(Fashion) Mistakes Will Happen!

A fashion mistake: Tory Burch shoes that were lovely but hurt my feet! Photo: Abrina Hyatt

I have gotten much better at knowing my style and buying the right things. Much better. Fewer bad calls, fewer disasters. And yet … I still make fashion mistakes. I get impulsive. And, just recently, I purchased something on Ebay – something I have never done before. That, of course, should have been my first clue – it’s always tricky to buy something without seeing it and touching it (I am not a fan of buying online.). But, this was a velvet pant from the Altuzarra for Target collaboration and I was hopeful. A few years ago I had purchased things from this collaboration (in the Target store!) and I had great success with each piece. And because I want to add more velvet to my wardrobe this fall and the color was an inciting maroon-red, I gave it a go. It arrived and it seemed to fit, but when I wore it there was something wrong: a hard-to-describe-something – too big in places, perhaps? – but something just the same and the fit was off. After wearing it just one day, I resolved that it was not for me and put it in the pile of clothes-to-go.

Even as we age and mature and begin to know our style, fashion mistakes WILL happen. The always do. And when they do, I recommend giving it to someone else who will enjoy it. Please don’t give yourself a hard time about it. Rejoice that you are keeping only the right things for you. No almost-right. Almost-good-enough is not good enough for you.

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Time and Tide to Go!

Get the white out with Tide To Go!

When I bought this white polo shirt, I was not aware there was a stain on it. Since I got it from my favorite consignment shop (no returns!) I had to find a way to keep the shirt – but keep it white. If you have not already discovered Tide-to-Go instant stain remover, go out and buy it now! It is amazing. You dab it on and watch the stain disappear. For my polo shirt, it worked instantly.

Spring is here and whites are jumping at the bit to take their place of prominence in your wardrobe. But if you are going to wear white, then keep your whites crisp and clean. No stain, even a small one, is worthy of you. The season is just starting – check your closets for any worn whites – remove any stains if you can but if not then let them go! Time and Tide to Go!

Polo shirt – Tory Burch

Photo by Kendra Olson

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New Shoes for Back to School – and they’re Tory Burch!

Optimized-P1060503Buying new shoes for back-to-school is a tradition in my family, passed down from the time I was a little girl preparing for my first day of school. I still buy my boys a pair of shoes this time of year, even though they are now in college and high school. But I get charged when I find shoes myself; I think it’s because I never lose that excited feeling of starting a school year. You know – new shoes and clothes mean new beginnings and fresh starts – just in time for chillier weather and shorter days.

My new pair of shoes are “Gigi” by Tory Burch. I love them because they are versatile and go with everything. Somewhere between a flat and a heel (and what a perfect heel it is!), they are designed for true comfort – I can wear them to work and beyond. Described as ‘Sixties-inspired,’ I chose the patent leather, but this shoe comes in both patent and suede as well as a wide range of colors. I plan to pair them with either a slim-leg pant (seen above) or mid-knee skirt or dress.

I like Tory Burch shoes for their style and quality. I try to find them on sale whenever possible because they are pricey, yet there are certain fashion staples I think are worth the money. Shoes fall in this category. If you invest in a pair of shoes and take good care of them, they will last you a long time and provide you with a return on your investment. Classic shoes are timeless; mixing elegant pieces with fun and flirty styles will give you a well-rounded wardrobe. And there is always the dream of where the shoes can take you!  Happy Back-to-School, for the student in all of us.

Shoes, Tory Burch; pants, vintage; blouse Anne Fontaine; bag, H&M

Photo by Abrina Hyatt

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Kerri Washington Earns a Purple Heart

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Kerri Washington’s handbag design to support victims of domestic violence : Courtesy Allstate Foundation

Kerri Washington earned a purple heart. The actress has been the ambassador for the Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse campaign for a while, but this is the first year that she is teaming up with fashion designers to design handbags that will support victims of domestic violence. Designer handbags will be auctioned throughout October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Washington’s own design will get produced for a giveaway sweepstakes – guaranteeing more visibility for the cause.

In a press release Washington said: “2016 marks my third year as Allstate Foundation Purple Purse ambassador, and it’s a truly exciting year as we’ve teamed up with amazing designers to create handbags that will help women enduring financial abuse … I’m grateful for the participation from designers like Tory Burch and Christian Louboutin as well as the passion and creativity they are bringing to this cause that’s so important to me.”

This is fashion design at its best. I hope they raise awareness (and a lot of money) for people in dire need.

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Trending at Paris Fashion Week: Oversized Belts

Oversized belts are a fall 2015 trend

Oversized belts are a fall 2015 trend

Sighted at Paris Fashion Week: oversized belts. I can embrace this fashion trend and here’s why: oversized belts accentuate the waist and can transform your wardrobe in an instant. And you don’t need to spend a lot for them. I found this oversized belt last fall during the Altuzarra-Target collaboration and I look forward to wearing it as much as possible. Don’t wait to belt yourself in this spring, summer and fall!

Belt, Altuzarra for Target, handbag, Michael Kors, sweater, Tory Burch

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This Holiday Try Your Turtleneck With A Side of Hot Chocolate!

q9WUg4CD20OghNz01PFtDnfQVri3w4ffc03KtgCqQvU,98KlfVc-12OIMPhola-HyewSejp0A-HO8c2f1oQ-cbI70gbfccwaT5KL3k34PvVCVpJhahCc220YE6JYAS6COA,5-d9i1hH-eOEU9BvVX8icoiii9uZwaV_HPSrUEVyQdAI love the classics for the holidays: a turtleneck with a side of hot chocolate. The turtleneck sweater is a winter staple; paired with jeans, the combination is cozy, understated and simple, yet undeniably chic (think Jackie Kennedy Onassis). But adding hot chocolate with whipped cream takes this look to the next level and screams ‘Happy Holidays!‘ like nothing else.

Turtleneck, vintage Akris; jeans, Frame Denim; bracelet, Tory Burch; hot chocolate, courtesy of Boxwood Coffee

Photos by Sophie MacMillan; shot on location at Boxwood Coffee, Summit NJ

 

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Mixing and Matching on a Monday: Tory Burch and Altuzarra

P1050237P1050236The pencil skirt is a solid addition to your wardrobe and a chic choice for fall. It’s traditional, with added style. Paired and belted with a cardigan, gives it polish. This outfit is a combination of two favorite designers: Tory Burch and Altuzarra. The wonderful thing about this look is the high style without the high price. The Tory Burch cardigan is vintage, that I purchased at a consignment shop. And the Altuzarra pencil skirt, belt, and blouse are pieces from the Altuzarra for Target collaboration.

Rounding out the look, are the accessories: Michael Kors clutch, and shoes, Taryn Rose, another consignment store find.

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Ellen DeGeneres’s new lifestyle launch is nothing to laugh at

Ellen DeGeneres, Photo Credit: Getty

Ellen DeGeneres, Photo Credit: Getty

I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t want it to be the biggest brand name that you can imagine.”  ~ Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres is adding to her resume this fall when she launches her lifestyle brand, E.D. And it’s nothing to laugh at. The line is debuting first with a capsule collection for the holidays, and will then expand to include fashion, home goods, and items for pets. And more signs that Ellen is serious about this launch; she is partnering with investor and entrepreneur, Christopher Burch, of Burch Creative Capital. Mr. Burch is known for helping his ex-wife, fashion designer, Tory Burch, turn her brand into a multi-billion dollar business.

I think this lifestyle brand launch will do well. People trust Ellen DeGeneres. And I think they will follow her in this new venture. I know I will. I’m buying it!

 

 

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