Connecting the Dots

The fashion trend is back in vogue again, the array of circles of equal size and space are showing up all over the place. Polka dots are seen on scarfs, tops, dresses, handbags, jackets and shoes. This season is the perfect time to connect the dots. Look for fun and fashion forward pieces to add to your wardrobe.

More and more, I am attracted to the whimsy of this fashion trend and in some small way I feel carefree when I sport one of my dotted outfits.Of course you must be mindful that a little can go a long way! You can style yourself in a high fashion ensemble of dots or just add polka dot accessories with a solid color dress and make the creative process easier.

Invent your own glam and discover the beauty of connecting the dots. If you just can’t phantasm wearing dots, check out some of the fashion bags and high heel shoes.

So enjoy your summer and don’t forget to connect the dots.

Francine Humphrey,Virginia Beach Fashion Writer

Marcine Designs [email protected]

Oscar red carpet clutches to swoon over

Can’t wait to tune in and watch all that red carpet glamour about to take over Hollywood this Sunday night?

If it’s not the designer dresses or bedazzled jewels the A-list ladies are modeling for the cameras, it’s their elegant clutches. Those mini must-have purses filled with personal items like gum, lipstick and who knows what else are just as thoughtfully chosen by the star’s stylists as the rest of their ensemble.

One new accessories brand just getting into the mix is Swoon Luxe, a Los Angeles-based luxury collection of handbags, clutches, wallets, backpacks and leather cuffs made from the finest exotic skins including crocodile, snakeskins, lizard and ostrich.

What makes this collection so unique is its “Confessions of a Shopaholic” similarity; the line was created and designed by financial analyst, Helena Reich.

As a young girl, Helena’s parents surrounded her with music and art. When she wasn’t practicing the piano and cello, she would escape into a fantasy world of fashion as she spent hours in her room sketching paper dolls and purses.

In college, Helena studied finance and pursued a career in financial valuation where she consulted with major corporations in mergers & acquisitions and other valuation driven transactions. However, her true love for fashion was always there waiting in the wings. She finally hooked up with executive design consultant Heehyun Park and created Swoon Luxe.

All of Swoon Luxe’s handbags and accessories are hand-crafted by artisans who have dedicated their entire life to the craft. Finding the most skillful artisans in every corner of the world is a painstakingly difficult process. The crocodile bags are made by artisans who only specialize in working with crocodile skins. The ostrich and python skin pieces are hand crafted by craftsmen who specialize in those skins.

In the world of “the wild”, the quality of skins is the foremost concern. The qualities and material costs between a Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus Niloticus) and a Caiman (Crocodilus Fuscus) differ significantly. Nile Crocodiles, along with Australian Saltwater Crocodiles (Porosus Crocodile), are considered the most luxurious and prestigious crocodile skins in the world. Swoon Luxe only purchases the highest rated Nile Crocodile skins that are farm-raised in our pursuit of conserving “the wild”. Their skins are supplied by prestigious leather tanneries located in Singapore, South Africa and Italy.

In fact, the crocodile skins used by Swoon Luxe are imported from a leather & tannery that also provides the skins to the most prestigious and exclusive fashion house in the world.

STAMPING OUT HEART DISEASE WITH A STYLISH AFFAIR

New Orleans fashion scene continues to grow and continues to give back to nonprofit organizations in grand style. Couture for a Cause – “A Fashion Affair for the Heart” is no exception, as it brings fashion aficionados together to enjoy a fashion show while benefiting the American Heart Association (AHA).

This talked about fashion event of the summer is being produced and presented by two local business women, Tiffany Magee and Shirah Ray. Both ladies are well-known in the community for their philanthropic involvement, Magee and Ray are thrilled to lead this effort for the AHA as the national organization has special meaning for them. “Both of our fathers died of heart attacks at a very early age and we would love to raise at least $2,500 for the AHA. As well as use this event as an opportunity to raise awareness and promote the prevention of heart disease” stated Magee. According to the AHA, heart disease is the #1 killer of Americans, taking the lives of 811,000 annually. For more information about the American Heart Society, visit www.heart.org.

Fashion and beauty are innate to these two driven entrepreneurs and Louisiana natives. Magee, former state director of the Miss Black USA pageant and now CEO of her own company, Manager Extraordinaire, an event logistics and management company. Along with Ray, boutique owner (David Lee’s Boutique, named for her late father), wardrobe consultant and style therapist. The ladies are combining their expertise to create a fete that the city of New Orleans will not soon forget. “I’m proud to partner with an organization that’s committed to saving lives. This is sentimental for both my family and me,” said Ray.

The high-end women’s clothing store is located in LaPlace will provide ready-to-wear fashions and accessories in the runway fashion show. Also featured on the runway will be two notable New Orleans based fashion designers that are renowned in the Southern fashion circle and beyond. New Orleans native Tabitha Bethune will show gowns from her Broadway-inspired La Playbill collection. John Joseph Delgadillo will present his Cutting Edge Diva collection. Debuting her jewelry and accessories with the designers fashions will be local jewelry designer Ko’fetche by Korebel.

The fashion affair takes place Thursday, June 12 at Eiffel Society. Doors 8PM / VIP reception 7PM. Attendees can expect a first-class red-carpet entrance as they are greeted and interviewed by fashion blogger, radio personality and owner of My Classy Closet, Paris Hatcher. Dress to impress and show your support for AHA and love for fashion by donning on your most stylish red outfit and be a part of “Couture for a Cause”.

Tickets for the fashion show are now available at coutureforacauseheart.eventbrite.com or visit David Lee’s Boutique, 1145 W Airline Highway, LaPlace, LA and Simply Divine Full Service Salon, 306 S. Broad Street, New Orleans, LA. Cost: $40 for general admission and $75 for VIP.

Oscars 2014 Prettiest Red Carpet Dresses

One of the most exciting parts of The Oscars (and any award show, really) is seeing what the celebrities are going to bring to the table (or carpet). This year, at the 86th Academy Awards at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California, that took place yesterday, March 2, fashion critics and fans were overall pleased with the fashion that hit the red carpet.

While there were some celebrities that made us think “What were you thinking?” others were so stunning that we couldn’t help but put our televisions on pause and stare at them.

Celebs like “12 Years a Slave” star Lupita Nyong’o, “American Hustle” star Jennifer Lawrence and “Gravity” star Sandra Bullock awed audiences with their gorgeous gowns on the Oscars Red Carpet.

Luckily for some of the stars and best-dressed of the Red Carpet, like Blanchett, Bullock and Nyong’o, they were able to show off their flawless dresses when accepted awards for some Academy Awards. All 86th Academy Award winners are:

  • Best Picture – 12 Years a Slave
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role – Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role – Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
  • Best Animated Feature – Frozen (Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho)
  • Best Cinematography – Gravity (Emmanuel Lubezki)
  • Best Costume Design – The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin)
  • Best Directing – Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)
  • Best Documentary Feature – 20 Feet from Stardom (Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen, Caitrin Rogers)
  • Best Documentary Short – The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life (Malcolm Clarke, Nicholas Reed)
  • Best Film Editing – Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger)
  • Best Foreign Language Film – The Great Beauty (Italy)
  • Best Makeup and Hairstyling – Dallas Buyers Club (Adruitha Lee, Robin Mathews)
  • Best Original Score – Gravity (Steven Price)
  • Best Original Song – Let It Go – Frozen
  • Best Production Design – The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn)
  • Best Animated Short Film – Mr. Hublot (Laurent Witz, Alexandre Espigares)
  • Best Live Action Short Film – Helium (Anders Walter, Kim Magnusson)
  • Best Sound Editing – Gravity (Glenn Freemantle)
  • Best Sound Mixing – Gravity (Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, Chris Munro)
  • Best Visual Effects – Gravity (Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk, Neil Corbould)
  • Best Adapted Screenplay – 12 Years a Slave (John Ridley)
  • Best Original Screenplay – Her (Spike Jonze)

The show, hosted by the very funny and overall loved Ellen DeGeneres, was claimed to be an overall great show, with very deserving Academy Award winners.

#OMG Style: Everyday Low Prices on Summer Style at Family Dollar

Want stylish and affordable fashion this summer? Well my BFF, celebrity style guru and StyleMakers co-founder Debra Ginyard was up for the challenge to find fashionable duds with low prices at Family Dollar. Debra has worked with celebrities such as Beyonce, Queen Latifah, and Lauryn Hill just to name a few so it was only right that we bring some celebrity style to our Family Dollar fabulistas! Finding the right clothes to fit your needs for the summer can be simple for when you’re traveling, hitting the beach or just lounging with friends. Keeping up with the latest fashion trends can be fun by incorporating bold colors, vibrant prints and accessories galore! I teamed up with my fashion partner in crime to create looks that will sure to make your summer budget friendly and fabulous!

Celebrity Stylist & StyleMakers.TV Fashion Blogger Debra Ginyard wearing a Mix &Co. Bib Necklace ($3.00)

Our model, Slyvia Grant looks ready for her flight to anywhere with this travel friendly look. This stylish summer outfit can take her from poolside to a casual stroll on the beach to an exotic summer retreat. Debra chose the Family Dollar Multi Chevron Hi-Lo Dress ($12.50) and added bold colored accessories like the Mix & Co. Jewelry Scarf in Turquoise ($5.00) and the Mix & Co. Crossed Strap Wedge Sandal ($8.00) and a Large Straw Hat ($4.00) and completed the look with the Family Dollar Gold Trimmed Aviator Shaped Sunglasses ($6.00) and Mix & Co. Earrings Set ($2.00) This entire outfit cost about $40!!!

Here’s a Family Dollar + StyleMakers Style Tip: Dress up a plain straw hat by adding on other cool accessories to make it pop…try the Distinctly Basics by Rachael Rose Head Wraps ($3.00) and Distinctly Basics Flowers Accent Hair Clip ($1.00)

The most popular go to summertime gear is shorts and a tank top. Why not shake up an ole classic look with color and unique embellishments. Debra says, “I love pairing simple and basic looking shorts with pieces that are fun, colorful and have a stand out feature, like tank tops with ruffles.” Our model is wearing, the Mix & Co. Khaki White Stripe Woven Short with Cuff ($8.00) paired with a Family Dollar Coral Ruffle Crotchet Tank Top ($9.00). Add vibrant hued accessories like the Mix & Co. Necklace set ($3.00), Modesa Flower Pin ($1.00), Mix and Co. Bracelet ($2.00). Complete the look with a Family Dollar Ruched Hobo Bag ($8.00) and Family Dollar Flip Flops ($1.00).

Here’s a Family Dollar + StyleMakers Style Tip: For instant summer style, pull hair into a chignon or bun and pop a faux flower in your hair giving you an exotic look. We used the Modesa Flower Pin in Fuschia ($1.00)

Stay cool as you rock out the latest trend of Aztec prints and a flash of bright color from the Family Dollar clothing collection. Playing it safe with prints, patterns and color is so last century!!! LOL…its time to take risks with your fashion, make a statement with this look. Debra took two different prints, added some color and made it work for a fun day out with friends or just out exploring new ways to enjoy your city. She was inspired by the 80′s glam and rocker chic style and added a modern twist. Start with the Family Dollar Scoop Neck Graphic Print Blouse ($8.00) and pair with Family Dollar Print Stretch Leggings ($6.00). Add color to the mix with the Mix & Co. Necklace Set ($3.00), Mix & Co. Headwrap in Silver ($2.00), Mix & Co. Earrings ($2.00) and Mix & Co. Tom Tom Flats (8.00) Debra says, “This look is easy to obtain. Just grab a top with your favorite print and a similar size print on the bottom, be sure to stay with like colors when trying to achieve this look.”

Here’s a Family Dollar + StyleMakers Style Tip: The black + white trend is still hot and super easy to pull off on almost anyone. Opt for prints instead of stripes with this trend. Add a splash of color where you can like with your shoes, handbags, sunglasses or jewelry. Check out these items Family Dollar Silver Trimmed Sunglasses ($6.00) an the Family Dollar Ruched Hobo Bag ($8.00)

Keep it sexy and cool for the summer with this effortless look! Transform you summer days and nights with a look that can be worn while strolling the beach or attending a hot summer party. Get all the attention this summer with the Mix & Co. Tribal Lampshade Maxi Dress ($12.50) and Mix & Co. Crossed Strap Wedge Sandal ($8.00) Keep the accessories feminine and pretty with the Mix & Co. Gold Earring Set ($2.00), Mix & Co. Stone Stretch Bracelet ($1.00), Mix & Co. Bracelet Band ($2.00) and add some romance with a Flower Accent Hair Clip by Mix & Co. ($1.00) and Distinctly Basics Hair Wraps 3pc ($3.00)

Here’s a Family Dollar + StyleMakers Style Tip: Want to stay cool and effortlessly chic in the summer? Just invest in long flowing dresses that almost any body type and size can wear. Throw your favorite pair of sandals on and you’ll be set for the summer!

Want to score a $25 Family Dollar Gift Card?! Follow @myfamilydollar @stylemakerstv and tell us your favorite low-priced fashion item at Family Dollar to win! Use the hashtag #FDFabFashion. Every month, you can check out beauty & style bloggers Nicole Williams & Debra Ginyard of StyleMakers.TV on the Family Dollar blog for beauty, style and shopping savings tips at Family Dollar!

Special Thanks: Sylvia Grant of StyleMakers Models, L.A. Colors Cosmetics, Covergirl. All Makeup Looks provided by Nicole Williams of BackstagePasstoBeauty.com

By Nicole Williams of StyleMakers.TV

@StyleMakersTV

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Naturalizer partners with David Bromstad to create vibrant Spring shoe line

Thanks to partnership with Naturalizer, HGTV interior designer David Bromstad has brought his fresh, colorful vision to life in a collection of fun and whimsical shoes for Spring 2014. Naturalizer commissioned Bromstad for an original painting that inspired the Bromstad for Naturalizer collection, one that possesses a fresh and emotive twist. He worked closely with Naturalizer designer Angelique Joseph to creatively use the print on the shoes that are part of the collection. The collection features comfortable footwear adorned in vibrant colors and bold floral prints that scream Spring with every step.

David had this to say about the collection:

The Naturalizer + Bromstad Collection: “It’s fun, fresh and feels like summer. The floral painting brings together roses from a New England garden and a tropical hibiscus from Florida. It’s north meets south—an unexpected twist.”

Color: “Color is everything. It makes the world go around. A pop of color can change your mood and the kind of day you are having. The colors used in this collection are bright, happy, fun and whimsical.”

Comfort: “Comfort is critical. You have to live in every space and you have to live in every shoe. This is something that is at the core of what I do and is in the DNA of the Naturalizer brand – that’s why this is such a great partnership.”

Bromstad’s shoes are currently available for purchase at Naturalizer stores, as well as on Naturalizer.com.

DIY St Paddy’s Green today

It’s not too late to put a little green in your step today and avoid getting pinched! Whip up something cute before work or during your lunchtime to wear after work! Here are some fun ideas!

Arm Knit a scarf! Really, in 30 minutes, you can have a cute infinity scarf by following Maggie’s tutorial! Run out to grab a skein or 2 of green yarn, the thicker the better and you can have a scarf finished before your lunch hour is over! She also has a 15 minute tutorial…honest! It is so easy!

There are SO MANY green nail/ St Patrick’s ideas for your nails, you can’t pick a bad design or color! Dip your painted nails in ice water to set them quickly! Even faster are nail decals, like Jamberry Nails and NO dry time, instant cute nails!

Nab a coffee filter from the office supply and whip up a cute boutonniere with highlights around the edges with a green highlighter. Stem of the flower can use just scotch tape, just take a look how fast you can make one with Family Chic’s tutorial!

Another cute and no-sew idea you can wear on your toes are the cute green yarn pompoms! Lovely, Indeed shows all of the supplies needed and how fast you can make these!

So don’t worry if you “forgot” to wear green, get to it and whip up some good luck of your own! Happy St Patrick’s Day!

How to Dress Big Thighs

A pear-shaped body stores fat on the hips and thighs, making you appear disproportionate in many types of clothing. You must keep the shape of your large thighs in mind when buying clothing, so your wardrobe complements your body’s natural curves. Dressing your large thighs does not mean donning baggy clothing; rather, wear articles that accentuate your more attractive features. Clothes that disguise the size difference between your thighs and the rest of your body will help balance your figure.

Instructions

  1. Purchase wide-legged pants that do not taper with the shape of your leg down to your calf. These pants create a column shape, disguising the size difference between your upper and lower legs.
  2. Wear skirts that hang loosely from your hips and flare at the base, creating a bell shape. A-line skirts in particular will complement the shape of large thighs. Avoid any skirt that tapers or creates a straight line down your legs.
  3. Wear jackets and shirts that cinch in at your waist and flare out at your hips. Shirts and jackets should hang 2 to 3 inches past the band of your pants or skirt to draw attention away from your large thighs.
  4. Purchase clothing for your lower body in dark colors, such as black, charcoal and navy. Darker colors have a slimming effect, as they trick the eye into seeing shadows that make a surface appear smaller.
  5. Pick vibrantly colored tops to draw attention up and away from your thighs. Colors such as red, yellow, orange or white will complement the darker tones of your pants or skirts and make your thighs less noticeable.

Kourtney Kardashian: Best dressed moments

Kourtney Mary Kardashian, 35, is the eldest sister of the Kardashian clan and must I say the best dressed.

The University of Phoenix graduate may not have pursued her Theatre Arts career, but she has started the modern fashionista boutique “Dash” with her two younger sisters Khloe Kardashian and of course Kim Kardashian.

Kourtney has flown a little under the radar while her sisters have outrageously shocked us with their every move in the tabloids.

With Khloe’s bluntness and Kim’s assets, Kourtney is the business minded sister that has been more focused on her clothing store and the line “Kardashian Kids” as well as her family with Scott Disick, 31.

After giving birth to two fabulous children Mason and Penelope, Kourtney has held tightly on to her sexiness and her effortless sense of style.

Mason’s mom has a conservative mindset and loves pants suits and dresses that do not reveal too much unlike her sisters.

Kourtney pieces together ordinary clothing and adds an elegant modern twist to them with her unique accessories and make up.

Kourt may be called “emotionless” on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” by her sisters but her style expresses her feelings clearly.

Check out the slideshow of Kourtney’s best dressed moments.

International fashion & style; meet Alvin Valley .. the king of pants ..

Somewhere it was written that Alvin Valley took 6 months to perfect the fit of the pants he produced when he started his business and suddenly it made all the sense in the world to me as to why he earned the moniker … “the king of pants.” Mr. Valley has been off the fashion radar for a while but he is once again seismically registering on the radar screens of those who wear, wore and swore by these pants.

As if I wasn’t totally convinced enough about Mr. Valley’s prowess, I asked a devotee, a 21st century style icon, as well as a business colleague …. “I had heard much about the genius of Alvin’s pants (most of which seemed a bit inflated with descriptions such as “life changing”) until I tried on my first pair and became an immediate aficionado…I swear you zip in two inches taller and one inch slimmer!” …. Nicole Hanley Mellon

This week marks his official return to “the radar screen” of fashion with the relaunch of his website. Please note that the mistakes of the past will not be repeated and hence we see “the King” has a new kingdom predominantly populated by what catapulted him to fame in the first place … I speak of pants, impeccable tailoring and now “uber” fab dresses mixed with softer silhouettes.

From the “horse’s mouth”… “I love the idea of a building a wardrobe with my clients, with the foundation being the perfect pant. The idea is that we are establishing certain signatures and updating them. A change in color or fabric is enough.”

It is gratifying for me to spotlight a designer who is sage beyond his years and actually has the desire to clothe real women and not some oddly fantasized concept of what women look like and what he thinks they like to wear. In other words this is Alvin Valley, who wants his ladies to look fashionable and to have a wardrobe that befits their lifestyles. Once again I am proud to present one of a small cast of characters who inhabit the world made up of designers who design!!

Q. What is the most treasured possession in your wardrobe?
A. A leather jacket from Tom Ford’s last collection at YSL.

Q. What is your most sterling trait and what trait do you treasure most in your friendships?
A. I don’t know if it’s a sterling trait, but I do feel I am someone with lots of gumption, and I stick to my convictions. I treasure in my friendships their support and solidarity, whatever I’m going through. Either successful or not.

Q. What is your bliss?
A. My dogs, Lana and Nina.

Q. What is your guilty secret?
A. Getting inspired by my friends without them knowing it. These women with amazing personal style, strength, independence, and above all, power while fusing that into my designs. Some of these women include Rena Sindi, Vanessa Getty, Alexandra Von Furstenberg, Nicole Mellon, Alexandra Lind Rose, Fernanda Niven, Eva Lorenzotti, Kick Kennedy, Minnie Mortimer, and Olivia Chantecaille

Q. Where is your ideal home?
A. A modern, sustainable cottage by the pond in North Haven, Sag Harbor, designed by Peter Sabbeth.

Q. If you could not be a designer what would you be?
A. A landscape architect in the East End of Long Island.

Q. What is on your bedside table right now?
A. A pair of scull paintings by Nathan Bond.

Q. What do you wear to bed?
A. Night guards.

Q. What if any, book are you reading now or last read?
A. The Breakthrough Experience by John F Martini. It was recommended to me by a great friend who lives in Paris. I bought 10 copies and gave them to my friends.

Q. What’s your advice to the “newcomer”?
A. Don’t think that you are more important than your clients.

Q. Who or what is your inspiration/style icon?
A. Dorian Gray.

Q. What is the best advice you ever received?
A. Don’t believe the hype!

Q. In 3 words or less, describe the current state of fashion.
A. Polished. Structured. Sophisticated.

Q. If you were a retailer, would you wear your own designs or shop in your own store…or where would you shop?
A. I would absolutely wear my own designs…but they look better on women.

Q. If you won a $200,000,000 power ball (lottery), what is the first thing you would buy or do?
A. The first thing I would do is call my lawyer.

Q. If you could invite up to 4 people for dinner, who would they be…dead or alive?
A. I would want a table full of strong personalities, and interesting conversation. Marchesa Casati, she fitted the utmost female example by saying: “I want to be a living work of art”. Maria Callas, she’s still the definition of the diva as artist. Maria Felix, La Doña, who always represented women as power figures. And finally, Robert Redford, for his all-American looks and ease.

Q. What is your favorite movie/or movie star?
A. Bette Davis in All About Eve. As a child, watching this movie inspired me to believe that women could be the bread winners in their homes, and that they could ultimately decide how to live their lives, independent of any man. The ultimate question, “Can women have it all?”

Q. What is the one thing you would change about yourself?
A. My height, everything else I’ve changed.

Q. Whose opinion do you value most and why?
A. My Board of Directors. They are smart, successful and support my vision.

Q. What store or which designer do you most like to shop in or wear?
A. I only shop online. Net-A-Porter and Moda Operandi.

Q. What’s your take on magazines, books versus the internet?
A. Tablet only.

Q. Do you have a dream collaborator?
A. Andy Warhol.

Q. What is your crowning achievement thus far in your career?
A. Buying my brand back and building an incredible team.

Q. What’s your music library like?
A. Eclectic 80’s.

Q. What and where is your favorite meal?
A. Chicken for Two at Omar’s Private Dining Room in New York City. Omar has created an amazing, intimate experience.