Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Freeze Baby

Dress: Do & Be. Jacket: thrift.  Boots: Rampage.  Tights: Macy’s.  Purse: Jimmy Choo.


What a dreadful day for a dress!  With wind chill it was only 3 degrees in Cincinnati this morning and my freeze-baby ways were most irritating.  However, this was one of the few outfits I actually picked out the evening before work, so I was determined not to change my plans.  I adjusted to the temp by wearing some fabulously worn & warm fleece pants under my dress while I traveled to work this morning.  Don’t worry – I took them off when I arrived @ the office!


Monday, December 6, 2010

Kick up ‘dem heels!

Black ruffle top: thrifted.  Sweater: Express.  Necklace: Ann Taylor.  Jeans: NY&Co.  Shoes: Stuart Weitzman.

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It’s a new day and I’m kicking up my heels – and who wouldn’t kick up patent red Stuart Weitzman peep toes?  They’re meant for kicking!  Winking smile

Fancy shoes call for a little bling (even if I’m in jeans again today…), so I added my favorite chunky necklace of the moment and added it to my layered detailed tops.


Sunday, December 5, 2010

Baby Dots

Studded Cardigan: Banana Republic.  Dress: BCBG.  Tights: Simply Vera.  Shoes: Michael Kors.

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If you’re someone who wants to try out an all over pattern, but are nervous about being overwhelmed by the print, I suggest starting with a small print (like the subtle dot pattern in this dress!).  Then, move to bigger, bolder, and more colorful prints as you gain confidence with fun patterns and figure out what works best for you.

Once you’ve mastered wearing all types of patterns, the next step is to start mixing those patterns!!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Christmas is a comin’

Blazer: Michael Kors.  Silk top: Cache.  Shoes: Steve Madden LUXE.


I’m embracing 1/2 business, 1/2 casual today.  Even though our work dress code has relaxed of late, the overall atmosphere is still pretty conservative, so I figure the 50/50 split should work well.


Christmas is on its way and I’ll soon be baking cookies, singing holiday songs, and wrapping more presents!  I just have to get through the work week - and Santa here I come!

I’ve done quite a bit of shopping already, but still have a few more items to go.  I heard a really cute idea today that suggested girlfriends swap Christmas ornaments with each other vs. expensive gifts.  What a cute idea!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Fancy Stems

Skirt: Moda Int’l.  Shoes: BCBG.  Cardigan: Macy’s.  Black silk bow top: Newport News.  Tights: TJ Maxx.




I love me some tights!!  Colored tights, textured tights, patterned tights… I love them all. 

Why?  Not only because they’re so fun and pretty, but really - what better way to keep legs warm and interesting?!  And what woman doesn’t want to bring a little attention to her stems?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Hidden Spice

Coat: Chadwicks.  Pants: Express.  Top: Newport News.  Shoes: Jessica Simpson.

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Classically simple today with a black and cream color combo.  Just a hint of spice with a polka dot shoe and a fun furry coat.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Weekend Stretch Wear

Tunic: JCP.  Belt: ?  Leggings: Forever XXI.  Fishnet Stockings: Macy’s.  Booties: Guess.



Maybe it’s the chilly weather or something, but I haven’t been in a uber color-lovin’ mood of late.  One thing I clearly am still in the mood for is leggings.  They’re so warm and stretchy.  While I wasn’t initially a big fan, now I wish they would always be in style…

One of the reasons I wasn’t a fan at first was that I simply wasn’t sure how to wear them without letting all the “junk in my trunk” hang out.  I saw all these very thin petite girls wearing leggings and thought they just wouldn’t be flattering on me.  That is – until I discovered the tunic (duh), and also tried them more recently with dresses (again duh).  Either way - perfection.

I only have 2 pair of leggings (may buy more this week…), but I definitely put them to use.  Below are a few of my legging ensembles:

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Winter Wearable

 Dress: Newport News.  Ruffle Sweater: Chadwicks.  Belt: NY & Co.  Leggings: Forever XXI.  Boots: Gianni Bini.


Hope everyone’s turkey day was fabulous!  I spent a lot of time cooking, eating, laughing, and enjoying friends and family.  Now, I’m breaking out the Christmas decorations, holiday music, and cookie recipes!

When the weather is cold and Christmas is just around the corner, I know it’s time for layering.  I took this light t-shirt dress and made it winter wearable simply by adding a cardigan, leggings, and boots!


Beautiful Black Bridesmaid Dresses

Beautiful Black Bridesmaid Dresses

Saturday, November 27, 2010

New House of Harlow 1960 pieces

Nicole Richie Riche's for less came across these four new House of Harlow 1960 pieces.
Made from leather, suede, metal, Czech crystals/stones these pieces from the holiday collection are available at Nordstrom.
The cluster ring is Nicole's favourite.
"It's so fun and eclectic, and it even comes in a smaller size," she says.
I adore this multicoloured necklace.
House of Harlow 1960 leather pendant necklace

House of Harlow 1960 black leather bib necklace

House of Harlow 1960 black leather necklace

House of Harlow 1960 large leather cluster ring

Nicole heads to the gym

Nicole Richie was spotted heading to the gym on Friday afternoon, November 26, in Studio City, California.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Leaving the Andy Lecompte salon

Nicole Richie was spotted leaving the Andy Lecompte salon wearing some brand new hair extensions.
I find this change very refreshing.
I also like her Winter Kate Jemma fringe-trim jacket in ivory.
What do you think of Nicole's new look?

source: x17online

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Nicole stepping out for a workout

Nicole Richie was spotted leaving the gym in Studio City, on November 23 and 24.

source: faded youth blog

House of Harlow and Winter Kate coupon codes

The Trend Boutique is having a huge sale and now they are for the first time including Winter Kate and House of Harlow 1960.
Shop Winter Kate here
Shop House of Harlow 1960 jewelry here
Shop House of Harlow 1960 sunglasses here
Shop House of Harlow 1960 shoes here
Have a very happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Nicole Richie: fashion, family and more

Nicole Richie chatted with WWD about fashion, family and more.
Here's her interview:
A delicate-looking cursive tattoo graces the inside of Nicole Richie’s left wrist. And although she isn’t one to volunteer personal details about her life, she obliges a bit hesitantly when asked for specifics.

Richie rolled her eyes, shrugged her shoulders and explained, “It says, ‘Virgin.’ ”

Any presumptions should stop there. Like much about her, there is more than what first appears. The tattoo, like the green hair she once had in high school and the party-girl prefix that used to accompany any tabloid reference to her name, is now a footnote of her past. The teenage trip to the tattoo parlor was a wink at her Virgo status. The zodiac reference is something she has long outgrown but has learned to live with.

During an hour-long interview in a sleepy cafe in Manhattan’s NoHo, Richie made it clear she won’t be labeled by the media or by her own doing. In New York to talk up the expansion of her two collections — House of Harlow 1960 and Winter Kate — she was clear-eyed and calm, pretty much never looking away. Although she readily talked about a recent girls’ night dinner she hosted for 10 Nordstrom buyers at the Sunset Tower Hotel’s eatery and how much she likes cooking dinner for her family, she was less inclined to dish about her former stylist Rachel Zoe or once-fellow rabble-rouser Lindsay Lohan. (A publicist interjected more than once.) As for Lohan & Co., Richie said, “I just wish everybody happiness. Everyone has the right to be happy. Other than that, it’s really none of my business

In fairness to Richie, why would she want to delve into her nights spent clubbing? She did her time (however briefly, for one of two DUIs years ago) and has since moved on. She doesn’t spend her days relieved she is no longer lumped among the party girls. “I’m 29 right now, and I can look back at any stage in my life and say, ‘Oh, yeah, that was this stage, when I was seven or 13,’ ” she said. “It’s more just looking back and looking at different parts of your life. But that’s what growing up is. That’s what evolving into a woman or a man is.”

Perhaps most telling of her turnaround was how she recently lashed out at the paparazzi agency X-17 with a letter on her blog for stalking her daughter outside the child’s school. She and her companion, Joel Madden, front man for the band Good Charlotte, have two toddlers, daughter Harlow Winter Kate Richie-Madden and son Sparrow James Midnight Madden. Despite recent reports of a December wedding, Richie did not appear to be in any rush to wed her beau of four years, nor had she looked at wedding gowns. “That part I don’t know,” she said. “Right now we’re just so busy with work. Joel’s on tour and I’m here promoting the line. I’m in the middle of a book tour. Joel and I are hippies. We just kind of go with whatever.”

Asked what’s most challenging about being a working mother, she said, “Probably just wanting to be everywhere at one time.”

Richie, the adopted daughter of Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Lionel Richie, became a paparazzi target after teaming up with her childhood pal Paris Hilton for the reality show “The Simple Life,” which ran from 2003 to 2007. Her real life has proven to be anything but.

Within the past 16 months or so, her godfather, Michael Jackson, and former boyfriend DJ AM died. Last month, Kitson filed a lawsuit against Majestic Mills, the Canadian company that produces Richie’s collections. Kitson alleged that it lost more than $500,000 in profits because Richie was not required to make a personal appearance at the launch of Winter Kate clothing and House of Harlow 1960 shoes. The retailer also said it was forced to take markdowns to compete with other stores that bought the same goods at lower prices. Majestic Mills’ president Rick Cytrynbaum declined to comment, as did Richie through a spokesman.

Clothing designer isn’t the only moniker she now wears; sunglasses and handbags will make their debut for spring and fall 2011, respectively. As author of “Priceless,” her second novel, which has just been released in the U.K., she is wrapping up a book tour. Richie is also back acting on NBC’s “Chuck.” Her musician tag includes proficiency in piano, violin and cello (the first she picked up at the age of three). Releasing an album on which she will handle the instrumentals and singing is on her to-do list, but that, along with developing cosmetics for her brands and a nonautobiographical sitcom she is crafting and hopes to star in and produce, for an undisclosed network, will have to wait.

As for keeping everything aligned, she said, “I’m just very good at scheduling.…I really try to not put too much on my plate. I like to give 110 percent to every single thing I’m doing. It’s important for me to start slow, to go slow and to really focus. I never take on more than two things at a time.”

After years of public scrutiny, Richie has zeroed in on fashion to make a go of her business. Interestingly, she said she never talked fashion with Jackson, her friends Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen (though she was quick to praise their Seventh Avenue success) or anyone else. “Spring ’10 was my first collection — it was just something so new and it really was an experiment,” she said. “It really was me walking into the completely unknown. I was very hopeful, but you just never know in this business. Now that I am on my third collection, I’ve become so familiar with this world. I have been traveling all over the world, meeting with buyers, doing appearances and meeting my customers to get their feedback. Now I feel I know them very well, and I have been designing for them.”

However rushed shoppers can be from time to time, Richie said she likes making the rounds, as she has in Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, London, Paris, Montreal, Toronto and Seattle. Spring ’11 is heavier on prints, since that’s what they asked for. Winter Kate is carried in 461 retailers worldwide and House of Harlow 1960 is available in 376.

Unlike most celebrity designers, Richie didn’t dive-bomb into fashion with sportswear, preferring to start with jewelry, in 2009, before venturing into ready-to-wear with Winter Kate and shoes with House of Harlow 1960 in spring 2010. A compact sunglass collection made its debut this fall and an official launch is set for spring. Handbags will be introduced for fall 2011. With jewelry, “I can just go — the more outrageous, the better,” she said, noting the popularity of a gigantic starburst ring, headpieces and customized designs.

A pair of vintage white Chanel sunglasses from Resurrection was her last splurge, but they serve a greater purpose than shielding the sun. “When I wear sunglasses, it’s because I don’t wear makeup,” Richie said. “I don’t know how to do makeup — it’s just not a part of my life. That being said, sometimes you need to put something on your face, and that’s why I tend to wear bigger frames. So I almost think of sunglasses as masks to just cover it up. And I think you can have fun with them.”

Asked if they act as a shield from the paparazzi, she said living in Laurel Canyon allows for a good amount of privacy. “Living in L.A., it’s very easy to create your own environment. You’re really going from wherever your destination is to your car to your next destination,” Richie said. “Both my parents live in L.A., as well as my lifelong friends, so I would say I’m myself all the time.”

Abiding by her father’s advice, she said she considers each day to be “a blessing” and tries to be thankful for everything, from the plates we use to the opportunities we have. Given the homebody life she described, it was not surprising to hear she does not keep tabs on the tabloids. “To be honest, I really don’t see it. My days are so full. I’m working so, so much and really I’m just with my family and friends. It’s just not a part of my life. I actually never really know [what is being written].”

Interestingly, music is always the starting point for her creative process. That concept might be a holdover from her figure skating days. In fact, the sport, which she competed in nationally for 11 years, indirectly led her to fashion. At the age of seven, Richie started working with her father’s costume designer, who used excess fabric from his stage clothes to whip up her on-ice confections — a leaf-covered “Legends of the Fall”-inspired gold costume was a particular favorite. Their collaboration lasted until her senior year in high school. “Then I had a choice to skate or to go to college. I chose college,” she said.

In music, Richie is a huge fan of Janis Joplin and other classic rockers and gets to live shows when she can. Lately, she has been listening more to Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Etta James, which has translated into a more romantic spring collection. Frequent jaunts to her parents’ home state of Alabama furthered that direction.

Wearing a pearl-colored Winter Kate brocade jacket, House of Harlow 1960 shoes, a vintage Chanel bag, a ring of her own design and black jeans and a black top from brands she wasn’t sure of, Richie laughed as she recalled how, as a teenager, she covered her bathroom walls with favorite fashion moments clipped from Vogue. Her taste has since evolved to Balmain. “There is something about all of it that is a little bit extra — something over-the-top,” she said of the collection.

As for magazines’ practice of dissecting celebrities’ style, Richie said, “There are positives. There are young girls out there who want to know and who are interested in fashion. Interest is never a bad thing.” The wider range of runway models is another plus. “I like that things aren’t so uniform anymore. I love that you’re seeing darker-skinned women and curvier women on the runway. And it’s not putting down any other type. The whole message is it doesn’t matter if you’re thin or you’re curvy. You’re beautiful in your own way. That’s what God gave you, so it’s beautiful.”

Asked how Zoe influenced her personal style, Richie said, “Rachel was my stylist. Now I work with Simone Harouche. I’ve pretty much always been into fashion, and the fun part is experimenting with different looks. A month ago I had long dark hair and then I chopped it all off and bleached it blonde. That’s what fashion is all about — it’s about playing with different looks. When I was 14, I dyed my hair green, and then I dyed my hair pink. When I was 20, I went through a grunge stage, and then a very sophisticated stage. That’s part of fashion — it’s a way to let go and to express yourself. It’s fun to dress up and play with different looks. I’ve been doing that for really my whole life.”

But she is in no great rush to advertise or stage a fashion week presentation. “I would eventually like to have a presentation. It’s good to have goals,” she said. “But I don’t think it’s healthy to have everything all at once. You need to build up to that, and I’m not ready yet.”

Winter Kate pieces for the holiday season

In the festive spirit of the holiday season that makes you want to dress up and shine Nicole Richie has designed some exquisite pieces for her Winter Kate holiday collection.
The "Devi" dress in vanilla print or dark vanilla looks fab worn with a cool pair of shoes and a House of Harlow 1960 cocktail ring, the "Jade" velvet jacket in mauve instantly spice up your outfit and the "Opy" silk jacket in dark vanilla will add a dose of glamour to any look.
My personal favourite is the "Victoire" dress in vanilla print, I would love to see Nicole wearing it.
Head to The Trend Boutique to shop your favourite piece.
Winter Kate "Devi" dress in vanilla print (beige/black), also available in dark vanilla

Winter Kate "Victoire" dress in vanilla

Winter Kate "Opy" jacket in dark vanilla

Winter Kate "Jade" velvet jacket in mauve and "Clementine" cami in dark vanilla