Fashion, Beauty, and the pursuit of everything Fabulous.


Birthday Girl Invites you to Celebrate the Gift of Life

Birthday Girl shirts on display.

On Wednesday, July 9th, 2014, I attended the Celebrate Life! Soirée’ presented by the Birthday Girl and the JED foundation at the Paramount Hotel in midtown Manhattan. Birthday Girl is a birthday apparel and lifestyle brand that was established by Mary J. Blige & her protégé, Starshell, who lost her sister to suicide at the age of 14.  The efforts of Birthday Girl are combined with JED foundation and the Love is Louder movement with the goal of breaking the stigma attached to mental and emotional illness such as depression, anxiety and body image issues.

Birthday Girl World Founder, Starshell

Birthday Girl World Founder, Starshell

The event was held to raise awareness to the mission and programs of Birthday Girl, and the celebrate life movement. Attendees enjoyed cocktails compliments of  Birthday Cake Wines and Ciroc, and had photos taken in an interactive photobooth.

Perhaps most poignant was when Birthday Girl Founder Starshell addressed attendees with the story of her personal tragedy, and encouraged the audience to share their own stories. One by one guests shared emotional anecdotes to a crowd full of strangers about losing loved ones and learning to celebrate life.

Birthday Girl shirts on display.

Birthday Girl shirts on display.

Guests also had the opportunity to shop Birthday Girl apparel available at the event – a portion every sale funds suicide prevention programs. To learn more about the organization click here.


Celeb-spiration: America Ferrera’s Red and Black Polka Dot Print

America Ferrera (June 23, 2014 - Source: Bauer Griffin)


America Ferrera (June 23, 2014 - Source: Bauer Griffin)

America Ferrera (June 23, 2014 – Source: Bauer Griffin)

America Ferrera looked amazing as she arrived outside the ITV Studios. Here’s how you can copy her look. But, it you don’t want to make the celebrity splurge, I also provided some options that incorporate the same pattern (black polka dots against red) that will be much friendlier on your wallet.


For $498.00 (on sale by the way, it retails for $995), you too can own a blouse straight from Dolce & Gabbana’s Spring-Summer collection. It features a round collar and 3/4 length sleeves.

DOLCE & GABBANA Blouse - Spring-Summer Collection: $498.00

DOLCE & GABBANA Blouse – Spring-Summer Collection: $498.00


Not all of us can afford to spend $500 just on one shirt. Just because America rocked an expensive blouse, doesn’t mean you can’t draw inspiration from her look to cater it in a way that works for you –  make the black polka dots on red look work for you without breaking the bank with one of these options.

Abby Shell with Polka Dots and Front Pleats, $59.00

Abby Shell with Polka Dots and Front Pleats, $59.00

Red Polka Dot Cardigan, $22.48

Red Polka Dot Cardigan, $22.48

Take the style a bit further by wearing the pattern as a dress:

Winter Audrey Dress, $102

Winter Audrey Dress, $102

Feeling Footloose Dress in Red, $69

Feeling Footloose Dress in Red, $69

With the 4th of July coming up, I think this pattern is a winner for the summer.

Celeb Style Steal: Taylor Swift’s Black Romper


(June 14, 2014 – Source: FameFlynet Pictures)

Taylor Swift looked amazing as she entered a NYC gym on June 14th wearing a classic black romper, a perfect outfit for a warm summer day. Steal her look with one of these sleek one-pieces.


H&M Romper, $17.95



Forever 21 Lace-Edged Cami Romper, $17.80

Forever 21 Lace-Edged Cami Romper, $17.80

Lulu's Strap-sational Backless Black, $36

Lulu’s Strap-sational Backless Black, $36

Find Your Next Outfit: New Arrivals at


Looking for you next fashionable outfit? Check out the new arrivals at , an online boutique launched in December 2009 by Michelle Akers. The website features unusual, daring and bold pieces for the woman who dares to be different and is a reflection of Akers’ unique style. The new winter collection includes feisty jewelry pieces, sultry peek-a-boo black garments, and metallic gold and silver fashions at affordable prices. Check out some of the new items available now below.


The Ice Skirt, $50.00


Triangle Shimmer Earrings, $15.00


The Royal Jacket, $60.00


Jaguar Post Earrings, $25.00

Celebspiration: Paris Hilton’s Red Leather Jacket

(December 22, 2013 - Source: Gvk/Bauer Griffin)
(December 22, 2013 - Source: Gvk/Bauer Griffin)

(December 22, 2013 – Source: Gvk/Bauer Griffin)

Paris Hilton was spotted wearing a fabulous red jacket at LAX Airport at the end of December.

Steal her look with one of these similar looking jackets:

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For Less Money:

GUESS Jacket - Carly Faux Leather Moto

GUESS Jacket – Carly Faux Leather Moto, $60.48

Bagatelle Leather & Ponte Asymmetric Jacket, Red, $395.00

Bagatelle Leather & Ponte Asymmetric Jacket, Red, $395.00


Pitta Faux-Leather Jacket, $69.50

Color Block Leggings


Whether it’s to the gym or on a night out on the town, color blocked leggings are a chic wardrobe must-have wearable any time of year. Take advantage of the trend, but remember, not all leggings are created equal….be sure to wear the most appropriate one for each activity.

As part of a fashionable outfit:


BLANKNYC Jeans – Paneled Color Block Legging, $88


C&C California Colorblock Full Length Legging, $31.99


Essentials Color Blocked Skinny pant, $19.99

To the gym:

BEBE SPORT olorblock Leggings, $64.00

BEBE SPORT olorblock Leggings, $64.00


WetSeal Coloblock Legging, $11.90


Solow Sport Colorblock Crop Legging, $68.00

Je vous aime Cymbeline 2014 Bridal Collection

Hadda (left) and Hane (right)

The recent Couture New York Bridal Fashion Week, held at the Hilton hotel in New York City, was home to many beautiful wedding gowns this season. But, amongst the sea of chiffon, the collection that stood out the most to me was Je vous aime by Cymbeline. The European company debuted its 2014 collection featuring regal gowns delicately constructed by hand with intricate lace detailing and embroidered bodices. Whether you’re preparing to walk down the aisle or just fantasizing about it, the collection, which evokes the spirit of French romanticism, features options that appeal to every woman. Here are some of my top picks.

The Timeless Beauty
The traditional bride will love the simple elegance of dresses like Hadda and Hane (shown below). The soft, romantic ball gowns with large skirts have a lightweight, airy appearance, while still looking luxurious and feminine.

Hadda (left) and Hane (right)

Hadda (left) and Hane (right)

The Vintage Princess
For the bride that wants to feel regal and channel the classic Grace Kelly look with a sheer bateau neckline and a blossoming skirt, dresses like Hippie and Himalya offer a modern twist on Kelly’s timeless look. Cymbeline also offers numerous hand-made wedding boleros and cover-ups that can be purchased separately to achieve a similar look.

Hippie (left) and Himalya (right)

Hippie (left) and Himalya (right)

The Seductress
The evocative sheer corset bodices and dramatic tulle flounces featured in dresses Holly and Hirma will be appealing for the fashion-forward bride that wants to turn heads and feel sexy on her wedding day.

Holly(left) and Hirma (right)

Holly (left) and Hirma (right)

The Simple Bride
Not all weddings call for extravagant gowns. Some brides opt for more simplistic looks on their big day and dresses such as Hermione and Hera are perfect for these no-fuss wives-to-be. Perfect for a beach or outdoor wedding, the delicate fabric on these lightweight dresses offer a graceful and romantic wedding look.

Je vous aime

Hermione (left) and Hera (right)

The full 2014 collection can be viewed here»

Celebspiration: Nicole Kidman’s & Kristin Cavallari’s Open Shoulder Dress

(August 13, 2013 - Source: FameFlynet Pictures)

Kristin Cavallari  (August 13, 2013 – Source: FameFlynet Pictures)

(August 13, 2013 - Source: FameFlynet Pictures)

Nicole Kidman (August 13, 2013 – Source: FameFlynet Pictures)

Nicole Kidman was spotted leaving the Creative Artists Agency after a meeting in Century City, California in early August, wearing a tight-fitting blue dress, which featured cutout shoulders. There must be something in the air, because Kristin Cavallari wore a shoulder bearing outfit that same day. Show off your saucy side by stealing their look with one of these similar dresses.


Celebspiration: Megan Fox’s Yellow Leather Jacket


( – Source: Steve Sands/Bauer Griffin)

Megan Fox was spotted wearing a gorgeous mustard yellow jacket on the set of  ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” in late July.

Steal her look with one of these similar looking jackets:


Andrew Marc Venus Leather Jacket, $348.00

Velvet Heart Leather Jacket, $199

Velvet Heart Leather Jacket, $199

Hôtel Particulier leather jacket, $367.95

Hôtel Particulier leather jacket, $367.95

Celebrity Fashion Steal: Jenny McCarthy

Actress Jenny McCarthy looked stunning as she left a hair salon in West Hollywood last month. Copy her chic casual style with the suggestions below.

1. i jeans by Buffalo Sheer Woven Blouse, $10.00
2. Nine West Shoes, VooDoo Wedge Sandals, $69.99
3. Rosalyn Top, $22.50
4. Jessica Simpson Forever Skinny Jean,$59.99

Who Wore It Better? Brian Rennie for Basler’s Little Red Dress

Red is the new black. Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Julie Benz and Maria Menounos all have worn the classic Brian Rennie for Basler little red dress – a sassy, form-fitting peplum design with an open-cut neckline. Who do you think wore it better?

Photo Available: Getty Images

Photos Available: Getty Images

Celebrity Fashion Steal: Olivia Munn

Hailing a cab never looked so good. For a chic, but casual look, steal the style of actress Olivia Munn, who wore stretchy black jeggings with a grey t-shirt, as she tried to catch a cab in NYC in July. A red leather bag pack added a pop of color and elastic band booties dressed up the full ensemble. Below are suggestions on how to use the time-tested method of combining really cheap items, with at least one high-end piece for an understated glamorous look.olivamunn

1. Mossimo Supply Co. Juniors V Neck Tee, $6.00
2. Wholesale Red Leather Backpack Bag oem Factory 2011, $30.00
3. Super Stretch Jeggings, $44.99
4. Marc by Marc Jacobs Slip On Booties, $448.00

Celebrity Fashion Steal: Minka Kelly at Comic-Con

On July 19th, actress Minka Kelly attended the “Almost Human” Press Room during Comic-Con International 2013 wearing a casual striped dress. Get the look with Lacoste’s L!VE Half Sleeve Stripe Scoopneck Pique Dress (pictured below) for $74.99.

Steal her shoes with these Nude leather pumps from Casadei.

Sheer Genius – Stay Cool this Summer with these Maxi Skirts

At the beginning of this year I decided to get laser hair removal done on my lower legs. It was winter, so the rule of having no sun exposure two weeks before and after treatment, didn’t phase me. But, not that it is summer, I realized I have a problem. I can’t have sun exposure to my legs during the months when it’s over 90 degrees outside. So, what’s a girl to do? Look for alternatives! I think I found a good solution with these sheer maxi skirts, which are lightweight and offer sun protection.

Ombré Chiffon Maxi Skirt, $22.80

Ombré Chiffon Maxi Skirt, $22.80

Stooshy Sheer Maxi Skirt - Juniors, $23.99

Stooshy Sheer Maxi Skirt – Juniors, $23.99

ASOS Maxi Skirt in Sheer Check

ASOS Maxi Skirt in Sheer Check, $38.18


Panama Maxi, $49.99

Lace Maxi Skirt

Lace Maxi Skirt, $29.99

Celebspiration: What to Wear to a Wedding

Let’s face it. Weddings can seem like celebrity red carpet affairs with everyone decked out to the nines, with the hope of being crowed best dressed. Stand out in the crowd by taking a cue from two stars that know how to wear flattering styles and make heads turn.

The Outdoor Wedding: Celebspiration – Kate Middleton

summerwedding1Kate Middleton stunned in a long lace-chiffon gown at the 2012 “Our Greatest Team Rises -BOA Olympic Concert” in London, England. The chiffon material flows dreamily while keeping you cool, so it’s a great choice for an outdoor special event. Kate accessorized her outfit with strappy silver sandals and a clutch to match her gown. (Source of Kate Middleton Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images Europe)

1. Embellished Lace & Silk Chiffon Gown, $292.80

2. Caparros Zarielle, $62.00

3. Amanda Logo Clutch Bag, Light Blue, $297.00

4. Jody Coyote Sterling Silver Earrings, Glass Teardrop, $18.90

The Black-Tie Wedding: Celebspiration – Jennifer Aniston

jennifer anitsion style
Jennifer Aniston appeared sophisticated and polished in a black and white formal gown at the 26th American Cinematheque Award Gala. She accessorized her look with a white clutch (and handsome man). Take the look up a notch by adding a little sparkle to your neckline. (Source of Jennifer Aniston photo: Source: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America)

1. Black and White Column Long Bridesmaid Dress, $179.00

2. 5 Row V Shaped Estate Freshwater Pearl Bridal Necklace, $49.99

3. French Connection Nina Sandal, $84.00

4. BCBGMAXAZRIA Lizard Envelope Clutch, $78.00

Wear Stars & Stripes this 4th of July (2013)


Show off your patriotism this 4th of July by wearing the stars and stripes of the American flag. Below are a few ideas.

MOTO Ecru Flag Denim Western Jacket

MOTO Ecru Flag Denim Western Jacket, $92.00

Crystal American Flag tank

Crystal American Flag tank,, $58.00

Lucky Brand Riley Short - Americana

Lucky Brand Riley Short – Americana, $79.50

ASOS Mini Skirt in Stars and Stripes Print

ASOS Mini Skirt in Stars and Stripes Print, $27.15

Steal Disney Princesses’ Fashion

Let’s be honest, what little girl doesn’t wish that she were a princess at some point in time? Heck, I’m a big girl and I still harbor princess fantasies. So, I figured what better way to live out the princess dream, than to dress like one.

For a Hot Summer Night Out – Snow White (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
This modern take on the princess’ royal clothing is sure to make keep you feeling cool, while looking hot.
snow white
1. Dark Blue Floral Tapestry Corset Bustier, $44
2. Mason by Michelle Mason bright-yellow maxi skirt, $216

For a Walk in the Park – Princess Jasmine (Aladdin)
Look effortless on a sunny morning with this casual-chic ensemble.jasmine
1. Seamless Fitness Fit Spaghetti Strap Bandeau, $9.80
2. Drawstring Harem Pants, $14.50

Be the Belle of the Ball – Belle (Beauty & the Beast)
Prom season is coming up. Stand out when you walk into the room with a bright yellow ballgown.
Custom Made sweetheart Lace Up Beaded Yellow Ball Gown, US $141.12 – 158.59

Transitioning into Spring

Bold Strips
One trend seen on the runway for spring 2013 was bold stripes. Whether you are looking for a striped dress, top or skirt – it can be certain that every store will be carrying spring’s newest trend. Worried that stripes won’t work for your body type? Throw those fears out the window. Stripes work for most body types. Dare to be bold!

Nautical Striped Turtleneck Sweater

Nautical Striped Turtleneck Sweater, $78

Striped Off The Shoulder Sweater Dress

Striped Off The Shoulder Sweater Dress, $158

In an interesting twist, leather debuted on the runways for spring 2013. Spice up your traditionally light and springy wardrobe with a faux leather jacket or black pants with a leather trim. It’s the perfect way to take a daytime outfit to the night. Not sure if the leather look is for you? Try adding leather to your outfit with a clutch or over-the-shoulder bag.

Asymmetrical Leather Jacket

Asymmetrical Leather Jacket, $328

Contour and Faux Leather Legging

Contour and Faux Leather Legging, $49


Oversized Ruffles
Out of all the predicted trends for spring 2013 fashion, oversized ruffles add the perfect feminine touch. Adding a ruffle top to your wardrobe is the perfect way to take a daytime outfit from casual to chic. Wanting to dress up a little more? A bold-colored peplum dress adds a subtle ruffle while accentuating your feminine figure.


Multi-stripe Ruffle Top

Contour Belted Peplum Dress

Contour Belted Peplum Dress, $168


These style tips are from Caché. Caché is a specialty retailer of fashionable women’s clothing for the style-conscious woman. Visit for these looks and more today.

Laura Smalls F/W 2013 Presentation: “Symmetry”

One sleeve silk charmus drama dress

On February 13th, I attended the F/W 2013 Presentation of Laura Smalls, held at Essex House as part of New York Fashion Week. The designer, who was catapulted onto the national scene after Michelle Obama wore two of her dresses, showcased her newest collection, “Symmetry.” The designs were an amazing display of classic femininity meets sexy sophistication.

Body-flattering silhouettes hugged the contours of the models bodies as they emerged wearing dresses inspired from the graphic works of artist Sonia Delaunay. Teal, jade green, and pewter were amongst the colors characteristic of the beautiful evening gowns, some of which, incorporated silk fabric and shimmer detailing for a dramatic high-shine effect. A few of the garments offered peek-a-book cutouts, expertly tailored for the reserved woman who wants to show some skin without looking too risqué. The other pieces in the collection were designed with eye-catching geometrical shapes and striking color contrasts. Click on each picture below to see some of my favorites from the presentation.

Feb 1st is National Wear Red Day®,

The Heart Truth: National Wear Red Day, Friday, February 1, 2013. Get Involved! February 1st will mark National Wear Red Day®, a campaign that encourages everyone to wear red to bring awareness to women’s heart health. Heart disease is the #1 leading cause of death among women, and since the red dress has now become synonymous with heart health, I thought I’d look all over the web to find some of my favorite dresses and hopefully, inspire you to wear red on Friday. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so you can recycle your red ensemble for a special date night or anti-Valentine’s Day night out with the girls. Note: Men can participate too by wearing a red tie or shirt.

Ruby Tuesday Red Sequin DressLove it!, $62.00

Ruby Tuesday Red Sequin DressLove it!, $62.00

Sequin and Chiffon Blouson Dress, $39.00

Sequin and Chiffon Blouson Dress, $39.00

American Living Harper Cap-Sleeve Side Ruffle Dress, $50.00

American Living Harper Cap-Sleeve Side Ruffle Dress, $50.00

Tahari Short-Sleeve Lace Dress, $83.40

Tahari Short-Sleeve Lace Dress, $83.40

Cap-sleeve Ponte Dress, $88.00

Cap-sleeve Ponte Dress, $88.00

Ring in the New Year with Flirty Dresses

Deco Sequin 2-Fer Dress, $36.99

In just a few short days, the clock will strike midnight on January 1st, 2013. What will you be wearing when it does? I’ve pulled together some of the hottest dresses I could find on the web, that will make you stand out in a crowd of glitter and overdone hair.

Add a little color: If you want to stand out in a crowd, sometimes the only thing you need to do is wear a unique color.

Deco Sequin 2-Fer Dress, $36.99

Deco Sequin 2-Fer Dress, $36.99

Accentuate your figure: Body-hugging bandage dresses show off your silhouette.

BCBGMAXAZRIA Petite Beret Cocktail Dress, $156.99

BCBGMAXAZRIA Petite Beret Cocktail Dress, $156.99

Jazz it up: If you must wear sequins, opt for a style that doesn’t make you compete with the New Year’s crystal ball. Subtle hints of shimmer in unexpected areas of your dress will make heads turn.

Blondie Nites One-Shoulder Dress, $199

Blondie Nites One-Shoulder Dress, $199

Have fun: You don’t always need to bring out the bling at a New Years Eve party. Dresses with fun patters and embellishments show off your personality.

Silver (SL) Fringe Hem Dress $42

Silver (SL) Fringe Hem Dress $42

Reversible Socks by Bizcaz

The great thing about being a fashion blogger is having the opportunity to learn about new projects before they become available to the masses. I was recently introduced to a socks line called Bizcaz. The developer of the line decided to create the socks after being frustrated with the lack of variety of colors and designs currently on the market. The socks not only have trendy designs and color combinations, but are also reversible, so you get two socks for the price of one. I guess my only problem with this concept is that the socks would be dirty on the side that was exposed, so it may be best to not wear two days in a row, simply because you want to take advantage of the reversible feature.

The socks are also made with silver infused in the fabric. Silver eliminates odor causing bacteria, making the socks virtually smell-proof, and great work anyone with an active lifestyle.

The launch of the project is heavily dependent on funding, so the company currently has a campaign on Kickstarter, a website that enables entrepreneurs the ability to ask for money from supporters interested in funding their project. Each person who pledges will receive a free pair of socks. To learn more about the socks and the campaign, please visit this link.

5 Cold Weather Fashion Essential Trends

Animal Print Blazer, $128.00

Animal Prints

A quick and easy way to add flare to your outfit is to add a hint of animal print. However, even easier is going from stylish to tacky when wearing animal print. To avoid overdoing any print, try it out on one piece of your outfit. If you are feeling bold, try a printed dress. Make sure that the print is not too busy, and keep your accessories simple.

Animal Print Blazer, $128.00

Belted Animal Print Dress, $158.00


The Knot and the Wedding Channel Couture Runway Show – Spring 2013

Couture Runway Show

On Saturday, October 13th, I attended a bridal couture runway show presented by The Knot and the Wedding Channel at the Hilton Hotel in midtown Manhattan. The show took place as part of Couture Bridal Fashion week, New York’s premier bridal-industry trade show. This was the first time the event featured a grand runway presentation, which showcased more than 100 dresses from top designers. Gorgeous gowns of each designer billowed down the runway with intricate detailing in an amazing display of the latest fashion trends in the couture bridal world.

The designers featured included: Cymbeline, Emmaline Bridal, Ian Stuart, Jesus Peiro, Jorge Manuel, Katerina Bocci, La Femme, Maggie Sottero, Max Chaoul Couture, Melanie Harris, Mikaella Bridal, Nilah and Company, Paloma Blanca, Ruben Perlotti, Simone Carvalli, Siri, and Victoria Nicole.

Pictures from the October 13th fashion show – Click to enlarge

In addition to fashion shows, Couture Bridal Fashion week offers retailers and designers the opportunity to showcase their latest collections throughout the week. Here are a few that caught my eye on my way to the runway presentation: