booties calling my name. Also tempting: a totally on-trend pair of printed palazzo pants.

My one criticism: not enough selection. They need more users willing to sell more items. The best selections tend to get tucked (ie bought) in seconds by people who lurk around constantly refreshing their browsers.

Ah, to have that kind of time…

The White Stuff

20 Feb

After a week of unseasonably warm temperatures, it’s back to winter here in SF.

Boo hiss.

One way to make this cold snap feel a little more like spring: winter white.


Reed Krakoff, f/w ’13

Designers are once again shirking Mom’s advice never to wear white after labor day and marching models swathed in cream down the runways. The real-life trick to pulling it off: vary your textures and your whites.


The Row f/w 2013

While pairing varying shades of cream and bright white might sound counterintuitive, it’s a big reason why the head-to-toe white looks we’re seeing work.

Ditto to contrasting chunky knits and flowy fabrics, structured denim with sheers.

Throw it off with a great pair of black statement sandals or a black statement bag, and you’re good to go.

Wear It Now: Marc Jacobs’ NYFW PJs

15 Feb

Come February, the cuddly sweaters and buttery leathers in which we’ve swaddled ourselves since November suddenly begin to feel heavy and restrictive. Our winter coats, like straight jackets.

Then New York Fashion Week arrives and suddenly those racks of spring clothes we were coveting lose their luster, if only for a second.

Few NYFW shows caused a bigger eruption within the blogosphere as Marc Jacobs, where pajama dressing met the no-pants look in a way that said Edie Sedgwick is having a pajama party and we’re all invited.


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That said, few of us are brave enough to strut our city streets sans pants. (Myself included.) My suggestion: half tuck a pajama top into ultra-distressed cutoffs and pair with minimalist strappy sandals on the season’s first balmy evening. Cold? Add semi-opaque tights and a black and white striped blazer.

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Your PJ top will still feel fresh come fall, leaving you to pair it big baggy boyfriend jeans, chunky cardies, and pointy-toe pumps as the weather changes yet again.