CoSGCsI have been wrapping up gift certificates, CoS style, like crazy! For months, actually.

However, this time of year is especially busy for gift certificates — for a variety of wardrobe services. Moms, fathers, sisters, husbands and wives all giving the gift of style for the holidays. I love it! And they will, too.

Batches of beautifully wrapped and ribboned gift certificates have been going out daily. There's a few more days to get yours out on time! The best part, you don't have to lift a finger. 

And don't worry, if you are a last minute shopper, there's always a beautifully designed email gift certificate that doesn't even need to be shipped!

A stylish gift, for certain.


Yes. This is what summer looks like to me. On an easy breezy day. No agenda. Thanks to these fabulous pieces from Free People.

Sheer fabric. Ripped up denim. Jewelry in unexpected ways. And, of course, a hat to keep my red hair from fading.


Available from Free People

Just last week, twelve modeltestants began their competition to become the newest face of Frédéric Fekkai as the second season of modeling competition series The Face premiered.

Airing Wednesdays at 10pm EST on Oxygen Media, this season the young women selected on Team Naomi, Team Anne V and Team Lydia will have the opportunity to make a life-changing transformation through unprecedented access to clients, national brands and iconic mentorships. The most influential names in the industry will lend their expertise this season including Frédéric Fekkai, ELLE Magazine™s Editor-in-Chief Robbie Myers, Pamela Rolland, RuPaul, Tyson Beckford and Karen Elson. Each week, the brand representatives for the Campaign Challenge will choose the winning team, leaving each supermodel coach from the bottom two teams to nominate a member of their team for elimination and the winning coach to decide who will be sent home.

amandagullicksonjpgRecently, I had the chance to chat with our local modeltestant, Amanda Gullickson (age 18), dubbed The Girl Next Door. A born athlete, Amanda is down to earth, has strong family values and a complete belief in herself no matter what comes her way.

Amanda grew up in Fort Mill, SC playing basketball, riding horses and competing in barrel races. If you asked her at age 14 what she'd be doing years down the road, her answer would have been playing basketball. However, after tearing her ACL, Amanda's friend encouraged her to attend an open call with Evolution, a local talent agency. 

With supportive (and very proud) parents, Amanda has always believed she could do anything she put her mind to.Β After graduating high school one year early, Amanda went to Miami to model. Soon thereafter, she moved to New York to pursue a career in modeling while taking online college classes. Along the way, one of her casting calls led her to The Face.

While Amanda was nervous to live with 11 other girls that she had never met before, her competitive nature gives her the confidence to take the bull by the horns. She stays true to herself, is well grounded and defies the notion that models can't eat ice cream and Snickers® bars.

On most mornings, you can find Amanda running in Central Park or practicing hot yoga. She prefers watching movies in her apartment over NYC night life. While some models give in to the pressure of living up to someone else's vision of perfect, Amanda says, "You must be true to who you are. If you believe in yourself, everything falls into place."

So tune in this Wednesday night to see Amanda Gullickson battle it out to win The Face. You can find Amanda on Twitter and Instagram: a_gullickson.

Photos from The Face


What do you have to lose?

The summer is winding down. If you haven't taken any risks, it's time. I am not asking you to go skydiving. I ask that you consider taking a style chance by changing something up. Perhaps you mix glorious color on color in your clothing if that's not your norm. Or, change the color of your hair.

For a non-shorts wearer, I recently purchased the cutest pair of wide leg short shorts. While my veiny legs are aghast, it was a big risk that I needed to attempt. I absolutely love everything about the look (again, accept my veins ... but that's on my list for fall). I especially appreciate seeing the fruits of my labor from Pure Barre.

So, what's it going to be?


Photo from Vogue Portugal 2013

Short but sweet tonight, as I prepare to speak to a group of savvy business women in the morning. The topic — Haute Holiday Style. But, of course! The purpose of the workshop is to help women tap into their inner style goddess and express all that inspires them.

As I reflect on my holiday series from last year, I plan to switch things up a bit for 2011. Curious? Stay tuned.


Photo by Anna Palma & Ray Brown