Today, I got the chance of a lifetime and it was just by sheer accident. I was at the News Butterfly studio when world famous designer, Anne Bowen walked in. I was truly taken aback. You never expect to see a tiny little person when you see celebrities, partly because they look bigger on TV. If you don’t know Ann Bowen, you just need to look at some of her garments to really connect with the source behind the magic. Everything about her is unassuming. She is simple yet stunning. I felt inspired simply because I am always in awe of women who build themselves from the ground up.
We were scheduled to do a question and answer session on camera but I just wanted to corner her and ask her how she did it. There are many women entrepreneurs in New York City and no matter where you are on the totem pole you will identify with her self made story. She told me she saved her own money and hit the pavement to get her foot in the door, in other words, she worked her butt off to make herself a success. Looking calm and laid back, you could never tell what she does, but once she began describing her world, you knew that she was no ordinary lady, but a powerhouse of drive, determination, talent and acute business sense. I would not want to wear just any brand name. I prefer to reserve myself for designers like Anne Bowen, who’s very work represent the true mark of success, and the true standard of quality.
Children and Fashion Choices….. Re-education!
In a conversation with a friend yesterday, she told me that I have lots in common with her daughter in that we both wear cotton and bright colors in winter. I could never understand why there is such a thing as Fall colors or Spring colors. It does make fashion interesting because it stimulates the need to get new clothes with the advent of each season but there is so much to consider with seasonal colors. Fashionistas love to talk about originality in fashion choices but in some ways it seems like one big ‘group think’ in my opinion. I guess there is uniqueness when everyone at a Fall event shows up in black, after all, a pair of black pants differs vastly from a black dress. Children don’t see things the same way. In their mind, they want to have fun all the time, they are instantly drawn to colors and they do what makes them feel good. They don’t care about what the person next to them is wearing, at least not until they grow up. They can wear a pink tiara with a red dress and yellow shoes knowing that their outfit does one thing and that is, it makes them feel great. Can we get back to that? No I don’t mean pink, red and yellow in one outfit but choosing to wear something because it makes you feel good, and not because it helps you fit in. I wear brighter colors in Fall because the season is already drab, and I want my clothes to brighten me up. I especially like to wear pastels in Fall because they are not too bright but mellow enough for Fall and Winter social occasions. Be YourFashionSelf even it is a little bit ‘rainbow-ish’. I said a little! Have a good one!
Make A Big Statement!!!
I believe when they put on their face, they also put on their smile, their confidence and their reserve and they get ready for action, they get ready to perform. Its fashion, its lights, its camera and its action! Sauntering down the New York City runway, they not only look their best, but they feel their best and that is greater than anything else you need to make your day extraordinary. Step out big. Big boots, big earrings, big bags, a big heart full of dreams and a huge smile and for an instant, be larger than life.
Fashion Sighting of the Week
Shoes and their curfews…..!
All my shoes have a time limit or curfew, in that I know how long I can stand, walk or dance in them. Fifteen minutes over the time and well, we all know what thats like: Pain that somehow travels to your retina. I once had a pair that fit perfectly in the store but on the day I walked 2 blocks from my apartment, I had to hire a cab to take me back home. Anyway, here is my foolproof strategy for dealing with burning feet. First of all know your shoes and their curfew. If you fall into a situation lol, the first thing you can try is wetting your shoes. If that doesnt work or it makes it too slippery, massage your feet with lotion, stand, let the blood circulate and put them back on. Lastly, try to get home as soon as possible. Sorry, burning feet are just that, not many solutions except a stretcher and 2 advils.
Forget the budget, be fashionable!
Just kidding! Guns down people. Do you remember lip smacker lip gloss that you gave up on 5 years ago because it dried out your lips? You probably went on to greener pastures to buy from Sephora and cosmetics retailers like Macy’s. You are no longer a dollar lipgloss gal. You feel justified with your $20 dollar ‘pucker up softness’ because no guy could ever accuse you of crocrodile kissers.
Well last week I bought lip smackers and no, its no longer $1, its $1.99. I bought it for the scent and the taste (Melon and raspberry) but I was pleasantly surprised by the softness and I dont mean soft lips for 2 minutes, I mean super succulent, tasty lips for 3 plus hours. I had this kind of discovery in many other areas, that is, things I gave up on, now improved to compete with more expensive brands. For example, in times past you could only find decent work jackets at an Ann Taylor or Macy’s but if you visit a Charlotte Russe or Forever 21, they improved their cut and fit so that you could obtain the same garment for a fraction of the price.
My point is that, any store you dropped from your shopping rotation because it was cheap, and not up to your level, you should go back, because you will be pleasantly surprised. You can shop with abandon at any of these stores. You just need to know what to buy and where to buy them. I stopped by conway today to check out the clothes and I found it hilarious that all the dresses and jackets were straight from the European style forecast, or in other words copies of the work of famous designers. Please dont think that famous designers dont copy and that their work must be reverred lol, nothing is original. I permit you to revisit stores of your past, save your money. Here are some tips for shopping.
1. Know where to get what – Schedule leggings, sock purchase, tights etch for stores like conway.
2. Decide ahead of time what you are willing to spend on. I will not in this life time spend the extra on dresses. You can find every dress style you could ever want in your closet at inexpensive stores. Stores have so many creative dresses that you are guaranteed to find what you are looking for less money. I reserve extra cash for shoes. Because of my size feet, I can never be cheap with shoes lol. I am fored to buy exquisite, comfortable shoes.
3. Shop more often. Dont go into a store when you need to buy something, eye shop often and buy when you see a bargain or a style you want to add to your collection. I never wear a new dress to an event anyway. This is because I have to be sure that what I am wearing is tried and true meaning, I feel more confident at public events if I wear something I’ve been complimented on in the past. Go eye shopping. Its fun and sometimes you find perfect garments when you are not looking to buy.
The unthinkable happened!
Between The Rock & A Hard Place…..
I have watched my sister getting into hers. She does it one swift movement, almost as if she is showing the trouser who is boss. She yanks them up really hard, kicks twice and bam! she is in lol. Despite the workout, I would not be caught dead in loosely fitted jeans. So on cold mornings when only a pair of jeans would suffice, I take a long breath and begin the mating dance.
Nothing compares to the feeling I get when I finish off the look with my ‘baddest’ stilettos and proceed to view the finished product, ooh la la! It was worth it! Every annoyance fades in light of the high I get from strutting my stuff down the imaginary runway that is New York City!
‘Make It Up As You Go Along’ Fashion Inc.
SEE BELOW FOR MORE PHOTOS OF THIS OUTFIT
Anyway, back to fashion. About this outfit: I got the stockings from Payhalf, and OMG, I got the dress there too. I am excited to share this with you because you are not going to believe how much I paid for it. Sorry gals, I will never in a million years say how much I really spend. Its a bit like kissing and telling, the minute you do you feel bad about it.
How you buy your fashion pieces determines how fast you can get dressed in the morning. To be honest, I buy the same thing over and over no matter what styles come out. Wait! That can’t be fashionable right? Boring? No it’s actually the secret to dressing well all the time. Knowing what you have in your closet and that it represents you at all times is what it’s all about. Let’s start with the process of elimination and this means ‘what you wont buy’. For everyone it’s different. For me I don’t like to show my tummy and I don’t like vulgar clothing so that eliminates a lot of things that I don’t need to look at in the store.
Secondly, lets look at colors. I know my colors. I do not buy outside of that range. There is a reason for this. If you have a limited budget it means you have to set up a ‘practical closet’. Do not buy everything. Rethink it from this example. My foundational color in Florals, is brown, meaning I know a dress will be complimentary to my complexion if the brown is the canvass and orange, green and yellow is splattered all over it. Everyone knows her colors.
The reason for sticking to your color when buying for a practical closet is that when you buy the same colors in dresses repeatedly, you will always have the shoes to match. How did we get to shoes? Well, for a foundational color such as brown, I tend to buy shoes in the color range – Tan to Brown. My friends think I spend a lot of time on dressing in order to appear coordinated, but I promise you it takes less than 5 minutes.
Next up is bags. Do not buy a pink bag because it looks pretty, only to need pink shoes later and then comes the need for an outfit to match. Over time, buying things in the same color family establishes YOUR style, helps you build a practical closet and keeps money in your pocket for unconventional outfits or the ones that you wear for unique events.
Fashion & Philanthropy Come together at the Super Annual Posh Sale May 12 – 16, 2010
This is when fashion and philanthropy come together in an event that kicks off with a cocktail party honoring Carolina Herrera, followed by four days of sales featuring new and gently worn vintage designer clothing, shoes and accessories for women, men and children.
What better way to get a fashion head start on your summer closet by coming out for this delightful spring event that supports Lighthouse International, a non profit organization, in their quest to fight vision loss through prevention, treatment and empowerment.
WHEN: Preview and Cocktail Party: Wednesday, May 12, 4 – 8 pm
Thursday, May 13 – Saturday,
May 15, 11am – 7pm
Sunday, May 16, 11am – 5pm
WHERE: Lighthouse International: 111 East 59th Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues)
Online Sale at www.1stDibs.com
TICKETS: Four-Day Pass: $30
Daily Tickets: $10 at the door
May 12 Preview and Cocktail Party: $175
To purchase tickets and view sale items, visit www.poshsale.org or call (212) 821-9445.