The buzz from last night’s debate between Obama and Romney was less about who debated better and more about who wore it better: Michelle Obama vs. Ann Romney. Both of the wonderful women wore the exact same shade of pink. Was it a coincidence or was it in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month? Or did their stylists peak into each other’s closets? The First lady wore a Michael Kors dress with a matching cropped jacket that flattered her shape very well. She wore a simple strand of pearls. I love pearls, to me they show poise and elegance. Mrs. Romney wore a cap-sleeved textured dressed and accessorized it with double-stranded turquoise beads. I am not a fan of the way Romney accessorized her outfit. It was very playful, but I do not think it was appropriate for a serious, crucial debate. Plus I feel that her outfit was a bit matronly and not as classy as Obama’s attire. I think Obama won this debate. So what do you guys think, who wore it better? Rock the Vote!
So as it appears, I think I’m a little obsessed with leopard-print! Today on my window-shopping journey in Manhattan, I came across a ton of leopard print dresses, jackets, handbags, shoes and accessories. Leopard print is a statement that is not going away! I went to Saks Fifth Avenue and the first thing that caught my eyes were the Christian Louboutin Handbags pictured below. Right away I feel in love with the big tote-sized one to the left. I loved how the black toned down the leopard to display a more suttle look. All of these bags were made out of pony-hair (something I find sad, and do not agree with, but hey, it adds to the value).
After I left Saks, I went window shopping at the Michael Kors store across the street on Fifth Avenue. Sure enough, the first handbags I see are the beautiful MK leopard print ones pictured below. It was a sign from above showing me what I wanted for Christmas ;). Unfortunately, this handbag is also calf hair…I’d feel horrible knowing a calf was harmed simply for fashion. I’d rather eat a cow, not wear one. As my window shopping venture continued, I ended up at Macy’s Herald Square. (My favorite place in that HUGE Macy’s is the Junior’s shoe Department (: ) I came across these cute Jessica Simpson pumps that were just reduced to $60! Jessica Simpson is also a big fan of leopard print and isn’t afraid to show it in many of her designs.
My only problem with leopard print is that sometimes, people do not know how to wear it! Sometimes people wear tooo much leopard print and it begins to look trashy instead of fashionable. If you are wearing a leopard print blouse, you do not need leopard pants, handbag, shoes, nails, earrings, ring, nose ring, tongue ring to match. Moderation is key!! With prints, you can easily to go from looking trendy to looking a hot mess in an instant. Leopard should be fun, sexy, flirty, and wild. Don’t be afraid to let your inner animal out!
On September 12 during New York Fashion Week, I had the pleasure of attending a fabulous show presented by The Fashion and Arts Xchange. The show took place at the beautiful Sky Room Times Square on a breathtaking rooftop that provided an amazing view of Manhattan. The show featured several designers that included Renee France Designs, Franklin Rowe and a good friend of mine, Shannon Shenone Chic. Me and Shannon are pictured at the top. Here are some pieces from Shannon Shenone’s collection. What do you guys think?
Shannon Shenone started designing at the tender age of 11 making her first collection of handbags. Since then, she always knew she wanted to be a designer. Her late uncle has been the greatest inspiration for her line, “Shannon Shenone Chic”, giving her the confidence and courage to turn her dreams into a reality. After graduating from Graphic Communication Arts High SChool, Shannon studied fashion design at the Wood Tobe School. Shannon Shenone’s style is a mix of edgy, sexy & classy as well as unpredictable and innovative. For more information, please visit http://www.ShannonShenoneChic.com.
As the nights get cooler and the days become shorter, the sad realization that summer is ending and fall is beginning entered my thoughts. Labor day has come and gone, swimming pools are closed, the kids are finally back in school and fall is here! Not to fear, these hot fall items will surely warm up these cool September nights. It’s time for Fall 2012 trends!
My number one fall 2012 trend is snake print! From the runway, to the crossway, snake print is everywhere! From pants, to purses, to shoes and belts, snake print is a popular trend that is not going away. The key to rocking snake print is learn to wear it in moderation. Don’t over do it with snake print everything. The motto is less is more. I personally love a pair of Skinny Jean Snake print pants paired with a simple black top and black shoes. I found an awesome pair of INC brand snake-print skinny jeans at Macy’s for $79.50. Another one of my obsessions that is perfect for any season (especially the fall) is leopard print! I am obsessed with leopard print! Again the key to wearing leopard is moderation! You do not want to walk out the house looking like you came from the jungle! Check out the Guess? Leopard print pants pictured above. Aren’t they cute?!
The next trend I’m kind of feeling for Fall is metallic pants. They’re perfect for a night out on the town with your girls or a nice date night with that special someone. Jean Paul Gaultier featured metallic pants in his Fall 2012 collection in Paris. Again, the key to wearing metallic is to take it in moderation! I would do a cute pair of metallic pants with a black blazer. It shows that your professional side can be a bit edgy. I’m also loving the metallic handbags. I’m not a huge fan of metallic shoes, but if it works for you, go for it! Check out Victoria Beckham in her long black blazer with her shiny metallic black pants and oh so cute Christian Louboutins!
Leather Jackets are a must for Fall!! As the weather gets cooler, you must be prepared for any weather changes, and look cool while doing it! Leather coats are edgy, sophisticated, and can make a difference to any outfit. Leather is coming back strong this season with everything from leather dress, to pants, to tops. If you cannot afford real leather, designers are making faux-leather jackets that actually look real! (I remember back in the day when you could quickly spot out who was wearing the “pleather”). Below is faux leather jacket I bought from Dress Barn last fall. What do ya think?