blackwhitetextureheavenAs much as I love color (and I really do), there are moments where all I want to wear is high contrast. Probably because it's not the best pairing for me. So, I like to rebel every now and again.

Just like this.

This is sheer heaven. The textures. The patterns. And, of course, the black and white uncolors.

Look at this jacket. I mean ... seriously. It's fabulous! Paired with this embellished lace overlay dress and Jimmy Choo handbag. Delish. And my favorite ... the Miu Miu shoes!

Crazy good.
Recently, I spoke at an event on the topic of how your home can (and should) inspire how you dress. Case in point: the fabulous home décor below. Everything about it says chic, even the color and texture combinations. So why limit that to just your home when you can wear it? Here's how.

sequinsleggings4holidayYou know I am all about the leg wear of the season, so of course I am experimenting with sequins leggings this year.

In the spirit of the holidays (still trying to find mine), why don't we have a little fun with style?

There is bound to be a holiday party where you can take a little risk. Say, at a close friend's house where you know everyone attending. Here's your opportunity to take a statement sparkler and mix in some edge.

Whether you have full on sequins leggings, or a pair with sequins side stripes, you have to admit these are entertaining. There are several looks to try, but I love how these, in particular, feel light, playful and say "I didn't try too hard to put this together."

Such a bold piece calls for a simple mix of accessories — though, don't be afraid to add in some major color and detail. Simple here is the 'less is more' philosophy without skimping on edgy attitude (read: colorful patterned clutch against patterned sweater dress, or red crystal ring + turquoise/black cuff against a varying length sparkly top with tuxedo stripe sequins leggings).

Which look will you try? Better yet, create something new, something so you, and share in the comments below.
purplevelvetlongjacketI love velvet. Even more, plush velvet jackets — especially in the color of royalty!

This Versus velvet jacket is so fabulous, it doesn't take much to complete the look. Keep it streamlined, but don't be afraid to add in other textures and detail, as long as they are on the simple side.

The jacket is long enough to cover your rear, so try leather/stretch jersey leggings. They are perfect paired with a black jersey turtleneck for the foundation layer.

I am gaga over these buckled suede boots, thanks to Marc by Marc Jacobs. And the fur bag ... I just had to! Jewelry is easy, go for a brass ring and art deco earrings. Nothing else will be seen, so there's no need to bother.

Smooth, smart and smashing style!
I love style challenges. It's an outlet for creativity. Especially when it comes to getting more mileage from one article of clothing.

After receiving this email from my out-of-state client last week, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to demonstrate how to get multiple looks out of one great foundation piece.
I found a great jumpsuit this weekend and am beginning to think through my outfits for our month back home over the holidays. Do you think I could get three outfits out of a black jumpsuit? One for a black tie, another for a cocktail party with friends and perhaps even a date night. Can I get away with one pair of shoes for all three outfits?

2-tonesatinpeeptoeFirst, let me start by recommending the perfect shoe, if you must only pack one pair — black satin peep-toe pumps. Two-toned, even better! The greatest thing about basic black satin pumps is their ability to dress for any occasion. Jeans to formal attire, they simply work. My favorite trick to change the look of the shoe is adding a pair of sparkly clip-on earrings (demonstrated in recent fashion show). Or, fur clip-on earrings (my latest vintage purchase).

With regards to the amount of outfits that can be put together, the list could go on and on. But let's start with the black tie event. The most important accessory to amp up the look of the jumpsuit is a phenomenal statement belt. Add in some fun luxe with an attention-grabbing necklace (I love this gold angel wing choker) and a fur wrap. Fancier occasions call for the unusual ... those special pieces (vintage!) that can't help but get noticed. Even your clutch should have attitude!

The good news with the cocktail party outfit, it can easily double as the date night outfit (it's just the two of you, no one will know but you ... okay, and your spouse). You can switch out the fur shrug for a scarf that can be tied many which way or a leather jacket, if you like. Phew! That's three outfits already taken care of.



As for more casual affairs, simply layer a long-sleeve sheer tee underneath the jumpsuit. Create another look by layering over top with a cardigan, poncho or cape. Lean toward the light-hearted side of jewelry for a cool vibe (go Twisted). While a flat shoe (boot) option would be nice, jumpsuits are made for heels. And with this material, you can't roll up the pant legs.

It's no surprise that the right accessories can make a good ensemble AMAZING! So think about how you use your accessories.