silkcargosThis Spring, many trends will be explored. One of which will be carried over from last year ... and that trend is the cargo pant. However, this season go silk and cross-functional!

I love the versatility of this pant, not only from the fabric — allowing an otherwise casual pant to go out on the town in the evening — but also from a hem length standpoint. With quick adjustments, long cargo pants become pedal pushers or cropped further up the leg. So many different outfit pairings can be generated from one pair of pants!

While not all body shapes can enjoy this trend exactly as shown here, there are a few tricks to get your cargo on. Consider a tunic or shirt dress with shape over a narrow cut, light material cargo. Perhaps even belt the shirt dress. As for shoes, go high with platforms!

Chic and edgy all in one pant. What's not to love!

It seems like ions ago when I posted my first Fall 09 Must Have. Now that all 14 must haves are posted, I feel the need to move onto Spring. However, with colder temperatures just now making an appearance, I suppose I should settle into this season for a while. After all, Fall is my favorite time of year!

In case you missed some of the season’s must haves, here’s a recap:

  1. Studded Accessories.
  2. Over-the-knee boots.
  3. Camel Coat.
  4. Fur vest.
  5. Straight leg pants.
  6. Electrifying color!
  7. Sheer blouse.
  8. Cutout shoes.
  9. Above the knee skirt or dress.
  10. Ginormous necklace.
  11. Charcoal mascara.
  12. One-shoulder dress or top.
  13. Red carpet skin.
  14. Berry stained or pink glossy lips.

Skin care is one of my obsessions. So it’s fitting that Miss Angelina represent this particular Fall must have, as I am obsessed with her. So, how do you get red carpet skin?

A good skin care regimen, to start. Depending on your skin’s needs, that regimen can vary. Here are some basics to keep in mind:

Skin Care Routine

  1. Cleanser (rinse twice as long as washing)
  2. Toner (if needed, and consider one with fruit acid)
  3. Antioxidant (one with Vitamin C)
  4. Moisturizer
  5. Eye Treatment
  6. Sunscreen (in the day)
  7. Retinoid (at night, if you are over 30)

Consider getting a facial every other month, or quarterly. This is a great way to maintain and deepen the results of radiant skin. There are also two great products that will add another dimension to red carpet-worthy skin, Brazilian Peel (30% medical strength glycolic acid) and Orlane’s LIGHTBOX (a truly glowing experience for those little or big events in your life).

This time of year, hydration is extremely important. If you tend to get dry and flaky, look for moisture-rich formulas. Should you have any questions about the specific needs of your skin, please consult your dermatologist.

The one-shoulder dress was big for Spring. As it carries over into Fall, the look will extend flawlessly to include top+skirt and top+pant ensembles. I love the versatility, allowing many different ways (via cuts and styles) to express your style. And while this may be considered a trend, if you go for a classic shape, it becomes an essential piece to have in your wardrobe year and year, season after season. My Spring 08 one-shoulder silk top falls into that category - it transcends seasons.


berry-stained-lipsMake-up trends for Fall are, thankfully, doused in reality, yet provide a fresh twist. For eyes, golden, bronzy browns are the go to neutrals. You can also play with eyeshadow colors in dark green and purple. The cheek of the season is a soft, glowy pink, which is gorgeous on any skin tone. As for lips, my favorite looks are berry stained and glossy pink. And who better to showcase the season’s best lips than Charlize Theron.

Berry has always been my lip color of choice. I embrace it completely. In fact, it’s the only color I actually wear on my lips. My sister adheres to her nude lip … everyday. Snooze. I love a nude lip every now and then. However, playing with color allows you to express your make-up style in many ways, whether you choose lipstick, gloss, tint or stain.

pink-glossed-lipsAnother lip look for the season is pink and glossy. It’s the perfect complement to a strong eye, and it also goes hand-in-hand with a natural face, as Charlize demonstrates.

Go play. Have fun. And sweet sister, please try to step out of your neutral lip zone. Muah!