From Paris with Love: Review of the Rebecca Minkoff Fall 2017 Collection

At last, we’re in spring and I know that you share my enthusiasm.
To celebrate the beginning of the season, I headed to Paris — city of light, love and haute couture. I just got back.

While there, I took in Rebecca Minkoff’s Fall 2017 Collection, which was previewed in the Tomorrow Ltd. showroom in the heart of the city. 

If you love velvet, you’ll certainly appreciate this New York designer’s collection. Purses, accessories and simply adorable flats made from this beautiful fabric. Velvet is a hot trend that won’t go away for some time. I particularly love velvet mules.

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I adore the designer’s wide selection of jeweled guitar straps to customize handbags. Very. Clever. Idea. Chic suddenly becomes practical in that you may have one bag and simply change the straps to match outfits. This is particularly useful for travel. All you have to put in your suitcase is ONE bag and few different straps for different looks.

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You can also accessorize your bag with a Power Puff Pompon D’Alimentation, which has a USB and iPhone cord designed into it. You can give your phone a charging boost wherever you are.  Perfect accessory for every city fashionista! It certainly saved me in Paris, given my constant use of social media, Google Map and Uber ride applications. I highly recommend to to visit Rebecca Minkoff’s website for more gadgets and tech accessories. 


In signing off, I’d like to reiterate that the Minkoff collection is exquisite. It’s romantic, yet it has an edgy vibe. I think every woman can find something exciting that fits her personal style and taste from the new line. What do you think of it?

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Diving into Summer with the Right Swim Suit for your Body

Let’s face it.

Not all of us have a Victoria Secret Angel body.  You may have a plus-size body. Or, you may be thin, and athletic, and lack a perfect hourglass shape. You might want to hide scars. Maybe you want to shift the gaze from very small breasts.

I know the story well. You walk into the swimwear section and feel frustrated. You feel less than enthusiastic about the beach.  You come up with excuses, and deny  yourself a good time.

My body is slightly imperfect. I have narrow teenage-like hips, and long, somewhat skinny legs. I have strong shoulders that are a bit larger than my hips, and an above-average breast size.  A strong mix of masculine and feminine.  For swimwear, I love pastel or white shorts to visually make my hips larger, and add a bit of  femininity to my body.  The trick is simple.  Lighter shades visually enlarge, while darker colors slim the body.  Also, pay attention to prints. Horizontal prints widen, while diagonal, and vertical lines make the body look slimmer.

A great tan also flatters. If you are against indoor tanning sessions, or generally avoid extensive sun exposure, use bronzer. I love protective tanning lotions with a bronzer and shimmer.  If you use indoor tanning, don’t forget to drink a lot of water to avoid dehydration, and  combine tanning sessions with red light therapy to rejuvenate, and tone your skin.

I also love shopping online for Victoria Secret’s swimming suits by using their Beach Sexy Bikini Mixer tool. It allows mixing and matching tops and bottoms to custom perfect suit. Great news is that  their swim collection is available both through iPad and iPhone apps; which is awesome, considering the fact that lately I prefer iPad and iPhone to the desktop.

VS SWIM TOURRecently I had the opportunity to attend Victoria’s Secret U.S. of Angels Summer Tour in Milwaukee and interview Erin Heatherton.  For more information about the event, click here.  For insights, including the interview with Erin, click here.

Here are few more tips on how to choose the right swim suit:

  • Large thighs and hips? Don’t despair. Celebrate your feminine look by using glamorous sarongs or skirted bottoms.
  • Not every one-piece swimming suit will make you look slimmer in the waist area, unless it has an optical illusion print, vertical lines, or skirt attached.  Instead, go for monokinis.
  • If you have strong shoulders, show them off! Go for thin straps or a totally strapless look. Strong shoulders are sexy.  Embrace them.
  • If you breasts are small, instead of padding, you might want to try a top with ruffles, one of the hottest trends of this season.
  • Petite women will look super chic in retro-inspired high-waisted bottoms.
  • If you have a plus-size body, choose a one-piece swimming suit with a deep V-cut.  Use a chic cover-up for your sunny getaway. There are so many options available online and at local retail stores.
  • Above all, embrace your body and be confident! You are unique. There is no one like you. You are beautiful!

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