Spring 2014 Trends: Part 2

Alexa, here.

Back again for some more fabulous spring looks! Spring is right around the corner and Annie and I are dreaming of warmer days. So to get prepped and ready, here’s Part 2 of my Spring Trend Guide.  Take a peek!

Ultra Femme Skirts

They’re everywhere! I’m in love with this feminine luxe look. The materials, detailing and designs are so romantic and gorgeous. Long and flowy is key with this style. Stick with skirts that just cover the knee or maxi skirts; they tend to be the most flattering (but avoid the midi-length, as it truncates your legs).

Collette Dinnigan Skirt $1130

Christopher Kane Skirt $1095

Anne Taylor Skirt $275

Dolce & Gabbana Skirt $925


Pastels

These pale and feminine hues were in every spring 2014 runway collection. From dresses and sweaters to business-wear and pant suits, this delicate palette made a dominant impression. Most designers had models draped head to toe in a monochromatic shade, while others paired a light color with simple white (another trend is all white). Either way, this look is fresh, beautiful and totally versatile.

Agave Nancy Blouse $71.96

Clue Ruffled Sweatshirt $191.00      -  LOVE the ruffle detail on this sweatshirt!

Adam Lippes Dress $1250


J. Crew Cardigan $49.50


Betty Boucle Jacket $136.00

Style Tip: This blazer is adorable! You can dress it down with a pair of jeans and a white tank top or wear it to work with something like the Christopher Kane skirt shown above. But DO NOT under any circumstances wear the matching skirt! Unless, of course, you’re going to a costume party as Cher from Clueless. In that case, you’re SPOT ON!

Pick a new spring style and try it out! These two are extremely easy to wear and are very on trend. Want more fabulous Spring styles? Check out last week’s style post for Spring Trends: Part 1, and check back with us next week for Part 3 where it’s all about the details.

Life is too short to be anything but fabulous.

Alexa Raye

Spring 2014 Trends: Part 1

Alexa, here.

Spring is in the air… well, at least in the fashion world. And while we’re all riding out the rest of this winter, it’s time to look ahead to the trends to come and dream of sunnier days. Here are some favorites for the spring 2014 season:

Black & White

Black and white was everywhere on the runway for this spring! This year’s unique style points were interesting geometric patterns and 70’s-inspired cuts. Here are some of my favorite pieces in the trend you can get yourself:

Alice + Olivia Courtnee Combo Cuff Dress $207.90

Michael Kors Blouse $147.07

Alice + Olivia Eric Pants $276.00

Pointed Toe Flats

These gorgeous flats were hot on the runway. Their detailed embellishments and rich textures added major interest to the trend. And you have to love a trend as comfortable as flats! Pointed toe heels were also popular on the runway this season, but the flats really stood out. Wearing a pointed toe shoe elongates your legs and makes you look taller and leaner. Here are some of my favorites.

Gianvito Rossi Metallic Leather Point-Toe Flats $705.00

Christian Louboutin Paulina Flats $595.00

Jimmy Choo Snake Skin Flat $695.00

Bold Florals

This year’s florals were all about being bold. With new patterns and lively colors these styles are classic spring. Here are some of my favorites.

Oscar De La Renta Pencil Dress $954.00

Mother of Pearl Floral Shorts $465.00

Marni Floral Tank $680.00

Dolce & Gabbana Floral Print Scarf $695.00

Antonio Marras White Floral Trousers $615.00

I am so excited to pick up some new trends for this spring. This year’s runway was full of really stylish, wearable looks. What’s your favorite spring trend? Check back next week and you just might see it.

Life is too short to be anything but fabulous.

Alexa

Best Dressed of 2014’s Golden Globe Awards

This year’s Golden Globe’s were full of some fabulous, gorgeous looks! Annie and I have each picked our best dressed for the evening.

Annie’s Picks

Amy Adams looked like a siren in Valentino and Brian Atwood. This sleek fabric, bold neckline, and two-tone ruby red looked amazing. Adams took home the award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy, or Musical for her performance in American Hustle, and this dress certainly fit with the film’s sexy theme.

Best Supporting Actress nominee; Lupita Nyong’o stunned in Ralph Lauren. It was no surprise that Lupita would turn heads at her first Golden Globes.  Why you may ask? Lupita was dubbed the fashion “It” girl by the Los Angles Times and her name was at the top of Vogue’s list “Top Ten Rising Style Stars of 2014.”  Her clean and simple style is gorgeous and we’re anxious to see more looks from this up and coming fashionista.

Oh, Olivia Wilde… This stunning Gucci gown is absolutely breath-taking. There were a few other expecting actresses gracing the red carpet this year, but Olivia did it best. I can’t say enough about the look. It’s remarkably refreshing for an actress to show off her adorable baby bump. The color and sequins were done just right, and coupled with her natural make-up and hair she looked incredible!

Emma Roberts in Lanvin, Jennifer Meyer, and Kotur. Emma’s off the shoulder mermaid gown looked incredible. The otherwise very simple gown got some added interest with it’s unique neckline and a pair of statement turquoise earrings. Annie and I both loved this look. Although I would have loved to see her with her hair down. The slicked back harsh up-do with the smokey eye just didn’t do her justice. That being said, I’m wildly in love with the rest of the look.

Reese Witherspoon wore a beautiful blue Calvin Klein gown coupled with Harry Winston jewels. This gown proves that fit is everything. This dress hits Reese in all the right places making her look absolutely stunning. The simple gown also draws your attention to just how gorgeous Reese is. Her sleek hair and fresh face are done just right. My only style critique is that I would have belted at the natural waist right where the seam falls with a jeweled belt to add some sparkle and interest to the gown.

This is my favorite look for the evening. Luckily it was already on Annie’s list so for the sake of not repeating each other, I picked another beauty to fill Taylor’s spot. I love everything about this look. The striking raspberry pink color and bright lip just make her pop. I’m also in love with the star’s hair and fully intend to learn how to replicate it myself. The subtle belt at the natural waist and the black band at the top help add curves to Taylor’s more rectangle figure. To top it all off, Taylor went sans-jewelry except for a cute silver cocktail ring, which worked perfectly with such a statement gown.

Alexa’s Picks

Kate Beckinsale looked stunning in her Zuhair Murad fitted, sparkling gown. This chrome mermaid gown makes Kate’s figure look exquisite. I love the interesting pattern of the beading and the sweatheart neckline. But the details are what really put this look over the top. Kate’s dark nails and handbag add just a little edge to her look, but the romantic make-up and hair style keep her looking fresh and gorgeous.

Maria Menounos looked great in BCBG Max Azria. The fit was perfect and the color striking and fresh. I love the sheer cutouts in the otherwise conservative silhouette. The earrings and handbag are soft and simple touches that fit well with this bold dress.

Michelle Dockery is definitely my number 2 on this years best dressed list. She looked incredible in this nude, sequined Oscar De La Renta gown. I love the classic, refined look. The dress fit well and was simple, but the raised hemline and beautifully detailed beading added some intrigue to the gown. I love the nude satin pumps and simple jewelry that paired with her old Hollywood hair style and bright red lip.

This was the awards show for simple mermaid gowns. Nancy O’Dell wore this blue Marchesa gown that looked absolutely stunning on her. The Entertainment Tonight host chose an electric  blue gown that seemed to also go with the secondary trend of the night: low cut necklines. Her accessories stood out against all that blue and made the entire look super chic.

The one person we definitely expected to see in a mermaid gown, switched up her normal signature look for an entirely different silhouette. Sofia Vergara made a bold change in Zac Posen and looks wonderful. While experimenting with a new look, it’s always good to go one bold choice at a time. Sofia picked a black gown that was simple in every other aspect and paired it with a turquoise statement necklace, two sure-fire style hits.

The ever-gorgeous Mila Kunis wore a sequined silver Gucci gown that I just love. The unique neckline and belt at the natural waist are my two favorite small touches on his dress. Although she looks amazing, Mila would have been much higher on my best dressed radar if she would have made three simple changes.  The hemline on the dress is too long; not only does it look slightly awkward – and you can take it from Jennifer Lawrence – you don’t want to trip over it. Change number two would be her hair – the look is a little too harsh. While I think an up-do is appropriate for the neckline, something softer would’ve been more flattering.  And last but not least, a smile. It may be en-vouge to keep that model-like glare on your face, but Mila has a gorgeous smile and should definitely show it off.

Life is too short to be anything but fabulous.

Alexa Raye

Must Try Trend: Faux Fur

Faux Fur has been a dominant trend this season.This luxe material and neutral color palette fit right in with the season. Going faux has several benefits; it’s more cost-effective than real fur, doesn’t require cold storage like real fur, and it’s impervious to moths. The biggest trick with fur is to keep the rest of your outfit simple and slim-fitting. Fur is thick and bulky, so make sure the rest of your ensemble is streamlined to avoid looking larger than you are. My favorite way to rock this stunning trend is a faux fur vest. They’re extremely versatile and always have that “wow” factor, but there are so many gorgeous ways to incorporate this look into your winter wardrobe. I recommend wearing a faux fur vest over a silk tunic blouse with skinny jeans and suede booties. Another look I love is pairing a fur jacket or shrug over a cocktail dress.

Here are some of my favorites

Michael Kors Chain Link Fur Front Vest – $175.00

Gabrellia Rocha Dorsey Vest – $79.00

Anne Klein Women’s Faux Fur Vest – $199.00

Vero Moda Faux Fur Coat – $163.34

Alice + Olivia Faux Fur Coat – $193.60

INC International Concepts Faux Fur Coat -$249.50

Acessorize

If a bold vest or coat seem a little too daring to start out with, you can throw on some of these gorgeous accessories to try out the trend – plus they’re also a great way to work this trend into an old favorite ensemble for a fresh look.

Hat Attach Faux Fur Scarf – $64.00

Albertus Swanepoel Faux Fur Scarf – $285.00

Hat Attack Faux Fur Trapper Hat – $63.00

Futrzane Faux Fur Mittens – $20.99

VC Signature Fur Crossbody – $398.00

The trend is fabulous, but how do you wear it? For some style inspiration with your new found fur, I found these lovely ladies getting it just right!

How to Wear a Fur Coat

How to Wear a Fur Vest

How to Wear Fur Accessories

No matter which way you decide to rock your fur this season, you’re sure to be in style. Faux fur has been popping up all over the place in the fashion world and I’m loving it. These classic pieces will become absolute staples in your fall/winter wardrobe.

Stay warm everyone!

Life is too short to be anything but fabulous.

Alexa

All Tied Up – 9 New Ways to Wear a Scarf

Hello everyone, Annie and I hope you have had a wonderful holiday season and are ready to ring in the New Year!

A fun scarf all tied up in unique way gives instant chic to your look. So to keep you warm and toasty in 2014, I’ve put together my favorite new ways to tie a scarf. But don’t let the top pictures intimidate you, these are simple and can be done in just a few minutes. Just follow the step-by-step instructions and voila, a fabulously knotted scarf. These 9 styles are easy to do and look fabulous! It’s time to grab a scarf and get all knotted up!

And there you have it, a fun new way to tie a scarf for any occasion! Grab your favorite scarf and give one of these chic new styles a try.

Happy New Year!

Life is too short to be anything but fabulous!

Alexa Raye

Holiday 2013 Gift Guide – Last Minute Gifts

Here we are everyone, exactly one week until Christmas. That’s right, Christmas is in seven days. If you’re like me, that realization makes you immediately think of the gifts you have yet to pick up. And for me, that’s just about all of them. But never fear, I’ve created a last minute gift guide to help with those hard to shop for people on your list. All of these items can be picked up with one stop at the mall, and if you’re the electronics type, a stop at Best Buy. Not too bad, right?!

Last Minute Gifts For Him

  1. Men’s The North Face ‘eTip Apex’ Glove – Nordstrom – $55
  2. Men’s Silk Two-Piece Pajama Sets – Neiman Marcus – $398
  3. Polo Ralph Lauren Microfiber Robe – Nordstrom – $85.00
  4. Men’s UGG® Australia ‘Ascot’ Suede Slipper -Nordstrom – $99.95
  5. Men’s Brixton ‘Butcher’ Knit Gloves – Nordstrom – $30.00
  6. Jawbone UP24 Wristband – Best Buy – $149.99
  7. Sennheiser Adidas Behind-the-Neck Sports Headphones – Best Buy – $79.99

Last Minute Gifts For Her

  1. Charlotte Olympia Satin Kitty Slippers & Eye Mask Set in Red – Neiman Marcus – $695
  2. Vanity Fair 100 Years: From the Jazz Age to Our Age by Graydon Carter – Barnes & Noble – 38.68
  3. Diane von Furstenberg Dollie Chain Link Tech Gloves – Neiman Marcus – $125
  4. Women’s U|R Leather Tech Gloves – Nordstrom – $54
  5. Shimera Silk Pajamas – Nordstrom – $148
  6. Bowers and Wilkins Over-the-Ear Headphones – Best Buy – $299.98
  7. ‘Powder Plush’ Robe – Nordstrom – $78
  8. Tory Burch Coley Suede Shearling-Lined Slipper – Neiman Marcus – $150

And there you have it. Now you’re just one trip to the mall away from crossing even the hardest to shop for off your list. Because who wouldn’t love a comfy set of pajamas for Christmas, or an awesome new set of headphones? And don’t forget to take some time to relax and enjoy this holiday season. You’ve been working hard all year: you’ve earned it!

Life is too short to be anything but fabulous!

Alexa

Carrie Underwood’s Perfect Holiday Look

I know this week’s post was supposed to be the “Holiday Gift Guide for Him” however, the lovely Carrie Underwood showed up as a guest on Jimmy Fallon’s Thanksgiving special and blew Annie and I away with her gorgeous outfit. If you haven’t seen it, Carrie sings holiday parodies of  popular songs with Rashida Jones and Jimmy Fallon. It’s quite clever and a fun watch.

So here is the outfit Annie and I fell in love with. It’s perfect for any holiday event or party. Carrie looks fantastic in this head-turning ensemble.

It’s absolutely perfect right? Just look how much she stands out next to Jimmy and Rashida in the photo below. Really, Rashida’s dress is beautiful. I love the length and the material, it’s cut well and fits her figure, but you hardly notice her next to Carrie. Conclusion: Carrie’s outfit is just that stunning and glamorous.

Ok, enough ooh’s and ahh’s over how great she looks. On to getting that look into your closet! I was able to find the exact top and skirt Carrie wore at Nordstrom. The bad news, the skirt is now on backorder. I’m guessing Annie and I weren’t the only ones running to our computers to find what she was wearing. Consequently, they’re now sold out. The top, however, is still available. You can’t see it as well in the above screen captures but it has some great sequined details to add that extra holiday sparkle.

Pure Amici Sequined Cashmere Turtleneck $198.00

This is the actual skirt Carrie wore. I love it and wish it were available. If it were, it would be on my doorstep in 5-10 business days. Here it is if  you would like to join the waiting list.

Devlin Metallic Pleated Skirt $68.00

Here are my top picks that will achieve Carrie’s look with an equally beautiful piece that you can have right away:

PETER PILOTTO Metallic jacquard circle skirt $1560.00

Kate Spade ‘Aimee’ Metallic Textured Pleat Skirt $328.00

EMPORIO ARMANI Mini skirt $55.00

The skirt you choose should fall 3-4 inches above the knee. If yours is too long, this type of skirt isn’t difficult to hem. It shouldn’t take the seamstress long to have you hemmed up and on your way.

Pair the bold skirt with black opaque tights and black suede ankle boots. The black opaque tights are key. They should not be see-through or shiny. Here’s a pair almost identical to what Carrie is wearing.

Commando Perfectly Opaque Matte Control-Top Tights $40.00

GIANVITO ROSSI Fold-over Ankle Boot $796.00

Now as you may or may not know, Annie and I don’t just stop at picking out a fabulous outfit. We style your look completely from head to toe. So it’s time to take a look at Carrie’s accessories.

I’ve picked out two sets of bangles that should be mixed together to create this effect. I love layering bangles. And I’ve also chosen a pair of earrings to complete the look.

Spring Street ‘India’ Bangles $48.00

Nine West Two-Tone Cabachon Stretch Bracelet $25.50

I would mix in two of these Nine West bracelets for the extra sparkle.

Whitney Stern Hexagon Drop Earrings $995.00

And there you have it. The perfect look for the holidays. Carrie looked fabulous and now you can too. And to top it off, look how great the ensemble looks if you happen to throw on a Santa hat.

Happy holidays everyone!

Life is too short to be anything but fabulous.

Alexa Raye

Holiday 2013 Gift Guide – Gifts for Her

The holidays can seem very overwhelming, especially if you have a long list of loved ones to shop for. Here’s a quick guide so you can feel confident giving a fabulous gift for those special ladies in your life:

For the Tech-Savvy

“Untitled” Everpurse phone charging clutch – $329.00

This great clutch is not only sleek and fabulous (I love the embossed studs!), but it actually charges your phone! With a built in phone charging pocket, you can just slip your phone in and keep it charged all day! At night just set your purse down on its charging mat and you’ll be ready to go by morning!  Give Simple has a version as well, but I’m partial to Everpurse’s convenient charging mat and larger size.

For the Party-Goer

Footzie Folds – Foldable Flats – $125.00

Attention Men: High heels can be very uncomfortable… especially if we’ve been wearing them for an extended period of time (like work or a holiday cocktail party)! I have a pair of fold-up flats and I’ve used them so many times, I’m in dire need of replacements. This adorable pair is definitely on my wish-list. The basic nude color is versatile and will match just about anything, and the sparkle is perfect for these drab winter months. And here’s a bonus – the foldable shoes set includes two satin pouches: one to hold your footzyfolds, and the other to store your uncomfortable shoes/high heels! Score!

For the Beauty-Queen

Drybar Blowout In A Box – $199.00

Trips to the salon are great, but who has time to keep going back to get that killer blow-out? The answer? When it’s this time of year… nobody. Help your salon-happy lady save some precious time with perfect blowout kit.

Clarsonic Mia2 Amethyst Radiance Collection – $150.00

It’s winter, and with the furnace working over-time this season the air can get pretty dry. This time of year women are lathering on lotion and exfoliating like crazy. When it comes to exfoliating and getting your skin from dry and flaky back to gorgeous and glowing, Clarsonic is where it’s at. I love the pretty Amethyst color, and this particular model is smaller and more travel-friendly.

For the Outdoors Lover

O’Neill Women’s Seraphine Insulated Jacket –  $230.00

This jacket is simply adorable. Whether the lady on your list is going skiing, ice-skating, or even sledding with the kids this jacket is just perfect. It’s waterproof, breathable, and it looks fabulous.

If You Really Want to WOW Her

Lily Cluster by Harry Winston Diamond Bangle Bracelet

This gorgeous bangle bracelet is sure to have that “WOW” factor. It’s incredibly beautiful design and classic platinum and diamond setting will turn this gift into a beautiful family heirloom.

For the Wine-Lover

Vinyards of Han Estates Wine Gift Basket – $99.98

Send your favorite wine lover on a tour through the Hahn vineyards of Monterey, California. They’re sure to toast your good taste when they uncork the award-winning, stylistically complex Hahn Estates wines selected for this beautiful gift basket.

For the Teenager

Beats by Dr. Dre Pink Pill Speaker – $200.00

Wireless and cord-free, this portable speaker is a sure-fire hit. Despite its compact size (it’s small enough to fit in your hand), the Pill will surprise you with its amazing audio backed by the power associated with the signature Beats By Dre sound.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 – Instant Film Camera – $68.95

Bring back the days of the good old Polaroid with this awesome gift. I have the larger version of the Instax Camera and it’s one of my favorite gifts that I’ve ever received! This compact version prints credit-card sized photos and it’s easier to take around with you. It also comes in a variety of cool colors! Bonus: If you’re a DIY kind of person, this fabulous photo frame is a great way to show off all those new Instax pictures. The friend that gifted me my Instax camera gave me a frame for mine as well. He used this site’s instructions but opted for a more rustic look with a distressed wood frame for mine.

For a little perspective, the white version of the pink Instax above is on the left, and my larger camera is the black one on the right. My friend Jess got the small white Instax and absolutely loves it.

For the Fashionista

Wardrobe Edit by Annie Heyward

Who doesn’t need a good wardrobe for the holiday season? Your fashionista will be sure to thank you for this stylish gift. Annie will go through your fashionista’s closet – editing their wardrobe, putting outfits together, and showing them how to get more use out of their existing pieces! After the wardrobe edit, Annie will evaluate what pieces are needed to round out their wardrobe and make it fabulous and functional. Annie will help polish each look, customizing every outfit from your earrings right down to the shoes. Give Annie a call and give a wardrobe edit gift card this holiday season. Bonus: I’ll probably be helping make your fashionista’s wardrobe superb. Two heads are better than one ;)

Make sure to check out next week’s post with our Gift Guide for Him for more holiday gift ideas!

And remember – life is too short to be anything but fabulous!

Alexa Raye

Banish Dry & Cracked Winter Lips

For me, winter goes hand-in-hand with cozy warm fires, big comfy sweaters, and mountains of lip balm. Honestly, I can’t seem to ever apply enough. I’ve tried them all; EOS’s cute little spheres, Burt’s Bee’s minty freshness, Blistex’s many, many varieties, gold, old ChapStick, and everything in between. Ultimately, it’s a challenge to keep my lips from drying out and cracking. Living in Indianapolis, I thought the weather there wreaked havoc on my skin and lips, but Saint Louis seems to be taking first prize for drying me out (Eeeek!). So I decided to fight back by not only curing my own dry chapped lips, but making this week’s post about how to keep your lips moisturized and happy. Let’s banish those winter lips for good!

Step One – You’re using sugar for what?!?

To keep your lips gorgeous and kissable when the weather seems set on chapping them, you’re going to need to start with a good base. That means we have to get off all that dry, cracked skin that’s getting in the way. I went with a homemade lip scrub with ingredients I have here at home.

Alexa’s Sugar-Sweet Lip Scrub

2 tsps of Brown Sugar

1 tsp of Honey

1 tsp of Coconut Oil

Add the ingredients together on a small plate and smash them together. Use a small fork (I started with a spoon, but found it just wasn’t getting the job done) and mash the ingredients together and mix until you don’t see any more clumps of brown sugar or coconut oil.

**Tip – the coconut oil is hard to scoop out of the jar when cold (you can store coconut oil in the fridge to keep it fresh longer). It will look like the image on the right and be just a bit softer than a crayon. Zap it in the microwave for 25 seconds and it’ll loosen it just enough to make it scoop-able.

That’s it! Easy, right? And there is PLENTY here for many, many uses. You only need about a pea size drop on your finger to get the job done.

Of course if you’re on the go and don’t have time to whip up a homemade scrub, I’m a fan of this one from Sephora:

Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub from Sephora $18

Step Two – Hydrate

Now this is the part that I didn’t attempt to do myself… though my nine year old sister pleaded otherwise. Making your own lip balm is a bit trickier than the super simple scrub. Here are my two top picks to keep your lips healthy and protected:

The first one is one that I haven’t personally tried yet but I’m anxious to pick up a tube. I’ve heard nothing but raving recommendations and you can’t seem to find a bad review of this product anywhere.

The second is a hardcore moisturizer. You can even use it on elbows and knees to relieve dryness (and the minty fresh scent make it a definite favorite!).

Smith's Minted Rose Lip Balm

Laura Mercier Lip Balm

Voila! You now have gorgeous silky smooth lips. Repeat the lip scrub about every week or as necessary and keep applying that lip balm. In addition, here’s a bit of parting advice:  invest in a humidifier. Cranking up the heat to keep you warm and snug also zaps the moisture out of the air. If you run a humidifier – not only will you breathe easier – but your skin, lips and even your hair will thank you! And drink LOTS of water!! Most of us don’t get our 2.2 liters a day, and it’s never been more important. So go grab a water bottle and your lip balm so you can keep those lips kissable!

Now your lips should be mistletoe approved just in time for the holidays!

Follow this process and see for yourself.

Life is too short to be anything but fabulous.

Alexa Raye

Photo Courtesy of City. Lights. Change.

The World of Winter Whites

One of my favorite trends this season is Winter White. This time of year everyone seems to naturally drift towards darker, heavier colors. Winter White is a beautiful and chic way to mix up your wardrobe and stand out from the crowd.

If you’re new to wearing white after Labor Day, there are just a few simple tips to incorporating the trend into your fall/winter wardrobe.

Tips:

- You don’t have to go for a true white. Off-whites, creams, and ivory will be easier to style in the chillier months.

- Stay away from thin, light fabrics. These can quickly make your garment look like it belongs in a different season. Try thicker knits, cashmere, twill, wool, heavy lace or fur. These fabrics will not only make the trend easier to wear, they’ll keep you nice and snug while temperatures drop.

- If you’re set on wearing something that looks borderline summery, make sure the rest of your outfit is decidedly fall.  Add things like chunky scarves, boots, and incorporate those heavier fabrics.

- Don’t get caught up on matching your shades of white.  It will add texture and depth if you’re not all matchy-matchy.

Here are some of my favorite pieces in Winter White:

BCBGMAXAZRIA Coat – Asymmetric Belted Fur Collar $468.00

Nonoo Sweater – Winter White Cable Knit $595.00

BCBGMAXAZRIA Jacket – Boe Moto $268.00

Burberry London Oversize Military Coat $1995.00

St. John Collection Gold Cord Plaid Knit Pencil Skirt $395.00

Now, I can still hear some of you thinking, “That Burberry London coat is fabulous, but I just don’t know – my mother always said not to wear white after Labor Day.”

The old “No White After Labor Day” adage is gone with the wind, ladies. You don’t have to just take it from me – in the 1920’s Coco Chanel wore white suits year round. Even the  Emily Post etiquette experts agree that white in winter months is no longer a “fashion faux pas.”

So pull back out those favorite pieces and incorporate them into this season’s wardrobe. You’ll be glad you did.

Life is too short to look anything but fabulous.

Alexa Raye

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