Graphic Frock of the day, by Tibi

Posted in Dresses, Uncategorized on August 9, 2010 by closetsmarts

Warning: glasses may be required for 2d viewing..

Better angle... on Twitpic

Arterial Butterflies

Posted in Dresses, Uncategorized on August 6, 2010 by closetsmarts

Is it a map of my lungs and arteries, or is it a butterfly?

The dress that tells the inside story... on Twitpic

Tunic worn as dress…

Posted in Dresses, Seasonal on August 4, 2010 by closetsmarts

Too short to sport?
Tunic worn as dress, too short to sport? on Twitpic
Top of the tunic to ya! on Twitpic

Rachel Zoe picks her nose! I pick good shoes…

Posted in Accessories, Shoes on October 7, 2009 by closetsmarts



(yeah no, sorry, those are $1250…..keep dreamin…Ralph Lauren Brea Python Crystal Sandal)

Though I have to say Zappos is my god, every once in a while I give Piperlime a try – hey, more reward points at the Gap to spend on my son’s wardrobes,  right?  It always annoys me, though, that a stylist to the stars gets to say what’s what in shoe wear – are we celebrities?  Are our shoe wear needs the same ? No!  So here are some of Emily Neill’s picks!

So first, I have to say I bought these lovely shoes in teal from Zappos (they have more colors than Piperlime) and they are as fabulous as they look— AND comfortable! (if you are used to wearing heels, that is) – the 1 inch stack on the footbed really lowers the feel of the heel – they make your feet look great!



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However, if heels aren’t something you’re totally comfortable with, here is a really practical but stylish looking mary jane by Tsubo (Tsubo also makes fabulous looking fashion sneakers, but we’ll go there another time) – check ’em out:


In the same vein, a wedge is a great option for those who like a bit more support, but still enjoy the extra height a heel can offer.  These dark red (they call them purple) wedges by Miz Mooz are a great alternative to the usual black and brown:


Everyone loves fall for the boots, but I have to say, I have not been bowled over by this season’s selection.  There was a girl in my office the other day whose boots made me ask her if I could touch them – they were that lovely – this deep brown suede that looked so plush and as I uttered the soft words Franco Sarto, she concurred and whispered the heartbreaking words, “3 seaons ago…I keep them in a drawer in my office…” 

That said, I have not seen boots this season that made me feel that feeling.  But here are some basic good ones, to start up your boot wardrobe. 

If you’re going to get an ankle boot (which I asusme means you already have a few other pairs and can afford such a fashion extravagance), why not go for something with a little personality (i.e. – not black).  Here’s an ankle boot with some exceptional style and in a great caramel brown, by Chelsea:



But basic black is where you have to start.  Here’s a good one to get you off and running, that won’t wear your feet down, by Naturalizer:



If you just can’t do any kind of heel, Anne Klein does a nice wedge, and her boots are known (by me) to be exceptionally comfortable and wearable (in the daily sense, I swear).  In brown, again, for a bit of variety:



If you’re ready to branch out in the boot department, and add a little sass to your wardrobe, check out these great red westerns by Lucky:


My friend in Seattle swears by these ankle boots by Chie Mihara (she has them in black). They are very pricey but as she says, since turning 40 she ONLY buys shoes that look AND feel good…I’m not quite there yet (in the sense that I won’t spend the money and I WILL suffer for good looking shoes), but of course, I’ll always warn you:


Back to the heel wearers among you, here’s the high speed tour of this entire website:


Gorgeous color, comfortable heel height, basic tasteful pump. Next:KennethColeSewingKit_10

Wine patent leather peep toe – totally sexy, but also, useful!  By Kennth Cole. Next:


Similar, a bit higher, and suede, great front detail, check it out, by Nine West – Luscious!  Next:


Can you tell I love reds shoes?  Wine red mary jane, can’t be beat! It’s the little style details that count, like rouching! By Tahiri. And next:RestrictedAudrey_13 The adorable t-strap for those of you who love to wear skirts and tights in the fall and winter and don’t default to the uniform..aren’t these edible?  And then there’s….


this funky mary jane by Not Rated…The teal heel, the thick caramel strap and oversized brass buckle, the leather edging, what the? I’m in love…and also, I just ordered them…is there any better advertisement?  Onward:


I always like to end on a sassy high note – these have got it all– quirky and stylish in just the right way – make them yours and they will last you many seasons…

All of these shoes can be found on Piperlime here (except those Ralph Lauren dream shoes):

Stop gawking and get shopping!

Fall Blog Entries Coming – Post your topic suggestions here!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 14, 2009 by closetsmarts


Candy Store Collective

Posted in Accessories, Dresses, Shopping, Skirts with tags on June 25, 2009 by closetsmarts

Candy Store Collective Review

 Ever run across a website you can’t believe you never knew existed before?  Well, that’s how I felt when a friend directed me here:

It’s the perfect marriage of versatile, unique, and body-type challenged friendly!  They carry some of the coolest off-the-beaten path designers I know of, so check out these picks from The Candy Store Collective:

This summery dress is the very definition of easy, versatile and unique!  The styling is made to disguise just about every common figure flaw – flutter sleeve will not squeeze or emphasize heavier arms, empire waist highlights your narrowest part, and aline seaming and drape covers a heavier butt.  Not to mention the awesome color! Shown here on a very tall gal, this dress will hit the average heighted just above the knee for a less tunicy effect:


The ‘Fiji dress’ in this great tangerine color is very flexibly figure flattering as well – the elasticized mid section has the effect of proportioning the rest of your torso as it contours the middle, while the more generous bubble cut of the skirt will fit most bums– oh, and there are pockets – you could practically wear this every day of summer:



Adorable simplicity is what this dress is all about: empire, aline, cowl neck, awesome color, great length – own it:


For the smaller chested among you (read: bras will be difficult), check out this adorably styled tank top – this is the kind of summer tank that does all the style work you need for an outfit – pair it with an old standard for an instant style upgrade, in beautiful dark teal:


Is this not the coolest looking top you have seen in ages?  It’s like a flowy blouse, angel-wings-built-in-bolero, sheer sexiness, midriff masking festival for your torso!  I picture wearing it out to dinner with an hour glass skirt and platform sandals for a forties look, or with jeans (NOT skinny) and Dr. Scholls for an upgraded casual look:


I own this next piece from Prairie Underground, a fabulous company if I do say so myself, and it is indeed everything this website claims it to be – the perfect mix of industrial tough and Edwardian Luxury – it is far more versatile than you may think, and SO comfy – a total outfit upgrader where ever you go and whatever you are wearing.  It’s thick enough cotton and well-enough structured that it does A LOT of figure smoothing, trust me on this one:


For a very versatile pencil skirt, check out this khaki version by Cheap Monday. A pencil skirt emphasizes curves, so it’s actually good for the hips, but doesn’t work so well if you’ve got thicker thighs or a lot in the trunk. With the thicker banded top and just a bit of elasten, this will do well to mask some tummy as it sculpts you into an hour glass.  Wear it to work with a fitted jacket, or pair it with a tank and flipflops!

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The accessories on this site, though certainly pricey, are for sure the cream of the crop…check ‘em out and weep, and remember to check here when you are ready to indulge..:



And the sale section, well worth perusing:

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In the Trenches…

Posted in Coats, Seasonal on June 12, 2009 by closetsmarts

I always say there’s nothing like a great coat to pick up an otherwise hum drum winterized wardrobe, so while it’s still chilly but not quite winter anymore, take the opportunity to build your coat wardrobe with a classic trench. The Spring trenches are in and ripe for the picking, so go get yourself one before the season’s picks are picked over and gone! My rules of thumb, keep it simple: a single button placket will work for most (rather than double breasted), self-cinching belt is always best, if you can get contouring through the waist with darts, all the better for creating that desirable silhouette, watch out for extra (bulking)flaps and ill-placed and fussy pockets, and by all means, take the opportunity to import some fun color into your wardrobe!

Why not just dive right in here– everyone has a soft spot for pink, and here’s a way to incorporate it into your wardrobe without having to commit all day long. Check out this great single placket (read: good for a thicker middle) pink trench coat from Tahari. The button sleeve details are fabulous and it also sports a great collar you can wear up to keep the chill off. Great contour shaping through the bust with a slight aline will surely flatter most figures:
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My man Michael Kors has done it again with this orange trench – Spring is all about re-introducing the brights and his styling is always uncomplicated and spot on for fit. Here we get the contoured midriff, self-cinching belt (most flattering at the empire) and single button placket – A+ for masking any figure flaw you sport on the upper half:
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Target’s got this great Mossimo trench in Berry with all the right stylings – cinching belt, high back slit and back flaps for interest, and simple front closure– there’s nothing not to like here, especially the price:
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For something a bit more classic, check out this Ellen Tracy Khaki trench. Simple clean lines, self-cinching belt for a great fit, and a very rich version of Khaki rather than a washed out stone color (it also comes in black if you must…):
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If you’ve got the dough, this twist on the classic khaki trench , femmed up by Nanette Lapore, is killer. Though not for the overly hippy due to pocket and ruffle location, it’s got great design details and yet does not seem too fussy. The only problem is, it might outshine your outfit
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Check out this cool denim trench for something a little unexpected – just don’t wear it with your jeans! The double breasted placket rules this out for those with larger chests (you don’t want too much hubbub going on in that area), but it’s a great variation on the classic if you’re looking for utility and variety in your coat wardrobe:
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A Sateen trench is great for dressing up any old outfit and taking your coat into evening – this gorgeous navy version by BCX is a case in point – it has a self-belt, but is double breasted so again if you’re busty, you want to avoid this. The collar has a great plunge for a little sexiness but all the other trimmings are classic and straight forward, so you decide what level you take it to, day or night:
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I always love a green coat in Spring, and this one is that great M&M green – everything about it will work, from the single button placket, to the self-cinching belt, to the not-larger than life notched collar – you get the glory of spring color without your coat stealing the show:
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I love a white coat in Spring– how better to emerge from the wintry snow with a crisp fresh look. This one by XOXO is simple and fabulous. It’s got great contouring pintucks through the bust and an empire cinch accentuated by button detailing – the belt is self-tie so you find where it works best. It also comes in a fabulous lavender color, why not get both? Who couldn’t use a little lavender in their lives this Spring?:
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And though I tend to recommend staying away from printed coats (they are harder to match with outfits and thus less practical), I had to throw this one in, called “Gwen”, because really, who doesn’t deserve to don a good animal print now and again? This print will surely mask any figure flaw, especially with the help of a self-cinching belt, contoured waistline, and aline cut:
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Now take cover and get thee to the trenches!