Be a trail blazer!

Luxe Rachel Zoe chocolate suede jacket

“There is something about a well-fitted modern jacket that feels like armor. If it’s cut well, it adds a dose of cool to anything you wear it with and does the heavy lifting when it comes to creating a flattering shape.” ~ Stacy London – stylist, television personality, and author – from her new book, The Truth About Style

Do you own a blazer? Have you checked your closet recently? Blazers are so important for pulling a look together, and having a few well-fitting jackets, as Stacy London says, is necessary for feeling your best. I like the notion of a jacket as armor and I agree. Sometimes you want to say more rather than less. Sometimes you need the extra coverage; not just to complete a look, but to go deeper – to give you a sense of control and purpose when you need confidence. Sometimes, as your body ages, you simply need a little more structure and form, especially in the shoulders. And nothing, nothing gives a man or woman a sense of power and elegance like a blazer.

The expression ‘go to’ really fits when it comes to wearing a blazer. I have a few; a white and yellow for spring/summer, and my recent purchase – this Luxe Rachel Zoe chocolate-suede from her QVC collection. I chose it because of its good fit and interesting detail, including the puffed-sleeves (love!) and multiple zippers. And brown looks great with black, which makes it a classic for everything.

Take care of yourself and add your own protection with a proper jacket. Be a trail blazer!

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QVC + HSN = OMG!

Luxe Rachel Zoe on QVC

Do you want to go to a fashion party where you can see fashion stylists, designers and celebrities? Here is an idea: Turn on your television. By now you know that I am a little hooked on QVC; it has become a destination for shopping for a few of my basics. But it is more than that; it is an opportunity to hear and see fashion forecasts from stylists, designers and celebrities whom I have come to know and love. Names like: Rachel Zoe, Isaac Mizrahi, Nicole Richie, Lori Goldstein, and the latest celebrity, Jennifer Hudson, have all found homes on QVC. Home Shopping may have had a practical and utilitarian reputation at one time, but today it is much more fun. And QVC is not the only game in town. It may not be the giant that QVC is but HSN (Home Shopping Network) is hitting its stride and updating its programming. The other night I saw Fern’s Finds on HSN. After watching for a moment I realized that Fern was the Fern Mallis, credited as creator of New York Fashion Week (see: SOF, New York Fashion Week, Part 1). Very cool. Other celebrity sightings and fashion labels featured on HSN are: J.Lo, DKNY, IMAN and Badgley Mischka.

Just this week (October 8, 2012) Time Magazine ran an article profiling CEO of HSN, Mindy Grossman. Grossman took over as CEO in 2006, and at sales of about $2.2 billion last year, has made her mark. According to Time, “How did a first-time CEO with no experience in television and direct-to-consumer retailing turn HSN around? It was pretty simple, really. She just got everybody to think in a whole new way.” ~ Belinda Luscombe, Time Magazine.

So, I don’t have to look much further than my television to find inspiration. Fashion and fun are coming to ME!

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