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What looks good on you for Spring-Winter 2012

June 1, 2012

I was fortunate enough to nab the very creative Editor-in-Chief from, Alexander Liang and their Fashion Director, the ever-so-chic Mia Tucker-Williams right after fashion week at the end of February and grill them on what’s hot and what belongs in the fashion dumpster for Spring-Winter 2012.

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Ashes to Ashes, Bust about to Bust: Oscar Fashion.

February 27, 2012

It’s official.

I love watching the Oscars Red Carpet more than the actual broadcast.

This year I chose to watch the E! Network coverage from the comfort of my beachside East Coast couch complete with pink champagne and for some reason, hummus. Hey, that’s just what I felt like eating. Don’t judge.

Before I was treated to the spectacular parade of gowns I was forced to endure what seemed to be an unusually long and detailed camera shot of P. Diddy being meticulously lint rolled by his valet. Did I really need to see that? No. No, I did not.

I don’t waste time talking about who was badly dressed, so let’s just skip right ahead to the good stuff. As usual, there were too many beautiful creations to list, and I don’t necessarily agree with what the experts say were the best gowns. I like different, unique, unpredictable. Most importantly, I like to pick the gowns that really seem to suit the person wearing them, fit well and are gorgeous.

Missi Pyle in Valentina Delfino

“The Artist” star Missi Pyle made her delicious green literally and figuratively eco-friendly fashion mark in the official Red Carpet Green contest-winning dress. It was designed by Valentina Delfino, and was made of recycled polyester and silk from cruelty-free silkworms. She’s 5’11” barefoot, but this dress suits her so well you would never really know it from viewing pictures.(Jason Merritt, Getty Images)

Judy Greer

Judy Greer’s insanely gorgeous liquid metal Monique Lhuillier gown also suited her perfectly. What redhead wouldn’t look super sexy in this slinky curvy silhouette, complete with art deco diamonds and a metallic clutch. I’m just a sucker for Art Deco and that less is more look. (Harper’s Bazaar, Brasil)

Oh. About the “bust about to bust”. Can someone please explain to me why a mega-star like Jennifer Lopez was unable to find a dress that wasn’t a nip-slip waiting to happen. Some are saying it did. For heaven’s sake, USE THE TAPE. Dress tape. Use more of it, use it correctly, or hey… here’s an idea, just get a dress that fits. I throw up my hands on this one.

Stacy Kiebler in Marchesa

Last but not least, George Clooney’s main squeeze, Stacy Keibler looked absolutely spectacular in a shimmery, flatteringly form-fitting, draped, off-the-shoulder Marchesa gown. Standing ovation, Miss Kiebler! That was my favorite gown of the night. (Steve Granitz, WireImage / Getty Images)

Shall I digress and talk about Sacha Baron Cohen’s ash throwing shenanigans? I think my tweet sums it up just fine. Ryan Seacrest certainly held his composure. I would have thrown that urn and Mr. Cohen into the closest third world country I could find.

Who was your favorite? What did you think of the drama that unfolded before the show?

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How to Take Great Photos in a Swimsuit

February 15, 2012

By Madeline Barbour

Since I have covered what to look for in a swimsuit  previously, I thought it might be fun to have fabulous Photographer Madeline Barbour , an experienced photographer and founder of How To Become a Photographer, give you some inside tips of getting a great photo of you in your suit. -SS

Photo by Creative Commons

We’ve all been there – sitting on a beach in a cover-up or a t-shirt so that no one could see what we look like in a bathing suit. But whoever though that a baggy t-shirt or beach towel made great attire for a photo on the beach? No matter what your shape or size, you CAN take great photos of yourself in a bathing suit. All it takes is a few subtle techniques to show of your best features.

1. Choose a Flattering Bathing Suit – This may seem like a no-brainer, but many women fall into the trap of picking bathing suits that aren’t right for their bodies. Just because you’re not wearing a bikini doesn’t mean that you don’t look sexy! One-piece and tankini suits in solid colors or subtle prints are much more flattering. Look for cute details that accent the features you like and cover up the ones you don’t. If you want to nip in your waist, look for a suit that has ruching around the middle. If you want to cover your thighs, you can get a cute retro-style suit with a low cut that hugs your hips.

2. 45 Degree Angle – This is an easy posing trick that will instantly make you look slimmer. Simply turn your body to a 45 degree angle while keeping your head forward. You might also try turning just your shoulders or your hips for a different look. This trick never fails!

3. Show Off Your Favorite Feature – If you want to get creative with posing, choose poses that shows off your favorite features. If you love your arms, you could put one or both on your hips or behind your head. If your legs are your favorite feature, you could extend them out in front of you and take a photo from the side. You can even play with your hair and let it blow in the beach breeze.

4. Act Natural – While posing can make a picture more fun and interesting, it can look a bit gimmicky if you do too much posing. Try to act natural and pose in ways that feel comfortable to you. Goofy or sensuous expressions can be great as well, as long as they go along with your personality. Don’t be afraid to have a friend or family member snap candid shots of you as well – as long as they have good intentions of making you look great. It’s likely that your beauty will shine through best when you’re being yourself.

5. Be Confident – This is by far the most important tip when it comes to taking great photos, no matter what you’re wearing. If you feel good about yourself and enjoy the moment, you’ll have great pictures.  Remember, you don’t have to be a supermodel to look sexy. Even Marilyn Monroe had curves, so feel proud and show them off!

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What about my boots?

October 28, 2011

Hey! It’s that time again… The weather is changing. Time to look in your closet and make sure you have… awesome boots! I hope this helps. Please feel free to share your boot photos and questions in the comments section if you’re not sure which ones to keep, buy, or donate. : )

Gorgeous Globes

January 16, 2011

This year’s Golden Globes were an absolute delight for a lover of color like myself. There were Pinks! There were Greens! Very little black, plenty of metallics, and, by George, there were even mismatched shoes lest those colors be considered the least bit dull.

I won’t pick a favorite because I honestly thought my top five were just stunning.

I didn’t pick a loser last year but this year I just have to mention Helena Bonham Carter because although I absolutely adore her, she needs a serious and swift fashion intervention. Clearly she is trying to make a fashion statement and that statement is “somebody please call the men in white suits since the fashion police won’t arrest me.”

Julianne Hough in Marchesa

Julianne Hough looked absolutely stunning in an elaborate dress by Marchesa. True, she needed no jewelry with this number, but hey, this jewelry designer is willing to give  one up for the cause of classy couture.

Catherine Zeta-Jones in Lhuillier

Next up, the ever sultry and sexy Catherine Zeta Jones in a va-va-va voom deep emerald green dress from Monique Lhuillier. Now, that’s what I call Hollywood glamour.

Anne Hathaway in Armani Prive

I absolutely loved Anne Hathaway in this dress because it was just so “her” and of course that’s what it’s all about. I am sure the coppery shimmers in this creation looked absolutely stunning with her big brown eyes. As an added bonus, this dress looked even better going out of the room than it did coming in.

Megan Fox in Armani Prive

I wasn’t impressed by the gown Megan Fox wore at first until I saw some really close up shots that captured the details and very beautiful subtle color. It was simply spectacular with her coloring and figure.

Piper Perabo in Oscar de la Renta

Last but not least, Piper Perabo was positively glowing in this beautiful Oscar de la Renta gown. Her hair and makeup were especially well done.

Yes, I know you want me to show that picture of Helena Bonham Carter. But that’s why there is a Joan Rivers. For those of you who were expecting me to comment on men’s fashion… Johnny Depp, of course, is always the winner.

Who was your favorite this year?

Artisan gift guide

December 11, 2010

WHAT? You need a cool gift and you’re tired of giving boring gift cards and buying my fabulous jewelry? Here are a few of my favorite  artists who all make unique items perfect for gifts all year round. I personally own their creations. Please support them if you love their work as much as I do. Click on the pictures or highlighted links to go directly to their websites.

Dance in the Rain necklace

The vivacious Shelbi Lavender loves to focus on the smallest of detail and combines delicate chains with unique charms, pendants, semi precious stones and pearls. Her pieces can be worn individually for a chic simple look or layered to make a bolder statement. They are extremely versatile and can be worn for both casual and formal occasions. All of the designs are handmade and, while most are produced in very limited quantities, some are one of a kind.

Tomas Howie is a fabulous painter based near Indianapolis, IN. His portraits and divine, and landscapes particularly breathtaking. I have one of his landscapes hanging in my studio and I just love looking at it every day.

Cafe Rouge Cosmetic bag

Sue from Antique Basket lady is a talented seamstress and designer who has designed several custom items for me. She pays special attention to detail and search for unusual fabrics from funky to shabby to vintage. Her goal is to create a quality item an affordable price.


Covering your Butt. Pants Basics.

November 15, 2010

As a continuation of my last post about wardrobe basics, inspired by questions from my friend Linda, I have decided to cover the rear and tackle the topic of pants.

As usual, the jewelry I’m wearing in the video can be found by clicking here

Thank you for letting me cover your ass. ; )

Start Small, Think Big

October 4, 2010

What makes you feel good?

Lots of things, right? Your family, dog, cat, pie, nice run on the beach, a good joke…. There’s a long list. I could write an entire blog about that. 

But to get “deep” for a moment, and for once without mentioning “dish pie a la mode” with that, what has always made me feel good without fail is the simple act of doing something nice …for somebody else.  

I didn’t invent this concept. My parents, whom I affectionately call June and Ward Cleaver, taught me. Both my parents were always active in local charities. Whether it’s giving time, money, or creativity, I’d advise everybody to pitch in and help out a cause or two. It just feels good. Look at what Paul Newman and Robert Redford have done. It’s amazing.

Your help will be appreciated and effect people immediately. Here are three projects I’m involved with right now. Click on any picture to get to the website to purchase.

The first is The National Domestic Violence Hotline.

Hotline Necklace


I designed this necklace and earrings specifically to benefit the National Domestic Violence Hotline. 1−800−799−SAFE(7233) or TTY 1−800−787−3224.
 No, I have never been a victim of Domestic Violence, and in fact have had years of training in Ass Kicking, or as some like to call it Martial Arts. No, I have never used my training to cause any Domestic Violence either. Isn’t it enough that my family is forced to eat my cooking?


Hotline Earrings


That being said, I know many people who have suffered domestic abuse and I’m happy to support this very worthy and important cause. 

I am also selling these items as a set on my website. 40% of the actual sale price goes to this cause. A big thank you to Kim Wells, who I met on Twitter, for directing me to this cause, and the Hotline for letting me help.  Kim is the Executive Director of the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence. 

Butterflies for Lupus


The next cause I have supported for several months in the Lupus Foundation of Pennsylvania. I don’t have Lupus, either, but I have friends who do and it’s not a picnic.  This green version of this necklace was originally co-designed by myself and Shennee Rutt, a wonderful woman I met on Twitter. For every purchase made of this necklace, I donate $20 (over 30%) to the Lupus Foundation of PA. Lupus is an inflammatory disease caused by the immune system. The necklace is also available on my site in green onyx and amethyst. Thanks to the Foundation for allowing me to help.

The Third organization I’m involved with is Island Harvest . Their volunteers and staff “rescue,” or collect, good surplus food from over 600 local restaurants, caterers, farms, and other food-related businesses; and distribute it to a network of close to 500 soup kitchens, food pantries, and other places where those in need can access it. They also have a food drive, which I’m currently helping with. You can help too . Obviously, since I won’t be cooking, nobody will get hurt. 

The food drive this year is October 23rd. Last year through @LiTweetup and @IslandHarvest several hundred pounds of food were collected at participating Panera Bread locations. The food drive is starting early this year as the food banks are at record lows. 

So you see. It’s easy to get involved. You don’t have to be Paul Newman and make Spaghetti Sauce. (the marinara is my favorite, by the way) You don’t have to be Robert Redford and start the Sundance Institute.

Just start small and thing big. 

Thank you for your support, as always. 

Beautiful Basics: Jackets

September 24, 2010

Hi there! I’m going to do a few video blog posts on BASICS you should have in your wardrobe. Here’s the first! : ) 

What to do…when it looks TOO good on you.

September 14, 2010

The media is all over this New York Jets and Ines Sainz locker room controversy. 

Although I have  covered the topic, so to speak, in my own way during National Trollop Prevention month in August, and in several cleavage related posts, it is no surprise to me that now that it’s September, Ines didn’t get the memo.  I’ll rinse, repeat, and just put in my two cents. Eyeroll. Is my work never done? 

Seems that Ines, who is a drop dead gorgeous Mexican reporter, had a little trouble in the Jets Locker room. She tweeted something to the effect that she was embarrassed or uncomfortable, as rude comments were made to her by the players.  Seems the Jets players behaved like they had never seen a gorgeous woman wearing skin-tight jeans and a revealing top. In other words, they behaved like little boys pretending to be men.

Ines didn’t really complain about it, but her colleague did. The press went wild. Even Sam Champion is tweeting about this. 

There are two sides to this story. First, should women expect to be treated professionally if dressed like sluts even while working? Assume they are not standing on a streetcorner. Should men be expected to act like gentlemen when they are at their workplace and everywhere else regardless to what their female colleagues are wearing? 

My answer may surprise you.

Here’s the thing. Ines has her own style. And that style is slutty. She’s known for it, the players know about it and guess what?  It works for her. Ines was just doing her job and they should respect that. Since she’s been doing that job for nine years, my guess is that she’s probably good at it. 

There is no thin line between sexy and slutty. It’s a big huge mile wide line and Ines chooses to cross it daily. Does she look bad? Nope. She looks hot. Is this a good look for a reporter who wants to be respected? Maybe not. Would I advise people to dress like that? No, not really, but this may be an exception as she has made it her trademark. Frankly, with a few modifications, she’d probably look even better.

That being said, have we forgotten Charo? Some things just work. 

Men need to realize that the workplace is not their local strip club and treat women with respect. 

What do you think? What would you do… if it looked too good on you?

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