Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Perfect Red Handbag

Dearest She She, I am desperately searching for a new red handbag this winter! It must be big enough to carry my essentials (quite a few) and not too slouchy or structured! I would also like my perfect handbag to cost less than $1,000. Any help darling?

Oh darling girl, the perfect red handbag is to die for! It is my signature winter accessory every year because I adore red! But to find that perfect bag is sometimes, well, difficult. Never fear, help is here! This gorgeous patent bag by Marc Jacobs fits the bill in every way. This exquisite bag is lined, with oddles of space, especially for holding magazines and papers! Brings to mind the glamour of Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn. Another option is this fabulous bag by Dooney & Bourke. Sleek design with exquisite detailing, not too huge and a rich, luscious red.

I especially love the Belinas Kyle by kate spade. This buttery soft ca;fskin leather satchel is just the right size and oh so chic! Also, for a bit of edge, this ombre tote by Rafe New York is to-die-for! Great size and shape, with plenty of room and just enough edge to sass up your style. I own it in Smokey Topaz, but I am snapping up the red too!

For the technical girly girl, this gorgeous oversize patent tote is perfect. Plenty of room for a laptop, files and girly paraphenalia. For a less structured look, this textured patent leather bag by Rebecca Minkoff is ideal, and the patent leather dresses it up enough for any occasion.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Gifts for the New Mom

Hi She She, My dearest girlfriend in the world is having her first child and I am totally in the dark about what to get her! I am completely inept in the baby department! I’d like to get something for her as well as for the new baby. I think after 9 months she deserves some retail therapy. Do you have any suggestions? Helpless at Home

Hello Anything-But-Helpless! Having been to a baby shower recently, I can honestly say that the most popular girl there was the one who was thoughtful enough to get a gift for the new mommy! Teeny baby gets a major haul, while mommy dear gets overwhelmed! But you are on the right track, dearest girl, so let's plow right ahead with the goodies.

For baby, I absolutely love, love, love the gorgeous swaddling blankets from Swaddle Designs. Soft, snuggly and just the right size to swaddle a newborn, it even comes equipped with a "how-to" swaddling tag on each blanket!
And don't forget the Baby Lovie! An adorable soft-as-can-be mini-blankee just the perfect size for a baby to snuggle with and a toddler to carry around without dragging it through the dirt. Adorable! They also have a great selection of matching burp cloths, stroller blankets and Pretty Mama's new fave - the zzZipMe Sack.

Another fun gift - Babylegs - perfect for protecting baby's little knees while crawling, keeping baby's legs warm, chic fashion statement, etc. Very unique and very useful.

For mommy, here's the gift that won hands down fave at the shower I recently attended: a gift certificate for a mani/pedi from her favorite salon and a darling little handmade voucher for an afternoon of childcare while mommy has her nails done! (You may want to brush up on your diapering skills before getting out the glitter glue and stickers!) Another great gift is a pair of comfy fleece-lined slippers to keep mommy's tootsies toasty during those up-and-down nights ahead. One final idea: a cozy "napping" blanket - perfect for snuggling with baby or catching a few winks whenever!

Thursday, December 04, 2008

TMobile G1 to the Rescue!

Have you ever had your entire career riding on just one meeting? Or, to be more specific, being on time for said meeting? Which, for normal people is not an issue. However, for the punctually-challenged (i.e. me) it can definitely be a problem. Case in point: My über chic mentor/boss had arranged lunch with a prospective client, and had very thoughtfully invited me to tag along, albeit with the caveat that I had to be on time. (Said client was a stickler for punctuality.) Knowing my propensity for chaos, my mentor presented me with a brand new TMobile G1 phone to make my life (and hers) run more smoothly.

Which, to date, has performed above and beyond the call of duty. In fact, this gorgeous little gadget has not only made my life a whole lot easier, but has literally saved my job! On the day of the aforementioned Punctual Lunch, my life followed its normal pattern. Which meant that I lost a contact lense, got a run in my tights, and in my rush out the door I left the directions to the restaurant on my desk. Par for the course. Anyhoo, G1 to the rescue! I used the barcode scan feature to scan the contact lense box and located a retail source just a mile from my office; was able to use the email feature to contact my optometrist and have her fax in a prescription so the lenses were ready and waiting for me! I was then able to use the map feature to locate a nearby Saks where I was able to snap up a new pair of tights. And, finally, I used the Google navigation to get me to the restaurant...on time!!! Oh, and yes, we got the account!

You know, I thought my über chic and stylish mentor/boss was beyond fabulous when she gave me that gorgeous Alexis Hudson tote bag for my birthday, but I think this nifty little G1 is my all time fave! Of course it is fully locked and loaded with all the latest cell phone features, but this phone gets major bonus points for all around fun and functionality. The 3.2 MP camera with auto-focus takes awesome pics, the video player allows you to watch videos and the one touch Google applications include maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, and Google Talk. The phone also comes with the Amazon MP3 store, which lets you buy songs and download them over the air directly onto the phone.
But the best part, in my fashionista opinion, is the Android Market, where you can customize and personalize your device to fit your life with a variety of software applications like games, social networking and on-the-go shopping. Download amazing services like ShopSavvy: using the camera in your phone, you can scan the barcode of any product to find the best prices on the internet and at nearby, local stores. And MyCloset, which manages photographs and information about the clothes you own, and coordinates and records your daily outfits. Automatically switches inventory (seasonal changing of clothes) to fit the season by setting the months during which each item will be used. CompareEverywhere helps you shop smarter using your phone. Scan a barcode to instantly check if that "sale price" really is a good deal. Read reviews to find out if those hiking boots will last a lifetime, or fall apart next month. Keep track of shopping lists, wish lists, and more.
The list goes on and on. From games to music to locating a great restaurant or calling a cab. Believe me, this is one amazing little gadget!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Another Perfect Little Black Dress!

Hello Dearest Girls:

I have to attribute this gorgeous find to one of our wonderful readers! Check out this fabulous little black dress:

One word: gorgeous! An elegant double-V neckline enhances the style of this dress, with a deep V at the back and a more elegant and subdued V at the front, makes this dress stunning from every view.

The length, at just below the knee, making this the perfect little black dress for every social occasion.

And, bonus! It also comes in an elegant deep purple!

Thanks Personista, for the fabulously stylish and even more fabulously affordable suggestion!

Happy little-black-dress shopping!

She She Me

Friday, November 28, 2008

The Perfect Holiday Little Black Dress

Every fashionista knows that there is nothing quite like the perfect little black dress. The interesting thing about it, however, is that with an ever increasing number of festive occasions, which often vary widely in degree of formality, seldom does a girl find just one perfect LBD. Each individual social engagement calls for a different LBD. You wouldn't want to wear that strappy little cocktail number to a genteel luncheon at your mother-in-law's club; not would you be caught dead in that oh-so-prim Jackie O sheath at your fiancée's class reunion. Ergo, one might just find the need for two or three (or four!) perfect little black dresses.

For those times when one needs to exude that certain Audrey aura — demure and proper, yet chic and sophisticated — a classic sleeveless little black dress is ideal. Go with something that skims over your figure without resting too snugly in any one area - a sheath or shift dress is perfect. The idea is to flatter the figure without drawing undue attention. If you aren't a sleeveless dress kind of girl, opt for a jersey knit dress in a flattering wrap style, being careful not to let the neckline plunge too low (a cami will solve that issue).

What about a great party dress? I just adore a dress with a flirty skirt that will swirl around my legs as I twirl on the dance floor or even just sashay across a crowded restaurant. Satin ribbon trim accentuates the waistline of this adorable Juicy Couture party dress, and satin banding delineates the flounces. Perfect party-worthy!

So many choices! And (thankfully) so many parties! And to keep that LBD looking perfectly party-worthy throughout the holiday season, Degree Ultra Clear deodorant goes on clear and protects against odor and wetness. So wear that LBD with complete confidence with Degree Ultra Clear.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Perfect Diaper Bag

Dear She She: I'm 27 glorious weeks pregnant and am in the process of preparing for my little boy's arrival, and am COMPLETELY stumped on finding the perfect diaper bag. I have looked at a million online and it's so overwhelming! I like the thought of something functional that can hang on the handles of the stroller - perhaps something that would match the car seat/ stroller/theme of the nursery, but then again, do I really want to carry around something babyish on my shoulder? I'm thinking that perhaps I should go with the "fab mommy" theme. You know, like "fashion plate was blessed with a baby" type of bag... But then again, I don't want to spend TOO much... So how does one combine all those factors into the perfect diaper bag? Again, I'm stumped. Do you have any suggestions on a really fabulous, yet reasonable and functional baby bag? Please help! Meredith

First things first - CONGRATULATIONS DARLING GIRL!!! What an exciting time this is for you! One of my dearest friends recently had her first baby, and was going through the very same diaper bag dilemma. After much research and polling of every new mother that she came in contact with, she came up with the following criteria and suggestions:

First of all, make sure the bag is large enough to carry the basic baby necessities, but not so huge as to be mistaken for an airline carry-on. An abundance of pockets and compartments is a must, with a special waterproof pocket for baby bottles. A waterproof changing pad is another must-have, and can be wiped down with antibacterial wipes after each use, then stored in a side pocket. Make sure the access points are easily reachable with one hand and that the shoulder strap is comfortable. Also, it is nice if there is a zippered area for your wallet, cell phone and other personal items.

In following these guidelines we located what we think is the perfect diaper bag: the diaper/nappy bag from Jimeale. The gorgeous chocolate brown exterior has just a hint of color in the piping along the sides, and a coordinating colorful interior. There are two side pockets for bottles and an outside zip for easy access to personal belongings. The bag is very lightweight and has an adjustable and very comfortable shoulder strap. A matching changing pad and bottle insulator is included, and the bottle insulator Velcro's in place to avoid spills. There are lots and lots of pockets inside, as well as two more zip pockets and a key hook (a MUST-HAVE!)

One of the best things about this bag is that it is stylish enough for you to carry with pride, but not so girly that your husband or partner will feel like a doofus lugging it around. This bag has been a hit with many of the new mom celebrities out there too!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Pencil Skirt for the Holidays

Hi! Would a black pencil skirt be acceptable as part of a holiday party outfit, or not dressy enough? Any ideas for completing the outfit? Thank-you! Karen

Hi Karen!

One of the best things about the holiday season is the excuse to get all decked out in festive finery, and a black pencil skirt can absolutely fit the bill - as long as it is made of a nice quality fabric (nothing too casual like cotton or denim). A pencil skirt is also one of the easiest pieces to dress up!

A silky, sexy blouse in a soft clingy fabric would work very well with your skirt. Cinch in the waist with a metallic or patent leather belt, add opaque tights and a pair of killer skyscrapers. Finish with a little bling at the wrist and ears. Toss a gorgeous little evening bag over your shoulder and you are good to go!

Another look would be a chic and sophisticated cream knit shell or tank, topped with a tuxedo style jacket. (You can remove the jacket for dancing or when things get a little too warm, as holiday parties tend to do.) Let your accessories do the talking with a bold necklace and edgy stacked bangles. Add shimmery hose, a pair of platform strappies and a little evening clutch to complete the ensemble.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

kate spade private sale!

Calling all She She Girls! Polish up your online shopping skills, darlings! You are invited to the kate spade private sale - your chance to purchase items at an exclusive discount. Save up to 60% from November 11-14. Be sure to act quickly, as inventory is limited. All sales are final. Happy shopping!

Sunday, November 09, 2008

The Perfect Signature Necklace

Dear She She: I am looking for a gold pendant necklace with my initial on it to wear as a signature piece. Do you have any ideas of where I could start looking? Thanks! Jill

Hi Jill!
What a coincidence – I started looking for a pendant initial for my sister-in-law’s birthday last month! Check out the fantastic pendants at Max and Chloe – by far the best selection and best quality that I found.
For my sister-in-law, I ended up getting the Ariel Gordon pendant, with it's sleek simple lines and fun beaded chain it fits her edgy style to perfection.
And then I absolutely fell in love with the double tag necklace from Christie Martin. The long tag has space for eight letters, so you can put your name or a favorite word or saying, and then the small tag has an icon and you can pick from several - star, heart, sun, flower, cross, Jewish star, snowflake and moon. (Too bad they didn't have a shoe because that would have been sooooo ME!)

Best of luck! She She Me

Friday, November 07, 2008

Styling a Peacoat

Hi She She! I just bought a 3/4 length cropped peacoat, but I'm not exactly sure how to wear it or what to wear it with. I think I have a good idea, but I wanted to ask you so that I would know for sure. Your help would be appreciated. Thanks so much.

First of all, darling girl, I must compliment you on your choice - I bought the same coat in emerald (it brings out the gorgeous green in my eyes)! Once again, proof that stylish minds think alike! Now, to get down to business:

The look with a peacoat is more on the casual side. With that in mind, I am going to wear my canvas peacoat with a pair of straight leg denim jeans, a snuggly turtleneck sweater and funky boots. I am also going to accessorize with a soft (and warm!) scarf and finish the ensemble with a casual handbag.

You can, however, dress it up a bit for work if you choose. I would wear it with a skinny sweater (to avoid added bulk) and a chic A-line or pencil skirt, tights and ankle boots or shooties. And to give it an added style boost, cinch it with a great belt. Add a great professional style handbag and you are good to go!

You will find that your peacoat can be quite versatile. You can wear it with corduroy jeans and sweaters, dressier trousers and a silk blouse, or even with a skirt and top! Just remember to keep the look on the casual and relaxed side. It will definitely be a great addition to your wardrobe - and better yet, peacoats are one of those classic items that are always in style.

Friday, October 31, 2008

The Right Style for a Slender Hourglass Shape

Hello! I've always had problems finding clothing that fits well and with the current fashions it isn't getting any easier. My measurements are: shoulders 37', chest 37″, waist 27″, hip 38″. My bra size is 32 DD. My height is 5 foot 9'. What would you wear if you had my shape? Exactly what shape DO I have and WHERE do I find clothing to flatter my shape? I've always liked my body but the fact that fashions aren't very adaptable is really starting to tire me out. I really love your blog and I hope you can answer my questions and provide me with some tips on how to dress.

Hi Darling Girl!

You, my dear, are actually an elongated hourglass, which is when your bust and hips are the same size, and your waist is around 8-10 inches smaller. Not quite as much in and out variation as the true hourglass, but also a bit on the short-waisted side. Your best bet is buying separates, since you will be able to buy larger sizes to fit your shoulders and bust, and small sizes to fit your waist and hips.

With your broader shoulders you will look best in v-neck tops and dresses, button down blouses, classic blazers and cardigan type sweaters. Since you are a bit short-waisted stay away from high-waist trousers - stick with low-rise or mid-rise jeans and trousers. Do not give into the temptation of the super-low rise, however, as this style will flatten your rear view and make your shoulders look even broader.

Show your small waist to its best advantage with narrow belts and wrap-style dresses and tops.

A gorgeous look for you this winter would be a v-neck sweater dress that hits at the knee or a few inches above (show off those gorgeous legs!) paired with tights and knee-high boots.

When it comes to accessories, stick with necklaces that rest in the hollow of the throat or at the collarbone - do not wear necklaces that dangle down into your cleavage (trashy). However, an extra-long chain style necklace worn with a figure-skimming (not skin-tight)turtleneck or sweaterdress would work fine.

For footwear, make sure you wear a substantial heel or a wedge heel. Stay away from skinny, skinny stillettos or pointy toes. Stick with pumps, rounded or peep-toes.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

What to Wear to a Wedding When the Temperature Tumbles

Dear She She,

A good friend of mine is getting married at this gorgeous old historic house. The entire wedding and reception is outside. I just found out from the lovely weatherman that it is going to be around 50 degrees. I am perplexed as to what to wear. It's an evening wedding and I had an adorable cocktail dress. I don't want to do pants (or, heaven forbid, a suit), but I don't know how to be my fashionable self without freezing to death. There are sacrifices that I'm willing to make for fashion but I don't want to have an awful evening. Any help would be much appreciated!!

Dearest Perplexed Fashionista,
Mother Nature can sure wreak havoc on one's style sense can't she? And I can imagine that the bride is none too happy with the weatherman's predictions either, right? However, anyone who plans an outdoor wedding and reception in mid-October has most assuredly taken inclement weather into account. I am sure there will be a lovely tent filled with lovely patio heaters to help keep all of the guests toasty warm and happy. But just in case this little detail has escaped someone's notice, let's make sure you are properly and stylishly attired so there is no worry of freezing your adorable little keister off!

Since you don't want to consider trousers (even though a pair of dressy palazzo pants paired with a gorgeous cashmere sweater would look très chic and be toasty as well) I would opt for a dress in a just-below-knee length, that can be worn with warm tights and a pair of very stylish boots. Add a gorgeous cashmere or silk jacquard evening wrap, a great statement necklace and earrings, and finish with a unique evening bag.

Also, one of this season's über-chic sweater dresses (especially if you can find a great long sleeve turtleneck!) would be ideal, as long as it is on the dressy side (stay away from cable knits, argyle patterns or anything that looks too casual). For warmth, again I would go with
tights and stylish boots, or perhaps a closed-toe dressy pump or wedge. Add an elegant wrap and don't forget a little bling and a great evening bag.

Another great wedding look is to go totally glam with a taffeta skirt, dressy blouse and gorgeous pumps. Very Mad Men. Go with opaque hose, which will add warmth as well as glamour, and finish with great jewelry.

Happy shopping dearest girl!

Monday, September 29, 2008

What to Wear to a Fall Beach Wedding

Hi She She,
I have been an avid reader for years….I need help with a very perplexing situation. What in the world do I wear to a beach wedding taking place in the evening in November?!! Keep in mind that I live in the South, which means the weather may be cool, it may be hot. What is a fashion-minded girl to wear? Stacey

Dearest Stacey,

A beach wedding! How wonderful! I absolutely adore attending weddings since I have the perfect excuse to get all girlied up. And I agree, your particular situation is perplexing indeed, considering you have just as much a chance of sweltering in satin as you do of shivvering in shantung. In these circumstances I would strongly suggest wearing a dress made from natural fibers such as silk or cashmere, since they adjust well to the differences between outdoor temperature and body temperature.

I would go with a knee length sleeveless, one-sleeve or strapless dress in a natural silk fabric. You can then add a cashmere sweater or elegant wrap in case the weather turns brisk. Since it's autumn, you can go with a deeper, richer color palette. While the LBD is always an elegant choice, I have a tendency to stay away from black at weddings. I would choose something in a rich vibrant hue to celebrate the season.

Since you will be at the beach, I would go with a mid-height wedge soled sandal, which is easier to walk in when outdoors, especially on the sand. Finish with an elegant patent clutch bag and a really great pair of earrings.

Just in case the weather takes a truly serious turn for the brisk, an elegant brocade coat or satin trench would be a fashionable addition.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Fabulous Fashions of Duchess

Hi there girly girls!

I am positively swooning (don't you just love that word? It makes me feel like such a belle!) over the gorgeous-beyond-belief fashions from The Duchess starring Kiera Knightley. I absolutely adore period dramas (have completely worn out two entire dvd sets of Pride and Prejudice!) and while I will always fancy a truly great love story I am really only in it for the fashions. Honestly, I was born into the wrong century. I think I was meant to wear satin and brocade, lace and frills, not to mention enormous pieces of jewelry! And who wouldn't appreciate being able to hide those pesky problem areas with a handy dandy bustle? Not sure sure about corsets, as I am a great fan of being able to breathe, but all in all the fashions were fabulous. Yes, if bathing were more of a priority and deodorant had been invented I truly think I could have enjoyed living in the 18th century (provided I was a member of the aristocracy and not a bar wench.) But I digress...

Anyhoo, being a devoted fan of said 18th century romance, I am absolutely in love with The Duchess. Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire was the original "It" girl, and was touted as the Empress of Fashion. Anything she wore immediately became the rage and was copied by everyone in the ton. In fact, she once appeared wearing an enormous ostrich feather woven into her coiffure and overnight it became the most important accessory in any lady's wardrobe. It was an age of excess and Georgiana excelled in excess. She was most definitely an original. In fact, it was the Duchess who was credited with giving military style apparel its original cachet.

While I adore all things Georgian/Regency, I would find it a tad over the top to appear adorned in lace and brocade, with a 3-foot hair tower adorned with feathers and dripping in jewels. Instead, I am going to adopt Georgiana's style with this gorgeous military style jacket, worn with a lacy ruffle-front or tie-neck blouse. Next, I will bring it into the new millenium with a pair of gorgeous designer jeans and these perfectly perfect stacked heel boots.

I think I'll give the ostrich feathers a pass...However, I do believe I will indulge my passion for baubles with a beautiful jasper stone bracelet.
So check out The Duchess and bring a little romance into your style!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Looking Back: Emmy's Best Dressed

Oh darling girls! Just when I thought fashion couldn't get any more exciting - after my whirlwind of a week in New York for the Spring shows - along come the Emmy Awards and I am once again caught up in the excitement of seeing the brightest stars of television flaunt their fabulous fashions and finery! I just adore the Red Carpet. In fact, I just bought a nifty little red hall runner so that I can slip into my new Catherine Malandrino and sashay up and down my miniscule hallway, smiling, waving and peering back over my shoulder with a come-hither stare. One never knows when one might have need of such skills...but I digress. Where was I?

Oh yes! The Emmy Awards. Looking back at last year's Emmy's, and most especially the gorgeous gowns, I must admit that my very favorite look was Kate Walsh. She wore a red satin bias-cut gown by Pamela Dennis, shoes by Jimmy Choo and jewelry by Neil Lane, along with crimson nails and lips. She looked drop-dead gorgeous! Satin is a difficult fabric to get away with - it shows every little bump and bulge - and Kate was clearly bulge-free. But I have to say her best accessory was her gorgeous-beyond-belief hubby, Alex Young. Ahh, to be gorgeous and in love...and a celebrity!

Tune in September 21st for the 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards and check out the hottest fashions on the best bods in Hollywood!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

My Perfect Outfit for Fall!

Hi there girly girls! I don't know about you, but I am pleasantly overwhelmed by the fabulous selection of styles out there for fall. It seems that all the fashion bases are covered, from wide legged jeans and bohemian style tops, to the perfect little black dress and pumps, to the always chic and sophisticated trenchcoat and trousers. I love the fact that designers have made it possible for girls of all shapes and sizes to be on trend and still look fabulous.

But sometimes when there is so much to choose from, it is really hard to pull together a great ensemble. Should I go for chic and sophisticated? Casual and sporty? Free wheeling bohemian? Professional working girl? (As in my chosen, not world's oldest!) Choices, choices, choices...

Well, I always think the best place to start is with a classic and timeless look. With that in mind, I have chosed my Perfect Outfit for Fall. Start with a pair of classic bootleg jeans. (Bootleg jeans are the most flattering style for every body shape, which makes them perfect!) I like a darker wash, since it tends to be more slimming, but I adore the more "lived-in" washes too.

Next, add a crisp button-down shirt. I just adore a fabulous white shirt, but I love to mix it up a little with ruffles, bows, or pintuck details, since it has a more girly flair than a basic button-down. Also, there is so much you can do with a great white shirt. You can wear it under a fitted vest or a belted sweater, you can wear unbuttoned and belted over a sparkly or lacy cami, and it works equally well with trousers, jeans or skirts. A definite wardrobe essential.

Next, top with a stylish belted jacket. While a classic blazer work just fine, this season I am going with this gorgeous motorcyle jacket. I love the way the belt emphasizes the waistline, and the angled zip pockets are also very flattering.

Finally, a pair of classic leather boots. The best thing about boots is that they can be worn with jeans, trousers, dresses and skirts! Very versatile. I like a boot with a 2 to 3.5 inch heel for added height (plus, it makes my legs look very long and gorgeous!)

Don't forget accessories! A stylish cross-body bag is ideal, and the perfect size for toting along all your girly goodies. Since the biker jacket has zipper details you can skip the necklace, but grab a pair of big hoop earrings and a substantial bangle or two.