Nautical necklace

Statement necklace

Statement necklace

Ahoy! Don’t you love this statement necklace … especially the anchor? I had been searching for nautical-inspired pieces. And when my friend Kim suggested it looked like vintage Tory Burch I knew I had something special. Statement necklaces are chic because they give a boost to everything, especially a plain white tee. Some may be more opulent than others but anything bold and over-sized with a pop of color will do. If you haven’t already purchased a statement necklace for the summer and transition to fall, do it now.

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Poolside Accessories

At the pool

At the pool – photos by Cheryl

Sunscreen – check

Sunhat – check

Sunglasses – check

Lipstick – check

Smile, from being in a state of pure joy – check

At the pool - photos by Cheryl

At the pool – photos by Cheryl

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Fashion and function

Photograph: Patricia Saxton Background artwork: Patricia Saxton

Photograph: Patricia Saxton   Background artwork: Patricia Saxton

Who says fashion can’t be functional? While at my friend Patricia’s house, I found the most adorable tape dispenser hidden inside a stiletto heel.

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Shopping Day

Alexandra at 10:00 am - Her shopping day begins ...

Alexandra at 10:00 am – Her shopping day begins …

Costume designer, Alexandra, went shopping today. Her goal? Find accessories and costumes for the short film for which she is designing: Karaoke King. As a costume designer Alexandra is a storyteller and interestingly, she likes shopping for the characters but not necessarily for herself. She tells stories through costumes and accessories, never overlooking any detail. Sometimes the story is pretty, sometimes gritty and dark … and today? This story is about a former successful rocker who finds himself in a slump and singing karaoke. The clothing and the mood must be glam rock.

Because Alexandra lives and works in New York, the entire city becomes her shopping closet and she must be able to seek out the gems within the neighborhoods and the vintage shops of note; places like Goodwill in Harlem, where she can find a suit for $15, or the treasures in downtown Manhattan or Brooklyn. The turnaround time for this shopping excursion is quick; shopping today, filming over the weekend. Here is how it works: Continue reading

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Ella Enchanted

Princess Ella

Ella with her princess nightgown

Princess Ella's magic slippers and magic mirror

Princess Ella’s magic slippers and magic mirror

Princess Ella lives in the castle next to me. She is almost three years old but don’t let her young age fool you. She is wise and fair and joyful and everything a princess should be. When I asked Ella how it feels to dress like a princess, she said, “It’s so beautiful!”

We must never underestimate the power of magic.

 

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Strawberry season

It's strawberry season

It’s strawberry season

It’s Father’s Day. It’s my first trip to the farmer’s market. It’s strawberry season. And it’s time to pull out my strawberry crossbody handbag which was a happy gift from a friend. I love taking it out when strawberries are in season, begging the question: which is fake and which is real? When it comes to fashion a little whimsy is always welcome.

 

 

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Susan on style …

Susan

Susan

Susan and I have been friends for a long time and I have always loved her sense of style. She has two signatures: her long, soft, strawberry blond hair and her simple, elegant and impeccable style. She was born in Britain but has lived her adult life in New York City and presently, Brooklyn. She is a mother of two and a writer, and has worked for fashion magazines. I think it was Susan who gave me my nickname, Mel! This is Susan on style

Mel:  How would you describe your style?

Susan: I buy very few clothes. I get obsessive about one or two designers and I stick with them. I would rather buy one thing that I really love than five things that are simply okay. Because of my coloring I have a narrow range that I can wear. I can’t do reds, oranges or pink. I don’t like extraneous things on clothes; I like clothing to be very simple. Unfortunately, simple is very expensive! My favorite designer is Marni; if I could pick only one designer to wear it would be Marni. I also love Prada. Continue reading

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Styling Tall

Tina

Tina, wearing her over-sized sunnies

My friend Tina is 6’1″ tall while I am 5’/4.5″. Although I am familiar with styling petite, styling tall requires a different set of rules. Tina is here to walk us through some helpful tips for dressing when you’re tall:

” – don’t be afraid to choose large accessories: over-sized purses, long scarves, wide belts, riding boots … but only if you feel confident wearing them … and limit the number of over-sized pieces you wear at one time.

all cuts of jeans work well on long legs: bootcut, wide leg, super skinny, capris, etc. Go for it! … Continue reading

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Curl your toes!

Wearing OPI's "My paprika is healthier than yours" - quite a name!

Wearing OPI’s “My paprika is healthier than yours” – quite a name!

Feeling a little off? A bright pedicure is just the answer to curl your toes! I turned my day around with a new tangerine-toned pedicure paired with my Prabal Gurung for Target red sandals! Do it for yourself – you are worth it.

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Styling petite

Clothes from my closet - a floral print a-line skirt with neutral pumps

Clothes from my closet – a floral print a-line skirt with neutral pumps

I’m 5/4.5. There was a short period when I reached my full height at thirteen and I thought that I wouldn’t stop growing. But I did. Bottom line: I’m petite. It’s taken me a long time to figure out what I can and cannot wear and what trends will never work for me. In general terms, I think I do best when I keep it simple and uncluttered.

Some tips that work for me:

– keep pants fitted and flat. When Kim came for my closet audit, she recommended that I have a tailor remove the inner pockets of several of my pants and sew them up. It created a more fitted and flattering leg.

– choose a-line dresses and skirts. Skirts with tucked-in shirts and sweaters is a flattering shape and most often I look for knee-length or just above-the-knee. Skirts for petite women are better if they hit at your natural waist … Continue reading

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